News – March 18, 2021

(Oconomowoc) The suspect accused of killing two people at the Roundy’s distribution center in Oconomowoc has been identified by numerous media outlets. Faron Cornelius was reportedly the person who shot and killed his two co-workers before leading authorities on a pursuit that ended when his vehicle crashed in Milwaukee. The 41-year-old was found dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities have searched his Wauwatosa home.

(Kewaskum) Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen has cleared a Sheriff’s deputy in the February 3rd fatal shooting of a West Bend man in the Town of Kewaskum. Bensen felt the deputy’s actions were justifiable given that 30-year-old Nicholas Pingel had shot and killed two men and gone on a crime spree that included assault, a home invasion, stealing a vehicle and attempting to take another vehicle. Bensen determined the deputy was acting within the scope of the law by protecting himself and others when he used deadly force.

(Columbia County) A Columbia County man lured to a rural farm site in Calumet County to meet a woman he met online was stabbed and taken to a residence in the Town of Hilbert. A concerned party contacted the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department with a request to check on the man’s welfare earlier this week and he was rescued from his captors. The victim was taken to the hospital with a knife wound that was not believed to be life-threatening. One suspect, 30-year-old Juan Pablo Cruz, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and a second suspect was captured in the Town of Brillion.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 15 COVID deaths Wednesday, including one each in Washington and Columbia counties, bringing the statewide total to 6,554. Dodge County has seen 159 deaths and has 93 active cases.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin health officials say the state is “woefully behind” in cleaning up COVID data and a renewed emphasis on making sure the case counts are more accurate has resulted in swings in previously reported numbers. State health officials say the verification work has ramped up over the past two weeks. -WRN

(Dodge County) Ten-percent of all Dodge County citizens have completed the COVID vaccination series. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Health which says 9,271 people have had both shots; over one-thousand people from week ago. -WRN

(Madison) Republicans on the State Building Commission voted yesterday to reject every project proposed in Governor Tony Evers’ capital budget. That means debate on the $2.4-billion-dollar proposal could come later in the state budget process. In a statement, the Democratic governor said its disappointing but not surprising that Republicans are playing politics. -WRN

(Mount Pleasant) Foxconn claims it’s choosing between the U-S and Mexico, for a location where electric cars could be built. Foxconn says the decision about where to make the cars will be final by this summer – adding it will be made based on business, not politics. -WRN

(Madison) The State Assembly has passed a bill that will make it legal for bars to sell drinks to go. The law would allow for bars and restaurants to sell single serve mixed drinks and wine glasses in sealed packages alongside other takeout orders. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Lambeau Field is now hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The site will be open to any community members who are eligible for the vaccine, but you do need an appointment first. -WRN

(Minnesota) Minnesota Governor Tim Walz will quarantine himself for 10 days and postpone Sunday’s State of the State address in St. Paul, after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.