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Wed
15
Nov

Teen faces felony burglary charge

A Shawano teen has been charged with a felony count of burglary in connection with an alleged break-in at the Shawano Area Fire Department last week.

Ryan R. Long, 17, could face a possible maximum of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

He is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft for allegedly making off with six portable radios from the fire department and three others he allegedly stole from Walmart earlier this month.

Firefighters responded to the fire station for a call around 9:50 a.m. Friday and discovered the radios and a charger were missing. The items had been there when fire fighters gathered for a meeting at the station the night before.

According to the criminal complaint, there was no sign of forced entry. The building has security cameras, but those cameras were not working, according to the complaint.

Wed
15
Nov

Clintonville honors veterans


Photo by Grace Kirchner Lt. Col. Christina Flanagan speaks at Clintonville’s Veterans Day ceremony Saturday.

Honoring our veterans on Veterans Day is a wonderful thing. But showing respect for their sacrifices by patronizing their businesses is a good way to honor veterans year-round, Lt. Col. Christina Flanagan told the crowd at Clintonville’s Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday.

“There are 420,000 veterans in the state of Wisconsin, with many of them in vet-owned businesses,” said Flanagan, who served 29 years in the U.S. Army. “We have our freedom because of their sacrifice, and we should respect our veterans.”

Wed
15
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 13

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Richmond Court.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 900 block of South Franklin Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a 41-year-old man in custody for shoplifting.

Nov. 12

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 21-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at the Skateboard Park, 107 E. Elizabeth St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of Lieg Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Main and Elizabeth streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Richmond Court.

Wed
15
Nov

FSA county committee elections are under way

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections on Nov. 6. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4 to ensure their vote is counted.

“County committee members represent the farmers and ranchers in our Wisconsin communities,” said Russell Raeder, Wisconsin Farm Service Agency acting executive director. “Producers elected to these committees have always played a vital role in local agricultural decisions. It is a valued partnership that helps us better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers we serve.”

Sat
11
Nov

City budget hearing could draw more interest this year

A major spike in the city’s tax rate and a proposed wheel tax could make this year’s budget hearing on Wednesday a bit more spirited than the Shawano Common Council has experienced in recent years.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

The hearings have typically drawn only a small handful of the public, but the proposed budget for 2018 has already created a stir in the community, judging by social media chatter.

It has also prompted Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz to announce he will vote against the budget as currently proposed.

It includes an increase in the city’s portion of the tax rate of nearly 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, from $9.29 to $9.89.

It also calls for an additional $10 fee to be added to vehicle registrations to help pay for the city’s street projects.

Sat
11
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 9

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 28-year-old man was arrested for a sex offender registry violation in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 9

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 46-year-old man was arrested on a warrant on Derby Lane in the town of Washington.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Fri
10
Nov

Retired Army officer speaking at Veterans Day event

Retired Lt. Col. Christina Flanagan will be the guest speaker for the Veterans Day observance at the Veterans Memorial, on South Main Street in Clintonville, Saturday. The observance will begin with a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

Flanagan, a Clintonville resident, served in the U.S. Army for 29 years. She entered the Army in 1980 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the chemical corps in 1982. Flanagan’s military career has included command and staff positions around the world, including Europe, South Korea, Canada and Iraq.

Flanagan has served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, working on the International Chemical Weapons Treaty, and she has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq as an assistant military police adviser. Her last active duty assignment was at the Pentagon, where she served as the Senior Chemical Weapons Treaty Adviser for NATO and International Treaties.

Fri
10
Nov

Menominee tribe threatens legal action

The Menominee tribe this week gave legal notice it would pursue federal litigation if necessary to block a proposed mining project on the bank of its namesake river.

The Back Forty project is an open-pit mine and minerals processing facility proposed by Aquila Resources, Inc. The site borders the Menominee River on the Wisconsin-Michigan border.

The tribe said in a statement that the 60-day notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to ensure that the health of the Menominee River and portions of the tribe’s ancestral homeland and sacred sites won’t be jeopardized by the mine.

The tribe said the project will affect the water quality of the Menominee River and adjacent wetlands downstream to Green Bay.

The mine would be located within a Menominee cultural landscape that includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites and ceremonial sites of cultural significance, the tribe aid.

Fri
10
Nov

DOC facility not causing undue problems, police say

A state residential facility for recently released felons caused a stir in the neighborhood when it was proposed two years ago, but Shawano police say it has not caused any significant problems since going into operation.

Milwaukee-based Matt Talbot Recovery Services contracts with the state Department of Corrections to operate a six-bed temporary placement facility at 118 S. Union St.

Neighbors objected to the location, especially the possibility that recently released sex offenders would reside there.

The city denied the DOC’s request to house sex offenders at that address unless they come before the city’s Sexual Offenders Appeal Board. The board has heard only one appeal to reside there and it was denied.

Police Chief Dan Mauel reported to the Common Council on Wednesday that there had been 22 calls for service to the residence since Oct. 1 of last year.

Fri
10
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 8

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 700 block of South Washington Street.

Theft — A handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 700 block of South Franklin Street.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 8

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported to the ag shop at Gresham Community School, 501 Schabow St. in Gresham.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Town Line Road in the town of Waukechon.

Fire — Authorities responded to a chimney fire on state Highway 187 in the town of Navarino.

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