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Local News Briefs Wednesday 11/13/13


A 30-year-old Fond du Lac man is accused of stealing more than $114,000 while working for a computer company in the area. Christopher Gustavus made an initial appearance in Fond du Lac County Court yesterday where he was charged with 85 counts of misdemeanor theft and a felony count of misappropriating identity for the purpose of financial gain. According to the criminal complaint he used a company credit card and through the use of a PayPal account was able to use money he transferred from the computer company to purchase items for himself. The thefts occurred from August of 2011 through this past April. He was released on a $10,000 signature bond and has a preliminary hearing on Friday, November 22nd.

Sheboygan Man Charged With Possessing Child Porn

(WHBL-Sheboygan)-The Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force has struck again in the city of Sheboygan.  The agency recently notified police that child porn on the internet had been linked to Sheboygan.  Police traced the porn to the computer of 24-year-old Thomas Barg.  They executed a search warrant last Friday and seized the computer which, according to the criminal complaint, contained numerous images of children between the ages of 4 and 6 engaged in sexual activity.  Barg was charged Tuesday with 20 counts of possession of child porn with each carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

FDL County Budget Approved

The Fond du Lac County Board last night approved the 2014 County Budget and 5-year capital improvements plan. County supervisor Jim Kiser made a motion to include an extra $37,000 in the capital improvement budget for an electronic message marquee on Martin Avenue to promote events at the County Fairgrounds. That was in addition to the $37,000 already included in the budget to upgrade the electronic message marquee on Fond du Lac Avenue that already promotes events at the fairgrounds. The amendment was passed on a 16 to 7 vote and the budget passed by a vote of 22 to 1. The board also passed a resolution adjusting pay for four positions that have been given additional responsibilities. The total additional pay for the four reclassified jobs will come to $15,574. The board will hold a special meeting next Tuesday night to approve a $6 million loan for Alliance Laundry Systems of Ripon that will allow the company to do a $46 million expansion that will create an additional 150 jobs.

FDL City Council Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council tonight will consider approving a development agreement that would lead to a $10 million project by the Holiday Inn. That would include expanding the conference center to 16,000 square feet, a new Benvenuto’s Restaurant and a new Holiday Inn Express next door to the current hotel. The Council will also be asked to approve the sale of a lot in the West Industrial Park to Evaporator Dryer Technologies for $26,000. The company designs and develops dehydrating equipment for the food processing industry. It currently has two employees in Fond du Lac now, but would like to build a 5,000 to 10,000 square foot building in the West Industrial Park in 2014. The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the City-County Government Center.

Drug Free Communities Making Impact On Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County is making an impact since its debut in 2006. Janet Lloyd is the grant coordinator for Drug Free Communities. She says their first effort was to reduce prescription drug abuse by students and AODA patients. In 2008 they helped coordinate the first free-standing outside drug drop box at the Fond du Lac Police Department. She says since then four more drug drop boxes have been added at police stations throughout the County in North Fond du Lac, Campbellsport, Ripon and Waupun. She says they’ve also worked with realtors and funeral home directors on prescription drug access issues because of the availability during open houses or during funerals. Lloyd says in 2009 11 percent of students said they misused or sold prescription drugs to other students in the past 30 days. During a recent survey that percentage rate had dropped to 6 percent.

Handicap Accessible Fishing In Lakeside Park

Plans still have to be firmed up, but the Winnebagoland Conservation Alliance would like to put some handicap accessible fishing sites in Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. Mike Arrowood says they would start with one, and there are 14 locations that would be good spots for handicap accessible fishing. He says they are still working out details. He says it would have to be in locations where parking is available. He says they know from feedback that some people with handicaps enjoy fishing in Lakeside Park and he says providing handicap accessible locations would only make the experience better.

Building Data Updates Will Be More Frequent For FDL School Board

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says they’ve done site reports for the school board in the past on an annual basis, but now plan to update the board more regularly on how they are using data in the schools. Sebert says he gets the updates as he visits the schools, but the board doesn’t have the same opportunity. He says during the November 25th meeting the school board will get a presentation from the elementary principals and the middle school and high school principals will give the board an update on December 9th Sebert similar updates are planned for the board in March and June.

Habitat ReStore Rounding Up Change For The United Way

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County is helping out the Fond du Lac Area United Way’s fall fundraising campaign this month through their ReStore on South Brooke Street. Amber Kilawee says the ReStore is asking customers to roundup their purchases with the extra change going to the United Way. She says the United Way is happy to help out Habitat because of the home ownership programs it offers. At the end of October Habitat presented the United Way with a check for $260.

Plymouth Budget Approved

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-City of Plymouth residents will see the smallest possible decrease when they see their tax bill next month regarding covering city services.  The Common Council approved the city’s $7.29 million budget for next year Tuesday evening with no comments from the public. The budget’s tax levy will be just over four million dollars for the fourth straight year.  Thanks to a very small increase in assessed property value, the tax rate will be down one cent to $6.67 per thousand.

Dodge County Surplus Property Sale Thursday

(WBEV-Beaver Dam)-Dodge County officials are cleaning house and selling off surplus property. The items include chairs, tables, desks and miscellaneous office furnishings sold as is, cash and carry, no credit cards. The sale will be this Thursday, rain or shine, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Dodge County Office Building on East Center Street in Juneau. Items will be for sale in the parking lot and on display on the first floor of the building and must be taken from the site on Thursday.

Urban Farmer Speaks And Sustainability Fair At UW-FDL Today

The UW-Fond du Lac today will host Will Allen, leader of the urban farming movement and author of “The Good Food Revolution,” for a free presentation on Growing Healthy and Sustainable Food in Your Local Community. The presentation will be in the Prairie Theater at 12:30 this afternoon. Also today there will be a local Sustainability Fair in the University Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Comments 1
Anonymous commented on 13-Nov-2013 01:21 PM3 out of 5 stars
So the County Board can give 6 million to Alliance for 150 jobs but they can't find 5 million for Mercury for 300 jobs?? Sounds like the sort of math you would expect out of these incompetents. Skog, Kiser, Stenz, Abek, Behnke, Eischeid and Levandowski all need to be voted out of office for this poor representation and for putting their own personal feelings before logic.

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