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Shawano man found not guilty in 2016 shooting incident

Andrew E. Thomas, 31, one of two Shawano men involved in an exchange of gunfire in the city in January 2016, was found not guilty Friday on two counts of reckless endangerment after a five-day jury trial.

Thomas had been charged in connection with a shooting incident on Jan. 4, 2016.

The other party in the incident, Tony J. Brunker, 26, pleaded no contest in August 2016 to a felony count of second-degree reckless endangerment and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and operating a firearm while intoxicated.

He was sentenced in October 2016 to two years in prison, followed by two years of extended supervision. He recently finished his prison term.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident began at Hensel’s Bar, 134 S. Washington St., shortly before 10 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2016, with a confrontation between Brunker and a friend of Thomas’.

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Minor accident leads to meth bust, OWI arrest

Shawano County’s Special Response Team was called out Wednesday to arrest an Appleton man that was hiding under a blanket in his van and carrying a weapon, according to a criminal complaint.

Bill Moua, 38, was charged Friday in Shawano County Circuit Court with felony counts of operating while intoxicated and possession of methamphetamine.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing an illegally obtained prescription, resisting an officer and possessing a firearm while intoxicated.

A Shawano County sheriff’s deputy was paged out to a minor one-vehicle crash on state Highway 29 in the town of Seneca shortly after 7 p.m. and spotted the vehicle at the side of the road.

The only occupant of the van was a man in the driver’s seat who was apparently trying to conceal himself under a blanket, according to the criminal complaint.

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Shawano man nabbed in child porn investigation

A 24-year-old Shawano man was arrested Wednesday on pending charges of child porn possession, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The man is not expected to be charged before Monday, according to authorities, and his name has not yet been released.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation between Shawano police and county sheriff’s detectives that began in November after the Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force alerted Shawano police that inappropriate images of children had been shared on a social media platform.

The investigation led to the execution Tuesday of a search warrant on a Sawyer Street residence where numerous cellular and laptop devices were seized.

An initial review of the evidence revealed over 1,000 “images of interest,” according to the sheriff’s department.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 13

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported at the Shawano Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., and an intoxicated person was reported in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 300 block of West Picnic Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of West Picnic Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 13

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

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Tauchen to head Assembly’s ag committee

Rep. Gary Tauchen was recently named the chairman for the Wisconsin Assembly’s agriculture committee.

This is not the first committee chair Tauchen has received, noting he has previously headed committees on small business and election reform. However, agriculture is in the representative’s blood, and it’s the committee he believes he can have the most influence, being part of a family-owned dairy outside Bonduel.

“I’m just looking forward to having a positive impact on agriculture, improving the lives of the people involved in agriculture across the state,” Tauchen said in a phone interview Friday.

Tauchen pointed out that agriculture is an $88 billion industry for Wisconsin and the state’s biggest economic driver. Agriculture is a growth industry for the state, he said, which is fortunate.

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Local buildings among national bomb threat hoax


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano Police Department Lieutenant Mike Musolff checks a suspicious email at the Shawano Leader office Thursday as NEW Media, Inc Advertising Director Chris Kennedy describes how the email was handled. Musolff responded to what was one of many threatening emails across the country, including one which forced the evacuation of the Menominee Indian Elementary School.

The Menominee Indian School District and The Shawano Leader were among the targets of a wave of bomb threats emailed Thursday to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings across the U.S. Thursday.

The e-mailed threats triggered searches, evacuations and fear — but there were no signs of explosives, and authorities said the scare appeared to be a crude extortion attempt, The Associated Press reported.

Shawano Police Department Lt. Mike Musolff, who investigated the threat at the Leader office in Shawano, said that he had heard of similar threats reported in the Appleton and Kaukauna areas as well as the Menominee Indian School District.

At about 2:15 p.m., Tribal Administrator Jonathan Wilber posted a Facebook message about the school threat, noting that the chairman’s office was notified of a bomb threat targeting Keshena Primary School.

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County secures grant for opioid addiction

Shawano County jail inmates dealing with opioid addiction will be able to get some help from the county to break free of their dependency upon their release from jail thanks to a grant from the state.

The Shawano County Human Services Department has secured a grant of $51,586 to address the addiction issues of 40 inmates between now and the end of June.

The program is designed to help people stay off heroin and prescription painkillers after they are released.

The grant covers the case management, therapist and medical staff time required for each of the inmates determined to be eligible. But most of the money will go to the medication those inmates will receive before being released from jail.

Inmates will be given an injection of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication that blocks receptors in the brain and subdues their addiction.

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Council gives personal attacks a pass at meetings

Citing concerns about free speech and a lack of definition, the Shawano Common Council Wednesday voted not to add the phrase “personal attacks” to the list of inappropriate language that should be barred during public comments at council and committee meetings.

The council passed an ordinance last month setting new rules of decorum for public comment that were intended to mirror similar rules adopted by the Redevelopment Authority in October. Those rules specifically stated that personal attacks are prohibited during public comment.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard, who provides staff support for the RDA, said the reference to personal attacks was added at the RDA’s October meeting as an amendment to the resolution originally proposed.

The version that went to the council last month was the pre-amendment version and didn’t include the personal attacks language, so was brought back for further review Wednesday.

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Toys for Toys gets $3,500 donation


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Melonie Sundberg positions two stuffed creatures on a display of toys at Shawano U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The toys were purchased through a donation from The Bullpen Bar in Pulcifer. Toys for Tots, which wrapped up Thursday, provides one large and two small toys to children whose parents register for the program. These toys were added to donations from 90 Toys for Tots boxes throughout the area.

Eight tiny reindeer weren’t up to the task.

This year, Melonie Sundberg needed a full-sized pickup and a borrowed trailer to bring her load of Toys for Tots to the distribution site at the Fellman Center in Shawano.

Sundberg brought the results of a year-long effort to raise money for Toys for Tots at The Bullpen Bar in Pulcifer. She took the proceeds from a golf outing, and raffle to an all-night marathon of toy buying starting on the evening of Thanksgiving Day.

In all, over $3,500 worth of dolls, soccer balls, stuffed creatures, and games were delivered to Shawano’s Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Toys site by Sundberg and The Bullpen co-owner Craig Carlson. Sundberg estimated about 300 different toys were hauled off of the trailer and onto a display.

Sundberg had been involved with Toys for Tots in earlier years, and discovered that one year, the gifts collected fell short of the need.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 12

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accidents — Police responded to two-vehicle property damage accidents at Fifth and Main streets and Center Street and Fairview Avenue.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 12

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on County Road P in the town of Germania.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Fraud — Kwik Trip, 102 W. Express Way in Bonduel, reported receiving several forged checks.

Shoplifting — Wittenberg R Store, W17526 Red Oak Lane in Wittenberg, reported a shoplifting incident.

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