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Overnight road work to force closure of parts of I-94

Jan. 29, 2014 2:20 p.m. | Crews will flatten out bumps on I-94 at the Springdale, Brookfield and Moorland roads overpasses Wednesday night, causing rolling closures of the highway starting at 10 p.m.

The bumps worsened after the recent extreme cold weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a release. Work will start at the westbound lanes of I-94 at Moorland Road, and all locations will be completed by 4 a.m.

Delays are expected in the area, and the State Patrol will be assisting with the closures.

Authorities search for man in Waukesha County

7:09 p.m. | Authorities are searching for a man wanted on several warrants who was last seen Tuesday morning in Waukesha County.

Donald Berry, 43, was stopped by a Waukesha County sheriff's deputy responding to a call of a man walking on Interstate 43 near Big Bend at 5:46 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's department. Berry gave a false name to the deputy and fled on foot north on I-43, officials said.

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday the sheriff's department was notified of a man fitting Berry's description running north on Townline Road near Guthrie Road in the Town of Waukesha. Authorities used two police dogs, the Wisconsin State Patrol's aviation unit and officers from New Berlin, Big Bend and the sheriff's department. Despite five hours of searching numerous homes, barns, sheds and fields, Berry was not found.

Berry has a history of violence, including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery and home invasion. He's wanted on a Rockford, Ill., police warrant for assault, parole violation in Springfield, Ill., and obstructing an officer in Waukesha County.

Berry has relatives in New Berlin and Waukesha, and authorities believe he may try to get in touch with them.

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Walter Kolb remembered as "dean of Waukesha County Board"

3:36 p.m. | Walter Kolb, who served for 22 years on the Waukesha County Board, brought a business sense to every matter taken up by the board, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said.

Kolb died Monday following heart valve replacement surgery at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was 73.

"We're all very saddened today by the passing of Walter," Vrakas said. "He was the dean of the county board.

"He always would relate how the operations of the county would be done if it were a business -- if it was reflective of good solid business principles," Vrakas added. "He was always that kind of voice - a good conservative business voice."

Kolb was in a position to know. He founded Audio Implements, a division of Wisconsin Ear Mold. The division was a pioneer in making the molded earpieces used by broadcasters nationwide. It was an outgrowth of his business of making hearing aid molds, said his wife, Anita. It started when a traffic reporter for WTMJ radio asked for Kolb's help in making an earpiece that would block helicopter noise  - and stay in his ear - during traffic reports, Kolb's wife said.

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Walter Kolb dedicated life to Waukesha County politics

3:12 p.m. | Walter Kolb spent 22 years on the Waukesha County Board and helped make many decisions for the direction of the county.

But his wife, Anita, said his proudest moment came this year and didn't have anything to do with a county board vote. It was when Walter's son, Robert, was sworn in to the county board.

"He was so proud," said Anita, who was there taking pictures of the two. "His heart was about to pop out of his chest, because he was so excited for Robert."

The two Kolbs served on the board together for five months.

Walter Kolb, 73, of the town of Waukesha, died on Monday, Sept. 22, with his family by his side at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Poll: Will Arrowhead or Waukesha West win in Week 6 matchup?

10:57 a.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Classic 8 Conference matchup: Arrowhead at Waukesha West.

Last year in Hartland, the Warhawks beat the Wolverines, 13-7.

Arrowhead enters the game with a 3-2 league record this year. West is 4-1.


Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

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 5.

Party City pulls Slender Man Halloween costumes in Wisconsin

Sept. 19, 2014 2:26 p.m. | Party City has pulled Slender Man costumes from its shelves throughout Wisconsin after an outcry in the wake of the May stabbing of a girl allegedly by classmates seeking to please the fictional character.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to family and friends of the victim and the entire local community," according to a company statement. "... Party City sells merchandise and costumes for all types of Halloween customers, and nothing we carry is meant to be offensive."

Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12, are charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the May 31 stabbing of the girl, also 12, in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side. The victim survived the attack.

Weier and Geyser told investigators they were trying to gain the favor of Slender Man.

The Halloween costume depicting the fictional character was found at a Party City store and Spirit Halloween in Brookfield, and drew complaints from some parents, according to local media reports. Both stores there have since stopped carrying the costume.

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Top five picks for this weekend in Waukesha

Sept. 19, 2014 9:27 a.m. | Looking for something to do in Waukesha this weekend?

Here are my top five picks.

1. Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Apple Harvest Festival: The annual fest is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St. Admission is $5 per vehicle. The event, of course, features plenty of apple-related foods and drinks as well as an apple market and apple experts will be on hand.

Judging for an apple pie baking contest begins at 11 a.m. Entries are due at 10:30 a.m. A craft fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the fest features children's activities, a folk concert with Apple Jam from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ken Lonnquist & Friends from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and guided nature hikes at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 18, 2014 issue

Sept. 18, 2014 10:00 a.m. | 1 A woman told police at 1:40 p.m. Sept. 4 that her ex is implanting viruses into her computer and "altering things" at 2703 Coventry Lane. She believed that her ex was monitoring her every move using different proxy servers all over the world. Police said her story was hard to follow and was told to get a restraining order, but she wanted to find other alternatives and take her case "to the FBI."

2 The principal at Heyer Elementary, 1209 Heyer Drive, heard footsteps on the roof of the school at 8:32 p.m. Sept. 4. She said it has been an ongoing problem and that several times over the last several weeks teenage boys have climbed on and off the roof, practicing "Parkour."

3 Police were called at 8:55 p.m. Sept. 4 to talk to a man who has been sitting on a bench outside a business at 227 W. Main St. at the same time a certain female employee is working. The man, who was homeless, told police this is the spot he comes to when he is bored and has nowhere else to spend his time.

4 A woman was grabbed by her boyfriend around the throat and thrown to the ground while she was holding her 2-year-old son at an apartment at 215 Hinman Ave. at 10:08 p.m. Sept. 4.

5 A man was sexually harassing staff at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 2:15 p.m. Sept. 5. The man, was became agitated, left to go to Cutler Park.

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Missing Waukesha woman found unharmed

Sept. 17, 2014 8:36 p.m. | A woman reported missing from a Waukesha nursing home has been located unharmed in Laramie, Wyo., police said Wednesday night.

Mary Eva Whitham, 71, had been missing since 3 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Waukesha County detective Peter Korns charged for domestic-related incident

Sept. 17, 2014 2:00 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detective has been put on administrative leave after his arrest for a domestic-related incident.

According to a statement from Sheriff Dan Trawicki, Peter Korns was arrested by the Waukesha Police Department on Sept. 8.

Korns, 49, was charged on Sept. 15 with disorderly conduct-domestic abuse, a class B misdemeanor. He will make an initial court appearance on Oct. 6 before Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper.

He has been with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for about 26 years and is assigned to the Detective Bureau.

"Consistent with our normal practice, Detective Korns has been placed on administrative leave and his arrest powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the (Waukesha police) investigation and our internal investigation," Trawicki said.

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'Suspicious' Halloween decoration turns out to be mannequin in a tree

Sept. 16, 2014 4:34 p.m. | One Waukesha house has already gotten into the Halloween spirit by putting up outdoor decorations.

But one person felt a decoration was suspicious enough to warrant a call to the police. 

According to the police blotter, police were called to a residence after a caller thought a person might be hanging from a tree in front of a house at 1122 Perkins Ave. at 9:49 a.m. Sept. 9.

The caller told police that they believed it was a Halloween decoration but couldn't be sure.

Police found that it was in fact a mannequin Halloween decoration in the tree.

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Missing Waukesha woman with dementia spotted outside Kansas City

Sept. 16, 2014 1:09 p.m. | A missing woman with dementia was seen outside Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, Waukesha police said Tuesday.

Witnesses told authorities that the woman, 71-year-old Mary Eva Whitham, was lucid but they were concerned about her mental condition. They also indicated that she cannot walk well and was in a Ford F-350 crew cab pickup truck. Whitham usually uses a wheelchair but sometimes uses a walker, police have said.

Waukesha police issued a silver alert for Whitham on Monday and said she may be with Lindig Kass Kiesling, 74, who drives a gold 2008 Ford F-350 truck with Wyoming license plate 22-4973.

Whitham was not in custody as of Tuesday morning, and she and Kiesling may be traveling to Texas, authorities said Tuesday.

Whitham and Kiesling have lived together in the past and the case is not considered a kidnapping, Waukesha police said.

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Waukesha woman with dementia reported missing

Sept. 15, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Police in Waukesha are asking the public for help to locate a missing woman with dementia.

Mary Eva Whitham, 71, is white, five feet, four inches tall, weighs 160 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes, according to a news release from Waukesha police.

According to the release, Whitham usually uses a wheelchair but sometimes uses a walker.

She may be with Lindig Kass Kiesling, 74. He drives a gold 2008 Ford F-350 truck with Wyoming license plate 22-4973, and the two may be living out of the vehicle.

They may also be heading to Wyoming, according to the release. Police did not detail the relationship of the two.

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Second stabbing suspect to be mentally evaluated in Waukesha Slender Man case

Sept. 15, 2014 8:51 a.m. | A court-appointed forensic psychologist will evaluate Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old Slender Man stabbing suspects, to determine if she is competent to proceed and assist in her defense.

Judge Michael Bohren ordered the exam at a hearing Monday, Sept. 15, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

A probable cause hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept 18, but with Weier now set to undergo a competency exam, Bohren canceled those hearings.

The competency evaluation must take place within a 30-day period, Bohren said. An update on the doctor's findings will be given at a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Raising the issue

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Kettle Moraine football team goes on impressive run to defeat Waukesha South

Sept. 13, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine scored a wild 49-35 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South Friday night. The Blackshirts led 20-7 midway through the second period before KM went on an impressive 42-7 run to win the game.

KM is now 3-1, its best start since 2007.

Senior running back Andrew Trafton scored three second half touchdowns and senior quarterback Mitch Pfeifer threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score. Will Duchow, Nate Tyley and Tanner Smith also scored for the Lasers.

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