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Waukesha YMCA plan back in mix

Nov. 29, 2010 3:44 p.m. | Waukesha - A 63-unit apartment project on the Waukesha Family YMCA property that failed to win federal tax credits last year is back in the pipeline this year.

City approval is being sought in advance of an application for federal tax credits due in February for the project, which is being proposed in partnership with CommonBond Communities based in St. Paul, Minn.

The project, fronting on Broadway and connected to the Y building by covered walkway, would provide housing for people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other mobility-impairing illnesses.

Steven Crandell, Waukesha's director of community development, said planning staff are recommending approval contingent on the Y including a small landmark gas station - designated as such over the Y's objections - on the site plan.

Chris Becker, Y executive director, said the landmark on the property wasn't shown on initial plans "because it is our intent to not have that building remain."

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Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Site of former Kmart in Waukesha on Sunset Drive will be redeveloped

Dec. 17, 2014 11:30 a.m. | Randy Roth couldn't wait. For him, the future of the redevelopment of the old Kmart site was at stake.

After hearing that the Waukesha Plan Commission wasn't satisfied with his plans for the vacant building at 120 E. Sunset Drive, Roth, president of Endeavour Corp., immediately met with city staff to address the concerns voiced by the panel.

"It was a lot of work," Roth said. "The day after the (Dec. 10 plan commission) meeting we had a meeting and within 24 hours we were back with some design recommendations. And by (Dec. 12) we had kicked out three or four alternatives. We went quickly."

By Dec. 16, at a special meeting, the commission's concerns had been addressed, with the Waukesha Common Council following up later that evening to give its unanimous stamp of approval, and now a long-standing eyesore will soon get an expansive makeover.

Roth, whose company is the developer for the project and who has worked on the project for three years since the Kmart closed, said after last week's meetings that the project probably would have came to a halt had it not gotten city approvals before the end of the year.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 18, 2014 issue

Dec. 16, 2014 1:30 p.m. | 1 A woman called police after she felt it was suspicious that she saw a large handprint on the bathroom mirror at her apartment, 1915 Kensington Drive. The woman, who told police she had been awake all night except for a half-hour, held her hand up to it for "10 minutes" and saw it did not match. Police checked the apartment at 9:50 a.m. Dec. 2 and discovered the handprint was from one of her children.

2 A window was cracked and plants were uprooted at Waukesha State Bank, 151 E. St. Paul Ave., sometime before 10:02 a.m. Dec. 2.

3 A woman came into the Berg Management office, 235 W. Broadway, making threats to staff, saying, "Just know I am coming after you" at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 2. Berg staff told police she is not welcome in their office.

4 A suspicious male was walking through the bushes near the Riverwalk Apartments, 806 Riverwalk Drive, at 2:08 a.m. Dec. 3. Police tracked down the intoxicated man, who said he was looking for a shortcut home.

5 An intoxicated man was threatening his roommate at 208 S. Grand Ave. at 3:02 a.m. Dec. 3. The man had threatened the caller earlier with a knife and was now in the apartment hallway bothering neighbors by knocking on all of their doors.

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Fire damages American Auto Body in Waukesha

Dec. 15, 2014 1:31 p.m. | A Waukesha auto body shop is recovering after being damaged by a fire last week.

No one was injured in the fire at American Auto Body, 309 Travis Lane; damages are estimated at $50,000.

According to a news release from Waukesha Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Sweet, the Waukesha Fire Department responded to American Auto Body at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, for an active fire.

Sweet said the auto body shop had moderate smoke ventilating from its exhaust system on the roof. Fire crews quickly contained and extinguished the fire to the exhaust system of a paint spray booth.

Sweet said early investigations indicate that the fire was possibly caused by an employee's use of a welding torch.

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Waukesha STEM students win Young Inventors Challenge at Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Dec. 12, 2014 6:59 p.m. | Cara Wendt and Julia Shoppach are eighth-graders just entering their teen years, but they're already learning the ways of young business women.

They've chatted with executives from major companies. They've become the youngest members of a women's organization that specializes in the toy, licensing and entertainment industry. And they have a trip planned to New York City, where they will likely mingle with more business professionals.

That's what happens when your invention stands out among your peers and captures the attention of business professionals.

"It definitely opened a big door," said Shoppach, a student at Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus, who teamed with Wendt to win first place in November at the Young Inventors Challenge at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Learning in year two

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Carroll University student injured in armed robbery near campus

Dec. 11, 2014 3:10 p.m. | A Carroll University student was injured after being stabbed during an armed robbery in the early morning hours on Dec. 9 near campus.

According to the police report, a male student said when he was walking home from Frontier Hall, a coed four-story apartment-style residential community located on the corner of Grand and College, 210 N. Grand Ave., he was approached by a male, who held a knife to him and stole his computer between 3:30 and 4 a.m.

The victim had a small cut to his abdomen from the knife. According to a news release from Tiffany Wynn, senior public relations strategist at Carroll University, the student declined medical treatment at the scene. 

The caller said the suspect, who was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, approached him from behind and never let him turn around.

The victim, according to the police report, said the suspect originally made him walk to an unlit area and asked him for his wallet, which he did not have on him.

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West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012 presidential election

Dec. 10, 2014 5:29 p.m. | A 34-year-old West Allis man who blamed depression and anxiety for voting twice in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail as a condition of 18 months probation.

The sentence was less than a prosecutor recommended, but more than the fine recommended by Todd M. Murray's lawyer, who argued that Milwaukee County is harshly out of line with the rest of the state in resolving cases of double voting.

Circuit Judge Joseph Donald said it didn't matter that Murray's extra vote didn't affect any electoral outcomes. It's still a serious offense that affects everyone else who counts on the principle of one person, one vote. A sentence without jail time, Donald said, would depreciate the nature of the crime.

Murray, who reports to jail Jan. 5, will be allowed release privileges for work and therapy.

Murray was on his way home from his engineering job in Waukesha on Nov. 6, 2012, when he stopped in New Berlin, registered and voted. He then cast another ballot at his regular polling place in West Allis. He was charged in June and pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker will not seek Waukesha County's top leadership post

Dec. 10, 2014 1:30 p.m. | Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker has decided not to throw his hat into the ring in the race for county executive.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning quashing speculation, Decker said he has been "honored and flattered by the large number of highly respected individuals that have encouraged me to consider being a candidate.

"Their readiness to support me, strengthens my desire to continue to be a part of leadership and service to our wonderful area. Thank you for your faith and acknowledgment in my abilities.

"After considerable deliberation on my commitment to the business I've co-founded, the Maverick Innovation Lab, and the impact on my personal life, I've decided it would be best to remain as your county board chair during the transition to new executive leadership.

"As chair, I vow to work to maintain the shrewd fiscal policies that have positioned Waukesha County to be able to handle significant growth while balancing essential services.

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 11, 2014 issue

Dec. 09, 2014 12:00 p.m. | 1 Money was stolen from an apartment at 405 Cheviot Chase at 3:51 p.m. Nov. 28.

2 Medication and money was stolen from a residence at 714 Linden St. at 8:27 p.m. Nov. 28. The caller thought the items were stolen by the cleaning crew.

3 A caller reported that the music above The Lucky Rabbit, 200 Madison St., is excessive, causing his walls to shake and knocking things off the wall. The caller also told police the noise was waking him up at 1:19 a.m. Nov. 29, despite the fact that he was wearing earplugs. Police said the noise was not excessive for a bar.

4 Macias Auto Repair, 1330 E. Main St., was broken into overnight Nov. 28-29 and tools were stolen.

5 An intoxicated man threw a bottle at the caller's bedroom window and then fled in a vehicle at 1619 S. West Ave. at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 29.

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Train hits, kills pedestrian overnight in Oconomowoc

Dec. 08, 2014 6:41 a.m. | A 39-year-old man was killed early Monday when he was hit by a train while walking in Oconomowoc, police said.

The man was hit about 1:10 a.m. at the Main St. crossing. He had been seen earlier Sunday evening in a downtown business, and police think he was struck while walking home, police said in a news release.

The man's identity is being withheld by police until his family can be notified, and officials continue to investigate.

United Way agencies in Milwaukee, Waukesha announce merger

Dec. 04, 2014 3:50 p.m. | United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County announced Thursday that they have merged to create a single agency.

The new agency will be known as United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

The merger follows a long-standing practice of both groups fundraising in eastern Waukesha County communities, from Menomonee Falls to Brookfield, New Berlin and Muskego.

And it comes at the request of large corporate donors with business operations in the two counties, said Mary Lou Young, president and CEO of the new organization. Young has served five years as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

Those corporations asked United Way to streamline the process for them, Young said. So in August 2013, Young said she contacted her counterpart in Waukesha County and asked the question: How can we serve our customers better?

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Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 4, 2014 issue

Dec. 03, 2014 11:30 a.m. | 1 A building on the Waukesha South High School campus, 401 E. Roberta Ave., was vandalized with graffiti prior to 11:20 a.m. Nov. 21.

2 A caller reported that two intoxicated adults and their two kids came into the Humane Animal Welfare Society, 701 Northview Road, and started playing with the cats in the "Cat Room" at 3:03 p.m. Nov. 21. The caller said the room smelled like alcohol.

3 A man urinated on the sidewalk in front of Tobacco Outlet Plus, 433 W. Sunset Drive, at 4:14 p.m. Nov. 21 after he was refused a sale due to his intoxication level.

4 A caller's 15-year-old son was punched in the head near his temple by another boy on the bus while they were on the way home from Waukesha West High School's state football game in Madison at 7:03 p.m. Nov. 21.

5 A man came home to find his unlocked apartment at 227 W. College Ave. in shambles at 10:12 p.m. Nov. 21. His couch was slashed and items were thrown everywhere. The man suspects his brother is responsible.

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Jennifer Andrews is lone finalist for Waukesha's community development director position

Dec. 01, 2014 8:59 p.m. | Before Waukesha's Community Development Director Steve Crandell retired this summer, he was preparing Jennifer Andrews to succeed him.

"He did a lot of work, grooming and preparing her for the position," City Administrator Ed Henschel said.

It appears Andrews could get her opportunity to lead the department. She has been selected by Henschel to replace Crandell as the new community development director.

The common council, however, still must sign off on Henschel's selection.

Andrews has had practice, serving as the acting director since Crandell called it a career in August.

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Sponsor a family through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County

Nov. 28, 2014 12:18 p.m. | Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County (CCC) is once again offering a sponsorship program that matches families in need with individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses in the community this Christmas season.

At this time of year, children in the community are dreaming of a special Christmas, but unfortunately, many parents do not have the means to make their children's wishes come true. CCC's goal each year is to have as many children as possible sponsored through its personal giving program.

CCC went through its case files to highlight families still waiting for a sponsor and reminded the public they have until Dec. 5 to sponsor a family. For those willing to sponsor, the CCC will match them with a family in need.

Promoting CCC

"There's such a great need out in our community — it's important for people to look around and see what they have and to think about those who don't have anything and give back to the community in any way, shape or form that they can," said Barb Kocher, owner of Waukesha gallery, Gallery I, and longtime CCC supporter.

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Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 27, 2014 issue

Nov. 26, 2014 5:00 p.m. | 1 A caller discovered BB gun holes in her windows at 2819 Lander Lane at 9:38 a.m. Nov. 13.

2 A building was vandalized with graffiti at 1240 White Rock Ave. at 11:06 a.m. Nov. 13.

3 A vehicle was egged at 1115 Dopp St. at 4:03 p.m. Nov. 13.

4 A caller had his wallet stolen by a man who goes by the name "Skull." Skull then took off on foot in the 200 block of North Grand Avenue at 3:07 a.m. Nov. 14.

5 A caller reported a woman with no teeth was wiggling the door handle to her apartment at 157 Third St. at 2:35 p.m. Nov. 14. She said this has been an ongoing problem. Police did not find anything suspicious.

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