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Mukwonago Chief phones are working again

Nov. 05, 2012 10:57 a.m. |  Phones are once again working in the Mukwonago Chief office. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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.

Vernon Lutheran Church hosts local garden tours

July 02, 2015 8:00 a.m. | The sixth annual Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

This year’s tour includes a feature garden in Asian style of 700 hostas and 40 species of mosses with three water features. This garden will be included in a soon to be released book entitled "Magical World of Moss Gardening" by Annie Martin. 

Those with smaller yards can be inspired by the next garden centered around a backyard pergola, fire pit and gas fireplace. A short drive to North Prairie will take participants to an annual and perennial garden on the Broadlands golf course. 

Continuing on is a six acre property with an art studio where a Koi pond is a year round inspiration. 

Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago. 

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Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8

July 01, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Following an extremely successful reunion for the Hamilton High School classes of the 1960s and 1970s last summer, the committee who the affair last year have decided to have an encore reunion for people who range in age from 54 to 68 from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sussex Village Park.

The reunion committee is headed up by Mike Hyland, Mike Paradies and Sue Rusteika.

Tickets will cost $15 per person in advance or $20 per person on the day of the event and include food, music, door prizes and two coupons for beer, soda or water.

The event is aimed toward the classes of 1965-79, but Paradies, the lead organizer, said, "Anyone who placed a book in a locker or taught a class at Hamilton is welcome to attend. In fact, teachers are encouraged to attend at no charge, and the picnic is open to anyone else who buys a ticket."

This year, the event will include a custom car and bike show, with classmates displaying their refurbished vehicles.

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