News – December 4, 2021

(Watertown) A second person has been charged for his alleged role in a home invasion in Watertown three years ago. Devon Robinson was reportedly at the scene in May of 2018. Thirty-one-year-old Tommie Plummer was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison last year for his role. In 2019, an inmate came forward who was in the same pod at the county jail with Plummer. The inmate reportedly said Plummer identified Robinson as the second person involved in the robbery. Testing allegedly found Robinson’s DNA at the scene of the crime. If convicted, the 35-year-old faces up to 52-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for December 20th.

(Brownsville) A three-day jury trial was scheduled yesterday (Friday) for a Brownsville man charged with assaulting a minor. Carl Stewart is facing two felony counts of First Degree Child Sexual Assault. According to the criminal complaint, a complaint was made to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office that an 11-year-old girl was assaulted in the Village of Brownsville. The victim allegedly told authorities Stewart had assaulted her twice. When questioned, Stewart denied anything had occurred. If convicted, the 39-year-old faces no more than 120 years in prison. The trial is slated to begin on May 16th.

(Fond du Lac) A Fond du Lac County highway worker escaped injury by leaping from a piece of machinery just before a suspected drunken driver’s vehicle struck. It happened on Kinker Road near Highway 45 Thursday morning. The State Patrol says 47-year-old Tony Schumacher of Fond du Lac was driving the car that struck that piece of equipment and left the scene on foot. But nearby witnesses located him and while being interviewed by State troopers, he admitted to driving the vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital where sobriety tests were administered. Schumacher was arrested for his fifth operating while under the influence offense and was taken to the Fond du Lac County Jail. The incident occurred just before 10 am Thursday morning.

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers vetoes bills curtailing abortion rights in Wisconsin. The Democratic governor on Friday vetoed five bills passed in October by majority Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature. They lack sufficient voters to overcome the Evers vetoes, which were issued two days after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortions. A decision to uphold that law could have the effect of overturing the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision which effectively legalized abortion in the U.S. – WRN

(Madison) Madison’s mayor say she’ll speak with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ election investigator, even as she resists his subpoenas. Satya Rhodes-Conway says she’s willing to sit down with investigator Mike Gableman but says his team hasn’t responded to her offer. Gableman last week asked a judge in Waukesha to force the mayors of Madison and Green Bay to sit for interviews. This week, he accused the mayors of being part of a cover-up over last year’s handling of the election, and the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life. – WRN

(Pardeeville) Governor Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff today (Saturday) in honor of a Pardeeville firefighter who passed due to COVID. Brandon Romo died on November 6th after contracting the virus in the line of duty. The 32-year-old had served the Pardeeville community as a volunteer firefighter for three years. Evers says by all accounts Romo was incredibly loved by those who knew him. A celebration of life will be held from Romo today. Evers already ordered flags to be lowered today as a mark of respect for the victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy.

(Beaver Dam) Alliant Energy is seeking applications for their 2022 Innovation Scholarships. Up to 25 students will receive $1,000 scholarships to help reach their academic goals. Applicants are asked to write an essay that identifies a problem in their community and present their own innovative solution using science, technology, engineering, and math. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on essay content, participation in leadership roles in community service, activities, and volunteer work, grade-point averages, and standardized test scores. Those interested in applying must be 24 years of age or under and enrolled in their first full-time program at an undergraduate school. They must also be a dependent of a current Alliant Energy customer or a customer themselves. The application deadline is February 17, 2022. Links to more information is available at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin National Guard is helping fill worker shortages at mental health and disability care facilities. The Department of Health Services says about 60 troops have been sent to work as nursing assistants at Wisconsin’s four mental health facilities. They’ve completed a 16-hour nursing assistant class, and are working to finish the official 59-hour class to become certified nursing assistants. The Guard says it’s the first time troops have been sent to these types of facilities. Wisconsin has relied on the Guard for many different missions over the past two years, including coronavirus testing and staffing election-day polling places. – WRN