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St. John homeless shelter pleads not guilty to ordinance citation

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the St. John the Evangelist homeless shelter have entered a written not guilty plea to their ordinance citation.

That move negates the need for a municipal court hearing scheduled for next week.

The city of Green Bay cited the shelter for allegedly violating their conditional use permit, which limited the shelter to 64 residents per night. Officials from the shelter and Catholic Diocese of Green Bay have said they would not turn anyone away due to the limit. The shelter has also taken people to an overflow facility at St. Norbert College in an attempt to meet the permit requirements.

The next step in the case is a Feb. 5 pretrial conference with the city attorney's office. That is not a hearing before the municipal court judge.

The shelter could be fined $500 plus court costs for each violation of the permit.

Also, shelter officials are expected to ask on Monday that their permit limit be increased.

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