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Teacher who was charged with sex assault of girl arrested again

July 16, 2010 12:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A schoolteacher charged in May with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday night as he attempted to meet with the girl in North Prairie, Waukesha police said Friday.

Waukesha police got a tip that the man, Bryan F. Wendt, 27, planned a rendezvous with the teenager and followed her.

The girl was not aware that police were monitoring her and officers arrested Wendt at 6:55 p.m. Thursday as soon as he approached her along a road in North Prairie, Waukesha police Lt. Ron Oremus said.

Oremus declined to say who tipped authorities but said it was not a parent.

Because the investigation is continuing, Oremus also said he could not say how Wendt contacted the girl to arrange the meeting. "He wanted to have physical contact with her," Oremus said.

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Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County opening ReStore in Waukesha

Aug. 27, 2014 5:12 p.m. | Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, a nonprofit celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2014, is opening a ReStore in Waukesha.

A soft opening will take place at the ReStore, located at 2120 E. Moreland Blvd. in the Westbrook Shopping Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

The event will feature food, drinks, a raffle, silent auction as well as a first look at the new store, which will feature appliances, furniture, kitchen cabinets, building materials, hardware, tools and other items.

For tickets to the event, Habitat for Humanity is suggesting a $20 donation, which can be made on Habitat's website.

Tickets can also be requested by emailing Andrew Garrison, who works in Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County's Marketing and Resource Development Department, at andrew@hfhwaukesha.org.

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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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Major gas main break disrupts Waukesha neighborhood

Aug. 27, 2014 11:22 a.m. | A natural gas main broke open mid-morning today during road construction work at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Frederick Street, sending crews scurrying and forcing authorities to cordon off the area.

The plume of gas from the high-pressure line was so strong it picked up surrounding soil, creating a visible stream that caught the attention of nearby residents as well as the people who work in several adjacent industrial businesses along Lincoln Avenue.

The break occurred shortly before 10 a.m. today. Details were still sketchy and unofficial as of 11 a.m., as emergency workers secured the area. But a construction worker confirmed a gas main was struck as crews continued the summerlong sewer and road work on Lincoln. A foreman declined to offer an official comment.

One police officer said authorities didn't immediately feel an evacuation was necessary, though fire officials from the Waukesha Fire Department were actively moving people to an area several hundred feet away from the break.

The break also blocked access to and from the industrial businesses east of the intersection. Those affected include Eaton Corp. (the former Cooper Power Systems plant) and Waukesha Foundry.

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

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 1.

Wings over Waukesha Air Show returns this weekend to Crites Field

Aug. 22, 2014 2:24 p.m. | The Wings over Waukesha Air Show returns this weekend to the Waukesha County Airport grounds, 2525 Aviation Drive. 

Gates for the event, which features an air show and aviation expo, open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 5 to 17, and the event is free for youth 4 years old and younger.

The event includes a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

B-17 flights are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and the Wings over Waukesha Air Show is from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. 

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Waukesha man arrested after pointing a gun at another person outside home

Aug. 21, 2014 5:48 p.m. | A 63-year-old Waukesha man was arrested after a tactical situation shut down a Waukesha neighborhood earlier this week.

Lt. Joe Hendricks said the man pointed a long gun at an adult victim on Monday, Aug. 18, in the 300 block of Western Avenue, just north of Lowell Park and east of Waukesha North High School.

Hendricks said the Waukesha Police Department has referred charges to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for disorderly conduct of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

But Hendricks said as of Thursday afternoon charges have not been filed. 

According to the police blotter, a 12-year-old boy was walking home from football practice when he saw an older man exit a house with a rifle at 7:58 p.m. Monday.

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Waukesha Police Report: Aug. 21, 2014 issue

Aug. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. | 1 A GPS and radar detector were stolen from a vehicle at 1365 Josephine St. prior to 7:08 a.m. Aug. 7. The window was shattered for entry.

2 Police were called to Dierks Waukesha Foods, 900 Gale St., for a man sitting in a silver Honda for several hours around 8 p.m. Aug. 7. Police learned the man is an employee at Dierks and was completing work orders before his shift begins.

3 A caller reported a neighbor was shooting at squirrels with some type of gun at 116 W. Sunset Drive at 8:09 p.m. Aug. 7. The neighbor said he has been doing so for some time in an effort to keep squirrels out of his garden. He was advised that shooting an air rifle in city limits is illegal.

4 A person was seen swerving all over the road with no headlights on her vehicle and shining a spotlight into people's yard on the corner of Delafield Street and West Washington Avenue at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 8. Police learned that the driver was actually driving around looking for her lost dog, a brown shih tzu.

5 A woman said a man with brown "scraggly" hair, carrying a bottle of alcohol and either a pole or a stick, came up to her patio door at 2111 Kensington Drive at 2:16 a.m. Aug. 8 and asked if she was home alone.

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Meijer supercenter receives final approval from Waukesha Common Council

Aug. 21, 2014 12:15 p.m. | While it was a long road to get a final approval, a Meijer supercenter is officially coming into the city of Waukesha.

The city’s Common Council approved the final site plan and architectural planned unit development Tuesday night of a 192,000-square-foot store and 2,500-square-foot gas station.

Aldermen Steve Johnson, Eric Payne and Kathleen Cummings voted against the project.

The Plan Commission signed off on the food, clothing and home merchandising store, which would be located at the corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive, at its meeting last week.

The store will be open 24 hours a day.

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Waukesha school committee denies parent's request to ban 'The Kite Runner,' 'Chinese Handcuffs'

Aug. 20, 2014 1:12 p.m. | Another Waukesha parent tried to have books banned from the school district.

But again, a school panel, composed of school officials and teachers, unanimously denied the request at a meeting Wednesday morning. 

Karen Tessman, a parent of a Waukesha West High School student, filed a complaint in July to have the books "The Kite Runner" and "Chinese Handcuffs" removed due to the "extreme violence" she said is depicted in each book. 

Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," which was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is part of the district's curriculum, having been previously approved by the district in 2006.

But the district's Consideration Committee, a subcommittee of the School Board, still took up the complaint on Wednesday. 

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Disconnected air hose stops trains in its tracks in Waukesha

Aug. 19, 2014 5:46 p.m. | A Canadian National train made the kind of unscheduled stop that had Waukesha driver's wondering what was up late Monday, Aug. 18.

The southbound freight train suddenly began braking as the front half of it moved past the Grand Avenue crossing near Williams Street at about 11:20 p.m., eventually coming to a complete stop with the last car still partially blocking that crossing and the rest of the train fully blocking the crossings on West Avenue and Sunset Drive.

It was the beginning of a roughly two-hour delay as the CN crew began walking the tracks to find a malfunction that had forced the 155-car train's air-brake system to bring everything to a grinding halt.

Patrick Waldron, a communications official for the railroad, said Tuesday that the crew eventually traced the problem to a disconnected air hose between two freight cars.

For Waukesha drivers traveling on the southside of the city, the stilled train came as a bit of a surprise. At various times during the delay, cars could be seen at each crossing waiting for some moments before deciding to find a route around the long train.

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Waukesha mom seeks to have two novels banned from schools

Aug. 19, 2014 3:58 p.m. | UPDATE: A Waukesha School District committee denies the request to have "The Kite Runner " and "Chinese Handcuffs" banned from schools. 

For the second time in a month, a Waukesha school panel will determine whether to ban a book from its schools after the novel received backlash from a parent.

Following a complaint from a Waukesha West parent earlier this summer, the Waukesha School District's Consideration Committee will hold a public hearing and take action on the two books in question, "The Kite Runner" and "Chinese Handcuffs" on Wednesday morning. 

This comes after a parent from Waukesha South tried to get the 2005 John Green young-adult novel "Looking for Alaska" banned from library shelves in the district. Some parents said that book promoted sex, drugs, alcohol and foul language. 

However, the consideration committee, made up of teachers and school officials, unanimously denied the request to remove the book from the district. 

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Waukesha man accused of child porn possession

Aug. 18, 2014 9:36 a.m. | A 59-year-old Waukesha man allegedly downloaded several illegal pornographic videos of children because he had a "morbid curiosity" about them.

Michael Harpe, 3015 Minot Lane, was charged on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with ten felony counts of child porn possession.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police served a search warrant on Harpe's residence on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and found numerous child porn videos on Harpe's external hard drive and cell phone.

There were two more videos on the phone, reportedly shot by Harpe, showing Harpe's 14-year-old niece walking around a hot tub, seemingly unaware that she was being recorded.

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Waukesha South football team looking for opponent after Week 1 foe Nicolet cancels season

Aug. 15, 2014 12:46 p.m. | Next Friday was supposed to be the much-anticipated opening of Waukesha South’s revamped football stadium with the Blackshirts taking on Nicolet.

With Nicolet announcing Thursday night that it is canceling the upcoming season due to a lack of players in the program, South’s plans are now on hold.

Waukesha South Athletic Director Dan Domach is now scrambling to try to find an opponent for his team.

“This is late in the game,” Domach said on Friday. “This isn’t going to be easy.”

Domach said he was under the impression that some teams within the Milwaukee Public Schools needed an opponent for Week 1, but he just found out all of the teams now have opponents.

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Nicolet cancels varsity football season

Aug. 14, 2014 8:39 p.m. | In a stunning development, Nicolet High School has elected to cancel the varsity football season in 2014, citing a lack of numbers within the program. The season was slated to begin with a game against Waukesha South on Aug. 22.


A statement from Nicolet athletics director Kirk Krychowiak was released Thursday and reads as follows:

 

"Nicolet High School has always considered excellence in athletics to be a key component of the quality education we provide to our students. The success we have achieved in our athletic programs is a direct result of the enthusiasm of our coaches, students and the community.

 

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Screams from winning scratch-off lottery ticket results in Waukesha police response

Aug. 14, 2014 5:23 p.m. | This must have been some lottery ticket, because most everyone in the area apparently heard the celebration. 

According to the police blotter, a caller reported that a man was screaming in the Cutler Park area just after 9 p.m. Aug. 6.

Shortly after, another person called police to report the same thing. 

Two minutes later, another person reported hearing a "loud commotion."

A minute later, a fourth person called police stating the man was walking on Maple Avenue. 

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