News – September 1, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A Mount Horeb man was charged Tuesday with running from Dodge County authorities nearly three years ago. Jared Thurber allegedly fled from Waupun police and Dodge County deputies in a stolen vehicle out of Fond du Lac, the pursuit was eventually called off. It took law enforcement until earlier this year to reportedly identify Thurber as the suspect, which was accomplished by using DNA evidence from a cigarette butt that was left behind at the scene where the vehicle was stolen from. If convicted, the 33-year-old faces three-and-a-half-years in prison. An initial appearance in scheduled for September 20th.

(Fond du Lac) An undercover human trafficking operation in Fond du Lac resulted in five arrests on multiple charges. Those arrested included two men from Fond du Lac, one from Oshkosh, one from Wautoma, and one from Berlin. State and local law enforcement including the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department and Fond du Lac Police targeted sex buyers and resulted in solicitation for prostitution charges.

(Madison) Republican legislators have approved former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to oversee an election investigation. There was no public hearing prior to Monday’s 5-3 vote in committee. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has ordered the review, and Gableman is authorized to spend some $680-thousand-dollars to assist the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections. He can also hire private investigators and other staff, if necessary. Governor Tony Evers called that wasted money. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Several school districts in Dodge County received grant funds to support mental health needs for students. The state Department of Public Instruction recently awarded $10.9-million-dollars in grants that will go towards mental health resources. Districts in Dodge County include Beaver Dam, Dodgeland, Lomira, and Waupun. Beaver Dam, Lomira, Waupun as well as Hustisford also received grants through the Department of Public Instruction’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse program.

(Beaver Dam) Two Dodge County employers have joined a statewide effort to help workers save for emergencies. The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mayville are now part of the Wisconsin Saves pledge. A total of 71 Wisconsin employers have joined the cause. The initiative focuses on the role of small to mid-size employers in promoting the benefits of saving automatically through split deposit to their employees. Officials with Wisconsin Saves say the employers joined after recognizing many individuals were not fully prepared for the lasting economic impacts of the pandemic.

(Wisconsin) The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing financial aid for some COVID-related funerals. FEMA officials say the agency is covering up to $9-thousand-dollars per person. The aid applies to covid funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To apply, you must call the COVID-19 funeral assistance hotline Monday through Friday at 1-844-684-6333. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Red Cross of Wisconsin is preparing to start sending supplies and volunteers to the Gulf Coast in the wake of now Tropical Storm Ida. Spokesman Justin Kern says the Red Cross has some people on the ground already but is holding back until the extent of the damage can be seen. If you want to donate money or volunteer, you can find out more online at Red-Cross-dot-Org. – WRN