News – January 13, 2021

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers delivered his State of the State Address on Tuesday night and today he called for a special session of the Legislature to overhaul and rebuild the state’s unemployment system. In his response Speaker Robin Vos blamed the governor, saying the failures were brought on by a lack of leadership. The Governor also called for more broadband funding, and a fair and open maps process for redistricting. – WRN

(Madison) The Senate approved the amended version of the Assembly bill on a voice vote. In a statement, the Democratic governor said he worked together with new Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu to find common ground and that the bill is a good start to support our state’s response to this pandemic. He urged the Assembly to pass it. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says it is unfortunate that the COVID relief bill failed to include many of the provisions that addressed concerns he had heard from constituents. Provisions that allowed those to opt out of the coronavirus vaccine as well as prohibited local health officers from shutting down businesses without approval. Born says he is disappointed to see that these policies did not make the cut. The Beaver Dam Republican says he will continue to advocate for the people of the 39th Assembly District as the state works toward an agreement on the COVID relief bill.

(Juneau) Local health departments will lead the COVID-19 vaccination efforts for police and fire personnel. That according to the Dodge County Health Department’s weekly update which says statewide local health agencies will work in partnership with local vaccinators, including health care systems and pharmacies. Wisconsin Health Officials announced this week that police and fire personnel will be eligible for vaccinations beginning Monday. To ensure access, the state will work with local health departments in coordinating with police and fire associations.

(Wisconsin) The general public in Wisconsin should not expect to receive a coronavirus vaccination until early summer. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says if they start vaccinating everyone, it will create mass chaos. The Evers administration is asking the federal government to increase Wisconsin’s weekly allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,790 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 49 deaths bringing that total to 5,211. Dodge County has experienced 127 deaths, one more than yesterday, and 10,753 cases; a one-day increase of 29 positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 346 people. Deaths were also reported in Washington and Jefferson Counties.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man who ran from police was sentenced to three years in prison and two years of extended supervision yesterday. Tamarie Jeffries fled from a domestic dispute on Wayland Street in May. The 29-year-old sped down North Spring Street at speeds ranging from 45-to-55-miles-per-hour. He eventually returned to the same address and was subdued by an electronic control device.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was found guilty yesterday with possessing illicit images of children. Adam Biddle entered a not contest plea to three felony counts of Child Pornography. The court has withheld ruling on an additional six felony charges until the sentencing hearing. Biddle sent multiple images to another user over social media. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered and Biddle is due back in court on May 7th.

(Rosendale) A Rockford, Illinois man has been charged with felony eluding and marijuana possession for sparking a high-speed chase in Fond du Lac County’s Town of Rosendale early Sunday morning. The pursuit of Davonta Spurlin started out on State Highway 26 when a Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over for speeding. It ended when tire deflation devices shredded the tires on his vehicle causing it to crash in a ditch as he took an exit to Highway 151 in Dodge County. The 25-year-old Spurlin allegedly tried to flee on foot but was caught a short time later. The pursuit covered nearly 20 miles, reaching speeds up to 109 miles an hour.  He’s also facing four traffic-related offenses including OWI-first.