KFIZ News Saturday 6/11/16

Marquette Man Killed In Green Lake County Crash

A 54-year-old Marquette man was killed when his pickup truck went off of Forest Street in the Village of Kingston and hit a tree. Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials say it happened early Friday morning. The man was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital where he died. Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which was reported at 2:25 a.m. 

FDL Man Bound Over For Trial On Substantial Battery Charges

The 41-year-old Fond du Lac man suspected of throwing a glass that hit his live-in girlfriend in the head has been bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing. Jose Veliz was also arraigned and pled not guilty to charges from stemming from the incident last month. Veliz is also facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a babysitter. He has a preliminary hearing in that case next Thursday. 

Clyman Man Bound Over For Trial On Hiding A Corpse Charges

The 29-year-old man Clyman man charged with hiding a corpse waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Dodge County Court. Gabriel Joseph Brandl is suspected of taking the body of a Holly Nehls to a Watertown Hospital hours after she died of a heroin overdose. According to the criminal complaint he was in the Clyman Park with the 41-year-old Nehls on Memorial Day when they did heroin. He told investigators she passed out, but he didn’t realize she was dead until he was driving her around and noticed she wasn’t breathing. He told investigators he attempted CPR.

Fondy Organizations Get Alliant Energy Foundation Grants

Several non-profit organizations in Fond du Lac will benefit from Alliant Energy Foundation grants. Those organizations include the Fondy Food Pantry, which will receive $3,000 for their Food for Thought program. Back to School Fond du Lac, and the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce will also be receiving grants. 

Heat Tip

Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says it is best to take it slow when it comes to activities during a hot and humid day. She says you want to keep cool and well hydrated, but you also don’t want to over do it with strenuous activities especially running. She says if you are an avid runner try and pick a time when it is not as hot like earlier in the day. She also recommends wearing light-colored loose clothing and getting into an area with air-conditioning. 

NFDL Gets Good Report On Financial Audit

The Village of North Fond du Lac got a clean bill of health on its financial audit for 2015. It’s a yearly audit that is conducted on the village’s financial procedures. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says Baker Tilly Virchow Krause did the audit for them and reported back to the village board this past week. He says they got high marks from the firm. He says the village is in a good place right now and they got compliments from Baker Tilly on how well they are doing.

Dodge County Sheriffs K9 Paige Retiring

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says they are retiring one of their K9s. He says they got Paige as a drug detection dog in the summer of 2011. He says Paige has done a good job for them. The dog’s biggest drug bust came late that year when Paige located 40 pounds of marijuana hidden in an RV. He says Paige was a year old when she was trained to detect drugs, but had been a hunting dog prior to that. He says unfortunately her hunting instincts came back and she is no longer effective. He says they will be getting another K9 and Sergeant Joe Nicholas will be its handler. The Sheriff’s Department also has K9 Ziva. 

Advertising Works For FDL City Buses

The manager of Fond du Lac Area Transit says advertising on their buses has been a success. Lynn Gilles says when she first arrived in town she proposed the idea, but she says it got a lukewarm reception. She says she was told the City was too small for that kind of effort, but they’ve made about $350,000 through the advertising program. She says Agnesian HealthCare has been a big supporter paying to have five of their buses wrapped with advertising the first two years and they are doing five more buses over the next two years. 

Watch For Pavement Buckling

Hot, humid weather brings with it the potential for pavement to buckle–creating challenges for drivers. Steve Krebs is the director of the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Technical Services. He says pavement buckling usually occurs during the first real hot days of the summer. He says the pavement expands and where there are expansion joints the concrete slabs of pavement push against each other. He says if that pressure gets high enough, the road pavement can buckle. This usually occurs most frequently during the first heat waves of the season. Later in the summer, road pavements tend to find equilibrium after several months of warm temperatures. Krebs recommends motorists watch their speed, stay focused on what’s ahead of them, and be ready to Move Over as state law requires for all roadside workers including highway repair crews.