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Dodge County Sheriff squad tight crop

JUNEAU — Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said his department along with the Lomira Police Department is conducting increased patrols and enforcement in and around Lomira after learning the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has established a clubhouse there.

Schmidt said in a press release, “This is very concerning to law enforcement as throughout the state and the country, the Outlaws have been known to bring with them criminal activity that includes drug use, weapons and violent behavior. While we are certainly not implying that the individuals in this particular clubhouse are part of that activity, we would be remiss if we did not give proper attention to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

According to a post by the Lomira Police Department on Facebook, the clubhouse is located at 606 W. Main St. The post states, “We encourage the community to please assist us by notifying law enforcement of any violations or criminal activity that they observe.”

The release from Schmidt said the deputies and police officers conducted an enforcement effort between 9 p.m., Feb. 16, and 3 a.m., Feb. 17. There were 23 traffic stops made that resulted in drug arrests and numerous traffic violations.

The sheriff’s office planned to conduct a similar effort Friday. The extra patrols were taking place in the village of Lomira and on Interstate 41 outside of Lomira.

“It is my sincere hope that the Outlaws are here only to have a good time in a legal way,” Schmidt said. “If that is not the case, we will be watching and will be prepared to respond accordingly. If they respect the law, they will have no problems with our law enforcement officers in the area.”

The Sheriff’s Office conducted an interdiction Feb. 18, 2017, in the Beaver Dam area and followed that up with a second night of patrols on March 4, 2017. At that time, Schmidt said the extra enforcement took place because of concerns over an event scheduled in Beaver Dam that he thought would attract gang members.

There was shooting in Madison on Feb. 19, 2017, that allegedly involved gang members who had a disagreement that began in Beaver Dam.