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Sat
03
Dec

Downtown crowd cheers holiday parade


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Owen Krueger, 10, of Shawano, greets parade participants at the annual Santa Parade in Shawano on Friday. Crowds lined the street for the annual event.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted youngsters at The Well in downtown Shawano on Friday as the city opened the holiday season with the annual Santa Parade.

The holiday season got rolling Friday in festive style with the annual Santa Parade in downtown Shawano.

Hundreds of people braved chilly temperatures to watch the parade along Main Street with marching bands, costumed characters and Santa Claus himself.

“It kicks off our holidays,” said Penny Escalante, who enjoyed the event with her family.

Joined by her children and grandchild, Escalante said the family turns out for the parade every year and always settles in the same spot on the west side of the street. Afterward, they head home and put up holiday decorations as part of their annual tradition.

“It brings about the holidays,” she said. “It brings about the merriment.”

The parade is organized each year by the Shawano Business Improvement District. Many downtown businesses keep their doors open late for the celebration, and many others enter floats in the parade.

Sat
03
Dec

Unintended targets


Contributed Photo Working to save a bald eagle from Shawano County are, from left, Raptor Education Group Inc. staffers Audrey Gossett, Paige Witek, Jake Looze and Ana Morales.

Contributed Photo Marge Gibson, executive director of Raptor Education Group Inc. in Antigo, checks on a male bald eagle that was found suffering from lead poisoning last month in Shawano County.

A bald eagle found suffering from lead poisoning in Shawano County is calling attention to a seldom-discussed environmental hazard: bullet fragments left behind by hunters.

Officials at Raptor Education Group Inc. in Antigo say the ailing bald eagle was found near death along Pine Lake in the town of Belle Plaine after ingesting bullet fragments from eating a deer carcass.

The lead used in manufacturing ammunition is so toxic that tiny fragments can poison birds or other wild animals that eat from what hunters leave behind.

Marge Gibson, executive director of the Antigo wildlife rescue group, said the bald eagle is a young male with a 5-foot wingspan that exhibited convulsions and internal bleeding when it arrived at the rehabilitation center about two weeks ago. Although eagles can live up to 50 years, Gibson said she is unsure whether this one will survive the lead poisoning.

Sat
03
Dec

Woman charged with smuggling heroin into county jail

A Wisconsin Rapids woman is facing multiple felony drug counts for allegedly smuggling heroin into the Shawano County Jail and distributing it to fellow inmates.

Jessica L. Winters, 25, is charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin at or near a jail. Each count normally carries a maximum 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 fine, but Winters could face an enhanced penalty because of a previous felony conviction.

She is accused of providing heroin to five inmates at the jail from Nov. 11-14.

Corrections officers conducted a shakedown of one of the jail dorms on Nov. 15 because of suspicions of drug activity, but failed to come up with any drugs. However, a subsequent drug test on six inmates, including Winters, showed the presence of opioids, according to the criminal complaint.

Sat
03
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 1

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 500 block of West Third Street.

Vandalism — Christmas lights were reported vandalized in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 1

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the Ho Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45, in the town of Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Bluebird Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Sat
03
Dec

Court News

Felony possession of drug paraphernalia

A Wittenberg man is facing a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine.

Corey S. Resch, 24, could face a maximum of six years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted.

He is also charged with felony bail jumping, which carries the same possible penalty, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to provide proper food and drink to an animal.

The charges stem from a tip received by Shawano County sheriff’s deputies that Resch might be manufacturing meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Nov. 15 and found materials and chemicals typically used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the complaint. They also found a dog chained to a tree with no food or water.

Resch is scheduled for an initial appearance on Dec. 20.

Fri
02
Dec

RDA hears first requests for assistance

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority got down to serious business Thursday, discussing its first request for RDA assistance after months spent justifying its very existence to a skeptical public.

The RDA held its first meeting in February to organize and to hammer out the boundaries of a redevelopment district, and draft a plan for addressing properties within that district considered to be blighted.

The proposed boundaries and plan were finalized in June, but both were met by opposition from property owners who objected to their properties being called blighted.

It took several more months of educational outreach, hearings and open house meetings to convince property owners that the district was being created as a tool to assist those who want to improve their properties, not as a weapon to be used against them.

Fri
02
Dec

Marion police make drug bust

One teenager was in custody and two other teens are expected to face charges after a drug bust in the city of Marion early Thursday.

Police executed a search warrant just after 2 a.m. in the 700 block of North Main Street after information was received regarding drug activity at the residence, according to a news release.

Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized during the search, police said.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Charges were referred against a 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Marion Police Department was assisted by the Clintonville Police Department.

Fri
02
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 30

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint on River Heights.

Assault — A sexual assault complaint was under investigation.

Arrest — A 22-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 30

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Ellms Street in Wittenberg.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Oak Park Road in the town of Wescott.

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

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on state Highway 29 in the town of Hartland.

Wed
30
Nov

County required to replace Mud Lake land

If Shawano County sells part of the Mud Lake Wildlife Area, state conservation officials will require the county to locate and purchase comparable property for future conservation purposes.

The state Department of Natural Resources has added “replacement property” as a new obstacle to a deal under consideration to bring business development to Cecil.

Cecil village leaders want the county to sell part of the Mud Lake property so that it can be transformed into commercial development and then annexed into the village.

Conservation advocates oppose selling off part of the wildlife area, which is a popular spot for hunting and other public recreation.

State DNR officials have cautioned county officials that, because Mud Lake was established long ago using state funds for conservation purposes, the county cannot sell part of it without state authorization.

Wed
30
Nov

Counterfeit bills turning up in area

A spike in counterfeit bills is being reported, and local law enforcement agencies are warning businesses to take a closer look at the money they’re taking in.

Police records show seven incidents of bogus bills being passed in the past four days in Shawano and Waupaca counties.

Four of those reports were in Clintonville. Two came from Walmart in Shawano, and one from the Highway 22 Shell station in Belle Plaine.

Authorities have not released details on the amounts involved, but police reports indicate that $280 in counterfeit bills were passed in one of the Walmart incidents.
Shawano County detectives are working with Shawano and Clintonville police in the investigation.

Clintonville Police Chief James Beggs declined to comment.

“We’re in the middle of an investigation, and I don’t want to compromise it,” he said.

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