Friday, April 18, 2014

4-19-14 party patrols

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fond du Lac Police Department, North Fond du Lac Police Department, Ripon Police Department, Waupun Police Department, Rosendale Police Department, Campbellsport Police Department, Town of Ripon Police Department, Brandon-Fairwater Police Department, Oakfield Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol in partnership with Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County will be working together to crack down on underage alcohol consumption and social hosting.  “Party Patrols” will be working the weekends during Prom and Graduations. With a number of Proms coming up, our goal is to educate underage persons and to crackdown on parties where alcohol is served to underage persons. Law Enforcement will target complaints and problems areas during these events. In addition, Patrol Deputies/Officers will aggressively patrol these areas.
• 1 in 10 youth have reported driving after drinking in the past 30 days
• 1 in 6 Fond du Lac County youth have reported being a passenger in a car when the driver had been drinking in the past 30 days.
Violations can result in penalties for the underage person as well as the persons providing the alcohol and the person hosting the party. Fines can range from $30 to over $5000, depending on the circumstances, as well as the loss of driving privileges.  Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County and the law enforcement agencies throughout Fond du Lac County will be continuing to work together throughout the year to crack down on these Underage Alcohol Parties.
PROM Dates:
April 26th: St Mary Springs Academy
May 3rd : Fond du Lac HS, WLA, Lomira HS, Oakfield HS, Waupun HS, Laconia HS, New Holstein HS
May 10th: Ripon HS

4-19-14 federal appeals court upholds walker's union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.  The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.  U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.  Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling "a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers."  An attorney for the unions says he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.

4-19-14 wi supreme court-drunken driving

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.  The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.  About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.  The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.

4-19-14 judge throws out ex-bishop's sobriety tests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Dane County judge has thrown out sobriety tests given to a former bishop charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a jogger last year.  But Judge Nicholas McNamara ruled prosecutors can still use blood drawn from Bruce Burnside after the crash.   McNamara found the officer who gave the sobriety tests to Burnside did not have a reasonable suspicion that Burnside had been drinking.  Defense attorney John Hyland says he might appeal the decision. But because Burnside's trial is scheduled to begin May 12, Hyland didn't know whether the court would accept an appeal.
Burnside is charged in the April 7, 2013, death of Maureen Mengelt.  Burnside is no longer employed by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

4-19-14 west bend woman arrested in fatal owi crash

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office took a 28 year-old West Bend woman into custody this week as a result of a continuing investigation into a suspected fatal OWI vehicle crash that happened on January 23rd.  The crash occurred near the intersection of County Highway A and County Trunk M in the Town of Farmington and resulted in the death of a 70 year-old Cedar Grove man.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene after he became pinned between his truck and trailer that was rear-ended by the 28 year-old woman.  The Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation which was confirmed through toxicology testing of the suspect.  The woman is currently incarcerated at the Washington County Jail and being held without bail on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, homicide while operating with a detectable amount of a restricted controlled substance, operating while suspended causing death, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession drug paraphernalia.

4-19-14 oakfield marsh fire

A week after wildfire destroyed hundreds of acres in the Brandon area a much smaller wildfire was quickly brought under control this week in the Oakfield area.  Volunteer firefighters from the Town of Fond du Lac, Eden and Oakfield responded to a marsh fire between County Trunk TC and Dehring Road near Oakfield Thursday evening.  The fire damaged a relatively small area before it was extinguished.

4-19-14 capitol protest ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill at the Capitol in 2011.  Six people who were issued citations for carrying signs sued state officials, saying their free speech rights were violated. The tickets were later dismissed by the Dane County District Attorney's Office.  The 4th District Court of Appeals says the circuit judge made errors in dismissing the lawsuit. The three-judge panel also rejected the state's argument that a change in policy at the Capitol no longer made the issue relevant.  The lawsuit will be sent back to Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington.  The legislation that prompted massive protests at the Capitol largely ended collective bargaining for most state employees.