Local News Briefs Friday 5/9/14

The 22-year-old West Bend woman suspected of hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle in Beaver Dam and leaving that man severely injured was arraigned this week in Dodge County Court. Stephanie Goltz pled “not guilty” to the two felonies she’s charged with. During the January 26th accident on Madison Street Goltz allegedly hit a 33-year-old Beaver Dam man then sped away toward Highway 151 leaving him severely injured. The next day a passenger who was in her car called authorities after hearing a news report about the accident. The passenger said he’d been drinking with her in Beaver Dam and didn’t realize they’d hit a person because blowing snow made it hard to see. Goltz turned herself in to authorities. 

Judge Reaffirms Call For Halt To John Doe Campaign Probe

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-For the second time in three days, a federal judge has ordered a halt to the John Doe probe into campaign activities for the state recall elections. Just a day after a federal appeals court stayed his initial order in the case, Judge Rudolph Randa ruled that an appeal by prosecutors to keep the investigation going was frivolous. The decision puts a preliminary injunction back in place ordering an end to the probe and the destruction of evidence. The decision is aimed at an original appeal by prosecutors, after Randa rejected arguments that they are immune from a federal lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The group is one of several targeted by the investigation, which is looking at possible illegal coordination between issue advocacy groups and Republican recall election candidates. The decision will likely result in another appeal in the case.

Senator Johnson Pleased With Progress Of Lawsuit

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he’s pleased with the way a lawsuit he filed against the Obama Administration is progressing. The suit is over the restored tax preferred congressional health care subsidies members of Congress and their staff are receiving which the Affordable Care Act eliminated for everyone else. He says a number of members of Congress have signed on to two friend of the court briefs in support of his lawsuit. The federal lawmaker from Oshkosh believes the merits of the case will be allowed to stand, which is why the president’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss. Johnson says at the heart of the case is that the president changed the law for members of Congress without going through the proper channels.

UW-FDL Art Momentum Tonight

The UW-Fond du Lac Art Students League will present Art Momentum 2014 from 5-9 p.m. tonight, in the University Center Commons. The event is free and open to the public.  Come early and you will still have time to attend the concert at 7:30 pm! Proceeds from the event support a student art scholarship fund through the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation. The evening will feature student art work on display and available for purchase. Students who participate in the Art Momentum show commit to donating half of the proceeds from each item sold to the scholarship fund. Art Momentum is a student-run, organized and juried art event. For most of the students, this is their first experience showing work, having it judged and offering it for sale. Student work will be judged by Alison Gates, UW-Green Bay professor. She is chair of the art department and runs the fibers and textiles studio at UW-Green Bay.   There will also be music and light refreshments. For more information call (920) 929-1100 or visit our website at: www.fdl.uwc.edu

ASTOP Hosts Happily Ever Laughter

ASTOP of Fond du Lac invites you to treat mom to a night of laughter at the Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center Saturday night. The Second City Comedy Troupe will be performing during what’s being called “Happily Ever Laughter.” ASTOP Executive Director Linda Selk Yerges says many well known comics including members of Saturday Night Live have performed with Second City. She says it’s a clean night of improv. She says it’s a departure from the more serious stuff ASTOP deals with every day, providing supportive services to survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at a number of locations including through the ASTOP website. You can also get them at Korneli’s Main Street Express, Wegner’s Office Supply, Cujak’s Wine and Don Edwards. Doors open at 6:30 tomorrow night and the performance is at 7:30.

Student Missionary Services Mother’s Day Brunch In FDL

A group that’s sponsoring a student missionary trip to the Dominican Republic next month is inviting area residents to their Mother’s Day Breakfast and Brunch this Sunday. It will be held at the American Legion Hall in Fond du Lac. Ray Woznick is with Student Missionary Services. He says they take student groups overseas to do good works and teach them appreciation for what they have. Sunday’s breakfast and brunch will also feature a cash raffle and silent auction with breakfast served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and a made to order brunch from 9:30 to 2 p.m. Ali Ottery is one of the 24 students who will be making the June 9th trip. She expects to learn from the trip. During the trip the students will be working the Feed the Children program at schools there and building benches, windows and a fence for a church. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Brunch are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.

Mercury Recycling Event Saturday

In honor of its 75th anniversary this year Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac is opening up an electronics recycling event to the whole community. Dave Schecher of Mercury is one of the organizers. He says in the past two years they held similar events, but only for Mercury employees. He says it’s an eco-friendly event and fitting given that what Mercury manufactures is used in the environment. The event is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot next to the Mercury Marine Museum on West Scott Street. People taking part in the recycling event are asked to enter through Doty Street. A drive through will be set up.He says the first time they held the event with just Mercury employees they collected nearly two semi-loads of old electronics.Those dropping off items will receive a free ticket to the Mercury Marine Museum. There is no cost for most items. For a run down of what’s acceptable and what’s not click here.

FDL County Sheriff Benevolent Association Formed

Employees of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office have joined together and formed the non-profit Fond du Lac County Sheriff Benevolent Association. The goal of the Association is to strengthen the camaraderie of the Sheriff’s Office employees, while giving back to the community. The Association plans to hold fund raisers and contribute portions of the proceeds back to other organizations and people in need in the County. A part of the proceeds will go to establish a scholarship for High School seniors pursuing a career in Criminal Justice. The first fund raiser is a Brat Fry and bakes sale at the City-County Government Center next Wednesday. The bake sale will start at 7 a.m. and Hamburger and Brats will be available starting at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. To make a donation to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff Benevolent Association send it care of: Fond du Lac County Sheriff Benevolent Association, Inc., P.O.Box 1273, 180 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI. 54935.

Kenny Loggins Opening Night Entertainment For AirVenture

Kenny Loggins, who has been making hit music for the past four decades, will kick off the evening entertainment at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 when he headlines the fly-in’s popular opening night concert on Monday, July 28. The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on the EAA Plaza immediately following the July 28 afternoon air show. Loggins’ career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. Some of his biggest hits came from songs he did for the movies Footloose, Top Gun, and Caddyshack.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is this Saturday. Postal carriers dropped off plastic bags this week for donations to the drive. Saturday morning the items should be placed by your mailbox. Those items will be picked up and distributed to local food pantries.