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- 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.
- Swearing-In Ceremony set for Police Chief Todd L. Thomas (posted Jan. 2, 2015)
The public is invited to the upcoming swearing-in ceremony for Chief of Police Todd L. Thomas. The event, being held in the lower level public room of the Appleton Police Department, will take place on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 8:30 AM.

Chief Thomas was born and raised in Appleton. While attending college, he served as a Community Service Officer (CSO) with the Appleton Police Department between 1985 and 1986.

Chief Thomas has most recently been serving as the Captain of the Investigative Services Unit of the Green Bay Police Department. He has over 27 years of law enforcement experience. Thomas, a former Officer of the Year with the Green Bay Police Department, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Thomas replaces Chief Peter J. Helein who retired on September 5, 2014. Chief James M. Lewis has been serving in the interim.

If you would like further information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Police Investigate Car vs. Pedestrian Crash (posted Dec. 19, 2014)
On December 18, 2014, at 7:58 PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a crash in the 600 block of N. Badger Avenue. Arriving officers located a pedestrian in the roadway. He had been struck by a vehicle travelling southbound on N. Badger Avenue.

The pedestrian, a 79 year-old male from the Neshkoro area, was crossing the street, to get to his vehicle, prior to the crash. The south bound vehicle, driven by a 23 year-old Appleton female, stopped immediately upon striking the pedestrian. The pedestrian, who suffered a head injury, was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. His injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Members of the Appleton Police Department’s CRASH Investigation Team responded to investigate the incident. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call them. If you have information, please consider contacting Investigator Rabas (920) 832-5546 or Investigator Leitzinger (920) 832 -5541.

The investigation is continued. No citations have been issued.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Appleton Police Department Investigates Death (posted Dec. 15, 2014)
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 6:35 AM, the Appleton Police Department responded to the area of E. Franklin Street and N. Oneida Street for a welfare check. Officers located a 32 year old male at the location. He was deceased.

Investigators from the Appleton Police Department have established the death was the result of a suicide. Final determination of death will come from the Outagamie County Coroner’s Office.

The Appleton Police Department has been in contact with the victim’s family. Out of respect to the family, the Appleton Police Department will not be releasing any additional information.
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- Multi-Jurisdictional Effort Leads to Dismantling of Methamphetamine Lab (posted Dec. 4, 2014)
On December 3, 2014, at approximately 1:18 PM, the Appleton Police Department/Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department Community Resource Unit (CRU) in collaboration with the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM) and Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) executed a search warrant on a single family residence located in the 200 block on N. Rankin Street.

The search warrant was obtained as a result of an ongoing drug investigation regarding the manufacture of methamphetamine and sale of controlled substances.

During the execution of this search warrant, methamphetamine and paraphernalia were located. Additionally, numerous precursors (chemicals/ingredients) necessary for the manufacture of methamphetamine were located inside the residence. Due to the toxic and volatile nature of those components, DCI Clandestine Lab Specialists and members of the Appleton Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team worked to dismantle this lab.

The address has been placarded as potentially unfit for human habitation due to remaining contaminants. However, there is no remaining danger to neighboring residences or the community at large.

No arrests were made immediately following the execution of the search warrant. The investigation continues with arrests anticipated in the near future.

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