Town of Waukesha to hold chairman debate night before election

March 29, 2013 3:08 p.m. | It will be last minute, but there will be a debate between Town of Waukesha Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc and challenger John Marek.

About 12 hours before Town of Waukesha residents will cast a vote for the chairman position (the election is April 2), the two candidates will hold a debate at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, W350 S3567 Center Road.

The debate, set up through a string of Facebook correspondences between Van Scyoc and Marek, was finalized on Friday morning with the Town clerk.

Having a debate and in what setting has been a hot topic with the Town candidates in recent weeks.

Van Scyoc had invited Marek to meet her from 4 to 6:30 p.m. the past two Thursdays at Town Hall to address questions from residents.

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Waukesha fire chief search down to four finalists

March 28, 2013 12:43 p.m. | Two of the four finalists for the City of Waukesha’s fire chief search are from within the department, Human Resources Manager Donna Whalen said Thursday.

The finalists are Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Alba, Waukesha’s Battalion Chief Joseph Hoffman, City of Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter and David Litton, fire chief in the Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Whalen said final interviews are tentatively set for the week of April 8. The Police and Fire Commission has meetings April 8 and 10.

The PFC narrowed its list to four on Monday after first-round interviews with the top six candidates.

Mark Morien, vice president of Voorhees Associates, the Illinois-based search firm working with Waukesha, said there were 48 applicants coming from 19 states when the search began.

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Muskego man dead in apparent suicide after jumping from Waukesha Memorial parking garage

March 27, 2013 12:42 p.m. | Police say a 28-year-old Muskego man committed suicide at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night, jumping from an upper level floor of a nearby parking garage.

The City of Waukesha Police Department dispatch log states that several witnesses saw something fall from the parking structure shortly before 7 p.m. on March 26. They found a man, who police chose not to identify, laying on the ground.

He was taken to the hospital’s emergency room, but was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

The dispatch log states that the man was a guest at a Hebron House homeless shelter two to three weeks prior to the incident, but his parents had paid for him to stay at a hotel.

Police Captain Ron Oremus said that while the case is not officially closed, the department believes it was a suicide, citing the man’s mental illness as a factor.

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Waukesha lawyers poll favors Patience Roggensack for state Supreme Court

March 27, 2013 11:47 a.m. | The Waukesha County Bar Association released results of its judicial poll Wednesday, and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack garnered more "qualified" and fewer "unqualified" votes than challenger Ed Fallone.

The organization's 531 members got ballots, but only 169 returned them.

In the "highly qualified" category, Roggensack led 93 to 36, but only 40 to 35 under "qualified." Fallone, a professor at Marquette University Law School,  got 54 "not qualifieds" to 18 for the incumbent. Forty-three voters had no opinion on Fallone, while 15 had no opinion of Roggensack.

The election for the 10-year term is Tuesday.

Waukesha man accused of drugging, molesting stepdaughter

March 27, 2013 8:32 a.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha stepfather has been accused of allegedly drugging and molesting his 15-year-old stepdaughter on numerous occasions and inappropriately touching her friend during a sleepover on Saturday, March 23.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the identity of the alleged victims, was charged on March 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child, second degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

At an initial court appearance on March 26, Judge William Domina set the man’s cash bond at $100,000. The man was ordered to not have any contact with the victims listed in the complaint or their residence and was not to have unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

If convicted on all counts, the man could face over 80 years in prison, $200,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Counterfeit bills circulating in Milwaukee suburbs

March 26, 2013 2:07 p.m. | Watch out for counterfeit bills. Several have been circulating in the greater Milwaukee area in recent weeks.

Waukesha Police has received several reports about fakes in the past few days (especially $20 ones).

I recently overheard clerks at a West Allis grocery store mentioning that a customer tried to pay with a fake bill. Something similar happened in Port Washington, where police sent out a merchant alert over the weekend about two counterfeit $100 bills taken in by businesses last week. The bills were bleached $5 bills that appeared to be $100 bills.

Here are some tips to tell if a bill is fake:

  1. Feel the texture of the bill. The paper that bank notes are sold on isn't sold commercially. Real bills have slightly raised ink.
  2. Compare the bill to another bill, preferably of the same denomination and in the same series because nearly all bills have been redesigned since 1990.
  3. Look for printing quality, lack of detail and blurry areas, especially around the borders. Sawtooth points should be sharp and well defined.
  4. Look for colored fibers. All U.S. bills have tiny red and blue fibers embedded in the paper, but some fake bills try to replicate this in print.
  5. Examine the serial numbers and make sure they match. Serial numbers on fake bills may not be evenly spaced or perfectly aligned.
  6. Look for security features except in $1 and $2 bills, such as the security thread - the plastic strip that runs from top to bottom. The thread will glow in black light.

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Waukesha police release description of robbery suspect

March 25, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Waukesha police released a description Monday of an armed robbery suspect.

Officers responded to a hold up alarm at Check N Go, 310 W. St. Paul Ave., at 1:12 p.m. Saturday and were told that a man entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded money. The man fled on foot with the cash.

The suspect is described as a black man of average build who was wearing a black leather coat with fleece material covering up his nose and mouth. He also wore a tan or white knit hat. Anyone with information can contact Detective Dave Van Ells at (262) 524-3925.

Waukesha County Airport's control tower one of 149 on final closure list

March 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. | The list is now official and it wasn't good news for eight airports in Wisconsin.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the airport control towers at Waukesha County's Crites Field and Milwaukee County's Timmerman Field on Milwaukee's northwest side are among the 149 that will begin a four-week closing process beginning April 7.

The other airport control towers that will close in the state are in Mosinee, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Janesville, La Crosse and Oshkosh. 

The tower closures are a result of the FAA having to cut nearly $600 million from its budget as part of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts.

According to a release from the FAA, the agency kept 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure as well as an additional 16 towers under the “cost share” program.

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Man gets 4 months in Waukesha hit-and-run that killed service dog

March 22, 2013 12:50 p.m. | Carlos M. Ward, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to striking a woman and her service dog with his vehicle in Waukesha, killing the dog, was sentenced Friday morning to two years probation and four months jail.

Ward, 30, was convicted on March 13 of felony hit and run, causing injury, after striking Deborah Schultz and her dog last June as they were crossing at the intersection of North Barstow Street and South Street. Ward fled the scene after hitting Schultz, who was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a fractured foot. The dog, Lexie, died shortly after the incident. Schultz said at the March 22 sentencing hearing for Ward that the dog helped her cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, the result of her husband’s death in a car accident.

“She woke me up from nightmares,” Schultz tearfully told the courtroom.

Ward, a Milwaukee resident who worked in Waukesha, was arrested days later after an officer positively identified his vehicle based on witnesses’ statements. Ward confessed to hitting the woman and her dog, telling police he panicked when he fled the scene. He said he was very sorry for what he did.

The maximum sentence for the hit and run, nine months in prison, was imposed by Judge Donald Hassin but stayed in lieu of two years probation and four months jail.

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Extreme cat hoarding case occurred in a Town of Oconomowoc home, barn

March 21, 2013 4:23 p.m. | The 144 cats that were found in the extreme hoarding case last week came from a Town of Oconomowoc residence and barn, police logs indicate.

Lynn Olenik, executive director of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, said that while 50 have been saved from the property at W390 N9275 Pennsylvania St., 94 could not.

Olenik said the Humane Society got a call from Waukesha County Humane Officers, a separate branch that works for Waukesha County’s Parks and Land Use, after it had received a complaint.

When they got to the scene, it wasn’t pretty.

Olenik said most of the cats, which were found in the house and in the nearby barn, were sick and in grave condition. Many were dehydrated, others were very thin from not being fed and most had infections as some were covered in feces.

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HAWS Shelter seeks help in cat hoarding cases

March 20, 2013 11:19 a.m. | Fifty cats from one owner, most of them sick and suffering were recently brought to HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

The shelter is asking for the community’s help, and for residents to take action to prevent further occurrences of animal hoarding.
When is “many” considered too many? Animal hoarding, as defined in this circumstance, is when an owner/caretaker has more pets than they are able to care for properly. HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and Project Guardian both offer free or low-cost surgeries to community residents, effectively decreasing cat over-population.
HAWS stresses the need for community involvement to help eliminate future hoarding cases.
“People often don’t find out until the animals start to suffer,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS executive director.
Rather than allowing a situation to become uncontrolled, HAWS and Waukesha social service representatives ask any resident of the County, concerned that someone may have too many pets, to seek help for that person. Reports can be made to HAWS at (262) 542-8851 or the Department of Health and Human Services at (262) 548-7212 or 211.
HAWS is caring for nearly 50 cats that were surrendered by a single Waukesha County resident.
Olenik says the shelter is “treating all those we feel we can help. Most of the cats were ill and suffering, and living in deplorable conditions.”
Olenik said that as the cats are stabilized they will be placed up for adoption. Until that time, the shelter needs the community’s assistance with donations of cat food, cat litter and towels. Residents are also asked to donate money toward medications for treating upper respiratory infections and for deworming, and to sponsor spay-neuter surgeries for these cats — all costly items for HAWS to sustain.

Waukesha agrees to annex school district land

March 20, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Waukesha - The Common Council has approved a Waukesha School District petition to annex 127 acres in the Town of Waukesha west of Merrill Hills Road.

The district requested annexation of the property after the town board earlier this year excluded the property from town land to be included in the city's future water service area. The school district intends to build one or two schools on the property in the future and wants to connect to municipal water and sewer services at that time, Superintendent Todd Gray said.

Jeffrey and Connie Riegel, owners of a one-acre lot at the southeast corner of MacArthur Road and Merrill Hills Road, joined the district in the annexation petition.

The council on Wednesday approved the joint annexation petition on a 15-0 vote, Community Development Director Steve Crandell said.

Milwaukee man charged with selling $3,000 in narcotics

March 19, 2013 1:10 p.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man was charged for allegedly selling in March almost $3,000 worth of heroin and opiate prescription drugs to a confidential informant working for the Waukesha City Police Department.

Dalandric R. Manuel was charged on March 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three counts of delivery of schedule I or II narcotics, one count of delivering 3 grams or less of heroin and one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, among other, lesser charges. Manuel was convicted in Waukesha County Circuit Court of possession of THC in 2009.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police officers made contact with Manuel on March 8 through a criminal informant (CI). Through the CI, police arranged to purchase $200 worth of heroin from Manuel at the Quik Trip gas station located at 2530 North Grandview Boulevard. The CI gave Manuel $200 in prerecorded buy money and Manuel told him to meet at the Pick-n-Save grocery store at 2160 Silvernail Road to receive the heroin. The CI met with Manuel in aisle number three of the Pick N’ Save and Manuel allegedly slipped the heroin wrapped in a piece of paper into her purse.

As he was leaving, Manuel allegedly told the CI that she should not try to “Len Bias” him, referring to the “Len Bias” law, whereby a dealer can be charged with homicide if a user dies of an overdose from their product.

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Man held in Waukesha robbery may be suspect in two others

March 18, 2013 3:22 p.m. | A man who was arrested Saturday after a robbery at an E. Sunset Drive business is a suspect in two robberies from last week, Waukesha police said Monday.

The man was arrested after the business in the 100 block of E. Sunset Drive was robbed at 8:47 p.m. Saturday. The man is considered a suspect in a Speedway robbery on Sunset Drive that occurred about 1 a.m. Friday and a Subway restaurant robbery in the Town of Brookfield that was reported about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two of the robberies are still under investigation, and the Town of Brookfield incident was referred to the district attorney's office, Waukesha police said.

New Berlin Eisenhower wins Academic Decathlon

March 17, 2013 6:36 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower High School won this year's Wisconsin Academic Decathlon, snapping a string of 11 consecutive victories by Waukesha West High School.

Eisenhower captured the title with a score of 48,427 points, while Waukesha West scored 46,768 points. Both schools will compete in the national competition next month in Minneapolis.

"It was very, very exciting," said Erik Fountain, an Eisenhower math teacher and one of the school's two Academic Decathlon coaches. "It was very close. We had no idea until probably about three-quarters of the way through the team trophies that we had a slight hope."

Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is an extracurricular high school program featuring nine-person teams of three A students, three B students and three C students. All nine students write tests in subjects that include science, math, art and social sciences, with the top two scores in each category determining the team score.

Competing at the state competition on Friday in Wisconsin Dells were 20 teams from public and private high schools.

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Town of Waukesha approves Dunkin' Donuts on Sunset

March 15, 2013 3:26 p.m. | A Dunkin' Donuts will be coming to the Town of Waukesha. 

After a decision was delayed last month after seeing preliminary plans, the Town Board followed the Plan Commission's recommendation at last night's meeting and approved a 5,040 square-foot multi-tenant retail building that will house the doughnut shop at S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, Town Chairwoman Angie Van Scyoc said Friday.

The Dunkin' Donuts proposal was brought back to the Plan Commission and Town Board because of traffic and safety concerns they and neighbors had.

The Town Board and the Plan Commission's approval was based on confirmation of the allowance of the drive-through. The names of the other tenants to occupy that space have not been released.

Van Scyoc said the property still has to be purchased so a date of when it will open is to be determined.

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Waukesha woman charged with attacking others at N.A. meeting

March 15, 2013 1:57 p.m. |  An 18-year-old Waukesha woman could face more than 16 years in prison after allegedly attacking several people, including arresting officers, following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in the City of Waukesha.

Samantha A. Mueller was charged on March 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, attempted battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, causing injury, two counts of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Waukesha police were dispatched to St. Luke’s Church, 300 Carroll St. in Waukesha, after receiving reports that a fight had broken out outside the church following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

An officer made contact with a group of people standing in the parking lot who said that Mueller had hit several people after the meeting. Mueller told police that people at the meeting had been “trash talking” her and calling her names through text messages.

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Speedway gas station in Waukesha robbed Friday morning

March 15, 2013 1:09 p.m. | A Speedway gas station, 1600 E. Sunset Drive, in Waukesha was robbed at 12:54 a.m. Friday, according to a report from the Waukesha Police Department.

Lt. Tom Wagner of the Criminal Investigation Division said a Speedway employee informed police that a suspect entered the gas station, implied that he had a weapon and demanded money.

The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled. No one was injured in the incident, Wagner said.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’6” tall, average build, wearing blue jeans, a black hat, black ski-mask, black hooded sweatshirt and brown shoes.

Wagner said the suspect's description and photos obtained are similar to a robbery that happened at 10 p.m. Wednesday at a Subway restaurant, 19555 W. Bluemound Road., in the Town of Brookfield.

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Milwaukee police sergeant revives man

March 15, 2013 12:44 p.m. | A Milwaukee police sergeant is being credited with restoring a man's heartbeat this week.

A woman flagged down Officer Conway Nimmer in the District 4 parking lot at about 10 a.m. Wednesday and told the officer her 54-year-old son couldn't breathe, according to Milwaukee police. The woman was taking her son to the VA hospital because he had been complaining of pain. During the drive, the man began convulsing and passed out. Nimmer called for help as he pulled the man out of the vehicle and placed him on the ground.

Sgt. Stephen Chin ran outside with the district's automated external defibrillator in hand. He began CPR and then used the AED to deliver three shocks. Chin restored the man's heartbeat and the man was taken to the hospital by the Milwaukee Fire Department.

NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at with the subject Facebook comments.

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Waukesha council to consider annexing school district land

March 14, 2013 11:22 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha School District's petition to annex 127 acres west of Merrill Hills Road to the city will be considered by the common council Tuesday now that the Plan Commission has recommended approval.

Annexation of the district's property in the Town of Waukesha is the only way to ensure municipal water and sewer services are available when a new school is built there in the future, according to Superintendent Todd Gray.

The annexation became necessary after the town board earlier this year excluded the property from town land to be included in the city's future water service area, Gray said.

On Wednesday, the Plan Commission approved the petition without amendments, Community Development Director Steve Crandell said.

Jeffrey and Connie Riegel, owners of a one-acre lot at the southeast corner of MacArthur Road and Merrill Hills Road, are joining the district in the annexation petition.

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Artists for second phase of Waukesha GuitarTown will be announced Monday

March 14, 2013 11:16 a.m. | Waukesha GuitarTown is getting bigger in its second go-around.

Waukesha GuitarTown spokesman Norm Bruce said 15 artists have been chosen to decorate the 10-foot tall fiberglass sculpture Gibson Les Paul guitars and 24 for the playable regular-sized guitars as part of the public art project.

These artists will be announced during a public reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Bernie’s Tap Room & Restaurant, 351 W. Main St., in downtown Waukesha.

The 39 guitars for the project is an increase from the 30 in last year’s project – 20 playable and 10 oversized guitars. After they were revealed in early June, the large guitars resided outside downtown businesses as part of a walking tour. The regular-sized guitars were put inside selected downtown businesses.

Like last year, Lynn Gaffey, a downtown art gallery owner and the artistic director of the Waukesha GuitarTown Steering Committee, chose the selected artists. 

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Carroll University's 27-hour swing-a-thon raising money for victims of human trafficking

March 13, 2013 11:35 a.m. | If you happen to drive by Carroll University Thursday morning, afternoon, night and even early Friday morning and see people swinging on swings, it’s OK.

That’s because Carroll University students are conducting a 27-hour swing-a-thon to raise funds for the Milwaukee-based organization, Exploit No More, which provides services to victims of human trafficking.

According to a news release, two swings will be set up on the lawn in front of Main Hall for the event, “Swinging for Change.” It runs from 9 a.m. Thursday to noon Friday.

The 27-hour duration represents the estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world, the release says.

In addition to students and other faculty, Carroll President Doug Hastad and Theresa Barry, vice president of student affairs, will participate in the event.

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Downtown Waukesha BID Board looks to offer new plan with termination process underway

March 12, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Could the downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District be saved?

It appears despite the downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District being essentially on life support, the board will reconvene Wednesday night to offer a new plan.

The meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Randall Room 207 inside Waukesha City Hall, takes place a week after a public hearing was held on the termination of the BID, a taxing district in downtown Waukesha.

During this meeting, the board will reconsider the 2013 budget that was a point of contention and a reason for property owners sending out a petition to have the BID disbanded.

According to the agenda released by City Hall Monday afternoon, City Administrator Ed Henschel and BID Board President Bill Huelsman are now requesting that $20,000 cover traditional BID-supported events, such as the Farmers Market (the Waukesha Downtown Business Association is running the event this year with the BID in a state of flux) and the Christmas Parade.

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Four people charged in last year's brawl at Monkey Joe's

March 12, 2013 1:43 p.m. | Two men and two women were charged with disorderly conduct for a brawl that broke out at Monkey Joe’s child play center in Waukesha last September.

Albert J. Harrell, 37; Joann Lindsey, 33; Brenda L. Messling, 55; and Donell L. Messling, 36 were all charged on March 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

During the time of the incident, Harrell was out on bail for felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and as such was also charged with felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha Police officers were dispatched to Monkey Joe’s, 2040 W. Bluemound Rd. in Waukesha, at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2012, after receiving reports of a fight in progress.

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Waukesha police say standoff was over domestic violence report

March 11, 2013 2:42 p.m. | Waukesha police released information Monday on a Sunday standoff in which a man barricaded himself inside his basement with a handgun for more than an hour.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Kilps Drive for a domestic violence report at 1:27 p.m. A 29-year-old mother of four at the residence told police her 30-year-old husband was in the basement with a gun. Officers evacuated the woman and her children. All available Waukesha officers, Waukesha County sheriff's deputies and the regional BearCat armored vehicle came to the house.

The man surrendered at 2:42 p.m. The case is still under investigation, and the changes have not yet been referred to the Waukesha County district attorney.

Waukesha apartment damaged after boy sets bed on fire

March 10, 2013 1:52 p.m. | A four-year-old boy playing with a lighter set a bed on fire and caused about $15,000 in damages to a Waukesha apartment Sunday morning, authorities say.

The boy had been playing in a second-floor bedroom by himself and alerted his family that there was a fire on top of the bed, according to a news release by the Waukesha Fire Department Sunday.

The boy's family members called 911, threw a blanket on top of the flames and waited outside the apartment building in the 1700 block of Elder St. for firefighters to arrive.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control. No one was injured, but the building and its contents sustained $15,000 in damages, battalion chief Joe Hoffman said. Only the bedroom had fire damage, but the rest of the apartment was smoke damaged. None of the adjacent apartments were affected.

The apartment building houses 16 apartments, authorities said.

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WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

Waukesha school district's annexation petition will be discussed Wednesday

March 08, 2013 6:26 p.m. | The Waukesha School District is protecting a 14-year-old investment in vacant land as a possible school building site by seeking annexation of the 127-acre property to the city, a district official said.

Annexation is the district's only route to municipal water and sewer services for the land immediately west of Merrill Hills Road now that the Waukesha Town Board has cut the property out of the city's future service area, Superintendent Todd Gray said.

The land is the district's primary site for construction of one or two new schools when needed, and the availability of municipal services is at the heart of the plan, according to Gray.

"A middle school or large elementary school would not function well without municipal water and sewer," he said.

In late January, the Town Board decided to include a small northern portion of the municipality in Waukesha's service area submitted as part of the city's request for Lake Michigan water.

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Waukesha County Airport's air traffic control tower scheduled to close April 7

March 07, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Kurt Stanich, manager of the Waukesha County Airport, knew the outlook was bleak when he heard from the Federal Aviation Administration that the airport's air traffic control tower was on the chopping block.

But he was hopeful last week that the tower could be saved despite federal budget spending cuts to a number of programs nationwide that are forcing agencies to slash five percent from their overall budgets.   

However, Midwest ATC Services, Inc., which operates Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field, recently informed the airport that the tower would be one of 173 across the country that will close April 7. 

While most are regional and smaller airports, the towers closing represent 40 percent of all towers in the U.S.

Workers in the control tower are "the communication" and "the eyes" for the ground and the pilot, Stanich said. It's a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled air space.

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Ohio dairy processor offers $5.5 million for Golden Guernsey

March 04, 2013 8:16 p.m. | An Ohio dairy products company that supplies Costco stores has offered $5.5 million for the Golden Guernsey Dairy plant in Waukesha, a court filing shows, but the offer rejects the labor contract that was in place at the plant.

The parent company of Superior Dairy Co. of Canton, Ohio, submitted the offer and put down a $500,000 deposit, according to the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Golden Guernsey closed two months ago and filed for bankruptcy a few days later.

A Los Angeles private-equity firm that bought the company in 2011 shut it down suddenly, resulting in the loss of more than 100 jobs and ending an 83-year legacy in the Milwaukee area.

But the company could be revived under Superior Dairy Co.'s offer, which would keep the dairy plant intact.

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Young Pewaukee to play at sectional

March 02, 2013 10:32 p.m. | All the momentum that the Pewaukee girls basketball team built up during the surprising regular season carried over into the WIAA postseason.

After going 18-4 during the regular season, losing only to No. 2 ranked New Berlin Eisenhower and No. 4 ranked Milwaukee Pius, the Pirates opened WIAA Division 2 tourney play on Friday and Saturday by scoring a pair of wins. On Friday, they eliminated Cudahy, 49-27 and then ended the Waukesha North season on Saturday night, 54-32.

By winning, Pewaukee earned the right to play in the sectional on 7 p.m. Thursday against longtime rival New Berlin Eisenhower (22-2). The winner will play in the sectional championship game on Saturday, March 9 at Brookfield Central.

“We didn’t play very well on Friday night but we still won, and tonight I thought we played very well,” said Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen. “It feels great to be going back to the sectional. We started the season with just one starter back so these kids have done a great job to get this far. We’ll enjoy this one right now and then get to work on Eisenhower on Monday.”

In the win over Cudahy, freshman Abby Gerrits led the winners with 18 points. She had also six steals. Junior Dani Jasinski chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

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Waukesha West girls win first regional title

March 02, 2013 10:15 p.m. | With its best player and Western Illinois recruit Michelle Farrow limited to the role of team motivator for much of the second half of the season because of a knee injury, the Waukesha West girls basketball team looked for leadership among its youthful ranks Saturday in its WIAA regional final against formidable Germantown.

Tje Wolverines found it. In came in the likes of senior forward Lizzy Connors who had 26 points, freshman point guard Dani Rhodes, who had 22 fearless points (including 11 of 13 from the foul line) and sophomore forward Katy Walz, who contributed 13.

It all led to a little bit of history being made as the Wolverines showed some maturity and claimed their first-ever regional championship with a harder-than-it-looks 73-54 decision over the visiting Warhawks.

West used fast starts in both halves and a critical push in the fourth quarter to pull away from the hard-charging and fast-paced Germantown squad. The Wolverines advanced to Thursday's sectional semifinal against conference rival Arrowhead at Kettle Moraine.

"We've had some problems with fading a little bit down the stretch recently," said first-year West coach Mark Busalacchi, "but I told the girls tonight that that was not an option."

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Germantown runs by Waukesha South

March 01, 2013 11:10 p.m. | The Germantown girls basketball team scored a 63-43 victory over visiting Waukesha South in a regional semifinal Friday, earning a chance to face second-seeded Waukesha West on Saturday.

Germantown’s 3-point shooters struck early and often with Amy Flasch opening the scoring for the Warhawks in the first quarter, while the Warhawks’ defense was utterly relentless in its full court pressure.

The Blackshirts couldn’t quite cope with the pressure and were forced into bad passes or shots on numerous occasions. Star player Lexi Weitzer, a four-year starter and the only senior on the team, was consistently facing a double team, and the Warhawks led 19-5 after the first quarter, then 39-19 at halftime.

Waukesha South favored penetrating inside for easy baskets rather than taking outside shots.

“When you’re playing three to two, we wanted to make sure that we weren’t shooting anything from beyond five feet," South coach Paul Darling said. "What I did not realize is that we would have such trouble getting the ball in. Our passing was pretty poor tonight.”

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Waukesha West bounces back, tops KM

March 01, 2013 10:56 p.m. | Despite an abysmal first half against Kettle Moraine, the Waukesha West girls basketball team advanced to the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs on Friday

The host Wolverines (18-5) mustered a 34-30 win after a first-half performance that saw them go into the break trailing, 10-6. But it was persistence and patience that sparked the turnaround, and the No. 2-seeded Wolverines pulled out just enough offense to earn another home game; a Saturday night matchup with third-seeded Germantown (18-5).

“The effort was great, even the execution was good,” Wolverines head coach Mark Busalacchi said. “It was like we were trying too hard. We just said at halftime, ‘It’ll start going in.’ And it did. We didn’t change anything. We were getting good looks; we just had to start making them. Sometimes that’s all it is. The ball either goes in or it doesn't.”

Within the opening minutes of the third quarter, the Wolverines more than doubled their first-half total and took a 13-10 lead off a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Katy Walz. West outscored the Lasers 15-5 in the third quarter and appeared to be pulling away when it built a 25-17 advantage early in the fourth.

“We know that they’re an offensive team,” Lasers head coach Janine Emmer said. “They were more aggressive in the second half. They were in the bonus in the third quarter. They tried to wear us down, and they did.”

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