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    EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ)- A lawsuit was filed on behalf of a victim who allegedly contracted an infection after eating vegetables purchased at a convenience store chain.

    The lawsuit against Kwik Trip was filed in Wisconsin Circuit Court Eau Claire County Thursday.   It comes less than a week after Kwik Trip removed some vegetable trays from its shelves after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  According to court documents, the plaintiff, Averie G, purchased multiple Del Monte vegetable trays from Kwik Trip in Eau Claire from May 14 through May 29, 2018. On or about May 30, the plaintiff began suffering from symptoms of a Cyclospora infection. She sought medical care on June 8 and was diagnosed with Cyclospora the next day. Officials say she continues to suffer symptoms and fatigue from her illness.

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced the outbreak on June 8, warning people not to consume Del Monte Vegetable Trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip.

    Officials say 11 people in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota reported buying the vegetable trays at Kwik Trip before getting sick.

    Cyclospora causes severe gastroenteritis in humans. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis include diarrhea, loss of appetite, cramping, nausea, fatigue, fever, and dehydration. If left untreated, symptoms can last several months or longer. 


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  • 06/14/18--14:55: Starr's Car In Green Bay
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A 1967 Corvette that once belonged to Packer's Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, is back in Green Bay for the next year. 

    The car was loaned to The Automobile Gallery for display. 

    Starr won the car after being named the MVP of Super Bowl I. 

    The car was loaned by owner Steve Altieri of Wallingford, Connecticut.

    Altieri is a devoted Packer fan, he developed a connection to Packer history.

    The car is Goodwood Green, and is one of 4,293 Corvettes that had that color that year. 

    The car is complete with a black interior, a black soft top, and a 300 horsepower engine. 

    The tradition of awarding the Super Bowl MVP with keys to a new car continues today.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A former Brown County Sheriff deputy has been released from jail, completing his two-year sentence for stealing money from the D.A.R.E program.

    Kevin Vanden Heuvel will be on extended supervision for the next four years.

    Vanden Heuvel plead guilty to the charges back in March of 2016.

    According to prosecutors, Vanden Heuvel and volunteer Early Fuller would help park cars in the D.A.R.E parking lot on Packer game day but would give out fake passes and pocket the money.

    It was believed to have been going on for seven years.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ)- What used to be Appleton Papers has now officially been sold.

    The sale to Franklin Advisers Inc. was completed Wednesday and confirmed by Appvion.

    After Appleton Papers field for bankruptcy, the sale took eight months to complete.

    The $365 million dollar sale was approved by a federal bankruptcy court.

    Appvion employs about 1,250 people in Appleton and at plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.


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    OCONTO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ)- A criminal interdiction in Oconto County resulted in citations, drug seizures, and an arrest.

    The efforts on May 25 were focused in the Spruce, Oconto Falls, Suring, Maple Valley, Gillett, How and Underhill areas.

    Five people were arrested in total.

    According to Sheriff officials, one was a person with a Federal US Marshal's arrest warrant in Texas who was wanted for human smuggling.

    26 citations were issued and K9's were deployed 20 times.

    Deputies also reported the following May 25 interdiction statistics:

    • Traffic stops: 63
    • Warnings issued: 64
    • Arrests: 5
    • Positive K9 Drug Detections: 13
    • Negative K9 Drug Detections: 7

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Two Brown County committees unanimously approved infrastructure improvements Thursday night that would benefit 85-year-old Green Bay Packaging.

    It was just two days earlier that the paper-maker introduced its plan to invest more than $500 million in a new state-of-the-art mill.

    In the joint committee meeting, Brown County supervisors agreed a $5.3 million investment is worth it to keep Green Bay Packaging and its 1,100 jobs in the area. The full county board is expected to vote on the deal next week.

    The company is owned by the George Kress Family.

    Tom Sieber, a Brown County Supervisor, tells FOX 11 the ownership is an important factor.

    “I think it’s the Kress commitment they've always had to this community, going back for generations. They've been really involved in the community and not wanting to leave, I just think it shows the character of the family and the company.”

    Brown County's investment is for a Fox River Papermaking Corridor.

    The main component is the creation of a regional stormwater retention pond that businesses around Green Bay Packaging will also be able to benefit from.

    That appeals to Brown County Supervisor James Kneiszel.

    “The environmental angle of it is really super.”

    One concern a couple supervisors expressed was the timing of the project.

    Kneisal tells FOX 11 it would have helped to have more notice to have some of their questions answered and to hear from constituents.

    “I was disappointed and really would have preferred that they at least allowed a month's time to pass.”

    But Sieber had no problem.

    “I think we all know the facts and all the information we're going to need in order to make a good decision on this project.”

    Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of Green Bay Packaging, says negotiations between the company and the county started in March.

    In addition to Brown County's contribution, the city of Green Bay plans to kick in $23 million in TIF assistance. The state plans to provide $60 million in tax credits.

    Green Bay Packaging says it is vital for all three groups to pass the incentive deals before June 30th.

    “We have to look at it from a business point of view,” said Hollenbach. “We have to move very fast. If we don't get this paper machine on order, this project is going to be delayed significantly.”

    Company leaders say the paper machine order is nearly half of the $500 million investment it is making, and the order won't happen until the incentive deals are secured.

    The mill is being built next to Green Bay Packaging's current mill, off of Quincy Street. It's a 71-year-old building.

    The goal is to break ground in September and start operations in the new facility in 2021.


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  • 06/15/18--02:02: Heat Wave Rolling In
  • DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - With hot temperatures headed our way healthcare providers say you're at a higher risk of suffering from heat stroke or dehydration.

    "Once we hit the 85 or 90-degree weather the humidity is up and you start sweating and get dehydration really quickly," said Dr. Jocko Zifferblatt.

    Dr. Zifferblatt is an Emergency Department physician at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and tells FOX 11 a lot of times dehydration is a sign that you are dealing with something more serious.

    Feeling nauseous, tired and rapid breathing are also warning signs that you could be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    "For the mild symptoms you can get out of the heat, a cool shower will help, drink lots of water or replacement drinks with electrolytes, but then I would not go back in the sun for the rest of the day."

    While older adults are more susceptible to heat-related illness, animals are too.

    Dr. Terry Barker for the Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon tells FOX 11 many dogs suffer the same signs and symptoms as humans.

    "We see a lot of dogs that come in and went on a walk on hot pavement and then have heat stroke. Their temperature goes up and it's uncontrollable and we have to bring it down very slowly with medication and sometimes they still die."

    Barker also warns of animals walking on the hot ground.

    "I wouldn't want to be walking barefoot on that and no dog should be either," he said.

    Health care providers also say you need to keep your skin protected.

    You should wear sunscreen and if you can, and keep your skin covered with light, breathable clothing.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is warning everyone going boating this summer to make they're wearing a personal flotation device.

    This after an incident on the CityDeck landing.

    Just before 3, Thursday afternoon fire officials were dispatched to the landing for a person in the river that needed rescue.

    The department arrived within 3 minutes.

    A nearby boater was able to throw a flotation device to keep the person afloat while they waited for rescue.

    The person was quickly pulled from the water and no one was injured.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The U.S. Army has ordered 771 more vehicles from Oshkosh Defense.

    The $159.6 million order is for models from Oshkosh's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles line.

    Pat Williams, vice president and general manager of Army and Marine Corps programs at Oshkosh Defense, said in a news release.

    “Oshkosh is eager to continue delivering on Army and Air Force requirements for a well protected, versatile vehicle that supports a broad range of missions, both at home and abroad. With the most recent award, Oshkosh will surpass the production of the 28,000th vehicle under the current A1P2 contract.”

    The current generation of FMTV is made up of 17 models, with the ability to carry between 2.5 and 10 tons.

    The vehicles are used to support combat missions, in relief efforts and help in logistics and supply operations.

    The contract was first awarded in 2009.


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    BRUSSELS, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Some students at Southern Door High School helped raise money for a new community beehive.

    English students published a book called "Door County Land Air Water."

    Proceeds from the book went to the new hive in Sturgeon Bay.

    Max Martin, Door County Beekeepers Club President, tells Fox 11 the community hive will be used to educate people about honeybees and beehives.

    "We want it to be an educational thing so the community can come out and see the hive, see what it takes to actually have a hive. A lot of people will say they want to keep bees but they're afraid to take that first step. And maybe this will give them the opportunity to take that first step."

    Through their book sale, the students raised more than $1,700 for the beehive.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Police say a woman was injured in an early morning carjacking.

    Here's the statement GBPD sent out:

    GBPD responded to a possible carjacking at 2:00 am on 06-15-2018 at the intersection of Jamesford Ave @ Skyline Blvd.

    A female cab driver was struck in the head several times and her vehicle taken.

    Female sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at a local hospital and released.

    The vehicle taken is a tan 2005 Pontiac Montana van WI registration ACV-7751.

    If anyone has information concerning this case, please call the Green Bay Police Department at (920) 448-3208.

    You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers by phone at #920-432-7867, through their website at 432stop.


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    SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) -The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has started a 15-day public comment period before they decide to take any action with the low water levels in Shawano Lake.

    The decision was made after multiple requests were made by city, county and state officials to raise the water to prevent boat damage and injury.

    The plan would be to raise the lake water level by about four inches.

    City officials are worried that keeping the water levels where they are will affect tourism for the Fourth of July weekend.


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    MADISON, WI (WTAQ)- Oconto County Commissioner Frank Calvert has been suspended for 15 days by the state Supreme Court.

    The decision was unanimous after Calvert was accused of investigating a case on his own and lying to the litigants.

    Court documents indicate that Calvert researched a dispute between neighbors and Oconto Police, but did it without the neighbor's attorneys present.

    Documents indicate that he told neighbors that they would cited for disorderly conduct if they called police again, and told the judge to find them guilty if they appealed.

    The Supreme Court said Calvert violated rules barring judicial officials from investigating cases, he never told the police to issue citations and he never told the municipal judge to find the neighbors guilty.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- Railbirds, Green Bay football returns Thursday, July 26.

    It's the beginning of the 73rd annual Packers Training Camp at Ray Nitschke Field.  Fifteen practices, including Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field, are listed on the schedule. 

    Training Camp begins for players on Wednesday, July 25, when they attend the Packers shareholder's Meeting at Lambeau Field.

     On Saturday, Aug. 4, the practice moves to Lambeau Field for Packers Family Night, featuring a fireworks show at the end. 

    The public practices began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. Training Camp has many long-standing traditions, including players staying in St. Norbert College dorms and riding young fans' bicycles from Lambeau Field to the practice field.

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  • 06/16/18--10:57: Carjacked Van Found
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A van that was stolen after a carjacking in Green Bay early Friday morning, has been found.

    Officers say a woman driving was hit several times in the head around 2 Friday morning at the intersection of Jamesford Avenue and Skyline Boulevard after picking up passengers, who took off with the vehicle.

    Green Bay Police say they located the van on the 900 block of Edgewood Drive Friday afternoon.

    Police say as they attempted a traffic stop, the driver sped away and crashed the van shortly after. 

    Officers say several people in the van took off by foot, and four were arrested with the help of a K-9 search.

    Police Captain Kevin Warych says many questions still remain as the investigation continues.

    "What led up to that event? Where were they going? Where were they coming from?"

    He says finding the van should help answer questions.

    "That vehicle is a crucial piece of evidence because it may have the evidence that we need for suspect identification."

    Even though they are questioning the people already in custody, Warych says any information that the community can provide can also be helpful.

    "If anybody has any video surveillance from their home or any information, we want them to contact the police department."

    Police believe at least three people are still at large.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- Some Green Bay residents claim Kwik Trip pulled a bait-and-switch with their neighborhood convenience store.

    Two years ago, Kwik Trip purchased and renovated the gas station at the corner of West Walnut Street and Maple Avenue. Those in the area say the company pitched a different plan in 2016, compared to what it is operating today.

    “I liked the idea of it closing at 10 and not staying open all night,” said Tiarre Gardner, who lives two houses down from the Kwik Trip.

    A neighborhood express store is what Kwik Trip's Director of Real Estate, Hans Zietlow, pitched to Green Bay's Plan Commission when applying for a conditional use permit in April 2016.

    “We aren't going to operate these since they're going to be in denser neighborhoods, we're not going to operate them 24 hours, so as far as putting a restriction on it, that would be fine,” said Zietlow on April 25, 2016.

    As it typically does, the city didn't include hours in the permit.

    A little more than two years later, Kwik Trip is now operating the location 24 hours a day.

    “I don't like the idea just because this isn't the best neighborhood,” said Gardner.

    Gardner says she hasn't experienced any problems yet but expects to.

    “Because it happened so much with the Shell (previous convenience store), it's kind of like, to us, I think we're just kind of waiting for it,” said Gardner.

    Another neighbor FOX 11 spoke with that wasn't available to go on camera says she's already experienced issues with the new hours. She says one weekend a party bus pulled in at 2:40 in the morning and caused issues for 40 minutes. She says it got to the point that she called the Kwik Trip and threatened to call the police.

    “We've had some problems, but anywhere you go you have problems,” said Kaitlyn Carlson, who lives across the street from the Kwik Trip.

    Carlson also worked for Kwik Trip for four years at its location on Lombardi Avenue. She enjoys the new hours.

    “It's an easy place to go get food and it's always there when I need it,” said Carlson.

    “I think they're trying to find the right model that works for that store and that neighborhood,” said Kevin Vonck, Green Bay’s Economic Development Director.

    Vonck doesn't believe Kwik Trip pulled a bait-and-switch with its plans. He also says the business did nothing wrong changing its hours, but there are ways to address any ongoing problems.

    “Instead we rely on if businesses open and it causes problems in terms of maybe excessive noise, excessive lighting, where it starts to be a nuisance for the neighborhood, we do have ordinances that can help us to enforce compliance kind of through that mechanism,” said Vonck.

    We tried to ask Kwik Trip what its reasoning was for the change. However, our calls were not returned.

    While the Kwik Trip started on West Walnut as an express location, it changed its name to Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery after just a few months. A few weeks ago, the Kwik Trip name came back, hot food was added, and the 24-hour operation started.


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  • 06/16/18--11:06: Special Speedy Delivery
  • KIEL, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- A dash cam video on Thursday night shows Officer Joe Jeanty responding to a 911 call for a woman in labor.

    Jeanty was the first officer to arrive at the home. What happens next, was a surprise.

    "Everything happened so fast, I had a ton of thoughts going through my head," Jeanty said.

    Without hesitation, Jeanty hopped into the bathtub to help Angela Henschel give birth.

    "Her water already broke, 2 minutes later, she said 'the baby's coming', I looked and saw part of the head coming out so I jumped in the tub," Jeanty explained.

    "I was scared because I didn't even realize that I can dilate that fast," said Henschel.

    Henschel said Jeanty seemed to know exactly what he needed to do.

    "He confirmed that the head was out, and the umbilical cord wasn't around the neck, and he loosened the shoulder," said Henschel.

    "I use to be an EMT in the past, I did have some training in it," Jeanty told FOX 11.

    Emergency Medical Service crews arrived a short time later, but the baby boy, Kellen, had already been born. It was only 20 minutes after Henschel's water broke.

    After Kellen was born, EMS took the family to Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center.

    "I was almost nervously pacing around, waiting for the ambulance to come back, so I can find out how everybody is doing because they were gone within probably 10 to 15 minutes of the baby being delivered," Jeanty said.

    Henschel told FOX 11, Kellen is a 7.5 lb healthy infant.

    "He was sleeping all day, hopefully, he'll be showing a little more enthusiasm tomorrow," said Henschel.

    And in the year's to come, he'll learn of his incredible entrance into the world, with help from officer Jeanty.

    Officer Jeanty said he plans to visit the family for the first time on Sunday.


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  • 06/16/18--11:08: A New Way To Splash
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- Colburn Pool was ready for swimming Friday, but mother nature had other ideas.

    The opening of the pool was delayed from opening weekend to finish upkeep projects.

    The pool opened at Noon but closed early due to thunder and lightning.

    This year, the pool is equipped with inflatables, including a large obstacle course, a wheel and an action tower and diving wall, that pool rec supervisor Ann Moeller says they hope brings in people.

    “We just want to really get more people out to this pool and enjoy what Colburn pool has to offer, the setting is gorgeous; All of these cherry trees are surrounding the pool," Said Moeller. “It’s a peaceful way to spend a summer day and the more people that come out to Colburn Pool the better.”

    Moeller says they will try some new things this year to see how it is received.

    On Sunday, dads will be able to swim for free as long as there is one paid admission for each dad.


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  • 06/17/18--15:00: Niagara Roads Covered
  • NIAGARA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- Karl Hansen took video while driving through a flooded part of US 141 in Niagara Saturday. Water reached the headlights of many cars. 

    “There was a couple of cars that had been overwhelmed by water and were stalled in the road and the police were here and set up," said and the bigger cars like the truck I got thru but the smaller cars were going around detouring around the hill.”

    Hansen said he if he had to guess he would say the water pooled at about 18" deep. 

    Today that same road was left with debris and a few puddles. 

    While the city saw just under an inch of rain, it came down so fast that the drains couldn't keep up.

    "Well it was coming down in sheets it was raining so hard, you couldn’t hardly see," said Joe Nawn. "Some people were pulling off the road to wait it out until it stopped, but it wouldn’t stop it just kept coming down for like an hour." 

    Nawn said it rained for half of the day, and all of that water went to one place, downhill. 

    "There’s a lot of hills so there's a lot of run off," said Nawn. "Too much concrete not enough drains."

    Andrew and Sue Tyrcha live at the top of one of those hills.

    “The rain was done and my wife called me I was in the other room, and I came and looked and sure enough we have a river going down our road," said Tyrcha.

    Neighbors say the water all pools at the bottom of that hill on this two-block stretch of State Highway 141.

    "With the rain that we’re supposed to get we could see more flooding," said Tyrcha.

    It's a concern all over the Northern part of the state as more rain is expected. 

    "I’m kind of keeping an eye on it," said Tyrcha.


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  • 06/17/18--15:49: Fatal Bike Crash
  • RANTOUL, WI (WTAQ) -A Calumet County man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle Saturday. 

    The 50-year-old Whitelaw man missed a curve and was thrown from the bike.

    Sheriff Officials were called out the County Highway JJ.

    A 36-year-old female passenger, was also thrown from the bike, and was taken to the hospital and released.


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