Waukesha man sentenced to four years prison for delivering narcotics

Jan. 10, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Abrian E. Kane, accused last May of providing the heroin that killed 40-year-old Theresa Wamser, was sentenced last week to four years prison and two years extended supervision.

Kane was initially charged on May 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with reckless homicide by delivery of drugs, but pleaded no contest in November to the lesser offense of delivering narcotics. Kane, who was being held on a $20,000 cash bond, has already served 180 days of his sentence.

 According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Waukesha City Police Department were dispatched to an apartment at 1710 Elder St. on the morning of April 26, 2012 after receiving reports of a possible overdose. Wamser was found by police dead on the bathroom floor with a pillow under her head, the complaint states.

A 41-year-old roommate told police in the complaint that Kane had come over the night before and was playing cribbage with Wamser. He said that Kane had allegedly given a small amount of heroin to Wamser before leaving. He later found Wamser “nodded out” next to a syringe in the bathroom, he said in the complaint.

Kane denied providing heroin to Wamser, saying that Wamser might have stolen some off of the table when he went to use the bathroom, the complaint states.

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Waukesha County Board considers limiting funds to museum

Jan. 09, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Before it approved giving the Waukesha County Museum $150,000 in its 2014 budget, many supervisors had their concerns about continuing to help fund it.

Now, on the heels of the museum announcing serious financial woes, the Waukesha County Board will consider an ordinance that limits the disbursement of funds to no more than 8.3 percent of the $150,000 appropriation each month of the fiscal year until the executive committee approves full funding. 

It would only give an approval after it receives reports of support from the Waukesha County Department of Administration.

The ordinance request was made by Supervisor Peter Wolff, who represents the Town of Delafield.   

"The county board did not have the correct financial data when we approved the museum's funding during the 2014 budget review," Wolff said. "As stewards of the taxpayer money, the county board needs more information about the museum's financial viability before we can release all the funds."

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Brian Dorow interested in Waukesha County Sheriff position

Jan. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Shortly after longtime Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced plans not to seek re-election next year, two names have surfaced as candidates interested in the position.

Brian Dorow, associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College's Department for Criminal Justice, is interested in the position according to sources. Dorow was a supervisor in the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Sources have also indicated Waukesha County Sheriff Inspector Eric Severson is interested in serving as the county's next sheriff.

Trawicki has served as sheriff for 34 years and said it was just a good time to step down.

Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki won't seek re-election

Jan. 08, 2014 2:45 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced today that he does not plan toSherriff Dan Trawicki seek re-election in 2015.

Trawicki told TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson that there's no reason why he's stepping down, but it was just a good time.

Trawicki will complete his third four-year term this year. He swiftly defeated Republican challengers in the last election and a Democratic challenger never emerged.

Trawicki started as a cadet with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in 1979 and worked his way through the ranks where he spent the last 12 years as sheriff.

He will retire after serving 34 years. His term ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

Waukesha Common Council approves giving $16,000 to Hebron House's overflow shelter

Jan. 07, 2014 9:27 p.m. | Without any public assistance, it's been a financial struggle each year for the Hebron House of Hospitality's men's overflow shelter.

It was once again this year.

As a result, leaders from the Waukesha-based homeless shelter came to the city at Tuesday's Common Council meeting asking for additional financial support.

While there were concerns from many aldermen as to what role city tax dollars should play in funding for a non-profit organization, the Common Council approved allocating $16,000 for the Hebron House after a 10-5 vote. 

Aldermen Eric Payne, Joan Francoeur, Peter Bartels, Steve Johnson and Joe Pieper voted against giving money to the overflow shelter. 

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Waukesha Common Council approves hiring marketing firm for downtown rebranding

Jan. 07, 2014 9:08 p.m. | After a long discussion Tuesday night, the Common Council approved a contract to hire a marketing firm in the effort to rebrand downtown Waukesha.

With a cost of $15,000, the Milwaukee-based Savage Solutions will now consult with downtown stakeholders to hear what they want as a new logo to be the image of downtown.

The city's staff and some of the council members felt a new, fresh brand was the right step in helping revitalize downtown Waukesha.

Not all of the aldermen were on board with the rebranding effort, however.

Eric and Cory Payne, Daniel Manion and Kathleen Cummings voted against funding for the consultant.

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Good Harvest proposes larger Waukesha market

Jan. 07, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Waukesha organic grocer Good Harvest Market wants to move to a new, larger building that would also provide space for a yoga studio, massage therapist and other services.

Good Harvest is proposing a two-story building, with around 25,000 square feet for  5 acres on Meadow Lane, about one-quarter mile west of its current location, 1850 Meadow Lane, said Joseph Nolan, co-owner.

Good Harvest, which opened in 2005, is in the final year of its lease and needs more space, Nolan said. The supermarket would use around 18,000 square feet in the new building, compared with 12,000 square feet it's now leasing, he said.

That additional space would allow Good Harvest to roughly double the size of its in-store cafe, which now has around 30 seats, Nolan said. The building would give the cafe its own entrance so it could open earlier than the grocery for breakfast, he said.

The new store also would have space to provide more bulk sales, which make organic items less expensive to buy, said Nolan, who owns Good Harvest with his wife, Jody.

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Schools stay closed in Waukesha on Tuesday due to continued arctic blast

Jan. 06, 2014 1:26 p.m. | Students in the Waukesha School District will have another day off.

Superintendent Todd Gray announced early Monday afternoon that because of the arctic blast that has swept over southeastern Wisconsin the district is closing its schools on Tuesday for the second straight day.

Gray and superintendents in Waukesha County made the decision to cancel school on Monday during a Friday afternoon conference call. 

And with temperatures and wind chills expected to be below zero once again for Tuesday, officials made the decision to cancel school once again.

According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday's high temperature is expected to be minus 1 degree and wind chills between minus 30 and 40.

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Garbage, recycling pickup in Waukesha canceled Monday due to cold

Jan. 06, 2014 10:26 a.m. | The frigid weather has impacted more than just the school district in Waukesha. 

According to the town and city websites, all garbage and recycling pickup has been canceled for Monday due to the dangerously cold temperatures in the area. 

As a result, pickup will be delayed one day all week.

On Friday, with below freezing temperatures expected, the Waukesha School District canceled school for Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature late Monday morning at the Waukesha County Airport is 17 degrees below zero with a wind chill of 45 degrees below zero.   

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Waukesha Easter Seals closed today

Jan. 06, 2014 8:47 a.m. | Due to the extreme cold, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin is closed Monday. According to the organization's Facebook page, it will reopen Tuesday.

The Waukesha Noon Rotary Club meeting is also cancelled.

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