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Appleton police hope for advances in DNA testing to solve Boelter murder

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- It's been more than 12 years since the murder of Connie Boelter in Appleton and police say it's a crime they're committed to solving. Advances in DNA testing could give police their best hope in finding Boelter's killer.


Appleton mother convicted in death of daughter with disabilities

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - An Appleton mother has been convicted in the death of her daughter who had cognitive disabilities. On Feb. 14, Nicole L. Gussert, 38, pleaded no contest to charges of Neglecting a Child (Consequence is Death) and Possession with Intent to Deliver Amphetamine. The cour


New heart health clinic to open in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - A new heart health clinic is going up in Appleton. The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, 5045 W. Grande Market Drive, will open on April 1. Fifteen doctors who perform cardiovascular care at ThedaCare will provide care at the new clinic. The physicians say they want


Youth Wrestling Tournament Quickly Turns Into Parent Fighting Tournament

A Feb. 3 wrestling tournament for kids in Kimberly, Wisconsin devolved into quite the scrap after some adults forgot that their children were the ones supposed to be sparring on the mat.


Illinois Democrats Ask Wisconsin Governor To Review Foxconn Plant Impact

(AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern subur


Appleton Weather Forecast For The Weekend Ahead

APPLETON, WI — A quick heads up: Weather officials have issued a Special Weather Statement for your area, beginning Thursday at 7:19 pm and ending Friday at 12:00 am. More info from the National Weather Service is available here.


Appleton man creates intricate snow sculptures to 'punch back at winter'

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) -- His name is Scott Lesperance, but many in the Appleton community recognize him as 'The Snow Man.'. "It was about 20 years ago, and it was a Saturday evening, and I had three young kids," said Lesperance. "My energy level was high, and there was a lot of packy snow out in the


Grand Chute Man Injured on Park Trail Thought He Was Stabbed

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) - A Grand Chute man who suffered an injury while walking a park trail says he thought he may have been stabbed. Police received a report of the injured 27-year-old man on Wednesday, February 13 at 10:55 p.m. at Town Center Park at 1850 W.Grand Chute Boulevard. The man was un


Police: Appleton loses power after truck clipped power lines

The city of Appleton lost power late Wednesday night after a passing truck downed six power lines, according to police. A press release from the Appleton Police Department said officers were called just before 11 p.m. to the intersection of Munsterman and Lhotka Avenue on a report of a downed power


News analysis: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Supreme Court pick is an anti-gay bigot with ethical baggage

Progressive groups and leaders are lambasting Republican Supreme Court nominee Brian Hagedorn as unqualified following revelations that he penned homophobic, misogynistic, racist and extremely partisan blog posts.


Survey: Millennials want alternatives to driving cars

APPLETON, Wis. — The WISPIRG foundation, an independent advocacy group for public interest, released a report, Millennials on the Move , showing that young adults in Wisconsin want alternatives to driving cars. The group held a press conference in Appleton Thursday discussing their hopes for public


Viral video raises issue of parent behavior at student games

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A viral video out of Kimberly is sparking conversations about parents crossing the line at student athlete events. The viral video, released to NBC26 by Fox Valley Metro Police, shows a fight that broke out at a youth wrestling tournament at Kimberly High School on February 3rd. Th


Wisconsin drug bust leads to 9 arrests

Investigators from the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office carried out several Valentine's Day search warrants, seizing drugs, cash and guns. The bust led to the arrest of nine suspects.


Appleton tows 45 vehicles during snow emergency

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY)- Many communities including Appleton remain under a snow emergency thru Friday morning as city plows continues to clean up. However-- some drivers aren't paying attention.


Wisconsin dentist arrested in connection to arson of boat house

A local dentist has been arrested for setting a neighbor's boat house on fire. According to a complaint, John Haag, 55, was arrested on Feb. 2 for arson. The complaint says the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was called to a boat house fire near Bass Lake in New Richmond, Wisconsin, at about 4


AAA Gives 3 Wisconsin Restaurants 4-Diamond Rating

WISCONSIN -- AAA has released its exclusive five-diamond list of restaurants and not a single restaurant in Wisconsin made the cut. The list, released Thursday, includes just 67 restaurants in North America and only three new restaurants were added this year. Three Wisconsin restaurants earned a fou


Appleton could change sidewalk replacement policy

Appleton could change part of its policy for replacing sidewalks. Public Works Director Paula Vandehey says the city would continue to cover the cost if there are big cracks, broken corners, or another type of trip hazard. But she says they wouldn’t replace any squares that settle anymore.


Man sentenced to 20 years for sexually assaulting teen in Appleton

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old child in Outagamie County. Joseph Newton was convicted of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child during a jury trial in December.


Wisconsin high school sorry for apparent blackface display

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) - The principal of a suburban Milwaukee high school says there will be consequences for students at a basketball game who displayed pictures of an opponent making it appear he was wearing blackface.


Republican Leaders In Wisconsin Refuse To Recognize Colin Kaepernick During Black History Month

Senate GOP lawmakers say the celebrated athlete and activist is "too controversial" to be given a recognition. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a resolution in Honor of Black History Month that failed to mention Milwaukee native Colin Kaepernick.