News – August 23, 2020

(Kenosha) An investigation continues after an officer-involved shooting in Kenosha last night. Police say officers responded to a domestic incident just after 5pm near 40th Street and 28th Avenue.  Video has circulated on social media allegedly showing the shooting as the victim was followed by officers to a vehicle before shots were fired. The victim, who has been identified as 29-year-old Jacob Blake by his fiancé, remains in serious condition. The state Department of Justice is leading the investigation.  Governor Tony Evers, meanwhile, says he stands against excessive use of force by police.  In a statement, Evers says he stands with those who want to see justice for similar shootings across the country and wants lawmakers who have ignored issues of racism to finally act.

(Dane County) A Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy has died due to COVID-19. Sheriff David Mahoney confirmed the death of 61-year-old Deputy Richard Treadwell, who was beginning his 26th year with the sheriff’s office and is believed to have contracted the virus on duty. Treadwell is the first Wisconsin law enforcement officer to die of coronavirus, and the first line of duty death in the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in 41 years. He’s survived by his spouse and three children.

(Town of Eden) A Campbellsport man was seriously injured Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with a car in the Fond du Lac County Town of Eden. Both vehicles were westbound on County Highway B when the car attempted to turn onto County K. The 71-year-old operating the motorcycle apparently attempted to pass the turning car on the left when the collision occurred. The Campbellsport man sustained serious injuries and was transported by Flight For Life from the scene to Froedtert Hospital.  He was wearing a helmet.  The 64-year-old Madison woman driving the car was not injured.

(Fall River) A multi-county police chase that started in Fall River ended with the suspect in jail. The incident started Friday night around 8:30pm when a Fall River Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on South Main Street for a speed violation. The driver initially provided false identification but was later identified to be Roberto Rodriguez-Sostre of Madison. After reportedly reaching for a handgun and refusing commands to stop, Rodriguez sped away. The pursuit ended when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree in Madison. The 24-year-old allegedly fled on foot but was taken into custody a short while later after being tased by a Dane County Deputy. Rodriguez is facing felony Eluding charges, among others, in Columbia County.

(Portage) A Deforest teen was charged with First Offense OWI following a two-vehicle rollover crash in Portage yesterday. The 17-year-old was allegedly under the influence of marijuana when he failed to yield the right of way to a Toyota around 2pm. The Toyota rolled to its side, blocking the lane of traffic with minor injuries reported to the driver. Authorities say the teen was also cited for Possession of Marijuana with possible additional citations.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has ramped up enforcement of alcohol and drug impaired driving. Through September 7th, the department will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Sergeant Jeremy Wolfe says about every three hours in Wisconsin someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. He says this is not about stopping or arresting motorists, it is about saving lives and preventing needless tragedies. In 2019, there were over 6,000 alcohol related crashes that injured just under 3,000 people and resulted in 140 deaths. Authorities also encourages the public to have a designated driver when going out to drink and to check if bars or taverns have a safe ride home program to help mitigate potential risks.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 453 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 9.4-percent of the 4,800 tests announced. There are 7,643 active cases in the state, a decrease of 334 from Saturday. State health officials recorded no deaths Sunday and that number remains unchanged at 1,081. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 1,011 cases, an increase of 10 from Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam are holding off on the installation of a barrier to prevent left-hand turns into the post office. Following reconstruction of North Spring Street two years ago, the left turn lane that had been in place for decades was eliminated. But with no easy way to turn around, motorists have been chronically breaking the law. The common council earlier this month approved the barrier installation to stop illegal left turns, which are a safety issue. However, at last week’s council meeting Mayor Becky Glewen said that installation of the barrier is on hold as talks with the post office have suddenly resumed. Glewen says postal officials have offered solutions but noted they would not be easy to implement at this time. Mail trucks are currently exempt from the left turn ordinance and may be too large for righthand turns.