The City of Waukesha was seeing a record number of absentee ballots as of Tuesday evening, with more than 13,000 to count, according to city clerk-treasurer Tom Neill.
Neill predicted it would take well past midnight Wednesday to count all of them.
Waukesha's absentee ballot count got slowed down earlier Tuesday when one of the machines broke and zeroed out, forcing many of the ballots to be sent through a second time.
Counting all the absentee ballots at Waukesha City Hall poll headquarters was new this year. Previously other polling locations around the city would collect and count absentee ballots, then send their results into City Hall.
Dogs just might be man's best friend — except when they're barking.
At least that was the general sentiment from the Waukesha Plan Commission June 22 when the panel unanimously voted to table discussion on a proposed doggy day care after several commissioners voiced concerns about how the steady din of barking dogs would affect a nearby residential neighborhood.
The vote means the business will be discussed again at an upcoming commission meeting, but without changes to the original proposal the project likely will not receive the commission's approval.
Several commissioners told the business's owner, Lindsey Chaverotti, that they would not vote to approve a conditional use permit for the day care if the plans for it don't change.
The next plan commission meeting is scheduled for July 13, but an agenda for that meeting has not been set as of Monday afternoon, June 27.» Read Full Article
1 Staff at the Waukesha branch of Wisconsin Community Services, 414 W. Moreland Blvd., reported around 8:47 a.m. June 17 that a man at their facility — with a record of prior drunken driving offenses who was free on bond — was driving with a prohibited blood-alcohol concentration. Police took the man into custody and called HAWS to remove a dog from the man's car.
2 A resident in the 1300 block of Fleetfoot Drive told police around 11:10 a.m. June 17 that someone had scratched and dumped sugar all over her car. According to a police report, the woman said she believes she knows who did it.
3 An anonymous caller told police a man flashed a revolver after the caller did not allow the man to merge his car in front of the caller's around 1:49 p.m. June 17 near Roberts and East North streets. The man did not additionally threaten or follow the caller, according to a police report.
4 A man told police he was being "sarcastic" when he told a social worker he had hidden a gun in a Waukesha park and was thinking about using it to kill himself around 3:23 p.m. June 17. The man, a resident in the 1500 block of Summit Avenue, said in a police report he told the social worker he had a hidden gun because the social worker "was annoying him." Officers searched the man's home and found no evidence that he owned a gun, the report said.
5 A resident in the 2400 block of Springdale Road told police she was missing 15 hydrocodone pills after contractors completed some work in her apartment around 5:30 p.m. June 17. A police report did not indicate whether any of the contractors were suspected of the theft.» Read Full Article
One building down, another to go.
That seems to be the attitude at Carroll University where construction on the college's new science center is nearing completion while the school prepares for the impending demolition — and eventual replacement — of Lowry Hall.
All that planning and work passed another milestone June 22 when Waukesha's Plan Commission unanimously granted final approval to the site and architectural plans for the project, a three-floor, 36,000 square-foot nursing center.
Construction on the new Lowry Hall is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, said Carroll's senior Public Relations Strategist Jess Owens.
That building and the nearly complete science center, at the corner of North Barstow Street and West College Avenue, are a part of Carroll's three-phase, multiyear, $50 million campaign to improve its science facilities.» Read Full Article
Dr. John DenBoer came home on a mission.
DenBoer, a Waukesha native, has developed a system of cognitive exercises that help prevent or slow the rate of dementia. That system was the subject of his presentation at Avalon Square Senior Living home in downtown Waukesha on Friday, June 24.
The Avalon is a special place for DenBoer, whose grandmother lived there for the last 20 years of her life and where he spent a lot of time as a young boy. He began his presentation with a dedication to her.
"In a lot of different ways we're celebrating her today," he said during the presentation. "She was a really special figure in my life."
New-and-novel approach» Read Full Article
For five days, Steve Elias didn't even open the unsolicited acquisition offer.
Although he wanted to sell his three Green Bay businesses, Elias worried about how a new owner — particularly one looking to consolidate within the industry — might treat his 70 employees. So instead of responding to the sender, Elias remembered a presentation he had heard several years earlier and picked up the phone.
Six months later, Elias is still running his companies, but they've been sold to OwnersEdge Inc., a Brookfield-based employee stock ownership plan holding company that is looking to invest in and build companies in the Midwest.
The presentation Elias remembered was made by Lisa Reardon, president, chief executive officer and chairwoman of OwnersEdge. Reardon had talked about business owners' succession planning, and about how her company sought diversification through acquisitions of companies with leaders such as Elias who want to continue running their businesses.
"Quite honestly, nothing's really changed for me," said Elias, president of Baycom Inc., a provider of wireless voice, mobile data and video equipment to public safety and commercial clients.» Read Full Article
The case against a Waukesha man who reportedly pointed an assault rifle at local police in January, in an alleged attempt to bait officers into killing him, could soon come to an end.
Dean Stamm, 51, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday, June 20, when his attorney, Matthew Huppertz, requested a plea and sentencing date, according to online court records. That hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1.
Stamm stands accused of six felony and six misdemeanor offenses for allegedly pointing a laser sight and an unloaded assault rifle at several police officers who arrived at his home in the 200 block of Douglas Avenue Jan. 24 to perform a well-being check on him.
Stamm's girlfriend requested the check because she was concerned Stamm — who was depressed and had been drinking that day and had easy access to his assault rifle — would kill himself, according to a criminal complaint.
Stamm said in the complaint he wanted the officers to shoot and kill him, a scenario he reportedly described as "suicide by cop."» Read Full Article
Waukesha will get its water.
In a historic vote, the representatives of the governors of eight Great Lakes states voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon, June 21, to approve Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water.
"The vote today means the city can now move forward in providing a reliable, sustainable, and safe supply of drinking water for its residents," said Mayor Shawn Reilly following the decision. "We fully respect the specific conditions spelled out by the states and provinces as part of this approval and we are committed to compliance."
The city filed its water diversion application in 2010 in an attempt to meet its long-term water needs and comply with radium restrictions. A lake water supply would replace 10 wells, including seven deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from a depleted sandstone aquifer.
Waukesha is under a court-ordered deadline to have radium-compliant water by June 2018.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — The day after their daughter's 12th birthday sleepover, Angie Geyser and her husband, Matt, found themselves in a Waukesha police station, hoping to pick her up and take her home.
Officers had shown up earlier at their house looking for their daughter, Morgan, who had gone with her friends to a park after breakfast.
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"They wouldn't tell us anything," Geyser said, except that one of the girls was hurt, and Morgan and the other girl weren't with her. The parents were told to wait, and an officer stayed until they received notification that Morgan had been found, was OK, and that police just needed her to clear up some questions.
The Geysers headed to the station, assuming that whatever had happened, they would probably have to punish Morgan. Their thought was to cancel a trip to a Star Trek convention.» Read Full Article
1A train conductor reported seeing a possibly intoxicated woman walking south on the railroad tracks around 7:14 a.m. June 10 near White Rock and Perkins avenues. The conductor told police the woman "barely moved" for the train as it passed her. She wasn't drunk or injured when police found her, according to an incident report.
2A rock was thrown through a third-story Carroll University dormitory window around 10:51 a.m. June 10 in the 300 block of West College Avenue. No suspects or leads were mentioned in a police report.
3A regular customer at a local Mobil gas station, 1709 Summit Ave., reportedly stole an unspecified number of lottery tickets around 2:22 p.m. June 10 from the convenience store. According to a police report, the man, who was not identified, was caught on a surveillance camera stealing the tickets.
4An intoxicated man was shouting at residents who were walking by him around 2:23 a.m. June 11 in the 900 block of North Barstow Avenue. Officers arrived and found the man to be "heavily intoxicated," according to a police report. A cab took the man home.
5Officers delivered several pizzas following a traffic stop around 4:48 p.m. June 11 near Highland Avenue and East Moreland Boulevard. A police report, which did not specify the reason for the traffic stop, said two officers helped a pizza delivery man transport several large pizzas to their destination to "ensure they did not go to waste." The report said the pizza company was thankful for the officers' assistance.» Read Full Article
The iconic Gasthaus restaurant, which has operated for more than three decades in Waukesha, will close by week's end.
The German restaurant abruptly announced the closure in a June 18 Facebook post, less than two months after Waukesha officials reviewed a proposed development at the Gasthaus site at the corner of Silvernail Road and Grandview Boulevard.
"It is with great sadness that we have to inform everyone that Weissgerber's Gasthaus will be closing its doors for the final time at the end of Saturday June 25, 2016," the post read. "We want to thank all of our loyal guests for 33 years of business."
'With a heavy heart'
The family released a statement regarding the restaurant's closure Monday afternoon, June 20, that read in part: "After a long and painful period of uncertainty about the future status of the Gasthaus, it is now confirmed that the sale of the Gasthaus is actually, and inevitably, going to happen.» Read Full Article
request for a Lake Michigan water supply is attempting to get the attention of the eight Great Lakes states' governors before they or their delegates meet Tuesday in Chicago for a final vote on the city's unprecedented plan.A chorus of voices opposed to Waukesha's
Critics raising concerns this month include U.S. and Canadian advisers to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, mayors of U.S. and Canadian cities within the Great Lakes basin, and conservation and environmental organizations from the region.
Late last month, the Michigan state Senate adopted a resolution opposing the request.
Waukesha is asking the eight states to approve a $207 million plan for diverting lake water across the subcontinental divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins and returning an equal volume of water as fully treated wastewater to Lake Michigan via the Root River.
Opponents are attempting to create last-minute doubts about the merits of the proposal since they failed to halt the request in two earlier rounds of technical and environmental reviews by Wisconsin and Great Lakes officials.» Read Full Article
The new school year has yet to begin, but some schools will have a change in leadership when classes do resume.
The Waukesha School Board approved new principals for Lowell and Hawthorne elementary schools that will begin at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Rachel Hermann will be the new principal of Lowell Elementary School. She has been the secondary literary and humanities coordinator for the district for the last five years, and will replace Amy Riesbel, who will be taking a new position as the district's summer school development and data communication liaison.
Hermann is a longtime educator, having worked for seven years as an English teacher in various districts. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and recently received her principal and director of instruction license from Carroll University.» Read Full Article
Residents should keep an eye out this weekend if they decide to spend some time walking around the city enjoying the summer weather: Bicyclists from around the globe will be speeding through the streets.
That's because the Carl Zach Cycling Classic rolls into town this Sunday, June 19. Races will begin at 11:00 a.m. just west of Couri Insurance downtown, 379 Main St., and run concurrently until 8:30 p.m.
The Classic is a stop on the Tour of Americas Dairyland and routinely attracts hundreds of national and international athletes.
This year, the event will also feature a "Dad's Day Downtown" celebration in honor of Father's Day.
"We are excited to help bring world-class cycling to Waukesha," said Jerry Couri, president of Couri Insurance Agency and title sponsor of the Classic. "When we have the opportunity to show off our great city to people from around the globe, it's a win-win."» Read Full Article
As usual, there will be no shortage of events for Waukesha residents this Fourth of July, and the festivities will celebrate more than just the anniversary of the nation's Independence Day.
The annual Fourth of July parade will also commemorate the 90th anniversary of the city's parks, recreation and forestry department. The parade's theme is "Here's to 90 years."
"We're excited to celebrate Independence Day in a big way in Waukesha along with the 90th anniversary of Parks, Recreation and Forestry in the city," said Joanna Adamicki, special events coordinator for the parks, recreation and forestry department. "It's always fun to see families and organizations come together and create a float for the parade."
Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at Cutler Park, with the children's marching and float judging following at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin around 11 a.m.» Read Full Article
A Waukesha teenager drowned Tuesday, June 14, in Little Newton Lake in the town of Stephenson while on a youth group trip there.
According to a news release from the Marinette County Sheriff's Office, Fabricio Aparicio, 14, was pronounced dead at Bay Area Medical Center after a rescue team pulled his body from the water that afternoon.
Fabricio was on a youth ministry retreat in Stephenson, according to the release. Police and rescue units rushed to the scene around 3:35 p.m. after a chaperone noticed Fabricio was missing.
The retreat was apparently organized through Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., which shared its condolences with the Aparicio family, including in a Facebook post.
"We pray for the Aparicio family. We pray for all the students and Ascension family present on the retreat," the post read. "Comfort us, O God. Our hearts are broken."» Read Full Article