News – January 16, 2021

(Allenton) Broadcasting legend John Moser has passed away. The news was announced yesterday (Friday) by Uncle Bill McCollum on the Barn Show. McCollum explained that Moser went hunting in Mount Horeb and failed to answer calls from family Thursday evening. When authorities investigated, they discovered that Moser had passed away. McCollum says everyone is “devastated.” Moser was born in Allenton, Wisconsin. He joined McCollum on the WBEV Morning Show in Beaver Dam in March of 1973. Moser and McCollum quickly became friends on – and off – the air, co-hosting the morning show together until 2016, when McCollum stepped away for health reasons. During his tenure, Moser was a news announcer, disc jockey, marketing consultant and general manager. WBEV/Good Karma Brands Founder and Chief Executive Officer Craig Karmazin called Moser a “a friend, mentor, manager, leader and all-around wonderful person” noting that the company “would not be where it is today without John.” The Wisconsin Broadcaster Association last year recognized Moser with a Local Legend award. He was set to be honored alongside Uncle Bill, but the ceremony had to be delayed until 2021. It is the first time in the history of the WBA that broadcasting partners from the same station are to be recognized together. Moser passed away on Thursday, exactly two weeks after his farewell appearance on the WBEV Morning Show.

(Jefferson County) A former Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday (Friday) on breaking and entering charges. Janelle Gericke plead guilty to two felony Burglary charges as well as a felony count of Attempted Burglary. The case was originally filed in Jefferson County but was transferred to Dodge County due to a conflict of interest. Dodge County Judge Brian Pfitzinger who handed down sentencing also placed the 30-year-old on extended supervision for three years. Gericke attempted to gain access to homes without consent while off-duty in February of 2019. The criminal complaint states that the Gericke attempt to enter homes while the homeowners were attending the funeral of a family member. She read online obituaries to find the next of kin, along with the funeral date and time. Gericke was terminated from her position in the jail division in July of 2019.

(Scott Township) Columbia County authorities arrested an Endeavor man Thursday for Eighth Offense Operating While Intoxicated. The sheriff’s office received reports of a vehicle driving erratically just before 3pm. The caller stated that the suspect car nearly struck two other vehicles and had been traveling at speeds estimated at 90-miles-per-hour. A short time later, another caller reported that a vehicle that matched the suspect’s car crashed on Dodge Road near Highway 33 in the Township of Scott. The driver was uninjured but was unable to exit the vehicle. The driver, reportedly identified as 59-year-old Leroy Schueler, was arrested. In addition to being charged with Eighth OWI, he also received citations for open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and failure to keep a vehicle under control.

(Wisconsin) Newly elected Wisconsin congressman Scott Fitzgerald stops short of blaming Donald Trump for inciting the violent mob that stormed the US Capitol last week. In an interview Thursday with WisPolitics, the 5th District Republican from Juneau said “a full investigation” needs to be conducted into the events of January 6. Following remarks by the president, the Capitol was overrun by Trump supporters, resulting in the deaths of 5 people. – WRN

(Madison) Madison police have prepared and planned for potential unrest in downtown Madison over the coming days, though they’ve not heard of any specific threats. Interim Police Chief Vic Wahl says one protest is scheduled for downtown Madison midday on Sunday, and that the public should avoid the area due to the potential for street closures and traffic issues.  This event isn’t tied to the inauguration — it’s a demonstration in the Jacob Blake case as prosecutors have declined charges against an officer that shot Blake last summer. – WRN

(Wisconsin) The federal government’s reserve of coronavirus vaccine turns out to be nonexistent. Governor Tony Evers says governors were assured on a conference call with the vice president this week, that the feds would be releasing remaining doses. Now, the Washington Post reports that the Trump administration had already begun shipping out what was available beginning at the end of December, taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line. – WRN

(Wisconsin) As of Friday, nearly 31-thousand Wisconsin residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said just over 213-thousand vaccine have been administered thus far. Willems Van Dijk said most of those second doses were administered this week. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,269 positive coronavirus cases in Friday’s daily update. State health officials recorded 32 deaths bringing that total 5,322. The CDC says 387-thousand people have died nationwide. Dodge County experienced 129 deaths and 10,872 cases, a one-day increase of 39 positive tests. Health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 405 people. Washington County has seen 108 deaths, two more than Thursday, along with 824 are active cases. Fond du Lac County has reported one additional death for a total 71 with 648 are active cases. The state says Jefferson County has 62 deaths, an increase of one from Thursday, and 386 active cases. Columbia County recorded one death for a total 36; there are 214 active cases. Green Lake County has 14 deaths with 44 cases have been reported in the last two weeks.