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Wittenberg man charged with making terrorist threats

A Wittenberg man has been charged with making terrorist threats while leading authorities on a manhunt in the village Thursday.

Lawrence L. Walker III, 22, claimed to have explosives and hostages as he communicated by phone with Shawano County dispatchers.

The incident started as a welfare check shortly after 3:30 a.m. after Walker called dispatch to say he was on the roof of Associated Bank, 504 S. Webb St. and wanted to die, according to the criminal complaint.

He said he was going to jump off the roof and that he had a rifle with an extended clip of 30 rounds. He also claimed to have 17 hostages and said he had placed explosives around the building and would blow it up if authorities interfered.

According to the complaint, Walker told dispatch “to think of the event as an awakening to the American public that the government does not have control over us.”

Sat
04
Aug

Shawano police to host National Night Out

National Night Out is finally coming to Shawano on Tuesday, as the police department hosts its first local event.

“I am cordially inviting you and your family to spend the evening with our law enforcement family and friends to make our 1st annual National Night Out a success,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said. “This is an opportunity for you and your family to meet the people who provide emergency services within this community and learn about some of the programs each offer.”

The free family event will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park.

The 100 block of East Elizabeth will be blocked throughout the event, and many emergency vehicles will be on display within the barricaded area.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which introduced the program in 1984, when 400 communities in 23 states took part.

Sat
04
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 2

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — Police assisting with a Shawano County stolen vehicle complaint arrested a 43-year-old Suring man after a foot chase in the 200 block of East Center Street for resisting arrest, bail jumping and two Oconto County warrants. The vehicle theft is still under investigation.

Disturbance — A 30-year-old Shawano man arrested for disorderly conduct and battery/domestic violence after police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint at Qualheim’s True Value, 1345 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

OAR — A 43-year-old De Pere man arrested for operating after revocation and a Door County warrant at Franklin and Stevens streets.

Sat
04
Aug

Fire destroys storage building in Clintonville


Photo by Grace Kirchner An early morning fire on Friday destroyed a building in Clintonville being used for storage. The cause of the fire is being investigated, according to fire chief Shane Krueger.

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a storage building behind 88 S. Main St. in Clintonville Friday morning.

Mary-Beth Kuester, who lives nearby, said she reported the fire after hearing a popping sound at about 2:30 a.m. coming from a nearby small brush pile.

“My dad and his brothers built that building in about 1938 before the war,” Kuester said. “For a time, FWD stored snowmobiles in there. During the ’50s, the school district located the industrial arts and the ag classes in there. There was a walkway from the nearby high school over.”

Fire Chief Shane Krueger said there were no injuries. ATH Window Company had been using the building to store its trucks. One truck was lost in the fire.

Residents in the area were told to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

The Clintonville Fire Department had some difficulty in getting at the fire because they had to wait until the overhead power lines could be shut off, according to Krueger.

Sat
04
Aug

Clintonville seeks public input on recreation plan

The city of Clintonville, with the support from the East Central Regional Planning Commission, has begun to update its five-year Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Now the public has the opportunity to have input. An open house is planned for Monday to involve residents in the needs assessment.

The open house will be held from 5:45-7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Community Center, 30 S. Main Street, Clintonville. to hear your opinions and ideas on what is needed in terms of Parks and Recreation for Clintonville.

Another opportunity for a public hearing will be held prior to the formal adoption of the plan, which is anticipated for later this fall.

Sat
04
Aug

Food drive, animal adoptions part of Tractor Supply event

Tractor Supply Co. in Shawano​ is dedicating the entire month of August to showing its appreciation for animals.

The rural lifestyle retailer will host a variety of animal-centric happenings and deals as part of Out Here With Animals, its monthlong event for animals of all kinds and the people who care for them.

Out Here With Animals kicked off Wednesday with a monthlong pet supplies drive. The community can show its support by dropping off new sealed food, toys, cleaning supplies and other essential pet accessories such as beds, scratching posts, leashes and bowls to be donated to local rescues and shelters.

In addition to the supplies drive, Tractor Supply will host a pet adoption event Aug. 25. Local animal organizations interested in participating are encouraged to sign up online at www.TractorSupply.com/EventPartners or by contacting the Shawano​ Tractor Supply. Registration closes Aug. 22.

Fri
03
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 1

Police logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Theft — A camper was reported stolen in the 400 block of South Andrews Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Quality Inn and Suites, 104 N. Airport Drive.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 800 block of South River Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 1

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Airport Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
03
Aug

Former teacher opts not to plead

A former Gresham choir teacher who was expected to plead Thursday to multiple child porn and sexual assault charges opted instead to back out of the agreement at his plea hearing in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Timothy J. Schmidt, 70, was charged in April of last year with 24 felony counts, including sexual assault of a student and 19 counts of possession of child pornography.

A jury trial that had been scheduled for later this month was pulled off the docket after Schmidt agreed to plea.

Judge John Rhode said there could be a significant delay in proceedings if a new jury trial has to be scheduled.

Schmidt was charged last week with an additional 91 counts of child porn possession.

Schmidt’s attorney, Tara Guelzow, told the court that Schmidt could still qualify for a public defender and would like to have the same attorney represent him in both cases.

The door was left open to Schmidt pleading at a future date.

Fri
03
Aug

Board approves language for fall referendum

Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District residents will be asked in November to approve up to $17.5 million for new construction and upgrades at all three district buildings.

“We are excited about the plan to improve our building infrastructure throughout the district,” Superintendent Garrett Rogowski said. “Allowing our residents the opportunity to help make that decision is the right thing to do.”

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood School Board approved the language for two referendum questions in July; one for improvements across the district estimated to cost $13.1 million and a second for a new “physical education space” ($4.4 million) at the high school.

Thu
02
Aug

Location, traffic concerns puncture proposed tubing business

A proposal for a recreational business along the Wolf River was shot down Wednesday before it could even get to the Shawano Plan Commission, which had scheduled a public hearing on the proposal.

Wolf River Tubing LLC had been proposing a summer business that would have provided the community and tourists the ability to float the Wolf River by means of a tube, kayak or canoe, either individually or in groups.

Its planned location was 1112 S. Water Street, which is currently zoned for single-family residential use.

The plan commission and Common Council would have had to approve rezoning the property to neighborhood mixed use to allow for the business.

However, the proposal never got that far.

City Zoning Administrator Brian Bunke said he was forced to deny the project because the lot size at the proposed location was too small.

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