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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) today announced that it is expanding its new Wisconn Valley Innovation Network to Green Bay, Wisconsin as part of its initiative to foster and attract talent and connect with supply chain partners throughout the Badger state.

    Foxconn has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a landmark property in Green Bay downtown, with a closing on the property and opening of the innovation center by Foxconn anticipated later this year.

    The innovation center in Green Bay will be part of a talent and innovation network for the AI 8K+5G ecosystem that Foxconn is creating in Wisconsin, and in the U.S.

    More than 200 Foxconn employees are expected to work at the center, where they will focus on developing applications for AI 8K+5G display technology that Foxconn is creating.

    The innovation center in Green Bay will serve a complementary role to Foxconn’s Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park and its innovation center in Milwaukee in cultivating a new class of vertical solution providers for advanced manufacturing processes and technologies, as well as for industries such as education, medical and healthcare, entertainment and sports, security, and smart community.

    This move follows Foxconn’s recent purchase of a building in downtown Milwaukee that will serve as both the headquarters of the company’s innovation network in Wisconsin and it's North American corporate headquarters.

    Located at 301 North Washington Street in Green Bay, the iconic building, known as The WaterMark, is a six-story, 75,000 sq. ft. office building located at the heart of Fox River Valley and that was formerly home to H.C. Prange and Younker’s Department Store.

    Foxconn broke ground Thursday on its multi-billion dollar electronics factory in Mt. Pleasant.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - On Thursday, Green Bay Police responded to a local business on the east side of the city for a report of a suspicious male.

    The initial complaint was the male was looking under the bathroom stalls in the women’s restroom. When officers arrived, they took the male into custody.

    In the investigation, they learned a 13-year-old girl had walked into the restroom and was followed by the male suspect.

    The female tried to close the bathroom stall to prevent the male from coming in. As the female tried to prevent the door from being opened, the male tried to reach underneath the door to unlock it.

    Another female who was in the restroom heard the commotion and came to the aid of the 13-year-old.

    The male suspect was pushed out of the bathroom and turned over to the staff of the business until officers arrived.

    Officers arrested 60-year-old Richard Schwantes.

    Schwantes is in custody at the Brown County Jail and we are recommending charges to the Brown County District Attorney Office of Child Enticement,-felony, Disorderly conduct, and Bail Jumping.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - With the stifling weather situation Friday, many people were looking for ways to beat the heat.

    Marie Dye says Friday morning was too hot to fish.

    "It's too hot. The fish aren't going to bite when it's over 80, and it's just too hot," said Marie Dye, Milwaukee.

    At the Green Bay Public Works Department, employees are laboring through the heat.

    Workers are allowed to wear short sleeves and mesh safety vests.

    "Days like today, we just make sure that we have enough water, and we picked up some Gatorade too, for the electrolytes, for the people that are just sweating when they're working outside," said Chris Pirlot, Green Bay Public Works Department.

    Doctors say people should drink plenty of fluids, wear light-colored clothing, or just stay inside.

    There are ways to try to beat the heat. On the hot days, Green Bay public pools can see twice the number of people looking to cool off.

    "My boys won a gift certificate to come here with the Brown County Library. So we thought this was a perfect day to use it, because it's the hottest day of the year," said Cori Frisch, Green Bay.

    Back along the river Marie Dye says she has had enough.

    "The fish aren't agreeing with us at all, so I've only been here a couple of hours, and it's not doing too good out here, so, I'm going to go ahead and go home," she said.

    Health officials say people should also check repeatedly on any family members or neighbors without air conditioning during these hot days.


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  • 06/29/18--16:15: Baby Chokes To Death
  • FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ)- Fond Du Lac Police responded to a call or an infant that was choking early Monday morning. Officers arrived at the residence on E. Merrill Avenue to help the two-month-old baby. 

    An officer that arrived on scene attempted CPR, but failed. 

    The baby was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead later. 

    Officers attempted multiple life-saving measures. 


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  • 06/29/18--16:19: Police: Have Fun, Stay Sober
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Police Department has kicked off Operation Dry Water. 

    The three-day campaign sends the Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit out on the water to keep people from operating a boat while under the influence.

    Operation Dry Water runs from June 29 through July 1. 

    Police are urging those who choose to celebrate the weekend on the water to do so responsibly. 

    Alcohol is the leading factor in recreational boating deaths. 

    BUI is illegal in Wisconsin.

    Officers stress that boating under the influence can also include boating under the influence of drugs. 

    Penalties for a BUI can include fines, jail and the need to complete a boating safety course. 

    "There are many factors when it comes to boating," said Captain Kevin Warych.

    Officers say boaters balance, vision, reaction time and all be affected, and factors like sun, wind, noise and motion can intensify the effects of alcohol and drugs. 

    Officers say passengers not operating the boat should also act responsibly.

     


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  • 06/30/18--08:00: Police: Have Fun, Stay Sober
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Police Department has kicked off Operation Dry Water. 

    The three-day campaign runs from June 29 through July 1, and sends the Green Bay Police Department Marine Unit out on the water to keep people from operating a boat while under the influence.

    Police are urging those who choose to celebrate the weekend on the water to do so responsibly. 

    Alcohol is the leading factor in recreational boating deaths. 

    BUI is illegal in Wisconsin.

    "It is not worth the time going to court, the fine and really dealing with the whole process of boating under the influence", says Captain Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department.

    Officers stress that boating under the influence can also include boating under the influence of drugs. 

    Penalties for a BUI can include fines, jail and the need to complete a boating safety course. 

    "There are many factors when it comes to boating," said Warych. 

    Officers say boaters balance, vision, reaction time and all be affected, and factors like sun, wind, noise and motion can intensify the effects of alcohol and drugs. 

    "It is a totally different perspective and different setting and people need to understand that so they don't make the decision to consume alcohol and drive a boat."

    Officers say passengers not operating the boat should also act responsibly.

    "We want them to have a good time, but a safe time."

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - On Thursday, Green Bay Police responded to a local business on the east side of the city for a report of a suspicious male.

    The initial complaint was the male was looking under the bathroom stalls in the women’s restroom.

    Green Bay Police Captain Kevin Warych says officers learned more upon their arrival.

    "What officers learned when they arrived is that a 13-year-old female walked into the restroom and the male followed her."

    Warych said that a bystander helped the situation.

    "She pushed the suspect out of the bathroom and turned him over the manager.

    Warych says the management kept the male in the business until police arrived.

    "Without their efforts of getting the man to stay, we would have had a more difficult time in tracking the suspect."

    Police identified the man as 60-year-old Richard Schwantes, and took him into custody.

    Schwantes is in custody at the Brown County Jail and we are recommending charges to the Brown County District Attorney Office of Child Enticement,-felony, Disorderly conduct, and Bail Jumping.


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  • 06/30/18--10:10: Canton Comes To Appleton
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for a traveling exhibit of the NFL Hall of Fame.

    The national traveling display officially opened Saturday

    The exhibit is 7,000 square feet and consists of multiple sections.

    It includes many hands-on interactives.

    Packers public affairs director, Aaron Popkey says it fits right in with the Packer's 100th season celebration.

    "You can experience everything up at Lambeau field; the Hall of fame, the 100 season elements, but to have this in Appleton as well, it's a great opportunity for Packers fan in the Fox Valley area," Popkey said.

    Dustin Mack of the museum says fans will notice an NFL timeline.

    "Then our second-floor gallery, there are four different sections that talk about the early day of football, the ratio strife, records, and even the science behind football."

    More than 2,000 pieces of pro football history are in the exhibit.

    Pam Seidl with the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau said a minimum of 22,000 people are expected to come.

    "There will be a two million dollar impact because when visitors come to the area, they don't just come visit the museum. They'll eat at the restaurants, they'll go to other attractions in the community and it really brings the people in," Seidl said.

    It will be open through January and daily adult admission is $15 dollars.

     


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    ONEIDA (WTAQ-WLUK) - A house explosion killed one person Saturday morning and people living three miles away say they felt the explosion.

    The Oneida Police Department said that at around 7:32 a.m. officers were called to W1520 Ray Road, where the house was destroyed, and there was a fire.   Once the fire was put out, one female was found dead.

    One man was flown to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with severe burns, and his condition is unknown.

    Officials believe it was because of a gas leak from a propane tank.

    Oneida Police Chief Rick Van Boxtel tells FOX 11

    "The incident is being treated as a criminal investigation until we find out all the facts and circumstances."


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  • 06/30/18--10:23: Careless Action Causes Fire
  • FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Officials say the careless use of smoking materials caused a duplex fire on the 100 block of East Johnson Street Friday night.

    It happened just before 10:00 p.m. 

    Crews said smoke and fire was coming from the outside of the duplex.

    Crews were able to put out the fire before it reached the apartment below.

    No injuries were reported.

     


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  • 07/01/18--11:05: Lake Death Investigated
  • WINNECONNE, WI (WTAQ) - Winnebago County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in Lake Winneconne Saturday afternoon. 

    Deputies were called to the area of Lone Willow Island by Hidden Harbor Marina for a man that was unconscious in the water.

    Deputies believe that the man was operating a personal watercraft before going into the water.

    He was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    His name has not yet been released.


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  • 07/01/18--11:10: Rat Trap Giveaway
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Brown County officials hosted a rat trap giveaway Saturday.

    Nearly 1,500 traps were up for grabs on a first come-first serve basis at the Neville Public Museum.

    The county budgeted $5,000 to buy the traps.

    Rodents have been an issue in the city for several years.

    One city official shares what he thinks are the next steps.

    "I think that really what needs to happen is both the city council; county board provided funding but now we need the organizations such as the health department, city inspection to really work together and create that solid plan and I think they're doing it. They have been in talks so I'm happy that that's happening," said Patrick Evans, Brown County supervisor. 

    Officials say to keep the rats away you should remove food and water sources that could be used as shelter and throw away garbage on a regular basis.


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  • 07/02/18--00:00: DNR Confirms Fish Kill Cause
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Final tests confirmed that VHS disease caused a large fish die-off in Lake Winnebago this April.

    "It was primarily Sheepshead that was affected."

     It is not expected to have an effect on the Winnebago fishery,  but DNR Fisheries Supervisor Kendall Kamke says VHS is going to be a concern for a while.  

    "Once we have it now, it seems that it is here and it will creep up when the conditions are right for it and we get that perfect storm."  

    Kamke said the best thing that water users can do it not spread it.  

    He says that means washing, drying and disinfecting boat and gear.  

    "The prevention comes from not moving it to other water bodies."  

    The consequence for not doing so may be more detrimental.   

    "The potential is there for this to affect some of our larger game fish and that is kind of the boogie man that we have been able to avoid so far."  

    The first VHS outbreak on Lake Winnebago was in 2007.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It's the time of year for fireworks, but police want you to stay safe and for you to be able to keep your money.

    Green Bay Police Captain Kevin Warych says it is best to leave fireworks to the professionals.  

    "Every year fireworks cause countless injuries, and cause millions of dollars worth of property damage. We really want to try to prevent that."  

    This year, the department teamed up with the bomb squad to show the dangers of fireworks by making a video on Facebook.  

    "The bomb squad detonated a watermelon with a firework that was a three inch mortar."  

    Warych says a three inch mortar can be purchased at a fireworks stand.  

    "We want people to visualize that, because what happens if that was detonated in someone's hand."  

    Warych says it also important to remember those fireworks and go up and go boom are illegal and could result in a fine up to $376 dollars and confiscation of fireworks.  


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    RIVERVIEW, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Severe weather rolled through NE Wisconsin on Sunday.

    A couple of the areas in the path of the storms were the town of Mountain and Crooked Lake in Oconto County.

    Residents and emergency crews were working to clean up the mess.

    Michael Rzepka, with the Crooked Lake Volunteer Fire Department, tells FOX 11 the downed power lines and trees had firefighters working overtime.

    "We've been checking households to make sure no one is injured."

    Rzepka says a drooping telephone line has closed off a portion of County Road W into Mountain.

    "That's a great big telephone line that runs through town. And we're not able to get it high enough, to make sure that nobody would hit it."

    Farther north up the County Road W, the nearly 60-mph wind gusts left Richard Alberts' lake cottage crushed by a massive tree.

    "He called and said I got some bad news for you. So, he sent me a picture and this is what he sent, and of course, just a pit your stomach"

    The powerful winds also left thousands in the area without power.

    Rzepka, and the rest of the emergency crews say their work has only just begun.

    "Just mayhem, trees down everywhere.".

    Clean-up work in some areas will take another day or two.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Seven people are looking for a new home after there's caught fire Sunday afternoon.

    Green Bay Metro Fire Department said the heavy smoke was coming from the east side of a building on the 1200 block of East Walnut Street just after 12:30.

    Flames were coming from the first floor and the attic.

    Firefighters thought someone was still inside and called in crews from other departments for help. That did not turn out to be the case.

    Officials say the fire caused $125,000 worth of damage.

    No one was hurt and the Red Cross is helping those in need.

    There is still no word on what caused the fire.


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  • 07/02/18--01:54: Go Fly A Kite
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Green Bay held its 6th Annual Fly a Kite festival Saturday.

    It's the biggest event through the nonprofit organization, "Family and Childcare Resources of NEW."

    The free event had everything from stunt demonstrations to kite decorating and a huge misting truck to fight the heat.

    Event coordinator Nicole Virant tells FOX 11 visitors were most surprised by something else.

    "We have kids that will come over in our shuttle and they'll see the kites over the tree top and just be like ahhhhh, and I think people are just surprised because even somebody else will come up to me and they're like you know- I thought these were just going to be like people flying their own kites... no these are huge amazing kites."

    All proceeds from concessions sales went toward programming at Family and Childcare Resources of NEW to help early childhood development in North East Wisconsin.


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  • 07/02/18--03:56: Two Stabbed, One Arrested
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Two people are in the hospital after being stabbed in Oshkosh.

    The incident happened on the 700 block of Otter Avenue around midnight.

    Authorities say the two victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Oshkosh police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with the assault. He was taken to the Winnebago County Jail.

    Cops say there is no threat to the public and they are not looking for any more suspects.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - A three-year-old child was transported to the hospital in critical condition after nearly drowning in a pool.

    Ashwaubenon Public Safety says around 6:45 last night (Sunday) crews were called to the 600 block of Linda Lane.

    The report says the child was playing with other children at a party and there were other adults inside the pool at the time of the incident.

    Bystanders, including a nurse, started lifesaving measures on the child until emergency responders arrived.


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  • 07/02/18--15:16: Good Time To Give Blood
  • ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Super Donor Day is underway in the Green Bay area, but this year's blood drive marks the 32nd anniversary and the first time that it is two days long.

    This year's event comes with big goals since the Red Cross is dealing with a shortage of donors.

    Debbie Mylener, Donor Recruitment Representative says that is because donated blood is in high demand.  

    "We find that we get into a situation where we are in critical need of blood, and we are in that need currently."  

    The goal of the first day is 230 units to collect and the goal for Tuesday is 150 more units.  

    The goal is for over 300 units of blood to be collected by Noon Tuesday  

    "Every unit of blood that we collect can possibly save up to three lives. You can imagine how many lives we can save."  

    Super Donor Day is taking place at Shopko Hall on Oneida Street.  

    No appointments are needed to donate.  

    Those who are planning to donate should be hydrated, have a healthy meal prior and should be relaxed.     

    Super Donor Day runs until from 6 am to noon Tuesday.

    The process takes about an hour. Those interested in donating can go to Shopko Hall on Oneida Street to participate.

    Super Donor Day runs until from 6 am to noon on Tuesday.


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