News

Sat
23
Dec

3 nabbed in latest computer sex sting

Three men, including one from Clintonville, were arrested on computer sex crime charges in the last sting operation conducted by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month.

Joshua M. Lapp, 32, of Clintonville; Troy M. Galston, 47, of Madison; and Daniel I. Fulton, 39, of Green Bay, are all facing felony charges of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Lapp and Galston are also charged with child enticement, and Galston faces an additional two counts of causing a child to view sexual activity.

The arrests came as a result of a sting operation in which sheriff’s detectives posted ads on the internet posing as a 15-year-old girl.

The men responded and exchanged texts and emails with the supposed child that became sexually graphic in nature.

In Galston’s case, he also sent images of his genitalia, according to the criminal complaint.

Sat
23
Dec

City of Clintonville recognizes employees

Clintonville Mayor Lois Bressette recognized long-term employees of the city Dec. 12.

Police Officer Mark Zachow started as a part-time officer for Clintonville in 1982 and was promoted to full time in 1984. He is the senior patrol officer for the department. Zachow is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program, is the department representative for the Waupaca County Crimestoppers program, and is an evidence technician for the department. He is a 35-year employee.

Also recognized were Anthony Arrietz of the Clintonville Police Department, library technician Tara Huber, Kraig Knaup of the public works department, and parks and recreation director Justin McAuly, who have all been with Clintonville for five years.

Ten-year employees recognized were Sarah Bouchette, part-time clerk dispatcher; Leroy LeNoble with the wastewater department; Clintonville Police Lt. Michael Poole; and Nate Teske, engineer on the Clintonville Fire Department.

Sat
23
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 21

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Auto Theft — A man reported his car stolen in the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. He later called back to say he had found his car and had come out the wrong door of the store.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 21

Police logged 58 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Hiawatha Court in the town of Wescott.

Fri
22
Dec

Court News

Burglary

A homeless man who had been staying at a local shelter has been charged with breaking into the People’s Express South in Shawano last month and stealing numerous packs of cigarettes.

Michael Hatcher, 19, could face a maximum 12 1/2 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted on the felony burglary charge. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, an employee at People’s Express told police a homeless man had been in the store just before closing on Nov. 23 and was acting suspicious.

He gave a description that matched a homeless man who had been staying at the Sam’s House homeless shelter.

Hatcher was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond. He has entered a plea of not guilty and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Jan. 12.

OWI/injury, fleeing

Fri
22
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 20

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1000 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

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

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 20

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A trail camera was reported stolen on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

Truancy — Authorities logged three truancy complaints from Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Thu
21
Dec

County approves up to $15M for lumber building

Shawano County supervisors approved borrowing up to $15 million Wednesday to remodel a property just north of Shawano into a new human services center.

The county purchased the Dennison’s Retail Lumber property at W7327 Anderson Ave. in the town of Wescott for $1.8 million in September.

The borrowing will cover the purchase price, which was initially taken out of the general fund, remodeling of existing buildings and construction of a new building on the site, as well as related demolition and site improvements, according to the resolution.

The resolution needed a supermajority of 21 votes to pass and received 22. Supervisors Deb Noffke, Randy Young and John Ainsworth voted no. Supervisors Roger Miller and Robert Krause were absent.

The county plans to relocate two of its human services centers to the property.

Thu
21
Dec

Spring break staying in school calendar

The Shawano School District is in the middle of developing the 2018-19 school calendar, figuring out when to end the school year and determining when to schedule days off for students.

After a recent survey, though, one mandate is clear: Leave the weeklong spring break alone.

Superintendent Gary Cumberland announced the survey results Monday to the Shawano School Board. There were 615 surveys returned, 405 from parents and 210 from school staff, and both groups largely favored having a week off for spring break — 71 percent of parents and 77 percent of staff.

The survey asked whether parents and staff favored having those five days dispersed elsewhere during the school year, creating longer weekends. Only 34 percent of parents and staff surveyed favored that idea.

Thu
21
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 19

Police logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Lincoln Street.

Fire Call — A gas line was cut at the construction site of the new Prevea Clinic in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street. Police, firefighters and WE Energies responded and one lane of Green Bay Street was shut down during the response.

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

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Kadletz Street and Lieg Avenue.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Thu
21
Dec

Freedom Vans gets Clintonville taxi deal

As of Jan. 1, Clintonville’s local taxi service will be handled exclusively by Freedom Vans of Bryant – a decision that has the previous taxi service provider crying foul.

“It is really quite upsetting to me,” said Dick Koeppen, operator of Truck City Taxi, which has been the city’s taxi provider for more than two decades.

The Clintonville Common Council voted unanimously Monday night in a special meeting to accept the bid from Freedom Vans, which they said was the only bid they had received by the city’s Oct. 18 deadline.

Koeppen, in addressing the council at its Dec. 12 meeting, said he was unaware the deadline was in October, rather than Nov. 15 as it had been in previous years. He said no one had contacted him to tell him of the new deadline or ask whether he would be placing a bid.

“I take some blame” for missing the deadline, Koeppen said, “but not all because we don’t work together anymore like we used to.”

Wed
20
Dec

Shawano mayor seeks another term against 2 challengers

Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce has taken out papers seeking a second term in office, saying she wants to continue overseeing the progress the city has made over the last two years.

“I’d like to see some of the projects that we started finished,” she said, including improvements to city parks, the additions of Belmark and Culver’s, and “other things I’m not at liberty to talk about yet.”

Cronce also said she was encouraged by residents to make another run and said she wants to continue helping to move Shawano forward.

She said much of her first term has been a learning process.

“Now that I have a handle on it, things are moving along more smoothly,” she said.

Cronce faces two potential challengers, however.

Jim Oberstein, a mayoral candidate defeated by Cronce in 2016, has already returned his papers and the signatures necessary for a spot on the April 3 general election ballot.

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