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Waukesha man charged with selling Play-Doh pills as ecstasy

Feb. 10, 2014 4:37 p.m. | A 20-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with several counts of drug trafficking, allegedly selling an undercover officer fake ecstasy pills he had made out of Play-Doh.

Matthew McClain, 1315 Camden Way Unit B, was charged on Monday, Feb. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of non-narcotics distribution, two counts of imitation controlled substance distribution, one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and once count of drug paraphernalia possession.

McClain was previously convicted in September 2012 with marijuana possession and was fined about $475.

According to the criminal complaint, an undercover officer with the Waukesha Police Department arranged to purchase 10 ecstasy pills and marijuana from McClain on April 13, 2012.

The officer met with McClain at his residence on Camden Way and McCain sold the officer seven pink pills and three orange pills for $200, the complaint states. McCain said in the complaint that his elementary school-aged cousin would have to accompany them to buy the marijuana, but the officer declined.

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Crest owner brings Irish flavor to new venture in downtown Waukesha

10:15 a.m. | Opened in May and dedicated to providing a unique experience, The Crest Pub & Grill in Downtown Waukesha showcases its owner's deep experience in Irish fare and desire to establish roots in a new community.

Building on experience

Owner Bruce Russell developed his restaurant chops in various environments, but is most comfortable with casual, lively venues. After establishing two Menomonee Falls-based restaurants, A.J. O'Brady's Irish Pub & Grill and The Mill, he looked at several other locations before deciding that Waukesha was the perfect next step.

"We looked at various locations over a two-year period," Russell said of the former restaurant space. "We kept coming back to this one. We liked what was going on in the city."

Appealing to various tastes

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Complaint: Waukesha woman, drunk, grabbed gun following phone dispute

July 23, 2016 7:25 p.m. | Don't bring a gun to a cellphone fight might be the lesson learned by one Waukesha woman who's facing criminal charges for allegedly doing just that.

Betty Dyer, 51, was charged Monday, July 18, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon) and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. Online court records show she's free on a $2,000 signature bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Dyer grabbed a gun and pounded on one of her neighbor's doors July 16 in the 2100 block of Kensington Drive, demanding to be let in, after the neighbor accidentally damaged Dyer's phone when tossing it to another person.

Dyer reportedly asked the neighbor, a man, to remove his phone number from her device and the man tried to toss the phone to the third neighbor who said she knew how to remove the number. The toss was short and the phone's screen cracked when it hit the ground, according to the complaint.

After the screen broke, Dyer reportedly grabbed her Bersa Thunder .380-caliber handgun and marched over to the man's apartment, insisting he open the door, the complaint said. At one point, according to the complaint, she identified herself as a Waukesha police officer in an attempt to get inside the man's home.

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2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at our coverage of the fair, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Our fair food rankings

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Video: Crafting and animal races at the Waukesha County Fair

July 22, 2016 3:44 p.m. |

Sheltered from the storm and sweltering heat inside the Waukesha County Fair Exhibit Hall on July 21, Ellen Smith, owner of One of a Kind Beadwoven Bracelets, kept a careful eye and a steady hand on her work.

Smith, who has been crafting since she was 9 years old, was weaving an intricate pattern on a small, traditional Native American loom. As she looped the threads and pointed out another piece of beadwork in her hair that was made by a friend, she described her extensive history with the craft.

This is Smith's 16th year competing at the fair, though not always with her beading. When she was younger, Smith explained that she participated in 4-H and showed a horse that she bought and paid for by herself.

Entering quilts, crochet and sewing projects is all in the family, according to Smith. She went to her first beading class when she was 12, where she was the only child in attendance. A few years later, she picked the habit back up again and has been entering projects into county fairs and the Wisconsin State Fair ever since.

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Outstanding fees could prevent students from graduation ceremonies

July 22, 2016 2:43 p.m. | The Waukesha School District is changing it's policy regarding fees for graduating high school seniors.

The new policy, which will take affect at the beginning of the school year, will deny students with outstanding fees from participating in graduation ceremonies.

The old policy authorized principals to withhold diplomas from students with outstanding fees, which isn't appropriate, according to Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Joe Koch.

"This diploma is a student record, therefore we were not able to withhold it," Koch said.

Koch went on to say during the Policy and Committee meeting Monday, July 18, that this practice of barring students with fees is commonplace in many neighboring school districts including Ozaukee County and Milwaukee County suburbs.

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Studio time gives students opportunity to create

July 22, 2016 12:34 p.m. | The room was quiet except for the hum of the pottery wheel and the soft sound of brush strokes. Each student was deep in concentration, working on a painting, drawing or clay sculpture.

The open art studio at Waukesha South High School lets students spend as much time as they want in the classroom to work on art projects they want to pursue during the summer.

Running for four weeks during summer school, the studio is open from 7 a.m. to noon, with students showing up whenever they feel like, and leaving when they feel they are done.

"I just saw a need," Art Teacher Tom Mancuso said.

Mancuso runs the studio space during the summer, which came about after he taught art classes during summer school for a few years, and saw a need to change the program. He went to the district and petitioned to return to the open studio concept that they had in the past.

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Stay cool at Hebron House and Jeremy Safe Haven

July 21, 2016 8:26 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Local social service agencies are doing their part to keep people safe by offering cooling stations over the next few days, when extreme heat could prove to be life threatening.

Kris Androsky, executive director for Hebron House of Hospitality said, "Extremely hot weather poses hardships for those who do not have a cool place to stay. While the risk of heat illness for those outdoors depends upon the amount of exposure and the health of an individual, Hebron House shelters are responding proactively by providing water and respite from the dangerous heat."

The Hebron House shelter, 812 N. East Ave., and Jeremy Safe Haven, 1301 E. Moreland Blvd., will both remain open all day Thursday and Friday as cooling zones for anyone needing help.

A prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected to hit Waukesha County on Thursday afternoon through Friday evening, with daytime highs in the mid 90s. The heat and humidity will make conditions feel warmer than actual temperatures are.

People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. Heat exhaustion, nausea, headaches, and confusion can swiftly lead to deadly heat stroke as the body loses the ability to regulate its temperature.

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Waukesha Salvation Army offering cool place to stay in light of impending heat wave

July 20, 2016 2:51 p.m. | Dangerously high temperatures forecast for later this week have prompted the Waukesha Salvation Army to open its doors — and air-conditioned rooms — to area residents who do not have access to such spaces.

According to a news release, refrigerated bottled water will also be available inside the building, 445 Madison St., just north of downtown.

"Our Waukesha Corps will be open both days from 1 to 4 p.m.," said Major Nelson De Le Vergne, "and people are welcome to have a seat in designated air-conditioned spaces during the heat of the day."

"We're honored by the long-standing support of Waukesha County and we're pleased to be able to give back to area people in need," De Le Vergne added.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, the heat index is expected to rise to between 100 degrees and 115 degrees on Thursday, July 21 and between 95 degrees and 100 degrees on Friday, July 22.

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Woman killed in Waukesha County crash is identified

July 20, 2016 2:44 p.m. | One woman was killed and two women were injured when a vehicle westbound on Interstate 94 in Waukesha County crossed the median and struck an eastbound vehicle head-on Tuesday.

The crash, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. at county Highway SS in the Town of Delafield, closed the freeway in both directions for several hours.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, an 18-year-old Waukesha woman, was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life for serious injuries. Her passenger, identified Wednesday as 67-year-old Melinda Malison of Waukesha, was pronounced dead at Froedtert.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 22-year-old Delafield woman, was treated for minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Funeral Services: July 21, 2016 issue

July 19, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Lucille M. Liburdi, 97, of Waukesha died Friday, July 15, 2016. Visitation and a funeral Mass were Wednesday, July 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waukesha.

Leva McLaughlin,88, of Waukesha died Thursday, July 14, 2016. Visitation and a Mass of Christian burial were Wednesday, July 20, at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Lorna Schaefer, 88, of Waukesha died Thursday, July 14, 2016. Visitation and a funeral Mass were Monday, July 18, at St. William Catholic Church, Waukesha.

Plans to redevelop former Gasthaus site denied by Waukesha officials

July 19, 2016 12:10 p.m. | Plans for a proposed razing and redevelopment of the Gasthaus restaurant, which shuttered about two weeks ago, have again come before a city panel and again been turned away.

The Waukesha Plan Commission on July 13 denied preliminary approval to the project's site and architectural plans, and denied a conditional use permit for a standalone restaurant that's part of the same proposal.

According to planning documents, Kansas-based Klover Architects is looking to build a mutli-tenant retail center at the corner of Silvernail Road and Grandview Boulevard — where the Gasthaus once stood — and a free-standing Panda Express restaurant south of the retail plaza.

Commissioners and city staff shared concerns about the land-use intensity of the project, how much more traffic it will generate and the negative effect it could have on surrounding businesses.

Many of the same concerns were mentioned at a commission meeting in April, when plans for the project were first discussed publicly.

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Waukesha police report: July 21, 2016 issue

July 19, 2016 9:42 a.m. | 1A man reportedly flashed his genitals to staff at the Waukesha Women's Center around 4:43 p.m. July 7 in the 500 block of North East Avenue. A police report said the man, who was uncooperative with officers when they found him, was arrested.

2A 25-year-old man was reportedly carrying a bat and challenging motorists with it while standing in the street around 10:54 p.m. July 7 near Oakdale and School drives. According to a police report, the man did not hit any cars with the bat but was trying to.

3Police helped a man find his 15-year-old daughter and return her home after a brief confrontation between the two around 9:01 p.m. July 8 in the 100 block of Arcadian Avenue. The girl was reportedly late coming home from a friend's apartment that her parents do not want her visiting. According to an incident report, the girl was disorderly and uncooperative but ultimately left with her parents.

4An anonymous caller reported a reckless driver who was supposedly traveling 15 mph below the posted speed limit around 10:23 p.m. July 8 near Meadowbrook Road and Summit Avenue. A police report did not indicate whether officers were able to find the slow-moving vehicle.

5Emergency personnel had to extinguish a vehicle fire around 12:16 p.m. July 9 next to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. According to an incident report, the fire was raging in an empty truck about 20 feet away from the store. The fire department declined to investigate the blaze, the report said.

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