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West Bend, Merton win LOL West games

July 30, 2011 6:26 p.m. | West Bend and Merton both won Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball games last Friday and Saturday.

West Bend, hosting Monches Friday night in a suspended game, faced just four pitches as they defeated the Irish, 5-3. The two teams were deadlocked at 3-3 before continuing the game in the bottom of the 10th.

Dan Mueller singled on the second pitch of the re-started game and then Mike Mueller hit the second pitch for a home run to end the game. Monches traveled to West Bend for just four pitches.

On Saturday, Merton got a four-hit, three RBI performance from playing manager Joe Johnson as the Amvets handed Oconomowoc a costly 7-5 loss. Cooney needed the win badly to make the playoffs.

Camper on fire on highway

July 29, 2011 4:19 p.m. | 620WTMJ radio has reported a camper is fully engulfed in flames on Highway 16 near Merton Avenue in Hartland. The westbound lanes of Highway 16 are completely closed, and traffic is being diverted off at Merton Avenue or Jungbluth Road. Motorists should consider alternate routes.

Kettle Moraine coaches evacuated from fire

July 29, 2011 10:27 a.m. | At this rate, Kettle Moraine assistant baseball coaches Andrew Gruman and Jake Burac should anticipate the Wisconsin River turning red or a plague of locusts swooping down on Stevens Point.

As they do every year, the duo made the pilgrimage to Stevens Point to watch the WIAA state summer baseball tournament, and the duo had already endured a Wednesday full of rain pushing the tourney schedule back a day, followed by more torrential rains Thursday that pushed part of the schedule back to Friday.

But at 3:45 a.m. in the morning, when the Super 8 fire alarm went off in downtown Stevens Point, the trip reached a new level of memorable.

"We thought it was a joke," Gruman said. "I walked over to grab my phone by the window air conditioner and I smelled smoke, bad. I've had it happen before where a fire alarm goes off, and it's just that somebody pulled it. I just grabbed a few things, got dressed a little bit, put shoes on and went out."

It wasn't long before the Super 8 roof was gone. Streets were closed and fire departments from all over the area were summoned for what initially appears to have been an electrical fire.
Burac was able to return to the room to retrieve a few things during the evacuation.

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Butschke funeral arrangements set

July 28, 2011 1:15 p.m. | Funeral arrangements have been planned for Beau Butschke, 28, of Ixonia. Butschke was the focus of a missing persons investigation after he disappeared on July 14.  

 Visitiation will be held on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at Dr. Martin Luther Church, 325 S. Main Street, in Oconomowoc.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beau Butschke Fund at First Bank Financial, Oconomowoc.

Butschke's body was found, along with his vehicle, in a storage unit off Ski Slide Road in Ixonia. An autopsy was performed yesterday by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, the results of which have not yet been announced.

The Jefferson County Sherrif's Office is treating the case as a homicide investigation.

Dousman well repair costs still not determined

July 28, 2011 11:47 a.m. | The Village of Dousman Department of Public Works (DPW) is still determining what it will cost to repair one of the village's two wells that stopped working on Tuesday, July 19 after a shaft broke.

So far the village has spent around $10,000 to pay for crews who were called to the scene, installation of a temporary pump, and for the old pump to be pulled apart, Utilities Superintendent Joe Kitelinger said.

DPW workers are in the process of determining what parts of the broken shaft can be salvaged and reused.

Correction to North Prairie National Night Out time

July 28, 2011 10:46 a.m. | The Village of North Prairie Police Department will be holding its "North Prairie Night Out" in conjunction with National Night Out on Thursday, August 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Veteran's Park, 132 N. Harrison Street.

Please note yesterday's Mukwonago Chief mistakenly lists the start time as 7 p.m.

Contact the North Prairie Police Department at (262) 392-2229 for more information.

Homicide investigation continues in Butschke case

July 28, 2011 8:18 a.m. | Law enforcement officials said an autopsy was performed yesterday morning on the body of 28-year-old Beau Butschke.

The Ixonia man was last seen on July 14 and has been the subject of an intensive seach campaign conducted by law enforcement officials and volunteers efforts. On July 26, his body was discovered  in his vehilce inside a locked unit at Ski Slide Storage, N7777 Ski Slide Rd., in Ixonia, after searchers detected an odor coming from the storage unit.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is treating the case as a homicide investigation. The cause of death and other matters related to the case remain under investigation.

Area consignment stores collecting donations for Joplin victims

July 27, 2011 2:50 p.m. | What Comes Around Goes Around Consignment store in Big Bend is working with 17 other area consignment stores to collect items for Joplin, Missouri tornado victims.

Items being collected include clothes, food, water, and hygene products. Deadline for collections is August 11.

The collected items will be loaded onto a 26 foot trailer and taken to Joplin by What Comes Around Goes Around owner Julie Thomas after the August 11 deadline.

Participating consignment shops include:

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Waukesha County to open some parkland to hunting

July 27, 2011 11:32 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has given the go-ahead to opening some of Waukesha County's more remote undeveloped parkland to hunters.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, and without public comment either for or against, the board revised parks rules that will lift a nearly 60-year ban on hunting.

Dale Shaver, director of parks and land use, said staff will identify the areas that qualify and attempt to post them on the county's website by fall. One logical starting point, he said, would be greenways such as along the Fox River in the Town of Vernon.

Hunters would not have access to parks with active recreation like hiking and camping, such as in Naga-Waukee or Minooka, he said.

The county is dropping its long-held ban because of a change in state law that makes land purchase grants using state Stewardship Program funds contingent upon opening the land to hunters, fishermen and other recreational interests.

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Fill the Bus – School supply contributions needed July 30

July 27, 2011 10:53 a.m. | Help the Waukesha County Backpack Coalition Fill the Bus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday July 30, with greatly needed donations of new backpacks and school supplies to ensure Waukesha County students in need start school this fall with the supplies they need to learn and be successful.

Fill the Bus locations include Wal-Mart in Pewaukee, Sam’s Club in Waukesha and Walgreens in Hartland. Volunteers of Lake Country will provide volunteers at all thee of the locations to pass out list of ‘most needed items’ as well as to collect donations of school supplies from patrons.

The Klements Famous Racing Sausages will be at the Wal-Mart in Pewaukee and Sam’s Club in Waukesha. Bring your camera, make a donation to help fill the bus and take a photo with one of the Racing Sausages.

In 2010, more than 1,600 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to Waukesha County students in need with an increase expected this year.

“Any support you could provide this program will make a significant impact in the lives of hundreds of families in the community. It is a joy to see the faces of the children light up when they receive their brand new backpack” stated Colleen Martin Waukesha County Backpack Coalition founding member.

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New Greenland School principal hired

July 27, 2011 8:24 a.m. | Key positions are filled now in the Oconomowoc Area School District with the announcement that John Flannery, former curriculum  coordinator  for the North Lake School District, has been hired as principal of Greenland School.

Flannery takes over for Dianna Kresovic who resigned to take a post in the Kettle Moraine School District.

Beau Butschke's body found

July 27, 2011 7:51 a.m. | The search for a missing Ixonia man came to a tragic end Tuesday night when the body of 28-year-old Beau Butschke was discovered in his truck, locked inside a  storage unit located off Highway 16 between Oconomowoc and Ixonia.

The discovery was made at about 8:30 p.m.; the area is being processed as a crime scene. An investigator working with the family confirmed the discovery and said the body was identified by Butschke's parents.

Vernon Department of Public Works meeting rescheduled

July 26, 2011 2:38 p.m. | The Town of Vernon has postponed tomorrow night's DPW meeting until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. 

Mukwonago teachers get to keep same insurance provider

July 25, 2011 11:03 p.m. |  After  bidding out health insurance for the past six months, the Mukwonago School Board decided tonight to stay with WEA Trust as a health insurance provider for teachers in the district. 

Park View Middle School music teacher Matt Kosinski thanked the board at the end of the meeting for considering the "soft dollars" of their comfort by staying with the same insurance company and possibly making teachers more effective in the classroom.

Meanwhile, the board has begun work on an employee handbook. The personnel committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday night between now and September at the district office for the topic of "development of a peronnel handbook," school board member Rodell Singert reported.

A complete story can be found in next week's Chief.

Firefighters finish work at scene of garage fire in Mukwonago

July 25, 2011 4:00 p.m. |

Firefighters work on a garage on Meacham Street in Mukwonago that started on fire sometime after 2 p.m. due to a heat gun being used to strip paint off the outside of the building, according to initial investigations, said Interim Fire Chief Fred Purdy.

Three departments worked on the structure until around 4 p.m.

Update: Mukwonago fire preliminary reports

July 25, 2011 3:16 p.m. | According to a preliminary report, the garage fire being battled at this moment was started by a heat gun that was being used to strip paint from the outside of the detached garage.

Initial estimates place the structural damage at $60,000. No estimate has been made for the value of the garage's contents.

Garage on fire in Mukwonago, road closed

July 25, 2011 2:51 p.m. | Mutual aid from Vernon and Eagle Fire Departments is on scene as Mukwonago fire fighters attempted to put out a detached garage fire on Meacham Street at Main Street in Mukwonago.

Police have Main Street closed between Meacham and Henry Streets as they attempt to fight the fire.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. Look for updates in Wednesday's Living Mukwonago Chief.

Name of man killed in fatal crash released

July 25, 2011 2:04 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released the identity of the motorcyclist killed in a crash Saturday night on I-94. Joshua Perreault, 28, of City of Oconomowoc man was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle on the freeway near Waterville Road in the Village of Summit.

Perreault was driving west on I-94 at about 11:33 p.m. when he lost control and fell off his bike. The motorcycle was then hit by a vehicle driving by an 18-year-old man and the cycle then slid into a third vehicle driven by a 23-year-old City of Brookfield man, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Perreault was pronounced dead at the scene. The westbound lanes of I-94 were closed for about 41/2 hours.

Oconomowoc man killed in motorcycle accident

July 23, 2011 10:12 a.m. | An Oconomowoc man was killed Friday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on I-94, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The motorcyclist, 28, was headed west on the interstate near Waterville Road in the Village of Summit about 11:30 p.m. when he lost control, and was thrown from the motorcycle. After the motorcycle went down, two other vehicles hit it, causing minor damage.

The department didn't identify the victim. The crash is under investigation.

Pewaukee edged in baseball sectional

July 22, 2011 11:27 p.m. | Brookfield East (18-13) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when pinch runner Andy Wiesen raced in from third on a short wild pitch to score the game-winner in a 6-5 win over Pewaukee. The Pirates (12-20) found their season coming to a close after a thrilling win over Arrowhead on Tuesday in the regional.

Mike Erberle had walked to lead off the inning and Wiesen pinch-ran for him. After a pick-off attempt went astray, Wiesen moved to second. Brian Sylla was intentionally walked, and Drew Kehoe was safe when the pitcher Jodan Hass made a wide throw on his sacrifice attempt. 

With John Foley batting, Hass threw a ball in the dirt back to the screen. Wiesen hesitated, then raced for home to score as the ball, Wiesen and Haas arrived at the same time.

East led 3-1 when Pewaukee scored twice in the fifth on a two-run double by Austin Kaatz to tie the game. But Pat O'Brien, who homered in the first inning, ripped a single to right scoring Brandt Rogers, who had walked and stole second to start the fifth.

Leading 5-3 in the seventh, the Pirates scored twice to tie the game, on two errors and a sac fly by Kaatz.

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Oconomowoc might lose DMV office

July 22, 2011 9:40 p.m. | Oconomowoc's Division of Motor Vehicle office is one of several being considered for closure under state Department of Transportation's plans.


Read more in this story on JS Online.

Mukwonago heart broken in sectional semi

July 22, 2011 6:05 p.m. | Mukwonago finally broke through in a dazzling pitcher's dual Friday at the WIAA baseball sectional semifinal at Waukesha West, scratching across a run in the top of the ninth on a J.J. Crawford RBI single. But second-seeded Muskego rallied to load the bases with one out, then walked off winners with a two-run single. The Indians settled for a gut-wrenching 2-1 loss.

Indians starter Jake Tuttle was masterful through eight innings, striking out 11 batters and permitting just one runner to reach as far as third base. Sixth-seeded Mukwonago appeared to have an upset lined up when it finally scratched across a two-out run against Muskego starter Cole Borek, who was equal to Tuttle for eight innings.

Crawford, who made several brilliant defensive plays at first base to preserve the scoreless tie, brought in the run with a bloop to right field, mere pitches after another floater down the line drifted foul. The Indians collected four hits in a row in the ninth but nearly had their scoring chance short circuited when Muskego catcher Nick Schmidlkofer picked a runner off second base.

With Jacob DeGrave on in relief of Tuttle, each of Muskego's first two batters in the ninth reached and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk, sophomore Zack Mattson -- collecting his first-ever varsity hit -- gave the Warriors a ticket to the sectional final, to be played at 7:30 p.m.

MHS finished the year 13-18.

Van rollover in Mapleton

July 22, 2011 5:08 p.m. | A van has reportedly rolled over near N88 W35990 Mapleton Road in the Town of Oconomowoc. No further details were immediately available.

Ex-lawyer gets prison time for robbing Wales bank

July 22, 2011 3:43 p.m. |

Waukesha – A former Summit lawyer was sentenced this afternoon to five years in prison for robbing a Wales bank last summer.

Peter T. Elliott, 63, who stole nearly $10,000 from Town Bank, 200 Summit Ave., on June 12, 2010, was also ordered to five years of extended supervision by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer.

At the time of the robbery, Elliott was awaiting sentencing in federal court in Milwaukee for committing bank fraud.

Elliott was a practicing lawyer from June 1974 through October 2008 and in connection with his law practice maintained a trust account. Elliott diverted $3.6 million in funds from the account for his personal use, according to a federal criminal complaint.

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Mukwonago railroad crossing temporarily closes next week

July 22, 2011 3:06 p.m. | The railroad crossing on Highway NN will be closed all day Tuesday, July 26 and half of the day Wednesday, July 27. Please plan your drive accordingly.

Dousman lifts water conservation notice, well to be repaired

July 22, 2011 11:36 a.m. | The Village of Dousman has removed its warning for residents to conserve water after one of the village's two wells broke on Tuesday. The Village reports that a shaft broke in one of the wells.

A temporary pump has been put in place, and residents can use water as normal. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is investigating what the cost of repair will be. The shaft breaking was not a large concern to the DPW as it is considered a wear and tear item, and has been in the ground for 25 years.

The DPW reports that there were no problems or concerns from residents during the time the well was not operating.

Burning permits allowed again in Mukwonago

July 22, 2011 10:34 a.m. | Due today's rain, the Mukwonago Fire Department has lifted the ban on burning permits effective today, Friday, July 22, according to interim Fire Chief Fred Purdy.

No 'Indians' in new MHS gym floor

July 22, 2011 10:31 a.m. |

Pallets of wood flooring wait for installation in the Mukwonago High School gymnasium after a burst cap on a water line in a classroom over a June weekend sent water flooding down the hall and into part of the gym, damaging the floor that was installed in the early 1970s.

The cost of repairing the damage is covered under the school's insurance, according to MHS Principal Shawn McNulty.

The new floor will have the fast M logo, but not the word "Indians" until final resolution regarding the lawsuit on the unconstitutionality of the Indian mascot. A hearing on the lawsuit filed by Rusty Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz, which was scheduled for July 20, has been postponed until Sept. 20.

Watch for the complete story in the July 27 Mukwonago Chief.

Pewaukee, KM play in sectionals on Friday

July 21, 2011 5:03 p.m. | Two Lake Country area high school baseball teams, Pewaukee and Kettle Moraine, will play in  WIAA sectional tournaments this Friday. If one or both could win two games, they would advance to next week's state tournament in Stevens Point.

Pewaukee will play at Germantown at 1:30 p.m. against Brookfield East. Kettle Moraine will play against host Waukesha West at 11 a.m.

Should Pewaukee win, they would play in the championship game at 5 p.m. If KM wins, they would play in the title contest at 7:30 p.m.

McDonald wins State Am golf title

July 21, 2011 5:00 p.m. | Mike McDonald of Germantown won the Wisconsin State Golf Association's State Amateur title Thursday afternoon at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison. He finished the 72-hole event with a score of 1-over-par 285. He won by one stroke.

Finishing second were Ricky Hearden of Door County and Jack Schultz of Fire Ridge Golf Course in Grafton. They both had 286 totals.

Taylor Johnson of Oconomowoc and Shawn Foley of Pewaukee led the local golfers in the field as both tied for seventh place with scores of 289.

Cement buckles on Highway 16

July 21, 2011 4:50 p.m. | The cement on eastbound Highway 16 near Hartland buckled Thrusday afternon around 4 p.m., causing backups of around one-quarter to one-half of mile at times.

The cement buckled in both lanes about one-quarter of a mile east of Jungbluth Drive. Traffic was down to one-lane of traffic on the north shoulder of the road.

County employees were trying to patch things up from 4:30 p.m. The excessive heat made the concrete buckle.

Flight for Life takes motorcyclist to Froedtert

July 21, 2011 11:37 a.m. | A 46-year-old Oconomowoc man was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital after an accident at about 6:26 a.m. Thursday at Highway KE at Maes Terrace in the Town of Merton, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The man was traveling north on Highway KE on a motorcycle when a 73-year-old Pewaukee woman turned south on KE from Maes Terrace, striking the motorcycle, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.  

Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Hartland Police Department responded, as well as the Hartland Fire Department.

The incident is under investigation.

Pewaukee beach reopens

July 21, 2011 10:59 a.m. | Pewaukee Village Beach reopened Wednesday afternoon when tests showed the water was once again safe for swimmers.

Read more here.

BYOB to the county fair

July 20, 2011 2:59 p.m. | In light of extreme temperatures, the Waukesha County Fair has lifted its ban on carry-in containers for today only.

The fair is encouraging people to bring clear water bottles to stay hydrated. Fairgoers may refill their bottles at water fountains in the air-conditioned 4-H Forum or Marketplace

Mukwonago residents killed in East Troy crash identified

July 20, 2011 12:55 p.m. | Village of East Troy Police have confirmed that Robert "Bob" Chapman and Irene Lehnen, both of Mukwonago, were the two passengers who were killed as a result of a Monday afternoon crash at Highways 20 and ES in East Troy.

The report in today' s Mukwonago Chief should be corrected to read that a female passenger died on scene, and a male later died in the hospital. A second female passenger is still in the hospital.

More information will be available in next week's Mukwonago Chief.

Looking for missing Ixonia man

July 20, 2011 11:27 a.m. |  Authorities are searching for a 28-year-old Ixonia man, Beau Butschke, who has not been seen or heard from since the evening of July 14. Butschke is described  as Caucasian, 5’10”, 155 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  His vehicle, a red 1991 Toyota pickup with license plate number FW7769, is also missing.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (920) 674-7310 or Detective Mech at (920) 674-8697. For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Firefighters to hold Ride of Remembrance

July 20, 2011 11:22 a.m. |

The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial will be holding their 8th annual Ride of Remembrance on Saturday, July 23. 

This event is not only a day of camaraderie, but is a fund-raiser for the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial to maintain their Memorial Park that was created to honor the Wisconsin firefighters that have died in the line-of-duty.The Ride of Remembrance is held in a different area of the state each year and normally has 500+ motorcycles with over 700 participants who travel the 100-mile selected route.

This year the ride will start at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc and will end at the New Glarus Fire Station. The convoy will travel through the back roads to Whitewater Fire Station for lunch, then on to Edgerton Fire Station with a stop at Albany. 

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Missing boa found

July 20, 2011 10:57 a.m. | City of Delafield – The case of the missing snake is closed.
Rick Ruzga said Wednesday morning that he called the Delafield Police Department that morning to say he found the family’s boa constrictor snake in the back seat of a car at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Ruzga’s son, Sam, reported the snake was missing or stolen July 12 from a 2001 Chevrolet Impala while he was inside a store on Hillside Road. The report resulted in a search by police.
“I took the interior of the car out and could not find it,” said Rick Ruzga. Then he said he saw it “lounging” on the back seat Tuesday night. The female snake is fine and secure in its enclosure, Ruzga said.

Big Bend Library hosts "Library Books & Your Nook"

July 20, 2011 8:52 a.m. | Community Relations Manager from Barnes and Noble book stores, Jennifer DeNicola will be at the Big Bend Village Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St. at 7 p.m. on July 26 with a power point presentation entitled "How to Download Public Library Books to Your Nook."

Learn how to take advantage of this popular library service. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation.

To register, please call (262) 668-3571.

Volunteers to build Sussex park in one day

July 20, 2011 8:30 a.m. |

On Saturday, July 23, volunteers will build a playground at Sussex’s Spring Green Park in only one day. Volunteers will be on site from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will help assemble equipment, serve lunch to volunteers and to take pictures.

 “Most people wouldn’t think it is possible to build a park in one day, but with the help of our remarkable volunteers in Sussex, we will make the community build a reality in Spring Green Park,” stated Amy Jeske, Director of Recreational Services.

The Village is hoping to build on the success of this project by hosting a second community park build at Ridgeview Park, located at the east end of Water Tower Court, on Saturday, August 27.

 If you are interested in helping to make Sussex a better place to live, work and play by participating in the Ridgeview Park Build, please contact Amy Jeske, at or at (262)246-6447.

The Village of Sussex plans to hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 pm at Spring Green Park, located on Clover Drive, west of Tulip Lane.

Kettle Moraine pension to remain unchanged through 2012-13

July 19, 2011 11:30 p.m. |  In a dizzying display of Parliamentary procedure and after much discussion, the Kettle Moraine School Board  extended current teacher pension benefits for the next two school years and current employee sick leave and the current teacher salary structure through the 2011-12 school year.

Read the complete story in the next Kettle Moraine Index.

Sorenson in second place

July 19, 2011 9:29 p.m. | Mike Sorenson of Merton is in second place at the 2011 Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison after 36 holes. Two more rounds will be played the next two days.

Sorenson, the first-round leader with a 67, shot 75 and trails leader Ricky Heardem of Door County by a single shot.

Dave Foley of Pewaukee is tied for 12th place at 145.

Pirates upset Arrowhead nine

July 19, 2011 8:42 p.m. | No. 7 seeded Pewaukee knocked off the No. 2 seeded Arrowhead varsity baseball team Tuesday night, 6-3, in the opening round of the WIAA state tournament. The game was at Arrowhead.

The win, the first for the Pirates in the WIAA post-season since 2005, vaulted them into the Germantown sectional on Friday. Pewaukee (13-18) will play at 1:30 p.m.

The Pirates  broke open a 2-2 game by scoring four unearned runs in the top of the seventh. PHS bunted five consecutive times in that rally and watched as the Warhawks (20-8) committed three errors.

Austin Hansen went the distance for Pewaukee and tossed a five-hitter. Arrowhead starter Jordan White took the loss.

Austin Kaatz had two hits for the Pirates and Brady Williams had two hits for AHS.

Mukwonago turns away Whitnall

July 19, 2011 7:44 p.m. | Jacob DeGrave homered and recorded the final four outs of a 4-3 thriller as sixth-seeded Mukwonago advanced past third-seeded Whitnall in the WIAA baseball playoffs Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Tuttle was dominant for the Indians, taking a no-hitter into the sixth and enjoying a 4-0 lead with one down in that frame. But Whitnall's Geoff Wisialowski's single snapped the Falcons out of the spell, and RBI singles by Luke Mentkowski and Danny Weymier not only made it 4-3, but put the tying run at third base.

DeGrave, who gave up the second of those RBI singles, stranded the runner there, then struck out the dangerous Wisialowski with the tying run on first in the seventh to end the game.

DeGrave's opposite-field shot in the second put the Indians on the board, and MHS rallied for three runs in the fifth against Whitnall starter Josh Serio. Each of the first three batters of the inning reached and scored, with an RBI single by Jake Druecke and a two-run single by Jason Strickler.

The Indians advanced to face either Muskego or Waukesha North in the Waukesha West sectional Friday, with first pitch at 3 p.m.

Pewaukee Lake beach closed due to E. coli

July 19, 2011 4:34 p.m. | As the mercury inches ever higher during the heatwave, Lake Country residents will have one less place to cool off. Pewaukee was forced to close the public beach on Pewaukee Lake due to high E. coli counts today.

Officials decided to close the popular beach in Downtown Pewaukee after a water sample yielded an E. coli count of 1553 units per 100 mL of water.

Any count over 1000 units is deemed unsafe for swimming. According to the City of Pewaukee's website, the water will be tested daily until counts reach a safe level and can be reopened.

Red signs at the beach will mark the beach closure.

E. coli and other microorganisms in the water can cause flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache or fever. Other germs can cause ear and eye infections as well as skin rashes.

Missing your dog?

July 19, 2011 3:36 p.m. | A boxer with a red collar was found on Bolson Drive, according to City of Oconomowoc Police.
The dog is described as black with brown spots and white on bottom of its neck.
To claim or adopt, call the Police Department at (262) 567-4401.

Hot enough for you?

July 19, 2011 3:14 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 10 a.m. Wednesday to 9 p.m. Thursday, as temperatures soar to highs of 90 to 99 degrees, with heat indices of 100 to 110.

Nighttime will bring little relief, as temperatures are only expected to fall into the 80s.

Police investigate East Troy crash, two dead

July 19, 2011 12:44 p.m. | The Village of East Troy Police and the Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating a crash that resulted in two deaths at 3:23 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway ES in the Village of East Troy.

Preliminary reports indicates the deceased were Mukwonago residents.  One woman died at the scene, a man died later in the hospital.

Read more in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief.

Lurvey sentenced to life in prison for 2002 double homicide

July 19, 2011 11:35 a.m. | Waukesha - Chad Lurvey was sentenced late this morning to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of Andrew Long and Brian Lazzaro in August 2002.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Haughney sentenced Lurvey, 37, and ordered that he not be eligible for parole.

A jury June 30 found Lurvey guilty of killing the men, natives of Mukwonago. Lurvey shot the men mutliple times, slit their throats and then wrapped them in blankets and chains and dumped them in a pond on theLurvey farm off Highway 67. The men disappeared Aug. 24 after last being seen alive on the Lurvey farm and their bodies were discovered in the pond in early September.

The murder centered around Lurvey who stored cocaine and marijuana on the Lurvey farm off Highway 67 for Long, according to the case made by prosecutors.

Haughney called the murders "savage and brutal."

Fire department bans burning permits in Mukwonago

July 19, 2011 11:11 a.m. | The Mukwonago Fire Department has discontinued issuing burning permits for Village and Town of Mukwonago residents until the area receives significant rainfall, according to Fred Purdy, MFD interim fire chief.

Residents interested in obtaining a burning permit will need to call the Village of Mukwonago Police to find out if the ban has been lifted.

St. John's bible camps coming to Mukwonago

July 19, 2011 10:55 a.m. | St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN, Mukwonago is offering camps for students going into 4-year-old preschool through eighth grade. Camps will run July 25 through 29 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Aug. 1 through 5 from 5:45  to 8:15 p.m.

Students in grades two through eight will have the choice of doing a craft or participating in basketball, soccer, baseball or golf during the last 45 minutes of each day. 

Call (262) 363-8627 to register.

Memorial service for Mukwonago student set for Wednesday

July 18, 2011 5:26 p.m. | A memorial service for Mukwonago High School 2011-12 senior Emma Slak, who passed away this weekend will be held on Wednesday, July 20.

Slak died in a car accident on Saturday, July 16 at about 6 p.m., according to a notice sent to parents in the Mukwonago Area School District on Monday from MHS Principal Shawn McNulty.

The family will receive friends at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main Street, Mukwonago, on Wednesday, July 20, from 4 p.m. until the time of Memorial Services at 7 p.m.

She is survived by her parents Holly and John Slak. 

Memorials in Slak's name may be directed to the Waukesha County Humane Society, the notice indicated.

Waukesha County moves to open public lands to hunting

July 18, 2011 4:10 p.m. | Waukesha - After a nearly 60-year ban, hunting will be allowed in some of Waukesha County's undeveloped parkland if the County Board agrees this month.

Parks and Land Use Director Dale Shaver said that under new state rules, the county must allow hunting and fishing on land it buys using grants from the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Program - or get an exemption from the Department of Natural Resources Board.

Rather than risk losing state funds for park purchases, Shaver has included hunting as a permitted use in revamped parks rules outlined Monday before the county Executive Committee.

The committee agreed with the changes, 6-1. Supervisor Duane Paulson objected, saying he wanted to limit the access to Waukesha County residents. The County Board is scheduled to take up the measure July 26.

Shaver said his staff has not yet identified all the parkland that would be open to hunting, but it would not include developed parks such as Minooka, Mukwonago, Fox River, Muskego, Naga-Waukee and Menomonee, where camping, hiking, swimming and similar recreation is encouraged.

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Beat the heat: Sussex Library extends hours

July 18, 2011 2:38 p.m. |

With temperatures soaring above 90 degrees this week, the village’s Pauline Haass Public Library will extend its hours this week to offer residents a cool reprieve.

The air-conditioned library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from July 22-24.

Library Director Kathy Klager said, "We are happy to extend our hours this weekend to provide a place to stay cool during this excessive heat warning. Feel free to come to the library all day or for just a few hours to get a break from the heat – all library services will be available during our extended hours."

The library will maintain its normal summer hours Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

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Wildflowers or weeds program at Big Bend library this Thursday

July 18, 2011 1:40 p.m. | Krista Wildflower, known as Mother Nature, will be presenting this very interesting adult program about the connection between flowers and living things at the Big Bend Village Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St. at 7 p.m. on July 21. To register call (262) 662-3571.

Hartland police seek charges against sex offender

July 18, 2011 12:44 p.m. |

Village of Hartland – A registered sex offender is facing criminal charges after he created a disturbance in Nixon Park Sunday afternoon when he asked young boys to show him where the railroad tracks were, according to police.

The 50-year-old Sussex man was acting suspicious in Nixon Park around 1 p.m., sitting and standing near young boys and asked several boys where the railroad tracks were, according to a woman who reported the matter to police. The tracks run near the border of the park.

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County beaches extend hours

July 18, 2011 9:35 a.m. | With this week’s weather forecast to be over 90 degrees, all six beaches in the Waukesha County Park System have extended their beach hours and will open at 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18-20. The following is a list of the beaches and where they are located:
• Fox Brook Park, 2925 North Barker Road, Brookfield
• Menomonee Park, W220 N7884 Townline Road, Menomonee Falls
• Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha
• Muskego Park, S83 W20370 Janesville Road, Muskego
• Mukwonago Park, C.T.H. LO, Mukwonago
• Naga-Waukee Park, 651 S.T.H 83, Hartland
Normal beach hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends, with lifeguards on duty daily. County Park entrance fees are $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends/holidays. Beach usage is included in the park entrance fee.

Annual park entrance stickers are available for $27 for Waukesha County residents, $38 for noncounty residents and $14 for senior citizens. 
For more information, visit

Watch out for the weather

July 18, 2011 8:09 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch, including Waukesha County, until 3 p.m. 

In addition, a heat advisory remains in effect for Waukesha County, until 10 p.m. Hot, humid air is expected to remain over the area all week, with heat indices reaching 100 to 110. 

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Jefferson and Dodge counties through  9 p.m. Thursday.

Sussex beats Pewaukee in LOL West

July 16, 2011 6:49 p.m. | The Sussex Cardinals defeated host Pewaukee Saturday in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 12-4.

Other games played Saturday saw Hartland win its first game by stopping visiting North Lake 3-2, Brookfield Bulldogs outlast West Bend 13-9, Brookfield Blue Sox stop Oconomowoc 10-5 and Lannon down Menomonee Falls 9-3.

Paradise Springs Caldlelight Hike

July 15, 2011 2:24 p.m. |  A candlelight hike is set from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday July 16, at Paradise Springs, Highway N north of Highway 59, (2 miles west of Eagle).

Hikers can experience the half mile, paved, handicapped-accessible nature trail and trout stream at night by the glow of candlelight. The pond, bubbling springs and waterfall will be illuminated by torch light.

The trail is designed for wheelchairs and strollers. And don't forget to stop at the Gotten Cabin across the street where Mrs. Gotten will have her cabin open to visitors. Bring marshmallows to roast at the camp fire.

For more information call Forest Headquarters (262) 594-6200 or contact Rob Wessberg, or (414) 750-0720.

Parking is free to those with a State Park Sticker. A daily sticker is available for $7 (residents) and $10(nonresidents).

Lisbon wells damaged after quarry blast

July 15, 2011 1:16 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - Town officials say they were notified late yesterday morning that private wells serving homes in  Halquist Park neighborhoods  near Lisbon Road (Hwy. K ) and Maple Avenue were damaged following a blast from a Halquist Stone Company quarry.

Town Administrator Jeff Musche said the call was placed from a town resident to town hall about 11:25 a.m. Thursday,  ten minutes after a blast at a nearby quarry was scheduled.  Musche said the company routlinely notifies the town in advance of schedule blasts.

The resident said the blast had dislodged that cap on his private well which was spewing brown colored water.

Musche said town public works employees circulated notices Thursday afternoon in the neighborhood urging residents not to drink water from the well until the turbitiy causing the discoloring of the water had ceased. The notice also suggested the residents open out door water faucets to give the water a chance to clear up.

Musche said that Town Public Works Director Joe Klem believes there are about 18 homes in the neighborhood that sustained varying degrees of damage to their wells.

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Boa constrictor on the loose in Delafield?

July 15, 2011 11:10 a.m. | City of Delafield – Is there a snake in the grass in your neighborhood?
No, not a politician or shyster lawyer, but a 4-foot-long boa constrictor. While it’s uncertain whether the snake slithered out of its owner’s car July 12 off Hillside Road on its own, or whether it was stolen, one thing is sure: it’s missing.
The female snake was in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala parked near Game Stop, 2740 Hillside Road, at about 12:20 p.m. Sam Ruzga, 17, of Nashotah, was inside Game Stop with a friend, and when he went back to the car, the snake was gone. Ruzga told police that he left all four windows partially open, enough that someone could have reached inside and unlocked the car, the police report said. Ruzga said he had done this before, and the snake had never left the car, the report said.
Ruzga, his friend and employees of the store looked for the snake but could not find it, the report said. Ruzga then called his mother, who in turn called police shortly before 2 p.m.
Police searched the area but to no avail. They then did a 911 reverse call to advise residents in an area bordering Highway 83, Concord Lane, Bunker Hill Road and York Town Court that a snake might be on the loose. Neighbors were asked to call police if they spot the snake.
The 21/2-year-old snake is described as being 31/2- to 4-feet long, black, with grayish/brown spots and a red tail, the report said.
Female boa constrictors can reach up to 10 feet long and 60 pounds. The snakes are typically nocturnal and may climb trees or shrubs to forage and some may bite when threatened. The diet of boa constrictors consist of mammals and birds.

Judge orders default judgment against ex-museum chief Finley

July 14, 2011 1:46 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin ordered a $1.2 million default judgment against former Waukesha County Executive Daniel Finley and his wife, Jenifer, this week because they failed to answer Associated Bank's foreclosure lawsuit filed in May.

According to court documents, the Finleys, who have moved to California, stopped making payments in December on their Okauchee Lake home. Associated Bank holds a $1.2 million mortgage on the property, with monthly payments of $5,432.

The Finleys had 20 days to respond to the foreclosure suit and did not do so, Hassin found. Attorney Dean Richards notified the court he had been retained by the Finleys, a notice filed after the 20-day deadline.

Hassin ordered the property at N53-W34296 Road Q be sold at public auction after six months. The court record indicates a tenant occupies the home.

Richards said Thursday that no answer to the summons was filed because the Finleys aren't contesting the facts.

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Langer appointed to vacant Arrowhead Board seat

July 14, 2011 11:09 a.m. |

Local attorney Tim Langer will fill the seat vacated by resigned Arrowhead School Board member Jack Gutschenritter.

Gutschenritter resigned his seat in June, after announcing plans to move to Steamboat Springs, Colo. His replacement steps into one of the Board’s at-large seats and restores the school district’s governing body to its full nine members.

Langer is no stranger to Arrowhead. He is a graduate of the school, and he was an active member of the Arrowhead Scholarship Fund. He is also no stranger to education. He holds a teaching license from when he taught courses at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College and the University of Wisconsin Law School in addition to his duties as a full-time attorney at Hartland’s Langer and Petersen Law Offices.

Set to officially take office at the district’s August 17 annual meeting, Langer also brings a wealth of experience in school district negotiations to the table.

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Two juveniles from Lad Lake face charges in overnight joyride

July 14, 2011 8:17 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies, officers from the Waukesha Police Department and a county K-9 unit joined forces Wednesday night to track down two juveniles thought to have fled Lad Lake School in Ottawa and taken a car from Wales on a joyride.

Deputies were initially dispatched to search for the boys at about 11:30 p.m., according to a news release from Capt. Donald Vincent of the Sheriff's Department.

During the search, a deputy tried to stop a vehicle that was being driven erratically eastbound on Highway 18. The refused to stop and sped away at speeds in excess of 80 mph. The vehicle also veered into oncoming traffic as it approached the City of Waukesha, the release said. The deputy broke off the chase because of safety concerns.

Officers contacted the owners of the vehicle and learned that the vehicle had been parked at a business in Wales and had been taken without permission.

About 20 minutes after the pursuit was called off, another deputy spotted two boys near St. Paul Avenue and East Moreland Boulevard in Waukesha. The boys ran behind the Metal Tech facility. Deputies and police officers surrounded the area and searched for the boys, with assistant from a K-9 unit, the release said.

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O'Connor names Principal at Nature Hill

July 14, 2011 7:43 a.m. | An internal candidate has been selected as principal at Nature Hill Intermediate School.

  Mike O’Connor, 29, an associate principal at Oconomowoc High School, will fill the vacancy that was created when outgoing principal Ron Russ left to become superintendent of the Merton School District.

 “We are very pleased to announce that Mike O'Connor, current OHS Associate Principal, has accepted the position of Nature Hill Intermediate Principal.  Mike has been part of the OHS staff for seven years, four as a math teacher and three as associate principal.  Mike will be starting his duties in mid-July,” a district announcement confirmed.

Lawyer named to investigate Nickolaus complaint

July 13, 2011 6:00 p.m. | Waukesha - A former Dane County deputy district attorney who is now a criminal defense attorney has notified the JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign that he is investigating the campaign's April 20 complaint accusing Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of misconduct in carrying out her election duties during the spring election for state Supreme Court.

Melissa Mulliken, manager for the Kloppenburg campaign, said Wednesday she had recently been notified by attorney Tim Verhoff that he was following up on the complaint she filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

She had urged the board to appoint a special investigator so that an objective, thorough investigation would be ensured. The board has apparently done so, Mulliken said.

Neither Verhoff nor board spokesman Reid Magney would confirm the appointment or comment. The board and its staff are bound by confidentiality requirements involving elections complaints.

Verhoff served in the Dane County district attorney's office beginning in 2000 as an assistant, then as deputy district attorney, before leaving in January to join attorney Corey Chirafisi in a new Madison law firm.

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Annual candlelight hike set at Paradise Springs

July 13, 2011 11:02 a.m. | Hikers are invited to experience the half-mile, paved, handicapped-accessible nature trail at night during the annual Candlelight Hike at Paradise Springs, (Highway N north of Highway 50 two miles west of Eagle) on Saturday, July 16 from 9 to 11 p.m.

The rippling trout stream, pond, bubbling springs and waterfall will be illuminated by torch light. The trail is designed for wheelchairs and strollers. The Gotten Cabin (across the street) will be open to visitors with a campfire.

A daily park sticker is available for $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Parking is free to those with a state park sticker.

For more information, contact Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit forest headquarters at (262) 594-6200 or

Vrakas plans town hall meetings on Waukesha County's budget

July 12, 2011 4:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Beginning Thursday, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will host three town hall meetings to explain county finances and to get citizen comments about county services and spending as county managers begin to shape next year's budget.

The sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Delafield City Hall, 500 Genesee St.; 9 a.m. July 21 at the Waukesha branch of Mukwonago Citizens Bank, Les Paul Parkway and Center Road; and at 6 p.m. July 25 at the Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room 350, Waukesha.

None of the sessions is likely to get specific about what cuts, if any, will be made to specific programs since the budget is still taking shape.

Information will be presented on where the county spends its $268 million budget, where it gets its revenue, and how property taxes of about $100 million - 43% of income - is divided among services.

The county faces a $2.5 million loss in aid due to the new state budget. But it expects a $2.4 million saving from pension costs now borne by county employees thanks to a new law limiting public employee collective bargaining.

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Late night meeting tables pension plan talk at Kettle Moraine

July 12, 2011 1:18 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine School Board approved appointing three administrators as well as changes to health insurance plan design for next year in a late-night meeting on July 11.

The Board approved appointing Dianna Kresovic as principal at Magee Elementary School, Gregory Gentle as principal at Cushing Elementary and Carole Witt Starck as Assistant Superintendent following a closed session meeting on Monday night. 

While the Board approved changes to employee heatlh insurance premiums and retirement contributions, action on pension benefits, employee leave and teacher salary compensation were tabled for the next School Board meeting as discussion on the issues kept the board at the table until 11:30 p.m.

Read the complete story in the next Kettle Moraine Index.

Missing your dog?

July 11, 2011 4:32 p.m. | A black and white terrier-type dog was found on Jefferson Street in Oconomowoc. To claim or adopt, plase call the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, (262) 567-4401.

Power still out for some in Waukesha County

July 11, 2011 3:45 p.m. | WE Energies reports that around 3,800 customers are still without power in Waukesha and Jefferson Counties after morning storms downed power lines. At its peak, over 28,000 customers in southeastern Wisconsin were without power this morning.

WE Energies hopes to have power restored to all customers by this evening, but says that since the outages are spread out, some repairs may need to be completed tomorrow morning. All available crews are out making repairs.

Customers without power in Mukwonago

July 11, 2011 10:04 a.m. | Lightning and winds have brought power lines down in the Mukwonago area, according to a We Energies spokesman. About 1,150 customers are without power in the Village of Mukwonago, 150 in the Town of Mukwonago, 39 in Ottawa, 43 in Big Bend and 600 in Vernon.

Mukwonago Chief office without power

July 11, 2011 9:52 a.m. | The Mukwonago Chief office is among customers in Mukwonago affected by power outages. If you have trouble getting through to that office, contact our Hartland office at (262) 367-3272.

Mukwonago residents out of power as storm rolls through area

July 11, 2011 9:30 a.m. | More than 1,500 Wisconsin Electric customers are currently out of power in the Mukwonago with the largest area affected located east of Highway 83, according to the WE Energies website. Cause of the outage is under investigation.

Fire departments in the area are responding to scattered reports of trees and branches down on wires and across roads as strong thunderstorms roll through the area this morning.

Lightning strike closes Hartland street

July 11, 2011 8:52 a.m. | A lightning strike to a utility pole has closed North Avenue in Hartland.

Storms roll through

July 11, 2011 8:11 a.m. | Storms have already hit Mukwonago, causing dark skies, heavy rain, strong winds, and lightening. The skies over Hartland are dark, and the wind is picking up as storms approach.


Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

July 11, 2011 7:04 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 a.m. this morning.

West LOL stars edge East

July 10, 2011 5:07 p.m. | Mike Mueller of West-Bend 7-Up hit a three-run homer in the bottom  of the second inning for the Land O' Lakes Western Division on Sunday, helping the home team defeat the LOL Eastern Division 8-7.

Jason Brunelli of New Berlin hit a two-run home run for the Eastern Division in the top of the third finning.

Greg Basthemer of the Brookfield Bulldogs was the winning pitcher for the Western Division.

Seth Kroenke of the Sussex Cardinals scored twice for the Western Division.

Area baseball teams set for WIAA tourney

July 10, 2011 3:38 p.m. | The three Lake Country area summer high school baseball teams will all be in action in the WIAA tournament on Tuesday, July 19 in regional play.

Arrowhead (18-7), earned the No. 2 sectional seed and will host Pewaukee (11-15) on July 19 at 5:30 p;m. The winner of that game will play in the sectional on Friday, July 22 at Germantown at 1:30 p.m. Pewaukee is the No. 7 seed.

Kettle Moraine (12-15)  will be in a different sectional on July 19 when they host Catholic Memorial at Wales Park at 5:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play in the Waukesha West sectional on July 22 at 11 a.m. KM is seeded fourth and CMH is seeded fifth.

West leads AHS by just one game

July 10, 2011 1:55 p.m. | Waukesha West's varsity baseball team holds a slim one-game lead over longtime rival Arrowhead in the Classic 8 Conference standings with play set to finish this week.

West leads the league with a 14-4 mark and has three games left to play. Arrowhead is 15-5 and has one game remaining.

The Wolverines will play Monday at home against Kettle Moraine, Tuesday at Frame Park against host Waukesha North and Wednesday at home against Mukwonago.

Arrowhead has just one game left against last-place Waukesha South (1-16).

Milwaukee Pius is third at 12-7 followed by Kettle Moraine (10-9), Catholic Memorial (10-10), Mukwonago (6-11), Waukesha North (6-11) and Waukesha South (1-16).

Wildlife In Need Center Moves

July 09, 2011 9:49 a.m. | Wildlife In Need Center -- an animal rehabilitation facility that cares for injured, diseased, orphaned or displaced wildlife -- has moved to the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Field Station at W349-S1480 S.Waterville Road in the Town of Summit.

The center opened in 1994 and is the only wildlife treatment facility outside of Milwaukee County that takes in all species of Wisconsin wildlife. The goal of the center's rehabilitation program is to release animals back to their native habitat. Center staff care for about 3,000 animals each year.

Wildlife In Need Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To report a wildlife emergency, please call (262) 965-3090.

For information on the center or to volunteer, go to the center's website: The field station is located one-half mile south of Highway 18 on the east side of Waterville Road.

Mlachnik withdraws from SJNMA post, Duncan hired

July 08, 2011 2:01 p.m. | It will be Alfonzo Duncan, and not Duane Mlachnik, who will lead St. John's Northwestern Military Academy's athletics department as head varsity basketball coach and athletics director.

The school hired Duncan, who begins Monday in his new role, after Mlachnik withdrew from the dual position. SJNMA announced Mlachnik's hiring June 15, a maneuver that indicated the school would not be retaining the services of previous AD Jay Wayland and basketball coach Tim Richert.

Duncan has 20 years of basketball coaching experience, most recently when he also served as athletic director assistant for six years at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, N.C. From 2003-05, Duncan wore several hats for the Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., where he was the post-graduate assistant, high-school men's hoops coach, admissions officer and English instructor. He has also served as associate director of athletics for the Oakridge Military Academy in Greensboro, N.C.

Duncan was also an assistant men's basketball coach at Virginia Tech, an NCAA Division 1 program, from 2000-02 and was associate men's head basketball coach at Florida Atlantic in the 1990s.

“Alfonzo Duncan is one of those individuals who when first met leaves an indelibly positive mark in your memory,” said SJNMA president Jack H. Albert, Jr. in a school-issued release. “Several months ago, I began considering adjustments in the Academy’s athletic staff. Alfonzo was introduced to me and visited our campus twice. His background, his demeanor, as well as his quick assessment of our program, convinced me that he could be a key element for the direction of our athletic strategic efforts.

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Patrols increase in Lake Country after home invasions

July 08, 2011 1:58 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies plan to step up patrols in Sussex, Lisbon and Merton after two home invasions in a Sussex subdivision near the village’s border with the Town of Lisbon.

County law enforcement authorities are urging Lake Country residents to lock their homes' doors at night or when the house is not occupied. They are also encouraging residents to make sure their vehicles are locked and any valuables in the vehicles are hidden from sight.
In addition to routine county patrols, the Sheriff’s Department has police-service contracts that provide additional patrols in each of the three communities.
“People in the Lake Country region are going to notice an increased presence of law enforcement during these ongoing investigations,” said Lt. James Gumm, Sussex police services director and officer in charge of operations at Waukesha County Sheriff’s Sussex substation.
Gumm asked residents in the area to be alert and report to the sheriff’s office any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. The substation phone number is (262) 246-5237.

Oconomowoc dentist encourages good deeds with contest

July 07, 2011 11:22 a.m. | The offices of Dr. Jim Michaels, DDS hosted the first "Do A Good Deed Contest" this year, encouraging children from the local community to submit a short essay detailing a good deed they had done for a family member, friend, or neighbor. The contest winner will be announced July 15.

Dr. Michaels has been in practice for over 20 years in the Oconomowoc Dental Center, 819 Summit Avenue, Oconomowoc. He said this is the first contest of any kind that his office has hosted.

"With so much negativity we thought it would be really a nice gesture," said Michaels. 

Look for more details in the Tuesday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Home invasions in Sussex

July 07, 2011 9:18 a.m. |  



Village of Sussex – The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department has received two complaints from women who live in the southwest side of the village that someone entered their residences during the evening hours while they were home.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department:

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Schmidt saves the day for Arrowhead

July 06, 2011 8:25 p.m. | Senior standout Dan Schmidt helped the host Arrowhead varsity baseball team rally for a come-from-behind 7-5 win over Waukesha North Wednesday night in a Classic 8 Conference game.

Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth, Schmidt hit a three-run, two-out triple that turned that deficit into an eventual two-run victory.

Schmidt then came on in relief in the seventh inning after the first North batter reached on an infield hit. Schmidt allowed one hit and then retired the final three batters he faced. Jarek Petras pitched effectively in relief of starter Matt Gaberino for the Warhawks.

AHS, the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WIAA sectional, improved to 15-7 overall and 12-5 in league play.

Thompson pegged to lead Swallow

July 06, 2011 12:53 p.m. |

The Swallow School Board tapped Waukesha West High School principal Melissa Thompson to be the school’s next superintendent.

Thompson will replace outgoing administrator Jeff Klaisner after serving at Waukesha West for three years.

"She has such a great district perspective," said Swallow School Board President Karen Trimble. "She’s very strategic. She’s a planner. She has just all of the qualities that the board was really looking for in advancing the school from good to great."

Trimble said that the Board liked Thompson’s legal and policy background, something she said the other finalists for the position did not have.

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Old World Wisconsin: "Name Your Price" Saturday, July 9

July 06, 2011 9:33 a.m. | The Wisconsin Historical Society's special "Name Your Price. Share Your History" promotion has led to an increase in attendance as the promotion reaches its halfway point. Beginning Saturday, May 21, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison, and moving to each of the other historic sites and museums on subsequent Saturdays, visitors have been invited to name their price for admission for that particular day.

During the promotion, average Saturday attendance has increased nearly 6 percent versus 2010, while revenue has increased 5 percent. Overall, 2011 attendance across all 11 historic sites and museums is up 1 percent while total revenue is down 2 percent.

Saturday July 9th's "Name Your Price" museum is Old World Wisconsin in Eagle. For more information, visit

Humane Society denounces Delafield goose roundup

July 05, 2011 5:58 p.m. | Delafield - The Humane Society of the United States denounced Delafield's recent roundup of non-migratory Canada geese that was aimed at thinning the bird's numbers on Lake Nagawicka.

About 80 geese were collected on June 22 and sent to food pantries.

City officials turned to the roundup because of the increasing presence of geese on the lake and the effects goose droppings are having on the lake's water quality. Lake property owners also complained about the amount of goose droppings on their yards.

"The HSUS opposes the practice of rounding up and killing these birds for nuisance problems that can be effectively and humanely solved using other approaches, and for which the punishment of death is simply wrong," Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for the society, says in a news release.

The society sent a letter to Mayor Ed McAleer that urges the city not use roundups in the future to control geese. It suggests the city use other/ methods, including coating goose eggs with corn oil to prevent the eggs from hatching and using specially trained dogs and human volunteers to chase geese from targeted areas.

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Delafield remap pits incumbents

July 05, 2011 11:11 a.m. | City of Delafield - Incumbents will be pitted against each other in three city reapportionment proposals that will be discussed at tonight's (Tuesday, July 5) Common Council meeting.

In two of the proposed maps,First District Alderman Jeff Krickhahn would be matched against Second District Alderwoman Beth Leonard. In both plans, the first district, located on the city's northeast side, would be expanded south into some neighborhoods, including where Leonard lives, now in the Second District.

In a third proposal, Leonard and Third District Alderman Erv Sadowski would be matched against each other as the existing second district is expanded west into residential neighborhoods along the south shore of Lake Nagawicka and in the south central portion of the city.

Mayor Ed McAleer said the three proposals drafted by City Clerk Gina Gresch are keeping with state law and federal court decisions that require aldermanic districts to be contigious while as the same time have approximately the same population.

Gresch said two challengs she faced in drawing the maps were the existence of  a lake in the middle of city and the fact more people live on the east side of the city than west of the lake. 

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Jazz group joins East Troy Community Band

July 05, 2011 9:18 a.m. | “Skeleton Crew,” a jazz-trombone group, will be making their first appearance in the East Troy Community Band’s “Thursday Nights on the Square” concert series on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 pm.

The concerts take place on the East Troy Village Square and are free. Donations of non-perishables would be appreciated during the July concerts for the East Troy Food Pantry. Bring a lawn chair.

The free public concerts are sponsored by LiveNation, 1st Citizens State Bank, and individual donations. 

A full schedule may be found on the band’s website:

Delafield skier critically injured after 800 foot fall at Grand Teton

July 04, 2011 5:54 p.m. | Jackson, Wyo. - A backcountry skier from Delafield was critically injured in a tumbling 800-foot fall on a mountain in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming, authorities said.

Ryan Redmond, 33, of Delafield, fell Saturday while skiing down Ellingwood Couloir, a gully on Middle Teton mountain, the National Park Service said.

Rangers who reached the scene placed Redmond in a litter, and a hovering helicopter lifted him off the mountain by cable.

The helicopter ferried him to a nearby landing zone, where park rangers stabilized him. He was then flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he was listed in critical condition Monday. A hospital spokeswoman declined to release any other information.

Redmond was unconscious during the rescue and has not regained consciousness, said Jack Shea, director of Teton Science Schools in Jackson, where Redmond was a volunteer through the AmeriCorps program.

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Menomonee Falls upsets Brookfield Bulldogs

July 04, 2011 4:59 p.m. | There will be a playoff scenario this year in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league. Menomonee Falls saw to that Monday afternoon.

Playing at the Brookfield Bulldogs, Menomonee Falls got a strong pitching effort from former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Don August and shocked the previously undefeated Bulldogs, 4-2.

Had the Bulldogs finished 18-0, there would have been no Western Division playoffs. The Bulldogs are now 11-1 on the season and stand alone in first place.

Other games Monday saw Pewaukee pound North Lake 14-1, Lannon blank West Bend 2-0, Merton trounce the Brookfield Blue Sox 13-5, Oconomowoc edge Monches 3-1 and Sussex whip Hartland 16-4.

In Pewaukee's win, the Muskies pounded out a season-high 20 hits. Tom Zimmerman had four hits  for the winners and John Sarcia and Nick Wichser had three hits apiece. Zimmerman and Sarcia drove in three runs each.

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Merton stuns Monches in LOL West

July 03, 2011 4:14 p.m. | Host Merton led from start to finish Sunday afternoon as the Amvets upset Monches in a Land O' Lakes Western Division game, 8-5.

The win was just the second of the year for Merton, now 2-9. Monches fell to 7-6 with the loss. Monches defeated Merton three weeks ago, 5-1.

Leading by a 6-5 score, Merton got a huge  RBI single from pinch-hitter Chris Price in the seventh inning to make it 7-5 and then Joe Johnson delivered a two-out , one-run double in the eighth for the final run of the game.

Ryan Koepke worked into the sixth inning for Merton and earned the win. Eric Lackey was strong in finishing the game.

Monches starter Cory Millikin, who struck out 22 Merton batters in their first meeting, took the loss. Steve Schultz had two hits and three RBIs for the losers.

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LOL West picks All-Star team

July 03, 2011 11:47 a.m. | The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league named its 2011 All-Star team that will play the Eastern Division All-Stars on Sunday, July 10 at North Lake at 1 p.m.

Starters for the LOL West will be Mike Mueller of West Bend at catcher, Steve Schultz of Monches at first base, Cory Gasper of Sussex at second base, Zach Kozlowski of Lannon at shortstop, Drew Taylor of North Lake at third base, outfielders Bryan Laabs of Sussex, Kurt Sarcia of Pewaukee and Seth Kroenke of Sussex and Scott Booth of the Brookfield Bulldogs as the designated hitter.

Pitchers for the team are Gerg Basthemer of the Bulldogs, Eric Schmitz of Pewaukee, Darin Leveraus of Sussex, Sam Mulkey of Merton and Jeff Lueck of Menomonee Falls.

Reserves are Dean Haase of Lannon, Adam Rohlinger of West Bend, Ryan Weissman of Menomonee Falls, Billy Bynum of West Bend, Jason Mayer of Menomonee Falls, Jeff Rhoads of Oconomowoc, Mike Mierow of the Bulldogs, Jim Kalupa of Pewaukee, Nick Rechlitz of the Brookfield Blue Sox and Craig Henschel of Hartland.

Busy LOL West schedule

July 02, 2011 2:57 p.m. | The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league will have a busy two days on Sunday and Monday as a total of 12 games will be contested.

On Sunday, action will find the Brookfield Blue Sox at Oconomowoc, Hartland at North Lake, West Bend at the Brookfield Bulldogs, Pewaukee at Sussex, Menomonee Falls at Lannon and Monches at Merton. All of those games will begin at 1 p.m.

On Monday, the schedule finds Hartland at Sussex, North Lake at Pewaukee, West Bend at Lannon, Menomonee Falls at the Brookfield  Bulldogs, Monches at Oconomowoc and the Brookfield Blue Sox at Merton. All of those games will also begin at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, July 10, the LOL West All-Stars will host the Eastern Division All-Stars  at 1 p.m. at North Lake.

East Troy shows Independence Day spirit at fest

July 02, 2011 2:54 p.m. |

Solomon Hayes (top photo), 3, of East Troy displays his Fourth of July spirit in the East Troy Lions Club Fourth of July festival kiddie parade on Saturday. Marissa Cerny (bottom), 5, of East Troy marches as Betsy Ross in the parade. Cerny took third place in the event.

The festival continues through Sunday with a fireworks display Saturday night at dark and the “Proud to be an American” parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Waukesha West leads baseball race

July 02, 2011 2:50 p.m. | The Waukesha West varsity baseball team leads the Classic 8 Conference standings with a 13-2 record with six games to play. Arrowhead is next at 10-5 and Milwaukee Pius is third at 9-5. The only other team with a winning record is Kettle Moraine at 8-6.

Arrowhead and West have won 9 of the last 10 league titles.

Milwaukee man dies in Town of Lisbon motorcycle crash

July 02, 2011 11:04 a.m. | The Journal Sentinel is reporting that a 57-year-old Milwaukee man was killed while riding his motorcycle at about 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Town of Lisbon. Read more at JSOnline.  

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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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