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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 17

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at County Road B and Main Street.

Weapon Offense — Police responded to a reported weapon offense at Shawano Community High School. A contract employee of food services had brought and displayed a holstered firearm in the high school kitchen area. The subject was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm in a school zone, carry in a public building and obstructing an officer.

Arrest — A 34-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 17

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 22-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
19
Jan

No plan to address budget shortfall

The city has no specific plan at this point for addressing a $98,000 shortfall in the capital improvement projects budget for 2018 other than a continual reassessing of the financial situation as the year plays out.

Shawano city officials voted down a proposed wheel tax aimed at propping up the CIP budget in November after an angry contingent of citizens voiced opposition to it.

The tax would have added an additional $10 fee for vehicles registered in the city and was expected to bring in roughly $99,000 in revenue that would have gone into the city’s CIP budget.

After a lengthy discussion by the Common Council about possible places to cut the CIP budget, it was determined that department heads would return to the council with specific suggested cuts.

That hasn’t happened, and the city instead seems to be opting for a more casual approach.

Fri
19
Jan

Man charged with bringing firearm to high school

A Shawano man is facing a felony charge of possessing a firearm on school grounds after bringing a weapon to work at the Shawano Community High School Wednesday.

Ramon S. Vazquez, 56, a contract employee of food services brought and displayed a holstered firearm in the high school kitchen area, according to the criminal complaint.

High school administration was notified and the school district contacted police around 11 a.m.

Police located Vazquez and found the gun stashed in the kitchen office, at which point he was taken into custody.

Police and the school district both say there were no threats made and there was no danger to students or school employees.

Police and school officials made the decision to continue the school day as normal.

Thu
18
Jan

County to hire its own family living educator

A state-contracted UW-Extension position that had been downsized by the state will instead become a full-time Shawano County employee after a vote by a county committee.

Shawano County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said officials were rankled not just by the time reduction for the family living educator post, but also by changes made to the educator’s duties.

“The state wants to go with a generic format for every county,” Miller said, meaning that the family living educator would be approaching the job and community education efforts in the same manner as others in that post across the state rather than specifically addressing the needs of Shawano County residents.

“The state’s saying they know better than we do what we need in Shawano County,” Miller said. “We can meet the needs of our constituents better than they can.”

Thu
18
Jan

City to take possession of SIST properties

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority is hoping to take possession of a long-vacant, blighted downtown property as soon as next month, provided its offer to purchase is approved by the court.

The property at 214-216 S. Main St. is owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology and has been the subject of numerous inspections that, according to city officials, show it to be a health and safety hazard and structurally unsound.

The city had an appraisal of the property done last year as a first step in negotiating a purchase price with SIST.

That appraisal deemed the property virtually worthless.

According to the appraisal, the property at 214 S. Main St. would be worth $42,000 as a vacant lot.

However, demolition of the building was estimated to cost anywhere from $68,000 to $100,000, which led appraisers to place the property’s value at “zero dollars.”

Thu
18
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 16

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft was reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at state Highway 47-55 and Curt Black Road in the town of Wescott.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Andrews and Center streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 16

Deputies logged 49 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A bottle of vodka was reported stolen from an ice shack on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Broadway Road in the town of Richmond.

Warrant — A 66-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Warrant — A 24-year-old Clintonville man was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Wed
17
Jan

Express Scripts error affects pharmacy patrons

A technical glitch by Express Scripts, a St. Louis-based integrated pharmacy benefit management company, has caused significant confusion for Network Health Plan (NHP) customers who fill prescriptions with Shawano’s Dreier Pharmacy.

Tim Dreier, owner and pharmacist at Dreier, reported a number of his customers, covered by NHP, began contacting him explaining their insurance provider had sent them letters stating Dreier would no longer be considered a “preferred pharmacy” for filling prescriptions. The communication went on to instruct Dreier customers for the need to move their prescriptions to another pharmacy, which is designated as a preferred provider, in order to have their prescriptions covered by insurance.

Wed
17
Jan

Date for downtown master plan hearing changes

City officials scrambled Tuesday to get the word out about a sudden date change to a highly anticipated public meeting next week intended to help shape the future of downtown Shawano.

Fliers and other advertising had already been circulating about the meeting and its originally intended date of Thursday, Jan. 25, which also happens to be the night of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

Due to the conflict, the downtown master plan public meeting has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Jan. 24. It will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Lake Room at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

It will be the second public meeting held on the downtown plan after a disappointing turnout for the first one.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said only about a dozen people showed up for that public hearing on Nov. 16, though, he said, the meeting did yield some good dialogue.

Wed
17
Jan

Discovery center undiscoverable

The Mielke Discovery Center opened inside Hillcrest Primary School more than three years ago, but much of the community has yet to discover it.

Representatives with the Mielke Family Foundation presented a plan Monday to the Shawano School Board that would allow more of the community to enjoy it.

Ed Grys, a spokesman for the foundation and the Community Health Action Team, proposed opening the center — which is geared toward early childhood education — to the public for four hours on Saturdays and select holidays. The plan would require two employees to monitor the facility, and those wages would be funded by the district’s community education budget.

There is an outside entrance at the school in close proximity to the center, so it would not be necessary to have Hillcrest’s main corridor open on weekends, but Grys recommended a sidewalk be installed to indicate where the entrance is. Grys is also seeking funds for signs and marketing.

Wed
17
Jan

Marion woman dies in mobile home fire

A mobile home fire in the city of Marion on Sunday claimed the life of a 71-year-old woman, according to police.

Preliminary autopsy results show that Judith A. Hurta succumbed to the effects of the fire at her residence. The cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical.

Marion police received a call at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday regarding a mobile home on fire at the Marion Hillside Mobile Home Park at 405 Bertram St.

The police department requested the Marion Area Fire Department be paged out for the fire. While en route a 911 call to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department was received and it was reported that the occupant was still inside the mobile home.

Upon arrival the occupant of the mobile home was located inside of the residence and deceased along with pets.

The incident was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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