News – November 25, 2020

(Madison) This year’s opening weekend of the gun-deer season posted higher numbers than both 2019 and 2018. According to the DNR, the first days of the nine-day hunt were up 2.25-percent over last year. That equates to 95,257 deer taken compared to 93,155 last year. Dodge County saw a 14.6-percent increase over the two-year period with 1346 deer taken this year compared to 1175 last year.

(Wisconsin) There were four accidental shootings opening weekend one of them fatal. As we reported yesterday, a 65-year-old West Bend man was killed in Door County when he tripped exiting his blind and his shotgun went off hitting him in the chest.  Also on Sunday, a 40-year-old man in Adams County was wounded working the slide on his pistol when it discharged into his left hand. Those injured on Saturday include a 62-year-old man in Washburn County and 14-year-old boy in Saint Croix County, who were each accidentally shot by hunters in deer drives.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 6,202 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. There are 75,893 active cases in the state, an increase of 1,553 from Monday. The state reported a record 104 deaths bringing that total to 3,115. Dodge County is reporting four more deaths, bringing that number to 70, and 1077 active cases. Fond du Lac County reported six additional deaths yesterday for a total of 46.

(Columbus) A Columbus man is accused of failing to pay state payroll taxes for his construction business. Norman Vick is facing one count of felony Theft in Columbia County Circuit Court for offenses that allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2014. During that time, more than $103,520 of state income taxes were withheld from their paychecks but the 59-year-old reportedly did not pay the withheld taxes to the revenue department. Prosecutors say Vick had up to 57 employees who were subject to Wisconsin withholding tax.  If convicted, Vick faces a maximum penalty of seven-and-a-half years in prison.

(Waupun) A Dodge County judge found probable cause yesterday (Tuesday) for a Mequon woman to proceed to trial on charges that she tried to get illegal contraband into John Burke Correctional. Thirty-seven-year-old Laketa Taylor is charged along with a Milwaukee man with felony Delivering Illegal Articles to an Inmate. The pair allegedly dropped a bag that contained chewing tobacco, cellphones, marijuana, cocaine and Crazy Glue in a ditch outside the facility in May. If convicted, both face up to three-and-a-half years in prison. If convicted, they face up to three-and-a-half years in prison. Taylor will be arraigned in February.

(Calamus) A Madison teen accused of running from Dodge County deputies is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday (Tuesday). Denaje Atkins allegedly refused to pull over after getting clocked speeding in the Town of Calamus last month. He reportedly drove in excess of 100-miles-per-hour during the 30-mile pursuit which ended when his vehicle drove over spike stripes. If convicted, the 18-year-old faces up to over nine years in prison. Atkins will be arraigned next month.

(Madison) President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U-S ambassador to the United Nations has Wisconsin ties. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, says she’ll work to restore America’s standing in the world. She’s a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went to work at the U-S State Department more than 30 years ago.  Her choice is thought to be an indicator of Biden’s intent for the U-S to return to a more traditional role in the U-N. -WRN

(Madison) The lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Voters Alliance wants the Supreme Court to order the state legislature to pick the state’s electors, tossing out all of the results of the presidential election. The group claims that there has been widespread abuse of absentee balloting, and that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg influenced the election through a statewide elections grant to cities. The Court has ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to file briefs by Friday. The next business day would be Monday, November 30th, and the state’s votes need to be certified by December 1st. -WRN

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee County could finish its presidential ballot recount as soon as Wednesday, and no later than Friday. The recount got off to a slow start last week, as election officials addressed several concerns raised by President Trump’s representatives. But as of Tuesday, the work was reportedly “very close to being back on schedule.” Meanwhile, the recount is about 36-percent finished in Dane County, where the work is said to be only “slightly behind schedule.” They have to finish by the December 1st deadline for certifying the vote. Trump lost to Joe Biden by about 20-thousand 600 votes in Wisconsin, but paid for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, where most of the Biden votes were cast. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Thanksgiving travel is expected to be on the lighter side, according to Triple-A Wisconsin. With health and government officials stressing that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, Triple-A anticipates at least a 10-percent drop in travel – the largest decrease since the recession hit in 2008. The actual number of holiday travelers could even be lower. For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of departure. AAA is reminding travelers to be aware of restrictions that might be in place at your destination. -WRN

(Dodge County) Even with traditional holiday gatherings taking a different look this year with the pandemic, Alliant Energy is pointing out that cooks across the Midwest still rely on one universal ingredient: energy. Alliant Energy Vice President of Customer Operations Linda Mattes says even though there may be fewer friends and family at the table this Thanksgiving the value of a safe, reliable and affordable electric or natural gas remains the same. Creating a typical Thanksgiving meal including a 16-pound turkey stuffed and roasted, a pan of mashed potatoes with gravy, handmade dinner rolls, a green bean casserole, and two pumpkin pies this year requires only about $1.56 in electricity costs, up 13-cents from last year. If you use natural gas, that cost is averaging 37-cents to prepare, down around three-cents.