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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 12

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Smalley Street.

Threatening — A high school employee found a written, non-specific threat on a bathroom wall at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B. It is unknown when it was written. The school notified police. Police and school administration are continuing to investigate the incident.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 500 block of East Fifth Street. Three phones were reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Warrant — A 39-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant at Main and Maurer streets.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Nov. 11

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Wed
14
Nov

Thanksgiving dinner reservations still sought

Reservations are still being accepted for the 41st annual Thanksgiving Day dinner sponsored by Msgr. Loerke Knights of Columbus. To make a reservation, call Dick or Jeanne Writt at 715-823-6477.

The meal is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St. There is no cost for the meal. Carryouts are available as well; anyone picking up carryouts is asked to come at noon.

A traditional Thanksgiving menu is on tap with roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, two vegetables, coleslaw and homemade pies for dessert.

Reservations are appreciated by Friday to help plan food quantities, but late reservations will also be accepted. No one will be turned away at the door.

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14
Nov

Shawano celebrates veterans Sunday


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Police Chief Dan Mauel speaks about the sacrifices made by veterans of the United States Armed Forces on Sunday outside the Shawano County Courthouse for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

The sidewalks in front of the veterans memorial of the Shawano County Courthouse were filled Sunday with people eager to honor those who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Dan Mauel, Shawano police chief and the guest speaker at the Allied Veterans Council’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, noted that the high attendance was a tribute “as we celebrate the veterans for their honorable and tireless service to America.”

“We owe them a huge debt of gratitude, thanks and praise for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make to ensure our freedom,” Mauel said.

He told the crowd that he didn’t think he would be speaking at the ceremony if he wasn’t police chief, as he had never served in the military.

“But Veterans Day, along with Memorial Day, has always held a special place in my heart,” Mauel said. “My father proudly served our country and the state of Wisconsin, first as a United States Marine and then with the Wisconsin State Patrol.”

Sat
10
Nov

City’s tax rate increase causes confusion

Shawano School District officials were apparently blindsided by the assessed tax rate increase for school purposes that taxpayers will see in the city of Shawano.

The city’s finance committee Thursday took one last look at its proposed 2019 budget ahead of the public hearing scheduled for Wednesday and shared numbers showing an increase of 89 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in the total tax rate when all taxing entities are included, or an additional $89 on a $100,000 home.

According to the city, the biggest increase is going to the school district, with a 4.5 percent hike in the tax rate, rising from $9.65 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $10.08 per $1,000.

That will mean a tax bill of $1,008 for school purposes, an increase of about 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

School district business manager Louise Fischer said she only learned of the city’s assessed tax rate when she was called for a comment on Friday.

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10
Nov

City officials defend tax rate hike

City officials meeting Thursday for a final review of the 2019 budget ahead of a public hearing Wednesday said the bulk of the tax increase that property owners will be hit with as a result is beyond the city’s control.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said the city is increasing its levy for city operations by $24,000.

“The only thing we can do is adjust that number,” he said.

The remaining $125,000 increase in the levy is the city’s share of what has to go to paying back the city’s Tax Incremental Finance districts; a problem that the school district and county are also faced with.

Alderman Seth Mailahn said the committee has already cut the budget as deeply as it can.

“We’ve already looked at everything 50 times,” he said.

“Staff put in a lot of time and effort and there have been a lot of projects cut,” Alderwoman Rhonda Strebel added.

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10
Nov

Man sentenced for Legend Lake bridge death

A Keshena man who caused a passenger’s death when he tried to drive under a bridge on frozen Legend Lake while intoxicated was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Green Bay to three years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Saswaen Waukechon, 38, previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Jan. 13 death of the female passenger whose name has been withheld from court documents.

According to the plea agreement:

Waukechon, a woman and a man had been drinking at the War Bonnet Bar and Grill in Keshena before Waukechon drove his Dodge pickup on the road and eventually onto the frozen surface of Legend Lake.

The female passenger was in the front seat and the male was inside the rear area of the cab.

Waukechon was driving about 45 mph on the ice toward Brave Island, then steered toward a bridge that connected the island to the shore.

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10
Nov

Escalante gets three years in prison for sex offense

A Keshena man was sentenced recently in federal court in Green Bay to three years in prison and five years’ supervised release for attempted abusive sexual contact with a minor female.

Mario Escalante, 42, pleaded guilty in April to the incidents that occurred between July 2015 and June 2016 with a girl who was less than 16 years old.

In sentencing Escalante on Nov. 3, District Judge William Griesbach called Escalante’s offense, a series of “reprehensible acts.” He noted the impact of the crime on the victim and the victim’s family, and that Escalante betrayed the victim’s trust, and the victim’s family who trusted him with supervising the girl, according to a statement issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

According to the plea agreement filed in court:

The girl told Menominee Tribal police that Escalante began engaging what he called “snuggling” with her when she was approximately 12 years old and continued past her 17th birthday.

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10
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 8

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

OAS — A 30-year-old Shawano woman was cited for her 15th-offense operating after suspension of license.

Theft — A wheelbarrow was reported stolen in the 800 block of East Randall Street.

Fraud — A library card fraud complaint was reported at the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 8

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A female subject was taken into custody on a warrant on Hummingbird Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Ah Toh Wuk Road in Bowler.

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

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10
Nov

Love-Lights now on sale


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Auxiliary Member Bea Moede registers a Love-Light sale at a table at Charlie’s Country Market, 521 S. Main St. Shawano. Love-Light donations support scholarships for students entering medical professions.

Love-Lights, an annual fundraiser of the ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Auxiliary, are on sale.

Love-Lights are $3 donations that symbolically light one of three trees outside the main entrance of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Proceeds fund the auxiliary’s scholarship program.

Love-Lights will be available in Shawano at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., and ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano, 100 County Road B, through Thursday. They will be available at the ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano gift shop, 100 County Road B, through Nov. 30.

Love-Light trees will be lit on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the medical center lobby.

A tree with red, white and blue light honors active military and living/deceased veterans. White lights honor a loved one’s memory. Multi-colored lights honors family or friends.

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10
Nov

War stories: Author details his Vietnam experience


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Ronald Hoffman discusses the role of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, in Vietnam at a presentation at the Shawano County Library.

When Ronald Hoffman first applied to join the U.S. Marine Corps, he was told his eyesight was not good enough.

“Then there was the Gulf of Tonkin resolution,” Hoffman said, “and anybody with a pulse was in.”

That’s how Hoffman described both his entry into the Marines and the Vietnam war in a presentation at the Shawano County Library on Thursday. He served in Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines.

Hoffman’s presentation, sponsored by the Friends of Shawano County Libraries, Inc., focused on his book, “To Hear Silence, A True Vietnam Experience.” Hoffman, a Green Bay resident, self-published “To Hear Silence” and is also the author of “Truth in Lies” and “After United States.”

The Gulf of Tonkin resolution is a response to a confrontation between the U.S. and North Vietnam, and is often cited as the incident that brought the U.S. into the Vietnam War.

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