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Diamond trial scheduled to start next week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:43

Ohio State team physician may testify on behalf of former TV star accused in bar stabbing

    The trial of Dustin Diamond is tentatively scheduled to begin next week, but it remains unclear who will testify on behalf of the man who played Screech in the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” and is now charged in connection with a Port Washington bar stabbing on Christmas.

    During a court hearing Tuesday, Diamond’s lawyer, Thomas Alberti, said he planned to have a physician who is an assistant professor at Ohio State University and team physician for the school’s athletic department, as well as a Milwaukee concealed-carry instructor, testify to support Diamond’s claim that he was defending himself and his fiancee when the stabbing occurred at Grand Avenue Saloon.

    Diamond, 37, of Port Washington, is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. His fiancee, Amanda Schutz, is charged with disorderly conduct and is also scheduled to be tried next week.    

    Alberti said he intends to have Bryant Walrod, the Ohio State University physician, testify about injuries suffered by Schutz in a barroom scuffle that precipitated the stabbing, as well as the injury suffered by the man who Diamond allegedly stabbed.

    The testimony, Alberti argued, would show that injuries suffered by Schutz warranted Diamond’s actions on her behalf and that the small wound suffered by bar patron Casey Smet was consistent with an accidental stabbing.

    Malloy said he would not allow Walrod to testify about Smet’s injury. “It’s just fortuitous this wasn’t a serious injury,” Malloy said.

    The judge, however, said he would allow Walrod to testify about Schutz’s injuries as long as he appears in person. Alberti intended to have Walrod testify via video from Ohio.

    According to the criminal complaint, Schutz told police that while at Grand Avenue Saloon, she shoved a woman who was antagonizing her and Diamond. The woman retaliated by punching her and a scuffle ensued.

    When Diamond attempted to intervene, he was pushed by Smet, according to authorities. Daily-Press

    Alberti’s request to call concealed-carry instructor Adam Campbell was met by opposition from District Attorney Adam Gerol, who said concealed carry is not an issue in the case because Diamond did not have a permit to carry a concealed knife.

    Malloy said he is skeptical about the relevance of the testimony but would consider during the trial whether or not to allow it.

    Both Gerol and Alberti said they are ready to proceed with the trial scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 27, but Malloy noted that if a one-day trial scheduled for May 26 lasts longer than expected, the Diamond and Schutz trials will have to be rescheduled.


 
Memorial Day activities to start with Street Fest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 18:30

    Memorial Day weekend will be filled with activity in Port Washington, with the Community Street Festival filling downtown on Sunday and holiday activities on Monday.

    The eighth annual street festival, sponsored by Port Washington Main Street Inc., will encompass Franklin Street and Pier Street west of Franklin Street.

    More than 80 vendors representing businesses and service organizations from throughout the community will be part of the event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m.

    The band Rising Phoenix will perform at the south stage at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Franklin Street from 1 to 5 p.m., while Schmidty and The Troubadours will play the north stage at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    A variety of activities, including performances by the Port Washington High School musical group Pandemonium, Lakeshore ATA martial arts students and games led by Port Parks and Recreation playground leaders, will be held at the Performing Arts Stage in front of Port Washington State Bank.

    Free charter boat rides will be given every 45 minutes. Those interested in these cruises should sign up at the Port Main Street booth at the corner of Franklin and Main streets.

    The Port High football team will offer a football experience for youngsters in the grassy area behind Harry’s Restaurant.

    A Port Washington Fire Department fire truck, the Ozaukee Sports Center bounce house and the Disney princesses, who will pose for photos with children, will all return this year.

    “I just love this festival,” Port Main Street Executive Director Lauren Richmond said. “It’s so family-friendly and a great way to kick off the summer.”

    The Memorial Day events sponsored by the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 will begin with a 10:30 a.m. parade through downtown Monday, May 25.

    The parade will begin at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Grand Avenue, head east on Grand Avenue, north on Franklin Street and then follow Pier and Lake streets to Veterans Memorial Park.

    A program at the park will follow. Nick Blank will be the master of ceremonies and Allen Cottrell, a retired Army colonel who lives in Port, will be the speaker.

    Harold “Bud” Johnson and Joe Demler, 70-year members of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion, and Leroy Bley, a 50-year member, will be honored.

    The Badger Boys and Girls sponsored by the Legion post will also be introduced.
    The Port Washington High School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School bands will perform patriotic songs.

    To salute deceased veterans, a wreath will be placed in the park and taps played. A rifle salute will also be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373.

    Those attending are asked to honor fallen soldiers with silence during this portion of the event. Following the program, ice cream and soft drinks will be provided by the Legion to youngsters.


 
Man accused of trying to entice underage girl, mother for sex PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 19:35

Cedarburg resident faces felony charges after agents respond to his Craigslist ad

    A 43-year-old Town of Cedarburg man who posted an ad on Craigslist seeking an encounter with a mother and daughter thought he had found what he was looking for when a person claiming to be a 32-year-old divorced mother of two girls responded.

    But when he went to meet the person he had come to know through e-mails as “Amy” and her 14-year-old daughter at the McDonald’s restaurant in Saukville, which was not far from the motel room he had rented, he realized the only encounter he would have was with special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.

    Bradley J. Kosmatka, who unbeknownst to him had been exchanging e-mails and text messages with a special agent posing as Amy for two weeks, was arrested Tuesday, May 5, and charged the following day in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with felony counts of attempted child enticement, attempted sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and trafficking of a child.

    He is being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail.

    According to the criminal complaint, on April 22 Special Agent Joseph Mech saw a suspicious ad posted in the “casual encounter” section of the Milwaukee Craigslist personals page titled “Donate for the mom and daughter fantasy — m4ww — 40 (Grafton).” The text of the ad read, “Wanting to live out this fantasy and willing to do anything to make it come true. Hope you will give me a chance.”

    Mech, posing as Amy, responded via e-mail by introducing himself as a divorced white woman with two kids.

    Kosmatka replied, “Would you consider a married guy?” the complaint states.

    After “Amy” revealed that her children were girls, ages 11 and 14, Kosmatka wrote that he was hoping to find a mother between the ages of 35 and 50 who had a daughter that was 18 to 32 years old.

    The e-mail exchange continued, focusing on the 14-year-old girl, when Kosmatka admitted he would be nervous because she is “so young,” but then wrote, “You really turn me on thinking about the chance to enjoy you and your daughter,” according to the complaint.

    Over the next 14 days, Kosmatka and “Amy” planned their encounter. Kosmatka said he would rent a hotel room in Saukville, and the two agreed to first meet at McDonald’s.

    After “Amy” told him she would have to arrange a baby sitter for her 11-year-old daughter, he asked, “Would you want her to watch?” the complaint states.

    “Amy” dismissed the idea, then broached the subject of money. Kosmatka agreed to pay Amy $50, plus another $30 for the baby sitter.

    As Kosmatka was waiting for “Amy” and her daughter in Saukville, a female special agent posing as Amy called him to report they were 10 to 15 minutes away. Another special agent posing as the 14-year-old said in the background as “Amy” and Kosmatka were talking, “Mom, can I get a milkshake?”

    Seven minutes later, five agents arrested Kosmatka.

    When interviewed by Mech, Kosmatka admitted to posting the ad on Craigslist and being in Saukville to meet “Amy.” He said he knew “Amy” was bringing her 14-year-old daughter but denied he intended to have sex with the teenager, the complaint states.

    Kosmatka also admitted he was going to pay $50 for sex and $30 for a baby sitter.

    Attempted sexual assault of a child and trafficking of a child each carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision. Attempted child enticement is punishable by a maximum 15 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.


 
County OKs funds for Pioneer Village Hall PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 19:33

Transfer of money originally earmarked for campgrounds paves way for Historical Society to complete improvements

The Ozaukee County Historical Society should be able to complete its Pioneer Village Hall project with a $100,000 grant from the county to complete building improvements such as modern bathrooms and kitchen facilities.

The County Board and Executive Committee approved a bond transfer for the work on May 6. The money was originally approved in 2013 to finance $225,000 in building improvements and a public campground at the nearby Pioneer Village and

Hawthorne Hills Park in the Town of Saukville.

When the Historical Society’s board decided to scrap plans for the campground and instead build the Village Hall, the county changed course.

The Pioneer Village land is owned by the county but managed by the Historical Society.

The Village Hall is expected to open this month.

“I approached them for a status on the project because there is a three-year window to move on those projects,” County Administrator Tom Meaux said.

“I think we came to a good outcome for both parties.”

Supr. Don Dohrwardt voted against the transfer because the money isn’t being used for its original intention.

“This is a fine gesture on the county’s part, but taking $100,000 of taxpayer money and giving it to an organization to finish a building they built to raise funds for themselves, I don’t think that’s a proper way to spend taxpayer dollars,” he said.

Supr. Kathy Geracie said the facility projects will prompt people to spend more time at the village.

“They have seen less and less people come out and when people do come out, it’s only for an hour at a time,” she said.

The Village Hall is a multi-use facility that includes restrooms, a food service area and hall for exhibits, programs, events and rentals.

The $100,000 needed to finish building improvements will “provide a long-term benefit for visitors and citizens of Ozaukee County,” according to county documents.

The remaining $125,000 will be used for the county’s debt service, according to county documents.

“We ended up spending less money, and I think Pioneer Village is better served for future projects,” Meaux said.

The county received $6.8 million in bonds for maintenance projects in 2013.

The $100,000 transfer is allowed under federal law, which states the county is allowed to transfer as much as 5% of the bonds issued to private entities, or as much as $344,000.

As of February, the county had $3.4 million remaining from its 2013 bonds. It spent $1.6 million on highway projects and almost $900,000 on maintenance projects for the Administration Center, including repairing elevators and HVAC work.

An additional $1.4 million is expected to be spent on highway projects and $365,000 on masonry repairs at the Administration Center.

The transfer passed, 20-4, with suprs. Dohrwardt, Tom Winker, Rick Bauzenberger and Scott Rishel voting against it.



 
Peace Officers Memorial Day to be celebrated Friday in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 19:23

Peace Officers Memorial Day will be celebrated in Port Washington at noon Friday, May 15.

    The ceremony will be held in Veterans Memorial Park.

    Following the event, refreshments will be served at the Port Washington Yacht Club.

    Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is intended to honor police officers killed or disabled in the line of duty, has been celebrated since 1962, when President John Kennedy designated it.

    The Port Washington police department has celebrated the day annually since 2007.

 
Robotics team to hold recycling event May 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 19:21

The Port Washington High School PiraTech robotics team will hold an electronics, appliance and textile recycling collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the school parking lot at 427 W. Jackson St.

    Laptop and desktop computers, as well as flat panel monitors, will be refurbished for free and donated to IndependenceFirst, a Milwaukee organization that helps people with disabilities obtain computers.

    Electronics including cell phones, PDAs, stereo equipment, printers, battery backups, CD players, cameras, tablet computers and video game systems, as well as toner and ink cartridges, will be accepted for $5 per item.

    Televisions no larger than 32 inches will be accepted for $20 per item.recycle

    Appliances such as microwaves, ovens, ranges, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, water heaters and car batteries will be accepted for $10 per item.

    Clothing, shoes, purses and belts will be accepted for free. All of the items collected will be repurposed or recycled.

    Proceeds from the collection will benefit Port PiraTech, a school club that works with community mentors to design robots and compete in the FIRST Robotics competition. Proceeds will also support the Thomas Jefferson Middle School FIRST LEGO League Team.

 
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