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Public Record

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:31am

Shawano Police Department

July 7

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Burglary — Items were reported stolen from two garages in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Fraud — An alleged voter fraud incident was under investigation at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Shoplifting — Pick ‘n Save, 190 Woodlawn Drive, reported a shoplifting incident.

Fire — Authorities responded to a fire call in the 300 block of East Center Street. Entry was made into an empty apartment by the fire department, and firefighters found smoke coming from a pot burning on the stove. The building was aired out and secured.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 7

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 29-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Bridgeview Lane in the town of Belle Plaine.

Harassment — A harassment complaint was under investigation on Edwards Street in the town of Herman.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on County Road M in the town of Pella.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on state Highway 29 in Bonduel.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Frailing Road in the town of Wescott.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on Webers Point Court in the town of Wescott.

Clintonville Police Department

July 7

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Four juveniles were warned for curfew violation on Hemlock Street.

Disturbance — An unwanted subject was removed from an establishment on West Madison Street.

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Authorities investigating alleged voter fraud incident

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 7:30am

Leader Staff

Authorities are investigating an alleged incident of voter fraud during the spring election and presidential primary on April 5.

Shawano police received a complaint from City Hall on Thursday alleging that a man who voted in Shawano also voted in the town of Herman. According to the police report, the man signed in as a voter and was given a voting number at both polling places. The man denied having voted in the town of Herman, according to the report.

Voters were required under state law to present a photo ID to cast a ballot in the April 5 election. However, the address on the ID does not have to be verified if the voter is already registered and listed with an address in the poll book.

Deputy City Clerk Lesley Nemetz said the address is checked when the voter registers. In this case, the man registered to vote in the city of Shawano on election day, and a Shawano address was verified.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are working with Shawano County sheriff’s deputies on the matter.

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Police: 5 officers dead, 7 hurt in Dallas protest shooting

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 7:32am

The Associated Press

Dallas was in shock and beset by uncertainty early Friday after gunmen shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states, police said, in bloodshed evoking the trauma of the nation's tumultuous civil rights era.

Police Chief David Brown blamed "snipers" and said three suspects were in custody while a fourth had exchanged gunfire with authorities in a parking garage downtown and told negotiators he intended to hurt more law enforcement officials.

Early Friday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the fourth suspect had died.

"We don't exactly know the last moments of his death but explosives did blast him out," Rawlings told The Associated Press.

He said police swept the area where the standoff took place and found no explosives.

Police did not identify any of the suspects or mention a possible motive.

The shooting began about 8:45 p.m. Thursday while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the fatal police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Brown told reporters the snipers fired "ambush style" on the officers. A civilian was also wounded, Rawlings said.

Brown said it appeared the shooters "planned to injure and kill as many officers as they could." Video from the scene showed protesters marching along a downtown street about half a mile from City Hall when shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.

The attacks made Thursday the deadliest day for U.S. law officers since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks on-duty deaths.

It also drew a comparison with the November day in 1963 when a U.S. president was slaughtered by a sniper on a Dallas street only a few blocks away.

"I think the biggest thing that we've had something like this is when JFK died," resident Jalisa Jackson downtown said early Friday as struggled to fathom the still-unsettled situation. Officers crouched beside vehicles, SWAT team armored vehicles arrived and a helicopter hovered overhead.

Protests were held in several other U.S. cities Thursday night after a Minnesota officer on Wednesday fatally shot Philando Castile while he was in a car with a woman and a child, the shooting's aftermath livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video. A day earlier, Alton Sterling was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers. That, too, was captured on a cellphone video.

Thursday's shootings occurred in area of hotels, restaurants, businesses and some residential apartments only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The scene was chaotic, with officers with automatic rifles on the street corners.

"Everyone just started running," Devante Odom, 21, told The Dallas Morning News. "We lost touch with two of our friends just trying to get out of there."

Carlos Harris, who lives downtown, told the newspaper that the shooters "were strategic. It was tap, tap pause. Tap, tap pause," he said.

Brown said police don't have a motivation for the attacks or any information on the suspects. He said they "triangulated" in the downtown area where the protesters were marching and had "some knowledge of the route" they would take.

Video posted on social media appeared to show a gunman at ground level exchanging fire with a police officer who was then felled.

Authorities have not determined whether any protesters were involved with or were complicit in the attack and were not certain early Friday that all suspects have been located, Brown said.

Rawlings said at the news conference that authorities will likely ask some people to stay away from downtown Dallas on Friday. Rawlings said a map would be posted online showing an area where people should avoid on Friday.

Early Friday morning, there were dozens of officers of the corridor of the ER at Baylor Medical Center, where other injured officers were taken. The mayor and police chief were seen arriving there.

Four of the officers who were killed were with the Dallas Police Department, a spokesman said. One was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer. The agency said in a statement that 43-year-old officer Brent Thompson was the first officer killed in the line of duty since the agency formed a police department in 1989.

"Our hearts are broken," the statement said.

Theresa Williams told The Associated Press that the injured civilian was her sister, 37-year-old Shetamia Taylor.

Williams said her sister was at the protests Thursday night with her four sons, ages 12 to 17.

When the shooting began, Taylor threw herself over her sons, Williams said. She was undergoing surgery early Friday after being shot in the right calf.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement saying he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety director to offer "whatever assistance the City of Dallas needs at this time."

"In times like this we must remember — and emphasize — the importance of uniting as Americans," Abbott said.

Other protests across the U.S. on Thursday were peaceful. In midtown Manhattan, protesters first gathered in Union Square Park where they chanted "The people united, never be divided!" and "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!" In Minnesota, where Castile was shot, hundreds of protesters marched in the rain from a vigil to the governor's official residence. Protesters also marched in Atlanta, Chicago and Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama said America is "horrified" over the shootings and there's no possible justification for the attacks.

Speaking from Warsaw, Poland, where he was meeting with leaders of the European Union and attending a NATO summit, the president said justice will be done and he's asking all Americans to pray for the fallen officers and their families. He also said the nation should express its gratitude to those serving in law enforcement.

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County studies library restructuring

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:32pm
Change could halt outside billingBy: 

Scott Williams, [email protected]

Faced with more bills from neighboring library systems, Shawano County is taking steps to consider changes aimed at avoiding such costs in the future.

For the second straight year, libraries in nearby Pulaski, Marion and elsewhere have billed Shawano County more than $100,000 because of residents crossing borders to use libraries outside the county.

County officials have responded by launching a special committee to identify solutions to the financial issue, including reorganizing the current partnerships that operate libraries throughout Shawano County.

The county library planning committee held its first meeting Thursday and heard from a state library official who encouraged Shawano County to create a single countywide library system to defuse the cross-border borrowing issue.

John DeBacher, public library development director for the state, said such a consolidated organization would disallow neighboring libraries from seeking reimbursement from Shawano County under state law. The same issue has surfaced in other parts of the state, DeBacher said, but state legislators so far have not identified any statewide solutions.

“It continues to be kind of a hot issue,” DeBacher said.

Members of the special committee agreed to call together library branch representatives next month to gauge support for a consolidated county library system.

Kathy Luebke, county supervisor and chairwoman of the committee, said the county’s costs would increase by assuming responsibility for all libraries, but the county would be investing in local services rather than sending money to libraries in other counties.

“We have to decide: Do we want to keep the money in-house?” Luebke said.

The current Shawano City-County Library system operates the main library in downtown Shawano, with branches in Bonduel, Birnamwood, Mattoon, Tigerton and Wittenberg. The system operates on a yearly budget of about $600,000, which is funded 80 percent by the county and 20 percent by the city of Shawano.

Despite the local facilities, some residents venture outside Shawano County and and use libraries elsewhere, including in Pulaski, Marion and Clintonville. The state’s complex rules for libraries allow some libraries to seek payment from neighboring counties when such cross-border borrowing occurs.

Shawano County has been billed the past two years by libraries in Waupaca County, Brown County and Langlade County. The bills amounted to $141,000 last year and decreased only slightly this year to $123,000.

With no relief in sight from state library funding reforms, the Shawano County Board created the special committee to consider options at the local level.

Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller told committee members that the current arrangement is costing the county more than $100,000 a year and that current state law gives the county few options for either avoiding those costs or recouping the losses.

“We’re getting hammered,” Miller said.

DeBacher said the county could implement a countywide consolidated library system by assuming responsibility for the city of Shawano’s 20-percent share of the operating costs, and by increasing county property taxes, if necessary, to pay the increased costs.

Committee members agreed that such a restructuring was worth considering, although some expressed concern that branch library boosters in Birnamwood, Tigerton or elsewhere would resist the change.

Branch representatives will be invited to the committee’s next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 4.

Kristie Hauer, director of the city-county library, said she supports the reorganization idea as a way of not only halting the crossover borrowing bills, but also of creating more uniformity among Shawano County libraries in staff training, services provided and standards of operation.

“I think we’d have more consistent services,” Hauer said.

Miller agreed, saying he hopes the branch libraries would embrace the countywide structure as a way of improving services through increased sharing of resources and economies of scale.

“It opens the door for other things,” Miller said. “It gives them more opportunities.”

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Storage facility going up on Willow Lane

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:30pm
80 units planned to start, with potential up to 250By: 

Brady Van Duerzen, [email protected]

Contributed Photo Construction on a new storage facility on Willow Lane in the town of Washington is ahead of schedule. D.S. Storage Facilities expects the 80-unit facility to be ready by Aug. 1.

Work is progressing quickly on a new storage facility in the town of Washington.

D.S. Storage Facilities officially broke ground July 1 for an 80-unit complex on 5 acres at W5324 Willow Lane, and owner David Schreiter said the project is ahead of schedule.

“We had originally planned for the facility to open either Sept. 1 or Aug. 15,” Schreiter said. “Weather has been very good, which has allowed us to push up the opening date to Aug. 1.”

The new facility’s units will come in a variety of sizes: 10 feet by 20 feet, 10 by 30, 10 by 50, and 13 by 45.

Schreiter said the varying sizes provide flexibility for storage needs, like “commercial, a car, boats or even more personal stuff.”

Monthly rentals will range from $65-$150.

The site will include security cameras, fencing and an asphalt parking lot. Schreiter declined to disclose the cost of the project, which ultimately could accommodate up to 250 units if needed.

Schreiter, who owns five other storage facilities in the Appleton area, said it was easy to work with local officials on the project.

“The town of Washington’s Town Board and the Shawano County planning committee were all very helpful with the project,” Schreiter said. “They have made this project so easy, and usually when you start construction on a building like this, they are never easy.”

Although there are at least six other storage facilities in the area, Schreiter decided there was sufficient demand for one more after he and his wife purchased a year-round home in Shawano.

Schreiter said his business feels “more like fun than work,” so he decided to take his work with him to Shawano.

For his new project, Schreiter sought out the help of Cody VandeWettering, a project manager for Keller Inc., a design/build general contractor based in Kaukauna.

Schreiter said VandeWettering is a friend whom he has worked with several times.

“We have a great relationship because it is built on trust,” VandeWettering said. “We get things done, we communicate well and it is just awesome.”

VandeWettering, who has been on the work site since the project began, said he noticed the response from the community almost immediately, and believes that Schreiter will do just fine in his new location.

“There is a definite need for storage in Shawano,” VandeWettering said. “The community reacted great to the project. So far I think Dave is getting booked pretty fast. He is really helping out the people, and I think that he will have no problem doing a great job.”


WHAT: D.S. Storage Facilities

WHERE: W5324 Willow Lane, Shawano.

WHEN: Anticipated opening is Aug. 1.

WHO: For information, call David Schreiter at 920-419-3991.

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City eyes partnership deal with Ski Sharks

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:28pm
New beach area already a big hitBy: 

Tim Ryan, [email protected]

Contributed Photo The new beach and swimming area at the recently established Smalley Park in Shawano is fast becoming a popular attraction in its first month of summer operations.

The latest addition to the city of Shawano’s parks system seems to already be a hit with visitors during its first summer of operations, even though the new Smalley Park is still in the first phase of improvements the city hopes to make there.

Matt Hendricks, park and recreation director, said more than 70 people and several boaters turned out this past weekend to enjoy the new beach and swimming area at the park that runs along the Wolf River adjacent to the former Shawano Medical Center.

The Shawano Common Council approved a final development plan for the park in March that, in addition to the public beach, called for a dock, boat slips, canoe and kayak launch, an amphitheater seating area for the Ski Sharks shows, shelter, a concession stand and toilet and storage facility, and walking trails.

On Wednesday, the council will consider a memorandum of understanding with the Shawano Ski Sharks to split the cost of a new performance area for the Ski Sharks and an amphitheatre for its audience.

The new area would be moved north to just south of Third Street.

Hendricks said it was felt the Ski Sharks shows would be better situated away from the beach area.

In addition to a larger viewing area, the new area is wider and right next to the Shawano Lake outlet.

The shows already draw roughly 500 spectators each night.

Hendricks said the city’s partnership with the Ski Sharks in developing the park has been a benefit for the community. The club has already provided volunteer funding and labor, he said.

“It’s a great partnership. This is something the whole community can use and it’s being driven by the Ski Sharks,” Hendricks said. “People can be proud of this attraction and the way it uses our resources.”

Ski Sharks President Dave Passehl said the club and the city have been working as partners for a couple of decades, and the proposed memorandum of understanding is just the latest collaboration between them.

“It’s another re-affirmation of the investment the Ski Sharks and the city are making in the community,” he said.

The Ski Sharks have been the primary users of what was previously known as Wolf River Beach, Passehl noted.

For that reason, he said, the club felt it was “our responsibility to give back in that regard.”

He said the club was grateful to be able to make use of an incredible resource. He added that other teams and clubs that visit are also impressed.

“They can’t believe how incredibly fortunate we are,” Passehl said, adding the group is looking forward to taking part in future development of the park.

“We’re excited to see this project take place,” he said.

The first phase of park development has moved rapidly in a few short months, and has included bringing in some 250 tons of sand for the new beach.

Some landscaping and materials for a retaining wall were salvaged from the former hospital.

Park and recreation employees built the park signs at a significant cost saving, according to Hendricks.

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Producers encouraged to meet acreage reporting dates

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:22pm

The USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers to pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates for 2016.

Producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, producers are encouraged to visit the Shawano-Menominee County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The acreage reporting dates are as follow:

July 15: All spring-seeded crops, forage seeding, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres

Aug. 15: Cabbage

Sept. 30: All value-loss crops except nursery

Nov. 15: Perennial forage, fall mint, fall-seeded small grains, pasture, rangeland and forest

Jan. 17: Perennial fruits including, but not limited to, apples, pears, blueberries, cherries and grapes

The following exceptions apply:

If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquisition of the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, visit the Shawano-Menominee County FSA office 603 Lakeland Road, Shawano, or call 715-524-4814.

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ThedaCare chosen for complex-care initiative

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:01pm
6 systems participating in national program

ThedaCare is one of six organizations selected to participate in a program aimed at better meeting the complex medical and social needs of high-need, high-cost patients.

Transforming Complex Care is a national initiative funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies. The goal is to help ThedaCare and five other health care organizations enhance existing complex care programs.

“It’s a great honor and very exciting for ThedaCare and Northeast Wisconsin to be selected for this program and to receive a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” said Dr. Sandra Groenewold, a family medicine physician with ThedaCare Physicians and physician lead of the local program. “The grant will allow us to work with Gold Cross Ambulance to help decrease unnecessary emergency department visits and to check up on certain patients to help reduce their need for hospitalization.”

Patients with complex needs account for disproportionate health care costs. They often have many medical, mental health and substance use treatment needs, and face social and economic challenges that also complicate their health outcomes, said Allison Hamblin, vice president of strategic planning at CHCS.

“Health care providers and health systems across the country are looking to implement complex care models based on emerging best practices,” she said. “Transformingcomplex care will enable leading health organizations to more effectively address the social determinants of health for high-need, high-cost patients, and will offer lessons for replication that maximize existing community strengths.”

ThedaCare was competitively selected to participate in the initiative, along with five other sites intentionally drawn from small- to mid-sized cities. Each will receive funding support and participate in a learning collaborative offering 1:1 and group technical assistance, peer exchange and tools. Other sites participating in the initiative are AccessHealth Spartanburg in South Carolina, Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation in Montana, OneCare Vermont in Vermont., Redwood Community Health Coalition in California and VCU Health System in Virginia.

Over the next two years, the participants will refine strategies across six key areas for improving care: care model enhancements; data and analytics; workforce development; financing and accountability; governance and operations; and policy and advocacy.

As the program progresses, CHCS will share lessons and tools from the sites’ experiences.

“Caring for patients with complex needs requires innovative programs that go beyond medical issues to address unmet social needs,” said David Adler, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The Transforming Complex Care sites will support a culture of health by building the evidence base on improving care for high-need, high-cost patients.”

ThedaCare serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs over 7,000 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has hospitals in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose, as well as 34 clinics in nine counties.

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Public Record

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:01pm

Shawano Police Department

July 6

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Two female juveniles were cited for underage drinking at Kadletz and Elizabeth streets.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 600 block of South Cleveland Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 600 block of West Eagle Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Theft — Money was reported stolen in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 6

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Obstruction — A 17-year-old Fort Atkinson male was arrested for obstructing an officer and bail jumping on state Highway 55 in the town of Maple Grove.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Second Drive in the town of Washington.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a forgery complaint on Church Road in the town of Waukechon.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Circle Drive in the town of Red Springs.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Drug Offense — A 24-year-old Shawano man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Butternut Road in the town of Herman.

Disturbance — A 41-year-old Pulaski woman was arrested for strangulation and disorderly conduct on Middle Drive in the town of Angelica.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Lawn Road in the town of Lessor.

Clintonville Police Department

July 6

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Theft from a vehicle was reported on North Main Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on East 15th Street.

Accident — A two-vehicle property damage accident was reported on South Main Street.

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Commission tries to help focus vision of city

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:51am
Plans should consider future residents’ needsBy: 

Tim Ryan, [email protected]

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan The Shawano Plan Commission takes part in a table-top visioning exercise aimed at setting long-range development goals for the city Wednesday. The study being compiled by the East Central Regional Planning Commission is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

What should Shawano look like 20 years from now?

The Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday took part in a visioning exercise to provide its input on that question as part of a long-range planning study being conducted by the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

The table-top exercise gave commissioners a chance to identify areas, and even particular properties in the city that are either in need of some improvement or that should be designated as benefits to the community that should be maintained.

It also gave officials an opportunity to single out areas for long-requested amenities such as a dog park; something that has come before the city previously, but has been unable to find a location acceptable to its would-be neighbors.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce said the exercise was intended to brainstorm what the city should be doing for future generations.

“What are we doing for them?” she said. “That’s what we have to think about, the people that will be here after we’re long gone.”

City Administrator Brian Knapp said officials have a significant long-term responsibility in spite of a relatively short time in office.

“The reality is that we’re stewards,” he said. “It’s a very short time in the scheme of things. It’s a very short time that we have this responsibility and yet we’re supposed to be thinking not just about the people who are here today, but, like the mayor said, those who are coming in the future. What are we going to deed them?”

Shawano residents and visitors to the city had an opportunity to take the same visioning exercise and give their input last month at the Shawano Summerfest.

Knapp said the traffic of visitors during the roughly 2 1/2-hour session was fairly constant and input was positive, with more than 50 people participating.

Several city committees and commissions have since taken the same exercises.

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will compile and organize the feedback before presenting a final report to the city.

Knapp said the feedback will help prioritize infrastructure improvements, building renovation and redevelopment opportunities, as well as address concerns about traffic safety and accessibility.

A final report is expected by the end of the summer.

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Police invite public to join Operation ID

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:49am

Leader Staff

The Shawano Police Department is inviting the public to join its Operation I.D. program, which is aimed at helping authorities identify and recover stolen property.

“In recent months we have been receiving numerous calls about thefts from yards, garages and homes,” Police Chief Mark Kohl said. “In many of the thefts the owner cannot supply the police with a serial number or owner applied numbers. This information is critical for the police in trying to recover this stolen property.”

In addition to making note of all serial numbers, names and model numbers on your valuables, Kohl also recommended taking digital photographs of valuables and keeping that information in a safe place.

Also, under the department’s Operation I.D. program, police will loan you an engraver to apply an owner I.D. number to valuables that do not have serial numbers or easily identifiable characteristics.

“Mark anything of value that a burglar, or two, could remove from your premises,” Kohl said.

He said those items might include electronics, power tools, computers, stereos, radios and bicycles.

“Please stop down and ask about the Operation I.D. program and we will loan you an engraver to take with you,” Kohl said. “We’ll provide you with an engraver and instructions on how to use it.”

The department is located at 125 S. Sawyer St., or you can call the department at 715-524-4545.

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State Patrol welcomes 38 officers

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:48am
Shawano man among new troopers

Gov. Scott Walker participated in the swearing-in ceremony for 38 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers in La Crosse on July 1.

The group included Zachary J. Sincoular, of Shawano, a State Patrol trooper assigned to Marinette County.

The new officers began their training as cadets in the 61st recruit class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy on Jan. 10. Their 25 weeks of training prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions around the state.

Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws, while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of motor carrier (large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles) safety laws and regulations.

“Throughout their rigorous training, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” said Capt. Paul Matl, commander of the State Patrol Academy. “They successfully completed comprehensive training in an array of subjects including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations. They will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”

Twelve of the new officers served in the military, and seven are women.

Information about becoming a State Patrol trooper or inspector is available online at

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Public Record

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:46am

Shawano Police Department

July 5

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Northridge Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Lieg Avenue.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 5

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on state Highway 160 in the town of Maple Grove.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Lake Street in the town of Aniwa.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Mill Street in Eland.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on Quartz Avenue in Mattoon.

Accidents — Authorities responded to an injury accident on state Highway 47 in the town of Red Springs and logged three deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

July 5

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was checked in Olen Park.

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported in a parking lot on South Main Street.

Trespass — Three juveniles were warned for littering and trespassing on Anne Street.

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District defends Mattoon school closing

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 7:58am
Antigo board challenges court’s authority in caseBy: 

Tim Ryan, [email protected]

Antigo school officials are not backing down from plans to close Mattoon Elementary School this fall and have filed a brief in circuit court maintaining the court has no authority to stop them.

The village of Mattoon and two parents of Mattoon Elementary students filed for a court injunction in May to stop the Unified School District of Antigo from closing the school.

They are asking the court to order that Mattoon Elementary be kept open until at least the end of the 2016-2017 school year to give parents adequate time to find other educational options for their children.

The civil complaint also maintains the the school’s closure will make the village of Mattoon a less attractive place to live, leading to a decline in population, business presence and economic vitality.

There is still no court date set in the matter.

Most of June was taken up by judicial reshufflings in the case, with Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court judges James Habeck and William Kussel Jr. recusing themselves.

The case was subsequently assigned to Forest County Judge Leon Stenz, but the plaintiffs objected and filed a request for a new judge, according to court records.

The case has since been assigned to Taylor County Judge Ann Knox-Bauer.

Antigo school officials voted twice to close the elementary school. Some parents say the School Board’s first vote in April was taken without any public notice. The board held a special meeting last month to vote again and came down to the same 5-4 decision.

In a response filed last week to the civil complaint, the school district and board maintain the vote was a valid exercise of school officials’ power and that the court lacks jurisdiction over school district actions.

The response also denies the complaint’s allegation that board members “conspired to surprise the public with the action to close Mattoon Elementary School without proper notice and out of spite and retaliation against the residents of Mattoon for the board members’ perception that residents of Mattoon did not show sufficient support for the board’s proposed referendum.”

The $25.9 million referendum plan would have closed five of the district’s seven elementary schools, renovated the remaining two, and built a brand-new, centralized school in Antigo.

Mattoon and Crestwood schools would have stayed open under that plan.

The referendum failed by a vote of 3,787-2,615.

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School project supporting local firms

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 7:57am
More than $1M awarded locallyBy: 

Scott Williams, [email protected]

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Working on concrete supplied by Peters Concrete Co. in Bonduel, Dave Kasper of Miron Construction finishes a freshly poured concrete floor inside Shawano Community Middle School.
Leader Photo by Scott Williams Ryan O’Connor of Radtke Reuter Electric LLC in Shawano works on installing electrical systems inside the renovated Shawano Community Middle School.

An estimated $10 million overhaul of Shawano Community Middle School is paying dividends in terms of jobs and work for local contractors and suppliers.

Managers overseeing the publicly funded school renovation project have hired locally for electrical work, concrete supplies, landscaping services and office furnishings.

In all, more than $1 million in contracts have been awarded to Shawano County businesses, which means the money is more likely to be reinvested locally, as opposed to supporting out-of-town companies.

“To keep that money around this area is only going to help our economy,” said Dan Schutt of DFS Business Interiors, a Cecil-based firm that landed the job of equipping the newly renovated school with desks, chairs and other office furnishings.

Voters in the Shawano School District approved a referendum in November to move forward with a long-delayed upgrade of the middle school, 1050 S. Union St., which originally served as Shawano’s high school. The 62-year-old building is getting a new heating system, new main entrance, an enlarged cafeteria, new gymnasium locker rooms and more.

Work began in April and is scheduled for completion by August, before the new school year begins.

Miron Construction Co., the school district’s construction management firm, has worked to keep the project within budget while also looking for opportunities to award contracts to local businesses whenever possible.

Miron project manager Jared Olk said enlisting local specialists and suppliers not only makes a project go more smoothly from a logistical standpoint, it also tends to promote a stronger commitment on the job site among workers taking pride in what they are doing.

“It brings a sense of community together,” Olk said. “I’m glad we were able to find those local contractors. It worked out well.”

The largest local contract went to Radtke Reuter Electric LLC of Shawano, which won the estimated $900,000 job of handling all electrical work throughout the middle school project. The firm hired nine additional employees for the school job.

Business owner Mike Reuter said his firm has done work for the Shawano School District many times previously, so it is beneficial to the district to have a company that is familiar with school facilities and administrators.

Reuter also agreed with keeping the school district’s money in the community as much as possible.

“You’ve got local people paying for it,” he said. “You might as well try to keep it local.”

Other firms involved in the project include Peters Concrete Co., which is using a Bonduel plant to produce $20,000 to $30,000 worth of concrete, and Gretzinger Landscaping & Evergreens LLC of Shawano, which is doing a $50,000 courtyard makeover that originally was not part of the referendum project but was funded separately.

Jeff Peters, owner of the concrete supplier, said his workers already have poured concrete for new foundations and new floors in the renovated school.

“It’s a nice job,” he said. “We’re very happy to have the work.”

DFS Business Interiors has ordered about $62,000 worth of office furnishings to be installed before the school project is finished. Schutt said he was pleasantly surprised to see his firm announced as the winning bidder for the contract, which he called “a nice chunk of business.”

Doing business with local firms also will benefit the school district later with good customer service if any sort of follow-up service is needed, Schutt said.

“I’m here,” he said. “I’m here to stay.”

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Fourth of July Schedule

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:26pm

Here’s a guide to area activities over the Fourth of July weekend:

Saturday, July 2

Cloverleaf Lakes Kiddie and Pontoon Parades: Cloverleaf Lakes Chain, town of Belle Plaine. Parade at 10 a.m. at boat launch on County Road Y, pontoon parade at 6:30 p.m. on Pine and Grass lakes.

Shawano Farmers Market: Franklin Park, Shawano. 8 a.m. to noon. More than 20 regular vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, crafts or other products. Music by Skip Jones. Nonprofit fundraiser: SAM25.

Gresham: Parade 11 a.m. Family Fun Fest from noon to dusk at Veterans Park on Main Street. Bike raffle, cake walk, petting zoo, bounce house, games, water play area, dance performances, food vendors, craft and sale vendors, 50/50 raffle and fireworks at dusk.

Middle Village: Fireworks sponsored by Town of Menominee Fire Department. Dusk.

Sunday, July 3

Clintonville: DJ, food, music and activities begin at 5 p.m. at Olen Field. Fireworks at dusk (rain date July 5).

Bonduel Civic Association Antique Car Show: Cedar Park, 617 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel. Seven classes of vehicles. Food and beverages. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gillett: Truck and Antique Tractor Pull, 7-11 p.m. at Zippel Park. Music by Rapid Transit starting at 7 p.m.

Shawano: Ski Sharks show, Wolf River Beach, Smalley Park, 6 p.m.

Shawano: Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the Shawano City-County Airport.

Monday, July 4

Bonduel: Parade starts at 11 a.m. Bonduel Bike giveaway drawing will be held at 3 p.m. at Village Park. Bonduel Broncos will play at 1:30 p.m. Bonduel American Legion team will play Shawano following the Broncos’ game. TNT Polka Band will play from 1-6 p.m., followed by The Presidents from 7-11 in Village Park. Fireworks will begin about 9:45 p.m.

Bonduel Village Centennial: Village Park pavilion, Bonduel. Community Archives presents historic photographs, music, question-and-answer on village’s 100-year anniversary. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. 715-758-2687.

Leopolis Triathlon: The triathlon is sponsored by the Leopolis Booster Club and consists of three races: the jock class (50-yard swim, 12-mile bike and 5-mile run), the beer belly (50-yard swim, 5-mile bike, 2-mile run) and the 16 and under (50-yard swim, 5-mile bike and 2-mile run). Race begins at 11 a.m. There’s also a parade at 1:30 p.m., ballgame, refreshments, raffle, entertainment. 715-787-4402.

Gillett: Antique Car and Truck Show, 9 a.m. Horse pull starts at 10 a.m. Parade begins at 2 p.m. Lena Mini and Modified Tractor Pull starts at 6 p.m. Music by Jess Hav’n Phun at 3 p.m, professional wrestling show at 6 p.m. and Starfire Band at 8 p.m. Fireworks. All at Zippel Park.

Tigerton Block Party: Music, games, silent auction, and food at Community Park, Cedar Street. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Breed: Parade on County Road AA in Breed, bike giveaway, food, beverages and raffles all sponsored by the Breed Sportsman’s Club.

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Gresham village leader moving on

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:07pm
Bahr also manages local utility systemBy: 

Scott Williams, [email protected]

Gresham Village Administrator Art Bahr is stepping down after eight years in a job that combines overseeing the village government and managing the local electric utility.

Bahr, 52, announced Friday that he will resign his position with the village, effective July 8, to move into the private sector.

The Gresham native called it bittersweet to give up a job working for his hometown village, but he said the private sector opportunity is significant.

He will become operations manager for Renewable World Energies LLC, a Michigan-based company that operates hydroelectric power plants similar to those in Gresham.

“It’s a good career move for me,” he said. “It is a very challenging assignment with the potential of great rewards.”

Village Board members plan to meet next week to begin the process of searching for a new administrator.

Village President Ken Beyer said he hopes to have the position filled within 45 or 60 days, although he said it will be difficult to find someone capable of replacing Bahr.

“I hope we can find someone who can do the work he did,” Beyer said. “I tried to talk him into staying, but he’s going to better himself.”

Bahr, who previously worked for the Green Bay-based utility Wisconsin Public Service, holds the dual titles of Gresham village administrator and manager of the village-owned Gresham Municipal Utilities. He oversees hydroelectric dams on the Red River that generate electricity for the community’s estimated 600 residents.

His village salary of $68,000 a year covers both jobs.

Since assuming the village position in 2008, Bahr led a lengthy process of renewing Gresham’s federal permit to operate the hydroelectric system, which is now authorized for another 30 years. He also handled upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant and the introduction of automated meter reading for water and electric service.

Former Village Board member Pat Hoffman said Gresham is losing a talented and forward-thinking administrator who, as a hometown native, always seemed to have the village’s best interests at heart.

“He knew the village. He knew the people,” Hoffman said, “and he really was working to make the village better.”

In his new job, Bahr said he will be working from home, so he and his family will not have to leave Gresham. Being a local native, he said, and having an opportunity to serve the community was his “pride and joy.”

Bahr extended thanks to village employees and others who supported his work for the village.

“I will sincerely miss the partnerships and associations that have been formed,” he said. “It is my hope that our progress continues and our support networks stay strong.”

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Gillett man charged with 9th OWI

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:05pm
Also has federal warrant for illegally entering U.S.By: 

Tim Ryan, [email protected]

A Gillett man apparently in the country illegally was charged Friday for an alleged ninth drunken-driving offense and was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond.

Hermanegildo Garcia-Gutierrez, 48, could face a maximum 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if found guilty of ninth-offense operating while intoxicated.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia-Gutierrez is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals office for illegal entry into the country, but it wasn’t clear when that entry took place.

The complaint states Garcia-Gutierrez has previous OWI convictions in the United States going back to 1997.

Garcia-Gutierrez was arrested in the town of Waukechon on June 21 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver speeding and crossing the centerline on state Highway 22, according to the complaint.

The complaint states Garcia-Gutierrez had no identification and did not speak English. A Spanish speaking interpreter was called to assist. He was taken into custody after failing roadside sobriety tests.

According to court records, Garcia-Gutierrez has four previous OWI convictions in Illinois, one in Georgia, two in Waupaca County and one in Outagamie County. The convictions stretch from 1997 to the most recent in 2008, both in Illinois.

He has also been listed in court records under four other aliases with 14 different dates of birth, according to the criminal complaint.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday.

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Public Record

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:03pm

Shawano Police Department

June 30

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — Police investigated a burglary in the 800 block of South River Street.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Theft — Police investigated a theft complaint at Pick ‘n Save, 190 Woodlawn Drive.

Arrest — A 31-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 30

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Prescription pills were reported stolen on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Warrant — A 26-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

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

Warrant — A 31-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Schmidt Road in the town of Red Springs.

Theft — An attempted break-in to a truck was reported on Country Lane in the town of Washington.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Bierman Road in the town of Aniwa.

Clintonville Police Department

June 30

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on 10th Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on East Madison Street.

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported on South Clinton Avenue.

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Names released in fatal crash

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:02pm

Leader Staff

Authorities on Friday released the names of the people involved in a fatal crash that killed one driver and seriously injured two other people in the town of Lessor on Thursday evening.

Wayne S. Baumgart, 70, of Seymour, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place about 6:30 p.m. on state Highway 47 near County Road S, north of Hofa Park Road.

The initial investigation determined the vehicle driven by Baumgart was traveling southbound on state Highway 47 when it crossed the centerline into the path of a northbound vehicle being driven by Randall C. Olson, 65, of Townsend.

Olson and his passenger, Christine M. Olson, 65, of Townsend, sustained serious injuries.

All parties had to be extracted from their vehicles by rescue personnel.

Randall Olson was flown out by ThedaStar and was in critical condition at an Appleton area hospital.

Christine Olson was also transported and was in stable condition.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

The crash closed all lanes of Highway 47 for nearly two hours.

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