News – May 27, 2021

(Ashippun) A Hartford man charged with supplying the drugs that led to an overdose death in Ashippun entered a not guilty plea at arraignment yesterday. Mitchell McDonald allegedly provided the heroin that killed a 28-year-old woman in April of 2019. If convicted, the 29-year-old faces no more than 40 years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) A Burnett teen was charged yesterday with having inappropriate contact with a minor. Ethan Bentti is facing three felony counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. According to the criminal complaint, Bentti and the juvenile victim meet at a City of Beaver Dam hotel where the illegal contact occurred. Bentti allegedly admitted to his actions. If convicted, the 19-year-old faces 120-years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled for June 21st.

(Waupun) The Waupun Police Department is investigating a hit and run crash. Officers were called to the 100 block of Bly Street Monday evening for the crash that occurred on Sunday. Deputy Chief Jeremy Rasch says a witness described the offending vehicle as a dark grey Jeep Patriot with temporary tags. He says the vehicle’s operator was a female with brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to call the Waupun Police Department.

(Madison) Republican lawmakers want to declare Wisconsin a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” The bill would stop enforcement of certain federal gun laws in Wisconsin, and publicly push-back against any federal gun registry or gun seizures. Democrats say the proposal is likely unconstitutional. Even if it gets enough votes to pass, Governor Tony Evers will almost certainly veto it. – WRN

(Green Lake) State Representative Alex Dallman says he and State Senator Joan Ballweg are trying to do something about getting J-1 visa students cleared to work in the country. The lawmaker from Green Lake says a number of tourism related businesses in the Wisconsin Dells and Door County depend on employing those students over the summer months.

(Wisconsin) Nearly two-point-four-million Wisconsinites – or 41-point-one percent – are fully vaccinated against COVID. The latest data show more than two-million-735-thousand people in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine. State health officials say just over five million shots have been administered in Wisconsin. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 7,003. Dodge County is now reporting 168 deaths with 96 active cases. Thirty-three-point-four-percent (33.4%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 37.8-percent have had at least one dose.

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department has announced that the hours for today’s (Thursday’s) free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic have been extended. The clinic was originally scheduled to run from 8am to 4pm but will now be open until 6pm at 111 East Mullett Street in Portage. The extended hours are only for the first dose Pfizer shots, available for ages 12-and-up. A Moderna clinic for those returning for their second dose is also being held from 8am until 4pm.

(Lowell) The speaker at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Lowell will be Dodge County Judge Joseph Sciascia (shah-shah). There is also a parade at Monday’s event, along with an airplane flyover with a vintage warbird, antique and modern military vehicles and the Dodgeland School Band.