Waukesha domestic violence investigation turns out to be 'rough sex'

March 07, 2014 2:35 p.m. | What was thought to be a video of domestic violence in the City of Waukesha turned out to be consensual rough sex streamed live through a PlayStation 4 U-Stream. But before the error was discovered, multiple cities and detectives investigated.

The strange incident began when Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department received a voice mail from a news station in Madison asking whether police knew about a live streaming video in which a man was physically abusing a woman for a significant period of time.

An Internet director at the news station told Oremus that the incident was streaming live through PlayStation 4 U-Stream. Through using the profile information from the PlayStation site and with research on other social media sites such as Facebook, the news station thought it knew who the suspect was.

The station sent Oremus an email with the information, which included a couple of YouTube links showing clips of the recorded video. Two additional emails were received later from individuals who had either seen or learned of the video.

Detective Dave Carpenter, who specializes in digital forensics, contacted YouTube and Facebook to obtain more information and learned the identity of the alleged victim.

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AG candidate Brad Schimel to give Bill Kramer donation to charity

March 05, 2014 3:54 p.m. | This is how you know you've officially become toxic as a politician:

Other politicians start rejecting or giving away your donations.

State Rep. Bill Kramer, who was ousted from his leaderhip post this week, gave $500 to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel -- a GOP candidate for attorney general -- in November. It's the only political donation Kramer made from his campaign account in the second half of last year.

A Schimel spokesman said Tuesday that he will not be keeping the cash from the Waukesha Republican. 

"Schimel is donating the Kramer (money) to charity," said Schimel campaign aide Darrin Schmitz, who did not identify the nonprofit.

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Teen charged with selling handgun to minor

March 05, 2014 12:13 p.m. | A 17-year-old Waukesha boy was charged last week with allegedly selling a handgun to another teenager for $250 in cash.

Brandon Loll, 164 N. Moreland Boulevard, was charged on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with providing a dangerous weapon to a person under age 18 and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under age 18.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police officers were dispatched at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, to a residence on Scott Avenue in Waukesha after receiving reports of a threat.

The police met with a 16-year-old boy, identified as S.R. in the complaint, who said he had found a note outside his bedroom window which read: “You’re going to die snitch n*****.”

It was revealed after further investigation that S.R. and another teen, identified as J.L, had been involved in several local burglaries, the complaint states.

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Waukesha DNR employee charged with stealing cash, trail passes

March 04, 2014 5:46 p.m. | A 42-year-old Wauwatosa woman has been charged with stealing over $12,500 and dozens of recreational passes from the Waukesha office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Crystal L. Steiner was charged on Thursday, March 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony business theft. She could face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, a detective with the Wisconsin State Capitol Police met with officials from the DNR on Sept. 7, 2012 to discuss an internal investigation into missing funds.

Susan Rice, a section chief for the department, told the detective in the complaint that Steiner was suspected of stealing money as well as trail passes, park stickers and park passes.

Steiner had been hired in January to work as a senior customer service representative at the DNR’s satellite center, 141 W. Bastow St., Waukesha, the complaint states. She handled sales and was responsible for making daily bank deposits and maintaining financial records for the office.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy adds to reward into Kapusniak killing

March 04, 2014 9:25 a.m. | The St. Louis College of Pharmacy has contributed a $10,000 reward fund for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person who shot and killed a pharmacy student from Waukesha.

The fund supplements a $1,000 reward fund created by CrimeStoppers in connection with the fatal shooting of Nicholas Kapusniak, 20, of Waukesha.

Kapusniak, a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha and a third-year student at the pharmacy school, was shot and killed early Saturday as he and his fellow fraternity brothers were at a backyard party.

Witnesses told police someone in a white sedan traveling along a nearby alley fired gunshots at the group. One of those shots struck Kapusniak, who was taken inside the home but died at the scene.

St. Louis police say the investigation into the shooting is continuing.

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