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Vernon fall brush pick-up, branch chipping schedule

Sept. 29, 2011 11:27 a.m. | In spring and fall of every year, the Town of Vernon conducts roadside chipping.  Please have all branches at the roadside by Sunday October 2.  Brush must be no larger than 6 inches in diameter and stacked in bundles.  The bundles must be stacked near the edge of the road with the largest diameter facing towards the road.  Piles shall be no larger than three feet tall.  There is a time limitation of 20 minutes per household. Residents who would like wood chips can fill out the form and email to dpw@townofvernon.org or come to the Town Hall located at W249S8910 Center Drive to sign an authorization slip for the delivery.  Call the Department of Public Works at 262-662-7785 with any questions.

Fall brush pick up will begin the week of Oct. 2 and will be completed in approximately two weeks. 


Fitness studio hosts fundraiser for Relay

Sept. 29, 2011 9:01 a.m. | October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Fusion Fitness Studio, 109 Lake St., Mukwonago, is hosting Zumbathon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, with Laura Timmers.

The cost is $15 per participant. All proceeds benefit the Mukwonago Relay For Life.


Hold onto your hat!

Sept. 29, 2011 7:39 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for 3 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday.

Northwest winds are expected to blow at 30 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 40 or 50 mph.

Motorists with tall-profile vehicles should use extra caution when driving.


No criminal misconduct found in Nickolaus' actions

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 28, 2011 10:38 p.m. | The state Government Accountability Board said Wednesday it found probable cause to believe that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus violated the state law requiring county clerks to post all returns on election night, but concluded that the violation in the April election was not an intentional act and did not constitute criminal misconduct.

Nickolaus became the focus of formal complaints and national attention after she failed to include City of Brookfield votes in her unofficial election night results in the April 5 Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general.

Nickolaus waited until two days later to explain her mistake in a news conference, but the foul-up prompted criticism and cynicism over her alleged motives and partisanship. Nickolaus had explained her mistake as human error, saying that she'd forgotten to save the Brookfield votes in her database.

Kloppenburg initially had led incumbent Prosser by 204 votes but ultimately lost by about 7,000 votes. A statewide recount confirmed the outcome.

The Government Accountability Board on Wednesday released the independent investigation report by former Dane County prosecutor Timothy Verhoff that concluded Nickolaus' failure to include Brookfield's results appeared to be an "honest mistake or ineffectiveness."

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Fatal crash in Oconomowoc Sunday

Sept. 28, 2011 11:21 a.m. | Town of Oconomowoc – Police are investigating a crash that took the life of a Minnesota man Sunday afternoon.
According to police, Craig J. Malisheske, 23, of Little Falls, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on O’Neill Road. Malisheske’s car had struck a tree. Malisheske was alone in the car.
Police said a hunter in the area heard the sound of a crash and called a friend who lived in the area. The friend looked around and found the car against the tree and called police at 4:20 p.m.
Police do not know what caused the crash but speculate speed may have been a factor. Toxicology tests will determine if alcohol or drugs played a factor.
Malisheske worked for a Minnesota tree company and had been working in the area, police said.
 


Applications for a nomination to the U.S. Service Academies due Oct. 14

Sept. 28, 2011 10:01 a.m. | Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Menomonee Falls) reminds those interested in applying for a nomination to the United States Service Academies that the application deadline of October 14, 2011, is rapidly approaching, and that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

“Every year I look forward to working with my Selection Committee to nominate an exemplary group of individuals from around the district to attend America’s prestigious Service Academies and to serve our country. Those interested in attending an academy should contact either their high school guidance counselor or my District Office for more information.  It is important to remember that my deadline is just over two weeks away, and applications must be into my District Office by close of business on October 14 to be considered,” said Sensenbrenner.

United States citizens residing in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District who are at least 17 years of age, but not past their 23rd birthday as of July 1, 2012, are eligible to apply.

Candidates who have completed files will be interviewed by a member of Congressman Sensenbrenner’s Academy Selection Committee.  Committee members will then make nomination recommendations to the Congressman based on the applicant’s ability to meet the academic and physical qualifications set by the Service Academies.

Information about the nomination process can be obtained by contacting Congressman Sensenbrenner’s District Office at 120 Bishops Way, Room 154, Brookfield, WI 53005, or by phone at (262) 784-1111.


KM, OHS win soccer games

By Chris Schuck

Sept. 27, 2011 10:01 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys soccer team won 3-0 against Mukwonago on Tuesday. Oconomowoc won at Slinger.

Trey Dowling had a goal and an assist for the Lasers (11-5-1 overall). Ryan Hammer had the goal for Oconomowoc (11-3-0).


CAC's Oconomowoc office to close

By Donna Frake

Sept. 27, 2011 2:52 p.m. | Effective October 1, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) is closing its Waukesha County office, located at 357 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI 53066-5208.

CAC provides a variety of services to individuals experiencing poverty in Waukesha County, including: information and referrals for assistance and affordable housing; farmer’s market vouchers for low-income seniors; and zero-interest car loans for low-income workers.

CAC also helps to coordinate the Waukesha County Affordable Housing Task Force and distributes food free of charge to 13 food pantries, shelters and meal sites in Waukesha County. These services will continue to be provided by staff based in CAC’s Jefferson County office, which is located at 114 E. Main Street, Watertown,

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


No court for homecoming?

Sept. 27, 2011 12:05 p.m. | Arrowhead's homecoming -- slated for this weekend -- will be missing one tradition: a court. Find out why in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter. 


More Pigs for the Foxes

Sept. 26, 2011 11:31 a.m. | Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly, which operates stores in Hartland and Oconomowoc, has acquired four corporate-owned stores in Saukville, Slinger, Hubertus and Jackson. It has run company franchises since 1988.
The announcement, made by Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest, noted that the sale follows an initiative to sell corporate-owned stores to franchise operations.
The transaction is expected to be finalized at the end of October. Pat Fox was unavailable for comment.
 


Cyclist killed in crash on 16

Sept. 26, 2011 11:29 a.m. | City of Pewaukee – A Racine man was killed Saturday night after his motorcycle went off Highway 16 shortly before 9 p.m.
Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson said that Donald Bielefeld, 50, was driving west on Highway 16 when his cycle went off the highway east of Jungbluth Road. It traveled for about 400 feet on the gravel shoulder, before Bielefeld apparently lost control of the bike; it flipped over and landed in the median, Pederson said. Bielefeld was not wearing a helmet.
Pederson said the cause of the crash is under investigation. The cause has not been determined, but alcohol and speed will be looked at as a matter of course, Pederson said.
 


Generac expects jump in sales, earnings

By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 26, 2011 7:20 a.m. | Shares of Generac Holdings Inc. rose more than 19% Monday after the Town of Genesee maker of backup power-generation products said it expects a significant increase in business because of wide-scale power outages in the Midwest and East Coast.

President and Chief Executive Aaron Jagdfeld said Generac will see "a positive impact" in the third and fourth quarters. That business boost will continue into 2012, he said.

Generac previously had expected demand for residential standby generators to be flat year-over-year in the second half of this year. Now the company expects that residential product sales in the third quarter will increase year-over-year by more than 50%. In addition, the company expects that, in the fourth quarter, sales will be 15% to 20% higher compared with the year before.

"The duration and widespread impact of the most recent outage events around the nation was significant," Jagdfeld said. He added that the company has found that prolonged outages can drive awareness for the company's portable generators for 12 to 18 months after an event.

Generac also expects that sales of its commercial and industrial power generation products will grow by double digits as well.

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AHS runners win Midwest Invite

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 24, 2011 4:07 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state, lived up to that high ranking Saturday by winning the championship at the 37-school Midwest Invite hosted by Janesville Craig.

AHS won the title with 71 points. Host Craig was second with 96 points.

The AHS girls team finished in third place of 31 schools. Neenah won the crown with 56 points followed by Madison West at 71 and AHS 74.

In the boys race, AHS senior Russ Sandvold won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:12. Other AHS runners were Kyle Lewin in fourth at 15:26, Will Conley 16th at 16:01, Jake Dubnicka 18th at 16:02 and Ben Bierman 32nd at 16:34. Rounding out the Arrowhead lineup were Ryan Glynn in 47th at 16:41 and Ryan Adamski 72nd at 17:02.

Molly Seidel of University Lake School won the girls 4,000-meter race with a state-record time of 13:19.99. She broke her own state mark.

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Highway 83 in Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth Counties to be open during construction

Sept. 23, 2011 2:30 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southeast Region in Waukesha is announcing that work will begin Monday to resurface the 6.7 mile stretch of Highway 83, from Highway 20 to I-43. WisDOT worked with the contractor and surrounding communities to keep WIS 83 open to traffic throughout construction, via flagging operations. Drivers should expect delays.

Work will include milling and resurfacing the roadway as a temporary treatment to address immediate concerns, until a full reconstruct takes place. The full reconstruction, which will address safety concerns and bring the roadway up to WisDOT standards, is currently schedule for 2016.

WisDOT would like to remind drivers to exercise extreme caution when driving through any work zone.

The contractor, B.R. Amon & Sons Inc., is undertaking an aggressive schedule to complete the project this fall.


Waukesha County considers closing girls detention unit

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 23, 2011 2:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County would close its secure detention unit for girls next year and contract with Washington County for the service under a proposal outlined Friday by Health and Human Services Director Peter Schuler.

The estimated $200,000 saving would be used to fill other gaps in the department's budget, including replenishing a fund that pays for services aimed at keeping youth from more expensive incarceration or out-of-home placements, Schuler said.

The proposal will be included in County Executive Dan Vrakas' 2012 budget proposal, which he will release Tuesday. The Health and Human Services Committee will take up the budget Thursday.

A study group had been working since January to find efficiencies in the 36-bed Juvenile Center, which in recent years has operated far below capacity. It had not reached a conclusion, despite a May deadline, and Vrakas' plan effectively ends the committee's job.

"Our job is at an end," Corporation Counsel Tom Farley, who chaired the group, told members Friday.

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ProHealth Care to restructure Parish and Community Outreach Nursing

Sept. 23, 2011 1:34 p.m. | ProHealth Care has announced that it will soon be restructuring and expanding its Parish and Community Outreach Nursing program.

With the old program structure, nurses were assigned to one specific location. In the restructured program, nurses will serve a number of locations, allowing patients greater access to the nurses. By having nurses available at more locations, a greater number of community members will have access to the nurses, ProHealth Care Director of Chronic Care Management Tiffany Steffen said. The restructuring will also result in the number of nurses to change from 19 part time nurses to 11 full time nurses.

The Parish and Community Outreach Nursing program nurses provide members of the community with advice, guidance, and information about other resources to help manage their medical concerns.

Look for the complete story next week in your local Lake Country Publications newspaper.


Butler under water advisory; St. Agnes closed

Sept. 23, 2011 8:19 a.m. | The Village of Butler is under an advisory this morning to either boil water or use bottled water after a water main break.

The break has also led to the closing of St. Agnes School, 620 WTMJ radio is reporting.

For more, click here.


Two infants dead in Village of East Troy

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 23, 2011 8:13 a.m. | Two 11 month old infants, one boy, one girl, were found unresponsive and not breathing after police were called to a home at 1976 Church St. in the Village of East Troy yesterday at 1:41 p.m. Police began CPR until East Troy Rescue arrived on scene. The infants were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where they were pronounced deceased.

According to a press release from the Village of East Troy Police Department, preliminary investigation revealed the infants had been left unattended in the bath tub.

East Troy Police Chief Alan Boyes reports that the infants' mother was the only other person home at the time of the incident.

The East Troy Police Department is handling the investigation which is ongoing.

Autopsies are scheduled for this morning.

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Heavily armed cops end standoff in Pewaukee

Sept. 22, 2011 8:47 p.m. | As nightfall has descended on the apartment complex in the Village of Pewaukee, the standoff between police and a gunman holed up in an apartment building off Highway JJ ended peacefully.

Heavily armed critical-incident team members had  surrounded the building in hopes of flushing the man out or getting him to surrender. Reports from the scene were that the man was upset after getting an eviction notice, but those are unconfirmed. The building was evacuated.

The incident came to an end shortly before 8 p.m.

Lake Country Publications photographer Scott Ash shot these photos earlier in the day.


Police confirm gunman at Pewaukee apartment complex

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 22, 2011 6:04 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that police have confirmed that there is a gunman inside of a Pewaukee apartment who is refusing to come out. No reports of shots fired have been made. For more information, visit www.todaystmj4.com.


Swat team called to Pewaukee

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 22, 2011 6:03 p.m. | A local swat team was called to the Village of Pewaukee Thursday afternoon when an apparent armed gunman locked himself into an apartment and would not come out. A woman turned in the gunman when she was visiting him and thought he was acting strangely. The apartment is located on Highway JJ, just west of Ryan Road on the south side of JJ.

The scene started around 3 p.m.  and was still going on as of 6 p.m. Highway JJ was closed both east and west bound since the event began.

According to one source, the man had lived in the apartment for about five years. The apartment was immediatly evacuated.


Possible gunman at Pewaukee apartments

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 22, 2011 5:35 p.m. | Residents of an apartment complex at 756 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Pewaukee have reported a possible gunman held up in one of the apartment units.

No further information is available at this time.


Police evacuate apartment building

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 22, 2011 4:18 p.m. | According to a staff member on scene, it appears that police officers have started to evacuate the apartment complex at 756 W. Wisconsin Ave., Village of Pewaukee. Patrons at nearby Nettie's Irish Pub have reportedly been asked not to leave the bar, but remain indoors, according to the bar owner.

The Lake Country Bomb Squad is apparently also on scene.


 


Police surround apartment complex in Pewaukee

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 22, 2011 4:08 p.m. | It appears that the Village of Pewaukee Police Department, along with several other police departments, and possibly the bomb squad have surrounded an apartment complex in the Village of Pewaukee, near the intersection of Ryan Road and Capitol Drive. Ambulances are standing by in a nearby location.

No further information is available at this time.


No charges in death of bicyclist

By Crocker Stephenson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 21, 2011 5:42 p.m. | Criminal charges will not be filed against the driver of a car that struck and killed popular bicycling coach and bike shop owner Jeffrey Littmann nearly a year ago, according to a letter released Wednesday by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The letter, signed by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, recommends that the Sheriff's Department issue several traffic citations to the driver, Kyle Dieringer, 26, of Nashotah.

While investigators found no evidence that Dieringer had been drinking or that he was distracted by an electrical device, such as a cellphone, the letter says, Dieringer was driving into a blinding sunrise and should have adjusted his speed accordingly.

"I do not believe this rises to the level of criminal negligence," Schimel wrote.

Schimel recommended that Dieringer be issued one citation for operating too fast for conditions and two citations for failing to provide three feet clearance when passing a bicycle.

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Early morning crash sends one to hospital

Sept. 21, 2011 11:47 a.m. | Village of Sussex firefighters responded to an early-morning motor-vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 164 and Lisbon Road that sent one person to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
Firefighters were notified at 5:38 a.m. and were on the scene at 5:45. One car and a pick-up truck were involved, both sustained moderate damage. One patient needed to be extricated from the car. The extent of injuries for the victim is unknown.
Sussex responded with 11 rescue personnel, three pieces of equipment and remained on the scene for one hour. The accident remains under investigation.


 


Parenting program at OHS tonight

By Donna Frake

Sept. 21, 2011 10:30 a.m. |

 The Oconomowoc Parent Education Network invites you to attend its Parent Information Nights. Tonight, Sept. 21, the organization will host a program entitled:   "A Parents’ Toolbox for Today- Alcohol, Drugs and Other Choices Your Children Make "

(Please enter through Oconomowoc Arts Center doors ) 

Presented by James Pearson of the Addiction Resource Council and Your Choice-Live Parent and Youth Speakers, the event will run from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Little Theater at Oconomowoc High School.  


Waukesha County contractor fined for 6th environmental violation

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 20, 2011 6:08 p.m. | Waukesha - For the sixth time since 2005, Eagle contractor Lee Cresca or his business, Eagle Spring Environmental Ltd., has been successfully prosecuted for illegal waterway and wetland disturbance activities, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Tuesday.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin Jr. on Tuesday ordered Cresca and Eagle Spring Environmental to pay a total of $7,500 in fines and fees for illegally filling wetlands and grading and removing soil from the shore of a pond without permits from the state Department of Natural Resources.

The work occurred at a construction site in New Berlin in September and October 2009.

Cresca and Eagle Spring also must pay $38,426 in judgments from the five earlier cases, under Hassin's order. Those prosecutions involved two incidents in Racine County, and one incident each in Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties.

"Wisconsin law requires that contractors obtain and follow permits designed to prevent pollution and to protect public rights in the state's wetlands and navigable waters," Van Hollen said in a statement.


Donald Driver in Chenequa for United Way

Sept. 19, 2011 8:05 p.m. | Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, #80, spent Monday night at the Chenequa home of Mary and Tom Dallum for United Way of Waukesha County's Champions of Giving event.

The event thanked those who have contributed thousands over many years giving back to the communities and causes that United Way of Waukesha County supports.

"I take my hat off to you all. I love you all for your support and commitment. God Bless you," said Driver during a brief speech that night that followed a question and answer and auction of Packers memorabilia signed by Driver.

Driver is a National Football League United Way ambassador supporting the charitable organization and using his personal story of past struggles as an anecdote to what motivates him to give back.

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Nashotah House

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 19, 2011 3:30 p.m. | The former Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. George Leonard Carey, will visit the Episcopal Nashotah House Theological Seminary this fall, speaking at its convocation Oct. 28 and the installation service of its new dean and president, the Rev. Edward Salmon, on Oct. 27.

Carey served as the spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans from 1991 to 2002. Described by Nashotah House as a "faithful teacher and spirited defender of Biblical and orthodox Christianity," Carey was known for his emphases on evangelism and interfaith efforts. But he was also considered controversial by many. He oversaw the church's transition to allowing women priests and managed the dissent that followed, has spoken out against the ordination of openly gay and lesbian priests and in support of immigration limits in England.

Nashotah House is one of 11 Episcopal seminaries in the country. More information about the school is available at www.nashotah.edu
 


Teen who killed grandfather with ax enters insanity plea

By Jim Stevens

Sept. 19, 2011 3:18 p.m. |

Waukesha – Richard B. Wilson, accused of killing his grandfather with an ax, entered an insanity plea this afternoon.

Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and his attorney, Michael Steinle, entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Wilson is charged with first-degree homicide for the death of Ronald Siepmann, 78, of Town of Merton, a real estate developer, on May 8.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina questioned Wilson about giving up his right to the preliminary hearing with Wilson responding in a soft and sometimes almost inaudible voice.

Wilson who suffers from schizophrenia, according to the criminal complaint, was ordered by Domina to be examined by court psychologist.

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ADF to host fundraiser

By Donna Frake

Sept. 19, 2011 10:44 a.m. | The Anxiety Disorders Foundation will host its Sixth Annual Fundraising and Awareness Event, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7-11 p.m. at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield.

The cocktail and heavy hors d’oeuvres reception will feature a live auction, silent auction, gift card raffle, wine pull and floral arrangement pull. There will be a brief commentary by ADF President Dr. Bradley C. Riemann, a nationally known expert on anxiety disorders. Music will be by pianist and vocalist Carrie Arndorfer.

Founded in 2002 and based in Oconomowoc, the Anxiety Disorder Foundation (ADF) is the only 501 (c) (3) charitable organization of its kind. ADF raises money to make treatment for anxiety disorders (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder) available to people who could not otherwise afford it. To learn more about the Anxiety Disorders Foundation and its mission, visit its website at www.anxietydisordersfoundation.org. For more information, contact ADF Board member Jill Riemann at (262) 567-9609.


PHS soccer team wins cup

By Chris Schuck

Sept. 17, 2011 1:37 p.m. | Senior Austin Klemm and sophomore Alex Zabel scored goals in the second half for Pewaukee, as the home team defeated Milton in the championship game of the Annual Pewaukee Pirate Cup.

The Pirates varsity boys soccer team, 2-0 winners on Saturday defeated Whitewater on Friday 4-0.

Pewaukee is the No. 1 ranked team in the state in Division 2.


AHS whips Northstar football team

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 16, 2011 9:49 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team, ranked No. 8 in the state, rolled over visiting Waukesha North Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 43-20.

The win improved AHS to 3-0 in league play and 4-0 overall.

The Warhawks led 30-0 at halftime and 37-0 in the third quarter. North scored all of its points in the fourth quarter.

In the first half Arrowhead got touchdowns from Dom Todarello on a 5-yard run, Brandon KIm on a 24-yard pass from Ryan Saeger, Kim on a 21-yard pass from Saeger, Todarello on a 29-yard pass from Saeger and a 29-yard field goal from Steve Dentice.

On defense, Arrowhead got big games from Jesse Christofferson, Matt Seitz, Jackson Groonwald, Todd Blatnik and Jake Nelson.


Ryan, J/K crash causes morning detour

Sept. 16, 2011 12:49 p.m. | A collision at the intersection of Ryan Street and Highway J/K tied up traffic a bit during the morning commute through Pewaukee.

Two people were sent to Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Friday morning, Sept. 16, after the car they were in collided with another at Ryan Street and Highway J/K, Pewaukee.
According to Waukesha County Detective Steve Pederson, a vehicle headed north on J/K was stopped at the intersection but drove onto Ryan, colliding with another vehicle heading east on Ryan. As a result of the collision, Pederson said one or both of the vehicles struck another car heading east on J/K. Traffic was detoured around J/K until about 9 a.m., while the scene was cleared.
He said the two occupants in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, but he did not have information on the severity of their injuries. Pederson said there were no injuries reported from those in the other vehicles involved.
 


Part of Hwy Z closed tomorrow during practice burn

By Donna Frake

Sept. 16, 2011 8:03 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Fire Department will be conducting a live fire training tomorrow, Sept. 17,  from 8 am – 1 pm. The site will be the Robert Miller Farm located on the north side of Hwy Z between  the entrance to the Piggly Wiggle grocery store and Prairie Creek Boulevard.

This section of Highway Z will be closed during this period to allow the use of the fire hydrant on the south side of the roadway and the staging of equipment as well as for the safety of the participants and general public. The training will also be attended by participants from the Stone Bank, Dousman and Lake Country Fire Departments. The roadway will be re-opened at 1  pm.


Pewaukee man critically injured in crash

Sept. 15, 2011 5:59 p.m. | A 19-year-old Pewaukee man remains in critical condition after a head-on crash with a semi-tractor trailer Wednesday on Highway 33 in Dodge County, according to the website of the Fond du Lac Reporter.


Watch WWII girls baseball at Old World Wisconsin this Sunday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 15, 2011 11:34 a.m. | The World War II Girls Baseball Living History League brings its game of vintage ball to the Ward School field at Old World Wisconsin for the very first time on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The Kenosha Comets will play the Rockford Peaches, with the former team's players hailing from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Palmyra. 

The event recalls a women's baseball league that formed during World War II when most men were away at war and America needed a baseball fix. Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley formed the All American Girls Softball League in 1943. It consisted of four teams: the Kenosha Comets, the Racine Belles, the Rockford Peaches and the South Bend Blue Sox.

The players at Old World Wisconsin's game will use the 1943 rules of play and wear uniforms modeled after the originals.  

Tickets are $16 for adults;$14 for students and senior citizens (65 and older); children 5-17cost $9; or $43 for Baseball Carload pricing (up to nine fans per car). Admission includes tram transportation and allows visitors to see the game for free. See details at www.oldworldwisconsin.org or call (262) 594-6300.


Weekend Reads: Barnstorming and designer paper

Sept. 15, 2011 11:20 a.m. | Check out Living Kettle Moraine Sunday this weekend to meet a local recipient of the Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award bestowed by the Federal Aviation Administration, 80-year-old Jerome Washicheck of Big Bend.

And take a peek in Living Lake Country Sunday to learn about a new paper business in downtown Delafield, where Amy Graham Stigler is offering personally designed stationery and more.


Board to meet about former OMS

By Donna Frake

Sept. 15, 2011 8:30 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education will meet in closed session next Tuesdayevening  to consider an offer to purchase the former Oconomowoc Middle School building.

The identify of the interested buyer, and the amount of the offer, has not been released, but the Board may take action on the offer in open session following the deliberation.

For the last two years, the property has been used as a fundraiser for the Oconomowoc Public Education Fund (OPEF) which transforms the building into a Halloween destination spot.

The group raised $85,000 last year. Plans are underway for a third season at the facility. 

A prior offer to purchase the property for $1.1 million last year expired after Gorman & Company was   unable  obtain the necessary tax credits it needed to rehab the former middle school into affordable residential lofts  The offer was contingent on securing the necessary financing.

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DNR issues air-quality warning

Sept. 14, 2011 2:14 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued an updated air quality advisory for fine particles (PM2.5) which will remain in effect until 11 p.m. tonight. This “red” advisory, which replaces the current lesser “orange” advisory, affects people living in the counties of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha. The updated “red” air quality advisory reflects that the air quality index is currently at the unhealthy level for all people in the counties of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha, based on exposures over the past 24 hours. Current pollutant concentrations are decreasing rapidly and cleaner air is moving in.

It is anticipated that by this afternoon no sites will have an air quality index that is at unhealthy levels for all people. By tonight, it is forecasted that all counties in Wisconsin will no longer be in any air quality index category classified as unhealthy for anyone.

This air pollution is not due to local sources. The Pagami Creek forest fire continues to burn in Minnesota and the DNR and the Department of Health (DHS) will continue to monitor this situation. The fire now covers approximately 100,000 acres (155 square miles) in the Boundary Waters of Northeastern Minnesota.

The last time a “Red Level” air quality advisory was issued by the DNR was on Dec. 20, 2007.

National Weather Service offices in Wisconsin are saying that smoke and ash from the forest fire may once again impact Wisconsin in the coming days. However, the NWS notes that there is much uncertainty with this forecast. DHS continues to work with local health departments and the DNR to get information out to the public.

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Youth Soccer NIght at Arrowhead

By Chris Schuck

Sept. 13, 2011 4:45 p.m. | Arrowhead's High School soccer program will hold its annual AHS Youth Soccer Night on Thursday.

Any youth players wearing their uniforms will be admitted free of charge for the Watertown verses Arrowhead varsity boys game beginning at  6:30 p.m.


United Way in Waukesha County seeks boost in giving

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 13, 2011 3:38 p.m. | Waukesha - United Way in Waukesha County has set a fundraising goal of $4.3 million this year, a 5.2% increase over the $4,090,947 it raised in 2010, to help fund health and human service agencies that assist people in need.

The $4.3 million target for the annual fundraising campaign is the same amount the organization sought in contributions last year but fell short of because of the down economy.

"With the significant need still present in our community, we feel it important to strive for that $4.3 million yet again this year," said Courtney Capes, manager of marketing and communications for United Way in Waukesha County.

In 2009, $4,261,000 was raised.

United Way in Waukesha County's campaign runs through Dec. 30.

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DOT announces Highways 83 and 59 intersection closure

Sept. 13, 2011 1:48 p.m. | According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), the intersection of Highways 83 and 59 will be closed from Sept. 26 until Oct. 6 to allow construction crews to complete round about work. The work is being done as part of the Highway 83 construction project.

The DOT has given the following detour routes:

From Highways 59 and E, head north on Highway E, which becomes Highway DE east. Continue east to Highways 59 and 164. Then go west/south on 59/164. At the intersection of 59/164 either go west on Highway 59 or south on Highway 164, depending on your destination.

Keep reading you local Lake Country Publications newspaper for more information.


Minnesota smokes out Wisconsin

Sept. 13, 2011 1:13 p.m. | Much of Wisconsin -- including Lake Country -- is experiencing smoke from a wildfire in northeastern Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The fire is burning in the Boundary Waters canoe area. The smoke is being dispersed over Wisconsin by northerly winds flowing around a center of high pressure, according to the NWS. The smoke will persist for the rest of the day and likely into the evening.

The weather service also indicated that some Wisconsin residents have reported difficulty breathing, irritated eyes and headaches as a result of the smoke. A weather spotter near Hartford has reported noticeable amounts of ash being deposited on cars.

Air quality will likely remain unhealthy at times in parts of Southern Wisconsin this afternoon and evening, according to the weather service. Children, the elderly, people with respiratory and cardiac problems or those engaged in strenuous outdoor activities for a prolonged period of time should use caution.


Minnesota wildfire could be source of smoke

Sept. 13, 2011 11:55 a.m. | The smoky smell permeating Lake Country may have originated in Northern Minnesota, where several thousands of acres are burning in the Pagami Creek region of the Boundary Waters.

Read more about the fire and how it's affecting another area of Wisconsin here.


Smell smoke?

Sept. 13, 2011 11:29 a.m. | Area fire departments are looking into multiple reports of a smell of smoke, in municipalities from the City of Delafield to Hartland and Pewaukee.


Mock crash at KM High School

Sept. 13, 2011 9:14 a.m. |  

 

Students and parents at Kettle Moraine High School will have the opportunity to better understand the devastating impact a serious vehicle crash has on the entire student body when they participate in a Forever Changed, a program by Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

 
A mock crash scene is exhibited on the school grounds in the west parking lot. The mock crash scene displays two cars that have recently crashed, the result of two drivers who made decisions to engage in risky behaviors while driving. One teen driving was driving under the influence of alcohol and the second teen was impaired because he was texting on a cell phone and was not focused on the road and traffic conditions.


EMS and the police respond to the scene. The scene depicts several serious injuries and one fatality.
 

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Big crowds at Lisbon 9-11 Memorial

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 11, 2011 8:07 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - An estimated 2,000 people have visited the Town of Lisbon's newly constructed 9-11 Memorial in less than eight hours after it was dedicated during ceremonies at the Town Hall Sunday afternoon, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki estimated about 1,250 people attended the dedication ceremonies where U.S. Senator Ron Johnson was the keynote speaker.

"The fact that so many of you want to be here today is a good sign for freedom," Johnson told the crowd.

However, Gehrke said there has been a steady stream of visitors to the memorial site, south of the Town Hall in the Town Hall Park on Woodside Road, since the dedication ceremony ended at about 1:30 p.m.

At about 7:30 p.m., six hours after the ceremonies, there were about 30 visitors solemnly  visiting the memorial which includes a section of an I beam from a column in the one of the World Trade Center Twin Towers destroyed during the terrorist attack on New York City ten years ago today.

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Bulldogs win LOL finale

By Chris Schuck

Sept. 11, 2011 7:38 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs won the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship Playoffs finale 7-6 over the Cedarburg Mercs,champions of the Land O' Lakes Northern Division.  

The game was played at McCoy Field in Brookfield.

Bulldogs' hitter Kris Franzen tied the game with a triple in the bottom of eighth inning.

Mark Erickson was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs, champions of the LOL Western Division.


Big Bend remembers 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 11, 2011 4:51 p.m. |  

Village of Big Bend firefighters and police officers reflect on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 on Sunday. Fire Chief John Ludwig addresses the group gathered for the service at the Village Hall. 

Watch for complete coverage in the Sept. 14 Living Mukwonago Chief.


AHS football team defeats Memorial

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 10, 2011 5:26 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team improved to 2-0 in Classic 8 Conference play and 3-0 overall on  Friday night by scoring a front-running 23-6 victory over Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

The Warhawks scored on their first two possessions of the game and never trailed.

Senior quarterback Ryan Saeger scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards to open the AHS scoring and Brandon Kim caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Saeger in the second period as Arrowhead led at halftime, 20-6.

Steve Dentice booted a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Warhawks

Memorial to to 1-1 in league play and 2-2 overall.Casey Townsend had the lone CMH score on a 2-yard run in the first period.

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Big Bend to hold 9/11 ceremony this Sunday

Sept. 09, 2011 1:17 p.m. | Join members of the Village of Big Bend Fire and Police Departments as they recognize the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The event begins at 2 p.m. in front of Village Hall, W230 S9185 Nevins St., Big Bend. A small dedication will be held for a memorial tree that was planted this afternoon.

Both the Fire and Police chiefs will say a few words, as well as other village representatives.


Sussex churches hold 9-11 service

Sept. 09, 2011 12:49 p.m. | The Cooperating Churches of Sussex will be hosting a Service of Remembrance and Healing in observance of the 10th anniversary of the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001 on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

The service will be held at St. James Catholic Church, W220 N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls at 4 p.m. It will feature a combined choir of the Cooperating Churches of Sussex – Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lisbon Presbyterian Church, Redeemer United Church of Christ, St. Alban Episcopal Church, St. James Catholic Church, and Sussex United Methodist Church. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome to attend.


Oconomowoc business offers free IT conference

Sept. 09, 2011 12:39 p.m. | Oconomowoc business Paragon Development Systems invites business leaders and IT experts to attend the PDS 2011 Technology Conference on Wednesday, Sept.  14 and Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

This educational event is complimentary to qualified registrants ranging from CEOs and CIOs to IT directors and engineers from a wide variety of industries. The conference will feature nationally renowned speakers as well as 45+ general and industry-specific strategy sessions, designed to inspire and educate attendees in areas such as: private cloud computing, user experience and leadership.

A conference highlight includes a keynote address by New York Times bestselling author of "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. A staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, Gladwell is well known for his penetrating social insights.

This year’s theme, It’s Good to Be You, focuses on the advantages of working in IT during this exciting time of transformation and how to leverage them for your career and your company.  

For more information and to register, visit http://www.PDSpc.com/techconf/.


Walking with Walker at Old World

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 09, 2011 12:18 p.m. |

First Lady Tonette Walker (right) strolled through Old World Wisconsin on Friday with Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett (right).  The event was free, open to the public.

Marty Perkins, Old World Wisconsin Curator of Research, led the approximately 1.8 mile walk, which included brief stops at historic sites such as heirloom gardens and working farmsteads. The event continues the First Lady’s "Walk with Walker" initiative to showcase the natural, scenic beauty of Wisconsin while promoting health and wellness.

Watch for more photos in the next Mukwonago Chief.


Family Day, Polka Mass in the Park set for Sunday

By Donna Frake

Sept. 09, 2011 11:16 a.m. | St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Oconomowoc will hold its annual Family Day and Polka Mass in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 11,  from noon to 6 p.m. at Okauchee's Lion's Park.


Tent City Overnight held this weekend

By Donna Frake

Sept. 09, 2011 11:13 a.m. | St. Jerome Parsh will host its second annual Tent City Overnight on Saturday and Sunday this weekend on the parish grounds. Participants pitch  tents to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless in Waukesha County.

Proceeds from the event will benefit New Heart Family. Activities will include a presentation on the issue, bonefire, singalong and a prayer service for the homeless.


Follow Hamilton-Central live blog tonight

Sept. 09, 2011 8:45 a.m. | Sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live updates from the Sussex Hamilton-Brookfield Central football game tonight, with kickoff beginning at 7 p.m. Both teams are 1-0 in early play of the Greater Metro Conference. Follow the live blog here.


Seidel, AHS teams win CC titles

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 08, 2011 10:00 p.m. | Arrowhead's two varsity cross country teams won championships Thursday afternoon at the prestigious AHS Invitational and University Lake School senior Molly Seidel grabbed the individual spotlight before a large crowd of spectators.

Seidel not only won the girls 4,000-meter race but broke her own course record with a brilliant time of 13:34.54. Last year she set the former course record at 14:05.

The AHS girls won the team title with 27 points, easily stopping Whitefish Bay who took second with 108 tallies.

Jackie Dubnicka led the Warhawks in second place with a time of 14:31. Others scoring for Arrowhead were Taylor McDowell in third, Natalie Burant fourth, Lea Patek fifth and Tayler McCormack 13th.

The AHS boys also were dominant, winning with 31 points. Janesville Craig took second with 72 points.

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Tonette Walker to visit Old World Wisconsin tomorrow

Sept. 08, 2011 10:41 a.m. | Stroll back in time to 19th century Wisconsin with First Lady Tonette Walker as she takes “Walk with Walker” to Old World Wisconsin on September 9 at 9:30 a.m. The event is free, open to the public and provides a unique opportunity for participants to enjoy some time with the First Lady while exploring Wisconsin’s rich history and naturally scenic beauty.


Marty Perkins, Old World Wisconsin Curator of Research, will be leading the approximately 1.8 mile walk, which will include brief stops at historic sites such as heirloom gardens and working farmsteads. The event continues the First Lady’s initiative to showcase the natural, scenic beauty of Wisconsin while promoting health and wellness.

The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp on the Visitor Mall at Old World Wisconsin. Please note that the walk will take place rain or shine. Old World Wisconsin is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The public is invited to learn more about Wisconsin’s First Lady’s “Walk with Walker” initiative at www.walkwithwalkerwi.org.


Lisbon incorporation reviewed rejected

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 07, 2011 3:29 p.m. | Waukesha - The citizens' group Lisbon-Inc.org has lost another round in its fight to incorporate the Town of Lisbon into a village.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. has rejected a request by the citizens group that he review a decision earlier this year by the state Incorporation Review Board. The review board denied Lisbon-Inc.org's petition to have the town incorporated into a village.

Citizen group members argued there were "irregularities" in the proceedings conducted by the review board. Hassin ruled that while state law provided the court had some "administrative" responsibilities in the incorporation process, it did not have the power to review the decision by the review board.

Hassin carried out those "administrative" duties in 2010 when he determined the petition contained information required by state law in order for it be filed with the review board.


Oconomowoc approves pay boost to offset pension cost

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 07, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Oconomowoc - A temporary 5.1% pay increase for nonunion city employees was approved by the Common Council to help cover the cost of the workers' pension contributions now required under state law.

City officials said the raise, which runs through the end of the year for 54 non-represented employees, was designed treat nonunion and union workers the same.

Union workers in the city for now avoid the new pension payment requirement because they remain under previously adopted contracts. Those contracts expire at the end of the year. So, all employees in Oconomowoc, with the exception of police officers and their command staff, will make the pension contributions starting Jan. 1.

Under Gov. Scott Walker's 2009-'11 state budget-repair legislation, most state workers and many other public employees are required to pay half of their pension contributions, which amounts to about 5.8% of their pay.

A number of communities and counties around the state have approved temporary pay increases for nonunion workers to help cover the costs of the pension contributions.

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Recycle your electronics this weekend in Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 07, 2011 8:42 a.m. | Universal Recycling Technologies (URT) will be partnering with Johnson Bank for a free e-cycling event to benefit Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Johnson Bank, 1000 Fox Street, Mukwonago.

Items that will be accepted for recycling include: computers, laptops, monitors, printers, fax machines, CD players, DCD players, VCR's, cell phones, radios, copiers, keyboards, computer mice, speakers, and any type of TV.

Items that will not be accepted are: anything mercury related, flourscent items, batteries, air conditioners, x-ray related devices, smoke detectors, microwaves, or any kind of appliance.

Recycling is free, but participants are invited to donate to Crime Stoppers of Waukesha County if they so desire.

Additional collection points will be held at the Johnson Bank in Janesville, 2012 Holiday Drive; and in Fort Atkinson, 200 Sherman Ave West.

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East Troy Historical Society holds annual 5K event on Saturday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 06, 2011 5:09 p.m. | The East Troy Area Historical Society will hold its annual 5K run/walk on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Prairie View Elementary School, 2131 Townline Road, East Troy. The event is the historical society's major fundraiser, according to race organizer Jamie Baumeister.

Registration for the certified course, which starts and finishes at the school, will be from 7 to 8 a.m. Registration fee is $25. To register obtain a form from the East Troy Area Historical Society museum located at 2106 Church St on the square in East Troy or copy the entry form on line and send the form and entry fee to: Annual 5K Run/Walk, East Troy Historical Society, P.O. Box 722, East Troy, WI 53120

For more information call Tina Strand at (262) 903-5373 or Jamie Baumeister at (262) 215-7103. The Historical Society's phone number is( 262) 642-2642.

Special awards will go to overall male and female winners and first through third place awards for male and female participants in each age group.

T-shirts and goodie bags are guaranteed for all pre- registered participants and the first 50 late and day of race participants.


Taraska back on AHS football staff

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 06, 2011 3:58 p.m. | Longtime Arrowhead football coach Tom Taraska, who resigned from the head coaching position in May after leading the Warhawks for the past 29 years, is back on the AHS varsity staff.

Taraska officially joined the team Sunday night. New head coach Greg Malling reintroduced him to the team at practice on Sunday.

Taraska will take the role of being a consultant and will also coach the linebackers.


Man sentenced to 13 years after crashing into runner

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 06, 2011 12:32 p.m. | Waukesha - A 22-year-old Village of Pewaukee man who was under the influence of illegal drugs when he hit a runner with his vehicle in November has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Thomas Brinkman struck Greg Phelps, 45, on Nov. 28 while Phelps was running on a sidewalk along Capitol Drive in the Village of Pewaukee. The impact broke 14 bones in Phelps' body, lacerated his liver and caused significant bleeding in his brain.

In June, Brinkman entered guilty pleas to injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and possession of narcotic drugs and was convicted by Waukesha County Circuit Court James R. Kieffer. As part of a plea agreement, charges of reckless driving-causing great bodily harm, injury by use of a vehicle while under the influence of controlled substance and possession of cocaine were dismissed.

Cocaine and an anti-anxiety drug were detected in Brinkman's bloodstream, according to court records.

A hypodermic needle was found stuffed in his pants, and Brinkman told police he used heroin the day before the crash and maybe that day, the criminal complaint says.

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Mukwonago construction firm to pay fine, wetland restoration costs

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 06, 2011 9:22 a.m. | Mukwonago - Berg Construction Inc. and owner Cheryl A. Berg have agreed to pay $51,000 in forfeitures, fees and wetland restoration costs to resolve a complaint filed against the company by the state Department of Justice.

The company several years began grading about 6 acres of Mukwonago Drive and Bay View Road in Mukwonago without applying for a construction site erosion control and storm water discharge permit and without taking steps to prevent discharges of sediment into water, according to the complaint.

A permit application would have triggered the identification and delineation of protected wetlands on the property, the Justice Department stated in a news release announcing that the case had been settled.

According to the complaint, the proper plans were not implemented, and wetlands were not identified and delineated on or before 2007, when the state Department of Natural Resources learned that construction had started.

Also, a detention basin at the site was not completed and consequently failed during a rain event, causing the discharge of an unknown amount of construction site sediment into wetlands and the Mukwonago River, the Department of Justice said in the news release.

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Four injured in Waukesha County crash on Monday

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 06, 2011 8:16 a.m. | Four people were injured, including two who were thrown from their vehicle, in a two-car crash about 4:55 p.m. Monday at Highway 67 and county Highway CI in the Town of Ottawa, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

A driver of a Ford Focus was eastbound at CI, stopped at the intersection with Highway 67 and then headed through the intersection, colliding with a Ford Windstar that was northbound on Highway 67, the Sheriff's Department said.

Two adults in the Windstar - a 40-year-old Oconomowoc man and his 44-year-old wife - were ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries, the Sheriff's Department said. One of three children in the Windstar suffered minor injuries. The injured were taken to Froedtert Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 22-year-old Menomonee Falls woman, suffered minor injuries, the department said.


Tree blocks Capitol Drive in Hartland

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 03, 2011 5:16 a.m. | Al large tree fell into Capitol Drive in Hartland  due to the high winds around 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning, causing the road to be blocked and closed.

The tree fell just 400 yards west from the Merton Avenue and Lisbon Avenue intersection. Police and the Hartland Fire Department were on the scene by 5 a.m.


Pirates top Eisenhower in final seconds

Sept. 03, 2011 12:40 a.m. | Pewaukee kicker Jacob Stern shook off two misses and hit a game-winning field goal with 3 seconds left, lifting the Pirates football team to their first win of the year Friday, 9-6 over New Berlin Eisenhower. Check out the full story here.


Hamilton gets first-ever win over Marquette

Sept. 02, 2011 11:54 p.m. | The Sussex Hamilton football team blazed a trail Friday with the program's first-ever win over Marquette, surviving a late push for a 19-17 triumph. Read the full story here.


Oconomowoc powers past Hartford

Sept. 02, 2011 10:41 p.m. | Oconomowoc's football team improved to 3-0 with an impressive 20-3 win over defending league champion Hartford at OHS on Friday.

Canton Larson connected on three touchdown passes -- one for 27 yards to Zach Poker that gave the Raccoons a 7-3 lead in the second quarter, and another from 16 yards out to Tyler Enright that made it 14-3 at half.

The latter score was set up after Oconomowoc attempted a field goal on 4th and 6, which was blocked by Hartford but recovered by Cooney beyond the first-down marker. Moments later, OHS was in the end zone again.

Alex Eckes caught a touchdown from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring, and OHS finished with two forced red zone turnovers and a blocked field goal of its own. Ben Sloggy made a game-sealing interception, Logan Ballering blocked the kick and also caught a first-down pass off a fake punt that helped the Raccoons ice the final outcome.


Kettle Moraine lights up North

By Evan Frank

Sept. 02, 2011 10:38 p.m. | Kettle Moraine pulled away from Waukesha North in the second half Friday, on its way to a 35-14 win in Classic 8 Conference football.

Both teams scored on their opening drives, and Nick Cieslak's 59-yard touchdown connection with Mac Riedy allowed the Lasers to tie the game at 14-14 in the first half.

Riedy scored again to give KM a 21-14 lead, and penalties slowed the Northstars in the second half. KM took advantage by scoring twice more, moving to 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in league play.


Arrowhead CC teans win crowns

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 02, 2011 10:09 p.m. | Both Arrowhead cross country teams won championships Friday at the Betz Invite hosted by West Allis Hale.

In the boys division, AHS won with 30 points. Muskego was second with 88 tallies.

Russ Sandvold of the Warhawks won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:06. Teammate Kyle Lewin was second at 16:09. Other AHS runners were Will Conley in seventh, Jake Dubnicka in ninth and Ben Bierman in 11th.

The AHS girls won with 24 points. Pewaukee was second with 101 points.

Taylor McDowell of the Warhawks won with a 4,000-meter time of 15:19. Jackie Dubnicka of Arrowhead ran second at 15:22. Other AHS runners were Natalie Burant in fourth, Lea Patek in fifth and Teagan Seneczko in 12th.


AHS football team rolls over Pius

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 02, 2011 9:59 p.m. | Host Arrowhead improved to 2-0 on the season and  1-0 in Classic 8 Conference play Friday night by whipping visiting Milwaukee Pius, 45-8. Pius dropped to 1-2.

AHS got on the board on their  second series of the night when Steve Dentice kicked a 25- yard field. They added a 4-yard TD run by quarterback Ryan Saeger and a 1-yard run by Saeger -yard scoring pass to lead 24-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Saeger scored on a 6-yard run and Steven Radeztsky scored on a 4-yard run. The final points came on an Arrowhead interception by Joey Reuteman in  the Pius end zone.

On defense, junior back Jackson Abresch had two interceptions for the Warhawks, both of which led to touchdowns.


Seidel, Cooney girls win CC titles

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 02, 2011 5:55 p.m. | University Lake School senior standout Molly Seidel took top individual honors and the host Oconomowoc varsity girls cross country  team won championships last Thursday at the second annual Nature Hill Challenge in Oconomowoc.

Seidel, the three-time WIAA Division 3 state champion, won the 4,000-meter race with a course-record time of 14:19. That's the fastest time in the state this year and one of the top times in the country.

Seidel's sister Isabel ran second at 16:12.

Oconomowoc won the title in the 10-school field with 40 points. Menomonee Falls was a distant second with 85 points.

OHS was led by senior Mandy Prom in third at 16:29. Others figuring in the scoring for the Raccoons were Maddie Houston in eighth at 17:30, Olivia Radtke ninth at 17:32, Hannah Heidvogel 13th at 18:00 and Katie Jaeger 17th at 18:24. Rounding out the Cooney lineup were Erin Vande Zande in 20th at 18:19 and Caitin Hartnett 22nd at 18:26.


Sarna, KM boys win CC titles

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 02, 2011 5:48 p.m. | Junior Josh Sarna and his Kettle Moraine varsity cross country teammates ran off with the championship Thursday at the second annual Nature Hill Challenge in Oconomowoc.

The Lasers won the meet title with 46 points. New Berlin West was second in the field of 10-teams with 86 tallies.

Sarna won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:35. Others running for KM were Greg Gamorth in eighth, Nick Hoppe 10th, Evan Runzheimer 13th, David Schoper 14th, Sam Pausha 23rd and Wes Cuomo 39th.

Noah Brown led third-place Oconomowoc by finishing fourth at 18:22. Joe Zack of OHS was sixth.


Follow Oconomowoc football game live

Sept. 02, 2011 1:36 p.m. | Oconomowoc takes on Hartford in the Wisconsin Little Ten football opener, with the Orioles heading to town for the 7 p.m. kickoff. The Raccoons are 2-0 for the first time since 2002, and you can follow along with our live blog from the scene.


I-94 accident near Summit cleared

Sept. 01, 2011 5:38 p.m. | The right lane is open again on I-94 westbound at Highway BB after being closed for an hour and a half due to an accident.

More details on the accident will be made available as they come in.


Accident closes one lane on I-94

Sept. 01, 2011 4:36 p.m. | According to the Department of Transportation, the right lane of I-94 westbound at Highway BB near Summit is closed due to an accident. The report estimates the closure to last 2 hours.

No further information is available at this time.


Roll over accident on I-94 in Oconomowoc

Sept. 01, 2011 4:11 p.m. | Reports of a roll over accident on I-94 near Golden Lake Road are making their way into the news room.

No further details are available at this time. Information will be posted as it becomes available.


Patient trapped in car after hitting tree in Delafield

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 01, 2011 1:40 p.m. | The Town of Delafield Fire Department is on the scene of a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Silvernail Road and Elmhurst Road in Delafield. At this time, one patient is known to be trapped in the vehicle, which struck a tree. No other details are available at this time.


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