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Wed
26
Sep

Manitowoc man dies in one-vehicle accident

Oconto County authorities say a 58-year-old Manitowoc man is dead after a one-vehicle crash along U.S. 41 Monday morning.

The victim was identified as James Hastreiter.

The Sheriff’s Department reported it received a call just after 8 a.m. that a vehicle had left the highway near Brookside Cemetery Road in the town of Pensaukee and ended up in some trees. The man was found unresponsive in the car and was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the department said.

The crash remains under investigation, but speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Wed
26
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of Sept. 21

Samuel R. Knorr, 42, Neenah, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to face 11 felony counts of failure to support a child from 2014 to 2017. Arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 11.

Proceedings of Sept. 20

Alfonso Lopez, 33, Kewaunee, pleaded no contest to a charge of possession of THC (second or subsequent offense). As part of a plea agreement, the prosecutor will move to have a related bail-jumping charge and two misdemeanors dismissed but read into the record at sentencing, which was scheduled for Oct. 30.

Proceedings of Sept. 19

Wed
19
Sep

Charges filed against couple in fatal crash

Charges were filed and bond was set Friday for the driver and passenger of a pickup truck that crossed the median on a four-lane highway Sept. 11 and crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing an Oconto Falls man.

Friends and family Saturday paid their last respects to Cory R. Folts, 22, in a memorial service at Green Bay Community Church. He was the son of Jeffrey J. and Tracy R. (Kozlowski) Folts, and grew up in Little Suamico.

Folts was driving north in his 2000 Volkswagen Golf on U.S. 41-141 north of Geano Beach Road in the town of Abrams about 8:40 p.m. Sept. 11, when the southbound 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck left the roadway, traveled through the median and crashed into him.

Kelly Nicole Crispin, 26, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and her passenger, Eric Solomon, 31, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, were taken into custody after being treated and released from St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Wed
19
Sep

Attorney charged in fatal July crash

A Naperville, Illinois, attorney has been formally charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle in connection with a July 29 crash near the Oconto-Shawano county line that claimed the life of a friend and college classmate.

Guy N. Maras, 54, is scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday in Oconto County Circuit Court on three felony charges stemming from the death of Joseph Gallagher, 54, of Fair Haven, New Jersey.

The two members of the Marquette University Class of 1986 were staying at a cabin with several college friends when the crash occurred just north of the intersection of Klatt and Deering roads in the town of Underhill, according to the criminal complaint filed Thursday.

The complaint said Maras was driving his Mercedes Benz at a high rate of speed northbound on Shawano County Road V, which makes a righthand turn at the Shawano County line. Continuing north from that intersection, the road becomes Klatt Road.

Wed
19
Sep

Veterans monument waits another month


Bob Maloney, of the Eick-Sankey American Legion post, stands to address school officials including, from left, school board members Jan Stranz and Ron Leja, Superintendent Dean Hess, administrative assistant Deb Woods and board member Clint Gardebrecht. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The question of whether a veterans monument should be considered next to the Oconto Falls School District offices was tabled for another month after nearly an hour of discussion at the school board’s Sept. 10 meeting.

Legal concerns sidetracked an effort to place a privately funded memorial just south of the district office building on North Farm Road.

“I know that a lot of people — the American Legion members, the Auxiliary members and other individuals — have spent a great deal of time working on this monument, but I think it’s been stymied (until now),” said Bob Maloney of the Eick-Sankey American Legion Post 302, who has been the main spokesman for the recent effort. “So I think if you do consider this location, which I think is a prime location for this monument, I think there’s both interest and momentum to get it done.”

Wed
19
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of Sept. 10

Chev A. Bastian, 21, Little Suamico, pleaded no contest to felony strangulation/suffocation and misdemeanor battery in connection with a domestic abuse incident that occurred March 20, 2017. Several related charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Judge Michael T. Judge scheduled sentencing for Nov. 7 and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Wed
19
Sep

Sparsity aid distributed to rural school districts

Three Oconto County school districts are among 145 small, sparsely populated school districts sharing $25 million in sparsity aid payments that can be used to offset any costs the district incurs in educating its students. Sparsity aid is paid on the third Monday in September based on the previous year’s school population.

The districts receiving $400 per member sparsity aid payments include Gillett (617 students in 2017-18), which received $246,800; Lena (416), which received $166,400; and Suring (391), which received $156,400.

The aid goes to school districts with populations of less than 745 students and fewer than 10 students per square mile.

Wed
19
Sep

Desperately wanting answers, learning to cope without


Airman 1st Class Andrea Rhode sits with her sister, Megan Liechti, along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, on July 24, 2010. The two posed for this photo following the basic training graduation ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base. (Contributed photo)

On Sept. 16, 2017, my life was turned upside down. My little sister, my best friend in the entire world, committed suicide.

If you have ever been in the same position that I’m in, you may not want to read this – and for that, I don’t blame you. If you’ve never had to face the horrible truth of someone you love deciding to take his or her own life, then consider yourself lucky because the statistics are astonishing. The Google search I did just 10 seconds ago, produced these results: Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide. For every death by suicide, there are an additional 20 attempts.

These stats make my heart sink down into my gut. My hands are shaking as I type. Throughout the past year I’ve thought about sharing my story, then I’ve decided not to. I’ve changed my mind hundreds of times. But now we’re here.

Thu
13
Sep

Victim of fatal crash identified

Update
Charges were filed and bond was set Friday for the driver and passenger of a pickup truck that crossed the median on a four-lane highway Sept. 11 and crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing an Oconto Falls man.

Friends and family Saturday paid their last respects to Cory R. Folts, 22, in a memorial service at Green Bay Community Church. He was the son of Jeffrey J. and Tracy R. (Kozlowski) Folts and grew up in Little Suamico.

Folts was driving north in his 2000 Volkswagen Golf on U.S. 41-141 near Geano Beach Road in the town of Abrams at about 8:40 p.m. Sept. 11 when the southbound 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck left the roadway, traveled through the median and crashed into him.

Wed
12
Sep

Check finds few illegal tobacco sales

The WI Wins program and Community Action for Healthy Living Inc. reports positive results from its recent summertime round of tobacco compliance checks in Oconto County.

“The results speak well for the great work retailers are doing in training their staff to check the ID of all people trying to purchase tobacco products,”, said Connie Olson, health educator for CAHL.

Out of 32 retailers checked, only three illegal sales were recorded in the county.

“By not selling tobacco products to underage youth, Oconto County wins and so does Wisconsin,” Olson said. Checks were done in Abrams, Gillett, Lena, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring.

The purpose of the WI Wins program is to reduce the number of illegal tobacco sales to Wisconsin minors.

A smoke-check free online training is available for all Wisconsin retailers at www.WITobaccoCheck.org.

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