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Port’s salute to July 4th offers festive family fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:41

Monday’s celebration will begin with downtown parade, end with fireworks

The Fourth of July will be festive in Port Washington, with traditional, family-oriented activities held throughout the day.

Holiday activities will formally get underway Monday, July 4, when the 11 a.m. parade sets off from the corner of Wisconsin and Main streets in downtown.

The parade will head south to Grand Avenue, then turn east to Franklin Street. Marchers will then turn on Jackson Street and head to Lake Street, then disperse at Veterans Memorial Park.

A special feature in the parade are the bikes, wagons and scooters decorated by local youngsters. Bike decorating kits are available prior to the event at Port Washington State Bank’s Port office.

The decorated vehicles will be judged at the park beginning at 11:30 a.m., with trophies and ribbons, as well as cash prizes, presented to the top vote-getters in various age divisions.

A variety of family-friendly activities will be held in the park, where Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Port Washington High School Music Boosters will hold an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the social will go toward replacing some of the school’s musical instruments.

A watermelon seed-spitting contest will be held, with prizes awarded to the winners of age divisions.

The boy and girl who spit their seeds the farthest will receive new bicycles.

Live music will be performed at the bandshell from 1 to 3 p.m. by the Windy Hope Trio.

There will also be a bounce house.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the park. 

Fireworks shot off from Coal Dock Park will conclude the day’s activities at dusk.

The Port Exploreum is holding a special fireworks event that will run from 6:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the show.

Food and beverages will be available, with those participating able to watch the fireworks from the Exploreum’s second-floor deck.

The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers, and advance registration is required by calling 284-2406 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information about the Fourth of July activities, call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.

Sponsors of the event include the Parks and Recreation Department, Ozaukee Press, Port Washington State Bank, Schmit Bros. and Drews True Value.Daily Press

Woman gets 4.5 years in prison for trying to have judge beaten PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:38

She also wanted thug to hurt ex-husband, his girlfriend

A 48-year-old woman who attempted to hire a thug to rough up an Ozaukee County judge, her ex-husband and his girlfriend last year was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison Monday. 

Eleonora K. Klurfeld Milshteyn was also sentenced by Waukesha County Judge Michael Aprahamian to five years of extended supervision following her time in prison. 

Because Klurfeld Milshteyn attempted to have Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy harmed, the case was assigned to a judge from outside the county.

Klurfeld Milshteyn, who was charged with three felonies in July 2015, pleaded no contest in May to soliciting someone to beat or threaten a judge and solicitation of aggravated battery. A second count of solicitation of aggravated battery was dismissed.

The criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court gave this account:

Malloy held Klurfeld Milshteyn, who lived in Mequon at the time, in contempt of court during her divorce proceedings and sentenced her to 60 days in jail beginning May 12, 2015

Once in jail, she approached another inmate who told authorities Klurfeld Milshteyn talked to her several times about finding someone to kill Malloy, saying she would pay the person $50,000. The inmate said Klurfeld Milshteyn pretended to be crazy in the hope she would be released from jail but is actually very smart.

The inmate said she was so concerned about the judge’s safety that she wrote him a letter warning him about Klurfeld Milshteyn’s plan.

Another inmate told authorities that Klurfeld Milshteyn told her she wanted the judge and her ex-husband “taken out” and needed someone to “take care of the dirty work.”

On July 2, investigators recorded a conversation between the second inmate and Klurfeld Milshteyn in which Klurfeld Milshteyn agreed to pay a hit man $6,000 to deal with the judge and $3,000 each for her ex-husband and his girlfriend.

Shortly after Klurfeld Milshteyn was released from jail on July 10, the second inmate, working with authorities, set up a meeting between Klurfeld Milshteyn and a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice posing as a hit man.

Klurfeld Milshteyn arrived at a grocery store parking lot in Mequon driving a 2014 Range Rover and told the agent she wanted Malloy beaten, according to the complaint.

She also said she wanted her ex-husband and his girlfriend beaten until he was rendered impotent and she could not bear children. 

Klurfeld Milshteyn told the agent her husband is a physician who practices at a Milwaukee hospital and his girlfriend lives in New Berlin, according to authorities.

As conditions of Klurfeld Milshteyn’s extended supervision, Aprahamian ordered her not to have contact with the woman who was her ex-husband’s girlfriend at the time of the incident or their child and not to have violent contact with her ex-husband.

Klurfeld Milshteyn, whose bail was initially set at $100,000, spent 354 days in jail, which will be applied as a credit against her prison sentence.Daily Press

Exploreum to showcase shipwrecks June 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:21

“Shipwrecks of the Sanctuary,” a showing of footage of shipwrecks off Port Washington and other parts of the Great Lakes, will be held at the Port Exploreum Thursday, June 23.
    The showing will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Showcased will be footage from Port Deco Divers and of shipwrecks off the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sanctuary at Thunder Bay, Mich., Mayor Tom Mlada said.
    The event is part of the national “Get Into Your Sanctuary” celebration.
    Admission to the Exploreum, 118 N. Franklin St., is $3 for adults and $1 for children during the event.
    Port Washington Historical Society members are admitted free.
    For more information, call 284-2406.Daily Press

Change in Fish Day parade route urged PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:15

Port council asks group to start procession farther north so nursing home residents can view event

The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday approved an event permit for Fish Day on Saturday, July 16, but aldermen encouraged the group to move the start of the parade to Monroe Street so residents of Heritage Nursing Home could view it.
    The request to start the parade three blocks north of Walters Street — the traditional beginning of the route — was made earlier this year in letters to Ozaukee Press and reiterated at the council meeting by former alderman Tom Wellnitz.
    Wellnitz, who has brought up the idea at several council meetings, was angry when aldermen refused to make moving the parade a condition of the permit, saying the residents of the nursing home deserve to watch the parade.
    “This really infuriates me. We put conditions on the sale of public land. We put conditions on bartender’s licenses,” Wellnitz said. “We can’t put conditions on a parade?
    “We can tell them what to do. This is our city. No one wants to stand up to Fish Day.”
    But aldermen, who voted 4-1 to approve the permit and encourage Fish Day to make the change, stopped short of requiring the change in route.
    It’s not the city’s place to tell a nonprofit group where its parade should run, they said, especially since the event is less than a month away.
    Ald. Paul Neumyer, who cast the dissenting vote, said the logistics of staging the parade may make it difficult if not impossible to change the route.
    “I have trouble telling an organization that’s trying to do good for the city how they’re supposed to run their parade,” Neumyer said. “It’s not our place.
    “I think it’s a worthy idea, but I don’t think it’s workable this year.”
    The police department, which posts officers along the parade route, is understaffed right now, he added.
    Ald. Doug Biggs said he did not like the idea of requiring the change at this time, saying it would be “springing it on them at the last minute.”
    “This would have been the right thing to approach Fish Day with weeks, months ago,” he added.
    City Administrator Mark Grams said logistics would make it difficult for Fish Day because of the way it lines the parade up along side streets.
    “The parade’s pretty much strung out now as it is,” he said. “You think you’ve got gaps now?”    
    But Ald. Kevin Rudser supported the request initially, saying, “It does seem to make sense to run this past a nursing home.
    “I’m not sure it’s that much of an inconvenience. It’s three blocks.”
    While the city may not have gotten involved in the parade route before, Rudser said,  officials have the power to require the change.
    “It’s in our city,” he said.
    Mayor Tom Mlada said the matter is between residents and Fish Day and encouraged the leaders of the event to consider the change for the year.
    “The solution isn’t always government,” Mlada said. “We aren’t mandating this. We’re encouraging this by discussion.”
    But Wellnitz noted that residents initiated the discussion this spring and nothing changed.
    He noted that many residents at Heritage are veterans, and said he wanted members of the Fish Day Committee to personally explain to them why the parade couldn’t be changed.
    “I’m out to help the people at Heritage,” Wellnitz said. “They don’t have a voice.”Daily Press

Magazine puts Port on national list of top harbor communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:12

Port Washington has been named one of the top 10 harbor communities in the United States by Coastal Living magazine.
    Port Washington was the only Great Lakes harbor named in the national magazine’s online Best Harbors in America feature and shares the list with some of the country’s most well-known ports, including Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., and Ketchikan, Alaska.
    Tracey Minkin, travel editor for Coastal Living, said the research for the list spanned several years. Port Washington was chosen by a previous travel editor who undoubtedly visited the city, she said.
    “It’s a Coastal Living imperative that we don’t write about places unless we visited them or researched them thoroughly,” Minkin said.
    “It’s really a joy for us to be able to introduce our readers to your little town in Wisconsin, a state that is not always thought of as a coastal state.”
    The criteria for the list wasn’t the services and comforts offered to boaters but what the harbors contribute to the lifestyles of the their communities, Minkin said.
    “The point of Best Harbors in America is, whether you’re a boater or not, this is the harbor for you,” she said.
    The magazine highlighted the Light Station atop St. Mary’s hill and its pierhead Art Deco-style lighthouse, as well as its lake views.
    “Two lighthouses, pre-Civil War buildings and great views of Lake Michigan make Port Washington a real charmer,” according to the magazine.
    “A few miles north of Milwaukee, the town boomed as a commercial fishing port in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The marina now serves mostly pleasure boats and a sizable charter fishing fleet. Visitors can climb the deactivated circa-1860 Light Station, or walk a half mile along a breakwater to the striking (and functional) Art Deco lighthouse marking the harbor entry.”
    Minkin said the selection of a Lake Michigan community for its top harbors list is a reflection of the magazine’s appreciation of the Great Lakes.
    “From Coastal Living’s perspective, the Great Lakes coasts are every bit as glorious and beautiful as the coasts to the east, west and south,” she said. “The Great Lakes have so much to offer but are sometimes overlooked.”
    She noted that Port Washington restaurant NewPort Shores was named to the magazine’s America’s Best Seafood Dives list several years ago.
    Port Washington Tourism Director Kathy Tank said that coverage in respected publications can benefit communities, as evidenced by a feature on the city in Midwest Living magazine two years ago.
    “We had people walk into the Visitor’s Center with the copy of the magazine turned to the article about Port Washington in their hands,” she said. “It’s really pretty important for the city.”Daily Press

Teenager blamed for putting gun on the street sent to jail PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:05

Judge withholds prison sentence but orders recent PWHS grad to serve time in county lockup for stealing .44 magnum

Admonishing him for putting a gun on the streets, a judge sentenced a Port Washington teenager last week to eight months in jail for stealing a weapon last year that remains missing.
    “We have this firearm out there that could be used in some terrible crime,” Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams told Dakota Manske. “Any way you slice or dice it, your actions could have terrible consequences.”
    Manske, who turned 18 two months ago, hung his head as Williams told the recent Port Washington High School graduate he would spend time behind bars for stealing a .44 magnum revolver and ammunition from a house across from the school in July 2015.
    But the punishment could have been worse. Manske pleaded no contest in April to theft of a gun, a felony punishable by three years in prison and three years of extended supervision, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a juvenile.
    Williams withheld a prison sentence and placed him on probation for three years. In addition to spending time in the county jail, conditions of Manske’s probation are that he pay $500 restitution to the owner of the gun for the insurance deductible and $649 to the insurance company. He must also maintain absolute sobriety.
    If Manske violates the conditions of his probation, he would return to court to be sentenced.
    “If you screw up, you’re going to come back and face me ... and I have a very long memory,” Williams said. “I hope you’re scared.”
    Manske, then 17, was arrested in October after police received numerous tips from teenagers, some of whom told authorities that Manske kept the high-powered handgun under the spare tire in the trunk of his car and showed it to other students in a parking lot adjacent to Port High, Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said.
    Manske also reportedly showed the gun to other people in the parking lot of the Culver’s restaurant in Port Washington.
    When questioned by police, Manske admitted stealing the gun and ammunition from a house at 404 W. Jackson St. between July 8 and July 18.
    He said he discovered the gun was missing from the trunk of his car, which was secured with a bungee cord, on Oct. 9 and he has no idea who took it.
    During a preliminary hearing in November, however, police officer Jeremiah Nye testified that when Manske was asked by investigators who might have taken the gun, he named several people, including Joshua Schires.    
    Schires, a former Port High student, told authorities that Manske gave him the gun when he was in Port Washington over homecoming weekend in early October.
    Shires said he took the gun to his home in the Madison area and kept it until Manske came to his house and retrieved it about a week later, according to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.
    Schires, 18, is charged with one felony count of receiving a stolen gun and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint, officers said some of Shires’ statements were contradicted by witnesses and phone records.
    Schires has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him but is scheduled to appear before Williams next month to change his plea and be sentenced.
    At this week’s sentencing hearing, District Attorney Adam Gerol said cases that involve young people like Manske challenge the court system.
    “The most difficult factor to deal with is the age of the defendant,” he said.
    Gerol recommended Manske be sentenced to prison, but that the sentence be stayed and he instead be ordered to serve a year in the county jail as a condition of probation. He would only have to serve the prison sentence if he violated the conditions of probation.
    Gerol noted that Manske told the probation officer who wrote a presentence report that, at worst, he thought he would be ticketed by police for stealing the gun if he was caught.
    Williams said she didn’t believe Manske was that naive.
    “From about age 5 people are taught you can’t take other people’s property,” she said. “There’s no question you knew right from wrong ... and you compounded that with the fact it was a firearm that’s somewhere in this community.”
    Manske’s lawyer, Jamie McClendon, said that while her client was immature at the time, he has since grown up and has no other criminal record.
    “I think he took the gun to show off for his friends,” she said. “I think the most egregious part of this was that he left the gun in the trunk secured by a bungee cord.”
    Williams said she will review the case in two years and decide then whether to grant Manske’s request that his criminal record be expunged if he successfully completes probation and follows all rules established by his probation agent.Daily Press

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