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Wed
08
Feb

Suring man charged with assaulting 2 girls

A Suring man was indicted Wednesday in federal court in Green Bay for allegedly sexually assaulting two teenage girls.

According to the indictment, William Wilber IV, 37, engaged in sex acts with two teenage girls near a family property on Legend Lake on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

He is charged with engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old girl in spring 2015, and with a 15-year-old girl in summer 2015 and fall 2016.

If convicted, Wilber faces maximum statutory penalties of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release on each of the three counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Wilber sexually assaulted the 15-year-old on a picnic table at the property and on the trunk of his car. The girl said she could not stop the assaults.

The 14-year-old said she was inebriated and in the backseat of a car being driven back from Legend Lake by Wilber’s son when she was assaulted, according to investigators.

Wed
08
Feb

Park development bids higher than expected

The first phase of the Franklin Park project will cost more than the city projected, making some officials anxious about whether the borrowing being proposed for additional park development in an April referendum could also fall short of actual costs.

Shawano Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks told the city’s finance committee Monday that the lowest of five contractor bids for Phase 1 at Franklin Park came in about $55,000 above projections.

The first phase calls for an archway at the main entrance at the northeast corner of the park, at Division and Washington streets; landscaping with native plantings; a concrete walkway; 18 parking stalls; electric utilities available for the farmers market and other public use; lighting at the main entrance and the east entrance across from the civic center; a 1o-foot-wide sidewalk on the other side of the parking stalls; and a pedestrian crossing across Washington Street from the park to the civic center parking lot.

Wed
08
Feb

City holds 1st open house on April referendum

Only a handful of people turned out Tuesday for the city’s first open house on a borrowing referendum to support several park development projects, but those who braved the icy road conditions to attend seemed enthusiastic about the city’s plans.

The advisory referendum on the April 4 ballot will ask whether the city should borrow additional money for development of the Franklin and Smalley parks and a splash pad to replace the kiddie pool at Memorial Park.

The referendum question will ask residents whether the city should borrow up to $1.85 million for the projects.

The 20-year loan would mean an estimated annual tax increase of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25 for a $100,000 home.

Those who missed Tuesday’s open house will have three more chances. Additional open house meetings are scheduled for Feb. 15, March 7 and March 15. All of the meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Wed
08
Feb

Officials could face fines for leaking closed session info

Shawano city officials and staff who sit in on closed session meetings could face fines if anything discussed behind closed doors is shared outside of those meetings.

The Shawano Common Council on Wednesday will consider an ordinance that would levy a $187 fine, including fees and court costs, for the first violation, and a $439 fine for subsequent offenses.

The finance committee recommended approval of the ordinance Monday.

However, Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz said he would like to see some discretion available for first offenses that would allow for options, such as a warning or censure by the council.

He also wondered whether the ordinance was necessary given that officials have so far kept closed session discussions confidential.

“Up to now, common sense has prevailed,” he said.

Wed
08
Feb

Sheriff warns against snowmobiling on river

Shawano County authorities are warning that ice conditions on the upper Wolf River are treacherous and are concerned that snowmobilers have recently ventured out on it.

“We have had reports of snowmobiles traveling on the Wolf River north of the dam,” Sheriff Adam Bieber said. “The ice is very thin, and we highly recommend nobody travel on the rivers.”

Bieber said the water current is quick and ice conditions change frequently.

Capt. Tom Tuma said there have recently been some patches in the ice that have opened up, and even with the recent drop in temperatures the ice remains treacherous.

People also need to use caution going out onto Shawano Lake, Tuma said.

“A few vehicles have gone through near the shoreline,” he said.

The sheriff’s department advises checking with local bait shops on ice conditions.

Wed
08
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 6

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A laundry basket was reported stolen in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Fraud — Police investigated an identity theft complaint in the 500 block of West First Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

OAR — A 58-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Elizabeth and Union streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 6

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Assault — Authorities responded to an assault complaint on Cecil Street in Bonduel.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Hofman Street in Cecil.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel.

Tue
07
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 5

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police logged five incidents of attempted thefts from vehicle, though nothing was reported taken. Vehicles were reportedly gone through in the 300 block of East Center Street, 500 block of South Cleveland Street, 900 block of South Washington Street, 700 block of South Franklin Street and 1000 block of East Elizabeth Street. The vehicles were all unlocked, according to police.

OAR — A 29-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Evergreen Street and Ridlington Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1100 block of East Green Bay Street.

Feb. 4

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 500 block of South Airport Drive.

Sat
04
Feb

Local administrators cautiously optimistic about education proposals

Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed funding increases for rural K-12 schools drew reactions of cautious optimism from most area school district administrators this week.

Walker’s proposals include an additional $20 million in sparsity aid, full reimbursement for rural school districts in the high-cost transportation aid program, increased broadband investment for schools and more.

Bonduel School District Superintendent Patrick Rau said he is hopeful that his district will qualify for sparsity aid under Walker’s proposal. Currently, only districts with a student population of 745 or less with a population density of less than 10 students per square mile receive sparsity aid, but Walker is seeking to expand it to districts with under 1,000 students.

“Typically, we don’t qualify for sparsity aid, but there seems to be a second tier of sparsity aid that we would possibly benefit for,” Rau said, noting he needed to get more details about the program.

Fri
03
Feb

City gears up for heavy snow next week

Expectations for a winter storm forecast for Tuesday might best be summed up by, of all people, Mel Brooks.

“Hope for the best; expect the worst.”

That’s the title of a song from his 1970 comedy, “The Twelve Chairs,” but it also seems appropriate for weather forecasts.

In any case, that’s the attitude being taken at the Shawano Department of Public Works, where DPW Coordinator Eddie Sheppard and staff have been monitoring wildly varying snowfall predictions.

“I’ve heard anywhere from 12 inches to 2 inches,” he said.

The department is prepared to deal with the high end of those estimates.

“We try to plan for the worst,” Sheppard said.

Preparations have included moving snow piles recently plowed to the sides of city streets to one of the city’s three snow dump sites.

Fri
03
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 2

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 2

Deputies logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Bonduel Elementary School, 404 W. Mill St., Bonduel.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

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