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Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

June 22

Deputies logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities investigated a report that a boy, who was mowing a lawn on County Road Z in Pound, was approached by two men in a silver four-door car who tried to get him to get into their vehicle June 21.

Theft — Two chainsaws were reported stolen from a garage along County Road G, Suring.

June 21

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a report that people were digging through the rubble at the Legends Bar & Grill fire site.

June 20

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated the theft of mail from a mailbox on Bullfrog Bend, Townsend, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 19. The caller’s bank let her know that someone tried to cash a check that had been in the mailbox.

Wed
28
Jun

Oconto County Circuit Court

June 19

Jennifer M. Ott, 39, Oconto Falls, waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial on two felony counts of identity theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft, in connection with four incidents that allegedly took place in September and October 2016. Arraignment was scheduled for July 13.

June 14

Wed
28
Jun

New Law Enforcement Center is dedicated


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Dispatcher Malorie Schmidt helps a caller to the Oconto County 911 Dispatch Center, which moved into its new home at the Law Enforcement Center at the beginning of June.

An intermittent rain drove all of the festivities indoors, except the flag-raising, but a spirit of celebration was in the air anyway during the dedication of the new Oconto County Law Enforcement Center.

The center at 220 Arbutus Ave., behind the county courthouse, is the new home to the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department, dispatch center and county jail.

Sheriff Mike Jansen called it one of the best days in his 39 years with the department, the last 15 as sheriff.

“This took a lot of talking, a lot of planning, a lot of meetings, and some more meetings, a few headaches, and a number of sleepless nights,” Jansen told about 200 people gathered in the sally port of the new jail. “But as you can see, it has all come together to what you have behind me, a project we all can – and I hope all citizens of Oconto County can – be proud of for a long time, a whole long time. This is a very good day.”

Wed
28
Jun

Cliff and Mary Gerbers are marshals of Gillett parade


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Mary and Cliff Gerbers like the atmosphere and camaraderie of small-town life. They’ve been selected as grand marshals of the Gillett Fourth of July parade.

People know each other and watch out for each other in a small town, because that’s what neighbors do, Cliff and Mary Gerbers said last week in a conversation at their kitchen table.

It’s a way of life that drew the couple to settle in Gillett 40 years ago, and a philosophy they’ve practiced so well that they were selected as grand marshals of the Gillett Fourth of July parade through downtown.

“Cliff has been a staple in the city of Gillett and the school board for decades,” said Noel Nienstedt, chairman of the Gillett Civic Club’s Fourth of July Committee, “and Mary has been a big part of the community, too.”

The couple were charter members of the Gillett Jaycees Club, moving over to the Civic Club when they turned 35. They’ve both been active members of St. John’s Catholic Church, where Cliff still teaches catechism.

Wed
28
Jun

Linssen accepts position with Pulaski schools

Steve Linssen, current Gillett Secondary School principal, is a new associate principal at Pulaski High School. He replaces Nicole Borley, who has assumed the Pulaski Community School District’s director of student services position.

Linssen, an Oconto Falls native and seven-year Pulaski resident, has served as middle and high school principal at Gillett since 2013. He was a social studies teacher from 2002 to 2011 and associate principal from 2011 to 2013 in the Shawano School District. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2002 and his master’s degree from Marian University in 2008.

“I am very excited to become a greater part of the Pulaski community,” Linssen said.

When he and his wife, Gina, to whom he has been married for 13 years, bought a home in Pulaski they did so because of the school district, Linssen said. Now, he’s happy to work for the same district that his 4-year-old foster son will attend.

Wed
28
Jun

NEWCAP eyes former hospital property


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

The long-empty Oconto Memorial Hospital building at 405 First Ave. might soon have a new life as NEWCAP headquarters.

NEWCAP is in the process of acquiring the former Oconto Memorial Hospital property, which has been vacant for more than a decade.

The social service agency is interested in developing the old building to replace its current corporate headquarters at 1201 Main St., Oconto.

The building at 405 First Ave. has been on Oconto County’s tax delinquency list since 2008, when the developer stopped paying property taxes. The county has had the power to take a tax deed against the property since about 2012, but has refrained from doing so because the parcel is contaminated by a hazardous substance, Corporation Counsel Cheryl Mick told the Oconto County Board on Thursday.

Whoever owns the property at 405 First Ave. is liable for the environmental cleanup, Mick said.

Tue
20
Jun

Open house Saturday at new Law Enforcement Center


Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm

Saturday will be the general public’s only chance to see the inside of the new Oconto County Jail without getting arrested. The new Law Enforcement Center is behind the courthouse facing Arbutus Avenue in Oconto. The open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Oconto County Board of Supervisors plans to dedicate the new $31.8 million Law Enforcement Center after its regular June meeting Thursday, and the public is invited to tour the jail and sheriff’s department facilities in Oconto on Saturday.

A report to the board from County Administrator Kevin Hamann indicates the facility is on track to begin accepting inmates in mid-July. Sheriff’s deputies and the 911 dispatch center moved in June 1, and with a few odds and ends left to be finished, Hamann estimated “complete” project completion should occur around Nov. 10.

A state Department of Corrections inspection is scheduled for July 10, and jail staff and equipment will begin moving in later that week. Inmates from the old jail should be in their new quarters by July 18, and county inmates currently being housed in other facilities will be transferred in August.

Tue
20
Jun

Run for the Trails turns 3


Photo by Eden Witt

Participants take off in last year’s Run for the Trails. The event will again start and finish at ST Paper Stadium in Oconto Falls.

The third annual Run for the Trails is scheduled Saturday, with a quarter-mile kids fun run as well as 5K, 10K and — new this year — half-marathon courses.

The proceeds benefit trails systems in the Oconto Falls area.

“We hope to raise funds to maintain trail systems and recreational trails in the area for people to enjoy,” race director Ann Senn said.

Senn has been a race director since 2013. She said she enjoys being active and getting other people involved in exercise.

Last year the event drew about 80 participants, including Jeri Howey, of Oconto Falls.

“I think it’s a good way to support our community, and it’s going toward a good cause,” Howey said. “It’s nice to have trails in the area for safety for avid runners and for high school and middle school students to practice on in cross-country and track.”

Paula Meyer, of Appleton, also enjoys the event, though she might not compete this year because of an injury.

Tue
20
Jun

First link of walking trail funded

The Oconto Falls School District and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital are collaborating to build the first 1,145 feet of what could eventually be a walking trail looping around the school campus and hospital.

The school board on June 12 approved using $17,260 from the district’s Fund 80 budget for 2016-17 for an asphalt trail that would begin at the corner of Columbia Street and Farm Road and loop around the St. Clare Fields diamonds, ending at the north driveway to the high school on County Road I.

Duame Sand & Gravel provided an estimate that an 11-foot-wide, 9-inch-deep gravel walkway could be built for about $32,260, Activities Director Jerry Moynihan told the board.

“For an additional $18,000 roughly, we can get that to be 8-foot asphalt the whole way,” Moynihan said.

Tue
20
Jun

Sunset concerts return for a 2nd summer

The Sunset Music by the River series resumes Friday for a second summer of monthly concerts at the East Side Beach on North Main Street in Oconto Falls.

The events, sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, are free to the public from 6-9 p.m. the fourth Friday in June, July and August. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, purchase food and beverages from local vendors on the grounds, and enjoy live music from popular area bands as the sun goes down.

The first installment of the series kicks off with a performance from The Cougars, an energetic rock band with powerful harmonies primarily composed of three female lead vocalists.

Here is what Anna Snyder, one of their singers, says about it.

Q: What was your experience playing The Sunset Music By the River last year?

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