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Jail inmate resuscitated after hanging herself dies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:09

A 42-year-old Port Washington woman who was resuscitated after she tried to hang herself in an Ozaukee County Jail cell last week has died.
 
  The woman had been on life support at an area hospital, but it was discontinued Friday afternoon, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.

    She died at 5:19 p.m. Saturday, according to the department.

    An autopsy was performed Monday.

    The woman, who was in jail on misdemeanor disorderly conduct and bail jumping charges, hung herself with a sheet while in a locked cell. Jail staff and emergency responders resuscitated her.

    This was the second suicide in the jail in two weeks.

    On June 16, a 41-year-old woman from Charleston, S.C., hanged and killed herself in a jail cell.

 
Man accused of stealing rifle, equipment from marshal’s car PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 18:55

Port man allegedly took gun,Taser, silencer from federal officer’s vehicle in Saukville

    A 23-year-old Port Washington man was charged Monday with stealing a high-powered rifle fitted with a silencer, Taser, bulletproof vest and police radio from a U.S marshal’s car parked in a Saukville driveway.
  
 Clifford C. Fiene faces two counts of theft, as well as possession of a firearm silencer, possession of an electric weapon and concealing a stolen firearm. All the charges, which were filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, are felonies.

   
A 22-year-old Saukville woman described as a friend of Fiene’s has also been implicated in the thefts. Ann E. Radke is charged with one count of being party to the crime of theft.


    In addition, Fiene is charged in a separate complaint filed Monday with three counts of felony forgery after he allegedly cashed and tried to cash checks from his father at area banks.


    The two cases aren’t related, but it was the forgery case that led to Fiene’s arrest in the theft case.


    According to the criminal complaint,  on June 21, U.S. marshal Zachary Kadish reported to Saukville police that several items had been stolen from his car while it was parked in a residential driveway. Among the stolen items were a .308-caliber rifle fitted with a silencer, X26 Taser, backpack, bullet-proof vest and police radio.


    The theft occurred either early that morning or late the night before, Kadish said.


    On the same day the theft was reported, Port Washington police, who were investigating the forgeries and had learned Fiene was living temporarily in Saukville, asked Saukville officers to arrest him.


    Officers found Fiene at Radke’s home and arrested him for forgery.


    The next day, Radke’s mother called police to report that she found Fiene’s cell phone in the basement of her home and discovered messages on it referring to the sale of a gun. In those
messages, a woman asked Fiene what caliber the gun was and what he wanted to sell it for. Fiene replied that he wanted “two racks or at least a rack-and-a-half,” which authorities believe is a reference to drugs, according to the complaints.


    When confronted by police, Radke said she, another woman and Fiene drove to the home where the marshal’s car was parked, and while the women waited in the vehicle, Fiene took the gun, vest and backpack, the complaint states.


    Radke said Fiene took the stolen items to her house, but later removed them because she was nervous about keeping the stolen items at her mother’s home, according to the complaint.


    Police found the gun, which was in a case, vest and backpack containing several items in a wooded area in the Town of Grafton.


      The other woman in the car told police she had been with Fiene and Radke when items, including cash, an Apple iPad and digital camera, were stolen from cars on multiple occasions, according to the complaint.


    The crimes related to the theft that Fiene is charged with carry a total maximum sentence of 13 years, six months in prison and 14 years of extended supervision.


    He would face an additional nine years in prison and nine years of extended supervision if convicted of the three forgery charges.


    The felony theft charge Radke faces carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.


    During a hearing Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram set Fiene’s bail at $10,000 and ordered him not to have contact with Radke.

 
Port man, son injured in Sheboygan County crash PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:02

A 39-year-old Port Washington man and his 2-year-old son were injured in a two-vehicle crash in the Town of Holland in Sheboygan County late last week.

    Tony Ernisse and his son Evan were taken to Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital following the June 13 accident, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

    The other driver, 58-year-old Sharon Crivello of Hingham, and her 9-year-old grandson were also injured.

    Crivello was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, while her grandson was taken by a Flight for Life helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa, according to the sheriff’s department.

    According to Lt. Mark Rupnik, the accident occured about 11:37 a.m. when an eastbound pick-up truck driven by Ernisse collided with a northbound car driven by Crivello at the intersection of highways RR and KW.

    Rupnik said Crivello pulled out from a stop sign and collided with Ernisse’s truck.Daily-Press

    In addition to the sheriff’s department, the Oostburg, Random Lake, Plymouth and Orange Cross ambulance services and Cedar Grove and Random Lake fire departments responded to the scene.

    The accident remains under investigation, Rupnik said.

    Crivello was cited for an improper left turn, he said.

 
June 23 beach safety class has plenty of openings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:00

There are plenty of spots available for a beach safety class that will be held Sunday, June 23, on Port Washington’s lakefront.

    Following a 9 a.m. meet-and-greet session, the class kicks off with classroom instruction at the Legion Hall on Lake Street from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

    Instruction will then move to the north beach, where participants will go into the water to practice what they’ve been taught from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    The class, which has been tailored to reflect conditions at Port Washington’s beaches, will be taught by instructors from the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which is working to improve lakefront safety throughout the Great Lakes.

    Instructors will explain how the winds and structures along the beach — everything from rocks to the breakwater — impact the current and waves.

    They will discuss the currents present along the Port beach and how to deal with them, how to use the Flip, Float and Follow strategy if people get caught in them and how to use flotation devices to help those in need.  

    Participants will also be taught the effects of cold water on swimmers and how to recognize the signs of drowning.

    Divers from the Port Washington Fire Department will be on hand during the beach portion of the class to ensure the safety of participants.

    The class costs $30, which includes both the classroom and water instruction. Class size is limited to 40 for the water portion of the program.

    There is no fee for people who only want to attend the classroom session or who plan to observe the water instruction from the beach.

    People taking part in the water instruction will have to wear wetsuits since the water temperature is hovering around 50 degrees.

    EOS Expedition Outdoor Supply of Sheboygan will provide wetsuits for the class at a cost of $10 to $25. To reserve suits, people are asked to call the company at (920) 208-7873.

    Advance registrations may be done by calling Benjamin at (708) 903-0166 or visiting www.glsrp.orgclasses.  

    The class is being presented by the Port Washington Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee — an initiative prompted by the drowning of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek last Labor Day weekend.Daily-Press

    It is only one aspect of the committee’s safety initiatives, which include installing signs displaying water conditions, life rings, a series of cameras and call boxes along the lakefront and a WiFi system on the beach.

    A variety of safety booths, music and food will be available from organizations that include the Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources and YMCA in Veterans Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.

    Donations to help fund these initiatives will be accepted during the Sunday class.

 
Life-vest kiosk to be installed in marina PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:51

    A kiosk offering loaner life vests will be installed in the Port Washington marina.

    On Tuesday, aldermen gave their nod of approval to the kiosk, which will be installed by Boy Scout Josh Schaefer as his Eagle project.

    Funding for the project will come through the Department of Natural Resources, Schaefer said, adding the DNR will also provide 32 life jackets for the station.

    The program started in Alaska in 1996, Schaefer said, and since then more than 2,100 life vest loaner stations have been installed throughout the U.S.

    Some aldermen questioned why the station would be placed in the marina, noting that it may be more practical to place it closer to the beach.

    The DNR requires it be in the marina, Schaefer said.

    “The intention is to provide them for the boaters,” said Ald. Kevin Rudser, a member of the city’s Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee, who noted that the vests are intended for boaters who don’t have enough of the safety devices for all their passengers.

    “That doesn’t mean they can’t be used on the beach,” Rudser added.

    Signs could be placed on the beach so people know the vests are available, officials said.

    City Attorney Eric Eberhardt told aldermen that if they agree to the kiosk, they also need to create a daily inspection program to ensure the devices are available. That will help limit the city’s liability, he said.

    “When you offer these things, you can’t be negligent,” he said.

    Eberhardt also noted that the city does not allow swimming in the marina, and asked that Schaefer incorporate a sign stating this with his kiosk.

 
Bicycle rodeo to be held June 27 in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 17:24

The Port Washington Police Department’s annual bicycle rodeo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

    The rodeo, which emphasizes bike safety, will be at Lincoln Elementary School, 1325 Theis La.  

    It will include an obstacle course and safety inspections by Pedal Moraine Cycling and Fitness of West Bend and Grafton Ski & Cyclery. Minor mechanical adjustments will be made to bicycles needing them.  

    T-shirts and bike helmets will be given away, and there will be a drawing for bicycles.

    Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand, and bike safety handouts will be available.

    Refreshments will also be served.

    For more information, call Lt. Thomas Barbuch or Officer Daniel Wolff at 284-2611.

 
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