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Waukesha Police arrest three in pharmacy robberies

Dec. 04, 2012 9:34 a.m. | Police have arrested three suspects in two recent armed robberies at Waukesha pharmacies.

On  Nov. 19 at 4:09 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Walgreens Pharmacy at 221 E Sunset Drive where a suspect covering his face displayed a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
On Nov. 26 at 1:46 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Valu Care Pharmacy at 501 S Grand Ave. where a suspect covering his face implied a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
The arrests were made over the weekend.  The suspects, who are all in their 20s, are all from Waukesha.
Charges have not yet been referred, but may be sent over to the District Attorney’s Office for review by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

Taco John's donates 10 percent of sales to family of Saeed Sharwani

1:40 p.m. | 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.

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With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha

Jan. 26, 2015 9:48 a.m. | 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.

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub closed in downtown Waukesha

Jan. 23, 2015 3:29 p.m. | 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.

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Video: Downtown Waukesha draws high-end apartments

Jan. 23, 2015 9:50 a.m. | 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.

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Gunshots hit vehicles in parking lot on North University Drive in Waukesha

Jan. 22, 2015 6:41 p.m. | 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.

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Waukesha's old garbage system is just about trashed with delivery of new carts

Jan. 22, 2015 1:49 p.m. | 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.

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Charges filed against 3rd suspect in slaying of Citgo station clerk

Jan. 21, 2015 7:23 p.m. | 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.

Waukesha Police Report: Jan. 22, 2015, issue

Jan. 21, 2015 4:30 p.m. | 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.

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Fox Head Residences developer asks to postpone action on Waukesha apartments

Jan. 20, 2015 7:16 p.m. | 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.

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Nearby Citgo gas station closes early in response to last week's fatal shooting in Waukesha

Jan. 20, 2015 3:50 p.m. | 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."

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Suspected getaway driver in deadly robbery tells police being helpful 'in her nature'

Jan. 19, 2015 10:55 p.m. | A Milwaukee woman told police she agreed to be the getaway driver in a deadly Waukesha armed robbery because, "it was simply in her nature to help people," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Jerica L. Cotton, 23, said she was being helpful to Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Darrin Malone, 28, when she drove them to the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., where Thomas allegedly shot clerk Saeed Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Jan. 13, according to the complaint.

Thomas was charged Monday with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and other counts. Cotton was charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

Malone, 28, who is considered armed and dangerous, was still at large Monday.

The three are suspected of a half-dozen armed robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, including those of a bank in Milwaukee and of a 7-Eleven store in the Town of Brookfield where multiple shots were fired.

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Complaint: Waukesha man charged with armed robbery wanted to be caught

Jan. 19, 2015 1:45 p.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha man allegedly held up a gas station clerk with a knife, then allowed the clerk to call the police, to whom he immediately surrendered when they arrived.

Michael Palmore Jr., 337 N. West Ave., was charged on Friday, Jan. 9, in Waukesha County Circuit Court as a repeat offender with armed robbery and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Palmore faces up to nearly 41 years behind bars and $110,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded in emergency fashion around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 9 to the BP gas station at 910 W. St. Paul Ave. to the report of an armed robbery in progress.

The clerk who phoned in the emergency told officers in the complaint that Palmore had been in and out of the station that night, but eventually approached the counter brandishing a knife. Then something unusual happened: Palmore apologized to the clerk.

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2 arrested in fatal Waukesha Citgo robbery linked to violent spree

Jan. 16, 2015 5:35 p.m. | Waukesha police on Friday announced the arrests of two-thirds of a suspected violent trio believed responsible for the killing of a gas station clerk during a series of robberies in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Kenneth Thomas, 19, and Jerica L. Cotton, 23, were arrested in connection with the robbery and shooting death of Saeed A. Sharwani, 65, shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Citgo gas station at 1445 Whiterock Ave., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

Thomas, who is suspected of having fired the shot that killed Sharwani, was arrested by West Allis police executing a search warrant for Milwaukee police.

Cotton is suspected of being the getaway driver in the robbery.

Authorities are still seeking Darrin Malone, 28, and believe the three are responsible for at least six robberies in West Allis, Milwaukee, the Town of Brookfield and Waukesha, including that of a bank in Milwaukee and a robbery in the Town of Brookfield Jan. 10 during which multiple shots were fired.

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Man accused of killing Waukesha gas station clerk, female getaway driver arrested

Jan. 16, 2015 3:09 p.m. | Waukesha police, as of Friday afternoon, have arrested two people who are alleged to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk on Tuesday night in Waukesha.

Kenneth Thomas, 19, the man accused of killing Saeed Sharwani, was arrested in the city of West Allis less than 10 hours after the armed robbery/homicide at the Citgo gas station, 1445 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha.

According to a news release sent out Friday afternoon by Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department, Thomas, a convicted felon, was arrested by the West Allis Police Department Tactical Unit as it was executing a search warrant for a robbery investigation from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Oremus said the Waukesha Police Department believes Thomas and his accomplices were involved in at least six recent robberies in four jurisdictions: West Allis, Milwaukee, the town of Brookfield and Waukesha.

Shortly after police announced that Thomas was arrested, another news release was sent out saying a 23-year-old woman, tied to the case, has also been arrested and is in custody. Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said Jerica Cotton was the getaway driver for Thomas and the other male suspect at the scene of the crime.

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Former Waukesha alderman Ripplinger dies, two visitations scheduled this weekend

Jan. 16, 2015 2:14 p.m. | Former city of Waukesha Alderman James Ripplinger died on Jan. 10.

He was 77. 

Ripplinger served as an alderman in Waukesha from 1994 to 2005. 

A resolution was signed by Mayor Shawn Reilly and will be read at the common council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20. 

There will be two visitations for Ripplinger.

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