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Sat
28
Oct

City tax rate to spike under proposed budget

Shawano property owners will see a huge spike in their tax rate under the city’s proposed 2018 budget, though the sticker shock on their total tax bill will be lessened somewhat by a decrease in taxes from the school district and county.

The city’s portion of the bill will jump by about 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, from $9.29 to $9.89.

Thanks to a decrease in the tax rates of other taxing entities, however, the total tax bill will go up by only about 5 cents per $1,000, from $23.93 per $1,000 of assessed value to $23.98. That means the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $5 in taxes.

The Shawano School District’s assessed tax rate for city property owners will drop by about 45 cents per $1,000 to about $9.65, while county’s assessed rate will ease by 9 cents to about $5.16 per $1,000.

Rates for the state and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are roughly the same as last year.

Sat
28
Oct

Suspect sought in string of laundromat thefts

Shawano County authorities are looking for the public’s help in solving a string of recent break-ins and thefts at area laundromats.

The most recent occurred on about 1:21 p.m. Oct. 17.

A man entered the laundromat at John’s One Stop on state Highway 47-55 in Wescott, forced entry into a video machine and removed a substantial amount of currency.

Similar incidents have taken place at laundromats in Wittenberg, Cecil and Shawano.

Authorities say that neighboring jurisdictions have also had reports of similar criminal activity where a variety of vending machines have been targeted and currency removed.

The sheriff’s department has surveillance video that shows a lone male person of interest and a vehicle.

The suspect appears to be a white male wearing a brown/tan hooded sweatshirt and the vehicle is a teal or off-green two-door.

Sat
28
Oct

Keshena woman indicted for car theft

A Keshena woman was indicted Tuesday in federal court for allegedly stealing a car that was later recovered in New York City.

Danielle R. Kaquatosh, 34, is charged with stealing a 2005 Pontiac Grand Am from a residence on the Menominee Indian Reservation on or about Sept. 23.

On Sept. 27, a New York City police officer located Kaquatosh and the vehicle near West 165th Street and Broadway.

Kaquatosh is in federal custody and is being transported to Wisconsin, according Dean Puschnig, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Milwaukee.

No court dates have been set.

If convicted, Kaquatosh faces maximum penalties of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years supervised release.

Sat
28
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 26

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Obstructing — An 18-year-old Keshena man fled on foot from an officer after giving a false name at the Skate Park, 107 E. Elizabeth St. A charge of obstructing/resisting an officer was referred.

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

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 300 block of Prospect Circle.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 600 block of East Schurz Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a 34-year-old Illinois woman in custody for shoplifting.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Washerette Laundromat, 950 E. Fifth St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 700 block of East Green Bay Street.

Sat
28
Oct

Cellcom and Glas revamp shoreline

Shawano County’s waterways are a treasure enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Protecting and maintaining these waterways is a group effort, and Cellcom and Glas Coffeehouse recently put the finishing touches on a project to restore their shoreline along the Wolf River channel in Shawano by returning it to a more natural state.

The businesses removed invasive Pampas grass, which had previously been mowed, near the water and added a natural buffer zone along the water’s edge with native plants and mulch.

Sat
28
Oct

UC revolves $6.2M in stock

United Cooperative, a full-service farmer-owned cooperative based in Beaver Dam, this month announced it paid members about $7 million in 2017.

The co-op revolved more than $6.2 million in stock and paid $770,000 in member requests for those older than 77 and estate settlements.

“This equity revolvement is an ongoing commitment to members that United Cooperative takes very seriously,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative president and CEO. “In order for the cooperative to return equity to members, the cooperative must generate a profit. And the cooperative does not generate profits without the support, commitment and patronage from our members.”

More than 17,000 members received stock revolvement checks from United Cooperative in October.

“And as the cooperative revolves this equity, members reinvest those dollars back into their communities through other purchases and philanthropic giving,” Cramer said.

Fri
27
Oct

Oconto Falls teen killed in crash

A 19-year-old man from Oconto Falls was killed in a two-vehicle crash in the town of Washington early Friday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash took place on state Highway 22 at Resort Road just before 2:30 a.m.

The preliminary investigation showed a southbound vehicle driven by the Oconto Falls teen crossed the center line and collided with a northbound milk truck.

The Oconto Falls man passed away from the injuries he sustained in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

The northbound vehicle was driven by a 63-year-old Marion man who was not injured.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Shawano Ambulance Service, Cecil-Washington Fire Department and the Shawano County Highway Department.

The crash investigation is ongoing and no additional information was being released early Friday.

Fri
27
Oct

Stockbridge-Munsee suit against Ho-Chunk dismissed

A federal judge has ruled that the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe waited too long to challenge the expansion of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino in Wittenberg.

The Stockbridge-Munsee sued the Ho-Chunk and the state in April over Ho-Chunk plans to expand its casino in Wittenberg, about 20 miles away from the North Star Casino Resort operated in Bowler by the Stockbridge-Munsee.

The suit alleged the expansion could cost the Stockbridge-Munsee $22 million per year.

In dismissing Ho-Chunk from the suit Wednesday, U.S. District Judge James Peterson found that the Stockbridge-Munsee should have sued in 2008 when the Ho-Chunk casino first opened.

“(U)nder a normal application of the statute of limitations, the Stockbridge-Munsee must have brought their claims against the Ho-Chunk by 2014, and their claims are now time-barred,” Peterson wrote in his decision.

Fri
27
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 25

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of South Andrews Street.

Theft — A vehicle break-in was reported in the 1000 block of South Lutz Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of East Robin Lane.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’ Department

Oct. 25

Deputies logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Drug offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Hit and run — Authorities responded to a property damage hit-and-run on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

Vandalism — Windows were reported vandalized on Anderson Avenue and Woods Road in the town of Wescott.

Fri
27
Oct

Clintonville foundation accepting grant applications

The Clintonville Area Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, is accepting grant applications until Dec. 1 from eligible charitable organizations serving the Clintonville area.

The CAF is seeking applications for projects or new programs with clear goals and financial accountability, and for which a moderate amount of grant money can make an impact on an area of need.

Grants are made for a broad range of purposes in the area of arts and culture, health and human services, community development, education and environment. Organizations eligible to receive grants are those determined by the IRS to be public charities.

Last year, CAF awarded a total of $10,699 in grants to six area nonprofit organizations:

- CESA 8, $2,800, to sponsor two Clintonville area teachers in the Career Academy Teacher Externship program.

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