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Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW

Dec. 28, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Winter can feel pretty long in Wisconsin, especially once all the holiday hoopla is over.

In that spirit, MyCommunityNOW invites you to check out our special WhatNOW? section for some tips on how to stay busy this winter. You'll find a list of stories on interesting winter activities, a map of some great places to spend time this winter and more.

We also invite you to share your own ideas on what you like to do during the winter. Your comments may appear in a future issue of NOW newspapers.

WhatNOW? A guide to staying busy this winter.

Waukesha man who pointed rifle at police is charged with six felonies

Feb. 08, 2016 8:58 p.m. | A Waukesha man who was suicidal last month said he wanted police to shoot and kill him.

According to a criminal complaint, 51-year-old Dean L. Stamm called it "suicide by cop."

Stamm, who was shot by three police officers after pointing an assault rifle at them last month while in the street, has been charged with 12 criminal counts, including six felonies.

Stamm made his first court appearance Feb. 5, nearly two weeks after an incident at his home at Douglass Avenue in Waukesha. He remains in jail on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10.

The charges include five counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at law enforcement. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted of all of those counts.

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Mad Rooster Cafe considers former Hardees site in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2016 7:32 p.m. | A much discussed property north of downtown Waukesha's riverfront could soon have a new tenant.

Mad Rooster Cafe is proposing to move into the former Hardees restaurant, which closed in late 2013, at 130 NW Barstow St. and heavily modify the building.

According to plans submitted by Hueny Architects, Mad Rooster Cafe is scheduled to come before the city's plan commission on March 9.

The owners of the cafe are considering two additions to the building — 1,200 square feet to the east for the entrance and another 1,600 square feet to the north for additional seating.

On the menu

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Pizza maker and caterer prep new spaces in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2016 1:04 p.m. | A West Allis food-service business will take over the downtown Waukesha space vacated by another food-service business, which itself is expanding its offerings one block further to the west.

Milwaukee Crust and Pizza Company, which recently closed in West Allis, is moving to downtown Waukesha in a space previously occupied by Simply Irresistible Catering at 309 W. Main St.

Marketing pizzas

According to the company's website, the West Allis business makes specialty pizzas with a thin flaky crust and fresh meats and vegetables.

The company, initially called Milwaukee Pizza Company, was originally started at an apartment by owners Erik Burgos and Nick Smith. The company's website says the two were looking to fill the need for a distinct style of frozen pizza.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Water talks flow back into Waukesha

Feb. 07, 2016 5:49 p.m. | Many state legislators recently penned their support for Waukesha's application for Great Lakes water, and now everyone will get a final chance to voice their opinions locally and get a closer look at the proposal.

With the application in the hands of a regional body which will determine whether Waukesha is approved for Lake Michigan water, a public information meeting and hearing brings the issue back home as part of the process next week.

The information meeting before the Great Lakes Resources Regional Body and the Great Lakes Water Resources Council begins at 2 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. public hearing, Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 122 at the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, 218 N. East Ave.

In addition, the public can take a tour of selected sites in Waukesha and southeastern Wisconsin that pertains to the application. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, departing from Carroll University outside the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave.

A briefing on the application — more or less in an information session during which the regional body and compact council members can ask questions of the applicant — is also open to the public. It begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Carroll University Campus Center in Room 214.

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Waukesha man with criminal past accused of child abuse, drug possession

Feb. 05, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Eric Schuppe punched his fiancée's 16-year-old son so hard in the face that he knocked one of his teeth loose and opened up a gash in his lip, a criminal complaint says.

Schuppe, 37, was charged Friday, Jan. 29, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child and intentionally causing bodily harm, disorderly conduct, possession of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces up to about 10 years behind bars and $21,500 in fines, if convicted.

According to the complaint, Schuppe was charged after his fiancée and her son called police about 12:15 a.m. that day to report the incident. Both of them were standing outside, in 18-degree weather, without shoes or jackets when police arrived.

Schuppe's fiancée and her son, who will not be named to protect his identity, ran outside their home in the 1600 block of Haymarket Road in fear of Schuppe, the complaint said. Earlier in the night, Schuppe had reportedly flown into a rage following an argument with his fiancée.

Argument over crack

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No arrests or citations issued in fatal crash in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 12:35 p.m. | No one has been arrested or cited in the aftermath in the death of a 23-year-old woman, who was struck and killed on Highway 164 and East Sunset Drive on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Waukesha Police Capt. Dan Baumann said on Friday, Feb. 5, one day after pedestrian Megan Bock was killed, that the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was cooperative with law enforcement.

According to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department, police received numerous 911 calls at 5:54 p.m. Feb. 4 for a traffic crash at the intersection on the city's southeast side.

When the Waukesha police and fire departments arrived on scene, they located Bock after she was hit by the vehicle. Police have released few details about the accident, but Waukesha's daily police report indicated Bock was or had been riding a bicycle.

Lifesaving efforts were initiated and the woman was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Woman hit, killed by car at 164 and Sunset

Feb. 05, 2016 7:09 a.m. | A 23-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle at about 5:54 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Highway 164 and Sunset Boulevard.

Police received numerous 911 calls about the crash. Despite life-saving efforts performed at the scene, the woman was pronounced dead at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

A Waukesha Police accident reconstruction specialist is investigating. No further information is available.

Carroll University receives $1 million for off-campus research lab

Feb. 04, 2016 5:08 p.m. | A $1 million donation to Carroll University will go toward a new environmental center and research laboratory building at an off-campus site in the town of Genesee.

The Waukesha university announced on Feb. 4 that Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust gave the large monetary gift to support environmental education and research.

"We are extremely grateful to (the Paul Fleckenstein trust) for their thoughtful generosity, and we are delighted they are part of the Carroll family," said Doug Hastad, president of Carroll University. "This gift will be used for the construction of the research laboratory and to create an endowment that will support learning opportunities for generations of students from Carroll and the greater community."

Large research center plans

The building will be located on a property that is adjacent to the university's 60-plus acre Greene Field Station, roughly in an area south of County Road D and east of Highway 83 in the town of Genesee. The university purchased the property in 2012.

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Study considers what's driving downtown Waukesha

Feb. 04, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Jeff Barta said when the Business Improvement District disbanded three years ago, downtown Waukesha lost its engine that helped drive downtown.

The BID, after all, provided a contact person when new businesses came to the district, and it was there to market the downtown. The BID also helped grow the economy in the central city.

"We don't have that engine anymore," said Barta, who owns the Nice Ash Cigar Bar downtown. "We have to find a way to have that engine again."

Barta — part of the eight-member study team that included city employees within the community development department as well as staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension — hopes a recently completed market analysis on downtown Waukesha, a community-led research project, will provide a clear direction for its stakeholders as well as a guide for business development.

The market analysis, which examined business retention, expansion and recruitment opportunities downtown over the last several months, identified business gaps and potential solutions to fill empty and new commercial space.

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Waukesha Police Report: Feb. 4, 2016 issue

Feb. 04, 2016 10:00 a.m. | 1 An employee at Mama D's Coffee, 928 N. Hartwell Ave., requested that a man who was causing a problem within the shop and swearing at employees be removed at 9:38 a.m. Jan. 22. The man was taken home and was told to stay away from the coffee shop.

2 A caller driving on Hinman and West Newhall avenues saw three males fighting in a parking lot of an apartment building at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22. The caller said when the males heard sirens, the two males who were beating up the other man got into a red Honda Civic and drove west on Newhall. The other man took off on foot between houses.

3 An evicted tenant stole all of the carpet when he moved out of the Sunset Home Condominiums, 1440 Big Bend Road, prior to 3:42 p.m. Jan. 22.

4 A female wearing a black jacket and a white headband was taken into custody after panhandling for money from customers at Speedway, 521 S. Grand Ave., at 5:09 p.m. Jan. 22.

5 Three Apple iPads were stolen from a business at 403 N. Grand Ave. between 2 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

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Waukesha's robotics team would receive funding boost from Rep. Adam Neylon's proposed bill

Feb. 03, 2016 10:15 a.m. | High school robotics teams, including those in Waukesha, could get a financial boost from the state if a bill authored by a Pewaukee legislator becomes law.

Under the measure proposed by Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), a pilot program would be created to provide up to $500,000 of funding for high school robotics teams — up to $5,000 per team — to help cover costs such as competition fees, travel expenses and robotics kits.

The grant program, which would be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, would include both public and private schools.

Neylon, whose 98th District includes in part the northern portion of the city of Waukesha, said he was compelled to pursue the measure after viewing a regional robotics competition at Hamilton High School in Sussex.

"I was just really impressed and fascinated with the abilities of some of these students," Neylon said. "As our technology advances and as things become more integrated, we're going to need a lot more students to close the skills gap and fill some of these positions in robotics."

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Waukesha North's Marquis Carter returns from injury, puts Northstars in title contention

Feb. 02, 2016 1:23 p.m. | Marquis Carter said he normally follows his shot, but when he stepped back to unleash a game-tying 3-pointer on Friday with 9.8 seconds to go in overtime, he backpedaled instead.

He knew.

In perhaps the most triumphant return from injury possible, Carter's deep triple tied Waukesha North's game against Arrowhead on Jan. 29, 74-74, and somehow, the senior point guard wasn't done. He recorded the last of his 16 points on a drive to the basket with 2.7 seconds left in double overtime, giving North an 83-81 upset over a team that came into the night tied for first place in the Classic 8 Conference.

"I think the 3-pointer was the bigger moment," Carter admitted. "We were down 3 and needed the points. (With the game tied), I was more comfortable taking the shot at the end of the game. I knew if I made it, we would win for sure. As soon as they inbounded the ball to me, it went through my head, 'I live for these moments.' I had to make it happen."

Carter took the inbound from under his hoop, calmly dribbled up the floor, briefly worked with a screen set by Will McDonald and then dribbled around his defender to the block, where he tossed up a game-winner that swished through.

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Interactive: Panel once again holds fate of ex-Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba

Feb. 02, 2016 9:46 a.m. | Will the same panel that demoted Jesse Alba for violating department policies more than two years ago now change its mind and reinstate him as fire chief?

After sitting through a two-day hearing in which Alba fought to regain his former position, the five-member Waukesha Police and Fire Commission must decide whether he should be given another shot at holding the city's top fire position.

Alba's attorney, Douglas Rose, said this week that he is "optimistic" the commission will alter its decision and Alba will win back his old job.

"I think the hearing went extremely well," Rose said. "Everyone got a completely different view of the case. It was put in a new context."

In 2013, the commission said Alba's actions, in which he asked a part-time female employee to consider resigning as a "solution" to get past the consensual sexual affair the two had a year earlier, was "egregious" and detrimental to the fire department.

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Lares Fashion & Western Wear building in downtown Waukesha up for sale

Feb. 01, 2016 9:18 p.m. | A large Main Street retail space in downtown Waukesha is on the market.

The building that houses Lares Fashion & Western Wear, 245 W. Main St., is up for sale.

Shorewest real estate agent Bill Leech is marketing the 6,200-square-foot space, which is on the corner of West Main and Gaspar streets. Leech is looking to sell the building for $320,000.

Moving after sale

Lares Fashion & Western Wear owner Ireneo Lares, who has operated the shop in downtown since 1991, will move his clothing store out when a new buyer is found.

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