Waukesha man who suffered burns from Feb. 14 house fire dies

Feb. 27, 2014 11:24 a.m. | The man who was burned in a Waukesha house fire a couple weeks ago has died, Fire Marshal Brian Charlesworth said in a news release Thursday morning.

The release said that City of Waukesha Fire and Police departments were notified Wednesday by staff of the St. Mary's Burn Center in Milwaukee of Michael Coyle's death.

The Medical Examiner's Office will be conducting an examination to determine the cause of death, Charlesworth said.

Coyle, the Waukesha man who was charged with secretly recording two females undressing in the staff bathroom at the Swimtastic Swim School last October, had second-and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body after a fire broke out Feb. 14 in an attached two-car garage in a single-family residence at 1007 Motor Ave.

He was listed in "grave condition" upon being transported to the burn center.

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Clinton Street reconstruction project in downtown Waukesha beginning Monday

Feb. 21, 2014 9:40 a.m. | The first of a three-phase reconstruction project in downtown Waukesha that will span more than four months begins on Monday.

Clinton Street from West Main Street to West Broadway will be closed through traffic, City of Waukesha Project Engineer Alex Damien said. 

Both intersections will not be closed at the same time. 

The proposed major changes for the Clinton Street Reconstruction Project include widening the streetscape area by 3.5 feet to 11.5 feet wide on both sides.

The streetscape area will be enhanced with decorative concrete pavers, the south bound direction on Clinton Street will be reduced from two lanes to one, new decorative LED street lights will be installed and trees will be removed and new ones planted with the use of a paver grate system. 

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Waukesha defends water use projections in Lake Michigan diversion bid

Feb. 20, 2014 5:30 p.m. | Forecast increases in water use by local industries over the next 40 years is the primary reason Waukesha cannot reduce the volume of its Lake Michigan diversion request, city water utility officials said Thursday in a report delivered to the state Department of Natural Resources.

Industrial customers currently make up 13% of annual demand so any change in water use by even a small number of them could have a major impact on the city's water needs, the report says.

Overall, industries are projected to boost water demand by 1.2 million gallons a day by 2050, according to the report by consultant AECOM.

So the city's request to divert up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan by mid-century will not change, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Thursday.

The consultant's analysis was done in response to a Dec. 3 letter to Duchniak from DNR officials. In the letter, the department asked Waukesha to justify its projected water needs or revise volumes in the diversion request.

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Waukesha Plan Commission puts Clearwater Apartments project on hold

Feb. 19, 2014 9:15 p.m. | After more than an hour discussion with neighbors and developers for the project, the Waukesha Plan Commission put the proposed Clearwater Apartments on hold Wednesday night. 

The city's planning department recommended approval for the preliminary site and architectural plans for 71-residential units on 8.53 acres along Clearwater Lane at Stillwater Circle in the River's Crossing subdivision. 

The proposal is for two 18-unit buildings, one 19-unit complex and four, four-unit townhouses, City of Waukesha Planner Doug Koehler said at the meeting. 

He said the developers have been "very sensitive about how they laid out this site."

This includes adding a large storm water pond after the developers worked closely with the city's Water Utility Department.

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Congdon, Running advance to Waukesha city attorney general election

Feb. 18, 2014 11:14 p.m. | Either Rick Congdon, the former Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, or Brian Running, a local attorney, will become the next city attorney.

The two advanced from Tuesday's three-person primary.

Attorney Christopher Wiesmueller finished third and was eliminated.

Congdon received 1,666 votes or 42 percent of the vote.

Running captured 1,374 votes (34 percent), while Wiesmueller had 944 votes (24 percent).

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Reilly first in Waukesha mayoral primary, Scrima second

Feb. 18, 2014 10:31 p.m. | For the second straight mayoral primary in Waukesha, the incumbent mayor finished second in the primary.

It happened again Tuesday when challenger Shawn Reilly, a downtown attorney, finished as the top vote-getter with 1,505 votes or 35 percent of the overall vote, beating out the incumbent.

Like Larry Nelson was four years ago, incumbent Mayor Jeff Scrima finished second in Tuesday's primary. Scrima, who still moves onto the general election, had 1,421 votes, 33 percent of the vote.

The 2014 general election between Reilly and Scrima is April 1.

Common Council President Terry Thieme finished third, but put forth a strong run, with 1,193 votes, 28 percent of the vote.

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Mayoral races, other offices to be narrowed in today's primary votes

Feb. 18, 2014 7:34 a.m. | Polls are open until 8 p.m. today for primary election voting in for local offices.

The primaries are held where the field for office needs to be narrowed to two candidates for the April 1 general election.

A featured race tonight is for mayor of Waukesha, where incumbent Jeff Scrima is fending off three challengers —attorney Shawn Reilly, Common Council President Terry Thieme and Michael Volpano, a part-time instructor of marketing at Waukesha County Technical College.

In other mayoral races:

South Milwaukee: Mayor Tom Zepecki is asking voters to hire him for a fifth two-year term. His two challengers are Ald. Erik Brooks, a co-founder of the South Milwaukee farmers market, and James Leavens, a retired Wauwatosa firefighter.

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Man seriously injured in early morning Waukesha crash

Feb. 18, 2014 7:15 a.m. | A 26-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday in Waukesha.

The crash occurred on Meadowbrook Road (Highway TT) between Northview Road and Coldwater Creek Drive about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday and destroyed both vehicles, according to a Waukesha police news release.

The 28-year-old driver of a minivan had injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening and was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He voluntarily submitted a blood sample, and authorities do not believe he was driving while impaired.

The 26-year-old driver of a compact car had to be cut from the vehicle and was taken to Froedtert Hospital.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined and the investigation is ongoing.

Waukesha schools releasing students early due to weather

Feb. 17, 2014 12:27 p.m. | The Waukesha School District will release its students early today due to the snow.

Moreover, with the exception of elementary after-school programs, all after-school programs and events scheduled for Monday evening have been canceled, Superintendent Todd Gray said in an email sent to parents just before 11:30 a.m. 

In the email, Gray said high school classes will be released at 2:03 p.m. and buses will depart at 2:10 p.m., approximately 40 minutes earlier than normal.

Bus travel times will be much slower than normal, he added.

Middle school classes will end at 2 p.m. and buses will depart at 2:10 p.m., about 25 minutes earlier than normal.

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Man injured in Waukesha fire was defendant in nude-filming case

Feb. 16, 2014 10:27 p.m. | A Waukesha swim instructor charged with secretly filming female co-workers undressing is in critical condition after a weekend fire at his home.

Neighbors said that Michael P. Coyle, 34, was severely burned in the blaze at his home Friday night, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reported. It appeared the fire started in the garage of Coyle's home in the 1000 block of Motor Ave. and was reported about 9:30 p.m. after a neighbor noticed flames. Police said the fire was quickly extinguished.

Coyle was charged in October with secretly recording two females undressing in the staff bathroom at the Swimtastic Swim School in Waukesha. He's scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing March 19.

Police were contacted by Coyle's wife after she discovered several hidden cameras made to look like common items, such as car keys and a pen. She plugged one of the devices into her computer and saw that it depicted a woman changing in a bathroom at Swimtastic, where Michael Coyle worked part time as a children's swim instructor, according to court records.

Two women were in various states of undress in the videos. One of the females told an officer that several items she was wearing seemed to date the video to late 2011 or early 2012 when she was 16 years old.

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Waukesha man in critical condition after garage fire

Feb. 15, 2014 11:30 a.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha man is in critical condition after a garage fire Friday night in the 1000 block of Motor Ave.

The fire was reported about 9:30 p.m., according to the city police department, after a neighbor noticed flames. Police say the fire was brought under control quickly.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Catholic Memorial will give $13,000 to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

Feb. 14, 2014 3:28 p.m. | Catholic Memorial High School will give the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program $13,000 that it raised during a fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The event, which is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Catholic Memorial Auditorium, will feature a special presentation from World War II veteran, Al Exner of Waukesha.

Exner served as a Navy medical corpsman during World War II, and he will share his experiences in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

With his speech, he wants to maintain the memory of the men he treated while also shining light on the hardships endured by speaking to students in history classes around the area.

The funds donated to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight were raised through supporters of Catholic Memorial’s annual Haunted House event, held on the school’s grounds. 

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Town of Waukesha's deputy-clerk resigning

Feb. 14, 2014 11:47 a.m. | The Town of Waukesha replaced one of its previously vacated positions when it named Baker Tilly as its new auditor at last night’s Town Board meeting.

But on Friday the Town Board got news that another position at the town will soon be vacant.

Molly Roamer, deputy clerk-treasurer with the town for the last two and a half years, is resigning at the end of the month.

In an email to the Town Board, Roamer said she is stepping down from her position effective Feb. 27.

Her announcement comes just four days after Jeanne O’Brien started as the new clerk-treasurer.

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Construction worker impaled at work site

Feb. 14, 2014 11:22 a.m. | An unidentified construction worker suffered serious injures Thursday, Feb. 13 after a seven-foot fall from scaffolding onto a mason stick at Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. 

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the stick impaled the man's lower torso and he was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

The man was apparently alert when the ambulance arrived, but his current condition is unknown, a spokeswoman for the department said.

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary is located at W284 N404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha.

Update: 15-year-old Waukesha boy charged with attempted homicide

Feb. 12, 2014 3:11 p.m. | A 15-year-old Waukesha boy was charged on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Zakaria M. Alhasasneh is allegedly an accomplice of Alonso Corral, a one-handed Waukesha man also charged last week with attempted homicide in connection to the Wednesday, Feb. 5, shooting in the 2000 block of Kensington Drive.

Corral faces new charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of narcotic drugs, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment with a dangerous weapon, endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Corral, 24, could effectively face life in prison and over $150,000 in fines if convicted. Alhasasneh could face 60 years in prison if convicted.

According to an article in the Lake Country Reporter, Corral lost his right hand in September 2012 while employed as a machinist for Nature’s Path, a Sussex-based cereal packaging company. The article states he was attempting to clear a jam in a flaker machine when his hand got caught in the rollers.

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Town of Waukesha has new clerk-treasurer

Feb. 12, 2014 11:30 a.m. | Almost two months after its former clerk-treasurer announced her resignation, the Town of Waukesha has filled the position.

Former Village of Eagle part-time clerk Jeanne O'Brien has replaced Jamie Salentine, who resigned in late 2013.

O'Brien was previously part of a structure in the village that had a part-time clerk and a part-time treasurer.

But the village recently changed its format to combine the positions into a full-time position.

O'Brien joins a Town of Waukesha staff that includes Assistant Clerk-Treasurer Eryn Baudo and Deputy Clerk Molly Roamer.  

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Waukesha man charged with selling Play-Doh pills as ecstasy

Feb. 10, 2014 4:37 p.m. | A 20-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with several counts of drug trafficking, allegedly selling an undercover officer fake ecstasy pills he had made out of Play-Doh.

Matthew McClain, 1315 Camden Way Unit B, was charged on Monday, Feb. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of non-narcotics distribution, two counts of imitation controlled substance distribution, one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and once count of drug paraphernalia possession.

McClain was previously convicted in September 2012 with marijuana possession and was fined about $475.

According to the criminal complaint, an undercover officer with the Waukesha Police Department arranged to purchase 10 ecstasy pills and marijuana from McClain on April 13, 2012.

The officer met with McClain at his residence on Camden Way and McCain sold the officer seven pink pills and three orange pills for $200, the complaint states. McCain said in the complaint that his elementary school-aged cousin would have to accompany them to buy the marijuana, but the officer declined.

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Paul Ryan warns Carroll students of looming economic perils

Feb. 07, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Waukesha — America is facing a continuing a cycle of debt, slow growth and joblessness that is setting up young adults to make less money and live at a lower standard than their parents, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan warned students at Carroll University on Friday.

The solution?

Lower tax rates for business, shore up the borders, divert a portion of each worker's payroll taxes into individual accounts for their retirement, and spend more on military readiness.

The Republican from Janesville and former vice presidential candidate addressed a wide range of issues at the university in response to student questions:

What's your position on the current military budget cuts?

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Waukesha Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Feb. 12 canceled

Feb. 06, 2014 4:19 p.m. | Due to a lack of quorum, the Waukesha Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Feb. 12 has been canceled.

This is the second straight Plan Commission meeting that has been canceled.

A mayoral forum featuring the four candidates in the primary race had also been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Carroll University.

Mayor Jeff Scrima is a member of the Plan Commission and with the forum taking place at the same time, he would have missed the meeting.

With the meeting canceled, preliminary plans for the Clearwater Apartments on the city's far southwest side will be put on hold until the Feb. 19 meeting.

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Waukesha man arrested, charged in shooting into van with kids inside

Feb. 06, 2014 3:48 p.m. | A 24-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with shooting into a van that had two children in the back seats Wednesday.

Alonzo Corral, who was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon, was charged with one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide.

The incident happened around 4 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2100 block of Kensington Drive in Waukesha. The victims drove away, and the shooter ran away on foot. The suspect and victims know each other, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

The intended victim, John L. Brautigam, was riding with Damien Jimenez and his two children, ages 5 and 8, in Jimenez's van, on their way to Kensington Drive to pick up another friend.

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Crandell retiring as Waukesha's community development director this summer

Feb. 06, 2014 12:43 p.m. | Longtime City of Waukesha Community Development Director Steve Crandell announced this week he will retire this summer.

In an interview today, Crandell, who has been with the city for 38 years, said he will step down the first week of August.

He started with the city in 1976 as an intern before beginning his career in the Engineering Department. Crandell spent one year there until he moved over to the city's Planning Department. 

Crandell served as the city's planner until he became the community development director in 1998. 

In recent years, Crandell has also served as an interim city administrator on two occasions

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Waukesha School Board selects O'Bryan as new member

Feb. 06, 2014 11:25 a.m. | Kurt O'Bryan has returned to the Waukesha School Board. 

Three years after being replaced on the board by Karin Rajnicek, O'Bryan is back on the board after being chosen last night at a special board meeting. 

He is filling the seat that was vacated by Dan Warren, who stepped down at the end of 2013.

The School Board chose O'Bryan over the other applicants, William Anton Duncan, Dionisia Gonzalez, Roger Patton and Scott Allen.

Sue Ettinger, the superintendent's executive assistant, said each applicant sent in a résumé and were interviewed by the board and were asked 10 questions.

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Police investigate Kensington Drive shooting

Feb. 06, 2014 8:21 a.m. | Waukesha police are investigating a shooting that occurred on the 2100 block of Kensington Drive at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

According to a news release, witnesses reported that the suspect shot at a vehicle occupied by two adult victims and is believed to have fled on foot.

The victims were uninjured and fled the scene, but were later located by police.

According to the dispatch log, police called in an armored truck and K9 unit to search a nearby apartment complex, but the suspect was not located.

Preliminary reports indicate the shooter and victims knew each other, the release states.

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Waukesha's 4 mayoral candidates to appear at Carroll University forum

Feb. 05, 2014 2:11 p.m. | Each of four Waukesha mayoral candidates in the Feb. 18 primary election will attend a Feb. 12 public forum at Carroll University.

The forum is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Stackner Ballroom of the university's Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave.

Mayor Jeff Scrima is seeking re-election to a second four-year term. His three challengers include Common Council President Terry Thieme, attorney Shawn Reilly and Michael Volpano, a part-time instructor of marketing at Waukesha County Technical College.

Verizon store on Silvernail Road in Waukesha robbed at gunpoint

Feb. 04, 2014 1:12 p.m. |

Verizon store robbed at gunpoint

A Verizon store, 1921 Silvernail Road, was robbed at gunpoint by two men, who allegedly stole $50,000 worth of phones, Jan. 30.

According to the police dispatch log, both men were wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One man was wearing a batman mask and the other had a scarf over his face. The men were described as 6 foot and thin build.

The men fled on foot after stealing the equipment. According to the police log, there were three employees in the store at the time, but no customers.

Capt. Ron Oremus said footprints were spotted at the scene going to a vehicle, but with it snowing that afternoon they disappeared quickly.

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Jaren Kuester gets life in mental facility for triple homicide

Feb. 03, 2014 11:38 a.m. | A Waukesha man convicted of beating three people to death in a southwestern Wisconsin farmhouse was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life in a mental institution.

 Jaren KuesterBefore he was sentenced, Jaren Kuester, 31, apologized for the slayings and said he’d lost touch with reality.

“I’m sorry,” he said in a statement to the court. “Looking back, I never imagined anything like this happening.”

Prosecutors said Kuester broke into the rural farmhouse near Wiota in April and killed the victims with fireplace pokers.

Lafayette County prosecutor Kate Findley said the killings were among the most vicious crimes ever committed in the county. She asked the judge to sentence Kuester to three consecutive life commitments to a mental institution.

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Man sentenced to 15 years prison for hit-and-run homicide

Feb. 03, 2014 10:05 a.m. | Waukesha resident Edgar Montano was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison, having been found guilty last November of causing a 2012 car crash that left a mother dead and her daughter injured.

According to court records, Montano, 29, will also serve 10 years extended supervision following his release from prison. He will be required to maintain absolute sobriety upon release, with the court order being enforced through random urine tests and an ignition interlock device.

Judge Jennifer Dorow handed down Montano’s sentence at a hearing on Thursday, Jan. 30.

According to the criminal complaint, Montano was driving from Milwaukee at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 when he struck a disabled vehicle on Highway 59 near East Broadway. The vehicle, which had apparently run out of gas, was being pushed down the road by Jean Feagles and Nickol Pucine, the complaint states. Pucine was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to her legs and feet. Feagles was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained.

Montano fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle on Grand Avenue near Debbie Drive, according to the complaint. Two passengers in the vehicles - Jazmin Medina-Munoz and Angelica Elizalde - told police that Montano had fled in a different vehicle. He was located later that day in Racine, the complaint states.

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Community Watch

» Waukesha man who suffered burns from Feb. 14 house fire dies 2/27

» Clinton Street reconstruction project in downtown Waukesha beginning Monday 2/21

» Waukesha defends water use projections in Lake Michigan diversion bid 2/20

» Waukesha Plan Commission puts Clearwater Apartments project on hold 2/19

» Congdon, Running advance to Waukesha city attorney general election 2/18

» Reilly first in Waukesha mayoral primary, Scrima second 2/18

» Mayoral races, other offices to be narrowed in today's primary votes 2/18

» Man seriously injured in early morning Waukesha crash 2/18

» Waukesha schools releasing students early due to weather 2/17

» Man injured in Waukesha fire was defendant in nude-filming case 2/16

» Waukesha man in critical condition after garage fire 2/15

» Catholic Memorial will give $13,000 to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight 2/14

» Town of Waukesha's deputy-clerk resigning 2/14

» Construction worker impaled at work site 2/14

» Update: 15-year-old Waukesha boy charged with attempted homicide 2/12

» Town of Waukesha has new clerk-treasurer 2/12

» Waukesha man charged with selling Play-Doh pills as ecstasy 2/10

» Paul Ryan warns Carroll students of looming economic perils Updated:  2/7

» Waukesha Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Feb. 12 canceled 2/6

» Waukesha man arrested, charged in shooting into van with kids inside Updated:  2/6

» Crandell retiring as Waukesha's community development director this summer 2/6

» Waukesha School Board selects O'Bryan as new member 2/6

» Police investigate Kensington Drive shooting 2/6

» Waukesha's 4 mayoral candidates to appear at Carroll University forum 2/5

» Verizon store on Silvernail Road in Waukesha robbed at gunpoint 2/4

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