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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Manitowoc Police have confirmed that they found two people fatally shot inside a Manitowoc home on Sunday morning.

    Police say that they found a 51-year-old man and 19-year-old woman dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside the home at 3709 Dale Street.

    The public is not believed to be in any danger and further details are not being released at this time.

    If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Manitowoc Police Department at (920) 686-6551 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at (920) 683-4466. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A recent study shows that the Port of Green Bay has increased in its economic impact.

    The study found in 2017 that the port had an economic impact $147 million, which is a $64 million increase since 2010.

    The study also shows that the cargo and vessel activity in the area supports 1,289 jobs.

    Port activities produced an estimated $82 million in income and $9 million in state taxes according to the research. 

    “The 14 Port terminals located along three miles of the Fox River take advantage of the economic opportunities offered by this international port, including the Foreign Trade Zones located nearby,” Dean Haen, Director of the Port of Green Bay, told Fox 11 News. “Each year, 170 ships move important commodities, including limestone, coal, cement, salt, iron and petroleum products, in and out of the region.”

    According to the study, 1.83 million metric tons of cargo passed through the Port of Green Bay in 2017. 


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    CLINTONVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - People will temporarily be unable to fish at a Waupaca County lake as the DNR is attempting to protect fish populations.

    Pigeon Lake in Clintonville will have fish closures that extend upstream to portions of the north and south Pigeon River, while the lake is drawn down for dam repairs.

    The draw of the lake is attempting to lower water levels of the lake by 10 feet, which should take another 20 days. 

    A public meeting at the Clintonville Community Center will take place next Wednesday at 6 PM to discuss the closure.

    Officials expect some fish will stay in the remaining river channel or move upstream into Pigeon River, while a number of them will be flushed downstream.

    Some fish may become easily susceptible to anglers if they remain in the river channel and become concentrated. 

    Fish should be able to recolonize Pigeon Lake after it is refilled, because of the temporary hold in fishing.


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    NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - Neenah Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Main Street on Monday afternoon after receiving a report of an individual shooting a round at another individual inside an apartment.

    Officers were able to escort all citizens out of harm's way and the SWAT team was called after the suspected barricaded himself inside the building.

    Neenah Police Officer Stuart Zuehls explains the difficulty that this location presented.

     "600 block Main Street is two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes, so there was quite a bit of traffic," he explains.

    After 90 minutes the suspect surrendered and will be transported to Winnebago County Jail. 

    The incident resulted in no citizen injuries.

    Neenah Police is thankful for extra law enforcement that assisted in the incident, but also for another group that cooperated.

    "The public was amazing at understanding," says Officer Zuehls. "They trusted us."

    Officer Zuehls says the important thing to understand going forward is that this was an isolated incident.

    "If you live across the street, if you live next door, please do not be worried," he says. "The suspect is in jail so you do not have to be worried."

    The Neenah Police Department Investigative Unit is in the process of obtaining a search warrant for the property and the incident is currently under investigation.


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    WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - A Waupaca man has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of his 14th drunk driving offense.

    64-year-old Daniel Nordell was arrested on May 24 after hitting a mailbox, a speed limit sign, and a utility pole in Farmington.

    A breath test revealed that he had a BAC more than double the legal limit at .17% and above the .02% limit he had due to previous convictions, according to officials.

     

    In addition to his prison sentencing, Nordell was also placed on extended supervision for five years on Monday.

    He was sentenced to three years in prison after his previous 2006 conviction.

     


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    MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Attorney General Brad Schimel announced on Monday that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has completed testing on more than 4,000 unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits.

    This project started in 2016 and five kits submitted since June 1 remain untested.

    The goal of the project was to address previously untested sexual assault kits that have accumulated over decades at police stations and hospitals throughout the state.

    "It's about bringing justice for survivors," said Schimel. "It's about changing the culture around responding to sexual assault."

    A number of old sexual assault cases have been able to move forward thanks to this testing in the past.

    Schimel has taken heat from Democrats, including Attorney General challenger Josh Kaul, for the delay in completing this testing. Democrats have claimed that the delay in this process has left dangerous unidentified criminals on the street.

    Schimel has responded by claiming that it has taken time to find private labs willing to analyze the kits.


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  • 09/10/18--16:25: 911 Outages Reported
  • MARINETTE AND OCONTO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Phone outages are being experienced today (MONDAY) in both Marinette and Oconto counties.

    In the case of an emergency residents are encouraged to call 920-846-4500.

    911 outages were reported earlier in Brown County, but the outages have since been resolved. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges ranking is out, and several Northeast Wisconsin schools were ranked on the list.

    Colleges were ranked in several categories.

    Here's how area colleges and universities fared:

    Lawrence University
    • 56th (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    • 39th in Best Value Schools
    Ripon College
    • 120th (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    St. Norbert College
    • 127th (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
    University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    • 94th (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    • 94th (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
    Marian University
    • 118th (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
    Silver Lake College
    • 128th-165th in Regional Universities Midwest
    Bellin College
    • Unranked in Other Schools

    Among other Wisconsin schools, UW-Madison was tied for 49th in the National Universities category and 106th in Best Value Schools. Marquette University was tied for 89th in National Universities and 49th in Best Value Schools.

    Princeton University took the overall top spot, with Harvard University coming in second, and Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago and Yale University tied for third place.


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    WINNEBAGO/WAUPACA COUNTIES (WTAQ-WLUK) - After taking off on an illegal plane ride and nearly hitting a squad car, Andrei Biesinger has been charged for his part in an incident earlier this month.

    On September 1 Biesinger flew a plane from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

    It happened while he was being chased by police and sheriff's officials for domestic abuse charges.

    While the airport tower and officers tried to stop Biesinger, he took off in the plane anyway, crashing a short time later in the Town of Waupaca.

    Biesinger is facing several charges, including felony recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and knowingly violating a restraining order, according to online court documents.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Many of us at least paused for a moment to think about the events of 9-11, 2001. But the future of the Green Bay memorial to that dark day in U-S history seems to be stalled.

    The beam from the World Trade Center is housed in Green Bay Police headquarters.

    The rest of the memorial, on the west side of the Nitschke bridge, features inaccurate facts and deteriorating condition.

    "Currently the plan is to fix it up, to remove the granite, replace it with better outdoor granite, re-engrave it and get the right information on it."

    But Alderman Randy Scannell says that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. The group that's raising the estimated $75 thousand isn't well organized at this time.

    "I'm very frustrated that it's taken this long to get this far and we've got a long way to go yet."

    He says it could take at least another year to get the money together.

    "It's very unfortunate the state that monument is in."

    If the effort falls through Scannell says the city's 9-11 Memorial could eventually wind up in a future police-fire headquarters.


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Manitowoc Police have confirmed that the two people fatally shot inside a home Sunday are a father and a daughter. 

    The incident is being investigated as a double-homicide.

    Police say they found the bodies of 51-year-old Richard Miller and 19-year-old Joeclyn Miller at a home on Dale Street on September 9.

    It has also come to the attention of the Manitowoc Police Department that numerous versions of what occurred at the scene are being talked about on social media.

    The public is not believed to be in any danger.

    If anyone has any information they believe could assist in the investigation, they are being asked to call the Manitowoc Police Department at (920)686-6551, Det. Kowalski at (920)686-6584 or Det. McGinty at (920)686-6583.

    People with information who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (920)683-4466 and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2000.

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - 47-year-old David Meyer of De Pere was sentenced to 20 years for a double fatal drunken driving crash.

    In a Brown County Courtroom Tuesday, the judge sentenced Meyer to 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision, after he was convicted of driving drunk and hitting 44-year-old Rebecca Penneberg and her 18-year-old daughter Raelia, killing both at the scene.

    Meyer admitted that he had too much to drink at a golf outing earlier that day.

    In June, Meyer reached a plea deal and was convicted of the lesser charge of homicide by use of a vehicle while having a prohibited alcohol concentration.

    According to court documents, Meyer's blew a .219 in his preliminary breath test, more than two and a half times the legal limit. 

    In court Tuesday, family members of the Penneberg's requested the maximum sentence. 

    Meyer expressed remorse for his actions prior to sentencing. 


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Appleton Firefighters responded to an overnight fire this morning at around 3 AM that forced four adults and six children from their homes.

    A neighbor initially reported the blaze in a three-unit townhouse on the 2900 block of North Drew Street.

    The fire was spreading to nearby buildings when crews arrived and firefighters were able to contain damage to other structures.

    All ten residents had safely evacuated prior and were accounted for once firefighters arrived.

     

    No damage estimate is available and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

    Those displaced by the blaze are currently being assisted by The Red Cross. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Thanks to members of the Green and Gold, five Wisconsin organizations will be able to continue their efforts in fighting social injustice.

    On Tuesday, Packers players presented five $50,000 checks to the groups, including two from Northeast Wisconsin, as part of the NFL-wide Social Justice Initiative.

    The donations will help the organizations reduce opportunity barriers through education and economic advancement, criminal justice reform and improving police-community relations.

    The Packers players leading the effort are Randall Cobb, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Aaron Rodgers, Lance Kendricks, and Mason Crosby.

    Each player and their teammates chose an organization to donate to. They are:

    CASA Brown County: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Brown County is a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Brown and Marinette Counties who are under the legal protection of the court system. Their vision is for every child to feel safe and secure in their home and heart.

    Ha Ha’s HERO Foundation: The mission of Ha Ha’s HERO Foundation is to provide economically-challenged students in Title I Schools with a voice of motivation, empowerment, and encouragement so they can achieve academic excellence, develop positive personal skills and make positive decisions to avoid high-risk behavior. HERO stands for Hope, Education, Resources and Opportunity.

    Legal Action of Wisconsin: The nonprofit law firm of Legal Action of Wisconsin provides justice for low-income individuals who don’t have the means to pay for legal services. The organization provides lawyers and high-quality legal help at all levels, solving civil legal problems for those struggling and directing advocacy for improving and changing the systems that affect many people in Wisconsin.

    Sherman Phoenix: The Sherman Phoenix Project aims to foster change by transforming the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood in Milwaukee into a safe, welcoming space that supports small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services, and cultural activities. The socially just and culturally rich real estate project will provide mentorship and coaching to help entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses, generate jobs and support the local economy.

    Young Life Green Bay: Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college-aged kids to provide opportunities for kids of all abilities and economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Young Life Green Bay accepts kids in the Green Bay area as they are and aims to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ while providing fun, adventurous, life-changing and skill-building experiences.

    The NFL Social Justice Initiative was created late last year and aims to dedicate more than $90 million toward social justice and racial inequality causes across the U.S.


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A local fire department is using a donation to educate children on fire safety.

    Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue owns an inflatable Survive Alive House after it was purchased and donated by The Francis & Ruth Oberreich Foundation.

    Demonstrations on Tuesday utilized the inflatable's realistic experience of a house fire to educate fifth graders on fire safety tips. 

    Members of the Fond du Lac Fire Department assisted the children in navigating the inflatable smoky house. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers injury status has ticket holders feeling uneasy.

    The Packers pulled off a massive comeback win in their opener Sunday night against the Bears, but the A-topic has become Number 12's health and whether or not he'll play this Sunday against Minnesota.

    This question has affected ticket sales according to Green Bay Ticket King manager Travis Loftus.

    "Things have definitely slowed down a little bit since Rodgers got hurt, with the up in the air status of whether he's playing or not playing right now," he explains.

    And that means just days away from the game, tickets can be found for a more reasonable rate.

    "Definitely more affordable at this point," explains Loftus. "We have tickets starting around $250, as opposed to the $300 last week."

    Fans are hoping for a more definite answer to the question sometime this week, but Loftus says this could be a great opportunity for a value purchase even if Rodgers is kept out.

    "With the weather looking to be perfect and it's a noon kick off time, you get to tailgate, go to the game, and still get home at a reasonable hour," he says.

    Fans holding out for an even better value should eye home games in December against Atlanta and Arizona.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Appleton police have arrested a Grand Chute man that allegedly robbed a liquor store while armed with a knife.

    51-year-old Keith McGee was taken into custody less than 24 hours after robbing Memorial Liquor, according to police.

    The incident was reported on Monday by a store employee around 6:00 AM after she claimed a man wearing a mask and hat demanded money from the register while wielding a knife.

    No one was hurt in the incident and investigators were able to develop a description of the suspect's vehicle by reviewing traffic cameras.

    The driver was located later that day in the 300 block of N. Richmond Street around 11:30 PM and the knife believed to be used in the robbery was recovered, according to police.

     

    McGee was arrested and police are recommending an armed robbery charge. 


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    TOWNSHIP OF MEEME, WI (WTAQ) - A hit-and-run accident involving a motorcycle occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Township of Meeme according to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office.

    A 58-year-old Kiel man driving a pickup truck hit a 30-year-old Kiel man that was riding a motorcycle at the intersection of County Road M and County Road XX.

    The driver of the pickup truck was attempting to turn left, instead of yielding to the motorcycle.

    The motorcyclist was seriously hurt and flown to a hospital, while sheriff's deputies found the pickup truck driver 1.5 miles from the crash scene.

    The man riding the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

    The driver of the pickup truck was cited for failing to yield to the right-of-way traffic and arrested for felony hit-and-run with injury. 


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    ONEIDA RESERVATION, WI (WTAQ) - The Department of Natural Resources is sending extra help to assist in the cleanup effort following a manure spill on the Oneida Reservation.

    The spill on the Phil Robertson farm off of County Road E was reported on Tuesday afternoon, but most likely happened on Monday night.

    Estimates are that 300,000 gallons of manure were released by the farm and dead fish have been found in Silver Creek as a result of the spill, according to DNR officials. 

    Officials are saying the manure spill was caused when an underground manure pit on the farm failed and caused a main manure storage structure to overfill. 

    Jim Snitgen, Water Resources Supervisor for Oneida Nation, says they can't afford for this to happen again.

    "Future actions will be probably working to ensure this doesn't happen by installing a different system of valves and closer monitoring at the farm," he explains.

    Both people and pets can become ill if they come in contact with manure.

    It's advised to stay clear of any streams in the area if they look or smell like they contain manure. 


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  • 09/11/18--15:57: A Respectful Climb
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Students at a Green Bay high school made a special climb for a special anniversary.

    To understand, they say you have to walk a mile in their shoes.

    All day Tuesday, Students and staff climbed the bleachers on the football field 11 times, which is equivalent to one tenth of what the 110 firefighters had to climb 17 years ago.

    "I may be a little uncomfortable but that is okay. I have others in the community supporting me and that is exactly what happened on September 11."

    Assistant Principal Micah Hoffman says enough years have passed that all students need to learn about the events of that day though the history books, but Sophomore Marshall LeCloux says wearing full fire equipment and marching was a better way to learn.

    "It was quite difficult to move around in it. It was very heavy and very hot. I might as well go full difficulty if I am going to go all out."

    Hoffman said the day was about reflecting on the events of the day that will never be forgotten.

    "I am sweating right now and this is just a tiny portion of that. I can't fathom what it was like on that day.

    Hoffman says it is another way to give the students an educational experience in addition to reading about it in the history books.

    LaCloux says even though he was not born when the events took place, he has learned a lot by events like this and reading the books.

    "How they had to go us so many flights of stairs and how far they had to travel."

    The climb was organized by the West Physical Educational Department.

     


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