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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.
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    TOWN OF LAMARTINE, WI (WTAQ) - Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department stopped a vehicle for speeding.

    Police say the incident happened Sunday night on HWY 151 near Schaefer Drive.

    A 28-year-old Chilton man refused to stop, continued to drive, decreased his speed but continued driving.

    Police then deployed two tire deflation devices.

    The man then stopped after about six miles and was taken into custody.

    He was the only person in the vehicle at the time and was booked into jail for Fleeing an Officer.


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    TOWNSHIP OF TAYCHEEDAH, WI (WTAQ) - Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office received a call just before midnight Monday about a house fire.

    Officials say the blaze broke out on W3858 Silica Road.

    A passerby reported visible smoke coming from the garage and could hear a woman inside the home calling for help.

    Fire personnel removed the 47-year-old woman from the home.

    She was treated for minor smoke inhalation and was the only one living in the residence.

    Another small fire started, but was put out.

    Officials say the cause of the fire was due to careless handling of smoking materials.

    These ignited items on the concrete floor in the basement, however the home can still be lived in.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) -- The Appleton Police Department is investigating a series of shootings that happened early Sunday morning.

    Three reports were sent to police between 1:18 a.m. and 3:16 a.m. and police think they are related.

    The first incident happened at the Apple Pub on College Avenue.

    Officers found several people locked inside the bar.

    Those locked inside said a man had threatened them with a gun.

    Sergeant Dave Lund says "an individual had left a bar, went to a nearby vehicle, obtained a gun, and came back and had made threats to several people."

    No shots were fired at the pub.

    Lund explains what officers believed spurred the incident.

    "It appears that the initial disturbance that occurred downtown was a dispute that seems to have evolved from pool that was being played inside the bar." 

    The second report came in at 2:15 a.m. at Grumpy's Pub on Richmond Street.

    When officers arrived they found a vehicle with multiple bullet holes in the parking lot of the bar.

    Lund shares what witnesses told investigators.

    "There was a fight that had occurred inside of the business, reporting shots being fired outside of the business."

    Officials say the third incident came from a home on the 700 block of West Third Street.

    Police found a bullet hole in the windshield of a car at the home.

    Several people from earlier incidents were at the home, according to police.

    According to Lund, "there's at least a handful of people that had direct involvement in these incidents." 

    As the investigation continued, someone told police they found several shell casings in the road on the 600 block of N. Bennett Street.

    Officers collected the casings.

    No injuries have been reported from any of the incidents.

    Lund notes many of the people they have interviewed have been uncooperative and providing false information.  

    He says they are looking to speak with a person of interest, who is pictured above.  

    If you have any information about, police want to hear from you. You can reach police at 920-832-5500.

    On Sunday afternoon the Appleton Police Department named a person of interest. After the man talked to police, officials say he was not involved in the incidents under investigation.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A combination of sleet and freezing rain is expected in Northeast Wisconsin during the early stages of this week. 

    That has local law enforcement reminding drivers to be careful on the roads.

    "If they take their time, keep proper distance between you and the next vehicle, and not be in a rush: most likely, you'll be able to get safely to your destination." 

    Warych says the most common cause of winter accidents is driving too fast for conditions.

     

    "Once you don't pay attention and don't realize how fast you're going and there's inclement weather, bad things can happen.  They think their distance to stop is what it normally is when the roads are clear and dry but when you throw in ice, snow, and sleet, the stopping distance increases more and more."

    While Warych notes people should be careful on all of the city's streets, he says people should be especially cautious in some areas.

    "The side streets and all the untreated roads where there isn't a main thoroughfare are going to be heavily iced and very slippery." 

    The Fox 11 forecast calls for a combination of sleet, freezing rain, and a wintery mix on Monday afternoon.  Freezing rain and freezing drizzle are expected Monday night.  More freezing rain is expected Tuesday morning.      


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    NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - An iconic president is back in the streets of downtown Neenah.

    As part of it's President's Day celebration, the statue of President Abraham Lincoln has returned to its bench on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Main Street.

    The state was shipped to Colorado for repair, after being struck by a vehicle in November.

    "People have come to enjoy having him. They sit and read a book with him. I see people reading books; people will come and put a scarf on him during the winter and they have a lot of fun with him. And it's just part of what makes Neenah a really great community."

    Mayor Dean Kaufert says his office received dozens of calls asking about the missing statue.


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    LAKE WINNEBAGO, WI (WTAQ) - Another 21 sturgeon have been speared on Lake Winnebago.

    Monday's haul brings the total to 495.  DNR officials say the heaviest sturgeon speared Monday weighs in at 124.2 pounds.  Lucas Wagner of St. Cloud's fish is 71.5 inches.  

    The season can still run through Sunday.

     

    Another 297 sturgeon were speared on the upriver lakes, but that season ended last week.

     


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A mix of wintry weather makes for difficult Monday travel in Northeast Wisconsin. 

    Even without the sleet and freezing rain, State Trooper Mark Haessly says they respond to at least one call every day on a stretch of I-41 from De Pere to the Brown-Outagamie County line.

    "If there's a transportation event like a traffic crash or disabled vehicle, traffic does have the tendency to back up. And people need to realize, they need to pay attention, every second that they're out here on the interstate."

    The state Department of Transportation estimates nearly 51,000 vehicles travel on that stretch of I-41 daily.

    Brown County Public Works Director Paul Fontecchio say 45 trucks treated the roads through Monday's evening rush hour, with additional attention having been paid to the interstate.

    "We specifically added an extra truck (Monday) for this ice storm to run between County Highway U and County Highway S."

    Those hitting the roads in Northeast Wisconsin are also taking notice of the wintry weather. 

    Barb Seiltz of Sobieski advises people to "hang on tight and slow.  I usually go pretty slow if I know the roads are bad."

    Officials urge people to keep their gas tank as close to full as possible and phone fully charged when driving in wintry conditions.  


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    NORTHEAST WI (Wisconsin Radio Network)- Despite some bad weather, voting in today's Supreme Court primary is expected to go on as planned. 

    Outside of the governor postponing the election, Reid Magney with the Wisconsin Elections Commission says polling locations around the state should open as planned at 7 a-m.

    "Your polling place should be open. That said, this is a low turnout election. There is no need to be there early, and no need to beat the line. If the weather looks bad in the morning, try to wait a little while."

    Magney said it may also be a good idea to go after work since the polls are open until 8:00pm.

    Voter turnout for the last five Supreme Court primaries has averaged just a little over seven-percent.

    The only statewide race on the ballot is a three-way primary for the state Supreme Court between Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet, Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, and Madison attorney Tim Burns. The top two will go on to face each other in the April election.

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- Green Bay Public Works spent Monday morning taking steps to get ahead of the storm.

    Crews were out in the morning hours salting the main roads in preparation for what was coming in the evening. Chris Pirlot says they decided to get ahead of the weather, and that helped when the roads started freezing.

    "We also used a salt and sand mix to cover some areas of the residental roads for traction."

    Pirlot said that is something that is not always done. 

    The plan throughout the rest of the ice storm is to react to the conditons. Pirlot said by salting in the morning, it really gave them a better chance of maintaining the roads better. 


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - An Appleton man was formally charged with making a terrorist threat after investigators say he sent an electronic message to the FBI saying he would "shoot up the school."

    A $10,000 cash bond was set Monday for 23 year old David Etheridge.

    Appleton police say Etheridge admitted sending the tip through the FBI's website. No specific school was mentioned.

    According to the criminal complaint, when questioned by investigators, Etheridge promised he would not shoot at any school.

    Police searched Etheridge's house after the arrest.

    They say they found four rifles and ammunition, which officers described as "typical of the hunting rifles and amount of ammunition found in many residences in our state."

    Sgt. David Lund with the Appleton Police Department....

    "The best I can do to explain to people about those rifles and ammunition is that our investigators weren't startled surprised to find four rifles and the amount of ammunition that they did, it would be very common in the state of Wisconsin, being a culture that hunts."

    Officers also took several electronic devices from the home.

    According to the criminal complaint, Etheridge sent nearly 650 online messages to the FBI over the past two months. The messages were described as mostly explicit language and religious talk.

    "Only one of those statements appeared to be related to any direct violence or to committing an act of violence at a school and that was the one reported to us Saturday morning," said Lund.

    According to prosecutors, Etheridge told police he believes he has been receiving subliminal messages through his television.

    He also told police he has isolated himself because he feels he is the target of a conspiracy.

    When taken to jail, he began to shout about the government "selling his information to 'the masses'" and claim to be a victim of cyberbullying.

    No comment from the Appleton School District.

    On Saturday, the district posted on Facebook that it will continue to work closely with the Appleton Police Department to keep all students and staff safe.

    Lund said, " It didn't appear to our investigator that anyone else was involved or that he had taken any action to any specific school."

    Etheridge is due back in court February 28th.

    If convicted, Etheridge could be sentenced to three and a half years in prison.


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    NEENAH, WI (WRN) - A Kimberly-Clark official says the company will take the state’s offer of larger incentives into consideration.

    Governor Scott Walker and several Republican legislators from the Fox Cities area proposed a bill that would increase tax credits for jobs.

    Kimberly-Clark plans to close the Cold Spring plant in Fox Crossing, and the Neenah Nonwovens facility. About 600 workers would lose their jobs.

    Rep. Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah says the company’s response is positive, because leaders are acknowledging the offer, and they’ll at least consider it.

    The company says it’s in the course of a collective bargaining process. An official says any final decisions will be announced after negotiations with the union.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The first few days of the week have been busy for Green Bay Public Works.

    Operations Director Chris Pirlot says crews were out for much of both Monday and Tuesday morning.

    Because of the forecasted ice, Pirlot says they did more than the standard anti-icing of the city's main roads.

    "So we went into residential (streets), and we spread sand.  Our sand has a minimal amount of salt in it.  So what that salt does is then is it helps melt the surface a little bit."

    Pirlot notes what things were looking like late Tuesday morning, after the sleet and freezing rain had come to a stop.

    "Residential streets were slippery, not purely dry but there was some traction, not great but passable.  Arterial streets were already starting to melt." 

    The operations director says it was an 'all hands on deck' effort.

    "We have 16 main units and then we have another unit that we'll send out to take care of bridges and unique spots."

    Due to Tuesday's above-freezing temperatures, Pirlot expects the roads will be fully back to normal sooner rather than later.


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    BROWN COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A Brown County supervisor is introducing a proposal to help at-risk students. 

    Mark Becker is spearheading an effort that would make it easier for already troubled kids, or those showing early signs of getting to that level, to get "access to our mental health programs, services, and counselors through any school district in Brown County that could use a little bit of help." 

    Becker notes it's not just for students who are believed to be a risk to others. 

    "This could be a student at risk for suicide.  This could be friends of someone that has completed suicide." 

    He says the program could allow for either school officials or parents to raise concern about a child.

    While Becker says bringing forth this proposal wasn't spurred by last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school that claimed 17 lives, he notes it was the 'straw that broke the camel's back.'  

    "In every one of these (school shootings) that we have seen over the past many years, a big thing that has been a constant was mental health." 

    Becker says he feels compelled to do something, noting there is support from local school officials and at least one fellow supervisor representing each of the county's school districts.  

    "Communities are crying out for leadership.  Communities are crying out for something to be done.  If something's not going to be done at the top, well then what we'll do is we'll act locally." 

    Becker says there's no word on a potential cost. 

    He plans on formally introducing it to his fellow board members Wednesday night. 

    It would go the board's Human Services Committee for review and recommendation before returning to the full board.  


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ)- Three people have been arrested in relation to a series of disturbances in Appleton over the weekend.

    Police were called out in the early morning hours of February 18. 

    24-year-old Tyrone Anderson Junior of Appleton, 49-year-old Demetrus Pickens of Appleton and 26-year-old Kareem Wallace of Menasha were taken into custody, but have not been formaly charged yet.

    Anderson Jr was arrested for 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. Charges for Anderson Jr. are directly related to activity outside of Jack's Apple Pub in Appleton.

    Pickens was jailed on two counts of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and one count of 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. Charges are related to incidents inside and outside of Grumpy's Pub.

    Wallace was jailed on Attempted 1st Degree Intenional Homicide, 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His arrest is related to incidents outside of Grumpy's Pub.

    Police say the events that evening began inside Jack's Apple Pub, as an argument started over a game of pool. Police say one person slapped another individual and that led to an escalation that resulted in several failed attempts to fire weapons, and an evential shooting outside of Grumpy's Pub.

    After search warrants were executed on Monday, police were able to locate several people involved. The information led to the three arrestes, but the investigation continues and other arrests are expected.

    Police say on handgun was recovered, and they are still looking for a second handgun. 

     

     


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  • 02/20/18--11:20: Drivers, Prepare For Backups
  • SUAMICO, WI (WTAQ) - In addition to the usual winter travel challenges we all face, a major D-O-T highway project will cause some headaches from now through November.

    A long-term lane closure is underway in the southbound lanes of Highway 41 in the Suamico area, from County B to Norfield Road.

    "What we're doing is resurfacing the entire length of 41 in those limits. And we're also doing a lot of bridge-deck rehabilitation."

    Wisconsin D-O-T spokesman Mark Kantola says it's going to mean backups during peak drive times for the thousands of vehicles that pass through each day.

    "So we're really encouraging people, if they cn, to seeks alternate routes."

    Work on this level hasn't been done on the highway for years.

    "Really the last time we did any significant pavement repair in the project limits like this was back in 2000."

    Kantola says patchwork repairs just aren't cost effective.

    "Pavement gets that far along the maintenance costs really don't justify themselves anymore."

    Both lanes of northbound 41 will be maintained during peak-travel times. But northbound lane closures will be allowed at night and during non-peak travel.

    Price-tag is expected to top out around $13 million.

    A detailed project website is available here.


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    LAKE WINNEBAGO, WI (WTAQ) - Another 20 sturgeon have been harvested from Lake Winnebago.

    The haul from Day 11 of the 16-day season brings the total to 515.

    Tuesday's largest fish, 69.7 inches in length and 119.1 pounds, was claimed by John Epprecht of Oshkosh.

     

    An additional 297 sturgeon were speared on the upriver lakes, but that season ended last week.


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    FOX CROSSING, WI (WTAQ) - A 29-year-old Eau Claire man has been charged in the 2008 sexual assault of a Fox Crossing woman. 

    The state Department of Justice says this is the first time criminal charges have been filed in connection with the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, an effort to address decades-old sex assault kits. 

    The victim says she met Aaron Heiden at a Darboy bar in August 2008, inviting him back to her home for sex. 

    She claims Heiden became 'rough,' ignoring pleas for him to stop. 

    The victim says she was in a lot of pain, with a sexual assault nurse documenting bruises and tears.

    In February 2009, no matches were found in the database after a DNA profile was found from the kit.

    Eight years later, a DNA profile was found and entered into the FBI's national DNA database, following further testing of the kit by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab.

    A couple months later, prosecutors say Heiden came back as a match, with investigators going to Eau Claire to interview him and obtain a DNA sample.

    Officials say Heiden's DNA matched that found in the kit.  

    Heiden faces charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault/Sex Organ Injury and Third Degree Sexual Assault.


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    NEW LONDON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Customers at the New London McDonald's got a surprise Tuesday afternoon.

    Governor Scott Walker was behind the counter, as part of the 'Take Your Legislator to Work Initiative.'

    The annual event is put on by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

    Walker says hiring people with a disability creates a more inclusive and accepting community, noting it gives the workers independence and a means of utilizing their talents.

    "What we have found in folks we've talked to and employees across the state is that when people make a point to hire people with disabilities, they're some of the most loyal, dependable workers, and that makes for a strong organization, and it's good not just for the people working there, it's good for all the other folks that are part of their team."

    Walker notes Wisconsin is one of the top states in the country for hiring people with disabilities.


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    NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WTAQ-WLUK) - Excitement throughout Northeast Wisconsin as many school districts called off class Tuesday.

    Bennett Hron of Appleton leaves no doubt where he stands on the issue.

    "I was glad because if we would have had school, we would have had to do math, and we would have had math homework."

    Ben Isom of Appleton explains how he spent his day.

    "I was really excited, because I really like to go to the YMCA.  It's generally open and has nice floors."

    But not everybody got the day off, YMCA of the Fox Cities President Bill Breider among them.

    "Even though the schools are closed, parents still have to get to work.  We open our buildings at 5 am.  We open our childcare centers at 6:30 am."

    The school closures mean big business for kid-centered destinations.  One of those being Megan Van Handel's Monkey Joe's location in Appleton.

    "There's been quite a few families.  It's definitely been busier than a normal Tuesday morning, so that's kind of nice."

    The cancellations were due to icy road conditions in the morning.


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    NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WTAQ) - Here is a list of area races for the February 20 primary (updated as final tallies are reported):

    Wisconsin Supreme Court:

    • Tim Burns
    • Rebecca Dallet
    • Michael Screnock

    Kaukauna Mayor:

    • Marty DeCoster
    • Joey Grundy
    • Sam Kelly
    • Brenda Leon
    • Tony Penterman
    • Gregory Vande Hey

    Kewaunee Mayor:

    • Sandi Christman
    • James Kleiman II
    • Joseph Mills

    Shawano Mayor:

    • Jeanne Cronce
    • Jim Oberstein
    • Ed Whealon

    Green Bay City Council:

    District 2

    • Thomas De Wane
    • Tim Lewis
    • Veronica Corpus-Dax

    District 6

    • Paul Boucher
    • Vanya Koepke
    • Kathy Lefebvre
    • Justin Paradise

    District 7

    • James Scott Sanderson
    • Randy Scannell
    • Shannon Spoehr

    District 8

    • Debbie Jacques
    • Lee Larsen
    • Christopher Wery

    District 9

    • Brian Johnson
    • Amanda Patterson Luedtke
    • Jim Ridderbush
    • Guy Zima

    District 12

    • Jesse Brunette
    • Kathy Hinkfuss
    • Terry Lee
    • Joe Rabideau

    Kaukauna City Council:

    District 3

    • Susan Duda
    • Lee Meyerhofer
    • Trail Reeves

    Sturgeon Bay City Council:

    District 2

    • David Hayes
    • John Lodl
    • Bob Starr

    District 6

    • Stewart Fett
    • Lauri Fish
    • Seth Wiederanders

    Brown County Supervisor District 20:

    • Mark Berndt
    • James Crawford
    • Steve Deslauriers

    Door County Supervisor District 19:

    • Bob Bultman
    • Kate Lindsley
    • Hugh Mulliken

    Kewaunee County Supervisor:

    District 2

    • Cory Cochart
    • Mark Kusniesz
    • Joe Musial

    District 10

    • Thomas Cretney
    • Duane Ducat
    • John Mochos

    Oconto County Supervisor District 27:

    • Terry Brazeau
    • David Parmentier
    • David Rakowski

    Outagamie County Supervisor District 6:

    • Brad Firkus
    • Curt Konetzke
    • Jim Mahan

    Waupaca County Supervisor District 21:

    • Pete Bosquez
    • Carl Kietzmann
    • Vance Knuth

    Waushara County Supervisor District 3:

    • Jason Timm
    • Larry Timm
    • John VanAmerongen

    Manitowoc County Circuit Court:

    • John Bilka
    • Jerilyn Dietz
    • Patricia Koppa
    • Eric Pangburn
    • Ralph Sczygelski

    Kaukauna Clerk/Treasurer

    • Barbara Duda
    • Sally Kenney
    • Pennie Thiele

    North Fond du Lac Village President:

    • Keith King
    • Martin Schroeder

    Howard Village Trustee

    • Scott Beyer
    • Jim Lemorande
    • Tim Meves

    Referendums:

    Shiocton Schools:

    Question 1: $3.1-million dollars for operational costs

    • Yes
    • No

    Question 2: $2-million dollars for high school addition

    • Yes
    • No

    Sister Bay Half-Percent sales tax on tourist-related items

    • Yes
    • No