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Judge rules plaintiffs do have standing in Rural Home Cemetery case

June 20, 2014 3:20 p.m. |  Judge Lee S. Dreyfus told a full courtroom this afternoon that the 34 plaintiffs asking to halt or void the transfer of Rural Home Cemetery from an association to the village of Big Bend do have standing to pursue the matter in his court.

In order to have standing, plaintiffs had to prove they have suffered or will suffer harm from the action occurring, Dreyfus explained. The judge said that plot owners have rights and privileges and that those rights and privileges have been lost in this process.

Dreyfus said that while the transfer, which was approved by the State of Wisconsin Cemetery Board in November, is long completed, administrative questions and possible errors have complicated and potentially voided that transfer.

"I'm not indicating that is the case, but that is the question," Dreyfus said. 

Those issues include potential violations by the Rural Home Cemetery Association according to their bylaws as well as a possible open meetings violation.

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Big Bend public hearing sparks debate among neighbors

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.

Complaint: Sussex woman threw a knife at her husband during argument

Feb. 24, 2015 11:20 a.m. | Village of Sussex — A 30-year-old Sussex woman allegedly threw a kitchen knife at her husband that struck the man and sliced open his abdomen during an argument.

Katherine Minturn, N66 W23430 Linda Drive, was charged on Monday, Feb. 23, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon — both domestic abuse offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded early in the morning on Feb. 21 to the couple's home after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Katherine Minturn's husband, Samuel, had contacted police and told them his wife was "freaking out."

Samuel Mintun said in the complaint that his wife had attacked him with a knife during an argument about Katherine's perceived marital infidelity. Samuel Minturn, out of fear, locked himself in the bathroom and dialed 9-1-1.

Police discovered an inch-long puncture wound on Samuel Minturn's abdomen while questioning him about the incident, the complaint said.

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Mukwonago School Board approves Eagle detachment petitions

Feb. 23, 2015 10:12 p.m. | Purple-shirted supporters held signs touting Palmyra-Eagle Area School District spirit as members of the Mukwonago Area School District Board entered the Park View Middle School cafeteria again, following a one-hour closed session on Feb. 23.

Within a few minutes, however, the signs dropped and the Palmyra-Eagle supporters left in silence after the MASD board approved all five petitions for small territory detachments from P-EASD to attach to the Mukwonago district.

Motions to approve each petition went straight to vote, passing 5-3, with board member Joanne Newberry abstaining. Board members Todd Clemens, Don Cox and Jeff Voelkel voted against accepting the petitions.

The issue now falls in the hands of the P-EASD school board, which meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, to hear from the petitioners, presenting their reasons for the proposed small territory detachments. The meeting will be held in the Palmyra-Eagle Middle School gymnasium, 123 Burr Oak Street, Palmyra.

According to the P-EASD website, after petitioners complete their presentation, the board may receive information from P-EASD administration and citizens against the petitions.

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Hamilton schools celebrate Youth Art Month with art show at Pauline Haass Public Library

Feb. 23, 2015 9:17 p.m. |  In celebration of Youth Art Month, artwork of students throughout the Hamilton School District will be on display during March at the Pauline Haass Public Library, located at Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex. The public is invited to view the artwork during regular library hours.

A reception honoring the artists and their teachers, held in the library, will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to on March 5. During the reception art activities will be offered in the Youth Services area. The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will provide refreshments.

Youth Art Month is celebrated each year to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. It began in 1961 as Children’s Art Month with support from the nonprofit Crayon, Water Color and Craft Institute and the National Art Education Association.

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