Local News Briefs Tuesday 5/3/16

Business Burglaries Reported In FDL

Fond du Lac Police are working on two possible burglaries that were reported Saturday morning. An employee at The Looking Glass Styling and Tanning Salon arrived at the business at 1211 Rickmeyer Drive to find a back room a mess and a safe missing. That person went back out after hearing a door close thinking the burglar might still be in the building. Police were called and they used a robot to search the building, but didn’t find anyone. A nearby business was told not to open until the search was complete.  Aspen Dental at 834 West Johnson also reported a possible burglary that morning. A cash drawer was broken.

Burnt Food Results In Fire Call

Fond du Lac firefighters responded for a call about smoke in a residence around 11 Monday morning. It turned out someone had burnt some food on a stove at 59 East Rees. The residence had no working smoke alarms so crews installed one before they left.   

Vehicle Hits House In Howards Grove

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle hit a house in the Village of Howards Grove Sunday night. The home at 713 Audubon Road was extensively damaged, but no one was injured. The vehicle driven by 34-year-old Ryan Schuette of Howards Grove jumped a curb and struck the house. He was arrested for operating after revocation and failing to keep his vehicle under control.

Bond Modified For West Bend City Administrator

A Waukesha County Judge Monday morning modified the bond of suspended West Bend City Administrator TJ Justice to allow him to use a computer to search for a job. Justice tendered his resignation last Friday, a week and a day after he was arrested on two felony child-prostitution-related charges. The 49-year-old Justice was arrested in Muskego May 21 when he attempted to meet up with what he thought was going to be a teenage girl he had allegedly been in communication with since last May. At this point, Justice is on paid administrative leave until the end of next week. He is out of jail after paying a $5,000 cash bond and signing a signature bond for an additional $20,000.

Not Sure Whether You Own An Ash Tree

The Emerald Ash Borer has moved into the City of Fond du Lac quicker than officials had anticipated. Director of Public Works Jordan Skiff says it was first found on the outskirts of the City in December of 2013, but now can be found throughout the City although not in great concentrations. He says they may have to get more aggressive removing trees in neighborhoods where EAB has been found. Meanwhile he says you can still get trees in your street terrace or on private property treated for about $7 per diameter inch with an average tree being about 15 inches. He says to give him a call if you want to get that process started at 322-3472. He says if you aren’t sure whether you have ash trees they can identify it if it is in a street terrace and they have information sheets with ash identification tips from the DNR.

ACE Goes Beyond DARE Program

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is teaching 5th graders about risk taking behaviors. Deputy Dean Schelinski is a school resource deputy for the Campbellsport School District. He says ACE is similar to the DARE program, but goes a little bit further. He says they wanted to expand beyond some of the things they were required to teach in the DARE program. They have also taught students about prescription medication abuse, which has become more of a problem. There are other elements to the 10 week. program including discussion about bullying and internet safety, but their main program is about choices, responsibilities and consequences.  He says students also get a tour of the Sheriff’s Department before their graduation from the program.

Boater Safety Course

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a boater safety course May 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Courses will be held at the Fond du Lac City/County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St in Fond du Lac. The class is required by the Wisconsin DNR for those born on or after January 1, 1989 who wish to operate a boat. Please contact Deputy Paul Metzger via email with any questions and to register. Preregistration is required.

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Washington County DARE Program Returning

The DARE program may return to some Washington County Schools in the fall. Sheriff Dale Schmidt suspended the program for the spring semester due to staffing issues, but now says that situation has improved. It will be up to the individual school administrators to decide if they want to continue with the anti-drug program for 5th graders.