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KM boys lose to CMH

Jan. 29, 2011 11:41 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball  team lost to Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night at home in a Classic 8 Conference game, 58-34. KM defeated CMH earlier this season.

The loss dropped KM to 1-7 in league play.

CMH led 15-3 after the opening period and never looked back.

Luke Burris had 9 points  to lead the Lasers.

Hot start helps AHS boys win

Jan. 29, 2011 11:37 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 6 in the state according to the latest state AP poll, hit 8 of 9 3-point shots in the opening quarter and rolled over host Mukwonago Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 77-52.

AHS improved to 8-0 in league play, one game better than Waukesha West. West will play at Arrowhead Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Overall the Warhawks are 13-2.

The Warhawks led 29-17 after the opening period and never were headed after that.

Charlie Fischer and Jonny Fischer scored 16 points each for Arrowhead. Blake Mattson had 12 points and Ricky Lovett had 9 tallies. Lovett also pulled down 9 rebounds.

AHS girls win sixth straight

Jan. 28, 2011 10:33 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its sixth straight game Friday night as they defeated visiting Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference game, 37-28.

AHS improved to 8-5 overall and 5-3 in league play.

The Warhawks outscored Mukwonago in each of the first three periods and never trailed.

Jessica Goetz led the winners with 12 points. Jenny Smith chipped in with 10.

NBE girls end Pewaukee streak

Jan. 28, 2011 9:22 p.m. | Visiting  New Berlin Eisenhower went on a crucial 16-0 run late in the first period and into the second Friday night as they defeated the previously undefeated Pewaukee varsity girls basketball team in a Woodland Conference game, 55-43.

Pewaukee fell to 13-1 overall with the loss and 10-1 in league play. The win vaulted NBE to 13-1 overall and 11-0 in league play. The Pirates went into the game ranked second in the state in Division 2 and Eisenhower was ranked third.

Junior Nicole Bauman fired in 28 points for the Lions. Jordyn  Swan led Pewaukee with 16 points.

Eisenhower held Pewaukee without a basket for a span of 12:49 from the first period into the third quater.

The Lions led 46-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Bill draft to appeal mascot law begins approval process

Jan. 28, 2011 3:04 p.m. | A bill draft to appeal and amend statutes relating to the use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots and team names by school boards will be shared with State legislators for cosponsorship on Monday, Jan. 31. The bill draft was authored by State Senators Mary Lazich and Neal Kedzie, and State Representatives Andre Jacque and Steve Nass, according to a letter from Nass dated Jan. 28.

The letter outlines the timeline for gaining approval before the bill could proceed to the Governor for signing. 

"I am confident that if the bill arrives on Governor Scott Walker's desk, he will sign it into law," said Nass in the letter. 

Swine Flu reported at Lake Country School

Jan. 28, 2011 10:07 a.m. | A Jan. 27 letter from Lake Country School in the Village of Hartland told parents that the school has one case of H1N1, commonly known as Swine Flu.

The letter, from Superintendent Mark Lichte, said the school was taking extra precautions to ensure that the disease did not spread.

The school said computers would be cleaned after each use and bathrooms would be cleaned at noon each day. Teachers were also asking their students to clean their desks throughout the day on Friday.

"We will be encouraging all children to be vigilant with this during the day," the letter read. "We will follow protocols in the health room that we have in the past including the use of facemasks."

H1N1 causes normal flu-like symptoms like fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Others have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Traffic backed up on Hwy 16

Jan. 27, 2011 5:49 p.m. | Traffic delays are plaguing the evening commute on westbound Hwy 16.

An accident is causing slow downs and backups on  Hwy 16 between the City of Pewaukee and the Village of Hartland.

Traffic backed up beginning at the curve near the Capitol Dr. exit and continued all the way into Hartland.

OASD Parent Info Night

Jan. 27, 2011 11:25 a.m. |  

Oconomowoc Parent Education Network (OPEN) will host a free Parent Info Night titled, “No Child Should Be Afraid To Go To School” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Oconomowoc High School Little Theater (enter through main doors of the Oconomowoc Arts Center).

Presented by Jim Jelinske, adults who attend the presentation will understand the recognizable signs of bullies and victims and learn strategies in the prevention of bullying and harassment. Registration is required. For information and to register, send an e-mail to Katie Westerman at

Both lanes of Hwy 83 blocked

Jan. 27, 2011 10:08 a.m. | Village of Hartland Police were on the scene as an accident shut down both lanes of Hwy 83 around 9:40 Thursday morning.

Motorists were forced to make U-turns around medians and find alternate routes to bypass the pileup on Hwy 83.

Police probe crash involving snowplow

Jan. 26, 2011 2:39 p.m. |  

Village of Hartland – Police are investigating an accident involving a Waukesha County snowplow and vehicle on Highway. 16 on Jan. 21.

According to a statement released by Hartland police, the snowplow was removing snow from Highway 16 at about 11:10 p.m. when it was struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Sussex man. The Sussex man was taken by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. The man was released from the hospital. Police said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision. The county worker was not injured.

OMH urges women to Go Red

Jan. 26, 2011 2:29 p.m. | Area women are invited to gather their friends, relatives and/or co-workers and attend the Go Red Girlfriends program kickoff event on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital conference center.

Through the Go Red Girlfriends program, the American Heart Association and ProHealth Care are offering women a unique opportunity to embark on a 12-week journey to improve their heart health.

 At the kickoff event, women will learn more about the program, pick up their free Go Red Girlfriends tool kit, obtain information at a health fair and participate in breakout sessions. Heart risk assessments; which include a blood pressure check, waist measurement, BMI, body fat profile, complete lipid and blood glucose check and a one-on-one consult regarding the results, are also available for a $20 fee. An appointment for the heart risk assessment is required and can be made by calling (262) 928-2745. Appointments for heart risk assessments are available beginning at 7 a.m. The health fair and breakout sessions will be held from 10 a.m. – noon.

Pewaukee boys roll over Cudahy

Jan. 25, 2011 10:53 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked 12th in the state in this week's AP Division 2 state poll, smashed struggling Cudahy at home Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game, 67-39. PHS improved to 10-4 on the season and will play at 13th ranked New Berlin Eisenhower Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

PHS led 32-18 at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half.

John Czerwinski and Tony Trahan scored 12 points each for Pewaukee. Cameron Hehn chipped in with 8 points.

Pewaukee holds off Cudahy charge

Jan. 25, 2011 9:52 p.m. | The Pewaukee girls basketball team played nearly flawlessly in the first half, then held off a furious Cudahy challenge to win on the road Tuesday night, 60-52. The win moved the Pirates to 13-0 and gave them momentum heading into a huge battle with visiting New Berlin Eisenhower (12-1) on Friday.

It was smooth sailing in the first two quarters, as Pewaukee used a 15-0 run to take a lead as large as 23 points before settling on a 21-point lead at halftime. Cudahy junior star Taylor Gradinjan had just 1 point in the first half.

But Cudahy went on its own 15-0 run in the third quarter and ultimately pulled within 5 points in an ugly third quarter, during which Pewaukee leading scorer Jordyn Swan sat with four fouls.

But Emily Wirth scored seven straight Pewaukee points in the fourth quarter and finished with 22 points as PHS re-established its lead to 16 points in the final quarter. Cudahy fell to 11-4, and the Pirates took a healthy three-game lead in the Woodland Blue standings.

Eisenhower sits perched atop the Woodland Black standings and won't meet Pewaukee again in the regular season -- but could very well meet the Pirates in the playoffs. Friday's tip is at 7:30 p.m.

AHS girls win in double OT

Jan. 25, 2011 9:50 p.m. | Thanks to some last-second heroics in regulation and some clutch free-throw shooting in the second overtime by junior guard Amanda Bauer, Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its fifth consecutive game Tuesday night as they defeated visiting Franklin in double overtime, 57-51.

In the second overtime, AHS outscored the Sabers, 14-8.

Bauer sent the game to overtime by nailing a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play. In the second overtime, Bauer made 6 of 8 foul shots to put the game away. Bauer and senior guard Sydney Cook scored the final 8 points of the game for the Warhawks, who improved to 7-5 with the win.

Andie Zeman and Jenny Smith scored 12 points each for the winners and Bauer had 11. Jessica Goetz added 8 points to that total. Becky Doleschy scored 5 points and had her best game of the season coming off the bench.

Local church could help you get to the Super Bowl

Jan. 25, 2011 4:03 p.m. | If your budget doesn't exactly include the thousands of dollars it would take to make it to this year's Super Bowl, don't worry; a trip could still be in your future.

Queen of Apostles Church in Pewaukee is raffling off a trip valued at $10,000. If you're the lucky winner, you'll be set up with round-trip airfare, two nights accomodations in Fort Worth and, best of all, two of those coveted Super Bowl tickets.

Raffle tickets are $25 each, or five for $100, and are available at the church and school, N35 W23360 Capitol Drive; Casa Tequila restaurant, 1405 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee; or Moe's Pewaukee, 1350 Capitol Drive.

The drawing will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the church. 

The maximum numer of tickets that will be sold is 1,500.

Merton superintendent to retire

Jan. 25, 2011 10:52 a.m. | Merton Schools Superintendent Mark Flynn plans to announce his retirement and step down from the helm of the Merton School District after a special school board meeting tonight.

The longtime superintendent has led the School District for 14 years, and he has spent 31 years in education – 23 of them as a superintendent.

"I’m old," the 55-year-old Flynn joked.

Flynn said he is looking forward to taking some time off, but he still plans to be involved in education.

"It’s just time, and then also some opportunities are opening up for me at the university level. I’ve been involved at (Cardinal Stritch University) for about the last 10 years now as an adjunct professor."

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Packers are going to the Super Bowl; are you?

Jan. 24, 2011 8:05 a.m. | Are you headed off to the big game in Dallas? If so, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line at or call the newsroom at (262) 367-3272.

Arrowhead swimmers second

Jan. 23, 2011 12:15 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys swim team, ranked No. 3 in the state, finished second Saturday at the West Bend Invitational. No. 1 ranked Madison Memorial won the meet crown with 634 points and AHS had 483. Neenah was third with 368 tallies.

Jake Prodoehl of the Warhawks won two races. He took first place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.61) and first in the 100 freestyle (53.59).

Evan Barta of Arrowhead won the 100 backstroke at 1:00.51.

PHS boys come up short

Jan. 23, 2011 12:10 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked ninth in the state in the latest Division 2 state AP poll, lost to host East Troy Saturday night in a nonconference game, 58-54.

PHS hurt itself by sinking just 6 of 16 free throws. East Troy made 18 of 28 for the night, including 8 of 10 in the  fourth quarter.

Pewaukee fell to 9-4 on the season and East Troy improved to 11-1. East Tory is ranked fourth in Division 3.

Ben Steker had a big night for Pewaukee. He finished with 18 points, making 8 of 9 shots from the field. Jordy Edgerson chipped in with 10 tallies and Kray Bradley had 9.

Arrowhead girls trounce Memorial

Jan. 21, 2011 10:38 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its fourth straight game Friday night by scoring a lopsided 55-28 win over host Catholic Memorial.

AHS improved to 4-3 in Classic 8 Conference play and 6-5 overall.

The Warhawks outscored CMH 29-14 in the middle two quarters to roll to an easy win.

Jenny Smith fired in 15 points to lead the Warhawks. Andrea Hirschfeld added 8 points.

St. George, Lovett lead AHS boys

Jan. 21, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Led by a brilliant one-two punch of seniors Brandon St. George and Ricky Lovett, the No. 9 ranked Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 76-56.

The win vaulted the Warhawks to a 12-2 mark overall and a league-leading 7-0 in league play.

St. George fired in a game-high 21 points, scoring all of those tallies in the game's final 18:44. Lovett had his best varsity game ever, scoring 17 points, including 11 in a span of 3:31 from the second period into the third quarter.

AHS led at halftime 31-26. A 16-3 run late in the third period into the fourth quarter finally put the game away for the Warhawks.

Cross country event for blind moved

Jan. 21, 2011 12:19 p.m. | A cross-country event for blind people planned for this weekend at Lapham Peak State Park in Delafield has been moved to Nashotah Park because of a previously scheduled ski race at Lapham Peak. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ryan to deliver address after State of the Union

Jan. 21, 2011 10:29 a.m. | Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) will deliver the Republicans answer to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night. Read more here.

Judge dismisses Bach's lawsuit

Jan. 21, 2011 8:06 a.m. | A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by former City of Pewaukee Police Chief Gary Bach against three former officers and their wives accusing them of conspiring against him. Read more here and in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

'Main Street Idol' shines spotlight on local talent.

Jan. 21, 2011 12:00 a.m. | Talent shows have been around as long as any of us can remember. In grade school, budding saxophonists and songsters, dancers and drummers paraded onto the stage in the hopes their talent would shine through their anxiety to impress their peers.

On television, Ted Mack’s “The Original Amateur Hour” gave performers such as Gladys Knight and Pat Boone their first taste of success as viewers sent in postcards or phoned in their favorites.  Later on, mallet-wielding celebrity judges such as Joan Rivers would sometimes boot off “The Gong Show” contestants who failed to entertain even before they finished their number. On “Star Search,” hosted by Ed McMahon, the studio audience voted for the best singers, dancers and comedians, which included comedians Adam Sandler and Dave Chappelle and singers Beyonce and Christine Aguilera.

Those shows were the warm up act to “American Idol,” which began its 10th season on Wednesday with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson.

Back home, local youngsters will be competing in Lake Country’s version of the show. “Main Street Idol” kicks off Friday night as 9- to 13-year-old performers will be in the spotlight at Theatre on Main, 25 S. Main St. in Oconomowoc. Saturday night, kids 14 to 18 will be singing their hearts out. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

While “American Idol” takes months to drain the talent pool, “Main Street Idol” will conclude the following week. Semi-finals are Friday, Jan. 28 with the exciting finale on Saturday, both at 7 p.m.

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Sussex cannery site to be developed

Jan. 20, 2011 8:30 p.m. | Village of Sussex - A Milwaukee area developer has agreed to purchase and redevelop the 10 acre Mommoth Springs Canning Company site at the intersection of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue, according to village officials.

Development of the vacant site has been considered a key element in the village's plan to redevelop the east end of Main Street as well as portions of Waukesha Avenue.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said the village planning staff is expected to meet in February or March with Arthur Sawall who, according to Smith, is the processing of purchasing the land from an M & I Bank owned holding company. Smith said he anticipates Sawall will build a multi use retail, commecrial and residential complex on the site valued someone where between $25 and $50 million.

"The cannery news is huge for us," said Village President Tony Lapcinski. "It is the home run we needed to hit in order to make Tax Increment Financing District #6 economically make sense."

Lapcinski explained that the cannery development was necessary to generate enough revenues to enable the city to provide private enterprise incentives to redevelop parts of the east end of Main Street.

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Lannon company to pay for pollution violations

Jan. 19, 2011 3:52 p.m. | Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Wednesday that his office has filed a civil complaint and consent judgment in Waukesha County against Mill Valley Corporation in Lannon. 

According to a press relase from Van Hollen's office, Mill Valley Corporation operates a non-metallic mining business with its principal operation at the Village of Lannon, as well as quarry operations at various locations in Waukesha and Washington Counties. The civil complaint alleges that Mill Valley Corporation did not have the required stormwater pollution prevention plans in place at its facilities located at Jackson, Lannon and Sussex. The civil complaint further alleges that discharges at the Lannon quarry impacted one acre of wetland and four acres of primary environmental corridor land connected to the wetlands. Additional violations are alleged at the Richfield quarry.

Mill Valley Corporation has agreed to pay $200,000 in forfeitures, statutory surcharges, and costs, payable immediately upon execution of the judgment. The defendant further agrees to implement all of the activities required by its accepted stormwater pollution prevention plan and purchase 1.5 acres of wetland bank credit as consideration for the damage to the onsite wetland.
The settlement was approved Jan. 19. 

Wind chill advisory in effect

Jan. 19, 2011 3:16 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory from 8 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Northwest winds of 10 mph to 25 mph are expected to develop Thursday afternoon and evening, into Thursday night. Temperatures should tumble to 0 to -15 degrees Thursday night, and wind chills are expected to fall to -20 and -30 degrees below zero.

Former sheriff dies

Jan. 18, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Former Waukesha County Sheriff Ray Klink died Monday, Jan. 17

Klink began his career with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in 1958 as a Deputy Sheriff. Klink served as a detective in the Juvenile Division for many years, eventually becoming the juvenile administrator. Klink was elected sheriff and took office on Jan. 1, 1979. He held that position for 14 years, until his retirement in January 1992. To date, he was the longest serving sheriff of Waukesha County.                  

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Slow going on Highway 83

Jan. 17, 2011 7:24 p.m. | A normal 20 -minute trip on Highway 83 from the southern part of Hartford to Hartland took 46 minutes Monday night. The trip started at 6:30 p.m. and didn't end until 7:16 p.m.

Highway 83 was snow covered and slippery the entire way.

Are you a diehard Packer fan?

Jan. 17, 2011 6:14 p.m. | Do you consider yourself a "superfan" when it comes to the Packers? Are you one of those lucky enough to be able to go to this weekend's championship game? Is there a Packers/Bears rivalry in your household? We want to hear your story. Drop us a line at

Snow isn't all work and no play

Jan. 17, 2011 5:57 p.m. |

Monday's snowfall made work for some, like Adam Long on Field Street in Mukwonago, who blew snow off the sidewalk by his residence. However, others took a break for sledding like sledders (from left) Eleanor Jonas, 10, Patrick Jonas, 10, and Maleny Neubauer, 10, all of Eagle as they formed a train of sleds in Lauren Park in the Town of Mukwonago.

KM cancels after-school events

Jan. 17, 2011 2:31 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District has cancelled all after-school and evening activities.

Classes will continue through their regular dismissal time.

Tonight's eighth-grade high school registration for students with last names beginning with A-L has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), in the high school auditorium.

Accused bank robber arrested in Delafield

Jan. 17, 2011 7:40 a.m. | A man accused of robbing a bank in Fitchburg was arrested in Delafield on Friday. Read more here.

Snow is coming

Jan. 17, 2011 7:25 a.m. | Light snow has already started to fall in Jefferson and western Waukesha counties, and it's not likely to stop anytime soon.

Three to 5 inches are expected before it's all over sometime overnight.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Waukesha County from 9 a.m. this morning until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Read more about the forecast here.

For any closings, as the day goes on, click here.

West boys trounce Kettle Moraine

Jan. 15, 2011 8:41 a.m. | Visiting Waukesha West handed Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team a 58-29 Classic 8 Conference setback last Friday night.

West led 36-12 at halftime.

Logan Solano led the Lasers with 9 points and Kyle Kita had 7.

Tyler Coffey led West with 15 points. He made five 3-pointers in the game.

KM girls rally for a win

Jan. 15, 2011 8:38 a.m. | Ketle Moraine's varsity girls basketball team remained undefeated in Classic 8 Conference play Friday night by scoring a come-from-behind 57-47 win over host Waukesha West. KM is tied with defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Milwaukee Pius for the league lead.

The Lasers trailed at halftime (33-22) before outscoring the Wolverines in the second half, 35-14,  to post the win.

Courtney Leister fired in 14 points to lead KM. Olivia Weber chipped in with 10 and Kelly  Robinson had 10. Becki Martin and Anna Luterbach added 8 ploints each.

Pewaukee girls keep rolling

Jan. 14, 2011 10:49 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team  ranked second in the state in the latest AP state Division 2 poll, improved to 12-0 on the season Friday night by scoring a come-from-behind 46-38 victory over host St. Francis.

The win moved Pewaukee's Woodland Conference record to 10-0. The Pirates are idle next week.

PHS trailed 35-30 going into the fourth quarter and outscored the Mariners  16-3 in the final period.

Jordyn Swan had 12 points to lead the Pirates. Amanda Baalke chipped in with 9 tallies.

Arrowhead rolls over Waukesha South

Jan. 14, 2011 10:37 p.m. | In a game that could have been a roadblock on Arrowhead's path to Classic 8 supremacy, the Warhawks boys basketball team nonetheless rolled past host Waukesha South on Friday, 73-50.

Charlie Fischer scored 20 points to pace the Warhawks (11-2, 6-0 in Classic 8), which scored 23 points in the first quarter on a sparkling 9 of 15 shooting. South (8-5), which possesses one of the taller players in the area in 6-11 center Derek Hussinger in addition to all-conference returnee Tim Woodford, held a 13-8 lead in that period before AHS went on a rapid 13-0 run.

Jonny Fischer added 11 points for the Warhawks.

Pewaukee boys whip St. Francis

Jan. 14, 2011 10:17 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team whipped visiting St. Francis Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 69-44.

PHS improved to 9-3 on the season and 7-3 in league play.

The Pirates led 43-23 at halftime.

Ben Steker led PHS in scoring with 12 points. Jordy Edgerson added 10 points and John Czerwinski had 9.

AHS girls defeat Waukesha South

Jan. 14, 2011 9:25 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its third consecutive game Friday night as they downed visiting Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game, 33-29.

AHS  (5-5) went on a 13-2 run late in the first period and into the second as they took a 19-11 lead at halftime and were never headed in the second half.

South (6-4) did pull within two at 28-26 with 1:39 remaining , but Jessica Goetz scored three points and Jenny Smith had two as the Warhawks secured the win.

Smith led the Warhawks with 11 points, seven of which came in the second half. Andie Zeman and Goetz added 7 points each for the winners.

Katy Allen led South with 9 points, seven of which came in the fourth period.

Possible child enticement in Mukwonago

Jan. 14, 2011 1:56 p.m. | Parents of students in the Mukwonago School District have been alerted to a possible child enticement attempt yesterday.

According to the e-mail, a school bus dropped off a 7-year-old second-grade girl at her driveway in a subdivision in the Town of Mukwonago between Highways EE and NN on Thursday afternoon. The girl told her mother that after the bus was gone, a large, red vehicle with a male driver in his 40s stopped and asked the girl to get into his vehicle. Instead, the girl went into her house.

The girl described the man as having light skin, light brown hair, medium build, with a moustache. He might have been wearing a black leather jacket.

The bus driver recalled seeing a red, older model (possibly '90s) Plymouth or Dodge minivan driven by an older man in the area at about that time. It is unknown whether that vehicle and driver are related to the incident. The driver of the van was described as a white male, heavier set, and in his late 40s to early 50s. He was wearing dark-framed glasses and had on a stocking cap and a grey or blue jacket.

Town of Mukwonago police officers and school district staff will increase their efforts to be visible where students are present. The district's guidance counselors conduct education on "stranger danger" and student safety.

Ex-teacher gets prison for having sex with student

Jan. 14, 2011 12:58 p.m. |

Waukesha – Bryan F. Wendt, a former teacher in the Oconomowoc School District, was sentenced today to eight years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl while student teaching at a Waukesha school.

Wendt, 27, of North Prairie, was also ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mark Gundrum to seven years of extended supervision to followed his prison sentence.

Wendt was convicted of a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault. Two counts of child enticement and another charge of second-degree sexual assault were dismissed under an agreement with prosecutors.

Wendt met the girl while he was a student teacher at Waukesha Central Middle School about three years ago when she was in eighth grade, according to the criminal complaint. Wendt told police they developed a relationship that evolved into a physical one and had sexual intercourse, the complaint said.

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Man who threatened politicians caught,source says

Jan. 13, 2011 4:56 p.m. | A man who posted online threats to the state's top elected officials, along with other prominent Wisconsin politicans, has been apprehended, according to a source close to the investigation.

Authorities have been investigating an Internet post that targeted Gov. Scott Walker,  Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch and other notables and was made news after Senate Chief Clerk Robert Marchant sent a memo to all Senate offices urging senators to be mindful of their safety. The missive said the threats were aimed at several state officials, including two state senators, but did not identify them. 


Kozlowski tabbed Delafield fire chief

Jan. 12, 2011 12:52 p.m. |

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski was unanimously chosen by the Town Board Tuesday to take the reigns of the town fire department.

Kozlowski, 47, will be the town’s full-time fire chief. As deputy fire chief, Kozlowski was a full-time employee. Kozlowski will replace Dean Richards who served as chief for 13 years.

"He is going to do a superb job," said Town Chairman Paul Kanter.

AHS boys defeat Central

Jan. 11, 2011 10:58 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team,  ranked eighth in this week's state Division 1 AP poll, defeated host Brookfield Central in a nonconference game Tuesday night, 64-54.

The win moved the Warhawks to 10-2 on the season. AHS will return to Classic 8 Conference play on Friday when they play at Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m.

Arrowhead led 15-14 after the first period and never trailed in the final three quarters. Their biggest lead was 12 points.

Charlie Fischer fired in a game-high 17 points for Arrowhead. Ryan May added 16 points and Jonny Fischer 12 for the winners.

Arrowhead shot 51% from the floor.

Pewaukee girls stay undefeated

Jan. 11, 2011 10:23 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 2 in this week's Division 2 state AP poll, remained undefeated Tuesday  by scoring a 56-34 Woodland Conference victory over host Whitnall.

PHS improved to 11-0 on the season and 9-0 in league play.

The Pirates were led by senior Amanda Baalke with 13 points and Natalie Wood with 11.

Pewaukee will play at St. Francis (9-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Pewaukee boys lose

Jan. 11, 2011 10:13 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, ranked ninth in Division 2 in this week's state AP poll, lost at home Tuesday  night to Whitnall, 51-45.

The loss dropped the Pirates to 6-3 in Woodland Conference play and 8-3 overall.

Pewaukee never led once in the game.

Junior center Jordy Edgerson fired in 14 points for the Pirates and grabbed seven rebounds. John Czerwinski and Cameron Hehn added 7 points each for Pewaukee.

Sussex trustees rip Town of Lisbon police services

Jan. 11, 2011 9:48 p.m. | Village of Sussex -  Village trustees Tuesday night ripped into Town of Lisbon officials for the dispreportionate number of police calls that have to be made in the town by Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the village.

Village President Tony Lapcinski plans to meet with Waukesha County Executive Dan Varakas to discuss what alternatives are available to the village to reduce the number of calls they are required to make in the town.

Both the village and the town rely on seperate police service contracts with the Waukesha County Sheriff's department. The village pays for 24 hour, seven day a week protection with a force of 11 deputies at a cost of $1.4 million compared to the approximately $433,000 the town spends for three officers who provide one patrol per two eight hour shifts.

"Sussex responded 216 more times to assist Lisbon during the first half of 2010 than Lisbon assisted Sussex. This means Sussex officers are responding to Lisbon calls more than once a day on top of normal assistance,"  Lapcinski told the Village Board at its Tuesday night meeting.

Lapcinski told the trustees he believed the town officials were more concerned about the size of the town tax rate than the level of service provided to town residents.

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Sorenson leaves Wisconsin

Jan. 11, 2011 5:52 p.m. | Mike Sorenson of Merton, one of the top golfers in Arrowhead history, has left the University of Wisconsin men's golf program and will play the spring semester with his younger brother Steve at Colorado State.

Sorenson, one of the top players for the Badgers the last three semesters, made his decision to leave UW on Monday. Sorenson is a fourth semester sophomore. His brother Steve is a freshman.

UW granted Sorenson his release and will be eligible to play immediately for Colorado State.

UPDATED: Hartland woman dies while snorkeling in Hawaii

Jan. 10, 2011 5:39 p.m. | UPDATED: According to a release from police in Hawaii, the possible drowning occurred off the coast of Ka'ohe, South Kona.

The incident occured on Jan. 9, when police responded to a 10:11 a.m. call. Kessler was pronounced dead at 11:41 a.m. at a local hospital after family members had pulled the victim ashore and performed CPR on her.

The release indicates that she was snorkeling with family members when she became distressed and began struggling to stay afloat.

The exact cause of death is still undetermined.

Hartland woman dies while snorkeling in Hawaii

Jan. 10, 2011 5:02 p.m. | Jodi Kessler, a 51-year-old Village of Hartland woman, died in Hawaii while snorkeling.

Police are still investigating the incident, and Mike Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the story here.

Woman robbed outside Delafield restaurant

Jan. 10, 2011 10:05 a.m. |

City of Delafield – An employee of Qdoba Restaurant was robbed and beaten by two men outside of the restaurant late Jan. 9.

According to a statement released by Police Chief Scott Taubel: A 20-year-old woman was leaving Qdoba, 3250 Golf Road, at about 11 p.m., and as she walked to her vehicle she was approached by two men wearing masks. As the woman attempted to get into her vehicle she was hit in the head with what she believed to be a glass bottle.

As the woman laid on the ground she was hit and kicked and the men took her purse and ran off to the north. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released.

One suspect is described as heavy set male, about 5-foot, 7-inches tall, to 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue short sleeved shirt over a long sleeved black shirt and dark pants.

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Pewaukee girls win again

Jan. 07, 2011 10:57 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team rolled over host Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 57-22.

The win improved the No. 2 ranked Pirates to 10-0 on the season and 8-0 in league play.

PHS jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter and led 34-14 at halftime.

Jordyn Swan led Pewaukee with 11 points and Emily Wirth had  10 tallies. Natalie Wood led the PHS rebounders with seven. Danielle Jasinski had five rebounds.

KM boys lose to Mukwonago

Jan. 07, 2011 10:40 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team lost to host Mukwonago Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 74-47.

Mukwonago led at halftime, 36-18.

Derek Hasanoglu led the winners with 18 points.

KM was led by Trey Dowling and Kyle Kita with 12 points each and Jon Galando with 11.

Arrowhead girls stop North

Jan. 07, 2011 10:11 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team handed host  Waukesha North its 104th consecutive Classic 8 Conference loss Friday night by scoring a 48-23 victory over the Northstars.

The win improved AHS to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. North fell to 0-5 in conference games.

Senior Jessica Goetz had her best game of the season, scoring 15 points. Junior point guard Amanda Bauer added 10 tallies for the winners.

Jenny Smith, the leading scorer for AHS, did not play due to illness.

AHS will host Sussex Hamilton Tuesday and Waukesha South on Friday.

Pewaukee boys defeat Greenfield

Jan. 07, 2011 9:54 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 69-59.

PHS improved to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in league play.

The two teams battled to an 18-18 deadlock at halftime. In the second half, Pewaukee enjoyed a 41-31 edge.

Junior Ben Steker played his best game ever, making all seven of his shots from the floor and finishing with a career-best 19 points. Jordy Edgerson added 13 points for the winners and Austin Hansen chipped in with 12 tallies.

Pewaukee will host Whitnall Tuesday at St. Francis on Friday.

AHS boys hammer North

Jan. 07, 2011 9:09 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball  team turned in a strong defensive effort last Friday night and whipped visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game, 70-50. The Warhawks improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in league play.

The Warhawks led 19-10 after the first period and 38-16 at halftime. Their largest lead was 35 points in the fourth period.

Sophomore guard Kenny Finco fired in 20 points to lead the Warhawks. Jonny Fischer added 10 points for the winners and Charles Rushman had 9.

AHS will play at Brookfield Central Tuesday in a nonconference game and at Waukesha South Friday in a league battle.

Fifth Element to perform in Mukwonago

Jan. 07, 2011 11:59 a.m. | Looking for a warm way to spend some time this weekend? A cappella group Fifth Element will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mukwonago High School. The group, which is planning to audition for the TV show "The Sign Off," includes 2010 Mukwonago grad Jesse Peterson. The Fifth Element is from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is touring Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Oconomowoc 'Detour event' to empower young women

Jan. 07, 2011 11:32 a.m. |   Young women, grades eight through 12, are invited to participate in a special daylong conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Crosspoint Community Church, W380 N6931 N. Lake Road, Oconomowoc. “Detour” will present a counter-cultural message to teenage girls to be safe, healthy and empowered covering the issues of relationship boundaries, media interaction (Facebook, texting, etc.), self-love, dating and sexuality/abstinence. The conference will feature Pam Stenzel, founder of Enlighten Communications, Inc., local high-risk teen therapist, Terri Koschnick, MS, LMFT and Ricki Keepman, a college-age woman and Oconomowoc High School graduate.

The sponsored one-day event is free but requires pre-registration and a ticket. Lunch will be provided and participants will be eligible to win a mani/pedi party, iTunes and coffee gift cards as well as other prizes. Parents are invited to learn more and ask questions at a Parent Preview Night (no registration required), at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Milwaukee Street Traders in Delafield.

Pre-registration/tickets are available at Crosspoint Community Church (262) 567-5311 or at

Oconomowoc dentist welcomes GS cookie sales

Jan. 07, 2011 11:28 a.m. | Attention Girl Scouts: an Oconomowoc dentist is looking to buy cookies! Once again this year Dr Jim Michaels and Oconomowoc Dental will be supporting local Girl Scout troops.  Michaels' said they willl  purchase two boxes of cookies from any Scout who comes to their office at 819 Summit Ave. Last year they  purchased almost 200 boxes that were sent to troops overseas.

Enjoy a winter wonderland at Lapham Peak's Candlelight Ski/Hike

Jan. 07, 2011 12:00 a.m. | Have you ever taken a walk on a winter’s night? If you were lucky, the snow was fresh, the air calm and the moon bright in a starry sky. Perhaps it “gave a luster of mid-day to objects below” as Clement Moore describes in his famous Christmas poem.

It is winter’s stillness, simplicity and serenity that beckon many outdoors, despite the cold. In this part of the country, we find lots of ways to reap the rewards of winter's exceptional beauty.

This Saturday’s Candlelight Ski/Hike in Lapham Peak State Park in Delafield is just the sort of event that celebrates the season. Bring your cross country skis, snow shoes or hiking boots and explore the Kettle Moraine's winter wonderland from 6 to 9 p.m.

Wooden Bridges, Lake Country’s premier bluegrass band, will entertain all the hardy souls from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Homestead Hollow area. If you're not up to hitting the trails, just come and warm up by the blazing bonfire. Food will be available or bring your food to grill.

While the moon may provide all the light you’ll need to navigate the 1- to 2-mile trails, the pathways will get an extra boost of illumination from hundreds of candles along the way.

Watt declares for NFL Draft

Jan. 06, 2011 2:18 p.m. | Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, who enjoyed a breakout season as a defensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin football team in 2010, announced Thursday that he was declaring for the NFL Draft.

Watt composed an open letter to Badgers fans on the school's athletic website detailing the circumstances of his decision.

Watt finished with a remarkable 21 tackles for loss during the 2010 season, with seven sacks, an interception, three forced fumbles and 62 total tackles -- tied for second on the Badgers. Wisconsin appeared in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1999 season.

He was named recipient of the Lott IMPACT trophy, an award that recognizes character and other positive traits in addition to on-field accumen, and was named second team All-American by the Associated Press. He was also a consensus first team All-Big Ten performer and was named the team's co-MVP.

Out of Pewaukee, Watt spent one year as a tight end with Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin as a walk-on. After a redshirt season, Watt started all 13 games at defensive end in 2009 before emerging as one of the nation's top players at his position in 2010. Many draft prognosticators envision NFL teams selecting Watt in the mid to late first round.

Lake Country Publications will experience temporary phone, Internet disconnections

Jan. 06, 2011 12:24 p.m. | Due to a phone system conversion, the Lake Country Publications Hartland office will be without phone and Internet (e-mail) connections for at least two hours this afternoon. 

We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to switch over our system.

Mukwonago man enters no contest plea for fatal snowmobile crash

Jan. 05, 2011 12:01 p.m. | Waukesha – A 22-year-old Town of Mukwonago man entered a no contest plea this morning for the death of a Town of Vernon girl, who suffered fatal injuries from a snowmobile crash Dec. 23.

Wayne A. Barkley entered the plea to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He also entered a no contest plea to a felony bail jumping filed in November for violating conditions of his bail. Barkley will be sentenced March 4 by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina.

Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michele Hulgaard said the state would recommend a sentence of five years in prison and five years of extended supervision for the homicide charge and three years of prison and three years of extended supervision for the bail jumping charge.

Barkley was driving a snowmobile on Phantom Lake in the Town of Mukwonago when his passenger Chelsey Lobenhofer fell of the sled and her head hit a vehicle that was on the lake. She died Dec. 26. Barkley was racing another snowmobile and as it approached the vehicle, a witness told police Barkley turned his sled at "the last minute and turned hard to avoid it, causing the snowmobile to roll over," the criminal complaint said.

A preliminary breath test showed Barkley had an alcohol concentration of 0.012, which is below the legal limit. A level of 0.08 is considered evidence of intoxication in adult drivers in Wisconsin. Barkley also agreed to an evidentiary chemical test of his blood, which showed positive for marijuana.

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AHS hockey team loses

Jan. 04, 2011 10:52 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team lost to visiting Waukesha Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mullett Cup, 4-2.

Waukesha scored three goals in the final period to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

Travis Manser and Cal Essig scored goals for the Warhawks and Jared Johnson (2) and Cody Britt had assists.

Jake Michael of AHS saved 14 of 18 shots.

Arrowhead will host Verona Friday at 8 p.m. and No. 5 ranked Stoughton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Pewaukee boys let one get away

Jan. 04, 2011 10:46 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team let a 34-23 lead get away in the fourth quarter Tuesday night and lost to host South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference game, 53-47. The Pirates (7-2, 5-2) got outscored in the final period, 30-13.

Jordy Edgerson led the Pirates with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Cameron Hehn chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Pewaukee shot just 29% from the field and made just 8 of 19 foul shots.

PHS will host Greenfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Pewaukee girls stay perfect

Jan. 04, 2011 9:28 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team continued its successful season Tuesday night as they defeated South Milwaukee (5-2) by an easy 55-39 score in a Woodland Conference game.

Pewaukee improved to 9-0 on the season and 7-0 in league play, tying the best beginning in school history.

The Pirates, ranked No. 2  in Division 2 in this week's Associated Press state poll, scored 13 straight points in the first quarter, led 15-8 after the first period and never let the visiting Rockets any closer.

Junior Brittany Groer came off the bench and fired in a varsity career-high of 17 points to lead the Pirates. Jordyn Swan added 12 points for the winners and Emily Wirth had 11.

Sussex campaign shaping up

Jan. 04, 2011 12:58 p.m. | Village of Sussex - Two former village officials have filed 11th hour candidacy petitions that will likely assure contested races for the Village Board as well as Village President  in the April 5 municipal elections.

Former Village President Mike Knapp and former Trustee Jim Batzko both filed necessary campaign documents late this morning to become candidates for village trustee, according to Village Clerk Susan Freiheit.

It appears likely they will be challenging incumbent trustees Tim Dietrich and Jason Wegner

Today is the deadline for filing nominating petitions, candidacy declarations, and campaign finance disclosure documents required of municipal candidates by state law. Freiheit said she expected incumbent trustee Jason Wegner to have his documents filed by the 5 p.m. deadline.

Two previously declared candidates for Village President, Trustee Greg Goetz and Hamilton School District Board President Gabe Kolesari have also filed candidacy documents.

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Evening commute could be slippery

Jan. 03, 2011 3:57 p.m. | The National Weather Service is warning that slippery spots could develop on area roadways late this afternoon and evening. Occasional light snow or snow showers is likely over the area, possibly leading to some light accumulations that could cause slippery areas to develop, according to the weather service.

The service also said that brief bursts of moderate snow may reduce visibility to 1 to 2 miles at times.

Total accumulation is expected to be one-half inch or less.

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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  

Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.

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