News – December 21, 2022

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed the first pediatric influenza-associated death. Chief Medical Officer Ryan Westergaard says they are saddened to report the first death of a child from influenza in the state this season. Nationwide, there have been 30 pediatric influenza-associated deaths.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is encouraging area residents to get their flu vaccine shot. Officials say data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show influenza activity is increasing significantly throughout the state ahead of the holiday season, mirroring trends being observed around the country. As of December 1st, only 31-percent of Wisconsin residents have received their single-dose flu vaccine. Local and state health officials urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board approved their five-year expenditure plan Tuesday night. The Capital Improvements Plan, or CIP, totals $14.6-million-dollars in 2023, $20.5-million in 2024, $38.6-million in 2025, $20.2-million in 2026, and just over $15-million-dollars in 2027. A number of Highway Department projects are on the docket for next year. Just over $7.7-million-dollars is going towards annual highway rehabilitation and repaving of 22 miles of county roads. The project is being funded in part by sales tax and American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

(Rubicon) A Hartford woman accused of biting a sheriff’s deputy has made her initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom. Jennifer Schieble was allegedly under the influence when she ran her vehicle off the road in the town of Rubicon on December 17th. While conducting a blood draw, the 50-year-old reportedly bit a deputy in their upper arm. If convicted, Schieble faces six years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 26th.

(Fond du Lac) A fourth person has been convicted in Fond du Lac County on Election Fraud charges. Jamie Wells was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of Falsify Voter Registration for illegally voting in the 2020 presidential election. County prosecutors say Wells never lived in the ward where she registered and voted.

(Wisconsin) A strong winter storm taking aim at the Midwest and Great Lakes region later this week is likely to bring holiday travel to a standstill. Much of southern and western Wisconsin have been placed under a Winter Storm Watch beginning Thursday and running through Saturday. After some light to moderate snow expected for Wednesday, the main part of the storm moves in Thursday night through Friday, with heavy snow and possible winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour creating blizzard and whiteout conditions and bringing dangerous wind chills–possibly near 30 below zero–running through Christmas weekend. – WRN