News – November 17, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is hoping to bring back a program that teaches youth the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says it is called “Fatal Vision” and involves filming a mock accident scene. The Beaver Dam Fire Department as well as other first responders would be involved in the production. Johnson says the reenactment would be deliberately dramatic to strengthen the message that driving distracted or impaired can have serious consequences, but those images would be supported by real-life crash statistics within the city and the county. He notes that the programs return has been hindered by the on-going pandemic.

(Leroy) A Waupun man who injured another motorist in a two-vehicle crash while being under the influence of a controlled substance was sentenced to 120 days in jail. Nicholas Leser admitted to taking Percocet’s the day he rear-ended another vehicle twice in February. The victim suffered a slipped disk and required neck surgery following the crash. The 37-year-old was also placed on probation for two years.

(Watertown) A Watertown teen charged with having illegal images of children was found guilty. Mitchell Roeglin entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Possession of Child Pornography by a Person under the Age of 18. Six additional felony charges were dismissed but read into the record. Roeglin admitted to receiving and transmitting images of child porn over the social networking site Tumblr. The 19-year-old faces over three-and-a-half years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25th.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council has tabbed replacements for retiring City Attorney Maryann Schacht. The Madison-based law firm Stafford Rosenbaum was retained, which has a staff of lawyers that specialize in each area of municipal need. Attorney Larry Konopacki was identified as the lead lawyer for the firm. For prosecution work, Attorney Michael Devitt of QBS Law in Beaver Dam will be used beginning January 1.

(Dodge County) The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin will be awarded $2-million-dollars in grant funding from the state. Governor Tony Evers announced $20-million in grants to 11 regions in Wisconsin to help over 2,300 Wisconsinites as part of the Worker Advancement Initiative. The program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will help citizens whose previous employment has not returned since the pandemic. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin which serves Dodge, Columbia, Jefferson, Dane, Marquette, and Sauk counties plan to use the monies to augment ongoing Career Pathways work by bridging young adults to careers through subsidized employment.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin could receive $5.2-billion-dollars as part of the federal infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson says improvement work on the state’s bridges and highways is long overdue. He says the construction work will also create jobs for Wisconsin workers. – WRN