Town of Waukesha votes down West Waukesha Bypass

Dec. 06, 2012 12:18 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha Board and its residents made their stance of opposition very clear on the West Waukesha Bypass at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting.

The Board voted, 4-1, on four resolutions against the building of the bypass, a project that plans to connect Highway 59 and Interstate 94 on Waukesha's west side. The project was first introduced 60 years ago.

Among the resolutions the Town voted against was the Pebble Creek alternative that would see the bypass go through Sunset Drive and Highway 59.

Many of the Town residents, who spoke for almost two hours during the public comment portion of the meeting, said they didn't support it when it was first introduced and aren't going to support it now.

Reasons for opposition ranged from safety concerns with Meadowbrook School nearby, taking away green space and the rural atmosphere the Town provides, decreased property values, noise concerns and pollution.

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Waukesha neighborhood holding annual food drive for county pantry on Saturday

Dec. 06, 2012 11:03 a.m. | When Dave Rebro stopped by the Food Pantry of Waukesha County 11 years ago to drop off a check for the organization on behalf of a few neighborhood families, he and the others he was with - especially the children - couldn't believe what they were seeing.

They saw a parking lot filled to capacity. And they saw a line that wasn't getting shorter.

"We were all so surprised that day how the clients looked and dressed just like us," said Rebro of Waukesha, who was part of a group who decided to donate money to the organization over a Thanksgiving meal. "It really hit home that a situation could easily arise that could put any one of us in that receiving line. That really opened our eyes and touched our hearts.”

So much so, that they started a community-wide effort to help those families who are using the Food Pantry.

They officially launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food and Fund drive the year after, and a decade later their effort is going strong.

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Woman who left Waukesha residence after domestic violence incident found in Pewaukee

Dec. 05, 2012 2:46 p.m. | The woman who was missing after a domestic violence incident in Waukesha was found in Pewaukee this afternoon.

According to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Habanek of the Waukesha Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Fay Shaw was at a relative's house.

Police say Shaw was not injured and was in good condition.

Habanek said Shaw "apparently left her residence (3001 E. View Drive, Waukesha) last night before officers responded because she felt threatened."

At 6:18 a.m. this morning, the Waukesha Police Department received a call regarding a domestic violence incident. Once at the residence, officers were unable to contact the suspect or victim.

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Waukesha Police arrest three in pharmacy robberies

Dec. 04, 2012 9:34 a.m. | Police have arrested three suspects in two recent armed robberies at Waukesha pharmacies.

On  Nov. 19 at 4:09 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Walgreens Pharmacy at 221 E Sunset Drive where a suspect covering his face displayed a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
On Nov. 26 at 1:46 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Valu Care Pharmacy at 501 S Grand Ave. where a suspect covering his face implied a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
The arrests were made over the weekend.  The suspects, who are all in their 20s, are all from Waukesha.
Charges have not yet been referred, but may be sent over to the District Attorney’s Office for review by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

Three held in Waukesha pharmacy robberies

Dec. 04, 2012 9:18 a.m. | Three suspects, including a 24-year-old Waukesha woman, are in custody in Waukesha County in connection with two recent armed robberies at two pharmacies, Waukesha police say.

The two other suspects are a 23-year-old Waukesha man and a 26-year-old Waukesha man. The female suspect is believed to be the driver in connection with the armed robberies.

The first robbery occurred on Nov. 19 at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 221 E. Sunset Drive. In that robbery, a suspect covering his face displayed a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics.

The second robbery occurred on Nov. 26 at Valu Care Pharmacy, 501 S. Grand Ave. In that incident, a suspect armed with a handgun robbed the pharmacy of narcotics.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

MetalTek acquires Florida manufacturer

Dec. 03, 2012 10:54 a.m. | MetalTek International, a metals technology company based in Waukesha, said it has bought Specialty Maintenance and Construction Inc., which provides close-tolerance fabricating and machining services.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specialty Maintenance and Construction, commonly known as SMCI, is based in Lakeland, Fla.

"The breadth and depth of MetalTek's product and service package is further enhanced by the considerable offerings of our new partner SMCI," Robert Smickley, chief executive of MetalTek, said in a statement announcing the acquisition.

MetalTek, a privately held company, employs 1,400 people and has operations in Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee as well as the United Kingdom.

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