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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    HARRISON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The body of a missing 1 1/2-year-old boy was pulled from the Little Wolf River Sunday morning.

    The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office says volunteers found the boy.

    He disappeared from his family's garage just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Harrison, which is about 10 miles north of Iola.

    The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office responded immediately to the home and began the search.

    At least 20 agencies searched for the boy including volunteers.


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  • 10/14/18--13:18: Fatal Rollover Crash
  • TOWN OF STEPHENSON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A 36-year-old Kaukauna man is dead after his vehicle rolled over early Sunday morning in rural Marinette County.

    At 6:20 a.m., the Marinette County Sheriff's Office was called to Parkland Road in between Allie Way and Orr's Lane in the Town of Stephenson, where hunters reported seeing a vehicle off Parkland Road upside down with the dead man inside. He was the only person in the vehicle. 

    Deputies said that the vehicle was going south at the time and went off the road after trying to turn, and then hit a drainage pipe, a small mound and trees, before landing upside down. They said the vehicle was cold, meaning that the crash happened hours earlier.

    His name has not been released, and the crash remains under investigation. This is the eighth traffic death in Marinette County this year.

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    SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - Shawano County got a rare sight Sunday night as several residents reported seeing multi colors flashing in the sky along with a loud hum.

    Just before 9:00 pm Law Enforcement received many calls asking about the incident, and indicating they saw red, green and blue in the sky for a short period of time, and heard what has been described as a loud buzz.

    We Energies confirmed that over 1,600 people were without power for a period of time, but according to their outage map, most of the power was restored within two hours.

    The official cause of the hum and flashing colors has not been identified.


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  • 10/15/18--00:00: The Month For Pinkwashing
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - While Breast Cancer Awareness charities are thinking pink in October, Consumers may need to do a little thinking of their own.  

    "It is great to support that charity, but you definitely want to do a little research first before you purchase that product."  

    It's called Pinkwashing.  

    Susan Bach, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Wisconsin says consumers spend money on products thinking that money spent will make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, but in some cases, that is not what happens.  

    "None of the proceeds from the purchase will actually go to help any of the breast cancer charities. They are trying to capitalize on the pink theme where people might think that they are supporting breast cancer research."  

    Pinkwashing is possible because it is easy to use the well known pink ribbon on products. 

    "That pink ribbon that people use to identify breast cancer awareness is not a trademark logo of any kind."  

    Bach says when buying products for breast cancer awareness, the charity that is being supported should be on the packaging.  

    If donating to a charity, it is recommended to research the charity on the BBB website, donate with a check rather than cash, and be wary of high-pressure tactics.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin sports fans will have to divide their attention two ways tonight.

    Monday Night Football for the Packers is at the same time as Game 3 of the Brewers NLCS with the Dodgers.

    Stadium View in Ashwaubenon is not playing favorites but sticking to tradition.

    "We will have the game sound on for the Packers, and then we will have the Brewers on probably every other TV."  

    She says the decision on game sound came down to the fact that Packers are playing at home.  

    "An away game, I think that would have made a difference, and I think you would have seen the Brewers game sound on if it was a Packer's away game."  

    General Manager Amanda Watson says with their new remodel, every seat in the bar, allows a clear view of multiple TV's, so fans will be able to watch both games easily.  

    "Clearly you can sit anywhere and see every single TV."  

    Customers are beyond excited about the Brewers and when they are not playing at the same time as the Packers, they are 100 percent Brew Crew.   

    The Packers play the San Fransisco 49ers on Monday Night Football and the Brewers take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles in Game three of the NLCS with the series tied 1-1.


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  • 10/15/18--00:00: Packers Tackle Cancer
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Tonight the Packers will look to take down the 49ers on the field, but throughout October they've been looking to tackle a much bigger foe off-the-field.

    Packers vs. Cancer has been an ongoing initiative partnered with Bellin Health.

    Sara Webb, Manager of Partnership Services with the Packers, describes the team's recent efforts.

    "We did a hospital visit at the Children's Hospital in Milwaukee and then we also did an appearance at the Bellin Clinic in Marinette," says Webb.

    The organization has been attempting to raise funds throughout the month for a special cause.

    "All of the money that we're gathering for goes back to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation," she explains.

    The culmination of the initiative will take place tonight where fans will have plenty of opportunities to show their support and chip-in towards the effort.

    "If they go to the pro shop they can purchase a Vince Lombardi cap," she says. "Five dollars of that cap goes to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation."

    Each in-store purchased hat also comes with a free "100-seasons" pin. 

    In addition to the cap, fans can opt to add $1 or more to each purchase in the pro shop to go towards the foundation.

    Every single fan in attendance tonight will also be able to show their support in another way.

    "Everybody that is coming to the game they'll receive a Packers vs. Cancer flag, that they'll be able to cheer with, in the stadium," she says. 

    Packers alumni Nate Wayne and Na'il Diggs are also scheduled to take part in fan activities at surprise locations around Lambeau Field. 


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Three Manitowoc organizations spent part of the weekend raising awareness about the struggles faced by those who are homeless.

    The Haven homeless shelter for men, Hope House and Habitat for Humanity came together to turn the parking lot of 'The Haven' into a 'cardboard city' from Saturday night until Sunday morning.

    Thirty youth and adults from the community brought cardboard boxes and tents to sleep in, while some are sleeping in their cars.

    Temperatures were in the low forties Saturday night, but they say it's part of the experience.

    "Participants get the chance to experience what it is to be homeless. And mind you this is only for one night," said Jean Wakefield, Manitowoc Habitat for Humanity's executive director.

    The Haven executive director Michael Etheridge tells FOX 11....

    "We want to bear the elements and really get the experience of what its like for one night to go through it."

    People started arriving around 4:30 Saturday evening.

    Activities like games and karaoke helped them pass the time.


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    SURING, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Suring School District is scrambling to keep its music program alive.

    The district's choral teacher retired in June and since then, it's been in search of her replacement.

    Many of the students, like high school junior Maddy Johnson, have been a part of the school's music program since they were elementary school students.

    "I think I really fell in love with music when I got to know people in it and just had fun with it."

    Even with a wall full of awards and plenty of talented students, Suring is having trouble filling its music teacher position.

    "I feel like there's not much else we can possibly do," said Pam Berg, school principal.

    Berg tells FOX 11, despite a job post on Wisconsin Education Career Access Network, WECAN for short, and even a plea on Facebook, no luck.

    "We also reached out to all of the area universities. We applied to DPI to see if maybe we could get an intern to come in and work in cooperation with our choir director."

    Still, no luck.

    "We have not heard back from a single certified teacher... somebody that DPI would consider as qualified."

    For the past few months, Carla Bushmaker is temporarily filling the open position.

    "With the high school students, I really enjoy listening to what they've learned in the past. They've mastered many, many in-depth skills, knowledge of music. They're able to perform, they've mastered four-part harmony."

    A 2016 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) report listed music as one of 17 disciplines facing chronic staffing shortages.

    The report also says, "substantial numbers of veteran staff have retired or left the profession, and experienced educators in high-demand fields are increasingly difficult to retain."

    Berg says she's determined to make sure Suring's music program continues.

    "We have the teacher that we have, until, I believe the date is Nov. 3, Nov. 2, something like that and as we creep up on Halloween, if I don't have something in place, then I'm going to have to start getting creative."

    A quick check on WECAN breaks down school districts in 12 areas. In our area, there are 11 open music teacher positions. Some of those districts, include Green Bay, Freedom, and Oshkosh.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The calendar shows it's mid-October, but work on the 2018 Red Kettle campaign for the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay is underway.

    In fact, the contact number and the webpage to sign up for a bell-ringing shift is now open for business.

    "We start with about 14 thousand one hour shifts of ringing throughout Brown County."

    Nicole Hanley is with the Salvation Army.

    "People can sign up if they want to take just a one hour time slot...if they want to take more than a one-hour time slot."

    She says another option is designed for businesses.

    "Also encourage different groups and organizations to sign up to adopt a kettle. Which means they would pick a kettle in the community and they would take that kettle for an entire day."

    Hanley says it's estimated that a staffed red kettle for an hour can feed lunch to 13 Salvation Army clients.

    The campaign runs from Mid-November through Christmas and is the Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year.

    You can call 920-884-3077, or go to S-A Greenbay-dot-org for more information.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Thankfully with dipping temperatures and gusting wind it wasn't a three-hour tour with Gilligan and company, but a quick stomp around Renard Island on Monday morning was enough time to open eyes to the unique opportunity Brown County has at their disposal. 

    Not only does 55-acres of unused waterfront property not come around often, but rarely is there so many options for the land's usage.

    The public will have an opportunity to weigh in and voice their opinion starting on Tuesday, October 16 regarding the future of that valuable waterfront property.

    One of the main draws to the island will be the scenic vantage point it offers.

    "We are Green Bay... Where else do you see the bay?" says Mark Walter, Business Manager with the Port & Resource Recovery Department.

    "We have a unique view here that you don't have anywhere else in the bay of Green Bay," he says.

    The location itself is valuable since it's next to Bay Beach Amusement Park, which draws approximately 3.5 million visitors each year.

    "This island will likely be something to complement Bay Beach," says Dean Haen, Port of Green Bay Director.

    The island's ease of access is a component that officials hope will just add to its appeal.

    "It's closer to shore than a typical island would be," explains Walter. "It really offers us an opportunity to be able to tie in the shore and actually bring it to the community for use."

    Not only is it a prime location, but the area is big enough to entertain a multitude of different uses.

    "It's 55-acres, there might be opportunities for many other partners, agencies, both public and private, that could do something on the island," says Haen.

    This is where officials are looking for the communities help.

    The planning method being utilized is called a Charette, which features a team of experts continually involving the public to create a plan on a short timeline.  

    The next step of that process begins on Tuesday, October 16 and continues thru Thursday, October 18 with a three-day interactive planning event being held at the T2 Accelerator on North Broadway Street in Downtown Green Bay. 

    Each night at 6 PM a public workshop will be held inside the design studio and there is no charge for participation.

    Approximately one hour long tours of the island will be available on Tuesday, October 16 at 9 and 10 AM.

    Some preliminary ideas have been recreational projects, such as trails, viewing areas, and fishing piers.

    Officials also have indicated that the island could become a year-round attraction with possible winter activities being incorporated into a final plan.


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    BARRON, WI (WTAQ) - An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing girl in Barron County.

    Authorities are searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs after a western Wisconsin sheriff found both her parents dead inside her home.

    The sheriff says the girl is endangered and is not a suspect in her parents' death.

    The investigation is being assisted by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

    Jayme is 5'0" tall and approximately 100 pounds with green eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

    Anyone with information about her whereabouts or anyone that has contact with her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.


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    BARRON, WI (WSAU) -- The Barron County sheriffs office says they believe a 13-year-old girl is in danger after her parents were found dead in a Western Wisconsin home.

    Multiple reports indicate Jayme Closs' parents were shot dead early this morning before she was taken from the scene. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Closs is not considered a suspect, and the departments main focus is finding her alive. She is considered to be in danger.

    Closs is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with strawberry blond hair and green eyes. As of now details of where she may have been taken to have not been released.

    A motive for the shooting has not been determined. Names of the victims have not been released, but officials have confirmed that they were the parents of Closs.

    Anyone with information about her whereabouts or anyone that has contact with her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.


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  • 10/15/18--15:31: Lottery Fever Grows
  • FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Without a winner over this past weekend the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to a near record high, which means it's all-hands-on-deck at a number of local convenience stores.

    It's been particularly busy at Korneli's Mini Mart in Fond du Lac where lottery fever has struck the population.

    "It's been really busy on the lottery," says store cashier Sarah Greeno. "A lot of people have been buying it."

    She says more people in the building means management has been scheduling more staff to meet the demand. 

    "We do have extra people coming in, which means we're going to be extra busy," she explains.

    The current jackpot is $654 million, which is the second highest total in the game's history.

    To add to the excitement, the Powerball is currently at $345 million, meaning the two games have combined possible winnings of $999 million.

    "They come in and ask for a Mega Millions and then go, oh yeah give me a Powerball," says Greeno.

    But, which one has been more popular at the store?

    "It's been about the same for both," she explains.

    The next drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is Tuesday, while the next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday. 


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    TOWN OF STEPHENSON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A 36-year-old Kaukauna man is dead after his vehicle rolled over early Sunday morning in rural Marinette County.

    The man has been identified as Ryan R. Vandenheuvel.

    At 6:20 a.m., the Marinette County Sheriff's Office was called to Parkland Road in between Allie Way and Orr's Lane in the Town of Stephenson, where hunters reported seeing a vehicle off Parkland Road upside down with the dead man inside. He was the only person in the vehicle. 

    Deputies said that the vehicle was going south at the time and went off the road after trying to turn, and then hit a drainage pipe, a small mound, and trees, before landing upside down. They said the vehicle was cold, meaning that the crash happened hours earlier.

    This is the eighth traffic death in Marinette County this year.


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    SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Highway expansion plans are set after the completion of a new environmental study.

    The State Department of Transportation will be attempting to expand 19.1 miles of Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan to four lanes, which will hopefully improve some intersections in that stretch.

    The project was on hold until an environmental review could be conducted, but the DOT and Federal Highway Administration signed off on the plans on Monday. 

    Work is expected to start next summer in Sheboygan County, while the project should wrap up after construction is finished in Fond du Lac County in 2022. 


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    NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - A man pleaded not guilty in court on Monday after being involved in a standoff in Neenah.

    Eric Vandenboogaard faces a felony count of recklessly endangering safety and three other counts, following the September 10th incident.

    Court records show that trial is scheduled for February 12-13.

    The criminal complaint states that Vandenboogaard fired a round inside his apartment following an argument and was eventually arrested by police.

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

    The complaint also states that Vandenboogaard told police that he didn't mean for the gun to go off, didn't point it at the individual he argued with, and perhaps drank 10 beers that day.


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Charges have been filed against a Manitowoc man that is being accused of possessing and selling methamphetamine.

    32-year-old Anthony C. Moore had a three-count federal indictment filed against him and as a convicted felon he also faces a firearm possession charge.

    He will face a mandatory five-year prison sentence and up to a life sentence if convicted on all charges. 


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  • 10/15/18--16:36: A Breakthrough Development
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The company Breakthrough in Green Bay has announced plans to build their new corporate headquarters in 2020.

    President and CEO Doug Mueller says it is not too far from their existing home.

    " I have spent a lot of time in the last eight years looking out that window and thought, Gee there is a lot of opportunity on the other side of the river.

    Mueller says the company will now have one campus in the Broadway District as they currently have three locations in Downtown Green Bay.

    "It will really bring a unique feel and sense for the city of Green Bay and reinforces our commitment and provides an opportunity for great experience.

    Mueller says they do plan to maintain a presence at the center located at Backstage at the Meyer.

    Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says the new location along the West side of the Fox River will also be part of a new development in the city.

    "Breakthrough will be a catalyst development for our new Shipyard District."

    Breakthrough has around 80 employees but anticipates growing and the 40,000 square foot facility will also provide room for expansion.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • 10/16/18--01:48: Brewers Regain NLCS Lead
  • LOS ANGELES, CA (METR) - The Milwaukee Brewers are halfway to the World Series. 

    They blanked the Dodgers 4-0 in Game Three of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles. 

    Jhoulys Chacin pitched three-hit ball into the sixth for the win.  Jeremy Jeffress loaded the bases in the ninth but held on for the save. 

    Milwaukee leads the best-of-seven matchup 2-1. 

    Ryan Braun doubled in a run in the first, Travis Shaw scored on a wild pitch in the sixth and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in the seventh for the Crew. 

    Walker Buehler took the loss.  LA will host Game Four tonight.

     Pre game at 7:35 on WTAQ.....1st pitch at 8:09.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Metro Fire says four people are without a home after a fire on the city's east side last night.

    At 7:10 p.m. firefighters were called for a report of smoke coming from the roof of a building on the 1200 block of East Mason Street.

    When crews arrived on scene they found the fire started in the attic of an upper apartment unit.

    Firefighters were able to put out the fire and several hot spots.

    No one was injured in the incident. Damage from the smoke and flames is estimated at $30 thousand.


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