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Shawano Police Department

Aug. 30

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Child Neglect — Child neglect charges were referred against a 46-year-old Shawano man after police conducted a welfare check in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Huckleberry Harbor, 222 N. Sawyer St.

Auto Theft — A van was reported stolen from the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. According to police, the vehicle was unlocked and the keys were in the center console.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at County Road B and Evergreen Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of Prospect Circle.

Aug. 29

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Sat
29
Aug

Legislators respond to sheriff’s push for inattentive driving law change

State legislators from the area say they are looking into Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber’s call for a stricter inattentive driving law, but there was some skepticism about whether it could be enforced.

“It’s a tough one,” said Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay.

Bieber said he has been contacting state legislators with proposed changes in the state’s inattentive driving law that would give law enforcement more leeway for prosecution.

Bieber said he was motivated by the death of highway worker Derek Stempa, who was struck by a vehicle at a road construction site in May, as well as other accidents caused by inattentive driving.

Stempa, 30, of Shawano, was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G on May 26 when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Dennis St. John, 69, of Tigerton.

Sat
29
Aug

Waivers exempt Amish from state building code

Religious waiver forms that will be distributed this week to all 72 counties in Wisconsin are expected to resolve a dispute over building codes between Eau Claire County and its Amish community.

An amendment to the 2015-17 state budget allows for exemptions to the electrical and plumbing requirements in the state’s uniform dwelling code to residents who cannot follow them for religious reasons. Amish residents will now be able to claim an exemption from installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes because they violate their religious beliefs.

Some Old Order Amish families say religious tenets requiring them to live simply and avoid modern conveniences prohibit them from using those devices, the Leader-Telegram reported.

Sat
29
Aug

Clintonville man dies after wrong-way crash on Hwy. 45

An 89-year-old Clintonville man died Thursday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 45 in Marion, according to the Marion Police Department.

The crash occurred about 4:48 p.m. near the Wisconsin Department of Transportation wayside.

Police say the Clintonville man exited the wayside and made a left turn onto Highway 45, then proceeded northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic, where he collided with a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Shiocton man.

The Clintonville man and a male passenger in the other vehicle had to be extricated by the Marion Area Fire Department.

The Clintonville man was flown from the scene by Theda Star Air Medical Transport and was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.

Police were notified about 10 p.m. that he had succumbed to his injuries and had passed away.

Sat
29
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 27

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Animal — Police responded to a complaint of an injured seagull in the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. The bird was gone on arrival.

Computer Crime — The Shawano Leader, 1464 E. Green Bay St., reported a former employee had hacked into the computer system.

Assist — Police assisted with locating a suspect in a property damage hit-and-run on the Menominee Reservation in the 400 block of South Andrews Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.

OAR — A 25-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Main and Mills streets.

Bail Jumping — Police responded to a bail jumping complaint at Billy’s bar, 1100 S. Main St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a verbal dispute in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Fri
28
Aug

Clintonville man dies after wrong-way crash on Hwy. 45

An 89-year-old Clintonville man died Thursday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 45 in Marion, according to the Marion Police Department.

The crash occurred about 4:48 p.m. near the Department of Transportation wayside.

Police say the Clintonville man exited the wayside and made a left turn onto Highway 45, then proceeded northbound in the southbound lanes of traffic, where he collided with a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old Shiocton man.

The Clintonville man and a male passenger in the other vehicle had to be extricated by the Marion Area Fire Department.

The Clintonville man was flown from the scene by Theda Star Air Medical Transport and was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.

Police were notified about 10 p.m. that he had succumbed to his injuries and had passed away.

Thu
27
Aug

Upgrade proposed for county fair structure


Leader Photo by Scott Williams The Junior Fair Building on the Shawano County Fairgrounds is about 50 years old and is marked by peeling paint and other signs of deterioration.

Contributed Photo The proposed new Junior Fair Building would include a new roof, walls, doors and other features built around the existing foundation and structural steel.

Visitors to the Shawano County Fair this year could be enjoying the present while also getting a glimpse of the future.

Fair officials have unveiled a proposal to invest about $170,000 in remodeling and upgrading the Junior Fair Building, which is home to 4-H club members and families throughout the fair.

The proposed new red and green building, which could be ready next year, will be presented to fair-goers this year in a rendering designed to drum up support for the project.

Proponents are asking Shawano County to allocate $125,000 in next year’s county budget to help pay for the building overhaul.

Dana Dallmann, leader of the Seneca Stingers 4-H Club in the town of Morris, said the expenditure would be a worthwhile investment in a property that is badly in need of a face-lift.

Thu
27
Aug

Commission votes to save Hartman Park

A small neighborhood park will keep its current use after the Shawano Park and Recreation Commission on Wednesday reversed a previous decision to sell the land for residential development.

The city went to court last month to get approval to alter the city plat and discontinue Hartman Park, located at Andrews and Stevens streets.

City officials argued the park has to be maintained but is seldom used because Memorial Park — along with its ball diamonds, shelters and other amenities — is so close by.

They said the property could be split into at least two residential lots that would add to the city’s tax base.

But the court also heard from a number of neighbors who attended the hearing to rally behind Anita Hartman, whose father, Edward, donated the property to the city for use as a park some 70 years ago.

They disputed the city’s contention that the park is seldom used.

Thu
27
Aug

Sheriff calls for tougher inattentive driving law

The death of highway worker Derek Stempa, who was struck by a vehicle at a road construction site in May, as well as other accidents caused by inattentive driving, has prompted Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber to lobby for changes in state law that give law enforcement more leeway for prosecution.

Bieber said he has been contacting state legislators with the proposed changes.

Stempa, 30, of Shawano, was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G on May 26 when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Dennis St. John, 69, of Tigerton.

According to Bieber, the investigation showed that St. John had one dog in his lap and another on his shoulder, and was fumbling with an oxygen mask at the time he struck Stempa.

St. John passed away on Aug. 17 of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before charges could be filed in the case.

Thu
27
Aug

Clintonville residents OK slightly lower school levy

Clintonville taxpayers will see a small decrease in their school district taxes this year.

Voters approved a tax levy of $6,283,147 at the district’s annual meeting Monday. Last year’s levy was $6,283,431. The proposed levy assumes no increase in equalized valuation, which which won’t be known until October.

The estimated tax rate will be $11.41 per $1,000 per assessed valuation, the same as last year. A homeowner with a home valued at $75,000 can expect to pay $787 in school taxes this year, compared with $799 last year.

About a dozen teachers and administrators along with a half dozen citizens attended the annual meeting.

The proposed 2015-2016 budget for the general fund and special education fund was set at $18,243,734.

Factors affecting the tax rate include a slight increase in the debt service levy and an increase in the community service levy, which are largely offset by an increase in state aid, according to Superintendent Tom O’Toole.

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