News – September 27, 2021

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Deputies took part in dual pursuits Sunday evening.  Around 7:20pm a Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop for a speed violation on HWY 151 in the Township of Oakfield.  The vehicle failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens and a pursuit ensued for about 8 miles before the deputy called off the pursuit near Camelot Drive.  Later another Deputy located the vehicle which again sped away failing to yield.  The one mile pursuit traveled north on Marr St, East on Merrill Ave, and North on Amory St before terminating at Amory and Johnson.  Deputies identified a potential suspect and responded to his residence where a 23 year old North Fond du Lac man was taken into custody.  He is being held at the Fond du Lac County Jail on two counts of Fleeing Eluding a Law Enforcement Officer, Two Counts of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and a probation and parole warrant.

(Beaver Dam) The City of Beaver Dam has solid momentum in the rehabilitation plans of Swan Park. Mayor Becky Glewen told WBEV’s Community Comment that the city has sent out for bids on the first stage of the project, which includes the rehabilitation of the iconic lagoon area of the park.  Initially $530 thousand was needed for the project, but the mayor says an increase in infrastructure costs resulted in another $100-thousand dollars earmarked in the budget.  The project will address the lagoons failing walls, infrastructure improvements, two water features, and repair of the adjoining bridges. On Friday, a $200-thousand-dollar donation from National Exchange Bank for the walking path in the park was announced.

(Portage) The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is targeting “hot spots” in their region to reduce the number of vehicle crashes. The agency is teaming up with the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation, who studied Columbia County crash reports between 2018 and 2020 to identify areas with a high number of injury crashes. The hots spots law enforcement will be targeting include Interstate 39 and Highway 78 in Caledonia, Cook Street at Wisconsin Street/DeWitt Street in Portage, and Highway 151 and Highway 60 in Leeds. Deputies will be stepping up enforcement efforts and increasing overall presence in those areas.

(Eden) A motorcyclist was seriously injured after hitting a tree Saturday evening on the Township of Eden. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the crash on Highway 45 around 9:45pm. The investigation showed the motorcyclist, 55-year-old Darren Meyer of Fond du Lac, was traveling northbound on 45 and failed to negotiate a curve near Garnett Road. The motorcycle slid into private property where it struck a tree, ejecting the operator from the cycle. Meyer was transported to the hospital in Neenah by Flight for Life. He was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is considered to be a factor in the crash.

(Juneau) Dodge County has begun a broadband feasibility study. The goal is to bring improved broadband services to households and businesses throughout the county. The study will analyze existing broadband assets, including those offered by local telecom service providers, cable companies and government organizations that provide communication services through schools and first responders. County officials say a key part of the study includes a broadband survey for both businesses and residents over their current connections. Paper surveys are being sent out and surveys can also be done online. A link is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Markesan) Public comments are being accepted as part of the city of Markesan’s application for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The projects primarily include the replacement of lead line services throughout the city. The DNR has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects, though based on public comments received by their deadline on October 6th, the state may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process.