Local News Briefs Tuesday 10/13/15

Sheboygan Death Investigation

Sheboygan Police are investigating the death of two people found dead in a home in the 1400 block of Erie Avenue late Sunday morning. Police say they got a call about 11:15 a.m. after friends of the victims found them inside the home near downtown Sheboygan. The victims were a 59-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Foul play is not suspected and police say there is no threat to the public.

Oshkosh Burglary Suspect Arrested

The 40-year-old man Oshkosh Police wanted in connection with a burglary in the 600 block of Grand Street last Thursday has been arrested. Greenfield Police arrested William McComis Monday. Oshkosh Police had issued a description and photo of McComis prior to the weekend asking for the public’s help in locating him.

DFP Director Excited About Holy Family Commonwealth Announcement

The Executive Director of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership says she was pleased to hear about the agreement Holy Family Catholic Community reached with Commonwealth Construction over the purchase of the St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Schools. Amy Hansen says Fond du Lac is lucky to have someone like Commonwealth who is will to invest in the community. She says the company has been offered opportunities in other communities at less cost. She says Commonwealth’s conversion of St. Peter’s was a huge success. She says they are always booked, have no vacancies and a well run. Hansen says they have a need for more downtown apartments and more downtown living means more money will be spend there.

Sub Pay Increased By FDL School Board

The Fond du Lac School Board Monday approved an increase in pay for substitute teachers. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says their Human Resources Director and their Business Manager recently briefed the board on the subject. He says the $105 a day makes them a little more competitive with what other districts are paying. He says they had been paying about $95 to $101 a day. He says the majority of districts were paying between $100 and $105 a day. Sebert says substitute teachers are performing a valuable service to the district when they fill in.

Child ID Press Conference In FDL Wednesday

Green Bay Packers representatives and Fond du Lac fire fighters will be recognizing the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation for taking a leading role in the distribution of child ID kits in Fond du Lac County. Agnesian HealthCare Foundation stepped forward with a $35,000 gift, one of the first organizations in Wisconsin to contribute to this joint effort between the Green Bay Packers and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. The donation will be acknowledged during a press conference Wednesday morning at St. Agnes Hospital. Among the highlights of the event are a special presentation by Packers great Jerry Kramer, a presentation of the first Child ID kits in Wisconsin, and a presentation of children completing their Child ID kits. Each kit includes a DNA collection swab, an inkless fingerprint card, and cut-out wallet card.

Marian Presentation On Popes Encyclical On The Environment

Marian University will be hosting the “Care for Earth: Home of All Living Creatures” presentation tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium. Sister Dianne Bergant will serve as the keynote speaker. The presentation will focus on Pope Francis’ recently released encyclical on the environment. Sister Sally Ann of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes says the Pope was especially interested in how we interact with the environment. Dr. John Morris of Marian says the Pope is interested in how we treat the environment and the impact it is having on the poor. He says the Pope talks a lot about the loss of bio-diversity, climate change, pollution, access to safe drinking water and issues that disproportionately affect the poor. Sister Sally Ann says the Pope is spreading a message that we need to make smarter choices and do something about our throw away culture. She says it’s about living more simply. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Annual FDLPD Awards Given Out

Police officers and others were honored during the Fond du Lac Police Department’s 19th Annual Awards Banquet. Police Officer Steve Olson says it was held last Thursday night. Longevity and Distinguished Service was awarded. Olson says Detective Steve Kaufman was honored for 30 years of service as an officer, but he was also a police dispatcher. He says together Kaufman has worked for the department for 35 years. Team awards were given out to the Police Auxiliary and Records Division. The Boys & Girls Club received a Community Partnership Award. Olson himself was honored for the past eight years he’s served as Crime Prevention Officer a role he will turn over to Eric Foster at the end of the year. Olson will become the School Resource Officer at Theisen Middle School. State Trooper Trevor Casper was also awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Beaver Dam Gets New Applebees

A new Applebee’s restaurant in Beaver Dam will be opening to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday. It’s located at 115 East Industrial Drive just off Highway 151. The new restaurant is the second Applebee’s with a new architectural design concept within the company’s restaurant group and replaces the existing location on North Spring Street. Wisconsin Hospitality Group announced the opening of the new restaurant one of 36 Appleby’s restaurants the group owns in Wisconsin.