News – September 22, 2020

(Beaver Dam) The city of Beaver Dam’s proposed borrowing for next year totals $5.9-million dollars. The common council last night took an initial look at the 2021 Capital Improvements Plan, which allocates $4.25-million dollars for roads. The Parks Department is seeking $1.5-million dollars, which includes half the cost of a splash pad to replace the pool at Swan Park; a fundraising effort is also being launched for the $1.4-million-dollar splash pad. The biggest price tag unveiled was for the relocation of the Department of Public Works at a cost between $10-and-$13-million dollars. Officials say the current facility is no longer safe. A proposed site would be in the business park off Industrial Drive, behind Conagra Foods.

(Princeton) We are learning more about a fatal weekend fire in Green Lake County. Princeton Fire Chief Ernie Pulvermacher says a woman was killed in the blaze on West Main Street Saturday morning, pronounced dead by Berlin EMS. The fire started in the home’s basement, where most of the damage was reported. Fire also damaged the first floor of the two-story residence. Two renters were displaced by the blaze and received help from the American Red Cross. Pulvermacher says there did not appear to be working smoke detectors in the house. He notes that with National Fire Prevention Week coming up next month it’s important to have working smoke detectors in your home because your life may depend on it.

(Winnebago) A Neenah man has been convicted in the drunk boating deaths of two sisters on Lake Winnebago last year. A Winnebago County jury convicted Brian Sullivan of two counts of vehicular homicide. Sisters Lauren and Cassandra Laabs were riding in a boat operated by their father in 2018 when Sullivan’s boat hit theirs. The collision threw them into the lake, and they drowned.

(Kenosha) Attorney General Josh Kaul will hand the investigative file on the Jacob Blake shooting to former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray for review as a use-of-force expert, before it goes to the Kenosha County district attorney for possible charges. Wray did not have a timeline for when his work would be finished, but emphasized that it was important to be thorough. Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake in the back during an arrest, paralyzing him, on August 23.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 1,271 positive coronavirus cases in Monday’s daily update, which is 18.7-percent of the 6,700 tests announced. There are 14,414 active cases in the state, an increase of 271 from Sunday. State health officials recorded two deaths Monday, for a total of 1,244. Dodge County has nine deaths on record and 1,626 cases, an increase of 26 from Sunday. County health officials are actively monitoring 307 people.

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin National Guard is conducting site-based testing at two Dodge County prisons this week. One team collected specimens at Dodge Correctional yesterday and is returning today. The Waupun facility has had 150 inmates test positive for COVID-19, an increase of nine from last week. Active cases stand at 38 while 112 have recovered. A second team will also be at John C. Burke Correctional on Thursday. While the prison has reported no inmates with COVID-19, one employee has tested positive.

(Wisconsin) A federal judge has extended the amount of time that absentee ballots will be accepted for the November election. Judge William Conly in Madison ruled on Monday that absentee ballots will be accepted by clerks until November 9th, so long as they’ve been properly postmarked by Election Day on November 3rd. The deadline to register to vote or request a ballot online or by mail has also been extended a week to October 21st. Legislative Republicans and their allies say they’re exploring an appeal in the ruling.

(Juneau) A Beaver Dam man was charged yesterday (Monday) with failing to return to the Dodge County jail after a medical appointment. Matthew Haas reportedly failed to check-in at the Beaver Dam hospital’s emergency room in June. After being missing for roughly 10 hours, Haas contacted the jail to say he was on his way back and allegedly said he was at the hospital the whole time. When Haas returned, Suboxone and morphine was reportedly found in his system. If convicted, the 28-year-old faces six years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled next month.

(Ashippun) A Pardeeville man was charged yesterday (Monday) with burglarizing a property in Ashippun. Bert Lietzow allegedly took an antique drying rake and damaged a door jam at a property on County Road P in early June. When questioned, Lietzow allegedly admitted he was at the property looking for barn wood but denied entering any buildings or taking anything. If convicted, the 70-year-old faces no more than 12-and-a-half years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled in October.