Local News Friday 5/10/13


FDL Standoff Ends Without Incident


A standoff incident in Fond du Lac ended without incident a little over three hours after it began yesterday morning. Assistant Chief Steve Thiry says they got a tip from a crisis hotline about a 24-year-old man who was despondent at 900 Security Drive. He says normally during such incidents they start with someone on patrol responding. He says they had reason to believe the man might have a handgun. The incident started at 5:38 a.m. and at 7:17 a.m. they called in their SWAT team. Thirty says the SWAT crisis negotiators were able to talk the man into surrendering himself. An 18-year-old woman who was with the man was also taken into custody. The incident ended just before 9 a.m.


Lomira Man Pleds Not Guilty To Stabbing Charges


The 20-year-old Lomira man accused of stabbing a 21-year-old Campbellsport man at a party in Theresa in February was arraigned in Dodge County Court this week. Conrado Garza pled “not guilty” to felony charges of 1st degree reckless injury and aggravated battery. The victim was stabbed in the back after breaking up a fight at the drinking party. He ended up in intensive care at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.


Berlin Man Charged With Child Enticement, Public’s Help Sought


Green Lake County Sheriff’s officials are asking the public for help in a child enticement case involving a 46-year-old Berlin man. Kenneth Hoffman allegedly posed as a photographer promising to advance a young girl’s modeling career if she allowed him to take nude photos of her. After taking the photos he gave her the option of another photo shoot or having sex with him in return for the nude photos. There may be other victims. Hoffman communicated with the victim on Facebook using the name Blaine Roberts. He was charged yesterday in Green Lake County Court with child enticement, trafficking of a child, and threats to injure or accuse of a crime. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department, Berlin, Markesan and Ripon Police, and the state’s Department of Criminal Investigation were involved in the investigation.  Hoffman’s next court hearing is Monday, May 20th.


Watertown Man Pleads Insanity For Firing Off AK-47 In Mobile Home Park


The 30-year-old Watertown man who fired off an AK-47 assault rifle at his girlfriend in a mobile home park has entered a not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect plea. Jason Twaite entered the plea when he was arraigned this week in Dodge County Court on a disorderly conduct charge. He has also requested a new judge. Twaite allegedly fired the rifle off at his girlfriend at the Hidden Meadows Mobile Home Park in the Town of Lebanon this past February. She took refuge behind a snow bank and wasn’t hurt. Investigators found more than 30 empty shell casings and the rifle at the scene. The charge Twaite faces includes enhancers for being a domestic abuse repeater and for using a dangerous weapon. Disorderly conduct carries a maximum 90 day jail sentence, but the repeaters could add 10 years in prison to that sentence.


Carjacking Suspect Waives Preliminary Hearing


The 39-year-old Kewaskum man who allegedly was involved in carjacking a pickup truck from a West Bend dealership has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Scott Kudek was in Washington County Court Thursday for a hearing. He will be arraigned on the three felony charges he’s facing on May 30th. According to County Sheriff’s officials Kudek and 24-year-old Kayla Goemer of Allenton took the pickup truck for a test drive on January 30th. Kudek later used a knife to force the salesman out of the truck.  The two were eventually arrested at a motel in Florida. Goemer’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 12th.


Sheboygan Man Hurt In Traffic Accident


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-A Sheboygan man was seriously injured Thursday morning when his SUV left I-43 just north of the city of Sheboygan and rolled over in a field.  The Sheriff’s Department says 55-year-old Chao Yang was partially ejected and flown from the scene to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah by Flight for Life.  Sgt. Blaine Spicer says Yang may have fallen asleep or suffered some type of medical condition.  He said witnesses reported the southbound vehicle begin to swerve from side to side and then veered off the interstate, through a fence line and into a field where it rolled three times.  Yang was wearing his seatbelt. Spicer said the southbound lanes of the interstate were shutdown for about an hour causing a traffic backup all the way to the Manitowoc County line.


Three More TB Cases In Sheboygan Schools


Three more cases of tuberculosis have surfaced in the Sheboygan Area School District. Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department officials Thursday confirmed the cases. Last month public health officials reported that a student at Sheboygan South High School had tuberculosis. Officials say two of the new cases are from the same school and the other case is from Sheboyan’s Horace Mann Middle School. All three students have been isolated and are family members of the original student that was infected.


NFDL Police Losing Experienced Officers To Other Departments


Openings in larger law enforcement agencies for experienced officers have caused a turnover in the North Fond du Lac Police Department ranks. North Fond du Lac Police Chief Darren Pautsch says he knows from Law Enforcement Executive meetings with other Fond du Lac County agencies that there’s been an unusual number of retirements and movement in departments across the state. He says they’ve lost three officers to other agencies or about a quarter of their department. He says several who have left his department were supervisors whose experience is more difficult to replace. Pautsch says those officers will be missed, but all their training makes them good candidates for other good opportunities. Chief Pautsch will be a guest on Behind the Badge at 9:10 this morning.


FDL Walk To Cure Diabetes Saturday


Organizers for the annual Fond du Lac Walk to Cure Diabetes hope to top last year’s effort when the walk is held at the Fond du Lac High School Saturday morning. If you’re going to accomplish that it helps to pick the right youth spokesperson for the event and 6-year-old McKayla Blaine of Fond du Lac certainly is that. Her mom Heidi asked her on KFIZ’s Morning Show what happens when her blood sugar level gets too low. McKayla responded it means enjoying a juice box and a snack. Bob Hoffmaster found out by asking that McKayla is very active in sports. She likes gymnastics, soccer and wants to try the Cardinal skip. People can donate towards individuals or teams taking the 2 mile walk. McKayla’s team is named “Can of Beans.” She says that’s because her father calls her that. Check-in for the event is 9 a.m. with the walk stepping off at 10 a.m. Last year’s event raised $46,000. You can find out more by clicking here.      


Hear the Blaines talk about the Walk to the City Council



Gudex Listening Sessions Today


State Senator Rick Gudex holds three more listening sessions in the 18th State Senate District today. He will be at the North Fond du Lac Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Oshkosh City Hall from 2 to 3 p.m., and the Omro Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m.