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Fatal accident shuts down I-43 in Mukwonago Saturday

May 25, 2014 8:45 a.m. |  A 50 year-old Hartford man died Saturday night when his motorcycle struck a barrier wall in Mukwonago.

The Village of Mukwonago Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident on northbound I-43 just north of the Highway 83 ramp in the Village of Mukwonago. The accident occured just after 9:30 p.m. 

A motorcycle had briefly left the roadway and struck the median barrier wall. After the initial impact, two other motor vehicles were involved in an accident. No injuries were reported in those vehicles. 

Both directions of I-43 in the area of Highway 83 were closed for approximately five hours during the investigation.

The accident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. 

Menomonee Falls earns No. 1 softball seed

May 21, 2014 9:40 p.m. | Menomonee Falls earned the No. 1 seed in a WIAA Division 1 girls softball sectional.

After the Falls, other seeds are No. 2 Watertown, No. 3 Waukesha North, No. 4 Arrowhead, No. 5 Sussex Hamilton, No. 6 Oconomowoc, No. 7 Kettle Moraine, No. 8 West Allis Hale, No. 9 Wauwatosa East, No. 10 Wauwatosa West, No. 11 Milwaukee Hamilton, No. 12 Waukesha West and No. 13 Waukesha South.

Victim identified in fatal Pewaukee car crash

May 21, 2014 3:18 p.m. |  The victim of a fatal roadway accident in the City of Pewaukee has been identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as Gregory Dolphin. 

 Dolphin's vehicle left the roadway on Badinger Road south of Bluemound Road in the City of Pewaukee at about 2:49 p.m. on Monday, May 19, and struck a utility pole.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the crash. Dolphin, 51 of Pewaukee, was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he later died. He was the only person in the vehicle. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

City of Oconomowoc beach opens Saturday

May 21, 2014 2:22 p.m. |  Oconomowoc’s City Beach will open on Saturday, May 24. Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.., weather permitting. A daily beach band for residents is $2, or buy a season band for $15; children under 6 are free with a paid adult. You can head out on the lake in one of the city’s watercraft available for rental. Come down to City Beach and check out a stand up paddle board, canoe, kayak or paddle boat.

Visit for more information.

Fox. Bros Piggly Wiggly to offer locally grown microgreens

May 21, 2014 1:21 p.m. | Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly will be offering locally grown microgreens from the Hartland Organic Family Farm, located on Highway 83, beginning Saturday, May 24.

Gigh Brucker, produce manager at The Pig, said in a news release the store is always searching for the most nutritious and freshest produce. Greens available will include field pea shoots, sunflower shoots, red Russian kale and broccoli micro-greens.

“One of our goals at Fox Brother’s Piggly Wiggly is to work toward the inclusion of as much locally grown, Wisconsin-grown produce as possible,” she said.

Microgreens are seedlings typically less than 14 days old. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported in 2012 that microgreens tested had four to six times more nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, than mature leaves from the same plant.

Hartland Organic Family Farm, owned by the Findley family, grows microgreens year round in a high-quality organic vermicomposted soil. According to the farm’s website, the family eventually hopes to raise animals and grow organic hops to be used at local breweries.

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Park View Middle School bomb threat "not credible", reward offered for information

May 21, 2014 9:36 a.m. |  A bomb threat at Park View Middle School in Mukwonago Tuesday created a stir but classes went on as scheduled.

Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty explained that last week administration became aware of four incidents of the word “bomb” written on a boys bathroom wall with two of those incidents including a date of “5/20/14”.

The administration, staff and Mukwonago Police department worked in concert to sweep the building Sunday, including a complete inspection of every locker in the building and completed a sweep Monday evening with the Milwaukee County K9 unit, according to McNulty. Both searches came up with no threat. Still, additional police presence was on the PVMS campus Monday and Tuesday as school remained in session with activities continuing as normal.

Parents received updates on the threat on May 17 and May 19 explaining that the school would take additional safety and security measures including extra staffing in the hallways, restroom supervisors, bag searches, and building sweeps. In addition, backpacks will not be permitted in the building and will be held by staff and returned at the end of the day.

McNulty said there is no reason to believe that the threat was credible. Still, he said, a number of parents did chose to keep their children home for the day with an excused absence.

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Open carry in Oconomowoc sparks emotional debate

May 21, 2014 9:22 a.m. | An ordinance amendment that would allow for the open carry of firearms in municipal parks was passed at first reading at an emotionally charged common council meeting on Tuesday, May 20.

Police Chief Dave Beguhn requested that local ordinance 9.02(a) be amended after a review of state law revealed that the city’s ban on the activity was unenforceable.

“We need to be consistent with the state statutes,” he said. “I am here to enforce the statutes and ordinances that are current law.”

Two residents spoke in favor of the amendment. Pete Holmes told the council he was a former police officer who carried a firearm every day for his current job.

“I ask that you look at this closely,” Holmes said. “Follow the state laws, look at responsible people who hold firearms, rather than the individuals who commit crimes...”

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Man killed in Pewaukee crash

May 21, 2014 7:20 a.m. | A 51-year-old Village of Pewaukee man was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole at about 2:49 p.m. Monday, May 19. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the crash on Badinger Road south of Bluemound Road in the city of Pewaukee. The man was the only person in the vehicle. He was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Further details were not available.

OHS hosts 'T.G.I.F' on May 23

May 20, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School’s drama class will be hosting ‘T.G.I.F.’ on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Oconomowoc Arts Center. 

‘T.G.I.F’ is an Saturday Night Live spoof that is completely student run and contains musical performances and sketch comedy produced by the class.

Tickets are $5 and all seats are general admission. Proceeds from the show will be going to the Klahn family, a local family in need. The family will use the funds to purchase therapeutic equipment for their children. 

Lake Country Rotary buys drug drop-off box for Hartland Village Hall

May 20, 2014 2:43 p.m. | Lake Country Rotary and the Hartland Police Department recently partnered to purchase secure drug collection units for the Hartland Village Hall.

The drop boxes will allow residents to safely dispose of unused medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Police Chief Robert Rosch said the medication will be collected daily by the Hartland Police Department and incinerated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on an annual basis.

“If someone wants to drop off illegal drugs, they can do that, too,” Rosch said.

The MedReturn drug disposal unit looks similar to a mailbox, but is bolted to the floor and weighs 120 pounds, according to the company’s website. Each unit costs $695.

Residents are asked not to dispose of hazardous materials or items exposed to human bodily fluids, including syringes and inhalers.

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Two Hartland businesses look to expand facilities

May 20, 2014 1:32 p.m. | Two local businesses presented plans on Monday, May 19, to expand facilities on Industrial Drive.

The Hartland Plan Commission unanimously approved the site plans for a 57,800-square-foot building expansion proposed at 455 E. Industrial Drive. Contractor Tim Knepprath of MSI General told commissioners that a tenant at the facility, HerbSmith, is a growing business that requires more space for light manufacturing.

According to its website, Herbsmith sells herbal supplements for use by horses, cats and dogs. Founder Chris Bessent also practices holistic veterinary medicine in the southeast region of Wisconsin, according to the website.

Knepprath said the growth could lead to the creation of 25 new jobs.

The addition would add four loading docks and 15 new parking spaces to the facility. The expansion will require approval from the Department of Natural Resources

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Pewaukee mega-church vows to fight city's fees

May 19, 2014 4:07 p.m. | A Pewaukee mega-church facing possible loss of its property over unpaid storm-water management fees said Monday it will fight the action, which it called just the latest act of harassment against it by the city.

Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive in the City of Pewaukee, has never paid the fees assessed against all city property owners beginning in 2010.

Earlier this year, Waukesha County filed an action to foreclose on the tax liens, which have grown to more than $50,000.

On Monday, the church suggested it has been the victim of discrimination, harassment and intimidation for two decades, since it moved to the site from Wauwatosa.

"While the Church does have the resources to cover these phantom fees, it should not be asked to pay user fees when it is not a user," read a statement issued through Laughlin Constable, a Milwaukee public relations firm.

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Shorehaven celebrates 75 years with grill out

May 19, 2014 11:19 a.m. |  The Great Grill Out returns Friday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under the tent in the Lake Terrace Clubhouse parking lot at 1380 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Wear red, white and blue to mark Flag Day the next day, and enjoy your choice of grilled certified Angus Beef hamburgers, Klement’s Brats of Milwaukee, chips, pickles, slice of watermelon and all the condiments, lemonade and a cookie, all for just $6.50, cash only.

 Live entertainment and  watch for the famous Klement’s Racing Sausages. Enjoy a meal to go, or dine under the tent. Boaters, tie up at the Shorehaven pier and walk in.

 Call (262) 354-1365 for carryouts.

Men. Falls man investigated for stalking ex-girlfriend using GPS device

May 19, 2014 11:09 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is investigating a man suspected of stalking his ex-girlfriend using a GPS device installed on her vehicle.

According to a search warrant affidavit, the investigation first began in February after the 42-year-old man allegedly forced entry into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Menomonee Falls.

The ex-girlfriend said in the affidavit she believed the man, with whom she shared a child, had also vandalized her car in a separate incident. She said she was at a friend’s house and came outside to find her vehicle’s windshield wipers and front license plate damaged.

The man was questioned and admitted to damaging the vehicle, the affidavit states. He also confessed to installing a tracking device on the vehicle in early 2013, though he claimed he had done it to track his daughter’s whereabouts.

A search of the man’s cell phone showed that he had received updates on the vehicle’s location 87 times in a single 24-hour period. He had further used Google Maps to track the vehicle’s location 67 times in four days.

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Sussex man charged with operating meth lab

May 19, 2014 10:01 a.m. | A 28-year-old Sussex man faces more than 30 years in prison after a police search of his residence turned up a methamphetamine lab.

Dale A. Saugstad, N67 W26658 Brandt Circle, was charged Friday, May 16, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with 10 counts of various drug-related offenses, including delivery of amphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia used to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of a controlled substance.

Saugstad had previously been convicted in both 2006 and 2007 of possession of THC with intent to deliver, in both instances receiving probation. He served two years in prison after his probation was revoked in the 2006 case. He has also been convicted of burglary, forgery and misdemeanor theft.

He faces 30 years and four months in prison and $72,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit executed a search warrant at Saugstad’s residence on Thursday, May 15.

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Village Hall, YMCA proposed in Sussex

May 19, 2014 6:04 a.m. |  Village of Sussex -  Village officials are expected to announce later today a  more than $20 million proposed redevelopment partnership between the Waukesha YMCA and the village that will result in the construction of a new YMCA building and civic center on Main Street.

The tenative plans call for a 75,000 square foot YMCA and a 45,000 square foot civic center that will be built adjacent to each other on about 8 acres of land owned by the village where the existing village hall and Pauline Haass Library is located.

There will also be some additional space provided to the library as part of the construction of the new civic center, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

The new Y will include an aquatic center, a fitness center and two gymnasiums.

Village residents will be permited to join the Y at a discounted rate and some village recreational programs will  use the facility. The village is expected to pay for approximately half of the estimated $14 to $15 million to build the new Y,

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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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