News – March 12, 2020

(Washington DC) The coronavirus has grounded the Badger Honor Flight. All hubs nationwide were informed yesterday (Wednesday) of the decision by the Honor Flight Network. The CDC recently issued advisories that adults over the age of 60-years-old are particularly at risk of infection and should avoid non-essential air travel because of the serious nature of the public health threat. The mandatory suspension of all Honor Flight trips is expected to remain in place at least through April 30. That has an immediate impact on Badger Honor Flight’s April 18th flight, and could potentially impact the Madison-based hubs two planned May 2020 flights.

(Madison) Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Wisconsin, bringing the total in the state to six. The newest cases are in Fond du Lac and Waukesha counties, joining previously announced cases in Dane and Pierce counties. The Waukesha County patient was exposed while traveling in the United States, and internationally, and is currently isolated at home. Both Fond du Lac County patients were exposed while traveling, one in the U.S. and one internationally. One patient is hospitalized, while the other person is isolated at home. County health officials are working to determine the people who have been in contact with the patients to isolate or quarantine people and test those who are exhibiting symptoms.

(Town of Kewaskum) The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death. Authorities were dispatched around 9:20am Wednesday morning to the Town of Kewaskum. Sheriff Martin Schulteis (shull-tees) says the only person of interest is in custody and he is confident there is not an ongoing threat to the community related to this incident. Schulteis says due to the sensitivity of the evolving investigation, his office is not to release further details without compromising the integrity of the process.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam woman charged in connection with the death of her two-year-old son entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment yesterday. Amanda Trost found her two-year-old son not breathing in February and performed CPR until first responders could arrive. The child was found with methadone in his system. The 28-year-old denied giving the drug to her son. She reportedly said that she spilled some of her methadone, used a paper towel to clean it up and disposed of it in the trash. If convicted, she faces up to 60-years in prison.

(Ashippun) An Ashippun man charged with assaulting several minors at his home entered a not guilty by reason of mental defect plea during his arraignment hearing yesterday. Matthew Courtois is accused of assaulting three prepubescent children between January and August of last year. If convicted, Courtois faces 100 years in prison.

(Waupun) A reshuffling in the state prison system was announced yesterday (Wednesday). Jason Benzel will be the new warden of Dodge Correctional Institution next month after serving the past two years at Lincoln Hills, the state’s troubled teen prison. The Journal Sentinel also says Waupun Warden Brian Foster is security chief for the state prison system. Fox Lake Warden Randy Hepp will replace Foster at Waupun Correctional while Security Chief Larry Fuchs becomes warden at Columbia Correctional sending Warden Susan Novak to Redgranite. Redgranite Warden Michael Meisner will be the new warden at Fox Lake.

(Mayville) A second write-in candidate has announced a run for Mayville mayor. Jennifer Thoreson has filed the necessary paperwork to challenge incumbent Mayor Rob Boelk in the April 7 election. She says she is running to change the atmosphere within the city and to restore the relationships she believes have been damaged under the current leadership. Thoreson is a local business owner and has been a member of the EMS for ten years. Tyler Winter-Vogley (vogue-lee) has also filed papers as a write-in candidate.

(Wisconsin) The invites are in the mail to take part in the 2020 Census.  95-percent of households will get theirs between today (March 12th) and March 20th.  Most will have the option to either fill out the ten-question form online or by phone.  The rest will be invited to fill out a paper form.

(Madison) Nine out of ten students in the Wisconsin Class of 2019 completed their high school education in four years. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reports that continues an upward swing.  The graduation rate was 88-point-six percent in 2017, 89-point-six percent in 2018 and now 90 percent.