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Lions Fest to light up lakefront this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:41

The 39th annual Port Washington Lions Fest will provided entertainment along the lakeshore Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2 to 4.

    The free festival, held in conjunction with the club’s fishing derby, features live music both days.

    The entertainment kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with music by Oil Can Harry.

    On Saturday, Port’s own Will Pfrang will play from noon to 1 p.m. followed by Xeno & Joe from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    Left on Sunset will close the night with music from 7 to 11 p.m.

    On Sunday, Smooth Groove will entertain the crowd from 10 a.m. to noon and the Happy Schnapps Combo will play from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

    A video arcade game tent, raffles and a Sunday afternoon cornhole tournament will be held Sunday afternoon.

    Brats, hamburgers, fish and chips, and beverages will be available throughout the weekend. 

 
Man charged with enticing girl, 13, for sex on Internet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 17:38

Warrrens resident faces three felony counts after luring Grafton teen to hotel 

A 21-year-old Warrens man was charged last week with three felony counts for seducing a 13-year-old Town of Grafton girl over the Internet, then luring her to a hotel and having sex with her.

    Jason Dzwonkowski was charged with child enticement, sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

    If convicted of all three felonies, he faces a maximum penalty of 65 years in prison, 40 years extended supervision and $300,000 in fines.

    According to the complaint, the incident came to light when the girl’s parents reported her missing about 10 p.m. July 3. When examining the teenager’s Kindle, an Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy discovered a number of messages between the girl and a man named Vladimir Bessanov — a name Dzwonkowski later said he used when contacting the teen.

    In the messages, Dzwonkowski told the girl he was in Grafton and had gotten a hotel room where they could have sex, the complaint states. The girl later sent him a message that she was sneaking out her window at 9:44 p.m. that night.


    Deputies and Grafton police officers checked area hotels but were unable to find the girl or Dzwonkowski.  

    After the girl returned home, she told deputies that Dzwonkowski had sent her a friend request on Facebook. He knew she was 13, she said, and she believed he was in his 20s. Dzwonkowski later told authorities he was 17.

    According to their Facebook postings, Dzwonkowski gave the teenager a cell phone. When deputies examined the phone’s text messages, they discovered conversations that included Dzwonkowski’s request she dress in “something sexi and maybe a lil slutty only for me to see, then maybe like some sweats over it” and graphic descriptions of sexual activity that was to occur, the complaint states.

    The conversations also included discussions of the fact she was nervous about losing her virginity and his assurances he would use condoms so the girl would not get pregnant, the complaint states.

    Dzwonkowski also told the girl he would try to get her tipsy beforehand, according to the complaint.Daily-Press

    When they were at the hotel, the girl said, Dzwonkowski went to his computer and may have been trying to make a video recording of them, according to the complaint.

    The pair cut their night short when the girl checked her cell phone messages and discovered police were looking for her, the complaint states.

    Judge Sandy Williams set bail for Dzwonkowski at $50,000, with the conditions that he not to use a computer, access the Internet or text anyone. She also ordered him not to have contact with anyone younger than 18 years.


 
Churches join forces to serve up monthly meal ministry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 18:41

A monthly community meal has been feeding hungry families since March, and building rapport among a host of area churches.

The meal ministry is operated in conjunction with the Saukville Community Food Pantry.

Free lunches are served from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 166 W. Dekora St.

The menus have included popular comfort foods like spaghetti, soup and sandwiches, and turkey and mashed potatoes. The meals are topped off by homemade desserts and coffee provided by the Java Dock in Port Washington.

Mark Gierach, executive director of the Food Pantry, said the meals have been drawing about 30 people each month.

Churches from Saukville, Port Washington and Grafton have sponsored the meals. About a dozen volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the food.

“The community has been very responsive,” Gierach said. “The meals have attracted a wide range of people, including the elderly, young single-parent families and even the homeless.”

The meals are open to any Ozaukee County resident, and no proof of income is required.

Upcoming community meals will be held on Saturdays, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Dec. 28.

Gierach said the popularity of the community meal program underlines the needs of people living in the community, a point that Food Pantry volunteers are reminded of on a regular basis.

“People are very good about donating food around the holidays, but the need continues throughout the year. There is actually a far greater need during the summer, when children aren’t getting free or reduced-cost meals at school,” he said.

Gierach said support for the pantry continues to grow since it was started two years ago.

“Awareness for something like this builds slowly, especially after we decided what money we take in should be spent on food and not publicity,” he said.

So far this year, Gierach said the pantry has served more than 160 local families.


 
Police search for motorcyclist who injured woman on Sunset Road PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 18:35

Port Washington police are seeking a motorcyclist who ran down a pedestrian on Sunset Road as the Fish Day fireworks display was winding down.

    The accident occurred about 9:50 p.m. July 20 when a 58-year-old woman was crossing the street in the 900 block of Sunset Road, camera in hand, police said. Czisny told officers she noted a large, bright headlight coming toward her.

    The motorcycle struck her, spinning her around before she fell onto the road west of Mineral Springs Drive, police said. The cyclist kept going.

    Officers found the woman on the road outside the Maple Crest Apartments, where she lives, according to police. She was taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 284-2611.

    In other Fish Day-related incidents, police were called to the Holiday Inn Harborview about 2:20 a.m. Sunday when a 54-year-old Saukville man who had been turned away when he tried to rent a room fell asleep on a sofa in the lobby and refused to leave when the staff asked him to.

    The man was “moved along,” police said.

    A 51-year-old Saukville woman who was lying in the bushes near the intersection of Beutel Road and Norport Drive about 11 p.m. Saturday was also “moved along,” police said.

    A 24-year-old woman who was found passed out  partially in the road near the intersection of  North Montgomery Street and West Washington Street about 2 a.m. July 21 was taken by police to her Town of Port Washington home.

    Police also took a 45-year-old man to his home in Port Washington after he was found wandering in the 100 block of East Woodruff Street about 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

    A man found passed out near the Wastewater Treatment Plant just before 9 p.m. Saturday was escorted out of the festival grounds, police said.

    A 22-year-old Deerfield man and a 22-year-old Port Washington woman who were getting intimate in Rotary Park about 1 a.m. Sunday were cited for disorderly conduct, police said.

    Officers cited seven people for underage drinking, with one of those teens also cited for underage use of tobacco products, police said.

    Three other teenagers were also cited for underage tobacco use during the festival, police said, adding two were also cited for obstructing an officer after they gave police a false name.

    Another of those cited for underage drinking also received a citation for disorderly conduct, who officers found because she was screaming and shouting. The woman did not stop yelling while officers were at the scene, police said.

    In other police news:

    A 25-year-old Port Washington man was cited for driving at an unreasonable and imprudent speed and failure to notify police of an accident after a passerby reported an accident on North Spring Street at Algoma Drive about 3 a.m. July 14.

    Police found a Mitsubishi Lancer that had sustained significant damage, partially in the roadway. The keys were inside, but the driver was nowhere to be found, according to police.

    The vehicle had apparently struck a parked Chevrolet Trailblazer, which was propelled 15 feet, over the curb and into the parkway, by the force of the accident, police said.

    Officers tracked down the owner of the Lancer, who they found at home asleep, police said. The man said he had been out and was driving his vehicle earlier in badgethe evening, but would not talk about the incident, police said.

    Police cited a 35-year-old Port Washington woman for theft after she admitted taking change from inside a vehicle parked in the 900 block of Mineral Springs Drive about 7:30 p.m. July 18.

    Three other people reported items had been taken from their vehicles.

    An 18-year-old reported her purse had been taken from an unlocked vehicle parked at Lower Lake Park about 7:50 p.m. July 18, and a 59-year-old man reported a GPS unit was taken from his unlocked car while it was parked in a driveway in the 1500 block of Scott Road July 19.

    A 60-year-old man reported July 19 a number of items, including a GPS unit, binoculars, Ray Ban sunglasses and a cell phone charger, had been taken from his vehicle sometime during the last two months.


 
Work begins on I-43 bridge rehabilitation project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:04

Orange barrels will be part of the Ozaukee County landscape for the next year, as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has begun a $9.8 million bridge rehabilitation project on I-43 from Sauk Road to the Sheboygan County line.

Work began Monday, July 15, and is expected to continue until November. Construction will shut down for the winter, and then resume next spring.

According to the DOT, the bridge repair and painting work will continue through 2014.

Lunda Construction is the contractor.

The project will focus on four bridges over I-43 this year — at Sauk Road and Northwoods Road in the Town of Saukville, and Highway B and Highway 32/Highway H on the north side of Port Washington.

The bridges will be closed to through traffic during construction, with the exception of the Highway 32 bridge, which will be staged in halves to allow for two-way traffic.

A DOT spokesperson said the construction should not hamper out-of-town visitors coming to Port Washington for Saturday’s Fish Day festivities. If weather cooperates, work on the Highway 32 bridge is expected to start next week.

The bridge projects will include full deck replacements at Sauk Road and Highway 32. Pavement overlays are planned at the Northwoods Road and Highway B bridges.

To accommodate the deck work, a series of short-term overnight bridge closures are scheduled throughout the summer.

Additional work this year will include inside and outside shoulder repaving along northbound and southbound I-43, which will require overnight lane closures this month and in early September to accommodate removal of the bridge decks.

The lane closures will be from one mile south of Highway D to the north county line.

During the deck work and overnight closures, I-43 traffic will be diverted past the affected exits.

When construction resumes next spring, northbound traffic on I-43 will be reduced to one lane from Northwoods Road to Lake Drive, and southbound from Jay Road to Northwoods Road.

From June to September 2014, Highway LL traffic will be detoured at I-43 for overlay work and painting.

Pavement overlay work will also be done next year on the Lake Drive and Jay Road bridges. Work on two box culverts over Sucker Brook will also be completed next year.

 
Pair charged with stealing from parked vehicles in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:02

Woman’s call to police leads to arrest of Port men accused in rash of thefts

    Two men were arrested in connection with a recent rash of thefts from parked vehicles in the City of Port Washington.

    Collin J. Nelson, 19, and William Partridge, 21, both of Port Washington, were arrested after a woman called Port police about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13,  to report she saw someone going through vehicles on Parkview Lane.

    With a description provided by the witness, the men were arrested by officers while they were walking to their home, Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said.

    “It was good work by the citizen in calling us and giving us a good description,” Hingiss said. “That’s what we need are people who, if they see something suspicious, call us right away.”

    Police don’t know if the two men are responsible for all the thefts reported in recent weeks, Hingiss said.

    “The case is still open,” he said. “We need people to lock their car doors or, at the very least, remove valuables from them.”

     Nelson was charged in Ozaukee County Court  Monday with one felony count of possession of a narcotic drug, two counts of misdemeanor theft as a party to a crime and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia as a party to a crime.

    Partridge was charged with the same four misdemeanor counts, as well as one count of misdemeanor bail jumping.

    According to the criminal complaint, when the men were arrested, Nelson had a black backpack that contained three GPS units, an iPod Touch, a man’s silver watch, a radar detector and “a few handfuls of coins.”

    Nelson told police that he had been going through cars in the neighborhood, stealing items and selling them on Craig’s List to get money, the complaint states. Among the items he had previously stolen from vehicles were a camera with a large lens that he sold for $120 and at least two GPS units.

    Nelson said he had gone into four cars that night and other cars on previous nights with Partridge, adding Partridge had not gotten much more than the watch and iPod the night they were arrested, the complaint states.

    During a search of the men’s apartment, police found drug paraphernalia, including a blown-glass drug pipe, a Gatorade bottle modified to smoke marijuana and a black grinder, according to the complaint.

    A white powder that Nelson said was crushed Percocet was also found in a bag in the apartment, the complaint states.

    If convicted of the felony charge, Nelson faces a maximum sentence of 3-1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.Daily-Press

    The men face maximum penalties on the theft and paraphernalia charges of 20 months in jail and $21,000 in fines.

    Partridge also faces nine months in jail and a $10,000 if convicted of the bail jumping charge. He had been charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia earlier this month and was out on bond at the time of the July 13 thefts, according to the complaint. One condition of his bail is that he not commit any crimes.

    Police are still looking for the owner of the camera that was stolen by the men, Hingiss said, noting it was taken from a truck around June 24.


 
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