News – April 14, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Town of Beaver Dam is not happy with the price-tag to renew their emergency services contract with the city of Beaver Dam Fire Department. Chair John Kuzniewicz (kooze-nay-vitch) told the town board last night that every offer gets worse. The city is in the final months of a five-year contract with five townships, with the latest offer said to be an overall $400-thousand dollar increase, apparently driven by the November referendum approved by city voters to hire six new firefighter-paramedics. Contract negotiations are planned in coming weeks.

(Beaver Dam) A hit and run at the hospital in Beaver Dam caused at least $10-thousand dollars in damage. Beaver Dam police responded to Marshfield Medical Center Sunday afternoon around 6pm. Records indicate that the driver struck the ambulance bay and left the scene. Police made contact with the subject who admitted to hitting the building and will be sent a citation by mail.

(Fond du Lac) A Milwaukee man was arrested yesterday following a six-mile chase with authorities in connection to a robbery at the Fond du Lac Walmart. The 60-year-old is suspected of taken cash from the business and then evaded law enforcement until a successful deployment of a tire deflation device stopped his vehicle. The individual is facing felony Fleeing charges. The robbery is still under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is investigating the death of a person whose body was found Monday morning at Edgewater Park. Lt. Terrance Gebhardt (geb-heart….hard G) confirmed the investigation to DailyDodge saying that it is ongoing. Authorities responded to the park north of the city around 11:30am. No additional information is being released at this time.

(Madison) Assembly Republicans plan to pass a package of bills that would let the Legislature, and not Governor Tony Evers, spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus funding. Another resolution would direct the Attorney General to enter a lawsuit opposing a provision of the funding. It is unlikely that any of these bills will be signed by the Governor.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam is cancelling today’s (Wednesday’s) COVID vaccination clinic. Hospital officials say out of an overabundance of caution, they will pause providing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as recommended by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration. Both health organizations recommend pausing distribution of the Johnson and Johnson shots due to six reported cases in the U.S. of rare and severe blood clots that may be linked to the vaccine.

(Wisconsin) Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk (dike) says the pause of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is proof oversight is working, and will allow vaccine administrators to reach out, regarding extremely rare instances of blood clots associated with the vaccine. Willems Van Dijk says this is only a pause…not the end of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

(Juneau) There are spots open through Friday for those wanting to get vaccinated. Dodge County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Scott Smith tells us that the public health agency has availability for the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine clinic is at the Henry Dodge Office Building in Juneau. You can find a link to signup online with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 10 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,690. One of those deaths was in Dodge County which has 162 with 77 active cases. Twenty-point-seven-percent (20.7%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 30.1-percent have had at least one dose.