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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