Clintonville man dies after wrong-way crash on Hwy. 45

An 89-year-old Clintonville man died Thursday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 45 in Marion, according to the Marion Police Department.

The crash occurred about 4:48 p.m. near the Department of Transportation wayside.

Police say the Clintonville man exited the wayside and made a left turn onto Highway 45, then proceeded northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic, where he collided with a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Shiocton man.

The Clintonville man and a male passenger in the other vehicle had to be extricated by the Marion Area Fire Department.

The Clintonville man was flown from the scene by Theda Star Air Medical Transport and was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.

Police were notified about 10 p.m. that he had succumbed to his injuries and had passed away.


Upgrade proposed for county fair structure

Leader Photo by Scott Williams The Junior Fair Building on the Shawano County Fairgrounds is about 50 years old and is marked by peeling paint and other signs of deterioration.

Contributed Photo The proposed new Junior Fair Building would include a new roof, walls, doors and other features built around the existing foundation and structural steel.

Visitors to the Shawano County Fair this year could be enjoying the present while also getting a glimpse of the future.

Fair officials have unveiled a proposal to invest about $170,000 in remodeling and upgrading the Junior Fair Building, which is home to 4-H club members and families throughout the fair.

The proposed new red and green building, which could be ready next year, will be presented to fair-goers this year in a rendering designed to drum up support for the project.

Proponents are asking Shawano County to allocate $125,000 in next year’s county budget to help pay for the building overhaul.

Dana Dallmann, leader of the Seneca Stingers 4-H Club in the town of Morris, said the expenditure would be a worthwhile investment in a property that is badly in need of a face-lift.


Commission votes to save Hartman Park

A small neighborhood park will keep its current use after the Shawano Park and Recreation Commission on Wednesday reversed a previous decision to sell the land for residential development.

The city went to court last month to get approval to alter the city plat and discontinue Hartman Park, located at Andrews and Stevens streets.

City officials argued the park has to be maintained but is seldom used because Memorial Park — along with its ball diamonds, shelters and other amenities — is so close by.

They said the property could be split into at least two residential lots that would add to the city’s tax base.

But the court also heard from a number of neighbors who attended the hearing to rally behind Anita Hartman, whose father, Edward, donated the property to the city for use as a park some 70 years ago.

They disputed the city’s contention that the park is seldom used.


Sheriff calls for tougher inattentive driving law

The death of highway worker Derek Stempa, who was struck by a vehicle at a road construction site in May, as well as other accidents caused by inattentive driving, has prompted Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber to lobby for changes in state law that give law enforcement more leeway for prosecution.

Bieber said he has been contacting state legislators with the proposed changes.

Stempa, 30, of Shawano, was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G on May 26 when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Dennis St. John, 69, of Tigerton.

According to Bieber, the investigation showed that St. John had one dog in his lap and another on his shoulder, and was fumbling with an oxygen mask at the time he struck Stempa.

St. John passed away on Aug. 17 of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before charges could be filed in the case.


Clintonville residents OK slightly lower school levy

Clintonville taxpayers will see a small decrease in their school district taxes this year.

Voters approved a tax levy of $6,283,147 at the district’s annual meeting Monday. Last year’s levy was $6,283,431. The proposed levy assumes no increase in equalized valuation, which which won’t be known until October.

The estimated tax rate will be $11.41 per $1,000 per assessed valuation, the same as last year. A homeowner with a home valued at $75,000 can expect to pay $787 in school taxes this year, compared with $799 last year.

About a dozen teachers and administrators along with a half dozen citizens attended the annual meeting.

The proposed 2015-2016 budget for the general fund and special education fund was set at $18,243,734.

Factors affecting the tax rate include a slight increase in the debt service levy and an increase in the community service levy, which are largely offset by an increase in state aid, according to Superintendent Tom O’Toole.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 26

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Items were reported stolen from a garage in the 800 block of South Main Street.

Arrest — A 38-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter had left the store with two Packers shirts.

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

Theft — A safe was reported stolen from a bedroom in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

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

OAR — A 36-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Main and Mills streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 26

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:


County OKs new arts center lease

With a little negotiating, Shawano County has resolved its lease on the Mielke Arts Center for another five years.

The County Board approved a new lease Wednesday that requires the Shawano County Arts Council to pay more of the utility bills and handle more property maintenance at the center.

Arts council members had raised objections about the county’s efforts to shift new responsibilities and costs to the nonprofit group, which organizes the Shawano Folk Music Festival and many other cultural events at the county-owned facility.

But the council’s board approved the new lease, and nobody from the organization voiced any concerns Wednesday as county supervisors reviewed the deal.

Supervisor Bert Huntington told his colleagues that the two sides overcame some issues when they got together to negotiate a new lease.

“We got that all taken care of,” he said. “It’s good now.”


Suspect in death of Derek Stempa is dead

The driver authorities believe was responsible for the death of highway worker Derek Stempa at a road construction site in May has died, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

Sheriff Adam Bieber said his office was intending to refer charges against Dennis St. John, 69, of Tigerton. But the office learned earlier this week that St. John had passed away on Aug. 17 at the Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers.

Bieber said the Manitowoc County Coroner determined that St. John died of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Stempa, 30, of Shawano, was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G on May 26 when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by St. John.

According to Bieber, the investigation showed that St. John had one dog in his lap and another on his shoulder, and was fumbling with an oxygen mask at the time he struck Stempa.


Highway 22 between Shawano, Cecil closed

State Highway 22 between Shawano and Cecil has been closed for replacement of a bridge over the Shawano Tributary in the town of Washington.

The state Department of Transportation said both north and southbound lanes would remain shut down between Hillcrest Road and Cedar Lane until late October.

The tributary bridge is located near the historical marker on Highway 22.

Motorists heading to Cecil from Shawano will be detoured onto Highway 47-55 to Highway 29, then onto northbound Highway 117 and back to Highway 22, with the route reversed for drivers headed toward Shawano.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber said the closure will cause some problems for deputies, emergency responders and firefighters.

“It would add time to our response to any location east of this work site,” he said. “The most important thing is to remind our first responders of the detour so they can plan their response in advance.”


Driver drunk in fatal wreck, police say

A pickup truck operator was driving drunk Aug. 14 when he died in a traffic wreck that also killed a motorcycle rider near Bonduel, police said Wednesday.

Tony Garvey, 42, of De Pere, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.25 — more than three times above the legal limit for driving.

Garvey was killed in the incident along with Roger Patoka, 55, of Milwaukee, who was riding a motorcycle while his wife and children followed him in another vehicle.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said Garvey was southbound on state Highway 47 about 10 p.m. when his truck crossed into the northbound lanes just south of Old 47 Road in the town of Hartland. The truck collided first with the motorcycle and then a SUV being driven by Patoka’s wife.

Three people wearing seat belts in the SUV escaped without serious injury.

Sheriff Adam Bieber said investigators are working with state accident reconstruction experts to complete their investigation into the incident.


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