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Autistic teen charged with stabbing uncle

June 27, 2013 2:45 p.m. | An 18-year-old Waukesha man was charged Wednesday, June 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree reckless endangerment, allegedly stabbing his uncle during a domestic dispute.

According to the complaint, Waukesha City Police were dispatched at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24 to the home of Watke’s grandmother, 330 Jasper Lane, after receiving reports of a stabbing.

Officers entered the home and found a “significant” amount of blood on the kitchen floor and Watke curled up near the refrigerator. Roger Giese, Watke’s uncle, was wearing a tourniquet around his thigh and his pants were dyed “maroon” from the blood, the complaint reads.

Bonnie Giese, Watke’s grandmother, told police that her grandson was autistic and she was looking after him while his mother was away.

She said that her and her grandson had been arguing that morning about watching television, according to the complaint. Watke’s uncle called the teen’s mother and gave Watke the phone. His nephew allegedly threw it at the wall.

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Waukesha woman sought in Hartland man's drug death

June 27, 2013 1:55 p.m. | A warrant was issued Wednesday for a 41-year-old Waukesha woman charged with allegedly providing the methadone that killed Hartland resident Corey S. Patz in March.

Beth A. Irving was charged June 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide, delivery of a schedule II narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Irving allegedly got the Methadone, typically used to treat heroin and narcotic addiction, from a drug addiction clinic in Waukesha.

According to the criminal complaint:

Hartland Police were dispatched at 4 a.m. March 27 to 335 Hartridge Drive after receiving reports of an apparent overdose.

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Waukesha house fire results in $75,000 worth of damage

June 25, 2013 3:34 p.m. | A house fire early Tuesday morning resulting in $75,000 worth of damage may have been caused by lighting.

Battalion Chief Joe Hoffman said the City of Waukesha Fire Dispatch Center and Fire and Police departments were alerted at 2:55 a.m. of a possible structure fire at a single-family residence, 1653 Moccasin Trail. The call was first taken at 2:53 a.m.

When units arrived on scene at 3:05 a.m. they found smoke and heat conditions in the walls around the fireplace.

Homeowners woke up to the sound of a lightning strike and were attempting to fall back asleep when they smelled smoke, and heard popping and cracking; the smoke alarms also went off.

They called 911 and when firefighters arrived, the residents directed them to where they heard the cracking and felt a wall that was hot.

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Waukesha gun rights group files suit against DOJ

June 21, 2013 7:03 a.m. | Gun-rights organization Wisconsin Carry, Inc. (WCI) filed a lawsuit June 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court challenging a Department of Justice rule limiting concealed carry class size to 50 students per instructor.

The organization argues in a petition that the rule, part of a set of permanent rules that went into effect June 1, exceeds the scope of what legislators originally intended in writing Act 35. Furthermore, Wisconsin Carry argues the rule violates the group’s constitutional right to equal protection under the law, because it does not apply to hunter’s safety classes or military training.

As a nonprofit, the organization argues that a 50-to-1 limit on class size, “would unnecessarily and wastefully consume WCI’s resources,” according to the petition.

“The bottom line is that the Attorney General doesn’t have the authority to create any sort of regulation like that,” Monroe argues.

As the group argues in its petition, Wisconsin statutes for concealed carry clearly state: “The department may not impose conditions, limitations or requirements that are not expressly provided for in this section on the issuance, scope, effect, or content of a license.”

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Heroin-addicted dad charged with child neglect

June 20, 2013 2:12 p.m. | A 31-year-old Milwaukee man was charged June 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with child neglect and intoxicated driving (second offense), found by police “comatose” in his truck after injecting heroin. His 5-year-old son was also in the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, A witness called Waukesha City Police on June 16 after seeing a parked car idling outside a condominium complex at 1520 Big Bend Road.

An officer was dispatched to the scene and found the vehicle. Inside was a small child wearing only a diaper and a man, later identified as Steven M. Kraft, passed out behind the wheel, according to the complaint. The car was on and the man seemed to be depressing the brake.

The officer had to shake the man to awaken him. When he awoke, the officer asked him if he was on anything and he admitted to injecting heroin, according to the complaint.

A field sobriety test was administered, during which Kraft could barely maintain his balance. When the officer asked the man how many fingers he was holding up, Kraft incorrectly answered two instead of four.

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Man charged with running 'sophisticated' marijuana growing operation

June 20, 2013 1:37 p.m. | A 41-year-old Waukesha man was charged Friday with allegedly running what police described as a “sophisticated” marijuana growing operation out of his basement.

Kevin J. Noe was charged June 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession with intent to deliver THC (greater than 200 grams, but less than 1000 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place and manufacturing THC (greater than 200 grams, less than 1000).

Noe pleaded no contest to various drug-related offenses in both 1994 and 2005.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha City Police were dispatched March 9 to Noe’s residence, 913 Madison Street, to respond to a domestic disturbance call.

Standing in the doorway, An officer saw bags and mason jars filled with marijuana, according to the complaint, as well as various drug paraphernalia.

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Fiesta Waukesha, Carl Zach Cycling Classic highlight weekend events

June 19, 2013 3:52 p.m. | It's the official start to summer this weekend and there's plenty of events on the schedule in Waukesha.

The weekend kicks off with Fiesta Waukesha, a three-day festival aimed at promoting multicultural awareness through music and cultural activities, in Frame Park.

It takes place from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. It continues from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The festival is free to the public and offers a wide variety of Hispanic entertainment, Latin American cuisine, amusement rides, children's area, a youth cultural art exhibit, a carnival and bands playing in the entertainment tent throughout the three days.

A 5K Run/Walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Frame Park will also take place.

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24-year-old Waukesha man arrested in Chicago “high drug area,” charged with Vernon home burglary

June 17, 2013 12:20 p.m. | A 24-year-old Waukesha man was charged Friday with allegedly breaking into his parent’s Town of Vernon home last year, stealing electronics, jewelry, credit cards, and ammunition. Some of the items, including 200 rounds of .22 caliber rifle ammunition, were eventually recovered in a Chicago “high drug area.”

Andrew A. Kedzierski was charged on June 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with party to the crime of burglary (repeater), which carries a maximum sentence of more than 18 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, or both.

Kedzierski pleaded guilty in 2011 to possession of narcotics drugs, a felony for which he was sentenced to three years probation.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched August 12 to the residence of Richard and Judy Kedzierski, W252 S6480 Lucille Court, Town of Vernon, after receiving reports of a burglary.

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Waukesha man argues constitutional right of goat love, charges filed

June 17, 2013 12:13 p.m. | A 41-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with allegedly arguing (loudly) on behalf of one of America’s lesser known freedoms: the right of a man to love a goat.

Shaun Keith Orris was charged on June 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct, allegedly asking strangers outside a bar: “Do you think it’s right to [expletive] a goat.”

Its an issue that perhaps demands attention after half-a-dozen beers and a couple shots, which allegedly prompted Shaun Keith Orris’ prurient outburst.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha City Police were dispatched at 2:45 a.m. June 13 to Waukesha’s Montecito Ristorante Lounge, 257 West Broadway, after receiving a call from Orris complaining he was “battered and bloodied” for asking strangers his strange question.

The owner of Montecito told police that Orris had been drinking heavily and began asking other patrons whether they believed it was their constitutional right to have sex with a goat, according to the complaint.

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Waukesha man charged with stealing $117,000 Porsche

June 17, 2013 12:10 a.m. | A 31-year-old Waukesha man is being held on a $15,000 cash bond, having been charged Friday for the second time in less than a year with allegedly stealing a vehicle from Waukesha’s International Autos, Inc.

Robert E. Frea was charged on June 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, defrauding a gas station and two counts of felony bail jumping.

Frea was charged in September with burglary and in November he was charged with vehicle theft. In both cases Frea entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and he was released on a $500 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Waukesha Police were dispatched April 9 to International Autos, 2230 East Moreland Boulevard, after receiving reports of suspicious activity.

An employee told police that an employee had noticed that a Honda Civic belonging to Frea seemed to have been moved overnight. The employees were warned to keep an eye on the vehicle because it belonged to Frea, according to the complaint. Frea had allegedly taken a vehicle last year, but had returned it, the employee told police.

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Woodman's Food Market in Waukesha opens ahead of schedule

June 14, 2013 4:14 p.m. | Woodman's Food Market on the City of Waukesha's northeast side opened Friday morning, Clint Woodman said.

Woodman said the opening is five days ahead of its originally scheduled June 19 opening.

"Everything was ready," Woodman said. "We were ready with the registers and the store was well-stocked."

Scrima's Pizza, located inside the store, also opened Friday, Woodman said.

Customers coming into the store, located at 1600 E. Main St., at certain locations will have to deal with road construction taking place.

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Waukesha man charged with child enticement

June 14, 2013 11:23 a.m. |  A 59-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with child enticement, allegedly kissing and hugging a 10-year-old girl and asking her friends to get in his car.

Gregory S. Davis was charged on Wednesday, June 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with child enticement, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, $100,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Waukesha Police were dispatched at about 3:30 p.m. June 10 to 2834 St. Andrews Court in the City of Waukesha after receiving reports of a child enticement incident.

A jogger told police that he was in the area of Rolling Ridge Drive when two girls waived him down from behind some trees. One of the girls, 10, was clearly shaken, according to the complaint.

The 10-year-old said that she was walking with another girl and two boys when a man pulled up in a red SUV. The man hugged and kissed her on the mouth, telling her that he loved her and wanted her and her friends to come home with him, the complaint reads.

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Town of Waukesha supervisors can continue to attend meetings via Skype

June 14, 2013 12:09 a.m. | Town of Waukesha supervisors can continue to use video conference methods to attend meetings.

After a contentious discussion four and a half hours into Thursday night's joint Plan Commission and Board meeting, the Town Board voted 3-2 to reject a motion that would have required board members to be physically present during meetings.

This has become a hot topic of late as new Town chairman John Marek pledged to remove the notion of a 'cyber supervisor' during his campaign earlier this year.

Supervisors in the town have had the opportunity to attend meetings via Skype where a computer screen is set up at the front of the room so they can see and hear what is taking place at meetings.

A few of the board members have utilized the technology when they are not able to attend a meeting.

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Waukesha man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

June 13, 2013 11:53 a.m. | A 25-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with stalking an ex-girlfriend, allegedly sending 20 emails a day, leaving flowers in her car and following her home from work.

The man, who will not be named to protect the alleged victim, was charged on June 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with stalking, a felony for which he could face more than three years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the man’s ex-girlfriend reported to police that between May 24 and June 10 the man had been harassing her, causing her to fear for her life.

She said that a few days after the breakup, she began receiving up to 20 emails a day from her ex-boyfriend. She agreed to speak to him about their breakup, but when she wanted to leave he physically tried to stop her, according to the complaint.

Later that night, she said he allegedly went into her garage and left flowers in her car, the complaint reads.

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Update: Video, new picture released of suspect in armed robbery at Summit Credit Union bank

June 12, 2013 3:07 p.m. | The Waukesha Police Department still searching for the suspect in Wednesday afternoon's armed robbery at Summit Credit Union, 2140 W. St Paul Ave., on the city's southwest side.

But the department released another photo of the suspect and a video of him entering the bank at around 2:45 p.m. 

The video shows the man cover a majority of his face upon entering the bank, while bringing out a handgun as he approached the bank teller. 

According to a news release issued by Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department, the suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s.

After he displayed the handgun, he demanded money.

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Carroll University elects new board chairman

June 12, 2013 10:50 a.m. |  James DeJong has been elected the next chair of the Carroll University Board of Trustees. He will serve as chairman for three years on the board, which oversees academic, financial and operational decisions for the private Waukesha university.

DeJong, a 1974 graduate of Carroll, is president of the Milwaukee law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing and has served as a member of the university’s board since 2008. He will replace Marna Tess-Mattner, also an attorney, as chair according to the university’s website.

The board also filled other officer positions.

Jose Olivieri, a 1978 Carroll graduate and Milwaukee attorney, was elected vice chair.

James Schneider, a 1974 graduate and executive chairman of the board of Horizon Bank in Austin, Texas, was elected treasurer.

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Ybarra steps down as District 5 alderman

June 11, 2013 2:08 p.m. | For Paul Ybarra, stepping down as the District 5 alderman this week came down to finding balance.

"It's just coming down to time and needing to prioritize," Ybarra said.

Ybarra announced his resignation on Monday after seven years serving the district.

He said he was recently given a "more substantial responsibility" as the vice president of sales for Tangoe, a global software company.

"I have responsibilities for our European and Middle East operations which has required a lot of global travel for me," Ybarra said. "It's become challenging to balance the 50 to 70 hours I work there, along with trying to be a good father and responsible family man, in general."

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Waukesha man is sentenced in heroin overdose deaths

June 10, 2013 6:51 p.m. | A Waukesha man was sentenced to two concurrent 12-year-prison sentences Monday for the heroin overdose deaths of a man and a woman, according to court records.

Kevin S. Cobus, 27, was also sentenced to two concurrent eight-year terms on extended supervision in the deaths of Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego, and Cody C. Riggs, 26, of Delafield, according to the records.

Cobus was convicted April 4 of two counts of first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs.

He had been accused of supplying heroin to Hansen, who died July 12, 2011, and Riggs, who died Jan. 6, 2011.

Merrill Hills has been sold to The Legend

June 07, 2013 4:09 p.m. | The Legend has entered into an agreement to purchase Merrill Hills Country Club, Legend owner Jack Gaudion said Friday.

According to a report filed by Town of Waukesha Planner Roger Dupler, Merrill Hills Country Club will be renamed The Legend at Merrill Hills.

Gaudion said the transaction is set to close within two weeks.

And according to Town of Waukesha agenda items for its joint meeting of the Plan Commission and Town Board next Thursday, Gaudion is petitioning to seek approval of a conditional use to allow a public commercial golf course with banquet and related facilities at The Legend at Merrill Hills LLC.

The Plan Commission will then discuss and take action on the conditional use and plan of operation after the hearing. 

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Man charged with cursing out cops

June 07, 2013 9:34 a.m. |  Zachary E. Cunningham was charged on June 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with resisting an officer and disorderly conduct, allegedly cursing out a police officer outside Bosco’s Social Club.

Cunningham, 21, allegedly yelled, “[expletive] you pig,” at a patrolling Waukesha Police Department officer shortly after midnight on June 1.

When the officer confronted Cunningham and asked him for identification, he allegedly became combative, telling the officer: “I could say whatever the [expletive] I want, it’s called freedom of speech.”

The officer called in back up and Cunnginham was handcuffed. While in the backseat of the squad car, he allegedly continued to curse out the officers and tried to kick out a squad car window. He was further restrained with leg straps and a spit shield.

Cunningham could face up to a year in prison, $11,000 in fines, or both, if convicted.

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Ingram found guilty in gas station homicide

June 05, 2013 5:21 p.m. | A jury of 11 women and one man found Billy J. Ingram guilty of slaying Nayyer Rana, a Waukesha gas station employee shot and killed in May 2012 during a botched armed robbery.

The decision came after almost five hours of deliberation and five days of litigation, during which the defense tried to cast doubts about key pieces of evidence, including the murder weapon.

Ingram’s mother Janice Lang flew up from Mississippi for the trial, where she works as an elementary school teacher.

“I prayed about it,” she said. “I am a true Christian woman and I know he did not do this.”

Lang said that she sympathized with Rana’s family, having recently lost family members herself through gun violence, but she said her son was not a killer.

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City of Waukesha approves including Town of Waukesha in its water service area

June 04, 2013 8:00 p.m. | City of Waukesha Alderman Paul Ybarra said he's looking forward to moving forward in the city's application for Great Lakes water.

And the city will be doing this with the Town of Waukesha in its water and sewer service planning area as it voted unanimously to include the town Tuesday night.

The Common Council's approval comes a week-and-a-half after the Town of Waukesha voted to be included in the city's future water service area on May 23.

The approval is based on a letter the town board approved that says all high capacity shallow aquifer wells in the town operated by the city including the Lathers wells are to be abandoned upon a successful application for Great Lakes water and the town also retains the right to enter into negotiations with the Village of Big Bend for treatment services for town property.

The inclusion is also conditional based only if the city is successful in obtaining a Great Lakes Diversion.

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Waukesha man arrested 'soaking wet' and charged with golf cart theft

June 04, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A 39-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with allegedly stealing two golf carts after being found by police on May 28 hiding behind his house muddy, wet and missing a shoe.

Peter T. Sieger was charged on May 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of theft of movable property and one count of concealing stolen property. The proprietor of Midwest Golf Cars, the business allegedly wronged, estimated that the carts were worth approximately $5,200 each.

According to the criminal complaint:

A City of Waukesha police officer was dispatched at 2:30 a.m. on May 28 to Les Paul Parkway near West Avenue after another officer reported that a golf cart was overturned in a ditch on the side of the road.

The officer said that he spotted a white van driving north near Highway 59 and West avenue without its headlights on. He managed to get a license plate number off the vehicle and then went to investigate a man he spotted earlier driving a golf cart in the area. By the time he returned, the man was gone and the golf cart was in a ditch.

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Waukesha man charged with reckless homicide under Len Bias law

June 03, 2013 12:02 p.m. | A 40-year-old Waukesha man was charged with allegedly providing the heroin that killed Theresa R. Wamser, found dead of an apparent overdose in April 2012.

Abrian E. Kane was charged on May 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs, also known as the Len Bias Law. 

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha Police were dispatched to an apartment at 1710 Elder Street at 8:45 a.m. on April 26, 2012 after receiving reports of a possible overdose. Wamser, 40, was found by police dead on the bathroom floor with a pillow under her head.

Friend and roommate Roberto Guzman, 41, told police that he had been staying at the apartment with Wamser and Richard Kremer, 57, for the past 10 days. The night before Kane had come over and was playing cribbage with Wamser, Guzman said.

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2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated

June 02, 2013 10:47 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW.com has just updated its photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.

Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.

You can see a photo gallery of the 2012 state track and field meet here.

Community Watch

» Autistic teen charged with stabbing uncle 6/27

» Waukesha woman sought in Hartland man's drug death 6/27

» Waukesha house fire results in $75,000 worth of damage 6/25

» Waukesha gun rights group files suit against DOJ 6/21

» Heroin-addicted dad charged with child neglect 6/20

» Man charged with running 'sophisticated' marijuana growing operation 6/20

» Fiesta Waukesha, Carl Zach Cycling Classic highlight weekend events 6/19

» 24-year-old Waukesha man arrested in Chicago “high drug area,” charged with Vernon home burglary 6/17

» Waukesha man argues constitutional right of goat love, charges filed 6/17

» Waukesha man charged with stealing $117,000 Porsche 6/17

» Woodman's Food Market in Waukesha opens ahead of schedule 6/14

» Waukesha man charged with child enticement 6/14

» Town of Waukesha supervisors can continue to attend meetings via Skype 6/14

» Waukesha man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend 6/13

» Update: Video, new picture released of suspect in armed robbery at Summit Credit Union bank 6/12

» Carroll University elects new board chairman 6/12

» Ybarra steps down as District 5 alderman 6/11

» Waukesha man is sentenced in heroin overdose deaths 6/10

» Merrill Hills has been sold to The Legend 6/7

» Man charged with cursing out cops 6/7

» Ingram found guilty in gas station homicide 6/5

» City of Waukesha approves including Town of Waukesha in its water service area 6/4

» Waukesha man arrested 'soaking wet' and charged with golf cart theft 6/4

» Waukesha man charged with reckless homicide under Len Bias law 6/3

» 2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated 6/2

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