Waukesha County schedules swine flu clinic

Dec. 30, 2009 3:30 p.m. | Waukesha — Free intranasal and injectable swine flu vaccines will be offered from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road.

The vaccines are for Waukesha County residents, according to the county Public Health Division.

To download forms that must be submitted at the time of vaccination, or to get more information about the clinics, go to www.waukeshacounty.gov/pandemicflu.

Information is also available by calling 211, which provides information 24 hours a day, or by calling (877) 947-2211 or (262) 547-3388.

Dispirited Falls falters for second straight night against Memorial

Dec. 28, 2009 11:49 p.m. | The body language and the casual banter back to the lockers at the Al McGuire Center Monday night told the entire story for the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team after a second straight game in which the Indians couldn't make enough plays down the stretch, falling to Catholic Memorial, 68-63.

Players didn't want to slap "5" with fans on the way back in, senior guard John Cording put his hands on his knees for a long time and pulled his jersey partially over his head in disgust and an assistant coach walked by and said: "Some soul-searching. That's what they need to do."

That much was the truth, as the previously high-flying Falls team dropped its second straight game at the WBBY Shootout and fell to 6-3 overall behind a mountain of close-in misses (24 of 70 from the field) and an inexcusable performance from the foul line (nine of 23).

Indian coach Ben Siebert, whose team has some great expectations this winter, didn't have any immediate answers.

"We just didn't have it from the get-go," he said. "The kids have a lot of thinking to do and figuring out where they want this season to go."

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Former Waukesha sex shop owner receives 35-year sentence

Dec. 22, 2009 4:12 p.m. | Waukesha — A registered sex offender who preyed on troubled teens and lured them into a life of sex and drugs through his shop Twisted was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison.

The sentence means that Scott E. Ziegler, 39, of Waukesha, likely won't get out of prison until he is a senior citizen.

"Every day he's off the streets makes it a healthier day for this community," Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez said as he sentenced Ziegler.

Ziegler ran the now-closed Twisted store in downtown Waukesha. It sold sex toys, pornography and drug paraphernalia and had become a hangout for teens.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said Ziegler used the shop to identify vulnerable young women and then took them to his residence, where he sexually assaulted them.

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Waukesha area bus service schedules adjust for holidays

Dec. 21, 2009 3:30 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha area bus service will be curtailed Christmas Eve and Day and extended on New Year's Eve.

Waukesha Metro Transit will operate regular routes and Metrolift service until 7:15 p.m. Christmas Eve and will not operate on Christmas Day. The transit center's customer service window will be closed both days.

Milwaukee County Transit System's Route 10 to Brookfield Square will operate buses Christmas Day on a Sunday schedule.

On New Year's Eve, Waukesha Metro Transit routes 1 through 9, 15 and Metrolift will operate with extended evening and night service, operating until 3:30 a.m. New Year's Day. The service will be free after 7 p.m. The customer transit center window will be closed both days.

The Milwaukee County Transit System Route 10 will make connections at Brookfield Square until 3 a.m. New Year's Day and operate a Sunday schedule after 4 a.m. that day.

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Waukesha County United Way campaign goes 'viral' to close gap

Dec. 18, 2009 5:12 p.m. | Waukesha - With two weeks left in its campaign, United Way in Waukesha County Friday launched its first "viral" campaign called "Give 10. Give Hope."

Donations to date have decreased while the demand for agencies' services continue to increase. As of Dec. 15, the Waukesha United Way Web site listed contributions of $3,390,354 toward its goal of $5,140,000.

The viral message urges people to click on a Web site - http://www.unitedwaywaukesha.org/Donate.php - and give $10 in the name of a family member rather than picking up one last holiday present. They can also ask others to give in their name.

Suspect's mother convicted for role in slaying of Waukesha woman

Dec. 18, 2009 5:10 p.m. | A Fond du Lac County jury Friday convicted Nancy J. Pinno of helping to burn the body of 28-year-old Waukesha woman who police say was strangled by Pinno's son.

Renee Redmer, a 29-year-old mother of two, was reported missing Jan. 13. Pinno's son, Brandon J. Mueller, 36, killed Redmer then hid her body in a cooler in his mother's Fond du Lac garage, according to a criminal complaint.

Pinno, 53, helped Mueller move the body to a home belonging to a friend, Donald R. Worth, 48, of the Town of Friendship. According to the complaint, Mueller and Worth burned the body then dumped the ashes into a hole drilled in the Lake Winnebago ice.

The jury convicted Pinno of being party to the crime of mutilating a corpse and of obstructing an officer.

Worth, 48, pleaded no contest in November to being party to a crime of mutilating a corpse and possession of marijuana.

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Woman hurt in I-94 crash in Waukesha County

Dec. 15, 2009 6:43 p.m. | A woman involved in a single-vehicle crash that closed westbound lanes on I-94 in Waukesha County for about an hour Tuesday evening has been taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, City of Pewaukee police said.

The crash was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. when the woman, who was westbound on I-94, struck a snowbank at Highway 16.

The woman was transported by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert. Her condition was not immediately available, police said.

The rollover crash forced the closure of all four westbound lanes of I-94 at Highway J for about an hour, according to the Waukesha County Communications Center.

Waukesha site expanding Early Head Start spots

Dec. 15, 2009 5:47 p.m. | National Centers for Learning Excellence in Waukesha is increasing the number of spots in its Early Head Start program by 50% thanks to a new federal grant. Read more in School Zone.

Waukesha site expanding Early Head Start spots

Dec. 15, 2009 3:21 p.m. | National Centers for Learning Excellence in Waukesha is increasing the number of spots in its Early Head Start program by 50% thanks to a new federal grant.

The grant, which amounts to nearly $300,000, means that the early childhood program can serve an additional 24 low-income infants, toddlers and pregnant women, the organization announced. The funding was awarded through a national competition.

The centers' Early Head Start serves low-income pregnant mothers and children up to the age of 3 in a home-based program focused on supporting children's development in their earliest years. It differs from Head Start, which is a preschool program that serves low-income children ages 3 to 5.

"This home-based program, which supports parents and strengthens their skills in working with their own child, is proven to have the deepest long-term impact on child and parent alike," said Timothy Nolan, executive director of the Waukesha centers. Home visits are in English and Spanish.

Pregnant women and parents of infants and toddlers who are interested in enrolling in the Early Head Start program should contact Carol Rogers at (262) 548-8080 ext. 1022. Admission will be based on family income and other factors.

Waukesha County adds swine flu clinic

Dec. 11, 2009 4:44 p.m. | Waukesha - After canceling Thursday's swine flu clinic because of the cold, Waukesha County's Public Health Division has scheduled a new clinic for Thursday, Dec. 17.

The H1N1 vaccine in both the intranasal and injectable forms will be available at no charge to all Waukesha County residents on a first-come, first-served basis at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road. The clinic runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., or until the vaccine runs out.

Waukesha man accused in fatal stabbing deemed incompetent for trial

Dec. 10, 2009 4:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A 50-year-old Waukesha man charged in the June 16 stabbing death of his girlfriend was found incompetent to stand trial and was committed Thursday to the state Department of Health Services for mental health treatment.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer determined during a hearing that Daniel K. Christesen requires the involuntary administration of psychotropic medications and treatment, according to online court records.

Christesen's attorney, Donna Kuchler, said that Christesen will be sent to a secure state mental health institution, either Mendota or Winnebago.

It is expected that with treatment, Christesen could be competent to stand trial within 12 months, Deputy District Attorney Stephen J. Centinario Jr. said.

Kieffer scheduled a June 11 hearing on the case to review then whether Christesen is fit to stand trial.

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Waukesha water sale backed

Dec. 09, 2009 5:22 p.m. | A Milwaukee Common Council committee called Wednesday for the city to formally declare its interest in selling water to Waukesha.

Environmentalists and civil rights advocates urged the panel to wait until the state Department of Natural Resources has written rules to govern the process. But aldermen and Milwaukee Water Works Superintendent Carrie Lewis said the resolution was needed to keep the city in competition with Racine and Oak Creek to supply water to Waukesha.

Waukesha is seeking to buy Lake Michigan water to replace its groundwater wells, which are contaminated with radium. Because the community is outside the Great Lakes basin - but in a county that straddles the subcontinental divide - the Great Lakes Compact requires it to follow an intricate application process that includes winning the approval of all eight Great Lakes governors.

As part of that application process, Waukesha officials have asked communities willing to sell water to Waukesha to submit letters of interest by Jan. 31. Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson said his city already has received letters of interest from the Racine and Oak Creek water utilities.

But Waukesha officials prefer to buy water from Milwaukee for cost reasons. Milwaukee's water already is distributed to nearby suburbs, and the connection would not require miles of new pipeline.

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Waukesha County shelters available for tonight's deep freeze

Dec. 09, 2009 4:40 p.m. | Waukesha - With temperatures heading for the deep freeze tonight and some Waukesha County residents likely still without electrical power, county officials said that numerous shelters throughout the county are available for those needing lodging.

Anyone in the county who needs a warm place to stay can call 2-1-1, a service that provides free, confidential information on available resources, according to a press release from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' office. Those whose cellular provider does not allow calls to 2-1-1- can call (877) 947-2211 or (262) 547-3388.

Brian Manthey, spokesman for WE Energies, said that of the 14,000 people still without power in the company's service area late Wednesday afternoon, about 5,700 were in Waukesha County - primarily Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Waukesha, Delafield city and town and Lisbon. While workers tried to restore power Wednesday, more calls came in with a wave of new outages, he said. With high winds predicted for Wednesday night, more calls could be coming in.

Single-digit temperatures and gusting winds are expected to send wind chills well below zero.

Food Pantry of Waukesha County sees record demand

Dec. 09, 2009 4:02 p.m. | Waukesha - The nonprofit Food Pantry of Waukesha County has never seen a higher demand for services in its 31-year history than it did in the past year, Executive Director Karen Tredwell said this week.

And if that isn't worrisome enough, she said, the coming year looks just as bleak with a record set in November for individuals seeking help.

In the fiscal year that ended with September, the Food Pantry saw a 9.2% increase in demand for services and an average of 6,169 individual requests for food each month. About 74,000 times during the year, individuals obtained supplemental groceries and personal products from the agency, she said.

In November, an all-time high of 7,242 requests were made by individuals arriving at the pantry for help, Tredwell said.

The pantry relies on many different organizations and individuals for food donations. One such group, the focus of a Journal Sentinel column last year,will be back at it this Saturday in the Tall Grass, Rolling Ridge and Meadowbrook subdivisions on Waukesha's west side this Saturday.

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Tell us how the roads are in your neighborhood

Dec. 09, 2009 2:48 p.m. | As the workday comes to an end, people are going to want to know: What are the roads going to be like?

Help us help your fellow driver by sending an update on the situation where you are. Are the roads well-plowed? Is black ice beginning to develop? Are the puddles knee deep in the dip in the road at the intersection?

Feel free to also share other ways the weather is affecting you. Whether the power is out or the kids are enjoying the first sledding of the year, it's unquestionable this first snowstorm of the season is affecting people's plans.

Let us know what is going on by sending an e-mail to news@cninow.com. We may share your stories with our readers. Please make sure to note which community you are in, and if relevant, which specific area of the community.

Waukesha man charged with homicide, drunken driving in crash

Dec. 04, 2009 4:54 p.m. | Waukesha - Christopher M. Conner, 20, of Waukesha, was charged Friday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle stemming from an early morning crash Tuesday that killed passenger Michael Zippel, 23, of Vernon.

According to the criminal complaint, Conner told police at the scene that he had had five beers before driving off Cheri Ave. at Sunset View Drive in Vernon shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 1. The car traveled down a ditch, became airborne and hit a large tree about 7 feet off the ground before coming to rest 300 feet from the tree, the complaint says.

Zippel, who was in the back seat, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene from internal injuries. Conner and passenger Lauren Thiesenhusen, 19, of Waukesha, were treated for minor injuries.

Judge J. Mac Davis set cash bail of $250,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 10.

The felony carries punishment of up to 25 years in prison and up to $100,000 fine, plus loss of driving privileges for five years.

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Inmate shot by deputy faces new charge

Dec. 02, 2009 5:20 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha County Jail inmate who was shot at a hospital after he allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy was charged Wednesday in connection with incident.

Steven P. Lettenberger was charged with assault by prisoner and felony bail jumping in connection with the Nov. 6 incident at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, according to online court records.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Lettenberger, who was in custody Wednesday in the Waukesha County Jail, according to the court and online jail records.

Lettenberger, 44, who was being treated at the hospital, was shot in the upper torso by a deputy whom he was advancing toward with a sharped-edge instrument, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has said.

Lettenberger, of Waukesha, was charged in Waukesha County in August with bail jumping, being armed with a firearm while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon.

Waukesha postpones meeting on Great Lakes water diversion

Dec. 02, 2009 4:33 p.m. | Mayor Larry Nelson has canceled a Dec. 8 public hearing and special Common Council meeting on the city's proposed switch to Lake Michigan water. Read more in Nature's State.

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