News May 21, 2009

Lodi Schools Close Over Swine Flu Concerns

5/21/09 – A Columbia County high school will again close its doors because of swine flu concerns. The decision was made to close Lodi High School Thursday and Friday because of the increased incidents of influenza-like illness affecting students throughout the school day Wednesday. Columbia County Health Officer Susan Lorenz consulted with the state Public Health Department and Lodi District Administrator Mike Shimshak in making the decision. The Primary and Elementary Schools have been closed since Tuesday. The High School was also closed Tuesday, but was back in session today. All primary, elementary, middle and high school co-curricular activities are cancelled in conjunction with the school closures. Officials plan to reopen all Lodi public schools next Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday. As of today, Columbia County has 25 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.

Lomira Man Charged With Molestation

5/21/09 – A Lomira man accused of molesting a pre-school age child had his cash bond set at $50,000 during an initial appearance this week in Dodge County court. Ryan D. Davison is also charged with possession of child pornography. The 31-year-old was arrested in connection with an online sting operation conducted by the New Waterford Police Department in the state of Ohio. The police chief there posed as the mother of a 13-year-old girl on an incest website. Chief Daniel Haueter reportedly traded explicit photographs and videos with Davison as they arranged a meeting. Davison was arrested after he sent an image to the undercover agent by cell phone. According to the criminal complaint, Davison admitted that he took some of the pictures and received others in online trades. When asked if he thought it was wrong to possess the images, Davidson agreed adding, “I know the judge will probably throw the book at me.” He faces a maximum sentence of 85 years in prison if convicted. Davison will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 2.

Deferred Prosecution in Non-Custodial Abduction

5/21/09 – A Horicon woman who abducted her non-custodial child has entered into a deferred prosecution agreement. Lori Eberle faced a maximum sentence of 12-and-a-half years in prison for taking the girl to Michigan, where she was apprehended following a missing child alert. The 43-year-old has to avoid trouble with the law for the next two years or the agreement will be revoked and she will face the maximum penalty.

Non-Complaint Mowing Charge Doubles

5/21/09 – If the city of Beaver Dam has to mow your lawn this year, you’ll be charged twice what it cost last year. There was only one bid received this year for non-compliant weed and grass cutting services. The bid was from K-5 Services of Horicon for $100 per hour, which is twice the amount of the previous contractor who – after 15 years with the city – decided not submit a bid. In committee, alderpersons were reluctant to add the additional cost burden onto local residents given the current economy and some suggested hiring additional, part-time seasonal employees. But Parks Supervisor John Neumann said it would not be practical to pay for the costly equipment and put it in the care of temporary employees who could find themselves in a contentious situation. In addition to the charge for grass cutting services, property owners in violation of the city weed ordinance face a $20 administrative fee and fines ranging from $100 to $400 per violation. The city spent $10,000 in contractor fees last year. The city recoups 100% of those costs through billing; first directly to the property owner and, if needed, onto their property tax bill. The council approved the hiring on Monday.

Money Business in Fond du Lac Store

5/21/09 – He wasn’t fast, but a customer at a Fond du Lac convenience store certainly was one of the furriest. Police got a call early Wednesday morning about a man dressed in an ape-like

costume who entered a Kwik Trip store. Police Captain Steve Klein says the gorilla tried to take a large styro-foam banana display, but was unsuccessful. He fled on foot before police arrived. Klein says they didn’t find the ape-man in the area of the store, but will check the usual hangouts for the gorilla-like creature. He says that does include local zoos.