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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

 
Treasures of Oz to again showcase natural wonders June 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:02

Ozaukee County’s natural treasures can be explored above, below and under water Saturday, June 18.
The annual Treasures of Oz event will be held at seven sites throughout the county, providing visitors with up-close views of a variety of sights, wildlife and history.
The event is an eco-tour-meets-science expo. Birding, photography and recreational opportunities abound.
All sites are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
A celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium. Featured are southern-style food, music, a silent auction and passports that participants can have stamped at each site to receive free raffle tickets.
Visitors are also invited to spot a hawk from the watch tower, learn about dragonflies and butterflies at the Five Star Bird Hotel, meet Randyman Hetzel and His Critters at 11 a.m. and view raptors from Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 1 p.m.
Other featured sites include:
n Donges Bay Gorge Nature Preserve, Mequon: Discover the deep ravines and learn about ravine ecology. Walk the trail and bridges and go birding with experts.
n Virmond Park, Mequon: See the first engineered chimney swift chimney in the county and learn about wetland restoration, amphibians and more.
n Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Town of Grafton and Clay Bluffs/Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve, Town of Port Washington: Take a peek at plans for the newest coastal preserve north of Lion’s Den, delve into the history of the clay bluffs and explore trails along the bluff and through ravines.
n South Beach, Port Washington: Walk the beach, explore glacial geology of the bluffs, learn about the Return of the Sturgeon project and water safety and view peregrine falcon nesting boxes.
n Upper Lake Park in Port Washington: Learn about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine sanctuaries, shipwrecks, the new multi-use mountain bike trail, Port’s historical lighthouse and a rip-current forecasting program.
n Cedar Grove Waterfowl Production Area: Learn about bird protection efforts at a major breeding area and stopover during spring and fall.
For more information, go to treasuresofoz.org.Daily Press

 
Kite Fest ready to make high-flying debut Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:58

The sky over Coal Dock Park will be dotted with color Saturday, June 18, as Port Washington celebrates the inaugural Kite Fest.
    The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature not just kites, pinwheels, gliders and other flying objects but other family-friendly activities.
    The event will take advantage of the park’s naturally breezy atmosphere and the large expanse of space without tall trees or poles that would get in the way of flying objects, organizer Annie Bahringer said.
    “Hopefully we’ll get a nice cool breeze on a warm day,” she said.
    Kites and gliders will be sold by Port Main Street Inc., which is sponsoring the event, and a kite decorating contest with paper kites will be held.
    But kites won’t be the only attraction, she said.
    Port Washington State Bank will be providing ice cream, and several food vendors, including Wing It and the Cupcake A-Rhee, will also be at the park.
    Ozaukee Sports Center will have a bounce house at the park, and there will be sidewalk chalk drawing and face painting.
    “We didn’t want to go overboard, but we want to make this something fun for families and individuals,” Bahringer said.
    “We just want everybody to have fun — even if you don’t have kids, come fly a kite.”Daily Press

 
Town of Port woman killed in roll-over crash on I-43 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:25

Driver dies after being ejected from vehicle; Port man seriously injured in separate accident

A Town of Port Washington woman was killed in a roll-over accident on I-43 north of Falls Road Tuesday night — one of two serious accidents that occurred in as many days in Ozaukee County.
    Janae Dwyer Lopez, 23, died after being ejected from her vehicle during a single-vehicle crash about 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
    Witnesses told deputies that Lopez was driving north when her vehicle began to swerve, then entered the median and rolled over onto the southbound lanes of the freeway, according to the department.
    Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Authorities said alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the accident.
    In addition to the sheriff’s department, the Grafton police and fire departments, Saukville Police Department and Cedarburg Auxiliary Police Department responded to the scene.
    The accident closed southbound I-43 until about 2:25 a.m. June 8.
    On Monday morning, a Port Washington man was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by a Flight for Life helicopter after an accident at the intersection of highways H and KK.
    Ronald Holtslander, 57, was treated at the scene before being flown to the hospital with what the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department described as serious injuries.
    The other driver, Diana Anick, 40, of the Town of Belgium, was taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton with what the department described as non-life threatening injuries.
    According to the sheriff’s department, Anick was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu north on Highway KK a little after 11 a.m. Monday when she did not stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway H.
    Anick’s car struck a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Holtslander, who was heading east on Highway H, according to Lt. Wayne Lambrecht. Holtslander’s vehicle, which was struck on the passenger’s side, rolled before stopping on its side.
    Holtslander had to be extricated from the Blazer, Lambrecht said.
    “Had he been hit on the driver’s side, things would have been worse,” he said.
    The speed limit on both highways is 55 mph.
    Lambrecht said authorities don’t know why Anick did not stop, but noted that deputies did not see any skid marks in the area.
    There were no witnesses, he added. The accident was reported by a driver on Highway KK and an Ozaukee County highway worker who were both in the area.
    Both the Port Washington and Waubeka ambulances responded to the scene.
    Anick was to be cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign, according to the sheriff’s department. Daily Press

 
Deadline extended for Blues Factory deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:22

City, developer now have until June 22 to finalize purchase agreement for controversial lakefront project 

Port Washington aldermen on Tuesday extended the deadline to reach a developer’s agreement for the Blues Factory entertainment venue until June 22.
    The purchase agreement between the city and the Blues Factory Inc. called for the developer’s agreement to be approved by Tuesday.
    However, City Administrator Mark Grams said that officials received the latest version of the agreement from developer Chris Long Tuesday afternoon and needed more time to review it.
    Long’s attorney, Bruce McIlnay, told aldermen that his client agreed to an extension.
    Aldermen agreed on May 17 to sell the parking lot at the end of the north slip for the Paramount blues-themed entertainment complex.
    But the conditions of the sale included reaching a developer’s agreement by June 7 unless the deadline was extended by mutual agreement.
    That agreement is to include a $1 million incentive payment from the city, which is to go toward acquisition and redevelopment of the property. The agreement will also cover the use of public financing sources, such as tax incremental funding.
    The agreement reached by the city also calls for Long to purchase the lot for $250,000, and the sale must be finalized by Aug. 31.
    Long said last month he is confident he can meet the terms of the sale and is looking forward  to breaking ground on the project in September and opening the Blues Factory next June, ahead of an August festival being planned for the centennial of Paramount Records.
    The Blues Factory would contain a restaurant, banquet hall, Paramount Records museum and a performance space while expanding the public sidewalk along the lake.
    The sale of the parking lot has been controversial, with opponents saying the city should not sell public lakefront land.  
    However, those favoring the sale say it will pave the way for needed economic development, creating a year-round tourist destination that will serve as a catalyst for other development downtown. Daily Press

 
Lake levels to be discussed at June 15 meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:13

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute will host a public meeting to discuss changing Lake Michigan water levels and the risk to coastal bluffs on Wednesday, June 15, at the American Legion Hall, 601 W. Dekora St., Saukville.
The session will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with doors to open at 4:30 p.m.
“We want to hear the hopes, wishes, concerns and issues involved in healthy and vital coasts and bluffs for our Lake Michigan coastal communities,” said David Hart, project leader for Wisconsin Sea Grant.
According to program analysts, the 70-foot to 140-foot bluffs that characterize the lakefront in Ozaukee and northern Milwaukee counties are particularly vulnerable to powerful wave action of the lake, with an ongoing risk of collapse.
Given the rapid rise of the lake level, beginning in March 2014 following a long period of low water levels, experts say the bluffs could be even more susceptible to failure due to erosion.
Program officials note that recent changes in state planning and zoning laws could also influence how bluffs are managed.
Because of those factors, Wisconsin Sea Grant is conducting a review of scientific data and gathering public input about bluff management as part of an 18-month study.
The project is part of a broader study of Great Lakes water levels led by the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.
Additional details are available at graham.umich.edu/activity/32193. Daily Press

 
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