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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:00

Rep. Rob Brooks and U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will hold their first listening session of the year with constituents Monday, Jan. 16.

They will be at Newburg Village Hall, 614 Main St., from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

The officials will respond to inquiries from constituents, answer questions and address concerns.

Brooks represents the 60th Assembly District, which includes parts of Washington and Ozaukee counties, while Sensenbrenner’s district includes Washington County and parts of Jefferson Waukesha and Milwaukee counties.Daily Press

Teen faces felony for posting video of locker room shenanigans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:27

Port High senior charged under law used to prosecute jilted lovers who post nude photos of exes for revenge

A law intended to prosecute jilted lovers who post nude photos of their exes online to embarrass them is being used to charge a Port Washington High School student with a felony for taking a video of locker room shenanigans and posting it on Snapchat.

Tanner R. Meinel, a 17-year-old senior, is accused of recording a video that shows the naked backside of a 16-year-old retrieving his underwear in a school locker room and posting it to the popular mobile app that self-deletes images and videos 10 seconds after they’re opened, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week.

Meinel is charged with capturing an image of nudity in a locker room under a statute referred to as Wisconsin’s porn revenge law, which is punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 10 a police officer was called to Port High and told by Assistant Principal Thad Gabrielse that Meinel had recorded a video of the 16-year-old in a locker room and shared it with other students on Snapchat.

A witness said the video was recorded after a student threw the 16-year-old’s underwear on top of a speaker box. As the 16-year-old was trying to retrieve his underwear, Meinel recorded the video, which showed the boy’s buttocks, the complaint states.

Meinel admitted to recording the video and disseminating it on Snapchat, according to the complaint.

Porn revenge laws are relatively new, born in an era when the Internet provides people with the ability to retaliate against others by posting embarrassing images for millions of people to see.

California was the first state to pass a law targeting revenge porn in 2013.

Wisconsin passed its law a year later.

One of the first people prosecuted under the Wisconsin law was a Milwaukee man who posted nude photos of his ex-girlfriend online, then told her there was nothing she could do about it because the revenge porn bill was not yet signed into law. It turns out he was wrong. Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill into law just 12 days before the man was charged with a misdemeanor version of the crime.

Ultimately, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge, disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to four days in jail.

At about the same time, a Madison man was sentenced to six months in jail for posting nude images of his former girlfriend on Facebook. He was also found guilty of misdemeanor battery and felony intimidation of a witness relating to his ex-girlfriend.

Meinel is scheduled to make his initial court appearance in front of Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland on Feb. 7.

Consummate Port volunteer named Citizen of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:25

Chamber honors Zehren for her involvement, firm for its partnership with group

Geri Zehren has been selected as Citizen of the Year by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, and Molded Dimensions has been named the Business of the Year.

The honors will be awarded by the organization during a reception at Ansay & Associates Thursday, Jan. 26.

Also being recognized are the Ozaukee Master Gardeners, which will receive the City Beautification Award; Pat Morrissey for Outstanding Achievement; and Bill Schanen III for Distinguished Service.

Lisa Crivello, executive director of the Chamber, said that Zehren was selected as Citizen of the Year based on her love for the community and her volunteer work over the past several decades.  

Zehren has been a member of the Port Tourism Board for at least 17 years, she said, and has served as its treasurer. 

Zehren, who had been a member of the Port Washington Garden Club, also maintains the grounds at the Pebble House, which serves as the headquarters for the Tourism and Chamber offices, and is a member of the Main Street Design Committee.  

She is a guide at the Port Light Station and co-director of the Port Washington Historical Society Resource Center, Crivello said.

Molded Dimensions was picked as the Business of the Year based on the firm’s partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and its work promoting manufacturing, Crivello said. The company has hosted a number of community programs, including educational programs for students and an open house for the community.  

Ozaukee Master Gardeners is being recognized for its work planting and maintaining the garden in the triangle at the base of St. Mary’s Hill, Crivello said, noting it creates a welcoming sight for visitors, shoppers and workers.

Schanen was selected for the Distinguished Service Award based on his lifetime in leadership roles in the city, Crivello said, noting he has lead the city’s Tourism Board, Port Historical Society and Yacht Club. The publisher of Ozaukee Press, he has also been an advocate for the city on many levels, she said.  

Morrissey is being honored for her work as founder of Family Promise  — a position she left because of a serious illness  — and later started Companioning the ARTS at the Aurora Grafton Cancer Center.  

The annual awards reception will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26. The fee is $15, and reservations may be made by contacting the Chamber at 284-0900.Daily Press

Spring races set for two Town Board seats PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:22

There will be a race for the supervisory seats on the Port Washington Town Board this spring.

Four people are seeking the two seats on the board in the April 4 election.

Incumbent Supr. Mike Didier, 4627 Hwy. KW, will face off against Terry Anewenter, 3693 Hwy. KK; Gary Schlenvogt, 2415 Hawthorne Dr.; and Greg Welton, 2563 Applewood Dr.

Incumbent Supr. Jim Rychtik is not seeking re-election.

Didier, who has been on the board since 2011, was also challenged by Welton and Anewenter in 2015.

Town Chairman Jim Melichar is running unopposed in the April 4 election, as is Town Treasurer Mary Sampont.Daily Press

Polar Bears ready to take annual dip Jan. 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:43

The Port Washington Polar Bears Club will take its annual dip into Lake Michigan at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, culminating a weekend of revelry to bring in the new year.

Hundreds of people are expected at the lakefront near NewPort Shores restaurant at the east end of Jackson Street to watch the jump.

Polar Bears President Jon Crain predicted 284 people will take the plunge -- an estimate made using a software program.

That program, he added, predicted there will be 73 first-timers.

“We’re looking for a younger crowd,” Crain said. “We’ve lost a lot of our older veterans due to age and health.”

Last year, 9-year-old Hope Gilhooly participated in the plunge, and Crain said she has been appointed the club’s “director of marketing” to help get youngsters to participate.

Crain said the temperature is expected to be about 32 degrees Sunday. “That’s not bad at all,” he said. “It’ll be nice.

“This will wake you up.”

He reminded those participating to wear shoes or sandals for the plunge, and asked that they be respectful of one another.

The registration table will open at 1 p.m. in the NewPort Shores parking lot, Crain said.

“Remember, to become a member you have to go all the way under — and have fun,” he said.

The annual Polar Bear plunge isn’t the only opportunity revelers will have to safely welcome the new year.

On New Year’s Eve, they will have several options to get home safely.

The Ozaukee County shared-ride taxi service will offer free rides throughout the county from 9 p.m. Saturday, New Year’s Eve, until 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.

To arrange for a ride, call 238-8294 or 284-8294.

Port Washington’s bars and restaurants have also banded together to provide free bus service in the city. The bus runs from 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.Daily Press

Gottlieb to step down as head of DOT Jan. 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:42

Former Port mayor says he’s retiring after six years on job

Former Port Washington Mayor Mark Gottlieb will step down from his job as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation  Friday, Jan. 6.

Gottlieb, who also served in the State Assembly for eight years, offered his resignation to Gov. Scott Walker, according to Walker’s office. No reason was given.

Gottlieb, 60, said Wednesday that he is retiring. When asked about the reason for his resignation, he said, “I’m not really talking  about it.”

Gottlieb’s resignation is effective almost six years to the day after he took what he called then his “dream job” at the DOT.

It also comes ahead of what promises to be a fight over how to fund the state’s roads.

Over the years, Gottlieb has called for increasing fees and taxes to pay for highways — a stance opposed by the governor, who said he would not raise gas taxes or license fees without corresponding tax decreases elsewhere in the budget.

Gottlieb submitted a proposed budget that went along with Walker’s directives, but told the Assembly Transportation Committee this month that it means the number of roads in poor condition would double over the next decade and projects could be delayed for years.  

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called Gottlieb “one of our most hardworking and articulate public leaders.”

“During his tenure, Secretary Gottlieb transformed the Department of Transportation, made it more efficient and saved taxpayers more than $1.5 billion in the process,” Vos said in a statement.

“As we’re set to begin the 2017-18 legislative session and make the tough but prudent decisions regarding the state budget, Secretary Gottlieb’s expertise and candor will be missed.”

Gottlieb has a long history of public service, serving as the Village of Grafton’s public works director for almost 21 years and as a Port Washington alderman and mayor.Daily Press

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