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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ)- Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews had to leave the Green and Gold Charity Softball game early Saturday after being hit in the face with a line drive.

    Matthews sufferd a broken nose, and was taken to the hospital.

    The linebacker was pitching to offensive lineman Lucas Patrick at the time.

    The game was halted for about 15 minutes as Matthews walked off the field, covering his face with his glove.

    He tweeted later that he will have surgery, but the swelling needs to go away first.


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  • 06/03/18--16:30: Kids Fish Free
  • OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WTAQ-WLUK) -It was a great day for people to hit the water for some fishing and you didn't need a license to do it. 

    This weekend is designated as free fishing weekend on Wisconsin's waterways.

    The Outagamie County Conservation Club held and event for children.

    The club's president says this particular event is a great way to get kids involved in the outdoors.

    "A lot of these kids that come out here, have never fished before, or they don't have a place to go. It gives them the opportunity to actually come out, enjoy it, and hopefully catch fish," said Mike Kohl, with the Outagamie County Conservation Club. 

    Fishing wasn't the only activity.

    Kids could also practice their archery and building skills.

    The club also had lunch ready for the kids complete with hot dogs, fruit, chips and beverages.


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    PLAINFIELD (WTAQ) - One person has died after a crash on Highway 73 in Plainfield Saturday afternoon.

    Officials say a truck pulling a camping trailer and another truck crashed into each other nearly head-on.

    Waushara County Sheriff's Officials say one of the drivers died at the scene, two others were taken to the hospital.


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ)- Fond Du Lac Police took an 18-year-old man into custody Saturday, for an incident that took place May 29. 

    Police say the Fond Du Lac man was arrested for allegedly threatening someone and showing a gun during a pick-up basketball game.

    Police were called that night to the parking lot for a third hand report of a verbal altercation that allegedly involved a hand gun. 

    Police say they were told that disagreement was over the basketball game that took place during open gym at the school.

    Officers say they were not able to locate anyone involved when they arrived on scene, but continued to investigate.

    "Through the course of the investigation for this incident, Officers were able to corroborate the allegations of a hand gun being displayed and some threats that were made towards a male victim," police said.  

    Police are recommending charges that include 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm in a school zone and carrying a concealed weapon against the 18-year-old.


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    MANITOWOC (WTAQ) - The all clear was given after Walmart in Manitowoc was evacuated for bomb scare. 

    The Manitowoc Police Department evacuated the Calumet Avenue building Sunday evening around 5:20 p.m. 

    Brown County Sheriff's Office and Green Bay Police Department K-9's assited, but no devices were found. 

    Police say no one was injured, and the investigation continues.


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  • 06/04/18--00:00: Big Plans For Big Run
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A longtime tradition and premier sporting event for the region returns to Green Bay this weekend. 

    The 42nd annual Bellin Run will step off Saturday.

    Assistant Race Director Linda Maxwell says while every year is different, the focus remains the same as it has for the previous 41 runs.  

    "It is such a great community event and celebration of people's health and fitness," she said. "For a lot of people, it is that one thing that they do every year with their family that relates to health and fitness."  

    Maxwell says the event does more than just keep the participants healthy, and said runners experience much more than just a run.  

    "It's the thrill of running through the streets, the spectator support and people out with their hoses and cheering as people go by."  

    Over 10,000 were registered early, and more are expected to register this week.

     Maxwell says new this year is a chance for law enforcement, military and first responders to participate in their uniforms.  

    "We are having them start up front, and it is an oppertunity for the community, the participants and spectators to thank these people for their service."  

    Events start Friday, with race day Saturday.  

    The Bellin Run is one of the largest 10K's in the nation.   

    Click Here to register.


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    TWO RIVERS, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - London Dairy Alpacas, in Two Rivers, opened its doors to the public Sunday.

    The annual event is called Alpaca Odyssey and lets people feed and pet alpacas. People also had the chance to enjoy a little wine tasting and peruse the gift shop.

    Members of the local 4-H club helped introduce the alpacas by walking them around the farm.

    Kevin Stoer, the owner of London Dairy Alpacas, tells FOX 11...

    "I want people to interact and know what these alpacas are all about. I don't want people to be afraid the alpacas."

    Stoer says the farm is also welcoming some new additions.

    "We're celebrating the birth of the alpacas. We just had a baby born today. We had two babies born already. We have three more on the way."

    Stoer said he wants people to know alpaca fiber is warm, stronger than sheep wool and won't make you itch if you wear the fiber.

    "It's a very light fiber. It's a very dry fiber compared to sheep," he said.


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    NEENAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - As people towed their boats in and out of Lake Winnebago this weekend, Chris Acy was there to greet them with ice packs.

    "It's a good way to keep your fish fresh."

    Acy also asked them questions like: have you taken your boat in any other body of water recently?

    “Because it could harbor invasive species such as zebra mussels or a fish disease called viral hemorrhagic septicemia that could be transported from one lake to another.”

    He was at the Neenah Rec.'s public boat launch as part of a statewide partnership with the DNR. It's called the ‘Drain Campaign’.

    The cold packs are for the fisherman and to remind them that icing down their catch is the best way to keep the fish fresh.

    Now that boat launches are at their busiest, the 'Drain Campaign' is meant to make sure people know they need to clean any plants that are stuck to their trailers or boats and drain the lake water from any live wells.

    “Be aware that you can't take any lake water with you when you leave a launch,” said Acy.

    “They have to drain all buckets, all live wells. They have to drain their bilges, everything like that.”

    Acy tells FOX 11 contamination can cause a large die-off of fish.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Stadium View Bar and Grille is undergoing some major changes.

    The sports bar is being remodeled for the first time in nearly three decades.

    Located in the heart of the stadium district, Stadium View opened its doors in 1992.

    Over the years, it has become a popular gathering place for Packers fans. Whether heading to the game or to simply cheer on the green and gold.

    “The first remodel in 26 years when I built it 26 years ago, it was pretty nice," said Stadium View owner, Jerry Watson.

    Watson tells FOX 11 plans to upgrade the building have been in the works for two years.

    Last week, crews began construction on what will be a whole new look for the sports bar.

    “There’s going to be new flooring, new windows. In the front, there is going to be great big glass windows, and overhead doors that will open."

    The upgrade follows renovations on the banquet hall, which were completed last summer.

    Watson says the entire remodel will allow for more space in the bar area.

    “The bathrooms are going to go back into the banquet hall. So, that’s actually going to add more square footage to the stadium view sports bar part of it.”

    Construction is scheduled to wrap up at the end of the July.

    “We wanted to be done by training camp. We're trying to be done for that."

    The bar will remain open during construction.

    Officials say the remodel cost is around $750,000.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Green Bay Packers offered a free youth football coaching school Sunday.

    Ryan Fencl, the Packers football outreach specialist, tells FOX 11...

    "We have some of the top high school and even some college coaches here to reach out and actually teach some 'x's' and 'o's' to the youth coaches throughout the state."

    Fencl says the school gives coaches the opportunity to sharpen skills and learn new approaches to teaching football.

    "These are the guys (coaches) that the kids are going to be looking up to. These are the guys that are going to be teaching and molding these players and, hopefully, making them realize football is fun. This is a great sport, let's continue to play year after year."

    The day started at the stadium and included a class at the Don Hutson Center in Ashwaubenon.


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  • 06/04/18--09:36: Smoke Across The Highways
  • HOWARD, WI (WTAQ)- Crews responded to a fire at Alter Trading on Badgerland Drive in Howard Monday morning. 

    Black smoke was visible and was reported to have led to limited visibility across some roadways.

    No other information about the cause of the fire has been released. The fire remains under investigation.

     


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  • 06/04/18--14:29: Bad News For FVL Fields
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - An act of vandalism may leave a High school sports facilities unusable for the fall season.

    Administration at Fox Valley Lutheran High School says their football and soccer fields suffered extensive damage after someone drove a Jeep through them in March.

    The girl's soccer team was unable to use the field this spring, and it may be the same news for football and boys soccer.

    The damage was estimated at $250,000.

    The fields will need to be regraded and resodded or reseeded.

    The sprinkler system may have also been damaged.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport has a new airport director.

    Assistant director Marty Piette will take over the position.

    Airport Director Tom Miller will be retiring at the end of the week.

    Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach made the decision to promote Piette because of his knowledge, skill set and dedication to Brown County and Greater Green Bay.


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  • 06/04/18--16:30: Boil Water Advisory Issued
  • TOWN OF WHITELAW (WTAQ)- Residents of the Manitowoc County village of Whitelaw are being told they should boil their water.

    Village officials say that is due to a water main break.

    Residents are encouraged to use boiled or bottled water for food preparation, drinking and ice making.

    Water should be at a rolling boil for at least one minute.


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  • 06/04/18--16:40: PD Rolls Out New Rank
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- The Green Bay Police Department is bringing back a position that has not been in place for over 20 years.

    "It's a Watershed Moment for Green Bay PD."

     Four officers were promoted to Sergeant on Monday.   

    Officers Mike Knetzger, Mike Luberda, Tom Denney and Brian Jordan were all sworn in Monday.  

    "This is a very historic day for the Green Bay Police Department because we have reimplemented Sergeants into the table of organization," said Captain Kevin Warych.   He says they are going back to the way it used to be before.  

    "They were removed because the chief at that time wanted to go in a different direction."  

    Warych says the new Sergeants will be able to perform the duties of patrol officer and supervisor, which helps the service that they are able to provide to the community.  

    "Not only will sergeants be taking radio calls, but they will also be doing the coaching, mentoring and leading that is needed on daily shift duty."  

    Lieutenants will still have their duties, but the Sergeants will serve as front line supervisors.  

    Chief Andrew Smith says those who make it through the application process will be sworn in on a rolling basis.

    The department can have up to 15 officers in the rank of sergeant.

     


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  • 06/05/18--02:03: Staff Sticks Up For School
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Green Bay Washington Middle School staff members defended their school at a board meeting Monday night.

    A spotlight has been on Washington for a year since a teacher outlined dangerous behavior at the school.

    The nine employees speaking Monday night applauded district administrators for trying to improve the learning environment.

    They also spoke of the positives in the school, including programs and attitudes.

    And they were critical of the news media's portrayal of the school.

    Washington Middle School special education teacher, Ashley Sireno, tells FOX 11....

    "It appears a small group of people has made negative comments about Washington Middle School or what they think Washington Middle School is like and these comments have been made into blanket statements for the rest of us. Those comments are an extreme misrepresentation of what Washington Middle School is really about."

    The district recently agreed to hire what it's calling a "turnaround partner" to focus on the school's academics.

    And a new principal has also been hired to lead that turnaround.


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    MENASHA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Old Glory Honor Flight is seeking funds to send veterans from northeast Wisconsin to Vietnam.

    It's been nearly 50 years since David Mix returned from the battlefield in Vietnam.

    He tells Fox 11...

    "When you first go there in the 60's and 70's, how can I say it, they really had nothing. I mean, I always looked it as they're so far behind us."

    Mix served in Vietnam for a year as a cook in 1969. Since returning home, that war-torn nation never left his heart.

    "I want to see what it looks like now, compared to what it was like over there."

    Mix said he also wants to re-visit the battle scenes and salute lost comrades.

    "We understand every Vietnam veteran had a different experience in the war, and that goes with every conflict that veterans have been a part of, but Vietnam is a much different place now," said Old Glory Honor Flight board member, Scott Delsart.

    Delsart said the organization plans to raise $150,000 to take 50 veterans back to Vietnam early next year.

    "We here at Honor Flight have really seen the power and the healing that comes with trips like this."

    Delsart said vets will be selected at random. He said participants will tour the entire country for about 2 weeks.

    For this mission, Delsart says anyone who served in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Thailand between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, can participate.

    "Or brown-water or blue-water Navy veteran who served in support of Vietnam, air force veterans that flew over Vietnam that sort of thing, those are qualifying veteran."

    Delsart hopes the trip will bring closure to veterans, not only from Vietnam but also back at home.

    "Imagine the power of a Vietnam veteran going back to Vietnam, a county where they returned previously, they got off the plane and they were spit on; they were treated poorly; they were shunned. Now imagine the power of a Vietnam veteran coming back 50 years later to a handshake."

    Delsart told FOX 11, it's another chance at redemption.

    The deadline to apply for the Honor Flight to Vietnam is September 1st.

    Click here to find out more and how to apply.

     


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A statewide campaign aimed at raising awareness for methamphetamine use in Wisconsin is receiving more than $200,000 in new funding.

    The devastating effects of drugs have been hitting Wisconsin communities hard, and just in the last seven years, the state has seen a nearly 500 percent increase in people using meth.

    On Monday, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that settlement money from the state Department of Justice is now being used to fund the next phase of the state's KNOW Meth campaign.

    With the money, the state plans to launch a series of educational ads.

    The state has also added new positions to help combat the issues.

    Schimel tells FOX 11...

    "Methamphetamine is back. It has seeped into our community and is altering our families, communities and we have to do something about it. Prevention is critical but it's only one part. We have also hired an assistant attorney general who works out of the Eau Claire Division of Criminal office. They will provide assistance for meth-related agencies and prosecutors."

    In 2017, the Brown County Sheriff's Department seized 10.68 pounds of meth following a five-month investigation and seven people were arrested as a result.

    Chief Deputy Todd Delain of the Brown County Sheriff's Department tells FOX 11 in total, the department made 127 meth-related arrests and seized more than 6,500 grams of methamphetamine in 2017.

    "Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we have really seen the meth issue creep in the area around 2014 when we really saw an increase in meth users and dealers. Again methamphetamine is a drug that is devastating for a family, it's the only thing that they can focus on to get that high, and they will do anything to support that habit."

    Schimel, who is seeking re-election this fall, toured the state Monday to talk about the program.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Green Bay's public school board decided it wants to take a formal stance against putting armed guards in its schools.

    Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith proposed the idea in February, a week after the Parkland school shooting.

    “As board members and as a school district, we are stewards of taxpayer dollars and it's our job to determine what's the best way to spend those dollars,” said Brenda Warren, the president of Green Bay’s school board.

    Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld joined Chief Smith at the February news conference when he first outlined his proposal for armed guards in Green Bay’s public schools.

    Smith estimated the cost to be about $2.5 million per year.

    On Monday, Langenfeld expressed interest in putting additional money elsewhere.

    “I would think that we all agree and we heard from our staff tonight how important it is that we have the right mental health resources and the additional supports in our schools."

    The school board also heard from members of the public at its meeting. Five people spoke. All were against armed guards in schools.

    “Under the chief's proposal, we are literally going to have more police officers per capita than nurses, librarians, social workers, and counselors,” said Amy Bahena-Ettner of Green Bay. “I find that offensive and highly inappropriate.”

    School board members agreed with those who spoke.

    Chief Smith was not at the meeting, but provided FOX 11 a response to the board’s stance.

    “I believe that an armed, trained, and fully vetted security official in every school will best protect our children,” Smith wrote in a message to FOX 11. “Ultimately, I don't get to make that decision, but I fully respect the choices the school board is making regarding school security.”

    On the board's direction, the school district's attorney will write up a formal motion for the board to vote on at its next meeting.


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    TOWN OF BRUSSELS, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Everyone made it out from a house fire in Door County.

    It broke out around 1:30 this morning (Tuesday) at a home in the town of Brussels near Highway XC.

    Curt Vandertie with the Brussels- Union-Gardner Fire Department tells FOX 11, the fire had a good head start on the crews.

    "Flames were coming from the roof when our first unit on scene found a majority of the house fully engulfed, flames visible through roof line."

    Several animals were rescued from the home, but a couple cats are missing.

    It's believed the house is a total loss. No word on what caused it.

    The Red Cross is helping the family.


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