News – March 20, 2021

(Leroy) Serious injuries reported in a motorcycle crash this (Friday) morning in the Town of Leroy. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to State Highway 175 near County HH around 11:30amThe initial investigation shows that a 2003 Honda motorcycle was traveling south on Highway 175 at a high rate of speed.  The motorcycle had just passed over the top of a small hill when it began to slide on the roadway, striking a mailbox and overturning in a cornfield. The operator, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle as it slid. The 25yearold was flown by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. The Brownsville Fire Department, Mayville EMS, Fond du Lac Paramedics and Flight for Life assisted. 

(Juneau) A Huber inmate was sentenced to serve two years in prison yesterday (Friday) for failing to return to the Dodge County Jail following a pre-approved medical appointment. Randall Riese entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Escape. Riese was taken to Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam in October. When a correctional officer contacted the hospital for an update, they said Riese was discharged and left the facility. A warrant for his arrest was issued and around 8am the following morning a Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy reported that he had taken Riese into custody at a Randolph grocery store. The 34-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for three years. The court ordered to the prison sentence to be served concurrently.

(Juneau) The size of the Dodge County Board will remain the same. Supervisors approved a resolution this week that keeps the county board at 33 members. A Size Study committee was established in September an identified several main points to review including does changing the board impact representation, leadership and financial efficiencies. A survey was also sent out to supervisors to gauge their interest in changing the size of the county board. Fifteen supervisors indicated the county board should stay the same while seven felt a smaller board was best. Nine board members did not respond to the questionnaire. Supervisor Richard Greshay says the survey needed more work. The Size Study Committee ultimately recommended keeping the county board at 33 members citing it was in the best interest of Dodge County. In 2010, the board voted to lower the number of supervisors from 37 to 33. It was the first time the county board changed its size in 30 years.

(Mayville) Public comments are being accepted through March 22nd for Mayville’s funding request through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address issues with drinking water system and help replace lead line services. The DNR says the project will not result in significant environmental impact, though based on public comments, the state may do an analysis before releasing funds.

(Wisconsin) The state Department of Health Services has updated the number of long-term care facility residents who died of COVID-19. Bob Hague reports. As of Wednesday, DHS was still missing information on 1,726 deaths, and could not say if those people were long-term care residents. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported six COVID deaths Friday, bringing that total to 6,562. Dodge County has 158 deaths and 11,513 cases, a downward adjustment of three cases. Washington County has seen 138 deaths with 362 active cases. Fond du Lac County has 101 deaths, two more than on Wednesday, with 64 active cases. In Jefferson County, the death toll is at 106 with 17 active cases. Columbia County has seen 55 deaths with 42 active cases. In Green Lake County, there have been 18 deaths. Statewide, there are 6,386 active cases; a one-day decrease of 4 cases.

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee is lifting COVID-19 restrictions ahead of schedule. The Health Department is lifting significant restrictions on sporting events, bars and restaurants, and retail stores starting Friday. The most significant change is restaurants can open to 50-percent capacity with no safety plan. Museums can open with capacity limits and protective measures. Retail stores can let as many people in as can physically distance. Also, restrictions on nursing home visits are lifted. The city’s mask mandate is still in effect. – WRN

(Washington County) Washington County is preparing to fully re-open. County Executive Josh Schoemann has told the county’s health department to start the process to lift coronavirus restrictions. Schoemann is not saying exactly what a full reopening will mean, or when it will happen. Schoemann says vaccination numbers are rising as coronavirus cases are falling. – WRN