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Tue
02
Oct

Numbers down for barn quilt event


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Bikers start the Gresham 35-50 mile loop of the annul Bike the Barn Quilts ride on Saturday. The event drew 180 bikers on loops ranging from five to 70 miles.

Bike numbers were down but walkers, runners and spirits were up at the sixth annual Bike the Barn Quilts on Sept. 29.

Matty Mathison, Bike the Barn Quilts director, said 186 people participated in the bike portion of the event, with 93 in the 5K walk/run.

“The oldest participant was a 77-year-old who did the 70-miler,” Mathison said, noting that he was one of just six participants who completed the 70-mile ride.

Last year, the total number of participants was over 300, including the walkers.

The high temperature was just 46 degrees, 19 degrees below the average for that day.

“The weather was too cold for most people to do that many miles — the cold air just takes a lot out of you,” Mathison explained.

The barn quilt event is sponsored by Shawano Pathways, a local group dedicated to promoting healthy outdoor activities. Pathways recruited over 100 volunteers to help with promotion, safety, food, and other aspects of the ride.

Tue
02
Oct

Shawano police investigating deceased infant

Shawano police are investigating the death of an infant discovered Friday afternoon during a welfare check in the city.

No details or location have been disclosed, but the police department issued a news release about the incident Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to a city residence to check on the welfare of a 2-month-old infant, according to the release. Officers discovered the infant was deceased inside the residence.

“We are continuing to investigate this incident to determine the cause of death,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said.

No other information was being released Tuesday. Mauel said it would probably be several days before any more information regarding the incident is disclosed.

Tue
02
Oct

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 1

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious person was reported in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

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

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Sept. 30

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Safe Haven, 380 Lakeland Road.

Sept. 29

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Sat
29
Sep

CoVantage to offer commercial rehabilitation financing

CoVantage Credit Union was recently awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund. Grants from this fund help financial institutions like CoVantage support economically disadvantaged communities. By allowing the credit union to finance commercial real estate loans focused on the rehabilitation of blighted and/or vacant properties, the goal is to improve conditions in deteriorating areas and strengthen individual businesses.

With this grant and an additional $5 million in loan funding, CoVantage will create a commercial rehabilitation loan program. It will be combined with property owners’ investments, municipal loan funds and potential Small Business Administration mortgages once the revitalization project has been completed.

Sat
29
Sep

CRI hires 3 local employees, promotes 1

Cooperative Resources International (CRI) welcomed three new employees living in Shawano County to its Shawano facility and promoted one other.

Drew Amdall, of Shawano, joins CRI as an accounts receivable and inventory specialist. Amdall processes incoming sales orders and maintains inventory. He earned an associate degree in accounting from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

Larry Calaway, of Shawano, accepted the position of GENEX senior business information developer. Calaway develops and maintains the cooperative’s electronic data storage system. He earned an associate degree in data processing from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lakeland College.

Paula Peterman, of Bonduel, joins GENEX as a semen distribution specialist. She processes orders for bovine genetics.

Sat
29
Sep

Wittenberg village president charged with burglary

Wittenberg Village President and Shawano County Supervisor William J. Switalla was charged in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Friday with a felony count of burglary for allegedly taking a grill and other items from a house that the county had acquired in foreclosure.

According to the criminal complaint, Switalla was among several county officials who went out to view the property at 715 Webb St. in Wittenberg on April 24 to establish a sale price.

When the county treasurer’s office held an open house at the property for interested buyers on May 23, the staff noticed that the house and garage door were unlocked and items appeared to be missing from the garage.

Neighbors informed them that they had seen Switalla loading a grill from the garage into his van, according to the complaint.

An inventory of the garage later showed a ladder and dolly were also missing.

Sat
29
Sep

Menominee man arrested for Brown County homicide

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 46-year-old man on the Menominee Indian Reservation in connection with a homicide in Brown County two years ago.

Suzette Langlois, a 52-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed in her vehicle while parked in a driveway on Manitowoc Road in Bellevue on Aug. 29, 2016.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Anthony John Kitchenakow, 46, on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. He was taken into custody at his residence on the reservation Wednesday afternoon.

According to a criminal complaint, authorities believe Langlois was shot and killed over a drug debt owed by her boyfriend.

Kitchenakow is being held by the Menominee Tribal Court and awaiting extradition to Brown County.

Kitchenakow also has another open criminal case pending in Brown County on felony charges of child abuse and intimidation of a victim, according to court records.

Sat
29
Sep

Plan commission to look at zoning changes

A number of changes to the city’s zoning code will be on the agenda for the Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday, but one of the changes that could be the most controversial for some members would make the city’s building inspector and zoning administrator a voting member of the commission.

Originally, the commission included the public works director as a voting member, but Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard said that was causing conflicts of interest.

“There are a lot of instances where I’m working directly with these folks on projects,” he said.

Sheppard had abstained from a number of votes when he was a voting member.

He said state statutes specify a certain number of citizens for the commission, but also specifically calls out the building inspector to be a voting member, as well.

The change, he said, “just seemed to follow the statutes.”

At least one plan commission member, Terry Hilgenberg, has a problem with that.

Sat
29
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 27

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to domestic disturbances in the 400 block of West Richmond Street and the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Theft — A property theft complaint was reported at the Wisconsin House, 213 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — A telephone scam was reported in the 1200 block of Valley Lane.

Theft — Wrenches were reported stolen in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 27

Deputies logged 46 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Main Street in Bowler.

Fri
28
Sep

Central figure in conspiracy sentenced


Contributed photo A $25,000 botanical extraction machine used to process THC oil is pictured in an exhibit photo included in a criminal complaint that alleges a massive drug trafficking conspiracy. The machine was found at the residence of Daniel Hofman of Bonduel during the execution of a search warrant.

Contributed photo Marijuana stems, seeds and other pieces of alleged marijuana plants were found packaged in plastic bags on the property of Daniel Hofman of Bonduel during the execution of a search warrant, according to authorities.

A Bonduel man who had been called “the hub” of a wide-ranging drug trafficking conspiracy in Shawano County was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his role.

Daniel P. Hofman, 54, will also have to serve another five year’s extended supervision after his prison sentence.

Hofman was among 10 people charged in what authorities have called one of the largest drug cases ever seen in Shawano County.

“Hofman was one of the key defendants operating this drug trafficking organization,” Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney Greg Parker said in a statement.

“He and a few others were the ‘hub of the conspiracy’ in distributing large quantities of marijuana and hash oil from northern California back to Shawano,” Parker said.

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