Local News Briefs Saturday 5/2/15

The 34-year-old Fond du Lac man suspected of breaking into a convenience store on Winnebago Drive last month has been bound over for trial. Anthony Tynan waived his preliminary hearing in Fond du Lac County Court this week. He was then arraigned on burglary, theft and criminal damage to property charges and pled not guilty. Glass in a door at the East Side Minute Mart BP was busted in to gain entry to the store on April 19th.  A delivery person noticed the damage and called in the break-in.

Trial Scheduled In Dodge County Child Neglect Case

Dodge County prosecutors have scheduled a week long jury trial for the 26-year-old Beaver Dam woman suspected of raising her two young children in a home that was “unfit for humans.” The trial for Secoy Koch-Miller on two felony child neglect charges is scheduled to start November 2nd.  The alleged neglect occurred while she was living with her mother in Burnett in a home that’s been condemned. According to the criminal complaint the house was filled with animal and human waste, mice, black mold and had no running water and dead maggots in the refrigerator. Investigators say the home was that of a typical “hoarder.” A two-year-old toddler had spiders living in his hair and both children were covered with bug bites. The children were placed with a foster family.

Search Of Heroin Users Endangers Police Officers

Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb says heroin users aren’t just a danger to themselves. He says with the rise of heroin use they have to deal with more people who may be carrying around needles or “sharps” on them. He says officers are required to search a person before they place them in the back of a squad car and drug users aren’t always aware of whether they handed over such items to an officer. He says doing that kind of search is dangerous and one needle stick could pass along a disease like Hepatitis C. Lamb says there’s been a steady increase in the Hepatitis C cases with the increase in heroin use.

Miss Wisconsin Part Of Habitat Build Today

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County kicks off a month long women’s build effort for its latest home with a pair of celebrity hands. Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson will be working on the home at 596 South Main Street in Fond du Lac today. Habitat Executive Director Paul Osterholm says she will be part of a group at the build from the Oshkosh area. Johnson says she likes efforts where women are supporting other women. This year’s home when it’s complete will belong to single mother Krista Morris who has two young sons. Osterholm says people should come early to meet Johnson. He says 7:30 to 8 this morning would be best.

Waupun School Board Elects Officers

The Waupun School Board held its reorganizational meeting this past week. During the meeting officers were elected. Bill Bruins will serve as president, Roger Schregardus as vice president, Ron Paul as Treasurer, and Kathy Schlieve as clerk. Other board members include Glen Wilson, Jennie Patrykus and Dylan Weber.

Partisan Primary Still Confusing To Voters

Fond du Lac County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says the August Partisan Primary election continues to confuse voters. There won’t be one this year, but look for one in 2016. Freiberg says in other states you name the party you’re going to be voting for when you go to the polls. She says here you have one ballot, but have to decide whether you’re voting Republican, Democrat or third party. She says it’s basically three separate elections on one ballot and it is difficult to program for. If you cross over party lines during that primary it invalidates your ballot.

Brat Fry For The Red Cross A Success

The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue says the brat fry held on behalf of the American Red Cross last week raised a good amount of money. Troy Haase says final numbers aren’t in yet, but it will be in the neighborhood of $6,000. He says it’s one way their department can show their support for the Red Cross, which helps out families at fire scenes and of course the firefighters as well. He says on the hot the days and the cold days they are there will food and drink. He says they are basically the firefighters support.

Marian Commencement Set

Marian University in Fond du Lac will hold its 75th spring commencement on Friday and Saturday May 15th and 16th.  The Commencement weekend will begin on Friday, May 15, with the School of Nursing pinning ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Marian’s Sadoff Gymnasium. The School of Education will also hold its pinning and commissioning ceremony on Friday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. in Dorcas Chapel. Activities on Saturday, May 16 will begin with a Graduation Liturgy in Dorcas Chapel at 10:30 a.m. The graduation ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is held outdoor on the Marian University quad.