News – September 24, 2020

(Dodge County) Half of the eight deaths reported in Wisconsin yesterday are tied to Dodge County where four deaths were reported. Dodge County now has 14 of the state’s 1259 deaths; Jefferson County recorded one death yesterday. Wisconsin health officials are reported 1,762 positive cases in the daily update, which is 13.1-percent of 13,000 tests. Dodge County reported two dozen more cases for a running total of 1,677. There are 15,262 active cases in the state, an increase of 492 from Tuesday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 302 people.

(Watertown) A Watertown woman was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to six years in prison and 14 years of extended supervision for supplying the drugs that led to an overdose. Debra Patroelj was implicated in the January 2016 death of 16-year-old John Teuteberg. The 52-year-old traded $30 of marijuana for six methadone pills which Teuteberg consumed at one time. At sentencing, Assistance District Attorney James Sempf said prison is necessary to protect the community from the defendant’s ways.

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man charged with robbing a Beaver Dam store made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Wednesday). Donnie McKenzie allegedly stole two dehumidifiers from the Beaver Dam Menards Tuesday. When questioned, he reportedly said he needed money and heard that the stores in Beaver Dam were easy to steal from. If convicted, the 53-year-old faces over 15 years in prison. Cash bond was set at $1,500 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 1st.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison man charged with running from Dodge County deputies, less than one hour after being released from prison, entered a not guilty by reason of mental defect plea at arraignment yesterday. Equon Hopkins was apparently released from Dodge Correctional less than an hour before sparking the pursuit down Highway 151, onto County G into Lowell in July. The 40-year-old crashed into several trees and was apprehended near his vehicle after attempting to run. It all started when authorities were alerted to a domestic incident after witnesses allegedly saw a woman exit his vehicle on the highway. If convicted, Hopkins faces over four years in prison.

(Fountain Prairie) Columbia County authorities have arrested two juveniles for damaging railroads. On Monday, sheriff’s office deputies were called to investigate criminal damage to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) property near Mohr Road in the Township of Fountain Prairie. Damage was estimated to be several thousand dollars. Both juveniles are being referred to juvenile intake services on charges of Criminal Damage to Railroads and Trespassing while Carrying a Firearm.

(Juneau) Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says a lot of people requested absentee ballots for the April election not realizing that they would get absentee ballots for the whole year. Gibson says under that scenario, the law still allows you to vote in person if you wish but the poll book will have you listed as an absentee voter. To avoid confusion, she suggests writing a letter to her office or your local municipal clerk clarifying that you do not wish to vote absentee in the November election. Once you return an absentee ballot you have voted, and Gibson warns not to vote again on election day.  Not everyone who voted absentee in April will be getting a ballot for November, only those who signed up for the whole year or registered as indefinitely confined.

(Juneau) There is a vacancy on the Dodge County Board. Supervisor Richard Bennett has stepped down from his District Seven seat which encompasses areas of Burnett, Hubbard, Oak Grove, Kekoskee, Horicon and Mayville. Bennett says the reason he is resigning from the seat is because he is downsizing to a smaller home outside of the district. District Seven residents interested in filling the vacancy can submit at letter of interest to County Board Chairman Russell Kottke buy October 6th. More information is available at

(Wisconsin) Legislative Republicans have appealed a federal court ruling that extends the window for the state to accept absentee ballots. The appeal comes just a few days after federal judge William Conley ruled that clerks will be allowed to accept ballots that have been postmarked by Election Day, even if they come in later. The same ruling also extended the window for requesting an absentee ballot. Experts are expecting the ruling to head all the way up to the US Supreme Court.  – WRN