News – July 21, 2020

(Beaver Dam) On an 11-to-three vote, the Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved the placement of a binding referendum on the November ballot seeking to fund a half dozen new positions in the fire department. The hiring’s were the conclusion of a staffing study which also included the construction of a northside substation, which would not be part of the referendum. If approved by city voters this fall, the impact for property owners would be $44-per $100-thousand dollars of assessed value.

(Friendship) The two people killed in a single-vehicle rollover Sunday night on Interstate 41 near Townline Road in the Fond du Lac County Town of Friendship have been identified. 22-year-old Malik Bridges of Appleton and 49-year-old Nana Yaw Yeboah of Appleton were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 20-year-old Samuel Coppersmith of Appleton and two other passengers, were all transported with injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

(Fond du Lac) Authorities have identified the drivers of a two-vehicle crash that occurred last Friday in the Town of Fond du Lac where multiple children were injured. The accident happened on Rolling Meadows Drive just before 2:30pm. 27-year-old Jordan Thomas of North Fond du Lac failed to negotiate a curve and crossed over the centerline. His vehicle collided with a southbound minivan, operated by a 29-year-old Delia Ceballos of North Fond du Lac. Inside the minivan were four children ages one, five, 10 and 12. Thomas suffered life-threatening injuries and the five and 12-year-old were flown to Children’s Hospital. Everyone else involved sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

(Lodi) A Lodi man was arrested Sunday night after fleeing a domestic disturbance and crashing his vehicle in a ditch. Joshua Marks was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute at a home on West Harmony Drive in Lodi just before 9pm. He reportedly fled the scene before deputies could arrive but they spotted his vehicle and a short chase ensued. Marks crashed in a ditch in Dekorra and was Med Flighted from the scene. The 27-year-old is facing charges of / including felony Eluding,/ Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Attempted Strangulation, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and multiple traffic citations.

(Reeseville) The chief of the Reeseville Fire Department made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday) on charges he fired a weapon while under the influence. Nicholas Gay allegedly admitted to consuming alcohol before firing 40 rounds during the early morning hours on March 15th. If convicted, the 39-year-old faces no more than nine months behind bars. A signature bond was set at $500 dollars and a one-day jury trial was scheduled for September 16th.

(Dodge County) Dodge County recorded its sixth coronavirus death yesterday (Monday), according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. Statewide, the death rate is 846 an increase of two from Sunday. Wisconsin health officials reported 703 positive cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 10.1-percent of the 6,200 tests announced. There are 9,037 active cases in the state, up 199 from Sunday. In addition to its sixth death, Dodge County has 570 positive cases, an increase of six from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 62 people while 266 have recovered.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting mass testing operations throughout the area this week. Specimen collection teams wrapped up site-based testing at a facility in Clyman yesterday (Monday) and additional teams will be at the Waupun Correctional Institution this Thursday. In Jefferson County, one team will operate a free drive-through testing site at the fairgrounds beginning tomorrow (Wednesday) through Saturday. Testing will take place from 11am to 7pm. The state guard will also be in Fond du Lac County tomorrow conducting facility-based testing in Brandon.

(Whitewater) An investigation continues into an officer-involved shooting in Whitewater Monday morning.  The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office says law enforcement were looking for a 32-year-old man connected to a possible domestic abuse incident.  When he was found he reportedly ran away and pointed a handgun at officers, forcing one to shoot.  The man is expected to survive.

(Madison) Governor Evers’ personal assistant died last weekend due to a tubing accident in Green County.  25-year-old Ben Belzer joined Evers’ staff in February of 2019.  In a statement, Evers says Belzer was bright, talented and mature beyond his years, adding he couldn’t ask for a better partner in serving the state.