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Fri
21
Jun

Postcards being sent to inactive voters

The state of Wisconsin is mailing postcards this week to approximately 114,000 registered voters who have not voted in the past four years.

“The postcards are titled Official Voter Registration Notice,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “State law requires inactive voters to be removed from the statewide voter list if they do not request continuing their registration, which is just one of many steps we take to ensure the integrity of voting in Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is sending the postcards to voters who have not voted since the November 2014 general election. Between that election and the 2018 general election, there have been 11 statewide elections and primaries. The postcard asks recipients whether they want to remain a registered voter at that address.

Thu
20
Jun

Marion man convicted of strangulation, battery in attack on deputy


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Chad R. Kohel, right, consults with attorney Jeff Haase after verdicts are handed down in Shawano County Circuit Court Wednesday. Kohel was found guilty of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer. He was found not guilty of attempted homicide and criminal escape.

A Marion man was found not guilty of attempted homicide Wednesday for his attack on a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy last year, but jurors convicted him on two other felony counts of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer.

Chad R. Kohel, 45, was accused of strangling the deputy after a drunken driving arrest on July 27. He faced a fourth felony count of criminal escape, but the jury also found him not guilty on that charge.

The two-day jury trial in the Shawano County Circuit Court boiled down to opposing interpretations of video taken from the deputy’s body camera and surveillance footage from outside ThedaCare Medical Center where Kohel was taken for a blood test after his drunken driving arrest.

The state and Kohel’s defense offered differing views on what the video showed. Much of Wednesday’s testimony was spent playing and replaying key moments from those videos.

Thu
20
Jun

Suspect in 1976 murders bound over for trial


Leader photo by Warren Bluhm Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, who is hard of hearing, listens to testimony via portable headphones during the June 19 preliminary hearing into charges the Lakewood man killed David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys at a Marinette County park in 1976. He is seated next to defense co-counsel Travis Crowell.

The Lakewood man accused of murdering a couple in Marinette County 43 years ago has been bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, June 19.

Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was arrested in March and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, who were shot to death July 9, 1976, at the McClintock Park campground in the town of Silver Cliff.

Matheys was also sexually assaulted, and Vannieuwenhoven originally was also charged with first-degree sexual assault, but the count was dismissed after the defense noted that the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 1982.

Thu
20
Jun

Gresham bank sale ‘a good thing’ for village

After 111 years of independent operation, State Bank in Gresham will become the property of AbbyBank.

“That’s a good thing” in the view of Lyle Grosskopf, Gresham village board president.

The purchase combines the Abbotsford bank chain branches in Abbotsford, Appleton, Medford, Wausau and Weston with State Bank’s Gresham and Shawano locations.

The transaction will increase AbbyBank’s total assets by about $28 million, to approximately $533 million. Financial terms of the deal will not be publicly disclosed. Closing the sale hinges on receipt of all regulatory approvals, including that of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

No timetable on the sale was released, but Neil Beckman, chief executive officer of State Bank, said they were anticipating a Sept. 1 date of the change. He said the signage would change, but bank customers will not see a lot of differences in the bank at the corner of Schabow and Main streets.

Thu
20
Jun

Clintonville council approves swimming pond

The Clintonville Common Council has voted unanimously to proceed with plans for a swimming pond.

“It has been a long time coming. On May 30, the Park and Recreation Committee recommended that we pursue a swimming pond instead of an in-ground pool for the city’s outdoor aquatic facility,” said Steve Kettenhoven, chairman of the committee.

The council took its action at its June 11 meeting.

Alderman Mike Hankins asked where the money would come from.

Kettenhoven said they would have to find it.

The present outdoor pool has not been in operation for several years after a fire of undetermined origin damaged the facility.

Alderwoman Julie Stumbris asked why there was no attempt to rehabilitate the existing pool by getting a new liner, sandblasting it and refinishing it.

“Maintenance will always be a problem. No one wants to touch repairing the bath house roof with four main beams and it may not be safe,” Mayor Richard Beggs said.

Thu
20
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 18

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accidents — Police responded to a three-vehicle property damage accident the parking lot at Pizza Hut, 816 E. Green Bay St., and a single-vehicle property damage accident in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Fireworks — Police responded to a fireworks complaint at Lieg Avenue and Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 18

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint on Oak Street in Bowler.

Disturbances — A 32-year-old Marion woman was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton. Authorities also responded to a disturbance on Middle Drive in the town of Angelica.

Tue
18
Jun

Board member rips schools’ growth

A regular presentation Monday on what Shawano’s public schools are doing to improve academic achievement turned into a debate on whether the schools are doing enough to make sure students are learning what they need to learn.

Board member Mart Grams told his fellow board members that underachieving students, who he at one point referenced as possible “idiots,” should be held back in school or that other drastic steps be taken to make sure they’re keeping up with classmates.

Terri Schultz and Brian Morstad, administrators for Olga Brener Intermediate School and Hillcrest Primary School, presented reports to the school board on the benchmark goals the schools had established to determine whether students were growing academically. Both informed board members that some scores had exceeded their expectations.

Tue
18
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 17

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 22-year-old Shawano man was arrested in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle on charges of disorderly conduct/domestic, battery/domestic, strangulation/domestic, false imprisonment, endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, going armed with firearm while intoxicated and threats to law enforcement officers. Police also responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of South Evergreen Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated drug complaints in the 800 block of South Park Street and at Lieg Avenue and Prospect Circle.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1100 block of South Franklin Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 17

Deputies logged 52 incidents, including the following:

Tue
18
Jun

Open house set at new SAM’s House location


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek SAM25 Board President Muffy Culhane, left, and SAM 25 Executive Director Jennifer Laude Bisterfeldt show off the kitchen as their group gets ready to welcome to the public to see the new SAM’s House emergency homeless shelter at 105 E. Richmond St., Shawano. The open house, set for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, will allow the community to see the new space and will include building tours, food, entertainment and raffles.

It’s amazing how an empty building can seem full.

The former New Era House at 105 E. Richmond St., Shawano, was purchased by Shawano Area Matthew 25 and will soon be converted into an emergency homeless shelter and resource center. It will be the site of an open house from 3-7 p.m. Saturday as SAM25 kicks off the public portion of its $410,000 fundraising campaign.

Now mostly empty, the interior is a sprawling maze of corridors, bedrooms and large open areas. What open house organizers see is a building filled with promise and opportunity.

“Homelike. Bright. Cheerful,” said Jennifer Laude Bisterfeldt, SAM25 executive director, of her vision for the facility. “We want to fill the place with joy and hope.”

“A place of caring and support,” added Muffy Culhane, president of the board of directors. The new location, in her eyes, will be one where “guests work together as a family.”

Tue
18
Jun

1-to-1 plan approved for middle, high schools

The Shawano School District is going to implement a one-to-one technology initiative that will allow middle school and high school students to use Chromebooks outside of school to complete their work.

Chromebooks are lightweight laptop computers or tablets. The Shawano School Board unanimously approved a handbook and some fees that will be part of the contract with parents and students to ensure the district isn’t footing the bill if the devices are damaged, destroyed or lost.

Families will be required to pay an insurance fee of $25 per year per device, which would cover the cost of repairs. If the device is lost or stolen, they will need to pay a replacement fee, which could be as much as $300 if the device was still brand new. There will also be a $30 damage fee for any malicious damage or if the power cord is lost.

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