Local News Wednesday 5/29/13

FDL SB Approves Resignation Of Business Services Director


The Fond du Lac School Board last evening accepted the resignation of Sue Schnorr the District’s Director of Business Services. She is leaving at the end of June to become the Executive Director of Business Services for the Oshkosh Area School District. Fond du Lac School Superintendent Jim Sebert says she’s done a great job for the district for 10 ½ years. He says they’ve already posted the job to find her successor. He says he hopes in the next week or two to interview people interested in becoming their next Director of Business Services. During the meeting Schnorr was given a round of applause for the work she’s done. Also last night the Board approved a 1 percent increase in administrator’s salaries for the past school year. The board also approved changes in post-retirement benefits for teachers and professional educators. That will maintain benefits for those who were previously eligible.


Charges Unlikely In Fatal Accident


Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say no charges are expected to be brought in the tragic accident that claimed the life of 5-year-old Sebastian Brunet last Friday night. Brunet was with his sister and mother waiting for 35-year-old Ryan Klawitter at Maximillian’s restaurant in Mt. Calvary that evening. When he saw Klawitter’s pickup truck he ran behind it and was struck by the truck. He was taken to St. Agnes Hospital where he died.


Sentencing Set For Campbellsport Man In Dog Attack


A sentencing hearing is scheduled in July for the 59-year-old Campbellsport man who had his dog attack a teen on his property last August. A Fond du Lac County jury last week found Richard Lisko guilty of false imprisonment and 1st degree reckless injury charges for unleashing his pit bull on 18-year-old Joel Kennedy Jr. last August 31st. The attack left Kennedy physically and emotionally scarred. Lisko claimed the teen had burglarized his property and stolen morphine pills from him. Lisko could be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison when Judge Gary Sharpe sentences him on July 3rd.


Fondy Brothers Cited For Disorderly Conduct Incident In West Bend


Three brothers from Fond du Lac recently got into trouble in West Bend. Police says were yelling and swearing at two people in a gas station parking lot last Thursday night. One of the three brothers also grabbed a tire iron and made some threats during the incident. Police says two of the brothers, both 20-years of age, were cited for disorderly conduct. The third, who is 28-years-old, was cited for obstructing an officer. 


Sheboygan Falls Man Sentenced To Prison For Shooting


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-A Sheboygan Falls man will spend 30 months in prison due to injuring two people with gunshots during a fight in that city last November.  Sheboygan County Judge Terrence Bourke Tuesday sentenced 27-year-old Charles Chew to the prison time and five years extended supervision.  He will be credited with 206 days of prison time served as his court case progressed.

A jury trial in March found Chew guilty of a charge of recklessly endangering safety.  Chew’s defense was that his actions were self defense against the two people who entered his apartment and attacked him.  However, the jury saw his action of grabbing one of the attacker’s guns and shooting at them as they fled the area was not self defense.  Both attackers suffered leg wounds.


Notification Meeting About Oshkosh Sex Offender Release


Oshkosh Police will hold a public meeting this evening at 6 p.m. at the Oshkosh City Hall about the release of a 71-year-old sex offender from prison. Raymond Schiller will be living at 400 East Irving Avenue beginning Thursday. He was convicted of child enticement in 1980 and again in 1993. His victims were boys and girls who were 11 and 12-years-old. He will be on GPS monitoring.


New Berlin Man Didn’t Help Himself In Dog Attack Jury Trial


The testimony a 43-year-old New Berlin man gave in a dog attack jury trial last week in Fond du Lac County Court could impact the sentence he’s already received for his role in his son’s attack. Joel Kennedy Sr. was one of those who testified in the trial of Richard Lisko. Kennedy had already been sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years of probation on one of the charges he was found guilty of by a jury, but sentencing was adjourned on others and another sentencing hearing is now scheduled for July 23rd.  Assistant District Attorney Dennis Krueger prosecuted both cases. He says Kennedy was allowed to testify in the Lisko trial because he said he was concerned about his son, the victim in the attack. Krueger wouldn’t comment on whether Kennedy was helpful to the prosecution, but says Judge Peter Grimm will find the testimony interesting in deciding what comes next for Kennedy. During his closing arguments in the Lisko case Krueger characterized Kennedy’s testimony as self-serving. A jury found Lisko guilty of both charges brought against him in the attack.


Well Water Test Results Encouraging


Diana Tscheschlok  of the Fond du Lac County UW Extension Service says test results for private wells in the Towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield taken earlier this spring were good. She says there were minimal traces of coliform bacteria, nitrate, and arsenic in the 118 wells that were sampled in the two townships. She says about 100 people attended the two meetings they had last week in the two townships to over results of the testing. She says the results were especially encouraging given the flooding in the Town of Fond du Lac in 2008. She notes there was no evidence of atrazine, a corn herbicide, detected in any wells. She says the next well water testing will be offered in the Town of Osceola.


Gudex Historic Tax Credit Expansion Could Create Jobs


State Senator Rick Gudex says he believes his bill that would extend a tax credit for historic preservation efforts will get the support it needs to be passed into law. It would extend the credit from 5 percent to 20 percent and would be more comparable to what other states are giving out in tax credits for historic preservation efforts. He says it will create jobs because it will spur growth in historic preservation efforts. He says it will aid efforts in cities like Racine and Milwaukee and here in Fond du Lac as well. Gudex served on the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission while he sat on the City Council. 


County Highway V And County High F Intersection And Bridge Reconstruction Project


The Fond du Lac County Highway V and County Highway F intersection and bridge reconstruction project will begin next Monday. The estimated project completion date is September 28th. County Highway V will be closed approximately 1/3 of mile north of the intersection of County Highway F and ½ mile south of the intersection of County Highway F. County Highway F will be closed approximately 1000 feet both east and west of County Highway V. The project includes the replacement of an existing river crossing bridge and complete reconstruction of the highways with significant grading work. The bridge removal is scheduled to begin July 15th. There will be a scheduled monthly property owners meeting scheduled every first Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Village of Eden’s Community Center located off Highway 45 and Pine Street. 


Lomira Lions Fill An Important Niche In The Community


The Lomira Lions do more than help out the blind and visually impaired in the Lomira area. Adam Majerus is the President of the Lomira Lions Club. He says they have also helped in maintaining the athletic association in maintaining the baseball diamonds and other efforts. He says with an increase in the number of people using the food pantry they also have been supporting that effort. They do however stick to one of their core charitable efforts helping out the blind and visually impaired. Majerus says a recent effort involved a reading system for a woman who has a visual impairment.


Celebrate Community Asks For Your Vote


Celebrate Community is a finalist in the Johnsonville Sausage “Best of US” campaign, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the best of educators and community celebrations. Celebrate Community each year brings more than 1,500 people together in the Fond du Lac area to celebrate and honor a diverse range of abilities, cultural and religious heritages. The event is held in February sponsored by United for Diversity, a non-profit group with a mission to promote unity and understanding. The public can vote online until June 23rd for the top 10 “Best of US.” The top vote-getter will earn a prize of $10,000. The additional nine finalists will receive $1,000. Each person can vote online once a day.