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Waukesha County Airport's air traffic control tower scheduled to close April 7

March 07, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Kurt Stanich, manager of the Waukesha County Airport, knew the outlook was bleak when he heard from the Federal Aviation Administration that the airport's air traffic control tower was on the chopping block.

But he was hopeful last week that the tower could be saved despite federal budget spending cuts to a number of programs nationwide that are forcing agencies to slash five percent from their overall budgets.   

However, Midwest ATC Services, Inc., which operates Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field, recently informed the airport that the tower would be one of 173 across the country that will close April 7. 

While most are regional and smaller airports, the towers closing represent 40 percent of all towers in the U.S.

Workers in the control tower are "the communication" and "the eyes" for the ground and the pilot, Stanich said. It's a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled air space.

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Man rescued from Dunkin' Donuts Dumpster after falling in while looking for wife's dentures

2:39 p.m. | A man went to great lengths to retrieve his wife's dentures in Waukesha last week.

However, his extreme measures led to police rescuing him from a public Dumpster. 

According to the police blotter, the Waukesha police and fire departments rescued an elderly man who was stuck inside a trash bin behind Dunkin' Donuts, 2450 N. Grandview Blvd., at 5:58 p.m. Sept. 23.

The man told police his wife left her dentures at Dunkin' Donuts earlier in the day and was looking for them.

While standing on a pallet and looking in garbage cans for the missing dentures, the man fell in and was unable to get out.

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Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

Sept. 30, 2014 5:51 p.m. | U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Tuesday approved the sale of four suburban YMCA properties for a total of $9 million, marking an important step in the efforts to downsize and restructure the organization that has been mired in debt.

"This was a huge hurdle today for the mission of the Y, which will be stronger in the region," Julie Tolan, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Y, said after the hearing. It will also allow the Milwaukee Y to begin to move forward to focus on its future as a smaller, urban YMCA, she said.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy protection in June, faced with $29 million in debt that threatened to sink the organization.

Under the court-approved sale, the YMCA of Central Waukesha County will purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, the Tri-County Y in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million in cash, with a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

The Kettle Moraine YMCA will buy the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA for $2 million in cash at closing. The closings are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Chinese restaurant owner brings new life to Waukesha shopping center

Sept. 30, 2014 12:15 p.m. | Five years ago or so, Paul Moy probably questioned whether he would have cause to celebrate his restaurant's home.

But through hard work and a big financial commitment from Moy, the once-beaten down Gray Terrace Shopping Centre has been revitalized.

Moy, the owner of the since-renamed Golden Gate Centre — a name that comes from his Chinese restaurant's Golden Gate — will hold a celebration on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4, to recognize the three new stores that have been added to the center.

"We brought it back to life," Moy said.

Steady decline, then ...

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Former sheriff's lieutenant gets jail time, probation

Sept. 30, 2014 10:29 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Former Waukesha County Sheriff’s lieutenant Sarah Massa was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer charges.

Massa, 37, was accused in March of stealing pain medication from her dying grandmother. She and her husband Chris, who also worked for the sheriff’s department, resigned shortly after the investigation into Sarah began.

Judge Michael O. Bohren on Monday, Sept. 29, stayed a sentence of nine months prison time for Massa, imposing instead the two-year probation term. Massa would have to serve her jail time if she’s accused of another crime while on probation.

Bohren did however remand Massa to the county jail for 30 days as a term of her probation. She was led away in handcuffs immediately after the trial concluded.

Both Massa’s attorney, Matthew Huppertz, and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel — who worked with Massa on a number of cases — advocated for lesser punishments.

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Poll: Will Catholic Memorial or Muskego win in Week 7 matchup?

Sept. 30, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Week 7 of the preps football season showcases a big Classic 8 matchup: Catholic Memorial at Muskego.

Last year in Waukesha, the Crusaders routed the Warriors, 41-7.

And both teams have had success this year. Catholic Memorial is 3-1 in the conference (5-1 overall). Meanwhile, Muskego leads the Classic 8 at 4-0 (6-0) and has already clinched a playoff spot.

 

Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

Sept. 30, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Waukesha Slender Man stabbing victim will be introduced to the world tonight on 20/20

Sept. 26, 2014 11:52 a.m. | For four months, the identity of the 12-year-old Slender Man stabbing victim has been kept private. 

But tonight, in an exclusive interview with ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir, her family will introduce her to the world during the one-hour season premiere of 20/20.

The telecast, titled "Out of the Woods," begins at 9 p.m. Friday on ABC. 

The girl's parents will speak about the stabbing, which has received national and international attention after the two suspects in the case - two 12-year-old girls - told police that they had plotted for months to kill their friend to prove themselves worthy to a fictional Internet horror character named Slender Man.

“Our family continues our journey of healing," her parents said in a statement. "By allowing us to introduce our little girl, and not by a media outlet, means a great deal to us. For that we are so very thankful to you all.”

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Waukesha Police Report: Sept. 25, 2014 issue

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 p.m. | 1 A caller reported six teenage girls were playing on the railroad tracks, dancing and taking pictures with their cellphones, at the intersection of Macarthur Road and West St. Paul Avenue at 7:10 p.m. Sept. 12.

2 A man wearing a cowboy hat was trying to break into cars outside a business at 227 W. Main St. at 9:36 p.m. Sept. 12.

3 A man was transported to the Hebron House shelter after police found him sleeping on a picnic table in Bethesda Park, 560 W. Dunbar Ave., at 2:24 a.m. Sept. 13.

4 A caller reported at 8:19 a.m. Sept. 13 that he has ongoing problems with a neighbor who lets cats outside of an apartment at 2125 Kensington Drive. The caller said his neighbor's cats stir up trouble with the other neighborhood cats by coming up to people's screen doors and trying to start cat fights.

5 People were smoking marijuana in an apartment unit at 2111 Kensington Drive about 1:35 p.m. Sept. 13. Police could smell the odor, but no one answered the door.

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Proposed Waukesha County budget keeps property taxes flat

Sept. 24, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Total Waukesha County government spending in 2015 would drop $3 million from this year, to $279.1 million, under a 2015 budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The county's general property tax levy needed to pay more than one-third of projected expenditures would increase slightly less than 1% to $100.49 million for 2015, up $987,100 from the county levy this year, according to budget documents.

Since property values rose about 3% countywide as of Jan. 1 this year, county government can cut its tax rate to generate the higher levy for 2015.

The proposed rate drops seven cents to $2.08 per $1,000 of equalized value. Most homeowners will see no change in the county's portion of their December tax bill.

Though the median home value rose to $246,300 as of Jan. 1, up $7,400, the owner of that home would pay $512 for the county portion of the 2015 tax bill, the same amount as this year. The tax bill impact on specific properties will vary depending on local assessments and changes in property values.

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One year later, former Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba discusses life after demotion

Sept. 24, 2014 2:03 p.m. | Sitting alongside his two attorneys, Jesse Alba cracked a couple of smiles while he waited for a judge to enter the courtroom last week.

But behind that smile is a man whose personal and professional career has been rocked and turned upside down over the last two years.

In a matter of months, he lost his job as Waukesha's fire chief.

Details of a sexual affair were revealed in the most public way.

And he has had to fight every day to regain the trust of his friends and family, especially his wife, Vickie.

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Authorities search for man in Waukesha County

Sept. 23, 2014 7:09 p.m. | Authorities are searching for a man wanted on several warrants who was last seen Tuesday morning in Waukesha County.

Donald Berry, 43, was stopped by a Waukesha County sheriff's deputy responding to a call of a man walking on Interstate 43 near Big Bend at 5:46 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's department. Berry gave a false name to the deputy and fled on foot north on I-43, officials said.

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday the sheriff's department was notified of a man fitting Berry's description running north on Townline Road near Guthrie Road in the Town of Waukesha. Authorities used two police dogs, the Wisconsin State Patrol's aviation unit and officers from New Berlin, Big Bend and the sheriff's department. Despite five hours of searching numerous homes, barns, sheds and fields, Berry was not found.

Berry has a history of violence, including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery and home invasion. He's wanted on a Rockford, Ill., police warrant for assault, parole violation in Springfield, Ill., and obstructing an officer in Waukesha County.

Berry has relatives in New Berlin and Waukesha, and authorities believe he may try to get in touch with them.

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Walter Kolb remembered as "dean of Waukesha County Board"

Sept. 23, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Walter Kolb, who served for 22 years on the Waukesha County Board, brought a business sense to every matter taken up by the board, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said.

Kolb died Monday following heart valve replacement surgery at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was 73.

"We're all very saddened today by the passing of Walter," Vrakas said. "He was the dean of the county board.

"He always would relate how the operations of the county would be done if it were a business -- if it was reflective of good solid business principles," Vrakas added. "He was always that kind of voice - a good conservative business voice."

Kolb was in a position to know. He founded Audio Implements, a division of Wisconsin Ear Mold. The division was a pioneer in making the molded earpieces used by broadcasters nationwide. It was an outgrowth of his business of making hearing aid molds, said his wife, Anita. It started when a traffic reporter for WTMJ radio asked for Kolb's help in making an earpiece that would block helicopter noise  - and stay in his ear - during traffic reports, Kolb's wife said.

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Walter Kolb dedicated life to Waukesha County politics

Sept. 23, 2014 3:12 p.m. | Walter Kolb spent 22 years on the Waukesha County Board and helped make many decisions for the direction of the county.

But his wife, Anita, said his proudest moment came this year and didn't have anything to do with a county board vote. It was when Walter's son, Robert, was sworn in to the county board.

"He was so proud," said Anita, who was there taking pictures of the two. "His heart was about to pop out of his chest, because he was so excited for Robert."

The two Kolbs served on the board together for five months.

Walter Kolb, 73, of the town of Waukesha, died on Monday, Sept. 22, with his family by his side at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Poll: Will Arrowhead or Waukesha West win in Week 6 matchup?

Sept. 23, 2014 10:57 a.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Classic 8 Conference matchup: Arrowhead at Waukesha West.

Last year in Hartland, the Warhawks beat the Wolverines, 13-7.

Arrowhead enters the game with a 3-2 league record this year. West is 4-1.

 

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