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Oconomowoc woman charged with alleged Books & Company robbery

Feb. 12, 2013 9:55 a.m. | A 40-year-old woman was charged on Monday with allegedly robbing the independently owned Books & Company bookstore on Summit Avenue in the City of Oconomowoc on Feb. 5.

Heather J. Preiss, 419 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc, was charged on Feb. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, repeater. Preiss was previously convicted of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute in 2011, for which she was sentenced to two years probation and 50 hours community service.

Justin J. Thielen, 24, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor receiving stolen property. Thielen was originally charged with being party to the crime of robbery, but those charges were dropped. 

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Oconomowoc Police was dispatched around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for a robbery in progress at Books & Company, 1039 E. Summit Ave.

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Video Chief on the Street: Top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief

7:22 a.m. | This week we begin our new weekly video series, "The Chief on the Street," a highlight of the top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief. Look for reporters Carol Spaeth-Bauer and Andrea Tritschler as they travel around the Chief's coverage area, bringing readers the news from where it happened (or close nearby).

Read more about this week's top stories:

·A major drug bust in the village of Eagle.

·Town of Mukwonago begins massive construction project.

·A petition is going around asking for traffic controls at National Ave. and Edgewood Ave.

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Student in custody after making threat at Kettle Moraine High School

7:12 a.m. | A student is in police custody after writing a threat on a bathroom wall at Kettle Moraine High School, according to an alert sent to families of KM students.

The threat indicated that "students and staff would be harmed on a specific future date," according to the alert, signed by KM Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

"In addition to potential criminal charges, the student has been suspended and will go through established school disciplinary procedures," Deklotz wrote.

She added that the investigation, conducted through a joint investigation with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, concluded that although there is no threat to students, as a precautionary measure, the sheriff's department would conduct safety sweeps at the high school. That led to the cancellation of evening activities in the building Thursday night.

"The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority," Deklotz wrote. "All threats against schools are criminal offenses. This event offers an opportunity to talk with your children about their well-being and the implications of making threats to harm others."

Village of Pewaukee changes course, won't hire finance director

May 05, 2016 3:19 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have done an about-face on the finance director position.

The village board Tuesday, May 3 scrapped the idea of creating a finance director position and instead will pursue filling the position of deputy clerk-treasurer.

It's back to where the board was after former Village Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow resigned last July.

Following Zastrow's departure, the board initially planned to fill the clerk-treasurer position. But in October, after trustee Tom Calder proposed hiring a finance director to add more financial expertise at village hall, trustees voted to create the position of finance director-treasurer.

The village advertised for the position, received applications and held interviews earlier this year but never chose a candidate. The next course of action was going to be re-posting the position, which the board approved April 7.

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History-making runner, Kathrine Switzer, to speak at Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee event

May 05, 2016 1:43 p.m. | Kathrine Switzer, a world-famous athlete, initially did not think she was making a statement or history when as a 20-year-old she decided to run in the 1967 Boston Marathon.

It wasn't until an official attacked and tried to remove her from the race that she decided she was going to finish the marathon and speak out on behalf of all women.

That was 50 years ago, and Switzer, now 69, is still running marathons. She's also a renowned speaker, author and television personality, and she's coming to Marquette University soon to deliver the keynote speech for a fundraising event called "Limitless Potential," for Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee, a local nonprofit organization.

The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 18 at the Monaghan Ballroom inside the Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Milwaukee.

Switzer's speech, according to a news release, will address topics of innovation, change, empowerment and breakthroughs for women.

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Overnight freeway, ramp closures on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc set for Thursday night

May 05, 2016 11:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More overnight freeway and ramp closures are coming soon as part of the ongoing construction work on Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state Department of Transportation news release, both directions of I-94 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 5 beneath Highway 67. The southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 east is also scheduled to close overnight Thursday.

The cause of the closures is the ongoing construction of the new northbound Highway 67 bridge deck, the release said.

The DOT completed work on the southbound Highway 67 bridge and lanes last year and are reconstructing the northbound bridge and lanes this year. The second half of the project, which began a few months ago, is expected to be completed by fall.

Detours

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Town of Merton looking for a new town clerk

May 05, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Town of Merton — The town is in need of a new clerk.

Former Town Clerk Nathan Bright is no longer with the town, said Town Chair Richard Nawrocki.

Bright's last day was Friday, April 29.

Nawrocki declined to talk about the reasons for Bright's departure other than to say the two talked and Bright left the premises.

"Mr. Bright has left the employment of the town and we're now looking for a replacement for him," Nawrocki said. "We're going to pursue avenues looking to see what we can do and where we can find someone, and someone who's competent of course."

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"Rallying the Troops" for Cancer

May 04, 2016 5:10 p.m. | Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection will be holding its 4th annual “Rallying the Troops” fundraising event on Saturday, June 4, at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Attendees will participate in a fun team photo expedition throughout the Zoo grounds with an after-party, dinner and program following at the Peck Welcome Center. In addition to live and silent auctions, raffle tickets are also available to win a trip for two to a beautiful jungle resort in  Costa Rica.

All proceeds from this event will enable Tricia’s Troops to provide financial assistance and other free support services to help families endure the practical concerns, out of pocket costs and daily living challenges that arise during cancer treatment. Life with cancer can be a zoo, but help us show local patients they’re not alone in fighting this beast.

Tickets are $75 or $550 for a table of eight. To register, visit the events page at www.triciastroops.org or call (262) 569-7800.

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Comfort Zone to host Lauri Badura as speaker

May 04, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Comfort Zone will hold its monthly meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in the Gifford Conference Room at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

The organization provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents struggling with a child with substance abuse problems.

Regardless of the stage in the journey, Comfort Zone will provide a listening ear, a compass, a source of strength of just a soft place to land for parents in discovery, in recovery or even in grief.

Guest speaker at the May 9 meeting is Lauri Badura, a local mother who lost her son to heroin and  has been dedicated to raising awareness ever since. She will explain the recent HOPE bills that were signed by Gov Walker and also has a list of resources to share from the Waukesha County Advisory board. She will be happy to answer questions and will also talk about SOFA (Saving Others For Archie), a group she formed after losing her son.

Capitol Drive bridge repairs to cause lane closures in Pewaukee

May 04, 2016 2:55 p.m. | Bridge repairs — and accompanying lane closures — are expected to begin Thursday, May 5, on westbound Highway 190 (Capitol Drive) over Highway F (Redford Boulevard).

The project will repair several girders damaged during a traffic incident in February. The damage occurred when a truck hauling heavy equipment struck the bottom of the bridge.

The freight company's insurance will cover the cost of the $102,000 repairs.

Lane closures will be necessary to facilitate the work. The schedule is subject to change:

· Northbound Highway F will be down to one lane, beginning May 5.

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Prairie Village Park closed for construction

May 04, 2016 8:46 a.m. | Prairie Village Park is closed due to maintenance and relocation of playground equipment.

The playground equipment, which is on the north end of the park, has to be moved due to the sale of two village lots, one which closed at the beginning of the month.

The other residential lot is expected to close later this month. The village public works, buildings and grounds committee has faced a few difficulties in moving the equipment due to the drainage issues in the park, but is working to relocate the playground near the pavilion, or to an area with better drainage.

The committee removed the equipment and the space immediately filled up with water, according to Village Clerk Rhoda Bagley. The committee is now looking at where to put the equipment where it wouldn't get waterlogged or rot.

"They want to put drain tiles in," Bagley said. "It's not expensive; it's just figuring out the best place to put it."

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Hamilton School Board names Brad Hoffmann as new Templeton Middle School principal

May 04, 2016 7:31 a.m. | The Hamilton School Board unanimously approved Brad Hoffmann as the new Templeton Middle School principal.

He replaces Paul Mielke, who was chosen as the district's superintendent following the retirement of Kathleen Cooke. Mielke will start as superintendent July 1.

Hoffmann has been the Templeton associate principal since 2005. Before then, he was assistant principal and athletic director at Palmyra Eagle High School. His previous experience was at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he was the administrative associate, teacher and athletic director for three years and a physical education and health teacher for four years.

He earned his administrative license from Minnesota State University in Mankato, a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in Winona in 2000 and his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1996.

"Hoffmann is an experienced, approachable administrator who has a sincere appreciation for middle school students and the unique needs of adolescent learners," Cooke said. "He has helped build a positive and respectful learning environment at Templeton, which has served the students, families and staff well. I believe his leadership will support continued high academic achievement and meaningful parent engagement which has been a hallmark of Templeton's culture."

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Sediment closes boat ramp on Pewaukee Lake

May 04, 2016 6:54 a.m. | Sediment buildup at the Pewaukee Lake access launch near Naga-Waukee Park has caused Waukesha County to close the north boat ramp until further notice. The south boat ramp remains open, but may also close if sediment moves into that area.

Sediment builds up in the area as part of a natural process that evolves over a number of years. Over the past two weeks, wind patterns have pushed sediment up into the launch site.

Waukesha County is obtaining permits to dredge areas with high sediment buildup. The county plans to begin dredging as soon as possible after the permits are obtained. The last time the Pewaukee Lake access was dredged was 2010.

If possible, one boat launch ramp at the Pewaukee Lake Access site will remain open during dredging. The work is expected to be finished by mid to late June.

Watch for updates at WaukeshaCountyPark.com and Twitter at @WaukeshaCoParks.

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I.d., new restaurant in Delafield Hotel, to open mid-May

May 03, 2016 6:45 p.m. | City of Delafield — The city's newest restaurant is getting ready to open its doors.

I.d., housed in the space formerly occupied by Andrew's Bar & Restaurant in the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St., plans to open in mid-May, according to Jeff Whiteman, director of operations for Geronimo Hospitality Group.

Whiteman said the space has undergone "a complete metamorphosis."

"I would expect anybody that came in here won't at all recognize that they're in the same building," Whiteman said. "We blew out all the windows and put mostly floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space so it's very bright and airy as opposed to kind of dark and intimate."

Whiteman said the restaurant is still waiting for the delivery of some key items, including dining room tables, and hopes to be able to announce an opening date soon.

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Victim in Monday's fatal crash on Highway 16 in Delafield identified as 76-year-old Berlin man

May 03, 2016 2:15 p.m. | UPDATE: Police have identified the man killed in Monday's crash on Highway 16 as 76-year-old Paul Parsons of Berlin. 

The children who were in the pickup truck with him were 6 and 8 years old and are Parsons' grandchildren.

City of Delafield — A two-vehicle rollover crash Monday, May 2, left one man dead and three people injured — including two children — and shut down traffic at Highway 83 and westbound Highway 16 for hours.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, a 30-year-old Waukesha man lost control of his vehicle at about 3:31 p.m. and crashed his car into a pickup truck driven by a 76-year-old Berlin man near Highways 16 and 83.

Both cars left the roadway after the collision, a news release said, struck a guardrail and then a bridge pillar. After striking the pillar, the pickup truck rolled over. There were two children inside the truck with the Berlin man.

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Eagle poppy days support veterans

May 03, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Members of the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 535 will distribute handcrafted memorial poppies at various Eagle locations this weekend. The poppies were made by veterans, for veterans, and the group is asking residents to wear a poppy on Memorial Day weekend.

There are 900,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, making it the world's largest women's patriotic service organization.

"Wear it in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many who made the ultimate sacrifice," Karen Matters, the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary president said.

The red paper flowers were established as a memorial tribute to World War I causalities who are buried near the battlefields of Flanders, Belgium, where wild poppies grew amid the ravages of war.

The disabled veteran's at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee made the poppies out of red crepe paper. These poppies provide financial and therapeutic benefits to the Wisconsin veterans living at Zablocki, as well as the thousands of veterans and their families who benefit from the donations collected from the sale of these paper poppies.

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