News – October 24, 2022

(Waukesha) Darrell (duh-RELL) Brooks is expected to call more defense witnesses, as his trial for the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack resumes today. Brooks is representing himself. He asked defense witness Abel Lazcano if he could identify the driver of the red SUV that plowed through the parade route. Lazcano responded “yeah, you’re standing right there.” In a brief interview with FOX 6 News, Lazcano said he believes Brooks is “absolutely guilty,” in last November’s attack. Brooks faces dozens of charges in the deaths of six people and injuries to dozens more. Brooks was again repeatedly removed from the courtroom for disruptions on Friday. – WRN

(Dodge County) A number of Dodge County agencies will be participating in ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ later this week. Residents are encouraged to bring any unwanted, unneeded, and expired medications to their local law enforcement agency for proper disposal. There is no cost to dispose of the drugs which can be dropped off at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in Juneau between 10am and 2pm on October 29th as well as police departments in Beaver Dam, Columbus, Horicon, Juneau, Lomira, Mayville, Watertown, and Waupun.

(Beaver Dam) A local organization has awarded over $375-thousand-dollars to Dodge County non-profits over the last four years. The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation awards up to $2,500 during their spring and fall grant cycles to eligible non-profit’s. Of the $375-thousand, nearly $95-thousand-dollars were funded by the unrestricted Community Fund. The remaining $280-thousand were donor-directed grant awards from individuals or organizations with funds established at the Foundation. More information about supporting the Foundation’s many funds is available at

(Madison) Despite adding more than 14,000 jobs, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month. The latest data from the Department of Workforce Development shows Wisconsin continues to fare better than the U.S. as whole in terms of unemployment and labor force participation. It also shows that Wisconsin has added jobs in eight of last nine months. The state added more than 14,400 private sector jobs last month. Still, the unemployment rate increased from 3.1 percent in August to 3.2 percent in September as summer hospitality jobs wound down. For comparison, the national unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in September.

(Madison) Wisconsin residents are invited to honor troops by donating ornaments to the executive residence’s tree this holiday season. Each year, the governor’s residence in Maple Bluff continues the tradition of the Tribute to our Troops Tree, where ornaments are hung to honor veterans. The tribute tradition began in 2005 by Governor Jim Doyle. Wisconsinites can send ornaments to honor veterans who are currently serving or who have served here or abroad. The ornaments can be seen as part of the executive residence’s holiday tours in December. Families of service personnel are invited to send ornaments by November 22. – WRN

(Mayville) The city of Mayville has announced its brush pickup schedule beginning in November and continuing through next March. The pickup dates include November 28th, December 27th, January 30th, February 27th, and March 27th. Mayville’s Department of Public Works say that branches should be left in the longest length possible and no less than five-feet. They should also not exceed 100 pounds or six-inches in diameter. Brush must be stacked and arranged by size with the ends all facing one way. Small branches and twigs should be tied in bundles or boxed. – WRN