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- Suspicious Materials Located Following Disturbance Arrest (posted Apr. 23, 2015)
The Appleton Police Department has taken a 32 year-old Appleton man into custody as the result of a disturbance occurring inside an apartment complex in the 2600 block of S. Kerry Lane. The incident resulted in a multi-agency investigation of chemicals located within the man’s apartment.

Police responded to a disturbance call at 12:03 AM on April 23, 2015. A caller reported hearing a disturbance and seeing the suspect chasing a female tenant in the hallway of the building. Officers quickly located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. A female adult, who lives in a different apartment than the suspect, told officers the suspect had broken open her apartment door. The suspect reportedly tried to pull the victim from the apartment, as she attempted to hide with her child. The victim and her child were able to escape the suspect by leaving the building. No injuries were reported by the victim or her child.

While speaking to officers, the suspect indicated the presence of a different female in his apartment. Officers conducted a sweep of his apartment, looking for the individual. No one was located; however, officers did see numerous containers marked with chemical names or markings.

Based on the presence of the aforementioned chemicals, officers enlisted the assistance of the Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) and WI DCI. When agents examined the chemicals, they were concerned about the presence and purpose of the chemicals. The services of the Outagamie County/Brown County Bomb Squad, ATF, EPA, Outagamie County Emergency Management, Appleton Fire Department and 54TH CST (National Guard) were employed to further identify the chemicals and purpose of the suspect possessing them. The investigation showed some chemicals to be highly toxic, while others presented a danger of volatility, if combined with other chemicals present inside the apartment. The chemicals, which were isolated to the suspect’s apartment, will be removed with the assistance of the EPA and a private environmental firm.

Steven A. Meyer (M/W, 10/08/82) is confined at the Winnebago County Jail on several charges unrelated to the chemicals located in his apartment. The Appleton Police Department is continuing their investigation into Meyer’s activity and may request additional charges through the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office upon conclusion of the investigation.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Suspect in Custody for Overnight Stabbing (posted Apr. 22, 2015)
On April 22, 2015, at 1:07 AM, Appleton Police Department officers responded to a stabbing call inside a residence in the 1000 block of E Windfield Place. A 27 year-old Appleton male, with multiple stab and cut wounds, was located inside the residence. He was transported by paramedics to a local medical facility for treatment. His wounds, while serious, did not appear life threatening.

The Appleton Police Department learned the identity of the suspect from individuals at the residence. The individual who had stabbed the victim immediately left the area, in a vehicle, following the incident. An alert was put out to local law enforcement agencies for the suspect and vehicle. The vehicle was located a short time later by the Grand Chute Police Department. With the assistance of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department and Grand Chute Police Department, the Appleton Police Department took the suspect into custody at a nearby hotel.

The Appleton Police Department has confined Appleton resident, Calvin T. Wilson (M/B, 05/29/87) on a Probation Violation. The Appleton Police Department will be requesting the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office to review the report for multiple criminal charges.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Sex Offender Release Notification - Roman Zareczny (posted Mar. 24, 2015)
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 higher risk to the community.

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.

Roman A Zareczny (08/29/56)

Roman A. Zareczny (M/W, 08/29/56) was found guilty in 2012, of a crime he committed in Outagamie County in the fall of 1989. Zareczny was convicted of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault. This crime involved the offender using a ploy in order to sexually assault an 11-year-old female, stranger victim. Zareczny has also been linked by DNA, and his own statements, to another sexual assault earlier in 1989. This offense involved the offender using a knife to force a 12-year-old female, stranger victim to a secluded area where the sexual assault was committed. Due to statute of limitations, Zareczny was never charged or convicted of this crime.

Zareczny will be staying, on a temporary basis, at a residence in the 500 block of N. Superior Street. He is under the supervision with 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 he can leave the residence and purpose of those trips.

Additional questions regarding Roman Zareczny can be directed to Agent Ryan Hartfield - State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at (920) 997-3973, Tom Smith - Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 720-3015 or Investigator Matthew Kuether, Appleton Police Department at (920) 832-5500.

As of March 23, 2015, there are approximately 23,641 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 516 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 Department 2014 Year in Review (posted Mar. 13, 2015)
Appleton Police Department 2014 Year in Review
- Outagamie County Agencies Fight the Menace of Sex Trafficking (posted Mar. 12, 2015)
Commercial Sex Trafficking (commonly known as prostitution) is an ever growing problem across our nation and within the Fox Valley. To confront this epidemic, the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, Appleton Police Department and Grand Chute Police Department, in collaboration with the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office, Outagamie County Youth and Family Services, the Department of Corrections, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Harbor House, Attic Corrections, the Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team and other area agencies have developed comprehensive programming designed to aggressively deal with the issue of sex trafficking in our community.

The Committee’s approach utilizes a “4 Pillar Model” with the following areas of focus:
• Prevention
• Treatment/Support
• Court Systems
• Law Enforcement/Corrections

Strategies implemented by the steering committee include:
• Prevent and reduce vulnerability by increasing awareness and knowledge; addressing norms, attitudes, and systems which create opportunities for the sexual exploitation of vulnerable minors and adults.
• Detect and assist at-risk minors and adults susceptible to recruitment; rescue victims and provide safe harbor; provide treatment, recovery, and reintegration services; apprehend traffickers and solicitors/purchasers.
• Assist victims of sex trafficking to overcome effects of trauma exposure from sexual servitude; investigate, charge, and pursue conviction against traffickers and solicitors/purchasers; provide rehabilitation services to solicitors/purchasers.

In support of this endeavor, The Sexual Assault Crisis Center was awarded a grant of $100,500 from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Incorpated. U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community partners support this fund.

The Sexual Assault Crisis Center received an additional grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Evelyn and Arthur Lierman Children's Fund, within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.

Utilizing increased community awareness and a victim centered collaborative effort, it is the hope of the committee, the Fox Valley can suppress sex trafficking to the greatest extent possible, bring traffickers to justice and provide healing to victims.

If you would like further information please contact Lt. Steve Elliott at (920)832-5500.
- Two Arrests for Credit Card Identity Theft (posted Mar. 2, 2015)
On February 27, 2015, the Appleton Police Department took two (2) adult males into custody on multiple charges of Identity Theft. The individuals had been active in the Fox Cities area using credit cards encoded with stolen account information, to make numerous purchases. Many of the victims of the identity theft were individuals residing in the Fox Cities.

Investigators suggest checking your credit card accounts to ensure no unauthorized charges have been made. If you find suspicious, or fraudulent charges, on your statements contact the financial institution responsible for servicing the credit card.

Appleton Police Department investigators have confined Elston D. Howard (M/B, 02/10/83) of Miami Gardens, Florida and Christopher B. Trotter (M/B, 12/26/82) of South Holland, Illinois at the Outagamie County Jail. Investigators are requesting 16 counts of Identity Theft against Howard and 3 counts of Identity Theft on Trotter.

If you have additional information related to these individuals, you are asked to contact Sgt. Whitney (920) 832-5548 or Sgt. Gleiss (920) 832-5516. Anonymous tips can be texted to Text-a-Tip. Text CRIMES (274-637) with the keyword APDTIPS at the start of your message.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Sex Offender Release Notification - Vincent Leone - Change of Address (posted Feb. 23, 2015)
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 District Attorney’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 interest. 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.

Vincent P. Leone (AKA: Vincent P. Fisher), who has been convicted of a sex offense requiring registration with law enforcement, has been released to this community and has recently moved to a new address. He is now living at 2603 N. Richmond St., Unit #14. He has served the mandatory amount of prison time as defined by Wisconsin Statutes. He is not wanted by the police at this time.

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN
02/23/15

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 offender’s 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 higher risk to the community.

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.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Vincent Leone (AKA: Vincent Fisher) 02/22/1948 was convicted on December 20, 1988, of 2nd degree murder and sexual assault of a 6-year-old, non-relative, female household member. Leone was sentenced to an indeterminate 20 year prison term for each offense, to be served consecutively. Based on the law, as it was when Leone was sentenced, he has served the maximum amount of time in prison, allowable on those sentences.

Leone has moved to an address of 2603 N.Richmond Street, Unit #14. He will be under 24 hour GPS monitoring. Leone will be monitored under parole supervision for 14 years, until 2028.

Additional questions regarding Vincent Leone can be directed to Tom Smith, State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Specialist at (920)720-3015 or Investigator Matt Kuether of the Appleton Police Department at (920)832-5933.
- Police Captain Receives Crisis Intervention Team Award (posted Feb. 17, 2015)
On February 5, 2015, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fox Valley honored Appleton Police Captain Todd Freeman with their Karen Aspenson CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Officer of the Year Award for 2014/2015. Aspenson was the longtime executive director of NAMI Fox Valley.

Captain Freeman has been with the Appleton Police Department since 2000. He was one of the first Appleton Police Department officers to attend CIT training in October of 2004. Captain Freeman represents one of 50 officers from the Appleton Police Department trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The training also provides skill training to help officers de-escalate crisis situations.

In addition to his continued advocacy of the training, Captain Freeman has been a member of the advisory board for the NAMI Fox Valley Peer Run Respite and serves on the planning team for the Outagamie County Mental Health Court. The court has been operational since 2012.

The Appleton Police Department congratulates Captain Freeman on the award.

If you would like further information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect (posted Feb. 1, 2015)
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 7:31 PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department took an armed robbery suspect into custody near E. Washington Street and N. Drew Street. Prior to being taken into custody, a group of Lawrence University students reported a person matching his description had displayed a gun to them in the 300 block of E. College Avenue. A loaded gun was discovered in the subject’s waistband when taken into custody.

Investigators interviewed the 17 year-old, Appleton man at the Appleton Police Department. He admitted robbing two (2) convenience stores at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon. He also confessed to stealing a purse, at knifepoint, from an exchange student at Lawrence University on the evening of January 29, 2015. No injuries were reported as a result of the robberies.

The suspect also admitted to the theft of a vehicle from a downtown parking ramp on January 29, 2015. The vehicle has been recovered.

The 17 year-old has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail. The Appleton Police Department will be requesting the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office to pursue multiple criminal charges against the individual.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Police Investigating Two Armed Robberies (posted Jan. 31, 2015)
On January 31, 2015, at 2:23PM, the Appleton Police Department received a report of an armed robbery occurring inside a convenience store in the 800 block of E. Northland Avenue. A second armed robbery, occurring at a convenience store in the 1200 block of W. Wisconsin Avenue, was reported at 2:39 PM.

Investigators are interviewing witnesses and gathering surveillance video from each of the convenience stores. In both incidents, a single male produced a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. Investigators believe the suspect may be responsible for both robberies.

No injuries were reported in either robbery.

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

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Appleton Police Educate Retailers on Meth Production (posted Jan. 12, 2015)
The Appleton Police Department works proactively with our community to deal with crime. Unfortunately, one of the crimes we have seen an increase in is the manufacturing of methamphetamines. In 2014, 15 meth labs were discovered in the Fox Valley. To increase awareness of the issue, the Appleton Police Department will be distributing a handout on methamphetamine production to all local hardware and home improvement stores.

The pamphlet, which will be mailed to the aforementioned stores, defines methamphetamines, shows chemicals commonly used in its production and informs store owners and personnel on ways they can help in the investigation of possible meth production.

A copy of the pamphlet is attached to this release.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Police Attempt to Identify Cigarette Burglar (posted Jan. 9, 2015)
The Appleton Police Department is asking for public assistance in identifying an individual who burglarized an Appleton business during the early morning hours of December 23, 2014.

At approximately 2:55 AM on the aforementioned date, officers responded to an active alarm at a convenience store on E. Northland Avenue. The officers found the glass broken out of the front door of the business. The business owner confirmed the theft of over 50 cartons of cigarettes during the burglary.

The Appleton Police Department has obtained still photos from surveillance video at the business. Those photos are attached to this release.

If you have additional information regarding this investigation, contact Sgt. Josef Whitney at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5548.

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

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
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