Local News Briefs Tuesday 8/25/15

Police in Germantown are looking for a driver who hit and killed a bicyclist Sunday night. Police say the 50-year-old Germantown man was riding his bicycle south on Appleton Avenue south of Mequon Road about 8:15 Sunday evening. He was struck from behind and he died at the scene. The bike did have working lights on it. . The driver of the vehicle did not stop.  The suspect vehicle is a 2004 to 2006 Mazda 3 4-door sedan, dark in color. It would have front end damage, mainly on the passenger side.

Jury Finds FDL Man Guilty Of Half Of The Charged Brought Against Him

A Fond du Lac County jury recently found a 38-year-old Fond du Lac man guilty of two counts of strangulation and suffocation and one count of battery. Charges against Daniel Sease stemmed from a domestic abuse incident in October of 2011. In March of 2013 Sease was sentenced to 23 years prison and 8 years of extended supervision on charges from the same incident, but the sentence was vacated in April of 2014. Deputy District Attorney Dennis Krueger says original charges were dismissed because Sease’s lawyer felt Sease had inadequate counsel. New charges were filed in April. During last week’s trial the jury also found Sease not guilty of three other charges.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for September 10th.

Grothman On GOP Presidential Candidates

Congressman Glenn Grothman is urging voters to take a good look at the records of Republican presidential candidates before deciding, which if any they may support. He says people shouldn’t make up their minds based on the one debate that was recently held. He says you can’t pick a president based on three one-minute soundbites. He says whoever is the next president will have some tough challenges ahead and they should be ready to take on those challenges. He says they have to be able to deal with the immigration and welfare problems. Grothman says he wouldn’t support Jeb Bush, but there are three GOP Governors vying for president he would. They are Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who Grothman says he has done some campaigning for.

Advanced Manufacturing Ranking Significant For FDL County

The president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation says the Fond du Lac metro area being ranked among the top 10 metro areas in advanced manufacturing specialization is a big deal. Business Facilities magazine, one of the nation’s leading corporate and economic development publications ranked the Fond du Lac Metro ninth in their July 30th publication. Steve Jenkins says that puts the County in some very select company. He says people should appreciate what our manufacturers are making. Jenkins says advanced manufacturing will become the key cornerstone of the U.S. economy. He says this type of ranking really puts Fond du Lac County on the map.

School Safety Tips

With the start of school only a week away in Fond du Lac for public school students a Fond du Lac Police officer has some safety reminders. Officer Steve Olson says it’s time once again to familiarize yourself with the drop-off and pick-up locations and parking for your child’s school. He says one new concept is the “Walking School Bus.” Essentially an effort is organized to have a parent walk a group of students to school. He says another you thing you should do is make sure the back pack your child or children use isn’t too big for them. He says if it doesn’t fit them or too much is put into them it could cause injuries. He also recommends talking to your kids about playground safety and drivers should always be on the look out for stopping school buses or children near schools.

Dodge County Fair Attendance Down

Attendance was down slightly for last week’s Dodge County Fair. Fair officials say attendance for the fair was just fewer than 50,000 for the event, which wrapped up Sunday. That’s compared to just over 51,000 who attended the fair in 2014. Planning is already underway for next year’s fair, which run from August 17th through the 21st.

Aldi Grand Reopening Scheduled In FDL

The Aldi Store on Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac will have a grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 10th for the newly-renovated store. Following the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony the first 100 shoppers will receive a golden ticket, each containing Aldi gift certificates in various amounts. There will also be an on-site produce for a year sweepstakes and product sampling. 

Just The Facts

Sergeant Joe Friday and his Dragnet buddies rode again in Fond du Lac for a short time Monday. The City of Fond du Lac was testing its radios and those who monitor their scanners were treated to brief readings from old Dragnet scripts and other crime thrillers. We’re not sure if Sergeant Friday got his man, but another old reading informed us of Melvis Purvis’s successful efforts to bust the John Dillinger gang.