KFIZ News Wednesday 11/30/16

Semi Rollover Accident In Town Of Calamus

A 59-year-old Stevens Point man suffered minor injuries after the semi-tractor-trailer truck he was driving rolled over on State Highway 73 in Dodge County Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say William Mason was trying to negotiate a curve. He was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital. The truck blocked traffic in both lanes of Highway 73 in the Town of Calamus for about 3 ½ hours.

Washington County Roundabout Accident

Washington County Sheriff’s officials arrested a 26-year-old Racine woman for drunken driving after she ran over the top of a roundabout early Sunday morning in the Town of Jackson. The woman told deputies she got lost after leaving a party in the City of Kenosha. She lost the old pan on her vehicle after hitting the concrete curb in the roundabout at a high rate of speed. That started her vehicle on fire. She was arrested for drunken driving and received her 11th citation for operating after suspension.

Fox Lake Man Pleads To Vehicular Homicide Charge

The 69-year-old semi-truck driver responsible for the death of a 9-year-old boy in an August 2014 accident has pled no contest to several charges stemming from the accident.  Lee Henricksen of Fox Lake entered pleas in Dodge County Court to vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges. He was driving a semi-truck on County Highway A near the intersection of Indian Hills Trail in the Town of Beaver Dam when he ran into the back of another vehicle. That pushed the vehicle into the opposite lane where it struck another. A 9-year-old boy from Lindenhurst, Illinois died of the injuries he suffered in the accident. Two other two drivers were seriously injured. Henricksen will be sentenced on January 18th.

NFDL Woman Pleads To Business Thefts

The 47-year-old North Fond du Lac woman suspected of taking more than $142,000 from the Lomira business she worked for will be sentenced in January. Tessa Hilt recently entered “no contest” pleas in Dodge County Court to three felony theft charges. The thefts allegedly occurred while she was an office manager for Waas Boring and Cable. According to the criminal complaint she used the money to pay her personal expenses including her mortgage. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 24th.

Sebert Respects FDL School Board Decision On Administrator Raises

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says the school board’s recent rejection of a 1 percent raise for district administrators is something they can learn from. The board voted down an increase for 28 administrators including Sebert. He says over the past 3 to 4 years raises for administrators were voted on after all other employees in the district got a raise. He says they were getting a little routine in that practice. He says in the past they held executive sessions first to discuss administrators’ raises and that is something they will consider going back to. Sebert says the school board did what they thought was right. He says he respects the board’s decision, but at some point he hopes they will reconsider raises for administrators because they too work very hard.

Meeting On Lakeside Park Master Plan Tonight

The Fond du Lac City Council will hold a meeting about the Lakeside Park Master Plan at Fire Station #1 tonight. City Council President Lee Ann Lorrigan says Public Works Director Jordan Skiff will give the Council an update and then the public can weigh in on the plan. The public had previous opportunities to give input on the plan during Advisory Park Board meetings. Following the public comment the Council will consider taking action on any changes to the plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Ripon Common Council Approves 2017 Budget

The Ripon Common Council this week approved the City’s 2017 Budget and tax levy. City Administrator Lori Rich says they’ve received the tax rates from the taxing jurisdictions in Ripon and property taxpayers will be paying less. She says the mill rate will be $1.46 lower, which means taxes on a $100,000 home will be about $146 less. She says the City’s tax levy went up by about 1 percent, but others went down and the school district’s tax rate went down significantly. She says the City will be doing some street overlay work in 2017 and has one big project. She says they will be replacing the dam. The dam replacement costs will be around $1 million.

Arc Of FDL Annual Appeal Under Way

The Arc of Fond du Lac is conducting its annual appeal. The Arc provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arc Executive Director David Boelter says they serve 750 families and are the largest Arc chapter in the state of Wisconsin. He says the annual appeal helps those who benefit from their services. He says there is always constant renovation and need for new supplies and materials. He says this year they have increased their goal for the appeal. Last year the annual appeal raised $14,000 and this year they are shooting for $20,000. Those who would like to donate to the Arc of Fond du Lac can do that on their website or you can call them at 923-3810 to learn more.