News – August 7, 2020

(Waupun) A former Waupun Correctional inmate was charged Thursday with Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide after he reportedly stabbed a corrections officer multiple times. Gregg Phillips allegedly used a shank to stab a prison guard 13 times last Christmas Eve and bit the wrist of a second corrections officer. During the attack, Phillips was allegedly overheard saying (quote) “It needed to be done. It didn’t matter who…it was just because he was a blue shirt” and that “a blue shirt needed to die.” The guard who was stabbed was treated at UW Hospital before being released the following day. If convicted, Phillips faces an additional 75 years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for September 17th.

(Waupun) A Green Bay man who fled from Waupun police made his initial appearance in court this week. Joseph Figueroa was allegedly going 20 over the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on his way back to Green Bay on August 2nd. A short pursuit eventually ended when Figueroa eventually stopped and parked his vehicle. Figueroa reportedly said he kept driving because he was scared to lose demerit points on his license and that he only had one left. If convicted, the 20-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 10th.

(Beaver Dam) A Madison man charged with running from Dodge County deputies, less than one hour after being released from prison, is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Equon Hopkins was apparently released from Dodge Correctional less than an hour before sparking the pursuit down Highway 151, onto County G into Lowell last month. The 40-year-old crashed into several trees and was apprehended near his vehicle after reportedly attempting to run. It all started when authorities were alerted to a domestic incident after witnesses allegedly saw a woman exit his vehicle on the highway. If convicted, Hopkins faces over four years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 23rd.

(Milwaukee) The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has demoted Morales to captain rank, and promoted Assistant Chief Michael Brunson. Morales called in front of the Commission earlier this year after police officers used pepper spray and tear gas on Black Lives Matter demonstrators. He was called to provide arrest records and make sweeping changes to the department like creating community policing standards and new ways to handle officer discipline. Morales says the commission didn’t give him enough time to comply with the requests. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 839 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update, which is 4.7-percent of the 17,700 tests announced. There are 9,562 active cases in the state, a decrease of 67 from Wednesday. There were eight deaths reported by state health officials, for a total of 978. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 757 cases, an increase of 14 from Wednesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 152 cases.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers has allocated millions of dollars, for the University of Wisconsin System to deal with the coronavirus on its campuses this fall. The money – 32 million dollars to support coronavirus testing throughout the UW System and UW- Madison – comes from Wisconsin’s share of federal CARES Act funds. About 24 million will help campuses test students living in residence halls, symptomatic students and students who have come into contact with symptomatic students. The money will also help pay for personal protective equipment, with roughly 8-point-3 million to be used for equipment and testing on the Madison campus. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Officials in Beaver Dam are discussing the possibility of changing the way some property owners are assessed for sidewalks. The change would affect property owners who pay 100-percent of the installation of new sidewalks at the same time a property owner across the street pays nothing because no sidewalk is installed. That is the case with the current reconstruction of Roosevelt Drive, where installing sidewalks on one side of the roadway was just too costly to justify. Alderman Ken Anderson says in such cases, the property owners should be charged only 50-percent of the sidewalk cost. The Administrative Committee this week agreed to have the city attorney research the matter and assemble a draft ordinance for discussion at a future meeting.