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OHS stays perfect

Aug. 30, 2011 10:38 p.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity boys soccer team improved to 5-0, stopping Wisconsin Lutheran on Tuesday, 2-0.

Kevin Bednarski, a senior, and junior Ryan Hammer scored for the winners.

Goalie David Stevens had an outstanding game in goal, coach Jason Werchowski reported.

Lasers roll again in soccer

Aug. 30, 2011 9:30 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys soccer team won easily on Tuesday 8-0 against Waukesha South.

Trey Dowling had two goals for the undefeated Lasers.

Arrowhead lost to Waukesha Catholic Memorial 1-0 in another Classic 8 Conference game.

Okauchee homeowner shot intruder twice, affidavit says

Aug. 30, 2011 5:00 p.m. | Waukesha - The intruder killed by an Okauchee homeowner on Saturday died after being shot twice in the upper chest with rounds apparently fired from a .357 revolver, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant.

Homeowner Michael Fitzsimmons told investigators that he thought the intruder, James P. Babe IV, 39, was armed when he fired the shots about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the affidavit.

Babe was unarmed, although investigators believe he may have had a gray cellphone in his right hand when he was shot, the court records state.

Officers found Babe's body face up outside on a deck where he was shot. The cellphone was on his upper chest/shoulder area in a position that made it appear that the phone dropped from Babe's right hand as he fell to the deck, the affidavit says.

The search warrant and affidavit were filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court to allow officers to search Fitzsimmons' home. They were looking for clothing items and towels that might have blood on them as well as handguns and ammunition. They also wanted a plank from the deck that has blood on it and an indentation in it believed to have been caused by a handgun round.

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Competency hearing on killer of Real Estate mogul postponed

Aug. 29, 2011 2:44 p.m. |

Waukesha – A court hearing this afternoon to determine if a Fox Point teen will stand trial for murdering his grandfather at this Town of Merton home in May was delayed until Wednesday as the family of the teen wanted to change lawyers.

Attorney Jennifer Dorow informed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina that the family for Richard B. Wilson, 17, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for killing Ronald Siepmann, 78, May 8 wanted a new attorney. Michael Steinle will represent Wilson at Wednesday’s hearing.

Wilson is accused of killing Siepmann, a real estate developer and founder of Siepmann Realty in the City of Pewaukee, with an ax. A psychologist evaluated Wilson and a report on Wilson’s competency has been filed but is sealed.

In June, a report by a different psychologist concluded Wilson has an "active psychotic condition" but stated Wilson is "likely" to become competent to stand trial once he undergoes treatment.

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Neumann announces run for Senate

Aug. 29, 2011 8:45 a.m. |     Former congressman Mark Neumann announced today that he would run for the seat vacated by the retirement of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.

   Appearing on Charlie Sykes’ radio show on WTMJ4 620 radio show, Neumann becomes the first candidate to formally announce his intention to run for the post in 2012.

  For more on this story, read the Tuesday edition of Lake Country Publications.

Kraft leads after 18 holes at U.S. Amateur

Aug. 28, 2011 1:36 p.m. | Kelly Kraft, 21, of Dallas, has a 2-up lead over Patrick Cantlay of California after the opening 18 holes Sunday morning in the 36-hole championship gofl match at the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills Golf Course.

Cantlay won the first hole but Kraft took the lead on the fifth hole and has been on top since. He led by four holes on the back nine at one time. Cantlay won the 18th hole to go 2-down.

The final 18 holes was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Television coverage is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on NBC.

Oconomowoc starts out 2-0

Aug. 26, 2011 11:31 p.m. | It has been awhile since Oconomowoc has been undefeated after two weeks of the football season.

In fact, the current Raccoons’ seniors were in third grade the last time it happened.
Using a strong second half, OHS held off Waukesha North, 35-21, starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2002.
After defeating Kettle Moraine in last week’s season opener, OHS head coach Ryan McMillen acknowledged that his players knew how long it’s been since a Raccoons’ team has started 2-0.
“The kids talked about that, we are well aware of the history and tradition around here and what’s been done,” McMillen said. “We just want to keep raising that bar. It is going to take time. The kids believed that tonight, we had some adversity and they didn’t flinch.”
OHS took its first drive 73 yards in nine plays, with junior running back Mitch Pauers finding the end zone from three yards out.
North answered back to even the score at 7-7 in just over a minute.

Senior quarterback James Blackburn found his brother, senior wide receiver CJ Blackburn for a 57-yard score.

Less than three minutes later, James Blackburn struck again.

Scrambling on third down, Blackburn launched a perfect pass while falling down to senior Danny Shores for a 65-yard touchdown. The extra point was missed, but North still led, 13-7.
The Northstars had plenty of opportunity to seize the game in the first half, but 10 penalties and miscues held them back.
One key miscue allowed OHS to take the lead right before halftime. After recovering a North fumble on the 24-yard-line, sophomore quarterback Canton Larson connected with junior receiver Tyler Enright in the corner of the end zone to put OHS up 14-13 with 2:08 to play in the half.
Even though the Northstars outgained the Raccoons 241 yards to 127 in the first half, they found themselves behind.
OHS had three offensive possessions in the second half and it scored touchdowns on all three of them.
The Raccoons took the first drive of the third quarter down the field quickly and scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Larson to senior receiver Alex Eckes.
A fluke play led to a North touchdown that evened the score late in the third quarter.

On fourth down, the snap sailed over North punter Nick Isler’s head. It looked like OHS was going to get the ball deep in North territory, but Isler juked his way for 18 yards and a first down.

Later on the drive, CJ Blackburn scored on a seven-yard run. James Blackburn hit senior Dillard Love on the two-point conversion to tie the score at 21-21 with 4:08 to play in the third quarter.
After that drive, the OHS defense shut down the Northstars the rest of the way. A Pauers 4-yard touchdown run capped another long Raccoons drive and put them up 28-21 early in the fourth quarter.
The dangerous combination of the Blackburn brothers still loomed for the OHS defense, but it was up to the challenge. Senior Michael Del Vecchio intercepted a James Blackburn pass with just over eight minutes to play, setting up the score that put the game away.
Taking over on its own 28-yard-line, OHS continued its offensive success, driving down the field with ease and scoring on a one-yard run by junior running back Nico Even.

Aside from the one North touchdown drive, OHS dominated the second half on both sides of the ball.
“The second half we did some good things to keep ourselves going,” McMillen said. “We were able to control it. We made enough plays and scored down the stretch.”

McMillen wasn’t sure what to expect exactly from North, which was playing just its second game under head coach Carey Venne.

“It is tough to prepare for that,” McMillen said. “It is only week two and we didn’t know exactly what we were going to get. We did enough to find a way to get comfortable on certain series to keep the chains moving.”

CJ Blackburn finished with 237 all-purpose yards for North, 97 on the ground and 138 receiving yards.

Larson completed 10-of his-13 passes for OHS for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was a very good team effort,” senior offensive lineman Matt Gross said. “You didn’t see any one guy make a ton of plays, it was a very good team effort.”

Despite being 2-0, the Raccoons made sure to emphasize that they are still hungry and won’t be overconfident.

“It gives us a little bit of confidence but it doesn’t mean we can just roll over for any team,” senior Austin Tomaz said. “We still have to work hard all week.”

That is especially true because OHS starts Wisconsin Little Ten conference play next week against a Hartford team that has taken two on the chin against two traditional powers to open the season.

“We are going to have a heck of a Hartford team coming down here,” McMillen said. “They are going to be hungry because they faced two top notch programs in Homestead and Germantown. They are going to be hungry for us.”

Arrowhead CC teams win titles

Aug. 26, 2011 10:14 p.m. | The host Arrowhead varsitry cross country teams  won championships in the PT Timing Invite on Friday afternoon.

In the boys division, AHS won with 28 points. Wisconsin Lutheran had 49 points, Brookfield East 59 and Pewaukee 105.

Kyle Lewin of the Warhawks won the race at 16:18 and teammate Russ Sandvold ran second, finishing less than a second behind Lewin. Others in the top five for the winners were Ben Bierman in fifth, Will Conley ninth and Ryan Glynn 11th.

Arrowhead won the girls race with 23 points. They were followed by Pewaukee with 56, Wisconsin Lutheran 66, Brookfield East 110 and Milwaukee Pius 139.

Taylor McDowell of AHS won the race at 15:04. Other top runners for the Warhawks were Jackie Dubnicka in second, Natalie Burant third, Lea Patek fourth and Tayler McCormack 12th.

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Greenfield stops Pewaukee gridders, 9-7

Aug. 26, 2011 10:03 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football  team opened the 2011 home season Friday night by suffering a 9-7 Woodland Conference loss to Greenfield.

With the game tied at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, four Greenfield defenders sacked PHS quarterback Brock Bateman for a safety, providing the winning points.

Greenfield led 7-0 at halftime but watched as Austin Schroeder of the Pirates blocked a 39-yard field goal try and the loose ball was  picked up and returned for a touchdown by Josh Berg midway in the third quarter.

Three series later the Pirates suffered the safety, causing the 2-point loss.

Pewaukee's offense was blanked for the second straight week. In eight quarters this season, the PHS offense is  a minus-2 points.

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Hamilton eases past Mukwonago

Aug. 25, 2011 10:25 p.m. |

There would be no dramatic game-winning kickoffs or multiple overtimes this year.

Sussex Hamilton picked up four touchdowns from senior running back Nick Patterson, and the Chargers dominated Mukwonago in a nonconference football game Thursday night, 35-14.

The Chargers led at halftime, 14-0, but turned the tables by scoring on their first possession of the third quarter. Mukwonago fumbled its first snap from scrimmage on the ensuing drive, and quarterbak Matt Judson hit receiver J.J. Flor for a 33-yard touchdown on the next play, giving Hamilton two touchdowns in a span of 20 seconds.

After a Hamilton interception, the Chargers marched back down the field and scored again on a Patterson run, activating the running clock in the final moments of the third quarter.
Mukwonago (1-1) scored midway through the fourth quarter when quarterback Cody Novotny found Ty McKeever for a touchdown pass. Backup quarterback Matt McCartan rushed in for a touchdown with just under 2 minutes to play.

The two teams had enjoyed a spirited battle each of the last two years, with a triple-overtime outcome going to Hamilton (2-0) two years ago. A kickoff return for touchdown by Nick Patterson with 22 seconds to go tipped the scales last year.

Follow Mukwonago-Hamilton live

Aug. 25, 2011 6:26 p.m. | Check out updates from sports director JR Radcliffe as Sussex Hamilton hosts Mukwonago in a Thursday Night Lights nonconference clash. The two teams have enjoyed a dramatic series thus far, with a triple-overtime game two years ago and a last-second kickoff return swinging the outcome last year. Kickoff is at 7:12 p.m.

Judge won't drop homocide charge in Butschke murder

Aug. 25, 2011 1:50 p.m. | Jefferson – A judge today denied a motion to drop a homicide charge against an Oconomowoc teen for his alleged role in the murder of Beau Butschke July 14.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick ruled a party to the crime of first-degree homicide against James H. Richards, 19, will stand, though he noted it was a "close case."

Richards is charged with party to the crime of first-degree homicide as he apparently did not take any action when James T. Richardson, 51, opened fired on Butschke, 28, of Ixonia, but was aware Richardson allegedly wanted to kill Butschke, according to prosecutors.

Attorney Jeffrey De La Rosa, who represents Richards, argued the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors was factually insufficient to support the charge as Richards has not conspired with Richardson prior to the murder, was not a direct participant in the killing and he did not aid or abet Richardson at the time of the homicide.

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ argued that Richardson had made statements to Richards prior to the murder including a comment saying Richardson "joked" with Richards about killing Butschke.

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LOL playoff game in Brookfield Saturday

Aug. 25, 2011 10:41 a.m. | After several different sites were discused, the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship game will be held at McCoy Field in Brookfield on Saturday.

The game features the Brookfield Bulldogs, champions of the LOL Western Division against the West Allis Nighthawks, winners of the LOL Eastern Division.

The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

There was talk the game would be played at Monches or Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee earlier this week.

Waukesha County executive appoints chief of staff

Aug. 24, 2011 2:48 p.m. | Waukesha - Shawn Lundie, a former staff assistant to three Republican lawmakers, has been hired as chief of staff for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Lundie, 38, worked in the district and Washington offices of U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from 1998 to 2005, including as his district coordinator in Brookfield. He was chief of staff for state Sen. Ted Kanavas from 2005 until the end of last year, when Kanavas left office. Since then he has worked in the office of 33rd District Sen. Rich Zipperer.

"I grew up in Delafield and all of my work experience has been serving elected officials in Waukesha County," Lundie said.

The Kettle Moraine High School graduate first knew Vrakas as his state representative, a position Vrakas held from 1990 until his election as county executive in 2005.

Succeeds Nowak

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New OHS Associate Principal hired

Aug. 24, 2011 10:25 a.m. | Carolyn Neureuther, a former special education teacher with Richmond School, one of the feeder schools for Arrowhead High School, has been hired as the new Associate Principal at Oconomowoc High School.

She replaces Michael O'Connor who was selected to be Principal  of  the district's Nature Hill Intermediate School

Support shown for Dousman-Summit fire merger

Aug. 24, 2011 8:14 a.m. | While no official was taken during last night's special meeting addressing a proposed merger between the Dousman Fire District and the Summit Fire District, board members from the Villages of Dousman and Summit and the Town of Ottawa showed their inital support for a merger.

However, as the draft proposal stands now, the Village of Dousman would have an initial, negative financial impact, and as such asked for an extra month to look into legal options available to them to soften the blow of costs.

“I know that the village of Dousman has the largest financial commitment with this,” Dousman President Jack Nissen said, but added that he is in general conceptual agreement with the proposal.

Look for the full story and details on the merger in tomorrow's Kettle Moraine Index.

Dowling's scoring streak continues for KM

Aug. 23, 2011 9:03 p.m. | Trey Dowling scored four times on Tuesday, lifting the Kettle Moraine varsity boys soccer team to victory.

Dowling and Kettle Moraine defeated Milwaukee Pius 7-0 in the Classic 8 opener for both teams.

The Lasers improved to 4-0 on the season.

AHS golfers, Cabush finish second

Aug. 23, 2011 6:02 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls golf team and Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush turned in second-place finishes Monday afternoon at the 15-school Milwaukee Pius Invite at Washington County golf course.

Divine Savior Holy Angels won the team title with 324 strokes. Arrowhead and Homestead had 328 scores but AHS won the scorecard tiebreaker.

Cabush, one of the top individuals in the state this year, finished second with a round of 3-over-par 75.

Waukesha junior Emily Joers won the meet title with a brilliant round of 4-under-par 68.

Monches to host LOL playoff game

Aug. 23, 2011 5:59 p.m. | The Monches Recreation Club will host a Land O' Lakes Grand Chanpionship playoff game this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. featuring the West Allis Nighthawks of the Eastern Division and the Brookfield Bulldogs of the Western Division.

West Allis was scheduled to host the game but was having all kinds of problems finding a field to play on.

Monches is generally considered the best place to play a game in the 12-team Western Division.

Competency review set for teen in grandfather's killing

Aug. 23, 2011 4:36 p.m. | Waukesha - A court hearing has been scheduled for Monday to review a new competency report of a teen accused of killing his grandfather in May and to determine whether the homicide case against him can proceed.

Richard B. Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the May 8 slaying of Ronald Siepmann.

Siepmann, 78, a real estate developer, was found dead in a shed on the property of his Beaver Lake home in the Town of Merton. A bloody ax was nearby.

In June, Wilson was declared incompetent to face charges that he killed his grandfather, and Waukesha County Circuit Judge William J. Domina ordered him committed for mental health treatment.

If Wilson has regained competency, the case against him can proceed.

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GE Healthcare cutting 81 jobs

Aug. 23, 2011 3:42 p.m. | GE Healthcare Ltd. is cutting 81 jobs at its Milwaukee and Waukesha facilities, or 1.2% of the company's positions in southeastern Wisconsin, the medical technologies division of the General Electric Co. said Tuesday.

In response to questions, a GE spokesman said notifications were sent out on Friday and that GE is reducing staff in response to the economic uncertainty in the U.S. and Europe.

GE, which employs about 6,500 in southeastern Wisconsin, provided few other details.

GE's medical technology operations in the region, based in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, manufacture equipment for diagnostic imaging and X-ray equipment; computed tomography; magnetic resonance; ultrasound; and molecular imaging as well as interventional and life support systems. Those divisions amount to the biggest single cluster within GE Healthcare's $17 billion-a-year worldwide operations.

Priest faces sexual assault allegation

Aug. 22, 2011 11:35 a.m. |  Village of Hartland – A Catholic priest at a West Milwaukee church is facing possible charges for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior in a hot tub at the Lake Country Racquetball and Athletic Club in Hartland last week.

The suspect, a 45-year-old Milwaukee man, was a priest at Holy Hill in Hubertus and was recently transferred to a church in West Milwaukee, according to Hartland police.

An 18-year-old Genesee man told police the man allegedly inappropriately touched him while in a hot tub Aug. 17 and when he got out of the hot tub. Police questioned the priest, who admitted he did touch the man, the report said. Police are recommending the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office charge the priest with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Oconomowoc rallies to top Lasers

Aug. 19, 2011 11:23 p.m. | Oconomowoc's football team spoiled the debut of new Kettle Moraine coach Darnell Wiltz with a 14-7 victory at KM on Friday.

Adam Altrueger caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Canton Larson in the final seconds before halftime, and a two-point conversion pass to Zach Poker made it 11-7 at halftime. KM struck first on a touchdwon connection between quarterback Nick Cieslak and Austin Finn.

Will Yelverton added field goals in the first half and again with two minutes to play in the third quarter, and neither team struck in the fourth.

Arrowhead wins in Malling's debut

Aug. 19, 2011 11:19 p.m. | Ryan Saeger threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, helping Arrowhead to an easy 35-0 win over Pewaukee in the debut of new Warhawks coach Greg Malling.

Pewaukee held its own through the first half despite trailing, 20-0. Saeger found Kenny Finco and Nick Abresch for scores, and Steve Dentice field goals punctuated two other golden opportunities that were stopped short of the end zone.

Perhaps worn down by Arrowhead's no-huddle offense, Pewaukee struggled to move the ball in the second half. Saeger rushed in for a touchdown and threw another to Sean Berendes, who also handled a two-point conversion to make it 35-0 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter.

Mukwonago wins opener

Aug. 19, 2011 11:02 p.m. |  

Friday's 23-15 win for Mukwonago marked the second straight year the Indians football team kicked off the season with a victory against Lake Geneva Badger. Mukwonago started the contest on fire, with Cody Novotny throwing back-to-back touchdown passes to receivers Tyler McKeever and Mitch Polk in the first quarter alone.
The start of the second quarter began with a bang as Novotny threw a 68 yard pass to McKeever to put the Indians up 20-0. After a Mukwonago field goal, Badger capitalized on a turnover and scored right before the half, making it a 23-7 game.
The second half pace slowed until the Badgers intercepted a tipped pass, leading to a touchdown. Mukwonago had now given up 15 unanswered points, but wore down Badger with its run game. Novotny threw for 151 yards with 3 touchdowns and also ran for 71 yards. Chris Walker scored two rushing touchdowns for Badger.

Follow Pewaukee-Arrowhead updates live

Aug. 19, 2011 9:54 a.m. | Sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live updates from the Pewaukee-Arrowhead football game tonight with his live blog. Tune in at 7 p.m. for kickoff of the Lake Country battle.

Area fire departments provide special parade at burn camp

Aug. 18, 2011 12:45 p.m. |

The Troy Center Fire Department (top photo) passes under an American flag during the fire department parade at the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety's Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth at Camp Timberlee in East Troy.

A camp participant waits in the basket of the East Troy Fire Department ladder truck for the start of the parade on Thursday. Each year fire departments from southeast Wisconsin participate in the parade to give rides to campers and family members.

The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth is a statewide effort to provide a summer camping experience for youth 7-17 who have endured significant burn injuries, according to the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety website. 

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Delafield man is big winner in Monopoly game

Aug. 16, 2011 6:21 p.m. | Paul Ruklic of Delafield claimed his $50,000 vehicle prize at Pick 'n Save in Wales today. Ruklic was presented a check for $50,000 to join 54 people who have won large prizes valued at $250 or more.

Watch video of the check presentation and celebration on www.livinglakecountry,.com.

The complete story can be found in this week's Index and Reporter.

Delsman tied for State Open lead

Aug. 16, 2011 5:58 p.m. | Charlie Delsman of Hartland fired a round of 4-under-par 68 and is tied for the 36-hole lead at the 2011 Wisconsin State Golf Open at the Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler. Delsman and Danny Zimmerman of Verona are deadlocked at 5-under-par 139 scores. Delsman lost the 2010 championship at Bristlecone Pines  to Ed Terasa in a playoff.

Two more Lake Country area golfers are tied for third place at 3-under-par. Tom Halla, clubhouse supervisor at Naga-Waukee and Taylor Johnson of Oconomowoc both stand at 141. Johnson had the best round on Tuesday with 67.

While Zimmerman and Delsman are professionals, Halla and Johnson are amateurs.

David Christian of Oconomowoc stands at 5-over-par.

Richards, Richardson appear in court during Butschke trial

Aug. 15, 2011 12:07 p.m. | James Richardson, 51, and his alleged accomplice, James Richards, 19, appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court this morning, where Richardson waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile an attorney for James Richards made a motion to dismiss the charge of first degree intentional homicide.

The two men are charged with first-degree homicide, theft, and hiding a corpse with the intent to conceal a crime, all felonies.

According to the criminal complaint, Beau Butschke, of Ixonia, went missing on July 14. Authorities found Butschke's body in the bed of his pickup truck at Ski Slide Storage in Ixonia on July 26.

Richards later told police that he was present when Richardson shot Butschke multiple times, the complaint said. The two men, who were neighbors in an Ixonia duplex at the time, had been in an ongoing dispute over Richardson maintaining his lawn and property.

Richards was homeless when he met Richardson at an Oconomowoc gas station two weeks prior to Butschke's murder. According to the complaint, Richardson offered the 19-year-old a place to stay.

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Pewaukee loses in LOL West playoffs

Aug. 14, 2011 5:05 p.m. | Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team had its season come to an end Sunday afternoon as they lost to the host Brookfield Bulldogs, 13-2.

By winning, Brookfield moves into next week's championship game.

The regular-season champion Bulldogs led 5-1 after two innings and never looked back.

Josh Eidt pitched six innings and earned the win. Pewaukee starter Greg Harder lasted just two innings and took the loss.

Ernest Castro had four hits for the winners.

Pewaukee, Lannon win in LOL West playoffs

Aug. 14, 2011 3:25 p.m. | Pewaukee and Lannon won Land O' Lakes Western Division playoff  baseball games Sunday to advance to the second  round later on Sunday.

Pewaukee won a suspended game against visiting West Bend, winning 2-1. Sunday's game lasted just 12 pitches as West Bend scored once in the  top of the ninth before losing. The game was stopped Saturday afternoon after eight full innings with Pewaukee winning, 2-0. Sunday's suspended game lasted six minutes.

By winning, Pewaukee advanced to play the host Brookfield Bulldogs at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Lannon whipped visiting Oconomowoc on Sunday, 11-1. The Stonemen led 9-0 after two innings.

By winning, Lannon played at Sussex at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Lannon catcher Dean Haase had three hits, including one home run and drove in four runs. Nick Erd had two hits and two runs batted in for the winners. Erd also was the winning pitcher.

LOL West games rained out, suspended

Aug. 13, 2011 5:56 p.m. | The two Land O' Lakes Western Division first-round playoff  baseball games on Saturday were rained out and suspended.

The Oconomowoc at Lannon game was rained out and will be played on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

The West Bend game at Pewaukee was rained out in the  top of the ninth inning with West Bend coming to bat, trailing 2-0. Pewaukee took the lead by scoring two runs in the last of the eighth. That game will continue at 12:30 p.m. at Pewaukee.

The two winners of those games will play later on Sunday against Brookfield and Sussex.

Oconomowoc DMV to remain open

Aug. 11, 2011 7:57 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Department of Motor Vehicles office will remain open after Gov. Scott Walker's administration reversed its original plan to close 16 motor vehicle offices in the state.

Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said Thursday that while the new plan is more expensive, he believes the best overall course is to expand services.

"We think this is going to make life a lot easier for people who are going to get a driver's license," Gottlieb said. He did not know how much more expensive the new approach of not closing any offices would be. The state budget allotted $10 million over the next two years for the expansion.

The new plan will add four new DMV offices in Viroqua, Alma, Fall Creek and Keshena and expand the number of hours all offices are open by 620 hours weekly or 32,000 more a year. The additions mean there will be 92 DMV offices across the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Park View Middle School registration set for next week

Aug. 10, 2011 11:06 a.m. |


Parents are asked to complete and submit the necessary forms on their child’s assigned registration day. 

PVMS "Fees/Forms/Picture" dates are Tuesday Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for seventh grade and Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for eighth grade.

Park View Middle School students will be able to register for the 2011-12 school year and have their photo taken on Aug. 16 and 17.

DQ Miracle Treat Day raising money for CMN on Thursday

Aug. 10, 2011 9:55 a.m. | Join your local Dairy Queen in raising money to help the local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) affiliated hospitals. More than $5 million has been donated by the entire Dairy Queen system to more than 170 CMN affiliated hospitals throughout North America.

All participating Dairy Queen locations are contributing a portion of every Blizzard Flavored Treat sold on Thursday, Aug. 11 to their local CMN hospital. Please join us in our efforts to help these sick or injured children on Aug. 11 by purchasing your favorite Blizzard Flavored Treat.

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising funds and awareness for more than 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America. The Dairy Queen system has been a national sponsor of CMN since 1984, raising more than $81 million during that time.

Friends, family gather in memory of Mukwonago student

Aug. 10, 2011 9:17 a.m. |

Friends and family of Mukwonago High School senior Emma Slak gathered for a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening. Slak died in a July 16 auto accident on Highway 59 in North Prairie.

Jake Vadnais (bottom photo), also a senior at MHS, listens to prayers offered at the vigil.

Mukwonago Village Player auditions tonight, tomorrow

Aug. 09, 2011 3:11 p.m. | The Mukwonago Village Players will be holding auditions starting at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow for their fall dinner production "Women are from Venus, Men are from Green Bay" at Waukesha State Bank, 1160 N Rochester St. in Mukwonago.

An adult cast of 10 to 12 people is needed. No preparation is necessary.

For more information contact Mary Nugent at (262) 642-5670.

Old World Wisconsin hosts dinner theater production

Aug. 09, 2011 11:45 a.m. | Old World Wisconsin will be the site of a vibrant and often humorous dinner theater production of "Paragon Springs" by Steven Dietz, on Aug. 12 - 14 and Aug. 19 - 21. 

According to the production's director, Robert Parker, "We chose 'Paragon Springs' for its historic, yet timely content, but also because it's full of eccentric characters, wild plot twists and dynamic scenes, reveling in the excitement of the 1920s and the passions of small-town politics and families."

The evening's entertainment begins the moment guests step on site, as they slip away into a 1920s rural speakeasy for some clandestine liquid refreshment, appetizers served by waiters in period attire, and a delicious, themed dinner, including offerings like Stockman's Bourbon-Glazed Pork Chop, honoring the drama's protagonist and whistle blower.

After dinner, the show's actors will lead guests by lamplight to historic Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, where the famed "healing waters" of Paragon Springs have been mysteriously poisoned, and the town's foremost citizen, Dr. Stockman, is determined to reveal the truth, no matter the cost. Set in 1926 southeast Wisconsin, the play is, "an inspired reworking of 'An Enemy of the People,' (by Henrik Ibsen) … not just vivid, compelling and filled with complex characters — it is also eerily prophetic," according to a "Chicago Sun-Tiimes" review.

"Paragon Springs" Ticket Information: Aug. 12-14, 19-21; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 5 p.m. Adults: $60; children (17 and under):  $50. Ticket purchase includes museum visit voucher good through Oct. 31, 2011. 

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Mukwonago Chamber hosts Music in the Park this Friday

Aug. 09, 2011 10:36 a.m. | Join the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce as they host Music in the Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 at Indianhead Park, located on Highway ES adjacent to Phantom Lake and to the north of the Village Hall.

Live music will be provided by Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns.

Enjoy a wine and beer selection from Pam's Fine Wines, brats and hot dogs from Scott's Dog House, pulled pork sanwiches from Heaven City Restaurant, sweet corn and potatoes from Corndaddy's, and Pop's Kettle Corn. 

Admission is free.

Copter delivers heavy load at Mukwonago High School

Aug. 09, 2011 10:20 a.m. |

A helicopter delivers air conditioning and ventilation rooftop units at Mukwonago High School this morning. The building had to be evacuated as the units were delivered, with the largest weighing 40,000 pounds, according to a supervisor at the site. The pilot placed the units within one-quarter to one-half inch of its location on the roof.

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Sex offender charged with child enticement

Aug. 08, 2011 4:25 p.m. |

Waukesha – A 50-year-old Sussex man, who is a registered sex offender, made his initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court today as he was charged with four felony counts of child enticement after he approached several boys at a Hartland park last month.

Dennis C. Marth of N65 W22201 Park Lawn Drive, appeared in court Monday and Court Commissioner Martin Binn set a bail bond of $25,000 and ordered Marth to appear in court Aug. 17 for a preliminary hearing.

Marrth was convicted in July 1986 for first-degree sexual assault and is listed on the state’s sex offender register website. Marth’s custody and supervision had been terminated, the website said.

According to the criminal complaint, Marth approached several boys at the park July 15 asking the boys were the railroad tracks were located. One boy told police that two days earlier he had shown Marth where the tracks and asked the same question. That boy told police he and his friend did go with the man and walked across a footbridge in the tree line and pointed out the tracks, the complaint said.

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One lane of Hwy 20 in East Troy closed due to accident

Aug. 08, 2011 2:36 p.m. | The eastbound lane of Highway 20 in East Troy is closed and the East Troy Fire Department is on scene at a two vehicle accident at Highway 20 and Division Street in East Troy. Police are directing traffic at the scene.

Extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

Details will be posted as they become available.

Costco to open Oct. 27 in Pewaukee

Aug. 08, 2011 9:38 a.m. | The new Costco store on Highway 164 just north of Capitol Drive in Pewaukee will open Oct. 27. It will be the second location in the area for the wholesale club, which has a store in the Grafton Commons shopping center at Highway 60 and I-43. 

Costco representatives are at the Wisconsin State Fair, in the Expo building, selling memberships in advance of the opening in Pewaukee. They are promoting the $100 membership with a $20 cash card and the promise of 2% cash rebates on purchases. The less-expensive membership is $50 per year.

Walworth County Fair to host breast cancer charity event

Aug. 08, 2011 8:29 a.m. | Walworth County fire, rescue, and EMT will be participating in a race on big bouncy ponies to support breast cancer awarenessat the Walworth County Fair grandstands on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. They will be decked out in their shirts and fire helmets while racing to the finish.         

The Walworth County Fair will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 5 at the Fairgrounds located at 411 E. Court St. in Elkhorn on Hwy 11.

For further information, please call (262) 723.3228 or check us out online at

Five O's grab final LOL West playoff spot

Aug. 06, 2011 6:23 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Five O's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team won the second tiebreaker over Monches and earned the sixth and final playoff berth.

Oconomowoc and Monches tied for sixth place (top six places earn playoff berths) with 9-9 records. The first tiebreaker was head-to-head and the two teams split. The second tiebreaker is wins over teams that are in the playoffs. In that battle, Oconomowoc won by a 4-2 margin.

The Brookfield Bulldogs finished first (15-3) followed by Sussex (13-5) in second, Lannon (13-5) third, Pewaukee (13-5) fourth, West Bend (10-7) fifth and Oconomowoc (9-9).

Next Saturday Oconomowoc will play at Lannon at 1 p.m. and West Bend will play at Pewaukee at 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Sussex will host the highest-seed team at noon and the Bulldogs will host the lowest seed at 1:30 p.m.

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Sussex boy becomes Brewers good luck charm

Aug. 03, 2011 11:06 p.m. | The 2011 Brewers season took a positive turn over the past week and a half when Milwaukee won 8 of 9 games on their homestand completed Wednesday, including two of three against the St. Louis Cardinals -- the Brewers' closest competition in the National League Central.

In the capstone victory Thursday, third baseman Casey McGehee, struggling all year after a breakout campaign in 2010, tied a franchise record by belting three home runs off Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson. McGehee came into the game with only five home runs all year.

Earlier Wednesday morning, McGehee had a chance encounter with Clayton Wollner, age 7, of Sussex.

"He was being pretty shy and I kept asking him, 'Do you have any questions for me?' " McGehee recounted later to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He wouldn't ask me anything, wouldn't ask me anything. So finally, jokingly, his dad goes, 'Why don't you hit a home run for him?'

"I go, 'Wait a second. I've got five on the year, dude. If it was that easy, I'd have had more by now. So how about let's go for I don't screw anything up today?' That was good enough for him."

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Halla, Christian make U.S. Amateur golf field

Aug. 02, 2011 6:33 p.m. | For the first time in history, two players from the Lake Country area will be taking part in the United States Amateur golf tournament at Erin Hills on Aug. 22.

Tom Halla, 43, clubhouse manager at Naga-Waukee Golf Course, and David Christian of Oconomowoc, 19, both earned berths at qualifying tournaments on Monday.

Only three berths were available at both sites.

Halla finished third at Milwaukee Country Club with a 3 over-par score of 143. He had rounds of 69-74.

Christian, playing at the Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, tied for first place with a score of 7-under-par 137.

Details surface in Butschke case

Aug. 01, 2011 2:28 p.m. | Two men were charged with the murder of Beau Butschke in Jefferson County Circuit Court this afternoon after the man was found on July 26 with three gunshot wounds to his head and extremities. He was found dead in the back of his pickup truck.

James RichardsonJames H RichardsJames Richards, 19, of Oconomowoc, and James Richardson, 51 of Watertown, were both charged with homicide, theft, and hiding a corpse with the intent to conceal a crime after making their initial court appearance via videoconferencing.

According to the criminal complaint, Butschke went missing on July 14. Family members expected him to be at a family gathering at Lake Geneva on July 15. His mother received no answer to repeated telephone calls, prompting sheriff's deputies to check on his residence in Ixonia.

The complaint said that deputies stopped at his home each day between July 15 and July 18, but neither Butschke or his red Toyota pickup were there.

Richardson and Butschke lived in the same Ixonia duplex, where landlord Vilas Scott said the two men had disagreements over Richardson not mowing his lawn and maintaining his side of the property, according to the criminal complaint.

Village of Butler’s Night Out

Aug. 01, 2011 1:45 p.m. | Citizens of Butler will unite from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Frontier Park, 5200 block of North 127th St., for the Village of Butler’s National Night Out. Butler joins other neighborhoods throughout southeastern Wisconsin and communities nationwide for the 28th Annual National Night Out; locally, the Butler is celebrating the fourth year of this community-wide event.

The free, open to the public event will begin is designed to heighten crime and drug awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships and let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

To start off the evening, residents are asked to turn on their outside lights in support of the event. Children’s activities include free arts and crafts, carnival games, rock climbing wall, inflatable rides, dressing up like a firefighter and rides in police cars and fire trucks.

Entertainment includes Michael Drake AKA “Mr Pickles”, a canine demonstration with Butler’s own Lieutenant Pergande and Officer Oden, ethnic dance groups and appearances by local celebrities and sports mascots including Smokey the Bear, the Milwaukee Admirals and Milwaukee Wave. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda and Sno-cones are available. Age appropriate door prizes will be awarded to children and adults and the event will conclude with a community walk at 8 p.m.

The event is 100 percent funded via contributions of cash, in-kind donations and time made by local businesses, organizations and volunteers. A small committee oversees and organizes the event that draws nearly 1,000 people each year.

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Mukwonago Village Players to hold auditions

Aug. 01, 2011 9:00 a.m. |

The Mukwonago Village Players will be holding auditions for their fall dinner production of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Green Bay” at 7 p.m. on August 9 and 10. Auditions will be held at Waukesha State Bank on Highway 83 in Mukwonago. No preparation is necessary. An adult cast of 10 to 12 people is needed. For additional information, contact the director Mary Hubbard Nugent at (262) 642-5670.

Arrests made in Butschke murder

Aug. 01, 2011 5:27 a.m. | Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has reportedly made two arrests in connection with the murder of Beau Butschke of Ixonia. Read more here.

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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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