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5 compete to design law enforcement center

Oconto County will consider five proposals for the design of a law enforcement center in Oconto.

The county’s Law Enforcement and Public Property committees will review the proposals on May 7 and conduct interviews with the top firms on May 16. County supervisors are scheduled to choose a design firm on June 19.

According to Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann, the center will take about a year to design.

Those submitting proposals are Mead & Hunt, of Green Bay, Venture Architects, of Milwaukee, Strollo, of Orlando, Fla., Somerville, of Green Bay, and Potter Lawson, of Madison. The county budgeted $1.3 million for the work, and the proposals ranged from $1.2 million to $1.6 million, according to Hamann.

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Apr

CMH Pharmacy-Gillett expands hours

The CMH Pharmacy–Gillett will expand its weekday hours starting Thursday and introduce new Saturday hours.

The pharmacy, located at Pat’s Market, 117 N. McKenzie St., will be open one hour later, until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The pharmacy opens at 9 a.m. New Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The CMH Pharmacy–Gillett is staffed by pharmacist Angie Lane.

“Since opening the full-service pharmacy in Gillett back in March of 2013, we have seen a steady increase of new patients,” said Jason Knox, pharmacy manager. “We have also listened to these patients, and they have told us that being open later during the week and on Saturdays would be very convenient.”

“Our patients appreciate that they do not need to travel outside of their communities to access the prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that they need,” Lane said.

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Apr

Circuit Court

Proceedings from April 24

A status conference, continued initial appearance and waiver of a preliminary hearing were held for Devin B. Pearson, 19, of Green Bay, on charges of second degree sexual assault of a child, allegedly occurring Aug. 24 in Stiles and felony bail jumping. A $20,000 bond continues. A status conference/arraignment is May 5.

Proceedings from April 23

A competency and arraignment hearing was held for Tim W. Lintner, 61, of Green Bay. He pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect on charges of burglary of a building or dwelling and aggravated battery of an elderly person, allegedly occurring Feb. 14 in the town of Gillett. The court found him competent to proceed, ordering the Wisconsin Forensic Unit to conduct an evaluation. A $20,000 cash bond continues. A status conference is July 1.

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Apr

Oconto Falls Police Department

On April 11, police investigated a complaint from an Oconto Falls woman, 22, regarding threatening Facebook messages sent from a Green Bay woman, 23.

On April 12, a disturbance at a Ridge Road residence led to two underage drinking citations for two men, ages 19 and 20, of Oconto Falls, and disorderly conduct citations for two women, a 37-year-old from Oconto Falls and a 46-year-old from Little Suamico.

On April 16, an Oconto Falls woman, 30, was taken to jail on an outstanding warrant after a disturbance on North Franklin Street.

On April 15 and 24, Radio Shack, 323 E. Highland Drive, reported shoplifting thefts.

On April 19, damage was reported to a door of the concession stand at Memorial Field. Nothing was reported missing from inside the building.

On April 21, an Oconto Falls woman, 25, was cited for disorderly conduct after a disturbance on North Farm Road.

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30
Apr

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 3:08 p.m. April 22 in Suring, a Suring woman made a sharp left turn from an alley into the driveway entering the N.E.W. Credit Union’s parking lot at 717 Main St. and struck a power pole. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

At 8:55 p.m. April 23 in Little River, a vehicle driven by a Green Bay man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 41 just north of County Road A and sideswiped the vehicle of an Oconto driver while trying to pass. The Green Bay man’s vehicle veered into the median. Both vehicles sustained severe damage. The Green Bay driver was cited for exceeding the speed limit, speed too fast for conditions, and failure to have control.

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30
Apr

C-Us for Wireless opens in Townsend


Contributed Photo

Celebrating the opening of the Townsend C-Us-4Wireless location are, from left, owner Rick Bartels, store manager Laura Anderson and retail manager Jim Wagner.

C-Us-4Wireless opened a third Cellcom location in March. The new retail store is located at 17939 State Highway 32, Townsend, just south of First Merit Bank.

Business owners Rick and Cheryl Bartels, of Lakewood, said they are happy to serve the community.

C-Us-4Wireless has applied its award-winning service expertise at the Townsend location and offers all Cellcom wireless devices and calling plans, including 4G devices, prepaid plans and broadband Internet services. A wide array of wireless accessories are available for purchase. Customers can also process insurance claims and make Cellcom payments at the store.

C-Us-4Wireless opened its first Cellcom agent location in October 2005 in Suring, followed by the November 2009 opening of its second store in downtown Shawano. Laura Anderson transferred from the Suring store to manage the Townsend store. Jim Wegner will continue as retail manager overseeing all three locations.

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Apr

CMH hosts prescription drug abuse panel

With the signing of seven heroin and opiate prevention bills into law recently in Wisconsin, health care professionals hope to bring awareness of local addiction problems to their communities.

On April 22, a panel of health care providers and hospital personnel met with state Rep. John Nygren at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls to discuss options for pain management other than the use of narcotics.

“When we saw the bills that were signed, it really resonated with us,” said Dr. Nileshkumar Patel of the Advanced Pain Management clinic in Green Bay. “We see (addiction) every day in our clinic.”

Patel’s colleague, Dr. David Lindley of Advanced Pain Management, treats patients at CMH two days a week.

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Apr

Student smoker blamed for Oconto High fire

A cigarette is believed to have caused the April 16 fire at Oconto High School, and the 16-year-old student authorities believe left class early to smoke it has been referred to juvenile authorities, according to a news release from Oconto Police Chief Dan Ault.

According to the release, investigators believe the fire was started accidentally when the cigarette was near a toilet paper dispenser in the bathroom stall.

The 16-year-old was identified as a person of interest after police reviewed the school’s security video and interviewed staff and students. In an interview with the boy, police learned he left class early and went to the bathroom where he then smoked a home-rolled cigarette, approximately 10 to 15 minutes before the fire was discovered, the news release states.

The police do not believe anyone else used the bathroom after him.

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23
Apr

Oconto High School to reopen May 12


Photo by Paul Davis National

A fire, which originated in this men’s bathroom at Oconto High School, caused fire and water damage in the restroom and nearby classrooms. It also caused extensive smoke damage throughout the school, when the ventilation system spread the smoke.

Oconto High School students will attend classes at Oconto Middle School temporarily, after a fire that started in the men’s bathroom April 16 caused extensive smoke damage at the high school.

The cause of the fire, which resulted in $5 million of damage, is under investigation by the Oconto fire and police departments.

Oconto Fire Chief Jack Mlnarik said security tapes were reviewed, and students and staff members were interviewed.

“Everybody is jumping to the conclusion that it’s a student (who set the fire), and that may be, but I’m neither confirming nor denying that,” Mlnarik said. “I’m just making sure we have every aspect covered.”

The high school, 1717 Superior Ave., is scheduled to reopen May 12. About 300 students are enrolled at the high school, with about 250 students at the middle school.

Meanwhile, the cleaning crews from Ohio-based Paul Davis National, which also has a Milwaukee office, work around the clock.

Wed
23
Apr

Oconto man charged with Log Jam fire

An Oconto man has been charged with starting the Christmas Eve fire at Log Jam Saloon in Oconto.

Donald L. Tappa, 39, was charged Thursday in Oconto Circuit Court with one count of arson for setting fire at the bar at 900 Main St., which resulted in $100,000 in damage.

Tappa also faces several other counts, including two counts of burglary and one count of theft, relating to the theft of money from a safe, jukebox and ATM at the bar. According to a criminal complaint, all three showed signs of forced entry.

Oconto Fire and Rescue Department units were called to the fire about midnight Dec. 24.

Agents with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations determined the source of the fire to be piles of paper and rubber-backed rugs placed at the base of a stairwell that leads to vacant apartments on the upper floor.

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