News – March 23, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A Janesville man was convicted yesterday (Monday) for his role in a string of burglaries in Beaver Dam. Clayton Cartwright entered a no contest plea to three misdemeanor counts of Theft. The 23-year-old admitted to burglarizing several storage units and a warehouse on Bill McCollum Way in July of 2019. Cartwright will be sentenced in June.

(Hartford) An Allenton man was placed on probation for one year yesterday (Monday) for using social media to send a threatening message. Michael Leach posted (quote) “ready to gun people down” to Twitter last August while at a Hartford business. A rifle was found in the trunk of his vehicle.

(Otsego) A Columbus man was arrested Sunday for fifth offense OWI. Phillip Rozinski was reportedly spotted by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy driving in the ditch line on Highway 16 in Otsego around 3:30pm. Rozinksi’s vehicle was later located by police in Columbus. The 31-year-old was allegedly uncooperative and argumentative with officers. Rozinksi reportedly had alcohol on his breath and refused a field sobriety test before being taken into custody.

(Waupun) A passerby was the first to report a fire that destroyed two out-buildings on a farm along Highway 151 in rural Waupun early yesterday (Monday) morning. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious at this time.

(Portage) Portage firefighters have responded to three fires in three days, the latest at the Sunset Motel which was evacuated yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Upon arrival, smoke was coming out of Room Four, which was being rented but was not occupied at the time. Crews were able to immediately contain the flames from spreading to adjacent rooms. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation.

(Mayville) The Mayville Fire Department responded to a car fire this morning on the 300 block of Jannsen Boulevard. Witnesses say the driver was delivering newspapers when his car became fully engulfed in flames around 7:15pm. Initial officers responding attempted to snuff out the blaze with a fire extinguisher but it was too intense and was finally brought under control around 7:30am by Mayville Fire with assistance from Kekoskee Fire.

(Portage) Burning embers from an illegal burn pit sparked a fire that destroyed a garage on West Marion Street in the city of Portage Sunday afternoon. Fire Chief Troy Haase says the only type of burning allowed in the city without a burn permit is in a recreational fire pit. No injuries were reported.

(Madison) The fight over who gets to control Wisconsin’s American Recovery Act funding will begin today (Tuesday) in Madison. Both the State Assembly and Senate will be taking up bills that seek to wrest control of parts of the COVID relief funding from Governor Evers. The bill would require the Governor’s office to submit any plans on how they plan to use Wisconsin’s portions of the funding to the state’s Legislative Joint Finance Committee for approval before he’s allowed to spend them. Its unlikely to be signed by the governor.

(Juneau) Dodge County Health Officer Abby Sauer says waitlists for vaccinations helps keep her agency on schedule while avoiding wasted doses. She says their waitlist is beneficial when someone does not show up for their appointment, if a person is actually not eligible for the shot or if there is enough in a vial for an extra dose. The next in line will get a call, ensuring the dose is used. Sauer says they have not yet had to throw away any vaccine doses.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin public health officials are working to overcome vaccine hesitancy. State health officials say side effects are generally mild and a sign your body is responding, adding that vaccines have been proven to be safe and efficacious in clinical trials.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin dentists may administer COVID-19 vaccinations. The bill allows dentists to administer shots if they complete eight hours of training on vaccine protocols and record keeping. About 3,500 dentists in Wisconsin could be enlisted to help vaccinate.

(Dodge County) No COVID deaths were reported in Wisconsin for the third straight day Monday and that number remains unchanged at 6,576. Dodge County has 158 deaths with 80 active cases.

(Wisconsin) In-person absentee voting begins today for the April 6th election. In-person absentee appointments and locations can be found at The last day for in-person absentee voting is Sunday, April 4th.