Lakeshore News

Python Still Loose in Mishicot

A four foot long ball python snake thrown out of an apartment window in downtown Mishicot early Monday remains missing this morning. Its owners in an apartment unit discarded the snake after it bit the ear of their dog and was found coiled around it.

Yesterday afternoon, a Mishicot Police Department spokesman told WLTU News that officers are working with Wildlife Wisconsin in an effort to trap and capture the pyton. They added two specialized, handmade snake traps have been set.

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NASCAR Driver to Undergo Surgery

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that X-FINITY Series driver Matt Tifft will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. The slow-growing tumor was found recently during treatment and evaluation for a disc condition in his back. Tifft will undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon. Once cleared by physicians, he is expected to return to racing. David Ragan will drive the Number-18 Toyota in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway. Tifft – who turned 20 on Sunday – has made six X-FINITY Series starts this season with a best finish of eighth twice, in back-to-back races at Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway. He’s also made three starts in the Camping World Truck Series.

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Lakeshore News

Testimony Begins in Triple Fatal Crash Trial

Testimony began today (Monday) in the trial of a northwest Wisconsin woman accused of texting right before a crash that killed three of her young relatives. Thirty-five-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria faces three felony counts of homicide by negligent driving, and one misdemeanor count of injury by reckless driving. Pierce County prosecutors say Milberg was sending and receiving chat messages just before her S-U-V collided with a truck on Highway 35 near Prescott in December of 2013. Investigators found Milberg’s cellphone soon after the snow melted. Milberg’s attorney has suggested the defendant’s daughter may have been the one using the phone. Milberg’s eleven-year-old daughter Lydia was killed, along with her five-year-old nieces Clara Pavek and Laynie Jo Amos. The trial is expected to last all week.

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Lakeshore News

Snake Loose in Mishicot

The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a python snake believed to be on the loose in Mishicot.  Sheriff Rob Hermann says deputies responded to a call about 2:15 this morning from 563 Main Street apartment number 8 of a large snake attacking a poodle.  Officers met with the tenants who indicated they heard their dog yelp and found it with the snake biting its ear & coiling around the animal.  The Sheriff adds the resident proceeded to throw the snake out of the apartment and were unable to find it.  It’s described as a four foot non-venomous Ball Python and citizens are asked to call authorities if they locate it.

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Lakeshore News

Manitowoc Native Wins Miss Wisconsin Title

A Manitowoc native is the new Miss Wisconsin!

Courtney Pelot, a 2012 graduate of Lincoln High School, will represent the state at the Miss America competition in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Pelot danced to “Pretty Hurts” for the talent portion of the pageant Saturday in Oshkosh. She had competed in local pageants for two years, but it was her first try in state competition. Courtney reacted quote “I can’t believe I won the state title and am going to Miss America!” Her platform is “Open Books, Open Opportunity: Promoting Literacy in our Communities.”

First Runner-Up was Miss Great Lakes, Madeline Kumm.

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NASCAR heads to Sonoma

NASCAR heads to Sonoma in Northern California for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350, the sixteenth round of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the first of two road races on the schedule. With Joey Logano’s victory twelve days ago at Michigan International Speedway, the list of Sprint Cup winners this season grew to ten. If there are seven more drivers who reach Victory Lane over the final eleven regular-season races, then there’ll be one driver with a victory to his credit who will not get a spot on the 2016 Chase Grid – which will include only the sixteen top eligible drivers based primarily on race wins. The lone remaining driver who won last year but is still without a victory in 2016 is Dale Earnhardt Junior.

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Country News

Randy Travis Honored

Randy Travis was honored Wednesday night (June 22nd) during the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville.

Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in March, Travis was presented the Country Radio Broadcasters Inc.’s Artist Career Achievement Award, an honor presented to artists creativity, vision, performance or leadership made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.

Josh Turner, who is a longtime fan of Randy’s, performed a musical tribute to Randy at the ceremony. Josh sang “A Man Ain’t Made of Stone,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses” during the celebration at the Omni Hotel.

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Lakeshore News, Uncategorized

Update on Algoma Marina Fire

Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell announced the temporary closing of the City Marina and Crescent Beach.

Wiswell said the order to close these two popular facilities was necessitated by an overnight fire earlier Thursday morning whenthe Algoma Fire Department, along with the Kewaunee Fire Department, was dispatched to a reported boat fire at the Algoma Marina.Upon arrival, the Algoma Fire Department determined that the fire involved five large sport fishing boats located on two separate docks in the marina.A total of four boats sunk as a result of the fire. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard was also on scene to help avoid any possible environmental impact from sinking boats or leaking fuel or oil.   Booms were used to stop the possible spread of any pollutants.

“The next step in the recovery process,” according to Wiswell, “is to get the sunken vessels out of the water as quickly and safely as possible, so there is minimal damage to wildlife and the environment.”Boat owner have hired salvage contractors to aid in the cleanup and they are on the scene.   Wiswell noted that “One boat has been lifted out the water, and the dive teams and salvage crews expect the other three boats to be out of the water by Saturday.”

“Our marina is one of the most popular marinas along the lakeshore,” Wiswell said.  “As we enter into the busy fishing season the City will do everything it can to get the marina opened up, especially since the big fish,including King Salmons, are really starting to bite.”   During the meantime small craft can still launch elsewhere along the Ahnapee River, while larger vessels are being diverted over the next few daysto the Kewaunee marina for launching.   The two bridges in Algoma have a 10 foot clearance.

Tourism has become an increasingly larger part of the city’s economy over the last several decades with the growth of the sport fishing industry.   The sport fishing fleet located in Algoma is still one of the largest on Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes.

On a second front, Wiswell said that “After talking with the DNR, Kewaunee County Health Department and the State Toxicology Department, the City decided to put beach closure flags up as a precautionary move.”

Parks Director Sara Robertson said “The effects of swimming in potentially contaminated water could be a skin irritation much like a sunburn. If we deem the water to be safe tomorrow after checking for the presence of a sheen on the water, then we will remove the red flags and put the green flags back up.”

Police Administrator Dave Cornelius said “Algoma Police and Kewaunee County Deputies will continue to maintain a perimeter around the marina until further notice.”

Administrator Wiswell thanked all first responders, including police, fire and Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Management, DNRandthe U.S. Coast Guard for their timely response.

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Lakeshore News

Man & Child Killed in Fond du Lac Crash

The State Patrol continues to investigate a three vehicle freeway crash that killed an eight-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man in Fond du Lac. Troopers say the two were passengers in a car that was stopped behind a semi truck — and the car was rear ended by an S-U-V, thus causing a chain reaction crash involving all three units. It happened late Wednesday morning on Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac. The S-U-V overturned, and a 35-year-old Eldorado man who was a passenger in that S-U-V was flown to a hospital with life threatening injuries. Drivers of the car and the S-U-V were treated for non life threatening injuries.

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Lakeshore News

Dewey Street Construction Coming in July

Reconstruction of Dewey Street from S. 26th Street to 400 feet west of S. 39th Street has beenre-scheduled to begin on July 18, 2016 instead of July 11, 2016 and will run through September 30, 2016.  The project will include new doweled concrete pavement with integral concrete curb, replacement of concrete driveway approaches, replacement of concrete sidewalk at the intersections, and the installation of drain tile behind the concrete curb.  The street is being reconstructed as part of the City’s overall Street Improvement Program.  One eastbound lane of traffic will remain open during the project.For through traffic alternate routes are suggested.

 

For additional information regarding Dewey Street reconstructioncontact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Engineering Division at 686-6910.

 

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