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Wed
07
Dec

Shawano remembers Pearl Harbor hero


Leader Photo by Scott Williams A sign hanging outside VFW Post 2723 in Shawano bears the name Herbert E. McLaughlin in remembrance of a Shawano soldier killed at Pearl Harbor.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams The front page of the Shawano Evening Leader from Dec. 8, 1941, is shown in this replica maintained by the Shawano County Historical Society and produced in 1991 to commemorate Pearl Harbor’s 50th anniversary.

Herbert Elton McLaughlin had been in the U.S. Army barely one year when tragedy struck, forever sealing his place in Shawano history.

McLaughlin was killed in action on Dec. 7, 1941 — 75 years ago today — making him Shawano’s first reported casualty in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

To this day, VFW Post 2723 in Shawano bears his name outside the VFW hall at 202 W. Lieg Ave.

“He was a hero in Shawano, yes,” Post 2723 member Roger Oleson said. “They all were heroes, as far as I’m concerned.”

McLaughlin, 31, was among some 2,400 people killed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese launched a surprise attack that prompted the United States to enter World War II.

What little is known about McLaughlin comes mostly from military records and from scattered news clippings preserved inside Post 2723 and at the Shawano County Historical Society.

Wed
07
Dec

Future of fire-damaged schoolhouse unclear

Ownership of the Shawano County Historical Society complex has become a hot potato in the aftermath of a fire that damaged one of the structures and left a costly repair bill.
County officials have proposed an agreement under which the historical society would accept ownership of — and future responsibility for — all historic structures located in county-owned Heritage Park.

Historical society leaders, however, are resisting such an arrangement because they believe the county already owns most of the properties and should continue to do so.

Hanging in the balance is the still-unanswered question of who, if anyone, will pay to restore an historic schoolhouse that was heavily damaged by fire at Heritage Park nearly two months ago. One county official has suggested that if the county must assume responsibility for the schoolhouse, the charred structure could end up “in a landfill.”

Wed
07
Dec

Arguments heard in child sex assault appeals

Some arguments managed to get put on the record Tuesday in the case of a former Leopolis man seeking to overturn his convictions in two child sex assault cases, but complications rising from the defendant’s insistence on representing himself in one of the appeals nearly scuttled the hearing.

Shane T. Robbins, 42, was found guilty after a jury trial in July 2012 of six counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of child enticement, exposing a child to harmful materials, causing a child to view sexual activity and child abuse-intentionally causing harm.

Robbins was accused of having sexual intercourse on at least six occasions with a girl who was 7 when the incidents began in 2009 and 8 when they ended in 2010. The assaults took place in the town of Herman, according to the criminal complaint.

Wed
07
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 5

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Police responded to a drug complaint in the 100 block of Jesse Court.

Theft — A tablet computer was reported stolen at Verizon, 1056 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Lincoln Street and County Road B.

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

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 5

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on County Road S in the town of Lessor.

Tue
06
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 4

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Hardee’s, 1120 E. Green Bay St.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Dec. 3

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

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

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 100 block of East Randall Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Dec. 2

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Sat
03
Dec

Downtown crowd cheers holiday parade


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Owen Krueger, 10, of Shawano, greets parade participants at the annual Santa Parade in Shawano on Friday. Crowds lined the street for the annual event.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted youngsters at The Well in downtown Shawano on Friday as the city opened the holiday season with the annual Santa Parade.

The holiday season got rolling Friday in festive style with the annual Santa Parade in downtown Shawano.

Hundreds of people braved chilly temperatures to watch the parade along Main Street with marching bands, costumed characters and Santa Claus himself.

“It kicks off our holidays,” said Penny Escalante, who enjoyed the event with her family.

Joined by her children and grandchild, Escalante said the family turns out for the parade every year and always settles in the same spot on the west side of the street. Afterward, they head home and put up holiday decorations as part of their annual tradition.

“It brings about the holidays,” she said. “It brings about the merriment.”

The parade is organized each year by the Shawano Business Improvement District. Many downtown businesses keep their doors open late for the celebration, and many others enter floats in the parade.

Sat
03
Dec

Unintended targets


Contributed Photo Working to save a bald eagle from Shawano County are, from left, Raptor Education Group Inc. staffers Audrey Gossett, Paige Witek, Jake Looze and Ana Morales.

Contributed Photo Marge Gibson, executive director of Raptor Education Group Inc. in Antigo, checks on a male bald eagle that was found suffering from lead poisoning last month in Shawano County.

A bald eagle found suffering from lead poisoning in Shawano County is calling attention to a seldom-discussed environmental hazard: bullet fragments left behind by hunters.

Officials at Raptor Education Group Inc. in Antigo say the ailing bald eagle was found near death along Pine Lake in the town of Belle Plaine after ingesting bullet fragments from eating a deer carcass.

The lead used in manufacturing ammunition is so toxic that tiny fragments can poison birds or other wild animals that eat from what hunters leave behind.

Marge Gibson, executive director of the Antigo wildlife rescue group, said the bald eagle is a young male with a 5-foot wingspan that exhibited convulsions and internal bleeding when it arrived at the rehabilitation center about two weeks ago. Although eagles can live up to 50 years, Gibson said she is unsure whether this one will survive the lead poisoning.

Sat
03
Dec

Woman charged with smuggling heroin into county jail

A Wisconsin Rapids woman is facing multiple felony drug counts for allegedly smuggling heroin into the Shawano County Jail and distributing it to fellow inmates.

Jessica L. Winters, 25, is charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin at or near a jail. Each count normally carries a maximum 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 fine, but Winters could face an enhanced penalty because of a previous felony conviction.

She is accused of providing heroin to five inmates at the jail from Nov. 11-14.

Corrections officers conducted a shakedown of one of the jail dorms on Nov. 15 because of suspicions of drug activity, but failed to come up with any drugs. However, a subsequent drug test on six inmates, including Winters, showed the presence of opioids, according to the criminal complaint.

Sat
03
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 1

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 500 block of West Third Street.

Vandalism — Christmas lights were reported vandalized in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 1

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the Ho Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45, in the town of Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Bluebird Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Sat
03
Dec

Court News

Felony possession of drug paraphernalia

A Wittenberg man is facing a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine.

Corey S. Resch, 24, could face a maximum of six years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted.

He is also charged with felony bail jumping, which carries the same possible penalty, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to provide proper food and drink to an animal.

The charges stem from a tip received by Shawano County sheriff’s deputies that Resch might be manufacturing meth, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Nov. 15 and found materials and chemicals typically used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the complaint. They also found a dog chained to a tree with no food or water.

Resch is scheduled for an initial appearance on Dec. 20.

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