News – September 9, 2019

(Beaver Dam) Organizers with the Patriot Tour took time to reflect on the past decade during a welcome home ceremony over the weekend in Beaver Dam. The city has become the official home of the fundraiser for veterans that sees one American flag travel by motorcycle through 48 states between May and September, passed along by 110 flag-bearers. In the first year, founder Bill Sherer was the lone rider and he unable to complete the journey. After giving the $2100 raised to a veteran, the Nation of Patriots regrouped and enlisted multiple riders nationwide. Sherer says when he saw the flag return home in year two, he knew the Patriot Tour was a good thing. The group this year reached the $1-million-dollar mark in funds collected for veterans. Video of the closing ceremony is at

(Fond du Lac) A man who led Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies and the State Patrol on a 29-mile chase that reached speeds in excess of 100-miles-per-hour Friday night is facing possible charges of felony Fleeing, Reckless Driving and Obstruction… once he’s in custody. He had been stopped by a sheriff’s deputy, but while the deputy was checking on the man’s ID, he took off. The chase covered parts of Interstate-41 and State Highways 49 and 26. The pursuit was terminated on I-41 northbound at State Highway 26. No injuries reported.

(Portage) The State Patrol has released the names of those involved in a fatal one-vehicle crash on Interstate 39 near Marquette County Highway CX Friday morning. Sixty-year-old Douglas Scheel of Portage was driving a pickup truck and 57-year-old Pamela Scheel of Portage was his passenger. The pickup was heading north on the interstate when it went off the road and crashed in a ditch. Douglas Scheel died at the scene and Pamela Scheel was taken to an area hospital.

(Manitowoc) Steven Avery’s attorney Kathleen Zellner is expected to make an announcement sometime today regarding his appeals process.  The most recent court ruling came last month when a Sheboygan County judge rejected his latest effort for a new trial.  At issue is whether the way investigators handled bone evidence in the Teresa Halbach murder could result in a new trial.  Avery has the right to appeal the ruling.

(Horicon) A elderly Horicon man who went missing following a fish fry at the American Legion in Horicon Friday night was found safe. Wisconsin’s Department of Justice reported early Saturday morning that the 90-year-old had been found safe. He had last been seen at the fish fry around 5pm but had not returned home by 11:30pm. A Silver Alert had been issued for him with his description but was cancelled after her was found safe.

(Juneau) Signs have been installed making it officially legal to ride an ATV on the streets of Juneau. The common council in May approved an ordinance that allows off-road vehicles to travel through the city. An ATV group petitioned the city council, as part of a larger effort to ride from Jefferson County to Sheboygan County. There are roughly 200 miles of zig-zagging trails for ATV’s designated with signage in a system from Waterloo to Theresa, using primarily town roads with county roads as connectors. Juneau Police Chief Dave Beal noted in a social media post over the weekend that anyone operating an ATV/UTV must hold a valid driver’s license and follow all traffic laws.

(Fond du Lac) A python on the loose at Fond du Lac High School has been found.  School officials posting on Twitter that Kai was located Friday night and is back with its owner.  They did not share where it was found.  The three-foot long ball python escaped its cage inside a science classroom over the Labor Day weekend.