News – July 30, 2020

(Town of Trenton) A Madison man was arrested Wednesday morning after running from Dodge County deputies. Equon Hopkins was apparently released from Dodge Correctional less than an hour before sparking the pursuit down Highway 151, onto County G into Lowell. The 40-year-old crashed into several trees and was apprehended near his vehicle after attempting to run. It all started when authorities were alerted to a domestic incident after witnesses allegedly saw a woman exit his vehicle on the highway. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says if Hopkins had stayed at the scene, he likely would have faced misdemeanor battery charges, instead of felony fleeing.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County authorities are bringing a number of charges against a 30-year-old Fond du Lac man who led a Sheriff’s deputy on a chase early Wednesday morning that covered 4.5 miles. The suspect was arrested after crashing his vehicle at an intersection in the City of Fond du Lac. The deputy tried to pull the man over on County Highway D in the Town of Byron for having a defective headlight. The deputy had cut off the pursuit, but was retracing the suspect’s path of travel and came across the suspect walking near the crash scene.

(Lomira) A Lomira woman charged in connection with the death of her three-year-old child entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. In March, Jamie Hildebrandt allegedly admitted to stepping her son after laying him on the bathroom floor to reach for more diapers and forgetting he was there. The autopsy report concluded that there were multiple blunt force injuries to the child’s head, chest and back. Hildebrandt also allegedly admitted to using make-up to cover the child’s injuries. When asked why she didn’t call 911 after the incident, Hildebrandt reportedly said that she believed the child was okay. If convicted, the 32-year-old faces no more than 25-years in prison.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 870 positive coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s daily update, which is 5.9-percent of the 14,600 tests announced. There are 9,704 active cases in the state, down 38 from Tuesday. There were five deaths reported by state health officials, for a total 911. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 634 cases, an increase of seven from Tuesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 73 cases while 319 have recovered.

Kwik Trip is expanding into Illinois.  The Milwaukee Business Journal reports they buying Madison-based Stop-n-Go, with a closing date of early December.  Kwik Trip says many of the 36 locations will keep the Stop-n-Go banner, but some of the larger ones will be remodeled as Kwik Trip stores.

(Dodge County) Dodge County has been officially certified as a Blue Zones Community. Established in 2016, the community-led, well-being, improvement initiative is designed to make healthier choices easier by encouraging simple changes to environment, policy, and social networks. In making the announcement, officials noted that Dodge County has seen a decrease in smoking along with lower obesity rates in kids under age six. There were also a thousand volunteers who participated in small groups focused on walking or eating healthy and over 3300 individuals taking the Blue Zones Personal Pledge. Twenty-five percent (25%) of restaurants, grocery stores and schools became Blue Zones-approved along with 50-percent of the Top 20 identified local work sites. Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner applauded the efforts of “leaders and volunteers in Dodge County who have embraced the Blue Zones model and worked together toward this common goal of community well-being.”

(Wisconsin) The newest member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be sworn-in Saturday – while she is running a 100-mile ultra-marathon. Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky won the seat on the high court during the April election.  She had been serving as a Dane County Circuit Court judge.  Plans are for Karofsky, an avid runner, to be sworn-in at the 35-mile marker Saturday.  The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook. -WRN