News – August 20, 2020

(Milwaukee) At the virtual Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris accepted the party’s nomination for vice president joining Joe Biden on the ticket. There was not a large Wisconsin presence during night three of the DNC though Governor Tony Evers delivered the opening remarks from the Wisconsin Center. Evers says it’s about returning kindness and civility back to the White House.  Vice President Mike Pence took shots at the dems yesterday during a stop in at the airport in Janesville. Pence called out the former vice president for skipping out on Milwaukee.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says an upcoming schedule change will help their dispatch center operate more efficiently at a decreased cost. Starting in October, dispatchers will transition from eight hours shifts to 12-hour shifts. In addition to covering more hours for dispatchers at the call center, the rotation change will also save the county around $30-thousand dollars a year. The move was recommended following an operational analysis of the sheriff’s office last year and was approved by the Dodge County Board at their meeting this week.

(Town of West Point) An Illinois teen has died from injuries sustained in a golf cart accident near Lodi. The accident happened at Crystal Lake Campground in the Town of West Point on Sunday around 11pm. The 17-year-old was riding in the golf cart with her mother when they accidentally rolled 40-feet down a steep hill to the shore below, pinning the girl underneath. Authorities say both occupants had been consuming alcohol. The teenager died yesterday (Wednesday) at UW Hospital Madison. Authorities are still trying to figure out who was driving and piece together the events that led to the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

(Wisconsin) A leading Wisconsin election clerk is concerned about counting absentee ballots in November. Diane Coenen (conan) is head of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. She predicts an influx of absentee ballots will lead to delays, and possibly problems, on Election Day. Coenen says it would help if state law allowed clerks to count absentee ballots before the polls close.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 663 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update, which is 7-percent of the 9,400 tests announced. There are 8,171 active cases in the state, a decrease of 207 from Tuesday. State health officials recorded eight more deaths Wednesday, for a total of 1,060. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 967 cases, an increase of 12 from Tuesday.

(Wisconsin) The Department of Health Services has released new guidelines for schools to follow as they prepare to open up for in person classes this fall. Acting Director of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases Traci DeSalvo says they want to make sure that students and staff are given the best chance at staying healthy as they can. She says that it will be inevitable that coronavirus breakouts will happen in schools, and that risks need to be mitigated to keep the most vulnerable populations safe in the meantime. -WRN

(Dodge County) Dodge County will participate in Clean Sweep again this month. The program allows residents to safely and legally dispose of unwanted pesticides, household products and chemicals. Items generally accepted as part of the Clean Sweep program include pesticides, household cleaners and agricultural materials, along with light bulbs, mercury thermometers and oil and metal-based paints. Household hazardous materials will be collected for a $10 fee per vehicle. Famers and small business are free with pre-registration which has a deadline of close of business tomorrow (Friday). The Clean Sweep is Saturday morning, August 29 at the Dodge County Highway Shop on County Road A in the Town of Trenton.

(Madison) Wisconsin Elections Commission staff says entertainer Kanye West should not appear on the November ballot. Staffers say West’s representatives missed the deadline to file nomination papers by 14 seconds. West is trying to get on Wisconsin’s ballot as a third-party candidate. Democrats allege that Republicans are pushing West’s candidacy in several states to siphon votes away from Joe Biden. The commission is set to vote on the recommendation Thursday.-WRN

(Madison) Additional federal child pornography charges have been filed against a former teacher at Madison East High School. Thirty-eight-year David Kruchten is now charged with 14 counts of attempting to produce child pornography through use of hidden recording devices, as well as one count of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to produce child porn. The new charges stem from a trip to the Twin Cities last December in which Kruchten chaperoned the school’s business club. -WRN