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12
Jan

Shawano woman charged with mail theft

A Shawano woman currently in state custody pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to mail theft charge.

Teresa A. Konaha, 32, allegedly took mail on Nov. 4 from a mail carrier in Shawano, according to federal court documents.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Roach declined to offer more details Thursday on the alleged offense other than “she took mail from a mail truck.”

District Judge William Griesbach set trial for March 19. If convicted, Konaha faces maximum statutory penalties of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised release.

Konaha has 11 convictions in Shawano and Brown counties dating back to 2006, but none since 2012, according to Department of Corrections records. Prior convictions include felony burglary, possession of narcotics, vehicle theft, forgery and misdemeanor theft, credit card fraud and forgery.

Fri
12
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 10

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

Arrest — A 24-year-old man was taken into custody for a violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Arrest — A 22-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a minor property damage accident at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 10

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 49-year-old Hatley man was arrested for fifth-offense operating while intoxicated on County Road OO in the town of Wittenberg.

Theft — A vehicle was reported broken into on Vinal Street in Wittenberg.

Thu
11
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 9

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — A fraud complaint was under investigation.

Arrest — A female subject was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

OAR — A 48-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at County Road B and Waukechon Street.

Warrant — A 26-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant at Main and Stevens streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 9

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A woman was arrested on a warrant on Broadway Road in the town of Hartland.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the Ho-Chunk Gaming casino, N7198 Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Fire Call — Authorities responded to a carbon monoxide detector problem on Elm Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Thu
11
Jan

Driver in triple-fatal gets 15 years

Ryan Swadner, the driver in a 2014 crash that claimed the lives of three passengers, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison and another 30 years’ extended supervision.

Swadner accepted a plea deal in October, just days before he was due to go to trial.

He pleaded no contest to three felony counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of causing injury while operating under the influence of a controlled substance.

Felony counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and maintaining a drug trafficking place were dismissed but read into the record.

Swadner, 20, of Cecil, was accused of being under the influence of marijuana on Oct. 21, 2014, when he swerved to avoid another vehicle stopped in his path on state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine and lost control on a gravel shoulder.

Thu
11
Jan

Council approves citywide property revaluation

The Shawano Common Council Wednesday approved a citywide property revaluation that will begin later this year and wrap up by the end of 2019.

It will be the first citywide property revaluation since 2008-09, though discrepancies in some waterfront assessments forced a revaluation of those properties in 2011.

City officials approved a contract with Associated Appraisal Consultants, Inc., of Appleton, for $154,900.

The city had been setting aside about $25,000 a year for a future revaluation for the past several years, and had expected to have enough to carry the cost starting this year.

The revaluation is expected to begin in August and will start with commercial properties, moving to residential next year.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said it was felt that starting with commercial properties would be best given that those assessments “are out of whack the most.”

Thu
11
Jan

Johnson: Bipartisanship needed in Congress


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson talks about the importance of bipartisanship in Congress in the coming year during an interview with The Shawano Leader. He pointed out that it will be tough to pass bills through the Senate with GOP support alone because there are only 51 Republicans in that chamber.

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of articles addressing issues from The Shawano Leader’s recent interview with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson about what the federal government has accomplished in the last year, and what he hopes will be accomplished in the future.

With a razor-thin margin in his chamber, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said there will need to be more reconciliation and bipartisanship on the part of the Republican Party to get future legislation passed.

The GOP had a 52-48 majority in the Senate for 2017, but the special election in Alabama reduced that majority to 51-49. With Republicans differing on a variety of issues, GOP leaders will have to bring Democrats into the fold in order to make any progress in 2018, Johnson said in an interview last week with The Shawano Leader.

“We saw how difficult it was with (repealing) Obamacare; we fell one vote short,” Johnson said.

Wed
10
Jan

Johnson bill to revamp guest worker visas

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles addressing issues from The Shawano Leader’s recent interview with U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson about what the federal government has accomplished in the last year, and what he hopes will be accomplished in the future.

Immigration is a key issue in the national debate, and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is hoping to refine a system so that states will have more of a say on how long guest workers can work inside their borders.

Johnson introduced a bill in 2017 for a pilot program where states could design a guest worker visa program suited to their needs. Wisconsin, for example, needs farm labor to produce milk and other staples, but farms need those workers 12 months out of the year. The current visa system allows guest workers to work one to 10 months, terms more appropriate for fruit and vegetable than dairy farms.

Wed
10
Jan

Mayoral candidates to take part in forum

City of Shawano voters will have a first-hand opportunity Feb. 13 to hear the city’s three candidates for mayor express their views and present their positions in a public forum scheduled ahead of the non-partisan primary election.

The 2018 Shawano Mayoral Candidates Forum, presented by The Shawano Leader, WTCH Radio and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, will feature incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce, retired businessman Jim Oberstein and Ed Whealon, retired Shawano chief of police, in a candidates’ forum at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St. in Shawano. The event is free and will be staged in the school’s LGI from 7-8:30 p.m.

Shawano voters will head to the polls in the Feb. 20 non-partisan primary election with the top two vote-getters then facing off in the city’s general election on April 3.

Wed
10
Jan

Neopit man sentenced for firing gun near woman

A Neopit man was sentenced Monday in federal court to six years and five months in prison in connection with firing a handgun through a couch next to where a woman was sitting.

Dillon R. Peters Sr., 30, and a woman residing with him but identified in court documents only as “Jane Doe” were in their living room on May 5 seated on a couch and arguing about something. Peters retrieved a 22-caliber handgun from somewhere within his reach and while standing in front of the couch, pointed the gun at Doe and said, “I should kill you,” according to court records.

Peters then fired the gun into the couch just next to where Doe was sitting.

Doe later found the handgun in a laundry basket and took it and the basket to a friend’s house in Keshena. A tribal police detective recovered the gun from Doe’s friend and obtained a warrant to search Peter’s house.

Wed
10
Jan

Fire destroys Moose Lodge

The Moose Lodge in the Town of Larabee has been destroyed by fire.

The Clintonville Volunteer Fire Department was called to N10792 Lakeshore Drive for a structure fire in the kitchen just after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fire Chief Shane Krueger said the extreme weather conditions, along with extensive fire in the upper level of the building, made the fire difficult to combat with crews remaining on the scene until 1:39 a.m.

Clintonville received assistance from fire departments from Marion, Manawa, Bear Creek, Pella, Navarino-Lessor, Nichols, New London and Embarrass, along with the Clintonville Police Department, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department and Clintonville Area Ambulance Service.

Krueger said the fire was accidental and originated in the kitchen.

— Grace Kirchner, correspondent

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