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Waukesha Common Council approves hiring marketing firm for downtown rebranding

Jan. 07, 2014 9:08 p.m. | After a long discussion Tuesday night, the Common Council approved a contract to hire a marketing firm in the effort to rebrand downtown Waukesha.

With a cost of $15,000, the Milwaukee-based Savage Solutions will now consult with downtown stakeholders to hear what they want as a new logo to be the image of downtown.

The city's staff and some of the council members felt a new, fresh brand was the right step in helping revitalize downtown Waukesha.

Not all of the aldermen were on board with the rebranding effort, however.

Eric and Cory Payne, Daniel Manion and Kathleen Cummings voted against funding for the consultant.

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

2:04 p.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

-Lake Country Lutheran handily defeated Pecatonica/Argyle, 40-0.

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Catholic Memorial leaves early struggles in rear view

Oct. 25, 2014 12:14 a.m. | The Catholic Memorial football team began its 2014 playoff run with a 49-6 win over the visiting Raiders from Two Rivers to move onto the second round against Kewaskum next Friday.

Despite the decisive result, however, the game started slowly for the Crusaders. Two Rivers received the opening kickoff, and quarterback Marcos Alfaro hit Ethan Willman for a 69-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead for the seventh-seeded underdog.

The Crusaders hit back on their next possession. Then, they hit back some more.

It started with a 17-yard touchdown run from Tommy Garza to tie the game at 6. The Raiders couldn't get past their own 34 yard line on their next possession, and after a punt set the Crusaders up on their own 45, Alex Bray found Fletcher Metz for a 31-yard touchdown pass and a 12-6 Memorial lead three plays later.

"It was definitely a little concerning," Garza said of the Raiders' opening score. "We tried this week to come out and really prepare, but obviously it was a little bit of a rocky start. We got it together on offense and then we pulled through with our defense."

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Conor Blount capitalizes for Waukesha West in playoff victory over Greenfield

Oct. 24, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Waukesha West quarterback Conor Blount turned a short field into a long night for the visiting Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks.

The Wolverines defense provided opportunistic field position, and Blount responded with three second-quarter touchdown passes as Waukesha West rolled to a 35-0 victory over Greenfield in the first round of the Division 2 state football playoffs on Oct. 24.

"That was huge," said Blount, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 139 yards. "All credit to the defense. They put us in those spots, and we just have to capitalize off that. You don't get many chances where you're going to work with 50 or less yards."

The second-seeded Wolverines (8-2) advanced to next weekend's second-round game against sixth-seeded Waterford (7-3), which erased a 14-0 halftime deficit to upset third-seeded South Milwaukee, 21-14.

Each of the Wolverines' first three scores were set up by forcing the Hawks to punt from deep in their own territory.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

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 Level 1.

Zombie walk, trick-or-treating this weekend in downtown Waukesha

Oct. 24, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Downtown Waukesha is celebrating Halloween this weekend.

So don't be spooked if you see ghosts, goblins and even zombies walking the streets of downtown.

The fifth annual Waukesha Zombie Walk begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown. The walk will end between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

Participants can donate a minimum of five non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County or pet food, supplies or toys for the Humane Animal Welfare Society or they can pay a $5 fee.

Kids 5 years old and younger walk for free.

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Rep. Bill Kramer faces jail time after pleading to sexual assault

Oct. 23, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Waukesha — Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) Thursday pleaded no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Kramer entered the plea during what was to have been a status conference on the case, stemming from felony sexual assault charges filed in March against the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly.

Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius said her office will recommend three years of probation, with a variety of conditions, including nine months in jail with work-release privileges.

Kramer, 49, will not have to register as a sex offender, but must undergo a sex offender assessment and any recommended treatment. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.

By avoiding a felony conviction, Kramer will be able to serve the remainder of his term in the Assembly, which ends in January. He is not seeking re-election this fall.

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Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 23, 2014 issue

Oct. 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. | 1 A man had his pants down to his knees and was exposing himself at the bus stop across from the Waukesha School District's Early Learning Center, 1150 White Rock Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10.

2 A woman at 732 E. North St. wrote a letter to the police department because she believed a man was cutting a wire on her raccoon trap in her backyard prior to 4:24 p.m. Oct. 10. She said she has never witnessed the man on her property but feels he's the culprit because her traps catch the squirrels the man feeds. The man had no idea what police were referring to when he was questioned.

3 A glass art piece was stolen from River's End Gallery, 380 W. Main St., prior to 4:31 p.m. Oct. 10. The caller said it was stolen during the Art Crawl the previous weekend.

4 A man was punched by his intoxicated friend because the man was kicking him out of Walgreens, 230 Madison St., at 5:05 p.m. Oct. 10.

5 A fight was going on inside Boscos Social Club, 260 W. Main St., at 12:12 a.m. Oct. 11.

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Waukesha North Marching Band captures eighth straight state championship

Oct. 22, 2014 11:00 a.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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Slender Man stabbing suspect's attorney contesting doctor's ruling that Anissa Weier is competent

Oct. 22, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A doctor has ruled that Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old suspects charged in the near fatal stabbing of her Waukesha classmate in May, is competent to proceed.

However, Weier's attorney, Joseph Smith Jr., said he is contesting the report of the doctor who conducted the competency evaluation done by Robert Rawski, a psychiatrist with the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.

Judge Michael Bohren received Rawski's report on Monday, Oct. 21.

"I don't believe Rawski has the expertise to render competency for juveniles," Smith said in court on Wednesday, Oct. 22. 

Smith also said Rawski's findings are different from another doctor, hired by Smith, who conducted a competency exam on Weier.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Competency evaluation results for Anissa Weier, one of Slender Man stabbing suspects, will be revealed in court

Oct. 21, 2014 4:30 p.m. | The findings of a competency exam for Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old suspects charged with nearly stabbing a Waukesha classmate to death, will be revealed on Wednesday in court. 

Judge Michael Bohren ordered last month that Weier undergo a court-ordered competency evaluation that would determine whether the case continues or is suspended.

According to online court records, Robert Rawski, a psychiatrist with the Wisconsin Forensic Unit, evaluated Weier and was preparing a competency report for the court.

If Weier's competency hearing is similar to Morgan Geyser's (the other suspect in the case), Rawski will be called to the stand and give a report on his interactions with Weier and answer questions from both the prosecutors and defense. 

Rawski will give his recommendation on whether Weier, who has been confined to the secure Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend since being charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, is competent to stand trial.

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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.

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