News – January 11, 2021

(Rosendale) An Illinois man is in custody after sparking a two-county, drunk driving police chase that started in Rosendale early yesterday (Sunday) morning and spanned 20 miles before ending in Dodge County with top speeds of 109-miles-per-hour. A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop for a speeding violation around 1:46am on Highway 26 at Olden Road in the Town of Rosendale. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway 26 and then Highway 151, rolling over two sets of tire deflation devices before crashing on an exit ramp shortly after entering Dodge County. Two passengers remained inside while the driver fled on foot. The 25-year-old was apprehended a short time later and is facing charges including felony fleeing and OWI.

(Juneau) The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board is calling for the resignation of removal of Wisconsin congressman who voted to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin. Republicans Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau and Tom Tiffany were the state’s only House members who voted to overturn Biden’s victory in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Both said in interviews Thursday that they’d have voted to overturn Biden’s Wisconsin win too, had it been subject to a vote. That did not happen because Senator Ron Johnson backed off on his promise to object to the state’s electoral votes. -WRN

(Madison) The state Senate is poised to amend a coronavirus relief package passed by the state Assembly last week. Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu tells WISN the goal is to get something Governor Tony Evers will agree to. The Assembly bill includes several items Evers has described as “poison pills.” That includes preventing local health officers from issuing coronavirus restrictions for more than two weeks without additional approval, requiring two-thirds approval by school boards to offer online-only instruction, and preventing employers from requiring workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. LeMahieu says the Senate version will include liability protections to prevent businesses, churches and non-profits from getting hit with “frivolous lawsuits.” -WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County’s COVID-19 emergency declaration will remain in place, for now. The County Board adopted the resolution in March that streamlines the process to acquire state aid as well as expedites the use of resources to protect the public from the impact and spread of the virus. Several supervisors have wished to see the resolution come to end, but Emergency Management officials note that a declaration allows the county to make decisions on a local level. The County Board’s Executive Committee decided last week to keep the resolution in place and will bring that matter back up for discussion monthly to determine if any changes need to be made.

(Madison) Wisconsin’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ryan Westergaard says we already know what to do, to slow the spread of a new strain of COVID-19 that sent the U.K. into lockdown last week. Westergaard says social distancing, avoiding gatherings, face masks and hand hygiene work just as well when done large numbers of people. While it is more contagious, the new strain does not appear to be any more lethal than the more common strain of the coronavirus. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,832 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 28,735 active cases in the state, a decrease of 647 from Saturday. State health officials recorded two deaths bringing that total to 5,157. Dodge County has experienced 126 deaths and 10,700, a one-day increase of 24 positive tests.

(Wausau) A teenage girl is safe after being rescued from the side of a bridge in Wausau. The State Patrol says a trooper and a passing motorist spotted the 15-year-old girl dangling over the side of the McCleary Bridge on Friday afternoon. Both the trooper and the other driver managed to pull the girl back up to the safety of the road before she slipped to the Big Rib River below. The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation. -WRN