Voting for our All-Suburban Baseball team ends this weekend; vote now and you could win Brewers tickets

July 30, 2010 9:52 a.m. | There's still time to help us select the best players and coach in the area for our 2010 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team, but you need to get your votes in before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out our nominees and their stats, and then vote for the players and coaches you think are most deserving. You can vote once a day, and everyone who votes will be entered in a random drawing for a pair of box seats to a Milwaukee Brewers game.

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Franklin baseball team headed to title game

July 29, 2010 3:39 p.m. | The Franklin baseball team got a strong performance from pitcher Ian Malmstadt this afternoon to beat Waukesha West, 5-1, in a WIAA State Tournament semifinal game in Stevens Point.

With the win, Franklin advances to the state championship game against West Bend West, which defeated Germantown earlier in the day. The title game should start around 4:15 p.m.

NOW sports writer David Cotey has been blogging live from the state tournament all day and will be there for the championship showdown.

We'll be posting a game story and photos as soon as they're available.

Check out our Live Gameday Blog for a replay of the semifinal game and for live coverage of the championship.

Warhawks' tournament run ends quickly

July 29, 2010 12:29 p.m. | Germantown baseball coach Parrish Wagner knew that if his team was going to make its first state tournament appearance in 24 years a lengthy stay, his Warhawks would have to play perfect baseball.

In a WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament quarterfinal against Waukesha West at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point on Thursday, that did not happen.

A pair of base-running miscues and a key infield error paved the way to a 2-1 West victory as Germantown’s remarkable postseason run came to an end.

“We always talk about giving a team 22, 23 outs,” Wagner said. “Well, we gave them 22, and we only made them make 19. We got ourselves out twice and those were big innings.”

Germantown led, 1-0, before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth. A leadoff error by shortstop Jordan Infield started West’s rally. Two batters after the miscue, Ryan Solberg ripped a triple to center field off Germantown reliever Brian Keller that tied the score.

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We're blogging live today from the state baseball tournament

July 29, 2010 8:37 a.m. | Germantown and Waukesha West are scheduled to take the field today at 9 a.m. to play the state quarterfinal baseball game that was postponed from last night due to problems with the lights at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

NOW's David Cotey is at the game and will be blogging live throughout the day bringing you all the action from the tournament games featuring local teams. The winner of this morning's game will take on Franklin in a semifinal that will be played after West Salem and West Bend West play in the other semifinal contest.

The championship game is set for approximately 5 p.m.

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We're blogging live from today's state baseball games

July 28, 2010 11:39 a.m. | Join NOW's David Cotey today as he blogs live from Bukolt Park in Stevens Point during the summer baseball quarterfinal games between New Berlin West (25-10) vs. Franklin (27-14) and Germantown (14-16) vs. Waukesha West (27-6).

Follow any of the links above to sign up and receive an e-mail reminder when the blog goes live.

Rain in Stevens Point last night pushed back the start times of today's earlier games to 12:30 p.m. with the other games to follow about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game. The first two games are West Salem (28-5) vs. New Holstein (18-10) and West Bend West (33-2) vs. Grafton (22-8).

Waukesha council affirms lake water need

July 27, 2010 11:42 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha Common Council on Tuesday urged state environmental officials to resume reviewing the city's application for a Great Lakes water source.

On a 13-1 vote, the council approved sending a letter to the state Department of Natural Resources, saying, "There is no reasonable water supply alternative" other than Lake Michigan available to the city.

Ald. Eric Payne was the lone dissenting vote.

"The official position of the city is established by the Common Council," the letter says. "It is not determined or changed by the comments of an official who may disagree with the policy of the city."

The council held Tuesday's meeting to respond to a June 9 decision by the DNR to halt its review of the application.

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Waukesha recall organizer disputes claim of forged signatures

July 27, 2010 4:16 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha man who helped organize a recall campaign against Ald. Peggy Bull defended himself Tuesday against her charges that his signature had been forged on some pages of a petition.

He also defended five signatures she'd challenged on the petition.

Bull on Thursday filed a challenge to the petitions, collected by Concerned Citizens of District 7 and signed by 474 people, 78 more than the number required to force a recall election.

Bull accompanied her challenge with a report by a handwriting expert that concluded seven of 20 petition pages submitted by recall organizer Frank Greuel had Greuel signatures on them written by somebody else. The analysis of one other page with his signature was inconclusive, said the expert, Bonnie L. Schwid.

In his response to Bull's challenge Tuesday, Greuel filed affidavits from himself and his wife, Janet Greuel, asserting that he did personally circulate and sign all of the petition pages where his name appears.

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Waukesha West trounces Muskego to advance to state

July 25, 2010 5:16 p.m. | The Waukesha West baseball team shut down the powerful Muskego offense while their hitters came through in the clutch in defeating the Warriors, 8-4, this afternoon in a WIAA sectional final at Muskego.

The victory over the top-seeded Muskego sends West to the state tournament, where the team will face Germantown at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal game in Stevens Point.

The game was close throughout until the Wolverines exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Muskego hitters were able to tag starting pitcher Kurt Poquette for four runs before he was taken out in the fifth.

However, reliever Jeff Neuman shut down Muskego the rest of the way, scattering one hit over the final three innings.

Waukesha council sets special meeting on Great Lakes application

July 23, 2010 5:30 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha Common Council has scheduled a special meeting for 7:45 p.m. Tuesday to consider how it will respond to the Department of Natural Resources regarding its Great Lakes Water application.

The DNR has halted its review of the city's application submitted in May because, in part, Mayor Jeff Scrima has publicly lobbied for his own plan of alternatives. The DNR has also asked the city for additional information.

Scrima has refused to sign a letter to the DNR saying Lake Michigan was the only reasonable option for the city and sent a letter of his own saying the city needed to consider all options.

On Friday, he released a letter to the Common Council - and copied to DNR and Town of Waukesha officials, as well as Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak - outlining steps that he says would make the process "100% transparent." Discussion of his letter is not on the council agenda.

The letter calls for using the $12,800 a month now paid consultant Martin Schreiber & Associates for another study - "an independent scientific and fiscal evaluation" of the Lake Michigan water diversion compared with local alternatives, including conservation methods he says were not previously considered

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Waukesha County Fair pleads for help

July 23, 2010 3:14 p.m. | Even in the pouring rain, the show must go on at the Waukesha County Fair.

The fair, which is run by a nonprofit organization, took an unexpected hit due to poor ticket sales last night, according to Shari Black, executive director of the fair. While she would not give specific numbers, Black said that having to pay for a main stage performer without the typical attendance creates financial problems.

Black issued a news release asking the public to help keep the fair on its feet.

"Thursday's severe weather has had a considerable financial impact on the future of our non-profit organization. We really need your support tonight, Saturday and Sunday," the release says.

Thursday night, Ted Nugent performed through the heavy rains, ending the show a few minutes early.

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Waukesha alderman challenges recall petition signatures

July 22, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha Ald. Peggy Bull on Thursday challenged recall petitions filed against her last week, saying one of the circulators' signature appears to be forged on some pages.

Concerned Citizens of District 7 filed petitions signed by 424 people last week, 78 more than the number required to force a recall election. Frank Greuel and Wayne Dahnke registered as organizers.

In her sworn complaint, Bull challenged five specific petition signers and up to 20 pages of 10 signatures each - or 200 other names - with Greuel's signature as the page circulator.

Her complaint reads, "It appears as if Mr. Greuel's signature has been forged on multiple petition pages, thus rendering the entire page of signatures invalid."

Accompanying the complaint is a report from handwriting expert Bonnie L. Schwid of Anagraphics backing up that claim. Schwid identifies herself as certified by the Board of Forensic Document Examiners and qualified as an expert witness testifying in court cases and other legal proceedings.

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Judge to determine sanity of defendant

July 22, 2010 12:38 p.m. | Waukesha - A 50-year-old Waukesha man pleaded guilty Thursday to stabbing his girlfriend to death in June 2009 and a judge, rather than a jury, will decide during a trial in November whether he was criminally insane at the time of the killing.

Daniel K. Christesen was convicted Thursday by Waukesha County Circuit Judge James R. Kieffer of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Carol Fisher, 55.

Christesen repeatedly stabbed Fisher with a 10-inch butcher knife in his Waukesha apartment, according to a criminal complaint.

The first-degree intentional homicide charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

However, if Christesen's attorney, Donna J. Kuchler, can prove at the November trial that Christesen had a mental disease or defect at the time of the slaying, he would receive treatment in a secure state mental health institution rather than being sent to prison.

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Longtime prosecutor to challenge Waukesha County judicial appointee

July 21, 2010 6:06 p.m. | Waukesha - Even before Gov. Jim Doyle's appointee as Waukesha County circuit court takes a seat on the bench in August, an unsuccessful applicant for the appointment has announced he'll run for election to the post in April.

Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Carter of New Berlin filed his declaration of candidacy Wednesday.

Kathleen Stilling of Brookfield, a private practice attorney and former public defender, was picked from seven applicants to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of Judge Paul Reilly, who was elected to the District 2 Appeals Court bench effective Aug.1.

Carter was one of three assistant district attorneys - two from Waukesha County and one from Milwaukee County - who sought the appointment, along with an assistant attorney general and three private practice attorneys.

According to his announcement, Carter already has the endorsement of his boss, District Attorney Brad Schimel, who complained in a Waukesha Freeman article after Stilling's appointment that his assistants had been passed over for appointments by Doyle in recent years. Several former prosecutors currently serve on the Waukesha County bench, however.

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Bicyclist struck by Waukesha squad remains hospitalized

July 21, 2010 5:26 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha police on Wednesday identified the bicyclist hit on Highway 164 by a Waukesha police squad July 13 as 17-year-old Travis Weber.

He remains at Children's Hospital, where he was transported by Flight for Life. A hospital spokesman said Wednesday that the family has requested that the extent of his injuries and condition not be released.

Waukesha police have so far refused to release reports on the accident. In denying a records request of the Journal Sentinel, Police Chief Russell Jack said that "this investigation is open and active as it has not yet been adjudicated through the courts."

He said the investigation "may lead to an enforcement action, administrative proceeding, arbitration proceeding or court proceeding."

In an initial press release, police said a police squad struck one of two bicyclists wearing dark clothing and crossing Highway 164 at an uncontrolled intersection at Lincoln Ave. The officer - identified Monday as Ian DeKarske - was responding without lights or siren in a non-emergency fashion to assist other officers on a call elsewhere, police said.

Scrima outspent Nelson in Waukesha mayor's race, reports show

July 20, 2010 4:20 p.m. | Waukesha - Jeff Scrima spent just over $26,000 in his successful campaign for Waukesha mayor this spring, a third more than incumbent Larry Nelson.

Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show that Nelson raised as much as Scrima during the campaign but spent $19,600, or 33.4% less, in his bid for re-election.

While Scrima lent his campaign $11,000, which has not been repaid as of Tuesday, Nelson raised all of his money from other contributors, including about $4,500 from labor union political action committees. Scrima received $480 from "Concerned Realtors Committee."

According to the latest reports:

Scrima raised $26,372 and spent $26,235 in the campaign, virtually depleting his campaign kitty. Most of his expenses were for Waukesha newspaper and Facebook advertising, signs and printing.

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Teacher facing sex charge accused of meeting girl

July 19, 2010 4:58 p.m. | Waukesha - A school teacher already charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl was rearrested last week after he contacted her through a social networking website and the two met up in North Prairie where he lives, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Bryan F. Wendt contacted the girl through a MySpace account the two created last year, according to the complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

He told the girl he missed her, and she replied that she missed him and loved him and would be in North Prairie with a friend between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, the complaint says.

Wendt told the girl he would be out running at that time, and the girl knew the area where he likely would be, the complaint says.

The girl, who was riding in her friend's car, spotted Wendt, got out of the car, hugged him and got back in.

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Investigation continues into Waukesha squad that struck bicyclist

July 19, 2010 4:44 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha police and the Wisconsin State Patrol continue to investigate an accident last Tuesday in which a squad driven by second-year Waukesha Police Officer Ian DeKarske struck a 17-year-old bicyclist on Highway 164 near Lincoln Ave.

Waukesha police Captan. Dennis Angle released DeKarske's name Monday but said his department would not release the bicyclist's name, citing his status as a juvenile. The extent of injuries and condition of the young man could not be determined.

A State Patrol accident reconstructionist said he has not yet finished his report. Both police agencies have interviewed witnesses and Waukesha police are completing the state accident form.

An initial press release from the Waukesha Police Department said the officer was asked to assist on another call and was responding in a non-emergency fashion, without lights or siren, to that call when he struck one of two bicyclists in dark clothing who were crossing the uncontrolled intersection.

DeKarske provided CPR and the 17-year-old was taken by Flight for Life to Children's Hospital, police said.

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Waukesha County advances plan for $37 million building

July 19, 2010 3:36 p.m. | Waukesha - With near unanimity, three Waukesha County Board committees Monday agreed with a staff recommendation that the planned $37 million health and human services building should be located close to the Juvenile Center, at the entrance to the current county office building and Riverview Drive.

Supervisor Kathleen Cummings of Waukesha was the sole no vote among 21 committee members, signaling enough votes on the 25-member County Board for passage at its July 27 meeting.

With assurances that the Moor Downs Golf Course would only be slightly affected - the fifth tee would be shortened but it would remain a par 4 - some committee members Monday raised questions about the fate of the existing human services office building when it's emptied. They also wanted to know if the resulting relocation of a county maintenance garage would infringe on the golf course.

Public Works Director Allison Bussler told supervisors the office building could possibly house courthouse staff temporarily when and if the county does extensive remodeling of the current courthouse. A study would begin next year. Eventually a portion of the health and human services building would be torn down but "a part does have historical significance" warranting preservation, she said. Moor Downs was a hotel and mud bath resort at the height of Waukesha's springs era.

"Our goal is to tear down the old building," said Supervisor Walter Kolb, likening it to Northview, the former county nursing home still partially used as a Huber Jail.

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Child, 4, flown to hospital after being struck by vehicle in Waukesha

July 19, 2010 12:56 p.m. | A 4-year-old child was struck by a vehicle about 11:20 a.m. Monday in the 800 block of E. Main St. in Waukesha and taken to a hospital by Flight for Life, police said.

Reports indicate the child chased a ball into the street before being struck, police said.

The child was treated by the Waukesha Fire Department and flown to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of possible head trauma.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the child stopped at the scene, police said.

Teacher who was charged with sex assault of girl arrested again

July 16, 2010 12:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A schoolteacher charged in May with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday night as he attempted to meet with the girl in North Prairie, Waukesha police said Friday.

Waukesha police got a tip that the man, Bryan F. Wendt, 27, planned a rendezvous with the teenager and followed her.

The girl was not aware that police were monitoring her and officers arrested Wendt at 6:55 p.m. Thursday as soon as he approached her along a road in North Prairie, Waukesha police Lt. Ron Oremus said.

Oremus declined to say who tipped authorities but said it was not a parent.

Because the investigation is continuing, Oremus also said he could not say how Wendt contacted the girl to arrange the meeting. "He wanted to have physical contact with her," Oremus said.

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Waukesha County likely to spare Moor Downs Golf Course

July 16, 2010 11:48 a.m. | Waukesha - Moor Downs Golf Course would be largely spared under a staff-recommended plan for the location of a $36.7 million Waukesha County health and human services building.

Three County Board committees will meet jointly Monday to consider pinpointing a location for the planned building. The existing building sits in the middle of the county's nine-hole Moor Downs course. In the past, discussions about construction on the county government campus have raised citizen concerns that the golf course would be eliminated or diminished.

Under the staff recommendation for the new building, the golf course would be affected "in a very minor way," Public Works Director Allison Bussler said. The men's tee on the fifth hole would have to be moved and shortened, she said.

The staff is recommending that the new building be located on the southeast corner of Riverview Ave. and the entrance road to the Health and Human Services office building - across Riverview Ave. from the juvenile center.

The Moor Downs maintenance building on that site would have to be moved under the plan.

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Waukesha city administrator leaves school as husband joins

July 15, 2010 1:48 p.m. | The Waukesha School Board approved hiring the husband of Waukesha City Administrator Lori Luther for the district's new STEM Academy at its Wednesday night meeting.

The vote came after Luther had submitted a letter resigning from the STEM Academy's governing board, effective the same day as the vote, said Jack Bothwell, the district's executive director of human resources.

Lori Luther's role at the school came into question in light of an anti-nepotism policy enacted by the Waukesha School Board last month.

Although some contended that Luther's presence on the board did not pose a conflict of interest because she didn't play a role in personnel matters, others said her input in spending decisions could create a perception of a conflict of interest.

Her husband, Christopher Luther, who is certified to teach secondary-level science courses, is slated to earn $39,603 a year, according to the district salary schedule.

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Waukesha police squad strikes teen on bike

July 14, 2010 10:26 a.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha police officer responding without lights and siren to assist other officers on a call Tuesday night struck a 17-year-old bicyclist, who suffered life-threatening injuries, according to a written statement from Chief Russell P. Jack.

Police Captain Dennis Angle described the boy's condition as "stabilized." He was taken to Children's Hospital by Flight for Life after the accident, which occurred on Highway 164 near Lincoln Ave.

The officer, in his second year with the Waukesha Police Department, according to Angle, used CPR on the youth until the Waukesha Fire Department responded.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the department at (262) 524-3765.

According to Jack's statement, the officer was traveling in "a non-emergency fashion" to assist on a call. Two juveniles with bicycles and wearing dark clothing were crossing the uncontrolled intersection when one of them was struck by the squad car.

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Recall group submits petitions against Waukesha alderman

July 13, 2010 2:48 p.m. | Waukesha - A citizens group has filed petitions signed by 424 people, apparently enough to force a recall of Waukesha's 7th District Ald. Peggy Bull.

City Clerk-Treasurer Tom Neill said the group, Concerned Citizens of District 7, needs 346 signatures, or 25% of the vote cast for governor in the last election in Bull's district, to require a recall election.

Bull has 10 days to challenge the sufficiency of the petitions and Neill has 30 days to determine their sufficiency. If he does so, a recall election would be held on a Tuesday about six weeks later.

Bull has nine months left on her current three-year term.

Officers listed for the recall committee, Frank Greuel and Wayne Dahnke, stated in the recall petitions that Bull "is not adequately or appropriately representing the interest or view of her constituents."

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Waukesha County executive hosting 3 town hall meetings

July 13, 2010 10:16 a.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will host the first of three "town hall" meetings today aimed at providing county residents with information about the budget process. They can also provide Vrakas and other county officials with input on the decisions that will affect the 2011 budget.

Today's session begins at 6:30 p.m. in the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane.

The other two informational meetings will be 9 a.m. July 22 in Hartland, at Town Bank, 850 W. North Shore Drive, and 6 p.m. July 26 in Room 350 of the Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd.

Scrima refuses to restart lake push

July 02, 2010 5:38 p.m. | Waukesha — Mayor Jeff Scrima refused Friday to ask state environmental officials to resume their review of the city's application for a Lake Michigan water supply.

In a letter to Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank, Scrima contradicted the Common Council-approved application, writing that the city must thoroughly examine every reasonable water-source alternative before moving ahead.

Scrima declined to sign a letter - drafted by Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak at the direction of the city's Water Commission - stating a lake water supply was the only reasonable option available to the city.

"The mayor cannot unilaterally overturn a decision by the Common Council," Duchniak said. "The mayor acted without consulting the Common Council, the Water Commission or the city attorney."

The council-approved application, delivered to the DNR last month, repeatedly states that the city has completed its studies and determined that the lake provides the only reasonable water-supply option. Application documents also state that a lake supply, coupled with returning the city's treated wastewater to the lake as required by a Great Lakes protection compact, is the only sustainable option for the city.

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» Voting for our All-Suburban Baseball team ends this weekend; vote now and you could win Brewers tickets 7/30

» Franklin baseball team headed to title game 7/29

» Warhawks' tournament run ends quickly 7/29

» We're blogging live today from the state baseball tournament 7/29

» We're blogging live from today's state baseball games 7/28

» Waukesha council affirms lake water need Updated:  7/27

» Waukesha recall organizer disputes claim of forged signatures 7/27

» Waukesha West trounces Muskego to advance to state 7/25

» Waukesha council sets special meeting on Great Lakes application 7/23

» Waukesha County Fair pleads for help 7/23

» Waukesha alderman challenges recall petition signatures Updated:  7/22

» Judge to determine sanity of defendant 7/22

» Longtime prosecutor to challenge Waukesha County judicial appointee 7/21

» Bicyclist struck by Waukesha squad remains hospitalized 7/21

» Scrima outspent Nelson in Waukesha mayor's race, reports show 7/20

» Teacher facing sex charge accused of meeting girl 7/19

» Investigation continues into Waukesha squad that struck bicyclist 7/19

» Waukesha County advances plan for $37 million building 7/19

» Child, 4, flown to hospital after being struck by vehicle in Waukesha 7/19

» Teacher who was charged with sex assault of girl arrested again Updated:  7/16

» Waukesha County likely to spare Moor Downs Golf Course 7/16

» Waukesha city administrator leaves school as husband joins 7/15

» Waukesha police squad strikes teen on bike 7/14

» Recall group submits petitions against Waukesha alderman 7/13

» Waukesha County executive hosting 3 town hall meetings 7/13

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