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Suspicious package found near Waukesha bridge is detonated

July 27, 2013 6:55 a.m. | Waukesha police called in the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad about 7 p..m. Friday to inspect and detonate a suspicious package found next to a downtown footbridge.

Police said that though the package did not prove to be dangerous it appeared to be designed to appear as though it was an explosive device.

The package was found at the Bryant foot bridge that leads from municipal lot No. 1 to Bank St.

Alderman Terry Thieme adds name to 2014 Waukesha mayoral election

July 25, 2013 2:30 p.m. | The City of Waukesha has another candidate for the 2014 mayoral election. 

Alderman Terry Thieme filed a campaign registration statement earlier this week, City of Waukesha Clerk-Treasurer Gina Kozlik said Thursday.

Thieme, who represents District 1 on the city's northeast side, is the second candidate to file for the position. 

Downtown Waukesha attorney Shawn Reilly, 52, declared his candidacy a few weeks ago, while Mayor Jeff Scrima has not officially said whether he plans on seeking a second four-year term.

All the 36-year-old mayor said was "now's the time to do the work of running the city. It's not time to work on campaigning."

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Waukesha Plan Commission approves more murals for downtown

July 25, 2013 11:52 a.m. | More murals will indeed be coming to downtown Waukesha – just not all of them right away.

The Plan Commission unanimously approved 13 of the 14 murals that were presented Wednesday night.

The only mural the Commission had reservations with was the one representing Carroll University. The Commission said it lacked the university’s rich history and didn’t show diversity as well.

Members also wished the Carroll sign could have been more prominent. But because they are sponsoring the mural it could only be four inches in height. Other murals also have sponsorship logos, including ProHealth Care and We Energies, among others.

The Carroll mural design was done by a design team at Carroll and will be painted by an artist in Williams Bay. The design will come back before the Commission at a later date.

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Although heavy opposition, Waukesha Plan Commission approves updates to Meijer development

July 25, 2013 11:00 a.m. | Those against the new Meijer development came out in full force Wednesday night at Waukesha's Plan Commission meeting.

The residents, many of whom live near the proposed 192,940 square-foot retail store at the southeast corner of Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue, held yellow signs with the word "Meijer" slashed through it when they didn't like what they heard from the developers or the Plan Commission. 

Nevertheless, the Plan Commission, after hearing a revised plan from City Planner Jennifer Andrews, unanimously approved the updates. This came after comments and a lengthy question and answer discussion that included residents, Meijer officials and Plan Commission members. 

One update, after a traffic study, included having just one entrance and exit way on the west side, instead of two. Andrews also noted more landscaping would be going up to help block the noise and light on the 29-acre parcel of land.

For most residents and Alderman Steve Johnson, also in attendance at the meeting who represents this district, it wasn't enough.

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Complaint filed against Waukesha fire chief Jesse Alba

July 24, 2013 4:28 p.m. | A formal complaint has been filed against new Waukesha fire chief Jesse Alba, City Administrator Ed Henschel confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Henschel said the complaint was sent to the Waukesha Police and Fire Commission Tuesday after Alba didn’t resign following an investigation that revealed alleged violations of city policy.

The investigation started in early June, less than two months after Alba was named fire chief, Henschel said.

Henschel said after the investigation was finished, he and Mayor Jeff Scrima met with Alba on July 3 and presented the investigator’s report. The investigation was conducted by an independent third party retained by the city.

“We listened to his side of the story,” Henschel said. “I didn’t know how he was going to react. I talked to him a couple times on resigning, but he has clearly stated he has no intention of doing that.

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Man, 56, hurt in train accident in Waukesha

July 23, 2013 9:13 p.m. | A 56-year-old man is in stable condition after suffering non-life threatening injuries after he was clipped by a train around 5:03 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Arcadian Ave.

Waukesha police and fire department officials responded to the scene and found the man lying next to railroad tracks. The man, who has not been identified, was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life.

Milwaukee man charged with fleeing Waukesha Police, stealing scrap metal

July 23, 2013 11:34 a.m. | A 64-year-old Milwaukee man was charged July 19 in Waukesha County with attempting to flee pursuing officers after he allegedly stole copper wire from a Waukesha business.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha City Police were alerted by a witness to the alleged theft at 8 a.m. on June 15. The witness said a man wearing a striped shirt had stolen the copper and then fled in an older blue station wagon.

An officer spotted the vehicle traveling on Highway 164 toward E. Broadway St. and began pursuit. At a red light the officer noted the vehicle’s license plate and tried pulling the station wagon over.

The vehicle turned and accelerated to 55 miles per hour on E. Moreland Boulevard before eventually entering onto I-94 East, according to the complaint. The station wagon reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour on the highway, according to the complaint, and struck an overpass after jumping a curb. The vehicle eventually exited onto Moorland Road. The officer decided to discontinue the pursuit, which spanned 6.8 miles, because of safety concerns.

The registered owner of the vehicle told police that she had loaned the car to her boyfriend, Landers, the morning of the chase, the complaint states. An officer identified Landers as the driver based on a booking photo.

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Bicyclist, 56, found dead on Drumlin Trail in Waukesha

July 23, 2013 7:23 a.m. | A 56-year-old man was found dead on a Waukesha bike trail Monday evening, but authorities do not suspect foul play.

The man, from the Town of Genesee, was found on the Drumlin Trail near Grandview Blvd. and MacArthur Road and had been riding his bicycle, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The man did not have any scrapes, bruises or other visible injuries or trauma, and authorities believe the death may be related to a medical condition, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said Tuesday. The man's bicycle was found nearby.

The death remains under investigation.

Victim in Waukesha crash identified as Stevens Point woman

July 22, 2013 3:20 p.m. | Waukesha police have identified the victim in Sunday's crash in the 1100 block of E. Moreland Blvd. as 25-year-old Duab C.I. Xiong.

Capt. Ron Oremus said according to her driver's license, the woman is from Stevens Point. 

The crash, which took place just before 4:45 a.m., occurred as Xiong tried passing left of the center line, Oremus said. But the car she was passing, turned left into her, Oremus added.

Speed was a factor in the crash, Waukesha police have confirmed.

No intoxicants were present at the scene of the crash, but police are waiting on Xiong's toxicology results.

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Waukesha car crash kills driver, injures another

July 21, 2013 9:32 a.m. | One driver is dead and another driver has been hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Waukesha.

The crash occurred at about 4:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of E. Moreland Blvd., with one of the two vehicles also hitting a tree. The road was expected to be blocked for several hours.

The injured driver was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive. Neither driver has been identified publicly.

With heat index near 100 degrees, firefighters team to extinguish Waukesha house fire

July 18, 2013 3:10 p.m. | A Thursday morning fire in the attic of two-story, single-family home in Waukesha has resulted in an estimated $50,000 in property damage.

All of the occupants in the home, 405 E. Main St. in the central part of the city, exited the home before the first Fire Department unit arrived on the scene at 10:06 a.m.

But one of the residents was treated on the scene by paramedics for a heat-related issue.

However, the person was released at the scene and did not need to be transported to a medical facility.

Four units (from stations 1, 2, 3 and 4) were dispatched at 10:03 a.m. with the first unit arriving three minutes later. A large volume of smoke was coming from the roof area of a two-story, single-family residence, said Battalion Chief/Shift Commander Steve Ore.

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Heading to the Waukesha County Fair? Here's what's in store for Thursday

July 18, 2013 1:16 p.m. | Thursday, July 18 is Carload and Senior Citizen Day at the Waukesha County Fair. Admission is $10 per carload before 4 p.m. and $3 all day for seniors 62 and older.

Thursday's feature events

Senior Day Events 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the  4-H Forum (air-conditioned) and include demonstrations, entertainment and more.

New is the Team X Motorcycle Trials at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The best way to describe Trials is “Extreme Gymnastics on Two Wheels.”

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Karen Ruff retiring from Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Bureau

July 18, 2013 12:14 p.m. | Capt. Karen Ruff is calling it a career.

After 34 years, Ruff is retiring from the Waukesha County Sheriff Detective Bureau as the division commander.

Her last day is July 26.

During her career that began in 1978 as detective captain, she served on The Advisory Committee for the Violence Prevention Initiative, which was formed by The Women's Center Board with a vision of reducing domestic violence, sexual assault, gender violence and child abuse.

Since 1977, The Women's Center has provided shelter, safety and support to victims of these crimes as well as community education on prevention. The goal of this Initiative is to put more resources into prevention. 

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Pros hit the 'mini' links in Waukesha Saturday

July 17, 2013 3:15 p.m. | Miniature golf enthusiasts from around the country will gather in Waukesha for the Prairieville Park U.S. Pro Mini Golf Tournament on July 20.

This event is popular among mini-golf competitors and amateurs competing for $1,600 in prize money.

The Prairieville tournament is open to the first 108 golfers who register, with the top six players competing in the championship round at the end of the day, approximately 1:30 p.m.

This tournament is stroke play format, meaning the player with the least number of putts, determines the champion. Past competitors have identified Prairieville Park as one of the best-maintained and most-challenging courses they have competed on across the country.

Bill and Linda Gustafson opened Prairieville Park in 1995 and have hosted this event since 2004.

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Waukesha State Bank rebrands wealth management business as Prairie Financial Group

July 17, 2013 3:07 p.m. | The wealth management business of Waukesha State Bank is being rebranded as Prairie Financial Group as part of a growth plan for the division, the bank said Wednesday.

Kristin Z. Reilly, who has been promoted to president of the wealth management unit, said it already has many clients from outside Wisconsin and didn't want the word "Waukesha" in the name to imply its market is geographically limited. The division had been called Waukesha State Bank Wealth Management Services.

"Our presence is well beyond Waukesha," Reilly said.

At the same time, the name "Prairie" still is a Waukesha reference because the community at one time was known as Prairieville, she said.

Reilly said the wealth management group, which has more than $300 million in assets under management, has relationships with investment advisers, attorneys and accountants — in Wisconsin and elsewhere — whose customers need trust services, custodial accounts and other services that require a trustee. The wealth management division isn't a broker, but does offer fee-based investment management under its trust powers.

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Waukesha man charged with firebombing neighbor's vehicle

July 17, 2013 12:20 p.m. |  A 19-year-old Waukesha man was charged Tuesday, July 16 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly firebombing a woman’s car outside his home at 501 Barney Street.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police were dispatched around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 to 504 Barney Street, City of Waukesha, after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire.

Police found at the scene a 2000 Dodge Caravan was partially on fire with a broken passenger side window. A beer bottle reeking of gasoline was found nearby, along with a charred T-shirt.

The vehicle’s owner told police she had no clue why her vehicle was targeted.

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Waukesha man charged with "car shopping" at Summit Elementary School

July 17, 2013 11:43 a.m. | A 19-year-old Waukesha man was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly stealing items from cars parked at Summit View Elementary School. He was arrested March 25 breaking into his parents’ house, located at 2019 Norton Avenue, City of Waukesha.

Sean M. Litzau was charged July 16 with two counts burglary of a building and three counts misdemeanor theft. He could face more than 27 years in prison and $80,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police were dispatched Feb. 19 to Summit View Elementary School, 2100 Summit Ave., after receiving reports of a theft.

Kevin Weber said someone had stolen a cell phone and briefcase out of his unlocked car while he was dropping off his child. The briefcase was found in a garbage bin behind the school several days later. The briefcase contained a pill bottle prescribed to Terese Zipfel, later identified as Litzau’s mother.

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Waukesha man accused of having sex with intoxicated 13-year-old girl

July 17, 2013 10:53 a.m. | A warrant was issued July 16 for a 22-year-old Waukesha man charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two 13-year-old girls, having sexual contact with one of the girls several times while she was high and intoxicated.

The man, who will not be named to protect the victims, was charged Tuesday, July 16 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with four counts sexual assault of a child and three counts contributing to the delinquency of a child.

The man could face more than 160 years in prison and $430,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Waukesha Police were dispatched July 3 to Aurora Medical Center in the Town of Summit after receiving reports of a sexual assault.

Police spoke to a 13-year-old girl who said that she had sex with a man in Phoenix Heights Park, 1139 Phoenix Drive in the City of Waukesha. Her parents informed police that their daughter had been having suicidal thoughts because of the incident, according to the complaint.

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Paul Ryan to address Waukesha County Business Alliance

July 10, 2013 12:27 p.m. | Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be the keynote speaker in September at the 95th anniversary annual meeting of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, will top a full slate of activities, including the introduction of the incoming chair of the group and several other recognitions.

"We look forward to celebrating 95 years of the Alliance and know that Congressman Ryan will provide our businesses owners and executives with a relevant and inspiring address," Alliance President Suzanne Kelley said.

The Alliance is a countywide chamber of commerce with over 900 companies, representing 60,000 employees. The goal of the Alliance is to drive economic growth in Waukesha County and build a network of strong business relationships.

The annual meeting takes place Sept. 13 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www.waukesha.org.

Man who had his ear bitten off in Waukesha was suspect's caregiver

July 10, 2013 8:55 a.m. | A 47-year-old male has been released from Froedtert Hospital after having his ear bitten off by a 24-year-old man Friday afternoon in Waukesha.

The suspect was taken into custody, but the victim, who has served as the suspect's caregiver for about a month, did not want to file a complaint or have any charges filed.

Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department said the suspect has a benign brain tumor that results in a cognitive disability impacting his ability to make decisions and affects his ability to control his impulses.

"That's not a good combination," Oremus said.

The caregiver and the suspect were at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Westbrook Health Center), 2315 E. Moreland Blvd., in Waukesha for blood tests after the suspect bit the caregivers' arm two days earlier.

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Man in custody after reportedly biting another man's ear off in Waukesha

July 05, 2013 7:19 p.m. | A 47-year-old male is recovering at Froedtert Hospital after reportedly having his ear bitten off by a 24-year-old man Friday afternoon in Waukesha.

Waukesha Police and Fire personnel were called at 3:05 p.m. to 2315 E. Moreland Blvd. (Medical College of Wisconsin - Westbrook Health Center) after information was received that a man had his ear bitten off by another man.

The suspect is in custody, according to a news release by Sgt. David Wanner of the Waukesha Police Department.

Wanner said immediate medical attention was provided to the victim from the Medical College staff before he was transported to Froedtert Hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

In a phone interview, Wanner couldn't say the extent of the injury, what ear was reportedly bitten off or what led to the incident.

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Unexplained gunfire sets Waukesha neighborhood on edge

July 03, 2013 5:16 a.m. | Reports of gunfire Tuesday night in Waukesha prompted substantial police response, but responding officers found only fired gun cartridges and no one injured.

Numerous 911 callers reported shots fired around the 1500 block of Big Bend Road, Waukesha police said. The area was locked down while an extensive search was conducted, with help from sheriff's deputies and the county K9 unit, as well as New Berlin and Brookfield police.

Witnesses described people fleeing the scene in a white SUV and an older-model four-door sedan. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Feyen at (262) 524-3784.

Bicyclist in Waukesha charged with drunken driving, pestering police

July 02, 2013 1:56 p.m. | A 63-year-old Waukesha man was charged Monday with his fifth drunken driving offense for allegedly pestering police on a motorized bicycle.

Thomas W. Koeppen was charged Monday, July 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with drunken driving, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police were conducting a routine traffic stop at 8:40 p.m. June 29 at the corner of W. Main Street and N. Barstow Street.

Koeppen rode up on what appeared to be a bicycle and stood less than 3 feet from a suspect being administered a field sobriety test. An officer told Koeppen twice to move along, but he did not respond. The suspect noted, after another warning, “he wants to get [expletive] arrested, too!”

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Carnival worker charged with stealing rifle, riding lawnmower

July 01, 2013 2:25 p.m. | A 47-year-old carnival worker and felon was charged Friday with allegedly breaking into a Waukesha home last week, stealing a rifle, and riding off into the sunset on a stolen tractor.

Richard D. Martinson was charged June 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with firearm theft, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing an officer and misdemeanor theft.

According to the complaint:

Waukesha Police were dispatched at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 to 2801 N. University Drive, City of Waukesha, after receiving reports of a man in possession of a weapon.

Police said that Martinson was noticeably drunk and had in his possession a blue duffel bag which contained a bolt-action rifle. Martinson, who had a pending warrant in Walworth County, allegedly gave false information when asked his birth date and address.

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Local attorney enters 2014 Waukesha mayoral race

July 01, 2013 12:22 p.m. | While City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima hasn’t officially announced that he will seek another four-year term in 2014, a challenger has made his intentions known. 

Shawn Reilly, a longtime lawyer in downtown Waukesha and lifelong resident of the city, filed a campaign registration statement last week – more than nine months before the 2014 election.

“I want to make sure people know I’m running,” said Reilly, who works at Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Moodie & Blum (720 Clinton St.), the oldest law firm in Waukesha County. “I feel like I have an excellent chance of becoming mayor.

"I think I'll get a lot of support from different areas of the city."

Scrima, on the other hand, didn’t want to get into election talk quite yet.

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Waukesha teen charged with vehicle theft

July 01, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Alexis N. Garcia-Rivera, 17, was charged Friday, June 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly stealing a vehicle later found by police in a ditch.

According to the complaint, Ashley Shaltis told police Garcia-Rivera, a Waukesha resident, took her car keys June 14 after a party at 2111 Kensington Drive. Garcia-Rivera admitted to police that him and another woman, who is not facing charges, allegedly left in Shatlis’ car after she had gone to bed.

They were driving in the area of Kensington Drive and Macarthur Road, Garcia-Rivera said, when he lost control of the car and slammed into a ditch, the complaint reads.

The car was found by police with a cracked windshield and signficant front end damage. Spots of blood was found on the wheel and driver’s side door.

Garcia-Rivera could face six years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted. He was released on a $1,500 signature bond and is expected to appear in court August 2.
 

Sunday house fire causes $30,000 in damage

July 01, 2013 9:35 a.m. | No one was injured in a house fire that occurred last night in a home at 421 Lemira Ave.

According to a release from the Waukesha Fire Department, the homeowner called 911 around 8 p.m. Sunday when he noticed smoke coming from his ceiling.

All five fire stations responded to the alarm along with several police department personnel. Upon arrival, firefighters reported smoke and flames showing from a single-story, single-family home. Residents had safely exited the house before firefighters arrived. 

Battalion Chief Steve Ore said crews made a quick, aggressive interior attack and brought the fire under control within 15 minutes.

Units from all the other stations provided support with water supply, extinguished the fire from the exterior and checked for fire extension.

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Community Watch

» Your Stories glitch fixed; thanks to our NOW contributors 7/29

» Suspicious package found near Waukesha bridge is detonated 7/27

» Alderman Terry Thieme adds name to 2014 Waukesha mayoral election 7/25

» Waukesha Plan Commission approves more murals for downtown 7/25

» Although heavy opposition, Waukesha Plan Commission approves updates to Meijer development 7/25

» Complaint filed against Waukesha fire chief Jesse Alba 7/24

» Man, 56, hurt in train accident in Waukesha 7/23

» Milwaukee man charged with fleeing Waukesha Police, stealing scrap metal 7/23

» Bicyclist, 56, found dead on Drumlin Trail in Waukesha 7/23

» Victim in Waukesha crash identified as Stevens Point woman 7/22

» Waukesha car crash kills driver, injures another 7/21

» With heat index near 100 degrees, firefighters team to extinguish Waukesha house fire 7/18

» Heading to the Waukesha County Fair? Here's what's in store for Thursday 7/18

» Karen Ruff retiring from Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Bureau 7/18

» Pros hit the 'mini' links in Waukesha Saturday 7/17

» Waukesha State Bank rebrands wealth management business as Prairie Financial Group 7/17

» Waukesha man charged with firebombing neighbor's vehicle 7/17

» Waukesha man charged with "car shopping" at Summit Elementary School 7/17

» Waukesha man accused of having sex with intoxicated 13-year-old girl 7/17

» Paul Ryan to address Waukesha County Business Alliance 7/10

» Man who had his ear bitten off in Waukesha was suspect's caregiver 7/10

» Man in custody after reportedly biting another man's ear off in Waukesha 7/5

» Unexplained gunfire sets Waukesha neighborhood on edge 7/3

» Bicyclist in Waukesha charged with drunken driving, pestering police 7/2

» Carnival worker charged with stealing rifle, riding lawnmower 7/1

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