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Police arrest three in two separate Waukesha robberies

Jan. 07, 2013 1:36 p.m. | Waukesha police have arrested three men in two separate armed robberies in December - one at GameStop and the other at Associated Bank.

Billy P. Hodges, 23, of Waukesha has been charged with two felony counts of armed robbery with threat of force accusing of robbing the GameStop, 1210 W. Sunset Drive, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21, police said Monday.

According to a police news release, Hodges entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money.

On Dec. 31, a Waukesha police officer saw a man who matched Hodges' description loitering in front of the George Webb restaurant on Delafield St. The man had a BB gun and police believe he was there to commit another robbery when the officer showed up.

Police believe another 23-year-old man acted as the getaway driver. He's expected to be charged with being party to a crime of robbery.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

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 5.

Party City pulls Slender Man Halloween costumes in Wisconsin

Sept. 19, 2014 2:26 p.m. | Party City has pulled Slender Man costumes from its shelves throughout Wisconsin after an outcry in the wake of the May stabbing of a girl allegedly by classmates seeking to please the fictional character.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to family and friends of the victim and the entire local community," according to a company statement. "... Party City sells merchandise and costumes for all types of Halloween customers, and nothing we carry is meant to be offensive."

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12, are charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the May 31 stabbing of the girl, also 12, in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side. The victim survived the attack.

Weier and Geyser told investigators they were trying to gain the favor of Slender Man.

The Halloween costume depicting the fictional character was found at a Party City store and Spirit Halloween in Brookfield, and drew complaints from some parents, according to local media reports. Both stores there have since stopped carrying the costume.

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Top five picks for this weekend in Waukesha

Sept. 19, 2014 9:27 a.m. | Looking for something to do in Waukesha this weekend?

Here are my top five picks.

1. Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Apple Harvest Festival: The annual fest is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St. Admission is $5 per vehicle. The event, of course, features plenty of apple-related foods and drinks as well as an apple market and apple experts will be on hand.

Judging for an apple pie baking contest begins at 11 a.m. Entries are due at 10:30 a.m. A craft fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the fest features children's activities, a folk concert with Apple Jam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ken Lonnquist & Friends from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and guided nature hikes at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 18, 2014 issue

Sept. 18, 2014 10:00 a.m. | 1 A woman told police at 1:40 p.m. Sept. 4 that her ex is implanting viruses into her computer and "altering things" at 2703 Coventry Lane. She believed that her ex was monitoring her every move using different proxy servers all over the world. Police said her story was hard to follow and was told to get a restraining order, but she wanted to find other alternatives and take her case "to the FBI."

2 The principal at Heyer Elementary, 1209 Heyer Drive, heard footsteps on the roof of the school at 8:32 p.m. Sept. 4. She said it has been an ongoing problem and that several times over the last several weeks teenage boys have climbed on and off the roof, practicing "Parkour."

3 Police were called at 8:55 p.m. Sept. 4 to talk to a man who has been sitting on a bench outside a business at 227 W. Main St. at the same time a certain female employee is working. The man, who was homeless, told police this is the spot he comes to when he is bored and has nowhere else to spend his time.

4 A woman was grabbed by her boyfriend around the throat and thrown to the ground while she was holding her 2-year-old son at an apartment at 215 Hinman Ave. at 10:08 p.m. Sept. 4.

5 A man was sexually harassing staff at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 2:15 p.m. Sept. 5. The man, was became agitated, left to go to Cutler Park.

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Missing Waukesha woman found unharmed

Sept. 17, 2014 8:36 p.m. | A woman reported missing from a Waukesha nursing home has been located unharmed in Laramie, Wyo., police said Wednesday night.

Mary Eva Whitham, 71, had been missing since 3 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Waukesha County detective Peter Korns charged for domestic-related incident

Sept. 17, 2014 2:00 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detective has been put on administrative leave after his arrest for a domestic-related incident.

According to a statement from Sheriff Dan Trawicki, Peter Korns was arrested by the Waukesha Police Department on Sept. 8.

Korns, 49, was charged on Sept. 15 with disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, a class B misdemeanor. He will make an initial court appearance on Oct. 6 before Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper.

He 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 (Waukesha police) investigation and our internal investigation," Trawicki said.

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'Suspicious' Halloween decoration turns out to be mannequin in a tree

Sept. 16, 2014 4:34 p.m. | One Waukesha house has already gotten into the Halloween spirit by putting up outdoor decorations.

But one person felt a decoration was suspicious enough to warrant a call to the police. 

According to the police blotter, police were called to a residence after a caller thought a person might be hanging from a tree in front of a house at 1122 Perkins Ave. at 9:49 a.m. Sept. 9.

The caller told police that they believed it was a Halloween decoration but couldn't be sure.

Police found that it was in fact a mannequin Halloween decoration in the tree.

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Missing Waukesha woman with dementia spotted outside Kansas City

Sept. 16, 2014 1:09 p.m. | A missing woman with dementia was seen outside Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, Waukesha police said Tuesday.

Witnesses told authorities that the woman, 71-year-old Mary Eva Whitham, was lucid but they were concerned about her mental condition. They also indicated that she cannot walk well and was in a Ford F-350 crew cab pickup truck. Whitham usually uses a wheelchair but sometimes uses a walker, police have said.

Waukesha police issued a silver alert for Whitham on Monday and said she may be with Lindig Kass Kiesling, 74, who drives a gold 2008 Ford F-350 truck with Wyoming license plate 22-4973.

Whitham was not in custody as of Tuesday morning, and she and Kiesling may be traveling to Texas, authorities said Tuesday.

Whitham and Kiesling have lived together in the past and the case is not considered a kidnapping, Waukesha police said.

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Waukesha woman with dementia reported missing

Sept. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Police in Waukesha are asking the public for help to locate a missing woman with dementia.

Mary Eva Whitham, 71, is white, five feet, four inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes, according to a news release from Waukesha police.

According to the release, Whitham usually uses a wheelchair but sometimes uses a walker.

She may be with Lindig Kass Kiesling, 74. He drives a gold 2008 Ford F-350 truck with Wyoming license plate 22-4973, and the two may be living out of the vehicle.

They may also be heading to Wyoming, according to the release. Police did not detail the relationship of the two.

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Second stabbing suspect to be mentally evaluated in Waukesha Slender Man case

Sept. 15, 2014 8:51 a.m. | A court-appointed forensic psychologist will evaluate Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old Slender Man stabbing suspects, to determine if she is competent to proceed and assist in her defense.

Judge Michael Bohren ordered the exam at a hearing Monday, Sept. 15, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

A probable cause hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept 18, but with Weier now set to undergo a competency exam, Bohren canceled those hearings.

The competency evaluation must take place within a 30-day period, Bohren said. An update on the doctor's findings will be given at a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Raising the issue

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Kettle Moraine football team goes on impressive run to defeat Waukesha South

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.

Arrowhead rides another late-scoring drive to beat Catholic Memorial

Sept. 12, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Last week, it was "The Drive." This week, would it be "The Drive 2?"

Trailing host Catholic Memorial by a 21-17 score with 1:14 left to play at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University, junior quarterback Johnny Duranso put together a 64-yard, 5-play drive and tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Cody Sellhausen in the left corner of the end zone to give the Warhawks and incredible 24-21 Classic 8 Conference victory. The score came with 33.6 seconds to play.

Memorial rallied back from a 14-0 first half deficit to stun AHS by scoring three second half touchdowns and grabbing a 21-17 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game.

But that's when the talented Duranso went to work for a second straight week, putting together his second consecutive come-from-behind game winning drive.

"We just believe in ourselves when our backs are to the wall," Duranso said. "We never give up. CMH was outplaying us in the second half, but we got one final chance and made the most of it. This feels good right now."

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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.

The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha again looks to fill vacancy with general manager stepping down

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. | Though the Clarke Hotel has regained stability with the recent reopening of its bar and restaurant, it now has a key vacancy.

Harp & Eagle Ltd., the company that owns the hotel, will now have to find a new general manager for its downtown Waukesha business, following the decision by David Smart to step down from the top post on Friday, Sept. 12.

"It was the right time to move," said Smart, who will be going to work for a hotel in the Milwaukee metro area.

Now 'in better shape'

As the general manager, Smart oversaw the downtown property, including the hotel, bar and restaurant.

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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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