Local News Briefs Saturday 8/2/14

The 38-year-old Fond du Lac woman accused of murdering his husband has new legal representation and future court dates will be set within the next two months. Eve Nance is accused of shooting her husband Timothy Nance to death in the bathroom of their home last November 1st. She told investigators she took his body to Milwaukee and dumped it in some woods and that’s where the body was found. District Attorney Eric Toney says at the next status conference future court dates including possible deadlines for motions will be set. Nance was originally scheduled to have a 10-day jury trial get underway on August 25th.

Sheriff’s Department Training

An issue raised during the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s race is on whether employees of the Sheriff’s Department receive enough training. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says they do much more training than is mandated by the state each year. He say for employees not working in the jail they did over 3,500 hours of training last year. He says all staff get some form of training including jail staff who get training on mental health, crisis intervention, how and when to use a taser and more. He says two of their officers even did active shooter training for all County employees and they will be repeating that this fall.

Differences Over 2012 DA’s Race Were Worked Out

It may have started out a bit shaky, but the relationship between Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney and Fond du Lac Police Detectives was quickly repaired. Detective Pat Primising says detectives were backing incumbent District Attorney Dan Kaminsky back in the fall of 2012 when Toney won the primary. He says some detectives were concerned about Toney’s experience and there were strong emotions during the race. He says he credits Toney for calling a meeting with detectives to work out their issues. He says Toney came to the Police Department to meet with detectives and he respects Toney for doing that. He says they have a good working relationship now.

Petri Hopes For Passage Of Highway Funding During Fall Lame Duck Session

Congressman Tom Petri says Congress will start its August recess without adequately funding the Highway Trust Fund. The federal lawmaker from Fond du Lac says funding will run out this month. He says Congress passed a bill temporarily funding transportation needs, but the Senate didn’t pass their version. He says as Chairman of the House’s Highway Committee he’s hoping they can accomplish something this fall during their September session or after elections in November during the so-called “lame duck” session.

Cookie Drop Highlight Of Ripon Cookie Daze Today.

Ripon celebrates its 19th Annual Cookie Daze today at Barlow Park. Ripon Area Association of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith says activities will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the park. He says about 5,000 to 10,000 people participate in the activities. He says the highlight of the day is the cookie drop. Congra and Rippin’ Good Cookies donate about 8,000 individually-wrapped cookies. The do about four cookie drops of about 2,000 each from the top of the fire department ladder truck, which suspends the cookies about 150 to 200 feet off the ground until the drop. He says the Cookie Monster pulls a rope and the cookies drop. Children scurry to gather up the cookies and some have stickers for prizes.

New Pediatrician At FDL Regional Clinic

Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic recently welcomed pediatrician Dr. Yamil Darwich, MD. He is now accepting patients at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. As a pediatrician, Dr. Darwich provides preventive health services for healthy children, as well as medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. “While working with children is a serious matter, there’s always a way to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for both patients and parents,” Dr. Darwich says.