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Wed
02
May

Cecil man charged with child sex assault, felony drug charge

A Cecil man is facing felony charges of child sexual assault and child enticement, along with a felony drug charge.

William A. Carstens, 61, is accused of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl and enticing the girl with the intent to have sexual contact, according to the criminal complaint.

The incident allegedly occurred on April 18 in Cecil.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies on April 21 executed a search warrant of Carstens’ residence, during which they allegedly found numerous baggies of marijuana in his basement.

In total, according to the criminal complaint, officers located 28 baggies of suspected marijuana, totaling 585.5 grams, or about 1.29 lbs. Also located was a metal box containing a scale commonly used to measure marijuana, the complaint states.

Wed
02
May

Highway 29 lane closure scheduled in Shawano County

Motorists on westbound state Highway 29 can expect to encounter a single lane closure and a reduced speed limit between Shawano County MMM and Spruce Road beginning Thursday. The lane closure is necessary for crews to complete pavement maintenance operations.

All work is scheduled for completion before noon May 25. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and construction progress.

Motorists are reminded that using handheld cell phones in Wisconsin work zones is illegal.

For information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s north central region, visit https://projects.511wi.gov/weeklyupdates-nc.

Wed
02
May

Court News

Strangulation

A Shawano man has been charged with three felony counts of strangulation and suffocation as a result of an alleged domestic incident that occurred in the city last month.

Jesse M. Martin, 35, could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine on each of the three counts if found guilty.

He is accused of using an electrical cord and a leather belt to choke a woman three times during the April 21 altercation, causing her to lose consciousness on one occasion.

He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic abuse-related battery.

Martin was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges on May 10.

Strangulation, intimidation

A Shawano man is facing felony charges of strangulation, intimidation and false imprisonment after an alleged domestic abuse incident in the town of Richmond in March.

Wed
02
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 30

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 33-year-old Shawano man was arrested for strangulation, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Fire — A stove fire was reported in the 100 block of Madison Way.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Harassment — Harassment was reported at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

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

Arrest — A 37-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Richmond and Lincoln streets.

April 29

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Sat
28
Apr

RDA action on SIST properties delayed

It will be at least August before the Shawano Redevelopment Authority is able to take any action on two vacant and blighted downtown properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

A condemnation review hearing that had been scheduled for May 24 has been moved to Aug. 1 due to a scheduling conflict in Shawan0-Menominee County Circuit Court.

In the meantime, however, SIST has contacted the city to take out permits for building improvements to 143-145 S. Main St. and 214-216 S. Main St., the properties the RDA is looking to condemn.

The pending litigation does not preclude SIST from making repairs.

“At any point in time, the property owners can make repairs to their own buildings,” said Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard, who has been serving as a staff advisor to the RDA.

Sheppard said SIST “still intends to move forward” with those repairs and has contacted the city’s building inspector to take out permits.

Sat
28
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 26

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 23-year-old Keshena woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at Sawyer and Main streets.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 200 block of North Airport Drive after a man was found sleeping in a shed. The man fled the scene.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 26

Deputies logged 50 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A utility theft was reported on Primrose Lane in Tigerton.

Fri
27
Apr

School district updates on safety plans


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz leads a discussion of school safety at the high school Thursday.

Shawano school officials and local law enforcement offered a refresher course, and a few updates Thursday to security precautions in place and options available in the event that a school and its students and staff are ever faced with an active shooter situation.

The presentation began with a recap of the ALICE program, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

Shawano Community High School Principal Scott Zwirschitz explained those steps are not necessarily sequential.

“You use them however you can,” he said, adding that evacuating is always the first choice if possible.

Zwirschitz said the Shawano School District, along with private schools in the city, have all adopted safety plans that include stages of potential threats.

The first would be notification of any incident off school grounds of which staff needs to be aware.

Fri
27
Apr

FFA alumni treasurer accused of stealing funds

A treasurer with the Shawano FFA Alumni has been charged with stealing $32,000 from the organization, according to a criminal complaint filed in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Elizabeth A. Pahlow, 32, of Clintonville, is accused of taking money from the fund for her own use between February 2017 and February 2018, according to the complaint.

Pahlow could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the felony count of theft in a business setting.

Pahlow took over the office of treasurer in February 2017, at which time the alumni account had a balance of $30,737. In February of this year, the account was down to $141, according to the complaint.

FFA officials became suspicious when they saw the treasurer’s report that was to be presented at an annual banquet in February and contacted the Shawano Police Department.

Fri
27
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 25

Police logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Arrest — A 37-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — A counterfeit $100 bill was found in the 300 block of North Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized at Family Dollar, 413 S. Main St.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported in the 400 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 25

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on County Road E in the town of Green Valley.

Thu
26
Apr

Tauchen faces challenge in November

State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, is likely to face a challenge for his Sixth District Assembly seat in the fall, with two Democratic candidates and a Libertarian declaring their candidacy.

William Switalla, a Shawano County supervisor and Wittenberg village president, is hoping have a second go at Tauchen’s seat after an unsuccessful bid two years ago.

He will first have to go up against Shawano doctor Richard Sarnwick, who has also declared his candidacy as a Democratic nominee.

The primary for that nomination is Aug. 14. The general election is Nov. 6.

Shawano resident Mike Hammond, a 30-year dairy farmer who now runs a small greenhouse business, has also declared his candidacy as a Libertarian.

The candidates have until June 1 to turn in at least 200 signatures supporting their nominations.

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