News – October 28, 2020

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is not calling it a “shelter in place” order, but he is urging Wisconsinites to strictly limit their interactions outside of their own homes and families, as COVID-19 numbers continue to surge. Department of Health Services Secretary designee Andrea Palm says people should stay home as much as possible, order or no order and adds that it is the safest thing people can do to stop the spread of this disease. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 5,262 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update. There are 43,163 active cases in the state, an increase of 2,067 from Monday. State health officials recorded 64 deaths, bringing that total to 1,852. Dodge County has 27 deaths on record and 4,051 cases, an increase of 106 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,092 people.

(La Crosse) President Donald Trump told cheering supporters in the La Crosse area Tuesday that Democratic opponent Joe Biden’s lockdown “cure” for COVID is worse than the disease. He says with alcoholism, drugs, abuse, suicides, with all the things that happen – it is worse. Trump also called for people to (quote) “get their governors to open up.” – WRN

(Madison) The candidates seeking to replace longtime Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District discussed the issues with us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment. You can hear our interviews with Republican Scott Fitzgerald and Democrat Tom Palzewicz at DailyDodge.com.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Schools Superintendent Mark DiStefano says he is happy to see the mill rate in the district drop to pre-referendum levels. The school board on Monday approved the 2020-21 budget with a tax rate of $8.99 per thousand of assessed value, a decrease of five cents from the budget adopted last year. The district’s levy totals $16.5-million dollars, compared to the previous levy of $15.7-million, with general operating revenues totaling $40.8-million dollars and expenditures at $40.7-million. Equalized aid from the state this year increased by $984-thousand dollars to $23.5-million.

(Calamus) A Madison teen has been charged with running from Dodge County deputies. Denaje Atkins allegedly refused to pull over after getting clocked speeding in the Town of Calamus last week. 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 over nine years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 during Atkins’ initial appearance and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 24th.

(Lomira) The Lomira School District dismissed students for the day following a hostage situation that took place near the school Monday. According to police reports, a man held his girlfriend hostage in the 300 block of Main Street prompting a school lockdown and subsequent dismissal. The police officer responding to the call asked for the lockdown due to how close the scene was to the school and information that the man may have access to firearms. The situation was resolved without incident and the 20-year-old man was taken into custody. The Brownsville Police Department also responded and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office brought their drone in case it was needed.

(Portage County) An elderly Portage County man is dead after his son allegedly ran him down. Initial information from the scene indicated a man was struck by a vehicle on the property, and was injured. Upon arrival, deputies discovered 76-year-old Daniel Sullivan was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by his son, 44-year-old Daniel Sullivan, Jr.-who is currently in custody at the Portage County jail, facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide. – WRN