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Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings:

Proceedings of Oct. 4

New charges of manufacturing amphetamine with the intent to deliver, plus bail jumping, were filed against Rock H. Gerow, 60, Mountain, on the day before he was to stand trial for possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 24, 2016. A Nov. 14 preliminary hearing was scheduled on the new charges, which allegedly took place April 14, 2016.

Lori A. Wittock, 36, Oconto, was charged with strangulation and suffocation, plus misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Sept. 22. Judge Jay N. Conley set a $1,000 cash bond and scheduled the balance of her initial appearance for Oct. 12.

Proceedings of Oct. 3

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Oct

Oconto County Sheriff's Department call logs: Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Oct. 5

Deputies responded to 37 incidents, including the following:

DNR complaint — reported in the 17000 block of County Road T, Townsend, 1:09 p.m.

Oct. 4

Deputies responded to 33 incidents, including the following:

Traffic accident — Junction Shell, 12000 block of state Highway 32-64, Mountain, 8:19 a.m.

Traffic crash — North River Road, 0.7 miles west of Susies Hill Lane, Oconto, 4:32 p.m.

Fraud — reported in the 2000 block of County Road EE, Abrams, 7:17 p.m.

Disturbance — reported in the 200 block of Ridge Road, Oconto Falls, 7:25 p.m.

Burglary — reported in the 12000 block of Heise Road, Breed, 9:08 p.m.

Oct. 3

Deputies responded to 39 incidents, including the following:

Theft — reported at Loon Lake Realty, 837 E. Frontage Road, Little Suamico, 9:34 a.m.

Traffic crash — State Highway 32 and South Chase Road, Chase, 11:29 a.m.

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04
Oct

1 dead, 1 injured in crash


Robert "Bob" Lusardi was killed in a Sept. 29 crash in Breed. (Contributed photo)

A Suring man died and another person was hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in the town of Breed northwest of Suring.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Robert Scott Lusardi, 30, of Suring.

Lt. Keven Thomson said authorities were notified about the crash on state Highway 32 near Central Road about 3:10 p.m. Friday.

According to Thomson’s news release, the preliminary investigation indicated that Lusardi’s northbound vehicle had slowed to make a left-hand turn and was rear-ended by another northbound vehicle. The force of the collision pushed the first vehicle into the path of a southbound vehicle, causing a second collision.

Lusardi was pronounced dead at the scene, Thomson said. A passenger from the southbound vehicle was injured and taken to a hospital.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

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04
Oct

Judge upholds raze order for cat house


A cat sits outside the garage at 306 Jackson St., Oconto Falls, in November 2015. Animal control officers trapped around 30 cats at the vacant home, which was declared unfit for human habitation. Oconto County Circuit Judge Jay Conley last week upheld a raze order. (Times Herald File Photo)

Oconto County Circuit Judge Jay N. Conley has ruled with the city of Oconto Falls in the ongoing dispute over a Jackson Street house that was overrun by cats and ruled uninhabitable.

After visiting Roberta Olshesky’s property at 306 Jackson St. on Sept. 11, Conley issued a written decision Sept. 25 requiring her to comply with the city’s repair-or-raze order, which she has fought since it was issued in July 2016.

The unoccupied house first came to the city’s attention when around 30 cats were found living there and removed in October 2015. The house reeked of cat feces and urine, and mold also was discovered later.

The 84-year-old woman and her friends have worked to restore the structure because she could not afford the $18,000 to $27,000 bill to have it done professionally.

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04
Oct

Credit union merger completed


The NEW Credit Union sign is installed outside the former Badger Credit Union office in Peshtigo. (Contributed photo)

The merger of two area credit unions was completed over the weekend, and a NEW Credit Union sign went up outside the former Badger Credit Union office in Peshtigo.

The merger, which was announced in March, was effective Sunday.

Badger Credit Union, one of the oldest credit unions in the state at 83 years, originally started at Badger Paper Mill. NEW Credit Union, based in Oconto Falls, started 55 years ago at Scott Paper Mill.

With the merger, NEW Credit Union’s field of membership now includes all those who live or work in Brown, Marinette, Oconto and Shawano counties in Wisconsin and Menomonie County in Michigan.

In a joint statement, Lisa Gilligan, CEO of NEW Credit Union, and Sharon Anderson, CEO of Badger Credit Union, said the partnership is “a great opportunity” for both institutions.

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04
Oct

No prison for cashing dead man’s checks

An Abrams man who collected a veteran’s pension for nine years after the veteran died was placed on five years’ supervised release Monday in federal court and ordered to make restitution of $47,464.

Daniel J. Rieman, 56, had previously pleaded guilty to theft of public money.

According to U.S. District Court documents:

Rieman was like a son to Charles and Joan Fletcher. He had them move into his house in 2007. He and Charles took care of Joan after she contracted cancer until her death shortly thereafter. Charles also developed health problems and died in April 2009.

Rieman never charged the Fletchers for food or rent as their Social Security income was spent mainly on medical bills.

After Charles Fletcher died, Rieman used some of Fletcher’s pension funds to pay the veteran’s medical bills and funeral expenses.

Wed
04
Oct

Abrams scene makes Discover Wisconsin calendar


This photo of a snow-covered bridge in Abrams is the February image in the 2018 Discover Wisconsin calendar. (Contributed photo)

Discover Wisconsin’s 2018 calendar highlighting various Wisconsin destinations includes a photo of a snow-covered bridge in Abrams.

The photo taken by Christina Martinson was chosen for the month of February.

The calendar’s other 11 photos depict scenes in the counties of Ozaukee, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Polk, Iowa, Dane, Sauk, Door and Pierce.

“Our annual photo contest and print calendar continues to grow in popularity year after year,” said Mariah Haberman, co-host and director of brand development for Discover Wisconsin. “Photos of Wisconsin are submitted from all over the country, and the calendars are also shipped nationwide. Our crew is blown away by the submissions that roll in every summer.”

The calendars will be available for purchase this fall at shop.discoverwisconsin.com for $5 plus $2 shipping and handling.

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04
Oct

Oconto County Circuit Court Proceedings

Proceedings of Sept. 29

Bond was set at $1,500 for Kim M. Pilsbury, 41, Oconto, who is charged with possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) and a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Sept. 28. The balance of her initial appearance was scheduled for Oct. 12.

Proceedings of Sept. 27

Jim K. Xiong, 22, Schofield, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of bail jumping. Authorities say Xiong failed to appear in court June 8 while on bail for alleged possession of THC with intent to deliver, which also carried a bail jumping charge, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 6, 2016. He had been free after posting a $5,000 cash bond. After Xiong was apprehended Aug. 25, Judge Michael T. Judge raised the bond to $40,000. Arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Proceedings of Sept. 26

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04
Oct

Oconto County Sheriff's Department: Sept. 22-27

Sept. 27

Deputies responded to 51 incidents, including the following:

Traffic crash — Sullivan Springs Road, Lakewood, 7:16 a.m.

Theft — reported at Pinehill Cemetery, County Road B, Spruce, 9:57 a.m.

Harassment — reported in the 800 block of Main Street, Oconto, 9:57 a.m.

Theft — reported in 2000 block of Teto Lane, Oconto, 3:59 p.m.

Theft — reported in 17000 block of Bear Lake Lane, Lakewood, 4:42 p.m.

Weapon offense — reported along River Bend Lane, Breed, 5:03 p.m.

Theft — reported in 17000 block of Knitter Lane, Lakewood, 6:23 p.m.

Sept. 26

Deputies responded to 43 incidents, including the following:

Traffic crash with injuries — County Road I and County Road A, Lena, 7:04 a.m.

Fire — reported in the 6000 block of Daly Creek Road, Gillett, 9:27 a.m.

Sept. 25

Deputies responded to 42 incidents, including the following:

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Gillett FFA, choir/band trips approved for 2017-18


From left, Hanna Brock, Evan Rank, Hunter Poffinbarger and Justin Engebretsen present a comprehensive overview of Gillett High School FFA activities to the school board Sept. 21. (Times Herald Photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Gillett School Board approved overnight trips for two groups of students during its regular September meeting Thursday.

Michelle DeBauch, agriculture teacher, submitted an itinerary for the FFA club’s trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from Oct. 24-28.

The board received a presentation from four of this year’s FFA officers — Hanna Brock, president; Evan Rank, vice president/parliamentarian; Hunter Poffinbarger, treasurer; and Justin Engebretsen, secretary — that covered the wide variety of activities that the club has engaged in, from landscaping the entrance to Gillett Elementary School to volunteering at the Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm.

“We appreciate everything that Mrs. DeBauch has done,” Superintendent Todd Carlson said. “I think you saw through the presentation, she has really given new life to our FFA and has brought a lot of great things there.”

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