News – October 12, 2021

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says while it is in everyone’s right to remain anonymous while submitting tips to law enforcement, doing so can hinder their ability to investigate. An anonymous person made a noise issue complaint via the sheriff’s office app last weekend. A deputy found that the noise was reasonable when they arrived but since the tip was made under anonymity, they were not able to follow up. The following day, another anonymous tip was filed claiming that the sheriff’s office app does not work and that the music was playing again. The sheriff notes as this incident shows, remaining anonymous – which is everyone’s right – can very much limit their ability for a follow-up conversation between a deputy and the complainant to get to the bottom of a situation.

(Randolph) Congressman Glen Grothman made stops for town hall meetings Monday in the Villages of Coloma and Randolph.  The Republican from Glenbeulah spoke about the state of the country as we enter our third year of COVID, government spending, racism, and media reporting bias. He also stressed the need for more personnel at the border, citing reports of understaffing, overworked border control agents, and an increase in illegal immigrants.

(Fond du Lac) Charges have been brought against a Fond du Lac High School student involved in a fight at the school last week. James Baemmert, who now lists a Milwaukee address as his main residence, is facing a felony charge of Battery and four misdemeanor counts. According to the criminal complaint the teen threatened to kill a school resource officer. Last week’s fight resulted in the suspension and possible expulsion of nine students. Nobody was seriously injured. The 17-year-old was released on a $2,500 signature bond and will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on October 22nd.

(Markesan) The Markesan Community is proud that one of their own killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor has been returned to them after nearly 80 years. Navy Petty Officer First Class Keefe Connolly was serving on the U.S.S. Oklahoma when he lost his life in an attack that brought the United States into World War II. His body was identified and will be returned to the community on November 6th. Burial will be at the Markesan Cemetery on November 8th. Markesan Police Chief Will Pflum says Connolly has a sister in her 90’s and some other relatives. He says she was overwhelmed by the recent news.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is offering several opportunities to receive the COVID vaccine this week. Health officials will be given out Pfizer and the one-and-done Johnson and Johnson vaccines this Thursday. Pfizer is available to those 12 and up while the J and J vaccine is only for those 18 and older. The clinic will be at the Dodge County Public Health building located at 199 County Road DF in Juneau between 2pm and 6pm. The second clinic will be on Friday and will offer only the Pfizer vaccine. Health officials say walk-ins are welcomed. However, they say if individuals are coming in for a booster shot to schedule an appointment ahead of time. To schedule an appointment, call 920-386-4830.

(Wisconsin) Shut it down. That’s Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul’s request, regarding the partisan Republican investigation into the state’s 2020 presidential election. Former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has issued multiple subpoenas, including one requiring state Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe to testify on Friday. Kaul says it could end up in court. In a statement, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Gableman will continue his investigation, and that the subpoenas have been issued correctly. – WRN