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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.


 
Woman accused of watching daughter’s assault now in jail PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:25

    A 36-year-old Fredonia woman accused of watching while her husband sexually assaulted her 12-year-old daughter during an encounter she helped arrange was arrested last week and is being held in the Ozaukee County jail on $50,000 bail.

    The woman, who was charged June 24 with felony counts of failure to protect a child and first-degree sexual assault of a child as a party to the crime, had been under treatment at a medical facility, sources said.

    During the woman’s initial court appearance July 2, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Sisley requested bail be set at $150,000. Judge Sandy Williams set the amount at $50,000 and ordered the woman not to have contact with the victim or her 16-year-old sister, who is also the woman’s daughter, if she is released from custody.

    She is scheduled to appear next in court on Thursday, July 11, to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

    The woman’s 44-year-old husband, who  is being held in jail on $100,000 bail, is charged with felony counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, incest with a child by a stepparent and child enticement. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    Ozaukee Press is not naming the couple to protect the identify of the victim.

    According to the criminal complaint, the girl told an officer that her stepfather had sexual intercourse with her at their home on April 1.

    On June 19, the same day her husband was charged with the crime, the woman told sheriff’s department detectives that he had expressed interest in having sex with both her daughters for the last three years.

    The woman said that on the day of the assault, her husband repeatedly asked her to allow him to have sex with her 12-year-old daughter.

    The woman said she brought her daughter into her and her husband’s bedroom, where the man was in bed under the covers, and she remained on the bed while her husband assaulted the girl, the complaint states.

    Afterward, the woman said, she followed her daughter into the bathroom, where the girl was going to take a shower, according to the complaint.

    Lt. Christy Knowles said the sheriff’s department was informed about the alleged assault after the victim confided in her older sister and the sister told their biological father, who reported the crime.Daily-Press

    The girls are currently living with their biological father, authorities said.

    The crimes the man is charged with carry a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison and 45 years of extended supervision.

    His wife would face a maximum 47 years, six months in prison and 25 years of extended supervision if convicted.


 
Port’s July 4th festivities offer star-spangled fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:45

 A family-friendly Fourth of July is in store for Port Washington residents Thursday.

    The city’s annual Independence Day parade will kick off from South Milwaukee Street at Grand Avenue at 11 a.m., then head east to Franklin Street, north to Jackson Street, east to Lake Street and proceed to Veterans Memorial Park.

    Children on decorated bicycles and in strollers and wagons are a special attraction in the parade.

    Youngsters may obtain materials to decorate their bikes at Port Washington State Bank.

    Following a welcome by Mayor Tom Mlada immediately following the parade, the bikes will be judged at the bandshell.

    There will be five categories — strollers, wagons, and bikes decorated by children ages 7 and younger, ages 8 to 10 and ages 11 and older.

    The winners of the contest will be announced and trophies and ribbons awarded about 12:30 p.m. 

    A variety of other activities will kick off in Veterans Memorial Park at about the same time, including a watermelon seed spitting contest, cake walk and bounce house.

    Music by Laura Hagen will be presented at 12:45 p.m., with Will Pfrang of Port Washington taking over at 1:30 p.m.

    Food, including brats and burgers, will be sold by Port Youth Baseball and an ice-cream social held by Interfaith Caregivers.

    Free popcorn will be given out while supplies last.

    The afternoon’s activities will wrap up about 3 p.m., but the holiday fun isn’t over.

    The city’s Fourth of July fireworks will be shot off from the coal dock at dusk, putting an exclamation point on the holiday activities.

 
Driver pleads not guilty to running down deer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:42

Man who police say was seen on video intentionally killing animal faces charge

    A 29-year-old man who police say was caught by video surveillance cameras intentionally running down a deer with his pickup truck near Port Washington’s south beach pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a deer without a
licence.

    Michael A. Cox of West Bend was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with the misdemeanor in April after video cameras at the We Energies power plant recorded the incident.

    According to the criminal complaint, Cox flagged down a police officer at 5:26 a.m. Saturday,  April 27, to report that he had accidentally hit a deer on South Beach Road just south of the power plant while he was on his way
to go fishing in the harbor.

    Cox told the officer he wanted to claim the dead deer.

    But while speaking to Cox, the officer received a call from a dispatcher who said a We Energies employee reported a different version of events.

    That employee told police he saw the red Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Cox accelerate and hit the deer intentionally. And if authorities needed proof, the employee said, the entire incident was caught on power plant
surveillance video.

    The video confirmed that report, as well as the account of another We Energies employee who told authorities he saw Cox driving north on South Wisconsin Street, then stop at the intersection with South Beach Road where
a number of deer were gathered.

    The employee said Cox appeared to be trying to spook the deer by flashing the truck’s headlights and making whistling noises. The deer ran east on South Beach Road and Cox followed, accelerating to a high rate of speed
before hitting one of the animals, the complaint states.

    Despite the accounts of witnesses and the video, a passenger in Cox’s truck told police Cox did not intentionally hit the deer.

    Cox, however, admitted to spooking the deer and said that as the animals ran away, he “gunned” his truck and hit one of them, according to the complaint.

    He told authorities, “It was more intentional than not,” the complaint states.Daily-Press

    If convicted, Cox could be fined between $1,000 and $2,000 and sentenced to six months in jail. He would not be able to hold a hunting, fishing or trapping license for three years.

    Cox was also issued a municipal citation for endangering the safety of a person or property by reckless driving.

    He is scheduled to meet with prosecutors to discuss a plea agreement in the criminal case on July 8 and appear in court again on Aug. 13.


 
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