Plane that took off from Waukesha County Airport crashes off East Coast

Aug. 30, 2014 10:05 p.m. | A plane that took off from Waukesha County Airport on Saturday afternoon has crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The plane was bound for Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. It descended into the ocean around 3:17 p.m., about 50 miles southeast of Wallops Island, Va.

The pilot had stopped responding to radio calls around 1 p.m.

Air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration tracked the five-seat Cirrus SR20 with one person onboard through the restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., early Saturday afternoon, according to the FAA.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.

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Waukesha North rallies behind Tromblay for thrilling win

Aug. 30, 2014 9:50 p.m. | The film shows Waukesha North's Deston Isler hauling in a game-clinching interception and a burst of lightning in the background at the same moment. How fitting that with the electric victory – one that barely beat the rain showers rolling into Watertown – the Northstars showed they may also be a swiftly-moving thunderstorm headed for the area football scene.

Rallying from a 23-7 deficit in the second half, reserve quarterback Tony Tromblay helped North walk away with a 26-23 thriller against Watertown. The win gave North a 2-0 start to the 2014 season under first-year coach Matt Harris, a win total that matches the output of the previous two seasons combined.

"It was surreal," Harris said. "These kids have worked so hard throughout their careers. This win is important because they now get to see their hard work pay off in a joyous sense. These are the kind of wins that help programs believe in everything we are doing during the offseason and in season."

North opened the year by taking down Port Washington, 41-9, one year after losing to the same program, 35-21. The win over Watertown, which downed North by a 42-14 count in Week 2 last season, was even sweeter,

"(The program's struggles have) never been (because of) these players' abilities," Harris said. "It all has stemmed around confidence. We have worked extremely hard to build confidence in every player on the entire team. We still have a huge mountain to climb. School starts next week, and our schedule does not get any easier. The work has only just begun. The road games don't matter to us; we might be in the road all season."

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Waukesha West dominates New Berlin West

Aug. 29, 2014 11:12 p.m. | Waukesha West left no doubt. Rolling up 48 points by halftime, the Wolverines overwhelmed New Berlin West on its own turf Friday en route to a 62-0 nonconference triumph.

The Wolverines had the opening possession of the game and took 11 plays to score the opening touchdown on a run from Nick Radloff.

The Vikings fumbled the ball away on the first play of their first possession, and the Wolverines took full advantage of the mistake two plays later when quarterback Conor Blount threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dyson Chmura, who had a good day on defense as well.

"Dyson is playing hard on every down," said Waukesha West head coach Steve Rux. "It's exciting to see his maturity level."

The Wolverines then found themselves up 28-0 after a pair of touchdown runs from Jair Scott.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

Wisconsin man ordered to pay restitution to child porn victim in North Dakota

Aug. 29, 2014 12:22 p.m. | A Wisconsin native living in Fargo, N.D., recently became the first person in that state ordered to pay restitution to a child pornography victim, following a United States Supreme Court decision this year about child porn restitution.

Robert Carey Evans, 58, of Waukesha, was ordered by a district judge on Aug. 21 to pay $3,250 to a victim who appeared in child pornography he possessed, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office District of North Dakota.

This order is in accordance with Paroline vs. United States, a Supreme Court decision from April that says child porn possessors can be held liable for losses caused by trading a victim's image. The decision held that district courts can order restitution to victims for the circulation of child pornography.

Evans was found guilty of 14 counts of child pornography possession in October 2013, and sentenced to 10 years in prison in February. Investigators had seized more than 13 hard drives and 43 DVDs containing child porn from his Fargo apartment, featuring more than 22,000 images and 1,400 videos, according to the release.

After Evans' conviction, one of his victims submitted a claim for restitution for losses she incurred from Evans' images of her.

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in downtown Waukesha reopening today

Aug. 28, 2014 10:50 a.m. | With almost an entire new staff, Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in downtown Waukesha is reopening at 3 p.m. today. 

Owner Dan Zierath temporarily closed the bar/restaurant earlier this month to "restaff."

A manager at the Wauwatosa Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub said about 90 percent of the staff in Waukesha is new. 

The chef from the Wauwatosa location will also now oversee the Waukesha site, 225 South St.

The Wauwatosa manager also said there are some menu changes at the Waukesha site.

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 28, 2014 issue

Aug. 28, 2014 10:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported the tip of his car hood was burned while it was parked in the back parking lot at 134 W. North St. prior to 5:17 p.m. Aug. 14.

2 A Time Warner Cable employee was working at 1616 S. Grand Ave. prior to 6:20 p.m. Aug. 14 when the homeowner allegedly said "it's been a while since I've been in the Army and shot somebody and I'd have no problem doing it again."

3 A report of a driver swerving around at 1608 E. Sunset Drive at 9:38 p.m. Aug. 14 was thought to be a drunken driving incident. But the erratic driving was a result of the woman with a prosthetic leg adjusting her seat while driving. She said the leg gives her issues from time to time. The driver was advised.

4 Two teenage boys were throwing firecrackers and glass into the neighbor's yard at 2911 Willard Lane around 2:10 a.m. Aug. 15. The home was also egged, as were multiple other addresses on Willard Lane.

5 Two young kids were egging vehicles in a parking lot at 1915 Delafield St. around 2:55 a.m. Aug. 15.

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Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County opening ReStore in Waukesha

Aug. 27, 2014 5:12 p.m. | Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, a nonprofit celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2014, is opening a ReStore in Waukesha.

A soft opening will take place at the ReStore, located at 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. in the Westbrook Shopping Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

The event will feature food, drinks, a raffle, silent auction as well as a first look at the new store, which will feature appliances, furniture, kitchen cabinets, building materials, hardware, tools and other donated items.

For tickets to the event, Habitat for Humanity is suggesting a $20 donation, which can be made on Habitat's website.

Tickets can also be requested by emailing Andrew Garrison, who works in Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County's Marketing and Resource Development Department, at

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Man accused of choking woman over Facebook post

Aug. 27, 2014 1:21 p.m. | — A 44-year-old Waukesha man allegedly choked his ex-girlfriend after she wrote what he perceived to be an offensive post on Facebook.

Walter Beach, 417 N. Washington Ave., was charged on Friday, Aug. 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — all repeat and domestic abuse offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to a South Street apartment complex regarding a call about a domestic incident.

Beach’s former girlfriend told an officer in the complaint that she and Beach had recently ended their seven-year relationship — because he had physically abused her in the past — but had remained friends.

She said that Beach regularly spent time with her, gave her money and took her shopping, but denied any desire on her part to rekindle their relationship, according to the complaint.

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Major gas main break disrupts Waukesha neighborhood

Aug. 27, 2014 11:22 a.m. | A natural gas main broke open mid-morning today during road construction work at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Frederick Street, sending crews scurrying and forcing authorities to cordon off the area.

The plume of gas from the high-pressure line was so strong it picked up surrounding soil, creating a visible stream that caught the attention of nearby residents as well as the people who work in several adjacent industrial businesses along Lincoln Avenue.

The break occurred shortly before 10 a.m. today. Details were still sketchy and unofficial as of 11 a.m., as emergency workers secured the area. But a construction worker confirmed a gas main was struck as crews continued the summerlong sewer and road work on Lincoln. A foreman declined to offer an official comment.

One police officer said authorities didn't immediately feel an evacuation was necessary, though fire officials from the Waukesha Fire Department were actively moving people to an area several hundred feet away from the break.

The break also blocked access to and from the industrial businesses east of the intersection. Those affected include Eaton Corp. (the former Cooper Power Systems plant) and Waukesha Foundry.

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Wings over Waukesha Air Show returns this weekend to Crites Field

Aug. 22, 2014 2:24 p.m. | The Wings over Waukesha Air Show returns this weekend to the Waukesha County Airport grounds, 2525 Aviation Drive. 

Gates for the event, which features an air show and aviation expo, open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 5 to 17, and the event is free for youth 4 years old and younger.

The event includes a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

B-17 flights are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and the Wings over Waukesha Air Show is from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. 

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Waukesha man arrested after pointing a gun at another person outside home

Aug. 21, 2014 5:48 p.m. | A 63-year-old Waukesha man was arrested after a tactical situation shut down a Waukesha neighborhood earlier this week.

Lt. Joe Hendricks said the man pointed a long gun at an adult victim on Monday, Aug. 18, in the 300 block of Western Avenue, just north of Lowell Park and east of Waukesha North High School.

Hendricks said the Waukesha Police Department has referred charges to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for disorderly conduct of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

But Hendricks said as of Thursday afternoon charges have not been filed. 

According to the police blotter, a 12-year-old boy was walking home from football practice when he saw an older man exit a house with a rifle at 7:58 p.m. Monday.

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 21, 2014 issue

Aug. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. | 1 A GPS and radar detector were stolen from a vehicle at 1365 Josephine St. prior to 7:08 a.m. Aug. 7. The window was shattered for entry.

2 Police were called to Dierks Waukesha Foods, 900 Gale St., for a man sitting in a silver Honda for several hours around 8 p.m. Aug. 7. Police learned the man is an employee at Dierks and was completing work orders before his shift begins.

3 A caller reported a neighbor was shooting at squirrels with some type of gun at 116 W. Sunset Drive at 8:09 p.m. Aug. 7. The neighbor said he has been doing so for some time in an effort to keep squirrels out of his garden. He was advised that shooting an air rifle in city limits is illegal.

4 A person was seen swerving all over the road with no headlights on her vehicle and shining a spotlight into people's yard on the corner of Delafield Street and West Washington Avenue at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 8. Police learned that the driver was actually driving around looking for her lost dog, a brown shih tzu.

5 A woman said a man with brown "scraggly" hair, carrying a bottle of alcohol and either a pole or a stick, came up to her patio door at 2111 Kensington Drive at 2:16 a.m. Aug. 8 and asked if she was home alone.

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Meijer supercenter receives final approval from Waukesha Common Council

Aug. 21, 2014 12:15 p.m. | While it was a long road to get a final approval, a Meijer supercenter is officially coming into the city of Waukesha.

The city’s Common Council approved the final site plan and architectural planned unit development Tuesday night of a 192,000-square-foot store and 2,500-square-foot gas station.

Aldermen Steve Johnson, Eric Payne and Kathleen Cummings voted against the project.

The Plan Commission signed off on the food, clothing and home merchandising store, which would be located at the corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive, at its meeting last week.

The store will be open 24 hours a day.

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Waukesha school committee denies parent's request to ban 'The Kite Runner,' 'Chinese Handcuffs'

Aug. 20, 2014 1:12 p.m. | Another Waukesha parent tried to have books banned from the school district.

But again, a school panel, composed of school officials and teachers, unanimously denied the request at a meeting Wednesday morning. 

Karen Tessman, a parent of a Waukesha West High School student, filed a complaint in July to have the books "The Kite Runner" and "Chinese Handcuffs" removed due to the "extreme violence" she said is depicted in each book. 

Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," which was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is part of the district's curriculum, having been previously approved by the district in 2006.

But the district's Consideration Committee, a subcommittee of the School Board, still took up the complaint on Wednesday. 

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Disconnected air hose stops trains in its tracks in Waukesha

Aug. 19, 2014 5:46 p.m. | A Canadian National train made the kind of unscheduled stop that had Waukesha driver's wondering what was up late Monday, Aug. 18.

The southbound freight train suddenly began braking as the front half of it moved past the Grand Avenue crossing near Williams Street at about 11:20 p.m., eventually coming to a complete stop with the last car still partially blocking that crossing and the rest of the train fully blocking the crossings on West Avenue and Sunset Drive.

It was the beginning of a roughly two-hour delay as the CN crew began walking the tracks to find a malfunction that had forced the 155-car train's air-brake system to bring everything to a grinding halt.

Patrick Waldron, a communications official for the railroad, said Tuesday that the crew eventually traced the problem to a disconnected air hose between two freight cars.

For Waukesha drivers traveling on the southside of the city, the stilled train came as a bit of a surprise. At various times during the delay, cars could be seen at each crossing waiting for some moments before deciding to find a route around the long train.

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Waukesha mom seeks to have two novels banned from schools

Aug. 19, 2014 3:58 p.m. | UPDATE: A Waukesha School District committee denies the request to have "The Kite Runner " and "Chinese Handcuffs" banned from schools. 

For the second time in a month, a Waukesha school panel will determine whether to ban a book from its schools after the novel received backlash from a parent.

Following a complaint from a Waukesha West parent earlier this summer, the Waukesha School District's Consideration Committee will hold a public hearing and take action on the two books in question, "The Kite Runner" and "Chinese Handcuffs" on Wednesday morning. 

This comes after a parent from Waukesha South tried to get the 2005 John Green young-adult novel "Looking for Alaska" banned from library shelves in the district. Some parents said that book promoted sex, drugs, alcohol and foul language. 

However, the consideration committee, made up of teachers and school officials, unanimously denied the request to remove the book from the district. 

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Waukesha man accused of child porn possession

Aug. 18, 2014 9:36 a.m. | A 59-year-old Waukesha man allegedly downloaded several illegal pornographic videos of children because he had a "morbid curiosity" about them.

Michael Harpe, 3015 Minot Lane, was charged on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with ten felony counts of child porn possession.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police served a search warrant on Harpe's residence on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and found numerous child porn videos on Harpe's external hard drive and cell phone.

There were two more videos on the phone, reportedly shot by Harpe, showing Harpe's 14-year-old niece walking around a hot tub, seemingly unaware that she was being recorded.

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Waukesha South football team looking for opponent after Week 1 foe Nicolet cancels season

Aug. 15, 2014 12:46 p.m. | Next Friday was supposed to be the much-anticipated opening of Waukesha South’s revamped football stadium with the Blackshirts taking on Nicolet.

With Nicolet announcing Thursday night that it is canceling the upcoming season due to a lack of players in the program, South’s plans are now on hold.

Waukesha South Athletic Director Dan Domach is now scrambling to try to find an opponent for his team.

“This is late in the game,” Domach said on Friday. “This isn’t going to be easy.”

Domach said he was under the impression that some teams within the Milwaukee Public Schools needed an opponent for Week 1, but he just found out all of the teams now have opponents.

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Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.

A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:


"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.


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Screams from winning scratch-off lottery ticket results in Waukesha police response

Aug. 14, 2014 5:23 p.m. | This must have been some lottery ticket, because most everyone in the area apparently heard the celebration. 

According to the police blotter, a caller reported that a man was screaming in the Cutler Park area just after 9 p.m. Aug. 6.

Shortly after, another person called police to report the same thing. 

Two minutes later, another person reported hearing a "loud commotion."

A minute later, a fourth person called police stating the man was walking on Maple Avenue. 

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Waukesha police called to apartment because man says neighbor talking, showering 'too loud'

Aug. 14, 2014 5:07 p.m. | You might often hear your neighbors' conversations when living in an apartment.

In one instance last week in Waukesha, this resulted in a call to police.

According to the police blotter, a man called police to report his neighbor was talking and showering too loud at an apartment at 323 Born Place around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 4.

The caller said he felt it was an unreasonable time for people to be awake.

Police told the man this is a consequence of apartment living. Police also told the man that if this was an ongoing issue he should contact his landlord but no law enforcement action could be taken for what he was reporting.

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Waukesha man has police called on him for listening to Bob Dylan music while cleaning car

Aug. 14, 2014 4:50 p.m. | Often times, people listen to music while cleaning or washing their car during the summer.

One Waukesha man was recently doing just that, but he had the police called to his residence.

According to the police blotter, a caller reported excessively loud music coming from a Jeep Cherokee at an apartment at 405 N. Moreland Blvd. at 12:35 p.m. July 31.

Police, however, just found a man listening to Bob Dylan music while cleaning his car.

Police said the music was moderately loud and the man turned it down to a reasonable level. 

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 14, 2014 issue

Aug. 14, 2014 11:00 a.m. | 1 A caller reported excessively loud music coming from a Jeep Cherokee at an apartment at 405 N. Moreland Blvd. at 12:35 p.m. July 31. Police just found a man listening to Bob Dylan music while cleaning his car. Police said the music was moderately loud and the man turned it down to a reasonable level.

2 One man was bleeding from his ear after a physical altercation with another man at the Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., at 1:15 p.m. July 31.

3 A woman's wallet, cellphone and credit cards were stolen from her shopping cart at Pick 'n Save, 1535 E. Moreland Blvd., at 3:20 p.m. July 31.

4 After several customer complaints, The Steaming Cup, 340 W. Main St., called police around 3:30 p.m. July 31 after a man yelled profanities as he was walking down Main Street.

5 Police were called to 2002 Cardinal Drive, where a 13-year-old boy was reportedly touching his 5-year-old sister "inappropriately" at 5:40 p.m. July 31.

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Judge Mac Davis announces retirement from Waukesha County circuit court

Aug. 14, 2014 10:13 a.m. | Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis says he'll hang up his robes next year.

Davis, who served in the state Senate as a Republican before moving to the bench in 1990, told the Waukesha Freeman he will not seek re-election after his current term ends next August.

Davis is 62. He told the newspaper he might do some reserve judge work or mediattion but has no plans to work full-time after he retires.

1 killed when SUV hits tree in Town of Waukesha

Aug. 14, 2014 8:06 a.m. | One person was killed Wednesday night when an SUV crashed into a tree in the Town of Waukesha.

The crash occurred at 10:42 p.m. on River Road, and Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies and the Town of Waukesha firefighters were called to the scene, where they found the SUV engulfed in flames, according to a department news release.

Authorities said the driver, who was the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has not been identified.

The SUV had been traveling south on River Road when it left the road and hit the tree. The crash remains under investigation.

Meijer supercenter in Waukesha gains final approval from Plan Commission

Aug. 13, 2014 9:30 p.m. | There are less and less obstacles standing in the way for a Meijer supercenter to come into the city of Waukesha.

The Meijer development, proposed for the corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha, took a major step forward Wednesday night when the Plan Commission unanimously approved the final site plan and architectural review.

Meijer officials are planning a 192,000-square-foot supercenter on the south end of the property and a 2,500-square-foot gas station on the north end near Sunset Drive.

The Common Council will now vote on final approval at an upcoming meeting.

City Planner Jennifer Andrews didn't know if the council will take up the matter at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, as the developers work with staff on the changes that were proposed at Wednesday's meeting.

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Waukesha's Night Out is Wednesday, Aug. 13

Aug. 13, 2014 2:30 p.m. | Waukesha's annual Night Out returns next week to Frame Park.

The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Frame Park Rotary Building grounds, 1150 Baxter St.

This event is free to the community and is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, promote safety knowledge, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, while sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

Flight for Life will stop by from 5 to 6 p.m., weather and no emergencies permitting.

Waukesha police will display a squad car, armored car and command post. Also, child identification kits will be available, with a Waukesha police officer present to finger-print children.

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Issue with GAB's canvass reporting system caused election night delay in Waukesha

Aug. 13, 2014 2:10 p.m. | Those who were waiting for the final results of the District 97 state assembly race in Waukesha County had to stay up into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The reason for the delay?

Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said an error in the Government Accountability Board's canvass reporting system resulted in voting totals across the city coming in extremely slow.

Final totals for the District 97 race were not in until just after 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, more than four hours after the polls closed on Tuesday night.

The voting totals in the District 97 race for the town of Genesee, town of Mukwonago and town of Waukesha came in relatively quickly, but everyone was waiting for the city of Waukesha's results. 

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Woman on trial for fourth OWI charged with fifth

Aug. 13, 2014 12:33 p.m. | A 34-year-old Hartland woman previously accused of intoxicated driving was allegedly found by police to be impaired again while she was waiting for a court hearing.

Emily Jarvis, W313 N4969 Chapel Ridge Road, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with her fifth operating while intoxicated offense, felony bail jumping and driving with a revoked license. She has three prior OWI convictions on her record and is currently standing trial for her fourth.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police responded on Monday, Aug. 11, to the Moreland Plaza, 801 W. Moreland Boulevard, where they found Jarvis passed out in her car with the engine running.

Jarvis reportedly told the officers she had been waiting for her court hearing (for the fourth OWI charge) to begin and had dozed off.


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Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

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Scott Allen wins crowded 97th Assembly District Republican primary

Aug. 13, 2014 8:30 a.m. | Scott Allen maintained a comfortable lead throughout the night in the 97th Assembly District race.

But his victory wasn't official until just after midnight Wednesday morning, more than four hours after the polls closed.

With 2,003 votes or 34 percent of the vote, Allen separated himself from the pack to win the crowded six-person Republican primary.

His closest challenger was Humana consultant Brandon Rosner, who finished with 1,714 votes or 29 percent of the vote.

The next four candidates were far behind. City of Waukesha alderwoman and county board supervisor Kathleen Cummings finished third with 742 votes (13 percent), GOP activist Vince Trovato fourth with 727 votes (12 percent), city of Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry fifth with 428 votes (7 percent) and former town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske sixth with 300 votes (5 percent).

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Former Waukesha alderman Scott Allen holds edge in District 97 state race as of midnight

Aug. 12, 2014 11:57 p.m. | Update: Scott Allen wins the 97th Assembly District seat after city of Waukesha totals finally come in.

It was a six-person race to replace Rep. Bill Kramer, but it essentially turned into a two-person battle Tuesday night, Aug. 12.

In the end, the 97th Assembly District Republican primary focused on sales director Scott Allen and Humana consultant Brandon Rosner.

Allen clearly had the edge as of 11:55 p.m. Tuesday night. With 96 percent of the votes in, the former Waukesha alderman was leading Rosner, 1,756-1,405, as of midnight.

If he maintained his margin, Allen, 48, would appear on the general election ballot in November. But he essentially won the seat with no Democrats running for the position.

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Gov. Scott Walker urges everyone to wear purple to support Slender Man stabbing victim

Aug. 12, 2014 5:39 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker will be wearing purple on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

And he urges everyone to do the same in support of the 12-year-old Waukesha girl who nearly lost her life after being stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two of her classmates in May.

On Tuesday afternoon, the governor issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, Aug. 13, as "Purple Hearts for Healing Day" across the state of Wisconsin. As a result, Walker invites the rest of the state to join him in wearing purple in the girl's honor.

Purple is the girl's favorite color and hearts are her favorite shape. Purple hearts have become the theme in the girl's recovery as supporters all across the world have sent her homemade purple hearts with heartfelt messages written on them. She also recently received a military Purple Heart from an anonymous veteran.

Walker is the latest to offer his kind words to the victim and her family.

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Gov. Scott Walker will give post-election remarks in Waukesha

Aug. 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. | After casting his ballot Tuesday morning in Wauwatosa, Gov. Scott Walker will return to southeastern Wisconsin for an election night rally in Waukesha. 

Walker will give his post-election remarks at the Republican Party of Waukesha County's main office, 1701 Pearl St., on Waukesha's east side.

Doors open at 8:45 p.m. with the start time scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Walker is scheduled to give his remarks at 10 p.m.

Walker is up for re-election. The Republican governor will likely face Democratic challenger Mary Burke in the general election on Nov. 4.

While those two will face off in November, the Republican primary election in two Waukesha County races will in effect crown the winners for the 97th Assembly District and Waukesha County sheriff

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Waukesha teen charged for role in alleged shooting

Aug. 12, 2014 1:03 p.m. | A 16-year-old Waukesha boy, charged in February with attempted first-degree murder, was instead found guilty on Monday, Aug. 11, of recklessly endangering safety.

Zakaria Alhasasneh will spend three years in Lincoln Hills state prison in Irma, Wis., about 200 miles north of Waukesha, and four and a half years under extended supervision provided he maintains a full-time job or attends school.

Alhasasneh plead guilty to the lesser charge in late June after his attorney filed a document refuting a number of statements Alhasasneh had made to police recorded in a criminal complaint regarding an alleged shooting Alhasasneh was accused of committing with an accomplice named Alonso Corral.

According to the criminal complaint, Corral fired two shots into a vehicle on Feb. 5 in an attempt to kill a man named John Brautigam, a friend of Corral.

Corral had allegedly previously warned Brautigam about a potential confrontation.

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Investigation into death of 12-year-old continues

Aug. 08, 2014 9:08 p.m. | UPDATE: Girl's death not caused by vaccination, medical examiner says

Waukesha police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl whose mother found her unresponsive in their home.

"There is no indication of wrongdoing, but the cause of death has not been determined," Waukesha Capt. Ron Oremus said Friday. "That is something we rely on the medical examiner's office to do. Until that determination is made, we won't close the case."

Rebecca Prohaska believes her daughter Meredith may have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, which she said was given at a physician's office around 10:30 a.m. on July 30, less than six hours before the girl died.

Oremus said the mother's belief that the vaccine is to blame is speculation.

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Pewaukee middle school student following character from Slender Man website

Aug. 08, 2014 4:56 p.m. | Pewaukee police heard an unsettling, all-too-familiar story from someone in late July: a teenage girl was overheard expressing her fascination with a fictitious Internet character.

Capt. Jay Iding said a source told police the girl, a student at Asa Clark Middle School in Pewaukee, was possibly following a make-believe character called Jeff the Killer from the horror website Creepypasta.

Creepypasta Wiki was thrust into the national spotlight recently after two Waukesha girls were charged with attempting to stab their 12-year-old friend to death in devotion to one of the site's characters named Slender Man, who is described in some of the stories.

Iding said the girl is a student here but lives in Milwaukee. The case was referred to the Milwaukee Sensitive Crimes Unit for further investigation. He added that the Asa Clark school officials were similarly notified of the incident.

According to the incident report, a complainant told police that the girl was following Jeff the Killer on Creepypasta and might have claimed to believe he was real. The site describes itself as "Internet horror stories, passed around on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers."

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Meijer seeks final approval from Waukesha Plan Commission

Aug. 08, 2014 2:20 p.m. | Though there was plenty of opposition from neighbors of the proposed Meijer development, the project gained all of the necessary preliminary approvals last summer in the city of Waukesha.

But Meijer officials have been waiting for more than 11 months from the city to give the development, which includes a 192,000-square-foot supercenter and a 2,500-square-foot gas station, its final approval.

That could happen next week with the Plan Commission scheduled to vote on the approval of a final site plan and architectural planned unit development review for the project, located on the southeast corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive.

The Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at City Hall, 201 Delafield St. 

City officials have touted the economic impact Meijer could bring to the area, but many neighbors of the site have strongly opposed the proposed development.

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All-day fundraiser in Madison planned for Waukesha Slender Man stabbing victim

Aug. 08, 2014 10:45 a.m. | People all around the world have donated purple hearts and money for the 12-year-old Waukesha girl who was nearly stabbed to death in May, allegedly by two of her classmates who plotted the attack for months.

Now, according to a post from the victim's official fundraising website, a large-scale fundraiser will be put on from a group outside the area at the end of the month.

The groups (Metcalfe's Markets, Johnsonville, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek and many others) that put on the "World's Largest Brat Fest" each Memorial Day weekend in Madison are working together to put on a fundraiser to help the victim's family pay their mounting medical bills.

The all-day fundraiser, called "Feed Your Heart," is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Metcalfe's west side location, 7455 Mineral Point Road, Madison.

Besides plenty of food and live music, guests will have the opportunity to make personalized purple hearts for the young girl.

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A day that started with a routine doctor visit ends in girl's death

Aug. 07, 2014 7:03 p.m. | UPDATE: Girl's death not caused by vaccination, medical examiner says

At the end of a long, terrible day on July 30, Rebecca Prohaska consented to donate her 12-year-old daughter's organs, tissues and bones.

Later, the medical examiner asked permission to take the Waukesha child's brain. It might be the only way to determine why Meredith Prohaska, a vigorous girl who played basketball, swam, dove and dreamed of a career in art, collapsed on the floor of her home and died. In a few weeks, she would have entered the seventh grade at Butler Middle School.

That morning, Meredith had a routine visit to the doctor and a routine vaccination for human papillomavirus. Afterward, she felt sleepy. As far as Rebecca Prohaska could tell, those were the only clues to the girl's death.

The mother hated allowing Meredith's brain to be removed. It would not be with her in the casket. But she told the medical examiner, "Yes."

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Waukesha Common Council meetings will now start at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 06, 2014 1:23 p.m. | If you want to attend a Waukesha Common Council meeting or tune into one on TV, you’ll have to do so an hour earlier.

The council on Tuesday night approved a change in the start times for its meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Alderman Joe Pieper made the request to allow more participation for residents to attend as well as to give the council a better opportunity to finish meetings earlier in the night.

“We’re more efficient when we make decisions earlier in the evening and before the stroke of midnight,” Pieper said.

“And perhaps with 6:30 p.m. our TV ratings might improve," Pieper joked.

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 7, 2014 issue

Aug. 06, 2014 11:30 a.m. | 1 A gun was stolen from a man's car at 1211 Woodbury Common prior to 12:40 p.m. July 23.

2 A person was arrested for stealing $167.56 worth of flowers from The Home Depot, 2320 Bluemound Road, at 1:26 a.m. July 24. The person also stole $41.88 worth of flowers from a Delafield store.

3 The back of a residence was shot at by juveniles with a pellet gun at 420 N. University Drive at 5:53 a.m. July 24.

4 A caller at 1926 S. Grand Ave. said a 10-year-old girl hit their 11-year-old son in the groin area and told him she was going to stab him while he was playing at a playground prior to 6:03 a.m. July 24.

5 A group of kids reported that a teenager displayed a knife to them at 733 Linden St. about 6:25 a.m. July 24. Police learned that the teenager merely had a stick.

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Waukesha man allegedly sent threatening letter to county judge

Aug. 06, 2014 11:26 a.m. | A 51-year-old Waukesha man reportedly wrote and signed an incriminating letter to a county judge and a Milwaukee attorney.

John Bell, S16 W22097 Arcadian Avenue, was charged on Wednesday, July 30, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with threatening to harm a judge.

According to the criminal complaint, Bell was upset about a divorce hearing Judge Ralph Ramirez had heard and adjudicated.

"I will not stop pursuing you till I utterly destroy you, you lawless, unjust, perverted, God-hating, pathetic (expletive)," Bell wrote, according to the complaint.

A second, similar letter was sent to an attorney who was involved in the same case.

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Shoppes at Fox River expansion in Waukesha receives final approval

Aug. 05, 2014 10:45 p.m. | The expansion for The Shoppes at Fox River received final approval by the Waukesha Common Council on Tuesday night.

Six new buildings will be added to the site at 1180 W. Sunset Drive, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives.

One of the tenants will be a 65,000-square-foot building attached to Hobby Lobby on the east side.

Another is a 91,000-square-foot building for five tenants. The other four buildings on the property total 31,000 square feet.

Two of these buildings will include a drive-through option, according to the development plans.

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Milwaukee man accused of strangling his girlfriend into unconsciousness

Aug. 05, 2014 4:33 p.m. | A 38-year-old Milwaukee man allegedly choked his girlfriend until she passed out in their shared room on July 20, at the Country Springs Hotel.

Jesus Ladwig was charged on Friday, Aug. 1, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery, all domestic abuse offenses, and felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint, Ladwig knocked the victim to the ground and squeezed her throat until she lost consciousness.

The victim told police in the complaint that Ladwig repeatedly threatened to kill her.

"This is what it feels like to die," Ladwig said, according to the complaint.

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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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