News – July 9, 2020


(Dodge County) State health officials have cleared four Dodge County long-term care facilities of coronavirus investigations. In their weekly update, Wisconsin Department of Health says they are still monitoring Bedrock HCS at Beaver Dam, Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira and Randall Health Care Center. Last week, the state began an investigation at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau before clearing the facility this week.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials on Wednesday reported an increase of 598 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) daily update, which is 5.6-percent of the 10,000 tests administered. There are 6,037 active cases in the state, which is 18-percent of the 33,154 people who have tested positive. So far, there have been over 26-thousand recoveries. State health officials recorded two more deaths bringing that number to 807. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 488 cases, an increase of one from Tuesday.

(Milwaukee) A man killed by police outside the Milwaukee VA Medical Center earlier this week has been identified as 35-year-old Joseph Denton. Authorities still do not know why he was at the medical center with a shotgun Monday night. Denton was shot and killed by VA hospital police when he ignored their command to put down the weapon. Denton was not a veteran, but was a convicted felon with a long list of criminal cases dating back more than a decade including restraining orders for domestic abuse and convictions for possessing a firearm as a felon in 2005 and 2011.

(Beaver Dam) A Price County man was charged yesterday (Wednesday) in connection with a 41-mile pursuit with Dodge County law enforcement. Aaron Reichenberger of Phillips allegedly sped away from a sheriff’s deputy in May. after being clocked speeding on Highway 151 near the Town of Beaver Dam Attempts to lay down spike strips were unsuccessful; about 25 minutes after the chase began it was called off. According to the criminal complaint, Reichenberger had felony warrants in Wisconsin and possibly one out-of-state warrant for Fleeing. If convicted, the 36-year-old faces up to three-and-a-half-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 20th.

(Calamus) A Madison man was charged yesterday (Wednesday) with running from Dodge County deputies. Timothy Pritchett was pulled over for speeding in June near the Town of Calamus. He allegedly refused an order to search the vehicle after a sheriff’s deputy noticed an odor of marijuana. Pritchett reportedly sped away and was driving in excess of 120-miles-per-hour during the pursuit that lasted five-and-a-half miles. The chase was eventually called off. If convicted, the 36-year-old faces over four years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 24th.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office released their results from the 2020 Click or Ticket campaign. Throughout the mobilization period from June 22nd to July 5th, deputies issued 20 tickets for failure to fasten seat belts. There were also 217 citations issued and multiple arrests made. Captain William Tadych says there were 87 speeding violations, 44 operating after revocation, nine traffic sign or traffic light violations and 11 drunken driving arrests. He says their goal is to encourage motorists to voluntarily comply with traffic laws that help ensure the safety for all travelers.

(Wisconsin) The state is shipping millions of cloth face masks and other types of personal protective equipment to schools, food processors and businesses. Wisconsin Emergency Management is providing 42 hundred infrared thermometers to public, charter and private schools.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is sending another 60 thousand face masks to local food processors and other businesses.  When the Evers administration asked last month if Wisconsin schools were interested in the equipment, more than a thousand said yes.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has had to cancel virtually all of their summer shows, except for one virtual performance. Kids in the theatre’s Tell-A-Tale youth troupe spent this summer rehearsing and performing in “The Show Must Go Online.” Director Judy Pearce says the script came along just as in-person plays started to appear unlikely. The play will be streamed via YouTube, patched together from scenes shot by Zoom video conference, the same platform used for rehearsals. There are two casts performing the same play, both versions hit the internet tonight at / The first cast’s show is at 6:30pm and the second cast’s performance premiering at 8pm.