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Cushing will receive MOH

Aug. 26, 2014 5:35 p.m. |  Washington D.C - Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing will be posthumously awarded  the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest award for valor - according to a news release issued late this afternoon by the White House.

David Krueger, who has represented the City of Delafield on Cushing's behalf, said he was notified of the news release by a reporter for the Washington Times. The Times reporter told Krueger that Cushing's name was included among a list of individuals who are slated to receive the award from the president.

Cushing has been recommended for the medal by the Secretary of Defense. However, the president makes the final decision on Medal of Honor recipients.

Cushing was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg in a skirmish that stalled the Confederate Army's effort to gain new momentum during one of the most important battles in the Civil War.

Krueger has been among city residents who have strived during the past decade to have the medal awarded to the local hero.

Krueger resigns from Kettle Moraine school board

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

The board appointed a new member, Jim Romanowski, in December to fill Colin Butler's spot when he moved out of the state and resigned.

Krueger, who has served as president and vice president in his years with the school board, filed his resignation letter with school board President Gary Vose on Feb. 15, stating his was moving out of the district.

The ads will run in the next few weeks looking for interested candidates to fill Krueger's term, which ends in April 2016.

Applications for the interim position on the school board will be due April 10, with interviews taking place on April 28 at Kettle Moraine Middle School, following the board's budget talk, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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 located at the nonprofit institute's Big Brown Barn, W2493 County Highway ES in East Troy March 13 at 6 p.m.

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

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.


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

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. 

House fire in Oconomowoc

March 01, 2015 7:22 p.m. | Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at W37049 Washington St., in  Oconomowoc. Mutual aid is being provided by several local departments. More information as it becomes available,

Arrowhead girls defeat Germantown

Feb. 28, 2015 9:28 p.m. | Host Arrowhead, ranked 11th, defeated visiting Germantown (ranked 10th) Saturday night in a WIAA Division 1 regional final, 54-47. The win vaults the Warhawks into the sectional next Friday against Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha West. Sophomore Grace Gilmore led the Warhawks with 18 points. Junior Katie Hinzey had her best game of the year and scored 13 points and senior Ally May had 9. The win was the 14th straight for AHS, who improved to 19-5 on the year.

Pewaukee girls upset by New Berlin West

Feb. 27, 2015 9:48 p.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team, ranked No. 8 in the state, was stunned by New Berlin West Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal,59-37. The PHS season ended with an 18-5 record. During the regular season Pewaukee had defeated West twice.

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