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Shawano Police Department

March 27

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

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

Fire — Authorities responded to a sand fire at Aarrowcast, 2900 E. Richmond St.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 1300 block of South Union Street.

Shoplifting — People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Theft — A moped key was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 27

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on County Road HH in the town of Wescott.

Thu
29
Mar

Keshena man charged in armed assault

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment this week against a man allegedly involved in an armed assault on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Shawn T. Sanapaw, 34, of Keshena, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the indictment, Sanapaw assaulted another person with a firearm on Sept. 29.

Sanapaw faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

Wed
28
Mar

Heightened police presence at Shawano schools after shooting threat

Threatening graffiti scrawled in black marker on a picnic table sent local authorities and Shawano School District officials into a heightened state of vigilance Tuesday amid concerns of a possible attack on one of the schools.

An individual moving picnic tables at Memorial Park on Monday spotted the graffiti, which was initially described as a note and which stated, “I will shoot up the school.”

The individual alerted authorities, who then alerted school officials.

The school district posted a notice on Facebook late Monday alerting parents to the incident.

Wed
28
Mar

Charges filed in Mattoon armed robbery

A Bowler man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with the armed robbery of a gas station in the village of Mattoon earlier this month.

Jay J. Hill, 34, has been charged with felony counts of armed robbery, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hill is accused of holding up Donna’s Village Pump, 1203 Fourth St., in Mattoon, at gunpoint on March 6.

Hill allegedly burst into the station around 8:30 p.m. with a shotgun and demanded money from the till and the safe, fleeing with about $1,500 and two cartons of cigarettes, according to the criminal complaint.

He was wearing a ski mask and stuffed the money drawer from the till and a cash box from the safe into a duffel bag, the complaint states.

The clerk was able to provide a description of the vehicle he fled in.

Wed
28
Mar

Tribe considers special quarantine to protect black ash trees

To slow the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer, the entire state will be under quarantine for the pest as of Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has announced. As this state quarantine action affects Menominee County but not the exterior boundaries of the Menominee Reservation, the tribe will consider its own external quarantine order for its lands.

Emerald ash borer, or EAB, “is not here on Menominee and we, as a tribe, will need to enact plans and regulations to make sure it does not move onto our tribal lands, as a result of this state action,” said Douglas Cox, Menominee Tribe’s chairman. “We must make every effort to prevent the movement of ash trees, ash products and firewood from all species that transport exotic pests, from coming on our reservation.”

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28
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 26

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

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

Fraud — Police investigated an identity theft complaint in the 600 block of North Smalley Street.

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Walgreens, 401 E. Green Bay St.

March 25

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Smalley Street.

Juvenile — Police investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint in the 100 block of South Smalley Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 300 block of West Third Street.

Sat
24
Mar

Mail thief gets 1 year in prison

A Shawano woman who stole mail last fall from a U.S. Postal Service truck containing $6,445 was sentenced Friday in federal court to one year in prison.

According to court documents, Teresa Konaha, 33, was reported to police after being seen taking two plastic mail tubs from a postal truck in Shawano on Nov. 4 to the lobby of an apartment building.

The carrier said her purse, wallet and car keys were also stolen from the truck.

Shawano police found two plastic tubs near the apartment building. Officers went to the Shawano County Library, which was nearby, and spoke with a librarian who said Konaha entered the library earlier that day carrying a large amount of mail, some of which fell on the floor.

Police found Konaha at a nursing home where she had the carrier’s purse, 29 pieces of unopened mail, seven opened letters, one letter containing four checks and an invoice.

Sat
24
Mar

Fact Check

To some, it may be a matter of semantics, but use of the word “deficit” to describe the city’s capital improvements budget is factually incorrect.

It was called a deficit at a mayoral forum Tuesday between incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce and challenger Ed Whealon.

In previous reporting, The Shawano Leader called it a “shortfall,” which was technically accurate but also misleading in terms of the impact on the actual budget passed by the Common Council in November.

The Leader also bares responsibility for adding to the confusion Tuesday with a question to the candidates that called it a deficit.

“It just doesn’t work, and it should have been addressed right away,” Whealon said. “We were looking at a 60-cent increase, the highest in the history of Shawano … and we go into the year with a deficit. It’s a problem. It shouldn’t have been addressed by the city heads. It should have been addressed by the council.”

Sat
24
Mar

City sets open house on geese removal plan

The city of Shawano is looking to soothe some ruffled feathers after complaints the public was not adequately informed about plans to round up and euthanize geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor.

The Shawano Park and Recreation Commission will host an open house regarding its Canada goose management plan at 5:30 p.m. April 4 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Though the plan had been discussed at several park and recreation commission meetings, it was not widely known until it was brought up at a mayoral debate Tuesday night by candidate Ed Whealon while discussing what he feels has been the city’s lack of openness and transparency.

Plans for “geese removal” were on the publicly posted agendas for both the February and March meetings, though those agendas were not sent to The Shawano Leader news desk nor posted on the city’s website.

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24
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 22

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 43-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Fraud — Police investigated an identity theft complaint in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Arrest — A 21-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

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

Arrest — A 65-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

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

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Richmond and Lincoln streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

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