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1 killed when SUV hits tree in Town of Waukesha

Aug. 14, 2014 8:06 a.m. | One person was killed Wednesday night when an SUV crashed into a tree in the Town of Waukesha.

The crash occurred at 10:42 p.m. on River Road, and Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies and the Town of Waukesha firefighters were called to the scene, where they found the SUV engulfed in flames, according to a department news release.

Authorities said the driver, who was the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has not been identified.

The SUV had been traveling south on River Road when it left the road and hit the tree. The crash remains under investigation.

Water talks flow back into Waukesha

5:49 p.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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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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Woman, 23, identified in fatal crash in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 12:35 p.m. | The victim in the fatal accident that killed a 23-year-old female on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Highway 164 and East Sunset Drive has been identified as Megan Bock.

"Megan Bock was a part of a loving family," her family said in a statement released on Friday. "We've suffered a tragic loss and appreciate our privacy during this time."

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 a 23-year-old female, who was hit by a vehicle.

Life-saving 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 donation for research laboratory off campus

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 Prairie Springs: 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."

The building will be located on a property that is adjacent to the university's 60-plus acre Greene Field Station in the town of Genesee. The university purchased the property in 2012.

According to the university, the gift will help transform an existing outbuilding into the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory, a research facility that will include classroom space, two research laboratories and a specimen-processing laboratory.

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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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Waukesha Police Report: Feb. 4, 2016 issue

Feb. 04, 2016 10:00 a.m. | 1 An employee at Mama D's Coffee, 928 N. Hartwell Ave., requested that a man who was causing a problem within the shop and swearing at employees be removed at 9:38 a.m. Jan. 22. The man was taken home and was told to stay away from the coffee shop.

2 A caller driving on Hinman and West Newhall avenues saw three males fighting in a parking lot of an apartment building at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22. The caller said when the males heard sirens, the two males who were beating up the other man got into a red Honda Civic and drove west on Newhall. The other man took off on foot between houses.

3 An evicted tenant stole all of the carpet when he moved out of the Sunset Home Condominiums, 1440 Big Bend Road, prior to 3:42 p.m. Jan. 22.

4 A female wearing a black jacket and a white headband was taken into custody after panhandling for money from customers at Speedway, 521 S. Grand Ave., at 5:09 p.m. Jan. 22.

5 Three Apple iPads were stolen from a business at 403 N. Grand Ave. between 2 and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

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Waukesha's robotics team would receive funding boost from Rep. Adam Neylon's proposed bill

Feb. 03, 2016 10:15 a.m. | High school robotics teams, including those in Waukesha, could get a financial boost from the state if a bill authored by a Pewaukee legislator becomes law.

Under the measure proposed by Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), a pilot program would be created to provide up to $500,000 of funding for high school robotics teams — up to $5,000 per team — to help cover costs such as competition fees, travel expenses and robotics kits.

The grant program, which would be administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, would include both public and private schools.

Neylon, whose 98th District includes in part the northern portion of the city of Waukesha, said he was compelled to pursue the measure after viewing a regional robotics competition at Hamilton High School in Sussex.

"I was just really impressed and fascinated with the abilities of some of these students," Neylon said. "As our technology advances and as things become more integrated, we're going to need a lot more students to close the skills gap and fill some of these positions in robotics."

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Waukesha North's Marquis Carter returns from injury, puts Northstars in title contention

Feb. 02, 2016 1:23 p.m. | Marquis Carter said he normally follows his shot, but when he stepped back to unleash a game-tying 3-pointer on Friday with 9.8 seconds to go in overtime, he backpedaled instead.

He knew.

In perhaps the most triumphant return from injury possible, Carter's deep triple tied Waukesha North's game against Arrowhead on Jan. 29, 74-74, and somehow, the senior point guard wasn't done. He recorded the last of his 16 points on a drive to the basket with 2.7 seconds left in double overtime, giving North an 83-81 upset over a team that came into the night tied for first place in the Classic 8 Conference.

"I think the 3-pointer was the bigger moment," Carter admitted. "We were down 3 and needed the points. (With the game tied), I was more comfortable taking the shot at the end of the game. I knew if I made it, we would win for sure. As soon as they inbounded the ball to me, it went through my head, 'I live for these moments.' I had to make it happen."

Carter took the inbound from under his hoop, calmly dribbled up the floor, briefly worked with a screen set by Will McDonald and then dribbled around his defender to the block, where he tossed up a game-winner that swished through.

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Interactive: Panel once again holds fate of ex-Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba

Feb. 02, 2016 9:46 a.m. | Will the same panel that demoted Jesse Alba for violating department policies more than two years ago now change its mind and reinstate him as fire chief?

After sitting through a two-day hearing in which Alba fought to regain his former position, the five-member Waukesha Police and Fire Commission must decide whether he should be given another shot at holding the city's top fire position.

Alba's attorney, Douglas Rose, said this week that he is "optimistic" the commission will alter its decision and Alba will win back his old job.

"I think the hearing went extremely well," Rose said. "Everyone got a completely different view of the case. It was put in a new context."

In 2013, the commission said Alba's actions, in which he asked a part-time female employee to consider resigning as a "solution" to get past the consensual sexual affair the two had a year earlier, was "egregious" and detrimental to the fire department.

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Lares Fashion & Western Wear building in downtown Waukesha up for sale

Feb. 01, 2016 9:18 p.m. | A large Main Street retail space in downtown Waukesha is on the market.

The building that houses Lares Fashion & Western Wear, 245 W. Main St., is up for sale.

Shorewest real estate agent Bill Leech is marketing the 6,200-square-foot space, which is on the corner of West Main and Gaspar streets. Leech is looking to sell the building for $320,000.

Moving after sale

Lares Fashion & Western Wear owner Ireneo Lares, who has operated the shop in downtown since 1991, will move his clothing store out when a new buyer is found.

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

Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.


Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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Waukesha's Community Development Department holding neighborhood downtown meetings

Jan. 29, 2016 4:46 p.m. | The Community Development Department is beginning to host quarterly neighborhood meetings in an effort to create a strong partnership between City Hall and downtown.

The first meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday Feb. 1, in the River's Edge Apartments — Community Room, 150 E. Main St.

The goal of the meetings is to share plans, ideas and projects in the downtown, ranging from the rebranding efforts (which Fortin expects to be unveiled in June and road construction this spring and summer).

Future meetings are planned for May, August and November.

Alderman Erik Helgestad, whose district includes downtown, is pleased to see partnerships fostered with those in the downtown.

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Church leader pleads guilty to using app for child sex in Waukesha

Jan. 29, 2016 10:15 a.m. | A 21-year-old youth church leader from Waukesha has pleaded guilty to using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Diego A. Rodriguez entered his plea on Friday, Jan. 22, about seven months after he was charged with one felony count tied to his use of a smartphone application to meet and have sex with a minor in 2015.

He had also been charged with three misdemeanor counts of sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older, but those counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Rodriguez will be sentenced April 4. His cash bond has been revoked until his sentencing hearing. He had been held on a $25,000 cash bond at the Waukesha County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Rodriguez, a youth leader at Apostolic Faith Church in Racine, met a 16-year-old boy in early 2015 through a phone app called "Grindr," used by males looking to have sex with other males.

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