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Domestic violence case against former Brewers pitcher dismissed

Nov. 29, 2012 4:52 p.m. | A prosecutor on Thursday dismissed domestic battery charges against former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez because the victim and a witness have both returned to Venezuela.

Rodriguez, 30, was charged last month after a September incident at his home in Wales involving his 23-year-old girlfriend.

The woman told Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies that Rodriguez had struck and injured her but  three days later said the argument was all her fault and recanted her story that Rodriguez had caused her injuries.

The case had been set for trial next week, but at a status hearing Thursday, Waukesha County  District Attorney Brad Schimel told the court the state could not meet its burden of  proof and the case was dismissed.

Schimel said later that he believes the girlfriend and a member of the household staff who was in Rodriguez's home the night of the incident are both in Venezuela. He said neither has responded to attempted contacts.

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Oconomowoc Yellow Brick Road Run on Saturday

6:00 a.m. | The annual Yellow Brick Road Run/Walk   hosted by the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Satirday, May 30. 

Time Details:

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m.

Location: Village Green Park

Address: 104 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Sussex intersection approved

May 27, 2015 2:57 p.m. |  Sussex - The Village Board, on a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night, May 26, approved plans to eliminate an iconic business district intersection at Main Street and  Silver Spring Drive and replace it with a T intersection a few hundred feet east of the existing triangle intersection.

The reconfiguration, which is estimated to cost about $1.4 million, is intended to improve the flow of traffic along Main Street and through the village.

However, Village Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Bob Zarzynski  voted against the plan saying the reconfiguration would eliminate some parking spots, create turn manuevers too tight for large trucks, and located the new intersection too close to a local Barber Shop. 

With their opposition, the plan could not receive the usual four vote majority because there are two vacancies on the board created by the recent resignations of former trustees Matt Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.

Horizon Elementary in Pewaukee to host ALS fundraiser this weekend

May 27, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee - A group of sixth grade students at Horizon Elementary School is banding together to help one of their own.

Pewaukee School District Public Information Coordinator Wendy Wong said in an email that one of the students had a mother that died from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

As a result, the Horizon students, with some help from School Counselor Amy Farrow, have organized a fund raising event to support ALS research, Wong said.

The fundraiser is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the school, 438 Lake Street.

The event will feature arts and crafts, games, a raffle, henna art and a basketball contest, according to Horizon Elementary's Facebook page. There will be also be pizza and baked goods for sale.

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Sunset Serenade at SummerStage on Friday

May 27, 2015 10:45 a.m. |  If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, consider attending the Sunset Serenade at  7 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at SummerStage.

Enjoy the music of  The Milwaukee Guitar Quarter and  a wine tasting by Sonoma Cellars

The event will benefit the Lake Area Free Clinic and AngelsGrace. Tickets are $10 and available at both locations and at the stage the night of the concert. 

Rep. Scott Allen announces listening session

May 27, 2015 10:22 a.m. | Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) will hold a listening session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 3. at the town of Genesee town hall, S43 W31391 State Highway 83 Genesee Depot.

For more information or questions please call Rep. Allen’s office at (608) 266-8580 or email Rep.allen@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Former Lisbon clerk Kraus gets jail time, probation for defrauding town

May 26, 2015 10:50 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Former Town of Lisbon Administrator/Clerk Elizabeth Kraus was found guilty of credit card fraud on Friday, May 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court and will serve 12 months in jail for her crime.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian stayed a sentence of up to two years in prison and four years of extended supervision for Kraus in favor of five years of probation. Aprahamian said during the May 22 plea and sentencing hearing that the only reason Kraus wasn't going to prison was her prior lack of a criminal record.

Aprahamian also sentenced Kraus to serve 12 months in jail — nine months of "straight time" and three months with work-release privileges — and ordered her to pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the town of Lisbon. An exact restitution amount will be determined on June 29 at a restitution hearing.

Kraus pleaded no contest to the credit card fraud charge.

Several town of Lisbon employees, including Supervisor Joe Osterman and Clerk/Administrator Matt Janecke, appeared and spoke at the sentencing. Many of them criticized Kraus' character and asked the court to impose a harsher sentence than had been outlined in a plea agreement.

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Pedestrian killed in accident

May 26, 2015 7:55 a.m. |  A 77-year-old Oconomowoc woman was killed after a being stuck by a vehicle in the 100 blockof Cross Street at 4:31 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

 According to police, the preliminary investigation  indicated that a 2001 pickup truck,  driven by a 38-year old Oconomowoc man, turned west onto Cross Street from east bound Wisconsin Avenue, and struck the woman who was crossing the street in mid-block.

The woman has been identified as Judith Waldorf. She sustained significant head injuries and paramedics   performed CPR at the scene. She was transported to the hospital and at 6 p.m., she passed away, according to authorities.

Police said the driver was cooperative and while the investigation is still ongoing, drugs and/or alcohol do not  appear to  be a factor.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation. 

Daylong event honors veterans

May 22, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  For many people Memorial Day weekend means three days of gardening, cookouts, family gatherings and highway traffic.

Unfortunately, not a lot of folks spend any time in activities that really reflect what the weekend is about.

If you’re looking for a fun way to honor World War II, Korean War and other U.S. this weekend with the whole family, plan to attend the free celebration Saturday at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. The daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony with a color guard and a live performance of the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. The day will end with an evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” on a big, outdoor screen.

On Sunday, the celebration continues with the Honor Ride of motorcycles and jeeps to the War Memorial in downtown Milwaukee where there will be another day of music and other events.

Visit www.wishd.com for a list of activities.

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Hartland police searching for robbery suspect

May 20, 2015 8:23 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Police are searching for Christa Williams, a 35-year-old Burlington resident, who is suspected of robbing a bank Thursday afternoon, May 20, in the village of Hartland.

At about noon, a woman believed to be Williams walked into the U.S. Bank branch, 160 E. Capitol Drive, and handed a note to the teller, demanding money, according to a news release from Deputy Police Chief Mike Bagin.

The woman — who is described as about 5 feet tall with a medium build and brown hair — implied that she had a weapon and received less than $1,000 in cash, Bagin said.

Williams matches that description and was accused the same day as the Hartland robbery of committing a similar crime on May 16 at the Pewaukee Walmart.

After receiving the money, police said the woman fled the bank on foot. She was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, black pants and white shoes, according to the release.

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OPL to hold Antique Book Sale

May 20, 2015 5:56 p.m. |   The Friends of the Oconomowoc Public Library will hold an Antique and Rare Book Sale at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., on  Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30,

  Proceeds from this   event will fund a mural for the library’s lobby.

There will be a first-choice exclusive sale on Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8 pm. For a donation of $10, shoppers will have the first chance to purchase the antique and rare books on offer, and may enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The remaining books will be on sale Saturday, May 30 from 9  am until noon. No donation is required to shop on Saturday.

 Books included in the sale range in price from $10 to $1,500. Numerous leather-bound books will be included.

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Nearby robbery puts Hartland North on lockdown

May 20, 2015 2:23 p.m. |  According WISN, several Hartland schools were placed in lockdown after a nearby robbery.

Hartland North Elementary was placed in external lockdown due to a nearby bank robbery, according to WISN. Other district schools were placed in a security alert as a precaution.

WISN noted that the district said it is no longer in a lockdown, but have all external doors locked.

NuGenesis plant sale Saturday

May 20, 2015 2:06 p.m. | Saturday,  May 23 will be the  first annual Plant Sale and Open House at NuGenesis. The community is invited to stop to see the Giving Garden Greenhouse renovated with generous community donations, tour   gardens and learn about the exciting programs and activities happening at NuGenesis this growing season.


 Veggie and herb seedlings (transplants) will be available for purchase  to plant in your own garden this season, grown using organic methods.  

Plants available include :  basil, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, ground cherry, kale, lavender, leeks, lettuce, onion, oregano, parsley, peppers, rosemary, winter squash, summer squash, thyme, tomato, watermelon and more! Click here to view the full list of varieties!

Mukwonago man pleads guilty to shooting grizzly bear

May 20, 2015 10:28 a.m. | A Mukwonago man pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana.

Richard Kutcher pleaded guilty May 18 to shooting a grizzly bear in closed season, according to officials with the Flathead County Justice Court. He has been ordered to pay a $235 fine and $2,000 in restitution.

The hunter thought the animal he shot was a black bear and not a grizzly, said John Fraley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Kutcher notified authorities immediately of the mistake, Fraley said.

Grizzly bears are a threatened species and are illegal to hunt, Fraley said. He added the grizzly bear has been collected and will likely be tanned for educational purposes.

In addition to fines, Kutcher will lose hunting privileges for 60 days, court officials said. The Mukwonago man was also sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended.

Pewaukee traffic delays

May 19, 2015 4:06 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee - Road work related to the construction of the Christian Education Leadership Academy is causing late afternoon traffic delays on Ryan Street (Hwy.KF), north of Highway 16

The soutbound lane has been closed as workers prepare to widen the road in front of the academy. A flag man is controlling the north and south bound traffic as it uses the north bound lane which remains open.

The back up of north bound vehicles at times extends about a half mile from the construction site to the Ryan Street/Highway 16 interchange. 

Oconomowoc Police investigate homicide

May 19, 2015 8:02 a.m. |

The Van Wagner family (seated) Stanley, Amy, and Wolfgang, (on floor) Thor and Chevelle. Police are investigating Stanley's death as a murder.

Police are investigating the May 17 death of a 50-year-old City of Oconomowoc man as a homicide.

Stanley Van Wagner  was discovered dead in the basement of his home at 163 Elm Street. Police Chief Dave Beguhn said  authorities have been advised that the man was home alone throughout the weekend and that he was last seen on Friday.

“He was discovered by his wife who opened up the door and saw what she believed was her husband and ran to a neighbor’s house,” he said. The neighbor verified it was Van Wagner and called  police.  

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