(Dodge County) The National Weather Service has upgraded a Heat Advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning for several Wisconsin counties. Among the counties included: Dodge, Columbia, Fond du Lac, Green Lake and Marquette counties. The warning is in effect from 10am this morning to 7am Saturday morning. Temperatures will reach the mid-90s and heat index values will be from 105 to 110 degrees.
(Madison) With dangerously high temperatures today there’s also a good chance highways will buckle. D-O-T spokesman Mark Kantola says road buckling can be extremely dangerous, and needs to be reported to 9-1-1. Kantola says the state has seen dozens of buckles already this week. He reminds people to drive carefully and be safe around road crews trying to fix the road.
(Beaver Dam) A five-day jury trial is slated to begin February 10 for a Beaver Dam man accused of murdering his ex-wife. Ulisses Medina Espinosa is facing homicide charges in the death of Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Illinois. The two had a daughter together but the 31-year-old defendant lost custody. The victim brought the girl to see her grandparents in Beaver Dam for the weekend. Hollinshead was shot 15 times.
(Waupun) Authorities have identified a Waupun man killed yesterday (Thursday) morning in a one-vehicle crash in the Fond du Lac County Town of Alto. Calvin Iverson was southbound on State Highway 49, just north of Harmsen Road, around 6:10am when his vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. The 24-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. Iverson was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Lomira) Three Milwaukee teens were arrested, but more suspects are being sought, after three vehicles were stolen from an auto auction business near Lomira early Wednesday morning. Washington County deputies disabled one vehicle with spike strips, but the suspects fled. A second vehicle was abandoned in Richfield. The teens were apprehended after crashing the third vehicle near Holy Hill Road.
(Madison) Jobless filings in the state notched up one-tenth of a point in June to 2.9-percent. That’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development which says the U-S jobless rate was 3.7 percent last month.
(Washington DC) Wisconsin’s delegation voted along party lines as a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill is unlikely to come to a vote in the U-S Senate.
(Beaver Dam) The Beaverland Mustskis waterski team is competing at regionals this weekend, but it may be hard to top last year’s performance which featured special guest star Charlie Berens, host of the Manitowoc Minute. Ron Wilkie with the Mustskis secured the appearance, which he tried to keep under wraps, but it did not take long for someone to recognize him. The crowd erupted when they realized it was Berens, especially the beer tent. The comedian stuck around for hours signing autographs.