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Man accused of choking woman over Facebook post

Aug. 27, 2014 1:21 p.m. | — A 44-year-old Waukesha man allegedly choked his ex-girlfriend after she wrote what he perceived to be an offensive post on Facebook.

Walter Beach, 417 N. Washington Ave., was charged on Friday, Aug. 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — all repeat and domestic abuse offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to a South Street apartment complex regarding a call about a domestic incident.

Beach’s former girlfriend told an officer in the complaint that she and Beach had recently ended their seven-year relationship — because he had physically abused her in the past — but had remained friends.

She said that Beach regularly spent time with her, gave her money and took her shopping, but denied any desire on her part to rekindle their relationship, according to the complaint.

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Kettle Moraine football team goes on impressive run to defeat Waukesha South

Sept. 13, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine scored a wild 49-35 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South Friday night. The Blackshirts led 20-7 midway through the second period before KM went on an impressive 42-7 run to win the game.

KM is now 3-1, its best start since 2007.

Senior running back Andrew Trafton scored three second half touchdowns and senior quarterback Mitch Pfeifer threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score. Will Duchow, Nate Tyley and Tanner Smith also scored for the Lasers.

Arrowhead rides another late-scoring drive to beat Catholic Memorial

Sept. 12, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Last week, it was "The Drive." This week, would it be "The Drive 2?"

Trailing host Catholic Memorial by a 21-17 score with 1:14 left to play at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University, junior quarterback Johnny Duranso put together a 64-yard, 5-play drive and tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Cody Sellhausen in the left corner of the end zone to give the Warhawks and incredible 24-21 Classic 8 Conference victory. The score came with 33.6 seconds to play.

Memorial rallied back from a 14-0 first half deficit to stun AHS by scoring three second half touchdowns and grabbing a 21-17 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game.

But that's when the talented Duranso went to work for a second straight week, putting together his second consecutive come-from-behind game winning drive.

"We just believe in ourselves when our backs are to the wall," Duranso said. "We never give up. CMH was outplaying us in the second half, but we got one final chance and made the most of it. This feels good right now."

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

David Smart steps down as general manager of The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. | The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha appears to have regained some stability with new ownership and its bar and restaurant recently reopening.

But Harp & Eagle Ltd., the company that owns the hotel, will now have to find a new general manager for The Clarke Hotel.

General Manager David Smart stepped down from his position today.

He took over the 22-room boutique hotel at 314 W. Main St. late last year. Smart previously worked for Hilton Garden Inn in Oconomowoc.

Catholic Memorial earns distinct national School of Excellence recognition

Sept. 12, 2014 1:09 p.m. | Catholic Memorial High School has been named to the 2014 National Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society.

The Cardinal Newman Society is a national organization devoted to promoting and defending Catholic education.

Only 70 out of the nearly 1,200 Catholic high schools across the nation were named to this year’s Honor Roll. 

According to a news release, the Catholic Education Honor Roll's School of Excellence Award recognizes high schools that exhibit faithful Catholic education through institutional identity, administration, academics and student life.

According to the Cardinal Newman Society, all schools on the Honor Roll embrace, support and pledge to work toward achieving three distinct "indicators of a School of Excellence:" a committment to Catholic teachings and lived faith; faculty, staff and volunteers exhibit that faith and Catholic identity; and the school’s policies and programs ensure the strength and stability of the church’s educational mission in a changing world.

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Hebron House of Hospitality breaks ground on new low-income apartments in Waukesha

Sept. 11, 2014 3:49 p.m. | Construction for Hebron House of Hospitality's new apartments in Waukesha is underway.

The Summit Hill Apartments, which will be for people with physical and mental disabilities, are located at 700 and 704 Summit Avenue.

There will be four units in each building with each unit 550-square-feet. The low-income apartments will also be wheelchair accessible.

Hebron House staff, city and county officials and staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development participated in a ground breaking ceremony at the site on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

The project is expected to be completed during the first half of 2015. Bernie Juno, strategic projects consultant, said the project has been in the works for seven years.

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Lawyer says girl not fit for trial in stabbing case

Sept. 11, 2014 10:55 a.m. | A psychologist has determined the second of two 12-year-old girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times in an attempt to please a fictional character called Slender Man is not competent to stand trial, according to her attorney.

In a letter to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren, Assistant State Public Defender Joseph Smith Jr. said after hearing from a forensic psychologist hired to examine Anissa Weier, he had reason to doubt her competency.

Weier and Morgan Geyser were charged in adult court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing of the girl May 31 in a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side.

The victim survived her wounds.

On Aug. 1, Bohren found Geyser incompetent and suspended the prosecution against her.

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R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha acquires Snyder Insurance

Sept. 10, 2014 6:05 p.m. | R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha, Wisconsin's largest singly-owned independent insurance agency, has acquired Snyder Insurance, an independent agency based in Oconomowoc.

Terms of the acquisition, which was effective Sept. 1, were not released.

Dan Wolfgram, executive vice president of R&R Insurance Services of personal lines, marketing and communications, said the deal will help both companies as they become one.

"It gives R&R an opportunity to have a broader base in western Waukesha County," Wolfgram said. "We're picking up a great staff and a lot of talent."

Ken Riesch, president and owner of R&R Insurance Services, Inc., said the acquisition is a win-win for both companies.

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 11, 2014 issue

Sept. 10, 2014 3:15 p.m. | 1 A house was egged overnight Aug. 25-26 at 821 Cavalier Drive.

2 A caller's red Ford Ranger was egged overnight Aug. 26-27 at 1701 Mohawk Lane.

3 For the second straight night a house was egged at 1604 Mohawk Lane. The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Aug. 27.

4 A caller reported a man who lives in an apartment at 326 Jackson Court pulled down the pants of a young boy at 10:48 a.m. Aug. 27.

5 A caller reported either a person or animal with blond hair was in the bed of a pickup truck at 701 Northview Road at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 27. It turns out it was hay.

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Catholic Memorial too stingy for Warhawks spikers

Sept. 09, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls volleyball team certainly had its moments, but Catholic Memorial refused to give an inch and took a Classic 8 Conference clash between two of the league's elite teams Tuesday, 27-25, 25-18, 27-25.

The Warhawks, who hadn't lost a match this season until the past weekend, were looking to ascend past the perennial powerhouse and its sophomore-dominant roster.

But Memorial played with the pluck of the underdog, staving off three set points in the first set and battling back from a 24-20 deficit to clinch the match in the third.

"We're both very good teams, very good programs," Arrowhead coach Sherry Moseler said. "Early in the season, we'll take this, we'll learn and we'll go for the peak at the end."

Alexis Alden, one of the aforementioned six sophomores on the roster, finished with 17 kills, notably five in a stretch of six points when Memorial and Arrowhead were wagering back-and-forth side-outs until the Crusaders sealed it.

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Waukesha County detective arrested for domestic disorderly conduct

Sept. 09, 2014 4:12 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective has been put on administrative leave after being arrested on an allegation of a domestic-related disorderly conduct incident.

According to a statement from Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki on Tuesday, Sept. 9, Pete Korns was arrested by the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Korns has been with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for about 26 years and is assigned to the Detective Bureau.

"Consistent with our normal practice, Detective Korns has been placed on administrative leave and his arrest powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the City of Waukesha Police Department’s investigation and our internal investigation," Trawicki said. 

Trawicki said the sheriff's department will not release any further details of the case until the conclusion of both investigations.

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Woman hit by vehicle in Waukesha Skateland parking lot expected to recover

Sept. 09, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department said Tuesday the 34-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle in the Skateland parking lot over Labor Day weekend is expected to recover.

Oremus said the woman remains hospitalized.

However, Oremus on Tuesday countered an earlier police report that said the incident included a hit and run.

“There is no evidence that this incident involved a hit and run as was initially reported,” Oremus said Tuesday.

He added there is no evidence that she was struck by any other vehicle other than the one in which she arrived.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

John Milbrath devoted life to patients, family

Sept. 06, 2014 3:48 p.m. | As much time as John Milbrath devoted to preventing breast cancer, including through years of volunteer work, he still managed to find time to devote to his sons.

Aside from serving on national panels on breast cancer screening issues and a stint as president of the Wisconsin division of the American Cancer Society, he took his boys to Green Bay Packers games and on ski outings to the Upper Peninsula, while also refereeing their soccer games.

"And the time he spent with my son, his grandson, was a real treat for him," Philip Milbrath remembered.

Milbrath, the former director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic in Waukesha, died of natural causes Aug. 30. He was 74.

He was born John Richard Milbrath on July 10, 1940, to Elmer and Marion Milbrath, and grew up in Milwaukee, where he attended Forest Home Elementary School and Rufus King High School.

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Two-car crash in Pewaukee ignites cars, injures drivers

Sept. 06, 2014 2:28 p.m. | A two-car crash in Pewaukee Saturday morning ignited both vehicles, injuring the two drivers and requiring them to be taken to the hospital.

The accident occurred on Redford Boulevard at Busse Road shortly before 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

A 65-year-old West Bend man was driving southbound on Redford Boulevard approaching a controlled intersection when he ran into a vehicle going northbound on Redford driven by a 17-year-old Waukesha boy.

The teenager had been preparing to turn left to head west on Busse Road when the accident occurred.

Emergency staff from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the accident. Also, numerous citizens that were in the immediate area of the scene stopped to help.

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