News – October 13, 2021

(Horicon) Cash bond was set at $10-thousand-dollars Tuesday for an Alabama man accused of trying to disarm Horicon police officers. Quamaine James allegedly scuffled with police as they tried to question him about entering a vacant home. During the fight, James reportedly punched an officer and put his hands on two separate officer’s firearms. When questioned, James reportedly said that he did not remember fighting police or trying to take their weapons and added that he was (quote) “fighting for his life.” If convicted, James faces 24 years in prison. A competency exam was ordered.

(Wisconsin) Some of John Deere’s unionized workers rejected a six-year contract offer this past weekend, paving the way for a possible strike at midnight Wednesday. Workers feel the company is not keeping up with what others offer in wages and benefits. John Deere has 10,000 workers at its 14 facilities, which includes John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon. However, the local union would not be impacted. Darrel Schepp, President of Machinists Union Local 873, tells DailyDodge that they are prepping for contract negotiations at this time next year.

(Wisconsin) The immunity conferred by a COVID infection is not as strong or long lasting as the immunity from vaccines, according to UW Health’s Dr. Jeff Pothof. He says approximately one-third of people who contract COVID do not produce any immune response, leaving them vulnerable to further infection.

(Dodge County) There were 32 new COVID cases recorded by Dodge County health officials Tuesday. Active community cases stand 697, a decrease of 53 since Monday. Six more hospitalizations were reported yesterday, bringing the total number since the pandemic began to 983. The seven-day daily average of new COVID cases per 100-thousand people is 40.9, 15 cases above what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” There have been 46.9-percent of citizens in the county who have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 44.6-percent have completed the vaccination series. Dodge County remains in the “very high” activity level from COVID transmission along with Fond du Lac, Washington, Jefferson, and Columbia Counties. Green Lake County is in the “critically high” level.

(Columbus) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinic this Friday. County health officials say the clinic will be for a one-and-done Johnson and Johnson shot. The J and J vaccine is only offered to those 18 and older. The clinic will be at the American Packaging Corporation located at 100 APC Way in Columbus. Shots will be offered between 6am and 9am and 2pm and 4pm Friday. Information about scheduling a vaccine shot is available at

(Fond du Lac) The state’s Department of Criminal Investigation is stepping in to investigate a fire at a Fond du Lac restaurant Sunday night. No one was hurt during the fire at A Family Affair Soul Food Kitchen, but due to the damage from the fire the restaurant on South Main Street has been condemned. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says the city police department agreed to have the DCI step in and do the investigation because the restaurant is owned by City Council member Arletta Allen. It’s the second time in a little over a month that restaurant has been damaged. Last month someone broke in and damaged some cooking equipment. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire.