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Thu
06
Sep

Police investigating Memorial Park vandalism


Contributed photo Shawano police posted a photo of a vandalized shade tarp at the Memoral Park splash pad as they seek help from the public to identify the person or persons responsible.

Shawano police are looking for the person or persons responsible for a vandalism incident at the Memorial Park splash pad last week.

The shade tarp at the new splash pad was repeatedly slashed sometime Thursday night or Friday morning.

Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks said he didn’t yet have a cost estimate for the damage.

Meanwhile, Facebook was buzzing last week about a supposed incident of lewd and lascivious behavior that allegedly took place at the splash pad.

A poster on Shawano Let’s Talk About It said a person had bragged about committing the indecent acts at the splash pad, sparking a community discussion that included the question of whether the park should have security cameras installed.

Police Chief Dan Mauel said he was aware of the Facebook posts, but the department has not gotten any direct reports of such an incident occurring.

“We have no official complaints about the incident described,” he said.

Thu
06
Sep

Citizens want Clintonville to renovate damaged pool

A group of Clintonville residents is looking for action on renovations to the city’s outdoor swimming pool, which has not been open to the public since a December 2015 bathhouse fire.

The citizens are going from door to door, handing out information and distributing a questionnaire regarding the future of the pool and its possible renovations, said Dennis Lichtenberg, of Clintonville.

“We hope to have the entire city covered by Saturday,” Lichtenberg said Tuesday.

While the bathhouse fire caused costly damage, the citizens’ group thinks the city is taking too long to reopen the facility, which they feel is needed in the community, Lichtenberg said.

“The feedback that I am getting as I distribute the questionnaire is very positive. Most seem to want to keep the pool and repair it,” said Lichtenberg, adding that area parents want their kids to be swimming outdoors and getting some exercise.

Thu
06
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 4

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Vandalism — A window was reported broken in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Theft — A boat motor was reported stolen in the 800 block of East Robin Lane.

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

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Washington Street and Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of South River Street.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported at Kadletz and Elizabeth streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 4

Thu
06
Sep

Despite reforms, Native women face high crime rates

For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes.

The statistics reinforce arguments that the criminal justice system still fails to protect these women, and its shortcomings again are being exposed as another crisis gains attention: the disappearances of hundreds of Native American and Alaska Native women and girls from across the United States.

In the past decade, Congress responded to the problem of violence against Native American women with intensely debated legislation seeking to close legal loopholes, improve data collection and increase funding for training of tribal police. Those efforts have proven severely limited, however, prompting advocates to again push for more reforms.

Wed
05
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 3

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 800 block of South River Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 200 block of North Airport Drive.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint at the Wasabi restaurant, 1045 E. Green Bay St.

Sept. 2

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, both of Shawano, were cited for disorderly conduct after a disturbance in the 1100 block of South Smalley Street.

Disturbance — A 46-year-old Shawano woman was arrested on an Ozaukee County warrant after a disturbance in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Wed
05
Sep

Tobacco sales sting shows promising results

Shawano County scored well on a recent round of tobacco compliance checks, performed during the summer by the WI Wins program and Community Action for Healthy Living Inc. Out of 24 retailers checked in Shawano, Bonduel, Birnamwood, Marion and Cecil, only one illegal tobacco sale was made.

The results speak well for the retailers and their staff members who are trained to check IDs when selling tobacco products, said Connie Olson, Community Action for Healthy Living health educator. “By not selling tobacco products to underage youth, Shawano County wins and so does Wisconsin,” Olson said.

Wed
05
Sep

North Star Casino has new marketing director

North Star Mohican Casino Resort welcomes Brian Denny as its new director of marketing. Denny brings more than 25 years of gaming experience to the Bowler property, with an emphasis on slots and marketing.

An Oneida Nation native from Green Bay, Denny holds a graduate degree in organizational leadership from Concordia University in Mequon. His career includes a range of successful projects, including casino renovations, performance improvements, start-ups and innovative gaming promotions.

“We are so pleased to have Brian serving in the capacity of director of marketing,” said Michael Bonakdar, North Star Casino’s general manager. “We look forward to the positive impact he will be bring to our guests’ overall entertainment experience.”

North Star Mohican Casino Resort was recently named Midwest Gaming Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winner for best overall casino in Wisconsin.

Wed
05
Sep

Library to host community input forum

Earlier this year, the Shawano County Library board hired a Minnesota consulting firm, Library Strategies, to perform a needs assessment on current and future library services as well as potential facility upgrades to the main library.

Library Strategies will host a community input forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Shawano library, 128 S. Sawyer St. The session will be led by consultants Melissa Brechon and David Katz, who will discuss nationwide library trends as well as identify services and materials the Shawano County Library should focus on offering in coming years. The session is open to the public.

For information, contact the library at shawanolibrary.org or 715-526-3829.

The Shawano County Library consists of the main library in Shawano, branches in Birnamwood, Bonduel, Mattoon, Tigerton and Wittenberg, as well as a countywide delivery service.

Sat
01
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 30

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of Prairie Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 200 block of North Airport Drive.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 30

Deputies logged 50 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Warrington Avenue in Cecil.

OAR — A 21-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Sat
01
Sep

DCF child care subsidies going up Oct. 1

Local residents that are part of the Wisconsin Shares program, run by the state Department of Children and Families, will see an increase in their subsidies for child care beginning Oct. 1.

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed off on a $10 million increase in the child care subsidy program, according to DCF spokeswoman Gina Paige. The rate for infants and young children is rising statewide to a minimum of $5 per hour.

The statewide increase is expected to be 5 percent, but it will be higher for Shawano County because of the current rates. Currently, the county subsidy for child care is a maximum of $3.94 per hour for infant care and $3.57 per hour for licensed family care facilities, according to Paige.

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