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15 June 2017 News


 

Two people are seriously injured in a one vehicle crash in Fond du Lac County.  The crash happened Wednesday morning on CTH FF in the Town of Ripon.   Evidence at the scene indicates a vehicle traveling north on CTH FF crossed the centerline, entered the ditch, struck several trees before rolling over and coming to rest in a thickly wooded area.  The driver, a 24-year-old town of Ripon woman and a passenger, a 23-year-old Ripon woman were both pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.  They were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.   Speed and alcohol are considered factors in the accident. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt.

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Fond du Lac first responders are warning motorists to be on the lookout for bicyclists now that school is out for the summer. Last week there were two car vs. bicycle accidents in Fond du Lac that sent children to the hospital. Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue assistant chief of EMS, Todd Janquardt, says motorists need to be observant, making sure to pay attention to surroundings, keep an eye on traffic and put phones away. Janquardt says bicyclists need to wear high-visibility clothing, helmets and be cautious around intersections and when you are operating around vehicles.

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The state Senate passes a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s prohibition on baiting and feeding deer in counties with chronic wasting disease. Baiting and feeding for the purpose of hunting or training dogs is currently banned in counties where CWD is present as well as in neighboring counties. The prohibition is designed to slow CWD’s spread by keeping deer from congregating over bait and feed piles. Under the bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday, the ban would last three years in counties with CWD if no additional deer test positive. The ban would last two years in neighboring counties. Conservationists oppose the change, saying it will lead to the spread of CWD. Supporters say those fears are unfounded. It passed 19-13 with no one speaking against it. It now heads to the Assembly.

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Heath officials have determined the source of a norovirus that sickened dozens of people attending a festival at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds last month. Wisconsin Department of Health Services spokeswoman Jennifer Miller says the gastroenteritis outbreak at the Special Kids Day event was caused by contaminated food. Miller says multiple stool samples collected from those who became sick indicated that the illness was caused by food and wasn’t passed through physical contact. She says the specific contaminated food source remains under investigation. Symptoms of the sickness include vomiting, diarrhea, low-grade fever and fatigue. There isn’t a cure for norovirus but people have generally recovered within a few days. Event organizer Tom Leuck says all food handlers were wearing gloves while serving.

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Penalties for carjacking would be increased under a bill approved by the Wisconsin state Senate. The measure passed Wednesday comes amid increasing concerns about carjackings in Milwaukee, especially after a respected city home inspector was shot and killed during an attempted carjacking in March. The Republican-sponsored bill would make carjacking a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Under current law it’s punishable by up to six years in prison. Repeat offenders could also face 12½ years in prison rather than six under current law. Democratic Sen. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, says the measure won’t reduce the number of carjackings and that innovative solutions are needed. Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Leah Vukmir says “enough is enough” and carjackers need to be held accountable. It passed 25-7 with bipartisan support.

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