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GAB announces plan to speed Waukesha election reports

April 24, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Waukesha - Vote results from throughout Waukesha County should be available online more quickly in the recall elections because municipal clerks will be entering unofficial results directly into a state vote canvass reporting system, rather than leaving it to the county clerk's staff.

Those results will simultaneously be available to the Waukesha County clerk's office, which is still responsible for posting results on election night.

In a statement Tuesday, Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel for the Government Accountability Board, said the agency created Wisconsin's canvass reporting system using a federal grant in 2010 so county clerks could use it to report canvass results - the official totals that are checked several days after an election - to the state electronically.

However, the Web-based system was built with a tool for municipal clerks to enter unofficial results on election night. Kennedy said all Waukesha County municipal clerks will be asked to use that tool for the May 8 primaries and the June 5 recalls.

The process means that local clerks do not have to drive voting machine tapes into the county clerk's office in Waukesha after polls close, as they did April 3, so that she and her staff can enter the data.

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Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea

5:58 p.m. | A limited number of tickets are available for the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum, will hold its third annual Victorian Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

Learn about women's secrets — undergarments of the gay 90s, roaring 20s, and fabulous 50s.

Tea, other beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts will be served. Participants can choose a cup and saucer to use and take home.

Advanced tickets are required. Cost to attend the tea is $20. Participants must be 12 or older.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Ann at (262) 363-8681 or Sue at (262) 363-3915 or stop in the museum during tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 12.

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Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond in southern Kettle Moraine Sta

5:38 p.m. | After the dam at Paradise Springs nature trail in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest failed in June, the trout pond drained, leaving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff evaluating options for the dam.

According to the DNR, "An engineer who inspected the dam determined that repairs would be costly and that the concrete in the structure was so deteriorated that any repairs would be temporary. Complete replacement of the dam could be $300,000 or more."

When Kelly Maddern, of Waukesha, "a concerned resident," heard what happened to the dam and what it would cost to repair, she "jumped into action without a second thought."

Maddern has spearheaded efforts to "raise money that will go directly to the DNR specifically for this project," according to www.saveparadisesprings.com.

"I love being able to go to Paradise Springs with my family or by myself to do some photography," Maddern said when contacted by email. "I can't imagine the pond not coming back."

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UPDATE: Death caused by drowning

3:38 p.m. | UPDATE: An autopsy performed by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office has revealed the July 4 death of 42-year-old Marcie E. Taylor was caused by drowning. 


UPDATE: Police have released the name of the woman whose body was pulled from a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday, July, 4, as  Marcie E. Taylor, 42, of 34635 Spring Bank Rd., in the Village. 


The body of a 42-year-old Village of Oconomowoc Lake  woman was found in a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday morning, July 4.

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Richmond School District notifies parents of incident

3:13 p.m. | The Richmond School District is increasing safety measures for summer school after an incident that took place Monday morning in a district subdivision.

According to a district email sent to parents, a Richmond School parent was approached in the Arrowhead Highlands subdivision by a white, bald male in his mid-30s driving a silver, four-door sedan. The man asked for directions and then showed inappropriate pictures on his phone, according to the letter.

The district said the sheriff's department has been notified and extra safety measures have been put in place for summer school.

Hamilton student earns Girl Scouts' highest honor

3:03 p.m. | The image of scouting is filled with pictures of camping, earning badges and having fun with friends.

It seems that there is some truth to that as those were the very reasons that Hamilton High School senior Katie Ciolkosz joined the Girl Scouts while in second grade.

"A lot of my friends were in the Girl Scouts," Ciolkosz said.

But as she got older and progressed through the scouts, Ciolkosz realized the program is about so much more.

"We all wanted to make some impact on the community," which is what kept Ciolkosz and many of her troop members involved in the scouts up through high school. Additionally, "We all go to the same school and are involved in the same activities. That has also helped keep us connected."

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Hartland woman accused of driving drunk to police station

2:58 p.m. | When a detective told Annemarie Bottoni that she thought Bottoni had driven drunk to the Hartland Police Department, a criminal complaint says Bottoni didn't leave any doubt about whether or not she was intoxicated.

"Of course I am," Bottoni told the detective in the complaint.

Bottoni, 44, was charged June 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with driving while intoxicated — her fourth OWI offense in five years — throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, intentionally giving a false alarm and driving with a revoked license.

Bottoni could face up to more than 11 years behind bars and $32,500 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Bottoni stopped by the police department twice on the morning of June 29. Both times, she said she was there to report her boyfriend for strangling her, but she refused to make any official written or oral statements about the incident.

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Sussex woman reportedly stole thousands as condo association treasurer

12:00 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 48-year-old Sussex woman reportedly stole more than $25,000 while serving as treasurer for a local condominium association, a criminal complaint says.

Court records show that Lorene Lutey Treml — who was charged July 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of theft in a business setting exceeding $10,000 — allegedly stole the money over a period of 20 months, beginning in October 2013.

Two members of the Meadow Valley Condominium Association reported the thefts to police in May after Treml refused to provide money for landscaping projects at the Westfield Way Condominiums, which is represented by Meadow Valley.

A criminal complaint says that Heather Trutman, Meadow Valley's current treasurer, contacted two banks where the condominium association keeps its money and discovered that both accounts, which each contained about $14,000, had been mostly drained.

Bank statements and canceled checks from both banks, one a Waukesha State Bank and the other a North Shore Bank, revealed that Treml withdrew thousands in cash from both accounts and wrote out personal checks using more than $16,000 of the condominium association's money, according to the complaint.

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Electric go-cart facility hopes to open by Aug. 1

7:58 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — Where once were electronics soon will be electric cars.

Electric go-carts to be exact.

Work continues on transforming 61,000 square feet of space in the former American TV & Appliance building at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive into an indoor entertainment facility with two go-cart electric tracks; if plans remain on track, it could be ready for racers by August.

Veloce Indoor Speedway managing partner Hank Sorensen said the tentative schedule is to hold a VIP event July 30 and a soft opening Aug. 1, but he said both dates remain in "heavy pencil."

That's later than originally planned because, Sorensen said, some lighting and electrical issues set them back.

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Sussex stops Pewaukee in LOL, 1-0

July 04, 2015 6:36 p.m. | Host Sussex scored a 1-0 win over Pewaukee Saturday afternoon to take the spotlight in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league. Other games saw Merton down Hartland 8-2, Brookfield Bulldogs defeat Oconomowoc 8-4 and Brookfield Blue Sox edge Lannon, 2-1. Games on Sunday find Sussex at Hartland, Merton at Pewaukee, Lannon at Oconomowoc, Blue Sox at North Lake and West Bend at the Bulldogs. All games begin at 1 p.m.

Merton, Mulkey stop Hartland

July 04, 2015 3:46 p.m. | Host Merton got a strong pitching performance from right-hander Sam Mulkey as the Amvets downed Hartland, 8-2 in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game. Mulkey went the distance, holding Hartland scoreless in eight of the nine innings. The Amvets never trailed in the game.

Why no help for schizophrenic girl in Slender Man stabbing?

July 03, 2015 8:08 p.m. | Morgan Geyser spends her days in near isolation at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend, eating under a table, feeding ants and watching The Weather Channel for hours, without medication or therapy.

Experts agree that the 13-year-old girl, charged with trying to kill a sixth-grade friend in May 2014, needs serious mental health treatment.

Geyser suffers from a rare form of early-onset schizophrenia, an incurable mental illness that two psychiatrists agree will only worsen faster, and with less chance of mitigation, the longer she goes untreated.

Prosecutors, the judge, jail officials, her lawyers, parents and doctors all want Geyser to get medication and therapy.

So why isn't she getting any?

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Patriotic parades march into Lake Country

July 03, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  What would the Fourth of July holiday be without a parade?

In Lake Country, there’s several to choose from including the Delafield American Legion Fourth of July Parade which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. at the municipal parking lot at Main Street to the Legion grounds. A flag retirement ceremony, children’s bike/ride judging and a tasty treat will follow the parade. Visit www.chamber.visitdelafield.org for more information.

The Oconomowoc Independence Day will begin at 4 p.m.  Saturday at Fowler Park, 500 Oakwood Ave., Oconomowoc.  The parade travels through downtown with activities and concessions at Fowler Park at the conclusion. A fireworks show will begin at dusk at Fowler Park. For information visit www.oconomowoc-wi.gov.

The Pewaukee Fourth of July Parade also begins at 4 p.m.  Saturday at the Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee.  The travels from Prospect down Wisconsin Avenue to Village Park in downtown Pewaukee.  For information visit www.pewaukeechamber.org.

Old World Wisconsin will have a three-day Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Friday through Saturday at W372-S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. The celebration includes 19th-century fun, games and patriotic activities. Cost is $19 adults, $16 seniors, $10 ages 4-12, free for children 4 and younger, $50 family pass. For more information call (262) 594-6301 or visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org.

Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers

July 02, 2015 12:17 p.m. | Over the last several weeks, workers at the Waukesha County/City of Milwaukee Materials Recycling Facility have removed many small propane cylinders from the recyclables. There are concerns that this problem will continue to increase throughout the summer months, according to a new release from  the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use.

Waukesha County and the recycling facility operator, ReCommunity Recycling, ask residents not to place propane cylinders in their curbside recycling container.

Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping. Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.

“The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility. We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their recycling container due to the potential hazard to workers and equipment. They need to be specially handled by companies that sell these products,” stated Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.

Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor. Check for the 'manufacturer's tag' as a source of contact/disposal information.

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Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again

July 02, 2015 11:10 a.m. | City of Waukesha — An attorney for accused murderer and village of Summit resident Shawn Witt continues to argue for the dismissal of evidence against her client, which she says was illegally obtained.

A hearing on the defense's motion to suppress statements made by Witt resumed July 1, but again ended after several hours of cross-examination without a ruling from Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren, according to online court records.

Two detectives, one of them retired, were questioned during the hearing about Witt's police interview, court records show.

Witt's attorney, Donna Kuchler, suggested that her client was impaired when he agreed to speak with officers and allegedly confessed to shooting his 60-year-old father to death. As a result, his statements could be deemed involuntary and should be dismissed, Kuchler argued.

A criminal complaint says Witt admitted to getting high with two friends shortly before he was arrested for killing his father.

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Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society seeks Hamilton yearbooks

July 02, 2015 10:58 a.m. | The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society is looking for the donation of Hamilton High School annuals (yearbooks).

In its research library, it has all of the annuals from 1964-90, but to complete the collection, it needs 1991, 1992, 1993 and then from 1995 onward.

The early collection pieces are often asked for and reviewed by visitors, especially former students. The museum doesn't let them be checked out, but researchers can use desks to examine them and specific pages can be photocopied.

If the copies that a donor wants to donate have signatures, all the better. The SLAHS would even like the donor to sign them.

To donate, contact curator Fred Keller at (262) 246-3603. The museum will have a donation form that will be filled out, with one copy going to the donor and the other for the museum archives.

Community Watch


» Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea 05:58 PM

» Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond in southern Kettle Moraine Sta 05:38 PM

» UPDATE: Death caused by drowning 03:38 PM

» Richmond School District notifies parents of incident 03:13 PM

» Hamilton student earns Girl Scouts' highest honor 03:03 PM

» Hartland woman accused of driving drunk to police station 02:58 PM

» Sussex woman reportedly stole thousands as condo association treasurer 12:00 PM

» Electric go-cart facility hopes to open by Aug. 1 07:58 AM

» Sussex stops Pewaukee in LOL, 1-0 7/4

» Merton, Mulkey stop Hartland 7/4

» Why no help for schizophrenic girl in Slender Man stabbing? 7/3

» Patriotic parades march into Lake Country 7/3

» Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers 7/2

» Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again 7/2

» Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society seeks Hamilton yearbooks 7/2

»  Vernon Lutheran Church hosts local garden tours 7/2

» Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8 7/1

» Mukwonago theater group presents 'Taming of the Shrew' 7/1

» Therapeutic riding lesson volunteers needed in Eagle 7/1

» Six applicants for Oconomowoc mayor seat 7/1

» FPWWC in need of items 7/1

» Mukwonago school district selects construction manager 7/1

» Portions of Lake Country bike trail open in time for July 4 weekend 6/30

» Aldi moving in to Mukwonago 6/30

» Five years later, Eagle remembers the tornado that ripped through community Updated:  6/30

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Weekend Happenings

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Delafield Block Party: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 10, 11, Downtown Delafield. Festival features food and music plus specialty brews and wine. Friday entertainment is The Orphans and The Toys. Saturday hear Up All Night and Rhythm Method. www.chamber.visitdelafield.org

Lake Country Art Festival: 9 a.m. July 11, Naga-Waukee Park, 651 State Road 83, Delafield. The Lake Country Art Festival features more than 100 juried artists from jewelry, paintings, photography, fiber crafts and metal artists. Children’s activities tent, silent auction, entertainment and food services provided by Delafield Brewhaus. There is a $5 donation per carload for parking with all money raised going to local charities and scholarships to graduating seniors.

Sussex Lions Days: July 10-12, Sussex Village Park. Annual event features carnival rides, live music, sport tournaments, sheepshead tournament, bingo, food and beverage booths, pony and camel rides and tractor pull. Fireworks Friday night. Parade at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. www.sussexlions.org

Annual Oconomowoc Arts Center Open House: 6 p.m. July 11, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tom Klubertanz and Andy Zietlow will entertain visitors. Free brats, burgers and hot dogs. Local dance and community service groups will be on hand in the lobby with informational tables. Check out the 2015-16 season line up and take advantage of discounts for early ticket purchases.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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