News – September 26, 2022

(Waupun) Waupun Fire Chief B.J. DeMaa was slated to become Fond du Lac County’s new Communications and Emergency Management Director next month but has decided to instead stay in the position he has held for the past eight years. The Waupun Police and Fire Commission met in special session Friday to cement the deal. The city recently established its own ambulance service, and Mayor Rohn Bishop tells DailyDodge that DeMaa is the “right guy to lead the program” and says that he is “ecstatic that DeMaa is staying.”

(Mayville) An arrest warrant has been issued for a Mayville man accused of running from police. Dillon Sokolik allegedly fled authorities earlier this month, reaching speeds of up to 110-miles-per-hour during the 15 mile pursuit. The chase was eventually called off. A passenger in the vehicle called law enforcement the next day and reportedly identified Sokolik as the driver. If convicted, the 30-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison.

(Fond du Lac) A north Fond du Lac man was sentenced to 25 years in prison and placed on extended supervision for 25 years on a bevy of charges including Possession of Child Porn and Arson. Authorities found multiple illegal images on Michael Miller’s cellphone while they were investigating several suspicious fires in 2020. The 45-year-old also admitted to using rags as well as men’s and women’s underwear to start the fires.

(Columbus) The Columbus City Council recently moved to amend its Commercial Driver’s License Reimbursement Agreement. Council Members Trina Reid and Ian Gray offered their input on the length of the agreement which covers tuition costs and other materials for those obtaining their CDL. Their suggestion included shortening the term to two or three years from the original five, or a 24-month repayment plan. The council ultimately approved making the first year of reimbursement be 100-percent paid for. After that, it goes down by 25-percent each quarter.

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region stayed relatively steady in the month of August. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County was 2.8-percent in the eighth month of 2022, down a tenth of percent from July. Last year, the figure was 3-percent. Dodge County improved one spot in the statewide unemployment ranking to 15th.