Newscast – September 30, 2020

(Madison) As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to mount in Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers is again urging everyone to wear a mask when out and about. Evers says that a mask is not a substitute for social distancing, limiting exposure, and staying at home but says then wearing a mask is the absolute least that the public needs to do. – WRN

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,367 positive coronavirus cases in Tuesday’s daily update, which is 22-percent of the 10,700 tests announced. There are 20,252 active cases in the state, an increase of 692 from Monday. State health officials recorded 17 deaths Tuesday, the most in a single day since May, for a total of 1,300. Dodge County now has 17 deaths on record and 1,931 cases, an increase of 47 from Monday. County health officials are actively monitoring 426 people.

(Dodge County) Positive tests in Dodge County jumped over a percent higher than last week, according to the latest update from the Dodge County Health Department. From September 21st through the 27th, county health officials say 17.6-percent of all tests administered were positive; the previous week it was 16.2-percent. Dodge County remains in phase one of its three phase Safe Restart Plan. The cases metric is in the red while hospitals and contact tracing is in the yellow. The only metrics in the green are PPE and testing.

(Wisconsin) An extension of the window for returning Absentee ballots in Wisconsin has been upheld by a federal court. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision by Federal Judge William Conley that extends the amount of time that clerk’s offices will have to count absentee ballots. While ballots still have to be postmarked by Election Day, clerk’s offices will still be required to count them if they arrive up to 6 days later. Republicans have attempted to block the move and are likely to ask the US Supreme Court to take up the case. – WRN

(Markesan) Authorities in Green Lake County have taken a person of interest into custody in connection with the armed robbery of a grocery store. The incident occurred at Ted’s Piggly Wiggly in Markesan just before 9pm Sunday evening. Police Chief William Pflum says the suspects name will not be released until the district attorney files criminal charges. The suspect was wearing a surgical mask and sunglasses when he entered the business at 450 North Margaret Street and acted as if he was shopping. He approached the checkout, pointing to what “appeared to be a handgun” in the waistband of his pants and demanded money before fleeing the scene on foot. Chief Pflum thanked the community for the information that was shared, which he says proved vital to the investigation.

(Calumet) A teenager was seriously injured during a rollover crash in the Township of Calumet yesterday (Tuesday). Fond du Lac County deputies were dispatched to County Highway HHH near Lefeber Road at 6:42pm. A 26-year-old Chilton man rolled his vehicle while attempting to pass another car. He sustained minor injuries but his passenger, a 15-year-old Chilton teen, was seriously hurt and was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Authorities say neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam police chief is not recommending any additional action against the package liquor establishments that were cited for selling to underage patrons in July. Chief John Kreuziger made that recommendation during a recent meeting of the city’s Administrative Committee, which has authority over liquor licenses. Beaver Dam partnered with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, using an underage participant in their youth cadet program to make buys. The establishments that were found in violation are: Chill Zone Liquor, North Center Street Kwik Trip, North Spring Street Kwik Trip, Park Avenue Shell, and Coyote Gas and Liquor. Each business was assessed 150 demerit points. The suspension or revocation process could be initiated if a business accumulates 200 or more points in a rolling 18-month period.

(Beaver Dam) Curbside bulk garbage pick-up in Beaver Dam starts tomorrow (Thursday). DPW officials say that bulk pick-up follows the same schedule as regular trash collection, running through next Wednesday, October 7th. Bulk items can also be dropped off at the public works garage on select day’s year-round. The next bulk pick-up after October will be the first waste collection day of May.