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Wed
08
Aug

Driver in fatal crash was under the influence

The accident report from a fatal Oconto County accident indicates the driver was driving under the influence when his vehicle crashed in the town of Underhill in the early morning of July 29.

Joseph G. Gallagher, 54, of Fair Haven, New Jersey, was killed in the crash. Funeral services were held Saturday in Fair Haven; Gallagher left a wife and three children.

He was a passenger in a 2015 Mercedes Benz Model S driven by Guy N. Maras, 54, of Naperville, Illinois. According to the accident report, Maras was driving north at a high rate of speed on Shawano County Road V at 1:34 a.m.

At the Shawano-Oconto County line, the county road makes a righthand turn, and going straight takes the driver onto Klatt Road. Just after the vehicle sped through the intersection, it crossed the center line and went into the opposite ditch, which has a steep embankment.

Wed
08
Aug

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of July 31

Rick L. Wappler, 37, Cascade, pleaded no contest to possession of THC (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 6. Judge Michael T. Judge ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 17.

Richard R. Volm, 58, Pound, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 6. The charge was reduced from a felony in a plea agreement. He also pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor case stemming from a Nov. 20 incident. He was sentenced to 60 days in the county jail.

Proceedings of July 30

Wed
01
Aug

Teacher charged with sexual assault of student


Timothy D. Grimes (courtesy Oconto County Sheriff's Office)

The Suring School Board is planning a special meeting Thursday night to discuss "the procedural status of an investigation into alleged employee misconduct."

The meeting was posted Tuesday, the day a Suring teacher was arrested and charged with six counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff.

Timothy D. Grimes, 24, allegedly climbed into the bed of a 17-year-old girl while staying with the girl's family overnight between 10 and 20 times during April and May, performing sexual acts, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

The girl did not welcome the advances but didn't tell anyone for fear of causing problems and "she felt like no one would believe her because Tim is a school teacher and a coach," the complaint said.

The girl eventually confided in her parents and gave a statement to authorities on July 26, according to the complaint.

Wed
01
Aug

Energy-saving work on track at Gillett schools


Building materials await installation at Gillett schools for work scheduled for completion by the start of the new school year. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

Work on a variety of energy-saving projects at Gillett Public Schools has been progressing more or less on schedule through the summer.

“We meet as a group every two weeks with Chris Deleeuw from Honeywell to make sure we’re on track with all our projects,” Superintendent Todd Carlson told the School Board at its July 19 meeting. Deleeuw is the project manager who has shepherded a number of upgrades at Gillett schools in recent years.

Building materials, especially roofing material, have been piled in the lot between the elementary and secondary school buildings since shortly after classes broke for the summer. Crews have been working their way down a list that includes roof replacements, insulation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades through Focus on Energy.

Wed
01
Aug

Shakespeare troupe comes to Copper Culture

A stripped-down version of “Twelfth Night” and a 45-minute educational workshop about William Shakespeare highlight the Summit Players Theatre’s visit to Copper Culture State Park in Oconto on Saturday evening.

Wisconsin’s only traveling free Shakespeare in the state parks troupe, now in its fourth season, will present the family-friendly workshop “Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will” at 5:30 p.m. and the performance at 7 p.m.

The group’s goal is to bring arts and culture to underserved communities, highlight Wisconsin’s abundant natural resources and prove that Shakespeare can be fun, said company founder Hannah Klapperich-Mueller, a 2015 graduate of Marquette University.

“Whether it’s your first Shakespeare show or you’re a total pro, there’s something in it for everyone,” she said.

Wed
01
Aug

Oconto Falls School Board recognizes gold medalist


Oconto Falls High School graduate Jared VanHaren describes to the school board how he crafted the piece in his hands, which earned him the school’s first gold medal in the SkillsUSA National Championships earlier this summer. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

The Oconto Falls School Board last month recognized recent graduate Jared VanHaren for becoming the high school’s first-ever national champion in the SkillsUSA competition.

VanHaren won a gold medal in the sheet metal competition by crafting a specialized connection in the SkillsUSA National Championships, which were held June 27-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

His adviser, John Bursa, told the board that VanHaren scored 916 points out of a possible 1,000.

“There are nine different areas that you can be graded on,” Bursa said. “He attained the highest score on eight of the nine areas.”

VanHaren told the board the competition began when he was handed a three-page blueprint for a metal piece comprised of two round pipes at 90-degree angles, with one of the pipes opening to a round coupling.

Wed
01
Aug

Lena man jailed after truck rollover injures 2

A Lena man faces a number of charges in connection with a July 23 crash that seriously injured a passenger in his pickup truck.

Michael C. Wittock, 24, sustained minor injuries when the truck crossed the center line, left River Road and overturned in a field several times, according to an Oconto County Sheriff’s Department accident report.

The passenger, Mark F. Brady, 46, of Green Bay, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated, according to the report. Both men were taken from the scene by ambulance. Wittock was thrown from the vehicle.

The accident was reported at 2:25 a.m. July 23 on North River Road about a quarter-mile east of County Road EB in the town of Oconto.

Wed
01
Aug

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of July 27

Terri M. Baugnet, 41, Oconto Falls, pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred May 21. Judge Michael T. Judge ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 14.

Tyler B. Tomcheck, 17, Oconto, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over on a charge of taking and driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred June 18. Arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 9.

Proceedings of July 25

Cody J. Meyer, 30, Oconto Falls, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of possession of narcotic drugs (second or subsequent offense) in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred July 8. Arraignment was scheduled for July 30.

Proceedings of July 24

Sun
29
Jul

One dead, one injured in Sunday morning crash

A 54-year-old man died early Sunday morning when a vehicle left the road and struck a tree stump in the town of Underhill.

The victim was identified Tuesday as Joseph Gallagher of Fair Haven, New Jersey.

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office said it was notified at 1:34 a.m. of a one-vehicle crash on Klatt Road north of County Road V. The preliminary investigation indicated that the vehicle was northbound on Klatt Road from County Road V when it left the road.

The victim was a passenger in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, also a 54-year-old man, was airlifted from the scene by the Eagle III rescue helicopter.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

Fri
27
Jul

Ramp closures planned Tuesday through Friday at U.S. 41-141 split

Southbound-to-northbound ramps at the U.S. 41-141 interchange in the town of Abrams will be closed from Tuesday, July 31, through Friday afternoon, Aug. 3, as a $2.35 million safety improvement project gets underway.

The project involves the interchange and 11.4 miles of U.S. 41/U.S. 141 from the city of Oconto to the Oconto/Brown County line. The project is scheduled to begin Monday and finish by late October. Except for a brief closure of ramps at the interchange, the work will be done under traffic.

Northeast Asphalt of Greenville, Wisconsin is the prime contractor.

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