News – August 14, 2020

(Rubicon) One person is dead following a UTV accident near Neosho. Authorities responded to County Road NN in the Town of Rubicon just before 6pm on Wednesday. The DNR says the 24-year-old female victim was a passenger on the UTV. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. The driver, a 22-year-old man, was transported with unspecified injuries. Speed appears to be a factor in the accident which remains under investigation by the DNR.

(Beaver Dam) An Illinois man who ran from Beaver Dam police will spend a year in jail with work release. Ali Barnaby was speeding when officers attempted a traffic stop in May of last year. The 18-year-old drove 80-miles-per-hour on North Spring Street, blowing through several stop signs, before reaching speeds in excess of 95-miles-per-hour as he left the city on County W, where a tire deflation device disabled his vehicle.  A baton was used to smash the driver’s side window to unlock the door but Barnaby still refused to exit, forcing officers cut the seatbelt to removed him.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman charged with leaving the scene after striking a child with her vehicle is heading to trial. Rebecca Davison waived her right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Thursday) on a felony count of Hit and Run Involving Injury. Davison allegedly struck the 10-year-old in Beaver Dam last October. Davison reportedly said the child walked into the rear passenger side of her SUV and she stopped but noticed the child seemed fine and walked away so she left If convicted, the 44-year-old faces up to nine-months in prison.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 943 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update, which is 7.6-percent of the 11,000 tests announced. There are 8,931 active cases in the state, an increase of 47 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded seven more deaths, for a total of 1,018. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 875 cases, an increase of 18 from Wednesday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 174 people.

(Appleton) Kids in Appleton will start the new school year from home. The school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to start classes online. Appleton schools were planning to have five days of in-person classes for elementary school kids, and two-days of in-person classes for kids in middle and high school. Superintendent Judy Baseman says they made the change after pressure from teachers, and after learning that about 80-percent of parents planned to send their kids to school this fall.

(Waupun) Waupun has a new program intended to attract small businesses to the community. The City of Waupun’s Business Improvement District (BID) is behind the 2020 Pop-Up Waupun Program. The initiative is for small business owners and offers an opportunity to occupy a storefront for a three-month period for a greatly reduced price. The program uses grant money supplied by the district and storefront owner discounted rent. Applications are due by noon tomorrow. The 2020 Pop-Up Waupun program is expected to be implemented for this year’s Holiday Season.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce outdoor movie proposal was recently awarded a state grant. The AARP Wisconsin’s “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grants are being awarded monthly this year to projects across the state that are designed to improve communities and make them better places to live, work and play. Judges selected the chamber’s bid for a $1,000 grant that will help them offer outdoor and drive-in movies to the public. The next outdoor movie will be today (Friday) at Slumberland in Beaver Dam. More information is available at