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Most local schools closed

Dec. 20, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Most area school districts have called off classes today, including Arrowhead, Hamilton, Kette Moraine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Waukesha, University Lake School and Lake Country Lutheran High School.

Check for more closings here.

Victims ID'd in deadly Waukesha County crash

By Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel

11:04 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on Thursday identified the victims of a fatal crash in the Town of Genesee.

Alixandra P. Wagner, 23, of Waukesha was killed when her vehicle collided with a car driven by a 65-year-old North Prairie woman on Sunset Drive east of Highway 83 around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department.

Wagner's passenger, Alex Hernandez Banuelos Jr., 23, of Milwaukee, also was killed in the crash.

The North Prairie woman was trapped in her vehicle, and after she was freed, she was taken to Aurora Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries.

Authorities have said Wagner's vehicle crossed the center line and struck the North Prairie woman's car. Investigators think speed may have been a factor in the crash.


Enjoy jazz at the Brewhaus

9:22 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will have their last performances of the year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Delafield Brewhaus.

This concert is a partnership with Gary Christensen's All Star Superband, a professional big band with some of Milwaukee's best jazz musicians.

Ticket prices are: $10 in advance, $12 at the door for general admission, $5 for parents, and free for students. Reservations can be made through the Brewhaus at (262) 646-7821.


Surgeon Cully White sentenced to prison in health care fraud case

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

April 23, 2014 9:32 p.m. | A suspended Milwaukee-area spine doctor was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and six months on house arrest at his Pewaukee Lake mansion after pleading guilty to federal health care fraud.

Cully White, 45, who had surrendered his medical license last year after complaints about substandard surgeries going back to 2004, also was fined $60,000.

The government had recommended a $250,000 fine, noting White has assets of $22 million.

"The greed in this context borders on the obscene," Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs said. He pointed out that while White was making as much as $10 million a year, he engaged in fraud to net less than $82,000.

"That's the type of fraud that needs real deterrence," Jacobs said.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day Saturday

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 23, 2014 3:00 p.m. | On Saturday, April 26, the Waukesha YMCA and Mukwonago YMCA are holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, gardening, arts and crafts, public safety, and family fitness to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Healthy Kids Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at both YMCA locations.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health.

For more information, contact the Waukesha YMCA at (262) 542-2557 or the Mukwonago YMCA at (262) 363-7950.


St. Vincent DePaul Society in need of donations

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Help the St. Vincent de Paul Society while doing spring cleaning. Members of St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. James Catholic Parish will be collecting donations of small household items and clothing on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The collection truck will be parked in front of the St. James Parish Center on Highway NN. 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Waukesha County has a thrift store near the corner of Sunset Drive and Prairie Avenue in Waukesha. There is a great need of donations to be able to continue ministry to the poor and needy of the surrounding communities. For larger items such as furniture or appliances, please call the store at (262) 547-3281 for pickup. 

Call Bea Sikorski at (262) 363-4312 with any questions. 


Sunset Drive accident kills 2

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. | According to a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the accident on Sunset Drive this morning in the Town of Genesee had two fatalities.

The accident was first reported at 7:27 a.m. on County Highway DE/Sunset Drive east of South Highway 83.

The operator of the first vehicle, a 23 year-old Waukesha woman was pronounced deceased at Aurora Medical Center in Summit after being transported there by ambulance. The passenger in that vehicle, a 23 year-old Milwaukee man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator of the second vehicle, a 65 year-old North Prairie woman was trapped and had to be extricated. She was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Summit with multiple injuries and her current condition is unknown.

According to the release the first vehicle, a silver Chevrolet was traveling westbound. It appears the operator of that vehicle lost control, crossed the center line and struck the second vehicle, a silver Toyota, traveling eastbound. Speed may have been a factor in the crash.

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Sunset Drive closed in Genesee

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 23, 2014 10:32 a.m. |  A two-car accident has closed Sunset Drive about 3/4 of a mile east of Highway 83 this morning.

Waukesha County Sherriff Administrative Deputy Jennifer Wallschlaeger confirmed that the Sheriff's Department as well as medical assistance from Wales/Genesee, Town of Delafield, Town of Waukesha and Lake Country Fire responded. Flight for Life was originally called but canceled in route.

Wallschlaeger said that the scene will be closed for a few hours and said she estimates it will be open before noon. 

This story is still developing.


Judge approves sale of local American TV store

By Steve Garrison

April 23, 2014 9:21 a.m. | A Dane County judge on Monday, April 21, approved the sale of shuttered American TV & Appliance stores in Pewaukee and Brown Deer to John Schlueter of American Property Acquisition LLC for $7.25 million.

Schlueter also purchased a 19-acre parcel in Oak Creek that was owned by American TV. He declined to discuss his plans for the properties.

The Pewaukee-based Steinhafels furniture chain will purchase three other stores, including one in Madison, as part of two sales totaling $21 million.

President Gary Steinhafel said his company plans to hire 125 to 150 people — many of them former American TV employees — to work at the three stores. The stores will undergo a complete remodeling and likely open in the fall.

In February, American TV, the Madison-based furniture, appliance and consumer electronics company announced it was closing all of its 11 stores. Nearly 1,000 people in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa lost their jobs, including 270 in the Madison area.

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Waukesha County prepares for national drug disposal day

By Steve Garrison

April 23, 2014 9:19 a.m. | Local residents will be able to ditch old and expired medication at locations throughout Waukesha County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

The drug collection, organized locally by the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition, is part of an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings in Waukesha County. Proper drug disposal also helps protect local waterways from contamination.

The Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit has seen an increase in the number of teenagers abusing prescribed pharmaceuticals in recent years.

Capt. Frank McElderry said in a news release that prescription painkillers can cause a high similar to heroin, making it a “direct gateway” to that drug.

“Many people don’t understand the dangers of using the prescription drugs recreationally, believing that the drugs are safe and not addictive because they are a prescribed by a doctor,” he said.

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Woman charged with stealing handgun from Oconomowoc house

By Steve Garrison

April 23, 2014 9:16 a.m. | A 24-year-old woman was accused last week of stealing a handgun from her parent’s Oconomowoc residence and selling it to a Milwaukee drug dealer.

Kelly Heidenreich was charged Thursday, April 17, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with theft of property (special facts) and felony bail jumping. She faces 12 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Heidenreich’s father, Gregg, contacted Town of Oconomowoc Police last November to report the theft of his .357 Magnum.

He said in the complaint that the gun, which he valued at $3,000, was stored under his bed at his home at W345 N5276 Tearney Road, Town of Oconomowoc. He suspected that his daughter had stolen it after she had spent the night.

Kelly Heidenreich was arrested in December after being charged with numerous drug-related offenses, including delivery of heroin and drug paraphernalia possession.

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Zoning for Delafield development approved

By Kelly Smith

April 22, 2014 10:43 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The Town Board tonight uanimously approved a zoning change that will permit about 150 acres of farm land along North Shore Drive, east of Maple Avenue, to be developed into 80 homes.

The rezoning changes the use of the land from agricultural and large lot residential to a residential zoning district with less restrictive lot sizes.

However, Town Chairman Paul Kanter emphasized the zoning approval is conditioned upon the developers obtaining other town approvals for the planned unit developement. The Plan Commission is expected to consider a conditional use permit for the development at its May 6 meeting.

The Town Board also tonight agreed to allow the development to be incorporated into the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District which will provide sewer services to the homes that will rely on private wells for water.

Developer Matt Neumann of Neumann Companies said he does not anticipate that the new wells will significantly impact water pressure in the existing surrouding neighborhood wells.


Highway 67 drivers, take note

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 22, 2014 4:12 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will be closing WIS 67 in Eagle from WIS 59 to County ZZ.  The approximate four-mile closure will be in effect Wednesday April 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Crews will be removing dead trees along the highway in the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.

Motorists approaching the closure heading north on WIS 67 will be detoured onto eastbound WIS 59, then west on County ZZ, and back onto WIS 67. Motorists heading south will be detoured east on County ZZ, then onto westbound WIS 59, and then south on WIS 67.

Personnel will be stationed at intersections along the closed road, informing motorists of the detours. Emergency vehicles and school buses will be granted access as needed.  


Highway 67 in Waukesha County to close Wednesday for tree removal

By Lydia Mulvany of the Journal Sentinel

April 22, 2014 3:53 p.m. | A four-mile stretch of Highway 67 in Waukesha County will close for part of the day Wednesday as crews remove dead trees.

The affected section is in Eagle from Highway 59 to County Highway ZZ, and the closure lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be personnel present at intersections along the closed road to inform drivers of detours.

The dead trees are situated along the highway in Kettle Moraine State Forest.


MHS grads raise awareness for homeless vets

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 22, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Charlie and Cory Crump, Mukwonago High School class of 2004, will walk from the War Memorial on Milwaukee's Lakefront to the State Capitol starting April 25 in an effort to raise money for homeless veterans. 

Charlie, former USMC Sergeant served in Iraq and completed his enlistment in 2012.  Cory has been in the Navy since 2006, having served several deployments throughout the mideast..

This 80-mile "Ruck for Veterans" will raise money for Center for Veterans Issues. Find out more about their cause and how to donate on their Facebook page here.


Waukesha County prescription drug collection set for April 26

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Waukesha County will be holding a prescription drug collection this Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The collection, which is the sixth for the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition, is an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings in Waukesha County as well as help protect local waterways.

Eight sites countywide have been designated for the collection on Saturday:  Brookfield Recycling Center, Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, D.N. Greenwald Center in Mukwonago, Muskego Police Department, Moorland Reserve Health Center in New Berlin, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, and Waukesha State Bank, Downtown Office

Residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted and unused medications, in their original containers, to any one of the eight locations on Saturday.  Prescription medications, over the counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications will all be accepted by pharmacists on the day of the event.  Residents are asked not to bring biohazardous material, sharps, mercury, personal hygiene products and household hazardous waste.

The program is free-of-charge due to a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), ProHealth Care and donations from community organizations, businesses and individuals.  If you would like to join us in this effort and make a donation to the program, please contact Joe Muchka at jmuchka@arcouncil.net.

In recent years, Waukesha County’s Metro Drug Unit has seen an increase in the number of teenagers abusing prescribed pharmaceuticals. 

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Nass set to run for re-election in 33rd assembly district

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. | State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) announced today that he will seek re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in the 33rd District.  The District includes parts of Jefferson, Walworth and Waukesha Counties.

“The state’s economy is improving every day, our educational system is in the midst of reform, and state government is on solid financial ground.  I believe the next session of the Legislature will be a time to refocus on policies to strengthen Wisconsin’s middle class families,” Nass said.

Nass identified three core issues in the campaign: (1) Continuing to enhance income and property tax relief for middle class families; (2) Identifying approaches for assisting the private sector in creating family-sustaining employment; and (3) Re-energizing our state’s commitment to sound reforms in our K-12 educational system, technical college system and UW system.

“Every dollar a family keeps through tax cuts both moves that family closer to its life’s goals and helps spur the state’s private sector economy.  Government benefits from a thriving private sector.  However, the opposite is true when government spending thrives at the expense of families and small businesses,” Nass said. 


Delafield Mayor office hours

By Kelly Smith

April 21, 2014 8:31 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Newly elected Mayor Michele DeYoe says she will hold formal office hours to meet with citizens every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

DeYoe said there is a possibility she may also schedule office hours in the evening for residents who cannot meet with her during working hours providing there is sufficient demand for the evening office hours.

Mayoral office hours are not new to the City of Delafield. Former Mayor Paul Craig held office hours during the evening at least once a month during his four years in office.

Craig maintained a full time job as a school teacher in addition to the part time job as mayor and believed holding schedule office hours offered citizens with a better opportunity to meet with him.

Since former Mayors Phil Schuman and Ed McAleer were both retired while holding the part time job, citizens had more opportunity to me with them and they believed the formal office hours was not necessary.

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Find steady work at Manpower job fair

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 21, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Manpower will hold a job fair at the Mukwonago Resource Center, 225 Eagle Lake Road, on Thursday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manpower’s mission is to help people find a position with an organization that matches their skills experience and lifestyle preferences. 

Most positions with Manpower are long-term ongoing or temp-to-hire positions, according to Eric Pickmosa, talent acquisition specialist with manpower. Candidates would be eligible for Manpower health and dental benefits as well.

Some positions include plastic injection operators and packagers in Mukwonago and manufacturing mold and cast processing in East Troy. Positions are also available in Oconomowoc, New Berlin and Oak Creek. 

Resumes can be submitted to Questionnaire or call 1-888-927-3135, pin 8952. 


Join the Garden Adoption Program

By Donna Frake

April 21, 2014 2:06 p.m. |  Sign-up now to join this free gardening community!

Commit to tending a NuGenesis Community Garden two-hours a week and as a perk you will receive free gardening education and a sampling of produce when it's available.

Sign-up  at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BA5AB2AA20-2014  for a volunteer orientation being hosted Thursday, May 8 from  5 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 10  from 10 to 11 a.m. to join the Garden Adoption Program.

Support and learn more about the growth of anti-angiogenic foods.  NuGenesis is located at N68W33208 Hwy K, in Oconomowoc 


Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

April 21, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha County residents recycled enough waste containers and paper in 2013 to cover an entire football field to a depth of 22 feet, about the height of a two-story building.

The recyclables were collected by 25 municipalities, and they will split more than $1.2 million from sales of the material to help offset their costs of the service, county solid waste supervisor Rebecca Mattano said Monday. Waukesha County has paid out more than $12.1 million to the municipalities since 2001.

The 25 communities spent $3 million to collect and haul plastics, glass, metal and paper in 2013, so the county payments will cover a little more than one-third of the total costs, according to Dale Shaver, director of the county Parks and Land Use Department.

"That's true tax relief," Shaver said. A dozen other municipalities do not participate in the county program.

The City of Waukesha, the county's most populous community, will get a check in the amount of $297,518 for its share of the revenue. The City of Brookfield will receive $212,634.

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Big Bend Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 18, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Lion’s Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Big Bend on Saturday April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Village Park (at Highway L and Fox River). Toddlers through eight years old are invited to attend. Admission is free and cameras are welcomed for pictures with the Easter bunny The hunt will be divided into four age group and first, second, third awards will be given out along with consolation prizes. The age groups are 0-2, 3, 4-5, and 6-8 years old.


Friends of Vernon Marsh hold educational small prairie burn today

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 18, 2014 8:20 a.m. | The Friends of the Vernon Marsh will hold a Department of Natural Resources educational small prairie burn on held Friday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mukwonago River fish and wildlife habitat area. Directions: head south on HIghway 83 to Mukwonago,  at Highway NN turn right heading west.  Next turn left on Highway I heading south, and finally turn right on Highway LO heading west. Meet at parking lot on the southside of LO and west of I

This event is open to the public and there is no charge. Arrive a little before 9:30 a.m and bring a lawn chair. Dress according to the weather.  

Kelly VanBeek, wildlife biologist and Vernon Marsh manager will brief attendees on prairie burn tactics and equipment.  Ignition will occur at about 9:30 a.m.  Attendees will be able to stay and observe for as long as desired.


Donate blood next week

April 18, 2014 7:28 a.m. | The Hartland Woman's Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Hartland Village Hall Community Room.

For an appointment or more information, call Jo Pedersen at (262) 367-6646 or Villa Johnson at (262) 367-3022. Walk-ins are welcome.
 


Easter activities for the whole family

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 18, 2014 12:00 a.m. | The Easter holiday brings a week of religious observances as well as fun events for kids and families.

On Good Friday Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield will present a musical cantata at 7 p.m. Composer Pepper Choplin’s "Once upon a Tree" sees Holy Week through the eyes of the Apostle Luke. The presentation is free and open to all. Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 1600 Genesee St., Delafield.

An Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Drop will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Saturday at Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. The family event is free. Visit www.springcreekonline.com for more information.

Dousman-Ottawa Lions Club is having its annual Easter Egg Hunt with activities starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Cory Municipal Park, 140 S. Main St., Dousman. Toddlers through fifth graders are welcome to participate in the hunt which starts at noon. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny before the hunt.

Weissgerber’s Seven Seas, 1807 Nagawicka Road, Hartland, is serving Easter Brunch and Dinner starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Visit www.weissgerbers.com for more information.


Feds indict Pewaukee "kingpin" for drug trafficking, homicide

By Steve Garrison

April 17, 2014 1:57 p.m. | Federal officials announced Thursday, April 16, that 27 people have been indicted for operating a drug conspiracy, including the alleged kingpin of the operation, Pewaukee resident Kevin R. Arms.

The 27 defendants face charges that include homicide, money laundering and firearms offenses, as well as conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. The U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle said in a news release that law enforcement officials executed eight search warrants on Thursday and recovered 31 firearms and approximately $143,000.

Arms, 40, and two other men could face the death penalty for allegedly causing the death of a person identified in the recently unsealed indictment as “P.J.” in November 2008. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that only one person - Paula Jackson - was slain in Milwaukee on the date in question. The 43-year-old woman was shot to death in the 4200 block of W. Burleigh Street on Nov. 16, 2008.

According to the news release, 21 defendants, including Arms, are in custody while six people remain at large.

Village of Pewaukee Police Captain Jay Iding said his department was not involved in the investigation and, as far as he was aware, his officers have not had any contact with Arms.

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Neylon announces his re-election bid for his District 98 assembly seat

By Christopher Kuhagen

April 17, 2014 12:48 p.m. | Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) announced Thursday he is seeking re-election for his 98th Assembly District seat in the state legislature.

Neylon, who emerged from a five-person Republican field last year, was elected to the assembly in April 2013 during a special election. There was no Democratic challenger. 

He replaced Rep. Paul Farrow, who was voted into the 33rd State Senate District seat in December 2012.

“Since (I was elected) I’ve worked diligently to represent (my constituents') views in Madison," Neylon said. "Together with Gov. Walker and our Republican leadership, we’ve improved our state’s business climate, cut property and income taxes and made Wisconsin a better place to live, work and raise a family.

If re-elected, Neylon said his priorities are simple.

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Thursday papers delayed

April 17, 2014 8:36 a.m. | Because of delays at the press, the Reporter, Focus and Index were not delivered to many readers today. Expect delivery tomorrow, Friday. Copies are available at most newstands and online at LivingLakeCountry.com.


Big Bend/Vernon Lions host egg hunt

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 16, 2014 1:35 p.m. | The Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Floyd Swayze Park in Big Bend (at Highway L and  the Fox River).

Toddlers through eight years old are invited to attend. The hunt will be divided into four age groups:  newborn to 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4 to 5-year-old, and  6 to 8 year-old. First, second, third and consolations prizes will be awarded in each age group. All children leave with a prize.

Admission is free. The Easter bunny will be available for photos - bring your camera.

This is one of the projects that the Big Bend/Vernon Lions sponsor through their community service fund.  Used eye glasses and hearing aids will be collected at this event also and sent to the eye glass recycling center at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt.


Summit School principal resigns

By Donna Frake

April 15, 2014 9:40 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education accepted the resignation of  Summit Elementary School Principal Robin Wilson, effective June 30.

Wilson has served as principal of  the school for the last nine years and leaves to take a position with the Pewaukee School District.


Coffee with a Cop in Mukwonago Thursday

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 15, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  The Town of Mukwonago and Village of Mukwonago Police Departments will host their second Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday April 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Culver's, 1090 N. Rochester Street in Mukwonago. There are no agendas or speeches, just an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.


Rock Freeway work will last through fall

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 15, 2014 10:43 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is beginning work on I-43 Southbound/Rock Freeway from US 12 to WIS 83 in Walworth and Waukesha Counties.

Construction began April 14th and is expected to be complete in Fall 2014. The project includes resurfacing of the 14 mile stretch, repairs to several bridges on the corridor and reconstruction of the bridge over the Canadian National Railroad just south of WIS 83.

The current condition of the roadway and bridge is highly deteriorated. The rehabilitation of the roadway will create an improved, long lasting driving surface.

The project will include lane closures including I-43 Southbound being reduced to a single travel lane along the entire length of the project.


Cold front freezes interstate traffic

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2014 8:58 a.m. | A cold front sweeping through the area with blowing snow, on April 14 around 9:30 p.m., caused roads to ice over, impacting Interstate-43 and 94.

I-43 had to be shut down with the assistance of New Berlin and Big Bend police departments, according to Lte. Brian Larson with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Both agencies also assisted in responding to accidents on I-43.  I-43 was shut down from approximately 10:45 p.m. until midnight.

I-94 had to be shut down with the assistance of City of Brookfield Police Department, Town of Brookfield Police Department, and the State Patrol, according to Larson.  I-94 was shut down from approximately 11:30 pm until 1 a.m.  All three agencies assisted in responding to accidents.

The Interstates became solid ice and multiple accidents caused complete lane blockage through various sections of I-43 and I-94.  Both Interstates were reopened when the damaged vehicles could be removed and the roads salted.  No serious injuries were reported.    


Jazz night coming to Mukwonago High School

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 14, 2014 4:19 p.m. | Mukwonago High School (MHS) is hosting a Jazz Night on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. Vocal and musical performances from high school and Park View Middle School students will be provided for the event.


Good Friday hike planned

By Donna Frake

April 14, 2014 2:23 p.m. | A Good Friday hike is being organized by Oconomowoc's  Rev. Lisa Schmatzhagen on part of the Hartland segment of the Ice Age Trail. The theme chosen for the hike will offer reflections on the "Tree of Life,"  and all are wlecome to join. 

Explore nature, walk and talk or simply have quiet contemplative time to walk in silence while meditating on scripture and prayer. Plan for up to three miles of light hiking.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Park 'n Ride at Hwy P (Brown Street) & Hwy 16 or at 9:30 at the parking lot for the Hartland Marsh loop near Cottonwood Ave.  and  Lindenwood Dr.

 


Lots of rain, snow in Lake Country

By Chuck Delsman

April 14, 2014 2:19 p.m. | There has been a lot of precipitation in the Lake Country area since last Saturday afternoon.

The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club reported 2.25 inches of rain since Saturday afternoon through Monday at noon.

Snow fell in the area on Monday morning even though none stuck to the ground. It started snowing again at 1:45 p.m. on Monday.

Hail fell in the Hartland area at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Some of the hail that fell was as big as a quarter. The hail fell for 15 minutes and ended at 3 a.m.


Law enforcement warns of phone scam that bounces people to 911

By Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel

April 11, 2014 9:30 p.m. | A new scam has caused dozens of unintended 911 calls to Milwaukee police and other law enforcement agencies, beginning about 8 a.m. Friday, prompting officials to issue a warning.

Authorities are urging people to ignore prompts to dial 1 or 112 if they get a phone call or text message saying their bank or credit card was deactivated or suspended, because once they do, those residents are connected with a 911 dispatcher.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said residents have reported receiving an automatic recording such as "your credit card has been temporarily suspended, dial 112."

"We're in the process of trying to understand if someone is trying to take down the 911 system or if somebody has a scam that somehow enriches them by having you call our number or if it's a scam that's gone awry technologically," Flynn said.

The Waukesha County Communications Center had received about 150 of those calls as of noon Friday, but the agency's system had not been overwhelmed and calls for real emergencies were still able to get through.

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Spring and music are in the air

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 11, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Spring is in the air and there’s music in the air this weekend, too.

Stop in at Mama D’s in Wales for your favorite coffee drink and hear the Vivanco-Gomez Classical Guitar Duet from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Mama D’s Coffee is located at 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales. For information visit www.mamadscoffee.com.

Home Free Vocal Band will perform at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.  Tickets are $28 adults, $25 seniors and college students, and $12 high school students and younger.  For information call (262) 560-3172.

 Carroll University Shattuck Music Center will host the Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. Tickets are $16.50 for the main floor; $11.50 in the balcony; $8.50 for senior citizens and students.  Call (262) 524-7633 for tickets and information.

A free Chamber Orchestra Concert will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shattuck Music. Visit www.carrollu.edu for more information about Carroll University and their programs.


AHS softball teams whips KM

By Chuck Delsman

April 10, 2014 7:41 a.m. | Arrowhead's girls softball team whipped visiting Kettle Moraine Wednesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 7-0.The Warhawks had 21 hits in the game.

AHS pitcher Monica Fischer tossed a 1-hitter and struck out 7.

At the plate, Noelle Weiss  led the winners with 4 hits and MacKenzie Paszek added three hits and three RBIs.


Tee time

By Donna Frake

April 10, 2014 7:28 a.m. | A true harbinger of spring has arrived!

 Waukesha County Board Chairman, Paul Decker, will kick off the official opening of the Waukesha County Park System’s 2014 golf season,  tomorrow, April 11, at  10 a.m. at Moor Downs Golf Course in Waukesha.


Big Bend FD to hold pancake breakfast Sunday

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 09, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Big Bend Fire Department is putting on its annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday April 13, at the Big Bend Village Hall, W230 S9285 Nevins St. The cost is $6 for all-you-can-eat pancakes; children 2 and younger eat free.

The event will include fire and emergency medical service displays and exhibits from the Burn Center, Women’s Center, Operation Little Lifesaver train, the Big Bend Police Department. There will also be door prizes and free blood pressure checks. Flight for Life is scheduled to arrive at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Lt. Sherry Jacobi at Village Hall, (262) 662-2747. 


Pridemore will not seek re-election to State Assembly

April 09, 2014 11:17 a.m. |  
Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Erin) of the 22nd State Assembly District has announced that he will retire from the Assembly and will not seek re-election this fall.

 

“The recent Assembly elections have been won by some, very good, young talent with fresh ideas and a commitment to sound conservative principles. I expect the fall elections will produce more of the same,” he said. “I have never believed that elected office should evolve into a long career. One criticism of too many elected officials is that they do not know when to move on. Now is my time.”I have really enjoyed my time in the Assembly and I have met some wonderful people. I am especially grateful for all the opportunities I have had to meet and work with so many dedicated leaders and citizens of this great state. I leave the Assembly in good hands.”

Pridemore has represented constituents of Washington, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties during his four terms in the 99th District and his current service within the 22nd District.


Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee

By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

April 09, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city of Milwaukee for a joint recycling program run by ReCommunity Recycling.

Mayor Tom Barrett has praised the effort as an example of intergovernmental cooperation.

The County Board vote was 21-1. Afterward, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released a statement saying the collaboration, which will be headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, will increase recycling, reduce processing costs and enhance revenue.

“This unique public-private partnership will ensure the continuation of tax relief for Waukesha County community partners," Vrakas said.

The agreement is expected to generate $2 million in annual revenue for the city.

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Social planned for young adults with disabilities

By Donna Frake

April 09, 2014 8:46 a.m. |  Books and Looks LLC, 104 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee,  will  host  an evening for high school and young adults on the autistic spectrum or other disabilities, who want to meet friends.

This social evening will include a greet, and meet with some light refreshments at 6:30p.m.  tonight,   April 10. 


Create a native woodland garden

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 09, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Use nature’s example to create beautiful, diverse gardens in shade, drawing upon species adapted to our area, with Creating a Native Woodland Garden by Molly Fifield Murray, on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m., presented by the Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.

The program will cover plant choices, planting methods, soil characteristics and design. Murray has been the Outreach and Education Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum for 21 years. Trained in landscape restoration and native garden design by Darrel Morrison and Evelyn Howell, she has taught about and designed native wildflower gardens as both an educator and design consultant.

The free program will be held at South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91W39091 Highway 59, Eagle. It is open to the public.  


No district name change for Palmyra-Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 08, 2014 11:00 p.m. |  Palmyra-Eagle Area School District will keep its name after public opinion indicated residents liked the district name and didn't see the need for a change. District Administrator Glenn Schlender admitted the name change was more a symbolic gesture of a broader problem with division among the communities, marketing the district and improving the quality of education in the district to attract students.  

While talk of a name change for the district had drawn attention, residents flooded into the Palmyra-Eagle High School on April 8 to learn more about budget reductions, which could include staff reductions, being proposed for consideration for the 2014-15 school year. 

The district is facing a $300,000 budget deficit next year, due in part to paying out a total of $1.8 million to other districts for students leaving P-EASD, along with a failed referendum last year.

The School Board will hold a special meeting on April 21 at 6 p.m. before action is expected on the budget reductions by April 22. 


DISH, Channel 12 part ways

By Chuck Delsman

April 08, 2014 10:47 p.m. | Channel 12 went off the air on DISH Network late Tuesday night due to contract problems. No other information was available at the time of posting.


Mukwonago edges AHS girls in 8 innings

By Chuck Delsman

April 08, 2014 10:36 p.m. | Visiting Mukwonago scored once in the top of the 8th inning to rally past Arrowhead in a Classic 8 girls softball game Tuesday night, 4-3. An 8th inning erfror allowed by the Warhawks allowed the winning run to score.

AHS led 3-1 after 3 innings but couldn't hold on. Kali Kaestner was the winning pitcher, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters she faced. Noelle Weiss took the loss.

Arrowhead got two hits from Weiss and Mackenzie Paszek.


DeYoe wants special election

By Kelly Smith

April 08, 2014 12:37 p.m. |  City of Delafield- Alderwoman Michele DeYoe, the city's newly elected mayor, says she would prefer a special election be held to fill the vacancy in the Fourth Aldermanic district that will be created when she takes office as mayor on April 15.

City Clerk Gina Gresch said a special election could be held on July 1st with a June 3 primary election, if necessary, provided the Common Council adopted a resolution calling for the election by April 15.

DeYoe said the resolution could be adopted  during a special meeting following the state mandated  annual meeting on April 15 when the mayor and newly election council members take office.

On April 1, when she defeated Kent Attwell by a 935-825 margin, DeYoe said she expected the council would recruit candidates, conduct interviews, and then appoint somone to succeed her on the council.

De Yoe was also reelected as alderwoman by defeating challenger Laura Schult 158 to 108. The district includes the southwest corner of the city as well as neighborhoods south of Interstate 94.

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Man faces 25 years after Big Bend car crash

By Steve Garrison

April 08, 2014 12:31 p.m. | A 32-year-old Milwaukee man faces 25 years in prison after a roadway dispute last week in Big Bend left two people seriously injured.

Eric A. Braatz was charged Monday, April 7, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a two-car crash at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, on Interstate 43 near Evergreen Drive.

Deputies determined that a red vehicle traveling south on I-43 rolled over and crossed into the north lane after being stuck by a white vehicle, located about a half-mile down the road from the crash site.

The driver of the red vehicle, Dominique Hicks, was transported to Froedert Hospital to be treated for a broken neck. Passenger Megan Murray, pregnant at the time, suffered from a broken clavicle.

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Man accused of indecent exposure in Delafield

By Steve Garrison

April 08, 2014 10:49 a.m. | A 48-year-old Waukesha man convicted last year of lewd behavior for having sex with a couch faces new charges for indecent exposure.

Gerard P. Streator, 1000 Pewaukee Rd. #17, was charged Friday, April 4, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Streator made national news when he was charged in September 2012 with having sex with an abandoned couch in Waukesha. He pleaded guilty last June to lewd and lascivious behavior and was sentenced to one year probation in lieu of a jail sentence.

A prankster apparently created a Twitter account for Streator last January. The most recent post: "Out of jail finally!!!!!" 

According to the criminal complaint, authorities received reports at 6:30 p.m. March 10 that a man was exposing his genitals to passing cars near Milwaukee and Second streets in the City of Delafield.

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