News – June 11, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Two people fleeing Beaver Dam police were seriously injured after crashing their vehicle into a truck on Highway 151 yesterday (Thursday) morning. Three people fled in a vehicle from a business in the 1800 block of North Spring Street around 8:25am after a caller reported that they were stealing. A pursuit was called off after officer lost sight of the vehicle but it was shortly located and the driver was arrested. A female and a male passenger fled again in the vehicle, which triggered a second pursuit with the State Patrol. The driver continued at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lanes on Highway 151 until the vehicle crashed into a northbound truck, near County DE. The truck driver was not injured but the female driver and male passenger in the suspect vehicle sustained critical injuries. All three suspects are facing multiple offenses.

(Columbus) A Columbus woman federally charged in a murder-for-hire plot agreed to a plea deal yesterday (Thursday). Under the deal, Kelly Harper would plead guilty to a Murder Solicitation charge and be sentenced to six years in federal prison. The agreement still needs to be accepted by the U.S. District Court, if it is rejected Harper can withdraw her plea. The court calendar shows that no plea hearing date has been set yet. The 37-year-old was taken into custody in February for reportedly using the dark web in attempts to hire a hitman and pay them in bitcoin currency to kill her ex-husband.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents of an online scam. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says if you see a pop-up on your phone or computer claiming to be the satellite internet service HughesNet, saying that your payment could not be processed it is likely a scam. Anyone who is not a HughesNet customer can ignore the message. Those who are, should go to the company’s website to obtain accurate contact information or to check the status of their account.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac Police have identified the body that was recovered from the Fond du Lac River last Friday. Matthew Rosiere was found beneath the Ninth Street Bridge and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined that the 37-year-old’s cause of death was freshwater drowning. Authorities say there are no obvious signs of foul play. A toxicology report is pending.

(Madison) The State Legislature has voted to eliminate a $300-dollar-a-week federal bonus for the unemployed. It is scheduled to end on September 6th, but the Republican-led Assembly and Senate are listening to dozens of commerce groups who believe the benefit is keeping people from searching for jobs. State Representative Mark Born says employers across the state are begging for workers with many unable to even find people to apply. If the bill is signed by the governor, Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation program will return to pre-pandemic operations. Governor Tony Evers has said he would veto this bill.

(Madison) The State Senate approved a plan this week that would take away, dollar-for-dollar, state money from any city or county that cuts its police department. Senator John Jagler says the Defund the Police movement is not only misguided but it is dangerous. The Watertown Republican adds that ironically the communities looking at taking these steps are the ones who need more law enforcement, not less. Milwaukee Democrat Chris Larson says the plan means Republicans are the ones who are really defunding the police.

(Juneau) We will be speaking with the candidates in the Republican primary for the 37th Assembly District again this (Wednesday) afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment. There are eight Republicans vying for the seat vacated by John Jagler who won a special State Senate election in April. Today we will have one-on-one interviews with five of the candidates beginning at 12:35pm. You will be able to listen back to all eight conversations this afternoon on DailyDodge.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials say there are 7,200 COVID deaths in the state, an increase of 11 from Wednesday. Dodge County is reporting 172 with 69 active cases. Thirty-five-point-four-percent (35.4%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 39.1-percent have had at least one dose.

(Beaver Dam) The Dodge County Health Department is hosting a walk-up COVID vaccine clinic tomorrow. The clinic will be for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine. It will be located at the Beaver Dam Farmer’s Market on 209 South Center Street from 8am to noon. No appointments are needed.