News – July 27, 2020

(Empire) Fond du Lac County authorities are searching for the suspect who caused a multi-vehicle crash in the Town of Empire just before noon Saturday. A passenger car unsafely merged back into the eastbound lane on Highway 23 after attempting to pass several vehicles, causing a chain reaction crash involving five vehicles. Witnesses say the car, which is described as a white Chevrolet Malibu or Impala or a light silver Nissan sedan, fled the scene toward Fond du Lac. Deputies say the operator is described as a Hispanic or African-American male with black hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

(Auburn) An Oshkosh woman is facing charges after injuring herself and a passenger in a rollover crash in the Town of Auburn around 9:15pm Saturday. 28-year-old Lisa Hogan failed to negotiate a curve on Double D Road causing the vehicle to travel through the east ditch and hit a power pole. Hogan and a passenger, 31-year-old Shane Vis of Campbellsport, sustained serious injuries. Neither one was wearing a seatbelt. Authorities say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Hogan is facing charges of OWI Causing Injury/ along with several traffic violations.

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding motorists to be cautious while driving through construction zones. The sheriff’s comments on WBEV comes after a road maintenance worker was struck and killed by a commercial truck on Highway 151 near Columbus earlier this month. Schmidt says drivers should not only be on the lookout for barricades or orange barrels but workers as well. He says they have a dangerous job and want to go home to their families each night like everyone else.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 957 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update, which is 9.6-percent of the 9,000 tests announced. There are 9,946 active cases in the state, up 272 from Saturday. There was one death reported by state health officials Sunday, for a total of 892. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 617 cases, an increase of eight from Saturday.

(Jefferson County) The Jefferson County Health Department is defending how it has handled testing of COVID-19.  In a statement, the department says they have handled between 150 and 200 result reports a day, with all being processed within 24 hours.  It comes after several reports some health departments in the state have a backlog of negative results, making the reported number inaccurate.

(Wisconsin) Congressman Glenn Grothman says an FDA-approved cholesterol drug is showing some promise in significantly downgrading COVID-19’s symptoms and severity. His statement follows a study by Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem, working in conjunction with New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center about the drug Fenofibrate a generic form of the brand name drug Tricor. He’d like to see the CDC and NIH, National Institute of Health, take a look at it. He says he’s disappointed that the CDC won’t consider drugs out there because they might not be as profitable to produce.

(Beaver Dam) The 29th Annual Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation Awards Ceremony was recently held at Old Hickory Country Club. Thirty students received scholarships through the Foundation totaling approximately $215,000. All but three students awarded scholarships were 2020 Beaver Dam High School graduates. The keynote speaker was Beaver Dam High School Class of 2000 graduate – and Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation award recipient – Andrea Brossard, operator of Brossard Dairy Farm. The UW Madison alum addressed the 2020 recipients virtually in an address that focused on change, transition, and finding passion following graduation.

(Beaver Dam) The Patriot Tour moved through Wisconsin this weekend. The tour is coordinated by the non-profit Nation of Patriots, raising money for veterans by taking one American flag through all 48 continental states via city-to-city motorcycle relay. There were around 100 people in Beaver Dam Saturday for the flag transfer. Retired Beaver Dam Firefighter-Paramedic Jeff Fuhrman, who served in the US Coast Guard, was the flag bearer. The Beaver Dam leg of the Patriot Tour is dedicated to the late Chris Daly, a Horicon-native who served his country for 30 years in the US Navy and Army National Guard.  The flag is expected to reach its final destination in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 12.