News – June 29, 2020

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was one of two motorists arrested for OWI following a two-vehicle crash in Columbia County Saturday. Dispatch received a report of the accident around 2:20am in the Township of Pacific. Fifty-nine-year-old Joseph Gay of Madison crossed the Highway 16 centerline, striking an oncoming vehicle. Gay was charged with Sixth Offense OWI. While no injuries were reported, authorities determined that the operator of the second vehicle – 28-year-old James Wilkens of Beaver Dam – was also allegedly drinking. Following field sobriety tests, Wilkens was charged with OWI First Offense.

(Beaver Dam) No further details have been released on last Friday’s death following a forklift accident in Beaver Dam. Just after 2pm, members of the Police and Fire Departments responded to 1321 North Spring Street for a report of an accident involving a forklift. Upon arrival, officers found a deceased male. The incident is being investigated by the Beaver Dam Police Department.

(Watertown) A man from Illinois has been charged with running from police in Dodge County. Gecobea (JACE-O-BE-UH) Leach was pulled over in March for speeding. The officer suspected drug trafficking and a K-9 unit allegedly indicated that there were illegal substances in the vehicle. Leach then sped off. The officer called off the pursuit after just over a mile and contacted neighboring agencies. The complaint does not detail how Leach was eventually apprehended but does list that his current address is the Dodge County jail. If convicted, the 37-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for July 27th.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 457 cases of COVID-19 in yesterday’s (Sunday’s) daily update. There are 27,743 people now having tested positive. Seven-point-one-percent (7.1%) of the 6,000 tests administered came back positive Sunday, compared to 5.9-percent Saturday. State health officials are reporting 777 deaths. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 453 cases, three more than Saturday.

(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College is recognizing recent graduates for completing their education while facing unprecedented challenges. Over 800 MPTC students earned their Associate of Applied Science degree or Technical diploma this year. Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald says their students’ ability to persevere and continue to work toward their college degree during such uncertain times is something that they should all be very proud of. Baerwald has also invited all 2020 graduates to participate in the 2021 commencement ceremony.

(Wisconsin) State produce safety staff will resume operations this week with some modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says staff will use personal protective equipment, maintain social distancing and only inspect one farm a day.

(Wisconsin) A new study from Wallet Hub finds Wisconsin has the second fewest coronavirus restrictions.  They found the state has the fewest requirements for wearing a face mask and reopening child care programs.  The state also ranked in the top ten when it comes to large gathering restrictions, and reopening restaurants, bars and non-essential businesses.

(Beaver Dam) The intersection of South Spring Street and Cooper Street/Judson Drive will be closed for all traffic through Friday. Engineering Director Todd Janssen says beginning today, crews are performing concrete paving in the area. South Spring traffic is encouraged to use an alternate route or the signed detour route of Front Street, South Center Street, Cooper Street, Myrtle Road and Beltline Drive. Janssen says completion of the work is weather permitting.

(Wisconsin) We’re coming up on the Fourth of July and Wisconsin Emergency Management is reminding people to be safe with store bought fireworks. Spokesman Andrew Beckett says you need to not only keep your fireworks safe and sane, you need to ensure that they’re allowed where you live. Beckett reminds people to only buy fireworks from reputable sellers and to make sure that kids aren’t using fireworks without supervision.