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    MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A man charged with one count of tampering with a consumer product pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday.

    Jonathan Lane allegedly tampered with sausages at a Sheboygan County plant.

    The maximum penalty for the charge is ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Court records show that Lane will return to court for his sentencing on November 29. 

    Court records also indicate that prosecutors are recommending Lane pay Johnsonville $42,035.11 in restitution.

    While working at the Johnsonville facility in Sheboygan Falls, Lane placed cigarette paper in a sausage link and then placed a wire connector in a sausage link on another occasion, according to prosecutors. 

    On both occasions, Lane came forward and reported discovering the foreign objects to plant managers, but he had no reason to be inspecting sausage links. This caused management to suspect Lane of inserting the objects himself.

    The items were removed prior to packaging on both occasions and Johnsonville threw out all products they believed could be affected. 

    According to the criminal complaint, Lane later admitted to inserting the objects. 


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    KESHENA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A Keshena man convicted of sexually assaulting young girls has been sentenced.   

    25-year-old Ricki A. Mahkimetas Jr. was sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison.   

    The investigation revealed Mahkimetas engaged in sexual contact with three girls under the age of 12 on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

     


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    STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A video of an officer saving a woman's life has been released by Sturgeon Bay Police.

    The incident occurred early June 8 on the Michigan Street Bridge.

    A visibly upset woman was leaning against the bridge railing and the video shows an officer grabbing her before she can lift herself over the side of the bridge.

    The woman later received help at a mental health facility after being taken into protective custody.

    The video can be seen here. 


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    WRIGHTSTOWN, WI (WTAQ) - A pickup truck from the Wrightstown Department of Public Works was reported stolen Thursday night from their facility on Washington Street.

    Officers were called just before 9 PM and it appeared that someone crashed the truck through a fence after stealing it.

    The truck was found in the parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church on Eaton Road in Bellevue on Friday morning around 7:30 AM.

    An ongoing investigation is searching to determine who stole the truck.

    Wrightstown Police is encouraging anyone with possible information to contact them.


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    ONEIDA, WI (WTAQ) - The World Golf Hall of Fame has added a pair of historic items from a local golf course.

    The signed glove and the four scorecards used by Sei Young Kim who shot an LPGA record 31-under par at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, is now on display at the Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida.

    The South Korean golfer's 72-hole score of 257 was the lowest score in LPGA history. 

    “We share the excitement with Sei Young and her world record performance,” Josh Doxtator, the chief operating officer of Oneida Golf Enterprise Corporation, told Fox 11 News. “It’s an honor to be forever captured in the World Golf Hall of Fame and we look forward to seeing what our defending champ can do in 2019.”


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    (WTAQ) - A first-ever national campaign in Wisconsin is spending $1.9 million in attempting to bring military personnel to the state after they leave the service and help their transition into civilian life. 

    Chip Hill, a veteran of the Air Force and a current employee at Schnieder National, has been able to find an employer and develop a healthy relationship.

    "It's been a fantastic experience, I've been here for 25 years. They've always treated me right and as long as I do my job I will be employed," said Hill.

    Not every veteran has as easy as a transition as Hill, though. He explains a common problem for many veterans as they attempt to transition into the workforce.

    "One of the biggest struggles a veteran will have is finding the comradery that a veteran has while they're in the military," he explains. 

    The benefits can be two-fold with employers adding strong character individuals to their workforce. Rob Reich, Senior Vice President, Equipment, Maintenance & Driver Recruiting at Schneider National is excited for the start of the new initiative. 

    "I think there are benefits of this program because it talks to them about the options of jobs out there but it helps them translate their experience and how companies like Schneider really value that experience," explained Reich.

    Around 200,000 to 250,000 members of the military transition out of the service every year, according to state officials.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Some seniors in Oshkosh got outside and felt the wind on their face Friday thanks to a group of volunteers that biked them around.

    "Bike Taxi's" were made available for seniors at Miravida Living that no longer can get outside and ride a bicycle themselves.

    60-year-old Teri Pickering had nothing but positive things to say.

    "I can’t ride a bike myself anymore and it’s been nice talking to other people," she said.

    Vice President of development for Miravida Living, Bonnie Behnke, explains the activity comes from a larger program called "Cycling without Age."

    She says there's a lot of benefits for the seniors.

    "They can break their isolation, they can get outside, get wind in their hair, sun in their face," explained Behnke.

    Seniors were able to relax while volunteers peddled an estimated 17-miles.

    Friday was the fourth year for the Oshkosh ride.

    Wisconsin has 11 chapters of "Cycling without Age,' which includes locations in Oshkosh, Appleton, Suring, and Chilton.

     

     


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    WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Fox Crossing Fire Department responded to a crash near the eastbound exit of Highway 10 at Racine Rd. around 6 p.m. on Friday.

    Crews say the vehicle was underwater when they arrived.

    Bystanders were performing CPR on one person in the water.

    Firefighters brought the patient to shore and transported them to the hospital.

    The patient's condition is unknown at this time.

    Divers who searched the pond say no one else was inside the vehicle.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) -- When he was named UW-Green Bay’s head soccer coach 40 years ago, Aldo Santaga couldn't have imagined a field like the new one that bears his name.

    You know I grew up in a country where there is no grass,” said Santaga. “North Africa, the people of Libya, we play on sand beaches or on ground when it's held down by cinders. Now to come here and see this kind of field, it's phenomenal.”

    The 83-year-old Santaga led the first-kick event for the stadium's grand opening Friday night. Women's team captain Brianna Messner capped it off.

    “When I came in my freshman year, 2013, we were promised to have this facility prior to me coming in,” said Messner, who is from Seymour. “To have it come now and be able to train on the smooth surface every single day, the same facility we get to play on, it makes such a big difference.”

    The field and stadium was paid for mostly through private donations. However, students also agreed to pay more in activity fees to make it possible.

    “Division one athletics is absolutely essential to our future,” said Gary Miller, UW-Green Bay’s Chancellor. “We'll continue to grow and expand this program and make it strong.”

    The stadium's bleachers sit 600 to 700 people. If those start filling up, there's room to expand the bleachers for 2,000 people, according to Athletics Director Charles Guthrie.

    “But the reality is with this new facility, it's also brought new interest from the community,” said Guthrie. “Now we're starting to see an uptick in crowds coming to the games.”

    The University says the stadium project came in on time and under budget. Some of that extra money will go to the school's softball field, which will also be turf.


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  • 08/25/18--02:41: New Location for US Bank
  • ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - US Bank celebrated its newly located branch on Lombardi Avenue in Ashwaubenon on Friday.

    A ribbon cutting was held for the branch, which is between Pick-N-Save and Cabela's.

    For decades, the bank had been a few blocks farther east closer to Lambeau Field but the bank had to move to make room for development in the Titletown District.


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  • 08/25/18--02:57: Motorists Seeing More "Red"
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) -  Drivers are seeing a lot more “red” across Appleton.

    The city hopes a new stop light system will make its roads safer.

    If you're sitting at a red light wondering why you see the "walk" light for pedestrians, but you still can't go, you can thank a new Leading Pedestrian Interval technology.

    It gives pedestrians a three-second head start, and the first right to cross before the light turns green for drivers.

    "The pedestrians and kids on bikes and stuff go so fast that I think there should be that lag," said Appleton resident Paula Reigl.

    According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's most recent annual numbers, more than three crashes per day hurt or killed a pedestrian.

    "As a motorist, I think that you should always be cautious and not be in a hurry," Reigl said, "because I think that's when accidents do happen."

    Appleton tested this system several years ago at two intersections.

    Now, it's installed at all stop lights within city limits.

    "I see the good in it, in that it's less likely for pedestrians to get hit, but I think it's going to take a while for people to get used to it," said David Oliver, owner of Mondo Wine Bar and Retail in downtown Appleton.

    Some say it'll force drivers to change their normal habits.

    "For me, I always tend to look to the side to see when the light is about to change, rather than looking at the light in front of me, and see a change,” Oliver said. “So, when I see a change from yellow to red, I'm expecting the light in front of me to turn green, and then it doesn't!"

    According to the City of Appleton, studies show the new stop light system should cut pedestrian crashes by 60 percent.


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    (WTAQ) - A first-ever national campaign in Wisconsin is spending $1.9 million in attempting to bring military personnel to the state after they leave the service and help their transition into civilian life. 

    Chip Hill, a veteran of the Air Force and a current employee at Schnieder National, has been able to find an employer and develop a healthy relationship.

    "It's been a fantastic experience, I've been here for 25 years. They've always treated me right and as long as I do my job I will be employed," said Hill.

    Not every veteran has as easy as a transition as Hill, though. He explains a common problem for many veterans as they attempt to transition into the workforce.

    "One of the biggest struggles a veteran will have is finding the comradery that a veteran has while they're in the military," he explains. 

    The benefits can be two-fold with employers adding strong character individuals to their workforce. Rob Reich, Senior Vice President, Equipment, Maintenance & Driver Recruiting at Schneider National is excited for the start of the new initiative. 

    "I think there are benefits of this program because it talks to them about the options of jobs out there but it helps them translate their experience and how companies like Schneider really value that experience," explained Reich.

    Around 200,000 to 250,000 members of the military transition out of the service every year, according to state officials.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - In its latest community health assessment of Brown County, Beyond Health committee members found the three problematic health concerns in the area are obesity, substance abuse, and poor mental health.

    “It’s the priorities that the communities have said are of need,” said Debbie Armbruster, health officer, and director for the City of De Pere Health Department.  Beyond Health task forces is made up of members from local health agencies and systems. The committee re-identifies health priorities every three years.

    Results from a summit at Lambeau Field last year showed nutrition, substance abuse, and mental health all needed attention this cycle, and it’s what they plan to spend the next two years focusing on.

    The committee announced a call for action Friday morning at the Brown County Health Department. Members asked for the community to join them in fighting these problems.

    “We know collaboration, we just get a whole lot further and get things done,” said Sharla Baenen, mental health task force chair.

    They also laid out statistics involving the problem areas:

    • 1 in 10 Brown County Residents is food insecure.
    • Brown County had the highest number of residents in the state that reported binge drinking
    • For every 620 Brown County residents, there is just one mental health professional.

    Armbruster says input from the community is just a start.

    “And then their help with trying to achieve these priorities.”

    They plan to spend the next two years focusing on these issues and they want to combat them as one larger issue.

    “Our goal really is to pull all the assets together in the community and create a network for the individual,” said Laura Hieb, Chief Nurses Officer and Vice President of Bellin Health.

    She says it’s about making an overall change in the way Brown County residents live.

    “Change our culture in the community towards healthier behaviors, healthier choices,” said Hieb

    Hieb specializes in Drug and alcohol abuse on the committee. She’s focused on changing Brown County’s reputation.

    “Create an environment where alcohol and drug misuse don’t give Green Bay the number one ranking in the nation,” said Heib.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - As college students start returning to school, scammers are using tactics that many students tend to fall for. 

    For many young adults, entering the real world for the first time leaves them vulnerable and confused on who to trust.  "They are young, away from home for the first time, and they kind think that they are invincible."  Susan Bach, Northeast Wisconsin Regional Director for Better Business Bureau says many scams are directed towards baiting students with much-needed money.  "What college student would not like an extra bit of cash on the side?"  Bach says a common scam is emails that offer students a chance to earn some of the extra cash.  "There email inbox is going to be inundated with work from home offers."  Those offers will either ask for your information or your money up front.   The Better Business Bureau warns that the cons often use real company names and can be very convincing. It may look as though you are starting a great new career, but you are really giving personal information or money to scammers.  After you are “hired,” the company may charge you upfront for “training.” You may need to provide your personal and banking information to run a credit check or set up direct deposit. You may be “accidentally” overpaid with a fake check and asked to deposit the check and wire back the difference. Or, you may need to buy expensive equipment and supplies to work at home.   The BBB says there are some signs that the job offer is a scam.   Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job but beware of offers made without an interview.  If the job posting is for a well-known brand, check the real company's job page to see if the position is posted there.  Another common scam that college students face is fake living situations.  Students trying hard to find a roommate can also be a target, baiting poor college students with a place that does not exist.  Rental scams lure you with online ads touting beautiful homes, low rents, and great amenities.   The scammer may create a false sense of urgency, telling the prospective renter that others are interested so immediate action is required. The renter puts down a security deposit or prepays a vacation rental, only to find out that the property is not available or does not exist.  "For some reason, they concoct a reason why they can't show the apartment, so they ask for a deposit right away."  The BBB says the roommate scam is easy to identify.  Don’t send money to someone you’ve never met for an apartment you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it is what was advertised. And don’t fall for the overseas landlord story: Scammers often claim to be out of the country and instruct targets to send money overseas. Recent Better Business Bureau research shows 69 percent of scam victims are under the age of 45 and young adults of the millennial generation are now more likely to fall victim to a scam than baby boomers.   The Better Business Bureau has offered some tips of ways to avoid being a college student victim.  

    Verify the identity of a sender before downloading attachments or clicking on links in emails or text messages, even if they appear to be urgent, to avoid Phishing Scams. 

    Always check for website security (https) when entering contact details or financial information. Verify business contact information when shopping online or risk potentially falling for an Online Purchase Scam.

     If you’re asked to pay for a product or service with a prepaid money card, a wire transfer or with a gift card, you should verify the person or company through which the request was made. These types of payment requests are common with Roommate/Rental Scams, Social Media Scams, and other online transactions.

    Lock up materials with sensitive information, like student IDs, SSN, and account numbers, to protect yourself from identity theft. Remember that it’s not always a stranger looking to steal your personal financial information and someone you know can gain access to your personal information in dorms or other common spaces.

    Never allow someone else, even someone you think is a friend, access to your financial accounts. This will prevent scams like Card Cracking when someone offers to pay you to use your bank account to deposit a check.

    Avoid using your campus mailbox to send or receive sensitive mail.

    Be aware of Identity Thieves who may target children and teens. Checking a child’s credit report once per year can help verify the child is safe from identity theft. Thanks to a new federal law in the U.S., free credit freezes, and year-long fraud alerts will be available starting September 21, 2018, through the three credit reporting agencies.

    You can visit the BBB Scam Tracker to track and report scams happening where you are.     

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For those setting out to travel for the Labor Day holiday this week, some road construction on a busy highway may slow things down.

    The Wisconsin Department Of Transportation has announced continued road work as they continue a larger project of road improvements that started in March.

     DOT Spokesperson Mark Kantola explains what will be affected this week.

    "The interchange ramp US 41/141 and County B will experience short-term closures," he says.

    The closures are necessary so crews can work to resurface stretches of the roadway.

     This operation is part of the bigger road construction project that started in March. DOT Spokesperson Mark Kantola describes the timeline.

    "We did most of the bridge work first and now we're moving on to the milling and paving, which is basically resurfacing," he explains.

    The closures are not expected to last beyond this week and Kantola hopes to be finished before holiday travel hits this weekend

    "Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and we can get the work done earlier than anticipated," he says.

    If everything goes according to plan, the DOT is expecting all work to be finished by Friday morning. 


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Supermarket giant Kroger announced it will stop using plastic bags by the year 2025.

    Kroger owns Pick n Save in our area.

    The eco-friendly decision was the talk among shoppers at the grocery store.

    Plastic or paper? Will soon be a question of the past.

    “It’s part of our Zero hunger, Zero waste campaign,” said Jim Hyland, Roundy’s Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs.

    That campaign started two years ago when Kroger bought the largest local grocery chain, Roundys, which includes Pick n Save stores.

    “I was really excited walking in today,” said Alicia Alsberg.

    Alsberg tells FOX 11 she's been advocating to Pick n Save as well as local restaurants to get rid of single-use plastic.

    “We have to take care of our earth."

    “Of the 100 billion plastic bags used every year, Kroger uses about 6 billion,” said Hyland

    Hyland said plastic bags take a long time to decompose, in addition to the harm it causes to wildlife.

    “We’ve heard a lot from our customers that it just doesn’t make sense to use a single-use plastic bag once then throw it away.”

    “I do use plastic and paper I mix it up,” said Jill Neumann.

    Neumann says she tries to reuse grocery store bags around the house, but she still has a surplus.

    “When we get too many we just throw them away or burn them.”

    Many have already made the switch from plastic to reusable.

    Karla Stark tells FOX 11 she's been using cloth bags for about five years.

    “I think it's a great idea. You drive by any landfill and you see a lot of plastic bag waste.”

    Hyland said the goal is for Kroger to offer a variety of reusable bag options to customers in the future.


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    KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - If you like surprises and giving back, there's a new volunteer organization just for you.

    It's called the Give Back Bus.

    Volunteers traveled by bus to an unknown destination and helped a local organization in need, for the day.

    On Saturday, Community Benefit Tree in Kaukauna got a helping hand at their storage facility.

    Event coordinator Paige Mayer tells Fox 11 the benefit of the element of surprise.

    "You don't really think about volunteering as like, oh I don't know where I'm gonna go but I'm gonna go volunteer- but you see all these people blindly giving back and just really giving back to the community and that's just so cool."

    The organization plans on doing a give-back bus event once a month.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Music filled the air at Green Bay Botanical Garden Sunday.

    The venue held a grassroots festival which offered bluegrass and folk music.

    Eileen Metzler, sales and events manager for Green Bay Botanical Garden, tells Fox 11....it's been a great season.

    The heat and humidity didn't stop more than 600 people from enjoying the event.

    "For this whole summer, we've seen great turnout with our Thursday night Sanimax Concert Series to our Schneider Family Grand Series that we've had out here, we've had excellent turnout... people enjoying the garden, enjoying nature and really connecting with plants."

    Sunday's heat and humidity didn't stop more than 600 people from enjoying the event.


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  • 08/27/18--02:09: Riding For A Cause
  • SURING, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Suicide Prevention Ride Sunday as dozens of motorcyclists ride for the cause.

    “Twenty-two years ago, I tried to commit suicide,” said Jeanne Parrett, founder of the Suicide Prevention Ride.

    She tells FOX 11 it took years of treatment and therapy before she could advocate for suicide prevention.

    “If it wasn’t for my friends and my family I would not be here talking to you today.”

    In its ninth year, and the Suicide Prevention Ride continues to grow.

    “I've already stated to every single one of these people-- night, day, anytime. I don’t care. I got my phone, I'm there. I’m with you. And I’m not going to lose you.”

    Brad Persson has been a part of the ride for seven of the nine years.

    The entire trip is about 80 miles and for Persson it’s worth the miles, and it’s a day well spent if he can bring awareness to just one person.

    “I’ve been there, friends have been there, and I've lost friends through it. And it feels good to ride with all my brothers and sisters.”

    This year, the motorcyclists rode from Suamico to Suring and back for a celebration and fundraising.

    “If you see the yellow flags on the group of bikes- that's them,” said Tana Koss, division director at Family Services in Brown County.

    The money raised at each year’s event is donated to Family Services.

    “I appreciate that this group gets the word out that if you're suffering and if you need help make the call.” said Koss.

    “If it’s not to us to a friend, and say I need help.”

    In Wisconsin, the suicide rate is four times the homicide rate, according to the state department of health services.

    In 2016, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin reports 47 people died by suicide in Brown County alone.


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    TAYCHEEDAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A crash at a bike race Sunday morning in Fond du Lac County that hospitalized four people.

    Just after 9, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office was called to the area of County Highway WH and McCabe Road in the Taycheedah where there was a bicycle accident.

    It involved up to 15 bikers in an area of the road where they were going downhill at around 40 mph. These bikers were part of a group of 50 bikers.

    Four people were taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. No one had life-threatening injuries.

    Others injured in the crash had cuts and scrapes and refused treatment.

    An investigation determined that two bikers made side-to-side contact, causing them to crash. As the other bikers were very close to those bikers, they ran into each other and crashed.

    This happened during Race the Lake, an annual, 88-mile bicycle race around Lake Winnebago.


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