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Do something cool this weekend

July 04, 2014 3:00 p.m. | There are more than just parades and fireworks this July Fourth weekend in Lake Country.

How about doing something really cool this weekend, like ice skating at the Mullett Ice Center Public. Public skating hours are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive in Hartland. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and $2 skate rental.

Maybe you’d rather get out and dance this weekend. For some dancing that’s good for your body and your brain, why not try contra dance. There are dances all weekend starting at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Prairie Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. There will be two bands and two callers. For more information call (608) 697-4021.

Rain and warm weather has meant a good start to the growing season. Check out all the fresh from the fields goodness at the Hartland Farmers Market, which opens for the season on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 294, 321 Goodwin Ave., Hartland. The markets will be held every Sunday through Sept. 7.

Mukwonago man killed in forklift accident

12:40 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A 52-year-old Mukwonago man was killed in an industrial accident March 4.

Kenneth J. LaChance was killed instantly when he was struck in the head in an accident involving a forklift at Waukesha Iron and Metal, 1351 E Main St.

The Waukesha Police Department was called to the scene at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Lt. Tom Wagner of the police department said the accident is under investigation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is involved.

Waukesha bank teller charged with skimming from customers' accounts

11:56 a.m. | According to prosecutors, it didn't take long for a Dousman woman to take advantage of the teller job she got at a Waukesha bank last summer.

Within a month after Stephanie Butler began working at Waukesha State Bank in August, money began disappearing from the accounts of customers she helped, according to a criminal complaint that charges her with more than two dozen counts of theft and identity theft.

When customers made withdrawals, Butler would take out more than the requested sums and keep the difference, according to the complaint. After customers noticed discrepancies on their statements and complained, bank officials counseled Butler and began monitoring her more closely.

The bank's internal controls caught up with Butler, and she was fired by the end of September when her drawer was $1,000 short one day. But even after she left the bank, Butler used customers' accounts to pay her own bills, the complaint charges. In all, investigators think she diverted more than $21,000.

Butler used the money to pay her own credit card, utility and auto lease bills, and to buy $300 to $400 of Percocet, a narcotic painkiller. She told police she was addicted and bought the drug in Milwaukee.

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Lacrosse complex will be a topic at town of Merton meeting tonight

March 04, 2015 12:18 p.m. |  A public hearing will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Town of Merton Hall, W314N7624 Highway 83, North Lake, WI. 53064, to consider the Conditional Use request from Arrowhead High School to construct Phase One of the request for athletic fields, which includes a lacrosse and field hockey complex.

Originally, the complex had been targeted for $2.4 million, but fundraising fell short in late January. But in February, the school board agreed to another extension (now May 13) to raise the remaining funds.

According to AHS Business Manager Steve Kopecky, the project is now slated for $1.6 million, with one turf field and one grass field. The original plan for the complex had two turf fields.

Krueger resigns from Kettle Moraine school board

March 03, 2015 11:00 p.m. | Receiving the resignation of Kettle Moraine School Board member Dennis Krueger, effective March 1, the Kettle Moraine School Board begins another search for an interim school board member.

In December, the board appointed Jim Romanowski to fill Colin Butler's spot when he moved out of the state and resigned.

Krueger served on the board for 11 years, serving as president from 2007-10, and vice president from 2006-07 and 2010-15.

Krueger filed his resignation letter with School Board President Gary Vose on Feb. 15, stating he was moving out of the district.

Ads will run in the next few weeks seeking interested candidates to fill Krueger's term, which ends in April 2016.

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Oconomowoc common council to decide next step in Fowler Lake Village lawsuit

March 03, 2015 8:56 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - City aldermen entered into closed session on March 3 during their regular Tuesday night meeting to discuss what steps the city would take regarding a recent lawsuit filed against the council.

A civil complaint was filed on Jan. 7 by an attorney representing Rockwell Development LLC and Fowler Lake Village LLC and alleged misconduct by the council when aldermen in early December chose to reject a development agreement for the controversial Fowler Lake Village condominium project.

Aldermen had not made a decision on what the city's next step might be before this article was written, but according to the council's agenda were expected to vote on a resolution disallowing the plaintiff's claim.

The city on Jan. 30 filed a legal response to allegations in Waukesha County Circuit Court categorically denying any wrongdoing in the Fowler Lake Village saga.

The lawsuit filed against the council claimed that the city acted in an "arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious manner" when it rejected the development agreement, and asserted that "the common council ... exercised its will rather than its judgment."

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Man shot on his property by Waukesha County deputy files lawsuit

March 03, 2015 3:46 p.m. | A man shot by a Waukesha County sheriff's deputy while sleeping inside his car on his own property last summer has filed a lawsuit against the county, the sheriff and the deputy who shot him.

The incident began on June 2 when Jeffrey Duvernell's girlfriend called 911, concerned about his safety. His girlfriend told police Duvernell was probably on his 10-acre property in Vernon. Three deputies searched for him and found his car in a field.

One of the deputies, Steven Lyles, later told Waukesha police and internal investigators that Duvernell ignored an order to show his hands and then raised his right hand, holding a shiny metal object that Lyles believed was a gun.

Duvernell said he had been sleeping when deputies approached the car and was reaching for the door when the deputy fired.

The gunshot struck Duvernell in the hand. Lyles, a nine-year Sheriff's Department veteran, was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting and did not face criminal charges or internal discipline.

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Roost up and running at Lynndale Farm

March 03, 2015 1:59 p.m. |  It's been a busy month for Kristine Wright and Jane Bellante.

The co-owners of the new handmade marketplace Roost first walked into the store, which was previously the Old Lynndale Farm, in early February. By March 1, the store was open for business.

The store, at N47 W28270 Lynndale Road, has more than 50 vendors who rent space from Bellante and Wright.

"It's like a perpetual art fair or flea market where everybody kind of stocks their own booth," Bellante explained.

Bellante said Roost has vintage and handmade finds, upcycled, painted furniture and handmade furniture as well as art paintings.

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Water main break on Westover Street in Oconomowoc should be repaired by early afternoon

March 03, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Water Superintendent Scott Osborn is reporting that a water main break on Westover Street, south of Summit, should be fixed by early afternoon. A city crew is now on the scene. Osborn is asking motorists to stay away from the area due to icy road conditions.

Free GMO movie screening in East Troy

March 03, 2015 9:54 a.m. | Village of East Troy — The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will host a free movie screening of the documentary "GMO OMG."

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the nonprofit institute's Big Brown Barn, W2493 County Highway ES, in East Troy.

The film — directed by Jeremy Seifert and starring Dennis Kucinich — examines the relationship between genetically modified food and a father's three young children.

The movie is 90 minutes long.

Seats can be reserved online at michaelfields.org or by contacting Molly Roamer at (262) 642-3303 ext. 124 or mroamer@michaelfields.org.

Seussapalozza at OPL

March 03, 2015 8:16 a.m. |  From Toddler Story time today at 10 a.m. to tomorrow's Preschool Story time at 10:45 a.m., and children's Crafternoon from 2-4 p.m., children will enjoy  Seussapalozza at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

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Read Across America Day is held every year on March 2 to commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. 

Enjoy stories, songs, and a puppet show. The events are FREE and  no registration required. Everyone is welcome to join the fun.

 

Going out? Plan extra time

March 03, 2015 7:32 a.m. | March has come roaring in like a lion with snow this morning, making for a messy commute. 

Roads -- even city streets -- are snow covered, and the drive is not an easy one. Motorists should plan extra time to get where they're going. 

Forecasters say the snow should ease off by this afternoon, but is expected to be followed by sleet and/or freezing rain. 

Tomorrow, look for colder temps -- in the teens. But it's Wisconsin in March, so things are looking up; it could reach mid-30s by the weekend.

Arrowhead responds to locker room criticism

March 02, 2015 2:38 p.m. |  The reactions differed, but one thing was clear: people were talking about the renovated Arrowhead girls and boys basketball locker rooms.

photo gallery and story were posted on LakeCountryNow.com on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and were immediately met with support, opposition and everything in between on social media.

Since the photos and story were released, Arrowhead has come under criticism in some cases for the locker room renovation project; district officials think there are inaccuracies being discussed on social media and in subsequent media stories.

Read our entire story here, or check out the article in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Police searching for armed robbery suspect in town of Eagle

March 02, 2015 9:46 a.m. | Town of Eagle — The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery Feb. 27 at the Cornerstone Filling Station.

At 7:26 p.m. the sheriff's department responded to the gas station, S101 W34414 Highway LO, in the town of Eagle.

The masked suspect entered the front door of the business and obtained an undetermined amount of cash, according to a news release.

The suspect fled the scene in a newer model dark colored Honda CRV or a similar vehicle.

Two employees were inside the business during the robbery. No one was physically injured.

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House fire update

March 02, 2015 7:51 a.m. |  City of Oconomowoc firefighters were on the scene of a house fire Sunday afternoon at W37049 Washington St., in the Town of Oconomowoc.

According to information from the fire department, all occupants and pets were evacuated prior to its arrival. The fire call was received at 3:47 p.m., and flames and smoke were showing on the roof from an area near the chimney of a wood burning stove.

The first engine on the scene made an agressive interior attack; a second engine attempted to enter the second floor but was driven back by high heat conditions, Firefighters conducted a defensive exterior attack until the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation but is accidental, according to authorities, and no injuried were reported.

No dmaage estimate is available at this time, but danage to the home and its contents was significant. 

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Winter sends a reminder that it's still here

March 02, 2015 7:12 a.m. |  Just in case anyone thought the change in the calendar heralded a change in the season, winter has a message: Not so fast.

The National Weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Snow is expected to start early Tuesday morning and transition to sleet, freezing rain and rain from midmorning through afternoon. Precipition is expected to taper off during the later afternoon, after accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. 

The precipitation could cause slippery roads during the Tuesday morning commute. 

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