Newscast – September 4, 2020

(Dodge County) A Wisconsin Appeals Court ruled yesterday (Thursday) to reverse the state’s decision to allow for the merger of two municipalities that neighbor the City of Mayville. The Wisconsin Department of Administration accepted the merger request between the Town of Williamstown and the Village of Kekoskee nearly two years ago. Mayville appealed the decision citing concerns over growth and school district population. The court’s ruling yesterday determined the merger plan was wrongly approved as it violated state statute which does not allow a village to absorb an entire township. Village leaders in Kekoskee say they will be discussing next steps in the coming weeks.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was sentenced yesterday (Thursday) to five-and-a-half years in prison for his ninth OWI offense. Gregory Rasnick admitted to drinking eight beers prior to driving the evening of May 29th. When police were questioning Rasnick, he had blood shot eyes, was slurring his speech and smelled heavily of intoxicants. Due to his eight prior convictions, dating back to 1991 with the most recent in 2007, Rasnick had a reduced blood alcohol concentration limit of point-zero-two (.02). The 57-year-old was also placed in extended supervision for five years.

(Fox Lake) An inmate at Fox Lake Correctional charged with attacking another prisoner is heading to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Justin Williams allegedly threw his food tray and punched another inmate multiple times in March. If convicted, the 26-year-old Williams faces an additional six years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for October 28th.

(Fox Lake) A Princeton woman accused of bringing in illegal contraband into Fox Lake Correctional is heading to trial. Dolores Kirst waived her right to a preliminary hearing on a felony count of Deliver Illegal Articles to an Inmate. In February, Kirst allegedly brought four bags that contained marijuana and chewing tobacco into the facility. When questioned, Kirst reportedly admitted to her actions. If convicted, the 48-year-old faces no more than three-and-a-half years in prison. An arraignment hearing is scheduled for September 30th.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 727 positive coronavirus cases in Thursday’s daily update, which is 7.9-percent of the 9,100 tests announced. There are 7,393 active cases in the state, an increase of 65 from Wednesday. State health officials recorded four deaths Thursday, for a total of 1,146. Dodge County has five deaths on record and 1,209 cases, an increase of nine from Wednesday. County health officials are actively monitoring 171 people.

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin jobless claims were down slightly last week. The U-S Labor Department says people in Wisconsin filed around 13-thousand, 900 first-time jobless claims the week ending August 22nd. That’s nearly one-thousand fewer than the week before. Claims are still higher in Wisconsin compared to last year. 880-thousand Americans filed new claims for state unemployment last week. – WRN

(Wisconsin) Wisconsin has been approved for the $300-dollars per week boost in unemployment benefits. The Department of Workforce Development says FEMA has approved the state’s application to dip into the Lost Wage Assistance Program, which allows anyone who’s currently receiving at least $100-dollars per week in unemployment benefits to have that boosted to 400, up to a maximum of 12 hundred dollars per week in total benefits. Officials say they still need time to set up and test the distribution network for the extra benefit, meaning those on unemployment may not get the boost until October. – WRN

(Wisconsin) A reminder to boat safely this weekend. Labor Day is the traditional end of the summer, and for many in Wisconsin, that means heading to the water for the last time of the year. The Department of Natural Resources is issuing its annual Labor Day boating safety reminder. The advice is to have life jackets on board, slow down, do not drink while boating, and watch for other people in the water. The D-N-R says 19 people died in boating accidents in Wisconsin this summer; most of them drowned while not wearing a life jacket. – WRN