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- 12/21/18--12:43: _Former Teacher Sent...
- 12/21/18--14:31: _Final Push Needed
- 12/21/18--17:02: _Hug Warning Creates...
- 12/24/18--03:08: _Speed A Factor In F...
- 12/24/18--03:10: _Last Minute Shoppin...
- 12/24/18--03:14: _Ice Rescues Save Lives
- 12/24/18--03:17: _Firefighters Play S...
- 12/26/18--00:00: _Don't Forget About Us
- 12/26/18--01:58: _Christmas Dinner Fo...
- 12/26/18--02:00: _Christmas Day Worke...
- 12/26/18--02:06: _Moore Becomes Candi...
- 12/26/18--02:08: _Man Dies In Police ...
- 12/26/18--08:56: _Fatal Fire Under In...
- 12/26/18--11:08: _An Unwelcome Visitor
- 12/26/18--14:26: _New Year's Eve Plan...
- 12/26/18--16:17: _Ball Drop with a Twist
- 12/27/18--01:54: _Blood Shortage Duri...
- 12/27/18--01:57: _Cooped Up For Month...
- 12/27/18--01:59: _Christmas Curiosity...
- 12/27/18--03:50: _Rollover Crash Leav...
- 12/21/18--12:43: Former Teacher Sentenced for Obscene Texts
- 12/21/18--14:31: Final Push Needed
- 12/21/18--17:02: Hug Warning Creates Controversy
- 12/24/18--03:08: Speed A Factor In Fatal Crash
- 12/24/18--03:10: Last Minute Shopping Spree
- 12/24/18--03:14: Ice Rescues Save Lives
- 12/24/18--03:17: Firefighters Play Santa
- 12/26/18--00:00: Don't Forget About Us
- 12/26/18--01:58: Christmas Dinner For Veterans
- 12/26/18--02:00: Christmas Day Workers Make the Most Of It
- 12/26/18--02:06: Moore Becomes Candidate Number Seven
- 12/26/18--02:08: Man Dies In Police Custody
- 12/26/18--08:56: Fatal Fire Under Investigation
- 12/26/18--11:08: An Unwelcome Visitor
- 12/26/18--14:26: New Year's Eve Plans at Titletown
- Extended Ice Skating, Tubing, Ice Lounge and Ice Bar hours from 4 p.m.-midnight.
- Live Ice Carving from 8-9 p.m.: the team from Art Below Zero will create an interactive New Years-themed ice sculpture with photo opportunities following the carving.
- Art Hop Collective from 8-11 p.m.: Watch a giant painted mural come to life and enjoy live music as the Art Hop Collective crew creates a masterpiece.
- Lawn Games from 8-11 p.m.: Challenge friends and family to lawn pong and giant Jenga.
- Warming Tent from 8 p.m.-midnight: WIXX will provide the soundtrack for the evening inside the heated tent. Warm up while enjoying food and beverages, which will be available for purchase.
- Virtual Graffiti Wall and Light Bright: Guests can create their own art with two interactive screens and enjoy playing with a super-sized childhood favorite.
- Interactive Snow Globe: Step into a winter wonderland and take pictures inside a giant, interactive snow globe.
- LED Swing: Swing into the New Year with this fun, lit swing.
- Ice Beat Factory Performance from 11-11:45 p.m.: the coolest show of the year will take place on the Great Lawn. A DJ and drummer will accompany the one-of-a-kind live ice carving performance.
- Final Winter Jubilee Light Show of the season from 11:52-11:59 p.m.: Watch the spectacular light show for the final time of the season.
- 12/26/18--16:17: Ball Drop with a Twist
- 12/27/18--01:54: Blood Shortage During the Holidays
- 12/27/18--01:57: Cooped Up For Months After Summer Storm
- 12/27/18--01:59: Christmas Curiosity May Have Saved Lives
- 12/27/18--03:50: Rollover Crash Leaves One Dead, Two Injured
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A former Green Bay high school band teacher has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for sending sexually charged text messages to a student.
According to court records, 28-year-old David Viste pleaded no contest on Thursday to three misdemeanor counts of sending an obscene computer message.
Between August of last year through April Viste sent nearly 1,000 text messages to the Green Bay West High School student.
As the boy drew closer to the age of 18 the messages became increasingly graphic.
Authorities say Viste persisted until it was reported, even though the teen told him he was not interested.
Viste resigned from his band instructor position.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay's Red Kettle Campaign is drawing to a close and they need your help to push them over the top.
The goal for the organization this year was to raise $1.25 million prior to the campaign's end on Christmas Eve.
Captain Matthew O'Neil of the Salvation Army gives an update on where they're at.
"Currently we are about $370,000 away from our goal," he says. "So this is our final push."
He remains positive on their outlook.
"I think with everything coming in and the monetary donations coming in it's looking promising," says O'Neil. "But, there are some spots to fill with bell ringing and there's still buckets to be donated in."
Even with a sense of optimism it comes with a pray or two.
"I think we're going to be wrapping it up around two or three o'clock on Christmas Eve as our last day," he explains. "Just praying that we hit the mark."
Money collected from the campaign funds holiday efforts, but also goes towards plenty of year-round programs in the community.
"For instance, we have a soup kitchen everyday, we have transitional housing, we have a food pantry," says O'Neil.
And the organization is also getting some help in the eleventh hour.
"WPS Foundation is matching on [December] 24th," he explains. "Any dollars that go into the kettle they'll match dollar for dollar up to $10,000."
Whether the Greater Green Bay Salvation Army hits their magic number or not, Captain O'Neil remains appreciative of the communities support and kindness around the holidays.
"This community is very well-supportive of the Salvation Army," he says. "We're just grateful to be in a place like Green Bay."
The organization is still looking for more bell ringers this last weekend and you can learn more about it here.
APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A message from the Girl Scouts of the USA is conjuring up some controversy before the holidays.
"Girl Scouts of the USA had a blog post about not forcing your daughter to not hug or kiss visitors during the holidays and we found that it's getting a lot of attention," says Lee Snodgrass, the Director of Communications for Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.
Leaders say, not everybody is buying in.
"There were a couple people who of course were saying, 'Oh that's rude,'" explains Snodgrass.
Several comments saying the no-hug policy was going too far were left on the organizations Facebook page.
One comment stated that hugging is a way of showing respect and teaches children to love and show compassion.
Snodgrass says the "no-hug policy" fits right into the overall goal of the Girl Scout organization, which is to uplift and empower young women.
"We have a law that says respect for myself and others and this is a really good way to respect themselves and their feelings. If they aren't felling it in the moment they should say "I'll pass on that hug" or hug you later," says Snodgrass.
She adds that the effort starts at home with parents.
"We have to ask them, ''Do you want to hug this person' or 'would you like to give them a kiss,'" explains Snodgrass. "Rather than just making the assumption that just because they're young and little that they have to go along and do that."
TOWN OF PESHTIGO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Marinette County Sheriff's Office says one man is dead after a fatal crash.
The crash happened just before 8 last night.
Deputies say the crash took place on County Trunk BB/Shore Drive just south of Leaf Road in the Town of Peshtigo.
A car went off the road and hit a tree after the driver lost control.
The man who died was in his 40's and from the area.
Deputies say he had extensive head and internal injuries.
His name has not been released.
Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - If you waited until the final days before Christmas to buy gifts, you're not alone.
Many admitted to procrastinating at Bay Park Square mall Sunday afternoon.
"I procrastinate," said Marty Hock.
"My children have to finish up their Christmas shopping because they procrastinate," said Brandi Gagermeier.
According to the National Retail Federation, 24 percent of all shoppers were projected to continue buying gifts through Sunday, and another 7 percents will finish their shopping on Christmas Eve.
So a not overly crowded Bay Park Square Mall was a pleasant surprise for some shoppers.
We haven't waited in any lines, we're in and out," said Gagermeier.
"I thought it would be worse," said Marissa Dura.
Bay Park Square's Kelly Schoen tells FOX 11 this is one of the busiest shopping days of the year for them.
She says the last few days before December 25 is usually people coming out to pick up the simple things.
"This is our busiest gift card day."
Even those who try to leave the shopping for others had to get something for that one person.
"I came shopping for my wife because there are only two days left so we had to hurry up and get down here," said Hock.
"It was Brutal. How do I know how to shop for women's clothing?"
It could pay off waiting until the last minute.
"One good thing was there was 30 percent off," said Hock.
"We actually only had one person and I ended up getting a few things for myself too," said Dura.
Leaving some leftover for those doing the shopping.
FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A quick decision by a citizen helped save two people who fell through the ice of a nearby pond in Fond Du Lac.
Officials from the Fond Du Lac Fire and Rescue Department say they responded to the pond after reports of 2 people had fallen through the ice.
While heading over the to scene they were notified that a person driving by saw the two children in the water and rescued them.
When emergency crews arrived the rescuer had both children out of the water.
All 3 people were treated at the scene.
Officials say if it wasn't for the rescuers' quick actions it would have been a very different outcome.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Members of the Ledgeview Fire Department made a surprise visit to area kids in the hospital Sunday.
They made stops at the St. Vincent Children's Hospital and Bellin Hospital to drop off gifts.
They delivered boxes filled with stuffed animals, toys, and candy canes.
Tim Danen tells FOX 11 it was all about brightening the kids' spirits.
"Just to see a smile on the kid's face. That's all we're here for. And to make sure that they're not scared of firefighters."
The firefighters say they hope to do something like this again in the future, including expanding to homeless shelters, and other hospitals in the state.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - With Christmas in the rearview mirror the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay is asking the community to not forget about them.
The bells and red kettles have now disappeared, but the needs of so many people within the community have not.
And because of that, the Salvation Army continues to march on.
"We're busy like every single day," explains Captain Matthew O'Neil with the Greater Green Bay Salvation Army.
The organization might get a majority of attention and response leading up to Christmas, but they truly are a 365-days-a-year group that needs continued support throughout the calendar year.
"Not necessarily just during Christmas time," says O'Neil.
The Salvation Army thrives off the communities generosity with time, talent, and monetary donations, but they do realize that cash might be tight for many families in this post-Christmas period.
"As far as fundraising goes people are spent, I think, in general at the end of December," explains O'Neil.
And while the group can expect the monetary donations to slow to an extent, they hope people throughout the community continue to be generous in donating their time and talent.
For organization leaders, they say there are ample opportunities for people to pitch in and help out.
"We have a feeding program that we need volunteers for every single day," says O'Neil. "We have a food pantry that volunteers stock and do that kind of thing."
And it doesn't stop there.
"We also have volunteer opportunities at the thrift store," he adds.
With so many opportunities, organization leaders say that there is certainly something perfectly suited to anybody's interests and skills.
If you're interested in helping out and volunteering in some capacity you can find additional information here.
STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Dinner was served Christmas Day to salute Veterans and their families in Sturgeon Bay.
In just three years, the number of people signed up for the meal has doubled in size.
Inside VFW Post 3088 in Sturgeon Bay, volunteers like Terry Werkheiser are hard at work.
"It was my wife's idea. She said why don't we do a Christmas Day meal for veterans that maybe don't have family in town? And we thought it was a good idea. The minute we mentioned it, there were so many other people that wanted to help."
Werkheiser and his wife Sally tell FOX 11even though they weren't in the military, they host the dinner out of respect for those who served.
Gerry Barlament was in World War Two, and Korea. His wife says the holiday dinner doubles as a tribute to all veterans.
"I just think it's special to be remembered and to be appreciated and thanked. So thank you for doing it for him," said Pat Barlament, Sturgeon Bay.
Gerry says it's good to get out and socialize.
"It couldn't be better."
What would he be doing otherwise?
"Not a thing. Sitting at home, and twiddling my thumbs, probably relaxing in my lift chair. This is wonderful."
Bill Weber, agrees. He spent 16 years in the Navy.
"So rather than sitting at home watching television, eating a sub sandwich, I got a nice meal here, get to interact with people and have a nice time."
"This event, for all those veterans, for the most part, fulfills the need to have them be with other veterans, and family members, and that wonderful camaraderie that veterans have," said Scott McFarlane, Door County Veterans Service Officer.
And perhaps, with some non-veterans too.
"Just a great bunch of people. That's another reason to do it. It's just to meet the people that show up, There's always fun stories, there's always great people, and that's part of it too," said Werkheiser.
Volunteers say they hope to make this an annual family tradition.
Plans are already-in-the-works for the Fourth Veterans Christmas Dinner.
GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Many businesses closed up shop for Christmas. But "home for the holidays" isn't always a guarantee for everyone.
If you’re a first responder, you know the world doesn’t stop just because it’s a holiday.
“We hope we’re not busy, and people are enjoying their day off with their families but, if something arises, you know, somebody’s gotta respond,” said Neenah-Menasha firefighter Tyler Hillen.
Christmas is typically a time when families and friends come together.
And, while police officers, fire departments and many others are working to keep us safe this holiday, Hillen tells FOX 11 he and his crew are making the best of it at their home away from home.
“We have a meal going on upstairs - eggs with a big breakfast, we’re doing ham for dinner, and we’re spending it with our family here tonight, so it’s okay.”
And members of public safety aren’t the only ones punching in for Christmas
Some families like to leave the holiday cooking up to local restaurants. And that means someone’s still gotta do the cooking and the serving.
Waitresses at the International House of Pancakes in Grand Chute, like Kyanna Davidson and Libby Ebben, don’t mind the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest days of the year for the food industry, though.
“I absolutely love people!” Davidson said. “I love seeing people, meeting people and hearing what they have to do for the holidays. That’s what I love about it.”
Ebben said her favorite part about working the holiday is also seeing some new faces.
“Definitely talking to everyone about their Christmas plans, everyone’s pretty happy today, so it’s pretty easy.”
The holiday foot traffic doesn't end at restaurants.
With about 100 of their 130 rooms filled, the staff at Comfort Suites Appleton said they’re ready to do their part in spreading some holiday hospitality.
“Part of the best thing about working in the hospitality industry is being able to help other people in odd times,” front desk associate at Comfort Suites Appleton Chad Kennow said.
“Being able to provide that service is really kind of a nice thing and, actually, it’s a roundabout way to do something charitable on the holidays.”
People also liked heading out to watch a movie on Christmas Day.
Officials at Marcus Theatres said there was a line of guests out the door at one their locations in Appleton Tuesday afternoon.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A new face has emerged in the race to replace Jim Schmitt as Mayor of Green Bay.
Former Green Bay Alderman Joe Moore has entered the crowded race to become the city's next mayor.
Moore joins a list of 6 other candidates, bringing the total to 7 after current Mayor Jim Schmitt announced last year that he would not run for a fifth term.
The other candidates include:
Patrick M. Evans
The mayoral primary is set for February 19th. The general election is April 2nd.
Moore says he's looking to restore the relationship between city hall and the citizens of Green Bay.
"I feel right now that often times when a citizen calls city hall it's like calling an insurance company," he explains. "The first answer is always no."
He's also looking to mend other relationships.
"I think that some bridges were burned and if I'm elected as mayor I want to mend some of those bridges," he says. "I want a better relationship with Brown County, I want a good relationship with Governor Evers and with our state representation."
While on the topic of downtown Green Bay, he says outgoing Mayor Jim Schmitt's administration has done good work in the area, which he would like to further.
"I wouldn't change the focus away from the downtown completely," he says. "I think there's still a lot of work to be done there and that is building upon the successes of the projects that have been done."
Moore looks at the field of candidates, now up to seven, as a crowded and imperfect field.
"When you go candidate to candidate you can start to pick things apart," says Moore. "You can see several candidates that are very hyper-partisan for a non-partisan seat and several candidates that really don't have any experience."
Even though he's the most recent candidate to throw his proverbial hat in the ring, Moore believes he'll have plenty of momentum heading into the primary.
"We're ready to hit the ground running," he says.
Whoever wins the election in April will be replacing Jim Schmitt, a Green Bay institution who has sat in power for four terms as mayor.
"Look the Packers fired Coach McCarthy after 13 years and everybody still thinks he's a good coach and that he's going to get a job in no time, but things kind of got stale," explains Moore. "And, you know, same thing with the mayor."
FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Fond du Lac P-D says a man died while in police custody.
Police say a traffic stop was performed on a vehicle Sunday night near the intersection of Division Street and Main Street. A Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit was also called to assist.
It was determined that the driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old Fond du Lac man, who was currently out on bail for a previous incident, violated the conditions of his bond and was taken into custody.
Police say that while the man was in back seat of a police squad car, he began exhibiting signs of medical distress.
An ambulance was dispatched and transported the man to St. Agnes Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
At the request of the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, the City of Sheboygan Police Department was contacted and has assumed the lead role in this investigation per Wisconsin State Statute.
The cause of death is under investigation and pending autopsy results.
Three City of Fond du Lac Police Officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative assignment.
WILD ROSE, WI (WTAQ) - The Wild Rose Fire Department is investigating after a person is found dead in a house fire.
Officials say the fire happened Tuesday just after noon on 17th Drive.
When firefighters arrived the home was engulfed in flames.
While putting out the fire in the home they found a person who had died.
Wild Rose Fire Department has not released any of the details surrounding the person who died and how the fire started.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - State officials say your evergreen holiday wreaths and swag might be home to an "unwelcome visitor."
Elongate Hemlock Scale, or EHS, is an invasive species native to Asia that is making the rounds throughout the state and northeast Wisconsin.
"This year, we found in a number of our major chain stores this Elongate Hemlock Scale on the decorations," says Donna Gilson, with the Division of Agricultural Resource Management.
Gilson says they've seen this pop up in the past, but never to this extent.
"In this case, we found it in so many different places and we knew that people had already bought some of these items and taken them home with them," she explains.
Inspectors have found this species isolated at some Christmas tree lots in the past few years, but never to an extent to warrant a serious warning.
EHS threatens Christmas tree farms in the state, because it drains nutrients as it feeds on the underside of conifer needles.
This year enough infested evergreen products were found at major stores throughout the state to raise concern.
The invasive species carries with it environmental threats that could impact many neighborhoods.
"The risks to you as a homeowner would be if you have any kind of evergreens in your yard or if your neighbor has them," she says. "If there's a park next door or near to you."
Officials say it's alright to keep your decorations up for the remainder of the holidays, because the species will not affect those living inside a residence.
"No human health risk whatsoever," explains Gilson. "Unless you're an evergreen tree, there's no risk to you personally."
The concern though, is the manner in which decorations are disposed of.
Officials are discouraging decorations to be placed in a compost pile or set aside for brush collection, because of the concern over the invasive species.
Rather, they are saying it's best to burn the decorations or bag them and send them to the landfill.
ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Green Bay Packers announced on Wednesday the New Years Eve activities planned for Titletown.
Hours for skating and tubing will be extended until midnight while other winter activities will go on through the night.
There will be a countdown to midnight and fireworks once the clock strikes twelve.
Other activities include:
A signed waiver to skate and tube is required for anyone 17 years old and under. The waivers can be found here.
SISTER BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The holiday season keeps chugging along as it's already time to start thinking about New Year's Eve parties.
And there may not be a more unique option than the one going on in Sister Bay. It's just like the famous gathering you see on TV every year, but with a minor twist.
"We sort of take a cue from what happens in that other city, New York City," says Louise Howson, Sister Bay Advancement Association Community Coordinator. "We decided instead of a ball, we'd drop a cherry."
She says when they dropped a 300-pound red cherry in the final moments of last year's New Year's Eve celebration, they knew they were on to something.
"It is so fun, and only in Sister Bay," says Howson. "We try to put a little twist on everything we do."
The cherry is back this year and this time with a VIP room available for viewing at Sister Bay Bowl.
"Which will be a great view, it will give you some privacy," says Paula Anschutz, Sister Bay Bowl General Manager. "You can set your coat down, have your own table, have a group there."
The event has grown in popularity and notoriety, which means organizers have decided to expand to three days of festivities this year.
Main street storefronts will be adorned by ice sculptures and cherry drop gear will be available. You can even get your picture taken at the Cherry Drop Photo Booth.
The landing will be hosted by Husby's Food & Spirits.
"We'll have plenty of heaters down there, and we got covered tents," says Chris Janisse, Husby's Food & Spirits Assistant General Manager. "So there will be plenty of areas to enjoy the cherry drop this year."
The Sister Bay Sports Complex will once again host the popular 8:00 p.m. fireworks show.
About 1,300 people are expected to attend the three-day event.
The cherry is set to be installed Sunday afternoon atop a 200-foot crane.
"Hopefully we end the year having fun and start off the new year, looking forward to another great year," says Howson.
ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Many in our area donated blood Wednesday, in the hopes of giving the gift of life to others.
This was the second day of the American Red Cross' "Winter Holiday Blood Drive" in Ashwaubenon.
The organization set a goal of 45 pints of blood.
Officials tells FOX 11it's tougher in the winter months to find donors because of busy holiday schedules.
"It is a critical time around the holiday period, people are traveling, but that doesn't mean collections can stop. Our patients in the hospital still need them," said Jessica Brabant. She helps with the Red Cross.
The Red Cross blood drives will take place every day to cope with the need for blood.
GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - More than three months after historic flooding caused major damage on Green Bay’s east side, some residents living on the upper floors of a senior apartment complex say they still haven't been able to go outside, because their elevator remains broken.
The management of Bay Manor Apartments and the city’s chief building official say the elevator will be fixed in early January, but residents say they'll believe it when they see it.
“It's been very depressing,” said Sue Guyette, who lives on the second floor and has problems walking.
“I want to go outside so bad, just to get the fresh air.”
September storms left several feet of standing water in the lower-level parking garages of Bay Manor Apartments. The water is also the reason the elevators in both buildings have been grounded.
In a notice recently posted for tenants, property manager Jane Perrigoue wrote “I too feel frustration” and “Otis Elevator Company has informed me they are waiting for missing parts to arrive to finalize the install.”
Paul Van Calster, Green Bay’s Chief Building Official, tells FOX 11....
“They ordered these right after the event and this is the soonest they could get them.”
Van Calster says the city has been working with the property management company and believes it has been doing all it can to repair the elevator. He says the necessary parts are due to arrive January 2nd.
“They're not just the common parts you can run to the hardware store and pick up the part and put it in. It's supply and demand and with the flooding and what not that happened down south earlier this year, parts are tough to come by.”
While waiting for a fix, Guyette tells FOX 11 she is paying at least an extra $60 a month to have a nurse come to her to perform necessary blood work.
“I mean there is not much you can do in here.”
Guyette has retained an attorney. She wants to be reimbursed for her added medical costs.
She also wants an investigation into how the entire elevator situation was handled.
Even if the city thought Bay Manor's management was not doing all it could to fix the elevators, inspectors wouldn't be able to issue any sort of citation.
Van Calster says that's because the elevators aren't a part of the life-safety element of the building code.
FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Crews are trying to figure out what sparked a Christmas morning fire at an apartment building in North Fond du Lac.
And how a young girl's curiosity, might have saved lives.
It happened just before 4:30 Christmas morning. That's when crews responded to the call for an apartment fire at Northern Lights Estate on Harrison Street.
No one was hurt, but resident Sabrina Pittman tells FOX 11 her family lost everything.
“Regardless of the presents that were lost and all of that, I still have the three things that mean most to me.”
Grateful to be alive, Pittman was one of the residents in the burning in the burning apartment.
“If she wouldn’t have gotten up and wouldn’t have been excited I don’t honestly know where we would be right now.”
Pittman is talking about her 13-year-old daughter, Ciara.
It was a little before four in the morning Christmas Day when Ciara thought she heard the sound of her mom wrapping presents and decided to check it out.
“In the reflection of the wall, I could see light, like a big light." I figured it was just my Christmas tree but, when I finally turned the corner all the way, that’s when I saw the fire.”
She may have heard sounds of crackling, but Pittman says the smoke detectors were silent.
“They had switched all the batteries for the alarms, so I had assumed that they were working properly, but none of our alarms had gone off.”
Ciara's curiosity may just have been what saved her and her family’s life.
“It’s kind of scary even to think for myself, like what would’ve happened if I stayed sleeping?”
Immediately shaken awake by her panic-stricken daughter, Pittman says she was able to get herself and her three girls out of the blaze safely.
North Fond du Lac firefighters had the flames out in a couple hours, saving several other homes in the 12-unit apartment building.
Unfortunately, the Pittman family won't be returning to their apartment.
It has been deemed unlivable, and the family lost everything but the clothes on their backs.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help replace what’s been lost.
With no place to store items right now, the family says monetary donations would be most helpful.
MARIBEL, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Manitowoc County officials are investigating a crash near Devils River.
The crash happened near I-43 South near the Maribel exit just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night.
Manitowoc County Sheriff's deputies say a car went into the river.
They also say three victims were involved in the crash.
The driver of the car, a 19-year-old Green Bay woman, rolled down a steep embankment after she entered the median and drove through a barrier fence and guardrail.
A 22-year-old Green Bay man, the front-seat passenger, died at the scene.
The driver was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and an infant secured in a car seat was also taken to the hospital for possible injuries.
Deputies say both adults were wearing seatbelts.