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20
Nov

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 2:30 a.m. Nov. 9, a car driven by an Oconto Falls man lost control traveling on Sunshine Road north of County Road A in the town of Lena. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Severe damage was reported to the vehicle. The driver was not injured.

At 6 a.m. Nov. 16, a pickup truck driven by a man from Green Bay left Diamond Roof Road in Townsend, entered a ditch and struck several trees. He was not injured. His vehicle sustained moderate damage.

Wed
20
Nov

CMS wins partnership award


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Custom Metal Specialists President Keith Skovera, right, and CMS Vice President Jim Ash, left, accept the Educational Partnership Award presented to CMS in recognition of its partnership with students at Oconto Falls High School and other area schools. Tom Karban, OFHS welding and small engines instructor, nominated CMS for the award.

Custom Metal Specialists Inc. of Oconto Falls was recently recognized by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance at the Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership Award ceremony at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The firm was singled out for this year’s Educational Partnership award.

Oconto Falls High School tech ed teacher Tom Karban nominated the company. He noted that the partnership has strengthened the career and technical education program through the donation of welding supplies and equipment to OFHS and other schools in the area.

“CMS always has open doors to plant tours and having its employees mentor students,” Karban noted in the nomination.

In addition to supplying metal for student welding experience, the firm has worked with the school to rework other large, donated materials into more appropriate sizes for student work. A number of alumni from Karban’s classes have found employment with CMS and other fabrication centers in northeast Wisconsin.

Wed
13
Nov

Parisey leaves ambulance service post


Robert Parisey

Robert Parisey, squad director of the Oconto Falls Ambulance Service, has resigned after 27 years of service.

The board announced Parisey’s departure Nov. 8, saying the resignation was effective Oct. 31.

“As a board we felt it was time to move forward in a different direction, ” said Ron Korzeniewski, board of directors chairman.

Parisey could not be reached for comment.

Assistant Squad Director Amy Brauer has stepped in as interim squad director.

“All of this was a little unexpected,” board member Marty Coopman said. “We’re going to put together a plan to move forward, but it will take time to work through the process.”

Brauer met briefly with the board to discuss the change in leadership.

“Once Amy determines the necessity to meet again, either this month or next, we’ll discuss plans more fully,” Coopman said. “We have no tentative time line set.”

Wed
13
Nov

Gillett changes course on garbage pickup

The city of Gillett reversed its plan to outsource residential garbage collection in 2014 after hitting a snag regarding its recycling contract with Oconto County.

The contract requires that garbage be taken to the MAROCO Landfill if a municipality partners with a private firm for garbage collection. Gillett officials were not aware of the MAROCO requirement until the county alerted the city in mid-October. The MAROCO Landfill is jointly owned by Marinette and Oconto counties.

Hauling the garbage to MAROCO would substantially increase the cost of contracting with a private firm, said Public Works Director Tim Christensen, who estimated it would add $12,500 to the bill each year.

Wed
13
Nov

Gillett picks engineer for campground project

The city of Gillett will begin the environmental cleanup of contaminated soil at Nicolet Trail Campground, prompted by a surprise discovery of pollution-causing underground storage tanks this summer.

Mayor Irene Drake told the City Council on Thursday the city will receive state funds for the project but will be responsible for a deductible, which she estimated at $7,500 to $10,000, and possibly other costs.

“Until they determine the extent of the damage, we don’t know what they’ll make us do,” she said.

The 20-site Nicolet Trail Campground was developed earlier this year to cater to ATV users. It opened in August to sparse use.

Representatives from three engineering firms were interviewed by city officials to oversee the work required by the Department of Natural Resources. METCO, of La Crosse, was selected for the job. Work is scheduled to begin within a few weeks.

Wed
13
Nov

Oconto Falls Police Department

On Oct. 16, it was reported that approximately 10 gallons of gasoline were siphoned from a vehicle parked on King Street.

On Oct. 16, two men, ages 19 and 20, were issued disorderly conduct citations following a disturbance at BP, 418 N. Main St.

On Oct. 18, a 12-year-old girl experiencing behavioral issues at her Oconto Falls home was referred to Oconto County Health and Human Services.

On Oct. 18 and Oct. 29, an Oconto Falls woman reported she was receiving harassing phone calls.

On Oct. 22, ST Paper, 106 E. Central Ave., reported the theft of copper wire valued at $1,500 from a locked storage facility.

On Oct. 23, Peterson Ford, 300 N. Main St., reported gas was siphoned from several vehicles.

On Oct. 23, a 44-year-old man from Oconto Falls was cited for disorderly conduct following an incident at Main St. Pub, 172 N. Main St. He was also cited for driving without a valid license.

Wed
13
Nov

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Nov. 6

Corey W. Stewart, 19, Oconto, made an initial appearance on charges of disorderly conduct and physical abuse of a child intentionally causing bodily harm, which allegedly took place Nov. 4 in Oconto, and disorderly conduct and repeated sexual assault of a child, which allegedly took place between April 4, 2012, and April 4, 2013, in Oconto. His appearance is continued to Nov. 12, and a $1,500 cash bond was set.

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Proceedings from Nov. 5

Joshua P. Smet, 24, Gillett, stood mute at his arraignment for, as a repeater, being party to burglary, party to theft and party to obstructing an officer, all of which allegedly took place Sept. 20 in Gillett. The court entered a not guilty plea to each charge on his behalf and set a pretrial conference for Dec. 6 and a jury trial for Jan. 29. His $1,500 cash bond continues.

Wed
06
Nov

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Nov. 1

Stanley B. LeClair, 64, Athelstane, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect to a stalking charge, which allegedly occurred between May 23 and June 2 in the town of Townsend. A status conference is set for Dec. 23, and a $10,000 cash bond continues.

Breanna J. Heller, 22, Green Bay, entered not guilty pleas to causing substantial battery and disorderly conduct. She was arrested July 6 in the town of Lena. Her pretrial conference is Dec. 16, and a $2,000 cash bond continues.

A pretrial conference is Dec. 5 for Thomas J. LaViolette, 42, Oconto. He is accused of strangulation and suffocation, battery and disorderly conduct and was arrested Aug. 10 in Oconto. A $500 cash bond continues.

Wed
06
Nov

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 2:30 a.m. Nov. 3, a car driven by a woman from Altoona left County Road J in the town of Oconto and entered a ditch. She left the scene and when contacted later told authorities she swerved to avoid striking a deer. She was not injured. Her vehicle sustained moderate damage.

At 10:55 p.m. Nov. 3, a woman from Oconto Falls was traveling north on U.S. 141 south of Chicken Shack Road, town of Stiles, and struck a deer on the roadway. She sought her own treatment for injuries she sustained when the airbag in her vehicle deployed. Moderate damage was reported to her automobile.

At 7:08 p.m. Oct. 30, a car driven by a man from Little Suamico was northbound on West Frontier Road in Little Suamico and was turning west onto Havenwood Hills Drive. He entered the northbound ditch and struck a dead end road sign, causing moderate damage to his vehicle. He was not injured.

Wed
06
Nov

Tax levy up 1 percent for county

Oconto County will rely heavily on its reserve funds to retain its debt-free status for a fourth consecutive year. The Oconto County Board on Thursday unanimously approved the 2014 county budget.

“The Finance Committee did a great job in better years putting money away for a rainy day. But we are now at that rainy day,” said Kevin Hamann, administrative coordinator. “We can use the general fund balance for maybe another year or two, and then it’s going to dry up.”

The county tax rate, or mill rate, will increase 1.5 percent, to $5.227, from $5.149, per $1,000 assessed property value.

The tax levy will increase from $17,987,812 to $18,168,492, up 1 percent from last year. The county’s equalized value dropped about $18 million from a year ago.

The county will draw $7 million from its reserve funds, with $4.7 million for one-time spending and $2.3 million for ongoing operations.

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