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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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Man injured after being struck by car while walking along I-94 in Pewaukee

9:20 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — A 24-year-old Milwaukee man was flown to the hospital by Flight for Life Wednesday evening, May 25 after he was hit by a car while walking along eastbound I-94 at Bluemound Road.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the man was walking outside his vehicle around 5:51 p.m. on the highway when he was struck by a car. Witnesses immediately rendered aid to the victim until emergency personnel arrived.

The man was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment of his injuries, which remain unspecified. The victim's medical condition as of Thursday morning, May 26 was also unclear.

A news release from the sheriff's department did not indicate why the man got out of his car or was walking along the interstate.

Personnel from the sheriff's department, Wisconsin State Patrol, village of Pewaukee Police Department, and the city of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the accident.

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Divine Redeemer Lutheran School team wins Knowledge Bowl

9:02 a.m. | A team from Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Delafield captured first place in the annual Lutheran School Knowledge Bowl competition held Wednesday, May 18 at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland. The team, which includes two eighth-graders, a seventh-grader and two sixth-graders, is coached by Neva Conlon.

Divine Redeemer Lutheran competed against Elm Grove Lutheran School, Hales Corners Lutheran School, Immanuel Lutheran School in Brookfield and St. Paul's Lutheran School in Oconomowoc and walked away with the championship for the seventh time.

Work underway on city of Pewaukee's new water tower

8:58 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — It's not time to tear down the old one yet — that's a ways away — but work is underway on the city's new water tower, which will be bigger and much easier on the eyes.

The new tower is going up just west of the existing one near city hall.

It's actually going to be a bit further west and south than originally planned, Pewaukee Public Works Director Jeff Weigel said. Fifteen feet to be exact, to provide a buffer zone from overhead electrical lines.

"Both the contractor and We Energies staff had indicated that because it was so close to the wires, it was preferable that either the wires be buried to eliminate the future hazard of working on the tower and constructing it, or if it was possible to move the tower about 15 feet," Weigel said.

He said they checked with the Federal Aviation Administration and Waukesha County's Department of Parks & Land Use — both of which have permitting authority on the tower — and both were okay with moving the structure.

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Pewaukee man gets jail, fine for fifth drunken driving offense

May 25, 2016 8:56 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Todd Musil, who has a history of intoxicated driving, shouldn't have been behind the wheel when police pulled him over in January and will spend the next 15 months of his life behind bars for that mistake, a Waukesha County Circuit judge ruled recently.

Musil, 56, of Pewaukee pleaded guilty May 23 to his fifth operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content offense, according to online court records. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail the same day by Judge Ralph Ramirez.

Musil was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time Jan. 3 when officers followed and stopped his truck because they believed one of Musil's friends, who was a suspect in an alleged domestic violence incident earlier that day, was driving.

That man wasn't behind the wheel, but Musil — who appeared to turn his car around after seeing a squad car — was and, despite his four previous OWI convictions, was drunk, a criminal complaint said.

Officers could smell alcohol wafting from Musil's truck where they also found an empty beer can, the complaint said. Musil later reportedly told officers he drank two 16-ounce beers about an hour before getting behind the wheel and had been driving around looking for his girlfriend.

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Chief on the Street: top news stories in this week's Mukwonago Chief

May 25, 2016 7:36 p.m. | The Chief on the Street is 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:

· Road construction is underway, but we have you covered with a map of construction in the area.

· Lorraine McAdams passed away at 91. She was a generous community supporter and the "key person to the success" of the McAdams grocery store.

· Residents from Big Bend came to the public hearing to voice their concerns about the proposed phase II permit for the Kaishian property, which has a history of problems.

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Rule for trailer parking in City of Oconomowoc

May 25, 2016 4:44 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Police are reminding residents of municipal ordinance 7.03(5) related to parking trailers on city streets.

 Parking of trailers prohibited:
(a) Parking of trailers detached from motor vehicles is prohibited on all City streets and public areas, unless in an area designated for trailer parking. 
(b) Parking of trailers attached to motor vehicles is prohibited on all City streets and public areas where continuous in excess of 48 hours.

Oconomowoc's Shorehaven plans history presentation

May 25, 2016 4:36 p.m. | Global history buff David Wiedenkeller returns as Alexander the Great in another class offered on the Shorehaven Campus.

Taking place Wednesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, this historical presentation will also feature a  luncheon.

 Cost is  $20; or choose the encore presentation from 3 to 4:15 p.m. with includes a dessert of  apple cinnamon crisp with your choice of coffee or hot tea. Cost:  $10.

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Milwaukee man charged in shooting during failed drug rip-off in Sussex

May 25, 2016 4:35 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was charged Wednesday with shooting a 16-year-old Sussex boy during a failed drug rip-off earlier this month near the Bug Line Trail.

London D. White, 22, faces counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, being a felon with a gun and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, as party to a crime.

According to the criminal complaint:

The 16-year-old victim, identified only as G.E., planned his side of the of rip-off with three friends — ages 16, 17 and 18 — who all walked along the trail from G.E.'s house to meet White and his friend on the afternoon of May 14.

White had texted G.E. about buying a quarter-pound of marijuana from him for $1,000.

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Second suspect in Sussex shooting charged with attempted homicide

May 25, 2016 4:11 p.m. | Village of Sussex — London White stood over a Sussex teenager who had fallen to the ground after trying to run away from a botched robbery May 14 and shot the boy — who didn't die — in the head, according to a criminal complaint.

Both White, 22, and Niikwame Bell, 19, of Milwaukee, reportedly drove to Sussex that Saturday to buy marijuana from the teenager, who had planned to "rip them off," the complaint said. As of Wednesday, May 25, the teenager remains in critical condition.

White was charged May 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a firearm by an out-of-state felon and as party to the crime of possession of THC with the intent to deliver. He made his initial court appearance the same day.

Drug deal gone wrong

According to the complaint, White set up a drug buy around 3:35 p.m. May 14 with the teenage victim and asked Bell to drive him to a Pick 'n Save off Main Street in Sussex near the Bugline Trail to conduct the deal.

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Video: Hartland's Jim McLoone reflects on Honor Flight, time in military

May 25, 2016 1:55 p.m. | Many experiences made an impression on Hartland resident and Korean War veteran Jim McLoone during a recent Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., but he said the reception the veterans received both in the nation's capital and upon their return was among the most memorable.

The 87-year-old McLoone, former owner and publisher of Lake Country Publications, was among two planeloads of veterans — many from the area — who took part in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight on Saturday, May 14, to see the war memorials that stand in their honor.

He said they left Washington to "standing ovations and great music," and found the same upon their return to Milwaukee, with about 2,000 well-wishers lining up to greet the vets at the airport, with music provided by the Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums and the Kettle Moraine High School marching band.

"It brought tears to my eyes, and I think it did to many of the others," McLoone said. "We were very appreciative of all the support that had been given to us."

Serving as McLoone's guardian on the trip was his son-in-law Tom Slattery, also of Hartland and an Air Force veteran.

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Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn to retire by end of year

May 25, 2016 10:25 a.m. | The city of Oconomowoc will bid farewell to its chief of police before the end of the year.

Dave Beguhn, 57, has informed city leaders, including the city administrator, the mayor and the police and fire commission, of his intention to retire on Dec. 1. However, with accrued personal and vacation time, the target date for his departure is Oct. 28.

Beguhn, who is the director of public safety for the city, said his original plan was to retire in the spring of next year.

"My intention was to go next April, but what changed was my father's passing," the chief said. "I wanted to be here for the winter, instead of out of state, for him."

Beguhn said he and his wife, Barb, plan on being snowbirds, dividing their time between Florida in the winter, and their property in northern Wisconsin during the summer.

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Pewaukee's CELA schedules open houses

May 24, 2016 4:47 p.m. | Christian Education Leadership Academy, Pewaukee's newest private Christian school, has scheduled open houses for Wednesday, May 25, and Tuesday, June 7 where community members can take a tour of the school on Ryan Street.

On both nights there will be tours starting at 6, 6:20, 6:40 and 7 p.m. The tours will highlight the school's "pod" classroom design and demonstrate high-end technology used by students.

Those interested in taking a tour are asked to register online. Additional open houses are expected to be scheduled.

CELA is nearing the end of its inaugural school year. As part of an effort to increase enrollment for its second year, CELA has announced a scholarship for new students.

Lake Country Memorial Day programs scheduled

May 24, 2016 4:28 p.m. | Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor those who lost their lives while serving our country, will be marked by several ceremonies around Lake Country. Here's a look at some of the programs and parades scheduled for Monday, May 30.


Delafield American Legion Post 196 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Legion Hall, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road. For information, call (262) 646-3930.


American Legion Post 294 and VFW Post 5158 of Hartland will host a public Memorial Day ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 30, beginning at the American Legion Post, 231 Goodwin Ave.

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North Prairie man dies after motorcycle/car crash in Mukwonago

May 24, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — A North Prairie man who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday, May 15, in the village of Mukwonago died later that night, according to those close to him.

The cause of death is still unknown due to the unusual circumstances surrounding his death.

As 48-year-old Danny Weber was being taken to Froedtert Hospital, the ambulance carrying him was involved in a collision near 92nd Street and Oklahoma in Milwaukee, the cause of which is still under investigation.

Weber was being taken to the hospital after a crash on Highway 83 at Black Bear Boulevard in Mukwonago. According to Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt, Weber was northbound on Highway 83 on a motorcycle when a 2008 Mercury sedan pulled out from Black Bear Boulevard to head south on 83. Weber's motorcycle struck the rear of the sedan.

The driver of the car, a 91-year-old man from Burlington, was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

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Sports Authority now plans to close all stores

May 24, 2016 12:53 p.m. | Sports Authority, which filed for bankruptcy protection in March, now plans to close all 463 of its stores, including locations in Delafield, Brookfield, Glendale and Greenfield.

USA Today, citing court documents, said the sporting goods retailer will launch a going-out-of-business sale this week. Sports Authority's final sales are expected to start by Friday, May 27, and finish by the end of August, the documents state.

Sports Authority initially planned to close just 143 stores and two distribution centers.

An employee at the Delafield store at 2950 Golf Road referred all media questions to the company's corporate office.

Calls to the corporate office were not returned. As of Tuesday, May 24, no updates were posted on the retailer's website.

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