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Dodge County Sheriff Swears In Third K9


7/26/17 - The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office officially swore-in a new police dog last night. Tek is a two-year-old German Shepherd who comes from a pedigree of four generations of working dogs and is trained in narcotics detection, human tracking and handler protection. As part of the ceremony, Sheriff Dale Schmidt said the canine program has already helped forge strong community partnerships. He noted a $5000 contribution from Countryside GM to support the purchase of Tek along with a nine-year-old girl who raised $214 by foregoing birthday gifts. Schmidt says from a young girl to a large company (quote) “our community recognizes the importance of law enforcement and the canine program.”  Deputy Taylor Nehls is now on the beat as Tek’s handler. Deputy Nehls says he is very excited to begin this new assignment which is something that he has wanted to do his whole life. He says being able to cover more shifts with a police dog presence will be extremely beneficial to the community. Deputy Nehls is the son of former Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls, who tells us he was initially concerned that it would be challenging to introduce a new dog into his son’s young family. The former sheriff says he gave his son some stern fatherly advice but he nonetheless competed for the position because it was his passion. Todd Nehls says Taylor wanted the dog bad enough that he finally caved in and now he is very proud of his son and expects a lot of great things from him and his new partner in coming years. Deputy Nehls and Tek are joining Sgt. Joseph Nicholas and K9 Kid and Deputy Gilbert Fairman and K9 Ziva on the roster.


Elected Officials In Juneau To Revisit Per Meeting Stipend


7/26/17 - Elected officials in Juneau will make another attempt to increase their per meeting stipend. Earlier this month, the council voted 4-to-2 to bring their yearly base salary up to what it had been during the recession when they approved a pay cut. After the next election, alderpersons will make $1200, up $200, while the mayor will get $6000, up from $5000. A subsequent vote to increase the per meeting stipend from $25 to $40 failed 4-to-3 with the mayor casting the tie-breaking vote against the hike. Mayor Dan Wegener brought the matter back to the city’s Personnel Committee last night. Wegener says he supports the stipend increase but voted against it because it should have been unanimous. Committee Chair Kay Marose agreed noting last night that Juneau alderpersons make only 66-percent of what their counterparts in Horicon and Fox Lake are paid, which makes it difficult to attract new blood. The vote to increase the per meeting stipend will be brought back before the Juneau Common Council at this September meeting. That one month delay is intended to fill a vacant council position next month so that a full council can vote on the change.


Juneau Mayor Considering Two For Council Vacancy


7/26/17 - It appears that the Juneau mayor will appoint someone to fill a vacancy on the common council. When Ward Three Alderman Daniel Schamberger abruptly announced his resignation at the end of this month’s council meeting, Mayor Dan Wegener told us that he was not sure if the seat would be filled. Wegener noted that the term ends in April of next year and suggested that he may stick with the five-person council for the remaining months. He brought the matter to the city’s Personnel Committee last night to get their input. Wegener says he was first contacted by former alderman Clarence “Butch” Chase and then contacted by former Mayor Ron Bosak. Wegener says he is leaning heavily toward one candidate over the other but did not elaborate. Committee Chair Kay Marose said Bosak is someone who only wants to help Juneau but she suggested that the city attorney may have to offer a legal opinion. The concern with Bosak’s appointment is that the former mayor may not have completed open meetings law training that was mandated by the District Attorney in March of 2014, one month before Wegener defeated Bosak in the mayoral election. At the time, the entire council was ordered to take the training because a meeting to restructure the city’s EMS department violated the open meetings law. Bosak tells us that he does not understand the concern with the training and would have to check his files to see if he did attend. Three of those alderpersons are still on the council. Wegener asked if elected officials would have any reservation about working with either of the two candidates. Alderwoman Cheryl Braun said she would work with whoever is chosen and make it work.


Waupun Identifying Building Needs In Budget Preparations


7/26/17 - Waupun officials began looking at ways to address public facilities needs within the city at their common council meeting last night. The goal is to put together a Master Facility Plan that would cover funding solutions and define structural needs as the budget process begins. City Administrator Kathy Schlieve says the Master Plan will open up avenues for discussion and get away from reactionary decisions. Schlieve says the city should look at the long-term facility needs in order to come up with the best possible solution. City Hall, the Senior Center, and the Carnegie Building are a few of the structures that need accessibility upgrades, plumbing fixes, or electrical repairs. Schlieve says the city is still in preliminary discussions on how to pay for capital improvements which includes the tax levy, TIF district dollars, or - if borrowing is needed - a referendum. She says nothing in set in stone and that the Master Facility Plan will continue to evolve as the city’s budget is finalized.


Trump Expected To Make Foxconn Announcement Today


7/26/17 - President Donald Trump will apparently get to make the announcement that Foxconn has chosen Wisconsin for its new U-S electronics plant. Trump's schedule has a "jobs announcement" for 5pm today (Wednesday) in the East Room of the White House -- and media reports say a follow up program is planned Thursday at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Trump told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that the Taiwanese Foxconn is "strongly considering" a Wisconsin location for a plant that could hire five-to-ten-thousand workers, rumored to be in Racine or Kenosha counties. The Journal Sentinel says Foxconn could be in line for a one-to-three-billion-dollar package of federal, state, and local incentives. Chief of staff Reince Priebus says Trump started talks with Foxconn in April when he visited Snap On Tools in Kenosha -- and he told a Waukesha audience in mid June that Governor Scott Walker would get a "very happy surprise" when a plant he didn't disclose would knock on the state's door.


Full-Scale Exercise Thursday At Grande Cheese


7/26/17 - Emergency responders in the Dodge County-area will be participating in a full-scale exercise tomorrow at the Grande Cheese Distribution Center in Lomira. Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says the exercise will test current plans for communications, coordination, emergency public information and warning, responder safety and health and hazardous materials responses while also testing onsite management with Incident Command and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Nehls says the exercise provides an opportunity for first responders and other stakeholder agencies to test their plans in a real-time simulation. She says that allows those responders to train and practice together to ensure that incident communications, management and tactical skills are ready should a real emergency situation occur.  The exercise will be held tomorrow from 5pm until 9pm at the Grande Cheese Distribution Center at 1400 Industrial Drive in Lomira. The agencies participating include police, fire and-or first responders from Lomira, Theresa, Brownsville and Knowles in conjunction with representatives from the Grande Cheese plants in Lomira and Brownsville, Wisconsin Emergency Management and several Dodge County agencies including Emergency Management, HAZMAT, the sheriffs office and dispatch.


Rubicon Man Among Those Arrested In Prostitute Sting


7/26/17 - A Rubicon man was among 20 people arrested over a three-day period during a prostitution investigation in Oshkosh. That number includes six women and one man from Milwaukee for prostitution and 13 male ‘johns’ for solicitation of sex. In addition to the Rubicon man, the others arrested for solicitation were from Oshkosh, Appleton, Milwaukee, Larsen, Eldorado, Bear Creek, Neenah and Kaukauna along with a San Bruno, California man. Two of the suspects went to jail and the remainder had referral arrests made on them to the Winnebago County DA’s Office. Police say some of the men had illegal drugs on them, and one was suspected of illegally possessing a gun as a convicted felon. Officials say one of the female prostitutes had an electronic weapon -- and one had a three-month-old child with her, and the baby is now staying with a relative.


Fox Lake Man Convicted In Baseball Bat Attack


7/26/17 - A Fox Lake man was convicted yesterday of attacking two people with a baseball bat. Michael Rogge pled to reduced misdemeanor charges of Disorderly Conduct and Battery. The 33-year-old told officers he left work during a break to run home and get his cigarettes last November.  When he arrived at his house, Rogge said there was a vehicle in the driveway that belongs to a man he suspected was having an affair with his wife.  Rogge reportedly told investigators that he grabbed the bat when he got in the house and proceeded to the bedroom, where he found the man. Rogge hit the man in the head with the bat and said he also unintentionally struck his wife, who was trying to break up the fight.  The man received 12 staples to his head while Rogge’s wife received two near her scalp. He says he never meant to hurt the man but rather wanted to scare him.  Rogge was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to stay away from his estranged wife except for the purpose of child placement and divorce proceedings.


Fond du Lac Firefighters Rescue Bees


7/26/17 - Around 20-thousand honey bees have a new home thanks to the Fond du Lac Fire Department. Firefighters responded to a call for help from an apartment manager Monday. The bees had swarmed onto several branches in a tree on Donahue Court. Five of the department’s personnel are bee keepers and are trained to move bee swarms. The bees were initially taken to private keeping facilities out of town. Assistant Fire Chief Jim Knowles says they did not move the bee box the bees were transferred to until nightfall.