News – June 29, 2022

(Hubbard) An Iron Ridge man died in a motor vehicle crash in the township of Hubbard Tuesday afternoon. The 67-year-old was heading west on County Road S in a Kenworth dump truck around 2pm when he failed to stop at a stop sign, entered a driveway, crossed over railroad tracks, vaulted and then overturned. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) A former inmate at the John Burke Correctional Center in Waupun was sentenced to six years in prison for committing various crimes while on work release. It started when James Pederson stole a co-worker’s vehicle from Northwoods Paper Converting in Beaver Dam four years ago before stealing two other vehicles; one he crashed into a ditch and another he used to drive himself back to work. The 41-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for 12 years.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department was recently recognized for their safety improvement initiatives. The agency received the Safety Section Leadership Award by the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association. Beaver Dam was selected for their participation in the Fireground Survival Train the Trainer Program, offering extensive training and educational opportunities, and their active cadet program. Each year, the association chooses one of Wisconsin’s 762 fire departments for this award.

(Waupun) Waupun was recently awarded a state grant to help expand their emergency medical responder services. An additional $22-million-dollar investment was made to the previously announced pandemic response programs Neighborhood Investment Fund and Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Grant. That money will go towards funding emergency response initiatives. Waupun is receiving nearly $205-thousand-dollars. Those dollars will support their EMR program. Emergency Medical Responders are part of the overall EMS system and are dispatched to provide initial care until the ambulance arrives to assist paramedics.

(Wisconsin) COVID deaths in Wisconsin appear to be flattening. The state Department of Health Services received no death reports from local health departments over the weekend. That has not happened in four weeks, when the death count was adjusted downward. Health officials report the state is still averaging three COVID deaths per day. Dodge County has not had a COVID death since the end of March. The death count stands at 341 with 294 confirmed and 47 probable deaths. – WRN