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TOP: Six-year-old Kressa Pugh gives it her best at a free ice skating event Saturday morning at Silver Creek, 730 N. Water St., Watertown. MIDDLE: Although she did her best to stay upright, the ice eventually won and Pugh took a spill, but she got back up and skated again. BOTTOM LEFT: Emmet Othello, 7, makes his way around at the ice rink at Silver Creek Saturday. BOTTOM MIDDLE: While maintaining his balance, Cal McFarland, 6, keeps his eyes on his footwork as he makes it around the ice. McFarland was one of nearly 35 kids who attended the free ice skating time and evaluations at Silver Creek. Children are urged to register for the city’s Winter Learn To Ice Skate program, which will be held the next four Saturday mornings. BOTTOM RIGHT: Jairo Palacios, 8, takes a break from ice skating and watches his friends on Silver Creek.


Although she did her best to stay upright, the ice eventually won and Kressa Pugh took a spill, but she got back up and skated again.


Emmet Othello, 7, makes his way around at the ice rink at Silver Creek Saturday.


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Lake Mills man sentenced to five years for child sex offense

JEFFERSON — A 42-year-old Lake Mills man has been ordered to spend five years of initial confinement in prison and three years on extended supervision after being convicted Friday on one count of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Dehring accepted the guilty plea of Emmanuel McDonald to the charge and dismissed one count of child enticement.

The matter had been scheduled for trial in early February, but a plea deal was reached.

According to a Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office criminal complaint, McDonald visited the Pine Cone Travel Plaza parking lot June 22, 2019 with the intention of having sex with a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl. He instead met with a member of internet-based citizens’ group that tracks people they believe to be sex predators. The group filmed McDonald admitting he had planned to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex.

McDonald was later arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department based on the footage.

As conditions of extended supervision, McDonald is to undergo psychosexual evaluation and follow treatment recommendations. He is to have assessment, treatment, counseling or therapy as required by the state. He must obtain and maintain full-time employment or an educational program and have no use of online dating programs.

He may have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18 years, participate in sex offender registration and comply with DNA sample provision upon demand.

If McDonald had been convicted on both felony counts, he could have faced a maximum of 65 years in prison and fines of $200,000.


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Juneau woman tries fleeing Waupun police

JUNEAU — A Juneau woman was charged for fleeing from Waupun police earlier this month in a high-speed chase.

Michelle Hayes, 36, is facing a felony charge of fleeing and one count of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted, Hayes faces more than 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, a Waupun police officer spotted a vehicle on Feb. 13 with its rear window obstructed by snow and was not operating with the required lights during limited visibility with blowing snow and overcast skies.

The officer turned on his emergency lights, but the vehicle began accelerating away on Highway 151, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when her vehicle struck another car and she rolled her vehicle over in an embankment near County Highway C, the complaint stated.

When Hayes was talking with ambulance staff, police allegedly heard Hayes say, “I didn’t want to get pulled over, so I started running and I spun out.”

Hayes, who made her initial appearance Feb. 17, was ordered by Dodge County Circuit Judge Martin De Vries to not consume alcohol or other intoxicants. Hayes must also maintain absolute sobriety. She shall not operate a motor vehicle without permission from the court. Hayes also shall not have any direct or indirect contact or communication with the alleged victim.

The judge ordered a $10,000 bond. Hayes is currently in Dodge County Jail. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Dodge County Circuit Court Feb. 25.

Hayes has two open cases with one through Dodge County and another through Columbia County. The first case is possession with intent to deliver amphetamine, three counts of felony bail jumping, resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her case in Columbia County is a misdemeanor charge of failure to report to county jail.


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Dodge County Sheriff urges residents to register to Smart 911

JUNEAU — The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Dodge County emergency officials encourage residents to sign up for the free service that provides responders with more information when responding to emergencies.

“Dodge County is enhancing its 9-1-1 services and emergency notification with Smart911, a service that sends emergency notifications and provides emergency responders with key information,” Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said.

With Smart911, individuals can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to responders in the field for a more detailed and rapid response. Additional information including pets in the home, vehicle details in the event of a crash and even emergency contacts can all be included in a “safety profile.”

To register,

• Visit smart911.com or download the Smart 911 App.

• Create a “safety profile” for yourself and your household (The information will be kept confidential and only accessible when a person dials 911).

• Smart 911 will send a message to your registered email address confirming your account.

• Upon verification, Smart911 will deliver your “safety profile” to 9-1-1 answering centers.

“Individuals can also opt-in for alert, which allows citizens to receive timely emergency alerts such as drinking water contamination, missing persons, evacuation notice and route, fires or floods, bomb threat, a hostage situation and chemical spills or gas leaks and non-emergency notifications, including special events, road detours and parking restrictions via email, test or voice message on their cell phones. Individuals decide how much information they want to provide when they sign up and it is stored on the Smart911 secure online system,” Schmidt said. “They can also identify when and how they are alerted and communicated with before, during and after emergencies.”

Schmidt said mobile phones do not provide an address to the 9-1-1 call taker.

“These emergency situations are often the worst moments of an individual’s life and the ‘safety profile’ can speak for the caller when they might not be able to,” Schmidt said. “Individuals are encouraged to create their ‘safety profile’ with Smart911 today to have their information immediately available to 9-1-1 and receive notifications.”


While maintaining his balance, Cal McFarland, 6, keeps his eyes on his footwork as he makes it around the ice. McFarland was one of nearly 35 kids who attended the free ice skating time and evaluations at Silver Creek. Children are urged to register for the city’s Winter Learn To Ice Skate program, which will be held the next four following Saturday mornings.


Jairo Palacios, 8, takes a break from ice skating and watches his friends on Silver Creek.


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