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Kramer allegations garner national attention

April 09, 2014 11:30 a.m. | The scandal surrounding state Rep. Bill Kramer made it onto the national stage Tuesday when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct.

Watch Maddow's segment on Kramer below:

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Catholic Memorial's win over Waukesha West ensures crazy four-team tie for Classic 8 title

Oct. 17, 2014 11:51 p.m. | Moments after Catholic Memorial defeated Waukesha West on Oct. 17, 14-12, to claim a share of the Classic 8 Conference football championship, a member of the Crusaders' coaching staff told the players that it was the 298th victory of coach Bill Young's illustrious career.

"Two more. Two more," the Crusaders players started chanting.

Young cut them off quickly.

"No. Five more," the veteran coach said, the obvious implication that he believes his team is one that can contend for the WIAA Division 3 state championship.

After the crucible his team survived in becoming one of four teams that will share the conference crown, he may be right.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

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 9.

Waukesha North going for its eighth straight state band title

Oct. 17, 2014 10:20 a.m. | The Waukesha North High School marching band is going for its eighth straight state championship this weekend.

The Northstars, along with many other schools across the state, will head to UW-Whitewater to compete in the 30th annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships on Saturday, Oct. 18. 

North, led by band director Greg Redner, has won the last seven state titles. It won the Class AAAA (large-school division) title last year. 

North, in a different division this year (AAA), hits the field at 3:30 p.m. Waukesha South, also in that division, competes at 2:45 p.m.

Waukesha West, still in the Class AAAA division, will perform under the lights at 8:45 p.m.

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Town of Waukesha chairman John Marek seeking District 15 supervisor seat

Oct. 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Eight candidates — that include town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek, longtime town of Genesee Chairwoman Sharon Leair and former Olympic athlete Ryan Bedford — are seeking the vacant District 15 supervisor's seat on the Waukesha County Board.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Waukesha County Board's Executive Committee on Monday, Oct. 20, and the chosen candidate will be sworn in at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The position is open with the death of longtime Supervisor Walter Kolb on Sept. 22.

Marek has been the town of Waukesha chairman since 2013. In his resume, Marek said he "reunited a divisive board" and is "uniquely qualified to serve" in the position given his positions as town chairman and private sector experience.

Marek is a general contractor and president of John Marek, Inc., which performs phases of development with a focus on senior housing and commercial real estate. He is also the president of Marek Management, LLC., and is a franchise owner of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

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Waukesha man sentenced for threatening New Jersey judge

Oct. 15, 2014 3:58 p.m. | Camden, N.J. — A Waukesha man who is identified with the Sovereign Citizen movement has been sentenced to prison for threatening and filing false charges against a judge and 27 other officials in New Jersey.

Camden County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Michael Rinderele, of Waukesha, received a five-year sentence earlier this month. He had pleaded guilty in August to making threats and engaging in retaliation.

Members of the Sovereign Citizen movement argue federal, state and local laws have no authority over them.

Rinderele admitted filing fraudulent liens against the judge and 27 other officials in Voorhees and Winslow after traffic offenses were filed in New Jersey against Rinderele's common-law wife.

Crews clear crash that closed westbound lane of I-94 in Waukesha County

Oct. 15, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of westbound Interstate 94 west of Highway G in Waukesha County for about a half hour. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 16, 2014 issue

Oct. 15, 2014 12:15 p.m. | 1 A teenager was hit with a bottle during a fight with another boy at an apartment at 2019 Kensington Drive at 6:37 a.m. Oct. 3.

2 An intoxicated man who had been removed from the Waukesha Public Library earlier in the day, for urinating on a chair, returned to the library at 1:53 p.m. Oct. 3.

3 A caller reported at 4:02 p.m. Oct. 3 that a student from New Tribes Bible Institute, 915 N. Hartwell Ave., had sent a text message to another student saying he wishes he wasn't such a coward so he could blow up the school. Contacted by police, the student explained that he made that statement out of frustration, but has no familiarity with explosives and "hardly has the financial means to afford school."

4 A caller said she received a call from her ex-boyfriend at 6:52 p.m. Oct. 3 stating he was on his way to 2818 Lincolnshire Court and threatened to break out her vehicle windows and use a bat against the caller's friend.

5 A group of young people staying at the Super 8, 2510 Plaza Court, were afraid after an intoxicated man from another hotel room walked into their room and sat down on their bed at 9:21 p.m. Oct. 3.

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Waukesha County chairman's salary could be cut in half

Oct. 14, 2014 12:05 p.m. | The next Waukesha County Board chairman could receive half of its current salary if a new ordinance is approved.

In a change proposed by its current chairman, Paul Decker, the county board will vote next month on changing the idea to lower his pay from $58,586 to $29,293.

"It was a very tough decision," Decker said.

Decker said it wasn't about lowering the salary for himself but about aligning Waukesha County with its peer counties that have the same executive form of government structure.

"Waukesha County regularly studies the compensation levels of staff and elected officials and looks at peer counties as a guide when determining pay and benefits," Decker said.

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Mukwonago football team lands huge victory over Catholic Memorial

Oct. 11, 2014 12:11 a.m. | Mukwonago senior Darrick Schiferl found the redemption he was looking for, and it helped his team do the same.

It was Schiferl who put the clamps on Mukwonago's 35-28 win over visiting Catholic Memorial on Friday night when he intercepted quarterback Alex Bray on 2nd and 10 from the 39 yard line with two minutes to play.

"I needed that," Schiferl said. "It was a rough night, but we came through. We kept going. It's everybody; the guys up front are just as much of a part of a play like that as I am."

Schiferl's heroic scoop just inches off the grass more than made up for the Memorial's last possession, where he was flagged for pass interference and set up a Crusaders score to cut their deficit to seven.

"We tell our corners to be aggressive," Mukwonago head coach Clay Iverson said. "I just told him to stick with it. I've seen plenty of games lost on 80-yard touchdown passes. I have yet to see one lost on pass interference. I'd rather he goes after it and gets a flag than gets scared and gives up a score."

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

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 8.

Prairie Home Cemetery hosts Puppy Prance on Saturday

Oct. 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. | Prairie Home Cemetery could become a miniature dog park this weekend.

In an effort to raise money for a new pet cemetery, the Waukesha landmark, 605 S. Prairie Ave., is hosting a Puppy Prance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The pups will prance along a roughly one-mile route around the cemetery's prairie, away from the headstones, said interim cemetery manager Sally Kahlfeldt.

"It will be a great scene," Kahlfeldt said. "The cemetery looks so beautiful now with all the fall colors."

Purposeful fundraiser

Kahlfeldt is hoping the effort results in a large crowd on Saturday to jump-start the project.

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Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 9, 2014 issue

Oct. 09, 2014 10:30 a.m. | 1 A backpack with an iPad inside it was stolen from an apartment at 806 Scott Ave. prior to 8:18 a.m. Sept. 26.

2 A BB gun hole was found in the storm-door window of an apartment at 1617 Dover Drive at 5:33 p.m. Sept. 26.

3 Several electronics, money and birthday presents were stolen from a man's locker at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, prior to 7:35 p.m. Sept. 26.

4 A strong odor of marijuana was coming into a caller's bathroom in an apartment at 2111 Kensington Drive about 9:25 p.m. Sept. 26. A second caller also reported smelling marijuana.

5 A caller's wallet was stolen at Carroll University, 100 N. East Ave., while he was at the Catholic Memorial High School football game the night of Sept. 26.

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Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Kitchen fire sends one to hospital in Waukesha

Oct. 08, 2014 11:54 a.m. | One person was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation after a fire broke out inside a Waukesha home on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

According to a news release, the Waukesha Fire Department received an alarm for a structure fire at 12:16 p.m. at 1223 Summit Ave. Steve Ore, a battalion chief/shift commander for the Waukesha Fire Department, said crews observed light smoke coming from the house and found a small fire in the kitchen.

It was quickly extinguished and damage from the fire was contained to the kitchen area with some light smoke damage throughout the first floor.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the origin seemed to be on or near the stove, the release said.

Approximate damage is $15,000, Ore said.

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