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03
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 1

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Fireworks — Officers received a complaint in the 200 block of Hill Street about fireworks.

Noise — Officers received a complaint in the 400 block of South Franklin Street about a neighbor using a snowblower at 4 a.m., and the complainant believed it violated the city’s noise ordinance.

Domestic disturbance — Officers received a domestic disturbance complaint in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Vandalism — Officers received a complaint in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Street about someone smashing the back window of a pickup truck parked in the backyard.

Intoxicated person — Officers received a complaint about an intoxicated man lying in a driveway in the 800 block of East Randall Street.

Thu
03
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 31

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive, and another at Fifth Street and Green Bay Court.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Dec. 30

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Vehicles were reported vandalized in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue and 500 block of South Hamlin Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 200 block of East Maurer Street.

Warrant — A 37-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 1100 block of South Weed Street.

Dec. 29

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Thu
03
Jan

Gillett man faces domestic abuse charges

A Gillett man is facing multiple domestic abuse-related charges, including reckless endangerment, after a Christmas Eve disturbance in the town of Angelica.

Seth T. Wolske, 29, is accused of trying to stab a woman with a knife during an altercation with two family members.

He has been charged with a felony count of first degree reckless endangerment with the use of a dangerous weapon and a felony count of intimidation of a victim, along with numerous domestic abuse-related misdemeanor counts.

Wolske was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court.

Authorities responded to a 911 call shortly before 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, during which dispatchers could hear yelling, screaming and crying in the background.

Sheriff’s deputies found two victims who had sustained injuries during the altercation.

Thu
03
Jan

Housing development a key focus for Shawano

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of several stories looking back at the progress and challenges the city has experienced in 2018 and what’s ahead in 2019.)

While manufacturing and commercial development, including the addition this year of Belmark and the relocation next year of Reinhart Foodservice, have garnered most of Shawano’s focus, city officials say the residential component of Shawano’s growth needs to get more attention.

“One of the things that’s needed here is housing development,” Mayor Ed Whealon said.

“The city’s got to be a little careful in how we go about doing that,” he added. “We can’t actively go out and buy property and stuff like that. We have to work with a developer and try to get somebody who’s interested in doing that kind of thing.”

“Hopefully we can hook up with the right person or company that would be interested in doing developments like that here,” Whealon said.

Thu
03
Jan

It’s bird feeding season

South Forty
Jim Schweitzer measures an order for a customer at the South Forty feed store in Shawano. The small seeds in this order will be used for human, not bird consumption, but Schweitzer said he mixes his own bird seed products as well.

birds is as much a winter activity in Wisconsin as snowmobiling or ice fishing.
Lately, there have been questions posed on social media asking if the number of birds at feeders has fallen off due to the lack of deep snow in the Shawano area.
The response has been mixed, with many reporting that their feeders are as busy as ever.
That’s what Jim Schweitzer, owner of the South Forty, 704 S. Main St., a Shawano feed mill, has observed.
He didn’t want to share the number of pounds of bird feed that leave his shop each week, but noted that business has been steady.
“We are selling a lot of bird seed here,” he said.
In particular, he said, the South Forty blend that includes black thistle has been a vigorous seller. Schweitzer makes his own bird food blends.
Schweitzer suggested that if anyone is having trouble attracting birds, they make sure that their seed mix is fresh.
“Animals are fussy,” he said.

Sat
29
Dec

Notable passings


Leader File Photo Reuben Schaetzel helped liberate the town of Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, from Nazi Germany toward the end of World War II. He was given several medals during a visit there in 2015. Schaetzel, 95, passed away on Dec. 26.

(Editor’s note: Our community lost many longstanding members of our community in 2018. While it’s not possible in this space to pay tribute to them all, The Shawano Leader has compiled a list of some of those we lost this past year that contributed to the community and made a difference in our lives.)

Roger Miller

Roger Earl Miller, 65, of Bowler, died Dec. 29, 2017. Miller was elected to the Shawano County Board in April 2016 as supervisor for District 21, representing Ward 1 of the town of Red Springs, and all of the town of Bartelme and village of Bowler. He was still serving on the board at the time of his passing. Miller was a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Volunteer Fire Department, served with the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1975, and was a member of Immanuel Mohican Lutheran Church in Red Springs and Mohican Veterans.

Marisa Rycroft

Sat
29
Dec

Family loss inspires shelter for others


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Cheyna and Chad Kary stand at the Launching Pad in Shawano, site of a New Year’s Eve fundraiser for a home for parents with children in neonatal intensive care in Green Bay.

At 3 a.m., when the call comes from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a drive that takes just a minute and a half can seem like hours.

“Imagine what that feels like if it really takes hours to get there,” Chad Kary said.

Chad and his wife, Cheyna, know something about those 3 a.m. calls. They experienced them many times as their late daughter, Georgia Kary, fought for life at the St. Vincent Hospital NICU in Green Bay.

Although they live in Shawano, the generosity of a stranger allowed them to be within minutes of their daughter instead of an hour away. In their daughter’s memory, they would like to pass along that generosity by creating Georgia’s House, a temporary home for other parents with babies in intensive care.

Sat
29
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 27

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Police responded to a problem with an unruly child at the Shawano Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., a family verbal dispute in the 1100 block of South Park Street and a fight in the 1000 block of South Lafayette Street.

Drug Offense — A 28-year-old Gresham woman was arrested for possession of marijuana and bail jumping and cited for operating with a suspended license and registration in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Franklin streets.

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

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1700 block of Estates Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 27

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Fri
28
Dec

Top 10 crime stories of 2018


Leader file photo Catherine R. Barker appears in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court beside her attorney, Jevon Jones Jaconi, for a hearing. Barker was found to be not competent for trial and ordered to be committed until she regains competency. She faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The 2-month-old infant, Brandon Barker, was her son.

Editor’s note: The following is a list of the top 10 crime stories for 2018, as voted on by the editorial staff of The Shawano Leader. On Saturday, we’ll present a list of the notable people who are among those we lost in 2018.

1. Barker ordered committed in infant death case

A Shawano woman charged in the death of her 2-month-old child was found to be mentally unfit to stand trial for the time being at a hearing in November.

Catherine R. Barker, 22, was ordered to be temporarily institutionalized while she receives treatment and therapy that could make her mentally competent in the future to stand to trial. Another review hearing in her case is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Barker faces felony counts of neglect resulting in the death of an infant, failing to report the death of the child and attempting to hide or bury the corpse. The infant, Brandon Barker, was her son and was discovered by police during a welfare check on Sept. 28.

Fri
28
Dec

City eyes the future as it looks back on 2018

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of several stories looking back at the progress and challenges the city has experienced in 2018 and what’s ahead in 2019. Subsequent stories will get into more detail, but this first installment provides an overview as seen by Mayor Ed Whealon and the city’s new administrator, Eddie Sheppard, who will take on that role full-time in January.)

“It’s been a good year,” Whealon said. “I think we’ve gotten some stuff done here with the restructuring of City Hall and getting the debt down. The council’s been supportive of some of the changes.”

Whealon, a former Shawano police chief, was elected mayor in April.

“I’m happy with Belmark finishing that project up,” he said.

The De Pere manufacturer of labels and packaging selected Shawano as the site for a 120,000-square-foot production facility at a 15-acre site near County Road B and Waukechon Street. The project was publicly announced in June 2016.

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