KFIZ News Wednesday 6/8/16

NFDL Woman Pleads NGI To Embezzlement Charges

The 46-year-old North Fond du Lac woman suspected of taking more than $142,000 from the Lomira business she worked for has changed her plea. Tessa Hilt recently entered not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect pleas to the charges she’s facing in Dodge County court. She had previously pled not guilty to five 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.

Construction Worker Hurt On New Roland Kampo Bridge

Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a 49-year-old Black Creek man was injured while working on the Roland Kampo Bridge Monday morning. Officials didn’t say how the man was injured, but he suffered injuries to an arm and his chest. An ambulance took him to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. Hospital officials say he was in serious condition. The accident was reported shortly after 9:30 a.m. 

Clyman Man Suspected Of Hiding A Corpse

A preliminary hearing will be held Thursday in Dodge County court for a 29-year-old man Clyman man suspected of taking the body of a dead heroin victim to a Watertown Hospital hours after her death. According to the criminal complaint Gabriel Joseph Brandl was in the Clyman Park with the 41-year-old woman on Memorial Day when they bought heroin from a dealer. He told investigators she passed out, but he didn’t realize she was dead until he was driving her around. He brought her to Watertown Regional Medical Center 10 hours after her death. Brandl is being held in the Dodge County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

New Oakfield School District Superintendent

The Oakfield School District will have a new superintendent next month. Vance Dalzin has been the superintendent for the Fox Point-Bayside School District and will begin in Oakfield on July 1st. He replaces Sue Green who worked part time as the superintendent for Oakfield the past three years. Dalzin has 25 years of educational experience. Green lives in Madison and resigned in March to take care of her sick mother. Twenty people applied for the Oakfield job.

FDL City Council Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council will get a couple of updates during their meeting this evening. Public Works Director Jordan Skiff will give the Council an update on how the remediation of the former Quick Freeze site off Oak Street is going. He will also update the Council on the progress of the Lakeside Park Master Plan that is being put together. The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the City-County Government Center. 

FDL County DA Says Progress Being Made On Drug Problems

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says the community has made progress on drug problems in the 3 ½ years he’s been in office. Doing something about the drug problem was one of the things he campaigned on. Toney says in addition to the law enforcement and prosecution angle there have been opioid and heroin forums and an Opiooid Coalition is now merging with Drug Free Communities. He says those efforts raise community awareness. He says hopefully family and friends recognize someone’s problem before they commit a serious crime or overdose. He says in the last two years a drug court was created, which gives low level offenders the chance to get treatment and avoid jail. He says people can help and it doesn’t always mean a large commitment of time. He says for example you could pass out wristbands at the Fair to keep underage drinking in check. Toney recently participated in an opioid educational effort in Ripon.

NFDL Village Board Approves Bid For McKinley Street Water Main Relay Reconstruction

The North Fond du Lac Village Board approved a low bid for reconstruction of the McKinley Street water main relay. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says they’ve had problems with water main breaks on McKinley Street over the years. He says every year they have one or two main breaks. He says reconstruction will be done on a 2 ½ to 3 block section. He says the low bid of $164,152 submitted by David Tenor Corporation was approved by the board Monday night. He says they’ve worked with Tenor before and are comfortable doing it again. The high bid was just under $228,000. Tenor’s bid was about $40,000 less than the engineer’s estimate.

Dementia Capable Wisconsin

The Fond du Lac County Aging and Disability Resource Center has coupons that will allow people to take an online course free to find out more about recognizing those living with Dementia. Sandy Tryon is a supervisor at the center. She says there are people suffering from dementia who may not even be aware of it and you may see them out in the community. She says the UW-Oshkosh is providing training courses for family and friends of people with dementia through the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin program. She says it’s also for business owners and those who work for businesses. She says it will help recognize the early warning signs of dementia. It’s available at the UW-Oshkosh website. It’s a 3-hour online course that can be accessed 24/7. Coupons for the course are available at the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 50 N. Portland Street in Fond du Lac or by calling 929-3466. 

Registration Being Taken For Moraine Park Tech Knowledge College

Registration is underway for Moraine Park Technical College’s popular Tech Knowledge College. Sixth through 8th graders will be exposed to a variety of skills and careers during the three-day camp. It will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus August 2nd through 4th. The cost is $115 and includes two interactive career sessions, a T-shirt, snacks and lunch each day. For more information visit the Moraine Park website.