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County reports first child to die from flu PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:13

Public health officials say fatality underscores seriousness of contagious disease, especially during peak season

    The death of a child in Ozaukee County from the flu is believed to be the second pediatric influenza death in Wisconsin this season and the first ever reported in the county, according to the Ozaukee County Public Health Department.

    “We know of no other pediatric flu deaths  (ever) in the county,” Diana Noack, a public health nurse and nursing supervisor, said Tuesday. She noted, however, that reporting requirements have changed and the department may not have been informed of earlier pediatric flu fatalities.

    The department would not release any additional information about the death, but Ozaukee County Coroner Tim Deppisch said the child was a 2-year-old boy who died on Christmas Day.

    “Our objective in publicizing this death is to illustrate the seriousness of influenza,”  Noack said. “So far, we know of two pediatric deaths in the state, but the season is just peaking.

    “This death is a tragedy. It just feels different when it’s close to home.”

    A 12-year-old Milwaukee girl who died on New Year’s Day was the first pediatric flu fatality in the country this season. Nationally, there are between 35 and 171 pediatric deaths due to the flu each season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    It’s difficult to determine if this year’s flu season, which typically runs from October through April, is worse than previous years or if this season’s strain of the virus is more dangerous because flu cases are not easily tracked, Noack said.

    One measure, although imperfect, is the number of adult hospitalizations due to the flu. As of last week, 41 adult hospitalizations for influenza have been reported in Ozaukee County this flu season, as opposed to 10 last season and 27 in the 2012-13 season, she said.     

    Those numbers may provide a relative comparison but are generally low because some adults who have the flu are treated for secondary conditions such as pneumonia.

    What’s important, Noack said, is that people get vaccinated against the flu.

    “I think the rate of vaccination is improving, but not by a lot,” she said.

    The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older, with a few rare exceptions, be vaccinated against the flu annually.

    “Some people belittle the vaccine because it doesn’t cover all mutations of the virus, but it helps,” Noack said. “You may still get sick, but your symptoms won’t be as severe.”

    She said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

    It’s also important to recognize signs of the flu, which can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses, including the common cold.Daily-Press

    Symptoms of influenza, which is a contagious viral infection, may include fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chill and fatigue. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.

    “People really have to be aware of fevers because it’s often what sets influenza apart from other illnesses,” Noack said.

    A fever of 100.4 degrees should be treated with fever-reducing medication, she said. If a fever cannot be controlled with medication, medical attention should be sought.

    People most at risk for developing flu-related complications are infants, young children, elderly people, pregnant women and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease.    


 
Former mayor faces felony charges as notary public PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 21:10

One-time Cedarburg official accused of notarizing false affidavits to help daughter beat underage drinking ticket

A former Cedarburg mayor has been charged with two felony counts of misconduct in office — not while in elected office but as a notary public ­— for allegedly notarizing bogus affidavits to help his daughter beat an underage drinking ticket.

    Keith W. Kaiman, 57, was charged Jan. 9 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court in connection with affidavits signed by his daughter’s friends stating she was innocent of the underage alcohol violation.

    One of those friends later told an Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department detective that the document was false but she signed it anyway to help her friend avoid a ticket, according to the criminal complaint.

    The affidavits were notarized by Kaiman with his signature and notary seal, the complaint states.    

    On Monday, June 24, 2013, Kaiman’s daughter, Kendra Kaiman, who was 18 at the time, was ticketed for underage possession or consumption of alcohol while at a home on Maple Road in Cedarburg.

    According to the citation, she refused to take a preliminary breath test for alcohol.

    Sometime after her pretrial conference with a prosecutor, the Ozaukee County District Attorney’s Office received affidavits from four people who claimed to be witnesses in the case.

    An investigation determined two of those affidavits, which were signed by friends of Kendra Kaiman, were false.

    Both of the friends told investigators that Kendra Kaiman came alone to the apartment they shared and asked them to sign pre-typed affidavits. One of the friends said she had no role in drafting the affidavits, according to the complaint against Keith Kaiman.

    Kendra Kaiman’s case, which was initially assigned to Judge Joseph Voiland, was reassigned to Judge Paul Malloy in January 2014 after Voiland volunteered to recuse himself because he knows Keith Kaiman. In addition to being a former City of Cedarburg official, Kaiman is an officer in the Republican Party of Ozaukee County.

    Sometime after that, Jerilyn Dietz, a former Calumet County district attorney, was appointed to prosecute Kendra Kaiman. Dietz is also prosecuting the case against her father. Daily-Press

    During a court hearing for Kendra Kaiman last week, Keith Kaiman asked permission to question his daughter, but the request was denied by Malloy, according to online court records. Her trial is set for Jan. 26.

    Keith Kaiman is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Feb. 10.

    Misconduct in office is punishable by a maximum 18 months in prison and two years of extended supervision, as well as a $10,000 fine.

 
Man charged with attempted kidnapping of Fredonia teens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 20:14

Sheboygan resident who allegedly tried to lure girls is now in jail after being arrested by police in Illinois

    A 50-year-old Sheboygan man was charged in Ozaukee County court last week with two felony counts of attempted kidnapping for allegedly trying to lure two Fredonia teens into his truck just before Christmas.

    According to the complaint, Richard D. Herber pulled up in his black sport utility vehicle next to two girls, ages 16 and 18, who were walking on Fredonia Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Dec. 22.

    He asked the girls if they wanted to come with him, adding that he had won the lottery and had $500 so “they should run away together and go start a new life somewhere else,” the complaint states.

    He told the girls that he was a widower who was just diagnosed with throat cancer, and also talked about God and religion, saying “I just want to make sure you girls are serving God,” according to the complaint.

    At one point, one of the girls said, Herber dropped a $20 bill on the ground, telling them the money was for them.

    After about 10 minutes, he drove off, telling the girls he was going to go to Plymouth and then to California to start a new life, the complaint states.

    One of the girls recorded part of the incident on her cell phone, and when deputies viewed the recording they heard Herber admit he had approached three girls in Walmart as well, according to the complaint.

    The Plymouth Police Department said they had a similar incident at the Walmart store there, noting the man approached several young girls and grabbed one Walmart employee by the arm and tried to get her to leave with him, the complaint states.

    Herber was in the Lake County Jail in Illinois when an Ozaukee County sheriff’s department investigator discovered he matched the description given by the girls.

    The investigator compared Herber’s booking photo with the cell phone video and identified him, the complaint states.Daily-Press

    Herber was in jail after being arrested for an unrelated matter by the Zion, Ill., police department on Dec. 23.

 
United Way well short of campaign goal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:42

Northern Ozaukee officials cautiously optimistic they can still reach target of $285,000

    The United Way of Northern Ozaukee has raised between $160,000 and $175,000 in its annual campaign, but it still has a long way to go to meet its goal of $285,000, Executive Director Barbara Bates Nelson said Monday.

    A lot of the workplace campaigns haven’t submitted their donations yet, she said, adding that she will be making last-minute appeals to service organizations and potential new donors in the coming weeks.

    “I want to be cautiously optimistic,” Bates Nelson said. “I really want to hit that goal. It’s so important. There are some real needs out there that we can help with.”

    This year, she said, a number of the agencies funded in part by United Way have submitted several applications for funds instead of just one.

    The 15 agencies are also seeking about $50,000 more in funding this year than last year, she noted.

    “They’re trying to respond to issues they’re seeing in the community,” Bates Nelson said.

    For example, Starting Point and Cope are adding programs to deal with substance abuse among area youths and mental health issues, particularly suicide prevention, while Advocates of Ozaukee is adding programs to help those who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness, she said.

    “We are seeing a growing segment of the population who are working and losing their footing and very close to slipping off the edge,” Bates Nelson said. “Very often they have experienced a hardship — a medical emergency, loss of wages, reduced wages — are seniors on fixed incomes or young families juggling child care expenses.

    “These hard-working families often times do not qualify for state or federal funding and are relying on United Way-funded programs.”

    Bates Nelson said it is important that United Way makes its final push in the coming weeks since the board will make initial funding commitments to the agencies it finances at a Jan. 13 meeting.

    “We really need to have a good feeling where we stand in the process by Jan. 13,” she said.

    It’s not necessarily a gloomy prospect, Bates Nelson said.

    “I’ve had a lot of bright spots in this year’s campaign so far,” she said.

    For example, she said, Port Washington State Bank — historically the second largest contributor to the campaign — increased its corporate donation by $5,000 and Daily Baking Co./Franklin Street Holdings donated $10,000 to the campaign.

    “It’s nice to have a new donor step up to the plate and be so generous,” Bates Nelson said.

    Veolia, a new donor, contributed $1,000 to the campaign, she said.

    A quick look at the campaign shows donations are ahead of last year — but that statistic is deceptive, Bates Nelson said.

    “At first blush, it looks like we’re 29% higher than we were at this time last year,” she said.

    But, she said, Charter Steel has turned in its campaign contribution this year, but last year that number wasn’t in yet, she said.

    “Charter is huge for our campaign,” she noted.


 
Town of Grafton crashes leave three injured PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 19:36

Dec. 23 accidents at and near hazardous intersection occurred within 40 minutes

Separate accidents that occurred within 40 minutes of each other left three passengers injured in the Town of Grafton on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

The first accident occurred at approximately 2:25 p.m. when a 2012 Chevrolet driven by 49-year-old Rhonda Dickson of Saukville collided with a 2001 Toyota driven by 23-year-old Olivia King of Fredonia.

According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Dickson was traveling south on Highway W and failed to yield to King, who was traveling north on Highway V.

No injuries were reported and Dickson was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

The incident is the latest in a string of accidents at the well-traveled intersection of highways V and W.

In April, the county’s Public Works Committee received a federal grant to add turn lanes and signals at the intersection.

The project, which will cost the county $84,000, is expected to begin some time in early 2015, Ozaukee Sheriff’s Lt. Christy Knowles said.

“It’s frustrating to see these accidents, but there are plans in place to restructure the intersection,” she said.

Approximately 40 minutes after the first accident, a Dodge Magnum driven by 43-year-old Bridgette Campbell of Milwaukee collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Barret Bian of Cedarburg at the intersection of Highway 32 and I-43,
according to the sheriff’s department.

According to the sheriff’s department, Campbell failed to yield while turning onto the on-ramp of southbound I-43 from westbound Highway 32.Daily-Press

Bian was traveling north on Highway 32.

The drivers and Bian’s 18-year-old passenger were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s department.

Campbell was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

 
Free taxi rides, Polar Bears to return for New Year’s PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:19

    Two New Year’s traditions will continue this year.

    New Year’s Eve revelers will once again be able to get a free ride home from the Ozaukee County shared-ride taxi service, and the Polar Bears will take their annual dip into Lake Michigan at 2 p.m. New Year’s Day.

    Free rides will be offered throughout the county from 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, until 4 a.m. New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

    “We always look at it as a service the county can offer residents,” Transit Supt. Jason Wittek said. “It’s about getting people home safely.”

    People can reserve their ride ahead of time or call for a taxi while out, Wittek said.

    Last year, 161 people took advantage of the free rides, he said, while in 2012 the service gave rides to 243 people.

    The free rides are sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s, MillerCoors and Beer Capital Distributing.

    The Ozaukee Express bus service will operate during its normal hours on New Year’s Eve, but will not run on New Year’s Day, Wittek said.

    On New Year’s Day, spectators will gather at the lakeshore adjacent to NewPort Shores restaurant in Port Washington, where the Polar Bears will start the year with a romp in Lake Michigan.

    “This is going to be a breeze,” Port Polar Bears President Jon Crain said. “I don’t want to jinx it, but if the temperatures are anything like they’ve been lately, it’ll be a breeze.

    “But with our luck, we’ll get a cold spell right before.”

    Given the relatively warm weather, Crain said he expects “well over 200” participants at the lakeshore.

    Last year’s frigid temperatures limited the group of Polar Bears to 97.

    Crain noted that participants are usually outnumbered 3-1 at the event.

    Some people have questioned why the group doesn’t hold the annual event at the city’s north or south beaches. Not only does the current location offer more parking, it is more accessible for the city’s ambulance service and dive team to monitor the event, Crain said.

    “We want everyone to have a good time, but to also be safe,” he said.

    To qualify as a Polar Bear, a person has to completely submerge himself in the lake. Crain did that 18 years ago.

    “I was in college. It was a dare. I was drinking,” he said by way of explanation.

    Crain, who has taken part in the event since that time, offered a few words of advice for those considering an inaugural dip.

    “The trick is to have your dry stuff ready and to get dry right away,” Crain said. “If you let the cold kick in, you’re going to be shivering hours later.

    “Don’t let fear kick in. Just do it.”


 
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