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Thu
02
Aug

Condemnation hearing on SIST properties delayed again

A condemnation review hearing that had been scheduled for Wednesday to address two blighted downtown properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology has been delayed for a second time.

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority filed a condemnation petition in March against the properties at 214-216 S. Main St. and 143-145 S. Main St.

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

A hearing was originally set for May 24, but was moved to Aug. 1 due to a scheduling conflict in Shawan0-Menominee County Circuit Court.

That hearing was taken off the docket just days before it was supposed to take place so that SIST’s review could also be considered.

Both the RDA’s condemnation petition and SIST’s condemnation review are currently scheduled for a telephone scheduling conference on Sept. 19.

Thu
02
Aug

Green Bay man killed in Highway 29 crash

A Green Bay man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman on Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported.

Roger J. Mogan, 88, driving a Lincoln Town Car, was southbound on County Road U around 4:30 p.m. when he stopped for the stop sign at the highway, then proceeded through the intersection and into the path of a westbound Chrysler 200 being driven by Holly M. Schwecke, 21, of Shawano, according to the state patrol.

The Chrysler struck the Town Car on the driver side.

A passenger in the Town Car was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano and then to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. No further information regarding the passenger was disclosed.

Schwecke was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Thu
02
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 31

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint in the 500 block of North Lafayette Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 31

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Old Shawano Road in the town of Pella.

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported at Cedar Park, 305 W. Park St., in Bonduel.

Shoplifting — Wittenberg R Store, W17256 Red Oak Lane in the town of Wittenberg, reported a shoplifting incident.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Park Street in Bonduel.

Thu
02
Aug

Schmidt participates in NACo conference

Shawano County Supervisor Peter Schmidt joined more than 3,000 county leaders July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, at the 83rd National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition.

Attendees adopted positions on pressing federal policies affecting counties and exchanged innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities.

More than three dozen educational workshops and meetings explored topics including affordable housing, technology, reducing the number of mentally ill individuals in jails, the opioid epidemic, disaster preparedness and recovery, and other topics important to counties across the country.

Supervisor Schmidt participated in several workshops, including ones one the economy, dealing with critical confronations and juvenile justic reform.

Wed
01
Aug

Gutho, Sorlie field questions at sheriff candidate’s forum


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano County sheriff’s candidates Keith Sorlie, left, and John Gutho field questions Monday at a forum at the Shawano Civic Center sponsored by the Shawano Area Women’s Network. Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber did not attend.

The two challengers in the race for Shawano County sheriff appeared for a forum Monday to field questions on staff turnover, morale and use of resources in the sheriff’s department, as well as other topics.

Incumbent Sheriff Adam Bieber did not attend the forum at the Shawano Civic Center, but provided the Shawano Area Women’s Network, which organized the event, with written responses to topics that would be covered.

Bieber will face former chief deputy John Gutho in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner will go on the face independent candidate Keith Sorlie in November.

Each of the candidates were given the topics in advance for Monday’s forum, but not the specific questions that would be asked, according to SAWN.

The topics of staff turnover and morale have been key issues for both Gutho and Sorlie in their campaigns.

Wed
01
Aug

Marion man charged with attempted homicide

A Marion man is facing an attempted homicide charge for allegedly strangling a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy after a drunken driving arrest Friday.

Chad R. Kohel, 45, was ordered held on a $100,000 cash bond after his initial court appearance Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities received a tip that Kohel would be leaving a residence on Cloverleaf Lake Road and had been drinking.

Deputy Sandra Finger observed Kohel’s vehicle driving erratically, including crossing the centerline, and pulled him over, according to the complaint.

Finger was assisted at the scene by another deputy who gave Kohel a preliminary breath test that showed a 0.29 percent blood-alcohol level, more than three times the legal limit.

Finger transported Kohel to ThedaCare Medical Center for a blood draw.

Finger was buckling Kohel’s seatbelt for transport to jail when Kohel grabbed her by the throat, according to the complaint.

Wed
01
Aug

Walker, Vukmir stump in Shawano


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Gov. Scott Walker tells about some of the accomplishments his administration has achieved since he took office in 2011 during a visit to the Shawano County Republican Party’s new headquarters Sunday afternoon. He claimed that Republicans have a great story to tell, and he urged those in attendance to go out and tell it.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, cuts the ribbon on the Shawano County Republicans’ new headquarters on South Main Street with the help of U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir and state Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel. Walker and Vukmir spoke Sunday to a crowd of 50 or so Republicans, asking for their help to win the November elections.

Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir stopped in Shawano on Sunday to christen the new Shawano County Republicans’ campaign headquarters at 501 S. Main St.

Both were making their way around the state Sunday to campaign for the November election. Walker is running for his third term as governor, while Vukmir, a state senator, is looking to unseat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin — although she must first face Kevin Nicholson in the primary in about two weeks.

“This headquarters building you are in will be the hub of the Wisconsin Republican conservative movement for Shawano County,” said Larry Romuald, vice chairman for the county GOP. “It will be used to energize our base, to educate the public about the accomplishments of the Walker administration and for the empowerment of Wisconsin citizenry.”

Wed
01
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 30

Police logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 900 block of South Park Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1100 block of South Water Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Wolf River Beach, 211 N. Riverside Drive.

Theft — Items were reported stolen from a garage in the 900 block of South Washington Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1100 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg Ave.

Sat
28
Jul

City readies info campaign on saddle replacements

Main Street will have to saddle up for some road work and possible disruptions in water service starting just after Labor Day as work begins to address failing water main connections that have plagued the city.

At issue are the stainless steel saddles holding in place the service connection to the water main that were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003. The project stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The Shawano Common Council this month approved borrowing $180,000 from the Shawano Lake Sanitary District to cover the cost of replacing 71 saddles along Main Street.

The loan will be paid back over a five-year period with an interest rate of 3 percent.

The Department of Public Works plans to notify all who will be directly affected by the project with a mailed letter, as well as door-to-door notification in early to mid-August.

Sat
28
Jul

Proposed tubing business gets public hearing Wednesday

The public will have a chance to weigh in Wednesday on a proposed recreational business that would operate along the Wolf River during the summer months.

The Shawano Plan Commission will hold a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., on a proposal from Wolf River Tubing LLC that would provide the community and tourists the ability to float the Wolf River by means of a tube, kayak or canoe, either individually or in groups.

The business would be located at 1112 S. Water St.

Participants would begin their float at the County Road M bridge at Judd Park and have a designated pick-up spot two hours from there on Riverview Road, according to an application for a zoning map amendment filed with the city. Pick-up spots up to eight hours away could be designated at some point in the future.

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