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Heavy downpours hit Lake Country

June 18, 2014 9:35 a.m. | Some of the heaviest rain ever to hit the Lake Country area blasted the area Wednesday morning from  8:45 to 9:15 a.m. More than  one inch of rain fell in a short span.

Visibility around 9 a.m. was less than 30 yards at times. Traffic on Highway 16 near Hartland was slowed to 20 to 25 miles per hour.

Dime-sized hail also hit the Hartland area from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Tree branches were in the roads on Highway E north of Hartland and several branches also fell into the driving lanes on Highway 83 north of Highway 16.

Dave Pfeiffer resigns as Kettle Moraine football coach

May 23, 2016 5:37 p.m. | Dave Pfeiffer, the head football coach at Kettle Moraine High School the last three years, resigned from that post last Friday after meeting with KM principal Jeff Walters and athletics director Mike Fink.

Fink said Monday afternoon that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

While no official word has come from Arrowhead, it's believed that Pfeiffer will join the Arrowhead football coaching staff this fall, possibly taking the role of offensive coordinator.

Arrowhead coach Greg Malling resigned from the AHS post after the 2015 season. Malling coached the Warhawks for five seasons, leading them to state-championship game appearances the last four years. Arrowhead captured state titles in 2012 and 2013 and second place finishes the past two seasons. Fritz Rauch, former head coach at Grafton and a former coordinator at Homestead, was hired to fill the open position.

Pfeiffer, 59, was the defensive coordinator in 2012 before leaving Arrowhead to take the KM head coaching position.

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Caretaker allegedly stole credit card from resident at Oconomowoc memory care facility

May 23, 2016 4:50 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — An Ashippun woman allegedly made two dozen illegal transactions over three weeks earlier this year with a credit card she stole from a woman she was supposed to be taking care of at a local assisted living and memory care facility, a criminal complaint says.

Larissa Moldenhauer, 26, also reportedly told her boyfriend not to talk to police about the allegations after she became the primary suspect in the investigation, but later admitted she was responsible for the fraudulent charges.

Moldenhauer was charged May 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with identity theft and theft of moveable property, both felonies. She made her initial court appearance the same day.

According to the complaint, the card, which belongs to a resident at The View at Pine Ridge facility, was left in a wallet on the resident's nightstand by her daughter between January and March. Moldenhauer was the resident's caretaker.

Bank statements obtained by the facility's chief executive officer reportedly showed that someone — later identified as Moldhauer — made 26 illegal transactions with the card, totaling $426.45, over a roughly three-week period in late March and early April.

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'Click It or Ticket' campaign goes border to border

May 23, 2016 1:21 p.m. | As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department are urging everyone to buckle up in a release sent earlier today.

In a campaign that began   March 5,  law enforcement officials were out in full force, taking part in the 2016 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. 

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,”  Sheriff Eric Severson said in a release. “Our deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.”

At 6 p.m. on May 23, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement agencies across the Eastern half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation.  Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public:   driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.

Probation for man who threatened to kill Hartland police officers, burn down the department

May 23, 2016 1:20 p.m. | Corbin Zebrasky will not have to spend any time behind bars for a host of criminal offenses, including threatening to kill officers and burn down the Hartland Police Department — if he can abide by the conditions of his probation, a Waukesha County Circuit judge ruled recently.

Zebrasky, 19, of Milwaukee was sentenced May 16 to two years of probation on three criminal charges, according to online court records. All of his multiple and then-pending cases were adjudicated that day by Judge Michael Aprahamian.

Zebrasky was facing 15 charges in four criminal cases, court records show, for a variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including a battery charge. He was free on bond last September when he told Hartland police officers in a parking lot outside the department that he would do whatever it took get himself sent to jail.

Basis for charges

According to a criminal complaint, that included threatening to kill several of the officers, one by name, and saying he planned to burn down the police department and the court system. The complaint also said Zebrasky spit on both a police officer and a nurse at a local hospital after he was arrested.

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Mukwonago's Lorraine McAdams dies at 91

May 23, 2016 11:46 a.m. | Anyone walking into the Mukwonago Community Library or the Mukwonago YMCA can see the impact Lorraine McAdams and her husband John had on the community. A portrait of the couple hangs outside the entrance to the library. The McAdams aquatic center at the YMCA recognizes the contribution the couple made to help make the facility a reality.

Although it took seven to eight years to raise the money needed to build the YMCA, John and Lorraine kept their donation of $3.2 million on the board to support the YMCA during those years, according to Rick Swan who was part of the YMCA fundraising committee. "That's a tribute to Lorraine," said Swan.

Business partner

Swan, who started working at the McAdams' grocery stores when he was 14, said it was important to Lorraine to give back to the community since the community had supported their business.

Lorraine, 91, passed away May 16 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

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Pewaukee man identified as victim of fatal Dane County crash

May 21, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Dane County officials have identified the victim of a fatal single vehicle accident Friday as 48-year-old Mustafa L. Qureshi of Pewaukee.

The crash was reported about 1:24 a.m. on county Highway PB at state Highway 69 in Montrose. Qureshi was pronounced dead at the scene. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday that Qureshi died of injuries suffered in the crash.

Hartland judge Jennifer Dorow won't seek state Supreme Court appointment — for now

May 20, 2016 3:50 p.m. | Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow said Thursday, May 19, that she will not seek an appointment to the state Supreme Court. A seat on the court will open at the end of July, when Justice David Prosser plans to retire.

However, Dorow, a Hartland resident, added that she is planning to campaign for the Supreme Court in 2019. She would be challenging Justice Shirley Abrahamson for her seat.

Dorow said late last week that she was considering applying for Prosser's seat, but had not made up her mind. The application deadline was Thursday.

"I really enjoy what I do (in Waukesha County)," Dorow said. "I feel very called to be there."

She said she is involved in two county projects — an evidence-based decision-making initiative and a secure courtroom construction project — and wanted to see them through.

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Grand opening for Digital Media Lab in Hartland scheduled for May 24

May 20, 2016 1:59 p.m. | Village of Hartland — So you've got a great idea for a business, the appropriate permits, a building and a plan. Or maybe you're already part of an established retailer looking to grow.

How do you get the word out?

That's exactly the question Daryl Hively, founder and chief executive officer of Guaranteed Digital, plans to answer with the his company's new Digital Media Lab division, which has its grand opening at 6 p.m. May 24 in Hartland.

The lab, 700 W. North Shore Drive, is a neighborhood learning center and media store created to empower merchants, small or large, with the knowledge and skills necessary to best leverage digital media to gain new customers.

"Merchants of all sizes are struggling with social media," Hively said. "They just need education."

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Pewaukee Village Board waives part of condo's false fire alarm fees

May 20, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have forgiven a portion of a pricey false fire alarm bill facing a local condominium.

The village board on Tuesday, May 17, voted to forgive $7,618 — the balance of what Pewaukee Shores still owed the village for incurring several false alarm fees, because trustees said the condo had made a reasonable effort to address the problem that resulted in several false fire alarms in 2014, translating to a bill of nearly $20,000.

"This particular address really got hit with the brunt of the blow, with tens of thousands of dollars of false alarm fees," Trustee Joe Zompa said. "And it's not because they were not diligent and not trying to fix things. They had an unusual problem. They had a faulty system. It took a long time to get through the diagnostics."

Jeff Knutson said the condo has been working for the last year-and-a-half to try to fix the fire alarm system, and now plans to put in a new one.

"Everything is going to be replaced — all the alarm system, piping, everything," Knutson said. "I believe the cost is somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000."

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Pewaukee man dies in Dane County crash

May 20, 2016 10:50 a.m. | A 48-year-old Pewaukee man was killed in an early-morning crash in Dane County.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 1:25 a.m. Friday, May 20 in the town of Montrose, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff's Department.

A preliminary investigation by the department indicates the man's 1997 Ford Expedition was traveling south on Highway PB when it failed to negotiate the T-intersection at Highway 69. The vehicle traveled across the roadway and into the ditch, became airborne and came to rest against a brick retaining wall.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dane County Medical Examiner's Office.

His identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Chief on the Street: top news stories in this week's Mukwonago Chief

May 20, 2016 9:25 a.m. | The Chief on the Street is a highlight of the top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief. Look for reporters Carol Spaeth-Bauer and Andrea Tritschler as they travel around the Chief's coverage area, bringing readers the news from where it happened (or close nearby).

Read more about this week's top stories.

Mukwonago Farmer's Market starts its 10th season at Field Park.

A Vernon man is charged with stealing copper wire from his former employer.

Take the detours around Highway NN or risk getting a ticket from police.

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Point Burger Bar eyes former American TV site in Pewaukee for new location

May 19, 2016 10:11 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — Go-karts were first. Specialty burgers may be next.

In August, the doors opened on Veloce Indoor Speedway, an electric go-kart business operating in about two-thirds of the space formerly occupied by American TV & Appliance at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive.

Now, operators of the Point Burger Bar, 10950 W. Good Hope Road, Milwaukee, are looking to open a second location next to Veloce in the old American building.

The Point Burger Bar is a collaboration between Stevens Point Brewery and Brian Ward, the owner of Ward's House of Prime in Delafield and Milwaukee. The Good Hope Road location opened in November.

On Thursday, May 19, Pewaukee's plan commission approved a conditional-use permit for the bar and restaurant.

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Longtime Sussex Hamilton boys golf coach Stan Grove to retire after 53 seasons

May 19, 2016 5:25 p.m. | Stan Grove felt it was finally time. It's been 53 seasons, but the Sussex Hamilton boys golf coach has decided to retire, effective at the end of the season.

"It's time for a new face," Grove said. "There's never been another (boys) golf coach at Hamilton High School. So I think it's time where we send our program in a different direction. We've had some great teams in the last two, three years. There's some young guys I wanted to hang around with for this last year."

When Grove started as a teacher at HHS in the fall of 1963, the superintendent at the time, Norm Friess, who was an avid golfer himself, was interested in developing a golf team at HHS. It wasn't a glamorous gig that first year in the spring of 1964. The team transportation was an old beat up station wagon with a white box on top to carry the players' clubs.

As part of the Braveland Conference, Hamilton golfed at Slocum, which is now known as Willow Run Golf Club.

"They were very generous to us," Grove said. "I remember for the first two, three years we were able to have all our guys come out there and play golf for $100 a year."

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Survey shows support for Oconomowoc elementary school upgrades, cool on high school plans

May 19, 2016 3:19 p.m. | And the survey said ... both yes and no.

About 100 people attended a presentation at the Oconomowoc Arts Center on May 18 on the feedback received from a communitywide survey given to gauge support for proposed facilities plans.

Results indicated that while the community generally supported proposals at the elementary level, it was opposed to high school building plans for schools in the Oconomowoc Area School District.

The survey, conducted by School Perceptions LLC, asked for input on a series of questions relating to potentially building a new Meadow View Elementary school, renovating and expanding Ixonia Elementary, addressing high priority maintenance needs at Park Lawn and Greenland Elementary, and renovating and expanding Oconomowoc High School and the former Wilkinson building on Summit Avenue, referred to as the OHS "East" campus.

The plans emerged from a district formed Facilities Advisory Committee that began meeting 18-months ago to explore the issues driven by enrollment growth, aging buildings and infrastructure needs. The 60-member group includes staff, parents and community members. Following a decade of enrollment growth that added 1,000 students to the district, overall enrollment is expected to increase by approximately 544 students by the year 2025.

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Hartland's Jim McLoone reflects on Honor Flight, time in military

May 19, 2016 1:31 p.m. | Many experiences made an impression on Hartland resident and Korean War veteran Jim McLoone during a recent Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., but he said the reception the veterans received both in the nation's capital and upon their return was among the most memorable.

The 87-year-old McLoone, former owner and publisher of Lake Country Publications, was among two planeloads of veterans — many from the area — who took part in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight on Saturday, May 14, to see the war memorials that stand in their honor.

He said they left Washington to "standing ovations and great music," and found the same upon their return to Milwaukee, with about 2,000 well-wishers lining up to greet the vets at the airport, with music provided by the Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums and the Kettle Moraine High School marching band.

"It brought tears to my eyes, and I think it did to many of the others," McLoone said. "We were very appreciative of all the support that had been given to us."

Serving as McLoone's guardian on the trip was his son-in-law Tom Slattery, also of Hartland and an Air Force veteran.

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