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27
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 25

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — A 35-year-old Wausau women was arrested for bail jumping and obstructing an officer after police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Disorderly — A 31-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct after a suspicious person complaint in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 1000 block of Waukechon Street.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Thu
26
Jul

School safety focus at Republican picnic


Leader photo by Evan J. Pretzer Attorney General Brad Schimel delivered the keynote address at the Shawano County Republican Party’s picnic Tuesday. A major theme of those speaking at the gathering was the effort to make schools safer.

Republicans in Shawano County gathered for their annual picnic Tuesday, and for speakers, the safety of students in area school districts and across Wisconsin loomed large.

In his keynote address, Attorney General Brad Schimel touted the recently enacted $100 million school safety plan signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker earlier this year. Developed after a February shooting in Parkland, Florida, the grant program funds physical security enhancements as well as mental health training, which Schimel said would be a bigger focus in the next round of awards.

Thu
26
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 24

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 600 block of East Elizabeth Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Qualheim’s True Value, 1345 E. Green Bay St.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a report of kids on the Ski Sharks ramp, 211 N. Riverside Drive.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint in the 200 block of Lakeland Road.

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

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 24

Thu
26
Jul

County Road F access to be closed at Hwy. 29

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region office announced it will close access to County Road F as part of the state Highway 29 pavement rehabilitation project.

The road work is taking place in Shawano County from Highline Road in Bonduel to the Shawano/Brown County line in the town of Angelica.

The state Highway 29/County Road F intersection closed Wednesday and will stay closed for the remainder of the Highway 29 project due to safety concerns with the intersection skew and sight distance during the temporary bi-directional traffic configuration. Motorists will not be permitted to cross Highway 29 from County Road F or turn onto County Road F from Highway 29. The highway will remain open to traffic.

A detour will be posted to direct County Road F traffic to County Road C to cross Highway 29.

Wed
25
Jul

CULVER-IZED


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Brian Lovelien, center, owner of the new Shawano Culver’s, prepares to cut the ribbon and formally open the restaurant Monday, surrounded by his employees, ambassadors from the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce and other assorted dignitaries.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Culver’s owner Brian Lovelien, left, stands with the first dollar he received from Wes Van Haveren, who traveled from Sheboygan to see the local restaurant opening. Van Haveren also spent the first dollar at a Culver’s on State Highway 42 in Sheboygan when it opened.

Butterburgers have arrived in Shawano.

Following a VIP event last week, Culver’s formally opened its doors to the public on Monday. A ribbon-cutting prior to the restaurant’s regular opening at 10 a.m. was the quietest point of the day for owner Brian Lovelien and his employees, as locals quickly descended on the restaurant, creating long lines in the dining room and parking lot at 1220 E. Green Bay St.

Lovelien wasn’t surprised. He said Shawano residents have been very supportive in the weeks leading up to his restaurant’s opening.

“We’re so thrilled to be here,” Lovelien said. “My whole experience in Shawano has, just in the couple of weeks we’ve been here, has just been fantastic — going to the post office and people saying hello, people waving when I’m driving by.”

Wed
25
Jul

For the people and the polka-lovers


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan The Maroszek Brothers, a polka band originating in Pulaski, closed the festival on Sunday.

Despite the looming threat of rain and bad weather, Pulaski Polka Days’ 40th anniversary saw a great turnout.

This year’s Polka Days featured 22 polka bands from Pulaski, other parts of Wisconsin and out of the state. Likewise, audience members included both locals and those from around the country.

“We have polka festivals back home, but I have never been to an event quite like this,” said Emma Hawkins, visiting from La Grange, Illinois. “The energy is outstanding.”

Many different styles of polka were played, including the German, Slovenian, Bohemian and, of course, the Polish style. Listeners were invited to dance the polka along to the music.

“I went on Friday and participated in the polka dance lessons, having never danced the polka before. It was so fun that I had to go back on Sunday to get a chance to show off my new dance moves,” said Lynelle Wagner, of Green Bay.

Wed
25
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 23

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Bail Jumping — Police investigated a bail jumping complaint at Quality Inn and Suites, 104 N. Airport Drive.

Fraud — A scam was reported in the 100 block of West Division Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 100 block of South Andrews Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Street.

OWI — A 36-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Union and Division streets.

July 22

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 20-year-old Bonduel man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Main and Green Bay streets after police responded to a reckless driving complaint.

Wed
25
Jul

Motorcyclist killed in crash

An 80-year-old Mukwonago man died Saturday as result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle versus car crash on state Highway 29 in the town of Richmond, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Raymond Fredlund was traveling westbound on Highway 29 at about 11:30 a.m. when he struck a vehicle driven by an 80-year-old Wausau woman. He was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The sheriff’s department said the driver of the car was eastbound on Highway 29 and turned left onto Hickory Road when the crash occurred.

The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Sat
21
Jul

Safe Haven approaching fundraising goal


Contributed Image Safe Haven plans to have eight rooms total in its shelter by the time renovations are completed, but the agency only has 78 percent of the $425,000 raised to complete the project.

Safe Haven, Shawano County’s domestic abuse and sexual assault support center, has reached 78 percent of its $425,000 campaign goal to raise money to expand the facility.

Safe Haven currently consists of five available rooms for those living at the shelter. The addition will bring the total room count up to eight.

“In 2017, there was only one day out of the entire year where the shelter was not at or over capacity,” said Stacey Cicero, Safe Haven’s executive director. Many people get frustrated having to share a hotel room with their own family. Think about sharing a room with complete strangers during a time of crisis. It’s not conducive to healing.”

In 2017, the shelter ran at over capacity for 189 days, with the highest count at 10 families at a time. That is a 23 percent occupancy increase from 2016.

Sat
21
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 19

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at the Shawano County Fairgrounds, 900 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — A firearm was reported stolen in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 19

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a reported fight in progress on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Cedar Court in the town of Wescott.

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