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Port teen who tried to wrestle beer from clerk faces felony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:35

Nineteen-year-old is charged with attempted robbery, use of force

A Port Washington teenager accused of trying to wrestle a case of beer away from a convenience store clerk who wouldn’t sell it to him because he was underage was charged Monday with attempted robbery with use of force.

In addition to the felony, William G. Breen, 19, also faces misdemeanor counts of retail theft and disorderly conduct in connection with the Friday, Jan. 20, incident.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, an employee of Mad Max South, 1100 S. Spring St., Port Washington, told police that shortly after 9 p.m. Breen came into the store and tried to buy a bottle of liquor.

The clerk said she refused to sell the liquor to Breen because state law prohibits alcohol sales after 9 p.m.

Breen hung around the store for about 30 minutes, she said, then asked if he could buy a case of beer. The clerk said she agreed and took his money, but after looking at his driver’s licence and realizing he was younger than 21, took the beer away from him and placed it behind some displays, the complaint states.

The clerk said she was in the process of refunding Breen’s money when he grabbed the case of beer. She also grabbed the case and a struggle ensued, causing a display case filled with mini liquor bottles to be knocked over. 

Breen then let go of the case, grabbed several mini liquor bottles and ran from the store, according to the complaint.

When questioned by police, Breen admitted to trying to take the case of beer and stealing two mini bottles of Captain Morgan rum, the complaint states.

Breen became angry while being taken to jail and said he wanted to punch and kick the clerk, according to the complaint.

On Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Breen’s bail at $2,000 and ordered him not to have contact with Mad Max stores or the clerk he is accused of scuffling with. He is also to maintain absolute sobriety.Daily Press

Town clerk resigns just after contract renewed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:59

Karrels’ decision to step down for personal reasons leaves Port officials searching for new employee

Just a month after they renewed the contract of Port Washington Town Clerk Cheryl Karrels for a year, the Town Board is seeking a new clerk.

Karrels resigned effective Wednesday, Jan. 18, and during a special board meeting Monday officials decided to advertise for a new clerk.

Deputy Town Clerk Doris Schlenvogt is expected to fill in until a new clerk is hired, officials said. If she does not have the time to handle the upcoming elections, Town Chairman Jim Melichar said he would take the necessary steps to take on the task.

Karrels, who was hired by the town on July 15, 2015, turned in her resignation Jan. 6.

She said she recently moved to the Muskego area and, due to a pending divorce, needed to find a full-time job with benefits. 

“I wanted to stay with the town but due to my circumstances, I need health insurance,” Karrels said. “That was never going to happen here.

“I’m sad it’s come to this. I did enjoy working for the town.”

Karrels was paid $35,100 annually.

Melichar said that after receiving Karrels’ resignation, he contacted the applicants who last sought the clerk’s job to see if they were still interested.

Four people said they were interested in the job, he said, including one new candidate.

“We had good applicants,” he said, including some longtime town residents. 

It might benefit the town to forego the application process and select from that pool, Melichar said, especially with a February primary election looming.

“Do we want to drag this out and go through the election process without a clerk?” he asked.

The county won’t help out during the election, Melichar said, so the town needs to find someone.

Former Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt said it would be best to seek new applicants, saying that would make the process “fair and balanced.”

“What if you find someone with municipal experience who might be interested?” she asked, noting the town could find a candidate with the qualifications to run an election.

Only asking previous applicants, especially for a part-time job with a relatively large salary “isn’t fair to me as a taxpayer,” Schlenvogt added.

She also questioned whether the previous candidates would be right for the job. “If you have a candidate who’s still available after 18 months, is that someone you really want?” Schlenvogt asked.

Supr. Mike Didier said it’s unlikely the town will find an applicant with election experience, but Schlenvogt said it is possible for a new clerk to run the election.

A six-hour training class is all that’s required, she said, adding the town’s chief election inspector is “very competent.”

Karrels said the work on election day is handled primarily by poll workers, but there is a significant amount of work done by the clerk before and after an election.
Given that the February election is a statewide primary that won’t draw the same turnout as a gubernatorial or presidential election, Schlenvogt said, “it would be a good introduction for a clerk.”

 Didier said he wouldn’t have a problem either advertising for candidates or appointing from the previous applicants.

“No one’s going to complain you held it open to get more people,” he noted, while some will complain if the town doesn’t do that.

“We just don’t want to drag it out.”

Resident John Taucher said the prudent thing is to advertise for applicants.

“I think it might be wise to open it up, see what other applicants you get,” he said. “In the meantime, you have to have someone to run the shop, an interim clerk.”

The deputy clerk is charged with handling the duties when the clerk is absent, board members noted, adding they would check with Doris Schlenvogt to see if she has the time to devote to the job until a new clerk is hired.

The Town Board will accept applications for the job until 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. The board will review the applications that night and decide whether to interview candidates or hire someone immediately.Daily Press

Money crunch forces Volunteer Center merger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:56

Ozaukee office to remain open but hours will likely be cut after Milwaukee center takes over operations

The Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County, which last fall embarked on a major fundraising effort to keep its doors open, will be merging with the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee on March 1.

While the agency’s office in Grafton will continue to be open and services will not change, the current staff of three part-time people will be gone, Executive Director Brenda Peterson said. Instead, the Nonprofit Center will handle the programs and staff the office.

“Everything is going to be run through the Nonprofit Center,” she said. “They have staff in place. 

“This was the best alternative to make sure the programs we have continue and are delivered in the most cost-effective way.”

The Nonprofit Center will likely cut the hours the office is staffed, Peterson said, but workers will be available via phone.

In making the change, the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County is following the path of most volunteer centers in the state, Peterson said, noting that only three independent agencies remain.

This is the second major change the agency has experienced in recent months. In December, the offices were moved to a smaller space in the Family Enrichment Center building in Grafton.

The Volunteer Center, which began in Ozaukee County in 1984, announced last fall it was facing a financial crisis that could force it to close its doors as early as this year

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, which provided about a quarter of the Volunteer Center’s funding, decided to end its support for the agency this year. 

The group had been significantly cutting the Volunteer Center’s allocation for the past two years, and last year cut $30,000, Peterson said.

The center was able to raise $10,000 in the first month of its fundraising effort, she said, but those efforts stumbled in subsequent months.

“It had to be sustainable, and it wasn’t,” Peterson said. “We needed more time, and we didn’t have it.”

Part of the problem, she said, is that more and more agencies are fundraising as government support wanes.

“There are more people asking for that same pool of money,” Peterson said.

Many local residents work in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties and donate their funds in those areas instead of in Ozaukee County, she said — a dilemma that is facing other groups as well. 

The Volunteer Center’s board of directors looked at all its alternatives and decided to merge with the Nonprofit Center, she said. The two groups have been working together for many years, Peterson said, especially in the area of training for the staffs and boards of directors for the agencies it works with.

   The Volunteer Center provides services for 74 area agencies. It matches people in the community with volunteer positions, placing about 4,000 volunteers annually, and in the process helps raise awareness of those services and agencies.

The Volunteer Center also provides training for the staff and boards of directors of the agencies that help the groups remain efficient and effective.

Over the past 10 years, Peterson said, the Volunteer Center has raised $1 million and served 40,000 people.

“It really has been a privilege to serve the community for this long,” said Peterson, who has been with the Volunteer Center for the past 10 years.

“We’re grateful it still gets to continue on, just not in the way we thought it would,” she added. “It’s really hard.”Daily Press

Milwaukee felon charged with beating Port bartenders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:04

Man accused in incident at Schooner Pub served prison time for armed robberies, according to court records

A 30-year-old Milwaukee man who in 2006 was convicted of multiple counts of armed robbery was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week with beating two bartenders at Schooner Pub in Port Washington last month.

Terrance M. Gatewood McClinton faces two misdemeanor counts of battery in connection with the Saturday, Dec. 10, incident.

According to Port Washington police, Gatewood McClinton was with a group of friends at the downtown bar when, at about 1 a.m., one of the men in the group bet another patron in the upstairs level of the tavern that he could drink more but lost the wager. When it came time to pay up, an argument ensued.

The upstairs bartender separated the two men, temporarily defusing the situation, but then was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by a man who was apparently with Gatewood McClinton, according to the criminal complaint.

Meanwhile, the downstairs bartender noticed the commotion and ran upstairs to break up the fight. Video surveillance from the bar shows Gatewood McClinton punching the downstairs bartender twice, then kicking the upstairs bartender at least four times, the complaint states.

“Sometime during this time, he was knocked unconscious,” Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said, referring to the upstairs bartender. 

   The group left the bar before police officers arrived.

  Earlier in the evening, one of the men in the group ordered a round of shots and paid for it with a $100 bill, Hingiss said. When he tried to pay for a second round with another $100 bill, the bartender questioned whether it was counterfeit and rejected it.

“We don’t know if it was counterfeit because we don’t have the bill. The bartender rejected it,” Hingiss said this week. “Whether these guys came to Port to make some money, we’re not sure.”

Hingiss said police believe they know the identity of the other man involved in the beatings and have requested charges of obstructing justice against a Milwaukee woman who was “less than cooperative” with the investigation.

Gatewood McClinton pleaded not guilty to the battery charges during a Jan. 4 hearing in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. Judge Sandy Williams set his bail at $500. Gatewood McClinton’s attorney, public defender Jamie Marie McClendon, advised Williams that her client is being held in jail for violating the condition of his probation.

According to court records, a Milwaukee County jury convicted Gatewood McClinton of one count of robbery and five counts of armed robbery in January 2006.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision, according to court records.Daily Press

Department merger garners state recognition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:02

Washington-Ozaukee Public Health Department lauded for cost savings, service by UW-Madison

Merging the Ozaukee and Washington counties’ public health departments has earned statewide recognition.

Department Director Kirsten Johnson and Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann have been chosen to receive the 2016 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The award totals $2,500.

The two departments merged July 1, the culmination of a year’s worth of planning, Johnson said. Both counties’ strategic plans call for finding ways to share services, and they saw an opportunity to merge public health departments, she said.

Financially, the merger saved Ozaukee County $70,000 to $80,000 due to splitting the salary and benefits package of one director instead of each county paying for its own, said Ozaukee County Administrator Tom Meaux.

Attrition, Johnson said, allowed for reorganization. Duties of those leaving were not just dropped on other people’s plates, she said.

“I feel strongly that you should have the right people in the right jobs because then they do the best jobs,” she said.

Johnson was named Director of Ozaukee County’s public health department in 2011, bringing a focus on best practices and alignment to national objectives. Washington County’s director of public health retired, allowing Johnson to head the combined department.

Johnson heads 34 people in the newly joined department, which she said can provide better services than when the two were separate.

“Really, the concept is to build the public health infrastructure so we can provide the services the community expects from us, and do it well,” Johnson said.

One advantage is the merging of the two counties’ information systems.

“What’s nice is because we’re one department we can see lab reports. If someone is working on the case (in one county), they’re able to share information (with the other county),” Johnson said.

Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Johnson said counties with separate health departments may not see each other’s lab reports.

The department has already used that system to better track norovirus and other diseases, Johnson said.

In addition, the combined department picked up a third public health educator. Johnson started the position in Ozaukee in 2011, and Washington County hired its own in 2015.

Last spring the two departments hired a third person they shared until the merger. That wouldn’t have happened if the departments would have remained separate, Johnson said.

“It’s built our capacity,” Johnson said.

The health educators focus on how to best prevent diseases and pool resources.

“It’s really looking at policies in communities and how they shape the environment we live in and how they’re conducive to healthy behaviors,” Johnson said.

She said examples would be communities offering walking and bike paths and better access to fruits and vegetables. The department is working with school districts and places like the Wellspring organic farm in Newburg to promote a Harvest of the Month, a program that highlights a locally available crop in school cafeterias, restaurants, workplaces and grocery stores.

“The difference is the health educators are trained to do this work,” Johnson said.

Another example is communities becoming “mental health friendly,” she said. “What are the pieces that need to be in place, services available and in schools, and that there’s a culture of empathy.”

The merger wasn’t without the typical fears of job losses, and Johnson said she is learning how to run a larger department.

“But the exciting thing about it is to be the first merged county health department in Wisconsin. It’s exciting to build something and think strategically about how we want to provide services,” she said.

“This is the best kind of consolidation,” Meaux said. “We’re offering better service and have lower costs. It’s a tribute to leadership in both counties.”

In addition, the department is one of four across the country this year that received a $75,000 grant to measure the impact of sharing services from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to health care.

One way to measure shared services is to track the time it takes for someone to get an immunization from the time they walk into the department or make the first phone call, Johnson said.

Another is to measure the time it takes to investigate a communicable disease outbreak as a joint department instead of a single department, she said.Daily Press

Sensenbrenner, Brooks to host listening sessions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 20:00

Rep. Rob Brooks and U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will hold their first listening session of the year with constituents Monday, Jan. 16.

They will be at Newburg Village Hall, 614 Main St., from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

The officials will respond to inquiries from constituents, answer questions and address concerns.

Brooks represents the 60th Assembly District, which includes parts of Washington and Ozaukee counties, while Sensenbrenner’s district includes Washington County and parts of Jefferson Waukesha and Milwaukee counties.Daily Press

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