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- Notice of Sex Offender Release ***Community Meeting to be Held on September 22, 2014*** (posted Sept. 12, 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.

The Core Team will be holding a Community Notification Meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 22, 2014. The meeting will be held at the City of Appleton Police Department, located at 222 S. Walnut St., in the lower level meeting room. At this meeting we will be offering information about the Community Notification Law and the release of Pao Vang.

A photo of Pao Vang will be available at this meeting, as well as more detailed information regarding his offense history. Information about protective behaviors and personal safety in our community will also be discussed.

The Core Team is encouraging citizens of Appleton to attend this meeting to gain knowledge about this offender and his release back into our community from prison.

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.

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, 511 N. Superior Street #1. He has served the mandatory amount of prison time as defined by Wisconsin Statutes. He is not wanted by the police at this time.

A Community Notification Meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on Monday September 22, 2014. The meeting will be held in the lower level meeting room at the Appleton Police Department. Members of law enforcement, the Department of Corrections, and other public officials will be there to present information and answer questions.

Because this meeting is of adult subject matter, and we do not know the maturity level of your children, we request that only adults attend.

We invite you to join us at the notification meeting. As a community, we have a chance to work together to enhance public safety, hold this offender accountable, and enhance crime detection and prevention.

SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION BULLETIN
09/12/14


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.

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.

Pao Vang 02/06/1978

Pao Vang has been convicted of five (5) counts of 3rd degree sexual assault, one (1) count of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, and one (1) count of 4th degree sexual assault in 1997.Vang’s crimes included forced sexual contact and intercourse with female victims between the ages of 12 and 16. Vang was sentenced to 8 years in prison along with 10 years of probation upon release. Vang has been released to supervision in the past and was not successful resulting in a return to prison.

Pao Vang will be temporarily residing at 511 N. Superior Street #1. He will be under 24 hour GPS monitoring. Vang will be monitored under parole or probation supervision for ten years.

Additional questions regarding Vang can be directed to Tom Smith, State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry Specialist at 920-720-3015or Investigator Matt Kuether of the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5933.

A community meeting will be held at the Appleton Police Department on September 22, 2014, at 6:30 PM.

As of August 18, 2014, there are approximately 23,329 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. For more information, please call Investigator Matt Kuether at the Appleton Police Department or visit Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry’s website at http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/
- Robbery Suspect Arrested in Milwaukee (posted Sept. 11, 2014)
A complex robbery investigation, which led Appleton Police Department investigators to a residence in Milwaukee, came to a conclusion yesterday. With the assistance of the Milwaukee Police Department, investigators took a 17 year-old into custody for the incident, which occurred on Appleton’s north side on July 19, 2014.

During the robbery, an 87 year-old Appleton man, was robbed at knifepoint. Prior to the robbery, he had been approached by the suspect, who claimed to have been left in the area by friends. The victim, who was robbed of his car keys, cellphone, credit cards and cash, was not injured in the incident.

Investigators worked through multiple aliases the suspect had used while staying in the Appleton area. The investigation eventually led them to the Milwaukee residence, where the suspect was arrested.

Toshiana N. Brown (F/B, 10/28/96), a resident of Milwaukee, has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail on a charge of Robbery with Threat of Force.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- James Lewis Sworn in as Interim Chief of Police (posted Sept. 8, 2014)
James Lewis was sworn in this morning as the Interim Chief of Police of the Appleton Police Department. Chief Lewis will represent the police department during a national search for a chief to replace Chief Pete Helein, who retired on September 5, 2014.

Chief Lewis brings a wealth of law enforcement experience with him, previously serving as Assistant Chief in Bakersfield, CA; Chief of Police in Green Bay; Chief of Police in Pomona, CA; Interim Chief in Grand Chute; Chief of Police in New Haven, CT; and, Interim Director of Safety at Yale University. He also served as Interim Chief at the Appleton Police Department from January to July of 2007.

During this morning’s ceremony, Chief Lewis honored long-time Appleton Police Department Crossing Guard, Irmgard Miller, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the safety of schoolchildren.

If you would like further information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Multiple Shots Fired at North Lawe Street Incident (posted Sept. 6, 2014)
On Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 2:02PM, the Appleton Police Department responded to the 3100 block of N. Lawe Street on the report of multiple gunshots being heard in the area.

Witnesses to the gunfire directed officers to a specific apartment in the aforementioned block. Officers found a shell casing outside the door of the apartment and saw a bullet hole in the apartment door. The apartment was checked after no one answered the door. No one was at the residence and there were no signs of anyone having been injured. Officers are currently attempting to locate the lease holder of the apartment. Several additional shell casings have been located outside the apartment.

Investigators are asking for information on the shootings. People in the area have reported seeing several African American males leaving the parking lot on foot, immediately following the shots. These individuals were observed getting into two silver vehicles, which were parked to the north of the apartment complex. The vehicles travelled northbound on N. Lawe Street, as they left the area.

The incident appears to be isolated to the specific apartment. There is no information to indicate anyone being injured as a result of the incident. Areas around the apartment have been checked for injured persons. Local hospitals have also been notified as a precaution.

If you have information about the incident, you are asked to contact Sgt. Thao at (920)832-5953.

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

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Lund at 832-5509.
- Downtown Robbery Results in Two Arrests (posted Sept. 5, 2014)
On September 5, 2014, at 1:58AM, the Appleton Police Department received a report of a disturbance occurring in the 200 block of E. College Avenue. Officers were nearby and saw two people walking away from the area as they arrived.

Officers located a 28 year-old Appleton man at the scene. He had obvious injuries to his face and head. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the injuries. At the hospital, the victim told officers he was sitting on a bench on E. College Avenue when he saw a male and female walking past. The victim knew the male party from time they had spent in jail. The victim started speaking to the male, when the female suddenly started punching him in the face and head. The male then started punching the victim repeatedly in the face and head. The victim’s phone and glasses were broken during the disturbance. The victim also reported feeling someone reach into his pocket. After the disturbance, he discovered he was missing approximately $40. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A witness, who had approached to break up the disturbance, was able to provide information to investigating officers.

Officers located the female party walking westbound along College Avenue. The male party had gone the opposite direction and was found hiding to the north side of College Avenue by officers checking the area. Both individuals denied involvement.

Katarena R. Dorschner (F/W, 04/26/1993), who is from Green Bay, has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail on charges of Robbery, Battery, Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct.

Jacob A. Forster (M/W, 05/10/1993), who is from Hortonville, was also confined at the Outagamie County Jail. Charges of Robbery, Battery, Obstructing, Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct are being requested. He is also on a probation hold.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Phone Scam Leads to "Swatting" Incident (posted Sept. 4, 2014)
The Appleton Police Department frequently warns the public of different scams occurring in the area. One of the recent phone scams has been dubbed the “IRS Scam”. It involves a caller who tells the person receiving the call about an unpaid debt owed to the IRS. The caller threatens legal action, including jail, if the debt is not immediately paid. The IRS does not operate in the manner of the individuals attempting to defraud the people receiving the calls. Our advice is to hang up and to not return any messages left by the callers.

On September 3, 2014, an Appleton couple received an “IRS” call. They correctly identified the call as a scam and challenged the authenticity of the caller as a government agent. In response, the individual(s) running the “IRS scam” placed a “Swatting” call to the Appleton Police Department.

In this case, the female caller claimed to be locked inside a bedroom with her two young children. She told dispatchers she feared for her life as her husband was heavily intoxicated and armed with a knife. She claimed the husband was trying to kick down the bedroom door. Based on the information, multiple officers immediately responded to the area. The male resident was quickly located and was temporarily taken into custody. The female resident was located inside the home. Officers quickly determined the call had not been made by either individual and established the reported incident was related to the “IRS scam” call received by the couple.

This incident appears to be part of an international scam using multiple phone companies to route calls to a foreign country. The Appleton Police Department is continuing the investigation. We urge community members to hang up on callers who may be precipitating a scam and advise people not to return suspicious voicemail or email messages.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Friday Morning Crash Results in Pedestrian Death (posted Sept. 2, 2014)
On Sunday, August 31, 2014, the Appleton Police Department was advised of the death of the pedestrian involved in a vehicle/pedestrian crash on Friday, August 29, 2014. The incident took place on S. Memorial Drive at W. College Avenue, just after midnight.

The pedestrian, who died as a result of the crash, was a 56 year-old man, who has been residing in the Appleton area. Police have contacted his family. An autopsy was performed earlier today.

The crash investigation is continuing. The driver of the SUV involved in the crash, did not exhibit signs of intoxication or impairment. Standard procedure for traffic crashes, resulting in serious injury or death, is to ask for all involved to submit to a blood draw. The driver of the SUV has voluntarily submitted to the test. Results of the test will take several weeks.

Alcohol does appear to have been a factor, regarding the pedestrian, contributing to the incident.

No enforcement action has been taken.

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