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Old World Wisconsin holds employment/volunteer open house

Feb. 27, 2013 4:07 p.m. |  Old World Wisconsin is hosting an employment and volunteer open house Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those interested can come by anytime during the open house and speak with museum staff members to hear about open positions that will allow you to gain firsthand knowledge of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

They are currently seeking enthusiastic applicants for seasonal roles that include period-clad interpreters, day camp counselors, visitor services staff, and maintenance personnel.

They are also looking for volunteers in marketing and communication, greeters, receptionists, gardeners, sewing help, plain-clothes interpreters and program assistants.

Kettle Moraine announces administrative promotions

Feb. 27, 2013 12:24 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District announced the appointment of Dr. Theresa Gennerman to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, effective July 1, 2013. Gennerman will replace Carole Witt Starck, who will retire June 30.

Gennerman has served as principal of Kettle Moraine Middle School for the past three years, in addition to assuming direct responsibility and leadership in the district’s personalized learning transformation. Gennerman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Master of Science in Education Leadership and an Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Replacing Gennerman will be Michael Comiskey, who has been promoted to serve as Kettle Moraine Middle School Principal, effective July 1. Comiskey has been with the district since 2003, serving as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. In 2012 Comiskey was also appointed Director of Learning for Mathematics grades six through 12. Comiskey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Business Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Administrative Training through the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The school board approved both positions at the February 26, 2013 board meeting. “The district is fortunate to have such talent and commitment from two exceptional leaders. Their vision and dedication to transforming education in challenging and exciting times will serve our staff, our district and our students well,” commented KMSD Superintendent, Pat Deklotz.

Ashippun declares snow emergency

Feb. 27, 2013 10:11 a.m. | Ashippun Town Chairman Steve Panozzo has issued a snow emergency effective until 7 p.m. Thursday.

A snow emergency means that no parking on town streets is allowed while the snow emergency is in effect.

This is to allow highway crews to clear the roads of ice and snow.

Delafield town board, citizens agree on fire talks

Feb. 26, 2013 11:11 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town residents and officials agreed Tuesday night to continue discussions about fire department consolidation with representatives of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) even though Town Chairman Paul Kanter has described the talks as "a very frustrating endeavor."

Kanter and three town supervisors spent nearly an hour discussing with eight town residents whether to continue considering consolidating the town fire department with LCFR.

The citizens are among several groups of residents who have been monitoring the consolidation discussions. A larger crowd was expected at tonight's meeting but was apparently kept away by the near blizzard weather conditions.

The Town of Delafield, the villages of Hartland and Pewaukee, and the City of Oconomowoc, are considering consolidating their fire departments into Lake Country Fire and Rescue which serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa.

Supervisor Larry Krause strongly hinted during tonights meeting that he was prepared to abandon consolidation for several reasons; particularly after a stormy meeting last week among representatives of the six communities.

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Thoughts of summer: camp registration now open

Feb. 26, 2013 3:58 p.m. |  In the middle of the snow, we would likle to bring you thoughts of summer.

Phantom Lake YMCA Camp reminds us that Summer Camps are only 109 days away! Registration is now open for various sessions and youth camps this summer.

More information is availabile on the camp's website:

Police called after boy became disorderly over hamster sale

Feb. 26, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Waukesha police had to control a 15-year-old boy who, his mother said, was upset about being grounded for selling a hamster without her permission.

According to the dispatch log, police were called by the boy’s aunt at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 about a “loud banging” noise she heard coming from the boy’s bedroom and his generally being disruptive. Later, she said the boy had gone outside to cool down and police advised her to call back if the situation escalated.

She called back shortly thereafter and said the boy had punched the windows of the family car, with his mother inside, and was now sitting on the hood.

Police were dispatched to the residence, located on Lander Lane in Waukesha, and were told the boy was acting out because his mom punished him for selling a hamster.

Police advised him on the potential consequences of his behavior and warned him to follow house rules and act appropriately. The mother did not refuse custody of the child and no citation was issued.

Woman charged with allegedly insulting, slapping her 12-year-old son

Feb. 26, 2013 1:54 p.m. | A 49-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with child abuse after allegedly slapping her 12-year-old son twice and insulting him because he would not take sides during a conflict between the woman and her ex-boyfriend on Feb. 22.

The woman, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony child abuse and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha police were dispatched at 10 p.m. Feb. 22 to Escobar’s apartment on the 300 block of North Street in Waukesha. They met with the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who said the woman was allegedly intoxicated and “going crazy.”

Police spoke with the woman, who was bleeding from her toe and had slight bruising on her arm. She kept addressing an officer as “Babe,” and when he corrected her, she became angry, cursing at the officer and saying she hated men.

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Inmate charged with escaping from Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Feb. 26, 2013 1:28 p.m. | A 56-year-old inmate at Waukesha County Jail escaped from a hospital he was receiving treatment at on Feb. 17 before being arrested in the basement of his family home.

Timothy C. Huss was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony escape from custody, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., on Feb. 17 after being alerted to a prisoner escape. Huss was receiving medical treatment at the hospital and allegedly left wearing his red jail pants and a nightgown, with a catheter still in his leg.

Several deputies were already familiar with Huss, who two days prior to the incident had been cited for disorderly conduct, and knew where he lived.

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Oscars not only awards “dished out”

Feb. 26, 2013 12:59 p.m. | UPDATE: The disorderly conduct charge against Lauren M. Nimtz was dismissed on a prosecutor's motion on July 22, 2013. The charge was not proven and has no legal effect. Nimtz is presumed innocent.

A 65-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a plate at his roommate because he did not want to watch the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Lauren M. Nimtz was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct, domestic abuse.

According to the criminal complaint, Nimtz said he was watching the Academy Awards on TV, something that upset his roommate Paul Wolfe.

Nimtz had previously purchased a pie and got a piece for Wolfe and brought it into the room. He gave it to Wolfe, who told Nimtz he was going to get his own dessert. Nimtz told police he got upset and allegedly smashed the plate on a cup of coffee in front of Wolfe.

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Waukesha man pleads not guilty to fondling 3-year-old girl

Feb. 26, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A 48-year-old Waukesha man pleaded not guilty at a Feb. 22 hearing to charges that he allegedly inappropriately touched his wife’s 3-year-old step-granddaughter.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first degree sexual assault, contact with a child under age 13. If convicted, the man could face up to 60 years in prison.

He is currently being held in the Waukesha County Jail and a request to reduce his $10,000 bail was denied at Friday’s hearing.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha police spoke with the 3-year-old’s mother on Feb. 5, 2013. She said that earlier that morning she was taking her daughter to her mother’s and stepfather’s house, located on the 1000 block of Wilshire Place, when the girl mentioned “kissing boobies.” The mother said the child’s grandmother and her husband, the defendant, usually watched her daughter before and after school.

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Neylon confirms 98th Assembly; no recount expected

Feb. 26, 2013 11:48 a.m. | All absentee ballots have been counted and Pewaukee businessman Adam Neylon remains the winner of last week's 98th Assembly primary in a close race against Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann.

Baumann does not plan to seek a recount.

With no Democratic challenger, Neylon is all but assured of taking the seat in the April general election.

Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 19, and received by clerks by Friday, Feb. 22, in order to be considered.

In a tight race, where Neylon took the lead by 30 votes, absentee ballots were especially important.

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Milwaukee man charged with allegedly beating girlfriend in Lannon

Feb. 26, 2013 10:32 a.m. |  A 25-year-old Milwaukee man was charged with substantial battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly abusing his girlfriend, poking her in the eye and smacking her last August at her home in the Village of Lannon.

The man, who will not be named to protect the victim’s identity, was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony substantial battery, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, the man was invited into the home on Weather Edge Circle by the victim’s mother on August 17, 2012, who saw him standing outside in the cold. He allegedly entered the victim’s room and began yelling and pushing her. The victim said he smelled like liquor.

He allegedly pushed her face into the wall and poked her in the eye. He then allegedly head butted her and held her down on the bed until the victim scratched him and he got off.

The victim said it was not the first time the man had abused her. She said he allegedly has choked her on several occasions and burned her with a cigarette once. She said she was afraid to break up with him because of what he might do.

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Oconomowoc man accused of theft arrested for prescription fraud

Feb. 26, 2013 10:01 a.m. | A 21-year-old man was charged with identify theft and prescription fraud after allegedly stealing a man’s wallet from an Oconomowoc YMCA on Feb. 20 and later imitating a doctor over the phone to request a prescription for narcotics.

Jordan D. Riemer, 434 Bolson Drive in Oconomowoc, was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony identity theft, misdemeanor theft, and misdemeanor attempting to obtain a prescription drug with fraud.

According to the criminal complaint:

Oconomowoc police were dispatched to the YMCA located at 1750 Valley Road in the City of Oconomowoc at approximately 9 p.m. on Feb. 20.

YMCA patron Ronald Zuehlsdorf told police that he had secured his items, including his wallet, an iPhone 4 cellphone and keys in a locker and the items were now missing. The wallet contained $60 in cash and eight different credit cards.

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MHS grad gets perfect ACT score

Feb. 26, 2013 8:12 a.m. | Bradley Reynolds, a graduate of Mukwonago High School, has achieved what only a handful of students accomplishes: He scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test. 

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score.

Read more about him in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Personalized learning pilot gets green light from Mukwonago School Board

Feb. 25, 2013 10:52 p.m. |  Section Elementary School will pilot an Innovative Personalized Learning Community (IPLC) after gaining approval of the Mukwonago Area School Board on Monday night. 

"We are looking at having the opportunity to do what the program is named," Section Principal Bob Slane told school board members. 

The pilot would involve two groups of students taught by six teachers, three teachers for grades one through three and three teachers for grades four through six.


Things will look a lot different in the three rooms designated for IPLC, Slane explained. Since rows of desks are not the most effective way for a child to learn, there won’t be a desk for every child, but instead there could be bean bags, soft chairs or students sitting on the floor.

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Strobel retires from Mukwonago School District

Feb. 25, 2013 10:16 p.m. |  After 35 years in the Mukwonago Area School District, Superintendent Paul Strobel announced his retirement tonight. 

"I make this decision on the same basis I have attempted to make all my decisions these past 31 years. I believe it's in the best interest of the students, staff and community. It is time for new leadership," Strobel said in a prepared statement read by School Board President Loren Tieman. 

Strobel served as principal at Park View Middle School for four years before taking the helm as superintendent for the past 31 years. 

The school board will determine how to proceed with finding a new superintendent at a later date. 

Crash on 83 in Hartland

Feb. 25, 2013 7:39 p.m. | Emergency personnel respond to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 83 at Cardinal Lane at about 6:25 p.m. Monday. Further details were unavailable.


Oconomowoc school volunteer sentenced to 6 years in prison for fondling student

Feb. 25, 2013 7:21 p.m. | Anthony R. Pico, a former parent volunteer at Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc, was sentenced on Feb. 25 to six years imprisonment and 10 years extended supervision by Judge William J. Domina for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old student at the school.

Pico, 42, was charged on April 27, 2012 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first degree sexual assault and was found guilty by a jury for said offense on Dec. 19, 2012. The defendant said he will be appealing the jury’s decision. The maximum prison sentence for first degree sexual assault is 60 years.

Approximately 30 people were in attendance for the sentencing, including Pico’s wife of 16 years Michelle Pico, his sister-in-law Debra Spang and family friend Christopher George. All three spoke in Pico’s defense, describing him as a loving father and husband who, in the words of his wife, “is like a light switch,” always happy and full of humor.

“We just so desperately need the light of my husband in our lives,” she tearfully told the judge.

George, who said he has been a friend of the family for five years, said he respected the way the way Michelle and Anthony Pico raised their children and the love they showed each other.
“I would still trust my two daughters, who are the jewels of my life, with him and his wife,” he said.

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Save the date for summer drama camp in Mukwonago

Feb. 25, 2013 4:17 p.m. |  Mark your calendar for the Mukwonago Optimist Club's youth drama camp with the Prairie Fire Theatre Group from Barrett, Minn. Prairie Fire Theatre will direct a presentation of Tom Sawyer during the week-long camp from July 1 through 6. About 75 people are needed, ages 7 to 18. 

Interested parties should report to auditions at noon on Monday, July 1 at Mukwonago High School. Auditions will last about two hours and will consist of some informal activities in reading or singing. 

For more information, call (262) 363-7863 or (262) 392-2355 or at the Optimist website.

Adopt-a-pet program for veterans expands to Waukesha County

Feb. 25, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Veterans recovering from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and other psychological challenges from their military service may be eligible for a free pet through Companions for Heroes, which recently selected the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County as one of its animal shelter partners.

Companions for Heroes facilitates adoption of shelter animals for wounded warriors and first responders. The pets help provide a sense of purpose as well as minimize stress, depression, loneliness and isolation for veterans.

To adopt a pet through Companions for Heroes, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit organization, fill out an application at Once applications have been approved, veterans and first responders in southeastern Wisconsin will be sent to the Waukesha County animal shelter to continue the adoption process.

AHS girls BB game Friday at South Campus

Feb. 25, 2013 12:32 p.m. | When Menomonee Falls girls basketball team   visits Arrowhead Friday night at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 regional first-round game, the game will be played at South Campus instead of North.

Two weeks ago, before a big and loud crowd at South Campus, the AHS girls upset then first-place Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game.

The AHS girls team voted to play at South instead of North.

Dharma is all ears for readers

Feb. 25, 2013 11:43 a.m. | School-age children who would like to practice reading aloud with a quiet, furry listener are invited to the Oconomowoc Public Library from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 to work with the library's certified therapy dog, Dharma.

The event is free; please call (262) 569-2193, ext.210 to make your appointment. Space is limited.  today!

Hispania, a Mexican fusion restaurant, planned for Delafield

Feb. 25, 2013 11:19 a.m. | A Mexican-fusion restaurant called Hispania is expected to open in May on Genesse St. in Delafield.

It will be in the same building that houses Oliva Di Vita, InStep Running and Elements East. 

The restaurant will have housemade quesadillas and tortillas among its dishes, according to Jason Steiner, president of Steinergroup, the property management company that announced the restaurant today. It will serve dishes in the small-plates format.

Hispania's owner is Juan Gutierrez.

Winter's not over yet

Feb. 25, 2013 7:32 a.m. | If you were hoping for an end to winter, you'll have to wait a while yet. A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through late Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected to start Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday morning, with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches. Northeast winds could reach 35 mph.

Mukwonago holds off Beloit Memorial's fourth-quarter rally to advance to sectional

Feb. 24, 2013 12:02 a.m. | Mukwonago’s boys basketball team held off a rally by Beloit Memorial to win Saturday’s regional final, 57-47.

“We withstood their run,” Indians coach Jim Haasser said. “We dug in and did what we had to do to win. It was all about defense.”

With both teams tense to start the game, the Indians took an 8-4 lead into the second period.

The Knights didn’t get their first points until 3:08 remained in the period, an indication of Haasser’s stress on defensive intensity.

Nathan Tanguay began what proved to be Mukwonago’s offensive spark with a free throw and a long three pointer.

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Arrowhead upsets Hamilton

Feb. 23, 2013 9:48 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball team knocked off host Sussex Hamilton Saturday night in a WIAA regional title game, 49-34. The Warhawks held the Chargers to its lowest point total of the season.

AHS led from start to finish.

Last year Sussex defeated the Warhawks in the same game.

CMH ends Pewaukee cage season

Feb. 23, 2013 7:29 p.m. | Host Waukesha Catholic Memorial's boys basketball team  ended the Pewaukee season Saturday night by scoring a 68-58 WIAA Division 2 regional championship game victory.

CMH outscored Pewaukee 11-3 in the  final 1:38 of the first quarter to lead 23-14 after the first period. Pewaukee never got closer than three points the rest of the game.

Ty Sabin made 13 of 19 shots from the field and finished with 31 points for Memorial.

Eric Lutzen led the Pirates with 17 points and John Conroy had 11.

HHS not in upsetting mood

Feb. 23, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Twice during the regular season, Hamilton arch-rival Menomonee Falls came close to an upset. But Hamilton wasn't in the upsetting mood in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.

The Chargers successfully turned away Menomonee Falls, 70-54 giving Hamilton a three-game sweep on the Indians (7-16).

In the infant stages of Friday's meeting, the Chargers were up 5-4, but scored the next 15 points to take a 20-4 lead after eight minutes of play. During the rally, field goals from Austin Kendziorski, Mark Gryszkiewicz, Brett Buehler and Brady Ellingson brought the large Hamilton contingency to their feet.

Menomonee Falls began the second quarter with a 15-foot jump shot by Juwan McCloud, but a field goal by Aaron Konop off a rebound gave the Chargers a 25-8 advantage.

Jason Precia had a rebound-basket for the Indians, cutting Hamilton's lead to 10 points at 27-17, but Hamilton walked into the locker room at halftime up by 13 points 34-21.

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Cizauskas posts double-double as Mukwonago wins

Feb. 22, 2013 11:26 p.m. | Mukwonago's top-seeded boys basketball team, using its accustomed physical intensity, strength on the boards and excellent defense, played the role of favorite to a T and pulled steadily away to a 66-40 victory over Janesville Parker in the opening round of the playoffs Friday.

Step two in WIAA playoff action will be taken on the home court against Beloit Memorial at 7 p.m. Saturday.

"I love having the advantage underneath," said Indians senior forward Nathan Tanguay with a smile. "I can't wait to play tomorrow - to be physical. It was tough tonight because the officials called it tight and we had to lay off a little."

After a bit of a shaky start that still had Mukwonago leading 15-12, the Indians held Parker to just 8 second quarter points to lead 31-20 at intermission.

Dominic Cizauskas netted 14 of his game high 16 points in the first half and finished with 13 rebounds. The second period proved sloppy for both teams, but the Indians dominance on the boards enabled them to pull away to the 9 point lead. J.J. Scott led Janesville Parker with 9 of his team high 14 points in the opening half.

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Pewaukee muscles its way past Greendale

Feb. 22, 2013 11:00 p.m. | Pewaukee High School presented the musical "Aida" on Friday night in the auditorium adjacent to the school's field house, and though the boys basketball game therein didn't resemble the finesse of a well-choreographed musical, the Pirates earned their encore in the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.

Playing a team that lost by just 3 points to Pewaukee on Feb. 8, the Pirates enjoyed greater comfort this time around, riding a 22-2 run to take a 64-47 victory over Greendale in the second round of the postseason. Pewaukee advanced to face Catholic Memorial at 5 p.m. Saturday in the regional final.

Though junior forward Eric Lutzen was saddled with early foul trouble, and Pewaukee's five 3-pointers were crucial to keeping the team afloat in the first two periods, the Pirates controlled the action for much of the second half.

"We knew even though we beat them twice (during the regular season), those were 2 or 3-point games, so we knew we had our hands full tonight," said first-year Pewaukee coach Mike Basile, procuring his first playoff win at the Pirates' helm. "The kids just beat them in the second half."

Lutzen was whistled for his second offensive foul and third foul overall with just 15 seconds gone by in the second quarter, and Greendale took advantage to grab an 18-15 lead. Ryan Stepanovich, who led Pewaukee with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer with 5:15 to go in the half as the first points in the big run, which put Pewaukee up by a 26-20 count at the break and led into the first 11 points of the second half.

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Arowhead boys end KM season

Feb. 22, 2013 9:01 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball team defeated visiting  Kettle Moraine Friday night in a WIAA opening round regional game, 68-57. The win vaults the Warhawks into the regional title game Saturday against host Sussex Hamilton at 7 p.m.

The score was tied at 35-35 at halftime before the Warhawks took charge in the third period. AHS led 46-41 after three periods.

Arrowhead led by 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Kenny Finco led the Warhawks with 18 points and Kyle Keranen had 12 and Dom Todarello 11.

KM was led by Paul Miller with 15, Mike Ottusch 14 and Mitchell Oleson 11.

Details on Kettle Moraine master planning available online

Feb. 22, 2013 3:43 p.m. | As the Kettle Moraine School District goes through its master planning "process to assess current educational facilities and technology infrastructure and to establish short and long term priorities for capital maintenance, upgrades, replacements, equipment, furniture, renovations and construction needs," residents can refer to the Master Planning link for more information.

The Facility and Technology Assessment completed by Eppstein Uhen Architects is available on the link, along with a master planning timeline, survey results and dates of upcoming community presentations.

Saturday spaghetti dinner to benefit furry friends

Feb. 22, 2013 2:48 p.m. |  A spaghetti dinner is being hosted by Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue and Wisconsin Akita and Friends Rescue this Saturday, Feb. 23

The event will be from 5-7:30 at St. James Acitivity Center, 830 Cty Rd. NN, Mukwonago and will include spaghetti, homemade meatballs, bread, coffee, milk and water.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and children 12 and under are $5.

All proceeds from the even benefit Bichon and Little Budies and Wisconsin Akita and Friends Rescue.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (262) 470-4833.

Beauty and the Beast opens at Mukwonago High School tonight

Feb. 22, 2013 12:14 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School production of Beauty and the Beast opens this weekend with shows on Friday, Feb. 22; and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. 

Tickets at the door cost $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for student and children.

The show runs through next weekend with performances on March 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. on March 2 and 3. 

Advance reserved seating costs $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Call (262) 613-2048 for more information. 

2 delays, 1 closing

Feb. 22, 2013 7:47 a.m. | St. John's Lutheran in Mukwonago is closed today, and the Palmyra-Eagle School District will start two hours later than usual.

The Alice Baker Memorial Library in Eagle will also open two hours late.

The area remains under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m.

The heavier snow has moved north ofthe area, leaving behind 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulations. Windss will cause blowing and drifting through mid-morning.

Light snow is expected to pick up again later this morning and this afternoon, with accumulations of up to 2 additional inches. Freezing drizzle is also possible.

Healthy activities fill up the weekend

Feb. 22, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It may be cold outside, but if you move around it’s not so bad.

Lots of people will get moving at the Frostbite 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m.  Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah.

Proceeds benefit the St. Joan Athletic Association. For information go to, under “Parish School,” then “Frostbite 5K.” Cost is $35.

For more information go to

There are other ways to feel healthy during this winter weekend.

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Stormy fire consolidation meeting

Feb. 21, 2013 10:47 p.m. |  City of Delafield - A plan that would more than double the size of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue was outlined tonight during a sometimes stormy meeting of representatives from the six communities that would be served by the department.

The department serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. The proposal calls for fire departments from the Town of Delafield, the Village of Hartland, and the City of Oconomowoc to be added into a regional department with a budget of about $4.2 million annually.

About $2.6 million in revenues would be raised through ambulance and emergency medical services billings. The six communities would share in raising an additional $1.6 million for the department.

Representatives for the Village of Chenequa warned that absorbing all three communities at once may be too big of an expansion of the department. The Chenequa officials suggested a more incremental consolidation might be preferable.

Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley suggested any proposal that resulted in increased fire protection costs for city could be a "deal breaker." However, he emphasized the city was interested in a consolidation with Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

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Arrowhead edges Mukwonago girls

Feb. 21, 2013 10:21 p.m. | Kelly Smith hit the second of two free throws with 5.1 seconds to go, and Arrowhead's girls basketball team continued a late-season surge by topping Classic 8 Conference champion Mukwonago on Thursday, 50-49.

The Indians, which clinched the outright title by default one night later when Waukesha West fell to Waukesha North, picked up a 3-pointer from Jenny Tuttle with 11.6 seconds to go to knot the score. Smith drove the floor and cut toward the right side of the basket, where she drew a shooting foul. After the first free throw clanked out, she swished the second.

Mukwongo forced two late turnovers and converted both into baskets in the final 51 seconds to pull even with Arrowhead. The Warhawks led all of the second half after opening the third quarter on a 9-0 run.

Mukwonago's Bre Cera hit a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to give her team a 26-25 lead at the break.

Tori Miller hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 14 points for Arrowhead (14-8 overall, 10-4 in conference). Tuttle finished with 13 points on Senior Night for MHS (20-2, 12-2).

Unreturned absentee ballots could alter GOP Assembly primary

Feb. 21, 2013 1:54 p.m. | The results of Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District in Waukesha County - where Adam Neylon emerged the unofficial winner by a slim margin of 30 votes - hangs in the balance as municipal clerks wait a few more days for a total of 154 unreturned absentee ballots.

Clerks in four of five communities in the district are waiting until 4 p.m. Friday to see how many of the absentee ballots show up, Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said Thursday.

State law requires clerks to count absentee ballots that arrive by the Friday after an election as long as they are postmarked the day of the election.

The number of outstanding ballots is more than enough to alter the outcome of the race.

Neylon, a Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner, received 2,003 votes to outpoll Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann, who received 1,973 votes, according to unofficial complete returns.

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Richmond candidate MacCluskey doesn't want your vote

Feb. 21, 2013 12:35 p.m. | Bill MacCluskey is still a candidate in the Richmond School Board election, albeit one who has explicitly stated he does not want to win.

Pewaukee resident MacCluskey, 45, beat out Michelle Jackson, 40, for the fourth spot on the ballot in the April 2 election, receiving 64 votes to Jackson’s 39 at Tuesday’s primary.

According to Richmond District Administrator Sue Williams, that means his name will appear on the ballot in the general election, despite sending a notice to the school on Feb. 11 stating that he no longer wishes to seek office.

“I was told the only way he could get off the ballot is if he died, God forbid,” Williams said.

Four candidates are competing for two board seats being vacated by longtime board President Ken Skarie and Clerk Lisa Boyer.

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Youth Art Month Celebration

Feb. 21, 2013 9:59 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc Public Library and the Oconomowoc Junior Women’s Club Present: Youth Art Month Celebration.

Who: Kids in 4K-4th grade
What: FREE! Get creative at the library: Paint a watercolor like Kandinsky, create irises like Van Gogh, draw a still-life like Thiebaud, experiment with printmaking, and make a miniature foil fellow.

Please wear clothes that are appropriate for messy fun

When: Saturday March 2, 10-11:30 am
Where: Oconomowoc Public Library
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Town of Mukwonago board approves joint fire department agreement

Feb. 20, 2013 9:30 p.m. |  After some discussion at the Town of Mukwonago board meeting this evening, the board approved an ammended version of the agreement with the Village of Mukwonago fire department. This agreement provides at least another year of the joint Mukwonago Fire Department.

First up on the agenda is making a decision regarding the department's ladder truck. Out of service since January, Mukwonago has faced several fires without an important piece of equipment, depending on other departments when the ladder truck is needed. 

The options are to fix the old truck based on the repairs they know are needed (a price tag of $54,000), refurbish the old truck (a pricetag more than $400,000), remount the old truck ($687,771), or to look into purchasing new. 

Purchasing new became an option when a potential deal was presented that would allow the department to obtain a new truck for $775,000--a good deal when most new trucks run $950,000.

Some, but not all, repairs were anticipated in this year's budget.

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Big Bend announces new DPW Superintendent

Feb. 20, 2013 4:11 p.m. | After the recent departure of long-time Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Johnson, Big Bend met late last week to discuss the hiring of a new one. 

DPW Assistant Eric Pedersen will step-in as Superintendent this week. Pedersen served as a part time employee of the department under Johnson.

In October 2010 the Village Board voted Pedersen into part-time status, working more than 500 hours with the department per year.

Master planning points to needs in facilities and technology in Kettle Moraine School District

Feb. 20, 2013 12:39 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School Board members went home tonight with a hefty amount of homework - an orange flash drive loaded with a 600 page report on the district's facilities and technology - as the district steps into the master planning process. It's work the district hasn't done since about the 1980s Superintendent Pat Deklotz pointed out.

"It is not the most important work we do. It is part of the work we educate children at the highest level possible," Deklotz told the board.

However, as the district looks at its important work, district facilities and technology become part of the process.

As a team from Eppstein Uhen Architects walked through an executive summary, common recommendations pointed to an infrastructure that cannot accommodate the mission of the district to provide learning without boundaries and projects such as Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) to support  individualized learning.

Facilities, many of which have original windows and doors from possibly the 60s, some which "have seen better days," and systems reaching the end of their lifetime stood out as recurring items needing attention.

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Adam Neylon carries close Assembly race in Waukesha County

Feb. 19, 2013 11:52 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner Adam Neylon won Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District, all but guaranteeing he will take the Waukesha County seat in the April 2 general election because no Democrat is running.

Neylon, 28, beat out four others - Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann; construction project manager Todd Greenwald of the Village of Pewaukee; Marquette University graduate student Matt Morzy of Waukesha; and Jeanne Tarantino of Waukesha, the former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Neylon led his closest opponent, Baumann, by 30 votes out of more than 5,200 cast. That means the official canvass will be closely watched. If the lead holds up in the canvass, the close margin would raise the possibility of a recount because candidates can get the state to pay for recounts in instances when the margin is less than half a percentage point.

The district includes the City of Pewaukee, Village of Pewaukee, Sussex and the northern portion of the City of Waukesha.

The general election is April 2, but only the name of the GOP primary winner will appear on the ballot because no Democrats or independents registered.

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Schlundt beats buzzer, lifts OHS in playoffs

Feb. 19, 2013 11:20 p.m. |


The shot came from three steps beyond the 3-point arc, but when T.J. Schlundt let the basketball go, there wasn't much sign of doubt in his body language, nor was there much surprise when it swished through.

"Didn't Vince Lombardi say, 'When you get to the end zone, act like you've been there?'" Schlundt asked with a smile.

Lombardi would have been entertained by Oconomowoc's dramatic performance Tuesday in Verona, when the Raccoons battled back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to stun the host Wildcats in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 boys playoffs, 76-73. Schlundt's triple with 1.8 seconds to play broke a tie and gave ninth-seeded Cooney a date with top seed Sun Prairie on Friday.

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Milgram big winner in Richmond School Board primary race; MacCluskey wins, despite dropping out

Feb. 19, 2013 10:41 p.m. |  The polls are closed and Richmond School Board candidate Cindy Milgram was the big winner in the primary race, receiving the most votes with 108, followed by Lew Krisberg with 102 votes, Victor Frangopoulos with 83 votes and Bill MacCluskey with 64 votes.

Michelle Jackson, 40, of Lisbon will not compete in the election, receiving the least amount of the votes with 39. She could not be reached for comment at this time.

The four candidates will face-off against each other in the April 2 election and voters will have an opportunity to hear their positions on a variety of issues at a March 19 candidate forum. The candidates are competing for two seats being vacated by long-time board members President Ken Skarie and Clerk Lisa Boyer.

Pewaukee resident Milgram, 38, said she was excited about the results.

“I appreciate the confidence the voters have placed in me and now I plan on preparing for the April 2 election,” she said.

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Arrowhead hockey team falls

Feb. 19, 2013 10:40 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys hockey team  dropped a 6-1 WIAA sectional first-round game to visiting Homestead Tuesday night at the Mullett Ice Center. The loss ended the AHS season at 15-8-2.

Homestead will now face Fond du Lac Friday night at the Mullett at 7 p.m. in the sectional title game. The winner will advance to the state meet.

After a scoreless first period, Homestead led 2-0 after the second period and built that lead to 3-0 before the Warhawks finally scored. Sam Dvorak had the lone goal for  AHS.

KM hockey teams falls to the Bay

Feb. 19, 2013 10:36 p.m. | The host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team lost to the Whitefish Bay Storm Tuesday night in a WIAA sectional semi-final game at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, 3-2 in overtime.

KM led 2-0 going lost the game just 1:12 into the overtime.

Jeff Johnson and Austin Freeman scored the goals for the Lasers.

Close race for 98th

Feb. 19, 2013 9:52 p.m. | Around 30 votes are deciding the new 98th Assembly winner, with Adam Neylon counting in at 2,003 and Ed Baumann at 1,973.

Jeanne Tarantino is at 773 votes with Matt Morzy at 253 and Todd Greenwald at 215.

All wards are reporting in but it's unclear if there will be a recount due to the close race. 

More updates will be posted at

Panozzo gets most votes in Ashippun primary

Feb. 19, 2013 9:06 p.m. | Town of Ashippun Chairman Steve Panozzo may square off against Andrew Sellinger in the Spring election. With 173 and 121 votes counted at this point, challenger William Bremer came in last with 112 votes. However, the Town Clerk noted that there are 10 outstanding absentee ballots that have until Friday to be counted. Those have the potential of changing who faces Panozza in April.

Bremer however rallied in the race for Supervisor Two where the incumbent was the top vote getter with 160 ballots, followed by Wayne Uttke with 133 and David Adkins with 84.

Elkhorn man pleads no contest to hiding gun in woods

Feb. 19, 2013 5:52 p.m. |  Jay T. Greenwald, accused of hiding a loaded handgun at Ski Slide Park last October during a youth football game in Ixonia, pleaded no contest in Jefferson County Circuit Court on Monday to endangering safety, storing a loaded firearm near a child and disorderly conduct.

The judge agreed to withhold sentencing and placed Greenwald, 42, on probation for 12 months with the following conditions:

  • Send a letter of apology to the Oconomowoc Youth Football League and to the parents of the children who found the handgun Greenwald allegedly hid in the woods.
  • Surrender the .40-caliber handgun used in the offense so that it could be destroyed.
  • Pay $729 in fines and reimburse court-appointed attorney fees
  • Undergo any assessment, treatment, therapies or counseling as may be required by his probation officer
  • Maintain employment as deemed appropriate by his probation officer

Two other misdemeanor charges of endangering safety and leaving a loaded firearm near a child were dismissed, but read in.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Watch for drifting snow

Feb. 19, 2013 4:12 p.m. | The state Department of Transportation has issued a traffic advisory cautioning motorists to be on the lookout for blowing and drifting snow that is causing hazardous driving conditions statewide.

High winds are causing poor visibility and large snow drifts in some areas. Many areas are also still icy after last night's freeze. And additional snow showers could further complicate the drive.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, drive with extreme caution and expect delays, according to the DOT.

Kleefisch kicks off "Real Jobs with Rebecca" tour

Feb. 19, 2013 3:58 p.m. | Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is stepping down from her position in Madison---for a day at a time anyway.

Kleefisch has just begun a new initiative entitled Real Jobs with Rebecca that will take the Lt. Gov. out of her office and into an open job found on

Last week, Kleefisch spent a day with Gulfstream, a luxury jet manufactorer  in Greenville. Today, the Lt. Gov. spent time at Signicast, a casting and molding company in Hartford.

The Oconomowoc native is promoting the website and the state's $100 million investment in finding jobs for Wisconsin's more than 200,000 unemployed residents.

Find out more about the tour and intiative in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Election officials ill in Lisbon

Feb. 19, 2013 1:34 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - The February primary election is running smoothly, so far, according to town officials, despite the fact both the Town Clerk and Deputy Clerk are ill.

Clerk Jeff Musche and newly appointed deputy clerk Cassy Rivers, the officials usually in charge of town elections,  were hospitalized Monday, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

Gehrke said that three chief election inspectors assigned to each of three polling places in the town, along with Deputy Clerk Treasurer Kelly Shields, will supervise the election in the absence of Musche and Rivers.

Shields said Musche was able to help open the Town Hall polling place this morning and is expected to help election officials close the Town Hall, Hamilton High School,and Richard Jung Fire Station polling places tonight.

Shields said she had conferred with Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Novack. Shields said Novack assured her that the town could count on help from county officials, if necessary.

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Welding lab doubled at WCTC

Feb. 19, 2013 10:15 a.m. | According to a news release, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in Pewaukee will be doubling its physical space and training capacity and allowing for heavy plate welding training.


“This expansion was necessary because we did not have the ability to do heavy plate welding in our current lab and there has been a considerable demand for welders from employers in our area,” said Mike Shiels, dean of WCTC’s School of Applied Technologies. “We needed to expand capacity to graduate more students from our welding programs and deliver more short-term training programs.”

The expansion to the welding lab in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Center began in October 2012 and was completed in late January. The expansion doubled lab space from approximately 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet and includes the addition of 19 new Lincoln welding stations, bringing the lab’s total number of welding stations to 44.


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Polls are open

Feb. 19, 2013 8:15 a.m. | Polls are open for today's primary election, which includes a statewide race for Supreme Court justice.

You may also see local races, including the 98th Assembly District, Richmond School Board, Ashippun town chairman and supervisor.

Not sure where to vote? Go to

Sectional hockey games tonight

Feb. 19, 2013 7:33 a.m. | Three WIAA sectional hockey games will be played in the Lake Country Tuesday night. The winners of all three games will advance to the sectional championship games on either Friday or Saturday.

Arrowhead (15-7-2) will host Homestead (11-14-1) at the Mullett Ice Center at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play in the finals on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mullett.

Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc (14-7-4) will host Whitefish Bay Coop (20-4-1) at the Naga-Waukee Ice Center at 8:15 p.m. At 5:15 p.m. at Naga-Waukee,  Waukesha (18-6-1) will host Marquette (17-7-1). The two winners will play in the title game on Saturday at Naga-Waukee at 6 p.m.

Plan extra time for this morning's commute

Feb. 19, 2013 7:31 a.m. | Roads are snow-covered and slippery this morning; plan extra time for your commute.

The National Weather Forecast is predicting light snow continuing through the early morning with an additional inch or so of accumulation.

Temperatures are expected to fall between 5 and 15 degrees this morning, with windchills dipping below zero.

Hartland sidestreets slippery

Feb. 19, 2013 7:27 a.m. | Most of the sidestreets in the Village of Hartland are slippery this morning as just over 3 inches of snow fell Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Several of the county roads north of Hartland also were snow-covered and slippery Tuesday morning.

Bid online to help Veterans Park project

Feb. 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. | In addition to the recently donated auction items for  the Honor & Valor  event held last week,  two items were donated after the event to help raise money for the refurbishing  project at Veterans' Memorial Park.

The two items are:

Item A: Downtown Abbey Dinner for eight-  Opening bid $800Donated by retired caterer Helen Forster, and hosted at Rosehill Farm (the home of Helen and Bert Forster), this  authentic dinner  for eight at her home includes brandy and wine. The current going bid is $800. 

Item B: : 10 Yard Dumpster- (Waukesha County Only) Value $325- Opening Bid- $200 (Donated by Advanced Disposal).  The current bid on the  dumpster is at $450.

The deadline for bids is tonight at 9 p.m. and can be made via email to:

19 year old Waukesha man charged with sexually assaulting a minor

Feb. 15, 2013 4:18 p.m. | A 19-year-old Waukesha man was charged with second-degree sexual assault on Friday after allegedly showing his then 13-year-old stepsister a pornographic film and masturbating in her bed.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim's privacy, was charged on Feb. 15 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age and exposing a child to harmful material.

According to the complaint:

The girl, now 14, contacted her mother on June 25, 2012 and told her that her stepbrother had sexually assaulted her. Her mother called police, who had the girl speak with a specialist at Waukesha Family Services.

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Brigg's Gallery Night tomorrow

Feb. 15, 2013 3:55 p.m. | Arrowhead schools will be fundraising for their Camile C. Brigg's Scholarship Foundation Saturday, Feb. 16 from 7-9 P.M. at Studio Etc. in Oconomowoc.

Advanced placement students' artwork will be on display for the gallery night while refreshments will also be provided. The event will raise money for the scholarship fund, a memorium for the Brigg family.

Admission is $25. Nicole Boemer at (414) 628-5305 can be reached if you have any questions or would like to donate money toward the students' scholarships. 

Drama club brings mystery and excitement to St. John's Lutheran School

Feb. 15, 2013 2:48 p.m. |  The St. John's Lutheran School Drama Club will be hosting their annual production this weekend.

Dirk Smirk-Secret Agent will be performed at the school, 410 Highway NN West, Mukwonago. 

Performances are at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Consessions will be sold during intermission. There will be a free will donation with all proceeds going to the Mukwonago Food Pantry.

Three men charged with allegedly stealing $6,000 worth of items from cars in Waukesha

Feb. 15, 2013 1:50 p.m. |  Waukesha residents who have noticed items missing from their vehicles in the 100 block of W. Main Street may want to contact the police.

Three men have been charged with allegedly “car shopping” at several underground parking garages in the 100 block of W. Main Street in June of 2012, stealing more than $6,000 worth of items from approximately 25 different cars.

Hartland resident Jaimie L Hernandez, 17, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and one felony count of theft, between $5,000 and $10,000. Waukesha residents Jamal D. Johnson and Zachary A. Nehring, both 18, were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with the same felonies.

Approximately 50 items suspected to have been stolen from vehicles in the area have still not been claimed by residents and are being held by the Waukesha Police Department.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Matching grant deadline extended

Feb. 15, 2013 1:30 p.m. | Residents interested in contributing to the refurbishing project of Veterans Memorial Park  have  an opportunity to get more from their donation - if they act quickly.

Oconomowoc residents and philanthropists Craig Schiefelbein and Dirk Debbink  have extended the deadline to match donations  of $100 and over through their family foundations,  if the commitment is made by the end of the day, Saturday, Feb. 23.

Donations can be made via the website, or donation slips are available at Books & Co.


Schoolhouse Players celebrates 60 years

Feb. 15, 2013 8:11 a.m. | The Schoolhouse Players have been performing children's plays every February in Lake Country since 1953.

Local women organized the group 60 years ago, and this Sunday, they will be entertaining individulas with the play "The Gingerbread Man" at 2 p.m. at Lake Country Elementary School.

For more information, see this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.


Comedy plus lots of good eating this weekend

Feb. 15, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Every body loves a good laugh.

And there’s bound to be lots of them as comedian Anita Renfroe, featured on TV and radio, brings her show to Crosspoint Community Church on North Lake Road in Oconomowoc. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Renfroe is well-known for her popular YouTube video showing a mom singing everything she says to her children in a day to "The William Tell Overture."

Tickets are $15. Call (262) 567-5311 to reserve seats. For more information go to

There are also a couple fish fries and a spaghetti dinner this weekend you might want to check out as well as the annual Waukesha Rotary Club Pancake Day.

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Daniel Koepke faces new sex assault charges in Waukesha County

Feb. 14, 2013 5:55 p.m. | Daniel S. Koepke, convicted in Washington County last November for exposing himself to his six-year-old cousin and masturbating on her bed, was charged on Thursday with allegedly groping another underage girl in the Village of Sussex sometime between 2010 and 2011.

Koepke, 18, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first degree sexual assault, contact with a child under age 13.

Koepke, previously residing in Sussex, began serving his 22 month prison sentence for his previous conviction on Jan. 24, according to online criminal records.

If convicted of first-degree sexual assault, Koepke could face up to 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Oconomowoc summer farmers market moves to new parking lot

Feb. 14, 2013 4:23 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce's summer farmers market will move to the parking lot behind Wisconsin Avenue businesses and between the depot restaurant.

Executive Director Katie Miller said the Chamber began seeking a new location when City Planner Jason Gallo said there is a chance construction could begin in the current space by this summer. Fowler Lake Village multiuse development is planned for that area.

Miller said the new location gives the market more spaces to offer vendors and better accessibility. She said the market will only take up a portion of the lot allowing parking in about half of the lot.

Learn about Kettle Moraine charter high schools

Feb. 14, 2013 2:46 p.m. | Meet Michele Koper, the new director of KM Global, and Kevin Erickson, director of KM Perform at a parent coffee on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9a.m. at Kettle Moraine High School in room 309.  

Koper and Erickson will share information about the two charter high schools located within KMHS.  Learn what charter students’ schedules look like and the opportunities they have to explore areas of interest.  Also, find out about the synergy between the charter schools and the “legacy” high school.  This information will help parents decide if open enrollment is an option that might be a great fit for their child.

Lake Country Publications phones back up

Feb. 14, 2013 1:39 p.m. | Lake Country Publications phones are back up after a brief hiatus for a provider switch. Thank you for your patience.

Hartland Babysitter charged with big-time theft

Feb. 14, 2013 1:17 p.m. | Village of Hartland — An 18-year-old Hartland woman was charged with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a woman she baby-sat for between May and August of last year.

Ashley P. Koglin, 231 Willow Drive, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft, alleged to have stolen approximately $2,715 from Angela Proell.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Village of Hartland Police Department was contacted by Proell in June 2011 about thefts she believed occurred at her residence.

She said that she had set aside envelopes for each of her children containing between $350 and $515. The money from the envelopes was missing, she told police, as well as money from her children’s rooms.

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WCTC fills board vacancies

Feb. 14, 2013 1:05 p.m. | According to a news release sent by Waukesha County Technical College, two vacated seats on the WCTC District Board have been filled.

The WCTC District Board is made up of nine appointed members who are residents of the district, including two employers, two employees, three additional members, a school district administrator and one elected official who holds a state or local office. All serve on a voluntary basis. The members of the board are appointed by a board appointment committee comprised of the county board chairpersons of the counties included, all or in part, in the WCTC district including Waukesha, Dodge, Jefferson and Racine.

Luis Hernandez Jr. will fill the unexpired term for the “Additional Member” category due to the resignation of Board member Carolyn Evenson. He will serve January 29, 2013 – June 30, 2014. 

Alan A. Karch will fill the “Employee” category and serve January 29, 2013 – June 30, 2015. He is the manufacturing plant manager for Bruno Independent Living Aids in Oconomowoc.


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Waukesha woman who ran unlicensed daycare from home charged with child abuse

Feb. 14, 2013 11:36 a.m. | A 36-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with allegedly shaking her niece’s infant son and slamming his head against a couch on two separate occasions, causing severe brain bleeding and potentially leaving the child permanently blind in one eye.

Toni M. Mackay, 1475 Cleveland Ave. in Waukesha, was charged on Feb. 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony physical abuse of a child, recklessly causing great bodily harm.

At an initial appearance on Feb. 14, bail was set at $15,000, not including a warrant fee, and Mackay was ordered not to babysit any children, other than her own child.

A member of the victim’s family, who will not be identified to protect the privacy of the family, said Mackay ran a day care from her home. She said Mackay babysat children that were not family and she was paid for watching them.

According to the Department of Children & Families, the woman was not licensed to provide childcare. Waukesha Police Sargeant Jerry Habanek said that Mackay allegedly cared for three different children at her home, not including her own child and the victim. He said police have not found any evidence of other incidents of abuse.

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Water main breaks in Oconomowoc

Feb. 14, 2013 10:32 a.m. | Motorists are urged to use caution in the area of 660 Sherman Ave., Oconomowoc, as the road could be slippery because of a water main break.

City crews are expected to be on site by 11:30 a.m. to make repairs.

Crews were also out this morning making repears to a broken water main on Wilson at Lapham.

LCP Hartland phones will be out this morning

Feb. 14, 2013 9:56 a.m. | The phone system at Lake Country Publications' Hartland office will be out of service for a time beginning at about 11:30 a.m. today while our system is upgraded. Email will still be available.

The phones should be restored at some point this afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Real Estate Company spreads some Valentine's Day cheer at Shorehaven

Feb. 14, 2013 9:17 a.m. | Adopting a ministry right in their own back yard was The Real Estate Company’s objective this year.

“Project Valentine” had always involved local schools creating Valentines to send to overseas U.S. troops. This year the realty company decided to adopt Shorehaven residents, dispatching seven area elementary schools to create heartfelt Valentines for nursing home residents.

“The children had a blast with the assignment,” said realtor Nicole Gillette. “They were excited to have the residents remembered. This is the first year we’ve adopted a local mission and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

(Pictured, from left, Shorehaven Social Services Director Denise Gundrum, Real Estate Company realtor Nicole Gillette, resident Virginia Moskalik and realtor Tom Utecht.)

The result? Hundreds of individually crafted messages from students in Kindergarten through fourth grade. Pipe cleaners, sequins, sparkles, candy hearts, telescoping construction paper and elaborate designs adorn the messages, incorporating phrasing like “I love you to pieces,” to “Be my best buddy”, “Friends Forever,” and “You are Wonderful, I just know it.” Schools participating included: St. Joan of Arc, Nashotah, Summit Elementary, Dousman Elementary, Marcy Elementary, Pewaukee Lake Elementary, Randall School of Waukesha, and Greenland Elementary. 

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People speculate Walmart is interested in Pabst Farms

Feb. 14, 2013 8:30 a.m. | Sources to the Oconomowoc Focus said they have heard Pabst Farms officials will soon propose a Walmart at the mall site. Read more here.

Town police officer still sidelined for hearing issues

Feb. 13, 2013 10:58 p.m. |  While the Town of Mukwonago police commission delves into complaints filed against Town Police Chief Tom Czarnecki and Sgt. Eric Schmidt, police officer Chris Heckman sits about a month away from losing a paycheck after being sidelined for not meeting new hearing standards. 

Heckman told the police commission he brought complaints forward of violating state law by offering incentives for issuing citations and performance standards pushing officers to issue more citations to make the commission aware of the situation and allow it to investigate. Had Heckman brought specific charges against Czarnecki and Schmidt, the matter would have gone to an evidentiary hearing, rather than an investigation by the police commission. 

However, the issue of Heckman being forced to use sick and holiday time to continue receiving pay will be dealt with through a grievance complaint filed by Heckman after commission members determined the issue was not within their jurisdiction as a police commission.

New life for old Oconomowoc Ceasar's building

Feb. 13, 2013 6:31 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Remodeling business, Buendel, received Architectural Commission approval Wednesday night to convert the former Little Caesar's Pizza at 427 E. Wisconsin Ave. to a showroom for the business.


The shape of the vacant building will remain the same and the inside will be remodeled into a showroom. The exterior of the building will be repainted brown, architectural elements added and landscaping improved.

Also at the meeting, Jason Dvorak who owns the building that houses Accentuate! and Vino Etcetera received approval to renovate the exterior of the building. Plans are to move the building's facade closer to the street, add more windows and improve the facade overall including repainting the building a darker red color and stucco on some of the facade.

Plans are for Vino Etcetera to take over the entire space with the same appeal downstairs and a wine bar atmosphere upstairs, Dvorak said.

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Reminder: Packathon this weekend

Feb. 13, 2013 4:01 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School Organizations and Mukwonago Rotary have teamed up with the nonprofit Simple Hope to hold a community packathon from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the high school.

This is an opportunity for local community members to help support the global community in providing food for impoverished areas of the world.

Each participant is required to raise $25. Volunteer time is estimated to be about one hour.

For more information, visit or contact John Meiners at (262) 470-8519 or Registration is required. Registering on the Simple Hope website will allow volunteers to sign up for a reserved time to work.

Pewaukee man allegedly jumped out window to elude arrest, charged with felony domestic abuse

Feb. 13, 2013 2:35 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 31-year-old man who allegedly jumped out of a bathroom window to elude police on Feb. 11 was charged with several counts of domestic abuse.

The Pewaukee man was charged on Feb. 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony disorderly conduct, felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor obstructing an officer.

The disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property charges were upgraded to felonies because of previous domestic abuse charges brought against the suspect in January.

According to the criminal complaint:

Village of Pewaukee police were dispatched 146 Ormsby St. in Pewaukee at about 8:50 p.m. on Feb. 11 after receiving reports of a domestic abuse incident in progress.

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Man faces stalking charges after alleged rap song threat

Feb. 13, 2013 1:39 p.m. | UPDATE: On June 17, Lexa pleaded no contest to two counts of battery and pleaded guilty to one count of using a computer to threaten harm, according to court records.

Charges of stalking and endangering safety with a weapon were dismissed but taken into account in sentencing.

Judge William Domina sentenced Lexa to a year in jail, but that sentence was suspended in lieu of four years' probation, the records state. Domina said that if there were no new criminal violations, Lexa could be released from probation after 18 months.

Under the terms of his probation, Lexa is not to possess any weapons and must maintain absolute sobriety. He may use a computer for employment, but is barred from using a computer to harass or threaten.

City of Waukesha - A 17-year-old Waukesha resident has been charged with stalking a former girlfriend, allegedly holding a knife to her throat and at one point threatening her through a self-penned rap song.

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Oconomowoc man found with 'marijuana candy'

Feb. 13, 2013 11:41 a.m. | An Oconomowoc man racked up some drug charges after police discovered candy in his possession with a white powder on it that the man said was not cocaine, but THC.

Read more.

Tarantino raised most last month in her quest for the 98th

Feb. 13, 2013 7:31 a.m. |
The filing deadline for spring preprimary campaigning closed Feb. 11. The last leg of the race is important in this intense, short campaign season for those vying for the 98th Assembly.

Jeanne Tarantino raised $14,780.58 during the January reporting period, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and Campaign Finance Information System. Ed Baumann followed closely, having raised $12,842.59. Adam Neylon raised $9,654.28, Matt Morzy raised $2,155, and Todd Greenwald raised $150 during the same fundraising period. These funds are mostly from individual contributors.

The numbers show us a few things.

Baumann, for example, clocks in with the most small business owners showing their support. He’s tallied six business owners and three business presidents who chose to identify as such. Many are from Pewaukee, such as Tony Goff who is associated with Goff's Curtain Walls and Goff's Autobody. Other Baumann endorsements include the NRA and Christopher McIntosh, who created The Dirty Girl Mud Run.

Neylon secured donations from a handful of people who identified themselves as legislative aides, such as Matt Adamczyk who’s worked with State Sen. Leah Vukmir and David Curt who’s worked in Assemblyman Bill Kramer’s office.

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Hamilton boys fall in two overtimes

Feb. 13, 2013 6:45 a.m. | In a thriller, Sussex Hamilton's boys basketball team fell to Brookfield Central in double overtime on Tuesday, falling back into a tie for first place in the Greater Metro Conference.

See the full story from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here.

Mukwonago wrestlers headed to state

Feb. 12, 2013 11:15 p.m. | A solid workmanlike effort gave the Mukwonago wrestling team a 38-21 dual victory over West Allis Central in a WIAA Division 1 team sectional on Tuesday evening.

The Indians did post three pins – all coming at the most crucial times – but for the most of the night, they gutted out some hard-fought matches and gradually pulled away from the Bulldogs.

“It was real steady,” Mukwonago head coach Jon Wierzbicki said. “We got nine of the 14 matches. It was just a real good team effort for us, and we’re just happy to get back to the state tournament.”

Mukwonago advances to meet Sauk Prairie in the quarterfinals of the state team tourney on March 1 in Madison. The Indians were last in the team tournament in 2011.

“It’s a great step for our program,” Wierzbicki continued. “We’ve had a lot of peaks and valleys this year, and to be in Madison is a real thrill. I’m real proud of our guys.”

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Arrowhead boys stop Mukwonago

Feb. 12, 2013 10:56 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball  team rallied for a come-from-behind 56-51 Classic 8 Conference victory over visiting Mukwonago Tuesday night. The win gives the Warhawks at least a share of the league title.

Kyle Keranen scored eight points for the Warhawks in the final 2:51 to turn a 47-46 deficit into an eventual victory.

Arrowhead improved to 12-1 in league play and 18-3 overall, Mukwonago is second at 11-2.

The title is the third in the last five years for the Warhawks.

Hawks assume control

Feb. 12, 2013 10:42 p.m. | The best decision of the night didn't come from Arrowhead boys basketball coach Craig Haase of any of his players. The best decision on this night came from Haase's assistant coaches Jim LaVoi and John Hoch.

With visiting Mukwonago holding on to a precarious 47-46 lead with just over three minutes left in the game, senior Kyle Keranen was sitting on the bench after scoring just three points in the game's first 29 minutes.

But despite struggling with his shot, Hoch and LaVoi convinced Haase to get Keranen back into the game. And that turned out to be the best move of the night as Keranen scored eight of his team's final 10 points in the final 2:51 to turn that one point deficit into an eventual 56-51 Classic 8 Conference victory.

"I trust all of my assistants, and sure enough, as soon as he goes in, he hits a three to put us up and we went on to win the game," Haase said. "That's the trust I have in my assistants and the trust we have in each other. That was a great call by my assistants. I wish I could take the credit, but this one belongs to those guys."

The victory, before the largest crowd of the season, was monstrous for the 14th-ranked Warhawks. It not only moved them to 18-3 on the season but also vaulted them into sole possession of first place on the league standings with just one game left. Arrowhead is now 12-1 in league play and will close out the conference season Friday with a game against Waukesha West (13-8, 8-5). Mukwonago, ranked 12th in this week's state AP poll, is second at 11-2.

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Hamilton clinches second straight crown

Feb. 12, 2013 10:14 p.m. | This wasn't the same atmosphere as last year, when the Hamilton girls basketball team won a conference title for the first time. This season, after the Chargers sealed at least a share of the Greater Metro crown with a 45-32 win over Brookfield Central on Feb. 12, there was no wild celebration, net cutting or fans lingering for 45 minutes thereafter.

This time, the work isn't even finished.

The Chargers weren't ever really threatened against the Lancers in a complete performance that moved Hamilton to 20-1 overall and 13-0 in the GMC. The Chargers now turn their sights to an outright crown, with a battle against Divine Savior Holy Angels, a team one game back in the loss column, awaiting Feb. 21.

"We were prepared for Brook Central," said Hamilton guard Hannah Menzia, who led the Chargers with 13 points."We knew who their shooters were, and we got out on them. We know they drive baseline, so we worked on that. We got the scouting report done and worked really hard in practice."

Menzia and her teammates had their own baseline jumpers working well, with Central focusing its defensive attention on stopping Chargers post Mackenzie Latt. Freshman Taylor Klug added a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to help her team grab a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, and the edge swelled to 24-14 by halftime even though Latt missed most of the quarter with a bloody nose.

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City, Waukesha County close to deal on recycling

Feb. 12, 2013 5:52 p.m. | After several years of study, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County are close to agreement on a plan to jointly operate a recycling program.

Mayor Tom Barrett, who worked with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas on the proposal, called it a perfect example of a blue city (Democratic) working with a red county (Republican).

"We have worked together and we are pleased with this," Barrett said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Common Council's Public Works Committee will consider a resolution that would set in motion a plan to enter into a contract for the processing of recyclables under a single-stream system. In a single-stream system, residents put their recyclables into one container; the materials are separated at a facility.

Waukesha County approved the collaboration last November.

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Dousman concerned about coyotes

Feb. 12, 2013 4:35 p.m. | At the Feb. 11 Village of Dousman Board Meeting, an agenda item regarding coyotes stood out among other business related bullet points.

According to Village President Jack Nissen, there have been increased reports of coyote sightings in urban areas. This includes one report that a group of coyotes killed a fawn during the day in the northern end of the city.

Nissen is urging residents to take caution, especially with pets.

"We would just like residents to know that they need to take cautionary measures," Nissen said. "They should not let dogs loose or even have them tied up outside for an extended period of time. That’s like bait for a coyote."

The same goes for cats and other small pets. Residents should also be especially sensitive to picking up trash and monitoring compost piles where coyotes often find food.

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Ashippun candidate forum tonight

Feb. 12, 2013 4:14 p.m. | The Ashippun Business Association will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Ashippun Town Hall. The forum is for those candidates seeking Ashippun Town Board positions coming up for election this spring.
The following candidates will be running: Chairman – Steven J. Panozzo (inc.), William Bremer and Andrew Sellinger; Supervisor #1 – James Meyer (inc.); Supervisor #2 – William Bremer (inc.), David Adkins and Wayne Uttke.
 A primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 and the final election will be Tuesday, April 2.

Pewaukee man arrested at party for allegedly lighting cigarette, resisting arrest

Feb. 12, 2013 11:58 a.m. |  Village of Pewaukee — A 19-year-old man faces a year in prison after allegedly refusing to put out a lit cigarette at a Friday night party and shoving an arresting officer.

Aaron T. Malmberg, 466 Park Ave. in Pewaukee, was charged on Feb. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Pewaukee Village Police Department was contact Feb. 8 about an underage drinking party at 466 Park Ave., apt. unit 8. The responding officer said he could hear “extremely loud noises” coming from inside the apartment, including what sounded like two men shouting at each other.

A man opened the apartment door and the officer said he saw numerous alcohol bottles in the apartment and several individuals the officer recognized as being under the age of 21.

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Waukesha woman charged with felony after allegedly throwing scissors at fiancé

Feb. 12, 2013 11:20 a.m. | A 52-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with two misdemeanors and felony substantial battery after allegedly throwing a pair of scissors at her fiancé on Feb. 10, cutting his arm.

The woman, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victim, was charged on Feb. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct, negligent handling of a weapon and substantial battery.

According to the criminal complaint:

The incident took place around 1:30 a.m. in an apartment on S. West Avenue in the City of Waukesha. The woman’s fiancé said the couple, who had been living together for five months, got into an argument.

She was calling him names and he allegedly slapped her in the face. The woman then allegedly threw a pair of scissors at him, which cut his forearm and required three stitches at the hospital.

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East Troy LEGO team competing for invention award

Feb. 12, 2013 10:56 a.m. | East Troy FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team The 4th Motor is one of many FLL teams world-wide attempting to win the FLL Global Innovation Award. Voting began this week for the award, which is being sponsored by the X-Prize Foundation and Edison Nation in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and AARP. 

FLL teams are encouraged to submit the innovative solutions their teams came up with during this season’s FLL Senior Solutions competition.  Teams that finish in the top 10 in voting will be included as one of 20 teams considered for one of three finalist teams that will be invited to the USPTO office in Virginia to present their invention as well as a chance to be awarded up to $20,000 to use to develop, produce and take their product to market. 

The 4th Motor submitted its Fall Detection System invention, SS 240, a bracelet that detects when a senior falls and can notify emergency personnel of the fall. Learn more about the team, its invention and vote for The 4th Motor here. People can vote as many times as they want each day. Currently the team has collected more than 2,000 votes with the top inventions receiving more than 14,000 votes so far.

More information on the Global Innovation Award can be found here

Oconomowoc woman charged with alleged Books & Company robbery

Feb. 12, 2013 9:55 a.m. | A 40-year-old woman was charged on Monday with allegedly robbing the independently owned Books & Company bookstore on Summit Avenue in the City of Oconomowoc on Feb. 5.

Heather J. Preiss, 419 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc, was charged on Feb. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, repeater. Preiss was previously convicted of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute in 2011, for which she was sentenced to two years probation and 50 hours community service.

Justin J. Thielen, 24, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor receiving stolen property. Thielen was originally charged with being party to the crime of robbery, but those charges were dropped. 

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Oconomowoc Police was dispatched around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 for a robbery in progress at Books & Company, 1039 E. Summit Ave.

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Homeless man alleged to have drunkenly disrupted AA meeting in Waukesha

Feb. 12, 2013 9:06 a.m. |  City of Waukesha — A 34-year-old homeless man was charged with misdemeanor resisting an officer and disorderly conduct after allegedly screaming obscenities and refusing to leave the Alano Club, a “bar” for recovering alcoholics, on Feb. 9.

Jacob J. Smith was “extremely intoxicated” according to the criminal complaint, registering a .267 on a police administered breath test.

He has been arrested 35 times since the age of 17, according to the complaint, and had just been released from prison on Jan. 31. He was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Feb. 11.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police found Smith laying down inside the Alano Club, 318 W. Broadway, at around 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 9. Patron Michael Mann said Smith was yelling at people outside on Broadway before coming inside and saying he was homeless. Mann bought Smith food and coffee and the man allegedly began screaming obscenities and causing a disturbance.

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Police commission to discuss complaint against chief

Feb. 12, 2013 7:55 a.m. | The Town of Mukwonago Police Commission is expected to meet Wednesday night to discuss a complaint against Police Chief Tom Czarnecki and Sgt. Eric Schmidt.

Police Officer Chris Heckman has filed a complaint alleging that Czarnecki provided monetary rewards to officers for issuing citations or making arrests.

He also claims he was placed off duty as a disciplinary action and forced to use sick pay and holiday pay while he was not working because of an issue with his hearing.

See more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

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Waukesha County Fair


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






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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