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KFIZ News Friday 10/28/16

Congressional Candidate Says Lampooning Of Grothman Was On Target

The lampooning of Congressman Glenn Grothman by HBO’s John Oliver caught the attention of his Democratic opponent in the election. Sarah Lloyd says the segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver called out Grothman on comments he made on equal pay for women and other issues. She says Grothman has demeaned single moms in the past and doesn’t support equal pay for women. She says quite frankly that isn’t acceptable. It also made fun of comments he has made on racism and African-American holidays like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Lloyd says Grothman brought many of his views with him to Congress from his time in the state legislature. The political satire was featured on a segment of the show called “People who some how got elected.” Grothman, a Republican, faces Lloyd and Independent Jeff Dahlke in the November 8th election.

Reeseville Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Homicide Charges

The 21-year-old Reeseville man who hit and killed a Juneau teen with his pickup truck was arraigned in Dodge County court this week. Cody Buechel pled not guilty to one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the criminal complaint he admitted to huffing on a can of “Dust Off” just minutes before driving the wrong way and hitting 17-year-old Lukas Jaeger who was walking with friends along a ditch on County Highway G.  Buechel initially told investigators he was reaching for a can of soda in his pickup and took his eyes off the road. The accident happened on September 27th of last year. Buechel will be back in court in December.

Waldo Man Pleads To Improvised Explosive Charges

Sheboygan County prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with a 42-year-old Waldo man whose home-made fireworks caused an explosion at his home last February. Daniel Shilts wasn’t hurt in the explosion. Investigators found 51 improvised fireworks inside his home. This week Shilts pled no contest to ten charges and 41 others were dismissed. He will be sentenced on November 21st.

West Bend Man Charged With Multiple County Of Endangering Safety

Washington County authorities have charged a 24-year-old West Bend man with seven counts of attempted 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. Kody Konzal is being held in the County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.  Konzal allegedly fired off several shots during an incident in West Bend. When he pointed a gun at police officers it misfired. No one was hurt during the incident on Sunday, October 16th.  Investigators say he was drunk when he was arrested.

FDL Firefighter Certified Fire And Explosion Investigator

Fond du Lac Fire Division Chief Troy Haase was recently certified as a fire and explosion investigator. The certification is recognized by the National Association of Fire Investigators, the state’s Department of Justice, and Fond du Lac Police Department. Haase says there are benefits to completing the training and testing. He says it legitimizes the position and process. He says it also makes it more likely your expertise will be called upon to testify in court. Haase says the City’s Police and Fire Department now have trained investigators that make it more difficult for people to get away with arson. He says their team is something to be reckoned with.

Unemployment Rates Down

The unemployment rate for Fond du Lac County dipped below 3 percent in September. According to Federal Labor statistics it was 2.9 percent, while the City of Fond du Lac’s jobless rate was 3 percent. Both rates were down by at least seven-tenths of a percent. They were also lower than the rate for September of 2015. The state’s unemployment rate for the month was 4.1 percent and National jobless rate was at 5 percent.

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Spotting Imposters

An official with the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says if you follow some simple advice you can spot imposters. Frank Frassetto is the Administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. He says often imposters trying to defraud you will send you and unexpected request. He also recommends doing internet searches for companies to find out if there have been complaints from people who may have been scammed. He says to avoid being scammed on the phone don’t rely on your caller ID. He says scammers will spoof local phone numbers to cheat you.