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Town of Waukesha Plan Commission puts Dunkin' Donuts proposal on hold

Feb. 15, 2013 12:22 p.m. | After hearing the plan from developers and from many concerned residents, a new Dunkin' Donuts shop on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha will have to wait.

Due to safety and traffic concerns, the Plan Commission unanimously voted to table the item to its next meeting until developers bring forth an updated plan.

The 5,040 square-foot shop, located at S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, could hold up to four tenants.

The donut shop would also have a drive-through lane as Dunkin' Donuts representatives said are the norm.

But many residents had issues with that as well.

Waukesha Verizon Wireless store robbed at gunpoint

Oct. 08, 2015 9:08 p.m. | The Verizon Wireless store at 1921 Silvernail Road in Waukesha was robbed Thursday by two men, one who was armed with a handgun, according to police.

The robbery was reported shortly after 6 p.m., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.

The robbers obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot toward Meadow Lane, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Waukesha police at (262) 524-3926.

Waukesha Police Report: Oct. 8, 2015 issue

Oct. 08, 2015 2:30 p.m. | 1 A maroon Saturn was scratched at 2146 Kilps Drive prior to 1:02 p.m. Sept. 24.

2 A phone was stolen from a stroller near the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., at 6:06 p.m. Sept. 24. A suspect was seen fleeing south toward the library parking lot.

3 A customer choked an employee at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1180 W. Sunset Drive, Suite 106, at 9:32 p.m. Sept. 24. He fled the scene.

4 A man was taken into custody after police responded to a domestic disturbance at 714 Oakland Ave. at 1:09 a.m. Sept. 25. The man, who was intoxicated, and his wife were in an argument and he wasn't letting her in the house. He also allegedly threatened to kill her.

5 A male delivery driver urinated in public at 331 Riverfront Plaza at 10:11 a.m. Sept. 25. No complaint was filed but the caller was concerned about the health code violation. The caller then reported the incident to the city's health department. The suspect's employer was notified.

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Housing development hopes to stay at home in town of Waukesha

Oct. 08, 2015 10:30 a.m. | A long-planned housing project that includes condominiums and single-family lots could finally make its way into the town of Waukesha.

A developer is looking to redevelop the Fred Lathers property at River Road along Highway I, south of Fox Vale Court, as a residential subdivision, and, more pointedly, remain as a town, not city, property.

The developer is proposing eight single-family condominium units west of River Road, and an additional 40 single-family lots east of River Road.

A majority of the Fred Lathers property is within the project boundary Vernon Wildlife Area, southwest of Waukesha West High School.

Based on the original parcel size of 91 acres and environmental corridor estimate of 28 acres, a maximum of 48 residential units was established based on Waukesha County's more restrictive density provisions, according to a town report.

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Erik Helgestad appointed to the Waukesha Common Council

Oct. 07, 2015 12:28 p.m. | Erik Helgestad has joined the Waukesha Common Council.

He replaces Roger Patton, who stepped down last month due to to health reasons, as the District 11 alderman.

Helgestad, a senior oracle application analyst for Edstrom Industries in Waterford, was the only applicant for the downtown position.

He was interviewed and selected by the council on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Helgestad's appointment goes through April 2016 when the position is on the spring ballot. He said at the council meeting he plans on running for the position next spring.

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Waukesha business park gets a healthy addition with Dental Associates

Oct. 07, 2015 10:15 a.m. | An area probably best known for Goodwill, Lasertag Adventure and Walmart Neighborhood Market just off Highway 164 and East Main Street is now growing with another niche: the health industry.

A year after an urgent care facility and dentist office opened at the corner of Highway 164 and Coral Drive, joining a chiropractic office and a fitness center for women in the business park, the latest addition to the neighborhood will follow suit.

Dental Associates is entering the Waukesha market and is building a 21,571-square-foot dental facility on a three-acre slot just north of AFC/Doctors Express and Proven Dental. The office is expected to open in spring 2016.

Dental Associates, Wisconsin's largest family-owned dental group practice headquartered in downtown Milwaukee, recently started construction on its facility at 1211 Dolphin Court in Waukesha. The facility will be situated between the Goodwill store and the Central Bark Doggy Day Care at the corner of Highway 164 and East Main Street on the north end of Dolphin Court.

However, there will be no vehicle access points along those busy roads. The only access will be from Dolphin Court, a cul-de-sac off Dolphin Drive.

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Vietnamese restaurant Pho King opens, pizza eatery Bobanna's closes in Waukesha

Oct. 06, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A new restaurant is now open on Waukesha's southside, while an Italian pizza restaurant on Summit Avenue has closed.

Pho King, a Vietnamese restaurant, is open for business at 316 W. Sunset Drive. The restaurant occupies the building previously used by The Spot on Sunset, which moved into the former Broadway Cafe at 500 E. Broadway St. in June.

Pho King, which is family-owned and operated, also has a restaurant at 11112 W. National Ave., West Allis.

The restaurant serves pho, a Vietnamese dish that is made by creating homemade beef broth, steeped with warm and fragrant spices, according to the restaurant's website. The broth is then left to simmer for hours, giving it lots of flavor.

Pho is served with cuts of tenderloin and brisket, Vietnamese meatballs and tendons. Other variations of pho have been created such as chicken pho, seafood pho and pork pho.

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West Allis man charged with video taping women's restroom at UW-Waukesha

Oct. 06, 2015 8:39 a.m. | According to a criminal complaint, a West Allis man said he liked to watch and listen to females using the bathroom, and would spend weeks inside the opposite sex's restroom at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha doing just that.

But late last spring, Jacob E. Laurishke, 22, was busted after he began recording a woman inside a stall in a campus bathroom, the complaint said.

Now, four months after being caught, Laurishke was charged on Sept. 21 with invasion of privacy in a public place with a person present. If convicted, Laurishke faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

He posted a $500 cash bond on May 6 and will make his first court appearance on Oct. 19 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

According to the complaint, a woman, then 22, was in a public bathroom May 5 on campus and saw a black backpack on the floor in a stall. She said once she was in her stall she heard someone exit a stall and enter the stall next to her, the complaint read.

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Xperience Fitness and Dollar Tree open in old Waukesha Kmart

Oct. 05, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Vacant for four years, the building that previously occupied a Kmart in Waukesha is back in business with new tenants.

A new Xperience Fitness and Dollar Tree recently opened within the 115,857-square-foot building at 120 E. Sunset Drive.

Xperience Fitness opened Sept. 29, relocating from its previous home further west at S230 W24896 Sunset Drive.

Officials with the company said adding more features was the primary reason for the move. Its previous facility was only 7,000 square feet, but its new space within the old Kmart building will be more than 35,000 square feet.

Some features at the new location include more parking, an indoor swimming pool, a cardio movie theater, a large group exercise studio, a spinning studio and a new turf functional fitness area.

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Waukesha woman charged with fourth OWI offense after striking bus

Oct. 04, 2015 12:30 p.m. | A Waukesha woman who has a checkered past of operating vehicles while under the influence is facing more trouble following a high-profile collision.

Tricia M. Barnett, 46, has been charged with her fourth offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after she crashed her car into a bus with her 9-year-old niece as a passenger.

If convicted of the felony, Barnett could spend up to two years in prison and be fined up to $4,000. Barnett's driver's license could also be revoked for up to six years because she allegedly committed the offense with a child younger than 16 years old in the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, Barnett's vehicle struck a bus that had two children aboard after she picked up her niece from school shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, near the intersection of Oakdale and West Sunset drives.

Police noted one-third of the hood of Barnett's sedan was stuck under the rear bumper of the bus and needed to be towed.

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Two lanes on U.S. Highway 45 in Waukesha County reopen after crash

Oct. 03, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Two right lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 45 at U.S. Highway 18 (Bluemound Road) have reopened after closing because of a traffic incident. An intial report estimated the lanes could be closed for two hours.

The crash happened at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation incident notification. Also of note, the ramps from Interstate 94 westbound and Interstate 94 eastbound to U.S. Highway 45 northbound are closed in the Zoo Interchange.

Workers in Waukesha losing jobs as GE takes strong stance in Ex-Im Bank dispute

Oct. 02, 2015 11:03 p.m. | Alex Hoekstra, a union representative for several hundred General Electric Co. employees in Waukesha, didn't ask to get pulled into the fight over the U.S. Export-Import Bank — the agency that has financed billions of dollars in international business deals on behalf of U.S. companies.

But he's smack in the middle of it now that GE has said it will close its Waukesha plant, where the Fairfield, Conn.-based company makes engines used in the oil and gas industry. The closure will eliminate 350 jobs over the next couple of years.

Earlier this week, GE said Congress was to blame for the closure because it has failed to reauthorize the charter of the Ex-Im Bank. The company said it is moving the Waukesha engine work, and the 350 jobs, to a $265 million factory it will build in Canada, because that country has an export credit agency.

The news was a "shock to the system," said Hoekstra, a business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

"These are real people with families and bills to pay. What have we done to deserve this? It's insane," he said.

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Town of Waukesha Fire Department hosting open house, pancake breakfast

Oct. 02, 2015 12:16 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha's Fire Department is holding its annual fire prevention open house on Saturday, Oct. 3.  

The event features an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at the Town of Waukesha Fire Department, W250 S3567 Center Road, Waukesha.

There will also be fire prevention and awareness activities at the event, including a smokehouse, which simulates some of the effects of a fire situation and teaches children how to react if a fire arises.

A Flight for Life helicopter might also appear. Firetrucks and sheriff's department armored vehicles will also be available on site. 

A donation of $5 is requested for the breakfast, while children 2 years old and younger eat free. 

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Waukesha Reads program is under way

Oct. 02, 2015 11:30 a.m. | The monthlong community read program is officially under way in the city of Waukesha.

Waukesha Reads — The Big Read 2015 will center around the book "A Wizard of Earthsea," by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a classic coming-of-age novel and popular 1968 American fantasy novel.

The program, which includes around 35 events and more than 13 separate book discussions at various locations in Waukesha, began at last week's Friday Night Live, when free copies of the book were distributed at the downtown event.

Waukesha Reads is based on the idea that residents have the opportunity to come together to read, discuss and celebrate a single book and author.

The program is coordinated by the Waukesha Public Library and many community partners. Waukesha Reads is part of the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, which offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

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Former Waukesha pastor charged with sexual assault pleads not guilty

Oct. 01, 2015 3:58 p.m. | Two months ago, a criminal complaint said Peter Knebel admitted to touching a 10-year-old girl's breast inside his church office because he said it would excite him.

But the former pastor at Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha, who is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child/sexual contact with a person younger than 13 years old, has pleaded not guilty to the felony.

Knebel, who remains out of jail on a $5,000 cash bond, made his plea during a court appearance on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

His next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2. If convicted, Knebel, 72, faces up to 60 years in prison.

Since posting bail in late July, Knebel has relocated twice. He first moved from Waukesha to Milwaukee, and now lives in Oshkosh.

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