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Local News Briefs Wednesday 2/1214


The Fond du Lac City Council tonight will consider amending an ordinance to restrict parking at all times on both sides of Camelot Drive from Highway 151 to South Main Street. Grande Cheese, Agnesian HealthCare and Society Insurance have asked for the change. People have been using it as an unofficial park and ride for years. The Council will also consider decreasing the speed limits in Lakeside Park to 15 miles per hour. Goals for 2014 will also be set for the City Manager. The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the City-County Government Center.

Input Needed On FDL Bicycles On Sidewalks Issue

Fond du Lac’s Public Works Director says they would like the public to weigh in on whether they would the use of bicycles on downtown sidewalks and across the City. Jordan Skiff says business owners downtown have differing opinions on whether to allow their use on downtown Main Street. He says he was somewhat surprised City Council members had concerns about bike riding on sidewalks in residential neighborhoods. Currently the City has a survey posted on its website asking people what they think about the issue. The City Council will vote on March 12th whether to change an ordinance to allow bicycle riding on all sidewalks in the City.

Mayville Man Charged For Driving Drunk And Hitting A Pedestrian

Charges have been brought against a 50-year-old Mayville man suspected of driving drunk and hitting two parked cars and a pedestrian last weekend. Bruce Stoy was charged in Dodge County Court this week. According to police after hitting the two parked cars on Dayton Street last Friday night Stoy drove up on a sidewalk and hit the pedestrian before crashing into a snowbank. The victim suffered cuts and abrasions, but refused treatment. A preliminary breath test put Stoy’s blood alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit.  A $10,000 signature bond was set and a preliminary hearing will be held in April.

Manitowoc Man Charged For Incident Involving Bicyclist Wedged In Windshield

(WHBL-Sheboygan)-A 20-year-old Manitowoc man is free on a signature bond on charges that he struck a bicyclist, lodged him through his broken windshield, and hit another vehicle.  Jamie Hang made his initial court appearance Monday in Manitowoc on felony charges of reckless endangerment and hit-and-run while causing injury, plus misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and driving while intoxicated.  Fifty-six-year-old Steven Gove had just finished delivering newspapers in Manitowoc the night of January 18th.  Authorities said his three-wheeled delivery bike was hit, and Gove was thrown through the car's windshield, where he stayed until Hang got home.  The victim said he had glass removed from his eyes, and suffered cuts to his head and legs.  A judge is scheduled to decide on February 19th whether there's enough evidence to put Hang on trial.

Schmidt Announces Bid For Dodge County Sheriff

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department has its first announced candidate for Sheriff. Sergeant Dale Schmidt says the County has a serious drug problem. He says he’s seen its effects while on patrol and the toll it takes on young lives. He says he has training as a certified drug recognition expert and has some ideas for ways to handle the drug epidemic. Schmidt was born in Beaver Dam and grew up in Waupun. He graduated high school from Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac and went to Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton to get an associate degree in Police Science. He’s been a law enforcement officer for 14 years joining the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department in 2004. Schmidt says he has the backing of his wife and his newborn daughter for Sheriff and others as well. Governor Scott Walker appointed current Dodge County Sheriff Pat Ninmann last April in the wake of Sheriff Todd Nehls’ retirement.

Closing Of Sturgeon Spearing Season Nearing On Lake Winnebago

The sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago is nearing an end. DNR Sturgeon Biologist Ryan Koenigs says 152 fish were taken on the Lake Winnebago yesterday, seven in excess of 100 pounds. To date system wide including totals from the Upriver Lakes nearly 1,650 (1,647) sturgeon have been speared. He says the Lake Winnebago season is only 38 adult females away from the 90 percent closing trigger and there were 73 adult females speared Tuesday. He recommends getting out during the next two days because the season will be closed by Friday. Yesterday’s biggest fish weighed 128 pounds and measured just over 77 inches. System wide 94 sturgeon have been speared that have weighed at least 100 pounds.

State Assembly Passes Bill That Would Eliminate State Treasurer Position

The state Assembly Tuesday passed a bill that would eliminate the state treasurer’s position. The constitutional amendment was authored by State Representative Michael Schraa of Oshkosh and moves onto the State Senate for approval. On the floor of the Assembly yesterday Schraa says the position is now just symbolic and ceremonial with no power and virtually no responsibilities. He notes the office budget for the state treasurer is over $500,000 a year with a salary of over $68,000. Amendments to Wisconsin’s constitution must be passed by both houses of the legislature in two successive sessions and the approved by voters through a statewide referendum.

Nesting Eagles In FDL County

You’re more likely to see them along the Fox and Wolf Rivers, but Fond du Lac County has several pair of nesting eagles. DNR Wildlife Technician Steve Easterly says you will see eagles this time of year taking advantage of the fisheries along those rivers, but there is three nesting pair of Eagles in Fond du Lac County. He says that’s a little surprising given the agricultural and urban make up of the County. He says they favor certain types of trees for nesting larger Cottonwood and Oak trees, which he says are a sturdier tree. He says if you want to get a picture of one use a telephoto lens and it’s better not to do it along a busy highway. He says there are places along the Fox River in the Appleton and Kaukauna areas where you would have a better opportunity to do that. Easterly says female eagles can grow to be 12 to 14 pounds with an 80 to 85-inch wingspan.

Students Participate In FDL County Sheriff’s A.C.E. Program

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s A.C.E program is creating positive interaction with fifth graders. Students in some of the schools participate in the A.C.E. or Anti-Crime Education program. Deputy Dave Tackett is the School Resource Deputy for the Oakfield School District. He says the program covers a variety of topics including tobacco, alcohol and drug awareness, bullying, internet safety and more. Deputy Dean Schelinske is the School Resource Deputy for the Campbellsport School District. He says the program creates a relationship with students while their in elementary school that could continue up through their high school graduation.  Students get a certificate when they graduate from the program, a tour of the Sheriff’s Department Recent graduates of the A.C.E. program included students from the Rosendale area as well.

Black History Month Presentation At Marian This Afternoon

In honor of Black History month, Marian University’s Social Justice Committee will be hosting the “Black Holes: The Rhetoric of Silence in African American Literature” presentation this afternoon from 12:20 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Stayer Center, room 217/218. The speaker for the event is Dr. Justin Ponder, assistant professor of English at Marian University. Dr. Ponder’s presentation explores the link between African American literature and liberation. Examining texts from ancient fables to contemporary novels, Dr. Ponder will show how these stories offer new ways of perceiving our world, while describing themes of literacy, writing and voice. Discussion will suggest how African American Literature models democratic, fair and just ways of being in society. This event is free and open to the public.

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