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Thu
11
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 9

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 27-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Green Bay Street and Green Bay Court.

Drug Offense — A 46-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia at Richmond Street and Lakeland Road.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at County Road B and Airport Drive.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at CoVantage Credit Union, 911 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 9

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Thu
11
Apr

Utilities can soon disconnect delinquent customers

As temperatures increase, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reminds residential customers of the rules regarding delinquent payments and utility disconnections.

Due to health and safety concerns in the cold winter months, utilities are not allowed to disconnect customers between Nov. 1 and April 15, even if those customers are behind on their payments. Utility service may be disconnected on or after April 16, however, if energy bills have not been paid or a payment plan has not been arranged. Utility companies must inform customers before discontinuing service.

To avoid disconnection, the commission encourages customers who are delinquent in their payments to contact their local utilities to set up a payment plan. If a customer has contacted the utility but cannot reach an agreement on repayment, he or she is asked to call the commission’s consumer affairs office at 800-225-7729.

Tue
09
Apr

Spring snowstorm to tax maintenance crews, motorists

Forecasts for the spring snowstorm that was predicted to begin Wednesday night and continue into late Thursday continue to vary, leaving those tasked with cleanup unsure of what to expect.

Whatever the amount, it comes at an inconvenient time for the city, where residents have already started putting items out on the curb in anticipation of spring cleanup.

The annual cleanup officially begins Monday and continues through April 26, but the city’s Department of Public Works has been trying to get a head start on the collection.

“We’re going out this week and trying to get ahead a little bit because people are already starting to put stuff out,” Public Works Director Scott Kroening said.

He’s hoping residents will be a little patient, particularly with the snow throwing a last-minute curve.

“Usually that first week we get behind,” Kroening said. “People who have a Thursday pickup, we probably won’t even get to that until next week.”

Tue
09
Apr

Rupple remembered for contributions to the community

Those who knew and worked with Wisconsin Film and Bag founder John Rupple remembered him this week as a manufacturing visionary who was dedicated to the Shawano community.

Rupple, 92, passed away Saturday.

The company he founded in Oconto in 1970, which moved to Shawano in 1983 and became a staple of the city’s manufacturing base, continues to operate under the ownership of Novolex.

“Wisconsin Film and Bag was John’s vision,” Novolex branch manager Leann Gueths said. “He turned the vision into a successful manufacturing company.”

Gueths knew Rupple when the company was still overseen by him.

“He was a generous, caring, thoughtful man,” she said. “He was a very special man. Very kind and giving.”

Tue
09
Apr

Atrium says all rules followed in hiring of CNA

A spokesperson for Atrium Health Care, which operates the Birch Hill Health Care Center in Shawano, said the company followed all the necessary guidelines in its hiring of a certified nursing assistant who is accused of sexually assaulting a resident at the Birch Hill facility.

Samantha A. Cornell, 30, of Shawano, is accused of having sexual contact with a 72-year-old woman at the facility on March 22.

“Birch Hill does follow state and federal guidelines during the pre-screening and hiring process, which includes background checks,” spokesperson Carol Russell said. “Patient safety is a top priority at Birch Hill Care Center and all measures are taken to ensure such both during and after hire.”

Russell also noted that Cornell is no longer employed at Birch Hill. However, according to the criminal complaint, Cornell was due to leave the facility at the end of March, regardless of the incident, for an expected move to South Carolina.

Tue
09
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 8

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Harassment — Police responded to harassment complaints in the 200 block of South Washington Street and 500 block of West Fourth Street.

Disturbance — A 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, both of Shawano, were arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a disturbance in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 8

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 25-year-old Stevens Point woman was cited for operating after revocation on County Road R in the town of Washington. Authorities also arrested a passenger in the vehicle, a 29-year-old Shawano man, on an outstanding warrant.

Tue
09
Apr

CNA pleads not guilty to sex assault

A certified nursing assistant charged with the sexual assault of a resident at the Birch Hill Health Care Center entered a plea of not guilty at a court hearing Monday.

Samantha A. Cornell, 30, of Shawano, is accused of having sexual contact with a 72-year-old woman at the facility on March 22. She previously waived a preliminary hearing on the charge.

Cornell could face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine if convicted of second-degree sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Cornell kissed the woman and sexually fondled her while assisting her after a bathroom visit.

The woman told police that Cornell told her “You are just so sweet; I love you so much” as she kissed her on the cheek, the complaint states.

The woman asked Cornell for her medication, according to the complaint, but Cornell instead brought her ice cream, and the medication never came.

Tue
09
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 7

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of East Elizabeth Street.

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

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 700 block of Oak Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 800 block of South Kadletz Street.

April 6

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 21-year-old Neopit woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated, operating after revocation and bail jumping at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 600 block of East Green Bay Street.

Fri
05
Apr

Teens lead authorities on high-speed chase

Two juveniles led authorities on a high-speed chase Friday before crashing the vehicle, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

The pursuit started in Marathon County but was discontinued. Shawano County deputies picked up the chase at state Highway 52 and U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa.

The pursuit continued south on Highway 45 for nearly 10 miles, reaching speeds of 100 mph.

The vehicle crashed on Highway 45 just south of Norrie Road in the town of Birnamwood.

A small fire started after the crash and was extinguished by deputies on scene.

The vehicle was occupied by two juveniles were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Shawano County deputies were assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Birnamwood fire and ambulance.

Fri
05
Apr

Woman killed at Highway 29 and U intersection — UPDATED

Authorities on Friday released the name of a 46-year-old Gresham woman who was killed in a crash at state Highway 29 and County Road U on Thursday.

Laura J. Prahl was the driver of a 2013 Dodge Avenger traveling north on County Highway U at about 12:30 p.m. when it failed to yield the right-of-way to westbound traffic on Highway 29, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

A 2016 Freightliner semi unit struck the passenger side of the Dodge, and both vehicles came to rest in the north ditch west of the intersection.

Prahl died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

The operator of the Freightliner, 59-year old Michigan man, was not injured in the crash.

Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor, according to authorities.

The state patrol is conducting the crash investigation, post crash commercial motor vehicle inspection, and crash reconstruction.

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