News – August 10, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board last night held-off on making a decision regarding masks for returning students. School board members indicated that they received feedback on both sides of the issue since the administration sent out an email to parents Friday indicating that masks would be optional, pending board approval. The plan would give Superintendent Mark DiStefano the flexibility to implement or remove mask mandates without waiting for board approval. The school board is expected to meet in special session to make a decision before the school year begins.  Superintendent DiStefano will be our guest this afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment starting at 12:35pm.

(Madison) The state Department of Public Instruction is strongly recommending school districts use newly updated COVID-19 recommendations when implementing local responses to the pandemic for the upcoming school year. Among the DPI’s updated guidelines, schools are encouraged to require masks for all children and adults while indoors.

(Town of Beaver Dam) A third person has died from injuries sustained in a weekend accident outside Beaver Dam. Frederick Schultz of Columbus died at the scene after driving the wrong way on Highway 151 Saturday afternoon. The 87-year-old was near County B when he struck a vehicle driven by 68-year-old Richard Wagner of Saint Joseph, Illinois. A passenger in Wagner’s vehicle, 53-year-old Melissa Rees of Terra Haute, Indiana, died enroute to Madison. Authorities said Monday that Wagner later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

(Beaver Dam) One of three defendants connected to a string of storage unit burglaries in Beaver Dam will spend 18 months on probation. Clayton Cartwright of Waukesha is also on the hook for $23-thousand dollars in restitution along with the two others. A 28-year-old Fox Lake man was placed on probation last year for 24 months and ordered to split restitution while a 58-year-old Beaver Dam man is slated for sentencing Tuesday.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is passing along $70 million in federal coronavirus aid to Wisconsin hotels. In the announcement Monday he noted that the grants, of up to $2-million dollars, went out last Friday to 888 lodging businesses around the state to help offset losses caused by the pandemic. The money is part of $140-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act dollars designated for Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries. It includes $11.25-million for movie theaters, $12-million for live-event small businesses, $2.8-million for minor league sports teams and $8-million for summer camps.

(Columbia County)  The Portage Fire Department responded to two separate incidents in the early morning hours.  The first, a truck fire in the Town of Lewiston.  At 12:28 AM Upon arrival fire crews extinguished the truck fire found fire and smoke damage to other items stored in the building. The owner was treated and released for minor burns to the upper torso and head. Investigations show the owner found the vehicle on fire and towed it out of the building with a tractor prior to emergency response arrival.

Enroute to the fire a second call was dispatched at 12:46 AM, for a semi rollover on Interstate 90/94 in the eastbound lane in the Township of Caledonia. The semi rollover caused complete blockage of both lanes of traffic.  Crews found heavy oil leaking from the semi and worked to contain the spill before the semi could be cleared away.  Fortunately, there were no injuries to the driver of the semi.

(Washington County) The State Patrol is conducting aerial enforcement patrols in several counties this week.  Tuesday’s focus is Interstate-41 in Washington County. Wednesday, the patrol will be in Dane County.