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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

Work under I-43 on Evergreen Drive to begin Sept. 8

12:13 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is scheduled to start work on a short segment of Evergreen Drive under I-43 beginning Sept. 8 according to a news release from the DOT.

The $260,000 project will extend about 100 feet north and south of the overpass, according to the release. It stated Evergreen Drive will be closed at those projected points during construction which is expected to be completed this fall, weather permitting.

The contractor, Musson Brothers, Inc., will be installing new asphaltic pavement, improved drainage systems, and implementation of a roadside guardrail. "Currently there is a lack of permanent pier protection under these I-43 structures," it stated in the release. This rail will provide that protection for the I-43 bridges.

In addition, the release said the project enhances safety by installing crash worthy energy absorbing terminals to the ends of the guardrail.

More information about the project can be found at the 511 Wisconsin Construction Projects website.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Mukwonago opposes median closure at Highway 83 and Arrowhead Drive

11:48 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago President Fred Winchowky voiced Village Board opposition to the proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to close the Highway 83 median at Arrowhead Drive at a board meeting, Sept. 1.

The DOT has issued a letter to the village informing them they want a traffic signal installed at the intersection of Highway 83 and Wolf Run and for the median opening at Arrowhead drive to be closed.

The village instead recommends the DOT reconsider its position for a two-lane roundabout rather than a traffic signal at the Highway 83 and Wolf Run intersection.

"This option was validated by the Traffic Impact Analysis prepared at the request of the village, which has previously been submitted to the Department of Transportation," it said in the resolution. It continues, saying that doing so would eliminate the need to close the median at Arrowhead Drive.

In a resolution from the village, it states that "the Village Board is concerned that the closure of the median cut at Arrowhead Drive will have significant adverse consequences without evidence of material benefit to the functioning of (Highway 83) and Wolf Run intersection."

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Pewaukee village trustees to explore finance director position

11:18 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected officials are now looking at a different alternative to address the village's vacant clerk-treasurer position.

The proposal, as put forward by Trustee Tom Calder, would involve creating a new position of finance director and having a separate employee handle the duties of clerk and assistant treasurer.

Calder said other municipalities in the area have similar setups. He said the new position could be "paid for easily" from money the village is currently using for its audit process.

"I think a lot of the work that's done in our audit process could be done internally with a finance director," Calder said. "We'll probably end up having to pay more total for the two positions, but I think it would be an overall savings."

Trustees discussed the merits of the idea Tuesday, Sept. 1, and agreed the proposal is worthy of further review.

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Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

10:20 a.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Oconomowoc road closure planned for next week

10:01 a.m. | Returning from the holiday weekend, Oconomowoc motorists should be aware of an upcoming road closure.

CP Rail will be making needed repairs at the railroad crossing on Cross Street starting Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Friday, Sept. 11,. Cross Street will be closed from Summit Avenue to Collins Street.

Wales trash pickup Labor Day schedule change

9:13 a.m. | Trash pickup next week will be Thursday, Sept. 10 because of the Labor Day holiday, according to a release from village of Wales Deputy Clerk Pauline Wigderson.

Wigderson also mentioned in the release that the first yard waste pickup for fall would be Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Annual bluegrass festival comes to East Troy

Sept. 02, 2015 4:03 p.m. | The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual two-day bluegrass festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 on the historic East Troy Square. The festival runs from 10 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. each day.

Weekend wristbands are $5 per person. Children 15 and younger are admitted free. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.

In addition to the musical entertainment, other festival highlights include a popular food court with local fare and a marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans and farmers market vendors.

The rain location is East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.

For more information, contact event sponsor, the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, at (262) 642-3770 or vanessa@easttroywi.org or visit the website at www.easttroybluegrass.com.

Section of trail now named the 'Mickle Mile'

Sept. 02, 2015 8:48 a.m. | Village of Wales —Dean Mickle walked in to the village hall one day, as was his usual and almost daily custom, to inform village officials about the current condition of the Glacial Drumlin Trail.

"I like to visit with the girls," Mickle said.

This visit was different, however; as he was told that his presence was due at the village hall last month. He was also told to bring his wife. He was not told why.

On the agenda for the board meeting was a presentation of a proclamation for Mickle. It named the section of trail between Highway 83 and the Village Hall the "Mickle Mile" for his help monitoring and maintaining the trail.

Mickle said the name was "kinda cute." He said that the proclamation was a total surprise, though he'd joked with officials about naming a section of the trail.

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Town board likely to fill Duchow vacancy

Sept. 02, 2015 8:08 a.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town Chairman Larry Krause says its likely that the town board will appoint someone to fill the vacancy created on the board after Supervisor Cindi Duchow resigns.

Duchow is virtually assured of being elected to the state Assembly later this month after she won a four candidate Republican primary contest Tuesday night.

So far, there is no opponent to challenge Duchow in a Sept 29 special election to fill the Assembly vacancy created when Chris Kapenga was elected to the state senate to succeed Paul Farrow who was elected Waukesha County Executive in April.

Krause said he will confer with town attorney Eric Larson to determine what alternatives are available to the to town board after Duchow resigns to assume her new office.

However, Krause believes that according to state law the board will have to appoint someone rather than call a special election since Duchow is likely to resign with only about eight months remaining in her term as town supervisor which expires in April of 2016.

Duchow wins primary for 99th state Assembly seat

Sept. 01, 2015 10:43 p.m. | Election results are in. Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow will likely be the new representative for the 99th State Assembly District.

Duchow battled three other Republican candidates — Delafield residents Spencer Zimmerman and David Westlake and Dousman native Scott Owens — in the Sept. 1 primary election. Since there are no Democratic candidates for the seat, the winner of the primary election is all but a shoe-in to become the district's next conservative representative after the general election later this month.

The 99th District covers Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie — all of which are heavily Republican.

According to unofficial election figures, Duchow secured 1,341 votes, or about 40 percent, of 3,336 total ballots. She edged out Westlake, the next highest vote collector, who had 1,099 votes, roughly 33 percent of the total. Westlake was followed by Owens with 737 votes and Zimmerman with 146 votes.

Fewer taxes, more jobs

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Cindi Duchow wins Waukesha County Republican Assembly primary

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 p.m. | Town of Delafield Supervisor Cindi Duchow defeated three other Republicans in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

Unofficial results showed Duchow tallied 1,341 votes in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga, who was elected to the 33rd District Senate seat in a July special election. Kapenga replaced former state Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), who was elected Waukesha County executive in April.

Dave Westlake, 41, of Hartland, founder and president of ATLAS, an asset management software business, received 1,099 votes; Scott Owens, 50, of the Town of Genesee, owner of an American Family Insurance agency in Brookfield, received 737 votes; and Spencer Zimmerman of Delafield, a chauffeur for a limousine service, received 146 votes.

Duchow, the only candidate in the race ever elected to public office, is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

She was elected Town of Delafield supervisor in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

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Foolery's in Oconomowoc threatened with liquor license revocation

Sept. 01, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc — A municipal court order that imposed an absolute sobriety requirement on the staff of a local tavern during working hours was lifted this week by a judge.

Lake Country Municipal Court Judge Tim Kay ended the requirement that, if imposed, would have temporarily revoked the liquor license for Foolery's Liquid Therapy bar and restaurant on Okauchee Lake.

According to a news release from the court, the order was imposed but stayed May 22, pending the outcome of two separate reviews. Both reviews have since been completed. The order was lifted Aug. 28.

Kay said in a phone interview that he decided to impose the order after noticing what appeared to be a pattern of alcohol-related violations of drunken driving citations and accidents that had one thing in common — drinking at Foolery's.

The order was stayed on condition that there be no additional violations throughout the summer and that all the staff at Foolery's maintain absolute sobriety during working hours throughout the probationary period.

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Vehicle crash causes Pewaukee power outage

Sept. 01, 2015 4:33 p.m. | A vehicle crash is to blame for a weekend power outage that affected more than 1,000 electric customers in the Pewaukee area.

About 1,100 people in the Pewaukee area lost power Saturday, Aug. 29 after a vehicle hit a piece of We Energies equipment, utility spokeswoman Amy Jahns said.

The outage started shortly before 9:30 a.m. Jahns said service was restored in waves, with all customers back online by 4 p.m.

Jahns said the geographical boundaries of the outage were Norton Drive in Hartland on the west, Springdale Road on the east, Weyer Road on the north and Interstate-94 on the south. 

Newcomers and Neighbors event on Sept. 8

Sept. 01, 2015 3:40 p.m. | Join the annual Oconomowoc Newcomers and Neighbors  Kick Off Mingle on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, overlooking Okauchee Lake.

Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Attendees will leave with a goodie bag filled with product samples, coupons, and freebies from  premier sponsors, and there will also be a door prize drawing.  

For more information, contact Erin Anne, Oconomowoc Newcomers and Neighbors vice-president @ erinanne184@gmail.com

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