Local News Briefs Tuesday 6/30/15

The 67-year-old Milwaukee man who sold heroin that contributed to the overdose death of a Town of Springvale man has been bound over for trial. Alonzo Cornelius was in Fond du Lac County Court last Friday for a preliminary hearing on 1st degree reckless homicide and heroin trafficking charges. He was also arraigned and pled not guilty.  According to the criminal complaint an autopsy showed Devin Perry died of mixed drug intoxication that included heroin on October 12th of 2012.  The heroin Perry used was traced back to Cornelius.

Markesan Man Improving After Dodge County Accident

The 18-year-old Markesan injured in an accident in the Town of Fox Lake early Sunday morning is in good condition at a Neenah hospital. A spokeswoman for Theda Clark Regional Medical Center says William Walker’s condition has improved since he was flown in that morning. Walker’s SUV went off a curve on Dodge County Highway A and traveled through a channel in Fox Lake where it struck a power pole and rolled over. 

High Speed Chase In Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam Police say a 32-year-old man will be facing a variety of charges after a high speed chase in the City early Sunday morning. Officers tried to pull the man over for a speeding violation and he came to a stop before speeding off in excess of 70 miles per hour. He eventually lost control on North Spring Street overturning several times. His vehicle damaged several signs, a fire hydrant and struck a house. He was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sheboygan Teen Charged For Making Firebombs

Prosecutors in Sheboygan County have charged an 18-year-old Sheboygan man for making firebombs. Investigators arrested Jonathan Mueller II after they were able to use Facebook postings to link him to two incidents where Molotov cocktails were thrown. One of those sites was in the front yard of his home. Mueller could be seen holding a Molotov cocktail in the one of the Facebook posts. He allegedly admitted to investigators that he made the firebombs. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 8th.

Strategic Fundraising Closes In Oshkosh

The state’s Department of Workforce Development Monday was notified of the sudden closing of an Oshkosh business. Strategic Fundraising closed impacting about 150 workers. State officials say the affected workers will receive assistance from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board. According to the company’s website they were founded in 1991 to provide direct response fundraising services to Republican committees, candidates and non-profit organizations. Approximately 153 people worked for the company.

EAB Will Affect Ash Trees In Lakeside Park

The City of Fond du Lac’s efforts to minimize the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer will include taking out and replacing hundreds of ash trees in Lakeside Park. City Council President Lee Ann Lorrigan asked Public Works Director Jordan Skiff about it during last week’s City Council meeting. Skiff tells KFIZ News ash trees do make up about a quarter of the park’s trees. He says there are about 800 to 1,000 trees of all kinds in the park and ash trees make up about a quarter of that. He says they will remove and treat those ash trees over time, which means you won’t notice the impact all at once. He doesn’t anticipate a big loss of the tree canopy in the park. There have been no reports yet of the Emerald Ash Borer infecting ash trees in the park. 

Representative Thiesfeldt On US Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decision

State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt wonders how those who oppose same sex marriage will be treated given the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week. He says marriage isn’t mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. He says the reason for that is because our founding fathers wanted the states to make some of their own decisions. He says the high court’s interpretation gives the federal government power it shouldn’t have. He says Canada did something similar about 10 years ago and churches, individuals and schools are being told what they can teach about it. He says people there fear bullying and government sanctions if they don’t. Thiesfeldt has proposed eliminating the Domestic Partnership Registry, which was created in Governor Doyle’s state budget in 2009. He says it’s no longer needed with the Supreme Court decision. Thiesfeldt wants the elimination of the registry in the state budget.

Hometown Purchasing Farmers Exchange Bank

The parent company of Hometown Bank is purchasing Farmers Exchange Bank. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Farmers Exchange will merge with and operate under the Hometown Bank name. Under the terms of the agreement Hometown Bancorp Ltd will acquire all three Farmers Exchange branches, located in Neshkoro, Wautoma and Redgranite.

Internet Safety Month

An official with the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau’s northeastern regional office urges parents to take an active role in their children’s internet use. This is Internet Safety Month. Susan Bach says whether you’re a child or an adult don’t post too much personal information about yourself on social networking sites especially if some of that information may be the basis of questions for passwords for financial accounts. Bach says a parent you should have pages on the same social networking sites as your kids to monitor what they are doing and make sure they friend or allow you to follow them. She also recommends checking the privacy settings on Facebook to see just who is being allowed to see your posts. She also says parents should explain the possible dangers of instant messaging and chat features to their kids.

Goodyear New Airship Coming To EAA

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s newest airship, “Wingfoot One,” will continue a long tradition of Oshkosh Goodyear appearances with its inaugural visit to EAA AirVenture next month.  The 63rd annual fly-in is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. “Wingfoot One” is scheduled to arrive in Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 21, and will be on display and fly at the event through Sunday, July 26. AirVenture attendees will have the opportunity to see “Wingfoot One” perform in various air shows and meet the pilots at a variety of events, ranging from autograph sessions to forum presentations.