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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.

Thu
04
Apr

BEER — BETTER BY THE BARREL


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Nate Knaack, who owns Pigeon River Brewing Company with wife Karla, looks over a batch of beer Thursday morning in the brewing area attached to the restaurant. The Knaacks started the company in 2012 but are expanding at rate so quickly that it was recognized by the Brewers Association as the 11th-fastest growing craft beer company in the United States.

Most businesses have their own benchmarks for determining growth, but for Pigeon River Brewing Company, there’s a national list that says the Marion business is coming along just fine.

The Brewers Association announced this week that Pigeon River is the 11th fastest growing independent craft brewer in the nation. The local brewer is the top of three Wisconsin brewers recognized in the top 50 list; the other two are in Milwaukee and Oconomowoc.

Nate Knaack, a Marion native who owns the business with wife Karla, said that the business has really taken off, partially due to the decision to partner with Wisconsin Distributors out of Appleton.

“They said they were going to launch our brand, and they really launched our brand,” Knaack said. “They took it from zero to a hundred overnight, and then we just struck that strategic partnership with them and continued to build on that.”

Thu
04
Apr

Vacant downtown building could be filled soon

The long-vacant property at Main and Division streets in downtown Shawano might have some new life in it soon.

The city is considering a development agreement between the Shawano Redevelopment Authority and Cornerstone Chiropractic and Wellness, LLC, that could have the business moving into new offices there by October.

The Shawano Common Council will consider the development agreement at its meeting Wednesday.

According to the proposed agreement, Cornerstone anticipates remodeling and renovation of the property at 153 S. Main St. by Oct. 1 and expects to put $863,000 into the project, including purchase of the property, demolition and construction, medical equipment and an operating line of credit.

The value of the property, currently assessed at $150,000, is expected to increase to between $435,000 and $590,000.

Thu
04
Apr

Woman killed at Highway 29 and U intersection


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek A Gresham woman was killed when her car was struck by a semi at the intersection of state Highway 29 and County Road U on Thursday.

A 46-year-old Gresham woman was killed in a crash at state Highway 29 and County Road U on Thursday, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Deputy George Lenzner said it appeared the woman was headed north on County Road U, stopped at the stop sign and then pulled out to cross Highway 29.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the woman’s 2013 Dodge Avenger failed to yield the right-of-way to westbound traffic on Highway 29. A 2016 Freightliner semi struck the passenger side of the Dodge, and both vehicles came to rest in the north ditch west of the intersection.

The 46-year old female operator of the Dodge died at the scene as a result of her injuries. The 59-year old male operator of the Freightliner was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the semi is from Michigan.

Wed
03
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 2

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint in the 1600 block of Estates Lane.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 2

Deputies logged 23 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 30-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott, and a 28-year-old woman was cited for OAR on Main Street in Shawano.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Albert’s Lane in the town of Waukechon.

Wed
03
Apr

Supervisor to assume office of late Hartland town chairman


ROBERT WOLDT

Editor’s note: Thursday’s Leader story with the results of Tuesday’s elections did not provide the details of why the late Robert Woldt’s name remained on the ballot. Those details are included here.

The mantle of town of Hartland chairman, which had been carried for 22 years by Robert Woldt until his passing last month, will be taken up by current town supervisor Tom Riehl when the town board holds its reorganizational meeting later this month.

Riehl registered as a write-in candidate after Woldt passed away. He won 67 votes in Tuesday’s election.

Woldt, whose name was still on the ballot, garnered 65 votes.

Woldt was 82 when he died on March 11. In addition to his long tenure as town chairman, he had been a member of the Hartland Township Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years.

Riehl said Woldt’s passing was not unexpected, due to his ill health and long-running battle with cancer.

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