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Judge halts insanity exam for girl in Slender Man stabbing

July 08, 2014 3:48 p.m. | A judge on Tuesday stayed his recent order that a 12-year-old Waukesha girl charged with trying to stab a classmate to death undergo a psychiatric examination meant to determine if she could raise an insanity defense.

According to online court records, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren stayed his July 1 order "pending further order of the court."

Late Thursday, the girl's attorney had filed a motion asking that Bohren reconsider the examination, saying it was premature and could jeopardize Morgan Geyser's Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination.

Deputy District Attorney Susan Opper said she could not comment on the court's action, and that no hearing date had been set to her knowledge. The next scheduled court appearance in the case is Aug. 1.

Two doctors who have done more limited evaluations of Geyser have concluded she is incompetent, meaning she may not fully understand the proceedings and is not able to aid in her defense. At a July 1 hearing, Opper had asked for a hearing on Geyser's competency.

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

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

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

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

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.

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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Owners of seized Waukesha chinchillas charged with child and animal neglect

May 18, 2015 1:43 p.m. | The Waukesha couple that housed hundreds of living and deceased chinchillas in their home — which resulted in toxic levels of ammonia — have been charged with three child neglect offenses and another two counts in the mistreatment of the tiny animals.

Garrett and Tricia Rees were charged on Friday, May 15, in Waukesha County and will make their initial court appearances on June 15.

Both face up to nine months in jail for each of the child neglect charges and up to $30,000 in fines. They also face a combined 18 months in jail and $20,000 for negligently failing to provide the animals with a proper shelter and for intentionally treating an animal in a cruel manner.

Shocking conditions

The charges come more than a month after officers found the chinchillas at the rental home on the northeast side of the city.

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Public hearing focuses on would-be village tied to towns of Brookfield and Waukesha

May 15, 2015 4:00 p.m. | The panel that will rule in the town of Brookfield's effort to incorporate into a village will listen to arguments on both sides of the issue next week.

A public hearing on the incorporation will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Brookfield Town Hall, 645 N. Janacek Road, Brookfield. The hearing is scheduled to last until 7 p.m.

It will be conducted by the Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board and the Wisconsin Department of Administration. According to state documents, the legislative-type proceeding will assist the review board and the state department in making their determination on the incorporation petition for the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

However, no action will be taken on the incorporation petition at the hearing.

City of Waukesha Attorney Brian Running said all of the parties involved in the legal matter are expected to be present at the hearing and, along with the public, will weigh in and give their opinions on why the incorporation should or shouldn't be approved.

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Historic homes to be highlighted during Waukesha's Historic Preservation Days

May 14, 2015 4:33 p.m. | In celebration of Waukesha's rich history, the Waukesha Preservation Alliance, along with many other partner organizations, is once again hosting Historic Preservation Days.

The two-day recognition of the city's history and historical homes kicks off Saturday, May 16. All events are free.

The Bethesda Park/Dunbar Oaks neighborhood will be highlighted this year. These tours run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Homes in these neighborhoods wil also be on display on Sunday, May 17. 

Saturday’s events include historic walking tours, children’s games and an opportunity to view and learn the history of Silurian Spring.

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Man with criminal past accused of 2013 armed home invasion in Delafield

May 14, 2015 3:33 p.m. | An 18-year-old Waukesha man and an unknown accomplice allegedly broke into a Delafield home in December 2013, held a woman captive at gunpoint and called her son a "snitch."

The man, Gavin Gross, was charged May 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with false imprisonment and armed burglary. If convicted, he could face up to 21 years in prison and $60,000 in fines. Gross was scheduled to appear for a hearing on those charges on May 20, after press deadline.

According to online court records, Gross is additionally facing up to 31/2 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for intentionally selling a dangerous weapon to a child.

According to the May 13 complaint, Gross and an accomplice on Dec. 2, 2013, broke into a home on Cobblestone Court in the town of Delafield and attempted to tie up the homeowner, a woman, with duct tape.

The woman said in the complaint that she repeatedly asked Gross and the other man what they wanted and why they had come to her house. One of them, who was holding a gun, reportedly told her "your son is a snitch."

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Waukesha Police Report: May 14, 2015 issue

May 14, 2015 10:00 a.m. | 1 A small amount of marijuana was found in a bag near the computers at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 5:18 p.m. April 30.

2 An iPhone charger was stolen from an unlocked vehicle at 1006 River Park Drive at 7:38 p.m. April 30.

3 A man reported a boy yelled obscenities toward his daughters at 1224 Hickory Drive at 9:23 p.m. April 30. Police made contact with the boy and his mother, who said he was just acting out a scene from a movie and did not know the two girls were across the street. The boy felt bad that he scared the young girls and was advised to be more aware of his surroundings.

4 A caller reported that when she was attempting to line up a crack deal with her "old pimp" where she would give him sexual favors for drugs, a female answered instead and began to send the caller insulting text messages and was telling the caller to keep away from her man at an apartment at 134 W. North St. at 12:59 a.m. May 1. The female allegedly was the drug dealer's new girlfriend.

5 An unlocked vehicle was broken into at 2412 Fox River Parkway prior to 9:37 a.m. May 1 and headphones, phone chargers, sunglasses and a bottle of medication were stolen.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Waukesha man looks to help Nepal after devastating earthquakes

May 12, 2015 4:00 p.m. | Caleb Widmer said his journey to Nepal earlier this year was an emotional one.

It was only a 10-day trip, but Widmer quickly formed strong relationships with people there and already had plans, before a recent earthquake ravaged the country, to return there to strengthen the bonds he established.

"It felt different than any other trip I had ever taken," said Widmer, who has done mission work in China and the Dominican Republic in the past. "Immediately, there was a sense of relationship. And even when I got back home the relationships were ongoing."

When he does likely return to the landlocked South Asia country within the year, his focus will shift from ministry work through Harvest Community Church in Oak Creek — and it will probably be even more emotional for the 32-year-old Waukesha resident.

That's because the effects from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25 will still be present in a large way. And just this week a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the country, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 1,200.

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