February 8, 2016

Hall of Fame means Favre’s journey is complete

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre became the 24th member of the organization to be voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and just the fifth to do it in his first year of eligibility.

Favre became the 74th individual to be voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility overall.  He’s joined by former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene who ranks third all-time in sacks while playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers.

This class also includes receiver Marvin Harrison, quarterback Ken Stabler, tackle Orlando Pace, guard Dick Stanfel, coach Tony Dungy and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

Unlike the other members of this class, Brett Favre is directly responsible for reviving an organization that had gone through a couple of decades of losing. [Read more…]

Favre should be an easy choice for first ballot induction

Brett Favre

Brett Favre

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2016 Class will be announced on Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

Former Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre should not only be a shoe-in first ballot Hall of Fame selection, but it should come via unanimous vote as well.

Favre was given the keys to the car as the Packers attempted to turn years of misery into winning.  He arrived in 1992 and in just a handful of seasons, won a Super Bowl in 1996.

During Favre’s 16 seasons in Green Bay, the Packers posted the best record (160-93) during that period.  He started an NFL-record 321 consecutive games (including playoffs).  Favre won three MVP awards and became the first player in league history to throw 500 touchdown passes.

Favre is one of three first-year eligible nominees, joining Alan Faneca and Terrell Owens.

The Hall of Fame selection committee will pick between four and eight finalists for induction.  Former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene is a five-time finalist and this could finally be the year for the long time sack specialist who had playing stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

Manitowoc man gunned down answering door

Manitowoc police say a 52-year-old man was shot and killed Friday morning after he answered a knock at his door. The victim has been identified as Kor Yang. The fatal shooting happened at a house in the 2200 block of S. 9th Street around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Police Chief Nick Reimer said Yang’s the victim’s wife, her 16 and 4 year old children, and her one year old grandson were in the home at the time. The suspect fled, and has not been found or identified. Police don’t believe the shooting was a random act.

This is the first shooting homicide in the city of Manitowoc since 2001. Manitowoc police say the State Crime Lab and Wisconsin State Patrol have been called in to help investigate, per standard protocol.

Police add that there is no connection between this homicide and the Netflix series “Making a Murderer”.


Alleged sword killer Matthew Skalitzky to remain institutionalized

A Wisconsin man who investigators say killed his mother with a sword last September remains incompetent to stand trial.

Dane County Circuit Court judge Juan Colas said Thursday that 40-year-old Matthew Skalitzky still is not mentally stable enough to stand trial, but may become so after receiving additional treatment.

Skalitzky has been kept at Winnebago Mental Health Institute near Oshkosh on a civil commitment since shortly after September 11 2015, when he’s alleged to have attacked and killed his mother, 68-year-old Jane Skalitzky. The victim was decapitated with a sword.

A doctor prepared a report confirming this information, and Skalitzky waived his right Thursday to challenge the doctor’s report.

Meanwhile, the first-degree intentional homicide case against him remains on hold. Another hearing will take place in about a hundred days to reassess Skalitzky’s mental state.

“Mr. Skalitzky is not yet competent,”  Colas said. “[He] is likely with additional treatment to become competent, and so we will go head and set another date for a subsequent report.”

Until then Skalitzky will remain at Winnebago. He’s scheduled to be back in court in May.



Prospective buyer for Prentice Caterpillar plant

There’s some good news for employees at the Caterpillar plant in Prentice. The Prentice facility that makes forest products for Caterpillar has been the target for acquisition by one of Caterpillar’s vendors, Ritalka, Inc.

Ritalka owner Kevin Wald confirmed he’s been negotiating with the heavy equipment maker since last fall, but they haven’t reached a deal. If Ritalka is able to acquire the Prentice plant, they may eventually expand it. for now, Wald will continue negotiating in hopes of closing the deal by the end of the year.

Caterpillar has said it move production out of Prentice by the end of the year, impacting 220 workers.