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- News Conference Provides Update on Officer Involved Shooting (posted Apr. 17, 2014)
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, the Appleton Police Department held a news conference on the status of the investigation into the officer involved shooting occurring on April 10, 2014 in the City of Appleton. The Appleton Police Department was represented by Chief Pete Helein while the Green Bay Police Department was represented by Captain Todd Thomas. Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider also spoke at the conference.

Captain Thomas stated Green Bay Police Department personnel had completed their investigation and had forwarded their reports to District Attorney Schneider for review. Captain Thomas reported the suspect shot by officers had taken deliberate steps prior to the incident to force officers to shoot him. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as “Suicide by Cop”. The suspect’s actions included filing the colored end from the gun he possessed, intentionally shoplifting from a store and refusal to listen to commands given by involved officers. His final actions prior to the shooting, involved charging the gun and pointing the gun at officers. Captain Thomas confirmed the suspect was shot a total of four (4) times.

District Attorney Schneider stated she had reviewed the Green Bay Police Department’s reports. This review had led her to the determination the involved officer’s actions were lawful, justifiable and proper.

Chief Helein concluded the conference with information on the Appleton Police Department Use of Force Review Team being established by policy to provide an internal administrative review of the incident. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the use of force was consistent with policies and rules and regulations of the Appleton Police Department. He expects the team to complete the process within the next two weeks. Chief Helein announced the involved officers will remain on paid administrative leave until the review is completed. Chief Helein stated the impact of the incident on Sergeant Pieper, Officer Edwards and the Appleton Police Department had been considerable. He also asked people to recognize the impact of the incident on the suspect’s family and Monroe Street neighborhood.

The condition of the subject shot by officers was not provided due to privacy concerns. Possible charges against the suspect are being reviewed by the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office but will not be addressed until a later time.

To see the entire news conference, go to the Appleton Police Department’s YouTube Channel at http://youtu.be/XArSZXx527k

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Easter Garbage and Recycling Pickup (posted Apr. 16, 2014)
No change to the regular garbage and recycling pickup schedule for Easter 2014
- Multiple Officers Respond for Downtown Disturbance (posted Apr. 16, 2014)
On April 14, 2014, at 4:20PM, the Appleton Police Department received information of a large group of people arguing or fighting in the area between the Valley Transit Center and Appleton Public Library. Several units responded on the initial dispatch.

At 4:22PM, officers were informed an additional caller was reporting 6 to 7 people fighting in the parking lot of the Appleton Public Library. Officers arriving on scene took two individuals into custody who were yelling profanities at others. Both of the individuals taken into custody began to physically resist efforts by officers, who were attempting to escort them to squad cars. A radio request for additional officers was made as a result of the crowd size, the continued disturbance and individuals resisting officers.

As officers addressed the two initial individuals and additional officers arrived, others in the crowd of people continued to yell profanities. Some of these individuals refused to comply with orders from officers to disperse or move from the roadway. Their continued behavior resulted in two other individuals being taken into custody, including one subject who attempted to punch an officer. Two of the juveniles arrested in the disturbance were intoxicated.

No officers were injured in the disturbance. One juvenile received minor injuries while resisting officers. He refused treatment.

The Appleton Police Department arrested four subjects at the disturbance. Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest are being requested on each subject. Three of the individuals are juveniles. One juvenile was confined at the Brown County Juvenile Detention facility as a result of his actions.

A 17-year old from Menasha is being charged as an adult. In addition to the aforementioned charges, Brandon J. Peters (M/W, 10/25/96) is also being charged with Bail Jumping and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Draft CDBG Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2014 (posted Apr. 15, 2014)
The City of Appleton’s Annual Action Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), stipulated in the Code of Federal Regulations 24 CFR 91.220 will be available starting April 15, 2014. The Annual Action Plan lists the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities the City of Appleton will undertake in program year 2014 (4/1/2014 – 3/31/2015) to address the priority needs and specific objectives identified in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2010-2014.

The general public has a period of 30 days – April 15, 2014 to May 14, 2014 – to offer comments on the proposed submission. Written comments may be submitted via email to roxann.schmidt@appleton.org or via U.S. Mail to: City of Appleton – Community and Economic Development Department; 100 North Appleton Street; Appleton, WI 54911.

In addition, public comments on the plan can be offered at a public hearing that will be held at a regularly scheduled Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC) meeting on Monday, April 21, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Sixth Floor Council Chambers of Appleton City Hall, 100 N. Appleton Street, Appleton, WI.

The City shall consider all public input received before preparing its final submission, in addition to providing HUD with a summary of such comments as they relate to the 2014 Annual Action Plan. Interested parties can view the Plan starting April 15, 2014, at the following locations: City of Appleton Community and Economic Development Department on the Fifth Floor of City Hall, 100 N. Appleton Street; or at www.appleton.org.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE DRAFT 2014 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
- Mayor Hanna's Open Office Hours Scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at City Hall. (posted Apr. 14, 2014)
Mayor's Open Office Hours.
- #City of Appleton now accepting applications for Marketing/Communication Intern for Valley Transit. (posted Apr. 11, 2014)
Valley Transit is seeking a dynamic, self-starter to provide assistance with a variety of marketing projects designed to increase ridership and community awareness. Successful candidates will be currently enrolled in a college degree program related to marketing, public relations, communications or a similar field of study.
- Investigation Continuing for Armed Man Shot by Officers (posted Apr. 11, 2014)
On Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:03PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a shoplifting complaint from a BP gas station on S. Oneida Street. The shoplifting suspect had left the scene.

A short time later, Sergeant Pieper and Officer Edwards located an adult male in the 1300 block of S. Monroe Street. He matched the description of the shoplifter.

When approached by officers, the suspect drew a gun from a holster he was wearing. Officers gave the suspect clear commands. He failed to follow those commands and pointed his gun at officers. Fearing for their lives, officers fired their duty handguns at the suspect.

The suspect, a 22-year old Appleton man, was hit multiple times as a result of the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital and remains hospitalized for ongoing medical treatment

No officers were injured during the incident. Sergeant Pieper is a 15-year veteran of the Appleton Police Department. Officer Edwards has been with the Appleton Police Department for three (3) years. In accordance with Appleton Police Department’s “Officer-Involved Critical Incident” policy, both patrol officers are currently on paid administrative leave.

Green Bay Police Department personnel, under the direction of Captain Thomas, are continuing to investigate and are in contact with Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider.

The Appleton Police Department is releasing a photo of the weapon pointed at officers during the incident.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Armed Subject Shot by Officers (posted Apr. 10, 2014)
On Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 7:03PM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a shoplifting complaint from a business on S. Oneida Street.


A short time later, officers located an adult male, matching the description of the shoplifter, in the 1300 block of S. Monroe Street. When approached by officers, the suspect drew a gun from a holster he was wearing. Officers gave the suspect orders. He did not follow those orders. The suspect presented an immediate threat toward the officers. Officers fired their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was hit multiple times as a result of the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.


No officers were injured. The Appleton Police Department has requested the Green Bay Police Department investigate the incident.


Additional information will be released at a later time.


For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Juneteenth 2014-June 22-City Park, Appleton
History, celebration and education
(posted Apr. 10, 2014)
Juneteenth Appleton
Sunday, June 22, 2014 from Noon-5 p.m. in City Park, 500 E Franklin St Appleton, WI 54911

Brought to you by African Heritage Inc. and the City of Appleton with sponsorship by many area businesses.
• Featuring a project focused on Black Hisotry in Appleon in collaboration with The History Museum at the Castle
• Featuring national and international performers
• Provides opportunities for vendors to promote their organizations through brochures or/and activities
• Attracts a multicultural crowd
• Food/informational/retail vendors
• City of Appleton Mayoral Proclamation
• Major corporations and community organizations have signed on as co-sponsors
• We expect to attract people from Appleton, Menasha, Green Bay. Fond du lac, Oshkosh and other areas

Children's Village full of storytelling, games, arts and crafts brought to you by: Appleton Parks & Rec Department, Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley, YMCA of the Fox Cities and The Building for Kids Children's Museum.

Check out Online Registration for Vendor and Information booths at: http://www.africanheritageinc.org/juneteenth-2014
- #City of Appleton now accepting applications for Community Service Officer. (posted Apr. 9, 2014)
This is an entry level civilian position responsible for assisting other staff in the performance of para professional tasks in the Police Department. Work involves directing traffic, writing reports, conducting security checks on parks/City buildings, and impounding stray animals.
- #City of Appleton now hiring for a Certification Instructor. (posted Apr. 9, 2014)
The Certification Instructor will teach certification classes according to American Red Cross guidelines in Lifeguard Training, CPR, First Aid, and Automated External Defibrillation.
- Drivers Encouraged to Report Potholes to Public Works (posted Apr. 9, 2014)


Potholes are formed when snow and ice melt as part of Wisconsin's seasonal freeze/thaw cycles. Water seeps beneath the pavement through cracks that have formed over time. As temperatures drop to below freezing, water becomes ice and expands below the roadway surface, forcing the pavement to rise. Continued traffic over the raised portion of roadway and above-freezing temperatures that thaw the formed ice creates a void. The asphalt over the void breaks away, revealing a pothole.
- Spring Curbside pick up of Yard Waste/Branches (posted Apr. 9, 2014)
Curbside collection of yard waste, branches and brush begins April 14 thru May 9, 2014
- Terrace Planting Information (posted Apr. 9, 2014)
Terrace Planting Information
- Tree 4 Tree Seedling Pickup (posted Apr. 1, 2014)
Seedling pick up is scheduled for April 4 - April 21, 201
- Yard Site Hours (posted Apr. 1, 2014)
Yard Waste Site hours
- Arrest in Robbery of Cab Driver (posted Mar. 31, 2014)
On the night of February 7, 2014, the Appleton Police Department began an investigation into an armed robbery, which occurred near the intersection of E. Newberry Street and N. Briarcliff Drive. A 31 year-old cab driver reported being robbed at knifepoint by a fare he had picked up in the area. During the incident, the driver received a minor injury and was robbed of cash.


Investigators have continued to conduct interviews and follow up on evidence collected during the initial investigation. As a result, last week a warrant was issued for the primary person-of-interest. That individual was picked up in Manitowoc County on March 28, 2014, during a traffic stop. He was questioned by investigators and has admitted his involvement in the incident.


Konstantin C. VanGrinsven (M/W, 02/21/94), a resident of Kimberly, is currently confined at the Outagamie County Jail. A charge of Armed Robbery is being requested for VanGrinsven.


For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Smashed Window Leads to Burglary Arrest (posted Mar. 31, 2014)
On March 30, 2014, at 12:53 AM, officers from the Appleton Police Department responded to a commercial building in the 2300 block of West College Avenue to investigate a report of suspicious activity. While responding, officers learned the reporting person had witnessed a person throwing an object at the front window of one of the businesses in the building.


At the commercial property, an officer found a male party behind the building. The individual matched the description provided by the calling party. The suspect ran from the officer. The suspect was caught following a short foot pursuit. He continued to resist the officer until several officers arrived and assisted in handcuffing the subject. No injuries occurred during the arrest.


During the investigation, a damaged safe was found in the area where the suspect had been located. The suspect had a large amount of cash, multiple cellular phones and a large knife in his possession at the time of his arrest. A window to a business was also shattered.


Steven A. Tessen (M/W, 06/12/89), a resident at a local shelter, was confined at the Outagamie County Jail on a charge of Burglary – While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon. Resisting Arrest and Damage to Property charges are also being requested.


For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Appleton Police Year in Review Report for 2013 (posted Mar. 26, 2014)
News Release
- Alert Citizen Helps Officers Catch Burglars (posted Mar. 25, 2014)
News Release
- 2013 Stormwater Annual Report (posted Mar. 24, 2014)
2013 Stormwater Annual Report
- Disturbance Call Leads to Arrest for Attempted Stabbing (posted Mar. 22, 2014)
On March 21, 2014, at 10:33PM, an Appleton Police Department supervisor saw a fight occurring outside a tavern in the 500 block of W. College Avenue. As the supervisor approached the disturbance, one of the involved parties fell to the ground. The supervisor saw the other person, who was on his feet, swinging his hand toward the person on the ground. The person swinging his hand fled as the officer got closer. A witness told the supervisor the person running away was armed with a knife and had tried to stab the other party involved in the fight.

Appleton Police Department officers responded to the area. Within three (3) minutes of the initial call, officers had located the suspect and took him into custody. Officers recovered a broken knife from the area of the disturbance. Officers also found a hole in the other individual’s shirt that was consistent with a cut from a knife. That individual, a 34 year old Appleton resident, had minor injuries not requiring medical attention.

The Appleton Police Department has confined Appleton resident, Jorge H. Alvarado (M/H, 08/07/76) at the Outagamie County Jail. Charges of 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Disorderly Conduct are being requested on Alvarado.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at 832-5509.
- Sidewalk Poetry WINNERS! (posted Mar. 20, 2014)
The City of Appleton announces the winning authors for the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Program
- 2014 Spring Street Weight Limits (posted Mar. 18, 2014)
Spring Street Weight Limits
- Large Item Overflow Collection (posted Mar. 18, 2014)
Large item overflow collections will be held every other week on your regular garbage day opposite your recycling week.
- Appleton Police/Outagamie County Sheriff's Department Receiving New Vehicle (posted Mar. 14, 2014)
News Release
- Applications for Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program Available (posted Mar. 14, 2014)
Applications for the City's Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program are available and will be accepted March 17-April 25. Applications are also available on the first floor of City Hall, across from the Cashiers' windows and on the fifth floor in Customer Service.
- Information Sought on Dead Cat (posted Mar. 14, 2014)
News Release
- Robbery Suspect in Custody (posted Mar. 12, 2014)
News Release
- Appleton Police Notify Public of Violent Sex Offender in the Area (posted Mar. 6, 2014)
News Release
- Appleton Police Seek Robbery Suspect (posted Mar. 6, 2014)
News Release
- Appleton Police Arrest Two Wanted Felons in Linwood Avenue Investigation (posted Mar. 1, 2014)
News Release
- Sex Offender Release Notification (posted Feb. 26, 2014)
News Release
- Threats Inside Banks Lead To Arrest (posted Feb. 25, 2014)
News Release
- Appleton Police Department Phone App Now Available (posted Feb. 14, 2014)
News Release
- Appleton Fire Department Annual Report 2013 (posted Feb. 13, 2014)
2013 annual report for the Appleton Fire Department
- Armed Robbery of Cab Driver (posted Feb. 8, 2014)
News Release
- Information Sought for Stolen Vehicle Used in Hit and Run (posted Feb. 4, 2014)
News Release
- Officers Rescue Man From Burning Vehicle (posted Jan. 23, 2014)
News Release
- Armed Robbery Arrest Made Following Taser Incident (posted Jan. 20, 2014)
News Release
- Sign up to get Valley Transit service alerts via email. Visit www.myvtbus.com (posted Jan. 14, 2014)
Myvtbus.com
- City Compost Program (posted Sept. 27, 2013)
A limited quantity of compost is now available at the GLENDALE YARD SITE, 2625 E. Glendale Avenue (located east of the Municipal Services Building) for City of Appleton residents. The site is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
- Food Safety Tips During a Power Outage (posted Aug. 7, 2013)
Appleton Health Department has posted tips for food safety during a power outage.
- Online outdoor firepit permit application (posted May 1, 2013)
To apply online for an outdoor firepit permit, please click here.

Please Note: Currently this online Fire Permit application is compatible on computers with the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.

You can also apply for the outdoor firepit permit using the Google Chrome browser, however you will need to install the IE Tab extension for the Chrome browser and open the permit with the IE Tab enabled. The IE Tab can be found by clicking here.
- Appleton Fire Department's "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign (posted Nov. 26, 2012)
Appleton Fire Department's "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign
- Appleton Fire Department Red Shirt Friday Fundraiser (posted Nov. 15, 2012)
AFD Red Shirt Friday Fundraiser
- Leap around the Fox Cities with Valley Transit's $4.00 DayPass Sale (posted Aug. 20, 2012)
Leap around the Fox Cities with Valley Transit!
- ThedaCare and Valley Transit team up on bus route (posted May 14, 2012)
Route 16 promotion
- Effects of Concealed Carry Law on Valley Transit (posted Oct. 31, 2011)
Valley Transit will continue its policy of “Weapons of any kind, including firearms or knives, are prohibited, unless carried on board by a law enforcement officer" on Valley Transit buses, in bus shelters and in transfer centers as listed under "Rules of the Road" on the Rider's Guide and at this link.

This policy was reaffirmed by the Fox Cities Transit Commission on October 26, 2011.
- Reminder: Rummage sale signs cannot be placed in the terrace. (posted May 2, 2011)
Reminder: Rummage sale signs cannot be placed in the terrace. Signs are prohibited on the terrace or anywhere else in the public right-of-way. Signs, handbills, posters or notices may not be placed on traffic control boxes, traffic signs, utility poles, or traffic control support structures. See Municipal Code §§23-505 and 23-507.
- Coming February 14 -- Park up to 3 hours in the parking lot south of the Library. (posted Feb. 1, 2011)
In order to better accommodate Library visitors, beginning February 14 most meters in the lot in front of the Library will be extended to allow up to 3 hours.
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