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Wed
25
Sep

Oconto County Sheriff's Department

At 5:28 a.m. Sept. 14, a car driven by a Suring man was traveling north on White Lake Road, town of Bagley. The vehicle veered onto the gravel shoulder, and the driver overcorrected and lost control. The car entered a ditch and struck a tree. The man was transported to a medical facility for injuries. His vehicle was extensively damaged.

At 6:40 p.m. Sept. 9, a Little Suamico man suffered injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle on West Frontier Road in the town of Abrams. He was traveling faster than the posted speed limit and was ejected from the cycle.

At 3:40 a.m. Sept. 12, a pickup truck driven by Little Suamico man went out of control on County Road J south of Geano Beach Road, town of Little Suamico, entered a ditch and crashed into several trees. The man was transported to a medical facility.

Wed
18
Sep

Mlados faces February homicide trial


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Charles Mlados enters the courtroom Sept. 10 for his arraignment on charges of perjury and homicide relating to the death of Chad McLean in February 1998. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

An Oconto Falls man will stand trial in February for his alleged role in the shooting death of a Green Bay teen.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 14 for Charles Mlados, 54, charged with first degree intentional homicide — party to the crime in the death of Chad McLean, 19, of Green Bay.

According to a criminal complaint, Mlados acted as an accomplice to Peter Hanson, who allegedly pulled the trigger in February 1998. Mlados reportedly helped hide the body and the gun.

The three men were in a shed at Hanson’s Abrams residence after a night of drinking when McLean was shot in the head, according to the complaint.

Mlados also faces two counts of perjury for allegedly lying about the case to a judge at a John Doe hearing in November 2012.

Door County Judge Peter Diltz, appearing via video conference, entered not guilty pleas for Mlados on all counts.

Wed
18
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Sept. 12

Laura L. Dey, 33, Oconto Falls, pleaded not guilty to charges of being party to burglary of a building and party to theft between July 15 and 24 in Oconto Falls, to being party to theft between May 1 and Aug. 4 in Oconto Falls, and to bail jumping. A $5,000 signature bond continues. She also faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 7 for being party to theft of movable property on July 10 in Oconto Falls.

Nicholas M. Lane, 28, Oconto, will have a preliminary hearing Sept. 19 for charges of battery and false imprisonment and strangulation and suffocation, which allegedly took place Aug. 16 or 17 in the town of Oconto, and of fleeing or eluding a traffic officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct on Aug. 18 in Oconto. His $5,000 cash bond continues.

Wed
18
Sep

Oconto County Sheriff's Department

At noon Sept. 2, a chain-reaction accident took place on state Highway 32 north of Section Four Lane, town of Mountain, as a man from Milwaukee stopped for a vehicle ahead of him. To avoid the accident, a Menominee, Mich., man entered a ditch, but a pickup truck driven by an Oshkosh man and a pickup truck operated by a Suamico man were damaged when they were unable to avoid the crash. No injuries were reported.

At 1:08 a.m. Sept. 8, a hit-and-run accident was reported on private property off County Road J in the town of Little Suamico. Two vehicles were parked side by side in a field, and a woman from Little Suamico reported her vehicle was struck when the second attempted to exit.

At 6:20 p.m. Sept. 11, a Pulaski man was southbound on Safian Road in the town of Chase, shifted gears and spun out, losing control and entering a ditch. The vehicle landed on its roof. He was cited for operating at unreasonable speed.

Thu
12
Sep

Good to be home again


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne
Colorful walls and sunlit classrooms are two aspects students and staff appreciate at St. Anthony School in Oconto Falls. The school building was renovated after a 2012 fire and opened for classes Sept. 3.


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne
Brailyn St. Louis carries her "Things I Like" poster to her desk Friday morning at St. Anthony's School. Students returned to a renovated school Sept. 3 after an arson fire displaced them in February 2012.

An Oconto Falls Catholic school wrote a new chapter in its 100-year history last week. St. Anthony School, closed since February 2012 following an arson fire, reopened Sept. 3 for students and staff.

“It’s just amazing from the ashes what we’ve received. It’s just a beautiful building,” teacher Sue Beschta said.

“It’s the best school ever!” fifth-grader Adam Haines said.

Principal Rosie Marifke said everyone is happy to be “back home.” Students attended class in the Sunday School classrooms at Grace Lutheran Church after the fire, then portable units on the Jefferson School site on Sherman Street for the 2012-13 school year.

“It’s nice to be able to get the kids up. We can make a circle without bumping into walls,” teacher Pam Beschta said.

On Friday morning she asked the fifth-grade students to journal about “being home again” and returning to St. Anthony School on Franklin Street.

Thu
12
Sep

Settling in at Gillett


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Gillett Secondary School principal Steve Linssen, left, shares a laugh Friday with resource teacher Chris Brooks at the school. Linssen was hired as principal days before the start of the school year.

Hired just days before school opened in Gillett on Sept. 3, two new administrators are quickly adjusting to their roles.

“The first week has been a lot of coming in and figuring things out,” said Steve Linssen, while apologizing for his messy office.

Linssen, Gillett Secondary School principal, and Todd Carlson, district superintendent, left the Shawano School District in late August to take positions in Gillett.

Carlson said his first week went well.

“The staff was very positive and very excited, so I think things are going in a good direction,” he said.

The Shawano School Board on Sept. 3 accepted the resignation of Carlson with a 5-4 vote following a 2½-hour, closed-door session. Carlson was hired as Shawano’s superintendent in August 2007 after being in the Suring School District for 19 years.

Carlson, a Gillett native, submitted his resignation Aug. 27, saying he had been offered a position in Gillett.

Thu
12
Sep

Herald promoted to police chief

A Lena native who joined the village’s Police Department two years ago has been promoted to police chief. James Herald, 37, was hired Aug. 21 by the Village Board.

Village President Steve Marquardt said Herald’s experience with the department and involvement in the community made him a likely choice for the job.

“He’s a home-grown boy, and he’s got a good rapport with the village of Lena,” Marquardt said.

Village officials worked with a consultant from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to assist with the hiring process. Residents filled out a survey regarding the Police Department, and the consensus was to “pretty much continue with the hours and full-time chief,” Marquardt said.

Herald, who was employed part-time with the department, took on many of the chief’s responsibilities after the May 13 departure of Jess Keplinger, who was hired as Gillett’s chief of police.

Thu
12
Sep

Gillett plans to build new salt shed

The city of Gillett will construct a 24- by 24-foot shed to store salt for the winter.

The City Council on Thursday approved $44,000 in bids for the project, funded with a five-year loan from Peshtigo National Bank.

The city will make monthly payments of $805, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent.

The shed will be larger and sturdier than the wooden one removed from Washington Street to make room for Nicolet Trail Campground.

The concrete shed will be 20 feet tall and built at 310 W. Park St., south of the fire station in the industrial park.

“As soon as we get the ball rolling, the contractor says he is ready to go, which is good for us because we need to get it up in a quick hurry,” said Tim Christensen, Public Works director.

The city previously shared its shed with the town of Gillett, but town leaders decided not to partner with the city to construct a new shed.

Thu
12
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Sept. 5

An arraignment is Oct. 10 for Gary G. Rosek, 58, Suamico, who is charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with blood alcohol content greater than the legal limit, each fifth or sixth offense. He was arrested July 28 in the town of Little Suamico. His $2,500 cash bond continues.

Christopher L. Elliott, 19, Oconto, pleaded no contest to theft and identity theft for financial gain, which occurred Nov. 2, 2012, in Oconto. The court withheld the finding of guilt and suspended proceedings for a year. He was sentenced to six months in jail for the identity theft charge, which was imposed and stayed, and he was placed in the Volunteers In Probation program a year with the conditions he spend 30 days in jail with work release privileges, pay $1,102.30 restitution and $253 court costs. He must also seek full-time employment.

Thu
12
Sep

Oconto County Sheriff's Department

At 6:39 p.m. Sept. 7, a car driven by an Oconto woman was traveling on state Highway 22 west of County Road J in the town of Oconto. She drove unto the gravel shoulder, lost control, entered a ditch and overturned. She was not injured but was cited for inattentive driving.

At 12:20 a.m. Sept. 8, a Green Bay man was driving a pickup truck on County Road J at Lade Beach Road in the town of Little Suamico and stated a deer was standing on the roadway as he entered a curve. He swerved to avoid the animal, struck a mailbox and entered a ditch. Neither he nor either of two passengers in the truck was injured. Minor damage was reported to his truck.

At 3:10 p.m. Aug. 31, a Lena man suffered injuries when the motorcycle he was driving struck a deer on Guelig Road, town of Stiles. He was transported to a medical facility.

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