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Two more teenagers linked to Waukesha burglaries arrested

July 16, 2014 1:25 p.m. | Two additional teenage male suspects have been arrested in connection to the recent burglaries on the southwest side of Waukesha.

This came just a day after a 17-year-old boy, linked to the same burglaries, was arrested.

The two new male suspects are 18 years old. All three are Waukesha residents.

According to a news release from the police department on Wednesday, multiple charges have been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, including multiple burglary counts, attempted burglary, armed burglary, felon in use of pepper spray and a felon in possession of a firearm.

The suspects in many cases entered the homes while people were sleeping last week on the southwest side of the city.

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Waukesha Police Report: Feb. 11, 2016 issue

10:00 a.m. | 1 A caller reported a man was causing problems at the PDQ convenience store, 2106 S. West Ave., at 12:39 p.m. Jan. 29. The man told police he didn't get the pack of cigarettes he paid for. After he was shown the video of the cigarettes going into the bag, he realized they must have fallen out before getting into his car and were picked up by someone else. He admitted to becoming disorderly and apologized to the manager. PDQ didn't want the man arrested. The man was given another pack of cigarettes.

2 A Taser had to be deployed on a man after a domestic disturbance at 300 W. Main St. at 2:47 p.m. Jan. 29. He was later taken into custody.

3 A computer tablet and gift cards were stolen from a locked apartment at 157 Third St. prior to 3:41 p.m. Jan. 29.

4 A bike was stolen from an apartment at 100 Corrina Blvd. prior to 4:29 p.m. Jan. 29.

5 A caller believed a domestic disturbance was going on at an apartment at 234 W. Main St. at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 29 and thought a woman lived there. No domestic incident took place. The man who lived there was simply watching "Galavant," a musical comedy television series. There was also no woman in the area.

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Waukesha man receives prison sentence for battering pregnant girlfriend

Feb. 10, 2016 6:56 p.m. | Shawn A. Hodgkins, a Waukesha man who was charged with multiple domestic abuse-related charges in November after being accused of battering his pregnant girlfriend on three occasions, is heading back to jail.

Hodgkins, 29, was found guilty to two misdemeanor battery counts of domestic abuse as well as resisting or obstructing an officer after pleading no contest on Jan. 19.

Seven other charges that included two felony counts of strangulation and suffocation were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Hodgkins received a two-year prison sentence from Judge Lee S. Dreyfus, an official who has previously presided over criminal cases involving Hodgkins.

Hodgkins will spend 18 months behind bars for one of the battery charges, while the remaining six months of his sentence he will be on extended supervision.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 10, 2016 4:11 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Wapp Jr. guilty of selling drugs from southwest side Waukesha home last year

Feb. 10, 2016 2:55 p.m. | The fourth and final member of a Waukesha family charged in connection with selling drugs from a southwest side home has pleaded guilty.

But Andrew Wapp Jr., 51, maintained his innocence as he recently entered an Alford plea, which is a guilty plea without making an admission of guilt.

Wapp Jr. entered his Alford plea of possessing with the intent to deliver narcotics, a felony, on Jan. 21. After Wapp made his plea, the court found him guilty.

He will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. March 28 by Judge Ralph Ramirez.

Two other charges, maintaining a drug trafficking place and resisting or obstructing an officer, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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Mad Rooster Cafe considers former Hardees site in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 10, 2016 10:45 a.m. | A much discussed property north of downtown Waukesha's riverfront could soon have a new tenant.

Mad Rooster Cafe is proposing to move into the former Hardees restaurant, which closed in late 2013, at 130 NW Barstow St. and heavily modify the building.

According to plans submitted by Kueny Architects, Mad Rooster Cafe is scheduled to come before the city's plan commission on March 9.

The owners of the cafe are considering two additions to the building — 1,200 square feet to the east for the entrance and another 1,600 square feet to the north for additional seating.

On the menu

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Public hearings on Waukesha's water application coming up at Carroll University

Feb. 10, 2016 8:06 a.m. | Many state legislators recently penned their support for Waukesha's application for Great Lakes water, and now everyone will get a final chance to voice their opinions locally and get a closer look at the proposal.

With the application in the hands of a regional body which will determine whether Waukesha is approved for Lake Michigan water, a public information meeting and hearing brings the issue back home as part of the process next week.

The information meeting before the Great Lakes Resources Regional Body and the Great Lakes Water Resources Council begins at 2 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. public hearing, Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 122 at the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, 218 N. East Ave.

In addition, the public can take a tour of selected sites in Waukesha and southeastern Wisconsin that pertains to the application. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, departing from Carroll University outside the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave.

A briefing on the application — more or less in an information session during which the regional body and compact council members can ask questions of the applicant — is also open to the public. It begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Carroll University Campus Center in Room 214.

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Video: Catholic Memorial High School's Innovation Wing opens to rave reviews

Feb. 09, 2016 4:58 p.m. | Joe Fricano is encountering a situation he hasn't faced in his 11 years teaching at Catholic Memorial High School.

"When class ends in here, they don't want to leave," said Fricano, a world languages teacher. "That wasn't how it was when I was in high school."

But CMH's new Innovation Wing has changed learning and teaching at the school. And from the sound of it, it has changed for the better.

Positive reviews

"The first time I came in here, I was like, 'Wow,'" said sophomore Kayla McQuestion, while showing off a smart TV inside a world languages innovation lab. "It's like a breath of fresh air. It's incredible, and I love how it makes you want to be in this room."

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Waukesha man who pointed rifle at police is charged with six felonies

Feb. 08, 2016 8:58 p.m. | A Waukesha man who was suicidal last month said he wanted police to shoot and kill him.

According to a criminal complaint, 51-year-old Dean L. Stamm called it "suicide by cop."

Stamm, who was shot by three police officers after pointing an assault rifle at them last month while in the street, has been charged with 12 criminal counts, including six felonies.

Stamm made his first court appearance Feb. 5, nearly two weeks after an incident at his home at Douglass Avenue in Waukesha. He remains in jail on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

The charges include five counts of intentionally pointing a firearm at law enforcement. He faces up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted of all of those counts.

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Pizza maker and caterer prep new spaces in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2016 1:04 p.m. | A West Allis food-service business will take over the downtown Waukesha space vacated by another food-service business, which itself is expanding its offerings one block further to the west.

Milwaukee Crust and Pizza Company, which recently closed in West Allis, is moving to downtown Waukesha in a space previously occupied by Simply Irresistible Catering at 309 W. Main St.

Marketing pizzas

According to the company's website, the West Allis business makes specialty pizzas with a thin flaky crust and fresh meats and vegetables.

The company, initially called Milwaukee Pizza Company, was originally started at an apartment by owners Erik Burgos and Nick Smith. The company's website says the two were looking to fill the need for a distinct style of frozen pizza.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Waukesha man with criminal past accused of child abuse, drug possession

Feb. 05, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Eric Schuppe punched his fiancée's 16-year-old son so hard in the face that he knocked one of his teeth loose and opened up a gash in his lip, a criminal complaint says.

Schuppe, 37, was charged Friday, Jan. 29, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child and intentionally causing bodily harm, disorderly conduct, possession of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He faces up to about 10 years behind bars and $21,500 in fines, if convicted.

According to the complaint, Schuppe was charged after his fiancée and her son called police about 12:15 a.m. that day to report the incident. Both of them were standing outside, in 18-degree weather, without shoes or jackets when police arrived.

Schuppe's fiancée and her son, who will not be named to protect his identity, ran outside their home in the 1600 block of Haymarket Road in fear of Schuppe, the complaint said. Earlier in the night, Schuppe had reportedly flown into a rage following an argument with his fiancée.

Argument over crack

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No arrests or citations issued in fatal crash in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 12:35 p.m. | No one has been arrested or cited in the aftermath in the death of a 23-year-old woman, who was struck and killed on Highway 164 and East Sunset Drive on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Waukesha Police Capt. Dan Baumann said on Friday, Feb. 5, one day after pedestrian Megan Bock was killed, that the driver of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was cooperative with law enforcement.

According to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department, police received numerous 911 calls at 5:54 p.m. Feb. 4 for a traffic crash at the intersection on the city's southeast side.

When the Waukesha police and fire departments arrived on scene, they located Bock after she was hit by the vehicle. Police have released few details about the accident, but Waukesha's daily police report indicated Bock was or had been riding a bicycle.

Lifesaving efforts were initiated and the woman was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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Woman hit, killed by car at 164 and Sunset

Feb. 05, 2016 7:09 a.m. | A 23-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle at about 5:54 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Highway 164 and Sunset Boulevard.

Police received numerous 911 calls about the crash. Despite life-saving efforts performed at the scene, the woman was pronounced dead at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

A Waukesha Police accident reconstruction specialist is investigating. No further information is available.

Carroll University receives $1 million for off-campus research lab

Feb. 04, 2016 5:08 p.m. | A $1 million donation to Carroll University will go toward a new environmental center and research laboratory building at an off-campus site in the town of Genesee.

The Waukesha university announced on Feb. 4 that Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust gave the large monetary gift to support environmental education and research.

"We are extremely grateful to (the Paul Fleckenstein trust) for their thoughtful generosity, and we are delighted they are part of the Carroll family," said Doug Hastad, president of Carroll University. "This gift will be used for the construction of the research laboratory and to create an endowment that will support learning opportunities for generations of students from Carroll and the greater community."

Large research center plans

The building will be located on a property that is adjacent to the university's 60-plus acre Greene Field Station, roughly in an area south of County Road D and east of Highway 83 in the town of Genesee. The university purchased the property in 2012.

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Study considers what's driving downtown Waukesha

Feb. 04, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Jeff Barta said when the Business Improvement District disbanded three years ago, downtown Waukesha lost its engine that helped drive downtown.

The BID, after all, provided a contact person when new businesses came to the district, and it was there to market the downtown. The BID also helped grow the economy in the central city.

"We don't have that engine anymore," said Barta, who owns the Nice Ash Cigar Bar downtown. "We have to find a way to have that engine again."

Barta — part of the eight-member study team that included city employees within the community development department as well as staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension — hopes a recently completed market analysis on downtown Waukesha, a community-led research project, will provide a clear direction for its stakeholders as well as a guide for business development.

The market analysis, which examined business retention, expansion and recruitment opportunities downtown over the last several months, identified business gaps and potential solutions to fill empty and new commercial space.

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