News – March 15, 2021

(Columbus) The state justice department is investigating after a body was found in Columbus. Police responded to a domestic report Friday and, upon arrival, a man ran away. Authorities found a body in the Crawfish River on Saturday. Law enforcement believes it is the same man they saw running the day before. The state justice department is investigating with assistance from Columbus Police and the Columbia and Dodge county sheriff’s offices.

(Calumet) A suspect who fled from Fond du Lac County authorities yesterday (Sunday) morning is still at large. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding just before 3am and the driver made it to Calumet County before stopping in a farm yard and fleeing on foot.

(Fond du Lac) A Merrill man was arrested for Sixth Offense Operating While Intoxicated Saturday afternoon near Fond du Lac. A state trooper pulled over Michael Norman for deviating from his lane following a driving complaint on I-41 southbound. The 58-year-old Norman showed signs of impairment and after he failed field sobriety tests, was arrested and booked into the Fond du Lac County Jail.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported minus two COVID deaths Sunday leaving the statewide total to 6536, which includes 159 tied to Dodge County. According to the state, the reason for the negative count is to reflect corrections made from previous reports.

(Wisconsin) Some people are hesitant about which coronavirus vaccine they should get. Wisconsin’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, says all three are effective. Experts say the bottom line is that you should get whichever vaccine is available to you.

(Wisconsin) The latest controversial comments from U.S. Senator Ron Johnson have drawn fresh outrage for the Wisconsin Republican. In an interview last Thursday on conservative talk radio’s “The Joe Pags Show,” Johnson said he “never felt threatened” by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 like he would if it was Black Lives Matter.

A clip of the interview was posted Friday by American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic group, which called Johnson’s comments “blatant racism.” Wisconsin Democrats, including U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, state Senator LaTonya Johnson and Representatives Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan, also criticized Johnson.

 

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam is temporarily closing access to a popular riverside fishing spot to make shoreline improvements. Construction will resume this spring on enhancements to the river’s western shore from the dam to the Madison Street bridge. The city is adding new fishing steps, sidewalk, fencing, lighting and a kayak launch. The entire project area will be fenced off until the project is complete.

(Beaver Dam) There will be no Beaver Dam Lake Days again this year but a new event is emerging that same weekend that will include music, food and fireworks. It is being called the Best Dam Fest and will be held on July 10 at Tahoe Park and throughout the downtown.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is encouraging its business partners to check their Google business accounts to make they have not been hacked. Earlier this month, we reported that Google search results for a middle school were changed to “Saint Peter Griffin School” and more recently a local grocery store saw their search results changed to “Chilly Willy.” Chamber Director Tracy Propst warns business owners to be on guard and scrutinize any emails requesting ownership of their accounts.

(Wisconsin) Stevens Point could soon be the home of a giant statue of Robocop. The city is trying to get a crowd funded statue in actor Peter Weller’s hometown. A site in Detroit where it was planned to be built is being rejected. The Stevens Point mayor says the community has been very supportive, even enough to say that if they do not land this particular statue of Robocop, maybe they’ll try to get their own Robocop statue erected.