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    Last Update 11:59  pm 

    (Winners are in uppercase and italics)

    Election Results For Midterm Primary Election


    Republican Primary - Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    SCOTT WALKER- 417,654  92%

    Robert Meyer- 38,353   8%


    Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 99%     - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    TONY EVERS- 224,544   42%

    Mahlon Mitchell- 88,090  16%

    Kelda Helen Roys- 68,965  13%

    Kathleen Vinehout- 43,988  8%

    Mike McCabe- 39,756  7%

    Matt Flynn- 31,546   6%

    Paul Soglin- 28,148  5%

    Andy Gronik- 6,664  1%

    Dana Wachs- 4,210  1%

    Josh Pade- 1,929   1%



    Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%     - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    MANDELA BARNES- 326,133  68%

    Kurt Kober- 153,727   32%



    Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%     - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    DOUG LA FOLLETTE- 326,618   66%

    Arvina Martin- 168,755   34%


    Republican Primary - Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    JAY SCHRODER- 254,249    71%

    Spencer Zimmerman- 102,489   29%



    Republican Primary - Percent Reporting-100%  - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    TRAVIS HARTWIG- 260,884    72%

    Jill Millies- 100,028     28%


    Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%     - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    SARAH GODLEWSKI- 200,540  43%

    Dawn Marie Sass- 149,006   32%

    Cynthia Kaump- 112,195   24%



    Republican Primary - Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 3641 of 3641

    LEAH VUKMIR- 217,023   49%

    Kevin Nicholson- 190,040  43%

    George Lucia- 18,803   4%

    Griffin Jones- 8,764   2%

    Charles Barman- 7,937  2%



    District 1- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 97 of 97

    ANDRE JACQUE- 11,808  76%

    Bill Nauta-  3,674  24%


    District 19- Democratic Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 87 of 87

    LEE SNODGRASS- 8,157  64%

    Dan Grady- 4,584  36%



    Assembly District 2- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%  - Precincts Reporting- 30 of 30

    SHAE SORTWELL- 2,709  55%

    Dean Raasch- 2,220  45%


    Assembly District 6- Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%-  Precincts Reporting- 47 of 47

    RICHARD SARNWICK- 1,453  61%

    William Switalla- 919  39%


    Assembly District 56- Democrat Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 39 of 39

    DIANA LAWRENCE-2,423  59%

    John Cuff- 1,687   41%


    Assembly District 59- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 32 of 32

    TIMOTHY RAMTHUN- 2,851  34%

    Ty Bodden-2,556  31%

    Rachel Mixon- 2,164  26%

    Ken Depperman- 709  9%



    Calumet County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 36 of 36

    MARK WIEGERT- 2,961  51%

    Jeff Hebl- 2,813  49%

    Sean Pringle- 0


    Fond Du Lac County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 67 of 67

    RYAN WALDSCHMIDT- 9,054   82%

    Mike Norton- 2,048  18%


    Marinette County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 28 of 28

    JERRY SAUVE- 2,872  52%

    Fred Popp- 2,688   48%


    Oconto County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 29 of 29

    TODD SKARBAN- 4,504  68%

    Ed Janke- 2,144  32%


     Outagamie County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting-100%- Precincts Reporting- 99 of 99

    CLINT KRIEWALDT- 11,957  74%

    Alexander Bebris- 2,364   15%

    John Brylski- 1,902  12%


    Shawano County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 43 of 43

    ADAM BIEBER- 3,672  60%

    John Gutho- 2,469  40%


    Waupaca County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 97%- Precincts Reporting- 39 of 39

    TIMOTHY WILZ- 3,464   72%

    Brad Hardel- 1,345   28%

    (Sheriff Hardel announced in June that he will retire, but is still on the ballot.)



    Marinette County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 28 of 28

    CARRIE BRAZEAU - 2,622  51%

    Sheila Dudka- 2,491- 49%


    Winnebago County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100% - Precincts Reporting- 87 of 87

    MELISSA PINGEL- 5,221  56%

    Theresa Griese- 4,086  44%



    Outagamie County- Republican Primary- Percent Reporting- 100%- Precincts Reporting- 99 of 99

    DOUG BARTELT- 9,609  73%

    Westcot Krieger- 3,585   27% 



    Freedom Municipal Complex   100% Reporting

    9.7 MILLION DOLLARS- 650  60%

    11.480 Million Dollars- 439    40%


    Greenville- $6.5 Million For A New Fire Safety Building  - 100% Reporting

    YES- 1,895 - 58%

    No- 1,385 - 42%



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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Republican State Representative Andre Jacque has earned the right to once again take on Democrat Caleb Frostman for the District 1 Wisconsin State Senate seat in November. 

    Jacque had a convincing win over Bill Nauta, earning 76 percent of the vote. 


    ANDRE JACQUE- 11,808  76%

    Bill Nauta-  3,674  24%

    Back in June, Frostman defeated Jacque in a special election. 

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    SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - "We are not done yet." That was the message that Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber told his supporters late Tuesday night after winning a contentious race in the Republican Primary.

    Bieber collected 60 percent of the votes, defeating the highly experienced John Gutho in Tuesday's Primary, but now has to go back to the campaign trail.  

    "This was a big win. John Gutho is a good candidate and an accomplished candidate, but the voters sent a big message that they like how things are going."  

    Bieber won by just over 1,200 votes. He swept the city of Shawano wards and showed strong support in the municipalities near the city of Shawano.

    Gutho opened up the evening with a lead, getting high totals in areas in Western Shawano County where he lives.  

    While many of the area county Republican Sheriff Primary winners will be running unopposed in November, in Shawano County, Bieber now has to face another opponent.   

    "The history of Shawano County, Sheriff races have always been contested."    

    While his opponent spent the campaign talking about what he would do, Bieber says he was able to campaign on what he has done in his first four years.  

    "I think they believe in the message that we have been preaching for the last for years that we all need to take personal responsibility, that we all have to be invested in making our community better, and that we all need to be prepared, we can't just dial 911 and wait for someone else to do it."  

    In November, Bieber will be challenged by Independent Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie, who is expected to get support form the Gutho supporters.   

    "We are going to be busy. We are going to be going to different events, talking to people door to door, through media and we are going to be keeping on with pushing our message."  

    That message has been centered around encouraging the community to look out for themselves and others, highway safety, school safety, and an overall better relationship with other law enforcement and county officials.  

    He told his supporters that they should prepare for another contentious race.  

    "Even our supporters are getting attacked now because our opponents do not have a message."  

    For now, Bieber calls it a big win and is taking this victory in before hitting the trail again. 

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    CHICAGO, IL (WTAQ) - Ryan Braun hit two-run homers in the first and third innings as the Milwaukee Brewers bashed the Chicago Cubs 7-0 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday afternoon.

    Lorenzo Cain homered to lead off the game for the Crew, who moved within two games of Chicago for the NL Central lead. Erik Kratz also went deep and drove in two in the victory.

    Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 over seven innings for the win, improving his record to 12-4.

    Jose Quintana was tagged for five runs in as many frames to suffer the loss. The Cubs managed just three hits in defeat.

    The Brewers try to sweep their two-game series with the Cubs this afternoon in Chicago.

    Junior Guerra will take the mound for the Crew. The Cubs will send out Kyle Hendricks.

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  • 08/15/18--02:29: New Sheriff In Town
  • FREEDOM, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - "I know there's a lot of hard work coming ahead of me, and a big learning curve, but I'm excited for that process to begin.

    The words of Republican primary for Outagamie County sheriff winner Clint Kriewaldt.

    Kriewaldt is now one step away from being the next sheriff of Outagamie County.

    He and contenders John Brylski and Alex Bebris were all battling to take Brad Gehring's place as Outagamie Sheriff.

    Kriewaldt won the three-way Republican primary election Tuesday night in a landslide.

    With more than 70 percent of the votes, the Super Bowl winner pulled off yet another victory.

    Kriewaldt captured 74 percent of the vote, with Bebris pulling in 15 percent and Brylski receiving 12 percent.

    Kriewaldt tells FOX 11...

    "I'm very happy, and I'm very humbled to just to see the support that I got through the community, the support that I have within our's been outstanding."

    Kriewaldt is currently a sergeant in the sheriff's department, where he's been employed for the past eight years.

    The Outagamie Sheriff's Department is one of the largest in the state.

    The new sheriff will head a department with a $20 million budget that has about 200 employees.

    Kriewaldt tells FOX 11 he wants to tackle a few ongoing issues he believes the county is currently facing, including school safety, opioid abuse and problems a recent audit of the county jail revealed.

    "School safety has been a top priority for me, the drug epidemic that's occurring in our community, and also the jail -- you've seen with the audit that we had, there are some medical issues that we're currently addressing. We've got a plan put together, and we've got to make sure our inmates are properly taken care of."

    Kriewaldt is a former NFL player and was on the Super Bowl XL-winning Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2005 season.

    With no Democrat in the race, he will run unopposed in the general election this fall.

    The next sheriff will succeed Brad Gehring, who is retiring after 28 years on the job.

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    OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A man accused of trafficking women in at least nine states was arrested in Appleton and is currently being held in the Outagamie County Jail.

    39-year-old Glenwood Brown Jr. of Chicago was arrested on August 7 and court documents allege he trafficked two women out of hotel rooms in Appleton and Grand Chute.

    Brown posted advertisements for prostitution services in nine different states, according to prosecutors. 

    He is due back in court on Thursday and a $25,000 cash bond has been set.

    Brown is facing two felony counts of receiving compensation for human trafficking. 

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Police responded to a pair of shootings Tuesday. Officers have one suspect in custody and say one is still at large.

    Officers responded to East Walnut Street for a report of shots fired around 4:40 Tuesday afternoon. Officers learned of the location of the shooting and quickly set up a perimeter around the area. 

    Spent shell casings from a 9mm handgun and a vehicle with bullet holes in it were located during the investigation.

    Officers later learned that a separate shooting had occurred at the Laundromat on South Webster Avenue, following a disturbance involving weapons.

    Officers were able to locate a bullet hole in the wall and started to investigate it as a crime scene.

    During the investigations, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Doty for a male that had injuries that were consistent with a gunshot wound. The victim was determined to be a juvenile, was provided medical assistance and then released.

    Investigators were able to recover some video surveillance that captured the Laundromat shooting, and along with witness statements, they were able to identify the suspect shooter as 22-year-old Michael Stevenson Jones of Green Bay. 

    Wednesday morning, investigators were able to determine that Jones was possibly at a residence on Beech Tree Drive, and were able to locate him and convince him to surrender. 

    The gun that officers say was used at the laundromat was recovered.

    Charges against Jones are expected to be filed by the Brown County District Attorney.

    Investigators believe that the two shootings are connected and that the suspects are associates. The initial investigation revealed the possibility that the shootings are a retaliation from an earlier incident.Police are looking for 22-year-old Trevon Massey of Gren Bay. Officers consider him armed and dangerous. 

    Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Mr. Massey and these shootings is urged to contact the Green Bay PD at 448-3208. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Green Bay area crime stoppers, either by calling 920-432-7867 or utilize the P3 app for reporting crime in the greater Green Bay area.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker waltzed to an easy victory on Tuesday for the partisan primary election but more importantly learned who his Democratic challenger will be in November.

    Scott Walker earned 92 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary, while Tony Evers also dominated the crowded Democratic field of eight candidates by earning 42 percent of the total votes.

    Governor Walker joined the "John Muir Show" on Wednesday morning to discuss both primaries and the upcoming November vote. He claims that he wasn't surprised by the Democratic outcome.

    "I think he had the highest name ID from being on the state-wide ballot before," said Walker. "I didn't see any of the other candidates really making much of a difference."

    A hot-topic leading towards the November election will be budget questions, especially school funding. Walker claims he'll be glad to field any attacks on the issue and deflect them back on his competitor.

    "My star-witness is going to be Tony Evers himself," said Walker. "I mean he said it, we've put more money in his agency than they request."

    He went on to claim that his competition is relying on outside forces to dictate their moves.

    "Tony Evers and his allies really align with the unions," explained Walker. "The unions have told him what to do in this regard in the past and I'm sure they'll tell him what to do again now."

    Governor Walker has already challenged Evers to two debates over the next three months, which the Democratic challenger has yet to respond too.

    The full interview with Governor Walker can be found here.

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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - One day after beating 7 candidates to win the Democrat primary for Governor, Tony Evers was in Appleton and wasted no time calling out the man he will face in November.

    Evers brought up the issues that he says Wisconsin wants to see changes with, one of those being in education. He says claims that Governor Walker is an "Education Governor" is laughable.

    "He has done more to devastate public schools K through 12 and frankly higher education, than any other governor in history. Education Governor is not even close to being true."

    He says while many have praised Governor Walker for having one of the lowest unemployment rates, it comes with a cost.

    "2.9 percent is a pretty figure, but we are getting smaller and smaller. Thousands of people in the state have to work two or three jobs just to put a meal on the table. We have to make sure we don't continue to send people away from Wisconsin."

    He says that comes with better-paying jobs, buy said FoxConn is not the answer with the way it was designed.

    "I believe FoxConn is the worst deal in the State of Wisconsin history. There are many people in this room and I bet all of them could have done a better deal than what FoxConn did."

    He said if elected, he would renegotiate some of the deal.

    "They should be paying living wages, and there are no benchmarks for FoxConn. That is morally wrong. The minimum that we should do is make sure that all people in the state of Wisconsin get a crack at that money."

    The democrat candidate for governor also said everything is on the table to get money for infrastructure, but said claims by Republicans that he would enact a high gas tax are a lie.



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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Bay Beach Amusement Park announced on Wednesday that Chance Rides Company, based in Wichita, Kansas, will be the manufacturer for their new Ferris wheel planned to open in the summer of 2019.

    The "Big Wheel" will be as tall as a 10-story building and "The Friends of Bay Beach," which is the parks fundraising group, is planning to donate $2.1 million towards the project. 

    Bay Beach Amusement Park already features a Ferris Wheel, but the new "Big Wheel" will be less of a thrill ride and more scenic. 

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  • 08/16/18--01:59: Town Votes To Tax Themselves
  • GREENVILLE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Town of Greenville will soon be getting a new fire station.

    Voters said "yes," to a referendum for the estimated $6.5 million project.

    Greenville town administrator Joel Gregozeski tells FOX 11 the new structure fills a big need.

    "We're just very thankful and appreciative of the voters, and their commitment to the community and helping us deliver the services that they have come to expect."

    Greenville residents approved the multi-million-dollar referendum in Tuesday's primary election.

    In a survey, area leaders asked residents for feedback. The results showed voters wanted to improve the town's fire and EMS department.

    Gregozeski says the department has outgrown its existing space.

    The new facility will be big enough to decontaminate equipment and house all the emergency vehicles under one roof. Right now, many pieces of equipment are being stored in the town's public works building

    "The new station will allow us to have all of our equipment in one location, all in a readily accessible position,” Gregozeski said.

    “So, regardless of the incident type, our responders are able to get into the station, get the equipment that they need and get out the door that much quicker."

    The referendum passed with 58 percent of the vote.

    The facility will be located just kiddy-corner of the existing station, on state highway 76.

    That building will then be used by the public works and parks departments.

    Town officials hope to bid the project out for construction by the beginning of 2019. If all goes as planned, they expect the new fire station to be completed in early 2020.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) -  The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 76, which now has fans scrambling to get their hands on memorabilia.

    There's high-demand at The Exclusive Company, which sells vintage vinyl records and cd's from their location in downtown Green Bay.

    Store manager Tom Smith explains that he's seen this boom in interest with others in the past.

    "In recent memory, the ones that had the longest lasting reverberations were David Bowie and Prince," says Smith.

    The passing of Franklin is bringing in individuals searching for her vinyl records, but what might be surprising is the age of these fans.

    "I think we'll sell a lot of Aretha Franklin vinyl to younger people," says Smith. 

    He explains that the rebirth in vinyl record popularity has actually been fueled by individuals in their 20's and early 30's. 

    Franklin may have peaked in popularity decades ago, but her lasting impact is certainly reaching younger generations.

    "Young people who are smart and know music and love music, they discover Aretha Franklin," explains Smith. 

    The Exclusive Company in Green Bay and record shops across the country will be attempting to fill their shelves with as much merchandise from the Queen of Soul as possible in the next few weeks to meet this demand. 

    Franklin passed away Thursday morning at her home in Detroit at the age of 76. 

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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The Winnebago County Sheriff's office is investigating an armed robbery at the Fox Convenience Gas Station on Jackson Street in Oshkosh on Friday of last week.

    Officials say the suspect entered through the front door, displayed a black handgun and demanded money.

    The suspect was said to have left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The report indicates that the suspect pointed the gun at the clerk.

    Investigators believe the suspect is driving a silver sedan and is a black male that was wearing a Dallas Cowboys winter hat with eyeholes cut out.

    They say they believe he parked a vehicle away from the store and walked.

    A robbery in Appleton the week before was done in a similar way. That robbery took place at the Grand Central Station on North Ballard Road on August 4.

    Officials say it is unknown if the two were connected in any way. 

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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has announced $8 million dollars in tax credits to support the building of the new headquarters for the Oshkosh Corporation.

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is providing the boost.

    Construction started in June.

    The new 19,000 square-foot facility is being built on the former Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course.

    More than 400 employees from different facilities will come together and can hold 600 people. 

    The city will also receive $787,500from the Transportation Economic Assistance for road improvements that will provide easy access near I-41. 

    Construction is expected to complete by Fall of 2019.

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  • 08/16/18--12:56: A Fair Without Rides
  • GILLETT, WI (WTAQ) - The Oconto County Fair is underway, but this year, one main fair attraction is missing.

    No carnival rides or games will be found.

    Fair Board Director Chris Engebretsen says Spectrum Entertainment canceled their one year contract with the Fair and said he believes it came down to a lack of money that the company made on tickets.

    "Last year that was a factor. There was just nobody riding the rides."

    He says being a smaller fair leaves them a disadvantage when companies are looking for ticket money. 

    He said the board did not have a chance to find another company so they took a different route.

    This year the fair will have nearly a dozen inflatable bouncy houses, all with different activities.

    The Michigan company offerings include bounce houses, wall climbing, bubble soccer, an obstacle course, three-line bungee rope, a carousel walk, a castle maze, a basketball shooting game, and boxing with oversize soft rubber gloves. 

    "That is going to be an all-day wristband for 10 dollars."

    The wristband will be all-you-can-bounce for the day and is good even if you leave and come back that day.

    Engebretsen understands not having carnival rides and games will disappoint many people but says the fair usually brings in a majority of the crowd for grandstand entertainment, food, and the animals, all of which they will have.

    "We are an ag fair, there is no doubt about it. Our exhibits are huge and we are at almost an all-time high at the barns.

    The bouncy houses are all you can bounce for a day for 10 dollars.

    The fair runs through Sunday at Zippel Park in Gillett. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - One of the individuals involved in a pair of shootings on Tuesday in Green Bay has been formally charged.

    First-degree recklessly endangering safety charges have been filed against Michael Jones who had a court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

    Jones fired twice and struck a 16-year-old in the thigh during a disturbance at a laundromat, according to the criminal complaint.  

    The Green Bay Police Department continues to search for a second suspect, Trevon Massey, who has yet to be charged. 

    Massey is believed to be armed and dangerous.  

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    HORTONVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - High school football kicks off across the state this week and when the lights turn on Friday night at Hortonville High School, they'll be shining on a number of exciting summer renovations.

    Akin Field, home of the Hortonville Polar Bears for decades, was in desperate need of a facelift.

    Principal Tom Ellenbecker explains that a simple change of lights wasn't even an option.

    "I know the lights that we replaced were over six years old and we couldn't even get the bulbs to replace them anymore," said Ellenbecker.

    So instead the school embarked on a massive renovation project that was made possible thru the help of community members and district leaders. Ellenbecker says other factors made the upgrade necessary as well.

    "Our population demographics have changed within the district, I know we've seen a large increase in our student enrollment," he said.  "We've just seen more opportunities pop-up for students."

    Fans attending the Hortonville football season opener against Appleton West at 7 p.m. on Friday will notice a couple of upgrades.

    "We've added a state-of-the-art scoreboard and speakers," explains Ellenbecker.

    The festivities start earlier in the day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 1:30 p.m. The all-day celebration is open to the public and the school community is hoping everyone engages in Polar Bear pride.

    "I hope this community is really, really proud of what they've constructed here and supported here," said Ellenbecker. "So we wanted to make this a community celebration."

    There is a firework show planned to begin at the conclusion of the varsity football game.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - One of the individuals involved in a pair of shootings on Tuesday in Green Bay has been formally charged.

    First-degree recklessly endangering safety charges have been filed against Michael Jones who had a court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

    Jones fired twice and struck a 16-year-old in the thigh during a disturbance at a laundromat, according to the criminal complaint.  

    The Green Bay Police Department continues to search for a second suspect, Trevon Massey, who has yet to be charged. 

    Massey is believed to be armed and dangerous.  

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  • 08/17/18--01:46: Welcome To Green Bay
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - New bridge lights in downtown Green Bay were lit in two different colors Thursday.

    The Ray Nitschke Memorial Bridge was all green and gold, but the Walnut Street bridge was red, blue and yellow to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans.

    The Walnut Street Bridge lights are expected to light up with Packers' opponent colors for each game of the remaining season.

    Steve Grenier, director of Green Bay Public Works. says the bridge lights are a way to welcome fans of all teams to the area.

    "That's one of the things Green Bay is known for across the league, is that welcoming attitude and making the other teams feel welcomed, so we want to extend that through the downtown on behalf of the city. We want to make sure we welcome the team and their fans," Grenier said.

    The Walnut Street Bridge lights are expected to light up with Packers' opponent colors for each game of the remaining season.

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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - De Pere residents could be voting in November whether they want to spend money to keep a pool on each side of the city.

    The city's common council will vote next week whether to hold a binding referendum.   Legion and VFW Pools are still open, but in 2016, the council voted to eventually close them both. A few months later, a vote was taken to build a new aquatic center at VFW Park.

    After hearing from Legion Pool supporters Thursday night, the city’s parks committee agreed the council should vote on whether it should rescind the 2016 decision.

    In what some called a last-ditch effort, Legion Pool supporters packed the parks committee meeting to try to save their pool.

    “The idea of losing a pool on the east side to which my children can access on their own, so close to my house, is difficult to process,” said Belen Raymond, a Legion Pool supporter.

    A variety of speakers took turns explaining Legion Pool's benefits, including its historical significance, impact on property values, and convenience for families.

    “Due to Legion Pool's location, it provides children the ability to independently and safely get themselves to the pool, meet up with friends, maintain and build new friendships,” said Ashley Hendricks of De Pere.

    A vote on the design of a $7.8 million aquatic center for VFW Park was put on hold last month to hear from the Legion Pool group.

    “One of the things the city wants to do is fundraise for it,” said Marty Kosobucki, De Pere’s parks director. “Until we have money in place, it is hard to put a timetable to it.”

    At its meeting next Tuesday, the council will vote on whether to take back the 2016 vote and whether to hold the referendum.

    “When we made the decision in 2016, I think it was absolutely the right decision based on the information we had,” said Larry Lueck, a member of the council. “Now I think some of the information has changed. Some of the factors we've considered have changed a little bit.”

    “We're ecstatic,” said Katie Carivou, one of the organizers of the Save Legion Pool group. “We're really excited. Our whole goal going into this was to get aquatic facilities on both sides of the river and this is a huge step in that process.”

    The referendum would ask voters if the city should go $900,000 beyond its levy limit. That money would be spent on new pool facilities at Legion and VFW Parks.

    A decision on what exactly should be put at the parks would likely only be made if the referendum passes.

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