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Milwaukee main break, Waukesha power failure shut blood centers

July 02, 2014 1:56 p.m. | Two Blood Center of Wisconsin donation centers are closed at a time when the group already faces a decrease in O-negative and platelet donations.

The downtown Milwaukee donation center and the Waukesha Donation Center will remain closed throughout Wednesday, according to a news release from the Blood Center.

The Milwaukee location is closed because of a 12-inch water main break on Wisconsin Ave. between W. 16th and W. 18th streets, and the Waukesha location remains without power after storm damage earlier in the week.

Anyone who wants to donate can do so until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the center's Declaration for Donations Blood Drive at State Fair Park on the 600 block of S. 84th St. The group also has donation centers in Wauwatosa, Brown Deer, Greenfield, Racine and Kenosha.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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Storms do damage once again in Waukesha

11:17 a.m. | A thunderstorm once again left behind major damage in Waukesha. 

It wasn't as widespread as last month when high winds uprooted many trees across the city and county and left thousands without power. 

But one image from last night showed the similarity to the June 30 storm.

An ash tree was completely uprooted near the curb and fell onto a ranch home in the 300 block of N. Greenmeadow Drive.

As a result, city of Waukesha Forestry workers were seen Wednesday morning cutting down the branches from the storm that toppled the tree and brought down a number of branches near Waukesha North High School on Tuesday night.

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Driving lesson in Waukesha's Prairie Home Cemetery results in police call

July 29, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Cemeteries aren't often the place teenagers go to learn to drive.

But the Prairie Home Cemetery was the site where one Waukesha parent took her daughter to practice driving.

The driving lesson, however, went south quickly and resulted in a police presence at the Waukesha cemetery.

According to the police blotter, a tree and brass flag holder inside Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., were damaged after a girl, who was learning how to drive from her mother, lost control of the vehicle prior to 9:21 a.m. July 22.

The car also crashed into some headstones.

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Jury trial set for Rep. Bill Kramer on sexual assault charges

July 26, 2014 11:02 a.m. | A jury trial has been ordered to begin Oct. 28 for state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) on sexual assault charges, online court records show.

Kramer, the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly, was charged in March with two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident three years ago.

According to the Waukesha Freeman, Kramer's attorney Eduardo M. Borda said Friday that Kramer will fight the allegations that he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party event at a Muskego tavern in 2011.

The assault charges were filed this spring after Kramer drew widespread criticism for allegedly harassing two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist, in a more recent case.

Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.

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Waukesha panel rejects parent request to ban 'Looking for Alaska'

July 25, 2014 8:16 p.m. | Waukesha — A Waukesha School District committee voted unanimously Friday to reject a parent's motion to ban the book "Looking for Alaska" from schools.

Ellen Cox filed the request after her daughter, a student at Waukesha South High School, brought graphic sexual content in the book to her attention.

Cox told the district's Consideration Committee that students can get life lessons from books that don't glorify profanity, drug and alcohol use and sex.

"We didn't give teachers permission to expose our kids to these things," Cox said, adding that she plans to appeal.

Committee member Maria Trainor said books such as "Looking for Alaska" help people think about the variety of issues that are prevalent in diverse cultures.

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Waukesha police respond to couple fighting after an alleged argument over dance music at Salty Toad

July 25, 2014 5:09 p.m. | The selection of dance music at one downtown Waukesha bar apparently led to a couple fighting and police having to intervene.

According to the police blotter, Waukesha police responded to a domestic disturbance call after someone reported a man and a woman fighting at 151 E. St. Paul Ave. at 8:47 p.m. July 19.

The caller said it appeared that the woman hit the man and was yelling for him to get away from her as they walked through the Waukesha State Bank parking lot near the Riverwalk.

Police, however, learned that the man and woman, who were both heavily intoxicated, were fighting over what song to dance to at the Salty Toad in downtown Waukesha earlier in the night.

The man’s story, however, changed multiple times and there wasn't enough criteria for a domestic arrest.

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'Loud political conversation' brings police to Waukesha residence

July 25, 2014 5:02 p.m. | Political debates can no doubt get heated around here.

But in Waukesha a political discussion was mistaken for a fight that led to a police call.   

According to the police blotter, a caller was passing by and heard a lot of screaming coming from an address in the 400 block of Madison St.

But upon police arriving at the residence at 11:33 p.m. July 11, officers didn't find anyone fighting. They just heard a loud conversation about politics.

For other strange calls to police as well as thefts and burglaries, see Waukesha NOW's weekly police blotter page.

Waukesha County Fair's attendance "one of the best" in its history

July 24, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha County Fair officals are calling it one of the best attended fairs in its 172 year history. 

“We had an amazing fair this year," said Shari Black, the fair's executive director. "Finally the weather cooperated with us."

Comfortable temperatures and no rain helped significantly boost attendance figures from last year, Black said.

Black said 133,725 people attended the annual five-day event, which wrapped up Sunday on the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds.

This total is about 45,000 more people than last year, when heat advisories were issued for the first three days and rain on the final day caused the main concert to be canceled. 

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The Shoppes at Fox River coming before Waukesha Plan Commission for final approval

July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m. | The proposed expansions to The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's southwest side will come before the Plan Commission for final approval Wednesday night.

The commission is scheduled to review and act on a final site plan and the architectural planned unit development review of the project, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives. The proposed expansion could bring in six additional retail/dining outlets.

The developers of The Shoppes at Fox River have not revealed who the interested new tenants are for the site but did drop a few hints at a recent Common Council meeting.

Edward Wizner, the vice president of development/redevelopment for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust, said "a large sporting goods store" could come to the shopping center as well as a well known national restaurant.

Wizner said he couldn't disclose the tenants until a lease is signed or until all the necessary approvals are given.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 24, 2014 issue

July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. | 1 Items were stolen from an open garage and vehicles were gone through at 2602 Meadowbrook Road overnight July 10-11.

2 A locked van was broken into at 2708 Sussex Lane prior to 8:11 a.m. July 11.

3 A recently evicted tenant at 312 Randall St. stole a lawn mower from the property around 11:30 a.m. July 11.

4 Police were called due to young kids riding go-karts and tractors in the road on the corner of East Wabash Avenue and South Charles Street around 12:40 p.m. July 11.

5 The air-conditioning units were vandalized at Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., prior to 3:18 p.m. July 11.

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Family sues Wisconsin Taekwondo after boy's death on field trip

July 19, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A vigil was held in Nashotah Friday night for an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Oconomowoc River last year while on a field trip, according to WISN 12 News.

The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.

Needles was a student at Lake Country School.

Man's body recovered from pond in Waukesha County

July 18, 2014 7:11 p.m. | The body of a 45-year-old man was recovered Friday from a pond in the Village of Summit in Waukesha County, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

The pond is on private land near Delafield and Golden Lake Roads, the station reported on its website.

Waukesha teenagers charged with felony counts for recent burglaries on southwest side of city

July 18, 2014 6:15 p.m. | For now, residents can find comfort in the idea that authorities believe they have cleared recent home burglary incidents, as well as theft incidents at Waukesha South High School.

The three Waukesha teenagers that were arrested for the recent string of burglaries on the city's southwest side were each charged with multiple felony counts last week in Waukesha County Court.

If convicted, Johnathon Lilteich, 17, Harley McKay, 18, and Collin Hoya, 18, face up to 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 in fines on each of the five burglary counts.

McKay and Lilteich were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a penalty that can result in a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison. The two were previously found delinquent of felonies and prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

Lilteich is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $100,000 cash bail, while McKay and Hoya are being held on a $50,000 cash bail.

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Honorary fair marshal Bob Weise a Waukesha County legacy

July 17, 2014 10:57 p.m. | The 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal Bob Weise represents the true meaning of dedication and commitment. His pride for the Waukesha County Fair continues to grow as his granddaughter, Robyn Wittkopf, was crowned fairest of the fair on opening day of this year’s fair.

Weise grew up and still resides in Pewaukee. He attended his first fair in 1950 where he showed sheepand cattle. “I haven’t missed a fair since,” says Weise. Except for when he was serving in the armed forces in 1963, Weise has truly been a dedicated fairgoer.

During his time at his 66 attended county fairs, Weise has supplied over 350 sheep, exhibited over 100 livestock, and has trucked over 600 animals to the fair.  Not to mention the over 40 neighborhood kids he supplied with animals during more than 70 years of farming in Waukesha County.  

Weise’s three children have shown dairy sheep and beef at the Waukesha County Fair, along with his seven grandchildren that show chickens, pigs, goats, dairy, and sheep.  

To celebrate his honor as the 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal, Weise’s family made t-shirts to commemorate all of his fair contributions and show how much they love their “papa” for all that he has done. 

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Candidate forums coming up for District 97 state assembly, Waukesha County Sheriff's races

July 17, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Primary elections are quickly approaching in Waukesha County.

To better know the candidates and learn their positions for two of the contested races, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting two forums.

The Alliance’s Southside Business Council program will host candidates for the 97th Assembly District on Friday, July 18, for a candidate forum and meet-and-greet.

The forum is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset, Waukesha. The program is free to attend. Pre-registration is available online, but not required. Information is available at www.waukesha.org.

The WCBA has also invited all candidates for the 97th Assembly District to complete a questionnaire with their positions on important issues. Answers from that questionnaire will be available on Wednesday, July 23, at www.waukesha.org.

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