KFIZ News Friday 7/29/16

Mayville Police Officer Hurt

A Mayville Police officer was injured when another vehicle struck the passenger side of the officer’s patrol car Wednesday afternoon. An 18-year-old Mayville woman was driving the vehicle that pulled out in front of and struck the passenger side of the patrol car. The officer and a passenger in the other vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

Waupun Man Arraigned On Endangerment Charges

A 78-year-old Waupun man was arraigned in Dodge County court this week for shooting out a car window. Larry Bronkhorst pled not guilty to charges stemming from an incident in December of 2014. He told police he thought the men in a vehicle that pulled into his driveway were trying to vandalize his anti-Obama signs. His shotgun blast blew out a driver’s side window injuring the driver’s hand in the process. He’s due back in court in September.

Emilys List Executive Director Pleased With Clinton Nomination

The executive director of Emily’s List couldn’t be more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton being nominated as the Democratic Party’s choice for President. Jess O’Connell says Emily’s List is about supporting pro-choice Democratic women for office and they’ve made a lot of progress over the last 30 years. She says Democrats are united in their quest to elect Clinton to the presidency. She says Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was a good pick for Hillary’s running mate. She says Kaine is a progressive ally and supporter of women’s health. O’Connell talked to KFIZ News about the history that is being made at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Drug Drop Box A Success

Fond du Lac Police Officer Erik Foster says the drug drop box has been a success over the years for the department. He says more importantly it is reducing the access kids have to opioids people keep in their medicine cabinets at home. Residents are able to drop off old and unused prescription drugs at the police department’s drug drop box and at other police departments throughout the County. Foster says Fond du Lac County residents contributed the most pills during a recent statewide DrugTake Back Day. He says 6,000 pounds of pills were collected throughout the state and nearly 2,000 pounds of that came from the County. He says St. Agnes Hospital has added a drug drop box in its lobby near the Gift Shop.

Unemployment Rates Up

Unemployment rates were up last month for both the City and County of Fond du Lac. According to federal labor statistics the City’s jobless rate increased from 3.5 to 4.3 percent and the County’s rate rose from 3.3 to 4 percent. At this time last year Fond du Lac’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent and the County’s was 4.4 percent. The state’s jobless rate for June was 4.2 percent.

Buckos Brat Fry Benefits Personal Care Bag Program

Bucko’s Resale Shop and Bucko’s Beacons will have a brat fry Sunday to raise money for the creation of personal care bags. The shop located in the former Habitat ReSale Store at 150 South Brooke Street in Fond du Lac has done quite a bit of charitable giving. In fact owner Sue Petrack got an award from the Salvation Army for effort involving the giving on winter coats. Stacy Kirby says that’s where the idea came from for Bucko’s Beacons. She says the personal care bags include things like books and stuffed animals for children and for adults’ personal hygiene items. The bags are made out of old t-shirts. The brat fry is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a raffle, bake sale and prizes. Recently Bucko’s donated 100 personal care bags to the Salvation Army.

Car A Funda Sunday

The Fondy Vintage Auto Club will stage its annual charity car show “Car-A-Funda” Sunday at Lakeside Park. Those attending the Car-A-Funda are asked to make a $2 donation when they enter the park. Jerry Gordon of the club says it will be used to help “With a Little Help, Inc.” which uses the money to send people with neuromuscular diseases to summer camp. He says some of the people using the camp are from the area. There will be food and refreshments, raffles and prize drawings and music. There is no cost to enter a car in the show. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Over the years the Fondy Vintage Auto Club has raised more than $130,000 for With a Little Help.