WIAA semifinal games postponed until Friday

July 30, 2009 2:11 p.m. | After delaying the start time for games twice, WIAA officials have decided to postpone the baseball semifinal games until tomorrow due to poor field conditions after hours of rain in Stevens Point overnight Thursday and all day today.

The first semifinal between Franklin and Marquette will be held at 11 a.m. The second game featuring Arrowhead and Muskego will be at 2 p.m., with the championship game at 6 p.m.

Follow all the action at our live blog tomorrow. 


3 teens arrested in rash of Waukesha burglaries

July 30, 2009 10:48 a.m. | Waukesha — Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of brazen home invasions and car heists after they crashed a vehicle they were stealing into a home, fled and were tracked by officers with the help of police dogs, authorities said.

The three are believed to be part of a crew that has been breaking into homes and cars and taking valuables, as well as stealing vehicles, over the last 18 months, Waukesha police Capt. Mark Stigler said. "Basically, a roving group of thieves was rampaging through the city taking everything that was not tied down," Stigler said.

Jamal Human, 17, of Waukesha, Roderick D. King, 17, who has no permanent address, and Roy Morgan Jr., 18, who also has no permanent address, were each charged with burglary Wednesday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Each also was charged with bail jumping.

The three were arrested after a home in the 100 block of Cook St. was broken into shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.

"What sets this incident and the others apart is the fact that the residents were asleep in their beds when the break-in occurred, and they (burglars) had hit the house next door the night before," Stigler said in a news release.

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Bunny found; Cracker's reunited with family

July 23, 2009 3:48 p.m. | Waukesha — A 7-week-old bunny named Cracker, snatched from its cage at the Waukesha County Fair, is enjoying s'more family time with siblings Chocolate and Marshmallow after being reunited Thursday with its owners.

Jayden Rajnicek, 9, had been showing the babies' parents at the fair last week when Cracker disappeared from its mother's cage, an incident that was reported in Thursday's Journal Sentinel.

After reading the article, Kathy Karalewitz of Genesee remembered her 26-year-old daughter, Jessica Milbrath, telling her about being handed a bunny while at the fair last Friday. She called her daughter.

"I told her, 'I think that's a hot bunny,' " Karalewitz said.

Milbrath, of Waukesha, told her mom that a man standing by the rabbit and goat tent asked her if she wanted a bunny. So she took it, Karalewitz said.

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Grocery deals in Waukesha

July 23, 2009 12:13 p.m. | Store openings are a great time to find bargains, and there are two on Waukesha's southwest side this week, reporter Doris Hajewski reports in Shop Talk.

ProHealth to close addiction treatment center

July 23, 2009 11:58 a.m. | Waukesha — Citing economic pressures and industry changes, ProHealth Care announced Thursday that it is closing a 25-year-old drug addiction treatment clinic.

The Lawrence Center, which operates in a former school at 3011 Saylesville Road, is scheduled to close its doors effective Aug. 14.

ProHealth Care said some services would be shifted to the company's Waukesha Memorial Hospital, but inpatient rehabilitation and day treatment services would be discontinued.

Demand for such services has averaged just four patients a day in recent months, the company said.

Among the services being continued at the hospital is an increasingly utilized treatment program for people recovering from addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.

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Stolen from the Waukesha County fair: a baby bunny

July 22, 2009 5:22 p.m. | Waukesha — For 9-year-old Jayden Rajnicek and her mom, Karin, winning honors for their prized rabbits at last week's Waukesha County Fair was a thrill.

The excitement quickly wore off, though, after someone snatched one of the rabbits' baby bunnies from a cage in the goat and rabbit tent, Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson said Wednesday.

Cracker, a 7-week-old female Holland Lop, was in a cage with its mother and two male siblings, Marshmallow and Chocolate, when she was taken sometime after 10 p.m. Friday and before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Pederson said. The father was in a cage next to the mother and babies.

"They were the most precious things to us," Karin Rajnicek said.

Together, she said, they were s'mores.

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Man killed in New Berlin crash is identified

July 22, 2009 3:54 p.m. | New Berlin — A man killed in a suspected alcohol-related crash in New Berlin has been identified as Michael G. Kafka, New Berlin Police Lt. Mike Glider said.

The Waukesha man, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.

New Berlin police report that Kafka was traveling west on Greenfield Ave. just west of Barker Road about 1 a.m. when he lost control, left the road and struck a utility pole. The man was thrown from his vehicle.

Carroll hires men's basketball coach

July 21, 2009 4:03 p.m. | The aftershocks in the wake of David Schultz’s decision to step down as Carroll University’s men’s basketball coach and return to Waukesha West High School have reached the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

David Buchanan, who in two seasons built UW-Superior into a competitive program in the WIAC, on Tuesday was named the new coach at Carroll. Read more in State College Athletics.

Sloppy Joe's opening set

July 21, 2009 4:00 p.m. | Lori and Joe Lester, owners of Divino Gelato, are saying their new Sloppy Joe's Soda Fountain will open Wednesday in the former Kim's, 280 Broadway, at the Five Points. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Photos of stolen motorcycles

July 20, 2009 4:11 p.m. | Waukesha police have released photographs of motorcycles recovered from a motorcycle theft ring. See them at Waukesha FYI.

Rummage sale for police equipment

July 20, 2009 3:24 p.m. | The Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is holding its annual rummage sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 429 Western Ave. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Wal-Mart plans move forward

July 17, 2009 4:20 p.m. | Demolition of the old cement plant where the new Super Wal-Mart store is supposed to be built at Highway 59 and West Ave. will begin on the site shortly, Lisa Nelson, a public affairs manager for the retail chain, said Friday. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Waukesha man arrested in attack on woman, her son

July 16, 2009 5:06 p.m. | Waukesha — A Waukesha man tried to strangle his fiancée and her 9-year-old son with a belt, Waukesha Police Capt. Mark Stigler said Thursday.

The man, 29, is in the Waukesha County Jail awaiting charges, he said.

Police were called to the 300 block of Jackson Court about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was armed with a knife and belt when he assaulted and attempted to strangle the woman, Stigler said. He is also accused of beating her sons, 9 and 10, and attempting to strangle the younger boy, he said.

Police are recommending the man be charged with felony child abuse, substantial battery, and strangulation.

He was convicted of three counts of misdemeanor domestic battery in 2005 involving the same woman, Stigler said.

Man charged in murder of Waukesha mother has history of domestic violence

July 15, 2009 4:32 p.m. | A Brookfield man charged Wednesday with murdering and burning the body of a Waukesha woman he had been dating for less than a month has four prior domestic violence convictions in Waukesha County involving other women, according to court records.

Brandon J. Mueller, 36, is being held on $1 million bail after he was charged in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court in the death of Renee Redmer.

After strangling Redmer at his mother's Fond du Lac apartment, he then burned her body and deposited the ashes in Lake Winnebago, according to a criminal complaint.

Mueller is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence, as well as a felony charge of mutilating a corpse.

Authorities say Mueller had the help of his mother and a friend in disposing of Redmer's body.

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Dance Marathon Saturday at Frame Park

July 15, 2009 3:51 p.m. | The Hispanic Community Health Resource Center, a program of Waukesha Memorial Hospital, will hold its 4th annual Healthy Alternatives Dance Marathon from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday in the pavilion near the Frame Park volleyball courts. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

ProHealth Care's Nurse-On-Line to end

July 15, 2009 1:16 p.m. | ProHealth Care announced today its 24-hour Nurse-On-Line health information service will be discontinued as the organization moves to reduce costs and meet today’s patient needs, a press release says. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

2 charged with mutilating corpse

July 14, 2009 5:40 p.m. | A Waukesha woman who was reported missing by her family in January was strangled in Fond du Lac by her boyfriend before her body was burned and the ashes deposited in then-frozen Lake Winnebago, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.

Brandon J. Mueller, 36, along with his mother, Nancy J. Pinno, 53, of Fond du Lac, and their friend, Donald R. Worth, 48, of the Town of Friendship in Fond du Lac County, were jailed after investigators found bone fragments and a burn barrel on Worth's property.

They are accused in the death of Renee Redmer, a 29-year-old mother of two who was reported missing Jan. 13, eight days after her family last saw her.

Pinno and Worth are charged with mutilating a corpse and aiding in a felony, and a misdemeanor of obstructing an officer. If convicted, Pinno and Worth each could face up to 16 years and 9 months in prison. Pinno was being held on $250,000 bail; Worth on $150,000 bail.

Mueller is named in the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, and Fond du Lac County District Attorney Dan Kaminsky said charges are expected to be filed against him later this week.

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Report on Waukesha use of Underwood Creek due soon

July 14, 2009 12:10 p.m. | Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said today he expects a report on how the city's returning treated Lake Michigan water to the lake through Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa would be completed next week. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Police to announce charges into death of Waukesha woman

July 13, 2009 5:20 p.m. | Waukesha — Police have called a Tuesday news conference to announce charges in the death of a 29-year-old woman who had been missing since Jan. 5.

Renee Marie Redmer, a mother of two, had been the subject of an extensive police search since family members reported her missing.

Waukesha police said the news conference Tuesday morning would cover "a full account of her death" as well as criminal charges.

Police officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

Redmer, who police said had a history of drug abuse, was in court and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession on the day of her disappearance.

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Blood-alcohol test awaited in crash that killed bicyclist

July 13, 2009 3:04 p.m. | The 16-year-old boy New Berlin boy involved in a crash that killed a bicyclist from Waukesha on Saturday submitted a sample for a blood-alcohol test after telling an investigator he had been drinking with his father on Friday night. Read more in Off the Couch.

Waukesha man killed in bicycle, truck crash

July 11, 2009 9:22 p.m. | A 62-year-old Waukesha man was killed riding a bicycle Saturday in Iowa County when his bike collided with a pickup truck, officials said.

According to the Iowa County Sheriff's Department, Allen J. Belonger was wearing a helmet but suffered neck and head injuries in the collision.

The 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck is from New Berlin.

The sheriff's department said Belonger was participating in a bicycle tour in the area when the incident occurred west of Madison.

Belonger was riding south on a road in the Town of Ridgeway when the northbound pickup truck turned left in front of him and Belonger's bicycle slammed into the side of the truck, police said.

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Clarke Hotel pays delinquent room taxes

July 08, 2009 11:31 a.m. | The city clerk/treasurer's office reports that the Clarke Hotel and Black Trumpet restaurant's temporary loss of its liquor license last was due to Andy Ruggeri's failure to pay $1,537 in room tax for April and $1,814 for May. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

Waukesha health system ProHealth Care cuts 50 jobs

July 06, 2009 6:26 p.m. | ProHealth Care said Monday that it has eliminated 50 full-time and part-time positions because of the downturn in the economy, and that it could eliminate additional jobs as it continues to look for ways to cut costs.

The health system, which employs more than 6,000 people, attributed the job cuts to an increase in bad debt and requests for charity care as people have lost their jobs and health insurance.

Bad debt expense, for example, was up 41% in the first eight months of its current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, said Sandra Peterson, a ProHealth spokeswoman. That has added more than $3 million to the health system's expenses.

ProHealth and other health systems also incurred huge losses in their investment portfolios when the stock market crashed.

In addition to ProHealth, Columbia St. Mary's, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Aurora Health Care also have eliminated jobs since last summer.

Opening set for new Pick 'N Save

July 06, 2009 4:09 p.m. | Grand opening events are scheduled Monday, July 20,  for the new Pick 'n Save store on W. Sunset Dr. in  Waukesha. Read more in Shop Talk.

Waukesha couple killed in crash

July 06, 2009 4:04 p.m. | Two people were killed in a crash Sunday afternoon at Highways I and 83, Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Grant Turner said.

Mary Zivney, 87, and Kenneth Zivney, 88, her husband, of Waukesha, were killed in the crash about 12:44 p.m. Sunday, Turner said.

Mary Zivney was driving a Pontiac Bonneville on Highway I and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 83. She pulled out into the path of a Lincoln Navigator traveling on Highway 83, and the vehicles collided, Turner said.

Kenneth Zivney was pronounced dead at the scene. Mary Zivney died later at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Turner said.

The driver of the Navigator, Lawrence Laporte of Mukwonago, was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

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Waukesha woman convicted in heroin probe

July 02, 2009 11:26 a.m. | Waukesha — One of the people charged in a multi-county federal, state and local investigation into heroin overdoses was convicted Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Candice J. Haid, 21, of Waukesha, pleaded no contest to first degree reckless homicide in the heroin overdose death of David Knuth, 25, of Pewaukee.

Knuth overdosed July 3, 2008, and died two days later at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Haid is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 14.

Haid was charged as party to the crime with Jason M. Lund, 24, of Wauwatosa. Lund is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the charge on July 9. Twenty-seven people from Milwaukee, Chicago and Waukesha County were arrested last year as the result of an investigation dubbed Operation Lake Effect by federal, state and local authorities that began in early 2007.

Ruggeri leaves Clarke Hotel

July 01, 2009 5:15 p.m. | The Clarke Hotel and Black Trumpet Restaurant, an ambitious venture that offers luxury to a working-class downtown, has undergone a major personnel shakeup with the loss of partner Andy Ruggeri, a press release from a Milwaukee public relations firm said today. Read more in Waukesha FYI.

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