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Thu
21
Jun

WASB dues divide school board

The Shawano School Board signed off on paying its annual dues to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, but the vote was far from unanimous.

The standard motion received just a majority approval, 5-3, as board members Derek Johnson, Rich Belongia and Alysia Pillsbury voted against paying $6,553 to WASB. Board member Diane Hoffman was absent from Monday’s meeting.

This year’s dues were 1.85 percent higher than last year, $6,384, according to Superintendent Gary Cumberland. The dues are based on the number of staff members in the district

WASB, in information provided to the board, listed the services it provides, including publishing information on education changes both print and electronically, hosting seminars and training sessions, and providing search services for new school administrators.

“We do have people who come up and speak to us,” Cumberland said. “We get to contact them for a variety of other services that we may need.”

Thu
21
Jun

Land conservation program reopens

As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program. Eligible farmers, ranchers and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency office through Aug. 17.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is an important component of the suite of voluntary conservation programs USDA makes available to agricultural producers, benefiting both the land and wildlife,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. The program “also is a powerful tool to encourage agricultural producers to set aside unproductive, marginal lands that should not be farmed to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”

Thu
21
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 19

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Four juveniles were taken into custody and cited for underage drinking in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Warrant — A 29-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 19

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Thu
21
Jun

Waupaca County sheriff drops out of election

Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel has announced that he will not seek re-election.

“With my parents having some recent health issues and then even more recent some health issues of my own, I have decided to retire at the end of the year to spend more time with my family,” Hardel said on Tuesday. “It has been a difficult decision as I have been very passionate of this profession for over 33 years, with the last 12 years as sheriff.”

Hardel has been a lifelong resident of Waupaca County. Hardel worked as a jailer/dispatcher from 1988 to 1991 and a patrol officer from 1991 to 2001. He then served as patrol sergeant from 2001 to 2006. He was elected sheriff in 2006.

Tue
19
Jun

Two charged in multi-county burglary spree

Two brothers have been charged in a multi-county burglary spree that included break-ins to cabins, trailer homes and garages in Shawano County last year, but it could take a while before Shawano County has a chance to prosecute its part of the case.

Several other counties are at the front of the line in bringing felony charges of burglary and other alleged crimes against Wyatt J. Wheelock, 20, of Keshena, and Sanome R. Wheelock, 26, of Madison.

The incidents in Shawano County occurred between March and July of last year in the towns of Wescott, Seneca, Hutchins and Aniwa, according to the criminal complaint.

TVs, tools, hunting and fishing items, sporting goods, an ATV and a generator that was later pawned at the Shawano pawn shop were among the items reported stolen.

At least 10 guns were also stolen at some of the burglaries and later sold, according to the complaint.

Tue
19
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 18

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported at the Longhorn Saloon, 1181 S. Main St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of East Ridlington Avenue.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

June 17

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 600 block of South River Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

June 16

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Sat
16
Jun

Sheriff’s race promises to be expensive, contentious

The race for Shawano County sheriff is underway and it could be an expensive one, according to the candidates, and, judging by some of their comments, possibly also a contentious one.

Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber will face off against former chief deputy John Gutho in the Republican primary for the office on August 14.

One of them will go up against Shawano Police Officer Keith Sorlie in November.

Sorlie, who was a sheriff’s deputy and detective until shortly after Bieber took over the department four years ago, is running as an independent.

All three candidates expect to go over the $2,000 in campaign spending that will require them to file campaign finance statements, and in some cases well over that amount.

“It’ll be I’m guessing upwards of $10,000 to $12,000 for me,” Gutho said, adding that he has brought in quite a few donations so far. “It’s going to be costly.”

Sat
16
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 14

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A bike was reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 900 block of South Maiden Lane.

Fire — Authorities responded to a small brush fire in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 14

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A lighthouse fountain was reported stolen from a garden on Grant Road in the town of Grant.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Franklin Street in the town of Wescott.

Fri
15
Jun

Shawano library finally off city’s books

It took nine months longer than expected to resolve, but the Shawano Common Council approved the sale of the city library to Shawano County on Wednesday for a token fee of $1.

The sale was part of the county’s consolidation of the countywide library system, which went into effect the first of the year.

The sale of the library building was first approved by the council in September.

The county later amended the purchase to include not just the building but the parking lot as well for a total of $2, which was approved by the city in December.

However, the city included a deed restriction in the agreement that stated the parking lot would continue to be available for all public parking as well as library parking.

Though the purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the County Board, there were questions raised about the fate of the parking lot if the county at some point in the future decided to relocate the library and sell the property.

Fri
15
Jun

Can you hear me now?


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Participants in an emergency management drill hosted by Shawano County Thursday in the Shawano Community Middle School parking lot tour mobile command units from law enforcement agencies in the Northeast Communication group. The drill was aimed at testing radio communications between mobile command platforms. The platform in the foreground is the Shawano-Menominee County mobile command unit.

Shawano County hosted a Northeast Wisconsin Communication (NEWCOM) mobile command drill Thursday, providing an opportunity for local emergency management programs to exercise their mobile command platforms and attend educational presentations.

The drill was funded by a Homeland Security Exercise Grant.

An estimated 70 representatives from more than a dozen law enforcement and technology agencies participated in the drill, which was focused mainly on ensuring that radio communications between varying mobile command units, or platforms, would work properly during an emergency response.

“We test the radios out at various platforms,” said Jeff Schuh, technical communications analyst for Shawano County who works in radio communications and emergency management.

“We’re bound to find some that don’t work and that’s why we do it now rather than waiting until we have an emergency or something and somebody can’t talk to somebody,” he said.

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