News – March 12, 2021

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded no COVID deaths Thursday and that number remains unchanged at 6,524. One death that had been listed as probable in Dodge County was confirmed yesterday, bringing the county total to 158 deaths.

(Wisconsin) As anticipated, the state health department yesterday announced expanded eligibility starting March 29 for COVID vaccinations to include those age 16 and older who have medical conditions that increase the risk for severe illness, hospitalization or death. That also includes people who are immune-compromised, overweight or obese, or have high blood pressure.

(Dodge County) Over nine-percent of all Dodge County residents have completed the COVID vaccination series. That according to state health officials who say 8,220 in the county have had both shots; over two-thousand more people from a week ago.

(Beaver Dam) A free walk-in testing site located in Beaver Dam is changing its schedule. The clinic, operating at 1701 North Spring Street and owned by Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam, will now be open on Mondays only from 11am to 5pm through May 24th. The change is effective this Monday (March 15th).

(Wisconsin) Fewer people in Wisconsin are eligible, for the latest federal stimulus check. Nearly 200-thousand people who got a check last year will not get a check because they earn too much. Individuals who earn more than $80-thousand dollars a year, and couples who make more than $160-thousand will get nothing.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man, charged with possessing a pipe bomb, is heading to trial after waiving his right to preliminary hearing yesterday. Chad Leitner denied making the pipe bomb. The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to Kelly Circle in Beaver Dam last month and disabled the device – which had a kill radius of nearly 50 feet. The 42-year-old will be arraigned next month.

(Ashippun) A Hartford man charged with supplying the drugs that lead to an overdose death in Ashippun is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Micthell McDonald allegedly provided the heroin that killed a 28-year-old woman in April of 2019. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces no more than 40 years in prison.

(Ashippun) A Pardeeville man was sentenced this week to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for a year-and-a-half on misdemeanor Trespassing and Theft charges. Bert Lietzow damaged a door jam before walking away with an antique at a property on County Road P last June. When questioned, the 70-year-old admitted he was at the farm looking for barn wood but denied entering any buildings.

(Beaver Dam) A Juneau man made his initial appearance in court on charges he ran from Beaver Dam police. Jonathan Prag allegedly fled from police Monday, going 88-miles-per-hour on North Spring Street, stopping once he reached Industrial Drive. If convicted, the 23-year-old faces over four years in prison.