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Fri
16
Nov

Leading a stray


Leader photo by Greg Millis A cat does what it can to hang in there while perched over 40 feet up in a tree on Homewood Avenue. Although there are many cats living in the wild in the Shawano area, the Shawano Humane Society reports that many pet cats live indoor-outdoor lives and are not necessarily lost. Lost or not, this cat did not sound happy to be where it was.

It’s snowing hard. Outside, a forlorn stray cat hunkers next to a shed.

What do you do?

The response for taking care of a stray animal depends on where the animal is and whether the finder is able to capture it.

Lisa Mastey, assistant shelter manager for the Shawano Humane Society, 1290 Jaycee Court, Shawano, emphasized that the shelter will house strays, but can’t pick them up.

“We have no jurisdiction,” she said. “We don’t have animal control officers. We cannot pick up people’s pets, no matter what the case.”

Mastey said they often get complaints about an animal left outside, or lacking basic care. In that case, she urged a call to the local police or sheriff’s department.

Fri
16
Nov

Hunting legal within Bonduel

What was described as an oversight has led to confusion about hunting within the village limits of Bonduel.

At present, there is no ordinance prohibiting hunting within the village limits. A proposal to reintroduce the ban at Wednesday’s Bonduel Village Board meeting was routed to the board’s public safety committee.

A ban on hunting within the village limits had been in previous ordinances, board president Sharon Wassow said. It was deleted in 2011 when the town adopted a new ordinance after the state made it legal to carry concealed weapons. She said it was never the intention to delete the hunting ban.

“Our first concern is for safety,” Wussow said.

Wussow asked for a new ordinance retinstating the ban, but no motion was made to create the ordinance.

Board member Gina Shatters objected to the proposal, saying it was a violation of the rights of private property owners.

Fri
16
Nov

Laptop doc


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Computer problem-solver Bruce Starszak works with Mary Marohl at a free help session at Glas in Shawano.

The blue screen of death. The dreaded “Error number…” Every desktop or laptop computer owner has seen them. They mean trouble.

For Bruce Starszak, other users’ technological troubles are challenges he likes to tackle. Starszak, a retired electrical engineer, is available to help with these challenges every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon at the Glas Coffeehouse, 511 N. Main St., Shawano.

Starszak has been offering personal computer checkups for 15 years and calls himself “Shawano’s best-kept secret.”

In an average morning, Starszak will see everything from drives that have died to the embarrassing, but easily fixable, “forgot to turn the power strip back on” issue.

Computer users bring in every kind of problem, Starszak said. “Old computers, viruses, hard drives dying,” he said. “They bring in everything.”

Fri
16
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 14

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Theft — A package was reported stolen in the 500 block of South Main Street. A laptop was reported stolen in the 300 block of North Franklin Street. A jacket was reported stolen at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 900 block of East Elizabeth Street and in the 200 block of South Hamlin Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 500 block of East Fifth Street.

Drug Offense — A male subject was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 14

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Thu
15
Nov

City adopts 2019 budget

Shawano city officials Wednesday adopted a 2019 budget after a public hearing that didn’t bring out anyone from the public.

There had been plenty of public comment about the budget and its resulting tax rate increase at finance committee meetings while the budget was being drafted, but no one turned out Wednesday to comment on the final draft.

The Common Council voted unanimously to adopt a total tax levy of $13.5 million, which includes the city’s portion as well as the levies for Shawano County, Shawano School District, Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College, and the city’s six active Tax Incremental Finance districts.

The city’s share of that will be $5.2 million, a roughly $149,000 increase over this year’s $5.05 million.

That will translate to a tax rate for city purposes of $10.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of about 28 cents per $1,000 from this year’s tax rate of $9.89.

Thu
15
Nov

Bonduel village president retains position


Bonduel village president Sharon Wussow delivers an emotional rebuttal to accusations by Gina Shatters.

A request for a meeting to discuss a dispute between Bonduel Village Board President Sharon Wussow and board member Gina Shatters was the resolution to an emotional confrontation between Wussow, Shatters and family members at the village board meeting Wednesday.

Shatters had called for a resolution demanding the resignation of Wussow from her position as board president, but was informed that, as she had recused herself from the discussion, she was not able to make that motion.

At the meeting, Shatters and her husband accused Wussow of improperly dealing with a police matter involving their son, consulting with the village attorney without board authorization, personally benefiting from a land sale and tax devaluation, and improperly allowing city residents to refrain from clearing sidewalks immediately after the April 2018 snowstorm.

Thu
15
Nov

Condemnation of 2 SIST properties set for June

It could be June 2019 at the earliest before the long-running condemnation proceedings against two blighted downtown properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology get to the next step.

Barring any further delays, a court hearing on the condemnations has been scheduled for June 18-19. There will be a pretrial conference prior to that May 7.

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority, a semi-independent panel tasked with addressing vacant and blighted buildings in the city, filed a condemnation petition in March against the long-vacant SIST properties at 214-216 S. Main St. and 143-145 S. Main St., citing building inspections that raised health and safety concerns.

Shortly after that, however, SIST filed a condemnation review suit seeking to prevent the RDA from moving forward with its plans.

Thu
15
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 13

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to disturbances in the 300 block of West Third Street and 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 13

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported on County Road J in the town of Fairbanks.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Pioneer Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on Mill Street in Bonduel.

Wed
14
Nov

Barker ordered committed

A Shawano woman charged in the death of her 2-month-old child was found Monday to be mentally unfit to stand trial at the present time.

Catherine R. Barker, 22, was ordered to be temporarily institutionalized while she receives treatment and therapy that could make her mentally competent in the future to stand to trial.

A competency evaluation ordered last month determined Barker is not competent for trial now, but “is likely to regain competency if she is committed for a period of time.”

Another review hearing in her case is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Barker faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The infant, Brandon Barker, was her son.

The child was discovered by police during a welfare check in on Sept. 28.

Wed
14
Nov

Armed robber grabs narcotics in Pulaski

Pulaski police are searching for a man who claimed he had a gun and robbed a pharmacy Tuesday morning.

The robbery occurred on Tuesday at about 8:55 a.m., at the Pulaski Pharmacy, 121 N. St. Augustine St.

According to a police department press release posted on Facebook, a man entered the pharmacy and handed the clerk a note stating he had a gun. He fled the pharmacy after obtaining an undisclosed amount of narcotics.

The suspect was wearing a white knit winter hat with tassels, black puffy winter jacket, dark sunglasses, blue jeans and white shoes.

The Pulaski Police Department is asking that anyone with information call them at 920-822-5110, the Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 920-432-7867, or use the P3 app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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