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Waukesha teenager charged with stealing home safe

April 03, 2013 11:44 a.m. | A 19-year-old man has been charged with allegedly breaking and entering into a Waukesha woman’s home on March 23 to steal a safe belonging to her son.

The man claimed that he stole the safe because it contained $80, drug paraphernalia and approximately a half ounce of marijuana and he split the ill-gained profits with two other men.

Waukesha resident Dustin J. Biersack was charged on March 29 with burglary of a building or dwelling, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of over 12 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Waukesha Police were dispatched to the home of Diane Howard at 822 Beechwood Ave. shortly after 1 a.m. on March 23 after receiving reports of vandalism.

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Waukesha woman pleads guilty to kicking two-year-old to death

12:23 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Waukesha resident Nicole Wagester, accused last fall of kicking a two-year-old girl to death, on Monday, June 1 pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide and will be sentenced for her crime in late July, according to online court records.

Wagester, 32, had previously considered changing her not guilty plea in February, but ultimately chose not to after her attorney, Robert Penegor, told the court he and his client hadn't reached a plea agreement with the Waukesha County District Attorney's office.

A jury trial for Wagester had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 2, court records show.

Online court records indicate that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Foster revoked Wagester's bail during the June 1 plea hearing and ordered a presentencing investigation to be completed before the July 29 sentencing hearing.

Wagester, who was arrested and charged on Oct. 6, 2014, faces up to 60 years in prison.

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Controversial CEO John Jazwiec returns to Milwaukee area

June 01, 2015 10:23 p.m. | John Jazwiec, the outspoken CEO who stirred strong reactions in 2006 with sharp criticisms of the local business climate, and later with a controversial report of being robbed in his east-side home, is back in the Milwaukee area.

Jazwiec, who helped Waukesha's RedPrairie Corp. grow, then left under clouded circumstances, is now running WennSoft Inc., a 150-employee software firm based in New Berlin.

"I come here with the best of intentions to turn this into a great technology company," said Jazwiec, who was installed as CEO by a private equity firm that bought WennSoft last month. "...That's what my investors want me to do."

In an interview, Jazwiec, 55, again expressed regret over his handling of the home-robbery report, which drew suspicions from police and the local alderman.

Further, he said, his public criticisms of Milwaukee and Wisconsin — he talked of high taxes, high crime, parochial attitudes, and a state and city "going downhill" — were nothing but a rhetorical tactic. The RedPrairie board of directors was angling for government incentives to relocate to downtown Milwaukee, "and everybody said, 'All right, this is the time to make some fireworks,'" Jazwiec said. "So I did my job."

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Female inmate dies in Waukesha County Jail

June 01, 2015 3:53 p.m. | A 53-year-old female inmate died early Monday at the Waukesha County Jail, authorities said.

Waukesha County sheriff's deputies and members of the Waukesha Fire Department were called to the jail about 4 a.m. for a report of a female inmate who was not breathing and did not have a pulse, according to a news release.

First responders attempted life-saving measures and the woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased, the release stated.

The New Berlin woman had been arrested by a deputy on a warrant and drug charge during a traffic stop at 5:16 p.m. Saturday, according to Waukesha police, who are investigating the woman's death at the request of Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson.

The Waukesha County medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Waukesha police arrest two in Clark gas station robbery

June 01, 2015 11:08 a.m. | Less than two days after a Clark gas station in Waukesha was robbed, the Waukesha Police Department arrested two suspects.

Lt. Joe Hendricks said on Sunday, May 31, police arrested a 28-year-old male and a 29-year-old female, both Waukesha residents, shortly after the incident occurred at 9:58 p.m. Friday, May 29.

Police were referring robbery charges to the District Attorney's Office.

According to police, a male, wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and a dark bandanna covering his face, entered the gas station at 1436 E. Moreland Blvd. and demanded money.

No weapon was displayed, and the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and initially fled on foot.

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State ruling expected this summer on Waukesha's request for lake water

May 30, 2015 11:28 p.m. | Though state officials in June will say if Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water complies with a Great Lakes protection compact, the city's wastewater utility is a year away from deciding how it will reduce phosphorus pollution in its treated wastewater.

Since the city and state have not synchronized the two timetables, environmentalists from around the Great Lakes region are questioning whether the Department of Natural Resources has sufficient information to sign off on the water plan next month.

One of the advocates is suggesting the city pull back its request for lake water until it decides how to comply with phosphorus regulations.

An ongoing study has identified available treatment technologies that could meet the new phosphorus water quality limits, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.

By June 30, 2016, the wastewater utility must select one of those technologies for future installation, under terms of its state discharge permit.

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Police search for man who robbed Waukesha gas station

May 30, 2015 9:38 a.m. | Police are searching for a man who robbed a Waukesha gas station Friday night.

Waukesha police say the man entered the Clark gas station at 1436 E. Moreland Boulevard shortly before 10 p.m. Friday and demanded money. No weapon was displayed in the robbery, but the man took an undisclosed amount of cash.

He fled on foot initially, but police believe he entered an older model tan or brown Ford Taurus driven by a white female in her 20s or 30s. The vehicle fled westbound on E. Moreland Boulevard.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Waukesha Police Department at 262-524-3831.

Man robs Tri City National Bank at gunpoint in Waukesha

May 29, 2015 1:38 p.m. | Waukesha police are searching for an armed man who robbed Tri City National Bank, 220 E. Sunset Drive, Friday morning. 

According to Lt. Tom Wagner, officers responded to an armed robbery at 11:26 a.m. Friday, May 29, after a man entered the bank and displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

He then fled the bank and headed south.

Wagner said no shots were fired and no one is injured.

Police do not know if a vehicle was involved.

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HAWS will begin adopting out hundreds of the seized chinchillas

May 28, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Two months after the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County first took in more than 330 chinchillas from an uninhabitable home, a majority of the animals can finally be adopted.

HAWS couldn't begin adopting the animals out until the city reached a resolution with the owners. With owners Garrett and Tricia Rees finally turning a majority of the animals over to HAWS last week, the adoption process can now begin.

In a news release issued on Thursday, May 28, HAWS said the chinchillas will be neutered before they are adopted.

Adoption process

The news release also said that those on the waiting list to adopt will be contacted first to make appointments for viewing. A few weeks after the chinchillas were brought to HAWS, the waiting list already contained roughly 100 people.

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Waukesha Police Report: May 28, 2015 issue

May 28, 2015 11:00 a.m. | 1 A woman found glue all over her car at an apartment at 2109 Kensington Drive at 7 a.m. May 14.

2 The canvas was cut on a Jeep and two folding chairs were stolen from the vehicle at 3000 N. Grandview Blvd. prior to 1:05 p.m. May 14.

3 A man wearing a plastic mask was acting erratically and waving at cars at the corner of White Rock Avenue and East Main Street at 2:11 p.m. May 14. The man said he was "spreading the word of anonymous," which he said means he's talking to people about police brutality. The man refused to tell police where he lives, and is just trying to talk to people about his beliefs.

4 Three kids were throwing rocks at a duck that was walking through the playground at Frame Park, 1200 White Rock Ave., at 4:51 p.m. May 14.

5 A school-issued iPad was stolen from the Hebron House of Hospitality, 812 N. East Ave., at 6:41 p.m. May 14.

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Judge in Slender Man case focuses on length of penalty in juvenile system

May 27, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Waukesha — Amid expert testimony about adolescent brain development, Anissa Weier's low risk of violence, and where she might get the best rehabilitation, the judge at her reverse waiver hearing in the Slender Man case seemed really focused on this:

In the juvenile system, the longest time Weier could spend in secure detention is three years, followed by supervision until age 18.

Prosecutors, who oppose Weier's transfer from adult court, also point out that within a maximum juvenile sentence of five years, decisions of when to release Weier from custody to after-care in the community would fall to juvenile corrections officials, not the elected, sentencing judge.

If convicted as an adult, Weier could be sentenced to up to 65 years, but would reside at Copper Lake School for girls until age 18, the same place she would serve any juvenile incarceration.

After two days of testimony, Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said he will wait until after a similar hearing for Weier's co-defendant next month before deciding whether their cases should move to the juvenile court.

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Medical experts say Anissa Weier should be transferred to juvenile court system

May 27, 2015 4:18 p.m. | One of the forensic psychologists who evaluated Anissa Weier says the 13-year-old is regretful and remorseful for her role in nearly stabbing a fellow classmate to death.

Antoinette Kavanaugh also doesn't believe that transferring the case from the adult court to the juvenile system would depreciate the seriousness of the attempted first-degree intentional homicide offense.

“She has mental health issues and they would best be addressed in juvenile court,” Kavanaugh said during the second of a two-day reverse waiver hearing where Weier’s attorneys are trying to get the case moved into the juvenile system.

Whether that happens will have to wait a little longer.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said Wednesday he won’t make a decision on whether he will transfer Weier out of the adult system and into the juvenile system until after her co-defendant, Morgan Geyser’s hearing in June. Geyser's two-day hearing is scheduled to begin June 17.

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Psychologist: Anissa Weier was 'socially isolated' and 'desperate for a friendship' before stabbing

May 26, 2015 5:36 p.m. | Medical professionals testified at a Tuesday hearing for Slender Man stabbing suspect Anissa Weier that they don't believe anger or aggression is an issue for the 13-year-old charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Weier and her co-defendant, Morgan Geyser, are alleged to have plotted for months to kill a fellow classmate, 13-year-old Payton Leutner, supposedly to gain favor with a fictitious Internet horror character named Slender Man. 

Leutner was stabbed 19 times after being tackled in the woods following a birthday party sleepover at Geyser's house that also included Weier on May 31, 2014. Leutner, who survived the attack, told police Geyser stabbed her.

Both girls' attorneys have said "mitigating circumstances," especially the girls' belief that Slender Man would do harm to them or their families if they didn't kill someone, was the main reason the crime happened. 

After going through months of court hearings that included evaluating the girls' competency and the preliminary hearing earlier this year, the first step in both of their legal teams' attempt to have them moved into the juvenile court system began on Tuesday.

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Expert: Slender Man case defendant shows low risk of future crimes

May 26, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Waukesha — Forensic psychological evaluations show Anissa Weier as having a very low risk of future criminal activity and a high likelihood of success in treatment for the issues that landed her in the Slender Man stabbing case, experts testified Tuesday.

The testimony came at the start of a two day hearing at which Weier's attorneys will try to show she should be transferred to juvenile court to answer for plotting with Morgan Geyser to kill a third girl in a Waukesha park. They told police they hatched the crime to gain favor, or avoid the wrath of, the fictional Internet character Slender Man.

Weier, 13, and Geyser, 12, are charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing of their friend Payton Leutner. From the start, attorneys for both girls have said moving the case to juvenile court was their main focus.

But months of delays related to the mental competency of the girls — evaluations, reviews and court hearings — delayed the preliminary hearing, and consequently the so-called reverse waiver hearings.

Wisconsin law requires that children as young as 10 be charged as adults for some crimes. The burden then falls to them to prove the case more properly belongs in juvenile court. As adults, the girls face up to 60 years; if adjudicated delinquent, they could remain under juvenile court supervision until age 18.

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Man suffers non-fatal gunshot wounds outside Waukesha home

May 26, 2015 1:21 p.m. | Waukesha police are investigating a non-fatal shooting on Memorial Day.

According to a news release from Waukesha Police Lt. Joe Hendricks, authorities received a call at 5:42 p.m. Monday, May 25, from a man stating he sustained gunshot wounds and was bleeding.

The Waukesha police and fire departments responded to the 1500 block of East Racine Avenue to investigate and assist the injured man.

Preliminary investigations revealed the victim was shot at outside his home and sustained non-life threatening injuries, Hendricks said.

Lt. Joe Hendricks said Tuesday evening that police are "still actively investigating the shooting."

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Slender Man case attorneys call charging law unconstitutional

May 26, 2015 5:00 a.m. | Leading into a key hearing in her case Tuesday, one of two Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing case has asked a judge to declare the law that required her to be charged as an adult unconstitutional and dismiss the case.

Attorneys for 13-year-old Anissa Weier filed a motion last week challenging the law as it applies to her, saying it violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that keeping her from the juvenile court system violates her rights to equal protection and due process.

Weier and Morgan Geyser, 12, are charged as adults with the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of their sixth-grade friend Payton Leutner on May 31 last year, after a sleepover at Geyser's house to mark Geyser's 12th birthday. The girls told police they were trying to impress or appease Slender Man, a fictional Internet character they believed could kill them or their families.

Leutner suffered multiple stab wounds but recovered and was able to return to school in the fall.

Wisconsin law requires children as young as 10 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes, at least to start the case. Young defendants can seek to get those serious cases moved to juvenile court in what's called a reverse waiver.

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