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Rep. Bill Kramer charged with sexual assault in 2011 case

March 28, 2014 10:04 p.m. | Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female legislative staffer in Muskego three years ago, raising anew the question of whether he will be able to remain in his post until the end of his term.

The charges issued by a Waukesha County prosecutor come one month after Kramer, 49, was accused of groping another aide and sexual harassing a lobbyist in a separate recent incident after a Washington, D.C., fundraiser. On Monday, the Waukesha Republican filed paperwork saying he would not run for re-election but so far has not stepped down from his post, which he holds until January.

Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius filed the charges Friday, alleging that Kramer had grabbed the breasts and groin of a legislative staffer in Muskego after a Republican event at a bar there. He has his initial appearance scheduled for April 14.

A certified public accountant and attorney with a degree from Duke University Law School, Kramer now faces the most serious legal issue of his career — each count of sexual assault carries a potential penalty of up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison.

Jim Gatzke, Kramer's attorney, said Friday that he believes his client will be exonerated.

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Dance Night to benefit Seniors on the Go service

March 28, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Rotary Club of Mukwonago and the Mukwonago Lions Club have teamed up once again to host a fundraiser benefiting the Mukwonago Seniors on the Go taxi service.

The organizations will host a dance at American Legion Post 375 on Highway NN from 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday March 29.

The event will feature music by the band Press Play, a silent auction, 50-50 raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Fourth write-in for County 11 seat

March 28, 2014 1:15 p.m. | A fourth write-in candidate has come forward for the County Supervisor Seat #11. 

Buddy Liesener, of Pewaukee, joins Lisa Coursin, Christine Howard and Shannon Highum in the race for the county seat.

All candidates are registered write-ins and their names will not be on the ballots -- voters must remember to write it down themselves. 

Fest, fun and food this weekend

March 28, 2014 12:00 a.m. | It looks as though winter has overstayed its keep. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do at indoor venues in Lake Country.

On Saturday, Lake Country Community Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The fest features more than 140 vendor booths plus health fair, food court, live music, exhibitor raffles, children’s activities, student productions, product demonstrations, food drive.

Friday fish fries will be served at from: 4 to 7 p.m.  at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., Butler, and 5 to 8 p.m. at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, 2777 Mission Road, Merton.  Eat in or carry out for $8 at St. Agnes. Call (262) 781-9521 for information. Dinner at the Nashotah House is $12 or $8. Call (262) 309-7619 for more information.

There’s ice skating at the Mullett Ice Center this weekend from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. Cost is $5 adult, $4 junior/senior, $2 skate rental. Call (262) 369-3600 for more information.

Witt disputes doctor's finding of competency

March 27, 2014 1:03 p.m. | Shawn Witt is contesting a doctor’s determination that he is competent to stand trial in the shooting death of his father.

Dr. Mark Phelps of the Mendota Mental Health Institute filed a psychological report with the Waukesha County Circuit Court earlier this month. The examiner previously requested that proceedings be delayed so that an inpatient evaluation could be conducted.

The report, which concluded that Witt is competent to stand trial, was presented at a review hearing Wednesday, March 26. Attorney Anthony Rosario disputed the report’s determination on behalf of his client and requested that a specialist perform further evaluation.

The court has granted that request and scheduled a new review hearing for Wednesday, April 23.

According to the complaint, Village of Summit Police found the body of James Witt in the basement of his home at 34825 Elm St. on the afternoon of Jan. 22. Shawn Witt, 27, was an immediate suspect. The father had requested a restraining order against his son the day before.

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Congressman Sensensbrenner to host town hall meeting

March 26, 2014 2:08 p.m. |  Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced that he will be hosting a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 30, at the Oconomowoc City Hall.

The congressman will meet with constituents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave. 

Sensenbrenner represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee and Dodge counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties. He has held the seat since 1978. 

UPDATE: Sex assault charges against Rep. Bill Kramer referred to DA's Office

March 26, 2014 12:25 p.m. |  District Attorney Brad Schimel said Wednesday that charges of sexual assault against Rep. Bill Kramer were referred to his office by the Muskego Police Department.

Schimel said via email that he could not comment on the nature of the allegations, which are being reviewed by a deputy district attorney in his office.

"It will be reviewed quickly, but I have no way of knowing whether or not any charge will be issued, nor can I say whether there might be any further investigation required, so I could not predict a timeline at this point," he wrote.

Kramer, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, was removed as majority leader earlier this month by Assembly Republicans after accusations that he sexually harassed one woman and inappropriately touched another while in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Scott Walker and others have called on him to resign. He filed paperwork Monday with state election authorities saying he would not be running for re-election. 

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Sign up today for Best Buddies Friendship Walk

March 26, 2014 12:15 p.m. | Mukwonago High School Best Buddies Friendship Walk kickoff will be held Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm in the MHS library/common. Come to learn more about the walk and have some custard donated by the Mukwonago Culvers.

The Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk to help Best Buddies promote inclusion, friendship, and leadership for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as raising money.

The event is open to the public. Mukwonago community members are invited to form their own teams. 

The MHS Best Buddies participates in the Lake Country, Wisconsin Walk at Lapham Peak, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield on  Saturday, May 17, from  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those interested in joining the MukWalkers Team can sign up online or at the walk kickoff. Interested parties can join the MukWalkers Team or make a donation online or at the high school.

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Delafield Town adopt vacation rental code

March 25, 2014 9:05 p.m. | Town of Delafield - With little debate, the Town Board tonight quickily and uanimousy adopted a new local code that requires property owners to obtain a town permit before placing their homes on the vacation rental market.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter credited the Plan Commission wilth crafting an ordinance that relieved concerns he had about the town attempting to regulation home owners renting their property.

Supervisor Clare Dundon said a pubic hearing was held about two weeks ago and no one voice opposition to the proposal.

The ordinance requires property owners to obtain a conditional use permit from the town before renting their property. The permit requirements incorporate existing state regulations and state licensing requirements for tourist rooming houses.

There are additional local requirements that regulate off street parking, fencing and landscaping, and maintaining records related to who rented the property.

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Former Waukesha County Sheriff's lieutenant charged with obstruction, theft

March 25, 2014 6:51 p.m. | A former lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was accused Tuesday of obstructing state authorities investigating her for prescription pill theft.

Sarah L. Massa, 36, was charged Tuesday, March 25, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

She could face 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha Police contacted state authorities last year about the theft of opiate medication from the McDermott residence at 1501 Pewaukee Rd., Waukesha.

Massa was suspected of stealing the medication, which was prescribed to her grandmother, Leona McDermott, to treat pain related to terminal cancer, the complaint states.

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Rep. Bill Kramer subject of criminal investigation, DA says

March 25, 2014 3:55 p.m. |  District Attorney Brad Schimel confirmed Monday evening that Rep. Bill Kramer is being investigated by a Waukesha County law enforcement agency for potential criminal behavior.

Schimel said via email that no charges have yet been referred to his office and he would not identify which law enforcement agency is conducting the investigation.

“I am not ethically permitted to make extrajudicial statements about a pending investigation that might compromise the right of an eventual defendant to a fair trial or such as would substantially damage the reputation of persons who are not ultimately charged,” he said.

It could not be immediately determined which department is investigating Kramer.

Jennifer Wallschlaeger of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said she was not aware of any investigation being conducted by her department.

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Persistence pays off for veteran actor John Ruby

March 25, 2014 1:10 p.m. | Pewaukee native John Ruby has worked for more than 10 years in Los Angeles, carving out a career for himself as an actor in the glitzy city.

Ruby, 36, said his interest in acting developed over time — starting in Lake Country. He was a member of the Hartland North Elementary choir growing up, where he got his first taste for the stage.

“I had a choir teacher, Mrs. Wilson,” he said. “She is no longer there, but she used to give me solos, not every year, but for the Christmas shows, and that was a really exciting thing for me to be a part of.”

His mother, Gay, remembers Ruby had a fascination with magic growing up. He would be the magician, and his sister would be the sidekick.

“They called themselves Jangle and Pop,” Gay recalled.

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Kids earn cones during National Library Week

March 25, 2014 8:20 a.m. |  National Library Week is April 13-19.

Children ages 4-11 can celebrate at the Oconomowoc Public Library by coloring a picture of their favorite book during the month of April  and earn a free cone from Culvers.  

Rep. Bill Kramer, accused of groping aide, won't seek re-election

March 24, 2014 11:50 p.m. | Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer — stripped of his leadership post earlier this month amid allegations of groping a legislative aide — will not seek re-election.

The Waukesha Republican filed paperwork Monday with state election authorities saying he was not running for re-election.

Kramer is accused of groping a legislative aide and making crude remarks to a lobbyist in February while in Washington for a fundraiser. Assembly Republicans removed him as majority leader soon after.

His aides have said he has checked himself in to an unspecified treatment program.

Kramer's district is overwhelmingly Republican, and the GOP is widely expected to retain the seat in the November elections.

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Life of an Athlete comes to Waukesha County

March 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. | More than 250 high school student athletes, coaches, and athletic directors from school districts across Waukesha County will be participating in a unique, day-long student leadership workshop at the Sheraton in Brookfield on March 25. The event, hosted by the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities, Addiction Resource Council and Rosecrance Behavioral Health Treatment Center will feature John Underwood, president of the American Athletic Institute and creator of the Life of an Athlete (LOA) program.

During the workshop, Underwood will present an overview of the LOA program and discuss the criteria for selecting and training student athletes as leaders in the school setting and on the playing field.  The audience will hear why LOA is essential to create a positive and successful athletic environment.  At the end of the workshop, the students and coaches will create an action plan to take back to their own school in order to implement the next phase in their LOA program.        

While in Waukesha County, Underwood will spend also Wednesday, March 26 in the Kettle Moraine School District and Thursday, March 27 in the Elmbrook School District.  During the day, he will hold training sessions for both districts’ students and coaches.  Then, in the evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Underwood will present “Pure Performance:  Life of an Athlete” to parents, students, coaches, educators, and community, challenging each to set higher standards and expectations for athletics and the communities as a whole.

The goal of Life of an Athlete is to turn a school’s traditional, static code of conduct into a dynamic teaching program that helps student athletes create a healthy lifestyle in order to maximize their physical and mental potential.  It educates students, coaches, and parents with research-based information regarding substance use, sleep habits, nutrition, recovery, and emotional health.  It also gives student athletes the leadership skills to empower other students to create a safe and healthy culture throughout their sports teams and school community. 

The DFC program is a federal effort to reduce youth substance use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.  The coalition represents a number of partnering agencies including schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, media, parents, youth, state and local agencies and civic and volunteer groups.  For more information on the coalition visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/dfc.

Superior boards up Mukwonago in state semifinal

March 21, 2014 10:53 p.m. | Superior continued to find ways to reel in the big rebound Friday when Mukwonago met the Spartans in the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball state semifinal at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Including the last one.

Jessica Lindstrom, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit who finished with 20 points and 18 rebounds, hauled in an offensive rebound and got fouled with 0.8 seconds on the clock, then sank two free throws to account for the winning margin in a 51-49 heartbreaker.

Mukwonago finished the year 20-7 and left Green Bay short of the gold ball for a second straight year. The Indians reached the state final in 2013.

Lindstrom scored 13 of her 20 in the second half, helping tilt the scales in a tightly-contested battle. Superior owned a 42-27 edge on the glass, including 17 offensive rebounds that turned into 21 second-chance points.

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Active Aging Research Center seeks participants for upcoming study

March 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Active Aging Research Center (AARC) is looking for older adults (and their caregivers if available) to participate in an upcoming research study to see if technology can help them continue to live independently.

AARC, in partnership with UW-Madison has created a system that offers both computer and community center support. They are asking those interested and available to attend a Q&A Session on Wednesday March 26 from 10-11 a.m. The session will take place at the Mukwonago Food Pantry Resource Center, 225 Eagle Lake Ave, Mukwonago and light refreshments will be served.

To R.S.V.P. or get more information on the program contact Christa Glowacki at (262) 548-7838. 

Could be foggy drive this morning

March 21, 2014 7:22 a.m. | Motorists may want to plan a little extra time for their commute this morning, as areas of dense fog in some places are slowing traffic. Visibility is down to about a quarter-mile in some areas. The sun should dissipate the fog by midmorning.

Music is in the air this weekend

March 21, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Spring is in the air (some days at least). And there’s music in the air this weekend as well.

A Hymn Sing and Gospel Bluegrass Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at Lake Country School Auditorium, 1800 Vettelson Road, Hartland. The talented Burie Family will perform at the free concert. Pie and ice cream will be served at intermission. For more information call (262) 567-3830.

Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales, is hosting a weekend of music starting with Vicanco-Gomez Duet Peruvian Classical Guitar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday. From 10 a.m. to noon Sunday the Milwaukee Guitar Quartet will entertain. For more information visit www.mamadscoffee.com.

The Waukesha Choral Union will present "Creation: Let There Be Light" at 3 p.m.  Sunday at Carroll University Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha.  The concert is free.

The Lake Country Players are staging the hilarious musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. For information call (262) 367-3072 or visit www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

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Fire at Retzer Nature Center barn

March 20, 2014 9:42 p.m. | A fire was reported earlier this evening at a barn on the Retzer Nature Center property.

No information was immediately available from the Wales/Genesee Fire Department. 

Village of Big Bend Fire Cheif John Ludwig returned from the call as a public hearing was wrapping up inside the Big Bend fire station. Ludwig said Big Bend FD responded to the scene with one tender and the fire appeared isolated to a barn which was heavily damaged.

reVoice tonight at LCS

March 20, 2014 2:51 p.m. | The a cappella vocal group "reVoiced" is touring schools this month and is at Lake Country School today. 

The concert is tonight at 7 p.m.

To celebrate "Music in our School Month," the group is performing a benefit concert. Choir Director Jacob Notch said not only is the group singing a concert as a partial fundraiser for the music department, they are also volunteering their time and talents before the concert to work with and encourage students both in the choir program and throughout the school. Even, their audio tech has agreed to do a pro-bono seminar on live sound engineering for our newly formed Audio/Visual Club.

ReVoiced members have shared the stage with such artists as Maroon 5, Rascal Flats, Ben Folds, Chubby Checker, Ludacris, Montel Jordan, Rockapella, and appeared on NBC’s hit TV show The Sing-Off.

Tickets can be ordered over the phone (262) 367-3606 or inside the LCS Main Office. They will also be sold at the door: $8 for students, $15 for adults.

Bank employee charged with fraud

March 19, 2014 3:08 p.m. |  A 26-year-old U.S. Bank employee in Oconomowoc has been accused of stealing more than $3,500, allegedly hiding the cash in friend’s accounts.

Jacob Salemi, 950 York Imperial Drive, was charged Monday, March 17 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with fraud against a financial institution (exceeds $500, but does not exceed $10,000).

He could face six years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a U.S. Bank fraud investigator reported the alleged thefts to City of Oconomowoc Police last August. He told police that bank officials found suspicious financial activity tied to a unique identification code used by Salemi, who was employed at the bank’s Oconomowoc branch until he resigned in June.

Salemi allegedly moved $3,870 of U.S. Bank funds into eights separate accounts belonging to his friends between May and June, the complaint states. Salemi was questioned by bank officials and admitted to committing the fraud.

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Mukwonago resident directs "Marvin's Room"

March 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Deanna Strasse, of Mukwonago, is director of the Village Playhouse production of “Marvin's Room,” which will be staged seven times at its new home, Inspiration Studios, in West Allis. The play opens Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Other production dates are March 22, 28, 29 and April 4 and 5 – all at 7:30 p.m. as well as a matinee on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available by phone (414) 207-4879 or email at MarvinsRoom@villageplayhouse.org and at the door. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors age 55 and older.

The play, written by Scott McPherson, features Marilou Davido as the main character, Bessie, who cares for her father; Marvin, played by Brad Highdudis; and her aunt, enacted by Carol Gegner. Action intensifies with bizarre family dynamics: Bessie's wayward sister, Lee, is played by Julia Snider; Lee's troubled son Hank is played by Daniel Slattery; her other son, Charlie, is played by Shawn Helton. Michael Davis is cast as the eccentric Dr. Wally, and Diana Randelzhofer as Dr. Charlotte.

This is the Village Playhouse’s first production at its new theater space, Inspiration Studios,1500 S 73rd St, West Allis. Inspiration Studios is also home to Erico’s Gallery.

Program notes say, “Deanna is ecstatic to be working on one of her favorite plays.” She dedicates her work on the show to “her wonderful sister, Dana. I have been so lucky!”

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Coffee Conversations to focus on mining in Penokee Hills

March 19, 2014 9:34 a.m. |

Community members concerned about the proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills are invited to attend a discussion on Thursday, March 27 at Whelan’s Coffee and Creme in downtown Oconomowoc.

Guest speaker Matt Dannenberg is a member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa and serves as a board member for the League of Conservation Voters. Dannenberg, a UW-Madison graduate, is the central Wisconsin organizer for the league and works to expand the power and influence of conservation voters throughout the central part of the state.

Opponents of mining in the Penokee Hills, which includes such organizations as the Penokee Hills Education Project and the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, argue that the extraction process would pollute local rivers and potentially contaminate Lake Superior.

The conversation is part of the “coffee conversations” series sponsored by Greener Oconomowoc. Members previously discussed environmental lawn care on Thursday, March 13. The history and impact of fracking will be discussed on Thursday, March 20.

The discussion on Penokee Hills will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at Whelan’s Coffee, 163 E. Wisconsin Ave.
 

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Hartland's Casper to retire as village clerk after 30 years

March 18, 2014 3:53 p.m. |  Connie Casper, a 30-year veteran at Hartland’s Village Hall, will be retiring as village clerk on April 15.

Casper first worked for the village as a poll worker, but was officially hired in 1983 to help manage day-to-day affairs and oversee the electoral process. This year Casper will oversee her fourteenth election. She served for 10 years, until 2009, as coordinator of the annual Hometown Celebration parade and previously served on school boards for the Hartland-Lakeside School District and the St. Charles Parish Catholic School.

She previously said her father, Ken Race, inspired her to serve the community. He served as village president throughout the 1970s.

The village will be hosting a retirement party for Casper from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 4, her final day in the office. Community members are invited to enjoy some cake and share memories.

The village is currently searching for her replacement. Deputy Clerk Lynn Meyer said she was not interested in the position.

Booster and car seat safety check Thursday

March 18, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, led by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will host a Booster and Car Seat Safety Check Thursday at Mukwonago Fire Department Station 1, 1111 Fox Street, Mukwonago. Volunteer, certified child passenger safety technicians will assist families to ensure children are riding safely. A limited supply of low-cost child safety seats will also be available for purchase. Child and vehicle must be present to purchase seat. Appointments will take place from 3-6 p.m. Call (414) 231-4896 to schedule an appointment. 

Leonard-Witte to resign

March 18, 2014 12:55 p.m. |  Stephanie Leonard-Witte, director of curriculum and instruction  for the Oconomowoc Area School District since 2006, is resigning her post, effective June 30.  The School Board is expected to accept her resignation at its meeting tonight.

She has accepted a position as assistant superintendent of continuous improvement of teaching and learning with the Sun Prairie School District

Delafield antes up for LCFR

March 17, 2014 9:04 p.m. |  City of Delafield - With little debate, the Common Council tonight uanimously agreed to contribute $78,480 to help Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) make up its more than $250,000 short fall in their 2013 operating budget.

The LCFR made up the deficit by using some its cash reserves, borrowing $70,000 on a line of credit and postponing until 2014 the payment of some 2013 bills.

The governing board of the fire department is asking the three municipal owners of the department - villages of Chenqua and Nashotah and the City of Delafield - to contribute a total of about $100,000 to help restore the department's cash reserves.

Each community"s contribution of the additional funds is based on the size of the community's tax base, the population of the community, and the number of emergency calls. The Common Council approved the payment contigent upon the two villages each contributing about $11,000.

The deficit occured primarily because of unanticipated drops in revenue caused mostly by an increasing number of medicare and medicade patients using the department's ambulances and emergency medical services. Medicare and medicaid reimburse the department only about 25 to 35 percent of the total cost of an ambulance run which can be as high as $1,400, according to LCFR officials.

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Cizauskas charged with sex assault

March 17, 2014 4:48 p.m. | A standout multisport athlete at Mukwonago High School student has been charged with third-degree sexual assault in connection with a visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December.

Dominic Cizauskas, 18, is accused of forcing himself on a female student in her dorm room. According to social media posts, he was on campus for a sports recruiting trip.

According to the criminal complaint, Cizauskas and the alleged victim knew each other previously, and had been in contact with each other via text messaging. At 12:32 a.m. Dec. 14, he sent the woman a text message saying, “Haha I wanna f*** you really bad :)” to which the woman replied, “That’s the only reason you wanna come,” the complaint said.

She told police she was studying for a final exam that night and attempted to dissuade Cizauskas from coming to see her.

Regardless, Cizauskas entered her unlocked dorm room; the complaint alleges that he smelled of alcohol, and he told her he had consumed 10 shots within a half-hour.

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Fresh, new look comes to MASD website

March 17, 2014 4:02 p.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District sports a rich, clean, leaner look on its new website that rolled out this week. As parents navigate the site, they will find everything organized by topic, with an announcement section new to the district homepage. While getting used to the new look will take a bit of adjusting, with menus listed on the top of the site instead of the left, every topic is available within a couple of clicks.

It’s a bit of a shift of navigation, but district officials hope the “hook and look” layout will improve communication between schools and the community with a new, modern easy-to navigate, while celebrating the district’s achievements, according to Julie Miller, district.

“No matter where you are (on the site), everything is available to you,” Miller explained. “You don’t have to jump around on website looking for links. It’s all right there.”

One nice feature district officials are looking forward to is the achievement section. Attracting students and families to the district is on ongoing job. Miller said they wanted to find balance between promoting things going on in the district and attracting people looking to move into the Mukwonago ares. 

“We have an outstanding district with high student achievement. We’re looking for avenues to share the great accomplishments with our parents and district,” said Superintendent Shawn McNulty. “We live in competitive county with numerous high-achieving school districts, and it’s important for us to market our district outside the immediate community.”

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Memorial to be held for Templeton student

March 17, 2014 10:59 a.m. | A benefit for the family of Justin Sexton will be held on Saturday, March 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brookfield.

The 11-year-old Templeton Middle School student died unexpectedly on Nov. 27 from a blood clot. His mother said he had long suffered from Perthes Disease, which is characterized by a temporary loss of blood supply to the hip. He had undergone surgery for hip problems two weeks before his death.

His mother, Tina Sexton, said her son enjoyed playing outside and loved to swim. He also enjoyed cooking and playing video games.

“His creativity and imagination would be an inspiration to anyone,” she said.

The benefit will offer food and drinks and a 50/50 raffle. Donations can be made in advance to the Justin Sexton Memorial Fund through Associated Bank or at www.youcaring.com/justinsextonmemorialfund.

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Charges filed against Mukwonago athlete Cizauskas

March 17, 2014 10:15 a.m. | A criminal complaint was filed this morning for Mukwonago multi-sport athlete Dominic Cizauskas.

The state has filed felony charges of third-degree sexual assault against him. 

A signature bond is set in the amount of $500. Cizauskas was released with conditons. He is to have no contact, direct or indirect, with the victim. He is not to consume alcohol. He is not allowed on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, specifically Sellery Hall.

He has waived time limits for the preliminary hearing. This allows more time for evidence to be collected. He will be in court for a status conference at 1:30 p.m. March 31 in Dane County Courthouse. 

Cizauskas competed with the Mukwonago boys basketball team at the state tournament Friday, when MHS was defeated in the Division 1 state semifinal by Neenah at the Kohl Center in Madison. In his career, Cizauskas scored 1,031 points, good for third-most in school history.

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Deputies say they were forced to use Taser on man who reported mom's death

March 15, 2014 4:58 p.m. | A man Waukesha County sheriff deputies say they were forced to stun with a Taser while responding to a report of his mother's death could face municipal or criminal charges stemming from the incident, authorities said Sunday.

Mark Lake, 41, of Eagle found his 76-year-old mother's body Thursday morning. Lake called 911, but became threatening when rescue workers arrived at her home, Sheriff's Lt. Tom Moerman said.

"He refused to let anyone near his mother," Moerman said.

Lake threatened emergency workers with a large glass object and was Tased, pepper-sprayed, handcuffed and arrested, Moerman said.

Lake did not immediately return multiple requests for comment on Saturday.

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Mukwonago bounced in state semifinal

March 14, 2014 9:57 p.m. | There would be no upset in the state semifinal this year for upstart Mukwonago, as the MHS boys basketball team never quite found a rhythm against Neenah (26-1) and fell by a 58-41 count at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday.

One year after taking down Milwaukee King in the semi and reaching the state championship game, the Indians (18-9) came up short in a bid to rematch with Germantown in the Division 1 final Saturday.

Rockets' big man Matt Heldt scored early and often, racking up a game-high 27 points and proving an unsolvable matchup for Mukwonago. When MHS did collapse on the 6-10 junior, the Rockets buried one of their 6 three-pointers.

"They have a tremendous program, and we knew that going in," said Mukwonago coach Jim Haasser. "We watched a lot of film, and in high school, sometimes it's hard to get an accurate gauge of how quick kids are and how fluid they are with the basketball in their hands. Sometimes it's surprising when you hit the floor. Tonight didn't have that feel ... I thought we competed hard, but they shot the ball so well in first half. We weren't able to take advantage of (rebounding) like we try to do on the nightly basis. We tried to change the game with defensive pressure, but we weren't able to get any of that."

Aaron Nixon scored 15 points in his final game at Mukwonago after getting recognized as honorable-mention All State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association earlier in the evening. Dominic Cizauskas finished with 6 points and 8 rebounds, landing at 1,031 points for his career, third behind Tom Kukla (1,066) and Derek Hasanoglu (1,054) on the school's all-time leaderboard.

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Butler cop charged with misconduct

March 14, 2014 5:55 p.m. |  Village of Butler - Police Lt. Brian C. Pergande has been charged with official misconduct by the Waukesha County District Attorney for taking revealing photographs of a stripper while she was being detained - perhaps improperly - at the Butler police station in 2009.

The woman had  very large breasts and was wearing a very low cut, tight fitting t-shirt, according to the complaint filed in  Waukesha County Circuit Court late Friday afternoon.

The Butler police department does not photograph, fingerprint or book defendents at the village police station. Instead, it is department policy  to take the individuals to the Waukesha County Sheriff's office or county jail, according to District Attorney  Brad Schimel

It is also highly unusual for a police officer to travel into another jurisdiction to arrest someone on a warrant based on a municipal traffic citation, according to Schimel.

Pergande and two Milwaukee police officers arrested the women in a strip club. They escorted her to a back room of the club where she removed her thong and bikini top and changed into street clothes before being taken to the Butler police station, according to the complaint.

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Palmyra Eagle Athletic Boosters fundraiser Saturday

March 14, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Palmyra Eagle Athletic Boosters will host a fundraiser Saturday, March 15 at The Cornerstone, 300 W. Main Street in Palmyra. 

The band Southern Traditions will take the stage at 8 p.m. and there will be a basket raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle. The cover charge is $2 and all proceeds go directly to the Palmyra Eagle Athletic Boosters for a new press box. 

Pewaukee man accused of molesting 10-year-old niece

March 14, 2014 12:13 p.m. | A 52-year-old Pewaukee Man is accused of molesting his 10-year-old niece in the Town of Merton last year.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim’s identity, was charged Wednesday, March 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault.

He could face 60 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl’s mother first reported the alleged abuse on Sept. 6, 2013. She said in the complaint that her daughter was at a family gathering at a residence on Highway E in Merton when the incident occurred.

She reported that her daughter was in the hot tub with her uncle and he allegedly touched her vaginal area over her bathing suit, the complaint states. He also allegedly groped her when she left.

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Gateway development clears Oconomowoc Plan Commission

March 14, 2014 12:10 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Plan Commission took action Wednesday, March 12, that would allow for the development of The Gateway, a 42-unit apartment complex being proposed for the downtown area.

The commission unanimously approved the major design plans for the development, which is located near East Wisconsin Avenue, Collins and Silver Lake streets. Premier Real Estate Management recently revealed in site plans that the three-story complex would house 42 apartments, mostly two-bed/two-bath units. The development would also have an almost 20,000-square-foot underground parking garage with 58 stalls.

City Planner Jason Gallo had recommended approval, arguing that the project would be a “tremendous” addition to the downtown, bringing residents within walking distance of retailers in the area.

The commission also approved a land exchange agreement, though according to City Administrator Diane Gard, its more accurately described as a land transfer. The city is giving developers property at 121 and 131 Silver Lake Plaza, and property at 317 and 329 E. Wisconsin Ave.

The commission recommended that the city council allow five parcels at the development site be combined into a single parcel called 115 Silver Lake Plaza. That issue could be taken up by the council at its next meeting on Tuesday, March 18.

Protest against "Indian" team name planned before Mukwonago state game

March 13, 2014 10:05 p.m. |  According to information provided by Barbara Munson, chair of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, "Indian" Logo and Mascot Taskforce, Madison area Native leaders and allies plan to protest against the Mukwonago team name and logo on Friday, March 14 at 7:30 pm in front of the Kohl Center, 601 W. Dayton St., Madison, where the boys team will be playing in the state basketball tournament.

 Paula Mohan, lecturer at the UW-Madison invites participants to be a part of a peaceful presence to call attention to the harm that race-based mascots can cause to native students throughout the state.

“This isn’t a problem that is confined to Mukwonago alone. Every native student from any district that sees his/her heritage and culture caricatured as a sports mascot is affected," said Mohan. "This game is occurring in Madison and every native member of our community and state that attends the game or views it on television is confronted with the Mukwonago ‘Indian’ team brand.”

Rachel Byington (Choctaw) member of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Board of Directors from the Madison Indian community says, “Stereotyped images of native people have no place in Wisconsin's schools and are harmful to the self-image of native students, yet Mukwonago insists that their mascot, the ‘Indians,’ is respectful and will not be changed. This is in spite of many efforts, spanning many years, to communicate, educate, and to reach out to school board members and community members about the problems with using a race and cultures of people as a sports mascot.”

The peaceful protest before the Mukwonago basketball game will start with a ceremony. Participants will hold signs stressing the importance of teaching respect – not racism in school athletic endeavors. 

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Power out at Town Hall Library

March 13, 2014 2:37 p.m. | If you were planning on visiting the library today, you may want to reconsider.

The Merton Town Hall Library, located on N76 W31429 Highway VV in North Lake, is experiencing a power outage. This means the lights are out and the computers are off.

Library Director Cheryl Schoenhaar said they are working hard to fix it but can't be sure when the power will be back on.

"It's easy to forget how much you rely on power," Shoenhaar said.

Bomb squad responds to Eagle home

March 13, 2014 2:03 p.m. | A 911 call for a medical emergency led to a busy morning on North Sherman Street in the Village of Eagle.

A family member and a friend on scene told the Mukwonago Chief that the bomb squad came to the home after an incident earlier this morning when an elderly woman was found unresponsive in her drive-way by a relative.

The men explained  that the relative called 911 and was later taken into custody during the investigation. When officers swept the home, a piece of military ordnance was identified.

The two men on scene who spoke to the Chief said that the caller has since been released from custody and the home is safe.

This story is still developing, look for a full recap in next week's Chief. 

Hearing postponed in Rural Home Cemetery case

March 12, 2014 3:19 p.m. |  A injunction hearing scheduled this afternoon regarding Rural Home Cemetery has been postponed until June. 

The hearing was meant to address the complaint of 34 Rural Home Cemetery plot owners against former Rural Home Cemetery Association members and representatives of the Village of Big Bend after a state approved transfer of the property happened earlier this year.

Last week, the judge in the case clarified an Feb. 24 temporary restraining order allowing Big Bend to perform maintence and services at the cemetery with the condition any  funds or financial renumeration be placed in a trust. 

Sheriff's lieutenant resigns, state authorities refer charges to D.A.

March 12, 2014 2:21 p.m. | A lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department resigned last week, but a criminal investigation by state law enforcement continues.

Jennifer Wallschlaeger, a spokewoman for the sheriff's department, said Sarah Massa resigned from the force on Wednesday, March 5.

Wallschlaeger confirmed that the former lieutenant is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for unspecified reasons.

The investigation was referred to the DCI by the Waukesha Police Department. Dennis Angle, deputy chief for the department, said in December that he had received a complaint against Sarah Massa and he chose to refer it to state authorities.

Sarah Massa is married to former City of Waukesha police officer Chris Massa, according to marriage records.

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Simple Hope packathon held at Mukwonago High School

March 12, 2014 1:42 p.m. |  The Mukwonago High School Key Club, along with other high school clubs such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and the Mukwonago Rotary Club have been working with Simple Hope, a non-profit organization to hold a Community Packathon at Mukwonago High School on Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Participants in the Packathon will work by mixing food with small teams of eight and sealing the food into plastic bags. The bags of food will then be sent to the orphanage and colony in Tanzania. Participants will then walk through the “village experience” by seeing the size of Tanzanian homes, carry buckets on their heads and experience other aspects of Tanzanian life. Each participant is required to raise $25 to pay for the food and transportation of food to the impoverished communities. Volunteer time is estimated to be about one hour. 

Community members are invited and encouraged to participate. For those interested in obtaining information, visit the Simple Hope website at www.simple-hope.org/packathon. Participants are encouraged to register online where they can sign up for their hour to work or can just show up and register at the door. The $25 donation can be paid ahead of time on the website or paid upon arrival at MHS. 

Interested community members who would like to help but are not available on the date of the Packathon may contact Mark Montanye at montama@masd.k12.wi.us and offer a donation to sponsor a high school student to participate in the project. All Donations are tax deductible.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas reveals he has prostate cancer

March 11, 2014 10:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and might begin treatment as early as next week in San Diego.

The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.

Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.

"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."

"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said. He said his prostate cancer was indicated in tests of blood samples collected during a routine medical checkup in late January.

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Pewaukee hit and run

March 11, 2014 3:37 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help in locating a suspect involved in a hit and run accident.

The accident occurred on Feb. 20 at approximately 7:24 a.m. in the area of Springdale Road and North Avenue in the City of Pewaukee.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department responded to a hit and run accident involving 2 motor vehicles, however, the stricking vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The suspect vehicle is a 4 door black Acura with WI registration similar to 387 LRX. The operator was described as a white female with short, black hair possibly in her 50’s.

There could be damage to the front driver's side of the vehicle.

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Waterford man struck, killed on Highway 83

March 11, 2014 12:30 p.m. |  A 42-year-old Waterford man was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 83 south of County Line Road in the Town of Merton.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the man, who has not been identified, is believed to have exited his vehicle after striking a deer on the road at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

He tried to move the deer out of the roadway, according to a news release, and while doing so was hit by another vehicle that was traveling south on Highway 83. The driver of the second vehicle has been identified as a 44-year-old Hartford man.

The Waterford man was transported by ambulance to Aurora Hospital in Summit where he was pronounced dead.

Highway 83 was closed for about three hours following the crash, which remains under investigation at this time.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas diagnosed with prostate cancer

March 11, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will soon begin treatment.

In a news release, Vrakas said that several weeks ago his doctors told him that his prostate-specific antigen levels were abnormally high.

Additional testing and a biopsy showed that Vrakas, who has been county executive since 2005, has cancer.

"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," Vrakas said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."

Vrakas, who was born and raised in the City of Waukesha and is a graduate of Waukesha South High School, will receive care from local doctors, in addition to treatments at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego.

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Highway 83 closed near North Lake

March 11, 2014 8:25 a.m. | Highway 83 is closed in both directions between Highway CW (Mapleton Road) and Highway Q (County Line Road), and is expected to remain so for the next two hours because of an accident, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

JSOnline is reporting that a driver hit a deer, then got out of the vehicle and was hit by another vehicle. 

Palmyra-Eagle district to hold State of the District meetings

March 10, 2014 4:05 p.m. | Palmyra-Eagle Area School District will host two public meetings to present the strategic plan for the district and discuss how the district name change will fit into these overall efforts. One meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Elementary School, with another meeting held on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Palmyra-Eagle High School.   

The agenda includes remarks by District Superintendent Glenn Schlender and Board of Education President Richard Kiehl. Following the presentation, community members will be invited to participate in tabletop discussions about the symbolic meaning of the name change and offer additional recommendations. 

The school board will review suggestions, and make a final decision on a name change at the April 8 board meeting. 

Family Reading Summit planned at OPL

March 10, 2014 1:52 p.m. | On Saturday, March 29,  the Oconomowoc Public Library and Books and Company will be sponsoring “Baby, Let’s Read: a Family Reading Summit”.  The program will be held from 1- 3 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St.

From  1  – 2 p.m., the  session will help parents understand the importance of reading to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Highlights of the program include a presentation by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics, occasional children's librarian, public health professional and child health advocate.  He is the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin.  Dr. Navsaria’s presentation will stress the importance of early childhood reading exposure as an indication of academic and professional success later on in life.  Volunteers will supervise children while parents attend the presentation. Simultaneously, in other areas of the library, Storybook Enchantment Princesses and Star Wars characters will be present for photo opportunities, a read-aloud session will be taking place for children, and the presentation will be shown via live video feed for those parents needing to stay with their children in the library.

The big highlights of the event -- the Reading Pledge and book giveaway -- will begin at 2 pm following the presentation.  Families will be asked to pledge to read as much as possible to their birth to 5 year olds.  Each young child in the family will receive a free book.  According to organizers, the idea behind the pledge is to help parents commit to reading as much as possible during those formative years. 

Several methods will be discussed to help parents with their commitment to read.  A blog will be established to assist the pledgers to stay on track.  Pledges will also be displayed at the Oconomowoc Public Library to remind people of their commitment to help these kids become as successful as possible. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ray McKenna or Betsy Bromley at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 262-569-2193 or Lisa at Books & Company, 262-567-0106. 

Hometown harmonicist brings swing to OAC

March 10, 2014 1:47 p.m. |

Homegrown harmonica player PT Gazell remembers as a small child listening to the jukebox at the Strand Annex, his father’s malt shop and the go-to place for teenagers emptying out of the downtown theater that inspired its namesake.

It was the era’s eclectic mix of music - rock, blues, folk and country - that motivated him to leave the City of Oconomowoc almost 35 years ago to make a name for himself in the resurgent bluegrass scene of the 1970s.

Gazell, now living in Nashville, will return to Oconomowoc in March to perform at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

His most recent album, “2 Days Out,” is emblematic of his shift toward swinging, melodic jazz, though Gazell said he does not identify himself specifically as a jazz musician.

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Give blood today in Dousman

March 10, 2014 6:59 a.m. | The Blood Center of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Drive, (Highway 18) Oconomowoc.

Appointments can be made online at www.pcw.edu or by calling the church office at (262) 965-4022 (mornings only). Each unit of blood donated can save three lives.

KM girls BB team stops Homestead

March 07, 2014 9:51 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine's girls basketball team stopped Homestead Friday night in a WIAA Division 1  regional first round game, 51-34.

KM led 22-18 at halftime and moved that advantage to 38-24 after three periods.

Senior Linley Achtenhagen led the Lasers with 27 points.

Pewaukee girls roll past North

March 07, 2014 9:44 p.m. | The host Pewaukee girls basketball team whipped Waukesha North Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional semi-final game, 59-36. PHS improved to 21-2 with the win.

PHS will host New Berlin Eisenhower in the regional title game at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Pewaukee led 25-10 early in the second quarter and led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter.

Abby Gerrits led the winners with 13 points. Others chipping in for the Pirates were Lindsay Wisniewski with 10, Katie Wood 8, MacKenzie Schill 7 and Jessie Bacon 7.

Let's go out for a fish fry tonight!

March 07, 2014 12:00 a.m. | The Lenten season has started and that means a big selection of Friday fish fries hosted by area churches and other organizations.

Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and lei to the Luau Fish Fry at St. Charles Catholic Church, 4:30 to 7 Friday at 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. Enjoy baked gluten free cod or fried cod (all-you-can-eat) and either a baked potato, French fries or potato pancakes. Homemade desserts, as well as your choice of beer, wine or soda are available for in-house diners. Cost is $10 adults in advance, $11 at the door; $6 for children 4 to 12; free for children 3 and younger; $5 grilled cheese; $12 almond-crusted cod loin. Call (262) 367-9922.

Friday fish fries are also planned for 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., Butler, and Holy Apostles, 16000 W. National Ave., New Berlin.  Cost is $8 at St. Agnes and $10.50 at Holy Apostles.

St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot, is hosting a fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Friday while Nashotah House Theological Seminiary, 2777 Mission Road in Merton, will have a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Elks Lodge, 2301 Springdale Road, Waukesha is having a fish fry from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. The dinners feature an assortment of baked and fried cod and fried shrimp. Varied weekly specials include perch, walleye and grilled salmon. Appetizers include shrimp cocktail. Takeouts available.

Oshkosh Lourdes a step ahead

March 06, 2014 11:14 p.m. | For a realistic shot at an upset, Lake Country Lutheran head boys basketball coach Cole Braun figured his team had to play in the 40s with and undefeated and highly-regarded Oshkosh Lourdes team standing in its way.

For a while Thursday, it looked as though that dream could become reality. The Lightning trailed the Knights at halftime, 22-20, at West Bend in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal, forcing the favored No. 1 seed to get its act together.

Teams don't come into the postseason undefeated because luck was on their side. Braun and the Lightning were certain of that.

The halftime talk worked for the Knights, and whatever adjustments they made paid off. Oshkosh Lourdes scored the first 8 points of the third quarter for a 30-20 lead, finished the period with 22 points and wound up with a 56-36 victory over LCL.

Lourdes relentlessly overplayed the passing lanes to pressure LCL out of its first-ever sectional appearance. The Knights chewed off plenty of time in the fourth quarter with execution in the half-court game and patience with the ball.

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Pirates roll over Bradley Tech, 66-50

March 06, 2014 11:09 p.m. | The most accomplished playwright in the world couldn't have written a better opening script than the one produced by the Pewaukee boys basketball team Thursday night.

The PHS opening act was about as good as it gets.

Playing in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Greenfield High School, the Pirates opened the game by making their first four shots, all 3-pointers. They jumped out to leads of 11-2 and 16-4 before closing the first quarter with a stunning 24-10 lead. In that period, Pewaukee burned Milwaukee Bradley Tech by sinking 6 of 8 triples.

The Pirates led from start to finish and won the game going away, 66-50. Tech finished the year at 17-8.

"We made six 3-pointers in the first quarter and that was tremendous," said Pewaukee coach Mike Basile. "That got us off to a great start against a quick team like Tech. Making those shots got rid of the nerves and that was big. The guys really battled hard all night. Now we're one of just eight teams left in the state with one game to go."

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Mukwonago holds off Memorial's rally

March 06, 2014 10:59 p.m. | Like the sizable band embedded within the loud and enormous Beloit Memorial student section, the Purple Knights basketball team seemed to hit its crescendo as the game moved closer to its final moments. But in the end, it was the familiar refrain as the Mukwonago boys basketball team qualified for the sectional final for a third consecutive season.

Mukwonago built a 24-point lead in the first half, and though Beloit Memorial whittled that advantage to 6 points and rode a wave of momentum that made the Indians nervous, MHS emerged from the Lake Geneva Badger gymnasium with a 60-48 victory Thursday night.

"We made a few mistakes when we were in that zone; we left some open holes," said Mukwonago senior Aaron Nixon, who was a key player for a team that lost in the sectional final to Madison Memorial two years ago and topped Memorial en route to the state final last year. "But when they have a crowd that big and hit some shots with momentum. … There's not much you can do when they're hitting those deep shots and the crowd is getting behind them."

Nixon led Mukwonago with 15 points, and Dominic Cizauskas added 11. Cizuaskas had two steals and two assists in a 16-0 run to open the second quarter that put Mukwonago in charge, 26-4, and the lead was 32-7 when Koy Brecklin hit the first of two 3-pointers on the night.

When Brecklin hit the other with 1:54 to play, it was huge, a shot from the corner that gave his team a 54-44 lead after Memorial got as close as 50-44.

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LCL boys fall in sectional

March 06, 2014 10:05 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's boys basketball team lost to Oshkosh Lourdes Thursday night in a WIAA Division 4 first-round sectional game, 56-36. The game was played at West Bend.

The Lightning, playing in the sectional for the first time in school history, closed out the year with a 14-11 record.

Pewaukee boys win, move to sectional final

March 06, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Pewaukee's boys basketball team made 6 of 8 three-pointers in the first quarter Thursday night as they ended the Milwaukee Bradley Tech season in a first round WIAA Division 2 sectional game at Greenfield, 66-50.

By winning, the Pirates (18-7) will play in the sectional championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brookfield Central against Wisconsin Lutheran.

PHS led 24-10 after the first period and never trailed.

Will Olewinski fired in 13 points to lead the Pirates. Others chipping in on offense were Evan Hansen with 12, John Conroy 10, Steve McGowan 9 and Eric Lutzen 8. Lutzen also had 7 blocked shots.

Judge issues clarification in Rural Home Cemetery order

March 06, 2014 10:53 a.m. | A clarification was issued yesterday by Waukesha County Court Judge Lee S. Dreyfus in regards to a temporary restraining order issued to the Village of Big Bend over Rural Home Cemetery last week.

The clarification to the temporary restraining order gives the Village of Big Bend the ability to provide maintenance for Rural Home Cemetery as well as "contract, arrange, and allow or provide burials and the sale of plots in Rural Home Cemetery."

According to Village President James Soneberg the clarification allows the Village to complete operations such as snow plowing on the property as well as assist a family who had inquired about burying a loved one who passed away last week.

This story is still developing, read more in next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

I-94 East blocked at Hy. 83

March 06, 2014 7:57 a.m. | The eastbound lanes of I-94 before Highway 83 are blocked due to an accident. Cars are being taken off the road at the Highway 83 exit.

The accident that blocked that road took place around 7:30 a.m. Traffic was backed up for almost four miles.

AG candidate Brad Schimel to give Bill Kramer donation to charity

March 05, 2014 3:54 p.m. | This is how you know you've officially become toxic as a politician:

Other politicians start rejecting or giving away your donations.

State Rep. Bill Kramer, who was ousted from his leaderhip post this week, gave $500 to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel -- a GOP candidate for attorney general -- in November. It's the only political donation Kramer made from his campaign account in the second half of last year.

A Schimel spokesman said Tuesday that he will not be keeping the cash from the Waukesha Republican. 

"Schimel is donating the Kramer (money) to charity," said Schimel campaign aide Darrin Schmitz, who did not identify the nonprofit.

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Man charged with fleeing two-car crash in Men. Falls

March 05, 2014 12:55 p.m. |  A 26-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with his second drunken driving offense, allegedly fleeing a two-car crash scene in Menomonee Falls that left one man injured.

Demetrius Baker was charged on Monday, March 3, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with drunken driving (cause injury), drunken driving (second offense), hit and run (involving injury), and operating on a suspended license.

According to the criminal complaint, Menomonee Falls Police were dispatched at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, March 2 to a two-car crash at the intersection of Lilly Road and Silver Spring Drive.

Dispatched advised in the complaint that a white SUV had fled the scene. An officer located the vehicle, which was riding on a rim and had suffered heavy damage to the passenger side quarter panel.

Baker was identified as the driver, though he initially claimed in the complaint his friend “Mike” was driving when the crash occurred. He failed several field sobriety tests and registered a .18 blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test, the complaint states.

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Men. Falls woman charged with fifth drunken driving offense

March 05, 2014 12:10 p.m. | A 50-year-old Menomonee Falls women was charged Monday with her fifth drunken driving offense, allegedly driving with her 10-year-old daughter at nearly twice the legal operating limit for alcohol.

Yvonne Zindler, N90 W17421 Saint Francis Drive, was charged on March 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated, fifth offense, with a minor child in the vehicle.

She was previously convicted of drunken driving in September 1995, May 2001 and twice in January 2002.

According to the complaint, an officer with the Waukesha City Police stopped Zindler’s vehicle near White Rock Avenue and Main Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

The officer noted in the complaint that Zindler was slurring her words and had bloodshot eyes. Her 10-year-old daughter sat in the passenger seat and a backseat passenger was identified as David Berry.

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MASD and Mukwonago SAVE present on bullying

March 05, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Demystify bullying while learning how to prevent and confront it as a community during a program from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the Mukwonago High School auditorium.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m. enjoy a resource fair featuring information on healthy communication and prevention followed by a short presentation and an abridged version of the documentary “Bully,” which follows the lives of five youth and their families, offering insight on America’s bullying crisis. Clay Iverson, business teacher and MHS football coach, will emcee the event.

From 7:30 to 7:45 p.m. Miss High School America Annie Jorgensen of Homestead High School will deliver a presentation titled “The Power of a Positive Teen.” This program is recommended for sixth grade and up. 

Many paths to success available to Mukwonago students

March 05, 2014 11:20 a.m. | While the nation celebrated and recognized Career and Technical Education Month during February, Mukwonago High School (MHS) celebrates its Cooperative Education and Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program throughout the school year by providing students the best opportunities possible with meaningful learning through a direct connection between school experience and work environment.

When most parents think of schooling beyond high school, many may have four-year colleges in mind leading to bachelor degrees, explains MHS Associate Principal and School to Work Coordinator Mark Blodgett, based largely on myths around the economy, higher education and the relationship between a college degree and a good paying job. However, MHS offers 33 advanced standing career and technical education courses in business and marketing, child care, health care, food service, automotive service, technology and engineering — dual-credit courses with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and other technical and four-year colleges. In 2012-13, MHS had 242 students receive advanced standing credit. 

“These classes give our students a head start in moving from high school onto further education and/or training,” said Blodgett. “Mukwonago parents know that School-To-Work programs don't preclude college, but can prepare their children for challenging, well-paying occupations without closing any avenues.”

Read more about Mukwonago's Cooperative Education and Youth Apprenticeship program in next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

Pasta for Puppies spaghetti dinner in Mukwonago

March 04, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue will host a “Pasta for Puppies Spaghetti Dinner” on Saturday, March 8 beginning at 5 p.m at the St. James Activity Center, 830 Hwy NN in Mukwonago. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children under 12 and include spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs or meatless sauce, garlic bread, salad and a choice of beverage. There will also be bakery available for sale and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit Bichon and Little Buddies and Wisconsin Akita & Friends Rescue.

More on s-l-o-w commute

March 04, 2014 8:46 a.m. |  Lake Country motorists are experiencing a  very slow ride to work and school this morning because of an overnight snow storm that has left many roads snow covered and slick.

Highway crews have been able to at least partially clear most major thoroughfares, state highways and express ways, however, many subdivision and side streets remain snow covered.

To make matters worse, many Lake Country municipalities are facing a shortage of street salt. The communities have been restricting salt applications to intersections, hills, and curves during the past several weeks in an attempt to conserve salt.

Most of the municipalities purchase their salt in bulk through either Waukesha County or the State of Wisconsin and stockpile inventories at Jones Island in the Port of Milwaukee.

Waukesha County officials are warning that the supply on the island has become depleted and new shipments of salt from Canada have not arrived because they are being delayed by the frozen waters of the Great Lakes.

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Morning commute: S-L-O-W

March 04, 2014 7:30 a.m. | The weather has once again played havoc with the roads, leading to an extremely slow commute this morning, with several accidents reported throughout the Metro area.

One car is in the ditch near Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, and eastbound traffic on Highway 16 is backed up past the exit to Main Street.

Motorists should plan extra time for their commute this morning.

Meet Waukesha County Supervisor District 24 candidate

March 03, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Waukesha County District 24 voters can meet supervisor candidate Larry Bangs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Big Bend Lions Club, W230S9323 Riverside Drive, Big Bend.

The event will provide residents the opportunity to discuss issues with Bangs.

Calling student sleuths

March 03, 2014 12:40 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Public Library is hosting a murder mystery party for teens in grades 7 - 12 from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

Registration is required and space is limited. Call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210, or email bbromley@cooney.lib.wi.us today to reserve your spot.

Pewaukee, LCL cage teams still alive

March 02, 2014 9:06 a.m. | Only two Lake Country area boys basketball teams are still alive in the WIAA post-season tournament as Pewaukee and Lake Country Lutheran both won two games on the weekend.

Pewaukee whipped New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday and will now play in the Division 2 sectional on Thursday at Greenfield at 7 p.m. against Milwaukee Bradley Tech.

Lake Country Lutheran  also won on Saturday and will now play in the Division 4 sectional at West Bend on Thursday at 7 p.m. as they clash with Oshkosh Lourdes.

KM hockey makes state meet

March 02, 2014 8:56 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team defeated No. 8 ranked Waukesha Saturday night at Wilson Park in Milwaukee, 3-1, to earn a berth in Thursday's WIAA state tournament in Madison.

KM/MHS/OHS (15-8-4) will be making its third state meet appearance and first since 2007. The Lasers will play Onalaska (21-3-1) at approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Alliant Energy Center.

KM got goals from Brandon Beier, Allan Moutvic and Jeff Johnson. Collecting assists were Connor Freeman, Jonathan Carfagna (2) , Alex Manske, Nick Bateson and Beier.

Senior goalie Max LeClaire was outstanding for the Lasers, turning back 34 of 35 Waukesha shots. The winners also got big games on defense from Freeman, Andy Behling, Brock Ellena and Miks Grundmanis.

Germantown still too powerful for Arrowhead

March 01, 2014 11:30 p.m. | Saturday evening's matchup between Germantown and visiting Arrowhead went from a relatively close 39-31 game at halftime to an 80-52 win for the two-time defending state champions from Germantown. The home team may not have come into the playoffs as the undisputed favorite to win the Division 1 state title, as they had in previous years, but Germantown headed to the sectional semifinal looking the part.

Germantown employed a stifling pressure defense that caused Arrowhead to turn the ball over on numerous occasions, taking a 23-14 lead after the first quarter and expanding that lead on an Even Wesenberg basket, a Brian Bearden steal and dunk and a Lamonte Bearden interception converted into two free throws, making it 28-14.

Arrowhead persisted, however. After a 3-pointer from Ricky Finco, Arrowhead created a turnover of its own when Matt Calewarts stole the ball and scored. The visiting Warhawks rode that momentum for the remainder of the half and went into halftime trailing by only 8 points.

The second half started poorly for Arrowhead, as Germantown scored the first 8 points of the half and went on to outscore Arrowhead in the third quarter, 26-9. Germantown continued to utilize the high pressure defense, and Arrowhead simply could never quite adapt to it.

"They crashed the boards hard offensively," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase, "and they make you pay on putbacks. I thought in the third quarter and in the first quarter, they got some offensive putbacks that started the game out for them. They want to get after you and pressure you, and that caused a lot of turnovers on our part. Usually we handle the ball fairly well. Tonight just didn't go our way. It's a good team. There's a reason why they've done as well as they have done. I don't fault our kids one bit; we gave a phenomenal effort."

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Pewaukee finds another gear in overtime to down Lions

March 01, 2014 10:58 p.m. | Ryan Stepanovich estimates he routinely makes 19 out of 20 free throws in practice. Good thing for Pewaukee, he had already gotten that 20th one out of the way.

With 4 seconds on the clock Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final at New Berlin Eisenhower, Stepanovich canned a pair of free throws to tie the score, and Pewaukee found another gear in overtime to emerge with a 50-39 victory over the Lions. The Pirates (17-7) will face Milwaukee Bradley Tech (17-7) at Greenfield on Thursday in the sectional semifinal.

Stepanovich missed the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to go, leaving Eisenhower with a 1-point edge. But after Lions star Reed Timmer split his own set of free throws with 17 seconds to go, the Pirates cashed in on their final possession. Stepanovich and the Pewaukee bench felt he had drawn the contact on his driving layup attempt, which went down, but officials ruled the foul came on the floor.

"I'm usually pretty confident with my free throws," the senior said. "I knew I could make both of them, and I wasn't going to let those last two free throws affect me."

Will Olewinski stole a pass on the first possession of overtime and ultimately hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and Evan Hansen stole a ball at midcourt to lead a transition possession that concluded with an Eric Lutzen 3-point play at the 3:03 mark of OT. The Pirates scored the first 12 points of overtime to put the game out of reach.

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Ellingson delivers signature performance

March 01, 2014 10:21 p.m. | If you weren't at Kettle Moraine High School on March 1, you missed it. Brady Ellingson didn't.

With the score tied 46-46 and 10 seconds remaining in the WIAA Division 1 regional final between KM and Sussex Hamilton, Ellingson started to make his move after receiving a pass from Jacob Hartung. Ellingson had the undivided attention of two Kettle Moraine defenders, senior leaders Paul Miller and Mitchell Oleson. Weaving left outside the 3-point line, just in front of the Hamilton bench, he leaned into a 3-pointer that sank as the buzzer sounded.

Sixth-seeded Hamilton was ecstatic, defeating the No. 2-seeded Classic 8 Conference champion Lasers, 49-46. Ellingson scored 38 of his team's 49.

"Coach Cerroni told me I'm getting the ball, and I did," Ellingson said. "I prayed it would go in, and it did. Earlier in the season against Brookfield Central, I passed on the last shot, but coach told me that couldn't happen again."

The Chargers wound up falling to Brookfield Central in overtime, the state's No. 1 ranked team and 24-0 after another win Saturday. Instead, Hamilton has made its biggest waves in the playoffs with back-to-back upsets. HHS knocked off Homestead on Friday, when Ellingson scored 29 points.

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A Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Jerome Parish School, 1001 S. Silver Lake St. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, a raffle and Sweet Shop treats. A luncheon, which includes a beverage and dessert, will be $7 and served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Admission is free.
The Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets Doo-Wop Quartet will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Olaf’s Church, Highway O and Roosevelt Road in the town of Ashippun. Cost is $20 adults in advance, $25 at the door if seats are available. Call (414) 651-3915 for tickets.
A Supreme Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Bruno Church, 266 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, orange juice and coffee.Proceeds to benefit charities in the Dousman area. Hosted by the Dousman Knights of Columbus Council 6436 with the Dousman Masonic Lodge 315. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children under 10.
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market will open for the season and celebrate five years starting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center in Oconomowoc. From 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. will be a ribbon cutting; 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. will be birthday cake cutting and presentation by Alice in Dairyland. The market will be open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through March 2015, except Nov. 30 and Dec. 28. For more information, visit www.oconomowoc.org.

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