Local News Briefs Thursday 5/7/15
The shooter on the Trestle Trail fired at least 14 shots at the victims in Sunday’s random attack. Menasha police released the results of the autopsies yesterday. Thirty-three-year-old Jonathan Stoffel of Neenah his 11-year-old daughter Olivia and 31-year-old Adam Bentdahl of Appleton were killed. 32-year-old Erin Stoffel continues to improve at a local hospital. Officer Aaron Zemlock is a spokesman for Menasha police. He says Jonathan Stoffel was shot seven times, Erin Stoffel was shot three times, Olivia Stoffel was shot three times, and Adam Bentdahl was shot once. The shooter died of self-inflicted gun shot wound. Zemlock says they also looked into conflicting reports about what happened between the shooter 27-year-old Sergio Valencia del Toro and his ex-fiance. He says there was a serious disagreement between the two over their relationship status on the day of the shooting. Zemlock says they interviewed other people to make sure that was the case.
Campbellsport Man Pleads For Role In Scuffle With Deputy
A 20-year-old Campbellsport man involved in a scuffle with a Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputy has pled no contest to several charges. Tanner Gremminger entered the pleas this week to charges of battery, disarming a peace officer, resisting and possessing an electric weapon. Two other charges were dismissed. The deputy was responding to a noise complaint last July when Gremminger and 23-year-old Colton O’Brien attacked him. O’Brien hit the deputy in the face and body while Gremminger took his stun gun but didn’t use it. In March O’Brien was sentenced to six years in prison and 11 years of extended supervision. A sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled for Gremminger yet.
New Charges For Stalking Suspect
Bond was set at $50,000 cash this week when a 24-year-old man from the Netherlands suspected of stalking a Fond du Lac High School student was charged with two counts of identity theft. Hendrikus Descendre allegedly had an online relationship with the student and was charged with stalking this past February. The stalking charges stem from actions he took during a trip to Fond du Lac, which included visiting her neighborhood and showing up at her mother’s workplace. According to the criminal complaint for the new charges he used her name and photos to create a website, pretending to be her. Posing as the victim on the site he said she was eager to meet him in person. He’s being held in the County Jail.
Sheboygan Man Sentenced For Robbery
A Sheboygan County judge this week sentenced a 25-year-old Sheboygan man to ten years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision on armed robbery and heroin charges. In February a jury found Adrian Johnson guilty for the September 2013 robbery. He told two men he would sell them heroin, but instead stole their money before fleeing.
Oshkosh Realty Scam
Oshkosh Police are warning residents about fraudulent real estate postings on Craigslist and Zillow. Police were told by one resident about one post currently on Craigslist about a house in the 800 block of Jefferson St. in Oshkosh. The ad states the owner no longer lives in the residence and has fired the realtor and the owner is now seeking a renter. The ad goes on asking for personal information. The resident realized it was a scam and contacted the owners. If you see realty ads in Craigslist, Zillow or other realty notifications make sure the owner or their designee can meet you in person. You can check the owner information on the City of Oshkosh website. Do not send money to them through the mail or by other means until you are positive the home is actually for sale or rent and you have spoken to the owner of the property.
Rolling Meadows Golf Course On Committees Agenda
Two Fond du Lac County Board committees will discuss the Rolling Meadows Golf Course operation during a joint meeting tonight. The meeting will be in Room F of the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac at 6 p.m. County Executive Al Buechel says Golf Course Manager David Brandenburg will give a presentation first. Brandenburg says the weather played a major role in the deficits they’ve seen the past two years. He says they’ve gotten off to a good start this spring. Buechel says it’s a quality of life issue. He says the County puts about $400,000 in the Fairgrounds and its operations and another $500,000 into the County parks and trails systems. He says they also put $1 million into the pool in Waupun and are now supporting the development of a splash pad in the Ripon area.
Mission Of Mercy Dental Clinic Coming To FDL Next Month
The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation’s Mission of Mercy program is coming to Fond du Lac next month offering free dental care to those who need it. Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller says it is an honor for the County to be chosen for the program. She says it’s especially good for those who fall through the gaps when it comes to dental insurance coverage, but anyone can come. She says the program will be held at the County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday June 12th and 13th and they need volunteers to help. Those who would like to volunteer can register at the WDA website. Up to 1,000 patients will be seen each day on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Uncertainty Surrounding Prevailing Wage Bill
A state Senate committee will take up a proposal to repeal the state prevailing wage law again today. The committee held a hearing on it Tuesday and State Senator Steve Nass offered an amendment to it. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says going into this week’s debate on the issue three of the committee’s five senators weren’t in favor of bill as it was originally presented.Thiesfeldt said this past Monday he didn’t anticipate the bill would pass through the committee in its original form. Thiesfeldt is co-sponsoring the legislation.
Senator LeMahieu Pleased At Senate Passage Of 70 MPH Bill
The co-author of a bill that would increase the maximum speed limit on some Wisconsin highways to 70 miles per hour was pleased to see the bill passed in the state Senate Wednesday. State Senator Devin LeMahieu says, “Thirty-eight states, including all of Wisconsin’s neighbors, have a speed limit of at least 70 miles per hour. We are now the last state in the Midwest with a 65 mile per hour limit, which has not changed since 1996.” The bill now returns to the Assembly to approve a Senate amendment and if approved will go to the governor to be signed into law.