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Thu
23
Mar

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wausau area


The Associated Press Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex in Weston. Shootings happened at a bank and a law firm before police converged on the apartment complex. Four people were killed, including a police officer. A suspect is in custody.

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations near Wausau on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody.

The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a volley of gunfire around 5 p.m.

Authorities took no questions in a brief news conference late Wednesday and gave no details on the four victims or suspect. They said there was no remaining threat to the public. Jason Smith, a deputy administrator for the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said more than 100 officers were investigating and more information would be released Thursday.

The violence unfolded in a cluster of small towns south of Wausau. The officer worked for Everest Metro, a small, 27-officer force that serves Schofield and Weston.

Thu
23
Mar

Robert D. Nueske Wittenberg Community Service Award


Photo by Curt Knoke Laura Magee is recipient of the 2017 Wittenberg Community Service Award, one of five awards honoring volunteerism presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation as part of its Celebration of Giving.

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series of five profiling winners of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by Shawano Area Community Foundation Inc. for outstanding volunteerism. The winners will be honored at a gala April 11 at the Gathering.

Community organizer Laura Magee, of Wittenberg, is the recipient of the 2017 Wittenberg Community Service Award, one of five awards honoring volunteerism presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation as part of its Celebration of Giving.

The Wittenberg award is sponsored by Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. It recognizes a group or individual in the Wittenberg area that exhibits dedication and enthusiasm through diversified volunteer work. The work performed has positive impact by improving the quality of life and meeting the needs of the community.

Thu
23
Mar

County signs deal with historical society


Leader File Photo Desks and other furnishings were left badly damaged Oct. 10 when fire broke out inside an old schoolhouse at the Shawano County Historical Society compound at county-owned Heritage Park in Shawano.

From the ashes of a destructive fire, a new cooperative agreement has emerged between the Shawano County Historical Society and Shawano County government officials.

The Shawano County Board on Wednesday approved a deal with the historical society resolving issues related to ownership and maintenance of the group’s public education complex in county-owned Heritage Park.

Under the agreement, the county assumes ownership of most buildings, provides casualty insurance and pays for utilities, while the historical society owns contents of the buildings, agrees to maintain the facilities and purchases its own liability insurance.

Both sides applauded the agreement as a breakthrough following years of ambiguity about the relationship that existed between the county as landlord of Heritage Park and the historical society as a high-profile tenant.

County Board members unanimously approved the deal, which takes effect immediately.

Thu
23
Mar

Clintonville sidewalk repair bids come in higher than expected

Plans to repair and reopen a section of sidewalk in downtown Clintonville that has been closed since April have been derailed.

Bids for the Ninth Street repairs came in much higher than expected this week. The city estimated it would cost $65,000 for the sidewalk repairs, but the lowest bid was $118,000.

City officials plan to will rebid the project, and Kray Brown, public works director, said he will see if there could be some changes made to reduce costs.

The problem was discovered last year when the fire department did a routine inspection of the commercial building on the corner of Ninth Street and South Main Street.

City Administrator Chuck Kell said the basement of the building extends beyond the sidewalk to the curb line. The whole sidewalk is exposed in the basement, and there is water damage that is causing the concrete to fall apart.

Thu
23
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police responded to a scam complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Hardee’s, 1120 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of East Fifth Street.

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

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifter in custody.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 21

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

Wed
22
Mar

Shawano Community Service Award


Photo by Curt Knoke Since retiring as a teacher, Len Pubanz has used his carpentry skills for many civic improvements in the Shawano area, including many little free libraries around town.

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series of five profiling winners of the Celebration of Giving awards presented annually by Shawano Area Community Foundation Inc. for outstanding volunteerism. The winners will be honored at a gala April 11 at the Gathering.

From their Shawano County home overlooking the eastern shore of the Wolf River, Len and Judy Pubanz have built a deeply personal connection with the river.

So when they learned of plans for a mining operation that they feared would threaten the river, the Pubanzes joined opposition efforts that ultimately succeeded in blocking the mine.

It is among Len Pubanz’s proudest achievements as the environmental activist prepares to accept the Shawano Area Community Foundation’s annual Shawano Community Service Award at the foundation’s Celebration of Giving gala.

Wed
22
Mar

Bonduel parents fear school cuts


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel School District Administrator Patrick Rau, standing right, addresses taxpayers, parents and others Tuesday at Bonduel Elementary School on the district’s April 4 referendum.

Bonduel School District leaders stepped up their efforts Tuesday to build support for an April 4 referendum aimed at restoring financial stability to the school district.

District Administrator Patrick Rau and others hosted a public meeting at Bonduel Elementary School for taxpayers and residents to learn more about the $3 million ballot initiative.

Many in attendance voiced support for the referendum seeking approval for the school district to raise additional revenue for the purpose of avoiding staff reductions and other painful cuts.

“You’ve got to have good schools,” taxpayer and parent Jeff Dendler said. “I hope people realize what is happening. We can’t cut any more.”

The measure going before voters throughout the district April 4 would, if approved, authorize the school district to raise an additional $1 million annually for three years through property taxes to fund staffing in the district, protect programs and preserve facilities.

Wed
22
Mar

Photo firm hired by school district

The Shawano School District has signed a three-year deal with a photography firm to handle all class portraits and other photos in the district.

Officials hope the all-inclusive contract with Countryside Photographers of Seymour will bring parents and students more consistency in service and costs.

Louise Fischer, the district’s business manager, said recent practice has been for individual schools to bring in their own photographers, and for athletic teams to sometimes hire their own, too.

As a result, some parents and students were confused by the inconsistent options and prices being offered by different firms operating throughout the district.

The school board on Monday voted 6-2 to sign a three-year deal with Countryside Photographers, starting July 1.

Board members Marcia Yeager and Rich Belongia voted against the deal, both saying they would have preferred the district to hire a local photography firm rather than one in Brown County.

Wed
22
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 20

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Warrant — A 30-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 20

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the North Star Casino, W12222 County Road A, Bowler.

OWL — A 35-year-old man was cited for operating without a license on state Highway 117 in the town of Washington.

Tue
21
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 19

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Lakeshore Lanes, 210 N. Airport Drive.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at The Store, 404 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of South Maiden Lane.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Hit and Run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run in the 200 block of North Airport Drive.

March 18

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 300 block of Madison Way.

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