News – September 22, 2022

(Lomira) The chief of police in Lomira has stepped down. Chief Bryan Frank elected to resign last Friday, which was accepted by the Lomira Village Board on Monday. Frank’s resignation comes alongside the announcement that a patrol officer and a part-time school resource officer are also leaving the department. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols in the Lomira area and Lomira Police Sergeant Mike Wheeler will take over the school resource officer position. Village leaders say they are committed to public safety and are working to provide law enforcement protection for citizens.

(Horicon) A Horicon woman was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison and was placed on two years of extended supervision for biting an officer after getting busted in a prostitution sting. A sheriff’s deputy initiated a text conversation online with Alaysha Smithcoleman who was soliciting sexual acts in May. When she was arrested, Smithcoleman made violent threats towards authorities and bit a deputy. At sentencing, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said no one expects to be happy about being arrested, but violence against police will not be tolerated.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board is asking all citizens to display a green light in their window starting October 1st through Veterans Day. The board adopted a resolution this week calling on all residents to recognize the sacrifices made by veterans. It is in conjunction with Operation Green Light, a nation-wide promotion to ensure that veterans are connected with benefits they earned while serving the country. Approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian life annually. That number is estimated to increase by 20-percent in the near future.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council this week awarded the contract for the new splash pad at Swan Park. WDS Construction of Beaver Dam was the low-bidder at $1.54-million dollars ($1,535,659). Interstate Sawing and Demolition of West Bend was paid $96,400 to demolish the old wading pool, which is where the splash pad will be located. This year was the final season that the pool was open.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Foundation is hosting their second annual community social this weekend. The event will be held at Ooga Brewing Company on Saturday (September 24th) starting at 3pm. Officials with the Foundation say all Dodge County residents are encouraged to attend. Staff with the organization will also be on-site to meet with community members and discuss how the Foundation supports area needs. There will also be live music.

(Portage) A portion of Interstate 39 and Highway 78 in Columbia County will be closed during the overnight hours next week for bridge work. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says I-39 northbound and 78 at the I-90/94 interchange near Portage will be shutdown nightly beginning September 26th through the 28th from 8pm to 6am. Officials says crews will be performing a bridge deck removal at Cascade Mountain Road. The posted detour route will utilize Highway 33 and I-90/94.