Local News Briefs Tuesday 8/20/13

Oshkosh Police have arrested two Oshkosh men after an armed robbery at the Marathon Gas Station on Oshkosh Avenue Sunday night.  Police got a report of a man who entered the gas station with a black handgun and demanded money.  The man left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash in a red Ford Taurus.  Police located a vehicle matching the description at S. Eagle St. and W. 2nd Avenue.  A traffic stop was initiated on and a 54-year- old man and 19-year-old man were arrested for the armed robbery.  Both men were taken to the Winnebago County Jail. The older man was booked for armed robbery and first time drunken driving. The younger man was booked for being party to the crime of armed robbery. The handgun, money and other evidence were located in their car. 


Stabbing In Oshkosh


A 47-year-old Oshkosh man was treated for a stab wound to his left arm after he was stabbed during a domestic squabble last Friday night. Oshkosh Police say they arrested the man’s 40-year-old wife on 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, substantial battery and disorderly conduct with domestic violence enhancers. The incident happened in the 900 block of Greenwood Court. The man was treated at Aurora Medical Center. Four children were inside the apartment weren’t hurt. Police recovered a large kitchen knife used in the stabbing.


Walmart Shooting Suspect Had Two Guns


The 46-year-old Appleton woman who shot a co-worker at a Walmart in Neenah last week was allegedly jealous over an easier position the co-worker had gotten in the liquor department. The complaint against Justine Boyd was filed in Winnebago County Court for the shooting of 56-year-old Sharon Goffard last Wednesday. Goffard was shot in the stomach and remains in critical condition. According to the criminal complaint Boyd had two guns and 22 rounds of ammunition in the store. She is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide and will be in court this afternoon for a continued initial appearance. The District Attorney’s office is asking for a $1 million cash bond.


Life Alert Scam In Green Lake County


Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials are warning residents about a scam involving the Life Alert program. Homes throughout the County have been receiving pre-recorded calls from a business identifying themselves as Life Alert saying that a “Free” system has been ordered for them. They advise the person to press 1 to accept the offer or 5 to decline. Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials contacted the actual Life Alert Company who advised that it is a scam and they have been receiving many calls of complaint and are working to identify the callers and put an end to the calling campaign. If you receive this type of call it’s advised that you do not push any buttons and hang up.


Reckless Driving Concerns


Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says it’s not unusual for their department to get several reckless driving complaints in a day. He says that will be for all the County’s main highways including Highways 26, 23, 41 and 151. He says if they are in the right place at the right time they can do something. Two accidents this past week led to fatalities. He says in one last Tuesday night a 71-year-old Slinger man was driving drunk, went off a road and hit a tree. He says the other on Wednesday morning happened on Highway 23 where one driver’s reckless driving likely led to the death of a 53-year-old Fond du Lac woman. Eventually Highway 23 from Fond du Lac to Plymouth will be expanded to four lanes, but Olig says they have reckless driving on Highway 41 all the time and it’s a four lane highway.


FDL County Board Preview


The Fond du Lad County Board will meet for the first time in two months after taking last month off due to insufficient business. The board has plenty on their agenda during their 7 p.m. meeting this evening. Among the resolutions they will consider is one asking the state of Wisconsin to fund and complete a study on the impact of wind turbines on human health. The supervisors will also be asked to support a resolution asking the state’s Department of Transportation to include construction of a park-and-ride parking lot as part of the County Highway V and Highway 151 interchange in 2015. The board will meet at the City-County Government Center in Fond du Lac.


Sheboygan Street Closure


The Fond du Lac Public Works Department advises us that Sheboygan Street between Portland Street and Marr Street will be closed starting today. CD Smith, contractor for the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, will be replacing the section of street pavement within the block. The block will be entirely closed to traffic during the reconstruction. The street is expected to be reopened this Friday morning. Access will be maintained to local businesses.


Fairground Pool Hours Extended


Fond du Lac’s Parks Department has announced that the Fond du Lac Fairground’s Aquatic Center season dates have been extended through this week. The pool will be open between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily through Friday.


Home Sales Strong In July


State home sales continue to climb, according to Wisconsin Realtors Association President. Mike Theo. He says sales were up over 17 percent in July compared to last year and the median price of a home was also up about 9 percent. He says they had very strong sales numbers in July.

Theo says sales were strong statewide, with the best showing coming in western Wisconsin. In Fond du Lac County sales of existing homes were up 45 percent compared to last July and the median price of home was up 27 percent. To see the WRA home sales report for July and Year-to-date click here.  https://www.wra.org/HSRJULY2013/


Implements Of Husbandry Study Meetings Continue Tonight


Agricultural equipment, which is integral to Wisconsin’s farming industry, is getting larger and heavier for efficiency. But that can have impact on roads and bridges as well as safety of other road users. The state Department of Transportation’s Director of the Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Dave Vieth says the size and weight of agricultural equipment and the potential impact it has on public roads and bridges will be the subject of a series of town hall meetings around the state over the next few weeks. The first meeting was held in Madison Monday night. Other meetings are in Stratford tonight, Cashton on August 28th, and Green Bay on August 29th and in Chippewa Falls on September 3rd.  The report, a survey, an email address for feedback and a list of meeting dates and locations are available at a DOT website


MPTC Reshaping Mission Statement And Vision


Moraine Park Technical College officials are doing some strategic planning about the college’s future. About 27 people attended the first meeting for strategic planning for 2020 and beyond.

MPTC President Sheila Ruhland says community members will have a chance to comment through September on the planning. She says it has to do with their mission statement and vision, which she says guides their other planning, facilities, programming and more.


Making Sure Your College Student Is Fire Safe


The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the Fond du Lac Fire Department is asking parents to go over a few safety tips with their kids as they return to college or go off to school for the first time. Troy Haase says remind them to keep an eye on what their cooking if they are going to do any cooking. He says to make sure they have more than one exit and know where fire extinguishers are and make sure they don’t hesitate to leave the building when there is a fire alarm. He says parents should take a look around because not every place is up to code when it comes to safety equipment.