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Fri
25
Aug

Missing Tigerton teen found safe

Andrew Robinson, a 15-year-old from Tigerton, has been found in Indiana, according to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.

Robinson’s family reported him missing Aug. 9 when he did not attend football practice and did not come home. After reporting the matter to law enforcement, family members took to Facebook and other social media to try and locate him.

The sheriff’s department reported that he was found by local police in Fort Wayne, Indiana, just before noon Thursday sleeping in the truck that had also gone missing around the same time.

Fri
25
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 23

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

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

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Theft — A wallet and smartphone were reported stolen in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at Lincoln and Center streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a fight in progress in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 23

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on North Avenue in Mattoon.

Thu
24
Aug

County Fair Preview


Contributed Photo Dan Zernicke, who is stepping down as livestock committee chair after this year’s fair, is pictured with his two daughters, Deanna (leading the steer) and Dallas. The photo was taken at last year’s fair where his daughter had the grand champion beef steer.

After six years heading up the 4-H livestock committee, chairman Dan Zernicke is stepping down after overseeing his last livestock auction at this year’s Shawano County Fair.

He will continue to serve on the committee, where he has been a member for 20 years.

He joined the committee after his father, Delmar, stepped down.

Zernicke said he felt it was time to make way for a new generation.

“I want to see if we can get some younger people involved,” he said. “I don’t want to be the guy who stays there year after year.”

Zernicke said increasing youth involvement in the livestock program is one of the things he is proudest of during his tenure as chairman.

“I enjoyed doing it,” he said. “Seeing the kids starting out in their first year and watching them grow through the process.”

There are about 130 kids a year in the program, Zernicke said.

Thu
24
Aug

County approves drug court program


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Marinette County Circuit Court Judge James Morrison talks to the Shawano County Board on Wednesday about the drug court program in his county. The board unanimously approved a resolution to start a similar program for Shawano County.

Shawano County is one of five counties in Wisconsin that does not have a drug court. That will change Jan. 1.

The county board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday establishing the court. Details still need to be worked out, but the resolution gave approval to start the process.

Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court Judge William Kussel Jr. will preside over the drug court. He participated in a drug court program when he was a prosecutor for the Menominee Tribe.

Kussel expects there will be 10 to 13 offenders in the program initially. A committee, working with recommendations from District Attorney Greg Parker, will determine who will go through the program.

Participants in the drug court will have daily curfews, be subject to random drug tests and be required to go through programs in order to complete the program. They will not be allowed to have prescription drugs unless they can prove that a doctor prescribed them.

Thu
24
Aug

Prison term ordered for OWI crash that killed Bonduel man

A Neenah man has been sent to prison for up to six years after he violated the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement from a 2014 drunken driving crash that killed his best friend.

Zachary John Edward Romnek, 23, was serving five years of state Department of Corrections probation, with the condition of one year in the county jail, for a felony charge of homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle in connection with the March 29, 2014, death of Thorton Lee Gressler, 19, of Bonduel, in the town of Riverview.

Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge ordered the probation in 2014 after he imposed and then stayed a 10-year sentence, which included five years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision.

Thu
24
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 22

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 1000 block of South Cleveland Street arrested a 22-year-old Keshena woman on two counts of bail jumping and a 24-year-old Shawano man for obstructing an officer.

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

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1600 block of East Green Bay Street.

OAR — A 41-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay and Sawyer streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of South Franklin Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 22

Wed
23
Aug

Shawano school tax rate expected to drop

Shawano School District property taxes are expected to drop, although the amount could change once the state budget is finalized.

The Shawano School Board on Monday approved a preliminary budget of just under $28 million and a tax levy of almost $12.46 million.

Louise Fischer, district business manager, said her budget figures are based on the budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

“It’s based on assumptions,” she said. “Dealing with a state that has no budget, these numbers are just numbers.”

The state budget is seven weeks late, primarily because Republicans cannot agree on how much to borrow for roads.

The current tax rate for the district is $10.18 per $1,000 of equalized valuation. According to Fischer, the tax rate is expected to drop to $9.81 if property values in the area stay flat with last year’s values. If they increase by 1 percent, the rate will be $9.71, and it’ll be $9.61 if the values are up by 2 percent.

Wed
23
Aug

Clintonville hires interim superintendent

Former Iola-Scandinavia administrator David Dyb has been hired as the interim superintendent for the Clintonville Public School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

The school board unanimously approved the hire at a special meeting Monday following the annual tour of the school buildings.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be selected as the interim superintendent of Clintonville Public Schools,” Dyb said. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the board of education, administrators, teachers, staff, students, students, parents and the community to support and strengthen the excellent educational opportunities we provide all our students as they become successful, contributing members of our society and responsible, caring citizens in a diverse world.”

Dyb replaces Tom O’Toole, who retired earlier this month.

Wed
23
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 21

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1000 block of East Fifth Street.

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

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 21

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

Threatening — A threatening complaint was reported on Oak Lane in the town of Belle Plaine.

Tue
22
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 20

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — Police investigated a report of a burglary in the 400 block of West Division Street.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Hamlin and Center streets.

OWI — A 21-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Richmond Street and Airport Drive.

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at state Highways 22 and 29.

Aug. 19

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 300 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of South Hamlin Street.

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