Local News Briefs Tuesday 8/27/13

Fond du Lac Fire Department officials are reminding residents to make sure ashes from any fire are out before they are placed in the garbage. Firefighters responded to a fire at 219 East 9th Street Sunday morning at 10:40 a.m. for a fire. Officials say ashes from a burn bin were stuck in a garbage can outside, which started a fire. The blaze destroyed the garbage can and spread to a recycling bin. Firefighters were able to put it out before it spread to the home.


Kiel Teen Hurt In Weekend Accident


Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say a 16-year-old Kiel girl was hurt in a rollover accident in the Town of Rhine over the weekend. Emma Koehn was heading north on Highway 67 just north of Elkhart Lake shortly after 10 O’clock Saturday night when she lost control of her car.  The vehicle slid sideways into the ditch where it rolled over and slammed into a tree.  An ambulance took her to St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan with non-life threatening injuries.


Sex Offender Moving In Oshkosh


A 30-year-old sex offender will be moving to 1201 Harney Avenue in Oshkosh Wednesday. According to state records Joel Lowery was convicted in 2008 of 3rd degree sexual assault for sexually assaulting 14 and 15-year-old girls he knew. He will be on electronic monitoring and lifetime GPS.


Plymouth Man Sentenced To Prison For 5th OWI


A Dodge County judge Monday sentenced a 30-year-old Plymouth man to 20 months in prison and three years of extended supervision. Brandon Meyer was sentenced for his fifth drunken driving offense. The sentence is consecutive to any previously imposed sentences. His driver’s license was revoked for three years and an ignition interlock device will have to be installed on any vehicles he owns for three years. He was given credit for the 46 days he’s already served in jail. Meyer was stopped for speeding in Horicon early the morning of July 11th. A blood test put his blood alcohol concentration at more than twice the legal limit (.169).


Milwaukee Cop Severly Beaten


(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Milwaukee Police Officer Dwain Monteilh is recovering from serious injuries after he was beaten Monday afternoon. Chief Ed Flynn says 43-year-old Monteilh and another cop tried to question two people who were “behaving in a suspicious manner,” but one suspect initiated a fight and attempted to grab Monteilh’s gun. Assisting officers responded quickly, as they were nearby. Flynn says the entire area is what MPD considers to be a “hot spot.” It’s unknown why the two engaged in a fight. Flynn says officers resisted using deadly force to regain control of the situation, but they would have been justified if they had used their weapon. He says Monteilh is conscious, talking, and his eye “looks like hell.” He says Monteilh is in good spirits and still had his sense of humor. Meanwhile, he says they are making progress. Flynn says in two months his officers have taken 553 guns off the streets.


Hwy 23 Intersections Will Be Open For Sheboygan County Fair


State Department of Transportation officials say intersections of State Highway 23 being worked on will be open in time for the Sheboygan County Fair this week. They say the intersections with County O and Pleasant View Road in Sheboygan County will be completed and opened to traffic by noon Thursday. In addition, the State Highway 23 intersection at County E will remain open to traffic through the holiday weekend. Work at that location will start Tuesday, September 3, at which time it will be closed for construction. The Sheboygan County Fair starts Thursday and runs through Labor Day.


FDL School Board Hears Annual Bullying Report


The Fond du Lac School Board last night heard the annual report on the school culture and climate. The report tracks bullying incident reports. There were 362 incident reports in the 2012-13 school year, 184 of which or just over half that resulted in discipline referrals. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says Marian Sheridan, the district’s Coordinator of School Health and Safety programs, has been putting together the reports since the 2008-2009 School Year. He says it sheds light on areas they need to work on and makes them eligible for grants. He says their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support programs and Bullying Prevention Policy help them to address the problem. According to the report the 184 discipline referrals were up from 167 in 2011-12 school year. The majority of the bullying, 231 incidents, were verbal.


Insurance Switch Saves FDL School District Nearly $88,000


The Fond du Lac School Board last night approved bids for long term disability and life insurance coverage for district employees. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says the switch to Minnesota Life for life insurance and National Insurance Services of long term disability coverage from the WEA Trust will save the district a lot of money, $87,737. The district had previously switched its dental coverage to Delta Dental. 


Senator Gudex Office Hours In FDL Tonight


State Senator Rick Gudex will hold office hours at the Fond du Lac City-County Government Center tonight. The Senator for the 18th State Senate District will be in Rooms D & E from 6 to 7 p.m. He will be available to meet individually with constituents to discuss issues that are important to them, or to field requests for assistance. Gudex says it’s a great opportunity for people who are not that comfortable in a large group setting to discuss issues important to them.


Solutions Center Always Filling A Need


The Executive Director of the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac says there is always a need for their shelters, and always a need at those shelters for donations. Lindee Kimball says between their men’s and women’s shelters and the new family shelter they shelter quite a few people. She says on a daily basis it works out to about 50 people, which is on the higher side considering the County’s population. She says there is always a need. She says they can always use donations if people would like to contribute items like toilet paper, laundry soap, coffee and other items people use daily. Their main office is located at 39 North Sophia Street in Fond du Lac or you can call 923-1743.


Sesquicentennial License Plates Being Retired


Wisconsin’s most popular special license plate will soon become history. Megan Bergum, with the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Bureau of Vehicle Services there are about 160,000 active sesquicentennial plates that are being retired. She says some of them have been on the road for more than 17 years. She says many of them are faded and their reflectivity is so poor they can’t be read easily, which becomes a safety and law enforcement issue. They’re also replacing the remaining red-lettered standard auto licenses plates and that’s about 135,000 plates. Both of these plate types will be replaced with our standard auto plate, which has black letters and numbers.”

She says people who need to replace their plates don’t need to do anything. They will be getting a letter form the DMV when it’s time to reissue their plate. All of these faded plates will be off Wisconsin roads by fall 2014.


No Call Deadline Saturday


The latest quarterly deadline to apply for the state’s No Call List is this Saturday. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding residents to add their numbers to the list or to renew their registrations if it has been more than two years since the number was added.  The free no call service covers residential land and cell phone lines.  Consumers must re-register every two years to stay active. To add your residential landline, cell phone or VoIP number(s) to the list, visit http://nocall.wisconsin.gov   or dial 1-866-9NO-CALL (1-866-966-2255).  The website and toll-free number are available all day, every day. Wisconsin residents who add their numbers to the list before the deadline will receive protection from unsolicited telemarketing phone calls and text messages starting on October 1.