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Dan Finley will serve as Waukesha County Museum's interim leader

Oct. 10, 2013 2:23 p.m. | Following the departure of President and Chief Operating Officer Kirsten Lee Villegas, the Waukesha County Museum is turning to a familiar face to temporarily lead its organization.

Dan Finley, a former Waukesha County executive, has been named interim president and chief operating officer of the Waukesha County Museum.

Finley returns to Waukesha after leading the Autry National Center, a museum about the American West, in Los Angeles from 2010-12. He resigned in the summer of 2012 and had been retired for the last 16 months. 

Before that, Finley was the president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum for five years after serving as Waukesha County executive from 1991 to 2005.

Finley will lead the organization for approximately two months, as the museum board conducts a search for a long-term executive leader. His first day is Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Jury trial set for Rep. Bill Kramer on sexual assault charges

July 26, 2014 11:02 a.m. | A jury trial has been ordered to begin Oct. 28 for state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) on sexual assault charges, online court records show.

Kramer, the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly, was charged in March with two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident three years ago.

According to the Waukesha Freeman, Kramer's attorney Eduardo M. Borda said Friday that Kramer will fight the allegations that he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party event at a Muskego tavern in 2011.

The assault charges were filed this spring after Kramer drew widespread criticism for allegedly harassing two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist, in a more recent case.

Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.

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Waukesha panel rejects parent request to ban 'Looking for Alaska'

July 25, 2014 8:16 p.m. | Waukesha — A Waukesha School District committee voted unanimously Friday to reject a parent's motion to ban the book "Looking for Alaska" from schools.

Ellen Cox filed the request after her daughter, a student at Waukesha South High School, brought graphic sexual content in the book to her attention.

Cox told the district's Consideration Committee that students can get life lessons from books that don't glorify profanity, drug and alcohol use and sex.

"We didn't give teachers permission to expose our kids to these things," Cox said, adding that she plans to appeal.

Committee member Maria Trainor said books such as "Looking for Alaska" help people think about the variety of issues that are prevalent in diverse cultures.

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Waukesha police respond to couple fighting after an alleged argument over dance music at Salty Toad

July 25, 2014 5:09 p.m. | The selection of dance music at one downtown Waukesha bar apparently led to a couple fighting and police having to intervene.

According to the police blotter, Waukesha police responded to a domestic disturbance call after someone reported a man and a woman fighting at 151 E. St. Paul Ave. at 8:47 p.m. July 19.

The caller said it appeared that the woman hit the man and was yelling for him to get away from her as they walked through the Waukesha State Bank parking lot near the Riverwalk.

Police, however, learned that the man and woman, who were both heavily intoxicated, were fighting over what song to dance to at the Salty Toad in downtown Waukesha earlier in the night.

The man’s story, however, changed multiple times and there wasn't enough criteria for a domestic arrest.

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'Loud political conversation' brings police to Waukesha residence

July 25, 2014 5:02 p.m. | Political debates can no doubt get heated around here.

But in Waukesha a political discussion was mistaken for a fight that led to a police call.   

According to the police blotter, a caller was passing by and heard a lot of screaming coming from an address in the 400 block of Madison St.

But upon police arriving at the residence at 11:33 p.m. July 11, officers didn't find anyone fighting. They just heard a loud conversation about politics.

For other strange calls to police as well as thefts and burglaries, see Waukesha NOW's weekly police blotter page.

Waukesha County Fair's attendance "one of the best" in its history

July 24, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha County Fair officals are calling it one of the best attended fairs in its 172 year history. 

“We had an amazing fair this year," said Shari Black, the fair's executive director. "Finally the weather cooperated with us."

Comfortable temperatures and no rain helped significantly boost attendance figures from last year, Black said.

Black said 133,725 people attended the annual five-day event, which wrapped up Sunday on the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds.

This total is about 45,000 more people than last year, when heat advisories were issued for the first three days and rain on the final day caused the main concert to be canceled. 

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The Shoppes at Fox River coming before Waukesha Plan Commission for final approval

July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m. | The proposed expansions to The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's southwest side will come before the Plan Commission for final approval Wednesday night.

The commission is scheduled to review and act on a final site plan and the architectural planned unit development review of the project, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives. The proposed expansion could bring in six additional retail/dining outlets.

The developers of The Shoppes at Fox River have not revealed who the interested new tenants are for the site but did drop a few hints at a recent Common Council meeting.

Edward Wizner, the vice president of development/redevelopment for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust, said "a large sporting goods store" could come to the shopping center as well as a well known national restaurant.

Wizner said he couldn't disclose the tenants until a lease is signed or until all the necessary approvals are given.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 24, 2014 issue

July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. | 1 Items were stolen from an open garage and vehicles were gone through at 2602 Meadowbrook Road overnight July 10-11.

2 A locked van was broken into at 2708 Sussex Lane prior to 8:11 a.m. July 11.

3 A recently evicted tenant at 312 Randall St. stole a lawn mower from the property around 11:30 a.m. July 11.

4 Police were called due to young kids riding go-karts and tractors in the road on the corner of East Wabash Avenue and South Charles Street around 12:40 p.m. July 11.

5 The air-conditioning units were vandalized at Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., prior to 3:18 p.m. July 11.

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Family sues Wisconsin Taekwondo after boy's death on field trip

July 19, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A vigil was held in Nashotah Friday night for an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Oconomowoc River last year while on a field trip, according to WISN 12 News.

The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.

Needles was a student at Lake Country School.

Man's body recovered from pond in Waukesha County

July 18, 2014 7:11 p.m. | The body of a 45-year-old man was recovered Friday from a pond in the Village of Summit in Waukesha County, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

The pond is on private land near Delafield and Golden Lake Roads, the station reported on its website.

Waukesha teenagers charged with felony counts for recent burglaries on southwest side of city

July 18, 2014 6:15 p.m. | For now, residents can find comfort in the idea that authorities believe they have cleared recent home burglary incidents, as well as theft incidents at Waukesha South High School.

The three Waukesha teenagers that were arrested for the recent string of burglaries on the city's southwest side were each charged with multiple felony counts last week in Waukesha County Court.

If convicted, Johnathon Lilteich, 17, Harley McKay, 18, and Collin Hoya, 18, face up to 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 in fines on each of the five burglary counts.

McKay and Lilteich were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a penalty that can result in a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison. The two were previously found delinquent of felonies and prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

Lilteich is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $100,000 cash bail, while McKay and Hoya are being held on a $50,000 cash bail.

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Honorary fair marshal Bob Weise a Waukesha County legacy

July 17, 2014 10:57 p.m. | The 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal Bob Weise represents the true meaning of dedication and commitment. His pride for the Waukesha County Fair continues to grow as his granddaughter, Robyn Wittkopf, was crowned fairest of the fair on opening day of this year’s fair.

Weise grew up and still resides in Pewaukee. He attended his first fair in 1950 where he showed sheepand cattle. “I haven’t missed a fair since,” says Weise. Except for when he was serving in the armed forces in 1963, Weise has truly been a dedicated fairgoer.

During his time at his 66 attended county fairs, Weise has supplied over 350 sheep, exhibited over 100 livestock, and has trucked over 600 animals to the fair.  Not to mention the over 40 neighborhood kids he supplied with animals during more than 70 years of farming in Waukesha County.  

Weise’s three children have shown dairy sheep and beef at the Waukesha County Fair, along with his seven grandchildren that show chickens, pigs, goats, dairy, and sheep.  

To celebrate his honor as the 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal, Weise’s family made t-shirts to commemorate all of his fair contributions and show how much they love their “papa” for all that he has done. 

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Candidate forums coming up for District 97 state assembly, Waukesha County Sheriff's races

July 17, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Primary elections are quickly approaching in Waukesha County.

To better know the candidates and learn their positions for two of the contested races, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting two forums.

The Alliance’s Southside Business Council program will host candidates for the 97th Assembly District on Friday, July 18, for a candidate forum and meet-and-greet.

The forum is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset, Waukesha. The program is free to attend. Pre-registration is available online, but not required. Information is available at www.waukesha.org.

The WCBA has also invited all candidates for the 97th Assembly District to complete a questionnaire with their positions on important issues. Answers from that questionnaire will be available on Wednesday, July 23, at www.waukesha.org.

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Robyn Wittkopf crowned 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair

July 16, 2014 9:19 p.m. |

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The results are in! Robyn Wittkopf, 19, of Pewaukee has won the 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair competition, followed by Danielle DeCloux of Menomonee Falls as first runner up and Karli Hintz of Waukesha as second runner up.

“I’m ecstatic. I am so honored to be a part of this,” says Wittkopf.  Wittkopf has been active in the Waukesha County Fair and 4H for 10 years. She has shown sheep, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, food, poultry, rabbits, and has also volunteered with the fair throughout the years. Wittkopf is going to be a sophomore at the University of Dubuque where she is perusing a career in pediatric oncology.

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Suspect in New Berlin strip mall lockdown is charged

July 16, 2014 7:33 p.m. | A man accused of attempting to rob a New Berlin pharmacy at gunpoint, prompting the lockdown of a strip mall, was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

Scott Wimer was attempting to get oxycodone pills from the pharmacy at W. Greenfield Ave. and S. Sunny Slope Road when he pulled a shotgun on the pharmacist June 9, according to a story posted on the station's website.

After trying to use a Taser on Wimmer that didn't work, the pharmacist gave him 21 of the pills. Wimmer says he took them during a standoff with police in an attempt to kill himself, according to the station.

Wimmer was prescribed oxycodone and Vicodin after being injured on his welding job. He became addicted and couldn't afford doctor visits, the station reported.

Two more teenagers linked to Waukesha burglaries arrested

July 16, 2014 1:25 p.m. | Two additional teenage male suspects have been arrested in connection to the recent burglaries on the southwest side of Waukesha.

This came just a day after a 17-year-old boy, linked to the same burglaries, was arrested.

The two new male suspects are 18 years old. All three are Waukesha residents.

According to a news release from the police department on Wednesday, multiple charges have been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, including multiple burglary counts, attempted burglary, armed burglary, felon in use of pepper spray and a felon in possession of a firearm.

The suspects in many cases entered the homes while people were sleeping last week on the southwest side of the city.

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