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6 December 2017 News


One of three Fond du Lac residents charged with the sexual assault of a six year old girl is convicted of a lesser charge. As part of a plea agreement Tory Tuinstra pleaded no contest to an amended charge of second degree sexual assault of a child, avoiding a trial that was scheduled to begin yesterday. Two other charges were dismissed and read into the record. A sentencing hearing date will be set. Two others, Shane Berg and Ellen Neumann, are also charged with child sex assault. Berg is scheduled to go on trial January 9. Police say the assaults occurred at a Ruggles Street residence. According to a criminal complaint Tuinstra described the lifestyle in the house as dominance/submissive, telling investigators that Berg was the dominant one and goes by the name Master Wolf. According to the complaint everyone in the house wore dog collars, including the six year old victim who wore a purple collar. Neumann is accused of making the child watch three adults have sex, according to the complaint. Tuinstra, Berg and Neumann are being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on $250,000 cash.

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The nine day gun deer hunt may be over but there are still additional opportunities for deer hunters . DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says the muzzleloader season runs through today, a four day antlerless hunt starts Thursday, and the archery and crossbow seasons will remain open through January 7. The overall deer harvest during the gun season was down, but Wallenfang says those numbers can be misleading. He says people need to take into consideration the entire deer harvest over the years and its changed in that a higher percentage of the deer are getting killed in other seasons.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is moving ahead with his plans to require able-bodied adults who receive food stamps to be screened for illegal drugs, even though questions remain over whether it’s allowed under federal law. The plan was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicts with federal rules. Walker has asked President Donald Trump’s administration to make clear the drug screening is permissible. Trump’s administration has not taken action, but on Monday, Walker approved a rule change to implement the screening, sending it to the Legislature for review. The Legislature has four months to review it. Under the plan, childless FoodShare participants who fail a drug test would be eligible for state-funded treatment if they don’t have any other way to pay for it.

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Gov. Scott Walker is calling on Congress to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program which sends $115 million in federal payments to Wisconsin. Walker on Tuesday sent House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter urging renewal of the program that faces an uncertain future in Congress. Walker’s call echoes that made by Democrats in Wisconsin who have also been pushing for renewal. CHIP provides low-cost coverage to children in families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. The program helps to cover nearly 118,000 children in Wisconsin. Walker tells the Republican congressional leaders that the state has enough money to insure children into next year, but after that would have to pick up the tab if the federal government ends the program.

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