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Wolfgram to face first challenge for bench PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:04

For the first time in his 18 years on the bench, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram will face competition for his seat in an election.

    Attorney Joseph Voiland, 39, of the Town of Grafton, has registered to run against the county’s senior judge in the April 2 general election.

    Voiland, who has practiced law since 2002, said he was motivated in part to run for the bench by Wolfgram’s decision to sign the petition seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker.

    “The reason I’m running is that I believe the people of Ozaukee County should have a conservative choice for circuit court judge,” Voiland said. “I firmly believe in the separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. Judge Wolfgram crossed that line when he signed the recall petition.”

    Wolfgram, 60, noted that circuit court judge is a nonpartisan position and said the fact he signed the recall petition has nothing to do with how he administers the law in court.

    “It wasn’t a political comment,” Wolfgram said of his decision to sign the petition.

    “I have the greatest respect for the separation of powers. Circuit court judges don’t make policy. We relate the facts to the law. I’ve never attempted to make policy from the bench, and I never will.”

    Wolfgram has spent nearly his entire legal career in Ozaukee County. After graduating from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, he served as an assistant prosecutor and district attorney in the county.

    After six years in private practice, Wolfgram was appointed to the bench, a position he was elected to in 1995, 2001 and 2007.

    In 2008, Wolfgram, who is the county’s presiding judge, was named Judge of the Year by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

    According to a statement issued by the Bar at the time, Wolfgram “is praised for his patience at giving litigants the opportunity to make a good records and his diligence at setting forth findings of fact as well as conclusions of law that demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the appropriate legal standards and how they interact with the matter presented.

    “His peers often look to him for guidance on judicial ethics.”

    In an interview this week, Wolfgram noted that he has extensive experience in both public and private practice.

    “I have literally heard thousands of cases as a circuit court judge and was a DA for 10 years before that,” he said. “I fully intend to run on my record as a judge.”

    Voiland, also a graduate of Marquette University Law School, specializes in  financial services litigation with the Milwaukee-based law firm Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.

    He has served as counsel to the State of Wisconsin in litigation regarding the 2011 congressional and legislative redistricting and to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser during the recount of votes cast in the 2011 Supreme Court election. He was also a law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes, who is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

    Voiland served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy before becoming a lawyer.

    “I think it’s important that the legislative branch makes the law and the judicial branch enforces the law,” he said. “I would be an impartial judge.”

    Circuit court judges serve six-year terms. 


 
Port to pick up Christmas trees twice this month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:02

Christmas trees will be collected by Port Washington street department crews this week and the week of Jan. 21.  

Trees must be placed at the curb with the stump facing the street. They must be bare of all ornaments, tinsel and other embellishment, and cannot be in bags.
   

 
Search continues for missing Cedarburg man PDF Print E-mail
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Written by SARAH McCRAW   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:58

    A major search led by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is underway for a 24-year-old man who disappeared near downtown Cedarburg in the early-
morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 27.

    Fire and rescue crews from Cedarburg, Grafton and Theinsville, along with the Cedarburg Police Department and the Great Lakes Search and Rescue K-9 unit, are assisting the sheriff’s department in the search.

    Undersheriff Jim Johnson said Robert Steinbrecker, a graduate of Cedarburg High School, left Maxwell’s Bar with friends and was last seen running north on the ice on Cedar Creek around 2 a.m.

    Crews are walking through the woods and along the banks of the river and using underwater cameras to check the deeper portions of Cedar Creek, Johnson said.

    The Sheriff’s Department also used the My State USA program to send reverse 911 calls to approximately 95 area residents, alerting them of the missing person search.

    Residents near Cedar Creek have been asked to check their properties for any signs of Steinbrecker.

    Steinbrecker was last seen wearing a green and gold knit Green Bay Packers hat, a heavy, dark green parka jacket, a blue T-shirt, brown pants and black tennis shoes with white trim on the soles.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 284-7172 and reference incident number 12-35179.

 
Port Council OKs 1.25% raises for city employees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:57

Port Washington city employees will receive a 1.25% salary increase for 2013.

    The Common Council on Tuesday approved the across-the-board raises for workers, adding that merit increases will be considered following employee performance evaluations later this year.

    The money is included in the 2013 budget, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

    Grams said the city looked at what other Ozaukee County communities are giving employees — a number that generally ranges from nothing to 2% — inDaily-Press deciding how much of a raise to give.

 
Teen injured when struck by car in downtown Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 18:19

A teenager rushed into traffic and was struck by a car on Grand Avenue near Milwaukee Street in downtown Port Washington late Dec. 26, according to police.

    The youth suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital. He was released by the following day, police said.

    The accident occurred about 5:25 p.m. in front of Tello’s restaurant when a 21-year-old man was driving on Grand Avenue.

    He told officers he was driving around another vehicle that was in the process of parking when the youth ran into traffic, striking his 2009 Mazda, according to police.
    Witnesses said the youth ran out from the driveway at Tello’s, police said.badge
    The teenager suffered contusions to his head.

    He later told his parents he parked his bike near Tello’s and was running across the street to a gas station when the accident occurred, police said.

 
Polar Bears’ plunge, free taxi rides await New Year’s revelers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:47

The start of a new calendar year will be greeted with the thrill of the annual Polar Bear Club’s plunge into Lake Michigan and free taxi rides on New Year’s Eve.

    Hundreds of participants will run into the icy waters on the Port Washington beach front at the end of Jackson Street at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1.

    “I think the No. 1 thing about it is the looks on people’s faces. Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran that’s been doing it 20 years, you still get shocked the same and you still get that crazy look on your face,” said Jon Crain, president of the Port Washington polar bear club.

    Decked out in swimsuits or festive costumes, swimmers run, jump and splash in the frigid water, which is around 33 degrees.

    Swimmers do not need to register to participate in the event.

    “We just ask that you sign the books that we have out there and we ask that you go completely under,” Crain said.

    Nearly 250 people took part in the dip  on Jan. 1, 2012, and Crain hopes even more people join in next week.

    “I think the big thing is that it brings people together for a unique experience,” he said.

    Club members will be on the beach before hand to prep the area.

    “We like to cut back the brush on the beach, so there’s a nice area for people to go in. Hopefully we don’t have to break through any ice,” Crain said.

    Newcomers are always welcome, but Crain recommends they do one thing.

    “The biggest thing, I would say is make sure you have your warm clothes and towels ready when you come out. Going in isn’t bad, but coming out is when you start to feel it,” he said.

    Once again, the Ozaukee County taxi will provide free rides on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 until 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Rides will be given to anyone in Ozaukee County, free of charge.

    Donations from MillerCoors, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and Specialized Transport Services have helped the county recover all operating costs.

    To arrange a ride, call (262) 238-TAXI or 284-TAXI (8294).

 
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