Hop It Market burglars thwarted in Waukesha

Feb. 27, 2013 10:16 a.m. | Burglers at the Hop It Market in Waukesha were thwarted early Wednesday when the owner caught them on a live camera feed and called police around 4 a.m.

Waukesha officers set up a perimeter around the store at 1610 Lincoln Ave., with the help of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and its $265,000 armored vehicle known as the Bearcat. They arrested two men -- a 29-year-old from Brookfield and 25-year-old from Colgate - as they left the store around 5:35 a.m. The men were not identified pending formal charges.

Power outages in Waukesha

Feb. 26, 2013 4:26 p.m. | WE Energies is reporting two power outages in Waukesha, near Highway 18 and Delafield St. They're estimating that 1,278 customers are affected by it.

Adopt-a-pet program for veterans expands to Waukesha County

Feb. 25, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Veterans recovering from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and other psychological challenges from their military service may be eligible for a free pet through Companions for Heroes, which recently selected the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County as one of its animal shelter partners.

Companions for Heroes facilitates adoption of shelter animals for wounded warriors and first responders. The pets help provide a sense of purpose as well as minimize stress, depression, loneliness and isolation for veterans.

To adopt a pet through Companions for Heroes, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit organization, fill out an application at companionsforheroes.org. Once applications have been approved, veterans and first responders in southeastern Wisconsin will be sent to the Waukesha County animal shelter to continue the adoption process.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

Eisenhower holds off Waukesha North's upset attempt in boys basketball regional

Feb. 22, 2013 11:12 p.m. | The final 2 ½ seconds of the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball regional matchup between New Berlin Eisenhower and visiting Waukesha North epitomized the four quarters that had preceded.

Waukesha North's Connor Jimenez stepped up to the line for an extra point after Ike committed a foul on a 2-point layup for North, which made the score 57-55 with just more than 2 seconds to go. North coach Greg Polkowski called for a time out and instructed Jimenez to intentionally miss his free throw, giving the team a chance to tie the game on the rebound. The ball came back off the rim of the basket as planned, and several North players had the opportunity to collect the rebound, but Ike caused enough problems under the basket to hang on to their lead and make it through to the next round.

"The momentum was with us in the end," Polkowski said. "Our leading rebounder was on the right block and Ruben (Ortiz) on the other side was within arm's reach of (the ball)."

The chance to stage a huge first-round upset over Eisenhower was just beyond North's fingertips.

Momentum shifted several times throughout the quick paced matchup. Waukesha North gained the momentum early on and led Ike 15-12 after the first quarter, but Ike came out swinging in the second to grab a 20-15 lead. The momentum shifted midway through the second quarter with 6-4 Cory Michaelis scoring six consecutive to put North back on top, 23-20.

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New language to special event ordinance leads to mayor removing veto at Common Council meeting

Feb. 22, 2013 12:07 p.m. | Twenty-three words.

That’s all it took for a compromise to be made for the proposed special event ordinance, one that initially drew a veto from City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima Feb. 8 where he said language in the ordinance was too “vague.”

But Scrima withdrew his veto at the start of Thursday’s Common Council meeting a few minutes after the Ordinance & License Committee approved new language to the ordinance when the city clerk decides who receives a permit for a special event.

The words that have been added to the ordinance is that “upon (the clerk) giving due consideration to the character of the area and the type of zoning district where the proposed activity will take place.” It was approved by the Council after a 9-5 vote.

These new words were crafted earlier in the week by three city attorney’s, the city clerk, the city administrator, Scrima, Alderman Steve Johnson and four downtown business owners affiliated with Friday Night Live, a summer concert series in downtown Waukesha.

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Unreturned absentee ballots could alter GOP Assembly primary

Feb. 21, 2013 1:54 p.m. | The results of Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District in Waukesha County - where Adam Neylon emerged the unofficial winner by a slim margin of 30 votes - hangs in the balance as municipal clerks wait a few more days for a total of 154 unreturned absentee ballots.

Clerks in four of five communities in the district are waiting until 4 p.m. Friday to see how many of the absentee ballots show up, Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said Thursday.

State law requires clerks to count absentee ballots that arrive by the Friday after an election as long as they are postmarked the day of the election.

The number of outstanding ballots is more than enough to alter the outcome of the race.

Neylon, a Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner, received 2,003 votes to outpoll Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann, who received 1,973 votes, according to unofficial complete returns.

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Common Council will address Scrima's veto on Special Event Ordinance at Thursday meeting

Feb. 20, 2013 3:26 p.m. | After Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoed a special event ordinance relating to street closures a couple weeks ago, the Common Council will finally get to address that ruling at its meeting Thursday.

Scrima said he made what he called “a friendly veto” at the request of leaders of the Waukesha Downtown Business Association’s Friday Night Live committee.

The mayor said “some language is vague and the business leaders feel that it needs to be improved to avoid arbitrary and subjective decisions.”

Part of the ordinance read, “the time, size and nature of the Special Event shall not create an undue hardship or unduly interfere with residents and commercial and business activities in the closed area or the immediate vicinity thereto.”

City Attorney Curt Meitz said the “undue hardship” clause would not be implemented based on one noise complaint.

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Two firefighters injured while battling Waukesha house fire

Feb. 20, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Two Waukesha firefighters suffered minor injuries and a single-family home in the 2100 block of Melody Lane sustained an estimated $85,000 in damage from a fire early Wednesday, officials said.

The house was occupied when the fire broke out about 6 a.m. Residents were all able to evacuate. Waukesha Police and Fire Departments responded to the call.

The house sustained moderate to major fire, smoke and water damage in the attic, living room and fireplace. Officials said the cause of the fire centered on the fireplace/chimney area of the home.

Adam Neylon carries close Assembly race in Waukesha County

Feb. 19, 2013 11:52 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner Adam Neylon won Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District, all but guaranteeing he will take the Waukesha County seat in the April 2 general election because no Democrat is running.

Neylon, 28, beat out four others - Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann; construction project manager Todd Greenwald of the Village of Pewaukee; Marquette University graduate student Matt Morzy of Waukesha; and Jeanne Tarantino of Waukesha, the former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Neylon led his closest opponent, Baumann, by 30 votes out of more than 5,200 cast. That means the official canvass will be closely watched. If the lead holds up in the canvass, the close margin would raise the possibility of a recount because candidates can get the state to pay for recounts in instances when the margin is less than half a percentage point.

The district includes the City of Pewaukee, Village of Pewaukee, Sussex and the northern portion of the City of Waukesha.

The general election is April 2, but only the name of the GOP primary winner will appear on the ballot because no Democrats or independents registered.

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Primary shows Thieme has firm grasp on District 1 seat

Feb. 19, 2013 11:27 p.m. | If Tuesday's primary results are any indication, it appears Terry Thieme is going to be tough to beat.

The District 1 incumbent was the top vote getter in the aldermanic primary, having received 241 of the 362 votes, about 67 percent of the vote.

His opponent in the April 2 General Election will be Mark Myers, who edged out John Holst for second-place in the three-person race.

Myers, a non denominational pastor, received 61 votes, while Holst, a home improvement contractor, had 57 votes. There were three write-in votes.

While this is the first time Myers, 44, is running for an aldermanic seat, Holst unsuccessfully ran against Thieme in 2009.

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Patton, Miller advance from District 11 aldermanic primary

Feb. 19, 2013 11:15 p.m. | Just as they did in 2010, Roger Patton and Lenny Miller will square off for the District 11 aldermanic seat in the City of Waukesha on April 2.

Patton, the incumbent, and Miller, received the most votes in Tuesday's primary and now advance to the General Election.

Patton garnered 115 of the 278 votes, about 41 percent of the vote.

Miller, 55, received 71 votes, about 25 percent. Miller is a retail sales consultant with AT&T Mobility.

Patton, 76, is a retired minister. The seat is a three-year term.

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Despite no BID, Farmers Market will still take place in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 18, 2013 3:33 p.m. | While the downtown Business Improvement District is in jeopardy of disbanding, the Farmers Market, an event the BID was responsible for, will still go on.

Mayor Jeff Scrima said Friday that leaders of the downtown Waukesha Downtown Business Association will manage the event this year.

The WDBA is a group of downtown business owners. Scrima said the organization will undertake the Farmers Market privately at its own expense.

The group kept the Market going last fall for the remaining two months of the season when the BID became inactive after the resignations of its executive director and 11 of its board members.

Last year, the Farmers Market had more than 100 vendors along the Fox River in the Riverfront Plaza between Broadway and Barstow, a record amount.

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Town board members argue over supervisor's "secret" meeting with city officials

Feb. 15, 2013 12:27 p.m. | At the Town of Waukesha Board meeting Thursday night, it was also revealed that Supervisor Everett German and Supervisor Brian Fischer held a meeting with City of Waukesha officials without other board members' knowledge.

The meeting came after the Town voted unanimously at a Jan. 24 board meeting to include a northern portion of the town in the city's service area in its application for Lake Michigan water.

The Town's decision also included a volume of water "in the amount of not less than 0.55 millions of gallons per day to be allocated for the Town."

Then on Tuesday, City Administrator Ed Henschel sent a letter to the Town saying "after discussing this matter with the DNR, the DNR believes the Town's motion is flawed."

And in his letter, Henschel says "the volume of water cited by the Town is inappropriate and excessive for the amount of land included."

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Supervisor's open records request will cost Town more than $3,500

Feb. 15, 2013 12:24 p.m. | Also at the Town Board meeting Thursday, which lasted about 4.5 hours, Supervisor Everett German agreed to come into Town Hall next week to go through 6,000 of Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc's emails he has requested through his open records request.

Van Scyoc said the cost of the creation of the emails to retrieve them out of the Town's server is $3,571.42.

German said he would not pay that fee. As a result, it will go on the Town's tab.

"I am not paying the fee for creating the copies," German said. "Because of the amount of emails you have generated."

German previously wrote a $300 check for the reproduction of the emails.

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Town of Waukesha Plan Commission puts Dunkin' Donuts proposal on hold

Feb. 15, 2013 12:22 p.m. | After hearing the plan from developers and from many concerned residents, a new Dunkin' Donuts shop on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha will have to wait.

Due to safety and traffic concerns, the Plan Commission unanimously voted to table the item to its next meeting until developers bring forth an updated plan.

The 5,040 square-foot shop, located at S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, could hold up to four tenants.

The donut shop would also have a drive-through lane as Dunkin' Donuts representatives said are the norm.

But many residents had issues with that as well.

Waukesha man fatally shot in north side home

Feb. 14, 2013 11:26 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man was shot to death shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday during a robbery inside a house in the 2700 block of N. 2nd St., police said.

Police were seeking the shooter late Thursday.

Former Scott Walker aide's partner fined for texting teen

Feb. 14, 2013 11:00 a.m. | The domestic and business partner of a top aide to Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive was sentenced Thursday to a $2,148 fine and 50 hours of community service for contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Brian B. Pierick must complete the community service by mid-June or else serve a 10-day jail sentence, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney ordered.

Pierick, 49, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor last month as a part of a deal in which prosecutors dropped felony charges of child enticement and causing a child to expose his genitals. Pierick thought he was communicating with an adult when he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with what turned out to be a 17-year-old boy in the fall of 2010, according to his lawyer, Maura McMahon.

Pierick lived and worked with Timothy Russell, who was Walker's deputy chief of staff and housing director when Walker was county executive. Russell was sentenced last month to two years in prison for stealing more than $21,000 from a veterans organization Walker assigned him to head.

Prosecutors discovered explicit pictures of boys or young men on computers seized from the home Pierick shared with Russell as part of a John Doe probe that's focused on aides and associates of Walker. Prosecutors also retrieved text message conversations from cellphones from the Pierick-Russell home, which led to the enticement charges against Pierick.

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Town of Waukesha demanding too much water, city says

Feb. 12, 2013 4:36 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha is demanding too much water from the City of Waukesha as a condition for participating in a proposed future water service area, a critical boundary in Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water, City Administrator Ed Henschel said Tuesday.

The service area and projections of water demand must be resolved before state environmental officials can determine whether the city's application complies with a Great Lakes protection compact.

In a letter emailed Tuesday to Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc, Henschel says a recent decision to include a northern portion of the town in the city's service area was flawed and needs to be reconsidered.

At a Jan. 24 meeting, the Town Board finished drawing lines on a map and came up with a northern portion of the town that was to be included in the city's water service area for the application. The map generally encompassed town properties west of Springdale Road, north of Racine Ave. and state Highway 59, and east of county Highway TT and Merrill Hills Road.

The Town Board's resolution demanded not less than 0.55 million gallons a day for the area by midcentury.

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‘Skimming device’ found at Waukesha bank ATM

Feb. 12, 2013 12:28 p.m. |

Have you used the ATM at the U.S. Bank at 2040 Silvernail Road lately?
Then check your bank account because someone may be stealing your money.
An ATM technician discovered a “skimming device” used to capture peoples’ card information on the ATM. Waukesha Police were notified Saturday and confirmed that the skimmer insert had been placed over the card reader. They also found a blue bar on top of the machine that contained a pinhole camera that recorded PINs punched into the keypad.
A technician from Diebold determined the ATM was compromised because the card reader did not light up when a card was inserted. He said the blue bar with the pinhole camera was a slightly lighter blue than the machine.
It is not known how long the device had been in place. Police said it is very rare to find the devices in Waukesha.
Customers are advised to look for anything unusual at the ATM card slot and to use their hand as a shield when entering PINs. They should notify the bank immediately if they find anything unusual on their bank statements.
The police are investigating the incident.

Dunkin' Donuts in Town of Waukesha to be considered at Thursday's board meeting

Feb. 11, 2013 1:06 p.m. | Four months after the City of Waukesha opened a Dunkin’ Donuts, the Town of Waukesha could be getting the donut shop as well.

The Town's Plan Commission and Town Board will discuss the new Dunkin’ Donuts, S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, by the St. Vincent de Paul building at a joint meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

The Plan Commission will make a recommendation on a conditional use permit to the Town Board before it could take action on it.

Before the Plan Commission and Town make their decisions, there will be a public hearing.

The proposed 5,040 square-foot building would have a drive-through lane.

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Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoes new Special Event Ordinance at request of WDBA leaders

Feb. 08, 2013 3:38 p.m. | At the request of the leaders of the downtown Waukesha Business Association’s Friday Night Live committee, Mayor Jeff Scrima has issued a “friendly veto” on the recently approved Special Event Ordinance.

Scrima outlined in his veto message the parts that the Friday Night Live committee took issue with.

One part of the ordinance states: “The time, size and nature of the Special Event shall not create an undue hardship or unduly interfere with residents and commercial and business activities in the closed area or the immediate vicinity thereto.”

Before the Council approved it this week, Roger Igielski, president of the Downtown Business Association, questioned that statement.

“How will that be determined?” said Igielski, owner of Allo! Chocolat in downtown Waukesha. “For example, if I believe that the Christmas parade street closing hurts my business, will my opinion cancel the event? I assume not, but there needs to be guidelines added to this statement for clarification.”

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Downtown Waukesha property owners look to disband BID

Feb. 05, 2013 5:18 p.m. | After a year of controversy, a new downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District Board was just formed.

But could it all be short-lived?

City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima received a petition from almost 63 percent of downtown property owners requesting that the BID be disbanded.

Property owner Jeff Barta, a co-owner of Nice Ash Cigar Bar in downtown Waukesha, said there needed to be at least 50 percent of the property owners on the petition.

From his understanding on the state statute, the property owners on the petition will address the Plan Commission in the future.

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Man charged with battery at Waukesha wedding brawl

Feb. 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. |  City of Waukesha - A 30-year-old man was charged after allegedly smashing a pint glass on a man’s head, causing a skull fracture, at a wedding at the Country Springs Hotel last August.

Randy S. Lunda of Racine was charged on Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony aggravated battery, repeater.

Lunda previously pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding an officer and resisting arrest in 2006, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jamyn Rukavina, a guest at the wedding, was outside the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd. in Waukesha, smoking a cigarette with another man. Steve Martin, the bartender at the wedding, said Rukavine was drunk and he stopped serving him earlier in the evening, “because he was being a jerk.”

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Delafield woman allegedly fights, bites officer during arrest

Feb. 04, 2013 11:35 a.m. |  A 23-year-old woman from Delafield was charged with resisting arrest and battery after allegedly biting a police officer during a Feb. 1 arrest in Waukesha for drunken driving.

Breanna K. Vetterman, N6 W31610 Huckleberry Way S in Delafield, was charged on Feb. 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and causing soft tissue injury, operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while revoked.

According to the criminal complaint:

A police officer initiated a traffic stop at approximately 12:20 a.m. on a vehicle with a burned out brake light on Sunset Drive in the City of Waukesha. The officer said the driver, Vetterman, allegedly smelled of liquor and had slurred speech. Vetterman told the officer at the time she only had one glass of wine, but later allegedly said she had two.

She failed several field sobriety tests administered, and had a reported value of .134 on a preliminary breath test. She was convicted of drunken driving in September of 2010, and as a result was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle.

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Waukesha GuitarTown artist submission date extended to Feb. 21

Feb. 04, 2013 10:58 a.m. | The submission date for artists looking to paint a guitar for the Waukesha GuitarTown project has been extended by a few weeks.

Artists now have until 5 p.m. Feb. 21 to submit all the materials needed to the Waukesha GuitarTown Steering Committee. The original deadline was Jan. 31.

According to the Waukesha GuitarTown website, all applicants must be at least 18 years old and a Wisconsin resident.

They should submit the following:

  • Contact information (mailing address, phone, email and website if available)
  • Four photos (4x6) of current artwork clearly labeled
  • Detailed concept proposal with both visual (minimum front and back) and a written description of the concept

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Oconomowoc man charged with pointing gun during Waukesha road rage

Feb. 01, 2013 3:44 p.m. | Getting cut off in traffic is never pleasant, and many Wisconsin drivers might be double irked if the offending car is from Illinois.

But police say an Oconomowoc man went too far when he addressed the situation by pulling a gun during a road rage incident last month in Waukesha.

According to a criminal complaint:

Two drivers had just exited I-94 about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 when one cut off the other as they pulled onto N. Grandview Blvd. heading south.

They each sped and slowed down, changed lanes and swore at each other once they came to a red light.

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Video: Daykin discusses Clarke and Delafield hotels

Feb. 01, 2013 9:43 a.m. | In this week's Land and Space video, reporter Tom Daykin reports how two boutique hotels, the Clarke and Delafield, are both facing challenges.


Waukesha police seek help finding van that hit traffic signal switch

Feb. 01, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Police in Waukesha are asking the public for help finding a van that hit a traffic signal control cabinet Tuesday on E. Main Street.

Authorities said a 1992-1996 Chevrolet G10 or G20 Sport conversion van crashed into the switch at the intersection of E. Main Street and Nike Drive. The van had extensive front-end damage. It's missing headlight trim pieces and other parts.

Anyone with information can call crash investigator Steven Kraus at the Waukesha Police Department, 262-524-3839.

Victim identified in fatal train crash

Feb. 01, 2013 7:56 a.m. | The woman killed in a crash in the Town of Waukesha on Jan. 29 has been identified as Lila Mallman, 67, of the Town of Waukesha. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has ruled her death a suicide.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Mallman was struck by a southbound Canadian National train in the crossing at Lawnsdale Road east of Center Drive and west of Highway 164.

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Community Watch

» Hop It Market burglars thwarted in Waukesha 2/27

» Power outages in Waukesha 2/26

» Adopt-a-pet program for veterans expands to Waukesha County 2/25

» WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches 2/24

» Eisenhower holds off Waukesha North's upset attempt in boys basketball regional 2/22

» New language to special event ordinance leads to mayor removing veto at Common Council meeting 2/22

» Unreturned absentee ballots could alter GOP Assembly primary 2/21

» Common Council will address Scrima's veto on Special Event Ordinance at Thursday meeting 2/20

» Two firefighters injured while battling Waukesha house fire 2/20

» Adam Neylon carries close Assembly race in Waukesha County Updated:  2/19

» Primary shows Thieme has firm grasp on District 1 seat 2/19

» Patton, Miller advance from District 11 aldermanic primary 2/19

» Despite no BID, Farmers Market will still take place in downtown Waukesha 2/18

» Town board members argue over supervisor's "secret" meeting with city officials 2/15

» Supervisor's open records request will cost Town more than $3,500 2/15

» Town of Waukesha Plan Commission puts Dunkin' Donuts proposal on hold 2/15

» Waukesha man fatally shot in north side home 2/14

» Former Scott Walker aide's partner fined for texting teen 2/14

» Town of Waukesha demanding too much water, city says 2/12

» ‘Skimming device’ found at Waukesha bank ATM 2/12

» Dunkin' Donuts in Town of Waukesha to be considered at Thursday's board meeting 2/11

» Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoes new Special Event Ordinance at request of WDBA leaders 2/8

» Downtown Waukesha property owners look to disband BID 2/5

» Man charged with battery at Waukesha wedding brawl 2/5

» Delafield woman allegedly fights, bites officer during arrest 2/4

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