News – November 24, 2021

(Waukesha) The man accused of driving into the Waukesha Holiday Parade could soon be facing a sixth charge of homicide after a child died from his injuries. A Waukesha County Court Commissioner says that Darrell Brookes Jr. is too much of a risk to allow him to remain out of jail and set cash bond at $5-million-dollars. Prosecutors say the 39-year-old has an extensive criminal history across multiple states and has a history of bail jumping and violent assaults. More homicide charges could be filed if more victims succumb to their injuries. – WRN

(Fond du Lac) One of those injured in the Waukesha Holiday Parade tragedy is a catholic priest who once worked in Fond du Lac. Father Patrick Heppe (HEP-pee) was among the nearly 50 people injured when Brooks Jr. plowed into parade goers and participants Sunday afternoon. Father Heppe used to be assigned to Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac. He is expected to make a full recovery.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a woman found dead over 13 years ago. Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says detectives have positively identified the deceased as Amy Yeary of Rockford, Illinois. She would have been 18-years-old when she died in 2008. Yeary’s body was discovered by deer hunters in a shallow creek in the Town of Ashford; she was later buried in a Waupun Cemetery. Authorities say she was a victim of sex trafficking. They say that she spent time in the Chicago, Beloit, and Milwaukee-areas in the weeks leading up to her death. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. More details can be found at

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $5,000 yesterday for a Price County man charged in connection with a 41-mile-long pursuit with Dodge County law enforcement. Aaron Reichenberger of Phillips allegedly sped away from the deputy after being clocked speeding on Highway 151 near Beaver Dam in May of last year. Attempts to use spike strips were unsuccessful and about 25 minutes after the chase began it was called off. If convicted, the 37-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

(Lowell) A Reeseville man charged with injuring a deputy was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday). Craig Skalitzky was wielding a pitchfork when he answered the door for a deputy conducting a welfare check. The 46-year-old punched the sheriff’s deputy twice. Skalitzky faces up to six years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

(Horicon) A Horicon man was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday) with possessing illicit images of children. A flash drive found during a search warrant executed at Bryan Hartley’s residence last September contained illegal images. The 40-year-old faces up to 75 years in prison. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for January 21.