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Wed
03
May

Man who fled sex crime arrest sentenced

A Lena man who led authorities on a high-speed chase after being caught in a computer sex crime sting was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a half in jail as a condition of five years of probation.

Jason J. Pfeiffer, 38, pleaded no contest in February to felony charges of child enticement and fleeing. A charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime was dismissed.

Pfeiffer was arrested in December 2015 after attempting to flee from authorities when he showed up for what he believed was going to be a sexual rendezvous with a 15-year-old girl, according to the criminal complaint.

He had, in fact, been communicating online with a Shawano County sheriff’s detective posing as a juvenile.

Pfeiffer sped off when he saw a sheriff’s squad behind him, driving across lawns to elude the squad cars that had him boxed in.

Wed
03
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 1

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A cellphone was reported stolen in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disorderly — A 32-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem on Riverside Drive.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 1

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Grandview Street in Wittenberg.

Tue
02
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 30

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a man fled the store with a TV.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen at Lakeshore Lanes, 210 N. Airport Drive.

Theft — A briefcase was reported stolen from a vehicle at Pick ‘n Save, 190 Woodlawn Drive.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported one of its associates had been caught shoplifting.

Fraud — Police investigated a Facebook scam in the 200 block of West Richmond Street.

April 29

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Airport and Engel drives.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Sunset Avenue.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Taco Bell, 1266 E. Green Bay St.

Mon
01
May

Name released in fatal Belle Plaine crash

Authorities on Monday released the name of a Pulaski man who was killed Saturday in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Belle Plaine .

Mark Kanzenbach, 38, died after being rear-ended on state Highway 29 near state Highway 22, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Kanzenbach was driving a pickup truck westbound on Highway 29 about 8 a.m. when a van struck him from behind. He was transported to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the van was Matthew Gershon, 39, of Manitowoc.

The crash is still under investigation. No other details have been released.

The sheriff's department was assisted at the scene by the Shawano Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Shawano Ambulance.

Sat
29
Apr

Mattoon school supporters await decision on appeal

A decision could come as soon as Thursday on whether a referendum creating a Mattoon school district will go before voters in November.

A hearing was held Tuesday at Antigo High School with the School District Boundary Appeal Board, a panel of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.

The board is expected back in Antigo on Thursday to convene in closed session and discuss the appeal, then come out of closed session with an answer, according to Zak Kickhaver, one of the organizers of the push to give the village of Mattoon its own school district.

Supporters filed a petition with the state in February seeking an appeal of the Antigo school board’s vote to deny letting the proposed secession go to a referendum.

The Unified School District of Antigo board voted 8-1 on Jan. 10 against the proposed referendum.

Sat
29
Apr

Shawano grad recognized for excellence as nurse


Photo by Carol Wagner Donna Baenen was awarded the Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award as Nurse of the Year for 2017 for her work at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

Donna Baenen has been named 2017 Nurse of the Year and recipient of the Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award for her work at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

“It’s a very prestigious award,” said Baenen, who graduated from Shawano High School in 1983. “I’m incredibly honored and humbled.”

Baenen received the award April 19 at a ceremony at the Gather on Broadway in Green Bay. The Bushes, well-known philanthropists in Green Bay, have been giving the award to a nurse for 16 years.

Baenen has been a nurse for 30 years, the past 26 yeas at Bellin, where she is a staff nurse in the emergency department.

After high school Baenen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Marian University in Fond du Lac. She is a registered nurse and has a certificate in emergency nursing.

“I embraced the staff role of nursing,” Baenen said. “I’m comfortable in this position and it’s what I do best.”

Sat
29
Apr

Scholars group celebrates 24th gala


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Helping donors renew or start their endowment contributions Friday are, from left, seated, Barb Schmid and Amy Teplate, volunteers for the Dollars for Scholars program.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Shannon Dawn, left, and Jason Kuehl look over items at the silent auction Friday during the Dollars for Scholars gala at The Gathering in Shawano.

Education got the red-carpet treatment Friday as members of the Shawano community turned out for the annual Shawano Dollars for Scholars gala banquet.

More than 200 people showed their support for the student scholarship program at the organization’s 24th annual gala at The Gathering banquet hall in Shawano.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization, which provides scholarships annually to local high school graduates continuing their education.

The organization has awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships to hundreds of students since 1993.

Supporter Mike Van Rite said he has been a booster for years because he enjoys seeing charitable donations work in such a tangible way as helping Shawano kids continue their educations.

“What better way to contribute?” he said. “I think it’s a great way to spend some money.”

Sat
29
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 27

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Theft — A theft was reported at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Theft — Police investigated a theft complaint in the 2500 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Theft — Prescription drugs were reported stolen at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 27

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated a theft complaint on Co-op Avenue in the town of Green Valley.

Fri
28
Apr

2nd Clintonville school vote at least a year off

If the Clintonville School Board decides to try another referendum to address its elementary school needs, it probably won’t be for another year or more.

“There is no general election in the fall, so if the district wanted to do a referendum this fall, we would be putting up a pretty hefty bill, so that’s not likely,” business manager Lynette Edwards said. “We are looking at least a year out if not a year and a half. From what I understand from talking with other school districts, that’s not too long to plan and prepare.”

On April 4, voters rejected the district’s proposed $24.9 million referendum, 1,140-733. The proposal to raze Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School and build a new school was endorsed by a 31-member task force that spent months studying the issue.

“I think it’s really important that we keep the discussion going about the elementary school,” Edwards told the board.

Fri
28
Apr

Library upgrades planned at middle school


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Krisy Bogacz, library director for the Shawano School District, adjusts books on a shelf in the Shawano Community Middle School library.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams With a modernization coming this summer, some areas of the Shawano Community Middle School library are believed to be unchanged over the past 40 or 50 years.

The library at Shawano Community Middle School is about to get its due.

It is one of the few areas of the middle school that were left untouched by a $10 million renovation completed last year following a successful referendum.

School officials now have identified funding for improvements planned this summer to equip the library with new shelving, furnishings, equipment, lighting and more.

“It’s going to be much more of a modern library,” Principal Mary Kramer said.

School board members have agreed to spend up to $123,000 on the project, which will upgrade the library to match improvements made throughout the rest of the middle school last year.

Jeff Easter, the school district’s director of buildings and grounds, said some board members have questioned why the library was not included in the $10 million package approved by voters in November 2015.

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