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Fri
20
Jan

County Dems hit by Russian hacking incident

Could Shawano County be holding tantalizing secret information that Russian President Vladimir Putin would like to get his hands on?

Well, probably not.

Yet officials at the Shawano County Democratic Party say they learned recently that Russia’s alleged hack of the Democratic National Committee — or near-certain hack, based on the intelligence community’s assessment — filtered down through state and congressional party computer systems to the grass-roots level across the country, including Shawano County.

“On the county level, our computers were part of the hack,” said Dan Weidner, first vice chairman of the county Democratic Party.
Weidner said state party officials learned about three weeks ago that the system had been compromised at the state level because of the DNC hack, and that the worm set in motion was crawling down through the system.

Fri
20
Jan

4 candidates emerge for open seat on Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council

Four candidates were chosen by caucus Saturday for an open seat on the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council replacing Joe Miller, who was ousted in a recall election on Dec. 3.

Names put forward as candidates Saturday are Steven Davids, Terrie Terrio, Greg Miller and Randall Wollenhaup.

The special election to the seat will be held Feb. 4.

Joe Miller was one of four tribal officials targeted in last month’s recall, but only two — Miller and Jeremy Mohawk — were still on the council at the time of the recall. Mohawk survived the recall and will keep his seat.

Of the other two named in the recall, Douglas Huck had lost his seat in the last election and Jo Ann Schedler had resigned on Nov. 15.

Elsewhere, results have been certified in the Menominee Tribal Legislature elections held last week.

Results were as follows, with the three top-vote getters elected to the legislature:

Ronald James Corn Sr. - 392

Craig A. Corn - 384

Fri
20
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 18

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 300 block of Swan Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Pick ‘n Save, 190 Woodlawn Drive.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 18

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Authorities responded to a fire in a chicken coop on Regina Road in the town of Aniwa.

Thu
19
Jan

Mattoon group appealing Antigo school vote

Supporters of a breakaway Mattoon school district are gathering signatures for a petition to appeal a decision by the Antigo school board to deny letting the proposed secession go to a referendum.

The Unified School District of Antigo board voted 8-1 on Jan. 10 against the proposal. A yes vote would have sent the question to a referendum in November.

Supporters need to collect about 1,000 signatures from around the Antigo school district and present their petition to the state by the end of the day on Feb. 15.

The appeal will be filed with the School District Boundary Appeal Board, a panel made up of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.

Zak Kickhaver, one of the leaders of the Mattoon effort, said the group is confident about being able to get the required signatures.

Thu
19
Jan

Marion says farewell to police dog


Leader Photo by Grace Kirchner Law enforcement and emergency personnel attend a memorial service Saturday for the Marion Police Department K-9 Utos.

Leader Photo by Grace Kirchner Utos lived with, from left, Marion Police Department Officer Eric Krause, left, his son, Christopher, and his wife, Jennifer. Daughter Emily is not shown. “This is the first pet that our children have lost,” Jennifer Krause said.

Utos wasn’t just a dog. He was everybody’s dog in Marion.

The love for Utos, a Marion Police Department K-9 member who died on Dec. 23 due to a genetic heart condition, was evident Saturday when about 150 people gathered for a memorial service, funeral procession and reception.

People lined the streets to show support for Utos, Officer Eric Krause and his family, and the Police Department. Representatives of the State Patrol, several police departments and emergency personnel participated in the procession from the the Appleton Animal Referral Center to Main Street in Marion and then to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

“Our city couldn’t ask for a better K-9,” said Police Chief Kevin Schultz, who commended Krause for the work he and his family did caring for Utos.

Wed
18
Jan

Court News

Recent felony charges filed in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court:

• Jamey G. Stiles, 51, Green Bay, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of second or subsequent possession of marijuana. He could face a maximum 3½ years in prison and $10,000 fine on each count if convicted. He was ordered held on a $500 cash bond and is scheduled for an adjourned initial appearance on Jan. 30.

• Courtney M. Laehn, 21, Leopolis, was charged Friday with a felony count of theft through false representation. She could face a maximum 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if found guilty. She is due in court for an initial appearance on Jan. 30.

• Veron M. High, 29, Gresham, was charged Jan. 12 with a felony count of fleeing or eluding an officer in a vehicle. He could face a maximum 3½ years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted. High is free on a $500 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 10.

Wed
18
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 17

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Evergreen and Elizabeth streets.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Second and Washington streets.

Arrest — A 19-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shoplifting — Qualheim’s, 1345 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen from a locker at the Shawano Recreation Center, 220 E. Division St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 17

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Wed
18
Jan

Charter school gets 2-year renewal

The Shawano School District will continue to operate its charter school for another two years.

District administrators and Shawano School Board members reached that decision after discussions that were held largely out of public view.

Board members met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the charter school’s future, and then voted unanimously to approve a two-year extension without public deliberation or explanation.

Superintendent Gary Cumberland declined to comment on why the matter was being handled behind closed doors. An attorney for the school district said officials were within their legal rights to exclude the public from discussions regarding the charter school’s future.

Parents earlier Monday had publicly urged board members to support the LEADS Charter School, which began five years ago as an alternative for students in grades pre-kindergarten through second.

Wed
18
Jan

3 seats on Birnamwood Town Board face opposition

The town caucus in Birnamwood last week resulted in setting up contested races this spring for three seats on the town board, including the chairman and two supervisors.

One incumbent supervisor, Mike Fandrey, is not only running for another term in his District 2 seat but also simultaneously challenging Chairman Peter Stewart for that office.

Fandrey is being challenged for his District 2 seat by Steven Steinke.

Incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dennis Van Prooyen is facing a challenge from Frank Groh.

Town clerk Dennis Knaak and treasurer Debbra Kessen are running unopposed.

The Leader was still awaiting election filing and caucus results from a number of communities, but contested races being reported so far in the April 4 election include the following:

Tue
17
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 16

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Fairview Road.

OWL — A 33-year-old man was cited for operating without a license at Main and Green Bay streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Airport Drive.

Accident — Police responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at Wescott Avenue and Washington Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Green Bay Street and Fairview Avenue.

Jan. 15

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

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