Sheriff deploys special teams to Beaver Dam

Dodge County officials plan to hold a special six-hour operation in Beaver Dam Saturday night into Sunday morning to maintain order, according to a news release.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Friday that from 9 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday, it would hold a criminal interdiction in the Madison Street area in Beaver Dam and on Highway 151 to Columbus. The operation is a proactive measure to keep the public safe because of criminal activity in the area in the past, according to the release.

According to the release, the purpose of the operation is in response to credible information about an event at Pop’s Eatery at 1102 Madison St. The event is reported to have the same people who were involved in the incident on Feb. 18 that resulted in multiple arrests and citations. There were also numerous fights and disturbances both inside the establishment and in the parking lot by patrons of that event. Arrests in that incident included weapons arrest, drug arrest and disorderly conduct arrests.

“It is our hope that by being proactive with our enforcement efforts and by notifying the public of our efforts ahead of time, these types of activities will be avoided, arrests will not need to be made and we can keep the citizens and visitors of Dodge County safe,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said it has also invited Beaver Dam police and the Wisconsin State Patrol to assist in the effort.

During a similar operation in February that officials also planned around a gathering at Pop’s Eatery, law enforcement made 23 traffic stops, issued 10 citations, 21 warnings, made one felony drug arrest, two misdemeanor drug arrests, deployed the K-9 unit three times, made one arrest for a warrant and issued two ordinance citations, the sheriff’s office said.