Newscast – September 2, 2020

(Kenosha) In Kenosha yesterday (Tuesday), President Donald Trump deflected when a reporter asked whether he believes there is systemic racism in America. Trump said we should talk about the kind of violence that has been seen in Portland. He also added that the protests seen in Kenosha have not been peaceful, pointing to the buildings that have burned down. Trump toured damage and met with business owners and law enforcement in Kenosha. He did not meet with the family of Jacob Blake, the Black man who’s shooting by a Kenosha police officer set off a week of peaceful protests along with destructive riots. – WRN

(Kenosha) Kenosha County’s sheriff blames out-of-towners for most of his community’s violence. Sheriff David Beth says 114 of the 205 people arrested last week are from out of town. He says they came from 44 different cities to be part of the riots and violence last week. Beth says people were arrested for all sorts of crimes, including burglary and weapons violations. He says police took 20 guns from people who should not have had them. – WRN

(Dekorra) Authorities have identified the pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle in the Town of Dekorra last Friday. At 2:46pm, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian – identified as 70-year-old David Hepler of Poynette – on Tipperary Road. Hepler was hit by a vehicle that began to spin after it overcorrected when it veered off the roadway. The driver, a 76-year-old male from Dane, received minor injuries. Hepler died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday) to 45 days in jail with work release privileges for burglarizing the Beaver Dam Public Transit building. Charles Daniel broke into the Beaver Dam Public Transit building last August and took roughly $1,500. Staff told police that Daniel was one of the last people in the structure before the burglary. When questioned, Daniel at first denied the accusations but later admitted to his actions. The 50-year-old was also placed on probation for two years.

(Fox Lake) A Dodge County hunter will be on probation for five years and pay a $95-thousand-dollar fine for shooting a deer during archery season in Nebraska. Federal prosecutors told the court 40-year-old Duane Mulvaine of Fox Lake broke the law with the help of an outfitting business in Broken Bow, Nebraska.  Federal investigators say there were six violations between 2012 and 2017. Mulvaine was caught during a federal probe of illegal hunting in central Nebraska. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 981 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 8.3-percent of the 11,800 tests announced. There are 7,534 active cases in the state, an increase of 305 from Monday. State health officials recorded eight deaths Tuesday, for a total of 1,130. Dodge County has five deaths record and 1,188 cases, an increase of 26 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 173 people.

(Dodge County) Dodge County saw an uptick in the percentage of positive tests last week, according to the latest weekly update from the Dodge County Health Department. From August 24th through the 30th, county health officials say 11.8-percent of all tests administered were positive; up from the 8.6-percent reported the previous week. One of the metrics of the Dodge County Safe Restart Plan, case status, is still in the red since being downgraded from yellow two weeks ago. Health officials say if the county remains in “red” for 14 consecutive days they may look at moving back to Phase One recommendations. Currently the plan is in Phase Two.

(Wisconsin) The call is going out for volunteers on Election Day this fall. The Wisconsin Elections Commission says it will likely need thousands of people to work the polls November 3rd. The Election Commission is expecting shortages because older people who usually work the polls are at the greatest risk for the coronavirus. Communities have relied on the National Guard to staff the polls since the outbreak began, but there’s no guarantee the Guard will be available again in November. Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson is encouraging healthy people to give back to the community by signing up to be a poll worker, which is a paid position. Gibson asks those interested to reach out to their local municipal clerk. – WRN