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MEDIA RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseOn Saturday, 05/31/2014 about 7:52 p.m., Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a motorcycle crash on State Highway 29 eastbound at State Highway 160 in the Town of Maple Grove in Shawano County. Shawano County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department, NEW Rescue, County Rescue, and Eagle III medical helicopter responded to the crash.The crash occurred as the rear tire for the eastbound motorcycle blew out, causing the operator to lose control. Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected from the motorcycle as a result of the crash.The male operator of the motorcycle, a 37 year old male from Green Bay, was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Green Bay with unknown extent of injuries. The female passenger of the motorcycle, a 38 year old female from Green Bay, was flown by Eagle III medical helicopter. Neither occupant appeared to have life threatening injuries.Traffic was temporarily detoured off of State Highway 29 to secure a landing zone on the highway and remove the motorcycle. Traffic flow on State Highway 29 has returned to normal.Release completed by:Lt. Andrew ThorpeShawano County Sheriff’s OfficePRESS RELEASESunday, April 13, 2014 On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Shawano County Sheriffs Office dispatch received a report of an incident of a person impersonating a police office near the intersection of County Highway BE and State Highway 117 in the Village of Bonduel in Shawano County around 12:30 p.m. The caller reported that a person in a newer model but beat up car similar to a Pontiac or Honda Civic was stopped in front of his vehicle at the stop light at the intersection of County Highway BE at State Highway 117. The caller was unable to get a license plate number or further description of the impersonators vehicle. The caller reported that the impersonator exited his car, approached the callers car, and briefly displayed a wallet containing a gold colored 5-point star style badge. The caller reported that the impersonator ordered him to stop following him or he would write him citations. The impersonator returned to his vehicle and left the scene traveling eastbound on County Highway BE. The impersonator was described as being a white male in his early 40s, approximately 6 feet tall, with short blond and gray hair, and rotting teeth. The caller described the impersonators clothing as blue jeans and an unknowncolored T-shirt. The impersonator was not wearing a law enforcement uniform and did not display any emergency lights on his vehicle. Please contact the Shawano County Sheriffs Office if you have any information regarding the suspect vehicle described above. Motorists can confirm the legitimacy of a law enforcement officer stopping them by traveling to a safe location before stopping, requesting to view the law enforcement officers badge and identification, or calling 911 if they areconcerned that the person stopping them is not a legitimate law enforcement officer. Lt. Andrew ThorpeShawano County Sheriffs OfficeMay 19, 2013

On Sunday, May 19, 2013 at approximately 2:32 a.m., the Green Bay Police Department requested the assistance of the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office for a high speed pursuit westbound on HWY 29 from the city of Green Bay. The suspect vehicle entered Shawano County exceeding 100 miles per hour. A Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy set up a stinger spike system on HWY 29 & South Highline Rd. in the Town of Hartland and the fleeing vehicle ran over the spikes and stopped shortly after. The driver and several occupants were detained by Green Bay PD Officers for further questioning.

Authority,

Shawano County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Justin Hoffman #515






April 18, 2013

OPERATION SPRING CLEANING

Shawano County

Thursday, Shawano County Sheriff’s Detectives and Deputies made multiple arrests as the culmination of a 9 month investigation into the use and sale of controlled substances. Sheriff’s Officials worked diligently & in partnership with the Bonduel & Stockbridge Police Departments employing a number of tactics to establish probable cause for the arrests. This effort was undertaken in acknowledgement of a growing drug problem in the North and North Central Wisconsin Region. Over the course of the operation a variety of controlled substances were obtained, including, but not limited to: Marijuana, Cocaine & Narcotics, as well as, Drug Paraphernalia.

Among those arrested were:

Erik Kessen (33) of Eland on charges alleging both Possession and Delivery of Marijuana

Mara Richter (25) of Shawano for Possession and Delivery of Cocaine

Rebecca Schulist (23) of Clintonville for Party to the Crime of Delivery of a Controlled Substance

Marita Martinez (28) of Shawano alleging Delivery of a Schedule II Narcotic

Keith D. Wilber Sr. (49) of Shawano on charges alleging Keeper of a Drug House, Conspiracy to Deliver Controlled Substances, Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sara A. Rautmann (20) of Marion on charges alleging both Delivery & Possession of Marijuana
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The Sheriff’s Office is anticipating that arrest warrants will be issued for an unspecified number of additional persons from various regions of the County.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with other Law Enforcement Agencies within the County and throughout the region, to put drug dealers on notice.

“The use and distribution of controlled substances is not a victimless crime. Society sees the fallout on a regular basis. Ancillary crimes are committed to support these habits, children within these homes can become traumatized or indoctrinated into a criminal subculture, aggressive crimes against persons are frequently committed while under the influence, thus the taxpayers and citizens of our communities subsidize this behavior through victimization and the loss of capital expended on investigations. Shawano County Law Enforcement Agencies want to send a clear message that we will remain continually vigilant, will aggressively investigate these matters as they arise, and continue to take proactive steps toward reducing these incidents within our community.”

“Operation Spring Cleaning has been a success and is the latest effort to create an environment hostile to drug related activity, and, specifically reduce the availability of these dangerous chemicals to our children.”


Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Thomas G. Tuma
Captain

THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE SUSPECTS ARE ALLEGATIONS ONLY. ALL SUSPECTS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY




March 4, 2013

News Release:

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a Stabbing on March 3, 2013 just before 11:00 Pm. in the Town of Hutchins. Initial reports indicate that two males were arguing at a residence and when a third male attempted to intervene he sustained none life threatening injuries to his hand from an edged weapon. The victim was treated and released from an area hospital. A 25 year old male has been taken into custody and is currently confined in the Shawano County Jail. Charges are expected to be referred to the Shawano/Menominee County District Attorney’s Office on March 5, 2012. No further information will be released regarding this incident and any inquiries should be directed to the District Attorney’s Office after they have had time to review the complaint. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Sgt. Gordon Kowaleski




MEDIA RELEASE

Initial Statement
For Immediate Release

SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM

February 26, 2013
Town of Pella – Shawano County

On Tuesday February 26, 2013 at 11:21pm the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department received a call from an individual in Kaukauna who stated a family member of his was suicidal. The caller stated that a 40 yr old Marion man, who has a history of resisting and violence, was upset over a domestic incident that took place a few days earlier. The caller advised the man had been drinking all day and barricaded himself inside his residence. The residence was located near the intersection of W. Rangeline road and Angle road. The caller further stated that the man told him he had taken pills and that he had a gun. The male also stated he was alone and would not let officers inside his residence.

The Shawano County Special Response Team (SRT) responded to the scene. Brown County SWAT was notified for the use of their BEARCAT vehicle. SRT negotiators attempted to make contact with the male but were unsuccessful. SRT members were deployed around the residence and inside the BEARCAT. The BEARCAT was driven up to the residence where Deputies finally made contact with the male. He came out of the house unarmed and taken into custody at 2:00am.

The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending at this time.

No other information will be released at this time.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Ty D. Raddant
Lieutenant



New Release February 15, 2013

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department has culminated several Controlled Substance investigations this past week with numerous search warrants and the arrests of 6 persons.
On Sunday, February 10, 2013, Deputies executed a search warrant on Lake Drive in the Town of Wescott in regards to a distribution of Heroin investigation. Mary Montoure-Mcintosh, age 40 years old was taken into custody and has been charged with Manufacture/Deliver heroin (3 counts,) Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, Possess Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Narcotic Drugs. A male subject was also taken into custody on an unrelated charge. Subsequently a third person was taken into custody on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in the City of Shawano based on information gained during this investigation.
In an unrelated investigation, on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 a search warrant was executed also on Lake Drive in the Town of Wescott. Controlled Substances along with Drug Paraphernalia were recovered during the search. Nicole Himebauch, age 31 was taken into custody and has been charged with Manufacture/Deliver THC, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession with intent to deliver THC by the Shawano/Menominee County District Attorney’s Office.
A second search warrant in a related investigation was executed on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in the Town of Richmond. Marijuana grows were located in two areas of a residence. Taken into custody were William Himebauch, age 61 and Lynn Himebauch, age 65 who have been charged with Manufacture/Deliver THC as Party to a Crime, Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place as Party to a Crime, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as Party to a Crime and Possession with Intent to Deliver THC as Party to a Crime by the Shawano/Menominee County District Attorney’s Office. This investigation is continuing and additional arrests may be made. No further information will be released, any questions should be directed to the Shawano/Menominee County District Attorney’s Office.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Authority Chief Deputy John Gutho



Media Release
Fatal Traffic Crash



On Thursday, January 17, 2013, at approximately 4:18 pm the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was called to respond to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 45 near Field Street in the Village of Birnamwood. It was reported a pickup truck struck a tree and the lone occupant (a male driver) was severely injured. After rescue efforts were attempted the male was pronounced deceased.


The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Birnamwood Fire Department, Birnamwood Ambulance Service and Shawano County Coroner Mike Jesse.


The preliminary investigation shows a medical condition is likely to be a contributing factor in this crash. The driver was also not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. The decease driver was identified as 31 year old James V. Galarowicz from Antigo. This crash is still under investigation.




Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Jesse Sperberg




Initial Statement
For Immediate Release

SHAWANO MAN STABBED/HOSPITALIZED

January 1, 2013
Town of Birnamwood – Shawano County

On Tuesday January 1, 2013 at about 5:52 a.m. the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting assistance for an individual who had been stabbed in the neck at a residence on Wittenberg/Birnamwood Town Line Road, in the Town of Birnamwood. Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputies & Birnamwood Ambulance Service responded.

Upon arrival Sheriff’s Officials assisted a 35-year-old City of Shawano man, who had sustained serious stab wounds to his neck. The patient was turned over to EMS personnel and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the stabbing was initiated by Sheriff’s Deputies & Detectives.

Deputies learned that the victim had traveled from the City of Shawano to the Town of Birnamwood location with a 20-year-old Keshena man and met with others at the residence. Initial reports indicate that some sort of exchange occurred resulting in the 20-year-old departing the residence. The individual subsequently returned and an altercation led to the victim sustaining significant neck injuries from an edged weapon. The victim remains in a Wausau Hospital in stable condition.

Authorities investigated the incident throughout the morning hours. The 20-year-old Keshena man has been taken into custody and is currently being held in the Shawano County Jail on charges alleging Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide.

The circumstances of this incident remain under investigation.

No additional information will be released at this time.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office


Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain

THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE SUSPECT IN THIS MATTER ARE ALLEGATIONS ONLY. THE SUSPECT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.







12/10/2012


In accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 301.46, The Shawano Core Team has determined the following information on Michael J. Robinson should be released by local Law Enforcement to the general public.



Michael J. Robinson
D.O.B 10/10/1962

Mr. Robinson will be released from prison on December 18, 2012. He will be living in Shawano. Mr. Robinson will be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and will be under GPS Monitoring. Mr. Robinson is required to register with local Law Enforcement, and is a lifetime registrant with the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.

Mr. Robinson was convicted of the following:

Convicted on 4/19/91 - Shawano County Case 90CF418: Child Enticement, 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, 4th Degree Sexual Assault, and 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Mr. Robinson sexually assaulted a 13 year old female acquaintance, a 16 year old female acquaintance, and a 14 year female who was related to him.

Convicted on 4/19/91 - Shawano County Case 90CF476: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Mr. Robinson sexually assaulted a 13 year old female acquaintance.

Convicted on 7/31/92 - Shawano County Case 91CF454: 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Mr. Robinson sexually assaulted a 7 year old female who was related to him.

If the public has any questions, they can contact the Shawano Police Chief Ed Whealon at 715-524-4545.

The public can also check the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry on line at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/







PRESS RELEASE

Fatal Traffic Crash Update

10-11-2012

A second person has died as a result of a traffic crash occurring 10-04-2012, at the intersection of CTH E and CTH BB, in the Town of Green Valley, Shawano County.

Alvin Birr, 83, Suring, passed away this morning as a result of injuries from the crash.

The crash also claimed the life of James Simpson, 51, Clintonville, and injured William Scheafer,51, and David Highdale, 52, both of Madison.

The deaths are the 10th and 11th fatalities in Shawano County in 2012



Sgt Greg Trinko,

Shawano County Sheriff Department



Fatal Traffic Crash UPDATE
At approximately 1:35pm the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a traffic crash with injuries, at the intersection of County Road E and County Road BB, in the Town of Green Valley, east of Cecil in Shawano County.
Responding officers determined that a Chevrolet SUV driven by Alvin Birr, 83 of Suring, was southbound on County BB, and struck a Honda minivan that was eastbound on County E, driven by William Scheafer, 52, of Madison. A passenger in Schaefer’s vehicle was ejected from the van and pronounced dead at the scene.
Birr, Schaefer, and another passenger in the Schaefer vehicle were transported to area hospitals with unspecified injuries.
The Shawano Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Gillett Area Ambulance, Green Valley Fire, Eagle III, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and Shawano County Coroner Mike Jesse.
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family members. The crash remains under investigation, alcohol does NOT appear to be a factor in the crash.
***UPDATE - RELEASE AFTER 8AM 10-5-2012***
Deceased: James Simpson 51 Clintonville, WI
Injured: David Highdale 53 Madison, WI
William Schaefer 52 Madison, WI Driver
Alvin Birr 83 Suring, WI Driver



MEDIA RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

TOWN OF GREEN VALLEY - SHAWANO COUNTY

On September 22, 2012 at 7:04pm the Shawano County Sheriff's Department was
called to respond to motorcycle crash on CTH E near Plier Road. It was
reported that a lone male was laying in the ditch and motionless. Shawano
County Deputies arrived minutes later and began CPR.

Gillett Area Ambulance and a Shawano Ambulance Paramedic unit also responded to
the scene. All attempts to resuscitate the male were unsuccessful. The male,
who had severe head trauma, was not wearing a helmet. The male was pronounced
deceased at the scene by the Shawano County Deputy Coroner.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the motorcycle was travelling eastbound
on CTH E. The driver crossed the centerline and entered the gravel edge along
the roadway. The driver attempted to pull the motorcycle back onto the roadway
as he approached a curve. The motorcycle then went sideways and entered the
south ditch. Upon entering the ditch the motorcycle began to roll ejecting the driver.

The crash remains under investigation but it appears alcohol may have been a
factor in the crash. The deceased driver was identified as 48 yr old Scott K.
Courchaine of Gillett, Wisconsin.

Authority
Shawano County Sheriff's Office

Staber Cook
Lieutenant



Initial Report


On Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:21pm the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a gas drive off from the Bonduel Citgo Station. While Bonduel Police were responding to the scene, it was determined the suspect vehicle was stolen from Green Bay. Area law enforcement agencies were advised of the ATL information. Approximately 20 minutes after the initial report, the vehicle was located in the city of Shawano by city officers. The vehicle was stopped on Hwy 47-55 near Maple Ave in the Town of Wescott. Officers from the Shawano Police Department and the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department performed a high risk traffic stop. Traffic on STH 47/55 was stopped for a couple minutes while the two male occupants were taken into custody.

The driver was a 20 yr old Green Bay man and the passenger was a 17 yr old male from Wrightstown. Charges of Operate MV without owners consent, theft, bail jumping, poss. of THC, poss. of paraphernalia, and operating after revocation are being referred to the DA’s office. This complaint remains under investigation. Complaint #S12-03389

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Jesse Sperberg




INITIAL STATEMENT

On Sunday, 03/18/2012 about 3:15 a.m., a deputy from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle for a speeding violation on State Highway 47-55 in the Town of Wescott. The driver of the vehicle, Raymond Graham (age 42 of Neopit), fled northbound on State Highway 47-55 from the deputy. The 10.6 mile long pursuit reaching maximum speeds of approximately 90 miles per hour travelled through Menominee County before returning to Shawano County on County Highway VV in the Town of Red Springs.

A deputy from Shawano County Sheriff’s Office deployed a tire deflation device to deflate tires on the fleeing vehicle. The driver continued approximately one-half mile prior to stopping on County Highway G. The driver was arrested for fleeing and for operating while intoxicated.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during the pursuit by Menominee County Sheriff’s Office and Menominee Tribal Police.
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Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office





MEDIA RELEASE

INITIAL STATEMENT
For Immediate Release

SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS – INVESTIGATING DEATH

February 21, 2012

TOWN OF BIRNMAWOOD – SHAWANO COUNTY

On Tuesday February 21, 2012 at 7:19 a.m. the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received a report indicating that a 53-year-old man, of Birnamwood, was deceased, and that the death was the result of the actions of another.

The caller, a 20-year-old Town of Birnamwood man, maintained contact with Sheriff’s Dispatchers until Deputies arrived. The caller was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Officials without incident.

Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death, and the person-of-interest remains in custody.

No additional information will be released at this time.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office


Thomas G. Tuma
Captain

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On Friday, 12/09/2011 about 2:29 a.m., a deputy from Shawano County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations on County Highway G near Spur Road in the Town of Red Springs in Shawano County. The driver of the vehicle led the deputy on a pursuit lasting 3.5 miles that ended with the driver stopping and surrendering at a residence on State Highway 47 in Menominee County. The pursuit reached a maximum speed of approximately 90 miles per hour.

The suspect driver, Amanda Kelley (age 21, Neopit, WI), was arrested on suspicion of felony fleeing and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Kelley was issued multiple traffic citations for violations that occurred during the pursuit.

Menominee Tribal Police Department and Menominee County Sheriff’s Office assisted Shawano County Sheriff’s Office during this incident.
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Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office
12/09/2011




INITIAL STATEMENT
For Immediate Release

November 13, 2011

TOWN OF RED SPRINGS - SHAWANO COUNTY

On Sunday November 13, 2011 at approximately 2:28 am the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Menominee County Deputies were attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and it was fleeing from their deputies. Menominee reported that the suspect vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Pick up truck had been traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Shawano County Deputies located the vehicle traveling south on Hwy G near Oak Ridge Drive at speeds still in excess of 100 mph with Menominee County Deputies still in pursuit of the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle continued west through the township of Bartelme, Village of Bowler and eventually pulled into a driveway on Hwy 29 in the township of Morris and the occupants fled from the vehicle. One subject was located near the vehicle and taken into custody with out incident.

Shawano County K9 was requested and successfully tracked three total suspects. One suspect was located hiding 25 feet high in a pine tree, the second was located after he walked to a perimeter deputy and the third was located next to a fence. Two out of three were apprehended with out incident and the third received minor injuries consistent with a K9 apprehension.

Numerous narcotic related items were located in the truck as well as on the suspects along with a large quantity of currency. Charges will be requested for Fleeing, Possession of Marijuana with intent to deliver, Obstructing and Resisting. Two of the subjects were wanted by other agencies.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol and Menominee County Sheriff’s Office.

NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AT THIS TIME

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Sgt. Scott Wedemayer





Press Release:


On Sunday, 06/12/2011 about 2:46 a.m., Shawano County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a report of a fully engulfed house fire at W13088 Buddy’s Road in the Town of Bartelme in Shawano County. Deputies from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office, Stockbridge-Munsee E.M.S., Tigerton Area Ambulance Service and Stockbridge-Munsee Fire Department responded to the scene.

Justin Tebeau (age 52) and Christina Maskewit (age 55), the two occupants of the residence, were transported to Shawano Medical Center for non-life threatening minor injuries sustained while escaping the burning residence. Tebeau indicated that the fire likely started from a candle that he had been burning. The residence was a total loss.



Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano Co. Sheriff’s Office



Media Release



TOWN OF BELLE PLAINE – SHAWANO COUNTY



On May 30, 2011 at 4:57am The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a traffic crash on STH 22 approximately .6 miles South of Rosebrook Road. Deputies arrived to find a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee lying on its side.

The preliminary investigation shows the vehicle was Northbound on STH 22 when the driver went off the road while negotiating a curve. The driver overcorrected and re-entered the east ditch. The Jeep then overturned multiple times ejecting both occupants.

The Shawano County Coroner was summoned to the scene and pronounced both deceased. The male was a 49 year old Shawano man and the female was a 41 year old Shawano woman. Neither occupant had been wearing their seatbelt.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by Shawano Ambulance service. The crash remains under investigation.



Authority

Shawano County Sheriff’s Office



Ty D. Raddant

Lieutenant


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

SHAWANO SHERIFF’S OFFICE MAKES ARREST IN ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION CASE

May 13, 2011

SHAWANO COUNTY

On March 21, 2011 at approximately 4:05 p.m. the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a 15-year-old girl had been walking towards the Wittenberg/Birnamwood High School when a truck with a male occupant stopped near her and offered a ride. The female declined the ride and continued on her way. A short distance later the girl noticed that the same vehicle had pulled over on a side street. The teenager took an alternate route off the roadway to avoid additional contact with the individual. The female reported being chased by the suspicious male on foot, and further contact with him was avoided when she entered the Wittenberg Elementary School to report the incident and call for additional help.

Sheriff’s Officials have pursued tips and leads as to the identity of the suspicious person.

On Thursday May 12, 2011 Shawano County Detectives arrested a 48-year-old Village of Mattoon man and he is being held in the Shawano County Jail on charges alleging Child Enticement, Lewd & Lascivious Behavior, and Criminal Trespass to Dwelling. The latter two allegations are the result of separate incidents discovered during the course of the investigation.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office


Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain

NOTE: THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE SUSPECT ARE ALLEGATIONS ONLY. THE SUSPECT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain
Shawano County Sheriff's Office
715-526-7925




MEDIA RELEASE

On January 23, 2011 at 4:11am a Shawano County Sheriff's Department squad, a Shawano Police Department squad, and two other vehicles were involved in a traffic crash. The crash happened on East Green Bay Street at Rusch Road in the city of Shawano.

The incident occurred as Deputy Craig Rekoske was conducting a traffic stop on a 22 yr old Shawano woman. Shawano Officer Shane Stange parked behind Deputy Rekoske to assist with the stop. After making the initial contact with the driver, Deputy Rekoske sat back in his squad. Officer Stange was standing next to Rekoske's squad on the passenger side.

A vehicle driven by 44 yr old Julie M. Zajas of Shawano, which was westbound on East Green Bay Street, struck the left rear of Stange's squad. The Zajas vehicle bounced off and then struck Rekoske's squad near the left front tire while he sat inside. The right front tire of the Zajas vehicle came off after this contact. The Zajas vehicle continued on and struck the rear of the vehicle Deputy Rekoske had stopped before it finally came to rest.

Deputy Rekoske was treated and released at the Shawano Medical Center for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported in the crash. Zajas was taken into custody and cited for OWI causing injury. The Wisconsin State Patrol is
handling the investigation of the crash.

Authority,

Lt. Ty D. Raddant
Shawano County Sheriff's Office

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Press Release

Town of Hartland – Shawano County

On Monday October 4, 2010 about 12:47am, a Shawano County Sheriff’s Department Deputy observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed westbound on STH 29 in the Town of Hartland in Shawano County. The Deputy attempted to stop the speeding vehicle near STH 29 and South Highline Road; however, the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit occurred. The suspect vehicle exceeded speeds of 100 MPH. A Shawano City Police Officer deployed a Stinger Spike System near the intersection of STH 29 and CTH K. After the vehicle was spiked it exited onto CTH K and stopped. The driver, a 17 year old Keshena man was arrested for Fleeing and OWI. A 19 year old female passenger also of Keshena was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Deputy Justin Hoffman
Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

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Initial Statement

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2010

Town of Aniwa/Shawano County

On Tuesday September 7, 2010 at about 9:42 a.m. Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on a residence and property located on Cherry Rd. in the Town of Aniwa. The warrant was issued on probable cause that activity consistent with the manufacture of controlled substances (marijuana) was occurring on the property. Sheriff’s Deputies located evidence of both an indoor and outdoor drug manufacturing operation and seized items & plants indicative of the growing and production marijuana.

A 23-year-old Birnamwood man was taken into custody as a result of the investigation and items located at the scene. Charges are being forwarded to the Shawano County District Attorney alleging the manufacture of a controlled substance.

A 61-year-old Birnamwood man will have information forwarded to the District Attorney for the consideration of similar charges.

The search warrant and subsequent arrest were the result on an ongoing investigation by Shawano County Sheriff’s Detectives who are continuing to look into the matter.


Authority
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office


Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain

THE CHARGES OR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE SUSPECT(S) ARE ONLY ALLEGATIONS. THE SUSPECT(S) IS/ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.

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MEDIA RELEASE

TOWN OF WAUKECHON – SHAWANO COUNTY

On September 7, 2010 at 3:41am the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office received an agency assist request from the Green Bay Police Department. Green Bay Police reported they were in pursuit of a van that was westbound on STH 29 at speeds reaching 120 MPH. They asked for spike strips to be set up on STH 29 at the Bonduel exit. Shawano County Deputies deployed spike strips causing the van’s tires to go flat. The van eventually came to a stop in the median approximately .5 miles east of CTH K. A Shawano County Deputy subsequently deployed his electronic control device on the driver. The driver, a 33 year old Green Bay man, was then taken into custody. A passenger in the van was a 21 year old Oneida woman. The incident is under investigation by the Green Bay Police department.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Ty D. Raddant
Lieutenant

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Media Release

On Monday, July 26, 2010 about 7:46 p.m., Shawano County Sheriff’s Department dispatch received a report of a traffic crash at the intersection of State Highway 29 and County Highway BE in the Town of Hartland in Shawano County. Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, Bonduel Area Fire Department and E.M.S., Shawano Ambulance Service, and Eagle III Medical Helicopter responded to the scene.

Witnesses and evidence at the scene indicated that one vehicle had been stopped facing southbound on County Highway BE at the stop sign for State Highway 29 westbound. A second vehicle had been traveling westbound on State Highway 29 approaching the intersection. The southbound vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the westbound vehicle and was struck broadside while in the intersection.

The driver of the southbound vehicle was flown by Eagle III Medical Helicopter with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the southbound vehicle will be cited for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign.

The driver of the westbound car was transported to Shawano Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOWN OF LESSOR – SHAWANO COUNTY

On Wednesday July 21, 2010 at approximately 4:43 a.m. a request was sent to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office by the Grand Chute Police Department to assist them in locating a subject and vehicle involved in an alleged abduction. It had been reported that the suspect vehicle had been Northbound on STH 47.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputies did encounter the vehicle and the suspect, identified as a 33 year old Hortonville man, fled the vehicle on foot in the Briarton area. The Shawano Count Sheriff’s Office advised local residents to remain inside their homes and lock their doors.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Grand Chute Police Department, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Black Creek Police Department in establishing a parameter in a wooded area near the intersection of STH 156 & Old Hwy 47 Rd.

The suspect was located hiding in the woods and was apprehended by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office K9. He was transferred to the Custody of the Grand Chute Police Department and faces no local charges.

Media outlets are advised to contact the Grand Chute Police Department concerning the circumstances and allegations preceding the subject’s entry and subsequent arrest in Shawano County.


Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office


Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain

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INITIAL STATEMENT
For Immediate Release

VILLAGE OF MATTOON/SHAWANO COUNTY

On Wednesday June 30, 2010 at approximately 9:51 a.m. a lone male entered the Pineries Bank in the Village of Mattoon. The individual displayed a silver handgun and asked for money. The suspect is described as being 5’08” to 5’10”, with blue or blue/gray eyes, being of stocky build and having dirty blonde hair. The subject’s age could range from mid twenties to late thirties. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a maroon hooded sweatshirt, and a scarf that concealed the lower half of his face. The suspect left the bank on foot; however a green or black S.U.V. was seen in the area and is of interest to law enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office, the F.B.I. or their local law enforcement agency.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office
John Gutho
Chief Deputy

At this time the aforementioned information is what is available for release. Subsequent information may be forthcoming as it becomes available.

NOTE: The person of interest in this release is a suspect only. The information presented represent allegations only and he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

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Press Release

Date of Incident: 6/7/10

Time of Incident: 02:33am

Location of Incident: Cty Hwy U & Cty Hwy A Town of Herman

Details of Incident:On the above date and time Shawano County Deputy initiated a traffic stop on Michael Parks at the above location. Michael Parks fled the traffic stop in his vehicle. Several deputies pursued Michael with their emergency equipment activated. Michael failed to stop for law enforcement. Shawano County Deputies attempted to spike Michaels vehicle on 3 occassions. Michael swerved around the first 2 Spike set ups. The 3rd Spike set up Michael backed into a Shawano County Squad and then swerved towards a Deputy that was outside of his squad. When Michael swerved towards the deputy he struck the deputies squad and the Spike strip. The pursuit continued into Marathon County. A Shawano County Deputy initiated the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) manuever on Michaels vehicle on Hwy 49 in Marathon County. Michael was taken into custody and transported to the Shawano County Jail.

This is the only information cleared for release at this time. Additional faxes will follow as more becomes available. Thank you.

Officer/Badge # Sgt Wizner/509

May 11, 2010
Town of Birnamwood - Shawano County
On Monday May 10, 2010 at 9:36pm The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department received a report that a robbery had just occurred at The Midway Corner Mart in the Village of Birnamwood. The suspect is a male, approximately 5’8” to 5’9” and weighing 140 to 150 lbs. The male, who is still at large, was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and gloves. He also displayed a handgun wrapped in a plastic bag prior to fleeing on foot.
At this time it is undetermined what may have been taken and the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department at 715-526-3111.
Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Keith Sorlie
Detective

Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Shawano County Sheriff’s Official Execute Search Warrant

Village of Bonduel – Shawano County

On Wednesday February 17, 2010 the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on South Cecil Street in the Village of Bonduel. Sheriff’s Officials obtained the warrant after investigating reports of illegal activity at the residence, as well as, recovering evidence consistent with the delivery of controlled substances during a traffic stop in the Town of Richmond early this afternoon. Approximately 1 ½ pounds of processed marijuana and drug related paraphernalia were taken as evidence from the two locations.

A 62-year-old man & a 46-year-old woman, both of Bonduel, are being held in the Shawano County Jail and charges have been referred to the District Attorney’s Office alleging: 2 counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, keeping of a drug house, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authority,

Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

Thomas G. Tuma

Field Services Captain


THE CHARGES OR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE SUSPECT ARE ONLY ALLEGATIONS. THE SUSPECT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.


Date of Incident: 2/13/10

Time of Incident: 4:31 am

Location of Incident: Cty C and Rock Rd Town of Green Valley

¡¡Details of Incident:A pink 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker was traveling northbound on Cty C. The Geo Tracker entered the east ditch approximately 1 mile south of Rock Rd. The Geo Tracker rolled halfway over coming to rest against a tree. The driver a 36 year old Gillett woman was thrown from the vehicle. Gillett EMS and Ambulance Service responded to the scene. Gillett ambulance requested a Parametic intercept with Shawano Ambulance. Gillett ambulance service met with the Shawano paramedic who transported the driver the rest of the way to Shawano Hospital. The driver was then flown out to Theda Clark hospital by Theda Star. The accident is currently under investigation. The name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family.

This is the only information cleared for release at this time. Additional faxes will follow as more becomes available. Thank you.

Officer/Badge # Dep. Leiser/513

*******MISSING PERSON UPDATE******
Town of Washington ¨C Shawano County
John D. Stears (92) has been located. Mr. Stears is in good health and was located not far from his home. It appears his truck became stuck and he spent the night in his vehicle.
The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Dept extends its thanks to all who participated in the search for Mr. Stears. Your time is greatly appreciated.
Deputy Greg Trinko
Shawano County Sheriff Dept

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Washington ¨C Shawano County

The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office is seeking assistance in contacting John D. Stears (92) of the Town of Washington. Mr. Stears was last seen at his residence on CTH H near the Village of Cecil; yesterday (02/08/10) at approximately 2:00 p.m. His family has not had contact with him since.

Mr. Stears may be operating a 2005 Toyota Highlander S.U.V. Blue/Green in color. Mr. Stears is 6¡¯5¡± tall and weighs about 165 lbs; with white hair and blue eyes. Mr. Stears may be in need of medical assistance.

Anyone seeing Mr. Stears or his vehicle is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Thomas G. Tuma
Captain

NOTE: Media outlets can copy a photograph of Mr. Stears from the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office¡¯s Website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Wittenberg ¨C Shawano County

On Monday January 25, 2010 at about 6:17 a.m. the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office received a report of an accident involving a lone semi tractor/trailer unit on U.S. 45 at STH 29, in the Town of Wittenberg.

The initial investigation into the crash demonstrated that the 2009 Freightliner was Northbound on U.S. 45, deviated left from the lane of travel, and struck several cement support pillars at the STH 29 overpass. The vehicle came to rest in the East ditch near CTH Q. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by Shawano County Coroner Mike Jesse.

The Wittenberg Fire/EMS, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Sheriff¡¯s Office at the scene. A Regional Bridge Maintenance Engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation examined the overpass and determined it to be structurally sound.

The crash remains under investigation and the name of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members.


***UPDATE***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Further investigation into the crash by Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Officials and the Shawano County Coroner indicate that Daniel E. Anderson (58) of Mesquite TX likely experienced a significant medical problem prior to the vehicle he was operating striking the support pillars at the overpass with STH 29. Further information is being evaluated that may help determine the manner of operation just prior to the crash. At this time the accident is being considered a medical incident rather than a fatal motor vehicle crash.


Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Captain Thomas G. Tuma

Press Release

January 18, 2010

SHAWANO COUNTY ¨C VILLAGE OF GRESHAM

On the morning of January 15, 2009 Shawano County Law Enforcement Officials executed a search warrant in the Village of Gresham. Detectives & Officers from the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office and the Stockbridge/Munsee Police Department were assisted by the State Division of Criminal Investigation and the Shawano County K9 Unit in searching a house after an investigation established probable cause that the residence was being used to manufacture controlled substances.

As a result of the search several items consistent with an elaborate in-door drug manufacturing operation were seized, as were over 167 plants of what is presumed to be marijuana. The plants were being cared for using advanced means to provide light, water, and nutrients.

Additional information gathered at the scene regarding a similar drug manufacturing operation in Green Bay was forwarded to the Brown County Sheriff¡¯s Office¡¯s ¨C Drug Task Force. Brown County authorities were able to act upon this intelligence; executing a similar warrant later in the day.

These cases illustrate the benefits of multi-jurisdictional cooperation and the sharing of resources, as those involved in drug manufacturing and trafficking are mobile, creative, and rarely aware of geographical boundaries.

Authority
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Thomas G. Tuma
Field Services Captain

MEDIA RELEASE


January 1, 2010

Town of Almon ¨C Shawano County

On January 8, 2010 at 11:13pm The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department received a report of a head on collision on CTH D near CTH Q. A witness stated a 1994 Buick Century was headed E/B on CTH D in the W/B lane when it collided with a 1999 Ford Taurus as it was travelling W/B on CTH D. The Ford was driven by a 78 year old Wittenberg woman while the Buick was driven by a 60 year old Tigerton woman. No other passengers were in either vehicle. The driver of the Buick was issued a citation for OWI.
The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department was assisted at the scene by Bowler Fire, Wittenberg Ambulance, and Birnamwood Ambulance. Both drivers were transported to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau and reported to be in critical condition. The accident remains under investigation.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Ty Raddant
Patrol Lieutenant


Press Release

An arrest has been made in Complaints from Gwidt Pharmacy and Hochunk Casino. The Gwidt Pharmacy complaint was a robbery in which drugs were stolen and this was carried out with the use of a device that was said to be bomb. The device was rendered safe and found to contain 2 packs of firecrackers. Prior to the robbery at Gwidt¡¯s Pharmacy a bomb threat was called into the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department that said there was a bomb set to go off at the Hochunk Casino on US 45 just north of the Village of Wittenberg. It is felt that the bomb threat and the robbery were done by the same individual. The bomb threat was called in to keep officers busy while the suspect committed the robbery at the Pharmacy.
On March 15, 2009 The Merrill Police Department arrested a male for a robbery to the Aurora Pharmacy in Merrill, this after the suspect called in bomb threat to the Wal-Mart store in Merrill. The suspect was apprehended in this case and confessed to the crime. Based upon the information provided by the Merrill Police Department, search warrants were obtained for the suspect¡¯s residence in Mosinee and items of evidence were taken and sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Madison. After the evidence was analyzed at the crime laboratory and the reports forwarded to the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department, there was sufficient evidence to arrest the suspect. It should be noted that the suspect was found guilty of the Merrill robbery and sentenced to 4 years in the Wisconsin State Prison system.
The suspect is expected to be formally charged next week in Shawano County.

Authority: Sheriff Randall Wright

Media Conference
Navarino Drug Eradication

October 14, 2009

Navarino Wildlife Area - Town of Navarino - Shawano County

Yesterday at 6:00 a.m. a major marijuana eradication operation was conducted within the Navarino Wildlife Area, in what has been to date one of the largest organized drug grows in Wisconsin The exercise included 78 law enforcement officials from 9 local, state, and federal agencies including: The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office, Clintonville Police Department, the Waupaca & Oconto County Sheriff¡¯s Offices, the Wisconsin State Patrol & Department of Natural Resources, the State of Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Support services were provided by the Shawano County Emergency Government Director & Clintonville Area Ambulance Service.

As a result of the exercise approximately 8,000 marijuana plants were eradicated from 12 separate grow sites. In addition to the removal and destruction of the plants 4 separate camp & work sites were processed for evidence and subsequently dismantled. An evaluation of the crime scene indicates that the criminal operation had been abandoned for some time, and that a substantial amount of marijuana had been harvested prior to law enforcement being alerted to its presence.

The eradication operation is part of an ongoing investigation that stemmed from a citizens tip that provided the coordinates of the area. These sites should be considered hazardous and individuals finding themselves in such surroundings should leave immediately. If anyone has been in the area of the Navarino Wildlife Area this summer or fall and has seen anything abnormal please contact the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office or you local law enforcement agency.

The size, scope, and elaborate nature of these grow sites and encampments are indicative of organized criminal activity, which has been a growing problem in central Wisconsin over the past few years, but which has been seen for sometime in western states. Local, State, and Federal Officials continue to collaborate on addressing this and other similar issues.

On behalf of the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office and this community I wish to offer my thanks to all the individuals who assisted in coordinating and seeing this operation through to completion. This activity remains under investigation with yesterday¡¯s activity being only one portion of a much larger inquiry.

Authority
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Randall Wright
Sheriff

Media Release

October 15, 2009

Town of Navarino ¨C Shawano County

On Wednesday October 14, 2009 the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office arrested a 19-year-old Whitewater man for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. Sheriff¡¯s Deputies apprehended the man after he was detected conducting himself in a suspicious manner on CTH K near the area of a recent Drug Eradication Operation. During the encounter a police K9 alerted Deputies to the presence of a controlled substance in the suspect¡¯s vehicle. Material believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized as evidence.

Activities in this area continue to be under law enforcement surveillance and the expansive marijuana manufacturing operation that was the target of Tuesday¡¯s eradication remains under investigation.

Authority,
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office

Thomas Tuma
Field Services Captain

THE CHARGES OR ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE DEFENDANT ARE ONLY ALLEGATIONS. THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.

Press Release

On Sept. 13, 2009, at aprox. 3 p.m., The Shawano County Sheriff's Office received a call of a hunting accident, where a man was shot in the head. Sheriff's Deputies and Emergency personnel where dispatch to the area of Hwy 47, and Hwy 156 to locate the victim. Chou Vang, age 70, of Green Bay was found to be conscious and alert. Mr. Vang was treated by Navarino / Lessor EMS, and assisted by Navarino / Lessor Fire Department, with traffic control and landing zone set-up. Eagle III was called for transport, and further assistance was provided by N.E.W. Ambulance Service. Mr. Vang was flown to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay. The incident is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary investigation of the location of the incident occurred in the Navarino Wildlife Area, in the Town of Navarino.

Submitted by: Lt. Staber W. Cook
Shawano County Sheriff's Office

Press Release

On Sunday, August 9, 2009 about 7:49 a.m., Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department received a report of a vehicle vs. building crash at the Cecil Post Office at 109 East Freeborn Street in the Village of Cecil in Shawano County. The westbound vehicle left the roadway approximately one-half block east of the post office before crashing into the east wall of the Post Office and coming to a stop in the lobby area of the Post Office. The driver of the vehicle, 69 year old Dennis Bahr of Cecil, was non-responsive upon the deputy¡¯s arrival at the scene.

Cecil-Washington Fire Department and E.M.S. and Shawano Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.

Shawano County Coroner Marcus ¡°Mike¡± Jesse pronounced the driver dead at the scene and ruled the death to be caused by medical issues prior to the crash. Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.***END***

Submitted by:
Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department

Press Release

Two Vehicle Fatal Accident
On July 30, 2009, at aprox. 6:21 P.M., the Shawano County Sheriff's Office received a call of a head-on collision on US Hwy 45, in the Town Of Aniwa. The accident was between a tractor-trailer rig and a motorhome, that was towing a boat.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorhome was southbound on US Hwy 45, and was passing in a no passing zone, when it met the northbound tractor-trailer rig. The driver of the motorhome was pronounced at the scene, by the Shawano County Coroner. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transport to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, with non-life threatening injuries. US Hwy 45 was closed for several hours, to reconstruct the accident scene and clear debris from the crash area. The accident is being investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol, with assistance from the Shawano County Sheriff's Office. Birnamwood Fire, EMS, and Ambulance Services, also assisted at the scene. K & D Construction assisted with clearing the roadway of debris.

Deceased Motorhome driver: Roger E. Schrank, age 71, of Wittenberg, Wi.

Tractor driver: Vernon T. Olson, age 61, of Merrill, Wi.

Submitted by: Lt. Staber W. Cook, Shawano County Sheriff's Office

On Saturday, 07/18/2009 about 5:07 a.m., Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department received a report of a one-vehicle crash near the intersection of Maple Leaf Road and Valley Lane in the Town of Belle Plaine in Shawano County. Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department, Belle Plaine E.M.S., Shawano Ambulance Service, and Shawano Fire Department responded to the scene.
The vehicle left the roadway and struck large wood piles. Both occupants suffered critical injuries in the crash. The driver, Robert Riesterer, age 21, of Shawano was transported to Shawano Medical Center by Shawano Ambulance and then airlifted to St. Vincent¡¯s Hospital by Eagle 3 medical helicopter. The passenger, Dean Wilber, age 19, of Shawano was airlifted from the scene by Theda Star medical helicopter to Theda Clark Medical Center.
The crash remains under investigation.
Deputy Andrew Thorpe
Shawano County Sheriff's Department

Press Release:

On Wednesday, 07/08/2009 about 6:52 a.m., a deputy from the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department observed a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed on Sunrise Road west of County Highway A in the Town of Herman in Shawano County. The deputy received a moving radar reading of 86 miles per hour from the speeding vehicle. The posted speed limit in that area is 45 miles per hour.


The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren to attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle failed to stop for the deputy. After a pursuit of six-tenths mile, the driver of the vehicle crashed on County Highway A between Sunrise Road and the Mountain Bay Trail. The driver, identified as David H. Stevens, age 22, of Bowler fled on foot from the crash scene.

The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department Canine Unit assisted deputies from the Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department and Stockbridge-Munsee Police Department with searching the area for Stevens. A deputy apprehended Stevens approximately one-half mile from the location of the crash.

Stevens told officers at the scene that he ran towards the officer who located him because he knew he did not have the canine. Stevens was booked into the Shawano County Jail on probable cause for fleeing and obstructing and was cited for multiple traffic violations.

Deputy Andrew Thorpe,
Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Department

PRESS RELEASE:
On Sunday June 22, just after 200am( 204am ) the Shawano County Sheriff's
department received a call of a one vehicle rollover accident. The accident
was on US HWY 45 near Bluebird Rd, about 2 miles north of the village of
Wittenberg, in western Shawano county.
The first deputy on scene located the vehicle, a full size GMC pickup truck.
The truck was northbound on US HWY 45 when it failed to negotiate a curve. The
vehicle left the roadway, and rolled, coming to rest on the driver's side.
The driver and lone occupant(Dale P. Michaelis d.o.b. 01/22/1971, of Tigerton )
was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle.
The driver was pronounced deceased on scene.
The crash is under investigation with the Shawano Sheriff's department.
Assisting on scene were Birnamwood Ambulance, and Birnamwood Fire.

Sgt. Mike Wizner


PRESS RELEASE:


On June 14, 2009 just before 300am( 252am ) the Shawano County Sheriff's
department received a call from a female subject. She stated her husband was
intoxicated and shooting a shotgun off outside the residence at 414 Hunter St.
in the village of Wittenberg.
Before deputies arrived there was a report of additional shots fired inside
the residence.
The first deputy arrived within 5 minutes. Additional deputies arrived and
secured the area. While on scene there were several more shots fired by the
male subject, both inside and outside the residence.
The Shawano County Sheriff's department SRT team(special response team) was
paged out and arrived on scene just before 400am.
At approximately 400am the subject was taken into custody by deputies without
injury or further incident.
After the subject was taken into custody, deputies secured the residence and
collected in excess of 20 fired shotgun shells, both inside and outside the
residence.
This incident is still under investigation at this time.
Wittenberg ambulance service also assisted at the scene.


Sgt Mike Wizner
Shawano Co. S.O.


Press Release

On 05/25/09 at aprox. 22:12, The Shawano County Sheriff¡¯s Office received a call of a trailer home fire, located at N2688 Cty Y, in the Town of Belle Plaine, in Shawano County. The trailer was located in the Cloverleaf Lakes Trailer Park, on South Korth Ln. A neighbor, Robert Schuler, was passing by and heard a ticking sound and observed fl
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