KFIZ News Tuesday 9/20/16

Three Motorcyclists Hurt In Separate Accidents In FDL

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue responded to three accidents involving motorcycles Sunday. Two of the riders were flown to area hospitals. A man on a motorcycle was hit by a car on I-41 southbound at West Johnson Street just before 1 p.m. He was flown to a hospital. A 53-year-old man was injured when a car tried turning in front of him at North Rolling Meadows Drive and Johnson Street. He was flown to a hospital. That accident was reported at 3:14 p.m. A 25-year-old man was hurt in a motorcycle accident at Morris and Dixie Streets at 7:48 p.m. He was taken to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. Police cited him from drunken driving.

Oshkosh Police Investigate Robbery Incidents

Police in Oshkosh are investigating two robberies that occurred over the weekend. Three men tried to rob a man who was walking in the area of East Irving Avenue and Mt. Vernon Street early Saturday morning. A knife was displayed and an altercation took place, but the suspects did not get any money from the victim. The victim did not require medical attention. Police also say four men beat a man and took his wallet in the 1100 block of High Avenue early Sunday. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

Sentencing In Fatal Germantown Hit And Run Accident

A 32-year-old Menominee Falls man has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for a fatal hit and run. The accident happened in Germantown in August of 2015.  Adam Neuhaus was sentenced Monday morning in Washington County Court. His vehicle struck bicyclist Keith Habenicht from behind killing him. Habenicht’s widow, Michelle, spoke at the sentencing hearing. She says she never expected to be in a courtroom addressing the coward who killed her husband. Neuhaus told investigators that he was on his way home from a bar, distraught that someone he knew was texting his ex-girlfriend. And thought he hit a deer. That’s why he didn’t stop. Judge Todd Martens didn’t buy it. He said Neuhaus pled guilty to charges two months ago knowing he had hit a person. After his prison term, Neuhaus will spend five years under extended supervision.

Washington County House Fire

Five fire departments battled a fire on Prairie Hollow Drive in the Village of Richfield Monday morning. Washington County Sheriff’s officials say when deputies and firefighters arrived the home owner was trying to extinguish a large fire in the attached garage. Firefighters were able to bring it under control. The home owner was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $125,000. The fire is being investigated, but is not considered suspicious.

Waupun Referendum

The superintendent of the Waupun Area School District says the $36 million they are asking the voters to approve in a November referendum will be split between maintenance and safety projects, and educational and co-curricular programming. Tonya Gubin says nearly $13 million is for maintenance and safety. She says that would be for windows and boilers, safer secure entrances, roofing and more. She says Rock River Intermediate used to be a high school when it was built 63 years ago, but it is being used as an elementary school and needs an upgrade. District voters can find out more about the referendum at the District website.

Senator Gudex On State Transportation Budget

State Senator Rick Gudex doesn’t agree with the Governor’s proposed transportation budget. The state lawmaker from Fond du Lac says it includes an additional $65 million for local roads, but it isn’t enough. Gudex hopes state legislators will do the right thing and get the funding back in shape. Gudex was one of a few state senators who proposed increasing the gas tax and the vehicle registration fee. He says the gas tax is like a user fee and if you are using the roads more you should be willing to pay more. Governor Walker does not want the legislature to raise the gas tax or the vehicle registration fee. Gudex says 22 cents of every dollar budgeted toward the state transportation budget goes towards debt service and something has to be done to reverse that trend.

Nearly Half Of FDL Kids Eligible For Free And Reduced Lunches

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says they do their best throughout the year making sure kids from low-income households get breakfast and lunch. Jim Sebert says last year 47.4 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced lunches and they expect that number to be close to 50 percent this year. He says their food provider, Aramark, provides lunch for any kid that wants to come to lunch during their summer school program. He says kids can also get meals at the Boys & Girls Club during their summer school programs.