News – December 22, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam has prevailed in a civil lawsuit filed by the former operator of Johnny’s Lounge. Amanda Hammen sued the city for not renewing her liquor license following a series of incidents ranging from serving underage patrons to closing time fights to overserving that resulted in vehicular homicide. The city initially recommended a 15-day liquor license suspension. The matter was being appealed at the circuit court level when the decision was made not to renew the license. Attorneys for the bar contended that the reasons for non-renewal were allegations that had not been proven in court. The bar has since re-opened under new management.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee last (Monday) night signed-off on a voluntary debt cap policy. If approved by the common council, the cap would change from a fixed dollar amount to a percentage of debt capacity allowed by the state; 65-percent of capacity is the recommendation. The city is borrowing $6-million dollars next year and, under a 65-percent cap, would still have around $14.7-million dollars left in available borrowing. If the city were to continue borrowing $6-million and, as old debt is paid-off, by 2025 Beaver Dam would have around $11.5-million in available borrowing. The debt policy change is expected to be addressed at the council’s January meeting.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers has sent Legislative Republicans plans for another COVID-19 relief bill, and wants them to vote on it before the end of the year. Evers is calling the bill a representation of compromises that both sides can agree on. The Governor would have liked to see more support for eviction moratoriums and help for people looking for work, but says that action needs to be taken now. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is getting ready to roll out the second set of COVID-19 vaccines this week. DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says Wisconsin will be receiving over 100-thousand doses of the new Moderna version of the vaccine. The Moderna vaccine does not need to have the very cold refrigeration that the Pfizer vaccine does, so it can be more easily distributed. Those vaccines will continue to be prioritized to health care workers and nursing home residents for the time being. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,435 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update. There are 35,498 active cases in the state, a decrease of 1,238 from Sunday. The state reported eight deaths bringing that total to 4,425. Dodge County has experienced 107 deaths and 10,030 cases, a one-day increase of 13. County health officials are actively monitoring 643 people.

(Theresa) A Las Vegas man is charged with assaulting a minor in Dodge County. John Hardy reportedly had contact with the 15-year-old victim while in Theresa last November. If convicted, the 46-year-old faces up to 40-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for January 11th.

(Kenosha) A teenager accused in a double-homicide is selling hats and t-shirts to pay his legal bills. Kimberley Motley is a lawyer representing one of the three people Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot in Kenosha in August. She says the online merchandise store is (quote) “vile.” Rittenhouse is facing homicide and weapons charges for allegedly shooting and killing two people and wounding a third. Rittenhouse’s lawyers say he fired in self-defense. – WRN