KFIZ News Tuesday 11/1/16

Business Partnership Scam

Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership officials say they recently learned two businesses were victims of a scam in which a man claimed to represent a sports team looking for sponsorship. He received and cashed checks from the owners. He identified himself as Michael Gleason or Michael Beck. Police are investigating the matter. Meanwhile the Police Department’s Central Division will host a meeting about district policing efforts at the Fond du Lac Public Library tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be in the Eugene McLane Room.

FDL Native Named Deputy Administrator For Wisconsin DOJ

A Fond du Lac native has been named Deputy Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement Services. Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the appointment of former Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes Monday. Steffes began his law enforcement career in 1994 as a correctional officer at Dodge Correctional Institution. He then went on to become a Beaver Dam Police Officer attaining the rank of Lieutenant before becoming Rhinelander’s Police Chief in 2007. Steffes replaces David Zibolski who left the DOJ in June to become Beloit’s Police Chief.

FDL County Board Preview

The Fond du Lac County Board will hold a public hearing for the 2017 County Budget tonight. The board’s meeting is at 6 p.m. with the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Also during the meeting the board will be asked to consider giving the Fair Board more time to pay off a $50,000 loan. The board will also take another crack at setting the County Executive’s pay for the next four years. County Executive Al Buechel recently vetoed a resolution that would have given the County Executive a 1 percent increase in pay for the first two years of that four year term. After hearing his reasoning they decided not to try and override his veto.  The board’s meeting is at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.

Congressman Grothman On Latest Hillary Email Review

Congressman Glenn Grothman says he’s glad to see the FBI reviewing newly discovered emails from the Hillary Clinton server. He feels the Clinton Foundation should be investigated for possible financial crimes or influence peddling. He says there are all sorts of examples of what looks like Quid Pro Quos for large contributions to the foundation or big pay for the Clintons’ speaking engagements. He says the question is was her U.S. Foreign Policy for sale during her four year reign as Secretary of State. Meanwhile Democrats are saying FBI Director James Comey violated the Hatch Act by influencing the presidential election with the newest turn in their investigation. Grothman says he’s just glad the newer emails are coming to light. Grothman serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which questioned Comey about Hillary Clinton’s emails this past July.

Waupun Schools Referendum

Voters in Waupun next week will be going to the polls to decide whether to allow the school district to borrow $36 million to make improvements at its schools. District Superintendent Tonya Gubin says that includes a number of improvements for students’ safety, comfort and convenience. In addition there will be improvements to accommodate their curriculum such as a newer manufacturing technical education center at the high school. She says there will be an addition to their Tech-Ed center for their student lead business Warrior Fabrication, which does work for some of the City’s industries. They also would like to update their library media centers at all four of their schools. She says it will include new furniture due to technology, new carpeting, new paint and lowering book shelves for students in the lower grades. Because the high school debt will be retired there will be no new increase in Waupun Area School District property taxes.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Rally Coming Up In FDL

Fond du Lac area residents are asked to show their appreciation during the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It will be held on Saturday, November 12th from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Fives Giddings & Lewis Parking Lot . Fond du Lac Police Chaplain Paul Pfeffer says they will be gathering at the northeast corner at 1:45 p.m. and anyone who wants to attend will be asked to stand along Johnson Street and hold up a sign of support. He says unfortunately we hear more about the negatives associated with law enforcement than the positives. He says officers need to see that support. Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze was shot and killed in the line of duty this past Saturday night. He was 33-years-old.

Waupun Winter Parking Restrictions Begin

Waupun Police are reminding residents about the City’s winter parking restrictions. Under the ordinance no person can park any vehicle on any street or alley in the City of Waupun between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on any day when there has been an accumulated snowfall of 2 inches or more, or between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the day thereafter. The restrictions don’t apply to Physicians or Emergency Medical Technicians on emergency calls. There are some other exceptions, which can be seen on the City’s website along with the rest of the ordinance. The ordinance goes into effect in December.

Waupun Historical Honors James Laird With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Waupun Historical Society honored James Laird with a lifetime achievement award Sunday night. Laird has been active in the society for 52 years and is a past president of it. Among his many contributions is entering 13,000 entries to the society’s collection and programs. He also acquired thousands of artifacts connected to Waupun’s past. Laird was honored during a Waupun Historical Society dinner at Feil’s Supper Club in Randolph.

Vendor Fair For United Way Today

The Fond du Lac Area United Way is nearly a third of the way to their campaign goal of $760,000. They are at about 30 percent of their goal or roughly over $230,000. United Way Executive Director Amber Kilawee says they continue to benefit from a variety of fundraisers. For example the Fond du Lac County Employees United Way Committee will hold a Vendor Fair soup lunch & cookout today at the City County Government Center. It’s on the first floor in Rooms F, G and H. The Vendor Fair is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are also being sold for an iPad Mini 3.