News – July 29, 2021


(Wisconsin) There were widespread reports of power outages and downed trees throughout the region as storms moved through between 12:30am and 1:30am triggering tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.  In the city of Beaver Dam, there were numerous reports of power lines down on streets including Gilmore, Park and Davis. The Department of Public Works barricaded several streets because of power lines across the roadway waiting on utility crews, who had a busy night.

Speaking with Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls, she reports the area was mostly affected by the straight line winds which caused numerous tree damage throughout the area with power outages still affecting some residents of the area.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they received a few reports of trees down throughout the county.  He says it seems as if beaver dam may have gotten the worst of it, although he does not believe any injuries were reported due to the storms

Aliant Energy is reporting 281 outages across their service area affecting more than 20 thousand customers in southern Wisconsin. WE Energies is reporting 446 outages across the communities they serve affecting nearly 43 thousand customers throughout the state.  Overall reports show 2089 customers affected in Dodge County, 3700 in Green Lake County, 240 in Columbia, 4861 in Jefferson, and 5634 customers affected in Fond du Lac County.

(Lomira) A Neenah man was charged with running from Lomira police. Jason Beaudoin allegedly fled police in excess of 100-miles-per-hour on July 2nd on his motorcycle until his bike crashed into a guardrail. Authorities searched Beaudoin and reportedly located a handgun which he could not own due to a 2012 conviction of Armed Burglary in Sheboygan County. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces 13-and-a-half-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 16th.

(Rome) One person was killed when a house exploded yesterday (Tuesday) in Jefferson County. Multiple calls were reported to dispatch at 1:49pm for the explosion at N3907 West Water Street in the Village of Rome. The home was completely destroyed and flames were coming from the debris. Callers indicated that the smell of natural gas could be detected. A deceased male was located at the scene. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has established extra patrol coverage in the area for the next week as nearby property owners work to re-secure their property. – Kill at 10:30am

(Wisconsin) Coronavirus numbers in Wisconsin are creeping back up again. The number of new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin is at its highest level since April. State health officials reported 983 new cases Tuesday. The Department of Health Services says new case numbers are rising while vaccinations are flat-lining. Only 51 percent of eligible people in Wisconsin have at least one dose of the vaccine. – WRN

(Wisconsin) It is merely a recommendation, but Public Health Madison and Dane County would like to see everybody – whether or not their fully vaccinated for COVID – wearing masks in many indoor settings. The recommendation follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommending that everyone in areas with high virus transmission and low vaccination rates should wear masks inside again. – WRN

(Portage) Health officials in Columbia County are encouraging anyone who is attending school in person this year to get vaccinated. COVID vaccines are available for children ages 12 and up as well as for anyone planning to attend classes at a college or university. With two doses required for the Pfizer vaccine, 21 days apart, and another two weeks to build full immunity both state and local health officials say it is important to get the shot as soon as possible. Columbia County health officers say students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to the classroom this fall is a priority.

(Beaver Dam) Officers with the Beaver Dam Police Department say they are excited for next week’s National Night Out. The event is designed to improve the relationship between law enforcement personnel and community members. Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson says National Night Out is a great way to connect with the public and meet people. He says several different agencies from the county as well as state will in attendance at the event including the Dodge County Sheriff’s, the state patrol, and a DNR game warden. National Night Out is free and will be held at Swan Park in Beaver Dam on August 3rd from 5 to 8pm.