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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

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

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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Bridge repairs to cause lane closures in Pewaukee

3:56 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.

·The Highway F entrance rap to westbound Capitol Drive will be closed in mid to late May.

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

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

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.

Oconomowoc Summer Farmers Market season to kickoff May 7

10:44 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The forecast Saturday, May 7 calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s.

In other words, just about weather perfect spring weather for the kickoff of the Oconomowoc Summer Farmers Market.

The market runs Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 7 to Oct. 29, in the South Municipal Parking Lot, behind the Avenue Square Mall, 175 E. Wisconsin Ave., on the east corner of Collins and Cross Streets downtown.

Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive director Katie Miller said more than 50 vendors will be on hand to impress marketgoers with a variety of locally grown, sourced and produced foods and other products.

The Oconomowoc market requires its vendors to either sell ingredients or food they grow themselves or include locally sourced ingredients and food in the products they make.

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Overnight freeway, ramp closures on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc set for May 5

9:52 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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Arrowhead facilities survey to hit mailboxes around May 9

9:29 a.m. | Arrowhead School District officials are reminding residents to keep an eye on their mail for a survey about the district's long-range facility plans and possible November referendum.

The communitywide survey will be hitting 15,000-plus mailboxes around Monday, May 9, said Arrowhead Superintendent Laura Myrah.

Myrah said the survey, conducted by School Perceptions, is aimed at educating the community as well as gauging support for possible projects linked to campuswide facility needs. The total cost of those projects has been estimated at $75.9 million.

The Arrowhead School Board, which is exploring the possibility of holding a November referendum, reviewed a draft copy of the survey at a special meeting April 13.

Residents will be able to take the 10-minute questionnaire either online or via hard copy. The survey will close Wednesday, May 25.

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Petition seeks safer roads in town of Vernon

9:04 a.m. | The intersection at Highway ES and Edgewood Avenue in the town of Vernon has seen a lot of traffic-related accidents and traffic problems, which has caused citizens to start a petition asking the county to take action in making this route safer.

Mukwonago resident Bradford Paulson started an online petition a few weeks ago that will be sent to the county. He is asking that the county lowers the speed limit or installs stoplights or a roundabout, which would also make drivers slow down.

"There have been several accidents that have happened at this intersection," Paulson said, "and I have a passion for making sure things are safe."

The intersection also poses a challenge for school buses and trucks that have a hard time passing through during peak traffic hours, County Supervisor Darlene Johnson said. Johnson has brought the issue to the attention of the county.

"It is something that I would say is definitely a concern for the community. We can't just leave it where it is now," Johnson said.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Just kids from Waukesha County: Joe Schobert, Derek Watt make history in 2016 NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Joe Schobert and Derek Watt made history Saturday.

When both were selected by NFL teams during the draft, it marked the first time two football players who attended high school in Waukesha County were drafted in the same year.

Schobert, a 2012 Waukesha West graduate, was selected as the 99th overall pick at the start of the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. Watt, a 2011 graduate of Pewaukee High School, was taken in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers. He was the 198th overall selection.

Schobert, the first player ever drafted into the NFL from Waukesha West, is joining fellow Waukesha County product Joe Thomas on the Cleveland Browns. Thomas is a graduate of Brookfield Central and, like Schobert, played at Wisconsin.

Watt became the third Pewaukee graduate to be selected in the NFL Draft. Watt's older brother, J.J., the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, in 2000, are the others. Both were first-round selections.

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Eastbound traffic resumes at Highway 16 crash scene

May 02, 2016 4:11 p.m. | Eastbound traffic has resumed at the scene of a crash that initially closed all lanes in both directions of Highway 16 at Highway 83 at Hartland. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is responding.

Crash closes Highway 16 in Hartland

May 02, 2016 3:47 p.m. | East and west bound Highway 16 at Highway 83 in Hartland has been shut down due to an accident around 3:30 p.m., May 2, according to scanner traffic.

Flight for Life has been called for a 62-year-old patient, according to scanner traffic.

No further details are available at this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Scientist's biotech therapy fights cancer

May 02, 2016 3:21 p.m. | Village of Big Bend- Village of Big Bend resident and scientist Mike James and his team are one of 27 entries competing in the finalist round of the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Their entry, called Essential Biotechnology, has survived two rounds of judging in the contest, which is organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council as well as other sponsors and volunteers including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The contest blends health-related fields, manufacturing, social or educational innovations and life sciences.

James' essential biotechnology plan focuses on targeting cancers using antibodies against a protein they discovered to exist specifically on the surface of tumor cells. Although technologies like this have been used before, the mechanism and protein they are targeting are brand-new.

"Current therapies are not treating cancer well. The small parts of those cancers always seem to come back," James said. "And when they do, it's bad news for the patient and treatment becomes difficult and even impossible."

James, a scientist that studies cancer biology and molecular and cell biology as it relates to cancer, worked with a team to find a way to target and kill those most dangerous, treatment resistant tumor cells.

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Mukwonago man says cancer journey is worth it, if it helps somebody else

May 02, 2016 2:56 p.m. | When it comes to cancer treatment, Scott Turk, of Mukwonago, has "kind of seen it all," since he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2014. He's been in chemotherapy since 2014, had radiation and has gone through three surgeries where doctors filled his abdomen with chemotherapy drugs heated to 107 degrees.

Turk moved his family from Peoria, Illinois to Mukwonago in 2013 for a job that was offered to him. He didn't know why the opportunity came to him, but he knew God had a plan. He couldn't have imagined that plan moved him closer to crucial medical treatment he would need against colorectal cancer, care that wouldn't have been available to him in Peoria.

As the ProHealth ParkWalk for Cancer 2016 ambassador, Turk wants people to know cancer is real, it can happen to anyone, people like him, but there are options for quality care in our community, made possible through funds raised by ParkWalk.

Turk's journey

Turk shares his story in the hope other people can find support or knowledge through his journey.

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Pewaukee's Christian Education Leadership Academy plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list

May 02, 2016 11:10 a.m. | As Pewaukee's newest private Christian school nears the end of its inaugural year, the school's co-founder is looking ahead to bigger and better things, including boosting enrollment by 60 percent.

Christian Education Leadership Academy, on Ryan Street just north of Highway 16, is serving 250 students in grades kindergarten through eight this year.

Because of its first-year success and number of requests from other families to join, Brian Nahey, who co-founded CELA with his wife, Nancy, said the school is projecting enrollment to swell to 400 for the 2016-17 school year and hopes to establish a waiting list to fill potential openings.

Nahey said CELA will announce detailed plans to fulfill that goal in the coming weeks, including new scholarship opportunities.

For now, the school has planned three "Each One, Reach One" events in April and May, where current CELA families are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors who might want to join the school. The event will give families an opportunity to see the school, meet members of the CELA family and encourage them to look into the enrollment process.

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