Local News Briefs Monday 7/22/13

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s deputies took a 23-year-old man and 26-year-old woman into custody late last night who broke into a home in 5500 Block of Meggers Road in the Town of Wilson. The homeowner found the woman in the house upon returning to the residence and detained her while calling 911. When deputies responded they learned a second burglar, a man, had barricaded himself in the basement and may be armed. The home was evacuated and a perimeter was set up around it. Sheboygan Police assisted and the County’s SWAT Team was on its way to the scene when the man surrendered. Charges are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office.  


Oshkosh Man Hurt In Motorcycle Accident


Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say a 35-year-old Oshkosh man was hurt in a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning. It happened on County Highway A near Indian Point Road in the Town of Vinland. He was driving south on the county highway when his bike went off the road and he was ejected from it. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was a factor in the crash. The accident was reported just before three Saturday morning.


New Union For Prison Guards


(WBEV-Beaver Dam)-Prison guards are no longer a part of the Wisconsin State Employees Union. In a vote this past week, 58-percent of more than 2,650 guards voted to sever ties with the union. The separation has been in the works since Governor Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans approved the 2011 state law that essentially eliminated collective bargaining by public unions. The prison guards and other public safety workers – a group of around 5,800 — are now represented by the Wisconsin Association for Correctional Law Enforcement. Brian Cunningham – a guard at Waupun Correctional – is the interim president of the new union. He said the move to a smaller union allow leadership to be more responsive to member concerns. The state employees union may file an objection with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission based on how the election was conducted – something Cunningham says he expects them to do.


Two Sheboygan Men Charged With Arson


Two 20-year-old Sheboygan men are facing charges for setting three cars on fire last March.  Mark Holtz and London Sprengel recently made their initial appearances in Sheboygan County Court.  They are facing arson, attempted arson, and possession of Molotov cocktails charges. According to the criminal complaint all three incidents happened in the Town of Sheboygan last March. Two cars were set on fire on March 3rd and there was an attempt to set another on fire 10 days later. During an investigation the duo admitted to using gasoline to fill alcohol bottles to set the fires. Holtz was alleged getting back at those who owed him money. Bond was set at $10,000 cash for each of them and they will have preliminary hearings on Wednesday.


Roundabout Navigation


A state trooper from the Fond du Lac Post says it won’t take too much time for residents to get used to two new roundabouts being constructed on Pioneer Road. Trooper Scott Hlinak they are safer than the traditional four-way intersection. He says the roundabouts on Pioneer Road shouldn’t be difficult for people to navigate who have been traveling that road over the years.  He says on the other hand roundabouts in Oshkosh got a bit congested during events like EAA AirVenture while Highway 41 reconstruction was ongoing. The roundabouts on Pioneer Road will be the first in Fond du Lac.


Area Guide Gets A Lot Of Use


The Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is in the process of putting together a new Area Guide. Bureau President Craig Molitor says they used to call the Visitors Guide, but that doesn’t truly reflect who really uses it. Erin Lund of the Bureau says a lot of people use it, not just visitors. She 40,000 of them get sent out all over Wisconsin and the United States. Molitor says in fact nearly three-quarters of those who come in to visitors center are local residents looking for more information on things to do in the area. Those interested in speaking with Lund about advertising possibilities in the guide should call 923-1743.


Men Of Character Breakfast


The Solutions Center in Fond du Lac inspires women of the area each year with a Womens luncheon and now would like to do the same for men. Solutions Center Executive Director Lindee Kimball says they will be hosting their first “Building Men of Character” men’s breakfast event next month at South Hills Golf & Country Club. She says it’s about ending domestic abuse. The event will feature speakers who will share their stories. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th. The cost to attend is $30 per person or $230 per table of eight. To register call 923-1743.


EAA AirVenture Keeps It Social


Social networking and texting will keep those attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next week abreast of the latest going on there during and prior to the event. Dick Knapinski of EAA says they have thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers. He says they have more than 13,000 followers on Twitter and more than 30,000 like their Facebook page. He says Twitter is a good way to keep track of how they are preparing for the world famous event. He says new this year people can sign up on the EAA grounds for texts for different kind of alerts. He says people will be able to get highlights on upcoming events or information on severe weather or security issues. EAA AirVenture runs July 29th through August 4th.


Marian Information Session In Plymouth


Marian University’s Office of Adult and Graduate Admission will hold an informational open house at Generations: An Intergenerational Center, located at 1500 Douglas Drive in Plymouth, on Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. An admission representative will be at the open house to share information about Marian’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality program. The program, which is set to begin this fall, requires no entrance exams, meets one night a week and completes in two years.


Still Time To Register For MPTC Fall Classes


Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland says there’s still time to register for classes for this fall. She says they sent out class schedules and a community educations class list in the mail in past week. She says the community education courses include many self-enrichment classes that people enjoy taking. Those include holiday baking, computer classes, working with Twitter and other popular courses. She says fall classes don’t start until the last week of August, specifically on August 26th so there’s still time to register. Ruhland says they will see a slight increase in the number of full-time students this fall.