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Sat
09
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 7

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifting incidents.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Warrant — A 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested on a Shawano County warrant in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Hamlin and Center streets.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 7

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Derby Lane in the town of Washington.

Fri
08
Sep

RDA, SIST in talks over blighted property

City officials are mum on the details but have confirmed that the Shawano Redevelopment Authority is actively negotiating with the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology on possibly acquiring one of SIST’s vacant downtown properties.

The property at 214-216 S. Main St. was the subject of a court-ordered inspection last year that showed it was a health and safety hazard and was structurally unsound.

The RDA in April initiated proceedings that could lead to condemnation of the property unless a sale price can be negotiated with SIST.

The city had an appraisal of the property done as a first step in those negotiations.

That appraisal deemed the property virtually worthless.

According to the appraisal, the building at 214 S. Main St. would be worth $42,000 as a vacant lot.

However, demolition of the building was estimated to cost anywhere from $68,000 to $100,000, which led appraisers to place the property’s value at “zero dollars.”

Fri
08
Sep

Former bar operator appealing child sex assault conviction

A former Shawano bar operator sentenced last year to more than 20 years in prison for child sexual assault had a motion hearing in Shawano County Circuit Court on Thursday in his bid to gain a new trial.

Darwin R. Davis, 50, was found guilty after a weeklong jury trial of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl in the basement of a Shawano tavern he once operated and on multiple occasions at his home in 2012.

He was sentenced in April 2016 to 20 years on those counts and an additional 1 1/2 years on two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child for trying to get his two children, who were 13 and 11 at the time, to lie to authorities about his relationship with the girl.

Fri
08
Sep

Authorities investigating Wescott fire

State and local authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a house in the town of Wescott on Thursday.

The home in the 6800 block of Curt Black Road was vacant at the time and no injuries were reported. It was fully engulfed when firefighters were called out shortly before 1 a.m.

The Shawano Area Fire Department was able to knock the blaze down in about 40 minutes.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department and state fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

Fri
08
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 6

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of East Center Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Richmond Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Disorderly —Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a credit card fraud complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Sept. 6

Deputies logged 46 incidents, including the following:

Thu
07
Sep

Downtown plaza concept gains traction


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan A slideshow presentation Wednesday at City Hall includes an illustration showing one possible design for a proposed downtown plaza.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Clerk Karla Duchac announces the results of voting by individual boards and commissions in support of pursuing a downtown plaza concept at a special Common Council meeting Wednesday.

City officials Wednesday unveiled a vision of a downtown plaza that would connect Main Street with Franklin Park, and possibly include the splash pad previously intended for Memorial Park.

The concept arose from a recent presentation given by Roger Brooks, chief executive officer for a tourism consulting firm, Roger Brooks International.

The Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce subsequently held meetings with local business owners and community leaders who pushed the plaza idea.

The Shawano Common Council held a special meeting Wednesday to present the idea and get input from a host of committees and commissions, including the plan commission, park and recreation commission, park builders board, business improvement district board, downtown business association, redevelopment authority, industrial and commercial development committee, farmers market board and chamber of commerce board.

Thu
07
Sep

Port Townsend Resort under new ownership


Contributed Photo The new owners of the Port Townsend Resort include, from left, Karla Schuessler, Juli Hobson, Jeremiah Rolfs and Angela Buchholz. Not shown: Dale Harris.

HUB Investments LLC has announced the acquisition of the cottage and dock rentals of Port Townsend Resort, located on the Townsend Flowage in Townsend, from Jim and Karla Schuessler.

“We are thrilled to take the reins,” said Juli Hobson, a member of the new ownership group. “We feel the Townsend Flowage is one of the truly superior lakes among all those in the Northwoods, especially considering that it provides such diverse recreational opportunity for guests.

“We look forward to continuing the same great services as Jim and Karla, adding upgrades in accommodations and amenities. It is our hope not only to build lasting relationships with our guests but with the residents of Townsend as well. We want to become an asset to the community, increasing year-round rentals and promoting businesses in the area.”

Other owners include Angela Buchholz, Jeremiah Rolfs and Dale Harris, all of Tigerton.

Thu
07
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 5

Police logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of East Randall Street.

Vandalism — The parking lot at Lakeshore Lanes, 210 N. Airport Drive, was reported vandalized.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 300 block of South Main Street.

Theft — A weed eater was reported stolen in the 900 block of South Evergreen Street.

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint in the 500 block of East Ridlington Avenue.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — Attempted theft from a vehicle was reported in the 500 block of East Ridlington Avenue.

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 5

Wed
06
Sep

AG opinion puts county aid to food center in limbo

An opinion by the state Attorney General is raising questions about Shawano County’s annual contribution to a local food distribution center, but the county’s legal counsel says there might be enough wiggle room in the opinion to allow continued donations.

Attorney General Brad Schimel on Friday issued a formal opinion to Shawano County Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus concerning whether a county board is legally authorized to appropriate money to a private nonprofit food pantry.

Schimel concluded that state statutes do not give county boards that authority.

“While county boards may establish and operate programs to serve the residents of the county who need assistance in securing adequate food, the statute does not grant authority to make appropriations to nonprofits to perform this task,” Schimel wrote.

Wed
06
Sep

Aarrowcast seeks to intervene in SMU rate increase

Shawano Municipal Utilities has asked the state Public Service Commission for another hike in electric utility rates, but one of its largest industrial customers opposes the request.

Iron foundry Aarrowcast Inc. has filed with the PSC for intervention and full party status in the case.

“Electricity pricing is a key determinant in the ability of Aarrowcast to remain a profitable, contributing member of the Shawano community,” the company said in its filing. “Any increase to Aarrowcast will be detrimental to the company and its employees, particularly as the utility received an increase less than one year ago.”

Approval of the intervention, which was filed Friday, would give Aarrowcast a seat at the table when SMU makes its case for a rate increase to the PSC.

A date for that hearing has not yet been set.

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