News – March 17, 2021

(Horicon) The Horicon Common Council voted last night to dissolve the city’s Police and Fire Commission after the two entities clashed over hiring a replacement for outgoing Police Chief Joe Adamson. The PFC decided to post the position externally while city officials say that would result in litigation. Police and fire matters will now be handled by a three-person disciplinary board. A five-day internal search is underway.

(Juneau) A resolution to terminate Dodge County’s COVID Emergency Declaration has been sent back to committee. The original resolution did not allow supervisors who attended meetings virtually to vote on agenda items or get paid a per diem which is in line with current county board rules. The matter will be discussed at the executive committee’s April meeting to see if a rule change is in order.

(Juneau) A vacancy on the Dodge County Board has been filled. Haley Kenevan was sworn-in last night to the District 30 seat which consists of Wards One and Three in the city of Beaver Dam. The vacancy was created when longtime supervisor Mary Ann Miller passed away in January. Kenevan’s term will through April of next year.

(Fond du Lac) A Merrill man involved in a 14-mile chase and a multi-hour standoff with Fond du Lac and Dodge County authorities earlier this month has been charged. Louis Stone is facing six felony counts including Reckless Endangerment stemming from last week’s incident. The 34-year-old allegedly held a baby in front of him while brandishing a knife during the standoff. Stone is under the care of medical professionals and has not yet been booked into jail.

(Milwaukee) A Milwaukee County judge is facing charges of possession of child pornography. The state justice department says 38-year-old Brett Blomme used the Kik messaging app to upload 27 pieces of child pornography last fall. -WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported three COVID deaths Tuesday, including one in Fond du Lac County, bringing the statewide total to 6,539. Dodge County has 159 deaths with 94 active cases.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsinites age 16 and up with certain pre-existing conditions will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Monday. The state Department of Health Services had initially said people in that eligibility group would be able to get vaccinated beginning on March 29. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers says he’s worried about having people in person for this year’s State Fair. During a virtual event hosted by Wisconsin Health News on Tuesday, Evers says he’s happy that the eligibility windows for getting your COVID vaccines are opening up, but that he’s worried it might not be enough for large scale events this fall. -WRN

(Madison) Republicans in the state Senate and Assembly have sent six administrative rules bills into a sort of legislative limbo. One measure would prohibit “conversion therapy.” Other bills sent back to committees included rules to regulate PFAS and prohibit landlords from charging a fee for late rent during the pandemic. -WRN

(Beaver Dam) Several health-related bills passed the Wisconsin Assembly yesterday. One bill will require pharmacy benefit managers to become licensed with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. The Assembly also passed a measure that would allow Wisconsin dentists to administer the COVID vaccine and flu vaccines. State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says allowing more medical professionals to administer vaccines is imperative as Wisconsin continues to recover from COVID. -WRN contributed