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Sat
27
Dec

State Supreme Court upholds Tullberg conviction

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a Wittenberg man’s vehicular homicide conviction, concluding his constitutional rights were not violated when a sheriff’s deputy ordered his blood drawn without a warrant.

The blood drawn tested a 0.141 percent blood-alcohol concentration and served as evidence that Michael R. Tullberg, 30, was intoxicated when he lost control of a truck that overturned and claimed the life of a Shawano man in 2009.

Tullberg’s truck left the road, struck a rock, flipped two or three times and came to a rest on the driver’s side door 70 feet from the rock.

Matthew J. Alf, 20, was pinned under the truck and died from his injuries. Passengers Ashley Miller and Christopher Malueg also were injured.

According to Friday’s opinion:

The crash was so violent that the cap covering the truck bed was flattened and torn loose. Debris from the wreck littered the accident scene.

Sat
27
Dec

Sheriff: ID of human remains unknown

More than seven months after human remains were discovered in the town of Richmond, authorities have still not released a positive identification or the cause of death.

They also have not explained why it is taking so long to answer those questions.

Speculation has run rampant in social media since Mother’s Day weekend in May when, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, a group of young adults discovered the remains along the south side of Peach Road near County Road MMM.

The only information released by officials so far is that the remains were of a female.

Authorities have not said how long they believe the body had been there or what condition the remains were in.

The remains were initially sent to the State Crime Lab in Madison but tests failed to produce a positive ID, according to Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright.

Sat
27
Dec

Shawano man injured in crash

A Shawano man was injured early Friday when his vehicle rolled over on state Highway 29 and was struck by another vehicle.

The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. near County Road F in the town of Hartland.

Jeremy Meyers, 33, was eastbound on Highway 29 when he swerved to avoid a deer, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said. His vehicle went into the median and rolled over. It came to rest in the westbound lanes of the highway, where it was struck on the rear passenger side by a vehicle driven by Anthony Chang, 26, of Green Bay.

Bonduel firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut Meyers from his vehicle. He was taken to Shawano Medical Center. His condition was not available Friday afternoon. Chang was not injured.

Westbound Highway 29 was closed for about an hour while crews worked at the accident scene.

Sat
27
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 25

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 26-year-old woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Green Bay and Hamlin streets.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint involving juveniles at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 25

Deputies logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 45-year-old man was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant on Lake Drive in Wescott.

Theft — Money and a phone were reported stolen on Quartz Avenue in Mattoon.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on County Road D in the town of Herman.

Accidents — Authorities logged four deer-related crashes.

Thu
25
Dec

Clerk of court faces petition for removal

Shawano County’s clerk of court will face a court hearing of her own Monday to determine what action should be taken on a petition for her removal from office.

A petition filed by a Bonduel couple last month alleges Susan Krueger used her position in an attempt to influence the sentencing of a personal acquaintance in a Brown County felony case.

Krueger told the Leader this week she would reserve any comment on the matter for Monday’s hearing. However, she did file an answer to the petition earlier this month denying the allegation.

Krueger wrote a letter on Shawano County Clerk of Court letterhead in May to Brown County Circuit Court Judge Kendall Kelley regarding Eric Hodkiewicz, 35, of Shawano. Court documents indicate the letter was received and put into the court file June 20, the day Hodkiewicz was sentenced.

Thu
25
Dec

Sheriff looks back on 40-year career


Contributed Photo Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright, walking beside his wife, Mary, was honored with a surprise retirement celebration Saturday at The Main Event in Cecil. More than 150 people attended.

In a little under two weeks, Shawano County Sheriff Randy Wright will relinquish his badge after 40 years in law enforcement and eight years as sheriff.

It’s not quite the way he wanted to go out, having lost the election in November to Shawano Police Officer Adam Bieber, who will be sworn in as the new sheriff Jan. 5.

“I’d have liked to walk out of here and simply say, ‘I’m retired,’” Wright said.

But the initial disappointment has subsided somewhat, replaced by an eagerness to start a new chapter in his life.

“When God closes one door, he’s going to open another door for you,” Wright said. “I feel he has.”

With 10 grandchildren, Wright is looking forward to becoming “a full-time grandpa,” and spending more time with family members.

“Since April, it’s mostly been about the campaign,” he said. “I hadn’t had much of a chance to really sit back and enjoy the family. I missed a lot.”

Thu
25
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 24

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Green Bay and Washington streets.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Shoplifting — A 28-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of East Randall Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 400 block of Lakeland Road.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 24

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Thu
25
Dec

‘Twas the day before Christmas


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Bill and Mary Hoppe, top, of Shawano visit with their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dan, and their children, Joshua, Jonah, Gabriel and Noah, of Carrollton, Missouri, Wednesday at Bult’s Bakery in Shawano. The Franks traditionally spend Christmas in Shawano every other year.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Kristy Kehr, of Shawano, looks for last-minute Christmas cards at Dreier’s Pharmacy in downtown Shawano. She is expecting her daughter, Jocelyn, of Minneapolis, to visit on Christmas Day.

Editor’s note: Leader reporter Jason Arndt hit the stores in Shawano on Christmas Eve and filed this report on what he found.

Families reunite for holidays

For many people, the holidays mean traveling long distances to reunite with families.

AAA projects that more than 1.9 million Wisconsinites will be among the 98.6 million Americans journeying 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 4 percent over last year. This upward trend marks the highest forecast growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record. (AAA data dates back to 2001.)

The year-end holiday period is defined as Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.

Dan and Susan Frank make the 11-hour drive every other year from Carrollton, Missouri, with their four children to spend Christmas with Susan’s parents, Mary and Bill Hoppe, of Shawano, and other relatives.

Thu
25
Dec

SACF helps group helping the homeless

Shawano Area Matthew 25 was created with a mission to help local homeless people in Shawano and Menominee counties.

The organization, founded in 2012, faces an uphill battle, with an estimated 198 homeless families in Shawano, Menominee and northern Waupaca counties, according to the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The effort recently received an important boost, however, when the Shawano Area Community Foundation awarded SAM25 $5,000 to assemble 200 emergency kits for the homeless.

“We are blessed that we are able to start our mission and we are thankful that the foundation has given us a great start,” said Muffy Culhane, president of SAM25.

The organization received nearly a quarter of the foundation’s grant money for 2015.

“They are a well-deserving organization in the community and are a start-up organization that wants to help,” SACF chairman Todd Raether said.

Thu
25
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 23

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Theft - A snowblower was stolen from a property in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Disturbance - Police investigated a bullying complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Harassment - Police investigated a harassment complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Failure to Register - Police issued ordinance violations to 29- and 23-year-old men for failing to register as sex offenders in the 100 block of South Main St.

Warrant - Police attempted to locate a man on an outstanding warrant in the 100 block of Alpine Terrace.

Warrant - Police took a 24-year-old woman into custody on warrant for identify theft in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Juvenile - Police investigated a report of a juvenile throwing snowballs at South Lincoln Street and East Lieg Avenue.

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