Yaeggi unstoppable for Watertown

Oct. 28, 2012 7:44 a.m. | At the end of Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff game, the public address announcer at Waukesha West congratulated both teams and told the fans they just witnessed something special.

Indeed it was special as third seeded Watertown (9-1) outlasted seventh seeded Waukesha West (5-5), 54-49.

Down 33-14 at the half, Watertown was mostly held in check by West’s smothering defense, turning the ball over on three different occasions.

“We talked about at halftime, we just played our worst first half of football,” Watertown coach Benji Kamrath said. “We had some turnovers. Uncharacteristic of us. Waukesha West did a great job of executing and making some big plays.”

With 5:48  seconds remaining in the half, West’s defense got a hand on a Watertown pass and West senior Abe Gustafson snagged it out of the air, running 60 yards for the score.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Sussex man charged in Tuesday's Waukesha shooting

Oct. 25, 2012 2:52 p.m. | The man who pointed a long gun at Waukesha police and shot at officers was charged today in Waukesha County Court.

Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex was charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide, two counts of 1st-degree recklessly endangering society, burglary-armed with a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, intimidate victim/damage property, possess firearm-contrary to injunction, possess short-barreled shotgun/rifle, aggravated battery-elderly and violating a domestic abuse injunction.

Petarius’ charges come two days after officers from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Butler, New Berlin, F.B.I and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of Racine Ave. due to a domestic-related incident.

When officers arrived at the residence at 4:18 p.m. they met with a 75-year-old female victim, who had been divorced from Petarius.

While officers were interviewing the woman, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said Petarius appeared and pointed the gun at officers and shot at them. The officers returned fire and disengaged from the residence with the victim.

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Downtown trick-or-treating highlights 2012 weekend Halloween events in Waukesha

Oct. 25, 2012 10:40 a.m. | While the City and Town of Waukesha will celebrate trick or treating next Wednesday on Halloween night from 5 to 7, the annual event comes early in downtown Waukesha.

Participating business, which will have posters in their windows signaling their involvement, will welcome little ghosts and goblins and pass out treats from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The businesses on Main Street that are participating are Allo! Chocolat, Krumrich Jewelers, Plowshare Center, Martha Merrell’s Books, Cuddles, Little Swiss Clock Shop, Copacetic, RiverMill Foods, The Steaming Cup, People’s Park, Magellan’s, River’s End Gallery and Waukesha Tattoo Company.

Montecito Ristorante, North American Computer and Rochester Deli on Broadway are participating; Outpost Music is the only one on South Street, Waukesha Community Art Project on Grand Avenue, Mia’s and Mary’s Design Studio on Clinton Street and Walgreens on Madison Street.

Here is a list of other trick or treat times in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.

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Annexation of Five Diamonds from Town to City of Waukesha to be discussed at Plan Commission

Oct. 24, 2012 3:08 p.m. | More than a month after the owners of Five Diamonds Inc. requested to be annexed into the City of Waukesha, the city's Plan Commission will take up this issue at its meeting Wednesday night.

The complex, located on Les Paul Parkway (Highway 59/164) and Milky Way Road, opened earlier this year.

But it has been anything but a smooth relationship between owners Tom Kelenic, Greg Beatty, Town officials and the neighbors in the area.

According to the agenda, the Plan Commission will review a petition from A.W. Bryant to annex 3.34 acres west of Milky Way Road and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

After that, the Commission will look at a petition from Five Diamonds Inc. to annex 36.62 acres east of South Highway 164 and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

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Man suspected of shooting at Waukesha officers remains jailed

Oct. 24, 2012 2:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old man suspected of being involved in a shootout Tuesday afternoon with police at an E. Racine Ave. residence remains in police custody awaiting multiple criminal charges, Captain Ron Oremus said Wednesday.

The man was inside a residence at Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of E. Racine Ave. when police arrived at 4:18 p.m. in response to a domestic violence complaint, Oremus said.

The man does not live there, but he was holding the victim, his ex-wife, against her will, Oremus said. Officers were talking to the victim, a 75-year-old woman, at the front door of the residence when the man appeared inside, pointed a "long gun" and shot at the officers.

The officers returned fire, left the condominium unit with the woman and called for assistance. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The suspect surrendered at 5:16 p.m.

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Large police presence on scene at reported shooting at Racine Avenue in Waukesha

Oct. 23, 2012 4:57 p.m. | Based on reports, Waukesha Police and other Waukesha County police departments are on the scene at a possible shooting that may include domestic problems at a house at Racine Avenue and Guthrie Road in Waukesha.

Reports say that a suspect is a 76-year-old man who has a long gun.

While unconfirmed, initial reports through the Waukesha police scanner state that there are two victims in the domestic-related shooting.

According to Today's TMJ4, police are now blocking off E. Racine Ave. and Guthrie Road. People are also reportedly being told to stay in their homes in that area.

The scene is near Minooka Park.

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TV repairman Gardetto headed to prison

Oct. 23, 2012 4:14 p.m. | A television repairman who repeatedly ripped off consumers in the Milwaukee area will be spending the next two years in jail.

James D. Gardetto, 47, was sentenced Monday to two years of initial confinement in a Wisconsin state prison, three years of extended supervision and three years of probation for engaging in unfair trade practices, according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.

Gardetto was convicted in August of six charges of unfair trade practices as well as bail jumping and obstructing a police officer by lying.

According to a criminal complaint:

In the summer of 2011, Gardetto pretended to fix a television owned by customers in Pewaukee. He cashed the check for the work, but when the customers realized the item wasn’t repaired, he returned and demanded more money to fix the problem.

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Waukesha purchases land for 'Plan B' water supply

Oct. 23, 2012 3:56 p.m. | Waukesha - The city has purchased 12.9 acres north of the Vernon Wildlife Area in the Town of Waukesha that will be part of a water supply Plan B should it fail in a bid for Lake Michigan water, officials said.

On Thursday, the Waukesha Water Commission is expected to recommend the city annex the property located east of county Highway I, or River Road, and south of Fox Vale Court.

Annexation is the next step in securing this property as "an insurance policy" against possible rejection by the eight Great Lakes states of Waukesha's request for lake water, Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Tuesday.

Waukesha purchased the property Sept. 18 at a cost of $500,000 - or nearly $38,760 an acre - from Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc. of Milwaukee, Assistant City Attorney Julie Gay said.

The property is about one mile south of the city. State law allows a city or village to annex property it owns even if not contiguous to its border, Gay said.

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Rubio to campaign for Romney in Waukesha

Oct. 23, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Madison -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will stump for Mitt Romney on Thursday in Waukesha. 

The senator from Florida is a rising star in the Republican Party and was frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney. 

He is to speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Waukesha Republican Victory Center, 1701 Pearl St., Suite No. 2.

Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Open house on Minooka Park use set for tonight

Oct. 22, 2012 11:41 a.m. | The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Minooka Park in Waukesha to discuss the master plan update for the park.

The open house is one of several the county will host. The public is invited to share ideas about the use of undeveloped areas at the park and more.

You can read more about the meetings in a YourStory submitted by the county.

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