News – October 16, 2021

(Oak Grove) One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in the Township of Oak Grove yesterday morning. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Highway 33 east of the intersection with Sunset Road around 6:30am. The initial investigation shows that a Honda was traveling west on 33 while a Kenworth semi was heading east. The Honda crossed the center roadway line and the two vehicles collided. The driver of the Honda sustained severe injuries and was transported by helicopter to Aurora Summit. The operator of the semi was not injured but a passenger sustained minor injuries.

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man who lead Dodge County authorities on a traffic pursuit followed by an eight-hour standoff was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday (Friday). Tyler Anderson entered a no contest plea to three felonies including Fleeing, Possession of a Firearm as a Convicted Felon, and Bail Jumping. Seven additional felonies were dismissed but read into the record. Juneau police initiated a pursuit with Tyler Anderson just after 8pm on January 30th. During the chase, Anderson hit a total of three law enforcement vehicles before running off the highway just west of Crystal Lake Road between Beaver Dam and Juneau. Authorities set up a perimeter after learning Anderson had a handgun. There was a female passenger who was able to escape the vehicle. After eight hours of negotiations authorities used (quote) “less lethal gas rounds” which were deployed safely and Anderson was arrested after 4am the next morning. The gun was inoperable but there was one cartridge in the chamber and three rounds in the weapons magazine. The 36-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for six years and probation for seven.

(Iron Ridge) A Neshkoro man who ran from Iron Ridge police was sentenced yesterday (Friday) to 90 days in jail with work release privileges. Robert Schuster entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Fleeing stemming from the incident in July of 2020. An officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign and turned on their emergency lights. The vehicle then speed away at a high rate of speed with police losing sight of it at the intersection of County Road WS and Highway 67. The officer then saw the vehicle hit an embankment east of Highway 67, travel across both northbound and southbound lanes and crash into some nearby woods. Schuster was identified as the driver and said he ran because he did not want to go back to jail. The 27-year-old was also placed on probation for three-and-a-half years.

(Ashippun) An Ashippun man guilty of assaulting a minor was sentenced yesterday (Friday) to 80 years in prison. Matthew Courtois entered a no contest plea to one count of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child, and one count of First Degree Child Sex Assault in June. An additional count of Repeated Sexual Assault was dismissed but read into record. The 36-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for forty years.

(Lamartine) A missing 24-year-old and his four-month-old infant were located safe yesterday (Friday) by Fond du Lac County authorities. Sheriff’s officials say a woman along with her friend Jordan and his child, Serenity, were in a vehicle involved in a minor crash into a ditch on Brown Road in the Town of Lamartine around 10:30pm Thursday. Jordan and his baby left the vehicle and walked into a marshy area and the woman lost sight of them a short time later. After being unable to contact Jordan on his cellphone, she contacted authorities. Deputies responded to the scene and immediately began searching the area. They located an empty car seat, in a wooded area north of the crash. By 10am Friday, an intensive ground and aerial search was underway. Just over an hour later, the sheriff’s office announced that both Jordan and Serenity were found safe at an address in the City of Fond du Lac. Sheriff Roger Waldschmidt extended his appreciation to the over 100 emergency personnel from multiple agencies who participated in the search. He also thanked all the citizens who provided tips and information. The circumstances surrounding the crash and what occurred after are being investigated by the sheriff’s office. Waldschmidt says no other information will be released at this time.

(Sauk County) A year after the stabbing death of 24-year-old John Schmutzer at Devils Lake State Park, Sauk County investigators are pledging to find the Wauwatosa man’s killer. Lead investigator Lieutenant Christopher Zunker says they are still seeking a person of interest they have dubbed “the runner,” seen my multiple witnesses. Zunker says he is certain someone knows who killed Schmulzer and urges that person to come forward and speak to investigators. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor recently announced the addition of a Special Services Division. Officials with WDS Construction – which serves 48 states and develops, manages, and constructs commercial buildings – say the new division will offer quick turn-around construction services for businesses in the state. Services include storm damage and plant maintenance, minor repairs, renovations, facility upgrades and expansion projects. WDS Construction President Ben Westra says they have built a strong client base over the last 16 years and often receive requests for additional, one-off projects. He says when combining the current supply chain delays and shortages the pandemic has created, they are seeing an increase in companies that are forced to think differently about how to address facility issues. Stan Harmsen, a 2021 Industry Icon award recipient, will lead the division. Harmsen has over four decades of experience in estimating, precast, steel work, project management, and site supervision.

(Fond du Lac) Alliant Energy recently celebrated their first community solar project. The 1-megawatt solar garden in Fond du Lac, at maximum output, could power 1,000 homes and is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. Alliant Energy Wisconsin President David de Leon says they are thrilled to have this opportunity to thank our solar block subscribers, the Fond du Lac community, and our major business partners. He says their first Alliant Energy community solar garden here reflects the community’s innovative spirit and passion for green energy. Alliant Energy’s community solar program provides an opportunity for customers to share the benefits of solar power without the need to install solar panels on their property. They receive a credit on their monthly electric bills for every block of energy purchased. The credits begin once the facility is in service and will last for 20 years. Participants will realize cost savings over the life of the solar facility.  Located west of the Highway 151/Hickory Road intersection, the project is built on land leased from Brownsville-based Michels Corporation. President Pat Michels says they are proud to be the anchor tenant of Alliant Energy’s first community solar garden. The Fond du Lac solar garden is the first of multiple community solar locations across Iowa and Wisconsin for Alliant Energy.

(Madison) Legislation that will raise the age to purchase or possess tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21 will make it harder for Wisconsin teens to get addicted. Nicole Hudzinski, Government Relations Director for American Heart Association. The bill cleared a state Assembly committee this week and a Senate committee last month. Similar legislation passed in the Assembly but not the Senate in the last legislative session. The federal tobacco age increased to 21 in December of 2019 and 39 states have passed their own bills raising the purchase age. – WRN

(Milwaukee) Some Milwaukee police officers are agreeing to a coronavirus vaccine requirement. The Police Supervisors’ Organization is signing-off on having sergeants, lieutenants, captains, and others get their shots by the end of next month. Any officer who doesn’t get vaccinated will have to wear a mask on-duty. The agreement does not cover rank-and-file Milwaukee cops. Their union says it’s still negotiating with the city about a vaccine mandate.