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Man implicated in Waukesha shootout will undergo competency exam

Nov. 01, 2012 11:03 a.m. | The man alleged to have shot at a Waukesha police officer in an Oct. 23 standoff was in court today, where his attorney asked that he undergo a competency evaluation.

Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered the evaluation for Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex, who was charged with nine felonies and a misdemeanor after he allegedly wielded a sawed-off 12-guage shotgun and fired at an officer during a domestic dispute with his ex-wife at a condo on Waukesha's east side.

A follow-up hearing to review the results of the competency evaluation was scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Kettle Moraine football team defeats Waukesha South, 49-35

Sept. 13, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine scored a wild 49-35 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South Friday night. The Blackshirts led 20-7 midway through the second period before KM went on an impressive 42-7 run to win the game.

KM is now 3-1, its best start since 2007.

Senior running back Andrew Trafton scored three second half touchdowns and senior quarterback Mitch Pfeifer threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score. Will Duchow, Nate Tyley and Tanner Smith also scored for the Lasers.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

David Smart steps down as general manager of The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. | The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha appears to have regained some stability with new ownership and its bar and restaurant recently reopening.

But Harp & Eagle Ltd., the company that owns the hotel, will now have to find a new general manager for The Clarke Hotel.

General Manager David Smart stepped down from his position today.

He took over the 22-room boutique hotel at 314 W. Main St. late last year. Smart previously worked for Hilton Garden Inn in Oconomowoc.

Catholic Memorial earns distinct national School of Excellence recognition

Sept. 12, 2014 1:09 p.m. | Catholic Memorial High School has been named to the 2014 National Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.

The Cardinal Newman Society is a national organization devoted to promoting and defending Catholic education.

Only 70 out of the nearly 1,200 Catholic high schools across the nation were named to this year’s Honor Roll. 

According to a news release, the Catholic Education Honor Roll's School of Excellence Award recognizes high schools that exhibit faithful Catholic education through institutional identity, administration, academics and student life.

According to the Cardinal Newman Society, all schools on the Honor Roll embrace, support and pledge to work toward achieving three distinct "indicators of a School of Excellence:" a committment to Catholic teachings and lived faith; faculty, staff and volunteers exhibit that faith and Catholic identity; and the school’s policies and programs ensure the strength and stability of the church’s educational mission in a changing world.

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Hebron House of Hospitality breaks ground on new low-income apartments in Waukesha

Sept. 11, 2014 3:49 p.m. | Construction for Hebron House of Hospitality's new apartments in Waukesha is underway.

The Summit Hill Apartments, which will be for people with physical and mental disabilities, are located at 700 and 704 Summit Avenue.

There will be four units in each building with each unit 550-square-feet. The low-income apartments will also be wheelchair accessible.

Hebron House staff, city and county officials and staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development participated in a ground breaking ceremony at the site on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

The project is expected to be completed during the first half of 2015. Bernie Juno, strategic projects consultant, said the project has been in the works for seven years.

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Lawyer says girl not fit for trial in stabbing case

Sept. 11, 2014 10:55 a.m. | A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a fictional character called Slender Man is not competent to stand trial, according to her attorney.

In a letter to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren, Assistant State Public Defender Joseph Smith Jr. said after hearing from a forensic psychologist hired to examine Anissa Weier, he had reason to doubt her competency.

Weier and Morgan Geyser were charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing of the girl May 31 in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side.

The victim survived her wounds.

On Aug. 1, Bohren found Geyser incompetent and suspended the prosecution against her.

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R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha acquires Snyder Insurance

Sept. 10, 2014 6:05 p.m. | R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha, Wisconsin's largest singly-owned independent insurance agency, has acquired Snyder Insurance, an independent agency based in Oconomowoc.

Terms of the acquisition, which was effective Sept. 1, were not released.

Dan Wolfgram, executive vice president of R&R Insurance Services of personal lines, marketing and communications, said the deal will help both companies as they become one.

"It gives R&R an opportunity to have a broader base in western Waukesha County," Wolfgram said. "We're picking up a great staff and a lot of talent."

Ken Riesch, president and owner of R&R Insurance Services, Inc., said the acquisition is a win-win for both companies.

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 11, 2014 issue

Sept. 10, 2014 3:15 p.m. | 1 A house was egged overnight Aug. 25-26 at 821 Cavalier Drive.

2 A caller's red Ford Ranger was egged overnight Aug. 26-27 at 1701 Mohawk Lane.

3 For the second straight night a house was egged at 1604 Mohawk Lane. The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Aug. 27.

4 A caller reported a man who lives in an apartment at 326 Jackson Court pulled down the pants of a young boy at 10:48 a.m. Aug. 27.

5 A caller reported either a person or animal with blond hair was in the bed of a pickup truck at 701 Northview Road at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 27. It turns out it was hay.

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Catholic Memorial too stingy for Warhawks spikers

Sept. 09, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls volleyball team certainly had its moments, but Catholic Memorial refused to give an inch and took a Classic 8 Conference clash between two of the league's elite teams Tuesday, 27-25, 25-18, 27-25.

The Warhawks, who hadn't lost a match this season until the past weekend, were looking to ascend past the perennial powerhouse and its sophomore-dominant roster.

But Memorial played with the pluck of the underdog, staving off three set points in the first set and battling back from a 24-20 deficit to clinch the match in the third.

"We're both very good teams, very good programs," Arrowhead coach Sherry Moseler said. "Early in the season, we'll take this, we'll learn and we'll go for the peak at the end."

Alexis Alden, one of the aforementioned six sophomores on the roster, finished with 17 kills, notably five in a stretch of six points when Memorial and Arrowhead were wagering back-and-forth side-outs until the Crusaders sealed it.

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Waukesha County detective arrested for domestic disorderly conduct

Sept. 09, 2014 4:12 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective has been put on administrative leave after being arrested on an allegation of a domestic-related disorderly conduct incident.

According to a statement from Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki on Tuesday, Sept. 9, Pete Korns was arrested by the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Korns has been with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for about 26 years and is assigned to the Detective Bureau.

"Consistent with our normal practice, Detective Korns has been placed on administrative leave and his arrest powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the City of Waukesha Police Department’s investigation and our internal investigation," Trawicki said. 

Trawicki said the sheriff's department will not release any further details of the case until the conclusion of both investigations.

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Woman hit by vehicle in Waukesha Skateland parking lot expected to recover

Sept. 09, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department said Tuesday the 34-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle in the Skateland parking lot over Labor Day weekend is expected to recover.

Oremus said the woman remains hospitalized.

However, Oremus on Tuesday countered an earlier police report that said the incident included a hit and run.

“There is no evidence that this incident involved a hit and run as was initially reported,” Oremus said Tuesday.

He added there is no evidence that she was struck by any other vehicle other than the one in which she arrived.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

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 3.

John Milbrath devoted life to patients, family

Sept. 06, 2014 3:48 p.m. | As much time as John Milbrath devoted to preventing breast cancer, including through years of volunteer work, he still managed to find time to devote to his sons.

Aside from serving on national panels on breast cancer screening issues and a stint as president of the Wisconsin division of the American Cancer Society, he took his boys to Green Bay Packers games and on ski outings to the Upper Peninsula, while also refereeing their soccer games.

"And the time he spent with my son, his grandson, was a real treat for him," Philip Milbrath remembered.

Milbrath, the former director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic in Waukesha, died of natural causes Aug. 30. He was 74.

He was born John Richard Milbrath on July 10, 1940, to Elmer and Marion Milbrath, and grew up in Milwaukee, where he attended Forest Home Elementary School and Rufus King High School.

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Two-car crash in Pewaukee ignites cars, injures drivers

Sept. 06, 2014 2:28 p.m. | A two-car crash in Pewaukee Saturday morning ignited both vehicles, injuring the two drivers and requiring them to be taken to the hospital.

The accident occurred on Redford Boulevard at Busse Road shortly before 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

A 65-year-old West Bend man was driving southbound on Redford Boulevard approaching a controlled intersection when he ran into a vehicle going northbound on Redford driven by a 17-year-old Waukesha boy.

The teenager had been preparing to turn left to head west on Busse Road when the accident occurred.

Emergency staff from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the accident. Also, numerous citizens that were in the immediate area of the scene stopped to help.

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Waukesha West's Conor Blount too much for Mukwonago

Sept. 05, 2014 11:43 p.m. | One team's quarterback had the fancy footwork to score precious touchdowns in a low-scoring Classic 8 Conference opener between two of the league's premier programs. The other team's quarterback almost did the same.

But Waukesha West made sure Mukwonago remained at arm's length all night in a 21-9 victory that bumped the Wolverines to 3-0 and gave the Indians their first loss of the season.

Perhaps the night's most crucial play came when Mukwonago quarterback Austin Krueger cut through the line on a 4th and goal play from the 5-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but West's Tyler Remmers wrapped Krueger up shy of the goal line and forced a fumble into the end zone that returned the ball to West.

West junior quarterback Conor Blount converted two dicey third-down situations into one touchdown run per half, and the Wolverines won the battle with Mukwonago for a sixth consecutive season.

"This year as well as the last several years, we've been lucky to end up on top," West coach Steve Rux said. "We've been able to make a few more plays than they've been able to. But they're a very good football team and will be successful down the road."

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