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Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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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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Man shot outside Waukesha home

May 25, 2015 10:39 p.m. | Police in Waukesha were investigating the shooting of a man outside his home early Sunday evening.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered nonlife threatening injuries.

Waukesha police were called at 5:42 p.m. for a report of a man bleeding from gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of E. Racine Ave.

Police did not say whether any arrests were made.

Waukesha stays on the road to updated construction this summer

May 22, 2015 5:13 p.m. | At Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly's recent state of the city address, he recognized the need for improved road repairs in the city.

"The conditions of our roads is the most consistent complaint I hear from the citizens of Waukesha," Reilly said. That's why he said he will urge the common council in the coming year to continue to invest "significant dollars" to making the streets better.

But Reilly said it will take time to improve all of these roadways.

"We all wish our roads could be fixed faster and for less money and with less disruption, but we have a large backlog of roads needing work and we will only catch up after many years of investing money in road repair and rebuilding projects," Reilly said. "The common council has recognized the need to continue investing in the repair of our streets and I see that continuing in the future."

While many of the projects Reilly is referring to are years away, some are under way this year.

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Milwaukee woman charged in Waukesha woman's fatal heroin overdose

May 22, 2015 4:38 p.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee woman has been charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide as a party to a crime and one count of obstructing an officer, in relation to the June 12, 2014, death of 21-year-old Katelyn Iverson from Waukesha.

Waukesha County prosecutors filed a complaint against Allyson Edwards on Friday. An autopsy revealed that Iverson's death was caused by acute heroin intoxication. Authorities say Edwards supplied the heroin and lied to officers who interviewed her.

According to the complaint, about 5 p.m. June 13, 2014, police officers responded to a call about an unconscious, non-breathing female at a house on Highpointe Lane. Iverson's mother, Tracey Iverson, had checked on her daughter after returning home from work and found her facedown on the ground and unresponsive.

Iverson's mother told police that her daughter had a drinking problem, but she was not aware of any issues with drugs. The mother also stated that her daughter had been spending time with Edwards, who was a heroin addict.

If convicted, Edwards faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for the homicide charge, and up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine for the obstruction charge.

Waukesha Police Report: May 21, 2015 issue

May 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. | 1 A caller at White Rock Avenue and East Moreland Boulevard reported seeing white smoke coming from the area at 1:21 p.m. May 7. Police determined the smoke was starter pistols being set off at a school for a track and field meet.

2 A caller reported a child who lives nearby has been riding his bike through her yard at 1912 Patricia Lane at 9:09 p.m. May 7. After the caller yelled to the kid to stop it, the child's mom came out and told the caller to stop yelling at her kid.

3 An intoxicated man was taken into custody after he tried to open car doors in the parking lot at 409 Sheffield Road at 4:49 a.m. May 8.

4 A television was stolen from an apartment at 311 Cheviot Chase prior to 6:02 a.m. May 8.

5 Items were stolen from a man's trailer while he was shopping at Menards, 2315 Bluemound Road, at 2:06 p.m. May 8.

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Waukesha man charged after exposing genitals to gas station clerk

May 18, 2015 4:38 p.m. | A 31-year-old Waukesha man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly flashed his genitals at a gas station clerk twice in 2014.

The man, Gabriel Medrano, was charged on Friday, May 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two misdemeanor counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and could face up to a combined 18 months in jail and $20,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Medrano late last August entered a PDQ gas station on West Avenue to use the bathroom. A female employee told police that after Medrano came out of the bathroom, he approached the counter with his penis exposed through the zipper of his jeans.

The employee claimed that Medrano then began walking around the store with his pants open for a few minutes, but continued looking directly at her until he left the station, the complaint said.

Medrano returned the following day, used the bathroom and again exposed his penis to the employee, who said in the complaint that she felt "disrespected" and "embarrassed" by the incident.

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Owners of seized Waukesha chinchillas charged with child and animal neglect

May 18, 2015 1:43 p.m. | The Waukesha couple that housed hundreds of living and deceased chinchillas in their home — which resulted in toxic levels of ammonia — have been charged with three child neglect offenses and another two counts in the mistreatment of the tiny animals.

Garrett and Tricia Rees were charged on Friday, May 15, in Waukesha County and will make their initial court appearances on June 15.

Both face up to nine months in jail for each of the child neglect charges and up to $30,000 in fines. They also face a combined 18 months in jail and $20,000 for negligently failing to provide the animals with a proper shelter and for intentionally treating an animal in a cruel manner.

Shocking conditions

The charges come more than a month after officers found the chinchillas at the rental home on the northeast side of the city.

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Public hearing focuses on would-be village tied to towns of Brookfield and Waukesha

May 15, 2015 4:00 p.m. | The panel that will rule in the town of Brookfield's effort to incorporate into a village will listen to arguments on both sides of the issue next week.

A public hearing on the incorporation will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Brookfield Town Hall, 645 N. Janacek Road, Brookfield. The hearing is scheduled to last until 7 p.m.

It will be conducted by the Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board and the Wisconsin Department of Administration. According to state documents, the legislative-type proceeding will assist the review board and the state department in making their determination on the incorporation petition for the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

However, no action will be taken on the incorporation petition at the hearing.

City of Waukesha Attorney Brian Running said all of the parties involved in the legal matter are expected to be present at the hearing and, along with the public, will weigh in and give their opinions on why the incorporation should or shouldn't be approved.

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Historic homes to be highlighted during Waukesha's Historic Preservation Days

May 14, 2015 4:33 p.m. | In celebration of Waukesha's rich history, the Waukesha Preservation Alliance, along with many other partner organizations, is once again hosting Historic Preservation Days.

The two-day recognition of the city's history and historical homes kicks off Saturday, May 16. All events are free.

The Bethesda Park/Dunbar Oaks neighborhood will be highlighted this year. These tours run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Homes in these neighborhoods wil also be on display on Sunday, May 17. 

Saturday’s events include historic walking tours, children’s games and an opportunity to view and learn the history of Silurian Spring.

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Man with criminal past accused of 2013 armed home invasion in Delafield

May 14, 2015 3:33 p.m. | An 18-year-old Waukesha man and an unknown accomplice allegedly broke into a Delafield home in December 2013, held a woman captive at gunpoint and called her son a "snitch."

The man, Gavin Gross, was charged May 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with false imprisonment and armed burglary. If convicted, he could face up to 21 years in prison and $60,000 in fines. Gross was scheduled to appear for a hearing on those charges on May 20, after press deadline.

According to online court records, Gross is additionally facing up to 31/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for intentionally selling a dangerous weapon to a child.

According to the May 13 complaint, Gross and an accomplice on Dec. 2, 2013, broke into a home on Cobblestone Court in the town of Delafield and attempted to tie up the homeowner, a woman, with duct tape.

The woman said in the complaint that she repeatedly asked Gross and the other man what they wanted and why they had come to her house. One of them, who was holding a gun, reportedly told her "your son is a snitch."

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