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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The Packers opened their doors on Wednesday to showcase some exciting developments being constructed next to Lambeau Field.

    Watch your step was the rule to follow as the site of the future Titletown Tech was explored. Currently under construction, the joint venture between the Packers and Microsoft is expected to be completed by early 2019. 

    Packers President Mark Murphy lists a goal for the creative center.

    "Keeping more of our college graduates from UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert, NWTC, here in the area," he says. "Also, attracting college graduates."

    Packers Chief Operating Officer Ed Policy says the idea for this facility was hatched long ago.

    "We've been working on planning the Titletown Tech concept for nearly five years now," he explains.

    An innovation lab, a venture studio, and a venture fund will be the three major components that will drive the future facility.

    Mark Murphy hopes this helps create an atmosphere that makes people want to stay in Green Bay longer.

    "So when people are coming to Lambeau Field for a game, rather than staying for one day they stay two or three days with the amenities we've added here," he says. "We really see it as a community asset."

    Ed Policy explains the central idea they had when first conceiving plans for the facility nearly five years ago. 

    "Initially we were just looking for really creative ways to try to use the Packers brand and leverage our new real estate assets in Titletown," he says.

    Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft and a Wisconsin native, was present to tour the construction site and help unveil the new logo for Titletown Tech. 


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - One of the individuals described by police as being part of an international crime ring pleaded not guilty to 40 counts of credit card forgery in Fond du Lac court on Thursday.

    35-year-old Catalin-Adrian Capanu will return to court on November 9 for a scheduling conference and no trial date has been set, according to court records.

    Another suspect, 26-year-old Mihai Preda faces similar charges and he pleaded not guilty last month.

    Both men were arrested on June 10 after they were reported acting suspiciously near an ATM.

    A witness called the police and they found 137 forged credit cards and $7,500 in cash.

    The suspects are believed to be part of a nationwide Romanian organized crime ring that targets local areas and attempts to steal credit and debit card information.

     


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    DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) -  A local university will be holding a 10th annual celebration this Saturday that's aimed at giving community members a lot of entertainment for little cost.

    St. Norbert College is opening their campus to the community this Saturday starting at 10 AM for SNC Day. 

    The morning kicks off with a 5K Memorial Run and continues with live music, food trucks, a football game, and much more.

    St. Norbert College spokesperson Mike Counter highlights the best part.

    "Most everything here is free," he says.

    Counter gives some insight on why the university hosts this annual get-together.

    "We look at St. Norbert as an extension to the community," he says. "We're here, we have a lot of events and a lot of things going on at this campus."

    One component will be featured early and often on Saturday.

    "Music galore, three stages of music," explains Counter.

    The live music starts right at 10 in the morning and continues late into the afternoon.

    One of the biggest attractions will be the St. Norbert football game, which won't even require transportation to attend for some fans.

    "There's a trolly that will take you right down to the stadium and take you back after the game," says Counter.

    High school students will have the opportunity to join guided tours of the universities campus throughout the day.

    More information on the day's events can be found here.


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    ONEIDA RESERVATION (WTAQ) - An Oneida Tribal project is adding solar panels on six facilities within the reservation.

    The efforts are expected to save about $80,000 per year.

    The project has been in the works for four years. In the end, it will provide 800 kilowatts of solar electric power.

    The efforts will also possibly reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well.


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  • 09/19/18--16:05: Preparation Makes Perfect
  • BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County is using the month of September to remind residents to be prepared for the unexpected.

    With a proclamation,  County Executive Troy Streckenbach is recognizing September as National Preparedness Month. He says families should take time to go over how they would respond to an emergency.

    "To look around in their home or in their car to make sure they have the appropriate resources available."

    He says that could include blankets, flashlights, cell phone chargers, food, and water, but each families kit may be different.

    Brown County Emergency Management Coordinator Lauri Maki says it is also important to sign up for the Code RED Mobile Alert App.

    "Our goal is to be able to notify anyone in the county for a specific situation."

    Maki says they used the app to communicate with residents near flooded roads Monday night and said they continue to update things that use the app for.

    "We got a request from the Green Bay Fire Department to send out a message to everyone within a mile radius from the East Town Mall. They wanted us to tell people to stay clear of the area and to not drive on standing water."

    Another example of how the app would be used is in an active shooter situation like the one that took place in Middleton Wednesday.

    Communication was needed to keep people away from the situation while it was going on. In Brown County, Maki says that is one advantage of having the counties Code RED Mobile Alert App.

    He says had that situation occurred in Brown County, they would be prepared to send messages to people to alert them.

    "The potential for Code RED for a situation like that is perfect because if someone is inside, as long as they are signed up with their cell phone number, they will still get the notification."

    You can sign up for Code RED by clicking here.  or by downloading the App on an Android or iPhone device.

     

     

     

     

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Heavy rains and storm conditions on Monday night in Green Bay has local curbs now packed with debris.

    The aftermath effect of that intense storm can be seen throughout town. 

    Everyday home items such as furniture, bedding, and priceless photographs can now be seen spewing out of garbage cans and onto the curbside.

    Green Bay resident Tiffany Cornell says Monday's storm wasn't just unusual, it was unprecedented.

    "I've lived in Green Bay my whole life and I've never seen anything this bad, never," she says.

    Their family has lost many items to the storm, including a box spring and a dresser. 

    One of the more valuable possessions affected is her husband Ricky's motorcycle.

    "Just the bottom exhaust got water in it and it was spitting out water," he explains.

    Everyday life is currently being put on hold for the Cornell's as the clean-up process has become their top priority.

    "I'm hoping to go back to work tomorrow or Friday," says Ricky. "I can't until I get this thing done."

    The Green Bay Public Work's Department is attempting to help by continuing curb-side pick-up through September 25 and designating drop-off sites, but they are filling up fast.


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    SHERWOOD, WI (WTAQ) - A big honor has been bestowed on a cow hailing from Sherwood. 8-year-old Anna has been given the prestigious title of Wisconsin Cow of the Year.

    Co-Owner Jeff Brantmeier explains how Anna was chosen.

    "Through a committee or a panel of people, they selected Anna to be the Cow of the Year," he explains.

     

    And this isn't her first time being recognized.

    Anna has already made it to the World Dairy Expo three times and has taken second place at that competition twice in a row.

    Jeff Brantmeier explains what makes an award winning cow.

    "They need to have a good background or pedigree behind them, good genetics," he explains. "It takes careful sire selection, bulls you choose to mate the cow."

    The Cow of the Year award will be presented to her owners, the Brantmeier family, next month in Madison at the World Dairy Expo Center.


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  • 09/20/18--02:00: Crackdown On Minors Who Vape
  • NEENAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Neenah's Common Council approved a new law, banning minors from vaping in the city.

    Health and city officials say the issue of minors using vaping products has significantly increased and is a big problem.

    This ordinance makes it so that anyone younger than 18 will no longer be allowed to use tobacco or vaping products in the city of Neenah.

    Adam VandenHeuvel, Neenah’s assistant attorney, wrote the ordinance. He tells FOX 11 a survey given to Neenah High School students shows vaping has increased drastically.

    "This issue is not an issue that’s just affecting Neenah, its’s not just affecting Wisconsin, it’s affecting the whole country.”

    While the majority of the council was on board with the ordinance, alderwoman Kathie Boyette felt this was more of a school and parenting issue, and that banning vaping could potentially lead to even bigger problems.

    “If this is something that they don’t do, then so, o.k. they’re not vaping, but now what are they doing? Now they’re smoking cigarettes, and we know the habit of smoking cigarettes can be contributed to the same as a heroin addict.”

    Lynnsey Erickson, tobacco prevention specialist from the Winnebago County Health Department, tells FOX 11 the vaping ban is just a small step toward preventing a huge issue.

    “We found that 30 percent of Winnebago County High School students reported using electronic vapor products in the last 30 days. That’s about twice the rate of state and national average, so it’s pretty concerning.”

    The fear is that not knowing what’s in a child’s e-cigarette could increase health issues, as well.

    “Some of these chemicals can include formaldehyde and diacetyl, which are known to be toxic when inhaled,” Erickson said.

    VandenHeuvel believes other cities will soon follow suit and hopes a similar ban will eventually become state law.

    “Hopefully state legislators will, you know, take action so that city ordinances don’t have to go into effect in every city, but rather there could just be a statewide ban.”

    Including court fees, violators of the newly-passed ordinance could see fines close to $200.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - To help Green Bay residents impacted by flooding earlier this week, a resource event will be held Friday.

    A number of local organizations will be at the event to guide and offer services to residents as they go through the disaster recovery process.

    Residents can go to the American Red Cross at 2131 Deckner Avenue between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    The following organizations will be there:

    American Red Cross of Wisconsin

    Aging and Disability

    Brown County Health and Human Services

    Brown County Emergency Management

    Salvation Army

    United Way 2-1-1

    Wisconsin Humane Society

    Monday night's heavy rains caused flash flooding on the east side of the city, leading to power outages, flooded basements and homes, stranded vehicles and property damage.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A school on the south side of Appleton was put on lockdown for a precautionary measure Thursday.

    Police say they took a possibly armed man into custody.

    Stephen Foster Elementary Administration confirmed that the lockdown was lifted at 11:36 a.m. 

    The school was on lockdown for about an hour and everyone is safe.

    Officers were searching for the man in the area of Calumet/Oneida and Calumet/Memorial. 

     

     

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - For over two decades a Brown County Resource Center with the help of volunteers has been protecting seniors and adults with disabilities from a potentially deadly winter killer.

    This Saturday will be the 26th annual Project Heat's On initiative which ensures home furnaces are safe for the winter season. The project is the collective brainchild of the Brown County Aging Resource Center and the Local 400 Plumbers & Steamfitters.

    Most people don't think of home furnaces as a potential danger, but Laurie Ropson, Quality Assurance Outreach Coordinator with the ADRC, says it's a possible threat.

    "It could create an unsafe environment for a person if they get carbon monoxide in their home," she says.

    The initiative is aimed at keeping elderly individuals, adults with disabilities, and low-income homeowners safe, because they might not be able to afford or perform the repairs themselves.

    "There have been lives saved," says Ropson.

    The volunteers performing this life-saving work are retired or currently working professionals of the Local 400 Plumbers & Steamfitters. Laurie Ropson describes the work they'll do on Saturday morning.

    "They inspect the furnace, clean it, and make the minor repairs," she says.

    Over the past couple of decades, the project has grown and Ropson describes the number of homes they expect to reach on Saturday.

    "Anywhere from 25 to 30 homes in Brown County," she explains.

    That number puts their volunteer team at capacity, but the hope is for individuals to recognize a need early on and contact the organization for next year's campaign.

    "If people know someone, a neighbor who is homebound, older, or disabled I would put them on a mailing list for an application for next year," says Ropson.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man has pleaded not guilty to seven charges after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist before taking off from the scene.

    Barry Watters is facing charges that include homicide from intoxicated use of a vehicle from the March 25 incident.

    Court records indicate a trial date for October 31 has been set.  

    Watters allegedly struck Russel Owen on Green Bay's west side with his SUV. Police found marijuana in Watters vehicle following the incident. 


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    MANITOWOC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A high-speed car chase early Thursday morning in Manitowoc ended in a cornfield.

    The initial traffic stop was made around 2:00 AM on I-43 in the township of Manitowoc Rapids.

    The pickup truck sped off as a deputy approached and reached speeds of 105 mph.

    The truck turned into a cornfield after a tire deflation device deflated all four tires of the vehicle.

    38-year-old Steven Mier was taken into custody and it was discovered he's wanted on three active warrants, which include one by the Department of Corrections for a parole violation, one in Ozaukee County for theft by contractor fraud and one in Milwaukee County for a city ordinance violation.

    No one was injured in the incident and Mier has not been formally charged in the case yet.

    Felony charges of fleeing and eluding an officer are being recommended against Mier. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A request by retired auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau to withdraw from public ministry has been approved by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

    The request stems from Morneau failing to report an incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest in 1979 to civil authorities.

    The issue will be addressed by Bishop David Ricken at a media event on Friday morning.

    The Compass, which is the official Diocesan newspaper, posted a copy of Morneau’s Sept. 14 letter to Ricken. It reads, in part:

    I failed to report to local authorities an incident of abuse of a minor by a priest in 1979 and, as a result, this priest was able to abuse again several years later. Because of this, I voluntarily request a withdrawal from all public ministry. I intend to spend my time in prayer for all victims and survivors of sexual abuse and I will do corporal works of mercy in reparation for what I failed to do. I apologize to all those who put their trust in me.

    According to the newspaper the case relates to former priest David Boyea who was sentenced to ten years in prison in 1985 for first-degree sexual assault of a child. 

    A letter from Bishop Ricken was also published. It reads, in part:

    Bishop Morneau is a good and faithful man who did what was he felt was right at the time, realizing now that he could have and should have done more to protect the innocent.

    The Compass reports that a civil lawsuit filed by three victims of Boyea was settled in 1986. 


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  • 09/20/18--12:53: Middleton Shooter Identified
  • MIDDLETON, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network) - The Dane County Medical Examiner has identified the suspect killed in the Middleton shooting as 45-year-old Anthony Y. Tong of Verona.

    Middleton police chief Chuck Foulke said Thursday that Tong’s motivations remain a mystery.

    “I can tell you that a motive hasn’t been determined yet,” Foulke said. “The investigators are still digging for that. Obviously, that’s the thing that’s on the top of everybody’s mind.

    Tong was fatally shot by police officers and sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene at mid-morning Wednesday at the office of a software company.

    Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney says a quick response and good training paid off.

    " Law enforcement in Dane County responded to this incident, and immediately their training kicked in, they assembled an entry team and within minutes ended the situation. It was because of that training that we have practiced for years, lives were saved."

    Three people were shot.

    One is in stable condition, the two others in serious condition at UW Hospital in Madison.

    Police said Tong had been employed at WTS Paradigm since April of 2017.

    Employees of the office building at 1851 Deming Way are being allowed back in today to retrieve items like personal belongings and their vehicles.

     


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - The continued effort to improve school safety is being aided by millions in State grants to fund improvements.

    66 schools and school districts in the state will receive $3,969,793 in the second round of funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program.

    This funding is intended to improve safety in schools and promote mental health training. 

    The Manitowoc School District undertook training for staff and law enforcement on Thursday to address modernizing school safety practices and establish a new emergency protocol.

    Michael Keyes, from the "I Love U Guys" school safety foundation, helped lead the training session.

    He explains how their foundation has utilized outside practices to shape their foundation

    "We did some homework and we found a handful of districts around the country that were using some very specific languages and we used that as the core for putting together the standard response protocol," he explains.

    Joanne Matzen from Manitowoc School District explains the importance of modernizing practices.

    "School safety is ever changing and through partnerships like this the Manitowoc Public Schools, as well as schools across our entire state will be able to build a common language," she says.

    Keyes, whose daughter was killed in 2006 during an active shooter situation in Colorado, started holding these sessions shortly after her tragic death.

    "It was in 2009 when we started to look at school safety response and saw there was no common language between students, staff and first responders in a crisis," he explains.

    In addition to establishing improved emergency protocol and a common emergency language, the money will fund other enhanced safety features. 

    "We are also increasing the use of our surveillance systems, visitors systems, and shatterproof film on the windows," said Matzen.

    Another round of school safety training will take place in October.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A tax incentive bill to prevent the closing of Kimberly-Clark's Cold Spring facility is nearing a deadline and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is asking to delay the vote.

    The $100 million bill currently has a deadline set for September 30, but the Chamber is attempting to extend that vote until November 30, which is after elections.

    They believe this would allow newly elected officials to work in a bipartisan manner to pass the bill. 

    The bill has stalled in the Senate after it was passed by the Assembly in February.  

    Republicans have stated that they currently don't have enough votes to pass the bill and will need a measure of Democratic support. 


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker announced on Thursday his plan to offer a Child Care Tax Credit.

    He cited the fact that childcare often times becomes a deterrent for individuals to take on or return to a career.

    He said eligible candidates could claim $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more children.

    "That would be a sliding scale to match what they do for the Federal Child Care Tax Credit, meaning people with lower income gets a larger percentage of that," says Walker.

    Democratic remain unimpressed and claim that his legislation has increased the teacher exit rate because it cut pay.

    Walker continues to disagree with this assessment.

    "The truth is when you have record unemployment, many industries are in shortage out there and we got a plan to deal with that," he says.

    Even with the recent proposal, Democrats remain adamant that Walker deserves an "F" for his failures in education.

    Tuesday's Marquette Law School Poll listed Democratic challenger Tony Evers leading Walker by 5 points, which is just beyond the poll's margin of error.


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  • 09/20/18--17:46: County Preparedness Night
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Emergency Management is helping community members get prepared for emergencies.

    September has been declared National Preparedness Month in Brown County.

    As part of the effort to help the community think about emergencies, Emergency Management is hosting "Disasters in the Dark". 

    "It is a program that we have developed with the Brown County Library and the goal behind that is to get people educated about being prepared."

    Emergency Management Director Lauri Maki says the event will be held at 6:00pm Friday at the Brown County Library.

    Emergency Management will give a short presentation about preparedness, followed by the movie Twister.

    The county is hoping to have more events next year.

    Soda, popcorn, and water will be available.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Looking back at 100 years of Packers history, before Lambeau Field was Lambeau Field, it was farm property, and one piece stuck around for a while.

    The Packers first home went by a different name in the 1950's.

    "Green Bay City Stadium and referred to as New City Stadium when it was dedicated in 1957."

    Team Historian Cliff Christl says one other unique aspect is what used to stand on that property.

    "They didn't build an Administration building until 1963, and that was when they were finally able to buy the Vannieuwenhoven Family farmhouse."

    Christl says the Vannieuwenhoven Family owned a farm on that property until a football field popped up in their backyard.

    "When they bought the property out here from the Vannieuwenhoven family to build the stadium, they refused to sell their farmhouse in the West parking lot."

    The Vannieuwenhoven Family owned farm was located along Ridge Road, across from what is now Kroll's West until 1963.

    From 1959 to 1963 people who parked west of the stadium might remember a small barn and I think there were some small animals."

    The farmhouse is seen in old photos of the stadium.


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