A small group of residents met at Alice Baker Library tonight to discuss the future expansion and how it is to be funded.
The Library Board President David Trevor, library director Alli Chase, and FEH Associates representative Gregory Baum led the group in discussions about the plan to nearly triple the size of the current space.
The library has been discussing this expansion since November 2011, but now has a tentative plan to make it a reality.
This plan comes with a nearly $4.5 million price tag, which right now is projected to be covered through a capital campaign instead of with taxpayer dollars.
However, there is no time line set on the capital campaign or on the expansion quite yet.» Read Full Article
On Thursday night, Jan. 31, Paisano's Pizzeria, located at W309S4837 Commercial Drive in Genesee Depot, will close it's doors. The eight-year-old restaurant will be moving out of the Genesee area, and is hoping to find a new home, potentially in Mukwonago.
Owner Tom Munsie said it was a lease disagreement that resulted in the decision to close, and with nothing else available in the Genesee, he is looking for new areas.
Munsie hopes to reopen the restaurant before summer.
In the meantime, a permit was just granted for the former Paisano's to become Sideliners Pub & Grill, a full menu sports bar. According to building owner Jim Gozdowiak, the owners plan is to renovate the interior and open in mid-March.
Look for more in this week's Index.
Trevor D. Schwigel, W299 N6700 County Road E in Hartland, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 26. He had previously been convicted of drunken driving in October 2011.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police responded to an accident at approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 at CTH VV in the area of Lake Road. Schwigel allegedly told police he was driving home after leaving work and his tires hit a patch of fresh snow on the road’s shoulder. He then steered away and crossed over into oncoming traffic, smashing into a blue truck. The driver of the blue truck was not transported to the hospital, but told police he had neck pain.
Schwigel was asked if he had anything to drink before driving and allegedly told police he had not. A breath test was performed and the defendant blew a reported value of .171, almost twice the legal limit.» Read Full Article
According to Twitter feed, @TotalTrafficMKE, an accident has the left lane is blocked on I-94 westbound at Springdale Road. Stop-and-go traffic is reported from Highway 18 in Waukesha causing minor delays.
Closings are popping up around the region as the snow begins to accumulate Wednesday. Locally, Oakwood Church in Hartland has canceled activities according to TMJ4.
To watch for updates on closings, visit, http://www.todaystmj4.com/closings/.
Parents United, a consortium of school districts from southeast Wisconsin, presents Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wildwood Lodge (corner of I-94 and Hwy. 164), Pewaukee.
Guest speaker Ed Cohen, clinical director at Cornerstone Counseling Services, Oconomowoc will help participants gain greater understanding of what ODD really is, identify causes and co-morbidity, improve skills for assessment while laying groundwork for a therapeutic relationship and enhance coping skills.
This is a free workshop for parents, professionals and interested community members. Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Edie Scott at (262) 965-2001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial planner Jay Frank of Delafield will be a guest for MPTV's "Fourth Street Forum" this week. This week's topic is "What's the future of retirement?"
The show will be taped at noon Thursday; all are invited to view the free taping on the second floor of Milwaukee Turner Hall, 1034 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. The show will air on Channel 36.1 at 9 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its 10th consecutive game Tuesday night by whipping host Watertown, 42-15. Pewaukee is now 15-2 on the season. Watertown fell to 3-12.
Dani Jasinski had 11 points for the Pirates and Abby Gerrits had 9.
Host Arrowhead upset the No. 4 ranked New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team Tuesday night, 50-48 in overtime. Senior guard Maggie Doleschy hit the game-winning basket with 9.4 seconds left in the OT.
Eisenhower fell to 14-2 with the loss and AHS moved to 10-7.
Junior Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 24 points. She made 12 of 13 free throws in the game.
The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team defeated the visiting Waukesha Wings Tuesday night, 2-1 in overtime at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena. The win means that KM and Arrowhead will share the Classic 8 Conference title with 4-1 records.
Austin Freeman, who scored both goals for the Lasers, got the game-winner just 38 seconds into the OT.
Quinn Disrud was outstanding in the goal for KM (10-7-4), turning back 16 of 17 shots.
Joe Nettesheim spent his 170-pound match waiting for just the right moment. When it came, it was the last moment available.
The Oconomowoc sophomore staged an improbable takedown as the buzzer sounded against one of West Bend West's top wrestlers, Billy Anderson, and took a 2-1 decision that initiated a wild change of course for the Raccoons. Competing in a matchup that would determine the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship, Cooney won the final five flights and surged to a 44-24 road win that sealed up its first conference title since 1998.
Anderson, who came in ranked 12th in the state at 160 with a record of 33-3 to Nettesheim's 17-10, scored his only point with a second-period escape. With the two wrestlers in neutral as time wound off the clock, Nettesheim surged forward for a takedown as time expired.
"I knew there were 20 seconds left when we restarted after we went out of bounds," Nettesheim said. "I was just going out there trying to do my same stuff. Recently, I've been trying to work on my throws, and one was open so I went for it. I was trying to do a sweep to high cross (during the match), and that wasn't working. After he got out (for the escape), I knew it was going to be a close match, so I wanted to keep it close and then go for it."
The win pulled Oconomowoc to within 24-21, and momentum could not have more clearly favored the Raccoons. Sophomore Richard Kuehl followed with a pin at 182, freshman Brett Samson did the same with a second-period pin at 195, and junior Nick Gomez clinched the match at 220 with one bout remaining when he registered a tech fall to give his team a 38-24 lead. Senior Michael Mohr capped the match with a second-period pin at heavyweight against Tom Gilbert in a rematch of last year's WLT championship match.» Read Full Article
Town of Ottawa – A 17-year-old student at the Lad Lake residential treatment center was charged on Jan. 28 with substantial battery after allegedly punching a school therapist last week, breaking his nose.
Leonard D. Wilson, a Milwaukee resident, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony substantial battery and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint:
School therapist Patrick Schultz told police he went to the defendant’s room at the Lad Lake school after hearing a loud noise. He found the defendant allegedly destroying school property and brought Wilson to the school’s seclusion room.
Wilson was allegedly making suicidal statements, claiming he was going to kill himself. Witnesses told police he was kicking the door to the seclusion room and yelling that he wanted to fight the school deputy.» Read Full Article
Big Bend Department of Public Works Superindendent Tom Johnson has turned in his letter of resignation to accept a new opportunity outside of the Village according to Barbara Woppert, Village Clerk.
At a special meeting of the town board on Thursday, Jan. 24, Johnson's resignation letter was accepted and discussion began regarding a schedule to find a new Superindendent.
Johnson's last day is this Friday, Feb. 1. He was with the department for more than 28 years.
Find additional information in tomorrow's edition of the Mukwonago Chief.
If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, batten down the hatches. Winter is ready to make a comeback in a big way.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Waukesha County for snow and blowing snow, in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Rain will likely change to snow between 6 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS. Snow will linger throughout the day, with the heaviest snowfall in late morning and early afternoon.
Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected.
Before the snow arrives, there is rain to contend with. The NWS is cautioning that heavy rain and ice jams could lead to flooding. The first round of showers and thundershowers came through last night, dropping one-half to an inch of rain. The second round is expected this afternoon through this evening, with an additional 1.5 inches of rain. Because the rain is falling on ground that is frozen and saturated, there is rapid runoff, the weather service noted.» Read Full Article
Hamilton Drama presents, "Curtains - A Musical Comedy Whodunit" produced through special arrangements with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
"It's the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!" reads a description of the play from the drama group.
Shows are 7 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Townline Road.
Advance tickets available at HHS Office C during school hours or through the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Box Office. For ticket information call (262) 246-6471 ext 1552.
School District officials have finalized the sale of the former Oconomowoc Middle School to the Keystone Development group of Oshkosh for $1,050,000.
The company, which made the official offer to purchase in September 2011, will refurbish the property into a residential structure, offering 55 one, two and three bedroom units and amenities including covered parking, exercise center and media and business centers.
For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
Section Elementary School is proposing to pilot a multi-aged, personalized learning environment, Innovative Personalized Learning Communities (IPLC), designed to engage learners in rigorous curriculum, taylored to the interests, learning needs and learning styles of each student.
Section staff will present a fully developed pilot plan, including benefits and cost to the district, to the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education learning committee on Feb. 4 at 6:45 p.m. at the district office.
Improvements to school building safety in the district and a fitness center at Mukwonago High School are among the $1.2 million in capital improvement projects the Mukwonago School District that will send out for bids this spring. Money from the 2007 maintenance referendum will partially pay for the improvements with the remainder coming from maintenance funds.
The list of projects gained approval from the school board tonight, which allows the district to get bids. The district should have closer figures on the exact cost of the projects once bids are received, which is anticipated by the beginning of April, according to Business Services Manager Darren Clark.
KM Perform presents "Little Women the musical," based on the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Kettle Moraine High School auditorium.
Under the direction of Abby Kean (Dramatic Direction and Costumes), Susan Krechel (Vocal and Musical Direction), Bill Barder (Set Direction), Lauren Roznowski-Hayden (Pit Orchestra) and support from Todd Jaeger and Angelique Byrne KMPerform students from all disciplines unite through the production and enduring themes of family, love, adventure and pursuing one’s dreams.
The community is invited to share in this special production by KMPerform students from theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual and language arts. The show is appropriate for all ages.
Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
Town of Merton – An Oconomowoc man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 25 with drunken driving and multiple weapons violations after allegedly passing out behind the wheel and crashing his vehicle into a ditch.
Joel W. Yochum, 27, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, possession of a switchblade knife, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
Yochum was charged last December with misdemeanor drug possession, possession of a controlled substance and operating a firearm while intoxicated. As per his bond agreement in that case, he was not to possess or consume any alcohol or possess any knives, weapons or firearms.
He was also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping on Jan. 10 and was convicted of his first drunken driving offense on Jan. 16.
According to the criminal complaint:» Read Full Article
Here'a an event guaranteed to please kids in 4K-4th grade. The Oconomowoc Public Library is holding a free event to celebrate International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Participants will make their own ice cream , then add their favorite toppings at our build-your-own-sundae bar.
Please register: http://icecreamforbreakfast.eventbrite.com
fter the program, practice reading aloud with Dharma, the library’s certified therapy dog. Please call Betsy at (262) 569-2193 ext. 210 to make your appointment today.
Arrowhead's girls basketball team defeated host Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 67-53.
AHS improved to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in league play.
The Warhawks jumped out to a 47-21 lead at halftime.
Senior guard Tori Miller fired in 15 points (all 3-pointers) to lead the winners. Kelly Smith chipped in with 10 tallies and Lauren Peterson had 9.
Visiting Pewaukee outscored the host Greenfield boys basketball team by a 47-20 margin in the second half Friday night and the Pirates rolled to a 72-40 Woodland Conference victory.
PHS improved to 13-4 on the season and 10-2 in league play.
Jordan Hass led the winners with 23 points and Eric Lutzen chipped in with 20.
Visiting Catholic Memorial (12-4) handed Arrowhead's boys basketball team its first Classic 8 Conference loss of the season Friday night, stopping the Warhawks (13-3) by a 55-52 score.
CMH took its first lead at 45-43 with 2:32 remaining in the game. The Crusaders scored on five straight possessions midway through the fourth quarter.
CMH was led by Ty Sabin with 17 points and Ayinde Starling with 15.
Arrowhead was paced by Kenny Finco with 19 points and Dom Todarello added 15.
Arrowhead made just 3 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter and connected on just 18 of 62 (29%) for the game.
A garbage can on fire outside the garage of a house on Squire Lane in the Town of Mukwonago spread to the garage before fire crews could contain the blaze Friday afternoon. The fire breached the attic of the house but did not spread into the lower levels of the house, according to Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien.
Town of Mukwonago resident Adam Sutkiewicz took this photo of his neighbor's house on Squire Lane. Sutkiewicz said he heard several explosions from the fire.
Family members in the house got out safely and no firefighters were injured in the fire. Stein said there was no estimate on cost of damage as the investigation is continuing at this time.
Update: The fire occured in a two-story single family home. The responders on scene reported the fire under control shortly before 3p.m.
Emergency responders are on the scene of a house fire near the corner of Squire Lane and SandieLane in the Town of Mukwonago.
There are several units responding to the scene. There is no other information known at this time.
The Mukwonago Chief has a reporter on scene and will provide updates as soon as information is made available.
Kettle Moraine Middle School students Lauren Gennerman, Alex Meeth and Ethan Suhr, will be signing copies of their book "Phoenix" today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Books and Co.1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.
Each season has its unique beauty.
Only in winter can we walk on water, glide over hills and make wonderful creations out of snow.
Two events this weekend celebrate the season.
Winterfest at SandBar Sports Pub on Prospect Avenue in Pewaukee finds all sorts of ways to have an ice time.
Hosted by the Pewaukee Lake Sportsman’s Club, the day includes a free ice fishing clinic on Pewaukee Lake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The club will provide all equipment along with free hot dogs, cocoa and prizes for the kids.» Read Full Article
Sussex teen Daniel Koepke, now 17, was sentenced to 22 months in confinement with an additional five years of extended supervision. Five more years of probation is to follow.
He plead no contest to two felony charges back in November -- he was found guilty of causing a child under the age of 13 to view/listen to sexual activity. He was also found guilty of incest.
The charges stemmed from an incident in July of 2012 after he touched his cousin, aged five at the time, inappropriately and masturbated in front of her while babysitting.
"You cannot assault, no matter how slight, a five-year-old in the community. It is not tolerable," Washington County Judge Gonring concluded.
Gonring heard statements from families on both sides of the aisle and also considered reports from the PSI investigation, psychosexual analyses from Pathways and separate counseling records.» Read Full Article
Waukesha – A 34-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 23 with multiple felonies after allegedly selling various illegal drugs, including heroin, to a confidential informant working with the Waukesha Police Department.
Stephanie J. Pavlons was charged with nine felony counts of manufacturing or delivering various drugs, including heroin and several different prescription drugs. She was also charged with five counts of felony drug trafficking and six counts of felony bail jumping.
According to the criminal complaint:
The defendant allegedly sold $160 worth of heroin to the informant on Aug. 30 and another $180 worth of heroin on Sept. 6. The police officer allegedly even drove Pavlons to her dealer in Milwaukee. Pavlons allegedly gave the officer two Alprazolam pills, more commonly known under its trade name, Xanax, for his trouble.
On Sept. 12, 44 sedative pills were allegedly purchased by the informant for $45 and $60 worth of heroin was purchased on Sept. 25. The defendant allegedly sold another $150 worth of heroin to the informant on Sept. 26 and 70 amphetamine pills for $280 on Oct. 12.» Read Full Article
ProHealth Care’s AngelsGrace Hospice recently received a $50,000 grant from the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, based in Madison to support the special medication needs of patients.
“These funds help support the costs of highly-specialized medication often needed by our patients at the end of their lives. Oftentimes these medications are not covered by insurance,” explained Robert Walters, Director of ProHealth Home Care and Hospice. “Grants from organizations such as the Batterman Family Foundation help us to keep our promise to serve anyone who comes to us, regardless of their financial circumstances.”
Since 2004, AngelsGrace Hospice has celebrated and affirmed the lives of more than 2,200 patients who spent their final days there. The dedicated staff provides compassionate care for patients and also supports the family members and friends who share their loved ones last days.
Darnell Wiltz has resigned as the head football coach at Kettle Moraine High School. Wiltz told his assistant coaches of his decision on Wednesday night and met with his team on Thursday afternoon. Athletic director Mike Fink announced the decision on Thursday afternoon.
Wiltz was named the KM football coach in 2011 and coached the team the last two seasons. The Lasers were 4-5 in 2011 and 2-6 this season.
Wiltz will continue to teach physical education at the high school.
Fink said a search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Village of Sussex – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson on Thursday commended Power Test, Inc., of Sussex for its initiative in launching the Manufacturer’s Resource Training (MRT), which trains individuals to become entry-level machinists for area employers. Senator Alberta Darling joined Secretary Newson in touring Reich Tool and Design, a company that has hired a graduate of the MRT program.
“The Manufacturer’s Resource Training program is a great example of how the private sector is actively participating in efforts to create a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers,” said Secretary Newson. “As manufacturing continues to add jobs in Wisconsin under Governor Walker’s leadership, we support innovative approaches like this program to create a pipeline of workers for growing industry sectors like manufacturing.”
The MRT program was developed in response to the challenge faced by Power Test and other manufacturers in the area in finding workers with the skills needed to fill job openings. Participating trainees complete eight weeks of instruction at Power Test’s facility in Sussex, learning how to operate a variety of manually operated machines and gaining experience in assembly, inspection, shipping, and welding. Participants also complete and are certified to drive a forklift.
The first class graduation from the MRT program occurred in November 2012. Five of six graduates obtained employment in manufacturing-related occupations at Power Test along with Reich Tool and Design, Hydraulic Services, and Rotating Equipment Repair.
Waukesha — Brandon M. Melton, 22, convicted of second-degree sexual assault after having sex with a 13-year-old girl and inappropriately touching three other children, was released back into the community on Jan. 22.
Melton will be residing at 1100 E. Main Street in the City of Waukesha, according to a Waukesha Police Department news release. Melton was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 2009, for which he received four years in prison and eight years extended supervision.
He was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and inappropriately touched two other 13-year-old girls. He also exposed himself to a 10-year-old boy and forced him to touch his penis, the news release reads. All of the victims were acquaintances of Melton. He is currently appealing the conviction.
He will be a life registrant with the sex offender registry and is not to have any unsupervised contact with minors. He is also barred from taverns, bars, or liquor stores and may not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He will be under GPS monitoring while under supervision.» Read Full Article
Electric Utility Crews were on scene at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Silver Lake Street and Summit Avenue to repair a broken pole.
No customers are out of power at this time but there are minor traffice delays. Avoid the area if possible.
Sussex Hamilton and Wisconsin Lutheran battled in a fantastic boys basketball game at Wisco on Wednesday, with the Vikings handing Hamilton its first loss of the year with a 51-48 overtime victory.
The Chargers held for the final shot in regulation and had a crisp rebound look at the basket that rimmed off, leaving the game tied at 41-41. The teams traded blows in the overtime, with Wisco leading by three with 19 seconds to play when Brady Ellingson was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.
Ellingson made 2 of 3, but Brett Buehler stole the inbound from Wisco and gave the Chargers one more chance. But a turnover with 4 seconds to go gave the ball back to the Vikings, who hit two free throws (17 of 19 for the night) with 2.3 seconds left. Hamilton's full court play did not yield a final shot.
The Chargers fell to 14-1, while Wisco improved to 11-3. Ellingson had 24 points for Hamilton.
The Mukwonago Rotary Club will be hosting Breakfast with the Village President on Thursday Jan. 31 at 7a.m.
Breakfast will take place at Village Hall, 440 Rivercrest Court, Mukwonago and will feature guest speaker Fred Winchowky.
Winchowky will discuss the state of the Village and plans for 2013 and beyond while guests enjoy breakfast catered by Espresso Love Coffee.
This event is free to guests, but those who wish to attend are being asked to RSVP to Tom Herlugson at 262-470-4218 or by e-mailing email@example.com. You can also visit www.mukwonagorotary.org for more information.
Rep. Joel Kleefisch will attend a Town Hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc City Hall.
“This is a great opportunity for me to join Rep. Sensenbrenner and hear the concerns of constituents in both the Fifth Congressional District and in the 38th Assembly District. I look forward to spending time with both Rep. Sensenbrenner and constituents,” Rep. Kleefisch said.
Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) has represented the Fifth Congressional District in Wisconsin since 1979. Rep. Kleefisch has represented the 38th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2005.
Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox is still missing, despite continued efforts by police, family and friends to locate the 24-year-old Milwaukee resident.
The Nature Conservancy announced Wednesday that it has added another 30.5 acres of land to the Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve, located southwest of Eagle on Highway 67. The parcel of land connects the east and west sides of the preserve, providing additional access for recreational activities including walking, wildlife-watching, hunting and cross-country skiing.
“Newell and Ann Meyer wanted to create a sanctuary for wildlife where people could come and enjoy the beauty of nature,” said Pat Morton, director of the Conservancy’s work in the Mukwonago River watershed. “This acquisition protects additional habitat for wildlife and allows us to expand our trail system and make this preserve an even more enjoyable place to visit.”
Because a major portion of the headwaters of the Mukwonago River rises from springs on the Meyer Preserve, protecting land and restoring forests and grasslands at the preserve helps slow runoff so the water can percolate into the soil, replenishing the groundwater supply and keeping nutrients and other pollutants from entering the river.
The Conservancy’s loop trail from the east side of the preserve will be expanded into the new property in the coming year. When it is completed, visitors will be able to walk for more than 3.5 miles and view wetlands, prairies, woodlands and wildlife including fox, coyotes and, perhaps, badgers, which have been sighted at the Meyer Preserve. Many species of birds are also in the area, including turkey vultures, several species of hawks, cormorants, egrets and great blue herons.
Partial funding for the acquisition was provided by a private donation, and the Conservancy has applied for a grant from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.
Fore more information, visit www.nature.org/wisconsin in the Places We Protect section.
Realty Executives International Broker/Owner Dale Schaechterle and his team are now able to expand the company throughout the state after earning franchise rights acquisition of the entire state.
Realty Executives franchisees throughout the State of Wisconsin will now have the benefit of working with Schaechterle and his team.
“Our vision is to see a Realty Executives International brokerage in every population center in the state of Wisconsin,” said Schaechterle, Regional Developer for Realty Executives in Wisconsin.
City of Oconomowoc — A 27-year-old Oconomowoc man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 22 for allegedly robbing an Oconomowoc car maintenance shop last summer.
Joshua G. Watkins was charged with one felony count of burglary for the July 7 robbery of Valvoline Quick Oil Change, 1111 Summit Ave.
According to the complaint:
An assistant manager arrived at the store at 10:30 a.m. on July 8 and found that the overnight bank deposit bag was missing and the cash register was emptied. The deposit bag contained approximately $300 and the register contained $100.
Video surveillance from the store showed a subject wearing white gloves and a bright yellow shirt enter the building the night prior. The assistant manager told police he recognized the shoes and shirt as belonging to Watkins, a former employee of the Valvoline. He also noted that the subject seemed to know where the security cameras were located because he positioned himself in areas where it would be difficult to see his face.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc — A 31-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly driving her car into her mother’s house while intoxicated on Jan. 19.
Julaine S. Ostrowski, 1241 S. Waterville Lake Rd., was charged on Jan. 21 with felony criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and drunken driving, her fifth such offense since 1997.
Ostrowski allegedly got into a physical argument with her mother over her ability to drive. The defendant’s mother refused to let Ostrowski leave with her two children, believing the defendant was drunk. The defendant’s mother told police she “wrestled” the two children away from Ostrowski and locked them in an upstairs bedroom.
Ostrowski then allegedly got into her green Chrysler mini van and rammed it into the side of the house, causing an estimated $5,000 in damages. She then fled the scene.
Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department pulled Ostrowski over on Lisbon Road in Menomonee Falls. The officer said the defendant’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot and her speech was slurred. The front bumper of the vehicle was hanging off and the right quarter panel was missing.» Read Full Article
The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education will meet on Feb. 5 to interview search firms to hire to fill the district's top spot. Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker announced in December that she will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
The Board will meet with between four and six firms and hopes to make a decision on which to hire following the interview process.
Second Chance Partners for Education (SCPFE) – in partnership with the Kettle Moraine School District, GE’s Waukesha gas engines (General Electric), Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Generac) and the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) – launched an advanced manufacturing certificate pilot on Jan. 22.
The pilot, the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway, is a transformational education experience that leverages partnerships among local businesses, local high schools and the local technical college along with SCPFE. The pilot is designed to provide students who have an interest in technical careers with the ability to earn transcripted credits at post-secondary schools and valuable work experience.
The pilot will be located at the Generac’s facility in Eagle, Wisconsin, and General Electric’s facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and will initially serve 12 students – seven juniors and five seniors – from the Kettle Moraine School District.
"We are committed to ensuring our graduates are prepared for college and career success in a wide range of occupations,” says Pat Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent. “This pilot exposes students to career pathways inherent in manufacturing, including interests such as welding, fabrication, and manufacturing processes to advanced degree fields such as mechanical and electrical engineering."
Since 2000, SCPFE has partnered local businesses and education to provide students with an integrated learning experience that links academic standards with real-world applications. The pilot is an extension of the organization’s foundational tenants:» Read Full Article
Derek M. Olson, 2416 Springdale Rd. #202, was charged with three counts of burglary of a building and one count of armed burglary after allegedly stealing two guns and a compound hunting bow from one of the homes. All the burglaries took place on Sept. 26.
Ingrid Herzog, 2016 Ruben Dr., told police she pulled into her driveway on Sept. 16 and saw two backpacks in her backyard, according to the criminal complaint. When she went to look at the backpacks, she saw a man, believed by police to be Olson, standing behind some bushes. According to the complaint, the man fled.
Herzog told police five bottles of liquor, seven shot glasses and a laptop with software were missing.
At 2014 Ruben Dr. a glass pane patio door was shattered with a flower pot. According to the complaint, a handwritten note in the kitchen stated: “Sorry 4 breaking your door. Next time lock your door [expletive]. BTW [By the way] I didn’t take your stuff.” Olson allegedly told police after he was arrested that he left the note to make it look like the burglary was, “personal to the homeowner,” according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Host Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team had a good fourth quarter Tuesday night and defeated Oconomowoc in a nonconference game, 63-48.
KM led 49-47 going into the fourth quarter.
Mitchell Oleson had 21 points and a career-best 16 rebounds for the Lasers. Paul Miller chipped in with 19 points.
Oconomowoc was led by TJ Schlundt with 21 tallies. Canton Larson and Danny Duffy had 10 points each.
Town of Oconomowoc - A group of about 50 motorcyclists who like to ride on two frozen ponds within the town showed up Tuesday night to oppose a proposed ordinance that would limit their riding.
The Town Board was considering an ordinance that would limit their speed to no more than 10 mph, types of maneuvers like wheelies and spin outs and exhaust after resident complaints.
The group - about half who said they are town residents - said they are safe riders and can self-regulate their exhaust so its not disturbing to neighbors of the ponds. The board agreed to let the group work out some temporary regulations on when they ride and other concerns. The agreement will allow the riders to enjoy the rest of the season.
Police Chief James Wallis said that he has never experienced problems with the group in the past. He said he didn't want to see their recreational sport ruined because of one person and planned to meet with them, and check on them when they're out riding on the weekends.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village trustees tonight appointed a committee that will advise the Village Board on how to take control of the Pauline Haass Library, if necessary.
Town of Lisbon officials have indicated they might not renew in 2014 a joint agreement with the village that provides the two municipalities share in the cost of the library.
Village President Greg Goetz reiterated before tonight's Village Board meeting that the village is prepared to assume responsibility for the operations of the library if the town pulls out of the agreement.
Goetz said the number of key village officials assigned to the committee is in an indication of the importance of the group.
"I think this committee is important because it is going insure a quality library in the future for all of the residents of the village," he said.» Read Full Article
Drivers in Waukesha County beware: cold weather has not stopped construction season. Beginning Jan. 28, drivers will begin to see closures at I-43 northbound in Waukesha County between WIS 83 and WIS 164.
This may sound familiar, as the southbound lanes of this stretch were completed last year. Northbound, however, has not been resurfaced since the early 1990s. This $13.4 million project sponsored by a mix of state and federal funding will also help to rehabilitate some bridges in that stretch.
While the schedule is dependent on weather, the first closure of Oakdale Road at I-43 is expected to begin Jan. 28 and last approximately four weeks. HiLo Drive is expected to close around Feb. 5, again for four weeks. Edgewood Avenue will close after Oakdale reopens, and will last approximately 11 weeks. It is yet to be determined how Evergreen Drive will be affected.
The project is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving 2013.
The Town of Mukwonago investigated a fatal accident yesterday, Jan. 21. The single vehicle incident was reported on Highway I just west of Highway 83 around 3:48 p.m.
A 39 year-old City of Waukesha resident, Kristin Bear, was pronounced dead at the scene after her 2006 Saturn View left the road and struck a tree.
Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Tom Czarnecki said that it does not appear this was caused by a highway factor. There is currently no indication of the cause of the incident and no additional information available at this time.
Waukesha — A 20-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday with felony counts of strangulation and suffocation, intimidation of a victim and false imprisonment after a domestic dispute on Jan. 18.
The defendant allegedly attacked the complainant at their shared residence, at one point allegedly strangling her and threatening to kill her with a knife if she called the police, according to the criminal complaint.
The alleged victim told police in the complaint that the defendant arrived home at approximately 10:30 p.m. and started insulting her. He then allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her onto the couch. The complainant said she was concerned for herself and the safety of her child, and tried to call the police, but the defendant allegedly took her phone and said “he would kill her if she told the neighbors to call the police,” the complaint reads.
The alleged victim tried locking herself in the bathroom, but the defendant allegedly forced his way in and began strangling her, slamming her head against the closet door repeatedly, according to the complaint.
He let her go and the defendant tried escaping several more times before locking herself in the bedroom and calling police, the complaint reads.» Read Full Article
Waukesha – A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, second offense, and three counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place on Jan. 21.
Marcus D. White, 4627 N. 27th St. in Milwaukee, was arrested on Jan. 17 as part of a sting operation by the Waukesha Police Department. The department provided a criminal informant with marked currency to exchange for the crack cocaine White allegedly sold.
The criminal informant allegedly met White, also known as “D,” at a Waukesha gas station on Jan. 2, where the defendant provided the informant with .5 grams of crack. They met again in Waukesha on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17, each time the defendant allegedly provided subsequently larger amounts of crack to the informant.
White pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, for which he received a six month license suspension and 10 months confinement in a house of correction.
If convicted of all charges, the defendant could face up to 52 years and six months in prison, $105,000 in fines, or both.» Read Full Article
Village of Hartland – The Hartland-Lakeside School Board announced they will have a special meeting on Jan. 28 to discuss possible safety improvements to the district’s schools.
District Administrators have met with Hartland Police to look at potential improvements to the school’s security, including possibly adding new shatterproof windows, cameras, or a new buzzer system for main entrances.
Hartland-Lakeside is just one of several districts looking at possible safety improvements following the death of 27 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
“Safety has always been a priority at schools, ever since we ducked under desks during the Atom Bomb Era,” Superintendent Glenn Schilling said during the Jan. 21 board meeting.
But all security upgrades will have to eventually be accounted for in the budget, Schilling said.» Read Full Article
Village of Hartland – Although it feels as if winter break just ended, the Hartland-Lakeside School Board has already approved at its Jan. 21 meeting a tentative schedule for summer school.
The curriculum places a heavy emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, offering classes such as “Engineering with Legos” and “Objects in Motion, Forces at Work” for first and second graders.
Also emphasized are intervention courses to help students struggling in core areas, including an intensive, referral-only Reading Intervention course.
“I think our goal is that we have those students that really struggle, so getting them in during the summer and giving them that intensive instruction, we can start addressing that issue,” Superintendent Glenn Schilling said during the meeting.» Read Full Article
A new state program will help 20 Wisconsin communities, including some in the Milwaukee area, with improving their downtowns and other urban commercial districts.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Connect Communities program will provide services that include a networking group for new ideas, on-site visits from WEDC managers, and training programs, it was announced Tuesday.
The Connect Communities program is a complementary program to WEDC’s Wisconsin Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization program targeting the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional downtown business districts
The communities selected for the new program are Antigo, Berlin, Cambridge, Cashton, Chilton, Crandon, Deerfield, Edgerton, Greenwood, Hartford, Hartland, La Crosse, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Mosinee, Plymouth, Pulaski, Sheboygan and Superior.
The communities selected to participate in the program each needed to have an organization that focuses on downtown and other urban commercial district issues, as well as information technology capability and a commitment to training opportunities.
City of Delafield - Two candidates, one of them an incumbent, will be waging write in campaigns in the Third Aldermanic District in the April 2 Municipal election.
Jackie Valdie registered Friday with the City Clerk's office as a write in candidate challenging incumbent Jane Lazynski who had registered as a write in candidate the week before.
Lazynski had initially decided not to seek reelection. However, when no one filed candidacy petitions by the Jan 5 deadline, she changed her mind. She said some constituents and other city residents urged her to seek reelection by running as a write in candidate.
Valdie said she had intended to file her candidacy petitions earlier but unexpectedly had to leave the country because of a death in her family and was not able to return until after the Jan. 5 deadline.
Lazynski is a downtown business owner who was elected in April of 2012 to a district created by the 2011 reappointment required by the 2010 federal census. The district includes large portions of the downtown and south Nagawicka Lake shore residential and business districts.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex – A 29-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 21 after allegedly crashing his vehicle while intoxicated and injuring his infant daughter on Sunday afternoon.
Ian K. Anderson was charged with one count operating while intoxicated causing injury, operating with prohibited alcohol concentration causing injury and misdemeanor bail jumping. The defendant was out on bail after being charged with one count of misdemeanor hit and run last September.
The responding officer said he found the car sitting in a ditch on Richmond Road around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. Anderson was standing on the side of the road holding his daughter, according to the complaint. The officer said in the complaint that the defendant seemed unsteady on his feet, and when asked what happened, allegedly said he did not remember. The officer noted in the complaint that the defendant allegedly smelled strongly of liquor and his eyes were bloodshot.
The officer asked if the defendant and his child were OK, and the defendant said he believed so. Ambulance personnel later noted that the infant’s right hand seemed to be bruised and swollen, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, the officer allegedly noticed unopened beers in the vehicle and a water bottle that contained a brown liquid suspected to be alcohol. There were also three red plastic containers the defendant said contained gasoline, including a container on the floor in front of where the child was sitting in his child seat, according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Officials in the Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago school districts are watching temperatures drop, but don't anticipate closing school because of frigid wind chills at this point.
MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel said a wind chill of -30 degrees or worse presents "increasing danger to continued exposure," which could result in closing school. This is the same criteria used for KMSD Superintendent Pat Deklotz said.
Strobel indicated the weather conditions would be monitored in the morning since "a couple of miles per hour with the wind can make a vast difference."
Deklotz and Strobel said a decision would be made early in the morning, by 5 or 6 a.m. if schools would have to be closed.
Arrowhead Union High School Superintendent Craig Jefson said the school is not expecting to cancel classes tomorrow, despite the cold weather.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures tomorrow are expected to reach a high of three degrees, with wind chill values between -15 and -25 degrees.
Jefson said the school has cancelled classes due to low temperatures before, but it would need to be much colder, between -30 to -40 degrees with the wind chill factor considered.
"We anticipate the school being open tomorrow," he said. "It may be a bit chilly, but we are tough Wisconsinites."
City of Waukesha — A Waukesha man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony count of strangulation, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Jan. 18 for allegedly strangling his niece.
The 48-year-old man allowed his niece to use his computer to search for jobs on Jan. 16, according to the complaint. An argument ensued and the niece said she threw the computer along with her cigarette onto the floor and walked back to her bedroom, according to the complaint.
The defendant then allegedly grabbed his niece and “in one movement” pushed her onto the bed with his hand around her throat, according to the complaint.
She tried screaming for her mother, but could not, the complaint reads.
The alleged victim’s mother did arrive and an argument ensued between all members of the family, according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Be sure to visit Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the Nutman Co. sale, sponsored by Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary. Select from an assortment of nuts, chocolates, candies and snack mixes, treats for the family, or a gift. Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Cash/ Checks accepted. Profits from the nut sale go to the Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary to continue its support of the hospital’s commitment to serve the community.
More information is available by calling (262) 569-0293.
City of Waukesha – An 18-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 17 with disorderly conduct, possession of narcotic drugs and carrying a concealed weapon, among other charges, after allegedly trying to force his way into a classroom at Waukesha North High School on Jan. 16.
Jordan T. Hartz, charged with two felony counts of burglary last October, told police that he had been trying to contact a girl at the school the morning of the incident, according to the criminal complaint.
He became upset during the conversation, allegedly telling a friend of the girl who was also on the phone, “I got heat” and “I’m gonna put a boot through your jaw,” the complaint reads.
Hartz then drove to the school and was let into the building by another student.
Hartz was allegedly expelled from the school and told not to return to the premises, according to the complaint. He found the classroom the student was in and, according to the complaint, tried to force his way into the room, screaming “Who the [expletive] was I talking to before.”» Read Full Article
Sweep out the cobwebs in your mind, strap on your thinking cap and get ready to match wits for a worthy cause.
St. Anskar’s Episcopal Church in Hartland is holding a trivia night fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the Lake Area Free Clinic.
The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., following a pot luck supper. There is a maximum of eight players per team allowed, ages 12 and up. Cost of participation is $15 per person, which includes trivia, snacks and childcare.
For ticket information contact Bill Webster at billw1220@ Hotmail.com, or call 414-640-0557.
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City of Waukesha — Kelly A. Shaw, who is accused of causing a four hour standoff with police last December after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head, was arrested outside Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin after allegedly violating the terms of his bail.
According to the criminal complaint, Shaw, 58, allegedly became irate after being refused service at the medical facility, asking an employee if, “anybody died yet today?”
Shaw’s wife also works near Froedtert, and he allegedly told personnel that he was going to her place of employment later, according to the complaint. Personnel, concerned for their safety, asked police to notify Shaw that he was no longer welcome at the facility.
Police said in the complaint they did so, but Shaw still returned and was arrested for trespassing. A knife was also allegedly found on Shaw, violating the terms of his release on bail.
On Dec. 5, Shaw refused to exit his home, located at 3001 E. View Court in Waukesha, causing a four hour standoff with police. When he finally exited, he allegedly told police, “I wish I knew you were outside, I would be dead and hopefully two or three cops would be dead,” the complaint reads.» Read Full Article
Sussex's Patty Braeger will ride her horse with an organization that provides equine therapy to veterans in today's Presidential Inauguration Parade.
A crash on eastbound I-94 at Highway 83 has closed the right lane of traffic.
The crash took place at about 8:40 a.m., and is expected to keep the right lane closed for about two hours.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy was justified in shooting a suicidal man in a home in the Town of Delafield on Jan. 8, under a ruling by District Attorney Brad Schimel.
Officers who were called to the scene found Justin Ebbe with a shotgun aimed at another family member. Deputy Michael Doud ordered Ebbe to drop the weapon, but when he failed to do so, Doud shot and disarmed Ebbe.
Ebbe was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital, where he was treated and has since been released. Charges have not been issued.
City of Delafield - A 32-year-old Milwaukee man died Saturday, Jan. 19, while scuba diving in Lake Nagawicka.
A problem with his equipment is thought to have led to the death of Steven G. LaLonde.
City of Delafield police and emergency personnel from Lake Country Fire and Resuce and the Town of Delafield Fire Department responded to the Naga-Waukee beach area at about 10:03 a.m. for a report of a scuba diver under the ice and in distress.
An officer arrived within minutes, but LaLonde had already been pulled from the water by other members of his group, and CPR was under way.
A news release from the Delafield Police Department indicates LaLonde and those whe was with were all experienced divers. An investigation is under way, but initial indications point to a possible problem with his equipment.
Firefighters are on the scene of a barn fire on Highway 83 south of I-43 in Mukwonago.
Scanner traffic indicates the fire is under control, though emergency personnel remain on scene.
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Arrowhead's girls basketball team lost to visiting Muskego Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 55-49.
Kelly Smith had 16 points and Tori Miller 13 for the Warhawks.
Arrowhead's boys basketball team whipped host Muskego Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 60-36.
Kyle Keranen led the Warhawks with 10 points and Brian Wilman and Dom Todarello had 8 each.
Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Whitnall in double overtime Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 71-65.
Junior center Eric Lutzen had 26 points and a 22 rebounds for the winners.
In a battle between unbeaten Greater Metro Conference powers, Sussex Hamilton staged a second-half rally and defeated Divine Savior Holy Angels in overtime, 39-37.
The Chargers went behind by a 25-14 count after DSHA's Maggie Novak hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, but Hamilton surged back on a 9-0 run and ultimately took a lead with 1:32 to play in the quarter. Junior guard Hannah Menzia scored 7 of her 9 points in that stretch.
Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt scored with 54 seconds to play to tie the game at 36, and DSHA held for the final shot, when Arike Ogunbowale (20 points) couldn't get a driving baseline shot to fall at the buzzer.
In the overtime, Tristen Hayes split free throws for the Chargers with 2:24 to go, and Taylor Klug emerged wide open under the hoop on an inbound from the baseline, scoring to make it 39-36 with 23 seconds to go.
The Dashers were sent to the free-throw line with less than 1 second to go, and Shaylan Reardon hit the first and intentionally missed the second, but Menzia scrambled to the rebound.» Read Full Article
A jury trial to determine whether Alan A. Randall, convicted in the 1976 killings of Summit police officers Robert Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute has been postponed until April 19.
Randall’s attorney Craig Powell requested that the jury trial, expected to begin next week, be postponed. The reason for the postponement was not immediately available and Powell could not be reached for comment. A hearing expected to take place on Jan. 18 was also rescheduled for April 19.
Randall is petitioning for re-examination and release from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He has been committed to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services since 1977, when he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of his neighbor Ronald Hoeft. In 1977 he was convicted of the police murders, four burglaries and a car theft.
In 1980, Randall's psychiatric illness diagnosis was dropped, and he was allowed off the Mendota grounds, unescorted privileges, earning 73 college credits at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
According to his petition for re-examination, his diagnosis of personality disorder was dropped in 1989. In 1992, Randall's treatment team concluded that he no longer needed to see his psychologist, according to his petition.» Read Full Article
Mukwonago Community Library welcomed Jane Ameel as interim director this week. This comes after Nick Weber, former library director of more than 4 years, left for a similar position in Illinois.
Jane Ameel retired as the Waukesha Public Library director after 28 years of service in May and is excited about the interim position with Mukwonago.
"I just found out that I like productive activity and liked having co-workers and a good structure," Ameel said.
Right now, Ameel's appointment is expected to last approximately 6 months. The search process is under way for a permant replacement.
For more information on Ameel, see next week's issue of the Mukwonago Chief.
City of Waukesha — A 17-year-old Waukesha boy was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 17 with being party to the crime of vehicle theft after allegedly going on a “joy ride” with another 16-year-old boy on Dec. 24.
The two teenagers allegedly stole a 1996 Geo belonging to Jose J. Lopez Cruz around 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, according to the criminal complaint. The defendant discovered the car was unlocked with the keys inside, said the defendant’s friend, and asked him if, “he wanted to go for a ride,” the complaint reads.
They allegedly drove to Milwaukee and picked up friends and went to a mall in Brookfield, according to the complaint.
They also allegedly lost control of the vehicle at one point, sliding into a ditch on W. Sunset Drive near St. Paul Avenue, according to the complaint.
An officer identified Cruz’s vehicle outside Kwik Trip Gas Station, 1908 W. Saint Paul Ave., and defendant and his friend were reported to be inside the car. The defendant contradicted the other teenager in his statement, saying that they came across the vehicle stuck in a ditch in the snow and decided to take it for a joy ride, according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Big Al & the Hi Fi's will provide music at the Honor & Valor event at Olympia Resort on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The event will benefit the new Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc.
Tickets are available at honorandvalor.org or First Bank Financial Centre.
Mukwonago Village Players are looking for five women to play nuns in their April production of Nunsense: A Musical Comedy by Dan Goggin.
Auditions will be Jan. 21 and 22 and 7p.m. and will be held at St. James Parish Center, Room 11 located at 830 Cty Rd NN East in Mukwonago.
Those who would like to audition are being asked to prepare 32 bars of a song with sheet music. An accompaniest will be provided.
Rehearsals begin Feb. 25 and performances are April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.
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Village of Pewaukee — Karl Reinelt, A 51-year-old felon, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of election fraud after voting in the Nov. 6, 2012 election.
The alleged illegal vote was first reported the day after the election by Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow. She said she first noticed the mistake when comparing the new registrants sheets with the Government Accountability Board’s list of convicted felons.
She said the mistake should have been caught when Reinelt tried to vote, but the poll workers were busy and must not have cross-checked his registration. The vote could be thrown out, if it were challenged, but Zastrow said that would be difficult to do because of the anonymity of the voting process.
“It could be a really big deal if it was a close race,” Zastrow said, such as the 2011 Supreme Court race between Justice David Prosser, Jr. and former Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. “But in this case, I don’t see them making us do something with the numbers.”» Read Full Article
Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its eighth straight game Thursday night as they trounced host Whitnall in a Woodland Conference battle, 67-38. PHS is now 13-2 overall and 9-2 in league play.
The Pirates took charge immediately, grabbing a 20-4 first period lead. At halftime, Pewaukee led by a 34-10 margin.
Abby Gerrits led the winners with 17 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Lexi Klotz added 12 points for Pewaukee, Lindsay Wisniewski had 11 and Danielle Jasinski 8.
The Lincoln County Sheriff is investigating a complaint involving an employee from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, though no information about the nature of the complaint has been disclosed.
Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel J. Trawicki issued a news release announcing that it has launched its own "professional conduct review" concerning its employee. Waukesha County said no information about its review would be released until both departments have completed their inquiries.
The unnamed employee has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, according to the Waukesha County sheriff.
Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center has just opened in Oconomowoc.
The 7,000-square-foot facility operates in a remodeled warehouse at W359 N5740 Brown St., and features four netted driving bays, and three golfing simulators.The simulators can replicate different course situations, and provide a swing analysis.
The center, which is operated by Lee Newman and Chris Verhoff, also will eventually be adding a putting green, Newman said.
Even though we don’t have a foot of snow and arctic temperatures, our winter weather still keeps us in our homes, for the most part.
Yet, there are so many activities that get us out of the house for food and fun.
Over at Swallow Elementary School in Hartland there’s a Father/Daughter Hoe-Down Dance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $14 with each additional cowgirl, $8.
Hartland Elementary School is celebrating the 100th day of school with readings of the book “100 Snowmen at Night ,” crafts, hot cocoa and an indoor snowball fight with snowmen. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The North Lake Nomads are celebrating winter with its Fourth Annual Winter Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Monches Ball Park, Highway E and Center Oak Road, Monches. The family event is free and includes Clydesdale sleigh rides, vintage snowmobile show, snowmobile rides, games, meat raffle, fire pits, food and refreshments. Bring donations for the food pantry.» Read Full Article
A Cooney native wooed Nicki Minaj and earned judges' favor Thursday night on American Idol making his way to Hollywood.
Griffin Peterson, who hails from Oconomowoc and now lives in Tennessee is on his way to Hollywood after an impressive performance Thursday.
Beyond his talent, Minaj wanted to know if he had a girlfriend. "I do not," Peterson casually replied playing along with the superstar.
But it was his talent that stood out Thursday as he earned a nod from Randy, Mariah and Minaj. Peterson has created a Facebook page where you can see a video of him performing and listen to the song, "You can have it all" he posted this summer.
The site also boasts posts after his performance.» Read Full Article
A search of Kettle Moraine High School by the Milwaukee and Waukesha County sheriff's departments turned up no evidence of any threat, according to a voice message from high school principal Jeff Walters that went out to parents.
A bomb threat led district officials to call off last night's after-school activities at the high school and neighboring Wales Elementary. Classes and after-school activities were also canceled for today.
The school was secured after the search last night, Walters said.
The school will reopen tomorrow, Friday. Walters said the closure will not affect students' ability to complete semester exams. Exams were scheduled for Wednesday through Friday this week. Thursday's exams have been rescheduled for Friday.
Students should talk to teachers with any questions or concerns they have.» Read Full Article
Classes at Kettle Moraine High School and Wales Elementary School will resume on Friday, Jan. 18. Classes and after-school activities have been cancelled for Wednesday evening and Thursday after an alleged bomb threat was discovered in the school. Final exams originally scheduled for Thursday will be taken on Friday.
Check the district website for the most current information regarding the situation.
City of Oconomowoc — A 40-year-old man was charged with one count of mistreatment of animals and another count of obstructing an officer in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 16 for allegedly torturing and killing his cat because he believed it was “Satan.”
According to the criminal complaint, James P. Walker knocked on the door of his neighbor asking him for help at about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. He told his neighbor that he was kicked out of the Marines because, “he couldn’t stop killing,” and asked him to look at something in his apartment, the complaint reads.
When the neighbor arrived at the apartment, he noticed broken glass on the kitchen floor and the refrigerator was pulled away from the wall. In the bedroom, the cat laid between the bed and wall, visibly dead, according to the complaint. The defendant, when asked, allegedly said he had killed it, and the neighbor helped the defendant dispose of the cat into an outdoor trash bin, according to the complaint.
The neighbor contacted police shortly thereafter, concerned Walker may hurt someone. Officers arrived at the defendant’s apartment and he allegedly told them that he “snapped,” strangling and stomping on the cat, the complaint reads. He also said that he tortured the animal because, “he believed it was Satan and evil,” the complaint reads.
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The defendant was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., to be treated for scratches on his arms. On Jan. 2, police received a call from medical personnel requesting assistance in the emergency detention of the defendant. The defendant became upset after being denied narcotic medication, according to the complaint.
City of Pewaukee — Charges have been filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court against a 19-year-old West Allis man who allegedly led police on a 2.7 mile high speed car chase through the City of Pewaukee Wednesday morning.
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, occupied only by the defendant, Donte J. Delamar, at about 1:39 a.m. on Jan. 16 as it drove the wrong way on Highway 164 at Tower Place, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle fled west on Tower Place and turned into a parking lot, where it “recklessly weaved” through the lot and exited south onto Pewaukee Road, where it failed to stop at a red signal, according to the complaint.
The vehicle eventually reached speeds of 90 to 100 miles per hour on Pewaukee Road, speeding through lights at Northview Road and Moreland Boulevard, before crashing into two telephone poles near Buena Vista Avenue, the complaint reads.
Officers ordered the defendant out of the vehicle, and he complied. Delamar allegedly told police after being transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for possible neck injuries that “he panicked,” according to the complaint.
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“The defendant indicated that his thoughts were blank and he felt as if he weren’t in control of himself,” the complaint reads.
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After working with OpenGate Capital, the Hunger Task Force has been able to recover dairy products from the recently shut-down Golden Guernsey Dairy in Waukesha.
Mukwonago Food Pantry was just one recipient of several cases of Golden Gurnsey pint-sized milk today with their normal delivery of senior Stock Boxes, a federal program that assists low-income seniors.
Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director at Hunger Task Force, said that yesterday alone the organization was able to recover nine semi-trucks full of dairy products. Tussler expected an additional six or seven trucks full to be recovered today and plans to continuously disperse them products throughout the state.
"Some products were already expired but we are taking as much as we can," Tussler said. "We will continue to recover things that have been refrigerated and stored properly and that still have good dates."
Tussler explained the products taken from the plant have a Jan. 21 or 22 best if sold by date and typically can be consumed safely for a week after that.» Read Full Article
CORRECTION: Classes have been canceled Thursday, not Friday.
The Milwaukee County and Waukesha County sheriff's departments have arranged for bomb-sniffing dogs to check Kettle Moraine High School Wednesday night in the wake of a bomb threat, according to high school principal Jeff Walters.
Walters told a reporter that he was shown an image of a threat written in the high school that indicated a bomb threat specific to the high school on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Walters said the sheriff's departments arranged for the dogs and secured the school once class was dismissed at the end of the school day Wednesday.
Classes and after-school activities have been canceled at the school Thursday as a precaution, Walters said.» Read Full Article
A bomb threat has prompted the Kettle Moraine School District to cancel all evening activities tonight at Wales Elementary School and Kettle Moraine High School, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz.
In addition, the high school will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 17. Semester exams for that day will be rescheduled for Friday.
The threat was specific to Kettle Moraine High School, and did not involve any other district schools, Deklotz said. Wales Elementary School is next door to the high school.
The district does not believe the threat is credible, Deklotz said. She emphasized that no students or staff were in danger, and that the school is working with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.
KM Global will hold a parent information night on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at KM Global located in Kettle Moraine High School.
A community showcase, where students present their first semester research work, will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 in the Kettle Moraine High School library at 6 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity for interested parents and students to see what KM Global is about.
A retirement reception honoring Jackie Gotz after 30 years with the East Troy Public Library will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Ivan's Backstage, 2087 Division St., East Troy.
An hors d'oeuvre buffet will be hosted by the Village of East Troy.
The Book Club for 7th and 8th graders will discuss The Hobbit, by J.R. Tolkien at the Oconomowoc Public Library.
The group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Interested parties can register at at
Register and read the book and then join the group for conversation and tasty snacks. For more information, please contact Betsy Bromlet at (262) 569-2193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An 18-year-old man was charged with four counts of misdemeanor burglary on Jan. 15 after allegedly stealing from vehicles in the Village of Pewaukee and Village of Hartland last October.
Jesse D. Reed was arrested at his residence in the Village of Hartland on Dec. 10 after a warrant for his arrest was filed for an unrelated drug charge. According to the criminal complaint, items allegedly belonging to the victims, including a Pakistan buck knife, a Sanyo camera, a JVC car stereo and a Garmin GPS unit, were found in the defendant’s backpack.
A heroin kit and oxycodone pill were also alleged to have been found in Reed’s possession. He is subsequently also being charged with one count of possession of narcotic drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The thefts took place in the area of Quinlan Drive in the Village of Pewaukee and Hill Street and Ridgeway Place in the Village of Hartland.
If convicted of all counts, Reed could face up to 36 months in prison, fined up to $40,000, or both. The charges against him were filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Best Summer Ever
We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.
Waukesha County Fair
The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.
Featured this week:
North Shore Bank-Taste of Lake Country: 5 p.m. July 29, 4 p.m. July 30, Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Headline Friday night is The Toys and Saturday night The Love Monkeys. Free.
Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.
Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit www.facebook.com/WIStateFrogJump.
Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.