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Town of Mukwonago Clerk first to file in County Clerk race

May 23, 2012 12:35 p.m. |  Town of Mukwonago Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Kathleen Karalewitz was the first to file the required signatures today to secure a spot on the August 14th primary election ballot for Waukesha County Clerk, she stated in a press release.

Karalewitz has 25 years of experience running elections at the County level and  the municipal level, having served as the former Deputy Clerk to former Waukesha County Clerk Patricia Madden for more than a decade.

Karalewitz identifies a lack of consistency in equipment and software utilized by the current Clerk as the root cause behind the problems Waukesha County has experienced with election reporting. Karalewitz says she will work with the County Executive and County Board to once again implement countywide uniform election equipment and software so that all election results are automatically uploaded and reported to the public, reducing the potential for human error and eliminating unnecessary delays in providing information to the public.

Karalewitz holds a Municipal Clerk Certification from UW-Green Bay Municipal Clerk Institute and is certified by the Government Accountability Board to train Election Inspectors throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Steinhafels Furniture in Pewaukee plans to expand warehouse, add jobs

4:31 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — Big plans are in store for a big furniture store in Pewaukee.

Steinhafels Furniture, W231 N1013 Highway F, has announced plans to embark on a two-phase expansion of its main distribution center that's expected to boost employment by about 650 people companywide by the time the project is complete.

Phase 1, expected to cost about $10 million, will include adding more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to the Pewaukee facility, including 16 additional dock doors and an expanded trailer staging area.

Work on the addition is expected to start in about 10 days and will take about a year to complete, said company President Gary Steinhafel.

The first phase is expected to create about 300 jobs — about 200 of them in the newly expanded warehouse space, Steinhafel said.

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Complaint: Man stole valuables from his Lisbon parents

3:18 p.m. | A 23-year-old West Allis man is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing cash, jewelry and some prescription drugs from his parents' town of Lisbon home.

Ted Zindars Jr. was charged Monday, July 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Zindars has previously been convicted of theft and drug possession, according to online court records.

The complaint says that Zindars' father reported the burglary to police in early January. He told officers in the complaint that he suspected his son took the missing items because there were no signs of forced entry, seemingly no reaction from the two dogs Zindars Sr. owns and because the burglar seemed to know exactly where to find what he was looking for.

Also, the theft seemed to have occurred while Zindars' parents were out of the house, and Zindars likely would have known when that was, the complaint said.

The complaint alleges that Zindars stole $2,000 in cash, wedding and engagement rings and oxycodone from his parents' lockbox. The complaint notes that Zindars is a drug addict and has stolen from his parents in the past.

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Lake Country bike trail appreciation event on tap this weekend

2:53 p.m. | City of Delafield — It's time to celebrate, Lake Country Bike Trail users.

American Transmission Co. is hosting a trailside appreciation event from 8 a.m. to noon Satuday, Aug. 1, at the Delafield Fire Station, 115 Main St.

According to a news release, the event will include a drawing for three $50 Wheel and Sprocket gift certificates and other various free giveaways, including water bottles.

Anyone from the area who uses the trail is welcome to attend.

"Since the trail recently reopened between Oconomowoc and the west end of Pewaukee Lake (at Maple Avenue), we want to show our appreciation to trail users for their patience during the time that construction and restoration was occurring," said Mary Carpenter, ATC's senior local relations representative.

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Village of Eagle police chief Russ Ehlers receives lucrative retirement deal

2:23 p.m. | Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months' pay after he retires.

The agreement was approved by the village board March 4, after negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.

The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.

Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."

The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open-records request in accordance with state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.

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Hamilton School District launches online registration

11:26 a.m. | Online school registration is underway for the first time in the Hamilton School District.

The new electrronic tool was launched on Monday, July 27, and plenty of parents took to the Internet to take advantage of it.

The online doors "swung open" at 9 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. the district had received about 900 registration applications and took in more than $75,000 in online payments, said district information technology manager Ryan McMillan.

"To have more than 25 percent of the population into the system within six or seven hours, I'm extremely happy with how it's gone," McMillan said.

The online registration is being done through Infinite Campus, an online information system the district put in place last year.

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Mukwonago summer drama brings Jack and the Beanstalk

11:18 a.m. | Children participating in the annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Mukwonago Optimist Club and directed by the Prairie Fire Theater group, presents the musical, Jack and the Beanstalk at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and at 1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mukwonago High School, 605 School Road.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy or at the door before each performance.

For more information, call Edie, at (262) 363-7863 or email ediesimons@yahoo.com or visit mukwonagooptimist.org.

National Night Out coming up in Mukwonago, Big Bend and Eagle

10:53 a.m. | National Night Out is a nationwide event that happens in more than 16,000 communities, including some local police departments.


National Night Out in Mukwonago will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Field Park.

"The event itself is a great opportunity for members of the community to come and meet police officers, dispatchers/clerks and firefighters," said Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt. "The event also allows us, the officers and firefighters, to meet the public we serve."

Schmidt said oftentimes the public meets officers only when there's a crisis or emergency situation. Night Out, however, allows them to meet in a less stressful setting.

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Authorities identify Delafield man killed in motorcycle crash

9:20 a.m. | The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday morning identified 57-year-old William Lansing of the town of Delafield as the victim of a fatal July 25 motorcycle accident.

Lansing died after a motorcycle crash on Glacier Road and Hickory Grove Road in the city of Pewaukee.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, a passing motorist reported the single-vehicle crash around 2:35 a.m. No other information was available.

The Medical Examiner's office said the incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

Delafield's Cindi Duchow announces candidacy for 99th Assembly seat

7:36 a.m. | Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow has announced her candidacy as a Republican for the 99th Assembly District seat being vacated by Chris Kapenga. Kapenga was elected last week to the 33rd state Senate seat after Paul Farrow stepped down to focus on his new role as Waukesha County executive.

“The 99th Assembly District has always delivered strong conservative leadership, and I will work to earn the trust of the taxpayers by sharing how my family business experience, local government know-how and lifelong local roots will best-serve our community,” said Duchow.  

"Our state’s GOP leaders have made great progress over the past five years; unemployment is at a near-record low, strong conservative reforms have advanced by leaders like Gov. Walker and Sen. Kapenga that improve our business environment while keeping more money in the pockets of taxpayers.  Taxpayers cannot afford to risk electing someone who isn’t ready, doesn’t have key experience or important local roots," she added.

 A date for the special election to fill Kapenga's seat has not yet been announced. 

That election will likely take place this fall. The Assembly seat covers municipalities such as Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie.

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Menomonee Falls woman allegedly threatened her sister for years

July 27, 2015 8:48 p.m. | Village of Hartland — A 46-year-old Menomonee Falls woman is facing stalking charges for allegedly threatening her estranged sister, a Hartland resident, who claims in a criminal complaint that the woman has been harassing and defaming her for years.

Loraine Lowling Kwiat was charged Friday, July 24, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with stalking. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Online court records indicate that Lowling Kwiat was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in March 2014, which, according to the complaint, was tied to threats Lowling Kwiat previously made against her sister.

The complaint says Lowling Kwiat threatened her sister several times on Facebook in 2012 and 2013, variously claiming that she would "burn (the victim's) house down" and "beat the living (expletive) out of (her sister)."

One of threats said, "I came into this world covered in someone else's blood and screaming. I'm not afraid to leave the same way," according to the complaint.

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Mukwonago woman charged with OWI-second offense, bail jumping

July 27, 2015 6:18 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago — A Mukwonago woman has been charged with her second offense of driving while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration as well as bail jumping.

For each drunken driving offense, Kimberly E. Condoleo, 24, faces up to $1,100 in fines and six months in prison.

For her bail jumping offense, Condoleo faces up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint filed on July 15, an officer was dispatched to Sandy Beach Road in the town of Mukwonago on July 3 for a complaint from a male who said his girlfriend — Condoleo — "attempted to cut her neck and left the residence."

The male said Condoleo threw a glass before leaving, and said she was driving drunk and had a knife with her, according to the complaint.

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Sussex vacancy appointments postponed

July 27, 2015 4:40 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz has postponed until Aug. 11 the village board's appointment of two candidates to fill two vacancies on the seven member board.

Goetz was scheduled to make two nominations to replace trustees Matthew Petricca and Matthew Cmeyla at the Tuesday, July 28 board meeting. Petricca and Cmeyla both resigned in June.

Assistant Village Administrator  Melissa Weiss said the decision was made to postpone the appointments because Village Administrator Jeremy Smith would not be in town next week. Traditionally, Smith conducts an orientation session for new board members the week after they are elected or appointed.

Ten village residents applied for the positions. Trustee Pat Tetzlaff, along with one other trustee privately interviewed all of the candidates and then recommended four to Goetz who was expected to choose his two nominees from the list of four.

The candidates nominated by Geotz require village board approval for the appointments.

Girl injured trying to save baby in train ride tumble at Hopefest in Mukwonago

July 27, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — A young girl was initially believed to have broken her arm in two places and her wrist while trying to hold on to a baby as the train ride they were on board took a sharp turn and fell over at Hopefest July 26 in Mukwonago's Field Park.

However, Pastor Rob Jadrnicek of LifePoint Church said Tuesday morning that instead of a multiple break, it was found in the X-ray that the girl had a clean fracture.

"We attribute that to prayer," Jadrnicek said. "God did a little miracle."

Both the girl — who festival attendee Rico Lopez identified as a fellow LifePoint churchgoer, and the baby — were taken away by paramedics, who were quick to respond.

Another attendee at the festival, Ron Amero, said he saw everything and that the young girl was "heroic" by "sacrificing her own arm" by putting it under the baby as the back of the train began to tip after taking a turn too sharply.

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Waukesha mother convicted of drug dealing; daughter charged with homicide

July 27, 2015 12:00 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Waukesha resident Christine Nissen pleaded guilty Monday morning, July 27, to delivering narcotics and will be sentenced for her crime in October.

Meanwhile, her daughter Lacey is working through the court system on a charge of reckless homicide in connection with an opiate overdose.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Carter found Christine Nissen guilty during a July 27 plea hearing and ordered a presentencing investigation to be completed before Nissen's Oct. 23 sentencing hearing.

A second felony count of delivering narcotics and a charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place against Nissen were dismissed but read into the court record, online court records show.

Nissen, 63, was arrested and charged in February after she sold drugs to an undercover detective in a grocery store parking lot in the city of Oconomowoc.

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Kettle Moraine district selects new public relations director

July 27, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Melinda Mueller joins Kettle Moraine School District as director of public information and community engagement, replacing Chris Flood who relocated out of state for personal reasons, according to district Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

Mueller comes with several years of school public relations experiences, having served as the director of communications for the New Berlin School District and communications manager for the Elmbrook School District. She was also a communications coordinator for CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) in Oshkosh.

According to Deklotz, Mueller was selected for the position based on her communications experience, demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of kindergarten through grade 12 education.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association.

"We are very excited to have Melinda join our team," Deklotz said in a news release. "The depth of her skills and experience will help us accomplish our goals, continuing our commitment to provide transparent and relevant communication and engagement opportunities for parents and community."

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