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Oconomowoc man charged with car shop burglary

Jan. 23, 2013 1:30 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — A 27-year-old Oconomowoc man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 22 for allegedly robbing an Oconomowoc car maintenance shop last summer.

Joshua G. Watkins was charged with one felony count of burglary for the July 7 robbery of Valvoline Quick Oil Change, 1111 Summit Ave.

According to the complaint:

An assistant manager arrived at the store at 10:30 a.m. on July 8 and found that the overnight bank deposit bag was missing and the cash register was emptied. The deposit bag contained approximately $300 and the register contained $100.

Video surveillance from the store showed a subject wearing white gloves and a bright yellow shirt enter the building the night prior. The assistant manager told police he recognized the shoes and shirt as belonging to Watkins, a former employee of the Valvoline. He also noted that the subject seemed to know where the security cameras were located because he positioned himself in areas where it would be difficult to see his face.

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Chilly outside, chili inside in Oconomowoc

Jan. 30, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  It’s going to be chilly outside and chili inside at 25 businesses in downtown Oconomowoc.

Stroll the downtown shops and sample chili at some 25 businesses Saturday. Purchase a wristband for $5, or $3 with two food pantry items. Fowler Lake in downtown Oconomowoc will have ice skating, DJ music and a visit from Roscoe, the Milwaukee Admirals mascot as well as an ice hockey tournament. There’ll also be food, a beer tent, ice carvers, snow softball tournament and ice fishing clinic. For more information visit www.downtownoconomowoc.org.

“Unforgettable,” the amazing story of Brad Williams featured on “60 Minutes,” is the next offering in the OAC Film Series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Williams has superior autobiographical memory and can remember details of his entire life. Call (262) 567-3172 for information. Admission is $10. Go to http://www.theoac.net for more information.

Former Brewer All-Star Paul Monitor will sign autographs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Legends of the Field, 2910 Golf Road, Delafield. Molitor is now the Minnesota Twins manager.

City of Oconomowoc files response to alleged misconduct in Fowler Lake Village vote

Jan. 30, 2015 10:20 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - An attorney representing the city filed a legal response this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court to the allegations that the common council acted inappropriately when it voted down a development agreement for developer Jeff Seymour's proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project.

The response came a few weeks after attorneys representing Rockwell Development LLC and Fowler Lake Village LLC filed a civil complaint against the city and the council, claiming that the council acted in an "arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious manner" when it rejected the development agreement in early December.

"The common council ... exercised its will rather than its judgment," according to the complaint.

The city, in its response, categorically denies any wrongdoing and at one point claims that no "binding discussions or negotiations were undertaken by the city or the Community Development Authority with the plaintiffs."

The memorandum of understanding -- a non-binding agreement outlining conditions both parties would be expected to meet before a development agreement could be presented to the council -- "speaks for itself," according to the city's response.

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John Deere tractors stolen from Proven Power

Jan. 30, 2015 8:36 a.m. |  Sometime between Dec. 27, and  Dec. 28, 2014, several John Deere Lawn Tractors were stolen from Proven Power, S65 W22065 National Avenue, in the Town of Vernon, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The unknown suspect(s) in the theft was captured on video surveillance wearing mostly dark clothing and driving a dark colored SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition, towing a dual axle trailer.  

Anyone with any information that may assist with identifying the individual or vehicle in the matter should contact Detective Todd Ladwig at the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department at (262) 548-7461.

Oconomowoc Chili Fest on Saturday

Jan. 30, 2015 7:40 a.m. |  Get your Chili on this Saturday, Jan. 31 with all day fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   and Chili tasting from  noon to 2 p.m.; enjoy ice sculptures and more. Look for the Chili Pot sign at participating downtown Oconomowoc businesses to indicate where the chili tastings are taking place.  

Wristbands are $5 or $3 with two non-perishable food items. Wristbands sold at over nine businesses locations in the downtown area.  A portion of the profits will be donated to Tricia's Troops Cancer Connection and food will be donated to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

ULS to present Medical Speaker series

Jan. 29, 2015 4:51 p.m. |  University Lake School, in partnership with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, presents a Medical Speaker Series:

·Understanding of Dementia at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4

·Advanced Care Planning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4

·Importance of Sleep and Hazards of Non Sleep at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13

All speakers will be in the ULS Fine Arts Treiber Theater at 4024 Nagawicka Road, Hartland.

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New police services director named for Sussex, Merton, Lisbon

Jan. 29, 2015 8:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson has named a  new director of police services for the villages of Sussex and Meerton and the town of Lisbon.

Capt. Lisa Panas of the sheriff's department will replace Capt. Torin Misko, who is being promoted to deputy inspector in the department. Panas will take over in her new position on Feb. 6.

Panas has been with the sheriff’s department for almost 10 years and has most recently been assign to dayshift patrol. She has overseen the Field Training Program as well as the School Resource Officer Program, recruitment and selection process and grant management, among other assignments.  

She is excited to take on this new challenge. “I am looking forward to representing the community and building partnerships as the director of police services. I am committed to maintaining the long standing relationships within the community while focusing on progressive public safety and services,” she said.

Panas hold's a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Marian University and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison Command College for a certified public manager certificate.

Arrowhead lacrosse/field hockey complex not happening for now

Jan. 28, 2015 5:48 p.m. |  The proposed lacrosse and field hockey complex at Arrowhead High School will not come to fruition for now.

After multiple deadlines, the project has had no further progress.

"At this time, the funds needed to move forward with the project were not raised, and as a result there are no further plans to proceed with developing the proposed plan," said Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson on Monday, Jan. 26.

Read the complete story here, or read it in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

NuGenesis cooking class offered

Jan. 28, 2015 4:11 p.m. |  NuGenesis  is offering a cooking class on Jan. 29 called "Can You Eat Uour Way Clear of a Disease?"

The most current research supports the benefits of specific foods in preventing disease and supporting recovery from chronic illness. Learn easy ways to eat with the intention to prevent, heal, and/or stay strong during the treatment of a chronic illness. The second half of the class will be focused on cooking demonstrations to learn the health benefits of specific foods and how to incorporate them into your diet. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal meal during class and receive recipes to take home.  The class will be led by Registered Dietitian Betty Holloway.

Menu for Class:

- Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens
- Winter Green Salad with Pickled Onions and Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Pomegranate Poached Pears with Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
- Sprouted Grain Rolls from Angelic Bakehouse in Milwaukee   

For more information, visit  http://goo.gl/5Wy1Td

Ybdi Islami's court saga continues as his mental competency remains in question

Jan. 28, 2015 1:46 p.m. | City of Waukesha  After three and a half hours of testimony on Wednesday, Jan. 28, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter adjourned another competency hearing for Ybdi Islami, who's accused of arson and other felonies, without ruling whether Islami is fit to stand trial or not.

The Jan. 28 hearing was a continuation of a previous competency hearing held in December, which lasted several hours and concluded when Islami's attorney Wendy Patrickus filed a psychological evaluation of Islami which indicated that he was mentally incompetent.

That evaluation was introduced into evidence in order to refute the claims of Ana Garcia  a psychologist at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, where Islami is receiving treatment, and an expert witness for the prosecution  who authored a psychological evaluation of Islami that claimed he was "malingering," or exaggerating or feigning the symptoms of mental illness in order to appear incompetent.

Basil Jackson, the author of the second evaluation, testified for the defense at the Jan. 28 hearing and claimed that Islami is unfit to stand trial. Jackson said that during two recent interviews with Islami — arranged for the purpose of determining Islami’s competency — he detected what he described as irreparable brain damage, severe memory problems and a distinct lack of “visual acuity.”

All his findings appeared to contradict Garcia's testimony at the previous hearing.

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Get your tickets for Mukwonago High School musical, 'Fiddler'

Jan. 28, 2015 12:21 p.m. | Tickets for the Mukwonago High School musical production of "Fiddler on the Roof" are now on sale. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, 28; and March 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 7 in the MHS auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (262) 613-2048; by email at mhs.annual.musical@gmail.com and during box office hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, weekly through Feb. 26.

Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors (65 and over) and $10 children (17 and younger). Tickets are $1 more at the door.

Dousman Fire Chief Resigns

Jan. 28, 2015 9:45 a.m. | Village of Dousman - Fire Chief Steve Totzke has told the Dousman Fire District governing board that he is resigning effective Feb. 20 to become information technology manager for the Milwaukee convention and visitors bureau where he had previously worked before becoming a full time fire fighter.

Totzke will continue as a volunteer fire fighter/paramedic with the department that serves the villages of Summit and Dousman and  most of the Town of Ottawa

He said his new position with Visit Milwaukee will enable him to maintain his interest in fire service while pursuing a career that will allow him to spend more time with his family.

Totzke, 41, earned  a bachelor's degree in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he minored in public safety.

Totzke and his wife Tina, who is also a fire fighter, have three children ranging in ages from 7 to 11.

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LCFR fiscal condition improved

Jan. 27, 2015 10:57 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Lake Country Fire and Rescue officials say they are optimistic that they will end fiscal year 2014 in better shape than the two previous years when they had operating deficits at the end of year.

Interim Fire Chief Kevin Keith told Delafield, Chenequa and Nashotah officials that a projected year end deficit may not occur because the department was able to reduce costs and add revenues during the last three months of 2014.

Robert Bellin, newly elected president of the LCFR governing board, told the municipal officials that final revenues and expense figures would not be available until the department's audit was completed in March.

The three municipalities contribute slightly more than one million dollars of the department's $1.9 million budget.

However, LCFR and some city officials have not resolved their differences over the department's "entreprenual business model."

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County KE bridge closure on Feb. 4

Jan. 27, 2015 11:57 a.m. |  Long-term closures are coming to Highway KE just east of Hartland.

The Highway KE (North Shore Drive) bridge over Highway 16 will be fully closed starting Feb. 4, according to state Department of Transportation Southeast Region spokesman Brian DeNeve. The closure is expected to last through late spring or early summer, and will facilitate work on the bridge deck.

Read the complete story here, or check out Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

OASD need substitute teachers

Jan. 27, 2015 9:03 a.m. |  Anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the Oconomowoc Area School District is invited to attend the DPI endorsed Substitute Teacher Training held on Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Mukwonago Area School District.  Individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the state of Wisconsin need to have a four-year college degree and complete a one day training provided by Team Educators.

Fee for the seminar at Mukwonago Area School District is $90  (includes program  and  materials). Upon completion of the training, candidates will receive a certificate indicating that training has been complete. Team Educators will also provide the application for the DPI three year permit/license. An additional $100 needs to be attached and mailed in to the DPI.

Please continue to check the Team Educators website for additional seminar dates.

4K program coming to Mukwonago School District next year

Jan. 26, 2015 11:49 p.m. | Jumping on the 4K bandwagon, Mukwonago will join 95 percent of the districts in the state to offer a 4-year-old kindergarten program for families.

Mukwonago's school board unanimously approved a 4K program at its meeting on Monday night. School board members Todd Clemens and Rodell Singert were absent from the meeting.

The program will offer a five-day program of roughly two-and-a-half hours each day, which would meet guidelines for receiving state aid. Classes would be held within community preschools or day cares, with curriculum determined by the district.

Some school board members had hoped to see a blended version of offering 4K in some school sites, as well as within community partners. However, offering the program housed solely within preschools and day care centers in the community — at least in the first year — removed many variables that caused concern for some board members.

Previous concerns were with transportation costs and staffing, said Nick Reichhoff, director of employee and instructional services for the district.

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