News – August 21, 2020

(Beaver Dam) A mobile home near South Beaver Dam was completely destroyed by fire yesterday. The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to Forest Road Lot 31 around 11am. Calls to 911 reported that a fire had started on a porch but when crews arrived on scene, the mobile home was full involved with flames that where encroaching nearby units. The two occupants of the mobile home, who were inside at the time of the fire, were both able to escape through a bedroom window. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. The cause is still under investigation.

(Juneau) The formation of a lake district around Beaver Dam Lake is being held up by a civil lawsuit.  In March, the county board approved creation of the taxing entity that would raise revenue from waterfront property owners to address issues like shoreline erosion and water quality. The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association sparked the district by submitting the signatures of over half of the property owners around the lake. David and Kathleen Munro filed the lawsuit against the county refuting those numbers saying the petition includes multiple signatures for some properties. They contend there are less than half of the parcels needed, represented on the petition. There is a telephone scheduling conference before Judge Martin De Vries on August 31 at which time a hearing is expected to be added to the court calendar.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 740 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update, which is 7.5-percent of the 9,800 tests announced. There are 8,072 active cases in the state, a decrease of 99 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded seven more deaths, for a total of 1,067 including a 25th death in Washington County. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 982 cases, an increase of 15 from Wednesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 174 people.

(Milwaukee) U-S Senator Tammy Baldwin was the final Wisconsin Democrat to address the virtual Democratic National Convention, urging voters to keep the party’s promise in mind. Baldwin also touted her support for the Affordable Care Act, referencing presidential candidate Joe Biden calling it “a big deal.” Biden accepted the Democratic nomination on the convention’s final night. -WRN

(Juneau) Just because you receive an absentee ballot by mail does not mean you have to return the ballot by mail. That according to Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson who says voters can personally return that ballot right away to their local municipal clerk’s office. Actual in-person voting, that’s when you go to your municipal clerk’s office to obtain a ballot and vote on the spot, begins two weeks before the election while absentee ballots can be requested by mail right now should be delivered by mid-September. Either way Gibson says one of the biggest mistakes people make is forgetting a photo ID, which must be included in the envelope when requesting an absentee ballot. Voters are encouraged to visit the website to check their voter status, register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

(Madison) On a 5-1 vote, the state Elections Commission rules Kanye West’s nomination papers to get on the November ballot in Wisconsin were filed too late, to meet the deadline on August 4. Democratic commissioner Mark Thomsen of Milwaukee. Commissioners also learned that all of the more than 2,400 of the signatures on West’s papers were gathered in the two days before the filing deadline. The West campaign could still challenge the decision in court. -WRN

(Wisconsin) US Postal Service staff are being instructed not to reinstall mail sorting machines, according to media reports. Vice Media obtained emails on Thursday that seem to show top brass at the Postal Service telling staff not to reinstall sorting machines, despite a statement from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy saying he was putting a stop to changes at the post office. DeJoy orchestrated a cutback in mail deliveries earlier this year, prompting lawsuits and push backs from Democrats. When contacted for a comment on what sorting machines may have been affected in Wisconsin, a spokesperson for the Postal Service directed us to Postmaster DeJoy’s comments. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) A Sauk City teen who is facing charges for a swatting incident in Beaver Dam is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Thomas Gallas allegedly called a false report in May, stating that a 15-year-old had shot his mother with a shotgun and that he was going to end his own life. The 15-year-old’s mother warned police the day before that unknown people were threatening to initiate a swatting incident against her son. After authorities located Gallas through an online user ID, he reportedly admitted his actions. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 23rd.