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16
Mar

2 suspects in drug conspiracy case bound over for trial

Two of the defendants identified as key suspects in what is being called one of the largest marijuana trafficking cases seen in Shawano County were bound over for trial Wednesday after a joint preliminary hearing.

Kody P. Hofman, 26, of Bonduel, and his live-in girlfriend, Jordan L. Weiss, 26, of Bonduel, were scheduled for arraignment on April 17 on felony charges of conspiracy to deliver marijuana.

They could each face a possible maximum 15 years in prison and $50,000 fine if convicted.

The court heard testimony from a state Division of Criminal Investigations agent and a Shawano County sheriff’s detective detailing the investigation of the case that began with a routine traffic stop in December 2015 during which marijuana and cash were found in the vehicle.

The subsequent investigation eventually led to 10 people being charged so far as allegedly involved in the distribution of marijuana brought into Shawano County from California.

Thu
16
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 14

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1100 block of South Bartlett Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 14

Deputies logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Deputies assisted Shawano police at a disturbance at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Maple Street in Eland.

Thu
16
Mar

Appleton man killed in town of Herman crash

A 63-year-old Appleton man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Herman late Tuesday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Dale Lillge was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Robert Below, 79, of Appleton, on southbound County Road U just before 9 p.m. when it entered the intersection at state Highway 29 and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 39-year-old Suamico woman, according to the sheriff’s department.

Lillge was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s department said the other parties — including three children in the eastbound vehicle — were checked out at the scene by medical personnel, but the extent of any other injuries was not known.

No further information was being released Wednesday afternoon and the crash remains under investigation.

Thu
16
Mar

More Clintonville buildings coming down

Several more buildings are slated to come down next week in Clintonville.

The city’s Common Council accepted the lowest bid out of four Tuesday night from Kersten Excavating, LLC, for $76,000, to demolish a former bowling alley and the Sawyer Electronics buildings located on 11th Street.

The buildings are owned by the city and are being demolished because of building conditions that are not habitable or safe for public use.

City Administrator Chuck Kell said that, based on the bid award and other associated costs with the removal of the buildings, the total project cost will be approximately $15,000 less than the $130,000 budgeted for the project.

Demolition is to start sometime next week with Public Works Manager Kray Brown supervising the demolition by the contractor.

Wed
15
Mar

County may pull out of Fellman Center


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Shawano County spends about $68,000 a year to lease space inside the privately-owned Fellman Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano.

Shawano County is considering moving out of the Fellman Center and consolidating human services operations in an expanded and remodeled Lakeland Center.

The county’s human services board voted Tuesday to recommend hiring a consultant to study space needs for the department that serves senior citizens, people with disabilities, behavioral health clients and others.

No estimates have been presented yet on how much it might cost to expand or remodel the county-owned Lakeland Center, 504 Lakeland Road, Shawano.

County officials, however, said consolidating human services under one roof could boost efficiency and end up costing less. The county currently pays about $83,000 a year to lease space inside the privately-owned Fellman Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano.

“We could save the taxpayers a lot of money,” said Supervisor Richard Ferfecki, chairman of the human services board.

Wed
15
Mar

Conditional release granted to Keiler after 2 1/2 years

A Gillett man committed to a mental institution for an armed standoff with sheriff’s deputies in Wittenberg three years ago was granted a conditional early release after a hearing in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Travis W. Keiler, 31, was ordered confined for 26½ years in August 2014. He has been incarcerated at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

Before he is released, the state Department of Health Services will have to present the court with a conditional release plan that will include monitoring by Wisconsin Probation and Parole. That plan needs to be presented to the court within 60 days.

Judge William Kussel Jr. heard testimony Tuesday from psychologist Michael Galli, who recommended Keiler’s release but added that Keiler will need ongoing monitoring.

Wed
15
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 13

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of North Airport Drive.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Main streets.

March 12

Police logged nine incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifter had fled the store.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

March 11

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Mon
13
Mar

Man arrested in sex sting was Witt-Birn school employee

A Wittenberg man arrested Thursday in a computer sex crime sting was identified Monday as an employee of the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District.

David Yaeger, 49, transportation manager at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, was charged Monday with a felony count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Yaeger was taken into custody shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday in the town of Belle Plaine, where he had allegedly arranged a sexual rendezvous with what he believed was a 15-year-old girl.

Shawano County sheriff’s detectives posing online as an underage girl as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force exchanged texts and emails with Yaeger for three months in communications that became sexually graphic in nature before Yaeger allegedly set up a meeting, according to the criminal complaint.

He was taken into custody when he arrived.

Sat
11
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 9

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of South Union Street.

Theft — Money was reported stolen at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 100 block of South Main Street.

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

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 800 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 9

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Cloverleaf Lake Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Sat
11
Mar

Bowler gets grant to improve water quality

The village of Bowler received state approval Thursday for a $354,265 project to meet nitrate thresholds for its public water supply.

The village has been under a Department of Natural Resources order to lower the concentration of nitrates in Well 1, which have historically exceeded permissible levels.

The project ordered by the Public Service Commission this week includes a nitrate analyzer to facilitate water blending; a variable frequency drive and portable emergency generator at Well 3; chemical feed pumps at both wells; and supervisory control and data acquisition system upgrades to accommodate the proposed installations and water blending.

The water utility plans to fund the project with a Safe Drinking Water Loan, but the project’s cost could result in a 20 percent increase in water rates, according to the order.

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