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Waukesha fire chief search down to four finalists

March 28, 2013 12:43 p.m. | Two of the four finalists for the City of Waukesha’s fire chief search are from within the department, Human Resources Manager Donna Whalen said Thursday.

The finalists are Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Alba, Waukesha’s Battalion Chief Joseph Hoffman, City of Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter and David Litton, fire chief in the Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Whalen said final interviews are tentatively set for the week of April 8. The Police and Fire Commission has meetings April 8 and 10.

The PFC narrowed its list to four on Monday after first-round interviews with the top six candidates.

Mark Morien, vice president of Voorhees Associates, the Illinois-based search firm working with Waukesha, said there were 48 applicants coming from 19 states when the search began.

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Waukesha North Marching Band captures eighth straight state championship

Oct. 20, 2014 3:10 p.m. | The weather change must have been a foreshadowing of what was ahead at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships.

"The sun came out a couple of minutes before we came on," said Waukesha North band director Greg Redner.

And with the sun now shining after a gloomy start on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the site of the event, the Northstars' marching band itself delivered a glowing performance once again, winning its eighth straight state championship and 13th overall.

The Northstars finished with a score 89.20, edging River Falls' 88.85, to capture the Class AAA title at the 30th annual event.

Teams are judged based on visual and music presentation and ranked in categories based on school enrollment.

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Comedian Frank Caliendo to perform at halftime of Bucks' home opener

Oct. 20, 2014 2:41 p.m. | The Milwaukee Bucks announced Monday afternoon that comedian Frank Caliendo, formerly of Waukesha, will perform at halftime of the team's home opener on Oct. 31.

Caliendo, known for his impressions of celebrities and a "turrible" one of TNT analyst Charles Barkley, will entertain fans who attend the Friday night game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He also has done impressions of Jay Leno, Al Pacino, John Madden, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, among others.

Caliendo attended Waukesha South High School and later UW-Milwaukee before going on to comic fame.

The 40-year-old Chicago native gained fame on the comedy series MADtv and later had his own sketch comedy program, "Frank TV" on TBS.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Catholic Memorial's win over Waukesha West ensures crazy four-team tie for Classic 8 title

Oct. 17, 2014 11:51 p.m. | Moments after Catholic Memorial defeated Waukesha West on Oct. 17, 14-12, to claim a share of the Classic 8 Conference football championship, a member of the Crusaders' coaching staff told the players that it was the 298th victory of coach Bill Young's illustrious career.

"Two more. Two more," the Crusaders players started chanting.

Young cut them off quickly.

"No. Five more," the veteran coach said, the obvious implication that he believes his team is one that can contend for the WIAA Division 3 state championship.

After the crucible his team survived in becoming one of four teams that will share the conference crown, he may be right.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

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 9.

Waukesha North going for its eighth straight state band title

Oct. 17, 2014 10:20 a.m. | The Waukesha North High School marching band is going for its eighth straight state championship this weekend.

The Northstars, along with many other schools across the state, will head to UW-Whitewater to compete in the 30th annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships on Saturday, Oct. 18. 

North, led by band director Greg Redner, has won the last seven state titles. It won the Class AAAA (large-school division) title last year. 

North, in a different division this year (AAA), hits the field at 3:30 p.m. Waukesha South, also in that division, competes at 2:45 p.m.

Waukesha West, still in the Class AAAA division, will perform under the lights at 8:45 p.m.

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Bill Mitchell returns to Waukesha County Board

Oct. 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Bill Mitchell is returning to the Waukesha County Board.

Six years after Mitchell last served on the board as a supervisor, Mitchell will rejoin the board as the District 15 supervisor.

He was selected from a pool of eight candidates on Monday, Oct. 20, by Chairman Paul Decker after being interviewed earlier in the day.

The seat was vacated as a result of the recent death of Walter Kolb, a longtime supervisor.

Experience counts

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Waukesha man sentenced for threatening New Jersey judge

Oct. 15, 2014 3:58 p.m. | Camden, N.J. — A Waukesha man who is identified with the Sovereign Citizen movement has been sentenced to prison for threatening and filing false charges against a judge and 27 other officials in New Jersey.

Camden County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Michael Rinderele, of Waukesha, received a five-year sentence earlier this month. He had pleaded guilty in August to making threats and engaging in retaliation.

Members of the Sovereign Citizen movement argue federal, state and local laws have no authority over them.

Rinderele admitted filing fraudulent liens against the judge and 27 other officials in Voorhees and Winslow after traffic offenses were filed in New Jersey against Rinderele's common-law wife.

Crews clear crash that closed westbound lane of I-94 in Waukesha County

Oct. 15, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of westbound Interstate 94 west of Highway G in Waukesha County for about a half hour. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 16, 2014 issue

Oct. 15, 2014 12:15 p.m. | 1 A teenager was hit with a bottle during a fight with another boy at an apartment at 2019 Kensington Drive at 6:37 a.m. Oct. 3.

2 An intoxicated man who had been removed from the Waukesha Public Library earlier in the day, for urinating on a chair, returned to the library at 1:53 p.m. Oct. 3.

3 A caller reported at 4:02 p.m. Oct. 3 that a student from New Tribes Bible Institute, 915 N. Hartwell Ave., had sent a text message to another student saying he wishes he wasn't such a coward so he could blow up the school. Contacted by police, the student explained that he made that statement out of frustration, but has no familiarity with explosives and "hardly has the financial means to afford school."

4 A caller said she received a call from her ex-boyfriend at 6:52 p.m. Oct. 3 stating he was on his way to 2818 Lincolnshire Court and threatened to break out her vehicle windows and use a bat against the caller's friend.

5 A group of young people staying at the Super 8, 2510 Plaza Court, were afraid after an intoxicated man from another hotel room walked into their room and sat down on their bed at 9:21 p.m. Oct. 3.

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Waukesha County chairman's salary could be cut in half

Oct. 14, 2014 12:05 p.m. | The next Waukesha County Board chairman could receive half of its current salary if a new ordinance is approved.

In a change proposed by its current chairman, Paul Decker, the county board will vote next month on changing the idea to lower his pay from $58,586 to $29,293.

"It was a very tough decision," Decker said.

Decker said it wasn't about lowering the salary for himself but about aligning Waukesha County with its peer counties that have the same executive form of government structure.

"Waukesha County regularly studies the compensation levels of staff and elected officials and looks at peer counties as a guide when determining pay and benefits," Decker said.

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Mukwonago football team lands huge victory over Catholic Memorial

Oct. 11, 2014 12:11 a.m. | Mukwonago senior Darrick Schiferl found the redemption he was looking for, and it helped his team do the same.

It was Schiferl who put the clamps on Mukwonago's 35-28 win over visiting Catholic Memorial on Friday night when he intercepted quarterback Alex Bray on 2nd and 10 from the 39 yard line with two minutes to play.

"I needed that," Schiferl said. "It was a rough night, but we came through. We kept going. It's everybody; the guys up front are just as much of a part of a play like that as I am."

Schiferl's heroic scoop just inches off the grass more than made up for the Memorial's last possession, where he was flagged for pass interference and set up a Crusaders score to cut their deficit to seven.

"We tell our corners to be aggressive," Mukwonago head coach Clay Iverson said. "I just told him to stick with it. I've seen plenty of games lost on 80-yard touchdown passes. I have yet to see one lost on pass interference. I'd rather he goes after it and gets a flag than gets scared and gives up a score."

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

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 8.

Prairie Home Cemetery hosts Puppy Prance on Saturday

Oct. 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. | Prairie Home Cemetery could become a miniature dog park this weekend.

In an effort to raise money for a new pet cemetery, the Waukesha landmark, 605 S. Prairie Ave., is hosting a Puppy Prance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The pups will prance along a roughly one-mile route around the cemetery's prairie, away from the headstones, said interim cemetery manager Sally Kahlfeldt.

"It will be a great scene," Kahlfeldt said. "The cemetery looks so beautiful now with all the fall colors."

Purposeful fundraiser

Kahlfeldt is hoping the effort results in a large crowd on Saturday to jump-start the project.

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Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 9, 2014 issue

Oct. 09, 2014 10:30 a.m. | 1 A backpack with an iPad inside it was stolen from an apartment at 806 Scott Ave. prior to 8:18 a.m. Sept. 26.

2 A BB gun hole was found in the storm-door window of an apartment at 1617 Dover Drive at 5:33 p.m. Sept. 26.

3 Several electronics, money and birthday presents were stolen from a man's locker at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, prior to 7:35 p.m. Sept. 26.

4 A strong odor of marijuana was coming into a caller's bathroom in an apartment at 2111 Kensington Drive about 9:25 p.m. Sept. 26. A second caller also reported smelling marijuana.

5 A caller's wallet was stolen at Carroll University, 100 N. East Ave., while he was at the Catholic Memorial High School football game the night of Sept. 26.

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