Man charged with baseball bat assault at vacant Waukesha apartment

Nov. 26, 2013 3:03 p.m. | A 42-year-old man was accused last week of beating a drunken man with a baseball bat at a vacant Waukesha apartment on Jackson Court.

Roberto A. Guzman, currently being held in Waukesha County Jail, was charged on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted, Guzman could face up to four years imprisonment and $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with Waukesha City Police was dispatched at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 to an apartment at 333 Jackson Court after receiving reports of an assault.

The officer found victim Ricardo Zaragoza being held up by a neighbor, who said in the complaint that Zaragoza had been in a fight. Zaragoza was "extremely bloody," the complaint states.

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Waukesha man arrested in connection to shooting near Woodman's Market

Nov. 26, 2013 3:02 p.m. | Waukesha City Police arrested one of two men being sought on warrants in a shooting that occurred near Woodman's Food Market on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Police Capt. Ron Oremus said that Vasilio Aguilera, 25 of Waukesha, was arrested on Monday evening outside Casa Del Rio restaurant. A detective stopped a vehicle occupied by Aguilera after recognizing the driver as a friend of the defendant, the captain said.

"It was pretty good police work," Oremus said.

Aguilera is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail, he said.

Oremus said that another suspected shooter, Antonio Martinez, 22 of Waukesha, is expected to surrender himself to police on Wednesday, Nov. 27, after this paper's publication date.

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Waukesha house fire sends two to hospital with burn injuries

Nov. 26, 2013 1:31 p.m. | A residential structure fire was contained and extinguished at a northwest Waukesha home Tuesday morning, but not before it required two individuals medical attention at a burn center.

Damage of the home is estimated at $75,000.

According to a news release from Capt. Ron Oremus, the City of Waukesha Dispatch Center received a call just before 11:30 a.m. about black smoke pouring out of a residence at 2301 Summit Ave. 

Oremus said a husband and wife managed to self evacuate from the residence, but needed medical attention due to the "seriousness of the injuries."

Two Flight for Life helicopters were requested but only the woman, 66, was transported by helicopter to the St. Mary's Burn Center. Her husband, 65, was transported first to Waukesha Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then later transferred to the St. Mary's Burn Center.

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Leaking sanitary sewers could hurt Waukesha lake water plan

Nov. 23, 2013 11:15 p.m. | Could Waukesha's 13-year quest for Lake Michigan drinking water be thwarted by its own leaking sanitary sewers?

And if those sewers overflow in heavy rains, would the untreated wastewater flow all the way to the Root River and the lake under Waukesha's plans to discharge to the river?

Those are among questions residents asked both at public meetings this month on Waukesha's plan and in comments submitted to the state Department of Natural Resources.

In a request to switch to a lake water supply, Waukesha proposes to return the water as fully treated wastewater to the Root River, a lake tributary. A Great Lakes protection compact would require the return flow if Wisconsin and the other seven states bordering the lakes approve the city's request to divert water beyond the subcontinental divide.

Since wastewater pouring out of overflowing sewers is not treated, Todd Brennan of Racine asked how Waukesha handles its sanitary sewer overflows. Brennan represents the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network.

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Former Golden Guernsey owner owes workers over $1 million

Nov. 21, 2013 9:18 a.m. | The former owner of Golden Guernsey Dairy owes employees more than $1 million from shutting down the Waukesha milk bottling plant in January, leaving about 100 people out of work.

Open Gate Capital owes actual wages of about $335,000 plus pay for the time employees would have worked had the private equity firm followed state law and filed a 60-day plant closing notice, the Department of Workforce Development has determined.

In early January, Golden Guernsey filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In May, the plant was sold at bankruptcy auction to Lifeway Foods Inc. of Morton Grove, Ill., for $7.4 million.

Lifeway has said it plans to reopen the plant by the end of the year, rehiring at least some of the 112 people who worked there.

Open Gate Capital has 10 days to appeal the Workforce Development ruling. A company spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Three men sought in shooting near Woodman's Food Market in Waukesha

Nov. 19, 2013 1:25 p.m. | Three men are being sought on warrants after being accused of shooting at a vehicle occupied by three others over a drug robbery outside Woodman's Food Market.

Antonio P. Martinez, 22, of Waukesha; Vasilio Aguilera, 25, of Waukesha; and Daniel Mindeola, 17, were each charged Friday, Nov. 15, with discharging a firearm at a vehicle and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Martinez and Mindeola were also charged with marijuana distribution for their role in the alleged drug deal.

The complaint lists no addres for Mindeola. According to court records, Martinez resides at 1108 Lombardi Way and Aguilera resides at 620 E. North St.

Anyone with information should call the Waukesha City Police Department at (262) 524-3831.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman told an officer Wednesday, Nov. 13, that she had arranged a drug deal with Mindeola at Woodman's Food Market, 1600 E. Main St.

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WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online

Nov. 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. | We've just updated our 2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.

Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.

Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.

2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery

Read social media story of Waukesha West vs. Kimberly football playoff game

Nov. 16, 2013 8:41 a.m. | Top seed Waukesha West looks to move past second seed Kimberly to state in Division 2 on Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Waukesha County Museum doesn't receive extra financial support from county board

Nov. 14, 2013 3:16 p.m. | Over the last few months, Waukesha County Museum officials made their pitch for more funding.

But the Waukesha County Board stood by Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' original proposed budget of only funding $150,000 to the museum for 2014.

At the recommendation of the Finance Committee, a $47,000 increase to the museum's portion of the operating budget was up for approval.

However, in a 13-8 vote, the board denied more funding.

"It's devastating," said Tom Constable, museum board chairman.

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City of Waukesha employees charged in scrap metal theft plead not guilty

Nov. 12, 2013 1:25 p.m. | Three former City of Waukesha Public Works employees accused of scrapping city property for profit pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance on Monday.

Daniel Llanas, 57 of Waukesha; Steven Olson, 60 of Eagle; and Daniel Owens, 48 of Waukesha were each charged on Oct. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of misdemeanor business theft.

A city audit released in August alleged that more than $20,000 in scrap metal was sold for profit between 2009 and 2013. Olson, an employee for 15 years, told police in the criminal complaint that it was common practice among employees to sell scrap metal for personal gain.

The men were released on $1,000 signature bonds and ordered to have no contact with each other.

They are expected to appear at a hearing on Jan. 3.

Waukesha man calls 911 with request to remove mystery woman from his bed for snoring

Nov. 11, 2013 2:41 p.m. | A man at 1165 White Rock Ave. in Waukesha called 911 at about 4:20 a.m. Nov. 10 and asked police to remove a woman from his bed for snoring too loudly.

According to the City of Waukesha police report:

The man initially told a dispatcher that he was not sure how the woman got into his apartment. The man, who police say sounded intoxicated, later told the dispatcher he let the woman in and talked with her before she went to bed and began "snoring like a train."

The man again changed his story to say he had the woman over and they drank together. He told the dispatcher they "had relations and she fell asleep."

It was later determined the woman has sleep apnea. The man said when he couldn't wake the woman up, he decided to call police. The woman did eventually wake up and explained she had sleep apnea.

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View snow photos from social media users

Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. | Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.

And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.

Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.

Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll

Nov. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.

Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.

Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.

Read social media story of Division 2 Level 3 football playoffs games

Nov. 09, 2013 8:37 a.m. | Homestead looked to continue its hopes for its second consecutive title while Waukesha West sought to advance in the WIAA Division 2 football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Waukesha West wears down Waterford in Level 3 playoff game

Nov. 08, 2013 11:50 p.m. | The Waukesha West Wolverines are moving on to the Final Four after wearing down visiting Waterford, 27-7, in Friday night's Division 2, Level 3 playoff football matchup.

West (10-2) now sits one game away from Camp Randall Stadium. Unbeaten Kimberly (12-0), which demolished Homestead on Friday night, 37-7, awaits next week.

Getting there wasn't exactly easy for West, but it was at least methodical. Both teams displayed their defensive prowess early, as each opened with a 3-and-out. Waterford (9-3) showed its aggressive approach immediately, going for a 4th and 10 from deep inside its own territory on a fake punt. The drive later stalled though, as was the case for much of a scoreless first quarter.

West broke through four minutes into the second quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Conor Blount to senior tight end David Konowalski. Blount used his elusiveness to evade two near-sacks, and once Waterford was forced to pursue him down the sideline, he threw a lob to a deserted Konowalski in the endzone.

It was the only score of the first half.

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Conservation coalition contests Waukesha's revised Great Lakes water application

Nov. 06, 2013 5:08 p.m. | One day before the first informational meeting on Waukesha’s revised water application, a conservation and environmental coalition is questioning it.

The Compact Implementation Coalition, which includes the organizations Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Waukesha County Environmental Action League and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, contends the City of Waukesha’s plan to divert an average of 10.1 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan does not meet the standards of the Compact designed to protect the Great Lakes.

Waukesha adjusted its water demand forecasts from the original application first sent out in 2010. The estimated 10.1 million gallons per day (mgd), and 16.7 mgd on a peak demand day are lower than previous estimates of 10.9 and 18.5 mgd, respectively.

Ezra Meyer, water resources specialist for Clean Wisconsin, has more questions regarding the application.

“While we believe that all people deserve a clean, sustainable water supply, the big question that remains is whether Waukesha has a reasonable local water supply option to meet its needs including a whole-hearted effort to conserve all the water it can," Meyer said.

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Waukesha Common Council overrides mayor's veto on salary increases for aldermen, mayoral positions

Nov. 05, 2013 8:38 p.m. | The Waukesha Common Council did not change its mind. 

A couple weeks ago, the aldermen, almost unanimously, voted to increase future salaries for the aldermanic and mayoral positions.

However, a few days later Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoed its decision saying that it was not the time for salary increases. 

Scrima continued to show his objection for the raises at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting.

But in the end, the veto only delayed the approval of the raises as enough votes were cast on Tuesday to override Scrima's veto.

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Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.

The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.

Go to 2013 WIAA boys soccer state photo gallery.

Read social media story of Division 2 Level 2 football playoffs games

Nov. 02, 2013 7:54 a.m. | Homestead, Hamilton, Waukesha West, Whitefish Bay and South Milwaukee were all area teams that took on second-round opponents in the WIAA Division 2 football playoffs Friday.


As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

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