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Shawano Police Department

April 30

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Suspicious — A suspicious person was reported in the parking lot of Quality Inn and Suites, 104 N. Airport Drive.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 30

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Wood Avenue in Wittenberg.

Warrant — A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on state Highway 22 in the town of Green Valley.

Vandalism — A vandalism complaint was reported on Swamp Lane in the town of Seneca.

Fraud — Authorities investigated an internet scam complaint on Opperman Way in the town of Richmond.

Wed
01
May

Fire destroys barn in town of Underhill


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A lone calf is in a pen at the Kuhn Farm, W13605 Deering Road, in the town of Underhill as fire ravages the barn behind it. Fire departments from Bonduel, Cecil, Green Valley-Morgan, Gillett and Suring were called to the scene to battle the blaze. Further details were unavailable but will be added as the Leader learns more.
Tue
30
Apr

Anatomy of a drug investigation

In November 2017, authorities received a tip that a male subject living on Andrews Street in Shawano was involved in drug dealing.

What followed was a nearly year-and-a-half investigation by three law enforcement agencies that recently led to arrests and charges against eight people allegedly involved in a multi-drug dealing conspiracy that could net each of them a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine.

The source told authorities that the subject’s nickname was “Sport” and that he had been selling heroin in Shawano and Forest counties.

According to the source, “Sport” was also staying at “Mama’s” house on Center Street in the city with a girlfriend whose last name was Webster.

The source had purchased heroin from “Sport” for $40 per point, or 1/10th of a gram.

Tue
30
Apr

Kakwitch appeal denied

A state appeals court Tuesday refused to overturn a Gillett man’s fourth OWI conviction because he couldn’t test wet spots on the pants he wore and the seat in the truck he drove prior to his arrest.

Elmer Kakwitch, 63, was convicted by a jury of OWI and resisting an officer. Shawano County Circuit Court Judge James Habeck sentenced Kakwitch in August 2017 to two years and eight months in prison.

On appeal, Kakwitch’s attorney contended that his client’s due process rights were violated because Shawano County Deputy Sheriff Eric Strike didn’t keep the alleged wet spot evidence of his offense. Since Kakwitch couldn’t independently test it, Habeck should not have allowed it as evidence at trial.

A defendant’s right to confront the prosecution’s witnesses and the evidence is protected by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the District III Court of Appeals opinion noted.

Tue
30
Apr

2 people confess to cemetery vandalism

Two people have confessed to vandalizing grave sites at a cemetery in Bonduel earlier this month, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Sheriff Adam Bieber said that two suspects have provided the department with written confessions regarding the case.

No names were released.

The vandalism at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Bonduel was first reported April 16 and included multiple items that were damaged or destroyed.

Headstones were not damaged were reported but items placed around them were reported smashed and broken.

A shed and another building were also reported damaged.

The sheriff’s department said that any victims who have not yet reported vandalism can contact Deputy Chris Madle at chris.madle@co.shawano.wi.us or go to the church office and fill out the necessary reports.

Tue
30
Apr

Don’t ‘myth out’ on tax refund

Now that the April tax-filing deadline has come and gone, many taxpayers are eager to get details about their tax refunds. When it comes to refunds, there are several common myths going around social media, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which provided this information on tax refunds.

Here are five common myths:

Myth 1: Getting a refund this year means there’s no need to adjust withholding for 2019

To help avoid an unexpected tax outcome next year, taxpayers should make changes now to prepare for next year. One way for a taxpayer to do this is to adjust their tax withholding with their employer. The IRS encourages people to do a paycheck checkup using the IRS withholding calculator to determine whether their employer is withholding the right amount.

Tue
30
Apr

DNR fears poisoning of pets and wildlife in northern Wisconsin

The Wis. Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public’s help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.

Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence County; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved. In addition to the unfortunate poisoning of these family pets, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf that they suspect also were poisoned. Lab tests are underway to confirm the cause of death in these wildlife cases.

The deaths occurred on public properties in these counties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Goodman Timber Company.

Tue
30
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 29

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of South Prospect Street, a disturbance in the 300 block of East Maurer Street and a disorderly person at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Memorial Park, 901 S. Lincoln St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 29

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported in the 300 block of North Main Street in Shawano.

Theft — Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg, reported an attempted theft after discovering a dollar bill taped to a fishing line.

Mon
29
Apr

Not guilty plea entered in reckless homicide case

A Shawano man charged with reckless homicide in the death of a 41-year-old Appleton woman in a crash two years ago entered a plea of not guilty to reckless homicide and two counts of reckless injury.

Brian J. Krueger, 33, is accused of recklessly causing the death of Naomi Gregurich in a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 29 near the intersection of Rangeline Road in the town of Herman on June 29, 2017.

He is scheduled for a pre-trial conference July 17.

Krueger was the driver of a 2013 Ford Focus that was traveling east on Highway 29, when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median, and struck a westbound 2008 Saturn being driven by Gregurich.

Krueger’s vehicle was a delivery vehicle for the Bumper to Bumper auto parts store in Shawano, according to the sheriff’s report.

Mon
29
Apr

Shawano Pathways holds listening sessions

Shawano Pathways held the first of three listening sessions aimed at seeking ways to make the Shawano area better for bikers and walkers.

Shawano is among 10 communities across the country to receive assistance from the Safe Routes National Partnership to develop an action plan for improving biking and walking to local parks, green spaces and on trails.

Friday’s session focused on three areas of concern, including areas along the bike routes where there are no sidewalks or insufficient lighting, but primarily the difficulty of crossing East Green Bay Street on the Mountain Bay Trail.

“That’s an accident waiting to happen,” said Pathways President Nancy Brown-Koeller.

“There’s been three grants written requesting improvements on that crossing and they’ve always been denied because we haven’t had a fatality there,” Matty Mathison said.

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