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Mental evaluation ordered for man accused of shooting at Waukesha police

Nov. 01, 2012 11:40 a.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old Sussex man charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes after shooting at a police officer responding to a domestic violence complaint on Oct. 23 will be given an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges, Waukesha County Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ruled Thursday.

Pieper ordered the mental health evaluation in response to a request from the defense attorney for Richard A. Petarius.

Petarius is being held in the Waukesha County Jail. On Oct. 25, Pieper set bail at $500,000.

Petarius carried a 12-gauge shotgun when he forced his way into the Waukesha residence of his ex-wife, Phyllis, on Oct. 23, according to a criminal complaint.

He used a cell phone to contact their son, Rick, of Watertown, shortly after entering the residence, the complaint says. Phyllis Petarius told officers that she overheard him tell their son that he intended to commit suicide that day.

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Waukesha Cemetery Commission will send out RFPs to review cemetery operations

9:35 p.m. | City Administrator Ed Henschel said the city's cemetery, Prairie Home Cemetery, has never had an independent study done on its operations.

That will soon change as the Waukesha Cemetery Commission will send out a Request for Proposal to retain a professional cemetery management consultant to conduct a study of its cemetery operations.

The cemetery, which is owned by the city, will pay for the study through an endowment fund, city administrator Ed Henschel said. 

The study, Henschel said, will cost about $13,000.

In an 8-6 vote, the council authorized the commission to send out RFPs at its meeting Tuesday night.

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Clarke Hotel's Irish restaurant now open in downtown Waukesha

5:16 p.m. | A couple weeks after The Clarke Irish Pub opened in downtown Waukesha, its adjoining restaurant is also now open. 

Paul Ward, manager of the pub, said the restaurant, 314 W. Main St., opened on Aug. 25. 

The restaurant's hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

The restaurant's menu will mirror the County Clare's in downtown Milwaukee. 

A grand opening of the bar and restaurant will take place later this fall, Ward said.

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Woman remains critical after brawl at Waukesha roller rink

1:57 p.m. | Authorities are asking anyone who witnessed a brawl outside a Waukesha roller rink Sunday night to contact police.

Police were called to Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday after a fight between two people in the parking lot apparently escalated.

A woman in her 30s was struck by a vehicle fleeing the parking lot and was transported to Froedtert Hospital in critical condition. The woman, whose name has not been released, remained unconscious in the hospital Tuesday morning, police said. A 6-year-old boy received minor injuries in the altercation.

Police have recovered the vehicle involved and identified a suspect, but were not releasing that person's identity on Tuesday because police had not confirmed the person participated in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Paikowski at (262) 524-3786.

Brawl outside Waukesha roller rink injures boy, 6, and woman

Sept. 01, 2014 11:01 a.m. | A fight outside a Waukesha roller rink Sunday night injured a 6-year-old boy and left an adult woman hospitalized.

Police were called to Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., shortly after 11 p.m., Lt. Ty Hoffman said Monday. There was a lock-in event at Skateland for teenagers Saturday evening.

He said a fight between two individuals in the parking lot apparently escalated into a larger altercation.

"It was a chaotic scene," he said.

Some reports indicate the boy, who Hoffman said was a nephew of the injured woman, was hit by a bottle.

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Coast Guard ends search for Brookfield pilot missing after crash

Aug. 31, 2014 4:45 p.m. | The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday called off its search for a Brookfield man whose plane left Waukesha on Saturday before running out of fuel and crashing into the Atlantic Ocean after he mysteriously lost consciousness and contact with aviation officials.

Retired Harley-Davidson executive Ronald Hutchinson, 67, was on a personal trip, his son Patrick Hutchinson said Sunday. He said his father had been flying for 40 years and was in very good health.

"I want to applaud the efforts of the Coast Guard," he said. "All the federal agencies involved kept us informed of every step of this."

Only a wheel and a piece of cowling had been found, by a fisherman in the vicinity of the crash, about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va., according to the Coast Guard.

As the single-engine plane entered restricted air space near Washington, D.C., fighter jets scrambled to inspect it. Those pilots reported that the operator of the small plane appeared to be unconscious. The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday the pilot had stopped responding to radio communications about 1 p.m.

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Plane that took off from Waukesha County Airport crashes off East Coast

Aug. 30, 2014 10:05 p.m. | A plane that took off from Waukesha County Airport on Saturday afternoon has crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The plane was bound for Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. It descended into the ocean around 3:17 p.m., about 50 miles southeast of Wallops Island, Va.

The pilot had stopped responding to radio calls around 1 p.m.

Air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration tracked the five-seat Cirrus SR20 with one person onboard through the restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., early Saturday afternoon, according to the FAA.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says crews are searching for the plane. It crashed Saturday about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.

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Waukesha North rallies behind Tromblay for thrilling win

Aug. 30, 2014 9:50 p.m. | The film shows Waukesha North's Deston Isler hauling in a game-clinching interception and a burst of lightning in the background at the same moment. How fitting that with the electric victory – one that barely beat the rain showers rolling into Watertown – the Northstars showed they may also be a swiftly-moving thunderstorm headed for the area football scene.

Rallying from a 23-7 deficit in the second half, reserve quarterback Tony Tromblay helped North walk away with a 26-23 thriller against Watertown. The win gave North a 2-0 start to the 2014 season under first-year coach Matt Harris, a win total that matches the output of the previous two seasons combined.

"It was surreal," Harris said. "These kids have worked so hard throughout their careers. This win is important because they now get to see their hard work pay off in a joyous sense. These are the kind of wins that help programs believe in everything we are doing during the offseason and in season."

North opened the year by taking down Port Washington, 41-9, one year after losing to the same program, 35-21. The win over Watertown, which downed North by a 42-14 count in Week 2 last season, was even sweeter,

"(The program's struggles have) never been (because of) these players' abilities," Harris said. "It all has stemmed around confidence. We have worked extremely hard to build confidence in every player on the entire team. We still have a huge mountain to climb. School starts next week, and our schedule does not get any easier. The work has only just begun. The road games don't matter to us; we might be in the road all season."

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Waukesha West dominates New Berlin West

Aug. 29, 2014 11:12 p.m. | Waukesha West left no doubt. Rolling up 48 points by halftime, the Wolverines overwhelmed New Berlin West on its own turf Friday en route to a 62-0 nonconference triumph.

The Wolverines had the opening possession of the game and took 11 plays to score the opening touchdown on a run from Nick Radloff.

The Vikings fumbled the ball away on the first play of their first possession, and the Wolverines took full advantage of the mistake two plays later when quarterback Conor Blount threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dyson Chmura, who had a good day on defense as well.

"Dyson is playing hard on every down," said Waukesha West head coach Steve Rux. "It's exciting to see his maturity level."

The Wolverines then found themselves up 28-0 after a pair of touchdown runs from Jair Scott.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

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 2.

Wisconsin man ordered to pay restitution to child porn victim in North Dakota

Aug. 29, 2014 12:22 p.m. | A Wisconsin native living in Fargo, N.D., recently became the first person in that state ordered to pay restitution to a child pornography victim, following a United States Supreme Court decision this year about child porn restitution.

Robert Carey Evans, 58, of Waukesha, was ordered by a district judge on Aug. 21 to pay $3,250 to a victim who appeared in child pornography he possessed, according to a release from the United States Attorney's Office District of North Dakota.

This order is in accordance with Paroline vs. United States, a Supreme Court decision from April that says child porn possessors can be held liable for losses caused by trading a victim's image. The decision held that district courts can order restitution to victims for the circulation of child pornography.

Evans was found guilty of 14 counts of child pornography possession in October 2013, and sentenced to 10 years in prison in February. Investigators had seized more than 13 hard drives and 43 DVDs containing child porn from his Fargo apartment, featuring more than 22,000 images and 1,400 videos, according to the release.

After Evans' conviction, one of his victims submitted a claim for restitution for losses she incurred from Evans' images of her.

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in downtown Waukesha reopening today

Aug. 28, 2014 10:50 a.m. | With almost an entire new staff, Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub in downtown Waukesha is reopening at 3 p.m. today. 

Owner Dan Zierath temporarily closed the bar/restaurant earlier this month to "restaff."

A manager at the Wauwatosa Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub said about 90 percent of the staff in Waukesha is new. 

The chef from the Wauwatosa location will also now oversee the Waukesha site, 225 South St.

The Wauwatosa manager also said there are some menu changes at the Waukesha site.

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 28, 2014 issue

Aug. 28, 2014 10:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported the tip of his car hood was burned while it was parked in the back parking lot at 134 W. North St. prior to 5:17 p.m. Aug. 14.

2 A Time Warner Cable employee was working at 1616 S. Grand Ave. prior to 6:20 p.m. Aug. 14 when the homeowner allegedly said "it's been a while since I've been in the Army and shot somebody and I'd have no problem doing it again."

3 A report of a driver swerving around at 1608 E. Sunset Drive at 9:38 p.m. Aug. 14 was thought to be a drunken driving incident. But the erratic driving was a result of the woman with a prosthetic leg adjusting her seat while driving. She said the leg gives her issues from time to time. The driver was advised.

4 Two teenage boys were throwing firecrackers and glass into the neighbor's yard at 2911 Willard Lane around 2:10 a.m. Aug. 15. The home was also egged, as were multiple other addresses on Willard Lane.

5 Two young kids were egging vehicles in a parking lot at 1915 Delafield St. around 2:55 a.m. Aug. 15.

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Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County opening ReStore in Waukesha

Aug. 27, 2014 5:12 p.m. | Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, a nonprofit celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2014, is opening a ReStore in Waukesha.

A soft opening will take place at the ReStore, located at 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. in the Westbrook Shopping Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

The event will feature food, drinks, a raffle, silent auction as well as a first look at the new store, which will feature appliances, furniture, kitchen cabinets, building materials, hardware, tools and other donated items.

For tickets to the event, Habitat for Humanity is suggesting a $20 donation, which can be made on Habitat's website.

Tickets can also be requested by emailing Andrew Garrison, who works in Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County's Marketing and Resource Development Department, at andrew@hfhwaukesha.org.

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Man accused of choking woman over Facebook post

Aug. 27, 2014 1:21 p.m. | — A 44-year-old Waukesha man allegedly choked his ex-girlfriend after she wrote what he perceived to be an offensive post on Facebook.

Walter Beach, 417 N. Washington Ave., was charged on Friday, Aug. 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — all repeat and domestic abuse offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to a South Street apartment complex regarding a call about a domestic incident.

Beach’s former girlfriend told an officer in the complaint that she and Beach had recently ended their seven-year relationship — because he had physically abused her in the past — but had remained friends.

She said that Beach regularly spent time with her, gave her money and took her shopping, but denied any desire on her part to rekindle their relationship, according to the complaint.

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Major gas main break disrupts Waukesha neighborhood

Aug. 27, 2014 11:22 a.m. | A natural gas main broke open mid-morning today during road construction work at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Frederick Street, sending crews scurrying and forcing authorities to cordon off the area.

The plume of gas from the high-pressure line was so strong it picked up surrounding soil, creating a visible stream that caught the attention of nearby residents as well as the people who work in several adjacent industrial businesses along Lincoln Avenue.

The break occurred shortly before 10 a.m. today. Details were still sketchy and unofficial as of 11 a.m., as emergency workers secured the area. But a construction worker confirmed a gas main was struck as crews continued the summerlong sewer and road work on Lincoln. A foreman declined to offer an official comment.

One police officer said authorities didn't immediately feel an evacuation was necessary, though fire officials from the Waukesha Fire Department were actively moving people to an area several hundred feet away from the break.

The break also blocked access to and from the industrial businesses east of the intersection. Those affected include Eaton Corp. (the former Cooper Power Systems plant) and Waukesha Foundry.

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