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Judge drops complaint against woman who left gun in Brookfield church

June 23, 2014 11:31 a.m. | A Waukesha County judge has dismissed charges against an Oconomowoc woman who left her handgun in a church restroom.

Susan Hitchler, 66, was charged in April with negligent handling of a weapon, a misdemeanor. The complaint indicated that on March 19 she had left her handgun in a stall of the women's restroom at Elmbrook Church. A church employee found the gun within a few minutes and turned it over to security.

At a hearing late last week, Circuit Judge Lloyd V. Carter ruled on a defense motion to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. The motion had been argued in May.

"The bottom line, in my view, was the state must show a crime was probably committed," said Hitchler's attorney, Tom Grieve of Brookfield. "An element of the charged crime is that the defendant's conduct must have directly endangered the safety of another."

Grieve said that while initial rumors suggested there were children around, the weapon was seen only by someone doing janitorial service at Elmbrook. At the time, the church was playing host to a women's Bible study group, and that same bathroom was accessible to girls in first through fifth grades who also were in the church. But the complaint does not indicate any girls entered the bathroom before the loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol was discovered.

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Federal agents arrest former foreclosure king Todd Brunner

6:05 p.m. | Nearly eight hours after federal agents broke down his front door and arrested Todd Brunner, the onetime local king of foreclosures, a federal judge Monday afternoon ordered him and his son released on bond.

A warrant for the Brunners' arrest on charges of bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud had been issued Friday after a federal prosecutor said they were dodging marshals who last week tried repeatedly to serve them with a summons to appear for arraignment.

Authorities allege that Todd Brunner, 57, and his son, Shawn, 24, hid assets from the bankruptcy court and that Todd Brunner tried to conceal more than $7 million in assets from lenders. Todd Brunner filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after the collapse of his business, which he built by buying, selling and renting out hundreds of foreclosed properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

At about 6:45 a.m. Monday, more than a dozen heavily armed agents and officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Pewaukee police and FBI stormed the Brunners' spacious home near Pewaukee Lake, arresting them both.

The marshals broke down the front door of the two-story home after repeatedly banging on the door and shouting "U.S. Marshals. We have a warrant. Open the door or we are going to kick it in."

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PSD traffic issues discussed tomorrow

5:54 p.m. |  The village of Pewaukee will hold a town-hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to dicuss traffic issues at Pewaukee School District.

PSD's school board discussed the issue back in September. Here are the details.

New twist in "Porn in the Morn"

4:55 p.m. |  Waukesha - There is a new twist to the Butler Village Police Department's "Porn in the Morn" scandal.

Former Police Lt. Brian Pergande was found guilty of disorderly conduct  this afternoon on charges stemming from the 2013 investigation of the police department by the Waukesha County Sheriff''s Office

However, Pergande's sentencing was delayed until Oct. 27 because the victim of his crime was not available to provide either a written or oral victim's impact statement to the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

She is in jail in Milwaukee serving time for failing to pay child support, according to her attorney.

She was not able to prepare an impact statement because of a scheduling error in the Waukesha County District Attorney's office, according to District Attorney Brad Schimel.

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Former AHS athlete Sweitzer dies

10:49 a.m. | Former Arrowhead High School standout football player and hockey player Colton Sweitzer passed away Friday night at his home.

Cause of his death was unknown. He was 21 years old.

After graduating from Arrowhead, he went to UW-Whitewater and played football there. He later transferred to Carroll University in Waukesha.

His funeral is planned for Friday.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Area football teams play Friday night

Oct. 18, 2014 2:40 p.m. | Five Lake Country area football teams will play in the opening round Friday night (Oct. 24) of the WIAA postseason playoffs.

Arrowhead (No. 1 seed) will host Milwaukee Riverside (No. 8) at 7 p.m. in Division 1 and Pewaukee (No. 5) will play at host  Brown Deer (No. 4) at 7 p.m. in Division 3.

Lake Country Lutheran (No. 2) will host Pecatonica/Argyle (No. 7) at Kettle Moraine in a Division 6 game at 7 p.m.

Mukwonago (No. 3) will host Hartford (No. 6) in a Division 1 game on Friday at 7 p.m.

In Division 2, Sussex Hamilton (No. 7) faces off against Waunakee (No. 2) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Arrowhead's Kolbow second at state tennis meet

Oct. 18, 2014 2:25 p.m. | Arrowhead senior Emily Kolbow finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state girls tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison Saturday. She lost in the championship match to defending state champion  Lexi Keberle of West Bend East, 6-0, 6-3.

Kolbow finished third, third and second at the state meet the last three years.

The second-place finish is the highest in school history by a girls player.

Arrowhead's top doubles team of juniors Kali Flesch and Sara Geschke placed fourth in doubles, the highest doubles finish in school history for a girls team.

Chilly weather means it's time for chili

Oct. 17, 2014 3:00 p.m. | When the weather gets chilly, it’s chili season. Nothing tastes better on a cool fall day than a piping hot bowl of tasty chili.

Try the classic Band Aids Chili, prepared by Oconomowoc High School Band Parents Organization as part of Senior Night festivities. Dinner will be served in the Oconomowoc High School Cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday leading up to the last home football game of the year. Besides chili, a hearty offering that the Band Aids have served since the 1970s, you’ll get add ins and toppings, choice of beverage and cookie. A vegetarian option will also be available. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults and $3 for students/children.

Advanced tickets available at the Books and Company in Whitman Park and the Piggly Wiggly. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

For more information email ohsbandaids @gmail.com or check the  Facebook page at ohsbandaids. 

Vina Mundi, a wine-focused restaurant, is having its Fall Festival and Best Chili Contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot.  Enter your best chili or just taste and pick your favorite.

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North Lake and Merton Fire Department merger details

Oct. 17, 2014 12:43 p.m. |  The hope is to have the North Lake and Merton Fire Departments merge into one entity called the Merton Community Fire Department by Jan. 1.

A work shop took place last week to hash out the specifics with the town of Merton, village of Merton and fire department representatives.

Read about the details here.

Show your true colors in Mukwonago High School SAVE 5K run

Oct. 17, 2014 11:41 a.m. | Mukwonago High School SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) will hold its annual True Colors 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the west parking lot.

The run will be held on the new cross country trail at MHS, on the western edge of the high school property. The 0.8 mile course weaves through grassy, wooded terrain. Runners and walkers will complete three and a half laps.

The entry fee is $25 with a T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt; $20 on the day of the race, with the possibility for a T-shirt purchase, depending on availability. Register early for guaranteed T-shirts to all full-price paid participants.

Register online or send completed registration forms (with checks made payable to MHS Activities), to Sarah Dianich, Mukwonago High School, 605 West School Road, Mukwonago, WI, 53149.

Proceeds benefit the Mukwonago High School SAVE's efforts to prevent bullying and bring the message of acceptance, non-violence.

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BandAids Chili Supper tonight at OHS

Oct. 17, 2014 9:27 a.m. | It's a perfect night for a chili supper, and an opportunity to help support Oconomowoc High School Band Aids.

The organization is holding its Chili Supper tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the OHS Cafeteria - follow signs to the Field House entrance. Dinner includes chili, beverage and dessert. Tickets are available at Books and Company and Piggly Wiggly in advance, or at the door.

Adults are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Students are $3 in advance and at the door.

HHS fall play going on now

Oct. 16, 2014 8:42 p.m. |  The Hamilton High School Drama students are in the midst of their fall play.

This year's performance is based on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" novel.

Catch a performance on Friday at 7 p.m., or on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Read a preview about the play here.

Wines in Wild to benefit Mukwonago Food Pantry

Oct. 16, 2014 5:47 p.m. | Help the Mukwonago Food Pantry raise $200,000 for the Mukwonago Resource Center at the Wines in the Wild fundraising event at Pieper Porch Winery, on Highway I, one-half mile east of Highway 83 in the town of Mukwonago, on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $50. Each ticket entitles the participant to five samples of wine, light appetizers, a tour of the winery and five raffle tickets. The raffle prize is 10 bottles of Pieper Porch Wines.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago.

Acash bar will be available. Reservations are highly recommended.

Call (262) 363-3452 with questions.

Town of Waukesha chairman John Marek seeking District 15 supervisor seat

Oct. 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Eight candidates — that include town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek, longtime town of Genesee Chairwoman Sharon Leair and former Olympic athlete Ryan Bedford — are seeking the vacant District 15 supervisor's seat on the Waukesha County Board.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Waukesha County Board's Executive Committee on Monday, Oct. 20, and the chosen candidate will be sworn in at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The position is open with the death of longtime Supervisor Walter Kolb on Sept. 22.

Marek has been the town of Waukesha chairman since 2013. In his resume, Marek said he "reunited a divisive board" and is "uniquely qualified to serve" in the position given his positions as town chairman and private sector experience.

Marek is a general contractor and president of John Marek, Inc., which performs phases of development with a focus on senior housing and commercial real estate. He is also the president of Marek Management, LLC., and is a franchise owner of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

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Spooky Saturday planned

Oct. 16, 2014 2:22 p.m. |  Attention  all children in 4K-4th Grade. The Oconomowoc Public Library is planning a special Halloween event  from 10-11 a.m. on  Saturday,  Oct. 25.

Come and make bat slime, tasty bones and ghoulish ghosts, and play Halloween games.  Costumes are welcome but not required. 

The event is free and no registration is required.  The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at  200 W. South St.; or visit oconomowoc.lib.wi.us , or phone (262) 569-2193

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Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Over 30 families selling new and used items. Fundraiser for the eighth grade Washington D.C. trip this spring. www.stjerome.org/index.php.
Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest: 12-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. For Elmbrook Humane Society. Judging for best pet/owner theme, best pet costumes also dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. $5 donation (262) 548-0923.
Kinder Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25, Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc. Event is a celebration of German culture and cuisine and includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.
International Food Festival/Dinner: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. Sample seven ethnic foods. Dinner includes pie and beverage German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado. $10 adults, $9 seniors.

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