2/1/15- Shots were fired during an apparent altercation in Beaver Dam Sunday afternoon. Police Chief John Kreuziger says the incident happened at 12:27pmon the 900 block of Madison Street. A red truck stopped in front of a residence and two men got out. The shot was fired at the victim during the altercation but no one was injured. The red truck is described as being a newer-model Chevrolet single cab with a hard tonneau cover. The vehicle left southbound on Madison Street. One suspect is described as a possible white male the other as being younger male with glasses. Chief Kreuziger says there is no threat to public safety. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beaver Dam Police Department at (920) 887-4612.
2/1/15 – Winter weather advisory is in effect for Dodge and many other south-central Wisconsin counties through midnight. Moderate to heavy snow is expected to fall throughout the afternoon and will likely persist through the evening. Wing gusts are anticipated to reach up to 30 miles per hour, and road visibility will likely be around one-half mile or less. 5 to 8 inches are expected. The Dodge County Highway Department is advising to avoid travel if it all possible as blowing and drifting are occurring on the slippery, snow-covered streets. Plows hit the major roads at 10:30 last night and headed out to clear all other roads at 4:30 this morning. They are expected to be out for the next 24-36 hours.
2/1/15 - The National Weather Service predicts the Kenosha area could be covered with up to 10 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. A winter storm warning was issued yesterday. Lake-effect snow could be combined with a low pressure system to the south of Wisconsin which would increase the snowfall totals. Milwaukee is bracing for a possible nine inch snowfall. Wisconsin counties which border Illinois are expecting heavy snow totals. The snow could fall for 24 straight hours. Winds from Lake Michigan could gust to more than 30 miles per hour, making travel dangerous today. The Madison area is expecting four-to-seven-inches of snow. People attending Super Bowl parties were being warned to plan ahead and be aware of snowy road conditions.
2/1/15 - Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding people not to operate a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs as the Wisconsin OWI Statute applies to all drivers. He notes that it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a redistricted controlled substance even if it is not impairing at the taken level. Schmidt says that toxicology screenings done after fatal crashes show an increasing number of drivers with drugs in their system. The sheriff says that different drugs impair in different ways as marijuana can distort one’s vision and alter road judgment while heroin can delay reflexes and make one tired along with distorting vision. Schmidt encourages parents to discuss the repercussions that come along with impaired driving with their children and urges anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver to report the matter to law enforcement.
2/1/15 - Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he wants to put an officer or team in place to develop some community relation initiatives. He says there are a lot of opportunities for that including establishing a school resource officer program or doing some home security checks. He says he’d like to develop a Citizens Police Academy for the Sheriff’s Department because not every law enforcement agency in the area has one of their own. Schmidt is wrapping up his first full month as the new Sheriff for Dodge County.
2/1/15 - A new website has been launched in Fond du Lac to assist in efforts to close the gap in a skilled labor shortage. Melissa Worthington is the Vice-President of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce. She says as part of the Fond du Lac Works initiative the fdlworks.com website was recently launched. She says it has a number of resources on it. She says with baby boomers retiring there are currently 700 job vacancies in the local market and that number could be as much as 10,000 by 2026.