space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Bucs Go 2-1 During Busy Week Before Break
* Bulldogs, Cougars, Marines Claim Dual Victories
* Niagara and Crivitz Share M&O Penthouse
* Marinette Sinks Denmark in NEC Showdown
* Conference Play Begins for Area Squads

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Marinette County Jail Population Near Record

Marinette County Jail Administrator Bob Majewski reported at the Monday, Jan. 14 meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee that population at the County Jail is averaging quite high, and that January 2013 average population may eclipse the county’s record for the highest average ever.

Printed reports distributed at the meeting show that since mid-December, jail population has consistently been in the high 120’s, a couple of times surpassing the 130 mark. For December, the daily average was 125.5, the highest December average since the new Law Enforcement Center was opened. Back in 2204, the average December head count was 55.87. The highest monthly average was 130.61 and it occurred in July of 2009, but fell to 114 that year by December.

Majewski attributed the current high head counts to a profusion of drug related offenses and a number of high bond inmates. He also noted that in 2012 there were more than 1800 bookings, and that 98 percent of the bookings were people under the influence of something, whether it be drugs or alcohol.

From all appearances, the drug problem in Marinette County and the surrounding area is getting worse by the month, he said. Majewski’s report also showed that the number of boarders in the population averaged only 4.35 for the month, meaning that over 95 percent of the population is home-grown.

The Marinette County Jail has a maximum population of 165, but Majewski explained that the staff of correctional officers has to be extra vigilant when the facility reaches these levels. Placement of inmates also becomes more difficult when the jail reaches these levels because oftentimes several inmates are being held for an individual incident and need to be kept separate at all times.

A snapshot of the jail population on Jan. 7, 2013 showed a total head count of 132, broken down to 110 males and 22 females. Five of the boarders 132 were from Oconto County.

Broken down by status, 45 of the inmates had already been sentenced, 17 for felonies and 28 for misdemeanors. Of the 45 who were sentenced, 14 of the sentences were traffic related.

A total of 44 of the inmates were of the pre-sentence status, meaning they were still awaiting trial. Of those 44, 39 were arrested for felony charges, five for misdemeanors.

Six inmates were there for child support related charges and 33 other inmates are housed in Marinette County at the request of the Department of Corrections. And four inmates are there for failure to pay related charges.

A further breakdown of sentenced inmates at the jail showed that 7 were ondrug charges, 11 for OWI, 6 for Child Support related charges, and 4 each for battery, theft, and fail-to-pay warrants. Others were sentenced for sexual assault, burglary, fleeing and eluding an officer, and ID theft. Many who are sentenced by Marinette County Courts to longer terms do not serve out their sentences in the County Jail, but are instead distributed to the many State Department of Corrections facilities throughout the state.

In other matters connected to the jail, Majewski reported that the new food service company is working out very well and that installation of the enhanced camera/DVD project is in progress. He added that interviews for the Jail Receptionist position will take place very soon.

Communications Director Terry Zimmerman presented his monthly report on the Dispatch Center. The report showed that December was a relatively routine month. The highest numbers of calls were on Dec. 10 and 11, both days surpassing the 200 mark. The low of the month was Christmas Day, with a total of 98 calls. Wireless calls continue to account for over 71 percent of the 911 calls.

Zimmerman explained a recommendation on the agenda which asked to forward to the County Board a request to upgrade the agreement for the NICE digital voice logging system at County Dispatch. The system records all phone calls and radio traffic that come to, from and through Dispatch.

The upgraded software and hardware would prepare the county for the next generation of 911 equipment that would allow Dispatch to receive text messages as well as pictures and video. While most phone companies have yet to upgrade their equipment to handle this type of technology, when they do the County will be ready.

The new software/hardware will cost the County an additional $350 per year, and has worked into the price a buy-out of the remaining one year of the existing contract.

Zimmerman also received approval from the Committee to eliminate one full-time dispatcher position and create an Assistant Communications Director position. Zimmerman explained that currently he is the only manager in the department. An assistant position would allow a manager to be present during nights and weekends and at those times when Zimmerman is unavailable. The position would still require the person to perform dispatch duties on a regular basis.

The additional cost of $4000 to $5000 was already worked into the 2013 budget and had been approved by the County’s Personnel Committee. Zimmerman said he would prefer to hire from within the ranks of existing dispatchers for this position since they are already familiar with the system the county uses and how Dispatch works.

Zimmerman also received approval to rehire a former Dispatch employee at the 24 month step wage. The person had worked in Dispatch for six years and recently accepted a position elsewhere within county government. The person then reposted back to Dispatch when a position became open.

The policy in the County is to drop back to the entry level pay, but Zimmerman pointed out that the person would require no training and could just jump right in. County Administrator Sorensen commented that she supported the pay level because she felt that Dispatch is one of the hardest positions for which to be trained.

Emergency Management Director Eric Burmeister updated the Committee on the status of a couple of the grants the county has applied for or has been awarded.

The County received a $10,910 grant for Hazmat Training through Wisconsin Emergency Management Training. The training will involve several people throughout the county who are already certified in Hazmat work.

Burmeister reported he is in the process of closing out the Port Security Grants for years 2010 and 2011. An HOA Fast Track grant application was denied, as they were for all of northeast Wisconsin.

As for other activities, Burmeister is assisting in a training activity coming at Bay Area Medical Center. He also explained a state conference he will attend in early February.

Lt. Jim Albright explained the bid sheet from the proposal to purchase a 2013 4X4 Four Door Crew Cab truck. The new vehicle will replace the 2008 Ford Explorer that is currently being used as the detective’s unit. The low bid, after trade-in, was from Witt Auto Sales at a final cost of $18,359.07. The bid unit was a Ford F150 XLT. Bids were received from seven different dealers.

The Committee accepted the bid from Witt Auto. Also approved was the only bid from ETS for changeover services of $1,525, which involve things like installing the cage, camera, etc. The Committee approved the vehicle decal bid from Ambrosius Graphics for new vehicles this year at a total cost of $2,606.85.

In a rare move, the Committee had to reconsider the proposal approved last month for the purchase five new 2013 Ford Police Utility Interceptors. The bid had been awarded to the Motor Company of Marinette, but the Motor Company had to withdraw their bid because of errors that would have made the sale untenable for them. After consultation with Corporation Counsel, the Committee approved the next lowest bid, which was from Witt Ford at a unit price of $26,538, or a total price of $132,690.

Sheriff Jerry Sauve reviewed the citation, incident and accident reports for the months of October and November. By far, the largest cause of accidents in the two month period were by deer or other animals, with 72 such accidents reported in October and 114 reported in November. The next highest category of calls were burglary - 34 in October and 36 in November. The two month period also saw the arrests of a total of 18 people for Operating While Under the Influence 1st Offense, three for 2nd Offense; two for 3rd Offense; and 2 for Subsequent Offense. The department also issued 89 speeding tickets in October and November.

The Committee approved turning over $25,125 to Collection Agencies for money owed on Inmate Board accounts. Three budget transfers were also approved from 2012. Two were to cover expenses for training of the new Correctional Officers; the other was for ammunition purchases.




Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
12-15-2017Front Page
Identify Victim, Officers In Marinette Shooting Death

12-14-2017Obituaries
Mary K. Andrist-Sjoquist

12-14-2017Obituaries
James Bins

12-14-2017Obituaries
Charles W. Boshan

12-14-2017Obituaries
Paul Cherovsky

12-14-2017Obituaries
Ralph Emmes

12-14-2017Obituaries
John R. England

12-14-2017Obituaries
Clarence A. Herbst

12-14-2017Obituaries
Stanley J. Horak

12-14-2017Obituaries
Norbert S. Kabacinski

12-14-2017Obituaries
Donald F. Loberger

12-14-2017Obituaries
Florence G. Mikkola

12-14-2017Obituaries
Arlene A. Motto

12-14-2017Obituaries
Evangeline Orlando

12-14-2017Obituaries
Donald C. Reiter

12-14-2017Obituaries
Frances E. Smith

12-14-2017Obituaries
James Ahrens

12-14-2017Obituaries
Mark S. Erickson

12-14-2017Obituaries
Tony Frigo

12-14-2017Obituaries
Leonard E. Graef

12-14-2017Obituaries
Carl W. Greene

12-14-2017Obituaries
Arthur Grenke

12-14-2017Obituaries
Eleanor V. Johnson

12-14-2017Obituaries
Jerrold Keel

12-14-2017Obituaries
Warren L. Nelson

12-14-2017Obituaries
William "Bill" Perry

12-14-2017Obituaries
Harlen H. Patz

12-14-2017Obituaries
Nancy L. Sotka

12-14-2017Obituaries
Agnes Thomson

12-14-2017Obituaries
Thomas M. Zeitler

12-14-2017Sports
Bucs Go 2-1 During Busy Week Before Break

12-14-2017Sports
Bulldogs, Cougars, Marines Claim Dual Victories

12-14-2017Sports
Niagara and Crivitz Share M&O Penthouse

12-14-2017Sports
Marinette Sinks Denmark in NEC Showdown

12-14-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

12-14-2017Perspectives
From our readers

12-14-2017Perspectives
From My Window

12-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Beecher Town Board Gets Recycling Changes

12-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Country Gospel Jam is Dec. 15

12-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Big Success

12-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Ranger Booster Club Fundraiser is Feb. 10

12-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Wolverine Sports Boosters Erect New Building

12-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Schools Holiday Break

12-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Services, Free Dinner Dec. 24

12-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Village Crivitz To Rezone for Food Pantry

12-14-2017Community - Coleman
North Kickers Have Christmas Dance Dec. 16

12-14-2017Community - Coleman
Dylan Garrigan Named Lena J.H. Wrestling Coach

12-14-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Okays Amending Ordinance on Judge Salary

12-14-2017Community - Coleman
Founders of Coleman Cancer Event Raise Over $75,000

12-14-2017Front Page
Two More Graduate From Marinette Co. Drug Court

12-14-2017Front Page
Agencies Address Marinette Water Contamination Issues

12-14-2017Front Page
County Board Again Asked To Consider Committee Revamp

12-14-2017Front Page
Pound Agrees On Insurance, Not Raises, For Employees

12-06-2017Sports
Conference Play Begins for Area Squads

12-06-2017Sports
Badgers Claim Early Supremecy in M&O Play

12-06-2017Sports
Area Grapplers Take to the Mats

12-06-2017Sports
Peshtigo Bowlers Off to Good Start

12-06-2017Obituaries
Carleton H. Warnecke

12-06-2017Obituaries
Sandra Rust

12-06-2017Obituaries
Laurie A. O'Connor

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mel L. Last II

12-06-2017Obituaries
David M. Kostreva

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mary Koehne

12-06-2017Obituaries
Karen J. Deau

12-06-2017Obituaries
Theresa Boettcher

12-06-2017Obituaries
Kathleen M. Wood

12-06-2017Obituaries
Mildred H. Winkler

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Holiday Concerts

12-06-2017Obituaries
John A. Wilson

12-06-2017Obituaries
Donald C. Reiter

12-06-2017Obituaries
Gary Keller

12-06-2017Obituaries
Kim M. Jones

12-06-2017Obituaries
William C. Holmes

12-06-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Butler

12-06-2017Obituaries
Peter C. Brown

12-06-2017Obituaries
Charles W. Boshan

12-06-2017Obituaries
Nancy Palenica

12-06-2017
Neil J. Ondracek

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Free Dinner, Movie

12-06-2017Obituaries
Gerald Lesperance, Jr.

12-06-2017Obituaries
James D. Kohn

12-06-2017Obituaries
Rick G. Klimek

12-06-2017Obituaries
Terrance R. Ingram

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting Dec. 13

12-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Ranger Booster Club Fundraiser is Feb. 10

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
21 Crivitz Students at Education Fair

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Services, Free Dinner Dec. 24

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Christmas Float Made by Those with Disabilities

12-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Christmas Dinner

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Founders of Coleman Cancer Event Raise Over $75,000

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Swede Town Shed Damaged by Fire

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Hosts Senior Citizens

12-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Board to Discuss Two Overnight Student Trips

12-06-2017Front Page
Open House at New PCM Credit Union

12-06-2017Front Page
Lock, Gryzwa Will Not Seek Re-Election to Peshtigo Council

12-06-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Town Board Okays $925,412 Budget

12-06-2017Front Page
Marinette Firemen To Expand EMS Coverage

12-06-2017Front Page
Pound Parade Dec. 9, Special Meet Dec. 11

11-29-2017Sports
Bighead Carp Caught on Lower Wisconsin River

11-29-2017Obituaries
Frances T. Weimer

11-29-2017Obituaries
Donald Simonet

11-29-2017Obituaries
Bernard Pranica

11-29-2017Obituaries
John E. Pardee

11-29-2017Obituaries
Joan Paque

11-29-2017Sports
WIAA & Kwik Trip Resumes "Road Team of the Week"

11-29-2017Obituaries
Thomas Maye

11-29-2017Obituaries
Gerald Lesperance, Jr.

11-29-2017Obituaries
Deanna D. Koller

11-29-2017Obituaries
Ross F. Kies

11-29-2017Obituaries
Norman Jensen

11-29-2017Sports
Badgers Beat Rangers in OT

11-29-2017Obituaries
Paul G. Hoffman

11-29-2017Obituaries
Floyd W. Herson

11-29-2017Obituaries
Rose P. Hein

11-29-2017Obituaries
Connie A. Gustafson

11-29-2017Obituaries
Nancy I. Grun

11-29-2017Obituaries
Carl Francis

11-29-2017Obituaries
Rita R. Fitt

11-29-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth L. Felix

11-29-2017Obituaries
Lawrence Eichhorn

11-29-2017Obituaries
Larry P. Eatherton

11-29-2017Obituaries
William Doyen, Sr.

11-29-2017Obituaries
Robert E. Brown

11-29-2017Obituaries
Daniel W. Cloutier

11-29-2017Obituaries
William Caley

11-29-2017Obituaries
Helen M Bezio

11-29-2017Obituaries
Cheryl L. Aldrich

11-29-2017Sports
Marines Hold on for Tight Win in Peshtigo

11-29-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

11-29-2017Perspectives
From My Window

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Ranger Booster Club Fundraiser is Feb. 10

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Board Hears Wausaukee School Report

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Free Dinner, Movie

11-29-2017Community - Wausaukee
796 Shoebox Gifts Collected for OCC

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Special Olympics in Crivitz Starts Dec. 3

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Village Board Approves Upgrades

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Hosts Vintage Snomo Show

11-29-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Continues Discussions To Update Zoning Ordinance

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Gift Baskets Topic at Library Dec. 6

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Youth Wrestling Sign Up

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Dec. 4

11-29-2017Community - Coleman
Senior Club To Meet on Dec. 4

11-29-2017Front Page
The Wall That Heals Coming to Crivitz Aug. 30 - Sept. 2

11-29-2017Front Page
Airplane Tampering Allegations Draw Objections, Responses

11-29-2017Front Page
Committee Recommends Keep Chicago Court Name

11-29-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Tax Rate Unchanged From 2017

11-29-2017Front Page
Marinette City Budget Public Hearing Nov. 30

11-22-2017Obituaries
Dolores Behringer

11-22-2017Obituaries
Mildred J. Berman

11-22-2017Obituaries
Mason S. Ermis


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Trump cut back on the amount of tweets he makes?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites