KFIZ News Thursday 11/3/16

NFDL Fire Truck Referendum

North Fond du Lac voters will be asked next Tuesday to decide whether to permit the village to buy a new ladder truck for the fire department. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says they weighed several different ways of paying for it before deciding to go to referendum. The overall cost would be $945,000. He says the truck cost $865,000, but with borrowing over a ten year period there would be $80,000 in interest. He says even if the referendum is defeated they will still need to replace a truck. He says a pumper truck would still cost them from $500,000 to $600,000. Hornung says while it’s true they get mutual aid from Van Dyne and Fond du Lac, there is something to be said about having the tools in your garage to do what you need. The tax impact would be a $52 increase on a $100,000 home.

Man Injured In Wind Turbine Fall

Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say a 35-year-old man fell about 50 feet from a wind turbine near Brownsville Tuesday afternoon. Flight for Life flew the man to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. A harness slowed the man’s fall. The accident happened on West Line Road, south of Highway 49 around 12:15 p.m.

Clyman Man Pleads To Reckless Homicide Charge

The 29-year-old man Clyman man who waited hours after a friend’s death from an overdose to take her to a hospital will be sentenced in January. This week in Dodge County Court Gabriel Brandl  pled no contest to a 1st degree reckless homicide charge.  He will be sentenced on January 29th. Brandl took the body of a 41-year-old 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.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested In Washington County

Authorities in Washington County arrested a 41-year-old Milwaukee man for bank robbery after a three-county chase.  He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after stopping for cigarettes at a gas station in Hartford.  He is accused of robbing a bank on Milwaukee’s southwest side.  The chase went through Milwaukee and Waukesha counties and culminated in Washington County. Police took the suspect into custody in a field near the convenience store after a short foot chase.

Beaver Dam Lake Rescue

Two fishermen were rescued from Beaver Dam Lake Tuesday afternoon after their boat capsized. Beaver Dam Fire Department officials say the boat Ronald Tremaine of Watertown and Steve Tremaine of Oconomowoc was in started taking on water. Two nearby fisherman pulled the men to safety. The Tremaines, who are both in their 60s, were treated for hypothermia at the scene. The Fox Lake Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

State Senate Debate On KFIZ

KFIZ will feature a debate between the two candidates for the 18th State Senate seat today at 11 a.m. Dan Feyen is the Republican candidate and Mark Harris the Democratic candidate. Feyen is the chairman of the Fond du Lac County Republican Party. Harris is the Winnebago County Executive. The winner in next Tuesday’s election will represent the 18th State Senate District for the next four years.

Diabetes Awareness Month

Age, family history, and even your heritage can all be factors in whether you become diabetic. November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Interim Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Joyce Mann says if you’re frequently tired, thirsty or have to urinate those could be signs your diabetic. She says sometimes people learn they are diabetic after an employer mandated health risk appraisal. She says some people are what is termed pre-diabetic, which means if they pursue a healthier diet and get more exercise they may be able to avoid becoming diabetic. She recommends chipping away at your diet and exercise goals slowly and developing them over time. The American Diabetes Association website has a diabetes risk screening tool for those who would like to know more.

Scams Fraud And Internet Safety Class Tonight At FDL Police Station

Fond du Lac Police are hosting a scams, fraud and internet safety class tonight at 5 p.m. Officer Erik Foster says he and Computer Forensics Specialist Keywon Brown will be instructing the class. He says Brown knows a lot about the different internet safety issues for both kids and adults. Foster will be talking about the latest scams and some seasonal scams that come up this time of year. The class is free and will run for an hour. It will be in Meeting Room A of the Police Department on North Main Street.

Penny Campaign Wrapping Up For United Way

The Penny Campaign is wrapping up for area schools donating to the Fond du Lac Area United Way. United Way Executive Director Amber Kilawee says it is a nice way to get younger students involved in a philanthropic effort. She says it shows them they can make an impact. She says the money donated for the Penny Campaign goes back into programs that benefit children. She says that includes programs of the Boys & Girls Club, the Children’s Museum, Girl Scouts prevention education and more. This year’s Penny Campaign included a couple of new schools, the Friendship Learning Center and Bessie Allen Middle School in North Fond du Lac. The Penny Campaign generates several thousand dollars for the United Way each year.