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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - A local baseball team will not only be getting a new name for next season, but also a new home to play in.

    The Bullfrogs finally have their own Field of Dreams.

    The dirt was tossed at Capital Credit Union Park on Friday afternoon. The location is on Holmgren Way near Lambeau Field and is expected to be open in 2019.

    Vern Stenman the President of Big Top Baseball, which owns the Bullfrogs, emphasized that the facility can serve multiple roles.

    "Baseball is going to lead the experience that's always going to be number one, but soccer, concerts, entertainment that's what this area is going to continue to be known for," he explains.

    The old CTI Concrete building next door, which is a 17,000 square foot warehouse, will be renovated to include a team store, concessions, and suites for watching the game. Stenman says those fans will have an up close and personal view of the action.

    "If you're sitting in one of our suites you're going to be about 110 feet from home plate, which is really on top of the action," he says. "This is going to be a very intimate facility."

    Team and city officials are hoping the location of the field will create a boom for the community. Resident Mark Reed, who lives down the street from the future site, agrees in their assessment.

    "I think it's just going to bring more business for this area and help everybody out," he says.

    The unknown quantity in this equation going forward is the name of the franchise. The franchise has narrowed down the search to seven fan submitted ideas for the name that reflect local interests. Fan Mark Reed isn't so confident on this front.

    "That one I don't know, we'll just have to see I guess," he says.

    Officials said they expect to make a decision on the name of the franchise in the next couple of months.

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced some road closures that could affect late-night travelers.

    If you've been feeling some bumps while traveling on I-41 at Oneida Street it hasn't gone unnoticed.

    The DOT will be closing down some stretches starting Sunday to address the issue.

    DOT Spokesperson Mark Kantola explains the situation.

    "Starting Sunday night at about 6 PM we're going to be fixing the bumps at the approaches to the Oneida and Parkview Road overpass," says Kantola.

    He says they've heard a fairly common complaint in this area.

    "Many people notice a little bump there as they go over the bridges," says Kantola.

    He explains how those inconvenient bumps begin.

    "Since we built the bridges there's been some settling at the approaches," explains Kantola. "They sit over some soil."

     The closures begin Sunday night and will continue through Wednesday and there will be full closures at the Oneida St. Interchange on both Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 pm to 4:30 am.

    The roadwork is expected to be finished by Wednesday night.

    Updates and additional information on the roadwork can be found here.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - After 18 months of work, CP in Green Bay celebrated a ribbon cutting for their new expansion.

    The added space increases CP's physical footprint from 46,000 sq. ft. to just under 68,000 sq. ft.

    "It feels a little surreal quite frankly to get this thing across the finish line," said Jon Syndergaard, Executive Director.

     

    This growth allows CP to expand all of its programs and service areas, but it took a while to get it all done.

    112,400 pounds of steel, almost a mile of bar joist that holds up the roof and over 750,000 fasteners, bolts and screws in the project done by Keller.

    Syndergaard said they did not have a place to put clients when the work was being done, so the expansion was done around them. 

    "We literally had clients and staff with sawdust falling on their heads, and I can't tell you just how patient they have been."

    For the clients, it was a challenge at times.

    "I am very excited that this project is done," said one client. "It was very frustrating at times."

    Syndergaard said they just did not have enough space to do what they wanted to.

    "Now for the first time in many many years, we will be able to meet the demands of the community"

    That will help them reach more people.

    "We were having to put people on waiting lists or turn people away so the fact that we will be able to accommodate people now is a blessing."

    CP serves about 21,000 families each year. CP reaches out all throughout Northeast Wisconsin providing adult day services which include skills training for adults with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities.

    CP also provides therapy services and a continuum of care as well as Early Education and care for children who are encouraged to interact with peers, make new friends and learn about each other.

     


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A person of interest in a recent shooting in Fond du Lac is behind bars according to police.

    The 31-year-old man was arrested not because of the shooting on Wednesday night at Forest Plaza Apartments, but because of a probation hold from a previous conviction.

    The man's name has not been released and he has not been charged with any crime related to the shooting. 

    Wednesday's shooting resulted in a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl being sent to the hospital in serious condition. 

    No updates on their condition have been given.

    Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact Fond du Lac Police. 


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - A woman is alleging that she was grabbed and assaulted near St. Norbet College early Friday morning.

    The alleged incident took place while she was walking on the 800 block of 3rd Street in De Pere and was approached by a man at around 3 AM.

    The man got out of his older green vehicle and attempted to grab her, but she was able to break away and call the police.

    Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the De Pere Police Department at (920) 339-4078.

    Also, you can remain anonymous by contacting the Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 920-432-7867.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man has been determined competent by a judge to stand trial.

    Dmitry Morozov is facing 10 charges after he allegedly set fire to his apartment and attempted to flee from police while naked.

    Court records indicate that the three-day trial is scheduled for December 12. 

    The criminal complaint states that Ashwaubenon Public Safety officers initially had cotact with Morozov on April 9 when they received a complaint from his downstairs neighbor that water was coming through his ceiling. Officers ordered Morozov to take care of the water.

    Officers were called back to his apartment later in the day after receiving reports of a fire. Upon arrival, they found a nude Morozov attempting to escape out a window. He was grabbed by officers and arrested. 

    The complaint says that officers noticed a disabled fire alarm outside the apartment and something smoking on the stove. 

    Morozov denied doing anything wrong. 


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    WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - Hurricane Florence has proved deadly along the Carolina coast, but a Waupaca Church is doing their best to lend a helping hand.

    Radiant Fellowship Church Pastor Bob Adams is taking a group of 5 other people to South Carolina next week to help out.

    For him, it was a no-brainer decision to help out.

    "We were watching the news seeing the Hurricane rolling in and thought we could rent a van, load it up, and head on down," he explains.

    For now, they have a trailer set up for donations at the Pick N' Save on West Fulton Street.

    "This will sit there until next Wednesday," explains Adams.

    Adams is thankful for the assistance he has received from local businesses.

    "The store director said he's just going to let people load it up and then they'll do their part as well."

    David Vail is one of the five other people joining Adams on the 17-hour trip next week. He too is encouraged by the help they've received.

    "It's awesome that all the businesses have stepped up and we're just thankful we're able to go and deliver this stuff," he says.

    If the group receives more donations than expected, then they'll consider a second trip.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man has been convicted of distributing drugs which lead to an overdose death.

    Witnesses have described seeing 37-year-old David Shanks with baseball-sized quantities of heroin and $5,000 stacks of cash.

    Prosecutors are alleging that Shanks sold large quantities of heroin and methamphetamine in both the Green Bay and Iron Mountain, Michigan areas.

    Prosecutors say that it was the sale of Shanks heroine that resulted in the death of one person on September 10. 

    Two people later overdosed on September 22 after consuming drugs sold by Shanks, but they were saved by paramedics.

    Shanks faces a mandatory life sentence in prison due to previous felony drug convictions.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced some road closures that could affect late-night travelers.

    If you've been feeling some bumps while traveling on I-41 at Oneida Street it hasn't gone unnoticed.

    The DOT will be closing down some stretches starting Sunday to address the issue.

    DOT Spokesperson Mark Kantola explains the situation.

    "Starting Sunday night at about 6 PM we're going to be fixing the bumps at the approaches to the Oneida and Parkview Road overpass," says Kantola.

    He says they've heard a fairly common complaint in this area.

    "Many people notice a little bump there as they go over the bridges," says Kantola.

    He explains how those inconvenient bumps begin.

    "Since we built the bridges there's been some settling at the approaches," explains Kantola. "They sit over some soil."

     The closures begin Sunday night and will continue through Wednesday and there will be full closures at the Oneida St. Interchange on both Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 pm to 4:30 am.

    The roadwork is expected to be finished by Wednesday night.

    Updates and additional information on the roadwork can be found here.


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  • 09/15/18--10:16: Return To Sender
  • MENASHA (WTAQ- WLUK) -Letters and packages are missing in Menasha and Neenah.

    Residents told FOX 11 a number of pieces of mail sent through the US Post Office are nowhere to be seen.  "It's the entire community! It's not just hit or miss, it's the entire community. It's crazy!" said Menasha resident Crystal Campbell.

    If you're waiting for something mailed by someone in Neenah or Menasha, you may be waiting a little longer.

    Several residents said what they mailed out last Tuesday, never reached its final destination.

    "They admitted that any mail that was mailed out on the fourth, they aren't able to locate,” Neenah resident Lori Hammett said. “They believe it's somewhere in Milwaukee, but they don't know where."

    Lori Hammett is just one of many whose mail appears to be lost.

    For her and her husband, who owns a law practice, it's crucial the mail they send is received on time.

    "He pays quarterly taxes and has sent out a check to the state, and a check to the IRS, and we noticed that they haven't been cashed!" Hammett said.

    They rely on USPS so heavily, Lori tracks the mail online.

    Even that isn't helping now. The tracking status says 'unavailable'.

    The issue of the missing mail is certainly causing frustration, but for some, it's also now costing them.

    "I was sending a 'Thank You' card to somebody who was very generous with my family and giving them some cash back to say thank you, and they've never received it,” Campbell said.

    FOX 11 asked the USPS how much mail and how many people might be affected but hasn’t received a specific number.

    In a statement by the USPS Corporate Communication Center in Ill., handling this region, they said they are aware of the issue and are looking into it.

    Multiple residents also said they're getting late fees and penalties for checks mailed out for bills that still haven't been received.

    No word from the post office on how that will be handled, or when the missing mail will finally get where it needs to go.


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  • 09/15/18--10:18: Help Coming From Green Bay
  • GREEN BAY (WTAQ-WLUK) - Help is headed to the Carolinas from throughout the country and that includes Northeast Wisconsin.

    “I've had a good life and this is a chance to give something back,” said Craig Holmes, a nine-year volunteer for the American Red Cross.  Holmes is one of two men taking Green Bay's Emergency Response Vehicle to help those in the path of Florence.

    “Red Cross has always been there and it's very fulfilling for me to provide a service to people facing this type of loss,” said Holmes.

    The vehicle is filled with water and snacks to hand out to those displaced and to emergency responders.

    First, the duo will head to a staging area in Macon, Georgia. That's about 400 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina.

    “As things unfold, the Red Cross will send us in where we're needed,” said Holmes.

    Other Red Cross volunteers are at home, on standby in case they're needed as well.

    “We have the capacity at the American Red Cross to scale up rather quickly, depending upon the size of these disasters and we've been doing that now for a week or two, preparing for this one, knowing it's coming,” said Steve Hansen, the executive director of American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

    If you're at home and want to help out, it's recommended heading to RedCross.org and either providing a financial contribution or filling out an application to volunteer.

    “We might not be able to send people out for this disaster, but often times its disasters like this that make people think about well I could do that and this would be a great opportunity and a way for me to give back,” said Hansen.

    The crew out of Green Bay is expected to be in the disaster region for two to three weeks.

    The two volunteers in the Emergency Response Vehicle are trained in food handling, driving and maintaining the vehicle, CPR, first aid, and dealing with people displaced in a disaster.


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  • 09/15/18--10:23: Rodgers May Practice
  • ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - According to ESPN, Packers coach Mike McCarthy will have no problem starting Aaron Rodgers on Sunday if the star quarterback isn't able to practice before facing the Vikings.

    Rodgers will try to take part in Saturday's session, and the feeling in the locker room is that he'll attempt to play after suffering a knee injury in Week 1. 

     Green Bay has officially listed him as questionable. Davante Adams and Oren Burks are also questionable. Josh Jones has been ruled out this week.


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Manitowoc early Sunday morning. 

    Crews were responding to a fire alarm on the 1500 block of South 35th Street, when a male with a blunt instrument confronted an officer, according to Police. 

    According to the police report, that is when the officer fired his weapon.   The male subject was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officers confirmed that the incident is not related to the double homicide that occurred last week.   The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A popular bridge is getting its biannual inspection and it's expected to slow traffic.

    The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge over the Fox River will be looked over by officials starting on Tuesday and continuing through Thursday.

    DOT Spokesperson Mark Kantola wants people to be aware that nothing unusual prompted this scheduled inspection

    "Luckily there has been no major issues with the bridge that would compromise the safety of the bridge or compromise the safety of those traveling over the bridge," he says.

    He explains what officials will be checking out for the next three days.

    "Looking for rust, looking at the cables," explains Kantola. "Performing a thorough inspection of the bridge."

    Kantola gives the details on what motorists can expect throughout the week.

    "We're going to have the right lane closed from 9 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday on northbound," he says. "On Wednesday, from 9 am to 3 PM we're going to have the right lane of northbound and southbound closed."

    The real danger might be a common dangerous tendency that motorists develop when driving through construction.

    "A lot of people like to rubberneck and look at the inspectors," he says. 

    The project is expected to be finished by Thursday at 3 PM. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The new Hotel Northland in Green Bay continues to work to fill their staff before opening.

    With 135 jobs open, the Hotel Northland put together a job fair.

    "Monday, we had a number of people show up bright and early, the word got out and we had quite a few people the following day."

    John Williams, General Manager says they were not planning on hiring people on the spot but used two days last week to meet people and share what they have to offer.

    Williams says they are going to take two more days this week to that.

    "We are going to go at it again on Tuesday and Wednesday, and that should pretty much complete the process of interviewing."  

    Since the Hotel Northland closed, many have been waiting for the doors to open once again.  

    "I think it is not just that they want to be a cook or work the front desk, it is that they want to be part of the Northland."  

    This fall, the Northland will be the first and only Autograph Collection hotel in the State.    Williams says that alone has brought in a lot of interest and history.  

    "There are people who have waited so long for this hotel to come back to life, and they just want to be part of it."  

    The job fair will take place at the Ferguson Family YMCA on North Jefferson Street from 11 am to 7 pm.   


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  • 09/17/18--00:00: Danger In Disaster Donations
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Hurricane relief efforts tend to bring out the generosity in many, but that does not mean you don't have to be careful of where you are sending your money.

    With the aftermath of Hurricane Florence comes charitable giving.  

    The Better Business Bureau says times of disaster brings out the best in people, but can also bring out the worse.    

    "There are some great charities, there are some scam charities and then are some with great intentions but are not necessarily well run."  

    Susan Bach, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Northeast Wisconsin says a common way people look to donate money is through Go Fund Me. 

    "People who set up crowdfunding pages like that are certainly well-intentioned, but you know they are not professional charities. The last time I checked, there was almost 500 for Hurricane Florence."  

    She says if you don't know who set the page up, you don't know for sure that they have the knowledge or the means to get the money where it needs to go.  

    Bach adds doing research is the best way to avoid being scammed.  

    "Just make sure that if you give with your heart that you use your head first."  

    To help people find that credible charity, a list can be found at www.give.org.   

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Around 9 last night, GBPD responded to a complaint of gunshots in the 1200 block of South Broadway St on Green Bay’s near west side.

    No one was found injured and there is only believed to be property damage to a residence and vehicles at this time.

    Police and Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, which does not appear to be a random event.

    If anyone has any information about this incident they are encouraged to call the Green Bay Police Department at 920-448-3200 reference report 18-210442.

    If you wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you can contact Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP, or visit www.432stop.com.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) -  The Packers and Vikings played to a 29-29 tie last night at Lambeau Field and medical personnel stayed busy after 242 people had to be assisted.

    Of the 242 individuals that required assistance officials say 47 were considered emergencies and four people were taken to local hospitals.

    14 people were ejected from the game and three individuals were arrested. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be adding a new building to their campus focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.

    There is a ceremonial groundbreaking for The Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Monday, which is being attended by Governor Scott Walker.

    The project was funded through $5 million in state money, $5 million in Brown County money and $5 in private donations. 

    The building of this center was part of Governor Walker's 2017-2019 capital budget.

    The center is aimed at helping develop the state workforce for the fields of science and technology, which are considered in high demand.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man was arrested after allegedly stabbing a woman on Sunday night.

    25-year-old Pedro Hernandez is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a woman in the neck near West Mason and 15th street, according to Green Bay Police.

    The condition of the woman is not yet available and no charges have formally been filed against Hernandez at this point.

    Police are requesting a charge of attempted homicide, according to jail records.

    There is no information yet on when Hernandez will make an initial court appearance.

     


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