News – April 28, 2021

(Watertown) Governor Tony Evers yesterday called for a special election for the 37th Assembly District. The seat was vacated following the election of Senator John Jagler to the 13th Senate District. The special election will be held July 13th. A primary, if necessary, will be held on June 15th. Circulation of nomination papers officialy began yesterday and must be filed by 5pm on May 18th. Cathy Houchin, Nate Pollnow, Steve Kauffeld and Jennifer Meinhardt have all announced their bid for the seat.

(Madison) Senator John Jagler’s committee assignments have been announced. The Watertown republican was named the chair of the Senate Committee of Housing, Commerce and Trade as well as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Revenue. Jagler says he is pleased with the committees that he was assigned to and looks forward to tackling the issues presented to them.

(Waupun) A Waupun man was sentenced to serve time in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine. Timothy Savannah was given nine years and two months in prison on distributing charges in the U.S. Western District Court of Wisconsin. He was charged in Sauk County Circuit Court last September. An undercover police officer bought methamphetamine from Savannah in Lake Delton on two separate occasions that month. The 29-year-old was staying in an apartment at the time when authorities seized more than $7,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, a loaded handgun, and a variety of drugs during a raid.

(Watertown) A Cottage Grove man is charged with assaulting a minor in the City of Watertown. Ryan Zuleger (zoo-lig-er) allegedly made inappropriate contact with the 14-year-old victim multiple times between November of 2019 and March of 2020. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to 40-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for June 1st.

(Wisconsin) A new statewide initiative, led by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, will review reports of clergy and faith leader abuse. District Attorney’s from counties where Catholic dioceses (die-uh-seez) are headquartered will participate in what Attorney General Josh Kaul calls a “victim-centered” process. Information can be reported online, at SupportSurvivors.widoj.gov or by calling 877-222-2620. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Department of Health Services says 80-percent of people 65 and older have gotten one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 60-percent of people between 55 and 64 have gotten a shot as well. The vaccine numbers go down among younger Wisconsinites. State health officials say two-point-four million people in Wisconsin have gotten one dose of the vaccine, another one-point-eight million have gotten both doses. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 17 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,773. Dodge County 162 deaths with 86 active cases. Twenty-five-point-eight-percent (25.8%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 33.6-percent have had at least one dose.

(Fond du Lac) Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac hosted a COVID vaccine event over the weekend. All local Mercury Marine employees were eligible to register for a vaccine appointment, which was provided by a third party vaccinator. In all, more than 160 shots were distributed. As the Moderna vaccine is a two-dose process, all employees who received the vaccine will return May 22nd to receive a second dose.