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- 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.
- New Route for 2014 Festival Foods Turkey Trot (posted Nov. 25, 2014)
The 2014 Festival Foods Turkey Trot (5 mile/2 mile/ Dog Trot) will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at 8:00 AM. There is a new route for the 2014 event.

The primary route of the races (the 2 mile run overlaps the 5 mile course) follows W. College Avenue to N. State Street. It turns from N. State Street to W. Summer Street. After travelling east on W. Summer Street the event turns south to follow N. Appleton Street until turning east at W. Franklin Street (2 mile continues to finish area at this point). The 5 mile course continues on Franklin Street to N. Rankin Street. Racers proceed north on N. Rankin Street until turning right onto E. Pacific Street. They follow E. Pacific Street until turning left onto N. Leminwah Street followed by quick rights onto E. Jardin Street and then N. Owaissa Street. N. Owaissa Street returns runners to E. Pacific Street before a left turn onto Green Bay Road. Runners follow it until they reach E. Washington Street. From E. Washington Street, runners briefly follow N. Rankin Street before turning left to travel westbound on E. Franklin Street making a final left turn onto N. Appleton Street to finish the race. If you live in, are visiting or need to travel through the aforementioned areas, please plan accordingly.

This well-attended event requires the closure (or partial closure) of several streets in the City of Appleton. College Avenue will close for traffic between N. Division Street and S. Oneida Street at 4:30 AM. The entire race course will close at 7:30 AM. Officers, Community Service Officers and Appleton Police Department Explorers will work to reopen intersections after runners have passed those intersections not needed for the entire 5 mile course. These officials will also assist drivers in safely negotiating intersections when breaks in the runner traffic are sufficient to allow passage of a vehicle (no traffic allowed on Franklin Street until race is completed).

For additional 2014 Festival Foods Turkey Trot information, check their website at http://www.festivalfoodsturkeytrot.com/appleton

We ask all drivers to be attentive to participants, volunteers and spectators while driving through the downtown Appleton area on Thursday morning. Please plan ahead!

For further information, contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Man Arrested Following Brief Crime Spree (posted Nov. 24, 2014)
On November 24, 2014, at approximately 5:18 PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a business in the 500 block of W. Calumet Street for the report of a purse snatching. The incident kicked off an hour-long search, during which several other serious crimes were committed by the purse-snatching suspect.

In the initial incident, the suspect forcibly took a purse from a female in the parking lot of the business. As he ran from the scene, he was chased by the victim and another citizen. The suspect dropped the purse and continued running. Neither the victim, nor citizen assisting, were injured.

While officers were checking the area, a call was received by the Town of Menasha Police Department for an armed robbery, at a private residence on S. Forestview Court. The suspect threatened two residents inside the home with a knife before fleeing with money and prescription medications. Neither resident was harmed.

The suspect made his way to an unlocked, occupied residence on Valerie Drive, in the City of Appleton. A homeowner, who expected their spouse to be returning from work, was shocked when the suspect exited a bedroom, grabbed the homeowner’s jacket and exited the residence. The homeowner confronted the subject, who took off the jacket and fled the area on foot.

Officers from the Appleton Police Department located the subject at approximately 6:03 PM, behind a business in the 2500 block of S. Oneida Street. The man attempted to run from officers and was eventually taken down at gunpoint by responding officers. He had a knife in his possession when taken into custody. No officers were injured and the suspect was not injured.

The suspect, a 29 year-old, living in the area of the crimes, was confined at the Winnebago County Jail on an Armed Robbery charge from the incident occurring on S. Forestview Court. The Appleton Police Department anticipates criminal charges on the suspect, at the conclusion of their investigation.

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

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

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Sex Offender Release Notification and Public Meeting Announcement - Vincent Fisher (posted Nov. 24, 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 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.

The Core Team will be holding a Community Notification Meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 1, 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 Vincent Fisher.

A photo of Vincent Fisher 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 620 S. Memorial Drive. 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, December 1, 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 - Vincent P. Fisher (M/W, 02/22/48)

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 P. Fisher

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

Fisher will be temporarily residing at 620 S. Memorial Drive. He will be under 24 hour GPS monitoring. Fisher will be monitored under parole supervision for 14 years, until 2028.

Additional questions regarding Vincent Fisher 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.

A community meeting will be held at the Appleton Police Department on Monday, December 1, 2014, at 6:30 PM.

As of October 30, 2014, there are approximately 23,436 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/
- Traffic Information for the 44th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade (posted Nov. 20, 2014)
Motorists traveling through Appleton (specifically downtown and City Park area) during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Tuesday, November 25, 2014, should plan alternate routes during the upcoming Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.

The 44th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade will take place on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Prior to the parade, the 1-mile Santa Scamper will start at 6:00 PM. A food collection drive, for a local food pantry, will take place along College Avenue immediately following the run. The parade will start at 6:30 PM. Following the parade, a tree lighting ceremony will take place in City Park.

The primary route of the Christmas Parade is along College Avenue. Parade participants/units will enter the parade route at State Street and will continue eastbound along College Avenue, to the parade’s ending at Drew Street.

***Appleton Common Council Parade Policy – No person or object may be used to reserve a location along the College Avenue parade route at any time prior to 12:00 PM (noon) on the day of the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade. Persons may place items along the route after 12:00 PM (noon) of the day of the parade (November 25, 2014), only if they remain with those items. ***

The following streets, along the parade staging area, will have restricted parking posted, starting at 5:00 AM on November 25, 2014:
S. State Street (between W. College Avenue and W. Fourth Street)
N. State Street (between W. Franklin Street and W. Atlantic Street)
W. Fifth Street (between S. Memorial Drive and S. Walnut Street)
W. Seventh Street (between S. Memorial Drive and S. Walnut Street)
W. Eighth Street (between S. Memorial Drive and S. Walnut Street)

College Avenue will have a combination of “No Parking” and “Free Parking” bags on the meters along the avenue. All vehicles must be removed from College Avenue by 5:00 PM. Remaining vehicles will be ticketed and towed.


At 5:00 PM, S. State Street will close for parade staging/setup. Side streets between Fourth and W. College Avenue will close at the same time. Any vehicles in posted areas will be ticketed and towed.

Also at 5:00 PM, W. Lawrence Street between S. Memorial Drive and S. Superior Street will become a one-way eastbound street. Vehicles will be directed to enter W. Lawrence Street at S. Memorial Drive and should continue east, following the posted one-way traffic signs. Residents and employees of businesses in the area are asked to plan accordingly.

During the parade and run, the following streets will be closed to traffic (expect closure to occur at 5:30 PM):
College Avenue (between S. Memorial Drive/N. Richmond Street and Lawe Street)
Oneida Street (south of College Avenue)
State Street, Walnut Street, Superior Street, Appleton Street, Morrison Street, Durkee Street and Drew Street (south and north of College Avenue)
Division Street (north of W. College Avenue)

Following the parade, the area around City Park is utilized for pick-up and tear-down for parade participants and units. As a result, the following streets in that area will experience higher than normal levels of traffic (these streets will also have restricted parking before, during and after the event):
E. Franklin Street
N. Drew Street
N. Union Street
E. North Street
E. Eldorado Street
N. Bateman Street


A bypass route has been planned for northbound motorists on South Oneida Street (crossing the Skyline Bridge). It utilizes W. Prospect Avenue and diverts traffic to S. Memorial Drive. Northbound traffic does have the ability to travel to the city park ramps on the south side of College Avenue.

It is suggested to motorists passing through the area to avoid the aforementioned areas, if possible, between 5 PM and 9 PM.

A reminder to those individuals attending these events:
• NO alcoholic beverage carry-ins allowed at the events
• NO glass containers
• NO animals are allowed at special events
• Pedestrians must obey all traffic laws at intersections around the event
• Individuals planning on consuming alcoholic beverages should plan a safe ride home.


For additional information, please contact Sgt. David Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Two Arrests in Grocery Store Robbery (posted Nov. 11, 2014)
On October 20, 2014, at 3:18PM, the Appleton Police Department responded to an armed robbery, at a grocery store in the 900 block of W. Elsie Street. The 74 year-old store owner reported being robbed at knifepoint by a white male. The suspect, along with another male, fled the area on foot. The store owner was not injured during the robbery.

Investigators obtained surveillance video showing the two robbery suspects. The video led to an investigative tip, which resulted in two subjects being identified.

Sean D. Gosha (M/W, 09/12/97), an Appleton resident, was taken into custody this morning. He has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail on a Robbery charge.

A second 17 year-old Appleton male, involved in the robbery, has been referred on a charge of Party to the Crime of Robbery. He was not taken into custody.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Arrest Made in Heroin Death (posted Nov. 5, 2014)
On June 18, 2014, officers from the Appleton Police Department began an investigation into the death of a 20 year-old Appleton woman. Autopsy results were received in September. The coroner’s report confirmed the death was the result of a drug overdose. Investigators have concluded their investigation with the arrest of a 29 year-old Kaukauna man.

Recently, heroin use has played a role in multiple deaths, and overdoses, in Appleton and the Fox Cities. Law enforcement officers take these cases seriously. Arresting an individual responsible for the sale of a dangerous drug, which contributed to the death of a young community member, is only one part of what law enforcement is doing to combat the threat heroin and other drugs pose to the area. Education of the dangers of the drug is another component law enforcement is also using to aid in the prevention of these senseless deaths. See more about the dangers of heroin use at www.theflyeffect.com

Edward A. Spangler (M/W, 10/30/85) has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail as a result of the Appleton Police Department’s investigation. A charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide is being requested against Spangler.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920)832-5509.
- Suspect in Custody for Downtown Stabbing (posted Nov. 2, 2014)
On Sunday, November 02, 2014, at approximately 12:29AM, officers from the Appleton Police Department were dispatched to a disturbance inside Antro Night Club (LA Michoacana), in the 200 block of W. College Avenue. Upon arrival, officers were told parties involved in the disturbance had left the area on foot. Officers began checking the immediate area, including inside the establishment.

An officer entering the back door of the establishment saw a fight in-progress, on the dance floor area of the business. The officer immediately identified one individual wielding a knife, as a weapon, against several other individuals. Despite the danger to the officer, due to the size of the crowd and other immediate factors, the officer deployed an ECD (Taser) against the subject wielding the knife. Officers were able to detain the subject and recovered the knife used in the disturbance. No officers were injured during the incident.

In addition to the Appleton Police Department, officers from the Grand Chute Police Department and Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the disturbance.

Three adult males, injured in the disturbance, were transported by ambulances to a local hospital. Two were treated for their injuries and released. The third individual required surgery for injuries sustained in the stabbing.

Andre D. Stackhouse (M/B, 08/21/1988), a resident of Green Bay, has been confined at the Outagamie County Jail for his role in the incident. A charge of 1st Degree Reckless Injury is being requested for Stackhouse.

The Appleton Police Department is continuing the investigation. Individuals with information are asked to contact the Appleton Police Department’s non-emergency phone number (920)832-5500.

If you have information, but would like 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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