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AHS boys win first two games

Nov. 29, 2009 10:54 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys baskebtall team won its first two games of the season last Friday and Saturday at the City/Suburban Holiday Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

On Friday the Warhawks defeated Milwaukee Bay Vew (56-37) and then stunned No. 3 ranked Milwaukee Washington on Saturday night (59-58). It marked the first time in school history an Arrowhead boys team had defeated a state team ranked that high.

In the win over Washington, senior center Ben Mills played his best game ever, finishing with 23 points and 13 rebounds against a Washington front line that featured a starting lineup of 6-7, 6-7 and 6-5. Mills will play college basketball next year at Boise State.

Mills sank one free throw with three seconds left to make the score 59-58. Washington did not get a shot off after Mills missed his second foul shot.

Russ Finco added 12 points for the Warhawks and Andy Fox had 10 and Charlie Fischer 9.

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Arrowhead girls start 1-1

Nov. 29, 2009 10:09 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team opened the season last Friday and Saturday by splitting two games at the NY2LA Sports Classic at Milwaukee Pius. The Warhawks lost to Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday (47-40) and then defeated Franklin on Saturday (63-54).

In the loss to Wisconsin Lutheran, the Warhawks blew a 10-point third quarter lead and couldn't rally back in the final four minutes. Jenny Smith and Jessica Goetz  both scored 11 points for AHS.

On Saturday, Arrowhead led by as many as 20 points in the second half before winning by nine. For the game, AHS converted 29 of 34 free throws, one of the best performances in school history.

Senior forward Courtney Gaberino played her best game ever at Arrowhead, scoring a career-best 20 points. Gaberino was a perfect 14-for-14 from the foul line. Sydney Pierson added 7 points for the winners.

PHS boys defeat Kettle Moraine

Nov. 29, 2009 10:02 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball  team defeated visiting Kettle Moraine Saturday night in the opening game of the season for both teams, 59-45.

The Pirates trailed 29-26 at halftime, but dominated play in the final two periods, outscoring the Lasers, 33-16.

Senior guard Mike Olewinski led the Pirates with a varsity career-high of 19 points. Matt Dabney added 13 points for the winners and Tyler Hanson added 8 tallies.

Kettle Moraine was led by senior forward Dan Mikesell who scored 21 points. Pat Zemanovic chipped in with 11 points.

Pewaukee girls win opener

Nov. 29, 2009 9:57 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball, team,  led by a 20-point performance by sophomore forward Jordyn Swan, rolled over Homestead Saturday afternoon in the NY2LA Sports Clasic at Milwaukee Pius, 71-46. It was first game of the season for the Pirates.

Swan scored 11 of her points in the third period. Senior Hannah Frett added 8 tallies for the Pirates and Natalie Wood had 7.

Pewaukee did not score in the game's first three and one-half minutes but led 14-8 after the first period and 34-19 at halftime.

AHS hockey team wins opener

Nov. 28, 2009 9:28 a.m. | Thanks to a pair of goals from standout senior Brian Berger, Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team opened the 2009-10 season Friday night at the Mullett Center by scoring a 3-2 win over No. 4 ranked Eau Claire Memorial.

Berger scored the game-winner 59 seconds into the third period to break a 2-2 tie. The high-scoring senior also scored the game's first goal in the opening stanza when the Warhawks opened up a 2-0 lead. Logan Martell also scored for AHS in the second period.

Eau Claire scored two goals within 44 seconds of each other in the sixth minute of the second period to tie the game.

Winning goalie was junior John Michael, who saved 29 of 31 Memorial shots. It was Michael's first varsity game

A concert for Cambodia

Nov. 27, 2009 10:26 a.m. |

Caldwell United Methodist Church will host A Classical Christmas … a concert for Cambodia at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the church, 8504 Caldwell Road, Mukwonago.

Come to find out more about how Wisconsin people are transforming the lives of thousands of poor Cambodians.

There’s a little bit of everything from the traditional French carols to "On A Snowy Evening" by Julie Wheeler. Memorial Strings, Chris Casselman, violin, Katie Fetzer, violin, Linda Brumm, viola, and Karen Fetzer, cello, will join vocalists Jenny Hensgen, Deanna Shimko and Darl Shimko.

A freewill offering will be received to help fund Wisconsin people’s ongoing community development and humanitarian projects for the vulnerable people in Siem Reap Province, northwest.

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Delafield students to deliver holiday cheer to orphaned boys

Nov. 27, 2009 9:43 a.m. | First-graders at Cushing Elementary School have teamed up with the126th Corps of Cadets at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) to collect toys for a boys’ orphanage in Alqosh, Iraq, near where an SJNMA staff member was called to duty for the Wisconsin Army National Guard in January 2009.

The first-graders have been pen pals with the SJNMA staff member since the current school year began. Boy Scouts Troop 84 at SJNMA is coordinating the toy drive on behalf of the Academy. Donations will be collected from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in the Command Post in Dekoven Hall at SJNMA, 1101 Genesee St., Delafield, when cadets return from Thanksgiving break. The public is welcome to participate.

Ages of the boys and young men at the orphanage are 6-16, and a few suggestions of items to donate include non-digital watches, remote control cars, puzzles, LEGO toys, ping pong balls and paddles, soccer jerseys (any size) or radios with headphones. Cash donations to help with the costs of shipping the items are also welcome.

For questions, send an e-mail to Tom Mauer, SJNMA Scout Master, at, or Kori McKibben, first-grade teacher at Cushing Elementary School, at

Sussex Rec Director Kula to leave post

Nov. 25, 2009 3:24 p.m. | Meagan Kula will end her 5-year-plus tenure as the village's Recreation Department director Dec. 17.

Her daughter, Samara, was born in April and she told the Sun she wanted to spend more time at home with Samara and her 3-year-old son, Noah.
According to its 2010 budget, the village will replace Kula next May.
Kula took office in Sept. 2004.

Sussex raises tax rate 10¢ for 2010

Nov. 25, 2009 3:22 p.m. | The Village Board unanimously passed a 2010 budget Tuesday evening that will raise the village's property tax rate 10 cents, from $4.24 to $4.34 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 2.38% increase.

That will raise the village's portion of the tax bill for an average $345,000 house by $34.50.
For more details, get next week's issue of the Sussex Sun.

ProHealth reschedules flu clinics

Nov. 25, 2009 3:10 p.m. | According to information released Wednesday, ProHealth Care has received ample supply of influenza vaccine and has scheduled the following seasonal flu and pneumonia shot clinics. 

Children age 9 and older can receive the vaccine at any of the public flu clinics listed below. Flu shots are available for children 6 months to 8 years old by contacting ProHealth Care Medical Associates clinics.

The cost is $30 for a flu shot and $40 for a pneumonia shot. Cash, checks and Medicare Part B are accepted at all locations. For the most up-to-date flu clinic schedule,visit
Clinic locations, times:  
Friday, Nov. 27
9 a.m. to noon, Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Lobby 1& 2, Waukesha
Saturday, Nov. 28
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. North Shore Bank, W249 N6600 Hwy 164, Sussex 
Tuesday, Dec. 1
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Miller Pharmacy, 801 N. Rochester, Mukwonago           
Wednesday, Dec. 2
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Big Bend Library, W230 S9175 Nevins Street, Big Bend
9 to 11 a.m. Lake Country Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc
Thursday, Dec. 3
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WCTC, 800 Main St., student lounge room C121, Pewaukee
Friday, Dec. 4
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Miller Pharmacy, 801 N Rochester, Mukwonago                                  
Noon to 2 p.m. Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., Lac LaBelle Room, Oconomowoc 
Saturday, Dec. 5
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. North Shore Bank, W249 N6600 Highway 164, Sussex                                             
9 a.m. to noon, Sentry Foods, 3255 W Golf Road, Delafield       
Sunday, Dec. 6
8:45 to 11 a.m. St. Bruno's Church, 266 Ottawa West, Dousman
Monday, Dec. 7
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. New Berlin Library,15105 Library Lane, New Berlin             
Friday, Dec. 11
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Waukesha State Bank, 100 Bank St., Waukesha     
Saturday, Dec. 12
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alice Baker Library, 820 E Main St., Eagle                                        
Flu shots are also available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at ProHealth Care’s
Corporate Health Services at 1205 Corporate Center Drive in Oconomowoc.

UPDATE: Pewaukee Police challenge denied

Nov. 25, 2009 10:40 a.m. | Waukesha – A judge ruled this morning to dismiss a civil action by the City of Pewaukee’s police union to halt the process of the city contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for police services meaning the police department will be disbanded on Dec. 31.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez approved a motion by the City of Pewaukee to dismiss the suit. The police union sought to halt the process by seeking a restraining order arguing that the city should have acted on a direct legislation petition prior to approving a contract with the Sherif'f's Department.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association, police union and citizens supporting the police department have filed two direct legislation petitions with the City of Pewaukee. One petition asks for an ordinance change to require a supermajority, or 5 of 6 council members to vote on a police contract that is more than $1 million. The other petition asks for an ordinance change to require a public referendum for a police services contract that would cost more than $1 million.

The petitions were filed before the city’s Common Council approved the contract this month. The Waukesha County board unanimously approved the contract Tuesday night.

In his ruling, Ramirez said state law is specific in regarding direct legislation as it relates to a city contracting with a sheriff’s department for police services.

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Waukesha County H1N1 vaccinations clinics cancelled

Nov. 23, 2009 8:32 a.m. | Waukesha County Public Health Division has cancelled all upcoming H1N1 vaccination clinics indefinitely until additional shipments of the vaccine are received. This includes the clinic scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 24.

The Division of Public Health does expect more shipments of the vaccine in the coming weeks and will announce additional clinics to administer the vaccine once the shipment has arrived.

For more information, or to learn more about the H1N1 virus, visit or call 211, (877) 947-2211 or (262) 547-3388. This service (including 211)  is available 24 hours a day - seven days a week, is free and confidential, and provides information on prevention and community resources.  

No lobby hours Friday at newspaper offices

Nov. 23, 2009 12:00 a.m. | There will be no lobby hours for the offices of Lake Country Publications and Mukwonago Publications on Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving in Hartland, Mukwonago and Oconomowoc.

Staff will be available during business hours via telephone, fax and e-mail on Friday to serve your needs in news, classifieds, display advertising and circulation. More detailed contact information is available on the Contact Us page at

Regular office hours resume on Monday at Lake Country Publication, 810 Cardinal Lane, Hartland; Mukwonago Publications, 111 Rochester St., Mukwonago; and in Oconomowoc, 108 N. Main St.. Oconomowoc.

Local football players earn all-state mention

Nov. 22, 2009 9:44 a.m. | Seven players from the  Lake Country area were recently named to the 2009 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's All-AState team as honorable-mention selections.

Sussex Hamilton's Eric Reimer  was the only local player named to the first team. Reimer, a senior, made the squad as an inside linebacker.

Heading the list of local players on honorable mention was Pewaukee senior Kent Girmscheid.

Girmscheid, one of the top players in the Woodland Conference this season, was given mention as an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman. He was the only local player named to both teams.

Pewaukee senior defensive back Mike Olewinski was also mentioned.

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Three arrested in Smith murder

Nov. 19, 2009 1:04 p.m. |  

Justin Patrick Welch, suspected of killing Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc in October, was taken into custody at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday by Mexican authorities as he tried to cross the border into California. Authorities were notified because he was driving a stolen Jeep Patriot.
Also taken into custody yesterday at the Mexican border, at 1:10 p.m., was  Jack E. Johnson, 65.  He formerly resided in Waukesha and has close ties to Darren Wold, who was also arrested last night at his residence in Texas without incident. Wold is the father of Smith's 4-year-old son Jackson.
Johnson and Welch are being held in the San Diego County Jail on $2 million bail. Johnson is being held for party to first-degree intentional homicide, Welch for first-degree intentional homicide. Wold is being held in Lubbock, Texas, also on $2 million bail on the charge of party to first-degree intentional homicide.
Police say it appears at this time that Wold conspired with his lifelong friend Johnson to have Smith murdered in an attempt to get custody of their son.
All three are awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.

Murder suspect arrested

Nov. 19, 2009 9:02 a.m. | Justin Patrick Welch,  a suspect in the murder of 39-year-old Kimberly Smith,  was arrested in Mexico Wednesday night, according to City of Oconomwooc Police Chief Dave Beguhn.

 Law enforcement officials have scheduled a 12:30 p.m. press conference this afternoon to announce developments in the Oconomowoc murder investigation.  The Oconomowoc Focus will post the news immediately following the conference.

Clerk certifies petitions

Nov. 17, 2009 5:16 p.m. | Pewaukee City Clerk Kelly Tarczewski has certified two direct-legislation petitions.

One petition would require a five-sixths super-majority vote on a contract with the Sheriff's Department. The second would send the question of police services to a referendum of city voters.

The Common Council now has 30 days to act on the petitions.

Oconomowoc parks director to move to Oshkosh

Nov. 17, 2009 9:44 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Parks and Recreation Director, Ray Maurer, will take over as the City of Oshkosh's new parks director starting in January.

Oshkosh announced the hire today according to published reports. Maurer was not available to confirm the new position. He has been with the City of Oconomowoc for the past three years and has been instrumental overseeing recent projects like community built playground Imagination Station, and the study for the future Oconomowoc Community Center.

Maurer was among four finalists including Brett Altergott, parks and recreation director for Germantown;  William Maertz, parks and recreation director for Elk River, Minn.; and Kenneth Elwert, parks director for Lapeer County, Mich.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Dump truck tumbles over near Highway C

Nov. 16, 2009 4:29 p.m. | A dump truck may have taken a turn too fast Monday afternoon and ended up on its side around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Highways C and 18.

An ambulance and multiple squads were on scene, but no traffic delays were announced or injuries reported at the time of this post.

Watch for updates to this story in Thursday's Living Kettle Moraine Index.

Pewaukee chamber names new director

Nov. 16, 2009 1:27 p.m. |  

The Pewaukee Chambef of Commerce has hired a new executive director, Kathy Eckhardt.
Eckhardt's first day with the chamber was Monday, Nov. 9.
She brings with her more than 20 years experience as a human resource director with medium and large business.  For the last eight years she worked as a community and recreation director with the Village of Hartland and outreach director with University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.  She has undergraduate degrees in social welfare and business management and a graduate degree in administrative leadership – adult education. 
Eckhardt lives in Genesee with her husband, Fred.  She has served as a Special Olympics Coach, volunteer with Waukesha Training Center and docent/shadow with Ten Chimneys.  Most recently she coordinated the Senior Lifestyles Conference for Waukesha County ADRC at Country Springs.     

AHS swimmers dominate state meet

Nov. 15, 2009 10:08 a.m. | Arrowhead went unchallenged in the WIAA Division 1 girls state swimming and diving meet, repeating as champions at the UW-Natatorium in Madison.

With 303 points, Arrowhead finished leagues ahead of second-place Madison East (181).

Event champions included the 200-yard freestyle team of Katie Duranso, Emma Goral, Holly Johnson and Julia Mikota, who won in 1:37.01. The junior Goral won the butterfly (55.27) for the third straight year, and the medley relay of Kate Jones, Caryn Knight, Goral and Haley Pietila took first place as well (1:45.48).

Pietila added a second place in the 100-yard freestyle, and the 400 free team of Jones, Pietila, Goral and Mikota took second, as well.

Arrowhead defeated in semifinal

Nov. 14, 2009 9:07 p.m. | Arrowhead will not be "back four more."

The Warhawks football team was kept from its fourth consecutive appearance in the state title game after a 35-0 loss to Milwaukee Marquette on Saturday before a mammoth crowd at Kettle Moraine High School. Marquette running back John LoCoCo, filling in for injured starter Brock LaFace, ran all over the AHS defense and Arrowhead never gained traction.

LoCoCo finished with three touchdowns, including one in the fourth quarter to put Marquette up by 35. The last 9:30 of the game was played with a running clock.

Ryan Grad intercepted AHS quarterback Tom Parish early in the first quarter and gave Marquette the ball on the AHS 35-yard line. Later in the drive, Kevin Fink converted on a short touchdown run, beginning a string of three straight Marquette posessions that ended in touchdowns.

Marvin Paine caught a 21-yard pass from Fink and LoCoCo burst for 54 yards to make it a three-score game.

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Get Marquette-Arrowhead updates today

Nov. 14, 2009 3:31 p.m. | Marquette and Arrowhead will battle with a berth in the state championship football game on the line at Kettle Moraine beginning at 7 p.m. this evening. Visit the Preps Alcove for live updates from the game.

Lasers defeated in state semifinals

Nov. 14, 2009 3:10 p.m. | Kettle Moraine once again battled to a fifth set at the WIAA state tournament, but this time the Lasers fell short of the state championship match in the WIAA boys volleyball tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Saturday.

Nicolet eked out the win, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. Greg Duma led the Lasers with 16 kills, but Nicolet's Matt Klingspohn finishsed with 20 kills to put the Knights into the title match against New Berlin.

Jimmy Mayenschein was credited with 47 assists, and Mitch Rupp and Joanthan Tuttle each had eight digs.

Kettle Moraine spikers stage rally to win

Nov. 13, 2009 6:44 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine boys volleyball team, making its second visit to the state boys volleyball tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa, rallied for a dramatic victory in five sets over Middleton in the quarterfinals Friday.

The Cardinals took a two-set lead, but KM rebounded for the victory, 15-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-23, 15-13. Greg Duma stuffed all-state hitter Michael Owen on the final point of the match to help the Lasers overcome four service errors in the final set.

The Lasers also lost in the quarerfinals of the tournament last year to New Berlin. The team will play Nicolet in the state semifinals at noon Saturday. KM defeated Nicolet in two sets at a tournament earlier this year.

Check out the full story.

Get KM volleyball updates tonight

Nov. 13, 2009 11:41 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine boys volleyball team faces off with Middleton at 5 p.m. tonight in the quarterfinals of the WIAA state tournament in Wauwatosa. To get live updates and submit comments, visit the Preps Alcove.

Sussex pushes back baseball cancellation deadline

Nov. 12, 2009 12:39 p.m. | The Sussex Village Board agreed to push back the cancellation deadline for leagues scheduling games on the Village Park hardball diamond from March 30 to April 10.

Only two baseball leagues are involved: Land O' Lakes (LOL) and Sussex Hawks. Village Trustee Steve Berger said LOL needed the delay.

Leagues tend to overbook game dates, then cancel the ones they don't plan to use once they've firmed up their schedules. The village allows leagues to cancel up to 20 percent of their field reservations by the cancellation deadline.

Counterfeit bills circulating in Oconomowoc

Nov. 11, 2009 4:17 p.m. | According to information released by City of Oconomowoc detective Cristian Harnisch Wednesday, counterfeit $20 bills have been surfacing at locations around the city.

Harnisch said the bills appear to be a $20 denomination and have serial # IC04158778C printed on them.

"If you have recovered any of these bills please notify our departments as soon as possible," Harnisch said.

You can contact Oconomowoc Police at (262) 567-4401 or e-mail

Trial date set for Edward Edwards

Nov. 11, 2009 3:23 p.m. | A trial date has been set for Edward Wayne Edwards who is charged with murder in the deaths of two Fort Atkinson-area teens, Kelly Drew and Tim Hack, nearly 30 years ago according to the Associated Press.

A judge on Tuesday said 76-year-old Edward W. Edwards of Louisville, Ky., will go on trial on March 8, 2010, on two counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Drew and Hack disappeared in August 1980, after leaving a wedding reception. Their bodies were found months later in a wooded area in Ixonia.

Edwards did not appear in court on Tuesday. He's being held in the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, where he is receiving medical treatment.

The trial is expected to take about two weeks.

Veteran's Day delays mail delivery of Chief and Sun

Nov. 11, 2009 10:08 a.m. | Due to the federal Veteran's Day holiday on Wednesday, mailed copies of the Sussex Sun and Mukwonago Chief will be delivered a day later than normal, on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Normal delivery of the Sun and Chief will resume next week.

Carrier home delivery is unaffected by the holiday.

Copies of the newspapers are for sale on local newsstands and local news is available at online around the clock.

Town Police Confirm Mukwonago Woman Found

Nov. 11, 2009 9:22 a.m. | Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Grant Turner confirmed that Katie Cruz, the 32-year-old mother of three who has been missing since Saturday, was found last night in Illinois.

Turner said Cruz's mother and step-father picked her up last night and brought her home safely.

Cruz, who walked away from her home on Saturday and failed to meet her three children at the park as she had told them she would, hitchhiked from Mukwonago to Illinois.

Turner said he has no information at this time as to why she left, but said that the department planned on interviewing her as soon as she's available.

Missing Mukwonago woman possibly found

Nov. 10, 2009 10:26 p.m. | Missing Mukwonago woman, Katie Cruz, may have been found, reports the Town of Mukwonago Police Department this evening. 

According to police, a woman called the department tonight, claiming to be an acquaintance of Cruz's and said she had just talked with Cruz, who was in Illinois.

An officer went and spoke with the woman in Illinois, who fits the physical description of Cruz; however, the department has not yet been able to verify that the woman is in fact Cruz.

The department is working with law enforcement in Illinois to confirm her identity and Cruz's family members are reportedly on their way to Illinois.

Arrowhead game moved to 7 p.m. (Updated)

Nov. 10, 2009 4:57 p.m. | The Arrowhead football game Saturday against Marquette in the state semifinals has been moved to 7 p.m. at Kettle Moraine, pushed back one hour from the original 6 p.m. start time.

To pre-order tickets and print at home, click here.

Fans will have an opportunity to read live updates of the action at the Preps Alcove.

Big Bend Elementary to hold technology fundraiser during craft fair

Nov. 10, 2009 4:15 p.m. | Big Bend Elementary School, Highway 164 in Big Bend, will be holding a craft/vendor fair, which includes a fundraiser raffle, on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Raffle tickets cost $20 a ticket and will be sold until 10:45 a.m on Saturday. Raffle prizes include a four-wheeler, a home computer package, a hand-crafted playhouse, a Woodhouse Day Spa gift certificate, and a $500 Lia Sophia gift certificate.

Proceeds go to the Big Bend Elementary School PTO for technology in the school.

Search begins for missing Mukwonago woman

Nov. 10, 2009 3:26 p.m. |

Members of the Wisconsin Interstate Search and Recovery K-9 Team search the fields and wooded areas surrounding the Stonegate Subdivision in Mukwonago for Kathryn "Katie" Cruz who was last seen in Mukwonago on Nov. 7.

Cruz, a 32-year-old mother of three from Mukwonago, has been missing since Saturday, said Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Grant Turner at a press conference Tuesday. According to Turner, Cruz was last seen at about 10:50 a.m. Saturday at her home on Stonegate Drive in the Town of Mukwonago.

Baby died sleeping with mother

Nov. 10, 2009 11:35 a.m. | Village of Hartland – A 2-month old baby died as a result of sleeping face down in his mother’s bed, a police investigation found.

James Ferris Sampler was found dead by his grandfather shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday at their home on Highway 83.

According to the police report, Todd Scrima, the baby’s grandfather, found the infant face down next to his mother. Attempts to revive the baby by Scrima, police and the Hartland Fire Department were not successful.

Kristina M. Klenz of the Medical Examiner’s Office said the infant died four to six hours prior to the matter being reported, the report said. An autopsy showed no trauma and no additional concerns regarding the matter, the report said.

Mukwonago woman missing

Nov. 10, 2009 8:52 a.m. | Kathryn Cruz, a 32-year-old mother of three from Mukwonago, has been missing since Saturday, says Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Grant Turner.

Turner said Cruz walked away from her house Saturday around 11 a.m. and hasn't been heard from since.  She was last seen by her 3-year-old daughter and 10 and 12-year old sons.

Cruz was supposed to meet her children at a local park but did not show up.  When they returned to their home on Stonegate Drive, she was not there.  She left behind her keys, cell phone and car.

Cruz is described as 5-feet-8 inches tall, 135 pounds with hazel eyes and light brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a gray, hooded Abercrombie & Fitch sweatshirt.

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Hathaway seeks mayor's spot

Nov. 09, 2009 9:30 a.m. | City of Pewaukee Alderman H. Roger Hathaway has taken out papers to run for mayor, a seat now held by Scott Klein.

Klein has not yet announced whether he plans to seek re-election.

Wife of murder suspect reveals info

Nov. 09, 2009 8:55 a.m. |  Read about  the conversation murder suspect Justin Patrick Welch had with his estranged wife just 15 days after the  stabbing death of 39-year-old Kimberly Smith in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus. Find out what she has to say about his background, his life, and how he changed over the 10 years she has known him.

Two-month old baby dies while sleeping with mother

Nov. 09, 2009 8:16 a.m. | Village of Hartland – A 2-month-old boy died while sleeping with his mother over the weekend.

Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch said the boy was found dead Saturday morning. The Hartland Fire and Police departments were sent to a home at 7:09 a.m. for an infant not breathing. The Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy but could find no evidence of foul play.

“Everything appears to be accidental,” Rosch said. “It appears to be an unfortunate accidental death.”
The mother is 18-years old and the father is currently serving in Iraq in the military. The names are not being released at this time, Rosch said.

Arrowhead, Marquette to clash at KM

Nov. 08, 2009 4:39 p.m. | One of the more anticipated football playoff clashes in a long time will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kettle Moraine High School.

Arrowhead and Marquette will meet on the artificial turf there with a berth in the state championship game on the line. The Warhawks are looking for a fourth-straight title-game appearance -- which would take place Friday, Nov. 20 at Camp Randall in Madison. Marquette, meanwhile, is ranked No. 1 in the state and coming off a thrilling victory over Kenosha Bradford in the Level 3 playoff game.

Arrowhead advances to state semis

Nov. 07, 2009 6:25 p.m. | Verona scored first, but Arrowhead eased past the Wildcats in the Level 3 football playoffs Saturday at Middleton High Schoo, 36-21, and advanced to next week's state semifinal.

Arrowhead will face either Kenosha Bradford or Milwaukee Marquette with a bid in the state championship game on the line.

Brian Crook scored two touchdowns and Drew Meyer kicked three field goals, including one from 50 yards as time expired in the first half.

Get live updates of Arrowhead football tomorrow

Nov. 06, 2009 10:23 a.m. | The Preps Alcove will be in Middleton tomorrow for the WIAA Level 3 playoff game tomorrow between Arrowhead and Verona. You can sign up for an e-mail reminder and follow the action here. The Warhawks face the Wildcats beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday.

KM spikers off to state

Nov. 05, 2009 9:11 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's boys volleyball team continued its torrid play during the WIAA postseason with a thrilling 25-22, 27-25, 25-27, 26-24 win over Catholic Memorial in Thursday night's sectional final at KM.

The Lasers advanced to state for the second consecutive year by defeating the top-seeded Crusaders. It snapped a streak of three straight years in which the two teams had played a five-setter in the postseason. David Hayden led KM with 21 kills.

The team will play next weekend at Wisconsin Lutheran college against Middleton. Check out the full story here.

Pictured: David Hayden is hoisted into the air by Kettle Moraine fans after the sectional final Thursday. Photo: Scott Ash.

Three Pillars breaks new ground

Nov. 05, 2009 8:24 p.m. | A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 5 to celebrate the planned expansion at Three Pillars Senior Living Community in Dousman.

A Rehab and Wellness expansion will better serve senior residents at Three Pillars and the in community through in-patient and out-patient services.

Chief Operating Officer John Lawson explained the expansion has been in the works for a few years and will address the increased need for health-conscious facilities for seniors' lifestyles.

"The Wellness program will work hand-in-hand with the rehab program. Therapy graduates can maintain gains they have made in rehab through exercise," explained Lawson.

The program will feature a fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment, an aerobics room which will double as an exercise and classroom space, and a demonstration kitchen which will allow for cooking and nutrition education.

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Demmitt fills vacant seat on Village of Pewaukee board

Nov. 05, 2009 7:22 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The Village Board Wednesday unanimously chose Randy Demmitt to fill the vacancy left by Trustee Dan Miller who resigned from the board last month.

Demmitt, of 388 Park Hill Drive, is a former City of Waukesha alderman and an employee with the City of Brookfield water utility department, was chosen over Cheryl Mantz, of 315 Cardinal Ridge Drive, a former Town of Brookfield supervisor and an unsuccessful candidate for trustee in 2006.

Summit Aurora sets spring opening date

Nov. 04, 2009 4:42 p.m. |  Aurora Health Care today announced that it will open the new Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit on Monday, March 1, 2010. The opening of the new regional medical center fully integrates the Summit campus and the Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic which opened there in October.

“When we open our doors this spring, current, and new, Aurora patients from Waukesha and Jefferson Counties will experience truly integrated, coordinated care,” said Fran Finley, chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center in Summit. “This medical center is focused on Aurora’s core value: every patient deserves the best care.”

The hospital will begin to be furnished in December when medical devices to support surgeries, diagnostics, wound care, and rehabilitation are expected to arrive. The equipment will then be installed, a process that sometimes requires two to three months. When installation is complete, each of the devices will undergo strict and comprehensive testing to obtain certification.

The new Aurora Medical Center, located at 36500 Aurora Drive in the Town of Summit, will offer 110 beds, advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment and many primary care services.

Aurora Hospital in Summit anounces opening date

Nov. 04, 2009 2:30 p.m. | Town of Summit - Aurora Health Care announced today that it will open the new Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit on Monday, March 1, 2010. The opening of the new regional medical center fully integrates the Summit campus and the Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic which opened here in October.

“When we open our doors this spring, current, and new, Aurora patients from Waukesha and Jefferson Counties will experience truly integrated, coordinated care,” said Fran Finley, chief administrative officer of Aurora Medical Center in Summit. “This medical center is focused on Aurora's core value: every patient deserves the best care.”  

 The new Aurora Medical Center, located at 36500 Aurora Dr., will offer 110 beds, advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment and primary care services.

Oconomowoc holds line on taxes

Nov. 04, 2009 7:32 a.m. |  

The Oconomowoc Common Council voted Tuesday to approve the 2010 budget that will not see an increase in the tax rate for residents. Council members voted unanimously to approve a tax levy of $8,136,307, an increase of $206,913 or 2.6 percent over last year.
For more on the 2010 budget for the City of Oconomowoc, see this story in Thursday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Council chooses community center site

Nov. 04, 2009 7:30 a.m. |  

The Oconomowoc Common Council approved a new community center at a proposed site at Worthington Street and Wisconsin Avenue on Tuesday night. Nearly 50 people came to the meeting to express their opinions on a new community center and City Beach expansion and boat launch relocation. All residents were in favor of the new center being located downtown.
Of the other parts involved in the study, action on the boat launch was postponed for four council meetings to allow for more research. Also, the council decided to acquire three properties to the east of the current community center for City Beach and park expansion.
The council will now discuss funding for this project.
Watch for a full story on this issue in Thursday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Pewaukee School District referendum rejected

Nov. 03, 2009 10:22 p.m. | Pewaukee School District residents rejected a two-part referendum Tuesday that sought nearly $25 million for building upgrades. 

The first question asked about the construction of $24.95 million in facilities improvements, including eight new classrooms at Pewaukee High School, expansion and renovation of fine arts classroom areas, auditorium and cafeteria at PHS, construction of a new gym and eight-lane pool at PHS and construction of a secure main entry at Asa Clark Middle School.

The second question asked for permission to exceed the state-imposed revenue limits by $400,000 to operate and maintain the new facilities.

On question one, the vote tallied 1,749 “no” votes to 1,506 “yes” votes and on question two the vote came in at 1,824 “no” to 1,421 “yes” votes, according to unofficial results from district public information coordinator Wendy Wong. 

Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Resigns

Nov. 03, 2009 3:09 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Grant Turner has resigned, effective Dec. 31, according to an agreement signed by both the chief and Town Chairman David Dubey after last night's closed session.

"Chief Turner resigned voluntarily," said Dubey.  "He left so that he can pursue other opportunities in law enforcement."

According to the agreement, signed by Turner on Oct. 28 before he went on vacation, Turner will receive up to six months' severance pay at his current salary.  If he finds another full-time position in law enforcement before June 30, 2010, the severance payments will cease.

The agreement notes that Turner has served on the department for over 19 years, and as Chief for the past six.

Dubey said Lt. Tom Czarnecki will be in charge of the department for the time being.
"The lieutenant will take over, just like he does now when the chief is on vacation," explained Dubey.

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Mukwonago Chamber seeking new leadership

Nov. 03, 2009 3:07 p.m. | After a meeting of the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Oct. 29, the board has decided that with a new year approaching, the Chamber needs to take a new direction with new leadership, according to Board President April Reszka.

Executive Director Mary Blott is no longer with the Chamber of Commerceas of Oct. 30. The Board of Directors will be taking applications to fill the position as soon as possible and hopes to have the position of executive director filled by the beginning of the January, Reszka said.

Volunteers needed to build veteran's house

Nov. 03, 2009 12:52 p.m. | Homes for Our Troops is looking for volunteers who are willing to help this week in building SPC Schulz's house in Eagle.

They are requesting skilled laborers to assist in completing the exterior of the home.  Those interested in coming on site this week should contact .

Direct-legislation petitions fail certification

Nov. 03, 2009 12:52 p.m. | Pewaukee City Clerk Kelly Tarczewski has declared two direct-legislation petitions insufficient and has declined to certify them.

Tarczewski had until today to certify the petitions, which were filed with the city on Oct. 19.

One petition sought to require a 5/6 supermajority vote of the Common Council in approving any contract over $1 million with the county to provide police services. The other sought to send the question of whether to contract with the county to referendum.

In declaring the petitions insufficient, Tarczewski wrote that they were insufficient as to the "form of the ordinance." Statutes require ordinances to follow certain wording, which these petitions did not follow.

The petitions also were insufficient in that they incorrectly attempted to amend and add to the Pewaukee code.

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Arrowhead to play at 4 p.m. Saturday

Nov. 02, 2009 10:39 a.m. | Arrowhead's football team will play in the Level 3 playoffs against Verona Area at 4 p.m. Saturday at Middleton High School.

Middleton has a similar artificial surface to Arrowhead. The winner of the game will advance to the state semifinals.

Tickets are on sale at the Arrowhead athletics office for $4 apiece.

AHS girls win league swim title

Nov. 01, 2009 9:05 a.m. | Arrowhead's No. 1 ranked girls swim team lived up to that lofty billing Saturday at Waukesha South as the Warhawks dominated the Classic 8 Conference meet and captured the championship in impressive style. AHS won with 731 points and second place Waukesha South/Mukwonago had 581 tallies.

AHS won 11 of the 12 events.

Winning individual events were Mary Woodson in diving, Tracy Vogel in the 200 freestyle, Haley Pietila in the 200 individual medley, Julia Mikota in the 50 freestyle, Emma Goral in the 100 butterfly, Mikota in the 100 freestyle, Vogel in the 500 freestyle and Pietila in the 100 backstroke.

Swimming on the winning relays were Kate Jones, Goral, Holly Johnson and Mikota in the  200 medley relay, Johnson, Pietila, Goral and Vogel in the 200 freestyle relay and Jones, Pietila, Goral and Mikota in the 400 freestyle relay.

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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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