The Pewaukee girls basketball team scored a landmark victory Saturday night with a 59-52 win over New Berlin Eisenhower, which came into the colossal Woodland Conference clash with a 14-0 overall record.
Pewaukee (13-1) hit 27 of 34 from the free throw line, with most of that damage incurred by Jordyn Swan. The team's leading scorer did not have any points until the fourth quarter, when a 3-pointer gave her team a 40-33 lead early in the period. At one point, Swan took 14 consecutive free-throw attempts for the Pirates and made 11 of those, finishing with 15 points.
Eisenhower pulled within 4 points as close as 4 points in the final moments but never had a crack at a game-tying basket.
The Lions fell behind in the first quarter, 11-2, before bursting out to a 16-0 run to take an 18-11 lead over the Pirates. Pewaukee answered with its own 8-0 run to re-claim the lead, and the two teams were tight thereafter.
Host Waukesha North outscored the Kettle Moraine varsity boys basketball team by a 34-23 margin in the second half Friday to rally for a 49-42 Woodland Conference victory over the Lasers.
KM fell to 4-12 on the season and 2-6 in league play.
Dan Mikesell led the Lasers with 13 points and Patrick Zemanovic added 12. Trey Dowling chipped in with 9 tallies.
North was led by Kevin Kuhtz with 15 points and Nate Wood with 14.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team overcame a two-point deficit going into the fourth quarter Friday night and rallied for a 41-36 Classic 8 onference win over host Waukesha West.
The win improved Arrowhead to 7-7 overall and 3-5 in league play. West is now 1-7 in conference games. The Wolverines have just one win on the season.
AHS outscored West by a 12-5 margin in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Junior guard Jessica Goetz had 11 points for the winners. Haley Thiel added 9 for the winners.
Michelle Farrow led West with 9 tallies.
Thanks to an impressive 21-1 run in the second period Friday night, Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team rallied from an early 10-point deficit to roll past visiting Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game, 68-48.
With the win AHS improved to 13-2 on the season. West fell to 12-4.
West had an 18-8 lead with 6:43 remaining in the opening half when the Warhawks reeled off 15 straight points to take the lead. By the time the Arrowhead run ended, the Warhawks had a 21-1 spurt that the Wolverines never recovered from.
Senior center Ben Mills had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Russ Finco and Andy Fox had 13 each and Charlie Fischer had 8.
West was led by Dan Cerroni with 15 points and Ryan Solberg with 14. Solberg also had 10 rebounds.
Mayor Maury Sullivan said Friday that the owner of popular Mexican restaurant, La Fuente, has declined the city's offer for assitance locating downtown.
Sullivan said the owner, Jose Zarate, gave three main reasons behind his decision: the economy, population and costs to renovate the building it would inhabit.
Zarate had told city officials he would need to serve around 300 people a day for his business to sustain and he didn't feel like there was a big enough local demographic to do that.
Sullivan said he was disappointed that La Fuente turned down the offer, but said he understands Zarate's concerns.
"You can’t argue about it and if he’s not ready to come here, he’s not ready to come here," the mayor said.» Read Full Article
In a battle of two 5-0 teams in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference, Beaver Dam held serve on its home court and defeated the Oconomowoc girls basketball team on Thursday, 46-35.
The tide turned at the start of the second quarter, when the Beavers made use of a trapping defense and went on a 13-2 run to take a 24-10 advantage.
Sophomore guard Mandy Prom scored 11 of her 15 points for Cooney in the second half, pulling her team back within single digits on multiple occasions. But the Raccoons never moved closer than 8 points the rest of the night.
OHS (7-6, 5-1) will face Beaver Dam (13-1, 6-0) again at home on March 1.
A woman from Kenya that scammed the Pewaukee Carmelite nuns and other religious organizations out of more than $1 million was sentenced late this afternoon to over three years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert sentenced Angela Martin-Mulu of Chicago to 41 months jail time and three years extended supervision. In addition, Martin-Mulu and her husband, Edward Bosire, must pay over $981,000 in restitution.
Martin-Mulu and Bosire, who will be sentenced Feb. 19, plead guilty to fraud in June to posing as Kenyan refugees and scamming nuns in Wisconsin out of around $1.1 million, gambling most of it at a casino.
New Life Community Church is hosting the Andy Bohmann Journey to Recovery Fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 31 from noon to 2 p.m. to raise money to help the family with medical expenses.
Bohmann was involved in a two-car accident on Highway ES between Mukwonago and East Troy on Dec. 3 and was rushed to the hospital where he began his fight for life.
The fundraiser will include a soup lunch and silent auction. Bohmann and several family members will also be present to share his story of recovery.
Donations can be sent to New Life Community Church, N9590 County Road ES, Mukwonago, WI 53149. Mark donations "Bohmann" in the memo of the church to insure the family receives the donation.
Justin Patrick Welch of California, who is charged with the murder of Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc, waived his preliminary hearing in Waukesha Thursday. He entered a plea of not guilty and was bound over for trial.
Welch is being held on $2 million bail after he escaped from authorities while he was being transported from San Diego, Calif., back to Wisconsin. He was captured Jan. 13 in Oklahoma.
Smith's former boyfriend and the father of her son, Darren M. Wold, 41, of Texas, is accused of hiring Welch, through his longtime friend Jack E. Johnson, 65, of Mexico.
According to prosecutors, Wold was angry over a custody dispute involving his 4-year-old son. Wold is alleged to have transferred money to Johnson, who in turn purchased a plane ticket for Welch to fly from San Diego to Milwaukee on Sept. 29. Wold sent $200 to Johnson on that day, and he sent it to an Oak Creek bank where Welch allegedly picked it up. Welch stayed in an Oconomowoc hotel Sept. 30 and left the morning of Oct. 1, flying from Mitchell International Airport to San Diego.
Authorities picked up Johnson while he was trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico on Nov. 18. Welch was also arrested that day trying to cross the border, but not before he tried to flee police in a high-speed chase in Mexico, according to Assistant District Attorney Andrea Will.» Read Full Article
State Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) has dropped out of the race for the 33rd state Senate District seat. Earlier this week, he announced he would run for the spot, after Sen. Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) announced he did not plan to seek re-election.
Rep. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) also announced he would run for the Senate seat after Kanavas' decision.
Kramer said he decided to remain in the Assembly to avoid the possibility of another Republican primary this fall.
After meeting in closed session for 90 minutes, the Oconomowoc School Board did not make a decision on the offer to purchase the former middle school facility from Gorman and Company. Terms of the offer were not disclosed
District officials are awaiting the results of an evaluation being performed by Oliver Construction on the facility before coming to terms on the future of the property.
The report will provide the district with information relating to the costs of demolition, asbestos abatement and what determine part of the structure can be retained for useage.
"We're hoping that by Feb. 17, we'll have the information on those three options to make a decision to address an offer on the property, raze or use the building for district purposes," said Board President Don Wiemer.
The City has granted conceptual approval to Gorman & Company for a project that would renovate the former school into mixed use residential space. The plan calls for 60 lofts, office space and an exercise room among other amenities.» Read Full Article
Visiting Trinity Academy of Pewaukee dropped a 57-44 Indian Trails varsity boys basketball game to Faith Christian Tuesday night.
Ted Nencka led Trinity with 17 points. Luke Kolbeck and Solomon Matloub chipped in with 14 and 11 points respectively.
Pewaukee's varsity wrestling team will host Woodland Conference rival New Berlin Eisenhower/West Wednesday night in their biggest league match of the season. Wrestling will begin at 7 p.m.
Both teams are undefeated in conference matches going into the battle.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team posted its most impressive win of the season Tuesday night as they defeated visiting Germantown in a nonconference game, 51-45.
The Warhawks exploded for a season-best 25 points in the first quarter and led at halftime, 37-20. Germantown outscored Arrowhead 25-14 in the final two periods but couldn't get ahead of AHS.
The win moved the Warhawks to 6-7 on the season. Germantown fell to 10-3.
Jessica Goetz led the winners with 10 points. Haley Thiel added 9 to that total. All 10 girls who played scored for the Warhawks.
AHS will play at Waukesha West Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Led by a 25-point, 13-rebound performance by 7-foot-1 senior center Ben Mills, Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team rallied in the second half to score an impressive 73-52 nonconference victory over host Kenosha Bradford Tuesday night.
The two teams were deadlocked at 31 at halftime. In the second half, the AHS defense held the Red Devils to just 21 points while scoring 42 themselves.
Besides Mills, the Warhawks also got a career-best 11 points from defensive specialist Michael Skarie. Russ Finco had 9 points and point guard Andy Fox had 5 points, six assists, four steals while making just one turnover.
AHS improved to 12-2 with the win. Bradford fell to 8-6 with the loss.
Arrowhead (6-1) will host Waukesha West (4-3) in a key Classic 8 Conference game Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team fell to host DeForest Tuesday night in a nonconference game, 54-50. KM fell to 4-11 with the loss.
KM led 41-40 with six minutes to play but fell behind on the next possession and never regained the lead.
Sophomore guard Kyle Kita scored 18 points for the Lasers, his highest total of the year. Dan Mikesell chipped in with 15 points.
KM will play at Waukesha North Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Rep. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) of the 98th Assembly District confirmed that he will run for Sen. Ted Kanavas' seat for the 33rd Senate District.
Kanavas announced Monday that he would not seek another full term saying he made a promise to serve and has fullfilled that promise. He said he will continue to pursue business and community efforts within his district.
Kanavas said he felt Zipperer would be a good replacement.
"I think he’s a very talented person, and if he was to be elected to the seat, the people of the 33rd would be very well represented."» Read Full Article
Members of the Oconomowoc Area School District Board of Education will meet in closed session on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. to deliberate over an offer to purchase the former Oconomowoc Middle School Building.
The City has granted conceptual approval to Gorman & Company for a project that would renovate the former school into mixed use residential space. The plan calls for 60 lofts, office space and an exercise room among other amenities.
The district will weigh the offer against the value of retaining the property for future use due to its proximity to the high school.
Pewaukee's varsity wrestling team finished second on Saturday at the 16-school Zelinski Memorial Duals tournament at Whitnall High School. Milwaukee Pulaski won the championship with a 5-0 mark. PHS finished the day with a 4-1 slate.
Going 5-0 for the Pirates were seniors Mike Dusel, Travis Decker and Kent Girmscheid. Earning 4-1 records were Mitch Teeters and Nathan Moore.
Host Kettle Moraine lost to the Catholic Memorial varsity boys basketball team Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 56-40. Memorial leads the league with an undefeated record.
T.J. Bray and Derek Schell had 19 and 16 points respectively for CMH.
Patrick Zemanovic led the Lasers with 14 points. Logan Solano added 10 tallies for KM.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team rolled over host Cudahy Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 59-28.
The Pirates led 18-2 after the opening quarter and 33-10 at halftime.
Pewaukee leads the Blue Division standings by one game over New Berlin West.
Tyler Hanson led the winners with 11 points and Patrick Bacon had 10.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team got 22 points from Ben Mills and 20 from Andrew Reichl as they whipped host Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference game, 69-44.
Mukwonago led 23-17 after one period but got outscored 52-21 in the final three periods. AHS held the Indians to just two points in the second quarter.
Andy Fox added 10 points for the winners.
Tyler Bauschek had 10 points to pace Mukwonago.
Visiting Mukwonago rallied from a six-point deficit early int the third quarter Friday night to score an impressive come-from-behind 47-32 Classic 8 Conference win over host Arrowhead.
Mukwonago (6-1) remained tied for first place in the league standings with Milwaukee Pius.
After a Haley Thiel basket early in the third quarter, AHS led 26-20 over the Indians. But that's when Mukwonago went on a 17-0 run and put the game away.
Emily Romdenne fired in 20 points to lead the winners. Morgan Lamberg added 18 points.
Arrowhead (3-4) was led by Jenny Smith with 16 tallies.
Jordyn Swan scored all 13 of her points in the first half, and Shannon Kalamarz scored all 14 of hers in the second half as the Pewaukee girls basketball team held off Cudahy in a Woodland Conference clash Friday, 56-47.
The Pirates moved to 11-1 overall and 10-1 in conference. Figuring to challenge the Pirates for dominance in the Woodland Blue Division, Cudahy fell three games back of Pewaukee in the loss column.
Taylor Gradinjan, the conference's leading scorer, was held to zero field goals and just 5 points in the first half. She finished with 19, including a 3-pointer that pulled the Packers within 4 points at the 1:51 mark in the fourth quarter -- though that would be the closest Cudahy would get.
Anna Luterbach had 19 points and 14 rebounds on Tuesday, carrying the Kettle Moraine Lasers to a nonconference victory over host Oconomowoc in girls basketball, 55-45.
Lauren Braun scored 11 points and Becki Martin added 10 points.
Mandy Prom hadd 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Raccoons.
In the latter half of a doubleheader at Oconomowoc, the Kettle Moraine boys defeated the Raccons, 45-42. Trey Dowling hit five 3-pointers and lead the Lasers with 17 points, while Paul Williams finished with 22 to pace OHS.
Waukesha – An East Troy man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a Walworth Assistant District Attorney, a Town of East Troy police officer and a Village of East Troy clerk was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court and is being held on $200,000 bail in Waukesha County Jail.
John K. Gorman, 51, of W1340 Beach Road, was charged with three counts of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide.
Gorman was charged with plotting to kill Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo, police officer Kevin Weber, and clerk Alita Bourdo. Gorman had been charged with numerous crimes in Walworth County, including three felony counts of stalking, 15 counts of bail jumping, three counts of possession of a switchblade, and three counts of disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint, Gorman was in Walworth County Jail in late December and told an inmate that he was looking for someone to hire to kill the three people.
The inmate informed authorities, who had an undercover agent meet with Gorman in the Village of Mukwonago on Jan. 8 and told the agent he needed “some work done.”» Read Full Article
Waukesha – Under tight security, Justin P. Welch appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court for allegedly killing a City of Oconomowoc woman Oct. 1.
Court Commissioner Martin Binn set bail at $2 million for Welch, 26, who is accused of killing Kimberly Smith, 39, in her home.
Welch was captured Jan. 13 in Oklahoma after he escaped in Arkansas while being transported from San Diego, Calif. Prosecutors say DNA from Welch was found on the knife that is believed to be the murder weapon and rubber gloves.
Smith’s former boyfriend and the father of her son, Darren Wold, 41, of Texas, is accused of hiring Welch, through his friend Jack E. Johnson, 65, of Mexico.
Binn called the murder of Smith “violent and gruesome.” He set the high amount for bail because Welch fled officers in Mexico and escaped security personnel in Arkansas that was extraditing him to Wisconsin. Those actions, Binn said, "cry out for a high bail.”
Former Arrowhead School Superintendent Dave Lodes has resigned as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, JSOnline is reporting.
Lodes was arrested and charged with second-offense drunken driving in Delafield in November. He had a blood-alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit.
In resigning, Lodes cited health concerns and personal reasons, according to JSOnline.
Town of Mukwonago – The Town Board will have to re-think its decision to use community block grant funds to refill Country Bliss basements after the state denied that request earlier this month.
Now town officials are drafting a new resolution directing Dubey to request engineering proposals for an alternative solutions report and their respective costs.
Residents interested in speaking to the Town Board about the community block grant for the Country Bliss drainage issue should attend Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. board meeting.» Read Full Article
Rebecca Kleefisch, wife of 38th District Assemblyman Joel Kleefisch, is reportedly planning to run for lieutenant governor.
In the Stepping Right Up blog on blogspot.com, a post purportedly written by Kleefisch says, "I have filed my papers to become a lieutenant governor candidate." That could not be confirmed with the state. Kleefisch declined to comment.
The post says, "Combine my private sector marketing expertise with our future Republican governor's public-sector success and you have a ticket with broad life experience, and the best CEO and VP of marketing Wisconsin could get! That's how I see these jobs: while the governor fixes the business climate of our state as our CEO, we need our lt. governor, our marketing VP, working on the marketing efforts to let job creators know, 'Wisconsin is open for business again!"'"
In the post, Kleefisch lists her qualifications, saying, "With me, what you see is what you get: a dose of kitchen table common sense from a marketing contractor/TEA party speaker/political watchdog/mom!" She has spoken at numerous "tea parties" throughout the state; video is available on YouTube.
Kleefisch, 34, of Oconomowoc, is a former reporter and anchor for WISN Channel 12 news in Milwaukee.
East Troy handed the Pewaukee boys basketball team its second loss of the year, pulling away in the second half to score a 73-61 victory over the host Pirates on Saturday.
Pewaukee fell to 12-2 overall despite 17 points from Mike Olewinski and 10 apiece from Matt Dabney and Tyler Hanson.
Pewaukee held a 48-44 lead after three quarters before East Troy turned on the jets for a 29-13 edge in the final period.
TJ Bray hit a monster 3-pointer with roughly 1 minute to play and broke a 56-all tie, and Catholic Memorial held on for an electric 67-61 win at Arrowhead in a Friday battle for Classic 8 supremacy.
Both boys basketball teams came into the meeting with identical 5-0 league records. CMH led nearly throughout the contest, buoyed by 29 points from Bray on 8-of-14 shooting.
Three players finished in double figures for the Warhawks, including Russ Finco (12), who drove for an old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the score just before Bray's big basket.
Memorial's Derek Schell and Arrowhead's Charles Rushman traded 3-pointers in the final seconds, but Mitch Schultz hit 1 of 2 free throws on the ensuing possession and Arrowhead never got within one possession again.
Ben Mills finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Derek Schell added 16 points for Memorial.
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Accused murderer Justin Patrick Welch has been returned to Wisconsin and is currently incarcerated in the Waukesha County Jail.
City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn, along with Lt. Ron Buerger and Detective Mike Tool of Waukesha County, arranged to meet with Oklahoma authorities in Missouri, where Welch was handed over for transport.
Wisconsin law enforcement officials left Waukesha last night about 9 p.m. and took custody of Welch at 5 a.m., just returning home a short time ago.Police say Welch was cooperative during the trip back to Wisconsin.
Police noticed his right hand was swollen, which Welch claimed happened when he was taken into custody in Oklahoma. He was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where he received medical clearance before being taken to the county jail.
A Waukesha County official said the private extradition company hired to transport accused murderer Justin Patrick Welch to Wisconsin, stopped at the public restroom in Arkansas, in clear violation of company policy, in response to complaints by Welch that he was in desperate need of a bathroom.
“Absolutely it was a setup. Absolutely,” said Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.
“I believe his request to use the bathroom was linked to him perceiving he had some opportunity to escape,” he added.
A lone guard accompanied the five inmates into the restroom and was then stabbed, beaten and disarmed by Welch, who then used the guards key to rid himself of the leg restraints.
Welch fled the washroom, woke the second guard who was asleep in the van and shot at him before taking off with the vehicle.» Read Full Article
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team completed its five straight road games part of its schedule Thursday night by defeating host West Allis Hale in a nonconference game, 62-45. The Pirates won four of those five games, losing only to Whitnall.
Thursday's win improved the PHS mark to 12-1 overall.
The No. 4 ranked Pirates grabbed a 15-5 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back.
Tyler Hanson led Pewaukee in scoring with 19 points. Jordan Edgerson and David Reese had 11 points apiece and Patrick Bacon had 9.
Police have captured and arrested Justin Patrick Welch in Oklahoma.
The 26-year-old man who is accused of murdering Kim Smith in her Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, escaped from custody yesterday morning in Arkansas on his way back to Wisconsin.
Welch was apprehended in a stolen semi-truck that had been pulled over by police. No other details were available at this time.
"We're so relieved. There are a lot of happy faces here," said City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn.
Beguhn said District Attorney Brad Schimel will have to work out the details of the next steps related to getting Welch back to Wisconsin, including the additional charges related to the escape and the second stolen vehicle.
Justin Patrick Welch's escape friom custody Wednesday morning was aided by the carelessness of the two guards who were hired to bring the accused murdered back to Wisconsin, according to law-enfocement officials.
It allowed the fugitive to escape with a vehicle, a gun, money, a cell phone, a change of clothes and documentation that provided his positive identification, allowing for a certain ease in evading officers.
After stopping at a highway rest stop, in violation of procedure, a lone guard escorted the five inmates into the bathroom, while his colleague remained asleep inside the vehicle. Welch used the opportunity to stab and beat the guard, steal his gun, wallet and cell phone, and then shoot at the unarmed guard in the van.
Police are unsure how Welch attained the weapon used to stab the guard, a scredriver-type instrument, but said he might have found it at the rest stop.
Lt. Brent Grill said that when law enforcement arrived at the scene, transport officers could not provide Welch's date of birth, Social Security number of point of pickup because that paperwork was inside the van when it was stolen. Other inmates in the van when Welch was picked up provided authorities with the information that he was turned over in San Diego.» Read Full Article
One of the two guards entrusted with transporting suspected murderer Justin Patrick Welch back to Wisconsin was asleep in the van while his colleague was attacked and disarmed during a rest stop in Arkansas Wednesday morning.
Marian Pullian, 35, of North Atlantic Extradition, was sleeping in the transport van when it pulled over in Van Buren, Arkansas to make a bathroom stop for the five inmates in their custody. Guard Michael Nowland, 29, took the prisoners into the restroom by himself. Police could not comment on the transport company's policy, but noted "Common sense tells you that's probably a policy violation. It's safe to say they should not have done that," Lt. Brent Grill of the Van Buren Police Dept. offered.
Welch, who is accused of murdering Kim Smith of Oconomowoc, then stabbed Nowland in the hand with a tool resembling a screw driver, and took his gun. He stole a jacket from a civilian in the bathroom, took keys from the guard, removed his leg irons and fled outside.
The guard told investigators he was asleep when Welch entered the driver’s side of the van, and was not even aware they had make the stop. Welch pointed the gun at the guard who exited the vehicle before being shot at twice by Welch.
Authorities said this morning that the van has not been recovered and that there have been no confirmed sightings of Welch, despite a television report of him in the Amarillo area.» Read Full Article
Newsradio 620 is reporting that Melissa Elliott, a Town of Merton student who had been missing in Haiti, has texted her parents, Mike and Lisa, that she is OK.
The Elliotts received the message as they were flying to the Lynn University campus in Florida, where Melissa was a student.
Melissa's text reportedly said she was on her way to the Dominican Republic.
Read more at www.620wtmj.com/.
A television station in Texas is reporting that there has been a confirmed sighting of accused murderer Justin Patrick Welch, who escaped from custody this morning and is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, however, could not verify that report.
"I don't know where that came from. I can't confirm that," Tom Vinger said, adding that the department is monitoring the situation.
KCBD -TV reported Welch was seen in Amarillo a few hours after overpowering a guard, stabbing him and taking his gun. Welch then shot twice at a second, unarmed, guard and took off in the white transport van.
The Village of North Prairie’s Clerk-Treasurer, Judith Beranek is retiring after 35 years of service. Beranek was hired in 1974 as treasurer and appointed clerk/treasurer several years later.
The Village is hosting a farewell reception at the Village Hall, 130 N. Harrison Street, on January 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Beranek's honor. Everyone is welcome to stop in and wish her well on the next chapter of her life and share a story or two.
The man accused of stabbing 39-year-old Kim Smith of Oconomowoc to death Oct. 1, has escaped from custody at a rest stop in Arkansas about 2:45 a.m. this morning.
Justin Patrick Welch, 26, was being transported from California to Wisconsin along with four other prisoners, when he allegedly overcame a guard, stabbed him in the hand and beat him in the head. Welch stole the officer’s weapon and shot at a second guard before taking off in the white, 2007 Dodge transport van with the words ‘North Atlantic Extradition’ on both sides.
According to Lt. Brent Grill, of the Van Buren, Arkansas Police Department,. the first guard was treated and released; the second was uninjured. The gun Welch now has in his possession has 10 rounds of ammunition in it.
Arkansas police have not yet received any calls of sightings of the stolen van.
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620 WTMJ radio is reporting that alleged murderer Justin Welch has escaped from custody while being transported back to Wisconsin to face charges of killing Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc.
Welch allegedly stabbed one transport officer and shot another in Arkansas before stealing their van, according to reports. The officers had picked Welch up in California, where he was arrested, and were bringing him back to Wisconsin.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team improved to 5-5 on the season Tuesday night by scoring a 49-40 non-conference victory over host Hartford.
AHS led from start to finish, taking a 26-15 lead at halftime. Hartford cut that deficit to four after three quarters but the Warhawks inched away from the Orioles in the final stanza.
Sophomore center Jenny Smith fired in 17 points to lead the Warhawks. Amanda Bauer chipped in with 8 points.
Hartford fell to 2-7 with the loss.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No.5 in the state in Division 2 in this week's AP Poll, rolled over host St. Francis Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game, 64-35.
The Pirates improved to 11-1 overall and 9-1 in the conference. Pewaukee will play at West Allis Hale on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and at home Saturday at 7 p.m. against East Troy.
Against St. Francis, Tyler Hanson led the way with 11 points. Mike Olewinski added 10 to that total and Brad Kaatz had 7 rebounds.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the state in this week's AP Poll, shot an amazing 78% (18 of 23) in the first half and eventually rolled over visiting Brookfield Central in a non conference game, 78-54.
The Warhawks improved to 10-1 overall. Friday they will host rival Waukesha Catholic Memorial in a huge Classic 8 Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are 5-0 in league play.
Senior center Ben Mills fired in 20 points to lead the Warhawks. Senior Russ Finco added 12 to that total and Andy Fox and Charlie Fischer chipped in with 10 tallies apiece.
AHS finished the night shooting 61% from the floor, including 8 of 10 shots from the 3-point arc.
The Mukwonago girls basketball team took a lead as large as 20 points in the second half and held off one of the area's elite teams in Muskego on Tuesday, 67-56.
Emily Romdenne and Shannon Perez each scored 17 points for MHS (10-2), which has three straight wins after back-to-back losses over the Christmas break. Muskego fell to 8-2 and saw the end of its eight-game winning streak.
The Indians jumped out to a 13-4 start and held a 40-20 lead in the second half at the conclusion of a 13-0 run, but Muskego battled back within 11 by the end of the third quarter and as close as 7 points in the fourth. MHS hit 27 of 33 from the free-throw line.
Thanks to some respectable foul shooting in the fourth quarter, Pewaukee's 16th ranked varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting St. Francis Tuesday in a key Woodland Cofnerence Blue Division game, 59-54.
The win vaulted the Pirates to 10-1 overall and 9-1 in league play. The Pirates now lead St. Francis by two games in conference play.
Pewaukee led 25-22 at halftime and remained in front throughout the second half.
Hannah Frett fired in 14 points to lead the Pirates. Shannon Kalamarz added 12 to that total and Emily Wirth and Jordyn Swan had 11 each.
Are you a Town of Vernon resident wondering what the Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department split will mean for your insurance rates? Are you concerned about what kind of protection you and your family will receive?
If you have questions you'd like answered, plan on attending tonight's Special Town Board Meeting. McGrath Consulting, Inc. will be making a presentation that should answer your questions.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Town Hall.
Delafield - A backhoe fell into the basement at the demolition site of the old City Hall and Fire Station this morning.
At about 9 a.m., two other backhoes were attempting to upturn it.
More details and photos to come.
Creative people are gathering Tuesday night to discuss the possibility of making Delafield a magnet for the arts.
"We are humbly lighting a light in Delafield," reads an e-mail from area dentist and artist Chuck Hajinian. Join us, fellow artists, singers, musicians, cooks, writers, poets, antique collectors, actors and many other "creatives": We are gathering to discuss how our creative works can be displayed and shown to Delafield, the community and the world.
The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the "clock complex" building at the corner of Genesee and Milwaukee streets.
Village of Pewaukee – There will be a race for trustee in April as one familiar face has thrown his hat into the political rings once more.
Former village president and trustee John Laimon filed nomination papers along with Steve Ebling. They will be running against incumbents Randy Demmitt and Joseph Zompa for three seats.
The deadline for nomination papers was extended from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 because current trustee David Gohlke did not file his non-candidacy papers until Jan. 5, well after the deadline of Dec. 28.
Laimon was village president from 1993-99 and trustee from 2000-04 and 2006-08. Laimon ran for president in last April and was defeated by Jeff Knutson. Ebling ran for trustee in 2008, but was defeated.
Town of Oconomowoc - Two snowmobilers were involved in a crash on Okauchee Lake Sunday night at approximately 7:30 p.m., and were transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Authorities are investigating the accident.
Watch video from CBS 58 here.
The City of Oconomowoc Fire Dept. has been called to a building on Wisconsin Avenue in the downtown area for a complaint of natural gas odor.
Firefighters responded to the building and detected a strong odor on the second floor.
Kettle Moraine's varsity girls basketball team defeated Waukesha West Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 41-36.
KM improved to 9-2 on the season and 4-1 in league play.
Becki Martin had 14 points to lead the Lasers. Anna Luterbach added 10 and Sam Pfeifer 9 for the winners. Abby Jelacic and Brittany Wright scored 11 and 10 points respectively for West.
Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team played outstanding defense Friday night and stopped host Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game, 53-31.
The Warhawks improved to 5-0 in league play and 9-1 overall. It was their eighth conference win in a row covering the last two years.
Senior center Ben Mills, headed to Boise State next year, had a monster game for the No. 1 ranked Warhawks. The 7-foot-1 senior center had 25 points and 12 rebounds. Russ Finco added 9 points and Charles Rushman 8 for the winners, who won despite shooting a season-low 32% from the field.
Arrowhead's defense held South to just 23% shooting from the field. Tim Woodford led South with 10 tallies
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team continued its winning ways Friday night, scoring a 51-38 win over visiting Whitnall in a Woodland Conference game.
Pewaukee, ranked 14th in the state in Division 2, improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in league play.
The Pirates improved to 85-15 in its last 100 games.
Emily Wirth led the Pirates with 13 points. Shannon Kalamarz added 11, Jordyn Swan 10 and Hannah Frett 8 for the winners.
Host Whitnall handed Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team its first loss of the season Friday night, scoring a 57-35 win over the Pirates. Pewaukee is now 10-1 on the season and 8-1 in Woodland Conference play.
The Pirates, ranked fourth in the state in Division 2, got 7 points from guard Tyler Hanson.
William Pelkofer of Whitnall, the leading scorer in the conference, led the winners with 21 points.
The loss snapped Pewaukee's 18-game conference winning streak.
Visiting Waukesha South jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter Friday night and defeated Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team in a Classic 8 Conference game, 42-37.
AHS fell to 2-3 in league play and 4-5 overall.
It marked the third time this season the AHS girls got shutout in the first period. They also failed to score in the opening quarter against Oak Creek and Milwaukee Pius.
Sophomore Jenny Smith had 10 points to lead the Warhawks.
South got 16 points each from junior Katy Allen and sophomore Eileen Van Horn.
Pewaukee's varsity wrestling team rolled to two more easy Woodland Conference wins last Wednesday night by defeating Greendale (70-6) and host Brown Deer (58-12). PHS improved to 6-0 in league matches this season and have an impressive 28-0 record since joining the league in 2006.
Senior Mitch Teeters won both of his matches by pins.
PHS wrestlers remaining undefeated in conference events are Max Nonnamaker, Teeters, Chris Czech, Mike Dusel, Jordan Porter and Kent Girmscheid.
Digging out from yesterday's snowstorm? Take heart; once you manage to make it out of your driveway this morning, the rest of the way in Lake Country should be clear sailing. Roads are, for the most part, clear this morning, though there are some side streets that still have some snow.
If you're heading for Milwaukee, take care on ramps; reports indicate that some are drifted.
As the area prepares to head home for the evening, you can check for updates on the state Department of Transportation's Web site,
If you check cameras in the right column, you can see the latest road conditions on area roads. As of this posting, roads are clear for the most part, but conditions are wet and snowy.
Another rollover was reported around 3:48 p.m. Dispatchers called for all Pewaukee units to respond to a black SUV that had rolled over on Highway 16 east three-quarters of a mile west of Ryan Road on the south side of the road.
The Sullivan weather station issued a winter storm warning through tomorrow.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital has not handled any weather related injuries or accidents as a result of today's snowfall.
"People must be heeding the warnings," about using caution with snowblowers, taking needed breaks when shoveling, and dressing appropriately for the weather, said hospital spokesperson Sandra Peterson.
More snow and stronger winds are expected this evening.
Zac Sanders cleans up the day's snow on Chestnut Ridge Road in Hartland Thursday afternoon. Forecasts call for up to 8 inches more through the night.
After-school activities in the Mukwonago Area School District have been cancelled for Thursday, according to District Superintendent Paul Strobel.
Waukesha County Dispatchers called for mutual aid for a blue SUV that went off I-94 westbound on Pewaukee Road resulting in a rollover on the south side of Pewaukee Road.
The vehicle landed on its roof by the Peterbuilt sign directly under Jungbluth bridge. Authorities reported both occupants were ok and out of the vehicle, no other information was available at the time of this posting.
Rusty Kapella, chief meteorologist at the Sullivan weather office stated that counties in the southeast portion of Wisconsin will remain under a Winter Weather Warning until 6 a.m. Friday. Counties in the east central region and south west region are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Some Lake Superior snow belt counties are under a Lake Effect Snow Warning.
Kapella said that southeastern Wisconsin counties can expect between 8 and 10 inches of snow before the current storm ends sometime after 9 p.m. today. Counties further north and west can expect 6 to 8 inches of snow. Counties still further north and west can expect between 5 and 6 inches of snow to fall and some counties in the Lake Superior snow belt may receive up to 10 inches of snow.
This afternoon and evening, Kapella said, winds are expected to increase to 15 to 30 miles per hour causing blowing and drifting of snow and, in some open areas, visibility may be reduced to between 1/2 to 1/4 mile. Temperatures should be in the teens in the northern part of Wisconsin and in the 20s in the southern portions of the state today falling into the single numbers overnight tonight. Some areas in northwestern Wisconsin may fall below zero overnight.
The snowfall has not adversely affected life in Lake Country throughout the day, but most weather experts advise getting home safe and staying there as it will likely get worse later this evening affecting Friday’s drive in to work and school.
In the last few hours only one accident has been reported. Waukesha County dispatch called for help from authorities in Big Bend and Vernon after a truck rolled over multiple times. The driver was able to safely get out of the vehicle unharmed reports disclosed. The Hartland Police Department reported its scanner has been quiet all day, other reports indicated Highways 74 and 83 are staying plowed with steady traffic flow.
The state Department of Transportation offers this link,
to check current road conditions before you head out. At the time of this post, 2 p.m., all major state highways and interstates were reportedly snow covered, with slippery stretches reported on I-43 and I-41 south out of Milwaukee and West Allis.» Read Full Article
Because of the persistent snow , travel conditions throughout the entire Lake Country area are getting worse by the hour in most communities.
At 1 p.m, a trip from the Waukesha Airport to Hartland took almost 25 mintues, more10 minutes slower than normal On Highway 16 the right lane was clear but slippery in some spots and the passing lane was snowcovered both east and west-bound. There were two cars on the ditches just outside of Pewaukee in the west-bound lane. Traffic was going 30 to 35 miles per hour.
Country roads around Hartland toward Merton and North Lake were also snowcovered.
After school activities have been canceled for St. James Grade School in Mukwonago.
Winter weather has compelled the postponement of evening athletics events at least one local high school. Those events:
- Oconomowoc boys basketball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran, moved to Feb. 2
- Oconomowoc wrestling at West Bend East, moved to Feb. 2
- Hamilton swimming and wrestling postponed (no makeup date announced)
- Mukwonago sports events are all canceled for Thursday evening.
The Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department is responding to I-43 and Oakdale Drive where a vehicle reportedly slid into the bridge at the overpass just south of Oakdale Drive traveling at 60 mph.
The vehicle then spun out in the median, heading northbound on I-43.
According to dispatch, the driver of that vehicle reported that he was not injured.
Oconomowoc Area Schools - As for now, after school activites have not been cancelled, according to Oconomowoc High School.
The athletic/activities department has advised that they will post an update on the school's Website, on the athletic department page at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
Detective Steve Pederson with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reported that the rollover accident on I-43 near Hi-Lo Drive in Mukwonago was not serious and resulted in no injuries.
A couple more low impact crashes have occurred in the same area, Pederson said. The accidents were all minor and no one was injured.
Oh the weather outside is frightful....but a picture is so delightful.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that a vehicle rolled over on Interstate 43 near Hi-Lo Drive, near Mukwonago, at about 8:05 this morning. At this time, it is unknown if anyone was injured in that accident.
Although no local schools are closed, area roads are snow-covered and slippery, with scattered spinouts. Motorists should plan to allow extra time to get to their destinations this morning. The snow is expected to continue throughout the day, with totals in Lake Country in the 8- to 10-inch range.
The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has just announced that April Reszka has been selected as the new Executive Director.
April has over fifteen years of sales and business experience, most recently working as Senior Account Executive for Premiere Global Services. April has also served as President of the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Telecommunications Association and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Milwaukee County.
April begins her new position January 11.
An additional candidate has announced her intent to run for the Mukwonago School Board since the Mukwonago Chief went to press yesterday. In addition to Curt Wiebelhaus, Joanne M. Olson-Newberry has turned in her nomination papers to run for the West Seat.
No,. 6 ranked Waukesha scored two goals in the final 2:31 Tuesday night and knocked off the No. 10 ranked Arrowhead varsity boys hockey team in a Classic 8 Conference game, 4-3 at Eble Park.
Waukesha improved to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. AHS fell to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in conference games.
Arrowhead led 3-2 with 2:31 to play in the third period before Waukesha tied the game with a power-play goal. They then stunned the Warhawks by scoring a shorthanded goal with 29 seconds to play.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked 14th in the state in Division 2, rolled to an easy 72-19 Woodland Conference victory over visiting Greenfield Tuesday night.
PHS improved to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Pewaukee led 43-17 at halftime and then held Greenfield without a field goal in the second half. Greenfield scored just 2 points in the last two periods.
Sophomores Natalie Wood and Emily Wirth had 13 points each for the Pirates. Caitlyn Rosenberger and Bre Geipel had 9 and 8 points respectively.
Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team rolled to an easy 40-19 Classic 8 Conference victory over host Waukesha North Tuesday night, 40-19.
AHS is now 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in league play.
The loss was the 89th in a row for the Northstars in conference play.
Jenny Smith led the winners with 12 points.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team improved to 10-0 on the season and 8-0 in Woodland Conference play Tuesday by defeating host Greenfield, 65-37.
The 10-0 start ties the best beginning in school history.
The Pirates, ranked No. 4 in the state in Division 2, played tough defense all night long, jumping out to a 32-18 edge at halftime.
Jordan Daul scored 11 points to lead the Pirates and Mike Olewinski added 10. Tyler Hanson and Jordan Edgerson had 9 and 8 points respectively.
Led by a brilliant performance by their reserves, Arrowhead's No. 1 ranked boys basketball team rolled over visiting Waukesha North Tuesday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 55-35.
AHS improved to 8-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in league play. North fell to 5-4 and 2-2.
In one stretch from late into the first period throughout the second, the AHS reserves scored 25 straight points for the winners. AHS made five straight 3-pointers in that surge and connected on 7 of 10 in the second period.
Ryan May, Andrew Reichl, Brandon St. George and Charles Rushman accounted for those 25 bench points for Arrowhead.
Ben Mills finished the game with 10 points for AHS, all of which came in the second half. St. George had 9, Andy Fox and Reichl 8 and Rushman 7.
Two of the top Classic 8 Conference girls basketball programs will compete this evening at Kettle Moraine, when the host Lasers battle Mukwonago, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For updates on the action as it happens, visit the Preps Alcove on Twitter.
It's time again for the Mukwonago Chief's annual Five Who Give feature which highlights people who go above and beyond when serving their communities.
We are asking our readers for their nominations of people who have shared their time and talent to make Mukwonago and or the surrounding communities a better place to live.
Whoever your nominee may be, simply send the individual's name, address and phone number, along with a description of why you think that person deserves to be recognized as one of the Chief's Five Who Give, to Mukwonago Publications, P.O. Box 204, Mukwonago, WI 53149, drop it by our office at 111 N. Rochester, or e-mail your nomination to Amy Nixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominees must live or work in the Mukwonago, Big Bend, Vernon, East Troy, Eagle, Palmyra or North Prairie area. Contact information for the person making the nomination must be included. Anonymous nominations for Five Who Give will not be accepted.
Nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m.» Read Full Article
Waukesha County Public Health Division will hold a free H1N1 vaccination clinic on Thursday, Jan. 7. The clinic is intended to provide both the intranasal and injectable vaccination to all Waukesha County residents on a first come, first serve basis at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, from 2 to 6 p.m. or until the vaccine runs out.
Consent and medical history forms that can be filled out in advance of the clinics are available on the Waukesha County website www.waukeshacounty.gov/pandemicflu . It is recommended that those seeking the vaccine download and complete the form in advance of the clinic to expedite the vaccination process.
For more information visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/pandemicflu or call (262) 547-3388.
Three people were injured in two separate accidents late last night and early this morning in Eagle.
A 40-year-old Whitewater woman was injured when she missed a curve near Highway 67 and LO shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. Her car rolled over, ending up on its roof. The woman was transferred to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
On Jan. 1 around 2:30 a.m. a Cadillac SUV rolled over and sheered off a power pole at Highway 59 and Oakridge Drive, according to the Sheriff's Department. The 63-year-old male driver and his 52-year-old female passenger were trapped in the vehicle. Eagle and Mukwonago Fire Departments responded to the call and removed the man and woman who were taken by Flight for Lfe to Froedtert Hospital. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the accident, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.