News – February 6, 2021

(Kewaskum) What began with a stolen vehicle in West Bend, led to the death of two random people and the suspect moments later near Kewaskum Wednesday afternoon. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has provided a detailed rundown of events that took place on Forest View Road. A 30-year-old West Bend man crashed the stolen vehicle, he then proceeded to crash a second vehicle, break into three homes, physically assault several people, and fatally shot two men, ages 77 and 72, at their homes.  The situation ended when a sheriff’s deputy confronted the suspect and exchanged gunfire, striking the suspect and causing his death.  The deputy is on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

(Madison) A Republican-authored COVID-19 relief package has ended a month-long trip through the Legislature with the Governor’s veto. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu urged Governor Evers to sign the legislation after it passed the Senate on Friday. But Senator Jon Erpenbach said that Senate Republicans strayed away from the compromise they’d made with the Governor earlier this year. Alongside some extensions of the previous relief package, the bill would have stripped more powers away from the Governor’s desk including control over where federal relief funding is spent. It would have also restricted Governor Evers from issuing any more mask orders. – WRN

(Madison) A statewide mask mandate remains in place, after Governor Tony Evers issued a new health emergency and mask order on Thursday. The Democratic governor acted quickly, after Republicans in the state Assembly voted to end the existing order, claiming the governor exceeded his authority in issuing repeated orders without consulting the legislature. Evers issued a video to accompany the new order. – WRN

(Wisconsin) In Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to pass President Joe Biden’s stimulus plan within two weeks. Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson opposes the nearly two trillion dollar proposal. Johnson says he has concerns the federal spending will fuel inflation. The House and Senate voted along partisan lines Friday to approve the budget plan, beginning the process of turning Biden’s stimulus proposal into legislation. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin has surpassed 6,000 COVID-19 deaths. The state health department on Friday reported 28 additional deaths, bringing the toll in Wisconsin to 6,020. State health officials reported 1,266 new cases, bringing the seven day average of new daily cases to 1,186. Wisconsin also had 100 new hospitalizations. Dodge County reported four deaths Friday for a total of 151 and 11,215 cases, a one-day increase of 13 positive tests. Washington County has seen 125 deaths, one more than on Friday. Fond du Lac County recorded two deaths bringing their total to 86, with 247 active cases. The state says Jefferson County has 73 deaths, an increase of two, and 154 active cases. Columbia County has reported 46 deaths and there are 126 active cases. Green Lake County has 17 deaths with 40 cases reported in the last two weeks.

(Juneau) UW-Whitewater will be conducting a housing study in Dodge County. The county board’s executive committee yesterday (Monday) agreed to have the university’s Fiscal and Economic Research Center undertake the project. Officials with ThriveED, a joint economic development venture between Dodge and Jefferson Counties, worked with the research center on a study for Jefferson County. ThriveED then reached out again to work on a proposal for Dodge County. Goals for the project include determining the change in demand for owner-occupied housing as well as affordability, study the income and cost-of-living levels for multi-family housing and review build-out potential for both single-family and multi-family housing. The county will have final say on what exactly the research center will review during their study. Supervisor Joseph Marsik says the county needs housing, but the question is can local communities afford it. The study costs $6,000 which was not budgeted for in 2021. The county’s Finance Committee will meet to discuss how to pay the fee. The project is slated to begin this month and conclude at the end of April.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam-based contractor was recently honored for construction excellence. WDS Construction – which serves 48 states and develops, manages and constructs commercial buildings – received three Project of Distinction construction excellence awards during the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin’s annual banquet. The awards ceremony, held virtually this year, highlights the quality and professionalism of merit construction projects competed around the county. The panel of judges critiques safety, quality, owner satisfaction, execution and coordination, budgeting, challenges faced and overall distinctiveness. WDS was recognized for their Bowlero project in Arlington, Virginia; their work on the LIDL Grocery Store in Lawrenceville, Georgia; and the renovation of Crossroads Church in Madison.

(Wisconsin) If you must be outdoors this weekend, Andrew Beckett with Wisconsin Emergency Management stresses how important is to dress appropriately. You can find a comprehensive list of cold weather safety recommendations at dma-dot-wi-dot-gov. – WRN