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  • 07/02/18--16:00: Bike Ride Leads To Arrest
  • MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Menasha say they found a three-year-old girl riding her bike alone on the Racine Street Bridge Monday morning, and that led to the arrest of her mother's boyfriend.

    Officers say the girl told them that she was riding to the gas station because they had gum.

    Officers contacted the mother who said the girl and her infant sibling were left in the man's care.

    Officers found the man sleeping when they arrived.

    He was arrested on multiple warrants through several agencies.


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    MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A private fund-raising effort is being done to raise money for an upgrade to the playground at Park Elementary School in Marinette. 

    The school district says it doesn't have the money to pay to fix the playground, but many are not taking no for an answer.

    Sarah Ahrndt runs a daycare across the street from Park Elementary.

    "A lot of people use this park, not just the school. We use this park for our play during the summer," said Ahrndt.

    The school's playground is one she visits often.

    But the equipment, she says, has seen better days, "The rust, the paint chipping off, the equipment getting broken."

    School officials are working to change that.

    "We're trying to raise money to expand our playground area to give our students choices," said Park Elementary Principal Beverly Schewe. "We want to engage all learners."

    Schewe says the hope is to turn the playground into an interactive learning area.

    The school will host a work day where the community can help install new areas on Aug. 18.

    "Additions we want to include, which would be a football area, soccer area," she continued. "We want to do a bunch of painting on the grounds, the gaga pit, all of those extra additions we're looking at $16,000."


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Sheriff Officials are looking for a man that they say was involved in two quick-change attempts on the same day.

    The incidents were reported to have occurred on May 18 at the Main Street Walmart in Green Bay and the De Pere Walmart on Lawrence Drive.

    Officials say the man was driving a silver-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    Investigators say the suspect allegedly used large bills and conversation to distract and confuse a cashier to give him more money then they should have.


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    TWO RIVERS, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- Emergency crews were called to a fish market in Two Rivers for a building fire.

    It happened Monday morning around 8:24 at Susie Q Fish Market.

    Officials say extensive damage was caused inside.

    The fire is believed to have started in the smokehouse of the building.

    Employees were in the building when the fire started, but they were able to get out without injury.

    Officials say the employees also attempted to put the fire out with extinguishers and garden hoses before the fire department arrived.

    "It did get out of control," said Pattie Kulpa. " A lot of black smoke over my head."

    Kulpa has worked for the market for 25 years. The fish market is a staple for many in the community.

    "Oh, everybody would be lost without Susie Q, everybody," said neighbor Gerry Genrich.

    City Manager Greg Buckley says he's also reached out to the owners to let them know the community is rallying behind them.

    "This is a significant business for our community not only economic impact and wholesale but also our history and our community identity," said Buckley.

    Genrich couldn't believe it when she saw smoke coming from the roof.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Metro Fire Department is warning of the dangers of sparklers this Fourth of July.

    Officials say they are less dangerous than the fireworks that go up in the air, but they can be dangerous if not handled properly.

    Shauna Wachholz, Green Bay Metro Fire public information officer and life safety educator, wants people to be aware of how hot sparklers can actually get, "A sparkler can get up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt metal, so that’s like giving a child a blow torch."

    Children under the age of six are not advised to handle sparklers.

    Officials say it is best to avoid the sparklers with metal handles as they tend to heat up the quickest.


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  • 07/03/18--01:29: Brewers Rally To Down Twins
  • MILWAUKEE, Wi (MetroSource-WSAU)  Brad Miller's walk with the bases loaded forced in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Brewers topped the Twins 6-5 in Milwaukee. 

    Travis Shaw tied the game with a sac-fly in the bottom of the ninth for the Crew, who snapped a two-game skid.  Manny Pina homered for Milwaukee, while Corey Knebel got credit for the win. 

    Robbie Grossman drilled a grand slam in the fifth inning for Minnesota, which blew a 5-1 lead.  Zack Littell took the loss.  The Twins have dropped four in-a-row and nine of their last 11.

    Brewers and Twins meet again this afternoon at Miller Park.


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    FOND DU LAC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A group of mothers currently serving time at Taycheedah Correctional Institution were reunited with their children last week, thanks to a new first of its kind program in Wisconsin.

    The week-long summer camp is run by Camp Hometown Heroes, a national not-for-profit organization that usually provides trauma-informed care for children of fallen soldiers, but recently the group expanded its focus.

    Neil Willenson, the Co-Founder of Camp Reunite. tells Fox 11....

    "For a child with an incarcerated parent, there's often a lot of trauma. When we were looking at a new group to serve, a deserving group that could benefit from this mixture of recreation and therapy we thought about children of incarcerated moms."

    For incarcerated mothers like Keana, she tells FOX 11 sending her kids to this camp was a once in a lifetime experience.

    "I've been here for 6 months. It's kind of hard being away from my kids every day because I'm used to being with them every day and taking care of them full time. It was really exciting, I was excited to see them and they were happy. This is their first time ever at a summer camp and I always wanted to send them to a summer camp but it was too expensive. I am grateful to give them this opportunity."

    During the day the children spend time at a campsite about 30 miles from Taycheedah, where children like Keana's son Kavon have the chance to try new activities and meet new friends before being bused to the prison to visit their mom.

    "It gives them an opportunity to meet other friends that are in the same situation as them and they can speak their feelings and not just keep a secret from the kids at school."

    For Ali, another mother serving time at Taycheedah, the time spent with her kids is a rare occasion.

    "This Camp Reunite has been awesome for our visits because I think I've only seen them about five times in the last three years. Seeing them having fun really hit the heart."

    Those who made the camp possible believe the time these mothers spent with their children will be beneficial in the long run.

    "People that are incarcerated in our system are still human and certainly their children have never done anything to be punished. So our job within the system is to provide them with every opportunity possible to improve upon themselves so they can be successful, " said Sarah Cooper the Warden at Taycheedah Correctional Institution.


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    GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - A Fox Valley community is getting $500,000 from the state to make way for a new commercial center off of I-41.

    Grand Chute demolished the former National Envelope Corporation building on the northeast corner of I-41 and W. Wisconsin Avenue last year.   The state grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will be used to help offset the costs of removing existing structures on the 28-acre site.  

    Going in its place will be a furniture store, WG&R, along with other shops, restaurants and possibly a hotel or medical facility. 

    “We are taking a huge step forward toward removing this blighted 55-year-old building on a highly visible location off I-41 and replacing it with a modern retail center,” Governor Scott Walker announced Tuesday.

    "The project will enhance the regional hospitality, and entertainment district in Grand Chute and serve as a catalyst for future top-tier commercial development," said town chairman, Dave Schowalter.

    "When you look at the state with 2.8% unemployment, this county alone, Outagamie County, has 2.4%," Walker said. "Now more than ever, we need to keep our high school graduates and college graduates here and we need to find more ways to attract more millennials, and big projects like this are all part of the bigger plans we have to do just that."

    WG&R CEO, Jim Green, says the grant will help clear some preexisting challenges that other developers couldn't overcome.

    Challenges included, "outdated 300,000 square feet building with hazardous material, creek splitting site, requiring bridge, and inadequate site access that needed to be overcome," according to Green.

    Despite the challenges, Green said he's optimistic for what's in store.

    "With over 100,000 cars a day passing this site in various directions, this is one of the few remaining premier, retail location opportunity in Wisconsin," said Green.

    The redevelopment project will cost $4 million. WG&R is expected to be complete in 2019.

    The National Envelope Corporation closed in 2014 . Since then, the building has changed hands but remained vacant.

    Other projects Northeast Wisconsin that received grants are:

    $425,000 for the redevelopment of the former Larsen Cannery along the Fox River in Green Bay. The site will be home to an office, retail and residential development.

    $500,000 to redevelop a vacant 90-acre New Page Paper Mill site along the Fox River in Kimberly. The project will include a $12 million mixed-use neighborhood including 60,000 square feet of commercial space and 800 residential units.

     


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  • 07/03/18--14:08: Jones Suspended For Two
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Packers will be making some adjustments in their running game for the first two weeks of the season. 

    Aaron Jones has been suspended for the first two regular-season games against the Bears and Vikings.

    The NFL announced that Jones was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. 

    Jones was cited in October of last year for driving with a controlled substance.   In a police report, he admitted to smoking marijuana that day.

    Jones will be able to participate in all preseason practices and games.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A settlement has been reached regarding some of the payments associated with Fox River PCB cleanup.

    For several years, the federal government and multiple paper companies have battled in court about which firm would pay what for cleanup and other costs associated with removing PCBs from the river. One of those is P.H. Glatfelter.

    According to the nine-page document filed Tuesday: Glatfelter is responsible for $686,185.81 for costs related to the cleanup of what’s known as Operating Unit 1 in Little Lake Butte des Morts. The company has already paid $131,716.60 of that bill. Of the remaining amount, the company will pay half, and the federal government agrees not to collect the other half.

    Another $282,748.95 remains in dispute and is subject to future litigation.

    The U.S. Dept. of Justice declined to comment. Glatflelter has not responded to Fox 11’s request for a comment.

    Since 2009, more than 4.8 million cubic yards of sediment have been dredged. More than 2.7 million tons of sediment has been processed and taken to the landfill for disposal.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Three arrests have been made for a shooting that took place last week in Green Bay.

    Officers located marks on the ground of Elmore Street that confirmed a shooting occurred.

    Witnesses led officers to 22-year-old Jaquan Holeman, 20-year-old Treyvon Holeman and a 16-year-old all of Green Bay.

    Police are recommending that Jacquan Holeman is charged with two counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. Lesser charges have been referred for the other two.

    Officers say the shooting was in retaliation from a disturbance at a bar the night before.

    Officers say a stolen handgun from a June theft was also recovered.

    Police are working to determine whether the stolen gun was used in the shooting on Sunday.


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  • 07/03/18--14:33: Another Avery Request Denied
  • MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A judge has denied Steven Avery’s request for her to leave the case.

    Avery continues to appeal his conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.   In the most recent legal maneuver, Avery’s attorney requested that Sheboygan County Judge Angela Sutkiewicz – who handles motions at the circuit court level – be taken off the case and replaced with a Manitowoc County judge.  Prosecutors opposed the motion.

    In a decision filed Monday, the request was denied.

    “At this time, the court finds the defendant’s motion for substitution of the judge to be premature.

    The Court of Appeals has ruled that this court should make supplemental findings regarding the evidence submitted to the defense in April, 2018, while it retains jurisdiction of the case.

    Should the Court of Appeals rule in the defendant’s favor in his appeal, he may renew his motion for substitution of judge when the court sends the matter back on remittitur,” the judge ruled.

    The evidence the judge referred to is a claim by Avery’s team that prosecutors did not turn over a CD with records before the original trial, thereby impeding his defense.

    A state appeals court ruled Avery’s attorney has 30 days from a June 7 decision to file arguments on that topic, with the judge issuing a ruling within two months after that.

    The Wisconsin Department of Justice declined to comment on the decision.

    Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted in the case. He recently lost a bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear his case, leaving his conviction in place.


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  • 07/03/18--14:36: Child Tax Credit Hits Big
  • MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - More than 555,000 families took advantage of the child tax credit before Monday's deadline.

    The rebate comes on the heels of a more than $8 billion dollar tax relief.

    Those who claimed the credit will receive their money before the start of the next school year.

    Everyone will be able to take advantage of a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday from August 1 through August 5. 


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  • 07/03/18--14:38: A Generous Donation
  • PULASKI, WI (WTAQ) - Two Pulaski companies are donating money for disaster relief in Houghton County, Michigan.

    MCL Industries and Bay Tek Games each donated $25,000 dollars to help the residents recover from last month's flood damage.

    The money will go into a fund that was set up by Saint Peter & Paul Lutheran Church.

    The church leaders will use the money for supplies for cleanup crews, household repairs and purchase food and water for the victims. 


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    MILWAUKEE, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network) - Milwaukee police are trying to locate the parents of a baby found overnight.

    The baby boy was discovered in an abandoned car seat around 2:30 in the morning on Tuesday. Police say the child is between 4 and six months old and was found wearing a grey Mickey Mouse shirt.

    He’s uninjured, but police would like to reunite him with his parents as soon as possible.

    If you have any information, call police at 414 935 7405.


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    FOX CROSSING, WI (WRN) - The municipal judge in Fox Crossing — who was also one of Brendan Dassey’s former attorneys – has been booked into the Winnebago County jail on possible charges of stalking and violating a restraining order.

    Len Kachinsky was released Tuesday. The Winnebago County district attorney has not decided whether to file formal charges.

    Kachinsky is accused of harassing his court clerk in Fox Crossing, and she got a restraining order against him.

    Because he’s an elected official, Fox Crossing leaders don’t have any authority to remove him. The Wisconsin Judicial Commission handles that and is investigating.

    Kachinsky was Dassey’s first lawyer, and he was featured on the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Manitowoc police are looking into a suspicious item that a child reportedly stepped on at the city's Aquatic Center.

    They say they received a call Monday afternoon that earlier in the day, an 8-year-old boy's foot was punctured by what could be a broken syringe.

    Police Sgt Andrew Trilling tells Fox 11 they're still trying to determine what the item was, but do not believe the pool or anyone is in any danger.

    "We can't identify it as being a full hypodermic needle or syringe, or something that someone would have used. They actually did an extra search both yesterday and today and they haven't found anything else that would be of concern to anybody."

    Anyone who knows something about what may have happened, is being asked to contact Manitowoc police.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Now that traps have been handed out, the next steps are being taken to solve rat problems in the city.

    Brown County Supervisor Pat Evans says part of the rat problem comes from absentee landlords and poor tenants, and that means the traps are just one piece of the puzzle.  "We want to continue to do the education and the traps. There has not been anything introduced yet into the city as far as an ordinance would go."  Evans says people are fined more for lighting off fireworks than harboring rats.  Last weekend, rats traps that were purchased by the county were handed out to residents who stopped by the Neville Public Museum.  The County paid $5,000 dollars and will continue to make traps available, as long as they are doing the job.  "We felt this was an appropriate expenditure," Evans said. "$5,000 dollars of a $200 million dollar budget does not impact the levy or anybody."  Evans says follow-up is the next step.  "We will be in the neighborhoods walking and talking to people to get that effect."  He says residents can still take steps to keep rats away.  Birdseed on the ground and dog feces are the two things rats are attracted to the most. 

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  • 07/05/18--01:51: Fatal Crash Mars Holiday
  • TOWNSHIP OF EMMET, WI (WTAQ) - Dodge County deputies say a man was found dead at the scene after a two-car crash in the Township of Emmet Wednesday afternoon.

    Around 2:30 the Dodge County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the crash on the Highway 16 bypass near 2nd Street.

    Only two people are involved in the crash. The other driver was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Officials say one of the drivers crossed the center line, causing the crash, and other factors of the crash are being investigated.

    Highway 16 was closed for several hours while authorities investigated the crash.


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  • 07/05/18--01:58: Rebranding Longtime Museum
  • DOOR COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Door County Maritime Museum has been a hidden gem in the small fishing village of Gills Rock, but after changing the name to Death's Door Museum coordinators are hoping it will help draw more people to the area.

    Since 1975 Death's Door Museum has been showcasing the rich maritime roots of Door County, seeing about 5,000 people each summer.

    Museum volunteer Frank Forkert tells Fox 11...

    “We have about 150 wrecks around the Door County Peninsula. So this museum is mostly about rescues, underwater wrecks, and commercial fishing.”

    However, the shipwrecks aren’t the only reason Death’s Door was added to the museum.

    “It’s actually from two Indian tribes at war that got caught in a storm and the many dead bodies,” Amy Paul the museum Executive Director.

    Along with a recent name change, Paul tells FOX 11 a new bronze statue of a commercial fisherman has also been added to the front of the museum.

    “Because this is such a rich commercial fishing village we wanted to commemorate the fishing families that spent their lives building this industry.”

    While the changes and additions were minor, volunteers for the museum said they will make the experience better for visitors.


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