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- 10/02/18--16:56: _Man Pleads Not Guil...
- 10/02/18--17:08: _Tribe Legislature V...
- 10/03/18--02:03: _Rental Property Sta...
- 10/03/18--02:07: _Help Needed, Lakesi...
- 10/03/18--02:10: _Improvements Made A...
- 10/03/18--02:13: _Paint Job Payment, ...
- 10/03/18--10:58: _Titletown District ...
- 10/03/18--12:51: _Cops Break Down Bar...
- 10/03/18--13:45: _Multiple Arrests In...
- 10/03/18--13:47: _Criminal On A Billb...
- 10/03/18--14:25: _Protecting The Elderly
- 10/03/18--16:31: _Ripe for the Picking
- 10/03/18--17:11: _Candidates for Gove...
- 10/03/18--19:50: _No Name Change For ...
- 10/04/18--00:00: _The Impact Of Losin...
- 10/04/18--02:03: _Students, Staff Uni...
- 10/04/18--02:06: _Teaching Moment Wit...
- 10/04/18--11:22: _Menominee County Sh...
- 10/04/18--11:49: _Road Safety Address...
- 10/04/18--14:08: _Sketch of Assault S...
- 10/02/18--16:56: Man Pleads Not Guilty to Human Trafficking Charges
- 10/02/18--17:08: Tribe Legislature Votes to Remove Police Chief
- 10/03/18--02:03: Rental Property Standards Up For Debate
- 10/03/18--02:07: Help Needed, Lakeside Residents To The Rescue
- 10/03/18--02:10: Improvements Made After Fatal Crash
- 10/03/18--02:13: Paint Job Payment, What Residents Want
- 10/03/18--10:58: Titletown District to Add Residential and Office Buildings
- 10/03/18--12:51: Cops Break Down Barriers over Coffee
- 10/03/18--13:45: Multiple Arrests In Waupaca County Drug Bust
- David R. Rodriguez, 50, of Waupaca
- Joseph A. Ruelle, 49, Waupaca
- Zachery C. Bentaneur, 28, Waupaca
- Margarita C. Mendez, 50, Waupaca
- Brittni B. Thebo, 26, Clintonville
- Michael E. Ball, 38, Waupaca
- Chastity C. Rodriguez, 26, Waupaca
- Krystal A. Edming, 33, Waupaca
- Matthew J. Mallo, 41, Waupaca
- Mary E. Pennington, 46, Waupaca
- Ryley P. Hofferber, 19, Weyauwega
- Kathleen Y. Goskowicz, 32, Waupaca
- 10/03/18--13:47: Criminal On A Billboard
- 10/03/18--14:25: Protecting The Elderly
- 10/03/18--16:31: Ripe for the Picking
- 10/03/18--17:11: Candidates for Governor Campaigning Hard
- 10/03/18--19:50: No Name Change For Tribe
- 10/04/18--00:00: The Impact Of Losing Kimberly-Clark
- 10/04/18--02:03: Students, Staff Unified On Campus Safety
- 10/04/18--02:06: Teaching Moment With Reality Impact
- 10/04/18--11:22: Menominee County Sheriff Passes Away
- 10/04/18--11:49: Road Safety Addressed in Budget Proposal
- 10/04/18--14:08: Sketch of Assault Suspect Revealed
APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A man pleaded not guilty to human trafficking charges on Tuesday.
39-year-old Glenwood Brown is being charged with two counts of compensation for human trafficking and court records show his trial is scheduled for January 16-17.
Brown allegedly advertised sex with women for money across the country for multiple years, which includes at least two women in northeast Wisconsin.
A special agent for the Department of Justice started investigating Brown in 2016, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint also states that one woman estimates she gave Brown $800 per night she worked and in exchange, he would give her drugs.
Brown allegedly posted ads on the website Backpage from 2014 to 2016 in nine states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
KESHENA, WI (WTAQ) - The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's legislature has voted to remove Police Chief Mark Waukau from his position.
No further statement is being given at this time and Waukau may still appeal the action, according to Chairman Douglas Cox.
A special meeting of the tribal legislature to address the issue was held on Monday, according to their agenda.
It's not immediately clear when further information will be issued by the tribe.
OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Tuesday, the City of Oshkosh asked for public input on a new rental housing inspection proposal.
The original program required regular, mandatory inspections, and was suspended earlier this year because it no longer complied with a new state law.
“They’ve really gotta come up with a whole comprehensive plan, just these inspection programs aren’t gonna do it!” said the president of the Winnebago Apartment Association Donn Lord.
The City of Oshkosh was inspecting all rental units city-wide before the program had to be stopped.
Lord tells FOX 11 that for landlords, the way things were done before was a point of contention.
“These inspection programs are basically…when you lead with that, that’s more of a ‘Gotcha!’ program.”
Right now, the city is only inspecting rental properties that are complaint-based.
It is also legally able to inspect properties it deems unsafe of or unsightly, with tenant approval, as well as just the outside of properties citywide.
Before moving forward, city officials wanted to hear from the public first at Tuesday’s meeting or through a poll online.
“There are quite a few rental properties, and there’s a lot of homeowners surrounding them, and we want to make sure the rental properties help keep up the standards for the neighborhood,” said director of community development for the City of Oshkosh, Allen Davis.
At the Rental Housing Advisory Board meeting, people were shown three options the city is considering: stick with the complaint-based method, the tenant approved option, the citywide exterior-only inspections, or all three.
“I would rather have them have an open meeting and say generate…brainstorm ideas, rather than just say, ‘Here are your options, pick from these,” Lord said.
“I’d much rather have the public have input and them look at all those ideas that the public gives them, rather than saying these are your options.”
Lord also says the city needs to change its approach entirely and focus more on educating owners before a violation even occurs.
“Tell us what we have to do to prevent or correct them before it even happens. Be more proactive, because we know if you take the ten most common violations, that amounts to the majority of violations.”
No matter what proposal is finalized, landlords are not fined for initial inspections or for violations that are fixed within 30 days.
Oshkosh city leaders hope the board will be able to make a recommendation by the end of fall, so the new program can be implemented next year.
Equipment Needed, Lakeside Rescuers To The Rescue
NEENAH, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A Neenah resident is hoping to raise $15,000 for the Fire Department's Water Rescue Team.
Taylor Olsen lives on Lake Winnebago and tells FOX 11 he's seen on multiple occasions how the lack of proper equipment has impacted the rescue and potentially put rescuers at risk.
"It's surprising that the equipment that I have on my rather basic fishing boat is the same equipment they have on their water rescue boat."
Olsen like others who live on Lake Winnebago has seen firsthand how the tools used can make the difference in a rescue.
That's why he's started a GoFundMe page.
Following a boating accident on Lake Winnebago that killed sisters, Lauren and Cassie Laabs, Olsen met with Neenah-Menasha fire Chief Kevin Kloehnn.
"The electronics on the Winnebago County boat are dated they currently don’t have sonar and sonar is very important in seeing the bottom structure of the lake. So what happened with the incident in August, they had to wait I believe up to 18 hours to pull a boat from the Wisconsin DNR to get that sonar equipment."
Night vision and thermal detection goggles, and a side sonar are some items on the wish list.
"Those extra tools will definitely be able to help us in the future," said Kloehn.
Kloehn said being that both cities are surrounded by water it's important to have the proper equipment, and although their current equipment is sufficient he says the waterways get a lot of use.
"Recreation is a big draw to our two cities. We have kayakers, we have sail boats, we have pleasure boats and fishing boats. So, people that utilize our lakes, we want them to feel comfortable. That's a great draw for our cities and we want them to feel comfortable when they're here.
Kloehn said the team is appreciative that residents want to help.
He says their latest rescue and recovery search in August took two days. Having this equipment on hand would've cut that time down significantly.
NEW LONDON, WI (WTAQ) - A person who lost a friend in a fatal crash turned the tragedy into action by pushing for safety improvements on a stretch of Outagamie County highway.
New signs and rumble strips were added to State Highway 45 at State Highway 54 in New London.
The improvements come after 61-year-old Shirley Duwe of Marion died from injuries sustained in the Sept. 28, 2017 crash there.
The cause of the crash was found to be another driver traveling the wrong way on the highway after mistaking it for a four-lane highway.
Thanks to Duwe's friend, a review of the roadway was done by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies and the necessary safety measures were implemented.
MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Almost two dozen Marinette area residents want the city to pay up after they say fresh paint on the roads damaged their vehicles.
At least 23 people have filed paperwork with Marinette stating their vehicle was damaged with fresh paint after driving down city streets, according to David Ayers, who tells FOX 11 he filed a freedom of information request to confirm the number of people.
“I want my car fixed the way it was before it got paint on it, that is all I want.”
Ayers says the city told him to get an estimate in July, just after his wife drove through wet paint.
A few weeks later, like others in the same situation, Ayers received a letter from the city’s insurance company, EMC Insurance.
It states, “Based on our investigation, the Department of Public Works had a lead and follow vehicle while the County truck painted the lines. These vehicles and the cones placed provided a proper notice of wet paint. Therefore, our insured is not legally liable for your damages and I will not be able to offer any compensation.”
“I mean they just out and out lied that they had cones and this and that, they didn’t,” said Ayers.
A few weeks later, Ayers and others received another letter from the city's insurance company.
It stated, “As a compromise, EMC Insurance will offer to pay your comprehensive deductible. Please send me your insurance Declaration of Coverages indicating your vehicle coverages. Upon receipt, we will review for payment consideration.”
“To me, that is an admission of guilt,” said Ayers.
“It was kind of a smack in the face that they are just going to walk away from it,” said Darren Jacobson of Peshtigo, whose son’s vehicle was also damaged in the first week of July.
Unlike the others, Jacobson tells FOX 11 he's taking the city and county to small claims court to try to get the $500 he already paid to have the paint removed.
“It's kind of the principle of the whole deal.”
FOX 11 tried talking to Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot.
He passed the buck to Sam Kaufman, the attorney the city hired to handle these cases.
On the phone, Kaufman told FOX 11 he could not comment because of the ongoing litigation.
Ayers says depending what happens with Jacobson's case, he along with dozens of others could also take the city to court.
“We're just sort of sitting back and waiting to see what happens,” said Ayers.
Tuesday was the first day Jacobson's case was heard in small claims court.
Court records show the city's attorney asked for the case to be dismissed. The court denied that request and asked each side to file briefs by mid-November.
ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - If you love the Green & Gold so much that you want to live at Lambeau Field, coming soon the next best thing will be available.
Starting in the summer of 2020 you'll be able to step out of your apartment and nearly touch where the Packers play.
It's all part of phase two in the Titletown development.
"We're going to try to add some more density to this new neighborhood," says Packers Chief Operating Officer Ed Policy. "We want to bring more people to Titletown, so we want to bring people here we want them living here and working here every day."
The opportunity and variety of living will be aplenty following the planned construction of 150 apartment units and 70 to 90 townhomes, which will be built along Brookwood Drive. The apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom complexes and the townhomes will have three different styles. No information regarding pricing has been made available yet and construction plans are subject to change.
For those wanting to have an office view of Lambeau Field, that will be made possible with the construction of a four-to-five story "office tower" along Lombardi Avenue and Marlee Lane.
"We joke it's an office tower," says Packers President Mark Murphy. "Only in Green Bay is a four or five story building an office tower."
The building will be approximately 130,000 square feet and would hold a capacity of up to 400 workers.
The unused space between the constructed buildings will follow the Titletown emphasis placed on creating open community areas for people to gather, socialize, and play.
"I think that's what's really unique about Titletown from a bigger picture," says Murphy. "Most private developers wouldn't dedicate much space to public use."
Individuals interested in living in the Titletown District can find more information here.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It's well known that cops love coffee and the Green Bay Police department is looking to chat with community members over a cup of joe.
It's an initiative called "Coffee with a Cop" and on Wednesday Green Bay Officers were at Starbucks on Military Avenue and the Daily Buzz in downtown Green Bay.
Lieutenant Steve Mahoney says the event is an effort to eliminate any barriers or intimidation a person might feel when talking to a cop.
"Yes, it's a badge and a uniform, but we are people as well," says Lieutenant Mahoney. "A lot of us live in this community and we obviously all work in this community, so we want to help."
Interestingly enough, it's often times community members that end up helping the officers.
"They might know something that's going on, that we have no clue is going on," explains Lieutenant Mahoney.
The initiative to spark conversation between community members and officers has gone nationwide and more than 2,000 law agencies participated in the movement on Wednesday.
One point that the Green Bay Police Department has made is that they always want to hear from the community, not just on a special occasion, such as Wednesday.
"Whether it's on a bicycle, walking, we really want to engage the community," says Lieutenant Mahoney. "If they have a question or concern, by all means, go up and talk to them."
Lieutenant Mahoney was one of the officers hanging out at the Daily Buzz, which is located on East Walnut Street in downtown Green Bay. He says there has been a common concern being voiced in the area.
"Pedestrian safety," explains Lieutenant Mahoney. "Some of the issues are drivers that are approaching up on the crosswalks and not allowing the pedestrian to cross."
More information on the national initiative can be found here.
WAUPACA COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Waupaca County Sheriff's Department has made 12 arrests in a year-long drug investigation.
Those taken into custody are accused of possessing, selling and distributing illegal drugs.
Child neglect charges are also being recommended against six of the suspects.
5 men and five women from Waupaca were among those arrested, along with a Clintonville woman and a Weyauwega man.
Undercover officers and informants were used to conduct purchases from the suspects.
Charges have not formally been filed against
APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Outagamie County Sheriff's Department has seen success in a new way to catch criminals.
Last month, the Sheriff's Department began posting faces of suspects with outstanding warrants on billboards, and that yielded in two arrests.
Sheriff Officials say both suspects were arrested for violating their sex offender registry requirements and another was taken into custody for failing to report to jail.
Officials say the advertisements will be focused on those with more "significant charges."
The billboard space is being provided at no cost.
BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was in Brown County Wednesday to announce his Task Force on Elder Abuse.
The Attorney General is recommending new legislation, agency action, and resources for law enforcement to fight elder abuse in Wisconsin.
"The recommendations will help fight all types of senior abuse."
He says that includes financial exploitation, physical abuse, and neglect.
One of the recommendations includes allowing financial institutions to delay suspicious transactions to stop elder exploitation, but Schimel says that would require legislative approval.
Representative John Mocco and Senator Pat Testin are actively involved with the task force.
"We are seeking a bill that would allow financial institutions to identify and delay any transactions that are suspicious."
Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain says time is a big factor.
"If we can empower people on the front end, who observe something that appears to be suspicious, in a cautious way to be able to stop the transaction before it occurs so we prevent the perpetrator from obtaining those funds quickly before we have to try to catch up.
Another recommendation would have an incident report that will be put together by the DOJ be made for law enforcement use.
"It will help frontline officers know what to look for when they might be encountering elder abuse," said Schimel.
The incident reporting system that is similar to the one used with domestic violence.
The third recommendation would expedite hearings and testimony for older witnesses with declining health and difficulty in remembering events.
"Elder abuse cases are large and complex crimes," said Schimel.
The last recommendation is the creation of an elder abuse response team at the DOJ.
"This team is going to help local prosecutors and law enforcement fight elder abuse by providing a resource prosecutor, three investigators, and a financial auditor."
Both Schimel and Delain said improvements have been made.
From 2001 to 2017, reported allegations of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation increased by 160% in Wisconsin.
"It is clear over the last several months that we are moving in the right direction and that is obvious legislation moving forward, the awareness, people talking about elderly abuse and what can be done to prevent it."
Schimel says elder abuse can be complicated as to what to report.
"They're very difficult cases, as I said, for a number of reasons, primarily because often times our seniors are reluctant to provide information because it's a person they rely on who's committing the abuse or neglect or exploitation," Schimel says. "And sometimes they might not be good historians about what happened, he added. "As we age we bruise easier, we fall and things happen."
The Attorney General said many do not know who to report to, and contacting the local AARP is a good step.
"They are a great resource. They can help you understand the signs, get an assessment done and know what resources to connect you with."
Studies show that many cases go under-reported altogether.
"It's estimated that one of out of every 44 instances of financial abuse goes unreported. That means 98 percent is unreported," said Jim Podewils, Department of Financial Institutions Deputy Secretary.
Schimel says it is a no win situation for financial institutions right now.
"If they interfere with that transaction, right now under the law, they can be sued. If they don't interfere, they can get in trouble and be sued."
To report elder abuse, a new website has been created, a link can be found at www.ReportElderAbuseWI.org
DOOR COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Most people are thinking of pumpkins in October, but farmers in northeast Wisconsin want everyone to know there's still plenty of apples to pick.
It was a good season at Schartner Farm Market near Egg Harbor and owner Dave Schartner says his remaining apples need to go soon, otherwise they'll be lost.
"They're ready to be picked here within the week, otherwise, they're going to start dropping on the ground," says Schartner.
It was a good season and much better than last year at Hillside Apples in Kewaunee County when about a third of owner Bill Routhle's crops were attacked by fungus.
"The crop is 100 percent better this year, just like total opposites," says Routhle.
He attributes the warm dry summer and timely rains to keeping the apple scab disease away this year.
Local apple picking enthusiasts are already out plucking the main ingredient in some favorite treats.
"I make everything," says Jennifer Fischer from Green Bay. "Applesauce, apple pie, apple crisp, we eat them raw with caramel dip."
The best news is that there'll be plenty to go around for everyone.
"There will be an ample supply of apples available through the rest of the season," says Schartner.
Apple picking season typically runs through the end of October.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Governor's race is heating up with less than a month before the election and both leading candidates have been campaigning hard.
Both leading candidates in this November's mid-term election for Governor, incumbent Republican Scott Walker, and Democratic challenger Tony Evers, have been in Green Bay this week pushing hard for support as the election is less than a month away.
UWGB Political Science Professor Aaron Weinschenk says Governor Walker should be concerned about recent poll numbers showing him trailing.
"That's not a good sign if you're Governor Walker and you see the person ahead of you slightly or dead even with you," says Weinschenk.
The most recent Marquette Law School Poll shows Evers at 49 percent and Walker at 44 percent among likely voters.
History has shown those numbers will most likely draw closer.
"You tend to see things tighten up as the election gets closer," explains Weinschenk.
Governor Walker was present in Brillion on Monday to witness a milestone in production at the Ariens Company and was also at the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday.
Tony Evers spoke at the Brown County Democrats Office in Green Bay on Tuesday.
Voters will decide between those two, and four third-party candidates on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
KESHENA, WI (WTAQ) - A proposal for a name change for the Menominee Indian Tribe has been put on hold.
Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe are looking into changing their name to Menominee Nation.
Tribal Chairman Douglas Cox says that was halted by the Tribal Legislature because tribal members did not have all the information they needed to vote on it.
He says it is delayed but not abandoned.
"The resolution included a provision in it that within the next twelve months we would be working on an educational effort for the membership."
Chairman Cox feels that the membership will get a better understanding of what they need to know at that time.
Once approved, there is still a period of time that it takes to get in the voting members hands.
Tribal membership gets a ballot and send their votes in.
"The constitution is either amended or not."
Cox says he was surprised that membership does not fully understand the change and would likely vote no.
"We did put quite a bit of educational information out there during the process, but the membership is strongly on the message that they don't fully understand, and the result would be likely a "no vote."
The resolution Tuesday night included the provision that for the next twelve months, they would be working on an educational effort for the membership.======================
APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Financial experts say the possible closing of a Kimberly-Clark facility in the Fox Valley would impact more than just the workers.
The future of the Cold Springs plant is in the hands of the State Senators next month, and while it would leave about 500 hundred people without a job, the impact would be noticed in throughout the Fox Valley.
"You're taking $105 million dollars out of your local economy. Everyone is going to be impacted."
Peter Thillman, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development with the Fox Cities Chamber says it is a trickle-down effect.
"There are hundreds of companies within the supply chain, and they account for about $58 million dollars in annual sales for the company. Charitable contributions would be impacted, reduced purchasing power because people do not have that much money in their pocket anymore."
Thillman says employees will be able to find work, but it won't be at the same income level.
"These are the top jobs in our local economy. They can find work, but it is not going to be the same income level and that is what we fail to forget. These are high-end jobs. It took 147 years to build and we want to keep those jobs here for the next 100 years to come."
Executives in the Fox Valley were able to urge Kimberly-Clark to extend their deadline. Governor Walker announced this week that an extraordinary session would be held after the election for the Senate to vote.
DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Students and staff are uniting at St. Norbert College to express concerns about the college's response to sexual violence and other Title IX issues.
Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
With a nationwide focus on the handling of sexual assaults, more than 200 students at St. Norbert signed a letter this spring stating their school wasn't doing enough in prevention and helping victims.
“We deserve to feel safe on this campus,” said Neale Tracy, a sophomore. “This is our home.”
Tracy helped draft the letter in April, which outlines problems and requests for change.
Five months later, more than 100 St. Norbert faculty members signed a letter of their own this week in support of the students' concerns.
A letter from St. Norbert College faculty and staff in support of St. Norbert students and community.
Tracy tells FOX 11 that action means a lot.
“Their support means more to us as students than I think they understand and more than I have the words for.”
The students' letter was to St. Norbert College President Brian Bruess.
“When we received it, we engaged immediately with the group that submitted it, the students group and set forth to address each of their concerns.”
Some of the students’ requests included Title IX training for faculty and staff, public awareness and increased programming, transparency, and reinstituting the Green Dot bystander program.
FOX 11 asked Bruess whether he believes he has addressed or is on the path to addressing the students’ concerns.
“I can say with great confidence that every single item from the spring letter has either already been implemented or has been moved into the working group for consideration.”
“I don't feel there was a ton of action taken on it until the past couple weeks, which has been frustrating, but with the events happening and the climate that we're in right now, I think we're in a really good spot to start change,” said Tracy.
Tracy says transparency and assault reporting are two specific areas that could use more improvement.
Bruess says he is committed to working with the students and the school will review any complaint it receives.
The staff letter was issued Tuesday.
It says the staff echoes the students' concerns while acknowledging positive steps the administration has taken to implement changes.
APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - This week more than 5,800 high school students will learn about distracted and drunk driving.
It’s part of an education program held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Ray Georgen, a trauma surgeon at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah tells FOX 11 for over 20 years, members of the Trauma Center at ThedaCare hosted a reality-based education program called PARTY, which stands for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth.
"Anything we can do, time and energy wise, to prevent even one of these students from making a wrong decision in the future is worth all the time and effort we put in it."
The program shows the consequences of poor decisions behind the wheel. It includes acts and several speakers.
Mark Friend lost half a leg 6 years ago because someone else made a poor decision.
“I was dead for 15 minutes, I had a less than 1 percent survival I was told," Friend told Georgen on stage.
"This is 36 surgeries in the last 5 years, cost me my marriage.”
Friend was hit by a car driven by Brooke Wedeward. Wedeward said she didn’t scrape the ice off her window all the way, which hindered her sight.
“Next thing I know there’s a man lying in front of my car, screaming at me to reverse," Wedeward told the audience.
“After the accident, I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt. There was nothing I wanted more than to switch places with Mark. I had thoughts of suicide, I isolated myself," explained Wedeward.
Three years after the accident, Wedeward and Friend reconnected only to learn how much their lives have been affected.
Georgen tells FOX 11 the impact is powerful.
"There’s not only the physical harm but it's mental, we have people who can never go in a car again, the effect it has on their families, siblings mothers, fathers."
Over the past 20 years, the two-day event has reached 67,000 high school students.
KESHENA, WI (WTAQ) - Menominee County Sheriff Robert "Butch Summers has passed away while in public office.
Sheriff Summers has been Sheriff for more than eleven years.
Summers was in law enforcement for more than 30 years.
The Menominee County Sheriff's Department shared the news on their facebook page.
"Sheriff Summers was beloved by all those who knew him and he will be greatly missed by his law enforcement family. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends."
Menominee County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Elizabeth Moses has directed that flags be flown at half-staff upon all Menominee County and Town facilities until sunset of the day of his interment.
VILLAGE OF HOBART, WI (WTAQ) - The Brown County Public Works Department showcased some low-cost, high-impact road safety implementations on Thursday that they are hoping will help make some dangerous roadways a little safer.
Director of Brown County Public Works, Paul Fontecchio, says his work has been cut out for him.
"When I first got here six years ago I started looking at the county highway system and there were some places that were truly scary," he says. "From a safety perspective, not awesome."
It's been a focus for Fontecchio and his department to properly identify and address the most dangerous stretches of roadway.
"We're prioritizing our least safe intersections and roads first," he explains. "That's all we can do is prioritize them and tackle them."
One of those dangerous stretches was County Highway J in the Village of Hobart, which has been identified as a roadway with an above average crash rate.
Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, who recently introduced his 2019 budget proposal, says the county has been exploring numerous ways to improve the safety of the roadway.
"Lately we've been having a debate about where to place rumble strips," says Streckenbach.
Centerline rumble strips, enhanced edge line markings, chevron signs, and relocated hazardous utility poles are all being implemented along the stretch of roadway.
It's all in an effort to act before tragedy strikes.
"What we're doing differently in Brown County is we're planning for the future," says Streckenbach. "We're trying to be more proactive."
This initiative is one part of Streckenbach's larger 2019 budget proposal. An annual budget hearing will be held by the entire Brown County Board of Supervisors on October 31 at 9 AM.
DE PERE, WI (WTAQ) - The sketch of a man who allegedly grabbed a woman last month near the St. Norbert College has been released by the De Pere police department.
The alleged incident took place in the early hours on September 14 near the 800 block of 3rd street.
The woman claims a man in the passenger seat of a dark-colored vehicle got out, tried to grab her, but she was able to break free and call the police.
The passenger is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, approximately 5'8", with a medium build.
The man who was driving the vehicle is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, with long black hair that was slicked back.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please call Detective Sergeant Steve Yedica at (920) 339-4084 ext. 1208.
You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers by phone at (920) 432-7867.