KFIZ News Saturday 4/15/17

Arraignment For Fox Lake Murder Suspect Rescheduled

An arraignment hearing for a 36-year-old Fox Lake man suspected of killing his live-in girlfriend was postponed for a third time.  The arraignment for LaVerne Ware Jr. in Dodge County Court was postponed Wednesday. The last postponement was so he could seek another lawyer. This time there was a question of competency that might have affected his ability to hear. His lawyer and other were participating in the hearing by telephone. A new arraignment hearing was scheduled for May 17th.  Ware is accused of killing Sesalie Dixon in December. Her body was found in the cab of Ware’s pickup truck hidden inside a garage.

Fire Destroys Home In Town Of Westford

Fire destroyed a house in the Town of Westford Thursday morning. Crews responded to the Richard and Patti Hiley residence at N8908 Lake Road at 9:22am. Fox Lake Fire Chief Aaron Paul says upon arrival smoke was visible from the eaves while flames could be seen coming through the roof. Paul says the fire was sparked while work was being done by a local gas company that resulted in a gas leak. A spark ignited flames that traveled up the side of the house into the roof. The residence valued at $240,000 was a total loss. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries reported.

West Bend Man Threatens Human Service Employees

West Bend Police arrested a 24-year-old West Bend man this week after he allegedly made threats toward Washington County Human Services employees. Police say the man became upset over child visitation issues while the Human Services workers were conducting a home visit and threatened to strap a bomb to himself and blow up the workers. He faces disorderly conduct charges.

Main Exchange Purchased

The Main Exchange in Downtown Fond du Lac has a new owner. Dusty Krikau of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership recently talked about the sale of the former restaurant on KFIZ. She says Laurie Baumhardt purchased the building. She says that is great news for the downtown. She says they love seeing the building get prepared for its first breath of fresh air in a long time. Krikau says it’s a recent purchase and details will become available as a business plan is firmed up. The purchase was made around the beginning of the month.  

MPTC Open House A Success

Moraine Park Technical College President Bonnie Baerwald says they were pleased with the turn out for their open house at their Fond du Lac campus last Saturday. She says they accomplished a few things with the event including a ribbon-cutting for their new Career Employment Center, the introduction of their Promise Program, and they had the opportunity to showcase things they do for the community. She says they also had entertainment for family and friends.

Weather Posters Highlight Tornado And Severe Weather Awareness Week

Fond du Lac County Communications and Emergency Management Director Bobbi Hicken says as part of Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week they will be displaying posters created by local grade school students in the City-County Government Center next week. She says those students came up with some creative and informative posters. Students from first through eighth grade were invited to submit posters with different themes like “Turn around don’t Drown” and “When a Tornado comes to town get down.” She says Mercury Marine is helping sponsor the effort and is providing prizes for some of the top posters.