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Washington County Sheriff Clears Fond du Lac County Deputy

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A Washington County Sheriff’s investigation found a Fond du Lac County deputy did no wrong in dealing with an 18-year-old Campbellsport man who committed suicide. The man shot himself with a handgun after a slow speed chase with Sheriff’s deputies on March 24th. Fond du Lac County District Attorney

Grothman Pins Down Mylan CEO on EpiPen

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Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6) questioned the Mylan CEO about corporate greed during a House committee meeting this week. Grothman asked Mylan CEO Heather Bresch if she felt guilty about making nearly $20 million a year. Bresch didn’t answer that question directly. Instead she talked about the 600 products Mylan

Hartford Man Sentenced For Accident That Killed Wife

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A Washington County judge this week sentenced a 39-year-old Hartford man to two years in prison for a drunken driving accident that killed the man’s wife. Richard Pafford also got five years of extended supervision for the Valentine’s Day accident that killed his wife Renee. The couple had been

UPDATE: Fatal Motorcycle v. Deer Accident in Dodge County

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UPDATED September 20, 2016:  Preliminary investigation shows that Charles Thompson (52 years old, from Reeseville, WI) was operating a 2007 Honda motorcycle east on CTH C, west of USH 151. The motorcycle struck a deer that was crossing the roadway.  Thompson, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected

New FDL judge assigned to Brantner murder case

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Another Fond du Lac County judge has been assigned the murder trial for a 63-year-old Kenosha man. Judge Robert Wirtz will preside over Dennis Brantner’s court proceedings. Brantner is suspected of killing 18-year-old Berit Beck when she stopped in Fond du Lac in July of 1990. This past week

Mayville looking for state disaster aid for flood damage

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   City officials in Mayville are hoping the city will be eligible for state disaster aid following last week’s flooding. Officials said if the city reaches $18,600 in damage costs it may be eligible for the aid. Dodge County Sheriffs reported heavy rains caused a lot of localized flooding

Hotel predicted to bring major economic impact

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The reopening of the Retlaw Hotel in downtown Fond du Lac next summer will have a major economic impact on the downtown. Dennis Doucette will manage the hotel. He said they already have calculated that possible impact. Doucette said with their business model they hope to have a $20

Names released in FDL plane crash

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Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s have released the names of the two men injured in a small plane crash southwest of the County Airport Wednesday afternoon. Thomas Helm, 73, of Neenah was the pilot.  He was taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. David Plathe, 60, of

Two men injured in plane crash in Fond du Lac

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  Two men were critically injured when their plane crashed at the Fond du Lac County Airport Thursday morning.   Fond du Lac Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig said a number of people at a business off the airport property saw the plane crash.   He said it appeared the

Bread truck crashes on Hwy 41 in Fond du Lac

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A truck driver was hurt Saturday morning when a truck crashed on Highway 41 at Military Road in Fond du Lac.   Authorities said the driver was heading north, but ended up in the southbound lanes. The truck was carrying 18,000 to 20,000 pounds of bread.   The driver

Fond du Lac veteran on Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight

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Tom Scherg of Fond du Lac will be taking the Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight from the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh to the nation’s capitol with other Vietnam veterans on Friday, July 29. The first Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight for Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans was in 2013. The group will leave

Retlaw Hotel in FDL to be “affordable luxury”

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The president of the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation says the new owners of the Retlaw Hotel are a perfect fit when it comes to maintaining the historic character of the Retlaw. Steve Jenkins said Frantz Community Investors will renovate the hotel into a facility they say

Gawkers Should Show Respect, Exercise Caution

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The highway safety coordinator for Fond du Lac County says they are lucky there wasn’t a secondary accident on I-41 in Fond du Lac while authorities were handling a fatal accident in the northbound lanes Tuesday. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says people in the southbound lane and on a

Brantner Trial Reconsideration Set For 9/6

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The next go around in Fond du Lac County Court for a 62-year-old Kenosha man accused of killing 18-year-old Berit Beck will be three months from today. During a status conference Tuesday a motion hearing was scheduled for September 6th. District Attorney Eric Toney says at that time a decision

I-41 Traffic Fatality Involves 3 Vehicles

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One person was killed in a three-vehicle accident on I-41 northbound near State Highway 23 late Tuesday morning. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says two trucks and a minivan were involved in the crash; one was a semi, another was a tow truck hauling a flatbed with

Brantner Trial to See A “Do Over?”

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Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says his team is willing to retry Dennis Brantner for the murder of Berit Beck, but no official decision has been made. Toney says the prosecution and investigative teams are ready to retry the case. But Toney says there are others

West Bend Man Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

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The 56-year-old West Bend man who allegedly ran a marijuana growing operation out of his Barton Avenue home was arraigned this week in Washington County Court. Gregg Mueller (photo) pled not guilty to the two felony and two misdemeanor charges he’s facing. Authorities found 220 marijuana plants and growing

Brantner Trial: Jury says “No Verdict”

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No decision by the jury in a 26-year-old Fond du Lac County murder case. The jury Wednesday morning decided after 16 hours of deliberation it couldn’t reach a verdict on whether Dennis Brantner killed Berit Beck in the Fond du Lac area in the summer of 1990. Brantner’s lawyer,

Jury Struggling With Decision In Brantner Trial

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No verdict yet in a Fond du Lac County Homicide Trial. Jurors are trying to decide whether Dennis Brantner is guilty or not guilty of killing Berit Beck in Fond du Lac in July of 1990. At one point during deliberations Tuesday they sent the judge a note saying,

Brantner Trial: Jury In Deliberations

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A Fond du Lac County jury is deciding whether a 62-year-old Kenosha man is responsible for killing Berit Beck in the summer of 1990. The jury sat through more than three hours of closing arguments this morning. Defense attorney Craig Powell said no one can put Brantner in Fond

Brantner Decision Expected Today from Fondy Court

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It’s been 26 years since 18-year-old Berit Beck stopped in Fond du Lac on her way to a computer course for work and ended up murdered in a ditch outside of Waupun. Today a Fond du Lac County jury will decide whether 62-year-old Dennis Brantner killed her. They will

Kewaskum Woman Sentenced On Negligent Homicide Charge

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Fond du Lac County Judge Dale English Friday sentenced a 27-year-old Kewaskum woman to three years in prison and two years of extended supervision for killing a Ripon woman in a traffic accident. Heather Cleveland was texting on her phone minutes before running into a pickup that was turning.

Brantner Trial Day 10 “I did not kill her”

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A Fond du Lac County jury Friday watched a video police took with Dennis Brantner at the Kenosha Police Department in March of 2014. Brantner was living in Kenosha at the time. He was confronted with fingerprint evidence taken from Berit Beck’s van. Brantner said he had been drinking

Day 9 of Brantner Trial Puts Brothers Face to Face

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  It was brother testifying against brother during the ninth day of a Fond du Lac County homicide trial. Michael Brantner testified in his brother Dennis Brantner’s trial Thursday. He says he got a call from Dennis’s employer in March of 2014 saying Dennis hadn’t shown up for work.

Man and 8-year-old boy killed in crash on I-41

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Two people in a Chevy Cruze were killed when the driver slowed to a stop for a semi and the car was hit from behind by Jeep Grand Cherokee on I-41 in Fond du Lac Wednesday. The Wisconsin State Patrol says those killed were a 26-year-old man and 8-year-old

Day 8: Dennis Brantner Murder Trial

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Bart Naugle, a DNA analyst from the State Crime Lab told the court he tested about 30 different items from Berit Beck’s van, but got little to no DNA that would be helpful in the case against Dennis Brantner. Judy McLeod, one of Brantner’s ex-wives, also testified. She said
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