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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