News – June 1, 2020

(Wisconsin) The National Guard was called out to control protestors speaking out against police violence and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In Madison, pepper spray and tear gas was used as protestors hurled rocks at police near the capitol. As on Saturday, the day began with a peaceful protest before things turned chaotic after dark. There was some damage to property, but not as much as Saturday night, when 75 businesses were vandalized or looted and a police car was set on fire.  In Milwaukee, community members and leaders pleaded for peace and an end to looting. Around 6pm, Interstate-43 was briefly shut down as protesters sat down and refused to move. A 9pm curfew took effect for a second consecutive night. Police Chief Alfonso Morales tried to dispel rumors about violence being instigated by people from out of town. He said most arrests were of Milwaukee residents, and termed the actions of looters and rioters as “selfish.” Teargas was also used against crowds marching through downtown Green Bay late Sunday. Peaceful protests reported in Fond du Lac where there was a march down Johnson Street. In Oshkosh, protestors laid on the ground for eight minutes signifying the time Floyd spent on the ground while a police officer knelt on his neck.

(Watertown) The state Justice Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Watertown. It happened last (Sunday) night when Watertown Police initiated a traffic stop for a burnt-out taillight. Officers had been looking for the subject to question him about his involvement in a domestic incident. Non-lethal means were deployed prior to an officer discharging his firearm and striking the white, male subject. A firearm was found on-scene. Officers began life-saving measures on the suspect and paramedics later transported him to a nearby hospital. No law enforcement personnel or other individuals were injured during the incident. The officer involved is being placed on administrative leave, per department policy. The Justice Department is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Jefferson County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

(Mayville) The Dodge County Health Department has denied an open records request from the mayor of Mayville seeking to learn the number of positive COVID-19 cases that are in the city. Rob Boelk sought the total number of positive cases in Mayville over the past three months, the total number of recoveries over the past three months and the total number of current cases in the city. He says since the state legislators have left it up to local municipalities on when to open up their facilities, city officials need accurate data and information to make good decisions for all involved. In their response, the county health department said they do not collect, categorize or maintain data in the way Boelk was requesting; therefore no records exist reflecting the information he is seeking. They add that even though no responsive records are available, information regarding an individual with a positive COVID-19 test is protected by the Wisconsin State Statutes and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Boelk says knowing where a community stands on current cases and recoveries would be greatly beneficial. He says in his opinion denying the request is a violation under state law and city officials are discussion what steps they can take next. During a recent Community Comment appearance, Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says her office has decided against identifying specific locations because there is active community spread, which means coronavirus could be anywhere.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 173 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) daily update. The two-week average is 477 daily infections. There is a total of 18,403 people now having tested positive. Two-point-three-percent (2.3%) of the seven-thousand tests administered came back positive on Sunday, compared to 5.3-percent on Saturday and 5.4-percent on Friday. State public health officials reported four deaths bringing the total to 592. Deaths accounted for three-percent of all cases in Wisconsin while 14-percent of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized. Dodge County recorded its second death on Saturday. On Sunday, the county reported six new cases for a total of 221 and had 109 negative tests returned for a running total of 4,241. Fond du Lac County has five deaths being reported and 213 people having tested positive. Washington County has seven deaths on record and 252 positive tests. Jefferson County has reported three deaths and has a total 106 cases. There has been one death in Columbia County and 44 positive cases. Green Lake County now has 20 cases.

(Calamus) A malfunctioning dehumidifier started a basement fire yesterday (Sunday) afternoon in the Town of Calamus. The homeowner, Teresa Maria Scott, reported smoke and fire coming from her basement at W9850 County Road G at 4:46pm. Upon arrival, crews found light smoke coming from the single family ranch style house and that Scott had already evacuated the residence. Beaver Dam Fire Lieutenant John Jatczak says firefighters were able to make quick entry into the basement and extinguish the small fire. Crews then began to ventilate the building and monitor for carbon monoxide. Jatczak says the dehumidifier was not plugged directly into the outlet but into an extension cord. The Beaver Dam Fire Department remained on scene for just over an hour. Additional firefighters and paramedics were dispatched from the home to handle two additional EMS calls during the time of the fire. Assisting on scene were the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the Doge County Emergency Response Team.

(Wisconsin) The Better Business Bureau says they have begun to see a seasonal spike in complaints about people offering free roof inspections.  The scam tried to get people to commit to a project by showing off a different roof that is damaged.  The bureau recommends people to get an inspection from an insurance company.

(Wisconsin) Little change has taken place when it comes to the response rates for filling out 2020 Census forms.  Wisconsin remains second behind Minnesota with just over 67-percent of all households responding.  Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties continue to lead the nation at this level with an around 81-percent response rate.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam’s Water Utility plans to flush fire hydrants throughout the city starting this week. The flushing will mainly occur between 6am and 3pm Monday’s through Friday’s, with weekend flushing as needed. Director of Utilities Rob Minnema says flushing should take roughly two weeks, beginning today (June 1st) and should completed around June 12th. Minnema says water may appear to be discolored or cloudy while an area hydrant is being flushed. He suggests leaving faucets or a garden hose on full flow for a short time after the flushing to clear the discoloration, which is caused by the dislodging of minerals and sediments that have collected in the water mains. The water is not harmful to drink but can cause laundry stains. If the water does not become clear after the flushing, call the Water Utility at 920-887-4624.

(Wisconsin) A Madison College Professor is reminding people to take a moment and think about what they’re reading and sharing online before they hit that share or retweet button. Media professor Steve Noll says this is a message for people who watch both Fox News or MSNBC. Noll says that people need to take some time to think about whether or not a news piece is opinion or fact based before they forward it on social media.

(Wisconsin) The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped June Dairy Month from happening.  In a statement, Governor Evers says this year may be more important to support the state’s dairy farmers, who have been hit hard from lower milk prices and less demand.