News – May 4, 2021

(Ashwaubenon) Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain says a former restaurant employee shot three men, killing two of them, at the Oneida Casino Complex in Ashwaubenon Saturday night. Killed were 35-year-old Jacob Bartel and 32-year-old Ian Simpson. The third victim, 28-year-old Daniel Mulligan is in stable but critical condition at a Milwaukee hospital. Delain said the shooter, 62-year-old Bruce Pofahl, was shot and killed by Green Bay police officers outside the complex. – WRN

(Lebanon) Authorities have identified the person killed in a UTV rollover crash in the Township of Lebanon Saturday night. Sixty-year-old Otto Abolins was travelling on Monroe Road roughly seven miles northeast of Watertown when his UTV left the roadway and overturned in a marshy ditch. The rural Ashippun man was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Green Lake County) An inmate at the Green Lake County Correctional Facility died last week. Green Lake EMS were dispatched at around 8:30pm Friday to the jail for an in-custody woman with a medical concern. Life-saving measures were administered by corrections officers and EMS. The 43-year-old was later pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by authorities.

(Madison) Republican legislative leaders would like a meeting with governor. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, along with the co-chairs of the legislature’s budget committee, made the request in a letter sent to Governor Tony Evers on Monday. This comes as the budget panel prepares to begin work on Evers’ proposed budget this week – by removing some 300 items from it. Evers’ office did not immediately respond to the GOP request. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born, co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, says the governor has built a budget on sand. Born notes Evers’ proposal increases spending by 10-percent, which he says would amount to the largest increase in spending in almost 20 years. The Beaver Dam Republican adds that the preliminary budget increases taxes by over $1-billion-dollars at a time when many families and businesses are trying to recover from the pandemic.

(Beaver Dam) After more than an hour of debate and public comments, the Beaver Dam Common Council last (Monday) night approved the designation of two, 30-minute, customer-only parking stalls in the downtown, city-owned lot off West Maple, next to the new community theatre building. The stalls, intended to help downtown businesses on Front Street with backdoor access, were initially proposed to be 15-minute parking but the length was increased by council action.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported no COVID deaths yesterday and that number remains unchanged at 6,839. Dodge County has 163 deaths with 126 active cases. Twenty-seven-point-eight-percent (27.8%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 34.6-percent have had at least one dose.

(Portage) Columbia County Health will be changing their COVID vaccination clinic schedule. Health officials say they will be holding a second dose Moderna clinic only at their offices at 111 East Mullet Street in Portage on Thursday (May 6th). Next Thursday (May 13th), a first dose Moderna vaccination clinic will be held at East Mullet Street. More information can be found at

(Beaver Dam) Those in need of work will have an opportunity to find employment tomorrow. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin will host a drive thru job fair in six Wisconsin counties including Dodge, Columbia, and Jefferson County. The Dodge County job fair will be held at the Dodge County Fairgrounds from 3pm to 7pm. For more information visit

(Madison) There is two weeks left for candidates to file paperwork to run in the July 13th special election for John Jagler’s former Assembly seat. At least five candidates have announced a bid. The most recent is Republican William Penterman of Columbus, who graduated from Ripon College and serves in the Army Reserve. Other candidates include Cathy Houchin, Nate Pollnow, Steve Kauffeld and Jennifer Meinhardt.