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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:00

Gun owner said he didn’t know revolver was loaded

    Port Washington police have asked the district attorney’s office to charge a 57-year-old man with endangering safety with a firearm after he allegedly shot his gun while cleaning it, sending a bullet into a neighbor’s home.

    According to police, the man, who lives on West Melin Street, told officers he thought the .38-caliber gun was empty when he cleaned it July 31, but the weapon went off. He looked around to see where the bullet had gone, but couldn’t find it.

    About 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, his neighbors found bullet holes in three doors at their house and called police.

    The bullet had traveled through the man’s kitchen window to the neighbor’s house, where it went through the screen and storm doors and down a hallway before lodging in a third door inside the home, police said.

    When told what caused the holes in their doors, the neighbors told officers they had heard a loud banging about 9:30 p.m. the previous night but did not realize it was a gunshot, according to police.

    In other police news, a 7-year-old Saukville girl was bitten by an American bulldog while visiting a home on Pier Street  in Port Washington July 30.

    She was taken for a medical examination, and the physician notified authorities of the bite. The dog will be quarantined for 10 days, police said.

    A cat was also ordered quarantined that day after it bit its owner.badge

    And a 29-year-old Port Washington woman was cited for having an animal at large after her cat was loose in her neighborhood and tore a screen at the neighbor’s house trying to get inside.

    Police are also asking the district attorney to charge an 18-year-old Port Washington man with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a July 28 incident.

    The man was among a group of people arguing loudly in the pickup truck on South Spring Street about midnight when police discovered the drugs, police said

 
Maxwell St. Day returns to Port this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 19:59

Bevy of bargains await shoppers during sidewalk sales at downtown stores

    After several years absence, Port Washington’s Maxwell Street Day will return Saturday.

    The sidewalk sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in downtown Port Washington.

    Merchants and about 20 outside vendors will set up along Franklin Street and Grand Avenue, offering discount wares throughout the day.

    Scott Schweizer of Anchor Men’s Wear, who is helping organize the event, said this event, unlike the many city festivals, is expected to be a boon for businesses.

    The festivals, he said, expose the visitors to all Port Washington has to offer, but few people actually shop because they don’t want to carry shopping bags around with them as they relax.

    “Hopefully they see what we’ve got to offer and come back,” Schweizer said.

    Maxwell Street Day, on the other hand, is a day when people come to shop.

    “This is a sale day,” he said. “This is an opportunity for merchants to show off what they have.”

    Most downtown merchants will take part in Maxwell Street Day, Schweizer said.

    “This is a true end-of-the-season clearance sale day,” he said. “This is an important day for people in my business. Maxwell Street Day is good for shopping for seasonal goods.”

    The outside vendors will fill in vacant areas along Franklin Street, Schweizer said. They will be selling everything from cookware to origami, clothing, food and more.

    Many local restaurants will also take a part of the event, Schweizer said.

    Parking won’t be allowed on Franklin Street Saturday during the event, he said, noting that many merchants will be setting up merchandise in the parking lanes.

    “We’re not closing the street, but we do ask motorists to keep their eyes open for people,” he said.

    Although Grand Avenue merchants will also participate in Maxwell Street Day, parking will be allowed there.

    Maxwell Street Day, which is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., will have more to draw on than just city residents, Schweizer said, noting that the farmers market will run that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Lions Fest is also being held Saturday.



 
Crash leaves Random Lake man injured PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:55

A motorcycle crash on Highway 57 in the Town of Fredonia left the driver, Derrick J. Bahr Kopping, a 20-year-old from Random Lake, injured late Sunday night, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s office.

According to a report, the single-vehicle crash happened at 9:21 p.m. while the driver was traveling northbound on Highway 57 about 1/3 of a mile south of Jay Road.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that they saw a motorcycle being driven recklessly and that it eventually went into a ditch and rolled several times.

The driver was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

A sheriff’s office report said Bahr

Kopping was wearing a helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash.Daily-Press

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but sheriff’s officials said alcohol were not contributing factors.

 

 
Visiting Fredonia gator has new home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:52

    The 4-foot-long alligator placed at Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in the Town of Fredonia last week has a new home in Chicago.

    The alligator, which was found on Sheboygan’s south side and then taken to Pine View, has a new home at the Chicago Herpetological Society.

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Mike Clutter said his search for a permanent home for the reptile led him to the Milwaukee County Zoo, whose staff sent him to Small Scale Reptile Rescue.

    The organization — a Milwaukee group that assists shelters and animal control agencies rehabilitate abandoned and seized reptiles and find homes for the animals — took the alligator to the Chicago Herpetological Society late Tuesday, July 22.

    The alligator was found near a swampy area off Indiana Avenue and Taylor Drive, just outside the City of Sheboygan limits, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20.

    The alligator was emaciated, dehydrated and extremely stressed when it was found, Pine View Executive Director Jean Lord said last week.

     Lord speculated that the reptile was a pet that got too large or was too expensive for its owner to keep.

    The situation is yet another example of people wanting an exotic animal as a pet but not understanding that wild animals aren’t domestic pets, she added.

    “There is no such thing as a pet wild animal,” Lord said.

    Clutter said the discovery of the alligator remains under investigation.

    State law regulates the introduction, stocking and release of wild animals, Clutter said,  adding violators can face a fine of as much as $539.50 for releasing a wild animal.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367.

 

 
Brooks, Opitz tout records in Assembly race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:10

Candidates in 60th District primary both push for tax cuts, less intrusive government

Whichever candidate is elected in the race for the 60th Assembly District, voters can expect the winner to push for sweeping tax cuts, the elimination of Common Core standards and less government involvement in day-to-day life.

Rob Brooks of Saukville and Jean Opitz of the Town of Belgium are vying to be the Republican candidate on the November ballot. Since there is no

Democratic candidate, whoever wins the primary on Aug. 12 will go to Madison.

In the only forum where both Brooks and Opitz will both be able to express their views in the same venue ahead of the Aug. 12 primary, the candidates touted their records at the forum sponsored by the Republican Party of

Ozaukee County at The Hub at Cedar Creek in Cedarburg on July 17.

Brooks, an Ozaukee County Board supervisor and former board chairman, promoted being a small business owner and pointed to his “proven record of handling pressure.”

Brooks was a key cog in the County Board recently approving a $10 million renovation of Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg.

He has been endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life and the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

“I have a record of stabilizing county budgets, community leadership. I’ve worked hard to save this county money,” Brooks said before more than 100 people at the forum.

Opitz, who is seeking her first public office, said her more than 30 years of business experience in financial management qualifies her for the job.

She has been endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and State Rep. Dan LeMahieu.

Opitz served as chairman of the Republican Party for nine years under Gov. Tommy Thompson.

“We need people with a financial background in Madison,” Opitz said. “I’m a pro-business legislator and that’s what I want to promote.”

The forum format asked the candidates eight questions and allowed each just two minutes to respond.

Brooks and Opitz agreed on the majority of the topics, including the definition of marriage and Common Core standards.

“Marriage to me is between a man and a woman,” Brooks said. “Morality and religion are my reasons behind that. I will never back off that today, tomorrow or ever.”

Opitz agreed, saying marriage is a sacrament, which she said is a message that isn’t promoted enough.

“Marriage is a religious coming together or a man and a woman,” she said. “We have to maintain our principles. I have to live my values, and that’s what’s important to me.”

Both Brooks and Opitz believed the Common Core academic standards have “too many questions and not enough answers.”

“I do not support the federalization of education, which is what this is,” Opitz said.

Brooks said, “I am a big believer in program standards and measurements, but we have no idea what to do with the data from Common Core. It would be best to eliminate it altogether.”

Both candidates would also work to lower taxes, including personal property and income taxes.

“I’d like to be a state where we have no income tax,” Opitz said. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard tell me, ‘Stop taxing my pension and pushing me out of the state.’”

Brooks wants to lower all taxes, calling the tax burden “incredible.”

“As a business owner, high property taxes really bother,” he said. “There are no taxes that are sacred to me that shouldn’t be cut.”

Both candidates agreed they had a lot in common, but what separates them is experience, according to Brooks.

“I’ve been through this before and I’m not going to be the shy, quiet freshman if I’m elected,” Brooks said.

Opitz countered by noting that officials such as Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and State Sen. Glenn Grothman didn’t have any political experience when they were elected to their respective offices.

“I’m not a career politician. I was first in this race because I want to serve the voters of this district, not take the next step in my political career,” she said.

6th District Candidates State Their Case

Also at the forum were State Sens. Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham, State Rep. Duey Stroebel and Tom Denow who are seeking a more conservative voice in the 6th Congressional District race held by Rep. Tom Petri for the past 35 years with promises of repealing the Affordable Care Act and abolishing government departments.

Grothman, the 20th District State Senator and Republican assistant majority leader who lives in Campbellsport, said he is the most conservative candidate.

“It bothers me when Republicans don’t act Republican,” Grothman said. “Tom Petri is probably the most liberal of Republicans. I have a record of acting as a conservative on every issue.”

Leibham, who represents the 9th District in the State Senate and lives in the Town of Sheboygan, accused the federal government of “failing the nation daily.”

“I am very proud of my public service career and have worked hard to get the state in good fiscal order,” he said.

Stroebel, the 60th District assemblyman from the Town of Saukville, said he is concerned about the future generation that will have to deal with a government who “has gone too far into our personal lives.”

“We need a new approach and more outsiders,” Stroebel, who has eight children,, said. “We can’t keep taxing, spending and regulating ourselves to prosperity.”

Denow, an instructor at Moraine Park Technical College pushed his background in industry, business and education.

“I would use my background to grow businesses and industry in the area,” he said. “We also have to develop energy resources to grow our economy.”

All candidates agreed there is a need to repeal the Affordable Care Act that they called Obamacare, with Leibham calling it a “top priority,” and Stroebel saying it is an “unmitigated disaster.”

“This has to be repealed as quickly as possible. We need a market-based solution to provide care at a more affordable price,” Stroebel said.

All four candidates said they would vote to impeach President Barack Obama when asked. Grothman said he should be “impeached for so many things.”

“Right now, the President’s approval rating is about 45%,” Grothman said. “He has had many executive orders that are completely out of line and Republicans need to do a better job of exploiting them.”

Leibham called Obama’s presidency “a complete scandal,” saying he has “fooled the people of this nation and destroyed America.”

“He is working on a daily basis to put America into decline. I’m not going to be a part of that failure,” he said.

Stroebel said he would push to eliminate the federal Department of Education if elected.

“I don’t see any quantifiable results we’ve gotten from it,” he said. “This country certainly existed for many years without it.”

He announced in April he would not seek another term.

The winner of the Aug. 12 primary will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Gus Fahrendorf in the Nov. 4 general election.


 
Town adds early voting hours for Aug. 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:09

Town of Port Washington Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt has scheduled special early voting hours for the Aug. 12 election.

    “I expect some people go on vacation in August, and may want to vote in advance,” Schlenvogt said.


    Schlenvogt said the town office will be open for registration and in-person absentee voting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.
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    In addition, registration and in-person absentee voting may be done during regular office hours from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, she said.


    Town Hall is at 3715 Highland Dr.

 
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