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Summit man charged with homicide in father's death

Jan. 24, 2014 12:30 p.m. |

Shawn T. Witt was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of killing his 60-year-old father at their shared home in Summit.
 
Witt, 27, has also been charged with narcotic drug possession, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
 
He is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 
 
According to the criminal complaint, Summit Police were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 to check in on the well-being of James Witt, Jr., who resided at 34825 Elm St. 
 
Officers were greeted at the residence by Shawn Witt, who told police his father had “gone up north,” the complaint states. Also present were two friends of Shawn Witt, who are not currently facing charges related to the incident. 
 
Shawn Witt had been accused the day before of beating his father after an altercation at the residence. He was charged with battery and disorderly conduct and released on a $1,500 signature bond on the condition that he have no contact with his father. 
 
James Witt had also requested a temporary restraining order. 
 
“He yells at me all the time because I made him get a job,” James Witt wrote in the request. “I fear for my life. He said he is taking over the house and I cannot stop him.”
 
James Witt said his son had once put electrical wires to his head in an attempt to kill him.
 
The restraining order was granted and Shawn Witt was served the order in jail.
 
According to the complaint, officers decided to search the residence to make sure everything was all right. They found James Witt’s body in the basement, wrapped in a blanket. Next to his body was a rifle. 
 
Shawn Witt told police in the complaint that he had gone back to his father’s house after being released from jail. He claimed that his father had come at him with a knife and he shot him twice in self-defense. 
 
No knife described by Shawn Witt was found at the residence, the complaint states.
 
He told police in the complaint that he had lied to his friends and said his father committed suicide. The friends helped him burn a couch that had blood on it and they then went to Milwaukee to sell items belonging to James Witt. The money made from the sale was used to purchase heroin, Shawn Witt said.
 
Police later learned that James Witt’s debit card was used at a Kwik-Trip gas station in Oconomowoc. Shawn Witt admitted to using the card after he killed his father, the complaint states.
 
Witt later changed his statement and said he may have shot his father three times, according to the complaint. He said James Witt seemed to be in pain, “so he decided to put him out of his misery and shot him in the head.”
 
A medical examiner concluded that Witt was shot once in the left buttocks and once in the abdomen, but both wounds were survivable. The gunshot wound to the head was the fatal wound, the complaint states.
 
Assistant District Attorney Lesli Boese said at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 24, that James Witt did the right thing in requesting the restraining order.
 
“We tell people it is a piece of paper,” she said. “They still need to be diligent. We offer them resources and we do the best we can.”
 
Shawn Witt had previously been convicted in Jefferson County of operating while intoxicated on three separate occasions, according to court records. 
 
The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department worked with the Summit Police Department to investigate James Witt’s death. Dan Trawicki commended the Summit Police Department on its response to the incident at the news conference. 
 
Shawn Witt is expected to appear at a court hearing on Jan. 30

2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at our coverage of the fair, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Our fair food rankings

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Trial date may be coming soon in Oconomowoc murder case involving husband, wife

July 22, 2016 3:40 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Oconomowoc resident and accused murderer Amy Van Wagner could soon have a trial date.

Attorneys for both parties discussed preliminary plans for scheduling in the case — including possible trial dates early next year — during a brief hearing Friday, July 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez had previously set Friday's hearing as the deadline for filing motions in Van Wagner's case; she stands accused of first-degree intentional homicide in her husband's killing last May.

However, Van Wagner's attorney, John Schiro requested an extension of that deadline because he said he had not yet been able to sift through all the discovery materials — a routine pretrial exchange of information between both parties — sent to him by the district attorney's office.

Prosecuting attorneys Pablo Galaviz and Melissa Zilavy did not object to the extension, and Ramirez granted the request. Van Wagner's next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24.

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Village Administrator John Weidl recognized as "Young Economic Development Professional of the Year"

July 22, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —John Weidl, Village Administrator and Economic Development Director for the Village of Mukwonago, has been selected by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as the "Young Economic Development Professional of the Year" for 2016.

This national award recognizes outstanding achievements by young, emerging leaders in the economic development profession. He will be receiving the award this September at the IEDC Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

"This award demonstrates our commitment to using best practices while achieving positive, impactful results for the stakeholders in the village of Mukwonago and surrounding communities," Weidl said. "Our efforts have created an environment of entrepreneurialism, community investment and an appreciation that the village of Mukwonago is where life, leisure and business thrive."

Weidl cites the $50 million in private investment and over 150 new jobs created by Gearbox Express, Lynch Motor Vehicle Group, ProHealth Care, Kwik Trip, Aldi, and the relocations of L'Bri and GS Global resources as major accomplishments for the village.

"We successfully used Tax Increment Financing, our Business Retention/Expansion program, the Economic Development Committee and place-making efforts to cement our status as a catalyst for growth while increasing our marketability, flexibility, organizational capacity and expertise in economic development initiatives over the last three years," Weidl said.

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Habitat for Humanity still wants affordable housing in Hartland

July 22, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Despite opposition from nearby residents, Habitat for Humanity plans to move forward with plans to build affordable housing on the east side of the village.

Two days after an emotionally charged plan commission meeting, Habitat for Humanity employees said they need to adjust their proposal in order to get approval from village officials.

"I'm working on something that's going to work for their community," said Aaron Perry, the marking and public relations director for the nonprofit. "Overall, we have to kind of see what the shake-up is, so to speak, as to how we can align everything."

Habitat for Humanity's plan to build 15 single-family homes on a 3.2 acre lot at 1270 E. Capitol Drive was met with staunch resistance from some nearby residents during the village's July 18 plan commission meeting. Residents said the high density of the project would lower property values in many area homes, many of which occupy three acres alone. Several commissioners also voiced concern about the density.

The lot's current zoning allows for up to seven houses. The plan commission and then the village board would need to vote to change the zoning to allow 15 homes.

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GoFundMe page set up for Pewaukee girl critically injured in crash

July 22, 2016 11:28 a.m. | A GoFundMe page has been set up for the 12-year-old Pewaukee girl who was critically injured when she was struck by a car while riding her bicycle to summer school Tuesday, July 19.

Ashlyn Flegel sustained multiple serious injuries, including a brain injury, internal injuries and several fractures; she remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, according to the GoFundMe page created by Leslie Baylor, a friend of the family.

"I am helping the family in any way I can," Baylor said on the page. "So with this page I am asking for donations to help aid my friend Shannon, her husband, Tony, Ashlyn's brother Evan and most of all Ashlyn."

All donations will be used for Ashlyn's medical expenses, according to the page.

The page says the fundraising goal is $20,000. As of midday Friday, July 22, more than $18,000 had been raised. The initial goal of $10,000 was met in 18 hours.

Lake Country police blotter: July 26

July 22, 2016 11:16 a.m. |

VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE

Late night Pokemon

Police observed about eight juveniles at about 1:15 a.m. July 14 walking on Forest Grove Drive at Willow Grove Drive. They said they were walking home to Sunnyridge after playing Pokemon Go. Police told them to stay on public land.

Suspicious Pokemon players

Police observed a vehicle at about 12:40 a.m. July 16 driving near the front of Waukesha County Technical College. The female driver said there was a Pokemon character she "needed." The driver and passenger were sent on their way after being told to stay on public land.

Running raccoon

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How well would you do on a practice written driving test?

July 22, 2016 11:14 a.m. | I have two rules of driving.

Rule No. 1: Don't hit anything.

Rule No. 2: Don't get hit.

Every time I think I come up with a new rule, it falls into one of those two categories.

Admittedly, it's more of a driving philosophy than a set of rules. I do my best to follow the actual rules of the road. But how well do I really know them?

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New pool, auditorium will both be part of Arrowhead referendum

July 22, 2016 11:10 a.m. | A new pool is in. So is a new auditorium. And a revamped base plan to address facility and maintenance needs.

All are planned to be part of a single, $58.4 million referendum question the Arrowhead School District will put in front of voters in November.

The Arrowhead School Board didn't take official action, but at a special meeting Wednesday, July 20, members agreed the three items should be wrapped up into a single question on the November ballot. A second question would ask voters to support yearly operational costs of both a new pool and new auditorium, the combined cost of which is estimated to be $135,000 per year.

The meeting opened with public comments — lots of them. A total of 18 people addressed the board, all lobbying for either a new pool or new auditorium to be included in the referendum.

It was similar to the scene at last week's special meeting, where several members of the local swimming community made their case for a new pool.

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Missing Hartland teen found in Milwaukee

July 22, 2016 10:06 a.m. | Village of Hartland — A Hartland teenager who went missing on Monday was found safe in Milwaukee, according to police.

Seth Rice, 16, ran away from his Hartland home on Monday and had not been in contact with his family since then, according to a news release from the Hartland Police Department issued Thursday.

A person who saw a TV report about the missing teen contacted Milwaukee police who located Rice in the city, according to Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch. The teen was taken to Hartland Thursday night and released to his parents. He was uninjured, and no charges were filed.

Rosch said Rice has made friends in the city and had been living with them.

The news release said Rice had last been seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and tan shorts. He may also have had a backpack with him.

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Supreme Court ruling impacts Sussex, Butler signage

July 21, 2016 2:24 p.m. | Village of Butler —The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for local governments to regulate signs based on their content. The Villages of Butler and Sussex have revised their signage to fall into line with the recent ruling.

Sussex and Butler are two of 30 municipal clients of Eric Lawson's law firm. The villages received a memo from the firm stating the Supreme Court, "rendered unconstitutional parts of almost all sign codes in the state of Wisconsin and possibly the entire country."

Village of Sussex administrator, Jeremy Smith said the village has completely redone the sign code, and it will go through the village board for approval at the end of this month.

Smith said the ruling came to no surprise, but it presents a conflict in the law.

"The supreme court clarified what was often understood to be the rule anyway," Smith said. "Many communities understood that the first amendment applied to signage, but there is a conflict in the law. We have state laws with respect to election signage. So there's a conflict between state law and election signage regulation, and now the federal law about how those are regulated. That's something the state is going to have to work out."

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Wangerin to play after Pewaukee, Bulldogs game

July 21, 2016 12:34 p.m. | Popular soloist Myles Wangerin, who formerly played with the group Crossfire, will provide music after the Pewaukee at Brookfield Bulldogs LOL West baseball game at McCoy Field in Brookfield on Saturday. The game will begin at 1 p.m. and the music will follow. Plus, everything in the concession stand will be $1 after the game. The public is invited to attend.

Sussex Fire Department not to consolidate, seeks to hire full-time chief

July 21, 2016 12:21 p.m. | The Board of Fire Commissioners announced they would be hiring a full-time fire chief, and would not be consolidating with other departments at this time. In prior meetings, the Board had considered hiring a part-time, or paid on-call chief, and also had contemplated consolidating with another fire department, such as Lisbon or Menomonee Falls.

The decision on seeking a full-time chief was partially based on the list of duties former Fire Chief Colin 'Corky' Curtis provided to the Board. The list went on for two pages, and detailed every organization, meeting and training that was required in the fire chief position.

"I'm glad you took the vote on full-time chief," said Village Board president Greg Goetz. "I'm fully aware of a lot of things Corky did in this department. I think we would really be selling Sussex short by going with a part-time chief."

While consolidation is off the table for Sussex now, assistant village administrator Melissa Weiss said Waukesha County's Fire/EMS Consolidation Study is still underway, of which the Village of Sussex has agreed to participate.

The Board of Fire Commissioners will meet again to finalize the fire chief job description on Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Sussex Public Safety Building. The final recommendation will be presented to the Village for approval on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

Our list of this year's tastiest foods at the 2016 Waukesha County Fair

July 21, 2016 11:50 a.m. | When you're at the 2016 Waukesha County Fair, taking a spin on the rides and playing games are sure to make your stomach rumble. Luckily, your interns have tested oodles of options and compiled a list of foods you'll want to be sure to scarf down.

Best funnel cake:

Red velvet funnel cake from Funnel Cake and Ice Cream

Looking for a decadent dessert to hit that sweet tooth? You found your place. The light and airy batter combined with the powdered sugar topping and cream cheese drizzle makes this dessert a home run.


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Pewaukee girl remains in critical condition after car-bike collision

July 21, 2016 9:58 a.m. | A 12-year-old Pewaukee girl who was struck by a car while riding her bicycle Tuesday morning, July 19 remains in critical condition, authorities say.

According to a witness, the girl was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Apple Tree Lane and Prospect Avenue after the girl went through a stop sign, said Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Wallschlaeger.

The girl was taken by Flight for Life to Children's Hospital, Wallschlaeger said. The accident remains under investigation.

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