News – October 6, 2021

(Ashippun) A Hartford man who supplied the drugs that lead to an overdose death in Ashippun was sentenced Tuesday to four-and-a-half years in prison and placed on extended supervision for six years. Mitchell McDonald provided the heroin that killed a 28-year-old woman in April of 2019. When questioned, the 30-year-old McDonald reportedly said (quote) “I screwed up” and told law enforcement he was willing to work with them but wanted to contact an attorney.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was found guilty Tuesday with possessing an explosive device. Chad Leitner entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Possession of an Improvised Explosive. Beaver Dam police allegedly found a pipe bomb in Leitner’s possession in February. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered the device – which had a kill radius of nearly 50 feet – safe. Leitner denied making the pipe bomb. Leitner faces up to 12 years in prison.

(Juneau) ThriveED is trying to spur affordable housing development in both Dodge and Jefferson Counties. The non-profit organization, which supports local businesses throughout the region, is asking for county support in their application to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Rural Initiatives Program. The grant would help cover the $150-thousand-dollar project which would bring in consultants to do, among other things, feasibility studies to determine if a location can support housing and help municipalities review housing development proposals. The county would be on the hook for $17,500, if the WEDC approves the funding.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s public health officials are reaching out again to people who have been close to someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus. The Department of Health Services is re-launching its contact tracing text program. Acting health secretary Karen Timberlake says people who have tested positive will get a call from a contact tracer, while people who have been in close contact will get a text. The message will start with ‘Health Alert.’ The state health department is asking people not to ignore the messages. – WRN

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials reported one COVID death Tuesday, bringing the number of total deaths since the pandemic began to 219. The county continues to stay in the “very high” activity level for COVID transmission, according to the state department of health’s website. Green Lake and Fond du Lac Counties are in the “critically high” level. No county in Wisconsin is below the “very high” activity level. So far, 46.7-percent of residents in Dodge County have at least on dose of the vaccine while 44.2-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Washington County) The State Patrol does not usually respond to calls about boats, but this was an exception. That’s because someone just left a boat on the side of Highway 33 in Washington County, and spray painted the word ‘Free’ in big letters on the side. For the record, that’s about 20 miles away from Lake Michigan. There’s no word if the owner of the boat has been found or if it was returned. – WRN