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Local News Briefs Thursday 1/23/14


A Wind Chill Advisory continues until noon today. Wind chill values this morning will be in the 20 to 27 below zero range and will only slightly improve this afternoon with wind chill values at 10 to 20 below zero. Frost bite and hypothermia are possibilities if precautions aren’t taken in this type of weather.

FDL Police Talk Man Out Of Home

Fond du Lac Police were asked to check on the welfare of a man on Olcott Street Tuesday night shortly after 10 p.m. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says the man’s girlfriend and roommate became concerned after he put camouflage face paint on and started walking around with a sledge hammer. The girlfriend and roommate exited the residence to talk with police officers. After some phone communication the man came out without incident about an hour and a half later. He was taken into protective custody and to a medical facility for evaluation.

FDL Man Charged For Incident

A 33-year-old Fond du Lac man suspected of getting drunk and carrying around a loaded handgun his home during a domestic dispute Sunday night has been charged. Adan Medina was charged this week in Fond du Lac County Court with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, criminal damage to property, battery, operating a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct with domestic abuse enhancers. He paid a $1,000 cash bond and has a preliminary hearing on February 28th.  His wife called police to report that he had come home intoxicated, threw things around and then loaded a handgun and began walking around with it. Police talked him into putting the gun down and coming out of the home shortly after they arrived. The victim suffered cuts to her hands and a 2-year-old in the home wasn’t injured.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Report Plenty Of Accidents

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department had its hands full with 23 squads on the road at one time yesterday to handle motorist assists and traffic accidents. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. the Sheriff’s office reported 22 motorist assists and 25 accidents. There were no serious injuries reported including one accident involving a semi on Highway 41 near Highway 26 in which the semi dumped its fuel. Dangerous travel conditions were created by a dusting of snow, icy roads and visibility problems fed by blowing snow. Winnebago County Sheriff's photo.

FDL City Council Notes

The Fond du Lac City Council Wednesday night approved the debt issue for the 2014 Capital Improvement Projects. The City is borrowing $2 million for those projects. Bond consultant Paul Thompson informed the Council that the City had actually gotten a better interest rate than anticipated. At their last meeting he said they expected an interest rate of 2.48 percent, but the final rate was 2.45 percent. The Council also approved waiving of the prohibition against alcohol on downtown streets for the Commonwealth Classic leg of the Tour of America’s Dairyland bicycle racing on June 27th. This year the Fond du Lac Convention and Visitors Bureau will be the overall coordinator for the event. Council members also passed a proclamation designating Saturday, May 3rd as International Migratory Bird Day. The City is in its third year of participating in the Bird City Wisconsin program. Adult school crossing guards were also honored with a proclamation. Police Chief Bill Lamb accepted the proclamation on their behalf.

Marijuana Prosecution Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk

A bill that would fix a loophole in simple marijuana possession cases is on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac authored the Assembly version. He says a first-time marijuana possession case is handled in municipal court and second and subsequent offenses are handled by a district attorney’s office. He says district attorneys don’t always charge the second or subsequent possession cases. He says the new law would allow municipal courts to prosecute the second and subsequent possession cases if the district attorney’s office does not. He says that makes it worthwhile for law enforcement agencies that put their time in on those cases. He says it also makes our streets safer and fixes an inequity in the law.

NFDL Board Approves Repairs To Ladder Truck

The North Fond du Lac Village Board this week approved spending $9,000 to repair cracks in the ladder for the fire department’s ladder truck, but a bigger question may be looming. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says the ladder truck is 28 years old. He says they needed to have it fixed, but they also have to look at how and when to replace the truck. He says the truck can still be used, but isn’t really safe for ladder rescues. Hornung says it would cost them about $850,000 to replace the truck.

Ice Diving And Ice Boat Training Scheduled

The Dive Team Leader for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department says its fortunate they haven’t had to recover a body under the ice of Lake Winnebago for a couple of winters. Sheriff’s Sergeant Jeff Bonack  says their divers and people who handle the Sheriff’s Amphibious Rescue Craft or SARC still need to be on top with their skills. He says to that end they’ve scheduled ice boat training and an 8-hour ice dive for this month. He says although the SARC can travel at more than 70 miles per hour on open water that’s not something you can do with uncertain ice conditions and ice shoves and heaves during the winter on Lake Winnebago and especially if they are carrying an injured person. He says during one call they were carrying a person with spinal injuries.

FDL Fire Dept Happy To Participate In MLK Day Of Service

The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Fond du Lac Fire Department says they were happy to participate in a Martin Luther King Day of Service project for the Red Cross last Saturday. Troy Haase says the Red Cross is always there at a fire scene helping them out. Volunteers accompanied ambulances or engines and fire safety door hangers were hung on the doors of homes that might be considered at greater risk of fire. Haase says anyone who received one that would like to have the fire department follow up with a visit to their home is welcome to call. He says a grant from State Farm helped pay for the Day of Service activities. Other fire departments including Mayville and Ripon also participated in similar efforts.

Excavator Safety Awareness Programs In The Area

Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin gas and electric utilities are participating in the Digger’s Hotline 2014 Excavator Safety Awareness Program. The programs will inform those who work outside about calling before you dig and working safely near underground utility systems. Two of the programs are scheduled in Fond du Lac and Oshkosh on February 13th. The one in Fond du Lac is at the Holiday Inn at 7 a.m. that morning and the program in Oshkosh will be at La Sure’s Hall at 5 p.m.  Builders, landscapers and excavators are encouraged to attend. The program includes a meal, either breakfast or dinner, the presentation, and a Q & A / door prizes. There is no fee to participate, but attendees must register online at diggershotline.com, or by calling (262) 785-5300 x5811. Registration ends one week prior to each meeting.

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