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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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Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 3, 2015 issue

11:10 a.m. | 1 A GPS was stolen from an unlocked vehicle inside an open garage at 124 S. James St. prior to 9:50 a.m. Aug. 19.

2 A suspicious green minivan was parked outside a caller's house in the 2100 block of Springbrook North at 6:21 p.m. Aug. 19. The caller felt it was suspicious because of a Facebook post saying this vehicle was casing neighborhoods in another city. Police spoke with the vehicle's occupants, who said they were going door-to-door trying to sell vacuums. Police advised them of the solicitation ordinance.

3 A vehicle's back window was shattered by two rocks thrown at it outside a multifamily complex at 400 McCall St. at 10:04 p.m. Aug. 19.

4 Three males egged a living room window at 823 Arcadian Ave. at 12:26 a.m. Aug. 20. The teenagers ran away to a residence in the 700 block of E. Main St.

5 An ambulance driver's wallet was stolen from the vehicle while it was parked at an apartment at 1925 Madera St. at 7:24 a.m. Aug. 20.

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Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

10:20 a.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Waukesha homicide suspect cut himself as police closed in

9:38 a.m. | Waukesha police have not been able to interview a 35-year-old homicide suspect because of the man's self-inflicted injuries, Chief Russell P. Jack said Thursday.

The man is a suspect in the Aug. 14 fatal shooting of Kevin Hueman, 40, in the 700 block of E. North St.

The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested Wednesday after officers and sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the 700 block of E. St. Paul Ave.

As officers surrounded the residence, they saw the man cut his wrists and throat, Jack said Thursday during a news conference that was streamed online by local television stations.

Although detectives have not been able to interview the man, "all available evidence is the suspect we have in custody is the shooter," Jack said.

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Man arrested in fatal shooting in Waukesha

6:30 a.m. | A 35-year-old man suspected in the fatal shooting of another man in Waukesha was arrested Wednesday, according to Waukesha police.

The man is a suspect in the Aug. 14 killing of Kevin Hueman, 40, in the 700 block of E. North St., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

According to the release, police executed a search warrant shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of E. St. Paul Ave., where they observed the suspect attempting to hurt himself with an edged weapon.

The man was arrested and taken to a hospital for medical care, according to the release.

Police last month released a photo of a shoe thought to have been left at the scene of the homicide by the shooter, but it wasn't immediately clear whether the shoe played a role in identifying the suspect.

Mosquitoes in Brookfield Park test positive for West Nile virus

Sept. 02, 2015 6:18 p.m. | A batch of mosquitoes collected in Mitchell Park in the City of Brookfield has tested positive for the West Nile virus, officials announced Wednesday.

The finding is the first confirmed presence of the virus in Waukesha County this year, according to the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use- Division of Environmental Health.

Mosquitoes get West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds, according to a news release.

The virus can be spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, though 80% of people who are infected with the virus do not get sick, the release said.

The best way to avoid West Nile virus is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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HAWS' expansion in Waukesha will help address space needs

Sept. 02, 2015 5:00 p.m. | The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County is serving and sheltering more animals than ever in recent years.

While the nonprofit organization wants to assist every animal that enters its facility, these extra animals have resulted in one problem at the HAWS facility.

"We're cramped right now," said Lynn Olenik, HAWS' executive director.

So to properly serve these animals and its programs, HAWS — celebrating its 50th year in 2015 — is in the process of a major expansion for its animal shelter, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

Olenik said a facility expansion is seven years in the making.

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Waukesha Alderman Roger Patton resigns from common council due to poor health

Sept. 02, 2015 12:43 p.m. | Citing poor health, Roger Patton has resigned from his duties as a Waukesha alderman.

City Administrator Kevin Lahner announced Patton's resignation at the Sept. 1 common council meeting. Patton submitted his resignation two hours before the council meeting, Lahner said.

"It is with deep regret that I must resign my office as alderman effective immediately due to poor health," Patton said in his letter. "I have been honored by the trust shown in me by the voters of my district and have enjoyed working side by side with all you for the betterment of our city and the welfare of our citizens over the past seven years."

Patton said in his letter that since the start of 2015 his ability to carry out his duties as alderman has been compromised due to declining health, mobility problems and frequent hospitalization.

Patton, who represented constituents in downtown (district 11), thanked all of the aldermen for their support over the years.

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Cindi Duchow wins Waukesha County Republican Assembly primary

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 p.m. | Town of Delafield Supervisor Cindi Duchow defeated three other Republicans in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

Unofficial results showed Duchow tallied 1,341 votes in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga, who was elected to the 33rd District Senate seat in a July special election. Kapenga replaced former state Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), who was elected Waukesha County executive in April.

Dave Westlake, 41, of Hartland, founder and president of ATLAS, an asset management software business, received 1,099 votes; Scott Owens, 50, of the Town of Genesee, owner of an American Family Insurance agency in Brookfield, received 737 votes; and Spencer Zimmerman of Delafield, a chauffeur for a limousine service, received 146 votes.

Duchow, the only candidate in the race ever elected to public office, is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

She was elected Town of Delafield supervisor in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

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OSHA cites Waukesha Iron & Metal with 11 violations tied to fatality

Sept. 01, 2015 1:08 p.m. | The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Waukesha Iron & Metal for 11 safety violations after an investigation revealed an employee who died at the scrap yard was not wearing head protection.

OSHA labeled nine of the violations "serious," and is seeking $42,000 in fines from the scrap yard, according to a news release on Aug. 31.

Kenneth J. LaChance, a 52-year-old maintenance manager from Mukwonago, died of head and neck injuries March 4 after he was struck by a forklift at the Waukesha facility, 1351 E. Main St.

In a news release, OSHA said LaChance was working without head protection, and was hoisting an oxygen cylinder onto the forklift when the accident occurred.

OSHA said Waukesha Iron & Metal did not safely handle compressed gas cylinders or require workers to wear protective head equipment. OSHA also found some forklifts were unsafe and the company did not train employees on how to operate them safely.

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New faces will lead way at many Waukesha schools

Aug. 31, 2015 7:03 p.m. | Multiple schools in the Waukesha School District are welcoming new principals, and many have new teachers for the 2015-16 school year, which began Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Suzanne Polaske, in the district's Human Resources Department, said the district has hired 100 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year.

Superintendent Todd Gray said that, overall, there was a 10 percent turnover in staff, a percentage that is a little higher than usual.

New principals

The new elementary school principals include:

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Waukesha County Museum makeover moves forward as part of apartment plan

Aug. 29, 2015 12:30 p.m. | By the end of 2016, a museum focused on Waukesha's history — including legendary guitarist Les Paul — will likely reopen in much better financial shape as part of a project that will create 41 high-end apartments.

The financially troubled Waukesha County Museum is selling its downtown property, including the historic former courthouse, to a group led by local developer Alan Huelsman, who operates Berg Management Co.

If the project wins final city approvals, the new owners will demolish a building that connects the former jail, built in 1885, to the former courthouse, built in 1893 and known for its 120-foot tower and four corner turrets.

In the connector building's place, Huelsman's group, Historic Prairieville Limited Partners, will develop a five-story apartment building with a section that ties to the courthouse. The $9 million apartment development will be a combination of that new construction and the renovated former jail.

Historic Prairieville will lease the three-story former courthouse to the museum for annual rent of $1.

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Waukesha pools closing for the season

Aug. 28, 2015 10:15 a.m. | While 80 degree days and possibly even a 90 degree day are in the upcoming forecast for Waukesha, the city's pools will close this weekend.

Buchner Pool will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. It will open at 3 p.m. on its final day. Horeb Springs Aquatic Center will close for the summer at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. 

Horeb Springs will open at 12:30 p.m. for open swim on Aug. 30.

Although the heat is expected to return mid to late next week, the weekend for the pool's final days should be mild with temperatures in the 70s, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is also likely on Friday and Saturday.

Buchner Pool is located at 330 Spring St. and Buchner Pool is at 223 Oakland Ave

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Waukesha's La Casa de Esperanza opens its new charter school

Aug. 27, 2015 4:00 p.m. | Anselmo Villarreal, president and chief executive officer of La Casa de Esperanza, said he has been concerned about the academic achievement gap faced by low income students and children of color.

"They fall behind and that leads to problems," Villarreal said.

Now, after years of effort to establish a charter school to help overcome this "challenge," one has been created at Villarreal's community-based organization in Waukesha.

The La Casa de Esperanza Charter School, 410 Arcadian Ave., will open its doors on Monday, Aug. 31, with 88 students for 4-year-old kindergarten and 5-year-old kindergarten classes. Villarreal said he expected the school to be at capacity.

Those students will make up four classes (two K4 and two K5) with 22 students in each class. Villarreal said 90 percent of the students were already involved in La Casa de Esperanza's educational programs it offers.

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