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Tue
07
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 5

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

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

Vandalism — A window was reported vandalized in the 600 block of East Lieg Avenue.

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

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

Nov. 4

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A house was reported egged in the 1100 block of South Franklin Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of East Center Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a report of a crack pipe found in a room at Quality Inn and Suites, 104 N. Airport Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Sat
04
Nov

END OF THE ‘WORLD’


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The Shawano Book World at 134 S. Main St. will close its doors by early next year, along with 44 other stores in the retail chain. Liquidation of inventory is already underway.

After 26 years as a popular staple of downtown Shawano, Book World will close its doors at some point after the first of the year.

The company announced this week that it will shutter all 45 of its stores, including 20 in Wisconsin.

No specific date was set, other than early 2018, but all of the stores, including the Shawano location at 134 S. Main St., have already begun liquidating their inventories with steep discounts.

The local store employs four people. The staff was not at liberty to comment to the media about the closing.

Mark Dupont, Book World’s senior vice president, said in a statement the closings are the result of changing consumer habits.

“The recent national shift in the retail marketplace towards e-commerce has triggered the loss of vital mall anchor stores and a downward spiral in customer counts, reducing sales to a level that will no longer sustain our business,” he wrote.

Sat
04
Nov

Tribal officer fired, faces federal charges

A Menominee tribal police officer has been fired from the department in the wake of federal charges filed against him, including attempted sexual exploitation of a child and two other counts, according to tribal officials.

Basil O’Kimosh, Jr. was arrested Thursday after an investigation into a report that he was having inappropriate communication with a 15-year-old juvenile.

Authorities received information from the child’s mother on Sunday that the juvenile had received inappropriate sexual messages from O’Kimosh via SnapChat and Facebook.

After authorities investigated the complaint, an undercover sting operation was conducted Wednesday by detectives of the Menominee Tribal Police Department, special agents of the FBI and the state Department of Criminal Investigations.

O’Kimosh was fired by the police department after his arrest.

Sat
04
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 2

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Spirit of the Northwoods, 131 S. Main St.

Disturbance — A 33-year-old Keshena man was arrested for domestic violence-related battery after a custody dispute at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 S. Waukechon St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at Main and Fifth streets.

Warrant — A 43-year-old woman was arrested on outstanding warrants in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Theft — Ice fishing items were reported stolen in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 2

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Fri
03
Nov

Clintonville updating comprehensive plan

The city of Clintonville is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan and is looking for input from citizens.

Residents are asked to consider attending an open-house style workshop Dec. 6 to talk about the future of the city’s demographics, housing, economic development, land use and possible expansions.

“We want you to think about and say what you really want for the future,” said Eric Fowle, executive director for East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. “We’ll figure out the path to get there.”

Fowle told members of the Clintonville Plan Commission at a recent meeting that much of the city’s comprehensive plan is based upon input from commission members and citizens. The city’s current comprehensive plan, approved in 2007, is good for 20 years. By law, the city must review and update its plan every decade.

Fri
03
Nov

Historic FWD vehicle returns to Clintonville

A historic FWD vehicle located in a Minnesota scrap pile recently returned home to Clintonville.

The rare, 1950s-era FWD “LD” truck, which stands for “light duty” was only produced for a few years at FWD. It was designed to be able to be dismantled, loaded onto pallets and airdropped into remote areas, where it could be reassembled once on the ground.

This LD truck was located in an auto scrap yard in Laporte, Minnesota, about 200 miles north of Minneapolis, and purchased by former Clintonville resident Mark Thomas. With the help of Terry Lorge and Dick Fletcher – who donated their time, along with the use of a truck and trailer – the LD truck returned to Clintonville two weeks ago.

Fri
03
Nov

Old part of Gresham school must go, survey says

The Gresham School District this week released the results of a survey sent out in September and October seeking input on how to address its facility needs after two referenda were voted down by the public last year.

A summary of the survey results indicated respondents favored demolishing a part of the school building that has been in existence for 82 years, but they also feel too much emphasis was placed on athletics. Some also lacked confidence in the school board, and others were concerned about an increase in taxes.

According to the survey results, 37 percent of the respondents voted against the $6 million referendum in 2016 that would have replaced the 1935 portion of the high school, while almost half voted for it. The results were flipped in regards to the $3.2 referendum to build a new gymnasium and other athletic facilities, with 39 percent of the respondents casting yes votes and 46 percent voting no.

Fri
03
Nov

Menominee officer arrested after undercover operation

A Menominee tribal officer was arrested early Thursday after an investigation into a report that the officer was allegedly having inappropriate communication with a 15-year-old juvenile, according to a news release from the tribe’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office.

Authorities received information Sunday night about the alleged contact with the juvenile, which was reportedly taking place via social media.

An immediate and thorough investigation was conducted by detectives of the Menominee Tribal Police Department, assisted by special agents of the FBI and state Department of Criminal Investigations, the office said.

On Wednesday, tribal police, the FBI, and the DCI conducted an undercover operation under the guidance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office that led to the officer’s arrest in the early morning hours Thursday.

Charges are expected to be filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The officer remains in custody.

Fri
03
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 1

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

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

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at the People’s Express East, 1206 E. Green Bay St.

Warrant — A 31-year-old man was taken into custody on outstanding warrants in the 400 block of West First Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 1

Deputies logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Woodland Road in the town of Washington.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in Aniwa.

Thu
02
Nov

Commission shoots down housing plan

After hearing overwhelming opposition from neighbors Wednesday, the Shawano Plan Commission unanimously rejected a proposal for a 40-unit senior housing complex that would have occupied the north parking lot of the former Shawano Medical Center complex.

Some two dozen residents of that neighborhood packed the meeting room, half of whom addressed the commission, and a petition in opposition to the plan bearing 74 signatures was presented.

The proposal offered by Kansas City-based Northpoint Development Corp. would have erected a four-story subsidized senior housing complex with 40 apartments.

One of the objections to the proposal was that the entrance to underground parking and a pitched roof would have made the building closer to six stories.

“It’s too large for the neighborhood,” said Mike Kirar. “We’ve got a small-town atmosphere there, and we’d like to keep it that way.”

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