Sunday, May 19, 2013
Deborah Nowakowski will serve a year in jail with work-release privileges after admitting she stole thousands of dollars from Cecelia Place.
A 55-year-old Oak Creek woman who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from her employer was sentenced to one year in jail with work-release privileges. Deborah Nowakowski also got five years probation and was ordered to pay her former boss nearly $67,000, plus another $50,000 to General Casualty Insurance, after she pleaded no contest to a felony charge of theft from a business setting (more than $10,000). Investigators alleged she used company funds to purchase more than $81,000 worth of personal items while she managed Cecelia Place, a Pewaukee assisted-living facility. Police executing a search warrant on her home found items such as gift cards, vacuum cleaners, animal traps, Nintendo Wii games and hundreds of food items stocked in …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The fire was in a second-floor unit and firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading.
No injuries were reported after a Friday night fire at a seven-story condominium building on West Avenue. Waukesha firefighters responded about 5:40 p.m. Friday to 315 N. West Avenue, where they found heavy smoke on the second floor due to a fire in one of the units. A press release from the department indicated that the fire was quickly brought under control and kept it from spreading to other units. Smoke damage was limited to the second and third floors. Damages were estimated at $100,000 and the fire remains under investigation.
The FBI compiles crime statistics annually and Patch has used that data to create a searchable database for Wisconsin information.
Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation uses data reported to it by nearly every law enforcement agency in the country to build a report on crime in the United States. Patch has taken the Wisconsin data and put it into a searchable database. Fill in the name of a community to see the number of reported property crimes in 2011, and click through to learn more about the types of offenses within each community.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants another lowering of the blood-alcohol standard for drunk driving. It stands at .08; the NTSB wants it at .05.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving to be lowered to .05 from .08. Wisconsin followed the rest of the country from a .10 to .08 standard in 2003, under the threat of losing federal highway funds. The state had almost 29,000 DUI arrests in 2011, almost 10,000 fewer than in 2000 but still the sixth-highest per-capita amount in the country. And police regularly arrest people for driving with concentrations two and three times the current legal limit, and/or for multiple convictions. Will a lower limit make Wisconsin citizens safer in any way? Or is it simply an unnecessary government intrusion? Vote in our poll and comment below. Related polls:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Waukesha Police Department calls from Monday through Wednesday.
The following information was taken from the Waukesha Police Department's call log. A Waukesha woman who believed a male neighbor is introducing bleach into her body spiritually had police contacted after it was reported she was shaking her fists at a person and slammed her door at 10:07 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of East Moreland Boulevard. The woman also believed she was being watched on cameras, which are being installed “everywhere,” by a person at the Waukesha County Courthouse named “The Juggler.” While police tried to tell her these are “ideas” are not likely happening, she insisted she believed that they were. Police warned the woman to stay in her room and to not bother neighbors. Officers also planed to follow up with the …
The funeral for Joshua Lang, of Hartland, will be held on Friday after he died from his injuries at Froedtert Hospital.
A 27-year-old Hartland man died from his injuries after hitting a Pewaukee police officer’s squad car with his motorcycle on Highway 16 at 9:58 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. Joshua Lang was transported to Froedtert Hospital via Flight For Life. He was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday. A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday with the funeral service starting at 5 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, according to his obituary. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident at the request of the Pewaukee Police Department. A Pewaukee police officer was responding to a call after it was reported several paver bricks…
Waukesha Police Department's internal review of the April 25 arrest of Jaren M. Kuester, who is accused of killing three retired farmers in western Wisconsin, showed that the arresting officers' acted appropriately, according to Capt. Ron Oremus.
Waukesha police officers who arrested Jaren M. Kuester, 31, on a warrant shortly before he traveled to Lafayette County where he is accused of killing three retired farmers with a fireplace poker, did not have justification for protective placement at that time, according to Waukesha Police Capt. Ron Oremus. The Waukesha Police Department conducted an internal review to ensure that the department’s protocols and procedures were followed. While it is not an internal investigation, the review was completed to determine what the arresting officers knew when they had contact with Kuester. The Waukesha Police Department was called to Humane Animal Welfare Society on April 25 after it was reported Kuester was delusion over the death of his dog, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Waukesha Police Officer Jeffrey Hennen was honored on Wednesday by the Waukesha Optimist Club.
Waukesha Police Officer Jeffrey Hennen was on patrol when he spotted three kids playing basketball by themselves. No parents were around to play with them, no dads teaching them how to shoot baskets. Hennen, a training officer, walked over to them with his trainee. They shot baskets with the kids for a few minutes before Hennen glanced over at their backpacks. “Did you get your homework done?” Hennen asked them. “When are you going home to eat?” That moment made an impression on his trainee, now Deputy Police Dennis Angle, who told the story during the Waukesha Optimist Club’s Respect for Law Program on Wednesday. Hennen was honored at the Waukesha police officer of the year during the ceremony. “Jeff knew what community policing was …
A 31-year-old Waukesha man is facing his sixth drunken driving charge after being stopped in a bar parking lot.
A 31-year-old Waukesha man is charged with his sixth drunken driving offense after being stopped by a Town of Brookfield police officer in a bar parking lot at 12:47 a.m. Friday. Marques A. Bernier faces up to three years initial confinement in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of the felony charge. A Town of Brookfield police officer pulled Bernier over after seeing the vehicle traveling between 48 and 50 mph on Bluemound Road near Brookfield Road. The license plate was faded and the officer couldn’t read the letters or the numbering. Additionally, the vehicle was driving onto the dashed lane markings and then changed lanes at the same time the signal light was activated, according to the criminal complaint filed against Bernier …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Waukesha man, 77, is accused of selling stolen items on Amazon and eBay, making a profit between $15,000 and $30,000, according to a complaint.
An elderly Waukesha man is accused of running a retail theft ring in southeastern Wisconsin by purchasing stolen merchandise and selling the pharmacy-related items online. Raymond F. Hatch, 77, was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with four counts of conspiracy to commit felony retail theft and two counts of receiving stolen property. If convicted, he faces up to 7.5 years initial confinement in prison and $60,000 in fines. An investigator with Target stores in southeastern Wisconsin reported to a Waukesha detective in July 2012 that he felt that recent thefts of Crest White Strips, Mucinex, Rogaine and Claritin were stolen as a part of an organized ring. The stolen items were hidden in laundry hampers, storage totes or …