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Break-ins reported at town residences PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:01

Authorities are investigating burglaries at two rural properties last week.

The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department reported break-ins at residences in the Town of Grafton on July 18 and in the Town of Saukville on July 20.

The July 18 burglary occurred between 11 a.m. and noon at a residence in the 1000 block of Highway C.

Forced entries were reportedly made to  a locked door on the house and a detached garage. The house was ransacked, with thieves removing electronics, cash, jewelry, tools, alcohol and other valuables.

The Town of Saukville burglary occurred between 9 and 11 a.m. at a house in the 2800 block of South Riverside Drive.

After breaking through a locked door, intruders ransacked the residence and stole electronics, cash, jewelry and prescription medication.

“The burglaries appear to be similar in nature based on the location of the residences, items taken and the time of day that the burglaries were committed,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marshall Hermann said.

Hermann said the thieves appear to have targeted “remote locations with long driveways not visible from the road and in close proximity to the freeway.”

He asked residents to provide any information they may have about the break-ins and to watch for suspicious behavior around houses, especially during daytime hours.

For more information, call the department at 284-7172 or text “OZSO + your tip” anonymously to 847411.Daily Press

Maxwell Street Day returns to Port July 30 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:59

Port Washington’s Maxwell Street Day sale will be held Saturday, July 30.

About 45 downtown businesses and outside vendors will set up booths along Franklin Street to offer summer sales to customers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking won’t be allowed on Franklin Street during the sale, since many of the businesses will display their sale racks in the parking lane, said Cathy Wilger, co-director of Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the sale.

Shoppers are warned to beware of traffic when perusing the merchandise, since the road will be open, she said.

Two downtown restaurants, Yummy Bones and Twisted Willow, will serve lunch outside during the event, organizers said.

The Maxwell Street sale will complement the city’s farmers market, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the 100 block of East Main Street.

“We’ve also got Lionsfest going on, so there should be plenty for people to do in downtown,” Wilger said.Daily Press

New Exploreum exhibit on inland water impact to run through July 31 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:56

A traveling exhibit that examines the impact of lakes and streams to Lake Michigan is being housed at the Port Exploreum for the next 10 days.

“Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin” is a complement to the Exploreum’s regular offerings, said Wayne Chrusciel, executive director of the Port Washington Historical Society, which runs the museum.

The exhibit opened Monday and runs through Sunday, July 31.

It is comprised of eight double-sided banners and an interactive kiosk, the exhibit that allows visitors to track the movement of glaciers, follow changes made to local rivers over time or seek out easy solutions to save water in their own homes. 

It is intended to stimulate visitors to think about how people interact with the environment, with an emphasis on how people’s relationship with water shaped Wisconsin’s past and will continue to shape its future, according to the Historical Society.

“It’s pretty neat,” Chrusciel said, noting the exhibit has been in numerous coastal communities in the state, most recently Kenosha.

“It’s chock-full of information about the connection between inland lakes and streams and how they relate to Lake Michigan.”

The Exploreum, 118 N. Franklin St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Tuesday. 

The museum’s current exhibit, “Nothin’ But Nets: The Legacy of Commercial Fishing in Lake Michigan,” will run through mid-September, when it will be replaced by an exhibit on shipwrecks in the area.Daily Press

Two Port residents register for county treasurer election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:58

Two Republicans from Port Washington will vie for the Ozaukee County treasurer in fall.

Karen Makoutz held the position since 1993 —back when everything was done in pencil and paper — and is retiring to spend time enjoying an array of interests.

Makoutz began her career with Ozaukee County 33 years ago, working as County Clerk Harold Dobberpuhl’s chief deputy for nine years before being elected treasurer. 

Cari Anne Mihalko and Joshua Morrison turned in papers to run on the November ballot. A primary Aug. 9 will determine who advances.

Three other Port Washington residents took out papers to run but did not return them.

The term for the county clerk is four years.Daily Press

Teens charged with running Port drug house PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:53

Two 18-year-olds face felonies after police find marijuana, drug paraphernalia in apartment they shared

Two Port Washington teenagers arrested this week after a neighbor complained about the smell of marijuana were charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with running a drug house in their Westport Drive apartment.

Brent I. Godersky and Yamil J. Bailey, both 18, each face one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, a felony punishable by 18 months in prison and two years of extended supervision.

Godersky is also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Bailey, who ran afoul of the law earlier this year after allegedly showing up at Port Washington High School reeking of marijuana, faces additional counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping, both misdemeanors.

Also charged this week was Joshua J. Torruella, 18, of Milwaukee, who was arrested at the apartment and faces one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, at 6:47 p.m. Monday, July 11, a resident of an apartment complex at 1406 Westport Dr. called police to report marijuana could be smelled in the hallway of the complex. The caller said the smell had been a problem since young tenants moved into an apartment on the second floor a couple of months ago, adding that people regularly come and go from the apartment.

Officers checked on the apartment, which was leased to Godersky and Bailey, and noted the smell of marijuana. After knocking on the door several times, Godersky answered and allowed them in. The officers said they saw drug paraphernalia on the table and people hiding in the bedroom and bathroom, the complaint states.

With Godersky’s consent, officers searched the apartment and found pipes, cutters, grinders, scales, baggies, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, according to the complaint. They also found Torruella locked in the bathroom with marijuana.

Godersky told the officers that all the drugs and paraphernalia in the apartment were his. He said he acquires between 1 and 2 ounces of marijuana every two to three weeks and sells some of it to friends who come to his apartment, the complaint states.

Bailey said none of the drugs were his and that he assumed Godersky was selling marijuana but wasn’t sure because he works third shift and does not live at the apartment full time, according to the complaint. Officers, however, noted that they found several items belonging to Bailey, including his laptop computer, phone, furniture and clothing, in the apartment.

Bailey was charged with bail jumping because he was free on bail in connection with another case when he was arrested this week.

Last month, Bailey was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia stemming from a March 31 incident at Port High.

According to the criminal complaint, Bailey, who as a senior was allowed to leave school for lunch, returned reeking of marijuana.

Police officers were called and, with the permission of his mother, searched Bailey’s house. They found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the basement, where Bailey lived, the complaint states.Daily Press

County OKs $7 million radio system upgrade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 18:55

Cost of replacing public safety communication system that will soon be obsolete reflects $‑5.5 million discount

The Ozaukee County Board unanimously approved upgrading its radio system last week as time was of the essence.

Entering into a $7 million contract with Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., by the end of June made the county eligible for $5.5 million in discounts since Harris is at the end of its fiscal year and because of synergy with Washington County’s radio upgrade.

While Ozaukee County’s system is operating well, it will reach its end-of-life expectancy next year and Harris will no longer support it.

“That tells us it’s time to move forward,” County Administrator Tom Meaux said.

In addition, the county and Mequon dispatch console computers are from 2006 using Microsoft XP operating systems, which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014.

The radio system is also not fully compliant with Project 25, a common standard for digital radio communications.

“Our public safety is the driving force for (the upgrade),” Meaux said.

The county didn’t seek other bids but Meaux said “we did do extensive research on alternatives. Whenever we got down to pricing, it was considerably more money with other brands or systems.”

The county uses more than 2,000 radios, including one for each public safety employee and most public works employees. It has operated a 10-channel, three-site Enhanced Digital Access Communication System since 1991.

The $6.5 million project, plus $500,000 for project management and contingencies, would supply all radio users with a P25 compliant system and upgrade all infrastructure, replace mobile and portable radios and add a transmission site at Harrington Beach.

The county has been working with Harris since 2011 on a proposal to upgrade the system. The Finance and Executive committees unanimously approved the upgrade.

Paying for the project could be done by a combination of tax levy, reserve funds and borrowing. Subscription fees for local municipalities are a possible consideration, Meaux said.

“We feel we can work with the vendor for future budgets,” he said.

The county has $750,000 in its 2016 budget to replace dispatch consoles.

Meaux said he would eventually like the county to have a reserve fund built up for future upgrades.

“Remember this is for public safety reasons. In crisis situations, you really want to have the best equipment,” he said.

Financing work will start with a plan presented in November as part of the 2017 budget, Meaux said.Daily Press

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