Local News Briefs Friday 8/21/15

Fond du Lac Police are still waiting for the results of blood alcohol content testing to determine if a 26-year-old Fond du Lac man was drunk when he ran his car into a train on Scott Street early Monday morning. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says they believe speed and alcohol were factors in the accident that injured the driver Bayron Sanchez Navarro. Flight for Life flew him to Theda Clark Regional Medical Center where he is in good condition. None of the crew on the Canadian National freight train was injured.

Preliminary Hearing Rescheduled For Brownsville Man

The preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for the 29-year-old Brownsville suspected of attacking the woman he used to live with. Initially the hearing was set for yesterday for Jason Schlosser, but it’s been rescheduled for September 3rd in Dodge County Court.  He allegedly hit the woman with a set of car keys while struggling with her outside of a flower shop in the village of Kekoskee. He’s free after posting a $2,500 cash bond.

Congressman Grothman Calls For Removal Of IRS Commissioner

Congressman Glenn Grothman and his colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling for the removal of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. A letter was sent to the president asking for Koskinen’s ouster. He’s accused of obstructing Congressional investigations on the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Grothman says that targeting is based on political beliefs. He says that’s a fear people have of big government. He says they may have to impeach the IRS Commissioner. Grothman says that would make him the first presidential appointee other than a judge to be impeached since the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.  The House Oversight Committee could also vote Koskinen in contempt of Congress.

NFDL Auto Aid For Fires Discussed

Should the North Fond du Lac Fire Department get auto aid from the Fond du Lac Fire Department on fire calls? That’s a question the Village Board discussed this week. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says their new Fire Chief Richard Zmuda starts Monday and wants to be in on the discussion so the item was tabled. He says they already get auto aid from Van Dyne and that has worked out very well. Hornung says he has to do a little research because he’s not sure which of the Village’s boards or committees should be making such a decision. He says it could be up to the Village Board, their Police or Fire Commission or maybe the Fire Department itself.

Dodge County Board Approves Funding For Sheriffs Evidence Storage Building

The Dodge County Board this week approved funding for a evidence storage unit that will be located at the Sheriff’s motor vehicle impound yard. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says that will benefit them in several ways. He says they will be able to bring vehicles inside keeping them protected while they are gathering evidence. He says they will also be able store bigger items that they can’t fit into their normal evidence room in the Sheriff’s Office. He says it will be a great benefit to them in maintaining chain of custody for cases involving vehicles. He says the County Board actually gave them more money than they asked for. He says the extra money will allow them to put a concrete floor in the building. The project’s original cost was $162,000, but the board’s amendment brings it to $185,000.

Taste Of FDL Sunday

The Taste of Fond du Lac is this Sunday at Lakeside Park. It will be held on Oven Island from 12 to 6 p.m. Tad Wallender the owner of Fat Joe’s Bar and Grill is the senior co-chair for the event. He believes the food will be better than ever because it will be prepared on site. He says in addition to the great food samplings there will be activities for both kids and adults. Music will be provided by Tin Sandwich Blues Band followed by Eric Diamond. There’s also a family land for children. Look for hourly door prizes and a beer and wine garden. Wallender says he really likes the switch this year from the Fairgrounds to Lakeside Park. The cost for admission at the gate is $3, but you can get advance tickets for $2 at Fat Joe’s Bar & Grill, Ang n Eddie’s Pizza, Fond du Lac Festivals or at KFIZ and K107 offices. Food tickets are $5 for a sheet of 10. Society Insurance is the presenting sponsor.

Summit Test Drives Will Benefit Booster Club

Summit Chrysler Dodge Jeep is teaming up with students for a booster club fundraiser during the Alumni Soccer game this Saturday at the Fond du Lac High School. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. everyone in the community is invited to stop by the school and test drive the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan, or Journey. For each person who takes a short test drive, the Dodge brand will donate $20 to the school, up to $5,000.  Summit Chrysler Dodge Jeep will provide vehicles and volunteers to help the school with the fundraising test drives.