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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

Yes to local police department, chief position tabled in Village of Eagle

Oct. 08, 2015 11:48 p.m. | Village of Eagle— With the village police department receiving heat since the village approved a pricey retirement package for Police Chief Russ Ehlers, residents have been divided on paying for their own department, vying response times and budget savings in the argument.

Some said to use the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for a year and the village could have the option to go back to its own department.

Village Trustee Greg Hein and several residents said the issue should go to referendum to let residents decide.

However, the board voted on Oct. 8 to keep its local police department, but tabled any action on hiring a police chief until further information was provided to determine if a full-time chief was necessary.

Trustee Lynette Neuburg said the department is "an incredible presence in the community," making her feel her kids are safe, but she admits they need to work on the budget.

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Village of Eagle squashes Bielinski senior apartment plan — again

Oct. 08, 2015 11:13 p.m. | Village of Eagle— Hoping for a conceptual nod from the village board to push a yearslong project ahead, Nancy Washburn, of Bielinski Homes, left the Oct. 8 village of Eagle board meeting empty-handed.

After apologizing for "making abrupt statements I really shouldn't have made" at the Aug. 13 village board meeting, Washburn came to the board to "continue the discussion," on a project for a 60-unit senior apartment project in the village of Eagle. Washburn said Bielinski "made serious concessions," trying to create a project that provides apartments with rent set at "reasonable prices."

However, when pushed for final numbers on rent prices, Washburn could only provide "goals," since Bielinski hadn't done any work on the project since the August meeting. Washburn said Bielinski was waiting for conceptual approval from the board before hard numbers could be provided.

Village of Eagle President Richard Spurrell was disappointed that no work had been done on the project in two months and there still were no solid numbers on the project.

"Affordable is different to each person," Spurrell said. "We're going to base this on a goal after there's been no work done?"

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North Lake commissioners discuss reducing daily fish limits, marking sand bars

Oct. 08, 2015 9:33 p.m. | North Lake management officials are considering reducing daily bag limits for fish as part of an effort to keep the lake's fish population robust.

The current limits are set by the state and vary by species. North Lake Management District Chairman Jerry Heine said district commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 6 discussed the idea of either reducing the daily limit or implementing a "slot limit," or perhaps both.

A slot limit refers to a restriction on keeping fish in a certain size range.

Heine said the 438-acre lake is "heavily fished" and a slot limit would keep reproducing fish in the lake to help maintain the population.

Commissioners also talked about a proposal to protect fish habitat by marking the lake's sand bars with buoys.

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Loaf & Jug Restaurant moving from Brookfield to Pewaukee

Oct. 08, 2015 9:03 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A longtime Brookfield restaurant is moving to Pewaukee.

Loaf & Jug Restaurant, which has a 38-year history in Brookfield, will be moving to 690 Westfield Way in the village, on the east side of the Lake Country Market shopping plaza, the former home of Panera Bread.

The Village Plan Commission unanimously approved a conditional use grant for the move Thursday, Oct. 8.

The restaurant is currently located in the Sendik's Towne Centre at 18895 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

Loaf & Jug owner Gordon Sloan said he's moving because he's unable to come to terms on a new lease with his current landlord and the owner of the new space, Paul Kolaga, is a customer of his and is "more than happy" to rent to him.

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Strategic vision forum members sought by Kettle Moraine School District

Oct. 08, 2015 2:53 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District is seeking a variety of people to participate in a strategic visioning community forum from 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Kettle Moraine Middle School cafeteria/commons at 301 E. Ottawa Ave., Dousman.

The district is looking for staff members, middle and high school students, parents, business partners, municipal leaders, civic organization members and community members to participate in the daylong event. Participants will learn about many aspects of the school district, and will share their ideas and hopes for the future of Kettle Moraine schools.

The event will include a series of short presentations by district staff and guided round-table discussions. A continental breakfast, beverages and lunch will be served.

Those who are interested in participating, can email Melinda Mueller at muellerm@kmsd.edu.

Former Oconomowoc family safe amidst historic South Carolina storms

Oct. 08, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Former Oconomowoc resident Heidi Rumpel reluctantly is living inside a historic moment.

Rumpel, her husband, Mark, and their three children Ethan, 11, Mayah, 9, and Macie, 6, have holed up inside their Columbia, South Carolina home since Friday, Oct. 2 when record amounts of rain began to fall on the state.

Rain continued to fall unabated throughout the weekend and into Monday, Oct. 5, causing extensive flooding and widespread damage. The deluge has ground everyday life there to a halt.

More than 500 roadways in South Carolina have been shut down as a result of the rain, Rumpel said when she was reached by phone Tuesday, Oct. 6, and many of the shops and businesses her family frequents have been completely destroyed by the flooding.

Additionally, various major media outlets are reporting that more than a dozen people have died as a result of the downpour and its aftermath.

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Crews respond to dump truck rollover in Delafield

Oct. 07, 2015 4:36 p.m. | Emergency crews have responded to a dump truck rollover on Hillside Drive just east of Highway 83 in the city of Delafield. The single-vehicle crash occurred at 2:55 p.m., according to Waukesha County dispatchers. They say it doesn't appear there are any injuries. 

Kettle Moraine School District recognized for financial reporting

Oct. 07, 2015 2:53 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District has been awarded the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability, according to a news release from the district.

The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014.

Described as "the gold standard in financial reporting," according to the award website at http://asbointl.org, the recognition has been awarded to schools for more than 40 years.

Sponsored by VALIC, a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and districts, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office's commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district's presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting, according to the website.

"The Kettle Moraine School District is committed to strong financial reporting systems and transparency with our stakeholders," said Superintendent Dr. Patricia Deklotz. "Our business office, which is led by Assistant Superintendent of Operations Susan Graham Balzer, works very hard to ensure our schools have the resources they need to educate students. They are extremely deserving of this recognition."

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

Oct. 07, 2015 11:58 a.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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Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13

Oct. 07, 2015 10:33 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — City residents will soon have another chance to elect a local government official.

Four candidates are running in a primary election Oct. 13, and that list will be thinned to two before a Nov. 10 aldermanic District 4 special election.

All the candidates are vying to fill the aldermanic seat vacated by now interim Mayor Dave Nold, who was appointed to that position in July following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The candidates campaigning for Nold's seat are Robert Morgan, Jayson Mauer, Kevin Ellis and John Gross, all of whom have sought local government seats in the past.

City Clerk Diane Coenen called the four-person primary race unprecedented in Oconomowoc's history.

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Plans in place to shore up Pewaukee Lake's Bill Brown Island

Oct. 07, 2015 10:25 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Help is on the way for a slowly disappearing island on the east end of Pewaukee Lake.

Bill Brown Island is getting smaller by the year as wind, waves and ice eat away at its shores.

A Pewaukee group has been looking to save the island, but the biggest hurdle has been finding a way to finance the erosion control measures.

That hurdle has now been cleared.

A group spokesman, who didn't want to be named, said Jason Burke, owner of Summerset Marine Shoreline Restoration in East Troy, has agreed to pay for the entire cost of the project.

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Dedication ceremony planned for Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc

Oct. 07, 2015 9:53 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — After months of planning and fundraising, the big day for the new Veterans Memorial Park is finally at hand.

A dedication ceremony for the park has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the new park, which is a one-acre parcel bordering the shores of Lac La Belle. A reception following the ceremony, which should last about an hour, will be held at the Oconomowoc Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.

"Several thousand people seem to love (the new park)," said Kurt Schrang, one of the local veterans who spearheaded the redesign project. "I'm pleased with it."

Schrang added that the park is not quite complete, but the remaining work is primarily minor and cosmetic, and "for all intents and purposes the park is finished."

The park was previously known as Memorial Park and Library Park before that. The park was redesigned to reflect gratitude for the sacrifices area veterans made in the name of freedom.

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Man accused of intentionally causing rollover accident that killed his girlfriend

Oct. 07, 2015 9:09 a.m. | Village of Summit — A fatal rollover accident in June that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Crystal Matusek was intentionally caused by Matusek's boyfriend, Jared Weber, who reportedly threatened to crash the vehicle moments before the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfus issued an arrest warrant Tuesday, Oct. 6 for Weber, a Milwaukee resident, who was charged the same day with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. June 27 along Interstate 94 in Summit while Weber and Matusek were driving back to Weber's mother's house in Poynette, Wisconsin from a car show in Michigan.

Several witnesses say in the complaint that was when they saw Weber's car veer sharply to the left across both lanes of I-94 west and go airborne after jumping the median dividing the highway. Weber's car reportedly turned over in midair, landed on its roof in the oncoming lanes of traffic on I-94 east then rolled again after sliding into the eastbound shoulder.

Both and Weber and Matusek, who according to the complaint were not wearing the lap portion of their seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle. Matusek was pronounced dead at the scene about 25 minutes later.

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Welsh Highlands agreements passed in Wales

Oct. 07, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Village of Wales — The village board passed the final plat and developer's agreement for Welsh Highlands at an Oct. 5 meeting.

"It passed without any problems," said Village President Jeffery Flaws.

Flaws said the development was changed from a condo development to single family. Therefore, the original plan was revised and a new development agreement was filed.

"So, as required by our ordinances, the plat and related documents just needed to be reapproved and that is what is happening now," said Village Clerk Gail Tamez.

The development began in 2007 by Jim Lewein of KJN Development, said Tamez. She said the property was rezoned to R-4 residential to accommodate the request from Lewein to build eight two-family condo units.

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Perk up the prairie at Meadow View School

Oct. 07, 2015 7:41 a.m. |  Do you like the outdoors? Would you like to help out at school? Now is your chance! 

Come help “Perk Up The Prairie” on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1-3 p.m. at Meadow View  School.  The school is blessed with a native prairie and it is in need of a little TLC and  will be removing invasive species and prepping for a spring prairie burn.   

Please let school Principal Jason Schreiber know if you can help out by sending him an email  at schreibj@oasd.org.

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