Gwen Jorgensen found a gear no one else had and pulled away to a historic victory in a World Triathlon Series race Saturday in Chicago.
A 66-second deficit at the final changeover proved to be no problem for Jorgensen, who reeled in the leaders during the 10-kilometer run and become the first woman to claim six World Triathlon Series titles.
The 28-year-old Jorgensen, a Waukesha native who lives in St. Paul, Minn., won her third consecutive race and secured the national championship with an outstanding performance in Grant Park.
Helen Jenkins of Great Britain, the 2011 world champion, finished second in 1:55:53 and Juri Ide of Japan was third in 1:56:00.» Read Full Article
won the ITU World Triathlon Chicago Saturday, giving her a record-breaking sixth ITU World Triathlon Series title.UPDATE: Gwen Jorgensen
Gwen Jorgensen's goal when she competes in triathlons has never changed, even as she has ascended from newbie to top of the podium to best in the world.
"I go into a race to race, and I really don't think, 'I'm ranked whatever number in the world,'" Jorgensen said. "I'm just going out to try to do my best. I'm really fortunate to be able to do something I love doing."
OK, so Jorgensen, 28, a Waukesha native and former Milwaukee resident, isn't preoccupied with rankings and such.
But just for the record, she is the top-ranked female triathlete in the world and has won a record-tying five ITU World Triathlon Series titles, including two in May, when she was named U.S. Olympic Committee athlete of the month.» Read Full Article
A 37-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident late Thursday, Milwaukee police said.
The man was identified as James Springer of Waukesha, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.
He was traveling south on the 6th St. viaduct from downtown to the near south side about 9:55 p.m. when he lost control on the slope and slight curve at the end of the bridge, hit the curb and suffered fatal injuries, according to a Milwaukee police news release.
Police say speed was a factor.
A Waukesha firefighter sustained a minor injury when tending to a house fire Tuesday afternoon.
According to a news release from Acting Battalion Chief Scott Purdy, the city of Waukesha Fire Department responded to a fire at a two-story home at 2105 Easy Street at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Units on the scene found a single family home, located on the city's northwest side and just east of UW-Waukesha, with moderate smoke coming from the inside.
An active fire was in the living room, but it was contained.
The house sustained moderate to severe smoke damage. The owner was home at the time and met with fire personnel outside the residence.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — With sweatpants and a sweatshirt covering her wounds, the 12-year-old Waukesha girl who was stabbed by two classmates is venturing out in public again. She runs errands with her mother and she recently saw a Disney movie with her dad.
A photo released by the victim's family Tuesday showed the girl from the shoulders down wearing a gray hoodie and holding a thank you card.
A second photo showed the victim's bedroom, where a local artist painted a tree with a canopy of paper hearts. The victim's family had asked supporters to send purple hearts — the victim's favorite color and shape — and thousands poured in from around the world. The family said they were overwhelmed by the support.
"We're entering a new phase," said Steve Lyons, the new spokesman for the family. Lyons, who works as a public affairs adviser for the law firm Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., is handling media communications for the victim as court proceedings begin for the two suspects, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser. The suspects also are 12 and were classmates at Horning Middle School.
Weier and Geyser are accused of stabbing the victim 19 times May 30 in an attempt to become "proxies" of the fictional character Slender Man. They are scheduled for hearings in adult court next week.» Read Full Article
The City of Waukesha has agreed to pay what the plaintiff's attorney calls a "substantial" amount to settle a civil rights lawsuit against police who destroyed video of an arrest the subject contends was unfounded and done with excessive force.
The resulting charges and litigation spurred claims of political paybacks and biased journalism before the city decided to pay.
Mark Schroeder, 54, of Wauwatosa had driven up on the scene of a car accident involving his daughter in June 2010. As he tried to approach his daughter, an officer ordered him to stay away. The officer wound up taking Schroeder to the ground, putting a knee in his back, and handcuffing him.
Two months later, Schroeder was charged with resisting arrest. He denied the charge, and as soon as his attorney requested the dash cam video of the arrest be preserved, it was instead destroyed. Police claimed it was a mistake, but a Waukesha judge accused officers involved of bad faith, and dismissed the charge against Schroeder.
In 2013, Schroeder sued. The case had been set for trial Monday, but earlier this month, an attorney for the city and the several officers named as defendants notified the court that the parties had reached a settlement.» Read Full Article
An ethnic festival and a world-class bicycle competition highlights Waukesha's event list this weekend.
Fiesta Waukesha, located in Frame Park, is free to the public and offers a wide variety of Hispanic entertainment, Latin American cuisine, amusement rides and a children's area.
The festival begins Friday (4 to 11 p.m.) and runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday, La Casa de Esperanza's second annual Fiesta Waukesha 5k Run/Walk takes place. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the start time at 10 a.m.
The cost is $25 per individual (preregistration) or $30 at the event. The cost is $7 for children 12 and younger (preregistration) or $10 at the event.» Read Full Article
- Parade: 9 a.m. July 4, the annual parade begins at Standish Place entrance to Bayside Middle School.
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- Parade: 10 a.m. July 4. Starting at Gebhardt Rd. to Calhoun Rd. onto North Ave. The parade will be followed by an ice cream social at the Civic Plaza, 2000 North Calhoun Rd.
- Family Fest: 6 to 9 p.m. July 4, family fun with live entertainment, inflatables and food for all to enjoy at Mitchell Park, 19900 River Rd.
- Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Mitchell Park.
When the United States' men's soccer team scored the first goal in its World Cup match against Ghana earlier this week, it sparked celebrations throughout the country.
In Waukesha, it brought police to a residence.
According to the police report, a woman reported a domestic disturbance issue at 5:10 p.m. June 16 after she believed a man and woman were fighting at 430 W. Park Ave. She also thought she heard the man say "you should have died."
When police arrived to the residence all they found was a family watching Team USA play in its first World Cup match.
The family told police USA’s goal in the first minute of play sent cheers and screams through the house.» Read Full Article
A couple weeks after a 12-year-old girl was stabbed 19 times by two classmates in Waukesha, a boy allegedly made reference to the incident during a confrontation with another juvenile.
According to the police report, a boy, approximately 10 to 12 years old, told a caller to call police just after 5:30 p.m. June 13 at 1500 Fox River Parkway after another boy allegedly threatened to stab his sister with a stick and reportedly said “if you don’t get off the property we will stab you like on Big Bend Road with a knife."
Police spoke with all the juveniles involved and both accused the other parties of swearing and making threats.
Police were unable to substantiate what was actually said and all parties were advised of their behavior.
All the juveniles involved in the incident were between the ages of 10 and 12 years old.» Read Full Article
"He had a liberal arts education, and he lived the liberal arts spirit through and through. He was always thirsting for knowledge and new things, and he never tired of that," his daughter Sarah Spencer said of Ruf, who served in Gov. Tommy Thompson's administration as deputy secretary of the Department of Development and as head of WHEDA, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
"I knew when I assigned him something, he'd get it done, just like he did in the banking world," Thompson said of Ruf. "He always had a smile on his face and always had that can-do attitude."
Ruf, who had suffered a heart attack years ago and a stroke several weeks ago, died of natural causes Friday at his Pewaukee home. His wife, Sally, had gone outside to watch the moon rise that evening, their daughter said, and discovered him when she returned. He was 77.
Ruf grew up in Elm Grove but often pointed to an experience as a child on a family farm near Green Bay that shaped his life.» Read Full Article
The Salvation Army thrift store in Waukesha is closing on July 5, Capt. Gerhard Scheler said Wednesday.
The thrift store building, 1537 E. Moreland Blvd., was bought by Boucher Auto Group at the end of 2012, Scheler said, but just recently Boucher notified Salvation Army that it wants to use that space.
"We would like to stay there," Scheler said. "We’re not closing on our own. But I understand. It’s business."
A representative from Boucher declined to comment on what they have planned for the site.
Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin, who works in the city's planning department, said he hasn't heard from Boucher officials lately.» Read Full Article
Severe weather, from rain to hail to flooding, arrived in southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday morning.
Residents shared their views of the storms on social media, and we compiled some of the best photos for you.
View them in the June 18 storms around Southeast Wisconsin Storify story.
A 43-year-old Oconomowoc man was accused on Saturday, June 14, of pinning his 15-year-old son to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the head.
Neal Wallace, 419 S. Concord Road, was charged on Monday, June 16, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one felony count of physical abuse of a child. If convicted, Wallace faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a report of a physical altercation at the intersection of Nike Drive and E. Main Street in the city of Waukesha.
The fight allegedly broke out because Wallace was upset with his son for staying out late with his friends.
A verbal argument erupted between the two after Wallace picked up his son and began driving them home.» Read Full Article
Strong overnight storms have caused numerous power outages scattered throughout the area.
In Waukesha some traffic lights are out, including at Main Street near the new Woodman's on the city's east side. We Energies indicates there are 20 outages in the Waukesha area, affecting 2,578 customers.
You can see a map of where the outages are here.
Do you see storm damage in your neighborhood? Drop us a line at email@example.com.
Waukesha West sophomore Dani Rhodes missed a quarter of play in the June 12 WIAA Division 2 girls soccer sectional semifinal at Whitefish Bay, but she was still too much for the Blue Dukes to handle. Way too much.
The Wolverines (20-4) made it look easy in a 3-1 win over top-seeded Bay (18-3-3), just three weeks after they suffered their worst loss of the season, a 4-1 drubbing on the same field against the same team.
The dominating win sets up a sectional final with also-top seeded New Berlin Eisenhower at 7 p.m. Saturday in Whitefish Bay.
"The girls were pretty spectacular," Waukesha West head coach David Zindler said. "Three weeks ago today, they beat us 4-1 on this field. We came on that day to kind of do research; we knew we would have to beat them here and that helped a lot. We knew what we needed to do. We had a sound plan and the girls executed it fabulously."
The plan must have involved a heavy dose of Rhodes. Rhodes put West ahead scoring on a drive to the net in the sixth minute. In the 14th minute, Rhodes dribbled masterfully through three defenders and missed a second goal when the ball bounced off the goalpost.» Read Full Article
Central Middle School the Les Paul Middle School-Central Campus in honor of the world-famous inventor of the solid-body guitar known as the "Wizard of Waukesha."Waukesha — The Waukesha School Board voted 5-4 Wednesday to rename
The name-change request came from the Les Paul Foundation and had been hotly debated for months, with the majority of the criticism coming from alumni of the former high school that became Central Middle School, 400 N. Grand Ave.
Some believe Paul's name already is attached to enough institutions and programs around town.
Born in 1915, Paul, a Waukesha native, dropped out of the school now named after him — another point of consternation from critics — to chase his music career, which included experimental use of the electric guitar and multitrack recording.
He is credited with shaping the sound of rock 'n roll, and died in 2009 at the age of 94.» Read Full Article
The Clinton Street road reconstruction project in downtown Waukesha is nearing an end, but there are a few final aspects to be finished.
Alex Damien, project engineer for the city, said the placement of the final layer of asphalt pavement is planned for Monday, June 16.
For the installation of this pavement, Damien said, the entire section of Clinton Street will be shut down, including the intersections of West Broadway and Main Street.
The two intersections will be re-opened as soon as possible after the new asphalt has sufficiently cooled, Damien said in an email to property owners and businesses in this area.
Damien said in the days after the asphalt paving, there will be intermittent closures needed for the intersections of West Broadway and Main Street for the installation of the pavement markings.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Museum continues to look for other sources of revenue.
However, it appears its request once again will be denied.
Last year, the Waukesha County Board cut the museum's funding in half from the previous year, prompting the museum to lay off staff members and find other cost-saving measures.
With the summer months slow in revenue for the museum, Tom Constable, who is serving as the museum's interim chief executive officer, made a request for $18,000 from the city’s general contingency fund as well as another $7,000 for in-kind contributions for lawn mowing and snow shoveling services by the city. City staff noted the city wouldn't be able to provide these extra services for the museum.
And Constable's request for the $18,000 was voted down by the city's Finance Committee, 4-1, on Tuesday night at City Hall. The request will still go to the Common Council on a "negative recommendation."» Read Full Article
The family of a 12-year-old girl stabbed 19 times in Waukesha, allegedly by two other 12-year-old girls, is asking people to wear purple — their daughter's favorite color — Tuesday in a show of support for the girl, according to a spokeswoman.
The girl, whose identity has not been made public, was attacked May 31 by two classmates who wanted to please a fictional horror character by killing her.
People are encouraged tell their friends and family why they chose to wear purple Tuesday and to share photos of themselves wearing purple or making purple hearts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HeartsForHealingWI or by following the #heartsforhealing campaign on Twitter.
fictional horror character called Slender Man, an Ohio mother believes her daughter could have been influenced by the same story.After hearing about two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing another girl to please a
The mother, whose name was not released, told WLWT-TV in Cincinnati that her daughter wore a white mask and attacked her with a knife in the kitchen.
"We found things that she had written and she made reference to Slender Man. She also made references to killing," the mother told the TV station. Her daughter is facing charges in juvenile court.
In Waukesha County, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, both 12, have been charged with first-degree attempted homicide after police say they stabbed another girl 19 times and left her in the woods. The girls are being held on $500,000 bail in a secure detention facility in West Bend.
According to court records, Weier said Geyser told her they should become "proxies" of Slender Man — a horror character they thought was real after discovering him on the Internet — and kill their classmate to prove themselves worthy of him.» Read Full Article
Joe Jozwowski had just woken up Saturday when he heard sirens whiz past. Then a Flight for Life helicopter.
He and his wife headed out to get closer; ambulances and police cars were huddled just six blocks from where they live.
In such a residential neighborhood, they wondered if there had been a domestic disturbance.
Then word spread. It was a 12-year-old girl, stabbed.
On Monday afternoon, Jozwowski's wife alerted him at work to a breaking news article. The girl had been stabbed 19 times, police said, by two other 12-year-olds. The girls all went to Horning Middle School. And the stabbing, law enforcement said, appeared to be a bizarre attempt to please a fictional, Internet-based horror character who the girls thought was real.» Read Full Article
The parents of the 12-year-old girl who authorities say was stabbed repeatedly by two of her classmates is walking the halls of Waukesha Memorial Hospital without machines or tubes and sitting up to watch television, her family said in a statement.
The statement posted online said: "As parents of this little girl, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we've received from our family, friends and community. Our little girl is a fighter and is improving each and every day. We appreciate your patience, love and support, as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy."
Waukesha Memorial Hospital officials on Wednesday said her condition had been upgraded to fair. The Journal Sentinel is not publishing the name of the girl.
The family has started an online fundraising campaign at www.gofundme.com/HeartsForHealingWI, and hopes to raise $250,000 for medical and legal expenses. People can also make donations to the Hearts for Healing Fund at any BMO Harris Bank branch in southeastern Wisconsin.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier have been charged with first-degree attempted homicide in the case and are being held on $500,000 bail in a secure detention facility in West Bend. All three girls have been classmates at Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times on May 30 by a pair of 12-year-old girls has launched an online fundraising campaign to help cover ongoing medical and legal expenses.The family of the
The campaign, "Hearts for Healing," has a fundraising goal of $250,000, according to a news release from a spokesperson for the family of the 12-year-old victim, who is still recovering from the attack.
Donors may use the website or donate to the Hearts for Healing Fund at branches of BMO Harris Bank.
"As parents of this little girl, we are overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we've received from our family, friends and community," the victim's parents said in the release.
"We appreciate your patience, love and support, as we too are stunned and saddened by this tragedy."» Read Full Article
The condition of the Waukesha girl stabbed 19 times in a crime receiving worldwide attention has been upgraded to fair, a spokeswoman for Waukesha Memorial Hospital said Wednesday. She had been in critical but stable condition.
And police released the recording of the 911 call placed Saturday by Greg Steinberg, the bicyclist who came upon the girl at the edge of a wooded area near David's Park on Waukesha's south side.
Steinberg can be heard telling the operator that a 12-year-old female "appears to have been stabbed."
"She's having trouble breathing," he says in a steady voice. "She says she has been stabbed multiple times." During the five-minute recording, a faint female voice can be heard in the background.
The victim does not respond when asked by Steinberg, "Who did this to you?"» Read Full Article
With the bankruptcy of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the affiliated West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa could soon change hands.
The YMCA of Central Waukesha County, based in the city of Waukesha, has a letter of intent to purchase the site, though financial details have yet to be finalized.
Looking to pay down its debt, the Milwaukee YMCA announced today it plans to sell the Wauwatosa facility, along with most of its centers outside urban Milwaukee.
The Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase the three westernmost sites now operated by the Milwaukee organization. In addition to the Wauwatosa location, which is near the county border, this includes the Tri-County YMCA in Menomonee Falls and the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield.
Chris Becker, chief executive officer of the Waukesha YMCA, said his organization has been considering the purchases over the last two weeks. Due to the sites' proximity to Waukesha County, he said he thought it would be a "natural fit."» Read Full Article
A 12-year-old Waukesha girl charged with trying to fatally stab a friend needs a mental health evaluation as soon as possible, her attorney said Tuesday.
Anthony Cotton spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shortly after visiting his client, Morgan Geyser, for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm basing that on my years of experience interacting with thousands of clients," he said. "I believe she has those needs."
Cotton said he wasn't sure how soon he could find a doctor and get approval for a visit with Geyser at the secure juvenile facility in West Bend, where she's being held.
Geyser and Anissa Weier, 12, were charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors say the girls plotted for weeks to kill their 12-year-old friend during a sleepover for Geyser's birthday last month.» Read Full Article
Leslie Flores, a sixth-grader at Horning Middle School, refused to get on the school bus Tuesday morning.
After hearing that a classmate had been stabbed 19 times on Saturday by two 12-year-old Horning students, Leslie was afraid she'd be attacked on the bus, so her mother drove her.
Her mother, Maria Flores, fought back tears as she recalled hearing about the crime.
"We've lived in Waukesha for 15 years," she said. "We're shaken up about it."
Parents dropping students off at Horning on Tuesday morning said they had frank conversations with their children about the incident, and they stressed the need among other parents and among school officials to more closely monitor Internet activity by children.» Read Full Article
The 12-year-old girls had been plotting the murder for months, police say.
Morgan E. Geyser was allowed to have two friends over each year for her birthday. This year, she'd celebrate on May 30. That is the day she and Anissa E. Weier would try to kill their friend during a sleepover.
On Monday, the two Waukesha girls were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, each facing up to 65 years in prison. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, was stabbed 19 times by either Geyser or Weier or both, according to a criminal complaint. All three attend Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
Geyser and Weier are being held on $500,000 bail each. The pre-teens attempted murder, they told police, to pay homage to a fictional character who they believed was real after reading about him on a website devoted to horror stories.
On Saturday, a bicyclist found the victim, lying on the sidewalk and covered in blood, with injuries to her arms, legs and torso. She had managed to crawl out of the woods, where the suspects had left her. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was in stable condition Monday evening, but fighting for her life.» Read Full Article