News – August 18, 2020

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee congresswoman Gwen Moore was the only Wisconsin elected official to speak on the first night of the Democratic National Convention – and the only one to speak from Milwaukee. Other speakers on the first night of the largely virtual convention: Governors Mario Cuomo of New York and Gretchen Wittmer of Michigan, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and former First Lady Michelle Obama. – WRN

(Oshkosh) During his Oshkosh campaign rally Monday, President Donald Trump told supporters that the only way he will lose in November, is if the election is rigged. Trump’s in person rally coincided with the first day of the Democratic Convention.– WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 455 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 7.6-percent of the 5,900 tests announced. There are 8,537 active cases in the state, a decrease of 165 from Sunday. State health officials reported no deaths Monday and that number remains unchanged at 1,039. Dodge County has five deaths and 942 cases, an increase of 12 from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 180 people.

(Fox Lake) The Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting specimen collections at a Dodge County prison this Thursday. One team will be at Fox Lake Correctional which has tested over 1,300 inmates so far with no positive tests. The facility has reported six staff members confirmed to have COVID-19.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday approved the wording of a binding referendum that will appear on the November ballot seeking to fund a half dozen new positions in the fire department. The wording of the referendum asks in part (quote) “Shall the City of Beaver Dam be allowed to exceed …the levy for the next fiscal year and on an ongoing basis for the purpose of hiring six (6) new fire department personnel?” The impact for property owners is estimated at $44-per $100-thousand dollars of assessed value.

(Beloit) Amazon has opened its newest fulfillment center in Wisconsin.  The one-million square foot building in Beloit will employ over 500 full-time employees who will pack and ship large items ranging from sports equipment to patio furniture to larger household goods.

(Wisconsin) Senate Democrats are accusing the FBI of showing preferential treatment to Senator Ron Johnson and GOP leadership in their investigations into the Biden family. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is spearheading the complaint against the FBI and director Christopher Wray. Wyden says GOP leadership, including Ron Johnson, was given access to sensitive files and investigation documents without also giving Democrats access to those files.– WRN

(Hubbard) A Mayville man charged with running from authorities in Dodge County made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Kyle Wiese allegedly drove just under 100-miles-per-hour as he eluded deputies during a pursuit last month. Authorities eventually called off the chase as Wiese fled into Fond du Lac County. Relatives reportedly assisted handing Wiese over to law enforcement. If convicted, the 22-year-old faces three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a competency evaluation was ordered.

(Wauwatosa) Protesters calling for the firing of Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah engaged police in a 90-minute standoff over the weekend. The marchers were angered when police arrested two people – one was pulled from his bicycle and tackled. Wauwatosa police say protesters tried to stop one arrest by fighting officers and blocking the street, keeping squad cars from leaving. Police say the suspect was arrested for several incidents over the past few days and he will likely face charges. Despite the Friday incident, the city decided to remove its limited hours for protesting after getting some pushback.– WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s Democratic members of Congress want more federal money to continue testing for the coronavirus. Senator Tammy Baldwin is critical of the Trump administration’s response, saying it is outrageous and it’s just another example of the utter failure of this administration. The Democrats are requesting a 100-percent match for the Wisconsin National Guard, which has spent months testing for the virus.– WRN

(Dodge County) Area counties saw their equalized value of real estate and personal property increase according to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s annual Equalized Values Report. Real Estate and Personal Property in Dodge County had a 5 percent increase in values to $7.2 billion. The Department of Revenue says there was a six-percent increase statewide compared to 2019.