News – March 9, 2020

(Lomira) Authorities in Dodge County have not released any new information on the death of a toddler. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and the Lomira Police Department are jointly investigating the death of a three-year-old child. Police were dispatched to a residence on Railroad Street around 7pm Friday night.  The Dodge County Medical Examiner was called in and village and the Wisconsin State Patrol and the State Crime Lab are also assisting. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says his office is not able to release any details of the incident, noting that it is an active an ongoing investigation.

(Langlade County) A 61-year-old man has died in a snowmobile crash in northern Wisconsin. Langlade County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Town of Upham around 11:30am Saturday. The victim was operating a snowmobile alone and died at the scene. This would be the 18th snowmobile-related death during the current season in Wisconsin.

(Fond du Lac) A 30-year-old Fond du Lac man was killed after his car hit a tree and a building on a city street early Saturday morning. Police say the man was driving south on Amory Street north of East Arndt Street when his vehicle left the roadway striking the tree and a building at 115 East Arndt Street. No one in the building was hurt. The driver died at the scene. Police and Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene at 12:12 am.

(Juneau) Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson says absentee ballots will be available by early next week. Gibson says there are a few ways to vote absentee. Absentee voting can be done in person at your local municipal office or an individual can request an absentee through the mail, by email or though the my-vote-dot-wi-dot-gov website. Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be received by in your municipal clerk’s office by April 2nd but Gibson encourages voters to begin the process much earlier to ensure their ballot will be counted on election day, April 7th.

(Beaver Dam) New Beginnings Homeless Shelter in Beaver Dam continues their search for a new home for their men’s facility. In September, the non-profit announced that it would be moving on from their current location on Madison Street, next to the Chapel of the Archangels. Fr. Mike Erwin, who is a board member with New Beginnings, says a home that was purchased during the reconstruction of St. Katharine Drexel could serve as a permanent location. He says the parish is considering selling just the house portion of the structure to New Beginnings for a reasonable price. Currently, New Beginnings is offering hotel vouchers for men in need. More information is available at

(Beaver Dam) Vietnam veteran Don Zilewicz (zill-uh-wits) got a little choked up talking about his experience with the Honor Flight. Zilewicz was on WBEV’s Community Comment last week to promote this Saturday’s Great American Cookout fundraiser for Badger Honor Flight when he recounted his 24-hour flight to Washington DC last October to experience the nation’s historic military monuments. For the 4000-strong welcome home ceremony at the Dane County Regional Airport, his family was all wearing the same t-shirt that said ‘Hero To Many” with an extra t-shirt for him. A sharp contrast to his actual return from Vietnam, Zilewicz says. The Great American Cookout is at the Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam this Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

(Madison) The state’s Office of Commissioner of Insurance is asking health insurance plans to adjust to COVID-19. Mark Afable wants cost sharing for tests and any future vaccine waived. He also wants all health providers to be able to handle future coronavirus cases and promote tele-health services.

(Madison) The Madison Diocese says retired priest William Nolan will return to good standing after sexual misconduct allegations were not deemed credible. A jury found Nolan not guilty last September of sexually assaulting an altar boy when serving a Fort Atkinson parish.