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Waukesha School District will keep its schools open on Monday

Jan. 26, 2014 10:55 p.m. | While some school districts have canceled classes due to the extreme cold, schools in the Waukesha School District could be open on Monday.

According to a post on the district's website, the district will only close schools unless a wind chill warning is forecast for the Monday morning student travel times.

The post states that as of 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service is forecasting a wind chill advisory for Monday.

As of late Sunday evening, the NWS' website says the wind chill advisory will be in effect from midnight Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday.

But the post does say that the district "will continue to watch weather forecasts throughout (Sunday) evening up until 4:30 a.m. (Monday)."

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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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Waukesha Police Report: May 14, 2015 issue

May 14, 2015 10:00 a.m. | 1 A small amount of marijuana was found in a bag near the computers at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 5:18 p.m. April 30.

2 An iPhone charger was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at 1006 River Park Drive at 7:38 p.m. April 30.

3 A man reported a boy yelled obscenities toward his daughters at 1224 Hickory Drive at 9:23 p.m. April 30. Police made contact with the boy and his mother, who said he was just acting out a scene from a movie and did not know the two girls were across the street. The boy felt bad that he scared the young girls and was advised to be more aware of his surroundings.

4 A caller reported that when she was attempting to line up a crack deal with her "old pimp" where she would give him sexual favors for drugs, a female answered instead and began to send the caller insulting text messages and was telling the caller to keep away from her man at an apartment at 134 W. North St. at 12:59 a.m. May 1. The female allegedly was the drug dealer's new girlfriend.

5 An unlocked vehicle was broken into at 2412 Fox River Parkway prior to 9:37 a.m. May 1 and headphones, phone chargers, sunglasses and a bottle of medication were stolen.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Waukesha man looks to help Nepal after devastating earthquakes

May 12, 2015 4:00 p.m. | Caleb Widmer said his journey to Nepal earlier this year was an emotional one.

It was only a 10-day trip, but Widmer quickly formed strong relationships with people there and already had plans, before a recent earthquake ravaged the country, to return there to strengthen the bonds he established.

"It felt different than any other trip I had ever taken," said Widmer, who has done mission work in China and the Dominican Republic in the past. "Immediately, there was a sense of relationship. And even when I got back home the relationships were ongoing."

When he does likely return to the landlocked South Asia country within the year, his focus will shift from ministry work through Harvest Community Church in Oak Creek — and it will probably be even more emotional for the 32-year-old Waukesha resident.

That's because the effects from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25 will still be present in a large way. And just this week a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the country, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 1,200.

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Fight over historic Blair House in Waukesha likely heading to trial

May 12, 2015 9:25 a.m. | With no resolution in sight, the fight over the Blair House is likely heading to a trial.

It's an outcome City of Waukesha Attorney Brian Running has wanted to avoid since the city was sued by the Waukesha Masonic Lodge 37 last year over the historic home that sits atop a hill at 434 Madison St. in Waukesha.

In advance of a still-unscheduled trial, a status conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. June 15.

Running and the city, represented by Attorney John Bruce, hopes to retain ownership of the house so Waukesha can sell the home to a local couple who wants to transform the site into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Proceeding legally

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Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

225 So Mia Famiglia brings old favorites to new location in downtown Waukesha

May 08, 2015 5:13 p.m. | A new Italian restaurant is now open in downtown Waukesha.

225 So Mia Famiglia — a name which combines the eatery's previous Hales Corners moniker with its new Waukesha street address — opened on Wednesday, May 6.

For now, it is welcoming walk-ins at its restaurant at 225 South St., said Becky Ayala, the front of the house manager. A grand opening will likely be held within a month, said Ayala, who runs the restaurant with her family.

"We want to get all the kinks out and make sure everything is going smoothly before the grand opening," Ayala said. "So we decided to do a soft opening where we could make adjustments and do a trial-and-error period to see what works and what doesn't.

"We ask that our customers be patient with us. But the first few days have been really good."

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The Steaming Cup will remain open as search continues for next owner

May 08, 2015 3:28 p.m. | The search for the next owner of The Steaming Cup continues for Kerry and Terry Mackay.

Though the lease had been set to expire on May 1, the coffee and sandwich shop at 340 W. Main St. will remain open. Kerry Mackay, who has owned The Steaming Cup with his wife, Terry, for the last 11 years, said last week he has received a three-month extension from the property owner.

Mackay announced in late March that he and his wife planned to retire and were looking to sell the business. At the time, Mackay said he expected to find a buyer within six weeks so the new owner could take over before his lease expired.

That didn't happen, but Mackay is happy for the extension because he has said from the time he announced his upcoming retirement that he did not want to close the doors to the downtown hot spot.

Notable interest

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Changes likely coming for Styza's proposed apartment building in downtown Waukesha

May 07, 2015 3:30 p.m. | A new apartment complex, presented by established developer Bryce Styza, near downtown Waukesha could add another multifamily development to the central city.

A 48-unit, four-story building for the southeast corner of Corrina Boulevard and Buckley Street along the Fox River was presented to the Redevelopment Authority Committee last month. It's the same site of a previously proposed 31-unit apartment project from Sterling Investments.

The city's Redevelopment Authority reviewed and endorsed Sterling Investment's project last summer, but Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said the Brookfield-based company has let its option lapse and is no longer interested in developing the site.

Styza's proposal includes two properties for the apartment and three small parcels for additional parking away from the river.

Site concerns

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