Local News Tuesday 6/4/13

Drunken Driving Accident Leads To Injuries For Lomira Woman


A 51-year-old man allegedly had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the limit when he caused a traffic accident in Town of Leroy early Sunday morning. A 20-year-old Lomira woman was injured in the accident and was taken to St. Agnes Hospital. Meanwhile Bryan Novak was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital for a blood draw, which put his blood alcohol content at .229. He was arrested at taken to the Dodge County Jail on charges of 2nd offense drunken driving, causing injury. The accident occurred on Highway 49 at Wells Road.


Plea Agreement In Sheboygan County Humane Society Drug Thefts


(WHBL-Sheboygan)- The case of the former director of the Sheboygan County Humane Society has been concluded.  In a surprise development in Sheboygan County Court Monday morning DA Joe DeCecco announced a plea agreement had been reached with 59 year old Eilene Ribbens who had been charged with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and ordering a large amount of animal medication which she had given to relatives.  DeCecco said in the interest of the community and the Humane Society he recommended a fine of two hundred dollars and costs on the first count.  On the felony count, he recommended a two-year deferred conviction in which Ribbens waived her right to a trial, will have no contact with the Humane Society Shelter or its employees, and makes a $2000 donation to the shelter.   Judge L. Edward Stengel said he accepted the agreement with grave reservation.  He said he would not order the $2000 contribution to the Humane Society, calling it payment for not being prosecuted.  He said she could make the donation on her own, but he would not order it. 


Sheboygan Woman Charged For Stabbing


(WHBL-Sheboygan)-Sheboygan County authorities have charged a 25-year-old Sheboygan woman for stabbing her live-in boyfriend Saturday. Emily Check was charged Monday with reckless endangerment and false imprisonment for the incident that occurred at a residence on Erie Avenue. Authorities say the two had been arguing for days and it culminated with her stabbing him in the chest with a kitchen knife.  The victim told police that Check grabbed the knife and would not allow him to leave the apartment.  When he tried to get past her, she allegedly stabbed him then drove him to the hospital where she dropped him off.  He received four stitches to close the wound and then was released. 


Sex Offender Released Delayed


Oshkosh Police say there were informed Monday morning that a sex offender who will be living at 316 Rosalia Street won’t be living there until Monday, June 17th. Originally the release date for Joshua Velie was June 3rd. Velie was convicted in 2011 for sexually assaulting two underage girls. He targets minor girls. He will be on GPS monitoring.


Campbellsport Associate Principal And Athletic Director Hired


The Campbellsport School Board recently hired a new principal for the Middle School and High School. The Board approved the hiring of Thomas Griesemer who for the past 20 years has taught at a middle school in Mequon. He will take over the associate principal and athletic director position that Lance Beyer held until his tragic death in a car accident this past March. Griesemer will begin that new job on July 1st.  He is a 1988 graduate of Campbellsport High School and has a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University.


Representative Thiesfeldt Says Compromise On Vouchers Won’t Please Everyone


The compromise the Joint Finance Committee has reportedly reached over the expansion of the school choice voucher program won’t please everybody. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt says that’s one way of knowing that the JFC is close to what will be approved in the final budget. He says the limited change to the program will benefit both public and private schools. The Governor had proposed expanding the program to nine additional school districts including Fond du Lac. The compromise being talked about would be an expansion statewide with a cap of 500 students the first year and 1,000 the second.


Funding Being Requested To Fight TB


State health officials are asking the Joint Finance Committee for funding to assist with efforts to contain a significant Tuberculosis outbreak in Sheboygan County. Governor Scott Walker says, “This urgent situation in Sheboygan County requires additional support in order to contain the outbreak and make sure individuals with active TB are successfully treated.” He added you can’t put a price on ensuring the safety of the public and this is one of those situations. Currently eight cases of active tuberculosis have been diagnosed within an extended family in Sheboygan, and several additional family members may also have TB disease. All those diagnosed with TB are in treatment and are isolated at their homes or in the hospital.


Road Check For Trucks Today Through Thursday


To help prevent large truck crashes, the Wisconsin State Patrol will participate in the annual “Roadcheck” today through Thursday.  State Patrol Captain David Pabst says it’s an annual event where their inspectors, along with inspectors across North America including Canada and Mexico, inspect trucks to ensure that they are safe. He says the majority of trucks and drivers are safe, but they will be inspecting trucks to make sure that those who aren’t safe comply or they will be taken out of service until the problems are addressed. The annual Roadcheck lasts 72 hours, but the State Patrol works year-round enforcing laws and educating drivers on traffic safety. Efforts are paying off; over the last 10 years in Wisconsin, crashes and fatalities involving large trucks have dropped about 30 percent.


Waupun Correctional An Older Prison But Well Run


The warden of the state’s oldest prison says they have something unique that the state can be proud of. Warden Bill Pollard says Waupun Correctional is among the oldest prisons operating in the United States. He says it’s the fourth or fifth oldest prison still operating in the U.S. It’s on both the state and national register of historical places. The prison was built in 1854 and cell halls were added in 1906 and 1913 with more additions over the years. Pollard himself has a limited history in comparison with the prison itself having been warden there for two years. He worked at a maximum security before, but he says Waupun Correction is much larger. He says there are 1,240 inmates and the prison has a dedicated staff. He says the community was very welcoming when he first arrived.


Walleye Weekend Just Days Away


Just a few days now until Walleye Weekend will fill Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac with people looking for music, events and great food. Richard Van Egtern is the Events Coordinator for the family festival.  .38 Special is the headliner Friday night at 9 p.m., but there will be plenty of other favorites performing over the weekend including Boogie and the YoYo’z Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on the C.D. Smith and the K107.1 FM Music Stage East. Once again the weigh-in for the Mercury Marine National Walleye Tournament will be near the lighthouse. The weekend long festival benefits many non-profit groups and organizations. Van Egtern says they calculated just how many and it works out to 43 different groups, with more than 200 benefitting. There are also about 1,300 volunteers who put in about 13,000 hours during the weekend.

Tribute To Ripon Schools Superintendent


Ripon Public Schools Superintendent Richard Zimman will get the treatment today. A farewell gathering featuring a combined roast and tribute will be held at the Harwood Memorial Union at Ripon College. Food will be served at 6 p.m. with the tribute following at 7 p.m. Zimman has been the District’s Superintendent for nine years. Tickets for the event are available at BMO Harris Bank, Horicon Bank and Pick ‘N Save in Ripon and also at the door. Dr. Mary Whitrock will succeed Dr. Zimman as Ripon Schools Superintendent on July 1st.


Marian Hosts UBMS Students


High School students from Fond du Lac and Horace Mann High Schools will make Marian University their home this summer while participating in a series of academic and enrichment experiences as a part of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. The program will provide a wide range of free services to local students in an effort to enable them to continually persist towards high school graduation and pursue a college education. During these summer sessions, students will receive daily educational instruction from local college educators in mathematics, English, physics, biology, and chemistry. Additionally, they will be involved in various workshops on financial planning, personal development, career exploration, tutoring and college entrance preparation. Occasionally, students will participate in college visits, local company tours, field experiments and other scholastic activities. The program will run from June 17th to July 26th. UBMS is a federally funded college readiness program.


Goslings Rescued


The flow of traffic on Highway 41 in Brown County at one point slowed to a dead stop Sunday morning. That’s because a number of drivers stopped to herd baby goslings off the highway that were stuck between cement construction barriers. The rescue attempt went on for about three minutes. Law enforcement officials say they don’t condone those types of actions because they could have ended in tragedy.