Local News Monday 3/25/13

Town Of Trenton Man Dies From Vehicle Accident Injuries


Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a 30-year-old Town of Trenton man who was critically injured in a two-vehicle accident on March 13th has died. Dustin Heyn passed away at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee last Friday morning. Heyn’s pickup truck went through a stop sign at County Highway M and Highway 33 and was hit by a semi. The semi driver 55-year-old Ricky Hesselink of Sheboygan Falls was not hurt in the accident.


Waupun Suicide


(WBEV-Beaver Dam)-The Waupun Police Department is investigating the death of a man found Friday in the parking lot of Marten’s True Value. Police were called to the 1100 block of West Main Street around 10:30 a.m. Chief Dale Herringa says the 45-year-old died as the result of an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound. A passerby noticed the man in an SUV and an employee called police. Herringa says the body had been there for several hours before being discovered.


Washington County Fire


A car repair service in Allenton was damaged by fire Saturday afternoon. Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a call reported a large amount of smoke coming from Dave’s Repair Service at 7405 Midland Drive just before 4 p.m. Four fire departments were able to put the fire out and vent the building. The fire appeared to have started from an electrical box which had numerous extension cords and partial hard wired extension leads coming from it. Most of the damage was in the center of the building where the electrical box was located. No one was injured fighting the blaze.


Road Rage Incident Leads To Citations And Arrests


Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a road rage incident resulted in citations for disorderly conduct and two arrests yesterday afternoon. Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Anthes says it happened on Highway 41 southbound at County Highway G. Both vehicles exchanged hand gestures and lane changes that cut each other off. Both vehicles then pulled to the side of the road and confronted each other. The incident then turned physical. A 32-year-old Appleton man and 52-year-old Green Bay man in one vehicle and a 47-year-old Oshkosh man and his 18-year-old son from the other vehicle were cited for disorderly conduct. In addition the 47-year-old Oshkosh man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and his 18-year-old son on a probation violation. The incident happened about 3:45 p.m.


Two Injured In Sheboygan County Crash


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-Two people were injured Friday afternoon in the collision of two pickup trucks in the town of Sherman a couple miles north of Random Lake.  The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department says it happened around three o’clock when a pickup driven by 87-year-old Eugene Fransse, of Saukville, went through the stop sign at County I and SS and slammed into a truck driven by 63-year-old Robert Boehlke, of Random Lake.  Both drivers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.


Three Arrested In Fight At OP


Fond du Lac Police responded to the Other Place nightclub on North Main Street late last Thursday night for a call about 5 to 6 people fighting. The fight apparently began when a man tried to inappropriately touch one of the dancers. A man who tried to intervene in the fight was jumped by five other men. Three people were arrested a 32-year-old Fond du Lac woman, a 23-year-old Fond du Lac man and a 25-year-old Milwaukee man on charges of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


Fox Lake Fire Chief Rescues Dog


Fox Lake Fire Chief Bill Frank is being credited for an ice rescue on Fox Lake early last Friday afternoon. He came to the aid of dog that fell through less than an inch of ice on the Fox Lake channel. He responded to in a wet suit and made his way out to the struggling dog. Assistant Chief Tim Streich was on shore with a tethered safety line and helped the two back to shore. The dog was safely returned to its owners Jim Cindy Geddes who had called in the incident.


Wittman Losing Air Traffic Control Tower


(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Air traffic towers at eight of Wisconsin’s small airports are being shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday announced plans to shut down towers at airports in Eau Claire, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Mosinee, Oshkosh, and Waukesha, along with the tower at Milwaukee’s Lawrence J. Timmerman airport. The decision means pilots flying out of those locations after April 7th will have to coordinate landings and take-offs using a shared radio frequency, without any help from ground-based traffic controllers. Nationwide, 149 air traffic control towers are being closed due to federal budget cuts.


Winnebago Weigh In Meeting


Those gathering information for the Weigh In On Winnebago Waterways Project will host a meeting at the UW-Fond du Lac Large Group Instruction Room tonight. It gets underway at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone with an opinion or idea about the management of the Lake Winnebago lakes system is welcome to attend. It’s one of three meetings scheduled in the next two weeks in the area. The Department of Natural Resources awarded officials in Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Waushara and Winnebago Counties with a planning grant for planning efforts. A second meeting will be held at the Atlas Coffee Mill in Appleton tomorrow night and the Oshkosh Public Library on Thursday, April 4th. Those meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. as well. 


$338 Million Powerball Ticket Sold In New Jersey


Someone from New Jersey held the winning ticket for Saturday’s $338.3 million jackpot. In addition Wisconsin had four $10,000 winners. Those tickets were sold in Mukwonago, Saukville, Sheboygan Falls and Tomah. Winning numbers were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and the Powerball was 31. Wednesday’s jackpot will be $40 million.


FDL County G And Q Intersection Looked At


One of the accidents the Fond du Lac County Traffic Safety Commission recently discussed was the fatal accident that claimed the life of Campbellsport Associate Principal and Athletic Director Lance Beyer at the beginning of the month. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig is the Highway Safety Coordinator for the County. He says they discussed the intersection at County Highways G and Q in the Town of Marshfield.  He says one solution to people going through a stop sign inadvertently is rumble strips. He says rumble strips can disturb the quality of life of people who live near them. He says the intersection has had a couple of fatalities over the years.


Median Cable Barriers Preventing More Serious Accidents


The Fond du Lac County Highway Safety Coordinator says median cable barriers are providing drivers on Highway 41 with some added safety. Then State Representative John Townsend asked for the installation of the cable guards following a pair of multiple fatality accidents on the Highway nearly 10 years ago. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says the barriers aren’t meant to stop everything, but the County’s Traffic Safety Commission recently watched some video of how the median cable barriers prevented a semi from crossing the median.


MPTC Making Veterans Feel Welcome


Moraine Park Technical College is working closely with students who are also veterans returning from deployment. Scott Lieburn is the Dean of Students and an advisor to the new Student Veterans’ Association. He says the UW-Madison recently reported a 200 percent increase in the number of student veterans coming back. He says they’ve seen quite an increase in their own numbers at MPTC. He says they want to make sure those veterans feel comfortable as they pursue their education. He says they are aware of the student veterans who are getting benefits, but are also trying to identify those who are not. He says another thing they will be doing to make veterans feel more welcome is to hold a Veterans Day ceremony this fall at all three of their campuses; in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, and West Bend.


Next UW Madison Chancellor Ready To Begin


(Wisconsin Radio Network)-A special committee earlier this month nominated acting U-S Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank to serve as UW-Madison’s chancellor. The Board of Regents will vote to finalize her appointment on April 5th, but Blank says she’s already looking forward to becoming a Badger. Blank acknowledges that some big challenges face her in Madison, ranging from student tuition to recruiting first-rate faculty, along with fundraising. Blank says she will work to stay in touch with students by reaching out to academic leaders and through the use of social media. Blank plans to re-locate to Madison by mid-July.


Clean Sweeps Planned


The Fond du Lac County UW-Extension Service will be holding a clean sweep event for household and agriculture chemicals at three locations in May. Diana Tscheschlok of the Extension Service says they will be accepting quite a few hazardous chemicals. The locations for the clean sweep will be in Brandon, Campbellsport and Fond du Lac. They will be Friday May 3rd at the County Highway Garage in Brandon from 9 to 11 a.m., also that day from 2 to 4 p.m. at the public works garage in Campbellsport, and Saturday May 4th from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Building. She says they won’t be taking latex paint, but there are other ways to get rid of that. She says it can be dried out with cat litter and put in the regular garage or if you have 80 percent or more of it left in the can you can take it to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She says you can find out what they will be accepting at their website.


Congressmen Will Host Manufacturing Roundtable


Wisconsin Congressmen Tom Petri and Reid Ribble will be hosting a roundtable discussion with local manufacturers Thursday to hear their thoughts on comprehensive tax reform.  The manufacturing roundtable will be held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The event will begin at 3:15 p.m.  The House Ways and Means Committee established 11 working groups to collect input on comprehensive tax reform. The bipartisan Working Group on Manufacturing is seeking suggestions and thoughts on tax reform from manufacturers throughout the country. “The tax code needs a thorough review, and Wisconsin manufacturers will provide valuable feedback for the working group,” said Petri.


Community Baby Shower


A Leadership Fond du Lac team has partnered with the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center to hold the first annual Fill the Truck Event – a community wide baby shower.  Donation items are currently being sought and can be dropped off at the April 6th event.  The Community Baby Shower will be taking place Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fond du Lac Festival Foods parking lot. Requested donation items include: diapers, wipes, clothing – size newborn to 5T, and formula to help support the needs in the community.  The event will also feature a brat fry and other activities to help raise money for this community cause. Benefiting the Family Resource Center, this event is being organized by Team B.A.B.Y. – a team of the 2012-2013 Leadership Fond du Lac Class.


Oshkosh Jaycees Will Host Easter Egg Hunt


The Oshkosh Jaycees will host their 14th annual Oshkosh Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at South Park. From 9 to 10 a.m., children can meet the Easter Bunny and participate in a coloring contest and face painting activities. At 10 a.m. children will hunt for an egg and return it for a goodie bag. The coloring contest is pen to all children 12 years old and younger. Winners will be chose at 10 a.m. They will win a deluxe Easter Basket and the drawing will be posted on the Jaycees website. The event is free for children 12-years-old and under.