News – March 11. 2021

(Horicon) Horicon’s Common Council and the Police and Fire Commission are split on the recruitment process to hire the city’s next police chief. The commission elected to post the position externally, in direct conflict with the city’s employee handbook which says openings must be posted internally first. Any internal candidate that does apply would go straight to final interviews. Chief Joe Adamson is set to retire on April 10th. The common council is planning to meet next week to discuss next steps.

(Theresa) A Theresa woman has been charged with stabbing another person multiple times. 51-year-old Michele Schacht allegedly stabbed the male victim with a large kitchen knife in the neck, thigh and stomach in December. The victim said the attack was unprovoked.

(Grand Chute) The suspect in the fatal Fox River Mall shooting last January has pleaded not guilty to charges. 17-year-old Dezman Ellis is accused of killing 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto and injuring a bystander after he got involved in an argument over a girl. -WRN

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff says Tuesday night’s collaborative effort between his office and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department during a multi-hour standoff is a great example of a patient response to a dangerous situation. The suspect at one point holding a knife while shielding himself with a baby. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says both agencies, as well as other responding law enforcement groups, resolved the situation with no one being injured. He says successful resolutions like this happen across the country every day due to excellent work and decision-making by well-trained officers.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Congressional Democrats all voted in favor of nearly $2-trillion-dollars in COVID-19 relief funding on Wednesday to support schools that have been closed, among other things. Republicans say the package does not do enough to directly fight the pandemic. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill tomorrow. -WRN

(Madison) Proposed legislation would limit emergency orders issued Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services to 30 days and impose other restrictions. The bill addresses Republican complaints about Governor Evers’ use of his emergency powers during the coronavirus outbreak. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says it administered nearly 270-thousand coronavirus vaccine doses last week. That’s the most since Wisconsin began offering the shots in January. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 14 COVID deaths Wednesday, with one death each reported in Washington and Fond du Lac counties, for a total of 6,524. The state says Dodge County has 157 deaths with 110 active cases.

(Wisconsin) State Representative Mark Born will be at the Clyman Village Hall tomorrow from 10:30am to 11am for one of his budget listening sessions. Those interested in attending are asked to practice CDC guidelines. The Beaver Dam Republican is co-chair of the legislature’s powerful Joint Finance Committee.

(Winnebago County) The state DNR sturgeon biologist, allegedly involved in a sturgeon egg caviar scheme, made his initial appearance in Winnebago County court. Ryan Koenigs pled not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Theft and was released on a $500 signature bond Tuesday. A jury trial is scheduled for June 15th.

(Wisconsin) Kohl’s department stores is trying to head off a take-over bid. In a presentation to investors Tuesday, Kohl’s managers made their case that the current board of directors is the best group to direct the company to a solid future. Their new plan would increase operating margins by seven-percent. Sales were down by 20-percent last year, but that drop is being blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. The group trying to take over complains Kohl’s isn’t doing as well as it could. -WRN