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Executives take on new duties in ProHealth Care realignment

Jan. 28, 2011 9:34 a.m. | Top executives of Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital will take on new roles at ProHealth Care as part of a realignment the health system announced Friday.

Ed Olson, the president and chief executive of Waukesha Memorial, will become chief external affairs officer, overseeing ProHealth's relationships with community organizations, businesses, associations, legislators and policy-makers.

John Robertstad, president and chief executive of Oconomowoc Memorial, will become president of ProHealth's hospital division, overseeing the health system's two hospitals.

Kathy Scott will join ProHealth as chief innovation officer. In the new position, Scott will work to standardize practices, oversee the integration of information systems and improve workflow.

In addition to its two hospitals, ProHealth's operations include ProHealth Care Medical Associates, ProHealth Home Care and Hospice, West Wood Health & Fitness Center, senior living facilities and an interest in Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin.

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

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

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

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 train 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, which broke the pressurized air supply that keeps the brakes from pressing down on the flanged wheels.

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.

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