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Suspicious woman reported near Park Lawn

May 16, 2014 6:48 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area School Superintendent Roger Rindo sent a letter home to parents alerting them to a incident that took place Thursday afternoon when a suspicious woman approached a student walking home from Park Lawn School.

The student was approached by a woman in a vehicle near 5th and Worthington Streets. The individual was described as a white female in her mid-30’s, wearing an aqua polka-dot dress, and driving a dark-colored SUV or truck with a damaged rear bumper. The individual attempted to get the student to come closer to the vehicle by offering candy, and asked questions such as where do you live, and what is your phone number.

City of Oconomowoc police will be patrolling elementary school sites during the morning and after school. If citizens have information about the individual, or see a vehicle matching this description, they should contact the Oconomowoc police dispatch at (262) 567-4401.

Death investigation in Summit

May 16, 2014 9:37 a.m. |  A 19-year-old male was found deceased yesterday morning in a residence in the Village of Summit.

Police are conducting the death investigation in conjunction with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and an autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon.

Find some hidden treasures this weekend

May 16, 2014 12:00 a.m. | A sure sign of spring is rummage sales.

And there are several in the area for good causes.

A Rummage Sale for Megan will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16-18 at W232 N7066 Salem Drive, Sussex. The fundraiser is for Megan, a 7-year-old with cerebral palsy.  There will be a bouncy house, food, beverages and bake sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Two churches are having rummage sales.

First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa, Highways D and C, one mile east of Highway 67, will hold its sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and 17. A rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St., Delafield.

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Bill Kramer pleads not guilty to sexual assault, waives hearing

May 15, 2014 9:36 p.m. | Waukesha — Rep. Bill Kramer pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court in connection with allegations that he groped a female congressional staffer in Muskego three years ago.

Kramer (R-Waukesha) waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Court Commissioner Thomas J. Pieper found probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. Each count of sexual assault carries a maximum possible penalty of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Kramer's next court appearance is scheduled for June 18. A trial date has not yet been set.

The charges allege that Kramer grabbed the breasts and groin of the congressional staffer after a Republican event at a Muskego bar.

Kramer's attorney, Eduardo Borda, said Thursday's hearing was the beginning of the process of separating fact from fiction.

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Mukwonago Area Community Choir in concert Saturday

May 14, 2014 1:18 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area Community Choir is holding its spring concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at First Congregational Church of Mukwonago, 231 Roberts Dr. (next to Field Park)
Those who attend are asked to bring nonperishable food items to share with the Food Pantry or a donation to the Salvation Army.

Get your tickets for Godspell

May 14, 2014 12:23 p.m. |  

The last chance to see the Mukwonago Village Players and St. James Theatrical Ministry production of Godspell is this weekend in the St. James activity center, 830 Highway NN, Mukwonago. Final shows will run on Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. for the dinner show, Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Dinner show tickets cost $30 for adults and $27 for students and seniors. Saturday and Sunday ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy, Espresso Love Coffee, Shanahan's Coffee, the St. James parish office, online or by phone at (262) 470-4786.

Former sheriff's lieutenant requests plea date for alleged pill thefts

May 14, 2014 8:51 a.m. | A plea and sentencing date has been set for a former Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy accused in March of misdemeanor theft and obstruction.

Sara L. Massa, 36 of Mukwonago, is expected to enter a plea at a court hearing on Monday, July 14. She is accused of pilfering pain pills from her grandmother’s home in Waukesha and then obstructing state authorities tasked with investigating the theft.

Massa resigned from the sheriff’s department on March 5. Her husband, Chris Massa, was an officer with the Waukesha Police Department until he resigned in late February. He was under investigation at the time for sending sexually suggestive pictures or texts to his wife while on duty.

Sara Massa, currently out on a $1,500 signature bond, could face 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.

Assisted living provider seeks city approval for new facility

May 14, 2014 8:18 a.m. |  An assisted living provider is seeking city approval to build a new three-building, 72-bed facility north of Lisbon road near Brown Street and Rosenow Creek.

The Oconomowoc Plan Commission is expected to vote on whether to recommend a conditional use permit for The View at Pine Ridge at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15. The common council will then vote on whether to approve the permit at its meeting on Tuesday, May 20.

The community-based residential facility would be located at the entrance road to the new 25-lot Pine Ridge Estates subdivision also being built in the area. According to correspondence between developers and city planning staff, the construction of the assisted living facility will be dependent on the subdivision being built first, because the center will rely on the subdivision for sewer and water access.

Each building will be 14,620 square feet and will house 20 to 26 beds.

Kimberly Otte-May is a co-owner of The View at Pine Ridge and has 30 years experience in providing assisted living services. She said the facility will specialize in providing services for residents suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Mixed-use development proposed for downtown Pewaukee

May 14, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A new building with retail and office space is being proposed for the village of Pewaukee's downtown, with the developers seeking public financing help.

Siepmann Realty Corp. and Hexagon Investments LLC are proposing the building, with two to three stories, for just under 1 acre located between Pewaukee Lake and the Pewaukee River.

It would use two adjacent vacant parcels, at 125 W. Wisconsin Ave. and 130 Savoy Court, which the developers are holding under a purchase contract, said Scott Gosse, village administrator. The Wisconsin Ave. parcel was once the site of a gas station that has been demolished.

The developers were initially planning an apartment building at that site, said James Siepmann, of Siepmann Realty, but changed their plan when approached by a prospective office tenant.

That prospective tenant, whom Siepmann declined to name, is a Milwaukee-area business that wants to relocate. The business would lease 5,000 square feet, he said.

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Town of Mukwonago to show "Heroes Behind the Badge" Sunday

May 13, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  In honor of National Police Week, the Town of Mukwonago Police Department invites residents to join them on Sunday, May 18that 6:00 p.m., at the Town Hall,W320 S8315 Beulah Rd, for a special showing of “Heroes Behind the Badge."

Heroes Behind the Badge was created in conjunction with the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. It recounts the harrowing stories of the law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. You can preview the trailer here

Content may not be suitable for young children.

Waukesha State Bank purchases Hartbrook Lanes

May 13, 2014 3:26 p.m. | Waukesha State Bank has purchased Hartbrook Lanes in Hartland for $1.4 million, according to state records.

The bank had previously revealed plans to demolish the bowling alley and build a new bank branch on the property, 550 Hartbrook Drive, at a village plan commission meeting in April. A spokeswoman for the company said that construction is expected to begin next year.

According to county tax records, the property, owned by GGF 550, LLC, was assessed at $1.2 million in 2013. Hartbrook Lanes owner Fran Peters, 90, previously said he would sell the property if the bank made the right offer.

Peters also said that Hartbrook Lanes will remain open through the 2014-15 season.

Waukesha State Bank currently has locations in Delafield, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Sussex, Mukwonago and Waukesha.

Hartland area aloses power Monday night

May 13, 2014 1:31 p.m. | An estimated 5,000 people lost  power Monday night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. after heavy rains and storms hit the Hartland area.

In Hartland, the downtown area from Hartland Citgo to Palmer's Steakhouse lost power for more than two hours. The Hartbrook Mall also lost power at the same time.

The Stone Bank area also had areas where power was lost as did the  Mary Hill area east of Hartland.

The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club reported about 2.75 inches of rain from Sunday night through early Tuesday morning.

New Sendik's market to open Thursday in Hartland

May 13, 2014 11:19 a.m. | A new Sendik's Food Markets store is set to open Thursday in Hartland.

The Balistreri owned and operated store will be the 12th for the local chain. It will be located at 600 Hartbrook Drive near the eastern end of the newly named Sendik's Hartland Plaza, the company said.

The store will employ about 100 people.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m., weather permitting. The public is invited.

Outpost Natural Food Cooperative also recently opened a new store. On Monday, Outpost opened at 7590 W. Mequon Road in Mequon.

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Hartland Sendik's to open May 15

May 13, 2014 10:16 a.m. | Sendik's Food Market announced in a news release that the company will open its 12th location at Hartbrook Mall, 600 Hartbrook Drive, on Thursday, May 15.

The community is invited to attend a ribbon cutting at the store, located at 600 Hartbrook Drive, at 9 a.m. on May 15.

“Thursday will be an exciting day for us as we meet so many new guests and neighbors for the first time,” Sendik's co-owner Ted Balistreri said in a statement. “The 100 new associates who have joined our team in Hartland are ready and delighted to bring the best grocery experience, period, to Lake Country.”

Military man accused of having sex with underage girls

May 12, 2014 4:28 p.m. | A U.S. Air Force man faces multiple felonies after being accused of having sexual contact with two underage girls from Menomonee Falls and Hartland.

The 22-year-old man was charged Thursday, May 8, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree sexual assault of a child, causing a child between ages 13 to 18 to view sexual activity, exposing a child to harmful material, and two counts of sex with a child age 16 or older.

The man will not be identified to protect the girls’ identities.

According to the criminal complaint, police began investigating the matter in December after one girl’s stepfather reported that the man was “sexting” with his 17-year-old daughter.

The girl told police in the complaint that she had dated the man between May 2012 and June 2013 when she was 16 years old. She said they had engaged in sexual acts at her Menomonee Falls home and had also exchanged sexually explicit videos while he was stationed at an Air Force base in Texas.

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Join the Best Buddies Walk at Lapham Peak

May 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Best Buddies Friendship Walk will take place on Saturday, May 17 at Lapham Peak, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield. Mukwonago and Kettle Moraine High School Best Buddies groups are participating in the walk to help raise money to fund state Best Buddies programs, which provide one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated job opportunities for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

When entering the state park, state that you are with Best Buddies for free parking. Registration starts are 9 a.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. There is no registration fee. Each participant is encouraged to fundraise a minimum of $50 to receive an event day T-shirt. The walk will be held rain or shine. Leashed dogs are welcome. 

Visit Best Buddies of Wisconsin online to register.

Sussex man accused of filming sex act with 14-year-old girl

May 12, 2014 3:47 p.m. | A 20-year-old Sussex man was accused last week of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and videotaping the act.

The man was charged Thursday, May 8, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sexual assault of a child under age 16 and possession of child pornography. He will not be identified to protect the alleged victim.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department first learned about the alleged assault after the girl went missing in January.

The suspect was interviewed by an investigator as part of the search efforts. He told police in the complaint that the girl had performed oral sex on him on several occassions and in one instance he filmed the act.

Police searched the man’s computer with his permission and did find the video in question, the complaint states. Police also located an image of the girl nude from the waist up on the man’s computer.

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Weather service issues flood advisory

May 12, 2014 12:34 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Southeastern Jefferson County and Waukesha County. The advisory is in effect until 3:15 p.m.

At 12:12 p.m., thunderstorms extended from near Port Washington and Cedarburg southwest to Whitewater and Delafield, moving northeast at 40 mph. These storms were producing rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour and will likely cause areas of flooding in the advisory area.

Runoff will cause ponding of water in some areas, including highways, streets, low-lying spots and areas with poor drainage.

Thunderstorm watch upgraded to warning

May 12, 2014 11:03 a.m. | A severe thunderstorm watch has been upgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Jefferson and Waukesha counties.

The warning is in effect until 12:15 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms are along a line from near Waupun to near Edgerton, moving east at 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Radar indicates the storms carry quarter-size hail and wind gusts of 60 mph. There is the potential for wind and hail damage.

Thunderstorm watch in effect

May 12, 2014 10:47 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 5 p.m. for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Jefferson and Waukesha counties.

Blood drive held at Vernon Lutheran today

May 12, 2014 9:01 a.m. | Community members are encouraged to participate in a blood drive at Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, S90 W27550 National Avenue, Mukwonago in Shepherd Hall on Monday, May 12 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged but walk ins are welcome. Make an appointment online or call Barb Jerich at (262) 662-4606. 

Spring concert set for Mukwonago High School orchestra

May 12, 2014 8:38 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School Orchestra under the direction of Roxanne Carloni and Dale Wimer will present it’s annual spring concert on Sunday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Mukwonago High School Center. The program will include selections from the Mussorgsky’s Pictures At an Exhibition, Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, music from the video game The Legend of Zelda, and Richard Meyer’s Millenium.

In addition to the orchestra, the string choir, concerto grosso ensemble and chamber choir that qualified for the state solo and ensemble tournament will also perform. These ensembles under the baton of Dale Wimer will perform Dvorak Slavonic Dances, and movements from Grieg‘s Holberg Suite and Handel‘s Concerto Grosso in G.

Overnight house fire in Mukwonago

May 12, 2014 6:51 a.m. | An early morning fire caused extensive damage to a home on County Highway I in Mukwonago.

According to reports the family was able to evacuate the home safely due to working smoke detectors. 

This is a developing story and we will provide updates as they become available. 

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

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