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Marek defeats Van Scyoc in Town of Waukesha chairman election

April 02, 2013 9:04 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha has a new chairman.

Challenger John Marek defeated incumbent Angie E. Van Scyoc by almost 200 votes, 1,502 to 1,309, in the general election Tuesday.

Marek, a general contractor/real estate investor, had no prior political experience but ran an aggressive campaign against Van Scyoc.

Van Scyoc, who owns a management consulting firm, had served on the board since 2010 when she took over the chairman position after winning a recall election.

Before that, she served on the Town of Waukesha Plan Commission for 18 years.

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Later paper delivery for Waukesha Now's Nov. 26, 2015 issue

Nov. 25, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Home-delivery copies of the Waukesha Now's Nov. 26 issue will arrive on Friday, Nov. 27. However, newsstand copies will be available on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Despite Meijer's request for a change, Waukesha stores must continue to sell liquor in separate area

Nov. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. | For Alderman Vance Skinner, buying his groceries in one section of the store and then buying his liquor in a separate area isn't an inconvenience for him.

It's what he and other shoppers have simply gotten used to when shopping at Woodman's Food Market, Pick 'n Save and Sentry in Waukesha.

"It's second nature," Skinner said. "I like having liquor in a separate section. This is what Waukesha requires."

But one future Waukesha retailer — Meijer — was looking to have the city change the requirement that forces businesses to sell liquor in a different part of the store than all other groceries.

However, the common council — in an 11-3 vote Nov. 17 — didn't feel a change was warranted, given that the city has already made accommodations for Meijer.

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Reports of people dressed as clowns raise concerns in Waukesha

Nov. 24, 2015 6:50 p.m. | Reports of people dressed as clowns in Waukesha near Carroll University in recent weeks have left some uneasy.

Earlier this month, police got a report of person dressed as a clown in the area of E. Main St. and N. Hartwell Ave., which is near Carroll University. Officials confirmed the person was a 15-year-old boy who is developmentally delayed.

Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the teen likes to watch the reactions people have when he's dressed as a clown. Police have been in communication with the teen and his family.

Rumors went around about the clown sighting, with some saying the person was a sex offender or was linked to Silly the Clown, a former professional clown who was convicted of felony sexual assault, Habanek said. Neither of those rumors were true. Habanek said the teenager has no ill intent.

Then on Friday, Habanek said, there were two reported clown sightings on the Carroll University campus. One clown reportedly had a white face and was wearing a white costume, which police weren't able to verify. The second was wearing a green jester-type costume that was waving.

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Downtown Waukesha glows under LED snowflakes

Nov. 24, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Downtown had an extra glow on Sunday as parade-goers watched Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way through downtown for the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

That's because new LED snowflake light decorations were on display on 65 light poles.

Crews attached the lights a few days before the parade, making downtown shine brighter for the weekend festivities, which also included the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday outside The Rotunda building.

Shining snowflakes

"They look beautiful," said Sally Kahlfeldt, the special projects coordinator in the community development department. "It really makes downtown an inviting place and gives downtown a holiday glow."

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Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 26, 2015 issue

Nov. 23, 2015 6:19 p.m. | 1 License plate brackets on two cars were broken off after someone tried to break into the cars in the 1700 block of Paramount Drive prior to 11:49 a.m. Nov. 9.

2 A cable box delivered by Federal Express was stolen at an apartment at 134 W. North St. between 10:09 a.m. Nov. 7 and noon Nov. 9.

3 A backpack was discovered missing from Gold's Gym, 831 W. Moreland Blvd., at 4:46 p.m. Nov. 9. The backpack contained a credit card that had been used at Walmart and Target in Milwaukee.

4 A snowblower was stolen from a shed in the 1400 block of East Moreland Boulevard prior to 4:51 p.m. Nov. 9. The homeowner noticed that the lock was broken off.

5 Tires on a car were slashed in front of a residence in the 100 block of Cecilia Street prior to 8:55 p.m. Nov. 9.

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New rule trickles into Waukesha's water conservation efforts

Nov. 23, 2015 2:56 p.m. | In its continuing efforts to conserve its water, the city of Waukesha has set new rules focused on sprinkler systems used by both businesses and homes.

The common council unanimously signed off on a new ordinance that will require the installation of water-efficient landscape irrigation systems — one that includes a mechanism to shut sprinklers off if it is raining or if the soil already has enough moisture for plants.

In addition to requiring moisture sensors, the ordinance requires that systems prevent sprinkling of impervious surfaces or areas covered by other sprinklers.

Alderman Terry Thieme, who serves on the city's water utility commission, said the new ordinance puts the city at the forefront of such conservation requirements.

"We're the first one in the state to have an underground ordinance such as this," Thieme said. "Waukesha is proud to again provide water conservation leadership."

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Early deficit, long Homestead drive ends Waukesha West's title hopes

Nov. 21, 2015 10:13 a.m. | After a first half that consisted of three punts, an interception and a fumble, the Waukesha West football team took advantage of its opportunities against Homestead on Nov. 20 in the WIAA Division 2 state championship at Camp Randall in Madison. The only problem for the Wolverines was how scarce those opportunities were in the second half.

Homestead used a long drive that began in the third quarter and ended in the fourth to help it win the title, 28-12. West was left with its second straight silver ball.

In its first possession of the third quarter, West cut Homestead's lead to 21-6 when running back Peter MacCudden rumbled down the left sideline for a 20-yard score. MacCudden was nearly pushed out of bounds near the goal line, but the sophomore pushed himself into a defender and reached the end zone. The drive went 11 plays for 72 yards and took 4 minutes, 10 seconds off the clock.

What happened next clinched Homestead's first state championship since 2012. With 4:19 left in the third, Homestead's offense converted on five consecutive third-down plays. To cap off the drive, the Highlanders converted on two fourth and short plays inside the West 10-yard line.

On the 23rd play of the drive, Homestead's Matt Winters punched in a 1-yard run to make it 28-6 with 3:22 remaining in the game. The drive went 79 yards and took a devastating 12:57 off the clock.

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2015 Waukesha Christmas Parade, tree lighting kicks off holiday festivities

Nov. 20, 2015 2:30 p.m. | In what amounted to an early Christmas present, Waukesha's holiday parade can count its blessings as well as the support of two new presenting sponsors.

In the end, the annual tradition will continue unfettered, and as planned, on Sunday, Nov. 22, in downtown Waukesha, following the local kickoff of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony two days earlier.

"I'm actually just overjoyed that we were able to find the sponsors," Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said. "Waukesha is a very giving community, and people and organizations stepped up as soon as they found out there was a need."


Carrying the theme "The Isle of Misfit Toys" — drawn from the 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — the Sunday parade steps off at 4 p.m. along Whiterock Avenue and then winds its way downtown along Main Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Maple Avenue.

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Mistakes haunt Catholic Memorial in heartbreaking title-game loss

Nov. 20, 2015 1:46 p.m. | As the Catholic Memorial defenders ran off the field, arms held high, it looked like they were celebrating a WIAA Division 3 state title. The Crusaders had just recovered a fumble on the Notre Dame 3-yard line, with a 4-point lead in hand and 4:26 on the clock. It should have been over.

It wasn't.

Memorial quarterback Alex Bray, who threw three interceptions all season before state, threw one in the end zone for his third of the game. Three plays later, Notre Dame had a go-ahead touchdown, and CMH couldn't get the points back in a gut-wrenching 19-17 loss at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 20.

CMH finished the year 11-3, taking home its second silver ball in three chances at state since 2010.

"We made a lot of great plays defensively throughout the entire day, and the inability to get away from turning the ball over killed us," CMH coach Bill Young said. "I'm so disappointed for our kids because that's a grind in the Classic 8, and we beat a great Kewaskum team (in the playoffs) … we just kept making mistakes. You can't win when you do that.

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Man found guilty of igniting standoff with police to enter treatment for mental illness

Nov. 20, 2015 8:14 a.m. | William Gorman of Waukesha was not legally responsible for his actions when he challenged police to a shootout outside his home during an hourslong standoff with law enforcement earlier this year, according to a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge.

Gorman, 53, pleaded guilty but not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Wednesday, Nov. 18, to one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety tied to the standoff incident. Judge Ralph Ramirez found Gorman guilty of actually committing the crime, but absolved Gorman of legal responsibility for the offense because of Gorman's mental condition, which has been deemed unstable, according to court documents.

As a result, Gorman will likely be placed in the care of the county Health and Human Services Department. Court records show Ramirez ordered the department to prepare a treatment plan for him.

Gorman was charged in May with two counts of recklessly endangering safety and failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take him into custody about a month after he was arrested following an hourslong standoff with police outside his home on Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Court records previously listed Gorman as a Delafield resident; his home is near the Waukesha-Delafield border.

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Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players

Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 19, 2015 issue

Nov. 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. | 1 A woman's purse was stolen from inside her apartment at 1809 Shepherd Court overnight Nov. 4-5. The purse was later found outside on the second-floor balcony, but $120 in cash was missing. The woman said she left the patio door slightly open overnight. There was a footprint found on her pumpkin, and other evidence was left behind.

2 A car was entered and a GPS and CDs were stolen at 1308 Rockridge Road prior to 6:38 a.m. Nov. 5.

3 A car window was smashed at 333 Arlington St. prior to 7:48 a.m. Nov. 5.

4 An intoxicated male carrying a backpack was who seen stumbling around fell near the river at Madison and Bank streets at 3 p.m. Nov. 5.

5 A group of youths were playing football on the roof of the Waukesha Water Utility pumping station building, 516 Crestwood Drive, at 4:27 p.m. Nov. 5. Police advised them to stay off the roof.

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Local NFL Punt, Pass & Kick national champion will be grand marshal in Waukesha Christmas Parade

Nov. 19, 2015 10:58 a.m. | While those attending the Waukesha Christmas Parade will miss seeing the Green Bay Packers play on Sunday - both are around the same time - they'll still see a football champion.

Olivia Osborn, a Waukesha resident and winner of the 2015 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick national competition, is this year's grand marshal. 

Osborn, who was representing the Green Bay Packers, finished in first place in the 10-11 age divisision in Renton, Washington, in January.

Osborn was recognized for her achievement, along with the other winners, during the NFC Divisional playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers last season.

For the competition, competitors kicked two punts, threw two passes and booted two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy (in feet). The best score from each activity was tabulated to determine the athlete’s total.

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Judge: prison for woman who stole $21,000 from bank customers, climbed through ceiling for drugs

Nov. 19, 2015 8:25 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Stephanie Butler, who pleaded guilty last month to stealing $21,000 from local bank customers and crawling through a grocery store ceiling in Oconomowoc to steal prescription drugs, will spend years in prison for her crimes, a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge ruled recently.

Butler, a 30-year-old Dousman resident, was sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 18, by Judge Ralph Ramirez, who imposed concurrent prison sentences for all of Butler's crimes — two felony counts of identity theft, burglary of a room within a building and possession of narcotic drugs — but none longer than three years. Ramirez also ruled that Butler will be placed under extended supervision for three years after her initial confinement, court records show.

All the charges Butler was facing and eventually pleaded guilty to stemmed from two unrelated criminal cases opened earlier this year. In one, Butler was accused of skimming more than $21,000 from Waukesha State Bank customer accounts while she worked there as a teller; in the other, Butler was accused of crawling through the ceiling of an Oconomowoc Kmart to steal 18 bottles of prescription medication.

She pleaded guilty to two charges from each case on Oct. 15, and still has one case pending in Milwaukee County.

According to court records, conditions of Butler's supervision include absolute sobriety, a ban on working for any financial institution in any capacity and the payment of an undetermined amount of restitution. A hearing to determine a restitution figure has been scheduled for Jan. 21.

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Complaint: Teenager pointed gun at woman inside Waukesha apartment

Nov. 18, 2015 7:15 p.m. | A chaotic scene at a Waukesha apartment, in which a gun was allegedly pointed at woman, earlier this month has resulted in charges filed against three teenagers.

According to a criminal complaint, officers responded to an apartment at 120 Cambridge Ave. after a woman reported a man pointed a gun at her face at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.

The woman said at approximately 10 p.m. she was approached by a man, later identified as Edward Rodriguez Montanez, 18, who said he needed her assistance because he had been bitten by a pit bull that belonged to other people in the apartment. The woman said she called the police department's non-emergency number for Montanez, who spoke to a dispatcher about the dog bite.

But, according to the complaint, when the dog owners then entered the building, Montanez became upset and began yelling and swearing at them outside the woman's apartment. The outburst prompted the woman to again call police. Montanez and a companion, Ricky Williams, 17, turned their anger on the woman's fiancé after he stepped in to try to separate the groups. The dog owners eventually left, but Montanez, who threw a bloody rag at the woman's fiancé, said he would return.

Returning with a gun

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