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Victim identified in fatal train crash

Feb. 01, 2013 7:56 a.m. | The woman killed in a crash in the Town of Waukesha on Jan. 29 has been identified as Lila Mallman, 67, of the Town of Waukesha. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has ruled her death a suicide.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Mallman was struck by a southbound Canadian National train in the crossing at Lawnsdale Road east of Center Drive and west of Highway 164.

Cindi Duchow wins Waukesha County Republican Assembly primary

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 p.m. | Town of Delafield Supervisor Cindi Duchow defeated three other Republicans in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

Unofficial results showed Duchow tallied 1,341 votes in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga, who was elected to the 33rd District Senate seat in a July special election. Kapenga replaced former state Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), who was elected Waukesha County executive in April.

Dave Westlake, 41, of Hartland, founder and president of ATLAS, an asset management software business, received 1,099 votes; Scott Owens, 50, of the Town of Genesee, owner of an American Family Insurance agency in Brookfield, received 737 votes; and Spencer Zimmerman of Delafield, a chauffeur for a limousine service, received 146 votes.

Duchow, the only candidate in the race ever elected to public office, is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

She was elected Town of Delafield supervisor in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

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OSHA cites Waukesha Iron & Metal with 11 violations tied to fatality

Sept. 01, 2015 1:08 p.m. | The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Waukesha Iron & Metal for 11 safety violations after an investigation revealed an employee who died at the scrap yard was not wearing head protection.

OSHA labeled nine of the violations "serious," and is seeking $42,000 in fines from the scrap yard, according to a news release on Aug. 31.

Kenneth J. LaChance, a 52-year-old maintenance manager from Mukwonago, died of head and neck injuries March 4 after he was struck by a forklift at the Waukesha facility, 1351 E. Main St.

In a news release, OSHA said LaChance was working without head protection, and was hoisting an oxygen cylinder onto the forklift when the accident occurred.

OSHA said Waukesha Iron & Metal did not safely handle compressed gas cylinders or require workers to wear protective head equipment. OSHA also found some forklifts were unsafe and the company did not train employees on how to operate them safely.

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New faces will lead way at many Waukesha schools

Aug. 31, 2015 7:03 p.m. | Multiple schools in the Waukesha School District are welcoming new principals, and many have new teachers for the 2015-16 school year, which began Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Suzanne Polaske, in the district's Human Resources Department, said the district has hired 100 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year.

Superintendent Todd Gray said that, overall, there was a 10 percent turnover in staff, a percentage that is a little higher than usual.

New principals

The new elementary school principals include:

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Waukesha County Museum makeover moves forward as part of apartment plan

Aug. 29, 2015 12:30 p.m. | By the end of 2016, a museum focused on Waukesha's history — including legendary guitarist Les Paul — will likely reopen in much better financial shape as part of a project that will create 41 high-end apartments.

The financially troubled Waukesha County Museum is selling its downtown property, including the historic former courthouse, to a group led by local developer Alan Huelsman, who operates Berg Management Co.

If the project wins final city approvals, the new owners will demolish a building that connects the former jail, built in 1885, to the former courthouse, built in 1893 and known for its 120-foot tower and four corner turrets.

In the connector building's place, Huelsman's group, Historic Prairieville Limited Partners, will develop a five-story apartment building with a section that ties to the courthouse. The $9 million apartment development will be a combination of that new construction and the renovated former jail.

Historic Prairieville will lease the three-story former courthouse to the museum for annual rent of $1.

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Waukesha pools closing for the season

Aug. 28, 2015 10:15 a.m. | While 80 degree days and possibly even a 90 degree day are in the upcoming forecast for Waukesha, the city's pools will close this weekend.

Buchner Pool will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. It will open at 3 p.m. on its final day. Horeb Springs Aquatic Center will close for the summer at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. 

Horeb Springs will open at 12:30 p.m. for open swim on Aug. 30.

Although the heat is expected to return mid to late next week, the weekend for the pool's final days should be mild with temperatures in the 70s, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is also likely on Friday and Saturday.

Buchner Pool is located at 330 Spring St. and Buchner Pool is at 223 Oakland Ave

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Waukesha's La Casa de Esperanza opens its new charter school

Aug. 27, 2015 4:00 p.m. | Anselmo Villarreal, president and chief executive officer of La Casa de Esperanza, said he has been concerned about the academic achievement gap faced by low income students and children of color.

"They fall behind and that leads to problems," Villarreal said.

Now, after years of effort to establish a charter school to help overcome this "challenge," one has been created at Villarreal's community-based organization in Waukesha.

The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School, 410 Arcadian Ave., will open its doors on Monday, Aug. 31, with 88 students for 4-year-old kindergarten and 5-year-old kindergarten classes. Villarreal said he expected the school to be at capacity.

Those students will make up four classes (two K4 and two K5) with 22 students in each class. Villarreal said 90 percent of the students were already involved in La Casa de Esperanza's educational programs it offers.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 27, 2015 issue

Aug. 27, 2015 10:00 a.m. | 1 Tires on a vehicle were slashed in an underground parking garage at 2108 Macarthur Road prior to 11:41 a.m. Aug. 13. The caller also noticed that there was damage to his apartment door.

2 A caller reported at 3:16 p.m. Aug. 13 that she found a flower sitting on the front seat of her car, but nothing missing, at Kwik Trip, 924 Fleetfoot Drive, a day earlier. That, coupled with an incident weeks earlier in which ago she returned home to the 1700 block of E. Sunset Drive and found items moved around, made her concerned enough to call the police. As a result, police contacted Kwik Trip, where surveillance video observed a man entering her vehicle. Police will follow up on the incident.

3 A man received a letter in the mail from an anonymous person stating his daughter, Anissa Weier, deserves everything that she gets in reference to the Slender Man stabbing case at his apartment at 1520 Big Bend Road at 3:45 p.m. Aug. 13. Weier's father wanted to document the incident in case anything happens.

4 A window was broken on the La Casa de Esperanza building, 410 Arcadian Ave., prior to 4:25 p.m. Aug. 13.

5 A caller reported an intoxicated driver at 1600 E. Main St. at 4:41 p.m. Aug. 13 after a vehicle was driving all over the road and almost hit someone. The driver, who when stopped by police, was not cooperative and became argumentative, admitted to drinking at his nearby employer and having a beer at McDonald’s. A co-worker drove the man home.

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Waukesha woman accused of striking children, husband after night of drinking

Aug. 26, 2015 6:08 p.m. | A Waukesha woman is accused of striking her children with her fists and a plastic stick after coming home from a night of drinking at the Zoo a la Carte and a local pub.

Amber L. Hergert, 33, was charged Aug. 24 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing great bodily harm, as well as battery — domestic abuse and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, for an early morning incident on Saturday, Aug. 22, which she said she doesn't remember because she blacked out.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer responded to a domestic altercation at 3:01 a.m. Aug. 22 at 1454 Cleveland Ave.

The complaint said Hergert was yelling, swearing and using an abundance of profanity toward her husband. Hergert was "extremely belligerent, intoxicated and out of control," the officer said in the complaint.

The couple's three daughters, ages 5, 9 and 12, were also outside the residence screaming and crying hysterically, the complaint noted.

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Waukesha hosting National Guard disaster drill training Aug. 28-29

Aug. 26, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Waukesha will be home to a full scale disaster exercise from Friday, Aug. 28, to Saturday, Aug. 29.

According to Capt. Ron Oremus, the National Guard is required to conduct a "validation exercise" to verify its ability to conduct the National Guard Reaction Force (NGRF) mission and was seeking local partners to facilitate their required exercise.

The Waukesha Police Department volunteered to host the full-scale exercise and serve as the lead agency for coordinating civilian emergency response participants.

The scenario involves simulating an EF-5 tornado touchdown in downtown Waukesha.

The exercise will begin at 9 a.m. Friday where officials with the police department and the National Guard will simulate/pretend that the F5 tornado struck Waukesha. The simulation will go through Saturday night. Lt. Tom Wagner said this is not a drill for the public, but rather a command/control exercise for police, fire, the National Guard and hospitals.

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Waukesha again seeks public's assistance in funding downtown holiday lights

Aug. 26, 2015 10:30 a.m. | Christmas may be months away, but, like last year, the city of Waukesha is already in the planning stages to make sure downtown is dressed up for the part.

The city's Community Development Department has kicked off its fundraising campaign for holiday light decorations in downtown, the second year of the campaign.

Sally Kahlfeldt, the special projects coordinator in the community development department, said the city is hoping to replace all of downtown's old light pole decorations, which have become tired-looking over the years.

The city is again opting for fundraisers, since this kind of project is not going to be put in the city budget, Kahlfeldt said.

"We're trying to have an aggressive campaign," she said.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Homeless Waukesha man charged with battering woman

Aug. 25, 2015 10:40 a.m. | A homeless Waukesha man on probation for a previous conviction was charged with a felony count of strangulation and suffocation of a woman earlier this month.

Robert Stein, now of 600 E. North St., was also charged with repeat misdemeanor offenses of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer was sent to the dead end of Lincoln Avenue, near 1319 Lincoln Ave., at 3 p.m. Aug. 2 for a disorderly conduct incident at a homeless encampment, in which seven people were living.

A caller, who said Stein had been yelling and swearing at him, took officers to the encampment approximately 200 to 300 yards off the roadway through heavy bushes and a winding dirt trail.

The complaint noted the 53-year-old Stein, who was sitting with the group and appeared to be heavily intoxicated, said he was yelling at the male caller because he was trying to intervene with his relationship with the female victim.

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Waukesha shooting leads to criminal charges against Hartland man

Aug. 24, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Criminal charges have been filed against 34-year-old Hartland resident Dale Schaefer, who was injured Monday, Aug. 17, in a shooting that involved a veteran Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy.

According to a news release from Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper, Schaefer shot himself in the leg after he disarmed the deputy inside the Waukesha County Juvenile Center.

The gun went off while Schaefer and Deputy Chad Kane-Terhorst struggled for control of the firearm, the release said. It was not immediately clear who had fired the gun, but an investigation into the incident later determined that Schaefer's wound was self-inflicted.

Opper said in the release that Schaefer is facing charges of disarming a peace officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. An Aug. 21 news release said that Schaefer was recovering from the gunshot wound and in stable condition at a local hospital.

Schaefer made his initial court appearance Monday, Aug. 24, according to online court records. A Waukesha County Circuit Court commissioner set Schaefer's bail at $15,000.

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