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- Police Investigating Crash at Memorial and College (posted Aug. 29, 2014)
On Friday, August 29, 2014, at 12:07AM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a crash involving a pedestrian and SUV, near the intersection of S. Memorial Drive and W. College Avenue.

Preliminary information shows a southbound SUV, driven by a 25 year-old Appleton man, struck a pedestrian, who was walking westbound, across S. Memorial Drive. The pedestrian, a 56 year-old male from the Appleton area, was transported to a local hospital. He is being treated for serious injuries. The driver of the SUV, who was not injured, remained at the scene and has been interviewed by officers.

Due to the serious injuries sustained by the pedestrian, the Appleton Police Department’s Crash team was called upon to investigate the incident. The roadway at the intersection was closed to allow collection of evidence related to the crash.

The Appleton Police Department’s investigation remains continued. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at 832-5509.
- Media Release Results in Change of Story (posted Aug. 26, 2014)
The Appleton Police Department distributed a media release on August 25, 2014, asking for information on a dog bite complaint being investigated by the agency. The result was a change in the story by the reporting party.

The Appleton Police Department was informed by the reporting party that the bite did not occur at the intersection, as she had previously reported. The incident occurred at a business in Appleton. The reporting party had fabricated the story in an attempt to protect the dog owner, who had not requested the reporting party to take that action.

The Appleton Police Department has identified the dog and spoke with the dog owner. The dog owner, who was cooperative, will be issued a summons for “Animal Attacking Without Provocation”.

The individual who falsely reported the information will be issued a summons for “Interference with Animal Control Officer”.

Please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509 with questions.
- Multi-Agency Investigation Into Fires (posted Aug. 26, 2014)
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 6:12AM, the Appleton Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a suspicious fire in the garage of an occupied residence on W. River Road. The fire, which destroyed a vehicle and caused structural damage to the residence, is being classified as arson.

Prior to the fire on W. River Road, two vehicle fires occurred on Royal Court, in the Town of Menasha. Throughout the weekend, a total of 6 vehicles were discovered with damage consistent to arson related fires. Several incidents of property damage and vehicle entries, which appear related to the fires, were also reported. All reported incidents occurred on the south side of Appleton in an area between Valley Road and the Fox River. The incidents appear to have taken place during the early morning hours of August 23, 2014.

The Appleton Police Department, Town of Menasha Police Department, Town of Menasha Fire Department, Department of Crime Investigations (DCI) and Appleton Fire Department are conducting the multi-agency investigation into the aforementioned incidents.

If you have information about the incidents, you are asked to contact Sgt. Tauber at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5526.

If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, consider Text-a-Tip. Text CRIMES (274-637) with the keyword APDTIPS at the start of your message.

For additional information, contact Sgt. David Lund at 920-832-5509.
- Sex Offender Release Information - Robert L. Johnson (posted Aug. 26, 2014)
The following is a media release authorized by the Outagamie County Sex Offender Community Notification Core Team. The Core Team is made up of representatives from local law enforcement, Department of Corrections, and the Outagamie County DA’s office. The Core Team evaluates and makes decisions on the level of notification to the community for the pending release of sex offenders under Wisconsin Statutes 301.45 and 301.46.

On June 1, 1997, Wisconsin State Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law became effective.

Because sex offenders may pose a continuing risk of engaging in sex offenses while in the community, protection of the public is of paramount importance. Community notification (the release of relevant offender information) furthers the interest of public safety and can enhance strategies for crime detection and prevention.

Sex offenders have always lived in our community. However, until the passage of Megan’s Law in 1997, law enforcement often didn’t know where offenders were living and were not able to share that information with the general public if such information was made available to them. Community notification is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

A sex offender who has been convicted of a sex offense requiring registration with law enforcement in Appleton will soon be released to this community and will be residing temporarily at a residence in the 500 block of N. Superior St. He is not wanted by the police at this time.

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN

The City of Appleton Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release, when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sexual offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender is not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Robert L. Johnson (07/16/71) - Release to Community on September 2, 2014

Robert L. Johnson was convicted of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a child in Outagamie County, and 4th Degree Sexual Assault in Winnebago County, WI. Offender has also been convicted of numerous offenses in Marquette County, MI to include: Attempted Criminal Sexual conduct – 3rd Degree; two counts 2nd Degree Home Invasion; and Theft/Fraud. His most recent, Outagamie County conviction, involved the grooming and sexual assault of a 4-year-old and 13-year-old acquaintance. Robert L. Johnson also has a long history of alcohol abuse.

Johnson will be staying at a residence in the 500 block of N. Superior St. on a temporary basis. He is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He will be monitored as a lifetime GPS registrant. His interaction with the community will be restricted by the standard rules placed on sex offenders and specific rules regarding the times of day that he can leave the residence and purpose of those trips.

Additional questions regarding Robert Johnson can be directed to Agent Jason Fairweather, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at 920-997-1384, Tom Smith, Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 720-3015 or Investigator Matthew Kuether, Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500.

As of 08/18/2014 there are approximately 23,329 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 499 are located in Outagamie County. For more information, please call Investigator Matt Kuether at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5933 or visit Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry’s website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/


For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Appleton Police Looking for Dog from Bite Incident (posted Aug. 25, 2014)
The Appleton Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in identifying a dog which bit a man on August 19, 2014.

At approximately 11:00AM, on August 19, 2014, an 18 year-old Appleton man was approached by a Rottweiler, while walking near the intersection of E. Eldorado Street and N. Union Street. The man attempted to greet the dog, which was not on a leash, by crouching to the dog’s level. The dog bit the man on the top of his head. The bite caused an injury requiring stitches.

At the time of the incident, a man claiming to be the dog’s owner, spoke briefly to the victim. He was described as being a male white, tall in stature with graying hair. He didn’t identify himself to the victim before leaving with the dog.

The Appleton Police Department is attempting to identify the dog and the owner, for follow-up investigation to the bite.

If you have information regarding the incident, dog or dog owner, please contact CSO Lead Matthew Fillebrown. He can be reached at (920) 832-6414.
- Appleton Police and Fire Investigating Garage Fire (posted Aug. 23, 2014)
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 6:12AM, the Appleton Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a fire in the garage of a residence on W. River Road.

Arriving units found the attached garage engulfed in flames. A vehicle inside the garage was destroyed as a result of the fire. The occupants of the residence, who were alerted to the fire by a sounding car alarm, were able to exit the residence without injury. Appleton Fire reported the fire out at 6:31AM.

The Appleton Police Department and Appleton Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation to determine the origin of the fire.

For additional information, contact Sgt. David Lund at 920-832-5509.
- Sex Offender Release Information - Ryan Kukla (posted Aug. 18, 2014)
The following is a media release authorized by the Outagamie County Sex Offender Community Notification Core Team. The Core Team is made up of representatives from local law enforcement, Department of Corrections, and the Outagamie County DA’s office. The Core Team evaluates and makes decisions on the level of notification to the community for the pending release of sex offenders under Wisconsin Statutes 301.45 and 301.46.

On June 1, 1997, Wisconsin State Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law became effective.

Because sex offenders may pose a continuing risk of engaging in sex offenses while in the community, protection of the public is of paramount importance. Community notification (the release of relevant offender information) furthers the interest of public safety and can enhance strategies for crime detection and prevention.

Sex offenders have always lived in our community. However, until the passage of Megan’s Law in 1997, law enforcement often didn’t know where offenders were living and were not able to share that information with the general public if such information was made available to them. Community notification is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

A sex offender who has been convicted of a sex offense requiring registration with law enforcement in Appleton will soon be released to this community and will be residing temporarily at a residence in the 600 block of S. Memorial Drive. He is not wanted by the police at this time.

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN

The City of Appleton Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release, when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sexual offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender is not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Ryan C. Kukla (M/W, 07/28/93) was found guilty of crimes he committed in Outagamie County. Those crimes included; two separate instances of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. His most recent sexual assault involved entry into the victim’s home, while the victim and their family were sleeping. He was previously released in June of 2013. Kukla violated his rules of probation, resulting in a revocation and additional time in prison.

Kukla will be staying at a residence in the 600 block of S. Memorial Drive on a temporary basis. He is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He will be equipped with an electronic monitoring device. His interaction with the community will be restricted by the standard rules placed on sex offenders and specific rules regarding the times of day that he can leave the residence and purpose of those trips.

Additional questions regarding Ryan Kukla can be directed to Agent Nicholas Uebelher, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at (920) 997-1395, Tom Smith, Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 720-3015 or Investigator Matthew Kuether, Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500.

As of August 18, 2014, there are approximately 23,329 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 499 are located in Outagamie County. For more information, please call Investigator Matt Kuether at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5933 or visit Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry’s website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Charge Requested for Alleged Abduction Hoax (posted Aug. 14, 2014)
On the evening of August 13, 2014, the Appleton Police Department received multiple calls from citizens and media outlets regarding an alleged abduction. Callers indicated a Facebook post was advising people to watch out for the safety of their children; due to an abduction attempt in a local Walmart parking lot. The post claimed the incident was being investigated by the Appleton Police Department.

An officer was assigned to check into the source of the aforementioned calls. It was determined no local law enforcement agency had received information regarding an attempted abduction. The officer was able to locate the individual who had placed the information on Facebook.

The female taking responsibility for the posting provided the officer with specific information for a male and female suspect and time/location of the alleged abduction attempt. The officer investigated the incident for several hours before the female called the Appleton Police Department to admit the incident never occurred and confessed to fabricating the information on her Facebook page.

The Appleton Police Department will be referring a 25 year-old Menasha woman on a charge of Obstructing. The charge is a result of information provided to the investigating officer, not the information placed in the initial Facebook post.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Moped Crash Results in Fatality (posted Aug. 11, 2014)
On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 10:25AM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a crash involving two (2) mopeds near the intersection of North Meade Street and East Summer Street. Officers determined the two mopeds had been travelling southbound on the roadway with one another.

While riding together, minor contact between the front wheel of one moped and the rear wheel of the other moped caused the trailing rider’s moped to crash. The operator of the moped, a 52 year-old female, from Appleton, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for head injuries received in the crash. She was not wearing a helmet when the crash occurred. The other operator, a 52 year-old man, also from Appleton, was not injured in the crash.

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, the Appleton Police Department was informed by the Outagamie County Coroner’s Office of the female operator’s death, as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash. No autopsy will be conducted.

The Appleton Police Department’s investigation is continued. No arrest was made or citation issued. Neither alcohol, nor speeds, appears to be factors in the crash.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at 832-5509.
- Appleton Police and Fire Departments Participate in National Night Out (posted Aug. 4, 2014)
On the evening of August 5, 2014, the Appleton Police and Fire Department will participate in many of the National Night Out celebrations being hosted by local Neighborhood Watch groups. Between 5PM and 10PM, officers from the police and fire departments, members of the Appleton Police and Fire Department’s command staff, Community Service Officers and McGruff the Crime Dog will be visiting many of these community groups.

The National Night Out event began in August of 1984. At the time, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities participated in the inaugural event. It is estimated 37.8 million Americans, in over 16,000 communities, will participate in tomorrow’s event. This year, over 40 watch groups are participating in the City of Appleton’s event.

In the City of Appleton, National Night Out focuses on the many Neighborhood Watch groups we have in the community. By meeting with our groups, we get a chance to promote safety in the community, meet community members and strengthen our police and community partnerships.

Neighborhood Watch groups have been organizing block parties or parties in the parks. Each watch group will offer something different – including; ice cream socials, bicycle parades, barbecues, potlucks, pig roasts, face painting and dunk tanks. In addition to getting an opportunity to interact with the folks who make our community great, we love having the chance to sample some of the great food the groups prepare. And did we mention we bring McGruff the Crime Dog?

If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch in Appleton or want to know about creating a group for next year’s event, please contact Leanne Wilson at the Appleton Police Department (920)832-5560.
- Officers Save Drowning Burglary Suspect (posted Aug. 4, 2014)
On August 4, 2014, at approximately 7:12AM, the Appleton Police Department received a call of a burglary, which had just occurred in the 1400 block on N. Kenilworth Avenue. The caller reported an unknown person leaving her home with a laptop computer.

As officers responded, another citizen became involved in the incident, after seeing the suspect conceal the laptop under his clothing. The citizen, who correctly believed the subject’s actions to be suspicious, followed the suspect and confronted him. The suspect ran. The Good Samaritan followed the subject and confronted him a second time. A physical altercation occurred, during which the suspect dropped the laptop. The suspect fled. The Good Samaritan, who was not injured, called to report the suspect’s location.

As officers began to search a wooded area to the east of Peabody Park, they located a man in the Fox River. Lt. Dan Weiske stated the male party was approximately 75 feet into the river and was struggling to keep his head above the water. Lt. Weiske called for the Appleton Fire Department’s water rescue team to respond. He then saw the subject go under water. Lt. Weiske called Sgt. Rob Wills to his location. Together, Lt. Weiske and Sgt. Wills went into the river to rescue the subject. They were able to get him to shore and had medical personnel respond to provide the suspect aid.

The subject was transported to a local hospital to have his medical condition assessed. He was then taken to jail.

Luke M. Scholtka (M/W, 02/24/78), who states he is homeless, is currently confined at the Outagamie County Jail. A charge of Burglary is being requested for Scholtka, who is also being charged with bail jumping.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Five Arrests for Crack Cocaine and Heroin Made by Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force (posted July 31, 2014)
On July 30, 2014, officers from the Appleton Police Department, the Appleton Police Department/Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department Community Resource Unit (CRU) and the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM) concluded a multi-pronged investigation by taking suspects into custody at several locations in Appleton. These suspects were engaged in the sale and purchase of controlled substances, which were observed by officers from the aforementioned law enforcement agencies.

As a result of the investigation, approximately 282 grams of crack cocaine, with an approximate street value of $42,300 was seized. Seventy-three (73) grams of heroin, with an approximate street value of $14,600, was also seized. Money in possession of several of the suspects was collected as evidence.

Based on the investigation, officers took five (5) individuals into custody. They were confined at the Outagamie County Jail.

Confined were:

Tiasha A. McNeal (F/B – 06/12/90) – Resident of Park City, IL - Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and Manufacturing/Delivery of Cocaine

Perry G. Lee (M/B, 12/28/90) – Resident of Zion, IL – Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession Manufacturing/Delivery of Cocaine

Lamonuwell Graham (M/B, 4/12/72) – Resident of Kimberly, WI –Manufacturing/Delivery of Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a Probation Violation.

Nathaniel K. Payne (M/B, 10/04/60) – Resident of Kaukauna, WI – Attempted Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a Probation Violation.

Vonda L. Quaas (F/W, 06/03/71) – Resident of Menasha, WI – Possession of Cocaine and a Probation Violation.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at 832-5509.
- Police Arrest Suspect for Attempted Kidnapping (posted July 11, 2014)
On July 10, 2014, at 11:07PM, the Appleton Police Department responded to the area of W. Second Street and S. Outagamie Street on the report of an attempted abduction. The victim, a 23 year-old female, reported being grabbed and strangled by a male. The male attempted to place a bag over her head, before citizens in the area responded to the female’s yelling.

On July 11, 2014, at 4:36PM, after a dedicated investigation of over 16 hours, Sgt. Meyer and Sgt. Leitzinger were on scene as officers made a traffic stop in the 400 block of N. Division Street on the suspect vehicle. A 45 year-old male was taken into custody. The vehicle was impounded. The male was transported to the Appleton Police Department to be interviewed.

As a result of the investigation, Dennis Lee Mitchell (M/W, 11/06/68), a Missouri resident, who has been residing in Appleton for several months, has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail. A charge of Attempted Kidnapping is being requested for the July 10, 2014 incident. A charge of Solicitation, from an incident that occurred on May 8, 2014, in the City of Appleton is also being requested.

The female, pictured in the previously released surveillance photo, was also identified and was determined to not be endangered. There is no indication she was aware of the incident or had a role in the incident.

The Appleton Police Department thanks the community for tips that streamed in following the release of surveillance photos. Our community plays an essential role in helping our agency continue to come to quick closure in many of our investigations.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Police Investigate Attempted Abduction (posted July 11, 2014)
On July 10, 2014, at 11:07PM, the Appleton Police Department responded to the area of W. Second Street and S. Outagamie Street on the report of an attempted abduction. The victim, a 23 year-old female, reported being grabbed by an adult male while walking to her vehicle. The female yelled and struggled with the unidentified male. Her actions drew the attention of several people in the neighborhood. When those individuals approached to check on the female, the male attacker fled to a dark colored SUV. He then left the area. The vehicle was last seen travelling northbound on S. Outagamie Street.

The victim was not injured during the attempted abduction.

Appleton Police Department investigators have been working to identify the attacker since the time of the attack. Investigators believe there may be surveillance video available of the suspect. The Appleton Police Department will release photos from the video, when it becomes available.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Appleton Officers, K9, Suspect Fall Through Ceiling During Arrest (posted July 1, 2014)
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