Local News Briefs Thursday 5/19/16

Placement Decided For Dodge County Sex Offenders

Two high risk sex offenders will be placed in a residence in the Town of Lomira. Jonathan Miller and Robert Larson will be living at N462 Highway 67. Two Dodge County judges decided on the placement this week. Sheriff Dale Schmidt who has been opposed to the placement of the sex offenders says a community notification meeting will be scheduled within the next six weeks. A couple of previous efforts to place the pair fell through. Each of those efforts also had community opposition.

Campbellsport Man Remains Critical Following Accident

The 22-year-old Campbellsport man injured in an accident in the Town of Ashford Sunday morning is in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Lucas Lindner was thrown from his truck after he went off Midland Road and hit a tree. Flight for Life flew him to Froedtert. Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s officials say he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and speed was also a factor in the accident.    

Inmate Death At Oshkosh Correctional Being Investigated

The apparent overdose death of an inmate at Oshkosh Correctional is being investigated. State Corrections and Oshkosh Police are investigating the May 5th death of 31-year-old Daniel Tanner. Police are investigating his death and the Department of Corrections is doing its own internal investigation. He had completed most of a 10 year sentence for cocaine and marijuana trafficking. It’s not known how he obtained the drugs that led to his death. There have been no allegations that prison employees acted improperly during the incident. 

Car Fire Reported

Firefighters from Van Dyne and North Fond du Lac were dispatched to a car fire Wednesday morning. Someone was working with a welding torch at 7826 Minnesota Avenue and it started a car fire. The time of the fire call was 10:15 a.m. 

FDL County Board Moves Start Time For Monthly Meeting

The Fond du Lac County Board will be holding their regular meetings at a new time starting next month. The board will be meeting at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting. County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says it’s the first change in meeting time for the board since they moved their meetings from a start time of 7:30 about eight years ago. She says the Fond du Lac City Council changed their meeting time to 6 p.m. about a year ago and saw an increase in the number of people attending meetings. She says some people have complained to her about the meetings starting so late. Freiberg says in a straw vote 13 supervisors preferred a 6 p.m. starting time, 4 were in favor of 6:30, 7 preferred to keep it at 7, and one supervisor had no preference in the starting time. She believes it will be a good move.

Feingold Says Attack Ads Are Not Accurate About Tomah

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold says contrary to some TV ads he did not know about the overprescribing of medications at the VA Medical Clinic in Tomah until after he was out of office. He says the attack ads made up a story about his office being notified about it in 2009, which has been discredited. He says it wasn’t until he was out of office that the first emails about the problem were sent out. He says that was in 2011 and the tragic death of an individual at Tomah occurred in 2014 and Senator Ron Johnson’s Office was notified of it but he didn’t act on it. Feingold says the problem at Tomah shouldn’t be a political football. He says it should be about veterans getting the health care that they need and deserve. Feingold is challenging Johnson this fall for the Senate seat.    


STAAND Making A Difference

Students with the Fond du Lac High School chapter of STAAND or Students Taking Action Against Negative Decisions believe their educational efforts are having a positive impact on other students. Baeley Hansen is a senior at the high school she says you can have a good time without taking drugs or drinking alcohol. She says a survey showed less than 30 percent of students had a drink in the past 30 days. STAAND Coordinator Megan Harshbarger says the first survey was done about 10 years ago and at the time 40 percent of students said they had not had a drink in the past 30 days. She says now that number is at about 76 to 77 percent, which she is quite an improvement and prove that messages like STAAND’s are getting through.

Ransomware Can Be A Real Problem

An official with the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection cautions state residents not to fall for Ransomware. Frank Frassetto says it can be accomplished through phishing, vishing and smishing or through email, your phone or text messaging. He says it’s about getting personal information and it asks people to update, validate or confirm various accounts. He says it usually involves clicking on a link. He says it downloads malware that affects your computer and then you are contacted about paying to get that malware off your computer. Frassetto says not to mess around, take your computer to a local expert you can trust to rid your computer of the malware.

UW FDL Accepting Nominations For Distinguished Alumni Award

The UW-Fond du Lac is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, June 7. A nomination form is available online at the UW-Fond du Lac web site. The award has been established to honor and recognize UW-Fond du Lac alumni who have attained notable achievement in their career field, demonstrated philanthropic or public service activity in support of the community or provided inspiration to others. Nominees must have attended UW-Fond du Lac at any time since the campus opened in 1968 for at least two semesters. Created in partnership with the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation, the Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented at the annual donor and scholarship recognition reception on Sept. 28. The recipient of the award will also be honored with a personalized brick in the Foundation Celebration Walk and will have their name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the University Center Commons. The award has been given out since 2004.  For more information contact the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation at (920) 929-1335.