GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

UPDATE: Green Bay Police release updated arrests, citations information from June 1 unlawful assembly

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FRIDAY 6/26/2020 10:42 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay Police have released updated information on arrests and citations stemming from an ongoing investigation into criminal activity that occured following protests on June 1.

Authorities tell WFRV Local 5 that three individuals have been cited for disorderly conduct and one individual was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.

Police say they have arrested four people for the following charges to the District Attorney’s Office:

  • Resisting, Unlawful Assembly, Obstructing
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Damage to Property
  • Unlawful Assembly

Green Bay Police tell WFRV Local 5 that their investigation into the events at the Marathon gas station remains active.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that an arrest had been made in connection with their investigation. They say 26-year-old Dakota Vandertie was arrested on June 23 for throwing a gas canister back at authorities. Court records show Vandertie has been charged with Battery or Threat to Judge, Aggravated Assault of a Public Officer-Strongarm; Disorderly Conduct; Unlaw Assembly; Resisting or Obstructing an Officer; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Sheriff’s Office also released updated video of the situation, which can be viewed above. Anyone with information regarding the suspects authorities are looking to identify is asked to countact law enforcement.

One arrested, additional video of Green Bay unlawful assembly released

WEDNESDAY 6/24/2020 1:50 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – One person has been arrested in connection with criminal activity in Green Bay following protests in early June.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Dakota Vandertie was arrested on June 23 for throwing a gas canister back at authorities. Court records show Vandertie has been charged with Battery or Threat to Judge, Aggravated Assault of a Public Officer-Strongarm; Disorderly Conduct; Unlaw Assembly; Resisting or Obstructing an Officer; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Authorities say they have referred two others for charges to the District Attorney’s Office for theft and disorderly conduct.

An update video has been shared by the Sheriff’s Office. The video, as well as the photo below, shows a person who is allegedly linked to the K9 squad damage. If you are able to identify this person, authorities ask that you contact them. You can remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office says.

“We encourage others that engaged in like behavior to turn themselves in as investigation is active and ongoing with additional arrest(s) anticipated in the future,” the Brown County Sheriff’s Office says.

Video of criminal activity following Green Bay protest released

THURSDAY 6/18/2020 2:36 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Green Bay Police have released a video in an attempt to identify suspects engaging in criminal activity on May 31 and into June 1 following peaceful protests.

Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain tells WFRV Local 5 that “arrests will be made” and that authorities intend to hold the “small group of individuals” that began looting and damaging property accountable.

In a press release, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office says “Your local law enforcement supports peaceful protests and was in the community to help protect those that chose to exercise their constitutional rights. Unfortunately the violent behavior by the few, unnecessarily distracted and detracted from the important message that the vast majority of the protesters were there to convey.”

The above video shows individuals that law enforcement say have not been identified at this time. They add that the video is “not intended to be all inclusive” of the violence that took place “as numerous criminal investigations are currently open and underway.”

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Anyone with additional information and/or video regarding the crimes listed below or any other crimes are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement and share the information.

Here are the incidents featured in the video that authorities are currently investigating:

  • Shooting at the Marathon Gas Station on E. Walnut Street. The shooting occurred while the gas station was being looted. Authorities say a person inside the vehicle fired numerous shots in the direction of the gas station. Officers are looking to identify the driver of the vehicle that is believed to be the shooter.
  • The Marathon Gas Station was also looted and numerous individuals were caught on surveillance video stealing and damaging property. Assistance in identifying individuals captured on video is requested.
  • Five Sheriff’s Office squad cars were vandalized with cumulative damage in excess of $16,000. These vehicles were parked in the area of the Marathon Gas Station. The cars were unoccupied at the time of the vandalism, but the Sheriff’s Office says one of them did have K-9 Benzi in it. Benzi was not injured during the incident. Three different suspects can be seen deliberately causing damage. Additionally, at least two individuals appear to be closely accompanying suspect #2 while documenting the vandalism with their phones. These individuals may know the offenders’ identity and/or may be able to assist the investigation by sharing the video that they captured of the vandalism. These individuals are only sought as witnesses at this time, authorities say.
  • Criminal Damage was done at the John Dewey Academy of Learning located at 701 Cherry Street and images of a suspect have been identified.

The video also shows footage from Camera Corner on N. Monroe Avenue, which was burglarized. Sheriff Delain tells WFRV Local 5 that Green Bay Police were able to identify and arrest the suspect and recover the more than $15,000 worth of stolen property Wednesday night.

A tip line and e-mail have been set up which will be active until the end of August of 2020. The telephone number is 920-448-7860. Authorities ask that you leave a message providing the necessary information, which will be subsequently reviewed and assigned to a detective for follow-up. The e-mail address that has been set up to received tips is: tip.line@browncountywi.gov.

Callers 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 432stop.com, or by downloading the P3 tip app through Google Play or the App Store.

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Arrest made in connection with robbery following Green Bay protest

THURSDAY 6/18/2020 12:57 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain says an arrest has been made in connection with criminal activity that began following peaceful protests in Green Bay in the beginning of June.

During an exclusive interview with WFRV Local 5 Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Delain says authorities continue to investigate the looting and damaging of property that occurred at the Marathon gas station, to squad cars, and other area businesses. He adds that some suspects have been identified.

Sheriff Delain tells WFRV Local 5 that he spoke with Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith earlier Thursday and learned that an arrest had been made Wednesday night in connection with a burglary at Camera Corner.

Watch: Brown County Sheriff and a protest organizer discuss recent protests

“Over $15,000 worth of items were taken,” he explains. “All those items are recovered.”

As previously reported, Sheriff Delain says the department hopes to release video footage of suspects involved in looting and damaging property to the public later this week. He hopes the community will be able to assist authorities in identify the suspects.

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Original Story: ‘There will be arrests’: Brown County Sheriff talks criminal activity at recent protests in Community Update

THURSDAY 6/18/2020 11:32 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Brown County Sheriff Todd Delain spoke with WFRV Local 5 about the latest updates from the department, including the Crime Prevention Foundation, a new computer-aided dispatch system, and recent protests that turned violent in downtown Green Bay.

Sheriff Delain spoke about how his department has had to adapt in response to coronavirus, including reorganizing the county jail’s structure to create quarantine spaces and purchasing equipment to clean surfaces and equipment.

Click below to watch the Brown County Sheriff and a protest organizer discuss recent protests

Other changes include using necessary personal protective equipment, practicing social distance, and responding to some calls over the phone rather than sending a deputy to the scene.

While National Night Out is usually held in the summer, Sheriff Delain says the community event has been rescheduled for October 6.

Sheriff Delain also spoke about the county’s new dispatch system which will replace the current system, which has caused problems in the past.

“The current system that the county uses has been in place for decades and it’s at the end of its life,” he says. “What I mean by that is the provider of the system will no longer service it. It’s been patched together as much as it can be.”

The Sheriff says that Brown County transitioned to a new system in 2018 and 2019, but it didn’t meet expectations, explaining that the system would occasionally freeze up or run slow, causing challenges for the department.

Sheriff Delain also discussed the Crime Prevention Foundation of Brown County and the Brown County Crime Prevention Funding Board, which are currently accepting grant applications from groups to help reduce crime.

Groups that are creating programs that will help reduce crime in the community, like literacy programs or youth activities are invited to apply for the grants.

The Sheriff spent time talking about his department’s involvement with a protest that turned violent last month at a Marathon gas station. He says that video captured by Green Bay Police and Sheriff’s deputies will be released this week to assist in the investigation.

“Unfortunately, a small group of individuals decided to turn a peaceful, lawful protest into criminal activity by looting and damaging property, including our squad cars,” Sheriff Delain tells WFRV Local 5.

He explains that an individual or individuals went into the Marathon Gas station and began looting the business. Meanwhile, an individual fired numerous shots from a handgun into the air. Brown County Sheriff’s deputies and Green Bay Police officers responded to the scene to ensure the safety of those in the area.

At that point, Sheriff Delain says authorities parked their squad cars to investigate the situation. Individuals then began damaging squad cars – causing about $16,000 in damages to five total cars.

Investigators have been piecing together video that they received to identify individuals that participated in criminal activity. That video is expected to be released later this week to the public in the hopes that additional individuals may be identified.

“We’ve already identified some of those individuals, which we will be making contact with here shortly,” Sheriff Delain said. “We’re hoping that the community is going to be able to help us identify those individuals and hold them accountable for their actions so that we’re not worrying about having peaceful protests turning into criminal activity in the future.”

He goes on to explain some of the damage done inside the Marathon gas station, including someone throwing a microwave and nearly hitting another individual.

“There will be arrests and we’re going to hold people accountable for those actions,” Sheriff Delain adds. “Again, this has nothing to do with the peaceful protest. In fact, we want people to be able to go out, exercise their First Amendment right to lawful assembly, to hear their voice, and work at change. But it’s that transition from that peaceful protest into, in this case, a group of individuals that changed that message from peaceful to violent, and that’s what we saw and we fully intend on investigating that fully and holding those accountable.”

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