News

Thu
29
Dec

Bond increased in Tigerton attempted homicide case

Bond was raised Wednesday for a Tigerton man facing charges of attempted homicide and strangulation after the state presented additional evidence in the case.

Nicholas J. Packer, 30, is charged with two counts of attempted homicide and two felony counts of strangulation for allegedly trying to kill a pregnant woman and her unborn child during a Christmas Eve domestic dispute in the village.

An additional felony charge of substantial battery is also expected, according to the district attorney’s office.

Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court Judge James Habeck on Tuesday set a $2,500 cash bond that had been requested by the district attorney’s office.

The office subsequently filed a motion for a new hearing, saying Assistant District Attorney Catharine White misspoke when recommending the bond amount.

The court, which can set a bond higher or lower than requested, did not question the amount.

Thu
29
Dec

Boys & Girls Club hires 1st director

The new Boys & Girls Club of Shawano is getting ready to launch services under the leadership of a club veteran who is excited to be overseeing Shawano’s startup.

Kimberly Lodewegen, who lives in the Clintonville area, has been hired as director of the club scheduled to begin operations next month at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

After school resumes for the new semester, Lodewegen plans to sign up her first 50 members as the culmination of a three-year effort to bring the Boys & Girls Club to Shawano.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’m very anxious to get in there and get started.”

Lodewegen, 27, previously worked at Boys & Girls Clubs in Milwaukee and Fond du Lac, followed by a position working with children at Homme Youth and Family Programs in Wittenberg.

Thu
29
Dec

Court News

Felony OWI

A Pulaski man whose vehicle went into a ditch along state Highway 29 last week has been charged with a felony count of eighth offense operating while intoxicated.
Steven L. Ponfil, 45, could face a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine if convicted.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver on Highway 29 in the town of Maple Grove on Friday and found the vehicle in a ditch, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states Ponfil showed signs of intoxication but refused a blood draw. A warrant was obtained to take a blood test.

According to the criminal complaint, Ponfil has six prior OWI convictions in Shawano County and one in Price County.

He was sentenced in Shawano County in 2005 to two years in prison and three years extended supervision for his seventh OWI offense.

Thu
29
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 27

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated an identity theft complaint in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Theft — A property theft complaint in the 1200 block of South Lafayette Street was under investigation.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 27

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 38-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated after a minor accident on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on state Highway 29 in the town of Hartland.

Shoplifting — Authorities responded to a shoplifting complaint on Grand Avenue in Wittenberg.

Wed
28
Dec

Tigerton man faces attempted homicide charges

A Tigerton man is facing two counts of attempted homicide for allegedly trying to kill a pregnant woman and her unborn child during a Christmas Eve domestic dispute in the village.

Nicholas J. Packer, 30, was also charged with two felony counts of strangulation for allegedly trying twice to choke the woman, according to the complaint.

Packer also faces numerous misdemeanor counts, including possession of a firearm while intoxicated, carrying a concealed weapon, battery and disorderly conduct.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance just after 11 p.m. Saturday involving a report of a woman being attacked and that someone had a gun.

The woman and another man had managed to leave the residence as deputies were arriving.

Packer then surrendered without incident, according to the criminal complaint.

Wed
28
Dec

Marion police lose K-9 officer


Photo Courtesy of Marion Police Department Utos, an 8-year-old German shepherd who worked with the Marion Police Department, was put to sleep Friday due to a heart condition.

Utos, an 8-year-old German shepherd who worked with the Marion Police Department for four years, was euthanized Friday after it was determined he was suffering from a genetic heart condition.

Police Chief Kevin Schultz announced the news in a statement Monday.

Utos and Officer Eric Krause were a certified K-9 team. Utos had been with the Krause family for four years.

Schultz said that Krause first noticed a difference in Utos’ breathing on Dec. 14 when the dog was not interested in going to work.

Krause took Utos to a veterinarian in Clintonville. Tests for blastomycosis were negative, and it was thought some other type of infection was the problem.

Krause then took Utos, who had stopped eating, to an animal hospital in Appleton. They gave him fluids and treated him.

On Friday, more tests revealed Utos was suffering from a heart condition and that he was in cardiac failure.

Wed
28
Dec

Juror misconduct charged in Packers ticket case

Several Green Bay Packers fans are seeking a new trial in a civil fraud case against a Shawano ticket broker, alleging that an old friend secretly served on the jury that cleared the broker of wrongdoing.

Shawano County Circuit Judge William Kussel Jr. has scheduled a Jan. 3 hearing to consider whether juror misconduct tainted the verdict and whether a new trial should be ordered in the case pitting ticket broker Douglas Burris against his former customers.

An attorney for the Packers fans has raised accusations that Burris had an old friend on the jury who assured his fellow jurors that Burris was “a stand-up guy” and never would have defrauded any customers.

In a motion filed Tuesday for a new trial, attorney Rex Anderegg argues that the unnamed juror improperly concealed a personal relationship with Burris and then tried to influence other jurors by privately telling them Burris was a person of good character.

Wed
28
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 26

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

OWL — Police received a report of a male subject operating a vehicle without a license on East Green Bay Street but were unable to locate the vehicle.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Dec. 25

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St.

Dec. 24

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Sat
24
Dec

County landfill set for turnaround


Leader File Photo Located at 1099 Rusch Road in Shawano, the Shawano County Landfill is owned by the county and operated by the city as the primary site for household and commercial waste in the area.

After years of financial red ink, the Shawano County Landfill could be on the verge of making a comeback.

Officials are crediting increased user fees and other cost savings with a turnaround that could transform the landfill into a money-maker after financial losses previously exceeding $200,000 a year.

“Things have changed pretty dramatically,” county Corporation Counsel Tony Kordus told members of the Shawano County Board earlier this week.

Members of the board approved a new plan for paying off landfill debts with revenue from the landfill rather than with city or county funds, as had been the practice in the past.

Located at 1099 Rusch Road on the east side of Shawano, the landfill has been the primary site for dumping household and commercial trash in Shawano County for many years. The 45-acre landfill is expected to remain active until approximately the year 2020.

Sat
24
Dec

Clintonville gets grant to replace lead water lines

Clintonville residents who have lead water lines can receive up to $2,000 to have them replaced.

The Common Council on Dec. 13 approved the subsidy based on the results of a survey of homeowners over the last two months that indicated there are about 140 city residents that have lead pipes.

After spending $10,000 last summer to apply for a Department of Natural Resources grant to help property owners replace the lead water lines on their property, the city received a $300,000 grant for the project.

According to Dave Tichinel, city water and waste water manager, the money can only be used to replace the lead pipes.

“After the money is gone, I can’t promise that there will ever be money available to the homeowners again,” Tichinel said.

Tichinel said homeowners who have not completed the survey should do so as soon as possible or contact the city to check their lines.

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