The host Land O' Lakes Western Division All-Star team clobbered the Southwest Division Sunday afternoon at Pewaukee, 14-3.
Billy Bynum of West Bend homered for the West and had three hits for the day. Pewaukee infielder Nick Wichser also had three hits. Kurt Sarcia of Pewaukee chipped in with two hits.
Sam Mulkey of Merton pitched the first three innings for the West and did not allow a run.
Host Lannon defeated Monches Friday night in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 3-0. Troy Kenkel tossed a 9-hit shutout at the Irish.
Blake Hunt srtuck out 10 Lannon batters and allowed just five hits but suffered the loss.
Leading 1-0, Lannon scored twice in the sixth when Kyle Senft singled in Dean Haase and Adam Bigus for the final two runs.
Buck Konkol and Connor Lenz had two hits for Monches. Senft had two hits for the Stonemen.
Host West Bend rallied back from a 3-2 deficit after two innings Friday night to defeat first place Pewaukee in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 5-3.
Pewaukee had 12 hits, four more than West Bend but couldn't win the game. Kurt Sarcia, Nick Wichser, Brock Guetzke and Rob Brockel had two hits each for Pewaukee.
Billy Bynum, Taylor Koth and Jed Justman had two hits apiece for the winners.
Bryant Bullock went the distance and earned the win for 7-Up. Guetzke was the losing pitcher.
Sometimes we can live in a community for years and not really know much about its history.
Why not plan to learn about your hometown this summer?
In Delafield, you can get a free tour of the historic Hawk’s Inn, 426 Wells St., from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in summer. Built in 1845 Hawks Inn is a great example of an early stagecoach stop. It was the center of social and political life in the frontier village of Delafield. The tours will help you imagine what life was like for the pioneer travelers more than 150 years ago.
If you live in Sussex, you might want to visit The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St., Sussex from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to see its new exhibit, Taverns and Saloons: A Local History of Brewing. The museum also features an expanding railroad area. Admission is $4. Call (262) 246-3603 for more information.
Hartland residents can spend relaxing evening listening to the Hartland Community Band from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland. The concert is free. The band will also be in the Hartland Hometown Parade which starts at 1 p.m. Sunday.» Read Full Article
Two occupants of a car found after it struck a large tree in the Town of Delafield and caught fire were pronounced dead at the scene early Friday, according to a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department news release.
According to the release, the Sheriff's Department and Town of Delafield Fire Department responded to a call for a vehicle fire on Bryn Road west of Elmhurst Road about 2:40 a.m.
The first arriving deputy found a car that was on fire and appeared to have struck a large tree head on. The car was resting on the driver's side and had severe front-end damage.
After the Fire Department extinguished the fire, it was determined there were two occupants inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The car appeared to have been traveling west on Bryn and failed to negotiate the slight left curve, then left the roadway and struck the tree.
If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, you may want to check out the list of activities for the Okauchee Lions Days events at the Okauchee Lions Park.
Friday, June 27
Beginning at 5 pm and running until midnight,
enjoy food, drinks, a softball tourney, carnival, as well as the Fat Maw Rooney Band playing from 7 -11 p.m.
Saturday June 28
From 8 a.m. to midnight
From 8 a.m.-11a.m. there will be an all-you-can-eat pancake, egg and sausage breakfast.
11 a.m.- midnight food and drink will be available from the Lioness Club.
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. is the carnival.» Read Full Article
The City of Oconomowoc will host its first Concert in the Park of the summer at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at City Beach.
The Boogie Men will kick off the summer series which runs on the last Friday of the month in June, July and August.
On April 18, he announced his bid for re-election, followed on May 6 by the announcement that he would instead retire and on June 16, 11th District Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) announced he was to immediately resign from his position for a new opportunity. We now know what that opportunity is.
In a press release the executive committee of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association (WMCA) announces that effective July 1, 2014, former Senator Neal Kedzie will become the new President of the association. Current president Tom Howells will retire after serving for 35 years.
Kedzie, a UW-Whitewater graduate and former town chairman, previously served in both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature.
First elected to the State Assembly in 1997 and later to the State Senate in 2002, he held leadership positions as Senate Assistant Majority Leader and Caucus Chair, as well as chairman of theSenate Natural Resources and Transportation Committees.
Prior to his time in the legislature, Kedzie worked for Wisconsin Electric Power Company as a Government Relations Representative and for Wisconsin Southern Gas Company as a Commercial/Industrial Coordinator in the marketing division. He is married with three adult children and resides in rural Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Alderman Aaron Perry and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly will hold a joint news conference today, June 24, on Love Bridge over the Fox River from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Alderman Perry describes the news event location as “symbolically and visually significant.” Perry says, the news event will “contain compelling information that will inform voter decisions in Waukesha, Mukwonago and Genesee prior to the August 12 Republican primary.”
The primary outcome will determine who succeeds Rep. Bill Kramer in Assembly District 97.
In his 27-year career as football coach at Mukwonago High School, Keith Hensler led his teams to 199 victories, eight conference championships, qualified 15 times for state playoffs, and won the 2004 WIAA state football championship.
On Aug. 29, a reunion celebration is being planned for that 2004 state championship team during the game against Lake Geneva Badger, the same team Hensler is coaching on as part of his son’s staff. That night, the Mukwonago High School football field will be named, the Keith Hensler Field.
"When you name a field, or building, or anything, really what you’re doing is honoring or celebrating excellence," MHS athletic director Andy Trudell explained to the Mukwonago School Board on June 23.
Hensler served as assistant coach from 1976 to 1978, and head coach from 1979 to 2005. His teams averaged 7.4 wins per season when a regular high school football season contains nine games.
"That tells you how amazing that number is," Trudell pointed out. "I think that’s just a smidgen of the greatness of Coach Hensler."» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - As expected, the Lisbon Town Board unanimously agreed tonight to terminate at the end of the year the joint municipal agreement with the Village of Sussex that funds most of the operations of the Pauline Haass Library.
The town contributes about $420,000 annually to the library's approximately $1.2 million budget and the village contributes another approximately $460,000.
The town and village have been attempting to agree on a new funding formula during nearly four years of negotiations that were side tracked when the Library Board decided to sue the town over control of 65 acres of farm land donated to the town for library purposes by Pauline Haass.
The library is not expected to close when the funding agreement expires. Sussex village officials have vowed to take over the library and maintain it at existing service levels.
Town residents will be able to continue to use the library, and other Waukesha County library facilities, but will have to pay a county library tax that is estimated to be about 26 cents $100,000 assessed valuation.» Read Full Article
Five Village of Pewaukee residents face felony methamphetamine charges after 40 law enforcement officers raided a house near Pewaukee Lake as part of a seven-hour operation last week.
Four of the five — Brandy Leeper, 43; Kinberlee Puls, 45; Michael Seibert, 33; and Norman Thomas, 49 — have court appearances in Waukesha County Circuit Court scheduled for Wednesday on multiple counts related to methamphetamine possession and intent to deliver the drug. A fifth suspect, 17-year-old Bonnie Thomas, is scheduled to appear in court June 30.
Police Capt. Jay Iding said Monday that officers from several units were involved in the raid on Thursday, including village officers, members of a suburban critical incident team and the Waukesha County drug unit.
According to a criminal complaint:
Officers executed a search warrant at 344 Park Ave. acting on a tip that packages of methamphetamine were being shipped from California to the residents through the U.S. Postal Service.» Read Full Article
If there was a cure for diabetes, the first thing Mukwonago High School senior Kayla Howard would do is go to a “waffle place,” order a big waffle and douse it in thick syrup. If Howard had her way, if JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) had its way, there would be a world without type 1 diabetes. That’s the goal of Ride to Cure Diabetes. That’s Howard’s goal in training for a 100-mile bike ridein La Crosse on Aug. 16, and raising $2,000 for JDRF.
“Every day is a battle with a disease you can treat, but never completely control,” Howard said in a video she created for her ride.
Training is only one part of the preparation for the ride. Working to raise funds for the ride, Howard will hold a fundraising rummage sale on Thursday and Friday, June 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at S67 W29202 South Ridge Pass, Mukwonago, off Highway 83 and I. All proceeds from the rummage sale will go to Ride to Cure Diabetes. Along with Howard’s old bicycle, the rummage will include Fischer Price toys, Barbie dolls, and antique desks she played in as a child.
Read the complete story in the June 25 Mukwonago Chief.
The Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District has hired the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission to update the Pewaukee Lake Management and Watershed Protection Plan. The plan will be the third iteration of the original plan.
The first public meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Pewaukee Public Library in the Village of Pewaukee.
The plan will be based on science to maintain the overall health of the lake as a balanced ecosystem. A survey questionnaire will be provided to allow the public to comment on their uses, where they live, their thoughts on the water quality and how to continue to improve it as well as noting their favorite recreational activities and experiences.
A Waukesha County judge has dismissed charges against an Oconomowoc woman who left her handgun in a church restroom.
Susan Hitchler, 66, was charged in April with negligent handling of a weapon, a misdemeanor. The complaint indicated that on March 19 she had left her handgun in a stall of the women's restroom at Elmbrook Church. A church employee found the gun within a few minutes and turned it over to security.
At a hearing late last week, Circuit Judge Lloyd V. Carter ruled on a defense motion to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. The motion had been argued in May.
"The bottom line, in my view, was the state must show a crime was probably committed," said Hitchler's attorney, Tom Grieve of Brookfield. "An element of the charged crime is that the defendant's conduct must have directly endangered the safety of another."
Grieve said that while initial rumors suggested there were children around, the weapon was seen only by someone doing janitorial service at Elmbrook. At the time, the church was playing host to a women's Bible study group, and that same bathroom was accessible to girls in first through fifth grades who also were in the church. But the complaint does not indicate any girls entered the bathroom before the loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol was discovered.» Read Full Article
A 21-year-old Pewaukee man was killed at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, June 21, when the motorcycle he was driving left the roadway.
The man was traveling east on Highway 16 east of Highway JJ in the city of Pewaukee, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
He was the only person involved in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department.
Laura Culhane is the new varsity girls soccer coach at Oconomowoc, replacing Mike Bizjak who resigned three weeks ago.
Culhane, a Brookfield Central High School graduate, is a teacher in the Oconomowoc School District. She has been the assistant varsity girls coach the last two seasons.
"I am pleased to announce Laura Culhane as our new head girls soccer coach," OHS Athletics Director Scott Raduka said.
Culhane is a teacher at Silver Lake Middle School, who played women's soccer at Marquette University, and has coached eight seasons for FC Milwaukee.
Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team, behind a brilliant pitching effort from right-hander Eric Schmitz, blanked visiting North Lake on Sunday, 4-0.
The Muskies scored two runs in the first and two more in the second for the only runs of the game.
Kyle Mabry worked the first seven innings for the Lakers and pitched an outstanding game.
Other LOL games saw Oconomowoc stop Merton 5-3, Brookfield Bulldogs upset West Bend 4-2 and Sussex down Hartland, 4-0.
The Lannon-Menomonee Falls game was cancelled due to wet grounds.» Read Full Article
this afternoon that the 34 plaintiffs asking to halt or void the transfer of Rural Home Cemetery from an association to the village of Big Bend do have standing to pursue the matter in his court.Judge Lee S. Dreyfus told a full courtroom
In order to have standing, plaintiffs had to prove they have suffered or will suffer harm from the action occurring, Dreyfus explained. The judge said that plot owners have rights and privileges and that those rights and privileges have been lost in this process.
Dreyfus said that while the transfer, which was approved by the State of Wisconsin Cemetery Board in November, is long completed, administrative questions and possible errors have complicated and potentially voided that transfer.
"I'm not indicating that is the case, but that is the question," Dreyfus said.
Those issues include potential violations by the Rural Home Cemetery Association according to their bylaws as well as a possible open meetings violation.» Read Full Article
The festival season is finally here and the options are plentiful.
The Friends of Lapham Peak are presenting its Summer Solstice Celebration from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at Lapham Peak State Forest, W329-N846 Highway C, Delafield. The party includes music by Tom Klein and The Front plus there’ll be refreshments available for purchase. Bring your own chair or blanket and relax under the stars. In case the stars are replaced by rain the concert moves to the nature center. Admission is $10, $5 ages 12 to 18, free for kids younger than 11.
Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, is hosting Amerifest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The day includes remarks from U.S. Senate Chaplain Rear Admiral Barry C. Black and a patriotic program, children‘s activities and a car show. Programs are scheduled for 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., with lunch served at no cost. Visit www.springcreekonline.com for more information.
Everyone’s a winner when they order a chicken dinner at the 15th annual Monches Chickenfest from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at Monches Ball Park, Highway E and Center Oak Road, Monches. Cost is $9 in advance, $10 at the gate. Call (262) 966-2284 for more information.
Meet local artists at Summertime Art in Lake Country Artists Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lake Country Gallery, W240-N3425 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee. Artists include Lori Beringer, Scott Hefti, Claudette Lee-Roseland, Jim Meissner, Mary Ulm Mayhew, Lynn Rix, Michelle Savas-Thompson, Marie Siegrist and Janet Tenneson-McCarty.
"He had a liberal arts education, and he lived the liberal arts spirit through and through. He was always thirsting for knowledge and new things, and he never tired of that," his daughter Sarah Spencer said of Ruf, who served in Gov. Tommy Thompson's administration as deputy secretary of the Department of Development and as head of WHEDA, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
"I knew when I assigned him something, he'd get it done, just like he did in the banking world," Thompson said of Ruf. "He always had a smile on his face and always had that can-do attitude."
Ruf, who had suffered a heart attack years ago and a stroke several weeks ago, died of natural causes Friday at his Pewaukee home. His wife, Sally, had gone outside to watch the moon rise that evening, their daughter said, and discovered him when she returned. He was 77.
Ruf grew up in Elm Grove but often pointed to an experience as a child on a family farm near Green Bay that shaped his life.» Read Full Article
The Lake Country Lutheran baseball team has bludgeoned its foes all year long, racking up scores and scores of offense. But to win its first state championship, the Lightning had to encounter a season's worth of drama in one afternoon.
After losing a lead with two outs in the seventh, then watching two two-run leads evaporate in extras, LCL still had enough to escape every jam and put together the offense it needed to triumph with an 11-7 win over McDonell Central and the WIAA Division 4 state title at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton on Thursday, June 19.
It was LCL's first state championship and capped the season at 32-0, the first undefeated season in any division since Sun Prairie won the Division 1 title in 2005. The Lightning finished the year with 20 victories shortened by the run-rule and 27 contests of scoring 10 runs or more. But this game was nothing like the rest.
"There was really a point at which I had to become OK with the potential that we could lose, because they're a really good team," LCL coach David Bahr said. "They kept answering. Every time you go up two, you figure this is it. All year long, these pitchers are going to get us out of an inning without giving up two runs. You have to give a ton of credit to McDonell Central for just coming back."
Chris Kornowski singled and came around to score on a wild pitch in the 11th to give LCL an 8-7 lead, marking the fourth time LCL had scored a go-ahead run in the seventh inning or later. CJ Teske's two-run single against reliever Caleb Olson made the score 10-7, and Murphy Shannon plated another with a single. It would have seemed like plenty on any other day.» Read Full Article
City of Oconomowoc -- Worthington Street will be closed at the railroad crossing for about a week beginning Monday, June 23, while repairs are being done. No traffic will be able to cross the tracks during this time.
Dominic Cizauskas has been found guilty of third degree sexual assault in Dane County Court.
After just under five hours of deliberation, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.
The court will continue bail for Cizauskas, releasing him until sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.
A Class G felony can carry up to a $25,000 fine and 10 years imprisonment. According to Wis. Stat. 973.01 (2)(b)(7) those 10 years may be made up of no more than five years confinement and no more than five years extended supervision.» Read Full Article
The case of Dominic Cizauskas, 18, accused of third-degree sexual assault, is now in the hands of the jury.
Cizauskas chose to take the stand Wednesday afternoon in his own defense, providing a different view of the situation than the one described in the criminal complaint.
Cizauskas said he and the alleged victim had a prior consensual sexual relationship and friendship. Upon coming to Madison for his official visit, he communicated with the woman who explained that she had to study but said “maybe” they could see each other.
Cizauskas testified that upon arriving on campus he had five shots of spiced rum in a 1.5 hour period and had approximately two sips of a mixed drink that he did not like the taste of at a party. He said while he told the woman that he had been drinking, he does not recall telling her how much he had and said he did not feel drunk but “buzzed.”
Cizauskas was let into the dormitory building by an acquaintance. The complainant said he entered the room through the unlocked door. He said he knocked and she answered. While Cizauskas doesn’t dispute that initially the woman said “I don’t think I can do this," he said that the two then had a short conversation about it and he promised not to tell anyone.» Read Full Article
Medline Industries Inc. is opening a manufacturing facility in Hartland, at the site of the former Triad Group, 700 W. North Shore Drive, bringing an estimated 200 jobs to the area.
Medline purchased the manufacturing plant during bankruptcy proceedings. It plans to invest $8 million to renovate and equip the facility with the latest technology and safety systems, according to a news release. The Illinois-based company will produce infection control and prevention products at the facility, which is expected to be fully operational by May 2015.
Triad Group's operations were suspended in April 2011, when U.S. marshals working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration halted manufacturing at the plant, seizing about $6 million cough syrup, nasal sprays, suppositories and medicated wipes from the facility.
Triad and its sister group, H&P Industries Inc. had issued five voluntary recalls before the raid, after the FDA found that some alcohol wips and swabs distributed by the companies were contaminated with bacteria. Lawyers paved a paper trail to the company's doorstep, alleging the products caused at least five deaths and numerous injuries, and in August 2012 the two companies filed for bankruptcy.
Medline was the highest qualified bidder at the bankruptcy auction in March, and Judge Pamela Pepper of the Eastern District Court of Wisconsin approved the bid.» Read Full Article
A 43-year-old Oconomowoc man was accused on Saturday, June 14, of pinning his 15-year-old son to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the head.
Neal Wallace, 419 S. Concord Road, was charged on Monday, June 16, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one felony count of physical abuse of a child. If convicted, Wallace faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a report of a physical altercation at the intersection of Nike Drive and E. Main Street in the city of Waukesha.
The fight allegedly broke out because Wallace was upset with his son for staying out late with his friends.
A verbal argument erupted between the two after Wallace picked up his son and began driving them home.» Read Full Article
With windy, rainy weather and tornado warnings in other parts of the county, the morning of day 2 in the Dominic Cizauskas trial got off to a bit of a late start.
The first witness to take the stand, and the last for the state, was the alleged victim.
The prosecution went over her story and text messages in great detail, also submitting to evidence of pictures of the dorm room. The witness also said during direct examination that she considered both the ramifications to her reputation and to Cizauskas before she went to police adding she “didn’t want to be the reason he loses his scholarship.” She said she decided to come forward "because this was not OK."
The defense cross-examination focused largely again on deleted text messages in which the woman’s phone sent “so are you coming or not” and “when will you be here” to the phone of Cizauskas attempting to show that she knew he was on his way, most likely for sex. They also questioned and compared the details of the report and of the woman's story.
The defense began their case by calling the UW-Madison Police Detective who handles sensitive crimes and who initially interviewed the woman for the report. The detective explained the process for the interview as well as why the deleted messages were only recovered last week after the detective had asked for the files to be reviewed again. The detective said that the department knew text messages of that nature existed and just formally recovered them last week.» Read Full Article
Some of the heaviest rain ever to hit the Lake Country area blasted the area Wednesday morning from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. More than one inch of rain fell in a short span.
Visibility around 9 a.m. was less than 30 yards at times. Traffic on Highway 16 near Hartland was slowed to 20 to 25 miles per hour.
Dime-sized hail also hit the Hartland area from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Tree branches were in the roads on Highway E north of Hartland and several branches also fell into the driving lanes on Highway 83 north of Highway 16.
Mukwonago sports stand-out Dominic Cizauskas, 18, was in court today, the first day of a planned two-day jury trial. He is accused of third-degree sexual assault. He has plead not guilty.
Much of the morning focused on text message conversations between Cizauskas and the alleged victim, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cizauskas was on campus for a football recruitment trip when the incident with the woman allegedly occurred.
The prosecution brought several friends of the alleged victim as well as the alleged victim's roommate, who testified to the woman's changing demeanor after the alleged assault and recalled the days surrounding the event, which were largely reflected in the criminal complaint.
» Read Full Article
Just under two inches of rain hit most of the Lake Country area from 1 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m.
The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club reported 1.25 inches of rain by 5 a.m. Tuesday and close to another 0.75 inches fell from 5 to 7 a.m.
Rain is expected to fall through Saturday in the area.
Strong overnight storms have caused numerous power outages scattered throughout the area.
In Waukesha some traffic lights are out, including at Main Street near the new Woodman's on the city's east side. We Energies indicates there are 20 outages in the Waukesha area, affecting 2,578 customers.
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Glacial Drumlin State Trail will be closed from Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 from Main Street in Wales going west half a mile to Mickle Road in Waukesha County.The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that a section of the
The trail will be closed to allow contractors to conduct overhead bridge demolition and girder placement on Highway 83. During the trail closure, no through traffic will be allowed. The DNR has created an alternate travel route for trail users, which will be marked with signs indicating the route. Trail closure signs and barricades will be posted in advance and during the closure dates.
The alternate trail route follows what is currently the Highway 83 traffic lane, but it will be closed to vehicle traffic after the new traffic lane is opened. The old traffic lane will be for trail detour use only. The DNR reminds riders and hikers to use extreme caution at all intersections, obey all traffic signs and look for oncoming vehicles before crossing the new lane of traffic.
On Monday, June 16, at 9:28 am, squads from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, Village of Eagle Police Department, along with EMS from Eagle Fire Department and Flight for Life responded to a serious injury accident on CTH N south of CTH ZZ in the Town of Eagle.
Upon arrival, the male driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was seriously injured and trapped inside the vehicle. Once the driver was extricated from the vehicle he was transported to Aurora Hospital in Summit by Flight for Life for treatment.
The driver, a 51 year old man from Dousman, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The investigation indicates the vehicle was travelling northbound on CTH N when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
The accident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.
On April 18, he announced his bid for re-election, followed on May 6 by the announcement that he would instead retire and today 11th District Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) has announced he will immediately resign from his position.
"A new opportunity has come before me, however in order to pursue it further, I must resign from the Senate at this time rather than finish my full term of office," read a statement sent to media by Kedzie.
"Serving the people of Wisconsin these last seventeen and a half years in both the State Assembly and State Senate has been one of the most memorable times in my life. I have been blessed to be part of such a unique institution and hopefully have made a positive change, at least in some small way. As elected officials, our time here is limited, and now my time has come to turn the page and begin the next chapter of my life."
The 11th Senate District includes parts of Walworth, Waukesha, Jefferson, Rock, Racine and Kenosha Counties including parts of the village of Eagle, village of Mukwonago and town of Mukwonago.
Oconomowoc's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team downed host Monches Sunday, 13-7.
The Five O's got home runs from TJ Roberts, Josh Bouche and Kyle Sykes and Tony Butler was the starting and winning pitcher.
Andy Smith started and took the loss for the Irish.
A Waukesha County man who got an Oconomowoc bank to finance his Macedonia casino project has been charged with arson in the fire that destroyed his pricey lakeside home last year.
Ydbi "Joe" Islami, 58, was arrested Thursday, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
According to a criminal complaint released Friday, he was charged with arson of a building with intent to defraud, as a party to a crime; theft by false representation over $10,000; fraudulent writings; and felony false swearing.
According to the complaint:
Investigators suspected arson almost immediately. A neighbor on Monastery Hill Drive in Lac La Belle reported flames coming from 145 Monastery Hill Drive about 10:30 p.m. June 10, 2013.» Read Full Article
A village of Lac La Belle man was charged Friday, June 13, with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed his expensive home last June.
Ydbi Islami, 58, also faces three other felony charges, including fraud tied to an unbuilt casino, in a criminal complaint filed Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by the District Attorney's office.
Islami was being held in Waukesha County Jail on Friday on $200,000 cash bond. He was taken into custody late Thursday.
In addition to the arson at a home Islami said was worth $1.5 million, Islami faces a charge of fraud on allegations that he misrepresented his assets at $6.8 million in order to secure a loan from First Financial Center of Oconomowoc for a hotel casino in Macedonia, according to a criminal complaint.
He also is accused of theft and false swearing for collecting Social Security under false pretenses.» Read Full Article
It’s the time of year when we can do all sorts of things outdoors, including watch a play.
Don’t miss the Woody Allen comedy “Don’t Drink the Water" at SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, through June 28. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit http://www.summer-stage.org for more information.
From 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, runners will be supporting cancer research during the Relay for Life of Lake Country at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The event celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those lost to the disease. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society. Call (262) 523-5509 for more information.
Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Main St., Wales, is serving up a chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. The dinner includes barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and cole slaw, rolls and homemade desserts. Carryouts are available from noon to 7 p.m. Dine in from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children under 12. For more information call (262) 968-3408.
The Depot Museum in Sussex is offering free admission to dads from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in celebration of Father’s Day. The museum, located at N63 W23075 Main St, Sussex, is featuring "Taverns and Saloons - A Local History of Brewing." For information call (262) 246-3603.
The North Prairie Fire Department is sponsoring a Bicycle Safety Course for kids to learn and practice safe bicycling skills from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 14. Participants will learn starting and stopping, safe exiting of driveways, looking for traffic, negotiating intersections, avoiding common road hazards and rules on the road. The even will also feature a bicycle safety inspection, skills stations, refreshments and a raffle for new bikes. Helmets will also be sold as a discounted price. There is no cost to participate but each participant needs a bicycle and a bicycle helmet.
The village of Wales just received information from the state Department of Transportation that they will be temporarily closing West Criglas to traffic.
The closure is necessary due to steep grade changes between the existing roadway and the new roadway elevation once the binder layer of asphalt is placed. Without this closure it will be difficult for traffic to safely traverse the intersection.
The contractor plans to close the intersection on Thursday, June 19, in advance of paving operations slated to begin on Friday, June 20. With the rain, it could be put off by one day. The closure will be for two to three weeks.
Traffic will be able to access West Criglas via Welsh and Taliesin roads.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) presented Rep. David Craig (R-Vernon) with the “Champion of Commerce” award for the 2013-2014 legislative session.
President of MMAC, Tim Sheehy issued the following statement.
“Through the hard work of leaders like Representative Craig, we were able to achieve a number of significant public policy victories for the workers and employers of the Metropolitan Milwaukee region. Representative Craig is working hard in Madison to keep Wisconsin’s economy competitive. We are grateful for his service and proud to salute him with our ‘Champion of Commerce’ award.”
The Champion of Commerce award is given to lawmakers who earn an 80-percent or greater ranking on MMAC’s biennial Legislative Scorecard. Prior to the legislative session, MMAC lays out public policy priorities to lawmakers, the press, and the public in the ‘Blueprint for Economic Prosperity’. The award recognizes legislative leaders who take note of economic priorities and work diligently to advance those ideas in Madison.
Craig represents the 83rd Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.
The second annual Suhmer's chainsaw art festival begins June 13 and runs through June 15. Chainsaw artists, including local carver, Bob Younger, will be showcasing their skills. It will be held under the big tent in Suhmer's Saloon parking lot, Highway 67 in Eagle.
Help the Palmyra/Eagle High School art department by buying a raffle ticket along with a chance to win a 48-inch carving, a small carving, or gift certificates. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Palmyra/Eagle High School Art Department. Raffle will be held at 5 p.m. on June 15.
Police, fire and ambulance vehicles will be at Oconomowoc High School on Friday and Saturday this week for a special training event.
Law enforcement officials will be conducting Active Assailant training at OHS from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13 and from 8:30am – 1:30 pm. on Saturday, June 14.
Participants will include the Oconomowoc, Town of Oconomowoc, Village of Oconomowoc Lake and Village of Summit Police Departments and the Oconomowoc, Stone Bank and Dousman Fire Departments.
This is annual training that is hosted by the Oconomowoc Police Department for area law enforcement each year. This year it extended an invitation to local fire departments in an effort to begin integrating emergency services into the scenarios so that law enforcement and fire and rescue services in our area will be better able to respond in the event of an actual incident.
Oconomowoc's summer Moonlit Movies gets underway again Thursday, June 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Fowler Park.
The Badgerland Ski Show will take center stage from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a showing of "Frozen" at dusk.
If you go, bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Your donation puts you in a drawing for "The Best Seats in the House" along with a stocked cooler and blanket.
Moonlit Movies is held the second Thursday of the month, June through August.
The city of Delafield Police Department and other members of the Suburban Critical Incident Team will be conducting SWAT team training from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at vacant residential properties in downtown Delafield.
The training will take place in the triangle between Dopkins, Wells and Main streets. Dopkins will be barricaded and closed to the public between Wells and Main during the training.
Signs will be posted in the area indicating police training is taking place.
Expect to see a variety of police vehicles and uniformed SWAT personal. While the officers will be equipped with weapons, numerous safety checks will be conducted before the training to ensure that none of the weapons are capable of firing live ammunition during the training.
Traffic is at a crawl on eastbound Highway 16 at the merging point with eastbound Interstate 94. It is uncertain what is causing the delays.
The Wisconsin State Criterium championship bike races come to Mukwonago on Saturday, June 14. Races will run from 9 a.m. starting with junior races to 4:40 p.m. with the men's open pro race on the challenging eight-corner route around the Mukwonago Community Library Park and along Grand Avenue. Bicycle workshops prior to the event are also offered.
This year the race will benefit the Mukwonago Community Library. The Wisconsin State Criterium will donate $2 for each race participant to the library general fund.
Library patrons are asked to access the library at the corner of Pearl and Division during library hours on June 14.
Visiting West Bend defeated first place Pewaukee on Sunday in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league, 7-5.
Other games on Sunday saw Hartland rally past Monches 8-6, Sussex hammer Oconomowoc 16-1, Merton blank North Lake 9-0 and the Brookfield Bulldogs edge Menomonee Falls 5-4.
Games on Saturday saw Oconomowoc down the Falls 8-2, Brookfield Blue Sox whip Lannon 13-2 and the Bulldogs edge Sussex 7-6.
On Friday Monches downed North Lake 5-3 and West Bend defeated Lannon 8-4.
Visiting Monches led 5-0 after three innings Sunday afternoon in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league but the Irish couldn't hang as Hartland broke a 5-5 tie by scoring three runs in the last of the eighth to pull out an 8-6 victory.
Chad Dibb, T.J. Ludorf and Jake Dibb had the key hits for Hartland in the game-winning rally. Hartland finished with a two-year best 16 hits.
Adam Waldschmidt had three hits for the Oilers and Jake Dibb had two RBIs.
Tony Mueller pitched the final eight innings and allowed just three hits. He retired 16 batters in a row in one stretch.
Monches got two hits from Mitch Dubnicka. Andy Smith was the losing pitcher.
Wisconsin summers are so short. Every opportunity we get to get out of the house, we like to take advantage of.
This weekend includes several events that we can enjoy outdoors.
At SummerStage in Delafield, hear JJ Eckl and Alyssia Dominguez for Country Music in the Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for youth. SummerStage is location in Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, one mile south of I-94 on Highway C in Delafield. Parking is $5, but it’s free with a state park sticker.
Imagination Station is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a whole slate of family activities from 1 to Saturday at Roosevelt Park, 151 W. Jefferson St., Oconomowoc. The event features bouncy houses, face painting, bubbles, soccer drills, story time, and fun food such as sno-cones, kettle corn and other concessions.
Learn fishing basics and then drop a line into a stocked pond from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Nixon Park in Hartland. Have lunch during a raffle and maybe win a brand new rod and reel. Visit www.downtownhartand.com for more information.» Read Full Article
A 24-year-old Menomonee Falls man died at the scene of a crash at about 11:57 p.m. Thursday, June 5, after his motorcycle slammed into the back of a dump truck.
The dump truck was northbound on Redford Boulevard south of Busse Road in the city of Pewaukee when the motorcyclist struck it from the rear, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Witness reports and an investigation at the scene indicated the speed of the motorcycle was a contributing factor in the crash. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department.
With the bankruptcy of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the affiliated West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa could soon change hands.
The YMCA of Central Waukesha County, based in the city of Waukesha, has a letter of intent to purchase the site, though financial details have yet to be finalized.
Looking to pay down its debt, the Milwaukee YMCA announced today it plans to sell the Wauwatosa facility, along with most of its centers outside urban Milwaukee.
The Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase the three westernmost sites now operated by the Milwaukee organization. In addition to the Wauwatosa location, which is near the county border, this includes the Tri-County YMCA in Menomonee Falls and the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield.
Chris Becker, chief executive officer of the Waukesha YMCA, said his organization has been considering the purchases over the last two weeks. Due to the sites' proximity to Waukesha County, he said he thought it would be a "natural fit."» Read Full Article
Host Menomonee Falls exploded for 7 hits and 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon as the No. 1 seeded Indians blanked the No. 4 seeded Arrowhead girls softball team in a sectional semifinal, 10-0. Falls advanced to the sectional title game at the Oconomowoc YMCA on Thursday at 5 p.m,
AHS finished the season with a 15-9 mark.
Arrowhead had just two hits in the game, singles by Lauren Reeg and Makenzie Paszek.
Falls had 11 hits in the game, 10 of which came in the fifth and sixth innings.
Noelle Weiss was the losing pitcher for AHS.» Read Full Article
earlier this year filed an injunction against three former Rural Home Cemetery Board members as well as Village of Big Bend President James Soneberg, Clerk Barbara Woppert and each seated trustee at the time.Today Judge Lee S. Dryfus heard the case of 34 plaintiffs who
The hearing was originally scheduled for March after a temporary restraining order was issued, but after the two parties agreed on a clarification it was rescheduled to today's date. The matter was continued even further as the judge explores if there is standing in the case.
The judge plans to rule on Friday, June 20 on whether or not the injunction will move forward as is. If it does, testimony has been scheduled for July 9 and 10.
On Monday June 2, 2014 at approximately 7:38 P.M. the Waukesha County Communication Center received a call from a citizen requesting a wellbeing check of her roommate who did not return home. We were advised that a 52 year old male subject from Big Bend was possibly sitting in his vehicle, which was described as an older model burgundy Buick Regal, in a wooded area off of Hillview Drive in the Town of Vernon.
Sharon Krieger, 54, of Mukwonago easily remembers the dates surrounding her breast cancer journey; her biopsy, diagnosis and end of radiation therapy all fell on birthdays of her grandchildren in 1999. Krieger, the Mukwonago Relay for Life 2014 honorary survivor, started her cancer journey when she found a lump that she thought might have been an enlarged lymph node from a sinus infection.
Krieger, and her family, including daughter and caregiver Dawn Sharon, celebrate 15 years of surviving cancer during the Mukwonago Relay for Life on June 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. on Friday until noon on Saturday, in Field Park at the corner of Highway 83 and NN in Mukwonago.
Read more about Krieger's journey as a cancer survivor, and Sharon's caregiver story in the June 4 Living Mukwonago Chief.
The Relay for Life of Mukwonago celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Those interested in participating can make or join a team, or make donations, on the Relay for Life website.
Candidates for Waukesha County Sheriff in the November general election can file nomination papers up to 5 p.m. Thursday, Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said Monday.
Monday's deadline for submitting nomination signatures was extended three days because Sheriff Dan Trawicki had not filed a formal declaration of noncandidacy by the May 23 deadline, Novack said.
Trawicki, a three-term veteran Sheriff, announced in January that he would not seek a fourth term.
Candidates must submit nomination papers with a minimum of 500 signatures and no more than 1,000 signatures by the Thursday deadline.
Two Republican candidates for sheriff have completed nomination papers. Waukesha County Sheriff's Inspector Eric Severson and Tom Alioto, a former sergeant with the Lisbon Police Department, will face off in an Aug. 12 partisan primary with the top vote getter moving on to the Nov. 4 ballot.» Read Full Article
Imagination Station, a universally accessible playground in Oconomowoc's Roosevelt Park, turns 5 this weekend. An anniversary celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, also includes the grand opening of a fully accessible bathroom at the park.
Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:15a.m. Cost is $35 per bike. Bikes depart for the ride from the House of Harley at about 10:30 a.m. Registration is available @ House Of Harley until the day of the event. Ride stops include Mark’s Pioneer Inn in Muskego, Finn's Bar and Grill in Wales, Hollywood’s Roadhouse in Nashotah, Delafield Brewhaus, a picture stop in the Mukwonago area, and the final stop at Lindey’s on Beulah in Mukwonago with an end party and meal around 5:30 p.m.
The after party at Lindey’s includes music provided by Felix Entertainment and photography by Elizabeth Murphy. A bucket raffle and 50/50 raffle are also scheduled.
Contact Mike at (262) 389-9976 or Dawn at (262) 349-3995 with any questions.
Milwaukee Tool has announced the acquisition of Empire Level.
Empire Level, which has it’s corporate headquarters at 929 Empire Drive in Mukwonago, has been in business since 1919 and designs and innovates measuring tools for professionals and non-professionals. Empire Level employs 160 people at it’s Mukwonago location and sells to 50 countries world wide.
“From the invention of the Monovial, to the introduction of the first Torpedo Level, Empire has a strong history of innovation. We share a passion for delivering best-in-class solutions for our users,” says Steve Richman, President of Milwaukee Tool. “We are extremely proud to expand our portfolio with Empire Level, and we are committed to driving disruptive innovation and accelerated growth within the business.”
See more in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
North Lake's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team won two games last weekend, stopping Hartland on Saturday 7-6 and defeating Menomonee Falls on Sunday, 6-4.
The surprising Lakers are 3-3 on the season, its best record after six games in more than 20 years.
Kyle Mabry pitched 7 strong innings against Hartland, allowing no earned runs. Eric Marquardt and Jake Calmes had two-run base hits in a six-run eighth inning. Travis Koeppen and Marquardt had two hits each for North Lake.
On Sunday Jesse Stapleton went the distance fo North Lake, tossing a six-hitter at the Falls.
James Stecker, Koeppen and Calmes had two hits each for the Lakers. Calmes drove in two runs.» Read Full Article
The defending Land O' Lakes Grand Champion Pewaukee Muskies defeated the visiting Brookfield Bulldogs Sunday afternoon, 6-1.
Pewaukee is now in sole possession of first place with a 6-1 record. West Bend is second at 4-1. Lannon, the Bulldogs and Sussex are next at 5-2.
Other games last weekend saw Sussex edge Lannon 4-1, North Lake rally past Hartland 7-6, North Lake upset Menomonee Falls 6-4, Brookfield Blue Sox defeat Monches 10-4 and Hartland stun Merton, 10-9.
Brock Guetzke pitched 7 innings for Pewaukee and allowed one run and four hits. He struck out 8. Adam Dominick, who homered in the eighth, pitched two hitless innings to finish the game.
Brandon Kranz led the Muskies with two hits. Pewaukee had 9 hits in the game.
Hartland's Land O'Lakes Western Division baseball team, 0-6 coming into the game, upset visiting Merton Sunday afternoon, 10-9.
Jack Archie, 5 for 5 for the day, delivered a bases loaded two-run double with nobody out in the last of the ninth to win the game.
Hartland trailed 8-4 after five innings and won the game with four runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. T.J. Ludorf earned his first LOL win by working the final four innings. He allowed just two runs.
Kurtis Chapman had a career-best four RBIs for the winners and Zach Wilbur had two hits.
Taylor Meyer and Shaun Lena had three hits apiece for Merton and Jake Meyer and Jake Groullo had two hits each. Groullo homered in the game.» Read Full Article