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Former Ripon High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault of 17-year-old student
Samantha J. Fitzpatrick, 29, formerly of Oshkosh, pleaded guilty in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court to the sexual assault of a student by school staff. In exchange for her guilty plea, charges of child enticement and exposing a child to harmful material, as well as resisting or obstructing an offic
Hazardous chemicals in derailed train cars pose little risk, Ripon fire chief says
RIPON - A Wisconsin & Southern Railroad train that derailed Monday in Ripon has hazardous chemicals on board, but residents are safe, officials say.
Wisconsin women on alcohol recovery in Fond du Lac, one of the drunkest cities in the US
Celebrating Christmas at her grandparents’ home, she watched as everyone pumped the golden brown liquid from the brandy decanter into their glasses. Thinking she wanted to do the same, she walked over and, with her tiny hand, pumped brandy and drank it straight.
State regulators shut down two Fox Valley auto salvage dealers after racketeering case
Both companies, which employ about 50 people, must stop buying scrap vehicles immediately and sell, process or recycle any vehicles and parts they already own by the end of the year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, which regulates and licenses auto dealers.
Man charged with beating FDL officers now accused of punching inmate over TV remote
Troy M. Kratz, 32, of Portage, punched and injured an inmate Oct. 1 at the Fond du Lac County Jail after the two argued about changing the TV channel from the Milwaukee Brewers playoff game, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.
Organization asks hunters to donate their 'Hides for Heroes' to benefit veterans
FOND DU LAC – As the deer hunting season gets underway, what are you planning to do with your hide? Hides for Heroes has an idea.
High school: Tuesday's sports results
Buy PhotoFox Valley Lutheran High School's Kortney Behnke takes to the court before their game against Winnebago Lutheran Academy Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Appleton, Wis. Danny Damiani/USA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinUSA TODAY NETWORK-WisconsinFullscreen
Hortonville business gives employees handguns for Christmas
Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns Hortonville-based BenShot, said the decision to give employees handguns as a gift was made as part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building.
Driver killed in single-vehicle crash, Marquette County officials say
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Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by vehicle in Dodge County
The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with law enforcement. He was not injured in the crash.
Wisconsin teacher pleads guilty to sexually assaulting a teen
Samantha Fitzpatrick, 29, took a plea deal in court on Tuesday after being charged with assaulting the teenager when she was an English teacher at Ripon High School last year.
North Fond du Lac's Aaron Sadoff named Wisconsin superintendent of the year
NORTH FOND DU LAC - North Fond du Lac’s superintendent is the best in the state, a school administrator group decided.The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators named Aaron Sadofff the 2019 superintendent of the year.The group said Sadoff’s focus on students’ happiness has created a
Waupun Police Beat 11-5 to 11-11, 2018
Missing Adult –Saturday at 2:16 p.m., police responded to an adult living facility in the 600 block of South Madison Street for a complaint of a missing resident. The resident, a 34-year-old Waupun man, was located in the first hundred block of Gateway Drive. The man was taken into protective custod
Wisconsin high school can't ban student's gun-themed T-shirts, federal judge rules
Schoenecker, a sophomore at Markesan High School, sued in April after he was told to change shirts, cover them or spend the day in an isolated cubicle. The suit contends that a ban on shirts simply because they show guns infringes on his free speech rights.
Teacher, 29, sexually abused boy, 17, for six months in her home and hotel
Samantha Fitzpatrick, 29, reached a plea deal Tuesday which saw further charges of child enticement and exposing a child to harmful materials dropped.
Wisconsin roundup: Investigators review leads, tips in alleged...
Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Schneider, 10-year-old Haylee Hickley, 9-year-old Jayna Kelly and 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson were picking up trash along a highway last Saturday when they were fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver. Another ten-year-old victim remains hospitalized. The National Alliance o
Challenging early schedule offers shot at redemption for Badgers men's basketball team
For a team replacing four starters, a string of challenging non-conference games offered both a measuring stick and, the Badgers hoped, opportunities to start building a solid resume.
Comic book store owner remembers Stan Lee
Scott Dercks of House of Heroes Comics and Games says Lee played a role in creating almost every character in the Marvel universe. He says when you think about Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, it’s insane to realize the impact Lee had.
Crash closes all lanes of I-41 at County Highway K in Washington County
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A crash closed all lanes of I-41 SB at County Highway K in Washington County Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11. WisDOT officials said all of I-41 southbound was being blocked at the off-ramp to County Highway K, and traffic was exiting at County Highway K - re-entering at the on-ramp. Th
Total loss: Family, dog escape Dodge County house fire through basement window
DODGE COUNTY - Firefighters from 12 departments on Monday morning, Nov. 12 responded to the scene of a three-alarm house fire off Goodland Road in the Town of Herman. The initial call came in shortly after 2:30 a.m. Officials say three adults, two children and a dog were able to escape through a bas