News – February 12, 2021

(Fox Lake) Authorities say Perry Hoitink of Oostburg was the trucker who died Monday morning in a fatal accident involving two semis in the Town of Fox Lake. Wayne Hildebrandt of Watertown jackknifed in the eastbound lanes of Highway 33 near County A around 10am. The 73-year-old’s trailer crossed the centerline, striking Hoitink’s Mack truck; the 60-year-old died at the scene. Hildebrandt suffered life threatening injuries and was flown from the scene to Madison.

(Beaver Dam) An Oshkosh man charged with leading Dodge County authorities on a traffic pursuit followed by an eight-hour standoff is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. Tyler Anderson reportedly struck three law enforcement vehicles while being pursued on January 30th. His vehicle eventually went off the highway just west of Crystal Lake Road between Beaver Dam and Juneau. Authorities used gas rounds to subdue Anderson because he was reportedly brandishing a handgun that was later determined to be inoperable. If convicted, the 25-year-old faces over 50 years behind bars. An arraignment hearing is scheduled next month.

(Iron Ridge) A Neshkoro man was charged yesterday (Thursday) with running from Iron Ridge police. Robert Schuster allegedly fled from law enforcement in July after he failed to stop at a stop sign. The pursuit ended when his vehicle hit an embankment, crashing into some woods near Highway 67. If convicted, the 26-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for March 8th.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt is praising one if his deputies for his valiant efforts during the Fox Valley Mall shooting in Grand Chute. Off-duty sheriff’s deputy Blaine Evans was at the mall on January 31st and was able to provide first aid to a victim who was shot in the hip. Evans applied pressure to the wound with a sterile feminine pad he got from a passerby. An ambulance transported the victim away from danger and an on-duty officer replaced Evans who was able to return to his family. Waldschmidt called his deputies actions (quote) “heroic.”

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s two US Attorneys will be stepping down at the request of President Joe Biden. Matthew Kreuger and James Blader were both appointed to those positions under President Trump, and it’s customary for incoming presidents to ask US Attorneys to step down. Kreuger was previously a federal prosecutor, and will enter into private practice once he steps down. Blader was the Waushara County DA for a decade. He has not shared future plans.

(Wisconsin) Walgreens locations around Wisconsin will begin administering COVID-19 vaccinations, starting today (Friday). Multiple media outlets report that Walgreens’ in Beaver Dam, Watertown, Portage and Fort Atkinson are participating. Anyone eligible for the vaccine in Wisconsin can register at the Walgreens website. Walgreens also plans to launch a call center for people who cannot access a computer.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,239 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 11 deaths bringing that total to 6,140. Dodge County has experienced 154 deaths with 148 active cases. Columbia County recorded one death on Thursday.

(Wisconsin) The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin continues to decline. As of Thursday afternoon, 489 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Wisconsin hospitals, compared to 594 a week previously. Of those, 129 are in the ICU, down 31 from the day before, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

(Wisconsin) Congressman Ron Kind says he’s introducing legislation that will protect nursing home residents against COVID and future outbreaks. The Infection Control Training and Support Act would provide an additional 200-million dollars for quality and infection control support for skilled nursing facilities.  Kind said, “nursing home staff across Wisconsin are working tirelessly to provide high-quality care and keep their residents safe. However, many long-term care facilities, particularly in our rural areas, have limited access to resources.”  The goal is to keep nursing home residents and long-term care workers safe.