KFIZ News Monday 7/4/16

FDL Woman Waives Preliminary Hearing In Sexual Assault Case

A 30-year-old Fond du Lac woman has been bound over for trial on sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges. Jennifer Wenger waived her preliminary hearing in Fond du Lac County Court last Friday. She was a social worker for the Berry House when she allegedly had sex with the victim, a resident at the group home for people with mental illness. The residential facility is licensed by the state.  

Fox Lake Man Waives Hearing On Vehicular Homicide Charge

The 69-year-old Fox Lake man facing vehicular homicide charges in Dodge County Court recently waived his preliminary hearing. Charges against Lee Henricksen stem from a three vehicle accident in August of 2014. He was driving a semi-truck on County Highway A near the intersection of Indian Hills Trail in the Town of Beaver Dam when he ran into the back of another vehicle. That pushed the vehicle into the opposite lane where it struck another. A 9-year-old boy from Lindenhurst, Illinois died of the injuries he suffered in the accident. Henricksen wasn’t hurt, but the other two drivers were seriously injured. He will be arraigned on July 13th.

Sheriffs Deputies Busy

Although it’s a holiday Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies are out in force today. Lieutenant Bill Tadych says three state grants are paying for extra patrols. He says they are enforcing drunken driving, seat belt, and Highway 23 speed grants. He says in addition their boat patrol is out and they will be patrolling parks. He says they also field fireworks complaints and if your neighbors complain, don’t be surprised if they show up at your place to enforce fireworks laws.

Fly Over Arranged Over Lakeside Park Tonight

Fireworks won’t be the only thing flying through the air at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac tonight. Retired Navy intelligence officer Ron Roen has arranged a fly over by Flight for Life and a World War II plane fly over. Flight for Life will be flying over between 6:15 and 6:25. Then an AT-6 Texan will fly over between 7:15 and 7:25 just before the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band Concert. Later there will be fireworks presented by Festival Foods.

Holiday Closings

Fond du Lac City and County offices are closed today in honor of the 4th of July Holiday. For the City that includes the Senior Center and Library. City Transit buses aren’t operating either. It asked that trash and recyclables normally collected on Mondays be put out tomorrow morning for collection along with the normal Tuesday pick up.

Oshkosh Schools Hires New HR Director

The Oshkosh School District is hiring a new Executive Director of Human Resources. Superintendent of Schools Stan Mack says he recommended the hiring of Lori Miron (MY-ron). The school board approved her hiring and she will start on July 18th. Miron has been the Director of Human Resources for the Manitowoc School District. She is a UW-Madison graduate.

Brown Bag Donation

The Social Services Director for the Fond du Lac Salvation Army says they are fortunate to have so many generous companies and individuals in the area who are willing to donate to their Brown Bag Lunch program. It is a program for needy children and their families that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer months. Jacobson says they were fortunate to receive a nice donation from Brandon Meats & Sausage recently. He says they got 100 pounds of baloney and Brandon Meats even sliced it for them. This summer the Brown Bag program is expected to serve 14,000 lunches.

Kids Need Supervision During Fireworks

The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue has a few safety tips to pass along for those using fireworks today. Troy Haase says never allow children to play or ignite fireworks. He says they should be supervised and even though sparklers seem harmless they are the number cause of burns around the 4th of July holiday. Other tips include making sure you don’t point fireworks at people or pets, always have water ready in case of a fire, and make sure the fireworks you are using are legal to use. Fond du Lac has an ordinance prohibiting fireworks that fly up into the air or explode.