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Both husband, wife now have left loaded guns in restrooms

Aug. 27, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Apparently, carrying a concealed weapon for some people is so second nature they don't realize when they've left their gun behind in a restroom.

A 76-year-old Oconomowoc man — whose wife left a loaded handgun in a Brookfield church restroom this year — left his own weapon in the restroom of a Door County fun park this month, according to sheriff's department reports.

The loaded Ruger .380-caliber was found, in a holster, on the floor of a men's room at the Egg Harbor Fun Park on Aug. 9. A patron of the park — which features miniature golf, go-carts, arcade games and many other attractions for families — turned it in to the park's owner. The owner held it a few hours, assuming the owner would come back looking for the gun. When no one did, he called the sheriff's office.

Investigators traced the gun to Gerald Hitchler, who has a second home in Egg Harbor. Records showed he had purchased the weapon in 2012 from a Gander Mountain store.

No one was hurt.

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AHS girls tennis team wins state title

6:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's undefeated girls tennis team won the WIAA Division 1 state team championship Saturday, stopping Neenah in the finals, 5-2. The Warhawks won its first state team tennis championship in its first state team tourney appearance. Winning matches for AHS were Emily Kolbow, Teagan Hipp and Paige Schultz in singles and Sara Geschke and Kali Flesch and Courtney Shipshock and Tara Tanriverdi in doubles.

Republican Party of Waukesha County holds rally in Mukwonago

5:29 p.m. |  

Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker show their allegiance, during a Get Out and Vote rally in Field Park, Mukwonago, on Oct. 25. 

Candidate for Attorney General, Brad Schimel (middle photo), returned to his hometown to speak. The rally featured numerous Republican figures, along with keynote speaker, Congressman Paul Ryan. 

KM's Craven state CC meert

2:32 p.m. | Kettle Moraine freshman Ellery Craven finished seventh Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Muskego and earned a berth in next week's WIAA state meet. Craven earned an at-large state meet berth. She covered the 5,000-meter course with a time of 19:32.

AHS CC teams advance to state

2:30 p.m. | Arrowhead's two cross country teams earned WIAA state meet berths Saturday at the Muskego sectional. The boys team won and the girls team took second. The top two teams at each sectional automatically qualify for the state meet. Will Simons of the Warhawks won the boys race at 15:57 and Arrowhead's Annie Hughes won the girls race at 18:55. The WIAA state meet will be Nov. 1 at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Houston makes state CC meet for Oconomowoc

2:27 p.m. | Oconomowoc junior Marlie Houston finished third overall Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Muskego and earned the first at-large berth at the sectional that qualified her for next Saturday's state meet in Wisconsin Rapids. Houston ran a 5,000-meter time of 19:05.19. The OHS girls placed sixth. The top two teams and top five individuals on nonqualifying teams earn state meme berths.

Pewaukee CC teams move to state

12:21 p.m. | Pewaukee's two cross country teams won titles at its own WIAA Division 2 sectional Saturday, earning both teams berths into next Saturday's (Nov. 1) state meet at Wisconsin Rapids. The top two teams at each sectional earn state berths. The Pewaukee boys won with 49 points and Catholic Memorial was second with 74. PHS junior Robert Wagner won the race at 16:31. The Pewaukee girls team won with 85 points and Deerfield/Cambridge was second with 96. Ashton Keene was seventh for the Pirates.

Baun remarkable again as Brown Deer downs Pewaukee

Oct. 25, 2014 12:28 a.m. | It's fair to say that the Pewaukee Pirates have had enough of Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun and the Falcons prolific offense.

A week after accounting for nearly 400 total yards and seven touchdowns against the Pirates, Baun followed up with another superlative performance, rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns to carry the host Falcons past Pewaukee, 49-40, in a WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday night.

Baun scored five touchdowns of 39 or more yards, and the Falcons needed every spectacular play from him to hold off a game Pewaukee team eager to atone for a sloppy 48-21 loss at Brown Deer that concluded the regular season.

"He's a gamer isn't he? He's that ultimate competitor," said Brown Deer head coach Rob Green of Baun. "He is always one stiff arm or one move away from breaking something, so we didn't want to take the ball out of his hands, especially in the second half. He is a tough man to deal with."

Brown Deer (8-2) attacked Pewaukee's defense on the ground from their opening drive as it piled up 630 total rushing yards. In addition to Baun's eye-popping total, Nick Coleman added 135 rushing yards on eight carries, and David Hubbard ran for 85 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash in the first quarter.

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First playoff strike for Lightning

Oct. 25, 2014 12:20 a.m. | Greg Brazgel didn't know much, if anything, about his team's first-round playoff opponent on Oct. 24 at Waukesha North, when Lake Country Lutheran's football team suited up against Pecatonica/Argyle in the WIAA Division 6 playoffs.

He was well aware of their overall size, and once the Lightning players saw their opponent warming up during pre-game, they saw the size difference in person.

That was nothing new for Lake Country Lutheran, and after the first two series, any doubts about how LCL would handle that size had been answered.

The Lighting opened up with a one-sided 40-0 victory in Level 1.

"Honestly we took it to them on the first three plays of the game defensively," said LCL's coach Brazgel. "Then they punted, and we muffed the punt. We're back on defense, and we stopped them again. Right then, Ross Gottschalk came to me and said, 'Coach, I think we've already broken their will.'"

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Mukwonago sparkles in the mud

Oct. 24, 2014 11:51 p.m. | The playing conditions Mukwonago and Hartford faced Friday night at Keith Hensler Field were fitting for the style of play employed by both schools.

In a grind-it-out, old-school football game played in a mud pit, the host Indians rode a three-headed rushing attack and a stout defense to advance to Level 2 of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs with a 29-6 victory over the Orioles.

Mukwonago will travel to face Classic 8 rival Muskego next Friday night, a rematch that ended in a 38-6 trouncing by Muskego in the final week of the regular season.

"It was the kind of game we thought it would be," Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson said. "Hartford is awfully tough. (Hartford coach) Tom (Noennig) does a great job. Give those guys a lot of credit. They fought like crazy.

"It was a blood, guts and dirt kind of game. That's how both teams operate. We're happy, but we also have a lot of respect for Hartford."

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Turnovers turn off lights for Chargers

Oct. 24, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton had 25 minutes to talk about the play that gave the Chargers a flicker of hope Oct. 24 in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs against Waunakee. But despite Isaiah Webb's 47-yard run with 6:43 to go in the game, there wasn't enough left in the tank after the lights came back on, and Waunakee survived with a 23-16 victory to end the Chargers season at 4-6.

Hamilton, which needed three wins in the final three games of the season to reach the playoffs, came into the battle as the seventh seed against the second-seeded Warriors, one of the premier D2 programs in the state. Hamilton proved it could hang tough for the entirety of the game, but three lost fumbles loomed exceptionally large.

"We had some costly turnovers, obviously," Hamilton coach John Damato said. "Everything is magnified in the playoffs. You get that offense the ball on a short field, and more times than not, they're going to probably execute and get points. It wasn't for a lack of effort. We have good kids that did their very best tonight. Unfortunately, it just wasn't their night."

The short field came in the third quarter, when Webb lost his second fumble of the game and allowed Waunakee and run-first quarterback Troy Laufenberg to take the ball at Hamilton's 33. Three snaps later, Laufenberg rumbled into the end zone from 26 yards and put his team in charge, 23-7.

After a 25-minute delay necessitated by a bank of lights going dark, Webb took the first carry to the house and made things interesting.

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AHS football team whips Riverside, 49-12

Oct. 24, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Host Arrowhead defeated Milwaukee Riverside in a first round WIAA Division 1 playoff game Friday night, 49-12. The win vaults the Warhawks (7-3) into the second round next Friday night against Milwaukee King. AHS scored the first four times they had the ball and led 35-6 at halftime.

Keep those fall festivals coming

Oct. 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. | The fall festival season just keeps on as we near the cold and snow of winter.

Oconomowoc High School members of the German National Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi) are hosting Kinder Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave. Oconomowoc. The event, a celebration of German culture and cuisine, includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.

An International Food Festival/Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Saturday at North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. You’ll be able to sample seven ethnic foods. The dinner includes German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado as well as pie and beverage. Cost is $10 adults, $9 seniors.

Everybody knows how cute our dogs look in costumes. Bring your favorite pooch dressed for the season to the Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. The event benefits the Elmbrook Humane Society. There will be judging for best pet/owner theme and best pet costumes plus  dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. Admission is a $5 donation. Call (262) 548-0923 for more information.

Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale was rained out last weekend, but organizers are hoping the weather cooperates this weekend. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. More than 30 families will be selling new and used items. It’s a fundraiser for the eighth-grade Washington D.C. trip in spring.

Construction work on WIS 16 to begin Oct. 27

Oct. 24, 2014 12:52 p.m. | Short-term lane closures will begin Monday, Oct. 27, when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation begins work on a $7.2million construction project along STH 16, from WIS 67 to I-94 in the cities of Waukesha and Oconomowoc.

The project involves repairing some deteriorating road conditions on a series of bridges and their approaching roadways, according to a news release.

Construction crews will for now focus on shoulder and temporary median work until major construction begins next year.

The DOT urges motorists to remain alert and cautious when driving through a work zone.

Republican candidates visit Mukwonago

Oct. 24, 2014 9:10 a.m. | The Repulican Party of Waukesha County will hold a Get Out and Vote Rally at  1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Mukwonago Field Park, at the intersection of Highway 83 and NN. 

Keynote speaker, US Rep. Paul Ryan, will be present along with a number of other speakers including Sen. Paul Farrow, Rep. David Craig, Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel, Steve Nass, who is an 11th District State Senate candidate, and Julian Bradley, Secretary of State candidate.

CELA beam-raising ceremony on Oct. 28

Oct. 23, 2014 9:06 p.m. |  Brian Nahey, co-founder of the Christian Education Leadership Academy, is one step closer to seeing his dream realized.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Nahey, CELA officials and partners, along with Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, will be on hand to celebrate the school's progress.

The highest beam of the school's structure, at a towering 75 feet, will be lifted into place.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held at CELA, which is north of Hwy 16 on Ryan Street in Pewaukee.

"At CELA, we are working to create a nurturing and loving environment where each student will continually learn, lead and excel," said CELA co-founder Nancy Nahey.

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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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