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KM girls win softball crown

By Chuck Delsman

May 30, 2010 9:02 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls softball team, thanks to a big boost from unlikely Waukesha North, won the 2010 Classic 8 Conference championship last week. KM finished with an 11-3 mark, one game better than Waukesha West (10-4).

After KM lost to Milwaukee Pius on Tuesday (10-9), the Lasers needed help from North the following day. And that's just what they got. North upset West 7-6, giving KM the outright championship.

The title is the second in league play for the Lasers in the last four years. The first conference title in school history came in 2007.


Highway fire cleared

May 28, 2010 3:37 p.m. | The fire on the Highway 67 on-ramp to eastbound I-94 in Oconomowoc has now been cleared, according to the state Department of Transportation. Further details were not immediately available.


Fire on 94 at 67

May 28, 2010 2:56 p.m. | A fire in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at the Highway 67 on-ramp is expected to affect traffic for about two hours, according to an advisory from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is on the scene.


BB Police Commission: No evidence of misconduct

By Amy Nixon

May 28, 2010 10:45 a.m. |

The Village of Big Bend Police Commission has determined that there was not enough evidence to find Chief Michael Hartert guilty of any misconduct after reviewing a complaint filed by resident John Hardtke.

For more information on this story, see next week's Mukwonago Chief.


Newcomer won't seek re-election

May 26, 2010 2:45 p.m. |  

 

According to information posted on thewheelerreport.com, State Rep. Scott Newcomer (R) Town of Delafield said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the 33rd State Assembly District.

"It has been an honor and priviledge to represent the people of the 33rd State Assembly District in the Wisconsin legislatur. The best part of the job has been the many wonderful people I've met throughout Waukesha County and Wisconsin," Newcomer said.

Candidates that will face off in the September primary are, Brian Dorrow, Joe Deklotz and Chris Kapenga.


Paul Ryan receives death threat

By Amy Nixon

May 26, 2010 10:07 a.m. | Recently released documents reveal that U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan received a death threat while walking outside in Janesville last May.

According to documents from the Janesville Police Department, Ryan was walking with Field Representative David Craig when a man pulled up to him in an SUV and stated, "You got a bull's eye on your head.  You're gonna die (expletive)."

The report states that the 43-year-old Janesville man was soon arrested and told authorities that he did not threaten to kill Ryan.  The man did say that he told Ryan he had blood on his hands and needed to end the war in Iraq.

Ryan's office later asked that the man not be arrested; however police had already done so.

The charges against the man were dismissed in July and the case is now closed.


Arrowhead golfers win regional title

By Chuck Delsman

May 25, 2010 8:57 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team won the Hartford regional Tuesday at Hartford Golf Club. AHS had 297 strokes. Other qualifying teams were Brookfield East with 319, Brookfield Central 327 and Oconomowoc 334.

Steve Sorenson led the Warhawks with 73. Other AHS scores were Kyle Driscoll with 74, Matt Ross 74, Jake Wisniewski 76 and Sam Weber 77.

The Warhawks will host the sectional next Tuesday at Washington County.


KM softball team settles for a tie

By Chuck Delsman

May 25, 2010 8:54 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls softball team blew a 7-1 lead after four innings Tuesday and eventually lost to visiting Milwaukee Pius in the final Classic 8 Conference game of the season, 10-9.

The loss dropped KM into a tie for first place with Waukesha West. The two teams shared the title with 11-3 records. Kettle Moraine is 15-3 on the season.

Hannah Foltz, Candace Rupnick and Maria Crawford all had three hits each for the Lasers.

Junior second baseman Katie McCann has hit safely in all 18 games for KM.


Meckl's double wins for OHS girls

By Chuck Delsman

May 24, 2010 9:43 p.m. | Freshman shortstop Renate Meckl lined a one-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning Monday afternoon to vault the Oconomowoc varsity girls softball team to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over visiting Slinger.

Winning pitcher Delaney Osterday started the final inning rally with a one-out single and moved to second when senior catcher Katie Pierce singled. Both moved up on a wild pitch before scoring on Meckl's hard smash to left-center field.

Cooney moved to 12-7 on the season.


AHS wins conference opener

By Chuck Delsman

May 24, 2010 9:39 p.m. | Senior Matt Burk belted a leadoff walkoff home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday night to lead Arrowhead's varsity baseball team to a 4-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over visiting Mukwonago.

With the score tied, Burk belted his first high school home run over the right field fence.

The win was the first for new Arrowhead coach Vince Mancuso. AHS improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Senior southpaw Jordan Paszek pitched six innings and struck out 11. Burk pitched the final two innings and earned the win.


Oconomowoc teacher charged with assaulting Waukesha student

By Jim Stevens

May 24, 2010 4:54 p.m. | Waukesha – A 27-year-old Oconomowoc School District teacher was charged this afternoon for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old he met while student teaching at a Waukesha school.

Bryan F. Wendt of Palmyra was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16-years of and two counts of child enticement.

Wendt met the girl was a student teacher at a Waukesha middle school and met the girl, now 15, about two years ago when she was in eighth grade, according to the criminal complaint. Wendt told police they developed a relationship that evolved into a physical one and they had sexual intercourse, the complaint said.

Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Steven Centinario told Court Commissioner Martin Binn that they had intercourse one week before the girl’s 15th birthday in August 2009.

Binn set cash bail for Wendt at $25,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 3. Wendt is in his second year as a teacher at Park Lawn and Summit schools in Oconomowoc. His attorney, Paul Bucher said Wendt has been suspended from the school district.
 


Summit/Park Lawn gym teacher arrested

By Donna Frake

May 24, 2010 10:45 a.m. | A gym teacher who split his time between Park Lawn and Summit Elementary Schools in Oconomowoc, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred while he was a student teacher at Waukesha Central Middle School.

Bryan F. Wendt, 27,  was arrested on suspicion of one count of second degree sexual assault of a child, one count of repeated acts of sexual assualt of the same child, and one count of child enticement. Charges have not yet been filed against him. The alleged victim, now 15, was at one time one of his students.

Wendt has been transported to Waukesha County Jail.

"The District is cooperating with the Waukesha Police Department; the staff member has been placed on unpaid leave, is not in school and will not be returning to school," a release from the Oconomowoc School District noted.

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Early returns from LOL West

By Chris Schuck

May 23, 2010 4:15 p.m. | Some of the games in the Land O' :Lakes Western Division are in. The Pewaukee Muskies remained undefeated with a 1-0 victory against the Brookfield Bulldogs.

Menomonee Falls shutout North Lake 8-0 and Merton  outlasted Hartland 7-5. Eric Lackey started for Merton. Sam Mulkey, a Sussex-Hamilton graduate got the win.


New ProHealth Care community nurse comes to Mukwonago schools

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 20, 2010 12:47 p.m. | In keeping with the sense of newness in spring, Mukwonago Area School District has a new ProHealth Care community outreach nurse for the elementary schools. Susan Kanack, RN is available on a part-time basis, offering services such as:

  • Answering questions from children, families, or staff about general health concerns, new diagnoses, or treatments.
  • Providing information and resources for children and families about common health concerns such as hearing, vision, rashes, injuries, or frequent illnesses.
  • Helping families with making medical appointments, accessing health resources, and obtaining medications.
  •  Helping families with insurance questions.
  • Educating families and children about managing chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, or make referrals as needed.
  • Encouraging healthy behaviors for all school children through individual/group presentations or school-wide programs

These services are in addition to, and in partnership with, the district nurse Laura Heidelmeier, RN.

To contact Susan, call (262) 363.6286, x22921 or email: kanacsu@mukwonago.k12.wi.us


Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses hosts Food Drive

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 20, 2010 12:08 p.m. | Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses in Mukwonago is hosting its second annual Spring Food Drive on Saturday and Sunday May 29 and 30.

 People are asked to bring in two or more non-perishable food products and in return, they will receive a free potted tomato plant. 


Controlled burn in Vernon Saturday

By Amy Nixon

May 20, 2010 9:08 a.m. | There will be a controlled burn at the Vernon Town Hall on Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m.

The Big Bend-Vernon Fire Department will be burning down the condemned Vernon Town Barn.


Dredging committee criticizes Delafield council

By Kelly Smith

May 19, 2010 10:22 p.m. | City of Delafield - Some members of a citizens committee appointed to find alternative methods for funding the dredging of Lake Nagawicka sharply criticized the Common Council Wednesday night for its decision earlier this week not to seek a state grant for the project.

"I am disappointed. It puts some cuffs on our hands as to what we can do," said Al Zeitlow, the chairman of the Plan B Dredging Committee.

The committee was appointed by Mayor Ed McAleer and the Common Council after voters in October of 2009 defeated a referendum authorizing the city to borrow money for the $5 million project and levy special assessments against lake home owners to help repay the bonds.

The council, on a nearly unanimous voice vote,  decided Monday night not to seek a state grant that might have, according to city officials, paid between $500,000 and $700,000 of the project. The grant money,according to Zeitlow, would have helped pay for removing about 44,000 cubic yards of silt from the northwest channels of the lake.

Mayor Ed McAleer who watched the committee meeting on the city's government access channel, said he would place reconsideration of the grant on the agenda for a special council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 24 at the Fish Hatchery.

» Read Full Article

Fire fighter benefit dispute resolved

By Kelly Smith

May 19, 2010 9:24 p.m. | City of Delafield - Full and part time fire fighter/paramedics for the Lake Country Fire and Rescue will no longer have to be on the City of Delafield's payroll in order to collect state and federal retirement and health benefits.

The Social Security Administration has decided that the department is an independent political entity whose employees are eligible to receive benefits, according to Rod Stotts, president of the governing body of the department.

There are nine full time fire fighters, a full time administrative assistant, and about a half dozen part time employees who are eligible for the benefits, according to Fire Chief Jack Edwards.

After the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa and the City of Delafield created the consolidated fire department last year, federal officials initially ruled the employees were not eligible for benefits because the department did not have the authority to levy taxes or borrow money and relied on revenues from the three communities to pay for its equipment and operations.

The City of Delafield agreed to put the employees on their payroll, and later be reimbursed by the department, while fire department board members and local elected officials fought the decision.

» Read Full Article

Horse-Power Healing Center Open House

By Amy Nixon

May 19, 2010 10:39 a.m. | The Horse-Power Healing Center at Jericho Creek Farms in Eagle will host an open house this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Center strives to provide individuals who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged with healing empowerment through horses.  Equine-oriented activities help facilitate the ability of individuals to reach their full potential, enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence.

The Center will offer small group therapeutic horseback riding lessons, an equine learning program for non-riders and individual private therapeutic riding lessons.

Rain date is June 5th.

For more information, click here.


Master Gardener Project at OAC

By Donna Frake

May 19, 2010 7:07 a.m. | Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker announced Tuesday night that the outside gardens at the Oconomowoc Arts Center have been declared a UW Extension Master Gardener site.

Neudecker said she was approached last winter by a group of community gardeners who were interested in seeking that status through a grant from UW-Extension. That group will now manage, maintain and design the exterior of the facility.

"To be a Master Gardener in the state of Wisconsin, you have to keep up your own continuing education. You also have to offer continuing education to your community, so our OAC will now be a site for future classes and Master Gardeners can actually teach out of the the exterior in garden design," Neudecker said.

The group also worked with agriculture students at Oconomowoc High School who were involved in the planning and some of the plantings. 

"The OAC continues to be a magnet for creative work," Neudecker said.  


District taps Focus as official paper

By Donna Frake

May 19, 2010 6:49 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to designate the Oconomowoc Focus as the school district's official newspaper. Legal notices and minutes from the board meetings will be published in the paper.

This designation continues the paper's status with the district, where it has served as the official paper for several years.

The Oconomowoc Focus is also the official newspaper for the City of Oconomowoc and the Town of Oconomowoc.


CMH kicks it into high gear against Arrowhead

By Chris Schuck

May 18, 2010 9:01 p.m. | Junior Nikki Condit scored three goals on Tuesday at Waukesha South as the Waukesha Catholic Memorial varsity girls soccer team rolled to a 6-0 victory against Arrowhead in a Classic 8 Conference match.

The Crusaders (16-2-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Classic 8) got three assists from freshman Julie Fischer. She also had a goal for the winners.

Freshman Ava Olson and junior Milena Uzelac had the other goals.

Arrowhead freshman Michela Ongaro was in goal for the Warhawks (10-5-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the Classic 8).


Treat your ears and help others

May 18, 2010 10:13 a.m. |  

The Southern Wisconsin Steel Guitar Club will be holding an event from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at Saxe's Casual Fine Dining off Highway 18 just west of Highway 83.
 
The event is a food drive to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. The club is asking you donate/bring at least one food item. 
 
The club has been holding the food drive/concerts at Saxe's for the past several months and has continued to grow in popularity. If you play steel guitar, you're invited to bring it. Everyone is welcome to come listen and help benefit the pantry.


Senior Health Event next week

By Amy Nixon

May 17, 2010 12:40 p.m. | Fusion Fitness Studio and Chiropractic First of Mukwonago have combined forces to offer a special program for seniors in honor of National Senior Health and Wellness Day May 26.  A free Zumba class specifically for seniors will be held at Fusion Fitness, 109 Lake Street (next to Subway) from 9 to 9:50 a.m.  A light luncheon will follow.  Dr. Mark Davis will then give a free presentation about senior health and wellness.


St. John's Mukwonago presents musical on Friday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 17, 2010 11:11 a.m. | St. John's Lutheran School on Friday, May 21 will provide a musical presentation of "Go, Go Jonah," at 6:30 with ice cream and pie afterwards. 

St. John's is located at 410 Highway, NN West, Mukwonago.  Call (262) 363-4999 for more information.


Pewaukee stops Cooney in LOL West

By Chuck Delsman

May 16, 2010 5:39 p.m. | Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team outlasted visiting Oconomowoc Sunday in the game of the week, 11-10.

Other games saw Harland rally past North Lake 4-3, Brookfield Bulldogs whip West Bend 11-2, Menomonee Falls blank Brookfield Blue Sox 4-0, Sussex whip Lannon 14-0 and Merton stop Monches 10-2.

At Pewaukee, the Muskies scored seven runs in the seventh inning to erase a 9-3 deficit. A throwing error in the eighth allowed Mike Goetz to score what turned out to be the winning run in the eighth.

Cooney had 18 hits, four by Jeff Rhoads. Luke Nelson and Josh Fenzl had three hits each.

For Pewaukee, Grreg Harder and Wichser had three hits each. Goetz belted a two-run homer in the sixth.

» Read Full Article

Motorcyclist dies in Highway 83 accident

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 15, 2010 7:18 p.m. |

 The Waukesha County Sheriff's department is on the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 83 north of Mukwonago at Old Village Road. The Sheriff's Department reports the motorcycle went off the road just south of Old Village Road resulting in one fatality. The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Traffic on Highway 83 is detoured through Genesee while the Sheriff's Department conducts its investigation.

No further details are available at this time.


Kettle Moraine Animal Rights Club set to protest Petland

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 14, 2010 3:47 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine High School newly formed Animal Rights Club is planning a protest against Petland, 2124 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, on Saturday, May 22 to protest the stores' selling of puppies from puppy mills

Kettle Moraine's Animal Right Club believes that puppy mills are cruel and should be shut down. By protesting, the group hopes to spread awareness about Petland's support of cruelty and persuade people from buying puppies from Petland. 


Ex-AHS chief's plea/sentencing hearing set for July

By Erin Lamb

May 14, 2010 11:46 a.m. | Waukesha - Former Arrowhead High School Superintendent David Lodes, charged with a second-offense drunken driving in January, is scheduled to have a plea sentencing hearing July 16.

Lodes, 59, of N19 W28905 Golf Ridge North, Town of Delafield, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.308, almost four times above the legal limit of 0.08, when he was arrested for allegedly drunken driving in Delafield on Nov. 18.

Lodes will appear before Judge Richard Congdon.

Lodes retired at the end of June 2007 after serving 14 years as AHS superintendent. He was named superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in October 2007 which he resigned from in mid-January.

» Read Full Article

K-9 unit sweeps through Park View Middle School

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 14, 2010 9:33 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit did a building-wide sweep for controlled substances through Park View Middle School in Mukwonago this morning between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

"The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department canine search resulted in no positive hits on any lockers this morning," said PVMS Principal Mark Doome. "All hall and phy ed lockers were searched by the two canine units."

This was one of the periodic sweeps done during the school year to check for controlled substances in the school.


Murder-for-hire case hits delay

By Jim Stevens

May 13, 2010 2:04 p.m. | Waukesha - The trial of the three men accused in the Oconomowoc murder-for-hire case will not occur until late this year at the earliest.

The cause of the lengthy delay is due to the man accused of killing Kimberly Smith, 39, Oct. 1 changed attorneys and his new attorney said it will take her until this fall to go through all of the prosecutions evidence.

Donna Kuchler, the attorney of Justin P. Welch, informed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis Thursday she would not be able get through the mountain of material until September. Kuchler replaces Welch’s original attorney Theodore Roy Bryant-Nanz, who withdrew from the case earlier this month.

Welch, 26, of California is suspected of stabbing Smith in her home. Prosecutors allege Smith’s former boyfriend, who is the father of her son, Darren Wold, 41, of Lubbock, Texas, sent money to Jack E. Johnson, 65, of Mexico, who in turn hired Welch to kill Smith. All three men are charged with first-degree intentional homicide.


Mancuso named AHS baseball coach

By Chuck Delsman

May 12, 2010 5:35 p.m. | Vince Mancuso, a physical education teacher at Arrowhead who has coached  at the freshman and junior varsity levels the last five years at AHS, has been named the new Arrowhead varsity baseball coach. Mancuso was named the interim coach Wednesday afternoon.

Veteran AHS coach Tim O'Driscoll resigned on Tuesday for health reasons.


Man charged for making threatening calls to police

By Jim Stevens

May 12, 2010 2:23 p.m. | Waukesha – A 30-year-old Town of Oconomowoc man was charged today in Waukesha County Circuit Court for allegedly making threatening phone calls to Town of Oconomowoc police department, town hall staff and Waukesha County dispatchers.

Elliott W. Boswell of N861 Amanda St., was charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawful phone use – threatens harm, unlawful phone use – threaten with obscenity and disorderly conduct.
 


Summit referendum meeting May 24

May 12, 2010 12:43 p.m. |  

The Town of Summit will hold a public information session from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 24 to allow voters to have their referendum questions addressed. The meeting is at the Summit Town Hall, 2911 N. Dousman Road. This is the same location residents will use June 15 to cast their ballots in the referendum for village status.
"Rather than have individuals call in questions to town staff every day between now and the referendum, we have set up an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the people involved in the petition," said Henry Elling, Town of Summit manager.
Residents will also receive an informational brochure mailed to all properties in the town. This brochure includes questions that have been asked most frequently, along with responses to these questions.
The incorporation referendum is required by state law as the final step in a decades-long discussion on incorporation of the 24-square mile community.
The current petition for incorporation began in March, 2008. On March 26, 2010, the Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board issued a report recommending in favor of the request. Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin responded to that recommendation by scheduling the June 15 referendum.


Funeral services set for Lois Jensen

By Kelly Smith

May 12, 2010 10:29 a.m. | City of Delafield - Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 15 at the St. Anskar's Episcopal Church for Lois Jensen, 81, who was the City of Delafield's first appointed administrator and served as city clerk during four decades.

Jensen died Monday evening at the Shorehaven Health Care Center in Oconomowoc. Visitation will be at the church, located at N48 W31340 Hill Road, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Burial will be at the Holy Innocents Cemetery in Nashotah. Memorials may be made to the church in lieu of flowers. Evert-Luko Funeral Home  is handling funeral arrangements.

Jensen was appointed City Clerk in April of 1968 and served until December of 1994. In the late 1980s voters rejected a referendum creating the full time city administrator position. According to former Mayor Jim Behrend some city residents argued "What do we need an administrator for as long as we have Lois."

When Jensen announced in 1993 that she intended to retire the following year, the Common Council began the process of creating the city administrator post and, according to Behrend, "there wasn't a peep of oposition." Jensen was appointed City Administrator on July 1 of 1993 and served in the post until she retired.


Longtime City of Delafield clerk, Lois Jensen, dies

May 12, 2010 10:16 a.m. | Lois Jensen, 81, who served as clerk, treasurer and later city administrator for many years in the City of Delafield, died Monday, March 10.

Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at St. Anskar's Episcopal Church, N48 W31340 Hill Road, Hartland.

For more, see Thursday's Living Lake Country Reporter.


O'Driscoll resigns at Arrowhead as baseball coach

By Chuck Delsman

May 11, 2010 1:44 p.m. | In a shocking announcement Tuesday afternoon, longtime Arrowhead varsity baseball coach Tim O'Driscoll has resigned from the position effective immediately.

O'Driscoll has coached baseball at Arowhead the last 37 years, the last 35 years as the varsity coach. In that span, he coached 1,070 games, putting together a record of 742-328. He's the winningest coach in Wisconsin High School baseball history and a member of the Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.

"I found out Monday that I have some health problems that need instant attention," O'Driscoll told the Lake Country Reporter on Tuesday. "So, I have no choice to but resign immediately as the Arrowhead baseball coach. My problems are not life threatening, but need to be taken care of right now."

Arrowhead athletics director  Kevin Flegner said an interim coach will be hired as soon as possible. Flegner expects that person to be hired from the current staff. Baseball practice for the upcoming season begins Friday. Read Chuck Delsman's full story here.


Kedzie to seek re-election

May 11, 2010 7:22 a.m. | State Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) will seek his third term representing the 11th Senate District, he announced this morning.

Kedzie has served in the Assembly and Senate since 1997.

"It's not too late to turn things around and bring businesses and jobs back to Wisconsin where they belong," he said.

The 11th Senate District includes the Towns of Delafield, Genesee, Ottawa and Summit, Villages of Chenequa, Dousman, Hartland, Nashotah, North Prairie, Oconomowoc Lake and Wales, City of Delafield and part of the city of Oconomowoc.


OHS Play wins seven state-wide awards

By Donna Frake

May 10, 2010 9:36 a.m. | Cue the red carpet and the paparazzi - Oconomowoc High School's fall production of 'Into the Woods' has won seven of the 12 Tommy Awards it was nominated for.

The Tommy Awards are a state-wide musical theatre competition put on by The Overture Center in Madison. The 2010 Tommy Award winners from “Into the Woods” are:

Outstanding Musical

Outstanding Direction – Thomas Klubertanz

Outstanding Lead Performer – Anna Herro (Little Red)

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Vehicle fire on westbound I-94 near Waukesha/Sussex exit slows traffic

By Erin Lamb

May 10, 2010 9:22 a.m. | Traffic slowed to one lane on westbound I-94 this morning as numerous fire trucks, ambulances and squad cars responded to a vehicle fire around 8:20 a.m.

The mini van's entire front end was engulfed in flames and black smoke could be seen down the highway. 

The vehicle's driver appeared to be safe. 


Haase's slam lifts Lannon in 11

By Chris Schuck

May 09, 2010 4:52 p.m. | Former Chicago White Sox and UW Oshkosh standout catcher Dean Haase belted two home runs, including a grand slam at Monches on Sunday, lifting the Lannon Stonemen to its second victory in as many weeks in the Land O' Lakes Western Division, 10-6.

Haase hit a grand slam in the top of the 11th inning for the Stonemen.

In other LOL Western Division play, West Bend 7-up defeated Merton 8-1, Sussex topped Hartland 9-2 and Oconomowoc defeated Menomonee Falls 3-2. Justin Mortensen was the winning pitcher for the Five O's (2-0 in LOL Western Division play).


Sex offender to be released in City of Oconomowoc

By Donna Frake

May 07, 2010 11:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Police will be going door-to-door to about 150 residences today to notify residents of a sex offender's release from prison on May 11 and plans to move into the community in the 300 block of Summit Avenue.

Calvin M. Cardon, 33,  will remain under intensive supervision by Agents of the department of Corrections, which involves at least weekly face-to-face contact with agents, registration with local law enforcement, and will include electronic monitoring. He will be able to leave his home only with agent approval and will be under strict curfew.

Cardon was adjudicated delinquent on one count of first degree sexual assault of a child and convicted of two counts of second degree sexual assault of a child. His victims were a juvenile male relative and three 12-15 year-old female acquaintances, committed when he was 18.

For more on this story, read the Tuesday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.


Big Bend, Vernon to hold joint meeting

By Amy Nixon

May 07, 2010 10:26 a.m. | Big Bend and Vernon will hold a joint special board meeting next Thursday to discuss fire department issues.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 13 at Fire Station 3, W233 S7475 Woodland Lane, Big Bend.

For more on this story, see next Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.


Two fires under investigation in Village of Pewaukee

By Jim Stevens

May 07, 2010 8:34 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Police are investigating two suspicious fires that occurred early this morning, one destroying a garage with two cars in it and two outside of the structure.

According to police, a fire was reported in a garage at 3:09 a.m. at 109 Morris St. At 3:27 a.m., Police estimated the damage at $80,000. A second fire was reported ia short time later in a lean to at 644 E. Wisconsin Ave. The structure contained firewood. The two fires were about 300 to 400 yards apart.

The Pewaukee Fire Department responded and extinguished the fires.
 


Stone Bank plans for Fourth of July

May 07, 2010 8:08 a.m. | It's a cool day in May, but Stone Bank parade organizers are looking forward to their traditional celebration of summer on the Fourth of July. They will hold planning meetings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Stone Bank Firehouse and at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the library at Stone Bank School. Community members interested in participating or helping with the parade are welcome at the meetings.


Mukwonago firefighters called to apartment fire

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

May 06, 2010 4:26 p.m. |

Mukwonago firefighters respond to a report of a fire at 1132 River Park Circle East around 4 p.m. on Thursday.

No further information is available at this time.


UPDATE: Photo from Pewaukee house fire

By Scott Peterson

May 06, 2010 12:13 p.m. |

This photo taken by Steve Selke shows the extent of the fire that lit up the sky and ravaged a home in City of Pewaukee last night. Nine departments were called to the fire at N23 W26820 Shelly Lynn Drive. High winds were thought to have fanned the flames of a barbecue grill, starting the home on fire.

Look for more on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.


Pewaukee home destroyed by fire

May 06, 2010 7:49 a.m. | A barbecue grill is thought to be the source of a fire that destroyed a home at N23 W26820 Shelly Lynn Drive, Pewaukee, Wednesday night.

Meadowbrook Road was closed as equipment from nine area departments responded to assist the Pewaukee Fire Department. Firefighters were hampered by high winds that fanned the flames. Reports said everyone escaped the home safely.

Look for more on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.


More bomb threat details released

By Erin Lamb

May 05, 2010 3:37 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released more details about the bomb threats found written on bathroom walls at Arrowhead's North Campus last week. 

According to the Sheriff's Department, on April 28 a custodian found the note on a boy's bathroom wall that stated, “There will be a bomb that will go off on Friday April 30 to blow up all you f---ing bullies and snobs.  I’m sick of all of you." 

On April 29, a second note was discovered in a different bathroom at North Campus that stated, "Still don't think I'm gunna do it? Real smart sending out email.  I'm smarter than you.  It will happen tomorrow, April 30." 

A 16-year-old Nashotah boy confessed today to writing the threats.  The boy said he didn't have anything against the teachers but was trying to scare the snobs, according to the Sheriff's Department. 

The case will be reviewed for charges in juvenile court. Superintendent Craig Jefson said the student will not return to Arrowhead High School. 


No action tonight on gun club

By Kelly Smith

May 05, 2010 12:15 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Plan Commission is expected to take no action tonight on the Hartland Sportsmans Club other than to set a May 26 date for a public hearing to determine if the gun club is abiding by the conditional use permit issued to it by the city.

City Hall sources say City Attorney James Hammes is preparing a letter to the commission advising it not take action tonight on whether to continue an extension of shooting hours at the club. Neighbors of the gun club have asked city officials to rescind the additional shooting hours granted to the gun club by the Plan Commission and Common Council late last year.

Hammes is expected to advise the commission to delay any decision regarding the firing range hours of operation until after the May 26 hearing. Evidence presented at the hearing could help city officials determine whether to continue to allow the gun club to operate.


Boy confesses to AHS bomb threat

By Jim Stevens

May 05, 2010 12:15 p.m. | Waukesha – A 16-year-old Nashotah boy confessed Wednesday to making a bomb threat to Arrowhead High School last week because he did not like some of his fellow students, according to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Karen Ruff.

Ruff said the boy was a suspect and brought into the Sheriff’s Department for questioning, where he confessed to making the threats. The boy said he did so because he did not like “jocks and rich kids,” Ruff said. The boy did say he likes his teachers, she added.

The boy did not intend to injure anyone, she said.

The matter will be referred to Waukesha County Juvenile Court for charges. The school will take its own action, Ruff said.

Three bomb notes were found on bathroom walls in North Campus, one on April 27, two on April 29 indicating the bomb would go off on April 30. Parents were first notified Wednesday by school officials and then again on Thursday after the discovery of the other threats.

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Gun club hearing moved to bigger location

By Kelly Smith

May 05, 2010 9:18 a.m. | City of Delafield - The Plan Commission hearing sc hedule for May 26 at 7 p.m. to determine whether the Hartland Sportsmans Club is abiding by its conditional use permit has been moved from the city's public safety building to the community room at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at the intersection of Highway C ( Genesee Street ) and West Shore Drive.

City Clerk Gina Gresch said city officials decided to move the hearing in anticipation of a crowd that would be much larger than can be accommodated in the public safety building training room where the Plan Commission and Common Council are meeting while a new city hall is under construction.

The church, which also serves as the city'ssingle polling place, was the only facility available with large enough accommodations to serve the anticipated crowd, according to Gresch.

The hearing was ordered by the Common Council after city officials received evidence during a previous public hearing that indicated the gun club may not be abiding by the conditions of its permit.

The same day city officials made the decision to hold the hearing a woman was grazed by a stray bullet from the gun club while she was on the dinning patio of the Delafield Brewhaus restuarant, about 500 yards across bluffs and ravines from the gun club ffiring range.


AHS kickers in front

By Chris Schuck

May 04, 2010 8:57 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls soccer team posted its ninth shutout of the year, this time at Uihlein Soccer Park against Milwaukee Pius 1-0.

The Warhawks improved to 8-2-2 with the Classic 8 Conference victory over the Popes. In league play, the locals are 3-0-1.

"We played hard all night. The Whole team," Kevin Martin, the Warhawks head coach said. "We have some tough matches coming up."


Valuable carp on the loose in Eagle Spring Lake

May 04, 2010 4:16 p.m. | If you come up with a carp on Eagle Spring Lake in the Town of Eagle that has been tagged by the Eagle Spring Management District, it could be worth $500.

The management district released two such carp in the lake last summer, but none were turned in. It has now tagged four more carp.

To be eligible for the reward, the carp must be caught by any legal means between May 1 and Sept. 6, 2010. The tag must be intact on the fish for the reward to be valid. Fish must be presented to district Chairman Thomas Day; he can be reached at (262) 594-3231.


Stone Bank crematory hearing moved to North Lake School

By Kelly Smith

May 04, 2010 9:34 a.m. | Town of Merton - Town officials have decided to move a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday night on a proposed crematorium and funeral chapel near Stone Bank  from the Town Hall on Highway 83 in North Lake to the North Lake School on Highway VV on the east side of the North Lake business district.

Town Clerk Susan Oman said the hearing has also been rescheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in order to accommodate school activities that had been previously planned for Wednesday night. She said the hearing was relocated after town officials decided the hearing would require a larger venue than the Town Hall which has a capacity of up to 100 people.

Oman said representatives of Tribute Companies, the Hartland based funeral service company seeking approval for the 2,500 square foot facility , indicated they would use two large projection screens for a presentation to town and Waukesha County officials describing the funeral service chapel that would include a facility for cremating human remains.

Oman said Town Hall would probably be too small considering the amount of space needed for the presentation and the potentially large crowd that may attend the hearing.


MHS Tri-M Talent Show this Friday

By Amy Nixon

May 04, 2010 9:19 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School's Tri-M music honor society will hold a talent show this Friday, May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium.  Admission is $2 at the door.  There will be instrumental performances, singing and acting.


Woman grazed by bullet while dining at Brewhaus

By Debi Eimer

May 04, 2010 2:00 a.m. | A 31-year-old Waukesha woman who was dining at the Delafield Brewhaus last week was grazed by a bullet fired from the nearby Hartland Sportsman's Club.

City of Delafield Police Chief Scott Taubel said the woman was sitting in the patio area of the restaurant at about 5:50 p.m. when she was struck by the .45-caliber bullet in the side of the abdomen near her hip. The woman, who is pregnant, suffered a superficial wound, Taubel said.

Read more in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.


Hearing may determine fate of gun club

By Kelly Smith

May 03, 2010 9:13 p.m. | City of Delafield - City officials are intending to hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 26 that may determine the fate of the Hartland Sportsmans Club following an incident last week where a women sitting outside a nearby restuarant was struck by a bullet that police say richocet from the gun club''s firing range.

Neighbors from a nearby subdivision on the city's southeast corner asked the Common Council earlier tonight to shut down the firing range arguing that the incident was evidence that the gun club posed a threat to public health and safety and was failing to comply with the requirements of its city permit.

The Common Council referred the matter to the Plan Commission with instructions to conduct a public hearing to determine whether the gun club was in complaince with its city permit. The city could revoke the club's permit if the commission and the Common Council agreed that conditions of the permit have been violated and the gun club cannot correct the deficiencies, according to City Administrator Tim Schuenke.

Mayor Ed McAleer said gun club officials voluntarily suspended all shooting activities at the club.

Raluca E. Buznea, 31,  of Waukesha suffered minor abrasions when she struck by a spent bullet while sitting in the outside dinning area of the Delafield Brewhause  at about 6 p.m. Thursday evening. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released, according to city police who later traced the shot back to a gun that had been fire by several individuals at the shooting range at the time in the incident.

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OMH opens bistro

May 03, 2010 4:44 p.m. | Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital has opened its new 791 Bistro restaurant on the main floor of the renovated patient tower at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

The bistro is open to the public.


Cooney wins LOL opener

By Chuck Delsman

May 02, 2010 6:39 p.m. | The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league opened the 2010 season Sunday as five games were played.

Opening day games saw the Brookfield Blue Sox stop West Bend 7-4, Brookfield Bulldogs blank Monches 7-0, Lannon down Merton 9-3, Oconomowoc stop North Lake 10-5 and Sussex nip Menomonee Falls 7-5.

The Hartland game at Pewaukee was cancelled. It will be made up later.


AHS golfers win Janesville title

By Chuck Delsman

May 02, 2010 4:03 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team shot a school-best total 289 strokes to win the Ashenfelter Invite at Riverside Golf Course in Janseville. Milwaukee Marquette was second at 296. Kettle Moraine was fourth at 310.

The title was the third in a row and fourth in the last eight years for the Warhawks at the Ashenfelter meet.

Medalist for the meet was AHS freshman John Langhoff with a round of 2-under-par 70. Other AHS scores were Sam Weber with 71, Matt Ross 73 and Steve Sorenson 75.

KM was led by Mike Cabush with 71, Nic Johnson 78, Ryan Franklin 79 and Tyler Sheveland 82.


Pewaukee girls win Altheimer track crown

By Chuck Delsman

May 01, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls track team won its own Bengy Altheimer Invitational on Friday night. PHS won with128.5 points. Mayville was second with 99.5 tallies.

Winning for the Pirates were Hannah Frett in the  1,600 (5:20), Kiera Ausler-Shaw in the  400 (1:02), Frett in the 3,200 (11:49) and Jade Race in the pole vault (9-0).


Six straight wins for Cooney softball team

By Chuck Delsman

May 01, 2010 5:30 p.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, after starting the season with four straight losses, won its sixth consecutive game last Thursday, rallying for a come-from-behind 10-6 Wisconsin Little Ten Conference win over host Hartford.

OHS improved to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in league play.

Winning pitcher Delaney Osterday, only a freshman, drove in the winning run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Renate Meckl and Kaitlyn Ballman also had RBI hits in the four-run seventh.

Meckl, also a freshman, had four hits and four RBIs. Katie Pierce scored three times and collected two hits.


AHS track team wins North title

By Chuck Delsman

May 01, 2010 5:25 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys track team won the championship Saturday at the Waukesha Northstar Classic by scoring  146 points. Brookfield East was second with 121.5 ponts. The host Northstars took third with 85.5 points.

Winning for the Warhawks were Russ Sandvold in the 1,600 (4:37),  the 800 relay team of Nick Weiand, Mitch Panton, Danny Ziegler and Casey Panawash-Bielinski (1:29), Panawash-Bielinski in the 200 (22.64) and the 1,600 relay team of Weiand, Panton,  Ziegler and Panawash-Bielinski. (3:22)


Pewaukee LOL game cancelled

By Chuck Delsman

May 01, 2010 5:19 p.m. | The season-opening Land O' Lakes Western Division game  featuring Hartland playing at Pewaukee on Sunday afternoon has been cancelled and will be played later this season.

The Pewaukee infield was recentlty reworked and a deal was reached with a party who was responsinle for that work that no games would be played on the field before May 7. That's the reason the game was cancelled.

Other games at 1 p.m. Sunday will find West Bend at the Brookfield  Blue Sox, Merton at Lannon, Brookfield Bulldogs at Monches and Sussex at Menomonee Falls. The Oconomowoc at North Lake game will start at 2 p.m.


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