Local News Briefs Wednesday 7/9/14

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Dive Team and the DNR will resume their search for a missing 52-year-old Weyauwega man today on Lake Winneconne. Roger Inderdahl has been missing since his boat was found going around in circles on the lake early Monday afternoon. Wind and rough waters ended yesterday’s search about 3:30 p.m. Sonar units were being used in the recovery effort. Today a K9 search team will also be used to try and locate him. Inderdahl was out fishing on the lake when he went missing.

Hwy 45 Meeting

The state’s Department of Transportation will hold a meeting tonight at the UW-Fond du Lac to discuss proposed improvements to US Highway 45. The improvements will be in the village of Eden, town of Eden, town of Empire, town of Fond du Lac and city of Fond du Lac. The meeting is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the University Commons Room UC 114.  The meeting will follow an open house format. A short presentation is scheduled at 5:15 p.m.  The project won’t begin until 2018.

Fire Destroys Dodge County Home And Garage

Ten fire departments battled a fire in Burnett Monday morning that destroyed a home and garage. Burnett Fire Department officials say the blaze started in the detached garage and spread to the home on Fir Road. Damage estimates exceed $200,000. The cause of the fire is still being determined by fire department officials say do not appear to be suspicious in nature. Homeowners were awakened by smoke alarms and call 9-1-1.

Ripon Ronald Returned

The Ronald McDonald statue taken from a McDonald’s restaurant in Ripon last fall has been returned after it was found at a campground in Green Lake County last weekend. Ripon Police says they were notified by Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials after a Ripon resident called them after seeing the 6-foot tall Ronald at the campground. The resident remembered Ronald going missing. Deputies found out from those at the campsite that they had found the statue on some property some time ago. It was taken back to the Sheriff’s office and the owners of the Ripon McDonald’s identified the statute as their missing Ronald.

Fox Lake Man Charged For Grammar And Football Fight

Grammar and football fueled a fight that resulted in a substantial battery charge for a 27-year-old Fox Lake man. Jacob Gubin was charged this week in Dodge County Court for the incident that happened last April. He allegedly punched and kicked the victim in the face. The two got into a disagreement about grammar and natural differences you might expect between Viking and Bears’ fans. The victim required eye surgery to repair retinal tears in his left eye. A $1,000 signature bond was set and Gubin will be back in court August 21st for a preliminary hearing. 

Oshkosh Sex Offender Moves

A 31-year-old sex offender will be moving to 533 Washington Avenue in Oshkosh starting today. John Moore was convicted in 2003 of one count of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child and two counts of sex with a child 16 or older. His victims were 14 and 16 year old girls. He also was convicted in 2007 of 3rd degree sexual assault. He forced a woman he met in a bar to have sex with him. He is a lifetime GPS registrant and will be on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life.

FDL City Council Meeting Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council tonight will be asked to approve a resolution creating a committee to discuss possible development in Lakeside Park. The Council will also discuss how to select 15 members for a Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee that would study the issue. City Manager Joe Moore says there is no offer for development in the park at this time. The Council will also consider amending an ordinance to allow increasing an ambulance replacement fund by $50,000. The fund currently allows a maximum amount of $250,000 in the fund. Due to the upgrade of the audio and video equipment in the legislative chambers of the City-County Government Center the Council’s meeting will be held in the McLane Meeting Room in the lower level of the Fond du Lac Public Library. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Blood Drive In FDL Today And Tomorrow

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin has put out an appeal to Fond du Lac County residents to help them meet a goal of 1,500 additional blood donations during the summer months. Blood donations will be collected today and tomorrow at the Fairgrounds Expo Center in Fond du Lac from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Those donating blood will be given a free ticket to the Fond du Lac County Fair. Blood drives are also scheduled at Alliance Church in Campbellsport from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Monday and at the Forest Mall in Fond du Lac from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23rd.

Updating Cell Phone Policy

The North Fond du Lac Village Board is working on updating village policies concerning the use of cell phones and texting. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says they have both personnel and operator policies for the use of cell phones on the job. The board discussed the matter this week, but tabled it as they work toward marrying the two policies together under a personnel policy. He says employees use both village-owned and personal cell phones on the job, but the policy has to do more with using the phones in a safe and smart manner. He says forever pulling over if you’re in a vehicle before taking or placing a call on a cell phone.

Waupun Academies Progressing

Waupun School District officials are working with the state’s Department of Public Instruction hoping to get some reimbursement from the state for students who earn certification through the high schools academies. District Superintendent Tonya Gubin says students can earn certifications while they are taking courses in high school as they get career ready. She says the district could get up to $1,000 a student for some of the students that are certified. She says they want to get that in place during the next year. The Waupun High School’s academies have three career pathways. They are communications, arts and business; health and human services; and science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. Gubin says they are getting support from Agnesian HealthCare and other local businesses in their academy offerings.

Solutions Center’s 2nd Annual Men’s Breakfast Coming Up

Tickets are available for the Solution Center’s 2nd Annual Men’s Breakfast in Fond du Lac. It will be held at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6th at the Trinity Restaurant. The theme for the breakfast is “Building Men of Character.” Solutions Center Interim Executive Director Maggie McCullough says when men hear other men disparaging women or some how promote violence towards women they need to take a stand. In fact Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney is the featured speaker who will give a talk on “Building Men of Character.” McCullough says Toney sees the effects of domestic violence through his job. She says they need to break the cycle of violence towards women that starts as early as middle school. Advanced registration is required for the breakfast by Friday, August 1st. The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. For more information call the Solutions Center at (920) 923-1743.