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Tue
10
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 9

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police investigated a threatening complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

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

Fire — Police responded to a machine fire at Owen’s, 105 Plank Road.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 9

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — An 18-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct after a disturbance on Woods Road in the town of Wescott.

Tue
10
Jan

Donations announced for Boys & Girls Club

As it begins offering services, the new Boys & Girls Club of Shawano has received two significant financial contributions.

The Mielke Family Foundation is donating $60,000 to the club, which is starting services this month for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

CoVantage Credit Union also has donated $36,506 to the club through a fundraising campaign that the credit union promoted to its members and visitors from Nov. 28-Dec. 12. The campaign raised half in private donations, and then CoVantage matched the donations for the other half.

The influx of funding assists the new Boys & Girls Club in getting started following a three-year community planning effort to improve after-school activities for children in the Shawano area.

Mon
09
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 8

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1400 block of East Elizabeth Street.

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

Jan. 7

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a bag of marijuana was found on the floor.

OAR — A 27-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation in the 400 block of South Main Street.

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

Fri
06
Jan

Schuler hopes to keep Wescott chairman job in April election

Wescott Town Chairman Mike Schuler is looking to return to his post for another two-year term in April, but he’ll face a challenger.

Donald Anker has filed to run against Schuler in the April 4 election.

It’s one of only a few contested races in towns and villages around the county to emerge from the filing deadline that passed Tuesday.

The Leader was still awaiting information from several towns and villages Friday, and several communities will hold caucuses this month to determine their candidates.

Contested races around the county in April include the following:

• The town of Angelica, where incumbent supervisors Wilbert Lewis and Greg Van Asten are facing challenges from Mike Kurzynske and James Lloyd Przybylski, and incumbent town clerk Janet Powers is being challenged by Connie Lynn Przybylski.

Fri
06
Jan

3 charged in latest computer sex crime sting

Three men have been charged as a result of Shawano County’s latest computer sex sting operation.

Frank M. Peak, 46, of Antigo, Andrew M. Wildt, 37, of Irma, and John M. Groenewold, 53, of Waupun, could each face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine if convicted of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

The arrests bring to 46 the number of men arrested by Shawano County authorities in online sex sting operations over the last three years.

All of the cases stemmed from Shawano County sheriff’s detectives posing online as underage girls, and sometimes boys, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

They were contacted by the suspects, who exchanged texts and emails of a graphic nature and set up a sexual rendezvous with them. They were arrested when they arrived.

Wildt and Groenewold both responded to an ad placed by sheriff’s detectives on Dec. 9.

Wildt was arrested Dec. 13.

Fri
06
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 5

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

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

Restraining Order — Police investigated a restraining order violation at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 5

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Fischer Street in Gresham.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on County Road C in the town of Green Valley.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Pioneer Court in the town of Wescott.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Vinal Street in Wittenberg.

Fri
06
Jan

Keshena man faces domestic violence charge

A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a two-count indictment against a man involved in habitual domestic violence offenses on the Menominee Reservation.

The indictment charged Jeffrey Matchopatow, 22, of Keshena, with one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender and another count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Matchopatow faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 and three years of supervised release on each count.

According to the indictment, Matchopatow assaulted a person with whom he lived on Sept. 11, resulting in facial lacerations and a fractured jaw.

Matchopatow was previously convicted in Menominee Tribal Court of at least two cases involving domestic violence, which makes him a habitual offender under federal law, according to the indictment.

Fri
06
Jan

Neopit man charged with possession of synthetic drug

A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a three-count indictment against a man involved in drug trafficking on the Menominee Reservation.

Joseph Komanekin Jr., 33, of Neopit, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

According to the indictment, Komanekin possessed just under 40 grams of a substance containing a Schedule I analogue called AB-FUB, which is a synthetic cannabinoid known locally as “ish.” The synthetic drugs were discovered along with shotgun ammunition and a short-barreled shotgun during the execution of a search warrant at Komanekin’s residence on Feb. 6.

On the drug charge, Komanekin faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, $1 million fine and a lifetime of supervised release.

Fri
06
Jan

New HR director has troubled past

The Shawano School District’s new human resources director left his previous job after allegations of misconduct at a staff party prompted a school board to break ties.

Todd Kleinhans, who started his $80,000-a-year job in Shawano this week, was accused of sexual assault and harassment stemming from a 2014 holiday party with colleagues in the Lakeland Union High School District, where he was superintendent.

Members of the teachers union subsequently issued a vote of no-confidence in Kleinhans, who had been superintendent for six years in the Minocqua-based high school district.

Although a police investigation resulted in no criminal charges from the holiday party, the Lakeland School Board voted not to renew Kleinhans’ contract, and he resigned a short time later.

Fri
06
Jan

RDA to consider raze order for Ponderosa

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority will discuss a possible raze order for the former Ponderosa building when it convenes on Tuesday, and consider action on two other properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

The vacant Ponderosa restaurant at 1247 E. Green Bay St. was originally one of 15 properties included in a sweeping, half-million-dollar foreclosure suit against SIST.

The action was dismissed after VDG LLC reached an apparent agreement with the creditor, Wells Fargo Bank of Dallas. Details were not disclosed and are not filed in the court record.

The Ponderosa was carved out of that agreement and set aside for foreclosure.

VDG paid $330,000 to purchase the building at a sheriff’s sale in June.

VDG was incorporated in July 2015, according to the state Department of Financial Institutions, shortly before the suit was dismissed. No other information about VDG is available.

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