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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

Trek Bicycle moving Oconomowoc distribution center to Johnson Creek

Nov. 22, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Trek Bicycle Corp. is moving its global distribution center from Oconomowoc to a new facility in Johnson Creek.

Trek employees were told about the move Wednesday. All employees will be offered jobs at the new, 250,000 square-foot facility, which is 50% larger than the existing distribution center.

The new center is expected to be open by the end of 2015, and is being built in partnership with Briohn Building of Brookfield and the Village of Johnson Creek.

In a statement, Trek Vice President Roger Gierhart said the move will help the company grow and become more efficient with its warehousing and deliveries.

AHS football team falls in title game

Nov. 21, 2014 8:28 p.m. | Two-year defending WIAA Division 1 state football champion Arrowhead lost on Friday night to Kimberly 31-6 in the Div. 1 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Kimberly (14-0) led 14-0 early in the second period and 28-6 at halftime. The No. 1 ranked Papermakers dominated the game from the start. The lone AHS touchdown came on a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Johnny Duranso to junior end Justin Peret in the second period.

Yuletide Faire puts the 'merry' in Christmas

Nov. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  There are so many ways to put fun into the holiday season and the Yuletide Faire Friday and Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School has covered many of them.

The merriment starts with strolling minstrels and a host of costumed characters to delight young and old such as the Queen of the Faire, Troubadour and Pocket Lady. Kids will find tons to enjoy including marionette puppet shows, storytelling, face painting craft workshops and holiday shopping just for them.

The faire boasts 35 vendors with all sorts of holiday gift ideas plus a children’s book sale, natural toys, silent auction and live music.

Of course the holidays mean good food and there will be lots of treats including cakes, pies, candy and nuts.

Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children.

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WTKM to broadcast AHS game live

Nov. 21, 2014 8:01 a.m. | WTKM FM radio 104.9 will broadcast the Arrowhead- Kimberly football game Friday live beginning at 4 p.m. Chuck Delsman of the Lake Country Reporter will do a pre-game show and some color work during the broadcast.

Town of Mukwonago chairman files non-candidacy

Nov. 20, 2014 8:06 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago Chairman David Dubey filed non-candidacy papers today, stepping down as chairman after serving the town for 13 years, with 12 of them as town chairman. 

"It's time," Dubey said. 

The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is Friday, Dec. 26, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Notification must be received by the proper filing officer no later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the deadline for filing ballot access documents to avoid an extension of time for filing such papers. 

Enters won't seek re-election in Pewaukee

Nov. 20, 2014 8:11 a.m. |  Pewaukee Alderwoman Cheri Enters will not seek re-election next spring.

"I have worked in state and federal government court related positions all of my career, and now have served the city of Pewaukee in various capacities for almost 13 years," she wrote in an email to Lake Country Publications. "I look forward to more time with family, travel, and community volunteer work."

Police release victim's name in fatal village of Summit crash

Nov. 19, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Village of Summit — A crash that claimed the life of one and injured another remains under investigation village of Summit police officer Dan Supple said Friday.

Haley J. Laumann, 21, was killed Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a single-vehicle crash when she lost control of her pickup and hit a tree.

Laumann was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was wearing a seat belt

The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and blocked off access to Golden Lake Road from Cedar Lane to Genesee Lake Road for three hours.

Scott Nicholas Dean, 27, was also in the vehicle and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

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Dousman suggests care with new sidewalks and stamped concrete

Nov. 19, 2014 2:36 p.m. |  The Village of Dousman will be wrapping up odds and ends on its road project  by Friday, Nov. 21, with finishing touches to follow next spring when the final layer of blacktop is done and a couple curb and gutters are installed. 

The Village has been advised that nothing but sand is recommended for use on the new sidewalk and stamped concrete.

 “The effects of melting products on new concrete vary from region to region and the quality of the concrete.  In general new concrete cannot withstand the effects of freeze-thaw-freezing that occur with ice melters.  Increased hydrological pressures create cracks, and pops occur. 

Concrete manufacturers recommend the use of only sand and shovel on new concrete,” the Village said in a release.

“If you  must  use an ice-melter, use a very high quality asald based melter that melts to -25F, and has a large amount of anti–corrosive compounds in the product.            Do  not use  Calcium Chloride (CaCl), the common white pellet melter.  CaCl products melt using high heat from a chemical reaction with water creating heat pockets, and will refreeze.  If nighttime temps are near or below -25F,  do cannot use anything but a shovel.  The temperature must not approach the -25F limit of the product being used.

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Hy 16 eastbound closed near Capitol

Nov. 19, 2014 8:25 a.m. | Morning commuters are facing huge delays on eastbound Highway 16 just west of Capitol Drive in Pewaukee due to an accident. Eastbound drivers are being forced off the highway road at Jungbluth Road. Backups are huge on Highway 16 eastbound. Traffic is going slow due to the light snow which started about 4 a.m.

Heavy delays on Highway 16 because of crash

Nov. 19, 2014 7:40 a.m. |  A traffic accident on eastbound Highway 16 near Ryan Street in Pewaukee has traffic backed up for miles; emergency vehicles are on the scene.

Oconomowoc common council to vote on Fowler Lake Village developer's agreement at next meeting

Nov. 18, 2014 11:52 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The most important vote to date on the proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project is scheduled to take place at the next city council meeting.

Aldermen on Tuesday, Nov. 18, postponed the vote on whether or not to rescind the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and developer Jeff Seymour until the next meeting after Mayor Jim Daley assured them that a vote on the Fowler Lake Village developer's agreement would also be scheduled for that meeting.

City Attorney Bill Chapman explained that rescinding the MOU was at best a symbolic gesture of the city's disapproval with the project and thus would have no real impact on the future of the development.

Fowler Lake Village opponents and alderman Matt Rosek - who two weeks ago proposed the motion to rescind the MOU - believed that a majority vote (by council members) to rescind would effectively kill the project. But Chapman said otherwise.

"The developer's agreement would still have to come before the council," he said.

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Kettle Moraine school board member relocates, opens spot for interim member

Nov. 18, 2014 11:28 p.m. | After receiving the resignation of Kettle Moraine School Board member Colin Butler on Nov. 8, the board decided to appoint an interim board member to fill out the remainder of Butler's term, which ends in April, 2015.

Butler, who was absent from the Nov. 18 board meeting, has already moved back to Vermont, his home state.

"We don't have an option to thank Colin, but, Colin, we do want to thank you for everything you have done for the district over the years," said School Board President Gary Vose. "I'm sure he will get very involved, not only in school, but other things, once he gets settled in, back out east again."

While the interim term will only last until April when Butler's term ends, Vose said appointing a board member to fill the spot would give the board "another set of eyes and ears to manage the district."

The appointed board member would need to file papers as a candidate in the spring 2015 election, if that person is interested in staying on the board.

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Candidates for Lisbon post named

Nov. 18, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - Three Milwaukee area municipal administrators have been named as finalists in the Town of  Lisbon search for a clerk/administrator

The three candidates were selected by the Town Board following a closed session Monday night in which the board reviewed  a field of six semi finalist.

Those six candidates were selected from a field of 34 applicants by the municipal human resource consulting firm GovHR.USA.

The firm conducted an intial round of interviews with each of the six candidates in addition to completing reference checks and additional research on each of the candidates who were later recommended to the Town Board, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

The three finalists selected by the board, according to Gehrke, are::

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Annual Lisbon Town meeting Wednesday

Nov. 18, 2014 6:36 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town residents will have an opportunity Wednesday night to determine how they want the Town Board to spend about $425,000 in new revenue in the 2015 budget.

The available new money represents the annual payments that the town has  made in the past  to the Pauline Haass Library as part of a funding and operations agreement with the Village of Sussex.

The town board voted earlier this year to terminate the agreement at the end of the year.

Town residents will be expected to pay a Waukesha County library tax of about 28 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation in lieu of the money contributed to the library by the town board.

The town board has recommended the money be divided into several different funds for next year.

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Sewer rate hike in Delafield

Nov. 17, 2014 10:35 p.m. | City of Delafield - For the first time in 35 years, the city has increased its sewer utility service charges.

The Common Council on Monday night adopted a 2 percent hike in residential and commercial service charges.

The increase does not effect fees charged to connect to the city sewer  serviced by the Delafield Hartland Water Pollution Control Commission which helped the city establish the utility in 1980,

The rate increase equals about a $3.47 increase per year for a typical homeowner or about 87 cents a quarter, according to City Finance Officer Marie Williams.

Newly elected Alderman Al Zietlow had encouraged the council to adopt a rate increase arguing that it was "bad business practices" for the city to continually operate its sewer utility at a deficit.

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