News – February 27, 2020

(Milwaukee) Six people are dead including the shooter in a workplace shooting at the MolsonCoors Brewing plant in Milwaukee. Police chief Alfonso Morales confirmed the number of victims at a Wednesday night press conference. Morales says the suspect is a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

(Madison) The state Department of Health Services says it’s testing another person for possible infection of the Coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer Ryan Westergaard says that while Coronavirus is still a concern that the state is preparing for, influenza remains in the front of their responses right now. Over 23-hundred people have been hospitalized by the flu in Wisconsin this season. Westergaard reminds people if they have any sort of flu-like symptoms to stay home and take care of themselves.

(Madison) State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has indicated that it is unlikely that Republicans will negotiate with the governor on the tax cut plan that was blocked yesterday. Evers vetoed the 250 million dollar, Republican-authored package, inviting GOP leaders to negotiate a plan he would accept. Fitzgerald says this is the second tax cut Evers has vetoed. The Juneau Republican says his party will continue to hold the line on taxes. Evers wants the money used for education. The legislature passed the fast-tracked tax break last week, less than a week after its introduction. The veto means that, at least for now, neither schools nor taxpayers will get any of a projected 452 million dollars in extra tax revenue.

(Beaver Dam) News of the veto -of the proposed Republican tax cut- comes as no surprise to State Representative Mark Born who anticipated the action during our monthly discussion with him last Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment. The Beaver Dam Republican received several calls from listeners who wanted to see the surplus money used to fix roads. Born defended the tax cut approach saying that transportation saw significant increases in the current budget. You can listen to our entire conversation with Born at

(Waupun) Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says overall a Supreme Court decision this week regarding convicted murderer Dennis Brantner was a victory for the county court. The high court ruled it was appropriate to try Brantner in Fond du Lac County and not Kenosha County on drug charges. He tried to smuggle prescription drugs into jail after his arrest for the 1990 murder of 18-year-old Berit Beck, whose body was found near Waupun. The court agreed with Brantner on two of the ten drug-related charges, which means Fond du Lac county could resentence him on the drug charges.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged with his ninth Operating While Intoxicated offense entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. David Stroede was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he was pulled over in January by Beaver Dam police. The 62-year-old reportedly only admitted to drinking a 12 ounce beer. He allegedly blew a point-zero-five-three (.053), which is above the legal limit allowed under extended supervision from his eighth OWI. If convicted, Stroede faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged in connection to a string of burglaries in Beaver Dam was arraigned yesterday. Christopher Young entered a not guilty plea to a felony charge of Burglary. The 26-year-old Young is charged along with two others who reportedly admitted to burglarizing several storage units and a warehouse on Bill McCollum in July. If convicted, they face up to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based non-profit is accepting excess medications that will be given away for free to low-income families. Church Health Services recently joined the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Drug Repository Program. As a member, the organization can accept prescription drug donations from private citizens, nursing homes and hospitals. After being checked by a volunteer pharmacist, the drugs are repackaged and given away free-of-charge.

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam city officials announced that two major reconstruction projects will get underway next month. Work on West Burnett Street is expected to begin on March 8 while Roosevelt Drive has a start date of March 23. Both projects will see the removal and replacement of the existing pavement, curb and gutter, driveway aprons, sidewalk and underground utilities. Work is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.