News – January 4, 2021

(Kewaskum) A search is underway for two missing teen girls in Wisconsin.  Authorities say 17-year-old Elle Schickert of Kewaskum was last seen New Year’s Day, with her vehicle found in West Bend. And 14-year-old Casandra Kozlowski of Stevens Point was last seen on a neighborhood security camera in their backyard early Sunday morning, possibly on her way to Rice Lake.

(Green Lake County) A 35-year-old woman was found dead in the Fox River in Green Lake County Saturday afternoon. The woman was last seen, with her two dogs, painting at the river’s edge off Huckleberry Road around 12:30pm. Agencies from Markesan, Princeton, Berlin, Green Lake and the sheriff’s department deployed a hovercraft, divers and a rescue boat along with ATV’s and drones. The woman was found dead in the river around 2:30pm, about three-fourths of a mile downstream. One of her dogs was found but the other has not been recovered.

(Town of Marcellon) A weekend standoff near Pardeeville ended after about one hour. James Tiedeman is accused of assaulting his mother then barricading himself in the bedroom of a Town of Marcellon home armed with broken glass. Deputies negotiated with the 36-year-old rural Portage man by telephone trying to get him to exit the bedroom unarmed, but he initially refused saying authorities would have to shoot him. After a Tazer gun, bean bag rounds and a K-9 unit were unsuccessful, deputies through two cans of tear gas through an open window. Tiedeman exited unarmed, was taken to the hospital and is facing a variety of felony charges.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 4,588 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 26,670 active cases in the state, an increase of 93 cases from Saturday. State health officials recorded five deaths bringing that total to 4,875. Dodge County has seen 125 deaths and 10,465 cases to date.

(Milwaukee) Congresswoman Gwen Moore continues to recover from COVID-19.  She announced yesterday (Sunday) she is feeling good and that she has been cleared to travel.  Moore announced she was diagnosed with the virus on December 28 and would isolate as part of her treatment. -WRN

(Madison) UW System President Tommy Thompson is pleased with a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding antigen tests for COVID-19.  The study found the Sofia rapid-results were appropriately used for settings such as college residence halls.  Thompson says this type of testing will be more aggressive during the spring semester. -WRN

(Wisconsin) In a fiery “Meet the Press” segment on Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd accused U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin of fueling baseless conspiracy theories about the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Johnson took no responsibility for sowing distrust in the electoral process, and pointed a finger at the mainstream media. Johnson, who is among a group of Republican senators who say they will object to certifying Electoral College results on Wednesday, also questioned the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department.

(Wisconsin) Senator Johnson is being condemned by Wisconsin politicians of both parties. Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, though not mentioning Johnson by name, called objecting to certifying Electoral College results “anti-democratic and anti-conservative.” Republican congressman Mike Gallagher of Green Bay joined six other House Republicans who, despite concerns about fraud, object to the attempt to challenge the final results certifying Biden as the winner. Democrats were more critical. Senator Tammy Baldwin called allegations about results in Wisconsin “false and dishonest.” Governor Tony Evers in a weekend tweet said “this is disgraceful behavior by Senator Johnson.” -WRN

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says he has received more non-constituent correspondence in the past month than he has gotten in his previous eight years combined in office. Born says they letters and emails express frustration over the election, frustration over a lack of accountability and frustration with politicians not following the rules. While most are ornery in nature, the Beaver Dam Republican notes that none have reached a concerning tone. Born says the correspondence have been from both republican and democratic viewpoints.

(Fond du Lac County) Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel will run for an eighth term this spring. With 28 years as County Executive and 17 years before that on the County Board he has 45 years of experience in county government. He says it’s an honor to serve as County Executive. He says he wants to try and make life better for everyone whether its businesses or the residents by providing a nice place for people to live, work and to visit. He says there’s still more that he wants to do. Buechel has the record for being the longest serving County Executive in the State’s history.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin distilleries will not be on the hook for a federal fee for retooling their businesses to make hand sanitizer. Last week, those distilleries found out that the FDA could charge them all over 14-thousand dollars for registering to produce sanitizer, when the country was facing a massive shortage at the start of the pandemic. The FDA announced on Thursday that they will not be issuing that fee, after all. Health and Human Services chief of staff Brian Harrison wished everyone a Happy New Year, and said that no one would be charged a surprise, arbitrary fee. -WRN