News – August 26, 2020

(Kenosha) The Kenosha Police Department says a 26-year-old resident of Silver Lake and a 36-year-old resident of Kenosha were shot and killed on Kenosha’s streets in the late hours of unrest Tuesday night. Authorities also said a 26-year-old resident of West Allis was also shot, but is expected to survive.” Kyle Rittenhouse of Illinois was arrested in connection with the killings in Illinois. The 17-year-old will face charges of first degree intentional homicide with extradition to Wisconsin expected on Friday. The fatal shootings took place on the third night of unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police on Sunday.  President Donald Trump meanwhile announced that Governor Tony Evers has accepted federal enforcement assistance. The President said in a tweet that he is sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha. There was no specific word on what federal agency would provide law enforcement assistance. The Governor today authorized 500 Wisconsin National Guard members to help local law enforcement.

(Kenosha) Governor Tony Evers yesterday declaring a State of Emergency for Wisconsin. Evers’ action follows the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday. There was a third straight night of violence in Kenosha along with additional violence in Madison last night. Kenosha Police confirming two people died after a shooting took place just before midnight as part of the ongoing protests. A third victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A fence was erected around the Kenosha County courthouse. Protestors tried to pull it down and shot fireworks at law enforcement who responded with tear gas and what were thought to be pepper balls. Evers is urging protesters to gather “peacefully and safely,” and while that was the case in most communities, it is not happening Madison or Kenosha. Evers said up to 250 National Guard personnel have been deployed.

(Juneau) The Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association is calling on all citizens to promote peace in the wake of the officer involved shooting [of Jacob Blake] in Kenosha. In a statement from the organization, which is led by Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg, the association says they offer their thoughts and prayers to all those involved in the shooting and they especially pray for the recovery of [Jacob] Blake. The association says a prosecutor will need to decide on how to proceed once the investigation into the incident is completed. The DA’s note that destruction of public and private property is not consistent with a society that seeks justice.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 638 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 6.4-percent of the nearly 10,000 tests announced. There are 7,385 active cases in the state, a decrease of 60 from Monday. State health officials recorded 13 deaths Tuesday, for a total of 1,094. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 1,046 cases, an increase of 12 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 177 people.

(Dodge County) The Dodge Count Health Department is attributing a majority of recent coronavirus cases to people attending large parties. Of the 91 people who tested positive last week, 57 reported attending a large gathering, party or meeting with people from outside their home. The Dodge County Safe Restart Plan currently remains in Phase Two while the cases indicator – which is a metric that tracks the trajectory of positive COVID-19 cases as a percentage of total tests – is still “red.” The benchmark was downgraded last week following a two-week upward trajectory of the rolling average of positive tests. Health officials say if the county remains in “red” for 14 consecutive days they may look at moving back to Phase One recommendations. [That’s what is happening in…]

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County [which] is back to Phase One of its Safe Restart plan for the pandemic. County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says that’s due to 95 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and a higher percentage of overall tests coming back positive. She says when they are doing contact tracing investigations they are recognizing common themes like vendors holding large gatherings, social settings including picnics and birthday parties, lack of wearing face coverings or masks and people not staying home when they are sick. She emphasizes they are asking businesses to follow County Health, CDC and WEDC recommendations for the pandemic.

(Mayville) A Lomira woman was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with cashing a phony check at a Mayville bank. Shannon Gammon allegedly cashed a fake check worth $1,000. Several discrepancies were found on the check including an invalid authorized signature and that the check number was one digit too long. If convicted, the 41-year-old faces over 12 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for September 14th.

(Fox Lake) A Scandinavia woman was charged yesterday (Tuesday) with mailing in an illegal substance into Fox Lake Correctional. Amber Testdorf allegedly mailed in an envelope to an inmate that had Suboxone behind the stamp. The 32-year-old reportedly admitted to her actions. If convicted, Testdorf faces three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for September 14th.

(Wisconsin) U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee Monday saying the Post Office has plenty of operating capital to get through the election. Congressman Glenn Grothman sits on that committee. He says there is no need to give the Post Office $25 billion to handle mail-in ballots for the November 3rd election when the Post Office already has access to $24 billion if they need it. The federal lawmaker from Glenbeulah says the mail-in ballots are not expected to increase the volume of mail by that much. Grothman believes the U.S. Senate will vote down the $25 billion spending increase the House approved last Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) At the advisement of Dodge County Public Health, the Beaver Dam School District announced last night that they will be delaying moderate and high-risk sports until the spring, that includes football, volleyball and boys soccer. You can learn more during our upcoming sportscast or on the sports tab at DailyDodge.com or tune into WBEV’s Community Comment this afternoon when our guest is Beaver Dam School Superintendent Mark DiStefano.