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5 Diamonds baseball complex to open May 5

April 23, 2012 4:33 p.m. |

 5 Diamonds, a youth baseball complex at W234 S3555 Les Paul Parkway in Waukesha, will celebrate its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m.  Saturday, May 5.
This facility will be home to the Waukesha Blazer’s youth baseball and softball organizations as well as Catholic Memorial High School’s baseball team. It will also host 11 tournaments during the 2012 season, which will attract more than 4,000 youth.
Owners Greg Beatty and Tom Kelenic started work on the complex two years ago.
The grand opening includes a ceremonial first pitch at 6:30 p.m. as well as games, prizes, food samples and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages.
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Two killed in Genesee crash Wednesday morning

April 23, 2014 12:03 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha woman and 23-year-old Milwaukee man were killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Sunset Drive (Highway DE) east of Highway 83 in the town of Genesee.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the woman was driving a silver Chevrolet west on Sunset at about 7:27 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound silver Toyota being driven by a 65-year-old North Prairie woman.

Sunset Drive was closed for about four hours between Highway 83 and Brookhill Road.

The Waukesha woman died at Aurora Medical Center in Summit, where she was taken by ambulance. The Milwaukee man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The North Prairie woman was trapped in her vehicle, was extricated and taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Summit with multiple injuries. Her condition is unknown.

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City of Waukesha committees give shared health clinic their approval

April 22, 2014 8:52 p.m. | The city of Waukesha took the steps Tuesday night to move forward on the approval of a cost-savings shared health clinic with two other governmental entities.

This occurred with the city’s Finance and Human Resources committees making a recommendation for the Common Council to approve the intergovernmental agreement for a joint medical center with the School District of Waukesha and Waukesha County. 

Waukesha’s Common Council will vote on the recommendation at its May 6 meeting.

With many Common Council members in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting who issued their support of the agreement, City Administrator Ed Henschel said he expects it to pass.

The school district and county already approved the agreement at meetings last month and for the health-care provider Healthstat to operate the facility. The North Carolina-based provider was selected by the city, county and school district earlier this year after a lengthy vetting process.

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Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling

April 21, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha County residents recycled enough waste containers and paper in 2013 to cover an entire football field to a depth of 22 feet, about the height of a two-story building.

The recyclables were collected by 25 municipalities, and they will split more than $1.2 million from sales of the material to help offset their costs of the service, county solid waste supervisor Rebecca Mattano said Monday. Waukesha County has paid out more than $12.1 million to the municipalities since 2001.

The 25 communities spent $3 million to collect and haul plastics, glass, metal and paper in 2013, so the county payments will cover a little more than one-third of the total costs, according to Dale Shaver, director of the county Parks and Land Use Department.

"That's true tax relief," Shaver said. A dozen other municipalities do not participate in the county program.

The City of Waukesha, the county's most populous community, will get a check in the amount of $297,518 for its share of the revenue. The City of Brookfield will receive $212,634.

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Missing Waukesha teen found, back with family

April 19, 2014 6:42 p.m. | A 13-year-old Waukesha girl who had run away from home was returned safely to her family Saturday afternoon, police said.

Last week, the authorities had asked for assistance in finding the girl. Police worked with relatives of the teen to bring her back to Waukesha from an unnamed community in central Wisconsin, according to a statement from the Waukesha Police Department.

Police are still investigating the girl's motives for leaving.

Waukesha police seek missing girl

April 18, 2014 9:42 p.m. | Waukesha police Friday asked the public for help in locating a missing 13-year-old girl who may have used social media in a plan to run away from home.

Robin Cristina Cardoso, 13, was reported missing by her parents Wednesday, according to a news release.

According to the release, contact was made with the girl Friday via social media and foul play is not suspected.

Robin is described as Latina, 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to call Waukesha police at (262) 524-3833.

Waukesha police respond to 'rowdy' wrestling fans

April 18, 2014 11:17 a.m. | The Waukesha Police Department thought they were responding to a domestic disturbance issue earlier this week.

Instead, police officers just found some overzealous wrestling fans. 

According to the police log, an anonymous caller reported a possible domestic disturbance at 9:20 p.m. April 14 at 329 Born Place.

A caller said a man and female were yelling at each other and a baby was crying.

When police officers arrived they found a group of family and friends who were getting a "little rowdy" watching wrestling.

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District 97 state assembly seat sees another Republican, libertarian file

April 17, 2014 4:41 p.m. | The Republican Party isn't short right now on candidates for the District 97 state assembly seat as Brandon Rosner is the latest to declare his candidacy for the position.

He joins City of Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry and former Town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske in candidates who have filed for the position. Perry and Banske both mailed in their campaign registration statements to the Government Accountability Board this week. 

Whether the winner of the Aug. 12 Republican Party primary has a Democratic challenger in the general election in November is to be determined.

But they would face a Libertarian candidate.

Chuck Schilling, a 31-year-old self-employed contractor who is engaged to be married in October, filed a declaration of candidacy in March.

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Neylon announces his re-election bid for his District 98 assembly seat

April 17, 2014 12:48 p.m. | Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) announced Thursday he is seeking re-election for his 98th Assembly District seat in the state legislature.

Neylon, who emerged from a five-person Republican field last year, was elected to the assembly in April 2013 during a special election. There was no Democratic challenger. 

He replaced Rep. Paul Farrow, who was voted into the 33rd State Senate District seat in December 2012.

“Since (I was elected) I’ve worked diligently to represent (my constituents') views in Madison," Neylon said. "Together with Gov. Walker and our Republican leadership, we’ve improved our state’s business climate, cut property and income taxes and made Wisconsin a better place to live, work and raise a family.

If re-elected, Neylon said his priorities are simple.

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Bunny Hop, Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday in downtown Waukesha

April 17, 2014 11:13 a.m. | A day before Easter, downtown Waukesha will host a Bunny Hop. 

This includes an Easter Egg Hunt from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets.

The Easter Bunny will be in downtown throughout the event and at Marco's Pizza and Family Video, 139 E. Broadway, from 9 to 10 a.m. with a face painter.  

The event is being put on by the Waukesha Downtown Business Association.

Thursday paper delayed

April 17, 2014 8:43 a.m. | Because of delays at the press, Waukesha Now was not delivered Thursday morning to many home subscribers. Expect delivery tomorrow, Friday. Copies are available at most newstands and online at We apologize for the delay.

Former Town of Waukesha Supervisor Joe Banske running for District 97 state assembly seat

April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m. | A second candidate has made it official in the District 97 state assembly race.

Joe Banske, who spent four years as a Town of Waukesha supervisor before being voted out earlier this month, joins Republican candidates City of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry and Brandon Rosner as well as Chuck Schilling in declaring their candidacy.

Banske said last week that he was 80 to 85 percent sure he would run for the seat and after receiving positive remarks at his final Town of Waukesha board meeting from residents he knew he wanted to continue to serve in a larger role. 

"It is official," Banske said on Wednesday. "Last week's town meeting and some of the things the residents said to me both publicly and privately and some of the emails I’ve gotten over the last two weeks started to put the finishing touches on that final 15 percent."

Banske, a mortgage banker/branch partner for Cherry Creek Mortgage, lost to Jim Radke in the Town of Waukesha supervisor's race on April 1 by 73 votes.

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Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek battles car fire in Muskego

April 16, 2014 2:59 p.m. | Waukesha Town Board Chairman John Marek said he did what anyone else would have done Tuesday afternoon when he saw a wrecked car on fire and dashed into a building, got a fire extinguisher and fought back the flames.

The only fires he had ever seen until that point were in his barbecue grill, he joked Wednesday. But when he saw flames licking out from under a car and in the engine compartment, he knew the fire had to be put out, he said.

The car had just careened into the wall of the Starbucks at Moorland and Janesville roads in Muskego after a collision in the intersection. Another good Samaritan had already helped the 22-year-old Milwaukee woman driver out of the car to safety.

Marek said he wasn't afraid the car would explode.

"I was more concerned about the other people around. I had to put it out," he said.

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Shawn Reilly sworn in as Waukesha's new mayor

April 15, 2014 8:11 p.m. | One era officially ended while another began Tuesday night at Waukesha City Hall. 

After Jeff Scrima presided over his final Common Council meeting, Shawn Reilly was sworn in as the new mayor of Waukesha.

Brian Running was also sworn in as the new city attorney. Running defeated Waukesha Plan Commissioner Rick Congdon in the general election April 1.

Running is replacing longtime attorney Curt Meitz, who is retiring after almost 30 years with the city. 

Reilly, formerly a municipal attorney, easily defeated Scrima (62 to 38 percent) on April 1 to become the new mayor.  

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Fallen incumbents reflect on Town of Waukesha's heated politics

April 14, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Elections haven't been kind to incumbent supervisors over the last 12 months in the Town of Waukesha.

Supervisor Joe Banske lost his supervisor's seat to Jim Radke in the April 1 election. Angie E. Van Scyoc was voted out of the chairman's seat the year before. Both had been voted in together to the board during a recall election in 2010.

Combined with Supervisor Everett German also getting voted out last year and Mike Laska's retirement from the board this year, a new era has begun on the board. At least, it's certainly a shift within the town from four years ago.

"I think this will significantly change the landscape of the Town of Waukesha from a policy and potentially a structural standpoint," Banske said.

So what changed?

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Law enforcement warns of phone scam that bounces people to 911

April 11, 2014 9:30 p.m. | A new scam has caused dozens of unintended 911 calls to Milwaukee police and other law enforcement agencies, beginning about 8 a.m. Friday, prompting officials to issue a warning.

Authorities are urging people to ignore prompts to dial 1 or 112 if they get a phone call or text message saying their bank or credit card was deactivated or suspended, because once they do, those residents are connected with a 911 dispatcher.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said residents have reported receiving an automatic recording such as "your credit card has been temporarily suspended, dial 112."

"We're in the process of trying to understand if someone is trying to take down the 911 system or if somebody has a scam that somehow enriches them by having you call our number or if it's a scam that's gone awry technologically," Flynn said.

The Waukesha County Communications Center had received about 150 of those calls as of noon Friday, but the agency's system had not been overwhelmed and calls for real emergencies were still able to get through.

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