Local News Briefs Tuesday 10/1/13

As the federal government shutdown loomed Monday Republicans tried to block implementation of Obamacare in the house. Sixth district Congressman Tom Petri said if a shutdown occurred it wouldn’t be for long. Petri has been an “outspoken opponent” of the Affordable Care Act since its passage in 2010. The deadline to reach a compromise came and went and the government is now shutdown. The health care exchanges are scheduled to open today.

Washington County Injury Accident

A 20-year-old Richfield man was injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in the Town of Polk Monday afternoon. Washington County Sheriff’s officials say it happened in the area of Slinger Road and Sherman Road. When a Slinger police officer arrived at the scene the driver of the vehicle was moving around, but needed to be extricated. He was the sole occupant. After he was extricated he was flown to Froedtert Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He had been heading north on Slinger Road when he lost control of the vehicle. It went off the shoulder of the road, overturned twice and came to rest on the roof. Speed was a factor in the accident, which was reported just before 3:30 p.m.

Oshkosh Armed Robbery Suspect Captured

A 51-year-old man is in custody for the armed robbery of a sports bar in Oshkosh last Saturday afternoon. Oshkosh Police say the man displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register at the Ohio Street Station in the 800 block of Ohio Street about 5:20 that afternoon. The suspect was quickly identified as a man who had ties to Neenah and Milwaukee. He was taken into custody Monday with the assistance of Milwaukee Police. He was arrested for armed robbery and taken to the Winnebago County Jail.

Process Server Points Gun At Man’s Head

(WBKV-West Bend)-A 49-year-old Horicon man is facing an endangering safety charge after pointing a gun at the head of a man he was serving civil process papers on in Washington County last week. Sheriff’s officials say the 63-year-old Town of Erin man he was serving papers on last Thursday morning told him to get off his property that he was trespassing. That’s when the process server allegedly pulled a handgun out of an ankle holder and pointed it at the homeowner’s head. He then left. A short time later the man was located and Horicon’s Fire Chief followed him back into Dodge County where he was stopped and arrested. The gun was located in an ankle holster where the caller said it was. A Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy checked the gun and it was loaded, but no rounds were chambered. The man is now facing a misdemeanor charge of endangering safety. The man did have a valid concealed carry permit in his wallet.

Waupun Man Receives 19th OAR Citation

A rural Waupun man has racked his 19th citation for driving after his license was revoked. It happened last Friday afternoon when a Waupun Police officer pulled 25-year-old David A. Johnson over on West Main Street. Police checked his record and found the 18 prior citations. It’s the 6th time this year Johnson has been cited. Driving after revocation amounts to a civil forfeiture of $220.50.

Hunter Shot

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a shooting that occurred north of Mayville in the Horicon Marsh Sunday morning. A hunter was injured by buckshot after being shot by a member of his own hunting party. He was treated for his wounds in the emergency room at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. The incident happened about 8 a.m. Sunday.

Reeseville Man Flees Deputies Twice

Dodge County Sheriff’s officials are looking for a 31-year-old Reeseville who first fled them on a motorcycle and after crashing it took off from a Madison hospital. Terry Coward didn’t have his headlight on during the early morning hours Saturday when he was on Highway 16 and 60 at Alto Road. He led deputies on a pursuit and after crashing his bike was flown by Medflight helicopter to the UW-Madison Hospital. When Sheriff’s deputies went to the hospital Sunday afternoon to pick him up he wasn’t there. He’s facing a 4th drunken driving offense.

Heroin Making A Comeback

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cameron McGee says heroin is becoming a problem once again in the state. The state Attorney General’s Office last week launched an ad campaign about the dangers of heroin use. McGee says heroin is making a comeback. He says it’s dangerous because you don’t know what drug dealers are using as cutting agents. He says when it’s injected directly into veins it could be Good Night permanently. McGee says residents can help by giving them tips on drug activity. He says if you see an unusual amount of traffic around a place that’s a good indication that something illegal is going on. He says you can call their tip line anonymously at 906-4777. Last year there were 12 drug deaths in the County the majority from heroin use.

Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Ash Tree

Those yellow ribbons on trees along Merrill Avenue and Macy Street in Fond du Lac aren’t to signify the homecoming of a favorite family member. Department of Public Works Director Jordan Skiff says it’s to raise public awareness about the number of ash trees that may become infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. He says there are 7,000 ash trees in City parks and terraces. Skiff says there are 18 ash trees along that stretch of Macy and 28 along that stretch of Merrill. The EAB has been found only 15 miles from Fond du Lac, and could already be here without being detected. Concerned citizens are encouraged to attend an informational meeting with the DNR at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28th in the legislative chambers of the City-County Government Center. For more information about the EAB, visit the City’s web site or about terrace trees and treatment options in your neighborhood, contact the Public Works office at (920) 322-3472.

Career Cruising

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says their “Career Cruising” program helps students determine what type of field they want to go into after high school. He says it is a career planning program that starts with 8th graders and continues with meetings between counselors and 9th, 10th and 11th grade students and their parents. He says the expansion of the ACT test to all high school students in the next year will also help with career planning efforts. Sebert says the different assessments are a way of guiding students through the education they need for different career pathways.

Inmate Job Fair At Kettle Moraine Correctional

Over 35 businesses, colleges and community service and resources organizations will meet with 200 inmates from Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution this Thursday. Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall also will attend the annual inmate job and resource fair to promote reentry initiatives and resources that inmates can use to help them successfully transition back into the community after release from prison. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the prison in Plymouth.