News – November 30, 2022

(Fond du Lac) A lone pig was the sole casualty in a fire in the township of Empire early Wednesday morning. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Mount Calvary Fire Department were dispatched to W3216 Hwy 23 to reports of a fire with flames spreading to nearby trees. Deputies first arrived on scene and utilized fire extinguishers in their vehicles to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby RV, with Mount Calvary Fire Department ultimately extinguishing the fire. The fire was contained to an outdoor pigpen. It is believed an outdoor heater was knocked over in the wind and ignited some nearby hay bales. Minor property damage, and the loss of one pig was reported.

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt offered some advice to a caller’s mother on a recent Community Comment on how to best handle a scam call. Schmidt told her, as well as others, to hang up the phone. Nearly every year, thousands of people fall victim to scams where fraudsters pose as family members, relatives, or companies asking for money. Law enforcement also encourages the public to trust their instincts when they think a phone call is a scam.

(Juneau) The sheriff’s comments come as some new scams are making the rounds. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that they have received two separate fraud complaints involving banks and bitcoin ATM’s. One involved a computer pop up asking the individual to empty their bank accounts because it was comprised. The other involved a scammer attempting to get someone to withdraw large amounts of money and deposit it into a bitcoin ATM. Officials say this is a new scam that is circulating which they have not seen much of. They ask the public to be aware.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with repeatedly assaulting a minor made his initial appearance in court Tuesday. Andrew Wallace allegedly made inappropriate contact with the victim while she was between the ages of 14 and 16. If convicted, the 21-year-old faces up to 66 years in prison. Cash bond was set at $2,500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 5th.

(Dodge County) Deer license sales were down 1.6-percent this year when compared to 2021. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which says that gun, bow, crossbow, sports and patron licenses reached 795-thousand through the end of the nine-day season that wrapped Sunday. Preliminary figures show an increase in the deer harvest with 203-thousand registered this year, a jump of nearly 28-thousand deer from the 175-thousand registered last year. In Dodge County, there were 4,067 deer harvested this year compared to 2,443 last year, a nearly 50-percent increase.

(Wisconsin) The DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement reported eight firearm-involved injuries and one fatality for the entire gun deer season. The one death was an 11-year-old that happened in the township of Seneca in Green Lake County on November 20th. The boy was the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest. The DNR says the 10-year average for hunting incidents per year is 6.4. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Waukesha County judge who presided over the Darrell Brooks trial will announce today Wednesday that she’s running for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Judge Jennifer Dorow will announce she’s running for the seat being vacated by conservative Justice Patience Roggensack. Dorow is a conservative appointed a judge in 2011 by former Republican Governor Scott Walker. – WRN