News – October 1, 2016

Bow Hunting Not Allowed On Horicon City Property

10/1/16 – Folks will not be able to bag a prize deer on city land in Horicon this archery season. The council this week voted to disallow bow hunting on city property this season. Officials say the city used to allow hunters to kill deer during each year’s bow season, but that changed in recent years when the city lost ownership of its golf course. The reason cited for disallowing hunting was that there are not enough appropriate city-owned grounds to make it worthwhile. People can still hunt on their own property if they meet state guidelines.

Bond Set For Man Accused Of Fleeing Police

10/1/16 – Cash bond was set at $500 yesterday for a Fond du Lac man accused of running from police. David Haefner is facing felony counts of Attempting to Flee a Traffic Officer, Possession of THC, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Narcotic Drugs along with two misdemeanors. Each of the drug charges are subsequent offenses. The 31-year-old was clocked speeding in the Town of Oak Grove on Tuesday night. Haefner allegedly sped away, ignoring the lights and sirens of the squad car and blowing a stop sign. Once he stopped the vehicle, Haefner reportedly took off running through yards. Another officer caught Haefner and allegedly found drugs on him as well as paraphernalia in his vehicle. Police detected a smell of marijuana coming from Haefner and say his speech was slurred. Upon arrival at the county jail, officers required a strip search, which reportedly showed Haefner had a pill bottle with five grams of various drugs inside stashed in his underwear. If he is convicted on all charges, Haefner faces over 15 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is set for October 13.

Waupun Woman Accused Of Beating Children

10/1/16 – A Waupun woman is accused of beating her three nephews with a belt for being disobedient and lying. Leah Schlatter is facing one felony count of Child Abuse Causing Bodily Harm for allegedly leaving marks on their backs last November. If she is convicted, the 31-year-old faces up to six years in prison. Schlatter’s initial appearance is October 10.

Wisconsin Cell Phone Law Takes Effect Today

10/1/16 – Starting today, Wisconsin drivers cannot have a cell phone in their hands while traveling in a work zone. The new law makes it illegal to talk on the phone in construction areas, with the exception of using a hands free device or in the case of an emergency. Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says the change was put in place for the safety of both workers and drivers. Field says Dodge County workers encounter hazardous, distracted drivers on a daily basis, with the morning and evening commute times especially dangerous. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says there were over 24,000 distracted driving crashes in the Badger State last year. Roughly 2,000 of those crashes happened in a work zone. Violators will be fined $40 for a first offense and $100 for any subsequent offenses.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Wisconsin Deer

10/1/16 -An 18-month-old deer in a northeast Wisconsin game farm has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. State veterinarian Paul McGraw said yesterday the animal was born on an Oconto County preserve and died there — and the death required a test for the fatal deer brain disease, which came up positive. Because the animal was born on the game farm, the state will not require that other deer on the site have their previous whereabouts traced. Also, the state Ag department says hunting will continue to be allowed for other deer on the site. That’s because they would not pose a risk for CWD once they’re shot and leave the farm.

Madison Judge Orders State To Investigate ID Complaint

10/1/16 – A federal judge in Madison has told the state to investigate a report that a man got the runaround when he failed to get a photo I-D to vote in November. District Judge James Peterson ruled in July that the state must make those needing I-Ds get them for November, even if they don’t have birth certificates. But in the past couple days, media reports surfaced that Zach Moore could not get an I-D or a temporary voting card because he did not have a birth certificate, even though he tried three times. Peterson said if the reports are true, they show that the state is “not in compliance” with his court’s injunction order. The attorney general told the judge that the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles ensures that current applicants for I-Ds get them within six days and the D-M-V has promised to stay committed in ensuring that all eligible voters get what they need to cast ballots November 8th.

Milwaukee Police Changes Shooting Investigation Policy

10/1/16 – Milwaukee Police have changed their policy for investigating shooting deaths at the hands of city officers. Chief Ed Flynn says his agency will no longer rely solely on the state Justice Department as the required outside agency to investigate officer shootings. Instead, Milwaukee Police will use a team of detectives from other area law enforcement organizations. The Justice Department has agents who used to be Milwaukee officers — and critics say those agents can have conflicts when investigating their old agencies. Flynn says the change will remove the potential conflicts, and the new area investigative team can get to shooting scenes faster.

BDUSD Offering Child Development Screenings

10/1//16 – Free child examinations will be offered in Beaver Dam later this month. The school district is hosting development screenings that test a child’s early readiness skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and speech and language development. A variety of developmental materials and information will also be provided to parents. Children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 are eligible as long as they are not currently in a 4K program or entering kindergarten this fall. The screenings will be held October 20-21. People should call the district’s Educational Service Center at 920-885-7300×2134 to register before October 14.

Chef Charged With Embezzling From Restaurant

10/1/16 – A former head chef at a downtown Green Bay restaurant is due back in court Tuesday, after being charged with embezzling more than $16,000. Police say 47-year-old Benjamin Griggs wrote at least 31 false invoices to take money from Saint Brendan’s Inn between August 2015 and June 2016. He’s charged in Brown County with felony theft from a business setting. Police investigated the matter since July.

Weather Delays Highway 151 Interchange Opening

10/1/16 – State Department of Transportation officials say weather has delayed the closing of Highway 45 ramps to Highway 151 and the opening of the Fond du Lac County Highway V/Highway 151 Interchange. Both will now occur at 12 a.m. on Monday, October 10th. A frontage road is being built from Highway 45 to the new interchange, but until it is complete there will be signed detours.

Fall Festival Returning To Mayville

10/1/16 – An annual event that celebrates the start of fall’s color changing and bird migration returns to Dodge County next weekend. Mayville’s Audubon Days is in its 30th year and runs Friday through Sunday at Foster Park. Friday night’s events include a wine and beer tasting, bed racing down Main Street, and a guided tour through the city’s historic downtown district. Saturday’s festivities include a morning 5k run-walk, and the annual Audubon Days Parade begins Sunday at 11 am on Main Street. The Rock River Rubber Duck Race will wrap up the weekend at 4 pm at Rotary Park. Live music and food are available throughout the weekend.