News – November 28, 2020

(Springvale) A hunter shot a bullet into a house in Fond du Lac County Friday morning. The Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin DNR responded to Pommering Road in the Town of Springvale around 8:20am after receiving a call from the homeowner. The caller indicated that a group was hunting on the state-owned public land when a gunshot was heard, then a noise of something hitting the house, followed by some drywall debris coming from the wall where the noise was, and then into the room the caller was in. Upon closer inspection, it was apparent that a bullet had struck the exterior of the house, traveled through the siding, into the wall, and came out the drywall into the residence.  Authorities located a group of deer hunters on the state-owned public land, open to hunting, bordering the property of the caller. The group was actively hunting, and one of the hunters stated that he had discharged his firearm at a deer in the direction of the residence on the bordering property. He apparently missed the deer, but did not think, due to the distance and angle, that he would be in danger of striking the house. No one was injured and the incident remains under investigation by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin DNR.

(Oconomowoc) A former investment broker from Oconomowoc, accused of stealing more than two-and-a-half million dollars from more than two dozen victims, has reached a plea deal.  Fifty-year-old Edward Matthes pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud Wednesday.  Prosecutors say Matthes came up with a scheme to defraud his mostly elderly clients while he worked for Mutual of Omaha Investor Services.  He talked them into transferring their investment funds from their own accounts into a new account where he said they would perform better.  Instead of opening new accounts, Matthes deposited those funds into his own personal bank account, then sent fake statements to the clients. -WRN

(Madison) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has revoked the wholesale dealer license of two Columbia County dealers for various violations of their licensing requirements.  The wholesale license for Petite Cars Inc. was revoked for failing to properly follow administrative requirements when the company failed to maintain a licensed business facility. The license revocation took effect on November 19. Naz Auto LLC had its license revoked for violating state law when the company failed to maintain a surety bond and conducted an unlicensed retail sale to a Wisconsin resident. The license revocation took effect on Monday.  Both businesses are located at 101 Skyline Drive in Arlington. The state DOT’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Dealer and Agent Section licenses, regulates and resolves disputes about dealership sales and warranty repairs. It also investigates complaints about odometer tampering and title fraud involving dealerships and private sellers.

(Madison) Coronavirus percentages continue to trend down in Wisconsin. There were just 1,300 new confirmed cases on Friday, with a little under 9,800 tests processed over the Thanksgiving holiday. The daily positive test rate was just 13.3 percent, and the seven-day positive test rate fell to 27.8. Seventeen COVID-19 related deaths bring the toll in Wisconsin to 3,257. Hospitalizations have dropped steadily from a high of 2,277 two weeks ago, to 1,839 as of Thursday. Despite the reduced number of patients statewide, the situation remains critical in many Wisconsin hospitals. There are 70,977 active cases in the state, a decrease of 3,681 from Thursday. Dodge County has now experienced 71 deaths, and 8,211 cases to date. The county had 152 negative tests returned. Washington County has seen 69 deaths along with running total of 8,607 cases. Fond du Lac County has reported 50 deaths and has 8,154 positive tests on record. Jefferson County has a total of 37 deaths and 5,142 cases to date. There have been 10 deaths in Columbia County and 3,355 positive tests to date. Green Lake County has six deaths and 1,161 cases on record.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff is shining a light on the importance of vehicle insurance in his law of the month column. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says now is the time of year where there are fewer daylight hours and cooler weather, which means deer are traveling more and a higher likelihood of an accident. With temperature drops, the roads may get slick at times which could cause a vehicle collision. Schmidt say these are just two of the many reasons that it is important to have liability insurance. In Wisconsin, drivers are required to have liability insurance as well as proof in the vehicle. People can show proof in the form of a card or if the insurance company has an app. Schmidt says if a person does not have proof on them they can receive a citation of $10. It is a $250 citation if they do not have insurance, which Schmidt says is more than it would cost to just simply get insurance. The sheriff says even if an individual feels that they are a good driver, it does not mean you do not need insurance.

(Dodge County) Overall vehicles sales in Dodge County are lagging behind last year’s numbers while truck sales have seen a slight increase. According to the Waterloo-based, industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 2,934 vehicles sold in Dodge County through October, around 120 less than by the same time one year ago, a decrease of four-percent. Truck sales were up nearly a percentage point while car sales dropped 32-percent. Columbia County fared about the same with just over 2,000 vehicles sold in the first ten-months of this year, which is 130 less than last year, a decrease of five-percent. Car sales in Columbia County were down 27-percent while truck sales decreased two-percent. Jefferson County had 2,000 vehicles rolling off dealer lots this year, roughly 400 less than last year by this time for a drop of 17-percent. Car sales in Jefferson County were down 37-percent while truck sales dropped 13-percent. For the nine-county, south central Wisconsin region as a whole vehicle sales were down 12-percent with 34-thousand, 700 sold. Car sales were down 30-percent while trucks sales decreased seven-percent.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam non-profit has received a share of $6.6-million-dollars in COVID-19 Out-of-School Support Grants. The YMCA of Dodge County was awarded over $67-thousand-dollars from the grant funding recently announced by Governor Tony Evers. The governor says these out-of-school support providers are a critical part of ensuring Wisconsin kids have access to high-quality programming and a safe place to go. Evers says the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our kids, and these organizations have stepped up in a big way to make sure they have the support they need to stay resilient. Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), the grant program provides eligible organizations grant awards to cover pandemic-related impacts such as lost revenue, increased staffing costs, cleaning and sanitization. As well as additional costs to ensure high-quality programming otherwise impacted by COVID-19. In total, 42 Wisconsin organizations received grant funding.

(Wisconsin) Bagged salad mixes are being recalled in 12 states – including Wisconsin – during an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration. The federal agency is looking into multiple reports of an intestinal infection which is caused by a parasite.  The salad mixes linked to the sicknesses were produced by Fresh Express and sold at Walmart, Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel-Osco stores.  There have been no deaths reported, but federal health authorities are reporting 206 laboratory-confirmed cases of the infection in eight of the 12 states.  Wisconsin is one of those eight states. -WRN