News – November 2, 2020

(Horicon) A veteran from Horicon who was reported missing Friday was found dead yesterday (Sunday). A Green Alert was issued for Dale Vogt who had left his residence without letting anyone know where he was going. After numerous searches by authorities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday a Wisconsin and Southern Railroad work crew found the 62-year-old deceased in the Town of Rubicon.

(Reeseville) A Reeseville man died in a single vehicle crash last (Sunday) night in the Town of Portland. The Dodge County Sheriff’s office says a 2009 Jeep Cherokee was northbound on County Highway G, just south of Crestview Drive, around 10:30pm when the motorist failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle entered the ditch and struck a driveway culvert before coming to rest. Rescue personnel used the jaws of life to remove the driver from the vehicle. He was transported to Watertown Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office. The crash remains under investigation.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,493 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 47,551 active cases in the state, a decrease of 657 from Saturday. State health officials reported 16 deaths, bringing that total to 2,047. Dodge County has 35 deaths on record; seven of those deaths were reported on Saturday. Jefferson County reported four more deaths yesterday, for a total of 19, while Washington County reported a 44th death.

(Campbellsport) A Campbellsport woman was injured Saturday night when she fell off a trailer being towed by a utility terrain vehicle during Halloween activities in the Town of Auburn. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say the 32-year-old fell off when the UTV began moving and she struck her head on the roadway resulting in significant bleeding. Campbellsport Ambulance took her to St. Agnes Hospital and she was flown from there to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee where she was last listed in stable condition. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

(Fond du Lac County) Four lost hikers from Illinois were cold and wet, but otherwise not injured when they were found in the Kettle Moraine State Forest Sunday evening. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say one of the hikers called 911 shortly after 3:30 Sunday afternoon to say they were lost in the State Forest southwest of Mauthe Lake. They had started hiking on the Ice Age Trail near Highway 28 in Washington County around 11 am, but got lost north of Youth Camp road in Fond du Lac County. They were located about 5pm and brought back to the Mauthe Lake boat landing shortly after 6:30pm. The four hikers ranged in age from 55 to 65. The group included three men and a woman. They were evaluated by Kewaskum and Campbellsport Ambulances and released.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School District recently adopted a balanced budget with a multi-million-dollar spike in expenditures related that fiery car crash that punched a hole in the middle school last year. The brick structure sustained nearly $2.2-million dollars in damage in August of 2019 when a Beaver Dam man drove his car into the building at 90-miles-per-hour during a police chase. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says the numbers look worse on paper, but he notes the vast majority was covered by insurance. In February, Roy Cortez was sentenced to 32 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

(Horicon) City officials in Horicon recently reviewed their preliminary 2021 budget. Proposed total expenditures for next year total just under $4-million-dollars with a tax levy of $2-million. City Clerk Kristen Jacobson says the city will likely be adopting a deficit budget. During the most recent budget workshop the deficit was just under $16-thousand-dollars with the goal of trimming off around $9-thousand in order to comply with the state’s Expenditure Restraint Program. Final budget adoption is slated for November 24th.

(Beaver Dam) Winter parking restrictions went into effect yesterday (Sunday) in Beaver Dam, but enforcement will not begin until there is snow in the forecast. Per city ordinance, no parking is allowed on city streets between 2am and 6am so crews can clear the snow. Citations begin at $20 if the ticket is paid within five days. Mayor Becky Glewen encourages city residents use the time between now and the first snowfall to secure a $25 on-street parking permit at the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Beaver Dam) Authorities have apprehended a work release inmate who failed to return to the Dodge County Jail late last week. Sheriff Dale Schmidt reported Saturday that 30-year-old Robert Lee Haley, who had left the facility for a pre-approved medical appointment, is now in police custody.

(Wisconsin) The state’s chief medical officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard says there’s still time to stem the tide of COVID-19 infections across Wisconsin. He says the state can turn the corner, even when infection rates are high. Westergaard commented on Friday — before the state surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday. The state Department of Health Services said there were 352 more hospitalizations.

(Waupun) A former John C. Burke Correctional inmate has been sentenced to a year in prison and a year of extended supervision for failing to return with a prison transport van he was driving to pick up other inmates. Joshua Bonin was tasked with picking up two other prisoners working at Taycheedah Correctional when he parked the vehicle at a Walmart in May. Deputies spotted Bonin walking down a road several hours later and took him into custody. He admitted his plans to hop a train and cash in a hidden coin collection in Michigan. The 35-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for one year.

(Oshkosh) All veterans and current active military members are welcome free of charge to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh on Veterans Day which is Wednesday. There will be some new exhibits in the museum’s Eagle Hangar which salutes the men, women, and aircraft involved in military service. Among those exhibits are: Huey: The Workhorse of Vietnam about the role of the helicopter in that war, and WASP: Women Flyers of WWII. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.