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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The suspect from a Neenah standoff on September 10 was ordered to stand trial on Monday.

    Eric Vandenboogard has been charged with recklessly endangering safety and court records show that he has waived a preliminary hearing.

    An arraignment has been scheduled for September 20.

    The criminal complaint states that Vandenboogard got into an argument with another man and fired a gun, which he claims was unintentional. 

    The bullet struck a mattress and a neighbor was able to get the gun and lock it in his safe. 

    The complaint also states that he claims he didn't point the gun at the man and told authorities that he had perhaps 10 beers that day.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A historic Oshkosh building has completed its year-long renovation process and opened their doors to the public on Monday.

    The Howard was established 90 years ago as a men's-only club but is now open to everyone.

    The building was restored by sisters Carey Sharpe and Jenna Golem, who are both Fox Valley natives.

    The space now features a bowling alley, a concert hall, and a private dining room.

    It was originally founded in 1927 as the Eagles Club and is built in the English Tudor Revival-style.

    The building has a space on both the National Register and State Register of Historic Places. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for supplying the gun used in a murder on the city's east side.

    23-year-old David Tatum was convicted of being party to first-degree reckless homicide in the murder of Zach Boose by Atlas Watson, which occurred on September 29, 2016, at an apartment on Lime Kiln Road. 

    Court officials also placed Tatum in extended supervision for 20 years and ordered him to perform 2,000 hours of community service. 

    Watson, Tatum, and Boose had all been involved in an on-going dispute before Watson used Tatum's gun to kill Boose.

    Watson was earlier sentenced to 32 years in prison. 

     


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  • 09/17/18--21:05: Severe Weather Strikes Again
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The National Weather Service says Brown County is under a flood warning until 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Flooded streets were reported in Green Bay area, including Allouez and Bellevue.

    Major flooding was reported on Main and Mason Streets.

    Winds gusts of up to 60 miles per hour led to downed trees in Northeast Wisconsin.

    Downed trees were reported in the Fox Valley area.

    Many streets remain blocked off because of high water. Emergency crews are asking people to stay home until the water is cleared from most roads.

    Wisconsin Public Service estimates over 2,000 people are affected by multiple power outages in the area.

    Fire crews were going business to business on Main Street to safely remove employees.

    Employees at Dollar Tree, Arby’s, and Pick ‘N Save had to receive help getting out of work.

    FOX 11 spoke with Sierra Larsen in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts who was waiting for her daughter to get out of work at Arby’s, which is across the street.

    "It looks horrible, it really does. You look over there and they're under water."

    She said it was tough not having communication with her, but felt better knowing safety crews were helping get her safely out of the building.

    "Watching the fire people over there. Wait to see if they're trying to save people and get them out, or what"

    Many streets remain blocked off because of high water.

    Emergency crews asked people to stay home until the water is cleared from most roads.

     

     


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  • 09/18/18--00:00: Ready If Needed
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - In the last twelve months, Wisconsin Public Service has helped restore power to two areas hit by hurricanes.

    "It really does come at the request of those energy companies that are affected by the severe weather event."

    Matt Cullen, WPS spokesperson says it is not uncommon for their employees to help out, but only when called upon. He says that request has not been made for the area damaged by Hurricane Florence.

    "WPS crews have not been requested to assist with those restoration efforts.   For now, Cullen says it is work as normal in Wisconsin, but they will be ready if needed.   "We are still paying very close attention to the situation down in those areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. We continue to participate in mutual aid conference calls.   Over 400,000 people were still without power as of the weekend.

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    OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Unseasonably warm temperatures and standing water from flooding has created breeding grounds for an annoying insect.

    Mosquitos have been swarming in large numbers creating a possibly dangerous threat.

    Cases of the West Nile Virus have been found in the state as recently as two weeks ago and Mary Dorn with the Outagamie Public Health Department says it's important to seek attention if you experience side effects from a mosquito bite.

    "Symptoms occur from West Nile Virus about three to fourteen days after being bit by a mosquito," she says. "Symptoms might be fever, headache, joint pain, body ache, vomiting."

    If it seems unusually late in the year for mosquitos to be popping up, you're right. Dorn explains that they've been breeding in large quantities due to advantageous weather conditions.

    "When we have standing water we get mosquitos and the warm [weather] helps them," she says. "Which is unusual for this time of the year."

    The unfortunate reality is that the weather will have to consistently change before these insects disappear.

    "As long as the temperature is warm enough and the environment is there for them to reproduce, and we still have that standing water they're going to be able to do that," she says. "Until the weather does cooperate when it gets cold enough."

    Dorn says there are some easy tips to stay away from mosquito bites and guard against possible West Nile Virus dangers.

    "Where that twenty to thirty percent DEET or other EPA approved insect repellant," she explains. "When you're outside, wear long sleeve shirts, pants, and high socks."

    Additional information on the West Nile Virus can be found here.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Significant blood loss can be life-threatening.

    Monday night, Ashwaubenon first responders revealed what they believe could increase their capability to save lives.

    They received dozens of bleeding control kits containing bandages and tourniquets.

    Health professionals say seconds saved can lead to lives saved.

    Although emergency vehicles in Ashwaubenon already carry a few bags, an emergency room physician says more bags translate into a better chance of survival.

    Steve Stroman, Aurora Bay Care emergency physician tells FOX 11 it's very important.

    "The entire idea behind this kit is stopping someone's significant bleeding. People can bleed to death from a significant injury in a matter of minutes."

    The kits will travel on fire trucks and ambulances for use when needed.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Packers may have tied the Vikings on Sunday, but they are hoping to lead the way to victory in the continued fight against a devastating disease.

    Tuesday was the kickoff of the Packers vs. Cancer campaign.

    The initiative is aimed at raising funds for research and cancer care.

    The continued effort brings together a partnership of the Green Bay Packers, Bellin Health, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

    Jen Macdonald from Bellin Health highlighted some scary numbers while speaking at Lambeau Field.

    "More than 77 thousand Wisconsin women currently are in various stages of breast cancer," she says. "Those are staggering numbers."

    Thankfully, this and other initiatives have the previous number of fifty percent survival rate after cancer screening trending in the right direction.

    "Today that survival rate is pushing eighty percent," she explains. "That progress is really due to screening initiatives and initiatives like this."

    One of the countless numbers of individuals affected by cancer is Packers linebacker, Blake Martinez. He spoke about how he lost his best friend in grade school to bone marrow cancer. 

    "It was just so mindboggling to me that someone with so much potential could get something taken away by something so gross," he says.

    Martinez believes the fight against cancer starts with one small action and anyone can truly make a difference.

    "It takes just one person," he explains. "One person to make an influence, make a change."

    The Packers Pro Shop will be selling Vince Lombardi cancer awareness hats, which directs $5 of every sale to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

    Green Bay players will also be attending the Pulaski High School and Preble High School game on October 5 to visit with fans. Rally towels and t-shirts will be available for purchase at that game with proceeds benefiting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. 


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    GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for the Fox Cities Champion Center in Grand Chute.

    The indoor sports facility will be a massive 164,000 square foot building that is expected to generate revenue immediately. Matt Ten Haken, the Director of Sports Marketing with Fox Cities, speaks towards the financial impact.

    "Our formal estimates are that the facility will have an economic impact of $8 million in year one," he says.

    It's a high number but seems realistic after considering all the different activities that can take place inside the complex.

    "It's going to be travel teams in hockey, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, you name it," explains Ten Haken.

    The flexibility to host so many different sports paired with modern amenities has organizers setting a lofty goal for the future building.

    "Our goal is for this facility to be best in the Midwest tier," says Ten Haken.

    The opportunity for a complex of this magnitude was identified a while ago.

    "We started in late 2013 with the idea that we needed to explore adding new indoor sports facilities in the Fox Cities," he explains.

    Five years later organizers saw the start of that dream come to fruition with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

    Construction on the complex is expected to last around one year and a tentative open date has been set for Fall 2019. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Metro Fire Department is still working to help those affected by flooding Monday evening.

     

    Fire Chief David Litton said hey had to rescue and evacuate. 

    "Over 100 people were evacuated from seven different buildings."

    72 residents were displaced from Bay Manor Apartments on Bader Street, and the American Red Cross is assisting those in need at Celebration Church on Humbolt Road.

    Chief Litton said Green Bay Preble High School is normally the site they use.

    "We lost power at Preble High School right before we started the evacuation, so we had to move on to Plan B. We had to use the church because it was the highest ground and that was really at that time the only route that we could get people to and from the scene that we were evacuating them from," Litton said.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, 60 displaced residents remained at the church.

    "We are looking for relatives to come to pick them up."

    Chief Litton said they spent much of the evening rescuing people from vehicles that were stranded in flooded streets.  

    "During the middle of the storm, our crews rescued approximately 50 other people who drove through barricades, around emergency vehicles, and into the water and then required emergency assistance."

    He says it was a prime example of why they tell people don't drive on flooded roads.

    "You don't know how deep the water was. In that area of Main and Mason, the water was six feet deep. Assistant Chief Goplin was blocking the road with his emergency vehicle with lights on and people were driving around him like he wasn't even there."

    Many residents were without power.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay Metro Fire Station 5 suffered severe flood damage during Monday night's storms.

    "Our Fire Station 5 suffered major flooding, rendering the building uninhabitable," said Fire Chief David Litton.

    The station on Finger Road is expected to be closed for a lengthy period of time while repairs are being done.

    "We don't know how long the building will be in the condition that it is in."

    Fire Chief Litton says in the meantime, crews will remain in the area and will be able to provide emergency assistance to residents of that neighborhood and it will not affect the emergency service in that area.

    "How long it will take for cleanup and how long it will take for power to be restored, we do not have answers at this point. It could be several days, it could be several weeks before we can use it again."

    For now cleanup is needed and power needs to be restored.

    Litton says the flooding happened fast.

    "It was basically dry when we left the station and two hours later we were underwater. That is how fast that happened."

     


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    KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ) - Jake's Diapers in Kaukauna is once again collecting to donate.

    Executive Director and Founder Stephanie Bowers says volunteers packed diapers and feminine products to be shipped to North Carolina to help families affected by Hurricane Florence.

     

    "We packed about 200 diaper kits, which will diaper a child from birth through potty training."

    Along with diapers, teams also packed feminine hygiene products.

    Bowers says their focus is on residents in Lumberton, North Carolina, an area hit hard by Hurricane Florence.

    "Forty percent of all families in Lumberton live below the poverty level."

    She says in a time of disaster, people tend to think of food, clothing, shelter, and water, but diapers are commonly forgotten.

    "Federal disaster relief programs do not cover diapers. WIC and food stamps do not allow for diapers, so when you have families in poverty no amplified by disaster, it is a desperate situation."

    "If you don't have diapers for your child, your child cannot go to childcare, Bowers said. "If your child can't go to childcare, you can't go to work."

    In addition, Johnson & Johnson, through its crowdfunding site Caring Crowd, is doubling all individual donations to Jake's Diapers during the emergency.

    There are still opportunities to volunteer and donate. You can learn more at www.jakesdiapers.org.

    Jakes Diapers also continues to send cloth diapers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island a year ago.


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  • 09/18/18--15:59: Free Bulk Waste Collection
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It's a special opportunity for Green Bay residents after a particularly strong storm.

    Following heavy rain and strong winds on Monday night the Green Bay Department of Public Works will be offering free bulk waste collection for those impacted by the storm.

    "We have not done this before," says Public Works Director Steve Grenier. 

    The overall goal is to help those that were hit the hardest.

    "We're trying to do right by the taxpayer," he says. 

    The department is emphasizing that this isn't an opportunity to toss unwanted junk, but rather is reserved for items directly affected by Monday's storm.

    "Our staff is pretty good at being able to look at something and see whether or not there's been water damage to it," says Grenier.

    There has been a bulk collection in the past, but this is a separate effort from that action. 

    "This is in direct response to the amount of rain that we had and the widespread reports that we got of property damage due to flooding," he explains.

    Items affected by the storm can be brought to free drop off locations located on the east side on Mills Street and the west side on South Oneida Street, in addition to the available curbside collection.

    The curbside collection will be available through September 25.

    The east side location is at 1820 Mills Street and the west side location is at 519 S. Oneida Street. 

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A North Carolina man arrested in Wrightstown for child enticement has asked a judge to dismiss one of the counts against him.

    35-year-old Richard Davenport was arrested for allegedly offering money to juveniles for sex in August.

    According to the complaint, Davenport had suspicious interactions with at least three children but denied offering one boy money.

    No hearing for the motion has been set.

    Court records show Davenport is also facing a child pornography charge after images of children were found on his phone.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Thanks to a state grant, Appleton International Airport will have a new hanger.

    Governor Scott Walker announced over $125 thousand dollars from the Transportation Economic Assistance program.

    The new hanger will house up to four regional jets as well as office and maintenance space.

    Construction on the new hangar is expected to be complete in 2019.

    The total cost of the project is $252,000.

    The new facility will aid in the retention of 250 employees at Air Wisconsin Airlines and is expected to create 73 new jobs.


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    FOND DU LAC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed a case of severe bleeding caused by using synthetic cannabinoids containing rat poison in Fond Du Lac County.

    Sixteen other cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin.

    To date, one person in Milwaukee County died from using "fake weed."

    Officials say synthetic cannabinoid products are not legal in Wisconsin, but they are sold at gas stations, convenience stores, novelty stores and online.

    Fake weed is created by spraying dried plant material with chemicals which are inhaled in tobacco products or other vaping devices. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Several businesses on and near Main Street on Green Bay's east side were closed Tuesday to clean up water damage.

    On Monday night, Main Street was a lake, with heavy rain causing major flooding.

    “We were expecting to see some type of damage this morning,” said Mickey Adams, the branch manager for North Shore Bank.

    “I guess we didn't expect to be closed, so this was a shock. We haven't had that happen in the past.”

    Midwest Restoration peeled away the damage inside North Shore Bank.

    Adams tells FOX 11 the branch hopes to reopen on Wednesday.

    “We were pretty fortunate that we had it better than some of the other businesses next to us.”.

    Two doors down, Familia Dental wasn't as lucky. It isn't expected to reopen until next week.

    “This one was pretty bad,” said Brandon Schwarm, owner of Elite Restoration.

    “It's pretty much all the flooring, drywall, carpet, everything inside, cabinets.”

    Schwarm tells FOX 11 he had crews at half a dozen homes with more lined up for the coming days.

    “Just can't keep up. We encourage our customers to get on a waiting list. Most companies are doing the exact same thing. There is so much work out there, we can't keep up.”

    With the flooding affecting so many people, the city will be picking up bulk trash for free through next Tuesday. People can also bring it to the city's two drop off sites for free.

    “Any little bit of rain can usually trigger some calls, but this was it all happened at one time, so it's just been chaotic for sure,” said Schwarm.

    Dollar Tree, Arby's, and The Razz-Ma-Tazz Bar are among other businesses in that Main Street area that were closed Tuesday.


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    TOWN of SCOTT, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Classrooms across the world are looking for new ways to encourage innovative thinking at a young age.

    One school in our area is transforming the way they teach their elementary school students.

    Wequiock Elementary in the Town of Scott has transformed classrooms to stem labs and they’ve added a garden and chicken coop as part of their Environmental Science Center.

    “The students here are amazing they come with so many ideas and ways to solve our own real-world problems,” said Jennifer Beno, a second-grade teacher.

    Students, like 4th grader Mason Beno, are applying critical thinking skills learned in the STEM science labs to their new environmental workspaces.

    “I'm excited to see what color eggs they lay. One of them is supposed to lay olive green eggs, and some have really big white ones.”

    Jennifer Beno tells FOX 11 she has already incorporated the chickens into her lesson plans.

    “We were able to tie it in last week of basic animal needs. How much space do they need how much food do they need?”

    Inside classrooms range from an “inquiry lab” with greenhouse windows to a tech lab with a green screen and virtual reality.

    “This is the biggest change that I’ve seen over my years of teaching. We’re not in the classroom learning through textbooks, we have so much media and resources, so we can be hands-on with the students,” said Jennifer Beno.

    “Students are really able to come up with their own ideas and then pursue them based on their own interests.”

    By fifth grade, the students use the engineer design process in the environment and find real solutions.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Ashwaubenon Public Safety is looking for a woman allegedly responsible for a series of thefts at a Bay Park Square store.

    Police says the woman stole multiple pairs of size 8 Ugg boots from Kohl's over the course of a month.

    Investigators say the woman came into the store between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and stole boots on July 29, Aug. 2, Aug. 6, Aug. 7 and Aug. 16.

    They also say one of the thefts reached felony level as she took multiple pairs that day.

    On surveillance, the woman is seen driving away in either a black Jeep Grand Cherokee or yellow Honda Goldwing motorcycle.

    If anyone has any information on the woman's identity, you're asked to contact Investigator Robert Messer with Ashwaubenon Public Safety at (920) 593-4474.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - An Oshkosh man that drunkenly drove his vehicle into a parked sheriff's squad car was convicted on Wednesday and sentenced to nine months in jail.

    A court official indicates that 60-year-old Harold Strozewski pleaded no contest to one count of drunken driving causing injury.

    A traffic ticket and three other criminal counts were dismissed.

    Strozewski also was assessed a $600 fine, had his driver's license revoked for two years and was placed on probation for three years. 

    The accident took place on Interstate 41 on July 25. 

    The Winnebago County sheriff's deputy was parked along I-41 southbound with its emergency lights on while it investigated an earlier crash. Strozewski's car spun into traffic and hit another vehicle. Two people suffered minor injuries and the deputy was not injured. 


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