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Thu
23
Feb

Anatomy of a drug investigation

(Editor’s note: The details alleged in the following narrative are taken from a criminal complaint filed this week in Shawano County Circuit Court and, in some cases, supplemented by court records.)

It is being called one of the largest drug cases ever seen in Shawano County, and part of a web stretching as far as California and encompassing several other states along the way. So far, nine defendants have been charged.

It all began on state Highway 32 in Shawano County on Dec. 5, 2015, when the Wisconsin State Patrol pulled a vehicle over for speeding.

The vehicle was driven by a 30-year-old Krakow woman, who was subsequently found guilty of misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.

As a result of the traffic stop, drugs, a firearm, $20,000 in currency and the woman’s cellphone were seized.

Thu
23
Feb

Building being demolished in downtown Clintonville


Photo by Grace Kirchner Go Green Recycling LLC, of Menasha, began demolishing the building at 46 S. Main St. in Clintonville on Tuesday. The building was damaged by fire Nov. 23.

Demolition of a building damaged by fire in downtown Clintonville in November should be completed by the end of the week, according to city officials.

Following the fire Nov. 23, Zhen Weng, owner of the building at 46 S. Main St. that housed the China King Restaurant and some apartments, said the building was not insured and there was no money for repairs.

City officials ultimately determined the building was beyond repair and authorized the demolition.

Next door, the Bluebird Cafe has been prohibited from opening because of a wall that appeared ready to collapse.

Go Green Recycling LLC, of Menasha, began the demolition Tuesday.

Clintonville Public Works Manager Kray Brown said the work has been difficult, due to the nearby overhead wires, the amount of items in the building, the common wall with the Bluebird Cafe, at 44 S. Main, and the wall of B & H Footwear at 48 S. Main.

The demolition is expected to be completed this week.

Thu
23
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of East Fifth Street.

Arrest — A female subject was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Auto Prep Center, 220 N. Main St.

OWL — A 25-year-old man was cited for operating without a license at Fourth and Main streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 21

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Poplar Road in the town of Richmond.

Thu
23
Feb

Energy assistance applications available

The Shawano County Department of Human Services said this week there is still time to apply for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season. The funding pays a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the household’s size, income and energy costs.

For customers that are in disconnect situations or other heating season emergencies, there may be help in the form of pro-active services, direct payment assistance or a combination of these.

Weatherization assistance might also be available to some applicants. Weatherization can include help with furnace issues and repairs, insulation and other energy efficient issues.

Wed
22
Feb

4 charged so far in drug trafficking probe

Four suspects have been charged and four more were taken into custody Tuesday in connection with what was being called one of the largest drug trafficking conspiracy cases ever in Shawano County.

“This is without question the largest drug case I’ve seen in my 15 years,” Circuit Court Judge James Habeck said during bond hearings for the first wave of defendants in the case.

Bail hearings were anticipated Wednesday for four more defendants who were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.

The criminal complaint maintains that Daniel P. Hofman, 52, of Bonduel, was at the center of the conspiracy and a main supplier of marijuana that he allegedly transported here from California.

“Mr. Hofman was a large-scale processor and deliverer of a major amount of THC that comes to this area,” District Attorney Greg Parker told the court during Tuesday’s hearings.

Hofman allegedly made 73 trips to California over a three-year period, according to Parker.

Wed
22
Feb

Mattoon school supporters file petition for appeal

Supporters of a breakaway Mattoon school district have filed a petition with the state seeking an appeal of the Antigo school board’s vote to deny letting the proposed secession go to a referendum.

A petition organizer who did not want to be quoted said 904 signatures were collected and hand-delivered on Feb. 15, the deadline for filing for appeal.

The Unified School District of Antigo board voted 8-1 on Jan. 10 against the proposed referendum. A yes vote would have sent the question to a referendum in November.

The appeal was filed with the School District Boundary Appeal Board, a panel made up of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.

The next step would be a public hearing on the matter. The date is not yet scheduled.

Wed
22
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 20

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of West First Street.

Shoplifting — The Consign Shop, 124 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 20

Deputies logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Plum Lane in the town of Richmond.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Express Way in Bonduel.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on County Road C in the town of Angelica.

Mon
20
Feb

Man shot incident in stable condition

Authorities responded to a disturbance call Friday that escalated into a chase and a 52-year-old Wittenberg man being shot, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was receiving treatment for his injuries at a local hospital. The sheriff’s department said Monday that he was in stable condition.

Authorities responded just before 5 p.m. to a report of a distraught individual in the town of Almon who had allegedly made comments threatening violence. Attempts to speak with him via phone were unsuccessful “due to verbal aggression,” the sheriff’s department said.

Deputies and the Special Response Team, including members of the Shawano Police Department and the Stockbridge Police Department, were dispatched to the area. An armored vehicle, from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to assist.

The initial response involved isolating the individual, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

Mon
20
Feb

People in town of Richmond crash identified

A single-vehicle rollover crash Feb. 15 that sent a woman and two children to the hospital is still under investigation.

Romaine O. Waupoose, 26, of Wittenberg, and two children, ages 5 and 3 years old, were ejected from a vehicle when it overturned on state Highway 29 near Hickory Road in the town of Richmond at about 3 p.m..

They were taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay with injuries that were not life threatening.

Authorities said the vehicle went into a ditch after the woman lost control.

The Wisconsin State Patrol responded and is handling accident reconstruction.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether any violations occurred. As of Monday, that investigation was still ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Authorities said alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor.

Mon
20
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 19

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A garage was reported vandalized in the 700 block of West Picnic Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 200 block of East Randall Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 900 block of Olson Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Feb. 18

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported at Verkuilen Family Chiropractic, 1401 E. Elizabeth St.

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

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