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    The city of Schofield is looking at a location for a memorial for the victims of the March 22nd, 20-17 shooting incident in the Wausau area.

    City beautification committee chair Amy Bergstrom says the favorite option is located in Dam park near where the Eau Claire River flows into Lake Wausau.

    "That is probably our top choice right now."

    They are looking at an area that has high visibility and also a place where people can take time to reflect on the four victims. The Bergstrom says the monument itself will have a section for each victim.

    "It looks like that's going to be made of glass so it's not actually going to be fueled or anything."

    They are considering other locations in Schofield, but a lot will depend on how portable the memorial is in the event it needs to be moved.

    The committee is hoping to have the memorial installed this fall following a park cleanup project in the area. If it's not installed this fall, the installation would have to wait until the spring of 2019.

     


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  • 07/31/18--02:34: Child Injured In Hit and Run
  • Green Bay police are looking for a man they say was involved in a hit and run of a small child.

    Officers say they believe 35-year-old Quinton Martin hit the child Saturday night on Western Avenue.

    Officers say the child suffered non-life threatening injuries from the incident.

    A 2000 Cadillac was found abandoned on Western Avenue by officers.

    It is believed that Martin fled the scene on foot.


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - To pray or not to pray? Voters in Brown County may soon get to offer their opinion.

    The Brown County Board opens every meeting with prayer, but that has come under recent controversy as some call it too "Christian".

    It was announced Monday that the issue could be another advisory referendum that could be on the ballot in November.

    "Some supervisors are upset because the prayer has the words God and Amen in it."

    Brown County Supervisor Pat Evans believes the current style is fine, but that it should be up to the people to decide.

    "This is part of who we are as a county government, and having a nice prayer at the beginning is fine."

    Not all agree. Supervisor Paul Ballard supported a motion to work toward amending the invocation to a moment of reflection.

    “I represent not only Christians but Buddhists and Jews and Atheists and Agnostics,” said Ballard. “I want to make sure when they look at me that they know I am serving their best interest.”

    In addition, Ballard said he believes Evans is making his proposal to get his name in the public eye while campaigning to be Green Bay's next mayor.

    “For me, prayer is a very private thing,” said Ballard. “To use it for political purposes, I think is just really grandstanding.”

    Evans says it has nothing to do with his mayoral campaign and says having the voters weigh in may end some of the debate that is taking place.

    "We should put this issue to rest and hear from the people. I believe we are well within our rights to keep it the way it is, but request to hear it from the people of Brown County."

    If passed by the board, it will be the second Advisory Referendum on the ballot, but Evans explains this referendum should be approached differently than the medical marijuana debate:

    "The marijuana issue is just that we have no say over it at all. This referendum really has more power sort to speak, to influence the county board more than the marijuana one."

    The county board's executive committee will take up Evans' proposal next Monday. The full county board would take it up at its August meeting. It must pass at that meeting in order to be on the ballot in November.

     

     

     


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    KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ) - For those commuting throughout Outagamie County it's recommended to leave a few minutes earlier for the next 90 days, as the Kaukauna urban reconstruction project has entered its third and final phase:

    The I-41/WIS 55 interchange was closed Monday, which DOT spokesperson Mark Kantola says will eventually bring motorists some big benefits

    "This project started back in March and it is reconstructing one mile of Hwy 55 from a rural section to an urban section, meaning we are expanding the roadway and redoing all the interchanges."

    Kantola says the introduction of round-a-bouts will be vital.

    "Those round-a-bouts will be able to move the traffic much more efficiently than the old stop controlled intersection."

    For now, motorists in the area are advised to follow placed detour signs and leave themselves extra time. 

    Kantola says motorists should be aware of the road closings accompanying this plan.

    "We are going to have the northbound and southbound Hwy 55 and Hwy 41 ramp shut down."

    Kantola says motorists will have plenty of options.

    "We will have detour signs up that will direct you to the County J interchange with I-41 that is just north of the 55-41 interchange.

    These road closures will continue for the next 90 days. 

     


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    HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - A 37-year-old man from Oneida has been arrested for allegedly operating a motor vehicle under the influence, which is his 4th offense.

    Daniel J. Stevens was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol at around 9:00 P.M. on Monday. 

    Stevens was initially stopped for an expired vehicle registration, but the Trooper soon detected the odor of marijuana.

    Stevens admitted to smoking marijuana earlier and was tested for impairment. 


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    TOWN OF UNDERHILL, WI (WTAQ) - The victim in a fatal traffic crash on early Sunday morning has been identified by the Octonto County Sheriff's Office as Joseph Gallagher from Fair Haven, New Jersey.

    The crash occurred after 1:00 AM as the vehicle traveling northbound on Klatt Road veered off the road and struck a tree stump.

    Gallagher, the passenger, was found deceased on the scene, while the driver of the vehicle was injured and transported by helicopter to the hospital.

    Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash and an investigation is currently ongoing. 


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    COMBINED LOCKS, WI (WLUK) - The formerly closed Appleton Coated paper mill in Combined Locks will now have hundreds of newly created jobs.

    It was announced Monday that Midwest Paper Group is investing $30 million to reconfigure the mill and create 321 jobs.

    Governor Walker was there for the announcement.

    He says they must maintain 300 jobs to get the full $1.8 million dollars.

    Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson said he wonders why these efforts are being done in the middle of a gubernatorial campaign.

    "I think it is all well and good. It is understandable that in an election year. a room full of politicians are trying to take credit for this."

    Mark Hogan, the CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says the Walker administrations intentions are clear.

    "Companies like Green Bay Packaging and now Midwest Paper, clearly is is about the workforce."

    The plan is for the new facility to produce packaging grade paper, which would be a change from the printing and writing grade paper it formerly produced. 

    Appleton Coated closed last year, which left around 600 people without a job. But in December 2017, after they were purchased months prior, they started the process of rehiring some former employees, which has them now employing around 310 workers. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay mayoral race gained another candidate on Tuesday when Peter Nugent announced in a press conference his candidacy.

    Nugent is a local business owner that was born and raised in the community.

    The current business that Nugent owns helps smaller community banks and various credit unions make lending decisions for small businesses throughout the upper Midwest area. 

     He graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1994 and later graduated from St. Norbert College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. 

     


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Ashwaubenon Public Safety is warning residents not to make friends with a turkey that is running loose in a north-side neighborhood.

    The bird has been seen in the area of Morris Avenue and Hilltop Drive.

    Officers say the turkey is not afraid of people, but that is concerning because it could lead to pedestrians trying to play, pet or feed it.

    Officers say turkeys can scratch while they are playing, so it is best to leave it alone.

    People should be mindful of possibly over-filled bird feeders, which will attract turkeys out of their natural habitat. 

    A video on remaining safe around turkeys and recommended action can be viewed on the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Facebook page. 


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The start of an "anti-smurfing' campaign was launched Tuesday in Ashwaubenon at Pick N' Save.

    The campaign is tied to the Wisconsin "KNOWMeth" initiative and is geared towards stopping individuals from purchasing over-the-counter prescriptions to sell to criminals in order to produce meth.

    Earlier this year, the state ordered that all pseudoephedrine purchases will be electronically entered into the National Log Exchange. 

    If convicted of smurfing, an individual faces six years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. 


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    Oconto, WI (WTAQ) - Six counts of sexual assault by a staff member have been charged to a 24-year-old Suring High School teacher.

    Timothy Grimes allegedly had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

    Grimes was a friend of the victim's family and spent time at her house.

    His initial appearance in Oconto County Court was made on Tuesday and he will return on August 9th for a balance of initial appearances. 

    A $15,000 cash bond was set and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim or Suring schools. 


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    ONEIDA, WI (WTAQ) - A group of students in Oneida debuted a new commercial for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Tuesday that's aimed towards distracted driving in adults.

    The ad features a mother juggling two young children in the backseat and attempting to simultaneously answer her cell phone.

     

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation states that distracted driving accounts for four times more vehicle crashes than alcohol in the state. 

    Additional information on distracted driving can be found on the Wisconsin DOT Facebook page.


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    SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A 50-year-old-man is in serious, but stable, condition after jumping out of an 8th-floor building window on Tuesday morning in Sheboygan.

    During the fall he struck a tree, then landed on the ground.

    The man was involved in a domestic violence incident and was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol according to Sheboygan Police.

    Multiple charges will be recommended against the man, including strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct, damage to property, and several traffic violations. 


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A man has been convicted of attempted homicide in the shooting of another man in Fond du Lac last November.

    Antino Jones, 32, could be sentenced to as much as 45 years in prison and 20 years extended supervision.

    The shooting was stemmed from an argument that took place outside of an area bar between Jones and another man.

    The sentencing is scheduled to take place on October 29th. 


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The start of an "anti-smurfing' campaign was launched Tuesday in Ashwaubenon at Pick N' Save.

    The campaign is tied to the Wisconsin "KNOWMeth" initiative and is geared towards stopping individuals from purchasing over-the-counter prescriptions to sell to criminals in order to produce meth.

    Earlier this year, the state ordered that all pseudoephedrine purchases will be electronically entered into the National Log Exchange. 

    If convicted of smurfing, an individual faces six years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay mayoral race gained another candidate on Tuesday when Peter Nugent announced in a press conference his candidacy.

    Nugent is a local business owner that was born and raised in the community.

    The current business that Nugent owns helps smaller community banks and various credit unions make lending decisions for small businesses throughout the upper Midwest area. 

     He graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1994 and later graduated from St. Norbert College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. 

     


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - While the government is sorting out the possibility of blueprints becoming available for how to make 3D-printed guns, local professionals are talking to FOX 11 about how practical it is.

    A Texas company was set to post a how-to-guide online Wednesday, but a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, preventing those plans from being revealed.   Although many people have safety concerns, supporters say sharing the plans is protected under freedom of speech.

    From making trinkets as a hobby to producing professional prototypes, the popularity of 3D-printing is growing.

    “Really it is whatever your mind has, there is no limit,” said Tony Vander Pas, the owner of Rapid 3D Inc.

    Rapid 3D Inc. does large-scale 3D-printing for businesses throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The company purchases 3D filament from Coex in Appleton, one of only a handful of companies in the country that manufactures it.

    “There is a lot of folks selling it on the internet, but very few are actually manufacturing it,” said Bob Rutten, the Director of Sales and Operations for Coex.

    While blueprints to make guns could soon be available online, those we spoke with in the local 3D-printing industry believe making them will be difficult.

    “You'd have to understand how an actual firearm works,” said Vander Pas. “You need to understand there is a firing mechanism, there is a pin.”

    You also would need the correct printer.

    “For your cheap $120 to $500-$600 printers, they can't,” said Vander Pas. “So, you would need higher end equipment. I think the cheapest you might be able to find is $1,500.”

    3D-printed guns have been nicknamed "ghost guns" because they don't have serial numbers and are untraceable.

    Defense Distributed, the group with the blueprint, uses all parts from a 3D-printer, except for a metal firing pin for its gun, called the Liberator.

    “And it's become kind of culturally edgy in the gun world to have your own ghost gun,” said Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed. “People want to know they have at least one or two that nobody knows about.”

    Former police officer and current NWTC Public Safety Training Coordinator Jason Weber says he would never shoot a 3D-printed gun.

    “Invariably, you're going to get some injuries, if not fatalities with this,” said Weber. “People creating this, not knowing what they're doing and then using it.”

    Federal law allows you to make a gun at home, as long as it's detectable to metal detectors or X-ray machines.

    Eight Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit yesterday to block the federal government settlement that would have allowed for the plans to go online.

    Wisconsin wasn't among the states, but Attorney General Brad Schimel said Tuesday morning that he wanted to look at the allegations in that suit.


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  • 08/01/18--02:19: A Bright Green Ride
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - If you're looking for a quick lift around Green Bay, a new bike sharing program has officially made its way to town.

    It's called 'LimeBike.' Aaron Debee of Green Bay is as an avid bicyclist.  "I ride somewhere around 100 miles a week, exclusively downtown here," said Debee.

    He says he noticed the lime green bikes popping up around downtown Green Bay right away, "The rental bikes,  I'm a part of, is absolutely ecstatic about it."

    The bikes are part of a new program launched by the city Monday called 'LimeBike'.

    "Lime is a dock less bike sharing system," said City Economic Development Specialist, Matt Buchanan. "They operate in 70 communities across the country and as of yesterday they are now in Green Bay."

    Buchanan says 150 bikes have been stationed around the Green Bay area.

    He says the way it works is you pull out the app, press ride, scan the barcode and the bike is your's for the next 30 minutes.

    Despite the city's attempt to launch a similar 'free' bike sharing program in years past, Buchanan says the new model has proven to be successful in other cities.

    "There really is some built-in accountability, the bikes have a locking mechanism right there on the back tire," he continued "In order to unlock and use the bike, you use your smartphone app."

    So what do you do when the ride's up? Buchanan says there are designated areas to drop off the bikes.

    "We have designated lime parking throughout the community mostly in downtown but are painting more," he further explained.

    And as for Debee, he says he already plans to try it out.

    "I almost thought about using it yesterday, I happened to be without my bicycle," he told FOX 11.


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    Two Rivers Police say an officer was injured after he had a run-in with an uncooperative man.

    The officers responded for a call of suspicious items on St. Davis Street Tuesday afternoon.

    The man confronted the officers.

    As police tried to subdue the man, one of the officers was stabbed once or twice in the leg.

    He's expected to recover.

    The man was arrested.

    The department continues to investigate.


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Fond du Lac Fire was sent out on Wednesday morning after they received reports of smoke coming from the computer lab inside Fond du Lac School.

    Crews assisted in clearing the building of smoke and the cause was later traced to a failed fan motor in the HVAC system, which melted some wiring.

    The school was not in session at the time and everyone was able to safely evacuate.

    No structural damage occurred, but it is not known how much interior damage was caused by the fire. 


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