Local News Archives for 2023-08

Motor Vehicle Theft Under Investigation

The Hartford Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle theft that occurred in the 500 block of Linden Avenue, at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30 in the city of Hartford.


The suspect then crashed the stolen vehicle in the 100 block of Grand Avenue, and left the scene by running southbound away from the vehicle.  


The Hartford Police are asking for your assistance. Anyone who lives within three blocks of either location, please check your surveillance video cameras for images of the suspect.


The suspect in this case was wearing a black sweatshirt with black pants.

It's Going To Be A Real Scorcher!

It's expected to be hot and humid during the Labor Day weekend.

Temperatures will consistently climb to over 90 each day, according to Meteorologist Paul Trambley of the Weather Eye Radio Network.

"It's a combination of high heat and high humidity through the weekend, and into next week as well. Those conditions can present a challenge, and it's important to take the necessary precautions. Stay fully hydrated...these types of heat index values, it certainly doesn't take long for heat stress to become an issue."

Monday, September 4 is Labor Day and more hot and humid conditions are expected with a high of 93.

Heat exhaustion symptoms include dizziness, headache, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, nausea and fainting. Move to a cool place and get medical attention if it gets worse.

Annual Campaign Helps Deter Impaired Driving

The nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Labor Day campaign runs until September 4.   

Impaired driving is one of the deadliest and most often committed, and preventable crimes. 

It continues to be an issue in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Tara Jenswold told WTKM during a visit to Hartford.

"Wisconsin is a state that has a high number of OWIs each and every year, we don't have a shortage of those. It's especially important in this particular area because we have so many people who drive impaired that we keep law enforcement up to speed."    

There were 7,048 crashes involving alcohol or drug impairment in Wisconsin in 2022, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. State Patrol troopers and inspectors will join law enforcement officers across the state for special enforcement efforts leading up to Labor Day weekend.

Law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin work together year-round to stop impaired drivers through special enforcement efforts led by regional OWI task forces. 

The State Patrol also provides special training for troopers, inspectors and officers from other agencies. Almost 7,000 Wisconsin officers are trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). 

The Wisconsin State Patrol is urging everyone to plan ahead as the summer travel season wraps up, to avoid the potentially deadly consequences of impaired driving. 

Officers and Deputies across the state will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. The goal of the campaign is to save lives and prevent tragedies on Wisconsin’s roads.



Cocaine and Firearms Seized in Slinger

Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Slinger Police Department conducted a search warrant of a James Street apartment in the Village of Slinger on Thursday, August 24. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of over an ounce of cocaine, more than $12,000, 17 firearms including a machine gun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, ballistic vests, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana.

37-year-old Robert Cleveland, of Slinger, was already in custody at the Washington County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of the warrant. The safety of the community is their highest priority. The apartment building was part of several multi-family units in the area. The fact that they were able to execute this warrant while Cleveland was in custody greatly minimized any potential risk to the public.

Slinger Police Chief Dean Schmidt stated that the arrest was the result of teamwork.

“This was a great joint effort by Slinger Police Department members and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force resulting in the arrest of an individual who clearly has little respect for his neighbors and the community of Slinger”.

Cleveland has been a target of the Washington County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Unit for several months as he was known to sell cocaine at Slinger area taverns. Last week Slinger Police investigators obtained actionable information that allowed drug investigators with the task force to obtain a search warrant for the residence based on probable cause that the apartment contained drugs and other contraband.

Cleveland is now charged with multiple additional felonies and misdemeanors including keeper of a drug house while armed, possession of a machine gun, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and others. His bail was set at $100,000 dollars cash by the Honorable Judge Giernoth and he remains in custody at the Washington County Jail. According to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

City of Hartford Welcomes New Businesses


Over the past year, there have been many new businesses starting to build or relocate to the city of Hartford.

City officials recently welcomed two new businesses with several more planned for the coming months.

Summit Credit Union opened on the south edge of the new strip mall, in front of Festival Foods.

Hartford City Administrator Steve Volkert told WTKM News that it's a great time to be in the city.

"There's a lot of interest in Hartford right now. We are very excited about that, and we're excited to be not only the industrial hub of Washington County but also really growing in commercial."   

Four other businesses are scheduled to open in that same mall in the coming months.

PrimeTime Performance Rehab is now open in downtown Hartford on the second floor of the Millstream Building.  They just recently moved their clinic closer to home from Menomonee Falls to Hartford.

Plans Progressing In Watertown For A New Fire Station

There are plans in Watertown for a new fire station.

It will be located just off of South Church Street, near 621 Bernard and 668 Johnson streets.

The current fire station no longer fits the needs of the department, according to Watertown Mayor Emily McFarland.

"It will be a modern fire station that meets the needs that we have. We have the basic needs that will provide a modern station for our firefighters. Being able to have a station that meets certain standards is really important and obviously necessary, and then also a station that has more space. We know that our current station is too small for renovation...we can't go north, south, east or west."                                                   

The current fire station was not built to house both fire and EMS. The Watertown Fire Department has full-time Fire and EMS. EMS services were added in 1975, and the station hasn’t expanded due in large part to its location near the Rock River.

It’s scheduled to be complete and ready to move in by late next year, or early in 2025.

First Day of School!

It’s the first day of school in Hartford.

Hartford Joint #1 School District has a new District Administrator, Tara Villalobos.  

"I'm really excited to be here," exclaimed Villalobos. "I have been a superintendent for the last 10 years, in a neighboring district. First, it was Richfield then in 2018 we consolidated and became the Holy Hill Area School District. I'm familiar with Hartford Union High School and the system. Making this move was natural for me."   

Villalobos stepped in last July, and stayed busy this summer becoming familiar with the district. She told WTKM that she has committed to weekly visits with the principals to each of the school buildings in a three-week rotation. It will be a chance for everyone to see her and to get to know her.

There are so many good things in place at Hartford Union High School, according to Superintendent Jeff Walters.

"In the last two years, we've had four students achieve a perfect 36 on their ACT score. We were also recently recognized by Project Lead the Way as a distinguished high school and continue to increase our college credit opportunities on our campus."       

One of the big highlights of the summer was four students from Hartford Union High School who earned first place at the Skills-USA National Leadership Conference. It was held in Atlanta in June.

191 classes are offered at Hartford Union high School with over 30 clubs and activities offered for students.       

Accidental 911 Calls On The Rise

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office continues to see a large amount of accidental 911 calls.


In the past week, from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21st, to 2:00 p.m. yesterday, August 28th, they received 97 911 accidental calls.


Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told WTKM News that it has become an issue.


"We have seen a big increase in 911 hang ups, due to cell phone manufacturers incorporating updates to phones without the users being aware. One of these functions allows you to dial 911 by pressing the screen lock button multiple times in a row to initiate a 911 call. 911 calls, as a result are accidentally placed because someone's phone is moving around in a cup holder while driving, or the 911 call is activated while simply in a pocket or purse."    


The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with an Android device, please check to see if there is an update available for your phone, and if so, please allow the phone to update. If an update is not available, please continue to check daily until that update becomes available.


If you do accidentally dial 911, please stay on the line to speak with the dispatcher and explain what happened, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.


Saying Goodbye To Summer

The Summer Playground Camp in the City of Hartford recently wrapped up for the summer.

The 10-week program included field trips to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford Rec Center, fishing at the Mill Pond, Pike Lake State Forest, Signicast Aquatic Center, an onsite visit from Hartford Fire and Rescue and the Jack Russell Memorial Library.

It was the final weekend to swim at Hartford’s Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center, with the final day on Sunday, August 27.

Attendance has been steady, but not overwhelming according to Hartford City officials, but it is time to close due to staff members heading back to school. It is usually the time around one week prior to Labor Day. This is a similar practice with all supervised municipal pools.

Aquatics and Fitness Supervisor Zack Stupnik told WTKM News that the Thursday Night Swim worked out well this summer.  

"One thing that has been very positive for us is the Night Swim. We had about 350 people for the first one, and the second event saw around 300 people. We made a few changes and I think it made a difference and brought in more people. We changed the prices from normal full price to $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents."   

Hours at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center were consistently extended, which allowed them to wrap up another season on a good note.

The City of Hartford hopes everyone enjoyed their time and had fun at the Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center. 

A Solid System at the City of Hartford's Waste Water Treatment Plant

A major rain storm did not greatly impact Hartford's sewer system. 


While the City experienced 2.4 inches of rain on Friday night, of July 28, the waste water treatment plant did not receive a huge influx within their closed system. It is a known fact that not all sanitary sewer systems are air tight. Due to cracks in the collection system, separating seams within the pipes or gaps in connections, sanitary sewer systems will have some infiltration of ground water during rains. With having as much rain as we did on that night, it was expected to see a large influx of clean water diluting their normal brown water.


The good news was that the City of Hartford's treatment plant did not have a great deal of increase in water received, showing that their total system is in great shape at this time. They continually monitor the flows within the plant and look for issues whenever they find collection system problems to make sure they always have a solid system.

Former President Of Dodge and Jefferson County Beekeepers Association Works To Increase Honey Bee Population

Steve Drajeske, of Neosho, has a passion for bees. He says the number of hives each beekeeper has depends on the need.


“In 2012, my wife and I read some articles about the decline of bees,” said Drajeske. “We moved from the West Allis area to Neosho and had room for bees. “We have 12 hives, which is more than some and less than others. I sell at farmers markets and pumpkin farms. There is a demand for my honey, so I need the volume."

Drajeske says nurturing bees has taught him a lot.


“We raise other animals...pigs, goats, chickens and more but the bees are the most fascinating. Just when I think you have them all figured out, I learn something new. In addition, beekeeping has become very popular. People are getting into it to help with the bee population and pollination.”

There was an open-class-exhibiting division at the Dodge County Fair this year, in which adults could enter projects and compete.


“It was my first year exhibiting, and I found it a pleasant experience,” said Drajeske. “I entered one-pound honey, chunk honey, a beeswax display, a frame of honey in the comb and in woodworking I submitted a bowl, carving, and sculpture. The judges were great with feedback; they also listened to us for feedback, which was nice.”

The Dodge and Jefferson County Beekeepers Association had a treat stand at the Dodge County Fair in order to raise money for their scholarship program. Drajeske recently finished up his time as president of the active group.


“Proceeds from our stand are used for scholarships to get youth interested in beekeeping. We set kids up with equipment and a mentor for a year. We also have a honey-queen program that comes with a scholarship.”


Dodge-Jeffersonbeekeepers.com has a lot of information on their club, including news, tips and tricks, recipes and a schedule of events. 

Road Work Alert in the City of Hartford

The City of Hartford Engineering Department released a road work announcement. 


KS Energy will have the eastbound lane alongside Hank's Restaurant & Drinkery closed for construction through the business day, on Friday August 25. 


Road plates will be replaced for the weekend, covering Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27.


Monday to Wednesday, August 28 to August 30 the lane will be closed for placing and curing concrete. The City of Hartford plans to have the lane open by Wednesday afternoon, August 30. Traffic congestion between Rural and Main Streets can be expected on W. Sumner Street during the length of this project.



Hartford Police Department Clears Up Any Misunderstanding

The Hartford Police Department issued an official statement in order to clear up any misunderstanding.  

"There have been reports coming out of a possible officer involved incident with members of the Hartford Police Department. To be clear, there has been no Officer Involved Shooting or Incident in the City of Hartford. We are unaware of where this information has come from. Our only response today has been to assist with a medical emergency. Thank you."


Dodge County Sheriff's Office Presented With Prestigious Certificate of Accreditation

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, Inc. formally announced and presented the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office with its prestigious Certificate of Accreditation at a board meeting on Monday, August 21. WILEAG’s motto of “Challenging Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Agencies to Achieve Excellence” resonated with Sheriff Dale Schmidt and as a result, the sheriff’s office continuously strives to meet the standards set forth by the Accreditation Group.

The Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) branch of the United States Department of Justice recognizes law enforcement agency accreditation as follows:

Law enforcement agency (LEA) accreditation is a self-initiated process of adopting and maintaining standardized policies and procedures. LEAs operate within a specific set of state- and/or nationally recognized standards that are determined and defined by an accreditation body. To obtain accreditation, an LEA must work with a state or national accreditation body to develop and adopt a specific set of operational standards -the number of standards varies by accreditation entity – and maintain compliance during the accreditation period. Tribal LEAs may seek accreditation through state or national accreditation bodies.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) & COPS Office support agency accreditation and recognize the importance of adhering to the highest standards of police policies and operations. The community benefits when its law enforcement personnel are following standardized policies and procedures that provide efficient, effective, and fair policing. Accreditation of agencies helps to ensure accountability and transparency that can enhance confidence and trust in law enforcement among the communities they serve.

In 2021, the sheriff determined that the sheriff’s office was at a point in which it was ready to seek accreditation which demands that an agency meet 262 applicable standards. A grant opportunity became available and was applied for by the sheriff’s office, bringing $75,000 to the agency to go through the rigorous preparation and evaluation process. In the spring of 2023, the sheriff’s office completed its preparation process, which normally takes agencies three years to complete.

In March of this year, an onsite assessment took place in which the assessment team made the following recommendations to the WILEAG board:

“Throughout the on-site assessment, the staff of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office extended excellent cooperation to the assessor team in a manner consistent with the principles that guide their community and professional relationships. Reflecting on their proofs of compliance and our observations of the agency, the team concluded unanimously that the agency had achieved compliance with the applicable standards established by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. As such, it is the recommendation of the assessors that the governing board review the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of considering the bestowal of accredited status.”

On June 19 the WILEAG board approved the Accreditation of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and was presented with the attached Certificate of Accreditation on August 21. 

Sheriff Dale Schmidt would like to recognize Chief Deputy Chad Enright, Captain Jason Boeck, Lieutenant Christine Churchill, Lieutenant Brian Drumm, Lieutenant Brian Loos, Lieutenant Joseph Nicholas, Lieutenant Taylor Nehls, retired Chief Deputy Scott Mittelstadt, and former Lieutenant Robbie Weinfurter for their leadership, hard work, and dedication in preparing the agency for accreditation. Once Sheriff Schmidt brought accreditation to the table for completion, his team was able to bring the agency across the finish line and they deserve a great deal of credit for the excellent work done.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Accreditation is valid for three years and follow-up assessments will continue every three years. While it will still take hard work and dedication by our staff to maintain our accreditation into the future, processes are now built into our everyday operations to make that work manageable.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt would also like to thank the front-line staff of the sheriff’s office. While the work of implementing a best practice fell vastly to the administrative team, our front-line staff have taken on tweaking procedures to implement these best practices in the field. They could not be more proud of the way their staff perform in service of our community.


Cooling Sites Remain Open To Beat The Heat

There are a number of cooling sites that are open where people can go to escape the elements during extreme weather.

Hartford's Jack Russell Memorial Library, 100 Park Ave. - hours include 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday.

Hartford Senior Friends, 730 Highland Ave. - hours include 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.  

The City of Beaver Dam has cooling centers open for anyone who needs a safe, public space to cool off during the extreme heat:

• The Beaver Dam Community Library, 311 N. Spring Street. Hours of operation Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• The Watermark Community Center, 209 S. Center St. Hours of operation, Thursday, August 24 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

These cooling centers are intended to provide a temporary location to escape the heat to prevent related emergencies.

It is also important to remember these tips with high heat and humidity:


• Limit outdoor activities, especially midday, which is usually the hottest part of the day

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing

• Stay in air-conditioned buildings

• Never leave young children or pets unattended in vehicles under any circumstances


Stay connected and regularly check on friends, loved ones and neighbors. Be aware of your own health. If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps you could be experiencing heat illness. Move to air conditioning, drink water and sit near a fan.  

A New School Year Is Set To Begin

Hartford Union High School continues to prepare for the first day of school.

Superintendent Jeff Walters told WTKM News that the first day of school isn't far away.

"We'll kick off the school year on Tuesday, August 29th, and it certainly is a change and an adjustment for our families starting before the first of September. We really do believe, in terms with how the calendar fell this year, that it is best for our students to get started before the first of September."   

Thursday, August 24 is the Freshman Jump Start event.  It is held to give freshmen students an introduction to high school.  It includes tours of the building, walking through schedules and student involvement activities, which include leadership and team building.  Student panel discussions are held along with advice which is shared to help those students get off to a good start.

New student orientation will be held on Monday, August 28.

Listening Sessions with County Executive Josh Schoemann

County Executive Josh Schoemann will hold a series of listening sessions throughout Washington County for residents on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. These quarterly sessions provide an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns, ask questions, or simply attend to hear about the latest issues facing the county.


Schedule for Friday, September 8 Listening Sessions:


  • 9:00am-10:00am – Alma’s Café, 751 Church Street, Allenton
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Kaffeehaus, W140 N10393 Fond Du Lac Avenue, Germantown
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm – Sawmill Inn, 1729 Wolf Road, Richfield


Schedule for Saturday, September 9 Listening Sessions:


  • 9:00am-10:00am – Jack Russell Memorial Library, 100 Park Avenue, Hartford
  • 11:00am-noon – West Bend Community Library, 630 Poplar Street, West Bend


Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations for attendance should contact the County Executive’s Office at 262-306-2200 at least 48 hours prior to the sessions.

Stay Cool!

Sunny, hot and humid conditions for Wednesday, August 23 with an excessive heat warning in place. Pay attention to how you are feeling if you work outside and check on your pets if they spend time outside.

Weather Eye Meteorologist Paul Trambley shared some valuable advice.

"The excessive heat warning is in effect today and will last through tomorrow night. It's a combination of high heat and high humidity. Certainly a good idea to take the necessary precautions, like staying hydrated. It's also a good idea to check on someone you know that doesn't have air conditioning. It doesn't take long for heat stress to become a major issue with these types of heat index values in place."   

It is recommended to stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. Schedule your outdoor activities carefully.

It is also recommended to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.

The risk is high for a heat-related illness.


 Possible heat exhaustion symptoms include:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Faintness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Weak, rapid pulse.
  • Low blood pressure upon standing.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Headache

Celebrate With Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties

Germanfest begins Thursday, August 24. It’s a big fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties.

It will be held at a new location this year, at Regner Park in West Bend with free admission and free parking.

Director of Development Thecla Harris told WTKM News that new homes are going up this summer.

"Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties has been around for 25 years. This summer we're building our 48th and 49th homes. We're building homes, and we're repairing homes for people in the community. All of the funds raised during our fundraiser...Germanfest, go directly to support our programs."  

Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties works with families who are unable to get a home loan in the traditional sense.

Germanfest is a great event for the family, and will run through Sunday, August 27.

A variety of live bands will perform at the event.   


West Bend Police Respond To An Altercation

On Monday night, August 21 around 11:23 p.m. West Bend Police Officers responded to a report of a physical altercation at a residence in the 200 block N. 8th Avenue. Officers located an 18-year-old female subject with facial injuries, suffered by being physically assaulted by a 21-year-old male resident.

As officers attempted to speak to the man, he retreated into the residence with a 19-year-old female and threatened to shoot law enforcement. Additional occupants of the residence were evacuated, however the status of the 19-year-old female was unknown. After nearly three hours of attempting to have the man and woman exit the residence, officers forced the door and utilized a less lethal munition to take the man into custody.

The 19-year-old female was found safe, uncooperative, and was taken into custody without further incident. The man sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for medical clearance before he is placed in the Washington County Jail on charges of Substantial Battery, Failure to Comply with a Lawful Attempt to be Taken Into Custody, Threatening to Harm Law Enforcement, Disorderly Conduct and violating his probation.

The West Bend Police Department thanks the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance during this situation.

Welcoming New Businesses To Slinger

The Village of Slinger's Business Association continues to welcome in new businesses.

Current Village of Slinger President Scott Stortz created the association, which was one of his goals that he discussed while running for the position. He wanted to create a platform for the business community to connect. Slinger does not have a Chamber of Commerce, so he felt that it was a piece missing in the Village.

It's an opportunity to welcome new businesses and promote area businesses.

Mr. Stortz told WTKM News that it's important to welcome a new business and provide the resources they need.

"When any business decides to put roots down in a community, they are taking a substantial risk. They are using their money, time and energy so it's the least we can do in recognizing them and supporting them. We want to be sure they have the resources they need. It's a wonderful thing to see the looks on their faces during a ribbon cutting, and we want them to know that they are backed by the Village of Slinger and other businesses in the community."

Mr. Stortz believes that this support network is making a difference. 

A Thank You To Crossing Guards

The Village of Lomira and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following individuals who so graciously take time out of their lives to do their part in protecting the students attending schools in Lomira. They are out in all types of weather, working hard to keep your kids safe.

They want to be sure they know that their efforts do not go unnoticed. Law enforcement sincerely appreciate every one of them for their willingness to keep the children of Lomira safe. If you see them out, please thank them as well.

Front (left-right): Jay Thielmann (SRO), Marguerite Vilski, William Vilski, Mary Schraufnagel

Back (left-right): Kacie Lieven, Barbara Adelmeyer, Bob Schraufnagel

If you or anyone you know would like to be added to the list of crossing guards, or as a fill-in crossing guard, please contact the village hall or Sergeant Donald Counard. 

Sergeant Donald Counard

Dodge County Sheriff’s Office

425 Water St

Lomira, WI 53048



Voicemail: 920-386-4125

Plea Hearing Set For Town Of Wayne Man

A plea hearing has been set for September 13, 2023 at 1:15 p.m. in Washington County Circuit Court for a Town of Wayne man.

Russell Quaas is charged with a total of ten counts, including six counts of intentional mistreatment of animals, one count for failing to provide food and one count for failing to provide water. Another single count involves shelter space and another count regarding outside animal shelter.

A Washington County Sheriff's Office investigation resulted in 35 dogs seized from a Town of Wayne property in late January of 2023.

The Washington County Humane Society was called in to assist. All of the dogs survived. Communications Specialist Joe Poczkalski talked with WTKM News.

"This is a massive case in our county and we consider it a massive win for animal welfare in Washington County. All of the 35 dogs that were taken from that Town of Wayne property have been adopted. We saw a huge response from our community and we are so grateful to those who adopted. We received donations and people shared our posts on Facebook. It's a massive win for the animals of our county."

The investigation began when sheriff's deputies received an anonymous complaint about dogs that were tied to trees and proper shelter was not provided on the property.   


100 Years for the Fillmore Fire Department!

The Fillmore Fire Department celebrated 100 years of dedicated service on Saturday, August 19. The celebration included food, live music, free family activities and a great fireworks show.

Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann was one of the featured speakers during a special ceremony, and issued a proclamation in honor of the 100th anniversary.

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Fatal Incident Under Investigation in Dodge County


On Friday, August 18 at 7:27 p.m., the Waupun Police Department responded to a residence in the first hundred block of West Brown St, in the City of Waupun located in Dodge County for a report of a domestic disturbance.

The initial investigation shows that subsequent to officers arriving on scene, a man involved in the initial incident took his own life. No officers were involved with the death and no officers or other persons were physically injured. The scene was secured with the assistance of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The community is safe at this time as this was an isolated incident. Due to a death occurring during a police investigation, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the incident and they will be assisted by the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting with the death investigation.

Other assisting agencies include Waupun Fire Department, Lifestar Ems, and DCERT.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt, however, we are limited in the information that can be released based on Wisconsin law and it's strict restriction on the release of information related to mental health.

Emerging Country Music Artist Jameson Rodgers at the Dodge County Fair

It’s another big day at the Dodge County Fair.

Talented country music artist Jameson Rodgers performs at the Moraine Park Main Stage at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, August 18.

With inspiration from Merle Haggard, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Church, his tracks feature new sounds with both classic country and rock influence.

Rodgers’ releases awarded him a Music Row Discovery Artist of the Year honor. 

The songwriter states that he enjoys “making people feel something through (his) music.” Rodgers has opened for and collaborated with country music sensations like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Florida Georgia line – and more. 

Dodge County Fair Association President Doug Ninmann told WTKM News that they are expecting a big crowd.

"Jameson Rodgers is going to be phenomenal and the place is going to be full. So if you want to come and experience a young country act, the Dodge County Fair is the place to be."


Junior Fair poultry, dairy, swine showmanship and music performance judging is on the schedule for Friday, August 18 along with the Open Class Dairy Cattle judging.

Kids young and old will enjoy discounted and unlimited rides during "Wristbands on the Midway" Friday, August 18 at the Dodge County Fair. Ride as many rides as you like with the purchase of a wristband from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Decorators Have A Piping Good Time!

Tracy Stangler of Randolph won the Blue Ribbon for cake decorating at this year's Dodge County Fair. Congratulations!

So much hard work and dedication paying off at the fair. So many talented kids showing their talents every year.   

You Are Beautiful Barbie!

The Barbie craze was a Blue Ribbon winner in cake decorating at the 2023 Dodge County Fair!


Did You See Santa Claus?

Santa arrived early this year and made an appearance at the Dodge County Fair.

It was in the form of a Blue Ribbon winner for baking, HO HO HO!

Many of these kids show a high level of commitment with baking, and the proof is in the pudding. The detail displayed with so many of these projects is so impressive.


Award Winning Pie at the Dodge County Fair

It's hard to stop at just a sliver for the Blue Ribbon award-winning pie at the Dodge County Fair.

There is a lot of hard work and time involved with a project like this, and it's obvious that there is a passion for pie!


Hardy Vegetables Recognized at the Dodge County Fair

It's so much fun to check out all of the winners at the Dodge County Fair.

A large kohlrabi was recognized, and certainly well-deserved. 

This hardy vegetable falls under the cabbage family, and is unique with its bulbous shape.


Fun Day For The Kids at the Dodge County Fair

It’s another busy day at the Dodge County Fair in Beaver Dam.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt reminds you about an issue that they face each year.  

"Lost children is a big issue we deal with every year. There's always a couple...let us know right away if your child goes missing. We have protocols in place on how we are going to go about locating people and we want to get those going sooner rather than later in a situation like this."   

The Junior Fair Rabbit judging is on the schedule for August 17, along with the Junior Fair Dairy Show.

Junior Fair Computer Exhibits judging will also take place.

Nick’s Kid Show and Wild World of Animals are also planned for the kids.

The Meat Animal Sale begins at 6:30 p.m. on August 17. Support the youth of Dodge County at the Meat Animal Sale in the Farm Progress Arena. Each exhibitor, in order to sell, must participate in a number of educational activities, raise and show an animal of top quality.

Country music star Chris Lane will perform on the Moraine Park Main Stage at the Dodge County Fair Thursday night, August 17. The show begins at 8:00 p.m.

New Superintendent for Hartford Joint #1 Schools

The new superintendent for Hartford’s Joint #1 School District has been busy this summer.  Tara Villalobos stepped in last month, and she told WTKM that it is a good move and she’s familiar with Hartford.  

"I'm really excited to be here, I have been a superintendent for the last 10 years in a neighboring district. First, it was Richfield then in 2018 we consolidated and became the Holy Hill Area School District. I'm familiar with Hartford Union High School, we share our students...we are Hartford area schools so making the jump to Hartford Joint #1 was natural."                                                  

This summer, the new superintendent of Hartford Joint #1 has been conducting virtual “Tara Talks” meetings every week.  It’s a casual tune in, in order to provide district updates and Mrs. Villalobos listens to questions as well. Sometimes, those questions are about education or about what everyone is reading this summer.

Once the school year begins, she has committed to, with the principals a weekly visit to each of the school buildings in a three-week rotation. Villalobos said it will be a chance for everyone to see her and to get to know her.

Celebrating 100 Years!

The Fillmore Fire Department’s 100th Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, August 19.

One of the highlights is the parade, which begins at noon. It’s followed by a program, celebrating the department’s history.

Calvin Steinert is the retired Fillmore Fire Chief.  He told WTKM News about the program, and added that the department’s history is documented by many photos that will be on display.

 "Our fire chief from Fillmore will speak during the program, along with Josh Schoemann from Washington County and Fillmore's Town Chairman will also be there. It's a little program and we will also have a lot of photos from years past to see. We found one of the first uniforms, which was a vest...it belonged to my dad. We had it framed. A lot of the old pictures are great, really showing a lot of history of the department."                                           

This special event takes place at the Fillmore Fire Department.

There will be live music and food, along with a fireworks show at dusk.   

A Strong Start for the Dodge County Fair

Opening day of the Dodge County Fair is Wednesday, August 16.

It’s a busy day of judging, including the Junior Fair Market Hog Show, Junior Fair Fruit and Vegetables, open class food, furnishings, flowers, farm crops, vegetables and fruits and clothing.

Dodge County Fair Association Treasurer Sharon Keil told WTKM News that a big part of the fair involves the efforts of 4-H members.

"It certainly is a big week for them. It's what the kids in 4-H work for during the whole year. There are so many different projects like food, flowers or arts and crafts. And there are so many animals, we have the dairy, beef, sheep, hogs, chickens, rabbits and goats. They have worked so hard getting these projects ready for the fair."


The Badger State Truck and Tractor Pull is going on today.  The tractor pull includes various pro-stock tractors and some of the top-running diesel trucks in the country. 


Honoring Two of Washington County's Finest

Deputy Sheriff Stephanie Kalish and Deputy Sheriff Sergeant Keith Uhan were recognized during the Washington County Public Safety Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 16.

Below is the actual text presented during the meeting.

WHEREAS, on October 14, 2020 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a stolen military valor case; and

WHEREAS, DEPUTY SHERIFF STEPHANIE KALISH was assigned to the initial investigation. She learned the suspect began communicating with the victim online in 2015. In 2016, the victim was contacted by someone posing as the suspect’s mother who requested the victim write to the suspect overseas because he was serving our county as a member of the United States Marines. For the next several years, the victim communicated with the suspect by sending letters. In 2019, the two met in person for the first time and began dating. Again in 2019, the victim was contacted by someone claiming to be the suspect’s captain. The individual stated he was working on putting a gift together for the suspect based on the heroic work he did overseas and asked for a loan that would be reimbursed by the Department of Defense. The victim wrote a check for $5,000; and

WHEREAS, throughout the dating relationship the suspect told multiple stories about his service and the injuries that he sustained. He claimed to have been deployed five times; once in Iraq and four times to Afghanistan. On one trip to the victim’s family cabin, he brought his “dress blues” which had multiple medals attached, including a purple heart. The suspect told the victim's stepmom that he had only recently learned of his mother’s death upon returning from deployment and that he needed money to help with estate planning. He said that he was upset that the bill collector would harass a military man of honor like himself. Ultimately, the victim’s stepmom wrote him a check for a loan in the amount of $6,500. That loan was never repaid. The stepmom of the victim then checked into the obituary of suspect’s mother and learned that she only had one son with a different name than what the suspect provided. She learned that the suspect was on extended release for a 2014-armed robbery and verified through a Department of Corrections photo that it was the same individual her daughter was dating; and

WHEREAS, DEPUTY SHERIFF SERGEANT KEITH UHAN is a Marine veteran and was shown a photograph of the suspect wearing the uniform. He immediately noticed discrepancies as to where the patches and medals were placed. DEPUTY SHERIFF SERGEANT KEITH UHAN and DEPUTY SHERIFF STEPHANIE KALISH closely worked with the Marines to verify that the suspect had never served in the armed forces; and

WHEREAS, the investigation revealed the suspect changed his name well after he had met the victim and had purchased medals and uniforms online. During the several-year period, where the victim thought the suspect was overseas fighting for our country, he was incarcerated in the Wisconsin State prison system. He was released from prison in late 2018 when he began to officially date the victim; and

WHEREAS, on July 28th, 2023, the Honorable Judge Ryan Hetzel sentenced the defendant to six years in prison (three years initial confinement and three years of extended supervision). This sentence is consecutive to the current sentence he is presently serving; having been revoked from the extended supervision for his previous conviction of armed robbery.

Winding Down Road Construction

Road construction projects are winding down in the city of Watertown.

Mayor Emily McFarland says it's that time of the year.

"We are finally kind of finishing out our construction for this year. You'll see that Fourth Street is open, and it looks wonderful and it drives wonderful. It was a project through the State of Wisconsin so we're super excited to have that partnership to get that project complete." 

They continue with pavement markings, in conjunction with the resurfacing.  A larger crosswalk was added, it’s a Continental style bigger block crosswalk by Good Shephard, over by the middle school.

Concrete work is complete on the South Washington, Madison and Emmitt Street area.  So curb and gutter, driveway, sidewalk and curb ramp with the concrete work. Watertown city officials are looking at around Labor Day for that area to be resurfaced and wrapped up.      

Fun Picnic Planned By The Allenton American Legion Post 483

The Allenton American Legion Post 483 will host their Annual Picnic, from August 18 to August 20 at Veterans Memorial Park in Allenton.

It's their biggest fundraiser and it supports many programs that the Allenton Legion Post is involved with including awarding scholarships for area youth who are family members of Veterans who are members of the Allenton American Legion Post 483.

On Saturday, August 19 there will be a bag toss tournament and softball tournament. The Touch A Truck event begins at 4 p.m.

Sunday's parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. and there will be music in the park.    

Good Advice For An Accidental 911 Call

The Washington County Sheriff's Office shared a release from the Badger State Sheriffs' Association regarding the uptick in 911 hang-ups nationwide. 

If your phone calls 911 accidentally, please stay on the line and let our dispatchers know everything is fine. Don't freak out if your phone does this; calmly remain on the line and let the dispatcher document it was an accidental dial.

There has been a significant uptick in the amount of accidental 911 calls across the country. This started with Apple several years ago and continues to be a problem with Apple since the launch of an emergency SOS feature which dials 911 by pressing the side button of your cell phone five times or more rapidly. Recently, Android added this same feature and it amplified the problem exponentially and 911 centers around the country have been flooded with accidental 911 calls.

According to the Badger State Sheriff's Association, they checked to see if there were any updates on the Android phone and there was an update. After the download, it was discovered that there were updates to the emergency SOS features. While it removed the capability to turn off the emergency SOS feature as was previously a feature, it added a “play warning sound” feature. They did some testing and found that the emergency SOS feature will now sound an audible alarm, but it will not automatically dial unless you confirm you want to dial 911 on your screen. A user can set up a timer so it will automatically dial, but that would have to be done by the user and is not an automatic feature.

If an update is not available, please continue to check daily until that update becomes available. Updates push out at varying times depending on your cellular carrier and device model. The recommendation is to not activate the timer but to leave the phone set as is after the update.

The Badger State Sheriff's Association expresses appreciation with assisting our states busy 911 dispatchers in reducing the number of accidental 911 calls both here in Wisconsin and across the country.

Keeping Kewaskum Safe

Kewaskum Police Officers recently worked multiple thefts which occurred overnight throughout the Village. The thieves targeted vehicles and garages which were left unlocked.

The Kewaskum Police Department want to provide a few tips to help prevent you from being the next victim.

-Always lock your vehicle, even when it’s parked in your driveway or garage.

-Keep the exterior of your home and driveway well illuminated.

-Close all your vehicle’s windows completely when parked.

-Consider installing a visible anti-theft device or an audible alarm.

-Never leave any personal valuables in your vehicle.

Kewaskum Police understand the desire to keep doors and windows cracked or open to prevent heat build up. Just remember, thieves target unsecured doors and windows because they are easy and quick to enter. As always, if you See Something...Say Something. Together we can all help prevent crime and keep Kewaskum safe.

A Social Media Safety Seminar For Students Will Be Held At The Jack Russell Memorial Library

A free Social Media Safety Seminar will be offered on Tuesday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m.

It will be held at the Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford.

It will be hosted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Anti-Trafficking Advocates.

Some of the topics include false profiles, identifying grooming techniques and safety features on devices.

Wendy Smith of the Washington County Anti-Trafficking Advocates told WTKM News that some parents might be surprised about what happens.

"It's not that kids will be automatically groomed or recruited into something, but kids are being seen by predators...sometimes in the safety of their own home. A lot of this interaction takes place on social media. Our goal is to have the most educated community around about this sensitive topic." 


They will also discuss what to do if something bad happens or if kids see something inappropriate.

The Social Media Safety Seminar will also be held on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, also at the Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford.  



A Man Walking in Fox Lake Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an accident Friday night, August 11 which involved a mid-size SUV and a pedestrian. It occurred on County Highway A, just south of County Highway AW in the township of Fox Lake, in Dodge County.  

Initial investigation shows a 48-year-old male subject from Markesan, walking in the northbound lane of County Highway A when he was struck by a northbound vehicle, which was driven by a 67-year-old female subject from rural Randolph. The man sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Waupun Memorial Hospital in Waupun. He was subsequently transferred to UW-Hospital in Madison. The female driver was not injured and no passengers were injured.

The male subject was wearing dark clothing on unlit roadway and strong storms were approaching prior to this crash.

Assisting at the scene were Fox Lake Fire Department, Fox Lake EMS, Fox Lake Police Department, Life Star EMS, and DCERT.

This crash is currently under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team. 

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Hartland Firefighters Work Hard During Intense Training

The Hartland Fire Department held a joint vehicle fire training session recently with the Merton Community Fire Department.

The training objective covered many points during this intense session.

• Understand the importance of donning PPE and establishing a traffic incident management area prior to commencing vehicle fire suppression operations.

• Practice safety protocols at vehicle fire scenes.

• Understand the unique issues with hybrid and electric vehicles.

• Demonstrate how to process the vehicle post-fire and ensure safe removal.

The Village of Hartland DPW assisted with prepping the vehicles for the training session.

The Hartland Fire Department sent out a special thanks for the donation of the bus and the truck for this training.

Photo Credit: Mary Fallon

Online Scam Expands

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to be cautious while utilizing the internet. The “Microsoft Support” scam has resurfaced and has evolved.

Traditionally, this is a scam in which a potential victim receives a pop-up on their computer notifying them of an error and directs the person to call a telephone number. The scammers then try to get the victim to pay to fix a nonexistent problem or steal their personal and financial information. This is typically done by gaining remote access to the victims’ computer. They will then often install malware or other unwanted programs that can steal your information.

Recently, the fraudsters have taken this further. They now tell the potential victim that they determined the victim’s bank app or accounts have been jeopardized. They then refer the victim to an “Investigator.” The “Investigator” then distributes emails that look like they are from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), or other agencies. The emails ensure the victim that the crime is being investigated and that they cannot tell anyone about it as it would jeopardize the investigation. They also require the victim to “safeguard” their funds by contacting another representative. This representative then attempts to get a money transfer, gift cards, or a cryptocurrency deposit.

Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls. If a pop-up or error message appears with a phone number, don’t call the number. Error and warning messages from Microsoft will never include a phone number. Microsoft will never ask for gift cards or cryptocurrency.

Dig In and Support Hartford's K9 Unit

A Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, August 26 is a chance to support the Hartford Police Department’s K9 Unit.


Hartford Police Officer Cole Parker serves as the handler for K9 Flash.

"It's going to be fun and we'll have a lot of things going on like demonstrations to show all the things that Flash can do. We'll have a dunk tank out there and live music. We would like to raise a good amount of money so we don't have to worry in case something happens to Flash, if he has any medical emergencies that we have the funds for something like that."


All of the funds raised during this event go directly to the Hartford Police Department’s K9 Unit.


It will take place on the sand volleyball courts at Big Guys on Pike Lake, at 5875 Franklin Dr. in Hartford.


You can register your five or six-person volleyball team by calling the Hartford Police Department at 262-673-2600.

August is Child Support Awareness Month

The Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association provides training and nerworking to help local child support agencies.

In Washington County, their Child Support Agency falls under the supervision of the County Attorney's Office. Eleven dedicated employees not only collect support for families, but also work to connect parents to employment and training programs to help them meet their financial obligations so the children in our community can thrive.

As of last June, they oversaw 4,092 cases and collected $5.8 million in child support payments for the families in their program.

It's a lot of hard work and dedication, which is making a difference in Washington County.   

Investigation Continues in Emmet

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate an incident that occurred on July 21, around 2:11 p.m. 

Dodge County Deputies responded to the area of State Highway 16 and County Road M in the Town of Emmet for a hit and run. A large truck towing a trailer was eastbound on State Highway 16 and became stuck under the bridge, and accelerated until it was free from the bridge. The truck fled the scene, leaving behind parts of a large conveyor system. There does not appear to be permanent damage to the bridge.

There were no identifying information on the parts and no witnesses were able to provide a description beyond a large truck and trailer.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s assistance with any information regarding this crash. Please call the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 920-386-3726, Ext. 8.

Talented Artists Coming To Oconomowoc

The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts is August 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fowler Park.

The annual show features 135 artists from all over the United States in ceramics, drawing and pastels, glass, jewelry, painting and photography along with sculptures.

Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts President Betsy Bleck told WTKM News that it's a feast for the eyes and for your ears.

"The talent of these artists that we see every year is incredible. Not only do we have these wonderful artists in a variety of categories, but we have three music performing art stages throughout the festival. There will be dancing and piano...so many wonderful things for your ears to enjoy."                                               

It’s considered one of the top outdoor fine art festivals in the Midwest.

The Children’s Area gives young artists a chance to dig in and create art in a way that is fun, with mural painting to face painting and everything in between.

There is free admission for the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts.

Man From Juneau Seriously Injured in Rollover Crash

Dodge County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Tuesday, August 8 at 3:38 p.m.

It happened on County Highway E, west of Swan Road in Burnett.

Andrew Mullin, of Juneau, was westbound on County Highway E in a Ford F350 truck, when he approached other vehicles that had slowed down due to a vehicle turning into a driveway. The investigation shows that Mullin's truck turned sharply to the left into the eastbound lane followed by a sharp turn to the right. This caused the truck to skid and overturn partially in a ditch. Mullin was partially ejected from the truck and needed to be extricated.

He was flown by Flight for Life to Summit with severe injuries.

Area fire departments responded to the scene to assist, including Burnett, Horicon and Juneau along with Horicon EMS and Beaver Dam paramedics.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office Crash Investigation Team.  

A Great Showing for the Hartford Cadets in Tennessee

The Hartford Police Department Cadet Unit 9910 recently attended the National Police Cadet Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennesse. Seven cadets from Hartford went to this conference, and they trained and raised funds over the last year to attend. The conference's opening ceremony covered topics such as leadership in Law Enforcement.

Hartford Police Officer Cori Whipple is one of the advisors, and told WTKM News that the cadets are presented with great opportunities. 

"Our cadet unit is made up of kids who are interested in law enforcement. They get to do some fun things, not only volunteer at National Night Out but we were recently in Tennessee for a national competition. It's a great program to be a part of whether you want to meet new people, or have an interest in law enforcement."

Over the course of three days in Tennessee, the Hartford cadets competed against other cadet units from around the nation in both team and individual events. Some of the team events were officer rescue, unknown trouble, use of force options, active shooter, and arrest and search. Along with the team events, each cadet competed in the individual events including marksmanship competition, bicycle patrol, Air Soft Competition and physical agility events.

Even the adult mentors got to compete against each other in the Air Soft challenge and bicycle patrol challenges.

There was a total of five different police cadet units from Wisconsin that attended the event and a total of 125 teams from around the country. Some of the teams were from New York, California, Texas, Minnesota and Florida.

When the cadets were not competing in the events, they attended seminars or took part in fun activities around the area.

A New Scam Alert

A recent scam has been reported in the area.

It begins when you turn on your computer and a blue screen appears, according to Forte Bank’s Vice President, Security Officer Tony Andereck. 

"Your computer is locked...a phone number is provided in order for you to call. If you make the phone call, it appears that you are talking to someone who is there to help you and get the computer unlocked, but they are actually there to cause some financial harm. The person on the other end of that call is attempting to take ownership of that computer."   

Mr. Andereck encourages you to not react, if you see it on your computer.  Because once you make that phone call to the number that appears on the computer, that’s when things will speed up and take a bad turn.

Do not call that number, it is a scam.  

If you call the number, the person that answers will ask for your credit card number with a charge of around $200 to $400 to unlock your computer.  From there, the person claims to have made a mistake and asks for your checking account number in order to refund a certain amount of money.

This is a scam, and Forte Bank encourages you to be alert and do not react to anything you feel is suspicious.

Iron Ridge Fire Department Prepares For The 135th Anniversary

It's the 135th Anniversary for the Iron Ridge Fire Department this weekend.

It begins on Thursday, August 10 with a Corn Roast at 5 p.m. followed by live music with the Redfish Remix from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A fireworks show at dusk will light up the sky.

Friday's Fish Fry is a popular event, along with a softball tournament.

Saturday, August 12 will feature a volleyball tournament along with a softball tournament. Live music is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with Boogie & The Yo-Yo'z.

Sunday's parade begins at 11 a.m.

All the funds raised go directly to operational costs for the Iron Ridge Fire Department and First Responders.   

This great annual event is held at Firemen's Park in Iron Ridge.

76-Year-Old Man Suffers Serious Life-Threatening Injuries

Last Saturday afternoon, August 5 around 3:22 p.m. Dodge County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single - motorcycle crash on County Highway E, near Perch Road in the township of Hubbard in Dodge County. 


The initial Investigation shows a motorcycle, driven by a 76-year-old man from Hustisford was driving southbound on County Highway E. The motorcycle struck a road construction barrier, which was in the southbound lane of traffic. The man was not wearing a helmet and was ejected. The motorcycle driver suffered serious life- threatening injuries and was airlifted from the scene by Flight for Life to Oconomowoc.


Area departments assisted at the scene, including Hustisford Fire/EMS, Mayville EMS, Watertown Paramedics, Iron Ridge Fire Department, Neosho Fire Fire Department and DCERT.


This crash is currently under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team.


Campaign Co-Chairs Announced by United Way

The United Way of Washington County are excited to announce that leaders of the local Boys and Girls Club are joining forces to serve as United Way of Washington County's campign co-chairs for this year.

They are proud to welcome Steve Volkert: City of Hartford, Jay Shambeau: City of West Bend, Jay Fisher: Boys & Girls Club, Kelly Tighe: West Bend Mutual Insurance, Sarah Szukalski: Jeff's Spirits on Main, Robb Steiner: Steiner Electric.

As leaders of the Boys and Girls Club, which receives funding from United Way annually, they see firsthand the importance of community support to sustain their nonprofit organizations. This is another strong team of advocates who are ready to challenge and inspire others to step up and help.

"The Boys and Girls Club continues to see more kids and their families asking for assistance beyond the scope of what we offer. We recognize the need for a variety of nonprofit services because we can’t help them alone," explains Jay Fisher, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.

This year’s collaborative team will build on United Way’s positive 2022 campaign results to help even more individuals and families in Washington County.

“Leaders at the Boys & Girls Club agreed to chair this year’s United Way campaign because we want to do our part to help raise the necessary resources to ensure funding for all the United Way-funded nonprofits,” states Robb Steiner, board member of Boys and Girls Club.  


Road Work Continues on County Trunk Highway M

Reconstruction of County Trunk Highway M (Wasaukee Road), from Freistadt Road to 1.5 miles north in the Village of Germantown and City of Mequon started on Monday, July 17 and is scheduled to be substantially completed by November, according to the Washington County Highway Department.


The prime contractor for the project is Vinton Construction Company from Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The construction project will be closed to through traffic until November. Improvements will include: grading, asphalt, curb and gutter, storm sewer, culvert pipes, and sight line improvements.


Please follow the posted detour routes utilizing County Trunk Highway M, Freistadt Road, State Highway 145, CTH G and CTH T. Local residents are asked to use extra caution when driving in the construction area and to obey all flagmen and construction signs.

Alternate routes should be utilized if possible to avoid delays. Access will remain open to local businesses.


For more information regarding this project, please call 262-335-4435. 

Seven Fire Departments Responded To A Fire In Richfield

On Friday, August 4 around 5:18 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff's Office Communication Center received reports of a fire at Badger Burger Company, located on Highway 175 in the Village of Richfield. Sheriff’s Deputies and Richfield Firefighters were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Dispatch was also advised that the occupants of the business had all evacuated.

Upon first responders arrival, active flames were seen coming out of the northeast corner of the building. Richfield Firefighters upgraded the response to a MABAS Working Still level. Fire Department personnel were able to contain the fire to the kitchen storage area and the fire was extinguished a short time later.

The Richfield Volunteer Fire Company received assistance by area fire departments, including Hartford, Germantown, Slinger, Jackson, Lisbon, Allenton and Lifestar Rescue.


Highway 175 was shut down for approximately one hour. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire and there are no damage estimates at this time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Richfield Volunteer Fire Company.  

Hit The Links For A Good Cause

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is happy to announce the 13th annual K-9 golf outing on September 8 at the Beaver Dam Country Club located at W8884 Sunset Drive, in Beaver Dam.

Last year’s event was a huge success thanks to the kind donations of businesses and those who participated in the event. All funds raised from this event help to offset the ongoing expenses such as equipment, training and veterinary costs of their K-9 teams which have been a community asset since 2011. In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office are seeking sponsorships or prize item donations for the silent auction. Please contact either Deputy Matthew Mayer or Deputy Brian Justman to donate.

They have incorporated an online based program that will allow you to do sponsorship, golf team registration, or simple cash donations. You will also be able to submit payment through the site, which they are encouraging for smoother and easier tracking. This site can be accessed at https://charitygolftoday.com/event. If you are unable to complete this process online, please contact Deputy Matthew Mayer or Deputy Brian Justman.

Entry fees are $70 per person or $280 per foursome by August 11, 2023, otherwise, after August 11, 2023, it will be $80 per person or $320 per foursome. This will include 18 holes with a cart and lunch. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. The limit is 100 golfers.

Deputy Mayer can be reached at mmayer@co.dodge.wi.us and Deputy Justman can be reached at bjustman@co.dodge.wi.us.

Riveredge Nature Center Awarded Grant Funds

Washington County Behavioral Health 2023-2026 Community ARPA Funds grants are being awarded to eleven local non-profits for mental health, substance use and behavioral health crisis resources.

County Executive Josh Schoemann and Health & Human Services Director Julie Driscoll presented a check for $196,184 to Riveredge Nature Center. Riveredge will use the grant for The Community Crisis Prevention and Intervention Initiative to train Riveredge educators and community mentors in QPR Suicide Prevention facilitation and offer QPR training seminars and coping skills education to the community. Through this, Riveredge will:

1) reduce police involvement in community mental health crises by acting as an intermediary between people in crises and mental health resources,

2) minimize the gap between people needing care and those with access to care, and

3) provide more QPR certified trainers in Washington County

A Special Honor For Three Great Members of the Hartford Police Department

Three members of the Hartford Police Department were recently recognized with a high honor.

Officers Beine and Strunsee, along with Sergeant Fidler were recognized with life saving awards from an incident that occurred in December, of last year.

Just after midnight on December 12, all three of the men were dispatched to a rollover accident and found a vehicle off the roadway on its side. Officers found the driver to be unconscious, requiring the officers to break into the vehicle through its sunroof.

After removing the operator from their vehicle, and finding no discernible pulse, officers began life-saving measures including CPR and the use of an AED. After a short period of time, the vehicle’s operator began to breathe again. 

The Hartford Police Department showed their pride of the work they did that night, and continue to do every day.

Get Ready To Swing During the Schauer Center Courtyard Concert!

It's the final month of Schauer Center Courtyard Concerts. The Thursday night summer shows have featured many talented bands this year in Hartford.

The next concert is on Thursday, August 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Courtyard is located between the Schauer Arts Center and Hartford Rec Center buildings.

Schauer Center Executive Director Mary Brodzeller told WTKM News about this unique show.

"It's not like an indoor performance, you can come and go any time. People bring their lawn chairs and blankets to gather with friends. Each week, the music changes up a bit."

The next performance on August 3 features the Swing Chevron, the Gypsy Swing Ensemble. 

A Rainbow of Fun children’s activity will be in the rehearsal hall for the kids.


Cream Puffs For Sale at the Wisconsin State Fair

The 172nd Wisconsin State Fair starts on Thursday, August 3 celebrating agriculture and other industries so important to its rich history.

The signature treat of the fair is the Original Cream Puff, which has been sold at the state fair since 1924. Nearly 400,000 puffs are enjoyed annually.

There are dozens of free stages highlighting a broad range of musical entertainment including country and rock. Comedy entertainment will also be featured along with interactive, educational shows for families.

The State Fair Main Stage offers headlining entertainment nightly.  

Another highlight is Ag Village, where hundreds of shows and exhibits feature thousands of animals and their exhibitors.

Wisconsin’s largest agricultural showcase is rounded out with educational programs including milking demonstrations.  

Horticulture, craft, textile and culinary competitions and displays are found in Grand Champion Hall, which is filled with beautiful creations.  

There are 105 new food items to enjoy this year at the Wisconsin State Fair, which runs through Sunday, August 13.  

Serving Cheese Steaks For A Great Cause

The Hubertus American Legion Post 522 will be serving up Philly Cheesesteaks this Sunday, August 6 during a special event to raise funds that support their mission - giving back to the community.

This Cookout Special runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each sammy will be served smothered with cheese, onions, peppers on a fresh hoagie style bun. 

Bob's Garage Band will play a variety of music from the 1960s to the 1990s from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Legion Post 522 is very involved in the community, especially in the Hubertus and Richfield areas. It's about giving back to Veterans, through Veteran's Affairs and Rehabilitation, national security issues and they also support many local youth programs including the Boy Scouts.

The Post is located at 3590 North Shore Dr. in Hubertus, one block off of Bark Lake Park.   



Hartford Police Connects With The Community

National Night Out was held on Tuesday night, August 1 in the city of Hartford.

Many families, kids and area residents gathered around Bernd Park for this special annual event.

It was a chance to come together with the Hartford Police Department, Hartford Fire and Rescue Department, area businesses and many community groups for a night of fun with games, a bounce house, food and demonstrations.

Tours of the Hartford Police Department were held for anyone interested. It was also a chance to meet Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics.

One of the demonstrations involved the new K-9 Flash. Hartford Police Officer Cole Parker is the handler and told WTKM News about the department's new addition.

"He's almost three years old. He's 60 pounds of lean, mean flying machine. He's a dual purpose dog...which involves apprehension work and narcotics work. He can find articles, so if someone can't find their keys in the grass, he could call the police and we'll come out and find it. Flash also does human tracking. So, we can track lost individuals or a bad guy who ran away from us. We are able to go after him."

This event means a lot to law enforcement. Meeting and talking with area neighbors and residents helps with their job.

Proceeds from the raffle go toward body cameras for the Hartford Police Department.

The Hartford Citizen's Police Academy Alumni volunteers also helped run this year's National Night Out.       

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office Law of the Month Covers Window Tint

Wisconsin does have limits on window tint. Though it may look good to darken windows, Dodge County Sheriff's deputies have been seeing tint on windshields, and doing so is illegal. Window tint beyond the statutory limits poses risks to the drivers of the vehicle with illegal window tint, law enforcement officers who stop these vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists.

Wisconsin window tint laws can be found in Trans Code 305.

Trans 305.32(4)(b) Tinting of the vent and front side windows is permitted as follows:

1. The windows are tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and are installed as part of the original manufacturing process. (Dealerships applying tint are not considered part of the manufacturing process)

2. The windows are tinted by the application of tinting film to the inside of the glazing provided that the combination of the glazing and tinting film permits passage through the windows of at least 50% of the visible light striking the windows. Tinting films permitted under this subdivision may not be reflective.

Trans 305.32(6) Tinting of rear side windows is permitted as follows:

The windows are tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and are installed as part of the original manufacturing process.

The windows are tinted by the application of tinting film to the inside of the glazing provided that the combination of the glazing and tinting film permits passage through the windows of at least 35% of the visible light striking the window. The tinting films permitted under this subdivision may not be reflective.

Trans 305.35(6) Windshields

(b) Windshields tinted by the manufacturer of the glazing and installed as part of the original manufacturing process.

(c) Application of window tinting film or other nontransparent material to the inside of the windshield if it is attached only to that portion of the windshield that is both outside the critical area and above the horizontal line delineated by the mark “A" or “A." If no such mark was affixed to the windshield by its manufacturer, no window tinting film may be attached to the windshield.

If you are stopped for window tint violations, law enforcement could issue a written warning or issue a citation with a Forfeiture amount of $175.30 and demerit points ranging from 0 to 3.

The Ozaukee County Fair Begins!

The 164th Ozaukee County Fair begins on Wednesday, August 2 and runs through Sunday, August 6 at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg.

The Ozaukee County 4-H Livestock Association invites you to the 55th Annual Livestock Sale on August 3. This Livestock Auction supports Ozaukee County 4-H youth raising and exhibiting livestock by selling their animals, including the finest beef, lamb, and pork. It will start at 6:30 p.m. 

Ad and Marketing Chair of the Ozaukee County Fair Jamie Nevins told WTKM that it's going to be a great week.

"Every day of the fair, we have tons of fun family entertainment from Nick's Kids Show to the Barnyard Adventure Show, superheroes and princesses. There is so much great food and something for everyone. Don't forget to check out the impressive 4-H exhibits as well."

Wednesday, August 2 features swine judging and many live bands performing on the Main Gate Stage and in the Monticello Tent. A fireworks show begins at dusk.

On Thursday, August 3 you'll find a lot of family entertainment including Half Twisted-Half Knot Whole Fun Balloon Entertainment from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beef and sheep judging are on the schedule along with the 4-H Livestock Sale in the Show Arena at 6:30 p.m. The Truck and Tractor Pulls will be held in the Grandstand, gates open at 5:30 p.m.

The Demolition Derby is in the Grandstand this Friday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, August 5 at 6 p.m.         


A Tradition in Slinger for 70 Years

The Slinger Picnic is Wednesday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Slinger's Community Park.

This great annual event started in 1953.

It's sponsored by the Slinger VFW, Slinger Advancement Association and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Larry Gundrum is one of the organizers of the Slinger Picnic and told WTKM News that it includes a Classic Car Show that is set up by invitation only.

"This is a great car show and this year some of the featured cars include a 1938 SS Drophead Coupe. 270 of these were built and only 20 still exist in the world today...an outstanding car. Also, a 1937 Packard Limo and we will also have a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster, which is one of my favorites."

This year's Slinger Picnic also includes live music, little league games and kid's carnival games.   

Washington County Sheriff's Office Issues A Community Notification

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense.

Jaime A. Fletes Gonzalez was released from prison on July 25th, 2023. He will reside at 1725 Cth NN in the Township of Jackson. In 2019, Jaime A. Fletes Gonzalez was convicted of 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community. Jaime A. Fletes Gonzalez will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, but rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. More information can be located at https://appsdoc.wi.gov/public/faq

Questions: Probation/Parole Agent Michaela Nelson 262-335-5665, Sex Offender Registration Specialist Gina Carney 262-335-5665 or Sgt. Michael Hennes at 262-365-5054

Suspicious Activity Under Investigation in Oconomowoc

The Waukesha County Communications Center recently received a call regarding suspicious circumstances at Bender Beach in the city of Oconomowoc. City of Oconomowoc Police responded to the area.

The officers found a battery-operated camera located in a porta-potty. The camera was secured inside the unit. Officers quickly confiscated the camera, which was visible when the seat was lifted. The camera in question is being analyzed.

The City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department went through and checked all city restrooms. City officials will continue to monitor public restrooms and encourage all businesses to do the same.

Please contact the City of Oconomowoc Police at 262-567-4401 if you have any information.