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Alleged victim testifies in Cizauskas trial this morning

June 18, 2014 12:32 p.m. |  With windy, rainy weather and tornado warnings in other parts of the county, the morning of day 2 in the Dominic Cizauskas trial got off to a bit of a late start.

The first witness to take the stand, and the last for the state, was the alleged victim.

The prosecution went over her story and text messages in great detail, also submitting to evidence of pictures of the dorm room. The witness also said during direct examination that she considered both the ramifications to her reputation and to Cizauskas before she went to police adding she “didn’t want to be the reason he loses his scholarship.” She said she decided to come forward "because this was not OK."

The defense cross-examination focused largely again on deleted text messages in which the woman’s phone sent “so are you coming or not” and “when will you be here” to the phone of Cizauskas attempting to show that she knew he was on his way, most likely for sex. They also questioned and compared the details of the report and of the woman's story. 

The defense began their case by calling the UW-Madison Police Detective who handles sensitive crimes and who initially interviewed the woman for the report. The detective explained the process for the interview as well as why the deleted messages were only recovered last week after the detective had asked for the files to be reviewed again. The detective said that the department knew text messages of that nature existed and just formally recovered them last week.

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LOL West opens with a bang

April 26, 2015 6:06 p.m. | The 94th season of the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league opened with a bang on Sunday as for the third straight year there was a no-hitter. Pewaukee's Brian Henschel tossed a no-hitter against Lannon as the defending champion Muskies downed Lannon, 12-0. Monches stopped Oconomowoc 2-1 in 13 innings as Andy Smith singled with the bases loaded and nobody out to win the game in the last of the 13th. Smith also was the winning pitcher. Other games saw Brookfield Bulldogs down North Lake 6-2, West Bend defeat Hartland 8-4 in 12 innings and Merton edge the Brookfield Blue Sox, 1-0.

Saturday night at the movies!

April 24, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Saturday nights were made for movies.  Add some food and family and you have a great evening.

That’s what Family Movie Night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center promises on Saturday.

The parish, W314 N7462 Highway 83, North Lake, will present the movie “Bambi” at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There’ll be free hot dogs and snacks for all. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Come in comfy clothes and bring a blanket to relax with. To RSVP, call the parish office at (262) 966-2191 or visit www.blteresaparish.org

If poetry is your thing, come to the Poetry Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Saturday at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.  Celebrate Poetry Month with an evening of poetry.  You can read your own poem or one of a favorite poet, or just enjoy listening to others.  The event is free.

Savor a taste of Mexico at the Firehawk Fiesta Fundraising Auction at 5 p.m.  Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.  The event features the flair of Mexico with its bright and bold food, music and décor. Auction doors open at 5 p.m.  There will be dancing as well as the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items, services and travel packages in the silent and live auctions. Visit www.prairiehillwaldorf.org for more information.

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Controlled DNR burn going on in Waukesha County's Vernon Marsh

April 24, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Smoke that can be seen for miles in Waukesha County is not flare ups from Thursday's large grass fire in Waukesha.

Acting city of Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Hoffman said a controlled burn is going on in the Vernon Marsh located off Highway 83 and Frog Alley Road in Mukwonago.

The controlled burn, conducted by the state's Department of Natural Resources, is expected to be done later Friday afternoon. 

As a result, Hoffman advised people to not be alarmed if they see "very thick black smoke."  

Win a 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster as part of ULS auction

April 24, 2015 12:10 p.m. |  University Lake School will have a big-ticket item at its spring auction on Saturday, April 25.

Those who purchase a $100 ticket will have a chance to win a 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200T Riding Academy Class and $1,000 merchandise credit at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson. There will be 150 tickets sold in the raffle.

The Harley-Davidson has a $14,358 value.

Drawing will be held at the University Lake School Spring Auction, Saturday, April 25th at 8:30 p.m.

Search warrant identifies suspects possibly tied to death of Arrowhead grad Colton Sweitzer

April 24, 2015 9:21 a.m. | City of Waukesha - A search warrant affidavit filed on April 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court identifies two suspects with possible ties to the recent death of former Arrowhead High School football standout Colton Sweitzer.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department announced last fall shortly after Sweitzer's passing that it was investigating his death, although a cause of death had yet to be determined.

The affidavit states that the preliminary urinalysis performed by the county medical examiner's office revealed traces of opiates, which would be consistent with a heroin or prescription medication overdose.

Sweitzer died on Oct. 17, 2014 at his home in the town of Merton.

According to the affidavit, Sweitzer's mother confirmed to police that her son had been abusing his prescribed Adderall pills and said she believed Sweitzer was buying additional pills "on the street" when he would run out of medication.

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Community sing planned for Monday at Christ the King, Delafield

April 24, 2015 7:40 a.m. | Delafield SongFest invites music lovers of all ages to celebrate The Sound of Music Community Sing at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 N. Genesee St., Delafield. SongFest is a "fellowship of song" for the community, supporting intergenerational audience singing, educational voice classes and opportunities for local singers to perform as soloists and ensembles. For more information, contact artistic director Joseph Brachmann at (920) 452-2462 or jbrachsing@gmail.com.

Gift a tree for Arbor Day

April 24, 2015 7:35 a.m. |  Happy Arbor Day! The City of Oconomowoc has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA cimmunity since 1993 for its commitment to urban forestry.

The City encourages groups,organizations, businesses and individuals to  participate by donating a tree or trees to be planted in its parks for Arbor Day as a memorial, or for any other special reason.

Oconomowoc celebrates Arbor Day the last week in April every year. For more information, contact the Superintendent of Pakrs and Forestry at (262) 569-2180.

St. Anthony students bring Shrek Jr. to Kettle Moraine High School stage

April 23, 2015 2:09 p.m. |  

St. Anthony on the Lake drama club presents Shrek The Musical Jr. with three shows on April 24 - 26. 

Performances are 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at Kettle Moraine High School. Tickets are $6.

Call (262) 968-3805 for more information. 

Presentation aims to curb epidemic of drug addiction

April 23, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Curbing the Epidemic, a presentation to educate parents about the growing problem of prescription opiate and heroin addiction in the community will be provided from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the Mukwonago High School auditorium, 605 W. School Road.

Presenters include Brad Schimel,Wisconsin Attorney General; Sue Opper, Waukesha County District Attorney, Capt. Frank McEldery and Detective Bob Grall, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department / Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit; parents of addicts and a recovering addict and addiction counselor.

Due to limited seating, participants must preregister online. Walk-in availability may be limited.

Poetry Open Mic Night

April 23, 2015 7:39 a.m. |  A Poetry Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. April 25, at  Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.

Celebrate Poetry Month with an evening a poetry;  read your own or a favorite poet, or enjoy listening to others. The event is free.

Lake Country Fine Arts School and Gallery to host 'Spring Splooshing' art show on April 25

April 22, 2015 2:50 p.m. | Village of Hartland - The village's own Lake Country Fine Arts School and Gallery this Saturday, April 25, will host an art show featuring pieces by Erin resident Noelle Kraemer, who during a car accident in 2008 suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The show, which is titled "Spring Splooshing," will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 25 and will be held at the school at  112 W. Capitol Drive.

Lake Country Fine Arts Owner Marlene Millevolte said in an email that she's expecting a good turn out of art enthusiasts.

Millevolte said that even though Kraemer, who's 25, doesn't live in the village she spends a lot of her time in Hartland, and has pledged to donate 25 percent of the proceeds from her show to the Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin, which is located in Big Bend.

Refreshments will be provided at the show and Kraemer's artwork will hang in the Lake Country Fine Arts gallery from April 25 throug May 30, according to a news release.

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Oconomowoc farmer's market to start May 2

April 22, 2015 11:35 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce is readying for its annual summer farmer's market.

The market, which  features only locally grown food and products, will begin on Saturday, May 2 and will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday until the end of October. It is held in the parking lot behind 175 E. Wisconsin Ave., between the Avenue Square Mall and The Depot restaurant.

Up to 50 vendors and 10 artisans can be accommodated at the market, many of which are already filled, according to the Chamber,

Oconomowoc Common Council approves revised ordinance banning e-cig use

April 21, 2015 10:00 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The third time might be the charm for one recently proposed amendment to a city ordinance designed to prevent area high school students from smoking electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, on school grounds.

Common council members on Tuesday, April 21, unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, which had previously been approved then rejected by city aldermen when it was initially presented to them in March.

Police Chief Dave Beguhn and Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan presented and explained the revised ordinance to the aldermen, some of whom had argued that previous iterations of the amendment were too broad.

Beguhn specifically addressed the concerns raised by council members at the March 24 meeting, when the second reading of the ordinance was voted down, and outlined where and how the ban would be enforced.

Moylan urged council members to adopt the ordinance because he said it would give the Oconomowoc Area School District, which has a policy already in place banning e-cig use on school grounds, another avenue of enforcement.

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Gasser appointed to Mukwonago village board.

April 21, 2015 9:48 p.m. |  The village of Mukwonago board approved the appointment of Jerry Gasser tonight, to fill the remainder of term remaining after Dennis O'Bryan resigned.

Gasser, a former village trustee and president, will fill the term until 2016. 

'Shrek' on stage this weekend

April 21, 2015 4:18 p.m. | St. Anthony on the Lake drama club presents "Shrek Jr.: The Musical" April 24-26 on stage at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Tickets are $6. Call (262) 968-3805 for more information.

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