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Pewaukee nips Merton, 3-1

May 11, 2014 7:50 p.m. | Pewaukee stole the spotlight in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by scoring a 3-1 win over visiting Merton.

Other games saw Menomonee Falls edge Monches 6-5, West Bend upset Sussex 6-5, North Lake outlast Oconomowoc 17-16, Lannon blank Hartland 8-0 and the Brookfield Bulldogs stop the Brookfield Blue Sox, 4-1.

The Bulldogs lead the league with a 3-0 slate. Pewaukee, the Blue Sox, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Sussex are all 2-1.

House fire in Town of Ottawa leaves one dead, one injured

May 11, 2014 7:57 a.m. | A house fire early Sunday in the Town of Ottawa left one person dead and another injured, authorities said.

According to a news release from Lt. Paul J. Beal of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department:

The sheriff's department and the North Prairie Fire Department, assisted by other area emergency departments, responded shortly after 1 a.m. to a residential fire at S45-W34481 Rue Parc.

One person who escaped from the fire told deputies that another person was still inside the house. Two deputies entered the house and found a man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim was not released pending notification of relatives.

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World flavors at Le Rendez-Vous at the Point in Okauchee

May 09, 2014 7:43 a.m. |

Maxime “Max” Weltzer has visited the Oconomowoc area many times over the years, accompanying his mother from Paris as she visited an old friend. He’s back, this time running his own restaurant: Le Rendez-Vous at the Point, N52-W35002 Lake Drive in Okauchee.

And in the kitchen is a name familiar to Milwaukee diners from over the years: Joe Volpe, who owned Holiday House in the Third Ward, cooked at Tess and made a splash at the former Sauce in the Third Ward. 

The restaurant was the site of Bertrand’s Point Comfort Place for a number of years, and briefly was Paz’s Point Comfort. It had recently closed when Weltzer saw it while taking a boat ride with friends.

Le Rendez-Vous serves a menu with world flavors, Weltzer said, including French and American dishes made with French technique. The setting is casual, Weltzer said. He previously operated a restaurant in France with his mother. 

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Treat mom to something special

May 09, 2014 12:00 a.m. | There are lots of ways to treat mom to something special this weekend.

The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St, Sussex, is offering free admission to all mothers to the Taverns and Saloons exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Park at Piggly Wiggly or municipal parking across Main Street.

Give your mom the gift of music and take her to the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra’s "Songs for Mom, With Love” at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday. The concert will be at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220-N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex.  Tickets are $15. Call (262) 246-1973, Ext. 1550 or visit

The Aspire Dance Studio is having its Spring Recitals at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at the  Hamilton Fine Arts Center. For information call  (414) 732-0178 or visit

Enjoy a hearty Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Tuscan Hall, 409 Delafield St., Waukesha. The brunch includes a champagne mimosa plus scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, pasta salad, cheese and crackers, vegetable dip, baked ham, roast turkey, peppercorn chicken, dessert table and full bar. Cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children 5 to 12. Reservations requested by calling (262) 292-1322.

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Playground photo sparks gun rights debate in Oconomowoc

May 08, 2014 1:04 p.m. | Oconomowoc may repeal a local ordinance barring open carry in city-owned parks and buildings after an outcry over a photo taken at Imagination Station.

The photo, posted by Heather Karenz of Oconomowoc, shows her young child on a slide at the park. In the background is an unidentified man carrying a holstered gun on his belt.

Karenz posted the photo to Facebook and TMJ4 responded with a “You Ask. We Investigate” segment on Monday, May 5. Police Chief David Beguhn said in the report that the man had violated local ordinance 9.02(a), which bars individuals from openly carrying in city-owned parks or buildings.

The story drew significant attention on social media, with gun rights activists arguing that Beguhn was wrong.

Nik Clark, of Wisconsin Carry, Inc., was a vocal critic of both the ordinance and TMJ4’s report, which he felt misinformed viewers. He pointed to a 1995 statute which makes unenforceable any municipal ordinance or resolution that is more stringent than state statutes. Therefore, if the state permits open carry, municipalities cannot write ordinances that outlaw it.

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Kedzie to retire, Nass to run for 11th District

May 07, 2014 2:34 p.m. |  State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) announced today that he will run for the Wisconsin State Senate in the 11th District.  Rep. Nass will be running to replace retiring Senator Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) who announced yesterday he plans to retire. The announcement came as a surprise as Kedzie had earlier filed for re-election.

Rep. Nass had announced previously that he would run for re-election in the Wisconsin State Assembly 33rd District but announced today he would run for the open Senate seat. 

“Senator Kedzie is a close personal friend and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.  I will continue to fight for the middle class families and small businesses of the 11th Senate District.  I believe the next session of the Legislature will be a time to refocus on policies that strengthen Wisconsin’s middle class families,” Nass said.

The 11th Senate District includes parts of Walworth, Waukesha, Jefferson, Rock, Racine and Kenosha Counties.

Republican Women group hosts Common Core discussion

May 07, 2014 11:08 a.m. | The Republican Women of Waukesha County's Education Watch Dog Committee will host a free presentation about Common Core standards by University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Professor Duke Pesta at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 12,at Four Star Family Restaurant, 120 Simmons Ave., Pewaukee. 

Pesta is an expert on Common Core and will give guests an overview of the new federal education program.

For more information, call Tracy Rath, (414) 313-0501.

Severe thunderstorm warning for Waukesha County

May 07, 2014 10:11 a.m. |  The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Waukesha County, north-central Milwaukee County and south-central Ozaukee County until 11 a.m. 

A severe thunderstorm was over Brookfield at 10:09 a.m., heading northeast at 25 mph. Half-dollar-size hail was reported with the storm. The Weather Service indicated that vehicles could be damaged by the hail. 

Approvals for Delafield development halted

May 06, 2014 11:38 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The approval process for a proposed 80 single family home residential development along North Shore Drive east of Maple Avenue came to a abrupt halt tonight.

The Plan Commission unanimously agreed to delay approvals of the project until Town Attorney Eric Larson has an opportunity to meet with the commission and discuss a new revelation by the developers, Neumann Companies.

The commission took the action after Town Chairman Paul Kanter declared he was no longer comfortable with how the developer's plans to finance the project because it left the town "unprotected" in the event the project was not completed by the developer.

Matt Neumann had explained to the commission that his company was anticipating purchasing the 150 acre farm and developing the land in three phases. Enough land would be purchased to complete the first phase. Then additional land would be purchased when necessary to complete the remaining two phases.

Kanter expressed surprise that the developer did not intend to purchase all of the land before beginning the three phases of construction.

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Delafield fire station/town hall delayed

May 06, 2014 11:08 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Architects and consultants working on the design for a new fire station/town hall to be constructed in the Sports Commons park along Maple Avenue were sent back to the drawing boards tonight by the Town Plan Commission.

Plan commissioners voted unanimously to delay approval of the project until some design issues, particularly parking for the town hall, could be resolved.

Project consultant John D. Mann said he did not believe the commission's actions would result in delays in seeking competitive construction bids on the project scheduled to begin this summer.Mann appeared confident the issues could be resolved.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter said the town has an obligation to abide by the same code requirements that it would require of its residents or developers and he questioned whether the proposed parking for the new  Hown hall could meet those requirements.

Earlier during a public hearing, Town Supervisor Pete Van Horn also questioned whether the 20 parking spaces proposed for the Town Hall would be sufficient.  He pointed out that plan commission meetings often attract large crowds that require parking for more than 20 cares.

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Arrowhead softball team wins two more

May 06, 2014 9:12 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls softball team won two more games Monday and Tuesday and moved to 8-1 on the season. The Warhawks have won six games in a row.

On Monday Arrowhead downed Sussex Hamilton, 8-5. In that game Noelle Weiss was the winning pitcher and Sami Taylor led the offense with three hits. Elizabeth Leslie chipped in with three RBIs. Jamie O'Rourke had two hits in the win.

On Tuesday the Warhawks downed Catholic Memorial, 8-3. Weiss again was the winning pitcher and O'Rourke, Weiss and MacKenzie Paszek all had two hits for Arrowhead.

Kunstmann hurls no-hitter for KM

May 06, 2014 9:08 p.m. | Freshman pitcher Summer Kunstmann tossed a 5-inning no-hitter against host Waukesha South Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game. KM won the game, 16-0.

The win was the fourth straight for the Lasers, who are now 4-2 overall and 3-2 in league play.KM will host South again Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m.

Kunstmann walked two and struck out five.

Becca Wilber had three hits and three RBIs for the Lasers. Two of those hits were home runs over the fence.

Michele Salamone also had a big game for the winners. She had two hits and three RBIs. Ashley Madsen, Kaitlyn Yute and Kaitlyn Nejedlo all added two hits for the Lasers.

Eagle American Legion to distribute poppies

May 05, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Members of the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 535 will distribute handcrafted memorial poppies, made by veterans for veterans, on May 9 and 10 at various locations in Eagle. 

The 900,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, are asking everyone to wear a poppy on Memorial Day weekend.  

“Wear it in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many whom made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Karen Matters, Eagle American Legion Auxiliary president.

The red paper flowers were established as a memorial tribute to World War I causalities who are buried near the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium, where poppies grew wild amid the ravages of war. Wisconsin’s disabled veterans at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee make the red crepe paper poppy. These poppies provide financial and therapeutic benefit to veterans who call Zablocki home, as well as the thousands of veterans and their families who also benefit from the donations collected from the poppy donations. 

Haessly sentenced to federal prison for possessing IEDs

May 05, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Anthony Haessly was sentenced last week in federal court to 46 months in prison for building explosive devices at his Chamepeny Court apartment in Sussex last fall.

The sentence will run consecutive to a five-year prison sentence Haessly is expected to serve for violating the terms of his probation in a 2010 Waukesha County Circuit Court case.

Haessly pleaded no contest to second-degree reckless endangerment in December 2010 after barricading himself in a room at Lad Lake Residential Treatment Center and lighting himself on fire. He was treated for first-, second-, and third-degree burns, according to the criminal complaint.

Haessly‘s attorney in the federal court case wrote that Haessly suffers from multiple mental health issues and has attempted suicide on approximately 16 occasions.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were first alerted on Oct. 23 that Haessly was in possession of pipe bombs.

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Templeton Middle School names new principal

May 05, 2014 10:40 a.m. | The Hamilton School District has announced that Paul Mielke will replace Patricia Polczynski as principal at Templeton Middle School beginning July 1.

Mielke has been principal at West Allis Central High School since 2009 and previously served as assistant principal and athletic director at Waukesha South High School. He started his career in education as an English teacher at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School in Wittenberg, Wis.

He said in an email that Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke was one of his instructors at Cardinal Stritch University, where he earned his doctorate and master’s degree in educational leadership in 2012 and 2005, respectively.

“I was very impressed with her and the work she has done in the Hamilton School District,” he said. “I made the decision at that time, to pursue any opportunities that would become available.”

Cooke said in a statement: “Dr. Mielke is an energetic, hardworking individual who possesses the skills and ability to help an already great school continue to grow and flourish.”

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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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