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Wed
01
Aug

Lena man jailed after truck rollover injures 2

A Lena man faces a number of charges in connection with a July 23 crash that seriously injured a passenger in his pickup truck.

Michael C. Wittock, 24, sustained minor injuries when the truck crossed the center line, left River Road and overturned in a field several times, according to an Oconto County Sheriff’s Department accident report.

The passenger, Mark F. Brady, 46, of Green Bay, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, according to the report. Both men were taken from the scene by ambulance. Wittock was thrown from the vehicle.

The accident was reported at 2:25 a.m. July 23 on North River Road about a quarter-mile east of County Road EB in the town of Oconto.

Wed
01
Aug

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of July 27

Terri M. Baugnet, 41, Oconto Falls, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred May 21. Judge Michael T. Judge ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 14.

Tyler B. Tomcheck, 17, Oconto, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on a charge of taking and driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred June 18. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 9.

Proceedings of July 25

Cody J. Meyer, 30, Oconto Falls, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of possession of narcotic drugs (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 8. Arraignment was scheduled for July 30.

Proceedings of July 24

Sun
29
Jul

One dead, one injured in Sunday morning crash

A 54-year-old man died early Sunday morning when a vehicle left the road and struck a tree stump in the town of Underhill.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Joseph Gallagher of Fair Haven, New Jersey.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office said it was notified at 1:34 a.m. of a one-vehicle crash on Klatt Road north of County Road V. The preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle was northbound on Klatt Road from County Road V when it left the road.

The victim was a passenger in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, also a 54-year-old man, was airlifted from the scene by the Eagle III rescue helicopter.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

Fri
27
Jul

Ramp closures planned Tuesday through Friday at U.S. 41-141 split

Southbound-to-northbound ramps at the U.S. 41-141 interchange in the town of Abrams will be closed from Tuesday, July 31, through Friday afternoon, Aug. 3, as a $2.35 million safety improvement project gets underway.

The project involves the interchange and 11.4 miles of U.S. 41/U.S. 141 from the city of Oconto to the Oconto/Brown County line. The project is scheduled to begin Monday and finish by late October. Except for a brief closure of ramps at the interchange, the work will be done under traffic.

Northeast Asphalt of Greenville, Wisconsin is the prime contractor.

Wed
25
Jul

School board cautious about veterans memorial site


A memorial to Oconto Falls area soldiers who were killed in action has stood at the corner of Central Avenue and Franklin Street since shortly after World War II. Some veterans still believe this is still the best site for a proposed veterans memorial, although the project has been stalled for years. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Oconto Falls School Board will let local veterans decide on the location of a proposed memorial before acting on a request to place it on school district property.
The board heard a request in June from Bob Maloney of American Legion Post 302 to consider allowing the long-delayed memorial to be placed on a small parcel of land just down the hill from district offices on North Farm Road in Oconto Falls.
Loretta Shellman of the Legion Auxiliary stepped forward at the board’s July 16 meeting to speak on behalf of the original proposed location of the memorial, near the corner of Central Avenue and Franklin Street, where a memorial to fallen Oconto Falls soldiers has stood since shortly after World War II.
Superintendent Dean Hess told the board that if it decided to move forward with Maloney’s request, it would have to decide a number of questions.

Wed
25
Jul

Sheriff race: Janke cites experience, training

While growing up, Ed Janke’s family was highly devoted to the community. His father was a volunteer firefighter, and his mother volunteered throughout the community along with supporting the fire department.
The youngster knew several traffic officers from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department who he thought of as “larger than life.” After having the opportunity to ride with the now-retired Lt. Mike Zahn in a squad car, Janke aspired to work in “a profession that could achieve so much good.”
After numerous years working in law enforcement, Janke is now running for Oconto County Sheriff and will face Todd Skarban in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. No opposition will face the winner of the primary in the Nov. 6 general election.

Wed
25
Jul

Sheriff race: Personal experiences shaped Skarban

After a friend of Todd Skarban was hit and killed by a driver when he was a child, a deputy sheriff shielded Skarban from the accident and stopped in to talk with Skarban a number of times during that summer and later on in life to see how he was doing. This deputy eventually inspired Skarban to become a deputy sheriff himself.
Early on in Skarban’s law enforcement career, he made it a goal to become the Oconto County sheriff. Skarban, one of the county’s K-9 officer handlers and president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association, is now attempting to fulfill that goal and will face off against Ed Janke in the Aug. 14 Republican primary. The winner of the primary will face no opposition on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
As county sheriff, Skarban said he would aim to help end drug problems by altering the county’s approach.

Wed
25
Jul

Gillett School Board moves referendum forward

The Gillett School Board plans to put a referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday asking voters for permission to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by $600,000 a year for three years starting with the 2019-20 school year to fund educational programming for students.
The approval would be non-recurring, meaning that the board would have to come back to voters if it wants to maintain that additional $600,000 for the 2022-23 school year and beyond.
The resolution passed on a 7-0 roll call vote. The precise language of the referendum question will be decided at the board’s Aug. 16 meeting.
Quarles and Brady, the board’s consulting firm, shared the ballot questions from six successful referendums around the state for board members to review the wording of the enabling resolution and the question.

Wed
25
Jul

Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of July 19
Brian J. Malcore, 33, Oconto Falls, was placed on 18 months probation for felony possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that occurred Dec. 16. A 120-day jail sentence was imposed but stayed. As conditions of his probation, Malcore must maintain absolute sobriety and undergo any assessments deemed appropriate by the Department of Corrections, and follow through with any and all recommendations.
After a preliminary hearing, Darin F. Dietz, 52, Neenah, was bound over on a charge of stalking and three related misdemeanors in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred May 20. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 9.
Proceedings of July 18

Wed
25
Jul

More school safety grants greenlighted by the state

Funding has been approved for four more Oconto County school districts through the School Safety Grant initiative, and at least one superintendent said he expects to get word about his district’s application very soon.
In the latest round of grants announced Thursday, the Oconto Falls School District was awarded $122,496 and the Suring School District was awarded $38,502 from the state Department of Justice.
Wabeno stands to receive a $39,477 grant and Coleman $59,945 in the latest round. Lena was awarded a $61,720 grant in June.
The grants are part of a $100 million program announced earlier this year to improve safety in school buildings from kindergarten through 12th grade. Proposed expenditures should enhance or improve upon existing school or district efforts to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and/or recover from violence.

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