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Waukesha fire chief search down to four finalists

March 28, 2013 12:43 p.m. | Two of the four finalists for the City of Waukesha’s fire chief search are from within the department, Human Resources Manager Donna Whalen said Thursday.

The finalists are Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Alba, Waukesha’s Battalion Chief Joseph Hoffman, City of Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter and David Litton, fire chief in the Village of Bolingbrook, Ill.

Whalen said final interviews are tentatively set for the week of April 8. The Police and Fire Commission has meetings April 8 and 10.

The PFC narrowed its list to four on Monday after first-round interviews with the top six candidates.

Mark Morien, vice president of Voorhees Associates, the Illinois-based search firm working with Waukesha, said there were 48 applicants coming from 19 states when the search began.

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Laundry schedule dispute becomes threatening inside Waukesha apartment

3:13 p.m. | A routine laundry visit quickly escalated between two women in Waukesha that required police intervention. 

According to the police log, a caller said she was threatened at 1:14 p.m. April 16 by her neighbor over the use of the laundry room in their apartment unit at 817 E. Main St.

The caller said the neighbor threatened to shoot her because she was doing laundry on the neighbor's wash day.  

Police advised the women to follow their laundry room schedules and to avoid contact with each other to prevent future disputes. 

Another strange police incident came when police were called at 11:20 a.m. April 17 to the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., for a man and woman arguing over vaccinating their infant. 

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Victims ID'd in deadly Waukesha County crash

11:04 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on Thursday identified the victims of a fatal crash in the Town of Genesee.

Alixandra P. Wagner, 23, of Waukesha was killed when her vehicle collided with a car driven by a 65-year-old North Prairie woman on Sunset Drive east of Highway 83 around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department.

Wagner's passenger, Alex Hernandez Banuelos Jr., 23, of Milwaukee, also was killed in the crash.

The North Prairie woman was trapped in her vehicle, and after she was freed, she was taken to Aurora Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries.

Authorities have said Wagner's vehicle crossed the center line and struck the North Prairie woman's car. Investigators think speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Two killed in Genesee crash Wednesday morning

April 23, 2014 12:03 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha woman and 23-year-old Milwaukee man were killed in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday on Sunset Drive (Highway DE) east of Highway 83 in the town of Genesee.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the woman was driving a silver Chevrolet west on Sunset at about 7:27 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound silver Toyota being driven by a 65-year-old North Prairie woman.

Sunset Drive was closed for about four hours between Highway 83 and Brookhill Road.

The Waukesha woman died at Aurora Medical Center in Summit, where she was taken by ambulance. The Milwaukee man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The North Prairie woman was trapped in her vehicle, was extricated and taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Summit with multiple injuries. Her condition is unknown.

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City of Waukesha committees give shared health clinic their approval

April 22, 2014 8:52 p.m. | The city of Waukesha took the steps Tuesday night to move forward on the approval of a cost-savings shared health clinic with two other governmental entities.

This occurred with the city’s Finance and Human Resources committees making a recommendation for the Common Council to approve the intergovernmental agreement for a joint medical center with the School District of Waukesha and Waukesha County. 

Waukesha’s Common Council will vote on the recommendation at its May 6 meeting.

With many Common Council members in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting who issued their support of the agreement, City Administrator Ed Henschel said he expects it to pass.

The school district and county already approved the agreement at meetings last month and for the health-care provider Healthstat to operate the facility. The North Carolina-based provider was selected by the city, county and school district earlier this year after a lengthy vetting process.

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Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling

April 21, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha County residents recycled enough waste containers and paper in 2013 to cover an entire football field to a depth of 22 feet, about the height of a two-story building.

The recyclables were collected by 25 municipalities, and they will split more than $1.2 million from sales of the material to help offset their costs of the service, county solid waste supervisor Rebecca Mattano said Monday. Waukesha County has paid out more than $12.1 million to the municipalities since 2001.

The 25 communities spent $3 million to collect and haul plastics, glass, metal and paper in 2013, so the county payments will cover a little more than one-third of the total costs, according to Dale Shaver, director of the county Parks and Land Use Department.

"That's true tax relief," Shaver said. A dozen other municipalities do not participate in the county program.

The City of Waukesha, the county's most populous community, will get a check in the amount of $297,518 for its share of the revenue. The City of Brookfield will receive $212,634.

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Missing Waukesha teen found, back with family

April 19, 2014 6:42 p.m. | A 13-year-old Waukesha girl who had run away from home was returned safely to her family Saturday afternoon, police said.

Last week, the authorities had asked for assistance in finding the girl. Police worked with relatives of the teen to bring her back to Waukesha from an unnamed community in central Wisconsin, according to a statement from the Waukesha Police Department.

Police are still investigating the girl's motives for leaving.

Waukesha police seek missing girl

April 18, 2014 9:42 p.m. | Waukesha police Friday asked the public for help in locating a missing 13-year-old girl who may have used social media in a plan to run away from home.

Robin Cristina Cardoso, 13, was reported missing by her parents Wednesday, according to a news release.

According to the release, contact was made with the girl Friday via social media and foul play is not suspected.

Robin is described as Latina, 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to call Waukesha police at (262) 524-3833.

Waukesha police respond to 'rowdy' wrestling fans

April 18, 2014 11:17 a.m. | The Waukesha Police Department thought they were responding to a domestic disturbance issue earlier this week.

Instead, police officers just found some overzealous wrestling fans. 

According to the police log, an anonymous caller reported a possible domestic disturbance at 9:20 p.m. April 14 at 329 Born Place.

A caller said a man and female were yelling at each other and a baby was crying.

When police officers arrived they found a group of family and friends who were getting a "little rowdy" watching wrestling.

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District 97 state assembly seat sees another Republican, libertarian file

April 17, 2014 4:41 p.m. | The Republican Party isn't short right now on candidates for the District 97 state assembly seat as Brandon Rosner is the latest to declare his candidacy for the position.

He joins City of Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry and former Town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske in candidates who have filed for the position. Perry and Banske both mailed in their campaign registration statements to the Government Accountability Board this week. 

Whether the winner of the Aug. 12 Republican Party primary has a Democratic challenger in the general election in November is to be determined.

But they would face a Libertarian candidate.

Chuck Schilling, a 31-year-old self-employed contractor who is engaged to be married in October, filed a declaration of candidacy in March.

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Neylon announces his re-election bid for his District 98 assembly seat

April 17, 2014 12:48 p.m. | Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) announced Thursday he is seeking re-election for his 98th Assembly District seat in the state legislature.

Neylon, who emerged from a five-person Republican field last year, was elected to the assembly in April 2013 during a special election. There was no Democratic challenger. 

He replaced Rep. Paul Farrow, who was voted into the 33rd State Senate District seat in December 2012.

“Since (I was elected) I’ve worked diligently to represent (my constituents') views in Madison," Neylon said. "Together with Gov. Walker and our Republican leadership, we’ve improved our state’s business climate, cut property and income taxes and made Wisconsin a better place to live, work and raise a family.

If re-elected, Neylon said his priorities are simple.

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Bunny Hop, Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday in downtown Waukesha

April 17, 2014 11:13 a.m. | A day before Easter, downtown Waukesha will host a Bunny Hop. 

This includes an Easter Egg Hunt from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets.

The Easter Bunny will be in downtown throughout the event and at Marco's Pizza and Family Video, 139 E. Broadway, from 9 to 10 a.m. with a face painter.  

The event is being put on by the Waukesha Downtown Business Association.

Thursday paper delayed

April 17, 2014 8:43 a.m. | Because of delays at the press, Waukesha Now was not delivered Thursday morning to many home subscribers. Expect delivery tomorrow, Friday. Copies are available at most newstands and online at WaukeshaNow.com. We apologize for the delay.

Former Town of Waukesha Supervisor Joe Banske running for District 97 state assembly seat

April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m. | A second candidate has made it official in the District 97 state assembly race.

Joe Banske, who spent four years as a Town of Waukesha supervisor before being voted out earlier this month, joins Republican candidates City of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry and Brandon Rosner as well as Chuck Schilling in declaring their candidacy.

Banske said last week that he was 80 to 85 percent sure he would run for the seat and after receiving positive remarks at his final Town of Waukesha board meeting from residents he knew he wanted to continue to serve in a larger role. 

"It is official," Banske said on Wednesday. "Last week's town meeting and some of the things the residents said to me both publicly and privately and some of the emails I’ve gotten over the last two weeks started to put the finishing touches on that final 15 percent."

Banske, a mortgage banker/branch partner for Cherry Creek Mortgage, lost to Jim Radke in the Town of Waukesha supervisor's race on April 1 by 73 votes.

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Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek battles car fire in Muskego

April 16, 2014 2:59 p.m. | Waukesha Town Board Chairman John Marek said he did what anyone else would have done Tuesday afternoon when he saw a wrecked car on fire and dashed into a building, got a fire extinguisher and fought back the flames.

The only fires he had ever seen until that point were in his barbecue grill, he joked Wednesday. But when he saw flames licking out from under a car and in the engine compartment, he knew the fire had to be put out, he said.

The car had just careened into the wall of the Starbucks at Moorland and Janesville roads in Muskego after a collision in the intersection. Another good Samaritan had already helped the 22-year-old Milwaukee woman driver out of the car to safety.

Marek said he wasn't afraid the car would explode.

"I was more concerned about the other people around. I had to put it out," he said.

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Shawn Reilly sworn in as Waukesha's new mayor

April 15, 2014 8:11 p.m. | One era officially ended while another began Tuesday night at Waukesha City Hall. 

After Jeff Scrima presided over his final Common Council meeting, Shawn Reilly was sworn in as the new mayor of Waukesha.

Brian Running was also sworn in as the new city attorney. Running defeated Waukesha Plan Commissioner Rick Congdon in the general election April 1.

Running is replacing longtime attorney Curt Meitz, who is retiring after almost 30 years with the city. 

Reilly, formerly a municipal attorney, easily defeated Scrima (62 to 38 percent) on April 1 to become the new mayor.  

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