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Sat
28
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 26

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Theft — Tennis shoes were reported stolen in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Shoplifting — A 34-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant after police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 26

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a fight at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St.

Disturbance — Charges of disorderly conduct, battery, criminal damage to property and bail jumping were referred against a 32-year-old Bowler man and a 29-year-old Shawano man after a disturbance on Moh He Con Nuck Road in Bowler.

Sat
28
Feb

Convicted killer takes plea deal in local domestic case

A Shawano man who had already been remanded back to prison to finish out a life sentence for murder pleaded no contest Thursday to felony charges related to a domestic incident in the city last year.

Randy L. Schoerner, 57, was on lifetime parole for a 1976 first-degree murder conviction when he was accused of choking and assaulting a woman and holding her against her will at his residence in Shawano on March 3, 2014.

A jury was selected for a two-day trial that was getting underway Thursday morning, but Schoerner accepted a plea deal just before opening arguments.

Schoerner pleaded to a felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

Charges of strangulation, sexual assault, disorderly conduct and battery were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Fri
27
Feb

State budget proposal worries county officials

Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 biennial budget proposal includes a measure that would transition property tax assessments from a municipal system to a county system.

This proposal has some Shawano County officials worried, and an announcement was made during this week’s County Board meeting that the county planned to fight it.

The changes would begin in 2016 if passed by state legislators, and full implementation would take effect in 2017.

Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said he intends to present a resolution to the Finance Committee in March that would oppose Walker’s proposal. He said the change would be a burden, financially and in man hours, for the county.

Miller said the county would be required to establish an assessment department and create an administrative position.

Fri
27
Feb

Teen in joyriding spree loses bid to vacate sentence

A Shawano teen convicted last year of multiple felony counts related to a pair of joyriding sprees in 2013 failed to have her 6½-year prison sentence vacated after a motion hearing Wednesday in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Lindsay R. Holstrom, 18, was sentenced in March after pleading no contest in January 2014 to five counts of auto theft, as well as felony counts of reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer and bail jumping.

The sentence also called for her to spend another 6½ years on extended supervision after she serves her prison time.

Holstrom was 16 at the time of the offenses, but was tried as an adult.

Holstrom claimed ineffective assistance of counsel and that the sentence was unduly harsh in her post-conviction relief hearing Wednesday.

However, Shawano-Menominee Circuit Court Judge James Habeck, who passed sentence on Holstrom last year, ruled there was no new evidence showing her counsel had been ineffective.

Fri
27
Feb

DPW restructures in wake of retirements

Shawano’s Department of Public Works is making the most of two high-level staff retirements with a restructuring of duties and job titles expected to make the department a little more efficient.

Operations Manager Jim Schoenhofen retired last month and Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Flaig will retire as of March 13. Both have been with the city for about 35 years.

Flaig was a Shawano Municipal Utilities employee until water and sewer services were incorporated into the DPW several years ago.

Andy Daniels, who was promoted to lead operator in December — essentially serving as assistant to the operations manager, has already been moved into Schoenhofen’s position. Daniels has been with the DPW for about 25 years.

Flaig’s job will be divided between two existing DPW staff.

Fri
27
Feb

New ag classes planned in Clintonville

Clintonville High School students will be able to take four new agriculture classes as science credits next year.

The Clintonville Board of Education this week approved a proposal from school administrators to apply to the state Department of Public Instruction for approval of the courses.

The classes are Ag Processing, Veterinary Science, Dairy Science and Genetics.

The board discussed the proposal Feb. 9, but delayed a vote after member Jim Schultz asked that the science department be consulted as part of the process. He said he was not opposed to the plan, but wanted more discussion and research on the plan, which he said had not, to that point, included the science department.

“We want to encourage our teachers to be leaders,” Schultz said. “We have to be open enough to include them in the process.”

Principal Lance Bagstad told the board that ag teacher Crystal Retzlaff has taught the courses in the past.

Fri
27
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 25

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 1100 block of South Main Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 600 block of East Schurz Street.

Theft — Packages were reported stolen from a mailbox in the 100 block of Northridge Drive.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of South Prospect Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 25

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Thu
26
Feb

Drug, prostitution offenses made county crimes

The Shawano County Board took steps Wednesday to keep more money in the county from certain drug and prostitution crimes.

The board approved three ordinances that will allow local law enforcement to issue citations rather than have the district attorney pursue criminal charges for state offenses. Officers have the option when it comes to acts of prostitution, along with possession of small amounts of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids.

In regard to the drug ordinances, first offenses would be fined a minimum of $100; second offenses in a 12-month period would cost at least $150. Court and prosecution costs will be added to the fine.

The prostitution ordinance would establish a minimum fine of $200 for the first offense and $500 for the second offense.

Thu
26
Feb

New charges filed against sex assault suspect

A former Shawano tavern operator charged with child sexual assault now faces a new sex assault charge, as well as charges that he tried to enlist two juvenile relatives to lie in his defense.

Darwin R. Davis, 47, who had been free on bond while awaiting trial in the pending case, was ordered back to jail Wednesday on a $150,000 bond after an appearance before Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court Judge James Habeck.

Davis’ attorney had filed a motion in the pending case seeking to waive the rape shield law and introduce testimony that the alleged victim in that case had sexual relationships with other males while working as a babysitter for Davis, according to court records.

That testimony was supposed to come from children the alleged victim was babysitting.

Thu
26
Feb

Planning director duties dispersed to others

Shawano County will not fill the planning and development director position left vacant by the termination of Tim Reed.

Instead, the county is reorganizing the Planning, Development and Zoning Department to disperse the director duties to two employees. The County Board unanimously signed off on the plan Wednesday.

Zoning Administrator Robert Jacobson, who had been serving as the department’s interim head, will continue to be in charge of planning and development tasks and report to the county Planning, Development and Zoning Committee. Matters of land conservation will be overseen by Scott Frank, the county conservationist, and he will report to the Land Conservation Committee.

Jacobson and Frank will be in charge of their respective budgets. Previously the director oversaw the entire budget.

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