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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - As the Packers playoff chances have been dropping, so have ticket prices.

    On the second-hand ticket market, it's basically half-priced seats for this Sunday's Packers game versus the Arizona Cardinals.

    This week, about 40 people per day have called Ticket King in Ashwaubenon to see if they could sell them their Packers tickets. Unfortunately for them, Ticket King isn't buying.

    “We usually buy up until the day of the game, but with how many tickets we have and not a lot of demand, that is kind of where we are at,” said Travis Loftus, the manager at Ticket King.

    Face value tickets at Lambeau Field range between $109 and $136.

    King tells FOX 11 for this Sunday's game, Ticket King is selling tickets between $49 and $150.

    “It's just kind of a perfect storm: the Packers how they are performing lately, a December game which it's usually cold, snow, or rain, and then the opponent isn't a big draw either.”.

    “I'd feel comfortable paying $60, not much more than that to be honest,” said Nathaniel McNabb of Oconto.

    When expectations were high at the beginning of the season, Tessa Torres and Greg Hartert of Los Angeles tell FOX 11 they paid $300 dollars apiece for their tickets.

    “We're from out of town, so we just wanted to come to the game and have a good time.”

    The bottom line from fans is they're not surprised at the ticket prices based on the way the team has been playing.

    “I think just as an overall the team is just not good,” said McNabb. “They're not good together.”

    “A couple calls the other way and we could be sitting in a really expensive game, so it's just the way it breaks,” said Hartert.

    Ticket prices for the team's two other December home games are also below face value.

    Ticket King has seats for the Falcons game starting at $54 and the Lions at $67.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The Oshkosh Police Department is currently investigating the death of a 2-month-old child.

    The death occurred in the 500 block of W 8 th Avenue.

    A 27-year-old male relative of the child was taken into custody for 1 st degree reckless homicide.

    This is an ongoing investigation and police plan to provide more information later today.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A 3-year-old girl was found deceased in a home in Oshkosh.

    Officers were dispatched to a home on the 1600 block of Sanders Street Friday morning for a medical call.

    Oshkosh police have not determined if the death is suspicious.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A rise in expulsion and suspension numbers inside the Green Bay Area Public School District has one board member seeking answers.

    Kristina Shelton, an independent school board member appointed in August, immediately had some questions after seeing data that expulsion numbers from last school year alone nearly equal the amount from the past seven school years combined.

    "What is this telling us and how could we be doing a better job to serve all our kids?" she asks. "Because if some of our kids aren't being served in the best way that they can be, then we need to be taking a deeper look at that."

    Last school season 14 students were expelled. A racial breakdown of the students that have been suspended, provided from a review conducted by the Green Bay Press-Gazette of the Department of Public Instruction school suspension data for the 2015-16 school year, shows that 356 of the 1,212 total students suspended were black.

    That number equates to twenty-nine-percent of all suspensions, while black students only constitute nine percent of the total student body.

    The numbers from the 2015-16 school year are the most recent information that is currently available.

    Data such as that stood out to Shelton immediately.

    "The data was indicating that there were inequities of who was being impacted by some of our policies and practices around suspensions and expulsions," she explains.

    After being introduced to this information, Shelton took to Facebook to voice some of her concerns. She explains the general message that was posted onto the site.

    "I want to dive deeper into some of this data and better understand the issue," she says. "Who wants to join me and who's interested in participating in this work?"

    Shelton says the response she received was powerful.

    "I had a number of community members that came forward and said 'I do, I really want to be a part of this,'" she explains. "That's really the point of the group is to as a community take a deeper look."

    She's referencing the 10-member workgroup, which she is a part of, that was formed quickly after her concerns were made known on Facebook.

    The workgroup is made up of various community members with varying backgrounds.

    "Some of them are in higher education that do this sort of work from an academic perspective," she says. "Some of them are doing work at a very grass-roots, localized activism perspective."

    She also notes that some of the members are just concerned parents and individuals involved with non-profits.

    Shelton says she also reached out to the local Black Lives United group to see if they had anyone that would be interested in participating.

    "I don't want to have the same people coming every time, I really want to make sure we're pulling everybody from even our most marginalized communities into the conversation," says Shelton. "Those voices that have been marginalized we need to raise those voices to the top and give them an opportunity to be a part of the dialogue."

    While the future path of the workgroup remains unknown to even Shelton.

    "I don't know what's going to happen with this workgroup," she says. "And that's the beauty of putting together a workgroup with really passionate people, I think the sky is the limit."

    Shelton adds that they have already been able to identify some objectives for the immediate future.

    "In the short term our goals are to prioritize the date and the information that we have," she says. "And then also look at the policies in the system that the district works through that can impact our suspension and expulsion rate."

    And after the group is better able to analyze the data she hopes that they can come out of the new year with a better understanding of the situation.

    "I would love to be able to have some key recommendations by the middle of January to help me as a school board member when I'm sitting at the board table, but also to be able to take some recommendations to the district and the school board as well," says Shelton. "I think in the long-term we'll be looking at some larger projects that we feel like really could have a strong impact, a positive impact, on all our students."


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    GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - Fox Valley Technical College was the site for high school chefs to throw on the apron and show off their skills on Friday.

    The college's fifth annual High School Culinary Throw Down brought together students from six different participating schools.

    Students were given one hour to prepare a chicken dish in any way they like and they worked in teams of two.

    Some of the different areas the teams were judged on include: presentation, sanitation, timeliness, utilization of product and taste.

    The students were able to showcase their talents while utilizing the state-of-the-art cooking facilities on campus.

    "Every year it seems that students that are here, participating in our program, end up coming into our program," says R.C. Schroeder of FVTC. "I've already talked to a few of the competitors and a few of them we will be seeing next year joining our program as well."

    The top team received a $500 scholarship to Fox Valley Tech, which was a new addition to this year's competition.

    The top prize awarded Friday went to two students from Plymouth.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Some adjustments to your morning commute may be needed because two downtown Green Bay bridges are closing for maintenance next week.

    The Donald Tilleman Bridge on Mason Street is closing for winter maintenance from 9 a.m.-noon on Monday and traffic will be detoured to the Walnut Street Bridge, according to the city's Public Work's Department.

    The Ray Nitschke Bridge on Main Street will be closed starting at 7 AM on Tuesday, so crews can replace the traffic gates, and it will not reopen until the following day.

    The Walnut Street Bridge will again be the primary detour, but drivers will also be able to cross the river at Mason Street.


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  • 12/02/18--02:20: Packers Fall At Home
  • ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - The Arizona Cardinals stunned the Green Bay Packers on Sunday with a 20-17 win at snowy Lambeau Field.

    Zane Gonzalez kicked a 44-yard field goal for Arizona with 1:41 left for what proved to be the game-winning points, but the win didn't come without some drama first. Aaron Rodgers managed to move the Packers to the Cardinal's 30-yard line to set up Mason Crosby for a 49-yard attempt to tie the game, but the longtime kicker missed the attempt.

    Arizona is now 3-9 on the season while Green Bay fell to 4-7-1 and by all metrics have fallen out of playoff contention. Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight lists the packers with a less than 1% chance to be playing football into January.

    Following the game the team announced it will be relieving coach Mike McCarthy of his duties for the remainder of the season, naming Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin as the interim coach.

    Aaron Rodgers finished the game 31-50 for 233 yards and 1 TD, a strike to Devante Adams who finished with 8 catches and 93 yards on 13 targets.

    Aaron Jones scored one rushing TD and finished the game with 36 yards on 11 carries.

    Green Bay will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday for a noon kickoff, Arizona will return home for a visit from another NFC North foe in the Detroit Lions.


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  • 12/02/18--07:45: Police Handing Out Gifts
  • GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Police officers around Northeast Wisconsin are helping those in need this holiday season with the Lights of Christmas campaign.

    On Saturday, $50,000 in gift cards and hundreds of backpacks were handed off to police departments.

    More than 50 officers from 18 precincts were at the event at the home of the Timber Rattlers.

    Officers will hand out the gift cards and items to the people that need them the most this holiday season. The event is called Lights of Christmas campaign.

    "We find somebody who is need, those who are suffering from homelessness. We get an opportunity to just give them something for a hot meal, whether it be a gift card, give them a blessing bag that they have some toiletries, some gloves, some hand warmers. Those things that are gonna keep them comfortable and safe through the winter." 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The 13th annual Festival of Lights celebration didn't go as planned Saturday evening outside Lambeau Field.

    After a countdown, the lights flickered a couple of times but didn't stay on. The crowd laughed and decided to chant go pack go. That didn't work.

    So, the crowd decided to sing Happy Birthday to Aaron Rodgers. That didn't work either.

    A representative with the Packers organization told FOX 11 that the technical difficulties were due to the wet weather. An announcer said the tree will hopefully light up by Sunday evening.

    Inside events went on as planned.

    "I got hot chocolate and a picture with Santa Claus," said Nathan Janicek. 

    Cookie decorations, carolers and photos with Santa were just some of the activities. 

    "I made a Christmas tree inside a Christmas tree with a bunch of green frosting a bunch of sprinkles and a bunch of frosting," said Katherine Fischer. 

    While the tree outside was the most anticipated, the mishap didn't ruin people's spirits.

    "I wanted to go to Lambeau Field and I wanted to do this tree lighting ceremony and I wanted it to snow," said Laura White, who drove from Sarasota, Florida to attend the event and Sunday's game. 

    Some even said the snow made the night better.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers announced during Sunday's Packers vs. Cardinals game that international recording star Paul McCartney will play Lambeau Field in the summer of 2019.

    There was speculation the famous singer would play Lambeau next summer when a Facebook ad popped up this fall that McCartney would include Green Bay as part of his "Freshen Up" tour.

     

    No word on how much tickets will be or what date he will perform.

    McCartney's “Freshen Up” tour is scheduled to stop in Madison June 6. That show is already sold out.

    The Packers will release more information on December 4.

    The last concert at Lambeau Field was Billy Joel in June 2017.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Shopping at a long-standing part of the holiday retail landscape is coming with some reminders from the Better Business Bureau.

    "It's a temporary location for a store that is usually just open between Thanksgiving and Christmas."

    Pop-Up Shops fill empty retail locations and can be fun, but Susan Bach, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Wisconsin says before you shop, you want to ask some important questions.

    "You will want to clarify the return policy and ask how long the store will be there in case you have to return or exchange an item."

    You also are going to want to research the store headquarters and pay close attention to quality.

    She says Pop Up Shops can sometimes sell lower quality items, and if you do decide to make a purchase, it is best to use plastic and preferably a credit card over a debit card in order to leave a purchase trail and help limit identity theft.

    "You want to make sure that you are using a credit card instead of a debit card," Bach said. "You will have more protection from your credit card company if something goes wrong later."

    Recently celebrities like Kanye West and Kylie Jenner have gotten onboard with opening Pop-Up Shops adding to their popularity. 

     


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  • 12/03/18--00:00: Hotel Pieces Coming Together
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Residents of downtown Green Bay have seen plenty of activity outside Hotel Northland throughout the fall and into winter. 

    The moving trucks, construction personnel, and yellow tape all represent a different piece in the larger effort to open the hotel.

    "There are many, many, many pieces to this puzzle called the Hotel Northland," says General Manager John Williams.

    He says they've been busy at work throughout the year and finally can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    "A lot of things have to come together," he explains. "Cleaning, organizing, placing furniture, placing furniture fixtures, and equipment."

    Most of the work inside the hotel has reached its final stage and is nearing completion. Poke the Bear, one of the hotel's two restaurants, is a perfect example.

    "Poke the Bear is probably about ninety-percent of the way there," he explains. "I'm waiting for television installation, [but] the televisions are physically here."

    And some of the more time-consuming aspects to opening a hotel are the things that people don't see and often take for granted, such as a safety system.

    "It was time-consuming and it is done," says Williams regarding the installation of safety components, such as fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. "So all of our life safety inspections are complete."

    This time can be tough because management wants nothing more than to open the hotel's doors, while at the same time they can't afford to rush along anything that might compromise quality.

    "So far, so good," he says. "I'm very, very pleased with where we're at."

    For Williams, the quality of the hotel will always take precedent.

    "We hope everyone in Green Bay is very, very proud of what we did," he explains. "And I think they will be."

    Information regarding a tentative opening date for the hotel is not yet available but could be coming as soon as the middle of this week.


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  • 12/03/18--02:03: Stabbing Suspect In Custody
  • OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A 28-year-old Oshkosh man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a "disturbance involving a knife" just after 2 Saturday afternoon in Oshkosh.

    The Oshkosh Police Department says officers found the man, with multiple knife wounds, outside a multi-unit home on the 1000-block of W. New York Avenue.

    Police arrested a 24-year-old Oshkosh man and say he could face an attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge.

    Police say he suffered minor injuries.

    No one else was hurt and police say both men live inside the multi-unit home.

    Police would not clarify when the 28-year-old was stabbed.

    If you have information about the incident, you're asked to contact the Winnebago County Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Law enforcement are urging caution for dating app users after police say three Milwaukee men used a popular app to meet and rape three women.

    Nowadays fewer people are meeting significant others while they're out and about and more people are turning to dating apps like Tinder and even social media.

    While these apps have the ability to bring strangers together, they're also being used by predators to find their next victim.

    Just last week three Milwaukee women say they were kidnapped and raped by three men, after meeting them on the dating app 'Tagged.'

    Lt. Jim Valley from the Brown County Sheriff's Office tells FOX 11 it's a common occurrence. .

    "It happens often where someone meets someone and didn't know who they were and something happens. They come in and we fully investigate it, they're treated as a victim, and we try and find that resolution."

    UW-Green Bay students who spoke with FOX 11 said they use dating apps like Tinder and Bumble pretty often, but none of them have had any bad experiences using them so far.

    "Maybe because I'm a male I don't see the dating violence aspect of it," said Eric Schmidt.

    But valley says these things can happen to anyone at any time, so users should always take extra precaution.

    "You just don't know who that other person is. If you're going to meet up with someone maybe meet as a group and don't do it alone. Ask for personal information so you can do a Google search or find out more about them."

    The suspects involved in the Milwaukee sexual assault case have all been charged the district attorney says more charges could be coming if there are more victims.


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    WAUPACA CO, WI (WTAQ) - A reminder sent out from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department.

    This coming after one of their squad cars was hit by a drunk driver. This is actually the second time this has happened in just a little over a week.

    Deputies say this accident happened Saturday night on State Highway 22 in Symco, which is north of Manawa.

    The driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. This is the driver's fourth offense within five years.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Police are looking to make contact with the victim and witness of an attempted stabbing.

    The incident happened around 4 PM on Sunday in the 1200 block of Thorndale Street when a 17-year-old boy tried to stab a young woman.

    The teen was eventually restrained once police arrived, but the victim and her father were frightened and left the scene before police arrived.

    A family member sustained non-life threatening injuries attempting to restrain the teen and the knife was recovered at the scene.

    The teen is being evaluated at a hospital.

    Police are looking for the woman and her father to come forward to ensure that they are alright.

    Police are urging anyone with information of the incident to contact them at (920) 448-3208 or they can remain anonymous by calling Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867.


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    TOWN OF ANIWA, WI (WTAQ) - A school bus and a vehicle collided Monday morning in Shawano County, which resulted in multiple minor injuries.

    The incident happened around 7:30 AM in the town of Aniwa when a school bus was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign.

    The bus was traveling east on Church Road and the vehicle struck the bus near the driver side engine compartment after it ran through the intersection from Sugarbush Road.

    The bus was pushed off the roadway and slid into a ditch due to the impact of the collision.

     

    The school bus driver and two children were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene.

    Children without injuries were taken to school.

    Leaking fluid forced the Birnamwood Fire Department to be called to the scene as a precautionary measure.

    The crash remains under investigation.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - After two decades of running one of Brown County's largest non-profits, employing hundreds of people and supported by thousands of volunteers, change is coming to the Greater Green Bay YMCA.

    Steve Harty is retiring at the end of the week. He's seen some impressive growth at the Y in 20 years as President and C-E-O. Both in facilities and the programs offered.

    "It's similar to what a lot of non-profits have faced. The complexity of how we run a non-profit organization has grown tremendously."

    But it hasn't happened by accident.

    "I think we have to be far more innovative and creative in finding staff than ever before."

    Harty says keeping track of things people want is something the Y takes seriously and tries to provide at its four Brown County branches.

    "The Y has traditionally been seen as a 'gym and swim", but we're so much more than that."

    Everything from childcare to summer camps, to programs geared to cancer survivors.

    And that wide array of offerings is what means the most.

    "That's probably the one single thing I'm most proud of is our ability to be able to do a better job telling our story."

    Sean Elliott will take the reins as the next Greater Green Bay YMCA President and C-E-O.

    As for the future, Steve Harty says there's no specific plan for the moment. But he does plan on keeping his Y membership current.

    For more information about the locations and programs at the Greater Green Bay YMCA click here.


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    MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - Menasha Police are saying that a driver was under the influence of alcohol when they drove into the Fox River late Sunday night.

    The incident happened on Appleton Street, near the Menasha Channel, just after 11 PM.

    The driver sustained minor injuries after driving through a yard and then becoming partially submerged in the river.

    More information is expected to be released later today.


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  • 12/03/18--12:44: Lame Duck Session Looms
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A change in leadership is coming to the state's capital, but maybe not before their powers are seriously impacted.

    All eyes on Madison as votes in an extraordinary session could limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul before they even assume office.

    The bill drafts that are expected to be voted on as soon as next week include legislation to move the state's presidential primary date from April to March and to limit the time in which local municipalities can allow early voting.

    The proposition of moving the state's presidential primary has already been opposed by many county and municipal clerks that oversee elections.

    Another bill would eliminate the office of the solicitor general in the Department of Justice. That office, which is appointed by the attorney general, represents the state in state and federal courts for certain cases on appeal.

    Republican Representative John Nygren from the 89th Assembly District joined WTAQ's Morning News with Matt & Earl on Monday to discuss the matter.

    He says the timing of this session shouldn't be a reason for criticism.

    "We are elected in the legislature to serve until, I believe the date is January 7, when the new legislature comes in," he says. "So us continuing to work until the end of the year, we're doing our job."

    For Nygren, this isn't simply an attempt by conservatives to attack Evers and Kaul's power in office.

    "This is a more balance of powers issue in my viewpoint," he explains. "But, those are the things that we'll be debating in the next few days."

    And for Representative Nygren, the "balance of powers" isn't so balanced presently.

    "The powers that have been transferred to the administrative branch, both at the federal level and the state level, has gotten out of control in my opinion," says Nygren.

    He believes the bills being drafted for this lame duck session would ensure a more even playing field.

    "The things that we're looking at doing are providing assurance that the powers of the legislature are equal to the powers of the administrative branch," explains Nygren.

    Federal funding for Department of Transportation projects, legislative oversight, and administrative rulemaking authority are the areas of focus for other bills.

    Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said on Monday that there isn't enough support in the Senate to approve every offered proposal, but he wouldn't say that any of them are being abandoned.

    According to Fitzgerald and other Republican leaders, the effort to move the state's presidential primary remains a work in progress.


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