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General Electric acquires Dresser Waukesha

Oct. 06, 2010 10:50 a.m. | General Electric Co.'s $3 billion purchase of Dresser Inc. combines one of the largest companies on the planet with a company prospering from a boom in the natural gas exploration business, industry watchers said Wednesday.

The agreement also joins two companies with a decades-long presence in Waukesha County.

What the deal means for the 600 people who work for Dresser's Waukesha division remains to be seen.

The companies' lack of overlapping business, though, tends to point to a diminishing of consolidations sometimes seen in acquisitions and mergers, said Ken Brusda, president and managing director of North Star Asset Management in Menasha. "I think it's not one of those where there's a whole lot of overlap," he said.

In some deals, the companies are involved in similar or the same business segments, he said. "Then you'd have to worry about where the consolidation is going to be taking place. That may not be as big an issue in this deal."

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Waukesha County Museum plan awaits historic step

2:30 p.m. | Two months after the city of Waukesha's Landmarks Commission approved one aspect of the Waukesha County Museum's redevelopment project, the project may be moving forward.

The Waukesha Landmarks Commission was set to review a proposal on Wednesday, Aug. 5, by developer Historic Prairieville LP to construct a 41-unit apartment building that would connect to the Waukesha County Museum and former jail building that is attached to the property in downtown Waukesha.

If the landmarks commission recommended the apartment addition for approval, the plan commission will likely take up the item at its next meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at City Hall.

The apartment proposal was put on hold at the landmarks commission's meeting in June because the commission wanted the developer and architect to further iron out details of the building and design.

A better design

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BluesFest prelude honors Les Paul and benefits Waukesha County Museum

Aug. 04, 2015 7:00 p.m. | Waukesha BluesFest is all about celebrating the history of American music.

So it's only natural the kickoff to BluesFest is honoring the man who had such an influence over the music industry.

The day before the two-day BluesFest in Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, a music celebration honoring Waukesha native Les Paul will feature five bands and 25 musicians, as well as an interactive event for the public, at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, in Delafield.

Honoring Paul

The Les Paul musical extravaganza, which continues a months-long celebration to recognize Paul's 100th birthday (the music icon died in 2009), kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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Waukesha man, previously charged for child porn, now accused of groping child

Aug. 04, 2015 6:43 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A former town of Oconomowoc man previously accused of downloading a substantial amount of child pornography is now facing molestation charges for reportedly groping a 6-year-old girl.

Robert Stryker, 42, was charged on Monday, Aug. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault-sexual contact with a child under age 13. If convicted, Stryker could face up to 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim, now 7, "spontaneously" told her family on July 30 about the assault, which allegedly occurred last June — when the girl was 6.

The girl told her mother and later a social worker that she had been watching a movie while sitting on Stryker's lap at his home in the city of Waukesha when Stryker "put his hands insider her pants" and groped her crotch, the complaint said.

Stryker would often have children over to his house in the summer, the complaint alleges, because he had a swing set and a pool and would allow neighborhood kids to use both.

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Town of Brookfield's latest incorporation bid fails

Aug. 04, 2015 3:50 p.m. | The town of Brookfield has once again come up short in an effort for incorporation.

The Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board submitted its ruling July 30 and posted it to its website July 31 after a four-year process that was started in 2011 by town resident Jay Walt.

The board ruled that the petition failed to meet three of the six statutory standards required in order for the town to morph into a village.

The standards by which the petition failed were compactness and homogeneity, impact on the remainder of the town and impact on the metropolitan community.

Disconnected elements

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Waukesha's fire department will likely exceed its overtime budget again

Aug. 03, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Like last year, the city of Waukesha's fire department will likely exceed its overtime budget, but Acting Fire Chief Steve Howard said the minimum staffing levels again make that tough to avoid.

"The factors are areas beyond (our) control," Howard told the city's finance committee at a meeting on July 28.

According to a memo provided by Howard, the department had already expended nearly $249,700, or 63 percent, of its $395,500 overtime budget through July 10.

Howard said the department budget has been developed to utilize overtime as a cost-effective means to meet minimum staff levels.

"Our department does a lot to minimize our overtime impact," Howard said. "However, overtime is efficient for our operation. We have experienced a little higher than predicted."

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Wind-driven fire destroys Waukesha duplex

Aug. 02, 2015 7:45 p.m. | A Waukesha duplex and two vehicles were destroyed after a wind-driven fire broke out during the evening of Sunday, Aug. 2.

Battalion Chief Mark Sweet said the fire was most likely caused by a charcoal grill getting blown over by the wind.

According to a news release from Sweet, the Waukesha Fire Department was sent to a structure fire at 5:34 p.m. at 1305 Falls Court.

The first arriving units found the exterior of a two-family, side-by-side residence at 1303 and 1305 Falls Court heavily engulfed in flames. All of the occupants had exited.

Upon entering the structure, a crew found fire on the first and second floor as well as in the attic space of 1305 Falls Court and then in 1303 Falls Court. Fire crews were ordered out of the building.

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Art crawl taking place Saturday in downtown Waukesha

July 31, 2015 11:18 a.m. | The third art crawl of 2015 takes place this weekend in Waukesha.

Waukesha's 87th Art Crawl "Red Hot Art BBQ" will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in downtown Waukesha.

Presented by the West End Artist's Association, the event features 175 artists in 20 venues.

Art, gifts, food and live music will also be provided by the 39 participating galleries, boutiques, eateries and night spots.

For additional information and to see what businesses will be participating see

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Waukesha's garbage and recycling rules get updated

July 31, 2015 10:00 a.m. | The city of Waukesha has had a new garbage and recycling system since the beginning of this year, but some of the rules tied to that system have resulted in some more trash talk.

The city wanted to revise its solid waste and recyclables collection ordinance to reflect new language and requirements for the new system. As a result, two city panels recently revisited the relevant guidelines.

And that opened up a fresh debate during which elected officials expressed concerns about what the new system means for residents — especially those of multifamily properties.

Impetus for changes

The city, along with many other Waukesha County communities, changed its garbage and recycling system earlier this year after beginning a contract with Advanced Disposal.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 30, 2015 issue

July 30, 2015 11:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported at 7:04 a.m. July 16 that a man who delivers newspapers always honks at her and waves, and has been staring at her when she comes outside at 316 N. West Ave. The man also honks and drives by while she is going for a walk.

2 A house was vandalized with paintballs at 1001 E. Wabash Ave. prior to 11:50 a.m. July 16. The caller was concerned because their cars were rummaged through a few months ago. Extra patrols will be sent to the area.

3 A window screen to an apartment at 2417 Pebble Valley Road was cut and a TV was stolen prior to 12:43 a.m. July 17.

4 A man was removed from the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, after he urinated on the property at 12:53 a.m. July 17. Security asked him to stop and he refused.

5 Marijuana and a pipe were found inside a coffee can at an apartment complex at 120 Corrina Blvd. at 10:27 a.m. July 17.

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Waukesha woman gets prison for killing toddler

July 30, 2015 10:00 a.m. | Waukesha resident Nicole Wagester was sentenced to 35 years in prison for kicking a toddler she was babysitting last year to death.

Wagester, 32, pleaded guilty to first -degree reckless homicide in June. She was sentenced July 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Judge Kathryn Foster.

Foster sentenced Wagester to 35 years of initial confinement and 10 years of extended supervision. Wagester has spent about 300 days in jail thus far, according to online court records, and will receive credit for that time served.

As conditions of her extended supervision, Wagester must maintain full-time employment and is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with minors.

Wagester was accused last fall of kicking the two-year-old girl to death. She was arrested and charged Oct. 6.

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Muskego man receives 25-year sentence for sexually assaulting Waukesha girl

July 29, 2015 6:23 p.m. | Ethan Holt, the Muskego man charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Waukesha girl last fall, will spend the next 15 years behind bars.

Holt pleaded no contest in Waukesha County Circuit Court to first-degree child sexual assault — sexual contact with a person younger than 13 years old — on July 27.

Judge Lee S. Dreyfus found Holt guilty.

Holt, 25, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with an initial confinement of 15 years, and 10 years of extended supervision. He received credit for the 273 days he has already served in prison.

He was also ordered to pay $13,207 in restitution.

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Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall

July 29, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be sworn into the 33rd State Senate seat in a public ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Delafield Town Hall, W302N1254 Maple Ave., Delafield.

The event is open to the public.

Kapenga informed the Assembly chief clerk, Assembly leadership and Gov. Scott Walker of his intention to resign from his 99th Assembly seat effective at the close of business Aug. 5 before being sworn into the 33rd Senate seat the following morning.

Kapenga won the senate seat in a special election July 21, beating Democrat Sherryll Shaddock of Nashotah. The senate seat was vacated by Paul Farrow, who stepped down to focus on his duties as the newly elected Waukesha County executive.

"Serving my neighbors in the 99th Assembly District for the last 41/2 years has been an honor, and it has been a privilege to work with everyone associated with the Assembly," Kapenga wrote in his resignation letter. "I look forward to continuing this work and partnership in the senate."

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow holding Twitter Town Hall meeting

July 29, 2015 10:57 a.m. | Want to know more about the 2016 Waukesha County Budget and are active on social media?

You can connect with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow through a Twitter Town Hall meeting today.  

Farrow, who was elected to his position in April, will hold the virtual meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

People can tweet questions relating to the budget or other topics about the county to Farrow's Twitter handle, @PaulFarrowWi, while using the hastag #AskPF.

Farrow is following the lead of former county executive Dan Vrakas, who also held Twitter Town Hall meetings.

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Surveys add to Waukesha alderman's web of public interaction

July 29, 2015 10:35 a.m. | For Aaron Perry, being an alderman starts with interacting with the community.

"It's really been an important goal for me from Day 1," said Perry, who has been an alderman since 2013. "I want the residents to feel involved and engaged in the political process.

"I also want to show kids that politics can be a positive experience, and it starts with more dialogue."

Perry, who represents constituents on the city's southwest side, is certainly doing his part to have this dialogue.

He recently kicked off online surveys to get a better feel for how residents view the city, its government and other general topics relating to public safety and taxes.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

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