Local News Archives for 2024-05

Busy Travel Weekend Ahead

It will be a busy travel weekend.

AAA Wisconsin predicts over 816,000 Wisconsinites will travel 50 miles or more, which would be the second highest number on record. The highest number of travelers recorded was in 2019, with over 827,000.

Nationally, 38 million people are expected to travel by vehicle over the Memorial Day weekend. AAA says the national number of drivers this year is up four percent compared to last year.

Peak travel times are expected this afternoon, May 24 and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Monday, May 27 which is Memorial Day.

Area law enforcement is asking for everyone’s cooperation in keeping our highways safe from impaired driving, in hopes that our officers and deputies will no longer have to respond to fatal motor vehicle crashes in which alcohol or drugs is a contributing factor. 

More than 42,000 Wisconsinites are expected to fly. 

The Transportation Security Administration is prepared for the highest passenger volumes the agency has seen at airport security checkpoints nationwide during this summer’s travel season, which begins Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day. 

Erratic Driver Causes Accident

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received information yesterday, May 23 just after 11 a.m. of a car traveling south on I-41 at speeds exceeding 100mph and passing other vehicles on the shoulder.

Eight minutes later, at 11:15 a.m., the communications center received numerous calls of a multi-vehicle crash involving injuries on STH 164, near Pioneer Road in Richfield. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol were dispatched. Richfield Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.

Multiple vehicles with significant damage were observed just south of Pioneer Road. The operators of the three vehicles were accessed, with no significant injury.

Crash investigation determined the car that was reported to the communications center as driving erratic on I-41, was at fault.

The southbound vehicle, driven by a 36-year-old Mayville resident, went left of center and struck a northbound truck, driven by a 54-year-old Richfield resident. This initial collision ripped off the front tire of the truck, resulting in the tire striking another southbound vehicle, driven by a 74-year-old Richfield resident.

The driver of the initial car, the 36-year-old Mayville resident, was arrested for OWI, a fifth offense and multiple other violations. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the crash.

Wisconsin State Patrol closed a portion of STH 164 for approximately 1½ hours to assist with scene clean up.

 

Memorial Day Ceremonies Planned

Members of VFW Post 8834 in Hartford will be taking part in several Memorial Day events in the City of Hartford.

Together with members of Legion Post 19 and United Vietnam Veterans, we will hold the traditional rifle salutes at all of the cemeteries in Hartord starting with the Old St. Kilian Cemetery on Union St. at N. Wilson Ave. at 6:00 a.m. Veterans taking part are to meet in the Shimon Funeral Home parking lot at 5:45 a.m.

After the rifle salutes, we will display the Ave. Of Flags at Sawyer Park. Additional Rifle salutes will be held at the Naval Memorial in front of City Hall and at the Vietnam Memorial near N. Main St. and Wisconsin St. Those honors will start at 9:15 am.

The parade will begin at 10:00 am and go through downtown and end at Sawyer Park on Branch St.

A short memorial program will be held at 10:30 am at Sawyer Park.

The VFW Post 3358 is planning on Slinger's annual Memorial Day Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The parade route will travel down State Highway 144, ending at Union Cemetery. VFW Post 3358 is holding a brat fry following the ceremony.  

 

Cleaning Up in Dodge County

Tuesday night's storms, on May 21, brought strong winds from severe thunderstorms.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office received a few reports of trees that fell onto homes and one home had a power line down at their front door.

Trees were down all across the area.

Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field told WTKM News about the areas that need the most attention.

"Some areas of the county were affected much more than others. The most impacted area is up in the northwest part of our county, in the Beaver Dam and Fox Lake area. From the highway department perspective, there were many trees down in the roadway. The main thing is to continue to remove all the trees and brush. We are also checking our road signs and repairing those, if needed."

A few power lines were down in the region, caused by Tuesday night's storms.  

A Co-Responder Program Making A Difference

In April of 2023 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began a co-responder program in partnership with the Washington County Department of Human Services. We are now fully operational. The four teams work directly out of the sheriff’s office. This police-mental health collaboration provides an enhanced response to victims of crimes and to individuals experiencing an emotional or behavioral health crisis. The teams also have a critical proactive component to assist known at-risk individuals with the goal of preventing a crisis situation.

These two-person teams, consisting of a highly trained deputy and a mental health clinician, immediately respond to crisis situations and can conduct a more accurate and immediate needs assessment for the person in distress. These teams then connect the individuals, and their families, to community-based resources.

As peace officers, it is our responsibility to ensure that our agency’s efforts are not limited to a law enforcement response for mental health issues. Our response needs to include a holistic approach to proactive services and support.

We would like to thank our partners at Human Services, the support from both the County Board and the County Executive's Office. We would especially like to thank the dedicated teams for their passion in our mission.

Pictured below from left to right are members of the four active teams:

Clinicians Dave, Abi, Marin and Phil. Deputies Pierce, DeMunck and McCardle. Not pictured Deputy Waas.

Photo by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Heavy Winds With Strong Storms Swept Across Dodge County

Strong storms rolled through southeast Wisconsin Tuesday night, May 21 with numerous tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Wind damage, from wind gusts as high as 70 miles per hour were reported along with power outages. Dodge County has reported many downed trees.

We Energies continues to restore area customers who were  without power after strong winds and storms moved through southeast Wisconsin last night.

Some of the areas that were affected include Menomonee Falls, Hartland, Sussex, Pewaukee and Oconomowoc were affected. Along with Rubicon, Hustisford, Campbellsport, Ft. Atkinson and Jefferson.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says be aware that the county is working on cleaning up after the storms. Use caution while driving, as there could be hazards that haven't been reported to the dispatch center. There are many reports of trees down that are being cleaned up, and some minor flooding.

State Highway 68 southwest of Waupun has some flooding, as well as a report of State Highway 33 east of State Highway 67. They expect those water levels to go down.  

 

Accident Reported in Kewaskum

On Monday, May 20th at 5:04pm, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 45 and CTH H/Badger Rd in the Town of Kewaskum. Callers informed our communications center that there were people walking around outside of the vehicles, but there was an elderly female passenger in one of the vehicles who was unconscious.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and Kewaskum Fire/Rescue were dispatched to the scene, and assistance was requested from the Kewaskum Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol on scene. After the arrival of emergency personnel on scene, West Bend Fire Intercept was requested to respond as well. The initial investigation indicated a 64-year-old Town of Farmington resident was operating southbound on US 45 with a 93-year-old Town of Farmington resident as the front seat passenger and was making a left turn to travel eastbound on CTH H. There was a northbound vehicle on US 45 operated by a 69-year-old Campbellsport area resident. The two vehicles struck in the intersection of US 45 and CTH H/Badger Rd.

The passenger of the southbound vehicle was transported to Froedtert Wauwatosa by Kewaskum rescue with serious injuries. The driver of the southbound vehicle later received treatment at Froedtert Wauwatosa for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the northbound vehicle was transported to Froedtert West Bend by Kewaskum Rescue with non-life-threatening injuries. The Slinger Police Department assisted Sheriff’s Office Deputies with the crash investigation at Froedtert West Bend.

Traffic was diverted from the area for an extended period while the Washington County Accident Reconstruction Team was on scene to assist with the investigation. The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and no additional information is available currently.

 

 

Strong Thunderstorms Expected Tonight

Weatherology reports the chance for strong, even severe thunderstorms in southeast Wisconsin tonight, May 21.

A warm front will move over Wisconsin, and it will be followed by a cold front. That front will be the trigger for what could be a widespread severe outbreak which could include damaging straight line wind, large hail, heavy rain and flooding. Tornadoes are possible.

The line with these strong thunderstorms is expected to impact the Milwaukee Metro areas, and most of southeastern Wisconsin by 9:00 or by 10:00 p.m.

Pursuit Leads To An Accident In Waupun

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Juneau County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 20 at 4:58 p.m. regarding a vehicle that was reported by a license plate reader camera to have just entered Dodge County. The suspected driver, Harvey Cox, age 58 of Wonewoc, Wisconsin had a felony warrant for fleeing from his jury trial in Juneau County.

A patrol sergeant was in the area and initiated a pursuit. The vehicle fled to the City of Waupun where the driver came to a stop on his own and was taken into custody without further incident. Cox was arrested for the warrant, knowingly fleeing an officer, and 2 counts of felony bail jumping. He was booked into jail subsequent to the arrest, but all persons are innocent until proven guilty.

At about 5:03 pm, as a deputy was responding to assist with the pursuit, the deputy lost control of his squad car on the rain-covered roadway at the intersection of State Highway 68 and County A in the City of Fox Lake. The squad left the roadway and struck a house. The deputy suffered minor injuries and no one else was injured in the crash. The crash is being investigated by the Fox Lake Police Department.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Waupun Police Department and the Fox Lake Police Department for their assistance with this incident.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Vehicle Thefts on the Rise

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of motor vehicle thefts and theft of personal property from cars and trucks, that occurred over the weekend in the Village of Richfield from May 17 to May 19. 

Much of the stolen property was discarded and located in the area, and two of the stolen vehicles were recovered in the Milwaukee area.

While these incidents are rare in our community, we are not immune from this type of crime. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage our residents to remove valuables from your car, lock your vehicles up, and do not leave your keys in the car. As always, if you see suspicious activity - call 911 immediately.

 

 

REACH-A-Child Helps Local Kids

REACH-A-Child recently provided 12 REACH Bags to Watertown Police Chief David Brower and the Watertown Police Department, a number that corresponds to the vehicles in the unit’s fleet. Chief Brower also received hundreds of additional children’s books for use during community engagement activities.

This partnership was cemented thanks to a Madison College student who connected them with the Chief. They are very grateful to Chief Brower as well as their volunteer delivery driver, former REACH-A-Child board chair, Cory Erickson.

REACH-A-Child is a Madison-based non-profit, currently partnering with First Responders in many communities across Wisconsin. This effort involves the creation of REACH Bags, which are then delivered to the offices of the First Responders. This takes time and money. They aren’t selling the books or BAGs, they rely upon sponsors to support their program since local departments cannot include these costs in their budgets.

Photo provided by the Watertown Police Department.

Work on West Rossman Has Started in Hartford

The week of May 20, the first stages of the first of two total road reconstruction projects in the City of Hartford began. 

The total reconstruct of W. Rossman started with pulverizing the asphalt and starting to work on the replacement of underground utilities. This is the first of two projects which will conclude with the total replacement of Loos Street. Every year, the City attempts to reconstruct two different areas within the city that have the most issues with their utilities and has the lowest PAZER rating based on road condition. These projects normally include the replacement of the utility mains, replacement of any laterals that are either lead or metallic in nature. There is also the replacement of existing sidewalk, curb and gutter, terrace and of course the road.

Honoring The Service Of Law Enforcement

Hartford Police Department's Honor Guard participated in the 2024 Washington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service. 

Memorial wreaths were presented in honor of fallen officers who died in the line of duty, including Hartford's own Marshal Scherger, Robert Backes of Germantown, and John Schmitt of Washington County Sheriff.

May we never forget their ultimate sacrifice, and honor the service of our law enforcement heroes, both past and present.

Watertown's Johnson Street Closure on May 21 for Water Main Tie-In

The Main Street Bridge in Watertown is currently under demolition. The site next to the Bentzin Family Town Square is being used as a staging area and parking for machinery. This project will continue throughout the summer. 

The City of Watertown is announcing a planned road closure on Johnson Street, from County Road A/Milford Street to Hoffman Road, on May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 2:45 p.m. This closure is necessary to facilitate a water main tie-in for the future fire station located on Johnson Street.

During this time, contractors will connect the water supply piping of the future fire station to the city’s water system. It's important to note that there will be no interruption to water services for residents.

Mayor Emily McFarland expressed the deliberate timing of the road closure, stating, "We have carefully chosen these hours to minimize commute impacts for our residents. This decision reflects our commitment to ensuring minimal disruption while advancing essential projects for our community."

The water main tie-in marks a step forward in the construction of the future fire station, slated for completion in 2025.

Hartford's 14th Annual Classic Car Show is May 18

The 14th annual Classic Car Show in Downtown Hartford is Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Carroll told WTKM News that it's a fun day, with a chance for area car enthusiasts to get together.

"It really is, it's a neat opportunity for them to come together. We're not a huge car show by any means, I think we're nice and humble...so I think it does attract many classic car lovers. Amazingly, they are lined up by 7:30 in the morning and that's the earliest they can come and join any kind of line. Many of them want to park their car early, and then visit one of our restaurants and stores in Downtown Hartford. I love that they are supporting our downtown businesses."

Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. 

The public is invited to this annual event, to see the classic cars lined up along Main Street in the City of Hartford.

Last year, over 200 cars joined Hartford's Classic Car Show. 

Two-Vehicle Injury Crash in Dodge County

Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash with injury, at the intersection of STH 16/26 and County Highway J in the town of Clyman, in Dodge County on Thursday, May 16 at 2:47 p.m.

Initial investigation shows a 2021 Nissan Rogue was westbound on County Highway J and had stopped at the stop sign with the intersection of STH 16/26. The driver of the Nissan Rogue, a 67-year-old female from the township of Clyman, entered into the northbound lanes of STH 16/26 in front of a 2012 Ford Focus, driven by a 58-year-old female from Juneau, resulting in a crash.

The driver of the Nissan Rogue suffered potential serious injuries as a result of the crash. A 66-year-old male passenger in the Nissan suffered minor injury. The driver of the Ford Focus suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were transported to Aurora Summit Hospital by ambulance.

Assisting at the scene were Clyman-Lowell-Reeseville Fire Department and First Responders, Juneau Fire Department, Juneau EMS, Hustisford Fire Department, Beaver Dam EMS, and Watertown EMS.

The names of the drivers’ are being withheld at this time pending family notifications. This crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the Crash Investigation Team.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Hartford's Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center Opening Soon

The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center will open for the season on June 1.

One of Hartford's main attractions every summer, the city's outdoor pool will feature a dual raft water slide, body slide, lazy river, floatable water walk, mini toddler slide and the sprinbrella water feature.

The sand play area returns, along with many deck activities including the bag toss and fooseball. 

Night Swims, a very popular event last year will run from June 13 to August 22 every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Toddler Swim is scheduled for June 10 to August 23 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is offering an early bird discount on Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center season passes. Stop at the Hartford Recreation Center during office hours, Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. and Friday from  7 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. to purchase a pass before May 30. You will receive $5 off an individual pass and $10 off a family pass.

 

 

Arrest for Possession of a Firearm in a School

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office took four separate reports from citizens and received a phone call from the HoNoR School District of Herman/Neosho/Rubicon that School Board Member Daniel Siegman had gone to HoNoR Elementary School to meet with the District Administrator. It was reported that during that visit it was discovered that Daniel Siegman had taken a firearm with him into the school, a clear violation of state statute.

As Daniel Siegman is also a county board supervisor who has been highly critical of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office operations, it was determined that the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office should not conduct this investigation, but rather an outside agency should conduct the investigation and make appropriate decisions after the investigation to avoid the appearance of bias.

The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office was requested to assist with this investigation on Wednesday, May 15. As a result of their investigation, Daniel Siegman was placed under arrest prior to the May 15, 2024 HoNoR School Board meeting. He was transported to the Dodge County Jail and charges will be requested for possession of a firearm in a school. As always, all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This public information release is being issued as there has been a great deal of concern and frustration in the community over this incident. It is important that all remember that the safety of our schools is of paramount importance, and while the right to carry a firearm is a constitutional right afforded by our constitution, it comes with great responsibility. That responsibility is knowing where it is, and is not, appropriate to carry a firearm. That responsibility is even more paramount when you are an elected official. Carrying a firearm in a school without the proper authority to do so in light of the school shootings that occur in our country is unacceptable. In Dodge County it is understood that we do not have a need for more laws to control those who possess firearms, we simply need to enforce the common sense laws which are on the books.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

A Communications Officer and Four Deputies Recognized

Washington County Sheriff Marty Schulteis played an emotional 911 call during a recent public safety meeting, and presented staff acknowledgements to a communications officer and four deputies that responded to a medical call.

Summary of the call:

On April 11, 2024, at 11:40 p.m. Communications Officer Meier received a 911 call from a woman who reported her 65-year-old husband had stopped breathing. Communications Officer Meier immediately requested her co-workers page the Jackson Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office staff to the home while she stayed online with the wife while providing CPR instruction using Emergency Medical Dispatching protocols to the wife and son.

Deputy Kalish arrived at the home within 1 minute and 8 seconds and was able to hook up the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and began CPR.

Sgt. Hood, along with Deputies Gallenbeck and Nurkala, assisted with care and provided the patient with three shocks from the AED while continuing CPR until EMS professionals from the Jackson Fire Department arrived on scene. Rescue personnel shocked the patient two additional times and were able to get a pulse back.

This call demonstrates how the total EMS system worked to provide early life-saving intervention to a citizen who was in cardiac arrest. The caller was able to call 911 right away, the communications center promptly had first responders summoned while simultaneously providing CPR instruction over the phone. Deputies were then able to get the AED hooked up quickly and continue CPR until our highly trained fire department partners took over patient care.

During the meeting the patient was able to meet and thank the first responders for the first time.

Pictured from left to right:

Sgt. Hood, Communications Officer Meier, Adam (son), Lynn (wife), Mark (patient – notice the T-Shirt), Deputy Gallenbeck, Deputy Kalish, and Sheriff Schulteis. Not pictured is Deputy Nurkala.

Photo by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Explorers Begin Training

The Bark River Explorer Post 530 recently took advantage of the nice weather and began training for the First Responder Face-Off that they are participating in on Saturday, June 29 at WCTC.

The two events that they trained on were a dummy drag, and a keg push with a hoseline.

A dummy drag consisted of many different obstacles such as going through a tire, over a bench, just to name a few. The explorers worked on teamwork skills by coordinating efforts and working together to get the dummy back over the finish line. There were a lot of different factors that the explorers had to work around.

The keg push involves the explorers, who had to use a hose line that was set to 80 PSI to push an empty keg down and around a barrel and back. The explorers had to work together as a team to advance the hoseline and coordinate when they wanted to step forward.

Photo by the Hartland Fire Department.

Peace Officers Memorial Day

It's Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. 

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. 

Hartford's local veteran organizations are displaying the Avenue of Flags at Sawyer Park today, Wednesday, May 15. The flags are displayed in recognition of National Police Week.

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.

Hartford's Classic Car Show is May 18

The 14th annual Classic Car Show in Downtown Hartford is Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Carroll told WTKM News that it's a fun day, with a chance for area car enthusiasts to get together.

"It really is, it's a neat opportunity for them to come together. We're not a huge car show by any means, I think we're nice and humble...so I think it does attract many classic car lovers. Amazingly, they are lined up by 7:30 in the morning and that's the earliest they can come and join any kind of line. Many of them want to park their car early, and then visit one of our restaurants and stores in Downtown Hartford. I love that they are supporting our downtown businesses."

Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. 

The public is invited to this annual event, to see the classic cars lined up along Main Street in the City of Hartford.

Last year, over 200 cars joined Hartford's Classic Car Show. 

A New Season of the Hartford Farmer's Market

The first day of a new season for the Hartford Farmer's Market is Saturday, May 18.

It will be located at the same location, on the south end of the parking lot of the Hartford Rec Center, Schauer Arts Center and Automotive Museum.

It's held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

It includes easonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, bakery, honey, organic eggs, beef, chicken, arts and crafts, and so much more. It's brought to you by area vendors. 

The Hartford Farmer's Market season will run through October 26.

Contact the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce for more information. 

Ceremony Planned For Fallen Police Officers

A special event is scheduled for Thursday May 16. 

The public is invited to the annual Washington County Fallen Police Officers Ceremony at the Washington County Fair Park.

This event is a somber event, as they remember those that have served on the thin blue line and did not return home. Please join residents and members of police from throughout Washington County on Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. at the fair grounds, located at 3000 Hwy. PV in the Town of Polk.

On Thursday, all law enforcement agencies in Washington County will have a ceremony to honor those officers who lost their lives in service to their community. This will be at the Washington County Fair Park and is open to the public. 

The Washington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service will honor Marshal Scherger of the Hartford Police Department, Deputy John Schmitt of the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Robert Backes of the Germantown Police Department. There will be presentations of memorial wreaths in memory of each law enforcement officer.

I-41 Personal Injury Crash

Officers from the Slinger Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Slinger Fire Department and Life Star Rescue were dispatched to I-41 southbound, near Highway 60 for a single vehicle rollover crash involving a maintenance service truck.

It happened at 2:56 p.m. on Monday, May 13.

Officers arrived to find the service truck on its roof approximately 100 feet off the interstate in a wooded ditch line. The operator was trapped.

Members of the Slinger Fire Department worked quickly and extricated the driver. It appears the driver has non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. A witness to the crash observed that the truck suffered a front tire blow out, causing the crash. No other driver/driving factors were involved.

Slinger Police Officers expressed their appreciation for their partners from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Slinger Fire Department and Life Star for assisting with this event.

Photo by the Slinger Police Department.

Abandoned - Recovered Bicycle Sale

On Saturday, May 18th, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the West Bend Police Department will be selling approximately 30 abandoned bicycles. The bike sale will take place at the West Bend Police Department at 350 Vine Street. Interested buyers should enter on the north side of City Hall near the garage doors. Parking is available at City Hall, 1115 S. Main Street and the city lot on Vine Street and Eder Lane.

Bicycles will be sold on a “first come, first serve” basis. One bicycle per person. Bicycles will be sold for $20.00. The sale price includes a City of West Bend Bicycle License. The license is required for all sales. The license is good for the life of the bike.

Bicycles will be sold “as is” with “no warranty”. Bicycle sales are by cash only (no checks or credit cards accepted). The buyer must remove the bicycle from the Police Department immediately following the purchase. All sales are final with a no return policy. There are fewer bicycles available than in previous years.

Questions about the bicycle sales should be directed to Lt. Brian McAndrews at (262) 335-5012.

Photo by the West Bend Police Department.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motorcycle crash which resulted in the death of a passenger and life-threatening injuries to the operator.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024, a passersby reported a motorcycle crash with serious injuries on State Highway 33 near Thompson Rd., in the township of Beaver Dam.

A group of motorcycles was eastbound on State Highway 33 and began slowing in traffic, possibly due to a passenger vehicle slowing to turn into a driveway. The involved motorcycle lost control and both occupants were ejected from the motorcycle. The operator, a 42 year old Beaver Dam man, was flow by UW Med Flight to a level 2 trauma center with life-threatening injuries. A 50 year old female passenger, also from Beaver Dam, died at the landing zone site, which had been established nearby at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.

Neither occupant was wearing a helmet, which was a factor in the seriousness of the injuries. The crash remains under investigation. Assisting in the response and investigation were the Beaver Dam Fire Department and Paramedics, Dodge County Medical Examiner, Dodge County Emergency Response Team (DCERT), UW Med Flight, Flight For Life, Beaver Dam Police Department, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Slinger Firefighters Respond to House Fire

Slinger Firefighters and Lifestar EMS were dispatched to the 100 Blk. of Winter Lane, for a possible house fire in Slinger.

Crews arrived and assessed the residence. Firefighters did not find an active fire, but the garage siding was burnt and melted.

The homeowner burned shrubbery near the garage which caught on fire temporarily. Crews checked for fire extension into the structure and did not find any.

No injuries were reported.

Photo by the Slinger Fire Department.

 

An Exemplary Performance

Three Hartford Union High School students were awarded an Exemplary Performance Award, for their performances at State Solo and Ensemble. 

Lukas Lichtenwalner and Brady Senkbeil (Back row L-R of picture) received an Exemplary award for their vocal duet and Gaby George (Front row of picture) received an Exemplary Award for her Musical Theatre Solo.

The Hartford Union High School Music Department is very proud of these amazing student musicians, including Christopher Daley who was nominated for his Baritone/Bass Vocal Solo!

K9 Flash Assists With Apprehension

On Wednesday, May 8 a criminal damage to property complaint was reported at a residence in the City of Hartford, according to the Hartford Police Department. Two windows were shattered, and an officer located a baseball bat lying next to one of the windows.

With no potential suspects, an officer recalled an individual who lived next door who might be a suspect, and they contacted the homeowner. The homeowner admitted the bat belonged to the household. When contact was made with the suspect and he was questioned, he attempted to slam the door on officers and was irate. Eventually, officers spoke with the suspect, but he denied all involvement.

For the remainder of the day, the investigation continued into determining who damaged the windows. Potential camera footage was available and while investigating, an officer received a call from the suspect’s probation agent. He advised the suspect did not inform him he was the lead suspect regarding this incident. He also skipped his scheduled meeting. The agent entered a warrant for the suspect. The agent warned officers that the suspect would fight with them upon contact.

Officers returned to the residence. While walking up to the front door, the suspect fled from the rear of the residence in a westbound direction. K9 Flash was retrieved from the squad to conduct a track. While working the track, officers encountered the suspect. He immediately started swearing at the officers and clenching his fists. K9 Flash began to continuously bark, and the K9 handler advised the suspect if he fought officers, K9 Flash would apprehend him. K9 Flash’s presence caught the suspect by surprise. He continued making threats but listened to commands to get on the ground. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect later mentioned the only reason he did not fight with officers was because of K9 Flash. He knew how to fight people but feared K9 Flash’s presence and potential deployment. This is yet again another great example of how the K9 resource resolved a potential physical encounter, which may have ended up in officers and/or the suspect being physically injured. This allows for quick apprehension and the ability for officers to get back to serving the community. K9 Flash is specifically trained in tracking and apprehension and has been successful in doing both several times thus far in his career. 

Serious Injury Crash

On Wednesday, May 8 at approximately 2:53 p.m., deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to State Highway 33 near McKinley Beach Road in the township of Beaver Dam for a crash involving three vehicles.

The investigation revealed that an 84-year-old man from rural Markesan was traveling north on State Highway 33 in a Mini Countryman and collided with a Ford F150 pick-up truck being operated by a 46-year-old Randolph man as he was slowed for a vehicle turning into a private driveway on State Highway 33. The Mini Countryman collided with the Ford and then traveled into the southbound lane and collided with a Mitsubishi that was traveling south on State Highway 33 by a 50-year-old female from rural Beaver Dam. The Mini Countryman then entered the west ditch and rolled over multiple times. The 84-year-old driver of the Mini Countryman was transported to Marshfield Medical Center (MMC) in Beaver Dam and then flown to Aurora Medical Center in Oconomowoc with serious injuries. The 50-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi was transported to MMC by ambulance and released. The 46-year-old driver was uninjured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.

Assisting the Dodge County Sheriff's Office were the Beaver Dam Police Department, Beaver Dam Fire Department, and the Dodge County Emergency Response Team.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt

Hartford's Park Director Spotted Behind The Wheel

Look who is behind the wheel!

It's Randy Wojtasiak. The Hartford Parks and Recreation Director took the opportunity to get trained on how to drive a Hartford City Taxi. Randy oversees the transportation department and wanted to learn more about this busy operation, so he reached out to Hartford's Transportation Superintendent Deb Holtan.

“It’s important for me to try and better understand all the departments I oversee. I was thankful Deb took the time with me and I am better for it.”

Deb Holtan trained and rode along with Randy to show him the ins and outs of the taxi service.

Nice job Randy!

Scam Alert in Dodge County

Over the last couple of weeks, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has taken numerous calls from victims who report being contacted by a local law enforcement agency via phone. Throughout the conversation, the scammer claims to be an officer with a law enforcement agency. The scammer claims the victim needs to pay them bond money or the victim will be arrested. The scammer in these situations has been able to “spoof” a phone number that matches a phone number from the local law enforcement agency they claim they’re from. The scammer will often request the victim to stay on the phone with them and tell them to go to a Bitcoin machine. Once there, the scammer will direct the victim to what wallet number to send the money to. The sheriff's office has been informed that the scammer sounds professional and also had specific personal information about their victim, which has included their prior home addresses.

Everyone needs to be reminded that a law enforcement or a government agency will never call you and demand that you send them cryptocurrency or gift cards numbers. It is our job to try and educate as many people as we can on this matter.

Please help in spreading this information to your loved ones as well so they don’t risk becoming victims of these scams. By being proactive and educating your grandparents, parents, children, and friends about these common scams you may have prevented them from falling victim and losing a life-altering amount of money.

Hartford Union High School Graduation Will Be Held On A Sunday

The last day of school for Hartford Union High School is May 31.

Graduation is Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m.

HUHS Superintendent Jeff Walters told WTKM News about this year's adjustment with the annual ceremony.

"The change we made this year was due to graduation falling on the weekend of state track. We regularly will have kids qualify for the state track meet. Our goal as educators is to never put kids in the middle. We decided to hold graduation indoors on a Sunday. We don't want our kids to choose between graduation and the track meet."  

Hartford Union High School’s Prom is Saturday, May 11 at the Chandelier Ballroom.

May 22 is the Day of Service. Over 1,300 students from Hartford Union High School are out in the community, giving back through this volunteer program.

 

Investigation Into Fraud Leads to Arrest of Chinese National

In March 2023, a Hartford Police Department officer responded to a fraud complaint in which the victim stated he was scammed by a suspect claiming to be from the United States Social Security Administration. The suspect explained to the victim that his financial accounts had been compromised and that he needed to move the money in those accounts to a “safe account” that would be protected because it was a government account. The suspect provided the victim with a photo of a Social Security Administration identification badge as “proof” of his identity.

Ultimately, the victim wired approximately $98,000 to a bank account provided by the suspect. The suspect also attempted to have the victim wire an additional $200,000, which the victim attempted to do but was stopped by staff at the victim's financial institution. The suspect provided a “receipt” to the victim that identified the banking information where the victim was to wire the funds. Additionally, this “receipt” showed that a business was associated with this banking information.

A Hartford Police Department detective was assigned to investigate the matter further. The detective was able to learn that the business associated with the banking information was a registered business through the state of New York, and the listed president of the company was identified as FEI LIANG, of Flushing, NY. Banking records were obtained for this business which identified LIANG as the holder of the account and showed the $98,000 from the victim being deposited into that account. There were also numerous ATM withdrawals from the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas. Additionally, several other large dollar deposits from other states were shown being deposited into the account around the same time frame. The detective observed that several days after these large dollar deposits were made, wire transfers were made from the suspect account to financial institutions in Hong Kong.

Based on the information learned by the detective, the United States Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General was contacted and agreed to assist in the investigation of the suspect. Also assisting in the investigation were members of the Financial Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department.

In the ensuing months, the investigation determined that LIANG was responsible for defrauding 6 elderly victims nationwide out of approximately $628,000, including the Hartford victim.

On February 25, 2024, LIANG was arrested in Maryland by members of the United States Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. He was extradited to New York and subsequently charged with 6 felonies concerning this investigation. Two co-conspirators were also identified and were being investigated separately by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They were arrested on March 1, 2024, at JFK Airport in New York after returning to the United States from China, via Brussels, Belgium.

There is a good chance our victim will never see that money again.

These fraud cases often take countless manhours to bring to a conclusion. More often than not, investigators suspend the investigation due to the international nature and the inability to follow up and secure a prosecution. The Hartford Police department remains dedicated to aggressively pursuing justice for the victims. These types of cases are occurring and being investigated more often. We hope that highlighting this case sparks conversation amongst the public such that it brings awareness of how these scams are carried out. It is no coincidence they target some of our most vulnerable residents. Talk with your neighbors, family, and friends, about how to protect yourself from these types of scams.

Hartford Union High School Forms A Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee

In 2022, Hartford Union High School area voters rejected a referendum to update facilities. The school's administration acknowledges and respects the community’s decision. Now, they must refine their plans to better reflect the priorities of the taxpayers.

To help accomplish this goal, the Hartford School District formed the Citizens Facilities Advisory Committee. This group, which is made up of parents, staff and community members studied a facility assessment and feedback gathered from stakeholder interviews, which identified more than $180 million in potential projects. They recognize completing all of these projects at one time is not realistic.

They need your feedback to determine which projects, if any, should be part of the first phase of a long-term facility improvement plan. The CFAC will use this input to finalize their recommendation to the School Board. To keep all feedback confidential, survey responses are collected by an independent research firm.

Your survey should be in your mailbox soon.

Hartford Union High School expresses their gratitude for giving them your valuable time and input.

Detective Young Recognized

Detective Kasey Young received a Letter of Commendation, for his first case that he was assigned in the detective division.

Dodge County Sheriff's Detective Kasey Young was promoted to detective on April 6, 2023. The first case he was assigned as a new detective was an armed robbery, armed burglary, impersonating a peace officer, and false imprisonment case which occurred in the early morning hours of January 28, 2023, in Hustisford.

The case could have gone unsolved, but due to Detective Young's attention to detail, he recognized that an electronic service provider delivered the wrong information on one of the initial search warrants. Detective Young worked with the company and obtained the correct information. Detective Young furthered the investigation by writing additional search warrants pertaining to the suspects. He also networked with out-of-state law enforcement and developed additional information that led to the arrest of Anthony Smith and Robert Ledbetter.

This complex case was assigned to Detective Young as a newly promoted detective with minimal formal investigative training, but he worked the case with confidence.

Man Points A Firearm In The Direction of Sheriff's Deputy

On Saturday evening, May 4 at 11:05 p.m. a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a residence in the Town of Farmington for a loud music complaint. As the deputy arrived, he observed a bonfire in the backyard and heard loud music playing. As the deputy exited his squad and began walking up the driveway, a 23-year-old male resident rounded the corner of the residence and illuminated the deputy with what the deputy initially thought was a flashlight. The fully uniformed deputy identified himself as a law enforcement officer and the individual continued to approach him with the light activated.

The deputy then realized the illumination was coming from a weapon mounted flashlight and drew his service weapon while advising the subject to put the weapon down. The individual complied immediately. The individual justified his actions to the deputy saying he did not know he was a deputy, and it was uncommon for law enforcement to be present in the area.

While speaking with the subject the deputy noticed signs of impairment. The individual failed several field sobriety tests including a preliminary breath test of .179. The subject was arrested for Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated in accordance with Wisconsin State Statue 941.20(1)(b).

The weapon was determined to be a loaded 10mm handgun.

Halei Heinzel Selected As The New Alice in Dairyland

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has selected Halei Heinzel of Oconomowoc as Wisconsin's 77th Alice in Dairyland.  According to a press release, in this position, Heinzel will work for the contract year as a full-time communications professional for DATCP, educating the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin. 

Heinzel will graduate in May of this year from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Life Sciences Communication.

Before starting at UW-Madison, Heinzel was active in her high school’s FFA chapter. She graduated from the Farm and Industry Short Course program with certificates in Agribusiness Management and Dairy Farm Management.

While on campus, Heinzel was involved with the Babcock House Student Cooperative, Science Communication Club, UW Polo Club, and serves on the board of the Wisconsin Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association.

Heinzel has held internships with the Farm and Industry Short Course program, Professional Dairy Producers, and worked with the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board.

"I am so excited and honored to be spending the next year serving as the 77th Alice in Dairyland, the official ambassador of Wisconsin’s diverse and abundant agriculture industry," said Heinzel.

"I am looking forward to connecting Wisconsinites with agriculture, sharing the impact of this vibrant industry both in local communities and across the state, and sharing the stories of the hardworking individuals who dedicate their lives to agriculture every day," she added.

Heinzel was selected at the 77th Alice in Dairyland Finals hosted by Door County. She will begin her term as the 77th Alice in Dairyland on July 8, 2024.

She succeeds the 76th Alice in Dairyland, Ashley Hagenow of Poynette, who will continue her current term until the transition in July.

Helping To Feed The World

Hartford Union High School students, who make up their Bio/Health Bundle Course brought their ideas to the World Food Prize Wisconsin Institute in Madison. 

32 students wrote and presented their papers, with a chance to move forward to the World Prize in Iowa, which is like the Nobel Prize for solving food insecurity across the globe.

English Department Teacher and Instructional Lead Bill Schliewe told students, "I hope you were able to take away the importance of the totality of the day and the messages sent by your peers, University staff, and community people working in these fields. Thanks again to all of you for taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity."

Photo by Hartford Union High School.

National Correctional Officers Week

This week, May 5-11, is National Correctional Officer Week. To the dedicated men and women who uphold safety, order, and rehabilitation within the Dodge County Jail, this week is for you.

Every day, you show unwavering commitment, courage, and professionalism in ensuring the security and well-being of both inmates and staff. Your role is not just about maintaining order; it's about fostering positive change, providing support, and facilitating rehabilitation. Your dedication and sacrifice deserve recognition and gratitude not only this week but every day.

Throughout the week we will be highlighting each of our correctional officer teams. Today we are highlighting Team 1A.

Back Row Left to Right: Sergeant Jason Polsin (23 years), CO Kristin Marwitz (24 years), CO Jerome Doornek (14 years), CO Krista Longseth-Roberts (8 years), CO Gregory Oettinger (4 years), CO Dan Watkins (22 years), CO Kyle Anderson (3 years), CO Don Krueger (24 years), CO Brian Hill (13 years), Sergeant Kevin Kuehl (10 years)

Front Row Left to Right: CO Deyvis Perez Laguna (4 years), CO Nate Hein (11 years), CO Mikayla Klein (2 years), CO Carla Diaz (4 years), CO Jen Welch (23 years), Sergeant Samantha Laughlin (18 years) Not pictured John Pettersen (7 years).

Photo by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

WE Energies Beginning Work on County Trunk Highway P

Gas relocation work at the intersection of County Trunk Highway P and Sherman Road in the Village of Jackson and Towns of Jackson and Polk, is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 6, 2024 and be substantially completed in two weeks, weather and other factors pending.

The east/west movement on Sherman Road across CTH P at the intersection will be closed to all traffic while this work is occurring. Traffic on CTH P will be restricted during work hours, to one lane, under flagging conditions.

Please follow the posted detour routes utilizing Maple Road, Western Ave, and Mayfield Road. Residents living within the construction zone are asked to use extra caution when driving in the construction zone and to obey all flaggers and construction signs. Alternate routes should be utilized if possible to avoid delays.

Please visit washcowisco.gov for more information and click on “Road Construction & Projects” or call the Highway Department office at 262-335-4435. Project updates will be posted periodically on Washington County’s website and Facebook page. 

Police Chase Leads To Arrest in Watertown

On Friday, May 3, 2024, at 1:25 a.m., an officer with the Watertown Police Department conducted a traffic stop on N. 2nd St. near Jones St. The officer contacted the driver, a 43-year-old male. There were no other people in the vehicle. During the officer’s contact, the driver drove away from the traffic stop and the officer pursued. The driver eventually stopped in the 1000 block of N. 2nd St. The driver exited the vehicle and failed to comply with the officer’s commands. The officer fired their Taser twice at the male and took him into custody. The male was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting an officer and fleeing.

Paul Stephans Day

Paul Stephans Day is Friday, May 3 in the City of Hartford.

The City of Hartford will have a new chief of the fire and rescue department.

Current Chief Paul Stephans will retire after 35 years of service with the City of Hartford. His impressive career started in 1991, as a lieutenant – the first full-time staff member of the department. Paul Stephans became a deputy chief in 1994.

Chief Stephans talked with WTKM and said his decision to retire was not easy.

"It comes with mixed emotions. I love my job and the people I work with, which comes with the opportunity to help people every day. Sometimes, the burden of responsibility wears on you. I'm looking forward to transitioning into trying to be a good grandparent and spend more time with family." 

In 1996, Paul Stephans was appointed assistant chief of the Hartford Fire Department and was promoted to the Hartford Fire and Rescue chief in 2006.

Chief Stephans was instrumental in advancing the department to the advanced EMT Level in 2002, and the Paramedic Level in 2021.

Tony Burgard is the successor, and will step in and take over as the new Hartford Fire and Rescue chief on May 3. Burgard was a member of the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company since 2004 and was promoted to chief over four years ago. 

A New Fishing Pier in Hartford

A special gift was delivered on time in the City of Hartford.

Crews from Cedar Lake Sales of West Bend, with help from the Hartford City staff, put together and installed the new ADA compliant fishing pier in Rotary Park.

This was a gift to the community from the Hartford Rotary, which was celebrating their 100th Anniversary that very same day. It was 100 years to the date that the Hartford Rotary was chartered.

This new pier features railings along with fishing pole holders. The water in the area was dredged in 2022, and measures roughly 12 feet to the bottom at the end of the pier.

The City of Hartford hopes everyone enjoys this expanded fishing option at Rotary Park.

National Honor Society Introduced

Members and inductees of the Hartford Union High School National Honor Society were introduced.

It includes 36 inductees from the Class of 2025 and 46 members from the Class of 2024.

The members include Savanaha Balicki, Joseph Bieganski, Anah Blazek, Abigail Boxrud, Amiah Brakob, Maxwell Drinan, Kennedy Gruszynski, Elisa Guenther, Isabelle Haeft, Addison Hagen, Sydney Harris, Calvin Kenney, Leenah Klebba, Joshua Knapp, Ella Krueger, Kylie Krueger, Audrey Labuda, Elizabeth Larkin, John Leatherbury, Sarah Lingen, Mason Lipenski, Makenzy Loucks, Trevor Majerus, Sydney Martin, Caitlyn McGraw, Carter Meier, Elisabeth Norman, Brianna Olejnik, Emma Polanco, William Powell, Lindsey Radermacher, Zoe Ramstack, Elena Rettler, Maddison Roell, Kimberly Rosner, Orelle Salentine, Diana Schallock, Brady Senkbeil, Christopher Sheehan, Krista Stoeckmann, Clayton Wagner, Mason Weber, Samuel Williams, Kyra Yang, Jordan Yu and Kyle Zuern.

Photo by Hartford Union High School.  

 

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2.

The theme this year is, "Lift Up the Word - Light Up the World."

It's a tradition of many years, according to Pastor Jeff Schimp of Glacier Hills Bible Church, of Hartford.

"Throughout the years, days of prayer for our country have been called for. In 1952, the National Day of Prayer was established by an act of Congress. It was signed into law by President Harry Truman and since then, every president has proclaimed a National Day of Prayer."

National Day of Prayer is an annual observance.  

A Conducted Mock Crash in Waupun

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Waupun Police Department and Waupun Fire Department with a mock crash at Waupun High School, with students observing the response and coordination of the first responders. During the scenario, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the Waupun Police Department by providing a patrol deputy and members from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team.

The mock crash was presented in order to educate and teach the students what the agencies do during the course of a crash, from first responders providing medical care to the investigation of the crash.

During this scenario, the Waupun Police Department investigated the at-fault driver for operating while impaired and arrested the driver for Homicide by Intoxicated use of a vehicle per Wisconsin State Statute 940.09(1), and Injury by Intoxicated use of a vehicle per Wisconsin State Statute 940.25(1)(am).

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Waupun Police Department, Waupun Fire Department, Lifestar EMS, and the Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office. Flight For Life medical helicopter also responded to the mock crash to transport a student role-player who was designated “critically injured” during the crash.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt.

Photo by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Law Enforcement Memorial Service Planned For May 16

National Police Week will take place May 12-18. During this week, we give special recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

On Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. all law enforcement agencies in Washington County will have a ceremony to honor those officers who lost their lives in service to their community. This will be at the Washington County Fair Park and is open to the public. 

The Washington County Law Enforcement Memorial Service will honor Marshal Scherger of the Hartford Police Department, Deputy John Schmitt of the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Robert Backes of the Germantown Police Department. There will be presentations of memorial wreaths in memory of each law enforcement officer.

 

Honoring Ruth Knoll

The Hartford Community Chorus presents "Then Sings My Soul" on Saturday, May 4 at Holy Hill. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A second show is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 at the Schauer Arts Center at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free, no tickets are required.

Both concerts will bring back warm memories of the music selections of Ruth Knoll, the founder of the Hartford Community Chorus. The selections include "Thy Will Be Done," "Sunshine In My Soul," and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."

Ruth spent her entire 40-year teaching career at Hartford Union High School. She ran all of the Choral activities including conducting choirs, providing voice lessons, preparing students for solo and ensemble events and serving as the music director for the high school musicals until her retirement in 1998.

Ruth served as the conductor for the Hartford Community Chorus for 55 years.

Ruth Knoll passed away peacefully on November 8, 2023.    

Letter of Commendation Presented

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office presented a Letter of Commendation. 

Deputy Jackson was presented with this high honor for a child neglect investigation. The incident occurred in February of this year. Deputy Jackson responded to the call, which involved a suspect with two minor children in a car. Jackson began looking for the vehicle, and eventually initiated a traffic stop and immediately recognized that the minor children were showing signs of neglect.

He immediately began his investigation and this resulted in the parent being arrested for two counts of felony child neglect.

Deputy Jackson was able to get the resources necessary to protect these minor children and get them into a safe environment.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office is thankful for his actions and his commitment to protecting our community, especially the minor children in this case. This is an example of the level of commitment and professionalism of the deputies of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. 

Lieutenant Nicholas presented Deputy Jackson with this Letter of Commendation.

Photo by the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Jefferson County Selects New Fair Park Director

Jefferson County is thrilled to announce Becky Roberts as its new Fair Park Director. Becky is an experienced leader in the hospitality industry, formerly serving as Executive Vice President at IDM Hospitality Management. She has delivered exceptional results across fall facets of project management, hospitality operations, marketing, and event production, making her a valuable addition to the Jefferson County Fair Park team.

During her time at IDM, Becky led the charge in the development and expansion of multiple 3-diamond and 4-diamond full-service hotel properties. This included ensuring that new development projects met stringent feasibility, program, design, and quality specifications. She also oversaw recruitment, orientation, training, and onboarding education for hotel executive teams. Furthermore, Becky implemented best practices in revenue management, budget reporting, customer service standards, and sales & marketing management.

Early in her career, Becky worked as the Special Events Director at Washington County Fair Park, so this new position is a return to her roots. She also held executive positions at the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, spearheading the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing plans and organizing large community events.

Getting involved with the agricultural groups that form the backbone of Fair Park operations is a familiar task for Becky, who grew up helping at her grandparent’s dairy farm near Marshfield, Wisconsin. "I am honored to serve as the new Jefferson County Fair Park Director," she said. "I am excited to work collaboratively with the team to continue delivering memorable experiences for our guests and ensuring the economic engine of the Fair Park provides momentum to the communities of Jefferson County for years to come."

Becky holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, with a minor in Communications. Jefferson County officials are confident that Becky's strategic vision, operational expertise, and proven leadership capabilities will further elevate the Jefferson County Fair Park as a premier destination for community celebrations and events.