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Cop killer’s hearing for release rescheduled

Jan. 18, 2013 5:38 p.m. | A jury trial to determine whether Alan A. Randall, convicted in the 1976 killings of Summit police officers Robert Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute has been postponed until April 19.

Randall’s attorney Craig Powell requested that the jury trial, expected to begin next week, be postponed. The reason for the postponement was not immediately available and Powell could not be reached for comment. A hearing expected to take place on Jan. 18 was also rescheduled for April 19.

Randall is petitioning for re-examination and release from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He has been committed to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services since 1977, when he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of his neighbor Ronald Hoeft. In 1977 he was convicted of the police murders, four burglaries and a car theft.

In 1980, Randall's psychiatric illness diagnosis was dropped, and he was allowed off the Mendota grounds, unescorted privileges, earning 73 college credits at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

According to his petition for re-examination, his diagnosis of personality disorder was dropped in 1989. In 1992, Randall's treatment team concluded that he no longer needed to see his psychologist, according to his petition.

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Judge rules Delafield gun club can reopen shooting ranges

4:28 p.m. | The sound of gunfire — in the form of sport shooting and practice — could be returning soon to Delafield.

A Waukesha County judge recently ruled that the city's prior actions to shut down the ranges at the Hartland Sportsman's Club are void, and that the club is entitled to return to shooting operations there.

"My client is looking forward to getting the ranges up and running again," said Jeremy Levinson, attorney for the club. "They certainly don't need the city's permission, but want to reach out to them."

Levinson said it was too soon Monday to know just how soon the ranges might reopen.

The gun club, at 730 Maple Ave., voluntarily shut down in 2010, after a .45-caliber bullet from one of its ranges grazed a pregnant woman who was dining outside at the Delafield Brewhaus about a quarter mile away.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting two of his younger sisters at Pewaukee home

3:37 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Two of an 18-year-old Georgia man's younger sisters were not even ten years old when he repeatedly sexually assaulted them for months while living here, a criminal complaint says.

The man, who will not be named to protect the alleged victims' identities, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 12 and repeated sexual assault of a child. The maximum penalty for both of those crimes, upon conviction, is 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, all of the assaults occurred from November 2011 to November 2012 in a village of Pewaukee home on Ridgeway Drive. The man's mother confirmed to police in the complaint that the family lived in the village, at that address, at the time.

Police were notified of the alleged assaults last October, the complaint said, when they were contacted by a county Health and Human Services employee, who told officers that around that same time one of the girls, now 8, reported the assaults to her teacher.

The man reportedly tried to force his youngest sister, who was 5 at the time, to perform oral sex on him in the basement of the Ridgeway Drive home; and also repeatedly raped another one of his sisters, who was 9, by pinning her down on a futon and covering her mouth with his hand, the complaint said.

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Sussex woman accused of beating 7-year-old daughter with leather strap

2:09 p.m. | Village of Sussex — A 39-year-old Sussex woman allegedly forced her 7-year-old daughter to hide her face in a pillow so her mother wouldn't have to hear her scream when she beat the girl with a leather strap as punishment, a criminal complaint says.

The complaint alleges that the beating was so forceful it left a bruise on the girl's buttocks and was meted out as punishment to the alleged victim for recently getting on the wrong school bus — an act the girl's mother said was intentional because her daughter wanted to go to a friend's house.

The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

According to the complaint, the beating occurred on Jan. 28 after the woman had to pick up her daughter from school. The woman was notified by the school that her daughter was waiting there to be picked up after missing her bus.

When they got home, the woman reportedly told her daughter, "You know you're getting an ass whooping," according to the complaint, and instructed the girl to bring her a leather strap and lay face down and bury her face in a pillow so the woman wouldn't have to hear her daughter scream.

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Lake Country private schools register for voucher program

1:23 p.m. | Several Lake Country schools are among the 135 private schools that registered with the state by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for next school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP).

Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland, Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland, Queen of Apostles School in Pewaukee, Saint Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee, and Saint Joan of Arc in Nashotah all are new to the statewide voucher program for 2016-17, according to the Department of Public Instruction.

The WPCP allows students who reside outside of the Milwaukee and Racine Unified school districts to use a taxpayer-funded subsidy to attend participating private or religious schools.

Families need to meet income requirements to qualify for the program. To enroll, parents must complete the online application between Feb. 1 and April 20.

A total of 2,514 students are participating in the program this school year.

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New polling place in town of Mukwonago

12:07 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago —Some residents heading out to vote in the town of Mukwonago for the Feb. 16 primary could be in for a surprise if they haven't checked the town website before going to the polls.

While voting for all town of Mukwonago residents has been held at the town hall in the past, with almost 5,600 registered voters, there isn't enough parking to accommodate a large voter turnout, according to Deputy Clerk Gail Obradovich. To ease the congestion, the town has a new polling place at Hillside Church, S93 Highway NN, for residents in Wards 2, 3, 9, 10, and 11.

However, because of issues with the new state voter software, Obradovich said they were unable to print postcards to send to residents telling them where they will be voting this spring. Obradovich said they plan to notify residents of the new poll location before the April election.

Residents in Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 will still be voting at the town hall.

In person absentee voting will all be done at the town hall as well. In person voting is Feb. 1 — 12. Town hall hours are 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., with extended hours until 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 for voting.

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Adult Coloring Club at OPL

7:40 a.m. |

Feeling stressed? Come relax, listen to music, and color at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

 Adult coloring is a huge trend nationwide – come experience it for yourself and find out why. All supplies will be provided.

Volunteers,interns needed at NuGenesis Farm

7:14 a.m. | Last year over 350 individuals interned or volunteered for a collective 4,000 hours in the gardens at NuGenesis Farm, assisting with administrative tasks, and helping with educational programs.   You will help continue to promote health, wellness and environmental stewardship through hands-on garden and food education.


Each year,  several interns  receive offer real world experience and education in many  program areas including education, nutrition, public health, farming, gardening and culinary arts. Applicant must be able to receive school credit for the internship experience or be a highly committed volunteer.

NuKids Education Intern

NuGenesis looking for a NuKids Intern to help with youth garden education programs throughout the spring semester. The goal of the NuKids Winter & Spring 2016 Intern is to help coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the NuKids Program with an emphasis on leading produce tastings.

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Erin's St. Patrick's Day parade could be canceled if there aren't enough entries

Feb. 05, 2016 11:51 a.m. | The town of Erin has been holding a St. Patrick's Day parade for 35 years. But this year's version could be canceled if there aren't enough entries.

So far only about five participants have committed to the March 17 event, said parade committee chairman Jeff Kraft.

That's similar to numbers the parade had a week before the 2015 event, which left Kraft scrambling to scare up participants.

"I made like 30 calls, and we ended up having enough people to have it, but I don't want to be in that same situation again this year, so I'm trying to let people know there's a problem," Kraft said. "If the parade is still important to people, if they have fun, if they want to keep it going, we need some participation."

Kraft said that means having at least 10 entries by one week before the event.

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Man suspected of several area burglaries charged after car lands in ditch along I-94 in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Two suspects in a string of burglaries were arrested early in the afternoon Feb. 4, when the car they were driving ended up in a ditch along eastbound Interstate 94 near Highway 164.

One of the suspects, Dewayne Anderson, of Milwaukee, was charged Friday, Feb. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court as party to the crime of burglary and arming himself with a dangerous weapon. The other suspect, who will not be named unless he is formally accused, had not been charged by press time, court records show.

According to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and a criminal complaint, the car that crashed in the ditch, a white Toyota Avalon, is thought to have been used in connection with numerous area burglaries dating back to last August. The suspects, both male, were taken into custody after the crash. One tried to flee on foot, but surrendered a short distance from the accident.

The release said that Anderson and other suspect were arrested on suspicion of burglary. Their car left the road after making a sharp turn from the left lane on I-94, the release said. Authorities recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle, the complaint said.

Police were pursuing the car after receiving a report that it was allegedly connected to a town of Delafield home break-in around 10:11 a.m. Feb. 4. According to the sheriff's department and the complaint, it is thought that these suspects are involved in more than a dozen burglaries in at least four different jurisdictions over the last several months.

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Roost to host anniversary celebration, grand opening of The Hen House

Feb. 05, 2016 10:41 a.m. | Town of Lisbon — Roost at Lynndale Farm is getting ready to mark its first anniversary and will be holding a celebration to mark the occasion.

The business at N47 W28270 Lynndale Road — which sells items like furniture, jewelry, baby clothes, garden art, paintings and other artwork from more than 100 vendors — opened in March 2015.

The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, with samples of artisan foods, prizes and specials.

The event will also serve as a grand opening for The Hen House, a 1,000-square foot extension that opened in November. The Hen House, open Thursday through Sunday, features home decor, handmade cards and artisan foods from Wisconsin.

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Oconomowoc school administrators testify in support of making school shooting threats a felony

Feb. 05, 2016 9:06 a.m. | Two top Oconomowoc School District administrators testified in Madison recently to support proposed legislation that would elevate the penalty for threatening a school shooting.

Under the current law, threatening a school shooting is classified as a misdemeanor that results in a simple disorderly conduct citation. Assembly Bill 273 would make that action a Class I felony, the smae penalty for making a bomb threat.

The penalty for a Class I felony can be fine of up to $10,000 and a prison term of up to 3 1/2 years.

Superintendent Roger Rindo and Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan lent support for the measure, which has garnered bipartisan support ahead of a vote planned for Thursday in the State Assembly.

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, of Oconomowoc, chairman of Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, said parents across the state have a heightened awareness due to school shootings and believes there should be "a justifiable, strong, and severe consequence" for making such a threat.

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Lake Country School to add disc golf course to grounds

Feb. 05, 2016 7:49 a.m. | Some new baskets will be going up outside Lake Country School this spring, but they won't be for basketball.

They'll be for disc golf.

The school on Vettelson Road plans to construct a disc golf course for use by both students and community members.

It's an idea that came not from a teacher, administrator, parent or school board member, but from eighth-grader Loic Venon.

Student proposes plan

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Mardi Gras Madness at OPL

Feb. 05, 2016 7:00 a.m. | A special event called Mardi Gras Madness will be held    
from 10 a.m. – noon at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Learn more about the colorful, cultural, French festival at the library, courtesy of the OHS French Honor Society.  Make some masks, eat some crepes, and learn more about the best Tuesday of the year. Best for ages 5 and up; all are welcome.

Go fly a kite on Saturday

Feb. 05, 2016 3:00 a.m. |  One normally thinks of a sunny spring or summer day as being an ideal time to go fly a kite.

But winter can provide a beautiful, open landscape for sending a colorful creation skyward. And you can do just that at the Fly a Kite on Ice Event 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Saturday at Silly Willyz, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., on Pewaukee Lake in front of the store.

 Bring a kite of your own to fly, or Silly Willyz will have kites you can demo. Prizes will be awarded in various categories and participants will be entered in a raffle for prizes.

For more information, call (262) 696-4021 or visit

Red Wing ceramics have been around for decades and have become a favorite of collectors for almost just as long. If you’re one of those – or want to check out these beautiful items – then why not visit the Red Wing Collectors Society Show & Sale 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc.

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Town of Merton site north of Beaver Lake Road eyed for possible subdivision

Feb. 04, 2016 4:17 p.m. | Town of Merton — Residents and town planners on Wednesday, Feb. 3, got their first look at conceptual plans for a 21-lot residential subdivision being eyed for a 34-acre parcel north of Beaver Lake Road.

The wooded area, currently used as a tree farm and zoned single-family residential, lies just west of the existing Village Edge subdivision and is bordered on the north by Highway E.

Keith Kindred, associate senior professional land surveyor for SEH, showed plan commission members two potential layouts.

One would extend Country Lane west to access the proposed subdivision and have a road featuring two cul-de-sacs. It would also have emergency access via Beaver Lake Road.

The other would have its main access via Beaver Lake Road and contain a single cul-de-sac.

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Community Watch


» Judge rules Delafield gun club can reopen shooting ranges 04:28 PM

» Man accused of sexually assaulting two of his younger sisters at Pewaukee home 03:37 PM

» Sussex woman accused of beating 7-year-old daughter with leather strap 02:09 PM

» Lake Country private schools register for voucher program 01:23 PM

» New polling place in town of Mukwonago 12:07 PM

» Adult Coloring Club at OPL 07:40 AM

» Volunteers,interns needed at NuGenesis Farm 07:14 AM

» Erin's St. Patrick's Day parade could be canceled if there aren't enough entries 2/5

» Man suspected of several area burglaries charged after car lands in ditch along I-94 in Waukesha Updated:  2/5

» Roost to host anniversary celebration, grand opening of The Hen House 2/5

» Oconomowoc school administrators testify in support of making school shooting threats a felony Updated:  2/5

» Lake Country School to add disc golf course to grounds 2/5

» Mardi Gras Madness at OPL 2/5

» Go fly a kite on Saturday 2/5

» Town of Merton site north of Beaver Lake Road eyed for possible subdivision 2/4

» Freeway, ramp closures coming soon along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc 2/4

» Papa Stache proposes new plans for Big Bend property Updated:  2/4

» Waukesha musician Ryan McIntyre has learned much after 20 years as performer 2/4

» Tallymoore at the OAC 2/4

» RSVP due tomorrow for Kids Night In 2/4

» Hartland man fined for altercation at Delafield house party Updated:  2/4

» State superintendent gets up-close look at Pewaukee High School's Insight program 2/3

» Partnership provides nursing assistant training at Mukwonago High School 2/3

» KM students chosen as Presidential Scholar Candidates 2/3

» Music event at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc results in 23 arrests, felony charges Updated:  2/3

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Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. The buffet style fish fry includes both baked and fried cod with French fries, German and American potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, four-bean salad, and coffee and milk. Soda, beer and desserts are available for an additional cost. Carryout available: Call 569-3032 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5-$9

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K2 Valentine’s Piano Concert: 3 p.m. Feb. 14, Fox River Congregational Church, N34 W23575 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. K2 stands for Kostia and Kostia the world-renowned musicians of the same name. Both considered prodigies of their time, the two pianists hail from St. Petersburg, Russia and are playing a free concert in order to help collect food items for the local food pantry in Pewaukee. Traditional Russian teas and cookies will be offered for a nominal fee. 

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