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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 12

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A money order was reported stolen at Birch Hill Health Care, 1475 Birch Hill Lane.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of River Heights.

March 11

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

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

Vandalism — Houses were reported egged in the 900 block of South Lafayette Street and 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Assault — A sexual assault was reported in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Theft — Items were reported stolen in the 400 block of West Green Bay Street.

March 10

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

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10
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 8

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 30-year-old Waukegan, Illinois, man was arrested for domestic violence-related battery, strangulation and bail jumping after a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifter in custody and making a disturbance. The suspect, a 17-year-old male, was arrested on a probation and parole hold.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at state Highway 47-55 and Cherry Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 8

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Freeborn Street in Cecil.

Warrant — A male subject was taken into custody on a warrant on Sawyer Street in Shawano.

Sat
10
Mar

Asbestos abatement project working through courthouse


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Legal Secretary Chris Raddant works from a makeshift desk in the basement of the Shawano County Courthouse while the district attorney’s office undergoes asbestos removal.

Leader photo by Tim Ryan A one-foot gap in the wood paneling interior walls of the district attorney’s office allowed for carpet and tile removal as part of an asbestos abatement project at the Shawano County courthouse. The gap will be filled with pine and playwood and the walls will be painted over.

Everything old is becoming new again at the Shawano County Courthouse, even though it’s unlikely most visitors will notice much difference after the work is done.

A long-awaited asbestos abatement project has been underway since mid-December that will finally remove all traces of the health hazard from the 60-year-old building.

Asphalt-asbestos tile that was considered cutting edge in the 50s was later covered with carpeting in most courthouse offices to encapsulate the asbestos.

The tile and the carpeting have been deteriorating for some time, and the carpeting couldn’t be replaced without also pulling up the tiles.

The massive $466,000 abatement project has been tackling the asbestos removal in stages, room by room and office by office.

It began with the basement meeting rooms, which cleared that space for other office operations to relocate there while those office spaces were being treated.

Fri
09
Mar

Wescott board approves closing north end of Old Keshena Road


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Wescott Town Board approved closing the northern entrance of Old Keshena Road from State Highway 47-55 and turning it into a cul-de-sac, contingent on the state paying the costs. Neighbors are concerned about traffic coming off the highway at more than double the posted 25 mph speed limit.

A month after rejecting the idea, the Wescott Town Board Thursday approved closing off the north end of Old Keshena Road and allowing the state to put in a cul-de-sac where the road currently intersects with state Highway 47-55.

That would be contingent, however, on the state paying the cost of the cul-de-sac, which would be constructed as part of the Department of Transportation’s plans to make improvements to Highway 47-55.

That project won’t happen until 2020 at the earliest, according to the DOT.

Town officials were caught off guard when the Old Keshena Road cul-de-sac showed up for the first time on the state’s plans for Highway 47-55 in January, one of the reasons it was initially rejected by the board last month.

Since then, a petition drive to close the north end of the road netted signatures from 57 neighbors, though only a half dozen people attended Thursday’s meeting.

Fri
09
Mar

Best Western manager works hard to keep visitors happy

Sally Jo Stevens is doing everything she can to generate tourism in the Wittenberg area.

Stevens is general manager of the Best Western Wittenberg Inn and the leading force behind development of the Wittenberg Tourism Committee.

Her work has included pushing for an occupancy, or room, tax in Wittenberg to capitalize on visitors drawn to the area for its natural beauty and recreation opportunities, business growth and the three nearby casinos — Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg, Northstar in Bowler and Menominee Casino in Keshena.

Because a lot of the Best Western’s business comes from the Wausau area, where the occupancy tax is 8 percent, Stevens lobbied the Wittenberg Town Board in 2016 to levy a tax higher than the city of Shawano’s rate of 4.5 percent. The board went with 8 percent.

Room taxes last year generated $80,000 in Wittenberg.

Fri
09
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 7

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident involving two juveniles.

OWI — A 25-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated in the 600 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 7

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 45-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Sunrise Road in the town of Herman.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Warrant — A 51-year-old man was arrested on a warrant on Walker Street in Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Old Lake Lane in the town of Wescott.

Thu
08
Mar

Downtown Business Improvement District has new coordinator

Shawano’s downtown Business Improvement District has hired a new coordinator.

Lindsey Johnson, a resident of the city who works at CRI, will start her duties with the BID on March 16, according to BID Board President Jennifer Hoffman.

Johnson was chosen from a field of seven finalists for the job.

“She came in with a lot of ideas about how we could do things differently,” Hoffman said. “She’s very organized and already knows a lot of the businesses downtown.”

Her duties will include organizing BID events, meeting with downtown businesses and finding ways for those business to work together in promotional efforts, acting as a liaison between the BID and the Shawano Downtown Business Association, promoting the BID’s facade grants, and organizing the BID board’s annual meeting.

The position is technically part-time, but there are no set hours.

Thu
08
Mar

Court News

Felony OWI

A Shawano man is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing on a charge of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated and felony possession of marijuana.

Robert J. Boettcher, 51, was pulled over Feb. 24 after he was spotted driving erratically by a Shawano police officer, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.309 percent, nearly four times the allowable limit.

Boettcher also had a plastic baggie in his pocket that turned out to contain marijuana, according to the complaint, which states he was also on probation at the time for a previous offense.

According to court records, Boettcher has four previous OWI convictions in Shawano County and one each in Brown and Outagamie counties. He was also convicted of marijuana possession in Brown County, according to the records.

Boettcher is being held on a $4,000 cash bond.

Felony OWI

Thu
08
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 6

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of South Washington Street.

Warrant — A 46-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 6

Deputies logged 55 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint on Navarino Road in the town of Lessor.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Curt Black Road in the town of Wescott.

Wed
07
Mar

Armed robbery at Mattoon gas station

An armed robber struck a gas station in Mattoon on Tuesday, making off with an undisclosed amount of money, according to authorities.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department received a call at about 8:24 p.m. from Donna’s Village Pump, 1203 Fourth St. in Mattoon, advising that the station had just been robbed.

The caller stated a white male approximately 6 feet tall wearing camo and a ski mask entered the store carrying a gun, according to Sheriff Adam Bieber.

The suspect demanded the clerk, who was alone in the store, give him all the money, Bieber said.

Anyone who was in the area and might have seen anything or has any information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 715.526-3111.

The incident remains under investigation.

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