News – July 3, 2020

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin residents are being urged to spend the Fourth of July weekend at home. The Department of Health Services urges people to also follow best public health practices, social distancing and when that’s not possible –wear face masks. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in COVID-19 cases – with nearly twenty percent of all positive cases coming within the past two weeks. According to DHS this is driven in part by an increase in infections among younger people, and contact tracing by some local health departments has revealed that many of these cases can be traced back to bars.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 539 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Thursday’s) daily update. The seven-day average is 502 daily infections. There are 29,738 people now having tested positive. Four-point-two-percent (4.2%) of the 12,300 tests administered came back positive Thursday, compared to 4.3-percent Wednesday. State health officials recorded seven more deaths bringing that number to 793. Deaths accounted for three-percent of all cases in Wisconsin while 12-percent of those known to have contracted the virus needed to be hospitalized. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 467 cases, an increase of six from Wednesday. The county had 149 negative tests returned for a running total of 10,797. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 27 people while 210 have recovered. Washington County has recorded 16 deaths and has 395 cases. Fond du Lac County has six deaths on record and 314 positive tests to date. Jefferson County has four deaths and 257 cases. There has been one death in Columbia County where there are 89 positive cases. Green Lake County now has 34 cases.

(Beaver Dam) A one-day jury trial was scheduled yesterday (Thursday) for a former inmate at the John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun charged with committing various crimes while on work release. It started when James Pederson allegedly stole a co-worker’s vehicle from Northwoods Paper Converting in Beaver Dam before stealing two other vehicles; one he crashed into a ditch and another he used to drive himself back to work. The 39-year-old also reportedly stole a vape device from a parked car, attempted to hotwire a truck and took a pair of sunglasses and a set of keys from a house. If convicted, Pederson faces up to 56 years in prison. The trial is scheduled for September 16th.

(Jefferson County) Governor Tony Evers appointed Monica Hall as the new district attorney for Jefferson County yesterday (Thursday). Hall is an assistant district attorney for the county and has been a prosecutor for almost fifteen years. In addition to handling all types of criminal cases, she is involved with the county’s alcohol and drug treatment court. Hall is a dedicated member of the Jefferson County community and is involved in many community organizations. Evers says Hall is a skilled prosecutor who understands that the people involved in the criminal justice system are also her neighbors. He adds that she cares deeply about justice and fairness for the people of Jefferson County. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Susan Happ and will fill the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

(Green Lake) The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, DNR, U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will be participating in Operation Dry Water this weekend. The three-day enforcement campaign provides heightened enforcement and awareness about the dangers of drinking and boating. Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Boating under the influence applies to drugs, as well as alcohol. Penalties for boating under the influence include fines, jail, alcohol/drug assessment and completion of a boating safety course. In 2019, Wisconsin had 254 citations issued for alcohol violations involving boaters and 82 reportable boat accidents that resulted in 50 injuries and nine fatalities. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is also participating in the operation.

(Winnebago County) Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz will be reading the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the historic County Courthouse tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 8 am. This will be the 10th year he has honored the request of the County Board of Supervisors by doing so. The event holds more significance this year due to the many area holiday festivities that have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Those attending Saturday morning are asked to respect social distancing guidelines.