News – May 20, 2021

(Mayville) A Mayville man was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to serve 150 days in jail and was placed on probation for three years for running from police while under the influence. Robert Seeley was clocked going 60-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone last February, before sparking a half-mile chase that reached speeds up to 80-miles-per-hour, ending when the 40-year-old’s vehicle crashed into an embankment, knocking over a telephone pole. Police observed the vehicle at an area bar earlier that evening. One of the giveaways cited in the criminal complaint was a recognizable sticker that read “High Speed Pursuit Training Vehicle.” Seeley’s blood alcohol level was point-one-zero-four (.104).

(Leroy) A Waupun man charged with injuring another motorist in a two-vehicle crash while being under the influence of a controlled substance made his initial appearance in court this week. Nicholas Leser allegedly admitted to taking Percocet’s  the day he rear-ended another vehicle twice in February. The victim suffered a slipped disk and required neck surgery following the crash. If convicted, the 37-year-old faces up to 12-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 3rd.

(Dodge County) Area law enforcement agencies will be part of a nationwide effort to get drivers to wear their seatbelt. The annual Click It Or Ticket campaign begins Monday and will run through June 6th. Local officers will be out on patrol for longer hours to reinforce one safety message: buckle up. Currently, 89-percent of Wisconsin motorists wear safety belts. The 11-percent who fail to buckle-up account for 43-percent of all the drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes last year in the state.

(Madison) Governor Tony Evers is calling a special session of the Legislature to address health care and economic recovery. Lawmakers are being asked to consider expanding BadgerCare and address Wisconsin’s economic recovery from the coronavirus during the session scheduled next Tuesday. The governor wants the Republican-controlled Legislature to invest millions of dollars in building projects and other areas, including various aspects of the healthcare system. Hours after the governor announced the special session, Republican leaders called it “an unserious stunt” and indicated they will not hold votes. – WRN

(Wisconsin) More people in Wisconsin are getting their second coronavirus shot. The Department of Health Services says about 40-percent of eligible people in Wisconsin are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Forty-five-percent have had at least one dose. State health officials say about 14-thousand doses have been administered so far this week. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,976. Dodge County is reporting 165 deaths with 118 active cases. Dodge County health officials are actively monitoring 123 cases. Thirty-two-point-three-percent (32.3%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 36.4-percent have had at least one dose.

(Waupun) The Chief Nursing Officer for the Waupun Memorial Hospital says it is important to remain diligent against COVID by continuing to get vaccinated and masking up. Nicolle Gill of Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, says they have seen an overall decrease in hospitalizations from the coronavirus since a surge earlier this year. But she says people still need to continue getting fully immunized and wearing face masks until we reach herd immunity.

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Board voted to terminate its COVID Emergency Declaration this week. County Executive Al Buechel  had declared the health emergency on March 13th of last year. The same resolution also reinstated the 2018 Rules of the County Board, which were suspended due to the pandemic. Dodge County Board supervisors voted last month to terminate their emergency declaration.