Local News Tuesday 5/28/13

Theresa Man Charged For Reckless Driving Accident


A 17-year-old Theresa man was recently charged in Washington County for driving through a stop sign on a county highway and hitting another vehicle injuring seven people and himself. Sidney Lehman was charged with one count of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, one count of reckless driving causing great bodily harm and three counts of reckless driving causing bodily harm for the April 13th accident. The first two charges are felonies and the other three misdemeanors. He was released on a $25,000 signature bond and his next court appearance is on June 19th.


Fire Destroys Shed


Fire destroyed a large shed on Sheboygan County Highway F in the Town of Lyndon late Sunday night. County Sheriff’s officials say a 911 call alerted them to the fire at 11:39 p.m. that evening. Ten fire departments battled the blaze, which destroyed the pole-barn styled structure. The shed was approximately 30 by 40 feet in size. No injuries were reported.


FDL School Board Will Vote Again On Opposition To School Choice Voucher Expansion


The Fond du Lac School Board will try again tonight to pass a resolution opposing the expansion of the school choice voucher program. At their last meeting Board member Mark Jurgella said he didn’t want to take a vote on the issue with only four of the board’s seven members present. Several people also spoke out against the resolution including State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt who said he’d like to know how the district could pay for an ad in a Sunday paper opposing school choice when the board hadn’t even taken a vote on it yet. Also tonight the board will be asked to approve the resignation of Director of Business Services Sue Schnorr who is taking a similar position with the Oskhosh Area School District. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the District Administration Center Board Room on West 9th Street.


FDL ALC Will Consider Non-renewal Recommendation For Retlaw


Fond du Lac’s Alcohol Licensing Committee tomorrow will be asked to recommend to the City Council not renewing the liquor license for the owners of the Retlaw Hotel. The City had made a stipulation in the latest effort to get North Main Hospitality to pay the overdue taxes and fees it owes the City. That would have allowed them to pay off what they owe for a little over $64,000, but because they didn’t by last week’s City Council meeting the City now also wants the more than $81,000 it held in abeyance, so the total owed is now $145,454.37. The committee will have a hearing during its meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at the City-County Government Center. Next month the City Council will take up liquor license renewals.


ADA Says Charges In Dog Attack Were Appropriate


Late last Friday afternoon a Fond du Lac County jury found a 59-year-old Campbellsport man guilty of having his dog viciously attack a teenager. The jury found Richard Lisko guilty of false imprisonment and 1st degree reckless injury charges in the attack of 18-year-old Joe Kennedy Jr.  Assistant District Attorney Dennis Krueger says it was a difficult case. He says if a neighbor of Lisko’s hadn’t come along three hours after that attack began Kennedy probably wouldn’t have survived. Krueger believes the charges that were filed against Lisko were appropriate. Lisko told Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies on two different occasions last July and August that his property had been burglarized; the latest report just three days before the attack on Kennedy who he accused of stealing morphine pills from him.


Underage Drinkers Could Be Sued Under Brown Jug Bill


State Senator Rick Gudex says the so-called Brown Jug Bill should help tavern and business owners victimized by underage drinkers with fake IDs. He says fake IDs have become increasingly more sophisticated and taverns and other businesses that sell alcohol sometimes have to hire additional people because of that. He says the bill will give businesses an avenue to sue those who are caught trying to buy alcohol with a fake ID. Under the bill underage drinkers who purchase alcohol could be sued for up to $1,000 by the person who owns the establishment they purchased from. He believes it won’t take many civil suits brought against those using fake IDs to purchase alcohol for the word to get out.


Lomira School District Facilities Audit


The Lomira School Board next month will get some recommendations following a facilities audit in the school district. District Administrator Bob Lloyd says the school board approved the audit a couple of months ago. He says there will be three scenarios that will be presented to the board at their June 12th meeting. They are to remodel the current facilities, the second a new 6-12 facility, and the third would be 4K-12 facility. He says there will be a preliminary break down on what the cost of those facilities might be. He says if they do end up building a new facility the timing couldn’t be better because they will soon retire the debt from the 1995 referendum and will be able to generate $10 million without impacting taxes and also interest rates are at a historical low. He says a survey will be sent out this fall on whether property owners in the school district would like to see a referendum placed on next spring’s ballot