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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 15

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

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

Arrest — A 40-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at County Road B and Main Street.

Warrant — A 30-year-old Bonduel woman was arrested on a warrant at Main and Richmond streets.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Airport Drive and County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 15

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A charge of harassment was referred against a 33-year-old Wittenberg man after authorities responded to a theft complaint on Willow Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Wed
16
May

Shawano police officer joins sheriff’s race

A Shawano police officer and former county sheriff’s detective has joined the race for Shawano County sheriff.

Incumbent Adam Bieber is seeking a second four-year term and is already facing a challenge for the Republican nomination from former chief deputy John Gutho, who retired from the sheriff’s department in January 2016.

Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie recently declared his candidacy for the sheriff’s office as an Independent.

Sorlie had been with the sheriff’s department for 20 years before leaving to join the city department in December 2015.

The filing period opened on April 15, which was the first day candidates could circulate nomination papers.

The candidates have until June 1 at 5 p.m. to return at least 200 signatures in support of their nominations. The maximum the county clerk will accept is 400 signatures.

With two of the candidates so far both running as Republicans, a primary will be needed on Aug. 14.

Wed
16
May

New York man gets 30 years for sex with underage girl

A New York man who traveled to Shawano to have sex with a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Monday in federal court to 30 years in prison to be followed by lifetime supervised release.

According to court documents, James A. Huskisson, 46, of Ozone Park, New York, was a sex offender when, in September 2017, he struck up an internet relationship with a female student at Wolf River Lutheran High School. The girl told Huskisson that she was 15 years old. Their conversation turned sexual, and they began sharing sexually explicit photos.

Huskisson drove to the Shawano area in late September.

A car with New York license plates was observed in the Lutheran high school parking lot and reported to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 26. A deputy was sent to the school but could not locate the car.

Wed
16
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 14

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Child Abuse — Police investigated a child abuse or neglect complaint at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 300 block of Madison Way.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 800 block of South Weed Street.

OAR — A 25-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay Street and Fairview Road.

May 13

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Bowling items were reported stolen from a vehicle at Lakeshore Lanes, 210 N. Airport Road.

Shoplifting — A 25-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

May 12

Wed
16
May

Inmate charged in attack on jail officers

A Shawano County Jail inmate will be arraigned Monday on charges of battery to two correctional officers during an altercation at the jail last month.

Anthonee J. Kelley, 18, is accused of striking the officers and causing bodily harm to two officers who were performing a call inspection during a lockdown on April 30.

Kelley allegedly struck an officer in the face as he exited his cell for the inspection and continued to attack him, according to the criminal complaint, until he was subdued by another officer, who was also allegedly struck in the mouth by Kelley.

The first officer momentarily blacked out after being struck in the head and jaw, the complaint states.

Kelley could face a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count if found guilty.

He was previously convicted of two felony counts of throwing or expelling bodily substances at an officer, according to court records.

Wed
16
May

Wolf River Media completes restructuring

With a renewed focused on community affairs and local journalism, Wolf River Media LLC, the parent organization of The Shawano Leader, Super Shopper and shawanoleader.com, will now operate as NEW Media Inc.

This announcement marks the completion of a capital restructuring, which included Wolf River Media’s exit from the commercial print business and divestiture of its real estate holdings to focus exclusively on its newspaper, shopper and website businesses.

NEW Media Inc. is based in Shawano and located at 1464 E. Green Bay St. on the city’s east side. NEW Media also operates and manages the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News, Your Community Shopper and the Oconto County Times Herald, along with their respective websites.

Mon
14
May

Grignon named state’s Teacher of the Year


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon, left, reacts with surprise on the stage at the high school after learning he was Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year on Monday. Standing next to Grignon is Tony Evers, state superintendent of public instruction, who presented the art teacher with the honor.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Corey Sanapaw, a member of the Menominee Indian High School Singers and Dancers, performs a dance in honor of MIHS teacher Benjamin Grignon on Monday at the Teacher of the Year ceremony.

Menominee Indian High School teacher Benjamin Grignon received a surprise in April when he learned that he was receiving a Herb Kohl fellowship.

That surprise was nothing to the one he received Monday in front of the entire school.

Grignon’s eyes widened when state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers announced that the traditional arts and crafts teacher was named Wisconsin’s High School Teacher of the Year. Grignon was selected from hundreds of nominees, according to Evers.

“At some point in our lives, a teacher has done some extraordinary things for you,” Evers said. “I’m here today because we have lots of great teachers in our audience, but we also have an excellent teacher in our audience. Each year, thanks to the generosity of former Sen. Herb Kohl and his foundation, we recognize teachers who go the extra mile for their kids, and we call them teachers of the year.”

Fri
11
May

FOOD FOR THE SOUL


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Scott Krueger with the Menominee Tribal Clinic talks about seeds with Rachel Peters, of South Branch, during the Menominee seed distribution event Thursday at Keshena Primary School. The event included a dinner and a green corn dance to bless the seeds.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - Darren Zhuckkahosee, of Keshena, goes through the food line at the Keshena Primary School cafeteria with his children, Jackson, 9, and Matilda, 8. The dinner was part of the seed distribution event put on by the College of Menominee Nation, Menominee County University of Wisconsin-Extension and Menominee Tribal Clinic.

Much of the Menominee reservation is covered by trees, but at one time, the Menominee people planted food for their survival.

“We have archaeological evidence that the Menominee were the first farmers, and we had some very sophisticated farming methods,” said Jennifer Gauthier, community, natural resources and economic development agent for the Menominee County University of Wisconsin-Extension office. “We just want to help everyone remember and reconnect to it.”

The Extension office, along with the College of Menominee Nation and the Menominee Tribal Clinic, are hoping to bring its tribal members back to its roots by providing seeds to plant at home and in community gardens. More than 2,000 seed packets were distributed Thursday at Keshena Primary School.

In addition to handing out the seeds, a number of nonprofits showcased health alternatives. Dinner was also served, and a green corn dance was held as a blessing for the seeds.

Fri
11
May

Council approves bid for dam repair

The Clintonville Common Council on Tuesday approved the low bid of $426,785.82 from Michels Corp., of New Berlin, to repair the community’s dam.

The city has applied for a Department of Natural Resources grant that could provide up to $225,000 to help cover the cost of the repairs. The bid is for drawing down the water and then repairing the dam.

A $21,339 contingency was included if a change order were necessary during the project. Alderman Jim Supanich said the contingency is needed because it is not known what the actual condition of the dam is and there may be some unforeseen problems that happen during the dam repair.

“Until we draw the pond down and see the actual condition of the dam under the water, they’re not absolutely sure what they’re actually going to find,” Supanich said.

Public Works Director Kray Brown said the drawdown would actually be 50 percent, but it might look like a full drawdown upstream.

Fri
11
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 10

Police responded to 26 calls, including the following:

Shoplifting — Police received a report of two televisions stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Property theft — Police responded to a complaint about a stolen television in the 1100 block of East Richmond Street.

Attempted theft — Police responded to a call about an attempted theft in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Domestic disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Franklin Street.

Property theft — Police responded to a call about a wallet allegedly stolen at Perkins, 1398 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 10

Deputies responded to 44 calls, including the following:

Truancy — Deputies responded to two truant juvenile complaints at Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School, 337 S. Main St. in Birnamwood.

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