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Wed
08
Jan

Gillett police officer resigns

Officer Ben Hicks has resigned from the Gillett Police Department to accept a position with the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department. The Gillett City Council on Thursday accepted his resignation, which took effect Dec. 31.

The city plans to promote one of its three part-time officers to fill the position. Interviews are scheduled Jan. 16, with an applicant expected to be approved at the Feb. 6 council meeting.

In his Dec. 20 letter of resignation, Hicks said it was bittersweet to resign. The Gillett native thanked the City Council members for their trust and for “their continued efforts in making this department as strong as it can be.”

Police Chief Jess Keplinger said Hicks was instrumental in updating the technology and equipment of the department. He also served as a field training officer, teaching new employees patrol techniques and department policies and procedures.

Wed
08
Jan

Claimants include hunting-law criminals

At least four individuals who have filed verified claims to receive compensation from the state of Wisconsin for hunting dogs killed by wolves had prior criminal convictions for hunting-related offenses. These payments, as well as those to individuals with less serious hunting-related forfeitures, are legal.

The four convicted criminals are:

Josh K. Schlosser, 31, of Oconto: 2009 misdemeanor conviction for killing a bear without a license; was fined $2,108 and had his DNR hunting privileges revoked for three years. Filed a claim seeking $4,500 for the death of a hound in 2011; received the maximum $2,500.

The state Department of Natural Resources is now investigating whether Schlosser was hunting without a license in 2011. Schlosser, in an interview, said his wife was doing the hunting when the hound was killed, adding of the DNR, “There’s not a damn thing they can do.”

Wed
08
Jan

State pays lawbreakers after hound deaths


Photo by Jane Belsky

Wolves are highly territorial and may kill dogs and other animals. The state has a program to compensate the owners of these animals.

Wisconsin, the only state with a program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals, has paid tens of thousands of dollars during the past decade to individuals who have violated state hunting or firearms laws.

Seven individuals received a total of $19,000 in payments after they were convicted of crimes or paid forfeitures for hunting or firearms-related offenses, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. An additional $20,000 went to four claimants who were subsequently fined for such offenses, including bear hunting without a license.

Wed
08
Jan

Ownership change under way for Suring apartments

A Madison-based corporation has agreed to buy a Suring apartment building that village officials threatened to condemn because of substandard living conditions.

Village leaders are confident the change will result in better living conditions for the tenants of Pioneer Villa Apartments, 415 N. Mill St., who have reported problems that include a leaky roof, building deterioration and an insect infestation.

“It should be good for everybody because they have the ability to improve the living standards,” said Carol Heise, village clerk.

Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corporation of Madison will purchase the 20-unit Pioneer Villa Apartments and eight-unit Manor Drive Apartments, 416 Manor Drive, from the Suring Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which will be dissolved.

Wed
08
Jan

Farm storage loans available from FSA

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Loan opportunities include new conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures, flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage, perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility. Loans are also available for remodeling existing storage facilities to increase storage capacity.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase and construction. They must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The maximum principal loan amount is $500,000.

Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent.

Wed
08
Jan

Slight turnover projected for County Board

Three Oconto County Board supervisors will not seek another term in office, including one whose wife is running for the seat he will soon vacate.

Judith Buhrandt, of Mountain, has filed as a candidate for supervisor of District 29, a position held by her husband, Don, who is completing his second two-year term.

Judith Buhrandt was Mountain’s town treasurer for 20 years, leaving the position about 10 years ago. She said she has accompanied her husband to the County Board and committee meetings and is knowledgeable of the issues. Several individuals encouraged her to run for office when they learned Don would not seek another term, she said.

The District 29 supervisor represents Mountain and part of Riverview.

Wed
08
Jan

Revamped Fairest of the Fair contest seeks applicants

The 2014 Oconto County Senior and Junior Fairest of the Fair will be chosen in a combined competition at a new venue.

The contest will be held March 1 at Oconto Falls High School. A reception will follow individual and group interviews, and final judging will conclude the program. The reception and final program will be open to the public.

This is the first year the two contests will be combined. The Junior Fairest of the Fair was previously chosen in August at the county fair. The Fairest of the Fair was chosen in the spring at a banquet. By merging the two contests, the Fairest of the Fair committee is hopeful the program will grow. Organizers also said combining the contests will allow the two winners to work as a team throughout the year.

Wed
08
Jan

Oconto Falls Police Department

The daughter of an elderly Oconto Falls woman submitted a fraud complaint Dec. 17, reporting unexplained monthly charges of $70 appeared on her mother’s credit card statement.

Seven people were cited for theft Dec. 19 for failure to return materials to the Oconto Falls Library, 251 N. Main St.

Police counseled two sixth-grade students at Washington Middle School after they reportedly caused a disturbance Dec. 10 at the school, 102 S. Washington St.

A check for underage drinkers took place Dec. 26 at three bars: Happy Jacks, Main Street Pub and Gilligan’s North. No underage drinkers were found.

On Dec. 17, Justin Nernberger, 18, Oconto Falls, reported his vehicle was damaged by an unknown party while it was parked at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

Wed
08
Jan

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 6:42 a.m. Jan. 30, a car driven by a woman from Oconto was eastbound on County Road A in the town of Little River when it struck a snowbank, which had drifted onto the roadway, and entered a ditch. The driver was not injured. Moderate damage was reported to her vehicle.

At 2 a.m. Jan. 30, a car driven by a Silver Cliff man was traveling east on Sawyer Lake Lane in the town of Townsend when he lost control after avoiding a deer on the snow-covered roadway. His auto left the road, traveled down a steep ditch and struck a tree. He was not injured in the accident, which caused moderate damage to his vehicle.

At 4:13 p.m. Jan. 1, a Gillett man was traveling west on Gray Lake Road, west of County Road K in the town of Oconto Falls, when his vehicle slid on ice and entered a ditch, then struck a large tree. No injuries were reported. His vehicle sustained moderate damage.

Wed
01
Jan

Top 10 stories of 2013


Times Herald File Photos

Fans celebrate a state berth for the Oconto Falls High School volleyball team.

Excitement filled the Oconto Falls community when the high school volleyball team competed at the state tournament this fall, making it the No. 1 story of 2013, as decided by the staff of the Oconto County Times Herald. A complete list follows.

1. Volleyball team competes at state

The Oconto Falls High School volleyball team lost to undefeated East Troy 3-0 in the WIAA Division 2 state semifinal Nov. 8 at the Resch Center in Green Bay. As much as the loss hurt, coach Dawn Larsen said her team accomplished its one goal this season — making it to state. “One Team, One Dream” was the team motto. East Troy (44-0) beat Oconto Falls (42-4) 25-21, 25-14, 25-15. The following day, East Troy swept Madison Edgewood in the WIAA Division 2 championship.

2. County Board agrees to build jail

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