Local News Briefs Wednesday 7/29/15

The two Kentucky men killed in a plane crash while on their way to EAA AirVenture last weekend have been identified. Kenosha County Sheriff’s officials say 69-year-old William Lanman of Louisville, Kentucky was piloting the single-engine aircraft. He was a U.S. Army veteran and experienced pilot. His passenger was 43-year-old James Arnold of Crestwood, Kentucky. The two were friends. The plane was found in a grassy field in a rural portion of the county.

Near Drowning In Washington County

Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a 6-year-old boy was taken to Children’s hospital after he was pulled from the water at a beach located at Yahr County Park in the Town of Farmington Tuesday. Officials say the boy was swimming with friends near the edge of the marked swimming area when the boy went under the water. He resurfaced briefly, but went under a second time and did not resurface. The boy’s mother and a friend pulled him out of water and began CPR. Sheriff’s deputies responded and Newburg Fire and Rescue took the youth to Children’s Hospital.

Sheboygan Man Sentenced In Drug Death

(WHBL-Sheboygan)-A Sheboygan County judge recently sentenced a 28-year-old Sheboygan man to four years in prison for providing the heroin that caused the death of a person back in February of 2014. Joseph Decker was also sentenced to four years of extended supervision. He was one of two people charged in the death of 49-year-old Thomas Butzen.  Butzen had injected heroin he got from 35-year-old William Hook, who had purchased the heroin from Deckert, in an effort to cheer Butzen up from his depression. Butzen took the illegal drug, and became unconscious.  He would later die at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital. Hook was sentenced last November to five years in state prison and five years extended supervision.

Serial Killer Asking For Conditional Release

A 68-year-old serial killer has started his latest attempt to be released from custody.  Alvin Taylor has been confined to the Mendota Mental Health Institute since the late 1980s. He killed four men between 1985 and 1988. He was convicted of first degree murder in Dunn County, but was sent to Mendota instead of Prison. He was also convicted of Murder in Eau Claire County and attempted murder in Washington County. Taylor was a nightclub singer who travelled across the state.  Taylor has been regularly seeking a conditional release from confinement since 2010.  A Washington County Judge Tuesday ruled that two psychiatrists would be appointed to evaluate Taylor.  Even if Taylor’s release would be approved in Washington County, he would still need approval from courts in Dunn and Eau Claire Counties

Career Expo In FDL Today

Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson will meet with registered employers and job seekers at the Fox Valley Career Expo this morning at 10:30 a.m. The Career Expo will be at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. Unlike most traditional job fairs, Career Expos are open only to employers with current job openings and job seekers who are pre-screened for work readiness in advance. The Fond du Lac Career Expo offers jobs in high demand fields. Pre-registration was required.

AirVenture Attendance

The final numbers are in, and over a half-million people walked through the gates at E-A-A’s AirVenture last week in Oshkosh. Spokesman Dick Knapinski says the attendance was around their initial estimate of 550,000 an increase of two-percent from last year. He says it exceeded their expectations, but they had a lot of attractions to draw from for instance having the Apollo 13 crew there, the B-52 Bomber, A350 and they are very pleased with the final attendance numbers. It could be the highest attendance in a decade. Knapinski says aviation fans from 80 countries were at the week-long show this year. Next year’s AirVenture will take place the week of July 25th-31st.