Local News Briefs Tuesday 8/5/14

West Bend Police say a 14-year-old Campbellsport boy was hurt when he ran into a vehicle with his bicycle in West Bend early Sunday afternoon. The boy collided with a car that was exiting a parking lot. He was thrown from his bike and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries. The 59-year-old West Bend man driving the vehicle was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way.

Two Hurt In Dodge County Accident

Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say heroin was a factor in an accident that happened in the Town of Elba Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. A woman driving by reported she was flagged down by a subject whose vehicle was in a cornfield. It had taken out a power pole. The vehicle was occupied by 43-year-old Kevin Onley and 39-year-old Jennifer Onley. Authorities responded to the scene and Kevin advised them that Jennifer took heroin prior to the incident. She was taken to Columbus Hospital and he was taken to the hospital for a voluntary blood draw for possible restricted controlled substance (RCS) charges. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident.

Koi Fish Herpes Likely Cause Of Carp Die Off In Dodge County

Department of Natural Resources officials say a virus that is new to state waters and affects common carp and koi is likely to blame for two carp die-offs in Dodge County in recent days. Officials say the koi herpes virus is not harmful to humans or other fish. Laura Stremick-Thompson, a fisheries biologist serving Dodge and Jefferson counties, says the DNR began investigating the first die-off on July 21 in the state and federal waters of Horicon Marsh and Lake Sinissippi. An investigation is now underway following reports from July 31 of dead and dying carp in Silver Creek, a tributary to the Rock River in Watertown approximately 42 miles downstream from the Hustisford dam. “The public is not at risk from the koi herpes virus and from what we have seen in other states, sport fish and forage fish such as shiners have not been harmed,” said Stremick-Thompson. “However, the DNR encourages use of protective clothing such as gloves in removing the dead carp due to other bacteria the fish may be hosting.”

Baldwin Co-Authors Propane Bill

(Wisconsin Radio Network)-U-S Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with Minnesota’s Al Franken and Ohio’s Rob Portman, have introduced the Propane Supply and Security Act. The bill comes in response to last winter’s propane shortages and price spikes. Baldwin says about a quarter million families’ heat their homes with propane and businesses as well. She when the propane crisis began to unfold it was very clear there wasn’t an emergency plan. Baldwin says a big part of the problem was that federal officials were not told early on there was an issue with supply levels. The bill address that by requiring the Energy Information Agency to provide timely, transparent information to allow the government to act earlier if there is an issue.

Ripon Police Remind Residents About Phone Scams

Ripon Police recently learned that an elderly Ripon couple had fallen victim to a phone scam. The caller indicated they were calling on behalf of social security and asked about medications being mailed to them as well as bank account information. Ripon Police say it’s a good reminder to advise elderly family members and friends not to disclose personal information over the phone to anyone.

National Night Out Celebrations In FDL And NFDL

The Fond du Lac Police Department will be hosting the National Night Out activities at te Galloway House and Village tonight. Police Officer Steve Olson says it’s a new location for the event and they are excited about it. He says they will have child finger-printing, the fire department will have their water games and more. Olson says there will also be a chance for kids to win a bike from Target, but they have to fill out a safety bingo card, by going to different displays and activities at National Night Out. .He says they will even have a demonstration on using portable AED units you may see at places like the mall. The automated external defibrillators are used to help resuscitate a person. Hours for National Night Out are 4 to 7 p.m. North Fond du Lac’s National Night Out celebration is from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Village Pool.

House And Senate Back Veterans Affairs Reform Legislation

Congressman Tom Petri says most of the house members voted for a bill that will improve access and health care at Veterans Administration clinics. He says the kind of care veterans are receiving at VA clinics in Wisconsin aren’t as bad as some of the situations you’ve heard about elsewhere. The bill will provide some remedies where they are needed and give veterans an option to get treatment at outpatient clinics if there are long delays. Petri says it won’t solve all the problems, but it’s a good start for reforms. He says more than 400 members of the house voted in favor of the legislation. The U.S. Senate late last week also passed the Veterans Affairs Reform Legislation with strong bipartisan support.

Emerald Ash Borer Found In Sheboygan County

(WHBL-Sheboygan)-The Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Sheboygan County.  Bill McNee, the DNR’s Forest Health Specialist in Plymouth, said the insect was spotted in two traps in Random Lake and the Town of Holland late last month.  He adds it’s likely the bug may be elsewhere in the county, so everyone in the county with ash trees should be checking them to make sure they are not infected. McNee said he expected the bug to be found in the county at some point once it was first spotted in the state in 2008. 

FDL High School Registration

Fond du Lac High School registration will be held from 7am-5pm on Monday, August 18th for incoming 9th and 11th graders and on Tuesday, August 19th for incoming 10th and 12th graders. Please enter the school through the main entrance, Door 1. If your child is new to the Fond du Lac School District and they have been approved to attend, this will be the opportunity to meet with your child’s school counselor by appointment and develop their schedule for the 2014-15 school year. Current students will not be allowed to change their schedule on registration days.  If you have any questions prior to registration, please call Fond du Lac High School at (920) 929-2740.