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Feb

Suring teen reported missing

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing girl from the Suring area.

Tessa Tock, a 16-year-old, has been missing since Feb. 17 and was last seen at her residence. She is described as 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, with long blond hair and blue eyes.

Tock has associates in the Appleton area and possibly on the Menominee Indian Reservation. She might also be in possession of a 1997 Gold Saturn CS1 Coupe with Wisconsin registration plate 483-ZJT.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, you can call the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office at 920-834-6900 or your local jurisdiction and advise them that Oconto County is the reporting agency. You may also call the Oconto County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-322-0373. Reference Oconto County case number 17-001727.

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 15

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Abandoned Vehicle – A Dodge pickup truck with heavy damage was reported abandoned for two days at the Kelly Lake Access boat landing in Suring.

Child – A caller reported a 10-year-old girl believed to be left home alone on County Road F in Lakewood.

Harassment – A man reported an ex-wife violating a no-contact order by calling him on County Road K in Oconto Falls.

Feb. 14

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious – A woman reported her ex-husband has been improperly going into her home to pick up the kids when she is not there on Elm Lawn Road, Oconto Falls.

Animal — A caller reported three small steers in the roadway on County Road A one mile east of Lena.

Animal – A caller reported a small pony running down U.S. Highway 141 near state Highway 22 in Lena.

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto County Circuit Court

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Feb. 17

Sentencing was held for Christopher R. Nelson, 31, of Rhinelander, who was charged with physical abuse of a child on Sept. 16 in Oconto. The court sentenced him to one year in the Oconto County Jail with work-release and a credit of 133 days. Charges of felony intimidation of a victim were dismissed.

A plea hearing was held for Michael C. Noffke, 25, of Oconto Falls, who pleaded not guilty to election fraud Nov. 8 in Oconto Falls. The court set a $1,000 signature bond and scheduled a pre-trial conference for March 9.

Proceedings from Feb 14

Sentencing was held for Daniel J. Sexton, 48, of Gillett, who was charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer July 23. The court sentenced him to two years probation. Charges of obstructing an officer and operating a motor vehicle while revoked were dismissed.

Proceedings from Feb. 13

Wed
22
Feb

Oconto Falls Police Department

A man from Oconto Falls and a man from Lena, both 20, were cited for underage drinking Feb. 3 after state conservation officials called police to an ice-fishing shanty on the Oconto River near the East Side Beach.

A 26-year-old woman reported the theft of her purse from inside a vehicle that she left parked overnight Feb. 6 in the 100 block of South Main Street.

A passerby alerted police Feb. 11 after witnessing a suspicious man jump out of a car and harass an apparent teenage boy walking near Wisconsin Avenue and Poplar Street.

A 25-year-old woman reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages Feb. 12 from an ex-boyfriend in the 500 block of North Chestnut Avenue.

A resident reported a strange vehicle parked in the driveway outside his house Feb. 13 in the 300 block of North Oakland Avenue.

Wed
22
Feb

Builder eyes old Oconto industrial site


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Shown is a rendering of Soda Creek Estates, an apartment project developed in Oshkosh by developer Dennis Hermans, who plans a similar complex in Oconto.

The former site of Oconto’s historic Bond Pickle Co. could be transformed into upscale apartments for retiring baby boomers, under a development plan approved by the city.

The Oconto City Council last week approved a plan for a three-building apartment complex proposed by Dennis Hermans, a Green Bay developer who has built similar properties elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Oconto City Administrator Sara Perrizo said the project would generate $3 million annually in property tax revenue and would bring new life to a former industrial property that has been largely vacant for years near Main Street and Cook Avenue.

Perrizo said the as-yet-unnamed development is designed to provide quality apartments for a growing population of baby boomers looking to downsize their lifestyles.

“This will be a place for them to go,” she said.

Wed
22
Feb

School district adjusts debt plan

Oconto Falls school administrators are moving to restructure about $3 million in debt in an effort to minimize the impact on taxpayers from an $11.5 million referendum going before voters this spring.

The school board has agreed to refinance $2.5 million in debt and to pay off another $450,000 earlier than planned, both in preparation for an April 4 referendum.

By easing the district’s debt load, officials say they can present voters with a referendum that will raise money to improve school funding without hitting taxpayers too hard in the pocketbooks.

Superintendent Dean Hess urged board members to approve the debt restructuring, which he said would help the district avoid unacceptably high tax increases if the referendum passes.

“We tried to find some middle ground,” Hess said.

The school board voted unanimously Feb. 13 to approve the restructuring plan as recommended by the superintendent and the district’s financial consultants.

Wed
22
Feb

Hospital lands new partner


Times Herald Photo by Scott Williams

St. Clare Memorial Hospital has undergone physical upgrades and service improvements since affiliating in 2014 with Hospital Sisters Health System.

In the latest evolution of Oconto Falls’ former small-town hospital, patients in the emergency room at St. Clare Memorial Hospital will soon be under the care of a Milwaukee-based physician network.

Infinity HealthCare Inc., which serves 28 hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois, has signed a deal to become the provider of emergency medical services at St. Clare Memorial, starting May 1.

Officials said the change means that St. Clare Memorial, which sees about 5,000 people annually in its emergency department, will offer emergency patients improved care under a broader network of physicians who operate with advanced technology.

The deal includes the introduction of “tele-robotic” equipment that will enable Infinity’s off-site specialists to examine St. Clare Memorial patients remotely, allowing for faster diagnostics and treatment.

Wed
22
Feb

Not guilty plea in voter fraud case

An Oconto Falls man pleaded not guilty Feb. 16 to election fraud charges that could land him in prison.

Michael Noffke, 24, who was convicted of felony theft last year, is accused of voting in the Nov. 8 presidential election in violation of a state law that prohibits voting by felons on probation.

Prosecutors say it is only the second such case locally in recent memory, following a similar incident that fell through previously because of a lack of evidence.

Noffke, who says he was unaware of the law when he voted for Republican Donald Trump, could face a prison sentence of 3 1/2 years and a fine of $10,000 if found guilty. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 9.

Wed
22
Feb

County jail inmate death investigated

Oconto County officials are investigating the death of a county jail inmate who was found unconscious in his cell the same day he was scheduled to be released.

Robert J. Dyer, 60, of Suring, was pronounced dead Feb. 10 after workers at the Oconto County Jail found him unresponsive alone in his cell about 11 a.m.

Jail Administrator Carol Kopp said Dyer was due to be released from custody later that day. Court records show Dyer was convicted in March 2015 for driving under the influence, and he remained on probation when a judge Dec. 21 ordered him back behind bars for another 60 days.

Kopp said an investigation is continuing into Dyer’s death. The county medical examiner would not discuss the results of an autopsy.

Wed
22
Feb

Metalworks firm settles in Gillett


Contributed Photo

Representatives of the Gillett Business Association join L&N Metalworks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the company’s new location in the Gillett Industrial Park.

The Gillett Business Association welcomed the new L&N Metalworks facility Feb. 8 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

L&N Metalworks moved into its new facility in the Gillett Industrial Park in September to accommodate the company’s growth. The company performs custom commercial, industrial and residential metal fabrication.

Owners Neal and Tracy Van Donsel are proud to be a new addition to the community.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to grow our business in the city of Gillett,” Tracy Van Donsel said. “We are excited to work with employees, customers and businesses here and the surrounding areas.”

Although the company is new to the Gillett area, it was started seven years ago in Pulaski when Neal wanted to get back into metal fabrication. He had pursued a career in carpentry and worked as a site foreman traveling for a nationwide company, but he wanted to travel less and to build things that involved more creativity.

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