Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tornadoes and flash flooding possible with storms, according to National Weather Service.
Update, 3:25 p.m.: The National Weather Service has placed northern Waukesha County under a severe thunderstorm warning. The storm is expected to reach Lapham Peak around 3:35 p.m. today. This storm, which is traveling northeast at 15 miles per hour, is expected to reach Hartland at 3:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Update: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for southern Waukesha County, including Muskego, Big Bend and New Berlin. Genesee also will be affected by the storms. The National Weather Service does not list the city of Waukesha under the warning but the stormy weather is descending on Waukesha and thunder can be heard near the Waukesha County Courthouse. The storm is capable of reaching 60 miles per …
Friday, May 6, 2011
Sheriff's Department captain says county had 31 fatal overdoses in 2010.
A combination of prescription drug and heroin use is on the rise in Waukesha County, leading to drug deaths in the suburban communities, according to law enforcement. “Pharmaceuticals, the diverted type, the ones that are used for not their intended purpose, that is our biggest threat in combination of heroin,” said Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Capt. Chuck Wood, during Thursday evening's Drug Free Communities Waukesha County presentation at Steinhafels Furniture. The problem with prescription drugs is that people tend to view them as safe drugs, Wood said, but then become addicted to the substances. Illegal use of prescription drugs is an expensive habit and people will switch to heroin. Heroin is “highly, highly addictive,” Wood …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
What's your family doing this summer in Waukesha or Muskego?
Summer is generally considered a time of leisure. But summers for our family tend to be jam-packed with activities. Living in Wisconsin, we try to capitalize on all the sunshine available. There are all the activities, classes, family reunion and vacations to schedule in. Consequently, planning and organizing summer activities is important. Some years, I pulled it off, squeezing in everything that seemed necessary for a good summer. First, I polled the children about what activities were important for them to do. Then I determined what was within our budget – out-of-state space camps were definitely not in our budget. Then, I called places and determined what activities still had openings, because as usual I started a little late. Most …
Capt. Chuck Wood from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will inform parents about local drug trends and issues.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A presentation forum about local drug trends and issues will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Steinhafel's Community Room, W23-N1013 County Road F, in Waukesha. The forum will include information for parents from Capt. Chuck Wood from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Drug Free Communities Waukesha County. Meanwhile, the coalition is sponsoring a drugs and prescription medication drive on Saturday, May 14. People can bring prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals, pet medication and mercury. People should not bring biohazardous materials, household hazardous waste, bulk …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Please join our conversation about this weighty issue and how it affects the children in Waukesha and Muskego.
Based on results of a recent study, chances are good that your teenager has been bullied, knows someone who has been bullied or has bullied someone. According to a fall 2010 study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics, half of all high school students admit they bullied someone in the past year, and nearly half (47 percent) say they were bullied, teased, or taunted in a way that seriously upset them in the past year. The study reports the responses from more than 43,000 high school students, public and private. The results were similar among different types of schools attended. In public schools, 47 percent of public high school students reported that they were bullied, teased, or taunted in a way that seriously upset them at least once …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Waukesha and Muskego parents are asked to weigh in on this topic that has mixed views.
At what age do you get a cellphone for your chilld? Under what circumstances and why? What type of controls do you have in place regarding texting and use? None? Some? And what type of phone – basic or smartphone? There are so many choices and decisions to make. According to a 2009 study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 58 percent of 12-year-olds have cell phones. Also, on a broader scope, 75 percent of American teens ages 12-17 have a cell phone, a number that has steadily increased from 45 percent of teens in November 2004. Texting is the preferred method of communication. Using a cell phone to call someone ranks second. Recently, my friends and I had a discussion about this topic. Discussion centered around the …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Dan Vrakas ran unopposed during the April 5 election.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas was sworn into office Tuesday for his next four-year term, according to a news release from his office. Vrakas, who ran unopposed in the April 5 election, was first elected in a special election in 2005. “I consider it an honor and privilege to serve this great county, and I look forward to continuing the county’s legacy as a leader in Wisconsin and nationwide,” said Vrakas in a news release. “Waukesha County’s best days lie ahead.”
Brian J. Buerger faces multiple felony charges after attempting to flee from police when set up in drug deal, according to criminal complaint.
A 35-year-old Muskego man remains jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail after he was accused of hitting a Waukesha Police Department squad car with his vehicle to avoid a drug arrest Friday afternoon, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Brian J. Buerger is charged with manufacturing/delivering marijuana, maintaining a drug trafficking place, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and hit and run. According to the criminal complaint: Buerger was being set up in a drug sting involving a confidential informant who had arranged to purchase one pound of high-grade marijuana for $4,250. After the confidential informant told police that the informant had seen the marijuana in Buerger’s vehicle, the …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Kathy Nickolaus has seen "human error" from her office during prior elections.
With Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announcing she made an error on election night, which flipped the results of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race to favor incumbent Justice David Prosser, some residents are asking questions as to how often this happens. But for Nickolaus this isn’t the first time she has found herself embroiled in controversy. In 2010, Nickolaus and Waukesha County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer and county Department of Administration officials feuded about an audit of her election system. The audit stated Nickolaus is keeping election results on a personal computer as opposed to a county system. Nickolaus said she kept the results on the personal computer because of security concerns she had with the network. She and …
State Supreme Court candidates campaign manager says group is comparing poll data to voting machine tapes.
Officials from the JoAnne Kloppenburg campaign are taking a look at Waukesha County ballot tapes to make sure there are no inconsistencies. More than one dozen Kloppenburg campaign officials started to review ballots with Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who on Thursday announced she made an error and forgot to report more than 14,000 votes, which took away a narrow victory margin from Kloppenburg and gave a stronger lead to incumbent Justice David Prosser. “We’re looking at the polling place data to compare it to the tapes and see if the numbers match up,” said Melissa Mulliken, campaign manager for Kloppenburg. “We’re looking to see if we will find any irregularities.” Staffers reviewed the tapes Friday afternoon and they are …