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Man with loan to finance Macedonia casino charged with arson

June 13, 2014 10:30 p.m. | A Waukesha County man who got an Oconomowoc bank to finance his Macedonia casino project has been charged with arson in the fire that destroyed his pricey lakeside home last year.

Ydbi "Joe" Islami, 58, was arrested Thursday, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

According to a criminal complaint released Friday, he was charged with arson of a building with intent to defraud, as a party to a crime; theft by false representation over $10,000; fraudulent writings; and felony false swearing.

According to the complaint:

Investigators suspected arson almost immediately. A neighbor on Monastery Hill Drive in Lac La Belle reported flames coming from 145 Monastery Hill Drive about 10:30 p.m. June 10, 2013.

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Pewaukee girls upset by New Berlin West

Feb. 27, 2015 9:48 p.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team, ranked No. 8 in the state, was stunned by New Berlin West Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal,59-37. The PHS season ended with an 18-5 record. During the regular season Pewaukee had defeated West twice.

Arrowhead girls end Kettle Moraine season

Feb. 27, 2015 9:36 p.m. | Host Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine's girls basketball team Friday night, 55-26,The win moves the 11th ranked Warhawks into the regional title game on Saturday at AHS at 7 p.m. against 10th ranked Germantown. Ally May had 12 points for the Warhawks and Augy Jepseb had 11. Lindsey Weber led Kettle Moraine with 13 points, all coming in the second half.

Eat your way through the weekend

Feb. 27, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Food will be in the spotlight this weekend, with everything from pancakes to chili to delight your taste buds.

Rise and shine with a stack of flapjacks at the Rotary Pancake Day, 7:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Waukesha County Expo Center Arena, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha.

The event is a fundraiser for the Waukesha Rotary Club. Advance tickets at $5 each are available at Waukesha State Bank, downtown location. Tickets are $7 at the door; free for children 5 and younger. For more information visit www.waukesharotary.org.

The ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest starts at 5 p.m.  Saturday at Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc.  The festival features beer, wine and food from the best local restaurants.

Tickets at $50 from any O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware.  For more information visit www.oconomowocrotary.org.

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Big Bend public hearing sparks debate among neighbors

Feb. 27, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Village of Big Bend — There wasn't an open seat in the village hall Thursday night as sparks flared between neighbors.

The village board and plan commission heard public input regarding the proposed development of an outdoor recreational facility.

Village of Big Bend resident Steven Adkins has requested a conditional use permit to build a mult-use sport field on his residential property. The proposed field would include accessories such as amplified electronic sound, goals, lighting and other equipment.

"On paper it looks really big and scary," Adkins said. "I want to be able to play with my kids in my backyard."

The public — many of whom said they live near Adkins — responded to the request with a resounding "no."

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Learning Never Ends coming to Arrowhead in March

Feb. 26, 2015 6:00 p.m. |  Want to learn something new in a relatively short time? Arrowhead's Learning Never Ends does just that.

The program, in its second year, takes place March 25 and offers a variety of classes for adults. Read our preview story here.

The event is free. Register at arrowheadschools.org.

Portions of Lake Country bike trail in Delafield, Pewaukee closing soon

Feb. 26, 2015 2:55 p.m. | Closures in Delafield and Pewaukee along the Lake Country Bike Trail are imminent.

Partial closures have occurred intermittently since August, when the American Transmission Company (ATC) first announced it would be removing and replacing high-voltage transmission poles and wires along the trail as part of a larger effort called the Quad County Electric Reliability Project.

The closures are anticipated to begin in early March.

Vegetation clearing and restoration work will shut down a portion of the trail from Highway P to Glen Cove Road until April or May. Alissa Braatz, an ATC corporate communications officer, said in an email that the work is weather dependent, so the time line for completion may fluctuate if Wisconsin experiences another long winter.

Braatz said updated signs warning Lake Country residents of the impending closures have been posted at various entry points along the trail, and she said that ATC is also sending out informational postcards explaining the closures to residents who live near the Glen Cove Road portion of the trail.

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Eagle detachment requests tossed out by Palmyra-Eagle school board

Feb. 25, 2015 11:57 p.m. | Despite two of five petitions to detach from the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District and attach to the Mukwonago Area School District being determined as invalid, the P-EASD school board unanimously denied all five requests to detach on Feb. 25. 

Following more than two hours of presentations from petitioners for the detachment, administrators and counsel for the district, along with resident comments against the detachment, the board came out of closed session and shared financial information that clinched board members decisions on the matter. 

Already staring at a potential loss of more than $1 million in revenue by 2018-19, if the five detachments were to go through, a finance report from Ehlers Group indicated P-EASD could be stuck paying Mukwonago between $3 and $7 million, depending on how assets and liabilities would be distributed. 

That came down to a "game changer" that threatened the livelihood of the Palmyra-Eagle district for board member Tom Novak and the rest of the board, as each resolution to deny the petitions was unanimously approved. 

"This is it. We own it now," board President Scott Hoff told the crowd standing to applaud school board members in the middle school gymnasium. 

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Hearing set for Village Square living center

Feb. 25, 2015 10:50 p.m. |  City of Delafield - A public hearing on a proposed senior living center at the Village Square shopping center has been tenatively scheduled for March 25 even though one member of the plan commission says it is "putting the cart before the horse" and another commissioner described it as "an academic exercise."

Milwaukee based Heritage Senior Living is proposing 124 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care facilities in two buildings located on about five acres on the west side of the shopping center near the intersection of Highways 83 and 16.

City officials have acknowledged that the project cannot be approved unless United Properties, the owners of trhe shopping center, and the city can reach an agreement to amend an out of court settlement that resolved zoning disputes over the shopping center about 10 years ago.

However,  Mayor Michele DeYoe told the commissioners that they should review the proposal and schedule a public hearing without taking into consideration the terms of the settlement agreement.

She said it was up to the Common Council to either amend or enforce the agreement.

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Hartland man charged for alleged role in recent robbery of Waukesha bank

Feb. 25, 2015 4:57 p.m. | Jason Barnhill of Hartland and Lance Keota of Oconomowoc, suspected of holding up a Waukesha bank on Feb. 20, have been charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court for crimes related to the alleged robbery.

Barnhill, 33, was charged as party to a crime of robbery of a financial institution and with misdemeanor bail jumping.

Keota, 26, was charged with felony robbery of a financial institution.

According to the criminal complaint, Barnhill and Keota robbed the Associated Bank, 100 E. Sunset Drive, at gunpoint. Police later discovered the weapon used by the men was an airsoft gun, not a real firearm.

Bank employees said in the complaint that both men entered the bank at about 10:30 a.m. dressed in dark clothes and wearing masks. One of the suspects, identified in the complaint as Keota, was waving what appeared to be a gun; he jumped over the bank counter and stole nearly $5,500 from a teller's drawer, the complaint said.

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Complaint: Man drank almost half a liter of vodka, punched girlfriend in the face

Feb. 25, 2015 2:10 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — A 25-year-old Oconomowoc man allegedly drank nearly a half liter of vodka, got into an argument with his girlfriend and punched her in the face.

Grant Bunchkowski, 335 W. Wisconsin Ave., was charged Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with substantial battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, both domestic abuse offenses. He faces up to nearly four years behind bars and $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Feb. 23 to Bunchkowski's residence after receiving a call from the victim's mother in which she claimed Bunchkowski assaulted her daughter.

Officers, when they arrived, noticed the the victim was holding a paper towel to her lips and had blood dripping down her mouth and forearm, the complaint said. She told police she and Bunchkowski got into a heated argument that involved both of them yelling, swearing at and pushing each other.

The argument ended abruptly when Bunchkowski punched his girlfriend in the mouth, nearly knocking out her two front teeth and chipping one of them, the complaint said.

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Free workshops at Mukwonago, Eagle libraries will teach eco-friendly methods

Feb. 25, 2015 1:22 p.m. | The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops on eco-friendly methods at the Alice Baker and Mukwonago Community libraries.

A Clean Water, Healthy Lawn workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Alice Baker Library, 820 E. Main St., Eagle. This workshop will cover lawn care and watering, as well as how to incorporate features like rain barrels and rain gardens into your landscape. Practices covered in this workshop are not only friendly to local lakes and rivers, but to pets and children as well.

A Green Cleaning workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division St. At this workshop, participants will find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe. Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as "green." Attendees will "make and take" a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home.

For more information call (262) 896-8300 or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or waukeshacounty.gov/cleanwater.

Check out the renovated Arrowhead basketball locker rooms

Feb. 25, 2015 11:49 a.m. |  The Arrowhead School Board approved the funding last August for the renovation of the North Campus girls and boys basketball locker rooms.

Check out our story and online gallery here.

OHS 10th Annual Jazz Dance on Friday

Feb. 25, 2015 10:45 a.m. |  Grab your dancing shoes and head out to Olympia Resort to enjoy the 10th Annual Oconomowoc High School Band Aids Jazz Dance fundraiser.

  Held this  Friday, Feb. 27,   the event has a  Roaring 20s  theme and attendees are encouraged to dress for the era.

  The event  runs from  6  to 10:30 p.m., with doors opening a half-hour beforehand. Attendees will enjoy food, silent auction and photo booth as well.

Tickets are available in advance for a reduced cost.  Students and seniors are $5, $7 at the door; Adults are $8 or $10 at the door.  Tables can be reserved for larger groups.  Each table seats 10 people and includes admission.  For $200 you are guaranteed a table and chairs; this event has limited seating.  Tickets are available at Books and Co or Piggly Wiggly.  For table reservations, contact Geri Kellen at  gkellen@charter.net or (414) 640-0593.  

 More information on this event will be in tomorrow's Oconomowoc Focus. 

Mukwonago man shot in face while hunting

Feb. 25, 2015 9:32 a.m. | Town of Leroy — A 43-year-old Mukwonago man was injured in a hunting accident Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the town of Leroy.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office responded to N11077 Dairy Road at 1:40 p.m. and discovered the man was shot in the face with a bird shot fired from a shotgun. The man who fired the shotgun is a 58-year-old Richfield man.

Both men were hunting pheasants on private land when the accident occurred, according to a news release from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation showed the Richfield man shot at a flying pheasant and struck the other hunter who was 40 to 50 yards away. The Mukwonago man received non-life threatening injuries to his face and was transported by ambulance to the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford.

All hunters were wearing orange hats and vests, the news release said.

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New cancer center nearly complete

Feb. 24, 2015 2:24 p.m. |  Have you heard about ProHealth Care's new $100 million cancer center in Pewaukee? Take a look at our story here.

The facility is expected to open in the summer and is located just north of I-94 and on Highway 164.

Community Watch

» Pewaukee girls upset by New Berlin West 2/27

» Arrowhead girls end Kettle Moraine season 2/27

»  Eat your way through the weekend 2/27

» Big Bend public hearing sparks debate among neighbors 2/27

» Learning Never Ends coming to Arrowhead in March 2/26

» Portions of Lake Country bike trail in Delafield, Pewaukee closing soon 2/26

» Eagle detachment requests tossed out by Palmyra-Eagle school board 2/25

» Hearing set for Village Square living center 2/25

» Hartland man charged for alleged role in recent robbery of Waukesha bank 2/25

» Complaint: Man drank almost half a liter of vodka, punched girlfriend in the face 2/25

» Free workshops at Mukwonago, Eagle libraries will teach eco-friendly methods 2/25

» Check out the renovated Arrowhead basketball locker rooms 2/25

» OHS 10th Annual Jazz Dance on Friday 2/25

» Mukwonago man shot in face while hunting 2/25

» New cancer center nearly complete 2/24

» Complaint: Sussex woman threw a knife at her husband during argument 2/24

» Mukwonago School Board approves Eagle detachment petitions 2/23

» Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library 2/23

» Hartland village board hears residents' thoughts on proposed Four Winds West subdivision 2/23

» Pre-order native plants for Retzer's spring sale 2/23

» Bend an elbow at Brewfest 2/23

» 'Fiddler on the Roof' opens at Mukwonago this weekend 2/23

» Rep. Scott Allen to hold listening session in Mukwonago 2/22

» You'll never forget What's His Name and the Other Guy 2/20

» City of Pewaukee residents speak against proposed apartments 2/20

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Weekend Happenings

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Rotary Pancake Day: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. Fundraiser for the Waukesha Rotary Club is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Expo Center Arena. Advance tickets at Waukesha State Bank, downtown location., $5-$7. $5 advance, $7 at the door; free for children 5 and younger. www.waukesharotary.org.

Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 


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