Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer — stripped of his leadership post earlier this month amid allegations of groping a legislative aide — will not seek re-election.
The Waukesha Republican filed paperwork Monday with state election authorities saying he was not running for re-election.
Kramer is accused of groping a legislative aide and making crude remarks to a lobbyist in February while in Washington for a fundraiser. Assembly Republicans removed him as majority leader soon after.
His aides have said he has checked himself in to an unspecified treatment program.
Kramer's district is overwhelmingly Republican, and the GOP is widely expected to retain the seat in the November elections.» Read Full Article
The attorney for one of two 12-year-old Waukesha girls charged with trying to kill a classmate in May wants doctors' reports about the mental competency of the other, according to court records.
The request is one of the issues to be discussed when the girls return to court Friday morning.
A state-appointed doctor has found Morgan Geyser incompetent to proceed with her case, a conclusion prosecutors want to either challenge or explore further to see if Geyser might later raise an insanity defense.
They are scheduled to challenge experts' conclusions about Geyer's condition at Friday's hearing.
Co-defendant Anissa Weier has asked for a copy of that report, and one done by a doctor hired by Geyser's attorney.» Read Full Article
A Waukesha bar owner escaped a dangerous situation in the early morning hours on Friday, July 25.
According to the police blotter, as the bar owner of Kicker’s Pub & Grub, 1726 S. West Ave., was leaving just after 3:30 a.m. July 25, a man wearing a dark ski mask came running out of the bushes, said “stop right there” and pointed a silver hand gun at him.
The bar owner was in his vehicle at the time and quickly sped out of the parking lot before calling police.
Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.
Kicker's Pub & Grub does not have cameras on the outside of the building.» Read Full Article
1 A vehicle was reportedly "slimed" with mustard at 315 E. Wabash Ave. overnight July 17-18.
2 A trailer hitch, diesel fuel and a Vermont license plate was stolen from a vehicle at 318 Darlene Drive at 9:35 a.m. July 18.
3 A women's engagement ring and her deceased husband's wedding band were stolen from her house at 258 N. Moreland Blvd. prior to 2:34 p.m. July 18.
4 A caller reported a woman was screaming and things being thrown around in an apartment at 167 N. Moreland Blvd. at 12:31 a.m. July 19. Police found a birthday party celebration. Police told the residents were told to keep the music down.
5 Police were called to deal with an intoxicated 25-year-old man, who was out of control and throwing things off the balcony, and who was bleeding from an unknown injury, at an apartment at 100 E. Main St. just before 4 a.m. July 19.» Read Full Article
Cuddles, a stuffed animal and gift store, is closing its doors after more than 30 years of operating in downtown Waukesha.
With owner Sally Shoemaker retiring, the store will close on Thursday, July 31.
Shoemaker has been holding a retirement sale over the last few days and will until Thursday at the 231 W. Main St. store.
For many years, Cuddles was located at the Five Points on Broadway Street, where The Clarke Hotel is now located.
In 2009, however, the shop moved into Martha Merrell's Books on Main Street.» Read Full Article
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.
Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.
Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.
Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.» Read Full Article
A thunderstorm once again left behind major damage in Waukesha.
It wasn't as widespread as last month when high winds uprooted many trees across the city and county and left thousands without power.
But one image from last night showed the similarity to the June 30 storm.
An ash tree was completely uprooted near the curb and fell onto a ranch home in the 300 block of N. Greenmeadow Drive.
As a result, city of Waukesha Forestry workers were seen Wednesday morning cutting down the branches from the storm that toppled the tree and brought down a number of branches near Waukesha North High School on Tuesday night.» Read Full Article
Cemeteries aren't often the place teenagers go to learn to drive.
But the Prairie Home Cemetery was the site where one Waukesha parent took her daughter to practice driving.
The driving lesson, however, went south quickly and resulted in a police presence at the Waukesha cemetery.
According to the police blotter, a tree and brass flag holder inside Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., were damaged after a girl, who was learning how to drive from her mother, lost control of the vehicle prior to 9:21 a.m. July 22.
The car also crashed into some headstones.» Read Full Article
A jury trial has been ordered to begin Oct. 28 for state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) on sexual assault charges, online court records show.
Kramer, the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly, was charged in March with two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident three years ago.
According to the Waukesha Freeman, Kramer's attorney Eduardo M. Borda said Friday that Kramer will fight the allegations that he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party event at a Muskego tavern in 2011.
The assault charges were filed this spring after Kramer drew widespread criticism for allegedly harassing two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist, in a more recent case.
Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — A Waukesha School District committee voted unanimously Friday to reject a parent's motion to ban the book "Looking for Alaska" from schools.
Ellen Cox filed the request after her daughter, a student at Waukesha South High School, brought graphic sexual content in the book to her attention.
Cox told the district's Consideration Committee that students can get life lessons from books that don't glorify profanity, drug and alcohol use and sex.
"We didn't give teachers permission to expose our kids to these things," Cox said, adding that she plans to appeal.
Committee member Maria Trainor said books such as "Looking for Alaska" help people think about the variety of issues that are prevalent in diverse cultures.» Read Full Article
The selection of dance music at one downtown Waukesha bar apparently led to a couple fighting and police having to intervene.
According to the police blotter, Waukesha police responded to a domestic disturbance call after someone reported a man and a woman fighting at 151 E. St. Paul Ave. at 8:47 p.m. July 19.
The caller said it appeared that the woman hit the man and was yelling for him to get away from her as they walked through the Waukesha State Bank parking lot near the Riverwalk.
Police, however, learned that the man and woman, who were both heavily intoxicated, were fighting over what song to dance to at the Salty Toad in downtown Waukesha earlier in the night.
The man’s story, however, changed multiple times and there wasn't enough criteria for a domestic arrest.» Read Full Article
Political debates can no doubt get heated around here.
But in Waukesha a political discussion was mistaken for a fight that led to a police call.
According to the police blotter, a caller was passing by and heard a lot of screaming coming from an address in the 400 block of Madison St.
But upon police arriving at the residence at 11:33 p.m. July 11, officers didn't find anyone fighting. They just heard a loud conversation about politics.
For other strange calls to police as well as thefts and burglaries, see Waukesha NOW's weekly police blotter page.
Waukesha County Fair officals are calling it one of the best attended fairs in its 172 year history.
“We had an amazing fair this year," said Shari Black, the fair's executive director. "Finally the weather cooperated with us."
Comfortable temperatures and no rain helped significantly boost attendance figures from last year, Black said.
Black said 133,725 people attended the annual five-day event, which wrapped up Sunday on the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds.
This total is about 45,000 more people than last year, when heat advisories were issued for the first three days and rain on the final day caused the main concert to be canceled.» Read Full Article
The proposed expansions to The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's southwest side will come before the Plan Commission for final approval Wednesday night.
The commission is scheduled to review and act on a final site plan and the architectural planned unit development review of the project, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives. The proposed expansion could bring in six additional retail/dining outlets.
The developers of The Shoppes at Fox River have not revealed who the interested new tenants are for the site but did drop a few hints at a recent Common Council meeting.
Edward Wizner, the vice president of development/redevelopment for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust, said "a large sporting goods store" could come to the shopping center as well as a well known national restaurant.
Wizner said he couldn't disclose the tenants until a lease is signed or until all the necessary approvals are given.» Read Full Article
1 Items were stolen from an open garage and vehicles were gone through at 2602 Meadowbrook Road overnight July 10-11.
2 A locked van was broken into at 2708 Sussex Lane prior to 8:11 a.m. July 11.
3 A recently evicted tenant at 312 Randall St. stole a lawn mower from the property around 11:30 a.m. July 11.
4 Police were called due to young kids riding go-karts and tractors in the road on the corner of East Wabash Avenue and South Charles Street around 12:40 p.m. July 11.
5 The air-conditioning units were vandalized at Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., prior to 3:18 p.m. July 11.» Read Full Article
The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.
Needles was a student at Lake Country School.