Waukesha — Based on testimony from two experts, a judge on Friday found Morgan Geyser incompetent and suspended the prosecution of attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges against the 12-year-old.
The experts testified that Geyser, one of two 12-year-old girls charged with trying to fatally stab a classmate, exhibited disturbing behavior and beliefs during their interviews with her: squatting on her chair, laughing hysterically for no reason, constantly looking in corners. She had conversations with Voldemort and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and repeated her belief in Slender Man, unicorns and her own power of "Vulcan mind control."
They said Geyser, in addition to being immature, may suffer from an undiagnosed psychiatric illness.
The judge said he based his decision on those findings, and the experts' opinions that such beliefs and behavior could prevent Geyser from having a rational appreciation of her situation or effectively aiding in her own defense.
Geyser was ordered turned over to the custody of the Department of Health Services for evaluation and treatment. Both experts said she could likely be restored to competency within a year. A status report on her progress was set for Nov. 12.» Read Full Article
More than a year after a gas station clerk was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Waukesha, one of the suspects is set to go to a trial.
Darrin Malone, charged with felony murder-party to a crime in the killing of 65-year-old clerk Saeed Sharwani, will face a jury next week at the Waukesha County Courthouse.
A jury status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, followed by a jury trial on Feb. 15. Judge Lloyd Carter will officiate the trial, which could extend to Feb. 19.
Malone, 29, is one of three people charged in connection with the robbery homicide.» Read Full Article
Waukesha West girls basketball coach Mark Busalacchi knew his team played well on Tuesday night against Classic 8 Conference foe Mukwonago. It just so happened Mukwonago played a little better down the stretch to win, 57-48.
West led at the half, 22-21, and greatly limited Mukwonago's scoring at the end of the first half. For nearly eight minutes, West didn't allow a Mukwonago field goal and was propelled by Dani Rhodes' two 3-pointers with under two minutes remaining.
At the beginning of the second half, West came out strong, but Mukwonago wouldn't go away because of its solid defense, which forced 11 turnovers.
"(Mukwonago) got hot on us," Busalacchi said. "We were up seven (with 13 minutes, 7 seconds left in the second half) but then a minute later we were down, it seemed like. They showed why at the beginning of the year when they were healthy that they're the No. 1 team in the state. The last 11 minutes they kind of showed that. They're just really, really good."
Within less than two minutes, three different Mukwonago players hit 3-pointers. The third, by freshman Grace Beyer, tied the game at 34 with 10:43 remaining. Mukwonago gained a lead it would not surrender 42 seconds later off Bre Cera's basket in the lane.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.
"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."» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.
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.» Read Full Article
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» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.