Waukesha County is as Republican as you can get in Wisconsin.
So why is former President Bill Clinton speaking there? Shouldn't he be in Milwaukee or some other Democratic stronghold in Wisconsin?
The answer is that, while Democrats know voters in Waukesha strongly support Republican candidates, the county is large enough that it turns out a sizable Democratic minority.
Four years ago, then candidate Barack Obama won Wisconsin. In Waukesha County, he lost the vote to John McCain, the Republican nominee.
But while Obama lost in that county, he got 85,248 votes to McCain's 145,089. There were only two other Wisconsin counties - Milwaukee and Dane - in which Obama got more votes.» Read Full Article
1 A construction trailer was broken into behind Kohl's in the Westbrook Shopping Center, 2120 E. Moreland Blvd., prior to 10:44 a.m. Jan. 16.
2 After a vehicle went through a flashing red light, the driver threw a soda at the caller at Waukesha West High School, 3301 Saylesville Road, at 3:22 p.m. Jan. 16.
3 A caller reported a man threw a woman's property out of an apartment at 2107 Kensington Drive at 4:34 p.m. Jan. 16. All of the parties said there was an ongoing dispute over food stamps. A female and her boyfriend said they disapproved of the female's mother spending food stamps on people "not in the household." Police were also told the man had thrown away his girlfriend's mother's lamp.
4 A caller reported it was "very disturbing" that a mannequin dressed as Santa was hanging from a tree at 1122 Perkins Ave. at 6:21 p.m. Jan. 16. Police spoke with the homeowners, who said their Santa decoration has been hanging for a few months and they have been receiving threatening letters because of it. Their property has also sustained damaged.
5 A male at 407 N. Greenfield Ave. said he was stabbed at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 17. However, he was not cooperative with police when asked about the incident.» Read Full Article
We here at Community Newspapers and Lake Country Publications would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in our second annual Suburban Selfies contest. To those who clambered over the snowpiles and toughed out the icy winter winds to get in prime selfie snapping position, we salute you.
And what better thanks could we give than a free dinner?
These three won the east contest (Milwaukee suburbs):
Holly LaVesser of New Berlin takes home the grand prize of a $200 gift card to Bartolotta restaurants.
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A fire resulted in significant damage to a home Wednesday evening at 2112 MacArthur Road in the city of Waukesha.
However, no injuries were reported from the fire, Lt. Todd Craig of the Waukesha Fire Department said.
According to a news release from Craig, fire units were dispatched at 7:11 p.m. Jan. 28 for an active bedroom fire.
The first unit that responded could see smoke coming from the second floor and saw a working bedroom fire.
The attack crew extinguished the fire upon entering the second floor.» Read Full Article
The Spoon, a new restaurant specializing in soups, breads and pies that opened last month in Waukesha, is closed for the foreseeable future.
Whether the restaurant, at 928 N. Hartwell Ave. just east of downtown, will reopen is unknown.
A post on the company's Facebook page read "we are sorry to have to let you know that we won't be open until further notice."
The post said the restaurant has been warmly received by the public but "due to personal circumstances, (we) need to step back and re-evaluate."
"We are overwhelmed with the great reception our restaurant had with everyone and appreciate all your great support."» Read Full Article
Waukesha residents flocked to Taco John's on Saturday to support the family of Saeed Sharwani, the 65-year-old town of Brookfield man who was killed in an armed robbery at a Citgo gas station a couple weeks ago.
Taco John's, 317 N. Grand Ave., Waukesha, donated about $1,110 to Sharwani's family — 10 percent of its total sales for the day.
The restaurant made about $11,092 on Saturday, well above its Saturday average of about $5,000, said Yvonne Hernandez, shift manager at Taco Johns.
Donation jars were also placed on the container all day. That money will be donated to the family as well, Hernandez said. But she wasn't sure how much money was raised through the containers.
Sharwani died after being shot in the chest after the suspects — Kenneth Thomas and Darrin Malone — entered the gas station, 1445 Whiterock Ave., just before 10:45 p.m. Jan. 13.» Read Full Article
No one was injured in a house fire Monday on the city of Waukesha's east side, but extensive damage was done to the home.
Police and fire units responded to the fire at 2306 Wexford Court at 11:48 a.m. Monday when a neighbor noticed the flames.
Upon arrival, the attached garage to the residence was completely engulfed in flames and there was significant melting of the neighbors' siding, Battalion Chief Scott Purdy said.
Two juveniles were the only occupants inside and were able to self evacuate before police and fire department arrival.
The fire was quickly extinguished. The cause is still under investigation, Purdy said.» Read Full Article
Mia Famiglia, the Italian restaurant in Hales Corners, has closed as its chef works to open a new restaurant in downtown Waukesha in March.
Tom White Jr. said the restaurant he's opening at 225 South St. would have a streamlined menu that would include small plates, burgers and sandwiches, along with specials that would make use of seasonal ingredients from the city's farmers market.
He's finalizing the concept and still deciding on the new restaurant's name but said he's leaning toward Maglio, his mother's maiden name and a nod to his Sicilian ancestry.
The new location, at the site of the recently closed Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, has an advantage for the growing Mia Famiglia line of prepared foods, which includes pastas, sauces and dressings.
"The beauty of this new building is that it has a large production kitchen in the basement," White said. The products are sold in eight grocery stores including Glorioso's Italian Market in Milwaukee and Grasch Foods in Brookfield, three winter farmers markets and seven summer markets, and he said he's in talks with Outpost Local Foods to sell the products in its stores.» Read Full Article
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub did not last long in downtown Waukesha.
The pub, which opened during the fall of 2013 at 225 South St., closed two weeks ago, said Dominic Hoeffler, who was the general manager at the Waukesha location.
The pub had closed for a couple weeks last August due to what its owner called as staffing issues. The pub reopened with almost 90 percent new staff as well as a few menu changes.
Hoeffler said staff was not the reason this time for the closure. However, when asked why they shut down, Hoeffler said he was not at liberty to discuss the reasons.
"We're not allowed to say," Hoeffler said.» Read Full Article
In this week's Land & Space video, we look at four high-end apartment developments, totaling over 300 units, in the works in the downtown Waukesha area.
Many people were rattled after hearing gunshots outside their apartment complex on the northwest side of the city on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Police responded to the 2700 block of N. University Drive after many callers reported hearing gunshots just after 7 p.m. Sunday.
One caller thought it could have been from a semi-automatic handgun or rifle, according to the police blotter.
Another caller said they heard about seven shots and some males arguing outside before seeing three vehicles leave. But the caller did not know if the males were related to the gunshots.
The only descriptions one resident gave was that the two suspects were black males in their late teens. The caller said after firing a gun, they left on foot toward North University Drive.» Read Full Article
The rollout of the new recycling and garbage carts in the city of Waukesha is well under way.
The new carts were first distributed to the southwest portion of the city last week, and crews will continue to deliver the carts to the rest of the city through the end of next week.
At last week's common council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Fred Abadi said everyone who is eligible to receive the carts in the city should have them by the first week in February.
Dustin Nolan, the city's recycling and solid waste coordinator, added there isn't a set date a particular neighborhood will receive the carts. Weather and other circumstances could alter the schedule, he said.
Crews with Advanced Disposal are loading up the carts at the city's drop-off center before heading out for home distribution. Nolan said people do not have to be home when crews deliver the carts and can begin using them upon delivery.» Read Full Article
A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a clerk during a robbery at a Waukesha gas station was charged Wednesday with felony murder, according to state court records.
An arrest warrant was also issued for Darrin L. Malone, 28, one of three people involved in the Jan. 13 killing of Saeed Sharwani, 65, at the Citgo station at 1445 Whiterock Ave.
Prosecutors already had charged Kenneth Thomas, 19, with first-degree intentional homicide armed robbery and other charges, and Jerica Cotton, 23, the alleged getaway driver, with felony murder and armed robbery.
According to a criminal complaint:
Thomas shot Sharwani, and Cotton told investigators she agreed to be the getaway driver because she's just a helpful person by nature.
1 A caller says her former boyfriend stole everything she owns at an apartment at 128 Cambridge Ave. prior to 9:54 a.m. Jan. 9.
2 A caller reported at 10:45 a.m. Jan. 9 that approximately six months ago a person armed with a gun came over to his apartment at 2125 Kensington Drive and beat him up. He suspects the same person has put sugar in his gas tank. He told police that he was previously too afraid to report the incidents.
3 A school-issued iPad at Hadfield Elementary School, 733 Linden St., was stolen prior to 4:16 p.m. Jan. 9.
4 A caller saw a man, who was walking by, stop and dig a hole in the snow at 421 Riverview Ave. at 5:44 p.m. Jan. 9. The caller felt this was odd.
5 A caller reported a domestic disturbance at 520 Bell St. at 4:20 a.m. Jan. 11 after a female ran over to a residence, telling someone to call the police because her boyfriend was beating her up. However, police determined there was no criteria for a domestic disturbance as both parties said they had too much to drink. The woman then said she was jealous that her boyfriend was talking to another girl and that she overreacted.» Read Full Article
No action was taken on components of the Fox Head Residences, an apartment complex being proposed near Carroll University at the site of the former Fox Head Brewery.
Community Development Director Jennifer Andrews announced at Tuesday's common council meeting that the developer of the project asked that items relating to the apartment be put on hold until the council's Feb. 19 meeting.
Andrews said Terrance Wall, the developer, was out of town tonight and also wanted to postpone action because he wanted to finish making some of the changes requested by the plan commission at its meeting on Jan. 14.
As a result, the council will have a month to decide if it will move forward with a project that many already spoke out against at a meeting earlier this month.
The council was scheduled to vote on a land-use plan amendment and rezoning of 211 and 223 Maple Ave. at Tuesday's meeting. The land-use plan would change from industrial to commercial and rezoning would change the site from manufacturing and business to a general business planned-unit development.» Read Full Article
A Citgo gas station that is just a few blocks away from the Citgo station that was the site of an armed robbery/homicide last week has been closing early as a precautionary measure.
Megan Healey, a clerk at the Citgo gas station at 1700 Pewaukee Road, just north of the Waukesha County Courthouse, said on Tuesday that her station has been closing at 7 p.m., instead of 8 p.m., since last Friday.
She said her station actually closed two hours early for two days on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and Thursday, Jan. 15, in response to the homicide, which took place at the Citgo gas station, 1445 Whiterock Ave., just before 10:45 p.m. Jan. 13.
Healey said her station didn't receive any threats after the homicide, but employees and the manager felt it was best to close early at nights.
"It was for safety reasons," Healey said. "It's just a precautionary measure."» Read Full Article