News – May 25, 2021

(Juneau) A convicted sex offender will be residing in either the Dodge or Fond du La County areas. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his office as well as the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office were notified that John Nummerdor will be released from custody tomorrow (Wednesday). Nummerdor is currently reporting a homeless status. The 51-year-old will not be on active community supervision as he has completed his sentenced time with the state department of corrections but is required to comply with the Sex Offender Registry, including lifetime GPS monitoring. In 1994, Nummerdor was found guilty of First Degree Sexual Assault of Child in Fond du Lac County.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac County judge has denied a motion from the so-called Halloween Killer to dismiss his case. The motion would have allowed him to be released from the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston. Gerald Turner raped and murdered nine-year-old Lisa Ann French on Halloween in 1973. Turner had been released from prison but was sent back on a parole violation.

(Emmett) A Johnson Creek man charged with taking metal from an Emmett business made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Robert Smith Jr. allegedly stole cobalt and nickel that was valued at over $13-thousand-dollars. Video surveillance from the business, where Smith Jr. was employed at the time, reportedly captured the criminal acts. If convicted, the 44-year-old faces up to 10-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1st.

(Dodge County) Chambers of commerce across Dodge County are highlighting a grant program now available to spur growth among the small business community. Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are offering over $400-million-dollars in grant money to small businesses across the state. The loans are for $5-thousand-dollars. The application process will be open until Monday, June 7th. You can find a link to apply for the grants online with the Department of Revenue at Revenue-dot-WI-dot-Gov.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsinites receiving unemployment benefits have to start looking for work this week. State lawmakers have voted to reinstate Wisconsin’s work-search requirement. That means anyone collecting jobless benefits must apply for jobs, and be able to prove it, in order to keep getting benefits. Republicans and business groups say there is a desperate need for workers. They maintain generous unemployment benefits are keeping workers at home. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has a long way to go to hit COVID herd immunity by the Fourth of July. Deputy Health Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says it is unlikely that Wisconsin will get to herd immunity this summer. She says it is more likely to be October. As of Sunday, only about 41-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin were fully vaccinated. Herd immunity is 70-percent. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported one COVID death yesterday bringing that number to 6,990. Dodge County is reporting 165 deaths with 109 active cases. Thirty-three-point-two-percent (33.2%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 37.5-percent have had at least one dose.

(Johnson Creek) Work began last night to resurface I-94 from Johnson Creek to the east county line of Jefferson County. State transportation officials say daily and nightly single lane closures will occur on I-94 throughout the project. They add that motorists are advised to anticipate delays, eliminate distractions and be alert for crews and equipment near the travel lanes. Work is slated to be completed in early October, weather permitting.

(Mayville) Mayville has extended their original hydrant flushing deadline. Director of Utilities Courtney Steger says the deadline has been pushed back from June 4th to June 30th in case additional time is necessary to sufficiently flush water mains. The city performs flushing operations to ensure hydrants are exercised and operational as well as to clean the piping system of any naturally settling rust and sediment.