KFIZ News Thursday 6/30/16

Senator Johnson On Istanbul Bombing

Senator Ron Johnson blames Isis for the triple-suicide bombing at an airport in Istanbul that killed 42 people. Johnson the chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says that type of terrorist activity will continue to go on if unchecked. He says even if Isis didn’t direct the attack, they have inspired many others. He says they are pretty sure the Brussels’ attack was directed by Isis. The U.S. has struck back for the airport bombing in Turkey with a series of airstrikes that killed at least 250 Isis fighters.

Two Injured In Sheboygan County MC Accident

Two people were hurt when a motorcycle ran into the side of a pickup truck on Sheboygan County Highway IW Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say an 18-year-old woman was driving the truck that was pulling a hay wagon. The motorcycle was behind and tried to pass the truck just as it turned left to pull into a field. The 57-year-old man operating the bike and his female passenger were taken to area hospitals. The accident in the Town of Lyndon was reported at 5:12 p.m.

Big Boom In Ripon

Ripon Police says someone detonated a large firework one night earlier this week. That led to calls from people who heard the large “boom” on the south end of the City. Police the large firework was launched and detonated in the area of the 800 to 900 block of Ransom Street. They say it was similar to those use in professional fireworks show and wasn’t legal. 

FDL City Offices Closed Monday

City offices will be closed at the Fond du Lac City-County Government Center for the 4th of July holiday next Monday. The Municipal Service Center will be closed and refuse and recycling normally picked up on Mondays will be collected on Tuesday along with that day’s normal collection. The Senior Center and Library will be closed, and City Transit buses will not operate.

Serving On State Committees

State Representative Joan Ballweg says a couple of residents of the 41st State Assembly District will be serving on legislative council study committees this summer. Jodie Olson of Berlin will serve as a public member to the Committee on Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Shortages. Olson is the Berlin City Administrator. Tim Lyke of Ripon will be a public member on the Committee on Publication of Government Documents and Legal Notices. He is publisher of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Feyen Picking Up Endorsements In Senate Campaign

A Fond du Lac man running for the 18th State Senate seat says he is picking up support for his campaign. Dan Feyen recently served as a celebrity chef at the Breakfast on the Farm. He says opportunities like that give you a chance to meet a lot of people. He says his top priority is making sure jobs are available for those who need them. He says there are a lot skilled jobs open. Feyen, one of two Republicans in the race, says he’s proud of a couple of recent endorsements. He says a Wisconsin Right to Life endorsement and current State Senator Rick Gudex is important. He says Gudex’s endorsement means a lot to him. Feyen also recently picked up the endorsement of Fond du Lac County Supervisor Sam Kaufman.

Ripon Pet License Fees Going Up In Cost

Ripon’s Common Council this week approved a hike in the cost of pet licenses. Ripon City Administrator Lori Rich says that was the cost for both the spayed and non-spayed cats and dogs. She says for spayed pets the cost went from $5 to $15 and for non-spayed from $10 to $20. She says the reason for the $10 increase in license fees is to cover the cost of tracking pet owners to have them renew their pet licenses each year. The last license cost increase was in 2004. She says the City Clerk and City Police spend a lot of time tracking down pet owners for that reason. The Ripon City Clerk recently estimated that 60 percent of dogs and 30 percent of cats are currently licensed. Not having them licensed is a city ordinance violation.

Vacation Protection

An administrator with the state’s Department Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says there are steps you can take to protect yourself against identity theft and fraud while you are on vacation. Frank Frassetto says remove any cards or forms of identification you don’t need from your wallet. He says that could include unnecessary credit cards, social security and Medicare cards because they could compromise your identity if your wallet is lost or stolen. He says it would also be a good idea to call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you will be on vacation because they track your spending patterns. He says if they see an anomaly they might freeze your credit. Frassetto says you should also call them to let them know when your return.