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Waukesha County Board approves shared medical clinic with school district, city

March 25, 2014 7:46 p.m. | Two down, one to go. 

Thirteen days after the School District of Waukesha approved an intergovernmental agreement for a shared medical clinic with the city and county, the Waukesha County Board joined them in going ahead with the proposal. 

After a healthy discussion with many stating pros and cons of the agreement, the board voted 19-4 in favor of the shared clinic during a board meeting Tuesday night. 

Now, all that waits is the city to vote on the agreement.

The onsite health clinic, which would be available to employees of the three entities and their families, is estimated to save the county about $3 million, the school district $3.4 million and the city $1.2 million for a total of about $7.7 million over the five-year period, the length of the joint agreement.

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Why no help for schizophrenic girl in Slender Man stabbing?

8:08 p.m. | Morgan Geyser spends her days in near isolation at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend, eating under a table, feeding ants and watching The Weather Channel for hours, without medication or therapy.

Experts agree that the 13-year-old girl, charged with trying to kill a sixth-grade friend in May 2014, needs serious mental health treatment.

Geyser suffers from a rare form of early-onset schizophrenia, an incurable mental illness that two psychiatrists agree will only worsen faster, and with less chance of mitigation, the longer she goes untreated.

Prosecutors, the judge, jail officials, her lawyers, parents and doctors all want Geyser to get medication and therapy.

So why isn't she getting any?

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Parade, fireworks highlight Fourth of July festivities in Waukesha

10:15 a.m. | Waukesha will celebrate the Fourth of July with its usual holiday lineup.

The day kicks off with the "Music in America" Independence Day parade at Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Ave., on Saturday, July 4.

Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at Cutler Park, with the children's marching and float judging following at 10:15 a.m. The parade starts at approximately 11 a.m.

The parade will begin at the corner of Maple and Wisconsin Avenues (Cutler Park), continue west on Wisconsin, turn right at West Avenue and follow Main Street east through downtown Waukesha, left on Buckley Street and right on Baxter before finishing at Frame Park.

Free ice cream distributed by the Waukesha Kiwanis Early Risers will be available to children at the Schuetze Recreation Center at the end of the parade.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 2, 2015 issue

July 02, 2015 12:30 p.m. | 1 A caller's house was struck with paintballs at 1912 Easy St. around 11:45 p.m. June 18.

2 A kitchen window was vandalized with an orange paintball overnight June 18-19 at 1347 E. Roberta Ave.

3 A house window was struck by a paintball overnight June 18-19 at 1403 E. Roberta Ave.

4 A house was hit by a paintball overnight June 18-19 at 615 E. Roberta Ave.

5 Police were called to the intersection of West Moreland Boulevard and East North Street after Right to Life protesters were approaching cars at 12:04 p.m. June 19. Protesters were advised by police they can't hand out fliers from the median.

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Waukesha woman accused of stabbing boyfriend: 'you mess with me, you get cut'

July 02, 2015 9:20 a.m. | A 24-year-old Waukesha woman is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the upper left forearm while holding their 8-month-old baby inside an apartment on Monday, June 29.

After stabbing him, Kurnay L. Robinson Gray, 24, allegedly told him while still holding the knife, "when you mess with me, you get cut."

Gray is charged with three domestic abuse counts: second-degree recklessly endangering safety, substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted of all three charges, Gray faces fines up to $36,000 and almost 14 years in prison.

Gray posted a $500 cash bond on June 30 and has been ordered to not have any violent contact with the victim, any contact at his residence and not to possess any knives, weapons or firearms.

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Several animals die in Waukesha house fire

July 01, 2015 1:18 p.m. | A house fire in Waukesha caused significant damage to the single-family residence and resulted in several animal deaths on Tuesday, June 30.

The damage is estimated at $95,000 and the fire and police departments are investigating a cause of the fire, Lt. Jim Haakensont said.

Haakensont said the fire department received a call at 3:13 p.m. June 30 for a possible structure fire at 1033 N. Greenfield, just east of downtown between East Main Street and National Avenue.

Haakensont said crews found the back of the home fully engulfed. Two crews quickly extinguished the bulk of the fire on the outside. Two other crews extinguished the fire from the inside.

The damage was contained to the back half of the building.

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Committee moves proposed downtown Waukesha apartment forward

June 30, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Bryce Styza said he has looked at redeveloping a property at the southeast corner of Corrina Boulevard and Buckley Street in downtown Waukesha for some time.

That's why after a city committee expressed concerns about his proposed multifamily development at a meeting a month and a half ago, he and his team didn't shy away from the issues or decide to look elsewhere.

Styza returned to the Redevelopment Authority, a committee that reviews projects in and around downtown, to present updated plans on a 47-unit apartment complex last week.

And this time the committee gave the complex, which is along the riverfront and surrounded by residential homes, its blessing.

"(Styza) heard the concerns," Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said.

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Jury trials scheduled for Waukesha gas station homicide suspects

June 29, 2015 5:33 p.m. | A jury trial has been scheduled for the three suspects charged in the murder of a gas station clerk earlier this year in Waukesha.

The announcement of an upcoming trial comes two months after Kenneth Thomas, Darrin Malone and Jerica Cotton each pleaded not guilty for their roles in the armed robbery at a Waukesha Citgo station and resulting homicide involving 65-year-old Saeed Sharwani of Brookfield, a clerk at the station.

A 12-person jury trial is scheduled for October.

Legal proceedings

Malone's trial, expected to last multiple days, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6, while Cotton's and Thomas' trials are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

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Waukesha's water application draws key support

June 27, 2015 3:00 p.m. | There are still potential waves to push through in Waukesha's quest for Great Lakes water.

Nonetheless, the city's application to obtain Lake Michigan water took a step forward last week when the state's Department of Natural Resources published an Environmental Impact Statement and Technical Review draft stating the application meets the requirements of the Great Lakes Compact.

The DNR said in its review that Waukesha has no reasonable water supply alternative in the Mississippi River Basin, even with conservation of existing water supplies.

"The water supply alternatives are likely to have greater adverse environmental impacts due to projected impacts on wetlands and lakes than the proposed Lake Michigan alternative," the DNR said in its review. "The department determined that all the proposed water supply alternatives are similar in cost to the Lake Michigan alternative, yet none is as environmentally sustainable or as protective of public health as the proposed Lake Michigan water source."

Too-long process

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Woman given 12 months probation for downtown Waukesha stabbing incident

June 26, 2015 11:30 a.m. | A woman who was charged in a stabbing incident earlier this year in two downtown Waukesha apartments pleaded guilty to one of the felony substantial battery charges.

Brenda Adams, 52, previously of Waukesha who now lives in Milwaukee, was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail and 12 months probation. The court, however, halted the jail sentence.

The court is allowing her to serve the sentence in Milwaukee County. The second charge — substantial battery with the intention of bodily harm — has been dismissed.

She had been facing original charges that could have resulted in a fine of up to $35,000 and 16 years in prison.

As part of her sentencing hearing, she must maintain absolute sobriety; not use or possess alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia; not have any association with known drug users or dealers and no contact at any place where illegal drugs are purchased, used, stored, packaged and distributed; and not have any violent contact with the victims listed in the criminal complaint.

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Judge sentences Waukesha woman who beat daughter to probation

June 25, 2015 3:38 p.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha woman was sentenced late last month to a year of probation for slapping and biting her teenage daughter, according to online court records.

The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of her daughter, on May 29 pleaded guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to a month in jail by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian.

Court records show that Aprahamian stayed the jail sentence in favor of probation and ordered the woman to pay $243 in court costs.

The woman was charged in late January with with felony child abuse-intentionally causing bodily harm and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after she was arrested for allegedly beating and biting her daughter, who was 16 at the time.

As conditions of her probation, the woman will have to complete domestic violence and parenting classes and maintain full-time employment. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with her daughter.

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St. Mary's holding annual three-day church festival this weekend in Waukesha

June 25, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Over the next week, the big fest is being held on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.

In Waukesha, St. Mary's Church is also getting into the festival season.

The church will hold its annual family fun festival from Friday to Sunday at 225 S. Hartwell Ave., at the corner of Hartwell and Newhall avenues.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26. A fish fry will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The featured bands include Cowboy Up, which will play from 5 to 7 p.m., and The Now (7 to 11 p.m).

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Environmental groups remain opposed to Waukesha request for lake water

June 25, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Several regional environmental groups said Thursday they remain opposed to the City of Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water, even though preliminary findings of a state review determined a Great Lakes supply was the city's only reasonable option.

Waukesha has access to a sustainable water supply and does not require a diversion of water from the Great Lakes, the groups said in a joint statement. They did not identify the water source other than to say they had "emerging information" on how this source could meet the city's needs.

The Milwaukee Riverkeeper organization did not respond to a request for details on their preferred water supply for Waukesha other than to say the groups had hired an engineering consultant to assist with the analysis. Other groups joining the statement were: Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, National Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, River Alliance of Wisconsin and Waukesha County Environmental Action League.

After a five-year review of Waukesha's request for lake water, the Department of Natural Resources on Thursday released a series of preliminary decisions in draft reports. Among the key findings:

■ The city does not have a reasonable water supply option available to it on the west side of the subcontinental divide.

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Waukesha Police Report: June 25, 2015 issue

June 25, 2015 10:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported a religious group set up near the Riverfront Plaza at 926 N. Barstow St. at 8:12 a.m. June 13 after being told not to be there. The police department has responded to this group before. The group has been setting up at the Farmers Market and Friday Night Live in recent weeks and officials with the market aren't happy with the organization. The group agreed to remove their table from the sidewalk.

2 Several items were stolen from inside a home at 2004 Stonehaven Court prior to 11:30 a.m. June 13.

3 A man was trying to break into a residence at 1603 Rushmore Drive at 1:36 a.m. June 14. The suspect took the caller's flagpole and was hitting his front door with it. The caller then locked himself and his wife in the bathroom. The male suspect, approximately 19-20 years old, was sitting on the front porch with the flag in his hand before running away from police. A Taser had to be deployed on him. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

4 A man was given a citation for urinating in the street at 379 W. Main St. at 2:23 a.m. June 14. The incident was seen on the downtown Opti-Cop police camera system.

5 An iPad was stolen from a vehicle overnight June 13-14 at 1212 S. Grand Ave.

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Woman who drove car onto railroad tracks in Waukesha sentenced to jail

June 24, 2015 9:30 a.m. | Caitlin Hanley, the 22-year-old woman who drove her car onto railroad tracks near downtown Waukesha last December and had to be saved by a man passing by, pleaded no contest in May to operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense).

She was sentenced to 75 days in jail, starting on May 22.

Hanley, previously from New Berlin but who now lives in Milwaukee, will have her driver's license revoked for 16 months and an ignition interlock will be installed on every vehicle titled or registered to her. She must also perform 50 hours of community service to help offset the fine.

Her operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, second offense charge, was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Hanley told police she "had way too much to drink" at Fuzzy's Sports Pub & Grill, 627 E. Main St., and decided to sleep in her car at 1 a.m. Dec. 27, 2014. Around 4:15 a.m. she said she was cold and attempted to drive home.

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Rep. Chris Kapenga wins District 33 Republican state Senate primary

June 23, 2015 9:43 p.m. | Chris Kapenga continues to hold an edge over Brian Dorow in elections.

Five years after Kapenga defeated Dorow in a state Assembly primary, the Delafield Republican once again beat out Dorow in an election on Tuesday, June 23.

This time, the victory is likely sending Kapenga to the state Senate.

Kapenga received 5,539 votes, or 52 percent, Dorow 4,888 votes (46 percent) and Waukesha physician Mikael Langner 168 votes in the District 33 state Senate Republican primary.

"(Voters) have now placed their trust in me as the Republican nominee," Kapenga said. "We have great challenges before us, including delivering a budget that best protects taxpayers, and my commitment to keep an eye on government spending will not waiver."

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