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Breaking: Town of Mukwonago House Fire

Jan. 25, 2013 2:39 p.m. | Update: The fire occured in a two-story single family home. The responders on scene reported the fire under control shortly before 3p.m.


Emergency responders are on the scene of a house fire near the corner of Squire Lane and SandieLane in the Town of Mukwonago.

There are several units responding to the scene. There is no other information known at this time.

The Mukwonago Chief has a reporter on scene and will provide updates as soon as information is made available.

Yearlong aniversary celebration continues this weekend for St. Paul's Lutheran Church

2:13 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — St. Paul's Lutheran Church is so happy to be 150 years old that it decided to take the year to celebrate.

The church has hosted a series of celebratory events throughout 2015, such as special services from guest speakers and an extra-large potluck, and still have a few more on tap. The next big event is a special combined service, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street.

According to a news release, Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be delivering a sermon Sunday then giving a presentation on the various missions of the Missouri Synod at a noon luncheon following the service. The luncheon will be held at the Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road.

St. Paul's Senior Pastor Rev. Lance O'Donnell said that anyone who was interested was more than welcome to attend the events.

O'Donnell previously said that one of the goals of the celebration is to make St. Paul's into a more welcoming and accessible place.

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Hartland fire department open house on tap this weekend

1:28 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Sacrificing for those in need is not an easy thing to do, but it's the choice that the Hartland Fire Department's staff makes daily.

This Saturday, Oct. 10, village residents will have the opportunity to show their appreciation for all the fire department does to keep Hartland safe at the annual department open house and pancake breakfast.

The sixth annual breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 10 at the fire department, 150 Lawn Street, and is open to the public. There is no fee to attend the event, but donations are appreciated and will be accepted.

Interim Fire Chief Dave Dean could not be reached for comment Tuesday, Oct. 6, but has said that he will be the person cooking up the pancakes.

The menu for the event also includes sausages, applesauce and a variety of drink options such as milk, coffee and orange juice.

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Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her child, laughed about it

1:25 p.m. | Village of Nashotah — A 45-year-old Nashotah man is facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter and then laughing about the incident when questioned by police.

The man, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victims, was charged Monday, Oct. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm and three domestic abuse offenses: felony intimidation of a victim, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted, the man could face up to nearly 17 years behind bars and $46,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrived around 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the man's home and spoke with his girlfriend, who was reportedly crying.

The woman said in the complaint that the man came home that night and began yelling at her, accusing her of being a "cop-calling (expletive)," then grabbed her by her arm and wrist and started screaming in her face.

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Pewaukee's Horizon Elementary School holding grand opening of new space Thursday

1:13 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District is inviting parents and community members to tour the new classrooms at Horizon Elementary School, 458 Lake St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

There also will be an opportunity to learn about the PTO, Cub Scouts, volunteer opportunities, new family opportunities to connect, clubs, how to access report cards, pay fees, and School Fusion. The PTO is sponsoring snacks and child care at the event.

Fatal crash after argument leads to reckless homicide charge

12:58 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was arguing with his girlfriend moments before crashing the car they were riding in, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday that charges him with first-degree reckless homicide in the woman's death.

Jared A. Weber, 22, could spend up to 60 years in prison if convicted, according to a criminal complaint from Waukesha County.

According to the complaint:

Officials responded to a crash on Interstate 94 near Golden Lake Road in Summit on June 27 that involved a westbound vehicle going into the median. According to several 911 callers, the vehicle "became airborne" as it crossed into eastbound traffic before coming to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Both the driver, Weber, and the passenger, his girlfriend, Crystal Matusek, 20, of Lodi, were thrown from the vehicle.

Weber told authorities he and Matusek were traveling from an auto show in Michigan and were headed to his mother's house in Poynette, traveling in the right westbound lane. He said they were having a verbal argument when he noticed he was beginning to cross the fog line and made an evasive left hand turn and lost control. Weber said the vehicle crossed into the median when it turned over on its top, slid across eastbound traffic and rolled again in the shoulder.

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Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions

12:43 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Questions about governance, finance and legal issues related to a possible merger of the Hartland-Lakeside and Merton school districts figure to get plenty of attention at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at North Shore Middle School, 800 North Shore Drive.

That's when school boards from both districts will meet jointly for the first time to discuss a possible consolidation. Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards will explain the legal considerations of a potential merger. Debby Schufletowski, school business specialist from Robert W. Baird, is scheduled to give a presentation on the financial aspect of such a move.

Neither school board will take action at the meeting, according to the agenda.

The meeting comes as Hartland-Lakeside school officials mull options to address what Superintendent Glenn Schilling has termed "extensive" deficits in the coming years due to declining enrollment and decreasing state aid. Closing one of the district's elementary schools also is being explored.

Merger can be attractive

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Lake Country trick-or-treat times 2015

12:07 p.m. | Get the treats ready! Or the tricks! Below is a complete listing of 2015 trick-or-treat times throughout Lake Country.

Town of Ashippun
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Big Bend
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Butler
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Delafield
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Delafield
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Dousman
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Eagle
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Eagle
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Genesee
4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Hartland
Business trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Residential trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Ixonia
After Halloween parade at 1 p.m. until dusk Saturday, Oct. 24
Village of Lac La Belle
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Lannon
2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Town of Lisbon
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Merton
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Merton
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Mukwonago
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Mukwonago
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Nashotah
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of North Prairie
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City Oconomowoc
Business trick-or-treat: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Residential trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Oconomowoc
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Oconomowoc Lake
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Pewaukee
3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Pewaukee
3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Summit
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Sussex
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Vernon
1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Wales
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain

9:44 a.m. | Village of Hartland — The organizations rallying together to clear out the invasive plant species in the Hartland Marsh are facing an important decision.

Money funding the project is tight, said environmental activist and organizer Paul Mozina, and some areas of the Bark River marsh — nearly 200 acres of protected green space that stretches west of Cottonwood Avenue to Highway 83 — have been sufficiently prepared for the next phase of the cleanup effort: prescribed burns.

The burns, controlled brush fires targeted at exterminating invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, have been tentatively scheduled to begin next spring. But, Mozina said, if they're put off until spring 2017 a larger area of marsh terrain could be cleared and readied for burning, which might be a better deal for the parties involved.

Those parties are the Waukesha County Land Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the village of Hartland and the Dane County Department of Natural Resources — all of which own swaths of land in the marsh and have a vested interest in preserving and restoring the area.

If the remaining project funds are not used on prescribed burns next spring, Mozina said that money can be directed toward renting forestry mowers to clean up more of the marsh terrain.

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Pewaukee man sentenced for Waukesha library sex incident

9:32 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Getting caught stark naked and having sex in a public library bathroom will apparently get you 90 days in jail, a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge ruled recently.

According to online court records, Pewaukee resident Daniel Goralski — one of two people caught earlier this spring having sex inside a bathroom at the Waukesha Public Library — received his sentence during a hearing Oct. 1 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Judge Lee Dreyfus handed down the sentence.

Goralski, who has history of engaging in criminal behavior, had previously been sentenced to spend some time behind bars for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to a previous but unrelated criminal complaint. But that sentence had been stayed (also by Dreyfus), court records show.

However, since Goralski was arrested for another crime while on probation, the stayed sentence has been imposed. Dreyfus ordered Goralski to serve his additional jail time concurrent to the previous sentence.

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OPL offers online courses

7:09 a.m. |  Oconomowoc Public Library offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online through Gale Courses.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Courses are available In:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Health Care and Medical
  • Language and Arts
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

 For more information, call the library at: (262) 569-2193.


Pewaukee police investigating 'suspicious' death

Oct. 05, 2015 9:48 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Police are investigating what they think is the suspicious death of a 25-year-old Pewaukee woman who was found unresponsive last month in her boyfriend's apartment and had allegedly previously admitted to being a heroin user.

An affidavit filed in support of a search warrant says police discovered the woman's body at about 4:21 p.m. Sept. 3 after her boyfriend reported the incident to police and showed them the woman's body in a bedroom in his apartment.

The woman's death appeared suspicious because, aside from some physical evidence suggesting she was a drug user, there were no other obvious signs she was in poor health or died of natural causes, according to an autopsy report.

According to the affidavit, Pewaukee police suspect that drug ingestion may have played a role in the woman's death.

The affidavit was filed to gain access to the victim's boyfriend's cellphone, which indicates he's a person of interest in the investigation but may not mean that he's directly involved with the woman's death.

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Sparkle added to Pewaukee varsity cheer team

Oct. 05, 2015 11:23 a.m. | Pewaukee High School football fans may have noticed an extra sparkle in the cheer team this year.

That would be the Pirates Sparkle Crew, a special squad composed of three special-needs students and 11 members of Pewaukee's varsity cheer team who serve as their peer mentors.

It's given the trio — freshmen Genevieve Caraulia and Brianna Simmons, and sophomore Lillie Potter — the opportunity to cheer with the varsity squad during sporting events.

The "sparkle" part of the team's title comes from the Sparkle Effect, an organization that helps students nationwide create school-based cheerleading and dance teams that bring together students with and without disabilities. It started with one team in Iowa in 2008; there are now more than 150 squads across the country.

Pewaukee was the 150th team to form, according to Pewaukee varsity cheer coach Anna Duerwachter, who said the impetus to bring a Sparkle team to Lake Country came from her seniors, especially Claudia Vega.

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Mukwonago Boy Scout Troop 229 places first at Camporee

Oct. 05, 2015 10:28 a.m. | Mukwonago's Boy Scout Troop 229 won the first-place plaque at the Yahara Brownsea Island Camporee event held Sept. 25-27 in Madison.

The Camporee, a weekend-long camping event, is held at Lake Farm County Park in Madison and is hosted by Glacier's Edge Council.

The Camporee focuses on "the basics of scouting as taught by founder Baden-Powell at the first Brownsea Island Scout Camp," said Abigail Hackett, a committee member with Troop 229.

The troops competed in various activities including orienteering, first aid, fire starting, pioneering, blindfolded tent assembly, amateur radio signaling, simulated river crossings over a rope bridge and a Dutch oven cook-off. Troops are scored by points earned from each event.

"These scouts demonstrated great teamwork, scouting skills, and dedication to the scout law; a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent," Hackett said.

2015 Halloween and fall events in Lake Country

Oct. 05, 2015 8:30 a.m. | There are plenty of activities coming up in Lake Country to celebrate the Halloween and autumn seasons. Here are some highlights:

Halloween parades

Ixonia Lions Club Halloween Parade: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by a costume contest at Ixonia Firemen's Hall, N8345 Park St. and trick-or-treating until dusk. (262) 567-3842.

Oconomowoc Lions Club Halloween Parade: 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; parade travels through downtown Oconomowoc to Roosevelt Park where the Oconomowoc Lions Club will provide food and beverages.

Okauchee Lions Halloween Parade: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, starting at the Okauchee American Legion and finishing at Holy Trinity Lutheran School gym, where there will be a costume contest with prizes, candy and ice cream.

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Lunch and a Movie on Oct. 30

Oct. 05, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  Enjoy "Lunch and a Movie" with Cinderella (2015), PG-13 and closed caption, which will take place  on Friday, Oct. 30 from  11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

 Lunch menu includes Sloppy Joe, chips and a pickle with choice of beverage and a cookie.  Cost:  $7.50 per person.  To register: send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Register by Monday, Oct. 26. Include names of attendees and contact phone number.  

For more information or to receive our e-newsletter, call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org. The Center for Life Enrichment is part of the Shorehaven Campus.  

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