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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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Appeals court upholds conviction in murder-for-hire case

Dec. 26, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The state Court of Appeals this week upheld the conviction of Darren Wold in a Waukesha County murder-for-hire case.

In December 2011, Wold was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for plotting the murder of Kimberly Smith, 39, his former girlfriend. Smith was found stabbed to death in her Oconomowoc home on Oct. 1, 2009. Wold had been in a custody battle with Smith over their son.

A California man, Justin Welch, pleaded guilty to committing the murder, saying he had been promised $7,000.

The appeals court's decision was issued Tuesday.

Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner!

Dec. 24, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.

The rules are simple:

-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.

-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.

-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 25, 2014 issue

Dec. 23, 2014 2:30 p.m. | 1 A man called police after seeing cars from Milwaukee in Waukesha at 1089 White Rock Ave. at 10:02 a.m. Dec. 12. The man believes the vehicles are there to harm him from his past troubled life in Milwaukee. He told the Waukesha Police Department he and his family came to Waukesha to "thrive."

2 A man started making threats at staff at the Waukesha License & Registration, 2019 Golf Road, at 10:13 a.m. Dec. 12 over an operating while intoxicated issue a few days earlier. He threatened to blow up the building, referenced Timothy McVeigh, and stated he would be back with a bomb to blow up the building. A message was left with the man's probation officer.

3 A domestic disturbance was reported after a caller, while walking home from Carroll University, saw a man and woman fighting at McCall and Barney streets at 2 p.m. Dec. 12. The male reportedly hit the female and the female then slapped him.

4 Police were called after a man was found lying on the sidewalk at Coolidge and South Grand avenues at 3:55 p.m. Dec. 12. When police made contact with the man he was doing pushups and situps. Police advised him to make room for people using the sidewalk.

5 A caller reported a possible domestic disturbance at an apartment at 405 N. East Ave. at 6:51 p.m. Dec. 12 after the caller heard a female screaming and a male swearing, whom the caller believed was slamming the woman into the wall. Police, however, determined the people were just partying with one of them playing the "Fight Night" video game and shouting it is his "release."

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'Suspicious plastic bag' made by child causes heavy police presence at Waukesha State Bank

Dec. 22, 2014 5:37 p.m. | If you saw a large police presence at Waukesha State Bank just outside of downtown last week you might have thought something very serious was taking place.

For a moment, that appeared to be the case until police realized there was nothing suspicious about an item in question. 

According to the police blotter, police were called to Waukesha State Bank, 151 E. St. Paul Ave., at 3:46 p.m. Dec. 15 after bank staff reported that the parking lot attendant became suspicious after noticing what appeared to be a plastic bag with "a lot of masking tape and writing on it" along the side of the building.

A staff member first checked it out and said it appeared to have been made by a child.

When police arrived, officers blocked off traffic and approached the item with a shield, according to the police blotter.

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Waukesha Slender Man stabbing suspects both found competent to proceed

Dec. 19, 2014 1:45 p.m. | The issue of competency has been decided for both of the suspects in the Waukesha Slender Man stabbing case and, as a result, the proceedings for the two young girls are now moving forward.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, the co-defendants who are charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for their roles in the stabbing of their former classmate to please a fictitious online horror character named Slender Man, have both been found competent to proceed by a Waukesha County judge.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in February for the suspects, who both appeared in person for separate competency hearings on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Weier's hearing last week was more than three hours long as three doctors who evaluated her over the course of the last six months spoke and disputed her competency. Geyser's hearing ended abruptly after Geyser's attorney decided not to object to the court-ordered doctor's ruling that his client is competent.

Geyser's condition

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Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Site of former Kmart in Waukesha on Sunset Drive will be redeveloped

Dec. 17, 2014 11:30 a.m. | Randy Roth couldn't wait. For him, the future of the redevelopment of the old Kmart site was at stake.

After hearing that the Waukesha Plan Commission wasn't satisfied with his plans for the vacant building at 120 E. Sunset Drive, Roth, president of Endeavour Corp., immediately met with city staff to address the concerns voiced by the panel.

"It was a lot of work," Roth said. "The day after the (Dec. 10 plan commission) meeting we had a meeting and within 24 hours we were back with some design recommendations. And by (Dec. 12) we had kicked out three or four alternatives. We went quickly."

By Dec. 16, at a special meeting, the commission's concerns had been addressed, with the Waukesha Common Council following up later that evening to give its unanimous stamp of approval, and now a long-standing eyesore will soon get an expansive makeover.

Roth, whose company is the developer for the project and who has worked on the project for three years since the Kmart closed, said after last week's meetings that the project probably would have came to a halt had it not gotten city approvals before the end of the year.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 18, 2014 issue

Dec. 16, 2014 1:30 p.m. | 1 A woman called police after she felt it was suspicious that she saw a large handprint on the bathroom mirror at her apartment, 1915 Kensington Drive. The woman, who told police she had been awake all night except for a half-hour, held her hand up to it for "10 minutes" and saw it did not match. Police checked the apartment at 9:50 a.m. Dec. 2 and discovered the handprint was from one of her children.

2 A window was cracked and plants were uprooted at Waukesha State Bank, 151 E. St. Paul Ave., sometime before 10:02 a.m. Dec. 2.

3 A woman came into the Berg Management office, 235 W. Broadway, making threats to staff, saying, "Just know I am coming after you" at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 2. Berg staff told police she is not welcome in their office.

4 A suspicious male was walking through the bushes near the Riverwalk Apartments, 806 Riverwalk Drive, at 2:08 a.m. Dec. 3. Police tracked down the intoxicated man, who said he was looking for a shortcut home.

5 An intoxicated man was threatening his roommate at 208 S. Grand Ave. at 3:02 a.m. Dec. 3. The man had threatened the caller earlier with a knife and was now in the apartment hallway bothering neighbors by knocking on all of their doors.

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Fire damages American Auto Body in Waukesha

Dec. 15, 2014 1:31 p.m. | A Waukesha auto body shop is recovering after being damaged by a fire last week.

No one was injured in the fire at American Auto Body, 309 Travis Lane; damages are estimated at $50,000.

According to a news release from Waukesha Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Sweet, the Waukesha Fire Department responded to American Auto Body at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, for an active fire.

Sweet said the auto body shop had moderate smoke ventilating from its exhaust system on the roof. Fire crews quickly contained and extinguished the fire to the exhaust system of a paint spray booth.

Sweet said early investigations indicate that the fire was possibly caused by an employee's use of a welding torch.

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Waukesha STEM students win Young Inventors Challenge at Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Dec. 12, 2014 6:59 p.m. | Cara Wendt and Julia Shoppach are eighth-graders just entering their teen years, but they're already learning the ways of young business women.

They've chatted with executives from major companies. They've become the youngest members of a women's organization that specializes in the toy, licensing and entertainment industry. And they have a trip planned to New York City, where they will likely mingle with more business professionals.

That's what happens when your invention stands out among your peers and captures the attention of business professionals.

"It definitely opened a big door," said Shoppach, a student at Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus, who teamed with Wendt to win first place in November at the Young Inventors Challenge at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Learning in year two

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Carroll University student injured in armed robbery near campus

Dec. 11, 2014 3:10 p.m. | A Carroll University student was injured after being stabbed during an armed robbery in the early morning hours on Dec. 9 near campus.

According to the police report, a male student said when he was walking home from Frontier Hall, a coed four-story apartment-style residential community located on the corner of Grand and College, 210 N. Grand Ave., he was approached by a male, who held a knife to him and stole his computer between 3:30 and 4 a.m.

The victim had a small cut to his abdomen from the knife. According to a news release from Tiffany Wynn, senior public relations strategist at Carroll University, the student declined medical treatment at the scene. 

The caller said the suspect, who was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, approached him from behind and never let him turn around.

The victim, according to the police report, said the suspect originally made him walk to an unlit area and asked him for his wallet, which he did not have on him.

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West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012 presidential election

Dec. 10, 2014 5:29 p.m. | A 34-year-old West Allis man who blamed depression and anxiety for voting twice in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail as a condition of 18 months probation.

The sentence was less than a prosecutor recommended, but more than the fine recommended by Todd M. Murray's lawyer, who argued that Milwaukee County is harshly out of line with the rest of the state in resolving cases of double voting.

Circuit Judge Joseph Donald said it didn't matter that Murray's extra vote didn't affect any electoral outcomes. It's still a serious offense that affects everyone else who counts on the principle of one person, one vote. A sentence without jail time, Donald said, would depreciate the nature of the crime.

Murray, who reports to jail Jan. 5, will be allowed release privileges for work and therapy.

Murray was on his way home from his engineering job in Waukesha on Nov. 6, 2012, when he stopped in New Berlin, registered and voted. He then cast another ballot at his regular polling place in West Allis. He was charged in June and pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker will not seek Waukesha County's top leadership post

Dec. 10, 2014 1:30 p.m. | Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker has decided not to throw his hat into the ring in the race for county executive.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning quashing speculation, Decker said he has been "honored and flattered by the large number of highly respected individuals that have encouraged me to consider being a candidate.

"Their readiness to support me, strengthens my desire to continue to be a part of leadership and service to our wonderful area. Thank you for your faith and acknowledgment in my abilities.

"After considerable deliberation on my commitment to the business I've co-founded, the Maverick Innovation Lab, and the impact on my personal life, I've decided it would be best to remain as your county board chair during the transition to new executive leadership.

"As chair, I vow to work to maintain the shrewd fiscal policies that have positioned Waukesha County to be able to handle significant growth while balancing essential services.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 11, 2014 issue

Dec. 09, 2014 12:00 p.m. | 1 Money was stolen from an apartment at 405 Cheviot Chase at 3:51 p.m. Nov. 28.

2 Medication and money was stolen from a residence at 714 Linden St. at 8:27 p.m. Nov. 28. The caller thought the items were stolen by the cleaning crew.

3 A caller reported that the music above The Lucky Rabbit, 200 Madison St., is excessive, causing his walls to shake and knocking things off the wall. The caller also told police the noise was waking him up at 1:19 a.m. Nov. 29, despite the fact that he was wearing earplugs. Police said the noise was not excessive for a bar.

4 Macias Auto Repair, 1330 E. Main St., was broken into overnight Nov. 28-29 and tools were stolen.

5 An intoxicated man threw a bottle at the caller's bedroom window and then fled in a vehicle at 1619 S. West Ave. at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 29.

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Train hits, kills pedestrian overnight in Oconomowoc

Dec. 08, 2014 6:41 a.m. | A 39-year-old man was killed early Monday when he was hit by a train while walking in Oconomowoc, police said.

The man was hit about 1:10 a.m. at the Main St. crossing. He had been seen earlier Sunday evening in a downtown business, and police think he was struck while walking home, police said in a news release.

The man's identity is being withheld by police until his family can be notified, and officials continue to investigate.


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