News – July 22, 2020

(Juneau) A former Mayville police officer convicted of Misconduct In Office is serving his jail sentence at home. Last month, a judge sentenced Mark Forster to nine months with work release. The sheriff has the discretion of deciding where to house an inmate. On social media, Mayville Mayor Rob Boelk condemned the decision to place Forster on home confinement. Sheriff Dale Schmidt denies Forster received any special treatment and says “most working Huber inmates” are now on GPS monitoring to mitigate any spread of coronavirus, which has not been seen in the county jail. Fosters’ conviction stemmed from his use of police software to look up the personal information of a teenage girl, which Schmidt calls a “black eye” on the law enforcement profession.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board last (Tuesday) night approved a rule change amendment that more clearly defines the roles of the board chairman, vice-chairman and second vice-chairman. The resolution states that the elected positions have no powers other than to provide leadership to the board as well as plan and conduct meetings effectively. The matter was brought forth by Supervisor David Guckenberger who says that the roles need to be spelled out to ensure that all 33 board members have equal say in all matters and was apparently sparked after board leadership gathered to discuss a personnel matter at a supervisor’s house.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 1117 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 7.7-percent of the 13,300 tests announced. There are 9,369 active cases in the state, up 332 from Monday. State health officials recorded 13 more deaths, bringing that number to 859. The sixth Dodge County death reported by state health officials was retracted yesterday and scaled back to five. There was an increase of seven COVID-19 cases to 577. County health officials are actively monitoring 62 people while 273 have recovered.

(Wisconsin) Almost 99-percent of Wisconsin prisoners have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Department of Corrections says only 296 of more than 24- thousand state inmates tested came back “positive.” Of those, 285 have recovered. Prison officials say 95 guards and prison workers also tested positive. Of them, 83 have recovered. Waupun Correctional has recorded 230 positive tests among inmates which is most in state, over 200 were reported in early June. At nearby Dodge Correctional, 11 inmates have been confirmed to have COVID-19. The Wisconsin National Guard started testing in prisons on May 12th, and finished on July 1st.

(Madison) Teachers in Wisconsin’s largest school districts don’t want to be back in the classroom this fall. Teacher’s union leaders in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha wrote an open letter to Governor Evers, asking him to cancel in-person classes this fall. The unions all say the coronavirus makes it too dangerous to teach in the classroom. Milwaukee and Madison schools have already announced plans to start the year with online classes.

(Columbus) Two people were charged yesterday in connection to a violent beating in Columbus. Twenty-year-old Tyrone Bearder of Fall River and 17-year-old Zachery Deakin of Cambria allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old at a residence last Thursday. The victim sustained multiple injuries including a broken hand. Bearder and Deakin were arrested in the Village of Fall River later that same day. Both are facing felony charges of Substantial Battery and Damage to Property.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin-based Briggs and Stratton is filing for bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company says it has secured more than 677 million dollars in debtor-in-possession financial assistance which will let it keep operating until the deal is finalized.  Briggs and Stratton is called the world’s largest maker of small gas engines.  Those engines are used in lawnmowers, pressure washers, electrical generators, and other products.  The company was founded in Milwaukee 112 years ago.