Local News Briefs For Monday 1/12/15

A Fond du Lac man will be facing charges for hitting a paramedic. Police say the incident happened when the man was taken to St. Agnes Hospital Thursday. The man started struggling and punched a paramedic in the chest. He was arrested and could be charged with battery to a paramedic or firefighter. The paramedic did not suffer any serious injuries.

Chase Suspect Arraigned

The 21-year-old Wilson, Michigan man who crashed in a ditch near Brandon following a high-speed pursuit last September was arraigned in Fond du Lac County Court last Friday. Fourwinds Charging Hawk pled not guilty to a fleeing charge. A plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 17th. Waupun Police say he was doing 60 miles per hour down Main Street when an officer tried to pull him over last September 10th.  He headed north on Highway 49 towards Brandon. Brandon Police and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s joined the pursuit and he crashed after turning on Liner Road. He was recently declared competent to stand trial and is being held in the County Jail.

Sheboygan Subway Robbed

Police in Sheboygan took a 30-year-old Sheboygan man suspected of robbing a Subway restaurant into custody Sunday night. Police got a warrant to search a residence in the 2300 block of Park Place and arrested the man on an armed robbery charge. He was taken to the Sheboygan County Detention Center. Police issued an alert shortly after 7:30 p.m. that the Subway restaurant at 2733 Calumet Drive had been robbed.

Police Training More Comprehensive

Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb says today’s law enforcement officers are more highly trained than in the past. He says the baseline training for officers today is much more comprehensive than when he began in the 1990s. He says in a way he’s envious of the training officers receive when they start out today. However, he says society is much more different than it was back in the day and that type of training is warranted. Last Friday was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which Lamb says will help with some of the anti-police sentiment seen across the nation recently.

Concerns About Graffiti Vandalism

Fond du Lac Police say there was some concern by residents that graffiti spray-painted on buildings, signs and cars in areas of the City last week was gang-related. Police Officer Steve Olson reassured listeners on KFIZ’s Behind the Badge program that it wasn’t. He says there were some gang symbols, but they don’t believe it was gang-related. He says their street crimes unit is checking into whether there were any similar types of vandalism in area cities. Olson says if you know any thing about the incidents give them a call at (920) 906-5555 or their Crime Alert number at 322-3740.

Hazards Plan Being Finalized

North Fond du Lac Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says an ad-hoc committee is completing its work on hazard mitigation materials for the County. He says he’s one of 20 to 25 members of the committee that’s been working on the materials, which they hope would help reduce damage in the event of a disaster. He says it could be due to weather or man-made such as a chemical spill. Recently he took it to the Village Board to discuss it. He says others in the committee are doing the same before they meet one final time and submit it to FEMA. He says with the plan on record with FEMA the County could be eligible for financial assistance in the event of a disaster. The County hired a consultant to orchestrate the planning.

FDL Loop Will Run Along Lakeside Park Lakeshore

A member of a group working toward the betterment of the Fond du Lac Loop says the 15.4 mile trail in and around the City will be improved this year. Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Executive Director Amy Hansen says Agnesian HealthCare will pay to have the trail extended through Lakeside Park. She says in particular the Loop will be improved to take the trail along the Lakeshore. Hansen says she got involved in the Loop because a section of it runs is downtown on the Riverwalk Trail. She says she would love to see more people use that section of the trail during their lunch hour. She says that particular section is 1.8 miles long.

Grant Will Allow For Worker Training Of Inmates

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says a grant will allow Corrections officials to get worker training for inmates. She says the grant is coming through the Council of State Government and will allow the state’s Department of Workforce Development to work with the Corrections Department on the training. She says it may sound strange, but by giving inmates training they can accomplish a couple of different things once those inmates are released from prison. She says they will have training to get jobs making them productive and lessen the likelihood that they will turn to crime again. Kleefisch says she was happy to have a hand in securing the grant. She was the executive sponsor for the grant. Among the entities doing such training will be Moraine Park Technical College, which will be working with Fox Lake Correctional Facility.

Marian MLK Breakfast Next Week

Marian University in Fond du Lac will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast a week from today. The school has been hosting the event since 2000. Ashley Eckert is the special events coordinator a Marian. She says it will start at 7 a.m. in the Stayer Center and will be wrapped up by 8:30. There will be a keynote speaker and someone will win the MLK Spirit Award. Eckert says the event fits in with Marian’s sense of community. Those who would like to know about the breakfast can call Eckert at (920) 923-8133.

Health Care Scholarships Available Through Agnesian Volunteers

Area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in healthcare are invited to apply for scholarships offered by the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at St. Agnes Hospital. Volunteers are offering four $1,000 scholarships to eligible students who reside in the Agnesian HealthCare service area and plan to attend a college or university in preparation for a healthcare career. An additional $500 scholarship is being offered to eligible students meeting that criteria and pursuing their education at a technical college. Application forms are available at area high school guidance offices and at the St. Agnes Hospital and Fond du Lac Regional Clinic information desks and Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers department at St. Agnes Hospital. Applications must be postmarked by March 14th. For more information, call Agnesian HealthCare Volunteer Services at (920) 926-4966.