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Salary increases proposed for Waukesha County officials

May 13, 2010 2:30 p.m. | Waukesha - Salaries for three Waukesha County officials who face election in the fall and spring- the sheriff, clerk of courts and county executive - would increase 1% next year and 2% in each of the succeeding three years under a proposal scheduled for Personnel Committee review Tuesday.

While their pay would increase, the elected officials would for the first time have to pay 1% of their wages toward the employee's share due the Wisconsin Retirement System - a requirement imposed on all non-union employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2007.

County Executive Dan Vrakas, Sheriff Dan Trawicki and Clerk of Courts Kathleen Madden are nearing the end of their four-year terms. Candidates for sheriff and clerk of courts are elected in November; the county executive is elected in April.

Under the pay proposal:

The clerk of courts would earn $73,963 at the start of 2011 and $78,490 by the end of the next four-year term. Madden currently earns $73,231.

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Proposed Waukesha County Museum redevelopment plan coming before city panel

April 17, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Proposed changes to the Waukesha County Museum property that includes a four-story apartment complex will come before a city body on Monday.

The city's Redevelopment Authority, the first panel that needs to approve the project, will review the proposal at its meeting at 6 p.m. April 20 at City Hall.

Alan Huelsman, of Berg Management Co., submitted plans to the city on April 10 for a 41-unit apartment complex at the downtown site.

As part of the plan, the developer, Historic Prairieville Limited Partners, would buy the museum's buildings at 101 W. Main St. from the Waukesha County Historical Society and Waukesha County Museum and help preserve the financially-stricken museum.

According to plans submitted to the city, the former 1885 jail on the property, once said to be up for demolition to make way for the apartment building, will now be incorporated into the apartment building. The plans indicate the apartment's main entrance and common area off Martin Street will be in the first floor of the old jail.

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Crush wine bar in downtown Waukesha will hold weekend full of events

April 17, 2015 1:30 p.m. | A wine bar that recently opened in downtown Waukesha will hold a weekend full of events as part of its grand opening.

Paul Kwiecien and Judy Rosynek, along with their spouses, opened Crush wine bar at 378 W. Main St., in March.

The grand opening weekend will be held from April 17-19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live entertainment, complimentary champagne toasts, giveaways and more.

The weekend begins with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, when State Sen. Paul Farrow, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker are expected to attend and speak on the importance of small business and community.

Rosynek said business has been strong so far, despite construction going on in front of the shop.

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'Suspicious' fire damages Waukesha home overnight

April 17, 2015 12:03 p.m. | The Waukesha police and fire departments are investigating an early Friday morning house fire that officials are labeling "suspicious in nature."

According to a news release from police Capt. Ron Oremus, crews were called for a fire at 2:30 a.m. April 17 on the exterior back porch of a single-family residence at 917 Madison Street in the city of Waukesha.

Oremus said the resident was able to extinguish a majority of the fire with a garden hose as officers arrived on scene. Fire department personnel overhauled and extinguished the remaining fire when they arrived, Battalion Chief Mark Sweet said.

Oremus said the resident was unharmed in the incident. Sweet said multiple fire start attempts were found on two sides of the structure along with "criminal damage" to two vehicles parked in the driveway.

According to the daily police log, the vehicles' tires were slashed. The suspect also attempted to start a truck on fire.

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Two seriously hurt in head-on crash in Waukesha County

April 16, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Two people were seriously injured Thursday in a head-on crash in the Town of Lisbon, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office.

The crash was reported about 9 a.m. on State Highway 164 south of Riverview Drive, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

According to the release, a 23-year-old Merton man was southbound on Highway 164 when he apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by 47-year-old Delafield woman.

Both drivers, who were the only occupants of the vehicles, were taken to hospitals, the man by helicopter and the woman by ambulance, according to the release.

The crash remained under investigation.

Waukesha Police Report: April 16, 2015 issue

April 16, 2015 2:00 p.m. | 1 Two batteries were stolen from construction equipment near Fox Run Shopping Center at 2306 W. St. Paul Ave. prior to 6:48 p.m. April 2. The equipment was locked, but the thieves broke the handle off to gain access.

2 A man was looking at sexual material on a computer at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 4:08 p.m. April 2, and would not stop when advised by staff.

3 Police were called to confront a group of youths who were riding on top of a vehicle while video taping it in the parking lot of the vacant Kmart property at 120 E. Sunset Drive at 5:24 p.m. April 2.

4 An intoxicated man was arrested after he almost struck a train while riding his bicycle at 319 Williams St. at 7:31 p.m. April 2.

5 A front door to the Mountain Village apartment complex, 303 Mountain Ave., was damaged prior to 7:31 a.m. April 3.

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Attorney requests Slender Man stabbing suspect Morgan Geyser be moved to treatment facility

April 15, 2015 5:45 p.m. | The attorney for Morgan Geyser is requesting that the 12-year-old charged with nearly stabbing her classmate to death to please the fictitious Internet horror character Slender Man have her bail be reduced and get moved to a facility so she can receive care and treatment.

Anthony Cotton said in his motion filed with the court last week the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center — where Geyser has been confided to — can't meet the needs of Geyser.

Geyser, along with her co-defendant Anissa Weier, allegedly plotted for months to kill their friend, and attempted to carry out the act in May 2014 the morning after a birthday party sleepover at Geyser's house.

A licensed psychologist has testified in court that Geyser has schizophrenia and that Geyser believes she has Vulcan mind control, has an "unyielding belief" in Slender Man as well as auditory perceptual disturbances and distorted perceptions of reality.

"The Washington County Juvenile Detention Center is not designed for long-term placement of a child," Cotton said in his motion. "Because the children's jail is not staffed with full-time mental health professionals, no meaningful treatment plan can be devised to address Morgan's psychotic condition.

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Wife granted restraining order against former Waukesha County detective

April 15, 2015 10:05 a.m. | Legal troubles continue to mount for Peter Korns, a former Waukesha County Sheriff's detective.

Korns' wife, Natasha, on April 8 was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband, who last May was suspended from the sheriff's department for misconduct and was a few months later charged with disorderly conduct for his involvement in a domestic dispute in which he allegedly threatened his wife with a hatchet.

Natasha Korns, in a petition for the restraining order, claimed her husband had grown "increasingly angry and abusive" toward her and had threatened one of her coworkers, shown inappropriate photos of her to their children (ages 12 and 15) destroyed her cell phone and threatened her with a blow torch.

"Given (Peter's) recent angry behavior, both in person, at my work and via text messages, I believe an injunction is necessary for my protection," Natasha Korns wrote in the petition.

Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez granted the restraining order the same day the petition was filed, and an injunction hearing is scheduled for April 21, according to online court records.

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Former town of Waukesha chairwoman, resident file ethics complaint against chairman

April 15, 2015 10:00 a.m. | Town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek says a recent ethics complaint filed against him is a form of "harassment and defamation."

For its part, the complaint alleges that Marek, who was elected to another two-year term on April 7, shows "contempt for following the law."

It mostly stems from land that Marek owns in the portion of the town that is the subject of an incorporation and annexation effort by the neighboring town of Brookfield, a heated political issue that remains unresolved. But the complaint, led by a political rival, makes other allegations as well.

Former town of Waukesha Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc and longtime town resident Sandy Hamm filed the complaint, which was signed by 41 town residents, with the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office on March 30.

Van Scyoc and Hamm say Marek, while in office, has given preferential treatment to his campaign contributors, and that he has misrepresented his personal use of his private email address.

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Vehicle fire in Waukesha apartment building's underground parking garage creates 'an explosion'

April 14, 2015 1:20 p.m. | Occupants of an apartment building had to be evacuated, and in some cases rescued, after a vehicle caught fire in an underground parking garage at an apartment Tuesday morning in Waukesha.

According to a news release from Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department, the Waukesha Fire Department responded to a fire in the lower level of an apartment building at 2104 MacArthur Road.

Acting Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Hoffman said several occupants needed to be rescued from second-floor balconies as the building was being evacuated.

Hoffman said crews from Stations 1 and 4 were able to rescue all of the occupants, including one disabled person from the first floor.

Hoffman said fire crews made an aggressive attack with the crew from Station 3 quickly bringing the fire under control and clearing out the remaining smoke.

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Waukesha robotics team stays in top gear in regional competition en route to international event

April 13, 2015 7:33 p.m. | They won in Wisconsin. They've conquered teams in Illinois. Now, they'll look to win on an even bigger stage.

Waukesha's high school robotics team will be competing in an international meet, the FIRST Robotics Championships, April 22-25 in St. Louis.

The team, called CORE 2062, has earned its spot at this select meet after winning two regional competitions — the Midwest First Robotics Competition Regional earlier this month in Chicago, two weeks after winning the Wisconsin Regional in downtown Milwaukee at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

At the regional in Chicago, the team was also recognized with an Industrial Safety Award and an Innovation in Control Award.

The team consists of 40 students and 16 mentors.

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Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Brew City Wrestling will honor the late Shawn Weber at Waukesha event

April 10, 2015 2:20 p.m. | In addition to some intense action in the ring, those who attend a Brew City Wrestling event on Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Waukesha will be helping out a local family.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is in honor of Shawn "Webz" Weber, who was one of Brew City Wrestling's top fans.

Weber died on Nov. 28, 2013 from pneumonia at the age of 20.

The price of admission for Saturday's event is $10 and Frank DeFalco, promoter and owner of Brew City Wrestling, said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Weber's family, who will be at the event. 

Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Oconomowoc man accused of getting high in store bathroom enters plea

April 10, 2015 2:10 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Cameron Hayes, who allegedly locked himself in a discount store bathroom and got high, on April 9 pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Hayes, 24, of Oconomowoc, is incarcerated in the county jail on a $1,000 bail bond. He also waived his preliminary hearing, according to court records. Hayes' next hearing is scheduled for April 30.

He was charged March 23 with possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor bail jumping — both are repeat offenses. If convicted, he could face up to more than four years behind bars and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police on March 20 responded to a Waukesha Family Dollar after receiving a report concerning a man at that location, later identified as Hayes, who had locked himself in the store's bathroom and who had been vomiting for nearly 90 minutes.

Store employees told police that Hayes had initially walked into the store, grabbed a bottle of cleaner and tried to leave without paying for it, the complaint said. An employee confronted Hayes about the alleged theft, and shortly afterward, Hayes walked to the store's bathroom and began throwing up.

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Waukesha Common Council adopts sober server ordinance

April 10, 2015 10:30 a.m. | Garrett Fox, the general manager of the popular Taylors People's Park restaurant/bar in downtown Waukesha, says he takes great pride in training his employees properly and making sure they are responsible when serving alcohol.

There are times, Fox said, having a drink can be part of the gig as well.

"It's a business based on engagement with customers and staff," Fox said. "(Customers) engage with bartenders and sometimes they want to buy a bartender a complimentary drink as long as it's done responsibly. It's something that keeps business alive."

Moving forward, Fox's bartenders can likely still have a drink or two with these customers. However, they and all other bar employees across the city just now have to be careful not to exceed a 0.08 limit.

The Waukesha Common Council passed a sober server ordinance on April 9 that will require bar employees to stay under the same intoxication threshold that drivers do.

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Candidates already emerging for District 33 state Senate seat

April 09, 2015 3:58 p.m. | The District 33 state Senate seat is not officially open yet, but some candidates are already declaring their intentions for the position.

Just two days after state Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) won the Waukesha County executive position in the April 7 election, Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) on April 9 announced his candidacy for the seat Farrow will be vacating.

Others highly regarded in the Republican Party within Waukesha County are also considering runs, and a now-familiar Democrat could also land on the ballot again.

Farrow defeated Waukesha County Supervisor Thomas Schellinger to become the new Waukesha County executive. Farrow is replacing Dan Vrakas, who did not seek another term after a 10-year run as county executive.

Farrow's win opens the door for someone to take over his Senate seat, a position he is expected to resign from after the state budget is passed in a couple months.

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