Local News Briefs Thursday 4/30/15

The 25-year-old Milwaukee man involved in a robbery on Double D Road in the Town of Auburn in December of 2013 has been sentenced to five years in prison and ten years of extended supervision.  Fond du Lac County Judge Gary Sharpe sentenced Danny Morris on an armed robbery charge Wednesday for the December 8th 2013 robbery. Two other men were also involved in the robbery and attack on a man and woman living at the residence. Morris was accidentally shot by one of the other suspects during the robbery and is now confined to a wheelchair.

FDL Woman Hit By Car

A 30-year-old Fond du Lac woman was taken to St. Agnes Hospital and later to a Milwaukee hospital after she was hit by a car while bicycling in Fond du Lac Tuesday afternoon. Shawn O’Callaghan of Fond du Lac was struck at South Main and 6th Streets. A Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue team was coming back from another call when they happened on the accident. A family member says O’Callaghan suffered a skull fracture and some small bleeds in her brain, but is in stable condition at Froedtert Hospital.

Waupun Inmate Charged For Attack On Another Inmate And Guard

A Waupun Correctional inmate is facing charges for trying to kill another inmate with a “shank” and injuring a guard who tried to intervene during the altercation. Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Conner is charged in Dodge County Court with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide and battery by prisoners. He will make his initial appearance on the charges on June 2nd. According to the criminal complaint Conner attacked the guard after the officer pepper sprayed him during the February 23rd incident. The officer was punched in the head and face during the attack.

FDL County GOP Chair Calls For Baldwin Resignation

The chairman of the Fond du Lac County Republican Party says U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin should resign in light of how she handled an investigation into opioid abuses at the Tomah VA Center. Dan Feyen says the senator’s office was aware of an inspector general’s report about the abuse last summer, but didn’t do anything until a USA Today whistleblower story. He says then the senator tried to cover up what she knew. Then former Herb Kohl staffer Marquette Baylor filed an ethics complaint accusing Baldwin and her chief of staff of making false statements to try and protect her political career. Feyen says the complaint was filed last week alleging the cover up and an alleged payoff or hush money. He says it’s up to the VA to take care of the abuse at Tomah, but Badlwin should resign given her alleged cover up efforts.

FDL Police Department Forums Scheduled

The Fond du Lac Police Department’s Central District command will be holding a series of public forums to discuss crime issues within the district. The first is next Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fond du Lac Public Library in the Eugene G. McLane meeting room. The second forum will be on Monday, May 11th from 10 to 11 a.m. in that same room at the library. Anyone who lives in the Central District is welcome to attend the forums. Police would like to see more landlords also getting involved in the forums.

NFDL School Board Vacancy

Applications are being taken for a vacancy on the North Fond du Lac School Board. District Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says Ryan Pelot is moving outside of the district. Pelot is leaving after five years on the board, the last three as vice-president. Sadoff says you have to live in the district to apply for the seat. He says you also have to be a minimum of 18-years-old. He says applications should be returned to the District offices by June 1st. He says the Board will interview qualified applicants during a June 8th meeting that will start at 6:30 p.m. and the new member will be sworn in. Pelot’s term runs until next April. Applications are available at the district website. 

Great Strides Walk For Cystic Fibrosis Saturday In FDL

The Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis will be held in Fond du Lac Saturday morning. John Peterson’s 13-year-old twin daughters have Cystic Fibrosis, which he says is a genetic disease that affects the digestive system and lungs. He says it’s a condition that can be lived with, but it’s hoped that research will come up with a cure or do something to make life easier for those who suffer from the disease. Registration for Saturday’s walk will begin at 10 a.m. with the 5k Walk stepping off at 11 a.m. at the Eagle’s Club. To donate to a team for Saturday’s walk click here.

Brunswick Releases First Quarter Earnings Report

Mercury Marine’s parent company, the Brunswick Corporation, saw increased sales and operating earnings in the first quarter of the year. The company released its earnings report Wednesday morning. Brunswick net sales were nearly $986 million, up about $90 million from the first quarter of last year. Operating earnings were nearly $89 million, which is an increase of $6.8 million. Meanwhile the Marine segment, primarily Mercury Marine, reported net sales of $562.2 million up 11 percent from the first quarter of last year. Operating earnings for the Marine segment were $74.2 million, which is an increase of $12.5 million.