KFIZ News Saturday 7/23/16

Oshkosh Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Girlfriends Murder

The 31-year-old Oshkosh man who shot his 42-year-old girlfriend to death last September was sentenced to life in prison Friday.  Samson Gomoll was in Winnebago County court for the sentencing hearing. In April a jury found him guilty of 1st degree intentional homicide. He shot Stacey Strange to death in their apartment after an argument on September 20th of last year.  He could be eligible for parole after serving 32 years.

Oshkosh Robbery Attempt Fails

Oshkosh Police say a man claims two teenage boys tried to rob him Tuesday night behind a business in the 2000 block of Witzel Avenue. They knocked on the window of his vehicle and asked him to get out. They demanded his wallet and phone. The man struggled with one of the teens and knocked him out, then got in his car and left. The two suspects were black and about 16 to 17 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call Oshkosh Police at (920) 236-5700.

Horicon Man Stopped For Fifth Drunken Driving Offense

Dodge County authorities say a 31-year-old Horicon man tried to run on foot from Beaver Dam Police after he was pulled over for drunken driving. Police stopped him Thursday after seeing his vehicle swerve then go through a flashing red signal. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. Bond was set at $50,000 cash. It’s his fifth drunken driving offense. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next Thursday.

BD Man Bound Over For Trial On Robbery And Theft Charges

The 33-year-old Beaver Dam man accused of armed robbery, burglary and theft has been bound over for trial. Joshua Benson was in Dodge County Court for a preliminary hearing this week. According to the criminal complaint he stole about $480 in cash and checks when he used a pocket knife to rob a BP Gas Station. He also allegedly stole nearly $1,000 worth of liquor from the same store’s storage unit and prescription drugs and a check from a Beaver Dam couple. He remains in the Dodge County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Explosive Found On Washington County Road

Washington County Authorities are investigating the origin of a home-made explosive device found on a rural Town of Addison Road Thursday morning. A man found the device, put it in his vehicle and drove it to his workplace before calling authorities. The Milwaukee County bomb squad was called in to examine and dismantle the device. They say the make-up of the approximately quarter pound of explosive material could have caused death or serious injury to the builder or anyone near the device had it exploded.

Computing Program Works For FDL School District

Fond du Lac School District Superintendent Jim Sebert says the 1-to-1 computer program at the High School has worked well for them over the years. He says they first went to the Chrome Book program about four or five years ago. He says as seniors graduated those computers were passed down to lower grade levels. He says because of that they have technology at all grade levels now. He says they have also been fortunate to have strong PTO programs that have helped them purchase things like Smart Boards and document cameras for the classrooms.

DOT Urging Caution During Hot Weather

The Department of Transportation wants people to take it easy driving during periods of hot weather because of the dangers of buckling pavement.  Barry Paye with the Bureau of Technical Services says many concrete roads across the state will buckle, and he’s telling people not to drive over those bumps.  He says they don’t want people damaging their cars, hurting themselves, and causing accidents.  He says the DOT wants people to be safe driving on roads.]If you have serious problems with pavement, call 911 and make sure dispatchers know where you are and how bad the buckle is. 

Proud Moment

Moraine Park Technical College President Bonnie Baerwald says one of the more special ceremonies they hold this time of year is their graduation ceremony for those receiving their General Education Development and High School Equivalency Diploma certificates. She says the graduates are proud, but so too are their families. She says both the students and families are emotional about it. She says students range in age from 18 to 70 plus years old. The recent ceremony featured 103 students. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt was a special guest speaker at the event.