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Fri
26
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 24

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 900 block of East Elizabeth Street.

Pornography — Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., reported that a pornographic video was being shared among some of the students.

OAR — A 29-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay and Sawyer streets.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifting incidents.

Theft — An employee theft was reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 24

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Fri
26
Apr

Revenue secretary wants more transparency

“We want the regulatory climate to be one that helps businesses to comply with regulations, helping businesses and entrepreneurs to understand what’s on the books,” but also to make sure the state doesn’t over-enforce its regulations, Peter Barca, Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary, said on Monday in Shawano.

Barca explained he made the trip to Shawano because, “The governor has really encouraged us (Cabinet secretaries) to get out around the state … finding out what needs are and that our initiatives do meet the needs of all of the parts of the state.”

“When I talk to Governor (Tony) Evers, he’s very supportive of balancing needs for regulations” against the costs to businesses, the secretary added.

Barca has stops planned for Green Bay, Appleton, and other northern Wisconsin cities.

Thu
25
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 23

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of East Richmond Street.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 23

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 38-year-old Bonduel man was arrested for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant on Cecil Street in Bonduel. A 28-year-old Bonduel woman was also taken into custody for a probation violation.

Thu
25
Apr

City, school officials review proposed joint rec center plan

The estimated cost of a proposed joint city and school district recreation center was placed at anywhere from $24 million to $28 million, as currently envisioned, according to a consultant contracted by the Shawano School District.

An early draft of the design layout and projected costs were presented Wednesday to the Shawano School Board, Shawano Common Council and the city’s park and recreation commission.

“These are not final plans,” said Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks. “But we do feel that at this point in time that it’s a tangible plan that we can get feedback from the community and then drive from there.”

One of the questions the city will be asking before it commits to the project, Hendricks said, is whether the new facility would continue everything the city recreation center is already doing and everything the community wants.

Thu
25
Apr

City picks up Tree City, other awards at Arbor Day ceremony


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano City Forester Mike Kroenke preps students for their help in planting a maple tree at Kuckuk Park during the annual Arbor Day ceremony Wednesday. Fourth graders from Olga Brener Intermediate School, St. James Lutheran School and Sacred Heart Catholic School assisted with the planting of the tree.

City officials Wednesday held their annual Arbor Day observance at Shawano’s Kuckuk Park, getting a jump on the actual Arbor Day, which is Sunday.

The city’s commitment to the environment helped net three more awards this year from the Department of Natural Resources, presented to Mayor Ed Whealon by DNR Regional Forester Coordinator Tracy Salisbury.

Shawano was named a Tree City USA recipient for the 25th year, which came with a Tree City flag and plaque. The city also won the DNR’s Growth Award for the ninth time.

“That shows a commitment to the community trees that are located within the city,” Salisbury said. “The trees are what makes Shawano such a beautiful community.”

Shawano Municipal Utilities picked up its 16th Tree Line USA award, which was presented to SMU Electric Supervisor Rob Koepp.

Koepp presented a $2,000 check from SMU that will go to tree planting and replacement.

Several others also picked up honors Wednesday.

Thu
25
Apr

Tavern Front turns 1 year old


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Owners Hugh and Denell McAloon will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Tavern Front with a customer appreciation party Saturday.

Hugh and Denell McAloon are celebrating their first anniversary as owners of Tavern Front in downtown Wittenberg with a customer appreciation party from 11 a.m. Saturday to closing time.

The event includes food and drink specials, games, prizes, a disc jockey and footlong Big Willie Brats specially made for the bar.

“We have a great customer base and staff,” Hugh McAloon said. “I’m thankful for all the support we have received and really look forward to a fun party.”

McAloon said he had an opportunity to take over his brother’s bar in the Oshkosh area last year but decided to settle in Wittenberg, Denell’s hometown, and opened Tavern Front at 207 W. Vinal St.

“We feel so blessed and fortunate. The entire community has welcomed and supported us,” Denell McAloon said. “We could never have expected to have such a great first year.”

Thu
25
Apr

New, expanding businesses highlight economic summit


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Bob Stratton talks about the process of building his new business, Big City Gyros, with wife Heather during the Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. Economic Summit on Tuesday night. Stratton’s shop, located in the old Domino’s building, will open July 1.

Progress is being made in Shawano and Shawano County, according to the lengthy list of speakers who spoke at the 21st annual Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. Economic Summit on Tuesday at The Gathering.

City officials lauded the long-awaited arrival of Culver’s, which opened last summer, while noting there are new projects like Big City Gyros and the Stubborn Brothers Brewery that are close to opening their doors. There are also business expansions like Reinhart’s Food Service, which is building a larger facility on Waukechon Street between County Road B and state Highway 29.

“Things are going on to set the city up for the future, not just two or three years down the road. I’m talking five, 10, 15, 20 years down the road,” said Mayor Ed Whealon.

Tue
23
Apr

Options presented for fixes to Highway 29/County U intersection

It will be at least two years before the state Department of Transportation can address safety concerns at Shawano County’s most dangerous intersection along state Highway 29 and the solution is not likely to be an interchange.

DOT representatives met Tuesday with the county’s highway safety commission, highway and parks committee and public safety committee to outline possible options and a timetable for when those proposed fixes could be implemented.

Five intersections along state Highway 29 in Shawano County have been identified as the county’s most dangerous, with a total of 467 crashes over the last five years and eight fatalities.

Of highest concern to state and county authorities, however, is the intersection of Highway 29 and County Road U, where there have been five fatal crashes since January 2013, according to sheriff’s department records, with the most recent occurring just three weeks ago.

Tue
23
Apr

Names released in Seymour deaths


Contributed Photo Matteline A. Samson, left, and Hailey K. Poppe died in Seymour and were discovered by Seymour police on last week. The case is still under investigation.

Authorities Tuesday released the names of three people found deceased in a Seymour home last week in a case that continues to be under investigation.

Seymour police were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of North Main Street on April 18 for a report of a domestic disturbance. The initial responding officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside.

After repeated attempts to make contact, assistance was requested from the Outagamie County Emergency Response Team.

The Emergency Response Team took over operations and entered the home, where they found a man and two children dead.

They were identified Tuesday as Andrew R. Poppe, 35, Matteline A. Samson, 4, and Hailey K. Poppe, 3 months.

No information was released as to the cause of death.

Services have been set for the two girls.

Tue
23
Apr

Cecil man pleads guilty to embezzlement

A Cecil man pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of embezzlement for false representations made to investors in a fishing lure company.

Andrew J. Reyment, 38, is scheduled for sentencing June 21 at the Brown County Courthouse.

Reyment was charged with embezzlement and is accused of a theft scheme in which he made false representations to investors about his fishing lure company and then illegally converted the investor funds for his personal use.

Reyment posted on multiple social media sites that he was seeking investors for his corporation, Screamline Lures, according to the state Department of Justice.

As a result of the posts, several individuals responded to Reyment, and based upon false representations, they ultimately invested in Screamline Lures.

The victim investors, located in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Italy, were interviewed by the DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation.

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