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Former owner of Masterlink indicted for loan fraud

Feb. 27, 2014 2:54 p.m. | The former owner of Menomonee Falls-based Masterlink Corporation was indicted in federal court last week on charges of filing false loan statements for the company.

Bruce Magnuson is accused of filing false financial statements from 2006 until the company went into receivership in 2010, according to the indictment. The financial statements, which greatly inflated the financial stability of the information technology firm, were used to secure a $750,000 small-business loan from M&I Bank in July 2009, the indictment asserts.

Magnuson, 62, has already entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, according to court documents. Under the agreement, Magnuson would pay $608,098 for the Masterlink loan and another $358,368 for a loan secured by one of his other corporations. Magnuson would also face anywhere from three to four years in prison.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Magnuson currently serves as CEO for Cablemaster Corporation in Milwaukee, an electrical wire and cable distributer and manufacturer.

Masterlink Corporation was founded by Magnuson in 1989 and specialized in IT consulting and network integration. The company was named a “Future 50” fast-growing company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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OPL hosts fall bingo for kids

11:13 a.m. |  Children in grades 4k - 4th grade are invited to join in the fun at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Participants will  make their own bingo card and play for prizes. No registration is required.

The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St.; call (262) 569-2193 with questions or for more information. 

Local dentist takes stand against sweets this Halloween

10:05 a.m. |  One area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring up to 10 pounds of candy to Pewaukee Dental and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Mike Schneidler is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and goodie bags with toothbrushes and items donated by area businesses.

The candy and other donated goodies are sent to military men and women deployed in harm’s way. The dentist’s office has heard from many service members that they give the candy and other items to local children, who, in turn, provide information about where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are hidden. Visit www.opgratitude for a list of items to donate.

In the past, many children have just given their candy for the soldiers and told the dentist’s office to keep the money for shipping.

Candy and other donations from the list will be collected from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Pewaukee Dental, 1231 George Towne Drive, Pewaukee. The candy must be unopened and unbitten.

For more information, call (262) 691-9832, or visit www.pewaukeedental.com.

Hold onto your hat; wind advisory in effect

8:35 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. tonight for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha County. 

Strong winds are expected to blast through the area as much colder air moves in. Winds are expected out of the north at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to about 45 mph. 

Trash cans, lawn furniture and other small items could be blown around, so take care to secure them or move them indoors. 

Mukwonago pulls away from Arrowhead in volleyball sectional

Oct. 30, 2014 11:46 p.m. | Alissa Swirth volunteered for the reassignment.

The Mukwonago right-side hitter told coach Mary Pocius that she knew she could handle the attacks of Arrowhead junior Jenna Stefan, balls that were finding the line and giving the MHS girls volleyball team fits in the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Oct. 30 in Watertown.

"We changed our rotation pattern," Pocius said. "(Swirth) came over and said, 'I can block that line girl, coach,' and I said, 'OK, you've got it.' She had two blocks immediately in that game."

The moment was the beginning of the third set, shortly after Arrowhead had held on for a 30-28 win in set No. 2 to even the match. For the first time all night, Mukwonago was the squad that came out fast, taking a 6-1 lead en route to a 25-18 win in set three.

The tweak ultimately helped the top-seeded Indians to victory, when Mukwonago recorded a 25-23, 28-30, 25-18, 25-20 win and moved on to meet sixth-seeded Germantown in Saturday's sectional final at Waukesha West.

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Private money paves way for Christian school in Pewaukee

Oct. 30, 2014 5:11 p.m. | What if you could build a school from scratch, incorporate everything you thought necessary to launch children on a path to highly productive adulthood, and not worry about the price tag?

That never happens in education.

Unless a benefactor underwrites the cost because he's committed to the idea of creating a very specific type of school — which is exactly what's happening in Waukesha County.

Meet Brian Nahey, the CEO of Pewaukee-based Venturedyne, a firm that owns and manages industrial manufacturing companies. And meet Christian Education Leadership Academy, the Pewaukee-based private, religious school Nahey and his wife, Nancy, aim to establish.

CELA is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, with plans to eventually serve 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. An event to celebrate its construction was held Tuesday at the school site, near the intersection of Ryan St. and Highway 16 in the City of Pewaukee.

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Enjoy a roast beef dinner at Eagle church

Oct. 30, 2014 12:59 p.m. | Eagle United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Eagle, will hold a roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12 years. Children younger than 3 are free. 

The meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert, and a beverage. 

Carry outs available by calling (262) 594-2111.

Chinese engineer to plead guilty in theft of GE Healthcare trade secrets

Oct. 30, 2014 11:14 a.m. | A Chinese engineer charged with stealing trade secrets and confidential information from a GE Healthcare subsidiary in Waukesha has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Jun Xie, 41, will plead guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets, according to federal court records. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Xie could also face immediate deportation. No date has been set for Xie to formally enter his plea.

According to the plea agreement, the estimated loss incurred by GE, based on the cost of developing the stolen information, was between $100 million and $200 million. The restitution payment specified in the agreement, however, is just $130,000.

Xie has been free on personal recognizance bond since his arrest, though prosecutors kept his passport.

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Delafield to review controversial agreement

Oct. 29, 2014 11:39 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council may be asked to review at its Monday, Nov. 3,meeting a controversial out of court settlement agreement between the city and previous owners of the Village Square shopping center.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said tonight she may ask the council to review the agreement which includes restrictions on the size of shopping center, individual buildings wihin the complex, and the kinds of retail and service businesses that may be located in the shopping center.

Earlier this evening, the Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 to reject a proposal to build three apartment buildings on the west side of the shopping center partly because the proposed development violated a number of provisions of the agreement.

After the vote, DeYoe said she might bring up the settlement agreement at the council meeting because "it is poiicy question the council might want to address before we receive some other proposal."

The settlement agreement was reached in 2004 between the city and then shopping center owners Jon Spheeris and Mike Schutte to resolve lawsuits they filed after the city rejected their plans for the shopping center.

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Delafield's Village Square Apartments Rejected

Oct. 29, 2014 11:10 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 tonight to recommend the city reject a proposal to build 90 high end apartment units on about 8 acres of land on the west side of the Village Square shopping center.

Alderman Tim Aicher, who cast the dissenting vote on the commission, predicted the Common Council Monday night will vote to go along with the recommendation.

The vote came after an hour long public hearing and a nearly as long presentation by United Properties Inc of Minneapolis, the owner;s of the shopping center, and Madison developer Jim McCormick who United Properties asked to built the apartments.

More than a half dozen neighbors who live on nearby Vettelson Road, including Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, spoke against  the proposal.

They asserted  that the three story high 30 unit apartment buildings were not  compatible with the rural residential neighborhood with one home per acre lot.

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Complaint: Sussex man driving drunk injures four in two-car crash

Oct. 29, 2014 11:19 a.m. |  A 41-year-old Sussex man crashed his car into another vehicle while he had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, but repeatedly denied alcohol had anything to do with the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Michael Day, Jr., N65 W22201 Silver Leaf Drive, was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with four counts of operating while intoxicated, causing injury — all repeat offenses; his fourth operating while intoxicated offense; and driving with a revoked license. Day has three prior OWI convictions on his record.

According to the complaint, police responded around 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of Appleton and Menomonee avenues in the village of Menmomonee Falls.

Susan Hanson, one of four passengers in the car struck by Day, was the first to speak to the officer, and she told him one of her daughters — identified only by her initials in the complaint — needed to be transported to the hospital for hip and neck injuries.

Police then spoke to Day who was allegedly casually eating a hamburger on the side of the road and appeared “extremely calm,” according to the complaint.

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Crash closes right lane of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

Oct. 29, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 83 in Delafield. The lane was closed for about 45 minutes and reopened shortly before 10 a.m. Waukesha County sheriff's deputies responded.

The crash was in the same area where a crash closed all lanes of eastbound I-94 for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Big Bend/Vernon Lions host Halloween bingo

Oct. 28, 2014 4:13 p.m. |

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions will hold Halloween bingo ($1,000 bingo) at St. Joe's Catholic Church, Janesville Road, Big Bend. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. 

Food wil be  available, raffles, and prizes for the best Halloween costumes.

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions give 100 percent of their profits back to the community. 

Crews clear crash that shut all lanes of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

Oct. 28, 2014 2:40 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed all lanes of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 83 in Waukesha County.

The lanes were closed for nearly an hour, reopening about 2:25 p.m.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department responded.

Pewaukee woman accused of driving with her children while drunk

Oct. 27, 2014 6:22 p.m. | The teenage son of a 41-year-old Pewaukee woman called police to warn them that his mother was driving drunk.

The woman’s other two children, both younger than 14, were also in the car.

Cindy Wadd, W278 N1577 Lakeview Drive, was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with driving while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, driving with a revoked license and failure to install an ignition interlock device. Wadd has two prior OWI convictions, most recently from September 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Sunday, Oct. 26, to a report of a drunk driver in a parking lot at Brookfield Square Mall.

Wadd told officers in the complaint when they first arrived that she had no recollection of how her car had ended up there.

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Ceremony set to award Medal of Honor to Alonzo Cushing

Oct. 27, 2014 3:46 p.m. | President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the family of Civil War veteran and Delafield native 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing in the White House next week.

After decades of efforts by local historians and Wisconsin's congressional delegation to award the nation's highest award for valor to Cushing, the president announced in August that he would finally get the medal. It's rare for military members to receive the Medal of Honor so long after the heroic act but a dedicated group of historians led by Margaret Zerwekh campaigned to see that Cushing was recognized for his bravery.

Cushing was killed on July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg when he refused to leave his artillery unit despite severe wounds. Cushing's heroism made it possible for Union forces to repulse the assault by Confederate troops.

Two of Cushing's cousins — Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III — will attend the Nov. 6 ceremony

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