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Sat
24
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 22

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of West First Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Walgreen’s, 401 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a minor two-vehicle accident at Green Bay and Main streets.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 200 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 22

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Herman Street in the town of Herman.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
23
Dec

Winter sporting buffs start hitting the ice

The sub-freezing cold snap earlier this month has emboldened winter fishing enthusiasts to start hitting the ice, but the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is reminding those who venture out to exercise caution.

Sheriff Adam Bieber said he has heard reports of 3 to 6 inches of ice on Shawano Lake, but ice conditions vary depending on location.

People should check with local bait shops on current ice conditions, he said.

So far, there have been 4-wheelers and snowmobiles out on the ice, but not any of the heavy vehicles that authorities recommend against.

“We have not seen anyone with a motor vehicle and we would advise against anyone wanting to venture out on the ice with a motor vehicle,” Bieber said. “We would just advise people not to drive onto the lake but to use smaller recreational vehicles at their own risk if needed at all.”

Fri
23
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 21

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Franklin and Richmond streets.

Theft — A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 200 block of Teddington Lane.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 21

Deputies logged 56 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Lake Wagner Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Thu
22
Dec

Self-proclaimed church in family legal squabble

Family members of a self-proclaimed church in Tigerton once associated with the Posse Comitatus are embroiled in a legal dispute over the fate of property that was once seized by Shawano County.

A civil suit was filed last week by Life Science Church and trustee James Minniecheske against two other church trustees, Judith Minniecheske and JoAnn Redman, and a third party, Jane Dedolph, all identified as James Minniecheske’s sisters.

The suit claims church property was improperly transferred to the defendants for their personal gain and seeks $369,500 in damages.

According to the suit, the Life Science Church was chartered in Wisconsin under state statutes in 1976.

However, the church has never been legally recognized as a tax-exempt religious entity.

Thu
22
Dec

New psychological exam ordered in standoff case

A Gillett man committed to a mental institution two years ago for an armed standoff with sheriff’s deputies in Wittenberg is petitioning for a conditional release, but another psychological evaluation will have to be performed before his request moves forward.

Travis W. Keiler, 31, was ordered confined for 26 1/2 years in August 2014. He is incarcerated at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

Keiler was arrested on April 22, 2014, after a two-hour standoff. He was accused of going armed into the Wittenberg Shell station and McDonald’s, 413 N. Genesee St., where he said he “wanted to shoot it out with the police,” according to the criminal complaint.

Shawano County deputies, with the assistance of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, secured the area and closed U.S. Highway 45 for the duration of the incident. An armored vehicle and a Marathon County sniper were among the resources brought in during the incident.

Thu
22
Dec

Oh, brother: Sparks fly over county appointments

Shawano County Board members rejected two appointments Wednesday to an influential advisory group, including one appointment that would have replaced a long-serving member with his estranged brother.

The appointments proposed by County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann aimed to bring two new faces to the human services board, which oversees $9.5 million a year in county social services programming.

Erdmann, however, ran into stiff opposition among supervisors who questioned his motives for replacing longtime human services board members Marshal Giese and Herb Tauchen.

To replace Giese, the chairman nominated Rick Giese, a brother with whom the current appointee has endured a long personal feud, both privately and publicly.

Tauchen would have been replaced by Lynnae Zahringer, a former county human services staffer who lost a bid for County Board earlier this year.

Thu
22
Dec

Court News

Forgery, felony theft

A Stevens Point man is facing felony charges of theft and forgery after allegedly buying a used car with a bogus check.

Austin G. Standke, 21, is accused of forging someone else’s signature on a $9,500 check he used to purchase a 2010 Dodge Charger from a Shawano woman in October.

He could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine on each count if convicted.

Standke is also accused in a separate criminal complaint of passing another bogus check in the city in November to purchase a $15,500 modified stock car.

He could face a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty of felony theft by false representation.

In yet another case charged out earlier this month, Standke is accused of identity theft for financial gain for allegedly using a Wescott woman’s bank account information. He could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine on that charge if found guilty.

Thu
22
Dec

Registration underway for Cow College

The 55th annual University of Wisconsin-Extension Cow College program, a series of educational programs offered three consecutive Tuesdays, starts Jan. 10 in Clintonville.

The Jan. 10 and Jan. 17 sessions will be held at the FVTC Regional Center on state Highway 22 just south of Clintonville. The Jan 24 program includes several farm tours.

The Jan. 10 program, which runs from 1-3 p.m., features Pam Ruegg and Paul Fricke from the dairy science department at UW-Madison. They will discuss new research on the economics of dry cow therapy and ways to achieve better pregnancy rates in high producing cows. Fine-tuning mastitis control and reproductive management strategies are important tools especially when milk prices are low and dairy farm profitability is limited, said Greg Blonde, Waupaca County UW-Extension agriculture agent.

Thu
22
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 20

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Prescription medication was reported stolen in the 900 block of South Weed Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Lincoln and Richmond streets.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint on Woodlawn Drive.

Theft — Prescription medication was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Shoplifting — The Consignment Shop, 124 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 20

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Wed
21
Dec

Winter in Wisconsin — frozen in a car wash


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Best Wash, 1348 E. Green Bay St., sometimes closes down on winter days with sub-freezing temperatures, but it was open last week when the doors froze shut with a customer inside.

Wisconsin residents are finding themselves in the grips of a bitter cold winter this year — some more than others.

A Shawano man was at a drive-through car wash last week when the combination of frigid temperatures and spraying water caused the doors to freeze shut on the car wash chamber, with the man and his vehicle still inside.

Eric Hutter, 29, could not help but chuckle when he called the Shawano Police Department on his cellphone from inside the frozen Best Wash car wash, 1348 E. Green Bay St.

“Could you send an officer?” he told the dispatcher. “I went in the car wash, and it trapped me inside.”

A police officer was able to free Hutter by paying $4 for another car wash, causing the automated entry door to slide open and allowing Hutter to back out with his 2013 Ford Fusion.

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