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Lisbon, Sussex consolidation proposed

March 14, 2012 8:49 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town residents are going to be asked whether they are interested in consolidating their local government with the Village of Sussex and becoming a new municipality called the City of Sussex-Lisbon.

The consolidation is one of four future governance options the Town Board will present to residents at an April 4 meeting at the Richard Jung Fire Station. The board approved a notice of the meeting to be posted on the town website and a news release during a special meeting Wednesday night

The announcement followed a series of seperate closed town door meetings of the Village Board and the Town Board in an effort to resolve some of the differences that have divided the two governmental bodies.

Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke said the negotiations, along with current economic conditions and the town's desire to keep taxes down, promoted the Town Board to meet with its constitutents and discuss governance options.

He said he wanted town resident to ask questions and express their opinions about all four options.

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Pewaukee's CELA schedules open houses

May 24, 2016 4:47 p.m. | Christian Education Leadership Academy, Pewaukee's newest private Christian school, has scheduled open houses for Wednesday, May 25, and Tuesday, June 7 where community members can take a tour of the school on Ryan Street.

On both nights there will be tours starting at 6, 6:20, 6:40 and 7 p.m. The tours will highlight the school's "pod" classroom design and demonstrate high-end technology used by students.

Those interested in taking a tour are asked to register online. Additional open houses are expected to be scheduled.

CELA is nearing the end of its inaugural school year. As part of an effort to increase enrollment for its second year, CELA has announced a scholarship for new students.

Lake Country Memorial Day programs scheduled

May 24, 2016 4:28 p.m. | Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives while serving our country, will be marked by several ceremonies around Lake Country. Here's a look at some of the programs and parades scheduled for Monday, May 30.

Delafield

Delafield American Legion Post 196 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Legion Hall, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road. For information, call (262) 646-3930.

Hartland

American Legion Post 294 and VFW Post 5158 of Hartland will host a public Memorial Day ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 30, beginning at the American Legion Post, 231 Goodwin Ave.

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North Prairie man dies after motorcycle, ambulance crash in Mukwonago

May 24, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — A North Prairie man who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday, May 15, in the village of Mukwonago died later that night, according to those close to him.

The cause of death is still unknown due to the unusual circumstances surrounding his death.

As 48-year-old Danny Weber was being taken to Froedtert Hospital, the ambulance carrying him was involved in a collision near 92nd Street and Oklahoma in Milwaukee, the cause of which is still under investigation.

Weber was being taken to the hospital after a crash on Highway 83 at Black Bear Boulevard in Mukwonago. According to Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt, Weber was northbound on Highway 83 on a motorcycle when a 2008 Mercury sedan pulled out from Black Bear Boulevard to head south on 83. Weber's motorcycle struck the rear of the sedan.

The driver of the car, a 91-year-old man from Burlington, was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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Sports Authority now plans to close all stores

May 24, 2016 12:53 p.m. | Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March, now plans to close all 463 of its stores, including locations in Delafield, Brookfield, Glendale and Greenfield.

USA Today, citing court documents, said the sporting goods retailer will launch a going-out-of-business sale this week. Sports Authority's final sales are expected to start by Friday, May 27, and finish by the end of August, the documents state.

Sports Authority initially planned to close just 143 stores and two distribution centers.

An employee at the Delafield store at 2950 Golf Road referred all media questions to the company's corporate office.

Calls to the corporate office were not returned. As of Tuesday, May 24, no updates were posted on the retailer's website.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Village of Wales Gulf War veteran to march in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day parade

May 24, 2016 11:17 a.m. | Twenty-five years ago, more than 600,000 service members took part in Operation Desert Storm, at the time the largest deployment of U.S. armed forces since Vietnam.

David J. Maerker then a private first class from Delafield, was one of those who left friends and family behind to serve.

On May 30, Maerker, now from the village of Wales, will march with more than 500 Gulf War veterans in the American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

To mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and honor those who served and sacrificed, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association and America Veterans Center have invited more than 500 Gulf War veterans to reunite at the National Memorial Day Parade.

The veterans are participating thanks to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association and its mission to honor the legacy of the Gulf War though building a monument in the nation's capital to the 383 service members who fell during the war and honoring those who served in this pivotal moment in world history.

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Town of Merton to hire part-time employee to assist treasurer

May 24, 2016 10:39 a.m. | Town of Merton — Some help is on the way for the town treasurer.

The Town Board voted unanimously Monday, May 23 to hire a part-time person to assist Town Treasurer Meg Weishar with some of her duties.

The decision came after Weishar told supervisors she could use some help with billing tasks.

"I am approving the vouchers, essentially," Weishar said. "I am entering the vouchers. I am printing the checks. I am creating the new vendors. I am mailing the checks out. Our auditors would have a field day with this situation."

The town is currently short an employee, with the recent departure of former town clerk Nathan Bright. It will likely be at least several weeks before a new clerk is in place. Candidates have until June 6 to apply for the clerk's position.

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Pewaukee Village Board waives part of condo's false fire alarm fees

May 24, 2016 10:05 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have forgiven a portion of a pricey false fire alarm bill facing a local condominium.

The village board voted last week to forgive $7,618 — the balance of what Pewaukee Shores still owed the village for incurring several false alarm fees, because trustees said the condo had made a reasonable effort to address the problem that resulted in several false fire alarms in 2014, translating to a bill of nearly $20,000.

"This particular address really got hit with the brunt of the blow, with tens of thousands of dollars of false alarm fees," Trustee Joe Zompa said. "And it's not because they were not diligent and not trying to fix things. They had an unusual problem. They had a faulty system. It took a long time to get through the diagnostics."

Jeff Knutson said the condo has been working for the last year-and-a-half to try to fix the fire alarm system, and now plans to put in a new one.

"Everything is going to be replaced — all the alarm system, piping, everything," Knutson said. "I believe the cost is somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000."

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Arrowhead High School collects 831 pounds of medication at pill drop

May 24, 2016 9:30 a.m. | Students at Arrowhead High School's Medical Terminology & Business Practices course recently held their sixth annual pill drop — and it was their most successful yet.

On Friday, May 13, students collected a total of 831 pounds of prescription and nonprescription drugs at the Mullett Ice Center, nearly double the amount collected the year before, according to a news release from the school.

The number of participants also was up sharply, with 336 people dropping off pills this year compared to 212 last year and 158 in 2014.

Two-thirds of this year's participants said this was their first time contributing to any drug collection event.

"Hosting such a successful event makes our students very proud to know that they play a big part in getting these drugs off our streets and keeping them out of our water supply, landfills or getting into the wrong hands," staff organizers Laura Miller and Annette LeMieux said in the news release.

Neighbors express concern at hearing for fill site in Big Bend

May 24, 2016 9:11 a.m. | Village of Big Bend —Community members arrived steadily at the Big Bend Village Hall for the public hearing on May 17 to express their concerns regarding the Phase II conditional use permit for the property owned by John Kaishian.

Members of the West Allis Training Kennel Club and residents of the Heather Ridge Homeowners reiterated issues that the Kaishian property had during the phase I permit issued by the village, and enforced by both the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.

Members of the WATKC, including Gary Epple, cited repeated issues with stormwater runoff into the Kennel Club's property, west of the fill site. The DNR has issued a phase II permit for the site, which had been inspected as recently as May 10. Bryan Hartsook, a storm water specialist for the DNR, said the property has best management practices in place, which help control the sediment runoff. "Without those best management practices you get runoff from fill material that gets into the resources, things like silt and sediment," Harstook said.

Jim Melms from the Kennel Club, had concerns about after hours dumping at the property. "There were also late nights that I would be out there, I work late nights, and the gate would be locked and no one would be there," Melms said. "I would follow a dump truck, watch someone get out, close (the gate) behind them, go to the hill and watch them dump over the side."

Melms had not reported the dumping to the police department, but Jennifer Langbauer, president of the Heather Ridge Homeowners Association said that Village Planner Mary Censky knew of the late night dumping. John Hahn, a resident of the Heather Ridge subdivision was most concerned about the late night dumping because there wouldn't be anyone there to monitor what's being dumped.

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Dave Pfeiffer resigns as Kettle Moraine football coach

May 23, 2016 5:37 p.m. | Dave Pfeiffer, the head football coach at Kettle Moraine High School the last three years, resigned from that post last Friday after meeting with KM principal Jeff Walters and athletics director Mike Fink.

Fink said Monday afternoon that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

While no official word has come from Arrowhead, it's believed that Pfeiffer will join the Arrowhead football coaching staff this fall, possibly taking the role of offensive coordinator.

Arrowhead coach Greg Malling resigned from the AHS post after the 2015 season. Malling coached the Warhawks for five seasons, leading them to state-championship game appearances the last four years. Arrowhead captured state titles in 2012 and 2013 and second place finishes the past two seasons. Fritz Rauch, former head coach at Grafton and a former coordinator at Homestead, was hired to fill the open position.

Pfeiffer, 59, was the defensive coordinator in 2012 before leaving Arrowhead to take the KM head coaching position.

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Caretaker allegedly stole credit card from resident at Oconomowoc memory care facility

May 23, 2016 4:50 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — An Ashippun woman allegedly made two dozen illegal transactions over three weeks earlier this year with a credit card she stole from a woman she was supposed to be taking care of at a local assisted living and memory care facility, a criminal complaint says.

Larissa Moldenhauer, 26, also reportedly told her boyfriend not to talk to police about the allegations after she became the primary suspect in the investigation, but later admitted she was responsible for the fraudulent charges.

Moldenhauer was charged May 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with identity theft and theft of moveable property, both felonies. She made her initial court appearance the same day.

According to the complaint, the card, which belongs to a resident at The View at Pine Ridge facility, was left in a wallet on the resident's nightstand by her daughter between January and March. Moldenhauer was the resident's caretaker.

Bank statements obtained by the facility's chief executive officer reportedly showed that someone — later identified as Moldhauer — made 26 illegal transactions with the card, totaling $426.45, over a roughly three-week period in late March and early April.

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'Click It or Ticket' campaign goes border to border

May 23, 2016 1:21 p.m. | As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department are urging everyone to buckle up in a release sent earlier today.

In a campaign that began   March 5,  law enforcement officials were out in full force, taking part in the 2016 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. 

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,”  Sheriff Eric Severson said in a release. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.”

At 6 p.m. on May 23, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement agencies across the Eastern half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation.  Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public:   driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.

Probation for man who threatened to kill Hartland police officers, burn down the department

May 23, 2016 1:20 p.m. | Corbin Zebrasky will not have to spend any time behind bars for a host of criminal offenses, including threatening to kill officers and burn down the Hartland Police Department — if he can abide by the conditions of his probation, a Waukesha County Circuit judge ruled recently.

Zebrasky, 19, of Milwaukee was sentenced May 16 to two years of probation on three criminal charges, according to online court records. All of his multiple and then-pending cases were adjudicated that day by Judge Michael Aprahamian.

Zebrasky was facing 15 charges in four criminal cases, court records show, for a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including a battery charge. He was free on bond last September when he told Hartland police officers in a parking lot outside the department that he would do whatever it took get himself sent to jail.

Basis for charges

According to a criminal complaint, that included threatening to kill several of the officers, one by name, and saying he planned to burn down the police department and the court system. The complaint also said Zebrasky spit on both a police officer and a nurse at a local hospital after he was arrested.

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Mukwonago's Lorraine McAdams dies at 91

May 23, 2016 11:46 a.m. | Anyone walking into the Mukwonago Community Library or the Mukwonago YMCA can see the impact Lorraine McAdams and her husband John had on the community. A portrait of the couple hangs outside the entrance to the library. The McAdams aquatic center at the YMCA recognizes the contribution the couple made to help make the facility a reality.

Although it took seven to eight years to raise the money needed to build the YMCA, John and Lorraine kept their donation of $3.2 million on the board to support the YMCA during those years, according to Rick Swan who was part of the YMCA fundraising committee. "That's a tribute to Lorraine," said Swan.

Business

Swan, who started working at the McAdams' grocery stores when he was 14, said it was important to Lorraine to give back to the community since the community had supported their business.

Lorraine, 91, passed away May 16 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

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