(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger says the suspects in a recent string of thefts and burglaries in the region are becoming increasingly brazen. Kreuziger told the city council this week that his department recently made two arrests after being involved in foot chases, undercover work, suspect interviews and automobile chases in numerous jurisdictions. Vehicles have been taken into custody and property stolen from Beaver Dam has been returned. He says the evidence collected so far indicates that more than one person or group of people may be involved. Kreuziger says it is believed that suspects have a pick-up or drop-off vehicle in the area before, during or after the crimes. Some are believed to be from Beaver Dam while others are large, organized groups from out of the area.
(Beaver Dam) An increase for the position of Beaver Dam mayor starting with the next term narrowly made it out of committee this week. The last mayoral raise occurred in April of 2014 when it went from $55-thousand to $60-thosuand dollars. The increase that is headed to the common council next month would raise the salary to $67-thousand dollars in April of 2021 followed by a one-percent hike in each of the next two years. By the end of the mayor’s next three-year term the salary would be $68,347. Alderpersons Mick Fischer and Ken Anderson voted against the increase saying that people should run for office out of a sense of civic duty, not the salary. Alderpersons Kevin Burnett and Jacki Sheldon say a competitive salary is necessary to attract quality officials.
(Juneau) An arrest warrant has been issued for an inmate at the Dodge County Detention Facility who failed to return from a preapproved appointment. Brayden Kohlstedt was scheduled to return from an emergency visit to the Beaver Dam Hospital Tuesday but never returned. An emergency contact reportedly said a relative picked Kohlstedt up from the ER. If convicted, the 20-year-old faces no more than six years in prison.
(Columbia County) It’s not pot, but several people face criminal charges for trying to steal from licensed hemp farms in Columbia County. The leaves look like marijuana and it’s a crime to harvest the plants without a license. The suspects could also be charged with theft and trespassing. Hemp plants are actually very low in T-H-C content, but they are very similar in appearance to illegal high-T-H-C cannabis plants. No names of those arrested have been released.
(Madison) The state Department of Transportation reminds drivers that deer crashes tend to spike as temperatures drop. Dave Pabst, director of transportation safety, says there is lots of extra activity as male deer look for mates. He says drivers should always be on the look out for deer but especially during dusk and dawn. The top two counties for deer crashes in 2018 were Dane and Waukesha.
(Madison) The state Assembly votes today (Thursday) on rule changes that would give majority Republicans unlimited opportunities to override vetoes issued by Governor Tony Evers. But Republicans would give themselves as many kicks at the can as needed to reach the required two-thirds to override a governor’s veto. Right now, they are only allowed one veto override attempt.
(Horicon) The Horicon Marsh Archeology Festival is being held this weekend. The all-ages, family-friendly event sponsored by the Rock River Archeology Society is focused around the archeology, history, and pre-history of the Horicon Marsh and surrounding area. The festival will be held at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center located on Highway 28 from 10am to 5pm Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Admission is free but organizers say donations are appreciated which help support educational programs.