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.

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