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WRBA Home and Sports Show starts today

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:11pm
By: 

Leader Staff

The Wolf River Builders Association’s annual Home and Sports Show gets under way today at the Crawford Center, 990 E. Green Bay St., in Shawano.

Previously dubbed the Home and Cottage Show, this year’s show is hoping to draw in a whole new crowd of sports enthusiasts. There are more than 40 vendors signed up for the event.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 or three cans of food.

WRBA officials say they are hoping to have a great show with many vendors pertaining to the home show theme, but are also interested in including organizations/businesses in the sports venue.

A new addition to the show’s lineup is Marianne Huskey, recipient of the Anglers Insight Marketing Angler of the Year Award for 2012. She will be one of the seminar speakers.

Huskey will speak Sunday afternoon about her adventures and how to fish like a champion. Huskey is also a United States Coast Guard captain and a licensed Wisconsin guide offering walleye and ice fishing trips.

Diane Montour, WRBA executive director, noted that the show will also be a chance for the organization to give back to other groups in the area.

“Even though we are a nonprofit ourselves, we work hard at giving back to the community and will again be donating all funds/canned foods collected at the door to Wolf River Habitat for Humanity and SAFPARC, the local food pantry,” Montour said. “The show is an awesome opportunity to get businesses some recognition as well as to help us contribute to the community.”

Also new to the show this year is the canstruction by the Shawano Area Young Professionals. The group will gather up the canned food collected at the event and turn it into a curious looking creation. Participants in other canstruction events have made replicas of things as diverse as American flags to slices of pie.

AT A GLANCE

WRBA seminar schedule

Saturday

10:30 a.m.: “What’s New for 2014? Just When You Think You Had It All”

By Roy Brodhagen, Apple Valley Nursery

11:45 a.m.: “The Perfect Countertop”

By Trish Kieckhafer, Stone Creations

1 p.m.: “Retaining Wall and Patio Installation 101: Out with the Old and In with the New”

By Roy Brodhagen, Apple Valley Nursery

2:15 p.m.: “Growing Fruit Trees and Berry Plants in Your Backyard Successfully”

By Roy Brodhagen, Apple Valley Nursery

Sunday

11:30 a.m.: “Gardening with Conifers for Year-Round Interest — Re-create Your Landscaping”

By Roy Brodhagen, Apple Valley Nursery

1 p.m.: “Marianne Huskey — The Woman Behind the Walleye”

By Marianne Huskey

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2 facing drug charges after emergency call

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:09pm
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Leader Staff

Two people are facing felony drug charges after an emergency call in the town of Waukechon on Wednesday.

Tiffeny J. Hogan, 31, was taken into custody after EMS personnel were called to her home because family members were unable to wake her, according to the criminal complaint.

The caller told authorities Hogan was under the influence of drugs, the complaint states.

Hogan was eventually awakened, and emergency responders cleared her of any further medical problems.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responding to the incident observed drug paraphernalia in the room and obtained a warrant for a further search.

According to the complaint, deputies found numerous syringes, metal cookers, pills, spoons and baggies containing residue, along with other suspected drug paraphernalia.

The complaint states Hogan later told authorities she primarily received her drugs from Michael A. Schilcher, 33, of Shawano. She said she had gotten cocaine from him at the Wisconsin House in Shawano the last time she received drugs.

Schilcher was taken into custody on Thursday.

Hogan was charged Friday with felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs and maintaining a drug trafficking place. Each counts carry a maximum possible penalty of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hogan was ordered held on a $2,500 cash bond and is scheduled for an adjourned appearance in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Monday.

Schilcher was charged with one count of manufacture/delivery of cocaine. He could face a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty.

Schilcher was ordered held on a $1,500 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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Kuester wins Clintonville council tiebreaker

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:08pm
By: 

Grace Kirchner, Leader Correspondent


Photo by Grace Kirchner Mary Beth Kuester celebrates after her name was drawn from a hat Friday to break a 100-100 tie in the District 4 race against Mike Hankins in the April 1 election in Clintonville.

Mary Beth Kuester’s name was drawn from a hat Friday to break a tie in the race for District 4 alderperson in Clintonville.

Kuester will not be officially declared the winner of the April 1 election, however, until incumbent Mike Hankins decides whether to request a recount. He has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to make that decision, according to Clerk/Treasurer Peggy Johnson.

Hankins and Kuester both received 100 votes in the election. The Board of Canvassers confirmed the tie earlier this week.

After the drawing on Friday, Kuester thanked Hankins for serving as alderman for the past 10 years and for his dedication. He also has served as the Common Council president.

Hankins said he was unsure whether he would seek a recount. Regardless, he said, he planned to keep on being involved in the community.

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Public Record

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:06pm

Shawano Police Department

April 10

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Shawano Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., involving a juvenile creating property damage.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Main and Stevens streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 900 block of South Sawyer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of West Eagle Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 10

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 24-year-old man was taken into custody on Cherry Court in Shawano.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Main Street in Gresham.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a complaint from Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 E. Green Bay St., involving a juvenile who ran away from the school.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Kwik Trip, 102 Express Way, in Bonduel.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a debut card fraud complaint on Range Line Road in Pella.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Leopolis Road in the town of Herman.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a juvenile drug complaint on Hemlock Road in Wittenberg.

Accidents — Authorities logged four deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

April 10

Police logged six incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 44-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for eighth-offense operating while intoxicated after a traffic stop on North 12th Street.

Search Warrant — An officer assisted Marion Police Department with executing a search warrant in the city of Marion.

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Area counties used homes cited for abuse

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:48am
Shawano Co. removed patients after incidentsBy: 

The Associated Press

Shawano County’s attorney says a published report that the county continued placing sick and indigent people in assisted-living homes even though the facilities had a history of operational concerns is incorrect.

Staffers at four facilities owned by Suamico-based Country Healthcare Inc. harmed residents mentally or physically by forcibly restraining them, drugging them into stupors or leaving people with violent records together, according to state inspection reports reviewed by Press-Gazette Media.

The company’s properties include Longview Terrace I and Longview Terrace II, both located on the same campus in Suamico, Country House in Oconto and Woodland Manor in Pulaski.

The report indicated Shawano, Oconto and Kewaunee counties placed people with Country Healthcare even after abuses were reported.

Shawano County Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus, however, said the county removed the residents it had placed at Longview Terrace I and had reported the alleged abuse there to the state. The county has not placed residents at Longview Terrace I since that time, he said, but has continued to use other Country Healthcare sites.

According to the report, the counties paid Country Healthcare a combined $2.5 million in federal funds since 2005 to care for people who could no longer help themselves due to age, illness, poor mental health, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

The state inspected the facilities for abuse six times in eight years and issued hundreds of citations for violations since 2000. Abuse complaints in 2006 and 2013 were substantiated.

Country Healthcare Inc. blamed county case managers for the problems.

Regulators notified the counties each time enforcement actions were taken against a facility serving one of their residents, said Otis Woods, administrator for the state Department of Health Services’ division of quality assurance.

Shawano and Oconto counties renewed contracts to keep placing residents in Country Healthcare facilities through 2014, while Kewaunee County said it would be reluctant to work with the facilities in the future.

The state’s inspection reports cite a number of instances where residents were mentally or physically harmed.

In one case, a 44-year-old with a traumatic brain injury was found lying in a ditch 500 feet away from the Kewaunee County building, his wheelchair overturned. Staffers told inspectors they didn’t know he was gone. A few weeks later the man was discovered to have a broken nose, and again staffers said they couldn’t explain what happened.

In another case, staff from the company’s Oconto facility locked a 56-year-old man who had obsessive-compulsive disorder out of his bedroom and bathroom, causing him to soil himself.

Kordus said the county promptly removed two people from Longview Terrace I in October 2012 after learning about abuse there.

“Shawano County is the one who reported the alleged abuse to the state,” Kordus said.

He said the county should be applauded for reporting the issue, which he said helped prevent the abuse from continuing.

Kordus said there have been no placements at Longview Terrace I since then.

Shawano County financial records show it has contracted with Country Healthcare since 2010, according to Press-Gazette Media, and continued placing residents in the company’s properties at least through January. The county had paid the company $128,329 through the end of January.

“We have used other Country Healthcare facilities on a limited basis,” Kordus said.

Kordus said the county has not received any complaints regarding any other facility owned or operated by Country Healthcare Inc.

“No complaints of abuse or neglect have been raised regarding any Shawano County client at any of these facilities other than Longview Terrace I – which Shawano County appropriately addressed,” Kordus said.

He also said the couple of residents placed at those other facilities have said they like it there.

“Implying that Shawano County spent $128,000 at Longview Terrace I, or anywhere else, after learning of alleged abuse at the facility would be false and defamatory,” Kordus wrote in an email to Press-Gazette Media. “(The county) utilizes its best efforts to find suitable placement facilities.

“As in this case, as soon as Shawano County learned, or would learn in the future, that an independently owned and operated facility may not be suitable, Shawano County takes the appropriate action. Make no mistake about it, Shawano County has done an admirable job in this regard.”

Oconto County renewed a 1-year, $400,000 contract, effective Jan. 1, with two of the facilities with histories of issues. Craig Johnson, the county’s director of health and human services, said he couldn’t discuss the issue.

“I’ve been told we’re not going to comment,” he said. “There’s things still going on in that facility. This is a small community.”

In Kewaunee County, spokesman Greg Thousand said he took over the human services department in July and couldn’t comment on anything that happened before then.

“Given recent history, we’d be exceedingly reluctant to work with this entity,” he said.

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Bonduel administrator search down to 2

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:47am
BHS principal among finalistsBy: 

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After a round of interviews this week, the Bonduel School Board has narrowed its candidates for district administrator down to two finalists who will be interviewed again on Monday.

Bonduel High School Principal Patrick Rau and Coleman School District Superintendent Brian Walters are the two still in the running to replace Peter Behnke.

Behnke is retiring in June after 25 years overseeing the district.

Behnke said the school board will likely deliberate after the interviews and could reach a decision Monday night. That would be followed by “a few days of negotiations” over the salary and fringe benefits package.

Behnke’s salary is $124,388.

The School Board’s goal is to officially confirm the new district administrator at the board’s regular meeting April 21.

The school district received 17 applications for the position before narrowing that down to six finalists.

Those six were interviewed Monday and Tuesday and were also taken on tours of the district.

They included Bonduel Elementary Principal Peggy Jones, Washington Island School District Superintendent Timothy Raymond, De Soto School District Administrator James Kuchta and River Valley School District Pupil Services Director Mati Palm-Leis.

Behnke said the board was pleased with the applicant pool and all of those interviewed were solid candidates.

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Plea deal in Wittenberg arson case

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:46am
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Leader Staff

A Seymour man accused of burning down a house he co-owned with a Freedom man in the town of Wittenberg pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony count of arson.

Robert F. Geenen, 45, had also been charged with making a fraudulent insurance claim. That count was dismissed under the plea agreement but could still be considered at sentencing.

The sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 8 in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Geenen, James P. Swinkles (the property co-owner) and another man were at the vacant house on July 6, 2011, to clean and prepare it for new tenants.

In the evening, they built a bonfire to burn some debris and spent the rest of the night in a cabin on the property.

During the night, Geenen poured gasoline in the house and set it ablaze, according to the criminal complaint.

Swinkles, 49, was not accused of being involved in setting the fire, but later learned what Geenen had done and split a $97,000 insurance settlement with him.

Authorities initially were unable to determine the cause of the fire, which completely destroyed the house, but they later received a tip that it had been set by Geenen, according to the criminal complaint.

Swinkles was charged with a felony count of making a fraudulent insurance claim. He pleaded no contest in July and was given a deferred judgment, which gives a defendant an opportunity to complete a probationary period before sentencing or entering a conviction.

A further hearing in Swinkles’ case is set for June 30, 2015.

Details of what the state offered as part of Geenen’s plea agreement were not available. The arson charges carries a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine.

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Yoga center envisioned as sanctuary

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:45am
By: 

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent


Photo by Carol Wagner Silvia Voss owns the Wholistic Yoga Center on Main Street in Shawano.

Silvia Voss was looking for a place to hold yoga classes when she spotted the perfect location.

“I was driving down Main Street and I thought, ‘This is it,’” Voss said. “This is where I want to teach yoga.”

She has opened WholisticYoga Center at 138 S. Main St., in Shawano. A grand opening was held in March. The space inside has been redone with new walls, flooring, painting and lighting — all designed to create an atmosphere that is relaxing and soothing.

“Our yoga center vision is to create a space where anybody can find refuge of the mind, body and breath. … a sanctuary for the journey of awakening your true being,” Voss said. “My husband and I put our dedication into it.”

Voss will hold classes throughout the week and at several times each day. Several levels of yoga, from beginner to intermediate, will be offered. Kids and teen classes are also an option if enough people are interested.

“It is wide open,” Voss said.

Classes are available to fit any fitness and experience level, she said.

One WholisticYoga Center class, for example, focuses on restorative yoga, helping manage everyday pain and stress. Another class, Yoga for Golfers, works on flexibility, strength, balance, focus and visualization to improve your golf game. A four-week yoga-in-the-water program also is available.

Voss, a registered and certified yoga teacher, has been involved in yoga for many years.

“It’s a lifetime journey,” she said.

Information about the classes can be obtained by calling 715-526-9086 or visiting wholisticyogacenter.com.

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Public Record

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:43am

Shawano Police Department

April 9

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 S. Waukechon St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 700 block of South Smalley Street.

Warrant — An 18-year-old Shawano male was arrested on a warrant and charged with carrying a concealed weapon at Green Bay Street and Fairview Way.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint on Oak Hill Court.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 700 block of South Franklin Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 9

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A mailbox was reported vandalized on Comet Road in Tigerton.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Park Street in Angelica.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Cherry Road in Herman.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint in First Avenue in Birnamwood.

Accidents — Authorities logged two deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

April 9

Police logged six incidents, including the following:

OWL — A 25-year-old Bear Creek man was cited for operating without a license after a traffic stop on East Greentree Road.

Suspicious — Police responded to separate suspicious incident complaints on North Main Street and East 12th Street.

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MISD gala sets fundraising, attendance records

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 7:41am

Menominee Indian School District’s recent Scholarship Gala raised more than $21,450 for the district’s scholarship fund.

The total is more than $4,000 more than last year’s inaugural event.

“We are amazed by, and thankful for, the generosity of the people in our community as well as our vendors and partner businesses and organizations,” said Kate Mikle, event chair. “It’s gratifying to see so many people who understand that scholarships are an incredibly important factor in whether or not a student pursues higher education.”

In addition to raising a record amount for scholarships, the gala also set a new attendance standard, with more than 180 people attending.

“The gala exceeded our expectations in so many ways,” MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau said. “The success of the gala shows that people do care and they want to play a role in helping our students succeed.”

Waukau also praised and thanked the volunteer committee that planned the gala.

“It was a lot of work, but it resulted in a successful event,” he said.

The gala committee included Mikle, Kim Mitchell, Corey Webster, Bob Burr, Terry Brooks, Michael Philips, Michelle Frechette, Paula Fernandez and Waukau.

MISD serves approximately 850 students.

The gala was sponsored by Menominee Tribal Enterprises, with Draeger Propane as the dessert sponsor and M3 Insurance as the entertainment sponsor.

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Panel approves furnishing detective offices

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:43am
By: 

Lee Pulaski, [email protected]

Detectives and support staff with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department are eager to move into their new facilities in the basement of the county courthouse.

They were not told, however, that the offices would come unfurnished.

As a result, the Public Safety Committee on Wednesday had to approve spending $7,500 from the department’s carryover fund — unspent money from the previous year’s budget — to pay for the furniture. The measure was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Mike McClelland and Ken Capelle opposed.

Several sheriff’s administrators, including Sheriff Randy Wright, expressed concern that the $7,500 might not be enough. They said the would cost estimates within a few days.

Wright said two to three people share each desk at the Sheriff’s Department, so moving furniture from the existing detectives’ office to the basement is not feasible. Nor is using other furniture, because most of the county’s surplus was sold at auction earlier this year.

“This is a dilemma,” he said. “Maybe we can have somebody bring some 5-gallon pails and a card table for those guys.”

The detectives are moving from the Sheriff’s Department, across the street, to the space vacated by the Health Department last year when it moved to the courthouse’s first floor.

The basement renovations have already gone above the $42,500 originally budgeted — money set aside to address the county’s evidence storage shortage, with the Sheriff’s Department contributing $1,600 from its carryover fund.

The basement offices will include an area for storing and analyzing computer equipment seized in criminal investigations, which is why the County Board tapped the evidence storage money.

Wright requested that the money for the furniture come out of the county’s general fund, which would need approval by a two-thirds supermajority of the County Board.

“It just makes more sense” to use the carryover fund,” said Supervisor Bert Huntington. “I don’t want your 1 percent (carryover) wiped out, but this is going to be easiest. If we take it out of the 1 percent, we don’t have to take it to the County Board.”

Capelle said he was unwilling to support spending $7,500 from the carryover fund because it was unclear how much was needed to furnish the new offices.

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Plan Commission reviews TIF district proposal

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:42am
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[email protected]

A proposal to create a new tax increment finance (TIF) district aimed at spurring development along East Green Bay Street went before the Shawano Plan Commission on Tuesday.

The plan will next go to a public hearing before the commission, tentatively scheduled for June 4.

The map of the proposed district is still being finalized. As currently envisioned, it would stretch from mid-block between Sawyer and Andrews streets east to roughly midway between Airport Drive and Rusch Road.

It would encompass more than 100 properties, but would zig-zag around those properties that are sufficiently developed, including a major detour around the Shawano County Fairgrounds.

The goal is to include properties that need improvement or assistance toward making improvements, City Administrator Brian Knapp said.

Knapp said it would be similar to the TIF district set up for Main Street and would be aimed at assisting properties that are “under-utilized or in potential need of development or re-development.”

TIF districts are areas where municipalities invest in infrastructure, such as sewer and water, to attract development where it might not otherwise occur, or to make improvements, such as eliminating blight.

Whatever increase in tax revenue that results from development in those districts goes to paying back the debt the municipality incurred from making improvements to the district.

“We’re trying to improve the economic value of those properties to the city and the community,” Knapp said.

Other taxing entities — including Shawano County, the Shawano School District and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College — would have to approve of the plan, because they would not share in any additional revenue from new development in the district until the improvements are paid off.

A Joint Review Board made up of those entities will get a look at the proposal before the public hearing. The board will then have final say on the matter after the plan has gone back to the Plan Commission and the Shawano Common Council for approval.

Shawano has four active TIF districts: Raasch Industrial Park; a residential area targeted for blight elimination from Main Street east to Lincoln street and Zingler Avenue south to Pearl Avenue; a downtown TIF district running from the Main Street bridge south to Sunset Avenue; and the Bay Lakes Industrial Park.

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Hwy. 156 resurfacing work begins April 21

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:39am

Work on approximately .75 miles of state Highway 156 between Robley Road and Lessor Navarino Road in Shawano County is scheduled to begin on April 21.

RC Excavating Inc., of Suamico, is the prime contractor for the $897,000 project. Crews will remove the existing roadway and replace it with a wider pavement surface to provide a safer surface for bike and pedestrian traffic. Additional improvements include installing new storm sewer, street lighting, pavement markings, and curb and gutter.

Construction is scheduled for completion by mid-July.

During construction, Highway 156 will be closed to through traffic and detoured via state Highway 187, County Road F and state Highway 47. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

Eighty percent of the project will be paid for with federal transportation funds; the remaining 20 percent will be paid with state transportation funds.

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Court News

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:38am

Reckless endangerment

An Appleton man is facing two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety after allegedly holding a loaded firearm to the heads of two people during incidents in the town of Almon on Friday.

Nicholas J. Loberger, 23, could face a maximum 12 1/2 years in prison and $25,000 fine on each count if found guilty. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

The incidents allegedly happened at Bonnie’s Place Bar and Rachel’s Bar, according to the criminal complaint.

Loberger posted a $1,500 cash bond Tuesday and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance on Monday.

Felony OWI

A Tigerton man has been charged with a felony count of operating while intoxicated for his alleged fourth offense within the last five years.

Joseph A. Derus, 30, was arrested in the village of Wittenberg on March 29 after Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of a reckless driver on U.S. Highway 45.

He could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted. He also faces a misdemeanor count of operating while revoked.

Derus is free on a $2,000 signature bond and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing April 29.

Child abuse

A rural Shawano man has been charged with a felony count of physical abuse of a child-intentionally causing bodily harm after allegedly beating the child with a leather belt.

Boun Thao Vue, 33, could face a maximum six years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. He also faces a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

The beating allegedly happened in the town of Wescott on March 27. According to the criminal complaint, a Shawano Community Middle School teacher reported the injuries to Shawano County Social Services because of their severity.

Thao Vue was released on a $2,000 signature bond and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance on Monday.

Battery by prisoner

A Shawano County Jail inmate is facing a felony charge of battery by prisoners after allegedly punching another inmate in the face during an altercation last month.

Robert G. Wallace, 24, could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine if found guilty of intentionally causing bodily harm to the other inmate. He also faces a misdemeanor count of bail jumping.

Wallace is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charge Monday.

Burglary

A Green Bay teen is facing a felony charge of burglary for an alleged break-in to a residence in the town of Angelica in October.

Derek M. Baeten, 17, could face a maximum 12 1/2 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

Baeten is accused breaking into the residence on Oct. 1 and stealing clothing, currency and electronics, according to the criminal complaint. The State Crime Lab ultimately identified his fingerprints from the scene.

Baeten is also charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and theft. He is due in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court for an initial appearance Monday.

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Public Record

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 7:36am

Shawano Police Department

April 8

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A dog was reported stolen in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Warrant — A 48-year-old man was taken into custody at the Probation and Parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of South Sawyer Street.

Warrant — A 34-year-old woman was taken into custody on a Probation and Parole warrant on Jaycee Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Warrant — A male subject was taken into custody on a warrant at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 8

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint on Oak Avenue in Richmond.

Juvenile — Authorities logged five truancy complaints from the Bonduel School District.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Grand Avenue in Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Old Lake Road in Wescott.

Accidents — Authorities logged seven accidents, including five deer-related crashes.

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Former police chief returns to Shawano

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:36am
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Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Mark Kohl was named the city’s new police chief by the Police and Fire Commission this week and will start his new job May 1.

The question for Mark Kohl, who will return to duty as Shawano police chief next month after a 12-year absence, isn’t why is he coming back.

“The question I kept asking myself is, ‘Why did I leave?’” Kohl said.

At the time, Kohl said, there were personal issues in his family that required him to move back to the Fox Valley. Kohl is originally from Appleton.

After leaving Shawano, he became an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. Kohl is now a FVTC training coordinator in the Criminal Justice Department, an instructor in the eight-week command college and instructor of the leadership training programs.

“Many of the leadership at the Shawano Police Department have gone through the training programs,” Kohl said.

Kohl was Shawano police chief from January 2001 to August 2002. He was followed by Ed Whealon, who retired Friday.

“When my good friend Ed Whealon announced his retirement, I thought, ‘Will that opportunity still be there to go back and work with the great men and women of the Police Department and continue on with the things that we started back then 12 years ago?’” Kohl said. “It really set kind of a fire inside of me.

Kohl fondly recalls the two years he spent in Shawano, “in a community I respected, and they respected me,” he said.

Kohl first came to Shawano in 2001 at a difficult time for the department, which had gone through some upheaval during the three years since longtime chief Donald Thaves retired.

“I’ve never seen a department so low in morale,” Kohl said.

Turning the department around, he said, was mostly a matter of “getting the officers back to doing what they loved to be doing.”

As he returns, Kohl said, “I want to continue on with the successes that we initiated and continue on with the successes and achievements that Ed accomplished.”

Kohl has kept in contact with Whealon and other Shawano police officers while at FVTC, and they’ve kept him abreast of developments in the department.

“I like to hear when things go right because I can use that in my teaching as an instructor, to say, ‘this is what they’re doing in Shawano. These are the things that are working,’” Kohl said.

Though the past experience with the department and the updates on its progress means there won’t be too much of a learning curve when he takes over, Kohl said, “there’s always opportunities to learn more and always opportunities to get better.”

Kohl said his first order of business will be to renew and build on relationships with officers who were here when he left, and build new relationships with those who have come on board since.

“They’re great servants of their community,” he said.

Kohl said he hopes to rekindle a fire in them as well.

“Go back to the day they were hired and say, ‘yeah this is why I’m here. Let’s go out and win this together,’” he said.

Also important, he said, is building relationships with the community and city officials.

“All we’ve got to do now is prioritize,” Kohl said.

A top concern in the community, he said, is the influence of heroin, methamphetamine and abuse of prescription drugs.

Kohl said he would also like to expand on the citizens police academy and other efforts that would get the public back into the department and make it more transparent.

Kohl said he would like to see training programs for citizens to help them from being victimized by crime, and he said he plans to work with various groups such as the Tavern League and Shawano Downtown Business Association.

“I’m looking forward to working in a collaborative effort to reduce crime and make our quality of life better here,” he said.

Kohl was chosen by the Police and Fire Commission from a pool of 12 applicants, which included four candidates from within the Police Department and applicants from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, according to commission President Tony Zielinski.

“It was a very difficult decision,” he said. “The candidates were the best of the best.”

Ultimately, the decision came down to credentials, Zielinski said, noting Kohl’s extensive law enforcement background, his impressive record serving as chief here and his instructional experience.

“We’re very fortunate to have Mark back and I hope the community welcomes his with open arms,” Zielinski said.

The Shawano Common Council held a special meeting Monday, unanimously approving the commission’s choice and setting Kohl’s salary at $77,000.

“I worked with Mark Kohl for several months when I was first elected mayor in 2002,” said Mayor Lorna Marquardt. “He came into the department during a very difficult time and he was successful in rebuilding a strong and dedicated police force. There is no question in my mind that Mark Kohl will be a great department leader and one who will be visible and involved in the community.”

Kohl’s first day will be May 1.

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Man dies in accident cutting tree

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:33am
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Leader Staff

A Leopolis man was killed Monday in a logging accident in the town of Grant, authorities said.

Jeffrey W. Sousek, 48, was struck by a tree in a wooded area off Leopolis Road in the town of Grant shortly before 3 p.m., according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Sousek was able to use his phone to call a neighbor for help. The neighbor called authorities and was able to free Sousek from under the tree and render aid.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with emergency responders from Marion Ambulance, Grant E.M.S., Grant Fire and Bowler Fire Department responded and provided emergency assistance despite some initial difficulty locating Sousek in the woods.

Sousek succumbed to his injuries at 4:14 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department said.

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Vision 2017 grants aid Papa Murphy’s renovation

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28am

Contributed Photo Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza recently received $7,500 in grant money through the Vision 2017 program. Pictured are, from left, Nancy Smith, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce executive director; Bart Mattson, Papa Murphy’s owner; and Dennis Heling, Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. chief economic development officer.

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza in Shawano recently received two Shawano Country Vision 2017 matching grants.

Interior improvement and façade improvement grants totaling $7,500 were awarded to Papa Murphy’s to help cover renovation costs at its new location, 1063 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.

Business owner Bart Mattson said the improvements will create 15 to 20 new jobs. Shawano Country Vision 2017 matching grant funds were used toward the complete renovation of an existing building, including siding, signs, parking lot, flooring, lighting, plumbing, electrical needs, security system and a cooler.

“Receiving these grants was extremely important to us,” Mattson said. “As with most projects you always run into expenses that you weren’t planning on. The grants gave me a little breathing room and allowed me to complete the remodeling properly.”

Dennis Heling, chief economic development officer for Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., said the project will benefit the community and workforce.

“The jobs Bart has created with his new business are vital to our community, not just for the adult workforce, but for those just starting out,” Heling said. “The part-time jobs provide an opportunity for high school students to get a start in the business world, not only learning and applying important concepts but also guiding and reinforcing responsible behavior.”

The building previously housed Kwik Trip, which moved to 1241 E. Green Bay St. several years ago.

Shawano Country Vision 2017 is a five-year economic development plan. The plan’s goal is to create jobs by implementing specific action steps in areas such as community development, tourism/retail development, and business expansion, attraction and recruitment.

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Public Record

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:27am

Shawano Police Department

April 7

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A male subject was taken into custody on a warrant at Lincoln and Fifth streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Shoplifting — A 33-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — Walgreen’s, 401 E. Green Bay St. reported a vandalism incident.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of South Main St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 7

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A mailbox was reported vandalized on Lessor-Navarino Road in Navarino.

Fraud — Authorities investigated an Internet scam complaint on Nichols Drive in Angelica.

Burglary — Authorities investigated a burglary on Main Street in Gresham.

Warrant — A 45-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Arrowhead Court in Wescott.

Accidents — Authorities logged three accidents, including two deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

April 7

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Suspicious incident checked on West Morning Glory Drive.

Theft — Theft of medication reported on Fifth Street.

Suspicious — Suspicious incident reported on Waupaca Street.

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Public Record

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:16am

Shawano Police Department

April 6

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

OAS — An 18-year-old female was cited for operating after suspension at Lincoln and Stevens streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of South Lafayette Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

April 5

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at Andrews and Randall streets.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of South Sawyer Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at the Launching Pad, 221 N. Airport Drive.

April 4

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 300 block of North Franklin Street.

Theft — Money was reported stolen in the 200 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 6

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Park Avenue in Wescott.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized on River Bend Road in Belle Plaine.

Accidents — Authorities logged three deer-related crashes.

April 5

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 26-year-old man Bonduel was arrested on a charge of batter after a domestic disturbance on Cecil Street in Bonduel.

Weapon Offense — A 23-year-old Appleton man was arrested for reckless endangerment and operating a firearm while intoxicated after a disturbance on County Road Q in Almon.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Maple Street in Birnamwood.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Assault — Authorities investigated an assault on Forest Street in Birnamwood.

Fire — Authorities responded to a report of a fire behind a barn on Green Valley Road in Angelica.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Main Street in Gresham.

Accidents — Authorities logged four accidents, including three deer-related crashes.

April 4

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Forest Street in Birnamwood.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Sportsmans Drive in Aniwa.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on County Road A in Bowler.

Shoplifting — Authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint at Kwik Trip, 102 Express Way in Bonduel.

OAR — A 22-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in Wescott.

Fleeing — A 40-year-old Keshena man was arrested for fleeing an officer and possession of marijuana on County Road VV in Red Springs.

Accidents — Authorities logged five accidents.

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