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Waukesha police remind residents to follow fireworks ordinance

June 30, 2014 9:40 p.m. | It's that time of the year, when fireworks light up the sky and kids and adults flock to parks to watch annual fireworks shows.

But it's also a time when people are lighting off their own fireworks.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Waukesha Police Department has received several complaints all across the city from residents reporting their neighbors lighting off fireworks.

That's not out of the norm, but police want to remind Waukesha residents that they should leave the fireworks displays to the professionals at the parks.

If not, it could very well result in a citation, the police department warns.

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Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Muskego man charged with sexually assaulting 12-year-old Waukesha girl

Oct. 30, 2014 3:18 p.m. | A 24-year-old Muskego man is charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Waukesha girl, whom he communicated with through various social media applications.

Ethan C. Holt was charged on Thursday, Oct. 30, with two counts of first-degree child sex assault — sexual contact with a person under the age of 13 — and another count with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Each charge is a felony.

Sgt. Jerry Habanek said through the Waukesha Police Department's investigation it was learned that Holt communicated with, met and sexually assaulted the young Waukesha girl on more than one occasion. Holt was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Habanek said Holt used social media telephone apps to communicate with the victim.

Habanek said the apps used were Tinder, a matchmaking mobile app that connects with users' Facebook profiles and also allows users to use GPS technology so they can be matched with anyone within a certain distance; KiK Messenger, an instant messaging app for mobile devices; text messaging; Whisper, which allows users to send messages anonymously, and to receive replies; and Snapchat, a photo messaging app.

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Muskego man, 24, accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

Oct. 30, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Authorities on Thursday charged a 24-year-old Muskego man with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl multiple times, and Waukesha police are asking the public for help identifying other possible victims.

Ethan C. Holt was arrested Tuesday after Waukesha police investigators learned he communicated with the teen girl through social media and cellphone apps before assaulting her, according to a news release.

Holt used Tinder, KiK, Whisper, Snapchat and text message to "groom" the girl and sent her nude pictures using those apps and the profile name "probablyinthegym," police said.

Investigators believe Holt may have done the same to other girls in the area.

Holt was charged Thursday with two counts of first degree child sexual assault and one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, all felonies.

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Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 30, 2014 issue

Oct. 30, 2014 11:00 a.m. | 1 Tools were stolen from work trucks and a trailer at 1921 S. West Ave. overnight Oct. 16-17.

2 A caller reported a vehicle was parked directly in front of Dave's Restaurant with the hood up and blocking traffic at 316 W. Broadway at 10:11 a.m. Oct. 17. A second caller then said the owner of the vehicle was blowing leaves out of his mouth.

3 A person attempted to steal more than $200 worth of merchandise from Walgreens, 221 E. Sunset Drive, at 11:18 a.m. Oct. 17.

4 A woman called police after her ex-husband would not give back the Kirby vacuum that she let him use at 211 N. Racine Ave. at 11:49 a.m. Oct. 17.

5 Two people vandalizing one of the bathrooms at Roberta Park, 201 W. Roberta Ave., at 12:49 a.m. Oct. 18 ran away after seeing police. Police found the word "whore!" in black spray paint on the women's restroom.

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Man robs victim of iPhone near Waukesha's Fox River Trail

Oct. 30, 2014 10:50 a.m. | Stephen A. Kroll, a 21-year-old Wauwatosa man, has been charged in connection with a strong-armed robbery near the Fox River Trail outside downtown Waukesha early Saturday morning, Oct. 25.

According to Lt. Tom Wagner of the Waukesha Police Department, Kroll took another man's iPhone in the 1100 block of White Rock Avenue and punched the victim 10 to 15 times, with some of the strikes to the back of the head.

Kroll got away after stealing the 25-year-old's phone. Not long after, police tracked the man down in Frame Park, according to police.

Kroll was charged Monday with robbery with use of force, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

He is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 3.

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Shared employee health clinic opening next week in Waukesha

Oct. 29, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Less than a week before its opening, two open houses at the new Waukesha Employee Health and Wellness Center are scheduled over the next two days.

An open house for elected officials is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the clinic, 615 W. Moreland Blvd., a facility that was formerly used for offices for the county division of public health.

An open house for employees is then scheduled from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the clinic, which is housed on the grounds of the Waukesha County Courthouse.

The health clinic is a shared facility for benefit-enrolled employees and retirees of the city of Waukesha, the Waukesha School District and Waukesha County, along with their families.

The clinic is opening on Monday, Nov. 3.

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Former Waukesha County Health and Human Services building has new life

Oct. 28, 2014 11:45 p.m. | Mary Emery said she and local preservationists in Waukesha have had their "wins and losses" in trying to protect historical properties from becoming casualties within the city and county over the years.

What happened Tuesday night was in the 'W' column, said Emery, the president of the Waukesha Preservation Alliance.

That's because the Waukesha County Board voted to remove spending money in its five-year capital projects plan for the demolition of the county's old Health and Human Services building — the one-time Moor Mud Baths Resort — on the grounds of the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Emery said she was surprised by the vote — 14 supervisors voted to take $3.3 million that would have been spent to raze the building out of the plan, compared to just 10 who voted for the building to be torn down. Every county committee had previously followed staff's recommendation on voting to raze the building.

Supporters didn't go quietly

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Catholic Memorial leaves early struggles in rear view

Oct. 25, 2014 12:14 a.m. | The Catholic Memorial football team began its 2014 playoff run with a 49-6 win over the visiting Raiders from Two Rivers to move onto the second round against Kewaskum next Friday.

Despite the decisive result, however, the game started slowly for the Crusaders. Two Rivers received the opening kickoff, and quarterback Marcos Alfaro hit Ethan Willman for a 69-yard touchdown pass and a 6-0 lead for the seventh-seeded underdog.

The Crusaders hit back on their next possession. Then, they hit back some more.

It started with a 17-yard touchdown run from Tommy Garza to tie the game at 6. The Raiders couldn't get past their own 34 yard line on their next possession, and after a punt set the Crusaders up on their own 45, Alex Bray found Fletcher Metz for a 31-yard touchdown pass and a 12-6 Memorial lead three plays later.

"It was definitely a little concerning," Garza said of the Raiders' opening score. "We tried this week to come out and really prepare, but obviously it was a little bit of a rocky start. We got it together on offense and then we pulled through with our defense."

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Blount capitalizes for Waukesha West, Greenfield eliminated

Oct. 24, 2014 11:58 p.m. | Waukesha West quarterback Conor Blount turned a short field into a long night for the visiting Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks.

The Wolverines defense provided opportunistic field position, and Blount responded with three second-quarter touchdown passes as Waukesha West rolled to a 35-0 victory over Greenfield in the first round of the Division 2 state football playoffs on Oct. 24.

"That was huge," said Blount, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 139 yards. "All credit to the defense. They put us in those spots, and we just have to capitalize off that. You don't get many chances where you're going to work with 50 or less yards."

The second-seeded Wolverines (8-2) advanced to next weekend's second-round game against sixth-seeded Waterford (7-3), which erased a 14-0 halftime deficit to upset third-seeded South Milwaukee, 21-14.

Each of the Wolverines' first three scores were set up by forcing the Hawks to punt from deep in their own territory.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

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 Level 1.

Zombie walk, trick-or-treating this weekend in downtown Waukesha

Oct. 24, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Downtown Waukesha is celebrating Halloween this weekend.

So don't be spooked if you see ghosts, goblins and even zombies walking the streets of downtown.

The fifth annual Waukesha Zombie Walk begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown. The walk will end between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

Participants can donate a minimum of five non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County or pet food, supplies or toys for the Humane Animal Welfare Society or they can pay a $5 fee.

Kids 5 years old and younger walk for free.

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Rep. Bill Kramer faces jail time after pleading to sexual assault

Oct. 23, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Waukesha — Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) Thursday pleaded no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Kramer entered the plea during what was to have been a status conference on the case, stemming from felony sexual assault charges filed in March against the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly.

Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius said her office will recommend three years of probation, with a variety of conditions, including nine months in jail with work-release privileges.

Kramer, 49, will not have to register as a sex offender, but must undergo a sex offender assessment and any recommended treatment. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.

By avoiding a felony conviction, Kramer will be able to serve the remainder of his term in the Assembly, which ends in January. He is not seeking re-election this fall.

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Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 23, 2014 issue

Oct. 23, 2014 10:00 a.m. | 1 A man had his pants down to his knees and was exposing himself at the bus stop across from the Waukesha School District's Early Learning Center, 1150 White Rock Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10.

2 A woman at 732 E. North St. wrote a letter to the police department because she believed a man was cutting a wire on her raccoon trap in her backyard prior to 4:24 p.m. Oct. 10. She said she has never witnessed the man on her property but feels he's the culprit because her traps catch the squirrels the man feeds. The man had no idea what police were referring to when he was questioned.

3 A glass art piece was stolen from River's End Gallery, 380 W. Main St., prior to 4:31 p.m. Oct. 10. The caller said it was stolen during the Art Crawl the previous weekend.

4 A man was punched by his intoxicated friend because the man was kicking him out of Walgreens, 230 Madison St., at 5:05 p.m. Oct. 10.

5 A fight was going on inside Boscos Social Club, 260 W. Main St., at 12:12 a.m. Oct. 11.

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Waukesha North Marching Band captures eighth straight state championship

Oct. 22, 2014 11:00 a.m. | The weather change must have been a foreshadowing of what was ahead at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships.

"The sun came out a couple of minutes before we came on," said Waukesha North band director Greg Redner.

And with the sun now shining after a gloomy start on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the site of the event, the Northstars' marching band itself delivered a glowing performance once again, winning its eighth straight state championship and 13th overall.

The Northstars finished with a score 89.20, edging River Falls' 88.85, to capture the Class AAA title at the 30th annual event.

Teams are judged based on visual and music presentation and ranked in categories based on school enrollment.

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