News – December 3, 2021

(Waukesha) The man accused of running over six people at Waukesha’s Christmas Parade says he feels like he’s being treated as a “monster.” Fox News Channel aired an interview with Darrell Brooks from his jail cell Wednesday. Brooks complained he feels like he’s been “dehumanized.” He faces six homicide counts and a life sentence if convicted. One of the victims was a former Beaver Dam teacher. Brooks did not offer a reason why he drove through the crowd.  – WRN

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee County District attorney says his office made a mistake in allowing the man accused in the Waukesha Parade attack back out on bail. DA John Chisholm says the Assistant district attorney in charge of Darrell Brooks Junior’s domestic violence case requested a bail that was too low given his history. Chisholm says that the ADA was in the middle of a jury trial in a different case, and that a bail recommendation that should have been in Brooks’ file was not there. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Wisconsin’s K-12 schools are getting millions of dollars in new funding, including school districts in Dodge County. Governor Tony Evers announced yesterday he’s using $110-million-dollars from federal coronavirus relief funds for education. Beaver Dam is slated to get $448-thousand-dollars. The total funding from the governor amounts to $133 per student.

(Wisconsin) The latest coronavirus variant has yet to be detected in Wisconsin. But Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Westergaard says there’s a one-to-two-week lag in genome sequence testing, so it is possible that the variant is circulating more widely in the U.S. Minnesota reported the nation’s second confirmed Omicron case yesterday. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A wave of mostly unvaccinated COVID patients are straining hospital resources across Wisconsin. Ninety-seven percent of intensive care beds in the state are being used currently, and there are no ICU beds available in some parts of Wisconsin. Dodge County health officials reported 68 new cases yesterday (Thursday) with four additional hospitalizations. So far, 48.5-percent of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 46.3-percent have completed the vaccination series. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with the annual Beaver Dam Holiday Parade say there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festivities this year. The theme is “Songs of the Season.” The parade will be held in the downtown area tomorrow beginning at 5:30pm. More information about the festivities is available at

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theater will play host to Emmy Award winner and Wisconsin native John McGivern. Shows are Saturday, December 4th at 2 and 7pm with tickets priced at $32, $37, and $42. Masks will be required for all in attendance. Tickets can be purchased by calling 920-885-6891 or at Rechek’s Food Pride.