Home

News 05.18.17

18 May 2017 News


The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a beating near Kiekhaefer Parkway. Sheriff’s lieutenant Cameron McGee says a woman was transported to the hospital after she was severely beaten by a male acquaintance Friday afternoon. McGee says an individual reported a female running down the side of the road, saying she was all beat up and bloody. McGee says the incident started earlier in the afternoon in the city of Fond du lac.

-30-

Nobody is injured in a one vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac. Sheriff’s captain Ryan Waldschmidt says the crash happened shortly after 12:30pm Tuesday in the northbound lanes of 41 near the Hickory Street exit. Waldschmidt says the SUV driver lost control when the 30 foot camper he was hauling began to sway as he attempted to change lanes after passing a vehicle. Waldschmidt says its fortunate that nobody was injured. Northbound 41 traffic was re-routed off the Hickory Street exit until the accident scene was cleared.

-30-

Final preparations are being made for the U.S. Open in southeastern Wisconsin where the national spotlight will soon shine on Erin Hills Golf Course. Championship play runs June 12-18. But, before the professionals arrive, Green Bay Packers players got a chance to try out the course Wednesday. Mason Crosby, Bryan Bulaga, Don Barclay, and Jordy Nelson teed off at 8 a.m. Conditions were windy. But, Crosby, a kicker, was making the adjustments he has made at so many Packers’ games. Crosby says he’s used to working with the trajectory of the wind. Nelson says he’s confident Wisconsinites and others will pack the event, which should only encourage tournament organizers to come back.

-30-

Gov. Scott Walker plans to tour the storm devastation in northwestern Wisconsin where a tornado leveled a mobile home park, killing one person and injuring at least two dozen others. Walker will survey what’s left of the Prairie Lakes Estates Mobile Home Park near Chetek. Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald on Wednesday praised the efforts of first responders. He says that in some cases, the responders left their own storm-damaged homes to help search the mobile home park. Fitzgerald says they lifted walls off people who were trapped. Tornadoes reportedly touched down in five states on Tuesday night, including Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, in addition to Wisconsin. A tornado destroyed homes in a western Oklahoma subdivision and killed a man who was trying to flee to safety.

-30-

Wisconsin counties would have more of a say in where violent sexual offenders live once they are placed on supervised release under a proposal added to the state budget. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the changes Tuesday. Under the plan, the offender would be released to the county where they lived at the time they committed the crime. Local communities would be given more of a say in where released offenders live, including proximity to schools, day care, parks and churches. Current prohibitions barring violent sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of any school, day care, youth center, nursing home, church or public park would not have to be followed. A judge would still have the final decision on placement.

-30-

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources data show that about a third of the state’s large-scale animal farms operate under expired permits, raising oversight-related concerns from residents and farmers. Many of the permits for the concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, expired in 2016. CAFO permits are issued every five years under federal and state rules, but it’s not uncommon or illegal to operate a farm with an expired permit. Wisconsin Dairy Business Association spokesman John Holevoet says the rules allow permits to stay effective until they’re reissued. Department of Natural Resources officials say staffing levels haven’t kept pace with the growing workload as the number of large farms increases. Department spokesman Jim Dick says the agency added four new positions to increase large-scale farm inspections.

-30-