Burglaries in Manitowoc

Since mid-August, the Manitowoc Police Department has responded to numerous complaints from citizens whose vehicles have been entered and items stolen. The suspect(s) have in the past week become much bolder, now actually entering into victim’s homes and stealing items while the homeowners are sleeping.


The Manitowoc Police Department is asking citizens to lock their vehicles and their homes, including garage service doors. Many times the suspect(s) have entered an unlocked garage service door to enter a vehicle parked within a garage, and then found the door to the home unlocked as well. They take that opportunity to enter the home and steal additional items, again while the homeowners are asleep in the residence.


This creates the potential for a serious confrontation between a homeowner and a suspect. Homeowners who have awakened to find items stolen from within their home while they slept feel violated within their own personal space.


These thefts and burglaries have occurred in all neighborhoods within Manitowoc, not just one area of the City. Everyone should be locking their vehicles and their homes to prevent themselves from becoming a victim. And please do not leave items of value within plain sight inside your vehicle. Take them into the home or put them in the trunk or behind / under the seat.


Please report suspicious behavior within your neighborhood immediately by calling 911 or the Joint Dispatch Center at 920-686-6500.


The Manitowoc Police Department is asking anyone with information about any of these incidents to contact the Police Department at 920- 686-6551 or Crime Stoppers (920-683-4466) where they may be eligible for a cash reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.


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Suspects Sought in Green Bay Area Murder

Sheriff’s deputies in the Green Bay area have been looking for suspects in the shooting death of a 52-year-old woman. Officers found the body of Suzette Langois outside her home in Bellevue early Monday morning. The State Crime Lab is helping deputies sort out the evidence, and rescue divers checked out a nearby stormwater holding pond to see if anything was hidden there. Sheriff’s officials say Langois was targeted by her killer — and therefore, the neighborhood is not in danger. At a news conference, Brown County Chief Deputy Todd Delain said his investigators wanted to talk with anyone who knows about the incident, or spoke with the victim within 24 hours of her death.



Woman Pleads Insanity to Killing Her Young Son

A trial date of November ninth is set for a Sheboygan Falls mother who reportedly claimed that “voices” caused her to kill her two-year-old son. Twenty-seven-year-old Katlyn Kinateder (kin’ ah ted’ er) pleaded insanity Monday to first degree intentional homicide, and hiding a child’s corpse. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco (deh check’ oh) says Kinateder will have one or more psychiatric exams. The defense wants to either move the trial, or bring in an outside jury due to heavy media coverage of the case — and the court scheduled a hearing for October 24th to give Kinateder a chance to change her plea. Police say they had to subdue her before they found her toddler in a cardboard box wrapped in a blanket at her home earlier this month — and reports say she might have been off her mental health medication at the time.



Wet Summer Could Delay Fall Harvest

Wisconsin’s wet summer might delay part of the fall crop harvest. That’s according to observers around the state for the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service. For now, 87-percent of the statewide corn crop is in good to excellent shape along with 86-percent of the soybeans, and the general maturity of both crops remains ahead of normal. But there’s at least some concern that muddy fields and high plant moisture levels could delay fall fieldwork — and the wet conditions appear to be contributing to diseases and late season mold in soybeans. Twelve-to-14-percent of Wisconsin soils have surplus moisture, and officials say dry weather will be needed to complete the fall fieldwork in most places but southeast Wisconsin — which is still said to be in need of rain.




Alleged Dells Freeway Murdered Pleads Insanity

A 21-year-old man has pleaded insanity to reduced charges in the killing of a motorist on the Interstate near Wisconsin Dells. Sauk County prosecutors have agreed to reduce an intentional homicide charge to reckless homicide against Zachary Hays — and he entered pleas Monday to that, plus three counts of reckless endangerment. He’ll undergo a mental exam, and he still faces charges in Milwaukee and Columbia counties as part of a day long crime spree on May first. Investigators say Hays shot and killed 42-year-old Gabriel Sanchez in their West Allis apartment building — and he later drove to Wisconsin Dells where he reportedly shot at vehicles and killed passenger Tracy Czackowski (shuh cow’ skee) while her family was heading home from the Dells to suburban Chicago. His lawyer first mentioned Hays’ mental health issues several weeks after the incidents.


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Betty Jane France Passes Away

Betty Jane France, a philanthropist in support of children’s health causes, passed away Monday evening. France is the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy.


A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the former Betty Jane Zachary was the widow of the late NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France, who passed away in 2007. Betty Jane France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation.


“Last night, the NASCAR family lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend and the light that guided the sport’s charitable arm,” said Brian France. “My mother taught us incredible values, that of love, patience, compassion and joy. She embraced life every day, and nothing fueled her passion more than children. Her unmatched efforts in building The NASCAR Foundation improved the lives of millions of children throughout this country. And because of that, her legacy will live forever.


“My father leaned on my mother throughout his life, relying on her wisdom and calming demeanor to help grow the sport of NASCAR. She was there, every step of the way. When we lost my father, her positive presence remained, as she used her immense skill to grow NASCAR’s heart and soul, The NASCAR Foundation.


“Our family thanks you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. My mother was a special woman, and an impressive person, and she will be dearly missed.”


France became chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation upon the foundation’s inception in 2004. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, the foundation is an entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.


The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide, recognizing outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans, was created in her honor in 2011.


France was a longtime community leader in Daytona Beach, Florida, and best known as a steadfast champion of health care for children. She assisted in the establishment of “Speediatrics” children’s care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida.


In 2003, France was presented the Halifax Medical Center Foundation’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of her advocacy, commitment, support and advancement of numerous area community service organizations including the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Red Cross.


She was a member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach serving on boards of numerous area community service organizations.


In July 2008, she was named as an honorary co-chairperson for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, a project headed by longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.



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Milwaukee Native Gene Wilder Dies

Wisconsin native Gene Wilder, who starred in an eclectic range of movie roles, has died. His nephew says the 83-year-old Wilder died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from the Alzheimer’s disease he first suffered three years ago — which he kept secret until now. He was born in Milwaukee as Jerome Silberman in 1933 and graduated from the city’s Washington High School — and he later went to the University of Iowa, served in the Army, and performed on Broadway before his first movie role as a hostage in “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967. Wilder also starred as a nervous accountant in “The Producers,” the candy man in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and an obsessed scientist in “Young Frankenstein.” The Journal Sentinel says Wilder did want to return to Milwaukee after his father died there in 1973 — but he came back in 1991 to be inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Arts Hall of Fame.