Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Town of Waukesha

Jan. 29, 2013 5:42 p.m. | A 67-year-old woman was killed Tuesday when she was struck by a southbound Canadian National train in the Town of Waukesha.

The incident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. on Lawnsdale Road between State Highway 164 and Center Road, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and no further information was available late Tuesday.

Portion of Town of Waukesha placed in city's future water service area

Jan. 25, 2013 12:05 p.m. | Town of Waukesha -- A northern slice of the town will be included in the City of Waukesha's future water service area and become part of the city's request for Lake Michigan water, under a resolution approved unanimously by the Town Board.

The town board drew a line on a map and all properties in the town west of Springdale Road and north of Racine Ave. and state Highway 59 could be served by city water if needed, Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc said Friday.

The board took the action at a meeting Thursday, just a few days before a state deadline of Feb. 1 to make a decision on whether to participate in the city's future water service area. A deadline was needed so that the state Department of Natural Resources could assess the need for the regional service area and finish its review of the city's application for Great Lakes water, DNR officials said.

Waukesha City Administrator Ed Henschel said Friday he was pleased this piece of the application was complete.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission had included the Town of Waukesha, as well as portions of the City of Pewaukee and Towns of Delafield and Genesee in a City of Waukesha future water service area. 

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Waukesha woman charged with 20 felonies, selling heroin

Jan. 24, 2013 3:16 p.m. |  Waukesha – A 34-year-old woman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 23 with multiple felonies after allegedly selling various illegal drugs, including heroin, to a confidential informant working with the Waukesha Police Department.

Stephanie J. Pavlons was charged with nine felony counts of manufacturing or delivering various drugs, including heroin and several different prescription drugs. She was also charged with five counts of felony drug trafficking and six counts of felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

The defendant allegedly sold $160 worth of heroin to the informant on Aug. 30 and another $180 worth of heroin on Sept. 6. The police officer allegedly even drove Pavlons to her dealer in Milwaukee. Pavlons allegedly gave the officer two Alprazolam pills, more commonly known under its trade name, Xanax, for his trouble.

On Sept. 12, 44 sedative pills were allegedly purchased by the informant for $45 and $60 worth of heroin was purchased on Sept. 25. The defendant allegedly sold another $150 worth of heroin to the informant on Sept. 26 and 70 amphetamine pills for $280 on Oct. 12.

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Waukesha GuitarTown in search of new artists for second phase

Jan. 21, 2013 5:15 p.m. | With the Waukesha GuitarTown project returning in 2013, the steering committee is in search of artists to design the Gibson Les Paul guitars that will be unveiled later this year.

Like last year, the project, in partnership with Gibson Guitar Corporation, will feature 10-foot fiberglass guitars and regular standard size playable guitars that artists will decorate. Most of last year’s guitars honored the late Les Paul, a music icon who was born and is buried in Waukesha.

The public project is a way to celebrate the city’s art and music culture and pay tribute to Paul, known as the Wizard of Waukesha for his inventions in the music industry.

Its goal is to also raise money for charities. Last year the project raised $105,000: $45,000 to the Waukesha Public School District for new musical instruments and art supplies; $45,000 to the Les Paul exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum; $15,000 to the Waukesha Memorial Hospital to help fund the new Community Health Clinic.

The guitar sculptures are sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

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Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

18-year-old arrested after barging into Waukesha school

Jan. 18, 2013 2:46 p.m. | A Waukesha man was arrested after reportedly walking into Waukesha North High School on Michigan Avenue on Wednesday and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, Today's TMJ4 reports.

"Freezin' for Hunger" fundraising event part of Waukesha JanBoree

Jan. 18, 2013 10:26 a.m. | The Waukesha JanBoree, Waukesha County's popular winter festival, returns this weekend.

In addition to the many winter events, the fundraising event "Freezin' for Hunger," sponsored by the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, returns as well.

Karen Tredwell, executive director of the food pantry, said after a one-year hiatus, it is back with a kick-off at 4 p.m. Friday and goes until midnight in downtown Waukesha.

Volunteers and pantry staff can be found on the corner of Clinton and Main street near the Steaming Cup coffee shop where they will accept non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the pantry.

There is a drive-up, drop-off lane for donors.

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Waukesha County Sheriff's employee investigated

Jan. 18, 2013 8:12 a.m. | The Lincoln County Sheriff is investigating a complaint involving an employee from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, though no information about the nature of the complaint has been disclosed.

Waukesha County Sheriff Daniel J. Trawicki issued a news release announcing that it has launched its own "professional conduct review" concerning its employee. Waukesha County said no information about its review would be released until both departments have completed their inquiries.

The unnamed employee has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, according to the Waukesha County sheriff.

Gunman robs Family Dollar on Broadway, suspect not found

Jan. 17, 2013 10:28 a.m. | A masked man with a gun robbed the Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, in Waukesha Wednesday night.

At about 6:50 p.m., employees informed the Waukesha Police Department that a male suspect entered their store, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled. According to police, the suspect is described as about 6-feet tall, average build, wearing a dark jacket, black ski-mask and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

No one was injured in the incident, said Sgt. Joe Hendricks of the Criminal Investigation Division.

The scene was then processed for evidence.

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Waukesha's Safway acquires New York scaffolding firm

Jan. 17, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Safway Group, based in Waukesha, says it has acquired a New York-based firm whose products include scaffolding used by rental companies.

Safway says the acquisition of Swing Staging Inc. will enhance its presence in the New York metro area and broaden its product offerings.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With more than 90 locations in the United States and Canada, Safway's products and services include scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing, surface preparation and coatings. The 77-year-old company has customers in industries worldwide including petrochemical, marine, manufacturing, transportation and construction.

Food Pantry of Waukesha County receives milk, dairy products from Golden Guernsey

Jan. 16, 2013 8:26 a.m. | Like many in the community, Karen Tredwell was saddened to hear that the Golden Guernsey plant in Waukesha closed Jan. 5.

"Our concern is for the loss in the community it has created," said Tredwell, executive director of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. "(Golden Guernsey) was an icon.

"People have lost jobs (112 employees) and they could potentially become clients of ours. From people working at the plant to farmers producing the milk, a lot of people have been hit by this."

But as the leader of the local pantry, she was happy to hear that the products left inside the facility, 2101 Delafield St., are being donated to local agencies across the state, including her pantry at 1301 Sentry Drive in Waukesha.

With the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee serving as a catalyst and as a partner of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, the pantry received more than 500 gallons of milk Tuesday as well as dairy products.

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Man leads police on chase in Pewaukee, Waukesha

Jan. 16, 2013 7:45 a.m. | Police are seeking charges against a 19-year-old Milwaukee man who they say led them on a wrong-way chase on Highway 164 in the City of Pewaukee early Wednesday.

A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy attempted to stop a vehicle at about 1:39 a.m. as it drove the wrong way on Highway 164 at Tower Place. The vehicle fled south on Pewaukee Road at 60 mph to 80 mph., according to the Sheriff's Department.

The driver -- the only person in the vehicle -- drove through two red lights and lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole on Pewaukee Road near Buena Vista Avenue in the City of Waukesha. The chase lasted about 2.7 miles.

The Waukesha Fire Department transported the driver to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The City of Waukesha Police Department assisted the Sheriff's Department with the incident, and is completing the accident investigation.

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Firefighter hurt in Town of Waukesha home fire

Jan. 13, 2013 9:54 p.m. | One firefighter suffered a minor injury Sunday afternoon when Town of Waukesha firefighters battled a home fire.

The home near Big Bend Road and Landmark Drive was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, which was reported shortly before 3 p.m.

Investigators say the fire started in a small room in the basement that housed a hot water heater.

Complaint filed over Golden Guernsey milk plant closing

Jan. 08, 2013 5:40 p.m. | A displaced employee at the Golden Guernsey milk bottling plant in Waukesha has filed a complaint with state officials over the plant's sudden closing that left more than 100 people jobless.

The shutdown caused a flurry of activity over the weekend and Monday as school districts took inventory of their milk supply and worked to line up contracts with new providers.

It also resulted in the loss of at least 112 jobs at Golden Guernsey that's owned by OpenGate Capital, a Los Angeles private equity firm that acquired the dairy processor in 2011 from Dean Foods Co.

Workforce Development officials said they weren't given the required notice of the plant shutdown.

Under state law, employers must give 60 days notice of any shutdown to city and state officials if it involves a mass layoff.

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Waukesha West names former New Berlin West principal to same position

Jan. 08, 2013 12:34 p.m. | It was a quick turnaround, but Waukesha West High School has found a new principal.

David LaBorde, who previously served as a principal at New Berlin West Middle and High School, was hired as David Towers' replacement, Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray said Tuesday.

Gray said LaBorde's first day was Tuesday.

The superintendent added that LaBorde will serve as the interim principal for the remainder of the school year until a permanent one is found.

Towers, who was at Waukesha West since August 2011, resigned on Friday due to "personal reasons."

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Police arrest three in two separate Waukesha robberies

Jan. 07, 2013 1:36 p.m. | Waukesha police have arrested three men in two separate armed robberies in December - one at GameStop and the other at Associated Bank.

Billy P. Hodges, 23, of Waukesha has been charged with two felony counts of armed robbery with threat of force accusing of robbing the GameStop, 1210 W. Sunset Drive, shortly after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21, police said Monday.

According to a police news release, Hodges entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of money.

On Dec. 31, a Waukesha police officer saw a man who matched Hodges' description loitering in front of the George Webb restaurant on Delafield St. The man had a BB gun and police believe he was there to commit another robbery when the officer showed up.

Police believe another 23-year-old man acted as the getaway driver. He's expected to be charged with being party to a crime of robbery.

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David Towers resigns as Waukesha West High School principal

Jan. 07, 2013 1:23 p.m. | Citing "personal reasons," David Towers, principal of Waukesha West High School, resigned Friday.

Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray informed parents of Towers’ sudden departure by letter.

“We regret that we do not have any other information to share with you at this time,” Gray said.

Towers was hired before the 2011-12 school year after serving as an assistant principal and associate principal at Germantown High School for five years.

He replaced Melissa Thompson, who left West to become the Swallow School District superintendent in Merton.

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Power outage affects Brookfield, Waukesha, New Berlin customers

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | We Energies says an estimated 7,100 customers are without power this afternoon in the Brookfield, New Berlin and Waukesha area.

Brian Manthey, media spokesman for the company, said the outage started at 11:15 a.m. Friday morning and crews have already restored power to some of the affected customers.

"We are looking into the cause of the outage, but it may have been caused by equipment failure at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Calhoun Road where the outage started," Manthey said.

We Energies expects to have all affected customers restored by 1 p.m.

Power restored for 8,400 customers along Brookfield, New Berlin border

Jan. 04, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Power has been restored to about 8,400 We Energies customers in Brookfield along the border with New Berlin, We Energy spokesman Brian Manthey said Friday.

The power failure occurred about 11:15 a.m. and was restored at 12:40 p.m.

Manthey said the problem was a fault in a piece of equipment on a pole that then sent a signal down the line to the substation, which knocked out power along the line. The pole was located in the Calhoun Road/Lincoln Ave. area, he said.

Customers affected live largely along the border between Brookfield and New Berlin, along the areas of Lincoln and Greenfield avenues and Calhoun Road, he said.


Town of Waukesha chairwoman, supervisor 2 will face challengers in spring election

Jan. 02, 2013 5:48 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha will see two races for Town Board seats: One for chairman and the other for Supervisor 2.

Supervisor 4 is also on the ballot but the incumbent does not have a challenger.

Terms are for two years. Today was the last day individuals could file for candidacy.

Town Chairman
Angie E. Van Scyoc, S51W25375 Glendale Road, Waukesha, WI 53189 (Incumbent)
John Marek, W236S4526 Whispering Hills Court, Waukesha, WI 53189

Supervisor 2
Everett German, W240S4931 Highway 164, Waukesha, WI 53189 (I)
Larry Wolf, S51W25447 Glendale Road, Waukesha, WI 53189

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Six of the 10 Waukesha aldermanic districts on the ballot will see races

Jan. 02, 2013 5:37 p.m. | After many last-day entries for one of the 10 aldermanic seats in the City of Waukesha, the campaign period is officially underway.

Nine of the 10 districts that will hold primaries Feb. 19 (the General Election is April 2) are for three-year terms.

District 6 is a one-year term due to the death of the previous alderman.

Four of the current alderman have no challengers, while Roger Patton has the most challengers in District 11. That district serves the downtown area. 

And with District 12 Alderman Richard Hastings and District 15 Alderman Duane Paulson filing for non-candidacy, there will be at least two new aldermen on the 15-member Common Council. 

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