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Waukesha, Oak Creek working to put water deal back in motion

Nov. 09, 2012 1:02 p.m. | Waukesha - A proposed amendment to an agreement for Oak Creek to sell Lake Michigan water to the City of Waukesha will put the plan back on track after a one-month delay, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Friday.

The revision clarifies how Waukesha's future rate payments to Oak Creek will be determined, Duchniak said. The amendment is intended to reassure Oak Creek that it will be paid rates that reimburse it for full costs of the service.

The Oak Creek Water & Sewer Commission will review the proposal Tuesday.

Both the Oak Creek and Waukesha common councils are scheduled to adopt the amended agreement at separate meetings on Nov. 20. The Waukesha council discussed the amendment Thursday night in a closed-door session.

Rate payments unexpectedly became an obstacle to sealing the deal in early October when the Wisconsin Public Service Commission ruled Oak Creek could not bill Franklin for providing adequate volume and pressure for fighting fires as part of its wholesale charges to the community.

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Candidate announces for soon-to-open Assembly seat

Nov. 08, 2012 10:03 a.m. | Waukesha Republican Matt Morzy said Thursday he would run for an Assembly seat that will soon be vacated by Rep. Paul Farrow. 

Farrow won a Republican primary in a special election Tuesday to fill a seat in the 33rd Senate district that opened up after then Sen. Rich Zipperer took a job as Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff. 

Farrow has no Democratic opponent in his special general election for the conservative district on Dec. 4, making him a lock to win the Senate seat and leave an opening in his 98th Assembly district. 

Morzy graduated in 2005 from Carroll University with a business degree and is finishing a master's degree in finance from Marquette University. 

Appeals court reinstates Waukesha stalking case

Nov. 08, 2012 8:15 a.m. | Wisconsin's anti-stalking law does not amount a restraint of free expression, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The decision follows Waukesha County Circuit Judge James Kieffer's decision to dismiss stalking charges against Gary M. Hemmingway, 52, after he argued Wisconsin's  law was overbroad regulation of constitutionally protected speech.

"We reverse," the court ruled. "The First Amendment does not protect intentional conduct designed to cause serious emotional distress or fear of bodily harm or death in a targeted victim."

Hemmingway is charged with sending a steady stream of intimidating texts, emails and phone calls to his ex-wife, who felt threatened and upset by the communications, which included such comments as:

  • That he would blow his brains out and make a mess of her kitchen.
  • That he would love to see someone hold a gun to her head as she begged for her life.
  • That the only way she could feel his pain is if both her sons died at the same time.

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Waukesha police asking for public's help in finding armed robber

Nov. 07, 2012 10:01 p.m. | WAUKESHA- Waukesha police want to Crack The Case of brazen and bold armed robber.  The robber walked into a gas station with a gun and even brushed shoulders with a customer on his way.

Detectives want to catch the guy before he strikes again.  Investigators shared the exclusive video which is key evidence in the July 2010 robbery.

"This is an armed robbery, it's a very serious crime," said Detective Ed Bergin with Waukesha Police.

The video shows a man who walked into the Kwik Trip Gas Station at 924 Fleetfoot Drive. It was around 3:30 a.m.  "He produced a handgun which was concealed," explained Bergin.  The gunman then demanded the clerk to empty every register.  He concealed his face with only a baseball cap but he did cover his hands with latex gloves.

"Those are indications he knows what he's doing. He may have done something like this before," said Bergin.

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Bill Kramer gets re-elected to District 97 Assembly seat

Nov. 07, 2012 4:47 p.m. | Rep. Bill Kramer, rather easily, maintained his seat in the state assembly.

Kramer (R-Waukesha), who has served in the state assembly since 2006, defeated political newcomer Marga Krumins (D-Waukesha), 18,013 to 9,888 votes in Tuesday’s General Election for the District 97 Assembly seat.

District 97 covers most of the City of Waukesha and Wards 1, 2-6 and 8 in the Town of Waukesha.

Earlier this year, Krumins was also seeking the District 6 Aldermanic seat in the City of Waukesha that went to Adam Jankowski.

In addition to serving in the state assembly, Kramer, who grew up in Waukesha, was a member of the Waukesha County Board from 1998-99 and 2004-07.

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David Craig defeats Jim Brownlow in District 83 again

Nov. 07, 2012 4:11 p.m. | The margin of victory was a little less this time.

But for Rep. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) the result was the same: A significant victory over Jim Brownlow (D-Muskego).

Craig, who defeated Brownlow by 74 percent of the vote in a special election last year, won with 70 percent in Tuesday’s General Election for the Assembly District 83 seat that covers Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties, including parts of the Town of Waukesha.

Craig garnered 23,004 votes compared to Brownlow’s 9,956.

In the Town of Waukesha (Wards 7, 9-11 and 12) Craig received 1,497 votes, 75.5 percent of the vote.

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City of Waukesha favored Romney, Thompson in 2012 election

Nov. 07, 2012 2:31 p.m. | Not many voters in the City of Waukesha split their ticket when voting in this election. 

Those who supported the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan for the presidential election also gave their vote to Tommy Thompson in the US Senate.

Of the 36,219 votes in the City of Waukesha, 21,348 went to Romney/Ryan or 57.8 percent.

The winning Democratic ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden garnered 15,113 votes in the City of Waukesha or 40.9 percent. That is a difference of 6,235 votes.

For the US Senate seat, which US Rep. Tammy Baldwin won, Thompson with 57.9 percent of the vote took home 20,961 votes compared to Baldwin's 14,246 or 39.3 percent. It's a difference of 6,715. 

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Town of Waukesha had a nearly 90 percent voter turnout

Nov. 07, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Clerks in Waukesha expected high turnout for the 2012 General Election and they got it.

In the Town of Waukesha, 89.92 percent of registered voters voted in the election.

And a majority of those individuals showed their support for the Republican Party.

Of the 5,739 votes cast in the Presidential Election, 4,025 or 70.1 percent of the vote went to the GOP ticket of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and his running mate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Janesville.

The Democratic ticket of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who won the election and Wisconsin's 10 electoral college votes, got 1,674 votes in the Town of Waukesha or just 29.2 percent.

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Glut of absentee ballots, machine problem slow City of Waukesha count

Nov. 06, 2012 9:44 p.m. | The City of Waukesha was seeing a record number of absentee ballots as of Tuesday evening, with more than 13,000 to count, according to city clerk-treasurer Tom Neill.

Neill predicted it would take well past midnight Wednesday to count all of them.

Waukesha's absentee ballot count got slowed down earlier Tuesday when one of the machines broke and zeroed out, forcing many of the ballots to be sent through a second time.

Counting all the absentee ballots at Waukesha City Hall poll headquarters was new this year. Previously other polling locations around the city would collect and count absentee ballots, then send their results into City Hall.

Waukesha middle-schoolers tackle presidential politics

Nov. 06, 2012 6:15 p.m. |

Horning Middle School Teacher Gregg Vergetis talks to students about the presidential candidates Tuesday.

In 28 years of teaching, Gregg Vergetis hasn't missed a major election yet.

Whether it's a race for president, senate or state governor, Vergetis sets aside whatever curriculum is planned at Horning Middle School in Waukesha and assigns a research project about the candidates.

On Tuesday afternoon, his 8th graders were having a robust discussion Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Vergetis, in a red-white-and-blue American flag tie, led the conversation, which dipped into sensitive issues such as race and abortion.

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Six Town of Waukesha residents safe after Monday evening fire

Nov. 06, 2012 9:29 a.m. | Six people were evacuated after a fire started in their Town of Waukesha residence Monday evening.

Squads from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and the Town of Waukesha Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the home. The fire was reported at 6:04 p.m.
Several other local fire departments also responded.
The residence was initially occupied by four adults and two children, who were all safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.
The initial investigation indicates that the fire may have started in the chimney. A fire was burning in the fireplace when the fire began.
The incident is being investigated by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

Four adults, 2 children escape Town of Waukesha fire

Nov. 06, 2012 9:26 a.m. | Four adults and two children escaped a house fire in the Town of Waukesha Monday evening, authorities said.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said the fire was called in around 6 p.m., and fire departments from Waukesha and several other communities helped extinguish the flames. No one was injured.

Initial investigation suggests the fire started around the chimney. The residents had a fire in the fireplace at the time.

The Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident.

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