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Mayor Scrima wants Waukesha County Museum to consolidate with library

Sept. 19, 2013 3:11 p.m. | Mayor Jeff Scrima did not mince words when he offered his solution to what he calls “sinking leadership” at the Waukesha County Museum.

In an email sent to Waukesha County Board of Supervisors Thursday afternoon, he said the museum should consolidate into the Waukesha Public Library.

“We are saddened that for the last 10 years the leadership of the museum has failed to make the museum more financially independent,” Scrima said.

Waukesha County Museum CEO/President Kirsten Lee Villegas said she is also saddened.

But she's saddened by Scrima's scathing remarks.

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Mama D's Coffee opening in former Spoon site near downtown Waukesha

1:18 p.m. | Mama D's Coffee's new location in Waukesha just outside of downtown is holding a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Diana Markus (Mama D), who has operated Mama D's Coffee in Wales for three years, is opening her second location at the former Spoon restaurant at 928 N. Hartwell Ave.

Saturday's festivities for the grand opening include complimentary coffee offered by Valentine Coffee, free samples from Sally's Sweet Shoppe and a musical performance from Stan Markus (also known as Papa D).

The restaurant's full food and beverage menu will be available for the grand opening, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Diana Markus said the Waukesha location will offer the same menu as its Wales location. Breakfast is served all day. The menu also includes soups, sandwiches, salads as well as bakery items and desserts. There are gluten-free options available, as well.

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Food drive grows bigger in Waukesha's District 12

10:00 a.m. | For the third straight year, neighborhoods within the city's 12th district are holding a food drive to benefit the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

But this year, the River Hills Estates Food Drive is expanding to include the entire southwest side district on Saturday morning.

Alderman Aaron Perry, who represents constituents in this district and also participates in the drive, said the last two years volunteers have gone door-to-door in the neighborhood picking up donations.

Given the success of the first two years, the drive will include the district's other four neighborhoods (River's Crossing, Fox Lake Village, River Place and Rose Glen) located behind Waukesha West High School.

Perry said people who want to participate should leave a food pantry donation outside their homes by 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, for pick up.

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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. | The timeline for Erik Helgestad sped up by about six months.

The Waukesha resident first intended on running for the District 11 aldermanic seat in spring 2016.

But when he heard the position was open after Alderman Roger Patton announced his resignation due to health reasons last month, Helgestad decided now was the time to get into public service.

Helgestad, who was unanimously appointed to the Waukesha Common Council on Tuesday, Oct. 6, wants to be a voice for his constituents.

"I intend to hit the ground running as fast as I can," Helgestad said while being interviewed by the council. "I'll start engaging the residents."

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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 Harmony Pet Clinic, Central Bark Doggy Day Care at Highway 164 and East Main Street on the north end of Dolphin Court.

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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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