News – April 23, 2021

(Juneau) Dodge County Health Officer Abby Sauer says she is optimistic the county will be able to move into Phase Three of its Safe Restart Plan soon. Sauer says the downward trajectory of percentage of positive COVID tests, a key metric of the plan, has improved in recent weeks. She adds that the number of cases has increased due to recent large gatherings, which has kept the county in Phase Two of the plan.

(Wisconsin) Roughly half of all people who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Wisconsin have gotten one dose. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says 51-percent of people 16 and older in Wisconsin have gotten at least one shot. State health officials say they are focusing on getting those people their second shot. Vaccinations in Wisconsin have stalled. Numbers have not moved much since the end of last week. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported four COVID deaths yesterday bringing that total to 6,725. Dodge County has 162 deaths with 99 active cases. Twenty-four-point-two-percent (24.2%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 32.8-percent have had at least one dose.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers on Thursday vetoed a package of Republican legislation that would have directed how the state should allocate more than $3-billion-dollars in federal COVID relief money. The Democratic governor also announced some $420-million-dollars of the federal money coming to Wisconsin will fund a grant program to assist small businesses. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) It took a jury a little over an hour to find a Beaver Dam man guilty of threatening law enforcement. Marco Solis walked up to a deputy who stopped a vehicle in October of 2019 in Beaver Dam. Solis was apparently an acquaintance of an occupant in the vehicle. Authorities say he was heavily intoxicated and refused warnings to calm down. The 22-year-old was eventually arrested and made threats towards a Beaver Dam police officer while being escorted to jail. He’ll be sentenced on June 28.

(Hustisford) A Watertown teen charged with sexual assault entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. Seth Bowman allegedly entered a Hustisford home in December and assaulted the victim. If convicted, the 18-year-old faces over 10 years in prison.

(Portage) A Madison man was arrested yesterday (Thursday) in connection to a stolen vehicle in the City of Portage. A Rio police officer spotted the vehicle that was reported stolen heading southbound on Highway 51. A short chase ensued and ended when the fleeing vehicle ran a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle. There were no serious injuries. The suspect, reportedly identified as 36-year-old Marcin Staszak, is facing Vehicle Theft and Fleeing charges.

(Beaver Dam) A Silver Alert was cancelled last night for a missing Beaver Dam man who was located safe. Paul Lampert left his residence in Beaver Dam around 9:30am yesterday with his pet en-route to a nearby dog training. The alert was issued for the 74-year-old at 8:50pm and was cancelled roughly an hour later.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Highway Department will be dealing with overgrown roadside vegetation in the coming weeks. Weather permitting, work will begin May 3rd when crews will spray harmful invasive weeds with plant specific herbicides. A map of the roads that will be sprayed can be found on