KFIZ News Thursday 12/22/16

Dodge County Chase And Rollover Accident

A 26-year-old Madison man who tried to flee a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop early Thursday morning rolled his vehicle on State Highway 26 after a high speed chase. The deputy had pulled Sean Johnson over on State Highway 16 near Highway 26 and was going to detain Johnson for impaired driving when Johnson took off. Shortly after turning onto Highway 26 southbound he rolled his vehicle and was ejected from it. Flight for Life flew him to Aurora Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc with non-life threatening injuries. Drugs and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.

Winnebago County Sheriffs Deputies Investigate Hit And Run Accidents

Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials are looking for two drivers who were involved in hit and run accidents on I-41 Northbound near Neenah early Tuesday morning. In the first accident the driver of a van struck a car from behind and fled the scene on foot. The driver of the car, a 32-year-old Appleton man, was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The second accident happened a quarter mile north of the first. A van was struck from behind and the vehicle that hit it left the scene. The 52-year-old Grand Chute woman driving the van suffered minor injuries, but she did not require medical attention.

Masters Gallery Foods Expansion Effort In Oostburg Announced

Masters Gallery Foods based in Plymouth will be building a new packaging and distribution facility in Oostburg.  The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation announced the expansion effort. The new plant will be built on a 40-acre site that will be annexed into the village’s business park. The $30 million first phase will include construction of a 150,000 square foot facility, which will be ready by early 2018. The expansion will create about 120 new jobs over a 2 to 3 years span with the potential for 200 or more in the future. Masters Gallery Foods supplies a full line of private brand cheese and cheese-related products to grocers, wholesalers, restaurants and distributors. 

Former BD HS Soccer Coach Pleads To Child Enticement Charge

The former Beaver Dam High School soccer coach charged with child enticement charges in Winnebago County will be sentenced in March.  Thirty-year-old Colin Stringer of Bettendorf, Iowa recently pled guilty to the enticement charge and a marijuana possession charge was read into the record and dismissed. He coached the Beaver Dam girls’ Junior Varsity team in 2015.  Prosecutors say an Oshkosh officer was monitoring posts on social media and responded to a post from Stringer by sending a picture of a 14-year-old girl then engaged Stringer in explicit conversation. Stringer was arrested last June after showing up at an arranged meeting place. The sentencing is scheduled for March 1st.

Five Charges Dismissed Against West Bend Man

A Washington County judge this week dismissed five of the seven 1st degree recklessly endangering safety charges a 24-year-old West Bend man is facing. Police officers responded to a shots fired call in West Bend on Sunday, October 16th. Kody Konzal’s handgun jammed when he tried to shoot at two officers. The judge denied a motion to modify Konzal’s $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 20th.

New RMC Administrator Looking Forward To The Challenge

The next administrator for Ripon Medical Center says she started there as a student in nursing school who made what she thought was a short commitment to the hospital. Tami Moffat-Keenlance says 24 years later she will be leading the hospital. She says as a nursing student she made a two-year commitment, but she fell in love with the place and says she never wanted to leave. Starting January 2nd Moffat-Keenlance will become the assistant vice president and administrator of Ripon Medical Center. She currently is the director who oversees the hospital’s inpatient services. Meanwhile current administrator Katherine Vergos will move to St. Agnes Hospital where she will be the new vice president and chief operating officer. Moffat-Keenlance says it will be a new challenge for both of them. Moffat-Keenlance grew up in Green Lake and has lived in Ripon the past 23 years.

Gift Card Advice

An official with the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says it is buyer beware for those of us purchasing gift cards for the holidays. Frank Frassetto says if you are going to buy a gift card in an aisle display make sure it hasn’t been tampered with. He says if someone has scratched off the PIN number it will make the buyer susceptible to being scammed. He says that scammer is just waiting for money to be uploaded to the card and they will take it. He says it is best to purchase gift cards that are in a more secure location such as behind a check out counter where store personnel are on hand. He also recommends being leery of purchasing gift cards from a third party. He says those may have been purchased in bulk and have no value or may not be activated.

Time And Money Both Spent During the Holidays

A family living educator with the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension Service says there are two things families need to budget during the Christmas season: their time and their money. Shelley Tidemann says it is best to sit down and figure out how much you can budget for gifts and entertainment. She says you have to think about what you spend on household expenses on a monthly basis and how holiday spending fits into that. She says if you are going to use credit cards keep track of what you are spending. She says that way when you get your bill there will be no surprises. She says families are also hard pressed for time during the holidays. She recommends evaluating your traditions and seeing if some can be eliminated so there is less stress on