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10
Nov

Menominee tribe threatens legal action

The Menominee tribe this week gave legal notice it would pursue federal litigation if necessary to block a proposed mining project on the bank of its namesake river.

The Back Forty project is an open-pit mine and minerals processing facility proposed by Aquila Resources, Inc. The site borders the Menominee River on the Wisconsin-Michigan border.

The tribe said in a statement that the 60-day notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to ensure that the health of the Menominee River and portions of the tribe’s ancestral homeland and sacred sites won’t be jeopardized by the mine.

The tribe said the project will affect the water quality of the Menominee River and adjacent wetlands downstream to Green Bay.

The mine would be located within a Menominee cultural landscape that includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites and ceremonial sites of cultural significance, the tribe aid.

Fri
10
Nov

DOC facility not causing undue problems, police say

A state residential facility for recently released felons caused a stir in the neighborhood when it was proposed two years ago, but Shawano police say it has not caused any significant problems since going into operation.

Milwaukee-based Matt Talbot Recovery Services contracts with the state Department of Corrections to operate a six-bed temporary placement facility at 118 S. Union St.

Neighbors objected to the location, especially the possibility that recently released sex offenders would reside there.

The city denied the DOC’s request to house sex offenders at that address unless they come before the city’s Sexual Offenders Appeal Board. The board has heard only one appeal to reside there and it was denied.

Police Chief Dan Mauel reported to the Common Council on Wednesday that there had been 22 calls for service to the residence since Oct. 1 of last year.

Fri
10
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 8

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 700 block of South Washington Street.

Theft — A handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 700 block of South Franklin Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 8

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported to the ag shop at Gresham Community School, 501 Schabow St. in Gresham.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Town Line Road in the town of Waukechon.

Fire — Authorities responded to a chimney fire on state Highway 187 in the town of Navarino.

Fri
10
Nov

Guns stolen from unlocked vehicles

Three guns were reported stolen from unlocked motor vehicles in the last month, according to Shawano police.

Giving his monthly report to the Shawano Common Council on Wednesday, Chief Dan Mauel reiterated the department’s repeated public pleas that people lock their vehicles and remove their belongings.

“I keep saying, ‘Lock your cars and lock your stuff up,’ but for God’s sake don’t leave your guns in an unlocked car,” Mauel said. “Don’t even leave them in a locked car. That’s going into the hands of criminals.”

Thefts of items from motor vehicles have spiked by 126 percent so far in 2017 versus the first 10 months of 2016, from 23 last year to 52 this year.

Thu
09
Nov

City puts brakes on wheel tax

Citing concerns of a lack of transparency and insufficient public notice, the Shawano Common Council delayed action Wednesday on a proposed wheel tax until next week’s budget hearing.

The council will meet Nov. 15 for a public hearing on the 2018 budget, and now presumably also to hear public feedback on a proposal to add $10 to all vehicle registrations in the city to help pay for future transportation needs.

Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz pushed for the delay.

“I’m suggesting we give the public more of an opportunity to digest this and for it to be as transparent as possible before the council brings it before them,” he said.

Alderwoman Lisa Hoffman agreed.

“I’ve gotten phone calls that there just wasn’t enough time for people to digest it and be informed about what it is,” she said.

The wheel tax was discussed for the first time at a finance committee meeting on Monday.

Thu
09
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 7

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of East Division Street.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 600 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of West Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 7

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Valley Road in Bonduel.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on state Highway 22 in the town of Green Valley.

Wed
08
Nov

Wheel tax to roll out before council

City officials will consider tacking on an additional $10 fee for vehicle registrations when the Shawano Common Council meets Wednesday.

The so-called wheel tax would be used to help pay for “transportation related purposes,” according to an ordinance recommended by the finance committee on Monday.

If approved by the council, it would go into effect in March.

In a related matter, the council will also consider a resolution voicing opposition to any change in state law that would require the city to take the proposed wheel tax to a referendum.

Assembly Bill 361 was introduced in June and has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. It would require a referendum before local government could enact a wheel tax.

The council’s resolution calls the bill “an outrageous example of the state interfering with a purely local policy decision to adequately fund maintenance of municipal streets and public ways.”

Wed
08
Nov

Complaint: Fired officer on duty while contacting girl

A Menominee tribal police officer fired from the department last week carried on inappropriate communications with a 15-year-old girl while he was on duty, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Basil O’Kimosh Jr., 39, has been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted transfer of obscene material to a child and attempted enticement of a child. He could face a 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

According to the complaint, O’Kimosh first contacted the girl in January via Facebook Messenger. In April, those communications switched to Snapchat at O’Kimosh’s suggestion.

The girl told investigators that she and O’Kimosh communicated quite often, mostly between the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., which corresponded to O’Kimosh’s regular work hours, according to the complaint.

Wed
08
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 6

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

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

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 200 block of Teddington Lane.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Theft — Halloween decorations were reported stolen in the 700 block of East Randall Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Randall Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of West Richmond Street.

Nov. 5

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Wed
08
Nov

Teens rescued from leaky paddle-boat

Two Seymour teens found themselves stranded knee-deep in marshy water in the Navarino Wildlife Area Sunday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, went out in a paddle-boat and discovered too late that the boat was leaking, authorities said.

The boat sank, but the boys were able to call 911 and authorities responded to the scene at about 5:15 p.m. They used a flashlight to signal their location to rescuers. The boys were able to stand on the submerged boat until firefighters and emergency responders were able to reach them by rowboat.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Navarino Fire and EMS and Clintonville Ambulance.

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