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KFIZ News Wednesday 11/9/16

Truck Drivers Name Released

Dodge County Sheriff’s officials have released the name of the truck driver who was injured when his semi tractor-trailer tipped over on County Highway A in the Town of Fox Lake Sunday evening. Sixty-four-year-old Thomas Mitchell of Lake Mills was flown to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say Mitchell was trying to turn on to County Highway AW when he truck rolled on its side spilling a load of grain. VP Transport of Madison owns the semi.

Fatal Accident In Sheboygan County

An 80-year-old Cascade man was killed after crashing into a vacuum tanker truck in Sheboygan County Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say the man failed to yield the right of way at County Road V and County Road NN. The Cascade man died at the scene. He was the sole occupant of his vehicle. The trucker operator was not injured. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the accident.

Kentucky Woman Wanted For Green Lake County Arson Caught

The 57-year-old Kentucky woman suspected of trying to kill her father in Green Lake County early Sunday morning has been captured. West Bend Police arrested Cynthia Stark-Griffin Tuesday afternoon. A sales clerk had recognized her from a press release and called 9-1-1. She allegedly set fires inside her father’s home in the Town of Marquette, but no one was injured by those fires. Green Lake County authorities had sought Stark-Griffin on a temporary felony warrant for attempted homicide and arson charges. 

Oshkosh Armed Robbery

Police in Oshkosh are investigating an armed robbery at a Shell Gas Station in the 2200 block of Westowne Avenue. A man entered the gas station about 11:30 Monday night claiming to have a gun, but never displayed it. He told an employee to give him all the cash. The suspect is a black man from 5 foot 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Oshkosh Police at (920) 236-5700.

Sheboygan Man Charged For Stabbing

Sheboygan Police arrested a 52-year-old Sheboygan man suspected of stabbing a person in the chest Sunday night. Robert Easterling is facing 2nd degree reckless injury and bail jumping charges. When police arrived at the scene several people were aiding the victim. Easterling had gotten into a fight with the victim and fled the home soon after the stabbing. He has a preliminary hearing on November 16th.

Brandon Teen Charged For Motorcycle Chase

A Brandon teen is facing charges in Dodge County for allegedly fleeing on a motorcycle from police in Beaver Dam at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. Officers broke off the pursuit when 16-year-old Levi Schommer headed north on Highway 151 toward Waupun. The bike was found later near a cornfield. Police were tipped about Schommer’s whereabouts. He’s facing fleeing and traffic charges. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond and has a preliminary hearing on January 5th.

FDL City Council Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council will consider approving the 2017 City Budget and tax levy, 2017 Transit Budget, and a 5-year capital improvement plan tonight. They will also be asked to approve project plans and create two new tax incremental districts. The new TIDs will help with three redevelopment efforts. Public Works Director Jordan Skiff will also update the Council on water testing and discuss the policy for lead pipe replacement.

Works Continues On NFDL Village Budget

The North Fond du Lac Village Board continues working on the village’s 2017 Budget. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says part of their discussion this week had to do with carrying over revenue from one year to the next to help balance the budget. He says often it has to do with funds for positions that have not been filled. He says the board hasn’t decided whether there will be a 1 or 2 percent increase in the tax levy. Each percentage increase translates to $15,000 or $16,000 in increases to the levy. He says this year’s tax rate was $8.54 and that will increase depending on what they decide about the levy. The board will hold a public hearing and adopt the budget and tax levy at their Monday, November 21st meeting.

New Command Post On Display

Fond du Lac residents can get a look at the Police and Fire and Rescue Departments new Unified Mobile Command Post prior to tonight’s City Council meeting. It will be on display in the north parking lot of the City-County Government Center from 4:45 to 5:50 p.m. During the Council meeting a proclamation will be presented to C.D. Smith Construction and J.F. Ahern Company for helping to provide the new Command Post. The Command Post is a fully equipped emergency operations center on wheels.

Veterans Day Discounts

Veterans can take advantage of some free meals and services or get discounts during Veterans Day Friday. Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer Rick Patton says his office is keeping track of the discounts. He says for instance veterans can call to get an appointment for a free haircut at Krug Gentlemen Haircuts at 921-7930. The Fond du Lac Senior Center will have a pancake breakfast for veterans Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. In addition the Fond du Lac American Legion Post will have a chili supper from 4 p.m. on. A number of national restaurant chains will be offering discounts as well. Patton says if you are offering a discount on a service for veterans that day or want to hear the list, give his office a call at (920) 929-3117.