News – February 29, 2020

(Dodge County) Officials with the Dodge County Health Department are providing some facts about the recent emergence of the coronavirus. Human Services and Health Department Director Becky Bell says her staff are staying informed on the situation and are receiving the latest updates and training from the state and the CDC. She says they have met and will continue to meet with community partners to prepare for any potential cases. Several symptoms of the disease include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Bell says it is important to call ahead to your doctor if a person suspects they are infected with the coronavirus. Currently, the risk of getting the virus in the United States is low. Bell says people who have traveled to places where coronavirus is prevalent are being monitored by health officials to protect them and the community. She says those who have gone through quarantine measures and have been released do not pose a risk of infection to other people. Tips to on staying healthy include washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes; nose or mouth with unwashed hands, stay home when sick and to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. More information about the coronavirus can be found on the CDC website http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

(Madison) After nearly a month in isolation at home, Wisconsin’s lone coronavirus patient has been cleared. Public Health Madison Dane County announced Friday that the Dane County resident who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month has now had two negative tests and is released from isolation. That individual, who’d  traveled to China, was thus far been the only person in Wisconsin to have a positive test.  At this time, the risk of getting sick from coronavirus is low in Wisconsin.

(Mayville) The search continues for John Bachhuber of Mayville. According to the latest release from the Mayville Police Department, numerous agencies conducted another search on Monday. Fire departments from Mayville, Kekoskee, Theresa, Horicon, Hustisford, Iron Ridge, Woodland, and Neosho concentrated their latest search in the area from Highway 67 to Highway 33, including the areas of Dunn Road, Zion Church Road, and Madison Road. Another extensive K9 search was conducted on Tuesday, with K9 teams from Wisconsin K9 SOS and Southern Wisconsin K9 Search and Rescue. Both searches were unsuccessful. The 77-year-old does not have a vehicle and is believed to be on foot. He is described as a white male with blue eyes and gray hair, five-foot-seven-inches tall, 130-pounds. Bachhuber is missing lower teeth, may be wearing prescription eyeglasses and was last seen wearing a gray, three-quarter length coat. Bachhuber shuffles his feet as he walks. He was reported missing on Monday, February 17 when a Silver Alert was activated. Mr. Bachhuber was seen at Mayville Piggly Wiggly at approximately 6:30pm on Saturday, February 15. There were additional reports of Mr. Bachhuber walking on Highway 67 south of Mayville between 11pm on Saturday, February 15 and 12:20am on Sunday, February 16. If you have any information on the whereabouts of John Bachhuber, or if anyone has a current photo of him, please call the Mayville Police Department immediately.

(Columbus) Voters in the Columbus School District will have a couple opportunities next month to learn about the facilities referendum appearing on the April ballot. If approved, the $30-million-dollar question will address renovating the high school’s cafeteria as well as the shop classes, art and special education. Work would also include renovating the bathrooms and upgrades to the library as well as the replacement of the second floor bleachers. At the elementary school there would be a two-story classroom addition, secure entrances, a two-court gymnasium addition, new playground areas as well as renovations to classrooms, library and music rooms. District officials says enrollment at the elementary school has increased by 17-percent and will continue to grow creating a space shortage. They add that many classrooms at the high school lack flexibility needed for hands-on teaching and learning. The district would also look to acquire land for future development of a school or outdoor athletic and recreation spaces. There are two scheduled informational meetings which are followed by a question and answer period and an optional facilities tour. The next meeting is at the high school on March 10th at 7pm and at the elementary school on March 26th also at 7pm. Representatives of the Columbus School District will be our guests on WBEV’s Community Comment on March 10th to discuss the referendum.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers on Friday vetoed Republican-authored crime legislation. On bill would have required Department of Corrections to attempt to revoke probation and other types of state supervision for offenders if they were charged with committing new crimes. Another would have allowed judges to incarcerate teens if they were to commit crimes that would be treated as a felony if they were adults. A third bill would have placed additional restrictions on early release from prison. Republicans cited concerns with car jackings and reckless driving in introducing the legislation. But Democrats say that crime is down in Milwaukee and say the additional prison time would have cost near one billion dollars in the next couple years. State Senator Scott Fitzgerald called the veto a mistake saying that his caucus takes “the issue of crime in our communities seriously.” The Juneau Republican says the state cannot put a price tag on keeping communities safe from the types of repeat, violent offenders.” Evers said in his veto message that he would not let Wisconsin move in the wrong direction on criminal justice reform and public safety. Evers did sign legislation Friday that strengthens drunken driving sentences and mandates police departments that use body cameras to keep that footage for at least four months or longer in some cases.

(Madison) A State Appeals Court has thrown out an order to purge 200,000 voters from the elections rolls. The appeals court in Madison has struck down a ruling from Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy that would have forced the state Elections Commission to remove 200,000 registrations from the voter rolls. That lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty last year. The judges also tossed out a finding of contempt against the elections commission by Judge Malloy for not moving fast enough on purging those records.

(Madison) The Wisconsin Elections Commission has identified ten computers in six communities that are not up to date, thus susceptible to hacking. The commission is warning those communities but hasn’t named them. More than one million dollars was recently made available to clerks needing to upgrade their computers, but not all local officials took advantage of the opportunity.  The next step would be for the state commission to name the communities which are failing to keep their equipment up-to-date.

(Columbus) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting a public information meeting to discuss resurfacing Highway 60 between Arlington and Columbus. The project proposes to resurface the roadway, widen shoulders and replace culverts. Work is currently slated to begin sometime in 2024. WisDOT officials say the meeting will familiarize the public with the purpose and need for the project and to gather input on the proposed improvements. They say the roundabout project at Highway 22 and Highway 60 in the town of Leeds will not be discussed as it is under design separately. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 from 5pm to 6:30pm at the Columbus City Hall. Adjacent property owners and roadway users are encouraged to attend.

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee Brewers’ TV analyst Bill Schroeder is back in the booth, and happy to be there. Thursday was Schroeder’s first broadcast since he underwent double bypass surgery before Christmas. Schroeder says he’s happy to be alive and back at spring training. He says he’ll cut back on broadcasts this season to help his recovery. Former Brewers infielder Jeff Cirillo (sir-IL-oh) will fill in when Schroeder takes a game off.

(Merrill) One police department in central Wisconsin has a new strategy to find methamphetamine users. On its Facebook page, the Merrill police department is offering to test meth for the coronavirus for free — if people will bring it to the police station. And for anyone who can’t bring in their meth for testing, Merrill police say they’ll make house calls. The Facebook post has picked up more than three-thousand reactions since it was first shared on Wednesday.