Mukwonago residents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz appealed a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court today in a continuing effort to challenge the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law barring some Indians nicknames and logos.
The petition filed by Attorney Sam Hall, from Crivello Carlson, claims that the Court of Appeals decision violates the Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution. The petition argues that the local taxpayers have standing to sue based on the United States Supreme Court ruling that have prohibited "state efforts to burden, frustrate or discriminate against federal claims" like the federal constitutional claims raised by the Schoolcraft and Vertz. The petition also maintains that the law and its application violate taxpayers' due process and equal protection rights.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. previously ruled that an official from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction had violated the constitutional rights of taxpayers in the Mukwonago Area School District to change its Indians nickname and logo, which have existed for nearly 100 years, according to a news release from Hall. The circuit ruling stated that the DPI official who held the hearing, Paul Sherman, testified that he understood that the DPI supported the elimination of all Indians nicknames, regardless of how they were used in individual schools, and that Sherman "could see" how people may have concerns with impropriety because he was responsible for issuing the decision.
On appeal, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals overturned the decision and instead ruled that the taxpayer did not have standing to bring the constitutional claims. The court held that Schoolcraft and Vertz should have attempted to become parties to the hearing by filing a request with Sherman or should have sought judicial review under state law rather than filing their federal civil rights lawsuit. Since the court ruled that Schoolcraft and Vertz did not have standing, the court did not consider whether the law violated the constitution.
Village of Hartland — A 46-year-old Menomonee Falls woman is facing stalking charges for allegedly threatening her estranged sister, a Hartland resident, who claims in a criminal complaint that the woman has been harassing and defaming her for years.
Loraine Lowling Kwiat was charged Friday, July 24 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with stalking and could face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.
Online court records indicate that Kwiat was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct last March, which, according to the complaint, was tied to threats Kwiat previously made against her sister.
The complaint says Kwiat threatened her sister several times on Facebook in 2012 and 2013, variously claiming that she would "burn (the victim's) house down" and "beat the living (expletive) out of (her sister)."
One of threats said, "I came into this world covered in someone else's blood and screaming. I'm not afraid to leave the same way," according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months pay after he retires.
The agreement was approved by the village board on March 4, 2015 following negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.
The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.
Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."
The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open records request in accordance to state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz has postponed until Aug. 11 the village board's appointment of two candidates to fill two vacancies on the seven member board.
Goetz was scheduled to make two nominations to replace trustees Matthew Petricca and Matthew Cmeyla at the Tuesday, July 28 board meeting. Petricca and Cmeyla both resigned in June.
Assistant Village Administrator Melissa Weiss said the decision was made to postpone the appointments because Village Administrator Jeremy Smith would not be in town next week. Traditionally, Smith conducts an orientation session for new board members the week after they are elected or appointed.
Ten village residents applied for the positions. Trustee Pat Tetzlaff, along with one other trustee privately interviewed all of the candidates and then recommended four to Goetz who was expected to choose his two nominees from the list of four.
The candidates nominated by Geotz require village board approval for the appointments.
A young girl broke her arm in two places and her wrist while trying to hold on to her baby sister as the train ride they were on board took a sharp turn and fell over at Hopefest July 26 in Mukwonago's Field Park.
Both the girl — who festival attendee Rico Lopez identified as a fellow LifePoint churchgoer named Rachel — and her baby sister, were taken away by EMT's who were quick to respond.
Another attendee at the festival, Ron Amero, said he saw everything and that the young girl was "heroic" by "sacrificing her own arm" by putting it under her baby sister as the back of the train began to tip after taking a turn too sharply.
Amero said that the rear two cars ran over the girl's arm and it broke it in two places as well as broke her wrist. He said that the baby only received a small abrasion on her head.
He said it was observed that the driver, Mike Anderson, had earmuffs on to mask the loud engine and didn't realize the incident had taken place.» Read Full Article
City of Waukesha — Waukesha resident Christine Nissen pleaded guilty Monday morning, July 27, to delivering narcotics and will be sentenced for her crime in October.
Meanwhile, her daughter Lacey is working through the court system on a charge of reckless homicide in connection with an opiate overdose.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Carter found Nissen guilty during a July 27 plea hearing and ordered a presentencing investigation to be completed before Nissen's Oct. 23 sentencing hearing.
A second felony count of delivering narcotics and a charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place against Nissen were dismissed but read into the court record, online court records show.
Nissen, 63, was arrested and charged in February after selling drugs to an undercover detective in a grocery store parking lot in the city of Oconomowoc.» Read Full Article
Melinda Mueller joins Kettle Moraine School District as director of public information and community engagement, replacing Chris Flood who relocated out of state for personal reasons, according to district Superintendent Pat Deklotz.
Mueller comes with several years of school public relations experiences, having served as the director of communications for the New Berlin School District and communications manager for the Elmbrook School District. She was also a communications coordinator for CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) in Oshkosh.
According to Deklotz, Mueller was selected for the position based on her communications experience, demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of kindergarten through grade 12 education.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association.
"We are very excited to have Melinda join our team," Deklotz said in a news release. "The depth of her skills and experience will help us accomplish our goals, continuing our commitment to provide transparent and relevant communication and engagement opportunities for parents and community."» Read Full Article
A 57-year-old town of Delafield man died after a motorcycle crash on Glacier Road and Hickory Grove Road in the city of Pewaukee on Saturday, July 25.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, a passing motorist reported the single-vehicle crash. No other information was available. The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
Menomonee Falls scored six runs in the fourth, a counterpunch to Pewaukee grabbing its first lead of the game in the top half of the inning, and the Indians went on to an 8-3 win over the Pirates in the WIAA summer baseball state semifinal at Kapco Park in Mequon on July 24.
Pewaukee, making its first state appearance since 1972, ended the year with a 20-11 record.
The game was characterized by defensive miscues, with the teams combining to commit seven errors. Falls committed four, but all three of Pewaukee's led directly to runs scoring.
"If you asked me over the course of the season, if we had one real team strength, it's our defense," Pewaukee co-head coach Adam Dobberstein said. "We had a school record for fielding percentage coming in and turned 30-some double plays. We've just been phenomenal defensively. We just had one (bad) inning."
The scoring was capped in the fourth when a liner by Falls outfielder Lukas Kell glanced squarely off the glove of PHS centerfielder Ryan Mulvey and bounded toward the wall, allowing Kell and another runner to score on the play. Coincidentally, Mulvey himself had scored on an error-abetted "home run" in the top of the same inning, one that gave Pewaukee a 3-2 lead.» Read Full Article
Winners from the 56th annual Croatian Fest's 50/50 raffle held on July 11 have been announced.
·Joan Icker: $500
·Steve Varga: $200
·Bernie and Christine McCabe: $100
·Ammber King: $25» Read Full Article
The Village and Town of Mukwonago police departments were given a speed enforcement grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The departments were awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety that will be used for officer overtime as well as for traffic safety equipment, according to a news release from the Mukwonago police departments.
"Officers will work in groups in specific (and changing) areas to enforce speeding, aggressive driving, drunken driving, seat belt and equipment violations through September," the release says.
"Tailgating, speeding, and aggressive driving, and unsafe maneuvers" were among the issues the departments are going to be watching for, according to the release.
It said the patrol staff understand the many instances of these issues and the departments are going to "step up efforts to change this behavior through the very unpopular traffic citation."» Read Full Article
No subject seems to be immune from being turned into a musical. From the tragedy of the Titanic to the barbarism of Sweeney Todd, singing and dancing can accompany just about any topic.
Lake Country Playhouse is presenting yet another in a long line of unlikely musical subjects. With the help of Steven Sondheim’s music and lyrics, “Assassins” helps us better understand the motives of several assassins and would-be assassins of U.S. presidents.
This is the last weekend for this marvelous show, directed by Sandra Renick and Breanne Brennan with vocal direction by Catherine Pfeiler. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Tickets are $18 general admission, $22 reserved seating.
The OHS Players Fringe show, called “The Suitcase Dreams,” features First Stage Theater Academy students. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students.
If you love cars then why not take a trip to Lannon, Highways 74 and Y, for Cars on Main on Sunday. Check out the rods, customs, muscles and ProStreet cars all looking their best.» Read Full Article
Village of Nashotah - Newly appointed Lake Country Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin Keith presented what he described as a "very, very preliminary" 2016 budget to the agency's governing board that calls for a two percent increase in spending.
Keith said the budget is in line with discussions he has had with officials of the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashota and Chenequa who have told him their communities can contribute an additional two percent in real estate tax contributions to the consolidated fire department.
The City of Delafield pays about 75 percent of the municipal share of the department's cost with the other two communities dividing the remain 25 percent contribution.
The budget, which must be reviewed by the LCFR governing board before it can be adopted, calls for the municipalities to contibute about $1,144,949 of the proposed $1,902,303 total operating costs.
The remaining $757,354 in revenue would come from non real estate tax sources such as patient medical and service payments and service contracts with area hospitals and neighboring municipalities.
City of Pewaukee — The state Department of Transportation's wish list to address traffic flow and safety concerns along the busy Capitol Drive corridor between Highway 16 and Brookfield Road includes many elements.
But the echelon intersection proposed for the Capitol Drive/Highway 164 crossing seems to be gaining the most attention.
The idea behind an echelon intersection, according to traffic engineers, is to elevate one approach on both the arterial and intersecting cross street as they intersect, while having the other approach halves intersect at grade. This results in a symmetrical but offset pair of intersections separated by grade.
And that's the simple explanation.
Part of the reason motorists may not have heard much about echelons is there simply aren't that many of them.» Read Full Article
Village of Mukwonago — A new apartment complex — billed as the Fountain Park Apartments — is being proposed off Highway 83 at the future intersection of Fairwinds and Chapman Farms boulevards.
A public information meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Mukwonago Community Library. The meeting will include a virtual reality walk-through video of the development.
The three-story Fountain Park Apartments is planned as a 400-plus unit complex with one, two and three bedroom units. The complex will include underground parking and an elevator service, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
"It'll be condo-style living, but for rentals," he said.
Weidl said planning began about three or four months ago. He said the multifamily development will have many amenities, including two fountain ponds, a clubhouse with a fitness center, pool, outdoor volleyball and basketball, a park area with walking trails and a pavilion.» Read Full Article
Village of Pewaukee — Get your auction paddles ready.
The Pewaukee Police Department is hosting an auction at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 in the parking lot behind Village Hall, 235 Hickory St.
A viewing of the items up for auction, which include bicycles, jewelry and miscellaneous power tools, will begin at 7:30 a.m. Bidding will begin at 8 a.m.
Pewaukee Police Department staff said all the money generated from the auction will be put into the village's general fund balance.
Auctions do not occur annually, staff said, but are usually a great place to find bargain buys.