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Arrowhead girls roll over CMH

Jan. 25, 2013 10:25 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls basketball team defeated host Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 67-53.

AHS improved to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in league play.

The Warhawks jumped out to a 47-21 lead at halftime.

Senior guard Tori Miller fired in 15 points (all 3-pointers) to lead the winners. Kelly Smith chipped in with 10 tallies and Lauren Peterson had 9.

Pewaukee boys win again

Jan. 25, 2013 10:21 p.m. | Visiting Pewaukee outscored the host Greenfield boys basketball team by a 47-20 margin in the second half Friday night and the Pirates rolled to a 72-40 Woodland Conference victory.

PHS improved to 13-4 on the season  and 10-2 in league play.

Jordan Hass led the winners with 23 points and Eric Lutzen chipped in with 20.

CMH hands Arrowhead boys first loss

Jan. 25, 2013 9:29 p.m. | Visiting Catholic Memorial (12-4) handed Arrowhead's boys basketball team its first Classic 8 Conference  loss of the season Friday night, stopping the Warhawks (13-3) by a 55-52 score.

CMH took its first lead at 45-43 with 2:32 remaining in the game. The Crusaders scored on five straight possessions midway through the fourth quarter.

CMH was led by Ty Sabin with 17 points and Ayinde Starling with 15.

Arrowhead was paced by Kenny Finco with 19 points and Dom Todarello added 15.

Arrowhead made just 3 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter and connected on just 18 of 62 (29%) for the game.

Fire destroys Mukwonago garage

Jan. 25, 2013 3:46 p.m. |  

A garbage can on fire outside the garage of a house on Squire Lane in the Town of Mukwonago spread to the garage before fire crews could contain the blaze Friday afternoon. The fire breached the attic of the house but did not spread into the lower levels of the house, according to Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien.

Town of Mukwonago resident Adam Sutkiewicz took this photo of his neighbor's house on Squire Lane. Sutkiewicz said he heard several explosions from the fire.

Family members in the house got out safely and no firefighters were injured in the fire. Stein said there was no estimate on cost of damage as the investigation is continuing at this time.

Breaking: Town of Mukwonago House Fire

Jan. 25, 2013 2:39 p.m. | Update: The fire occured in a two-story single family home. The responders on scene reported the fire under control shortly before 3p.m.


Emergency responders are on the scene of a house fire near the corner of Squire Lane and SandieLane in the Town of Mukwonago.

There are several units responding to the scene. There is no other information known at this time.

The Mukwonago Chief has a reporter on scene and will provide updates as soon as information is made available.

Book signing today for KMMS students

Jan. 25, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School students Lauren Gennerman, Alex Meeth and Ethan Suhr, will be signing copies of their book "Phoenix" today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Books and Co.1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.

Winter is nice on ice

Jan. 25, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Each season has its unique beauty.

Only in winter can we walk on water, glide over hills and make wonderful creations out of snow.

Two events this weekend celebrate the season.

 Winterfest at SandBar Sports Pub on Prospect Avenue in Pewaukee finds all sorts of ways to have an ice time.

Hosted by the Pewaukee Lake Sportsman’s Club, the day includes a free ice fishing clinic on Pewaukee Lake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The club will provide all equipment along with free hot dogs, cocoa and prizes for the kids.

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Koepke sentenced 22 mos. prison

Jan. 24, 2013 6:06 p.m. | Sussex teen Daniel Koepke, now 17, was sentenced to 22 months in confinement with an additional five years of extended supervision. Five more years of probation is to follow.

He plead no contest to two felony charges back in November -- he was found guilty of causing a child under the age of 13 to view/listen to sexual activity. He was also found guilty of incest.

The charges stemmed from an incident in July of 2012 after he touched his cousin, aged five at the time, inappropriately and masturbated in front of her while babysitting.

"You cannot assault, no matter how slight, a five-year-old in the community. It is not tolerable," Washington County Judge Gonring concluded.

Gonring heard statements from families on both sides of the aisle and also considered reports from the PSI investigation, psychosexual analyses from Pathways and separate counseling records.

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Waukesha woman charged with 20 felonies, selling heroin

Jan. 24, 2013 3:16 p.m. |  Waukesha – A 34-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 23 with multiple felonies after allegedly selling various illegal drugs, including heroin, to a confidential informant working with the Waukesha Police Department.

Stephanie J. Pavlons was charged with nine felony counts of manufacturing or delivering various drugs, including heroin and several different prescription drugs. She was also charged with five counts of felony drug trafficking and six counts of felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

The defendant allegedly sold $160 worth of heroin to the informant on Aug. 30 and another $180 worth of heroin on Sept. 6. The police officer allegedly even drove Pavlons to her dealer in Milwaukee. Pavlons allegedly gave the officer two Alprazolam pills, more commonly known under its trade name, Xanax, for his trouble.

On Sept. 12, 44 sedative pills were allegedly purchased by the informant for $45 and $60 worth of heroin was purchased on Sept. 25. The defendant allegedly sold another $150 worth of heroin to the informant on Sept. 26 and 70 amphetamine pills for $280 on Oct. 12.

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Foundation gives $50,000 grant to ProHealth's AngelsGrace

Jan. 24, 2013 2:39 p.m. | ProHealth Care’s AngelsGrace Hospice recently received a $50,000 grant from the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, based in Madison to support the special medication needs of patients.


“These funds help support the costs of highly-specialized medication often needed by our patients at the end of their lives. Oftentimes these medications are not covered by insurance,” explained Robert Walters, Director of ProHealth Home Care and Hospice. “Grants from organizations such as the Batterman Family Foundation help us to keep our promise to serve anyone who comes to us, regardless of their financial circumstances.”


Since 2004, AngelsGrace Hospice has celebrated and affirmed the lives of more than 2,200 patients who spent their final days there. The dedicated staff provides compassionate care for patients and also supports the family members and friends who share their loved ones last days.

Wiltz resigns as KM football coach

Jan. 24, 2013 2:16 p.m. | Darnell Wiltz has resigned as the head football coach at Kettle Moraine High School. Wiltz told his assistant coaches of his decision on Wednesday night and met with his team on Thursday afternoon. Athletic director Mike Fink announced the decision on Thursday afternoon.

Wiltz was named the KM football coach in 2011 and coached the team the last two seasons. The Lasers were 4-5 in 2011 and 2-6 this season.

Wiltz will continue to teach physical education at the high school.

Fink said a search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Sussex Power Test commended by DWD secretary for manufacturing program

Jan. 24, 2013 12:33 p.m. | Village of Sussex – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson on Thursday commended Power Test, Inc., of Sussex for its initiative in launching the Manufacturer’s Resource Training (MRT), which trains individuals to become entry-level machinists for area employers. Senator Alberta Darling joined Secretary Newson in touring Reich Tool and Design, a company that has hired a graduate of the MRT program.

“The Manufacturer’s Resource Training program is a great example of how the private sector is actively participating in efforts to create a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers,” said Secretary Newson. “As manufacturing continues to add jobs in Wisconsin under Governor Walker’s leadership, we support innovative approaches like this program to create a pipeline of workers for growing industry sectors like manufacturing.”

The MRT program was developed in response to the challenge faced by Power Test and other manufacturers in the area in finding workers with the skills needed to fill job openings. Participating trainees complete eight weeks of instruction at Power Test’s facility in Sussex, learning how to operate a variety of manually operated machines and gaining experience in assembly, inspection, shipping, and welding. Participants also complete and are certified to drive a forklift.

The first class graduation from the MRT program occurred in November 2012. Five of six graduates obtained employment in manufacturing-related occupations at Power Test along with Reich Tool and Design, Hydraulic Services, and Rotating Equipment Repair.

Sex offender released in Waukesha

Jan. 24, 2013 10:53 a.m. | Waukesha — Brandon M. Melton, 22, convicted of second-degree sexual assault after having sex with a 13-year-old girl and inappropriately touching three other children, was released back into the community on Jan. 22.

Brandon M. MeltonMelton will be residing at 1100 E. Main Street in the City of Waukesha, according to a Waukesha Police Department news release. Melton was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 2009, for which he received four years in prison and eight years extended supervision.

He was convicted of having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and inappropriately touched two other 13-year-old girls. He also exposed himself to a 10-year-old boy and forced him to touch his penis, the news release reads. All of the victims were acquaintances of Melton. He is currently appealing the conviction.

He will be a life registrant with the sex offender registry and is not to have any unsupervised contact with minors. He is also barred from taverns, bars, or liquor stores and may not possess or consume alcohol or illegal drugs. He will be under GPS monitoring while under supervision.

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Watch out for utility crews repairing light pole in Oconomowoc

Jan. 24, 2013 9:41 a.m. | Electric Utility Crews were on scene at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Silver Lake Street and Summit Avenue to repair a broken pole.

No customers are out of power at this time but there are minor traffice delays. Avoid the area if possible.

Hamilton boys drop first game of year

Jan. 23, 2013 9:44 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton and Wisconsin Lutheran battled in a fantastic boys basketball game at Wisco on Wednesday, with the Vikings handing Hamilton its first loss of the year with a 51-48 overtime victory.

The Chargers held for the final shot in regulation and had a crisp rebound look at the basket that rimmed off, leaving the game tied at 41-41. The teams traded blows in the overtime, with Wisco leading by three with 19 seconds to play when Brady Ellingson was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.

Ellingson made 2 of 3, but Brett Buehler stole the inbound from Wisco and gave the Chargers one more chance. But a turnover with 4 seconds to go gave the ball back to the Vikings, who hit two free throws (17 of 19 for the night) with 2.3 seconds left. Hamilton's full court play did not yield a final shot.

The Chargers fell to 14-1, while Wisco improved to 11-3. Ellingson had 24 points for Hamilton.

Next Week: Breakfast with the Village President

Jan. 23, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago Rotary Club will be hosting Breakfast with the Village President on Thursday Jan. 31 at 7a.m.

Breakfast will take place at Village Hall, 440 Rivercrest Court, Mukwonago and will feature guest speaker Fred Winchowky.

Winchowky will discuss the state of the Village and plans for 2013 and beyond while guests enjoy breakfast catered by Espresso Love Coffee.

This event is free to guests, but those who wish to attend are being asked to RSVP to Tom Herlugson at 262-470-4218 or by e-mailing You can also visit for more information. 

Sensenbrenner, Kleefisch available at Oconomowoc City Hall Saturday

Jan. 23, 2013 2:56 p.m. | Rep. Joel Kleefisch will attend a Town Hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc City Hall.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join Rep. Sensenbrenner and hear the concerns of constituents in both the Fifth Congressional District and in the 38th Assembly District. I look forward to spending time with both Rep. Sensenbrenner and constituents,” Rep. Kleefisch said.

Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) has represented the Fifth Congressional District in Wisconsin since 1979. Rep. Kleefisch has represented the 38th Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2005.

Still no signs of missing KMHS grad Nick Wilcox

Jan. 23, 2013 2:49 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox is still missing, despite continued efforts by police, family and friends to locate the 24-year-old Milwaukee resident.

Wilcox was last seen outside of Milwaukee’s Irish Rec Room, in 1000 block of North Old World Third Street, during the early morning of New Year’s Day. Wilcox was out celebrating on New Year’s Eve with friends and reportedly left the bar before 2 a.m.
A search party organized by friends and family has so far found no signs of Wilcox, despite distributing leaflets and combing Milwaukee’s Third Ward. An awareness walk was held on Jan. 10 in Wilcox’s honor. Digital billboard space in Milwaukee was also donated by Clear Channel Communications to help alert the community to Wilcox’s disappearance.
The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) are still investigating, said Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer.
“He remains missing, the investigation is still open and we are still searching for him,” he said.
Nick Wilcox is blond-haired and blue-eyed, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Anyone with information about his disappearance is encouraged to call the MPD at (414) 935-7403.

Nature Conservancy expands Meyer Nature Preserve

Jan. 23, 2013 1:45 p.m. | The Nature Conservancy announced Wednesday that it has added another 30.5 acres of land to the Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve, located southwest of Eagle on Highway 67. The parcel of land connects the east and west sides of the preserve, providing additional access for recreational activities including walking, wildlife-watching, hunting and cross-country skiing.
“Newell and Ann Meyer wanted to create a sanctuary for wildlife where people could come and enjoy the beauty of nature,” said Pat Morton, director of the Conservancy’s work in the Mukwonago River watershed. “This acquisition protects additional habitat for wildlife and allows us to expand our trail system and make this preserve an even more enjoyable place to visit.”
Because a major portion of the headwaters of the Mukwonago River rises from springs on the Meyer Preserve, protecting land and restoring forests and grasslands at the preserve helps slow runoff so the water can percolate into the soil, replenishing the groundwater supply and keeping nutrients and other pollutants from entering the river.
The Conservancy’s loop trail from the east side of the preserve will be expanded into the new property in the coming year. When it is completed, visitors will be able to walk for more than 3.5 miles and view wetlands, prairies, woodlands and wildlife including fox, coyotes and, perhaps, badgers, which have been sighted at the Meyer Preserve. Many species of birds are also in the area, including turkey vultures, several species of hawks, cormorants, egrets and great blue herons.
Partial funding for the acquisition was provided by a private donation, and the Conservancy has applied for a grant from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. 

Fore more information, visit in the Places We Protect section.

Realty Executives acquires acquisition rights for entire state

Jan. 23, 2013 1:32 p.m. | Realty Executives International Broker/Owner Dale Schaechterle and his team are now able to expand the company throughout the state after earning franchise rights acquisition of the entire state.

Realty Executives franchisees throughout the State of Wisconsin will now have the benefit of working with Schaechterle and his team.
“Our vision is to see a Realty Executives International brokerage in every population center in the state of Wisconsin,” said Schaechterle, Regional Developer for Realty Executives in Wisconsin.

Oconomowoc man charged with car shop burglary

Jan. 23, 2013 1:30 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — A 27-year-old Oconomowoc man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 22 for allegedly robbing an Oconomowoc car maintenance shop last summer.

Joshua G. Watkins was charged with one felony count of burglary for the July 7 robbery of Valvoline Quick Oil Change, 1111 Summit Ave.

According to the complaint:

An assistant manager arrived at the store at 10:30 a.m. on July 8 and found that the overnight bank deposit bag was missing and the cash register was emptied. The deposit bag contained approximately $300 and the register contained $100.

Video surveillance from the store showed a subject wearing white gloves and a bright yellow shirt enter the building the night prior. The assistant manager told police he recognized the shoes and shirt as belonging to Watkins, a former employee of the Valvoline. He also noted that the subject seemed to know where the security cameras were located because he positioned himself in areas where it would be difficult to see his face.

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Oconomowoc woman charged with drunkenly ramming house

Jan. 23, 2013 12:51 p.m. |  Oconomowoc — A 31-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly driving her car into her mother’s house while intoxicated on Jan. 19.

Julaine S. Ostrowski, 1241 S. Waterville Lake Rd., was charged on Jan. 21 with felony criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and drunken driving, her fifth such offense since 1997.

Ostrowski allegedly got into a physical argument with her mother over her ability to drive. The defendant’s mother refused to let Ostrowski leave with her two children, believing the defendant was drunk. The defendant’s mother told police she “wrestled” the two children away from Ostrowski and locked them in an upstairs bedroom.

Ostrowski then allegedly got into her green Chrysler mini van and rammed it into the side of the house, causing an estimated $5,000 in damages. She then fled the scene.

Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department pulled Ostrowski over on Lisbon Road in Menomonee Falls. The officer said the defendant’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot and her speech was slurred. The front bumper of the vehicle was hanging off and the right quarter panel was missing.

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OASD to interview search firms

Jan. 23, 2013 12:01 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education will meet on Feb. 5 to interview search firms  to hire to fill the district's top spot.  Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker announced in December that she will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board will meet with between four and six firms and hopes to make a decision on which to hire following the interview process.

Advanced manufacturing certificate pilot rolls out at Generac, GE

Jan. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Second Chance Partners for Education (SCPFE) – in partnership with the Kettle Moraine School District, GE’s Waukesha gas engines (General Electric), Generac Power Systems, Inc. (Generac) and the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) – launched an advanced manufacturing certificate pilot on Jan. 22.

The pilot, the Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway, is a transformational education experience that leverages partnerships among local businesses, local high schools and the local technical college along with SCPFE. The pilot is designed to provide students who have an interest in technical careers with the ability to earn transcripted credits at post-secondary schools and valuable work experience. 

The pilot will be located at the Generac’s facility in Eagle, Wisconsin, and General Electric’s facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and will initially serve 12 students – seven juniors and five seniors – from the Kettle Moraine School District. 

"We are committed to ensuring our graduates are prepared for college and career success in a wide range of occupations,” says Pat Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent. “This pilot exposes students to career pathways inherent in manufacturing, including interests such as welding, fabrication, and manufacturing processes to advanced degree fields such as mechanical and electrical engineering." 

Since 2000, SCPFE has partnered local businesses and education to provide students with an integrated learning experience that links academic standards with real-world applications. The pilot is an extension of the organization’s foundational tenants:

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Waukesha man allegedly breaks into homes, leaves note

Jan. 23, 2013 11:05 a.m. |

Waukesha — A 19-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with breaking into several homes on the 2000 block of Ruben Drive in Waukesha last September.

Derek M. Olson, 2416 Springdale Rd. #202, was charged with three counts of burglary of a building and one count of armed burglary after allegedly stealing two guns and a compound hunting bow from one of the homes. All the burglaries took place on Sept. 26.

Ingrid Herzog, 2016 Ruben Dr., told police she pulled into her driveway on Sept. 16 and saw two backpacks in her backyard, according to the criminal complaint. When she went to look at the backpacks, she saw a man, believed by police to be Olson, standing behind some bushes. According to the complaint, the man fled.

Herzog told police five bottles of liquor, seven shot glasses and a laptop with software were missing.

At 2014 Ruben Dr. a glass pane patio door was shattered with a flower pot. According to the complaint, a handwritten note in the kitchen stated: “Sorry 4 breaking your door. Next time lock your door [expletive]. BTW [By the way] I didn’t take your stuff.” Olson allegedly told police after he was arrested that he left the note to make it look like the burglary was, “personal to the homeowner,” according to the complaint.

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Architect files suit for share of Delafield Hotel

Jan. 23, 2013 9:26 a.m. |

City of Delafield - A Barrington, Illinois architect, who invested in the Delafield Hotel and hired Tom Aul as his attorney, has a filed a federal lawsuit against Aul, developer Bob Lang and the Michigan attorney who once owned the hotel.
James Gray and his firm, Cronice & Rose International, claim in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that Aul helped transfer the ownership of the hotel without Gray's knowledge or consent.
Gray contends that in 2009 he invested funds and provided professional services to the hotel which at the time was owned by Grand Rapids, Mich., lawyer Scott Rookus who had purchased the building on a land contract from Lang.
Gray alleges that he and Rookus hired Aul to represent them in plans in buy and expand the hotel, but Aul later transferred ownership of the hotel to Rookus and Gray was stripped of all of his ownership rights and interest.
Read more here.

KM boys defeat Oconomowoc

Jan. 22, 2013 10:32 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine's boys basketball  team had a good fourth quarter Tuesday night and defeated Oconomowoc in a nonconference game, 63-48.

KM led 49-47 going into the fourth quarter.

Mitchell Oleson had 21 points and a career-best 16 rebounds for the Lasers. Paul Miller chipped in with 19 points.

Oconomowoc was led by TJ Schlundt with 21 tallies. Canton Larson and Danny Duffy had 10 points each.

Ice motorcyclists crowd Oconomowoc Town Hall

Jan. 22, 2013 10:26 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc - A group of about 50 motorcyclists who like to ride on two frozen ponds within the town showed up Tuesday night to oppose a proposed ordinance that would limit their riding.

The Town Board was considering an ordinance that would limit their speed to no more than 10 mph, types of maneuvers like wheelies and spin outs and exhaust after resident complaints.

The group - about half who said they are town residents - said they are safe riders and can self-regulate their exhaust so its not disturbing to neighbors of the ponds. The board agreed to let the group work out some temporary regulations on when they ride and other concerns. The agreement will allow the riders to enjoy the rest of the season.

Police Chief James Wallis said that he has never experienced problems with the group in the past. He said he didn't want to see their recreational sport ruined because of one person and planned to meet with them, and check on them when they're out riding on the weekends.

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Sussex begins considering library take over

Jan. 22, 2013 8:18 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village trustees tonight appointed a committee that will advise the Village Board on how to take control of the Pauline Haass Library, if necessary.

Town of Lisbon officials have indicated they might not renew in 2014 a joint agreement with the village that provides the two municipalities share in the cost of the library.

Village President Greg Goetz reiterated before tonight's Village Board meeting that the village is prepared to assume responsibility for the operations of the library if the town pulls out of the agreement. 

Goetz said the number of key village officials assigned to the committee is in an indication of the importance of the group.

"I think this committee is important because it is going insure a quality library in the future for all of the residents of the village," he said.

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I43 northbound construction to begin next week

Jan. 22, 2013 4:37 p.m. | Drivers in Waukesha County beware: cold weather has not stopped construction season. Beginning Jan. 28, drivers will begin to see closures at I-43 northbound in Waukesha County between WIS 83 and WIS 164.

This may sound familiar, as the southbound lanes of this stretch were completed last year. Northbound, however, has not been resurfaced since the early 1990s. This $13.4 million project sponsored by a mix of state and federal funding will also help to rehabilitate some bridges in that stretch.

While the schedule is dependent on weather, the first closure of Oakdale Road at I-43 is expected to begin Jan. 28 and last approximately four weeks. HiLo Drive is expected to close around Feb. 5, again for four weeks. Edgewood Avenue will close after Oakdale reopens, and will last approximately 11 weeks. It is yet to be determined how Evergreen Drive will be affected.

The project is expected to be complete before Thanksgiving 2013.

Fatal Town of Mukwonago Accident

Jan. 22, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago investigated a fatal accident yesterday, Jan. 21. The single vehicle incident was reported on Highway I just west of Highway 83 around 3:48 p.m.

A 39 year-old City of Waukesha resident, Kristin Bear, was pronounced dead at the scene after her 2006 Saturn View left the road and struck a tree.

Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Tom Czarnecki said that it does not appear this was caused by a highway factor. There is currently no indication of the cause of the incident and no additional information available at this time.  

Waukesha man charged with strangling girlfriend

Jan. 22, 2013 12:43 p.m. |  Waukesha — A 20-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday with felony counts of strangulation and suffocation, intimidation of a victim and false imprisonment after a domestic dispute on Jan. 18.

The defendant allegedly attacked the complainant at their shared residence, at one point allegedly strangling her and threatening to kill her with a knife if she called the police, according to the criminal complaint.

The alleged victim told police in the complaint that the defendant arrived home at approximately 10:30 p.m. and started insulting her. He then allegedly grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her onto the couch. The complainant said she was concerned for herself and the safety of her child, and tried to call the police, but the defendant allegedly took her phone and said “he would kill her if she told the neighbors to call the police,” the complaint reads.

The alleged victim tried locking herself in the bathroom, but the defendant allegedly forced his way in and began strangling her, slamming her head against the closet door repeatedly, according to the complaint.

He let her go and the defendant tried escaping several more times before locking herself in the bedroom and calling police, the complaint reads.

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Milwaukee man charged with selling crack in Waukesha

Jan. 22, 2013 12:17 p.m. |  Waukesha – A 29-year-old Milwaukee man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, second offense, and three counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place on Jan. 21.

Marcus D. White, 4627 N. 27th St. in Milwaukee, was arrested on Jan. 17 as part of a sting operation by the Waukesha Police Department. The department provided a criminal informant with marked currency to exchange for the crack cocaine White allegedly sold.

The criminal informant allegedly met White, also known as “D,” at a Waukesha gas station on Jan. 2, where the defendant provided the informant with .5 grams of crack. They met again in Waukesha on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17, each time the defendant allegedly provided subsequently larger amounts of crack to the informant.

White pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, for which he received a six month license suspension and 10 months confinement in a house of correction.

If convicted of all charges, the defendant could face up to 52 years and six months in prison, $105,000 in fines, or both.

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Hartland-Lakeside plan meeting to discuss school safety

Jan. 22, 2013 11:39 a.m. |  Village of Hartland – The Hartland-Lakeside School Board announced they will have a special meeting on Jan. 28 to discuss possible safety improvements to the district’s schools.

District Administrators have met with Hartland Police to look at potential improvements to the school’s security, including possibly adding new shatterproof windows, cameras, or a new buzzer system for main entrances.

Hartland-Lakeside is just one of several districts looking at possible safety improvements following the death of 27 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“Safety has always been a priority at schools, ever since we ducked under desks during the Atom Bomb Era,” Superintendent Glenn Schilling said during the Jan. 21 board meeting.

But all security upgrades will have to eventually be accounted for in the budget, Schilling said.

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Hartland-Lakeside announces summer school program

Jan. 22, 2013 10:58 a.m. | Village of Hartland – Although it feels as if winter break just ended, the Hartland-Lakeside School Board has already approved at its Jan. 21 meeting a tentative schedule for summer school.

The curriculum places a heavy emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, offering classes such as “Engineering with Legos” and “Objects in Motion, Forces at Work” for first and second graders.

Also emphasized are intervention courses to help students struggling in core areas, including an intensive, referral-only Reading Intervention course.

“I think our goal is that we have those students that really struggle, so getting them in during the summer and giving them that intensive instruction, we can start addressing that issue,” Superintendent Glenn Schilling said during the meeting.

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State program to help downtowns in Menomonee Falls, Hartland, other communities

Jan. 22, 2013 9:45 a.m. | A new state program will help 20 Wisconsin communities, including some in the Milwaukee area, with improving their downtowns and other urban commercial districts.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Connect Communities program will provide services that include a networking group for new ideas, on-site visits from WEDC managers, and training programs, it was announced Tuesday.

The Connect Communities program is a complementary program to WEDC’s Wisconsin Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization program targeting the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional downtown business districts
The communities selected for the new program are Antigo, Berlin, Cambridge, Cashton, Chilton, Crandon, Deerfield, Edgerton, Greenwood, Hartford, Hartland, La Crosse, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Mosinee, Plymouth, Pulaski, Sheboygan and Superior.

The communities selected to participate in the program each needed to have an organization that focuses on downtown and other urban commercial district issues, as well as information technology capability and a commitment to training opportunities.

Write in battle in Delafield

Jan. 21, 2013 9:16 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Two candidates, one of them an incumbent, will be waging write in campaigns in the Third Aldermanic District in the April 2 Municipal election.

Jackie Valdie registered Friday with the City Clerk's office as a write in candidate challenging incumbent Jane Lazynski who had registered as a write in candidate the week before.

Lazynski had initially decided not to seek reelection. However, when no one filed candidacy petitions by the Jan 5 deadline, she changed her mind. She said some constituents and other city  residents urged her to seek reelection by running as a write in candidate.

Valdie said she had intended to file her candidacy petitions earlier but unexpectedly had to leave the country because of a death in her family and was not able to return until after the Jan. 5 deadline.

Lazynski is a downtown business owner who was elected in April of 2012 to a district created by the 2011 reappointment required by the 2010 federal census. The district includes large portions of the downtown and south Nagawicka Lake shore residential and business districts.

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Sussex man charged with drunk car crash, infant daughter injured

Jan. 21, 2013 5:38 p.m. |  Village of Sussex – A 29-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 21 after allegedly crashing his vehicle while intoxicated and injuring his infant daughter on Sunday afternoon.

Ian K. Anderson was charged with one count operating while intoxicated causing injury, operating with prohibited alcohol concentration causing injury and misdemeanor bail jumping. The defendant was out on bail after being charged with one count of misdemeanor hit and run last September.

The responding officer said he found the car sitting in a ditch on Richmond Road around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. Anderson was standing on the side of the road holding his daughter, according to the complaint. The officer said in the complaint that the defendant seemed unsteady on his feet, and when asked what happened, allegedly said he did not remember. The officer noted in the complaint that the defendant allegedly smelled strongly of liquor and his eyes were bloodshot.

The officer asked if the defendant and his child were OK, and the defendant said he believed so. Ambulance personnel later noted that the infant’s right hand seemed to be bruised and swollen, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, the officer allegedly noticed unopened beers in the vehicle and a water bottle that contained a brown liquid suspected to be alcohol. There were also three red plastic containers the defendant said contained gasoline, including a container on the floor in front of where the child was sitting in his child seat, according to the complaint.

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Sub-zero wind chills have school districts watching temps

Jan. 21, 2013 4:02 p.m. | Officials in the Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago school districts are watching temperatures drop, but don't anticipate closing school because of frigid wind chills at this point.

MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel said a wind chill of -30 degrees or worse presents "increasing danger to continued exposure," which could result in closing school. This is the same criteria used for KMSD Superintendent Pat Deklotz said.

Strobel indicated the weather conditions would be monitored in the morning since "a couple of miles per hour with the wind can make a vast difference." 

Deklotz and Strobel said a decision would be made early in the morning, by 5 or 6 a.m. if schools would have to be closed.

Arrowhead to have classes on Tuesday, despite weather

Jan. 21, 2013 2:49 p.m. |  Arrowhead Union High School Superintendent Craig Jefson said the school is not expecting to cancel classes tomorrow, despite the cold weather.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures tomorrow are expected to reach a high of three degrees, with wind chill values between -15 and -25 degrees.

Jefson said the school has cancelled classes due to low temperatures before, but it would need to be much colder, between -30 to -40 degrees with the wind chill factor considered.

"We anticipate the school being open tomorrow," he said. "It may be a bit chilly, but we are tough Wisconsinites." 

Waukesha man charged for allegedly strangling niece

Jan. 21, 2013 2:19 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A Waukesha man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony count of strangulation, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Jan. 18 for allegedly strangling his niece.

The 48-year-old man allowed his niece to use his computer to search for jobs on Jan. 16, according to the complaint. An argument ensued and the niece said she threw the computer along with her cigarette onto the floor and walked back to her bedroom, according to the complaint.

The defendant then allegedly grabbed his niece and “in one movement” pushed her onto the bed with his hand around her throat, according to the complaint.

She tried screaming for her mother, but could not, the complaint reads.

The alleged victim’s mother did arrive and an argument ensued between all members of the family, according to the complaint.

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Go nuts, support Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital auxiliary Tuesday

Jan. 21, 2013 1:36 p.m. | Be sure to visit Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the Nutman Co. sale, sponsored by Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary. Select from an assortment of nuts, chocolates, candies and snack mixes, treats for the family, or a gift. Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Cash/ Checks accepted. Profits from the nut sale go to the Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary to continue its support of the hospital’s commitment to serve the community.
More information is available by calling (262) 569-0293.

Waukesha man charged after allegedly trying to force his way into classroom

Jan. 21, 2013 12:49 p.m. |  City of Waukesha – An 18-year-old man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 17 with disorderly conduct, possession of narcotic drugs and carrying a concealed weapon, among other charges, after allegedly trying to force his way into a classroom at Waukesha North High School on Jan. 16.

Jordan T. Hartz, charged with two felony counts of burglary last October, told police that he had been trying to contact a girl at the school the morning of the incident, according to the criminal complaint.

He became upset during the conversation, allegedly telling a friend of the girl who was also on the phone, “I got heat” and “I’m gonna put a boot through your jaw,” the complaint reads.

Hartz then drove to the school and was let into the building by another student.

Hartz was allegedly expelled from the school and told not to return to the premises, according to the complaint. He found the classroom the student was in and, according to the complaint, tried to force his way into the room, screaming “Who the [expletive] was I talking to before.”

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Trivia fundraiser for LAFC

Jan. 21, 2013 12:18 p.m. | Sweep out the cobwebs in your mind,  strap on your thinking cap and get ready to match wits for a worthy cause.

St. Anskar’s Episcopal Church in Hartland is holding a trivia night fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the Lake Area Free Clinic.

The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26,  at 7 p.m., following a pot luck supper. There is a maximum of eight players per team allowed, ages 12 and up. Cost of participation is $15 per person, which includes trivia, snacks and childcare.

For ticket information contact Bill Webster at billw1220@, or call 414-640-0557.


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Waukesha man involved in police standoff charged with bail jumping

Jan. 21, 2013 12:06 p.m. |  City of Waukesha — Kelly A. Shaw, who is accused of causing a four hour standoff with police last December after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head, was arrested outside Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin after allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Shaw, 58, allegedly became irate after being refused service at the medical facility, asking an employee if, “anybody died yet today?”

Shaw’s wife also works near Froedtert, and he allegedly told personnel that he was going to her place of employment later, according to the complaint. Personnel, concerned for their safety, asked police to notify Shaw that he was no longer welcome at the facility.

Police said in the complaint they did so, but Shaw still returned and was arrested for trespassing. A knife was also allegedly found on Shaw, violating the terms of his release on bail.

On Dec. 5, Shaw refused to exit his home, located at 3001 E. View Court in Waukesha, causing a four hour standoff with police. When he finally exited, he allegedly told police, “I wish I knew you were outside, I would be dead and hopefully two or three cops would be dead,” the complaint reads.

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Watch for Sussex native riding in inauguration parade today

Jan. 21, 2013 10:24 a.m. | Sussex's Patty Braeger will ride her horse with an organization that provides equine therapy to veterans in today's Presidential Inauguration Parade.

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Crash closes 94 at 83

Jan. 21, 2013 8:59 a.m. | A crash on eastbound I-94 at Highway 83 has closed the right lane of traffic.

The crash took place at about 8:40 a.m., and is expected to keep the right lane closed for about two hours.

DA: Officer was justified in Town of Delafield shooting

Jan. 21, 2013 8:36 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy was justified in shooting a suicidal man in a home in the Town of Delafield on Jan. 8, under a ruling by District Attorney Brad Schimel.

Officers who were called to the scene found Justin Ebbe with a shotgun aimed at another family member. Deputy Michael Doud ordered Ebbe to drop the weapon, but when he failed to do so, Doud shot and disarmed Ebbe.

Ebbe was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital, where he was treated and has since been released. Charges have not been issued.

Nagawicka diver dies

Jan. 21, 2013 8:30 a.m. | City of Delafield - A 32-year-old Milwaukee man died Saturday, Jan. 19, while scuba diving in Lake Nagawicka.

A problem with his equipment is thought to have led to the death of Steven G. LaLonde.

City of Delafield police and emergency personnel from Lake Country Fire and Resuce and the Town of Delafield Fire Department responded to the Naga-Waukee beach area at about 10:03 a.m. for a report of a scuba diver under the ice and in distress.

An officer arrived within minutes, but LaLonde had already been pulled from the water by other members of his group, and CPR was under way.

A news release from the Delafield Police Department indicates LaLonde and those whe was with were all experienced divers. An investigation is under way, but initial indications point to a possible problem with his equipment.

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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.

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