News – December 10, 2020

(Fort Atkinson) The state justice department is investigating a fatal, officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon in Jefferson County. Following a brief traffic stop along Highway 26, the driver accelerated away while opening fire at law enforcement between Watertown and Johnson Creek. The vehicle was eventually disabled by tire spikes outside of Fort Atkinson. The driver attempted to carjack another vehicle before he was shot and killed by state troopers. An investigation is ongoing.

(Dodge County) A Fond du Lac man has been charged with running from Beaver Dam police. Patrick Gipson was allegedly fleeing authorities from Fond du Lac County last month for a hit and run incident when he was spotted by Beaver Dam police near Highway 33. Following a short pursuit, the vehicle was disabled by a tire deflation device near Columbus. If convicted, the 49-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for January 11th.

(Reeseville) A three-day jury trial was added to the court calendar yesterday for a Pennsylvania man accused of assaulting two minors in Dodge County. Steven Barlow allegedly admitted to the assaults that occurred while he was living with the victim’s family between 2015 and 2017. If convicted, the 24-year-old is facing a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison. The trial is set to begin on August 24th.

(Marquette) A sex offender will be released from prison on Tuesday and will be moving to a residence in Green Lake County. According to a Sheriff’s Department’s notification, Brandin McConochie will be living at 225 Belle Court in the Village of Marquette under electronic monitoring with supervision from the Department of Corrections. The 33-year-old was convicted of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and exposing himself in Green Lake County in 2005 and the same offense two years later in Dodge County.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin reported 81 additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, including three in Dodge County, bringing the statewide toll to 3,887. Dodge County now has 87 deaths and 862 active cases. State health officials reported 3,619 new cases.

(Wisconsin) State health officials would like to see more people getting tested for COVID-19. Department of Health Services Secretary designee Andrea Palm says in the past seven days, the state’s average daily number of tests is about 29-thousand-500. Two weeks ago the average was over 39-thousand. Palm says the current high rate of positive tests indicates the state is not testing enough to get a clear picture of the prevalence of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin residents looking for a COVID-19 vaccination from Marshfield Clinic may have to wait into late spring or early summer. Clinical Quality Nurse Specialist Meranda Eggebrecht says initial vaccines will go to front-line health care workers and long-term care facilities. Marshfield Clinic – which operates a medical center in Beaver Dam – will serve as a hub to distribute the vaccine to other agencies who will also administer them. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Health care workers and people in nursing homes will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine in Wisconsin, but who will be next? The Department of Health Services says it’s still working on the answer to that question. The State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee met Tuesday to talk about prioritizing vaccine distribution. The first doses of the vaccine should be available in December, but committee members say it will likely be next fall before everyone in Wisconsin will have the chance to get a shot. -WRN

(Madison) Two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin’s presidential election results will have their day in court today. Starting at 9am, a federal judge will hear one case, which has the Trump campaign asking for the state’s result to be invalidated when it comes to determining who will be Wisconsin’s electors.  They instead want the State Legislature to select them.  After that case ends, a Racine County judge will hear the other case, which questions over 200-thousand ballots in Dane and Milwaukee counties.  The lawsuits would need to be resolved by Monday, which is when the state’s ten electors will cast their vote in the Electoral College.

(Wisconsin) At the Capitol on Friday, legislative committees will examine Wisconsin’s November 3rd presidential election. Representative Ron Tusler’s Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections will hold a hearing alongside a Senate committee. Tusler says his office has heard from over 5,000 people with “concerns” about the election. Democrats on Tusler’s committee issued a statement in which they referred to the hearing as a (quote) “cynical attempt to undermine the will of the people.” -WRN

(Wisconsin) The Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado says the northern lights could be visible in Wisconsin through Friday night. A powerful solar flare is causing the celestial show. Scientists say the aurora borealis should be visible across the northern United States, from Washington to Maine, dipping as far south as Iowa. The solar flare was recorded Monday. Viewers should get away from city light pollution and weather could impact what you see. -WRN