Deputy Son Of Former Sheriff Nabs Dad's Burglar
12/12/13 - One person was arrested at gunpoint Wednesday during an attempted burglary at the Fox Lake home of former Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. The lawman who nabbed the suspect is the sheriff’s newly deputized son, Taylor Nehls. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says dispatch received a call prior to the noon hour from off-duty deputy Taylor Nehls who had stopped by the house for personal items and interrupted the burglary in progress. The suspect reportedly had in his possession a loaded .380 handgun that belonged to Todd Nehls. Taylor Nehls held him at bay until officers arrived on scene. The deputy had just finished his field training two weeks prior. Ninmann commended his actions saying there could have been a deadly ending to yesterday’s incident but Taylor proved himself as a great deputy. Todd Nehls says he is proud of his son. His first thought was that this guy could have very easily put a couple rounds in his son’s chest and(quote) “killed my son in my house with my own handgun,” fled the scene and no one would ever have known what happened. Todd Nehls says his son has instincts like all good cops do. Deputy Nehls did not have a gun but he managed to subdue the suspect anyway. Todd Nehls says his son instinctively put him against the wall, patted him down, took the handgun from him and immediately used it his advantage. The former sheriff had an opportunity to ask the suspect a few questions. Once the suspect realized who who’s home he was in, he said he made a big mistake. Nehls says that is "putting it mildly." A 45-year-oldBeaver Dam man was taken to the Dodge County Jail pending the filing of formal felony charges.
AnchorBank In Columbus Robbed
12/12/13 - A Columbus bank was robbed Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say it happened around 3:30pm at the AnchorBank at 150 North Ludington Street. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s with a dark mustache that may be fake. He was last seen wearing a grey two-tone Columbia winter coat and blue jeans and a baseball cap with tan and white trim that was covered by the hood of the coat. It is unknown of the suspect had a weapon. Anyone with information should contact the Columbus Police Department or Columbia County Crimestoppers. Contact information: Columbus Police Department phone number is (920) 623-5919. The Columbia County Crime Stoppers phone contact is (800) 293-TIPS.
Waupun Police Warn of Utility Scam
12/12/13 - Authorities in Waupun are warning the public of a possible scam with the suspect saying they need to get into the victims house to shut off their electricity due to non-payment. Deputy Police Chief Scott Louden says they took a report Tuesday night from a woman who said a male approached her outside her residence asking if she lived at the address. She said yes and the subject said he needed to go inside and shut her electricity off because of a late payment. She refused to let him in and the man left in a dark colored SUV. He is described as a white male, approximately five foot, five inches tall, clean shaven with a stocky build last seen wearing a black ski jacket and black stocking cap. This type of scam appears to be increasing in popularity. We Energies warned customers earlier this month to be on the lookout for scammers claiming to be collectors for the company. That was after an incident at a grocery store in Greenfield when a man, described in his 30s, white and wearing a lab coat, demanded money for a past due account. A spokesman for We Energies says the company never sends agents to a home or business to collect cash. If anyone suspects a possible scam, officials say you should contact the energy company first.
Police Officers Credited For Safe Evacuation in Ripon Fire
12/12/13 - About 20 people lost their homes as the result of a fire that destroyed three buildings in downtown Ripon that contained businesses and second-floor apartments. It started around 3am yesterday in the 300-block of Watson Street, a couple blocks from Ripon College. Police officers were the first on the scene, and Ripon's on-call fire department responded quickly thereafter. Fire Chief Tim Saul said it had the potential to be a deadly fire, if it wasn't for the officers who began evacuating residents and quote, "saved lives." No one was hurt and all the apartment dwellers were accounted for. The Red Cross helped seven families including more than a dozen children. In addition to cash donations, the Chamber of Commerce has released a list of items needed, including personal hygiene items and clothing. The list can be viewed online at: http://media.jrn.com/documents/Ripon_Fire_Needs.pdf.
Party Crasher Charged With Felony Theft
12/12/13 - A Juneau man is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of items from a party he crashed. Arturo Rodriguez is charged with felony Theft of Movable Property and misdemeanor Theft as a Repeater for the incident on Monday in Horicon. Prosecutors say the 23-year-old attended the party with a co-worker after their office Christmas party. He didn’t know anyone at the gathering and the host asked him to leave because he allegedly smelled like marijuana. Before leaving, authorities say he stole several electronics and a safe containing thousands of dollars in jewelry. He was pulled over a short time later and arrested for second offense Operating While Intoxicated. Rodriguez was later connected to the stolen goods after the items were discovered missing. If convicted, the charges carry a combined maximum of over six years in prison. Cash bond was set at $5000 yesterday and a judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.
Beaver Dam Man Arrested Following Garage Break-In
12/12/13- Authorities arrested a Beaver Dam man late Tuesday night for breaking into a garage. It happened around 9pm on the 400 block of York Street. The 33-year-old was located in the area and reportedly admitted to police that he entered the garage to stay warm. He was taken to the Dodge County Jail on charges of Trespassing, Criminal Damage to Property and Burglary.
Juneau Man Arraigned On Seventh Offense OWI
12/12/13 - A Juneau man was arraigned Wednesday on charges of seventh offense Operating While Intoxicated. Steven Renk stood mute and Dodge County Judge Brian Pfitzinger entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf. The 51-year-old was pulled over for speeding last month on Highway 60 near Hustisford. Renk was reportedly unable to provide a photo ID so instead he showed the trooper a checkbook with his name on it. His speech as slurred, he mumbled and the trooper says he appeared confused. When asked how much he had to drink he answered “a lot.” A preliminary breath test put his blood alcohol level at nearly three times the legal limit for driving at point-two-three-five (.235). Renk remains jailed on a $100-thousand dollar cash bond and has court activity on the calendar next month.
Fond du Lac’s K9 Grendel Retiring
12/12/13 - Fond du Lac Police K-9 Grendel has a life of leisure ahead of him as he retires from active duty next spring. He and his human partner Ryan Williams were both shot during a fatal standoff incident that resulted in the death of fellow police officer Craig Birkholz in March of 2011. Williams says Grendel still gets excited about going to work. But life has changed Williams is now on the day shift and the department will be getting a new K-9 officer and handler. Both Officer Williams and Grendel were inspirations to the community when they recovered from critical gunshot wounds in the wake of the shooting.
Barrett Undergoes Angioplasty
12/12/13 - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett underwent an angioplasty this week to remove blockages from two heart vessels. Barrett, an avid runner, was hospitalized for exhaustion at the end of a 20-kilometer run on Sunday which marked his 60th birthday. He said Wednesday that he plans to resume his running regimen in a few weeks, after he's medically-cleared to do so. He said he was not sure to what degree his arteries were blocked, and an E-K-G at Wheaton Franciscan-Wisconsin Heart Hospital showed no muscle damage to the heart. Barrett said he felt blessed that a problem was detected and treated. He spent two days in the hospital before he was released.
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