News – March 3, 2021

(Mayville) It took a jury a little over an hour yesterday (Tuesday) to convict a Mayville man of his seventh OWI offense. Gregory Cundy was drunk when he backed up into a parked car during the evening hours in July of 2019. The 56-year-old refused to take Standardized Field Sobriety Test’s or submit to a blood draw but a preliminary breath test taken at the jail returned a reading of point-one-four-seven (.147). Cundy faces up to12-and-a-half years in prison. A sentencing hearing will be set at a later date.

(Beaver Dam) Fire officials in Beaver Dam are applauding a recent decision mandating sprinklers in more apartment buildings. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services announced that they will resume enforcing a code provision on April 19 that requires fire sprinkler systems in multi-family dwellings with three or more attached units. State attorneys general have interpreted the mandate differently and the current enforcement is only for apartments with 20 or more units. Beaver Dam Deputy Fire Chief Matt Christian says the move will save lives and allow firefighters to focus their attention on other live-saving efforts.

(Beaver Dam) After 26-years as a full-time firefighter, Matt Christian is retiring. Beaver Dam’s deputy fire chief began his journey in 1987 as a volunteer in Reeseville working alongside his father and brother. Christian thanked his past and present employees of the City of Beaver Dam. He says his last day is anticipated to be May 28th. Christian’s retirement comes one month after Fire Chief Alan Mannel announced his retirement, which is effective in April.

(Watertown) The candidates in the race for State Senate District 13 are slated to appear at a virtual Meet The Candidates Forum tonight. The seat was vacated after Scott Fitzgerald was elected to Congress in the fall. The forum will air live at 7pm on Charter Cable Channel 985, Watertown TV and the Watertown TV YouTube. You can find links with this news story at DailyDodge.com.

(Wisconsin) It’s going to take some time, for Wisconsin to begin receiving regular shipments of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk says they will get roughly 48-thousand doses initially then they will likely not see much more supplies for a few weeks. The state’s initial doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been allocated for educators. -WRN

(Dodge County) Just under seven-percent of all Dodge County citizens have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series. That according to the Wisconsin Department of Health website which says 6,005 people have had both shots; over two-thousand more people from a week ago. Through Tuesday, 13.7-percent or 12,052 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Three-thousand-one-hundred-and-five (3,105) doses were administered in Dodge County last week, for a total of 17,613.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials recorded 28 new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing that total to 6,440. The state department of health’s website says Dodge County has experienced 155 deaths and 11,430 cases, a one-day increase of 13 positive tests. Deaths were reported in Washington, Fond du Lac and Columbia Counties.

(Madison) Senate Democrats, including Senator Tammy Baldwin, say Republicans are just looking for reasons to complain about the proposed COVID-19 relief bill. Baldwin says that bulk of the funding comes in the form of direct payments to Americans, and assistance for local governments. A number of Republican lawmakers have been trying to characterize the relief bill as a way for Democrats to funnel money to blue states. -WRN

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers predicts the final state budget will be a compromise with Republican lawmakers. He tells WisPolitics that Democrats and Republicans want the same things such as great schools, clean water and broadband. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is expected to jettison many the policy proposals Evers included in his $91-billion-dollar spending plan. -WRN

(Wisconsin) A report from the McIver Institute finds Wisconsin state revenues are in good shape and a tax increase is not needed. Democratic Governor Tony Evers wants to raise taxes by one-point-six-billion dollars so another eight-billion in spending can be added to his state budget plan.  The McIver report indicates Wisconsin has a surplus of about one-and-a-half-billion dollars and another billion in its rainy day fund.  Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee also agree with the institute’s conclusion that there’s no need to spend as much as Evers wants to spend.

-WRN