Town of Waukesha to hold chairman debate night before election

March 29, 2013 3:08 p.m. | It will be last minute, but there will be a debate between Town of Waukesha Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc and challenger John Marek.

About 12 hours before Town of Waukesha residents will cast a vote for the chairman position (the election is April 2), the two candidates will hold a debate at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, W350 S3567 Center Road.

The debate, set up through a string of Facebook correspondences between Van Scyoc and Marek, was finalized on Friday morning with the Town clerk.

Having a debate and in what setting has been a hot topic with the Town candidates in recent weeks.

Van Scyoc had invited Marek to meet her from 4 to 6:30 p.m. the past two Thursdays at Town Hall to address questions from residents.

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Waukesha fire chief search down to four finalists

March 28, 2013 12:43 p.m. | Two of the four finalists for the City of Waukesha’s fire chief search are from within the department, Human Resources Manager Donna Whalen said Thursday.

The finalists are Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Alba, Waukesha’s Battalion Chief Joseph Hoffman, City of Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter and David Litton, fire chief in the Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Whalen said final interviews are tentatively set for the week of April 8. The Police and Fire Commission has meetings April 8 and 10.

The PFC narrowed its list to four on Monday after first-round interviews with the top six candidates.

Mark Morien, vice president of Voorhees Associates, the Illinois-based search firm working with Waukesha, said there were 48 applicants coming from 19 states when the search began.

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Muskego man dead in apparent suicide after jumping from Waukesha Memorial parking garage

March 27, 2013 12:42 p.m. | Police say a 28-year-old Muskego man committed suicide at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night, jumping from an upper level floor of a nearby parking garage.

The City of Waukesha Police Department dispatch log states that several witnesses saw something fall from the parking structure shortly before 7 p.m. on March 26. They found a man, who police chose not to identify, laying on the ground.

He was taken to the hospital’s emergency room, but was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

The dispatch log states that the man was a guest at a Hebron House homeless shelter two to three weeks prior to the incident, but his parents had paid for him to stay at a hotel.

Police Captain Ron Oremus said that while the case is not officially closed, the department believes it was a suicide, citing the man’s mental illness as a factor.

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Waukesha lawyers poll favors Patience Roggensack for state Supreme Court

March 27, 2013 11:47 a.m. | The Waukesha County Bar Association released results of its judicial poll Wednesday, and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack garnered more "qualified" and fewer "unqualified" votes than challenger Ed Fallone.

The organization's 531 members got ballots, but only 169 returned them.

In the "highly qualified" category, Roggensack led 93 to 36, but only 40 to 35 under "qualified." Fallone, a professor at Marquette University Law School,  got 54 "not qualifieds" to 18 for the incumbent. Forty-three voters had no opinion on Fallone, while 15 had no opinion of Roggensack.

The election for the 10-year term is Tuesday.

Waukesha man accused of drugging, molesting stepdaughter

March 27, 2013 8:32 a.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha stepfather has been accused of allegedly drugging and molesting his 15-year-old stepdaughter on numerous occasions and inappropriately touching her friend during a sleepover on Saturday, March 23.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the identity of the alleged victims, was charged on March 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child, second degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

At an initial court appearance on March 26, Judge William Domina set the man’s cash bond at $100,000. The man was ordered to not have any contact with the victims listed in the complaint or their residence and was not to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

If convicted on all counts, the man could face over 80 years in prison, $200,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Counterfeit bills circulating in Milwaukee suburbs

March 26, 2013 2:07 p.m. | Watch out for counterfeit bills. Several have been circulating in the greater Milwaukee area in recent weeks.

Waukesha Police has received several reports about fakes in the past few days (especially $20 ones).

I recently overheard clerks at a West Allis grocery store mentioning that a customer tried to pay with a fake bill. Something similar happened in Port Washington, where police sent out a merchant alert over the weekend about two counterfeit $100 bills taken in by businesses last week. The bills were bleached $5 bills that appeared to be $100 bills.

Here are some tips to tell if a bill is fake:

  1. Feel the texture of the bill. The paper that bank notes are sold on isn't sold commercially. Real bills have slightly raised ink.
  2. Compare the bill to another bill, preferably of the same denomination and in the same series because nearly all bills have been redesigned since 1990.
  3. Look for printing quality, lack of detail and blurry areas, especially around the borders. Sawtooth points should be sharp and well defined.
  4. Look for colored fibers. All U.S. bills have tiny red and blue fibers embedded in the paper, but some fake bills try to replicate this in print.
  5. Examine the serial numbers and make sure they match. Serial numbers on fake bills may not be evenly spaced or perfectly aligned.
  6. Look for security features except in $1 and $2 bills, such as the security thread - the plastic strip that runs from top to bottom. The thread will glow in black light.

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Waukesha police release description of robbery suspect

March 25, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Waukesha police released a description Monday of an armed robbery suspect.

Officers responded to a hold up alarm at Check N Go, 310 W. St. Paul Ave., at 1:12 p.m. Saturday and were told that a man entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded money. The man fled on foot with the cash.

The suspect is described as a black man of average build who was wearing a black leather coat with fleece material covering up his nose and mouth. He also wore a tan or white knit hat. Anyone with information can contact Detective Dave Van Ells at (262) 524-3925.

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