Waukesha - Incumbent first-term Mayor Larry Nelson and challenger Jeff Scrima will face off in the April 6 general election after the two came out on top of a five-person field Tuesday.
Scrima, who owns a real estate development firm and aggressively campaigned against Nelson's emphasis on regional cooperation and the push for tapping Lake Michigan for a clean water supply, pulled in 35% of the vote to Nelson's 26%.
Nelson had far-outraised his competitors in campaign donations - nearly $11,000 and most from small contributors, according to finance reports due Feb. 1. His campaign featured several mailings touting progress during his term on issues like replacing the city's radium-tainted water, building a west-Waukesha bypass, benefiting Waukesha through regional cooperation and adding dozens of businesses despite the recession.
Jeff Scrima had used extensive newspaper ads, his Web site and e-mail get-out-the-vote messages to press his contention that Waukesha would lose its independence if it pursued water through the City of Milwaukee. Scrima relied heavily on his own funds to match Nelson's fund raising.
Darryl Enriquez, a retired reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, had hoped to translate his experience in reporting on city government into a job of leading it. He relied heavily on the influence of high-profile names on voters - with endorsements from elected Republicans like Rep. Bill Kramer, County Treasurer Pam Reeves and former county clerk and current School Board member Pat Madden, as well as former mayor Carol Lombardi. He won 19% of the vote.» Read Full Article
The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.
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 Level 1.
Downtown Waukesha is celebrating Halloween this weekend.
So don't be spooked if you see ghosts, goblins and even zombies walking the streets of downtown.
The fifth annual Waukesha Zombie Walk begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown. The walk will end between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
Participants can donate a minimum of five non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry of Waukesha County or pet food, supplies or toys for the Humane Animal Welfare Society or they can pay a $5 fee.
Kids 5 years old and younger walk for free.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) Thursday pleaded no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Kramer entered the plea during what was to have been a status conference on the case, stemming from felony sexual assault charges filed in March against the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly.
Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius said her office will recommend three years of probation, with a variety of conditions, including nine months in jail with work-release privileges.
Kramer, 49, will not have to register as a sex offender, but must undergo a sex offender assessment and any recommended treatment. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.
By avoiding a felony conviction, Kramer will be able to serve the remainder of his term in the Assembly, which ends in January. He is not seeking re-election this fall.» Read Full Article
1 A man had his pants down to his knees and was exposing himself at the bus stop across from the Waukesha School District's Early Learning Center, 1150 White Rock Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10.
2 A woman at 732 E. North St. wrote a letter to the police department because she believed a man was cutting a wire on her raccoon trap in her backyard prior to 4:24 p.m. Oct. 10. She said she has never witnessed the man on her property but feels he's the culprit because her traps catch the squirrels the man feeds. The man had no idea what police were referring to when he was questioned.
3 A glass art piece was stolen from River's End Gallery, 380 W. Main St., prior to 4:31 p.m. Oct. 10. The caller said it was stolen during the Art Crawl the previous weekend.
4 A man was punched by his intoxicated friend because the man was kicking him out of Walgreens, 230 Madison St., at 5:05 p.m. Oct. 10.
5 A fight was going on inside Boscos Social Club, 260 W. Main St., at 12:12 a.m. Oct. 11.» Read Full Article
The weather change must have been a foreshadowing of what was ahead at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships.
"The sun came out a couple of minutes before we came on," said Waukesha North band director Greg Redner.
And with the sun now shining after a gloomy start on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the site of the event, the Northstars' marching band itself delivered a glowing performance once again, winning its eighth straight state championship and 13th overall.
The Northstars finished with a score 89.20, edging River Falls' 88.85, to capture the Class AAA title at the 30th annual event.
Teams are judged based on visual and music presentation and ranked in categories based on school enrollment.» Read Full Article
A doctor has ruled that Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old suspects charged in the near fatal stabbing of her Waukesha classmate in May, is competent to proceed.
However, Weier's attorney, Joseph Smith Jr., said he is contesting the report of the doctor who conducted the competency evaluation done by Robert Rawski, a psychiatrist with the Wisconsin Forensic Unit.
Judge Michael Bohren received Rawski's report on Monday, Oct. 21.
"I don't believe Rawski has the expertise to render competency for juveniles," Smith said in court on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Smith also said Rawski's findings are different from another doctor, hired by Smith, who conducted a competency exam on Weier.» Read Full Article
This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.
But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.
Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.
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Competency evaluation results for Anissa Weier, one of Slender Man stabbing suspects, will be revealed in court
The findings of a competency exam for Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old suspects charged with nearly stabbing a Waukesha classmate to death, will be revealed on Wednesday in court.
Judge Michael Bohren ordered last month that Weier undergo a court-ordered competency evaluation that would determine whether the case continues or is suspended.
According to online court records, Robert Rawski, a psychiatrist with the Wisconsin Forensic Unit, evaluated Weier and was preparing a competency report for the court.
If Weier's competency hearing is similar to Morgan Geyser's (the other suspect in the case), Rawski will be called to the stand and give a report on his interactions with Weier and answer questions from both the prosecutors and defense.
Rawski will give his recommendation on whether Weier, who has been confined to the secure Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend since being charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, is competent to stand trial.» Read Full Article
The Milwaukee Bucks announced Monday afternoon that comedian Frank Caliendo, formerly of Waukesha, will perform at halftime of the team's home opener on Oct. 31.
Caliendo, known for his impressions of celebrities and a "turrible" one of TNT analyst Charles Barkley, will entertain fans who attend the Friday night game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He also has done impressions of Jay Leno, Al Pacino, John Madden, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, among others.
Caliendo attended Waukesha South High School and later UW-Milwaukee before going on to comic fame.
The 40-year-old Chicago native gained fame on the comedy series MADtv and later had his own sketch comedy program, "Frank TV" on TBS.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.
Moments after Catholic Memorial defeated Waukesha West on Oct. 17, 14-12, to claim a share of the Classic 8 Conference football championship, a member of the Crusaders' coaching staff told the players that it was the 298th victory of coach Bill Young's illustrious career.
"Two more. Two more," the Crusaders players started chanting.
Young cut them off quickly.
"No. Five more," the veteran coach said, the obvious implication that he believes his team is one that can contend for the WIAA Division 3 state championship.
After the crucible his team survived in becoming one of four teams that will share the conference crown, he may be right.» Read Full Article
The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.
Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.
The Waukesha North High School marching band is going for its eighth straight state championship this weekend.
The Northstars, along with many other schools across the state, will head to UW-Whitewater to compete in the 30th annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships on Saturday, Oct. 18.
North, led by band director Greg Redner, has won the last seven state titles. It won the Class AAAA (large-school division) title last year.
North, in a different division this year (AAA), hits the field at 3:30 p.m. Waukesha South, also in that division, competes at 2:45 p.m.
Waukesha West, still in the Class AAAA division, will perform under the lights at 8:45 p.m.» Read Full Article
Bill Mitchell is returning to the Waukesha County Board.
Six years after Mitchell last served on the board as a supervisor, Mitchell will rejoin the board as the District 15 supervisor.
He was selected from a pool of eight candidates on Monday, Oct. 20, by Chairman Paul Decker after being interviewed earlier in the day.
The seat was vacated as a result of the recent death of Walter Kolb, a longtime supervisor.
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Camden, N.J. — A Waukesha man who is identified with the Sovereign Citizen movement has been sentenced to prison for threatening and filing false charges against a judge and 27 other officials in New Jersey.
Camden County prosecutors announced Wednesday that 30-year-old Michael Rinderele, of Waukesha, received a five-year sentence earlier this month. He had pleaded guilty in August to making threats and engaging in retaliation.
Members of the Sovereign Citizen movement argue federal, state and local laws have no authority over them.
Rinderele admitted filing fraudulent liens against the judge and 27 other officials in Voorhees and Winslow after traffic offenses were filed in New Jersey against Rinderele's common-law wife.