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Village of Eagle hosts firearms safety class

Nov. 20, 2012 4:00 p.m. | The Village of Eagle Police Department will host a Firearms Safety Class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. at the Eagle Fire Department, 126 E. Main St.  

This training will be conducted by Officer Ryan Brehmer, a State of Wisconsin certified firearms instructor. The four hour training course meets the requirements for those interested in applying for a concealed carry permit. 

Those interested in registering must contact the Eagle Police Department at (262) 594-2400 or chief@eaglepdwi.com. Class size is limited to the first 25 registrants. Cost is $95. 

New principal named at Nature Hill

May 02, 2015 12:09 p.m. | Pending approval from the School Board, the Oconomowoc Area School District has announced that  Jason Curtis, district Coordinator of Secondary Education, will become the new principal of Nature Hill Intermediate School, effective July 1. 

“As we searched for a successor to Mike O’Connor, we looked for a leader of the caliber we have come to expect at Nature Hill,” said Roger Rindo, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools. “Jason has the experience and instructional background to continue to drive excellence in all areas of the school.”

Beautiful art blooms at Gallery Night

May 01, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Spring is in the air! And that means beautiful art is blooming in downtown Oconomowoc as they celebrate Spring Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.  

Shops will stay open late to host artists, live music and carriage rides throughout downtown.

And while it’s still only spring, the Summer Farmers Market will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the municipal lot, Cross and Collins Street, Oconomowoc. Vendors will be selling produce and other local items until noon.

Saturday is Indie Bookstore Day across the country and Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc is celebrating with a day of food, activities, live music, giveaways and a visit from book character Froggy. Stop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

While books are being celebrated, pets are the focus of the HAWS Pet Walk and K-9 Karnival from 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sussex Village Park, Main Street and Weaver Drive, Sussex. Pets and their people can walk the trails and run the agility course, watch a demo by the Waukesha County K-9 Unit, enter the raffle and participate in contests together. Pet microchips and nail trims will be available for a small donation.

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Opper confirms Kraus plea deal

May 01, 2015 11:56 a.m. |  Waukesha - Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper has confirmed that her office is in negotiations with a lawyer for former Lisbon Town Clerk Elizabeth Kraus over a possible plea bargain on the felony misconduct and credit card fraud charges that were filed againts her earlier this year.

According to a county sheriff''s department investigation, Kraus purchased nearly $20,000 in personal services and merchandise with town credit cards.

She made the purchases in 2014 after she had been appointed by the town board as interim clerk/administrator replacing former administrator Jeff Musche whio had resigned following an extended illness.

Opper confirmed her office has been in discussions with Kraus's attorney Marcus J. Sengstock about a possible plea agreement.

However, Opper said she could not discuss the details of the negotiations but indicated that requiring Kraus to repay the town will be included as part of any sentencing deal.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Oconomowoc celebrates spring with Gallery Night tonight

May 01, 2015 11:20 a.m. | The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association will sponsor its annual Spring Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1. There will be live music, silent auction, food and beverages, Hoofbeat Express wagon rides and student art displayed from Oconomowoc High School throughout the downtown area. For more information, visit www.downtownoconomowoc.org.

Sussex Main Street closure

May 01, 2015 11:14 a.m. |  Sussex - A block long segment of the village's maint street will be closed for about three weeks as workers reroute Spring Creek including removing a 500 foot long failing culvert that has been buried for decades beneath private business parking lots.

Main Street will be closed between Kneiske Drive and Waukesha Avenue ( Hwy. 74) begnning on Monday, May 4, according to Village Engineer Judith Neu.

Detour signs directing traffic  to Silver Spring Drive and Highway 74 will be posted and access to all local businesses will be open, according to Neu.

Village officials began noticing several years ago that the culvert, and the asphalt surface above it, were beginning to fail.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is requiring the village remove the culvert and open the creek to day light.

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Kraus plea deal pending?

May 01, 2015 10:44 a.m. |  Waukesha - Former Lisbon Town Clerk Elizabeth Kraus, who  has been charged with felony official misconduct and credit card fraud, is apparenlty attempting to negotiate a plea agreement with the Waukesha County District Attorney.

County Circuit Cour Judge Michael J. Aprahamian has scheduled a May 22 hearing on the plea arrangement and possible sentencing for Kraus who allegedly used town credit cards to purchase nearly $20,000 in personal services and merchandise including a dog

Kraus's attorney, Marcus J. Sengstock, told Lake Country Publications "there are still some things to be worked out" following a court hearing on Friday morning, May 1.

During the hearing Sengstock indicated that one of the issues being discussed is how much money Kraus will have to repay the town and how she will make the payments as part of her sentence.

Newly elected Town Chairman Joe Osterman, who attended the brief hearing, said he was not surprised Kraus was attempting a plea agreement but he said town officials are not aware of the details of the negotiations between Kraus and the district attorney's office.

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Rummage Sale to benefit Family Promise

May 01, 2015 7:03 a.m. | A Rummage Sale to help homeless children and their families through the efforts of Family Promise of Western Waukesha County is planned for next week.

 On   May 7,8 and 9 Reformation Lutheran Church, at Highways D and E in the Town of Genesee,  will be hosting a weekend long rummage sale and 100 percent of the proceeds benefits Family Promise. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

The Rummage Sale is from 9  a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7 and 8, and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 9.


Pewaukee man, fiancee reportedly caught having sex at area library

April 30, 2015 3:53 p.m. | City of Waukesha — One local couple allegedly got so excited when reuniting at the Waukesha Public Library that they decided to have sex in one of the library's public restrooms — and were caught in the act.

As a result, Daniel Goralski, 29, of Pewaukee is facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He was charged April 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court and could face up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines if convicted. His next court hearing is scheduled for June 4.

Goralski's fiancee, Julie Dahms, 19, of Waukesha, was cited for her participation in the incident, according to a criminal complaint.

The couple was reportedly caught having sex March 2 by a woman who walked in on the two while they were "having sex sitting on a toilet ... naked from head to toe" in the library's public family bathroom.

The woman immediately reported what she saw to a library security officer and described the incident as "unacceptable," the complaint said.

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Arrowhead superintendent hired

April 30, 2015 3:22 p.m. |  Laura Myrah, the superintendent at Whitefish Bay since January 2014, has been named the new Arrowhead superintendent.

Myrah was previously the interim superintendent at Whitefish Bay and also served as the district's director of curriculum and instruction.

Myrah will take over for Craig Jefson, who announced in March that he will step down, effective June 30.

The Arrowhead School Board will act on the approval of Myrah's contract at a special meeting tomorrow at 7 a.m.

Delafield likely to approve senior living center

April 29, 2015 10:46 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The plan commission on Wednesday, April 29,  unanimously recommended that the Common Council approve a proposed 124 unit, 123,000 square foot , senior living center to be located on the west side of the Village Square shopping center at the intersection of Highways 83 and 16 in the northeast corner of the city.

The Heritage Senior Living facility, developed by MSP Real Estate Inc.of Minneapolis, will include 45 independent living apartments, 43 assisted living apartments and 36 memory care service units.

The commission made its recommendation about two hours after Mayor Michele DeYoe announced the city had reached an agreement to amend an out of court settlement with United Properties Inc, also of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, owners of the shopping center.

The compromise reached between the city and the developer eased some of the restrictions on the size and types of businesses permitted in the shopping center in order to allow the Plan Commission and the Common Council to approve the senior living center.

The common council voted 6 to 1 two weeks ago to amend the agreement but United Properties' officials initially balked at the council's proposal. DeYoe said United Properties decided late Wednesday afternoon  to go along with the city's proposed changes.

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Land sale for Sussex not for profits pending

April 29, 2015 10:14 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Brookfield developer Arthur Sawall says he is in the process of purchasing land and buildings from two, and possibly three, not for profit organizations in the village.

Sawall's acquisition of land and buildings owned by Sussex Outreach Services and the local Veteran's of Foreign Wars post could help implement a plan by village officials to provide space for four community not for profit organizations in a newly constructed village hall/ civic center.

Each of the organizations would be expected to pay for the constructiion cost of the space they would be provided.

The plan is expected to generate about $2.6 million which would help the village pay for the $12 million, 45,000 sqaure foot, three story building to be built on the existing local government campus on Main Street.

Sawall said he hopes the sales tranactions will be completed by next year and he said negotiations for him to purchase a historical railroad depot owned by the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society is "a work in progress."

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Mukwonago police clamping down on traffic law violators

April 29, 2015 8:43 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago Police Department and the Village of Mukwonago Police Department have again been targeted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Traffic Safety (BOTS) for High Visibility Enforcement grants, according to media release from Sgt. Eric Schmidt with the Town of Mukwonago Police.

BOTS targets local police departments for grants based on traffic crash data. Based on that data, they have awarded a $16,000 combined grant for the Town of Mukwonago and Village of Mukwonago Police Departments to combat traffic crashes by targeting speeding, seat belt usage, operating while intoxicated offenses, and aggressive driving.

Together the departments will conduct a total of 37 four-hour high visibility deployments, targeting the above traffic violations. The deployments began in March, and will be conducted throughout the spring and summer.

Both departments want to remind drivers to slow down, leave plenty of space when following another vehicle, always wear seat belts and never get behind the wheel if you are impaired.

"We also encourage all drivers to avoid distractions, including cellphone usage while driving," said Schmidt. "If we see you violating traffic laws for these types of activities, we will stop you and cite you."

Mukwonago residents urged to drop off unwanted medication May 16

April 29, 2015 4:54 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago— Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to a drug collection day later this month.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at the D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 Maple Ave., residents can bring medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications to a drug collection drive, according to a news release from the Village of Mukwonago Police Department.

Residents are asked not to bring biohazardous materials including sharps, mercury, household hazardous waste or personal hygiene products.

Man charged after alleged high-speed car chase with Oconomowoc police

April 29, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc — A 40-year-old Waukesha man reportedly led police on a four-mile chase after speeding away from an officer during a traffic stop.

Jason Lind was charged on Tuesday, April 28, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempting to elude a traffic officer and could face up to 3 1/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Lind was pulled over for speeding around 3:40 a.m. on April 26 near the westbound Highway 16 on ramp from Brown Street. He was reportedly driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone.

An officer approached Lind's car after conducting the traffic stop, but said in the complaint that he had only made it as far as the rear passenger-side door on Lind's vehicle — a silver Chevrolet Equinox — when Lind shifted his car into gear and sped away.

The officer returned to his squad car and attempted to follow Lind, who according to the complaint was at times driving faster than 100 mph, but lost him after a chase that lasted an estimated three minutes and covered a distance of four miles.

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