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Waukesha juvenile allegedly makes threat while referencing Slender Man stabbing case

June 19, 2014 5:21 p.m. | A couple weeks after a 12-year-old girl was stabbed 19 times by two classmates in Waukesha, a boy allegedly made reference to the incident during a confrontation with another juvenile. 

According to the police report, a boy, approximately 10 to 12 years old, told a caller to call police just after 5:30 p.m. June 13 at 1500 Fox River Parkway after another boy allegedly threatened to stab his sister with a stick and reportedly said “if you don’t get off the property we will stab you like on Big Bend Road with a knife."

Police spoke with all the juveniles involved and both accused the other parties of swearing and making threats.

Police were unable to substantiate what was actually said and all parties were advised of their behavior.

All the juveniles involved in the incident were between the ages of 10 and 12 years old.

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Waukesha woman given probation for selling drugs from home

10:20 a.m. | The daughter 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 like 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.

She also owed the court $176.

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

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Woman drives vehicle into Fox River in downtown Waukesha

Nov. 27, 2015 2:54 p.m. | A 24-year-old woman who had an alleged medical emergency was uninjured after having to be rescued after she drove her vehicle into the Fox River in downtown Waukesha on Friday, Nov. 28.

The vehicle went into the river around Buckley Street and Corrina Boulevard at 12:48 p.m.

The Waukesha fire and police departments quickly responded to the scene and were able to bring the woman to safety.

After being rescued, the woman told police the accident occurred due to a medical condition. 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.

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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 armed himself with a shotgun after 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 his neighbor continues to put leaves in his yard at 400 Randall St. at noon Nov. 20. 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 and both parties were advised on the situation.

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 the male.

5A caller reported a domestic disturbance incident 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. There was no criteria for a domestic arrest as 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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2015 Waukesha Christmas Parade, tree lighting kicks off holiday festivities

Nov. 20, 2015 2:30 p.m. | In what amounted to an early Christmas present, Waukesha's holiday parade can count its blessings as well as the support of two new presenting sponsors.

In the end, the annual tradition will continue unfettered, and as planned, on Sunday, Nov. 22, in downtown Waukesha, following the local kickoff of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony two days earlier.

"I'm actually just overjoyed that we were able to find the sponsors," Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said. "Waukesha is a very giving community, and people and organizations stepped up as soon as they found out there was a need."


Carrying the theme "The Isle of Misfit Toys" — drawn from the 1964 Rankin/Bass animated TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — the Sunday parade steps off at 4 p.m. along Whiterock Avenue and then winds its way downtown along Main Street, Wisconsin Avenue and Maple Avenue.

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Mistakes haunt Catholic Memorial in heartbreaking title-game loss

Nov. 20, 2015 1:46 p.m. | As the Catholic Memorial defenders ran off the field, arms held high, it looked like they were celebrating a WIAA Division 3 state title. The Crusaders had just recovered a fumble on the Notre Dame 3-yard line, with a 4-point lead in hand and 4:26 on the clock. It should have been over.

It wasn't.

Memorial quarterback Alex Bray, who threw three interceptions all season before state, threw one in the end zone for his third of the game. Three plays later, Notre Dame had a go-ahead touchdown, and CMH couldn't get the points back in a gut-wrenching 19-17 loss at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Nov. 20.

CMH finished the year 11-3, taking home its second silver ball in three chances at state since 2010.

"We made a lot of great plays defensively throughout the entire day, and the inability to get away from turning the ball over killed us," CMH coach Bill Young said. "I'm so disappointed for our kids because that's a grind in the Classic 8, and we beat a great Kewaskum team (in the playoffs) … we just kept making mistakes. You can't win when you do that.

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Man found guilty of igniting standoff with police to enter treatment for mental illness

Nov. 20, 2015 8:14 a.m. | William Gorman of Waukesha was not legally responsible for his actions when he challenged police to a shootout outside his home during an hourslong standoff with law enforcement earlier this year, according to a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge.

Gorman, 53, pleaded guilty but not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Wednesday, Nov. 18, to one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety tied to the standoff incident. Judge Ralph Ramirez found Gorman guilty of actually committing the crime, but absolved Gorman of legal responsibility for the offense because of Gorman's mental condition, which has been deemed unstable, according to court documents.

As a result, Gorman will likely be placed in the care of the county Health and Human Services Department. Court records show Ramirez ordered the department to prepare a treatment plan for him.

Gorman was charged in May with two counts of recklessly endangering safety and failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take him into custody about a month after he was arrested following an hourslong standoff with police outside his home on Maple Avenue in Waukesha.

Court records previously listed Gorman as a Delafield resident; his home is near the Waukesha-Delafield border.

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