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Fatal accident on I-43 South in Town of Vernon

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 29, 2013 10:40 p.m. |  Interstate 43 South was closed for more than four hours tonight after a fatal accident on the interstate near Evergreen Drive in the Town of Vernon.

According to a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department it appears a 48 year-old man had exited his disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the highway and was struck by another vehicle. 

The Big Bend Police Department, Vernon Fire Department, and Waukesha County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene at approximately 6 p.m. to find the man deceased. There was no damage to his vehicle. 

The occupant of the striking vehicle remained at the scene and was being interviewed by the Sheriff's Department. 

The incident is still under investigation. We will update this story as further information becomes available. 


Treat your dog this Sunday for HAWS

By Marilyn Jozwik

Nov. 29, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  And that means lots of ribbons and loose ends to tie up before the calendar turns to Dec. 25.

While friends and family are the focus of the holidays, we can’t forget about our pets.

This Sunday, Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee has a whole day devoting to dogs.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. bring your canine friends in for a dog wash and nail trim. There will also be treats for dogs and their owners, door prizes and raffles. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will be on hand for photos, perfect for your holiday greeting cards.

Proceeds from these activities benefit the Humane Animal Welfare Society. For more information call (262) 548-0923 or visit www.petlicious.com.

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World's Greatest Cookie Sale on Friday

Nov. 27, 2013 2:48 p.m. | The World’s Greatest Cookie Sale returns for its 23rd year from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Country Springs Hotel. Admission and parking are free.

The sale features hundreds of thousands of homemade holiday cookies and baked goods. Sales benefit 25 nonprofit groups.

In addition to the cookies, there will be a variety of entertainment throughout the event including magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa Claus.

For more information, visit www.thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale/index.htm or call (262) 547-0201.


Armed robbery at Town of Eagle home

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 26, 2013 12:06 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has just released a statement regarding an incident Sunday in the Town of Eagle.

On Sunday, November 24, 2013 at approximately 10:52 p.m., the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an armed robbery that occurred at a residence in the Town of Eagle. 

Responding deputies were advised that three armed suspects had fled the residence in two vehicles, one of which was the homeowners. The homeowner’s vehicle was located by responding deputies however, it had been abandoned. The second suspect vehicle is described as a gold colored Chevrolet Trail Blazer.


The homeowners and their son had just returned to their residence at approximately 9:55 p.m., entering into their garage when they were approached by the three armed suspects. The homeowners and their son were then held against their will as three armed suspects began stealing various items from the residence. The homeowners and their son were unharmed.


This incident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.


Christmas Carol coming to East Troy

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 25, 2013 4:16 p.m. | Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy is teaming up with Walking the Dog (WTD) Theater to offer a unique public performance of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol free of charge at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. David Anderson of WTD Theater plays all the characters in the Dickens' classic. 

This local performance is part of a special project that will offer about 10 free performances of this story to communities in New York, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. The Christmas Carol Project is a first step in a larger vision to develop the foundation for a free cultural life.

Michael Fields Institute, located at Main Street and Townline Road, plans to connect with other area groups and is seeking to raise money through a combination of grants and donations to fund the Christmas Carol Project with an overall travel and production cost of $4,000 for these 10 performances. 

Donations can be made the evening of the performance, or online by clicking the Donate button at the top left of the WTD site, or by mailing a check made out to Walking the dog Theater with "Christmas Carol" in the memo line to Walking the dog Theater, PO Box 300, Ghent, NY 12075.


Woman warns Oconomowoc Pick 'n Save shoppers about possible black widow in grapes

Nov. 25, 2013 2:07 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - An Oconomowoc resident and mother of four wants others who may have purchased organic grapes from the Pick 'n Save in Pabst Farms to throw them out.

Nicole Bjork said she was washing some organic grapes she bought at the store this weekend when something crawled out from the center of the bunch.

"While I was pulling grapes off the vine to put in the colander, something crawled out from inside," said Bjork. She said after her initial scream, she called her husband who killed the spider. But they saved it and checked photos online. Based on the red hour glass they said is on the spider's belly and its shiny, black appearance, they're quite positive it was a black widow.

News of black widow spiders in produce popped up in Milwaukee after a customer at Aldi in Wauwautosa purchased red grapes earlier this month. The woman wrapped the plastic container of grapes and returned it to the store which removed the product from shelves as a precaution.

James Hyland, vice president of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at Roundy's said the store did the same.

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County correctional officer charged with child sex assault

By Steve Garrison

Nov. 25, 2013 12:06 p.m. |  A Waukesha County correctional officer was charged last week with two counts of child sex assault, allegedly molesting a neighborhood boy in Eagle on several occasions.

Troy M. Kassens, 46, was charged on Friday, Nov. 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree child sex assault and one count of child enticement (sexual contact).

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release that Kassens worked for the county as a correctional officer for 19 years, but has since been fired.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was first made aware of the accusations against Kassens on Monday, Nov. 18.

A 15-year-old boy had told his father that he had been sexually assaulted by Kassens numerous times beginning in the summer of 2012, the complaint states. He told investigators in the complaint that all the assaults took place at Kassens’ home, located in the area of County Highway NN and Sprague Road.

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Treacherous travel in Lake Country

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 25, 2013 9:19 a.m. | Travel through the Lake Country region is becoming increasingly treacherous because of snow, high winds, limited visibility and snow packed, and in some cases, slippery roads and highways.

Northern Waukesha and southern Washington counties appear to be among the areas hardest hit by an early morning snow storm.

Much of HIghway 83 is snow covered and traffic, particularly through Chenequa, is moving slowly.

Highway K from the Highway 83 intersection east through the towns of Merton and Lisbon is also snow covered and slippery in some spots.

Winkelman Road from Highway K into the Village of Merton is also snow covered and slippery.

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Waukesha County Technical College closed due to power outage

By Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 25, 2013 6:29 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College is closed Monday because of a power outage, according to the college's website.

The campus will reopen for staff on Tuesday. The campus calender indicates that no classes are scheduled for the remainder of the week.


Arrowhead repeats as state football champion

Nov. 22, 2013 9:19 p.m. | The Arrowhead football team returned to the top of the podium Friday with a 45-22 win over Franklin in the WIAA Division 1 state title game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, marking a second consecutive title for the Warhawks.

Jake Miller set a Division 1 state title-game record with 11 receptions, and the senior finished with two touchdowns from quarterback Johnny Duranso, who threw three total TD passes and broke the old state record for passing yards in a Division 1 title game with 235. Franklin's Sean McGuire threw for 250 to take the mark for himself, but he also threw three interceptions.

One of those picks marked a huge momentum swing. After Duranso hit Ricky Finco for a touchdown with 2:06 left in the third quarter, breaking a 17-17 tie and giving the Warhawks a six-point lead, a blocked extra point kept the score at 23-17. But on the second play of Franklin's next series, Charlie Reuteman snatched a McGuire pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

Replays showed the ball had been stripped from Reuteman's grasp prior to the end zone, and the play likely should have resulted in a touchback, but the ruling of touchdown gave Arrowhead a 31-17 edge.

A 56-yard touchdown run by Cody Sellhausen and a 70-yard jaunt by Ty Jager put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Franklin scored its final touchdown on the last play of the game.

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Eagle man arrested for sexual assault of child

Nov. 22, 2013 3:58 p.m. |  A 46-year-old Town of Eagle man has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and child enticement.

Troy M. Kassens has been terminated from his position as a correctional officer with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 19. Read more on this story in this week's Mukwonago Chief. 


Hamilton has chance to win $25K

Nov. 22, 2013 10:04 a.m. | Hamilton High School Student Council is challenging students, parents, staff and community members to support efforts to win $25,000 through U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities program. The top 20 schools that garner the most community votes will each win $25,000.

To help Student Council members put Hamilton among the top 20 schools, individuals age 18 and older are asked to visit www.uscellular.com between Nov. 4 and 25, click on the Calling All Communities Program link and enter the requested information.


Sussex man charged in federal court over Champeny Court pipebombs

By Steve Garrison

Nov. 22, 2013 10:02 a.m. |  A 20-year-old Sussex man suspected of making explosives in his Champeny Court apartment in October was charged last week in federal court with unlawful transporation of a firearm, unlawful transportation of explosives and importing explosive materials.

According to a search warrant affidavit, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was first alerted by a neighbor on Oct. 23 that Anthony Haessly was allegedly in possession of pipe bombs.

The neighbor told police in the affidavit that Haessly said he would use the explosives on anyone, including law enforcement officials, because he did not want to go back to jail. He was on probation for an earlier conviction, having lit a cottage on fire in August 2010 at the Lad Lake Residential Treatment Center.

Other neighbors were aware that Haessly was building bombs, according to the search warrant. One neighbor described the devices in the affidavit as "cylinder metal devices each having a wick," one of which "appeared to be an elongated Co2 cartridge and the larger was a pipe, approximately 8 inches in length and capped on both ends."

On Oct. 24, The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the Milwaukee Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) all responded to Haessly’s residence at W246 N6704 Champeny Court and executed the search warrant. The Bomb Squad detonated two explosive devices and Haessly was taken into custody at that time on a probation violation.

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Sussex man faces federal charges over explosives found in apartment

By Lydia Mulvany of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 22, 2013 9:01 a.m. | The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has indicted a Sussex man on accusations he had improvised explosive devices in his apartment, according to a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff.

Anthony Haessly, 20, faces three charges: unlawful transport of firearms, shipping or transporting explosive materials over state lines and importing explosive materials, according to federal court records.

He was jailed in Waukesha County Oct. 24 on a probation violation after deputies learned he had explosives and served a search warrant at his home.

Haessly told authorities he was prepared to kill police and detonate the explosives in his neighborhood, WISN-TV previously reported, citing a search warrant.

Living Lake Country reported the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad destroyed two explosive devices.


Passenger killed in suspected drunken driving crash in Waukesha County

By Journal Sentinel staff

Nov. 22, 2013 5:54 a.m. | A passenger was killed in a suspected drunken driving crash when a car failed to negotiate a turn in Waukesha County and struck a tree early Friday morning, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

A vehicle was traveling south on Center Oak Road about 2:07 a.m. in Lisbon when it failed to negotiate a turn at Dobbertin Road. The passenger, a 31-year-old Town of Merton man, was pronounced dead at Waukesha Memorial Hospital about a hour later.

The driver was placed under arrest on suspicion of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.


Fairs and bake sales make holiday shopping easy

By Marilyn Jozwik

Nov. 22, 2013 12:00 a.m. | This is the time of year for “fair” weather. There’s more than a nip in the air and that means the holidays are right around the corner.

To make shopping easier, check out these craft fairs and bake sales in Lake Country.

Many folks have made the Yuletide Faire from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School a holiday tradition. The fair is a medieval-themed holiday festival features strolling minstrels, marionette puppet shows, storytelling, candle dipping, face painting and children’s crafts plus children’s bazaar and treasure hunt. Admission is $5 at the door for adults and $2 for children

The school is located at N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Call (262) 676-7497 or visit http://www.prairiehillwaldorf.org for more information.

The Meadow Woods Lioness Club is hosting a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ixonia Elementary School, North St, Ixonia. The event features Children’s Christmas Shop plus food including homemade chili.

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Haessly indicted by feds for IED in Sussex

Nov. 21, 2013 3:50 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Dept. has just announced that Anthony Haessly has been indicted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for the alleged improvised explosive device found on Oct. 24 in his Village of Sussex home.

"Based on that information, the ATF will be handline the case from this point forward," the news release says.

Previously, a search warrant was executed on the Champeny Court in the Village of Sussex after officers received information that a man was in posession of an explosive device. That man, Haessly, was subsequently taken into custody and held on probation violation.


One person hospitalized, four cats die in Oconomowoc fire

Nov. 21, 2013 8:31 a.m. | Four cats died in a house fire in the City of Oconomowoc early Thursday, and one of the people living at the house was taken to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation.

The fire also caused heavy damage to the home, at 637 Anderson St.

According to the city Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at about 1:37 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the house. Both adult occupants of the house were already out of the house when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters did extensive work inside the attic above the single-story portion of the house. The fire is thought to have originated in that part of the house, and spread to the attic. The fire in the attic was quickly extinguished, according to the Fire Department; however, the interior rooms in that portion of the house are a total loss.

The two-story portion of the home sustained heavy heat and smoke damage.

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Gun club will appeal to council

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 21, 2013 7:34 a.m. |  City of Delafield - The Hartland Sportsman Club will appeal to the Common Council in early December the Plan Commission's unanimous recommendation Wednesday night to reject the gun club's request for permission to reopen its five firing ranges located on  about 35 acres of land on Maple Avenue, south of Interstate 94.

The commission members determined the safety improvements proposed by the gun club for the firing ranges failed to adequately protect the public health and safety of surrounding neighborhoods and the community.

However, gun club attorney Jeremy Levinson, after  the meeting, accussed the commission members of "changing the target" during the closing minutes of nearly two hours of deliberation.

Levinson asserted that gun club representatives and city officials have focused for the past two years on issues related  to making the gun club safer to operate after its operating permits was revoked three years ago for violation of safety standards,

However, during last nights meeting some commission members, according to Levinson, indicated they wanted the gun club closed because of the commercial and residential neighborhoods that have developed around the firing ranges since they were built in the mid 1950s.

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Gun club permit rejected

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 21, 2013 7:08 a.m. |  City of Delafield - After nearly two hours of debate and deliberation the Plan Commission has unanimously rejected the Hartland Sportsmans Clubs request to reopen its gun club firing ranges.

Several members of the commission told club lawyers and engineers that they have failed to pursuade them they could operate the club in a manner that would meet city public health and safety standards.

The club was shut down by the city three years ago because it had failed to maintain safety standards required in a previous permit. The debate over the safety of the club was spurred by an incident where a woman was grazed by a bullet that escaped one of the club's firing ranges while she was sitting in an  out door dinning area of a nearby restuarant.

The Common Council will consider the commission's recommendation at its Dec. 2 meeting.


Mukwonago Optimist Club sponsors annual essay contest

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 20, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Optimist Club is sponsoring its annual essay contest which is open to any student in the Mukwonago area. The topic this year is “How Dreams Lead to Success.” Every student who enters the contest will win at least one award for their efforts ranging from movie theater tickets to a check for $250. Besides these local incentives, winners at the district level will be awarded a college scholarship with $25000. Last year the local winner, Tyler Wozny from Mukwonago won the District Level of the contest. See an English or Social Studies teacher or Ms. Frenn at Mukwonago High School. You can also go to the website mukwonagooptimist.org for an entry form and more information. The deadline for entering is Wednesday, Dec. 4.


Fill the Bus Food Drive in Mukwonago tomorrow

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 20, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago is holding it’s first Fill the Bus food drive tomorrow  from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Residents and visitors are asked to drop off Thanksgiving food items at the town hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Road, to benefit the Mukwonago Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry.

Items can include turkey, canned vegetables, canned fruit, dressing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce or Jello. Monetary donations and gift cards to area grocery stores are also accepted.


Meeting on reconstruction of Highway 67 in Oconomowoc tonight

Nov. 20, 2013 8:40 a.m. | The state Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting tonight on the reconstruction of Highway 67 from Blue Ribbon Drive (south of I-94 bridge) to Thackeray Trail. The project area includes the bridges over I-94.

The public hearing will be an open house format from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St. From 5 to 7, the DOT will hold a formal hearing.

Read more here.


City of Oconomowoc approves new community outreach and services position

Nov. 19, 2013 10:03 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc – City staff got a green light Tuesday on a second attempt to create a new position that will serve a dual role helping the Parks, Recreation and Forestry and Economic Development departments.
In August, Common Council debated the position and denied it mainly on the basis that some officials felt the position should split into two part-time positions to save money by not having to pay benefits.
Alderman Mike Miller reiterated his support for that move. However, Parks Director John Kelliher argued two part-time positions could result in less-qualified candidates, higher turnover, more management and less consistency, among other things.
Miller countered that he thinks the city hasn't given the part-time positions a shot. “I think there’s a lot better help out there than you think,” he said.
The city proposed a similar position to what it presented in August with changes regarding a savings of $2,276 after new numbers on insurance costs. The positions salary is $66,633 which includes a full benefits package based on a family health plan.
Staff said the position will have no impact on the tax levy. The position will be funded through hotel tax revenues, elimination of a season parks position, allocation of funds from the parks department, taking advantage of money already budgeted for a part-time position not full at the time and community center revenue from rentals.

Council approved the request in a 6-2 vote with Alderman Bob Morgan, Dave Nold, Denny Daggett, Jim Preston, Tom Strey and Herro voting yes. Aldermen Miller and Larsen voted no.


Longtime Oconomowoc resident, Denny Daggett, appointed to fill vacant Council seat

Nov. 19, 2013 6:45 p.m. | Common Council, appointed Denny Daggett, to fill a District 3 seat recently vacated by Cathleen Slattery who resigned.

Daggett said he's lived in the city for about 50 years and loved Oconomowoc since the day he moved here. Daggett once served as director of economic development and most recently worked for Pabst Farms as its director of community affairs.

Daggett earned four votes. Two other residents applied, David Manke and Joe Warren. They received two and one vote respectively.

Daggett was sworn in immediately following the appointment to take up Tuesday's agenda.


Tonight: Big Bend says goodbye to Chief Hartert

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 19, 2013 3:34 p.m. |  The Village of Big Bend is saying goodbye to police chief Michael Hartert tonight as he leaves Big Bend for his new position in Summit.

An open house will occur tonight at Village Hall from 7-9 p.m. to say goodbye and wish the chief well in his new venture. 


Family Game Day at OPL

By Donna Frake

Nov. 19, 2013 8:00 a.m. | Children, ages  4K-4th grade, are invited along with their parents to participate in a Family Game Day at Oconomowoc Public Library from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

This is an opportunity for children to show their parents how to play their favorite Wii games and board games. Come celebrate National Game & Puzzle Week (Nov. 24-30) at this free event. 

 Please register at http://familygameday.eventbrite.com


Emergency department in Mukwonago takes shape

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 18, 2013 3:56 p.m. |  Plans for an emergency department (ED) at the DN Greenwald Center are in “full-on design mode,” according to Ken Price, ProHealth Care administration senior vice president. Preliminary plans for the 60,000-square-foot addition moved to the Village Board for approval, after this paper went to press.

After a number of years of having a “very successful” urgent care center and hearing from community members, police and emergency medical personnel about the benefits, ProHealth officials felt “the next logical step down here was to move an emergency department on site,” Price explained.

“We’ve been looking, as an organization, for quite some time about where to go next down here, knowing full well this is an incredibly important location to us with the folks in Mukwonago and the surrounding area being very supportive of ProHealth for a very long time,” Price said. “We’re always looking at what we can do next here.”

According to plans Price showed to the Mukwonago Community Benefits Committee on Nov. 14, the addition would be on the northeast corner of the existing 150,000-square-foot facility, which houses the medical and urgent care clinic, the Regional Cancer Center (RCC), physical medicine rehab, Moreland obstetrics practice, as well as Waukesha Memorial Hospital imaging, lab and behavior health departments. 

The emergency department would be two levels with about 30,000 square feet on each level. The first level would contain 16 emergency department rooms and 10 critical decision beds for observation purposes, while the second level would house support services, Price explained. 

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Waukesha County non-typical whitetail declared state archery record

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 18, 2013 9:46 a.m. | A white-tailed deer killed Sept. 18 in Waukesha County by bowhunter Jim Baker has been declared the Wisconsin non-typical archery record by the Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club.

The 28-point buck scored 249 5/8 inches net. It had an inside spread of 19 7/8 inches and 66 6/8 inches of abnormal points, according to scorers. The buck's gross measurement was 260 5/8 inches.

The previous state archery non-typical record was a 243 6/8 inch buck taken in 2009 in Fond du Lac County by Wayne Schumacher of Fond du Lac.

A panel of Wisconsin Buck and Bear Club scorers met Sunday in Richfield to measure the deer. Rules require trophies to dry for 60 days before official scores can be entered.

The state record non-typical taken by any method is a 253-inch buck killed in 1973  by Elmer Gotz in Buffalo County. Gotz was hunting with a firearm.

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AHS girls swimmers second at state

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 16, 2013 6:37 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls swim team turned in its best performance of the year Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 state meet at the UW Natatorium in Madison, losing to 2-year defending champion Waukesha South/Mukwonago by a mere four points. South/MHS had a 337 total and Arrowhead had 333.

Winning individual events for the Warhawks were the 200 medley relay team of Alyssa Lewandowski, Lindsay Adamski, Megan Doty and Maddie Barta, Mary Warren in the 50 freestyle and Adamski in the 100 breaststroke.


Arrowhead has easy time with Hudson

By Jeff Williams

Nov. 16, 2013 12:25 a.m. | Stevens Point — Arrowhead didn't have to travel far to score.

With five Warhawks scoring drives starting in Hudson territory, Arrowhead cruised to a 38-14 state semifinal win over the Raiders.

"You think differently when you are working with a short field," Arrowhead coach Greg Malling said. "You get a chance to take a more aggressive stance than we normally take."

Arrowhead (11-1) will face Franklin on Friday for the Division 1 state championship. Franklin beat Mukwonago, 35-8.

The Warhawks, who only trailed for 1:42 all season long, found themselves in a hole early. Hudson (10-2) opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead after Wade Malecha scored on a 2-yard run with 8:01 left in the first quarter.

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Lightning can't keep pace with Black Hawk

By JR Radcliffe

Nov. 16, 2013 12:15 a.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's football team has demonstrated it can rack up points during its evolution into one of the state's best Division 7 programs. Once it becomes capable of stopping a team like Black Hawk, the Lightning will possess the attributes of a state champion.

Black Hawk (13-0) simply had too much, amassing 504 yards rushing and punting just one time in a 60-33 win against LCL (11-2) at Middleton on Friday in the first Level 4 appearance in Lightning program history. Black Hawk, which registered six touchdowns of 42 yards or greater, advanced to its first state-championship game appearance since 1998 and reached Level 4 for the first time since 2000.

"They were big up front, quick up front," said LCL coach Greg Brazgel, who has helped build the program from scratch over the past decade. "They get off the ball real quick, and our juniors and sophomores up front weren't ready for that. It really was a battle in the trenches, and they were bigger and quicker than us today."

They also flashed some speed. With breakaway ability in the second level, Tanner Sweeney rushed for 287 yards and four touchdowns, including a 71-yarder on Black Hawk's first snap from scrimmage.

"Film never really shows speed," Brazgel said. "Sometimes you can see a running back's breakaway speed, but what you couldn't see was their ability to get out of their stance real quick. Honestly, I out-coached myself today. I went away from what we normally do, and that was the reason for the first half."

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Mukwonago tripped up by Franklin, 35-8

By CHRIS SCHUCK

Nov. 15, 2013 11:46 p.m. | Mukwonago's dream of an all-Classic 8 Conference state championship date in Madison on Nov. 22 will remain a dream, at least this time around.

Franklin played well on both sides of the ball, controlling the line of scrimmage against the Indians in a WIAA Division 1, Level 4 game at Vock Field at Kettle Moraine High School on Friday night, and Mukwonago fell by a 35-8 count.

The Sabers scored four touchdowns in the first half, and the fifth on the first possession of the second half to trigger a running clock. Franklin advanced to the Division 1 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium for a date with Arrowhead.

Mukwonago, which actually procured three turnovers in the game, scored in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run by senior Jarrid Madden. The two-point conversion from senior Aaron Nixon was successful with 8:01 remaining in the game.

Mukwonago lost the total yardage battle with Franklin, 328 yards to 248. Quarterback Sean McGuire finished 12 for 17 for 172 yards. Senior Chad Walton rushed 17 times for 133 yards for the Sabers. Austin Meyer had nine receptions for 134 yards.

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Sendik's coming to Hartland

Nov. 15, 2013 7:51 a.m. | Expanding its service into Lake Country area, Balistreri-owned and -operated Sendik’s Food Markets has announced that it plans to open a store in the Hartbrook Mall next year.

The store will be on the northwest corner of Hartbrook Drive and Merton Avenue, just north of Highway 16. It will be the 12th location for the family-owned grocer.

“We frequently hear from customers who would like Sendik’s to join their community,” said Ted Balistreri, one of the family co-owners of Sendik’s.

The Balistreri family has entered a contract with Devo Properties of Mequon to remodel the currently vacant space in Hartbrook Mall, which will be renamed Sendik's Hartland Plaza.

The approximately 30,000-square-foot store at the eastern end of the shopping center will be remodeled. Devo Properties plans to enhance the entire 69,300-square-foot mall, which includes Biebel’s True Value, Great Midwest Bank, and BP/Colburn’s Car Wash, among other tenants.

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AHS football game live on WTKM radio

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 15, 2013 7:50 a.m. | Arrowhead's WIAA Division 1 semi-final football game against Hudson in Stevens Point Friday at 7 p.m. will be broadcast live by WTKM radio  104.9.

Both Hudson and Arrowhead are 11-1 this year. The two teams met last year in the semi-finals and AHS won that game.

The Warhawks are the defending state champions.


Shop, dine and go to a show

By Marilyn Jozwik

Nov. 15, 2013 12:00 a.m. | A good place to start holiday shopping is at the pARTy with the ARTists from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at N35W28320 Taylors Woods Road, Pewaukee. All holiday gifts and decorations are local and handmade by artists and crafters. Items for Pewaukee Food Pantry will be collected.  Call (262) 270-0904 for more information.

If your holiday shopping is making you hungry plan on a big meal at the I.C.E. Snowmobile Club Country Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Ixonia Pub, W1270 Marietta Ave, Ixonia.  The 25th annual event, sponsored by the Ixonia/Concord Explorers Snowmobile Club, includes eggs, eggs deluxe, pancakes (blueberry, chocolate, plain), ham, sausage, hash, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, sweets, juice, milk, coffee and more. Cost: adult $8 advance, $8.50 at the door; children (6 to 12) $4; 5 and younger free.

If you’re looking for some fine theatrical productions this weekend, you can look no further than area schools.

Lake Country School will be presenting “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17, at the school, 1800 Vettelson Road, Hartland.

 “Rumors” is the fall show at Pewaukee High School, presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 15-16, at Pewaukee High School, 510 Lake St., Pewaukee.

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Appeal in Oconomowoc murder denied

Nov. 14, 2013 2:04 p.m. | An appeal made by one of three men convicted in the 2009 murder of Kim Smith has been denied. Jack Johnson argued that a search of his home in Mexico, done without a warrant, was illegal.

Jack JohnsonAccording to police, Johnson acted as the middle man in the murder of Smith, 39, linking Justin Welch, then 28, with Darren Wold, then 43, Smith’s former boyfriend and father of her young son. Wold and Johnson were longtime friends. Johnson befriended Welch in Mexico and the two were roommates for a time before the murder occurred.
Wold and Johnson were also found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Johnson, 69, died on July 27 while serving his sentence in the Dodge Correctional Institution. His cause of death was natural confirmed by Joy Staab, director of public affairs for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Before his death, in May of 2012, Johnson filed the appeal. He argued that an FBI investigator should not have relied on Mexican authorities’ opinion that it was OK to search his rented residence without a warrant if his landlord consented. Johnson claimed his Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

However, the court of appeals ruled that the “good faith” exception applies in this case. “American law enforcement officials were objectively reasonable in seeking out and relying on Mexican law enforcement’s direction as to the requirements of Mexican law and conducting the search in accordance with those directions,” reads the decision filed Nov. 13.

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Roundy's seeks to hire 100 people at distribution center

By Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 14, 2013 10:09 a.m. | Milwaukee-based grocer Roundy’s Inc., will be holding a job fair at the Tommy Thompson Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day beginning Monday and running through Nov. 21.

Roundy’s said in a statement that it is looking for part-time order selectors to work at its distribution center in Oconomowoc. Applicants must be 18 or older and be available to work a minimum of two 8-hour shifts per week, including one on the weekend. Additionally, applicants must be able to lift up to 75 pounds.

Roundy’s is looking to hire about 100 people for the distribution center.

Applicants will be given strength and endurance testing, a drug screen and background check. Employees can earn $12.80 per hour for weekday shifts and $14 per hour on the weekends, with additional incentives available.


Statement from WSD answers few questions on Stalbaum

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 14, 2013 9:14 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released a statement this morning on Kathryn Stalbaum, the Genesee 15-year-old who went missing for four days last week triggering a substaintial search and capturing the attention of the media and of the Wales/Genesee community.

In the statement the department confirms Kathryn left on her own and was not abducted or taken.

Kathryn left her home on her bicycle early Tuesday morning Nov. 5. She traveled to Goerkes Corner Park and Ride at Barker Road and Bluemound Road in the Town of Brookfield. She left her bike unsecured at the Park and Ride and the department did not say how that bike made it's way to Waukesha, where it was found Thursday, Nov. 7.

Kathryn traveled by bus to Chicago O'Hare Airport and spent the next three days there. 

"Kathryn did not sleep much, she walked around most of the time and was able to purchase a few meals with her own money," the statement read. "On the afternoon of Friday, November 8th, Kathryn sought out a Chicago Police Officer for help in returning home."

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Pewaukee School District wins prestigious Baldrige Award

By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 13, 2013 3:16 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District in Waukesha County was recognized Wednesday with a presidential honor given to American organizations for performance excellence.

The district won the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and is the seventh public school district to receive the national honor since the award program's inception in 1988. The other winners for 2013 include two health care organizations: Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas, and Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif.

Pewaukee was recognized for its high performance and other internal operation successes.

The district has some of the strictest graduation requirements in the state, and has an increasing number of students taking Advanced Placement courses. It has also significantly increased the percentage of students enrolling in two- and four-year colleges after high school. It has also implemented a 1:1 laptop initiative and blended learning classes, according to information from the Commerce Department and from Pewaukee.

Employee surveys show high satisfaction among Pewaukee's 314 staff members, three-quarters of the student body volunteers in the community, according to a release. Surveys show parent satisfaction is at about 94%.

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Pewaukee School District receives national Baldrige Award

Nov. 13, 2013 1:34 p.m. | U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today announced that the Pewaukee School District will receive the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Sternke said, “It is with great pride for me to share that the Pewaukee School District is one of three organizations to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award this year. Two healthcare organizations are also being recognized along with the Pewaukee School District. This recognition is evidence of our meeting a very high standard of excellence. I couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment to excellence in all of our staff.”

The school district was lauded for meeting high standards for performance, connecting with parents and students, identifying and implementing a number of innovative practices to improve student achievement and reach strategic objectives, housing engaged leaders and empowered staff members, demonstrating fiscal responsibility and remaining active stakeholders in the community.

The award is only giving to three organizations in the United States. The other two recipients are Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano in Plano, Texas and Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, Calif – both are in the health care sector.

"I am happy to congratulate the 2013 Baldrige Award recipients, three organizations that are leading innovative practices, dynamic management, sound financial performance, outstanding employee and customer satisfaction, and a solid commitment to excellence and proven results," said Secretary Pritzker. "The Baldrige program has had a tangible impact on the success of thousands of organizations worldwide and our nation's economy, and the winners announced today will undoubtedly continue that legacy and serve as role models for their peers in the health care and education sectors."

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Kettle Moraine drama puts a twist on an Oscar Wilde's classic

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 13, 2013 12:46 p.m. | Kettle Moraine High School Drama Club brings Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" to the stage  this weekend. 

The fall production has taken a mid1960s twist on Oscar Wilde's play - a blend of witty comedy and intense domestic drama. Students will take an updated approach to this play by capturing an aesthetic inspired by Mad Men, as the play involves similar themes of hidden pasts, public personas and what it means to be an ideal husband.

An Ideal Husband is story of marriage and scandal involves a rising young politician, Sir Robert Chiltern, being blackmailed by the ambitious and greedy femme fatale Mrs. Chevely. Unless Sir Robert advocates a financial scheme of hers, she will reveal that he rose to wealth through the unscrupulous selling of government secrets.

The performance dates and times are Friday Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults.

For more information, contact Director Trey Korte, kortet@kmsd.edu, or (262) 968-6273, ext. 4108. 


Franklin-Mukwonago matchup on TWC

Nov. 12, 2013 12:52 p.m. | The WIAA Division 1, Level 4 football game between Mukwonago and Franklin, taking place at 7 p.m. Friday at Kettle Moraine High School, will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel (32) locally.

The winner of the game will earn a berth in the state championship Nov. 22. Mukwonago has not been to Level 4 since winning the 2004 state title. Franklin will be looking for its first state-title appearance since winning the Division 2 crown in 2006.


Delafield Police Chief Taubel retires

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 11, 2013 9:22 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Police Chief Scott Taubel, who has served in the city police department for 34 years, has announced he is retiring in February of 2014.

Mayor Ed McAleer said Taubel notified city officials of his intentions to retire in an email about two weeks ago.

His plans become public today when the Police Commission posted a meeting notice that included an agenda item noting Taubel was submitting a letter of resignation.

The agenda has also noticed that the commission would begin the process of finding a successor for Taubel who has been chief for about 13 years, according to McAleer.

Taubel, who is in his 50s, has been discussing the possibility of retiring from the department.


Lawyer says library can't sue town

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 11, 2013 8:08 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - An attorney for the Town of Lisbon is asking Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer to dismiss a law suit filed against the town by the Paulinee Haass Library Board because the library board "does not have the legislative or inherent authority" to sue anyone.

"It is hornbook law that the departments and subordinate entities of municipalities, counties, and towns that are not separate legal entities or bodies do not have the capacity to sue or be sued in the absence of specific statutory authority," wrote attorney Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst in a motion scheduled to be filed with the court Tuesday.

Gutenkunst pointed out the library was created by an intermunicipal agreement between the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex.

The board members who oversee operations of the library are appointed by the village and town boards in accordance with the agreement that also spells out how the library will be funded and administered.

State law requires anyone who has a claim against a library must file the claim with the municipality or county that created the library, according to Gutenkunst.

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Get Cookie Book on Wednesday

Nov. 11, 2013 11:32 a.m. | We Energies will distribute its annual Cookie Book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Waukesha County Expo Center.

The Cookie Book is a holiday tradition that dates to 1928. This year's book includes 35 recipes submitted by customers.


Stalbaum home with family

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 09, 2013 9:45 p.m. |  Waukesha County Sheriff's read a statement from the family of Kathryn Stalbaum this afternoon outside of the Town of Genesee home.

"We need to give Kathryn, the family and the detectives time to process the events of the last four days. It is important for the community to know that we are not looking for any other person or persons involved in this event at this time," Inspector Eric Severson said.

Severson said Kathryn left home on her own and was found on her own when she approached a Chicago police officer. Who she was in contact with, why she left and how she ended up in Chicago are questions that are still awaiting answers but the family reunited with Kathryn shortly after midnight Saturday morning and she was home resting as of Severson's conference this afternoon.

Severson also asked that the community remain sensitive to the events and said that family was appreciative of the overwhelming amount of concern, thoughts and prayers throughout the week.

The prayer vigil organized at Great Mission Church for Kathryn will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. It has been renamed a "Praise Vigil" and will focus on celebrating Kathryn's return while praying for children and families who did not have the same happy ending.


Lake Country Lutheran earns first-ever trip to Level 4

By Alec Johnson

Nov. 09, 2013 12:09 a.m. | History was made at Kettle Moraine Friday night, as Lake Country Lutheran held on for a 13-7 win over Burlington Catholic Central in their Level 3 playoff game. The win put the Lightning into Level 4 for the first time in school history, where they will take on Black Hawk next week. A win there would put LCL in the Division 7 state title game.

"We've been around 10 years, and we have never taken a step back in our program's history," said Lightning head coach Greg Brazgel. "But we're also tired of being equal. Last year, we got to this point, just like the year before, and we just left with a bitter taste in our mouth. We wanted to take (it) one step further. So, I'm really proud of these guys for taking that one step further ... just continuing to push the limits of what a small school can do, so I'm proud of the guys more than anything."

These two teams met in 2011 in Level 3, where the Hilltoppers won, 63-55, but this one was a defensive struggle. The scoreless deadlock was broken in the second quarter, when Nate Coss scored on a goal-line route to the right at 10:11 after a 16-play drive. Coss would finish with 11 attempts for 54 yards and his touchdown.

A missed extra-point left LCL with a 6-0 lead.

After forcing a Catholic Central turnover on downs, the Lightning struck another blow on their next drive two plays later, when quarterback Ben Wilkins connected with wide receiver Charlie Jacques on a 50-yard pass play for another touchdown with 8:12 left in the half. Wilkins only attempted six passes but completed three of them for 59 yards.

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Mukwonago blitzes Oconomowoc, sends Raccoons to first loss

By JR Radcliffe

Nov. 08, 2013 11:31 p.m. | Five plays, 142 yards, two touchdowns and not even 3 minutes gone by. The Mukwonago football team exploded to a fast start Friday, and it meant a surprisingly fast conclusion as the Indians handed Oconomowoc its first loss of the 2013 season with a dominant 55-21 victory in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at OHS.

Dominic Cizauskas ran for the first of his three touchdowns with a 68-yard scamper up the gut, and after Oconomowoc went 3-and-out, Mukwonago ran for 39 and 24 yards on consecutive plays, the latter an Aaron Nixon touchdown that gave MHS a 13-0 lead at the 9:04 mark in the first quarter. Mukwonago ultimately built its lead to 55-6 with a brilliant showing that marked a second straight win over a previously undefeated team.

"We came out fast, and that's everybody's goal," said Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson, who piloted MHS to its first Level 4 game since the school won the 2004 state championship. "That's a great Oconomowoc team over there, but when our kids had opportunities to make plays, they made them. When you get to this round, that's what you have to do to advance, and we're advancing to the Final Four."

Mukwonago (9-3) will face Franklin (11-1) with a state berth on the line next weekend.

If those first two drives weren't enough, Mukwonago finished the first half with additional plays of 25, 34 and 67 yards. By the time Cizauskas had his three touchdowns, it was 28-0, when Oconomowoc finally found the end zone on a Nate De La Barra scamper.

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Arrowhead rolls in second half

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 08, 2013 10:15 p.m. | Host Arrowhead, anchored by six interceptions and one fumble recovery, outscored visiting Germantown 33-0 in the second half Friday night and eliminated Germantown from the WIAA Division 1 playoffs, 36-3.

After battling Germantown to a 3-3 deadlock at halftime, AHS exploded for five touchdowns in the last two periods to win going away.

Cody Sellhausen scored on a 10-yard run to get the Warhawks rolling in the second half and Ty Jager scored on a 2-yard run minutes later to put the game away.

Andy Hessler and Charlie Reuteman had two picks each and Kevin Driscoll and PJ Shaw also had interceptions. Matt Seitz, Sam Seonbuchner and Billy Hirschfeld also had big games for the AHS defense.

Arrowhead will play in the state semi-finals next Friday night or Saturday at a neutral site.


Investigation to continue on Stalbaum's disappearance

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 08, 2013 9:29 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff detectives, Victim Specialist from the FBI and FBI Crimes against Children Special Agents are on the way to Chicago to meet with Kathryn Stalbaum and the Chicago Police Department in order to bring her home safely.

The investigation will continue regarding the circumstances surrounding Stalbaum's disappearance as there are many unanswered questions, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Department.

"We appreciate all the assistance from all the other police agencies involved especially the FBI, the U.S. Marshalls as the City of Waukesha Police Department as well as all the fire departments that assisted with the search efforts, especially the Wales Genesee Fire Department," the press release said. "We also need to thank our media partners, the Kettle Moraine School District staff, students and parents for all there help and cooperation.  Finally we need to thank the community for all the calls, information and tips that have been so useful to us.  Your help and support is extremely appreciated."


Stalbaum found alive in Chicago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 08, 2013 8:48 p.m. |  Kathryn Stalbaum has been found alive in Chicago, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Inspector Eric Severson reported Friday night. The 15-year-old Genesee girl approached a police officer in Chicago and asked for help. 

Stalbaum appeared in to be in good physical condition, Severson said.  It is unclear at this time how Stalbaum got to Chicago, why she was there, and if she left willingly or against her will. 

Stalbaum's parents have been notified and are elated, Severson said. He credited Stalbaum's parents for having "a lot of courage and a lot of faith." 

Authorities headed to Chicago to talk with Stalbaum Friday night. The investigation will continue to "find out what's going on," said Severson. 


FBI, U.S. Marshals now involved in search for Stalbaum

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 08, 2013 4:33 p.m. |

The afternoon press conference on the Stalbaum case just wrapped up at the Waukesha Sheriff's Office where Inspector Eric Severson announced the department is now receiving manpower and assistance from the Wisconsin branch of the FBI and the U.S. Marshals office.

Severson said that partnering with these two agencies allows for quicker review of tips and evidence and much needed relief for the 16 detectives that have been working non-stop for the past four days.

Nearly 200 tips have come in and the focus of the team has shifted to surveillance video from local businesses and homeowners as well as tapes from the bus system.

The departments asks that anyone in the Waukesha area review their tapes to check for possible images of Kathryn. Severson also said the department is happy to come review any tapes.

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Family movie night at St. John's Lutheran

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 08, 2013 3:00 p.m. | A family movie night will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 312 N. Main Street, North Prairie. 

The event will be Sunday Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. 

The movies will be The Princess Bride (PG) followed by a brief biblical discussion about the movie and light snacks will be provided.

For more information contact Paula at (262) 392-9334 or paula@bizwi.rr.com.


Reward offered, vigils planned in Kathryn Stalbaum case

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 08, 2013 11:43 a.m. |  A Friday morning briefing by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department shed some light on the case of missing teen Kathryn Stalbaum.

Her bicycle, located yesterday afternoon, was found near a residence in the City of Waukesha near Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The department will review survelliance tapes from the hospital and is asking residents and businesses throughout the city of Waukesha to review survelliance from their property and contact the department if they feel Kathryn may appear in those images.

Inspector Eric Severson also said that Crimestoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Stalbaum. Again, the number to call with any tips or information is (262) 446-5090.

He said the department has followed up on more than 150 phone calls but there have been no other credible leads as far as Kathryn's location.

Severson said the best thing the public can do is to download the picture of Stalbaum to their cellphone as a reminder of the severity of the case but also for the convenience of recognizing Stalbaum in the community.

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Fun and feasting this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

Nov. 08, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There’s lots of fun and feasting to be had in Lake Country this weekend.

Start your weekend with a fish fry served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D, Genesee Depot.

The all-you-can-eat menu includes beer battered and baked cod, grilled cheese, curly fries, baked potato, cole slaw, rye bread, applesauce, coffee and milk plus one dessert. For information call (262) 392-2920.

On Saturday see if luck is on your side at Casino Night starting at 5:30 p.m. at Hartland American Legion / VFW, 299 Goodwin Ave., Hartland. The event, celebrating the GFWC Hartland Woman’s Club 75th anniversary, includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, cash bar, Funny Chips for blackjack, craps and roulette and raffle prizes.

The cost is $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call (262) 367-3569 for more information.

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Bike of missing Genesee girl found abandoned

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 07, 2013 4:54 p.m. |  In an evening press conference Inspector Eric Severson of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department stated that the teal bike Kathryn Stalbaum said she was riding to school when she disappeared Tuesday has been recovered.

The teal Schwinn bicycle was found late this afternoon after a citizen called in a tip that a bike matching the description had been found abandoned.

Severson did not want to release the exact location but said the department has processed the scene and will continue to investigate the item throughout the evening.

Also at the conference Severson said that the teal backpack that Stalbaum has been described as possibly having with her was found in her locker and it appears she did not take it home Monday night.

Severson said the department will also be reviewing tapes provided by local businesses and continue to follow-up on tips and leads. He encourages anyone who thinks they may have seen anything Tuesday morning or may have seen Stalbaum since to call (262) 446-5090.

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Area gas prices keep falling

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 07, 2013 4:38 p.m. | Gas prices throughout the Lake Country area have fallen dramatically in the last three weeks. Most prices in the Delafield, Hartland and Pewaukee areas were $3.09 per gallon on Thursday.

That's the lowest price in the area in more than four years. Indications are that the price could drop again on Friday or Saturday.

Some prices in the Milwaukee area were as low as $2.99 on Thursday.


Delafield town business owner crash vicitim

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 07, 2013 12:21 p.m. |  Kirksville. Mo. - Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a private small plane crash in a bean field near the Kirksville Regional Airport that claimed the lives of two Wisconsin men, one of them the owner of a business that won an international achievement award in 2010,

Robert F. Groh, 64, of the Town of Delafield, was the owner and president of Geo Synethics Inc., of Waukesha, a national  full service fabricator, distributor and installer of geo synethic materials that are used on a wide range of environmental projects.

The Industrial Fabric Association International awarded the company its International Achievement award in 2010 for work it did that enabled  the construction of a runway extension in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Groh took over the company in 1986  from his father Robert M. Groh who started the business in 1971.

Groh was returning from a business trip to Denver, Colorado along with James Quinn, 66, of Wawatosa, who went along to provide Groh advanced flying instructions. They had a scheduled fuel stop at the regional airport in northeastern Missouri.

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Search continues for missing Genesee girl

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 07, 2013 12:07 p.m. |  

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit searches along Roberts Road in the Town of Genesee for 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum Thursday morning. The search is being done systematically by the Sheriff's Department, Wales/Genesee Fire Department and others, according to the Sheriff's Department. 

Stalbaum was last heard from when she texted a friend around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning saying she had missed the bus and would ride her teal Schwinn bicycle the two miles to Kettle Moraine High School. She has not been heard from since.


WSD reaches out to public for help in locating missing Genesee teen

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 07, 2013 10:50 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department held a press conference Thursday morning to update the media on Town of Genesee girl who disappeared while riding her bike to Kettle Moraine High School Tuesday morning.

Inspector Severson of WSD also made a passionate plea to the public to check home and business survelliance tapes from Tuesday and Wednesday to see if there is any indication of Kathryn Stalbaum in the area.

15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum was last heard from when she texted a friend around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning saying she had missed the bus and would ride her teal Schwinn bicycle the two miles to KMHS.

Severson said there have been several tips but nothing to conclusively state she has been seen or communicated with since that text message and he encourages the public to contact the Sheriff's office with any and all information or possible sightings. The phone number is (262) 446-5090. 

Severson also explained to the public that the search is being done systematically by the Sheriff's Department, Wales/Genesee Fire Department and others. He also said that the dive team will be searching a body of water on the route Stalbaum may have taken. The team had a scheduled training today and while there's no evidence to believe they will find anything related to the Stalbaum case, it was an opportunity to rule out the body of water and conduct the training simultaneously.

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Massive traffic delay cleared

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 07, 2013 9:29 a.m. | Around 8:30 a.m. this morning the westbound lanes of I-94 at Highway 16 were opened for traffic after being closed for two hours. Huge delays took place for that time frame.

Traffic on I-94 westbound was directed to Highway 16 westbound that caused a 4-mile backup on I-94 and Highway 16. Most cars then exited 16 at the Highway JJ bridge just east of WCTC. That traffic then  caused a big backup on Highway T southbound at WCTC and past the GE plant.

Traffic then could get back on I-94 westbound at the Highway T ramp.


Update: Crash on I-94

By Donna Frake

Nov. 07, 2013 8:14 a.m. | UPDATE: According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Dept., a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck struck the rear of a tractor trailer at I 94 at Hwy. 16 at 5:20 a.m. The Sheriff's Dept. arrived on scene with EMS personnel from the City of Pewaukee.  The driver of the truck was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital  for treatment of unknow injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer was uninjured. 

The Interstate was closed in both directions, and traffic was re-routed.  The eastbound lanes re-opened at approximately 6:30 a.m.


Attention: Missing Child from Genesee

Nov. 06, 2013 5:53 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has issued the following news release and say they need your help in locating a missing child from the Town of Genesee.

Her name is Kathryn J Stalbaum.

She is 15 years old and currently a freshman at Kettle Moraine High School. Kathryn is about 5’7”, 120 pounds, has long brown hair, blue eyes, has braces and wears contacts. Kathryn was last seen on Tuesday November 5, 2013 at approximately 6:15 a.m. at her residence. She may be wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and bright pink Nike tennis shoes.

It was reported that Kathryn missed the bus for school and sent a text to a friend stating that she would be riding her bicycle to school. Kathryn may be riding a teal (female style) Schwin Mountain Bike and she may have a teal back pack. Kathryn did not show up for school Tuesday or Wednesday and has not been heard from since.

If you have seen Stalbaum or have any information to her whereabouts please contact the Waukesha County Communication Center at 262 446-5090.


Take part in the BloodCenter's Community 1,000 this month

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 06, 2013 12:15 p.m. | Waukesha area residents can make a life-saving gift at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s upcoming November blood. The blood drives are part of BloodCenter’s Community 1,000 effort to see 1,000 additional donors by Nov. 24. With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and harsh weather right around the corner, BloodCenter asks for Waukesha residents’ help to continue to save the day for patients awaiting life-saving treatment, according to a press release from the BloodCenter.

Drives are scheduled in Mukwonago Nov. 7 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the DN Greenwald Center--Prohealth Care Clinic, 240 Maple Avenue.  For an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/DNGreenwald. On Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mukwonago High School in the South Gym, 605 W. School Street.  For an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/MHS. On Nov. 25 from  2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Athletic Club, 727 Highway NN East.  For an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/MAC.

A blood drive will be held in North Prairie at the North Prairie Village Community Cener, 130 N. Harrison Street on Nov. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. For an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/NorthPrairie.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), visiting www.bcw.edu or m.bcw.edu on their mobile device. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome.


Oconomowoc mayor returns from meetings with potential Pabst Farms investors

Nov. 05, 2013 10:14 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Mayor Jim Daley shared news after Tuesday's Common Council meeting that he just returned from a nearly 2,000-mile trip around the Midwest and East Coast visiting with potential retailers for a long-awaited mall in Pabst Farms.

Daley said while some meetings were not as successful as he'd hoped, he did have one "very productive" meeting with a retailer he declined to name.

“We have a chance to create a dialogue on what our options may be now,” said Daley noting the city still has not received plans for Pabst's proposed anchors for the mall development, Walmart and Sam's Club.

"Through creative thinking and effort, we need to look at doing some extraordinary things if we want extraordinary end-product," he said.

The mayor said he plans to next meet with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, "to coordinate the possible entry of a major retailer’s first location in Wisconsin.

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Oconomowoc Council approves 2-percent levy increase

Nov. 05, 2013 10:08 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Common Council approved a 2-percent increase in next year's tax levy Tuesday night.

City Finance Director Sarah Kitsembel said while staff recommended the increase, the levy hike is still the lowest the city's seen in about 15 years.

Kitsembel noted next year's increase allows the city to maintain services while also adding costs for fully staffing the city's fire station and putting nearly a million dollars aside for future road repairs.

Council approved the proposed budget and tax levy with no discussion. Alderman Jay Larsen was the only no vote. Larsen previously said he supports no increase.

While the levy will increase 2 percent, the tax rate will go up to $5.13 cents per
$1,000 of assessed value, or 15-cents over last year. Kitsembel said that is about a $40 increase for an average home in the city valued at $265,000.


Oconomowoc named second-best place in state to raise a family

Nov. 05, 2013 10:01 p.m. | A consumer advocacy group out of California has ranked the City of Oconomowoc second in its list of top 10 Wisconsin communities for young families.

The organization, nerdwallet.com, ranks the communities based on schools, cost of living and growth. Muskego was ranked number one.

Nerd Wallet highlights Oconomowoc's parks and trails. It also notes that the city has grown more than 27 percent between 2000 and 2010.

Mayor Jim Daley said the recognition is a honor that the city be singled out in what he considers the best overall state to raise a family.


Ken Herro wins by close margin in Oconomowoc special election

Nov. 05, 2013 9:50 p.m. | The victorious candidate in the city's special election held Tuesday to fill a vacant District 3 seat won by 13 votes. City Clerk Diane Coenen said she still has nine outstanding absentee votes and one write-in to collect by Friday afternoon.

 Ken HerroKen Herro, who was the second-highest vote-getter in a primary among three candidates in September, won by 260 votes compared to candidate Jim Callaghan's 247. Coenen said the district saw 509 residents, or 19 percent, head to the polls Tuesday. The special election was the only race held in the city this fall.

Neither candidate was immediately available for comment Tuesday night after results were posted.

Common Council voted to hold the special election after the seat was vacated by Rich Allen who moved outside the district. Officials weighed appointing someone to fill the seat, or letting the voters decide eventually choosing the latter.

You can read more about what Herro and Callaghan had to say about city issues during an interview before the primary.


Wisconsin Senate passes mascot bill in 17-16 vote

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 05, 2013 9:40 p.m. | The Wisconsin Senate has passed the mascot bill in a 17-16 vote Tuesday in Madison, pushing the bill to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker.

According to the Associated Press, Walker has remained non-committal on the issue and his spokesman has only said that Walker plans to evaluate the bill when it reaches his desk.

The bill was originally presented by Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and would require complainants to collect signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's population to trigger a state review. Complainants would have to prove discrimination at the hearing and the Department of Administration would make the final call on whether the name must go. The bill also would invalidate all previous Department of Public Instruction orders forcing schools to drop their nicknames--including the one against Mukwonago.

For more information on the bill, see our previous stories on the issue. The Mukwonago Chief will continue to follow this story closely and will provide updates as they become available. 

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Village of Mukwonago narrowly passes recycling fee

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 05, 2013 9:30 p.m. |  An e-mail sent out to media and representatives of the town and village of Mukwonago from State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and a spirited discussion on the Mark Belling talk radio show this afternoon resulted in a large turn-out at Tuesday night's Village of Mukwonago meeting.

Most of the people who participated in the public comment portion of the meeting spoke out against a five dollar per month fee for recycling services. The $60 per year would be added as a fee and cut from their property taxes, a move Rep. Nass called a "controversial fee"  using revenue from a "bureaucrat-created loophole" to the state's rules on fees in lieu of taxes.

Village Administrator John Weidl assured the village board that the move was "both legal and ethical" and that the fee is truly a measure to help the village in it's financial future.

After much debate the fee was approved in a 4-3 vote with trustees Darlene Johnson, Arnold Fickau, and James Decker voting no.

For complete coverage see the Nov. 13 issue of the Mukwonago Chief.  


Pewaukee man wins $25,000 from Pick 'n Save

Nov. 05, 2013 9:46 a.m. | It’s not too often that you leave a grocery store with more money than you came in with, but that’s the case for Adam Benotch of Pewaukee.

According to Pick 'n Save representative Lauren Manix, Benotch will be walking out of his Capitol Dr. Pick ‘n Save on Wednesday with an extra $25,000 in his hand due to his winning Fresh Perks Giveaway ticket.

Benotch received a random ticket at the grocery store, then went online to discover that he’d actually won a Grand Prize. Over 1.5 million tickets were given out during the Fresh Perks Giveaway Sweepstakes, which began Aug. 8 and ran through Oct. 9.

A celebration and check ceremony will be held Wednesday at the Capitol Dr. Pewaukee Pick ‘n Save where Benotch received his winning ticket. 


No injuries in early morning Big Bend Industrial Park fire

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 05, 2013 9:03 a.m. | An early morning fire in the Big Bend Industrial Park caused significant damage at Aqua-Doc, a marine waterfront systems company at W224 S8660 Industrial Ave.

The call came in at about 6:15 a.m., with reports of a fire with heavy smoke and possible explosions. Several area departments responded, including Vernon, New Berlin, City of Waukesha, Mukwonago, Tichigan and Tess Corners.

Big Bend Capt. James Soneberg and Assistant Chief Mark King said the fire started in the back of the Aqua-Doc building and is likely the result of mechanical failure. It does not appear to be suspicious, they said.

Fire crews reported heavy smoke and an active structure fire when they arrived at the scene. It took about 45 minutes to an hour to fully extinguish the blaze. All employees got out of the building safely and there were no reported injuries.

Aqua-Doc’s owner was at the building when firefighters left the scene. King said it was uncertain whether the company would be operational Tuesday.


Fire in Big Bend

Nov. 05, 2013 7:44 a.m. |  Firefighters are at the scene of a structure fire in the industrial park in Big Bend. Further details as they become available. 


Football dates, times set

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 04, 2013 2:51 p.m. | Times and dates for the WIAA round 3  football playoff games for the teams from Arrowhead and Lake Country Lutheran have been set.

Arrowhead (10-1) will host Germantown (9-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Lake Country Lutheran (10-1) will host Burlington Catholic Central (7-4) at Kettle Moraine High School on Friday at 7 p.m.


Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.

The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.

Go to 2013 WIAA boys soccer state photo gallery.


Lake Country Lutheran handles Almond-Bancroft

By Alec Johnson

Nov. 02, 2013 12:13 a.m. | A dominant first half helped the Lake Country Lutheran football team earn a spot in the WIAA Division 7 quarterfinals, as the Lightning defeated visiting Almond-Bancroft on Friday night in their Level 2 playoff game at Kettle Moraine, 35-16.

"I thought we came out real aggressive and we came out real excited," said LCL head coach Greg Brazgel. "When we got our little lead, we kind of relaxed a little bit and allowed them to make some special-teams plays against us, but I'm happy with our performance."

The action started early, when Almond-Bancroft's Reegan Anderson — who came in with one of the state's top rushing totals — fumbled on the opening play of his team's first drive. Three plays later, Lake Country Lutheran running back Adam Tovar scored on a 7-yard run to make it 7-0 at 11:04 in the first quarter.

Anderson again fumbled the ball on the kickoff return, giving the ball right back to the Lightning.

"Big momentum shifters for sure," said LCL running back/linebacker Kyle Herdt. "Once we get a momentum, we don't really look behind, and we capitalized on them, and it was really nice to start the half so well. We're really happy how we started."

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Gridders stun unbeaten Cardinals

By David Cotey

Nov. 01, 2013 11:47 p.m. | When the Mukwonago football team needed a big play in its WIAA Division 1 Level 2 home playoff game Friday, senior Dominic Cizauskas made one.

And then he made another. And another. And another.

When he was finally through, he had propelled his Indians to a 35-30 upset victory over previously undefeated Sun Prairie (10-1) and to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

"The whole community is behind us and I've never had that many little kids come up to me and say congratulations," the University of Wisconsin recruit said. "All our hard work is paying off."

Cizauskas scored three touchdowns – two on offense and one on defense – forced two turnovers and registered more than a dozen tackles as the Indians improved to 8-3.

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Raccoons overcome Larson's absence, top Middleton

By JR Radcliffe

Nov. 01, 2013 11:41 p.m. | The Oconomowoc football team met Thursday night and laid out the injury situation.

"We addressed all our personnel issues," coach Ryan McMillen said. "Our team knew exactly who was in and who was out, and we're not (going to make) excuses about who's playing and who's not playing."

They wouldn't need them.

Missing starting quarterback Canton Larson, perhaps the best dual-threat quarterback in the state, Oconomowoc nonetheless rallied to top talented Middleton (8-3), reaching the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 1987 with a 27-24 victory Friday at OHS.

The Raccoons improved to 11-0, and with Sun Prairie's loss to Mukwonago, emerged as the only undefeated Division 1 team still standing, with Mukwonago scheduled to visit next weekend in Level 3.

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Homestead rallies, beats Chargers, 28-20

By Tom "Sky" Skibosh

Nov. 01, 2013 10:51 p.m. | Homestead scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally and defeat Sussex Hamilton, 28-20, Friday night in a Level 2 football game at Homestead.

Top-seeded Homestead trailed the fourth-seeded Chargers, 20-14, going into the final quarter, but then showed what championship teams are made of.  
 
First junior quarterback Nick Allen led the Highlanders on a 19-play, 75-yard drive, which ended when senior running back Eric Wade scored on a 3-yard run. Luke Neusen, who was 4-for-4 on extra points then converted to give Homestead a slim, 21-20 lead.
 
But then perhaps the turning point of the game switched the momentum to Homestead.
 
Hamilton junior quarterback Mike Barnes rolled right and then turned back and tossed a pass to senior Alec McShane, who dropped the ball with no defensive player near him. The Chargers then turned the ball over to Homestead after one more play and Allen took over once again.
 
With first and 10 on their own 31, Allen led the Highlanders on a 9-play, 69-yard drive. The last 33 yards came on a beautiful run down the left sideline by Allen, who was uncontested after faking two handoffs that had the Chargers defense going in the opposite direction.
 
“I had two fake handoffs and I turned around and our running backs just led me down the field,” Allen said. “It was a good play call by coach Keel and it was a success.”
 
Leusen’s extra point was good, Homestead led, 28-20, with 5:07 left to play and the defense stopped Hamilton the rest of the way.
 
Homestead opened the scoring when Allen had tossed a 25-yard touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Jack Popp with 9:07 left in the first quarter. Hamilton came back when Barnes took them on an 8-play, 72 yard drive, with senior running back Drew Patterson scoring on a 3-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:10 on the clock in the first
 
Homestead went 80 yards on seven plays, with Allen going around left end for a 4-yard score with 5:31 left in the half for a 14-7 lead.
 
After each team exchanged turnovers – a fumble exchange by Sussex and an interception by the Chargers Brett Buehler off a wobbly end-around option pass – the Chargers got back on the board with 2:03 left in the half.
 
Barnes uncorked a beautiful 25-yard pass over the middle to Alec McShane, who beat his defender in the endzone. The extra point was unsuccessful and Homestead led, 14-13, at intermission.
 
The Chargers started the second half and went 67 yards on 12 plays, scoring on a option pass when Dan Lunowa took a handoff from Barnes, rolled right and found Jacob Glendenning all alone in the end zone for a 20-14 lead.
 
“We knew it was going to go back and forth in the second half and I knew we were going to march down and we capitalized on one of our more interesting plays,” Hamilton coach John Damato said. “I’m quite pleased. Homestead is such a good football team, well-coached, we just couldn’t stop it there at the end.”
 
“They started the second half with a great drive,” Homestead coach Dave Keel said of the Chargers. “They just really did a nice job. Our defense was just busting our chops and playing our hearts out, but Sussex just made a couple plays. That ‘34’ is a beast. (Drew) Patterson is an awfully good football player. But I can’t say enough for our defense really came through.”

Keel then praised the Chargers.
“They are so well-coached, they don’t have to use gimmicks,” he said. “We got a break when that one kid dropped that screen pass. We were prepared for what they did. But they are just so well- coached.”
 
Wade finished with 104 yards, Allen rushed for 87 and Patterson 76.
 
Homestead will now play Kimberly, which beat Cedarburg, 43-14, on Friday.


Author visits Alice Baker Library tonight

By Kaitlin Phillips

Nov. 01, 2013 3:00 p.m. |  Authors Deborah and Zachary Posca, the brother and sister duo behind the book Tales from the Kingdome, will be at the Alice Baker Memorial Library in Eagle tonight starting at 6:30.

The two completed the book when they were only 15 and 13 respectively and have just begun working on their second novel for teens and adults. Pizza will be provided.


Hartland PD offers reward for information

Nov. 01, 2013 1:12 p.m. | The Village of Hartland Police Deptartment is offering a $300 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for recent tire slashing and property damage in the Hartland area.

Deputy Chief Michael Bagin said over a dozen properties have reported broken windows in the downtown area since September -- likely from ball bearings or metal marbles being slung from a wrist rocket. Locations are along Cottonwood Ave., up E Capitol Dr. and up through Circle Dr.

Incidents occur at night and during different days of the week, targeting mostly businesses but a handful of residential areas have reported damage as well.

Contact Detective Harper and the Hartland Police Dept. at (262) 367-2323 or Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-888-441-5504 with information. You will remain anonymous.


Top cop spot filled in Summit

By Donna Frake

Nov. 01, 2013 10:54 a.m. |
Michael Hartert, has been named as the new chief of police for the Village of Summit.

Hartert has served as chief of police in the Village of Big Bend for the last six years, and prior to that had 25 years with the Milwaukee Police Department.

 A panel of area police chiefs reviewed the 14 total applications received for the position  and interviewed candidates, narrowing it down to two: Hartert and Joseph Adamson,  chief of police in Horicon.

 The Village Board wil meet with Hartert to discuss benefits and salary.

Hartert becomes the third chief named since July. Former Chief Jeff Herro, who replaced longitme chief James Race, assumed the post in July and resigned effective Oct. 1. The Village then  reconnected with the other finalist in that search, Brett Kroll from the Hales Corners Police Department, who accepted the position but quickly rescinded that decision the following day.

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Delafield city budget hearing Monday

By Kelly Smith

Nov. 01, 2013 10:42 a.m. |  City of Delafield - A public hearing will be conducted Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in City Hall prior to the Common Council meeting on a proposed city budget of $12.4 million for 2014.

Approximately $10 milllion of the budget is devoted to general operations, debt service, capital expenses, the library tax levy and tourism promotion. The remaining approximately $2.4 million is to operate storm water, water, and sewer utilities. The utilities are paid for through connection and service fees and not real estate tax revenues.

The proposed real estate tax levy is about $5.8 million, approximately a 1.7 per increase above the 2013 tax levy. When applied to the city's $1.3 billion tax base, the levy results in a tax rate $4.49 per $100,000 assessed valuation which is about an 11 cents, or approximately 2.5 per cent, increase above the 2013 tax rate.

General fund spending in the budget increases about $56,000 above 2013. Debt service payments increased about $18,800 above 2013. However, the overall estimated debt of $23.8 million for 2014 will be about $1.1 million lower than 2013.


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