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April 2014


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Teen snow day at OPL

Dec. 16, 2013 11:40 a.m. |  Calling all students in grades 7-12. Come to the Oconomowoc Public Library and re-live the snow days of your childhood.

 Wear your pajamas, play with 'snowballs' (marshmallows) and watch a holiday movie!

 This free event will be held from 1:30 - 4 p.m. on  Saturday, Dec. 21.  No registration required. 

Just bring yourself and your friends. 

Feds indict Pewaukee "kingpin" for drug trafficking, homicide

By Steve Garrison

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

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

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

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

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 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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Red Brick Museum volunteers needed

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 08, 2014 10:40 a.m. | The Mukwonago Red Brick Museum, 102 S. Main St., is looking for volunteers for the 2014 season. If you are interested or know someone who needs volunteer hours, is a retiree, or just loves history, the Red Brick Museum needs you. 

The museum will be open the second and fourth Sundays of the month, June through September. An informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the museum. 

If interested call (262) 363-4090 by April 9.

Tom Bird new Vernon chairman

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 08, 2014 10:17 a.m. | This morning the Town of Vernon held a meeting to formally accept the resignation of Jim Slawny from his role as chairman in the Town of Vernon.

In his place the board appointed Supervisor Tom Bird to serve as chairman throughout the remaining term, which goes until April 2015.

The board will explore options for what to do with the open Supervisor seat at their next board meeting and hope to have someone selected in 30 days.

Read more in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief. 

Mukwonago Lions host Easter egg hunt this weekend

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 07, 2014 4:04 p.m. | The annual Hans and Liz Christianson Memorial Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12, starting at 10 a,m. at Field Park. Please arrive prior to the starting time. Parking is available in Field Park.

Divisions will be set up for 2 to 3 year olds, 4 and 5, 6 and 7 and 8 and 9 year olds. Each division has many prizes available, but each child may only receive one prize. All children will be eligible for the drawing for three special prizes. There will be a bag of candy, hot chocolate and cookies for every participant. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Dress appropriate for the weather.

Ixonia body identified as missing Milwaukee woman

April 07, 2014 1:24 p.m. |  The body found March 29 in a Town of Ixonia cornfield has been identified as Alejandra Guzman-Flores, 23, of Milwaukee.

She was last seen by her family Oct. 5, 2013. 

Anyone with information about her death, or who had contact with her around the date of her disappearance, is encouraged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Detective Tim Behselich, (920) 674-7314, or We Tip, an anonymous tip line, (800) 78-Crime.)

Delafield council meeting Tuesday

By Kelly Smith

April 07, 2014 12:35 p.m. |  City of Delafield - "We jinxed the Badgers," City Clerk Gina Gresch admitted this morning.

City officials had decided to postpone the usual Monday night Common Council meeting to Tuesday night anticipating that the Wisconsin Badgers would be playing for the NCAA National Basketball Championship tonight.

However, the Badger were defeated by Kentucky on Saturday night.

The regularly schedule Monday meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Vernon chairman resigns mid-meeting

By Kaitlin Phillips

April 04, 2014 2:22 p.m. | Jim Slawny, Town of Vernon Chairman, said he has had enough of "total lack of common courtesy and respect" on the Town Board and resigned during the Thursday night board meeting.

"I feel really really bad for quitting on the town. The town deserves so much more. Maybe I was naive in thinking that I could initiate change in the town, specifically in one or two of our supervisors who I feel have made the town a laughing stock in our community," Slawny said.

Slawny said it was best for his health to move on.

The Town of Vernon Supervisors and Clerk will hold a meeting on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to formally accept the resignation and discuss filling the vacant chairman role. It's also on the agenda to discuss how to fill an open supervisor seat, should one exist. 

This story is still developing. Look for more in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.  

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Mukwonago Lions Club egg hunt coming soon

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 04, 2014 12:00 p.m. | The annual Hans and Liz Christianson Memorial Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12, starting at 10 a.m. at Field Park. Please arrive prior to the starting time. Parking is available in Field Park.

Divisions will be set up for 2 and 3 year olds, 4 and 5, 6 and 7 and 8 and 9 year olds. Each division has many prizes available, but each child may only receive one prize. All children will be eligible for the drawing for three special prizes.

There will be a bag of candy, hot chocolate and cookies for every participant. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Dress appropriate for the weather.

'Stuff the squad' with clothing, toys for crime victims

April 04, 2014 7:15 a.m. |  

The Waukesha County Victim/Witness Program will host the first-ever Waukesha County “Stuff the Squad” on behalf of crime victims from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12. 
The City of Waukesha Police Department and Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have partnered with the Waukesha County Victim/Witness Program to collect new and gently used clothing and toys for the benefit of crime victims.
Victim/Witness Specialist Kristina Mueller came up with this idea after seeing too many child victims leaving without warm enough coats this winter. “Stuff the Squad” will take place in the Waukesha County Courthouse parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Police investigate vandalism in Hartland North Woods

By Steve Garrison

April 03, 2014 2:14 p.m. | Hartland Police are currently investigating an incident of vandalism that occurred at Hartland North Woods on the evening of Monday, March 31. 

The vandalism apparently took place in the "Musical Forest," an outdoor classroom used by Hartland North Elementary to teach environmental science.

Hartland Police Chief Bob Rausch said that a sign and commemorative plaque were damaged and the area had been trashed.

Teacher Courtney Marschalek is the administrator of the Hartland North Woods Facebook group. She said the vandalism was recorded by trail cameras set up to capture animal activity at the site.

She provided the tape to police and Rausch said Arrowhead's school resource officer would review it and try to identify the culprits.

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Men. Falls Police investigate suspected suicide

By Steve Garrison

April 03, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Officers from the Menomonee Falls Police Department were dispatched early Thursday morning to investigate a shooting incident in the industrial park on Whittaker Way.

Capt. Mark Waters said that police found a man dead in a parking lot. He said an investigation is ongoing, but the cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The department had received a call about a shot fired at 8:51 a.m. Thursday, April 3, he said. Deputies from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department assisted Menomonee Falls Police with traffic during the incident. 

Hartland churches host free clinic Saturday

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 3:31 p.m. | The Hartland Free Clinic is celebrating its fifth year of providing spiritual and recuperative services to the county’s poor and ailing.

The clinic, hosted by the Oakwood and Westbrook churches jointly, continues to expand its services, thanks to partnerships with local professionals, schools and various government departments.

The Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Rd., will be providing free medical, chiropractic, vision and massage care from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Also available will be haircuts, job search assessments, mental health and spiritual counseling, legal assistance, food and prayer.

The Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, will be providing on-site and off-site dental care, as well as family photos, food, toiletries and prayer.

Free shuttle service will be available for Waukesha residents at 8 a.m. at the Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., and the Barstow Building, 210 N. Barstow St. Shuttles will return to Waukesha at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 02, 2014 1:18 p.m. | Congress has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is using this opportunity to remind drivers to pay attention to what’s really important when they’re behind the wheel, according to information from the DOT.

“Despite laws to prevent distracted driving, people frequently talk and text on cell phones while behind the wheel. They eat a meal. They rummage for things on the seats, floor, dashboard or compartments. They even stare intently in the rearview mirror to comb their hair or apply make-up. Their attention is focused everywhere except where it should be, which is on the road,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Because they’re not paying attention to traffic conditions and road hazards, distracted drivers risk causing a crash or failing to avoid one.”

Although many activities are distractions while driving, significant public and legislative attention has been focused on talking and texting on cell phones.  In 2012, a state law went into effect that prohibits drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license, which includes many teenagers, from “using a cellular or other wireless telephone except to report an emergency” while driving. A previously enacted state law made texting while driving illegal for all motorists.

To help motivate drivers to never text while driving, WisDOT will sponsor TV and radio messages statewide in April featuring Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, who is the reigning two-time LG U.S. National Texting Champion. The messages are available online along with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

Texting and cell phone use are just two of many types of distractions that increase the risk of a traffic crash.  And a few seconds of inattention can have tragic consequences, according to Pabst.

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Hartland manufacturer celebrates 20-year anniversary

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 12:19 p.m. |

Hartland — A wayward vehicle barreling down Cottonwood Avenue smashed into the business sign for Versevo Inc. shortly before the last holiday season.

It’s a hassle for the Hartland tool-and-die manufacturer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in April, but founder Terry Moon is no stranger to problems.

His company has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first founded in 1994, but it took “blood, sweat, and tears.”

“I always told the story that any entrepreneur who has had great success has got a lot of bullet holes,” he said. “If it’s too easy, there is a lack of appreciation.”

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Here we snow again

April 02, 2014 6:48 a.m. | Batten down the hatches; winter isn't over quite yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 10 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Light freezing rain, snow and sleet is expected to develop by mid to late evening, continuing into Thursday morning. Ice accumulations are possible of up to one-tenth of an inch, and snow and sleet could accumulate to about a half-inch. 

The precipitation could result in a thin layer of ice on roadways; motorists should take caution. 

Incumbent Swan defeats Myers in county board district 10 race

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 1:16 a.m. | Incumbent Dave Swan narrowly defeated the Rev. Mark Myers in the race for Waukesha County Board’s District 10, altogether earning about 56 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s election.

According to preliminary election results, Swan secured 667 votes to Myers 526. Altogether, 1,201 votes were cast in wards that included the City of Pewaukee, City of Waukesha and the Town of Brookfield.

Swan has served on the county board for more than 10 years and is a veteran of local and regional government. Myers has served as pastor at churches in both Milwaukee and Waukesha and previously ran for alderman in Waukesha.

Both candidates said the main issue in the election was taxes, but Swan scoffed at “anti-tax goofs” who believed that the county was not already being run efficiently.

“They are wrong,” he said.

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Thompson re-elected to Arrowhead School Board

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 12:48 a.m. | Incumbent Craig Thompson managed to hold onto the Arrowhead School Board’s Stone Bank seat, beating out challenger Dan Sagal in Tuesday’s election.

Thompson garnered about 61 percent of the 1,697 votes cast compared to Sagal’s 37 percent, according to the preliminary election results. Thompson won 1,035 votes; Sagal won 623.

Thompson, a district resident for 21 years, was first elected to the school board in 2005. He currently works as a financial consultant in Brookfield.

He congratulated Sagal on a good effort, but said the board would benefit from the continuity of his re-election.

“That has been my main campaign message,” he said. “We have an effective board, we are doing a good job and lets keep the good thing going. It looks like that is what the community wants.”

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Dean trumps Fuhs for Arrowhead’s at-large seat

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 12:27 a.m. | Dave Dean beat John Fuhs for the Arrowhead School Board’s at-large seat, garnering about 72 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s election.

According to preliminary election results, Dean won 1,214 votes to Fuhs 430. Altogether, 1,683 votes were cast in the election.

Dean is an assistant fire chief in Hartland and has been a district resident for 22 years. He was appointed to the at-large seat in October by the Arrowhead School Board to replace Mike Kusch.

He accounted his success to his visibility in the community.

“Hopefully people are happy with the job that I have been able to do since October,” he said. “I am excited that the people of Arrowhead have voted for me to continue to work for the community.”

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Rosek beats Daggett in Oconomowoc's Aldermanic District 3

By Steve Garrison

April 02, 2014 12:02 a.m. | Matt Rosek was the top vote-getter in Oconomowoc’s District 3 aldermanic race, securing about 45 percent of the votes cast.

According to preliminary election results, Rosek secured 201 votes, beating out current Alderman Denny Dagget and challenger Joseph Warren. Daggett secured 163 votes and Warren trailed with 71 votes. Altogether, about 19 percent of registered voters in District 3 voted for one of the three candidates.

Warren was one of several candidates who waited for the results to be announced at city hall.

He said he was hoping to do better in the race, but he appreciated the support he received.

Rosek said hard work earned him the alderman’s seat.

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Kolb wins County Board post

By Donna Frake

April 01, 2014 11:52 p.m. |  Robert Kolb has won in the District 1 race for Waukesha County Board.

Kolb received 1,056 votes to 957 for opponent DeeDee Jacobsen.

Morgan ousted by Shaw in Oconomowoc's Aldermanic District Four

By Steve Garrison

April 01, 2014 11:32 p.m. | Veteran Alderman Bob Morgan of the Fourth District was ousted in Tuesday's election by challenger Charlie Shaw, who secured 71 percent of the votes cast.

According to the preliminary results, Shaw earned 315 votes to Morgan’s 125. About 17 percent of registered voters in the district cast ballots for one of the two candidates.

Diane Coenen said that activity at the polls was “slow and steady” and there were no reported issues.

Morgan and several other alderman pouring out of Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting crowded around a whiteboard displaying the results at city hall.

“I lost to a very nice gentleman and I hope he does his best,” Morgan said.

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Christine Howard wins 11th District

April 01, 2014 11:26 p.m. | It's been a long night for County District 11 seat. The unofficial winner is Christine Howard.

Buddy Liesener had 20 votes, Lisa Coursin had 56 votes, Shannon Highum had 23 votes and Christine Howard had 170 votes in the write-in only race.

Please note that all write-in candidates' results will not be official until the County Canvass, which will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Novack explained that the unofficial results from election night in an “all write-in contest” like District 11 can shift significantly between election night and the canvass’ final numbers.

Whittow steps in as supervisor for District 24

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 01, 2014 11:13 p.m. |  Steven Whittow easily defeated Larry Bangs for the Waukesha County Supervisor in District 24 tonight, according to results posted on the Waukesha County Clerk's office.

Whittow claimed 1,742 votes to 842 votes for Bangs.  

Incumbents keep Pewaukee School Board positions

April 01, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Two incumbents will be keeping thier seats on the Pewaukee School Board.

The Village and City of Pewaukee have reported in. Larry Dux will be returning with 560 votes and Brian Kammers will be returning with 585 votes.

Challenger Ari Mahdavi lost her first election with 231 votes.

175 votes were write-in ballots for Tracy Rath.

Pettis upsets Meyer for supervisor in District 14

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 01, 2014 11:09 p.m. | County newcomer Carl Pettis ousted Waukesha County Supervisor Pam Meyer for the seat in District 14 in the April 1 election. Pettis received 803 votes to Meyer's 662, according to the Waukesha County Clerk's office.

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