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Wed
22
May

2 charged in Bartelme stabbing

An argument over money escalated into a physical altercation and ultimately a stabbing in the town of Bartelme on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Two people are facing multiple felony charges in connection with the incident.

Crystal M. Malone, 34, and John J. Waubanascum, 46, both of Bowler, have each been charged with reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and false imprisonment as a result of the incident that sent a 29-year-old woman to the hospital with stab wounds to the face, head and hand.

Stockbridge-Munsee police responded to a report of a stabbing on National Guard Road in Bartelme shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday where they spoke with a 29-year-old woman who said she had been stabbed multiple times.

The woman had a blood-covered towel on her head, the kitchen floor was covered in blood and items were strewn about from an apparent struggle, according to the complaint.

Wed
22
May

Search begins for new schools chief

The Shawano School Board voted Wednesday to hire consultants with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Current Superintendent Gary Cumberland will be retiring from the public school system Aug. 31 and taking a position with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano.

The board agreed to spend up to $10,000 with WASB for the superintendent search, which would include screening initial candidates, facilitating focus groups and organizing interviews between the finalists and the school board. Included was a performance clause that addressed that WASB would keep searching if the board is dissatisfied with all of the candidates brought forward this summer.

The board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place sometime in July.

Wed
22
May

SWEET SPOT FOR EVENTS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Maddie Stuewer pours some sprinkles a dish of ice cream for a customer Saturday at The Sugar Bowl, 136 S. Main St., Shawano. Stuewer opened the business in April on weekends only, but it will be open to customers daily beginning in June.

A new snack shop opening in downtown Shawano will not only provide a place for residents and visitors to get some ice cream and other cool treats, but it will also be a place for entertainment and celebration.

The Sugar Bowl opened its doors in the last month at 136 S. Main St., formerly the site of The Well. When an announcement on Facebook said the building had become available, Shawano resident Maddie Stuewer knew she had to go for it and start her own business.

“I replied, and a few days later, I was in,” Stuewer said. “It was very fast, very exciting. It was not what I was planning to do, but I’m glad I got to do it.”

Wed
22
May

Culver’s founder comes to Shawano


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver shakes the hand of Valerie Kleczewski while visiting the Shawano location last week. Kleczewski and her son, Isaiah Arseneau, traveled from Bowler to meet Culver and have their picture taken with him. She said she is a big fan of the restaurant.

Shakes were a featured item on the menu at Culver’s of Shawano recently.

Although shakes and malts are always available at the fast food restaurant at 1220 E. Green Bay St., last week the most popular variety of shake was the handshake, as Culver’s company chair and co-founder Craig Culver visited the store to meet with employees and visitors.

Culver has created something of a fan base, as restaurant patrons took pictures with him, shook his hand and even had him autograph a hat.

Culver said he was at the Shawano site to support the employees. “I get a great feeling of pride when I visit our restaurants. Not from the buildings, from our team members,” he said. “They do more for me than I do for them.”

Culver said he makes it a point to visit every one of the Culver’s restaurants in operation, which — due to a recent opening in Austin, Texas — number 707 across the country.

Wed
22
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 21

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 36-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Division and Lincoln streets and a 46-year-old Keshena woman was arrested for OWI at Division and Main streets.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported in the 200 block of South Lafayette Street. A 28-year-old Clintonville man was referred for disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street and a 32-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of West Picnic Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 200 block of North Airport Drive and 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

Tue
21
May

SCHS athletic coaches to get pay bump

The Shawano School Board voted Monday to increase the salaries for athletic coaches at Shawano Community High School, but one board member was incensed that non-athletic coaches were not included.

The Shawano School District Finance Committee met several times about the coaching salaries and recommended allocating an additional $11,000 to next year’s budget to give coaches increases ranging from $50 to $700, depending on the sport.

Joel Wondra, SCHS athletics and activities director, said the school looked at how its pay rates compared with schools of similar size in northeast Wisconsin. He said he tried to recommend salaries that were just above the average.

“Not every head coach would see a pay increase. If they were already above the average, then those were not included,” Wondra said. “This also provides a small increase for many of our assistant coaches.”

Tue
21
May

School district gets first look at 2019-20 budget

Shawano School District taxpayers could be looking at another drop in taxes if some of the assumptions staff members make become reality.

Business Manager Louise Fischer gave the Shawano School Board its first look at the 2019-20 budget Monday, a look filled with blind spots and unknowns. Fischer estimated property taxes could drop from $9.69 per $1,000 of equalized valuation to $9.54, which means the owner of a property worth $100,000 would pay $954 in taxes to the school district.

To do that, however, there would need to be an increase in property values, which won’t be finalized until October. Also, the state has not yet finalized its budget, and Fischer said it was doubtful it would be finalized by July 1, which is when the fiscal year begins.

Tue
21
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 20

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of South Weed Street.

Arrest — A 31-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — License plates were reported stolen in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported at Memorial Park, 901 S. Lincoln St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 20

Deputies logged 50 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Alberts Lane in the town of Waukechon.

Vandalism — A headstone was reported spray-painted at the Friendship Cemetery, W9109 Friendship Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Tue
21
May

Seatbelt enforcement campaign underway

With another busy travel season getting underway, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are teaming up to send motorists an important safety message: buckle up – every seat, every trip.

During the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization that began Monday and runs through June 2, law enforcement officers will work for longer hours and in greater numbers to ensure compliance with the state’s 10-year-old mandatory seat belt law.

“Our top priority throughout the year is public safety, and wearing a seat belt is the single, most important way motorists can protect themselves every time they travel,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said.

The current seat belt use rate of 89 percent is among the highest ever for Wisconsin, according to the DOT. Still, about half the car and light truck occupants killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes are unbuckled.

Tue
21
May

School Board signs off on rec center deal


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Jeremy Hodkiewicz, a member of Shawano Community High School’s athletic booster club, speaks in favor of the Shawano School District pursuing a possible joint recreation center on Monday in the Shawano Community High School library. Hodkiewicz noted that the current discussion originated from the booster club looking at ways of expanding the high school’s existing athletic facilities.

A proposal for the city of Shawano and the Shawano School District to work together and explore having a new joint recreation center at Shawano Community High School received the second approval it needed to move forward.

The Shawano School Board gave its unanimous approval of a memorandum of understanding to formally work together on the project, but board members threw some hard questions at district and city officials before giving the MOU their blessing.

Board member Mart Grams questioned whether the recreation center would be a moneymaker for the district. He suggested getting 1,000 memberships to offset the expense of operations.

“I don’t know how many community services the taxpayers can provide,” Grams said.

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