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15
Jun

Propane fire training session coming to Bowler

A live, emergency response training session dealing with propane fires will be held June 21 at the Bowler Fire Department. About 50 firefighters from Bowler and the surrounding areas are expected to attend the training, which is held in partnership with the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council.

In addition to classroom instruction, the training will include five fire scenarios, including a grill, forklift, bulk tank and propane terminal piping props. At times, area residents might see flames shooting 20 feet or higher into the air. Observers are welcome to watch. All hands-on training is overseen by Wisconsin certified fire instructors.

The Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council is the education foundation of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association. The training will be held at the Bowler Fire Department, 501 School House Road.

Fri
15
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 13

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 39-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — A desktop computer and cash were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 13

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 31-year-old Cecil woman was arrested for third-offense operating while intoxicated and operating after revocation on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — An iPad and other items were reported stolen on Main Street in the town of Angelica.

Thu
14
Jun

Shawano dam water level decision delayed

After public safety concerns led to an urgent call for action to raise the water level at the Shawano dam, the federal agency overseeing the dam Wednesday opened a 15-day public input period on whether the level should be raised.

The dam was mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month to reduce its target elevation from 802.9 feet mean sea level (msl) to 802.5 feet msl, resulting in a difference of more than 4 inches in the water level for the river, channel and lake.

Officials at Shawano Area Waterways Management say water levels are 5-6 inches below normal, though other estimates have placed that closer to 8-10 inches.

Boaters have been urged to use caution navigating the Wolf River and channel and the lower water levels have resulted in multiple reports of damage to boats and near-injury since the new level went into effect.

Thu
14
Jun

City gives doggy treat to pet owners

Canada geese might be causing headaches for the city, but Shawano’s canine residents can thank the problematic bird population for finally allowing them access to four of the city’s parks.

What was initially intended as part of a harassment plan to frighten away geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor blossomed into putting out the welcome mat for dogs at not only those two locations, but Kuckuk and Sturgeon parks as well.

The Shawano Common Council unanimously approved an ordinance change Wednesday allowing dogs in those parks, provided they are kept on a visible leash no more than 6 feet long. Also, dog owners will be responsible for cleaning up after the animals.

“I encourage all dog owners to clean up after their dogs so this is not an ordinance we have to rescind at a later date,” Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz said. “The ball’s in their court now to clean up after their pets.”

Thu
14
Jun

Council approves new pay station

Huckleberry Harbor is taking a step into the modern era by ditching the old-fashioned cash box used for the collection of daily boat launch fees and replacing it with an automated pay station.

According to the Park and Recreation Department, the old system required staff to use gloves and face masks when counting the collected fees due to persistent mold issues as well as encountering bee and hornet nests on a regular basis when emptying the cash box.

The automated pay station will allow for credit and debit card, cash and coin payments, as well as an increased level of compliance with launch permits.

The Shawano Common Council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve a bid from Tapco Inc. of Milwaukee in the amount of $12,000 for the pay station.

Also approved was $1,000 needed to complete the concrete footing and other potential site preparations, and a monthly service fee of $50 for processing the credit and debit card payments.

Thu
14
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 12

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Richmond and Lincoln streets.

Vandalism — Rocks were reported thrown at windshields at American Car Care, 1229 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen in the 100 block of Prairie Street.

Warrant — A 29-year-old man was arrested on a warrant at Lakeland Road and Raasch Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 12

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Cedar Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Thu
14
Jun

Blizzard aid available to Shawano County farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering low-interest emergency loans to Wisconsin agricultural producers who lost property in the mid-April blizzard this year.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency is making these loans available to cover losses caused by snow and high winds to producers in several Wisconsin counties, including Shawano County.

Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers to apply for these loans is Jan. 29.

The disaster designation by the Farm Service Agency administrator means loans are available to producers who live in Shawano County, as well as Barron, Brown, Burnett, Door, Dunn, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Jackson, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Marinette, Monroe, Oconto, Outagamie, Polk, Portage, Rusk, Sawyer, Trempealeau, Washburn, Waupaca and Wood counties.

Wed
13
Jun

Formal tribal officer sentenced to 15 years

A former Menominee Tribal Police officer who was on duty when he sought to have sex with a minor female was sentenced Monday in federal court to 15 years in prison plus eight years supervised release.

Basil L. O’Kimosh, 40, of Keshena, pleaded guilty in March to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and recording it.

He has been held in custody since his arrest in November.

At his plea hearing, O’Kimosh, admitted to using social media in 2017 to ask a 15-year-old girl to send him nude photographs of herself.

According to the plea agreement:

The girl and O’Kimosh met face-to-face sometime after July 2017, when she told him she was 15 years old. At some unspecified time, she sent O’Kimosh pictures of her exposed breasts, at his request.

The girl’s mother had learned for her daughter’s communications with O’Kimosh and contacted tribal police.

Wed
13
Jun

Court News

Auto theft

A Shawano teen was charged with felony auto theft after a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over for speeding Sunday in the town of Waukechon.

Jeremy M. Wade, 18, was clocked at 88 mph in a 65 mph zone on state Highway 29 when he was stopped, according to the criminal complaint.

It turned out he did not have permission to be driving the vehicle, according to the complaint, and had marijuana in his possession.

Wade could face a maximum possible penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He is also charged with three counts of felony bail jumping, each of which carries a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Wade was ordered held on a $1,000 cash bond and is scheduled for an adjourned initial court appearance on June 25.

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Wed
13
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 11

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 900 block of South Washington Street.

Theft — Money and checks were reported stolen in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Theft — A portable nail gun compressor and two nail guns were reported stolen in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of East Center Street.

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at Rusch Road and Richmond Street.

June 10

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A female juvenile was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay and Lincoln streets.

Accident — A vehicle struck a deer at state Highway 22 and Lake Drive.

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