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Roads slippery in Lake Country

By Chuck Delsman

Jan. 26, 2014 8:22 a.m. | A total of just over four inches of light, fluffy snow fell in the Lake Country area early Sunday morning creating slippery  conditions on most roads.

The snow started around  2 a.m. and had quit by 7 a.m. In Hartland the snow measured 4.5 inches.

Sunday morning as of 8 a.m. Highway 16 had just one reasonably clean lane in both directions. Traffic was going between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The one clear lane still had some snow in it. There were two cars in the ditch eastbound between Hartland and Pewaukee.

Highway 83 between Delafield and North Lake also was slippery. Traffic there was going around 30 miles per hour.

In Hartland, roads were plowed but still snow covered. Many of the intersections were slippery.


PHS boys defeat Whitnall

By Chuck Delsman

Jan. 24, 2014 9:20 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated Whitnall tonight, 65-54. PHS is now 11-4 on the season.

Steve McGowan led the Pirates with 17 points. Evan Hansen chipped in with 12.


Report: Former Mukwonago officer arrested in connection with 2010 bank robbery

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 24, 2014 7:52 p.m. | According to WMTV-15, the NBC affiliate in Madison a former Mukwonago Police Officer has been arrested for armed bank robbery in relation to a June 15, 2010 robbery of M&I Bank in Mukwonago.

This is a developing story and we will bring updates as they become available.


Breakfast with the Village President next week

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Rotary Club of Mukwonago will host the club’s annual Visitor’s Day on Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. at the Mukwonago Village Hall.

The event will include a light breakfast and a presentation by Village President Fred Winchowky on the major issues facing the village in 2014.

The meeting is expected to end around 8 p.m. To RSVP please e-mail Dwight Cruikshank at dcruikshank@wi.rr.com.


Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

By Christopher Kuhagen

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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Summit man charged with homicide in father's death

By Steve Garrison

Jan. 24, 2014 12:30 p.m. |

Shawn T. Witt was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of killing his 60-year-old father at their shared home in Summit.
 
Witt, 27, has also been charged with narcotic drug possession, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
 
He is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 
 
According to the criminal complaint, Summit Police were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 to check in on the well-being of James Witt, Jr., who resided at 34825 Elm St. 
 
Officers were greeted at the residence by Shawn Witt, who told police his father had “gone up north,” the complaint states. Also present were two friends of Shawn Witt, who are not currently facing charges related to the incident. 
 
Shawn Witt had been accused the day before of beating his father after an altercation at the residence. He was charged with battery and disorderly conduct and released on a $1,500 signature bond on the condition that he have no contact with his father. 
 
James Witt had also requested a temporary restraining order. 
 
“He yells at me all the time because I made him get a job,” James Witt wrote in the request. “I fear for my life. He said he is taking over the house and I cannot stop him.”
 
James Witt said his son had once put electrical wires to his head in an attempt to kill him.
 
The restraining order was granted and Shawn Witt was served the order in jail.
 
According to the complaint, officers decided to search the residence to make sure everything was all right. They found James Witt’s body in the basement, wrapped in a blanket. Next to his body was a rifle. 
 
Shawn Witt told police in the complaint that he had gone back to his father’s house after being released from jail. He claimed that his father had come at him with a knife and he shot him twice in self-defense. 
 
No knife described by Shawn Witt was found at the residence, the complaint states.
 
He told police in the complaint that he had lied to his friends and said his father committed suicide. The friends helped him burn a couch that had blood on it and they then went to Milwaukee to sell items belonging to James Witt. The money made from the sale was used to purchase heroin, Shawn Witt said.
 
Police later learned that James Witt’s debit card was used at a Kwik-Trip gas station in Oconomowoc. Shawn Witt admitted to using the card after he killed his father, the complaint states.
 
Witt later changed his statement and said he may have shot his father three times, according to the complaint. He said James Witt seemed to be in pain, “so he decided to put him out of his misery and shot him in the head.”
 
A medical examiner concluded that Witt was shot once in the left buttocks and once in the abdomen, but both wounds were survivable. The gunshot wound to the head was the fatal wound, the complaint states.
 
Assistant District Attorney Lesli Boese said at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 24, that James Witt did the right thing in requesting the restraining order.
 
“We tell people it is a piece of paper,” she said. “They still need to be diligent. We offer them resources and we do the best we can.”
 
Shawn Witt had previously been convicted in Jefferson County of operating while intoxicated on three separate occasions, according to court records. 
 
The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department worked with the Summit Police Department to investigate James Witt’s death. Dan Trawicki commended the Summit Police Department on its response to the incident at the news conference. 
 
Shawn Witt is expected to appear at a court hearing on Jan. 30


Epiphany dinner, concert comes to St. John's

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Jan. 24, 2014 10:04 a.m. |  St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West, Mukwonago is holding its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 5:15 p.m.  

An Italian dinner hosted by the Ignite Youth Group is availabe for $8 for adults and $5 for kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes, and more.  


Summit death remains under investigation

By Donna Frake

Jan. 24, 2014 7:55 a.m. |  A 60-year-old man thought to be the victim in a death investigation in the Village of Summit was afraid that his son would kill him.

"I fear for my life," the father said in a statement attached to a petition for a restraining order against his son.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, Village of Summit Police were called to check on the well-being of a man in a home at 34825 Elm St. on Thursday morning and found a 60-year-old man deceased.

In a news release, the Sheriff's Department called the death "suspicious." Summit police are working with the Sheriff's Department on the case. Neither agency has released any additional information.

While the address and the age of the victim match those of the man who sought the restraining order on Jan. 21, police have not confirmed they are the same person.

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Take the plunge into winter

By Marilyn Jozwik

Jan. 24, 2014 12:00 a.m. | While the meek may stay warm and cozy inside, the many hardy souls in this neck of the woods thumb their noses at the cold.

Take all those warm-blooded creatures participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at 11 a.m. Saturday at  SandBar Sports Pub, W278-N2315 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The $20 cost includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information go to http://sandbarsportspub.com.

On Saturday night head over to the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit for the Candlelight Ski & Hike from 6 to 9 p.m. The event starts at  S91-W39091 Highway 59, Eagle. The purple loop at the Nordic Trailhead will be lighted. There will be a big fire outside to help you stay warm or you can go inside where there will be chili and refreshments for sale.

If you’re not into the cold and snow but prefer to beat winter blues with comfort food, there are several options including the Friday night fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot. The all-you-can-eat menu includes beer battered and baked cod, grilled cheese, curly fries, baked potato, coleslaw, rye bread, applesauce, coffee and milk plus one dessert. Call (262) 392-2920 for more information.

A more exotic dish, along with more traditional favorites, will be served at the annual Coon Feed at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the  American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak , Delafield. Donation: $12 adults/ $6 children 12 and younger.

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More than 50 accidents on icy roads

By Kelly Smith

Jan. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. |  Isolated icy patches on Waukesha County streets and highways contributed to 56 accidents, an unusually high number, this morning, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlager.

Wallschlager said the slick spots were the result of morning traffic creating precipitation on streets that was quickly turned to ice by sub zero temperatures. The slick spots were unnoticed by unsuspecting motorists who were traveling too fast for conditions, she said.

There were 14 personal injury accidents and 22 roll over incidents along with 20 accidents where there was property damage only, according to Wallschlager.

One of the accidents occured west of the Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road interchange where a similar accident occured at nearly the same location at approximately the same time on Tuesday morning.

Two people were injured in that accident. One of the motorists told sheriff's deputies that he was  blinded by the sun and did not see the vehicle in front begin to slow down. The names of the accident victims and their conditions are not available.

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St. John's dinner and Epiphany concert

Jan. 23, 2014 12:40 p.m. | St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN, Mukwonago, invites the public to its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Italian dinner is hosted by the Ignite Youth Group. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes and more.


Death investigation in Summit

By Donna Frake

Jan. 23, 2014 11:39 a.m. |   The Village of Summit Police Department responded to an address on Elm Street last night  to check the well being of a resident.  They located a 60 year old man deceased inside the residence and believed the death to be suspicious, according to a release from the Waukesha Sheriff 's Department.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Summit Police Department are working closely on this investigation.  This is an ongoing investigation and  more information will be released as it becomes available.

Authorities say  there is no need for residents to be concerned for their safety at this time.


Driver in Town of Eagle hit and run located

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released a statement thanking the community for their efforts in helping to locate the suspected driver in a hit and run that occured in the Town of Eagle on Jan. 15 near Eagleville Elementary school.

The operator of the vehicle has been located. There was no additional information immediately available.


Six cars in the ditch on Hy. 16

By Chuck Delsman

Jan. 23, 2014 9:59 a.m. | Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. this morning a total of  6 cars were seen in the snow-covered ditches on eastbound Highway 16 between Merton Avenue in Hartland and Yench Road just west of Pewaukee.

The on-ramp at Merton Avenue to eastbound Highway 16 was slippery and created some problems for at least two drivers who were in the ditch. Under the bridge at North Shore Drive two cars, one on each side of the road. were also in the ditch. One more car was in the ditch at Yench Road.

At 9:30 a.m., another eastbound car was in the snow bank in the median.

Two Sherrif's SUV's were on the scene at 9:30 a.m. and a Waukesha County plow truck loaded with salt was also at the scene by North Shore Drive.


Some streets slippery

By Kelly Smith

Jan. 23, 2014 9:51 a.m. |  Motorist should be on the look for isolated icy patches apparently caused by drifting snow on streets and roads north of Highway 16.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is wrapping up the investigation what appears to have been a multi car fender bender at the interchange of Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road. There was a similar accident near the same location at about the same time Tuesday morning.

Less than a mile north, the intersection of Highways K and KE is snow co vered and slippery. There are also portions of the Lake Five Road that are snow covered because of drifting snow.


Death investigation in Summit

By Donna Frake

Jan. 23, 2014 9:13 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is handling a death investigation in the Village of Summit.  More information as it becomes available.


St. Joseph Catholic School hosts open house Sunday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School in Big Bend will kick off their Catholic Schools Week celebration by hosting an Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Students, teachers and staff will celebrate mass together at 10:30am. Refreshments will be served during the open house. Science Fair exhibits will be on display, and there will be a book fair. Classroom tours will be given, and all teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.

For more information, contact: Mrs. Janice St. Louis, Principal, 262-662-2737 or jstlouis@stjoesbb.com.


Are you going to the Olympics?

Jan. 22, 2014 2:58 p.m. | Are you heading to Sochi for next month's Olympics? Were you planning to go, but terror threats have scared you off? We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a note at lakenews@jcpgroup.com.


Hit and run in Town of Eagle under investigation

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 22, 2014 2:37 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance in locating a suspect involved in a hit and run accident on Wednesday Jan. 15 in the Town of Eagle.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Department responded to a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian in front of Eagleville Elementary School on County Highway LO just west of County Highway E in the Town of Eagle.

The vehicle is possible a 2005-2006 Ford "F-series" pick-up. It is further described as light colored or possible silver, "very clean" and should be missing the mirror from the driver's side door. The vehicles driver side mirror was broken off due to the accident and left at the scene.

If you have any information about the vehicle or possible operator please contact Detective Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.


Brooklife Church displays art therapy work

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Jan. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) L.I.F.E. Services art therapy clients will display their work at a gallery showing through Feb. 20 at the Brooklife Church, 857 S. Rochester St., Mukwonago. The church is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Additionally, the public can meet  the artists at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.

L.I.F.E. Services is a program area of the Milwaukee Center for Independence that offers daily living skills training, recreational and leisure activities, help for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, travel and camping opportunities for people with disabilities, and employment readiness and placement services for people facing disadvantages.


Former juvenile center employee pleads guilty to distributing nude images

By Steve Garrison

Jan. 22, 2014 10:59 a.m. |

A 37-year-old former employee of the Norris Adolescent Center in Mukwonago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 21 to three counts of distributing images of nudity. 
 
Robert Turk was charged last June in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of child pornography possession for allegedly trading images of prepubescent girls using a fake Facebook account. 
 
Turk was sentenced by Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. to 5 1/2 years in prison and six years extended supervision, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of three years probation and nine months in county jail. He was ordered to have no contact with minors (except his daughter) while on probation and to not use the Internet, except for work and educational purposes.
 
According to the criminal complaint, The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department was tipped off on April 30 by state agents that Turk was using the pseudonym “Charles Carmichael” on Facebook to distribute images of child pornography.
 
“Charles Carmichael” revealed in those private messages provided in the complaint that he lived in Wisconsin and worked as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor at the Norris Adolescent Center. The center, located at W247 S10395 Center Drive in Mukwonago, provides treatment to juveniles ages 12 to 18 with alcohol drugs, mental health, sexual and behavior issues, the center’s website states.
 
Deputies learned through a records warrant that the Facebook account was registered to Turk’s apartment at N16 W26571 Tall Reeds Lane in Pewaukee, according to the complaint. 
 
A search warrant was issued on June 10 and police found numerous illicit images of young girls on a hard drive belonging to Turk, according to the complaint.
 
Turk told police in the complaint that he used the pictures to facilitate Internet role playing, pretending to be the father or older brother of the young girls.
 
Norris Adolescent Center did not respond to a request for comment. 


Wind chill advisory in effect tonight

Jan. 22, 2014 7:33 a.m. | You'll want to bundle up tonight and tomorrow, as the National Weather Service has issued a windchill advisory, in effect from 9 p.m. tonight to noon Thursday.

Low temperatures will range from 2 degrees to 5 below zero. Northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph will cause wind chills of minus 20 to minus 25 degrees. 


Mukwonago Village Players to host community meeting Thursday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Village Players are holding their January Board and Community meeting on Thursday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Community Library. The group will hold elections for new board members as well as discuss direction and players for the next year and beyond. All are welcome as the group “strives to bring quality theatre to the Mukwonago and surrounding areas.”


Pewaukee looks for yet another new water tower

By Melissa Graham

Jan. 21, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Pewaukee City staff sought direction Monday night: Should they try harder to win the Ridgeview Parkway site or do they invest time and money finding another spot?

While Pewaukee is replacing the tower for structural and aesthetic reasons, it also would introduce the capacity needed to keep up with demands on the water system. The continually developing industrial and office sectors in the city, in particular, call for a new tower 160-170 ft tall in that area.

Appeals may be needed at the county level to pursue that original plan, which the city has already sunk over $100,000 into. Plans for an orange and white patterned, 750,000-gallon, $2 million water tower on Ridgeview Pkwy were denied by the Waukesha County Airport Commission last fall.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to keep asking questions and go to all these (county) boards, if we’ve invested all this infrastructure,” Alderperson Cheri Enters said.

Alternative locations would require expensive environmental analyses, new infrastructure and potential land purchases from neighbors.

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Big Bend man accused of threatening municipal judge

By Steve Garrison

Jan. 21, 2014 10:43 a.m. |  A 29-year-old Big Bend man has been accused of threatening to file false tax liens against a Muskego municipal judge over a suspended driver’s license.

Michael G. Rinderle, W229 S8840 Clark St., was charged on Monday, Jan. 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with threatening to injure a public official, a felony which carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Rinderle is being held at Waukesha County Jail on a $85,000 cash bond, according to court records. The district attorney’s office has filed paperwork requesting that Rinderle be extradited to Pennsylvania, where he stands accused of fleeing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was asked earlier this month to investigate a suspicious email sent to Muskego Municipal Judge Patrick Berigan on Jan. 1.

The email read in part: “It has come to my attention that when I was out traveling the country, handling other corrupt municipal judges, you went behind my back and leveraged the DOT [Department of Transportation] to take my license away.”

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Heroin: Even in small-town Eagle

Jan. 21, 2014 7:53 a.m. | Living in a small town is no guarantee of shelter from the harsh realities of drugs, and Eagle is no exception.

In this week's Mukwonago Chief, learn how the Police Department is being proactive in its fight to protect citizens from heroin and other drugs.


Sweet class

By Donna Frake

Jan. 20, 2014 4:37 p.m. |  A chocolate demonstration class will  take place Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment,

Join local candy artist, Melissa Kimball to explore how to make bark, suckers, toffee, peanut butter cups, turtles, and more.  Perfect for beginners through experienced candy makers.  Samples and recipes will be provided.  

Cost for the class is $15. Send payment to the Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI  53066. Include the names of attendees and a contact phone number. Call 262 354-1375 or e-mail JHalliburton@lho.org for information, or go towww.shorehavenliving.org for information.


Eagle Lioness holds chili dinner

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Jan. 20, 2014 4:15 p.m. |  The Eagle Lioness Club will hold its third annual chili dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Eagle. 

Dinner includes all-you-can-eat choice of chili or homemade macaroni and cheese, salad, dessert, bread, and coffee or milk. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10 and children under three are free. 

Proceeds go to fund scholarships, sponsor campers to Lions Camp, the food pantry, the Alice Baker Library and help in the community. 


Brian Dorow announces he will not run for Waukesha County Sheriff

Jan. 20, 2014 11:48 a.m. | Brian Dorow said in a statement on Monday, Jan. 20 that he will not be running for Waukesha County Sheriff next year.

Dorow, dean of the Department of Criminal Justice at Waukesha County Technical College, said that his decision not to run was both professional and personal.

“I have a great job at WCTC working on criminal justice, homeland security and counterterrorism programs,” he said. “I am currently working on the biggest project and accomplishment of my career. That is the opening of the indoor firing range facility for the law enforcement community and the general public.”

He said he is currently involved in organizing two large community events, the Potawatomi Area Council’s Boy Scout Breakfast on Feb. 21 and Donald Driver’s “Driven to Achieve Awards” on March 29, and has committed himself to coaching his son’s youth football team in the fall.

“I do aspire to have a key leadership position in Waukesha County someday and will always continue to consider my options,” he said. “Lastly, I want to thank my many supporters. For two straight days, I have received nonstop calls pledging support from the law enforcement community, business leaders and my friends and family members.”

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Mukwonago Athletic Club to host Biggest Loser competition

By Kaitlin Phillips

Jan. 20, 2014 11:30 a.m. | The Mukwonago Athletic Club has two days left to sign-up for it's Biggest Loser competition. 

There are multiple times available for training sessions including one with three-time Olympic participant Debbi Sullivan. 

Read more about Debbi's Olympic memories and her current activities and her thoughts about Sochi in an upcoming issue of the Mukwonago Chief. Find out more about the Biggest Loser Challenge by visiting www.getmacfit.com. 


A new home for homeless swifts

Jan. 20, 2014 7:57 a.m. | A group of students from the charter Hartland School of Community Learning is working to make sure chimney swifts have a place to roost when they return to Hartland from their winter in warmer climes.

A new apartment complex will displace the birds from their former home at the former Hartland Florist location.

Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.


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