Archives for June 2016

Man and woman arrested after traffic stop

Antigo police spotted a car traveling without headlights early this morning and ended up busting the driver inside for driving while intoxicated. Police say they spotted the car at just past 2am on Century Avenue, a mailbox was wedged underneath the vehicle. The man driving and his female passenger said they weren’t aware it was down there. The 22 year old man was arrested and the woman was allowed to go home. Not long after, the woman called police saying she couldn’t get into her house and that her child was there inside with a man she knew only by his fist name. Police responded and talked to the man who said the woman had been gone for several hours and the child was asleep inside. No word on charges facing the woman in that incident.

Man Arrested After Outburst at Downtown Service Station

A 58 year old Antigo man was arrested at a downtown service station on Tuesday, after he reportedly caused an outburst. Police say the man was scaring other customers by yelling things that made no sense. He’s accused of resisting officers, too, slapping one of them. He was taken to a mental health facility, but the case is being referred to the district attorney’s office.

Woman Accused of Stealing From Walmart

A local woman is accused of stealing from Walmart. Trisha Knox was arrested during a traffic stop after she allegedly stole the merchandise. Police say they found the stolen merchandise in her car, along with marijuana and a glass pipe. She’s facing four felony counts of bail jumping, two counts of possessing illegally obtained prescription drugs and one of possessing drug paraphernalia. Langlade County Judge John Rhode ordered Knox held on a one thousand dollar cash bond.

Childs’ Contract Ends Today

Today is Dr. Don Childs’ final day as interim district administrator for Antigo Public Schools. Childs was brought in three years ago on an interim basis. The Antigo Daily Journal reports that Childs took the reins at a time when the board was divisive and involved with disputes with staff members, members of the administration and even with the community. At his final school board meeting on Tuesday, Childs was presented with a gift basket including wine, cheese and maple syrup . As his contract ends today, Childs turns the job over to Brian Misfeldt.

Crews Working On New School Entrances

The buzzers and thick glass will soon be gone from Antigo’s middle and high schools. Right now, construction crews are working on the new entrances to the schools. Administration says not only will it look better, but it will help traffic flow both into and out of the school every day. Visitors will be directed straight to the main office for check in procedures. The project is costing about 80-thousand dollars. According to the Daily Journal, the work was authorized by the school board in March. The school district is also upgrading security cameras across many of the buildings.

Second Employee Accuses Shawano Police Chief of Sexual Discrimination

A second employee of the Shawano Police Department has filed a civil suit against the city, alleging sexual discrimination by Police Chief Mark Kohl. The first suit was filed last month. In the new lawsuit, Laura Chartraw alleges Kohl commented on Chartraw’s appearance, telling her she wore “hooker boots” and remarked about her lack of makeup and her hair style. Chartraw is also required to personally greet Kohl, smile more and make eye contact with him when she is around him, according to the suit.

Outbreak of Bacterial Infection Hits Kids in Shawano

Kids in Shawano are getting sick, and county health officials say it’s an outbreak of a bacterial infection call shigellosis. Summer school students are coming down with the illness,which causes diarrhea. It’s highly infectious and kids who get it may require antibiotics. Health officials say the illness has been reported among children at Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano and at child care centers. The infection also has spread to some children’s families. The school district sent information about the outbreak home to parents.

School Board Okays Bonds, Attendance Boundaries

As expected, the Antigo School Board last night approved a proposal to borrow 2-and-a-half-million-dollars in zero interest bonds to pay for improvements in our elementary schools. Projects will be taken from a priority list of elementary needs identified in a 2014 study. In addition, the board voted to move ahead with setting new attendance boundaries, in the wake of the closing of Mattoon Elementary School. School officials have been instructed to begin notifying parents of any change that will impact their children.

Rhinlander Boy Honored For Bravery

Rhinelander firefighterts have honored the young boy credited with saving two people’s lives last week. 7 year-old Adam Granger discovered a fire in his kitchen. When realizing that his 6 month old sister was still inside in her crib, he rushed back in, also getting his four year-old brother to safety. Assiatant Chief Thomas Waydick presented Cameron with a plaque recognizing his heroic deed and his bravery.

Heavy Traffic Likely For Holiday Weekend

Some folks will be hitting the road for a Fourth of July weekend road trip. Peak travel times are expected between approximately noon and 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday. To make holiday travel easier, construction on most major highway projects in Wisconsin will be suspended at noon on Friday, July 1 and will not resume until Tuesday, July 5.