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Fri
23
Jan

Arrest warrant issued after chase

An arrest warrant was issued this week for a Hatley teen accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase before fleeing on foot in the town of Wittenberg.

Amos W. Wodora, 18, could face a maximum 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and bail jumping.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies around 11:30 p.m. Monday spotted a vehicle going nearly 90 mph on southbound U.S. Highway 45, according to the criminal complaint.

A chase ensued that wound through Wittenberg for about three miles and reached speeds of over 100 mph, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was located in a driveway on Webb Street, where two teenage passengers went into a residence. The driver had fled the scene on foot.

The passengers identified the driver as Wodora, according to the complaint.

Fri
23
Jan

Man charged with child sex assault in three counties

An Oshkosh man is facing charges of sexually assaulting a child in Shawano and two other counties.

Jeremiah J. Roberts, 28, was charged in Shawano County on Thursday with one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12. He could face a maximum 60 years in prison if convicted.

Oshkosh police were investigating sex assault allegations against Roberts there when they learned of the Shawano County connection.

The Oshkosh case involved two female juveniles who said the assaults also occurred in Shawano and Forest counties.

The Shawano County assault allegedly took place in January 2013 in the town of Washington, according to the criminal complaint. The girl would have been 12 years old at the time.

Roberts is scheduled for a plea hearing in Winnebago County Circuit Court on Feb. 23 on felony charges of child sex assault-sexual contact with a person under the age of 13 and exposing genitals to a child.

Fri
23
Jan

Mooseyard Winterfest returns after 1-year hiatus

Following a one-year hiatus, the Mooseyard Winterfest Bar Olympics return Saturday.

Seven bars and restaurants along Lake Drive will offer a variety of activities to soothe the winter blues, said Tony Powers, manager of the Shawano Lake Golf Course, one of the participating businesses.

“It is just a time to for everyone to come out during the winter time and enjoy themselves,” Powers said.

Registration of two-person teams begins at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Patch Supper Club; the cost is $20. The top two finishers will receive a 100 percent pay out, after the last place team receives its money back.

“They can take that $20 and spend it on a round of drinks somewhere,” Powers said.

Activities will include a hockey game at the Coachlight Bar and Grill, a clown game at Sigrids Bavarian Trail, darts, pool and bowling at other locations, including The Blind Squirrel.

Fri
23
Jan

Farmers market off to strong start in 2015

Contributions from Shawano Farmers Market supporters, and a matching $3,500 grant from the Harold E. Pevonka Trust, have earned the market $7,185, the market board reported this week.

After learning about the matching grant opportunity, the board sent letters to individuals and businesses to let them know their contribution would, in effect, be doubled by the grant. The result was $3,685 in contributions from individuals and businesses from Oct. 20 through Dec. 31.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response of the community,” said Richard Sarnwick, Shawano Farmers Market board president. “Their contributions, with the match from the Pevonka grant, will give us a strong start for the 2015 market.”

Fri
23
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 22

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a customer left the deli without paying for her food.

Shoplifting — Game Stop, 1233 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting complaint that was under investigation.

Missing — Persons reported missing on Humphrey Circle were located at the casino.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 1000 block of South Airport Drive.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 22

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Swan Acre Lane in Cecil.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Lakewood Court in Wescott.

Fri
23
Jan

Walker rejects Menominee casino

Gov. Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation’s request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying approving the project could leave the state owing a rival tribe hundreds of millions of dollars.

The decision is devastating for the Menominee, who have been pushing to build a casino at Kenosha’s Dairyland Greyhound Park dog track for years in hopes the facility would pull the tribe out of poverty. The governor said Friday that the state’s compact with the Forest County Potawatomi requires Wisconsin to refund payments that tribe has made to the state if a Kenosha casino became a reality.

“After a comprehensive review of the potential economic impact of the proposed Kenosha casino project, the risk to the state’s taxpayers is too great,” Walker said in a news release.

Fri
23
Jan

Chamber honors award winners


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Cathy Kirshling, left, and Jill Birr, of Jill’s Pet Shoppe, share a laugh during the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Thursday at Menominee Casino Resort.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Winners honored at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Thursday are, from left, Wendy Crawford, Leadership Shawano County; Jill Birr, Jill’s Pet Shoppe; Julie Nowak, Salon 2140; Stephanie Ferris, accepting the award on behalf of Lighthouse Pub; Nancy Schultz, Distinguished Citizen of the Year; Stacey Cicero, chamber ambassador; and Phil Kersten, Woodstock Hardwood Flooring and Design Center.

Hundreds of business leaders donned masks and colorful costumes Thursday for the 88th annual Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce awards banquet at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.

Nancy Schultz was recognized as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year for her efforts throughout the community. She was nominated by last year’s winner, Matty Mathison.

“This award means a lot to me and it shows that all the work that I and others have been doing in this community is truly making a difference in the lives of those living in Shawano County,” Schultz said. “It also confirms that even the smallest action can have a positive impact.”

Schultz served as secretary of Shawano Pathways, where she helped create the Safe Routes to School program, nutrition chairperson of the Healthy Shawano and Menominee County Task Force and on ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team.

Fri
23
Jan

Judges won’t remove clerk of courts

Two Shawano County judges Thursday denied a Bonduel couple’s petition to have Clerk of Courts Susan Krueger removed from office, but they also faulted some of her actions and imposed conditions on their ruling.

A petition filed in November by David and Karen Patza, of Bonduel, alleged that Krueger used her position in an attempt to influence the sentencing of a personal acquaintance in a Brown County felony case.

Judges James Habeck and William Kussel Jr. presided jointly over a hearing in the matter last month.

In their written decision filed Thursday, the judges harshly criticized some of Krueger’s actions, but found insufficient grounds to remove her from office.

Krueger declined to comment on the 11-page decision, saying she had not yet read it.

David Patza, informed of the decision Thursday evening, said it was disappointing.

“We’re disappointed with the response, but we appreciate that they took it seriously,” he said.

Fri
23
Jan

Potawatomi sue over Kenosha casino

The Forest County Potawatomi filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government’s rejection of compact language that would have left the state on the hook for reimbursing the tribe if the rival Menominee Nation gets a casino in Kenosha.

In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the Potawatomi contend that the Bureau of Indian Affairs incorrectly interpreted the language to mean the Menominee would have to reimburse the Potawatomi. The tribe also says the decision deprived it of its right to freely negotiate compacts with the state and restricts Gov. Scott Walker’s discretion to set the terms for approving the new casino.

“Good government requires clear rules, and we think the BIA violated those rules,” Potawatomi attorney Jeff Crawford said in a news release. “The federal government’s decision only creates more questions and uncertainty for the Kenosha casino project.”

Fri
23
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 21

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — A 27-year-old man was cited after a property damage hit-and-run at Airport Drive and Green Bay Street.

Code violations — Police logged nine complaints of snow and ice not cleared from sidewalks.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Presbyterian and Main streets.

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run at County Road B and Airport Drive was under investigation.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

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