News – January 14, 2020

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s House delegation voted along party lines Tuesday, on the historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump. Second District Democrat Mark Pocan says President Trump asked his supporters to march on the Capitol, inciting domestic terrorism that cost five lives. Pocan joined Democrats Ron Kind and Gwen Moore in voting to impeach. All five Wisconsin Republicans voted no. – WRN

(Wisconsin) During the House impeachment debate Wednesday, Wisconsin congressman Glenn Grothman said there were thousands of peaceful protesters Washington during last week’s riot at the Capitol. The 6th District Republican said protestors were scared to death the country was going to go back to the days without Donald Trump and of hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border every month. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Seventh District Republican congressman Tom Tiffany spoke against the impeachment of President Trump on the House floor. Tiffany actually called for Governor Tony Evers to resign, over his handling of the Madison riots after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A date has been set for a special session of the state Legislature to discuss the state’s unemployment program. Governor Evers signed an executive order yesterday setting that special session for January 19th. Evers made the announcement about that session during his State of the State Address on Tuesday night. It’s unclear if Republicans will take up the session, or just gavel out like they have with the last several special sessions. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A new strain of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Wisconsin. The state Department of Health Services said yesterday that the variant, first discovered in the U.K. in November, is now confirmed in at least one patient sample here in Wisconsin. Whole genome sequencing is needed to identify the variant, known as B117. DHS is working with the State Laboratory of Hygiene at UW-Madison and other labs to ensure that sequencing is performed on some collected COVID-19 tests. DHS did not say how many patient samples had the new strain, or in what part of the state. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,134 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 37 deaths bringing that total 5,248. Dodge County has experienced 127 deaths and 10,811 cases; a one-day increase of 58 positive tests. County health officials are actively monitoring 394 people, an increase of 48 from Tuesday. Washington County reported an additional death yesterday.

(Dodge County) There has been a total of eight inmate deaths from COVID-19 in Dodge County prisons, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. There have been four deaths reported at Waupun Correctional, two at Fox Lake Correctional and two at Dodge Correctional; which occurred in September. So far, a total of 25 prisoners have died statewide.

(Lomira) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office say the northeast region of the county has seen an uptick in stolen vehicles. Since December 5th, the Lomira-area has experienced three motor vehicle thefts. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says it is believed that individuals are targeting vehicles that are unlocked with keys hidden inside of them.