Local News Briefs Saturday 7/13/13

An 8 year old Manitowoc boy staying with his grandparents was the child who was injured Thursday night when he was hit by falling power lines after a car careened into the yard and took down a nearby power pole. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department says it happened about 8:30 at a home on County EH northeast of Elkhart Lake.  Eight-year-old Malachi Blanke of Manitowoc was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.  Rupnik says the 1966 Corvette was being driven east on EH by 64-year-old John Krizensky of the Elkhart Lake area when he lost control and the car drove through the ditch hitting a sign and the power pole, coming to rest against a parked vehicle. 


Campbellsport Man Charged For Fleeing Officer


A 55-year-old Campbellsport man is facing a felony fleeing charge after speeding away on his motorcycle from a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop early Thursday morning.  The deputy stopped Thomas Krueger on Highway 45 near the Washington and Fond du Lac County lines for having a loud exhaust. When the deputy approached Krueger he sped away at a high rate of speed. The deputy didn’t pursue the motorcycle because there was a passenger on back of the bike and it was a minor violation. The deputy did record the license plate number and observed the driver’s face. A report was filed and later a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Krueger at his rural Campbellsport home. The passenger was identified as Krueger’s 33-year-old niece. Krueger was charged in Washington County Court later in the day and released on a $2,500 cash bond. He has another hearing on August 7th.


Beloit Man Dies From Injuries Suffered In House Explosion


(Wisconsin Radio Network)-A Beloit man found buried in the rubble of a home that exploded last weekend has died from his injuries. The Rock County Coroner’s Office says 37-year-old Todd Purdy died Thursday as a result of burns and smoke inhalation. The Beloit Fire Department pulled Purdy and his wife, 33-year-old Tara, from what was left of their rental house after it exploded Sunday evening. The coroner’s office says Todd Purdy had second and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. Tara Purdy remains hospitalized and is in fair condition. Officials determined the cause of the explosion was an uncapped gas line, which the couple failed to notice after installing a new stove that day.


FDL School Board Approves Increase In Rental Rates


The Fond du Lac School Board this week approved a small increase for using school district facilities. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says it’s a way to keep up on their own costs as they increase. He rates are increased at an incrementally small level so it doesn’t have much of an impact on those who rent the facilities. He says it’s not about generating revenue, but offsetting costs. Sebert says increase in rental rates is expected to generate about $675 in added revenue to offset those costs.


Satellite Sites Part Of Marian Marketing Strategy


Marian University Interim President Bob Fale says satellite sites in Appleton and West Allis give students who don’t want to relocate the Marian educational experience. He says it is part of their regional marketing strategy and is a way to respond to students’ needs. Former Marian President Steven DiSalvo put an emphasis on regional marketing including attracting students from the Chicago and St. Louis areas. Fale says that continues to be an important focus for the school as well.


Matthew’s Donates To FDL Salvation Army


A little vehicle maintenance next week could benefit the Fond du Lac Salvation Army. Denise Shaffer is the Community Development Director for the Salvation Army. She says Matthew’s Tire & Service in Fond du Lac will be donating $5 if you have a certain type of car maintenance performed in their shop next week. The deal is only for a lube, oil and filter. The deal runs Monday through Friday of next week.


Sidewalk Sale


Downtown Fond du Lac will have its annual Sidewalk Sale today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main Street will be closed to traffic to allow leisurely shopping and bargain hunting. Look for the Farmer’s Market, the Downtown Fond du Lac “Cash Cart” trivia contest, a chalk art contest and more.