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Registration time nears for Palmyra-Eagle students

July 31, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Palmyra-Eagle students can register for the 2013-14 school year on held Aug. 6 and 7 and Aug. 13 and 14.

Registration and pictures for Palmyra-Eagle high school and middle school students will be held Aug. 6 and 7 from 2 to 8 p.m. 

Registration and pictures for Eagle Elementary School students and Palmyra Elementary School students will be held Aug. 13 and 14 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Registration for students is located at the school they will be attending.  

Invasive species in Lulu Lake

July 30, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  Today, a dive team with The Nature Conservancy took to Lulu Lake as part of a project to collect Eurasian water-milfoil.

The invasive species has continued to grow in the area, hampering recreational activites and displacing native plants and animals.

Learn more about Eurasian water-mifoil and the project on Lulu Lake in Sunday's Living Chief Sunday.

Facebook commenting system now live

July 30, 2013 11:06 a.m. | You may have noticed that has switched from its existing commenting system to a new model, which requires users to be logged into their Facebook account to comment on a story or blog post.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion, and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system. is another site which has recently switched to a Facebook-commenting model.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive or spam comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment.

Users who have previously registered on will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

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Go paperless with DMV eNotify

July 29, 2013 4:00 p.m. | As part of a broader strategy to move toward electronic applications and online services, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles launched eNotify to respond to the needs of its customers, according to a news release from the DMV.

“More and more, our customers expect to do business online. It’s where they are, so it’s where we need to be,” says Mitchell Warren, DMV Bureau of Vehicle Services Director. “People are busy; we want to make their lives a little easier.”

How eNotify works:

 Once subscribed, DMV will send you electronic license plate/registration renewal notices for all eligible vehicles. You can receive them in an email. A text message option is also available.

Electronic license plate/registration renewal notices will include a link to renew your registration online.

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Susex leads LOL West race

July 28, 2013 6:51 p.m. | Sussex, thanks to an 8-7 victory over the visiting Brookfield Blue Sox Sunday, moved into sole possession of first place in the Land O' Lakes Wetsern Division  baseball standings with a 14-3 mark. Pewaukee is second at 13-4.

Last Friday night host West Bend downed Merton, 8-1.

On Sunday other games saw the Brookfield Bulldogs edge Monches 3-1 and Pewaukee and Menomonee Falls split a doubleheader. Pewaukee won the first game, 8-0, and then lost the nightcap, 11-0.

Sussex blasting delayed, again

July 26, 2013 4:30 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Falcon Drilling and Blasting Company officials have postponed for the second time blasting scheduled for the site of the former Mammoth Springs Cannery at Waukesha Avenue and Main Street.

The decision to delay the blasting was made by developer Arthur Sawall and general contractor Horizon Build Design, according to Falcon Drilling and Blasting Company officials.

The underground blasting was originally scheduled for July 23 and then postponed to July 29 and now postponed to August 5.

The blasting  will  break up bed rock beneath the surface to make way for the construction of underground parking for apartment buildings as well as the installation of utilities for the residential and retail complex.

Civil War comes to life in Pewaukee this weekend

July 26, 2013 11:56 a.m. | The Pewaukee Area Historical Society presents a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of Old St. Mary's Church, 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee Saturday and Sunday.

According to the historical society website, the Encampment features military and civilian re-enactors. Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, with their original cannon, will perform two drill presenations each day.

The Timekeepers, a civilian group, will set up their tents and bring an assortment of period furnishings and household tools. They present a fashion show on Saturday that shares a great deal of information on the garments worn by both men and women. There is a blacksmith shop as well as a Sutlery Shop (peddler's store). Visitors can participate in several drill exercises. Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., the society will lead a Cemetery Walk, visiting the resting sites of veterans and prominent settlers in the Pewaukee area.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27-28. Cost: $5 adults, $2 students ages 13-18 and children under age 12 are free. Parking is free.

 Visit for more information.

Swallow School Board scrambles to find new principal

July 26, 2013 11:41 a.m. |  Bob Antholine will be resigning as principal of Swallow School, having been hired as an administrator in the Waukesha School District.

Antholine’s departure has left the Swallow School Board scrambling to fill the position before the start of the school year. Board President Karen Trimble said the district is in the process of interviewing nine people and has thus far received 40 applications for the position.

In a July 10 letter to parents, Board President Karen Trimble announced Antholine’s resignation.

“While we are disappointed that Mr. Antholine has decided to leave the Swallow School District, we would like to offer him our best wishes as he advances his career to a leadership position in a large school district,” it states.

Antholine accepted the position of Director of Elementary Education in the Waukesha School District, where he will oversee curriculum for 14 elementary schools.

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Some a show this weekend

July 26, 2013 12:00 a.m. | If you’re in the mood for a good show there are several options in Lake Country this weekend.

Theatre on Main is presenting the Prohibition-era musical “Chicago,” featuring two female murderers who become celebrities. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. For tickets call (262) 560-0564 or visit

At Lapham Peak Park’s outdoor venue, Summerstage, see “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” an offbeat take on the Bard and his plays. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through  Aug. 3. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit for tickets.  

“The Boxcar Children,” a story of resourceful kids who take off on their own rather than being taken in by the authorities, is the next Waukesha Civic Theatre offering through Aug. 11. This weekend’s shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 264 W. Main St., Waukesha. For more information visit

Based on the Dickens classic, the musical ’Oliver!’ will be presented at UW-Waukesha at  7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturay and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3; and 2 p.m. Aug. 4. The school’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is located at  1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. Visit for more information.

Motion to suppress evidence denied in attempted homicide case

July 25, 2013 2:08 p.m. |  A Waukesha County judge ruled Wednesday, July 24 against several motions to suppress evidence in the case against Demetrius Cooper, accused of shooting at a police informant and his wife at their Town of Ottawa home.

Cooper himself had filed several motions, apparently against the wishes of his attorney, claiming that his constitutional right to due process was violated because evidence was not available for inspection by the defense.

Cooper claimed in a June 1 letter to Judge William Domina, who presided over the hearing, that his lawyer threatened to withdraw from the case if Cooper did not desist from filing motions.

In a letter filed on July 23, Cooper requested that virtually all the evidence related to the case be thrown out because his right to due process was violated.

Domina told Cooper at Wednesday’s hearing that if he wished to be represented by a defense counsel, he should communicate through attorney Michael Holzman, according to court records. He did not rule on Cooper’s motions.

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Gas stations in Summit, yes or no?

July 25, 2013 11:17 a.m. | The Village of Summit is preparing to hear what its residents want in regards to zoning and other village topics.

For more than a year officials have been planning to survey village residents after a group opposed zoning in a new masterplan that would have allowed for gas stations.

At the time, President Jack Riley suggested holding a referendum on the zoning matter because he felt that those opposed were a minority. However, other officials said it would be a waste of time and money to hold a referendum to poll residents' opinions on zoning.

Instead the village began seeking help to conduct a villagewide survey on zoning that would allow a gas station and ask other questions.

The board met Thursday to discuss the matter and suggest questions.

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Schlieve pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 years probation

July 25, 2013 10:38 a.m. |  James Schlieve was sentenced on Wednesday, July 24 in Dodge County Circuit Court to five years probation with a conditional one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to stealing almost $230,000 from Ashippun’s Zion Lutheran Church and the Ashippun Lions Club.

Schlieve, 62, pleaded guilty to one count of felony business theft, with 13 additional counts related to the theft dismissed but read in, according to court records. Schlieve will serve at least eight months in jail, with the final four months served at Judge Andrew Bissonnette’s discretion. Schlieve was also ordered to serve 150 hours of community service and fined $4,000. 
“It’s what we expected the judge would do,” Managing District Attorney Bob Barrington said.
The hearing was delayed several months at the District Attorney’s request as law enforcement officials tried to determine the amount of money actually stolen by Schlieve, who controlled finances for both the church and the Lions Club. Law enforcement officials determined that Schlieve altogether stole $229,315.12 from the two organizations. 
Schlieve paid back the amount stolen through his 401(k) account.
Asked about his financial stability, Schlieve's lawyer Bill Gergen said: "He's 62, unemployed and has no savings. So you tell me if he is financially stable."
Gergen said that Schlieve's wife, Vickie, earns $29,000 as town clerk in Ashippun and he is confident that Schlieve will pay back the assessed $4,000 in court fees and fines.  
Schlieve was defended in court by his brother and brother-in-law, who spoke on his behalf, Barrington said. Lions Club President Larry Chistopherson spoke of the financial burden Schlieve’s theft placed on the organization. 

Fill the bus for Backpack Coalition

July 24, 2013 12:44 p.m. | The Waukesha County Backpack Coalition’s “Fill the Bus” Campaign will be at the Delafield, Mukwonago, Pewaukee Wal-Mart and the Hartland Walgreens on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Waukesha County Backpack Coalition will be accepting donations of backpacks and other school supplies to assist the coalition with providing the necessary school supplies to families in financial hardship throughout Waukesha County. Support the Waukesha County Backpack Coalition “Fill The Bus” with school supplies and ensure that no child starts school this fall without the supplies they greatly need.

For more information contact The Backpack Coalition Inc. at (262) 226-7420 or by e-mail at

Racing worms at the Oconomowoc library Thursday

July 24, 2013 12:19 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Library invites the public to Family Night from 6 to 7 p.m.

Family Night features Night in the Garden. Find out what happens in the garden at night and cheer on your own worm in our first-ever library worm race.

Open house for Village of Mukwonago Highway 83 project held tonight

July 24, 2013 12:00 p.m. | The Village of Mukwonago Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) will hold an informational open house regarding the Highway 83 alternative routing project on Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, 440 River Crest Court. 

Design options and conceptual alternatives for Highway 83 and NN will be on display. Members of the SAC will be available to answer questions. There is no formal presentation.

Quad/Graphics employee charged with stealing computers, drug possession

July 24, 2013 9:37 a.m. | A 22-year-old former Quad/Graphics employee was charged July 23 in Waukesha County with allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of computers from the Sussex-based commercial printing company.

Larry I. Miller was charged with property theft (value exceeds $10,000), possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon, which altogether carries a maximum penalty of more than 10 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was first alerted to the alleged theft of four laptops on July 4. Police were provided a surveillance video showing a man entering the IT Department building during the early morning. The man, who appeared to be wearing a company shirt, stole four laptop computers and a jump drive, valued at over $10,000.

Quad/Graphics alerted police to another theft on July 15. A surveillance video showed the same man rummaging through cubicles in the IT Department between 4 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. on July 13. Two laptops and a projector were stolen, valued at approximately $2,000.

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Phone problems plague Town of Vernon, Mukwonago Chamber

July 24, 2013 9:10 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office and the Town of Vernon office are reporting loss of phone service this morning. 

According to Town of Vernon Clerk Karen Schuh, there was a power outage last night and the phones are out. Repair crews are on their way to the Town Hall to fix the situation.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director April Reszka reported that Time Warner is scheduled to fix the Chamber's phones this morning, until then the Chamber can be reached by email at 

Quad Graphics temporary worker charged with vehicle theft

July 23, 2013 12:18 p.m. | A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was charged July 19 in Waukesha County with allegedly stealing a truck parked at the Quad Graphics plant in February.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Feb. 4 to Quad Graphics, N61 W23044 Harrys Way, after receiving reports of a vehicle theft.

Vehicle owner Robert Feller said that while he was leaving work he noticed that his 2006 Dodge Dakota truck was missing. He told police that he kept his keys, cell phone and wallet in a lunchbox at his workstation. Also missing was $30 in cash and several credit cards.

Quad Graphics said that Campbell, a temporary employee hired through Staff Works, had left the plant early and never returned. Video surveillance from the parking lot showed Campbell leaving and, a short time later, Feller’s truck pulling out of the parking lot.

Feller contacted police a few days later and said that his credit cards had been used at two busineses in Mayfair Mall before they were cancelled. Video surveillance from the mall showed that Campbell was there during the time of the incident.

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Big Bend man identified as victim of I-894 crash

July 23, 2013 11:45 a.m. |  The victim of a crash that shut down much of I-894 southbound during morning rush hour and beyond yesterday has been identified.

Benjamin Jones, 38, of Big Bend died when the front half of his pick-up truck became wedged under a trailer on I-894 in Greenfield.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. 

Eagle man accused of slapping woman, punching dog

July 23, 2013 10:56 a.m. | A 32-year-old Eagle man was charged July 22 in Waukesha County with misdemeanor battery, negligent handling of a weapon and mistreating an animal, among other things, after getting into a heated argument with his girlfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 to a home on South Shore Drive, Town of Eagle, after receiving reports of a domestic incident.

Police spoke to a woman who said her live-in boyfriend, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victim, had hit her during an argument, the complaint states.

The woman, who had dried blood on her nose and chin, said that her boyfriend had accused her of infidelity after finding a pair of men’s underwear in the house. He went to the bar and upon the returning the couple continued to fight.

As the argument escalated, the man allegedly pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and fired four rounds into the bedroom wall, threatening that it could have been her head. He then began kicking and punching the drywall, allegedly hitting the woman as she tried to stop him. The woman’s dog started barking at the man and he allegedly punched the dog several times.

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New ProHealth Care ER will add 100 jobs in Mukwonago

July 23, 2013 10:52 a.m. | ProHealth Care has announced that it will add an emergency department to its outpatient center in Mukwonago, bringing around-the-clock critical care closer to home for area residents. 

The $38 million expansion is expected to add 100 jobs in the community including registered nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiology technologists, building services personnel and clerical staff, among others.

ProHealth expects to begin the project in the spring of 2014 and open the new emergency department in 2015.

Look for more information in tomorrow’s Mukwonago Chief.

Mukwonago won't comply with DPI order on Indian mascot

July 23, 2013 8:36 a.m. | With deadlines looming and the threat of daily fines hanging overhead, the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education voted late Monday night to reject the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s order to change its Indians nickname and logo, according to attorney Sam Hall who is representing the District.

By an eight to one vote, with school board member Kurt Kaesermann voting against the decision, the School Board is directing district administration “to take no action to change Mukwonago High School’s ‘Indians’ nickname and associated logo until further action is taken” by State legislatures and Governor Scott Walker, or further action is taken by the School Board.

The District could face fines of up to $1,000 per day if the DPI deadline for eliminating the Indian nickname and logo is not met by Aug. 15.

See the complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Save a life, donate at Highview blood drive

July 22, 2013 4:37 p.m. | Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, S50 W33042 Town Road GE, one mile north of North Prairie at the corner of Highway E and GE, will hold a Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, July 25 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Donors are especially needed during the summer months as regular donations are typically down due to vacations and summer activities. 

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go here to make an appointment. 

Bring lawn chairs for Swing Nouveau and ice cream in East Troy

July 22, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The East Troy Community Band's "Thursday Nights on the Square" is hosting a free public concert of  “Swing Nouveau” at 7:30 p.m. on the historic East Troy Village Square on Thursday, July 25.  O'Leary Plumbing and Heating will sponsor an ice cream social in conjunction with the concert.

The 15-piece swing band was named the best swing band/big band group of the year for 2010 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry. The group has been drawing "standing room only" crowds of all ages at top clubs and festivals throughout Wisconsin. 

The ETCB "Grand Finale" concert will take place at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre on Sunday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, all seats are under cover. Concert-goers should enter Alpine Valley through the resort entrance and shuttles will transport people to the theatre.

The East Troy Community Band will play its final concert on the Square on Thursday, Aug. 1. 

Tax-deductible donations for the group may be sent to:  East Troy Community Band, 3010 Main Street, East Troy, WI  53120.  Check out the ETCB Facebook page for up to date information.

Sussex rallies for LOL West win

July 21, 2013 6:13 p.m. | The first place Sussex Cardinals put together a late inning rally on Sunday to defeat host Menomonee Falls in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 10-8.

Other games Sunday saw the Brookfield Blue Sox defeat Hartland 6-1, Brookfield Bulldogs trounce Lannon in seven innings 15-2 and Oconomowoc edge North Lake, 10-9.

Lasers drop heartbreaker in state semifinal

July 19, 2013 5:14 p.m. |

Crumpled in disbelief, members of the Kettle Moraine baseball team fell to the artificial turf at Kapco Park in Mequon, no doubt reflecting on the cruelty of a game decided in the precious few feet of real estate between home plate and the pitcher’s mound.

New Berlin West executed two squeeze bunts in the bottom of the eighth inning, one to tie the game and one to clinch a 7-6 victory over the Lasers in the summer baseball state semifinal Friday on the campus of Concordia University. After the Lasers had been within one out of advancing to the state championship game before West capped a three-run rally in the seventh, the Lasers re-took the lead in the eighth only to see it evaporate again.

KM, the only top seed to advance into the four-team state field, finished 25-6, graduating just two seniors.

It required an improbable West rally to stun the Lasers on a hot and windy afternoon. The Lasers held a 5-0 lead, and KM starter Keith Koehn held West off the board through the first four innings, extending the team’s scoreless innings streak to 19. West scored twice in the fifth, but after Koehn worked out of a two-on, none-out situation in the sixth, the Lasers looked like they had the upper hand.

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UPDATE: Man involved in four-hour police standoff identified

July 19, 2013 3:53 p.m. | Police officials have confirmed that a man who caused a four-hour standoff with police at his Pewaukee business on Friday was Brookfield resident Jeffrey R. Brown.

Brown, 48, was accused July 9 of allegedly pointing a firearm at his son and his son's friend on Independence Day outside the family's business, located at N16 W22020 Jericho Drive, Pewaukee.

The man was arrested but allegedly continued to threaten his son via text messages. 

Brown was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with negligent handling of a weapon, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and pointing a firearm at another, among other things, and released after posting a $5,000 cash bond.

According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, police went to Brown's business Friday, July 19 to arrest him on a warrant for misdemeanor bail jumping.

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Brookfield man surrenders to police after four hours

July 19, 2013 3:49 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department had just issued a news release regarding a standoff on Jericho Dr. today.

Deputies say they responded to a business in the City of Pewaukee to arrest a 48-year-old Brookfield man on an arrest warrant.

The man locked himself in his business on Jericho Dr. and refused to exit. Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield and Town of Brookfield responded.

There was information that the man possibly had access to weapons and it was believed that he was in the business alone. The Waukesha County Tactical Enforcement Unit was called. 

Contact was made with the man by telephone and after approximately fours the man voluntarily surrendered; he was taken into custody without incident.

Sussex blasting postponed

July 19, 2013 12:49 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Blasting scheduled to begin on Monday on the former Mammoth Springs Cannery Company site at Main Street and Waukesha Avenue has been postponed to July 29.

Tony Tritt, operations manager for Falcon Drilling and Blasting of Omro, said the blast schedule was postponed by developer Arthur Sawall and general contractor Horizon Design Build of Madison. Tritt said he did not know why they postponed the blast.

The under ground denotations are intend to break up and losen bed rock below the surface. After the blasts, the bed rock will be removed to make way for construction of underground parking for tenants at the high end apartment buildings that will be part of the residential and retail complex, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

Property owners near the blast site are invited to contact Falcon Drilling and Blasting at 920-685-5299 if they wish to have the company conduct pre blast surveys of their structures.The surveys will help identify damage to the structures that might be caused by the blast.

Because the charges are set in holes drilled to about 9 to 11 feet deep and covered with additional fill dirt, the company officials are hoping the visual, noise and vibration impacts of the small blasts are minimized.

8-year-old boy drowns in Oconomowoc River

July 19, 2013 9:48 a.m. |  Police were called to Riverside Park yesterday afternoon when an 8-year-old boy was found drowned in the Oconomowoc River.

The boy has been identified as Shane Needles of Nashotah.

Authorities say the boy was at thepark on a field trip with a local Taekwondo Academy. Chaperones noticed him missing and began a search. A 22-year-old counselor  found him in the river, in  two feet of water and immediately began CPR efforts. Police were called to the scene at 2:24 p.m.

The child was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m.; an autopsy is scheduled for this morning.  

Pewaukee man, 43, charged in child sex sting

July 19, 2013 9:25 a.m. |  A 43-year-old Pewaukee man was charged Thursday with allegedly soliciting a girl he believed to be 15 years old for sex, unaware the girl was in fact an undercover detective with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

Alan E. Browning was charged July 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. He alos faces four counts of attempting to cause a child to view sex acts.

According to the criminal complaint:

The sheriff’s detective was contacted July 22, 2012 through Yahoo! Chat by an individual identified as “BrowningAlan15.” The individual told the detective, who was using the persona of a 15-year-old girl, that maybe they should meet sometime.

On Aug. 14, Browning then contacted the detective using the profile “Shooter1989.” Browning allegedly made several salacious comments before learning that the detective’s persona was 15 years old. He then ended the conversation.

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Food and festivals mean summer fun

July 19, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Food and festivals are teaming up for a delicious weekend.

There’s a steak dinner for you at Lion‘s Steak & Cruise Sunday at Seven Seas restaurant overlooking Lake Nagawicka and one of the area’s best sunsets. And if dinner isn’t enough, you can also enjoy a relaxing intimate cruise around the lake.

Arrive at 4:30 p.m. for drinks and hors d’oeuvres and either dine first at 5:30 p.m. and cruise at 7 p.m. or cruise at 5:30 p.m. and dine at 7 p.m. Cost is $60 for the dinner and cruise.

To reserve a spot, call (262) 646-8507 or visit

Fried shrimp and fish dinners are on the menu from 4:30 to  7 p.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church & Academy, Maple Avenue in Sussex. Cost is $8 or $9 for fish, $10 for shrimp and $4 for the hot dog meal. Visit  / for more information.

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Boy drowns in Oconomowoc River

July 18, 2013 7:59 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that an 8-year-old boy drowned today in the Oconomowoc River.

Police say the boy was at Riverside Park with a larger group. A chaperone pulled him out of the water before he was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. The boy did not respond to attempts to revive him.

The boy's name is not being released until family and relatives have been notified.

Aldo Leopold documentary at Michael Fields

July 18, 2013 2:00 p.m. |  Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Road ES, East Troy, will host a public screening of “Green Fire,” an award-winning documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the “big brown barn.” 

Leopold is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. This film is free, but a donation is appreciated to help defray the costs of purchasing public screening. 

The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land. The Green Fire film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future, on Earth Day and every day. 

The film’s on screen guide is conservation biologist and Leopold biographer, Curt Meine. He wrote the biography, Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work in 1988. The film uses Meine to help explore Leopold’s continuing influence. Meine highlights a multitude of modern conservation efforts that connect people and land at the local level. He helped to produce Green Fire and served as narrator for the film. Meine will be at Michael Fields on July 19 to introduce the movie and respond to questions after the show. 

Blasting begins on Sussex development site

July 18, 2013 1:52 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Falcon Drilling and Blasting Inc., of Omro, Wisconsin is scheduled to begin blasting in downtown Sussex next week to make way for construction of the Mammoth Springs residential and retail complex scheduled for constructed at the corner of Waukesha Avenue and Main State, according to the village's website.

The blasting is schedule to begin at 8 a.m. "on or about" Monday, July 22, according to a noticed posted by the blasting company.

"We will be during multiple blasts per day of operation between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for apporximately two weeks," according to Falcon's notice.

Property owners who would like a pre blast survey of their home or structure should contact Falcon's office at 920- 685-5299.

Heading to the Waukesha County Fair? Here's what's in store for Thursday

July 18, 2013 1:16 p.m. | Thursday, July 18 is Carload and Senior Citizen Day at the Waukesha County Fair. Admission is $10 per carload before 4 p.m. and $3 all day for seniors 62 and older.

Thursday's feature events

Senior Day Events 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the  4-H Forum (air-conditioned) and include demonstrations, entertainment and more.

New is the Team X Motorcycle Trials at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The best way to describe Trials is “Extreme Gymnastics on Two Wheels.”

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Karen Ruff retiring from Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Bureau

July 18, 2013 12:14 p.m. | Capt. Karen Ruff is calling it a career.

After 34 years, Ruff is retiring from the Waukesha County Sheriff Detective Bureau as the division commander.

Her last day is July 26.

During her career that began in 1978 as detective captain, she served on The Advisory Committee for the Violence Prevention Initiative, which was formed by The Women's Center Board with a vision of reducing domestic violence, sexual assault, gender violence and child abuse.

Since 1977, The Women's Center has provided shelter, safety and support to victims of these crimes as well as community education on prevention. The goal of this Initiative is to put more resources into prevention. 

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Dust off your dancing shoes and head to Hartland Saturday night

July 18, 2013 11:13 a.m. |

Each summer, Hartland heats up as the community takes to the streets for the Hartland Street Dance.

This year's event is from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20 on East Capitol Drive in downtown Hartland.

Family activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with face painting, games, a rock wall, dunk tank, bounce house and mini-train.

Get your groove on and celebrate the summer with some funky beats from The Boogie Men. Music starts at 7 p.m.

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Serial burglar charged with New Berlin business break-ins

July 17, 2013 5:58 p.m. |  A 45-year-old Mukwonago man was charged Tuesday, July 16 with allegedly burglarizing several businesses located in the 15000 block of West National Avenue in New Berlin.

Robert J. Pettis, Jr. was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary, possession of burglarious tools and resisting arrest, for which he could face more than 13 years in prison and $45,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint:

A New Berlin police officer observed a red truck registered to Pettis driving through the city shortly after midnight on May 29. The officer decided to follow the vehicle, knowing that Pettis had been convicted of burglary five times since 1995. The complaint states that Pettis’ was known for breaking into small businesses during the early morning.

The vehicle parked at Sendik’s Plaza, 36000 South Mooreland Road, and the officer continued surveillance. Another officer checked the nearby businesses for forced entry, but found nothing to indicate a burglary.

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Sussex woman charged with 3rd drug offense in 6 weeks

July 17, 2013 5:00 p.m. | A 24-year-old Sussex woman was charged Tuesday, July 16 with her third drug-related offense in little over a month, allegedly stealing money from a confidential informant attempting to buy narcotic pills from the woman.

Stephanie M. Landry was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with conspiracy to deliver schedule I or II narcotics and misdemeanor theft.

Landry was charged June 4 and June 14 in two separate instances with possession of narcotic drugs. In both cases she was released on signature bonds.

According to the criminal complaint, a detective with the Waukesha Police Department arranged through a confidential informant (CI) to purchase 11 tablets of 30-milligram Percocet from Landry in February. Percocet is a prescription medication, the principal ingredient of which is oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever.

The CI and the detective met with Landry in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot in Waukesha, the complaint states. Landry got into the detective’s vehicle and said she would take the $200 in buy money and then go into the McDonald’s and grab the drugs.

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Mukwonago approves multi-million dollar development

July 17, 2013 4:21 p.m. |  The Village of Mukwonago Board approved a multi-million dollar condominium development that has been in the works for a while.

The Glen of Mukwonago will be a 40 condominium development done by Cornerstone Development of Pewaukee and will be located behind the McDonalds, Culvers and bank. 

The goal is to have enough of the formal paperwork completed to break ground for the clubhouse in late August.

For more information on the project and the reaction of the board, see next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

Bucholtz, 23, held on $500,000 cash bail after Pewaukee stabbing

July 17, 2013 12:59 p.m. |  Pewaukee resident Drew Bucholtz, charged with allegedly stabbing his ex-girlriend in the throat last week, is being held at Waukesha County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond, according to online court records.

Bucholtz, 23, appeared without an attorney at a July 16 initial appearance, where Judge Patrick Haughney ordered the 23-year-old man to have no contact with his ex-girlfriend, the records state.

According to the criminal complaint, Bucholtz met ex-girlfriend Miranda Hager at a Marriot Hotel in Pewaukee on Monday, July 8. The two talked for 10 minutes before he asked Hager to close her eyes because he had a surprise for her. Bucholtz then allegedly stabbed her in the throat with a 6- to 8-inch long kitchen knife.

Hager survived and Bucholtz was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, felony intimidation of a victim and misdemeanor theft.

He  fled Elmbrook Memorial Hospital but was arrested two days later by Milwaukee Police. According to a police news release, an anonymous tipster had allerted law enforcement that Bucholtz was hiding at an apartment on the 2900 block of N. Frederick, located on Milwaukee's Eastside.

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Escape the heat in Sussex

July 17, 2013 9:40 a.m. | Village of Sussex officials have identified two public buildings that are available to residents who are trying to escape 90 degree temperatures with a 100 degree-plus heat index that is expected to continue  through Friday.

"The elderly, young and people with underlying health conditions, such as chronic lung and heart problems, are particularly at risk during heat waves. Please visit these public buildings for a break in the heat," said Melissa Weiss, Assistant Village Administrator and Public Works Director.
The Pauline Haass Libary, located in the village government complex on Main Street, is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The library welcomes visitors who are seeking a safe, air conditioned building during the heat wave, according to Weiss.
The Sussex Community Center,  at W240 N5765 Maple Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has games, puzzles and playing cards available to individuals trying to escape the heat. Seniors can sign up for lunch at the center by calling 24 hours in advance at 262-246-6747. A $4 donation for the lunch is requested, according to Weiss.

Oconomowoc Legion Band plans special concert tonight

July 17, 2013 9:38 a.m. | The Oconomowoc American Legion Band presents "A Musical Travelogue" with soloist Paula Garcia tonight.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell at City Beach.
This will be the band's seventh concert of the summer season.

Selections include:
The Blue and the Gray
The Silver Quill
The Purple Pageant
The Red Sombrero
The Black Horse Troop
Paint Your Wagon
Deep Purple
Blue Moon
Red Arrows March and
Colorburst March

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Avoid Highway KF/Ryan Street in Pewaukee

July 17, 2013 8:47 a.m. | Heavy delays exist in all directions accessing Highway KF/Ryan Street in Pewaukee as crews have begun road construction on a stretch of KF.

The county will repave about 1.6 miles of Highway KF (Ryan Street) from West Wisconsin Avenue to Bayberry Drive. Altogether, the project is expected to take less than three weeks, and roads will be open during the project, with road crew flagging traffic. The KF project is expected to cost taxpayers about $236,000.

Traffic backed up at I-94 and Highway 164

July 17, 2013 8:14 a.m. |  Lake Country motorists heading east may want to find an alternate route this morning  as an  accident at I-94 at Highway 164 has traffic snarled. A caller reported that the accident involved three vehicles andit  appears as if one person is awaiting extrication by first responders.

Oconomowoc council denies second Kwik Trip on Highway 67

July 16, 2013 10:03 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — After more than a year of discussions with Kwik Trip officials to open another store on Highway 67 kitty-corner from an existing one on Oconomowoc Parkway, a majority of Common Council Tuesday had the final say that they don’t want one.

Aldermen voted down a request to divide a parcel in Pabst Farms for the store and a conditional use permit for operations 5-3 with aldermen Cathleen Slattery, Mike Miller, Jay Larsen, Bob Morgan and Tom Strey voting no. Aldermen Rich Allen, Jim Preston and Bob Nold voted for the requests.

The aldermen said main reasons for not approving the items was because of close proximity to a bike trail, another store already across the street and that new development in Pabst Farms should be special and unique.

Read more in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Barbershop Quartet at Mukwonago Library tonight

July 16, 2013 4:06 p.m. |  Mukwonago Community Library will host the Easy Days Barbershop Quartet tonight.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., relive the harmonies of yesteryear with the Easy Days Barbershop Quartet with free and family-friendly light-hearted performance of familiar songs from the 30s and 40s.

Did we mention the library also has airconditing? Beat the heat and enjoy some great music.

Traffic delays in Hartland

July 16, 2013 11:33 a.m. | Traffic delays are taking place this morning and expected to carry over into the afternoon on Merton Avenue in Hartland between Walgreen's and Dottie's Bakery. Only one lane  of traffic is open.

Wolf Construction is doing a lot of patch-work paving and as many as 20 to 25 cars are backed up at certain times.

North Avenue  to the west or Jungbluth Road to the east would be a better route to take whether you're traveling north or south.

Wolf packs a punch as Kettle Moraine baseball makes state

July 15, 2013 5:39 p.m. | Pitching depth promised to be one of the chief reasons Kettle Moraine qualified for the state tournament should the Lasers get that far. Power turned out to play just as big a role Monday in the WIAA summer baseball sectional final at Brookfield Central.

Austin Wolf stroked a two-run homer in the second inning, and KM’s mound staff -- including two huge innings from Wolf -- made it hold up in a 3-0 win over Milwaukee Pius, mere hours after the team topped Brookfield East in a semifinal game, 2-0.

The Lasers advanced to face New Berlin West in the state semifinal at Kapco Park in Mequon at 3:15 p.m. Friday. The state championship game follows. The Lasers have been to state twice before and most recently in 2008, with the program’s lone state title recorded in 1988.

"It's been the same story all year," KM coach Brian Adamczyk said. "When we made moves, moving to a different person or different position, they played as one. They picked each other up and that's why they're here."

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KM gets payback in sectional with East

July 15, 2013 1:15 p.m. | In this same spot a year ago, Brookfield East broke open a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning against Kettle Moraine and advanced to the WIAA sectional final at Waukesha West. This time, it was the Lasers' turn.

The No. 1 seeded team in the summer baseball sectional at Brookfield Central shut out the Spartans, 2-0, advancing to the sectional final played at 4 p.m. against either Milwaukee Pius or Wauwatosa West.

Left-hander Austin Wolf relieved starting pitcher Keith Koehn in the top of the fifth inning after the first two batters reached for Brookfield East, Alex McGuire and Ben Stewart singled to start the inning, but Wolf struck out Eddie Fitting and got the next two hitters to fly out to right fielder Chris Trafton, who had six putouts in the game.

Wolf allowed one hit and one walk, striking out four in three innings to earn the save for Koehn. The winning pitcher, Koehn, gave up just four hits, all singles. He didn't walk a batter but did hit one in four innings.

Brookfield East pitcher Griffin Lynch worked six innings. He struck out eight while walking one. Just one run was earned.

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Pewaukee's run comes to an end

July 12, 2013 9:34 p.m. | For the third time in as many weeks, the Pius XI baseball team soundly defeated Pewaukee, this time ending the Pirates season in a WIAA regional final Friday night at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin.

The No. 2-seeded Popes bested the No. 10-seeded Pirates in five innings, 11-0, to improve to 23-3 overall, while Pewaukee ended the season 17-14. The Popes advance to Monday's sectional matchup with the third-seeded Wauwatosa West (23-4) at Brookfield Central.

West, which dispatched Mukwonago in the regional final, is responsible for two of the Popes' three losses this season. The Trojans defeated the Popes, 6-4 and 3-1, on May 28 and 29.

The Popes wasted no time with Pewaukee, batting through their order in the bottom of the first inning.

Popes senior third baseman Connor Senger led off with a bunt single, and after a stolen base, another bunt and a single from Brendon Bullock, Pius had a 1-0 lead.

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Trafton lifts KM to yet another one-run victory

July 12, 2013 9:27 p.m. | Kettle Moraine has been making a living out of one-run victories all season. Friday's WIAA regional final at Wales Community Park was just the next chapter.

Chris Trafton laced a walk-off single to right field with the bases loaded and two outs, giving the top-seeded Lasers a 4-3 win over Sussex Hamilton.

"Why wouldn't we be in a game like this?" KM coach Brian Adamczyk mused. "We've been in them all season. It's crazy, and the thing with tonight was the fact we made mistakes, so we were fortunate to get a win against a very solid team."

With the score tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Kettle Moraine leadoff hitter Keith Koehn was hit by the first pitch in the helmet by Hamilton reliever Sam Leinon. Junior Jake Pohlman executed a sacrifice bunt, allowing Koehn to advance into scoring position. Matt Melbye grounded out to Chargers senior shortstop Aaron Mushall, and after a discussion at the mound, Hamilton head coach Mike Schramek elected to intentionally walk the next two hitters, junior Robbie Dombrowski and senior Dom Nabak, to load the bases. Up came Trafton.

"I've been taking a lot of extra batting practice," Trafton said. "I guess it paid off."

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Menomonee Falls business owner charged with possessing child porn

July 12, 2013 12:33 p.m. | A 61-year-old Mequon man was charged July 10 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with seven counts of possessing child pornography, allegedly keeping the illegal content on a computer at his Menomonee Falls business.

According to the criminal complaint, An Ohio child sex abuse investigator told state investigators Aug. 6 that Robbie D. Kressin, owner of Midwest Lighting Center, was planning a trip to Ohio to have sex with an individual he believed was a child. The Ohio investigator said he had been communicating with Kressin since April and he had been sent suspected child pornography images by the business owner.

Department of Justic officials said they received an anonymous tip Oct. 4 that Kressin kept images of child pornography on a computer at the business, located at N93 W14594 Whittaker Way, Menomonee Falls.

Another anonymous tip from June 11 said that Kressin was attempting to set up a photography session for underage pictures through Craigslist, the complaint states..

A search warrant was executed July 9 on Kressin’s business and his computer was confiscated. Several images depicted nude children participating in sex acts, according to the complaint.

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Schlundt to leave Cooney High School

July 12, 2013 11:46 a.m. | T.J. Schlundt, an outstanding player the last three years on the Oconomowoc High School varsity boys basketball team, will not play at OHS this coming season but instead will take part in the post-graduate basketball program at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield.

The Schlundt  family made the announcement earlier this week.

Schlundt leaves Oconomwooc as the third-leading scorer in school huistory with 1,054 points  in 69 games. Last season he averaged 16.1 points per game.

Schlundt has received Division 1 scholarship  offers  from  UW-MIlwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Drake and UW-Green Bay.

Vintage baseball season starts at Old World Wisconsin

July 12, 2013 7:59 a.m. |  Old World Wisconsin breaks out the ashes (bats) and apples (balls) for the first vintage base ball (as the name was originally spelled) game of the season on Saturday, July 13, at 1:30 pm. The museum's team, the Eagle Diamonds, wears authentic wool uniforms and plays by the 1860s rules of the game as they take on the Milwaukee Cream Citys.

After the match, guests are welcome to join the players on the field to try the vintage equipment and practice hitting and running bases. The game takes place during July's "The World of Little House" event, featuring Laura Ingalls Wilder-related activities every day of the month.

Admission to the game is included with museum admission. Adults $16; children (5-17) $9 (children under 5 are free); students and senior citizens (65 and over) $14; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $43. Base Ball Car Load pricing is in effect during base ball events:  $43 admits an entire car load (up to nine people).

The next vintage base ball game held at Old World Wisconsin is Aug. 3 at 1:30 pm against the Greenbush Dead Citys.

Spend the day at an outdoor festival

July 12, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It’s festival season in Lake Country and that means great opportunities to enjoy grilled food, some of the area’s most popular bands and lots of outdoor fun.

The Lake Country Art Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Naga-waukee Park, 651 State Highway 83, Delafield, features more than 110 juried exhibitors, concessions, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Admission is $5 per carload.

The three-day Ashippun Firefighters Picnic is Friday through Sunday at Ashippun Firefighter’s Park on Highway 67. There will be kids’ activities such as inflatables plus modified garden tractor pulls, family activities, live music, food and beverages.

SummitFest at Genesee Lake Road Park, 37505 Genesee Lake Road, Summit, on Saturday includes 5K, 10K, half marathon runs plus a Kids Dirty Dog Mud Run. Come for the race and stay for the fun. Events include a kids’ home run derby, Wiffleball tournament, bands, food and beverages.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head over to the pie and ice cream social after the 9 a.m. Sunday service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and School on Wisconsin Avenue in Oconomowoc.

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Waukesha Sheriff’s Dept. investigate multi-state check forgery ring

July 11, 2013 2:08 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department issued a search warrant Monday, July 8 to determine whether three men being held in an Illinois jail are responsible for stealing 31 bankroll checks from a Town of Lisbon business.

Police suspect the three men, who will not be identified as no charges have yet been filed, cashed 16 of those stolen checks on May 15 at various local BMO Harris Banks for $15,835, according to a search warrant affidavit. An investigating officer spoke with Scott Merbeth, president of Merbeth Sheet Metal Products, who said that he found pry marks on interior doors leading into the business office.

Also missing was a payroll check already made out to an employee. Police believe the check was stolen so that the suspected thieves could forge the authorized signature, the affidavit states.

Three men, ages 38, 31 and 30, were arrested May 16 in Waukegan, Ill. for passing similar phony checks, the affidavit states. Found in a car driven by one of the suspects was several uncashed checks from Merbeth Sheet Metal Products.

The men are believed to be associated with an interstate burglary, theft and forgery ring, the affidavit states. One man arrested had an active warrant in Tennessee for burglary and forgery and another man had a federal warrant for bank fraud issued in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

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Man, 48, charged with threatening family at Pewaukee business

July 11, 2013 12:44 p.m. |  A 48-year-old Brookfield man was charged Tuesday, June 9 in Waukesha County with several misdemeanors, allegedly threatening his family with a handgun at the family’s Pewaukee business.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched shortly before midnight on July 4 after receiving reports of shots fired at N16 W22020 Jericho Drive, City of Pewaukee.

Police were told a man, who will not be named to protect the victims, had drunkenly fired several shots into the air and was attempting to flee the scene in a truck, according to the complaint. Police were able to stop him before he left the area and he was placed under arrest.

The man’s wife told officers that the family and her son’s friend were returning equipment they had used to the storage facility on Jericho Drive. When they arrived, her husband was there and started yelling profanities at them, saying he was going to destroy her property, according to the complaint. She told police she does not know why he was so upset. They still lived together and they were not getting divorced.

The man then allegedly fired three shots into the air and pointed the gun at his son and his son’s friend, according to the complaint. He then tried to leave, but was stopped by police.

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Walleyes for Tomorrow meets tonight

July 11, 2013 11:43 a.m. | Walleyes for Tomorrow (WFT) is a 501(c)3 that's working to improve the walleye populations, and a growing chapter is up and running right in Pewaukee. There is a meeting tonight, July 11, at the Sandbar Sports Pub.

The project-oriented organization grew into eight more chapters, helping walleye enthusiasts improve water quality and habitat, improve spawning areas, help stocking efforts, assist in research, promotion healthy harvests and educate the public. The group provides resources, assist in fund-raising efforts and by recruit volunteer labor where possible.

They're still raising funds to cover the costs for the the new walleye wagon — and whatever projects they care to take on after that — and members really do make a big difference. Membership is $25 and individual sponsorship is $200.

Those who would like to join, or just want to learn more, can contact LPSD or attend the meetings, every second Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sandbar Sports Pub, W278 N2315 Prospect Ave.

North Lake man charged with pointing fake gun at cars, strangling brother

July 11, 2013 11:36 a.m. |  A 20-year-old North Lake man faces charges after being arrested twice over Independence Day weekend, allegedly pointing what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle at cars and then later strangling his brother over a bottle of vodka.

Austin J. M. Tischer what charged Monday, July 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and two counts of disorderly conduct, for which he could receive more than seven years in prison and $22,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 6:30 a.m. July 5 to N77 W31520 Highway 83 after receiving reports of a man pointing a gun at cars.

Witness Michael Gales told police that he was driving south on Highway 83 when he spotted three teenagers standing on a house patio. A man in a black tank top was pointing what appeared to be a submachine gun at cars as they passed by the house.

Police search the house and located several fake semiautomatic-type guns that looked very realistic, according to the complaint. Tischer, who appeared intoxicated, was placed under arrest.

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Benefit for Eagle resident with ALS

July 10, 2013 3:52 p.m. | Jason Warner, an Eagle resident is battling ALS but his neighborhood is not letting him battle it alone.

They are throwing a benefit for the Warner Family on Saturday, July 13 from 4- 10 p.m. and Suhmer's Saloon in Eagle. 

There are more than 50 donated items that will be raffled, including a 2013 Yamaha 250 bike, a lot of Harley-Davidson gear, tools, a Brewers package, and gift cards to local restaurants. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and freewill offering as well as food and music provided by Rocktonic.

For more information check-out the full article online here.

Pewaukee fugitive, wanted for attempted homicide, found

July 10, 2013 2:25 p.m. | 23-year-old Drew Bucholtz, wanted for attempted first degree intentional homicide, was arrested by Milwaukee police officers this morning. A news release has just been issued by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detailing the incident. 

In the release, Lieutenant Milwaukee Police Department Lieutenant Mark Stanmeyer said Bucholtz was found with non-life threatening injuries after stabbing himself in the chest.

MPD District One officers responded to a residence in the 2900 block of N. Frederick on Milwaukee's east side at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving an anonymous tip to check for a wanted suspect. The officers found that the suspect had locked himself in a bathroom inside of the residence.

The officers forced entry into the bathroom and discovered that the suspect had stabbed himself in the chest with a knife. First-aid was administered and the suspect was conveyed to a local hospital where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The suspect will be turned over to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

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Garden walk features four Mukwonago area gardens

July 10, 2013 1:37 p.m. |

While Russ and Barb Larson's entire yard features many perennials that bloom throughout the summer, the real attraction is the raised garden railroad which fills most of the backyard. It’s approximately 90 feet long and 30 feet wide and includes about 400-feet of track for the G scale trains.

The Larson garden is the featured garden of the four gardens in the Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church garden walk on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tickets for the garden walk can be purchased for $6 at Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, S90 W27550 National Avenue, Mukwonago. A portion of proceeds will go to the Suicide Prevention Organization at Mukwonago High School.  

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Marshals seek Pewaukee fugitive

July 10, 2013 11:27 a.m. | The U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force is searching for Pewaukee man, Drew Bucholtz, 22, who is wanted for attempted homicide. 

Lake Country reported yesterday that a warrant for arrest was filed against Bucholtz in Waukesha County Circuit Courts after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the throat on Monday. 

Marshals say Bucholtz called his ex-girlfriend and asked to meet at the Marriott Hotel in Pewaukee. He got into the passenger seat of her car and at one point, he told her to close her eyes because he had a surprise for her. She closed her eyes and he reportedly stabbed her in the neck with a kitchen knife. 

Authorities are asking anyone who has seen Bucholtz or his car, a red 2001 Honda Civic with Wisconsin plates 710RYS, to call 911. He was last seen wearing a white-striped, long sleeve Abercrombie & Fitch shirt.

Oconomowoc Legion members gear up for state convention in city

July 10, 2013 10:36 a.m. | Oconomowoc will host the Wisconsin American Legion convention July 17-21. Meetings will be held at Olympia resort for the event that will attract 1,000 Legion members to Oconomowoc.

While meetings will be held at Olympia, Oconomowoc Legion Post 91 also has some home-town activities planned for the visitors including attending the Oconomowoc Legion Band concert Wednesday evening July 17, offering historic walking tours around Fowler Lake, boat rides and more.

The public is also invited to participate in state convention activities by participating in a motorcycle poker run taking off from Wisconsin Harley-Davidson at noon, Saturday, July 20. There will also be a military vehicle display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Olympia.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

AHS baseball season ends

July 10, 2013 5:25 a.m. | Arrowhead's baseball team had one bad inning Tuesday night at the WIAA regional at Regner Park in West Bend and ended up losing to host West Bend East in a first-round tournament game, 7-3.

Leading 3-0 after three and one-half innings, the Warhawks committed four errors in the bottom of the fourth inning and those miscues allowed the Suns to score four unearned runs. East eventually won the game, 7-3.

Arrowhead finished the season with a 12-17 record.

Benny Serres and Dom Todarello led the Warhawks with two hits each.

Branden Frank pitched into the fifth inning and took the loss. for AHS.  He struck out eight batters, walked six, allowed just two hits and did not give up a single earned run.

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Mukwonago flourishes in seventh inning

July 09, 2013 11:49 p.m. | Mukwonago starting pitcher Dan Timmers put out as many fires as he could, then started one of his own.

The senior's one-out double in the seventh inning broke a streak of 11 straight batters retired by Waukesha West starter Derek Urban and started a rally that netted the Indians five runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night. The host Wolverines were within two outs of advancing in the WIAA playoffs with a 5-4 edge, but Mukwonago emerged with a 9-6 victory instead.

"With a 1-2 count, I was thinking he would come with the slider," said Timmers. "I tried to sit back on it, drive it into right and it worked out. I feel like we rallied after that, we really got going."

After an AJ Bricco walk, Matt McCartan -- whose error at second base in the fourth had allowed West to score the go-ahead run -- capped a 3 for 4 day with a game-tying single, sending Timmers home with a head-first slide.

"Three mistakes in the field, I felt I could come up big for my team," McCartan said. "I started off really hot (this year), slowed down a little bit and maybe a few games ago started to bring it back around again."

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Six-run first leads to PHS win

July 09, 2013 9:43 p.m. | The Pewaukee baseball team entered its opening round WIAA summer basbeall playoff game against Marquette on Tuesday evening as the underdog, but the Pirates put that status to bed almost immediately. The 10th-seeded Pirates used an incredible start in the first inning and upset seventh-seeded Marquette with an 8-4 outcome that propelled PHS to Friday's regional final against No. 2 seed Milwaukee Pius.

The Pirates scored six runs in the top of the first, all after two outs. After two of the first three batters in the game were retired, Pewaukee's Trent Borgardt started the onslaught by hitting a single up the middle and moving Austin Schroeder to third. Schroeder scored on a single by Chris Tredwell. After Kyle Petoskey was hit by a pitch from Marquette's Armando Barron, George Opelt drove in two runs on a single that took a fortuitous bounce over the Marquette infield, and after Mason Giordano walked, Evan Hansen singled Petoskey home and made the score 4-0. Doug Devoe then found himself at-bat for the second time in the first inning. After hitting a fly ball on his first at-bat, he didn't want to make a second consecutive out.

"Going up twice, you don't want to have two outs in a row, so my second at-bat, I came up with the mentality just to drive the ball, hit it where I can hit it and I just swung hard," DeVoe said. "I came up with a double and scored two runs. I think that brought our team up even more."

The 6-0 start to the ballgame gave the Pirates all the momentum and runs they would need for the win. Marquette didn't give up any more runs until Barron was relieved midway through the sixth inning, but the Marquette sluggers simply couldn't put together enough offense to recover.

"When you score six runs in the top of the first, it's not something that you ever expect to do, and certainly not something that we've done at any point this season," Pewaukee coach Adam Dobberstein said. "I don't remember the last time we scored six runs in the top of the first inning, so to do it in this sort of atmosphere in a playoff game on the road against a team like Marquette that's a well-coached team and a very fundamentally sound team; it put a lot of pressure on them. It was an emotional boost for our kids, and as much as anything, it took a lot of offensive options away from them. I saw them a few times before we played tonight, and they're very good at the bunting game and moving runners. But when they're down six, even when they were down 6-3, you don't have those options. You can't give up an out, so it was huge."

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Metzger's single a winner for Hamilton

July 09, 2013 9:10 p.m. | Hamilton junior Trent Metzger was the hero of the day July 9 in the first round of the WIAA summer baseball playoffs. His 10th-inning walk-off single to right field was the difference, scoring senior Taylor Paepke from second base in the Chargers' 1-0 victory against Catholic Memorial.

The Chargers advanced to Friday's WIAA regional final at Wales Community Park to face the No. 1 seed, Kettle Moraine.

With one out, Paepke was able to fight off a 2-2 delivery from Crusaders relief pitcher Sergio Rodriguez for a single to left-center field. Junior Kelton Corcoran reached on a bunt down the first base line, pushing Paepke into scoring position to set up Metzger's drama.

"It felt good; I was just hoping to make good contact and put it in play," Metzger said.

Junior Jake Fischer was efficient to say the least for the Chargers, tossing all 10 innings and needing just 102 pitches. He mixed his pitches well, keeping the Crusaders hitters in an uncomfortable state.

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Pewaukee man sought in alleged throat stabbing

July 09, 2013 6:00 p.m. |  Pewaukee resident Drew E. Bucholtz told his ex-girlfriend to close her eyes before allegedly stabbing her in the throat with a kitchen knife Monday afternoon.

Miranda Hager is alive and police are now searching for Bucholtz, 22, charged Tuesday, July 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree homicide, felony intimidation of a victim and misdemeanor theft, all repeater offenses.

Bucholtz was previously convicted in 2008 of vehicle theft, with charges of burglary dismissed but taken into account in his sentence of two years probation.

He could face more than 80 years in prison and $35,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital at 5:50 p.m. July 8 to investigate reports of a stabbing.

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Free wedding dresses in Wales for military brides

July 09, 2013 4:11 p.m. | Aeva Couture is giving away free wedding dresses to military brides during their two-day event.

The bridal shop teamed up with Brides Across America to provide free dresses to brides who have been in the military or who have finances that have been in the military in the last five years.

The event will take place at Aeva Couture tonight until 7p.m. and tomorrow, July 10 from 9 a.m. - 7p.m.

No appointment is necessary but military brides must register with Brides Across America.

Look for more information on this program and on Aeva Couture in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

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On-duty volunteer firefighter not immune in crash lawsuit

July 09, 2013 9:42 a.m. | The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit against a Waukesha County volunteer firefighter who caused a crash while on his way to an emergency call.

The court found the Okauchee Fire Department volunteer was in fact on duty, but that he was still not immune from the lawsuit because he ran a red light without a siren, in violation of his "ministerial duty."

Two people injured in the 2008  crash sued Parnell Burditt, the department and its insurers, but a Waukesha County judge granted summary judgment in the defendants' favor on the basis that Burditt was acting within the scope of his employment and protected by public officer immunity. The Court of Appeals affirmed that ruling.

But because Burditt did not have an audible signal, only flashers, when he went through the red light, he created an exception to that immunity, the high court found.

Two principals chosen for MASD schools

July 09, 2013 4:53 a.m. | Two new faces will join the administrative team for the Mukwonago Area School District after the School Board approved contracts for Benjamin Kossow and James Darin last night. 

Kossow will take the reins as principal at Clarendon Avenue Elementary School, replacing long-time Clarendon principal John Shanahn who retired this year.  Kossow has been a teacher for the Waukesha School District, Talented and Gifted Coordinator for the Waterford Graded School District, and most recently, served a two-year stint as the  associate principal at the Hillel Academy in Milwaukee.

Darin will be the new principal at Mukwonago High School, taking over from Shawn McNulty who stepped up to the position of MASD superintendent, following the retirement of Superintendent Paul Strobel. Darin was an associate principal at Brookfield Central High School  for the past five years.  Prior to starting his administrative position in the Elmbrook School District, he was a social studies teacher at Brookfield Central where he also coached girls basketball and golf.  He will start his MHS duties on Monday, July 15. 

Power surge reported in Hartland

July 08, 2013 5:32 p.m. | About 130 WE Energy customers in the Village of Hartland lost power Monday morning, the result of a tree branch landing on power lines, a spokeswoman for the company said.

Cathy Schulze said that the company also received calls about  a power surge damaging customer electronics in the affected area, which included Highland Avenue, Tenny Avenue and Woodland Court.

Schulze said that the tree branch that downed lines also forced contact between higher and lower voltage wires, resulting in the surge. 

Because the damage was caused by inclement weather, she said, customers would have to seek comensation through their home insurance companies.

Power returned to most customers homes by 2 p.m. at the earliest, 9 p.m. at the latest.

Mukwonago Taco Bell closed for renovations

July 08, 2013 4:51 p.m. |  It doesn't seem like it would be a big problem, but dozens of potential patrons have walked up to Taco Bell on Greenwald Court in Mukwonago this afternoon only to find a note to patrons on the door.

The fast-food chain is closed for renovations from July 7 through July 13. According to the note, the kitchen is being redone.

Making a Difference in the Life of a Senior

July 08, 2013 4:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center, 500 Riverview Ave., Waukesha, is looking for caring compassionate people who would consider being visitor volunteers to provide support and companionship to older adults. 

Visitors are matched with clients who have similar interests and live within a reasonable proximity to the senior’s home. Friendly Visitors spend at least one hour a week with their assigned client.

Male volunteers are especially needed to visit with men living in Elm Grove, Eagle, New Berlin and Waukesha. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license and carry car insurance.

For more information or to request a volunteer application call Karen Straw at (262) 548-7829 or visit the ADRC’s website and click on the volunteer tab. All applicants are asked to provide references, pass a criminal background check and have a safe driving record. Orientation and training will be provided.

10 WE Energies trucks on one street

July 08, 2013 4:03 p.m. | At 3:45 p.m. Monday a total of 10 WE Energies trucks were on Highland Avenue in Hartland. In and around Highland Avenue numerous houses were without power.

Several other homes on Highland had some power but several of those houses had no television service.

Delafield gun club seeks new permit

July 08, 2013 4:02 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The gun club shut down by the city three years ago because it failed to meet firing range safety standards resulting in a woman being accidentially shot while at a nearby outdoor restuarants is applying for a new operating permit.

Lawyers for the Hartland Sportsman Club filed the 63 page conditional use application with city officials on Wednesday, July 3, according to City Clerk Gina Gresch. The first review of the application will be at a July 31 Plan Commission meeting, according to city officials.

City Planner Roger Dupler said representatives of the gun club have discussed with him the possibility of extending the roof lines and eves of firing shelters in order to prevent rounds from escaping the firing range.

The remodeled firing range may also include obstacles that club members must fire rounds beneath in order to hit targets in another attempt to keep rounds within the range, according to Dupler.

In May of 2010, Raluca Buznea, who was 17 weeks pregnant at the time, was grazed near her hip by a stray bullet as she sat at an outdoor dinning table of a nearby restuarant.

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Judge gives state agency 20 days to find a home for Alan Randall

July 08, 2013 3:29 p.m. |  Judge Donald Hassin said Monday that the court was “extremely frustrated” with the state's Department of Health Services over delays in its preparation of a plan that would allow convicted cop killer Alan Randall to be released into the community after nearly 40 years in a mental institution.

Wisconsin Community Services (WCS), an agency contracted by the State Department of Health Services, was expected to provide the Waukesha County judge with a report on July 8 outlining the terms of Randall’s return to the community. A six-person jury determined April 25 that Randall, convicted in 1975 of killing Summit Police Officers Robert “Rocky” Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be allowed conditional release from a mental health institution.

Randall did not attend the July 8 hearing.

On June 21, forensic specialist Matthew Ziegler sent a letter to the court asking for a 60-day extension because of housing placement issues.

Randall’s Attorney Craig Powell said in a letter to the court that those issues were the result of WCS’ “myopic focus” on finding living arrangements for Randall in Waukesha County, what it calls his “resident county.”

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Hartland homes, businesses lose power

July 08, 2013 10:10 a.m. | Many businesses in downtown Hartland and homes in the same area lost power around 9 a.m. this morning. As of 10 a.m. Monday, those establishments were still out of power.

Power went out briefly throughout the village but many of the locations regained power within one minute.

Pewaukee, Sussex tied for LOL West lead

July 07, 2013 5:38 p.m. | Pewaukee and Sussex are tied for first place in the Land O' Lakes Western Division  baseball standings with just four weeks remaining in the regular season. The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs.

Records are Pewaukee and Sussex at 10-3, Brookfield Bulldogs 9-4, Menomonee Falls and Brookfield Blue Sox at 8-4, West Bend 8-6, Merton and Oconomowoc at 7-7, Lannon at 6-7, Hartland and North Lake at 3-11 and Monches 1-13.

Games on Sunday saw Oconomowoc stop Merton 8-1, Brookfield Blue Sox edge Monches 10-8, Sussex whip North Lake 14-6, Menomonee Falls down West Bend 6-2, Brookfield Bulldogs defeat Hartrland 7-1 and Pewaukee rally past Lannon 5-2.

Eagle Historical Society and Palmyra Eagle Community Band offers ice cream social and concert

July 05, 2013 3:00 p.m. |  The Palmyra Eagle Community Band proudly presents Cakes, Cream and Cabarets featuring singer Kimberly Fadner.

Come at 1p.m. Sunday July 7 to Eagle Park to enjoy a free ice cream social followed by the 2p.m. concert. 

"Can't Help Lovin Dat Man O Mine", "Moon River", and "I Dreamed A Dream" will be amoung the many great pops standards. Kimbirdlee (her professional name), and her father Bob Miller will repeat their great duet "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" from P.E. Band's new CD "The 40s: A Sentimental Journey." Also featured will be the sounds of the "The Kettle Moraine Blues" lead by Jim Niest.

Music, dance and art this weekend

July 05, 2013 12:00 a.m. | The Fourth of July festivities are through but there are still lots of fun things to do this weekend including music, dance and art.

Lake Country Unplugged, featuring talented local groups, will start filling the air with music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at SummerStage in Lapham Peak Park, Highway C in Delafield. Among the groups performing include Garrett Waite, Take Two and Sweet Potato Band.  For more information visit or call (262) 337-1560.

If you’d like to have some fun dancing and make new friends stop by the Delafield Contra Dance independence Weekend starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Two bands and two callers will keep everyone dancing  through Sunday. For more information call (608) 697-4021 or visit

Friday night there will also be an artists reception featuring recent paintings and photographs by TC Hoffman, Rita Maria, Peter Kudlata and Suzanne Garr from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delafield Arts Center, 527 Milwaukee St., Delafield. Enjoy classical guitar music by Robin Wohlfeil. The show runs through Aug. 3. For more information visit

There will be a used book sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturday at the Delafield Chamber of Commerce, 421 Main St., Delafield. The sale is hosted by the Friends of Delafield Public Library. The proceeds from the sale benefit youth and adult programs at the library.

Muskies, Blue Sox win big LOL games

July 04, 2013 6:03 p.m. | The Pewaukee Muskies, North Lake Lakers and the Brookfield Blue Sox grabbed the headlines on the Fourth of July in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by scoring impressive wins.

Pewaukee knocked off first place Sussex 13-4 and the Blue Sox upset the Brookfield Bulldogs, 7-6 in10 innings.  North Lake stunned Merton, 5-1. It was the second time this season the Blue Sox knocked off the defending champion Bulldogs.

Other LOL West games saw Menomonee Falls edge Monches 4-1, West Bend whip Oconomowoc 12-3 and Lannon stop Hartland, 5-11.

Statue of Liberty gets Mukwonago touch

July 03, 2013 3:45 p.m. |  After being damaged in Huricane Sandy, Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty will reopen tomorrow in time to celebrate America's 237th birthday.

Banker Wire, a Mukwonago-based company, provided new stairwells for the base of the statue to enhance the look and durability of the Lady Liberty's inner stairways.

Read more about Banker Wire and this unique project in next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

Summer series helps young adults tap into theology

July 03, 2013 12:50 p.m. | Theology-on-Tap is a summer speaker series for young adults, married and single, in their 20s and 30s, designed to address the needs, questions, and interests of young adults. Learn more about "Ways of Praying" on Monday, July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Matty’s Bar & Grill, 14460 W. College Avenue, New Berlin.

Other topics include "How to be Holy When Nobody's Watching" on July 15, "Getting to Marriage in a Hanging out, Hooking Up World" on July 22 and "How do Catholics Read the Bible?" on July 29 at Matty's.

Theology-on-Tap held at various locations throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee during July and early August. Each site holds four weekly sessions featuring different topics and presenters.

No need to register and there's no fee to attend. Must be 21-years-old to attend due to alcohol being served. Theology-on-Tap is sponsored by the local Catholic parishes of St. James in Mukwonago, St. Joseph in Big Bend, St. Theresa in Eagle and St. Thomas Aquinas in Waterford, as well as St. Leonard in Muskego, St. Martin of Tours in Franklin and St. Clare in Wind Lake. 

For more info visit Facebook.

No Lake Country Farmers Market this week

July 03, 2013 12:17 p.m. | Lake Country Farmers Market, which normally appears at the Tyme Out Center in Stone Bank each Thursday, will be off this week, Thursday, July 4, for the holiday.

The market will resume from 3 to 6 p.m. next Thursday, July 11. 

KM repeats as Classic 8 champion

July 02, 2013 9:48 p.m. | Speed doesn't slump, so even if the Kettle Moraine bats have hit a bit of a funk in the home stretch of the 2013 summer baseball season, the Lasers had just enough to wheel past Mukwonago on Tuesday and repeat as Classic 8 Conference champion.

Throw in a stunning 3-2 loss by second-place Muskego against Waukesha North, and the Lasers had clinched their first outright title since 1987.

Down to their final out, the Lasers motored around to score the tying run on a Mukwonago error in the seventh, and more aggressive baesrunning netted the go-ahead strike in the eighth as KM took a 5-4 victory.

It wasn't always pretty. Kettle Moraine scored three runs in the first inning without the benefit of a hit, finished the game with just four hits overall and posted only one hit in an inning that also featured a run.

"What concerns me is that this is the time of year you want to be playing your best ball," KM coach Brian Adamczyk said. "Four hits and poor body language doesn't indicate a team that's a No. 1 seed (in the upcoming playoffs). A win is great, but they have to get better and keep making progress. Whether it's pressure adding up for a young team or it's just two off days in a row, they have to take care of business."

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County Hwy. MD delays

July 02, 2013 4:02 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Road construction crews have reduced travel to one lane on Moraine Drive (County Hwy MD) extending north and west from Mountain Shadows Drive to the entrance of the Ironwood Golf Course.

Construction crews are controlling traffic while they repair and resurface the west lane of the road.

Since the construction work appears to have began at Silver Spring Road and is proceeding south along Moraine Drive, motorists may anticipate traffic delays during morning and afternoon commutes.

Mukwonago Chamber named 12th largest in Milwaukee area

July 02, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce was recently named the 12th largest Milwaukee-area Chamber of Commerce by the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee.

The award is based on number of participating members.

In an e-mail to chamber members, Chamber Director April Reszka said "I appreciate your gift of time and talent. Together, we won a prestegise award from the Business Journal.  I am proud to work with such a dedicated group of individuals, for without you, this award would not have been achievable."

The Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce has more than 300 members. 

Lannon man charged with disorderly conduct, injuring officers

July 02, 2013 2:34 p.m. |  A 21-year-old Lannon man was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of resisting an officer, causing soft tissue injury, and one count disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, Corey R. Kalmbach was arrested Friday, June 28 by Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies on Bugline Trail for allegedly drinking at Menomonee County Park and cursing out lifeguards.

Witnesses said that Kalmbach and two friends, who have not been charged, argued with lifeguards over a lost volleyball. They were later spotted drinking in the park and urinating in the bushes, after which they were told to leave.

Head lifeguard Zachary Davis, who called police after the men refused to leave, said that Kalmbach was belligerent and rude to staff, the complaint reads.

Kalmbach also cursed out police and fought with the two arresting officers, the complaint reads. He was eventually subdued with a stun gun, but the officers sustained cuts as a result of the arrest, according to the complaint. He registered a .08 blood-alcohol concentration on a preliminary breath test administered by police.

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Travel back in time for the July 4th holiday

July 01, 2013 4:05 p.m. | Celebrate Fourth of July like small towns did at the turn of the 20th century during the Old World Fourth of July held on July 4. 

Old-fashioned summertime activities and games will be available throughout the site of the outdoor museum, along with special patriotic activiites. 

A community band concert - the only day this special band comes together to play songs of the time, on instruments of the period  - begins at 11:30 a.m. Everyone can join in the hymn sing at St. Peter's Church at 12:15 p.m.  The "Grand Parade" through the late-1800s Crossroads Village, begins at 1:30 p.m. with patriotic exercises following at 2 p.m.

Visitors can also take part in a greased pole climb, tug-o-war with the site's oxen team, egg toss and more. Details can be found online.

ATC elects Borgard to board of directors

July 01, 2013 3:27 p.m. | PEWAUKEE -- Lawrence T. Borgard has joined the board of directors of American Transmission Co. (ATC).

Borgard is the president and chief operating officer–utilities for Integrys Energy Group. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Integrys’ six regulated electric and natural gas utilities. Collectively, the subsidiaries serve 1.6 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across four Midwest states.

He began his career at Wisconsin Public Service Corp. as an engineer in 1984, rising to leadership positions in field operations, regulatory compliance, transmission and planning. More recently, he has held executive level positions at multiple Integrys subsidiaries.

A recent chairman of the board of the American Gas Association, Borgard also serves on the board of directors of Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wis., and was a recent campaign chairman for the United Way of Brown County. He also is an executive advisor and member of the board of governors of the Metropolitan Planning Commission in Chicago.

On the ATC board, Borgard replaces Charles Schrock, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Integrys Energy Group.

Mukwonago restaurant manager charged with "gutting" foreclosed property

July 01, 2013 1:10 p.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 48-year-old former manager of Mukwonago Market Square, charged Friday with allegedly stripping the restaurant clean of all valuable equipment after it was foreclosed upon last May.

Martin S. Guerrero was charged June 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with removal or damage to encumbered property, a Class I Felony which carries a maximum sentence of more than three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Andres Zavaleta, the owner of the restaurant and Guerrero's brother-in-law, was charged in September 2012 with the same offense. According to online court records, the parties in that case are currently working on a tentative deferred prosecution, with a hearing scheduled for July 11.

According to a criminal complaint, an Aug. 14 inspection of the property, 1015 Highway NN, Village of Mukwonago, revealed that the building had been “gutted of anything of value that could be removed.”

Waukesha State Bank officials noted that items taken included sinks, pizza ovens, fryers, grills, booths, furnaces and air conditioners. The place stank of rotting food, with garbage and refuse strewn throughout the kitchen, and the basement was flooded, the complaint reads.

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Restaurateur Jack Weissgerber dies unexpectedly

July 01, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Longtime business owner and community advocate, Jack Weissgerber, died unexpectedly around 11 p.m. Sunday. Details on cause of death are unavailable.

Weissgerber owned and operated Seven Seas in Delafield and The Gasthaus of Waukesha, both restaurants in the Weissgerber family brand which also includes his brother, Hans' Golden Mast in Okauchee.

Friend Brian Dorow said he just visited with Weissgerber Friday at Seven Seas commenting that the restaurant was busy and the family was celebrating a recent renovation.

Dorow said he was shocked after hearing the news Monday morning.

Weissgerber is a longtime member of the Waukesha Rotary Club as a past president and leader in many of the Rotary's projects including the annual pancake breakfast and Bluesfest.

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

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The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.

Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit  

Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.

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