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UPDATE: Photo of plane crash in Oconomowoc

Sept. 29, 2010 6:57 p.m. |


Photos by Scott Ash/Staff Photographer


Rescue personnel inspect the wreckage of an overturned plane at Oconomowoc Airport late afternoon Wednesday, Sept. 29. No injuries were reported. No further information was available at the time of this posting.

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Plane flips in Oconomowoc

Sept. 29, 2010 4:43 p.m. | A single-engine plane equipped with floats to land on water has apparently flipped over at a small airstrip in Oconomowoc, according to a witness.

The pilot was uninjured, according to a man at the scene who identified himself as Bob Newburg, who owns the land. An ambulance is on standby and several squads and emergency personnel have responded to the scene.

Further information is unavailable at this time.

Wold found competent to stand trial

Sept. 29, 2010 4:15 p.m. |  

Darren Wold, accused of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend, has been found competent to stand trial, according to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.
Earlier this month, concerns over Wold’s mental state prompted attorney Anthony Rosario to request Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer to order Wold to undergo a mental evaluation. Rosario said he was concerned about Wold’s ability to assist him after a severe decline in Wold’s health. Rosario said there were noticeable changes to his client.
Dr. Robert Rawski, a court-appointed psychologist, examined Wold and reported that Wold was competent, according to Schimel. The report is listed as confidential, according to a courthouse employee.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Delafield firehouse meeting slated for Thursday

Sept. 29, 2010 9:06 a.m. | Town of Delafield – An informational meeting regarding the proposed new firehouse will be held at the Pewaukee Yacht Club, N22W28204 Edgewater Drive, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Town residents will be asked on the Nov. 2 ballot to approve borrowing $4 million to construct a new fire station near the current Town Hall. The new station would replace the existing station on Maple Avenue.

See some rare breeds at an old-fashoned harvest festival.

Sept. 28, 2010 3:56 p.m. | Petting zoos, with their array of goats and sheep, give visitors a chance to interact with a variety of friendly farm animals. But it isn’t often that people can get to see more unusual creatures up close. This Saturday, Oct. 2, visitors to the Vintage Hobby Farm, on the corner of Townline and Swoboda in East Troy, will get to see some rare heritage breed animals that you don’t usually find in the barnyard anymore. Scottish Highland cattle and rare breeds of sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and pigs will be part of the harvest festival at the century-old farm. The old-fashioned farm festival also includes a farmers market, food, crafts, demonstrations of past times, games and other farm fun. You’ll also be able to buy meat, eggs, produce, soap, flowers and honey during the festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have questions, call (262) 853-9168.

Charity Event for Eagle woman

Sept. 28, 2010 10:58 a.m. | A Walk the Lake Charity Event will raise money for Jackie Fritz Branscombe and her family.

Jackie, who lives in Eagle, is a single mom.  Five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy and underwent treatment with chemotherapy.  She recently learned the cancer returned in her liver.  She underwent extensive surgery Aug. 20 and the next step is two complete rounds of chemotherapy.

With the donations from the Walk the Lake Charity Event, Jackie can support her family while she is out of work as well as pay medical expenses.

The walk around Lake Geneva will begin at 7:30 a.m. at 336 Lake Street, Fontana, WI.  It's a 26-mile walk and is expected to take 7 to 8 hours.  For those who do not want to participate in the entire walk, a boat pick-up is available. 

Sack lunches and water bottle refills will be available in Lake Geneva, at the 13 mile marker.  Please bring a good pair of walking shoes and a water bottle.

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AHS boys win CC crown

Sept. 25, 2010 7:24 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys cross country team won the championship Saturday at the prestigious Midwest Invitational at Blackhawk Golf Course in Janesville. The Warhawks, competing in the field of 32 teams and 250 runners, won with 102 points. La Crosse Logan was second with 107 tallies.

Russ Sandvold and Kyle Lewin were a strong one-two punch for Arrowhead by finishing sixth and seventh. Sandvold was timed at 15:51 and Lewin was clocked at 15:55.

Others figuring in the scoring were Ben Bierman in 23rd at 16:22, Nick Linnan 29th at 16:33 and Jake Dubnicka 37th at 16:38. Rounding out the lineup were Yutaka Ogiso in 42nd at 16:40 and Ryan Adamski 95th at 17:17.

Plans for Mukwonago YMCA Unveiled

Sept. 25, 2010 12:09 p.m. | The Mukwonago YMCA Board of Directors shared their plans for a new $12.7 million YMCA with the community at a press conference this morning.

"This day has been five years coming," said Board President Cheryl Berg.

So far, $6.7 million has been raised, thanks to a number of local donors, explained Vice President Rick Swan.  The D.N. Greenwald family donated the 8-acre property across from Walmart for the site and the John and Loraine McAdams Family, including each of their six children, pledged $3 million to the project.

The Waukesha YMCA has also agreed to provide $1.5 million in a challenge grant, which requires that the additional $2 million needed must be raised by the end of the year.

If that money is raised by the end of the year, construction would begin in 2011 and the new Y would be open to the public in the spring of 2012.

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Brown Deer out-guns Pewaukee

Sept. 24, 2010 11:29 p.m. | A disastrous finish to the first half ultimately provided the difference in a 47-34 loss to Brown Deer on Friday for Pewaukee's football team.

The Pirates (3-2, 2-2 in Woodland Conference) fell behind by a 20-14 score with 4 minutes to play in the second quarter. Starting a series with just 46 seconds to work with, Falcons quarterback Brett Youngbeck found Sean Andryauskus for a 69-yard touchdown strike that increased the lead to 26-14.

Pirates workhorse Derek Watt fumbled on the ensuing series, and Youngbeck and Andryauskus connected again on a 21-yard touchdown on the final play of the half to make the score a daunting 33-14.

The Pirates actually outgained Brown Deer in overall yardage, and Austin Kaatz piled up 209 yards to lead the Pewaukee attack. Derek Watt also compiled 111, but it was Brown Deer's Chris Smith (115 yards, four touchdowns) who took over for much of the game.

Km holds off Waukesha South

Sept. 24, 2010 10:05 p.m. | Waukesha South running back Drew Papez attempted to dive into the end zone for a two-point conversion on Friday at Greg Vock Field in Wales but was ruled short of the goal line, allowing the home team to prevail 31-30.

With 1:42 to play Josh Orne recovered an onside kick by the Blackshirts, who were 0-for-5 on two-point conversion attempts in the contest.

In the second quarter Kettle Moraine quarterback Nick Cieslak threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to DQ Smith.

Kettle Moraine never trailed, getting a touchdown after a turnover on Waukesha South's first play from scrimmage. Will Orne scored on a one-yard run but sat most of the game due to a foot injury.

Arrowhead rolls over Pius

Sept. 24, 2010 9:38 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team turned in a brilliant first half Friday night and rolled over host Milwaukee Pius at Wisconsin Lutheran College in a Classic 8 Conference game, 45-14. Pius came into the game undefeated at 4-0.

AHS got three first-half touchdown runs from junior quarterback Ryan Saeger (21, 26 and 25 yards) and led at halftime, 24-0. The Warhawks led 38-0 going into the fourth quarter.

The win by the Warhawks moved them to 2-1 in league play and 4-1 overall. Catholic Memorial leads the league standings at 3-0 while Arrowhead, Pius and Waukesha West are all 2-1.

Saeger rushed for 127 yards in the first half on 11 carries. Arrowhead outgained the Popes in the first two quarters, 248 yards to 93.

On defense, the Warhawks got big games from Blake Mattson, Derek Landisch, Nick Fisher, Jordan Pendergast and Shane Hughes.

Man transported by Flight after Highway 59 crash

Sept. 24, 2010 8:41 p.m. |  

Highway 59 was closed at Hillside Road in front of Generac for about an hour early Friday evening as the North Prairie Fire Department and Flight For Life responded to a one-car rollover accident.

At about 5 p.m., a 37-year-old man was driving alone, eastbound on Highway 59 when his car went off the road on the south side, hit a truck that was for sale parked on the side of the road, flipped over and landed on its roof. The man told emergency personnel he experienced some type of medical issue before he went off the road.

The man was transported by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital. The man's condition was not available, but he was alert and talking to paramedics.

59 Reopened

Sept. 24, 2010 6:05 p.m. | Flight for Life has transported one person involved in an accident near Generac on Highway 59.  The roadway has now been reopened to traffic.

More details to follow as information becomes available.

Flight for Life called for Hwy 59 Accident

Sept. 24, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Traffic is being diverted on Highway 59 near Generac for an accident involving two cars.

Check back for updated information.

Take-Back Day, Saturday, Sept. 25

Sept. 24, 2010 3:07 p.m. | Wisconsinites can safely dispose of their leftover and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at one of over 85 collection points throughout the state at part of National Take-Back Day. National Take-Back Day will provide Americans with a safe and effective way for getting prescription drugs out of their homes, where they can pose a risk to children and families.

As chairman of the Special Committee on Aging, Senator Herb Kohl recently held a hearing to highlight the health and safety risks associated with both improper disposal and the lack of disposal options for consumers. Having leftover drugs around the house is a significant safety risk and, in some cases, fosters prescription drug abuse and fuels black market trade. However, throwing drugs away in the home or flushing them down the toilet can result in water contamination. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey study of 139 bodies of water in 30 states found that over 80 percent of the water samples were contaminated by personal care products, including prescription drugs.

To find a collection site near you, go to and enter your zip code or city and state.

Hwy. XX to close at rail crossing

Sept. 24, 2010 9:35 a.m. |

Waukesha County’s Department of Public Works and the Canadian National Railway will close Highway XX (Oakdale Drive) at the rail crossing about 1.7 miles south of Highway I (Lawnsdale Road) on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for maintenance.


During the closure, the crossing will be repaired and the roadway approaches will be resurfaced due to roughness and deterioration. A detour route will be posted and will take traffic east on Highway ES to Highway 164, then north to Highway I and then west back Highway X.

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Motorcycle crash victim identified

Sept. 23, 2010 10:31 a.m. | UPDATE: Authorities have released the name of the 17-year-old boy killed in a motorcycle accident last night in the Town of Lisbon. Police identified him as Benjamin Henning, an Arrowhead High School student from the Town of Lisbon.


A 17-year-old  boy was killed in an accident last night when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a car in the Town of Lisbon.

According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Dept., the boy was northbound on Lake Five Road when he struck the side of a vehicle driven by a 62-year-old woman from Stevens Point. The woman was driving southbound, making a left turn onto Perennial Terrace.

Law enforcement was notified of the accident at 8:57 p.m.; the woman suffered minor injuries, but it is not known whether she was taken to the hospital.

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17-year old killed in Lisbon motorcycle crash

Sept. 23, 2010 9:02 a.m. | A 17-year-old  boy was killed in an accident last night when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a car in the Town of Lisbon.

According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Dept., the boy was northbound on Lake Five Road when he struck the side of a vehicle driven by a 62-year-old woman from Stevens Point. The woman was driving southbound, making a left turn onto Perennial Terrace.

Law enforcement was notified of the accident at 8:57 p.m.; the woman suffered minor injuries, but it is not known whether she was taken to the hospital.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Speed may have been a factor on the part of the motorcyclist, authorities said. His name is not yet being released, pending notification of relatives.

Lurvey enters not guilty plea to new charges

Sept. 22, 2010 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha – Chad Lurvey, accused of killing two Mukwonago men in 2002, entered a not guilty plea this morning in Waukesha County Circuit Court to charges he violated conditions of his bail when he drank alcohol and was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Walworth County.

Lurvey, 36, was charged with two felony counts of bail jumping for the incidents that occurred in August. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 14.

Lurvey is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 24 for the murder of Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, in August 2002. Both men were found in a pond on the Lurvey family farm off Highway 67 in the Town of Ottawa. They were last seen alive with Lurvey on Aug. 24, 2002. The men were shot, stabbed and were wrapped in chains and blankets.

St. James UMC hosts 49th annual Fall Fun Fest

Sept. 22, 2010 12:42 p.m. | St. James United Methodist Church, 2945 Main Street, East Troy, is hosting a fall festival from Thursday, Sept. 30 to Saturday, Oct. 2, featuring a rummage, used book and bake sale, as well as estate items and an auction of larger items at 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 in the church parking lot.

The festival hours are 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 2.

Call the church office at (262) 642-7642 for more information.

Splashes of color commentary enhance watercolor paintings at the North Lake Town Hall Library.

Sept. 22, 2010 12:39 p.m. | They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But choosing even just a handful of words that do a painting justice can be challenging. Poet P.C. Moorehead has taken up that challenge with the inspiration of Teri Peterson’s watercolor paintings.

Both Moorehead and Peterson grew up in California but moved to Wisconsin four year’s ago. One day Moorehead visited Peterson’s gallery in North Lake. She felt a connection to Peterson’s work and purchased a piece for a gift. When they got to talking, the two realized that their talents complimented each other and they began a collaboration.

After six months the result, called “Juxtaposition,” is on display in the main entrance hall of the Town Hall Library in North Lake. The exhibit features watercolors by Peterson and poetry by Moorehead.  Contrasting painted pieces – such as Sunflower and Moonflower – are side by side with Moorehead’s rhymes accompanying them.

Peterson’s paintings are mostly flowers, often using bright, intense colors to evoke a positive response. Moorehead has chosen rhyme, rather than her usual free verse, and monosyllabic words to describe her response to the paintings.

Juxtaposition can be viewed through Sept. 30 during the North Lake Town Hall Library’s usual hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Students promote peace on Sept. 22, Bullying Awareness Day

Sept. 22, 2010 12:21 p.m. |

Students at Prairie View Elementary School in North Prairie share ways they can promote peace in schools on Bullying Awareness Day, Sept. 22.

The school created pinwheels as part of the Pinwheels for Peace Project in association with the International Day of Peace, which is recognized on Sept. 21, and placed the pinwheels in front of the school.

Another win for KM

Sept. 21, 2010 10:47 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's soccer team won again, this time over Waukesha Catholic Memorial 9-1 on Tuesday. The Lasers, which got three goals from Sam Parker, improved to 12-2-0 overall.

In other games, Arrowhead defeated Waukesha North 4-1.

Oconomowoc stopped Watertown 3-1 in Wisconsin Little Ten Conference play, improving to 9-2 overall.

Big Bend announces Fire Chief

Sept. 20, 2010 10:09 p.m. | The Village of Big Bend just announced its new Fire Chief- John Ludwig of the Tess Corners Fire Department will become chief of the new Village of Big Bend Fire Department.  His official first day on the job will be Dec. 18.

Ludwig served on the Muskego Fire Department for 27 years and has served on the new Tess Corners Fire Department for a year.  An assistant chief for 14 years and a chief for six, Ludwig currently serves as a captain in Tess Corners.

"This is another piece of the puzzle we have now put in place for the Village," said Village President James Soneberg.  "This (the hiring of Ludwig) is going to bring us what we are looking for and what we have been trying to create since the breakup."

For more on this story, see this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Delafield to host meeting on firehouse

Sept. 20, 2010 8:17 a.m. | Town of Delafield – Town officials will be holding an informational meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Maple Avenue firehouse on a proposal for a new fire station.


The Town Board approved to have a referendum question on the Nov. 2 ballot seeking authority to borrow $4 million for a new firehouse. Plans call for a 14,800-square-foot building on the current baseball diamond. To finance the project, the board is looking at a 20-year general obligation bond.

Chargers hold off Falls

Sept. 17, 2010 10:09 p.m. | Hamilton's workhorse running back had two touchdowns on Friday including a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Chargers held off visiting Menomonee Falls 25-20. Aaron Clinton-Earl had a 1-yard run in the first quarter before his long run to the end zone late in the game.

Mike Kelty and Nick Patterson had the other scores for Hamilton (3-1 overall).

Matt Christensen had a 99-yard kickoff return for Menomonee Falls. Greg Roble, the Indians quarterback was replaced early in the third quarter due to injury by Brett Krause. Krause threw a Touchdown pass to Andy Von Bank which pulled the Indians to one score, but Hamilton recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

Arrowhead holds on to beat West

Sept. 17, 2010 9:29 p.m. | In a game characterized by nine turnovers, the Arrowhead football team held off Waukesha West on Friday in a Classic 8 Conference showdown, 10-7.

Ryan Saeger connected with Charlie Fischer for a touchdown in  the second quarter, and Drew Meyer's 37-yard field goal just before halftime gave the Warhawks a 10-0 cushion at the break. Meyer also had two interceptions in the game -- one that set up the touchdown score and another to sinch the outcome on the final drive of the game near midfield.

West's Joe Schobert scored with just under 7 minutes to play, but West was unable to get any closer. Colton Sweitzer had an 80 yard run to the 1-yard line in the first half, but West's defense stopped the Warhawks cold on four straight plays.

City of Delafield phone service interuppted

Sept. 17, 2010 12:50 p.m. | City of Delafield - Telephone service to the City of Delafield has been temporarily interrupted as city workers are preparing to move into the new city hall facility on Genesee Street next week.

City Administrator Tim Schwenke said city officials can place out going calls from the temporary city hall headquarters at 524 Milwaukee Street but cannot receive incoming calls. Individuals who need to contact city officials may dial 262- 646-6211.

Schwenke said a city contractor inadvertentlty disconnect the telephone service as city workers were packing for the move. Schweneke said officials from Time Warner Cable, who provides telephone services to the city hope to have the services restored later this afternoon.

Live blog from West-Arrowhead game tonight

Sept. 17, 2010 10:25 a.m. | Follow the Digital Bleachers at the Preps Alcove for live updates from tonight's football battle between Arrowhead and Waukesha West. Updates begin shortly before kickoff.

Siergiej new AHS girls hockey coach

Sept. 16, 2010 6:16 p.m. | Jinelle Siergiej of Madison has been named the new varsity girls hockey coach at Arrowheadn High School. Siergiej will take over the program immediatly.

The girls 2010-11 season will begin in mid-November.

Queen of Apostles School to give personal computers to middle schoolers

Sept. 16, 2010 3:24 p.m. | Queen of Apostles School in Pewaukee plans to give each student  from fifth through eighth grade a new Acer Netbook tomorrow.

The initiative will put technology in the hands of students earlier than any school in the area. While a few schools have provided high school students with laptops, none have reached all the way down to the fifth grade level.

"Parochial schools are often thought of as behind the mainstream in terms of technology, not at the forefront as in this case," a statement from the school said. "This is a significant investment in the school and students that will truly set the bar for other area schools."

Fifth through eighth grade students will pay a yearly $150 technology fee to fund the initiative, but after their time at Queen of Apostles the Netbooks will be theirs to take to high school. School officials said that this year, because eight grade students would only pay the technology fee one time, they would be asked to pay a "buyout fee" at the end of the year if they wanted to keep their Netbooks for high school. The buyout would cover the difference between the $150 technology fee and the $275 cost of the machine.

The school envisions students carrying their Netbooks from class to class, just as they would a textbook. Students will use their Netbooks to take notes and interact with classroom Smart Boards. The notebooks will also be instrumental for math homework, reading, writing and to conduct research.

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Celebrate fall's bounty and beauty at the Old World County Fair.

Sept. 15, 2010 2:34 p.m. | When America was mostly an agrarian society, fall was a busy season on the farm with the mad dash to harvest the crops and prepare for winter. But when it was all over there was time to celebrate. This weekend, Old World Wisconsin will recreate the 1860s in Wisconsin with an Old World County Fair with livestock judging, a plowing contest, children’s games and displays of heirloom produce, flowers and farm implements.  The 1st Brigade Band will entertain on Saturday. Sunday will feature a County Fair Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with food right out of an 1860s church dinner. New this year are pie- and break-making contests with celebrity judges plus experts from Blackhawk Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. The fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Old World, located on highway 67 in Eagle. For more information, visit

YMCA coming to Mukwonago

Sept. 15, 2010 1:56 p.m. | The Mukwonago YMCA Board of Directors will unveil plans for a new Mukwonago YMCA from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

At this press conference, display elevations, floor plans and a description of the planning and fundraising progress for the 57,000 square foot, multi-million dollar facility that will include a competition pool, a recreational pool, a gymnasium, fitness area, senior center/teen center, community rooms and more will be presented.

The YMCA will serve the communities of Big Bend, Eagle, East Troy, Genesee, Mukwonago, Muskego, North Prairie, Vernon, Wales, Waterford and parts of Waukesha.

The event is open to the public, refreshments will be served and a small novelty gift provided while supplies last.  The press conference will be conducted under a large tent on the southeast side of the Mukwonago Walmart parking lot, which is across the street from the future site of the YMCA on East Wolf Run.

Vernon residents want joint department

Sept. 15, 2010 10:09 a.m. | In a poll taken yesterday by the Vernon Residents for Sensible Government, citizens in the Town of Vernon said almost two-to-one that they wanted a joint fire department.

The poll asked residents to answer yes or no to the following: I support the IMMEDIATE HALT of the DISSOLUTION of the joint Big Bend Vernon Fire Department that was set in place by the Vernon Town Board in December of 2009 and propose that all available money, fire personnel, consultants and legal counsel work toward a CONTINUATION of a 54-year-old jointly governed joint Big Bend Vernon Fire Department for fire and paramedic service for both communities.

1037 voted yes.

542 voted no.

8 said they were not sure.

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Pridemore keeps seat

Sept. 14, 2010 11:04 p.m. | Republican incumbent Don Pridemore retained his seat in the 99th Assembly District in Tuesday's state primary beating out two challengers, Sussex resident James Batzko and Hartford Mayor Scott Henke.

Pridemore earned 58 percent of the vote while Henke came in second with 23 percent and Batzko with 19 percent.

Kleefisch wins primary

Sept. 14, 2010 10:55 p.m. | Rebecca Kleefisch has won the Republican primary election for Lt. Governor.

The former television reporter was the front runner in a field of five candidates for the post and showed a strong lead for most of the night.

Preliminary reports are that Kleefisch won 46 percent of the votes cast, followed by Brett Davis with 26 percent of the vote.

Kleefisch is married to State Rep. Joel Kleeisch.

Farrow wins GOP nomination in Assembly race

Sept. 14, 2010 10:45 p.m. | Paul Farrow of the Village of Pewaukee will face Democrat Victor Weers in the Nov. 2 election for the 98th Assembly District seat.

With 78 percent of the precincts reporting, Farrow has 4,034 votes, or 64 percent, with
Thomas Schellinger, a former Brookfield alderman and Waukesha County Supervisor, having 2,243 votes, or 36 percent.

The 98th Assembly District includes the most of the City of Brookfield west of Pilgrim Road, the Town of Brookfield, the Village and City of Pewaukee as well as portions of Sussex and Lisbon. The seat is being vacated by incumbent Rich Zipperer who ran for the 33rd Senate District seat.

Kapenga takes 33rd

Sept. 14, 2010 10:44 p.m. | Chris Kapenga hailed victorious for the 33rd Assembly District Tuesday night after late reporting of state primary results had him and Brian Dorow split by less than 10 percent of votes for a majority of the night.

But it was Kapenga who took the top spot with 39 percent or 4,497 votes compared to Dorow's 36 percent or 4,057 votes.

Two other challengers that were in the race, Joe Deklotz and Steve Ksobiech had 2,199 and 680 votes respectively.

Kapenga will most likely maintain the 33rd seat in the extremely Republican district and county replacing incumbent Scott Newcomer who did not seek re-election.

Zipperer wins 33rd Senate seat

Sept. 14, 2010 10:43 p.m. | Rich Zipperer of the City of Pewaukee, will be headed to Madison as he has handily defeated Sussex Village Trustee Tim Dietrich for the 33rd state Senate seat.

With 74 percent of the precincts reporting, Zipperer held a commanding lead of 14,757 votes, or 72 percent with Dietrich garnering 5,665 votes, or 28 percent.

Zipperer currently holds the 98th Assembly district seat. There is no Democratic challenger in the Nov. 2 election. Incumbent Ted Kanavas announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Nass wins primary

Sept. 14, 2010 10:41 p.m. | Incumbent Steve Nass has won the Republican primary election for  Assembly District 31.

With 89 percent of the vote counted, the race has been called for Nass, who garnered 75 percent of the ballots cast.

Nass was first elected to the Assembly in 1990.

Nass shows healthy lead

Sept. 14, 2010 10:26 p.m. | Incumbent Steve Nass is showing a healthy lead in the Republican primary  race for Assembly Dist. 31.

With 61 percent of the vote reported at 10:20 p.m., Nass has 76 percent of the vote; challenger Craig Peterson has 24 percent.

Kleefisch ahead

Sept. 14, 2010 10:11 p.m. | With 41 percent of the vote counted, Oconomowoc candidate for Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has the lead over the four other Republican candidates in the primary election.

Kleefisch has garnered 44 percent of the ballots, followed by Brett Davis, with 27 percent, at 10 p.m.,  two hours afer the polls closed.

Village of Summit Trustees announced

Sept. 14, 2010 9:36 p.m. | Scott Piefer, Dave Zimmerman, Jim Breen and Kraig Arenz, Sr. will become the new Village of Summit trustees of the first-ever Village Board.

The following votes were received by the above-mentioned candidates:

Scott Piefer: 787

Dave Zimmerman: 761

Jim Breen: 740

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Riley new Village of Summit President

Sept. 14, 2010 9:24 p.m. | In the inaugural Village of Summit municipal election, former three-term Town of Summit Supervisor Jack Riley just became Village President.

Riley received 808 votes (59%) while former town chairman and current interim village president Leonard Susa received 570 votes (41%).

Riley's term runs until April 2011.

Riley thanked Mr. Susa for his service to the town and village and all of the volunteers who helped him with his campaign.

"I will try to live up to their expectations and to do the best for the Village of Summit," he said.

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Trawicki appears headed for reelection

Sept. 14, 2010 9:17 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki appears to be cruising towards reelection based on very early election returns posted by the Waukesha County Clerks office.

Trawicki has captured 9,352 votes, 72 percent of the ballots counted within 50 minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m. His closest competitor in the four candidate contest for the Republican nomination is former Town of Lisbon police Sgt.Tom Alioto who has 2,268 votes or about 17 per cent of the ballots counted so far.

The winner of the GOP primary is likely to win the November general election because Waukesha County is predominately Republican. So far, there is no democratic candidate scheduled on the ballot for the November general election however there are democratic write in votes being cast in today's partisan primary election.

Dorow, Kapenga battling in 33rd Assembly District

Sept. 14, 2010 9:01 p.m. | CITY OF DELAFIELD -Community College Administrator Brian Dorow and Chris Kapenga, a Certified Public Accountant, appear to be locked in an early duel for the Republican nomination for the 33rd District Assembly seat with real estate broker Joe DeKlotz lagging behind in third.

Kapenga is leading the race with 464 votes, Dorow has so far 395, DeKlotz with 304 and Steve Ksobiech has 53 votes based on very early returns from six voting districts according to the Waukesha County Clerk's office.

However, those results may not include the City of Delafield where, according to unofficial tallies from the DeKlotz campaign, Darow earned an additional 603 votes compared to 551 for Kapenga and 425 for DeKlotz. Deklotz, who has been active in the city's business community, acknowledged he was hoping for a stronger showing in the city.

However, he noted results are still pending from the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland. The district stretches from the Town of Mukwonago north to the Village of Chenequa along Highway 83 and is considered one of the strongest Republican legislative districts in the state. Incumbent Scott Newcomer did not seek reelection.

Early returns indicate Trawicki will win sheriff's race

Sept. 14, 2010 9:01 p.m. | In what appears to be a runaway victory, Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki has garnered more than 70 percent of the vote today, easily beating his challengers.

His closest competition is Tom Alioto, with 17.68 percent of the vote.

Vote tallies are preliminary and could change as the evening progresses.

Kapenga, Dorow lead early returns in 33rd

Sept. 14, 2010 8:56 p.m. | Early returns show Chris Kapenga in the lead in the race for the Republican nomination to the 33rd Assembly District. Brian Dorow is a close second, with 34.2 percent of the vote to Kapenga's 37.71 at the time of this writing. Vote totals were taken from initial reports from Waukesha County.

Joe Deklotz has 22.95 percent of the vote, and Steve Ksobiech has 5.08.

These are preliminary tallies only and could well change as the night progresses.

Polls closed at 8 p.m.

Pridemore likely maintains 99th Assembly seat

Sept. 14, 2010 8:39 p.m. | State Assembly Rep. Don Pridemore will likely keep his seat in the 99th district as results being reported two hours after the polls closed have him leading with 58 percent of votes.

Challenger Scott Henke, mayor of Hartford, was the closest challenger at the time of this posting with 24 percent of the vote followed by James Batzko of Sussex with 18 percent.


West Nile Virus found in birds in Hartland and Waukesha

Sept. 14, 2010 3:34 p.m. | A blue jay in the Village of Hartland and a crow in Waukesha tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) on Aug. 18 and Sept. 8, respectively, according to Waukesha County officials.

The Wisconsin Division of Health notified the Waukesha County Division of Environmental Health today that the birds were infected. Humans can contract WNV through the bite of an infected mosquito, and mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

"The positive bird test results means that residents of Waukesha County need to continue to be vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites," read a statement from the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use.

According to the statement, the majority of people infected with WNV do not get sick, but symptoms of infection include fever, headache or rash. Less than one percent of infected people get seriously ill.

Residents are encouraged to report dead crows, blue jays or ravens to the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

Hartland voter turnout slow

Sept. 14, 2010 12:59 p.m. | Voting in the Village of Hartland was very light during the lunch hours at both St. Charles and the Hartland Village Hall. At 12:20 p.m. only two voters were at St. Charles and at 12:35 p.m. only one voter was at the Village Hall. At 12:35 p.m., 382 voters had cast ballots at the Village Hall.

Town loses fire equipment due to bidding error

Sept. 14, 2010 12:10 p.m. | The Town of Vernon, which is arguably already cutting it close when it comes to setting up its own fire department, faced another setback last week after a clerical error cost it close to $200,000 in used equipment.

Vernon and the Village of Big Bend are splitting up the fire equipment as they prepare for the disbanding of their joint fire department at the end of this year. At this point, the communities are planning to set up individual departments. There has been talk of a possible contract between the two communities; however, nothing has been officially decided.

As part of the process for dividing up the equipment, the two municipalities were each given flash drives that held a document to mark their bids on fire department equipment, explained Fire Board President Ed Moline. This process was to keep the bids as sealed as possible, he said. The two communities then met with the Fire Board last Thursday to go over the bids.

Town Supervisor Tom Bird was designated to select the pieces of equipment and other Fire Department items for the town.

"There was a clerical error in filling out the bid sheet," explained Town Chairman Fred Michalek. "As a result, we didn't get certain items."

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Wold possibly hospitalized

Sept. 13, 2010 7:36 p.m. | Unconfirmed reports are that Darren Wold, who is charged in the murder of Oconomowoc resident Kim Smith, was taken from Waukesha County Jail about 6 p.m. tonight and transported to the hospital.

Wold, who appeared in court last Friday looking wan and disheveled, was ordered to undergo a competency exam after his lawyers expressed concern over his physical and condition.

West Bend wins LOL crown

Sept. 12, 2010 5:35 p.m. | West Bend, champions this past summer of the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league, won the prestigious LOL Grand Championship Sunday afteroon by smashing visiting Kenosha, 14-0. It's the second LOL title for West Bend since 2005.

Mike Mueller hit two home runs to lead the winners and Billy Bynum also homered. Jed Justman chipped in with three hits.

Andy Hetebrueg pitched the first seven innings, allowing two hits and fanning nine batters. Bryant Bullock worked the final two innings.

The Western Division has won three of the last four Grand Championships.

KM gridders lose to CMH

Sept. 11, 2010 6:50 a.m. | Visiting Catholic Memorial improved to 3-0 on the season Friday night by scoring a wire-to-wire 36-14 Classic 8 Conference victory over the host Kettle Moraine varsity football team. The loss dropped the Lasers to 1-2 on the season.

Memorial took the lead when Charlie Walsh intercepted an errant KM pass and returned in 51 yards for a touchdown. CMH made it 10-0 in the second period before the Lasers got a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kita to Kyle Nichols to cut the deficit to 10-7.

Memorial then put the game away by scoring the next 26 points.

Stunner: Mukwonago downs Arrowhead

Sept. 10, 2010 10:40 p.m. | Mukwonago's football team staged the biggest upset of the young football season with a 27-17 shocker over Arrowhead, ranked No. 2 in the state entering the week.

Mukwonago quarterback Derek Hasanoglu rushed 23 times for 133 yards and threw for three touchdowns, including two to Mitch Polk. The win was a catharsis for the Indians, who haven't defeated Arrowhead since 2005-06 and have lost the previous four matchups by a combined score of 161-9.

Jamahl Wright returned a kickoff for a touchdown to answer the second of two quick Indians touchdowns, but Mukwonago had a 21-14 lead by halftime. Darin Howell hit two field goals in the second half to keep the Indians ahead.

The Indians (2-1) now travel to face Catholic Memorial (3-0) next week. Arrowhead (2-1) hosts Waukesha West (3-0).

Pewaukee gridders win

Sept. 10, 2010 10:24 p.m. | Visiting Pewaukee defeated  host South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference football game Friday night, 22-6. PHS improved to 2-1 on the season.

The Pirates led 15-0 at halftime and made it 22-0 just five seconds into the final quarter. The home team scored with 5:03 left to play.

Senior Derek Watt had a big night, scoring the first touchdown on a 44-yard run. Austin Kaatz added touchdown runs of 8 and 4 yards.

Watt finished the night with 178 yards on 21 carries.

Support your DA and a local business

Sept. 10, 2010 2:19 p.m. | Can't get enough of your area officials? Then enjoy the sounds of Four on the Floor, the band of Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel on bass, local municipal attorney Stan Riffle on drums, Pius XI High School art teacher Craig Gyland on lead guitar, and frontman John Criston Widule, a former lawyer for Exel Inns of America and real estate broker who plays rhythm guitar, flute, trumpet and keyboard. 

Schimel said the band will play at new and popular Silver Lake Restaurant Burke's Lakeside tonight. 

"They like us (and we really like them), but we have to fill the place up if we are going to keep getting booked there, so we need you to come out and have a great time with us," said Schimel.
Burke's is the former Chuck's Supper Club at 37238 Valley Road. The remodeled restaurant reopened earlier this summer and has a great dance floor Schimel said.
To get there go north on Highwy 67 from I-94. Take a left on Highwy B (Valley Road) and go about a 1/2 mile to Silver Lake - the lake is on your left and Burke's is on your right.
The band will play from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Wold to undergo competency hearing

Sept. 10, 2010 11:10 a.m. | Darren Wold, who is charged in the homicide of Oconomowoc resident Kim Smith last October, will receive a competency exam after his physical and mental condition has become a concern. His lawyers Anthony Rosario and Joseph Smith said after recent visits with Wold they feel it's only ethical that he undergo a mental evaluation.

Rosario said he is not concerned with Wold's competency as far as him understanding his charges but has concerns about his mental and physcial well-being as it appears Wold is suffering from severe depression.

"We believe it could be a mental disease such as depression-related and it's getting to the point where we are not getting anywhere," said Rosario.

Rosario told Judge James Kieffer that he hardly recognized Wold when he saw him prior to Friday's court date. Rosario told Kieffer he understood that the judge had not seen Wold prior to this appearance as Judge Mac J. Davis had been the court official prior but a court rotation has him elsewhere.

Wold entered the courtroom handcuffed and in a wheelchair wearing a green, padded vest often used for inmates that attempt suicide or have other issues. His skin was sallow and he had dark circles around his eyes. His hair was long and disheveled and he was unshaven with a long beard. Wold appeared very solemn and sat still and silent other than brief conversations with Rosario.

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Cooney falls to Hartford, loses Nold

Sept. 10, 2010 9:23 a.m. | Little went right for the Oconomowoc football team Friday, as it was unable to reprise its upset of Hartford last year and fell to the host Orioles, 34-7.

Running back Brady Nold, a workhorse who earned first team All-Conference honors as a junior last season, was lost early in the game with a knee injury. Cooney coach Ryan McMillen said the senior would be re-evaluated, but Nold was unable to return to action.

Oconomowoc (1-2) committed four turnovers in the first half and finished with four interceptions thrown -- including one returned for a touchdown in the second quarter to fall behind, 20-0. Alex Eckes caught a touchdown from Alex Lavine to account for the only Oconomowoc points on a 20-yard play.

Seidel, AHS CC teams win title

Sept. 09, 2010 7:40 p.m. | Running before a huge  crowd Thursday afternoon, University Lake School junior Molly Seidel and the two coed teams from host Arrowhead ran off with championships at the 25th annual AHS Cross Country  Invite.

Seidel, the two-time WIAA Division 3 state champion, broke her old course record in winning the 4,000-meter race with a time of 14:05. That's the fastest time in the state this year and one of the fastest times in the country.

While Seidel was winning, the AHS girls team also won the team title. Arrowhead had 53 points and the upstart Oconomowoc Raccoons were next at 60 points. AHS was led by Jackie Dubnicka in second place at 14:24, Andie Zeman eighth at 15:16, Taylor McDowell 11th at 15:24, Tayler McCormack 14th at 15:38 and Danielle Dvorak 19th at 15:41.

Arrowhead won the boys title by the slightest of margins.The Warhawks had 59 points and Jansville Craig had 60.

Russell Sandvold led the Warhawks in second place at 15:50. He was followed by Nick Linnan in 12th at 16:35, Ben Bierman 13th at 16:37, Kyle Lewin 14th at 16:38 and Jake Dubnicka 18th at 16:45.

Section Elementary School earns Blue Ribbon title

Sept. 09, 2010 12:24 p.m. | Section Elementary School in the Mukwonago Area School District is one of eight schools in the state and among the 304 nationwide to be named a Blue Ribbon School, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated the schools based on criteria in two categories: dramatically improving schools and high performing schools. Schools earning the award will be honored Nov. 15 and 16 in Washington D.C as well as receiving a plaque and flag signifying the status as a Blue Ribbon School.

Big Bend-Vernon FD demonstrates fire safety at pancake breakfast

Sept. 09, 2010 8:54 a.m. | A dramatic presentation will be featured at the Big Bend-Vernon Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast-Fire Safety Day event at 10 a.m. Sept. 12.  It's a live, side-by-side fire and sprinkler burn demonstration that vividly shows the tremendous speed of a typical home fire and its potential for deadly destruction.  The vital importance of home and fire safety technology that can save lives and reduce property damage will also be illustrated.

The demonstration is open to the public and will be held at W233 S7475 Woodland Lane, Big Bend, WI.

For more information, contact Lt. Jennifer Bonnet, Big Bend-Vernon FD at 662-2079.

UPDATE: Governor's office says it has no records of communication

Sept. 08, 2010 4:36 p.m. | A press release sent from the MacIver Institute Wednesday afternoon reported that Gov. Jim Doyle's office said it has no records relating to the decision to pull the Oconomowoc high speed rail stop.

“This keeps getting more and more interesting,” said Brett Healy, president of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy.

Susan Crawford, Governor Doyle’s chief legal counsel, sent a message Sept. 7 that said the office conducted a search for records related to the request and "found no responsive records in the custody of the Governor's Office."

The MacIver Institute said it has yet to receive a response from the Department of Transportation.

“This is the most controversial public works project in our state’s history and one of Governor Doyle’s top remaining priorities as he prepares to leave office but he wasn’t notified of a dramatic change to suddenly drop Oconomowoc as a station location?” said Healy. “Common sense would suggest the Governor’s staff would be in constant contact with the professionals over at DOT as they try to fast-track this project before the Governor hands over the reins to his successor.”
Healy said he doesn’t understand the reason the DOT is taking so long to comply with a simple request.
“All the public wants to know is why the DOT decided to kick Oconomowoc out, who made that decision and was it retribution for local officials asking tough questions about the overall cost of the project?” said Healy.

Groups seeks records behind DOT rejection of Oconomowoc rail station

Sept. 08, 2010 3:30 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — A Wisconsin think tank has filed an open records request seeking answers behind the recent elimination of the Oconomowoc high-speed rail stop.

Brian Fraley, communications director for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy said the group is interested in documented communications that might give more insight as to why the Oconomowoc stop was pulled.

"Was there an e-mail saying 'they don't care' or indication that maybe the Madison station cost more?" Fraley asked. "But we don't know, so rather than make accusations, let's get some facts just like Mayor (Jim) Daley and city leaders asked for."

Information about the request was posted on the institute's website,, on Sept. 2, reporting that the request was filed with Gov. Doyle and Secretary of Transportation Frank Busalacchi on Aug. 19, a day after the city made public the DOT's decision.

"We have not heard anything yet," Fraley said. He said Wisconsin Open Records requests have no deadline for response. "They are to take practical and reasonable amount of time" for the request, he said. If time continues to drag on, Fraley said the request could go to court, but he was quick to add that he hopes it doesn't come to that.

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Waukesha Remembers 911 set for Friday.

Sept. 08, 2010 2:11 p.m. | Everybody remembers what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor, the date is emblazoned in the minds of all Americans. On Friday, Sept. 10, join the First Responders of Waukesha County and other citizens to remember those who lost their lives responding to the attacks on the United States on 9-11-01. The event, called Waukesha Remembers 911, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Arena at the Waukesha County Expo grounds. There is free admission and free parking.

AHS football team rolls past Watertown

Sept. 04, 2010 12:18 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team scored on its first seven possessions and rolled over host Watertown Friday night in a nonconference game, 45-0. The Warhawks, resting all of its regulars in the second half, led 31-0 at halftime

Scoring touchdowns for the Warhawks were Ryan Saeger on an 80-yard run, Colton Sweitzer on runs of 4 and 20 yards, Nick Abresch on runs of 13 and 1 yards and Dan Leach on a 5-yard run. Drew Meyer also booted a 37-yard field goal.

Arrowhead improved to 2-0 on the  season, the fifth straight year they've started that way.

Arrowhead CC teams win Hale titles

Sept. 04, 2010 12:13 p.m. | The two Arrowhead varsity cross country teams won championships last Friday at the Leighton Betz Invite at Greenfield Park in West Allis. The girls won with 39 points and the boys won with 50 points.

Freshman Jackie Dubnicka of Arrowhead won the girls 4,000-meter race with a time of 15:14. She won by 10 seconds. She  is now  a perfect 2-for-2 in her brief high school career. Others figuring in the scoring for the Warhawks were Taylor McDowell in fifth at 15:43, Andie Zeman seventh at 15:47, Danielle Dvorak 12th at 16:11 and Tayler McCormack 14th at 16:19.

In the boys race,  Russell Sandvold was second overall at 16:16. He lost to Dan Schubert of Appleton East by seven seconds.

Other Warhawks figuring in the scoring were Kyle Lewin in fifth at 16:30, Nick Linnan 10th at 17:02, Ben Bierman 13th at 17:06 and Yutaka Ogiso 20th at 17:28.

Patterson's return caps thriller for Hamilton

Sept. 03, 2010 10:30 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton junior Nick Patterson returned a squib kickoff 78 yards for a game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds on the clock Friday night, as Hamilton stunned Mukwonago with the 31-27 victory.

Mukwonago had just navigated 69 yards without any timeouts on a drive that began at the 2:55 mark to take a 27-24 lead. Quarterback Derek Hasanoglu found Nate Tanguay -- a sophomore making his first reception of the season -- wide open in the end zone for a 5-yard score that temporarily sent the Mukwonago sideline into pandemonium.

But Patterson, who said afterward he was responsible for the breakdown that led to the MHS touchdown -- turned the tables by bursting up the middle for a game-winning scamper.

Mike Kelty scored twice on the same reverse play --once from 30 and once from 79 yards. The latter gave his team a 24-20 lead. Hasanoglu (148 yards rushing, 52 yards passing) brought the Indians back in a nonconference tilt that has a history of dramatic finishes -- the same two teams went to triple overtime last year.

Aaron Clinton-Earl for Hamilton and Josh Tilander for Mukwonago both cleared 100 yards rushing.

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Lasers win at Oconomowoc

Sept. 03, 2010 9:58 p.m. | Kettle Moraine got a 74-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kyle Kita and a timely fumble recovery on a punt late in the fourth quarter by Blaine Sidders on Friday.

The Lasers defeated host Oconomowoc 21-9 in a nonconference game.

"This was huge for us," Mike Fink, the Kettle Moraine head football  coach said after the game.

Oconomowoc quarterback Alex Lavine had a touchdown run for the Raccoons.

Both teams are 1-1 heading into conference play this week.

Greendale pounds Pewaukee football team

Sept. 03, 2010 9:56 p.m. | Host Pewaukee had all kinds of trouble moving the ball on the Greendale Panthers Friday night and the visiting Panthers rolled  to a 33-0 Woodland Conference victory.

The loss ended Pewaukee's 20-game conference win streak. Pewaukee fell to 1-1 on the season and Greendale improved to 2-0.

Pewaukee fell behind 13-0 at the end of the first period and 19-0 at halftime. Greendale put the game away with two quick scores early in the fourth quarter.

PHS had the ball just two times in Greendale territory, getting as far as the Greendale 21-yard line for its deepest penetration.

Seven injured in school bus crash

Sept. 03, 2010 1:20 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Police Chief David Beguhn said a total of seven people were transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained early  this morning in a school bus accident (photo gallery).

According to the Chief, a small Toyota Yaris rear-ended the school bus carrying intermediate and high school students at Franklin and Jefferson Streets. The school bus was stopped prior to impact and did activate its lights and sign prior to stopping.

Occupants of the vehicle, high school students on their way to school,  were treated for complaints of back and neck injuries; there were very minor injuries to the occupants of the bus, Beguhn said.

Police are investigating the incident.

Highway KE closed next Wednesday

Sept. 03, 2010 10:32 a.m. | The railroad crossing about 0.7 miles south of Highway 16 on Highway KE (North Shore Drive) will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 8, for maintenance, according to a statement from the Waukesha County Department of Public Works.

During the closure, the crossing will be repaired and the roadway approaches will be resurfaced. A posted detour will take motorists north on Highway 83 to Highway 16 and then back to Highway KE.

The work should be completed and the crossing reopened by the end of the business day Thursday, Sept. 9.

Authorities release name of man found in Lake Beulah

Sept. 03, 2010 9:49 a.m. |

Members of the Mukwonago and Big Bend-Vernon Fire Department dive teams assisted the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department in the search for a 33-year-old man who went missing last Wednesday morning after attempting to dock a boat on the north side of the lake.

According to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and the Town of East Troy Police, Michael Paul Brillowski of Mukwonago was found just after 2:45 p.m. Wednesday approximately 50 feet from shore, in 10 feet of water.

According to Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Rolfe, Chris Hahn with the Mukwonago Fire Department found the body which was then recovered by Deputies from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

According to the release, police were contacted about 8 a.m. for a missing person and began the search in the W1600 block of Highway J in the Town of East Troy.

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Update: Bus crash in Oconomowoc

Sept. 03, 2010 8:43 a.m. | A school bus accident in Oconomowoc occurred earlier this morning at Jefferson and Franklin streets when the bus was stopped to pick up students and the vehicle behind it rear-ended it.

The car's hood was pushed up to the windshield, deploying the air bags. A photographer at the scene said at least three students were transported as well as the driver of the car.

School bus accident in Oconomowoc

Sept. 03, 2010 7:43 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Police are on the scene of a school bus accident at First and Jefferson Streets.

Reports are that some of the students are being examined by medical personnel. Traffic in the area is snarled as a result of the accident.

More details to come as they become available.


Cooney runners log perfect score

Sept. 02, 2010 8:16 p.m. | The Oconomowoc girls cross country team achieved perfection Thursday in the inaugural Nature Hill Challenge, hosted at the first-year course in Oconomowoc. The Raccoons took first place with the best-possible score of 15 points. (photo gallery)

Molly Seidel of University Lake School, a two-time defending state champion, actually won the race easily with a time of 14 minutes, 55.85 seconds, but ULS runners did not field a complete team and register a team score. Freshman Isabel Seidel threw her familiar last name into the fray with a fifth-place run of 16:52.

Among those with complete teams, Oconomowoc registered the top seven spots. Runners were Mandy Prom (2nd, 16:04), Abby Reier (3rd, 16:15), Olivia Radtke (4th, 16:30), Hannah Heidvogel (6th, 17:14), Molly Pearcy (7th, 17:14), Paige Haberkorn (8th, 17:17) and Carly Hall (9th, 17:19).

Ally Seneczko led Kettle Moraine by finishing 10th in 17:21, and her team took fifth over the 4K layout.

Junior Greg Gamroth of Kettle Moraine (2nd, 18:10) and sophomore Noah Brown of Oconomowoc (18:11) led their respective teams over the 5K course on the boys side. The Lasers took second as a team and the Raccoons fourth.

Five injured in Mukwonago crash

Sept. 02, 2010 4:53 p.m. |

Five people were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle accident on Highway E shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.

According to Town of Mukwonago police, a white Ford SUV failed to remain stopped on Sandi Hill Drive and pulled into oncoming northbound traffic on Highway E. The Mukwonago Fire Department, with assistance from the North Prairie Fire Department, responded to the call.

Traffic on Highway E was detoured while emergency crews attended to the accident victims. A citation will be issued to the driver of the Ford SUV for failure to yield to traffic.

Stone Bank School closed tomorrow due to mold

Sept. 02, 2010 4:41 p.m. | Authorities at Stone Bank School in Oconomowoc announced that the school will be closed tomorrow because of mold.

A letter from Superintendent Phil Meissen confirmed there is "a possible health concern at Stone Bank School."

The letter says that a small amount of visible surface mold has been found in four classrooms and that air samples taken by Environmental Management Consulting (EMC), Inc. confirmed that mold levels "in some areas of the building warrant closing school on Friday, Sept. 3rd as a precautionary measure."

The superintendent says this is a precautionary measure taken to protect students and teachers with weak immune systems and to buy additional time to professionally clean the school over the long weekend.

The school is holding a meeting at 9 am tomorrow in the Commons, which the superintendent says is not affected by the mold, and school is to resume as scheduled next Tuesday.

Fundraiser canceled

Sept. 02, 2010 1:33 p.m. |

The Barn Good Time fundraiser that was to be held at the Connell farm and barn on Sept. 11 has been cancelled. The event had been sponsored by the Pewaukee Scholarship Fund and the Pewaukee High School Alumni Association.


Body found in Lake Beulah

Sept. 01, 2010 5:23 p.m. | Mukwonago Police have reportedly assisted the Walworth County Sheriff's Department in the search for a man who went missing in Lake Beulah this morning.

According to Today's TMJ4, the body of the boater who went missing has now been found.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Cheeseheads bring their taste buds to the Elegant Farmer this weekend.

Sept. 01, 2010 1:04 p.m. | You don’t have to be a mouse to enjoy the delectable samplings of unique cheeses at the Blue Ribbon Artisan Tasting and Sale this weekend at the Elegant Farmer. The Cheese that Stands Alone at the event is the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair’s award-winning Grand Master Champion, a rosemary-olive oil rubbed asiago crafted by cheese-maker Mike Matucheski of Sartori Foods. The Elegant Farmer bought the cheese at auction for $127.50 a pound. The 20-pound wheel, that will be available for tasting, cost $2,550.

Other big cheeses  you can try include current and past Blue Winners such as White Jasmine’s Tandorri, Cumin and Sajii barbecue Gouda cheeses, Harmony Specialty Dairy Food’s Caerphilly and many others. The Elegant Farmer bought

The samplings will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Elegant Farmer located at highways ES and J in Mukwonago.

Town of Vernon to form own fire department

Sept. 01, 2010 12:46 p.m. | Last night, the Town of Vernon board voted to go ahead with McGrath Consulting's Option 2 and form their own fire department, while simultaneously opening the door of communication to Big Bend to see if the village would be interested in contracting with Vernon for fire and EMS services.

To view the consultant's report for yourself, visit

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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