Local News Briefs Thursday 7/17/14

Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two Ashippun men on repeat drunk driving charges after two separate incidents. The first occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday when 44-year-old Deric Drongeson went off Washington Road and rolled his car over in a ditch. He was taken to Summit Aurora Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was also arrested for his fifth drunken driving offense. Drongeson was arrested for operating while intoxicated 5th offense.  The second incident happened early Wednesday morning when 28-year-old Joel Yochum was arrested after speeding on County Highway O. He was clocked at 122 miles per hour. He was arrested for his fourth drunken driving offense.

Waupun Car Entries

Waupun Police are encouraging residents to lock their car doors and take their valuables with them after a rash of vehicle entries. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says the entries weren’t concentrated in any particular area of the City. He says car entries are usually a crime of opportunity where the thief looks for an unlocked door or valuables sitting in plain site. He advises putting GPS’s or other valuables under a seat or in the trunk. They do have descriptions on some of the property that was taken in case it does show up. Chief Heeringa says they have no leads on the recent entries at this point. He says if you know something about the entries you can call them at 324-7911 and if you see a crime that’s happening call 911.

Abandoned Puppy Injuries Were Congenital

Oshkosh Area Humane Society officials say the abandoned puppy may not have been a victim of abuse. Veterinarians working for the humane society took a closer look at the puppy known as Hazel and now believe what was first thought to be a broken pelvis and injured spine were in fact congenital defects the puppy was born with. They spoke to the previous owner who confirmed she never could use her back legs. The puppy was placed in a black gift bag behind a dumpster at the Planeview Truck Stop last Thursday. Police tracked down the trucker who abandoned the puppy. He is from Missouri. No charges have been filed.

SUV Fire

Fond du Lac firefighters put out an SUV fire at 16 North Brooke Street Wednesday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Steve Beer says it was at A & A Auto. An SUV parked between buildings started on fire just before 8 a.m. The blaze was restricted to the engine compartment and wheels of the SUV and did not extend to adjacent buildings. No one was injured putting out the fire.

Beaver Dam Child Bitten By Pit Bull

Beaver Dam Police say a young child was bitten by a pit bull while retrieving a ball in a neighbor’s fenced-in yard this week. The child didn’t have permission to be there. The kid suffered a minor puncture wound to the neck. The 2-year-old dog was up-to-date on its rabies shots. The owner was warned to get a license for the dog. Later police had to return to the same address when the father of victim threatened to kill the dog. He was warned he could be cited for disorderly conduct.

KFIZ At The Fair

News-Talk 1450 KFIZ will be at the Fond du Lac County Fair today. Bob Hoffmaster will be there for the Morning Show beginning at 9:30 a.m. Then this afternoon we will broadcast the Market Livestock Auction live from the Cow Palace. KFIZ’s Wade Bates and Rae Nell Halbur will have the call. Also today at the Fair there’s a horse pull at the Grand Stand at 7 p.m. Performing at the Leinie Lodge will be The Presidents and Bad Habitz.

4-H Centennial Being Celebrated At The FDL County Fair

Fond du Lac County 4-H clubs will be celebrating 4-H’s centennial with a number of activities at the County Fair this week. Denise Retzleff is the 4-H Development Educator for he County’s U-W Extension Service. She says they have over 200 volunteers who work with the 4-H clubs in the County. She says those 21 4-H clubs have a total of 700 members. As for the 4-H itself it stands for head, heart, hands and health. The four leaf clover symbol for 4-H signifies the 4-H’s and the colors green and white stand for growth and new opportunities. Meanwhile this week at the Fair there will be a gallery exhibit, mint shakes at the youth leaders’ booth and on Sunday mint flavored cream puffs at the adult leaders’ booth. Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Expo building there’s a 4-H alumni reunion featuring a version of the family feud. Also everyone is encouraged to wear green on Friday and pose for a special 100-shaped photo at 4 p.m. 

Story Of FDL’s Forgotten Pipe Man Tonight At The Public Library

As part of the Fond du Lac Public Library’s History at Home series the story of Fond du Lac’s Forgotten Pipe Man will be told tonight at 6 p.m. Community Information Coordinator Terri Fleming says Jared Taylor was a hose tender for the fire department in 1909 who died from his injuries after furniture factory fire. Local historian Sally Powers-Albertz has written a book about him and will tell his tale. She will also have copies of her book “Fond du Lac’s Forgotten Pipe Man” available for sale and to be signed. There is no cost for the program and registration is not required.