News – November 29, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A fire broke out at a local business in Beaver Dam Monday night. According to a press release from the Beaver Dam Fire Department, units were dispatched at approximately 8:49pm to reports of a fire on the second floor of DD’s Thirsty Beaver located at 500 ½ Madison Street. Crews deployed a hose to the rear of the building and extinguished the fire on the exterior before entering the structure to continue to battle the blaze. The fire remains under investigation at this time but appears to be accidental in nature. The Business’s Facebook Page says they will be open at 2pm today with all staff and family being reported safe.

(Columbus) Columbus Police are looking for a woman who struck and injured a crossing guard escorting children across the street on Wednesday. The incident occurred at 1:13pm on West James and Dickason. A white, four-door Jeep fled the scene eastbound. The female driver apparently had a physical reaction and facial expressions that indicated she was aware what had happened. Information should be directed to the Columbus Police Department.

(Juneau) Three people from Dodge County are facing charges following a massive drug bust last Tuesday. Cash bond was set at $1-million-dollars for Francisco Javier Gonzalez Diaz of Juneau on multiple felony counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine as well as Maintain a Drug Trafficking Place. Raul De La Garza of Beaver Dam had a $250-thousand-dollar cash bond set on three charges of Deliver Amphetamine. Cash bond was set at $2,500 for Kaila Brenholt of Juneau on a felony count of Maintain a Drug Trafficking Place. During the bust nearly five pounds of meth, just over two pounds of marijuana, and over $51-thousand-dollars in alleged drug money was seized. Diaz reportedly admitted he had ties to the Mexican Drug Cartel and said he makes his money from selling the illegal contraband. He has a preliminary hearing this Thursday.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man is facing a number of charges that he possessed illicit content of children. CJ Brown allegedly saved a number of illegal images to a Dropbox account. A web history search of his cellphone allegedly showed that multiple sites containing child porn were visited. If convicted, the 31-year-old faces up to 250 years in prison. Cash bond was set at $5,000 during Brown’s initial court appearance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.

(Fond du Lac) Cash bond was set at $2-million-dollars for a Fond du Lac man charged with First-Degree Intentional Homicide. Gary Davis allegedly killed Jacquelyn Rooney earlier this month. The victim was found with a dozen stab wounds to her body and blunt force trauma to the head. If convicted, the 57-year-old faces up to life in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for this Friday.

(Beaver Dam) The Noon Kiwanis Club of Beaver Dam is looking for volunteers to ring bells during this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Club Member Rhonda Steiner says those interested can sign up at register-to-ring.com. Locations include Food Pride, Piggly Wiggly, Walgreens, Walmart, and Fleet Farm. She also says the Salvation Army spent last year’s money on providing lodging, meals, utilities, and transportation for those in need.

(Madison) A new emergency response team in Madison aimed at reducing police contact with people in mental health crisis has reported its first year of results. Madison’s Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services, or CARES program, is a mobile response team for behavioral health emergencies. The CARES program was launched in September of 2021. According to the recently released 18-page report, the CARES team responded to 935 calls in its first year, with only 3% referred to Madison police. A virtual public meeting for community input on the program has been scheduled for Wednesday December 7-WRN.

(Dane County) It’ll cost you more to fly out of Madison than most other places in the country. A report from Smart Asset dot Com shows that Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport is now the most expensive place to buy an airline ticket. That’s out of a survey of the nation’s 100 largest airports. The average price of air fare at MSN is 526 dollars. Officials at the airport tell the Wisconsin State Journal that they have no control over the price of tickets, those are set by the airlines. Nationwide, ticket prices have gone up an average of 21 percent over the past year-WRN.