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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:31

Port resident believed to be involved in string of thefts arrested for attempted break-in

A 28-year-old man who police believe is connected to a string of thefts from cars and houses in Port Washington was arrested last week after a homeowner caught him trying to break into her house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Anthony D. Lester of Port Washington is charged with attempted burglary, a felony, and possession of marijuana.

According to the complaint, authorities were called to a home on Randy Circle in Port Washington at 3:26 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, by a woman who said she was awake in her living room when an outdoor motion light went on.

The woman said she heard the storm door open and someone turning the doorknob.

Port police and Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputies responded and caught Lester running away from the house. He was dressed in a dark, hooded sweatshirt, black pants and dark shoes, and was wearing leather gloves, the complaint states.

Authorities searched Lester and found a collector’s coin, phone and marijuana.

Officers then went to Lester’s home, where his mother consented to a search of her son’s room. There officers found numerous items, including electronics, connected to burglaries, as well as four marijuana pipes, a marijuana grinder and $400, according to the complaint.

Authorities noted that they have been investigating a series of thefts from cars and burglaries that occurred in the area of the 300 block of West Monroe Street, which is about four blocks south of Randy Circle.

During a court hearing last week, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Lester’s bail at $2,500.Daily Press

PWHS team comes up big in first Kapco Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:13

Students earn top honors in charity-inspired event with fundraiser to help homeless

A team of Port Washington High School students who raised thousands of dollars to provide essential supplies to homeless people in Milwaukee has won the first-ever high school division of the Kapco Charitable Challenge.

The winner of the competition — an effort by Jim Kacmarcik, president of the Grafton metal stamping firm Kapco Inc. to inspire grassroots charitable causes — was announced during an awards ceremony last week at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

“We knew we weren’t going to end homelessness but thought we could at least do our part to help people living on the streets,” Port High senior Cordy Larsen, a member of the winning team, said during an interview earlier this month.

Larsen and her teammates — Brynn Greisch, Jacob Liebergen, Sophie Dimmer, Ryan Liebergen, Chad Spaeth, Tristan Shafer and Kaylyn Garant — raised more than $4,000 to buy hats, gloves and blankets for Lifepacks that will be given to homeless people.

The team was one of three groups of Port High students competing against each other and teams from Grafton, Cedarburg and Homestead high schools.

Given their challenge and $1,000 in seed money in late September, teams had just less than a month to find causes, launch fundraising campaigns and prepare presentations that were given to a panel of judges on Oct. 25.

As part of their presentations, teams also have to tell the stories of first responders who contributed to their communities by helping others.

To raise thousands of dollars in a matter of weeks, Port High students relied on crowdfunding through GoFundMe and collected donations at school events such as the homecoming football game.

“A lot of alumni contributed,” Greisch said. “Many of the donations came with messages that said they were excited that kids were doing this and they were proud to be Port High alumni.”

Port High’s other teams raised money to benefit the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s focus on mental health and to purchase stuffed duck toys through Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program for young cancer patients. 

The mental health initiative will subsidize the cost of counseling services for students who cannot afford them.

The Chemo Ducks are designed to allow children undergoing cancer treatments to role play their way through situations that make them nervous. The stuffed animals will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

Teams competing in this year’s Kapco Charitable Challenge, including college teams, raised more than $500,000 for charitable causes.Daily Press

United Way launches ‘hero cards’ effort to aid campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:12

Area residents are being asked to honor the people who make a difference in their communities next week by the United Way of Northern Ozaukee.

“I think we all need to be inspired and reminded of the good things going on around us,” Executive Director Barbara Bates-Nelson said.

The local campaign is inspired by “The Hero Effect,” a monthly documentary series hosted by former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver on the Oprah Winfrey Network that’s presented in part by United Way to honor people who are making extraordinary differences where they live, Bates-Nelson said.

During the campaign, participating businesses in Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia and Belgium will have “hero cards” that shoppers can purchase for $1. The cards will have spaces for buyers to designate who their heroes are and what causes they’re fighting for.

“You could recognize a person or a group of people,” Bates-Nelson said.

The cards will be displayed at the businesses and, after the campaign has run its course, they will be posted on United Way’s Facebook page, Bates-Nelson said.

That page already has information on United Way’s partner agencies, which she said are heroes in their own right.

The campaign will run from Sunday, Nov. 27, to Saturday, Dec. 3, to encompass the Tuesday, Nov. 29, Day of Giving, Bates-Nelson said. “We’re just hoping to spark some conversation and bring recognition to those people who are quietly doing things in the community and serve as an inspiration for those who want to do something but haven’t discovered what their niche is,” she said.

“I think we all need role models and reminders of the good things that happen in our community.”

Proceeds from the campaign will go to United Way, which hopes to raise as much as $2,500 during the week.Daily Press

Port BID to hold its annual meeting Dec. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:10

Port Washington’s Business Improvement District will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Lakeview Community Room, formerly known as the Wilson House.

The session will serve as a joint meeting both of the district and Port Main Street Inc., which is funded largely by the BID.

During the meeting, the BID board will present its annual budget.

Officials from both BID and Main Street will review their accomplishments this past year, and outline their plans for 2017. 

Beverages and appetizers will be available.Daily Press

Main Street chooses a new leader PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:08

Group hires city’s marketing and communications coordinator to oversee its mission of revitalizing downtown Port

Maureen McCourt Boylan has been named the new executive director of Port Washington Main Street Inc.

Boylan, who will take over as the Main Street director on Dec. 5, is completing her term as the City of Port’s coordinator of marketing and communications.

She had previously worked in marketing and communications for the city as a member of the marketing and communications committee.

She served on the board of directors for nonprofit organizations in the community and was president of the Port Chamber of Commerce for more than a year.

Boylan has experience in the communications industry, having spent years as a freelance writer and journalist for publications that include the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That experience will help her reach her goal of enhancing communications between downtown businesses, investors and community partners, Boylan said.

Her goals also include building on Main Street’s past successes by bringing new businesses to downtown and increasing the events that bring people to Port, as well as broadening the size and reach of the farmers market.

Main Street Board President Wayne Chrusciel said the appointment is a sign of the board’s commitment to growing the Main Street program.

“We believe her background and familiarity with Port Washington make her the perfect person to guide Main Street as we move into the next stage of Port Washington’s incredible development,” he said.

Boylan isn’t a native of Port Washington or the area. She moved to Wisconsin from Ohio eight years ago, settling first in Milwaukee and, after a day trip to Port Washington with her children, in Port.

“I am excited to start a new challenge within my beloved city and look forward to working with the great people connected to Main Street and beyond,” she said.

Boylan was appointed to the position by the Main Street board Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Since the beginning of the year, the job of executive director has been shared by  Cathy Wilger and Amy Gannon, longtime Main Street volunteers and directors. At that time, the board announced it would be re-examining the office and its responsibilities after the resignation of former director Lauren Richmond.Daily Press

Teen charged with dealing drugs while a student at GHS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:53

Undercover officer picked her up from school to buy marijuana, ecstasy in 2015, complaint says

A 20-year-old Grafton man and a 19-year-old Port Washington woman were charged last week in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with repeatedly selling drugs to an undercover officer in late 2014 and early 2015 when the woman was a student at Grafton High School.

On three occasions, the undercover officer picked Hailee E. Ziehr up from school during the middle or near the end of the school day to exchange money for marijuana and ecstasy, according to the criminal complaint.

Ziehr faces four counts of delivering marijuana and two counts of delivering designer drugs near a school or park.

She is accused of working with Jacob R. Wandel, who is charged with five counts of delivering marijuana near a school or park.

The first contact Wandel and Ziehr had with the undercover Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy mentioned in the complaint was on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, when the deputy exchanged text messages with Wandel and agreed to meet him at the Clark gas station at 1020 Washington St.

At the gas station, the deputy saw Ziehr walk out of Wandel’s nearby house. She got into the officer’s car and sold him $90 worth of marijuana, the complaint states.

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the deputy exchanged text messages with Ziehr, then picked her up from Grafton High School at 2:50 p.m. The deputy drove her to 11th Avenue, where she purchased marijuana from her drug source. She then sold the drugs to the deputy for $95, according to the complaint.

On Monday, Jan. 12, the deputy picked Ziehr up from school at 12:15 p.m. After she got into his car, Ziehr handed him a bag of marijuana and a bag of white powder that tests revealed was ecstasy in exchange for $115. At Ziehr’s request, the deputy then drove her to a friend’s house, then back to the high school, the complaint states.

Later the same day, the deputy again met Ziehr at Grafton High School and paid her $40 for ecstasy tablets.

On Friday, Jan. 16, the deputy made arrangements with Wandel to meet outside a home on 12th Avenue. At that location, Ziehr came out of the house and sold the deputy $625 worth of marijuana, according to the complaint.

Wandel is also charged with selling the deputy a total of $2,430 of marijuana on three occasions in January.

Delivering marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

Delivering designer drugs is punishable by a maximum 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

Because all the alleged drug deals occurred near schools or parks — Grafton High School, Little Friends Learning Center and Veterans Park — Ziehr and Wandel would face an additional five years in prison for every count they are convicted of. 

Ziehr and Wandel are scheduled to make their initial court appearances on Dec. 20 before Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy.Daily Press

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