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$1,000 found at Sussex George Webb

Dec. 30, 2009 2:43 p.m. | Village of Sussex - The honesty of a George Webb's waitress and the persistence of Waukesha County cops will hopefully make Christmas a little brighter for someone  who was  supposed get a cash gift.

Waitress Dawn DeWitt of Sussex was working at the George Webb Restaurant on Main Street in Sussex  Christmas morning when she noticed an envelope on the floor near the entrance to the restaurant

She picked up the envelope and asked customers in the restuarant if it belong to them. After no one claimed it, the envelope was opened and $1,000 in cash was discovered inside, according to Waukesha County Detective Lt. William Deering.

DeWitt's supervisor Ceclia Arnold of Pewaukee notified the county sheriff's office of the incident and turned over the cash to authorities.

Deering said the county sheriff''s office is now seeking the individual who lost the envelope. Deering said the individual can contact the sheriff's office at 262-548-7122.

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AHS hockey team loses tourney title game

Dec. 30, 2009 10:05 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team, the two-year reigning champions of the RBC Wealth Management Shootout , lost in the title game  of the same event Tuesday afternoon at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee to longtime rival University School of Milwaukee, 4-2.

The 10th ranked Warhawks fell to 9-4 on the season with the loss. In the first two rounds of the Shootout AHS defeated Homestead (5-0) and Germantown (5-1).

Colton Sweitzer and Donovan Blakney scored the goals for Arrowhead. Blakney and Tony Koehler had assists.

AHS had defeated USM six straight times prior to Tuesday.

Mukwonago girls edged out

Dec. 30, 2009 7:18 a.m. | The Mukwonago girls basketball team scored the first 7 points of the game before New Berlin Eisenhower even attempted a shot, but the Lions were able to defeat the Indians on Tuesday in a battle of top programs, 53-52.

Morgan Lamberg buried a scrambling jumper with 3 seconds to play, but a foot on the 3-point line merited only 2 points, and Ike quickly inbounded to consume the remaining time.

Anna Hahn scored 17 points to lead Eisenhower (9-0). The junior post drew two quick fouls in the first quarter but stayed in the game and did not incur a third until late. Lamberg finished with 18 to pace the Indians (7-2), who have now dropped back-to-back games.

Big Bend Board pens letter to Village residents

Dec. 29, 2009 8:36 p.m. | The Big Bend Village Board held a special board meeting tonight to discuss a letter for the residents and property owners in the Village regarding the decision by the Town of Vernon Board to dissolve the Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department.

The letter, which was approved by the Board, provides a timeline  based on Town and Village meeting minutes of what transpired leading up to Vernon's action to dissolve the fire department and will inform property owners where the Village stands regarding the issue at this time.  The letter will go out to residents in the next few days.

The Big Bend Village Board will begin discussion on developing its own fire department at its Jan. 7 Board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Big Bend Village Hall.

Get Arrowhead hoops updates Monday

Dec. 27, 2009 6:46 p.m. | Arrowhead-Wisconsin Lutheran will square off Monday night in a battle of elite area boys basketball programs. The two squads will compete at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee during the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout.

Last night, Arrowhead trumped Menomonee Falls in a thrilling overtime finish, 67-66.

Visit JR Radcliffe's Twitter page for live updates from the Al.

AHS hockey team wins opener

Dec. 27, 2009 5:25 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team opened play Sunday afternoon in the eight-team RBC Wealth Management Shootout at the Kern Center on the campus of MSOE in Milwaukee by scoring an easy 5-0 victory over Homestead.

The win vaulted the Warhawks into the semifinals on Monday at 1 p.m. at Wilson Park in Milwaukee. Arrowhead will play either Brookfield or Germantown. The winner of the Monday battle will play in the championship  game on Tuesday at the Bradley Center at 2:45 p.m. Cedarburg and University School of Milwaukee are the other Monday semifinalists.

AHS (8-3) needed just 11 seconds to score on Sunday as senior Nick Szalacinski fired in a rebound shot just in front of the Homestead net. Brian Berger and Colton Sweitzer shared the assist.

Tony Koehler added a second goal two minutes later and Colin Opay made it a 3-0 lead at the end of the opening period. Brady Vassar and Szalacinski added goals for Arrowhead later in the game

Past North Prairie Village Board member passes away

Dec. 27, 2009 4:22 p.m. | Merle Teske, 73, past North Prairie Village Board member and North Prairie Fire Department Auxilary President, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26 at Waukesha Springs.

Teske was active in her community. She was a member of The First Congregational Church of Genesee where she was a Deacon and past trustee.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Dec. 29 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. immediately followed by the funeral service at 7 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Genesee (Educational Unit,) W306S5047 Church St. Genesee with Rev. Joseph Medina officiating. Burial will be on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Cemetery County Hwy DE township of Genesee. Please meet at the cemetery.

Christmas miracle for Oconomowoc family

Dec. 26, 2009 2:20 p.m. | It was a Christmas miracle for an Oconomowoc family that narrowly escaped disaster during an alleged  attempted terrorist attack on an airplane landing in Detroit Dec 25.

The Keepman family, including Charlie, his wife Scottie and daughter Rikki were aboard the flight, returning home from Africa with two children, aged 6 and 8, whom they are adopting. The family is expected to return to Africa to get a 10-year-old sibling of the children.

According to a friend of the family, the young children remained calm during the ordeal.

"They were so excited for their plane ride. They weren't scared of all the commotion--they thought that was part of what happened on a plane ride. They were laughing. We kept them calm," Rikki said.


Area sports events planned

Dec. 26, 2009 11:47 a.m. | Several high school sports teams from the Lake Country area will be in action the next few days.

Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team will play three games in Milwaukee on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the RBC Wealth Management Tournament. The Warhawks will play at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Kern Center at MSOE. On Monday they will play at Wilson Park at 1 p.m.  Should the Warhawks win those two games, they would play in the tournament championship game at the Bradley Center on Tuesday.

Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team will host Brookfield East Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The AHS boys basketball team will play Sunday and Monday at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. Other games will start at 8 p.m. On Sunday they play against Menomonee Falls and on Monday they play Wisconsin Lutheran. The Falls is being tabbed as one of the best teams in the state this year and Wisconsin Lutheran is the defending WIAA Division 2 state champion. Arrowhead is ranked No. 1 in the state in at least one state poll.

Oconomowoc's boys basketball team will also play two games at the McGuire Center on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday they play Seymour at 2:30 p.m. and on Monday they play Kimberly at the same time.

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Girl, 17, seriously injured in snowmobile accident on Lower Phantom Lake

Dec. 24, 2009 9:32 a.m. | Town of Mukwonago – A 17-year-old Town of Vernon girl remains hospitalized after she suffered serious injuries after being ejected from a snowmobile and her head hitting a car on Lower Phantom Lake early Dec. 23.

Police chief Grant Turner said the girl was riding on a snowmobile driven by a 21-year-old Town of Mukwonago man. The man was driving at a high speed when he saw a car in front of him, slammed on the brakes, and the sled fell sideways with the man and woman being ejected.

The girl, who was not wearing a helmet, struck the car she had been driving earlier. The car belongs to the girl’s parents. Turner said there are conflicting stories as to whether the car was parked or moving, at the time of the accident, but there was a 15-year-old girl behind the wheel.

The man, who also was not wearing a helmet, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The accdient remains under investigation.

Mitchell International Airport arrivals and departures

Dec. 24, 2009 8:43 a.m. | Have travel plans over the holidays? Check arrivals and departures from Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport.

Newspaper offices closed on Eves for walk-in traffic

Dec. 21, 2009 12:00 a.m. | There will be no lobby hours for the offices of Lake Country Publications and Mukwonago Publications on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Hartland, Mukwonago and Oconomowoc.

Staff will be available during business hours via telephone, fax and e-mail on the Eves 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.

Town of Vernon ends its part with joint municipal agreement

Dec. 18, 2009 2:06 p.m. | After tabling three items on its Dec. 17 board agenda relating to fire services issues, the Vernon Town Board went into closed session regarding the Intermunicipal Agreement for creating a joint fire board, department and commision between the Town of Vernon and the Village of Big Bend in Waukesha County.

Once Town Board members reconvened into open session they unanimously voted to give notice to the Big Bend Village Board to dissolve the Town of Vernon's participation with the Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department per provisions of the "intermunicipal agreement for creating a joint fire department, fire board and fire commission between the Village of Big Bend and the Town of Vernon," according to Town Chairperson Fred Michalek.

A letter providing background on the issue is going out to Vernon residents and will be delivered in a couple of days, Michalek said.

According to the joint municipal agreement, the Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department would continue functioning as a joint department until Dec. 31, 2010.

No action taken on proposed crematorium

Dec. 17, 2009 1:13 p.m. | More than 100 attended aVillage of Nashotah public hearing on a conditional use permit request by Renee Evert of Evert Luko Funeral Home in Hartland to build crematorium on School Road.

Residents have strongly opposed the business since they became aware of Evert's plans. Celeste Ortmeier of Nashotah Farms subdivision submitted a petition along with several other people as they got up to speak. In total, about 150 people signed petitions.

Of those in attendance many cited information on mercury emissions that are emitted from cremation as a main concern while others expressed concerns on loss of property value if the business were to locate in the Village.

The plan commission tabled the proposal until January in a vote of 5 to 1 with Karla Zizis casting the opposing vote. She would not comment about her vote.

More on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.

Train hits vehicle in Town of Vernon

Dec. 16, 2009 12:38 p.m. | A 41-year-old West Allis man was injured after the SUV he was in was hit by a train on Benson Road in the Town of Vernon in Waukesha County just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. His 5-year-old daughter who was a passenger in the vehicle was not injured.

According to Waukesha County Sheriff's Lieutenant Bill Doering the vehicle either stalled or the driver realized the road came to a dead end and he tried to back the SUV off the tracks, however, the tires spun and the driver could not get off the tracks before the train hit the SUV at a slow rate of speed.

The driver received injuries to his back and cuts to his face. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The child was sitting in a child seat but was not belted into the seat, Doering said.

The Big Bend-Vernon Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the occupants of the vehicle to Froedtert Memorial Hospital and Childrens Hospital.

VIDEO: Pewaukee wins in double OT

Dec. 16, 2009 8:58 a.m. | Mike Olewinski hit the big shot with 1.2 seconds left, lifting Pewaukee's boys basketball team to a 55-53 win over New Berlin West on Tuesday. The Pirates moved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Woodland while handing divisional rival West its first conference loss of the year.

Olewinski hit a game-tying 3-pointer with just more than a minute left in regulation and buried a jumper from near the top of the key in the second overtime. The Pirates stalled out the final 1:55 of the second extra session to hold for the final shot.

PHS hit 10 3-pointers overall in the game. See full story and video here.

Suspected cop killer bound over for trial

Dec. 15, 2009 1:02 p.m. | Jefferson – A judge found probable cause this morning that Andrew J. Wirth, 24, of Jefferson, may have shot and killed Town of Oconomowoc police officer Jennifer Luick, 37, and her boyfriend Gregg Peters, 40, outside a Jefferson bar Dec. 6.

Wirth was bound over for trial by Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston this morning and set an arraignment hearing for Jan. 14.
Witnesses testified at a preliminary hearing seeing Luick and Peters leave Vinnie’s Rock Bottom bar with Wirth. Two witnesses saw Wirth hold a gun to Peters head and another witnessed testified she saw Wirth hold an object to his head. None of the witnesses said they heard any shot or saw the shooting.
Witnesses said Luick grabbed Wirth’s behind as he walked by in the bar, which resulted in Wirth glaring at Luick. After Luick and Peters left the bar, they went back in because Luick felt bad about the situation, one witness said.
Luick was shot once and Peters three times, testified Jefferson Police Detective Eric Weiss.
Weiss said Wirth was surprised to hear that Luick was shot.
“He didn’t mean to kill her, but she started it,” Weiss testified.

Mukwonago Food Pantry holds cookie walk

Dec. 11, 2009 4:16 p.m. | The Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, will hold its annual cookie walk on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. until all cookies are sold.

There will be more than 30 kinds of cookies available. Cookies can be purchased by the pound, shipping will be available at the pantry. Everyone who purchases $25 worth of cookies will recieve a free cookie cookbook.

All proceeds go to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. www,

Christmas puppet show coming to Big Bend

Dec. 11, 2009 4:11 p.m. | There will be a Christmas puppet show at the Big Bend Library on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
The show will feature The Christmas Cookie Caper a fun tale about an evil magician who wants to stop Christmas as told by puppet Spot the Dog.
The show runs about 45 minutes. Registration is required. Call (262) 662-3571.

CCC makes last minute pleas to help children this holiday season

Dec. 11, 2009 1:53 p.m. | Waukesha — Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County (CCC) is hoping the community will step up in the next week to help them in their quest to provide Christmas gifts to children in need in Waukesha County.  Nearly 300 additional children will need help this year compared with last year – a total of more than 4,800 – due to the current economic crisis and an increase in applications from needy families. 

“We still have about 950 children in our files to be sponsored. Sponsorship is a great way for people to help children in need directly through a personal connection with the family,” said Ruth Page Jones, CCC’s executive director.  “Through sponsorship, we are able to make certain that a child gets that special gift that he or she has been wishing for.  In many instances, children have requests for things the rest of us might take for granted like a warm coat or boots,” she added.

CCC is continuing to take calls from families and organizations that are interested in personally sponsoring a family through Tuesday, Dec. 15.  Sponsorship includes purchasing toys and/or clothing for each child in a family for a suggested amount of $60 per child.  Sponsors are given a family’s name and contact information to obtain information on the family’s needs and make arrangements to deliver the gifts to the family. 

Families yet to be sponsored include the following examples:

  • A single mother with three children ages 5, 6 and 1 1/2.  The 5-year-old girl would like a Bratz doll and hair accessories.  The mother is asking for toys and clothes for the two boys.
  • A mother and father with reduced income are hoping for a bike and Thomas the Train toys for their 3-year-old son.
  • A single mother with a 7-year-old daughter has requested movies, a Bratz doll and games for her daughter.

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AHS Key Club holds fundraiser

Dec. 11, 2009 1:28 p.m. | Arrowhead High School’s Key Club is holding a mitten, glove, hat and jacket fundraiser to benefit the Children’s Outing Association (COA) out of Milwaukee.

New or gently used items can be dropped off at the school during the following scheduled dropoff times. Key Club is also accepting monetary donations to purchase the items for donation.
Items and donations may be dropped off at North Campus at:

*7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, during the band concert

*7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, during the basketball game 

*7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, during the choir concert

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Hamilton edged out by WAC

Dec. 10, 2009 9:44 p.m. | The Sussex Hamilton wrestling team, engaging in a battle that could have been billed as a conference-title clash, fell to West Allis Central on Thursday night, 33-27.

The senior-dominated Bulldogs rebounded after Hamilton's Matt Blackwell gave his team an exciting 21-19 win at 215 pounds, registering a pin in 5:41, with five matches to go. Alex Schwid (130) and Dan Thompson (189)  finished with pins as well.

Other wins came from Nick Knoebel (135), Hunter Lau (103) and Bobby Holzem (125).

Big Bend, Vernon agree on fire budget

Dec. 10, 2009 3:54 p.m. | The Town of Vernon and Village of Big Bend resolved fire board and fire department budget issues that threatened to dissolve the Big Bend-Vernon joint fire department, according to Town Chairman Fred Michalek and Village President James Soneberg.

Funds listed for legal fees were reallocated to help cover insurance costs, a move which helped the communities reach a joint municipal agreement before the Dec. 15 deadline. According to a governing ordinance, the Fire Dpeartment would be dissolved if the Vernon Town Board and Big Bend Village Board did not adopt an identical budget by Dec. 15.

Both the Village and Town board held special meetings Dec. 9 to discuss the 2010 Fire Department and Fire Board budgets.

Town and Village of Mukwonago Police Departments join Booze & Belts Traffic Safety Mobilization

Dec. 10, 2009 10:42 a.m. | To keep the joyous holiday season from becoming a time of tragedy, both the Town and Village of Mukwonago Police Departments will mobilize for the statewide “Booze and Belts” traffic crash prevention effort from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15.

“During the Booze and Belts mobilization, Town and Village officers will be out in force to prevent needless traffic deaths and injuries by arresting drunken drivers and enforcing the mandatory safety belt law.” said Lt. Tom Czarnecki of the Town of Mukwonago Police Department.

Law enforcement officers throughout the state are stringently cracking down on motorists who irresponsibly choose to ignore safety belt and impaired driving laws. Last year in Wisconsin, there were more than 41,000 drunken driving convictions and nearly 70,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. With Wisconsin’s new primary enforcement law, officers may stop and ticket drivers and passengers who are not wearing safety belts even if the officers do not observe another violation, according to Sgt. Ken Pileggi of the Village of Mukwonago Police Department.

“During the mobilization and throughout the year, our goal is to save lives and prevent injuries, not to write more safety belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrest. We hope that people will voluntarily decide to buckle up and drive sober. But if they don’t, our intensified enforcement will increase the risks of getting caught,” said Sgt. Ken Pileggi of the Village Police Department. “Wisconsin could end the year with the lowest number of traffic fatalities since the 1940’s.   But we must continue our traffic safety enforcement, like the Booze and Belts mobilization, until we attain our ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.”

Seminar offers help with grief during the holidays

Dec. 10, 2009 10:40 a.m. | The Christmas Season is a difficult time for family and friends who are suffering from the death of a love one. The East Troy Community has especially been affected by the recent unexpected deaths of several young adults.

In response to the healing needs of individuals and the community, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School is hosting a Grief During the Holidays seminar. The seminar is facilitated by Carol Guequierre M.S Ed., and will be held on Tuesday Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School, 1936 Emery Street, East Troy.

This free event will offer practical suggestions and reassurance”, says Kathy Saltzmann RN Parish Nurse ProHealth Care. The seminar will include video interviews with grief experts and counselors and others who have experienced the holidays after the death of a loved one. Topics included are: “Why the Holidays are Tough,” “What to Expect,” “How to Prepare,” “How to Manage Relationships and Holiday Socials,” and “Using the Holiday’s to Help you Heal.”

Call (262) 642-3310 to reserve your seat at the seminar.

Low temps, strong winds expected tonight

Dec. 09, 2009 11:39 a.m. | WTMJ4 meteorologist Craig Koplein anticipated the Lake Country area would see a total of 9 to12 inches of snow before the storm was all done this evening, but he said now the concern was shifting to the bitterly cold temperatures and strong winds expected this evening.

This afternoon temperatures are expected to turn "nasty cold" and damaging winds up to 25 to 40 mph and gusts as high as 50 mph were expected into the night, Koplein said.

The sustained winds will cause snow to blow all over and may make rural roads "dang near impassable," said Koplein, a Pewaukee High School graduate. Power companies were concerned that the heavy snow that fell on trees and power lines had the potential to cause severe damage if instead of falling off the weight of the snow caused trees and power lines to break, Koplein said.

Thursday’s mercury is expected to read about 10 degrees but the wind chill is expected to be below 0 all day. Koplein said Friday temperatures should be close to 30 degrees and over the weekend close to 30.

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Send in your storm and holiday lights photos

Dec. 09, 2009 7:51 a.m. | Submit your 2009 winter storm and holiday lights photos here then check back later to see the latest winter storm and holiday lights photos in the photo gallery.

Snow prompts school closings

Dec. 09, 2009 5:31 a.m. | Heavy snow blankets the area this morning, prompting area school officials to call off classes for the day, and in many cases evening activities as well. Lake Country Lutheran High School and Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc and Pewaukee schools are among those who are taking the day off.

See the latest weather related closings for your area

Dec. 08, 2009 6:58 p.m. | Blizzard like conditions in southeastern Wisconsin have caused major delays, closings and accidents.

For the latest in weather related closings from Today's TMJ4 and 620 click here.

Newspaper delivery might be affected by weather

Dec. 08, 2009 4:24 p.m. | Delivery of the Mukwonago Chief and Sussex Sun are expected to occur as usual on Wednesday morning, but the weather conditions might cause unexpected delays. Heavy snowfall and blowing winds overnight might hamper delivery trucks carrying both weekly newspapers. Conditions could vary depending on each route.

Stay tuned to this Web site for more announcements as the storm develops.

Athletics events canceled this evening (5 p.m.)

Dec. 08, 2009 1:13 p.m. | We'll try to keep an updated list of sporting events canceled this evening on account of weather, with makeup dates when available.

Varsity boys basketball at home against Oregon, postponed.

Boys basketball games at home against Beaver Dam, postponed to Dec. 11.

Lake Country Lutheran
Boys basketball games against University School, postponed.

Man suspected in conspiracy murder plot arrives in Wisconsin

Dec. 07, 2009 11:12 a.m. | Authorities have reported that Jack E. Johnson, 65, wanted in connection with the Oconomowoc murder of Kim Smith,  has arrived in Wisconsin from California. 

Johnson is being charged with Party to First Degree Intentional Homicide.  He is the lifelong friend of Darren Wold, 41,  who faces the same charge.  Wold and Smith have a 4-year-old son who was at the center of a protracted and contentious court battle over support and custody issues.

Law enforecement officials believe that Wold conspired with Johnson to have Smith killed in an effort  to gain custody of the child. Neither Wold nor Johnson fought extradition on the charges.

Justin Patrick Welch, 26, was linked to the murder through DNA found on evidence collected on a knife and a pair of latex gloves found in a storm drain near Smith's residence. He is being charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide and is currently being held on $2 million bail at the San Diego County Jail. He is fighting extradition to Wisconsin.

Friends, families of East Troy teens gather for vigil

Dec. 06, 2009 8:42 p.m. |

Friends and families of Three East Troy High School seniors, Steven Wosinski, Lauryn Mustain and Shanna Kuznicki, who died in a Dec. 3 accident on Highway ES, and Andrew Bohman, who is in critical condition in the hospital, gathered at the East Troy Village Square Sunday night to share memories of the teens and prayers.

Stories of three individuals with big hearts, who loved everyone, sought solidarity in the school, and who unified the school with their deaths echoed across the square. Hugs, tears, and laughter were shared as friends and family members spoke to the crowd shivering behind candles and glow sticks.

"Life is too short to hate," one person said. "It's bad that it took this to bring our school together."

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Oconomowoc officer killed in shooting

Dec. 06, 2009 4:48 p.m. | Six-year Town of Oconomowoc police officer, Jennifer Luick, was shot and killed outside a downtown Jefferson tavern early Sunday, authorities said.

According to recent reports, Luick and an unidentified man were shot outside the Rock Bottom Saloon, 123 W. Milwaukee St., around 1 a.m. She died at a local hospital.

The man was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where he died, Jefferson Mayor Gary Myers said. Police are withholding his identity pending notification of relatives, Myers said.

A male suspect in the shooting was arrested with the assistance of the Fort Atkinson Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, authorities said.

The shooting is under investigation. 

Sheriff's deputy finds fire at Genesee Center

Dec. 05, 2009 12:21 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy discovered an early morning blaze at Genesee Center, S47 W30760 Highway 59.

About 5 a.m. on Dec. 5, the deputy noticed smoke in the area and found a working fire in the business complex at the corner of Highways 59 and 83. Early detection kept the fire contained to area of origin, according to North Prairie Fire Department Captain Brian Taylor.

North Prairie, Town of Waukesha, Wales-Genesee, Mukwonago and Eagle fire departments responded to the blaze as well as the Western Waukesha and Southern Waukesha rapid intervention teams. Fire fighters were on the scene about three hours.

Fire investegators were called to the scene. The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department

Friends remember three East Troy seniors - high school open to offer support

Dec. 04, 2009 5:00 p.m. | Three East Troy High School seniors, Steven Wosinski, Lauryn Mustain and Shanna Kuznicki, all 17, died tragically in a two-car crash near the Elegant Farmer on Dec. 3 as they made a trip on snow-covered roads to Walmart in Mukwonago just moments after creating a YouTube video. Another friend, Andrew Bohman, who was driving the car, survived the accident but is reported to be in a coma at a hospital.

Later that night friends created a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of the three. Friends and acquaintances and others who heard about the accident posted their shock and disbelief over the loss of the seniors and sent thoughts and prayers to the families. 

"If only you could see how you brought the school together," said one post.

East Troy District Administrator Christopher Hibner said the mood was somber at school on Friday, Dec. 4. East Troy Counseling and Pupil Services staff were on hand at the high school library to offer support for students and staff. The high school will be open on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "to provide a safe and supportive location to any student or group of individuals who wish to gather for support. Students and individuasl may gather to talk with counselors, with other students and for any supportive reason," said a letter that was emailed to parents.

"On behalf of the East Troy Community School District, our deepest condolences to the family and friends of each of these students," said Hibner in the letter.

Teens killed in crash identified

Dec. 04, 2009 4:00 p.m. | Andrew A. Bohmann, 17, of East Troy was identified as the driver that lost control of his car and slid into oncoming traffic, resulting in a crash that left his three teenage passengers dead according to recent information released by the Associated Press.

Bohmann and both people in the other vehicle, Cori Waki, 16, and Rebecca M. Schicantek, 16, were injured.

Authorities say the crash happened Thursday about 5 p.m. as snow fell in the township of East Troy.

The victims were all 17-year-old seniors at East Troy High School. Police identified them Friday as Shanna L. Kuznicki, Lauryn K. Mustain and Steven J. Wosinski.

A Waukesha Memorial Hospital spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking the condition of the injured teens.

East Troy High School mourns loss of three students

Dec. 04, 2009 11:21 a.m. | A multiple car accident on Dec. 3 involving six East Troy High School students, claimed the lives of three of those students, District Administrator Christopher Hibner said.

"Our deepest condolences go out to all the individuals involved," said Hibner Friday morning.

Counselors were on hand Friday to insure that students, staff and adults have someone to talk to according to Hibner. School officials will meet later today to determine how best to support the students and families through the tragedy.

Surrounding districts have been incredible in extending help to East Troy Community Schools, Hibner added.

Two killed, four injured in Town of East Troy accident

Dec. 04, 2009 12:20 a.m. | A two-vehicle accident on Highway ES in the Town of East Troy killed two local teens and injured four others at about 5:14 p.m. on Dec. 3.

The Town of East Troy Police Department is investigating the accident. The Wisconsin State Patrol also responded to assist with the investigation and reconstruct the accident.

No cause of the accident has been determined at this time.

North Prairie man killed in Highway 59 crash

Dec. 03, 2009 6:18 p.m. |

Two people were injured and a third killed in a two-vehicle accident shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Highway 59, east of North Prairie between Dable Road and Highway 83.

A 63-year-old North Prairie man driving a Chevy truck was westbound on Highway 59 when his vehicle started sliding on the wet, snow-covered road, crossing into the eastbound lane where it was struck by a van driven by a 42-year-old male.

Both drivers and the 37-year-old passenger of the van were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. North Prairie Fire Department was assisted by Wales/Genesee Fire Department with two ambulances and the City of Delafield with a paramedic intercept.

The extent of the injuries of the occupants of the van are not known at this time.

Man accused of putting woman in car trunk, then kills self

Dec. 02, 2009 8:17 a.m. | Town of Lisbon – A 29-year-old Lisbon man killed himself after apparently shooting himself after he locked his ex-girlfriend in the trunk of a car and threatened her at gunpoint.

Yhe Waukesha County Sheriff's Department initially reported the man was found alive and the Flight for Life helicopter had been called and he was being transported to Froedtert Memorial Hospital. The Sheriff's Department later reported the helicopter was called but the man had died before the helicopter arrived

According to the Shierff's Department:
A 27-year-old Greenfield woman called authorities at 8:51 p.m. Tuesday to report she had been beaten, held in the trunk of a car and threatened at gunpoint. The woman suffered severe bruising and was treated at Froedtert.

Deputies went to the residence but attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful. The Waukesha County Tactical Enforcement Unit was called to the resident and negotiators made contact with the suspect; however he refused to leave the residence. Shortly after 7 a.m. on Dec. 2 members of the unit entered the residence and the man was found inside with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

The investigation is on-going.

Identity of man killed in crash released, driver may face charges

Dec. 01, 2009 1:16 p.m. | Town of Vernon – Authorities have released the identity of the man killed this morning in a crash on Cheri Avenue and the driver of that vehicle is facing possible criminal charges.
Michael Zippel, 23, of Town of Vernon, was riding in the back seat of a car when it went off Cheri Avenue near Sunset Drive, rolled over and hit a tree, according to a statement released by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

Residents on the street reported to police they heard a loud noise and when they looked outside and saw lights and heard a woman asking for help. Police were called at 1:41 a.m. and the residents began to perform CPR on Zippel, who was unconscious and not breathing, according to the release.
Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Big Bend/Vernon Fire Department responded to the scene.

According to the statement, the car was westbound on Cheri Ave when the driver, a 20-year-old City of Waukesha man, lost control, left the road and drove into the ditch. The car rolled several times and struck a tree, causing the victim to be ejected from the vehicle. Zippel was riding in the back seat and was pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old City of Waukesha woman, who was a passenger in the front seat, and the Waukesha man were taken to Froedtert Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Department will be recommending the District Attorney’s Office charge the man with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and possession of marijuana.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Details of fatal crash in Vernon released

Dec. 01, 2009 9:56 a.m. | Town of Vernon – A 23-year-old Town of Vernon man was killed early Tuesday morning when the car he was riding in went off Cheri Avenue and rolled over several times.

Capt. Karen Ruff of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, said the man was ejected from the back seat of a 2004 Hyundai four-door sedan. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A resident on the street called 911 at 1:42 a.m. and reported hearing a crash and went outside and found two people sitting outside the car and a man who was not breathing. The resident attempted CPR on the man, Ruff said.

Investigators believe the car was westbound and the driver, a 20-year-old City of Waukesha man lost control and the car went into a ditch, rolled over several times and hit a tree, Ruff said. The man and a 19-year-old City of Waukesha woman who was in the front seat, were injured and taken to Froedtert Memorial Hospital by a Big Bend-Vernon ambulance, Ruff said.

Alcohol may have played a role in the crash, Ruff said.

Fatal crash in Vernon

Dec. 01, 2009 6:07 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that one person was killed and two injured in a rollover crash in the Town of Vernon overnight. Watch for more details as they become available, and look for a report in tomorrow's issue of the Mukwonago Chief.

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