News – October 20, 2022

(Beaver Dam) A Juneau man was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to three years in prison for his Eighth Operating While Intoxicated offense. A jury found Wesley Gayan guilty on the felony charge. He was also placed on extended supervision for five years. Gayan was under the influence of stimulants and narcotic analgesics when he was pulled over by authorities in December of 2019. The 54-year-old struggled through field sobriety tests and was arrested.

(Washington County) A Horicon man accused of causing a crash that killed a pregnant woman and her one-year-old son in Washington County entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday (Wednesday). Steven Bruskiewicz Jr. was allegedly using social media when he struck another vehicle from behind, sending it into oncoming traffic. This resulted in a second crash and the death of a 30-year-old Mayville woman, her unborn child, and her one-year-old son.

(Beaver Dam) An investigation of a possible threat at the Beaver Dam High School was later deemed to be not credible. Superintendent Mark DiStefano says students reported hearing statements this week that could be concerning and considered a threat. He says although there was very little detail or specific evidence, the administration took every effort to respond in a thorough and precautionary manner investigating any and all leads. DiStefano says it has been determined that there is nothing that would suggest that there was a credible threat. The Beaver Dam Police Department has increased its presence around the facility as a preventative measure.

(Waupun) Waupun School District voters will see an operational referendum on their ballot next month. The question will ask residents to allow the district to exceed the state’s revenue limits by $980-thousand-dollars annually for three years. District officials say the funds would go towards maintaining current programming and operations amid rising costs and stagnate state aid and enrollment. The public is encouraged to attend several upcoming listening sessions about the referendum. The next one is today (Thursday) from 4pm to 7pm at the Rock River Intermediate School.

(Watertown) The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation has received a $5-million dollar donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Foundation officials said in a news release that the funding will help accelerate the work of its Every Child Thrives initiative. The program in Dodge and Jefferson counties brings together dozens of groups to help promote kindergarten readiness and early classroom success.

(Beaver Dam) The play “Curses” is on the stage at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday. The show is a culmination of a theatre camp where middle school students learned the elements of theater production. Director Deb Meyer says the show is inspired by her grandkids who had to move many times during their childhood. Tickets can be purchased in person at the theater box office today (Thursday) or online. More information is available at DailyDodge.com.