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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 12

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 34-year-old Green Bay woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated at state Highway 47-55 and Strauss Court.

Fraud — Police responded to a debit card fraud complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Warrant — A 24-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody for a probation violation warrant and several felony warrants out of Green Bay in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Noise — Police responded to a noise complaint at Third and Franklin streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 12

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on state Highway 29 in the town of Maple Grove.

Vandalism — Authorities responded to a vandalism complaint on Sandy Drive in the town of Washington.

Thu
13
Jul

Resignations heating up Bonduel politics


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Bonduel Village Hall, normally a place where village business is done peacefully, has become a hotbed of local political infighting in recent months.

Political turmoil has reached the normally peaceful community of Bonduel, leaving elected leaders fighting among themselves and village staff heading out the door.

Police Chief Todd Chaney and Deputy Village Clerk Katrina Schroeder both are stepping down from their jobs, and Village Trustee Shawn Thorne has followed them in vacating his elected position.

All three announced their departures by citing a contentious atmosphere that has developed among the seven elected members of the Bonduel Village Board.

Chaney, who has been police chief for six years, wrote in his June 21 retirement notice that unnamed members of the board had created “a hostile working environment.”

“This has become a travesty, and I choose not to expose myself to these circumstances,” he wrote.

The political upheaval began after a new board was elected in April and after an informal alliance seemed to emerge involving Trustees Joan Kamps, Mary Barney and Margie Qualheim.

Thu
13
Jul

Shawano dentist sells practice


Photo by Curt Knoke Dentist Jeff Zander retired last month after nearly 40 years of serving area residents.

Jeff Zander’s talent as a dentist could have taken him anywhere, but he set up practice in Shawano because he wanted to serve the community where he grew up.

Not only that, he particularly wanted to provide care for Shawano-area residents living on a tight budget.

Zander, who served thousands of patients and families starting in 1979, has retired after nearly 40 years in business at Wolf River Dental, 152 Woodlawn Drive.

Although his practice was quite successful, Zander looks back on his career with satisfaction at the impact he made on the community.

“I’ve made a lot of people healthy,” he said. “And that’s what’s important to me.”

Zander has turned over his practice to dentist Casey Gabrhel through a brokerage service called Stepping Stone Dental Partners, based in Madison.

Thu
13
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 11

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Fireworks — Police responded to a fireworks complaint at Sturgeon Park, 811 S. Water St.

Disorderly — Police responded to a lewd and lascivious behavior complaint in the 100 block of South Sawyer Street.

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

OAR — A 44-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation and taken into custody on a warrant at Main Street and Northridge Drive.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident after a vehicle struck the People’s Express South building at 716 S. Main St.

Fraud — Police responded to a debit card fraud complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Pearl Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Wed
12
Jul

4-year-old killed in fireworks mishap

A 4-year-old girl was killed late Monday by an explosion of homemade fireworks in the city of Clintonville, according to police.

Alyssa Chmielewski died after sustaining severe injuries to the neck and upper thoracic area. An autopsy was being performed Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to reports of an explosion around 10:30 p.m. At the same time, an ambulance was called to a residence on Hughes Street in the area of the reports.

Police arrived at the scene of the ambulance call and learned that a 4-year-old girl had been injured by the the explosion.

According to police, the victim’s father, a 42-year-old Clintonville man, had configured an array of sparkler type fireworks in a metal tube.

After lighting the configuration, it exploded, injuring the girl and causing her death.

Wed
12
Jul

Town blames county for road damage


Leader File Photo Several area fire departments sent crews to help battle the March 28 blaze at the Knotty Pines Bar & Grill, located near U.S. 45 and County Road N.

Shawano County officials are refusing a request from the town of Birnamwood to help repair a road that town officials say was damaged when county sheriff’s deputies detoured traffic away from a building fire.

Town officials say the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was wrong to detour traffic onto Western Avenue while firefighters battled a blaze March 28 at the Knotty Pines Bar & Grill.

With estimates ranging from $76,000 to more than $100,000 to repair the road’s damaged surface, the town’s attorney has asked the county to contribute to the cost, or perhaps pay the whole thing.

County officials have turned down the town’s request, asserting that the county enjoys immunity from any such claim that sheriff’s deputies mishandled an emergency situation.

“The bottom line is that Shawano County does not intend to offer any financial assistance,” county Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus wrote in a letter to the town.

Wed
12
Jul

Basketball coach gets 12 years for sex crime


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Nicholas R. Bennett, seated beside his attorney George Pappas, becomes emotional as he reads a statement at his sentencing hearing Tuesday in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

A traveling basketball coach who pleaded guilty to setting up an intended sexual rendezvous with a 13-year-old boy in Shawano two years ago was sentenced Tuesday.

Nicholas R. Bennett, 25, will serve 12 years in prison and another six years’ extended supervision on a felony count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Bennett was a basketball coach with Pro Shot Shooting Systems, which offers basketball camps and clinics in various venues across the U.S.

According to the criminal complaint, Bennett struck up an acquaintance with a 13-year-old boy during a basketball camp at Sacred Heart Catholic School, asked for the boy’s cellphone number and began texting him the next day.

The texts came to the attention of the boy’s mother, who contacted the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department. She told detectives the text messages were at first supportive of the boy’s athletic talent but gradually seemed suggestive.

Wed
12
Jul

Bonduel referendum meetings set

Residents of the Bonduel School District are invited to two public informational meetings about the school district’s Aug. 1 referendum.

The first meeting is 7 p.m. Monday and the second is 5:30 p.m. July 25, both at Bonduel High School, 400 W. Green Bay St.

The meetings are being hosted by Bonduel Area Action Committee, a group working to promote the referendum that seeks $2.7 million in additional funding for the public schools.

Voters on Aug. 1 will go to the polls to decide whether to authorize $900,000 a year for three years in additional property tax support for the school district. The referendum follows voter defeat of a similar measure in April.

District officials have discussed spending cuts in programs and personnel if they cannot close a projected budget deficit starting this fall.

Wed
12
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 10

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

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

Warrant — A 27-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant at Green Bay and Ellis streets.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of South Franklin Street.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Washington Street.

July 9

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Fifth and Andrews streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Washington Street.

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

Fri
07
Jul

No new trial in Packers ticket case

Upon further review, the call stands in a Shawano County court battle pitting Green Bay Packers fans against their former ticket broker.

A judge Friday denied a request for a new trial in the civil fraud case, which was filed against broker Douglas Burris after he sold a stockpile of coveted season tickets for Packers games at Lambeau Field.

The former ticket customers who have spent years pursuing their claim against Burris said they would consider an appeal.

A jury in November ruled that Burris was within his rights to sell the season tickets to a third party, despite complaints by nine former customers that they thought they had a long-term arrangement with the broker.

The plaintiffs requested a new trial after hearing reports that one of the jurors had said during deliberations that he personally knew Burris and that he regarded the defendant as an honest man.

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