News – June 19, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Another year is in the books for the WBEV-95X Children’s Radiothon. Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin announced the fundraising total this (Friday) morning, following the 27-hour marathon broadcast, saying that the event brought-in $126-thousand-963. Karmazin did not expect the total to exceed $100-thousand dollars this year, given the current climate. That brings the 23-year-total to $2,250,546. After the Radiothon reached $60-thouand dollars, an anonymous donor announced a dollar-for-dollar match. The Radiothon benefits 17 local charities that work with kids.


(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says two more inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at Waupun Correctional. The facility now has 228 confirmed cases among prisoners as well as 22 employees who have tested positive, both figures are most in the state. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin National Guard collected nearly 150 specimens at Waupun Correctional on June 16. At nearby Dodge Correctional, 500 specimens were collected earlier this week. The state prison does not have any positive tests among inmates but announced last week an employee has coronavirus.


(Dodge County) Five Dodge County nursing homes are being investigated by state health officials. In their weekly update, Wisconsin Department of Health says Randall Health Care Center is currently being monitored along with Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lomira, Bedrock HCS at Beaver Dam, Waupun Christian Home in Waupun and Marquardt Health Center in Watertown. Investigations are also ongoing at six workplaces in Dodge County as well as Waupun Correctional.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting an increase of 422 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Thursday’s) daily update. There are 23,876 people now having tested positive. State health officials recorded seven more deaths bringing that number to 719. Dodge County has five deaths and 426 cases, an increase of one from Wednesday. Public health officials in Dodge County are actively monitoring 25 people while 177 have recovered.


(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will assist with two studies designed to better understand where COVID-19 is in the state.  One will focus on which parts of the state have COVID-19 antibodies, with the other testing wastewater treatment facilities.  The hope is to identify communities at risk for a future outbreak and help prevent the spread of the virus.


(Wisconsin) The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning about scammers using COVID-19 contact tracing to send you malware.  They recommend not to open any e-mail or text message claiming to say you have been in contact with someone with the coronavirus, since that may have a computer virus.  Proper contact tracers will reach out by phone and try to prove your identity.


(Beaver Dam) An Illinois man charged with fleeing Beaver Dam police stood mute and the court entered guilty pleas on his behalf at arraignment. On May 26th, Ali Barnaby was allegedly clocked going 50-miles-per-hour on Industrial Drive and when police activated their emergency lights the vehicle accelerated away. The vehicle was eventually disabled by tire deflation devices set up by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office on County Highway W. If convicted, the 18-year-old faces over four years in prison.

(Rubicon) A Neosho man accused of injuring two others in a drunk driving accident entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment hearing. Jason Uhing reportedly crossed the centerline on Highway 60 in the town of Rubicon and struck a westbound vehicle last December. The collision injured both Uhing and his passenger as well as the driver of the other vehicle. A preliminary breath test allegedly returned a reading of point-two-nine (.29). If convicted, the 46-year-old will face no more than 12 years in prison.