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    MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - The Brewers outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 in a pitchers duel on Tuesday night.

    Jhoulys Chacin, Matt Albers, Josh Hader, and Corey Knebel combined for the shutout.

    Domingo Santana brought home the game's only run in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly.

    Milwaukee will go for the three-game series sweep of the D-Backs on Wednesday afternoon when they send Brent Suter to the mound.


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    FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ) - Fox Crossing Fire Department called our last night (Tuesday) around 6 for a report of a house fire at 1104 Lakeshore Drive.

    Police first reported that smoke was visible from the exterior of the vacant home and flames were visible from inside.

    Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and found no one inside.

    The fire was contained to the kitchen.

    Smoke damage was also limited to the kitchen and attic.

    Investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was electrical.

    There's been no dollar loss estimate released.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Lambeau Field is getting some new lights today.

    The Green Bay Packers are replacing the 15-year-old stadium lights with new LED models.

    A helicopter is helping with the installation.

    The Packers say the new lights include glare control to reduce intensity for spectators.

    The lights also promise to make colors more vibrant for both fans in the stadium and watching on TV.

    LED also allows for "no flicker" slow-motion video, which will improve replay views.

    The lights will be able to be dimmed for special events as well.

    The new system includes 296 fixtures at 414 kilowatts each. That's a reduction from the old 648-fixture, 1,065-kilowatt system.


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  • 05/23/18--15:06: Shots Fired On Trestle Trail
  • FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ)- Police are investigating shots that were fired on the Trestle Trail. 

    Police Chief Tim Seaver says a man with a knife was confronted by an officer on the trail Wednesday afternoon.

    Fox Crossing officials say Fristse Park will remain closed during the investigation, but the public is not in any danger.

    At this time, injuries are unknown.


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  • 05/23/18--15:29: Building Fire In Ledgeview
  • LEDGEVIEW, WI (WTAQ)- Multiple crews were on the scene of a fire at a building in Brown County.

    The fire occurred at a building owned by Dedicated Repair on Elm View Road in Ledgeview.

    Officials say nobody was in the building, but propane tanks were inside. 


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  • 05/23/18--15:48: Dead Dogs Found
  • OCONTO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ)- Oconto County Sheriff Deputies say the bodies of four dead dogs were found on a road in Breed earlier this week.

    Officials have not been able to identify the type of dogs and no arrests have been made.

    The situation remains under investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Oconto County Sheriff's Office.


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  • 05/23/18--15:50: Body Found Along Water
  • MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ)- A man's body has been discovered in Manitowoc County.

    Sheriff officials say the body was found Tuesday afternoon along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    The man's identity and cause of death are still unknown.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- The newest members of the Green Bay Police Department were introduced to the public Wednesday.

    The Green Bay Police Department held a meet and greet with five of its newest K-9s.

    "We're really excited about his because this because this is the largest K-9 unit in Green Bay has been since its inception in 1986 when we got our first and only K-9 dog at that time," said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith.

    Neo, Bose, Drago, George, Pyro, Puma and Rocco, George and Neo were all at attention during the presentation. George and Neo are have been with the department the longest. 

    The department says at least one K-9 officer will be working every shift.

    "There will be K-9 officers working around the clock," Smith said. "We are able to help out other areas in the county if they need a dog when they don't have any dogs available from their own agency."


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ)- Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers has completed their mission of putting a valuable communication tool in all 16 Brown County High Schools.

    To help broadcast day-to-day messages and safety messages in schools, Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers board member Neil Strobel says they have been working on funding message boards for schools.  

    "We have been able to fun these media boards for the public school high schools."  

    The news was presented at De Pere High School, which is also where the idea began four years ago.  

    The idea is to give students a chance to read important messages or reminders.  

    "Typically they are in lunchrooms, gyms or wherever administration thinks they are going to get a large population of students."  

    Strobel says this time of year, messages are extra important because graduation is a time when good decisions need to be made.  


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - In spite of some fans' opposition to last season’s national anthem protests, it appears there won’t be an inordinate number of fans coming off the Packers’ season ticket waiting list of more than 130,000 people.

    The team is still finalizing numbers, but Aaron Popkey, Packers Director of Public Affairs, told FOX 11 in an email it expects the renewal rate to be in line with previous seasons.

    “We do expect it to be a typical year with respect to renewals, above 99 percent.

    The Packers had nothing specific to report on whether any fans turned in tickets because of the anthem protests.

    After three Packers players sat during the national anthem during a game at Lambeau Field in September, military mother Marilyn Limberg was among a number of fans who said they had enough of the green and gold.

    “I felt very offended, very disappointed, very frustrated that the league wouldn't do something or that even the Packers wouldn't take a stand.”

    A day after the players knelt, Limberg told FOX 11 she was thinking about turning in her season tickets. Seven months later, Limberg still has them.

    “I won't buy anymore Packers stuff. We are keeping the tickets because one of our other sons still wants to go to the games, so we still have the tickets, but I sell them to the fan club, all of them, as quickly as I can.”

    There has been mixed reaction to the NFL's announcement that players could now be fined for protesting the anthem.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin wrote on its Facebook page...

    “Telling peaceful protestors to leave and do it behind closed doors is downright un-American. The NFL players' protests have never been about the military or the flag - they're about police brutality and white supremacy.”

    Fans like Limberg, who turned away from the game, say they aren't sure about the new policy.

    “We were just discussing it in the house and we all feel let's wait and see if they really do something about it because they can talk all they want. Even some of the teams have said we're definitely not fining them if anyone wants to kneel, that's their business.”

    Limberg says it's her business whether she decides to watch again.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A place that helps families in Green Bay got some help of its own.

    Freedom House helps homeless families get back on their feet.

    Thanks to the Greater Green Bay Chamber and one its Leadership Green Bay teams, the living and dining rooms look a lot different.

    Renovations included new carpeting, paint, furniture, and heating units.

    Freedom House president, Nicole Schneider, tells FOX 11...

    "Our family room is one of the only rooms we have for families together and that space is really important to us. So it's where families open gifts Christmas morning, it's where they gather at Thanksgiving with their small families and give some privacy and a feeling of home to where they're living right now."

    Wednesday's ribbon cutting for the new space also included a check presentation of $4,000.

    Money and supplies for renovations at Freedom House came from a number of businesses and individuals from around the Green Bay area.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) – A man who allegedly set fire to his apartment, and then tried to escape naked from police, has been ordered to stand trial.

    Dmitry Morozov returns to court June 25 for an arraignment on ten charges, including arson.

    According to the criminal complaint, Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers had contact April 9th with Morozov because the downstairs neighbor complained about water coming through the ceiling. Morozov was ordered to clean up the water.

    Later in the day, officers again responded to his apartment for a fire, where a naked Morozov tried to escape out a window.

    Officers grabbed him and arrested him.

    They noticed something smoking on the stove, and a disabled fire alarm outside the apartment, the complaint states.

    Morozov denied doing anything wrong.


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  • 05/24/18--13:00: Trail Reopens After Shooting
  • FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- A Fox Crossing Park was closed Wednesday evening after an officer-involved shooting.

    Fox Crossing Police Chief Tim Seaver says they were called to the Trestle Trail in Fritse Park for a disturbing situation.

    "We were called for a man with a knife, and officers came and confronted the person."

    Chief Seaver said the man was acting erratically to people and towards officers.

    One officer fired their weapon and struck the man.

    The man died from the injuries.

    The officer was placed on paid administrative leave.

    Chief Seaver says the incident was isolated, but those who live near the trail are still not at ease.

    "Scared, like I am only two blocks away. If there is police involved and someone is on the run and they have a gun, it is very scary," a nearby resident told Fox 11.

    Fox Crossing officials say Fristse Park was closed for a period of time and was reopend later in the evening. 

    DCI is continuing to investigate.


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  • 05/24/18--15:16: Buggy Rules Discussed
  • WOOD COUNTY, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network)- The Wood County Traffic Safety Commission heard discussion on Wednesday regarding the Amish population’s compliance with the recently passed Act 228.

    County Emergency Manager Steve Kreuser says his office and the Sheriff’s office have had ongoing discussions with their Amish communities, and many have come into compliance without much coaxing.

    “Prior to Act 228, they were installing the amber lights [on their buggies]. They are currently putting two amber lights on the back and two on the front. In talking with them, they can be seen for over a half-mile now. It’s obviously helped out tremendously.”

    Act 228 went into effect on April 3rd and calls for all buggies operating on public roadways at night or in inclement weather to have a front-facing white light (headlight) and two rear-facing amber strobe lights.

    It also calls for red lights to be mounted in a way that shows the width of the vehicle.

    Kreuser says in his conversations with the Amish they have found the lights make them feel safer on the roadways. 

    “It’s quite visible now, for more than a half mile. Especially if it’s a foggy day they feel safer with the lights on as well.”

    In addition to raising awareness for the new regulations, Kreuser says his staff and the Sheriff’s staff have been active in going to Amish classrooms to teach the rules of the road.

    In those discussions, they’ve made it clear that the buggies need to be lit when it’s hazy or raining as well as during night hours.

    “We’re going to continue to work with the Amish, going to the schools and teaching the rules of the road. They’ve been very receptive of us,” he added.


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    NORTHEAST WISCONSIN, WI (WTAQ)- Memorial Day Weekend means many are heading to the campgrounds throughout Wisconsin.

    The Wisconsin State Park system starts getting busy this time of year, as many have been anticipating this weekend.

    "You do see some of the more popular parks like Potawatomi State Park really book up in advance."

    Wisconsin Department of Tourism PR Coordinator Kristina LeVan says while the big parks are booked, there are still options available for those who still want to get out camping this weekend.

    "There are some really great smaller parks around the state that have some availability.

    She also says there is another option that is sometimes overlooked.

    "Some County parks offer much of the same features that you see at State parks."

    If an overnight stay is not in the cards, LeVan says a day visit is an option for all facilities.

    The Wisconsin DNR website has a link that allows you to book a site at State Parks and check for availability. 

    https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/

    LeVan says sometime people do not show up for their reservations, and by calling the parks directly, a site might open up.

     


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  • 05/24/18--17:00: Water Should Be Boiled
  • TOWN OF SCOTT (WTAQ)-Some Brown County residents are being urged to boil their water before consumption.

    Residents who live in the Town of Scott north of Van Lanen Road should be aware of a water main or valve that failed Thursday.

    The SMU is not aware of any contamination in the system.

    The valve has been fixed, but officials say residents should still act with caution which includes boiling water used for drinking, cooking or making ice for at least one minute.


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  • 05/24/18--17:30: Extreme Toilet Papering
  • GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ)- Kimberly Clark has built a world record toilet paper tower in honor of Meijer opening their first store in the Fox Valley.

    Fourteen volunteers used 25,585 toilet paper rolls supplied by Kimberly-Clark to build the 14 feet and 3.75 inches tall pyramid in ten hours.

    The pyramid weights 11,257 pounds.

    The previous Guinness World Record was set in Brazil in 2012 with 23,821 toilet paper rolls, standing 13 feet and 5 inches tall.


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ)- Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach has returned from Washington D.C. with a positive outlook for the counties future.

    Streckenbach met with Wisconsin's elected officials in Washington DC this week.

    The County Executive brought up multiple economic development issues, including the funding for the proposed Southern Bridge.

    Streckenbach said he received a good response from the elected officials, but said there are more players in process.

    "We ultimately need the Federal Highway Administration to tell us where the Southern Bridge is going to be."

    The other question is how much will the federal government fund.

    He said it was going to 80 percent funded by the federal government, but those numbers have changed.

    "More of it will have to come from the local communities. So right now we are trying to come up with any type of grant or any type of funding that we can get from the Federal Highway Administration."

    Other topics discussed included Financial support to continue to increase the Customs and Border Protection facility at Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport.

    "We talked about things are essential for Brown County to be successful and to make sure that the support from our legislation is still there."

    He says there is still a lot of questions that remain when it comes to the funding of the proposed Southern Bridge. No formal timetable has been established for the project, which would require a bridge to be built across the Fox River south of De Pere.

    In other County news, Streckenbach announced this week that they asked for a Declaratory Judgement to speed up the process of a legal battle that the county is facing surrounding the county sales tax.

    "We are looking for some clarity so we can prepare our 2019 budget."

    Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filed the lawsuit in December of last year, stating a 0.5 percent sales and use tax was violates state law.

    Streckenbach says the lawsuit should not hold up the plans for the Brown County Arena replacement project.

    He says those plans are still in line to move forward.

    Streckenbach says they need to finalize this lawsuit so they can move forward with the 2019 budget.

     The county also put a moratorium on all new debt in place until they are able to get more certainty. He says they need to start putting the 2019 budget together, and can't afford to wait and waste taxpayer's money.

     


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    FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ) - The Trestle Trail and Fritse Park in Fox Crossing re-opened on Thursday, one day after a man was killed in an officer involved shooting.

    While many are trying to return to normal use of the area, Tiffany Sunbald of Neenah says there is still uncertainty. 

    "It is concerning because I am someone who does walk on trails and run on trails a lot."

    With Wednesday being the second shooting in three years at that location, those concerns are in the minds of many.

    To help ease the concerns, Fox Crossing Park and Recreation Department posted a message on Facebook encouraging people to go back to normal use of the Trestle Trail and Fritse Park when they are ready.

    "What happened on the Trestle Trail yesterday was a very unfortunate situation and our thoughts go out to the families and individuals involved. While we understand that there is apprehension to visit the Trestle Trail and Fritse Park again, we want to encourage you to not let fear of the unknown keep you away from something that provides the many benefits as our local parks and trails do. As parks and recreation professionals, our goal is to provide the best quality of life for our residents as possible."

    Park and Rec Director Amanda Geiser says the trail, bridge and park are safe places to be.

    "We did complete a safety audit of Fritse Park last fall and it came back very positive."  

    Geiser says a lot of their safety measures included lighting.  

    Geiser also said that she does not believe the two shooting incidents have anything to do with the location itself.  

    "We do take this very seriously, and if there are issues that need to be addressed, we will do that."  

    She says it may take time, but she wants people to enjoy the park like they used to.  

    "As time goes on, people are going to realize that it is okay to go back there."  

    Sunbald says to her it does not quite feel the same.

     "You just don't feel that same sense of safety that you used to feel, even in a nice small area like this."  

    Wednesday's shooting incident remains under investigation by DCI.  

    Police say a man was acting erratically to people and towards officers.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - It's a Brown County landmark, recently restored, to bring back it's shiny, penny like-glow.

    "When they were doing the restoration, I thought it was going to be shiny, and new," said Christopher Littleberry of Green Bay.

    But when you now look up at the courthouse dome; your thoughts might be same.

    "The reality is the sealing isn't performing as expected. We're not certain why there could a number of factors," explained Brown County Facility Engineer, Doug Marsh.

    The renovations were completed last November, but the copper has already started to dull.

    Officials say the copper sealing was supposed to last between five and seven years.

    Marsh tells FOX 11 crews from the engineering firm have been on the site this week, checking out the issue.

    "Touch it, rub it, put some cleaners on it. Get an idea of how it reacts and take some sampling that they can analyze at a lab."

    Despite what looks like a large flaw, he says the sealing only accounts for around $30,000.

    The total project cost was 1.7 million-dollars which was paid for by taxpayers.

    "The design work, the construction results have been good," said Marsh.

    "Unfortunately, this one small aspect of the project, which happens to be highly visible isn't performing as expected."

    But before discussion on how much the repairs will be, Marsh says crews first need to find out what's causing it.

    "What's the root cause, and what are the options to remedy the problem, what's the best remedy."

    Brown County officials say fixing the problem could take up to 6-months.


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