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Waukesha man who suffered burns from Feb. 14 house fire dies

Feb. 27, 2014 11:24 a.m. | The man who was burned in a Waukesha house fire a couple weeks ago has died, Fire Marshal Brian Charlesworth said in a news release Thursday morning.

The release said that City of Waukesha Fire and Police departments were notified Wednesday by staff of the St. Mary's Burn Center in Milwaukee of Michael Coyle's death.

The Medical Examiner's Office will be conducting an examination to determine the cause of death, Charlesworth said.

Coyle, the Waukesha man who was charged with secretly recording two females undressing in the staff bathroom at the Swimtastic Swim School last October, had second-and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body after a fire broke out Feb. 14 in an attached two-car garage in a single-family residence at 1007 Motor Ave.

He was listed in "grave condition" upon being transported to the burn center.

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Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall

2:08 p.m. | Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be sworn into the 33rd State Senate seat in a public ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Delafield Town Hall, N14 W30782 Golf Road, Delafield.

The event is open to the public.

Kapenga informed the Assembly chief clerk, Assembly leadership and Gov. Scott Walker of his intention to resign from his 99th Assembly seat effective at the close of business Aug. 5 before being sworn into the 33rd Senate seat the following morning.

Kapenga won the senate seat in a special election July 21, beating Democrat Sherryll Shaddock of Nashotah. The senate seat was vacated by Paul Farrow, who stepped down to focus on his duties as the newly elected Waukesha County executive.

"Serving my neighbors in the 99th Assembly District for the last 41/2 years has been an honor, and it has been a privilege to work with everyone associated with the Assembly," Kapenga wrote in his resignation letter. "I look forward to continuing this work and partnership in the senate."

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow holding Twitter Town Hall meeting

10:57 a.m. | Want to know more about the 2016 Waukesha County Budget and are active on social media?

You can connect with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow through a Twitter Town Hall meeting today.  

Farrow, who was elected to his position in April, will hold the virtual meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

People can tweet questions relating to the budget or other topics about the county to Farrow's Twitter handle, @PaulFarrowWi, while using the hastag #AskPF.

Farrow is following the lead of former county executive Dan Vrakas, who also held Twitter Town Hall meetings.

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Surveys add to Waukesha alderman's web of public interaction

10:35 a.m. | For Aaron Perry, being an alderman starts with interacting with the community.

"It's really been an important goal for me from Day 1," said Perry, who has been an alderman since 2013. "I want the residents to feel involved and engaged in the political process.

"I also want to show kids that politics can be a positive experience, and it starts with more dialogue."

Perry, who represents constituents on the city's southwest side, is certainly doing his part to have this dialogue.

He recently kicked off online surveys to get a better feel for how residents view the city, its government and other general topics relating to public safety and taxes.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Ace will no longer be the place in downtown Waukesha

July 28, 2015 10:30 a.m. | In recent years, locally owned hardware stores have found it tougher to stay in business.

A couple years ago, Robertson Ace Hardware, a mainstay in the village of Wauwatosa, shut its doors due to a challenging economy and big-box store competitors.

National Ace Hardware in downtown Milwaukee recently announced it was going out of business after its owners sold its building.

Now, Olson's Ace Hardware, a staple in downtown Waukesha for 65 years, is the latest local hardware store that will close its doors.

Notable loss

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Waukesha pastor charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child

July 27, 2015 3:13 p.m. | A Waukesha pastor and former school bus driver, who said he has struggled with lust his entire life, is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child after admitting to touching a 10-year-old girl's breast at Fox River Christian Church.

Peter J. Knebel, 72, was arrested on Sunday, July 26, and subsequently charged on Monday, July 27, for having sexual contact with a child younger than 13 years old inside his church office, S46 W24130 Lawnsdale Road, Waukesha.

During an investigation, Knebel admitted his involvement, said Lt. Patrick R. Esser of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Knebel, 2063 Cliff Alex Court South Unit B, Waukesha, also admitted to committing other violations against other children in the past, the sheriff's department said.

Nature of incident

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Waukesha man accused of putting 17-year-old girlfriend in a choke hold

July 27, 2015 10:15 a.m. | A Waukesha man is accused of putting his 17-year-old girlfriend in a choke hold and then tackling her to the ground outside after chasing her.

Dylan St. George, 20, is charged with attempted strangulation and suffocation, physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct following a physical disturbance on Friday, July 17, at a residence in the 1800 block of Haymarket Road in Waukesha.

If convicted, George faces up to nearly seven years in prison and $16,000 in fines.

George posted a $750 cash bond on Tuesday, July 21, and is to maintain absolute sobriety and is to have no contact with the victim/witness or their residence listed in the criminal complaint.

A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

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Vacant commercial properties create eyesores in Waukesha

July 24, 2015 12:30 p.m. | As you drive north along Highway 59/164, the sign and the large empty building is evident.

It has been for seven years.

As employees of City Hall drive into the office each day the empty building across the street is evident.

It has been for three years.

And as Sentry employees and customers arrive to shop and work on the southwest side of the city the empty properties are evident.

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Molina Healthcare giving out groceries, health kits at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha

July 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | Molina Healthcare, based in Milwaukee, is sponsoring a food pantry in partnership with Feeding America, in Waukesha to assist families and individuals in need.

The health care provider will give away groceries and health kits at La Casa de Esperanza on Friday, July 24.

Molina Healthcare will provide 300 individuals with free groceries and personal care kits on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 200 individuals (one per person) while supplies last.

Each kit will include a small package of tissue, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, a nail file, laundry detergent, bandage strips and a small package of cotton swabs.

The giveaway event, open to the public, runs from 10 a.m. to noon or while supplies last at La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.

Waukesha Police Report: July 23, 2015 issue

July 23, 2015 2:00 p.m. | 1 A bicycle was stolen from a closed garage at 1929 Rustic Way prior to 2 p.m. July 9.

2 A drone flew across Highway 164 and was hovering over parking lot of Golden Corral, 1673 Arcadian Ave., at 8:30 p.m. July 9. A caller, who said the drone was flying 15 feet over cars, was concerned someone was doing surveillance. A caller said the drone was also flying low in nearby neighborhoods.

3 A house at 2510 Pendleton Place was egged at 10:47 p.m. July 9.

4 A man said when he was in the shower with his girlfriend someone entered their unlocked apartment at 1933 Madera St. and stole his girlfriend's cellphone at 11:52 a.m. July 10.

5 A caller reported 25 kids were gathering to fight outside the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 9:13 p.m. July 10.

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Waukesha man facing charges in three separate criminal cases

July 23, 2015 1:00 p.m. | A 19-year-old Waukesha man is already facing criminal charges in two pending cases. Now he has another.

Gavin Gross was charged July 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and two counts of felony bail jumping. Gross is facing false imprisonment and armed burglary charges in a separate case and also stands accused of intentionally selling a dangerous weapon to a child.

A criminal complaint filed July 13 says Gross was tracked down and arrested after he allegedly punched his stepfather in the face and threatened him with a lawn stake outside their home on Delafield Street in the city of Waukesha.

According to the complaint, Gross, while clutching the stake in his hand, told his stepfather in "a stern, angry voice" that he was going to hurt him.

The victim also said in the complaint that he heard Gross at one point shout "I'm not going back to prison."

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Waukesha County Fair has best opening day attendance mark in history

July 22, 2015 12:23 p.m. | The 2015 Waukesha County Fair saw mixed results.

While the fair, which ended on Sunday, had its best opening day attendance mark in its 173-year history, overall attendance was down from last year.

The fair's executive director, Shari Black, said 119,104 visitors attended the fair, which ran from Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19, on the Waukesha County Expo Center grounds in Waukesha.

In 2014, 133,725 attended the fair.

Wednesday's total saw 26,717 people come through the turnstiles. For images from Wednesday see our photo gallery.

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The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

July 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | (Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

The meteoric rise just continues.

Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.

Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.

Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.

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Rep. Chris Kapenga easily wins District 33 state Senate seat in Waukesha County

July 21, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Chris Kapenga continues to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Paul Farrow.

Both started their careers in the business world and now are establishing themselves in the political world. Kapenga won a seat in the state Senate on Tuesday night — a seat Farrow previously occupied. And Farrow is the top elected official in Waukesha County.

For Farrow and Kapenga, their careers started together in the state Assembly in 2010. Two years later, both then looked at moving on to the state Senate.

It was Farrow's turn first as he edged Kapenga in a Republican primary for the District 33 state Senate seat in 2012.

With Farrow stepping down from the Senate to put his sole focus on his new position as Waukesha County executive, Kapenga (R-Delafield) saw it as his opportunity to take the next step.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A dumb-sports-fan's guide to the Bucks arena financing situation

July 21, 2015 2:05 p.m. | JP tries his best to explain the machinations behind the state senate voting in favor of a Bucks arena financing plan, plus a lot more from a big week of Wisconsin sports (Favre! Niebrugge!). Also, JP shares his impressions from the WFCA All-Star football game.

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