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Radder gets 30 years for child porn


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Dale R. Radder, seated beside his attorney, Eric Wimberger, glares in the direction of the prosecutor’s table in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Thursday after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Moments earlier, Radder had held up his middle finger at the prosecution table.

A Belle Plaine man charged with 213 counts of possessing child pornography and several drug-related felonies was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.

Dale R. Radder, 40, will also have to serve another 25 years’ extended supervision when his prison sentence is over.

Radder pleaded no contest to the charges in February under a plea agreement that prevented any additional child porn charges being added from evidence already collected in the case. Authorities said there were some 12,000 images seized from Radder’s computer that could have been used to file additional counts of child porn possession.

“This is probably the most prolific collection of child pornography we’ve seen in Shawano County so far,” Shawano-Menominee County District Attorney Greg Parker said.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 28

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized on Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Theft — A license plate was reported stolen in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifters had fled the store.

Warrant — A male subject was taken into custody on a warrant in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 2900 block of East Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 28

Deputies logged 52 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Angle Road in Pella.

Thu
29
Aug

Shawano school superintendent resigns

Shawano School District Superintendent Todd Carlson has submitted his resignation, leaving the district’s top spot vacant just days before the new school year begins.

Carlson sent an email to local media late Wednesday night, saying he is going to a nearby school district but not specifying where.

The Shawano Leader received confirmation Thursday afternoon that the Gillett School District is interested in hiring Carlson as its superintendent. The Gillett School Board had scheduled a meeting Thursday night to offer Carlson a contract, according to its president, Miles Winkler.

“We do anticipate him being our superintendent,” Winkler said. “He has experience, leadership qualities — all the qualities we’re looking for.”

Winkler said he could not go into details about the proposed contract, and declined to speculate when Carlson would start, as his resignation from Shawano is not yet official.

Thu
29
Aug

Sheriff gets static on radio costs

Efforts to replace outdated radios in the Sheriff’s Department saw Sheriff Randy Wright and the Shawano County Board operating on different wavelengths this week.

The board voted 16-9 Wednesday to postpone a final vote on spending $214,408 to replace 50 radios — 34 in patrol vehicles and 16 portable radios — that do not work with the department’s new digital simulcast system.

The vote was postponed because the county did not request bid proposals.

Wright repeated his warning that the board was playing with fire by not taking action to replace the outdated radios, saying his deputies and the general population were in jeopardy because of the older radios.

Thu
29
Aug

Ellis questions casino approval criteria

The Wisconsin Senate president on Wednesday questioned Gov. Scott Walker’s criteria for approving a new tribal casino, saying the standards contradict the free market system.

The Menominee Nation has been pushing for years to build an $800 million off-reservation casino in Kenosha and finally won federal approval for the project last week. Tribal officials have promised the casino would create thousands of jobs and boost southeastern Wisconsin’s economy.

Walker, a Republican, has the final say on the casino. He has said approval hinges on no new net gambling, community support and consensus from the state’s other 10 tribes. The Forest County Potawatomi are fiercely opposed to the proposal; that tribe runs a casino in Milwaukee about 40 miles north of Kenosha and don’t want to compete with the Menominee. They’ve been trying to make the case that the Menominee’s job creation claims are exaggerated and the state’s gambling market is saturated.

Thu
29
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 27

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A carnival worker reported money was stolen out of a vehicle in the 1100 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Hit and Run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run complaint in the 600 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 27

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Stockbridge Road Department reported two signs stolen and others vandalized on County Road A in Bartelme.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen from a vehicle on Schabow Street in Gresham.

Wed
28
Aug

Menominee resurrect casino partnership offer


The Associated Press/The Menominee Nation This artist’s rendering provided by The Menominee Nation shows the tribe’s proposed casino at the site of the former Dairyland Greyhound Dog Track in Kenosha. The proposal must still be approved by Gov. Scott Walker.

The Menominee Indian Tribe has offered to bring the Forest County Potawatomi in on a proposed Kenosha casino in hopes of getting the Potawatomi to support the project.

Last week, the Bureau of Indian Management gave its approval of the Menominee application to build an entertainment center and casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. The tribe must still win approval from Gov. Scott Walker, who has said he would only approve an Indian casino if all of the state’s 11 tribes agreed.

The Potawatomi have opposed a Menominee casino in Kenosha, maintaining it would reduce revenue at its casino in Milwaukee.

The Menominee have been trying to open a casino at that location since the 1990s.

Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn Tuesday confirmed a report in the Business Journal that the tribe has offered to partner with the Potawatomi on the project.

Wed
28
Aug

Casino supporters state case in Madison

Supporters of a tribal casino in Kenosha began their campaign Tuesday to pressure Gov. Scott Walker into green-lighting the project, insisting the facility would be an economic boon.

Menominee Nation officials, union leaders and Kenosha-area legislators told reporters at a news conference in the state Capitol the casino would create thousands of jobs and help lift the band’s northeastern Wisconsin reservation out of poverty.

“(Walker) is a good man and wants to do what’s best for the state … it’s very clear this project deserves to be approved,” Menominee Tribal Chairman Craig Corn said.

A Walker spokesman referred questions to state Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis, who declined comment.

The Menominee have been looking to open an off-reservation casino at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park dog track for years.

Wed
28
Aug

Leader of the future


Photo by Carol Wagner Ashley Bergsbaken will exhibit photography, visual arts, home environment and swine at the Shawano County Fair, which opens today.

Ashley Bergsbaken had to cut back on her 4-H projects at the Shawano County Fair this year.

Bergsbaken, who will be a senior this fall at Bonduel High School, is showing “only” in the swine, visual arts, photography and home environment categories. Previously she also showed sheep and beef.

“I love being at the fair,” she said. “I like to see people walking through the barns. They see animals close up and experience something I see every day.”

She also loves what 4-H and FFA have done for her over the years, such as giving her the confidence to be a leader.

“I’ve got a passion for leading and growing as a person as well,” she said.

Wed
28
Aug

Legislation could eliminate mandatory school start date

Public schools will once again ring with the voices of students and teachers as they start a new school year next week.

If either of two proposed bills repealing a 13-year-old requirement that public schools not start before Sept. 1 makes its way through the Wisconsin Legislature, each school district — not the state — could determine its first day of school.

A similar effort in 2007 failed, but local public school leaders hope the latest attempt will succeed.

Peter Behnke, Bonduel School District administrator, said he already sees teachers at the school in early August making preparations for classes that cannot start until after Labor Day. Also, five fall sports are already in full swing at Bonduel High School, along with three at Bonduel Middle School.

“Traditionally, before that law was passed, we’d start on Aug. 22-23, roughly a week earlier than normal,” Behnke said. “Half the high school enrollment is already here for (sports).”

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