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Mlados charged in Abrams murder

A second man from Oconto Falls has been charged with homicide in a 15-year-old murder case. Prosecutors allege Charles J. Mlados, 54, was present at the shooting of a Green Bay man and helped to hide the body.

Mlados is charged with one count of intentional homicide — party to the crime in the death of Chad J. McLean, a 19-year-old who went missing Feb. 22, 1998. His body was found March 22, 1998, in the Pensaukee River near a bridge by Sandalwood Golf Course in Abrams. According to autopsy reports, McLean died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Also accused of the homicide is Peter J. Hanson, 52, of Oconto Falls, who in April pleaded not guilty. He goes to trial in December.

According to an amended criminal complaint, McLean was last seen at a home in Abrams, where he was drinking beer with friends when Mlados and Hanson arrived. McLean, who wanted a ride to Green Bay, reportedly left with Hanson and Mlados.

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Think meat safety as you fire up grill

A few columns ago, I told about drinking unpasteurized milk or other types of unpasteurized dairy products. This time, I’ve got new data on meat product safety that gives me the chance to tell about meat industry safety as we go full bore into grilling season.

Remember that proper food handling and safe cooking practices in the home are the absolute most important part of food safety. Properly stored and thoroughly cooked meat products will be safe to eat, even in the odd chance that they had a positive microbial incidence.

The first study I want to summarize is the just-released 2012 salmonella testing data from the nearly 31,000 random samples collected across the U.S. from the meat and poultry packing industry by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Overall, the incidence of salmonella was down from 2011, indicating that new techniques are working to help minimize bacterial contamination of the food supply.

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11
Jul

Fire destroys building on Main Street in Oconto

A fire of suspicious nature destroyed a vacant building on Oconto’s Main Street early Sunday morning but did not spread to a home and business next door.

Fire Chief Jack Mlarnik said the fire at the former Danz Video building is being investigated by the fire and police departments as an arson case, because no ignition source existed in the building. Because the utilities were no longer hooked up, there was no heat source to start a fire, he said.

Oconto Fire and Rescue units were called to 808 Main St. at approximately 12:30 a.m. and immediately noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from all sides of the building. The two-story, wood-frame building had been vacant for at least two years. According to online tax records, the building is owned by VDZZ Plus Inc.

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Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceeding from July 2

David G. Shepard Jr., 26, Lakewood, entered no contest pleas to repeated disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. He was arrested Dec. 20, 2012, in the town of Lakewood. He had been charged with battery causing injury but after plea negotiations, that charge was amended to repeated disorderly conduct. His sentencing will take place Aug. 9, and his $2,500 signature bond continues with the condition he have no alcohol and must not be in any bars or places alcohol is sold or served.

Proceedings from July 1

Brandon M. Lewis, 23, Oconto, was sentenced to six months in jail for theft which occurred Feb. 14, 2013, in Oconto. He was also ordered to pay $1,033 restitution and $253 court costs. A charge of operating another’s vehicle without the owner’s consent was read in and then dismissed.

Proceedings from June 28

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