News – September 15, 2020

(Town of Oak Grove) A motorist was killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the Town of Oak Grove. One of the vehicles involved was a squad car operated by a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy who sustained minor injuries as did the driver of a tractor-trailer. The sheriff’s office asked the Wisconsin State Patrol to investigate noting the conflict of interest with the deputy involved. The initial investigation indicates that a sedan failed to yield at a stop sign at County A and W and was struck by the northbound tractor trailer, pushing the sedan into the squad car that was waiting to turn left. The driver of the sedan was killed. Each vehicle was occupied by a lone driver. Names are being withheld pending notification of family members.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man charged in connection with a 2016 OWI-related death in Sheboygan County was convicted yesterday (Monday). John Hammen was traveling at speeds over 100-miles-per-hour when his car veered off the road, struck a culvert and crashed into the tree line. Hammen and 61-year-old Freddie Nelson of Beaver Dam were flown from the scene. Nelson died three days later. Hammen, who at the time of the crash owned Johnny’s Lounge in Beaver Dam, has five prior convictions for OWI. The 60-year-old will be back in court for a sentencing hearing on January 8th.

(Beaver Dam) A cooking related fire heavily damaged a kitchen in a Beaver Dam duplex yesterday (Monday) afternoon. The Beaver Dam Fire Department was dispatched to 113 Rosendale Street at 2:40pm. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in under one hour. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the second floor occupants reported the cooking fire began when they had a pan of oil burning on the stove. No injuries were reported.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Executive Committee yesterday recommended making a few modifications to the county’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. In March, the County Board adopted the resolution that – among other things – gives the board chairman the ability to make pandemic-related purchases without board or committee approval. Supervisor Jeff Schmitt is seeking to clarify that emergency power, saying that purchasing should only be deferred if the county cannot legally post a meeting notice in time. His motion to revert back to standard purchasing requirements advanced out of committee and will be considered by the county board at next week’s meeting.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 771 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 19.7-percent of the 3,900 tests announced. There are 10,201 active cases in the state, a decrease of six from Sunday. State health officials recorded no deaths Monday and that number remains unchanged at 1,210. Dodge County has eight deaths on record and 1,417 cases, an increase of one from Sunday.

(Wisconsin) Young adults account for most of the coronavirus cases in Wisconsin. The state Department of Health Services reports more people in their 20s in the Badger State have tested positive for COVID-19 than people in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s combined. More than 22-thousand people between the ages of 20 and 29 have now tested positive for the virus. Just under 15-thousand people age 60 and older have tested positive since March. -WRN

(Wisconsin) The State Supreme Court has ruled that the Green Party will not be on the November presidential ballot. In a 4 to 3 decision on Monday, the Court ruled that the Green Party waited too long to challenge the Elections Commission decision that kept them off the ballot in the first place. It states that “it is too late to grant petitioners any form of relief that would be feasible and that would not cause confusion and undue damage.” The three votes against were from the court’s conservative justices. Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says the motion suppresses people’s rights to vote, while Justice Rebecca Bradley argued that this was akin to disenfranchising black voters in Alabama during the 1960s. -WRN

(Wisconsin) There’s no word on how an Army recruit from Wisconsin died in South Carolina. Michael Wise of Kewaskum was found dead in his barracks Saturday morning. The Army says Wise’s death has nothing to do with the coronavirus, and he was not killed in a training exercise. Wise leaves behind a pregnant wife and a two-year-old daughter. He also served in the Air Force for about a year-and-a-half. His mother says he recently re-enlisted to continue serving his country. -WRN