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17 May 2017 News


The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help following a rash of daytime residential burglaries over the last couple of months. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says at least five burglaries have been reported in the northeastern part of the county. Schmidt says at this point none of the homeowners have been home at the time of the burglaries. Schmidt says often the houses targeted are isolated from other area houses. Schmidt says investigators are trying to determine if the break-ins are connected to burglaries in other counties. Schmidt says his office is increasing patrols in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office at (920) 386-3726.

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The co-owner of Leroy Meats in Horicon says there’s nothing wrong with the two-dozen plus products which have been designated for recall by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Scott Hurst says the issue was not what was inside the packaging, but an error with the format in the computer for the outside of the package. He went on to say the meat being recalled should still be safe to eat. On Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection issued a Class II recall for nearly two dozen items, saying they had not been properly inspected and could not verify the safety of the meats. The Class II designation means that there is the “remote possibility” of someone getting sick, but it is not likely. Hurst says he hopes this does not hurt future sales or the reputation the company has built with the local community over the years.

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Some eastern Wisconsin high school students say administrators have gone too far in banning them from their graduation ceremony over a senior prank. The Wrightstown School District officials say a group of 20 students toilet-papered the trees and wrote graffiti on bricks outside its high school May 7. Wrightstown police chief Greg Deike says five of the students also broke into the gym. Five seniors aren’t allowed to walk in their May 26 graduation ceremony because of the prank. Haakon Wagner, one of the seniors banned from commencement, says the group was just trying to have fun before graduation. The students say the only damage done to the inside of the school was scattered toilet paper and moved bleachers.

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The Republican-controlled budget committee plans to add more staff to the Wisconsin Elections Commission than Gov. Scott Walker recommended. Joint Finance Committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling says the panel will add five positions to the commission that oversees elections in the state. Walker had proposed not paying for six jobs that had been funded by federal money that is going away. That would have been a 19 percent cut in overall staff. The Elections Commission had said the jobs are needed to ensure elections run smoothly in the state and to be in compliance with state and federal laws. Rep. John Nygren says the Legislature is committed to having the commission succeed. The Legislature created separated elections and ethics commissions after eliminating the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board last year.

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Two Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin say it’s not against state law to solicit sexually explicit photographs of children but clearly should be. Rep. Andre Jacque and Sen. Van Wanggaard announced Tuesday they’re circulating a bill that would make it a misdemeanor for adults to solicit sexually explicit photos, recordings or other representations of minors. Jacque says current law allows sexual predators to groom children over an extended period of time without getting in trouble until they actually gain possession of child pornography. He says officers in Brown County investigating child pornography brought the need for such a proposal to his attention. Under the bill, an adult who solicits sexually explicit photographs from someone under the age of 18 would face up to a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail.

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A letter you receive from the IRS may not be a scam this time around. Frank Frassetto with the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says recently, the IRS got permission to use private debt collectors to try and collect back taxes. But he says only certain people would be receiving the mailings. Those are people who have owed money for more than two years. Frassetto says the first letter would indicate which debt collection agency would be contacting them. The second letter will come from the debt collector. Frassetto says you can always check the IRS website to see if you owe money.

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