News – November 16, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $5,000 yesterday Monday for a Portage man charged with running from Beaver Dam police. Ralph Czuczko  allegedly fled police after they initiated a traffic stop for expired plates in late July. The chase ended after roughly four-and-a-half miles when the vehicle stalled in the middle of a cornfield near County Road W. According to the criminal complaint, Czuczko did have a warrant for his arrest at the time of the pursuit. If convicted, the 54-year-old faces three-and-a-half years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 24th.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam Man charged with leaving the scene after colliding with a motorcycle made his initial appearance in court Monday. James Juino allegedly collided with the bike at the intersection of North Spring Street and Industrial Drive on September 6th then left the scene. Shortly after, Juino called authorities and allegedly said he left because his dog was in the vehicle which had no air conditioning. If convicted, Juino faces no more than nine months behind bars. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 6th.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Beaver Dam Police Department is apologizing for a technical issue while authorities searched for a missing child yesterday. Beaver Dam police requested assistance from the sheriff office’s Child Abduction Response Team to help locate a missing three-year-old from the city during the overnight hours Monday. The Dodge County Communications Center utilized its automated alert phone system with the intention it would be sent only to residents in the immediate vicinity of the incident. Due to a technical issue, the alert was distributed to a much larger area than intended. Authorities say the issue is being discussed with the provider of the service to make sure it does not happen again.

 (Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Fire Chief Michael Wesle is crediting the importance of having a sprinkler system in slowing the spread of an apartment building fire Sunday night. Crews responded to 121 Knaup Drive at 10:18pm and upon arrival found residents evacuating. Dark, black smoke was found coming from apartment 302. Entry was made and hose lines were quickly deployed to extinguish the flames and contain the fire to that apartment. No injuries were reported. The Red Cross is assisting with temporary housing. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council approved their 2022 budget last Monday night. The $18.3-million-dollar document is about one-million-dollars higher than the current budget, with a tax levy of $ $12.4-million dollars, up around $1.1-million. Included is a two-percent wage increase and a 7.5-percent health insurance hike. The mill rate is $9.26 per thousand, a decrease of 20-cents. The entire budget can be found at

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death yesterday Monday. That brings the total death count to 235 with 206 confirmed and 29 probable deaths. There were 200 cases recorded since Friday with nine additional hospitalizations. Dodge County remains in the “very high” COVID case activity level. So far, 47.6-percent of Dodge County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 45.4-percent have completed the vaccination series.