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Deal for man who sparked standoff too soft, judge says PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:16

 Malloy doubles jail recommendation for Port resident who fired shots

    No one was asking for a prison sentence, but the question in an Ozaukee County courtroom last week was how much jail time, if any, should be served by a 49-year-old Port Washington man who in January sparked a nearly six-hour standoff with police by repeatedly firing a handgun outside his Grand Avenue home while in a drunken stupor.
    Assistant District Attorney Shannon Whitworth and defense attorney Jonathan LaVoy agreed that 30 days in the county jail as a condition of a two-year period of probation was sufficient punishment for Richard W. Conrad, who was arrested Jan. 29 after officers fired tear gas into his house.
    “Mr. Conrad is otherwise a very good person,” LaVoy said during the Sept. 25 sentencing hearing, noting that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections agent who authored a presentence report did not recommend time behind bars.
    But Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul  Malloy said 30 days in jail is not enough of a punishment for a man who carelessly wielded a gun with a blood alcohol level of .332, more than four times higher than the legal threshold for intoxication of .08.
    “A .332 blood alcohol level and a firearm — I think anybody would objectively say that’s a disaster waiting to happen,” Malloy said. “He was not just intoxicated, he was highly intoxicated and handling a firearm in the community ....
    “This is a big deal. There’s no putting window dressing on this.”
    Malloy sentenced Conrad, who pleaded guilty in July to one felony count of intentionally obstructing emergency personnel and a misdemeanor count of using a firearm while intoxicated, to two years probation and ordered him to serve six months in the county jail with Huber work-release privileges.
    Malloy also ordered Conrad to maintain absolute sobriety, participate in all counseling deemed necessary and submit to random alcohol and drug testing during probation. In addition, Conrad was ordered to surrender all his guns and ammunition, which LaVoy said he has already done.
    The judge also gave Conrad a powerful incentive to stay out of trouble. Following the recommendation of Whitworth and LaVoy, Malloy sentenced Conrad to 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision, but stayed the sentence, which means Conrad will only have to serve time in prison if he violates the rules of his probation.
    Police were called to Conrad’s house in the 900 block of West Grand Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, after one of his neighbors reported hearing a gunshot and finding Conrad outside his house, drunk and making comments about wanting to “end it,” according to the criminal complaint.
    The neighbor said after he retreated to his house and locked the door, he heard several more gunshots.
    Police cordoned off the neighborhood, told residents to remain in their homes and away from windows and called the Ozaukee County SWAT team.
    During the standoff, officers tried unsuccessfully to talk with Conrad. Eventually they fired tear gas canisters and tossed robotic cameras into the house.
    Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said officers eventually saw Conrad walking through the house unarmed and initiated a conversation with him. Conrad invited them in, but instead of entering the house, officers were able to grab Conrad when he came to the door.
    Officers found a number of guns in the house, including the .40 caliber handgun that Conrad had fired, Hingiss said.
    Conrad, who was hospitalized, then jailed, has been free since posting $5,000 bail on Feb. 13.
    Arguing last week in favor of his recommendation that Conrad be supervised for two years, Whitworth noted Conrad struggles with depression, “self-medicates” with alcohol and owned several weapons.
    “We feel two years probation is not an unreasonable amount of time to keep him monitored,” Whitworth said.
    Conrad said he has learned an important lesson.
    “It was a bad night,” he said, referring to the evening of the standoff. “I realize what I did was very serious. I’ve learned that alcohol and me just don’t mix. It doesn’t help my depression; it makes it worse.” Daily Press
    
        
   

 
County asked to join legal fight against drug makers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:14

Counties argue that irresponsible companies fuel addiction crisis that costs billions of dollars

For years, Ozaukee County has fought in criminal court to lock up drug dealers who peddle narcotic pain pills and heroin to feed a seemingly insatiable demand for addictive opioids.
    Now the county is being asked to join other counties in a civil court battle against the pharmaceutical companies that make and market the drugs blamed for a national addiction epidemic that is sapping the local, state and federal agencies tasked with helping those whose lives have been shattered by opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription pain-killers such as oxycodone and morphine, as well as illegal drugs like heroin.
    “Opioid addiction and mental health issues, which are pretty much intertwined,  drive a significant amount of our budget,” County Administrator Jason Dzwinel said. “Look at our case load in the child protective services and you’ll see it’s drastically up. We don’t have enough foster homes for kids. This is being driven by mental health problems and opioid addiction.”
    The County Board was asked Wednesday to sign onto a lawsuit being organized by the Wisconsin Counties Association against so-called Big Pharma, the pharmaceutical companies that, according to background information distributed to supervisors, “flooded the market with highly addictive drugs claiming they were safe and efficacious for long-term use, manufactured studies to support these false claims and knowingly misrepresented the addictive nature of these drugs.
    “As a result of these misrepresentations, millions of American lives have been impacted or destroyed. The opioid epidemic has in turn imposed huge costs on both county and state governments around the country ....”
    The goal of the lawsuit is to “hold Pharma responsible for their role in creating the opioid epidemic and return to the counties the money spent battling the epidemic at the expense of other critical programming,” according to county documents.
    Ozaukee County and others that join the lawsuit would not bankroll the legal effort. Instead, the law firms representing the counties — the Milwaukee-area firms of van Briesen & Roper and Crueger Dickinson and the national firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy — would bear all costs of litigation and be reimbursed only if there is a judgment in the plaintiff’s favor.
    The responsibility of the counties involved in the lawsuit would be to work with lawyers to document the cost of dealing with opioid addiction. Daily Press   
    
   

 
Lion’s Den hunting applications available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:10

Hunters may apply through Friday, Oct. 20, to hunt in Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton during the gun deer season this year.
    A lottery system will be used to select 10 hunters who may hunt at the county park during the gun deer season, which runs from Nov. 18 to 26.
    The hunters will be selected on Monday, Oct. 23, with preference given to Ozaukee County residents.  Those selected must pay a $65 fee for their permit.
    Hunters will be refunded $32.50 of the fee if they return the county’s hunting report and survey by the designated time.
    They are also eligible for a $32.50 refund if they provide proof of taking a doe from the property.
    Lion’s Den will be closed to the public during the gun deer season.
    There won’t be a lottery for bow hunters. However, they must obtain authorization from the county to hunt in Lion’s Den during the bow season, which runs from Nov. 27 through Jan.7. These authorizations may be completed anytime during the season.
    To obtain authorization and lottery forms for the bow or gun-hunting seasons, visit the Planning and Parks Department at the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main St., Port Washington, call the department at 284-8257 or 238-8257 or e-mail requests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Daily Press

 
Hidden gem of a nature area to be topic of meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:08

City launches effort to restore forgotten about nature preserve in Port

A public information meeting on proposed improvements to the Birchwood Hills Nature Area on Port Washington’s northeast side will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office, 201 N. Webster St.
    Although the 26.3-acre property has been owned by the city for almost 20 years, little has been done to improve access to it.
    A plan by the city’s Environmental Planning Committee would include managing and improving habitat for wildlife, including birds and monarch butterflies, removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants, creating a prairie in the process and enhancing the woodland.
    Walking trails would be developed through the property and better public access created.
    The management plan was developed by students in an environmental studies class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    “We want to make sure the public is on board with this,” committee member Derek Strohl said.
    Work on the property could begin this fall, officials have said.Daily Press

 
Port fire, police departments to host open houses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:06

The Port Washington police and fire departments are holding open houses from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
    The fire department open house, held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake and egg breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon.
    The cost is $7 per person, and children five and younger eat free.
    Activities during the open house include equipment demonstrations, fire engine rides, a firefighter obstacle course and hands-only CPR training.
    Those attending can also see downtown from atop the department’s ladder truck.
    The police department’s open house will include tours of the police station, information on the propane-powered squad cars, bike patrol demonstrations and Crash Enforcer and drunken driving computer simulations.
    Goodie bags for children will also be distributed. Daily Press

 
Port High grad, soldier killed during Ranger charity ride PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:05


    Port Washington High School graduate Dustin Brede, 42, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Alabama Saturday, Sept. 23.
    Brede, a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 14 times and was on the verge of retirement, was participating in a charity event for a fellow Ranger at the time.
    According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Brede was driving a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south of Phenix City at 2:05 p.m. when he left the roadway and struck an embankment.
    Brede, who lived in Fort Mitchell, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the accident.
    Brede, a sergeant first class, recently celebrated his retirement from the Army, although he remained on active duty until February, his family said.
    An avid motorcyclist, he was a member of the Ranger Brotherhood and KMS, both military Harley-Davidson groups.
    A member of the Port High Class of 1994, Brede was married and had three sons, one of whom was born on Sept. 15.
    He is the son of Vickie Zuklaitis and William Brede.
    A complete obituary for Mr. Brede can be found in this issue of Ozaukee Press. Daily Press

 
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