Tag: Public Safety

Free self-defense class for faculty and staff

Instructors from UW-Green Bay Public Safety are planning a free self-defense workshop for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Kress Event’s Center Special Events Room. The session is limited to 16 participants, so reserve your place in advance; you will be notified of your acceptance. This hands-on training event provides basic instruction to include knee and elbow strikes, kicks and more. New from past sessions: additional ground defense techniques have been added. This class includes physical activity and participants are encouraged to wear workout type of clothing. Participants will have the opportunity at the end of the training to participate in training exercises to see how they handle an “attack” with the new skills they have learned. Advance registration via email is required, and a waiver must be signed, to be provided at the time of training. To sign up, email Officer Chad Kleman.

Charges filed in June 8 homicide

A suspect has been charged in connection with a murder that took place during the early morning hours June 8 in a parking lot along the campus bayshore. Percy Sims, 26, of Milwaukee, appeared in Brown County Circuit Court Wednesday to face a charge of first degree intentional homicide. A judge set a $1 million bond because of Sims’s violent past. 39-year-old Krystal Torres-Smith of Green Bay was found by a campus public safety officer. Investigators from the Green Bay Police Department say she was shot multiple times while sitting in the driver’s seat of her SUV. Police say they believe the murder happened during a drug deal. For TV-2’s reporting, click here.

Green Bay police continue to investigate bayshore homicide

Gannett Media reports that the Green Bay Police Department Dive Team has been searching the waters of Green Bay near the parking lot where the body of 39-year-old Krystal R. Torres-Smith was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds early Monday morning. The search for evidence, including a possible weapon, has expanded from the shoreline into the bay since Torres-Smith’s body was found by a UW-Green Bay police officer. Funeral arrangements for Torres-Smith, a mother of three and member of the Oneida Nation, are being handled by Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere. For more on the criminal investigation.

Public Safety’s Estrup interviewed for TV-2 story on mental health issues

UW-Green Bay Police Sgt. Cindy Estrup was interviewed recently by WBAY-TV 2 for a story on local training aimed at helping law enforcement officers better identify and assist the mentally ill. “I think this is the direction most law enforcement agencies need to go,” Estrup says. The story said at least three UWGB officers are now being trained in crisis intervention — “just to have some more tools as to know what to look for and when we do see it and are able to identify it, different ways to approach it.”

Campus opens for business as police investigate Nicolet Drive crime scene

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened for business at 6 a.m. today (Monday, June 8) as city police continue to investigate the overnight discovery of an apparent homicide victim in a car parked at Communiversity Park.

Nicolet Drive remains open for traffic. Police are continuing their patrols but say they have no reason to believe any suspect or suspects remain in the area. Communiversity Park is located along the bayshore about one-half mile from the main academic buildings of the central campus.

University Police Chief Tom Kujawa distributed notice to members of the campus community of the situation via emails and GB Alert text messages during the 3 o’clock hour this morning. Kujawa says a UW-Green Bay officer on routine patrol discovered the apparent victim, a female, at about 2:30 a.m.

In a 6:25 a.m. email update, Kujawa shared the following:

The case has been turned over to Green Bay Police Department for investigation.  The victim is not a student and we do not believe she had ties to the campus community.  Officers from UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Police Department are on scene and will continue to patrol the campus and surrounding area.

No (weapon) has been located at this time.  No (assailant) has been located at this time.

The campus buildings, routinely locked at night, are now open for business.  Please stay off the campus trails at this time.

If you have any information please contact UW-Green Bay Public Safety at 920 465-2300 or dial 911.   

UW-Green Bay Police join ‘Click It or Ticket’ mobilization

To prevent traffic deaths and injuries, UW-Green Bay Police along with law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will be out in force to crackdown on unbuckled motorists during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 18 to May 31.  It’s a push for safety. Officials share the following quick facts:

• Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people from being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a crash and possibly hitting another vehicle occupant with massive force.

• In 2013, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes were not buckled up.

• Wisconsin’s safety belt use rate is approximately 82%, which is the all-time high for the state. This means about four out of five drivers and passengers are buckling up.

• However, the 82% rate in Wisconsin is still substantially lower than the national average of 87% and much lower than neighboring states whose rates exceed 90%.

• Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults nationwide.

• On average, a motorist age 19 or under in Wisconsin is killed or injured in a traffic crash every 1.6 hours.

• Teens are needlessly killed or injured in large part because of a lack of safety belt use combined with inexperience behind the wheel.

• Motorists who are hurt or killed in traffic crashes because they didn’t buckle up create tremendous economic losses, such as medical expenses. The rest of society pays for nearly 75% of these economic losses through higher insurance premiums, taxes, and other public funding, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

• Economic losses from traffic fatalities and injuries in Wisconsin were more than $2 billion in 2012, according to the 2012 Wisconsin Traffic Crash Facts report.

Jeff Gross, Imperial Stormtroopers, and 1,700 at the Weidner

Police Lt. Jeff Gross of UW-Green Bay’s Public Safety division is a good sport. So much so that when this week’s well-attended “MythBusters” show on campus called for an audience-participation bit involving an Imperial Stormtrooper costume from the Star Wars series, Gross was a perfect fit. Photo and details.

Remember: Tornado Thursday, and Phoenix Friday

• Public Safety has notified members of the campus community that UW-Green Bay will participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Individuals will be expected to temporarily evacuate to an interior room or hallway, and on the lowest level if it is safe to do so, and stay away from windows, glass, and large open areas. If you have not signed up for GB Alert, the emergency text messaging system that again will be tested during the drill, you can sign up on the Public Safety website. Additionally, Public Safety asks that if you do not hear the mock Tornado Drill Announcement or the announcement was not loud enough, you should contact the division’s emergency management specialist, David Jones, so any issues can be corrected for the future.

• Every Friday is Phoenix Friday! Student employees can receive free popcorn all day Friday (April 17), capping Student Employee Appreciation Week. A’viands will be offering the usual 10 percent off discount to anyone wearing Phoenix gear all day Friday, and the bookstore is offering a 20 percent discount on Gear and Under Armor items. Cheapseats this weekend features “Blackhat.” It is relatively quiet in Phoenix Athletics, however, the Green Bay volleyball team is hosting spring tournament on Saturday and Green Bay men’s tennis hosts Wright State at the Western Racquet and Fitness Club. Click here for the full schedule.

‘New uniform’ for Public Safety’s Gross

star-warsNo, Police Lt. Jeff Gross of UW-Green Bay’s Public Safety division isn’t such a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan that he has his own replica Imperial Stormtrooper costume.

But Discovery network TV personality Adam Savage is, and does. And Gross is a good sport.

So, when Savage and “MythBuster’ co-star Jamie Heyneman entertained at the Weidner Center on campus Tuesday night (April 14), they needed some audience participation during a Star Wars-related bit. Lt. Gross obliged, appearing on stage before a near-capacity audience of about 1,700.

Savage — prior to his career blowing up things and testing weird hypotheses for TV, had a successful career as a Hollywood special effects expert, model maker and designer for major films including several of the Star Wars movies.

That’s Gross’s son, incidentally, in the photo, obviously excited that his dad agreed to take part in the show and was close enough in size to the costume’s owner, Savage, that the suit fit.