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Speaker Vos considering expulsion if Bill Kramer doesn't quit Legislature

March 30, 2014 12:36 a.m. | Madison — Disgraced state Rep. Bill Kramer should resign or his fellow lawmakers will have to consider making him the first Wisconsin lawmaker to be expelled from office in nearly 100 years, two of the Legislature's top leaders said Saturday.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said that he found the criminal sexual assault charges filed against the Waukesha Republican on Friday to be credible, and that he was disturbed by the former Assembly majority leader's seemingly flippant reaction to them.

"Bill Kramer should do the honorable thing and resign," Vos said. "When I read the report filed by the (police and prosecutors), it didn't seem to me like there was much remorse."

Vos said aides are now researching the legal process that would be used to expel a lawmaker ahead of a meeting of the Assembly's GOP leaders on Tuesday or Wednesday. Only once in the state's history have legislators taken the step of ousting one of their colleagues.

Friday's charges stemming from an incident three years ago moved forward after more recent incidents surfaced involving two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist. Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., last month.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Would it be OK to see state-football games played other than in Madison?

12:13 p.m. | The guys take a last look back at state-championship football and agree that the title games could stand to move elsewhere, out of Camp Randall in Madison. Plus, a look at where the bright spots might be in the overall Wisconsin sports malaise and JP gets a little bit of time to talk Iowa football.

Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in November

11:00 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart as the holiday season hits its stride.

Menomonee Falls students honored for helping elderly neighbor who was pinned under her vehicle


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Filing period begins for city, town and school seats in Waukesha

Nov. 30, 2015 7:34 p.m. | We're just heading into winter, but now is the time to think about the spring elections.

The first day to circulate nomination papers for local races is Dec. 1. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 5. If a primary is necessary, it will be held Feb. 16. Then, finally, comes the general election in the spring —April 5, to be exact.

There are nine aldermanic positions (each receiving an annual salary of $7,000) on the ballot in the city of Waukesha.

Meanwhile, there are two supervisor positions (each receiving an annual salary of $6,851.52) on the ballot in the town of Waukesha.

There are also three spots up for re-election on the Waukesha School Board. (Board members receive an annual salary of $6,400.)

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Alderwoman Joan Francoeur isn't seeking another term

Nov. 30, 2015 7:20 p.m. | After more than a dozen years as an alderwoman, Joan Francoeur will not seek another term.

Francoeur, who has served District 14 on the city's west and northwest side since 2003, has filed non-candidacy papers with the city's clerk-treasurer office.

Francoeur was appointed as an alderwoman in September 2003 to finish out the term of Alderman Randy Eccleston. She ran for the seat the following year and has held it since.

Her seat, along with eight other aldermen, will be on the spring ballot.

Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers Dec. 1. All forms must be turned into the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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Waukesha woman given probation for selling drugs from home

Nov. 30, 2015 10:20 a.m. | A woman accused of taking part in a drug operation out of a Waukesha family's southwest side home won't have to serve time in prison, unlike her brother or mother, but will be on probation for the next three years.

A judge sentenced Jessica Wapp, 27, to two years in state prison and two years extended supervision on Nov. 18, but the sentence was stayed in favor of probation.

She will be eligible, however, for early release after two years on probation if deemed appropriate by her agent.

Her role

Wapp, along with her father, mother and brother, were charged in January with drug-related charges, including maintaining a drug trafficking place out of their home at 1404 Oakdale Drive.

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Woman rescued from vehicle in Fox River downtown Waukesha

Nov. 27, 2015 2:54 p.m. | A 24-year-old woman was uninjured after she drove her vehicle into the Fox River in downtown Waukesha on Friday, Nov. 28, and was subsequently rescued.

The vehicle went into the river around Buckley Street and Corrina Boulevard at 12:48 p.m., when the woman, who reportedly experienced a sudden medical emergency, escaped from her vehicle, and then sat on top of it as Waukesha fire and police departments quickly brought the woman to safety.

Capt. Dan Baumann said there was no evidence of inattentive driving or fumbling with a cellphone.

"There's nothing we can do to prove or disprove the medical incident," Baumann said.

She was later taken to the hospital and her vehicle was removed from the river and towed.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 3, 2015 issue

Nov. 27, 2015 11:48 a.m. | 1A man wearing a red jogging suit stole some packages at a residence after jumping over a fence at 222 Arcadian Ave. at 3:47 p.m. Nov. 19. The caller said the suspect has been stealing mail for the past week. One person was eventually taken into custody.

2A caller became concerned and reportedly armed himself with a gun when a man began knocking on his front door at 1503 Erin Lane at 11:25 p.m. Nov. 19. Police realized the man, who was just on a walk with his dogs, had noticed that a car door was left open in the driveway and wanted to notify the owner. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

3A caller reported at noon Nov. 20 his neighbor continues to put leaves in his yard at 400 Randall St. The caller said the same problem occurred last year. The neighbor also reportedly threatened to hit the caller with a rake. Police told the neighbor to move the leaves.

4A caller found an intoxicated male on the ground with blood around him at Carroll Street and North Grand Avenue at 7:19 p.m. Nov. 20. The victim, who was bleeding from his head, began walking away. However, an ambulance was called for him.

5A caller reported a domestic disturbance at an apartment at 167 N. Moreland Blvd. after hearing what was believed to be a male and female fighting at 8:32 p.m. Nov. 20. Police said there was no criteria for a domestic arrest. The man who lives there said he was just playing the video game "Call of Duty" with a headset on and can get loud and animated. He was advised on his behavior and said he would be more aware of his noise level.

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Later paper delivery for Waukesha Now's Nov. 26, 2015 issue

Nov. 25, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Home-delivery copies of the Waukesha Now's Nov. 26 issue will arrive on Friday, Nov. 27. However, newsstand copies will be available on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Despite Meijer's request for a change, Waukesha stores must continue to sell liquor in separate area

Nov. 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. | For Alderman Vance Skinner, buying his groceries in one section of the store and then buying his liquor in a separate area isn't an inconvenience for him.

It's what he and other shoppers have simply gotten used to when shopping at Woodman's Food Market, Pick 'n Save and Sentry in Waukesha.

"It's second nature," Skinner said. "I like having liquor in a separate section. This is what Waukesha requires."

But one future Waukesha retailer — Meijer — was looking to have the city change the requirement that forces businesses to sell liquor in a different part of the store than all other groceries.

However, the common council — in an 11-3 vote Nov. 17 — didn't feel a change was warranted, given that the city has already made accommodations for Meijer.

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Reports of people dressed as clowns raise concerns in Waukesha

Nov. 24, 2015 6:50 p.m. | Reports of people dressed as clowns in Waukesha near Carroll University in recent weeks have left some uneasy.

Earlier this month, police got a report of person dressed as a clown in the area of E. Main St. and N. Hartwell Ave., which is near Carroll University. Officials confirmed the person was a 15-year-old boy who is developmentally delayed.

Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the teen likes to watch the reactions people have when he's dressed as a clown. Police have been in communication with the teen and his family.

Rumors went around about the clown sighting, with some saying the person was a sex offender or was linked to Silly the Clown, a former professional clown who was convicted of felony sexual assault, Habanek said. Neither of those rumors were true. Habanek said the teenager has no ill intent.

Then on Friday, Habanek said, there were two reported clown sightings on the Carroll University campus. One clown reportedly had a white face and was wearing a white costume, which police weren't able to verify. The second was wearing a green jester-type costume that was waving.

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Downtown Waukesha glows under LED snowflakes

Nov. 24, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Downtown had an extra glow on Sunday as parade-goers watched Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way through downtown for the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

That's because new LED snowflake light decorations were on display on 65 light poles.

Crews attached the lights a few days before the parade, making downtown shine brighter for the weekend festivities, which also included the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday outside The Rotunda building.

Shining snowflakes

"They look beautiful," said Sally Kahlfeldt, the special projects coordinator in the community development department. "It really makes downtown an inviting place and gives downtown a holiday glow."

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Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 26, 2015 issue

Nov. 23, 2015 6:19 p.m. | 1 License plate brackets on two cars were broken off after someone tried to break into the cars in the 1700 block of Paramount Drive prior to 11:49 a.m. Nov. 9.

2 A cable box delivered by Federal Express was stolen at an apartment at 134 W. North St. between 10:09 a.m. Nov. 7 and noon Nov. 9.

3 A backpack was discovered missing from Gold's Gym, 831 W. Moreland Blvd., at 4:46 p.m. Nov. 9. The backpack contained a credit card that had been used at Walmart and Target in Milwaukee.

4 A snowblower was stolen from a shed in the 1400 block of East Moreland Boulevard prior to 4:51 p.m. Nov. 9. The homeowner noticed that the lock was broken off.

5 Tires on a car were slashed in front of a residence in the 100 block of Cecilia Street prior to 8:55 p.m. Nov. 9.

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New rule trickles into Waukesha's water conservation efforts

Nov. 23, 2015 2:56 p.m. | In its continuing efforts to conserve its water, the city of Waukesha has set new rules focused on sprinkler systems used by both businesses and homes.

The common council unanimously signed off on a new ordinance that will require the installation of water-efficient landscape irrigation systems — one that includes a mechanism to shut sprinklers off if it is raining or if the soil already has enough moisture for plants.

In addition to requiring moisture sensors, the ordinance requires that systems prevent sprinkling of impervious surfaces or areas covered by other sprinklers.

Alderman Terry Thieme, who serves on the city's water utility commission, said the new ordinance puts the city at the forefront of such conservation requirements.

"We're the first one in the state to have an underground ordinance such as this," Thieme said. "Waukesha is proud to again provide water conservation leadership."

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Early deficit, long Homestead drive ends Waukesha West's title hopes

Nov. 21, 2015 10:13 a.m. | After a first half that consisted of three punts, an interception and a fumble, the Waukesha West football team took advantage of its opportunities against Homestead on Nov. 20 in the WIAA Division 2 state championship at Camp Randall in Madison. The only problem for the Wolverines was how scarce those opportunities were in the second half.

Homestead used a long drive that began in the third quarter and ended in the fourth to help it win the title, 28-12. West was left with its second straight silver ball.

In its first possession of the third quarter, West cut Homestead's lead to 21-6 when running back Peter MacCudden rumbled down the left sideline for a 20-yard score. MacCudden was nearly pushed out of bounds near the goal line, but the sophomore pushed himself into a defender and reached the end zone. The drive went 11 plays for 72 yards and took 4 minutes, 10 seconds off the clock.

What happened next clinched Homestead's first state championship since 2012. With 4:19 left in the third, Homestead's offense converted on five consecutive third-down plays. To cap off the drive, the Highlanders converted on two fourth and short plays inside the West 10-yard line.

On the 23rd play of the drive, Homestead's Matt Winters punched in a 1-yard run to make it 28-6 with 3:22 remaining in the game. The drive went 79 yards and took a devastating 12:57 off the clock.

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