News – November 20, 2021

(Emmet) Multiple injuries were reported after a truck and farm tractor collided in the Township of Emmet yesterday (Friday). Dodge County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene on Welsh Road near Five Mile Road around 3pm. The initial investigation showed that the pickup truck was heading southbound on Welsh Road when a farm tractor entered the roadway from a private driveway. Both vehicles collided and the pickup rolled over in the ditch after the collision. The driver of the truck, a 42-year-old Reeseville man, was flown by medical helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle’s passenger, a 40-year-old Reeseville woman, was transported by ambulance to a hospital with possible serious injuries. The tractor driver, a 62-year-old rural Watertown man, received minor injuries and was not transported from the scene. Lack of seatbelt use is a factor in the seriousness of the injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(Forest) A 65-year-old Forest man was seriously injured after falling from a ladder yesterday (Friday). Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the man’s residence at N5741 County Highway G. The investigation revealed that the man was on the ladder while attempting to change a light fixture in his home. While doing so he lost his balance and fell approximately 20 feet, landing on a concrete floor. LifeNet Air Medical Helicopter was called to the scene and flew the man to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. Authorities say the incident is considered an accident.

(Kenosha) A jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty in the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of a third during violent unrest in August of 2020. A spokesman for the Rittenhouse family spoke to the media following Friday’s verdicts. In reaction to the verdict, Governor Tony Evers said (quote) “no ruling changes our reality in Wisconsin that we have work to do toward equity, accountability, and justice that communities across our state are demanding and deserve.” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says that he condemns vigilantism and calls it dangerous and illegal. He says the actions of those attempting to take the law into their own hands only put the safety of law enforcement officers and communities in danger. – WRN

(Wisconsin) President Joe Biden’s social spending bill passed the House Friday morning, and Wisconsin’s delegation disagrees on how it’s paid for. Republicans delayed the vote but Democrats pushed ahead on one of Biden’s key priorities. Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan calls the $2-trillion-dollar bill “transformational” for American families. He says it’s paid for by the wealthy and corporations who have not paid their fair share of taxes. Republican Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau says that’s a lie, citing a Congressional Budget Office report that the Build Back Better package would add $367-billion-dollars to the deficit over ten years. He calls it a boondoggle.                     

(Mayville) A Milwaukee man who burglarized an apartment in Mayville was sentenced yesterday (Friday) to a year-and-a-half in prison. Jose Santos entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Burglary of a Building. A misdemeanor charge of Theft of Movable Property was dismissed but read into the record. Mayville police were contacted last November by the victim who reported missing roughly $2,000 from a safe. The victim had captured video of the burglary and identified Santos as the suspect. Earlier that same day, Santos was stopped by authorities in Horicon. Mayville police emailed an image of Santos to the Horicon officer involved in the traffic stop, who said that they were the same person. The 22-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for five years.

(Hustisford) The case against an Oconomowoc man charged with significantly injuring a passenger in an accident where a controlled substance was allegedly found in his system has resumed. Ryan Rhadans is facing a felony count of Injury by Use of a Vehicle-Controlled Substance. Last December, Rhadans was found not-competent to stand trial. During a competency hearing yesterday (Friday), the 39-year-old was found competent to stand trial and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 16th. The crash occurred on St. Helena Road north of Arrowhead Trail on June 22 of 2016. Rhadans, who was behind the wheel, was heading south when the vehicle went off the road, struck an embankment and vaulted. At the scene, Rhadans allegedly told first responders that he was leaving a bar in Horicon and that he swerved to miss a deer. Authorities reportedly noticed an odor of intoxicants from Rhadans who said he had four beers but did not know the location where he had drank them. A preliminary breath test was given which allegedly returned a reading of point-zero-five-five (.055) but law enforcement noted that the sample was (quote) “very weak.” Blood samples that were later tested reportedly found THC in Rhadans system. The passenger in the vehicle, Timothy Bradfield, was paralyzed from the accident. If convicted, Rhadans faces no more than 12-and-a-half years in prison.

(Wisconsin) The nine-day gun deer season is here and DNR officials have some tips to keep this year’s hunt safe. They ask every hunter to treat all firearms as if they are loaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction, be certain of your target before pulling the trigger, and keep your finger outside the trigger guard until it is safe shoot. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1973, must have a hunter education certification to purchase a hunting license unless hunting under the Mentored Hunting Law. Also, all harvested deer must be registered electronically by 5 p.m. the day after the deer is recovered. Wisconsin is a nationally-recognized state for hunting white-tailed deer with an abundant herd and a proven reputation for producing some of the largest bucks in the world. As of 10 a.m. November 19, sales for gun, bow, crossbow, sports, and patron licenses reached 686,320. Of that total, 327,544 are for gun privileges only.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to ride safely when using all-terrain vehicles and utility-terrain vehicles during their hunt this year. Since January, 41 people have died in ATV and UTV-related crashes. Most of the incidents involved people not wearing a helmet or seat belt. There were 38 fatal crashes in 2020. Hunters using ATVs or UTVs to retrieve harvests or travel off-road to hunting locations should take life-saving precautions such as wearing a helmet and buckling up. Most hunting incidents involving ATVs or UTVs often occur on private lands and are linked by common factors. DNR Conservation Warden and Off-Highway Vehicle Administrator Lt. Martin Stone says ATV’s and UTV’s are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. He says oftentimes, accidents happen by simply going too fast for conditions, not judging the curve correctly or not knowing the terrain. Some tips for safe operation include do not drink and drive, slow down, display registration ID number on a rear plate for all ATVs and UTVs registered for public use, and always wear a helmet. ATV riders at least 12 years old and born after January 1, 1988 must complete a course before operating an ATV on public trails and areas in Wisconsin. UTV operators must be at least 16-years-old.