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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 17

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

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

Bail Jumping — Police responded to a bail jumping complaint in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 17

Deputies logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Assault — Assaults were reported at Bowler School, 500 S. Almon St. in Bowler, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, 400 W. Grand Avenue in Wittenberg and on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem at Birnamwood Elementary School, 337 Main St. in Birnamwood.

Theft — A go-cart motor was reported stolen on Moh He Con Nuck Road in Bowler.

Clintonville Police Department

Oct. 17

Fri
19
Oct

Sen. Cowles to receive parks award

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization has announced that this year’s award for legislator of the year will go to State Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay.

The annual award goes to a Wisconsin legislator who best champions the advancement of our Wisconsin state parks, said Bill Zager, president of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. “We are very excited to recognize Senator Cowles for the great work he has done for parks and natural resources.”

Cowles, who will accept the award at the group’s annual meeting in Madison in November, said he’s honored to be chosen by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Thu
18
Oct

Wittenberg ordered to review water rates

Concerned about Wittenberg municipal water utility’s continued income deficits, the Public Service Commission this week ordered the utility to submit a comprehensive rate request by Feb. 20, 2019.

An Oct. 15 letter from a PSC division administrator noted that the Wittenberg Municipal Water and Sewer Utility didn’t respond last year to a request from the PSC to take immediate action to address its financial situation.

PSC spokesman Matthew Spencer said the village has indicated that they will meet the Feb. 20 deadline for filing a rate application.

“We hired a professional company to do the evaluation and recommendation to the PSC as to what our rates should be at, and the report will be completed before the 2/10/19 deadline,” said William Switalla, village board president.

Switalla said that the village has back up money to cover costs. Some years they get enough from the rates to cover the cost and some years they don’t, he said.

Thu
18
Oct

Driver shortage reduces school bus service

Last year, the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District had enough bus drivers to handle all the regular school routes and extra services such as busing younger in-town children to drop-off points or babysitters’ homes.

Due to a shortage of drivers this fall, the extra routes have been canceled.

“We’ve had to make some tough decisions about in-town drop-off points, which hasn’t been a popular decision with some of the families, but we just don’t have the staff,” Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District Superintendent Garrett Rogowski said.

Lynn Hartleben, of Wittenberg, who babysits children ages 1 to 8, said many parents have had to make other plans to get their children to her home now that the extra bus service is canceled. They include single mom Theresa Gatz, of Wittenberg, whose son, Jaxson, is in kindergarten. They live about a half-mile from school.

Thu
18
Oct

Bonduel awarded school safety grant

In a statewide effort to combat threats of violence in schools, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced another round of funding in its school safety grant program. This second round of funding gives nearly $12 million to Wisconsin schools and school districts to bolster student mental health, it was announced this week.

Locally, the Bonduel School District announced in a press release that it has been awarded $42,400 as of Oct. 9 in round two of grant funding — one of 549 grants awarded.

Additionally, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced plans to train more than 2,000 teachers and education professionals by the end of this year and create School Safety Intervention Teams in districts across the state. An additional 3,000 educators will be trained in adolescent mental health and threat assessment by the end of 2019, Schimel said.

Thu
18
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 16

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

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

Fire — Police assisted at the scene of a small bathroom fire at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Fire — A smell of smoke was reported at Hope Community Church, 302 Tristan Drive. No smoke or fire was found.

Theft — A theft was reported at Lakeland Storage, 722 Waukechon St.

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

Theft — Halloween decorations were reported stolen in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 16

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Wed
17
Oct

Fire forces evacuation at primary school

Students at Hillcrest Primary School will be back in their classes Wednesday, but not necessarily in their usual classrooms as cleanup continues from a small fire that emptied the building Tuesday.

The fire in a bathroom stall forced a temporary evacuation of the school, at 1410 Waukechon St., around 9 a.m.

Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland said someone had set fire to the toilet paper rolls in the boys’ bathroom, causing the plastic container that holds them to burn and sending smoke and soot into the second grade wing of the school.

“Primarily, that’s where the damage was at,” he said. “We did have some smoke in the floor above it, which is our first grade wing. None of the smoke got to other parts of the building, but the odor did.”

School staff, alerted by smoke detectors that triggered the fire alarm, used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.

Wed
17
Oct

Eagle River man accused of running off with two Cecil girls

Two teenage Cecil girls disappeared earlier this month with a Facebook acquaintance from Eagle River who allegedly burglarized a church while they were with him.

Lucas I. Giebel, 19, is facing two felony counts of interfering with child custody for allegedly taking the children, ages 13 and 15, from their mother.

He is also charged with a felony count of burglary for an break-in to Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Washington and felony criminal damage for vandalism to the church.

According to the criminal complaint, the girls’ mother spotted them with Giebel at the Cecil Laundromat on the night of Sept. 29 and all three took off in Giebel’s truck.

Giebel later broke into the church, the complaint alleges, where he caused an estimated $2,500 in damage, including vandalizing a computer. He also is accused of stealing a bottle of wine.

Wed
17
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 15

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

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

Theft — Tires were reported stolen in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to juvenile problems at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St., and in the 1100 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Accident — Police responded to a single-vehicle property damage accident at Maurer and Cleveland streets and a two-vehicle property damage accident at Division and Lincoln streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Oct. 14

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Wed
17
Oct

Vukmir chats with local farmers


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano County farmers, from left, Deb Mielke, Skyler Bowman and Allan Kuhn address their concerns about ag producers’ relationship with the federal government during Tuesday’s roundtable with U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir, in her bid for the U.S. Senate, made a stop in Shawano on Tuesday to listen to area farmers and how they feel agriculture is being treated at the federal level.

Vukmir started the roundtable by admitting she’s at a disadvantage with agriculture, because her state senate district is in an urban area with almost no farmland. She said she was invited by Richard Kucksdorf, chairman of the Shawano County Republican Party, to find out what agriculture issues she needs to fight for.

“This gives me a chance to understand the federal side and how this affects you,” Vukmir said. “Feel free to bend my ear.”

The top issue for the farmers who met at the county’s GOP headquarters was the 2018 federal farm bill. Deb Mielke, who operates a dairy farm with her husband, Dale, near Caroline, noted that the big hangup with the bill is that most of it is related to food stamps, but there was no way to separate the two issues without creating problems.

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