•  Portage Area Community Theatre presents Oklahoma ... (Saturday, November 22)

Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street

Adults: $18

12 & under: $12


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Jay Hausser Elementary School Principal

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Carmen Griffith

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Car Crashes Into Bus in Lodi

Two students from the Lodi School district were taken to the Sauk Prairie Healthcare yesterday after a car rear ended a school bus that was taking children home. Shortly before 4, firefighters from the Lodi Area Fire Department were called to the scene on Highway 60, just east of Gluth road in the town of Lodi. The driver of the car was uninjured however their car was jammed under the bus. The two students suffered only minor injuries. A replacement bus took the rest of the school kids home. 

Crash on Highway 33 in Sauk County

 Two people were transported by med flight yesterday after a crash on Highway 33 in Sauk County. The incident occurred on County Road V in the town of LaValle. Investigators reported that a man from Reedsburg was driving east on Highway 33 when he crossed the center line and hit a westbound vehicle being driven by a 63 year old man from Fort Collins, Colorado. Both drivers were seriously injured. Names of the drivers have not yet been released.

11 Year Old Portage Boy Saved By Principal

An 11 year old boy is safe today after the quick actions of the principal at John Muir Elementary School. Trent Weier of Portage was choking on a mini-corn dog last week during school lunch when he stood up and gave the universal choking sign – placing his hands on his throat. That’s when principal Jason Meyer performed the Heimlich maneuver and helped Weier from choking. Principal Meyer says that Weier’s use of the emergency gesture is what really saved him.

 Poynette Man Charged With Sixth Drunken Driving Conviction

A Poynette man will spend a year in jail after his sixth drunken driving charge. 50 year old Robert E. Post of Poynette was ordered to serve a year in jail as part of four years of probation. He must also pay a fine of nearly $3,000.  

 Marquette County Courthouse Awarded Money

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has granted Marquette County money to finance the courthouse duct heater. The total being awarded is: $83,952 dollars. 

22 Year Old Alleged Burglar In Court

 A 22 year old man who faces charges in a town of Pacific burglary case will be in court today. Tanner C. Bonvetz will have a sentencing hearing this afternoon for his alleged involvement in a burglary that occurred at a town of Pacific Automotive business last December. Bonevetz could face up to 7 ½ years in prison as an initial sentence on a charge of felony burglary of a building.

Man Charged With Sexual Assault

An Adams County man was formally charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and one count of incest. 38 year old Christopher Quinnell made his initial court appearance last week. A social worker who has had contact with the victim on an unrelated incident was told of two separate incidents of sexual contact over the summer and notified law enforcement. Quinnell will be in court again in December.

Marquette County Sheriff Needs Information

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public regarding a burglary that occurred at the Wood Lake Resort in the town of Springfield. The incident occurred last Friday. Forced entry was gained and an undisclosed amount of money and other items from the bar area were taken. If you have information on the crime call 1-800-297-TIPS.

Disorderly Conduct Incident in Mauston

A 27 year old Juneau County man has been tentatively charged with “Disorderly Conduct” after an incident in the 300 block of Maine Street in Mauston last Wednesday. Jacob J. Dekeyser was taken into custody after leading police on a chase through neighborhood yards. Dekeyser’s record includes a 2009 guilty conviction of a burglary charge.

Citizens Police and Fire Academy in Baraboo

The Citizens Police and Fire Academy of Baraboo is now accepting applications for the upcoming winter session. The program runs for 10 weeks and is free to people who live and work in the Baraboo area. Participants will walk in the shoes of a Police officer or firefighter and see what it takes to protect the city. The classes will begin in November. More information is available at cityofbaraboo.com

5 People Injured In Crash

A head on crash on Saturday seriously injured 5 people. The accident happened around 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. A man driving a corvette east on Highway 60 in the town of Troy lost control while navigating a curve, traveled into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming 2014 Ford Escape driven by a 69 year old Madison woman with three passengers. Emergency officials from Baraboo, Sauk Prairie, Spring Green, Lodi & Prairie Du Sac assisted in the incident. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said speed and failure to control the Corvette are believed to be factors in the cause of the crash. Names and conditions of those involved have not yet been released.

Ebola Virus Precautions

Although the risk is low in the area local health agencies are taking measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the area. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been in communication with local agencies and hospitals throughout the state to ensure that they are prepared to deal with a potential infection. Currently there have been no cases of the virus in the state and Wisconsin State Health Services officer Karen McKeown stresses that the disease can only be transmitted if you come in contact with someone who has it and has exhibited symptoms.

 Necedah Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

A Necedah man who pled guilty to years of sexual assault against several children will spend decades behind bars. 43 year old Neil J. Becerra was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison.

Fake Cancer Diagnosis

A woman from Sauk County who faked a diagnosis of cancer to raise over 50 thousand dollars from charities and individual donors allegedly even convinced her husband of the diagnosis. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister said that 29 year old Theresa Strub of Lone Rock preyed on people’s good nature – and he called it “disgusting”. She has been charged with seven felonies.









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