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Wed
25
Mar

SIST attorney loses license for 1 year

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Naomi Isaacson, CEO of the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology, for one year.

Isaacson was also ordered last week to pay $6,634 in court costs.

The court agreed with the recommendation of the Office of Lawyer Regulation, citing Isaacson’s professional misconduct and a pattern of bad faith litigation, including making false and harassing statements toward judges and others involved in litigation.

Isaacson also failed to cooperate with an OLR investigation into the matter.

“She engaged in a pattern of intentional misconduct in multiple tribunals over a period of at least 17 months,” the court wrote. “Continuing the offensive conduct after being sanctioned by the courts shows a lack of remorse.”

Wed
25
Mar

Johnson’s Service receives Vision 2017 grants


Contributed Photo Johnson’s Service LLC, owned by Robert Johnson, center, recently received matching grants from Shawano Country Vision 2017 to help with renovation costs at the auto repair and towing business in Shawano. Shown with Johnson are Nancy Smith, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Dennis Heling, Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. chief economic development officer.

Johnson’s Service has received grants totaling $3,449 through Shawano Country Vision 2017.

The matching grants were awarded to help cover renovation costs at the auto repair and towing business, 532 S. Main St. The project included interior and exterior painting and installing new plumbing, lights and ceiling.

Johnson’s Service has been in operation since 1972 and is owned by Robert Johnson.

A number of businesses in downtown Shawano have recently invested in business improvements to their building facades and interiors.

“We decided to join forces with other businesses on the south end of Main Street to make our business more appealing to current and new customers by cleaning and remodeling the inside and outside of our business,” Johnson said. “We really appreciate the financial assistance provided by Vision 2017 in creating our ‘new look.’ ”

Wed
25
Mar

Statewide tornado drill planned April 16

Wisconsin will hold its annual Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17.

The theme — “Listen, act and live!” — emphasizes the importance of listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately to save lives.

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually, according to the National Weather Service, which is planning a statewide tornado drill April 16.

The weather service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch at 1 p.m. and a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios, also known as emergency weather radios, will issue alert messaging.

Schools, businesses and families are encouraged to practice safety procedures for severe weather during the drill.

Wed
25
Mar

Firefighters called to area grass fires

Authorities responded to four fire calls Sunday, just a few days after the state Department of Natural Resources warned of an increased fire threat because of dry conditions.

A grass fire on Larsen Road in Green Valley started just before noon and spread to a nearby barn, while another grass fire a short time later on County Road C in Angelica also burned an abandoned warehouse, according to authorities.

Firefighters from multiple departments responded.

Also on Sunday, an outdoor stove on Cherry Road in the town of Herman started a fire that burned a maple syrup shed.

A grass fire was also reported on Sunrise Road in Waukechon.

The DNR warned late last week that fire danger was rising due to the recent surge in temperatures and an unusually early spring.

Tue
24
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 22

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of South Cleveland Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of South Bartlett Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 700 block of South Maiden Lane.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 700 block of East Maurer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of East Robin Lane.

March 21

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Sat
21
Mar

Early spring brings early wildfire season

The recent surge in warmer temperatures is moving Wisconsin into an unusually early spring that has the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gearing up for an equally early wildland fire season.

More than 60 percent of all Wisconsin wildfires each year occur in March, April and May.

Shawano and Menominee counties are already snow-free and implementing burning restrictions.

Zach Hylinski, DNR forest ranger for western Shawano County, said Friday the current fire danger is “at moderate and moving toward high.”

There has already been one fire so far in the protection zone Hylinski oversees. That fire, in Wescott, burned just under a quarter acre, he said. But area firefighters have been called out to several brush fires outside that zone.

Sat
21
Mar

2 hires, 1 resignation at sheriff’s department

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department filled two vacant posts Thursday, the same day a detective’s sudden resignation created another.

Greg Trinko, a patrol sergeant with the department, was named jail administrator, effective April 13. The position has been vacant since mid-January when Steve Borroughs suddenly resigned.

Shawano Police Officer Kurt Kitzman was named patrol lieutenant. He will start his duties on April 2.

Trinko was one of 19 applicants for the administrator job, out of which seven were interviewed by a five-member panel.

“The panel agreed he did an outstanding job in the interviews,” Sheriff Adam Bieber said. “He has some good ideas for moving things forward.”

Trinko has been with the department for 25 years and started out as a jailer. He made an unsuccessful run for sheriff in 2006.

Bieber said Trinko has some outside management history that added to his qualifications.

Sat
21
Mar

Del Monte closing plants in Pulaski, Oconto Falls

Del Monte Foods is closing food processing plants in Pulaski and Oconto Falls soon after acquiring the company that owned them.

WLUK-TV reported Friday that 40 full-time jobs will be lost, along with 200 seasonal positions.

The plants process and store corn, green beans and peas. Del Monte acquired their owner, Sager Creek Vegetable Co., earlier this month.

Del Monte said in a statement the decision was difficult but would allow it to keep a strong presence in Wisconsin. The company also operates a plant in Markesan.

WLUK said layoffs will start in Pulaski in May and Oconto Falls in June.

Sat
21
Mar

Bonduel business organization plan moves forward

Bonduel business leaders will move forward with plans to create a chamber of commerce.

About 25 area residents and business owners attended a meeting Thursday at Village Hall to discuss whether to create the organization. It was the third meeting on the topic this year.

A core group of organizers was formed Thursday to work on launching the new endeavor.

Shawn Thorne, a Village Board and plan commission member, has been one of the key proponents of considering forming a chamber or similar organization to help area businesses.

“We are going to put together a mission statement,” Thorne said.

Other members of the group are plan commission member Troy Westcott, Red Rooster owner Bill Kolaske, Amy Thusius of Meadow View Estates, Bonduel police officer Nicole Blaskowski and Village Board member Sharon Wussow.

Nancy Smith, executive director of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, supports the Bonduel efforts.

Sat
21
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 19

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 22-year-old man was cited for possession of marijuana at Hamlin and Richmond streets.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Restraining Order — Police responded to a restraining order violation in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Cleveland Street.

Warrant — A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant at Main and Center streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 19

Deputies logged 30 incidents, including the following:

OWI — Authorities arrested a 47-year-old Green Bay woman for operating while intoxicated after responding to a reckless driving complaint on state Highway 29 in Maple Grove.

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