Local News Saturday 4/6/13

Oshkosh Armed Robbery


Oshkosh Police say a 22-year-old Antigo woman was driven around the area for about 45 minutes late Thursday night and then robbed by the three occupants of the car. She was threatened with a weapon. The victim told police she was looking for a friend’s house when the car drove up and she was told she should get in and they would give her a ride. While she was being driven around she managed to call a friend from her cell phone to say she was in trouble. The occupants of the car then took the phone. She was eventually released near her car and her phone was returned. She told police the driver was a white man in his early 20’s with short spiked blond hair. He was taller than 6 feet and had a skull and bones tattoo on the web of his right hand. The male passenger was in his early 20’s with brown curly hair, brown eyes and a large nose. The female passenger had dirty blonde hair that was about 3 inches past her shoulders. The car was a dark purple or blue Neon. Anyone with information is urged to call Oshkosh Police at (920) 236-5700.



A fire on Subway Road near Highway 45 in the northern part of Fond du Lac County had area fire departments busy as well last night.  The shed fire delayed traffic in the area


Police Arrest Oshkosh Subjects

Two men suspected of vehicle break-ins in Oshkosh were arrested in Fond du Lac on Friday afternoon.  Oshkosh police alerted authorities to be on the lookout for the two suspects, who were later spotted on Highway 41.  They were pulled over and taken into custody in Fond du Lac near the intersection of Highways 41 and 23 by the Wisconsin State Patrol and Fond du Lac Police Department.  


Child Returned Unharmed To Mother


Police in Oshkosh were able to reunite a 2-year-old boy and his mother after the child was found by a resident near a City intersection Friday morning. They were able to locate the boy’s residence in the 1200 block of Monroe, which was down the street from the intersection. The mother of the child told officers she had left the home and yelled at a 21-year-old woman to watch the child as she was leaving. The woman didn’t hear her and the boy wandered away from the residence.


New Dodge County Sheriff


Governor Scott Walker has appointed a new sheriff in Dodge County. Walker announced Friday his selection of Sheriff’s Lt. Patricia Ninmann. Ninmann was one of two finalists for the position. The other was retired Dodge County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Newman. Ninmann began her career as a communications officer at the Beaver Dam Police Department. She moved to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and became a sergeant in 2003. From 2005 to 2012 she worked as Director of Communications for the Sheriff’s Office and also began work as a Deputy Jail Administrator. In February of last year she was promoted to Lieutenant. Ninmann will fill the term that Sheriff Todd Nehls retired from last month. It runs through the end of next year.


Short In Heater Leads To Hotel Evacuation


About 40 people had to be evacuated from the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac early Friday morning while firefighters looked for the source of some smoke. Captain Larry Wunsch says a baseboard heater shorted out tripping a break that set off a fire alarm. The time of the fire call was about 2:30 a.m.


Waupun Woman Accused Of Stealing Cough Syrup From Nursing Home


Dodge County prosecutors have charged a former nurse at the Christian Home in Waupun for allegedly taking cough syrup. The medicine 30-year-old Alyssa Schmidt is suspected of taking late last month had codeine in it. A patient told investigators she hadn’t been given the medication for several days. Her medical records indicated otherwise. Schmidt later admitted taking the cough syrup because she had a sinus infection. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 16th.


Competency Exam Ordered For Man Who Had Outburst At A Polling Location


A competency exam has been ordered for a 50-year-old Iron Ridge man who was charged for an outburst at a polling location in Dodge County this past Tuesday. George Lee was allegedly harassing election workers. He got verbally abusive while waiving his finger and pounding his fists on a table. One of the poll workers urged him to calm down because she had a heart condition. He apparently became upset when they asked him to provide his name and address. As police were taking him to jail he got combative kicking officers and tried to bite them. He’s being held in the Dodge County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.


Oakfield School District Will Tweak Information For Second Referendum Attempt


The Superintendent of the Oakfield School District says they will spend some time analyzing feedback before they put out information on a second attempt to pass a referendum. District voters this week rejected a referendum that asked to exceed revenue limits by $900,000 a year for three years beginning in 2014-15. Pam Yoder says they will take a look at that feedback they got after the election so when they try and pass the referendum again in the fall they can provide the information voters want. The district has a year left on a four year referendum that voters previously passed allowing the district to exceed its revenue cap.


Ballweg Scholarship Application Looming


Once again this year State Representative Joan Ballweg of Markesan is sponsoring a scholarship program for high school seniors who will be attending a 2-year technical college or a college or university for a 4-year degree. Ballweg says students need at least a 3.0 average on a 4.0 point scale to be eligible and must have lived in the 41st State Assembly District during this school year.  She says the scholarship is just as much about the leadership role a student took in their community. The deadline for applications is April 15th. Packets are available at area high school guidance offices or you can call her office toll free at 1-888-534-0041 to get one.


Women’s Fund And Marian University Will Team Up To Show Documentary


The Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund and Marian University will be teaming up for the showing of documentary film on May 7th at the Stayer Center. The film “Misrepresentation” will be shown from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Women’s Fund President Rae Nell Halbur says it exposes how the mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. She says it features both average women and well known figures. She says is includes stories from teenage girls, entertainers and figures like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa King, Katie Couric and Gloria Steinem. She says the film was debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.