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Sep

Main Street saddle work starts Monday

The city will start its Main Street water main saddle replacement project on Monday, with the first phase targeting the 100 block of South Main Street.

The plan is to have that part of the project completed before the Octoberfest festivities hosted by the Business Improvement District on Oct. 6.

Traffic will remain open during the work, but there won’t be any street parking. Several business have been promoting parking in the back during the project. There is also parking available in two city lots behind the businesses.

The entire project will cover Main Street from just south of the channel to the end of the 200 block of South Main Street. It should be completed by the end of October.

Sat
15
Sep

Ryczek new editor for NEW Media publications


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Carol Ryczek is the new editor-in-chief for The Shawano Leader, along with its sister publications, the Oconto County Times Herald and the Wittenberg Enterprise/Birnamwood News. She took charge of the local newsrooms earlier this week.

A new editor-in-chief has been named for The Shawano Leader, Oconto County Times Herald and Wittenberg Enterprise/Birnamwood News, Greg Mellis, NEW Media Inc. president, announced.

Carol Ryczek, a former Leader reporter and photo editor, has been named editor-in-chief of the three publications, Mellis said.

Warren Bluhm will remain news editor in Oconto Falls. Miriam Nelson will remain news editor in Wittenberg.

Ryczek has remained connected to the Shawano community since leaving the Leader, Mellis said. She will bring her interest in local issues and passion for local journalism to her new position, he added.

“Carol has both local connections and a strong sense of what a community newspaper can and should do,” Mellis said. “This fits well with the vision we have for NEW Media.”

Sat
15
Sep

10-year prison sentence in shooting incident

A Colorado man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for his part in a shooting incident in Shawano that authorities said was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Kevon E. Houston, 20, of Denver, will also have to serve five years extended supervision after his prison sentence.

Houston had pleaded no contest to first-degree reckless injury, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A second man, Alexander R. Olson, 22, also of Denver, has also been charged in the incident. He is facing the same felony counts and is scheduled for a motion hearing on Sept. 27.

Houston and Olson and were among several people who came to a party at an apartment building at 1024 E. Fifth St. in January to sell drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

An 18-year-old female described as Olson’s girlfriend had acted as a “middleman” in arranging this and other drug sales with drugs supplied by Olson and Houston.

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15
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 13

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Stabbing — Police were called to a report of a stabbing in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street. A 41-year-old Shawano man was arrested for battery/domestic violence, false imprisonment, violation of a restraining order, bail jumping, strangulation and possession a prescription drug without a prescription. The offender was the person stabbed and he was transported to ThedaCare ER with a minor injury, treated and transported to jail. At this time investigating officers believe the stab wound was self-inflicted.

Theft — A lawn mower and air compressor were reported stolen in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 13

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Sat
15
Sep

Highway 29 traffic could slow due to Packers game

Packer fans traveling through Shawano County may need to plan on extra trave time this Sunday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office cautions motorists heading to the Green Bay Packers/Minnesota Vikings football game this that state Highway 29 in Shawano County is under construction, and lane closures could impact travel before and after the game.

Packer travel advisory for Shawano County:

• Highway 29 in eastern Shawano County is reduced to a single lane at various locations in each direction from Highline Road to the Brown County line for resurfacing and concrete pavement repairs.

• Traffic is running counter-directional in the eastbound lanes between Highline Road and County Road C.

• There is a westbound 14-foot width restriction between Highline Road and County Road C.

Higher volumes of traffic can be expected on Highway 29 due to Minnesota fans traveling to the game.

Fri
14
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 12

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Trespassing — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 700 block of South Cleveland Street.

Traffic Hazard — Officers responded to a complaint about a portable basketball hoop potentially being a hazard at the corner of Main and Stevens streets.

Stray Animal — Police responded to a complaint of a dog running loose at Schurz and Union streets.

Recovered Property — Police responded to a call from McDonald’s, 1202 E. Green Bay St., regarding a 10-speed bike found in the parking lot.

Suspicious Vehicle — Police responded to a call of a strange vehicle in the alley in the 200 block of South Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 12

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Fri
14
Sep

Tractor Supply to help with hurricane recovery

As Hurricane Florence closes in on the east coast, Tractor Supply Company in Shawano​ is participating in a companywide hurricane recovery initiative. For every Husqvarna chainsaw purchased at Tractor Supply, five trees will be planted within areas that were severely affected by last year’s hurricanes, including Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Tractor Supply has committed to donating up to 50,000 trees through the Arbor Day Foundation’s hurricane reforestation efforts.

The hurricane recovery initiative will run through Oct. 28. It comes approximately one year after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria left lasting damage in parts of southeastern U.S., Texas and Puerto Rico.

Thu
13
Sep

Atrium senior facilities ordered into receivership

Atrium Health and Senior Living announced Friday that a consensual agreement has been reached with its lender to have a receiver appointed for 32 Wisconsin-based facilities and one Michigan-based facility so that the company can continue to maintain normal business operations until new operators can be identified and positioned to take over the facilities.

The affected facilities include Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls and two Atrium Post Acute Care locations in Shawano.

Thu
13
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 11

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Accident — A vehicle driven by a 43-year-old Shawano woman rear-ended a stopped vehicle driven by a 61-year-old Shawano woman at Green Bay and Waukechon streets. The 61-year-old woman complained of a minor injury but declined an ambulance. The 43-year-old woman was not injured and was cited for not having insurance.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Arrest — A 32-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — A 52-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a disturbance in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Thu
13
Sep

Common Council loosens meeting rules

City officials Wednesday made it easier to phone in their attendance at Shawano Common Council meetings, changing a policy that prevented Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz from participating in several meetings last winter.

Kurkiewicz had been attending meetings from Florida by phone and later via Skype during the winter months for about 10 years, in spite of an 11-year-old ordinance that required the mayor’s approval and only in cases where the council member’s physical absence was due to unusual circumstances.

The city started enforcing that ordinance for the first time in February under Mayor Jeanne Cronce.

The change approved Wednesday requires only that a council member provide the mayor with notice that he or she will be appearing by phone or other electronic means. Permission from the mayor isn’t required.

The change was approved by a 5-0 vote, with Alderwoman Sandy Steinke absent.

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