News – November 13, 2020

(Dodge County) Wisconsin set another daily record for the number of new coronaviruses cases with 7,497 announced yesterday, out of another record number of 22,408 test results that came back positive, which is 33.4 percent.

(Dodge County) Two Dodge County residents were among the 51 COVID deaths announced yesterday. Dodge County now has 51 of the 2515 statewide deaths with others reported in Washington, Fond du Lac and Jefferson counties. There are almost 67-thousand active cases in the state, an increase of over 2,800 people from yesterday.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster said this week that they have been at 90-percent-plus capacity for the past two weeks while up to 24-pecent of their staff has been out with the virus or under quarantine.

(Madison) A lawsuit seeks to toss out all of the votes cast in the Democratic strongholds of Dane, Milwaukee and Menominee counties. The plaintiffs allege that their own votes were diluted. None of the complaints in the case cite any specific instances of fraud. Similar lawsuits from the same group have been filed in other battleground states like Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

(Madison) Wisconsin legislators may be about to issue their first subpoenas in almost 50 years, as they investigate the presidential election.  Representative Ron Tusler chairs the Assembly Committee on Elections. He says he believes the state runs its elections well and history indicates the results will not change.  Tusler says the vote still deserves a review because of the questions raised by voters. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called for the investigation, but he also says it is unlikely enough cases of fraud will be found to overturn the election in Wisconsin. -WRN

(Washington DC) Senator Tammy Baldwin says Republicans need to stop their efforts to cast doubt on the election and get behind President Elect Joe Biden. Baldwin says that the election, and Wisconsin’s election in particular, was handled very smoothly and accurately, and that there should be little doubt to the electoral process. -WRN

(Madison) Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is advising President Trump’s re-election campaign, says unless something changes while the counties are canvassing the vote, simply counting the ballots again will not give President Trump a Wisconsin victory.

(Juneau) As more community’s pass laws permitting ATV’s on public streets, the Dodge County sheriff is signaling caution, noting an increase in crashes and injuries. Waupun and Juneau are among the local cities that have adopted ordinances allowing ATV and UTV’s on their streets. Beaver Dam is discussing the possibility. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says over the past year, the county has had a record number of ATV crashes. He says complaints over noise issues have also risen. Schmidt says this year has been concerning and municipalities need to do their homework before adopting any ordinance changes.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison and two years of extended supervision for running from police with a revoked license. In April, Timothy Jones drove away at speeds above 50-miles-per-hour along North Spring Street after a Beaver Dam officer ran a records search that showed he did not have a valid license. The 53-year-old stopped at the Hotel Rogers parking lot and fled on foot a short distance before being apprehended.

(Ashippun) A Dodge County judge found probable cause Thursday for a Pardeeville man to proceed to trial on charges that he burglarized a farm in Ashippun. Bert Lietzow allegedly damaged a door jam before walking away with an antique at a property on County Road P in early June. When questioned, Lietzow allegedly admitted he was at the farm looking for barn wood but denied entering any buildings or taking anything. If convicted, the 70-year-old faces up to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

(Dane County) A judge is refusing to throw out the case against a protestor accused of threatening the Dane County Sheriff. Jeremy Ryan is charged with several felonies after putting the sheriff’s personal information online. Ryan is also accused of making threats against Mahoney if protester Devonere Johnson isn’t released from jail. Authorities arrested Ryan last summer after he made threats and demanded food and money from downtown Madison businesses. He told owners if they didn’t do what he said, he would destroy their businesses. -WRN

(Wauwatosa) A Wauwatosa police officer cleared in three shootings over the past five years could know next month if he will keep his job. Wauwatosa’s Police and Fire Commission has set a hearing in Officer Joseph Mensah’s case for December 16th. Some people in the community want Mensah fired, but the police chief says Mensah did nothing wrong in the three shootings that date back to 2015. In each case, investigators say the person Mensah shot had a weapon and threatened Mensah’s life. -WRN

(Madison) There’s been a change in leadership, of the Wisconsin legsilature’s budget committee. Speaker Robin Vos announced on Thursday that Marinette Representative John Nygren will return as Assembly co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee. But earlier in the week, new Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu announced that Senator Howard Marklein  of Spring Green will replace Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills as Senate co-chair of the powerful committee. LeMahieu recently replaced Senator Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau who is headed to Congress. Marklien is a CPA with six years as a committee member. Darling has served as co-chair since 2011. Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam is expected to remain on Joint Finance but final committee assignments will not be announced for a couple more weeks. Governor Tony Evers is expected to provide his budget in February. -WRN