News – December 11, 2020

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 4,034 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. There are 52,259 active cases in the state, a decrease of 2,340 from Wednesday. The state reported 57 deaths, including two each in Columbia and Washington counties, bringing that total to 3,944. Dodge County has experienced 87 deaths and 861 active cases, a decrease of one case from Wednesday though active cases statewide in the region are currently on a downward trend.

(Wauwatosa) An officer-involved shooting has resulted in a woman being hospitalized. A Wauwatosa police officer shot her while responding to a call last (Thursday) night. A social media post from the Wauwatosa Police Department says that officers responded to a call of a woman attacking another woman at 9:15pm. The officer reportedly located the suspect and an “altercation” happened resulting in the officer shooting the woman. It is unclear if she had a weapon.

(Madison) A Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot has been confirmed killed in a crash this week. The Madison-based 115th Fighter Wing has announced the death of the F-16 pilot who crashed Wednesday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the pilot will not be identified until 24 hours after notifying next of kin. The crash occurred within the Hiawatha National Forest during an overnight training mission. A multi-state, interagency search for the pilot and aircraft immediately followed the crash, the cause of which is under investigation. -WRN

(Sauk County) Sauk County investigators are following up on about 120 tips related to an October homicide at Devil’s Lake. The body of John Schmutzer of Wauwatosa was found on a trial at Wisconsin’s most popular state park. The sheriff’s office calls the investigation its “highest priority” case. Schmutzer was hiking alone when he was attacked. The victim was a financial advisor in the Milwaukee area. -WRN

(Watertown) Cash bond was set at $5000 yesterday (Thursday) got an Illinois man charged with running from Watertown police. Gecobea (Jace-oh-be-uh) Leach was pulled over in March for speeding. The officer suspected drug trafficking and a K-9 unit allegedly indicated illegal substances in the vehicle. Leach sped off sparking a pursuit that was called off after just over one mile with the officer contacting neighboring agencies. If convicted, the 37-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. A judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.

(Beaver Dam) A Milton teen accused of running from Dodge County deputies is heading to trial. Trenton Hines waived his right yesterday to a felony count Fleeing. Hines allegedly speed away from authorities after getting clocked speeding in the Town of Beaver Dam last month. The 12-mile pursuit reportedly reached top speeds of 111-miles-per-hour. Hines stopped just short of spike strips on Highway 151. If convicted, the 17-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. Hines will be arraigned next month.

(Madison) Today is the day for Republican lawmakers to address their concerns about the November presidential election. Invited witnesses scheduled to testify include conservative Milwaukee talk radio host Dan O’Donnell, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell, Republican appointees of the state Elections Commission, and an unspecified number of concerned citizens. The joint hearing with a Senate Committee is scheduled for 10:10am. -WRN

(Wisconsin) A Wisconsin Congressman is tossing in his support for a lawsuit that would overturn the results of the election in favor of President Trump. Northwoods Congressman Tom Tiffany is one of 106 Republican House members to support a lawsuit by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that would overturn the results of the election in a number of swing states including Wisconsin. No other Wisconsin House members signed that brief. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has already denounced the lawsuit and says that if the Supreme Court hears the case, it could undermine faith in US democracy for ages. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) Construction of the new SSM Health clinic in Beaver Dam is on schedule. While some exterior work remains, efforts now shift to interior projects which construction officials say is just in time with colder weather on the horizon. Senior Project Manager Kyle Prochaska says November into January will be the most impactful time for interior work. He says this month will be spent flooring and lighting fixtures, as well as ceiling work. Once completed, the facility will house SSM Health primary and specialty care providers, as well as imaging, laboratory and pharmacy along with services currently provided in leased space adjacent to the hospital in Beaver Dam. The plan is to begin to provide patient care in the clinic in February 2021.

(Waupun) An online survey is available that will help guide virtual programming in Waupun for seniors and caregivers. Waupun Economic Development Coordinator Sarah Van Buren says the Education and Resources subcommittee has developed a survey that will inform their virtual programming strategy going forward. The survey will be open until 9pm on December 14th. A link to the survey will be available with this news story at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Public Library is now offering contactless pickup each weekday. Every Monday through Friday from 10am to 5:30pm, citizens can place a hold on library materials and staff will send a notification when the hold is ready for pickup. Librarians are providing browsing and selections services upon request. The building will be closed from December 24th to January 2nd with contactless pickup, mailbox library service and remote services resuming on January 4th. For more information call 920-887-4631 or visit

(Beaver Dam) Winter parking restrictions in Beaver Dam are now in effect, meaning no overnight parking is allowed on city streets between 2am and 6am. Per city ordinance, the enforcement period begins on November 1 but in the past the mayor has traditionally suspended enforcement until inclement weather is in the forecast. Citations begin at $20. The parking restrictions are in effect until April.