News – August 8, 2019

(Brandon) Hail, high winds, and heavy rain pelted the area last night. In Fond du Lac County there were a couple of possible tornado sightings. A Sheriff’s deputy spotted a funnel cloud with weak rotation east of Fond du Lac and north on State Highway 23 prompting a tornado warning. A caller also reported a funnel cloud about three miles west of Brandon. In Green Lake County straight line winds caused some tree and structural damage in the Berlin area and power was knocked out for about 2,500 energy customers. No injuries were reported. Damage is being assessed today by emergency management and law enforcement officials.

(Slinger) Two people were killed in a single vehicle accident near Slinger Tuesday night. A Ford Mustang crashed on Interstate 41 in the Town of Polk just before 10pm, ejecting both occupants who were found lying on the interstate. One subject was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was flown and pronounced deceased at the hospital. The northbound lanes of I-41 were closed for approximately four hours.

(Lake Delton) A Wisconsin Dells man died yesterday (Wednesday) while wading in the water at a Lake Delton Park. The 40-year-old apparently stepped off a steep underwater ledge at Newport Park.  The Lake Delton Fire Department responded quickly but was not able to revive him. The victim is said to have had limited swimming abilities. Witnesses were not able to reach him after he went under.

(Fond du Lac County) A Milwaukee teen was arrested following a high-speed chase in Fond du Lac County early this (Thursday) morning. The pursuit started just after 2am when authorities clocked an SUV traveling around 100-miles-per-hour on Interstate 41, near County B, west of Eden. The suspect reportedly refused to stop, sparking a pursuit that covered 12-miles reaching speeds around 120-miles-per-hour. The 17-year-old crashed while exiting at County Highway N and was taken into custody without further incident.

(Newport) Two people were arrested for attempting to burglarize a property owned by CarQuest in the township of Newport Monday. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were contacted at 8:30pm by an employee of CarQuest who noticed an open entry door and items were outside a maintenance shed. A stolen vehicle from Lake Delton was found at the scene and was connected to 34-year-old Jamie Price of Mauston and 41-year-old Tonya Podoll of Baraboo. Both were arrested in the surrounding area and were tentatively charged with Criminal Trespass, Burglary and Criminal Damage.

(Columbus) A local health care provider is changing its name. Columbus Community Hospital – and its Prairie Ridge Health Clinics in Beaver Dam, Marshall and Columbus – will be operating under one brand. Staring on October 1, the new name will be Prairie Ridge Health. The announcement on the hospital’s website says there has been significant growth in recent years and as they expand in the region, their name needs to convey who they are. Officials stress that the only thing changing is the name and they will continue to provide the same high level of care.

(Beaver Dam) The Quality Inn and Suites in Beaver Dam is back open. The state closed down the hotel located along Park Avenue, just off Highway 151, in mid-July. State consumer protection officials say the license was reinstated with conditions that allow the lodging portion of the hotel to reopen along with the swimming pool and continental breakfast area. However, the whirlpool is not allowed to be used until broken tiles with sharp edges are replaced.

(Juneau) Dodge County Assistant District Attorney Jim Sempf has formally announced that he is running for judge. Sempf is seeking the Dodge County Circuit Court Branch Four seat currently held by Judge Steven Bauer, who has indicated that he will not be running again. In his announcement, Sempf touted his 14 years’ experience in the county, prosecuting hundreds of cases. Sempf graduated from West Bend West High School before studying political science at UW-Madison and getting a degree from Valparaiso School of Law. The Branch Four seat will be on the April 7, 2020 ballot.

(Madison) A lawsuit filed by a conservative group against Governor Tony Evers alleges his office has excluded the outlet from media events. The MacIver Institute filed suit in federal court this week. The filing says MacIver staff asked Evers’ office to be added to the media contact list when he took office in January. The suit says they never received a response, and have not received advisories on Evers’ news conferences or announcements. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders called the allegations “deeply troubling.” Evers’ office has yet to respond.

(Johnson Creek) Youth exhibitors are being celebrated during the 2019 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Auction. A pig named Mo belonging to Isabelle Doherty of Johnson Creek was named Grand Champion Ham at the Wisconsin State Fair. She says she had some big shoes to fill, knowing her siblings also showed grand champions. Doherty called being on stage for the auction “a great honor.” She says it took a while for it to sink in and, through it all, she’s learned a lot. The Grand Champion Steer sold for $47,500.