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  • 09/13/18--11:20: Utility Awaits Call To Help
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - While Hurricane Florence response plans have been announced for agencies like The Red Cross, another local group is waiting for the call to come and help.

    Wisconsin Public Service crews have experience in putting downed lines back together and restoring power.

    "We're prepared to assist residents who may have been impacted by Hurricane Florence."

    WPS spokesman Matt Cullen says they're staying in touch with other utility companies during the hurricane.

    WPS will understand in real time what kinds of challenges the southeast is going to face.

    "Should we receive that request for assistance. And once we do receive it we will respond immediately."

    But Cullen also says part of any response plan includes making sure things are still covered at home.

    "Resources that we do send to assist will not compromise our ability to provide reliable services to our customers here in Wisconsin."

    WPS crews traveled last year to help restore power to Hurricane Irma victims in Florida, and Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - An Appleton woman convicted of human trafficking was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday

    28-year-old Shawna Baxter forced a "low functioning adult" to perform sex acts while taking the money and was sentenced to five years in prison for that incident. 

    Baxter was also convicted off harboring several runaway children, providing them with meth and injecting them with drugs, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

     


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  • 09/13/18--11:46: Students Put The Walls Up
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Appleton high school students are gaining real-world construction experience while helping a family in need.

    The students kicked off a year-long project, raising the walls of a Habitat for Humanity home Thursday morning.

    The project is part of the district's house construction class and is a partnership with Boldt Construction.

    Students will work for two hours a day each day.

    Skills that the students will learn included carpentry, plumbing, electrical and flooring.

    The family who will live in the home is also helping.

    Habitat for Humanity says its families contribute 300-500 hours of sweat equity toward the construction of their home

    The home is located on Story Street.


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    OCONTO COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A man was charged on Thursday for a fatal crash that occurred on July 29 in Oconto County.

    54-year-old Guy Maras is being charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a vehicle, and homicide by use of a vehicle while having a prohibited alcohol concentration.

    Maras crashed his vehicle into a tree stump in the town of Underhill, which killed 54-year-old passenger Joseph Gallagher. 

    An initial appearance date for Maras has not been listed by court records.


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  • 09/13/18--12:01: Chase Ends In Crash
  • MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Manitowoc County Sheriff deputies say a man that led law enforcement on a high-speed chase Wednesday was under the influence of a controlled substance.

    Deputies say they spotted a vehicle that was being pursued by the State Patrol, traveling on I-43 in Newton.

    Deputies say the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 mph before exiting and colliding with a concrete median and rolling.

    The impact also knocked over a traffic light.

    The 21-year-old driver Gianni Smith of Sheboygan was extracted through the windshield, was taken to the hospital and was eventually taken to jail.


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    TIGERTON, WI (WTAQ) - A Shawano County man has been killed in a workplace accident.

    "The report was that a 46-year-old Tigerton man had been injured while working with logging equipment, said Shawano County Sheriff Captain Tom Tuma.

    The Sheriff's Department responded to Tigerton Lumber Company Thursday morning. Tuma said life-saving efforts were underway when they got there.

    "There were several EMS personnel that worked in the building."

    Rescue crews arrived on the scene but were unable to save the man.

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is assisting the county in the investigation.


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    OCONTO FALLS, WI (WTAQ) - The Oconto Falls man killed in a fatal head-on collision Tuesday has been identified as 22-year-old Cory Folts.

    Police say the driver of the other vehicle, 26-year-old Kelly Crispin of Minnesota was hit Folt's head on. Crispin and her passenger 31-year-old Eric Solomon of Wyoming were treated for injuries and released.

    Both were taken into custody on potential charges.

    Solomon had warrants out of state.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The Titletown District is celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday. 

    The community development west of Lambeau Field will be throwing a birthday bash to celebrate 12-months of bringing people together.

    Organizers have reflected on their steady growth and Program Marketing Coordinator Mallory Steinberg says a jam-packed summer schedule has kept things busy.

    "There's something going on in the park every single day and it continues through September," she says.

    And looking forward their focus is on marketing the area as not just a  seasonal destination, but rather a year-round attraction.

    "We're going to continue to focus on our summer and winter seasons, but adding in some programming for spring and fall as well," explains Steinberg.

    No matter the conditions though, one day of the week will always stay immensely popular.

    "Sunday is game day," she says. "We bring live entertainment and bring a band four hours prior to kickoff."

    So for those cheering on the Green and Gold on a budget, their free entertainment provides an option.

    "You don't have to go to the game to enjoy Titletown," says Steinberg.

    The birthday party on Saturday starts at 10 AM and will feature live music, food, yoga, and activities for all ages.


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    WAUPACA COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Northeast Wisconsin will be conducting nine days of aerial missions starting on Friday in an attempt to catch speeding motorists.

    The monitored roadways will be US 45 and 10 in Waupaca County and I-41 in Outagamie County.

    The aircrafts are able to determine vehicle speeds by using highway markings and a timing device. 

    The aerial officer will notify a ground-bound officer if they notice a motorist violating a speed or traffic law.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A kitchen fire on Thursday afternoon forced three people from their home on Green Bay's west side.

    Firefighters were called around 1:30 PM to an eight-story apartment complex after a stove fire spread to the cabinets and wall above.

    The fire was put out and smoke was cleared from the building quickly by crews.

    Everyone, except the individuals that lived in the affected apartment, was able to return to their homes. 

     

    An Initial estimate of the damage is $6,000. 


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A preliminary report was released on Thursday from the ongoing investigation into the fatal boat crash that killed two sisters near Neenah on August 18.

    The crash claimed the lives of 26-year-old Lauren Laabs and 20-year-old Cassandra Laabs. 

    The report indicates that no one on either boat was wearing a life jacket and both drivers told investigators they did not see the other boat.

    The investigation will continue as they await toxicology reports before making final determinations. 

    The crash also killed a family dog that was on board.

    Both boat operators have not had charges filed against them.


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A shooting on Wednesday night that took place at an apartment complex in Fond du Lac surprised residents, but they aren't overly alarmed.

    Fond du Lac Police was called to Forest Plaza Apartments around 10:30 PM after receiving a report that two people had been shot.

    Both victims were transported to hospitals in critical condition and an investigation is ongoing.

    Resident Ed Hardy lives in the complex.

    "I looked out the window and saw the police," he explains. "They were running and were in a big hurry."

    No suspects have been identified at this time, yet resident Eric Brotzman isn't overly concerned.

    "Honestly I'm not scared," he explains. "I grew up in this type of environment, so it's just nothing new to me."

    Even though he's not concerned going forward, Brotzman was caught off guard by the incident.

    "I've been in this neighborhood for about eight months and nothing like this has happened," he says.

    Police do believe the shootings are an isolated incident and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Fond du Lac Police.

    Ed Hardy has a simple tip for anyone living in the area that might be concerned.

    "Be safe, stay safe, and don't let trouble find you."


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    TOWN OF HERMAN, WI (WTAQ) - The Sheboygan County Emergency Dispatch Center received a report concerning an injury sustained from farming equipment in the Town of Herman.

    After arriving, officials found a 30-year-old male with his clothing caught in a PTO shaft. The accident caused him to sustain serious injuries. 

    The man was flown to Theda Hospital to receive treatment.

    The victim's name is not currently being released. 


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Manitowoc Police continue to investigate a double homicide of a father and daughter.

    More than four days have passed since 51-year-old Richard Miller and his 19-year-old daughter, Jocelyn Miller, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside a home on Dale Street Sunday morning, and Manitowoc Police have not made an arrest.

    The fact that a suspect is on the loose is not comforting to the community, and many are asking for reassurance. Captain Jason Freiboth says there is only so much they can say at this time.

    "I can't make that guarantee that whoever is responsible wouldn't come back, but I can tell you that we have officers during the investigation continually going back through the neighborhood."

    Many neighbors have expressed that it is not comforting enough. 

    Freiboth says they have reason to believe based on what they found during the investigation that the incident was targeted, but could not say what that was in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

    He says their visibility in the community should serve as comfort.

    "Just to reassure that neighboorhood, we are making frequent checks of the neighboorhood.

    Frieboth says they are continuously interviewing people and working around the clock to gather information and identify a suspect.

    If anyone has the information they believe could assist in the investigation, call the Manitowoc Police Department at (920)686-6551, Det. Kowalski at (920) 686-6584 or Det. McGinty at (920) 686-6583. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (920) 683-4466 and may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

     

     

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau announced plans to enhance tourism and recruit talent to the region.

    President and CEO Brad Toll says they are building a $6.5 million dollar state of the art facility to do it.

    "This will be highly interactive. We will use social media and a lot of things to make it a very interactive, very engaging fun space."

    The Region of Greater Green Bay is a popular year-round destination with more than 5.7 million visitors and $671 million dollars spent during those visits each year. Toll said they needed to make a big change to take better advantage of that.

    That change is a new home located at Interstate 41 and Lombardi Avenue west of Lambeau Field and Titletown.

    "It is located right were visitors enter our community, and it is connected to an interstate. They will get to that first stoplight and we will be the first thing they see."

    The Experience Greater Green Bay Visitor Center is a two-story, 12,500 square-foot facility. 

    Toll says the move was necessary first because they were forced to move out of their existing home at the Brown County Arena, which is scheduled to be torn down.

    Since 1969, the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau had been operating inside the Brown County Memorial Complex, but that will soon change.

     

    Toll said that location offered issues.

    "The facility is old. There is no Wi-Fi and the visitors did not have access to a bathroom."

    To date, Experience Greater Green Bay has commitments of $3.5 million dollars, including a lead gift of $1.5 million dollars from the Oneida Nation.

    "The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin has a long and proud history of citizenship, collaboration, and contributions in Northeastern Wisconsin, extending all the way back to the early 1800s," said Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Chairman Tehassi Hill. "We have more than 16,500 tribal members living in the region and are the third-largest employer in Brown County."

    Toll says the new facility will enhance the understanding of Greater Green Bay as a great place to live, work and play, by showcasing regional arts and culture, waterfronts, education and industry. 

    The Experience Greater Green Bay Visitor Center will feature community spaces and an atrium with interactive displays that highlight attractions in the Green Bay area.

    Toll says they did a lot of research before coming up with their plan.

    "We looked at St. Louis, Louisville, Seattle and many other CVB's and we are taking the best of each, but we have our own ideas as well. What we are planning on putting together is not going to be your typical visitors center."

    Construction is planned to begin next spring and the center is scheduled to open in summer 2020.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Looking back 100 years of Packer football in Green Bay, High School football played a big role in improving the cities sports climate.

    "It really fueled the passion that fans had for football in this city."

    With the Packers playing one of their rivals this weekend, team Historian Cliff Christl says the Green Bay East vs West game brought a love of football to Green Bay. 

    "It was drawing 5,000 fans by the time Curly was a Senior and the first Packers team, 17 of the 25 players played at either East or West."

    Prior to that, Christl says Green Bay was a baseball town.

    Christl says journalist George Whitney Calhoun turned another high school game into a high profile event.

    "Calhoun got Watertown and Marinette to come here and play for a so-called State Championship. Calhoun promoted that game like no other. He helped turn Green Bay into a football hotbed."


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    MENASHA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Hundreds of Habitat for Humanity volunteers "rocked" the city of Menasha Thursday.

    "The magnitude of work that it would take just to try and tackle this project by myself was overwhelming, so to have the support that I had today was incredible!" said Rock the Block homeowner and volunteer August Kronberg.

    Twenty-three projects, like fixing the outside of August Kronberg's home, will be completed by Saturday in Menasha's Friendship Trail neighborhood.

    Community development manager for the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, Ryan Roth, tells FOX 11 Thursday was just day one and already several volunteers had come out to help transform their community.

    “We have volunteers that come out from this neighborhood, from the community all around it, that comes out to help out the homeowners to make those meaningful improvements; to improve their house and, really, to improve the whole neighborhood."

    Roth said the program is more than just revitalizing a neighborhood, it's about building relationships.

    "People showing other people that they're worthy of love, and I think that what we're doing here with Rock the Block is we're showing our neighbors that they're worth it.”

    Kronberg alls the effort overwhelming.

    “I can't even imagine what my neighbors are going to say, and the stories that I can tell them when they say, 'Hey, nice siding. What happened?'” Then I can just tell them the love and support and everything that went into the people who had my back."

    Roth says upwards of 5,000 people have given their time and effort since the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity's Rock the Block started in 2015.

    "They've contributed over 21,000 hours of volunteer time toward Habitat, toward Rock the Block, toward investing in neighborhoods, toward helping families, you know, making those meaningful improvements."

    Between the projects in Menasha and in Neenah next week, organizers said they expect more than 400 volunteers.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A fire at a Green Bay apartment building sent one person to a hospital and forced tenants to find another place to stay.

    Firefighters were called to 1135 Brosig St. Thursday evening for a report of flames and smoke coming from an apartment.

    The person in that apartment was injured and taken to the hospital. There's no word on their condition.

    The fire had spread to a living room, kitchen and ceiling.

    Green Bay Metro Fire Department says the fire started in the living room of that apartment but the exact cause is still under investigation.

    Damage is estimated at $30,000.

    The fire department says the building is uninhabitable for now.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - GRAMMY Award-winning global superstar Kelly Clarkson has announced her highly anticipated Meaning Of Life Tour and will be at the Resch Center on Friday, February 15, 7 p.m. She will be joined by special guests GRAMMY-nominated Kelsea Ballerini and last season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice, Team Kelly’s Brynn Cartelli. Tickets start at $69 and go on sale Monday, September 24 at 10 a.m. at ReschCenter.com, by phone at 800.895.0071 and in person at the Ticket Star Box Office in the Resch Center.

     A seasoned live performer, Clarkson most recently headlined the 2018 US Open Opening Night Ceremony last month with a medley of her greatest hits. The past year also saw Clarkson host and perform on the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in addition to performances on the American Music Awards, TODAY Show Summer Concert Series, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, CMT Awards and many more. Clarkson is further slated for several high-profile TV appearances this month, including The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, TODAY and The View.

     Meaning of Life is the album Kelly Clarkson was destined to make with Atlantic Records, a collection of smart and sensual soul-inspired pop that immediately belongs among the legendary label’s classic canon. Meaning of Life features GRAMMY-nominated first single “Love So Soft” and the show-stopping ballad “I Don’t Think About You” – both of which have become live show staples alongside Clarkson’s extensive catalog of hits.

    Kelly Clarkson is among the most popular artists of this era with total worldwide sales of more than 25 million albums and 36 million singles. The Texas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter first came to fame in 2002 as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol.” Clarkson’s debut single, “A Moment Like This,” followed and quickly went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, ultimately ranking as the year’s best-selling single in the U.S. Further, Clarkson is, without doubt, one of pop’s top singles artists, with 17 singles boasting multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications around the world, including such global favorites as “Miss Independent” and “Because of You.” Clarkson has released eight studio albums (ThankfulBreakawayMy DecemberAll I Ever WantedStrongerWrapped In RedPiece By Piece, Meaning of Life), one greatest hits album, and two children’s books (New York Times Top 10 bestseller River Rose and the Magical Lullaby and the recent follow up River Rose and the Magical Christmas). She is the recipient of an array of awards including three GRAMMY Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two American Country Awards, and one Country Music Association Award. She is also the first artist to top each of Billboard’s pop, adult contemporary, country, and dance charts.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Oshkosh Police have made two arrests in an investigation of assaults that occurred September 8 in the city of Oshkosh.

    An 18-year-old male and a 20-year-old male both from Green Bay were taken into custody Thursday afternoon in the city of Green Bay.

    The 18-year-old was taken into custody for 3 counts of Party to the Crime of Substantial Battery, Battery, and Party to the Crime of Robbery.

    The 20-year-old was taken into custody for 3 counts of Party to a Crime of Substantial Battery, 5 counts of Felony Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.

    Police believe the assaults were random.


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