H 54° L 32°
Cloudy | 12MPH
- selected communitywatch item -

Waukesha Salvation Army boosts Red Kettle goal

Oct. 26, 2010 12:56 p.m. | Waukesha - When the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign kicks off Nov. 5 in Waukesha County, the agency is hoping that bell ringers can bring in $365,000 this Christmas season - about $15,000 more than they raised last year.

Counting expected donations made directly to Salvation Army in addition to the Red Kettle Campaign, the Waukesha chapter hopes to raise its highest Christmas fund total ever - $535,000, the agency announced.

The Salvation Army uses about 16,000 volunteers to staff the red kettles stationed throughout Waukesha County until Dec. 24. Commanders Ron and Carol Lemirand said hundreds of spots are still open and volunteers can sign up at

Higher demand for services - from nights in the homeless shelter to community meals to Christmas toys for children - accounts for the higher fund-raising goal.

Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima is scheduled to ring the first bell of the Red Kettle campaign at Pick 'n Save, 1535 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 5.

City of Waukesha committee recommends sober server ordinance for bars

2:30 p.m. | Will Waukesha be a safer all-around city if a sober server ordinance is adopted? The police department believes so. Downtown bar owners don't feel the ordinance is a bad idea, either.

In addition, there would be other benefits from an ordinance that would force any business with an alcohol license to require its bartenders, bouncers and staff to have a blood alcohol content level less than 0.08 percent, police say.

The common council is expected to vote on the ordinance on Thursday, April 9.

Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said the ordinance, which passed in a 4-1 vote by the Ordinance and License Committee on March 23, would assist police in multiple ways.

Jack and other police personnel said if bartenders aren't drinking it would help them better determine who is already intoxicated, help eliminate underage drinking and vandalism around the city, keep bars orderly, and give establishments more credibility when police need to ask questions during an investigation.

» Read Full Article

Waukesha robotics team wins regional championship

2:08 p.m. | CORE 2062, Waukesha School District's high school robotics team, won the Wisconsin FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) regional on March 21 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee.

CORE 2062 is made up of about 40 students. After building the robot for six weeks, they were one of 60 teams that competed in Recycle Rush, a game where alliances of three robots stack totes and recycling containers. CORE 2062 was on the winning alliance in Milwaukee and qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis from April 22-25.

Before the international competition, CORE 2062 will compete at the Midwest Regional in Chicago on April 1-4.

The students of CORE come from the Waukesha School District. With 16 mentors, CORE builds two robots every year to prepare for competitions and community presentations.

For more information see

HAWS asking for public support to help chinchillas seized in Waukesha

3:00 p.m. | The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County has taken hold of the 331 chinchillas that were seized on March 29 from a home in the city of Waukesha.

According to Jennifer Smieja, development coordinator of HAWS, police and fire department authorities were called to the home on Sunday morning to check on a resident of the home when several hundred chinchillas were discovered on the property.

The fire department immediately took steps to vent the home due to the ammonia levels found there and contacted HAWS to assist in transporting and housing of the animals.

HAWS is now asking the community for their assistance in caring for the animals.

Items needed for donation include timothy hay, chinchilla food (rabbit food pellets can also be used), chinchilla dust, small animal mineral blocks and chinchilla chewing blocks, crock-style food dishes, approximately 4 to 5 inches in diameter, small animal airline crates (wire dog/cat crates are not appropriate in this housing situation as they can escape or get caught in the spacing) and monetary donations.

» Read Full Article

Search locates 2-year-old missing in Waukesha County

March 28, 2015 12:23 p.m. | A 2-year-old from Waukesha County was found safe Friday night after a nearly three hour search.

The young child was reported missing from a home in the Town of Genesee shortly after 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies and emergency personnel from the Wales/Genesee Fire Department, Town of Delafield Dive Team, Town of Waukesha Fire Department and Flight for Life all helped search for the child.

A firefighter found the child shortly before 7:30 p.m. near a quarry about one-third of a mile east from the home, authorities said.

The child was cold but not injured, authorities said, and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a medical assessment.

Oconomowoc man allegedly caught in Waukesha store bathroom with heroin

March 27, 2015 12:40 p.m. | A 24-year-old Oconomowoc man allegedly locked himself in a discount store bathroom in Waukesha to get high on heroin after a store employee caught him trying to shoplift.

Cameron Hayes was charged on Monday, March 23, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs and misdemeanor bail jumping — both are repeat offenses.

Hayes could face up to more than four years behind bars and $20,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police responded at about 5:40 p.m. Friday, March 20, to Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, to a report concerning a man at that location who had locked himself in the store's bathroom and had been vomiting for nearly 90 minutes.

Store employees told police in the complaint that the man had initially walked into the store, grabbed a bottle of cleaner and tried to leave without paying for it. An employee confronted Hayes about the alleged theft and shortly after Hayes walked to the store's bathroom and began throwing up.

» Read Full Article

Waukesha Police Report: March 26, 2015 issue

March 26, 2015 1:00 p.m. | 1 A caller found a bullet casing at Grandview Park, 1001 N. Grandview Blvd., at 3:23 p.m. March 12.

2 A woman said she believed her church friend stole one of her books while visiting her at her residence at 1537 Pine St. at 3:34 p.m. March 12.

3 A vehicle's tire was cut and the rim was scratched while she was shopping at Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, at 3:55 p.m. March 12.

4 A caller reported at 7:57 p.m. March 12 that a man in an apartment at 406 Wisconsin Ave. has been harassing her in person and has been taking pictures of her children from her Facebook page and posting them to his. The caller again reported the next day the man has now been leaving notes on her door.

5 A caller reported he heard an elderly man in an apartment at 521 W. Dunbar Ave. screaming at 9:06 p.m. March 12. The caller, who was crying, was told by management the apartment building has yellow juniper ants that bite. The caller then thought the man who was screaming was being swarmed or hurt by these ants.

» Read Full Article

Kwik Trip being proposed for city of Waukesha's northwest side

March 25, 2015 4:43 p.m. | The La-Crosse-based Kwik Trip, Inc. is proposing the construction of a convenience store, retail facility and fueling station on the city of Waukesha's northwest side.

The developer will present plans to the city's plan commission at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. 

The requested hours of operation will be 24 hours for all uses, according to plans submitted to the city.

The proposed store is projected to have between 15 and 20 full and part-time employees with two to eight on staff at any given time. 

The facility would be located on the southwest corner of Golf Road and N. Grandview Blvd.

» Read Full Article

Facial tattoo helps Waukesha police bust armed robbery suspect

March 25, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Waukesha police have arrested and charged one man suspected of participating in an armed robbery that allegedly occurred in January.

Investigators were able to identify the defendant, 18-year-old Ryan Carroll of Waukesha, by a distinctive facial tattoo reportedly seen by the victim during the incident. Carroll was accused on March 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court of being party to the crime of armed robbery and misdemeanor bail jumping

He could face up to nearly 41 years behind bars and $110,000 in fines if convicted of the charges.

Police officials told Waukesha Now earlier this year that two males, one white and one black, around 8 p.m. on Jan. 15 stopped a third male walking along Hinman Ave. — near Carroll University — in the city of Waukesha. The suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his watch and wallet.

Both men were wearing scarves over the bottom halves of their faces and were reportedly in their late teens or early 20s. They fled the scene before police arrived.

» Read Full Article

The Steaming Cup owners looking to sell downtown coffee shop

March 25, 2015 12:28 p.m. | For more than 10 years, The Steaming Cup has been a staple in downtown Waukesha.

Owners Terry and Kerry McKay want the coffee shop to remain a downtown destination in the future. But they know their time of running the shop at 340 W. Main St. is coming to an end.

The couple posted a message on the company's Facebook page indicating they are "on the short path to retirement."

As a result, the couple is looking to find someone to sell the business to and carry on The Steaming Cup legacy.

"We do not want to close our business," the McKays said in the post. "But we do want to market it to a person(s) with the passion to work the business properly."

» Read Full Article

Waukesha bicycle shop Cyclesmith closes its doors

March 24, 2015 1:27 p.m. | Cyclesmith, a full-service bicycle repair shop at 1314 S West Ave. has closed.

A message on Cyclesmith's voicemail for incoming callers states: "We regret to inform you that Cyclesmith has closed" and that the store is "no longer accepting new business."

The message adds the store is "working diligently to complete all remaining work orders."

People with outstanding orders are asked to call the store and leave a voicemail to get a status update on their order or to make arrangements to retrieve the order.

The store's website says the family-owned and operated business had been in Waukesha for more than 10 years.

» Read Full Article

Taylor's Peoples Park owners sue construction company for sewer lateral damage in downtown Waukesha

March 23, 2015 9:00 p.m. | Jim Taylor and his brother, Dan, have repeatedly praised the work the construction company did on the road construction near their business, Taylor's Peoples Park, last year.

They loved how the wider sidewalks are more pedestrian friendly, the look of the newly paved roads and new light fixtures outside its restaurant at 337 W. Main St.

But one incident has led the restaurant's owners to file a lawsuit against Advanced Construction Inc.

According to the lawsuit filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on March 5, Taylor's Peoples Park says Advanced Construction was "negligent in construction and excavation activities, causing damages of $13,080.70."

Sewage problem

» Read Full Article

The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Applications flowing in for Waukesha Farmers Market

March 23, 2015 3:30 p.m. | The countdown is underway.

The Waukesha Farmers Market begins in less than two months, and, with recent warmer temperatures around the area, applications from vendors are pouring in so they can get a seat at the table.

"It's a very successful market and vendors want to be part of it," said Norm Bruce, president of the Waukesha Downtown Business Association, the private downtown organization that runs the market.

The process took longer than usual to sprout.

WDBA's initial application had been originally returned to the organization because it did not adequately address security, safety or sanitation, as required by the new special events ordinance, which applies to gatherings of more than 400 people.

» Read Full Article

'Columbine' graffiti reference results in extra police presence at Waukesha South High School

March 20, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Following a reference to Columbine High School — the site of a 1999 school shooting — in one of its school bathrooms, an extra police presence was on hand last week at Waukesha South High School.

"This is the New Columbine," read the message.

Parents of Waukesha South students received an email early Friday morning, March 20, from Principal Timothy Joynt informing them that graffiti was found the night before that made reference to Columbine.

"Please know that we have been participating with our school superintendent and the Waukesha Police Department through the night," Joynt said.

The principal said Friday that the increase in police presence was a precaution.

» Read Full Article

Waukesha Police Report: March 19, 2015 issue

March 19, 2015 5:00 p.m. | 1 A caller heard someone going through his vehicle at 2728 Turnberry Court at 7:53 p.m. March 6. When he looked outside he saw his vehicle door open. His hunting knife was missing from his glovebox. When the man stopped a group of teens nearby to ask them about the incident, they took off running.

2 Four males were fighting at the corner of North Hartwell and East College avenues at 11:02 p.m. March 6. One male was arrested.

3 Police were called because staff at Super 8 Waukesha, 2510 Plaza Court, wanted occupants removed from the hotel because they were driving recklessly through the parking lot and almost caused an accident at 12:34 a.m. March 7. The men in question were construction workers. A female guest also complained that the occupants inappropriately touched her while passing in the hallway. The woman did not want to make a complaint but just wanted them to leave.

4 Police were called to a homeless encampment under a brown shed next to the railroad tracks at 735 Pleasant St. at 10:15 a.m. March 7. The area is owned by La Casa de Esperanza.

5 A mailbox was damaged at 1725 Saratoga Road prior to 10:30 a.m. March 7.

» Read Full Article


Local Crime Map



Latest Photo Galleries