News – May 18, 2021

(Lomira) An individual is in custody following multiple pursuits with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, while driving a motorcycle, fled law enforcement twice while deputies fielded multiple reports of the individual acting suspiciously and stealing property between Lomira and Leroy. He eventually crashed in the City of Fond du Lac and was taken into custody. The suspect is being held at the Dodge County Jail on a probation hold pending the completion of the investigation.

(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam are meeting today (Tuesday) with a liquor license holder accused of repeatedly selling alcohol to minors. Police Chief John Kreuziger told the city’s Administrative Committee last (Monday) night that demerit points could be assessed against the Exxon convenience store on North Spring Street as part of an ordinance that penalizes license violators with suspension or revocation. Kreuziger says the business sold to minors on five occasions in five weeks. The chief will make a recommendation on any possible demerit points pending the outcome of today’s meeting with the owner and the city attorney.

(Ashippun) An Oconomowoc woman charged with injuring another motorist in Dodge County while under the influence made her initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Erin Jurich reportedly ran a stop sign in Ashippun last February and collided with another vehicle. Jurich allegedly admitted to drinking several alcoholic seltzer beverages’ earlier in the day. The victim suffered a fractured right ankle, a broken left forearm and three fractured ribs. If convicted, the 42-year-old faces up to 25 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 24th.

(Theresa) A Theresa woman charged with stabbing another person multiple times made her initial appearance in court yesterday (Monday). Michele Schacht allegedly stabbed the male victim with a large kitchen knife in the neck, thigh and stomach in December. The victim said the attack was unprovoked. If convicted, the 51-year-old faces up to 29 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 24th.

(Wisconsin) Nearly 40-percent of Wisconsin is fully-vaccinated against COVID. The Department of Health Services says about 39-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated as of Sunday. About 45-percent have had at least one dose. While the number of people getting their second dose is going up, the number of people getting the first dose is falling; about 150-thousand doses last week, about 40-thousand fewer than the week before. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported no COVID deaths yesterday and that number remains unchanged at 6,958. Dodge County is reporting 165 deaths with 132 cases. Thirty-two-point-one-percent (32.1%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 36.3-percent have had at least one dose.

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare/SSM Health will be among those health care providers vaccinating children 12 to 15 years of age against COVID. Chief Nursing Officer Nicole Gill at Waupun Memorial Hospital says because they are minors those children will need to have a parental consent form signed. She believes they will accommodate kids and their parents by making more time available later in the day for them to be vaccinated. Gill says people can call to make an appointment at 920-926-8400 or sign up through a MyChart account.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin Republicans are part of a multi-state lawsuit over use of federal COVID-19 relief funds. A group of attorneys general filed the lawsuit in March.  It asks a federal court to rule the money can be used to pay for tax cuts.  Republican legislative leaders passed a resolution last month directing Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul to join that suit, but he refused.  A legislative committee voted last week to join the lawsuit and divide the legal costs between the Assembly and Senate. – WRN

(Wisconsin) State elected and financial leaders are encouraging Wisconsinites to establish an emergency savings account through automatic saving. The “Wisconsin Saves” initiative comes after the financial struggles people dealt with following the start of the COVID pandemic.  They are also advising employers to encourage their employees to use split deposits so some money goes directly into a savings account.