Local News Briefs Wednesday 7/10/14

A 49-year-old Slinger man was flown to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries after hitting a deer with his motorcycle on a Dodge County road. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says the accident happened at 11:46 p.m. Tuesday night on County Highway O near Washington Road in the Town of Ashippun. Boro Buzdum was northbound when he struck the deer. He was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from his bike.

Two Arrested For Residential Armed Robbery In Oshkosh

Two Oshkosh men were arrested Wednesday for a residential armed robbery that occurred in the 1200 block of Algoma Boulevard. Police say they were called just before noon to the residence. After getting a description of the two suspects they found the 20-year-old and 17-year-old men still in the area. Investigators say a weapon was displayed during the robbery.

Missing Boater Search Enters Fourth Day

The search for a missing 52-year-old Weyauwega man enters its fourth day on Lake Winneconne today. Yesterday a K9 was brought in to search the shoreline just in case Roger Inderdahl made it to shore. The K9 did alert searchers at one point that it picked up a scent and that area of the lake will be concentrated on today. Inderdahl went out fishing on the lake Monday and about 12:30 that afternoon his boat was found going around in circles. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Dive Team and DNR have also been using sonar in their search efforts.

Green Lake County Crime Of The Week

Green Lake County authorities are looking for more information about the person who used a vehicle to do spin-outs damaging lawns, farm fields, ditches and other private property on the 4th of July. Sheriff’s officials say the damage was done during hours of darkness on properties along Pond Lilly Road, Black Creek Road, the Town Line Road in the Towns of St. Marie and Seneca. Crop damage was among the property damage done. Anyone with information is asked to call the Green Lake County Crime Stoppers program at 1-800-438-8436 or you can email them to [email protected] or text 847411 keyword “getthem.” Tips may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects or recovery of property.

Waupun Utilities Refinancing Old Debt

The City of Waupun is refinancing debt from 2007 and 2012. The common council Tuesday approved the sale of over $9.4 million dollars in Water and Electric System Revenue Bonds. Waupun Utilities General Manager Randy Posthuma says refinancing the existing debt will save customers money in the long run. He says it’s a savings that they like to pass on to customers if they have the opportunity to do so. Posthuma says customers will save nearly $475,000 over the twelve year span. He says the final bond sale will take place August 1st. 

FDL City Council Notes

In other Fond du Lac City Council notes from last evening’s meeting the Council approved an amendment to the ambulance replacement fund ordinance. The ordinance allowed a maximum of $250,000 in the fund, which collects $50 for each transport. However due to increasing costs of ambulances the Council approved increasing that maximum amount to $300,000. The fund is also used for replacement of equipment in ambulances like heart monitors and cots. The Council also approved a liquor license for the new Walgreen’s on East Johnson Street across from Festival Foods. A city ordinance was also amended, which would allow concealed carry in City parks. City Attorney Deb Hoffmann says that’s something the City needed to do because of the change in state law, but they still wouldn’t allow the discharge of weapons in City parks.

FDL City Council On The Road

Last night’s Fond du Lac City Council meeting had a different atmosphere and location. Due to the audio and video improvements being made in the legislative chambers of the City-County Government Center the meeting was held in the lower level of the Public Library. That meant a few inconveniences such as Council members and City staff passing a microphone to each other to make comments. Also without a voting machine all votes were voice votes. The location also meant no live broadcast or streaming of the proceedings. However the meeting was recorded and will be rebroadcast on Charter Cable Channel 980 today and a podcast will be available on the City’s website starting this afternoon. The Council will also hold their July 23rd meeting at the Fond du Lac Public Library.  

FDL Fire Chief Maintains Good Relationship With The Media

Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says he recognized the importance of a cooperative relationship with the media long ago. In fact Chief O’Leary has spoken at national conferences about the importance of using the media for crisis communications to get the word out.  He says he’s always had a good relationship with the media while other fire department and law enforcement officials might be more guarded. O’Leary says education is important in fire prevention efforts and one of the best ways to inform the public is through the media. Chief O’Leary was recently named the Wisconsin Fire Inspectors’ Association 2014 Chief of the Year. In accepting the award he talked about the importance of making a difference through education and prevention.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Department Gets New Rescue Vehicle

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office recently received an emergency rescue vehicle through a federal program that supplies law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment at no cost. It’s a Caiman 6×6 MRAP (Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected) armored personnel carrier.  Sheriff Pat Ninmann states “The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office saw a need to equip our personnel with this protection to be better prepared to save the lives of the people we serve, and that of the deputies and officers who put their lives on the line to respond to very dangerous situations.” It’s estimated the rescue vehicle is worth $733,000.  The cost of a new LENCO Bearcat or an Oshkosh Truck-made Tactical Protector Vehicle would run from $200,000 to over $400,000. 

Waupun Summer School Session Wrapping Up

Waupun Schools Superintendent Tonya Gubin says the district has an active summer school program. She says the first session is wrapping up, but next month another smaller session will be available for students who need to do some remedial work before school starts on September 2nd. She says after the completion of the regular summer school a session is offered at the SAGES charter school in Fox Lake. She says it’s only a week long, but keeps students engaged in learning. She says it’s important to keep young minds active during the summer months so there are no gaps in learning between school years.

Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Garden Walk This Sunday

Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s annual Garden Walk & Art Fair this Sunday will benefit the Community Care Program this year. Terry Mabee is one of the organizers for the Garden Walk. She says more than 500 people are expected to enjoy the beauty of the six unique gardens in the Fond du Lac area. As for the community care program Mabee says it’s a program that assists the medical needs of the uninsured and underinsured. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Guests are also invited to the Art Fair at one of those gardens at Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders at W3950 Highway 23 in Fond du Lac. Tickets are available for $15 at Agnesian HealthCare Information Desks, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, Waupun Memorial Hospital Information Desk and Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center.  Maps to the gardens are printed on the back of the tickets. For more information click here

Coffee With A Cop In Horicon

Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies and Horicon Police officers will hold the next “Coffee with a Cop” event at a Horicon restaurant this morning. The event is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Mother’s Day restaurant at 417 East Lake Street. It’s an opportunity for coffee and conversation with the officers and deputies.