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Wed
15
Feb

Oconto County police trained for domestic violence

Police officers in Oconto County and Marinette County have received specialized training to better recognize and assist victims of domestic violence.

Rainbow House, a Marinette-based domestic violence organization, worked with 11 law enforcement agencies to implement a new approach that has been demonstrated elsewhere to improve handling of domestic violence situations.

Rainbow House officials said police agencies are scheduled Feb. 27 to begin using the “Lethality Assessment Program,” which involves asking questions at reported crime scenes to determine the risk of domestic violence.

Jessica Honish, lead advocate for Rainbow House, said she was impressed by those who underwent the training, which also included employees at the shelter.

Wed
08
Feb

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceeding from Jan. 31

An initial appearance was held for Christopher J. Collins, 31, of Menominee Michigan, who was charged with 13 counts of failure to support between 2011 and 2016 in Oconto. The court set a $2,500 cash bond. A continued initial appearance is scheduled for Feb. 9.

An initial appearance was held for Justin J. Woods, 35, of Marinette, who was charged with second-offense possession of a narcotic drug, misdemeanor bail jumping, and disorderly conduct, all allegedly occurring Oct. 3 in the town of Lena. The court set a $10,000 cash bond. A continued initial appearance is set for Feb. 9.

Wed
08
Feb

Gillett campground cleanup nearly done

Gillett city leaders might be nearing the end of a three-year cleanup of environmental contamination at the city-owned Nicolet Trail Campground.

The city purchased the campground property in 2012 at Washington Street and Richmond Street, and converted it into a recreational site for campers in spring and summer.

The site, however, turned out to be a former petroleum storage depot with pollution from underground storage tanks that dated back to the 1930s.

The state Department of Natural Resources ordered a cleanup that disrupted the city’s new campground and cast a cloud of uncertainty over the property’s future.

City and state officials say the future could be looking much brighter in time for the 2017 camping season.

“It’s fantastic,” Gillett Alderperson Nanette Mohr said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Wed
08
Feb

Ice drags event off to the races again


Times Herald Photo

Snowmobile racers take off from the starting line during the 2014 World Series of Ice Drags, which is returning this weekend to the frozen Oconto River.

After bad weather forced snowmobile racers to idle their engines last year, the World Series of Ice Drags is roaring back into Oconto Falls this weekend.

And the event could be bigger than race fans have seen in a while.

Organizers say racers from throughout the Midwest and beyond are expected to descend on Oconto Falls in large numbers, partly because inclement weather cancelled last year’s event and also has hampered racing elsewhere this season.

Promoter Andy Mercier said the Friday-Saturday competition could attract as many as 100 competitors — nearly double the number who turned out a few years ago.

“Everybody seems like they’re coming here, from all over,” Mercier said. “Everybody’s eager to get out there.”

Wed
08
Feb

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 1

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Runaway Juvenile – Officers investigated a call from the Crossroads Group Home on Schacht Road, Peshtigo, for a female juvenile who reportedly ran away.

Citizen Assist – An elderly man broke down on his scooter on East Railroad Street by the feed mill in Gillett and was in a passerby’s truck to stay warm.

Fraud – A resident on Columbia Street in Oconto Falls reported that someone opened an account through a power company in Oregon in the caller’s name and Social Security number.

Fraud – A woman reported that her husband’s ex-wife has been having medical bills forwarded to the caller’s address on Yurek Road, Pulaski.

Jan. 31

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Wed
08
Feb

Suring village president faces 2 challengers

The race for village president in Suring has attracted three candidates, so voters will need to narrow the field in a primary Feb. 21.

Longtime incumbent Jay Tousey is seeking re-election and is facing a rematch with challenger Jeff Whiting, along with a third candidate, Dan Newell.

The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the April 4 general election. The winner will get a two-year term as village president at a salary of $1,900 a year as the top elected official in the community of about 500 people.

The village president leads a seven-person village board in maintaining municipal services through a yearly budget currently set at about $600,00. The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Tousey has been village president for 25 years. He was re-elected two years ago by defeating Whiting 108-52.

Dan Newell

Wed
08
Feb

Farm business help offered at free meetings

Local experts on farm financial planning and farm loan acquisition will be featured this spring at a series of Marinette, Oconto and Shawano County Producer and Agribusiness Professionals Peer Group Meetings organized by the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

The meetings, which are free and open to the public, all start at 6:30 p.m. with a light meal sponsored by Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Peshtigo National Bank. Presentations and discussions will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Brian Rieth, assistant vice president and agriculture loan specialist with Peshtigo National Bank, will provide an overview Feb. 16 of farm financial business planning, including how to get started on a farm business plan. The meeting will be held at the Oconto Falls Community Library, 251 N. Main St., Oconto Falls.

Wed
08
Feb

Man charged with enticing teen girl

A 30-year-old man from Oregon is facing felony charges after allegedly traveling to Oconto County to have sex with a teenage girl he met on the internet.

Justin Wayne Craig, of Portland, Oregon, was arrested Jan. 8 at a town of Oconto hotel where police reported finding him with the 15-year-old girl, whose clothing was on the hotel room floor.

The Oconto County district attorney’s office has charged Craig with child enticement, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The suspect is due back in court Thursday for an arraignment.

According to a criminal complaint, Craig told investigators that the alleged victim claimed to be 18 years old, but that they did not have sexual intercourse.

Wed
08
Feb

Oconto Falls Police Department

An Oconto Falls man, 44, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman Feb. 2 outside her apartment in the 300 block of Columbia Street as part of a long-running alleged feud between the woman and the suspect’s girlfriend.

The principal of Washington Middle School, 102 S. Washington St., called police Jan. 26 for help with a student accused of truancy and creating disturbances at school.

A woman reported that an ex-boyfriend pushed her and created a disturbance Jan. 25 over child visitation rights at her apartment in the 400 block of South Main Street.

A 76-year-old woman reported an incident of attempted fraud Jan. 23 on Hillside Avenue after a telephone caller told her she would win a lottery jackpot and luxury car if she paid several thousand dollars in taxes up front.

Two juveniles were cited for shoplifting Jan. 21 after employees at Family Dollar, 347 E. Highland Drive, reported finding $27 worth of unpaid merchandise in a backpack.

Wed
08
Feb

Snowmobile accident kills rider near Mountain

A man riding a snowmobile in Oconto County was killed over the weekend when he apparently lost control on a curve, officials said.

The name of the victim was not released, although he was described as a 23-year-old man from the Calumet County community of Hilbert.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the fatal accident occurred about 1:40 a.m. Sunday near Lower Bagley Rapids Road in the Mountain area. Officials said it appears the victim failed to negotiate a curve and ran into a tree or several trees. Other snowmobilers called for help after discovering the accident scene shortly after the crash.

The victim, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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