News – September 4, 2019

(Lebanon) A signature bond was set at $5000 yesterday for an Ixonia woman accused of helping cover-up the murder of a Beaver Dam man. Dakota Schlesner is facing a felony count of Hiding a Corpse as a Party to a Crime. Nigel Schultz of Portage was convicted of murder last month in the death of Bradlee Gerke whose body was found last Halloween at Schlesner’s Ashippun farm. Schultz alleges that Schlesner offered to help him hide the body and that she agreed to keep quiet about the incident. Schlesner told law enforcement that she was (quote) “very scared” of Schultz. A judge will decide in two weeks if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Waupun) The Mayville woman who was found in the basement of a Waupun home last month with severe head injuries has died. Waupun Police Chief Scott Louden says 75-year-old Carol Foreman died at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah last Wednesday. Her grandson Gregory Spittel lived with Foreman and is charged with felony Battery to Law Enforcement and misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Spittel was drunk and screaming when officers arrived at the home for a medical call on August 24th. The 30-year-old was arrested after allegedly confronting and threatening police. Spittel is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on a $21,000 cash bond.

(Fond du Lac) Alcohol and speed were a factor in a fatal motorcycle crash in Fond du Lac early Sunday morning. Police identify the victim as Joseph Borst of Fond du Lac. The 22-year-old lost control taking a curve on Wisconsin American Drive. The bike left the road and struck a curb. Borst was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene. The bike came to rest in the parking lot of Aurora Clinic.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee had the opportunity to ask more questions over an audit of the sheriff’s office yesterday (Tuesday). Questions raised include the lack of jail staff overtime information included in the report. Matrix Consulting Group President Richard Brady says the reason for overtime is not recorded in the county’s human resource records so it cannot be analyzed. However, he says his team did look at aggregate overtime and found it was well within the standards of what they have seen in similar reviews of other jail’s for decades. The entire report is available on the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office website.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their yearly recognition of a local business, citizen and non-profit organization. The nomination deadline is next month, and the banquet will be held in January. Nomination forms are available at the chamber offices or at A link can be found with this news story at

(Juneau) Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon is the last chance this season to meet with the Dodge County Master Gardener’s during their regular office hours. Office hours will resume on May 5 of next year. In the meantime, the Master Gardeners can still be reached by phone and email. You can find that information with this news story at

(Fond du Lac) Two people from Georgia were taken into custody Monday afternoon after they were seen throwing two dogs into a Fond du Lac retention pond. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says the 22-year-old man was seen spinning one puppy around and lifting another over his head before throwing it into the pond. He and a 20-year-old woman are facing animal mistreatment charges.  The dogs, that are 8 to 9 weeks old, were turned over to the Fond du Lac Humane Society.