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Update: Tonight's meeting for Eagle residents changes location

By Erin Lamb

June 29, 2010 4:32 p.m. | Tonight's special Village Board meeting to update residents on municipal services after last week's tornado has changed locations. 

The meeting will be held at Eagle Elementary School, 810 E. Main Street and not at the municipal building as previously scheduled.  The meeting will still begin at 6:30 p.m.


Historic site digs through piles of downed trees

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 29, 2010 2:14 p.m. |

Cleanup at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle continues as crews work to clear logs and branches from the parking area after last week's devastating tornado flattened trees around the visitor's center. At this point, officials do not know when the site will be ready to open again.


Slow, no wake on Lac La Belle

June 28, 2010 2:08 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Director of Public Works Mark Frye reported that at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday a slow, no wake order was posted for Lac La Belle. The water level at the time was 10 inches above normal summer levels. 

This restriction will remain in place until the water is 6 inches above normal summer levels said Frye.


Meeting for Eagle residents set for Tuesday night

By Amy Nixon

June 28, 2010 8:39 a.m. | Residents in Eagle who have been affected by last week's tornado can get their questions answered at a special meeting scheduled for tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.

State officials say preliminary estimates show that last week's tornado caused at least $20 million in damage. Waukesha County officials have said at least 25 homes were destroyed and Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency.

Wisconsin Emergency Management has said the state may seek federal disaster relief after the damage assessments are done.

Village President Richard Spurrell says the village board has scheduled the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 820 E. Main Street.


LOL games rained out

By Chuck Delsman

June 27, 2010 1:36 p.m. | All six games planned for Sunday in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league were cancelled due to wet grounds. The only game played this week was Friday night when host North Lake stopped Merton,9-6.


Oconomowoc man found dead in Pacific Ocean off San Diego coast

By Cynthia Acosta Luksich

June 26, 2010 10:33 p.m. | JSonline is reporting that 52-year-old Lonnie M. Gulseth of Oconomowoc was found floating face down in the Pacific Ocean Friday. Surfers found the body and pulled it to shore. For more on this story click here.


Highway 67 open through Eagle

June 25, 2010 4:57 p.m. | The state Department of Transportation is opening Highway 67 through Eagle. The road had been closed from Highway 59 to Highway LO since Monday's tornado.


East Troy man sentenced for seeking hitman

By Erin Lamb

June 25, 2010 3:34 p.m. | Waukesha - An East Troy man charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill Walworth County assistant district attorney, a Town of East Troy police officer and a Village of East Troy police clerk was sentenced to six years of prison today. 

John K. Gorman, 51, of W1340 Beach Road, was sentenced by Waukesha County Circuit Court James Kieffer this afternoon to six years of prison and five years of extended supervision for plotting to kill Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo, Police Officer Kevin Weber and the clerk with a hitman. 

Gorman, who has been in jail since January, will receive 161 days of credit. 

"No one should be fearful of walking down the street," Kieffer said.  "We live in this organized society so people can feel safe and secure and you stole that from them.  I can't allow that to occur." 

Kieffer said after Gorman's sentence, he hopes he has learned that his anger "needs to be dealt with in a more appropriate and legal fashion." 


OWW will not hold 4th of July activities

By Amy Nixon

June 25, 2010 10:59 a.m. | Old World Wisconsin will not be holding Fourth of July activities this year, due to the storm damage the site received after Monday's tornado.

Bob Granflaten with the Wisconsin Historical Society said that Old World Wisconsin will remain closed until at least July 5; however no reopening date has been determined at this point.


Pick a fresh and fabulous strawberry dessert in Dousman.

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 25, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Our wet and warm weather has made for a strawberry-luscious season. In celebration of everything strawberry, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is holding its 24th annual Strawberry Festival from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds, highways 67 and 18 in the village of Dousman. Nearly anything delicious that can be made with the sweet, juicy, fruit will be available including schaum torte, shortcake, sundaes, shakes as well as fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate. And the fresh tastes of summer can be brought home in the form of freshly made bakery and jams, or order a whole pie by calling (262) 965-3924. While strawberries are the stars of the show, the event also includes live music, used book, CD and video sale, Haitian arts and crafts, and kids’ activities. Proceeds go toward the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti project.


Town of Vernon holds special tree damage pickup

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 24, 2010 4:40 p.m. | The Town of Vernon Department of Public Works will be picking up all damaged trees starting the week of June 28. Everything for pickup should be by the roadside.


Attempted robbery reported at Summit Hospital

By Donna Frake

June 24, 2010 2:40 p.m. | Town of Summit police responded to a complaint of an attempted robbery outside of the Aurora Medical Center Tuesday night.

A black male, armed with a hammer, attempted to rob a male employee in the parking lot on the north side of the hospital by the maintenance area at 11:35 p.m, according to police.

Lt. Jeff Zachow said the man, dressed in gray sweatpants, was tackled by a witness, but got away on foot. He was last seen running northwest from the hospital.

Police are working with hospital security to obtain video footage. The hammer was left at the scene and taken into police possession where it will be examined for fingerprints.

Officers from City of Delafield, Oconomowoc and Village of Oconomowoc Lake also responded to the scene.


Tornado Victims offered free day camp at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp

By Amy Nixon

June 24, 2010 1:01 p.m. | "We realize these families are going through a hard time and we want to provide their kids with a fun, healthy, safe place to go during the day," said Phantom Lake YMCA Camp Chief Executive Officer Jeff Spang.

The camp will be offering tornado victims free day camp during this difficult time- so far, 12 families have already signed up, Spang explained.

To find out more about how to sign up, call the camp at 262-363-4386.


Stunned residents picking up pieces in Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 24, 2010 12:42 p.m. |

The basement is all that is remains of Eagle Fire Chief Justin Heim's house after a F-2 tornado ripped it off the foundation while his wife and children sought shelter in the basement on June 21.

The cleanup process hit full stride Thursday as residents, volunteers and contractors continue sifting through debris in the Village of Eagle.


Officers patrol around the clock in Eagle this weekend

By Erin Lamb

June 24, 2010 11:25 a.m. | The Waukesha Sheriff's Department and the Village of Eagle will have between four and six squad cars patroling the area 24 hours a day over the weekend, said Sheriff's Department Lt. Bill Deering . 

Extra officers are on to patrol areas hit by the tornado and help with Kettle Moraine Days which will go on as scheduled in the Village this weekend. 


WIAA approves 5-division hoops format

By JR Radcliffe

June 24, 2010 10:28 a.m. | The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association voted unanimously to institute a five-division format in the basketball postseason, a format that will take hold next season.

The new arrangement is not good news for some of the state's biggest schools, including last year's boys champion, Arrowhead. Schools with an enrollment of 1,200 or above will now see the number of state-tournament qualifiers reduced from eight to four, with each of the newly-created five divisions represented equally.

Traditionally-strong Pewaukee boys basketball, which already has a rugged path to the state tournament in boys hoops, will likely see the addition of talented programs such as Milwauke Washington, Nicolet, Wauwatosa East and Milwaukee Pius -- previously Division 1 schools -- to its sectional. Pewaukee's sectional already includes defending state champion Catholic Memorial, New Berlin Eisenhower, Wisconsin Lutheran and Whitefish Bay.


Village of Eagle expects all brush cleared out by Friday

By Erin Lamb

June 24, 2010 9:58 a.m. | Nine municipalities chipped in this morning to pick up brush in the Village of Eagle. 

Trucks started on the west side of main going east gathering any brush under 2-inches in diameter, said Trustee Roger Couch. 

A hired contractor will go around and pick up brush 4-inches in diameter and larger, he said.  Couch said for safety reasons they are trying to get the brush out quickly and hope to have it all picked up by tomorrow. 


Emergency resources, supplies available to Eagle residents

June 24, 2010 8:05 a.m. | The Town of Eagle has announced that emergency supplies are available for any town resident in need at the Eagle Municipal Building, 820 E. Main St. Water, food, cleaning supplies and tarps are among the available supplies.

Register for supplies in the large meeting room at the Municipal Building.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday to assist residents in need.

If residents need assistance but are unable to come to the Municipal Building, they should call Town Hall at (262) 594-5800.

Garbage pickup, as scheduled, will be provided by John's Disposal on Friday. Metal, aluminum or plastic debris may be placed curbside for regular recycling pickup.

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Community Clothing Drive for Eagle Tornado Victims

By Amy Nixon

June 23, 2010 5:03 p.m. |

The Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce has announced a Community Clothing Drive, organized by westbury bank (Mukwonago) and Brooklife Church, to assist the families whose homes were destroyed in the Eagle tornado earlier this week.

Drop off will be at the westbury bank building, 1231 South Rochester Street Mukwonago, on the corner of Rochester and Wolf Run.  Brooklife Church (who’s office also resides in the westbury bank building) will have their youth group available in the parking lot for easy drop off.  The clothing drive will take place tomorrow Thursday, June 24th from 4-7 PM and Friday June 25th from 9am –noon. 

We are looking for gently used clothing items and shoes for men, women and children of all ages.  At this time only clothing will be collected.

The clothing will be sorted and available for the families to pick up on Monday, June 28th, from 4-7 PM and Tuesday, June 29th from 9 –noon.

If you would like to make a monetary donation please send a check directly to the American Red Cross 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI. 53223 with Eagle Tornado as the memo.  One hundred percent of these good will offerings will be split between the families affected by the devastating storm.

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Eagle Post Office reopens

June 23, 2010 3:34 p.m. |  

Post Office Box service and retail operations have resumed at the Eagle Post Office, 104 Markham Road. 
 
The United States Postal Service carriers will continue to attempt delivery in the Eagle area.  Delivery will depend on the accessibility of the roads and access to the mailboxes.  Customers in areas where the carriers are unable to deliver may pick up their mail at the Eagle Post Office. 
 


Water main work in Village of Pewaukee begins Thursday

By Jim Stevens

June 23, 2010 3:12 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Work on replacing water mains in the River Hills subdivision area is scheduled to begin tomorrow.

The project calls for replacing water mains on Sunset, Riverside, and Ridgeway drives and Lilac Lane. The project will take about 2-1/2 months. Roads will be open to local traffic.

In late summer or early fall, the water main on Evert Street and a short piece of Morris Street will then be replaced.
 


Time Warner sets up mobile unit in Eagle

By Amy Nixon

June 23, 2010 2:04 p.m. | Time Warner Cable has set up a mobile unit, equipped with phones, internet access and televisions, at the Eagle Village Hall.

Representatives from TMC said the unit would be open today through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

People have been checking thier online bank statements, facebook accounts and email, the representatives explained. 

Residents with service questions can also find help at the mobile unit.


Temporary Tornado siren coming to Eagle

By Amy Nixon

June 23, 2010 1:57 p.m. | Village of Eagle Fire Chief Jason Heim announced today that a temporary tornado siren will most likely be set up in Eagle today.

"With thunderstorms in the forecast, we want to be sure our residents are safe," said Village President Richard Spurrell.

Heim said figuring out why the sirens did not sound Monday night is at the top of his short list of things to investigate.

The temporary siren will remain in place until a long term comprehensive plan is in place, he said.


Eagle will still hold Kettle Moraine Days

By Amy Nixon

June 23, 2010 1:49 p.m. | Not even a tornado can stop Eagle residents from breaking the 48-year-long tradition of hosting Kettle Moraine Days.  The festival will still be held this weekend in the Village of Eagle.

For a list of events and festivities, click here.


Did you lose a pet in the storm?

June 23, 2010 1:01 p.m. |  

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, reminds county residents that the animal shelter is the “safe haven” for lost and found pets.
 
Anyone whose pets have gone missing during the recent severe weather is asked to contact HAWS to file a lost report.  According to HAWS Shelter Manager Kelly Rohda, strays have come in from the affected areas but no missing reports have been placed to match those pets.  Missing pet reports can be filed by calling HAWS at (262) 542-8851.  Walk-ins are also welcome:  HAWS opens Monday -Saturday at 9:00 a.m., Sundays at noon.  Members of HAWS Animal Rescue Team are available to respond 24 hours per day.
 
“The number of lost dogs reported, and stray dogs coming into our shelter, greatly increases during severe weather,” notes Executive Director Lynn Olenik.  “Check with us at HAWS before giving up hope.”
 
Thunderstorms (and this season’s celebratory fireworks) can stress some animals to the point of panic.  While some find great hiding places indoors under furniture or in the bathtub, others may injure themselves by jumping through screen doors or windows.  Animals not used to storms – or even simply being outside –will find decks, sheds, window wells or other natural hiding places and will “wait to be found.”

Some basics to remember:

·         Leave your pet in a safe area of your home where it will be comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights.  Turn on the air conditioning or a fan for background noise.
·         Be sure to put away anything that can be damaged or might harm your pet if chewed.
·         Never leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced-in yard.
·         Make sure your pet has identification tags, or better yet, a microchip.  Microchips are available at HAWS, seven days a week.
·         If you will be away for vacation, work or the like, and your pet is known to be bothered by storms or fireworks, consider having someone stay with your pet.


Grant money for tornado victims

June 23, 2010 12:35 p.m. |  

According to an AP report, Gov. Jim Doyle has announced a $7,500 grant for Waukesha County residents whose homes were damaged by this week's storms.
The announcement comes after a strong winds and thunderstorms rocked the county Monday evening, including a tornado that caused widespread damage in the Village of Eagle.
Doyle says the money will provide safe living arrangements for people whose homes were destroyed.
The money comes from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
Doyle declared a state of emergency in the county Tuesday. After touring the area Wednesday he called the destruction "significant" but said he saw people's determination to rebuild.
Tornadoes also touched down Monday in Dane, Lafayette and Jefferson counties.


Governor Doyle views damage from Eagle tornado

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 23, 2010 12:18 p.m. |

Governor Jim Doyle met with Eagle residents Wednesday and toured the damage from the June 21 tornado that displaced numerous Eagle residents. Doyle commended the rescue and emergency efforts of those invovled with the disaster.


Victims of fatal crash identified

By Donna Frake

June 23, 2010 10:15 a.m. | The Jefferson County  Sheriff's Department has released the names of the victims in the crash that took place Tuesday afternoon on I-94 just east of Willow Glen Road in the Town of Concord.

Amanda L. Nowicki, 17, of Hartland, an incoming senior at Arrowhead High School, Victoria M. Braunn, 16, of McFarland, Wis., and Sean R. White, 17, of Oregon, Wis., were  killed when the 1997 Honda Civic they were travelling eastbound in  veered of the roadway, hitting a construction barrel and going through the median into westbound traffic. The car then struck a box truck and rolled over in the westbound ditch.

Officals said it appeared none of the victims were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the box truck, 24-year-old Jason Simonson, was wearing a seat belt and was treated at the scene and released.


Activities cancelled today at Arrowhead

June 23, 2010 8:26 a.m. | A power outage at Arrowhead High School has cancelled all activities at the school today. There will be no summer school, swimming lessons, camps or any other activity.


State of emergency declared in Waukesha County

June 22, 2010 4:26 p.m. | Governor Jim Doyle today declared a state of emergency in Waukesha County after strong winds and thunderstorms storms throughout the county and an F2 tornado that hit the Village of Eagle land F1 tornado that hit the Village of Big Bend last night.

The storms damaged dozens of homes and other structures, and caused widespread power outages and downed trees. The state of emergency directs state agencies to assist local governments in recovering from this natural disaster. Wisconsin Emergency Management personnel were on the scene last night, working with local officials to begin assessing the damage and determining what resources would be needed to help speed recovery efforts. Local and state officials are continuing to work to get an accurate assessment of the damage and the resources needed to help speed recovery efforts.

Tomorrow, Doyle and Brig. Gen. Don Dunbar will survey the damage and meet with local officials and residents.


Three killed in crash near Ixonia

June 22, 2010 4:13 p.m. | Three were killed in a crash on westbound I-94 near Willow Glen Road in Ixonia around 1:30 p.m. according to recent reports.

The department of transportation has closed one east and westbound land, otherwise the road will remain open but expect delays traveling.


Old World Wisconsin closed due to storm

By Amy Nixon

June 22, 2010 3:18 p.m. | Hundereds of trees are toppled at Old World Wisconsin after a Tornado tore through Eagle Monday night.

Old World Wisconsin is closed due to significant storm damage Monday evening, June 21, and the site will remain closed for the next several days while crews work to clear hundreds of downed trees.

Most of the damage at Old World Wisconsin was to the landscape, leaving the parking lot, visitors center area and many roads on the 576-acre site covered with downed trees and made impassable. The only structural damage reported so far is roof damage to the historic Ramsey Barn, which houses the museum's gift shop, and the octagonal Clausing Barn, which houses a restaurant.                                          

Wisconsin Historical Society staff, along with staff from the Department of Natural Resources and State Risk Management, are working to clean up the site and make a more complete assessment of the damage. Old World Wisconsin will reopen as soon as that work is complete and the site is again able to accommodate visitors.


For more information call the Society at (608) 264-6586, visit the Society's website at www.wisconsinhistory.org, or visit Old World Wisconsin's website at www.oldworldwisconsin.org.


Officials will go door to door if siren doesn't sound

By Amy Nixon

June 22, 2010 1:23 p.m. | Because emergency officials have yet to determine why the tornado siren did not sound in Eagle last night, some residents have expressed concern that they may not be aware of severe weather, especially since more storms are in tonight's forecast.

"We do not know why the siren didn't sound," said Village President Richard Spurrell.  "We have not assessed it yet since our main priority is (the safety of) the residents."

If severe weather strikes tonight, emergency officials will go door to door to warn residents, he explained.

Residents with access to the internet can check here for weather updates.


NWS: Two tornadoes struck southern Waukesha County

June 22, 2010 1:21 p.m. | The National Weather Service has determined that two tornadoes struck southern Waukesha County on Monday night.

Damage in Eagle was caused by an F2 tornado. An F1 tornado swept through Big Bend, as well.


Police nab suspected burglars

By Jim Stevens

June 22, 2010 12:46 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Three men were arrested early this morning after breaking into an office building on Forest Grove Drive and trying to break into another business on Quail Court.

According to police:

An employee in a business on Quail Court heard suspicious noises at about 10:15 p.m. the employee checked on the noises and saw three men trying to enter the building. The man then saw the three men go to 285 Forest Grove Drive and witnessed two men enter and the third acted as a lookout. The lookout then got into a vehicle along with the two men who were inside and fled on eastbound Capitol Drive. The witness followed and got a license plate, police said.

Later, a Hartland police officer saw the suspect vehicle on Highway 16 and then exit at Merton Avenue. The officer stopped the car and arrested an Oconomowoc man, who was involved in the burglaries.

Police learned the identity of the other two men, a Brookfield man and an Summit man and they were arrested at their homes.

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Curfew in Eagle tonight

By Amy Nixon

June 22, 2010 12:17 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki announced that beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, no one will be allowed into the affected area until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

No more volunteers are needed, he said; however volunteers who have already been requested to come and help can check in at the Village Hall, where they will be escorted into the damaged area to ensure everyone's safety.


Damage estimates revised again

June 22, 2010 11:06 a.m. | Twenty-five homes in Eagle were destroyed by the tornado that swept through Monday night, according to revised estimates released at a press conference.

Officials have surveyed 75 percent of the area, and said there were another 100 homes that sustained moderate to substantial damage.


Tornado rips through Village of Eagle Monday evening

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 22, 2010 9:49 a.m. |

TREES DOWN - This tree fell on a neighbor's house, narrowly missing a car parked next to the building on Main Street in Eagle after a tornado ripped through the village.

BUILDING DAMAGE - A no parking sign smashed into the visitor center in the Village of Eagle when storms tore through the area Monday night.

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Do you have a storm story?

June 22, 2010 8:46 a.m. | If you've got a storm story or storm photos you'd like to share, contact us at (262) 363-4045, (262) 367-3272 or mukpubs@jcpgroup.com or lakenews@jcpgroup.com.


New damage estimates in Eagle

June 22, 2010 8:41 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki has revised earlier estimates, and now says possibly 50 homes sustained damage or were destroyed in the tornado that touched down in Eagle last night, JSOnline is reporting.


Big Bend also has storm damage

June 22, 2010 8:27 a.m. | Large trees are uprooted and residents are without power near Woodland Lane in Big Bend this morning, according to one observer.

Several trees and power lines are down near Highway 164 and I-43.

Other places, there is no damage at all.


Eagle meeting planned

June 22, 2010 8:21 a.m. | Officials are planning a meeting at 10:30 this morning at Village Hall for Eagle citizens and to coordinate volunteer efforts in the tornado aftermath.


See video of tornado damage

June 22, 2010 7:35 a.m. | JSOnline has video of tornado damage. Click here.


Stay out of Eagle

June 22, 2010 6:54 a.m. | Eagle residents and people just interested in taking a look at the aftermath of the tornado that touched down in Eagle last night are being told to stay away this morning.

Power lines are still down and in some cases still live, making the situation dangerous. About 20,000 customers are still without power throughout the area. At the height of the storm last night, more than 40,000 were out, according to reports.

Police are keeping people out of the area. Highway 67 is closed from Highways LO to 59, through the heart of the village.

The tornado touched down at about 9:15 p.m.Monday. Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki said his department had deputies on the scene last night, along with officers from about 20 other municipal police departments.

About 20 homes were "substantially damaged," he said. There were no fatalities and only minor injuries, which Eagle Fire Chief Justin Heim credited to "the grace of God." 

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Mukwonago: Place of the Bear?

By Amy Nixon

June 22, 2010 2:00 a.m. | Sure Mukwonago is known as the Place of the Bear, but no one actually thinks bears just roam around Mukwonago -right?

Wrong. 

At least a few people now think Mukwonago may actually have a bear of its own.

Local beekeeper Andy Hemken was surprised to find that his 250-pound beehives had been knocked over and eaten in the Town of Mukwonago Sunday morning.  When he called police he learned a woman had reported spotting a bear in Minors Park in the Village of Mukwonago on Saturday.

DNR Warden Doug Zeihen confirmed that a bear had been spotted in the northern area of Walworth County/Southern area of Waukesha County.

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Emergency crews search area hit by tornado in Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 22, 2010 12:53 a.m. |

Emergency crews coordinate efforts to search homes destroyed by a Monday night tornado. According to Eagle Fire Chief Justin Helm, five or six homes were completely demolished in the Village of Eagle.

Most injuries that were reported were minor. There were no reports of fatalities or serious injury. Helm said crews would search homes in the Village then expand the search to areas in the Town of Eagle, however, much of the initial damage was reported in the Village, including power lines and trees downed.

Eagle, North Prairie, parts of the Town of Mukwonago, and the Big Bend and Vernon areas were out of power part of the night.


Town, village halls open

June 21, 2010 11:15 p.m. | Village and Town of Mukwonago offices are open tonight to take in residents needing shelter. The Red Cross is also responding to assist residents.


Homes destroyed in Eagle

June 21, 2010 10:49 p.m. | More than a dozen homes have collapsed in the tornado in Eagle, according to police. No fatalities have been reported so far; injuries have been minor.


Sunset Bend subdivision reports damage

June 21, 2010 10:42 p.m. | Several large trees have been reported uprooted in the Sunset Bend subdivision off Guthrie Road in Big Bend.


Gas turned off in Eagle

June 21, 2010 10:38 p.m. | We Energies has shut off gas to the entire Village of Eagle as rescue workers work to clean up the aftermath of the tornado that went through earlier this evening.

Trees and power lines have been reported down, and fire and police personnel are going door to door to check on the well-being of residents.


Massive emergency response in Eagle

June 21, 2010 10:28 p.m. | All available Waukesha County fire departments have been toned out to respond to Eagle to help with efforts after the tornado touchdown tonight, according to scanner traffic.

Extensive damage is being reported throughout the Village of Eagle,.


Thousands without power

June 21, 2010 10:16 p.m. | Up to 20,000 customers may be without power tonight, according to We Energies, after strong storms and tornados ripped through the area, including touchdowns in Eagle and Big Bend.

Communities affected include Fort Atkinson, Eagle, elsewhere in Waukesha County and into Milwaukee County.


Traffic moving slowly

June 21, 2010 10:10 p.m. | Heavy rains are slowing traffic on area roads, according to reports. Motorists are encouraged to slow their speeds and drive cautiously, on the alert for slick, wet roads, heavy downpours, lightning and possible trees across roadways.


Did you witness the storm?

June 21, 2010 9:53 p.m. | If you have photos of tonight's storm, the damage left in its wake, or a storm story, e-mail them to us at lakenews@jcpgroup.com. Please include your name, where and when the photo was taken and your phone number so a reporter can contact you.


Tornado may have also touched down in Big Bend

June 21, 2010 9:45 p.m. | A tornado has been reported on the ground in Big Bend, moving east at 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Dangerous straight-line winds of 80 to 100 mph have also been reported. 

A tornado warning is in effect in Waukesha County until 10 p.m.

Widespread power outages are reported in the Eagle and Fort Atkinson areas.


Major damage reported in Eagle

June 21, 2010 9:36 p.m. | The National Weather Service is reporting a tornado in Eagle with "major structural damage to many buildings."


Tornado warning in Southeastern Waukesha County

June 21, 2010 9:20 p.m. | Law enforcement is reporting a probable touchdown of a tornado in the Town of Eagle. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Southeastern Waukesha County. If you are in the area of this storm, you should take cover.


Edwards sentenced for murders

June 21, 2010 2:06 p.m. | Edward Wayne Edwards who confessed in the past two weeks to killing at to killing least five people over 18 years in Ohio and Wisconsin was sentenced to two life terms in prison Monday - his second such sentence in as many weeks.

Edwards was accused of killing Fort Atkinson teen sweethearts Tim Hack and Kelly Drew in 1980. The couple disappeared from a wedding reception at Concord House in Sullivan and their bodies were later found in a wooded area near Ixonia. The murders became a cold case for nearly 30 years, but federal funding allowed such cases to be reinvestigated and semen found on Drew's pants was matched with Edwards' DNA.

Edwards was extricated from his home in Kentucky to Wisconsin last summer and during a recent trial proceeding Edwards admitted to the murders as well as the murder of another young couple nearly 14 years ago in Ohio. He also confessed to killing his step son while living in Ohio years ago.

Edwards has requested to serve his time in Ohio where the death penalty used instead of rotting in a jail cell he said during a recent hearing.

On Monday, Edwards sat quietly during the hearing, handcuffed in his wheelchair about 20 feet from his victims' assembled family. The 77-year-old did not address the family and showed no emotion, spending much of the hearing with his head drooped, facing the ground.


Ex-cop gets jail for possession of narcotic drugs

By Jim Stevens

June 21, 2010 1:08 p.m. | Waukesha – An ex-Butler police officer was sentenced Monday to three months in jail for taking narcotic drugs from a Butler residence due to his addiction to Oxycodone.

Phillip J. Grabski, 36, of N26 W27517 Wildflower Road, City of Pewaukee, was also ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William J. Domina to three years of probation. In March Grabski entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of narcotic drugs.

Grabski took Oxycodone pills from a residence on N. 127th St. in October 2009 while he was on duty.
“It (being a police officer) gave you an advantage. It put you in a position of power to gain entry. They trusted you,” Domina said.

Grabski had been at the residence several times and a 68-year-old woman who lives at the residence informed a Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective that on Oct. 8 she noticed some pills were missing. The woman told the detective she keeps the pills in the kitchen and Grabski was alone in the kitchen that day, according to the criminal complaint.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said this was a difficult situation as Grabski was a decorated officer and he became addicted to the painkillers after he was injured while on duty.

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Gun club asks Delafield to reconsider permit revocation

By Kelly Smith

June 21, 2010 11:15 a.m. | City of Delafield - Claiming the City Attorney had a conflict of interest and the city's actions were "at least improper if not illegal," attorneys for the Hartland Sportsman Club have asked the Common Council to reconsider its decision two weeks ago to revoke the gun club's conditional use permit.

Gun club attorney Steven H. Gibbs' four page request will be placed on the agenda for the next Common Council meeting on July 5, according to City Administrator Tim Schuenke.

Gibbs asserted in the letter that the Common Council acted improperly when it voted to rescind the permit immediately after the Plan Commission, during a joint June 10 meeting, recommended the gun club be allowed to continue to operate with an amended permit.

Gibbs also argued that City Attorney James Hammes was biased in his findings regarding the gun club because he represented neighbors of the gun club in litigation about 13 years ago when the club was located in the Town of Delafield.


Identity of fatal bicycle crash victim released

June 21, 2010 7:12 a.m. | The bicyclist killed in a crash on Highway 18 in the Town of Summit on Sunday has been identified as Brett Netke, 42, of Waukesha.

Netke was struck from behind by a 20-year-old driver from Dousman. His identity has not been released.

Passersby attempted CPR to revive Netke, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office is expected to review the incident before determining whether to issue any charges.


Crash closes I-94

June 20, 2010 11:02 p.m. |  A crash on westbound I-94 near Sawyer Road injured several people and closed the freeway Sunday evening, according to reports.

One person was taken to an area hospital by Flight for Life. Others were also hospitalized.

Westbound traffic was diverted off the interstate at Highway 83.

Look for details in the Tuesday Oconomowoc Focus.


Four injured in Highway 83 crash

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 20, 2010 7:52 p.m. |

Traffic on Highway 83 was reduced to one lane for about an hour while emergency crews responded to an accident just south of Bay View Road. Four people were transported to the hospital. The extent of injuries is not available at this time.

This Trailblazer is one of the vehicles involved in the accident.


Accident slows traffic in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 20, 2010 7:21 p.m. | The Mukwonago Fire Department is on the scene of an accident on Highway 83 at I-43 around 7 p.m. Several patients are being transported to the hospital.

No further information is available at this time.


Oconomowoc takes LOL lead

By Chuck Delsman

June 20, 2010 5:38 p.m. | Thanks to a pair of victories Saturday and Sunday, Oconomowoc's Land O' Lakes baseball team has taken sole possession of first place in the Western Division standings. Cooney leads the league with an 8-2 mark. West Bend and the Brookfield Blue Sox are tied for second at 7-3.

Games on Saturday saw the Blue Sox stop Menomonee Falls in 11 innings, 7-3, North Lake down Hartland 5-1, Oconomowoc edge Pewaukee 4-3, Sussex whip Lannon 16-7 and West Bend outlast the Brookfield Bulldogs, 10-8.

On Sunday, Oconomowoc downed Monches 8-5, the Bulldogs whipped Hartland 13-3, Menomonee Falls defeat Lannon 6-2, Pewaukee stop Merton 9-5, Sussex edge the Blue Sox 5-2 and West Bend hammer North Lake in eight innings, 17-0.


Bicyclist killed near Dousman

June 20, 2010 4:23 p.m. | A bicyclist was reportedly killed in a crash near Dousman this morning. Details were not immediately available, and the cyclist's identity is unknown.


Motorcyclist killed near Monches

By Chuck Delsman

June 20, 2010 11:51 a.m. | Mitch Harmann of North Lake was killed early Saturday evening in a motorcycle-van accident on Highway E between Monches and Highway VV.

The motorcycle Harmann was driving collided with a van.

Highway E was closed at 6:25 p.m. on Saturday at Funk Road and the road was still closed at 8:50 p.m.


Oconomowoc woman accused of stabbing husband

By Jim Stevens

June 18, 2010 6:00 p.m. | Waukesha – A 43-year-old Town of Oconomowoc woman was charged for stabbing her husband June 13 during an argument.

Tina M. Szafranski of W360 N5201 Highway P, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court June 15 with one felony count of second-degree reckless injury.

According to the criminal complaint, Gregg Szafranski told police that at about 8:20 p.m. he and his wife had been drinking and got into an argument. While in the kitchen his wife stabbed him. Tina Szfranski told police her husband accidently fell on the knife, the complaint said.

Gregg Szafranski was taken to Aurora Medical Center in Summit where doctors said the wound had punctured his lungs, the complaint said.

Tina Szafranski is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
 


Mukwonago fireworks cancelled for Friday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 18, 2010 5:13 p.m. | The Mukwonago Lions Club Summerfeste fireworks have been cancelled for Friday night due to the weather.

The rain date for the fireworks is Saturday, June 19 at 10 p.m.


Storm front moves through Mukwonago and Wales

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 18, 2010 4:27 p.m. | There has been an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud aloft over Wales. Winds in the Mukwonago area were reported at 76 mph by a weather-watcher as a storm front moved through the area shortly after 4 p.m.


Severe thunderstorm warning issued

June 18, 2010 3:43 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning that includes Southwestern Waukesha County, until 4:15 p.m.

National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. The storm was near Milton and moving east at 50 mph, according to the weather service advisory.

People in the path of the storm are encouraged to take shelter on the lowest floor of a home or business. Motorists are cautioned not to drive into areas where water covers the road.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. for much of Southern Wisconsin.


Big Bend Library ready to make a splash

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 18, 2010 1:57 p.m. | Performer David Drake returns to the Big Bend Library on Thursday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. with his Graybeard the Pirate, A Sailor's Song Bag, show demonstrating sailor knots and other feats as well as performing songs.


Mukwonago restaurant evacuated

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 18, 2010 1:34 p.m. | Market Square Restaurant was evacuated and Mukwonago Fire Department responded to the scene of a fire alarm at the Mukwonago restaurant on Friday.

Fire crews discovered a malfunctioning fire alarm, which the owner is attempting to have serviced. Patrons at the restaurant were allowed back in the building; however, the fire department directed the owner not to let any additional patrons into the building until the alarm is fixed.


Winners, winners and chicken dinners at Monches ChickenFest!

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 18, 2010 12:00 a.m. | With the tag line “making chickens nervous since 2000,” this Saturday's Monches ChickenFest is a summer feast of food, games and music. The 11th annual event features the smell of “fowl” in the air and the sound “foul” at the ball diamond. A delicious half-chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 2:30 to 7 p.m. and at $10 is just chicken feed. And what better way to enjoy a summer’s day than by watching kids play ball starting at 12:30 p.m. If you’re feeling energetic, bring your dancing shoes or just sit and listen to DJ music from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. the band Spellbound takes over. It’s all happening at the Monches Ball Park at Highway E and Center Oak Road. For more information, visit Monchesrecclub.org. Proceeds benefit the Monches Recreation Club.


Budzien new AHS golf coach

By Chuck Delsman

June 17, 2010 8:44 p.m. | Greg Budzien, who has been an assistant coach in the Arrowhead boys golf program for many years, has been named  the new varsity golf coach at AHS. Athletics director Kevin Flegner made the announcement Thursday.

Budzien replaces Tom Tallmadge, who retired after leading the Warhawks to a fourth straight WIAA Division title two weeks ago.

Budizen retired last week as an Arrowhead teacher.


LivingLakeCountry.com wins another national award

By Scott Peterson

June 17, 2010 5:17 p.m. | LivingLakeCountry.com won another national award today in Las Vegas at the Editor & Publisher Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas.

LivingLakeCountry.com won the EPpy award after being judged the Best Weekly Newspaper-Affiliated Web Site. The site edged the two other finalists for the award, the Atlanta Voice Newspaper and ThePilot.com.

A blog posting of the winners is available at this link.

This is the second national award this week for LivingLakeCountry.com. On Tuesday, the Suburban Newspapers of America judged it the Best Overall Local News Site. SNA awarded two other honors to the site as well. Click here for the full story.

LivingLakeCountry.com is the Web companion to the Living family of newspapers, including Lake Country Reporter, Mukwonago Chief, Oconomowoc Focus, Sussex Sun and Kettle Moraine Index.

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Police release photos of M&I Bank robbery suspect

By Amy Nixon

June 17, 2010 10:12 a.m. | Police are still searching for the man who robbed M&I Bank in Mukwonago at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect is described as being a white male, between the ages of 30 and 50, 5'8" to 5'11" with a medium build and wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, light colored baseball cap and a bandanna over his face.

The man displayed a semi-automatic pistol and ordered employees into the vault, taking an undetermined amount of cash, then fleeing in an unknown direction.

Lt. Kevin Schmidt with the Village of Mukwonago Police Department said that he has been in contact with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, and at this time, they do not believe this is the same man who robbed the Town Bank in Wales on Saturday.

M&I Bank is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for original information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminal suspect(s) who robbed the M&I Bank location at 730 Fox Street, Mukwonago, on June 15, 2010.  Individuals with information that may be relevant to this crime should contact the Milwaukee FBI office at (414) 276-4684 or the Mukwonago Police Department at (262) 363-6435.

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Teen charged in AHS bomb scare

By Jim Stevens

June 16, 2010 4:09 p.m. | Waukesha – A 17-year-old Nashotah boy was charged today in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of bomb scare for allegedly writing that a bomb would go off at Arrowhead High School April 30.

Andrew M. Frankwick of W327 N4248 Portside Drive, is accused of writing on a stall in the boy’s bathroom in North Campus: “There will be a bomb that will go off on Friday, April 30 to blow up all you (expletive) bullies and snobs. I’m sick of you,” according to the criminal complaint. Police searched North and South campuses but no bomb was found.

A second bomb threat was written on April 29 in another bathroom in North Campus. Letters were sent to parents alerting them of the situation but school remained open April 30 though attendance was low.

Frankwick admitted to police he wrote the bomb threats. “He stated he wrote the threat because he had a strong dislike for the majority of the students to stop bulling and start acting normal,” the complaint said. “He stated there was never a bomb and he would never put a bomb in the school.”

Frankwick will make his initial appearance in court July 7. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 7 years under state supervision.


Slight increase for OASD lunch

By Donna Frake

June 16, 2010 11:05 a.m. | The Oconomowoc School Board authorized a slight increase to lunch prices for the 2010-2011 school year.

Prices will increase a nickel at all schools, going from $2.20 to $2.25 at the elementary level; from $2.30 to $2.35 at the intermediate and high school levels and from $3.20 to $3.25 for adults.

Milk prices will remain at .35 cents.


Road work on Main Street near WCTC to begin Thursday

By Jim Stevens

June 16, 2010 11:04 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Main Street between Highway SS and near Gethsemane Methodist Church will be repaved with work beginning today.

 

Waukesha County will be milling and repaving the four-lane street in front of the Waukesha County Technical College campus from about 500 feet south of Highway SS (College Avenue) to where the area where the street changes from four lanes to two lanes. Preparation work is expected to begin today with repaving taking place next week.

 

The street will not be closed.


Man charged in snowmobile death on Phanton Lake faces new charges

By Jim Stevens

June 16, 2010 10:58 a.m. | Waukesha – Wayne A. Barkley, charged with the Dec. 23 death of a Town of Vernon girl, was in court again Tuesday as he was charged with resisting officers and damaging lawns in his Town of Mukwonago neighborhood one day earlier.

Barkley, 22, of W328 S8339 Oak Tree Drive, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony count of bail jumping and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, and two counts of resisting/obstructing an officer.

Barkley was charged Feb. 5 with one count of homicide by vehicle – use of a controlled substance for the death of Chelsey Lobenhofer, who was seriously injured Dec. 23 when she fell off a snowmobile driven by Barkley on Phantom Lake and her head hit a vehicle. She died Dec. 26.

According to the criminal complaint regarding the most recent charges, Town of Mukwonago police were called to his residence Monday at about 2:15 a.m. as he had been driving across his parents’ lawn and drove into a garbage cart as well as driving across lawns and hitting garbage carts in the neighborhood.

Police questioned Barkley who denied any wrongdoing and when he was arrested he resisted officers. Police used a Taser gun twice on Barkley as he attempted to get away, the complaint said.

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Board tables decision on administrators' pay

By Donna Frake

June 16, 2010 10:48 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Board of Education tabled action  Tuesday night on a request for a  2 percent compensation pool to be available for administrative salaries for the 2010-2011 contracts.

Board members asked for more time to review settlement data from other bargaining groups.

Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker requested the 2 percent compensation, noting that administrators do not have specific salary schedules compensating for years of service or professional advancement. The pool would be applied to contracts based on the criteria of job description, longevity and performance evaluation, Neudecker said.

The board will take the matter up at at June 22 meeting.


Police looking for bank robbery suspect

By Amy Nixon

June 15, 2010 10:45 p.m. | Police are looking for the man who displayed a semi-automatic pistol and ordered employees at M&I Bank in Mukwonago into the vault, taking an undetermined amount of cash.  The man, who fled in an unknown direction, is described as a white male in his thirties, forties or fifties, approximately 5'8" to 5'11", with a medium build wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, a light colored baseball cap and wearing a bandanna over his face

The robbery took place today at 2:08 p.m.  Check back for more details as they become available.


Summit will be a village

June 15, 2010 8:57 p.m. | Summit electors have overwhelmingly voted in favor of incorporating as a village.

Today's referendum saw 483 votes in favor of the incorporation to 85 votes against it.

Town Chairman Len Susa said the results speak "loud and clear" about what town residents want,.

The town will next conduct a special election to elect a village board. That election will coincide with the primary election being held in September for state offices.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index and Oconomowoc Focus.


No serious injuries received in rollover accident

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 15, 2010 6:16 p.m. |

The driver of this vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and did not receive serious injury after the vehicle rolled onto its side on the east side of Highway EE just south of Highway I in Mukwonago shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Another vehicle was involved in the accident. No one from that vehicle was injured.

Traffic was detoured while the fire department responded to the call. No further details are available at this time. 


Summit becomes a village

June 15, 2010 10:49 p.m. | Town of Summit residents spoke at the polls Tuesday and what they said is we want to live in a village. A referendum for Summit's incorporation to a village passed

 

More on this story in Thursday's Living Oconomowoc Focus and Kettle Moraine Index


Rollover accident reported in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 15, 2010 5:21 p.m. | The Mukwonago Fire Department is responding to the report of a rollover accident at Highway EE and Highway I. The extent of injuries is not know at this time.


Newsweek lists Kettle Moraine High School among top schools nationwide

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 15, 2010 4:37 p.m. | According to Newsweek Magazine, Kettle Moraine High School now ranks in the top 3 percent of public high schools nationwide. Ranked 867 out of more than 27,000 schools nationwide KMHS edged out Arrowhead High School to become one of the top 10 ranked schools in Wisconsin.

Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. Just over 1600 schools—only six percent of all the public schools in the U.S.—made the list.

In 2009 KMHS made the list for the first time – ranked 1497.


Bank robbery in Mukwonago

June 15, 2010 2:28 p.m. | The M&I Bank, 730 Fox St., Mukwonago, has been robbed by a white male with a bandanna over his face who displayed a small handgun, according to police scanner traffic.

Further details as they become available.


Summit referendum under way

June 15, 2010 9:46 a.m. | Town of Summit residents will vote today on whether or not they think the town should be promoted to village status. The years-long pursuit by past and present town officials comes down to the electors today who are asked to cast their vote at Town Hall, 2911 N. Dousman Road, until 8 p.m.

Town Clerk Debra Schueler reported at the time of this posting that about 60 residents had come in to cast their vote. There are approximately 3,800 residents in the town. The municipality only needs one more vote than half for the referendum to pass and Summit to become a village.

Village status ensures Summit's borders are protected from annexation by neighboring municipalities. According to Town Administrator/Planner Henry Elling, a village also has more weight in consideration for government funding and grant applications.

Watch this site for results of the referendum tonight.


IMPACT school to close

June 14, 2010 3:50 p.m. | Ten years after founding IMPACT School of Oconomowoc, Rick and Shelly Grothaus will be closing the school as they pursue careers in St. Louis.

 According to information submitted Monday, Rick was offered a position teaching students at the college level who want to become teachers, and Shelly was hired to teach history at the middle school level. Rick currently also served as the Wales Elementary School principal. 
 
"We are being led by God to continue our mission of transforming lives in the St. Louis area. We will dearly miss IMPACT School, its students, and families, and Oconomowoc where we grew up and attended school. Our gratitude for the support of the community is heartfelt," they said in a statement.
 
The school offered a more alternative, hands-on methods of teaching with each student being assessed individually based on their needs.
 
 More on this story in Thursday's Living Oconomowoc Focus. 


Deadline approaches for Mukwonago summer writing camp

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 14, 2010 2:34 p.m. | Elementary through high school students can sign up for a week full of hands-on guided, creative writing opportunities with Scribblin' Scribes student writer's summer camp July 5 through 9 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Park View Middle School, 930 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago.

Cost of the camp is $20, payable to MHS activities. Forms are available at any Mukwonago Area School District school office and should be returned by June 16.

The camp is a collaboration of experienced adults and teenagers that will provide students the opportunity to flourish as a writer while engaging in activities that nourish creativity, teamwork and self-confidence.


Village of Mukwonago recoginzed for water quality efforts

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 14, 2010 10:34 a.m. |

The Village of Mukwonago was awarded a Water Star Silver certificate Monday morning for its work in protecting water resources. State, county and local officials were on hand for the ceremony in Indian Head Park.


Wales bank robbed

June 13, 2010 4:52 p.m. |  

Town Bank, 200 Main St., Wales, was held up by an armed gunman at about 12:07 p.m. Saturday, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect is described as a white man, 45-55 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build and gray facial hair. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt, dirty blue jeans and black tennis shoes.

He fled in a black Chevrolet Beretta with no plates.

A weapon was implied but not actually seen by witnesses, according to a press release by Sheriff's Department Lt. Paul Renkas. THe department is investigating.

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All-American music fills the night air at Lapham Peak.

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 11, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Our vast nation with its natural beauty and hard-working people has inspired composers such as Scott Joplin, Count Basie and Irving Berlin  to create music infused with patriotism and passion. If you want to hear the great American standards from the last century that will fill you with pride and joy don't miss The Lake Country Companion: The Saga of American Music. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12,  and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park on Highway C south of I-94. Tickets are $15, half-price for ages 13-17, and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by a parent. Seating is festival style, so bring a chair, blanket and bug spray.


Gun club permit revoked by City of Delafield

By Kelly Smith

June 10, 2010 10:56 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Common Council Thursday night in a joint meeting with the Plan Commission voted 5 to 1 to revoke the Hartland Sportsmans Club's conditional use permit with several council members encouraging the club to seek a new permit after making improvements in safety equipment and club operating procedures.

The council rejected a 4-3 recommendation by the Plan Commission that the gun club be allowed to continue to operate but its activities be limited to archery, air guns, wax bullets, and trap shooting. The commission's recommendations came after about two hours of debate that included about six different votes in an effort to agree on a recommendation to the council.

Three members of the Plan Commission successfully argued for amendments that appeared  to dilute some of the findings of fact prepared by the city staff that concluded that the gun club had been in violation of its permit since it was issued in 1997,

Plan Commission member Kent Attwell argued that city has given other permit violators an opportunity to correct deficiencies without revoking their permit.

He asserted that over the past 12 years the club has been working with the city in an effort to improve its facilities. He argued the club deserved a chance to continue operating despite an April 29 incident where a 31 year old, 17 week pregnant, women was struck by a bullet that escaped from the club firing range while she was sitting on the outdoor patio of a nearby restuarant.

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City of Delafield revokes gun club permit

By Kelly Smith

June 10, 2010 10:12 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Common Council has voted 5 to 1 to revoke the conditional use permit for the Hartland Sportsman Club. Club president Russell Meidenbaur said he would have to confer with the organization's 130 members before deciding whether  - or how - the club would appeal the decision.

The council determined the Club had continously violated its operating permit including during an April 29 incident when a .45 caliber round escape the firing range and struck a 17 week pregnant, 31 year old women while she was sitting on an outdoor patio of a nearby restuarant. Council members encouraged the club to seek a new conditional use permit when it completed improvements necessary to make the facility safe for firing range activities.


Farmer's Market vouchers available for seniors

By Donna Frake

June 10, 2010 3:02 p.m. | The Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) is administering the Senior Farmer's Market Voucher Program for Waukesha County. Seniors must be 60 years of age or older and will need to verify their monthlyincome is at, or below, 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

Vouchers are disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to one pack of vouchers per household. the program will provide seniors with $25 worth of fresh fuit, vegetables and herbs.

CAC, the Waukesha Food Pantry and the Waukesha Vounty Agining & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) are disbursing the Farmer's Market Nutritional Program voucers at various locations throughout the county. Please call CAC at (262) 354-4017, the Waukesha Food Pantry at (262) 542-5300 or Waukesha County ADRC at (262) 548-7848 for additional information on disbursement dates, times and locations.

Local times and locations include: The Oconomowoc Community Center, 10 a.m. - noon on June 21, Butler Square 10 a.m. to noon on June 29, Dousman Farmer's market, Community Center, from 2 - 4 p.m. on July 7, Sussex Food Pantry from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on July 12 and again from 1 - 3 p.m. on July 14.


Police called on deceased person

By Donna Frake

June 10, 2010 2:12 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Police were called to a residence in the 800 block of Silver Lake Street  at 11:30 a.m., where the body of a 54-year-old man was found by a family member who last had contact with the man approximately four weeks ago.

Police Chief David Beguhn said the body was removed from the home by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner. The cause of death in unknown at this time. Police are investigating,  but foul play is not suspected.


KM girls lose in sectional

By Chuck Delsman

June 09, 2010 7:09 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls softball team lost to visiting Menomonee Falls Wednesday afternoon  3-0 in the first round of the WIAA sectional. By winning, Falls (16-6) will play at Arrowhead against No. 1 seeded Watertown (22-3)  on Friday at 4 p.m.

Watertown defeated Arrowhead  (14-11) in the other sectional semifinal game 10-0 on Wednesday.


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