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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.
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    SUAMICO, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Earth day is today, and the NEW Zoo couldn't help but celebrate a little early.A celebration of earth and animals was held at the zoo Saturday.

    Visitors of all ages were invited to join in on Earth Day activity stations.

    This year the zoo focused on the affects of one-time-use plastics.

    Operations manager Patricia Jelen tells FOX 11 the zoo is taking extra measures to keep the earth clean.

    "We're actually becoming a drop off point for plastic film which a lot of recycling places don't take so it's just to reuse and to recycle as much as you can," she said.

    Some conservation efforts include going green in parts of the zoo.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- It was a busy week for Green Bay Public Works, but they are not done yet.

    Director of Operations Chris Pirlot says despite working around the clock, there is one area of snow that they have not gotten to yet.

    "We are still clearing out public sidewalks. We are way behind on private sidewalk complaints."

    He says the rate that the snow has been melting has been good to prevent flooding, but that could change this week.

    "I can guarantee you that we are going to be back in and we are going to have tractors or whatever to make sure that we get that water flowing and into the storm sewers."

    He said the fact that temperatures keep getting colder at night, could result in potholes, but that is not a focus unless they troublesome.

    "We have been concentrating on the snow removal, so if there are really big potholes, we are going to deal with them."

    At this time, normal springtime projects like spring cleanup and road projects have been put on hold.


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  • 04/23/18--01:49: Cabin Fever Breakout
  • DE PERE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - After a record-breaking snowstorm in mid- April temperatures in Northeast Wisconsin finally started to warm up over the weekend.

    The change in weather brought people like Aaron Nelson out to the Fox River in De Pere for a bike ride.

    He tells FOX 11 it's something he'd been waiting to do all spring.

    "Oh it's great, having everyone out on the trail and enjoying the water is fantastic."

    Nelson said that didn't stop him and his wife from getting out to enjoy the snow.

    "We were surprised to be snowed in, in April. We had some fun snow shoeing but we preferred today.".

    The same could also be said for those who spent their Sunday at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay for Earth Day.

    Lori Bankson, a curator at the sanctuary, says it's been busy.

    "We kept holding out hope because this is our earth and we put up with everything they're going to give us and we are just really happy that we have the sunshine and the melting and we could celebrate today."

    Many children and their families spent their day learning about wildlife and the importance of keeping the earth clean and healthy.

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    MANITOWOC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Authorities in Manitowoc County say they are investigating the cause of a 7-year-old boy's death.

    On April 20th, deputies say they were called to the Holy Family Memorial Medical Center around 4:00 p.m. for an unresponsive juvenile.

    Investigators say the boy was taken to the facility by an adult family member.

    The boy, identified as Ethan Hauschultz, was pronounced dead at 9:22 p.m.

    Investigators say they are looking into a residence in the Town of Newton where the incident originated.

    An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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    PESHTIGO, WI (WTAQ) - A Peshtigo School district student made a threat to shoot up the high school on social media Sunday.

    He was interviewed and then arrested by Peshtigo Police.

    The school district and Peshtigo Police say there's is no longer a threat associated with this incident.

    While saddened to get the news, District Superintendent Kim Eparvier says, unfortunately, it's a sign of the times.

    "I don't think any community today is safe and free from any type of threat."

    Peshtigo High School student Delaney Johnson says she was a little nervous at first.

    "I was pretty concerned, I took it pretty seriously. But, I came to school and everything seemed to be alright, there were police officers here."

    Eparvier says he contacted police right away when he found out about the threat.

    "When we were made aware of that situation we obviously wanted to make sure that the student was in custody."

    But even with the quick arrest and the added police presence at the school, Delaney Johnson says noticed attendance was down.

    "Less students than normal in my first hour classes, and then some even left during first hour because they felt unsafe."

    Charges against the student are being referred to the Marinette County Juvenile Court service.

    NE Wisconsin schools from communities large and small have been the targets of similar threats of violence.

    Most have turned out to be kids playing a joke or looking for attention.

    Eparvier says it might be time for school districts, parents, police, and lawmakers to get together and come up with a unified response and punishment that reflects the seriousness of this action.

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  • 04/23/18--15:15: Missing Kayaker Identified
  • SHIOCTON, WI (WTAQ) - A man whose body was found along the Embarrass River over the weekend, has been identified as 47-year-old Charles "Nate" McBride of Appleton.

    McBride was reported missing on Friday.

    Police say he went kayaking, and never came home. 

    The body was found over the weekend, north of Shiocton.

    Autopsy results are still pending.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- A collaborative effort resulted in ten arrests in Northeast Wisconsin on Friday.

    Fond Du Lac County Sheriff's Office, Dodge County Sheriff's Office and Waupun Police combined efforts for 76 traffic stops, 84 warnings, 18 citations and 13 K9 deployments. 

    Of those arrested, 3 were taken in for Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance, 2 were arrested for bail jumping, one arrest each for operating while intoxicated, felony possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, carry a concealed weapon and operating after revocation.

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  • 04/23/18--15:59: Packers Bring The Green
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- The Green Bay Packers helped hand out trees for the annual "First Down for Trees" program. 

    Monday was the 8th annual event.

    444 trees were donated to Brown County communities this year. 

    17 communities in Brown County benefited.

    The trees were provided by three nurseries.

    "It's a great way to reduce carbon in the environment and that's something that is increasingly important so for the packers to be involved in this way in the community it's pretty unique for us and really fulfilling," said Packers public affairs director, Aaron Popkey.

    Over the eight years, more than 4,700 trees have been distributed.

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  • 04/23/18--16:09: Money For Farmers In Need
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)-The Wisconsin-based American Dairy Coalition is looking to help farmers affected by the recent blizzard.

    The Wisconsin-based American Dairy Coalition is asking those who sustained damage from last week's blizzard to contact its Farm Service Agency office immediately.

    The goal is to pull together some money from state or federal resources.

    The damage reports will help estimate the losses on a county-by-county-basis.

    Totals will be given to Governor Scott Walker for consideration.

    “Time is of the essence,” said Laurie Fischer, ADC chief executive officer. “Whether they are facing collapsed structures, lost milk production, high insurance deductibles, animal losses or other situations, farmers need to get their damages on the record with their local FSA office. Just one phone call could have a big impact down the road."

     To submit your report, you can call (920) 965-6070 or go online here.

    Farmers can also include in their reports: animal injury or death, increased risk of mastitis, breeding complications or disruptions, veterinarian costs, additional labor costs, milk lost and costs incurred from transporting animals and/or feed.

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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK)- Charges could be filed for a suspicious death in Manitowoc County.

    24-year-old Felicia Kuehnl is in custody for allegedly shooting and killing her step-father 49-year-old Randy Loze.

    Police Captain David Vorpahl says the call came in from Vorpahl's ex-wife after she heard a confession.

    "The suspect came to the relative's house, and disclosed that she shot Mr. Loze."

    Vorpahl said Kuehnl then led officers on a chase.

    "Miss Kuehnl then left the house at a high rate of speed, driving Mr. Loze's 2006 Dodge Charger."

    After a two-mile chase that lasted four minutes, Kuehnl was taken into custody.

    The chase ended near N. 10th Street and Maritime Drive.

    She is facing charges of fleeing an officer and will likely be charged with homicide later this week.

    On April 20, police were called to a residence at 903 S. 11th Street for a report of a shooting.

    "Officers walked into the residence and identified the deceased male later identified as Randy Loze."

    Police say Loze was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Vorpahl says at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown.

    Court commissinoer, Patricia Koppa, set a bond at $1,000 cash for the potential fleeing charge.

    At this time, Kuehnl remains in custody on a probation hold.

    Kuehnl's defense attorney says she expects to raise the issue of Kuehnl's mental competency.


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    MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ)- The mother of a Manitowoc County boy who died suspiciously is looking for answers.

    Andrea Everett said she was contacted by law enforcement last week, telling her that her son, 7-year-old Ethan Hauschultz, was taken to an Emergency room, and the situation was not looking good, but it is unknown what happened. 

    "I was picked up at work by a Sheriff and they told me that Ethan had been taken to the emergency room and that it was not good."

    "When I got there, Ethan did not have a heartbeat, his temperature was 23 degrees and they worked on him for five hours, giving him CPR at the time and still couldn't get a heartbeat. There was no brain activity," Everett told Fox 11.

    Ethan died later that evening, and now Everett says it is time to get some answers.

    "I want justice for my son. The person responsible should go to jail for a very long time. Nobody has gotten arrested. I mean my child died for no reason whatsoever."

    Investigators are looking into a residence in the Town of Newton where the incident originated.

    An autopsy was performed on Monday.

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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ)- Repairs will be needed after snow damaged roofs at the Brown County Arena.

    Snow from the dome came crashing down, onto a roof, causing lots of damage and questions. 

    "We are hoping that construction crews can get in within the next day or so to begin the clean-up and determine what has to be done."

    Terry Charles of PMI Entertainment Group says the roof over a conference room and a lobby were damaged.

    Many employees that work in those areas started their work week at home or at an alternative office.

    "We have not lost our internet service or email, so we have been able to that remotely." 

    Charles says for the most part they have been able to function okay.

    The Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau staff worked Monday from the Tundra Lodge.

    Depending on the repair plans, some events that were scheduled for the arena may need to be moved to the Resch Center.

    "We have the cornhole tournament and a dart tournament in May. If we can't get to work in the Brown County Arena, then some of those things can shift over to the Resch Center if need be."

    The building is in its final years of existence, so it is unknown what the repair plan will be.

    Charles says they have snow slide off the dome for the last fifty years, but this was too much and too heavy.

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  • 04/24/18--00:00: Water Rises, Sandbags Ready
  • SHIOCTON, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The weekend warm-up put the melt-down from the April blizzard into high gear.

    Water levels are on the rise.

    That includes parts of the Wolf River rapidly approaching flood stage and prompting changes.

    "When you see that, that second pole, that second utility pole, the one in the middle, is starting to get flooded, you know that the water's getting high," said Kristine Brownson, Shiocton Police Chief.

    Brownson tells FOX 11 flood stage in the Shiocton area is 12 feet.

    She says spring time in typically means high water, but this is not a typical spring.

    "With the snowfall that we received last weekend, we're looking at maybe levels rising to 13.4 feet. Flood range is going to be 14 feet. That's when it starts touching the bottom of the base of the bridge."

    Just downstream the Waupaca County Emergency Management Office declared a flood emergency Monday morning.

    Andrew Carlin, Waupaca County Emergency Management Director, says levels in the Fremont area are expected to rise a couple more feet.

    "The water at Shiocton's raising, and it's also coming up quickly in New London. So we're protecting the borders from one to the other. It's going to be coming in the next couple of days. A couple of days, it's going to go up quite a bit."

    Included is a slow-no wake zone on the Wolf River downstream of New London.

    "It's to keep down on the damage to people's yards, and things when the water comes up, and the waves start going into their yards, causing issues along the shoreline," said Steven Sullivan, Waupaca County Deputy Sheriff.

    Back to Shiocton, Brownson says by Friday, she expects the river to rise another couple of feet.

    The Village's action-plan is in place just in case.

    "We always have sandbags that are available. The fire department will start getting some of those ready if they find that we have to start sandbagging. In my five years that I've been police chief, I think we've only had to sandbag once, maybe twice."

    A citation for violating a slow-no wake zone is about $230.

    The flood emergency in Waupaca County will remain in effect until the water returns to a safe level.






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  • 04/24/18--00:00: Port Fights Ice
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ)- Shipping season is underway on the Great Lakes, and that means the Port of Green Bay is open.

    Port Manager Dean Haen says there is still ice on the water, but for the most part, it has not been a big issue.

    "We are open. Ships are traveling through that ice. It is making it a little difficult and slowing down ship arrivals."

    Haen says that could result in things being even busier once things fully get going."

    "We would have lost about a month worth of shipping activity."

    It is unknown how long it will take for the ice to fully melt.


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    FOND DU LAC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - In a continued effort to identify her, authorities in Fond du Lac County have released updated facial images of a female, whose remains were found nearly 10 years ago.

    The remains of Jane Doe's body was found by deer hunters in a shallow creek in the southern part of Fond du Lac County, Nov. 23, 2008.

    The newly released facial composites are part of a case review led by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

    As part of the review, officials from the FBI, NCIS, and other forensic anthropologists suggested creating new composites since technology has advanced since the last ones were released in 2009.

    Jane Doe is being described as a petite female, approximately 15-21 years old, around 5 feet tall and weighing around 120 pounds.

    Her hair was light brown to dark blonde, about 12-14 inches long and is believed to be Caucasian, however, she could be of Hispanic, Asian or Native American descent.

    Jane Doe's DNA and dental records are on file and are routinely checked against missing persons and other databases.

    If you have any information to give to investigators, please contact the following numbers:

    Fond du Lac County Sheriff Tip Line (920-906-4777)

    NCMEC Tip Line (1-800-THE LOST)

    Detective Ryan Murphy (920-929-3380)

    Detective Pete Vergos (920-929-3384)

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Police say a truck, possibly stolen by an escaped prison inmate, was found in Green Bay.

    Police say they're looking into whether 36-year-old Christine Abel, who escaped from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility last week, could have taken the truck.

    Abel is from Green Bay.

    At this time, authorities are still looking for Abel.

    The vehicle was located on Green Bay’s west side.

    GBPD investigators are working to determine if the stolen vehicle is related to a prison escapee from the Racine area.

    Christine Abel is wanted for escape. If anybody spots Christine Abel, please do not approach her and call the local police.If anyone has information concerning this case, please call the Green Bay Police Department at (920) 448-3208.

    You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers by phone at #920-432-7867, through their website at, or by downloading the P3 tip app through Google Play or the App Store.

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    OMRO, WI (WTAQ)- As part of the upcoming Dark Sky exercise, the National Guard will be in the Omro area next month.

    The plan is for soldiers to go door to door to make sure people are safe.

    The exercise is simulating a long-term power outage.

    While speaking with residents, the National Guard soldiers will also be passing out emergency preparedness information.

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    OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ)- Oshkosh Police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with school burglaries.

    Police say the 17-year-old from Madison, was taken into custody on two counts of Burglary and one count of Resisting Arrest.

    Police say he also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. The teen led police on a short pursuit, but nobody was injured.

    The first burglary occurred on Tuesday, April 17 and the second on Saturday, April 21st.

    Anybody with any additional information is asked to contact Oshkosh Police at 920-236-5700 and ask to speak with Detective Krueger. 

    Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Winnebago County Crime Stoppers at 920-231-8477, or add the free P3 App to your Apple or Android phone and add a tip. You can also go to 

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  • 04/24/18--19:00: From Blowers To Mowers
  • HOWARD, WI (WTAQ)- First it was snowblowers, now many need their lawnmowers fixed.

    Craig Kimps of Kimps Ace Hardware in Howard says they are booked solid with lawn mower maintenance appointments, as far as two weeks out.  "They are bringing them in and expecting to get them back right away so that they can do their lawn clean-up, but that is just not going to happen. Everything is getting crammed, and we lost three weeks here."  However Kimps says it should not set too many people back, because the grounds may not be quite ready.  "Until the frost goes out, you have a lot of surface wet."  Kim's says that goes away after a couple of warm rains. He said there is a good way to test to see if the lawn is ready.  "You should be able to walk on your lawn with your socks and not get wet feet."  The recent snow led the staff at Kimps Ace Hardware to changing their schedule with more snowblower work needing to take place.   "We had a blast of them coming in and then it went dead with everyone bringing their snowblowers in for service. Now the tractors and lawnmowers are coming back in for service."  Kim's says despite the delay, it is a good time to check your mowers, and either fix them up yourself or schedule an appointment.  

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  • 04/24/18--20:48: Mailbox Vandals Charged
  • KEWAUNEE COUNTY, WI (WTAQ)- Charges have been filed against three teens for allegedly causing damage to mailboxes in Kewaunee County earlier this year.

    Each are charged with a felony count of party to the crime of criminal damage to property.

    A 15-year-old boy was also taken into custody, and is expected to face charges in juvenile court.

     Officials say area residents reported $6,000 in damage.  Sheriff Officials say a vehicle windshield and road signs were also damaged.  The Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department received complaints from 40 victims.