Local News Briefs Wednesday 3/16/16

Two Facing Charges After FDL Traffic Stop And Foot Chase

Those listening to their scanners Monday afternoon may have heard a Fond du Lac Police officer who sounded like he was in distress. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says actually the officer was running after a suspect who fled on foot from a traffic stop. Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter and the 37-year-old Fond du Lac man was found hiding behind a garage on Boardman Street. He says the man was wanted on three outstanding warrants from another jurisdiction.  The man is also facing new charges including obstructing an officer and possession of marijuana by a felon. Klein says the officer’s call on the scanner may have sounded dramatic, but adrenaline has a lot to do with that. He says in reality the officers did a good job and it didn’t take long to catch the suspect. The driver of the vehicle was cited for marijuana possession and operating without a license.

Horicon Man Facing Battery To Law Enforcement Officer Charges

A 22-year-old Horicon man is facing charges in Dodge County for pushing and making threats against a police officer during a struggle last weekend. According to the criminal complaint last Friday police got a call from a man who wanted Caleb Hagy out of his apartment. Hagy allegedly pushed one of the officers when they arrived. He also struggled when he was placed in the back of the squad car banging his head against a cage multiple times. Hagy also threatened to injure or kill the officer. He’s been released on a $1,000 signature bond and has a preliminary hearing on March 31st.

State Lawmakers Consider Lifting Christmas Tree Ban

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary doesn’t think it’s a good idea to reverse a ban on natural Christmas trees in public places of assembly. He says there’s a reason a law was created in the first place and why organizations like the National Fire Protection Association backed it. O’Leary says in your home you are able to monitor a natural tree better, but in a church or even the state capitol a lit candle or over dry tree could lead to tragedy. He says it’s a good area to avoid and he agrees with the ban. He says it’s not a good idea to lift a ban to appease a certain group of people. He says weakening or watering down a code that people live by it’s a dangerous and slippery slope. The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill yesterday on a 25 to 7 vote to lift the ban. 

Three Area Schools Earn Schools Of Recognition Honors

Chegwin Elementary and Parkside Elementary were honored during a ceremony at the State Capitol Monday as Schools of Recognition. Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says both were in the “Beating the Odds” category. He says the categories have to do with population, demographics, socio-economic status and how kids do in reading and writing. He says it’s a tribute to teachers, staff, and the students. He says it also has something to say about parents getting involved in their kids’ education. Chegwin Principal Katie Moder and Parkside Principal Stacey Buchholz each took a staff member with them to the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Later they brought the plaques the schools earned to the school board meeting. Eden Elementary was also recognized.

Cadillac Taken In Oshkosh

Oshkosh Police have recovered a Cadillac that was stolen last week from Kwik Trip parking lot, but are looking for the two suspects who stole it. They sale a short black male with dreadlock hair and white woman with light brown or blonde hair were seen getting into it and drove away. The car was recovered in Milwaukee and returned to the owner. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Robertson at (920) 236-5723.

Prius Stolen In Oshkosh

Police in Oshkosh are looking for two people who stole a 2007 Gold Prius Hybrid from a home early Monday morning. The woman who owns the car left her purse in the unlocked car. Two people were later seen in the stolen vehicle trying to use a credit card from the purse at an ATM. Police have released two videos of the people who tried using the stolen credit cards. The suspects are a black male 20 to 30 years old and a black female the same age. Anyone with information is asked to call Oshkosh Police at (920) 236-5700.

Suspect Facebook Video One

Suspect Facebook Video Two 

Waupun HS Basketball Team Congratulated

State Representative Michael Schraa and State Senator Rick Gudex took time Tuesday to congratulate the Waupun High School Boys Basketball team on their qualification for this year’s State Tournament. They say the Waupun Warriors have had an outstanding season so far, with a record of 25 wins and only 1 loss. They defeated Milwaukee Lutheran 68-65 in the WIAA Division 3 Sectional Final and earned their trip to the state tournament. They will play Prairie du Chien this Thursday at 1:35pm at the Kohl Center here in Madison. State Representative Schraa says, “Senator Gudex and I applaud the dedication and teamwork of the players and coaches. Congratulations on all your success so far, keep up the great work, and good luck at state!”