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Man charged with vehicle break-ins in Pewaukee, Hartland

Jan. 16, 2013 1:25 p.m. |  An 18-year-old man was charged with four counts of misdemeanor burglary on Jan. 15 after allegedly stealing from vehicles in the Village of Pewaukee and Village of Hartland last October.
Jesse D. Reed was arrested at his residence in the Village of Hartland on Dec. 10 after a warrant for his arrest was filed for an unrelated drug charge. According to the criminal complaint, items allegedly belonging to the victims, including a Pakistan buck knife, a Sanyo camera, a JVC car stereo and a Garmin GPS unit, were found in the defendant’s backpack.
A heroin kit and oxycodone pill were also alleged to have been found in Reed’s possession. He is subsequently also being charged with one count of possession of narcotic drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The thefts took place in the area of Quinlan Drive in the Village of Pewaukee and Hill Street and Ridgeway Place in the Village of Hartland.
If convicted of all counts, Reed could face up to 36 months in prison, fined up to $40,000, or both. The charges against him were filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Oconomowoc Mayor to resign May 5

9:31 p.m. |  City of Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley will announce his resignation at the Common Council meeting tomorrow, May 5.

“Governor Walker appointed me to a position in Madison and I cannot do both. This has been going on for a couple of months and I have been weighing the pros and cons. This was not an easy choice at all. I am getting married in November and cannot not take advantage of this opportunity,” he explained.

Walker appointed Daley to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as a commissioner and statutorily he  cannot hold both positions, the Mayor said.

“I have already been appointed, but the appointment has to be confirmed by the Senate, so we’ll go through that process with an expected start date of June 1. I will maintain the position of Mayor until the end of the month,” Daley said.

Procedurally, the Common Council will have the option to  either make an appointment  for the remainder of the term, which is up in April 2016,  or to  hold  a special election.

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Waukesha man airlifted after Dousman motorcycle crash

4:29 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man was taken by emergency air transport to Aurora Summit Hospital for treatment of serious injuries after an accident that took place Monday, May 4. According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the 23-year-old was driving a motorcycle on Highway 67 when he was struck by a truck coming out of a driveway near Highway 18. There were two occupants in the truck; neither were injured. All lanes of Highway 67 south of Highway 18 were closed in both directions, for approximately two hours, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The accident remains under investigation.

Good food to eat and make at home

4:13 p.m. | There will be lotsa pasta cooking at the St. Joan of Arc Pasta Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc School, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students and free for children age 3 and young. Beer and wine will be available for $3.

Host of a PBS cooking show and author of several cookbooks, Alamelu Vairavan, will present Healthy Indian Cooking with Alamelu at 1 p.m.  Saturday at the Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. Explore, learn and taste the range of flavors found in healthy Indian cuisine. Vairavan, emphasizes easy to prepare aromatic and flavorful foods. A book signing will follow.

The Madison Area Concert Handbell Ensemble will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant St., Oconomowoc. The group is one of the largest and finest handbell ensembles in Wisconsin with numerous octaves of bells and chimes. The concert is free. Call (262) 567-5001 or visitwww.splco.org for more information.

Outdoor Composting to Suit Your Site Workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A presentation handout, composting pamphlets from the Wisconsin DNR and weather permitting, a short outside demo and tour of NuGenesis will all be included. A $15 donation is recommended. 

Boucher steps in to complete Mukwonago supervisor term

11:36 a.m. | Lyle Boucher, a former candidate for town of Mukwonago supervisor, was appointed to complete the term of former supervisor Tom Stefanowski, during a special town board meeting on April 30.

Stefanowski was elected town chairman on April 7.

According to Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Karalewitz, Boucher was nominated by Supervisor Peter Topczewski and received votes from Karalewitz, Topczewski and Supervisor Richard Wrasman.

Supervisor Ruth Ann Nicoson nominated former supervisor James Hintz, who received only a vote from Nicoson.

Gail Yerke was also nominated to complete the term, Karalewitz said.

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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.”

New bleachers? Shiny lockers? School challenges intensify

May 01, 2015 5:03 p.m. | It didn't take long for the video to go viral.

Arrowhead High School in Hartland had just completed new $662,000 locker rooms for its basketball teams, and posted a time-lapse look at what it billed as "the best high school locker rooms in the country."

Long tagged as the "University of Arrowhead" by those who are either jealous or critical, the school actually created locker room facilities that many colleges could not approach.

District officials defended the work, saying the old locker rooms were crumbling and a private anonymous donor had picked up more than half the cost. Superintendent Craig Jefson explained it was a sign of the times.

"Look at society," Jefson said. "They emphasize sports."

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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.

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