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    Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October and November, the NBA announced today. This is the second Player of the Month honor of Antetokounmpo’s career after he won the award for March during the 2016-17 season. He is the first player in Bucks history to win Player of the Month multiple times. 

    While leading the Bucks to the second-best record in the NBA at 15-6, Antetokounmpo averaged team-highs in points (27.3), rebounds (12.9), assists (6.0) and steals (1.5) per game while shooting a team-best 57.7 percent from the field during October and November. He was the only player in the NBA to average at least 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while he ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (6th in the NBA), fourth in rebounding (5th in the NBA) and fourth in field goal percentage (11th in the NBA).

    In 20 games during October and November, Antetokounmpo tallied eight 30-point games, had 14 games with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds and seven games with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds. He also recorded two triple-doubles in wins over Philadelphia on Oct. 24 and Sacramento on Nov. 4. 


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A teen that allegedly threatened Seymour schools is being charged with making a terrorist threat.

    17-year-old River Erdman insists that he was being sarcastic and his mother claims he has a "dry sense of humor."

    According to the criminal complaint Erdman posted threats on social media last week that included screenshots of what appeared to be an AR-15 style weapon.

    Accompanying the screenshots was the caption "Damon 2.0," which is in reference to an incident that took place a year ago when a student, named Damon, forced a lockdown after bringing a weapon to the school.

    According to the complaint, Erdman has insisted that he was being “sarcastic” and that he did not intend to fire the weapon at school.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Mike McCarthy's legacy reaches far beyond the Green Bay Packers and what he's accomplished as a coach. He has also been a strong advocate for sick children for almost a decade.

    Those who know McCarthy personally describe him as a good man both on and off the field.

    During his 13 seasons as Packers head coach, McCarthy made time to give back his community.

    Jim Gilmore, Jr. from the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, tells FOX 11.

    "We all know he is a successful NFL Football Coach, he had the second most wins of any Packers coach with the exception of Curly Lambeau. But he is also a more exceptional human being."

    In 2009, McCarthy and his wife, Jessica, started an annual golf tournament to help raise money for the hospital's 'Sick Kids Can't Wait' campaign.

    McCarthy also helped jump-start the Green Bay Police Foundation back in 2016 with a $100,000 dollar donation to buy ballistic helmets and vests for officers.

    "We launched that in 2010, eight years of a very successful golf tournament and has raised $2 million for the American Children's Hospital," said Gilmore.

    With the funds raised, Gilmore says the hospital has been able to expand its services and treat more children.

    "We asked them to serve as honorary chair of our "Sick Kids Campaign" along with Cindy Crawford and we treasure the relationship we have with coach and Jess."

    Right now it is unclear if McCarthy and his wife will continue serving as co-chairs of the organization but the hospital said they hope to continue their work relationship in the future.

    McCarthy also helped jump-start the Green Bay Police Foundation back in 2016 with a $100,000 dollar donation to buy ballistic helmets and vests for officers.


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    OCONTO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A convenience store clerk who stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of lottery tickets was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

    Linda Elliott must also pay a total of $68,305 in restitution - but has already paid back $30,000. Sentencing was held Monday.

    According to the criminal complaint, the owner of the Fastop in Oconto Falls noticed his books weren’t balanced, due to issues with the lottery tickets.

    Upon initial questioning by police, Elliott said she paid for the tickets she took, including a $10,000 winner.

    Eventually, she fessed up, saying “Fine, you want the truth? I did it. I took the tickets.”

    The complaint goes on to say “Linda said that she didn’t really think she was taking it directly from (the store’s owner). Linda said everyone else has nice things and she thought she should be able to have nice things too.”

    Each count covered a different time period for the thefts, between April 1, 2016, and Feb. 3, 2017.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - An international recording star will perform at Lambeau Field this summer.

    The Green Bay Packers announced Paul McCartney will play at Lambeau Saturday, June 8, 2019.

    Tickets will go on sale to the public Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

    Presale tickets for American Express cardholders are available Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and Packers season ticket holders will have their own presale Friday, Dec. 7 at noon.

    Packers president Mark Murphy estimates the concert will make a $6 million impact on the Green Bay area.

    The former Beatles star's "Freshen Up" tour is also scheduled for a stop Madison on June 6. That concert is sold out.

    The last concert at Lambeau Field was Billy Joel in June 2017.  He drew a crowd of 45,000.


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    KAUKAUNA, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - More development is on the way for Kaukauna's Commerce Crossing business park.

    Aurora BayCare Medical Center plans to build a new clinic, surgery and urgent care center on land near the Interstate 41/Hwy. 55 interchange.

    The 72,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be built on a 17-acre parcel of land.

    Dan Meyer, president of Aurora BayCare Medical Center, said in a news release...

    “In a growing community like Kaukauna and the surrounding area, it’s important for high-quality health care to also be local. This proposed new facility increases access to integrated health care for our current patients in Outagamie County and provides options for employers and residents in this vibrant region.”

    The facility will offer a lengthy list of medical services including outpatient surgery, urgent care, primary care, specialty care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, lab services, and diagnostic testing, including mobile MRI.

    It is expected to open in the summer of 2020.

    Commerce Crossing is at the site of the former Fox Valley Greyhound Park dog-racing track, which closed in the 1990s.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Feel free to "Twist & Shout" Paul McCartney fans. The former member of The Beatles is coming to Lambeau Field next summer.

    It was announced on Tuesday morning that Paul McCartney will be taking the stage June 8, 2019, as part of his Freshen Up U.S. Tour 2019.

    The performance will be McCartney's first ever concert in Green Bay.

     

    “We’re honored to welcome Paul McCartney to Lambeau Field and we’re excited for Green Bay to host such a celebrated musician and iconic performer for the first time,” says Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We’re looking forward to fans of multiple generations joining us this summer for this historic show.”

    Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean performed at Lambeau Field in 2015, while Billy Joel took the stage in June of 2017. Organizers are excited for Paul McCartney to continue the recent string of big-name acts performing at the historic venue.

    "These are the type of things that when you go to bed at night you just kind of pinch yourself," says Jason Wright, President of Live Nation Chicago. "You can't believe it."

    Tickets go on sale December 10 at 10 AM and American Express® Card Members can get their tickets starting Wednesday.

    Jason Wright explains how the event came together.

    "He [McCartney] has a team that came to visit here and we took a tour of the facility," he explains. "They came and saw a tremendous facility and really they understand the iconic nature of the stadium itself."

    Murphy commented that the timing of the announcement is symbolic as well.

    "It is kind of fitting, you know, in our 100th season as we're really looking back and celebrating the history of the Packers," he says. "There's no question, I think this is going to be a memorable evening."

    And for any lifelong Beatles or Paul McCartney fans, this might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see him perform in their backyard.

    "It really is one of those things where people will talk for decades and say, 'were you there?'" says Wright.

    After seeing Billy Joel come to Lambeau Field and now with plans to see Paul McCartney, Mark Murphy thinks it would take someone pretty boss to top that list.

    "I've kind of been pushing for Bruce Springsteen, I'm just saying," he says.

    Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.


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  • 12/04/18--12:47: Sir Paul to Bring Big Bucks
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Local businesses are hoping Paul McCartney fans spend plenty of their money while in town for his performance at Lambeau Field next June.

    Brad Toll, President of the Greater Green Bay Conventions and Visitors Bureau, thinks the rock legend will have quite the financial influence.

    "We expect the [economic] impact to be somewhere around $6 million," he says.

    The McCartney concert announcement on Tuesday morning is continuing the "every other year" pattern of big musical acts performing at Lambeau Field, with Billy Joel in 2017 and Kenny Chesney in 2015.

    If those past concerts are any sort of indication, out-of-town fans won't be sticking around as long as they would for a Packers game.

    "A home game typically is a two-night stay," says Toll. "We found that the concerts, historically, have been a one-night stay."

    Whether here for only one night, or two, or even longer, those individuals are expected to spend money throughout the Green Bay area.

    "We may have some folks that come in Friday and spend the day enjoying our city, and a number of our attractions, shopping in some of our shops and enjoying our restaurants," he explains.

    The experience should also serve to cement Lambeau Field as not only an American football mecca but an iconic venue for multiple events.

    "People a lot of times think of us as football only and certainly Lambeau Field is able to host a variety of events," he says.

    For Toll, the greater Green Bay area has never been better equipped to host an event of this magnitude.

    "Green Bay has so much to offer, the entire metro area, and we'll be able to feature a lot of that in 2019," he explains.

    Some notable amenities that will be utilized include the Lodge Kohler, which opened in 2017, and the Hotel Northland, which is expected to open very soon.

    "Years back, prior to Lodge Kohler and Hotel Northland, we didn't have a four-star hotel in our community," says Toll. "We've got a great package already of lodging properties, but certainly adding that tier into the mix makes the whole product better."

    Tickets for the McCartney concert go on sale December 10 at 10 AM and American Express® Card Members can get theirs starting Wednesday.

    Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.


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  • 12/04/18--15:49: Another Vehicle off the Lot
  • ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - An Ashwaubenon car dealership is reporting a third vehicle that has been stolen.

    Authorities announced on November 24 that Broadway Chevrolet on S Ashland Ave had a Chevrolet Camaro and a Chevrolet 3500 High Country Dually pickup truck was stolen from their dealership and following a complete audit, they are saying that a silver 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was stolen as well.

    Police say the vehicles could be anywhere in Wisconsin, or outside the state, and no video of the thefts are available.

    Please call Investigator Robert Messer at (920) 593-4474 if you have information about the thefts or you can report via CrimeStoppers at (920) 432-STOP.


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  • 12/04/18--15:59: New Space, New Name
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A downtown Green Bay building was officially purchased by Foxconn on Tuesday.

    The technology companies new Innovation Center, which is expected to employ 200 people, has found a home inside The WaterMark building.

    The building will be renamed Foxconn Place Green Bay and the Innovation Center will develop applications for digital technologies, in addition to crafting partnerships with suppliers, start-ups and other related companies.


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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - First Degree Reckless Homicide charges have been filed against a man accused of causing the death of his infant son.

    Cory Lyons allegedly caused brain damage to the child after jerking the baby up while frustrated with his crying. Lyons admitted he shook the child 5 or 6 times, jerked his head and allowed it to snap back.

    Police say Lyons changed his story several times, before admitting to causing injury.

    “The Defendant then admitted that he picked up (the baby) while frustrated and he jerked him, yelling "Stop." The defendant gave a quick jerk demonstrating how he jerked (the baby) when he told him to stop. He had explained that he was frustrated. He stated that the child's head snapped back and came forward. The defendant acknowledged that he had not been supporting the child's head in any way at this time,” the complaint says.

    “The defendant admitted that he was highly frustrated by the child's crying and discomfort and that he shook (the child) between 5 and 6 times, pulling him up, jerking his head, letting his head snap back,” the complaint states.

     

    The criminal complaint states that the child's mother left the infant with Lyons and was told he was not breathing.

    The autopsy shows that the child died from brain injuries.

    A $250,000 cash bond was set at Lyons initial court appearance on Tuesday. Court records show that he'll return to court on December 13 for a preliminary hearing.


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach says having an Emergency vehicle kit in your trunk will help you when in need. 

    Now that we have experienced the first snowfall of the winter, being prepared for the unexpected is recommended. 

    "If you are going on a long distance drive, we recommend that you have extra warmer clothes so you can last that long journey."  

    Streckenbach says a tote or bin with items inside can fit right in a vehicle's trunk and the proper items will help you through different winter driving situations.  

    "Just take an extra five minutes out of your afternoon or morning just to make sure you have some of the essentials."  

    Items include kitty litter for traction on ice or when stuck,  blankets to keep warm, food and water in case you have to wait a while for help and a shovel to dig your car tires out of snow.  

    It is also recommended to include a set of jumper cables and a cell phone charger.   Streckenbach says it is important to pack what you think you could use yourself, but a properly packed kit can also help others.  

    "We know that people stop by to help, we just have to make sure that we have the right tools to do it."  

    Other items that could be included are matches, emergency flares, a tow rope, and a first aid kit.  


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay man who was arrested last week in connection to robberies in the city of Green Bay, has confessed to all five that police have been investigating for the last month.

    26-year-old Charles Skenadore was taken into custody at a residence in the 2700 block of Osha He Ta Trail.

    "Once Mr. Skenadore was in custody, investigators were able to speak with him a get a confession on these five robberies in the city of Green Bay," said Police Captain Kevin Warych.

    Investigators were able to link him to the robberies at 

    • Toppers 2042 Main St on November 6th• Elfs Gifts 1132 S Military Abe Nov 8th• Bake My Day 1203 E. Mason St on November 17th• Stoneridge Shell 1053 Velp on November 21st• Subway 2569 W. Mason St on November 25th 

    "We were able to match up physical evidence, collect witness statements and put all these cases together to recommend five counts of robbery to the Brown County District Attorney.

    Police determined that Skenadore stole around $1000 from the five locations, and also learned that motive was drug-related.

    Warych said the hard work by investigators goes to show that Green Bay police have zero tolerance for robberies in the community.

     

    "We can provide closure to these businesses, the victims here."


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - If a Packer game at Lambeau Field is on your bucket list, Sunday is your chance. 

    The Packers have two home games remaining and tickets are still being sold at a bargain. 

    "It is affordable and more than half less than face value so it is a buyers market for sure."

    A losing season and December weather are leaving tickets for the final games at Lambeau Field cheaper then they have been for a long time.   

    "Most of the season ticket holders are a little older and they don't like the cold. Unfortunately, we can't buy the tickets right now."  

    Even though the team made a coaching change, Travis Loftus of Ticket King in Ashwaubenon says that did not spark any more interest for the game Sunday. He says that will likely show in the books when the schedule for next year comes out.  

    "I think a new coach and new regime will definitely bring a little more interest into the team next year."  

    Tickets range from the 40 dollar range to 130 dollars for Sunday's game against the Falcons.   


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - After new parking fees were proposed for downtown Green Bay, city council has decided to leave that notion in the past.

    The decision came Tuesday night, following last week's meeting.

    That's when city leaders suggested that adding fees to people parking downtown on nights and weekends would create necessary revenue.

    Then came pushback from businesses in the area, who said customers would go elsewhere if they had to pay for parking.

    For those worried about the possibility of having to pay to park downtown, worry no more-- city council says parking will continue to be free on weeknights and weekends.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay Metro Fire Dept. was called out at 11:35 last night to 1738 Farlin Ave. for a structure fire with smoke and flames showing.

    A GBMFD Med unit returning from the hospital was first on scene and found heavy fire shooting from windows on two sides of the building.

    Occupants of the building, one adult and three children, escaped uninjured prior to GBMFD arrival.

    Crews had the fire knocked down in 10 minutes and fully extinguished in a half hour.

    Extensive overhaul of the building was needed due to the amount of fire.

    The loss is estimated at $75.000. The fire cause is undetermined at this time.

    Occupant states that there was a candle burning in the area of origin.

    The occupants are being assisted by Red Cross.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Industrial hemp is growing in popularity in Wisconsin.

    And after an experimental growing season, an Appleton greenhouse is now making room to meet the expected demand.

    For nearly a century, Memorial Florists & Greenhouses has grown plants of all kinds, but a new look at an old variety has president Bob Aykens very interested.

    "They came in as cuttings, and they're in the process of being rooted and propagated."

    Aykens tells FOX 11 through a lease agreement with the Colorado-based company Front Range Biosciences, a 15,000 square foot greenhouse will soon grow hemp.

    "Our production plan says 250,000 clones will go out of here for next spring."

    The greenhouse will be fitted with lights, a network of nozzles will spray the plants on a regular basis.

    Farmers will place their orders, and the hemp will be delivered from the bio-secure area to the producers in the field.

    Rob Richard is Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Governmental Relations.

    "I think to have that ability for a farmer to come in, and have the confidence of what they're planting, it is going to succeed, and prosper here in the state."

    Richard represents hemp farmers around the state. He tells FOX 11 last year, there were more than 200 licensed producers. He calls the first season a success and expects that number to grow.

    Aykens agrees. He says a quarter of a million hemp plants is a good start.

    "That probably won't meet the demand, I'm going to guess. But we'll be looking at expanding upon what those needs are, once we know what they are."

    Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection oversees the hemp industry.

    Industrial Hemp licensing applications are available for the 2019 season.

    You have until the end of the year to apply.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A Seymour teen boy was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats. River Erdmann, 17, was arrested by the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

    Police said the teen posted a picture, of what looked like an assault rifle, on social media last week.

    According to a criminal complaint, the 17-year-old also made threats toward Seymour High School.

    Erdmann said the whole thing was meant to be a joke.

    School leaders and police Tuesday commented on why they can't treat any threat like a joke.

    The teen admits he sent the photo to his Snapchat group.

    Seymour police said it included the caption "Damon 2.0," a reference to another student who brought a weapon to school and caused a lockdown.

    Laurie Asher, superintendent at Seymour Community School District tells FOX 11...

    “Any time that we do get a report of a threat - any type of threat toward the school district, we really have to take due diligence to really investigate it to the fullest extent.”

    Erdmann's comments in the group chat referenced the weapon shooting deadly rounds, but it was later determined the weapon in the image was actually an airsoft gun.

    The court document stated River Erdmann said he was just being sarcastic and meant it to be funny, but Asher says this was no laughing matter.

    “You can have dire consequences and, though some people or some of our students may see it as a funny thing or they’re just laughing with their friends, really any type of threat is taken very seriously.”

    Erdmann's out of jail on bond.

    His mother spoke with FOX 11 Monday night. She feels her son is being punished too harshly for a sarcastic remark, but she calls it a teachable moment for all students.

    Seymour Community Schools superintendent Laurie Asher agrees.

    “We took this as a really good opportunity to have the conversation with our students and educate them on this, and we did talk to in classrooms we talked to them about that different types of threats, and the consequences of making such threats.”

    The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office said it will always take these threats seriously because, if they don't, the result could be catastrophic.

    River Erdmann's next court date has not been scheduled.

    If found guilty, he faces up to four years in prison.


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Shopko Stores is closing 39 stores in 14 states, including one in Wisconsin.

    The only state store on the list is the one in Mauston, according to Shopko spokesperson Michelle Hansen.

    "Despite the stores’ efforts, as we reviewed the long-term outlook on profitability, sales trends and potential growth, we made the difficult decision to close these locations."

    Liquidation sales begin Friday, and the stores will be at the end of February.

    All are Shopko Hometown stores, except the one in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is a department store.

    The list of stores closing:

    Leadville, Colorado

    Buena Vista, Colorado

    Bonners Ferry, Idaho

    Dwight, Illinois

    Webster City, Iowa

    Cherokee, Iowa

    Eldora, Iowa

    Anthony, Kansas

    Russell, Kansas

    Phillipsburg, Kansas

    Clay Center, Kansas

    Lyons, Kansas

    Larned, Kansas

    Brandenburg, Kentucky

    Mahnomen, Minnesota

    Paynesville, Minnesota

    Albany, Missouri

    Plentywood, Montana

    Lincoln, Nebraska

    Ord, Nebraska

    Kimball, Nebraska

    Lovington, New Mexico

    Oakes, North Dakota

    Stanley, North Dakota

    Lisbon, North Dakota

    Mayville, North Dakota

    Fairview, Oklahoma

    Redfield, South Dakota

    Wagner, South Dakota

    Webster, South Dakota

    Dell Rapids, South Dakota

    Presidio, Texas

    Delta, Utah

    Nephi, Utah

    Blanding, Utah

    Beaver, Utah

    Spokane, Washington

    Mauston, Wisconsin

    Greybull, Wyoming


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - After skipping his sentencing hearing last week a man was booked into the Outagamie County jail Tuesday night.

    24-year-old Travis Berndt has been convicted for knowingly operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license in connection with a 2016 fatal crash.

    Berndt but did not appear for scheduled sentencing on November 28 and jail records show that he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Tuesday.

    He could be back in court Wednesday afternoon.

    Berndt was driving at a high rate of speed and lost control when he exited the I-41 off-ramp at Highway 55 in Kaukauna, according to the State Patrol. 

    The vehicle rolled over several times and killed Jamie Jackson, while injuring two others.


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