Waukesha bus driver in hot water for calling rider 'short, fat and white'

Aug. 30, 2013 6:51 a.m. | A Waukesha Metro bus driver faces disciplinary action after a verbal altercation in which she proclaimed to a passenger: "'You're short, fat and white. Don't talk to me like that,'" the Waukesha Freeman reports.

The Freeman says a passenger last week asked the driver on a Route 1 downtown Waukesha route to turn down the air conditioning in the bus. According to security video reviewed by the Freeman, the passenger made the request twice but the bus driver refused and made the remark to the passenger as she exited the bus.

Brian Engelking, transit manager, told the Freeman that driver is not a city employee, but an employee of Professional Transit Management, which manages the Waukesha Metro. Engelking said he could not disclose what kind of discipline the driver will receive.

UW-Waukesha to close for holiday weekend

Aug. 29, 2013 10:05 a.m. | The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus will be closed from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Campus buildings will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 for the start of fall classes. The UW-Waukesha Business Office will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 3. Normal hours of operation for the Business Office during the academic year are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Man charged with biting off caregiver's ear in Waukesha

Aug. 28, 2013 4:58 p.m. |  A 24-year-old West Allis man was charged on Thursday, Aug. 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with allegedly biting off a caretaker’s ear outside Westbrook Health Center in Waukesha.

Aaron A. Bach was charged with felony mayhem and substantial battery, altogether facing more than 43 years in prison and $110,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City Police were dispatched at 3 p.m. on July 5 to Westbook Health Center, 2315 E. Moreland Boulevard, after receiving reports of the attack.

The officers were informed that victim John Friedli was transported into the medical facility for treatment. He was bleeding heavily, his ear having been torn off completely.

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Waukesha North volleyball teams forced to relocate as fire cleanup continues

Aug. 28, 2013 2:36 p.m. | Waukesha West unveiled its new fieldhouse floor this week as its volleyball teams began practicing on the shiny wood surface. 

Students at Waukesha North, on the other hand, will have to continue to wait before its new fieldhouse wood floor is finished. 

The fire that broke out inside the fieldhouse last month not only caused the opening date to be pushed back, but it has forced the high school volleyball teams to relocate until the cleanup and repair is done, which might not be for another month.

New Waukesha North Athletic Director Brian Schlei said the boys volleyball team has moved its practices to Waukesha West through Oct. 4.

He said the Northstars' only home match scheduled between now and then was moved to the other team's site.

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Carroll University reveals plans for new science center

Aug. 28, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Carroll University unveiled plans Wednesday of a new 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art science center.

The building, which would cost about $22 to $24 million, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. 

According to a university news release, one story will be below ground level and three stories will be above ground level. The center will be on the northeast corner of College Avenue and Barstow Street.

Maxon Hall, the building at that site which houses classrooms, faculty offices and the environmental science program, will be demolished for the new center.

The building will extend closer to College Avenue to the south and to Carroll's Rankin Hall to the east. 

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Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

Wolverines flip script on Spartans

Aug. 24, 2013 10:31 a.m. | The Waukesha West football team has to feel a lot better about its season-opening performance than last year's.

The Wolverines thumped host Brookfield East on Friday, 23-7, one year after an embarrassing 29-0 opener at the hands of the Spartans.

"I know you guys have to feel good about this after what happened a year ago," West head coach Steve Rux told his players in a post-game speech.

It was, for the most part, an evenly matched contest, until a high snap sent the football soaring over East senior quarterback Zach Damico's head midway through the second quarter. Damico made the smart play and fell on the ball, but surrendered a safety that sparked West's surge.

"It's a game of momentum," Rux said. "We missed some opportunities early, fumbling the football, and they missed some opportunities, so when that happened, I think it jacked us up a little bit."

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Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba suspended, Police and Fire Commission rules

Aug. 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. | City of Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba, accused of sexually harassing a fire department employee, has been suspended with pay, effective immediately.

The decision was made Wednesday night by the Waukesha Police and Fire Commission after it went into closed session at City Hall.

A final disciplinary hearing that will determine whether to retain Alba is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall.

City Administrator Ed Henschel said it will resemble a court setting with the four-member Police and Fire Commission acting as the "jury." 

At that time, the city will present its side, while Alba's attorney, Victor E. Plantinga, will present his client's side.

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Brookfield Spartan Invite tennis photos now online

Aug. 21, 2013 10:41 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the Brookfield East Spartan Invitational, featuring images from the first day of the two-day tournament.

Brookfield East Spartan Invitational photo gallery.

Waukesha Common Council approves land use change for Meijer development to move forward

Aug. 20, 2013 9:58 p.m. | The Meijer project in the City of Waukesha is alive.

Despite hearing from many neighbors against the development Tuesday night, the Common Council, by a 10-4 vote, approved a land-use amendment plan that changes the 31-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive from residential to commercial.

A change was needed for the Meijer development, which includes a 192,000-square-foot supercenter and a 2,500-square-foot gas station, to continue.

The Common Council must still take action on rezoning the land to Community Business Planned Unit Development and improvements through the Plan Commission can still occur.

The Council’s approval comes less than two weeks after not enough votes (six) were cast for a land use change on this parcel.

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Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets

Aug. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m. | It's that time of the year again for soon-to-be cooling temperatures, school spirit and Friday night lights.

Area football teams are set to kick off their seasons this week, and we want you to showcase your school and alumni spirit by sharing your photographs.

One person who shares the most-liked photo showcasing their school spirit will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Here's what you need to do: First, take a photo of yourself, your friends or whatever else you think shows your spirit for preps football. Then tag your photos with the #wisfb hashtag as well as a hashtag of your school (#Arrowhead, #Homestead and #CatholicMemorial are examples). Then post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Flickr.

Photos will be compiled on the NOW Newspapers #wisfb prep football spirit photos page, and you can vote for your favorite there.

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Tenants at old Kmart site in Waukesha depend on approval of proposed Meijer development

Aug. 14, 2013 8:23 p.m. | Plans are in the works to improve the old Kmart site at 120 E. Sunset Drive that has been vacant for a couple of years now.

And while the Waukesha Plan Commission approved preliminary plans for building and site modifications Wednesday night, the tenants at that site could largely depend on a separate nearby proposed development currently up in the air.

This came to light when broker Jon Thoresen of Commercial Properties Associates, a partner in the development, said if the proposed Meijer project, located on the southeast corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive, doesn't get approved a couple of the tenants, which have not been announced yet, would not locate there.

Thoresen said retailers like to be by other high traffic sites and that includes the proposed Meijer, a 192,000-square-foot supercenter that has seen its fair share of pushback from neighbors near the site. 

The Meijer development temporarily stalled last week when not enough votes were cast in approving a land-use plan from residential to commercial.

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Waukesha Plan Commission approves Carroll University GuitarTown mural

Aug. 14, 2013 7:16 p.m. | The final mural that is part of the second phase of the Waukesha GuitarTown project representing Carroll University was approved by the Plan Commission Wednesday night.

It joins the 13 murals previously approved and that were painted on downtown buildings two weeks ago.

The mural was the only one that was not approved at a July 24 Plan Commission meeting, because Commissioners said it didn’t represent Carroll’s rich history.

However, the Plan Commission liked the updates the Carroll University artist team provided.

The new mural shows black and white images (the past) on the left side before transitioning to a modern, brighter look with a Carroll building in the middle and a logo on the right side as well as students and the Carroll mascot (the present). It also has the statement “We are Pioneers of Note" at the top.

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Waukesha's Night Out scheduled for tonight in Frame Park

Aug. 14, 2013 12:31 p.m. | Heightening crime and drug prevention awareness and promoting safety knowledge are some of the top goals of Waukesha's annual Night Out.

The annual event, which began in 1988, returns from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Frame Park on the Rotary Building Grounds, 1150 Baxter St. 

The event is free and features 30 tables, displays and demonstrations.

Some of the displays include:

  • Flight for Life (5 to 6 p.m.)
  • WI Department of Transportation & AAA are providing and running a Distracted Driving Simulator for teens and adults.
  • Child Car Seat Information provided by Safe Kids of Wisconsin.
  • A squad car, armored car and command post will be on display from the Waukesha Police Department.
  • Child ID Kits - a Waukesha police officer will be present to fingerprint children.
  • The Fire Safety House, an ambulance and a fire truck will be on display from the Waukesha Fire Department.
  • Waukesha Recycling will have a recycling display.
  • The Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Alumni will be present.
  • McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog will be in the crowd.
  • ProHealth Care will be selling and fitting children's bicycle helmets for $10.
  • A K-9 and deputy, a motorcycle deputy and the Sheriff's Department Command Post from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will be on display.
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will have a boating safety display.

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Meijer in Waukesha doesn't receive enough votes Thursday to keep project moving forward

Aug. 09, 2013 12:51 a.m. | Not enough votes were cast in favor of changing a land use plan amendment to keep the Meijer development moving forward in the City of Waukesha at Thursday's Common Council meeting.

While it puts a halt into Meijer's plan for Waukesha, it doesn't mean the project is dead quite yet.

Six aldermen voted to change the 31-acre property at the southeast corner of Tenny Avenue and E. Sunset Drive from medium and medium-high residential to commercial and isolated natural resource area, while five voted against the change.

Nevertheless, it failed because eight votes are needed in amending a land use plan.

However, one of the five aldermen who voted in the minority (but who ultimately won Thursday night), could request to have it return to the agenda for another vote, City Planner Jennifer Andrews said. 

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Waukesha Police and Fire Commissioner resigns amid theft allegations as DPW employee

Aug. 08, 2013 2:51 p.m. | Despite saying the allegations against him in the thefts of metal scrap are "untrue," Dan Owens has resigned from the Police and Fire Commission.  

Owens' resignation comes two days after Mayor Jeff Scrima suspended him from the PFC after a recently completed investigation accuses Owens of misappropriating more than $13,200 received by him in payment for city scrap metal delivered by him in city trucks to scrap yards.

City Administrator Ed Henschel said in the written charges that according to a report provided to the city by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Owens acknowledged to a detective that he believes that since 2009, he has kept money he received from the sale of city scrap "in an amount less than $4,000."

His resignation is also one day before the Waukesha Common Council was scheduled to make a recommendation to the Human Resources Committee on Owens' removal. 

"I am only resigning for the sake of my family, as well as the undue financial burden of attorney fees relating to this issue," Owens said in a letter sent to the Common Council on Wednesday. "If it were not for the affect this issue has had on my family, as well as the financial burden of attorney fees, I would look forward to having a hearing before the Common Council."

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Brookfield Financial adviser charged with possessing child pornography

Aug. 05, 2013 8:26 p.m. | A 52-year-old Brookfield financial adviser was charged Monday, July 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with several counts of possessing child pornography, telling police he was no longer stimulated by adult pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha Police detectives discovered during a June 9 investigation that several files being shared online contained child pornography. The images showed prepubescent children, some of whom were being molested, in various states of undress, according to the complaint.

The IP address of the content uploaded was traced to Waukesha resident Scott A. Chier. Chier was, until recently, listed online as an adviser of Chier, Kreske & Associates, a Brookfield practice associated with Ameriprise Financial Services Inc.

A search warrant was executed July 25 of Chier's house, at 2512 Marry Ann Court, and more images of child pornography were found. He told police that he was addicted to pornography and had begun searching for underage girls. He said that he typically deletes images from his computer on a yearly basis.

Chier was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Scrima suspends Waukesha Police and Fire Commission member due to theft allegations

Aug. 05, 2013 6:39 p.m. | Citing a violation of the City of Waukesha's code of ethics, Mayor Jeff Scrima has exercised his statutory authority to suspend Dan Owens from serving on the Police and Fire Commission.

The suspension is pending the outcome of the hearing of charges against him for his permanent removal from the PFC.

Owens is a former Department Public Works employee who has been accused of stealing metal scraps from the city by failing to turn over cash or checks received from scrap yards, along with two other former DPW employees.

Scrima had previously asked for Owens' resignation when the investigation started this spring after the three were initially put on paid administrative leave.

A copy of the charges against Owens, the suspension letter, the Sheriff's Department Investigation, Forensic Report Executive Summary and the employment investigation interview notes conducted by the City of Waukesha were released Monday.

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Woman in 'serious' condition after being hit by train in Waukesha

Aug. 05, 2013 1:31 p.m. | A 40-year-old woman was hit by a train at 12:36 p.m. Monday near Frame Park in Waukesha.

Flight for Life transported the woman to Froedtert Hospital and is in serious condition, Lt. Tom Wagner of the Waukesha Police Department said. 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Whiterock Avenue and Perkins Avenue.

When Waukesha Police and Fire Department personnel arrived, the woman was found lying next to the railroad tracks.

The victim was medically assessed by police and paramedics and was immediately transported to the hospital.

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Waukesha Walmart Neighborhood Market hiring up to 95

Aug. 05, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Walmart said Monday it plans to hire as many as 95 employees for a Walmart Neighborhood Market store opening this fall at Highway 164 and Coral Drive.

A temporary hiring center has opened at 1507 E. Sunset Drive, Suite 125, Waukesha. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the center. Applicants can walk in to apply, but are encouraged to fill out an application first at http://careers.walmart.com/.

Walmart said that through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months. Interested veterans can find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com/.

According to store manager Lee Spude, the store will be hiring both full- and part-time employees. "I’m looking to hire supervisors, bakery and deli associates, customer service representatives, cashiers, overnight stockers, among other opportunities," Spude said.


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Billy Ingram sentenced to life in prison in gas station slaying

Aug. 01, 2013 3:23 p.m. | Nehwish Rana said in a written statement before the court Thursday that he hoped Billy J. Ingram would burn in Hell for killing his father last year.

Judge Kathryn Foster couldn’t grant that request, but she sentenced Ingram, 21, to the closest thing the legal system has to offer: a life sentence without parole.

Foster described Billy J. Ingram, who chose not to speak on his own behalf, as "indifferent" to the impact his actions had on Rana's family.

"What frightens me is that nobody could really predict you would do this," she said.

Ingram was found guilty in June of shooting and killing Nayyer Rana, 56, during a botched armed robbery of Waukesha’s Petro Mart on May 29, 2012.

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Update: Waukesha North closed through weekend after small fire breaks out Thursday morning

Aug. 01, 2013 11:43 a.m. | A small fire that broke out early Thursday morning in the Waukesha North High School fieldhouse has forced the school to close through the weekend.

"Because the fire department and school personnel are still trying to secure the building and get the levels of air quality back to normal from this fire, we have made the decision with consult from district officials, to close North High School effective immediately and through the weekend," read a message to North employees, parents and students.

No students, parents, coaches or any school personnel will be allowed into the high school as a pre-cautionary measure, the message read.

The school's early-bird iPad rollout for Thursday has been canceled. The district is implementing iPads at four schools for the 2013-14 school year.

At about 4:50 a.m., the City of Waukesha Dispatch Center received a call from the staff at Linden Grove Nursing Home, 2330 Michigan Ave., that they could see strobe lights activated at Waukesha North High School, 2222 Michigan Ave.

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» Waukesha bus driver in hot water for calling rider 'short, fat and white' 8/30

» UW-Waukesha to close for holiday weekend 8/29

» Man charged with biting off caregiver's ear in Waukesha 8/28

» Waukesha North volleyball teams forced to relocate as fire cleanup continues 8/28

» Carroll University reveals plans for new science center 8/28

» Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll 8/27

» Wolverines flip script on Spartans 8/24

» Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba suspended, Police and Fire Commission rules 8/21

» Brookfield Spartan Invite tennis photos now online 8/21

» Waukesha Common Council approves land use change for Meijer development to move forward 8/20

» Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets 8/19

» Tenants at old Kmart site in Waukesha depend on approval of proposed Meijer development 8/14

» Waukesha Plan Commission approves Carroll University GuitarTown mural 8/14

» Waukesha's Night Out scheduled for tonight in Frame Park 8/14

» Meijer in Waukesha doesn't receive enough votes Thursday to keep project moving forward 8/9

» Waukesha Police and Fire Commissioner resigns amid theft allegations as DPW employee 8/8

» Brookfield Financial adviser charged with possessing child pornography 8/5

» Scrima suspends Waukesha Police and Fire Commission member due to theft allegations 8/5

» Woman in 'serious' condition after being hit by train in Waukesha 8/5

» Waukesha Walmart Neighborhood Market hiring up to 95 8/5

» Billy Ingram sentenced to life in prison in gas station slaying 8/1

» Update: Waukesha North closed through weekend after small fire breaks out Thursday morning 8/1

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