Newscast – May 7, 2021

(Iron Ridge) An Iron Ridge man was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to four years in prison and placed on extended supervision for seven years for his role in a fatal opioid overdose. Timothy Sedlmeier admitted that he bought the heroin that Samantha Mattila used in 2017 but says she took it without his knowledge. Toxicology tests later confirmed that the 19-year-old died of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl.

(Byron) Fond du Lac County authorities say a two-year-old who suffered serious injuries after falling off a tractor in the Township of Byron Wednesday is expected to make a full recovery. The child suffered facial fractures and a broken collar bone after being struck by the Kubota tractor. A 38-year-old Fond du Lac woman, who was driving the tractor, hit a bump on Hickory Road causing the child to fall off. The crash remains under investigation.

(Wisconsin) The annual Drug Take Back Day was a major success in Wisconsin. Attorney General Josh Kaul reports Wisconsin had a total collection of 60,632 pounds of unused and unwanted medications on Saturday, April 24. That is the second largest Drug Take Back collection in the country. – WRN

(Fond du Lac) Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt says his department’s use of force policy easily met the new standards issued by Governor Evers in an executive order. Waldschmidt says the Governor’s order applied to state agencies like the DNR and State Patrol, but he is proud to say his department’s policy already met all eight of the Governor’s standards.

(Madison) Joint Finance Committee co-chair, Senator Howard Marklein (mark-line) says Republicans are stripping hundreds of items from Governor Tony Evers’ proposed two year spending plan. Republicans will be working up a new budget off of base — that is, from current budget signed by Evers two years ago. The items Republicans are deleting would have brought in $3-point-4 billion-dollars. Evers, in a letter yesterday to Republican leaders, called their budget plans “ill-advised.” – WRN

(Beaver Dam) More construction work in Beaver Dam is slated to begin next week. Work along the north shoreline of the Beaver Dam River, between the Lake Dam and Madison Street, will resume Monday (May 10th). Director of Engineering Todd Janssen says the project will include installation of concrete sidewalk, lighting, fencing, and turf restoration. Work is anticipated to be completed in July.

(Wisconsin) CVS pharmacies are now providing COVID vaccinations on a walk-in basis. Vaccinations are available at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 68 in Wisconsin, with no appointment necessary. Same-day scheduling, including appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling, is also available at CVS.com. The company’s COVID vaccine scheduler is updated throughout the day to account for same-day cancellations. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported 14 COVID deaths yesterday bringing that number to 6,877. Dodge County is reporting 164 deaths with 123 active cases. Twenty-eight-point-eight-percent (28.8%) of Dodge County residents are fully vaccinated while 35 -percent have had at least one dose.

(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam recently announced a new hire to their primary care clinic. Certified Physician Assistant Sharon Smith has familiarity with the Beaver Dam hospital and its patients having previously provided care with the Fast Care, urgent care, and occupational health teams from 2000 to 2011. For contact information to schedule an appointment, visit DailyDodge.com.