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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 18

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Airport Drive and County Road B.

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at Green Bay and Arlington streets.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a 41-year-old woman in custody for shoplifting.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a disturbance involving juveniles at Park Street and Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Airport Drive and County Road B.

Disorderly — A 19-year-old male was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 18

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Sat
20
Jan

Waupun man convicted of computer sex crime

A Waupun man was convicted Thursday of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime in what was the first of such cases to actually go to trial in Shawano County.

More than 60 people have been nabbed in sex sting operations in Shawano County over the last five years. Typically, those cases end with plea agreements that avoid a jury trial, and sometimes result in a lesser felony conviction of child enticement.

John M. Groenewold, 54, was the first in Shawano County to take his case to a jury trial, which went for a full day Thursday and resulted in the jury returning guilty verdicts on one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and three counts of causing a child to view sexual activity.

Sentencing is set for March 22, and in the meantime Groenewold was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond.

Sat
20
Jan

Women will march again

A year after more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches worldwide with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump, activists will return to the streets this weekend in hopes of converting anger and enthusiasm into political force.

The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump’s views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more. Since then, a wave of women decided to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon.

“We made a lot of noise,” said Elaine Wynn, an organizer. “But now how do we translate that noise into something concrete or fulfilling?”

Fri
19
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 17

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at County Road B and Main Street.

Weapon Offense — Police responded to a reported weapon offense at Shawano Community High School. A contract employee of food services had brought and displayed a holstered firearm in the high school kitchen area. The subject was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm in a school zone, carry in a public building and obstructing an officer.

Arrest — A 34-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 17

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 22-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
19
Jan

No plan to address budget shortfall

The city has no specific plan at this point for addressing a $98,000 shortfall in the capital improvement projects budget for 2018 other than a continual reassessing of the financial situation as the year plays out.

Shawano city officials voted down a proposed wheel tax aimed at propping up the CIP budget in November after an angry contingent of citizens voiced opposition to it.

The tax would have added an additional $10 fee for vehicles registered in the city and was expected to bring in roughly $99,000 in revenue that would have gone into the city’s CIP budget.

After a lengthy discussion by the Common Council about possible places to cut the CIP budget, it was determined that department heads would return to the council with specific suggested cuts.

That hasn’t happened, and the city instead seems to be opting for a more casual approach.

Fri
19
Jan

Man charged with bringing firearm to high school

A Shawano man is facing a felony charge of possessing a firearm on school grounds after bringing a weapon to work at the Shawano Community High School Wednesday.

Ramon S. Vazquez, 56, a contract employee of food services brought and displayed a holstered firearm in the high school kitchen area, according to the criminal complaint.

High school administration was notified and the school district contacted police around 11 a.m.

Police located Vazquez and found the gun stashed in the kitchen office, at which point he was taken into custody.

Police and the school district both say there were no threats made and there was no danger to students or school employees.

Police and school officials made the decision to continue the school day as normal.

Thu
18
Jan

County to hire its own family living educator

A state-contracted UW-Extension position that had been downsized by the state will instead become a full-time Shawano County employee after a vote by a county committee.

Shawano County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said officials were rankled not just by the time reduction for the family living educator post, but also by changes made to the educator’s duties.

“The state wants to go with a generic format for every county,” Miller said, meaning that the family living educator would be approaching the job and community education efforts in the same manner as others in that post across the state rather than specifically addressing the needs of Shawano County residents.

“The state’s saying they know better than we do what we need in Shawano County,” Miller said. “We can meet the needs of our constituents better than they can.”

Thu
18
Jan

City to take possession of SIST properties

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority is hoping to take possession of a long-vacant, blighted downtown property as soon as next month, provided its offer to purchase is approved by the court.

The property at 214-216 S. Main St. is owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology and has been the subject of numerous inspections that, according to city officials, show it to be a health and safety hazard and structurally unsound.

The city had an appraisal of the property done last year as a first step in negotiating a purchase price with SIST.

That appraisal deemed the property virtually worthless.

According to the appraisal, the property at 214 S. Main St. would be worth $42,000 as a vacant lot.

However, demolition of the building was estimated to cost anywhere from $68,000 to $100,000, which led appraisers to place the property’s value at “zero dollars.”

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18
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 16

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft was reported at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at state Highway 47-55 and Curt Black Road in the town of Wescott.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 16

Deputies logged 49 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A bottle of vodka was reported stolen from an ice shack on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Broadway Road in the town of Richmond.

Warrant — A 66-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Warrant — A 24-year-old Clintonville man was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Wed
17
Jan

Express Scripts error affects pharmacy patrons

A technical glitch by Express Scripts, a St. Louis-based integrated pharmacy benefit management company, has caused significant confusion for Network Health Plan (NHP) customers who fill prescriptions with Shawano’s Dreier Pharmacy.

Tim Dreier, owner and pharmacist at Dreier, reported a number of his customers, covered by NHP, began contacting him explaining their insurance provider had sent them letters stating Dreier would no longer be considered a “preferred pharmacy” for filling prescriptions. The communication went on to instruct Dreier customers for the need to move their prescriptions to another pharmacy, which is designated as a preferred provider, in order to have their prescriptions covered by insurance.

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