Local News Briefs Saturday 8/3/13

Dodge County Sheriff Pat Ninmann says there’s got to be more to a story about a man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint in the Town of Oak Grove Wednesday night. Sheriff’s officials got a call from a man who claimed he was sitting in his vehicle on Lovers Lane Road when a man grabbed his shirt through an open window and pointed a gun at him. The victim claimed he was robbed of $200 in cash. But the call was dropped before the victim finished and when deputies arrived at the scene there was no one around to verify the story.


Cold Case Reopened In Beaver Dam Man’s Death


A cold case involving the 2001 death of a Beaver Dam man gets some new life. Columbia County Sheriff’s officials have reopened their death investigation into the death of Curtis Wyleski who was found in a ditch near his truck on a County Highway just outside Fall River. Recently detectives re-examined the reports, autopsy, evidence, and past investigation.  Investigators say there was evidence that Wylesky had been in a fight. They’ve also talked to a person of interest twice. The State Crime Lab is still analyzing some evidence. Wylesky was living with his girlfriend near Beaver Dam at the time of his death.


Rabies Back In The Life Of Rabies Survivor


Rabies has come back into the life of Jeanna Giese. The Fond du Lac woman who survived rabies when she was bitten by a bat in 2004 thanks to an induced coma and a chemical cocktail is dealing with it again. Her two male Siberian Huskies Asher and Shai killed a bat in their pen at home and the bat tested positive for rabies. Jeanna says fortunately they had their rabies shots as pups and they got a booster after the incident. But they have to be quarantined at home for 60 days. She says she knew what to do, but apparently she can’t escape from rabies.


FDL City Budget Put On Faster Track


The Fond du Lac City Council and City staff has been put on a faster track for approval of the 2014 City budget, tax levy and capital improvements plan. City Manager Joe Moore says he wanted to move up the budget cycle so that the Council would hold two meetings to tackle the budget in October approving it at their second meeting that month. He says previously the budget was approved in November, but that was delaying the processing of property tax bills between the City and County. He says it’s a change, but a small one. 


Senator Johnson Visiting Green Lake County


Senator Ron Johnson will be attending a couple of events in Green Lake County today. He will visit the Princeton Flea Market and local businesses at the Princeton City Park at 10 a.m. The federal lawmaker from Oshkosh will also be at the Green Lake County Fair at the Green Lake County Fairgrounds at 11:30 a.m.


Osceloa Well Water Testing Results Will Be Presented On August 29th


Water testing was offered for private well owners in the Town of Osceola this past week. Samples were sent to a U-W Steven Point lab to see what if anything may be in the water that shouldn’t be and at what levels. Noreen O’Brien of the Fond du Lac County U-W Extension Service says results will be presented during a meeting at the Osceola Town Hall on Thursday, August 29th at 7 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public. Water testing can also be done by picking up a kit at the Fond du Lac County Health Department at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.


UW-FDL College For Kids And LEAPS Programs Wrap Up


The UW-Fond du Lac recently wrapped up its College for Kids and Learning Enrichment for Able Primary Students programs. UW-Fond du Lac Dean John Short says the College for Kids program for 4th through 8th graders included a robotics program in which students had to build a rover similar to the one that was used on the surface of Mars. Kids could also take summer enrichment programs that included drawing, singing, guitar playing, science, chemistry and more. The LEAPS program on the other hand was based on classes that would interest 2nd through 4th graders.


Dig Into Reading Participants Record More Than A Million Minutes Of Reading


A Fond du Lac Public Library official says participants in their summer reading program “Dig into Reading” reached a remarkable milestone this summer. Participants read more than a million minutes worth of reading. Terri Fleming says the million minutes of reading included children and teens reading themselves, kids being read to and adult readers. She says they doubled the number of adult participants in the program this summer. She says kids who participated in the program were eligible for some great prizes. The program wraps up today.