News – August 25, 2020

(Kenosha) Police in Kenosha dealt with angry protestors last night firing tear gas into a crowd at the Kenosha County Courthouse during a second straight night of protests over the police shooting of a black man. The tear gas was fired about a half hour after an 8pm curfew was implemented in an attempt to disperse the crowd.  Cell phone video of police shooting Jacob Blake in the back as he was getting into an SUV went viral Sunday night sparking protests. Blake’s three sons ages, 8, 5, and 3 were in the vehicle when he was shot. Governor Tony Evers authorized 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to support law enforcement efforts in Kenosha County during the protests.

(Kenosha) Governor Tony Evers said Monday he and the people of the state “cannot wait for Republican leadership to show up for work,” in the wake of Sunday night’s shooting. Yesterday, Evers called for a special session of the legislature to take up the package of legislation he announced earlier this year. The special session would open next Monday, however Evers cannot compel lawmakers to act on any of the nine bills. He introduced the package in June, following the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The 29-year-old Blake is reported to be in stable condition. Kenosha police have not yet said what led officers to fire the shots.-WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 392 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 8.1-percent of the 4,800 tests announced. There are 7,445 active cases in the state, a decrease of 198 from Sunday. For the second consecutive day state health officials recorded no deaths and that number remains unchanged at 1,081. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 1,034 cases, an increase of 23 from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 182 people.

(Wisconsin) State auditors say Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction got it *almost* right with its back-to-school guidance. The Legislative Audit Bureau last week said the D-P-I failed to tell Wisconsin schools to see if they need to bargain with teachers’ unions over the change to online classes. The auditors also say D-P-I needed to be more clear about teacher and student absences during online learning. Many schools in Wisconsin are starting the year entirely online on September 1st.-WRN

(Madison) The leader of the Catholic Church in south-central Wisconsin is asking Madison Catholic school families to push-back on an order to force them to start the school year online. Madison Bishop Donald Hying (Hi-ing) says the order from Public Health Madison & Dane County throws the start of the school year into disarray. Madison’s Catholic schools were planning for in-person classes, many of them were going to start this week. Dane County’s public health officials say the coronavirus is forcing all schools to start remotely.-WRN

(Wisconsin) Former Governor Scott Walker nominated Vice President Mike Pence, as the Republican National Convention got underway in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff recently provided some advice on the proper placement of political signs in advance of the November election. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says property owners cannot place signs in the area between the sidewalk and the street because it is illegal, adding that all sings should be placed between the sidewalk and the residence. Schmidt says if the sign is in the right of way the highway department has the authority to remove it. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Schmidt says people who vandalize or steal signs will be cited. Schmidt says people have the right to their own opinions and the right to vote for who they want.

(Herman) A Beaver Dam man was convicted yesterday (Monday) of burglarizing a residence in the town of Herman. Doty Broadnax entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of Burglary as a Repeat Offender. The 56-year-old attempted to take a snowblower from the home on Highway 33 last September. Broadnax sped away when a relative of the property owner showed up. He was eventually arrested by authorities in Washington County. Numerous power tools and equipment from the property were found in his vehicle. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Broadnax is due back in court on October 23rd.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The community program delivers food within the city limits of Beaver Dam, each year handing out around 12,000 meals with assistance from 140 volunteers. All meals are prepared by the Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam café and are made for noon dinners, which volunteers pick up and then deliver. Meals on Wheels provides nutritious and well-balanced food at a minimal cost for recently discharged patients, the handicapped and the homebound elderly. More information is available with this news story at