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Man guilty of killing Kenosha man whose body never found
A jury Wednesday convicted a man of homicide, hiding a corpse and stalking in the death of a romantic rival whose body has never been found.The Kenosha County deliberated about 10 hours over two days before finding Zachariah Anderson, 42, of Mequon guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, 40-year-old Rosalio Gutierrez, on May 17, 2020, inside the victim's Kenosha apartment.Several searches have failed to locate the body of Gutierrez.Prosecutors said phone records, DNA and other evidence showed Anderson was tracking and visiting the victim's apartment before he disappeared.The defense argued investigators ignored other possibilities for the Gutierrez disappearance.Anderson faces life in prison for his first-degree intentional homicide conviction. Sentencing is set for May 16, nearly three years to the day that Gutierrez was killed.
All aboard for a day of model railroad fun
People of all ages flocked to the Metro Model Railroad Club’s annual show and swap meet Sunday, March 4, at the Ozaukee Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg to check out elaborate model train displays, get advice from the experts and do a little shopping. Among them were 3-year-old Ryder and Amanda Sommer (above). Photos by Sam Arendt.
County takes aim at drug abuse, mental illness
Grants would fund services aimed at jail inmates, be used to hire behavioral health officer and crisis interventionist. A priority of Ozaukee County officials — to address the mental health and substance abuse issues of county residents and those in custody at the Ozaukee County Jail — took a step forward when a committee of county supervisors earlier this month recommended applying for more than $2.67 million in federal funds.
Popular beer garden likely to be more than a weekend affair
Ordinance would allow the weekday events suggested by organizers. The Port Washington beer garden opened for the season to nice weather last July. This year, organizers are considering adding a few Thursdays to the events, which are typically held on Saturdays in Upper Lake Park. Press file photo.
Dimmer is new Port City Band director
Brett Dimmer is the new director of the Port Washington City Band. Dimmer replaces Lori MacRae, who retired at the end of the 2022 season after serving as the band’s director for more than 30 years. Dimmer has been a member of the trumpet section of the City Band...
City hopes to unload lakefront sand pile
Officials who had planned to use material dredged from marina for park are now offering it to contractors who need fill at the urging of the DNR. WHILE THE MOUNTAIN of material dredged from the Port Washington marina and piled along the entrance to the breakwater doesn’t add to the city’s lakefront aesthetic, city officials hope it is attractive to contractors who will truck the sand away and use it as fill. The Department of Natural Resources has signed off on its use as fill but discouraged the city from using it to create a waterfront park as officials had planned. Press file photo.
KUDOS: Do you hear that sound? It’s music from our PW-S schools
Brooke Mitchell (above) and Aiden Leinss (below) of the Port Washington High School group FOCUS performed in a capella competition. Photos by Robert Tyree.
Grafton PD names Eric Sutherland as next assistant chief
GRAFTON — Grafton Police Sgt. Eric Sutherland, who started with the department as an officer in 1995, is next in line to carry on the duties as assistant chief. Chief Jeff Caponera recommended Sutherland last month to the Police and Fire Commission to serve as the replacement for Emmett Grissom, who’s retiring effective April 4, after 34 years with the department. The PFC’s decision to have Sutherland fill the role was unanimous.
Upgrades coming for Port Washington corridor
MEQUON — The Mequon Town Center has seen plenty of improvements in recent years, but now it is the east side of the city’s turn. The Mequon Committee of the Whole engaged in a robust discussion during its March 14 meeting after being presented a street-scaping concept plan for tax incremental financing districts 4 and 5 along the Port Washington Road corridor, which looks to spur economic redevelopment by considering design alternatives using new lighting, landscaping, signage and other public amenities on Port Washington Road between County Line and Mequon Road.
Port meat market becomes O’Bernie’s for a day
Bernie’s Fine Meats isn’t a sandwich shop but for St. Patrick’s Day it turns out Reubens by the hundreds to satisfy customers who wait a year for the treat. STEVE BENNETT, owner of Bernie’s Fine Meats in Port Washington, held just a small sample of the 450 pounds of corned beef the meat market sells for St. Patrick’s Day. Store manager Chris Dieringer (below) showed off a Reuben sandwich headed to the grill. Photos by Sam Arendt.
Bolstering Port’s emergency services
Port Washington’s ambulance service got a boost on March 7 when three full-time firefighter/paramedics, along with Deputy Firre Chief Joe DeBoer, were sworn into office by City Clerk Susan Westerbeke. Taking the oath of office were (from left) DeBoer, Cameron Karsteadt, Samuel Lorge and Dylan Dodson. Their hiring was a boost to the Fire Department, which has struggled to fully staff the ambulance around the clock. “It igves us piece of mind knowing we’re going to have paramedics around 24/7,” Mayor Ted Neitzke said. Photo by Sam Arendt.
Study prompts call for changes at underfunded library
Director says Port can’t be a ‘premier community’ with facility that is understaffed, in need of renovation or replacement. BARRICADES BLOCK OFF the crumbling retaining wall in front of the Niederkorn Library in Port Washington, which in addition to being underfunded and understaffed is in need of renovation or replacement, a study has concluded. Photo by Sam Arendt.
Holy Angels School spotlight on 2nd grade teacher Sheila Tranel
West Bend, WI – Holy Angels Catholic School, 230 N. 8th Ave., West Bend, WI, is shining a spotlight on its 2023/2024 teaching staff. Sheila Tranel has been teaching Holy Angel’s students for the last 26 years. “Hello! I am in my 26th year of teaching at Holy...
Human Services committee to discuss Samaritan
WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Human Services Committee will vote on applying for and accepting a matching grant from the Bureau of Justice Administration to enhance and continue the Washington County Drug Treatment Court during its meeting at 4 p.m. today in the Herbert J. Tennies Government Center.
County students advance to national poster contest
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Two Washington County students took first place in their divisions and advanced to national competition in the WI Land + Water Conservation Awareness Poster Contest. Friess Lake second-grader Tulip Ghorai and West Bend East High School senior Norah Johnstone will represent Wisconsin at the National Association...
Webster Middle School recognized as a model PLC school
CEDARBURG — Webster Middle School has been recognized as a model Professional Learning Community (PLC) at Work. As one of about 500 schools and districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive this honor, Webster was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The...
Grafton students are named to dean’s list
Two Grafton students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. William Fenton and Kathryn McCoy earned a 3.7 grade-point average or higher to earn the honor.
Village asks for key change in county EMS grants
Fredonia officials say fire department collaboration hinges on using money to buy equipment but some supervisors are opposed. Some Ozaukee County supervisors on Tuesday balked at permitting the Fredonia Fire Department to spend federal grant money to purchase equipment with funds earmarked for hiring personnel to man the nascent northern Ozaukee County fire department collaboration but voted in favor of the move anyway to allow the full County Board to debate the issue.
Area students earn honors at UW-P
Area students have been named to the dean’s list and the chancellor’s list for the fall semester at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Named to the chancellor’s list with 4.0 grade-point averages were Abel Brockman of Belgium, who is studying technology education; Jay Garza of Grafton, construction management; Amanda Kissinger of Port Washington, health and human performance; and Quinn Larsson of Waubeka, engineering physics.
Volunteers launch grassroots effort to keep Fish Day alive
Dozens of people step up to plan three-day event after organization that has hosted festival for decades bows out. Although changes are planned for this summer's Fish Day, community organizations and their members, like those who fried fish at the Port Washington Yacht Club last year, will continue to be key contributors to the festival. Press file photo.
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