News – December 16, 2020

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man pled guilty yesterday (Tuesday) to First Degree Intentional Homicide for murdering his ex-wife. Ulisses Medina Espinosa shot and killed Stacia Hollinshead of Illinois last March inside a Beaver Dam home on East Third Street. DA Kurt Klomberg says the agreement ensures that the defendant will be imprisoned for most if not all of his life, while shielding the innocent child of the victim from reliving the horrors of that day in open court. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 5.

(Wisconsin) According to the Legislative Audit Bureau, the state Department of Workforce Development sent 77-percent of unemployment applicants between March and December into pending status when the claims could have been processed. Representative Mark Born, co-chair of the Join Finance Committee, says there is absolutely no excuse for the disaster that is going on at the DWD and points blame on the Evers’ Administration. The DWD says they will continue to focus its efforts on reducing the wait time for outstanding claims related to the pandemic. -WRN contributed

(Dodge County) New COVID-19 cases reported in Wisconsin continued to decline Tuesday from a record high recorded about a month ago. According to the Department of Health Service, the seven-day case average fell to nearly 3,500 for the first time since October 23. The average eventually peaked in mid-November, at 6,500 new daily cases. The number of hospitalized patients also continue to drop, to 1,471. Wisconsin health officials reported 3,501 positive coronavirus cases Tuesday with 44,076 being active, a decrease of 673 from Monday. Dodge County has now experienced 90 deaths and 9,724 cases, a one-day increase of 27. County health officials are actively monitoring 685 people, a decrease of 45 from Friday.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College has extended both their public access restrictions and mask-wearing requirements for all campuses – which will remain in effect indefinitely – but at least through next June. The College will remain closed to the general public and masks will continue to be required on all campuses even if the statewide mandate ends. The spring semester will begin as scheduled on January 25th with classes continuing to be offered in face-to-face, virtual and online formats.

(Wisconsin) The incoming president of the State Senate wants to reopen schools. Republican state senator Chris Kapenga says that student educations are being irreparably harmed by using virtual learning over in person classes, and that students themselves are being harmed by isolation. Kapenga accuses teachers unions of advocating for virtual classes. Governor Evers’ office has not provided any guidance to close schools and has instead left that up to local school districts. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The maker the ultra-cold storage container needed for the COVID-19 vaccine is assuring that the supply is adequate. Thermo Fisher has been making the product for more than 50 years at several locations. The company is based in Texas, but has three locations in Wisconsin. The work actually started much earlier this year when storage was needed for all the test samples. The COVID-19 vaccine is supposed to be stored in temperatures below negative-94 degrees Fahrenheit. The company says there is plenty of supply and no threat of shortages despite the demand. -WRN

(Watertown) State Representative John Jagler has announced that he is running for the state senate seat being vacated by Scott Fitzgerald. Jagler, who is serving his fourth term in the 37th Assembly District, announced his intentions for the 13th District senate seat as Fitzgerald was elected to Congress last month. Fitzgerald, a republican from Juneau, is expected to announce his resignation from the state legislature by year’s end. A special election would be needed early next year. Congressman-Elect Fitzgerald is endorsing Jagler to succeed him.

(Walworth) A missing 10-year-old girl from Walworth was found safe by authorities in Hartsville, Indiana yesterday morning. Jocelyn Van Duyn was located with her biological father, Jonathan Van Duyn. The 33-year-old was taken into custody without incident. An amber alert was issued Monday after the girl was reported missing since Saturday evening. The incident remains under investigation. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The Department of Natural Resources says a deer in Washington County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. That buck was harvested this fall during archery season in the Town Of Polk. Because it’s close enough to Ozaukee County, a deer feeding ban has been applied to Ozaukee County, and the current feeding ban has been extended in Washington County. This is the first wild deer detection of C W D in Washington County. -WRN