News – December 19, 2019

(Washington DC) Congressman Glenn Grothman was among the Republicans in the House yesterday to vote against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In a post on Facebook, Grothman said Democrats have made calls for President Trump’s impeachment for several years now and every time they fail to produce any compelling evidence.Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in a statement said unlike the Nixon and Clinton cases, there are no allegations of crime in the articles, despite almost three years of non-stop investigations.  Democratic Congressman Ron Kind tweeted that his vote was not about the President himself but instead about defending the rule of law, the Constitution, and what signal we send future presidents of what is acceptable behavior. Voting on the two articles of impeachment was mostly along party lines and sets up a trial in the Senate where Republicans hold the majority.

(Mayville) Cash bond was set at $500,000 Wednesday for a Mayville man charged in connection with a weekend stabbing. Hensy Gabriel Cortez-Hernandez is facing Aggravated Battery and Intimidating a Witness charges. A 29-year-old Mayville man was found Sunday on Allen Street with numerous cuts to his head and hands. He told authorities he met his attacker earlier that evening at a local tavern. Several hours later, Cortez-Hernandez of Mayville was located hiding in a freezer in his basement and was arrested. The 33-year-old will be back in court next month for a preliminary hearing.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board approved a compensation and benefits study of all county employees this week, but not without concerns raised by supervisors. McGrath Human Resources Group was hired for $92-thousand dollars to conduct a comprehensive compensation, classification and benefits analysis for all county jobs. Several supervisors said they would not vote on the matter because there were still unanswered questions about the study’s goals and objectives. After a motion failed to postpone voting on the study until next month, the resolution passed 21-to-8. McGrath will begin their analysis in January with the goal of presenting their findings to the county board no later than August.

(Iron Ridge) An Iron Ridge man accused of contributing to a fatal opioid overdose entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. Timothy Sedlmeier is facing Reckless Homicide charges in the October 2017 death of Samantha Mattila. Sedlmeier says he found the 19-year-old slumped over the bathtub. Heroin that he put in a drawer for himself was missing. The 28-year-old reportedly told investigators that he bought the heroin that she used but did not supply it to her. Toxicology tests later confirmed that Mattila died of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. If convicted, Sedlmeier is facing a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

(Watertown) A Watertown home sustained an estimated $40,000 in damages from an early morning fire. Crews responded around 4:20am yesterday to the Kiewert Street residence. Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld says a single occupant was awoken by the smoke detector and was able to get out of the house with their pet before firefighters arrived. The flames were knocked down in 15 minutes. The cause is still under investigation and no injuries were reported. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers says the state of Wisconsin will be happy to take in refugees. That’s after the Trump administration gave states the option to reject refugees and settlers. The move will also limit the US to accepting only 18-thousand refugees next year. In a statement, Evers said that Wisconsin “has a rich history of opening its doors to people of all backgrounds, experiences, and walks o