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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.

Wed
12
Sep

Mass, reception planned for new St. Clare CEO

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital of Oconto Falls invites the community to an outdoor Mass and reception Sept. 20 to celebrate the appointment of new president and CEO, Chris Brabant.

The outdoor Mass, celebrated by the Rev. John Girotti, will begin at 2 p.m. on the campus of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. Music will also be performed by local church choirs, and a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will follow.

Brabant began serving at the hospital Aug. 20. He had served since 2013 as the HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division executive director of surgical services for the Heart, Lung and Vascular Center and Prevea Health Vascular Surgery in Green Bay.

He succeeded Paula Hafeman, chief nursing executive of HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, who was serving as the interim president and CEO of St. Clare, following the departure of Dan DeGroot, who now serves as the president and CEO of Stoughton Hospital.

Wed
12
Sep

Oconto County Circuit Court proceedings

Proceedings of Aug. 24

Logan M. Reinhard, 17, Little Suamico, pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred Nov. 1. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Oct. 11.

Proceedings of Aug. 22

A charge of possession of narcotic drugs against Meena Kanwar Briley, 38, Abrams, was dismissed on the prosecutor’s motion.

Christopher D. Wagenknecht, 36, Suring, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges, in connection with an incident that took place Oct. 13. In exchange for the plea, a felony charge of strangulation-suffocation was dismissed. Wagenknecht was placed on two years’ probation, during which time he must maintain absolute sobriety, obtain and maintain gainful employment and undergo and follow through with any assessments ordered by the Department of Corrections.

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