Newscast – November 6, 2020

(Dodge County) Multiple law enforcement agencies in Dodge County engaged in pursuing a suspect tied to a theft complaint yesterday (Thursday). From 2:19pm to around 3pm authorities from Beaver Dam, Fox Lake, Waupun and sheriff’s deputies pursued a vehicle connected to a theft in Columbus. The vehicle was eventually disabled when it struck a curb in Waupun. The driver, who was reportedly identified as 32-year-old Justin Carter-Smith of Milwaukee was arrested along with a passenger. Carter-Smith is facing charges of Eluding as well as several drug related charges. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges may follow.

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Supreme Court will stay on the sidelines while the fate of Governor Tony Evers’ emergency order limiting the size of public indoor gatherings is hashed out. The Supreme Court refused to consider the case Wednesday, offering no explanation.  The order was issued in early October and it is set to expire today.  The 3rd District Court of Appeals blocked the order October 23rd while it considers the arguments.  The decision not to take the case from the appellate court came on a four-to-three vote of the justices. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin’s Chief Health Officer resigned yesterday. Stephanie Smiley wrote in a letter to local health department that her work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and she’s taken a position outside of the state so she can focus on her own health. Her resignation is effective November 11th.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 5,922 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update. There are 54,326 active cases in the state, an increase of 1,846 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded 38 deaths, bringing that total 2,194. Dodge County now has 37 deaths and 5,325 cases, an increase of 194 from Thursday. County health officials are actively monitoring 1,404 people.

(Beaver Dam) City leaders in Beaver Dam have started a local chapter that is part of a statewide effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The Beaver Dam COVID-19 Coalition takes its lead from a partnership of Wisconsin’s business, healthcare and advocacy organizations. The coalition says that the economic stability of the community is at stake as Dodge County’s COVID-19 cases are increasing at excessive rates. Mayor Becky Glewen told the city council this week that coalition members require staff and the public to wear masks, in addition to social distancing, washing hands and avoiding large gatherings. The Beaver Dam COVID Coalition says the unified approach is needed to keep kids in school and keep government, nonprofits and local businesses in operation.

(Madison) There will be new leadership in the State Senate after Republicans pick their leaders for the next session. After several votes, Oostberg Republican Devin LeMaheiu was picked as the new Senate Majority Leader, replacing outgoing leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau, who’s now headed to Congress. Delafield Senator Chris Kapenga will take over as Senate President. Senators Roger Roth and Alberta Darling had also been in the running for leadership positions. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Work on the new SSM Health Clinic along Highway 151 in Beaver Dam is progressing. The exterior brick for the clinic’s second floor is complete and workers are placing the stone for the first floor and framing in preparation of the facility’s glass windows. The majority of the exterior glazing was completed last month. Once completed, the facility will house SSM Health primary and specialty care providers, as well as imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. The plan is to begin providing patient care in the clinic in February.

(Mud Lake) The Columbia County Shooting Range on King Road has reopened after completion of range improvements. The announcement was made in partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Columbia County Shooting Alliance. The range improvements include backstop repairs, new target stands and holders as well as 100-yard shooting shed repairs and a new storage building on site. The range will be open Thursdays through Tuesdays from 10am to 6pm. The facility will close every Wednesday for maintenance and law enforcement training.