Local News Saturday 3/9/13

Report Released On Drunken Driving Arrest Of Former Sheboygan Mayor


The Kiel Police Department Friday released its report on the drunk driving arrest last weekend of former Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan.  Ryan, an admitted alcoholic, was arrested late last Sunday night in the city of Kiel and cited for first offense drunk driving.  According to the report, an officer spotted Ryan’s car making a wide turn and weaving in its lane of traffic.  A computer check also determined Ryan’s vehicle registration had expired.  He was then stopped and arrested.  He told officers he had been to three Kiel area taverns and had 3 or 4 beers between 6 p.m. and shortly before midnight when he was stopped.  Ryan said he was on his way to his home at Cedar Lake.  Ryan was then handcuffed and taken to the Manitowoc County Jail where he spent the mandatory 12 hours.  He is scheduled to appear in Kiel Municipal Court on April 23rd.  It was just 3 weeks ago that Ryan was fined a total of $770 on two disorderly conduct charges which stemmed from a drunken binge in Elkhart Lake in 2011 which led to his recall and eventual ouster as mayor.


Premiere Police Dept


During a pinning ceremony for recently promoted Fond du Lac police officers this past week, Police Chief Bill Lamb made reference to the department becoming one of the premiere law enforcement agencies in the country. City Manager Joe Moore says in some ways the department can measure up to that and they are developing measures to make it happen. In the past the City several times landed on a list of the safest communities in the country.


UW Chancellor Visiting FDL


UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Ray Cross will be visiting Fond du Lac Monday. UW-Fond du Lac Dean John Short says Cross will be giving a speech at the Noon Rotary Club meeting and meeting with other groups. He says for Cross it’s an opportunity to talk about the UW System’s mission and do some community outreach. Cross will be a guest on the Morning Show with Bob Hoffmaster Monday morning at 11:30 a.m.


Mining Debate In State Assembly Limited


State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says 9 ½ hours was plenty of time for the State Assembly to debate the mining bill Thursday. New rules restrict how long debate can go on over a bill in the Assembly, which has had some marathon sessions in the past. Thiesfeldt says the bill will be good for the state and will create a lot of jobs. The bill goes to the Governor to be signed into law, but could face some legal challenges after that. 


Lomira Man Pleads To 8th Drunken Driving Offense


The 42-year-old Lomria man stopped by the State Patrol for his 8th drunken driving offense last September has entered a guilty plea. Gregory Pfaff was stopped in the Town of Lomira because his windows were darkly tinted.  Before last September’s arrest his most recent arrest for driving drunk was in 2004 in Fond du Lac County. He remains jailed on a $100,000 cash bond. A sentencing hearing will be held in Dodge County next Thursday.


Miss Fond du Lac


It’s the 50th year for the Miss Fond du Lac Scholarship Pageant and more than 20 former Miss Fond du Lacs are expected to return for the pageant this evening at the Goodrich Little Theater in Fond du Lac. Organizer James Haase says there are 16 contestants competing in the Miss Fond du Lac, Miss Fond du Lac’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Wisconsin Central competitions. The pageant gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight at the theater. Tickets will be available at the door.


Senator Olsen Recognized For Financial Literacy Efforts


State Senator Luther Olsen of Ripon was one of 12 individuals honored with the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award last week.  Senator Olsen has championed the teaching of personal financial literacy for much of his legislative career.  “Learning how to manage your own personal finances, save for the future and stay out of debt are important life skills,” Olsen said.  “I am honored to have been selected for this award. The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy awarded the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award to 12 individuals and nine organizations for their efforts in promoting financial literacy among Wisconsin citizens.


Pennies For Patients


Fond du Lac High School conducted a Pennies for Patients campaign to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The Student Council coordinated the contest and focused on which first hour classes could raise the most money. As an incentive for the fundraiser, the winning first hour would receive breakfast compliments of Stud Co. Fondy High raised a total of $1,002.07 and with the Student Council matching this amount, the total donated was $2004.14.


Daylight Saving Time


Tick, Tock it’s time to change the clock. Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday morning and it’s time to spring forward or set your clocks ahead an hour. It’s also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.