Local News Briefs Monday 4/27/15

A 31-year-old Cascade man has been charged with 2nd degree reckless homicide in the death of his four-year-old-son Trey. Armando Aguirre told investigators he was spinning his son Trey around while holding his feet when his son’s head struck the carpeted floor. The boy suffered a seizure and Aguirre called 911. The boy was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend and later to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee where he died. Trey suffered a brain bleed. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco says the injury was equivalent to the boy falling from a fourth story floor. Aguirre has previous convictions for resisting arrest and battery. He’s been held in the Sheboygan County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond and has a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Wautoma Man Arrested For False Imprisonment After Standoff

A 54-year-old Wautoma man was taken into custody during a standoff situation in Green Lake County last Thursday. Sheriff’s officials say it began with a 911 call from a woman who asked for “help.” Dispatchers could hear another person yelling in the background. Authorities were able to determine the call came from an older farm near the Marquette County line. The man had fired at least one round from an assault rifle when two residents of the farm tried to leave and was holding an elderly woman against her will. A SWAT team set up a perimeter around the home and the man informed them he was armed. After negotiations the man gave himself up without incident. The elderly woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. An assault rifle was recovered at the scene.

Two Hurt In Sheboygan County Rollover

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say two people were hurt during a one vehicle rollover accident early Saturday morning in the Town of Lima. The accident happened on County Road OO west of Hingham. The pickup left the road and rolled over four times in a ditch. The 22-year-old Cedar Grove man driving the pickup and a passenger, a 22-year-old Sheboygan woman, were taken to St. Nicholas Hospital. The driver was later flown to Theda Clark Regional Medical Center. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The accident was reported shortly after 3:30 a.m.

Jackson Man Allegedly Stole From Boys And Girls Club

Following a long criminal investigation Washington County officials have charged a 40-year-old Jackson man for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 from the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. Thomas David Kraus will make his initial court appearance June 1st on a felony theft charge. Investigators learned from a board member that the organization hadn’t paid fundraising monies for a golf outing held during the summer of 2013.   Kraus was responsible for dispersing money raised during the event.  He had organized a golf outing for the Boys & Girls club since 2007.  The investigation revealed that at least $5,237 of donated money was not paid to the organization.

Distracted Driving Can Be Deadly Driving

An inspector with the State Patrol says he sees a lot of distracted driving while he’s traveling the state’s roadways. Inspector Scott Hlinak says he drives an unmarked car so motorists go about their business without noticing him. He says he sees so much texting and people would be amazed on what is going on while people are supposed to concentrate on driving. He says with the road construction season underway people need to be more attentive. He says even hands-free phone calls can slow down a driver’s reaction time. Hlinak says one driver decided to read the newspaper while driving. He says it happened about two months ago while the driver was driving a commercial vehicle in Winnebago County at 65 miles per hour. He says slowed reaction time can lead to injury accidents and even death.

New Solutions Center Director Enjoying Role

The new executive director of the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac says she’s enjoying the area and the role she has had in it since last October. Nicole Johnson says she’s originally from the Eau Claire area. Her husband works for the City and they moved here for that when she found out about the job at the Solutions Center, which fits her background in domestic violence services. She previously worked as the services coordinator for the Bridge to Hope in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Former Solutions Center Interim Director Maggie McCullough says Johnson was referred to them. Her former boss had told McCullough about Johnson at a Domestic Violence directors meeting knowing the Solutions Center was looking for someone. Johnson says the community is fortunate to have the Solution Center to provide services for not only the victims of domestic violence, but also the homeless.

Battling Soil Erosion A Constant Battle

A Fond du Lac County Conservationist says preventing soil erosion and runoff into area waterways is a constant battle. Paul Tollard says it’s an ever changing battle. He says they’ve done a good job of adapting and they are constantly working with landowners in an effort to improve water quality. He says they’ve worked with farmers for decades. He says that effort includes nutrient management planning in an effort to reduce runoff to nearby lakes and streams.Tollard says they’ve concentrated on certain areas of the County including the pipe creek area and also worked on the nearby Green Lake Watershed. He says areas of Fond du Lac County still need much work.

State Senator Gudex Listening Sessions

State Senator Rick Gudex will be holding a listening session in Oshkosh this evening. State Representative Michael Schraa will be with him at the Algoma Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Gudex says there will be another listening session at the Taycheedah Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, May 11th. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt will be with him for that one. He says it’s an opportunity for residents to weigh in on the state budget and other state issues.

Sheriff Website Gets Good Feedback

An official with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department says they’ve gotten some nice comments about their new website since it was launched about a month and a half ago. Sheriff’s Secretary Donna Whitty says used the same company that developed the County’s new website about a year ago. Vision Internet works with a lot of governmental agencies. She says there is a lot of information on the Sheriff’s website including Sheriff’s sales, warrants, most wanted, information on inmate releases, requesting open records and more. She says you can even sign up for e-notifications for whenever something new is added to the website including Sheriff’s sale information and press releases.

Ripon Open Book Hours Set

Ripon City officials say the open book process for property assessments will be held on Monday, May 11th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ripon City Hall in the Council Chambers. At that time, the assessment roll for Year 2015 assessments will be open for examination. Instructional material on assessment procedures will be available, along with information on how to file an objection, and the Board of Review procedures under State law. Also, landowners will have a chance to meet with the City Assessor to address valuation questions and concerns. To schedule an Open Book appointment, call Associated Appraisal Consultants Inc., 1-800-721-4157.

Senator Johnson Staff In Campbellsport Today

Senator Ron Johnson’s staff will be in Campbellsport this morning to meet with constituents. They will be at the Campbellsport Public Library from 9 to 10 a.m. They will meet with anyone who needs assistance with a federal agency or has a federal matter.