KW in brief: Feb. 10, 2010

Serial stalker apologizes
On Jan. 8, John Rausch, 51, pursued Michelle Broege, a Kitchener woman, in attempt to make amends with her. Rausch is currently on trial for allegedly harassing Broege during the spring and summer of 2009.

Broege’s complaints against Rausch include hanging around her house watching her, flooding her with phone calls and slashing the tires of her car.

Rausch has previously been convicted for harassing two other women since 2001. In addition to the recent harassment charge, Rausch has been charged with threatening and breach of probation.
–Compiled by Linda Givetash

City merger question raised yet again
Brenda Halloran, mayor of Waterloo, proposed a referendum question for this October’s municipal election regarding the amalgamation of Waterloo and Kitchener.

The question was framed much like the one denied at the Jan. 25 city council meeting.

The new question specifies that both the advantages and disadvantages of a merger will be discussed

Halloran also added the recommendation to hold a follow-up referendum to pursue a merger depending on the results of a discussion.

The question will be voted upon at an upcoming council meeting.
–Compiled by Linda Givetash