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Waukesha police officer resigns after allegations he sexted wife

March 12, 2014 11:33 a.m. | A Waukesha police officer resigned last month after he became the subject of an internal investigation for allegations of sexting with his wife while on duty, department officials said Wednesday.

Chris Massa resigned from the department Feb. 25 and gave his reason as a desire to pursue different endeavors. However, at the time of his resignation, he was under investigation for department rule violations related to personal conduct and photo-video recordings, Chief Russell P. Jack said in a news release.

Massa was accused of sexting — sending sexually oriented text messages or photos from a cellphone — in private areas of the department while he was on the job.

"The evidence that initiated the investigation was brought to our attention and was located on his wife's phone," Jack said. "No other personnel or citizens were involved in our investigation."

Massa opted to resign before being interviewed about the matter, which resulted in the investigation being closed, he said.

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Missing Waukesha woman found unharmed

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

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.

Arrowhead rides another late-scoring drive to beat Catholic Memorial

Sept. 12, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Last week, it was "The Drive." This week, would it be "The Drive 2?"

Trailing host Catholic Memorial by a 21-17 score with 1:14 left to play at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University, junior quarterback Johnny Duranso put together a 64-yard, 5-play drive and tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Cody Sellhausen in the left corner of the end zone to give the Warhawks and incredible 24-21 Classic 8 Conference victory. The score came with 33.6 seconds to play.

Memorial rallied back from a 14-0 first half deficit to stun AHS by scoring three second half touchdowns and grabbing a 21-17 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game.

But that's when the talented Duranso went to work for a second straight week, putting together his second consecutive come-from-behind game winning drive.

"We just believe in ourselves when our backs are to the wall," Duranso said. "We never give up. CMH was outplaying us in the second half, but we got one final chance and made the most of it. This feels good right now."

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha again looks to fill vacancy with general manager stepping down

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. | Though the Clarke Hotel has regained stability with the recent reopening of its bar and restaurant, it now has a key vacancy.

Harp & Eagle Ltd., the company that owns the hotel, will now have to find a new general manager for downtown Waukesha business, following the decision by David Smart to step down from the top post on Friday, Sept. 12.

"It was the right time to move," said Smart, who will be going to work for a hotel in the Milwaukee metro area.

Now 'in better shape'

As the general manager, Smart oversaw the downtown property, including the hotel, bar and restaurant.

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Catholic Memorial earns distinct national School of Excellence recognition

Sept. 12, 2014 1:09 p.m. | Catholic Memorial High School has been named to the 2014 National Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.

The Cardinal Newman Society is a national organization devoted to promoting and defending Catholic education.

Only 70 out of the nearly 1,200 Catholic high schools across the nation were named to this year’s Honor Roll. 

According to a news release, the Catholic Education Honor Roll's School of Excellence Award recognizes high schools that exhibit faithful Catholic education through institutional identity, administration, academics and student life.

According to the Cardinal Newman Society, all schools on the Honor Roll embrace, support and pledge to work toward achieving three distinct "indicators of a School of Excellence:" a committment to Catholic teachings and lived faith; faculty, staff and volunteers exhibit that faith and Catholic identity; and the school’s policies and programs ensure the strength and stability of the church’s educational mission in a changing world.

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Hebron reaches its hoped-for Summit for low-income Waukesha apartments

Sept. 11, 2014 3:49 p.m. | Bernie Juno called it one of her biggest challenges over her long career.

But Juno, the strategic projects consultant for Hebron House of Hospitality Inc. and founder of the nonprofit organization, also called it one of her most rewarding.

After seven years, the Summit Hill Apartments have become a reality.

"That's my dream," Juno said.

She was referring to the eight-unit, low-income apartments, which will be for people who can live independently but have a physical or mental disability.

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Lawyer says girl not fit for trial in stabbing case

Sept. 11, 2014 10:55 a.m. | A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a fictional character called Slender Man is not competent to stand trial, according to her attorney.

In a letter to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren, Assistant State Public Defender Joseph Smith Jr. said after hearing from a forensic psychologist hired to examine Anissa Weier, he had reason to doubt her competency.

Weier and Morgan Geyser were charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing of the girl May 31 in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side.

The victim survived her wounds.

On Aug. 1, Bohren found Geyser incompetent and suspended the prosecution against her.

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R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha acquires Snyder Insurance

Sept. 10, 2014 6:05 p.m. | R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha, Wisconsin's largest singly-owned independent insurance agency, has acquired Snyder Insurance, an independent agency based in Oconomowoc.

Terms of the acquisition, which was effective Sept. 1, were not released.

Dan Wolfgram, executive vice president of R&R Insurance Services of personal lines, marketing and communications, said the deal will help both companies as they become one.

"It gives R&R an opportunity to have a broader base in western Waukesha County," Wolfgram said. "We're picking up a great staff and a lot of talent."

Ken Riesch, president and owner of R&R Insurance Services, Inc., said the acquisition is a win-win for both companies.

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 11, 2014 issue

Sept. 10, 2014 3:15 p.m. | 1 A house was egged overnight Aug. 25-26 at 821 Cavalier Drive.

2 A caller's red Ford Ranger was egged overnight Aug. 26-27 at 1701 Mohawk Lane.

3 For the second straight night a house was egged at 1604 Mohawk Lane. The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Aug. 27.

4 A caller reported a man who lives in an apartment at 326 Jackson Court pulled down the pants of a young boy at 10:48 a.m. Aug. 27.

5 A caller reported either a person or animal with blond hair was in the bed of a pickup truck at 701 Northview Road at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 27. It turns out it was hay.

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