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Waukesha man involved in police standoff charged with bail jumping

Jan. 21, 2013 12:06 p.m. |  City of Waukesha — Kelly A. Shaw, who is accused of causing a four hour standoff with police last December after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head, was arrested outside Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin after allegedly violating the terms of his bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Shaw, 58, allegedly became irate after being refused service at the medical facility, asking an employee if, “anybody died yet today?”

Shaw’s wife also works near Froedtert, and he allegedly told personnel that he was going to her place of employment later, according to the complaint. Personnel, concerned for their safety, asked police to notify Shaw that he was no longer welcome at the facility.

Police said in the complaint they did so, but Shaw still returned and was arrested for trespassing. A knife was also allegedly found on Shaw, violating the terms of his release on bail.

On Dec. 5, Shaw refused to exit his home, located at 3001 E. View Court in Waukesha, causing a four hour standoff with police. When he finally exited, he allegedly told police, “I wish I knew you were outside, I would be dead and hopefully two or three cops would be dead,” the complaint reads.

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Rumble by the River flows this weekend into Big Bend

July 08, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Village of Big Bend — The fifth annual Rumble by the River event in the village of Big Bend is Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, in Big Bend Village Park.

There are many attractions at the event.

A classic car and truck show is being held Friday evening with Captn Bob from Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio supplying music. The cost is $10 for preregistered vehicles or $12 at the door. Spectators will be the judges along with participants and sponsors. "Dash plaques and goody bags" will be handed out.

The Midwest Tractor and Truck Pull Association circuit is holding a truck and tractor pull at 5 p.m. Saturday. Gas and diesel 4x4 trucks as well as light, heavy and modified tractors will be on display.

The "High-Hitchin' Pullers" will start at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Meet animal ambassadors at Wildlife In Need Center open house

4:36 p.m. |  The Wildlife In Need Center, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road, Ottawa, will hold its annual Summer Meet and Greet event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. 

This event is one of three events each year where the public can have an up-close and personal experience with the Wildlife In Need Center's educational ambassadors. 

The Center's 15 education ambassadors, all permanent residents of the facility due to injuries or imprinting, assist education staff in teaching people how to live harmoniously with wildlife. These ambassadors include Dakota, the great horned owl, Sova, the barred owl, Waldo, the woodchuck, Maize, the corn snake, and Jewel, the ornate box turtle, among others. 

The Summer Meet and Greet is a free drop-in event. 

For more information, contact the Wildlife In Need Center at (262) 965-3090.

Drunk driving possibly the cause of rollover crash in Hartland

1:43 p.m. | Village of Hartland — One man has been arrested and is expected to be charged Tuesday, July 7 following a single-vehicle rollover accident late last week.

The man, who will not be named because he hasn't been formally accused, is a 21-year-old Hartland resident and is suspected of his second drunken driving offense, according to Delafield Police Department staff.

Hartland Interim Fire Chief Dave Dean said Monday, July 6 that his department responded to the accident around 4:49 p.m. July 2. The Delafield and Hartland police departments also sent personnel to the scene.

Dean said the man's car was upside down in a ditch on the west side of Highway 83 between Cardinal Lane and Walnut Ridge Drive near Wee Know School.

The man was driving southbound on Highway 83 when he lost control of his vehicle and the car flipped over and crashed into the ditch.

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Electric go-cart facility at former American TV site planned to open by Aug. 1

1:10 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — Where once were electronics soon will be electric cars.

Electric go-carts to be exact.

Work continues on transforming 61,000 square feet of space in the former American TV & Appliance building at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive into an indoor entertainment facility with two go-cart electric tracks; if plans remain on track, it could be ready for racers by August.

Veloce Indoor Speedway managing partner Hank Sorensen said the tentative schedule is to hold a VIP event July 30 and a soft opening Aug. 1, but he said both dates remain in "heavy pencil."

That's later than originally planned because, Sorensen said, some lighting and electrical issues set them back.

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Marshals searching for Wales woman accused of felony murder

11:15 a.m. | U.S. Marshals are searching for Wales resident Stephanie Chapman, who is one of two women accused of delivering the drugs that ultimately killed Samantha Medinger of Oconomowoc.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Comissioner Thomas Pieper in late May issued a bench warrant for Chapman, 25, after she failed to appear for a scheduled hearing on May 28.

A few days later Chapman was charged with two felony counts of bail jumping and Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian issued another warrant for Chapman, according to online court records.

Chapman had been released earlier this year on a $16,000 cash bond on condition that she comply with a pretrial supervision program administered through Wisconsin Community Services.

Severed communication

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Hartand Fire Department extinguishes house fire with new equipment

10:03 a.m. | Town of Merton — Interim Hartland Fire Chief Dave Dean said one thing was clear after his department battled and extinguished a house fire Thursday, July 2: The damage done to the home could have been a lot worse.

Dean credited some new equipment recently purchased by the department — DSPA-5 fire suppression devices — with successfully containing the fire and limiting the damage done to a house at W305 N5247 Gail Lane.

According to tax.waukeshacounty.gov, the home is owned by Paul Stapleton.

The call about the fire came into the department at about 11:11 p.m., Dean said, and was made by the homeowner. Evidence at the scene suggested that the fire started in a dishwasher and spread to the kitchen floor and walls.

Dean said he was the second firefighter to arrive at the home and added that he was the one who threw the DSPA-5, a disc-shaped aerosol generator, into the home, where the device successfully knocked down the flames.

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Sussex architectural review board is having Kwik Trip make several changes to the proposed facility

9:13 a.m. | Village of Sussex — A representative from Kwik Trip Inc. presented the architectural plans for its planned fueling station in Sussex, but the village architectural review board delayed the plans and requested several changes be made before construction starts.

Kwik Trip has a fueling station planned for the intersection of Highway 164 and Silver Spring Drive, and on Wednesday, July 1, Troy Mleziva, real estate manager, sought approval on the architectural building, landscape, lighting and signage for the new fueling station from the village board.

The board asked Kwik Trip to make several changes to its design before approval. The main change the board proposed was moving the container that holds propane from the front of the store to the side. Board member Melissa Bauer called the current design "ugly."

There was more debate regarding the Kwik Trip sign pole; the base of the sign was originally planned to stick 3 feet above ground, but the board wanted to see if that could be changed. The board also wanted to see more detailed designs of a fence that surrounds the proposed fueling station's compressed natural gas container.

Board member Timothy Dietrich was in defense of the Kwik Trip.

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Weidl: Aldi development in Mukwonago '10 years in the making'

9:00 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Aldi's plans to build a grocery store in Mukwonago at the corner of Wolf Run and Highway 83 are moving forward.

The plan for development was passed by the village's joint review board. Since then, Aldi has been working on getting permits for destruction and development at the site where the Urban Herriges and Sons building currently sits. The property is approximately 14,000 square feet.

The Mukwonago Fire Department had planned to do a practice burn at the location, but they decided against it after finding asbestos.

"Unfortunately, it was discovered there is asbestos present so we will not be doing any live burns in those structures," said Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien.

Village Administrator John Weidl said that the development is "10 years in the making." He said the idea started about 10 years ago and a little more than a year ago things started in motion again.

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Zachariah's Acres to host second annual golf outing

8:17 a.m. |  In its continuing effort to benefit children with special needs by making nature accessible, Zachariah’s Acres will host its second annual golf outing and dinner auction on Friday, August 7,   at Silver Spring Golf Club in Menomonee Falls.

 Due to  generous support  from last year's outing, Zachariah's Acres purchased a golf cart to safely transport  guests, planted a fruit orchard, and expanded  programs for children with special needs,  and  much more. 

All proceeds benefit children with special needs and their families.  Whether you choose to sponsor  the event, golf, come for dinner, give a donation or volunteer,   your support is appreciated.  


Registration: 10 -11:30 a.m.  

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Marshals search for local woman in connection with drug case

7:45 a.m. |  U.S. marshals are searching for Stephanie Chapman, charged in Waukesha County Court with first-degree reckless homicide, felony bail jumping and manufacturing/delivery of controlled substances.

Online court records list her address as 171 Pembrooke Way, Wales. 

Read more on the case here

Croatian Fest coming up this weekend in Mukwonago's Field Park

July 06, 2015 11:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Croatian Fest returns for the 56th year on Saturday, July 11, in Field Park in the village of Mukwonago.

Festivities will be held from noon to 8 p.m. in Field Park by Highway 83 and NN, but fairgoers can start arriving at 11 a.m. to eat, said Carol Gedde, the festival's primary contact.

Parking and admission are free.

The event is being put on by the Croatian Fraternal Union of America — John Movrich Lodge 993.

Gedde stressed the event is not just for Croatians, inviting everyone to "come and be Croatian for a day."

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Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea

July 06, 2015 5:58 p.m. | A limited number of tickets are available for the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum, will hold its third annual Victorian Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

Learn about women's secrets — undergarments of the gay 90s, roaring 20s, and fabulous 50s.

Tea, other beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts will be served. Participants can choose a cup and saucer to use and take home.

Advanced tickets are required. Cost to attend the tea is $20. Participants must be 12 or older.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Ann at (262) 363-8681 or Sue at (262) 363-3915 or stop in the museum during tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 12.

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Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond

July 06, 2015 5:38 p.m. | Eagle — After the dam at Paradise Springs nature trail in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest failed in June, the trout pond drained, leaving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff evaluating options for the dam.

According to the DNR, "an engineer who inspected the dam determined that repairs would be costly and that the concrete in the structure was so deteriorated that any repairs would be temporary. Complete replacement of the dam could be $300,000 or more."

When Kelly Maddern of Waukesha, "a concerned resident," heard what happened to the dam and what it would cost to repair, she "jumped into action without a second thought."

Maddern has spearheaded efforts to "raise money that will go directly to the DNR specifically for this project," according to www.saveparadisesprings.com.

"I love being able to go to Paradise Springs with my family or by myself to do some photography," Maddern said. "I can't imagine the pond not coming back."

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UPDATE: Death caused by drowning

July 06, 2015 3:38 p.m. | UPDATE: An autopsy performed by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office has revealed the July 4 death of 42-year-old Marcie E. Taylor was caused by drowning. 


UPDATE: Police have released the name of the woman whose body was pulled from a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday, July, 4, as  Marcie E. Taylor, 42, of 34635 Spring Bank Rd., in the Village. 


The body of a 42-year-old Village of Oconomowoc Lake  woman was found in a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday morning, July 4.

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Increased safety measures at Richmond after incident

July 06, 2015 3:13 p.m. | The Richmond School District is increasing safety measures for summer school after an incident Monday.

According to an email sent to parents, a Richmond School parent was approached in the Arrowhead Highlands subdivision by a white, bald male in his mid-30s driving a silver, four-door sedan. The man asked for directions and then showed inappropriate pictures on his phone, according to the letter.

"Anytime something happens in our neighborhood, it's cause for concern, and we're working with local authorities to make sure everybody is safe," said Richmond Superintendent Jeff Weiss.

He said the incident involved only adults.

"The fact that there weren't students involved was a relief to me, but I think it'll just put us on higher alert," Weiss said.

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