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Barn fire in Mukwonago

Jan. 20, 2013 5:52 p.m. | Firefighters are on the scene of a barn fire on Highway 83 south of I-43 in Mukwonago.

Scanner traffic indicates the fire is under control, though emergency personnel remain on scene.

Milwaukee man dies in scuba diving accident on Nagawicka Lake

Jan. 19, 2013 11:41 p.m. | JSOnline is reporting that a 32-year-old Milwaukee man scuba diving at Nagawicka Lake drowned Saturday, Jan. 19. Read more on the story here.

Arrowhead girls fall

Jan. 18, 2013 10:45 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls basketball team lost to visiting Muskego Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 55-49.

Kelly Smith had 16 points and Tori Miller 13 for the Warhawks.

Arrowhead boys win

Jan. 18, 2013 10:44 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball team whipped host Muskego Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 60-36.

Kyle Keranen led the Warhawks with 10 points and Brian Wilman and Dom Todarello had 8 each.

Pewaukee boys win in double OT

Jan. 18, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team defeated visiting Whitnall  in double overtime  Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 71-65.

Junior center Eric Lutzen had 26 points and a 22 rebounds for the winners.

Hamilton tops DSHA in overtime

Jan. 18, 2013 9:43 p.m. | In a battle between unbeaten Greater Metro Conference powers, Sussex Hamilton staged a second-half rally and defeated Divine Savior Holy Angels in overtime, 39-37.

The Chargers went behind by a 25-14 count after DSHA's Maggie Novak hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, but Hamilton surged back on a 9-0 run and ultimately took a lead with 1:32 to play in the quarter. Junior guard Hannah Menzia scored 7 of her 9 points in that stretch.

Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt scored with 54 seconds to play to tie the game at 36, and DSHA held for the final shot, when Arike Ogunbowale (20 points) couldn't get a driving baseline shot to fall at the buzzer.

In the overtime, Tristen Hayes split free throws for the Chargers with 2:24 to go, and Taylor Klug emerged wide open under the hoop on an inbound from the baseline, scoring to make it 39-36 with 23 seconds to go.

The Dashers were sent to the free-throw line with less than 1 second to go, and Shaylan Reardon hit the first and intentionally missed the second, but Menzia scrambled to the rebound.

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Cop killer’s hearing for release rescheduled

Jan. 18, 2013 5:38 p.m. | A jury trial to determine whether Alan A. Randall, convicted in the 1976 killings of Summit police officers Robert Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be released from the Mendota Mental Health Institute has been postponed until April 19.

Randall’s attorney Craig Powell requested that the jury trial, expected to begin next week, be postponed. The reason for the postponement was not immediately available and Powell could not be reached for comment. A hearing expected to take place on Jan. 18 was also rescheduled for April 19.

Randall is petitioning for re-examination and release from Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He has been committed to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services since 1977, when he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of his neighbor Ronald Hoeft. In 1977 he was convicted of the police murders, four burglaries and a car theft.

In 1980, Randall's psychiatric illness diagnosis was dropped, and he was allowed off the Mendota grounds, unescorted privileges, earning 73 college credits at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

According to his petition for re-examination, his diagnosis of personality disorder was dropped in 1989. In 1992, Randall's treatment team concluded that he no longer needed to see his psychologist, according to his petition.

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Mukwonago Community Library welcomes interim director

Jan. 18, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Mukwonago Community Library welcomed Jane Ameel as interim director this week. This comes after Nick Weber, former library director of more than 4 years, left for a similar position in Illinois.

Jane Ameel retired as the Waukesha Public Library director after 28 years of service in May and is excited about the interim position with Mukwonago.

"I just found out that I like productive activity and liked having co-workers and a good structure," Ameel said.

Right now, Ameel's appointment is expected to last approximately 6 months. The search process is under way for a permant replacement.

For more information on Ameel, see next week's issue of the Mukwonago Chief.

Wine & Brewfest comes to Olympia

Jan. 18, 2013 2:07 p.m. |

The Oconomowoc Rotary presents the seventh annual Wine & Brewfest from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Olympia Resort.
Proceeds in part benefit the community locally.
Tickets are $40 and are available at or First Bank Financial Centre.

Teen charged after alleged Milwaukee area joy ride

Jan. 18, 2013 2:03 p.m. |  City of Waukesha — A 17-year-old Waukesha boy was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 17 with being party to the crime of vehicle theft after allegedly going on a “joy ride” with another 16-year-old boy on Dec. 24.

The two teenagers allegedly stole a 1996 Geo belonging to Jose J. Lopez Cruz around 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, according to the criminal complaint. The defendant discovered the car was unlocked with the keys inside, said the defendant’s friend, and asked him if, “he wanted to go for a ride,” the complaint reads.

They allegedly drove to Milwaukee and picked up friends and went to a mall in Brookfield, according to the complaint.

They also allegedly lost control of the vehicle at one point, sliding into a ditch on W. Sunset Drive near St. Paul Avenue, according to the complaint.

An officer identified Cruz’s vehicle outside Kwik Trip Gas Station, 1908 W. Saint Paul Ave., and defendant and his friend were reported to be inside the car. The defendant contradicted the other teenager in his statement, saying that they came across the vehicle stuck in a ditch in the snow and decided to take it for a joy ride, according to the complaint.

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Honor & Valor event coming to Olympia

Jan. 18, 2013 2:01 p.m. | Big Al & the Hi Fi's will provide music at the Honor & Valor event at Olympia Resort on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The event will benefit the new Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc.

Tickets are available at or First Bank Financial Centre.

Mukwonago Village Players hold auditions for Nunsense

Jan. 18, 2013 1:53 p.m. | Mukwonago Village Players are looking for five women to play nuns in their April production of Nunsense: A Musical Comedy by Dan Goggin.

Auditions will be Jan. 21 and 22 and 7p.m. and will be held at St. James Parish Center, Room 11 located at 830 Cty Rd NN East in Mukwonago.

Those who would like to audition are being asked to prepare 32 bars of a song with sheet music. An accompaniest will be provided.

Rehearsals begin Feb. 25 and performances are April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28.

Contact Pat Hitt with any questions via e-mail: 

Pewaukee felon charged with voter fraud

Jan. 18, 2013 1:10 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Karl Reinelt, A 51-year-old felon, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of election fraud after voting in the Nov. 6, 2012 election.

The alleged illegal vote was first reported the day after the election by Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow. She said she first noticed the mistake when comparing the new registrants sheets with the Government Accountability Board’s list of convicted felons.

She said the mistake should have been caught when Reinelt tried to vote, but the poll workers were busy and must not have cross-checked his registration. The vote could be thrown out, if it were challenged, but Zastrow said that would be difficult to do because of the anonymity of the voting process.

“It could be a really big deal if it was a close race,” Zastrow said, such as the 2011 Supreme Court race between Justice David Prosser, Jr. and former Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg. “But in this case, I don’t see them making us do something with the numbers.”

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Pewaukee girls win again

Jan. 18, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its eighth straight game Thursday night as they trounced host Whitnall in a Woodland Conference battle, 67-38. PHS is now 13-2 overall and 9-2 in league play.

The Pirates took charge immediately, grabbing a 20-4 first period lead. At halftime, Pewaukee led by a 34-10 margin.

Abby Gerrits led the winners with 17 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Lexi Klotz added 12 points for Pewaukee, Lindsay Wisniewski had 11 and Danielle Jasinski 8.

Waukesha County Sheriff's employee investigated

Jan. 18, 2013 8:12 a.m. | The Lincoln County Sheriff is investigating a complaint involving an employee from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, though no information about the nature of the complaint has been disclosed.

Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel J. Trawicki issued a news release announcing that it has launched its own "professional conduct review" concerning its employee. Waukesha County said no information about its review would be released until both departments have completed their inquiries.

The unnamed employee has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, according to the Waukesha County sheriff.

Indoor golf center opens in Oconomowoc

Jan. 18, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Wisconsin Indoor Golf Center has just opened in Oconomowoc.

The 7,000-square-foot facility operates in a remodeled warehouse at W359 N5740 Brown St., and features four netted driving bays, and three golfing simulators.The simulators can replicate different course situations, and provide a swing analysis.

The center, which is operated by Lee Newman and Chris Verhoff, also will eventually be adding a putting green, Newman said.


Get out of the house for food and fun this weekend

Jan. 18, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Even though we don’t have a foot of snow and arctic temperatures, our winter weather still keeps us in our homes, for the most part.

Yet, there are so many activities that get us out of the house for food and fun.

Over at Swallow Elementary School in Hartland there’s a Father/Daughter Hoe-Down Dance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $14 with each additional cowgirl, $8.

Hartland Elementary School is celebrating the 100th day of school with readings of the book “100 Snowmen at Night ,” crafts, hot cocoa and an indoor snowball fight with snowmen. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Friday.

The North Lake Nomads are celebrating winter with its Fourth Annual Winter Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Monches Ball Park, Highway E and Center Oak Road, Monches.  The family event is free and includes Clydesdale sleigh rides, vintage snowmobile show, snowmobile rides, games, meat raffle, fire pits, food and refreshments. Bring donations for the food pantry.

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Oconomowoc native, Griffin Peterson, does well on American Idol

Jan. 17, 2013 8:13 p.m. | A Cooney native wooed Nicki Minaj and earned judges' favor Thursday night on American Idol making his way to Hollywood.

Griffin Peterson, who hails from Oconomowoc and now lives in Tennessee is on his way to Hollywood after an impressive performance Thursday.

Beyond his talent, Minaj wanted to know if he had a girlfriend. "I do not," Peterson casually replied playing along with the superstar.

But it was his talent that stood out Thursday as he earned a nod from Randy, Mariah and Minaj. Peterson has created a Facebook page where you can see a video of him performing and listen to the song, "You can have it all" he posted this summer.

The site also boasts posts after his performance.

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No threat found in search of KM High School

Jan. 17, 2013 1:00 p.m. | A search of Kettle Moraine High School by the Milwaukee and Waukesha County sheriff's departments turned up no evidence of any threat, according to a voice message from high school principal Jeff Walters that went out to parents.

A bomb threat led district officials to call off last night's after-school activities at the high school and neighboring Wales Elementary. Classes and after-school activities were also canceled for today.

The school was secured after the search last night, Walters said.

The school will reopen tomorrow, Friday. Walters said the closure will not affect students' ability to complete semester exams. Exams were scheduled for Wednesday through Friday this week. Thursday's exams have been rescheduled for Friday.

Students should talk to teachers with any questions or concerns they have.

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Classes resume on Friday at KMHS

Jan. 16, 2013 6:26 p.m. | Classes at Kettle Moraine High School and Wales Elementary School will resume on Friday, Jan. 18. Classes and after-school activities have been cancelled for Wednesday evening and Thursday after an alleged bomb threat was discovered in the school. Final exams originally scheduled for Thursday will be taken on Friday.

Check the district website for the most current information regarding the situation.

Oconomowoc man charged after allegedly torturing cat

Jan. 16, 2013 6:06 p.m. |  City of Oconomowoc — A 40-year-old man was charged with one count of mistreatment of animals and another count of obstructing an officer in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 16 for allegedly torturing and killing his cat because he believed it was “Satan.”

According to the criminal complaint, James P. Walker knocked on the door of his neighbor asking him for help at about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. He told his neighbor that he was kicked out of the Marines because, “he couldn’t stop killing,” and asked him to look at something in his apartment, the complaint reads.

When the neighbor arrived at the apartment, he noticed broken glass on the kitchen floor and the refrigerator was pulled away from the wall. In the bedroom, the cat laid between the bed and wall, visibly dead, according to the complaint. The defendant, when asked, allegedly said he had killed it, and the neighbor helped the defendant dispose of the cat into an outdoor trash bin, according to the complaint.

The neighbor contacted police shortly thereafter, concerned Walker may hurt someone. Officers arrived at the defendant’s apartment and he allegedly told them that he “snapped,” strangling and stomping on the cat, the complaint reads. He also said that he tortured the animal because, “he believed it was Satan and evil,” the complaint reads.

The defendant was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., to be treated for scratches on his arms. On Jan. 2, police received a call from medical personnel requesting assistance in the emergency detention of the defendant. The defendant became upset after being denied narcotic medication, according to the complaint.

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19-year-old man charged in Pewaukee police chase

Jan. 16, 2013 5:20 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee — Charges have been filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court against a 19-year-old West Allis man who allegedly led police on a 2.7 mile high speed car chase through the City of Pewaukee Wednesday morning.

A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, occupied only by the defendant, Donte J. Delamar, at about 1:39 a.m. on Jan. 16 as it drove the wrong way on Highway 164 at Tower Place, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle fled west on Tower Place and turned into a parking lot, where it “recklessly weaved” through the lot and exited south onto Pewaukee Road, where it failed to stop at a red signal, according to the complaint.

The vehicle eventually reached speeds of 90 to 100 miles per hour on Pewaukee Road, speeding through lights at Northview Road and Moreland Boulevard, before crashing into two telephone poles near Buena Vista Avenue, the complaint reads.

Officers ordered the defendant out of the vehicle, and he complied. Delamar allegedly told police after being transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for possible neck injuries that “he panicked,” according to the complaint.

“The defendant indicated that his thoughts were blank and he felt as if he weren’t in control of himself,” the complaint reads.

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Response to bomb threat at KM

Jan. 16, 2013 4:16 p.m. | Check out our story at Storify showing local reaction to the bomb threat that has closed Kettle Moraine High School.

Local food pantries receiving Golden Guernsey Milk

Jan. 16, 2013 4:07 p.m. | After working with OpenGate Capital, the Hunger Task Force has been able to recover dairy products from the recently shut-down Golden Guernsey Dairy in Waukesha.

Mukwonago Food Pantry was just one recipient of several cases of Golden Gurnsey pint-sized milk today with their normal delivery of senior Stock Boxes, a federal program that assists low-income seniors.

Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director at Hunger Task Force, said that yesterday alone the organization was able to recover nine semi-trucks full of dairy products. Tussler expected an additional six or seven trucks full to be recovered today and plans to continuously disperse them products throughout the state.

"Some products were already expired but we are taking as much as we can," Tussler said. "We will continue to recover things that have been refrigerated and stored properly and that still have good dates."

Tussler explained the products taken from the plant have a Jan. 21 or 22 best if sold by date and typically can be consumed safely for a week after that. 

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Bomb-sniffing dogs called to KM High School

Jan. 16, 2013 3:37 p.m. | CORRECTION: Classes have been canceled Thursday, not Friday.

The Milwaukee County and Waukesha County sheriff's departments have arranged for bomb-sniffing dogs to check Kettle Moraine High School Wednesday night in the wake of a bomb threat, according to high school principal Jeff Walters.

Walters told a reporter that he was shown an image of a threat written in the high school that indicated a bomb threat specific to the high school on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Walters said the sheriff's departments arranged for the dogs and secured the school once class was dismissed at the end of the school day Wednesday.

Classes and after-school activities have been canceled at the school Thursday as a precaution, Walters said.

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Bomb threat closes KM High School, Wales Elementary

Jan. 16, 2013 3:12 p.m. | A bomb threat has prompted the Kettle Moraine School District to cancel all evening activities tonight at Wales Elementary School and Kettle Moraine High School, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

In addition, the high school will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 17. Semester exams for that day will be rescheduled for Friday.

The threat was specific to Kettle Moraine High School, and did not involve any other district schools, Deklotz said. Wales Elementary School is next door to the high school.

The district does not believe the threat is credible, Deklotz said. She emphasized that no students or staff were in danger, and that the school is working with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.

Learn more about KM Global

Jan. 16, 2013 2:43 p.m. | KM Global will hold a parent information night on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at KM Global located in Kettle Moraine High School.

A community showcase, where students present their first semester research work, will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 in the Kettle Moraine High School library at 6 p.m.  

This is an excellent opportunity for interested parents and students to see what KM Global is about.

Reception honors East Troy librarian

Jan. 16, 2013 2:36 p.m. |  A retirement reception honoring Jackie Gotz after 30 years with the East Troy Public Library will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Ivan's Backstage, 2087 Division St., East Troy. 

An hors d'oeuvre buffet will be hosted by the Village of East Troy.

'The Hobbit' is selection for student book club

Jan. 16, 2013 1:26 p.m. | The Book Club for 7th and 8th graders will discuss The Hobbit, by J.R. Tolkien at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

The group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Interested parties can register at  at

Register and read the book and then join the group for conversation and tasty snacks. For more information, please contact Betsy Bromlet at   (262) 569-2193 or

Man charged with vehicle break-ins in Pewaukee, Hartland

Jan. 16, 2013 1:25 p.m. |  An 18-year-old man was charged with four counts of misdemeanor burglary on Jan. 15 after allegedly stealing from vehicles in the Village of Pewaukee and Village of Hartland last October.
Jesse D. Reed was arrested at his residence in the Village of Hartland on Dec. 10 after a warrant for his arrest was filed for an unrelated drug charge. According to the criminal complaint, items allegedly belonging to the victims, including a Pakistan buck knife, a Sanyo camera, a JVC car stereo and a Garmin GPS unit, were found in the defendant’s backpack.
A heroin kit and oxycodone pill were also alleged to have been found in Reed’s possession. He is subsequently also being charged with one count of possession of narcotic drugs and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The thefts took place in the area of Quinlan Drive in the Village of Pewaukee and Hill Street and Ridgeway Place in the Village of Hartland.
If convicted of all counts, Reed could face up to 36 months in prison, fined up to $40,000, or both. The charges against him were filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Concert, spaghetti dinner coming to St. John's Mukwonago

Jan. 16, 2013 12:00 p.m. | St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West Mukwonago, will hold an Epiphany Concert on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6:30pm. Numerous musical groups including choirs, bells, chimes, and the St. John's contemporary band and choir will be presenting.

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, hosted by Ignite Student Ministry, will proceed the concert beginning at 5 p.m.  Cost of the spaghetti dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free Tickets available at the door or by calling (262) 363-4999. 

Illinois Man to be extradited for alleged rape

Jan. 16, 2013 10:47 a.m. |  City of Pewaukee – An Illinois man charged with allegedly raping a woman in Winnebago County was arrested in the City of Pewaukee on Jan. 14 at a relative’s residence, and will be extradited to Illinois to face charges.
Jennifer Wallschlaeger, public information officer for the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department, said Brent S. Gleichauf, 31, was found based on a tip from an Illinois police department.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin Osborne said the extradition process will take anywhere from two weeks to three months, depending on whether Gleichauf challenges the extradition.
“Most extraditions end with the defendant admitting that they are the one being sought in the other jurisdiction,” Osborne said.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the extradition, Gleichauf is charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated unlawful restraint.
If convicted of all charges, Gliechauf could face life in prison. His next scheduled court date is Jan. 22.

Seven straight for Pewaukee girls

Jan. 16, 2013 10:00 a.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its seventh straight game Tuesday night as they overwhelmed visiting Shorewood in the second half, 65-40. PHS outscored the Greyhounds (9-6, 5-6) in the final two periods, 39-21.

The win moved the Pewaukee record to 12-2 overall and 8-2 in Woodland Conference play.

Freshman forward Abby Gerrits had a huge second half for Pewaukee,  scoring 17 of her team-high 20 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds. Katie Wood chipped in with 10 points and Lindsay Wisniewski added 8 for the winners.

Robbie Holland scored 25 points for Shorewood.

MASD Finance Committee to meet Monday

Jan. 16, 2013 8:59 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District Finance Committee will meet on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the District Office, 385 County Rd NN East. 

Meeting agendas can be found on the district website.

Man leads police on chase in Pewaukee, Waukesha

Jan. 16, 2013 7:45 a.m. | Police are seeking charges against a 19-year-old Milwaukee man who they say led them on a wrong-way chase on Highway 164 in the City of Pewaukee early Wednesday.

A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy attempted to stop a vehicle at about 1:39 a.m. as it drove the wrong way on Highway 164 at Tower Place. The vehicle fled south on Pewaukee Road at 60 mph to 80 mph., according to the Sheriff's Department.

The driver -- the only person in the vehicle -- drove through two red lights and lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole on Pewaukee Road near Buena Vista Avenue in the City of Waukesha. The chase lasted about 2.7 miles.

The Waukesha Fire Department transported the driver to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The City of Waukesha Police Department assisted the Sheriff's Department with the incident, and is completing the accident investigation.

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City of Oconomowoc to proceed with eminent domain of parcel for community center parking

Jan. 15, 2013 9:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowc - In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, Common Council approved a resolution to proceed with establishing eminent domain of 219. W. Wisconsin Ave. Officials were presented with the option after Mayor Jim Daley said two years of negotiations with the property owner have been unsuccessful.

The owners of the property according to Waukesha County tax records are Ken Herro and John Haas. The resolution for condemnation of the property comes after the city failed to reach an agreement for binding arbitration regarding the parcel by 5 p.m. Tuesday, a deadline that had been extended from the same time the previous day.

The city is seeking the property directly across from the new community center for parking. The issue has been a hot-button topic in the city because the nearest public parking is about a football field away.

According to a timeline presented at the meeting by Director of Economic Development Bob Duffy, since 2010, the city has gone back and forth with the property owners over the value of the land. The city has assessed the land twice with the latest offer for $250,000 based on the assessment.

The property owners have argued that the land's value is upwards of $400,000. They have argued this based on claims that the property could be rezoned from its current residential to mixed-used commercial increasing the value by almost double.

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Chenequa okays church annexation

Jan. 15, 2013 8:44 p.m. |  Village of Chenequa - Village trustees indicated tonight they would be willing to allow an 11 acre parcel of land on the village's southwest corner to be annexed into the Village of Nashotah to facilitate the construction of a new church.

The parcel is owned by the Lake Country Bible Church which wants to construct a 20,000 square feet sanctuary. church office and meeting rooms on a dead end at the east end of Watertown Plank Road. The property south of Hwy. 16 is in the Village of Chenequa but adjacent to the Village of Nashotah.

Church officials want to annex into the Village of Nashotah in order to access sewer service provided by the Delafield-Hartland Water Pollution Control Commission which has a sewer main that serves the Village of Nashotah that ends next to the church property.

Chenequa Village President Robert Foote Jr. said the village board would have no objections to the annexation provided that the land use and building construction met Chenequa codes.

Nashotah Village President Rich Lartz told the Chenequa trustees that the conditional use permit that would be issued for the church would be drafted to insure the building and land use complied with both municipal codes.

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Ag workshops offered at Michael Fields, East Troy

Jan. 15, 2013 7:47 p.m. | The 2013 Whole Farm Workshops at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy begin Friday, Jan. 18 with Cultivating Organic Fruie Market from 9 a.m. to noon adn Managing Weeds for Vegetable Production from 1 to 4 p.m. Course cost is $40 or $32 for CRAFT and FairShare members.

For more information visit here.

Who are the 'Bonsai People'?

Jan. 15, 2013 3:21 p.m. | What can happen when you give the less fortunate a chance? Find out when the Oconomowoc Arts Center hosts documentary film maker Holly Mosher and her film, “The Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.
Mosher filmed the result of what happened when Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus lent $27 out of his own pocket to 42 people to help them start a business.
His help started a social movement that has grown into access to healthcare, education, alternative energy and his establishment of the Grameen Bank.
“Poor people are bonsai people, there is nothing wrong with their seed – society never allowed them the space to grow,” said Yunus.
The OAC will screen Mosher’s documentary which explores the effort and she will be available for questions after the film.
Tickets are $7.50 each, general seating. Service fees may apply. Tickets are available through the OAC box office. Stop in during regular business hours or call the office at (262) 560-3172. Tickets are also available through the website:

Oconomowoc extends deadline for arbitration agreement

Jan. 15, 2013 11:54 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Administrator Diane Gard reported Tuesday morning that the city has extended a deadline for an arbitration agreement with the owners of a parcel of land at 219. W. Wisconsin Ave. to 5 p.m. today in hopes of reaching an agreement.

The city has been working to negotiate the purchase of the parcel to develop for parking for the new community center. The original deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, but Gard reported officials extended the deadline to 5 p.m. today. The extension deadline is before the Community Development Authority goes into closed session to discuss arbitration, or if an agreement is not reached, eminent domain of the parcel.

Read more here and watch for an update after Tuesday's Common Council meeting in the Focus.

18-year-old woman arrested for sending sexually explicit messages

Jan. 15, 2013 11:06 a.m. |  

Village of Pewaukee — A local woman was charged on Jan. 14 with one count of exposing a child to harmful descriptions and one count of disorderly conduct after allegedly sending sexually explicit messages to underage girls.
According to the police complaint, Rebecca S. Roraff, 18, allegedly sent explicit text and Facebook messages to four girls, the youngest 14 and the oldest 16, between Nov. 1 and Jan. 14. One of the girls told police the defendant allegedly used various aliases, including James Lavine, Jamieson and Kaine Lavine, asking the girls for nude photographs and propositioning them for sex, the complaint reads.
Roraff was identified as the alleged culprit based on subpoenas of the text message used by the person identifying as Lavine, according to the complaint. The IP address tied to the Lavine Facebook account was also allegedly traced back to the defendant’s residence, 340 Morris St., apartment 6 in the Village of Pewaukee, the complaint reads.
Roraff was arrested and various computers and cellphones were recovered. The defendant allegedly told police she created the Facebook account to “test her boyfriend,” and later changed the account to a male name, the complaint reads. She asked one of the girls for nude photographs, “to see what kind of girl [she] was,” she allegedly told police in the complaint.
Roraff faces up to $10,000 in fines and/or imprisonment up to three and a half years if convicted of exposing a child to harmful descriptions and may be fined up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of 90 days for disorderly conduct.
Roraff’s charges were filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Roraff’s next scheduled court date is Jan. 28.

Try a sample class for Parenting the Love and Logic Way in East Troy

Jan. 14, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Kimberly Joy Krueger, parent coach and mother of 12, presents the six-week parenting program, Parenting the Love and Logic Way, which is designed for parents of children of all ages to provide practical skills that can be used immediately.

A free one-hour sample class will be offered on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1936 Emery St. East Troy.

Classes are held for six Sundays beginning Feb. 10 through March 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Call (262) 642-3310 with questions.

Delafield man's condition has improved

Jan. 14, 2013 1:35 p.m. | Justin Ebbe, 31, is no longer in a life threatening condition, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. 

Public information officer Jennifer Wallschlaeger said that he is still hospitalized at Froedtert and Walworth County hasn't pressed any charges as of yet. It has yet to be determined if he will be transferred to county jail, released or sent to any other hospitals.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Department has stepped in to investigate the officer involved shooting from the Town of Delafield. It is typical for officer involved incidents to be investigated by outside agencies.

Michael Doud, 52, was among deputies who responded to a home at N2 W31808 Twin Oaks Drive at about 1:50 p.m. last Tuesday, in response to a 911 call. The caller stated tha Ebbe was suicidal and in possession of a shotgun. There were two other family members in the home at the time. The family members left the residence without incident, and were uninjured, according to the Waukesha Sheriff's Department.

Ebbe failed to put down the weapon after deputies repeatedly ordered him to do so, according to the Sheriff's Department. Doud shot and injured Ebbe, disarming him. Ebbe was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital where he is still located.

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Honor&Valor event planned for Feb. 2

Jan. 14, 2013 12:40 p.m. | Local favorities Big Al & the Hi Fi's will take the stage one more time to benefit the new Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc. The Honor & Valor event will take place at Olympia Resort & Conference Center on Feb. 2.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Okauchee guitarist Michael Beglar will be the starting act. Big Al & the Hi Fi's will take the stage around 7:30 p.m. There will be auction items, bracelets and memorial bricks available for purchase at the event. Appetizers are included in the cost of the ticket.

 Tickets are $50 and are available at or at First Bank Financial Centre locations. For additional information contact Maribeth Bush at or Megan Welsh at

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The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

North Shore Bank-Taste of Lake Country: 5 p.m. July 29, 4 p.m. July 30, Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Headline Friday night is The Toys and Saturday night The Love Monkeys. Free.

Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.

Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit  

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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