News – December 19, 2020

(Wisconsin) As lawmakers in Washington continue to work on another coronavirus stimulus package, Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson blocked an effort co-sponsored by fellow Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri that would give 1,200-dollar direct stimulus payments to many Americans. On the Senate floor, Hawley said says what he proposed is modest compared to the need. Johnson cited concerns over the federal deficit in blocking the proposal from Hawley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers wants the state to get its fair share of shipments of COVID-19 vaccines. Governor Evers says Wisconsin has only received around 35,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, much less than the nearly 50,000 doses it was supposed to be getting. Evers says Wisconsin needs those vaccines because the state is seeing so many cases of COVID. He also stresses that the vaccines need to make up for the lack of response he’s able to make because his office is hampered thanks to ongoing litigation. – WRN

(Waupun) Dr. Syed Mohiuddin (SIGH-ed,MO-heed-dun), medical director of Ripon Medical Center and Waupun Memorial Hospital emergency departments was the first frontline caregiver for both critical care hospitals to receive the first dose of the new Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. He says vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic. Choosing to be vaccinated was easy for him. He says he wanted to show the community that he supports vaccination by practicing what he preaches. Waupun Memorial Hospital received 200 doses of the vaccine for both Ripon and Waupun caregivers.

(Wisconsin) A new statewide order would cut bars and restaurants to 25-percent of capacity. The Governor’s office is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to allow public health officials to issue that order in the effort to slow down new cases of COVID-19. The order would be in effect for 28 days. The same order issued earlier this year brought on the lawsuit argued Thursday before the high court. The Evers administration wants the Supreme Court to issue a favorable ruling, so Health Secretary Andrea Palm can issue a new one. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Eight Catholic nuns living at a suburban Milwaukee convent have died of COVID-19 in the last week. The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province says there are other confirmed cases of the virus among the 88 sisters living in Elm Grove. The convent says all C-D-C guidelines are being followed to avoid the spread of the virus. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 3,235 positive coronavirus cases in Friday’s daily update. There are 38,892 active cases in the state, a decrease of 1,486 from Thursday. The state reported 60 deaths bringing that total to 4,315. The CDC says 309-thousand people have died nationwide. Dodge County has experienced 101 deaths, an increase of six from Thursday, and 9,875 cases; a one-day jump of 52. The county had 110 negative tests returned for a running total of 35,689.

Washington County recorded an additional death Friday for a total of 90 along with 10,797 cases to date, with 1,350 active cases. Fond du Lac County reported one additional death yesterday for a total of 60 with 9,854 positive tests on record; 949 are active cases. The state says Jefferson County has seen 50 deaths, two more than on Thursday, and 6,186 cases to date; with 471 active cases. Columbia County has experienced 24 deaths and 3,967 positive tests; currently the county has 318 active cases. Green Lake County has reported 10 deaths with 1,324 cases on record, with 106 cases reported in the last two weeks.

(Sun Prairie) A man who murdered a Sun Prairie teen last September had been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The killing of 19-year-old Malik Moss was captured on surveillance video.  Thirty-seven-year-old Larence G. Thomas was sentenced in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of second-degree intentional homicide. He was arrested in Mississippi a month later.  A jury trial for a second defendant in the case is scheduled to start in February. – WRN

(Waukesha) A Waukesha alderman resigns, following an alleged domestic assault earlier this month. Aaron Perry faces three misdemeanors and one felony charge. Prosecutors say he grabbed the victim by the arms and shoulder and threw her phone on the ground cracking its screen. Deputies with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office say the 40-year-old alderman appeared to be intoxicated. The deputies also say Perry made a veiled threat as they interceded. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The state Building Commission has approved 350-million dollars for renovation projects. Much of the money will go toward repairing or renovating buildings in the U-W System.  One of the big ones is the construction and renovation of the Veterinary Medicine addition in Madison.  Renovation is coming for the Student Union on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus.  A half-million dollars is dedicated to planning for the design of the new Engineering Building there.  Governor Evers has called the projects “important investments” in the state’s infrastructure. – WRN

(Milwaukee) Wisconsin’s biggest new vehicle show will be at State Fair Park next year. The annual Milwaukee International Truck and Car Show will be held there May 5th through the 9th.  The move was necessary because the usual site for the show, the Wisconsin Center, can’t accommodate the dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Although the state’s alternative face facility for COVID-19 patients is located at the fairgrounds now, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports it will no longer be operating by May.  The car show normally draws 35-to-75-thousand visitors each year, but it also normally runs nine days. – WRN

(Wausau)  An unidentified man who found three thousand dollars cash and gift envelopes on the street in Wausau did the right thing – contacting the bank where the cash had been withdrawn. Wausau police lieutenant Lew-eish Lopes says money was withdrawn sometime Tuesday afternoon, and found early Wednesday morning. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) The community will get its first public look at the new SSM Health physician offices in Beaver Dam during an upcoming virtual tour. The new 40,000-square-foot, stand-alone clinic will house SSM Health primary and specialty care providers and Fond du Lac Regional Clinic providers, as well as imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Once built, SSM Health will move services currently provided in leased space adjacent to Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam to the new location. The plan is to begin to provide patient care in the clinic in February 2021. The virtual tour will start at 9am tomorrow (Sunday). Information about viewing the virtual tour is available at