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Books & Company robbed in Oconomowoc

Feb. 05, 2013 4:06 p.m. | At 2:35 today, Police Chief David Beguhn said officers responded to a call from Books & Company in Witman Park. The bookstore had been robbed.

A woman entered the store and made verbal threats and left with cash, an undisclosed amount at this time. No weapon was visible, according to Beguhn.

The woman then left in a brown 1998 Toyota Camry, four door. There were three other men inside the vehicle, which left south bound from the parking lot.

Books and Company is a small, independently-owned and community-based bookstore that's been serving the Oconomowoc, Lake Country and Waukesha areas since 1983.

The matter is under investigation. A future news release will be posted at Living Lake Country.

Arrowhead annual meeting on Wednesday

By Evan Frank

Aug. 19, 2014 4:07 p.m. |  Arrowhead Union High School District's annual meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the North Campus theater.

New business on the agenda consists of school board members' salaries. Currently, a single board member receives an annual salary of $3,050.

The budget hearing will preceded the annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.


Tree falls on power lines in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 19, 2014 2:03 p.m. |  

A tree knocked down in today's late morning storm that pushed through Mukwonago, pulled down electric lines, cutting power to two houses and blocking the intersection at Shore Drive and Atkinson Street. 

Police are on scene waiting for Wisconsin Electric to arrive.


Bluegrass festival volunteers needed in East Troy

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. |  Volunteers are needed for the 21st annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival coming to the East Troy Village Square on Sept. 13 and 14.

The East Troy Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to work three-hour shifts to sell food and beverage tickets, admission wristbands, and to man the Chamber's beverage stand and office, during the run of the festival from 8:30 a.m. to  7:30 p.m on Sept. 13, and from 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. 

Help is also needed with set up from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and clean up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., each day. 

Interested parties can check out the volunteer schedule online or contact Vanessa Lenz at vanessa@easttroywi.org for more information.


Phones and internet down at Lake Country/MyCommunityNow

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 19, 2014 11:41 a.m. | Having trouble getting a hold of the news offices today? 

Phones and internet are down at the Waukesha-based Living Lake Country and My Community Now offices. The newsroom is working to get back online as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Oconomowoc woman accused of selling, using heroin

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 19, 2014 11:02 a.m. | A 27-year-old Oconomowoc woman stands accused of selling heroin to a police informant, and possibly others, on three separate occasions.

Stacey Hutterer, 304 S. Silver Lake Street, was charged on Friday, Aug. 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three felony counts of delivering heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of both narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, a Waukesha County detective observed Hutterer sell heroin three times, once in late May and twice in early June, from her car to a confidential informant.

Court records indicate that police then executed a search warrant on July 11 on Hutterer’s apartment and reportedly found more of the drug.

Officers also recovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including 11 used and unused needles, a cooker and a tourniquet, from Hutterer‘s purse when they brought her in for questioning, the complaint says.

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Six ribbon cuttings in Mukwonago Thursday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce is going to be busy Thursday. Six chamber members have either recently opened or recently relocated leading to one exhausting day for those big scissors.

 
On Thursday, Aug. 21 the public is welcomed to an all day open house in which, by visiting all six businesses, there is an opportunity to win a basket full of goodies. 
 
The ribbon-cuttings will start at Rural Mutual Insurance Company, 718 Main Street at 4 p.m. By 4:20 p.m. Little Lambs Child Care will cut their ribbon at 315 Main Street. At 4:40 Inspire Hair Design, 105 B N. Rochester Street, will have their turn. Crazy Bears Pizza and The Muffin Tin, located at 111 Atkinson Street will host their ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and Half-Time’s Downtown Grille, 200 S. Rochester Street will be up at 5:20 p.m. The day will conclude with a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting at the recently relocated Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center at 100 Atkinson Street.
 
Afterward, live music along with food and drink specials will take place at Crazy Bears and Hal-Time with part of the proceeds being donated to local food pantries.
 
Everyone is invited to attend. Call the Chamber with questions at (262) 363-7758. 
 


Pewaukee School District approves tax levy

By Evan Frank

Aug. 18, 2014 10:17 p.m. |  At Monday's annual meeting held in the Pewaukee High School auditorium, the Pewaukee School Board approved a motion to levy a proposed property tax of $25,959,140 for the 2014-15 school year.

It is a projected 4.91% decrease from the 13-14 levy. Last year's total levy was $27,300,729.

Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer John Gahan explained the Department of Public Instruction announced PSD would receieve a projected increase of 125% or a total of $1,667,677.

The increase in aid is driven by the fact that the district experienced a growth of over 6% in resident student population while the property values in the community experienced a slight decrease overall in the school district.

A more detailed version of the meeting will be in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter with quotes from Gahan.


Chenequa approves November levy referendum

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 18, 2014 9:32 p.m. |  Village of Chenequa - The Chenequa Village Board has unanimously called for  November 4 referendum seeking voter approval of  a municipal tax levy that is about $85,000 higher than the levy limited imposed on the village by state law.

If the referendum is approved, the village's tax levy for 2015 would be about $1,808,197 an increase of nearly 7 percent above the 2014 levy of about $1,696,615.

The village annually spendts about  $1.9 million in opereations not including debt service and major capital expenditors for which it borrows money.

If the referendum failed, the village would have to operate on a levy $1,722, 912, which is increase of 1.5 percent, about $26,000 above the 2014 levy.

Village President Robert Foote Jr. said the 2015 village budget could not afford to provide the level of services "that village residents have become accustomed to" with such a small tax levy increases.

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Mukwonago Chief hosts 125th Birthday Party tomorrow

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 18, 2014 5:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Chief is celebrating 125 years proudly serving the community and you are invited. 

The Chief office, 111 N. Rochester Street in Mukwonago, will host an open house with cake, coffee from Espresso Love, and historical displays courtesy of the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Design materials free for reuse at Green Design

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 18, 2014 4:11 p.m. | A free reuse event will be held at the Green Design Center, 2201 Badger Court, Waukesha, on Friday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The Waukesha County recycling office will be in attendance on Friday, Aug. 22, hosting an outreach booth to answer recycling questions and provide informational brochures.

This reuse event was put together by American Society of Interior Design in partnership with The Green Design Center and Non-Toxic Environments.  Excess design materials, such as extra fabric, floor tiles and carpet remnant, were collected from the design community to keep them from being landfilled.  

During this event, the public is invited to come take any of these materials for free to be reused.  This is a great opportunity for residents to give new life to some of these materials as well as ask questions about recycling and get information on how to properly dispose of other items.

For more information, visit the Waukesha County website or call (262) 896-8300.


Pewaukee native part of winning World Cup team

By Evan Frank

Aug. 18, 2014 2:40 p.m. |  Emily Gutenkunst, a Catholic Memorial High School graduate, won a gold medal in the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup in late July.

The event is a three day competition split up into three- and five-gaited sections. The U.S. swept the gold medals, winning each section.

Gutenkunst was part of the five-gaited squad.

Look for the article in Tuesday's Reporter, or read it online here.


Ribbon cutting at OHS Rux Stadium on Friday

By Donna Frake

Aug. 18, 2014 1:08 p.m. | The ribbon cutting for the new Rux Stadium at Oconomowoc High School will be held this Friday.

Join the festivities at the first home football game of the 2014-2015 season against Kettle Moraine. Just before kick-off,  the district will have a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of  the new athletic fields. 
The ribbon cutting will take place at 6:40 p.m.  on the Football Field Track, followed by 7 p.m. kick off


Pewaukee School District annual meeting Monday

By Evan Frank

Aug. 15, 2014 3:43 p.m. |  On Monday, August 18, Pewaukee School District's budget will be presented in the high school auditorium.

Four different meetings will take place with the budget affairs meeting at 6 p.m. A brief look at the budget will occur.

The regular board meeting begins at 6:30, followed by the budget hearing at 7. A full overview of the budget will be presented during this time.

The district's annual meeting takes place at 7:30.


Art is everywhere this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

Aug. 15, 2014 3:00 p.m. | There’s something for everyone to enjoy this weekend – from comedy and crafts to antique boats and flea market specials.

If you’re looking for some laughs, check out the Storyteller Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at SummerStage at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C in Delafield. Hear some campfire stories that are a little scary and lot funny. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for youth. A whole family can attend for $25. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit http://www.summer-stage.org for information and tickets.

Peace Lutheran Church & Academy, Maple Avenue in Sussex is having its annual flea market and craft fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping or just find something fun and new for your home. Visit www.peacesussex.org for more information.

Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday will feature a waterfront plein-air art fair plus live music, food and refreshments besides the more than 50 antique and classic boats docked at the pier on Pewaukee’s Lakefront. Antique cars will be on display along Wisconsin Avenue and The Wheelmen will ride their antique bicycles.

The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, celebrating 44 years, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fowler Lake Park in Oconomowoc. More than 130 local and national artists will offer original artworks for purchase. There will also be three stages of family entertainment and live music. Refreshments will be available on the grounds.

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OHS grad gets feet wet in first race

By Evan Frank

Aug. 14, 2014 4:58 p.m. |  Oconomowoc High School graduate and Nashotah native, Paul Swan, had his first race as part of a pit crew in Georgia this past weekend.

Swan, a former linebacker and captain of the Bowling Green State University football team, has trained the past few months as a rear tire changer. In Georgia, Swan worked a race in the Super Late Model division.

Swan has spent the summer training for a pit crew position at Richard Childress Racing and hopes to soon be pitting in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series soon.

Here is an article on Swan's journey from football player to the world of racing.


Arrowhead Board approves locker room renovation

By Evan Frank

Aug. 13, 2014 10:17 p.m. |  The Arrowhead School Board unamiously approved the North Campus girls and boys lower locker room renovation at Wednesday's board meeting.

A private donation of $275,000 was officially accepted at the meeting as well. To help the renovation go through, the donor has pledged an additional $86,878 for a total of $361,878.

The total budget for the renovations will cost $593,018. 

The remaining balance ($231,140) is to be used by the district's fund balance.

Last week's story in the Reporter had preliminary numbers. Tuesday's Reporter will have a story on the updated figures and quotes from board members.


Town of Mukwonago puts brakes on elementary school resource officers issue

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 13, 2014 9:43 p.m. | Trying to put the horse back in front of the cart, the town of Mukwonago board decided tonight not to draft a resolution to raise the levy limit, which could have placed a referendum question on the fall ballot.

The question of going to referendum to raise the levy limit, and potentially allow funds to support resource officers in two Mukwonago Area School District elementary schools, has drawn heat since town Police Chief Tom Czarnecki presented the issue to the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education recently.

While Town Chairman Dave Dubey asked the board about holding an advisory referendum or doing a survey, supervisors agreed there was not enough time to draft such a question and still get it on the November ballot.

Dubey pointed out that the town board needed more information from the school district and from the public before it could move forward on the issue of placing resource officers in elementary schools in the town of Mukwonago. 

"I don't think we have the support to increase the levy at this time without input from the public, and to get input from the public is through an advisory referendum or a survey," Dubey said.

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Oconomowoc teenager charged with reckless homicide in heroin deal

By Jason Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 13, 2014 6:03 p.m. | An Oconomowoc teenager sold a dose of heroin that killed a fellow teen in Waukesha County, according a criminal complaint released Wednesday.

Alexander Leisten, 17, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for the fatal overdose of Archie Badura, 19, who was found unresponsive in his parents' home in May. Leisten faces up to 40 years in prison.

The complaint offers conflicting narratives of how the deal went down.

According to Badura's girlfriend, Nicole Christensen, she and Badura were picked up by Leisten and his aunt, Jodi Lewein, on the afternoon of May 14. They drove the couple to a Walgreens in Wauwatosa and Leisten sold them $150 worth of heroin.

But according to Leisten, he and his aunt picked up the couple outside a Pick 'n Save in Oconomowoc and drove them to Milwaukee, where Leisten called a source to get heroin.

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Hartland woman on trial for fourth OWI accused of fifth

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 13, 2014 4:15 p.m. | A 34-year-old Hartland woman previously accused of intoxicated driving was allegedly found by police to be impaired again while she was waiting for a court hearing.

Emily Jarvis, W313 N4969 Chapel Ridge Road, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with her fifth operating while intoxicate offense, felony bail jumping and driving with a revoked license. She has three prior OWI convictions on her record and is currently standing trial for her fourth.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police responded on Monday, Aug. 11, to the Moreland Plaza, 801 W. Moreland Boulevard, where they found Jarvis passed out in her car with the engine running.

Jarvis reportedly told the officers she had been waiting for her court hearing (for the fourth OWI charge) to begin and had dozed off.

Officers allegedly found an array of prescription drugs in Jarvis’s car after she was arrested.

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Issue with GAB's canvass reporting system caused election night delay in Waukesha

By Christopher Kuhagen

Aug. 13, 2014 2:10 p.m. | Those who were waiting for the final results of the District 97 state assembly race in Waukesha County had to stay up into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The reason for the delay?

Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said an error in the Government Accountability Board's canvass reporting system resulted in voting totals across the city coming in extremely slow.

Final totals for the District 97 race were not in until just after 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, more than four hours after the polls closed on Tuesday night.

The voting totals in the District 97 race for the town of Genesee, town of Mukwonago and town of Waukesha came in relatively quickly, but everyone was waiting for the city of Waukesha's results. 

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Oconomowoc plan commission to take action on plans for Ale House restaurant

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 13, 2014 12:58 p.m. | The developer of the proposed Milwaukee Ale House restaurant will present detailed plans for the project tonight, Aug. 13, to the city’s plan commission.

The presentation is part of the development process known as the major design review, and city planning staff recommended approval of the plans but wanted to postpone any action concerning one of the primary amenities on the property, according to a memo from City Planner Jason Gallo.

The area in question is referred to as the public plaza, near Summit Avenue and Valley Road, immediately adjacent to the proposed restaurant.

City staff was concerned that the proposed amenities on that strip of land, including an ornamental gate, a decorative archway and steel benches, did not conform to the “openness that was the original intent of the area,” according to the memo.

Several council members previously said they wanted some kind of water fountain in the public plaza area, and the plans submitted on Friday, Aug. 1, by the developer do not include that feature.

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Brandtjen tops GOP field in Assembly primary

By Ty Schmidt

Aug. 13, 2014 9:19 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Republican Janel Brandtjen will face off against Democrat Jessie Read for Wisconsin State Assembly District 22 in the Nov. 4 general election. With 60 percent of the votes, Brandtjen defeated Blair Rogacki (27 percent) for the GOP nomination in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12, while Nick Oliver was third with 13 percent.

"I'm humbled by the support of thousands of my friends and neighbors, and am grateful that they chose me to represent them in Madison," said Brandtjen, of Menomonee Falls. "This is a solemn responsibility and I will defend our values, fight for fiscal responsibility, and always be listening to the voters who chose me to speak for them."

Brandtjen, Oliver and Rogacki competed to represent the Republican party, as Republican incumbent Don Pridemore is stepping down after 10 years in the position. Jessie Read of Lisbon ran unopposed for the Democratic spot for the seat, which was created in 2010 and includes all of the towns of Erin and Lisbon, the villages of Lannon, Butler and portions of the villages of Richfield and Menomonee Falls.

Brandtjen has a bachelor of science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She owns and operates Group One Marketing, Inc. in Menomonee Falls and is married with two children.


Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12. These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

Severson has spent 27 years in the county sheriff's department and worked his way up the ranks to become second in command in the department. He was promptly supported by Sheriff Dan Trawicki after Trawicki announced he would not seek reelection after three terms.

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Scott Allen wins crowded 97th Assembly District Republican primary

By Christopher Kuhagen

Aug. 13, 2014 8:30 a.m. | Scott Allen maintained a comfortable lead throughout the night in the 97th Assembly District race.

But his victory wasn't official until just after midnight Wednesday morning, more than four hours after the polls closed.

With 2,003 votes or 34 percent of the vote, Allen separated himself from the pack to win the crowded six-person Republican primary.

His closest challenger was Humana consultant Brandon Rosner, who finished with 1,714 votes or 29 percent of the vote.

The next four candidates were far behind. City of Waukesha alderwoman and county board supervisor Kathleen Cummings finished third with 742 votes (13 percent), GOP activist Vince Trovato fourth with 727 votes (12 percent), city of Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry fifth with 428 votes (7 percent) and former town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske sixth with 300 votes (5 percent).

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Eric Severson wins landslide vote for Waukesha County sheriff

By Jason Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 12, 2014 10:44 p.m. | Eric Severson, the chief inspector for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office, is bound to bear the sheriff's badge after a landslide victory in the Republican primary election.

With more than 70% of the vote counted Tuesday night, Severson earned about 86% of the vote — more than 26,000 supporters — in the race against Tom Alioto, a former Town of Lisbon police sergeant.

Alioto earned about 4,300 votes.

There is no Democratic candidate for Waukesha County sheriff.

The candidates were seeking to replace Dan Trawicki, who served as sheriff for 12 years but declined to run for a fourth term.

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Horlacher takes Assembly District 33

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 12, 2014 10:11 p.m. | With 95 percent reporting, Cody Horlacher has been declared the winner of the Assembly District 33 seat.

While final vote totals are yet to be completed, Horlacher held 58 percent of the vote at 10 p.m.

Johnson was reported with 35 percent of the vote and Lurvey with 7 percent of the vote at that time.

The seat was vacated by Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) who is running for Senate District 11.

Assembly District 33 includes parts of Jefferson, Walworth and Waukesha counties including Mukwonago and Eagle.

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Developer to give progress report on Fowler Lake Village

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 12, 2014 4:31 p.m. | The city’s architectural commission is set to hear more discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 13, concerning the divisive Fowler Lake Village development.

Several members of the project team, including developer Jeff Seymour, will be on hand to field questions from the commissioners about the progress of the development and will discuss in detail the design and materials to be used for the proposed condominium project.

Seymour and some others associated with the project were invited out to Vino, Etc., 120 E. Wisconsin Avenue, last Wednesday, Aug. 6, for an informal discussion and question-and-answer session with the public.

The questions posed to the development team, which centered on parking, building size and project revenue, by those gathered at Vino, Etc. echoed a number of the concerns that have dogged the project for the past few months.

Seymour said he wants to keep the project “in front of people,” and mentioned that the approval process for this development has been the most rigorous he’s ever encountered.

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Road work in Dousman will shut water down in two areas tomorrow

By Donna Frake

Aug. 12, 2014 3:35 p.m. |  Due to unforseen circumstances with the construction on Main Street in downtown Dousman, residents on Wilson Avenue and  in Village Meadows and  the Settlement at Utica Lake will be without water from approximately  9:30 - 11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Residents who will be impacted by this are asked to share it with their neighbors. 


Rain not reducing voter turnout

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 12, 2014 12:39 p.m. |  Morning rain storms have not dampened Lake Country voters enthusiasm in a state wide partisan primary election that includes a hotly contested race for Waukesha County Sheriff and state legislative races with multiplie candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the November general election, according to local election officials. 

"This is Wisconsin. No one is going to be stopped by a little rain. If they want to votet, they will get here," said Teresa Pelt, chief election inspector at the Richmond  Road fire station polling place in the Town of Lisbon.

"They are coming in with their umbrellas," added City of Delafield Clerk Gina Greasch.

"Besides, I think good weather lowers turn out because in good weather there is more to do outside, like play with your kids," she added.

Waukesha County and Lake Country election officials were anticipating a primary election turnout that would be 5 to 10 percent points higher than turn out across the rest of the state which is expected to be about 15 per cent.

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Oconomowoc KidsFest postponed due to rain

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 12, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Due to the cold, rainy weather that leaves us all wondering whether it's August or October, Oconomowoc KidsFest has been postponed.

The event will take next week Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roosevelt Park.


Indiana man accused of hit and run, drunken driving

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 11, 2014 4:38 p.m. | A 30-year-old Indiana man allegedly injured a woman with his truck while drunk, then fled the scene and tried to escape arrest when police found him.

James Bartlett was charged on Monday, Aug. 4, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree reckless endangering, hit and run, causing injury while intoxicated and attempted escape.

According to the criminal complaint, Bartlett pinned a woman between his truck and another vehicle late Saturday, Aug. 2, at Club Shamrock in Big Bend while trying to back out of a parking stall.

The woman reportedly tried to stop Bartlett from leaving because she knew that he was drunk and was carrying passengers.

Police tracked Bartlett to the Rodeway Inn in Muckwonago and arrested him after he refused to perform any field sobriety tests.

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Town of Mukwonago mulls possible referendum

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 11, 2014 4:07 p.m. | The possibility of a fall referendum comes before the town board on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

The town of Mukwonago will hold a special town board meeting at 6:30 p.m. to discuss and possibly act on an advisory referendum and/or community survey for input regarding town services and/or planning, and a resolution to raise the levy limit, according to the agenda posted by Town Administrator/Clerk, Kathy Karalewitz.


Oconomowoc chamber holds seven-day shopping promotion

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 11, 2014 9:28 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its third shop local week event of the year.

“Just in time for festival season,” said Katie Miller, chamber executive director.

The seven-day event is designed to encourage residents to visit and invest in local retailers, restaurants and businesses. It began Sunday and ends Sunday, Aug. 17.

Miller said between 25 and 50 chamber-member businesses participated in the last shop local event, but any business, whether it’s a member or not, is welcome to join the event.

Many businesses will offer special discounts and promotions throughout the week, Miller said. All customers have to do is ask about them.

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Lots to do outdoors this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

Aug. 08, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Weekends have been sunny and comfy and we can only hope that continues for some fun festivals and other outdoor events the next couple days.

One of the area’s biggest music festivals, Waukesha BluesFest, comes to  Naga-Waukee Park, 651 State Highway 83, Delafield, this weekend. The festival runs from 1 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This year’s headliners are Canned Heat and Curtis Salgado. Friday’s lineup features Selwyn Birchwood and Extra Crispy Brass Band. On Saturday hear Jim Suhler and Trampled Under Foot. Besides great music the festival features food and an art show. At the gate single-day pass is $20; two-day pass $35. Visit  www.waukeshabluesfest.com for details.

Celebrate the area’s German heritage at German-American Day Festivities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Sunday at Carl Schurz Park, highways C and K, Hartland. Lunch served at noon features goulash or rollbraten with spaetzle and kraut. Food throughout the day includes brats, Hungarian sausage, herring sandwiches and corn-on-the-cob.  Be sure to be there for the parade, which starts at 2 p.m. Music, starting at 11:30 a.m. features The River City Blaskapelle and The Austrian Express. Admission is a donation of $5 adults, $1 children, free for children under 7.

If you’re looking for a fun family movie bring your lawn chairs and snacks to Weyer Park, Elmwood Avenue and Main Street in Sussex at 7 p.m. Friday. The free movie is “Despicable Me 2.”

Kids might also enjoy “Alice in Wonderland” with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland.  Call (262) 367-4697 for tickets.

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Emergency services in Lake Country may cost more

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 07, 2014 8:47 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Three Lake Country communities may have to contribute a combined more than $225,000 to the operations of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue based on a preliminary budget proposed tonight by Fire Chief Jack Edwards.

The approximately $2 million 2015 budget suggests increasing from $950,000 to about $1, 175,000 the amount of  real estate taxes that the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah contribute to the department operations.

The remaining $834,750 in revenues is expected to come from ambulance patient fees and medical bills as well as contracts for services the department provides area hospitals and other municipalities.

Because of the growing number of medicare and medicaid patients being served by the department,, revenues have been decreasing over the past three years and a decline of about $160,000 is expected in 2015.

The City of Delafield will pay nearly 75 percent of the additional municipal contributions based on a formula that provides each community contributes based on its tax base, population and the number of emgency calls..

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Kettle Moraine Explore awarded charter school grant

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 07, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Explore is among 51 Wisconsin charter schools that received $8.17 million in grants for the 2014-15 school year, according to an Aug. 7 announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

KM Explore received a $170,000 implementation renewal grant, one of 20 schools int the state to share $3.4 million in grant funds for schools in their second year.


Swallow School Board work session tonight

By Evan Frank

Aug. 07, 2014 3:34 p.m. |  Swallow School District School Board will hold a work session, open to the public, tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.

Discussion topics for the school board will be a review of community engagement and input to date. Swallow held two tours for the public in July and sent out a community survey as well.

Financing options and design solutions will also be discussed.

The board will review a timeline and the next steps in the referendum process.

No formal action will be taken at tonight's meeting.


Couple allegedly stole from a Lake Country home then fled to Minnesota

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 07, 2014 12:15 p.m. | A local couple stands accused of breaking into a Merton home, stealing various items then fleeing north to Minnesota.

Jennifer Merkel, 35, of Hartland, and Mitchell Szepi, 23, of Franklin, were charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a dwelling and identity theft.

According to the criminal complaint, the home they burgled on July 13 belogned to Merkel's father, and the duo stole cash, credit cards and some jewelery from the residence.

The couple were reportedly caught on tape buying various items at a Target store with the stolen cards.

A Waukesha County deputy traced the pair to a motel in Red Wing, Minn. where they admitted to the crime, according to the complaint.

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Stuff the bus in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 07, 2014 9:45 a.m. | The Mukwonago Lions Club, teaming up with the Mukwonago and East Troy school districts, invites the community to help “Stuff The Bus” with school supplies and books on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at the Mukwonago Wal-Mart, 250 Wolf Run.

According to Darold Kukowski of the Mukwonago Lions Club, “The donated school supplies and books will make a difference in the lives of our local children and will supply them the supplies they need to be successful in school.”

The school supplies will benefit Mukwonago and surrounding school districts. Any unused supplies will be made available to schools throughout southeast Wisconsin.


Pewaukee Village Board approves three ordinances at Tuesday's meeting

By Evan Frank

Aug. 06, 2014 8:44 p.m. |  Three public hearings for possible ordinances were held at Tuesday's Village Board meeting.

No citizens spoke at any of the hearings.

All three ordinances were approved, including an ordinance to rezone parcel 126 Main Street from single family residential to a downtown business district.


Pewaukee teenager accused of vandalism, marijuana possession

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 06, 2014 3:15 p.m. | A 17-year-old Pewaukee teenager reportedly rear-ended a woman then used a stick to damage her car and was later caught by police with nearly a quarter pound of marijuana in his car.

Jacod Musil was charged on Monday, Aug. 6, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damage to property.

According to the criminal complaint, Musil followed a young woman back to her apartment complex and beat on her car with a wooden stick after the two were involved in a minor accident early on Saturday, Aug. 2, on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee.

Police tracked Musil down and allegedly found several items of drug paraphernalia in his car along with 98 grams of marijuana.

An officer noted in the complaint that the amount of marijuana recovered seemed to indicate that Musil was a drug dealer.

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Oconomowoc hires attorney for upcoming utility fee petition hearing

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 06, 2014 11:11 a.m. |  The city’s utility department faces some upcoming legal battles regarding its pole contact contracts with Time Warner Cable and Charter Cable.

The common council unanimously approved the hiring of attorney Anita Gallucci — at $270 an hour, plus expenses — to represent the city at a petition hearing with the state’s Pubic Service Commission during the council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Gallucci is recognized statewide as an expert in utility matters and drafted the Time Warner and Charter contracts for the city in 2010, according to a memo from the city’s utility operations manager Dennis Bednarski.

Casey Lemke, a municipal electrical engineer, said that Time Warner and Charter filed the petition with the PSC because they were unhappy with the city’s standard pole connection fee and hope to pay a significantly reduced rate.

Lemke also said he thought the verdict on the hearing would have precedent-setting implications for surrounding municipalities and Co-op associations.

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Delafield commission rules on old buildings

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 05, 2014 11:31 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The fate of two old buildings in the town was determined tonight by the Town Plan Commission.

The commission approved Michael McWilliams request to merge two lake front lots between Maple Avenue and Pewaukee Lake into a single lot where he plans to build a new home.

Consolidating the lots helps McWilliams begin the process of demolishing Lloyd's Never Inn, an iconic lake front tavern across from the town fire station. Town officials do not know the age of the building but it appears in aerial photos dating back to 1941.

The High View School building on Highway 83 which was built in the early 1950s and closed in the late 1960s may be converted into office space for five holistic wellness clinicians.

The Plan Commission approved busness plans of operation for each of the clinics at tonight's commission meeting but the approvals are subject to conditions in a new or amended conditional use permit for building owner Jim Horneck.

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National Night Out in Mukwonago tonight

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 05, 2014 1:42 p.m. | National Night Out occurs in more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states and is coming to a local police department near you.

National Night out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized to fight back. In addition, they tend to add a little fun into the mix.

Mukwonago's National Night Out will take place tonight in Field Park at the southwest corner of the Intersection of Highways NN and 83. 

There will be fun activities for kids and families and local businesses and civic organizations will have displays. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. New this year, weather permitting, will be a special stop by Air One search and rescue helicopter with a scheduled landing between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m.


Two meetings tonight at Village Hall in Pewaukee

By Evan Frank

Aug. 05, 2014 1:10 p.m. |  Village of Pewaukee - The Village Board will hold three public hearings during its regular meeting tonight at Village Hall at 7 p.m.

One of the meetings is on an ordinance to rezone parcel 126 Main Street from single family residential to a downtown business district.

At 6 p.m., the Public Works and Safety Committee will discuss a possible recommendation to the Village Board on neighborhood traffic considerations along Lake Street and School street (near Pewaukee School District campus).


Vino, Etc. in Oconomowoc to host Fowler Lake Village discussion session

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 05, 2014 9:56 a.m. |  A special discussion session on the proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project will be held Wednesday night, Aug. 6, at the Vino, Etc. wine bar in downtown Oconomowoc.

The conversation is scheduled to last two hours, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will incllude members of the development team affiliated with the project.

Jason Dvorak, who owns the Vino, Etc. building, said anyone with an opinion, whether for or against the project, is welcome to attend and have their questions answered.

Vino, Etc. is located at 120 E. Wisconsin Avenue. 

The city's common council presided over a similar discussion at their last meeting in July.


Relay for Life looking for donations of rummage items

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 04, 2014 5:50 p.m. | The first-ever Relay Rummage in Mukwonago will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon in Field Park in conjunction with Bark for Life. 

Relay for Life is looking for gently used, new, functional items to be donated for the rummage. Contact Dawn Sharon at dawn.sharon.yahoo.com if you have items to donate for the rummage. Items remaining after the rummage will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry.

All proceeds benefit the Mukwonago Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. 

Bark for Life, held at the same time, costs $25 per dog. 

Bark for Life will include demonstrations, a one-mile dog walk honoring caregiver dogs and those touched by cancer, raffle vendors, and a pet costume contest.

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Lighting causes fire in Sussex

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 04, 2014 5:06 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - No one was injured in a house fire that was apparently caused this afternoon by lighting but was quickly quelled by area fire fighters.

A college age daughter of the Tarry Paul Zielinski family at W 241 N 7531 N. Woodsview told neighbors and fire fighters that she was in the basement of  the home when she heard a loud crack upstairs.

She said the lights in the house went very bright and then went dark, according to neighbor Gary Seibak. Seibak said he called 911 when he noticed smoke coming from the house while he was driving by at about 2:15 this afternoon

The daughter said she saw smoke in the house as she rounded up the family pets and escaped from the fire, according to Village of Sussex Deputy Fire Chief Tony Emanuele.

Emanuele said fire fighters from the Village of Sussex, the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Merton responded immediately to the call and were able to contain the fire to the roof and second floor living quarters of the home.

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Multiple departments responding to Sussex area attic fire

Aug. 04, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Multiple fire departments near the Village of Sussex are responding to reports of an attic fire on North Woods Drive, authorities say.

Check back to JSOnline for updates.


Oconomowoc common council to discuss new pedestrian underpass for Lake Country bike trail

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 04, 2014 12:53 p.m. | The Oconomowoc common council could approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation concerning the construction of a new pedestrian underpass.

The underpass would be installed beneath Highway 67 just south of the Oconomowoc Parkway intersection and will be discussed at the council meeting this Tuesday, Aug. 5, according to a memo from Director of Public Works Mark Frye.

City staff has been speaking with various government officials about the project for the past 10 months.

According to the MOU, the Wisconsin DOT would be repsonsible for the structure's installation and maintenance, and the city would be responsible for implementing proper lighting, drainage, security and connectivity to the Lake Country Bicycle Trail.

The DOT will cover $500,000 of the project's cost, and the city will supply an estimated $301,000 for any remaining expenses.

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