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Wed
24
Dec

Foreclosure suit targets SIST properties

A sweeping, half-million dollar foreclosure suit was filed this week targeting numerous commercial properties in Shawano and Wescott owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology and one of its subsidiaries.

The wide-ranging civil action encompasses 15 properties, from vacant buildings to ongoing enterprises such as the Midwest Gift and Fudge House in Wescott.

According to the civil suit filed in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Monday, a number of mortgages and land contracts on the properties were bundled into a single consolidated loan agreement with M&I Bank in 2008 and were backed by a promissory note signed by SIST founder R.C. Samanta Roy, who has since changed his name to Avraham Cohen.

The debts were eventually acquired by Wells Fargo Bank of Dallas, which claims in the suit that SIST and Cohen defaulted on the agreement.

Wed
24
Dec

Pumping continues in Keshena

Emergency management officials are continuing to pump water out of a creek near the Wolf River in downtown Keshena.

State Highway 47-55 and County Road VV in downtown Keshena were reopened to traffic early Friday afternoon, a day after pumping began.

“The water levels are maintaining, and we are still continuing to pump,” said Ben Warrington, emergency management coordinator for the Menominee Indian tribe.

Warrington said the snowfall Tuesday hindered workers’ efforts.

“It has slightly affected the water levels,” he said.

Warrington reported water levels in the Wolf River had receded a foot on Friday, but there has not been any substantial progress since then.

Water removal services are being provided by by Brownsville-based Mi-Con, a firm that usually helps construction and industrial clients with solutions to issues involving lowering and treating groundwater.

Wed
24
Dec

Court News

Sex offender registry violation

An arrest warrant was issued last week for a West Bend man who allegedly failed to comply with the state’s Sex Offender Registry.

Anthony J. Oberhofer, 32, could face a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Oberhofer’s last reported address was in Shawano, but he was arrested in West Bend in October on a charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer. He was released on bond Oct. 30 and hasn’t been seen since.

Oberhofer was convicted in Milwaukee County in August 2000 of third-degree sexual assault and is required to keep the state apprised of his address and employment.

Substantial battery

A Bowler teen is facing a felony charge of substantial battery with a dangerous weapon after a domestic disturbance in the village earlier this month.

Wed
24
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 22

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1100 block of South Franklin Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Shawano Medical Center, 309 N. Bartlett St.

Juvenile — Police logged one truancy complaint from Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St., and one from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Theft — A .22 caliber Derringer was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Threatening — Police investigated a threatening complaint in the 1300 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 22

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Mon
22
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 21

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1100 block of South Park Street.

Vandalism — Windows were reported broken in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Richmond Court.

Child Abuse — A child abuse incident reported by Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, was under investigation.

Dec. 20

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 400 block of South Union Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a computer fraud complaint in the 100 block of Maple Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance involving juveniles in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Sat
20
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 18

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Andrews streets.

Juvenile — Police logged three truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Theft — A GPS unit was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Lincoln and Richmond streets.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint at Wescott and Weed streets.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Warrant — A 51-year-old man was taken into custody on a Shawano County warrant in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 18

Sat
20
Dec

City police shaking up organizational structure

Less administration, more cops on the street.

That’s the goal of a restructuring planned for 2015 within the Shawano Police Department, which will eliminate a vacant captain’s position and add a detective next year under a plan approved this week by the Police and Fire Commission.

The department is opting not to refill the captain’s post vacated by the retirement of Jeff Heffernon last month, according to Police Chief Mark Kohl, who said the vacancy provided an opportunity to add another patrol officer instead.

That will bring the department’s patrol officers up to 15, one of whom will be a newly created detective lieutenant.

The department previously did not have a detective’s position. The new post will be taken by an existing patrol officer who will be promoted.

With Heffernon’s retirement and the election of Officer Adam Bieber as Shawano County Sheriff, the department is looking to fill three vacancies next next year.

Sat
20
Dec

State highway reopens in Keshena

State Highway 47-55 and County Road VV in downtown Keshena was reopened to traffic early Friday afternoon.

The state Department of Transportation closed the highway Tuesday, a day after the Menominee Indian tribe and Menominee County issued an emergency disaster declaration due to flooding from the Wolf River.

County Road VV was closed Sunday.

Work crews began clean-up efforts to reopen both roads Thursday morning, utilizing high-powered pumps to help remove water from the roads and replacing sandbags with concrete barriers.

Menominee County and the Menominee Indian tribe on Friday removed the detour signs and barricades that had been erected.

“The traffic is back to normal and people can now follow their routine,” said Brent Matthews, a supervisor with the DOT North Central Region office.

The National Weather Service also lifted the flood warning issued for the area Friday afternoon.

Sat
20
Dec

Some gray wolves returning to endangered list

A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.

The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where the combined population is estimated at around 3,700. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday the removal was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.

Unless overturned, her decision will block the states from scheduling additional hunting and trapping seasons for the predators. All three have had at least one hunting season since protections were lifted, while Minnesota and Wisconsin also have allowed trapping.

Fri
19
Dec

Shawano police looking to strengthen Native American ties

Nationwide racial tensions that have simmered in recent weeks over the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police have not been lost on local law enforcement, even though the Shawano area does not have a large African-American population.

The concern locally, according to Shawano Police Chief Mark Kohl, are the misperceptions and miscommunication that can sometime exist between law enforcement and this area’s Native American residents.

Kohl briefly headed the Shawano Police Department back in 2001 and returned in April to take command again.

He said there were misperceptions on both sides that persisted when he was here in 2001 — stoked by comments, Kohl said, attributed to a previous chief of police, and some of those perceptions still exist.

“There was a perception that the Shawano Police Department goes after people of Native American heritage,” Kohl said.

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