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23
Mar

Bond set at $1M in 1976 double murder


Leader photo by Warren Bluhm Raymand Vannieuwenhoven appears via a video link from the Marinette County Jail during his initial appearance in court Friday. He is charged with the 1976 murders of a Green Bay couple at the McClintock Park campground.

A Marinette County judge set bail at $1 million cash Friday for the man accused of killing a Green Bay couple in July 1976.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was 39 years old when David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, were shot to death at the McClintock Park campground in the town of Silver Cliff. Matheys was also sexually assaulted.

His criminal record had been clear for nearly 60 years until modern forensic technology matched evidence collected in 1976 to his DNA profile, and he was arrested March 14 at his home in Lakewood.

District Attorney Deshea Morrow asked Judge James Morrison for the high bond because of the seriousness of the crime.

Sat
23
Mar

Shawano man charged with fleeing, endangerment

A Shawano man is facing felony counts of fleeing from authorities and reckless endangerment after a high-speed chase Thursday.

Brandon J. Nahwahquaw, 33, is accused of fleeing after Shawano County deputies arrived to check out a suspicious vehicle parked alongside a fence at a utility station at a dam in the town of Herman.

The criminal complaint alleges Nahwahquaw led Stockbridge-Munsee police and sheriff’s deputies on a chase that reached 90-100 mph through the village of Gresham.

The vehicle ultimately crashed at the end of Mill Creek Road in the town of Red Springs and two occupants, including the driver, later identified as Nahwahquaw, came out of the vehicle and surrendered.

Nahwahquaw faces two counts of reckless endangerment for putting at risk the safety of his passenger and the safety of the Stockbridge-Munsee police officer who began the chase.

Sat
23
Mar

Tractor Supply clover fundraiser benefits 4-H

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is gearing up for its Spring Paper Clover event, a semi-annual fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth. Donations from the program provide opportunities for youth to attend enriching camps, conferences and other developmental programs across the country.

From March 27 through April 7, Tractor Supply customers and team members can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by purchasing a paper clover for a donation during checkout at stores nationwide or by making a purchase online at TractorSupply.com.

Now in its ninth year, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $12 million in essential funding. This past fall’s initiative raised nearly $2 million, impacting more than 14,000 students.

Sat
23
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 21

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 37-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

March 21

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 33-year-old Clintonville man was arrested on a warrant and charged with obstruction after a traffic stop on state Highway 29 in the town of Seneca. The man was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver, a 27-year-old Tigerton man, was cited for operating without a valid license and a seatbelt violation.

Fri
22
Mar

County flags 5 dangerous intersections along Highway 29


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Vehicles turn into traffic that has already rounded a turn on State Highway 29 at County Road MMM west of Shawano. The intersection has been the site of 126 vehicle crashes between 2013 and 2018.

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek A request for an overpass or another means to reduce crashes at the intersection of State Highway 29 and County Road U has been requested by several local government units. The intersection was the location for 118 vehicle crashes, four of them fatal, between 2013 and 2018.

Five intersections along state Highway 29 in Shawano County have been identified as the county’s most dangerous, with a total of 466 crashes over the last five years and seven fatalities.

Of highest concern to county authorities is the intersection of Highway 29 and County Road U, where there have been four fatal crashes since January 2013, according to sheriff’s department records.

Some steps have already been taken to address that particular intersection, including rumble pads, stop signs with metal orange flags, LED flashing stop signs on County Road U, and double-marked intersection warning signs with 55 mph advisory speeds on the westbound highway approach to the intersection.

The county has been urging the state Department of Transportation to make additional safety improvements.

Fri
22
Mar

Complaint filed in decades-old murder case

The man arrested last week after DNA tests linked him to a 1976 double homicide is scheduled to make his first appearance in Marinette County Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

Raymand L. Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was taken into custody March 14 as Marinette and Oconto county deputies executed a search warrant at his home in the town of Lakewood. Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Thursday charging him with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree sexual assault in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, of Green Bay.

The defendant is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. before Judge James Morrison.

According to the complaint, the couple left their homes on the morning of July 9, 1976, for a camping weekend. They were seen driving through Goodman Park in Marinette County, but that campground was already full, so they headed south to McClintock Park, which was empty, and set up their camping materials there.

Fri
22
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

March 20

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 30-year-old Neopit woman was arrested on a warrant at Lieg Avenue and Prospect Circle.

Fleeing — Police attempted to pull over a vehicle for speeding at Park Street and Robin Lane. After a short vehicle and foot pursuit, the following people were taken into custody: The driver, a 28-year-old Black River Falls man, was arrested for fleeing an officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and an outstanding warrant. Among the passengers, an 18-year-old Green Bay man was arrested for obstructing an officer and bail jumping; a 30-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for obstructing an officer, possession of a schedule 4 narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia; and a 19-year-old Suring woman was arrested for obstructing an officer.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Thu
21
Mar

Area employers vie for workers at annual job fair


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Dozens of potential employers gather Wednesday at The Gathering in Shawano to woo potential workers visiting the Shawano County Job Center’s annual job fair.

More than three dozen employers ranging from the U.S. Air Force to Culver’s set up shop Wednesday at The Gathering in Shawano for the Shawano County Job Center’s annual job fair, but it seemed to be an open question as to who needed whom more.

According to some potential employers, the current job market seems to favor those looking for a job instead of those doing the hiring.

“I think a lot of people that would need a job have a job,” said Cassandra Reichardt, general manager at Culver’s. “There’s enough employment opportunity that if you want one, you have one.”

Reichardt said, however, that Culver’s is always on the lookout for top-quality employees.

“We’re always looking to hire the next best employee,” she said. “You never settle with what you have.”

Thu
21
Mar

Clintonville approves paid maternity leave

Clintonville has become just the third known municipality in the state of Wisconsin to offer paid maternity, parental, and adoption leave, according to City Administrator Sharon Eveland.

The Common Council voted to implement a new personnel manual at its regular meeting March 12. This was the culmination of almost two years of work by city staff to completely overhaul the previous manual that was implemented back in 2003 and had been changed very little since that time.

“If we are to ensure we are able to continue to attract quality staff to serve our community, we must proactively adjust and adopt to provide the work environment the emerging generations expect and deserve,” Eveland said. “Part of the vision for this new manual involved doing just that.”

Thu
21
Mar

Clintonville schools set priorities for possible referendum


Photo by Grace Kirchner Clintonville High School Principal Kelly Zeinert, right, and Kim Bakeberg, assistant principal, lead the community conversation meeting in the high school commons March 14.

A second community meeting in the Clintonville High School commons was held March 14 to gather information from the public that could guide a school district referendum in April 2020.

Attendees were asked what services they expect the school district to provide for the school and the community.

Those in attendance listed academics and real world skills experiences as very important. Other items of importance included history (including local history), the arts, partnerships with employers, good student behavior, performances in the community and mental health concerns.

Some of the other concerns that were listed included trade and art skills, career readiness, the need for additional supports, conflict resolution, having a positive climate, a safe harbor when needed, opportunity for adult education at Fox Valley Technical College, a food truck and reaction to community and employment needs.

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