News – March 19, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Strong winds helped a garage fire spread to a second home in Beaver Dam yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. The Beaver Dam Fire Department responded to the blaze at 509 Gould Street at 12:39pm to find strong winds spreading the flames to the neighboring home at 507 Gould. The fire is under routine investigation. Crews were on scene until 3:30pm. No injuries were reported.

(Waupun) A former Waupun Correctional inmate accused of stabbing a prison guard multiple times changed his plea yesterday to not guilty by reason of mental defect. Gregg Phillips allegedly used a shank to stab the corrections officer 13 times on Christmas Eve and bit the wrist of a second staffer. The guard who was stabbed was treated at UW Hospital before being released the following day. If convicted, the 41-year-old faces an additional 75 years in prison.

(Oconomowoc) The victims of a workplace shooting at the Roundy’s distribution center in Oconomowoc have been identified as 39-year-old Kevin Schneider of Milwaukee and 59-year-old Kevin Kloth of Germantown. Investigators say 41-year-old Fraron Cornelius shot and killed the two on Tuesday night. Cornelius fatally shot himself in Milwaukee on Wednesday morning, following a police chase. A Roundy’s official said the three men had been co-workers for 20 years.

(Fox Lake) A Princeton woman was placed on probation for three years yesterday (Thursday) on a felony drug charge. Dolores Kirst entered a guilty plea to a count of Manufacture and Deliver THC, a felony charge of Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate was dismissed but read into the record.

(Juneau) Dodge County Public Health Officer Abby Sauer says eligible residents now only have to wait a week or two for a vaccine. A couple months ago, there were so many people on the county wait list, that the list had been suspended. Those interested should go to the Dodge County website and click on the COVID-19 banner to sign-up. Sauer says you can also find links and phone numbers there to other local healthcare providers and pharmacies that are offering the vaccine.

(Columbia County) Columbia County is making progress with their vaccinations. As of Wednesday, county health officials say 78.4-percent of people aged 65-years or older have gotten their first dose.

(Wisconsin) There should be enough coronavirus vaccine in Wisconsin by the end of June to hit a key 80-percent benchmark in achieving herd immunity for COVID-19, according to state health officials. Currently, more than 23 percent of state residents have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 13 percent are fully vaccinated.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported two COVID deaths Thursday, one of which was in Fond du Lac County, bringing the statewide total to 6,556. Dodge County has 158 deaths, a decrease of one from Wednesday, with 82 active cases.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s unemployment call center will be open around the clock by this fall. The state Department of Workforce Development has secured 2-point-4 million dollars in federal grant funding to initiate a much-needed technology upgrade. Wisconsin law provides for an extension of time and waiver of interest and penalties when the IRS extends filing deadlines during a presidentially-declared disaster.  The first step – replacing the outdated software used by the DWD call center, which was overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of calls brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

(Wisconsin) For the second year in a row, Wisconsin taxpayers are getting a little extra time to filing their federal income taxes. The Internal Revenue Service says it is delaying the filing deadline from the traditional April 15th to May 17th.

(Dodge County) The National Weather Service says the risk is high for wildfires in northern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR says the fire danger in Green Lake and Fond du Lac Counties are high while Dodge, Columbia, Jefferson and Washington Counties are low.