Local News Briefs Thursday 11/21/13

Fond du Lac Fire Department officials say a family was lucky they had a working carbon monoxide detector in their home Tuesday night. Fire Captain Larry Wunsch says they got a call to 601 East 10th Street after a CO detector went off. He says when they first arrived they couldn’t figure out the source of the carbon monoxide, but learned ashes had been cleaned out of chimney earlier in the day and stored in a pail in the basement. The ashes were still smoldering and although carbon monoxide levels weren’t dangerous they were enough to set off the detector. Wunsch cautions ashes should be stored in a metal container outside.

Bomb Threats Suspect In Court Today

The 31-year-old Markesan man who allegedly made 15 bomb threats and refereed children’s sporting events despite his sex offender status has a preliminary hearing in Dodge County Court this afternoon. Aaron Schreiber was charged last Friday morning and is being held in the Dodge County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond. Twelve of the threats were in Waupun, with others were in Beaver Dam, Fox Lake and Ripon. Schreiber’s sex offender status is the result of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he was deployed overseas in the military. He told investigators he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Suicide Attempt In Neenah Park

Neenah Police responded to a call Wednesday morning at Conservation Park from a 28-year-old Neenah who was threatening to kill himself. According to Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials when police arrived the man was sitting on a bench in the middle of the park. As they approached him he pulled out a handgun and began walking away from them. He fired one shot into the ground and then a second round in a suicide attempt. He was taken to Theda Clark Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Sheboygan Man Bound Over In Child Abuse Case

The 21-year-old Sheboygan man suspected of severely injuring his 6-month-old son has been bound over for trial. Benito Zuniga Jr. was in Sheboygan County Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. A detective who testified during the hearing said Zuniga told him he tripped and dropped the child. However testimony from a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee contradicted that. She said the most likely explanation for the infant’s head injuries was abuse. Zuniga will be arraigned on December 6th.

FDL County Supervisor Won’t Seek Reelection

A veteran Fond du Lac County Board supervisor won’t be seeking reelection in the spring. County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says John Muentner who represents the 8th supervisory district has filed non-candidacy papers. Muentner has served on the County Board for what will be 12 years by next April. The district represents portions of the Town of Bryon, Eden, Oakfield and Villages of Eden and Oakfield.

FDL City Office Hours Announced For Thanksgiving Holiday

Fond du Lac City offices in the City/County Government Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 28th and 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving. The Municipal Service Center will also be closed both days for all services, including refuse and recycling collection and bulky waste drop off. Refuse and recycling normally collected on Thursday will be collected on Wednesday, November 27th, one day early, along with the normal Wednesday collection. Refuse normally collected on Friday will be collected on Monday, December 2nd, along with the regular Monday collection. Please have your materials set out by 5:00 a.m. to accommodate the additional collections on these dates. Yard waste and brush may still be dropped off during the holiday hours. The Senior Center will be closed both days and City Transit buses won’t be running. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open for regular hours on Friday, November 29th.

St. Cloud Woman Testifies On Bill That Would Allow Lawsuits Against Windfarms

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-Industry advocates say proposed legislation would have a chilling effect on wind energy in Wisconsin. The bill is from state Senator Frank Lasee, whose northeastern Wisconsin district encompasses wind turbine farms which he says have had negative impacts on many residents living near them. He says people he represents have been truly, drastically harmed and it bothers him a lot. Elizabeth Eberts testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee that turbines near her home in St. Cloud in the Fond du Lac County have made her sick and lowered property values. She says both she and her husband are retired now and can’t afford to live elsewhere. She says they won’t get the money they invested in their home because of the turbines. Lasee’s bill would allow anyone living within a mile-and-a-half of an industrial wind turbine to sue for physical, emotional, or financial damages. It would allow suits to be targeted at both the owner of the turbine and the land it’s on.

NFDL Board Approves Lease For Additional Space Near Pool

The North Fond du Lac Village Board this week approved a lease with the North Fond du Lac School District for use of a small piece of land near the Village swimming pool. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says it’s about a third of an acre they will use to improve the footprint of the pool. He says this winter they will make some plans and make some improvement in the spring. He says they’d like to have more room for shelter in the shade and areas for people to picnic near the pool. Hornung says they’d also like to have a splash pad. He says the baby pool doesn’t get much use, but a splash pad would generate more interest.

Bow Hunters Have Had Some Success

The DNR Conservation Warden who works out of the Waupun office says area bow hunters have had some success if that’s any indication of what awaits hunters when the gun-deer season begins on Saturday. Ben Nadolski says he’s spotted deer in areas they usually frequent. He says bow hunters have had some success. He says recently deer were still moving around because of the rut. Deer hunters are invited to share their success by submitting their photos to KFIZ at [email protected] and then watching for them in the Tuffy’s Outpost Deer Gallery at KFIZ.com

Dedication For Habitat Home In Ripon Saturday

Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County will hold a dedication ceremony for the home they recently built in Ripon this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Habitat Executive Director Paul Osterholm. He says it was a quick build. Osterholm says there next build will be in Fond du Lac and will be selecting a family for the home in January. He says they will break ground in March with construction beginning in April. The dedication in Ripon Saturday is at 120 Wolverton Avenue.

SMSA Students Perform My Cousin Lino This Weekend

Students from St. Mary’s Springs Academy will be poking fun at the exploits and challenges of a wealthy family when they perform the comedy My Cousin Lino this weekend at the Horace Mann High School Theater in North Fond du Lac. Anja Ozols is a freshman at Springs who plays the girlfriend of Jonathon Prescott who is trying to impress her. Anja says she’s not impressed. Senior student Jodi Newhauser plays a maid who wields a little sarcasm towards the men in the family. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available in advance at Wegner’s Office Supply in Fond du Lac and at the door. The cost is $7, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children, and kids under two can get in free.