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Tue
29
May

Former city employee sentenced for felony theft

A former Shawano employee was sentenced to one year in jail last week after pleading no contest to charges of felony theft, misconduct in office and identity theft.

James D. Schoenhofen, 58, had also been charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and altering identification marks on property that were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Schoenhofen was operations director at the Shawano Department of Public Works from January 2000 until February 2015, when he retired. He had been a city employee in other capacities since June 1978.

The investigation began on Feb. 10, 2015, with a retail theft complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., in which store security personnel reported someone had taken an ice augur from the sporting goods department, put it into a shopping cart and left the store without paying for it.

Authorities identified the suspect as Schoenhofen from security video, according to the complaint.

Tue
29
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 28

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — Police assisted Shawano County sheriff’s deputies with the arrest of a 55-year-old Shawano man on a warrant in the 300 block of West Third Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a stolen DVD player.

Warrant — A 24-year-old Shawano man was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant at Sawyer and Center streets.

Disturbance — A 24-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct, domestic violence and a traffic warrant in the 400 block of East Green Bay Street.

May 27

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

OAS — An 18-year-old male was cited for operating after suspension at Main and Division streets.

Hit and Run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Sun
27
May

Water level a top issue at SAWM annual meeting


Shawano Area Waterways Management board member Jeff Puissant addresses SAWM members at the groups annual meeting at the Main Event Banquet Hall in Cecil Saturday.

More than 200 members of Shawano Area Waterways Management crowded into the Main Event Banquet Hall in Cecil Saturday for the group’s annual meeting and an update on river and channel water levels that are being called dangerously low.

Officials at SAWM say water levels are five to six inches below normal due to restrictions currently being placed on the Shawano dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

That has recently resulted in reports of boats being damaged or getting grounded on sandbars, even in areas that had been marked as navigable.

SAWM sent out a notice last week advising caution on the channel and river.

SAWM board member Tony Zielinski said the current water level being imposed on the dam is a health and safety hazard, and he placed the blame on FERC and the Department of Natural Resources.

Sat
26
May

Jirschele banquet honors Clintonville athletes


Photo by Grace Kirchner A large crowd attended the 26th Annual American Legion Post 63 Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet May 19 at the Memory Lanes Bar and Grill.

The 26th annual Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet was held with a capacity crowd on May 19 at Memory Lanes Bar and Memory Hall in Clintonville.

Three Doug Jirschele Sports Awards were presented to three individuals who have achieved success in the world of sports with Clintonville area ties.

Leann Schley Hopp graduated from Clintonville High School in 1990 and went on to play softball at Marian College in Fond du Lac. She was a four-year starter and still holds the record for the highest on-base percentage in a season (.569 in 1992). She was an all-conference selection in 1994, a season in which she was the team captain, batted .380 and led her team to a conference championship.

Since graduating, she has remained active in teaching and coaching sports in the Clintonville area. She began her teaching career at St. Martin Lutheran School. She lives in Clintonville and is married to her husband, Derk, and they have three children.

Sat
26
May

Gresham learning from mistakes after last referendum

Gresham School District has learned from its oversights from the last referendum election, according to Superintendent Newell Haffner, and it plans to make sure all voters are informed about what’s at stake.

The district is planning to ask voters in November for $6.5 million in general obligation bonds to add a wing to the school for middle and high school classrooms to relocate, tear down the existing area that has existed since the 1930s, and renovate other parts of the school to include a more secure front entrance.

In the days leading up to the April 2016 referendum, community members criticized the district for not providing details on the project sooner and felt the request was being forced on them.

Sat
26
May

Grygiel earns stone restoration certification

Randy Grygiel of NEW Solid Surface Cleaning in Pulaski has completed the MB Stone Care Stone Restoration and Refinishing Course, one of the premier stone repair classes in the United States. Following the intensive four-day course, Grygiel was certified in natural stone restoration and refinishing.

Through his course work, Grygiel gained hands-on experience in identifying types of stone, grinding, honing and polishing stone floors, counter-tops and shower walls, repairing chips and cracks in stone surfaces and applying proper sealers to the stone.

“There’s nothing like doing it hands-on and learning from an expert,” Grygiel said, referring to renowned stone restoration specialist Stu Rosen who taught the course.

Stone repair specialists are in demand in the Wolf River Region but are hard to find. Now NEW Solid Surface Cleaning has the knowledge and experience to meet that demand.

Sat
26
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 24

Police responded to 33 calls, including the following:

Warrant — A man was picked up on a warrant at the intersection of Lincoln and Center streets.

Property Theft — Officers responded to a call in the 600 block of Randall Street about a neighbor stealing utilities.

Reckless Driving — Officers responded to a reckless driving complaint involving a Dr. Pepper truck in the 900 block of River Street.

Property Theft — Officers responded to a call about property theft at Safe Haven, 380 Lakeland Road.

Animal Problem — Officers responded to a complaint about dogs in a vehicle at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Animal Problem — Officers responded to a call about a possibly rabid squirrel in the 1200 block of South Park Street.

Shoplifting — Officers responded to a complaint about $68 worth of alcohol being taken from Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Fri
25
May

Heaving highway near Angelica forces closure

A stretch of westbound State Highway 29 near Angelica was closed down Friday afternoon after the pavement heaved, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities were notified at about 1:30 p.m. that the roadway had heaved near the intersection of State Highway 29, making the westbound lane impassable.

Westbound State Highway 29 is currently closed from State Highway 32 to Angelica.

The detour route is currently State Highway 32 North to State Highway 160, then back to State Highway 29.

Motorist should use caution and expect delays, the sheriff’s department said.

Thu
24
May

Gresham trying another school referendum

The Gresham School District is seeking another referendum to help its ailing school building, more than two years after its last attempt to ask voters for new and improved facilities.

The Gresham School Board approved calling for an election and authorizing general obligation bonds for $6.5 million.

A legal notice sent from the district says that the district is hoping construct a new middle and high school classroom facility that would include a technical education area, music space and a high school media center. The bonds would also be used renovate the existing middle and high school classrooms and restrooms, renovating the school’s heating and cooling systems, create a secure front entrance, remove the oldest part of the building and parking lot improvements.

The Leader attempted to reach Newell Haffner, district superintendent, for further details, including when the election would take place. He did not return phone calls by press time.

Thu
24
May

Army officer to lead memorial ceremonies

A retired U.S. Army officer from Waupaca will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day ceremonies in Clintonville and Embarrass on Monday.

Lt. Col. Joseph McGrath served the United States for 35 years in the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard.

Ceremonies will begin with the laying of the wreath at the Memorial Street bridge in W.A. Olen Park, 10 Memorial Circle, Clintonville, at 9:15 a.m. A parade will then proceed down South Main Street to Graceland Cemetery, 320 S. Main St., where memorial ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Following that, the procession will travel to Embarrass, where the ceremonies will be repeated at Riverside Cemetery, located on High Street.

McGrath was born in Lake County, Illinois, son of a career Air Force sergeant and combat veteran of World War II and Korea. He later moved to Wisconsin where McGrath was raised on a dairy farm near Chilton, graduating from high school in 1973.

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