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Laundry schedule dispute becomes threatening inside Waukesha apartment

April 24, 2014 3:13 p.m. | A routine laundry visit quickly escalated between two women in Waukesha that required police intervention. 

According to the police log, a caller said she was threatened at 1:14 p.m. April 16 by her neighbor over the use of the laundry room in their apartment unit at 817 E. Main St.

The caller said the neighbor threatened to shoot her because she was doing laundry on the neighbor's wash day.  

Police advised the women to follow their laundry room schedules and to avoid contact with each other to prevent future disputes. 

Another strange police incident came when police were called at 11:20 a.m. April 17 to the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., for a man and woman arguing over vaccinating their infant. 

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Waukesha Police seek suspect in morning bank robbery

2:23 p.m. | Waukesha Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery at a bank Friday.

No shots were fired and no one is injured.

The robbery entered Tri City Bank at 220 E. Sunset Drive after 11 a.m. and displayed a handgun. He took money before fleeing the scene.

The man is described as a white male between 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 5 feet, 5 inches tall. The suspect was wearing a blue polo-style shirt and blue jeans. He also had on a blue bandanna, sunglasses and a blue medical mask over his mouth.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waukesha Police at (262) 524-3816.

Man robs Tri City National Bank at gunpoint in Waukesha

1:38 p.m. | Waukesha police are searching for an armed man who robbed Tri City National Bank, 220 E. Sunset Drive, Friday morning. 

According to Lt. Tom Wagner, officers responded to an armed robbery at 11:26 a.m. Friday, May 29, after a man entered the bank and displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

He then fled the bank and headed south.

Wagner said no shots were fired and no one is injured.

Police do not know if a vehicle was involved.

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HAWS will begin adopting out hundreds of seized chinchillas in Waukesha

May 28, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Two months after the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County first took in more than 330 chinchillas from an uninhabitable home, a majority of the animals can finally be adopted out.

But according to an agreement entered between the state of Wisconsin, city of Waukesha, HAWS and the owners, Garrett and Tricia Rees, the Rees' could still end up retaining 49 of the seized chinchillas.

The agreement states that if the court and the Rees' resolve the criminal charges by plea bargain and agree as part of that plea to return the 49 chinchillas to the Rees' or if the Rees' are acquitted of the charges, then HAWS would immediately transfer possession and custody of those chinchillas to the Rees'.

But in the event either or both Garrett and Tricia are found guilty of one or more of the alleged animal abuse and neglect charges, the disposition of the 49 chinchillas would be determined by the court.

Garrett and Tricia Rees will make their initial court appearances on June 15.

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Waukesha Police Report: May 28, 2015 issue

May 28, 2015 11:00 a.m. | 1 A woman found glue all over her car at an apartment at 2109 Kensington Drive at 7 a.m. May 14.

2 The canvas was cut on a Jeep and two folding chairs were stolen from the vehicle at 3000 N. Grandview Blvd. prior to 1:05 p.m. May 14.

3 A man wearing a plastic mask was acting erratically and waving at cars at the corner of White Rock Avenue and East Main Street at 2:11 p.m. May 14. The man said he was "spreading the word of anonymous," which he said means he's talking to people about police brutality. The man refused to tell police where he lives, and is just trying to talk to people about his beliefs.

4 Three kids were throwing rocks at a duck that was walking through the playground at Frame Park, 1200 White Rock Ave., at 4:51 p.m. May 14.

5 A school-issued iPad was stolen from the Hebron House of Hospitality, 812 N. East Ave., at 6:41 p.m. May 14.

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Judge in Slender Man case focuses on length of penalty in juvenile system

May 27, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Waukesha — Amid expert testimony about adolescent brain development, Anissa Weier's low risk of violence, and where she might get the best rehabilitation, the judge at her reverse waiver hearing in the Slender Man case seemed really focused on this:

In the juvenile system, the longest time Weier could spend in secure detention is three years, followed by supervision until age 18.

Prosecutors, who oppose Weier's transfer from adult court, also point out that within a maximum juvenile sentence of five years, decisions of when to release Weier from custody to after-care in the community would fall to juvenile corrections officials, not the elected, sentencing judge.

If convicted as an adult, Weier could be sentenced to up to 65 years, but would reside at Copper Lake School for girls until age 18, the same place she would serve any juvenile incarceration.

After two days of testimony, Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said he will wait until after a similar hearing for Weier's co-defendant next month before deciding whether their cases should move to the juvenile court.

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Medical experts say Anissa Weier should be transferred to juvenile court system

May 27, 2015 4:18 p.m. | One of the forensic psychologists who evaluated Anissa Weier says the 13-year-old is regretful and remorseful for her role in nearly stabbing a fellow classmate to death.

Antoinette Kavanaugh also doesn't believe that transferring the case from the adult court to the juvenile system would depreciate the seriousness of the attempted first-degree intentional homicide offense.

“She has mental health issues and they would best be addressed in juvenile court,” Kavanaugh said during the second of a two-day reverse waiver hearing where Weier’s attorneys are trying to get the case moved into the juvenile system.

Whether that happens will have to wait a little longer.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said Wednesday he won’t make a decision on whether he will transfer Weier out of the adult system and into the juvenile system until after her co-defendant, Morgan Geyser’s hearing in June. Geyser's two-day hearing is scheduled to begin June 17.

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Psychologist: Anissa Weier was 'socially isolated' and 'desperate for a friendship' before stabbing

May 26, 2015 5:36 p.m. | Medical professionals testified at a Tuesday hearing for Slender Man stabbing suspect Anissa Weier that they don't believe anger or aggression is an issue for the 13-year-old charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Weier and her co-defendant, Morgan Geyser, are alleged to have plotted for months to kill a fellow classmate, 13-year-old Payton Leutner, supposedly to gain favor with a fictitious Internet horror character named Slender Man. 

Leutner was stabbed 19 times after being tackled in the woods following a birthday party sleepover at Geyser's house that also included Weier on May 31, 2014. Leutner, who survived the attack, told police Geyser stabbed her.

Both girls' attorneys have said "mitigating circumstances," especially the girls' belief that Slender Man would do harm to them or their families if they didn't kill someone, was the main reason the crime happened. 

After going through months of court hearings that included evaluating the girls' competency and the preliminary hearing earlier this year, the first step in both of their legal teams' attempt to have them moved into the juvenile court system began on Tuesday.

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Expert: Slender Man case defendant shows low risk of future crimes

May 26, 2015 5:23 p.m. | Waukesha — Forensic psychological evaluations show Anissa Weier as having a very low risk of future criminal activity and a high likelihood of success in treatment for the issues that landed her in the Slender Man stabbing case, experts testified Tuesday.

The testimony came at the start of a two day hearing at which Weier's attorneys will try to show she should be transferred to juvenile court to answer for plotting with Morgan Geyser to kill a third girl in a Waukesha park. They told police they hatched the crime to gain favor, or avoid the wrath of, the fictional Internet character Slender Man.

Weier, 13, and Geyser, 12, are charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing of their friend Payton Leutner. From the start, attorneys for both girls have said moving the case to juvenile court was their main focus.

But months of delays related to the mental competency of the girls — evaluations, reviews and court hearings — delayed the preliminary hearing, and consequently the so-called reverse waiver hearings.

Wisconsin law requires that children as young as 10 be charged as adults for some crimes. The burden then falls to them to prove the case more properly belongs in juvenile court. As adults, the girls face up to 60 years; if adjudicated delinquent, they could remain under juvenile court supervision until age 18.

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Man suffers non-fatal gunshot wounds outside Waukesha home

May 26, 2015 1:21 p.m. | Waukesha police are investigating a non-fatal shooting on Memorial Day.

According to a news release from Waukesha Police Lt. Joe Hendricks, authorities received a call at 5:42 p.m. Monday, May 25, from a man stating he sustained gunshot wounds and was bleeding.

The Waukesha police and fire departments responded to the 1500 block of East Racine Avenue to investigate and assist the injured man.

Preliminary investigations revealed the victim was shot at outside his home and sustained non-life threatening injuries, Hendricks said.

Lt. Joe Hendricks said Tuesday evening that police are "still actively investigating the shooting."

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Slender Man case attorneys call charging law unconstitutional

May 26, 2015 5:00 a.m. | Leading into a key hearing in her case Tuesday, one of two Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing case has asked a judge to declare the law that required her to be charged as an adult unconstitutional and dismiss the case.

Attorneys for 13-year-old Anissa Weier filed a motion last week challenging the law as it applies to her, saying it violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that keeping her from the juvenile court system violates her rights to equal protection and due process.

Weier and Morgan Geyser, 12, are charged as adults with the attempted first-degree intentional homicide of their sixth-grade friend Payton Leutner on May 31 last year, after a sleepover at Geyser's house to mark Geyser's 12th birthday. The girls told police they were trying to impress or appease Slender Man, a fictional Internet character they believed could kill them or their families.

Leutner suffered multiple stab wounds but recovered and was able to return to school in the fall.

Wisconsin law requires children as young as 10 to be charged as adults for certain serious crimes, at least to start the case. Young defendants can seek to get those serious cases moved to juvenile court in what's called a reverse waiver.

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Man shot outside Waukesha home

May 25, 2015 10:39 p.m. | Police in Waukesha were investigating the shooting of a man outside his home early Sunday evening.

The victim, whose name was not released, suffered nonlife threatening injuries.

Waukesha police were called at 5:42 p.m. for a report of a man bleeding from gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of E. Racine Ave.

Police did not say whether any arrests were made.

Waukesha stays on the road to updated construction this summer

May 22, 2015 5:13 p.m. | At Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly's recent state of the city address, he recognized the need for improved road repairs in the city.

"The conditions of our roads is the most consistent complaint I hear from the citizens of Waukesha," Reilly said. That's why he said he will urge the common council in the coming year to continue to invest "significant dollars" to making the streets better.

But Reilly said it will take time to improve all of these roadways.

"We all wish our roads could be fixed faster and for less money and with less disruption, but we have a large backlog of roads needing work and we will only catch up after many years of investing money in road repair and rebuilding projects," Reilly said. "The common council has recognized the need to continue investing in the repair of our streets and I see that continuing in the future."

While many of the projects Reilly is referring to are years away, some are under way this year.

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Milwaukee woman charged in Waukesha woman's fatal heroin overdose

May 22, 2015 4:38 p.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee woman has been charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide as a party to a crime and one count of obstructing an officer, in relation to the June 12, 2014, death of 21-year-old Katelyn Iverson from Waukesha.

Waukesha County prosecutors filed a complaint against Allyson Edwards on Friday. An autopsy revealed that Iverson's death was caused by acute heroin intoxication. Authorities say Edwards supplied the heroin and lied to officers who interviewed her.

According to the complaint, about 5 p.m. June 13, 2014, police officers responded to a call about an unconscious, non-breathing female at a house on Highpointe Lane. Iverson's mother, Tracey Iverson, had checked on her daughter after returning home from work and found her facedown on the ground and unresponsive.

Iverson's mother told police that her daughter had a drinking problem, but she was not aware of any issues with drugs. The mother also stated that her daughter had been spending time with Edwards, who was a heroin addict.

If convicted, Edwards faces up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for the homicide charge, and up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine for the obstruction charge.

Waukesha Police Report: May 21, 2015 issue

May 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. | 1 A caller at White Rock Avenue and East Moreland Boulevard reported seeing white smoke coming from the area at 1:21 p.m. May 7. Police determined the smoke was starter pistols being set off at a school for a track and field meet.

2 A caller reported a child who lives nearby has been riding his bike through her yard at 1912 Patricia Lane at 9:09 p.m. May 7. After the caller yelled to the kid to stop it, the child's mom came out and told the caller to stop yelling at her kid.

3 An intoxicated man was taken into custody after he tried to open car doors in the parking lot at 409 Sheffield Road at 4:49 a.m. May 8.

4 A television was stolen from an apartment at 311 Cheviot Chase prior to 6:02 a.m. May 8.

5 Items were stolen from a man's trailer while he was shopping at Menards, 2315 Bluemound Road, at 2:06 p.m. May 8.

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Waukesha man charged after exposing genitals to gas station clerk

May 18, 2015 4:38 p.m. | A 31-year-old Waukesha man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly flashed his genitals at a gas station clerk twice in 2014.

The man, Gabriel Medrano, was charged on Friday, May 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two misdemeanor counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and could face up to a combined 18 months in jail and $20,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Medrano late last August entered a PDQ gas station on West Avenue to use the bathroom. A female employee told police that after Medrano came out of the bathroom, he approached the counter with his penis exposed through the zipper of his jeans.

The employee claimed that Medrano then began walking around the store with his pants open for a few minutes, but continued looking directly at her until he left the station, the complaint said.

Medrano returned the following day, used the bathroom and again exposed his penis to the employee, who said in the complaint that she felt "disrespected" and "embarrassed" by the incident.

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