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Man convicted of having sex with teenage girl after buying her alcohol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:24

Jury needs less than an hour to find Port resident, 48, guilty but acquits him of enticement charge

    An Ozaukee County jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before finding a 48-year-old Port Washington man guilty of having sex with a 16-year-old girl after buying alcohol for her in November 2014.

    Robert J. Mueller was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with a child, but the jury acquitted him of the more serious charge of child enticement, a felony punishable by a maximum 15 years in prison.

    The misdemeanor sexual intercourse charge is punishable by a maximum nine months in jail.

    According to the criminal complaint, the 16-year-old girl told police that on Nov. 8 Mueller drove her to Walmart in Saukville, where he bought alcohol for her, then dropped her off at a friend’s house.

    Later that night, Mueller picked her up. The girl said she remembered Mueller deviating from the route she expected him to take, then pulling over in Port Washington when she got sick.

    The girl said she then got into the back of the truck. Mueller, she said, got in the back of the truck with her, removed her pants and his, then had sex with her, the complaint states.

    The girl said she eventually pushed Mueller away and he took her back to his home.

    Mueller gave a different account.

    He said after picking the girl up from her friend’s house, he drove her around to “sober her up,” and at one point pulled over on Grand Avenue, where she became sick, according to the complaint.

    Mueller admitted to getting in the back of his truck with her, but said it was girl who tried to pull her pants down, then pulled him on top of her and insisted they have sex.
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    He said he tried to have sex with her but couldn’t and eventually drove her back to his home, the complaint states.

    Mueller, who has been held in the county jail on $25,000 bail since being charged in November, is scheduled to be sentenced by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams on June 3.

 
County to mark Arbor Day with weekend events in Mequon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:18

Ozaukee County will celebrate Arbor Day Sunday, April 26, at the Logemann Community Center in Mequon.

    Sunday’s event, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., will provide information on what local organizations are doing to improve the environment.

    Participants at both events will receive free tree seedlings.

NOTE: This event has been updated since first posted. The Arbor Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at Virmond Park in Mequon has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. The Sunday event at the Logemann Community Center in Mequon will still be held.

 
Wester to resign as director of Luxembourg society, center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:11

He was a driving force behind Belgium-based group Kevin Wester, the longtime face and driving force in the creation of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society and Center in Belgium, simply decided it was time for a change.

Wester will resign from his position as director of development and executive director of the society and center on May 31, and enter the real estate business with his sister Barb Beattie and nephew Scott Janeshek, who own Beattie/Janeshek Realty with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Port Washington.

“I just felt it was time for a new adventure,” Wester said. “I’ve done a lot with the Luxembourg Cultural Society and I will still be heavily involved as a volunteer.”

Wester, 51, helped form the society in 2002, serving as the first board chairman until 2005, when the group became a nonprofit organization.

In 2006, Wester became the society’s first employee and oversaw the Luxembourg American Cultural Center’s opening in 2009. He was named executive director in 2010.

Under Wester’s watch, the society’s capital campaign raised more than $1.6 million to open the building at 100 Peter Thein Ave.

He has directed the Discover Luxembourg tours since 2010 and recently led the development of the society’s endowment fund and planned giving program.

The society’s membership has grown to more than 1,000 members around the world from its 21 charter members.

But his contributions to the society will go far beyond that.

As a parting gift, Wester donated more than 10,000 items of “Luxembourgensia” to the center including historic photographs, books, artifacts, objects, textiles, maps and plats, church and cemetery records, microfilm and other archived materials.

The collection reflects items pertaining to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Luxembourg-American people, settlements, businesses, churches, culture and genealogy, Wester said.

“I was bit by the genealogy bug as a young kid,” he said, noting he began collecting items as a seventh-grader. “The history of Luxembourg is in my family, and when I would visit my great aunts and uncles, I would just collect memorabilia from them.”

Donating the collection is his way of helping families in Ozaukee County and around the world in the future.

“My hope is that when people from this area are working on genealogy or looking into historic photos of the region that they are able to find what they are looking for at the center,” Wester said.

The sheer number of items will likely take years to catalogue, he said, noting most of the photos he donated are from the late 19th century through the 1950s.

The center is also home to longtime Ozaukee Press photographer Vern Arendt’s photo collection, which picks up around the end of Wester’s collection, he said.

Arendt died in 2012.

“I think both of our collections really complement each other well and fill in a lot of gaps,” Wester said.

Board member Allen Buchholz said Wester’s leaving is “disappointing,” but he “understands his desire to move on.”

“Other than my parents, Kevin is probably the biggest influence in getting me interested in my Luxembourg heritage,” Buchholz said.

“In all the years I’ve been involved with the society, I’ve never met somebody more passionate for the heritage.”

Buchholz said the society is fortunate that Wester will remain involved with the group.

“We will use him as a resource well into the future.”

The center is planning to promote Sara Jacoby, operations and events manager, to Wester’s position and hire a new marketing and events manager.



 
Class of ’63 grad to join Port High Hall of Fame in Friday ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:06

Port Washington High School will name 1963 graduate Sandi Stroessner Van Sistine, a self-described visionary, entrepreneur and advocate for justice, to its Wall of Fame during an assembly on Friday, April 24.

    The 1:15 p.m. event, which will be held in the school gym, is open to the public. A reception will follow.

    After graduating from Port High, Van Sistine enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she studied until 1967.

    She put her education on hold, married Gary Van Sistine and moved to Green Bay, where she helped found the Brown County Task Force on Hunger.

    In 1978, she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and the arts from UW-Green Bay. While at the university, according to Van Sistine’s resume, she became more involved in “peace and justice issues, finding that my heart could hardly stand the hurt I felt for the underdogs.”

    Van Sistine and her husband founded an advertising agency as she continued her volunteer work by spending the summer of 1994 doing missionary work in the mountains of West Virginia and a week on the Gulf Coast in 2005 helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    At the same time, Van Sistine was working to create a nonprofit art studio in Green Bay. In 2006, the ARTgarage opened in an old canning factory. The studio has grown to become a 50,000-square-foot facility dedicated to promoting visual, performing and literary arts.

    Van Sistine and her husband live in Green Bay and have three children and two grandchildren.

 
Preparedness exercises to be held this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:40

The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department’s Division of Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard 157th Brigade, the Town of Cedarburg and Village of Grafton will hold emergency preparedness exercises at several sites in Cedarburg, Grafton and the Town of Fredonia this weekend.

Exercises will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

As part of the exercises, the Emergency Management Division will hold tours of its equipment at Fireman’s Park in Cedarburg from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Wisconsin National Guard will help assess emergency responses related to a tornado or severe weather-related emergency.Daily-Press

For more information, contact Scott Ziegler at 238-8398.

 
Heroin problem to be discussed April 21 at OHS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:38

With heroin use still on the rise in Ozaukee County, officials have planned an educational discussion titled “Why Today’s Teens are Most at Risk for Drug Use,” which will be held from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Ozaukee High School.

The discussion will include county representatives from the district attorney’s office, Sheriff’s Drug Unit and technology experts.

Recovering individuals and families affected by drug abuse will also be part of the discussion.

The program is open to parents and students in grades 6 to 12.Daily-Press

Ozaukee High School is at 401 Highland Dr., Fredonia. For more information, contact Starting Point of Ozaukee at 375-1110 or 284-3144 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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