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Thu
19
Apr

Community pitches together to dig out of weekend snowstorm

If this weekend’s snowstorm is remembered for anything, other than the intensity and amount of the snowfall, it might be the random acts of kindness that took place, not just from law enforcement but citizens stepping in to help one another.

“Our officers have seen a lot of neighbors helping neighbors this weekend, and that is what makes this community great,” said Shawano Police Chief Dan Mauel.

“This weekend, during a historic snowstorm we witnessed many acts of kindness,” Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber said. “Neighbors, friends, and strangers helping others in need.”

Those acts ranged from shoveling or snow-blowing out a neighbor’s driveway to helping push a stuck vehicle out of a snowdrift.

Some residents posted their thanks on Facebook, including a woman snowbound elsewhere in the county whose 88-year-old father had his driveway and walks cleared by a group of neighbors in the city.

Thu
19
Apr

Court dismisses sexual harassment case against city, former police chief

A federal court judge has granted a summary judgment dismissing a sexual harassment suit against the city of Shawano and a former police chief.

Laura Chartraw filed the suit against the city and Mark Kohl in 2016 for discriminating against her based on her sex and then retaliating against her when she complained.

She alleged Kohl began sexually discriminating against her in February 2015, and when she complained to him and to city officials, Kohl retaliated by creating a hostile work environment.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach stated, “Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to her, the evidence she offers could not support a verdict in her favor.”

Chartraw has been employed by the Shawano Police Department as a clerical specialist since 1998, promoted to lead clerical specialist in 2003 under former chief Ed Whealon.

Kohl was chief from January 2001 to August 2002 and then from April 2014 to April 2017.

Thu
19
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 17

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A male subject was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Accidents — Police responded to a property damage accident at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., and a minor two-vehicle accident at Green Bay Street and Green Bay Court.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 17

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

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

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Hiawatha Court in the town of Wescott.

Theft — A boat and motor were reported stolen on Pine Street in Eland.

Wed
18
Apr

Cleanup underway after monster weekend blizzard


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Shawano Public Works employees continue to clear snow from Main Street and Green Bay Street early Tuesday morning.

The city of Shawano has extended its snow emergency declaration until 7 a.m. Wednesday as the community and the rest of Shawano County continues digging its way out of a spring blizzard and nearly three feet of snow dropped over the weekend.

There were reports of 33 inches of snow in Shawano and at least 30 inches of snow in Tigerton.

Even with the snow beginning to taper off Monday morning, the amount dumped in the preceding 48 hours was more than enough to shutter schools and close most government offices Monday except for emergency or essential personnel.

Shawano initially expected its snow emergency, during which vehicles were prohibited from parking on city streets, to expire at 6 a.m. Monday.

Under the extended declaration, no vehicles will be allowed to park on any city street between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Wed
18
Apr

Ed Whealon sworn in as Shawano mayor


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Deputy City Clerk Lesley Nemetz administers the oath of office to new Shawano Mayor Ed Whealon at the Common Council’s reorganizational meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

Former police chief Ed Whealon took the reins of Shawano city government Tuesday with his official swearing in as mayor at the Common Council’s reorganizational meeting.

Whealon succeeds former mayor Jeanne Cronce after defeating her in the April 4 election by a vote of 734-700.

The swearing-in was attended by Whealon’s friends and family and several members of the Shawano Police Department.

Whealon made no formal statement about his new job during the meeting, instead reserving his comments to praise public works crews and law enforcement officers for their handling of the blizzard that buried the city in nearly three feet of snow this past weekend.

“I think everybody was shocked at how much snow we did get,” he said. “My hat’s off to the city crews that did a great, great job, and the law enforcement officers here in the city and the county and all of them working in this kind of weather.”

Wed
18
Apr

Erdmann wins another term as County Board chairman

Supervisor Jerry Erdmann was re-elected to another two-year term as Shawano County Board chairman at the board’s reorganizational meeting Tuesday.

Also nominated to that post by fellow board members was Supervisor Kathy Luebke.

Luebke said she accepted the nomination so that county supervisors would have a choice.

Luebke said her only promise to the board would be that all members would be involved in running the county and not a select few.

“Together we will work for the best interests of Shawano County,” she said.

Erdmann said the county has made big strides recently.

“We’ve come a significantly long way,” he said. “There have been significant changes.”

Erdmann mentioned new staff that have joined the county, the courthouse asbestos abatement project, the long-awaited evidence storage facility and the work in progress of consolidating the county’s Human Services offices in one location at the former Dennison’s lumber building.

Wed
18
Apr

Public Record

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 16

Deputies logged 54 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Meadowview Road in Cecil.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Cecil Street in Bonduel.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Oak Street in Bowler.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on High Street in Birnamwood.

April 15

Deputies logged 79 incidents, including the following:

Disabled Vehicle — Deputies logged 29 incidents of vehicles stuck in the snow.

Accidents — Deputies logged 21 minor accidents.

April 14

Deputies logged 153 incidents, including the following:

Wed
18
Apr

Clintonville wastewater utility, water employees honored

Thanks to a $10 million upgrade to its treatment plant and the tireless devotion of its employees, the Clintonville Wastewater Department has won a statewide conservation award, given annually by the Wisconsin Rural Water Association. Two water utility employees were also recognized with awards.

The water association, of which Clintonville is a member, gives out the awards at its annual conference, said Sharon Eveland, city administrator, to the Common Council at their April 10 meeting. The conservation award goes to a member system that has shown a high level of commitment to operating efficiently and protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s water and energy resources.

Mon
16
Apr

Cleanup underway after monster weekend blizzard

The city of Shawano has extended its snow emergency declaration until 7 a.m. Wednesday as the community and the rest of Shawano County continues digging its way out of a spring blizzard and nearly three feet of snow dropped over the weekend.

There were reports of 33 inches of snow in Shawano and at least 30 inches of snow in Tigerton.

Even with the snow beginning to taper off Monday morning, the amount dumped in the preceding 48 hours was more than enough to shutter schools and close most government offices Monday except for emergency or essential personnel.

Shawano initially expected its snow emergency, during which vehicles were prohibited from parking on city streets, to expire at 6 a.m. Monday.

Under the extended declaration, no vehicles will be allowed to park on any city street between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Sat
14
Apr

County roads impassable as winter storm hits

Roads were reported to be impassable Saturday morning due to the late winter storm, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The situation was expected to last through the weekend, with another 5 to 8 inches forecast overnight Saturday and still another 5 to 8 inches on Sunday.

The sheriff’s department issued warnings and updates on its Facebook page, including a countywide tow ban.

“All vehicles will be left in the ditch and you will be taken to a gas station to wait out the storm. Vehicles will only be towed if it’s a traffic hazard,” the department said.

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