News – June 16, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved an incentives plan for the Heritage Village Mall that will pave the way for as many as three new retail stores. The incentive totals $600-thousand dollars over ten years if $3-million dollars is invested to develop the former Boston Store for Marshalls and Ross Dress For Less. If Five Below agrees to a lease deal, mall developers would get up to $800-thousand dollars to compliment a $4-million dollar investment. The stores have indicated that they would like to be open by next spring.

(Alto) A barn in the Town of Alto was completely destroyed by fire yesterday (Monday). The blaze at the Highway 49 farm owned by Allen Ehlts of Waupun had spread to the barn from a nearby brush pile that had been smoldering. No injuries reported.

(Green Lake) Authorities have identified the person killed in a three-vehicle accident in the Green Lake County Town of Brooklyn on Friday morning as Quintin Herdt of Green Lake. The 20-year-old died when his sedan was hit by a SUV that clipped a semi-tractor trailer before striking Herdt’s vehicle. The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Carter Hahn of Ripon, was not injured.

(Lewiston) Authorities in Columbia County are trying to piece together the details after a woman died jumping from a moving vehicle Sunday morning. Twenty-two-year-old Taylor Ninnemann of Madison jumped from the car around 4am in the Town of Lewiston. Sheriff Roger Brandner says 24-year-old Jeremiah Collins of Madison was the driver. Brandner says the initial information suggests Collins and Ninnemann were arguing right before getting into the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

(Waupun) Additional coronavirus testing is underway at Dodge Correctional in Waupun. The Wisconsin National Guard says a team is conducting specimen collections again today after collecting nearly 2,000 specimens last month. One prison staffer tested positive last week but no inmates have infections. The state guard also has a team collecting specimens at Columbia Correctional through tomorrow (Wednesday).

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 174 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Monday’s) daily update, an increase of 2.8-percent out of the 6000 tests administered. Two more deaths were reported bringing that number to 694. Dodge County has four deaths on record and 424 cases, up one from Sunday.

(Fond du Lac) Over the past week, Fond du Lac County saw 50 new positive cases of coronavirus and around half were people in their 20s. County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says the problem is that age group is not taking social distancing recommendations seriously. She also cautions against sharing food and drinks and advises against hanging out with someone who is sick. Fond du Lac county saw 16 new cases over the weekend.

(Beaver Dam) A Sauk City man was sentenced yesterday to 34 months in prison and two years of extended supervision for running from Dodge County authorities. Matthew Hiller refused to pull over after passing several vehicles on the offramp at highways 151 and 33 in Beaver Dam last July. During the pursuit, the 31-year-old struck a pick-up and continued driving. Tire deflation devices eventually disabled his vehicle.

(Mayville) A Mayville man charged with running from police while under the influence made his initial appearance in court yesterday. Robert Seeley was allegedly clocked going 60-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone, before sparking a half-mile chase that reached speeds up to 80-miles-per-hour, ending when the 39-year-old’s vehicle crashed into an embankment, knocking over a telephone pole. Police allegedly observed the vehicle at an area bar earlier that evening. One of the giveaways cited in the criminal complaint was a recognizable sticker that read “High Speed Pursuit Training Vehicle.” Seeley’s blood alcohol level was allegedly point-one-zero-four-percent (.104).