Local News Briefs Wednesday 8/13/14

Jesse Kremer won the Republican primary in the race for the 59th State Assembly seat Tuesday. In a four man race he collected 1,939 votes to the 1,273 his nearest challenger Ralph Prescott received. With no opposition in November Kremer essentially wins the seat.

Voter Turnout In FDL County 23 Percent

The voter turnout in Fond du Lac County was higher than what state elections officials anticipated, but a little lower than what County Clerk Lisa Freiberg predicted. The 23 percent of registered voters who turned out for the election in County amounted to 13,104 voters. Freiberg says they didn’t have many issues during the primary election itself. She says they did have some modem issues with places they did not test before hand. She says they had some problems because some phone lines were shut down for the summer at schools being used as polling places and also had an issue at the Fairgrounds, but otherwise things went smoothly. For unofficial voting results click here

Two Injured In Winnebago County Accident

Two men were hurt when a northbound pickup truck rolled over in the median of Highway 41 northbound in the Town of Nekimi Tuesday night. Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say the accident happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. The 45-year-old De Pere man driving the truck and his passenger a 55-year-old Green Bay man suffered non-life threatening injuries. They were taken to a local hospital. The driver was also arrested for his 6th drunken driving offense.

Jim “Maggie” Megellas Honored

Fond du Lac native and WW II hero Jim “Maggie” Megellas was honored during an event at the American Legion Post in Fond du Lac Tuesday afternoon. Ed Barnes is the Post Commander. He says Fond du Lac is lucky to have had so many who chose to serve in the military over the years. Megellas is 97-years-old now. Barnes says Megellas has accomplished a lot during his life. That includes as serving as the Fond du Lac City Council’s first president. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos  was at the ceremony. A building at the Veterans Home in King is being named in Megellas’s honor. Barnes says Megellas is also the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne.

Sex Offender Not Moving In Oshkosh

Oshkosh Police say a 27-year-old sex offender who was supposed to move last Sunday won’t be moving after all. Police were informed by the Department of Corrections that Nikkita Williams will continue to live at 1105A Jefferson Street. Williams is on electronic monitoring.

Sheboygan Bomb Threat Suspect Sentenced

A Sheboygan man will spend a year and a half on probation for his part in a bomb threat which shut down Sheboygan’s Rockline plant last January.  Eighteen-year-old Devon Kinch was sentenced this week in Sheboygan County Court. Kinch and two others had planted a note in a men’s bathroom at the plant indicating a bomb would go off at midnight.  The threat resulted in the plant being evacuated costing the company $36,000 in production costs. A restitution hearing is set for October 2nd.

FDL City Council Preview

The Fond du Lac City Council will decide tonight what kind of guidance it should give to the Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee. The Council during their last meeting decided on a 17-member committee. The committee has yet to hold its first meeting, but it’s being suggested they do so before September 5th. Also during the meeting the Council will hear about a strategic planning proposal and get overviews on the Library and Public Works Budgets. The Council meets at 6 p.m. in the legislative chambers of the City-County Government Center.

NFDL Ordinance Change For Mobile Homes And Other Items Parked Too Long

The North Fond du Lac Village Board is working on amending its parking regulations. Village Administrator Chuck Hornung says it has to do with trailers, semi-trailers, recreational vehicles, motor homes, camping trailers and boats that are left parked in municipal parking lots. He says some people have complained about those types of vehicles and items that are left parked for too long a period. He says the change to the ordinance would prohibit parking in a municipal parking lot for more than 2 hours and would consider them abandoned if they are left there too long, which is 72 hours and they would then be impounded as an abandoned vehicle. No one spoke against the ordinance change during the board’s August 4th meeting. A second reading of the ordinance change will be during the board’s meeting next Monday and they will be asked to approve it.

Oshkosh Principal Recommendations

The Oshkosh School Board will be asked to approve principals for two elementary schools when they meet tonight. District Superintendent Stan Mack will recommend the hiring of Rhonda Buchanan as Principal at Jefferson Elementary and Jacquelyn Kiffmeyer as Principal at Read Elementary School. Buchanan spent the last 13 years as a special education teacher at an elementary school with the Neenah Joint School District. The last two years Kiffmeyer was Dean of Students at Oshkosh North High School.

Kids From Wisconsin Perform At Buttermilk Creek Park Tonight

The Kids from Wisconsin will perform at the Buttermilk Creek Park in Fond du Lac tonight at 7:15 p.m. It’s their 20th annual free appearance at the venue. Their high-spirited performance features 20 singers and dancers and a 13-piece band. This year’s troupe hails from 28 Wisconsin communities. A food concession, serving sandwiches, soda and desserts, will be available from 6 p.m. on. In the event of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Expo Center at the County Fairgrounds.