UW-Green Bay Police took a male suspect into custody at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) on campus, successfully concluding an episode that brought several city squad cars to campus.
The incident started at 5:23 a.m. at a city of Green Bay residence with allegations of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and damage to property made by the man’s former girlfriend. With information on the suspect and his vehicle, on three separate occasions Ashwaubenon and Green Bay police attempted to stop the man’s car to question him, but he fled. After pursuits in which the suspect increased his speed and drove erratically whenever squads drew near, those units called off the chases because the charges were misdemeanors, the suspect was known by law enforcement, and it was believed he could be safely apprehended later.
The suspect, a 47-year-old local resident with no apparent ties to the University, drove onto the UW-Green Bay campus during the late afternoon and was spotted by campus police. He departed campus property but returned later, eventually abandoning the car in the vicinity of the housing complex when it ran out of gas. The suspect vehicle was towed, and Green Bay Police squads joined UWGB Police in seeking the suspect when he then fled on foot. He was apprehended later without incident and found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was booked into the Brown County Jail on the disorderly and damage charges and felony fleeing an officer.
No Campus Notification was issued — During Saturday’s incident, UW-Green Bay Public Safety officials made the determination not to issue an all-campus alert. At no time was it believed the campus community was in danger, based on officers’ knowledge of the suspect, likely misdemeanor charges and the fact other jurisdictions had suspended their pursuits. Anyone with questions about Campus Notifications is invited to visit the webpage http://www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/documents/UWGBNotificationProtocols.pdf and http://www.uwgb.edu/publicsafety/GBAlert/faq.html to sign up for GB Alert.
Brown County Bomb Squad to hold training here — UW-Green Bay Public Safety advises members of the campus community that if they see the Brown County Bomb Squad on campus this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 16), the visit is for training purposes only. The team will take advantage of the Weidner Center’s need to dispose of a relatively small amount of old, unused pyrotechnic material by using the call as a training exercise.
Already distributed campuswide but repeated here for the record: Join Chancellor Gary L. Miller on the annual Chancellor’s Security Walk on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to walk along and talk with the chancellor and other leaders for the purpose of discussion and observation of areas of concern that may affect security and safety on campus (e.g., areas of inadequate lighting, overgrown shrubs, concern over traffic or pedestrian safety). The initial meeting place is in the Public Safety Conference room located in the Instructional Services Building, Room 1024. Suggestions on where to visit on campus should be e-mailed to Public Safety Director Tomas J. Kujawa no later than Monday.
This Thursday (Nov. 5), from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Union, the City of Green Bay Police Department’s K9 team — the handlers and three dogs specializing in drug, bomb, and tracking/apprehension — will be on campus to meet the public, offer demonstrations and answer questions. The free event, open to the public, will take place inside the Christie Theater. Officer Chad Kleman of UWGB Public Safety, who is organizing the gathering, asks that you arrive 15 minutes early, if possible. If you have any questions contact Officer Kleman.
Employees leaving campus after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday might have seen emergency response units on South Circle Drive in the vicinity of the Arboretum trails near the Facilities Management Building. We’ve learned the crews were responding to a call of a student reporting health issues while walking the exterior wood-chip trail closest to Highway 54/57. The woman had suffered an apparent diabetic reaction; other students stayed with her or moved to the Circle Drive roadway to guide first responders in her direction. UW-Green Bay Police assisted by providing a smaller, lighter mini-truck (instead of the heavy rescue squad) to navigate the chipped trails. Initially unable to walk, the student responded favorably to medical treatment by paramedics.
On Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m., Officer Chad Kleman of UW-Green Bay Public Safety has organized a K9 demo with the City of Green Bay Police Department’s K9 team, which includes a drug, bomb, and tracking/apprehension dog. The team will allow you to meet their dogs, ask officers questions about their services, and then enjoy a demonstration of their four-legged partner’s abilities. The event will take place inside the Christie Theatre. “We ask you please arrive 15 minutes early if possible. If you have any questions about this, please contact Officer Kleman.” The event is free and open to the public.
In case you missed it, there was a semi-serious traffic accident at about 11:45 a.m. Friday (Oct. 9) at the Bay Settlement Entrance to campus. Green Bay Police and UW-Green Bay Public Safety had to close uphill traffic on Leon Bond Drive for about 40 minutes because of a collision at the Bay Settlement Road intersection. A vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes of Bay Settlement was making a lefthand turn onto campus when it collided with a southbound vehicle. The two drivers — neither was believed to be a UW-Green Bay staff member or student — suffered minor injuries, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.
In the wake of last week’s murders at an Oregon community college, local media inquired about UW-Green Bay training related to possible active-shooter situations on this campus. Although officials declined to go on camera, they did share a link to an employee-oriented video endorsed by the Office of Public Safety on its Emergency Information webpage. There, under a link labeled “Run/Hide/Fight Video,” is a short, thorough and realistically portrayed 5-minute clip produced by the city of Houston as a workplace training tool. Worth a look.
Nearly $600,000 is being awarded to police and sheriff’s departments in communities across Northeast Wisconsin to fund extra patrols targeting drunk drivers. Recipients of $10,000 grants as part of the initiative were the campus police force divisions at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh. WBAY-TV 2 carried a news feature earlier this week about the effort.
This from Public Safety: The Color Run returns to campus this Sunday at 10 a.m. with around 5,000 registrants. The Studio Arts lot and Wood Hall lot will officially close for the weekend at 6 p.m. Friday and reopen after the festival grounds are cleared on Sunday afternoon. To avoid parking tickets or towing, students and staff are being asked to find alternate parking for the weekend. The run will loop through the entire campus and many roadways and all the parking lots will be impacted. Thank you for your patience.
Green Bay Police and UW-Green Bay Public Safety squads responded at about 2:15 Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 16) when a concerned student heading home after class observed a person in the front seat of a nearby vehicle in the Wood Hall parking lot. The person appeared to have a handgun on their lap. The person did not make any threatening actions with the weapon and soon proceeded to drive away. UW-Green Bay Police Chief Tom Kujawa says that, after responding to the report and speaking with the student who phoned police, there was no reason to believe the campus community was at risk. State of Wisconsin regulations on casing firearms in a vehicle vary by the type of weapon involved, while the University-specific prohibition on weapons applies primarily to indoor areas. Kujawa praised the student who phoned in the report for being alert to what they viewed as something out of the ordinary. Kujawa said late Wednesday afternoon that police had already determined the identity of the second person, also a student, based on the vehicle information. They believe the individual had not brought the weapon into a campus building, had appropriately stored it out of sight in the locked vehicle during the day, and was in the process of again making sure it was safely secured before driving away.