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Dominic Cizauskas found guilty of third degree sexual assault

June 18, 2014 9:10 p.m. | Dominic Cizauskas has been found guilty of third degree sexual assault in Dane County Court.

After just under five hours of deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

The court will continue bail for Cizauskas, releasing him until sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.

A Class G felony can carry up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years imprisonment. According to Wis. Stat. 973.01 (2)(b)(7) those 10 years may be made up of no more than five years confinement and no more than five years extended supervision. 

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Erin's St. Patrick's Day parade could be canceled if there aren't enough entries

Feb. 05, 2016 11:51 a.m. | The town of Erin has been holding a St. Patrick's Day parade for 35 years. But this year's version could be canceled if there aren't enough entries.

So far only about five participants have committed to the March 17 event, said parade committee chairman Jeff Kraft.

That's similar to numbers the parade had a week before the 2015 event, which left Kraft scrambling to scare up participants.

"I made like 30 calls, and we ended up having enough people to have it, but I don't want to be in that same situation again this year, so I'm trying to let people know there's a problem," Kraft said. "If the parade is still important to people, if they have fun, if they want to keep it going, we need some participation."

Kraft said that means having at least 10 entries by one week before the event.

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Two suspected of several area burglaries arrested after car lands in ditch along I-94 in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Two suspects in a string of burglaries were arrested early in the afternoon Feb. 4, when the car they were driving ended up in a ditch along eastbound Interstate 94 near Highway 164.

According to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the car, a white Toyota Avalon, is thought to have been used in connection with numerous area burglaries. The suspects, both male, were taken into custody after the crash. One tried to flee on foot, but surrendered a short distance from the accident.

The release does not identify either suspect, but says that they were arrested on suspicion of burglary. Their car left the road after making a sharp turn from the left lane on I-94, the release said. Authorities recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle.

Police were pursuing the car after receiving a report that it might have been connected to a town of Delafield home break-in earlier in the day Feb. 4. According to the sheriff's department, it is thought that these suspects are involved in more than a dozen burglaries in at least four different jurisdictions over the last several months.

A reporter driving along that stretch of highway at about 11:15 a.m. Feb. 4 noticed more than a half-dozen police vehicles blocking the far right lane of traffic near the area where the car landed in a roadside ditch. The car appeared to be unoccupied and without much visible damage.

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Roost to host anniversary celebration, grand opening of The Hen House

Feb. 05, 2016 10:41 a.m. | Town of Lisbon — Roost at Lynndale Farm is getting ready to mark its first anniversary and will be holding a celebration to mark the occasion.

The business at N47 W28270 Lynndale Road — which sells items like furniture, jewelry, baby clothes, garden art, paintings and other artwork from more than 100 vendors — opened in March 2015.

The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, with samples of artisan foods, prizes and specials.

The event will also serve as a grand opening for The Hen House, a 1,000-square foot extension that opened in November. The Hen House, open Thursday through Sunday, features home decor, handmade cards and artisan foods from Wisconsin.

Learn more at www.roostatlynndalefarm.com.

Oconomowoc school administrators testify in support of making school shooting threats a felony

Feb. 05, 2016 9:06 a.m. | Two top Oconomowoc School District administrators testified in Madison recently to support proposed legislation that would elevate the penalty for threatening a school shooting.

Under the current law, threatening a school shooting is classified as a misdemeanor that results in a simple disorderly conduct citation. Assembly Bill 273 would make that action a Class I felony, the smae penalty for making a bomb threat.

The penalty for a Class I felony can be fine of up to $10,000 and a prison term of up to 3 1/2 years.

Superintendent Roger Rindo and Oconomowoc High School Principal Joseph Moylan lent support for the measure, which has garnered bipartisan support ahead of a vote planned for Thursday in the State Assembly.

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, of Oconomowoc, chairman of Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, said parents across the state have a heightened awareness due to school shootings and believes there should be "a justifiable, strong, and severe consequence" for making such a threat.

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Lake Country School to add disc golf course to grounds

Feb. 05, 2016 7:49 a.m. | Some new baskets will be going up outside Lake Country School this spring, but they won't be for basketball.

They'll be for disc golf.

The school on Vettelson Road plans to construct a disc golf course for use by both students and community members.

It's an idea that came not from a teacher, administrator, parent or school board member, but from eighth-grader Loic Venon.

Student proposes plan

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Mardi Gras Madness at OPL

Feb. 05, 2016 7:00 a.m. | A special event called Mardi Gras Madness will be held    
from 10 a.m. – noon at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Learn more about the colorful, cultural, French festival at the library, courtesy of the OHS French Honor Society.  Make some masks, eat some crepes, and learn more about the best Tuesday of the year. Best for ages 5 and up; all are welcome.

Go fly a kite on Saturday

Feb. 05, 2016 3:00 a.m. |  One normally thinks of a sunny spring or summer day as being an ideal time to go fly a kite.

But winter can provide a beautiful, open landscape for sending a colorful creation skyward. And you can do just that at the Fly a Kite on Ice Event 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Saturday at Silly Willyz, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., on Pewaukee Lake in front of the store.

 Bring a kite of your own to fly, or Silly Willyz will have kites you can demo. Prizes will be awarded in various categories and participants will be entered in a raffle for prizes.

For more information, call (262) 696-4021 or visit www.sillywillyz.com.

Red Wing ceramics have been around for decades and have become a favorite of collectors for almost just as long. If you’re one of those – or want to check out these beautiful items – then why not visit the Red Wing Collectors Society Show & Sale 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc.

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Town of Merton site north of Beaver Lake Road eyed for possible subdivision

Feb. 04, 2016 4:17 p.m. | Town of Merton — Residents and town planners on Wednesday, Feb. 3, got their first look at conceptual plans for a 21-lot residential subdivision being eyed for a 34-acre parcel north of Beaver Lake Road.

The wooded area, currently used as a tree farm and zoned single-family residential, lies just west of the existing Village Edge subdivision and is bordered on the north by Highway E.

Keith Kindred, associate senior professional land surveyor for SEH, showed plan commission members two potential layouts.

One would extend Country Lane west to access the proposed subdivision and have a road featuring two cul-de-sacs. It would also have emergency access via Beaver Lake Road.

The other would have its main access via Beaver Lake Road and contain a single cul-de-sac.

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Freeway, ramp closures coming soon along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc

Feb. 04, 2016 3:21 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Construction is once again picking up along Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc with some freeway and ramp closures and detours to take effect in the coming days.

According to a state Department of Transportation news release, the installation of girders on the northbound Highway 67 bridge will close the portion of westbound Interstate 94 under and around the bridge from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9; the same portion of I-94 east will be closed overnight, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.

The southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 east is also scheduled to close overnight Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the release said. Detours for those routes will be marked, but the release notes that all closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

The project update is the first to arrive this year from the DOT, which began work along a stretch of Highway 67 — from Blue Ribbon Drive to Armour Road — early last year. The project is aimed at improving the pavement conditions and intersections of the roadway, and will result in the reconstruction of ramps connected to I-94 along Highway 67.

The DOT completed work on the southbound lanes of Highway 67 last year, and will begin and complete work on the northbound lanes this year.

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Papa Stache proposes new plans for Big Bend property

Feb. 04, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Village of Big Bend — With barely a parking spot left and standing room only in the Big Bend Village Hall, residents came to listen to and voice their concerns on expansion plans for Papa Stache, a pub and grill located next to the mill pond in the village of Big Bend during a public hearing Jan. 28.

Owner Ralph Llanas has plans of expanding his offerings on the property. The plans include two stages (one permanent, another temporary), a pier on the mill pond, a dog kennel, an area for horses, plus expanded and paved parking, and other ideas as well.

"There are a lot of suggestions that aren't in line with the surrounding land area," said Village Planner Mary Censky during a Jan. 28 plan commission meeting following the public hearing.

Village President James Soneberg said the plans needed more work and suggested Llanas work on them with village staff to "get this to a final plan."

Plan Commissioner Dave Treichel agreed, saying "it's not just for us to see these details but the citizens."

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Waukesha musician Ryan McIntyre has learned to be polite after 20 years as performer

Feb. 04, 2016 10:33 a.m. | Playing and composing music come second nature to Waukesha musician Ryan McIntyre. But every time he gets on stage, he said, his guitar functions as a kind of security blanket for him.

His passion for music began at a young age, and was encouraged by many people he was close to. His family still comes out to support him at shows. But life on the road can be tough, and McIntyre has missed some family events while playing concerts.

"I hate missing out on those things," he said. "But I'm lucky I love what I do."

What he's doing now is recording a new album for children, and working on a new website. What he does in his free time is hang out with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, Macy and Kaia.

Lake Country Publications caught up with McIntyre to ask him about his love for music, some advice for aspiring musicians and some upcoming shows. Here's what he had to say.

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Tallymoore at the OAC

Feb. 04, 2016 9:53 a.m. |    Make sure to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day as Tallymoore hits the OAC stage at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19. This Milwaukee-based contemporary Irish folk band’s modern adaptations of classic Irish folk tunes have made them a favorite among music lovers and festival goers. Their strong vocal harmonies, youthful energy and spirit sets them apart. 

    Set in the Oconomowoc Arts Center’s intimate Little Theater, audiences are treated to an evening of live musical entertainment paired with  food  prepared specially by the OAC’s executive chefs.

     The Irish-themed menu features Guinness shepherd’s pie for the main dish. Sides include a shamrock salad that includes a cold, lightly dressed medley of asparagus, snow peas, snap peas and baby spinach and Irish soda bread. For dessert, the infamous Bailey Irish crème cheesecake will be the perfect ending to a perfect meal. 

      Dinner for the Cabaret Series is served at 6:30 p.m.; one beverage is included with the dinner package and a la carte items are also available for purchase.     

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RSVP due tomorrow for Kids Night In

Feb. 04, 2016 8:37 a.m. | Reservations for Kids Night In are due tomorrow, Feb. 5.

Kids Night In is hosted by OHS Football and Girls Varsity Athletics and open to students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6.   The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 5-8:30 p.m. at OHS.

The evening includes games, activities and something for everyone. Activities will be held in the field house, upper gym, classrooms and cafeteria. The cost is $20 per child. RSVP to OconKidsNight@gmail.com by Feb. 5.

 

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Hartland man fined for altercation at Delafield house party

Feb. 04, 2016 8:11 a.m. | Joshua Estrella is facing a hefty fine, but nothing more, for attacking a Delafield resident last year at a house party.

Estrella, 23, of Hartland, pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 29, to misdemeanor battery in Waukesha County Circuit Court and was ordered to pay an $883 fine, court records show. He was charged in October 2015 with substantial battery, a felony.

Estrella pleaded guilty to the lesser charge as part of a plea agreement. He was accused of punching Delafield resident Jesse Johnson in the face during an altercation at a house party that was allegedly sparked by an offensive comment Johnson made to Estrella's girlfriend.

According to court records, Circuit Judge Michael Maxwell also ordered Estrella to pay an as-yet undetermined restitution amount to the victim. A restitution hearing has been scheduled for March 9.

According to the criminal complaint, Estrella, his girlfriend and two others were attending a party at the Delafield home of one of Johnson's friends when the incident occurred.

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State superintendent gets up-close look at Pewaukee High School's Insight program

Feb. 03, 2016 8:03 p.m. | The head of the state's public schools came away impressed after a firsthand look at Pewaukee High School's new Insight program, which gives students an opportunity to gain real-world business experience.

In fact, State Superintendent Tony Evers said he'd like to see such a program implemented at the state level.

"Our state is ready for this," Evers said. "If we really want our students to be college and career ready, to have those people skills, we need to get them actively involved with projects working with local businesses in the community in order for them to be successful."

Evers toured both the Insight location on Westwood Drive and Pewaukee High School on Wednesday, Feb. 3, as part of his visits to select schools for Career and Technical Education Month.

"This Insight program is just an outstanding model for engaging students in higher-level thinking, collaborating with the business community and learning skills that kids elsewhere in the state just don't learn until they're adults," Evers said.

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