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Hazardous driving conditions on freeway system

Feb. 21, 2014 10:03 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists to reduce speeds as blowing and drifting snow, combined with high winds, are creating hazardous driving conditions on the freeway system. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports many motorists are driving too fast; on I-94 in Racine County alone, average speeds are well above what is reasonable and prudent for the conditions. Since 7 a.m., there have been multiple rollover incidents reported along most of the major corridors in Southeast Wisconsin, the DOT reports.

If people are in an accident, the DOT reminds motorists to stay in their vehicle, if appropriate, and alert law enforcement of the incident.

Drivers can check road conditions by calling 5-1-1 or on 511wi.gov.

Croatian Fest coming up this weekend in Mukwonago's Field Park

11:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Croatian Fest returns for the 56th year on Saturday, July 11, in Field Park in the village of Mukwonago.

Festivities will be held from noon to 8 p.m. in Field Park by Highway 83 and NN, but fairgoers can start arriving at 11 a.m. to eat, said Carol Gedde, the festival's primary contact.

Parking and admission are free.

The event is being put on by the Croatian Fraternal Union of America — John Movrich Lodge 993.

Gedde stressed the event is not just for Croatians, inviting everyone to "come and be Croatian for a day."

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Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea

5:58 p.m. | A limited number of tickets are available for the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum, will hold its third annual Victorian Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

Learn about women's secrets — undergarments of the gay 90s, roaring 20s, and fabulous 50s.

Tea, other beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts will be served. Participants can choose a cup and saucer to use and take home.

Advanced tickets are required. Cost to attend the tea is $20. Participants must be 12 or older.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Ann at (262) 363-8681 or Sue at (262) 363-3915 or stop in the museum during tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 12.

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Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond in southern Kettle Moraine Sta

5:38 p.m. | After the dam at Paradise Springs nature trail in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest failed in June, the trout pond drained, leaving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff evaluating options for the dam.

According to the DNR, "An engineer who inspected the dam determined that repairs would be costly and that the concrete in the structure was so deteriorated that any repairs would be temporary. Complete replacement of the dam could be $300,000 or more."

When Kelly Maddern, of Waukesha, "a concerned resident," heard what happened to the dam and what it would cost to repair, she "jumped into action without a second thought."

Maddern has spearheaded efforts to "raise money that will go directly to the DNR specifically for this project," according to www.saveparadisesprings.com.

"I love being able to go to Paradise Springs with my family or by myself to do some photography," Maddern said when contacted by email. "I can't imagine the pond not coming back."

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UPDATE: Death caused by drowning

3:38 p.m. | UPDATE: An autopsy performed by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office has revealed the July 4 death of 42-year-old Marcie E. Taylor was caused by drowning. 

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UPDATE: Police have released the name of the woman whose body was pulled from a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday, July, 4, as  Marcie E. Taylor, 42, of 34635 Spring Bank Rd., in the Village. 

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The body of a 42-year-old Village of Oconomowoc Lake  woman was found in a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday morning, July 4.

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Richmond School District notifies parents of incident

3:13 p.m. | The Richmond School District is increasing safety measures for summer school after an incident that took place Monday morning in a district subdivision.

According to a district email sent to parents, a Richmond School parent was approached in the Arrowhead Highlands subdivision by a white, bald male in his mid-30s driving a silver, four-door sedan. The man asked for directions and then showed inappropriate pictures on his phone, according to the letter.

The district said the sheriff's department has been notified and extra safety measures have been put in place for summer school.

Hamilton student earns Girl Scouts' highest honor

3:03 p.m. | The image of scouting is filled with pictures of camping, earning badges and having fun with friends.

It seems that there is some truth to that as those were the very reasons that Hamilton High School senior Katie Ciolkosz joined the Girl Scouts while in second grade.

"A lot of my friends were in the Girl Scouts," Ciolkosz said.

But as she got older and progressed through the scouts, Ciolkosz realized the program is about so much more.

"We all wanted to make some impact on the community," which is what kept Ciolkosz and many of her troop members involved in the scouts up through high school. Additionally, "We all go to the same school and are involved in the same activities. That has also helped keep us connected."

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Hartland woman accused of driving drunk to police station

2:58 p.m. | When a detective told Annemarie Bottoni that she thought Bottoni had driven drunk to the Hartland Police Department, a criminal complaint says Bottoni didn't leave any doubt about whether or not she was intoxicated.

"Of course I am," Bottoni told the detective in the complaint.

Bottoni, 44, was charged June 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with driving while intoxicated — her fourth OWI offense in five years — throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, intentionally giving a false alarm and driving with a revoked license.

Bottoni could face up to more than 11 years behind bars and $32,500 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Bottoni stopped by the police department twice on the morning of June 29. Both times, she said she was there to report her boyfriend for strangling her, but she refused to make any official written or oral statements about the incident.

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Sussex woman reportedly stole thousands as condo association treasurer

12:00 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 48-year-old Sussex woman reportedly stole more than $25,000 while serving as treasurer for a local condominium association, a criminal complaint says.

Court records show that Lorene Lutey Treml — who was charged July 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of theft in a business setting exceeding $10,000 — allegedly stole the money over a period of 20 months, beginning in October 2013.

Two members of the Meadow Valley Condominium Association reported the thefts to police in May after Treml refused to provide money for landscaping projects at the Westfield Way Condominiums, which is represented by Meadow Valley.

A criminal complaint says that Heather Trutman, Meadow Valley's current treasurer, contacted two banks where the condominium association keeps its money and discovered that both accounts, which each contained about $14,000, had been mostly drained.

Bank statements and canceled checks from both banks, one a Waukesha State Bank and the other a North Shore Bank, revealed that Treml withdrew thousands in cash from both accounts and wrote out personal checks using more than $16,000 of the condominium association's money, according to the complaint.

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Electric go-cart facility hopes to open by Aug. 1

7:58 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — Where once were electronics soon will be electric cars.

Electric go-carts to be exact.

Work continues on transforming 61,000 square feet of space in the former American TV & Appliance building at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive into an indoor entertainment facility with two go-cart electric tracks; if plans remain on track, it could be ready for racers by August.

Veloce Indoor Speedway managing partner Hank Sorensen said the tentative schedule is to hold a VIP event July 30 and a soft opening Aug. 1, but he said both dates remain in "heavy pencil."

That's later than originally planned because, Sorensen said, some lighting and electrical issues set them back.

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Sussex stops Pewaukee in LOL, 1-0

July 04, 2015 6:36 p.m. | Host Sussex scored a 1-0 win over Pewaukee Saturday afternoon to take the spotlight in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league. Other games saw Merton down Hartland 8-2, Brookfield Bulldogs defeat Oconomowoc 8-4 and Brookfield Blue Sox edge Lannon, 2-1. Games on Sunday find Sussex at Hartland, Merton at Pewaukee, Lannon at Oconomowoc, Blue Sox at North Lake and West Bend at the Bulldogs. All games begin at 1 p.m.

Merton, Mulkey stop Hartland

July 04, 2015 3:46 p.m. | Host Merton got a strong pitching performance from right-hander Sam Mulkey as the Amvets downed Hartland, 8-2 in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game. Mulkey went the distance, holding Hartland scoreless in eight of the nine innings. The Amvets never trailed in the game.

Why no help for schizophrenic girl in Slender Man stabbing?

July 03, 2015 8:08 p.m. | Morgan Geyser spends her days in near isolation at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend, eating under a table, feeding ants and watching The Weather Channel for hours, without medication or therapy.

Experts agree that the 13-year-old girl, charged with trying to kill a sixth-grade friend in May 2014, needs serious mental health treatment.

Geyser suffers from a rare form of early-onset schizophrenia, an incurable mental illness that two psychiatrists agree will only worsen faster, and with less chance of mitigation, the longer she goes untreated.

Prosecutors, the judge, jail officials, her lawyers, parents and doctors all want Geyser to get medication and therapy.

So why isn't she getting any?

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Patriotic parades march into Lake Country

July 03, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  What would the Fourth of July holiday be without a parade?

In Lake Country, there’s several to choose from including the Delafield American Legion Fourth of July Parade which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. at the municipal parking lot at Main Street to the Legion grounds. A flag retirement ceremony, children’s bike/ride judging and a tasty treat will follow the parade. Visit www.chamber.visitdelafield.org for more information.

The Oconomowoc Independence Day will begin at 4 p.m.  Saturday at Fowler Park, 500 Oakwood Ave., Oconomowoc.  The parade travels through downtown with activities and concessions at Fowler Park at the conclusion. A fireworks show will begin at dusk at Fowler Park. For information visit www.oconomowoc-wi.gov.

The Pewaukee Fourth of July Parade also begins at 4 p.m.  Saturday at the Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee.  The travels from Prospect down Wisconsin Avenue to Village Park in downtown Pewaukee.  For information visit www.pewaukeechamber.org.

Old World Wisconsin will have a three-day Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Friday through Saturday at W372-S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. The celebration includes 19th-century fun, games and patriotic activities. Cost is $19 adults, $16 seniors, $10 ages 4-12, free for children 4 and younger, $50 family pass. For more information call (262) 594-6301 or visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org.

Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers

July 02, 2015 12:17 p.m. | Over the last several weeks, workers at the Waukesha County/City of Milwaukee Materials Recycling Facility have removed many small propane cylinders from the recyclables. There are concerns that this problem will continue to increase throughout the summer months, according to a new release from  the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use.

Waukesha County and the recycling facility operator, ReCommunity Recycling, ask residents not to place propane cylinders in their curbside recycling container.

Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping. Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.

“The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility. We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their recycling container due to the potential hazard to workers and equipment. They need to be specially handled by companies that sell these products,” stated Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.

Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor. Check for the 'manufacturer's tag' as a source of contact/disposal information.

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Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again

July 02, 2015 11:10 a.m. | City of Waukesha — An attorney for accused murderer and village of Summit resident Shawn Witt continues to argue for the dismissal of evidence against her client, which she says was illegally obtained.

A hearing on the defense's motion to suppress statements made by Witt resumed July 1, but again ended after several hours of cross-examination without a ruling from Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren, according to online court records.

Two detectives, one of them retired, were questioned during the hearing about Witt's police interview, court records show.

Witt's attorney, Donna Kuchler, suggested that her client was impaired when he agreed to speak with officers and allegedly confessed to shooting his 60-year-old father to death. As a result, his statements could be deemed involuntary and should be dismissed, Kuchler argued.

A criminal complaint says Witt admitted to getting high with two friends shortly before he was arrested for killing his father.

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