An open house, informational-style meeting to discuss the extensive reconstruction of South East Avenue from Sunset Drive to College Avenue will take place Thursday at Whittier Elementary School, 1103 South East Avenue.
Representatives from R.A. Smith National, Inc., the design consultant, and engineers with the City of Waukesha will be on hand from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
There will not be a formal presentation and those interested can attend anytime during these hours.
According to the city’s Department of Public Works, the purpose of the meeting is to review the final roadway design and to present the proposed acquisition of temporary construction easements.
The purpose of the project is to upgrade South East Avenue to current design and safety standards, improve drainage, reconstruct pedestrian ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and replace the existing deteriorated pavement.» Read Full Article
Waukesha is becoming the epicenter of some recent high-profile political events.
Three years ago, Country Springs Hotel hosted a Republican primary rally during the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election that brought the national media to Waukesha County.
Months later, the day after U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) announced he would be Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, thousands packed into the Waukesha County Expo Center grounds to greet him at a rally that also brought out state and national politicians.
And just last year, President Barack Obama stopped in Waukesha during a two-day tour after giving the State of the Union speech. Obama touted job training at GE's Waukesha gas engines plant and signed a presidential memorandum to initiate an across-the-board review of how to reform federal training programs.
Now, Gov. Scott Walker is set to announce his quest to become the next president of the United States. And he'll do it in Waukesha, a city and county that has given him plenty of support in recent gubernatorial and recall elections.» Read Full Article
The legal battle over the Blair House recently took another turn.
The city of Waukesha filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals asking to appeal the judge's refusal to dismiss the case based on the municipal notice of claims statute.
"That statute is a fundamental, very important element of municipal law, and it's important that we defend it, not just for this case, but for all cases coming in the future," said City Attorney Brian Running.
The legal battle has been going on since the Waukesha Masonic Lodge 37 filed a lawsuit against the city alleging the city violated terms of the former owner's will.
Former Mayor Henry Blair gave the historic home at 434 Madison St. to the city with certain conditions.» Read Full Article
"Distraught" that his estranged ex-wife was dating another man, a former Hartland man allegedly tried to set the Waukesha man's house and vehicles on fire.
More than two months after the incident, Dustin Timm, 33, was charged July 1 with arson of a building, criminal damage to property, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and sending a threatening computer message.
He was also charged with disorderly conduct-domestic abuse in connection with an incident at his former Hartland residence a month after the fire.
If convicted of the charges, Timm could face more than 66 years in prison and $162,000 in fines.
Timm posted two separate cash bonds totaling $10,000 on July 1. The court ordered him to have no contact with the two men and his wife listed in the criminal complaint or any of their residences and to maintain absolute sobriety.» Read Full Article
Morgan Geyser spends her days in near isolation at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center in West Bend, eating under a table, feeding ants and watching The Weather Channel for hours, without medication or therapy.
Experts agree that the 13-year-old girl, charged with trying to kill a sixth-grade friend in May 2014, needs serious mental health treatment.
Geyser suffers from a rare form of early-onset schizophrenia, an incurable mental illness that two psychiatrists agree will only worsen faster, and with less chance of mitigation, the longer she goes untreated.
Prosecutors, the judge, jail officials, her lawyers, parents and doctors all want Geyser to get medication and therapy.
So why isn't she getting any?» Read Full Article
Waukesha will celebrate the Fourth of July with its usual holiday lineup.
The day kicks off with the "Music in America" Independence Day parade at Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Ave., on Saturday, July 4.
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 starts at approximately 11 a.m.
The parade will begin at the corner of Maple and Wisconsin Avenues (Cutler Park), continue west on Wisconsin, turn right at West Avenue and follow Main Street east through downtown Waukesha, left on Buckley Street and right on Baxter before finishing at Frame Park.
Free ice cream distributed by the Waukesha Kiwanis Early Risers will be available to children at the Schuetze Recreation Center at the end of the parade.» Read Full Article
1 A caller's house was struck with paintballs at 1912 Easy St. around 11:45 p.m. June 18.
2 A kitchen window was vandalized with an orange paintball overnight June 18-19 at 1347 E. Roberta Ave.
3 A house window was struck by a paintball overnight June 18-19 at 1403 E. Roberta Ave.
4 A house was hit by a paintball overnight June 18-19 at 615 E. Roberta Ave.
5 Police were called to the intersection of West Moreland Boulevard and East North Street after Right to Life protesters were approaching cars at 12:04 p.m. June 19. Protesters were advised by police they can't hand out fliers from the median.» Read Full Article
hile holding their 8-month-old baby inside an apartment on Monday, June 29.A 24-year-old Waukesha woman is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the upper left forearm w
After stabbing him, Kurnay L. Robinson Gray, 24, allegedly told him while still holding the knife, "when you mess with me, you get cut."
Gray is charged with three domestic abuse counts: second-degree recklessly endangering safety, substantial battery and disorderly conduct.
If convicted of all three charges, Gray faces fines up to $36,000 and almost 14 years in prison.
Gray posted a $500 cash bond on June 30 and has been ordered to not have any violent contact with the victim, any contact at his residence and not to possess any knives, weapons or firearms.» Read Full Article
A house fire in Waukesha caused significant damage to the single-family residence and resulted in several animal deaths on Tuesday, June 30.
The damage is estimated at $95,000 and the fire and police departments are investigating a cause of the blaze, Lt. Jim Haakensont said.
Haakensont said the fire department received a call at 3:13 p.m. June 30 for a possible structure fire at 1033 N. Greenfield Ave., just east of downtown between East Main Street and National Avenue.
Haakensont said crews found the back of the home fully engulfed. Two crews quickly extinguished the bulk of the fire on the outside. Two other crews extinguished the fire from the inside.
The damage was contained to the back half of the building.» Read Full Article
Bryce Styza said he has looked at redeveloping a property at the southeast corner of Corrina Boulevard and Buckley Street in downtown Waukesha for some time.
That's why after a city committee expressed concerns about his proposed multifamily development at a meeting a month and a half ago, he and his team didn't shy away from the issues or decide to look elsewhere.
Styza returned to the Redevelopment Authority, a committee that reviews projects in and around downtown, to present updated plans on a 47-unit apartment complex last week.
And this time the committee gave the complex, which is along the riverfront and surrounded by residential homes, its blessing.
"(Styza) heard the concerns," Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said.» Read Full Article
A jury trial has been scheduled for the three suspects charged in the murder of a gas station clerk earlier this year in Waukesha.
The announcement of an upcoming trial comes two months after Kenneth Thomas, Darrin Malone and Jerica Cotton each pleaded not guilty for their roles in the armed robbery at a Waukesha Citgo station and resulting homicide involving 65-year-old Saeed Sharwani of Brookfield, a clerk at the station.
A 12-person jury trial is scheduled for October.
Malone's trial, expected to last multiple days, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6, while Cotton's and Thomas' trials are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20.» Read Full Article
There are still potential waves to push through in Waukesha's quest for Great Lakes water.
Nonetheless, the city's application to obtain Lake Michigan water took a step forward last week when the state's Department of Natural Resources published an Environmental Impact Statement and Technical Review draft stating the application meets the requirements of the Great Lakes Compact.
The DNR said in its review that Waukesha has no reasonable water supply alternative in the Mississippi River Basin, even with conservation of existing water supplies.
"The water supply alternatives are likely to have greater adverse environmental impacts due to projected impacts on wetlands and lakes than the proposed Lake Michigan alternative," the DNR said in its review. "The department determined that all the proposed water supply alternatives are similar in cost to the Lake Michigan alternative, yet none is as environmentally sustainable or as protective of public health as the proposed Lake Michigan water source."
Too-long process» Read Full Article
A woman who was charged in a stabbing incident earlier this year in two downtown Waukesha apartments pleaded guilty to one of the felony substantial battery charges.
Brenda Adams, 52, previously of Waukesha who now lives in Milwaukee, was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail and 12 months probation. The court, however, halted the jail sentence.
The court is allowing her to serve the sentence in Milwaukee County. The second charge — substantial battery with the intention of bodily harm — has been dismissed.
As part of her sentencing hearing, she must maintain absolute sobriety; not use or possess alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia; not have any association with known drug users or dealers and no contact at any place where illegal drugs are purchased, used, stored, packaged and distributed; and not have any violent contact with the victims listed in the criminal complaint.» Read Full Article
A 34-year-old Waukesha woman was sentenced late last month to a year of probation for slapping and biting her teenage daughter, according to online court records.
The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of her daughter, on May 29 pleaded guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to a month in jail by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian.
Court records show that Aprahamian stayed the jail sentence in favor of probation and ordered the woman to pay $243 in court costs.
The woman was charged in late January with with felony child abuse-intentionally causing bodily harm and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after she was arrested for allegedly beating and biting her daughter, who was 16 at the time.
As conditions of her probation, the woman will have to complete domestic violence and parenting classes and maintain full-time employment. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with her daughter.» Read Full Article
Over the next week, the big fest is being held on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.
In Waukesha, St. Mary's Church is also getting into the festival season.
The church will hold its annual family fun festival from Friday to Sunday at 225 S. Hartwell Ave., at the corner of Hartwell and Newhall avenues.
The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26. A fish fry will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The featured bands include Cowboy Up, which will play from 5 to 7 p.m., and The Now (7 to 11 p.m).» Read Full Article
Waukesha has access to a sustainable water supply and does not require a diversion of water from the Great Lakes, the groups said in a joint statement. They did not identify the water source other than to say they had "emerging information" on how this source could meet the city's needs.
The Milwaukee Riverkeeper organization did not respond to a request for details on their preferred water supply for Waukesha other than to say the groups had hired an engineering consultant to assist with the analysis. Other groups joining the statement were: Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, National Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, River Alliance of Wisconsin and Waukesha County Environmental Action League.
After a five-year review of Waukesha's request for lake water, the Department of Natural Resources on Thursday released a series of preliminary decisions in draft reports. Among the key findings:
■ The city does not have a reasonable water supply option available to it on the west side of the subcontinental divide.» Read Full Article