News – May 14, 2021

(Beaver Dam) A Randolph teen has been charged with changing the price of items at a Beaver Dam business and paying significantly less for them. Dominick Jarden allegedly replaced the product’s code so that when it was scanned at checkout, it would read as a $2.48-cent pack of chewing gum. Jarden would scan the items at the self-checkout lane and pay with a credit card. A total loss of $1,232 was reported by the business. If convicted, Jarden faces over four-years behind bars. An initial appearance is scheduled for June 7th.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man made his initial appearance in court yesterday (Thursday) on charges he possessed illicit content of children. Matthew Haase allegedly uploaded several files that was suspected to be child porn to Snapchat last October. When questioned by authorities, Haase reportedly admitted to possessing images of child porn. If convicted, the 40-year-old faces 75-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 17th.

(Mayville) A Lomira woman was placed on probation for two years for cashing a phony check at a Mayville bank. Forty-two-year-old Shannon Gammon cashed a fake check worth $1,000 last June. Several discrepancies were found on the check including an invalid authorized signature and that the check number was one digit too long.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 18 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,953. Dodge County is reporting 164 deaths and health officials are actively monitoring 129 cases. Thirty-one-point-one-percent (31.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 35.9-percent have had at least one dose.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers, who has been fully vaccinated against COVID, says he usually does not wear a mask when outside. For inside spaces, he says it depends on the situation. There is no statewide mask mandate, although local governments and most businesses in Wisconsin still have mask requirements in place. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Voters with disabilities are telling lawmakers they should reconsider changing Wisconsin election laws. They say two bills passed Tuesday in the state Senate put people with disabilities at a disadvantage. The first bill would prohibit any non-family members or legal guardians from returning a completed absentee ballot for another person. The second bill would stop election officials from filling out missing voter information or making corrections to absentee ballot certificates. Evers is expected to veto the bills. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Only 16 people were officially reported to have been hospitalized for the flu this past season in Wisconsin.  State health officials say no week of reporting has official tests surpassing eight cases, which has kept activity in the low category all season long.  At the end of April, 41-percent of all Wisconsinites received the flu shot.

(Beaver Dam) There is a new business coming to downtown Beaver Dam. Damsels will be a restaurant and cocktail bar at 302 South Spring Street. Owners Bill Schwartz and Jeff Davidson recently gained approval for their exterior renovation plans from the city’s Landmark Commission. Davidson and Schwartz have operated the neighboring information-technology business Inter-Quest since 1997 and recently opened another restaurant Dam Chicken, which is also next door. Mayor Becky Glewen says she is “super excited.” Damsels will also feature outdoor seating behind the building, overlooking the Beaver Dam River and new Rotary Riverwalk Park.