Judge rules 12-year-old incompetent, for now, in Slender Man trial

Aug. 01, 2014 10:15 p.m. | Waukesha — Based on testimony from two experts, a judge on Friday found Morgan Geyser incompetent and suspended the prosecution of attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges against the 12-year-old.

The experts testified that Geyser, one of two 12-year-old girls charged with trying to fatally stab a classmate, exhibited disturbing behavior and beliefs during their interviews with her: squatting on her chair, laughing hysterically for no reason, constantly looking in corners. She had conversations with Voldemort and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and repeated her belief in Slender Man, unicorns and her own power of "Vulcan mind control."

They said Geyser, in addition to being immature, may suffer from an undiagnosed psychiatric illness.

The judge said he based his decision on those findings, and the experts' opinions that such beliefs and behavior could prevent Geyser from having a rational appreciation of her situation or effectively aiding in her own defense.

Geyser was ordered turned over to the custody of the Department of Health Services for evaluation and treatment. Both experts said she could likely be restored to competency within a year. A status report on her progress was set for Nov. 12.

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Kicker's Pub & Grub owner flees from man with a gun after closing

July 31, 2014 7:14 p.m. | A Waukesha bar owner escaped a dangerous situation in the early morning hours on Friday, July 25.

According to the police blotter, as the bar owner of Kicker’s Pub & Grub, 1726 S. West Ave., was leaving just after 3:30 a.m. July 25, a man wearing a dark ski mask came running out of the bushes, said “stop right there” and pointed a silver hand gun at him.

The bar owner was in his vehicle at the time and quickly sped out of the parking lot before calling police.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.

Kicker's Pub & Grub does not have cameras on the outside of the building.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 31, 2014 issue

July 31, 2014 2:14 p.m. | 1 A vehicle was reportedly "slimed" with mustard at 315 E. Wabash Ave. overnight July 17-18.

2 A trailer hitch, diesel fuel and a Vermont license plate was stolen from a vehicle at 318 Darlene Drive at 9:35 a.m. July 18.

3 A women's engagement ring and her deceased husband's wedding band were stolen from her house at 258 N. Moreland Blvd. prior to 2:34 p.m. July 18.

4 A caller reported a woman was screaming and things being thrown around in an apartment at 167 N. Moreland Blvd. at 12:31 a.m. July 19. Police found a birthday party celebration. Police told the residents were told to keep the music down.

5 Police were called to deal with an intoxicated 25-year-old man, who was out of control and throwing things off the balcony, and who was bleeding from an unknown injury, at an apartment at 100 E. Main St. just before 4 a.m. July 19.

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Cuddles shop in downtown Waukesha closing its doors

July 30, 2014 4:15 p.m. | Cuddles, a stuffed animal and gift store, is closing its doors after more than 30 years of operating in downtown Waukesha. 

With owner Sally Shoemaker retiring, the store will close on Thursday, July 31. 

Shoemaker has been holding a retirement sale over the last few days and will until Thursday at the 231 W. Main St. store. 

For many years, Cuddles was located at the Five Points on Broadway Street, where The Clarke Hotel is now located. 

In 2009, however, the shop moved into Martha Merrell's Books on Main Street.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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Storms do damage once again in Waukesha

July 30, 2014 11:17 a.m. | A thunderstorm once again left behind major damage in Waukesha. 

It wasn't as widespread as last month when high winds uprooted many trees across the city and county and left thousands without power. 

But one image from last night showed the similarity to the June 30 storm.

An ash tree was completely uprooted near the curb and fell onto a ranch home in the 300 block of N. Greenmeadow Drive.

As a result, city of Waukesha Forestry workers were seen Wednesday morning cutting down the branches from the storm that toppled the tree and brought down a number of branches near Waukesha North High School on Tuesday night.

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Driving lesson in Waukesha's Prairie Home Cemetery results in police call

July 29, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Cemeteries aren't often the place teenagers go to learn to drive.

But the Prairie Home Cemetery was the site where one Waukesha parent took her daughter to practice driving.

The driving lesson, however, went south quickly and resulted in a police presence at the Waukesha cemetery.

According to the police blotter, a tree and brass flag holder inside Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., were damaged after a girl, who was learning how to drive from her mother, lost control of the vehicle prior to 9:21 a.m. July 22.

The car also crashed into some headstones.

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