Woman found dead after house explosion

A 53-year-old woman was found deceased in the wreckage of an apparent house explosion Thursday in the town of Wescott, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The cause of the explosion was still unknown Thursday evening and was under investigation by the state fire marshal.

Shawano County authorities received a call about a house fire on Richter Court around 5 a.m. There were also reports from neighbors about a loud explosion.

Firefighters and emergency medical responders found the home completely destroyed when they arrived. Debris from the house littered the neighborhood.

Officials made contact with one of the homeowners, who was out of state at the time of the explosion, but a second person was unaccounted for for most of the day, until she was discovered late Thursday afternoon.

Her name has not yet been released.

No further information was being released Thursday afternoon.


Deadline passes for SIST response to RDA

The deadline has come and gone for the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology to offer a counter-appraisal of a blighted downtown property that the Shawano Redevelopment Authority wants to either acquire or condemn.

Public Works Director Eddie Sheppard, a staff adviser to the RDA, said the deadline passed over the weekend with no correspondence from SIST.

He said the next step would be to contact SIST and see if an offer to purchase can be negotiated.

The RDA in April initiated proceedings that could lead to the condemnation of the long-vacant property at 214 S. Main St., along with another vacant property attached to it.

An appraisal presented to the RDA two months ago concluded the property was essentially worthless in its current condition.

According to the appraisal, the property at 214 S. Main St. would be worth $42,000 as a vacant lot.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 15

Police logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 1000 block of South Andrews Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 300 block of West Second Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 900 block of South Union Street.

Theft — A break-in to an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 900 block of South Andrews Street.

Theft — A theft from an unlocked vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 900 block of South Evergreen Street.


Prevea’s new Shawano clinic under way

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Ethyn Peterson of Northern Concrete Construction Inc. works in an excavated area Tuesday as concrete pouring begins for the foundation of a new Prevea Health clinic in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Greg Bielinski of Northern Concrete Construction Inc. works on pouring concrete Tuesday for the foundation of a new Prevea Health clinic at 1276 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.

Prevea Health has launched construction of a new Shawano walk-in clinic that could be serving patients in the area by next April.

Crews have cleared the former site of Anello’s Torch Lite restaurant, 1276 E. Green Bay St., and have started work on the foundation for the nearly 10,000-square-foot clinic.

Green Bay-based Prevea Health is branching out into Shawano County to improve services for customers throughout the region.

Prevea President and CEO Ashok Rai said construction has started without any hitches, and the health care provider has enjoyed a warm welcome from people in the Shawano area.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Shawano community,” Rai said. “Everyone deserves high-quality health care that is close to home, and we are honored to soon be able to provide our services to the Shawano area.”


Bowler girl injured fending off pit bull attack

An 11-year-old girl protecting her 2-year-old brother suffered several bites from an attacking pit bull in Bowler on Saturday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

“Her bravery may have saved her brother’s life,” Sheriff Adam Bieber said.

Dispatchers received a 911 call of a dog attacking an 11-year-old child in the village shortly before 1 p.m.

Stockbridge-Munsee police were dispatched because they were closer to the incident than sheriff’s deputies at the time, Bieber said.

In the meantime, witnesses were able to get the pit bull off the girl using a baseball bat.

According to witnesses, the girl was walking down the street with her brother when the dog attacked and she put herself between her brother and the dog to protect him.

The dog bit the girl and then headed for the girl’s brother, but she yelled to divert the dog’s attention.


‘No wipes in the pipes’

Photo by Grace Kirchner Dave Tichinel, center, Clintonville water and wastewater manager, leads a group of city officials on a tour of the new wastewater treatment plant under construction.

Dave Tichinel, water/wastewater manager for the city of Clintonville, is asking residents to refrain from flushing wipes down the toilet.

City Administrator Sharon Eveland, meanwhile, has added a new reminder to the city’s Facebook page: “No wipes in the pipes.”

During a recent tour with city officials of the wastewater treatment plant that is under construction, Tichinel said wipes have become a major problem for the utility.

“The worst thing is the disposable wipes,” he said. “Don’t flush them down the toilet. We need to get that word out, and that’s something that goes into our utility bill. The wipes are to be disposed of in the garbage. Flushing them down the toilet will plug the pumps up faster than anything.”


Community will be enlisted in drafting downtown plan

Community input will be a key component of efforts to draft a new master plan for downtown Shawano, according to city officials.

The project will be overseen by Madison-based planning consultant Vierbacher, which was hired by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority, but will largely depend on the input from an ad hoc citizens committee.

The plan approved by the RDA on Thursday would include “a new vision and identity for the downtown” that would highlight the area as a pedestrian friendly destination spot, recommend highest and best uses for downtown properties, seek to preserve historic and community-significant buildings, set standards for site and building design, and develop an implementation plan to help the city achieve its goals.

The project is expected to take about six months and will begin with the creation of a citizen steering committee.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 14

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Assault — A sexual assault complaint was under investigation.

Vandalism — A mailbox was reported vandalized in the 200 block of North Airport Drive.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 300 block of Willow Wood Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of East Richmond Street.

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported in the 400 block of West Division Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 14

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 13

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 27-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

OAR — A 35-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Lakeland Road and Richmond Street.

Hit and Run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run on Green Bay Street at Rusch Road.

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

Aug. 12

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at the Four Seasons, 201 N. Airport Drive.

Auto Theft — A vehicle with the keys left inside was reported stolen in the 800 block of Oak Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Sturgeon Park, 811 S. Water St.


Wrongful death suit filed in crash that killed 3 teens

The parents of two teens killed in a 2014 crash filed a wrongful death suit this week against the driver of the car and his parents.

Ryan Swadner, 20, swerved to avoid another vehicle stopped in his path on state Highway 22 in Belle Plaine and lost control on a gravel shoulder. The Ford Mustang he was driving crossed into the path of an oncoming sport utility vehicle and was hit broadside, according to the accident report.

Two Shawano Community High School seniors, 17-year-old Cody Borsche and 18-year-old Tyler Welch, were pronounced dead at the scene. A Bonduel High School sophomore, 15-year-old Paige Brunette, was transported to Shawano Medical Center for medical attention and later died.

The suit filed by Cody’s parents, Wayne and Wanda Borsche, and Tyler’s parents, Timothy and Janie Welch, asks for punitive damages in an amount to be determined by a jury, along with court costs and legal fees.


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