News – April 17, 2021

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Thursday evening near Portage. Authorities with the state patrol and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded the accident on I-39 southbound near the 90/94/78 interchange around 8:24pm. Witnesses report that that two motorcycles that were travelling together made contact while navigating a curve, both vehicles entered a nearby ditch. Upon arrival, one of the motorcycle operators was unresponsive and CPR was immediately started. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene. The second motorcycle driver was treated for minor injuries and was released.

(Juneau) With warmer weather approaching, more and more people will be looking at getting out and about to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the Wisconsin outdoors.  For many, this means loading up in the family vehicle and hitting the road, and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind you to stay safe and wear your seatbelt.  While most motorists do choose to wear their seatbelt, Officers say they would love to get every person wearing them.  A properly worn safety belt has been proven to save lives and prevent injury, and more importantly it is the law.  Wisconsin observes what is known as a primary enforcement seatbelt law, meaning that law enforcement can pull over and ticket the driver of any vehicle for failing to wear a seatbelt regardless of if any other laws are bring broken.  Be it long trips to the lake, a drive through our sate parks, or just a jaunt over to pick up some milk, fasten those seatbelts and drive safely.

(Columbia County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles has revoked the wholesale dealer licenses at four Columbia County dealers. Unique Auto Sales, Quality Control Imports, J and H Motors and Alnadi Auto Imports all failed to follow administrative requirements. DMV’s Dealers and Agents Section determined that each business violated state law when they did not maintain a licensed business facility. The revocations took effect yesterday (Friday).

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee is not banning police from chokeholds yet. The Fire and Police Commission agreed Thursday night to push the vote back until next month. They want more public input. Only three people have spoken-up on the issue. Milwaukee police are already banned from doing chokeholds in all but life-or-death situations. The next vote would ban them all together. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Two Wisconsin House Republicans voted no this week, on a plan to create a study committee on reparations. Congressmen Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau voted with the Republican minority on the House Judiciary Committee, to oppose a decades-long effort to consider reparations for descendants of slaves. Their offices did not issue any statements regarding the vote. It’s the first time the committee has acted on the measure, first introduced by Michigan Democrat John Conyers in 1989. The bill advanced to the full House on a 25-to-17 vote. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Deputy Health Services Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk gave a shoutout this week to the logistics team distributing the COVID vaccine. As of mid-week, 38-percent of Wisconsinites had received at least one vaccine dose, and just over 25 percent of the state had completed the vaccine series. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,703. Dodge County has 162 deaths and 11,663 cases. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 83 cases. Statewide, active cases total 9,195, a one-day decrease of 13. Twenty-one-point-four-percent (21.4%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 30.8-percent have had at least one dose as of Thursday.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s jobless rate hasn’t changed since January. The Department of Workforce Development says Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for March held at three-point-eight percent. That’s the same it’s been since the beginning of the year. The national unemployment rate last month was six percent. – WRN

(Madison) At the Capitol this week, a bill making it a misdemeanor to harass referees and umpires in Wisconsin had a public hearing. Republican Representative Alex Dallman of Green Lake is an Assembly co-sponsor. But some members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, including Fond du Lac Republican Jeremy Theisfeldt, questioned the need. The WIAA claims harassment has made it difficult to recruit and keep high school referees and umpires. – WRN

(Watertown) Watertown Regional Medical Center is now chest pain accredited by the American College of Cardiology. Hospital officials say they now have all the pieces in place, including cardiologists and specialty staff, to offer around-the-clock emergency treatment for patients experience chest pain and other heart-related emergencies. Out of the seven hospitals within a 20-mile radius of Watertown, the facility is just the second hospital to offer 24/7 heart attack care.