News – August 10, 2020

(Westford) A lightning strike caused a house fire in the Town of Westford yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded around 5pm to W9904 County Highway CP. Damage to the home, which is owned by Mike and Michelle Ovans, was contained to the third floor and roof of the house. There was also minor smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported.

(Portage) A rural Portage who reportedly fired multiple shots during a domestic incident was arrested Friday. Forest Lucas was allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the dispute with his wife that involved firearms. During the 911 call, dispatch heard several shots being fired. The 60-year-old reportedly fired an additional shot into the woods before being taken into custody. No one was injured during the incident. Lucas is facing charges of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated, Disorderly Conduct and multiple drug charges.

(Wauwatosa) Wauwatosa police are investigating after a crowd of protestors surrounded and vandalized the home of an officer under investigation for a shooting. Police say that 50 to 60 people gathered outside the home of Officer Joseph Mensah on Saturday night. The crowd got rowdy and assaulted Mensah when he tried to go out and talk with them, and police say someone fired a shotgun into Mensah’s back door. Mensah has shot and killed three people in the last 5 years. Two of those deaths were ruled justified, while the most recent one is still under investigation. – WRN

(Saint Croix Falls) An investigation continues after Saint Croix Falls police fatally shot a man who rushed at officers with a knife Saturday night. Officers were responding to a 911 call for a woman in distress at a motel.  Officers say the man refused several commands before he came at them.  The woman was taken to a hospital with stab wounds to her chest and neck. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 621 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 8.4-percent of the 7,400 tests announced. There are 9,510 active cases in the state, a decrease of 126 from Saturday. There were two deaths reported by state health officials, for a total of 998. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 819 cases, an increase of 11 from Saturday.

(Wisconsin) It is still not clear whether Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature will try to roll back Tony Evers’ mask mandate. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau has said he’s ready to roll on repeal, while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos does not plan to challenge Evers’ order. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor is celebrating its 15th year of business. WDS Construction – which serves 48 states and develops, manages and constructs commercial buildings – started in 2005 using the sewing room of founder Ben Westra’s parents’ home as its office. Westra says the city of Beaver Dam has welcomed them and has continuously supported their 15 years of growth. Today, WDS employees 75 people across the country, has completed projects in 47 states, operates regional offices in Dallas and Texas and serves non-profits in the community via their benevolent arm WDS Works.

(Beaver Dam) A well-known Beaver Dam business leader has donated $50,000 to the BDCH Foundation’s Endowment for the Advancement of Nurses. John B. McKinstry came up with the program in 2017 and made an initial donation of $50,000. With his most recent contribution, the endowment is now valued at $100,000. Endowment grant awards are available in the form of tuition scholarships for current Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam employees and are meant to encourage people to begin or advance a career in nursing.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office law of the month shines a light on the use of high beams while driving at night. It is not uncommon for motorists to be blinded by oncoming vehicles, or vehicles trailing behind, that fail to dim their headlamps. Newer vehicles especially tend to have very bright headlights that can blind others on the road. Sheriff’s officials say when driving at night, if you are about to pass an oncoming vehicle, make sure to dim your headlamps. High beams also need to be turned off when behind another vehicle within 500 feet.