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Factory fire in Oconomowoc, no one reported injured

Feb. 09, 2013 8:14 a.m. | According to reports there was a two-alarm fire at a plow factory in Oconomowoc. No injuries reported, many departments responded, fire appears to be contained.

Authorities say they believe that no one was in the building at Theine Grading, 37213 Sunset Drive when the fire broke out around 10 p.m. on Friday.

More on this as it develops.

Ashippun man may be involved in more missing money

Feb. 08, 2013 3:26 p.m. | Jim Schlieve, whose church authorities said he took around $200,000 from Zion Lutheran Church, may now be involved in between $5,000 and $10,000 missing from the Ashippun Lions Club. Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls said the department has met with the Lions and launched an investigation.
Lions Club member Jim Franke contacted the Focus after reading about the missing church funds. He said the Lions Club is also a victim and wants people to know about it. Franke said Schlieve recently wrote a letter to the club resigning and saying he plans to pay back the money from his 401(k).
No charges have been issued against Schlieve.
Schlieve declined to comment. His lawyer, Bill Gergen of Gergen Gergen & Pretto of Beaver Dam, said Schlieve is fully cooperating with police and will fully cooperate with the district attorney.
“Jim’s primary goal is to make full restitution to both parties,” Gergen said.

Valentine Craft Fair in Mukwonago

Feb. 08, 2013 3:15 p.m. | The Mukwonago United Church of Christ is hosting a Valentine Craft Fair.

An aray of craft vendors and baked goods will be available for those looking to pick up something for their special Valentine.

The event will be held tomorrow, Sat. Feb. 9 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at the Mukwonago United Church of Christ, S93W30740 Highway NN in Mukwonago.

Sussex man says pot charges would have been worse if garbage man hadn't warned about police coming

Feb. 08, 2013 2:26 p.m. | Michael J. Verrier, 18, of Sussex is facing drug charges after police searched his home and found paraphernalia, hash and money.

According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 6, police searched the home after conducting an investigation based on tips from neighbors about suspicious activity. Police arrested Verrier on Nov. 9 and he admitted he purchases a quarter pound of marijuana about every week, but he has someone else sell it, according to the complaint. He said he would meet with the person who sells it in his subdivision to give him the marijuana.
The complaint states that police searched Verrier’s home on Nov. 9 and found paraphernalia including a marijuana pipe with residue, hash and $630. However, the complaint says that prior to the police search a garbage man told Verrier’s mother that police may be searching his home. According to the complaint Verrier’s mother told her son to remove all drugs and drug paraphernalia because the police were probably going to search the home. Verrier told police if the garbage man had not told his mother, he probably would have more narcotics at his home, the complaint reads.
If convicted of all charges, he faces more than three years in jail, driver’s license suspension and more than $10,000 in fines. His initial appearance is Feb. 18.

Couple charged with string of 2012 home burglaries in Delafield and Genesee

Feb. 08, 2013 1:28 p.m. | A man and woman were charged with a series of alleged home burglaries that took place in the Towns of Delafield and Genesee in May and August of last year.

Amaryllis J. Becker, 21, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Feb. 7 with four counts of burglary. James W. Walters, 28, was charged on Feb. 7 with three counts of burglary.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department officer was dispatched to W288 S5088 Rockwood Trail in the Town of Genesee on Aug. 25, 2012. The homeowners, Clifford and Darlene King, told police that during the previous night someone entered their home and stole a laptop, a wallet with approximately $150 in it and a purse containing approximately $17 and Target gift cards.

Two other residents in the neighborhood also reported break-ins, but that nothing seemed to be missing.

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Dad allegedly supplied kids with pot

Feb. 08, 2013 1:27 p.m. | Joel Jamieson, 39, Hartland, admitted he and his wife smoke pot and that they turn a blind eye to their children smoking pot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Court.

Jamieson is charged with a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance after police found drug paraphernalia and Suboxone in his home on Imperial drive according to the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint filed Feb. 6, Hartland Police searched Jamieson’s home at 861 Imperial Drive, on Sept. 4, 2012 after obtaining a search warrant based on a tip that he supplies pot to his kids and their friends.

Jamieson admitted to police he, his wife and children use marijuana according to the complaint. It says Jamieson said he and his wife smoke marijuana everyday and that he and his wife, “turn a blind eye to our children smoking marijuana,” because they would rather use the drug close to home so he knows where they are and they don’t get into other problems, the complaint states.

He denied he sells marijuana to his kids or their friends stating his kids have to use their own money to buy their own marijuana states the complaint. Jamieson said he has a prescription for the Suboxone and police asked him for proof of that, reads the complaint.
He is charged with a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and two misdemeanor counts of possession of paraphernalia and a controlled substance. His initial appearance is Feb. 18 and he faces more than $10,000 in fines, driver’s license suspension and more than three years in jail.

Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Show in Pewaukee

Feb. 08, 2013 12:52 p.m. | The Woman’s Club of Pewaukee is sponsoring the 2013 Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Show and Contest on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St.
A reception honoring the participants will be in the Community Room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The show will be open to the public during library hours through Saturday, Feb. 16.
Participating schools are: Asa Clark Middle School, Pewaukee; Kettle Moraine Middle School, Dousman; Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee; Queen of Apostles School, Pewaukee; St. Anthony on the Lake School, Pewaukee; St. John's Northwestern Military School, Delafield, and St. Joseph’s Middle School, Waukesha. The judge will be art professor, Mrs. Nancy Mitchel.
First-, second- and third-place winners are eligible to participate in the district contest this spring. Rolling Hills District Helen Farnsworth Mears Contest for Southern Wisconsin, this spring. First-, second- and third-place winners at the district contest will be eligible to compete in the state contest. The 12 winners from state will have their work on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum during the summer.
The Pewaukee Area Arts Council and Woman’s Club of Pewaukee will give addition awards to students. For more information, call club members Susan Goldstone, (414) 861-5447, or Ruth Harken, (262) 691-2665.

Man charged with allegedly beating, cutting pregnant woman's father will face trial

Feb. 08, 2013 11:46 a.m. |  James “Anthony” Swift, charged in Waukesha County Court on Feb. 21 with misdemeanor negligent handling of a weapon and a felony count of substantial battery, will be brought to trial, despite prosecuting attorney Timothy Westphal’s admission at the Feb. 7 hearing that the case might have “trial issues.”

Judge Thomas Pieper presided over the preliminary hearing and found that there was probable cause that a felony or felonies had been committed.

Swift, 40, was charged with allegedly stabbing Gregory Mix, 55, with a knife and beating him on the night of Jan. 18. Mix said he and his daughter’s fiancée Aaron Wright  had confronted Swift over things Swift had said about Vera Mix, 24, who is eight months pregnant.

Gregory said Swift had allegedly touched his daughter inappropriately and made lewd comments about her.

Swift, however, told police that Wright had allegedly started the fight in Vera’s apartment, punching him in the head and neck.

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Crash east of Rolling Hills School

Feb. 08, 2013 10:39 a.m. | The morning commute was interrupted by a car crash this morning on Highway NN east of Rolling Hills School in Mukwonago.

Traffic was restricted to one lane while emergency crews cleaned up the scene.

Further details were not yet available.

Lots of sweet deals this Valentine weekend

Feb. 08, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There are lots of sweet things to do this Valentine’s season in Lake Country, and most of them center on food.

Friday is fish fry night and there’s a good one from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., in Butler. Eat in or carry out your dinner for just $8.

If you’re looking for a hearty meal Sunday morning with entertainment and kids activities try the Breakfast on Broadway from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead High School North Campus, 800 North Ave., Hartland. The meal includes pancakes, sausage, fruit juice, coffee and milk. There will also be entertainment by Broadway Company students, arts, crafts, kids' games and door prizes. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger. Call (262) 369-3612, ext., 4741 for more information.

At the Hawks Inn Visitors Center in Delafied, kids will have a blast at the Valentine Cookie Decorating Party from 1 to 2 p.m. and also from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Sunday. The center is located at 426 Wells St., Everyone will receive a dozen cookies plus frosting and decorations. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per child. Reserve a spot by emailing

On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, the Sussex Community Center will present a program called Valentine’s Day Past and Present from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will start at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and entertainment at noon. Call (262) 246-6747 for reservations.

Poor driving conditions

Feb. 07, 2013 7:13 p.m. | Driving conditions in the Lake Country area  area very poor on most roads. A total of 6 inches of snow has fallen in Hartland since 9 a.m.

Highway VV between North Lake and Merton was very slippery at 6:30 p.m. Highway E southbound from Highway VV to Hartland had several inches of snow on the road and cars were going just 30 miles per hour.

Many of the side roads in Hartland had several inches of snow on them.

Five-vehicle accident in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 07, 2013 5:01 p.m. | County dispatch is reporting a five-vehicle accident in Menomonee Falls at Town Line and Schlei. Crews are responding. Take caution in the area.

A car was reported in the ditch on I-94 east in Pewaukee.

Accidents being reported throughout area

Feb. 07, 2013 4:13 p.m. | The snow is causing quite the headache for drivers throughout the area.

Multiple calls for vehicles in ditches, single car and multicar accidents came across the scanner just as the afternoon commute started to be in full swing.

A reporter is on scene at an accident on Highway 67 and Road X where calls on the scanner indicate there is at least one passenger pinned after an accident.

Drive safe, leave a lot of room and take your time out there. 

We'll bring you additional information as it becomes available. 

Accident reported on North Avenue Hartland

Feb. 07, 2013 3:57 p.m. | Safety personnel are reporting an accident on North Avenue in Hartland

The state Department of Transportation sent out an alert this afternoon warning of slick conditions. They said vehicles continue to end up off the road and in ditches in the slick conditions. They warn to use caution when driving and not follow the car in front of you too closely.

Similarily Waukesha County DPW asks that you use caution when driving near plow trucks. Watch for their blind spot and allow a 200 to 300 foot buffer.

Snow prompts area closings

Feb. 07, 2013 3:28 p.m. | Waukesha County is reporting 38 closings in the area mostly for evening activities. See what WTMJ is reporting:

How do you get someone to shave their head? How about raising $4 million

Feb. 07, 2013 2:25 p.m. | United Way in Waukesha County Campaign Chair and President of Tailored Label Products, Mike Erwin, honored a bet he made last year. Erwin, a Mukwonago resident, pledged that if the goal of $4.5 million was raised he would shave his head. The final numbers came in at $4,503,708, a 3.5-percent increase of the 2011 campaign.

Erwin, a man of his word, had stylist Cynthia Bindrich from Brookfield’s Studio 890 Salons on standby as the campaign total was revealed at the event. His head was shaved as the crowed cheered and watched with enjoyment.

The success of the 2012 campaign keeps United Way in Waukesha County on track to reach the goal of the Strive for 5 campaign as well. Strive for 5 is a three-year goal to raise $5 million and recruit 500 volunteers by the end of 2014.
The $4,503,708 million raised in the 2012 campaign places United Way in a great position to invest in issues that are important to the community and really make a difference. The goal to recruit 500 new volunteers for reader, tutor,
and mentoring programs is also on track with 115 new volunteers to date.

President of Tailored Label Products and Campaign Chair, Mike Erwin, was delighted with the campaign results. “It ceases to amaze me how generous the many Waukesha County business and community leaders and employees are
when it comes to sharing their time and treasure with those in need...and I personally thank them for their consistent and empathic support of United Way programs."

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Slippery conditions in Hartland

Feb. 07, 2013 1:59 p.m. | With the snow getting heavier with each passing hour, driving conditions in the Village of Hartland have become slippery. Most village streets are snow-covered.

Highway 16 eastbound from Highway 83 to I-94 is wet with some slush starting to build up in each lane. Traffic was going between 45 and 50 miles per hour for the most part.

Many Waukesha County activities have been cancelled for Thursday night.

As much as 7 inches of snow is expected to fall by late Thursday night.

Strong gas odor reported outside Sussex Starbucks

Feb. 07, 2013 1:45 p.m. | According to Waukesha County Communications dispatch someone has called to report a strong odor of natural gas at the Sussex Starbucks on Main Street.

Safety personnel are investigating. No one has reported feeling ill according to the dispatch call.

Richmond school board candidate said he will withdraw from race after tax delinquency revealed

Feb. 07, 2013 1:23 p.m. | Bill MacCluskey sent an email to the Richmond School District Friday morning saying he wants to withdraw as a candidate for the district's school board after it was revealed he had paid $72,000 in back taxes and penalties in the last 10 years.

He said via email he would like to spend more time taking care of his ailing mother.

"I thought I could manage, but tonight made me realize that taking care of my mother needs to be a top priority," he wrote. 

Superintendent George Zimmer said that MacCluskey's name will still appear on the ballot despite his withdrawal and he can still win as a candidate.

According to online court records, The Department of Revenue has pursued three different civil suits against MacCluskey for state tax delinquency since 2002.

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OHS BBall game cancelled

Feb. 07, 2013 1:05 p.m. | The snowstorm has caused the cancellation of the Oconomowoc High School Boys Basketball game for tonight. The team was scheduled to play at Beaver Dam.

Mukwonago DECA student among finalists for t-shirt design contest

Feb. 07, 2013 11:44 a.m. | Mukwonago High School DECA student Ambryn Dittmer is one of five finalists in the DECA ICDC 2013 t-shirt design contest. 

Winners are selected by the most votes on Facebook received by Feb 15.  Scroll to the t-shirt design finalists to cast a vote for Dittmer's t-shirt design.

DOT shares information on widening, bridge reconstruction on Highway 67

Feb. 07, 2013 11:23 a.m. | The state Department of Transportation will hold an open house meeting with maps and information from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Oconomowoc Public Library. The meeting is to share information on the reconstruction of Highway 67 slated for 2015-16.

The project scope includes:

  • Reconstruction of Highway 67 from Delafield Road to Thackeray Trail
  • Reconstruction of Highway 67 bridges over I-94
  • Widening Highway 67 from I-94 to Oconomowoc Parkway to six lanes (expandable to eight lanes)
  • Widening Highway 67 to six lanes from Oconomowoc Parkway to Lexington Drive
  • Widening Highway 67 from Lexington Drive to Summit Avenue to five lanes
  • Reconstructing Summit Avenue to Thackeray Rail, but keeping the road four-lanes-wide

For more information, contact Michael Pyritz, WisDOT SE Region Communications at
(262) 548-8759, or

Motorcyclists, town officials find common ground

Feb. 07, 2013 9:02 a.m. | Town of Oconomowoc - Winter motorcyclists can continue riding on two frozen ponds in the town as long as they adhere to certain conditions. The Town Board in a 2-1 vote on Tuesday approved a new ordinance regarding the type of riding.

Town Attorney Bill Chapman explained the new ordinance replaces an existing one. There are several similarities between the two regarding limiting erratic riding. The new ordinance specifically addresses how loud the bike can be and the hours when they can ride.

Bikes are not to be louder than 96 (decibels) dBA and riding hours are limited to between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Those that ride usually ride on two frozen ponds in the town. Residents' complaints about the noise initiated reconsidering an ordinance that limited all riding. However, after a group of about 50 riders came to a Town Board meeting the night the first version of the ordinance was on the agenda proposing limiting all riding, officials worked out a compromise.

No phone outage after all

Feb. 07, 2013 8:28 a.m. | About that planned phone outage this afternoon at Lake Country Publications: It won't happen, after all.

LCP had planned for the phones to be down after 3 p.m. while we upgraded the system. The upgrade is being rescheduled.

Waukesha County judge seals divorce file for state Assembly hopeful

Feb. 06, 2013 4:47 p.m. | Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lloyd Carter has sealed the file in the ongoing divorce case of Assembly candidate Jeanne Tarantino.

Tarantino, 46, has alleged in a deposition in the case that she was the victim of age and gender discrimination when she was bounced as chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch last year. Tarantino has since apologized for the remark but not recanted it. 

Staffers for Kleefisch and Gov. Scott Walker have denied that Tarantino was discriminated against. 

Carter did not return calls explaining why he sealed the file. 

In a statement, Tarantino said she "immediately regretted" saying under oath that she was transferred from Kleefisch's office because of her age and gender. She repeated the remark later in the deposition.

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Digital dance-off pits Merton against U.K. school

Feb. 06, 2013 4:30 p.m. | Students from the seventh and eighth grade classes at Merton Intermediate School had the opportunity to prove that, indeed, they could dance, in an international competition with a United Kingdom school last week.

The competition was set up using Skype’s video phone service, allowing students from Merton and Woodham Academy in England to watch each other’s performances from almost 4,000 miles away.
Matt Pomeroy, the physical education teacher at Merton, said he organized the event online.

“After we started our competition, we put out on Twitter, ‘Hey, anyone want to compete with our school,’” he said.

Jon Tait, assistant head teacher at Woodham, took Pomeroy up on his offer.

The P.E. Geeks online community, the brainchild of Tait, is where Pomeroy turned when he was looking for competitors. Tait said via email he founded the community to, “promote global collaboration, shared resources & expertise.”

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Three Vernon candidates decline to participate in forum

Feb. 06, 2013 4:01 p.m. | Rodell Singert, Daniel Scherbarth, and Sandy Porter have chosen not to participate in tonight's forum for Town of Vernon candidates.

In a letter addressed to the neighbors and fellow electors of Vernon, the group outlined their reasons for choosing not to participate in the Feb. 6 forum at Town Hall.

There are four main points, two of which explain that the forum schedule for March 5th would be sufficient. They believe that forum would be more effective seeing as it is closer to the election and "voter interested is high and informed citizens enthusiastic to learn of the concerns and issues facing our town."

The group also states that they feel the moderator chosen does not meet the required qualifications for moderator. They claim a "conflict of interest and questionable bias." They would like to participate in the selection of the moderator for the March forum.

The group also said they were never approached about availability for the forums and would like input for agreement on one date in March that works best for all candidates.

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Gun stolen in Pewaukee found in Milwaukee drug house

Feb. 06, 2013 2:24 p.m. |  A gun reported as stolen last October in Pewaukee was recovered in a Milwaukee drug house and an 18-year-old Waukesha man was charged with its alleged theft.

Jesse D. Reed was charged on Feb. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft of movable property and Kirstie L. Bartlett, 20, was charged with receiving a stolen firearm, also a felony.

Reed has been arrested six times for various offenses in the last year and was charged most recently in January with four counts of misdemeanor theft, according to online criminal records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Dustin Liebenthal, 580 Foxtail Drive in the Village of Pewaukee, first reported the theft of his .22 caliber handgun on Oct. 16, 2012. He told police the gun and two magazines were taken from the center console of his vehicle sometime during the previous night.

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Brookfield man charged with allegedly hiding from police with a gun after I-94 accident

Feb. 06, 2013 1:36 p.m. |  A 26-year-old Brookfield man was charged with several misdemeanors on Feb. 5 after he rolled his vehicle on Interstate 94 and then allegedly tried to hide from police in a bystander’s back seat with a loaded semiautomatic pistol.

Zachary P. Iller, 14465 Lindsay Drive in Brookfield, was charged on Feb. 5 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of a firearm while intoxicated, obstructing an officer and drunken driving, second offense. Iller was previously convicted of drunken driving in May 2007.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an accident on I-94 westbound near the CTH F/Redford Boulevard exit at approximately 2 a.m. on Feb. 5.

A vehicle allegedly driven by Iller was heavily damaged, its windows shattered and the contents expelled. A second vehicle, operated by Ryan Tentoni, was parked nearby with its hazard lights on.

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Teen tourney for chess and checkers

Feb. 06, 2013 1:34 p.m. | A Teen  Chess and Checkers Tournament  is planned for Saturday,  Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library. Players of all abilities in 7th-12th grade are welcome to attend.

There will be prizes, snacks and fun, and it’s all free.  Bring your friends.

For more information, please email Betsy at or call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210.

Waukesha man charged with allegedly hitting toddlers, shoving police

Feb. 06, 2013 12:53 p.m. |  A 30-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with allegedly striking a woman’s two toddlers on Feb. 3 and later "violently" shoving an arresting officer to the ground.

Daniel G. Fife, 1522 Big Bend Rd., Unit E, was charged on Feb. 5 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of child abuse, one count of felony battery to a peace officer and two counts, one misdemeanor and one felony, of resisting an officer.

He was also charged on Feb. 5 with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for a previous, unrelated incident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were dispatched to the Pick ‘n Save grocery store at 1220 W. Sunset Drive in Waukesha on Feb. 3. They met with the complainant Gabrielle Myhre, who told police that Fife had allegedly stolen a 12-pack of beer from the store and was trying to get into her car. Myhre told police Fife was a neighbor in her apartment complex.

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Mukwonago spa goes red for American Heart Month

Feb. 06, 2013 12:00 p.m. | February is American Heart Month and a time to raise awareness about the risks associated with heart disease in women. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease kills one in three women each year – that’s approximately one woman every minute.

As owners of The Woodhouse Day Spa franchise in Mukwonago, Susie Hotz and Cheryl Berg have been serving women in their community since 2006 and feel it’s their duty to bring attention to this growing health problem. That’s why on Monday, Feb. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., The Woodhouse Day Spa will host a Go Red for Women event and blood drive at 325 Bay View Rd., Suite F in Mukwonago.

           “Heart disease has affected all of us in one way or another and we wanted to host an event that provides educational services for women as well as relaxing spa treatments in honor of AHA’s Go Red For Women campaign,” said Hotz.

             Guests at the event will have the opportunity to speak with various health professionals on hand about preventing heart disease, including a nutritionist, personal trainer and experts from ProHealth Care. Complimentary skin analysis, mini massages, lip exfoliation with red lipstick application and a red polish change will also be available as well as 10-percent off any service booked the night of the event. Those who wish to donate blood through Blood Center of Wisconsin can do so anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. and will receive 10,000 Woodhouse Reward Points.

Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. for the event by calling the spa at (262) 363-8878. Blood donors should also set an appointment time between 3 and 7 p.m. by visiting the spa website or calling the spa.

Village of Pewaukee makes appointments for LCFR consolidation

Feb. 06, 2013 9:33 a.m. | The Village of Pewaukee is getting serious with their considerations to join Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR). In a close vote, they appointed three members to sit on the LCFR Consolidation Committee late yesterday.

President Tom Calder appointed Pat Nauth, Paul Evert and himself. Nauth and Evert abstained while Jeff Knutson and Joe Zompa voted against the measure – it barely passed at 3-2, with Calder voting for himself.

LCFR currently includes the City of Delafield and the Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. Talks are under way to consolidate and also provide emergency services for the Village of Hartland, the Town of Delafield and the City of Oconomowoc. Oconomowoc has yet to appoint representatives.

Knutson voted against it, seeming to have a change of heart.

“I have a real issue with this being on the board, on the table, or even discussing it without having first talked with the fire departments and the city about our issues with the pricing,” Knutson said.

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Enjoy the respite; more snow tomorrow

Feb. 06, 2013 7:36 a.m. | Enjoy your snowless commute this morning; things will likely change tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Thursday morning through afternoon.

Light snow is expected to develop tonight, but become heavier on Thursday. Tonight could see sleet and freezing rain mixing with the snow, but turning to all snow tomorrow. Snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible.

Eisenhower takes charge of Woodland, tops Pewaukee

Feb. 05, 2013 10:24 p.m. | These are the types of plays that have made Reed Timmer so dangerous to Woodland Conference foes over the past three seasons.

The New Berlin Eisenhower senior standout drilled a 3-pointer from the top of hte key with 1:10 to play, giving his team a 57-55 lead over Pewaukee in a huge Woodland Conference battle Tuesday. The Lions went on to win, 59-55, and took a two-game lead over the Pirates in the loss column of the Woodland West Division standings.

"It was a hard fought, typical Eisenhower-Pewaukee type of game," Pewaukee coach Mike Basile said.

"We were right there. Reed made that tough shot, and we had guys right there (on defense). I'm proud of how hard our kids play."

In an entertaining, tense battle, the Lions led for much of the way until Ryan Stepanovich hit a 3-pointer to make it 53-51 with 2:16 to go. After Charlie Sirek answered with a 3-pointer of his own, Eric Lutzen scored with 1:22 to go, but Eisenhower quickly bolted down the floor against Pewaukee's pressure.

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City reserves liquor license for Fowler Lake Village

Feb. 05, 2013 9:35 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Common Council voted 6-2 to reserve a Class B liquor license for the Fowler Lake Village development proposed behind City Hall.

City Clerk Diane Coenen said the liquor license is necessary to help ensure a successful development of the project that will contain condominiums, retail space and a restaurant.

The Class B license is the only one currently available in the city. Reserving it does open the opportunity for other merchants to apply for a Class C license which allows for the sale of wine only, Coenen explained. She said the city has received requests from business owners on applying for a Class C license.

Aldermen James Larsen and Bob Morgan voted against reserving the license for Fowler Lake Village. Morgan cited issues with the type of project and its location. Larsen questioned if reserving the license for this project would mean no one else would be eligible to apply for the Class B license. The answer was yes.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Oconomowoc Pabst Farms mall becoming a reality? Mayor makes last-minute announcement

Feb. 05, 2013 9:12 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - A rather uneventful Common Council meeting ended with a bit of intrigue Tuesday night when Mayor Jim Daley made what he called a last-minute announcement.

Daley announced the establishment of an Ad-Hoc committee for the "economic and community betterment specific to negotiations with Pabst Farms."

He appointed aldermen David Nold, Mike Miller and James Larsen to the committee. Their first meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13 prior to the regular Plan Commission meeting.

"My intent is to create a balanced approach to imminent things that are coming," regarding the development, said Daley of his choice of committee appointments. "These people didn't even know about these appointments until this announcement," he added.

There has been no activity or discussion regarding the mall in the Pabst Farms development within the last year.

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98th Assembly GOP Forum announced at Carroll University

Feb. 05, 2013 4:31 p.m. | Carroll University will host a forum for the five Republican candidates in the special primary election for the 98th Assembly District seat. The event, sponsored by, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies, 2140 Davidson Road, Waukesha. It is free and open to the public.

The candidates are:
• Ed Baumann, 28-year police chief for the village of Pewaukee. He will retire April 2.
• Todd Greenwald, a project manager in the construction and architectural industry.
• Matt Morzy, a former Scottrade manager and an MBA student at Marquette University.
• Adam Neylon, a small business owner and legislative aide for Rep. Bill Kramer, R- Waukesha.
• Jeanne Tarantino, former chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Dr. Lilly Goren, professor of politics at Carroll University and a recognized expert on elections and the election process, will be the forum moderator. Audience members will be allowed to submit written questions.

The special election will fill the seat vacated by Paul Farrow after he was elected to the state Senate in November 2012. The 98th Assembly District includes the village and city of Pewaukee, the village of Sussex, a portion of the town of Lisbon and portions of the city of Waukesha.

Books & Company robbed in Oconomowoc

Feb. 05, 2013 4:06 p.m. | At 2:35 today, Police Chief David Beguhn said officers responded to a call from Books & Company in Witman Park. The bookstore had been robbed.

A woman entered the store and made verbal threats and left with cash, an undisclosed amount at this time. No weapon was visible, according to Beguhn.

The woman then left in a brown 1998 Toyota Camry, four door. There were three other men inside the vehicle, which left south bound from the parking lot.

Books and Company is a small, independently-owned and community-based bookstore that's been serving the Oconomowoc, Lake Country and Waukesha areas since 1983.

The matter is under investigation. A future news release will be posted at Living Lake Country.

Town of Vernon candidates gear up for first forum

Feb. 05, 2013 4:01 p.m. |

Tomorrow, Feb. 6, Town of Vernon candidates have been invited to a discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Drive. 
There are several races in the town this spring. Supervisor Thomas Bird and challenger Rodell Singert will face off for the Supervisor No. 2 position. 
Newcomer Daniel Scherbarth will take on Supervisor Bill Craig for the Supervisor No. 4 spot.
As well as Sandy Porter and Karen Schuh facing off for the clerk spot. Town Clerk Marie Kumershek is not seeking re-election.
Doors will open at 6:30. Residents are encouraged to submit written questions before the forum begins, or email them in advance to Merl Wagner at Questions should focus solely on the issues.
Residents are invited to attend the event and the forum will also be telecast on public access Channel 25. 

Man charged with battery at Waukesha wedding brawl

Feb. 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. |  City of Waukesha - A 30-year-old man was charged after allegedly smashing a pint glass on a man’s head, causing a skull fracture, at a wedding at the Country Springs Hotel last August.

Randy S. Lunda of Racine was charged on Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony aggravated battery, repeater.

Lunda previously pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding an officer and resisting arrest in 2006, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jamyn Rukavina, a guest at the wedding, was outside the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd. in Waukesha, smoking a cigarette with another man. Steve Martin, the bartender at the wedding, said Rukavine was drunk and he stopped serving him earlier in the evening, “because he was being a jerk.”

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Alleged drug dealers scam police out of $150 in marked money

Feb. 05, 2013 12:18 p.m. | A warrant was issued on Feb. 4 for two Oconomowoc residents who allegedly scammed law enforcement officials out of $150 in marked bills during a police sting gone wrong.

Rachel L. Trupke, 30, was charged on Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three felony counts of drug trafficking and misdemeanor theft. Jeramie C. Bartosh, 32, was charged with being party to the theft.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 11, a detective with the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit was advised by a confidential informant (CI) that he could arrange the purchase of $100 worth of oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic.

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Slippery driving conditions in the area

Feb. 05, 2013 11:19 a.m. | Due to a band of heavy snow showers that arrived in the Lake Country area beginning at 10 a.m., driving conditions have quickly turned to very slippery throughout the area.

At 11 a.m., Highway 83 from Highway 16 to I-94 was snow-covered and very slippery. Traffic was going just 30 miles per hour in both directions.

Highway 16 from Highway C to Pewaukee was also snow-covered and very slippery in both the east and west-bound lanes. Traffic was going just  35 miles per hour.

Road conditions also were very slippery in the Village of Hartland. Some intersections were especially slick.

Taste of New Orleans coming to Kettle Moraine High School

Feb. 05, 2013 10:20 a.m. | KMHS Jazz Ensembles and Laser Jazz presents “A Taste of New Orleans” on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 6 p.m. in the KMHS Cafeteria. 

Enjoy Cajun flavors and unique New Orleans cuisine thanks to the collaboration and donations of time, talent, and tastes from KM Perform seminar students, parent volunteers and Kettle Moraine’s very own Kathy Sewell-Jensen, Family and Consumer Education Teacher. The menu includes southern favorites such as jambalaya, red beans and rice, bananas foster and bread pudding.

Reservations requested through Terri Catania at or call (262) 968-6273 x4502. Tickets may be purchased for $25 at the door (food and entertainment) or $10 (entertainment only).

Power back at KM middle school

Feb. 05, 2013 10:11 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine Middle School experienced an electrical outage during the morning hours today. The electric company restored power as of 9 a.m.

All middle school and Dousman Elementary phone service are functioning and students are operating under a normal schedule again.  

Two KM administrators leave set to leave district in June

Feb. 05, 2013 10:04 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, Carole Witt Starck announced her retirement effective June 30, 2013. Witt Starck joined the district in 2011 in this role and also serves as KMSD Director of Learning for art educators K-12. 

Kettle Moraine High School Associate Principal, Kehl Arnson tendered his resignation effective June 30, 2013. Arnson will be leaving KMHS to complete a doctoral program and to pursue a future role in district leadership. Arnson serves as president on the Kettle Moraine Education Foundation (KMEF) board and KMSD Director of Learning for 6-12 English educators. 

“We wish Carole and Kehl every success as they go forward and thank them for the contributions made during their service to our students, schools and community,” commented Superintendent Pat Deklotz. 

Electrical outage hits KM middle school

Feb. 05, 2013 8:30 a.m. |  Kettle Moraine Middle School is experiencing a temporary electrical outage. The electric company is working to resolve the issue. All students are in the building and working on a modified schedule. 

The outage is also impacting phone service to both the middle school and Dousman Elementary. Text messages were sent out to notify parents of the situation.

Another grocery store in Mukwonago?

Feb. 05, 2013 7:53 a.m. | The Mukwonago Plan Commission is expected to consider preliminary plans next week for a discount food store that has its eye on a new location in the village. Check out this week's Mukwonago Chief for more.

Oconomowoc woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in child stabbing

Feb. 04, 2013 4:22 p.m. | Dana M. Hooper, accused of stabbing her infant daughter to death last September, was found to be not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect at a court hearing on Feb. 4.

Judge William J. Domina ordered the 33-year-old Oconomowoc resident to remain in institutional care for life and denied conditional release because of the potential threat Hooper could pose to herself or others.

Two court-appointed psychiatrists, Dr. Deborah Collins and Dr. John Pankiewicz, determined that Hooper suffered from a psychotic disorder. Hooper said that in the weeks leading up to the murder of her child, she was suffering from mood swings, hallucinations and frequent periods of sleeplessness, made worse by an antidepressant she was prescribed. She told medical personnel before her arrest that she suffered from postpartum depression.

"Somehow, this act was motivated by 'God' or 'The Devil' or a person with strength that could not be ignored," Domina said.

The judge said that Hooper had made clear psychological progress since the incident and was deemed competent, meaning that she will be allowed to make decisions regarding her psychiatric care.

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Multiple units respond to Vernon house fire

Feb. 04, 2013 3:57 p.m. |  

Firefighters walk down Townline Road as multiple units, including Vernon, Big Bend, Mukwonago, Wales-Genesee, New Berlin, Tess Corners, and Town of Waukesha fire departments responded to a house fire in the Town of Vernon. 

Smoke billows above trees as firefighters battle the blaze. According to scanner traffic, the fire was under control shortly before 4 p.m. after fighting the fire for more than two hours. 

No further information is available at this time.

Village of Pewaukee to appoint members for LC Fire and Rescue

Feb. 04, 2013 1:40 p.m. | The Village of Pewaukee is getting closer to the Lake Country Fire and Rescue Consolidation talks.

President Tom Calder has added an item to Tuesday's agenda, noting that there will be discussion an possible action on appointment of three committee members to the consolidation committee.

LCFR currently includes the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. Talks are underway to consolidate and also provide emergency services for the Village of Hartland, the Town of Delafield and the City of Oconomowoc.

The appointment will be discussed on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 o'clock during the regular village board meeting. 

Residential fire in Waukesha County

Feb. 04, 2013 1:40 p.m. | Vernon, Big Bend, Mukwonago and multiple other fire departments are on scene of a two story residential structure fire at S63W24695 Townline Road in the Town of Vernon in Waukesha County.

Initial scanner reporters indicate flames visible on scene.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Delafield woman allegedly fights, bites officer during arrest

Feb. 04, 2013 11:35 a.m. |  A 23-year-old woman from Delafield was charged with resisting arrest and battery after allegedly biting a police officer during a Feb. 1 arrest in Waukesha for drunken driving.

Breanna K. Vetterman, N6 W31610 Huckleberry Way S in Delafield, was charged on Feb. 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and causing soft tissue injury, operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while revoked.

According to the criminal complaint:

A police officer initiated a traffic stop at approximately 12:20 a.m. on a vehicle with a burned out brake light on Sunset Drive in the City of Waukesha. The officer said the driver, Vetterman, allegedly smelled of liquor and had slurred speech. Vetterman told the officer at the time she only had one glass of wine, but later allegedly said she had two.

She failed several field sobriety tests administered, and had a reported value of .134 on a preliminary breath test. She was convicted of drunken driving in September of 2010, and as a result was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle.

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Man allegedly pulls gun on suspected Illinois driver

Feb. 04, 2013 10:55 a.m. | Waukesha — A 36-year-old man from Oconomowoc was charged with allegedly point a gun at another man he thought was from Illinois during a Jan. 4 driving dispute.

Michael J Bukosky, 525 Frederick Ct. in Oconomowoc, was charged on Jan. 31 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor count of pointing a firearm at another.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were dispatched to the area of N. Grandview Boulevard and Silvernail Road at approximately 6:35 p.m. on Jan. 4. Complainant Nathaniel Forseth said he was driving westbound on I-94 and exited at Grandview Boulevard. In so doing, he said he accidentally cut off another vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle then followed Forseth, with each of the drivers trying to speed up and get in front of one another. The other driver got in front of Forseth and began slamming the brakes intermittently, at which point the defendant said he switched lanes.

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Major traffic delay at I-94, 16

Feb. 04, 2013 8:43 a.m. | A major traffic delay has been taking place at the intersection of Highway 16 and I-94 for the last 90 minutes. The bumper-to-bumper delay started at 6:45 a.m. and was still going on at 8:25 a.m.

Trafiic is backed up on Highway 16 eastbound beginning at WCTC. The same delays are taking place on eastbound I-94 in Waukesha County.

Eastbound traffic on Highway 16 from Highway 83 is traveling at 40 miles per hour or slower. Both eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 16 from HIghway 83 to the I-94 intersection are slippery in certain spots.

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Best Summer Ever


We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

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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