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Fri
12
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 10

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint at the Cash Store, 1225 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to two disorderly conduct complaints at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, 100 County Road B.

Fraud — A credit card fraud complaint was reported in the 1400 block of South Prospect Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 10

Deputies logged 48 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported on Magnolia Lane in Tigerton.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Crest Drive in the town of Maple Grove and County Road E in the town of Washington.

Warrant — A 33-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Grand Avenue in Wittenberg.

Thu
11
Oct

Agreement approved for tubing business

Shawano residents and tourists will have a tubing and rafting venue on the Wolf River starting next year.

The Shawano Common Council approved an agreement Wednesday allowing the enterprise to operate on city-owned park land.

Under the agreement, business owner Jeff Kammerer would run the operation from 1013 S. Water St., just north of the Community Gardens at Lieg Avenue and Water Street, in exchange for a $500 a month payment to the city.

The agreement is good for five years, after which it will be reviewed by the city.

Kammerer plans to build a storage building to house the tubes and conduct his tubing rental business.

Kammerer will also provide a dock/launching platform for use by his customers and by the general public.

Though the proposed business had drawn opposition from neighbors at previous meetings, there was no one at Wednesday’s council meeting to speak against it.

Thu
11
Oct

RDA will help fund facade grants for BID

Downtown business owners appear eager to improve the look of their buildings with the help of facade grants offered by the Business Improvement District.

So much so that the $20,000 budgeted by the BID Board for grants each year has already maxed out, prompting a request to the Shawano Redevelopment Authority for assistance.

“They’re requesting additional funding so they continue to work with the downtown businesses so they can continue doing improvements to their facades,” Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said at a Shawano Plan Commission meeting last week.

“The RDA has been kind of obviously sidetracked with some of the larger projects and is happy to kind of not play in that space,” he said. “It’s one less thing for (the RDA) to worry about.”

The RDA is a semi-independent seven-member panel, with members appointed by the mayor, established to address areas of blight within the city and work with property owners to make improvements.

Thu
11
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 9

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Pills were confiscated from a driver during a traffic stop at Lafayette and Division streets. The investigation continues to determine if they were legally prescribed. Marijuana paraphernalia was found in an abandoned apartment in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disorderly — A 13-year-old Shawano boy was referred to Human Services for disorderly conduct in the 600 block of Maiden Lane.

Fraud — Police investigated a mail scam complaint in the 300 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 9

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Wittenberg Elementary-Middle School, 300 S. Prouty Street in Wittenberg.

Thu
11
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 7

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

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

Accident — A car-deer crash was reported at County Road B and Waukechon Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Oct. 6

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to disturbances in the 1000 block of South River Street and at Airport Drive and Gumaer Road.

Accident — A car-deer crash was reported at County Road B and Airport Drive.

Oct. 5

Wed
10
Oct

Competency evaluation ordered for woman in infant death


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Catherine R. Barker appears in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court for a hearing Tuesday beside her attorney, Jevon Jones Jaconi. Barker faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The 2-month-old infant, Brandon Barker, was her son.

A Shawano woman charged in the death of her 2-month-old child will undergo a competency evaluation to determine whether she is mentally fit to stand trial.

Catherine R. Barker, 22, faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The infant, Brandon Barker, was her son.

Barker appeared Tuesday for what was expected to be a preliminary hearing. Instead, her attorney requested a competency evaluation first.

A review hearing in the case was scheduled for Nov. 12.

In the meantime, Barker is still being held on a $100,000 bond.

The child was discovered by police during a welfare check in on Sept. 28.

Wed
10
Oct

Transcript of text exchanges in Barker infant death case

The following are text exchanges between Catherine Barker and two friends she contacted telling them about her infant son’s death. The exchanges were included in the criminal complaint.

BARKER: My son died between last night and this morning by suffocating himself with his blanket and when I woke up he was dead and I tried to revive him but I couldn’t.

FRIEND: Does your dad know?

BARKER: He’s Dead. I gave him cpr and I tried everything I could do. doesn’t know because I don’t know how I’m suppose to tell him.

FRIEND: Just run down there and say dad my kid dead.

BARKER: Was anything wrong with him?

FRIEND: How did he suffocate himself?

BARKER: Nothing was wrong with him. face up with his blanket. He suffocated himself by covering his face up with his blanket.

FRIEND: What are you going to do with the baby

FRIEND: And oh no…

BARKER: I’m going to bury him

Wed
10
Oct

Menominee man charged with Brown County homicide

Bond was set at $2 million cash Friday for a Suring area man who has been charged with the shooting death of a Bellevue woman two years ago.

Anthony J. Kitchenakow, 46, was arrested Sept. 26 at his home on the Menominee Indian Reservation and extradited to Brown County, where he is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Authorities believe he shot and killed Suzette Langlois, a 52-year-old mother of two, while she was parked in her driveway on Manitowoc Road in the early morning of Aug. 29, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Brown County Circuit Court, Langlois was talking on her cellphone with a friend and said she was being followed by someone in a red pickup truck.

The friend quoted Langlois as saying “there was a male and female approaching her, but she was unable to see their faces because they had their faces covered.” A moment later, she heard yelling and Langlois saying, “No, don’t,” and then silence.

Wed
10
Oct

DOT invites input on disability plan

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation invites the public to review and offer comments on the 2018 Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan.

Comments on the plan will be used to help guide the department’s strategy for ADA improvements moving forward. The full plan and information about public comments can be found online at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/civil-rights/titlevi-ada/ADAcom.... The public comment period is open through through Nov. 2.

The 2018 Transition Plan includes a searchable inventory of more than 45,000 curb ramps throughout the state highway system.

All WisDOT roadside facilities are built to current ADA standards at the time of planning and construction. Older facilities continue to receive updates as part of planned improvements and as resources are available.

Wed
10
Oct

Board taking applications for vacant seat

The Shawano School Board hopes to fill its vacant seat by November in the wake of Derek Johnson’s departure. Johnson submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1, after taking a job in New Mexico.

The board agreed Monday to start the process and solicit applications for anyone interested in serving. Applications can be taken out at the district office located at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano. The deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

Because Johnson was representing the city of Shawano on the board, only those residing in the city limits can apply. Whoever is named to Johnson’s seat will serve until the end of his term, which expires in April.

The board plans to do interviews — if there is more than one application — at its Nov. 5 meeting. Discussion on Monday did not include whether the board would vote to fill the seat at that meeting or schedule a vote for another time.

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