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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:08

Winner of primary race for Petri’s seat to face Democrat in November

    While the increasingly contentious race between Rob Brooks and Jean Opitz, the Republican candidates for the 60th District Assembly seat, is at the forefront of many voters’ minds, it is but one choice that will be before voters on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

    Voters will also face a slate of Republican candidates seeking the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Petri.

    Vying for the seat are State Senators Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham, State Rep. Duey Stroebel and Tom Denow.

    The candidates have all vowed to help repeal the Affordable Care Act, said they would consider voting to impeach President Barack Obama and called for a more conservative voice in government.

    The winner of the primary will face Democrat Mark Harris and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf in the Nov. 4 general election.

    On a local level, voters will cast their ballots for three county offices.

    Clerk of Courts Mary Lou Mueller is seeking re-election to her post, while Undersheriff Jim Johnson is seeking to become sheriff, a job being vacated by Maury Straub.

    Chief Deputy Coroner Timothy Deppisch is seeking to become coroner, a post currently held by John Holicek, who is not seeking re-election.

    The winners of the county primaries face no opposition in the November general election.

    County voters will also cast votes in a number of state primary races.

    Democrats Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey are vying for the chance to challenge Gov. Scott Walker in November, while Democrats John Lehman and Mary Jo Walters are seeking the chance to oppose Rebecca Kleefisch for lieutenant governor.

    Susan Happ, Ismael Ozanne and Jon Richards are Democrats hoping to be placed on the November ballot for attorney general, facing Republican Brad Schimel.

    Republicans Julian Bradley and Garey Bies are vying for the chance to oppose Democrat Doug LaFollette, the incumbent, and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman in the race for secretary of state.

    And Republicans Matt Adamczyk and Randall Melchert will face off in the race for state treasurer, while Democrats Dave Leeper and David Sartori will do the same. The winners will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, as will Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke.

    Voters are only allowed to cast ballots for candidates in one political party during the primary.

    The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.



 

 
Port’s first beer garden event to be hosted Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:01

The first of five Port Washington beer garden events will be held in Upper Lake Park on Saturday, Aug. 9.

    The beer garden, which will be sponsored and staffed by the Port Washington-Saukville Rotary Club, will be in the shelter on the south side of the park.

    The Port Washington-Saukville Jaycees will sponsor the Aug. 23 beer garden, followed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Aug. 30, the Port Washington Waterfront Safety Committee on Sept. 20 and the Port Washington Lions Club on Sept. 27.

    While the basics of each event will remain the same — each held on a Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the sponsoring groups offering a selection of music, food and beverages, including water, soft drinks and, of course, beer — there will be some differences.

    Each group will determine which beers and foods it will offer, giving each event a personality of its own.

    The beer gardens were the brainchild of Patti Lemkuil, a member of the Parks and Recreation Board who said she was looking for something to replace the Freeport Music Series, which this year held only one summer concert instead of the traditional three or four.

    Beer gardens are a trend today, said Lemkuil, who added that she was inspired by the beer garden at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee.

    “We really want to bring the community together and create a lot of camaraderie,” she said. “We’re trying to make this charming and traditional.

    “We are encouraging people to bring their own mugs and to bring a picnic basket. We want everyone to be comfortable and to meet friends, family and new people as well.”

    Lemkuil said people are talking about the beer gardens, and she hopes they will embrace the concept.

    “We’re hoping people embrace it, and if they embrace it, we’re thinking it will come back next year,” she said.

 
Police want man who fired shot that struck house charged PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:00

Gun owner said he didn’t know revolver was loaded

    Port Washington police have asked the district attorney’s office to charge a 57-year-old man with endangering safety with a firearm after he allegedly shot his gun while cleaning it, sending a bullet into a neighbor’s home.

    According to police, the man, who lives on West Melin Street, told officers he thought the .38-caliber gun was empty when he cleaned it July 31, but the weapon went off. He looked around to see where the bullet had gone, but couldn’t find it.

    About 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, his neighbors found bullet holes in three doors at their house and called police.

    The bullet had traveled through the man’s kitchen window to the neighbor’s house, where it went through the screen and storm doors and down a hallway before lodging in a third door inside the home, police said.

    When told what caused the holes in their doors, the neighbors told officers they had heard a loud banging about 9:30 p.m. the previous night but did not realize it was a gunshot, according to police.

    In other police news, a 7-year-old Saukville girl was bitten by an American bulldog while visiting a home on Pier Street  in Port Washington July 30.

    She was taken for a medical examination, and the physician notified authorities of the bite. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, police said.

    A cat was also ordered quarantined that day after it bit its owner.badge

    And a 29-year-old Port Washington woman was cited for having an animal at large after her cat was loose in her neighborhood and tore a screen at the neighbor’s house trying to get inside.

    Police are also asking the district attorney to charge an 18-year-old Port Washington man with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a July 28 incident.

    The man was among a group of people arguing loudly in the pickup truck on South Spring Street about midnight when police discovered the drugs, police said

 
Maxwell St. Day returns to Port this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 19:59

Bevy of bargains await shoppers during sidewalk sales at downtown stores

    After several years absence, Port Washington’s Maxwell Street Day will return Saturday.

    The sidewalk sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in downtown Port Washington.

    Merchants and about 20 outside vendors will set up along Franklin Street and Grand Avenue, offering discount wares throughout the day.

    Scott Schweizer of Anchor Men’s Wear, who is helping organize the event, said this event, unlike the many city festivals, is expected to be a boon for businesses.

    The festivals, he said, expose the visitors to all Port Washington has to offer, but few people actually shop because they don’t want to carry shopping bags around with them as they relax.

    “Hopefully they see what we’ve got to offer and come back,” Schweizer said.

    Maxwell Street Day, on the other hand, is a day when people come to shop.

    “This is a sale day,” he said. “This is an opportunity for merchants to show off what they have.”

    Most downtown merchants will take part in Maxwell Street Day, Schweizer said.

    “This is a true end-of-the-season clearance sale day,” he said. “This is an important day for people in my business. Maxwell Street Day is good for shopping for seasonal goods.”

    The outside vendors will fill in vacant areas along Franklin Street, Schweizer said. They will be selling everything from cookware to origami, clothing, food and more.

    Many local restaurants will also take a part of the event, Schweizer said.

    Parking won’t be allowed on Franklin Street Saturday during the event, he said, noting that many merchants will be setting up merchandise in the parking lanes.

    “We’re not closing the street, but we do ask motorists to keep their eyes open for people,” he said.

    Although Grand Avenue merchants will also participate in Maxwell Street Day, parking will be allowed there.

    Maxwell Street Day, which is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., will have more to draw on than just city residents, Schweizer said, noting that the farmers market will run that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Lions Fest is also being held Saturday.



 
Crash leaves Random Lake man injured PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:55

A motorcycle crash on Highway 57 in the Town of Fredonia left the driver, Derrick J. Bahr Kopping, a 20-year-old from Random Lake, injured late Sunday night, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s office.

According to a report, the single-vehicle crash happened at 9:21 p.m. while the driver was traveling northbound on Highway 57 about 1/3 of a mile south of Jay Road.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that they saw a motorcycle being driven recklessly and that it eventually went into a ditch and rolled several times.

The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

A sheriff’s office report said Bahr

Kopping was wearing a helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash.Daily-Press

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but sheriff’s officials said alcohol were not contributing factors.

 

 
Visiting Fredonia gator has new home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:52

    The 4-foot-long alligator placed at Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in the Town of Fredonia last week has a new home in Chicago.

    The alligator, which was found on Sheboygan’s south side and then taken to Pine View, has a new home at the Chicago Herpetological Society.

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Mike Clutter said his search for a permanent home for the reptile led him to the Milwaukee County Zoo, whose staff sent him to Small Scale Reptile Rescue.

    The organization — a Milwaukee group that assists shelters and animal control agencies rehabilitate abandoned and seized reptiles and find homes for the animals — took the alligator to the Chicago Herpetological Society late Tuesday, July 22.

    The alligator was found near a swampy area off Indiana Avenue and Taylor Drive, just outside the City of Sheboygan limits, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20.

    The alligator was emaciated, dehydrated and extremely stressed when it was found, Pine View Executive Director Jean Lord said last week.

     Lord speculated that the reptile was a pet that got too large or was too expensive for its owner to keep.

    The situation is yet another example of people wanting an exotic animal as a pet but not understanding that wild animals aren’t domestic pets, she added.

    “There is no such thing as a pet wild animal,” Lord said.

    Clutter said the discovery of the alligator remains under investigation.

    State law regulates the introduction, stocking and release of wild animals, Clutter said,  adding violators can face a fine of as much as $539.50 for releasing a wild animal.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367.

 

 
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