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Sat
23
Jun

Celebration of Giving


Photo by Curt Knoke Heidi Waukechon does her part to keep the feline population in check. Her efforts have earned her the Shawano Community Service Award, a volunteer award from the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Editor’s Note: The Shawano Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with The Shawano Leader, has staged a Celebration of Giving Volunteer of the Year promotion for the last nine years. Each year, select area volunteers are presented $1,000 cash grants for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Wolf River Region. The awards, sponsored by area businesses, are then reinvested back into area non profit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the first in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Shawano resident Heidi Waukechon dedicates multiple hours a week to trap, neuter and return feral cats to ensure the local feline population is controlled.

She was nominated for the Shawano Community Service Award for the work she has done as a volunteer at Shawano Cares About Critters (SCAC).

Sat
23
Jun

Shawano couple facing drug charges

A Shawano couple is facing numerous drug-related charges, including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and maintaining a drug trafficking place, as a result of a search warrant executed at their residence in the city in March.

Nicholas W. Temple, 23, and Katie Beaver, 22, could each face a maximum 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of possession with intent to deliver more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

They also face charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place and second or subsequent possession of marijuana, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 3½ years in prison and $10,000 fine.

Temple is facing an additional felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, punishable by a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine, and a misdemeanor count of endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon.

Sat
23
Jun

Court News

Theft in a business setting

A Bonduel woman is due in court for an initial appearance Monday on charges alleging she stole more than $10,000 while serving as legal guardian for an elderly woman at the Maple Lane nursing home.

Leann M. Brunette, 38, could face a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine if convicted of theft of more than $10,000 in a business setting, and six years and a $10,000 fine if convicted of felony theft.

The criminal complaint alleges Brunette made personal use of more than $17,000 from the woman’s bank account between March and November.

Burglary

A Keshena teen has been bound over for trial on a felony charge of burglary for allegedly breaking into a Shawano business in June 2015.

Ryan J. Waukau, 17, is accused of burglarizing Moede Plumbing and stealing about $50.

Sat
23
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 21

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 600 block of South Lafayette Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a mail scam complaint in the 900 block of Elizabeth Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 21

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on state Highway 22 in the town of Washington.

Threatening — A threatening incident was reported on River Road in the town of Aniwa.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Birch Road in the town of Navarino.

Fri
22
Jun

6th District Assembly candidates quizzed at forum


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Candidates for 6th District State Assembly field questions Wednesday at a forum hosted at the Shawano Civic Center by the Shawano Area Women’s Network. Democrat Richard Sarnwick, left, Libertarian Michael Hammond, center, and Democrat William Switalla took part. Republican incumbent Gary Tauchen did not attend.

Three of the four candidates running for the 6th District Wisconsin Assembly seat this fall took part in a forum Wednesday hosted by the Shawano Area Women’s Network.

Democratic candidates Richard Sarnwick and William Switalla, who will face off in a primary on Aug. 14, both attended, along with Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond.

Incumbent State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, was also invited but did not attend.

The event held at the Shawano Civic Center drew about 20 people, which Switalla found a little disappointing.

He said participating in the political system was the only way to change what’s going on in Madison and in Washington.

“Right here, we should have had a room full of people,” he said. “Where are they? We need to get people to participate.”

Switalla is making his second bid for the Assembly seat after being defeated by Tauchen two years ago.

Fri
22
Jun

Memorial Park tank getting a makeover


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Tara Kelliher of the Shawano Park and Recreation Department grinds some rough spots while Eagle Scout volunteers Gabe Bohm, left, and Sam Edwards clean up the World War II tank at Memorial Park on Thursday in preparation for a coming coat of primer and new paint.

Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday, the iconic World War II-era tank that has been stationed for years at Memorial Park on South Main Street is getting a makeover.

The tank arrived in Shawano in 1953, driven here from Madison with a police escort.

It has been showing its age, however, with areas of peeling paint and rust.

“We thought it could use a facelift,” said Tara Kelliher, of the Shawano Park and Recreation Department.

Kelliher went to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post to ask permission, and the VFW offered to assist in the project.

Other volunteers helping out on the project include members of Troop 32 Eagle Scouts in Shawano who are working on their merit badges.

One of those scouts, Gabe Bohm, has a family connection to the tank after it was brought to Shawano.

“My great-grandfather Lawrence Bohm helped take the engine out,” Gabe said.

Fri
22
Jun

Highway 29 lane closures begin today

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region office has announced a $6.3 million project to improve 13 miles of state Highway 29 in Shawano County begins Friday and is expected to finish in October.

Pavement rehabilitation will take place on Highway 29 from Highline Road in Bonduel to the Shawano/Brown county line in the town of Angelica.

Michels Corp. of Brownsville is the prime contractor.

This pavement maintenance project will replace sections of concrete pavement in locations where the pavement is in very poor condition, repair deteriorating concrete joints and conduct diamond grinding in locations where the concrete is in fair condition. The project will also replace the shoulders with new pavement, and install new beamguard, signing, and pavement markings.

Highway 29 will remain open during construction using single lane closures, with reduced speed limits and lane widths. Motorists may experience delays during peak travel hours.

Fri
22
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 20

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of West Third Street.

Theft — NAPA Auto Parts, 1200 E. Green Bay St., reported the theft of tools from the store.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at The Cottages Assisted Living, 103 Madison Way, after a FedEx truck struck a building.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 800 block of East Green Bay Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 20

Thu
21
Jun

Keshena man gets 3 years for touching girl

A Keshena man who had sexual contact with a 12-year-old girl after she consumed marijuana and alcohol was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three years in prison to be followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Mitchel R. Crowe, 36, previously admitted to touching the breast and groin of a 12-year-old in the summer of 2016 after she had used marijuana and alcohol.

The alcohol and marijuana rendered her incapable of understanding the nature of her conduct, according to documents filed with the court.

Crowe and his victim lived in Dane County, where he was at first acting as a “father figure” to the girl before he added sexual contact, alcohol and marijuana to their relationship, said Assistant U.S. Attorney William Roach.

When Crowe traveled to the Menominee Indian Reservation for pow wows and other events, he also had sexual contact with the girl, said Roach.

Thu
21
Jun

The Store plans new building

The owner and operator of The Store convenience store in Shawano will erect a new, modernized convenience store just behind the existing building at 404 E. Green Bay St.

The new, 4,400-square-foot facility will be located on what is considered a blighted lot, which is currently vacant.

Schierl Sales Corp. of Stevens Point will get a development grant from the city of Shawano to assist with the project.

The existing building will be removed, allowing for expanded customer parking and improved traffic flow at the front of the store, according to company officials.

Other existing site improvements are expected to include new signage and updates to pavement and landscaping that will enhance the value and aesthetic appeal of the entire property.

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