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Brian Dorow interested in Waukesha County Sheriff position

Jan. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Shortly after longtime Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced plans not to seek re-election next year, two names have surfaced as candidates interested in the position.

Brian Dorow, associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College's Department for Criminal Justice, is interested in the position according to sources. Dorow was a supervisor in the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Sources have also indicated Waukesha County Sheriff Inspector Eric Severson is interested in serving as the county's next sheriff.

Trawicki has served as sheriff for 34 years and said it was just a good time to step down.

Crowd turns out in Pewaukee to raise money for Nepal earthquake relief efforts

5:43 p.m. | Pewaukee — The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin was a mixture of heartbreak and hope on Sunday.

Among the most broken-hearted was Nepal native Mithu Shrestha, a Milwaukee-area nurse, who lost a cousin in the horrific April 25 earthquake in her home country.

On Sunday, Shrestha was part of a group of local Nepalese serving up their country's food at the temple during a brunch to raise money for earthquake victims.

"It's very hard," she said. "The people are just devastated over there."

The day's hope was generated by the response to the fundraising event: Turnout far exceeded expectations. Shortly after noon, the parking lot of the temple was packed with cars carrying visitors ready to pay $6 each for a Nepalese meal and, in some cases, to make donations beyond that. The grounds were so full that vehicles had to park across the road in the Costco Wholesale parking lot or at nearby Shepherd of the Hills Church.

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DNR, residents wage counterattack on invasive plant in Little Muskego Lake

4:23 p.m. | After the discovery in September of the invasive starry stonewort in Little Muskego Lake, community members and the state Department of Natural Resources are beginning a counterassault on the destructive aquatic plant.

The form of algae was reported for the first time in Wisconsin last year in 506-acre Little Muskego Lake in Waukesha County.

A property owner, Lisa Niles, said she was saddened when she heard about the plant and the effect it has had on other lakes.

"It's really such a fragile ecosystem," said Niles, vice president of the Little Muskego Lake Association. "You hate for something like this to happen. It really upsets the apple cart."

Beginning next month, divers will try to remove all the plants, which are scattered in patches over the 3-acre area of the lake, Niles said.

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Farmers Market, cancer walk highlight downtown Waukesha events

May 01, 2015 7:30 p.m. | It should be a busy Saturday in downtown Waukesha.

It starts with the annual Waukesha Farmers Market returning to the Riverfront Plaza.

The market is from 8 a.m. to noon along the Fox River in downtown between W. Broadway St. and N. Barstow St.

The market is scheduled from the first week in May to the last week in October.

Close to 130 vendors are expected to be on hand, selling everything from produce, baked goods, meats, hot foods, flowers and arts and crafts.

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New downtown candle store will hold grand opening Saturday

May 01, 2015 6:14 p.m. | Fruits of the Spirit Candles, a retail candle store that recently opened at 349 W. Broadway St. in downtown Waukesha, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, May 2.

The store, located in one of The Clarke Hotel’s storefronts, specializes in hand-poured, 100 percent soy wax candles.

The store is operated by Terri Stine, a local candle artisan from the village of Merton, who has been running a candle booth at the Waukesha Farmers Market for several years.

“My customers kept asking me when I was going to open a store,” said Stine, who started her business in 2013. “Now they only have to walk a few steps from our Farmers Market booth, and they are in our newly-renovated retail space.”

The store features all-natural, clean burning, soy-wax candles in more than 30 scents, such as basil sage mint, aromatherapy relaxation, lime citronella and merlot.

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DNR done with review of Waukesha's Lake Michigan request

May 01, 2015 2:43 p.m. | The state Department of Natural Resources will announce next month its decision on whether Waukesha's application for Lake Michigan water complies with a Great Lakes Protection Compact and could be approved by the other seven states bordering the lakes.

Five years after the City of Waukesha first asked the DNR to approve its request to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply, the department's review is over, officials said Friday.

The DNR will publish in June a draft report on the plan's environmental impacts as well as draft documents summarizing state regulators' opinion of the application's compliance with the 2008 protection compact, said Eric Ebersberger, the department's water use section chief in Madison.

The application will be forwarded to the other seven Great Lakes states for their review and approval only if the Wisconsin DNR first signs off on it. The request must be unanimously approved by the eight states, under terms of the compact.

After the draft publications are released, the DNR will open the discussion to public comments on its analysis and the city's proposal for a period of 45 days or longer. The department has indicated it will schedule more than one public hearing at the end of the comment period.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Waukesha Northstar Players presenting "The Crucible" this weekend

May 01, 2015 10:53 a.m. | The Waukesha Northstar Players are presenting Andrew Miller's "The Crucible" this weekend for its spring play.

After opening on Thursday, April 30, the drama department will continue its performances at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. 

Ticket prices include $6 for general admission, $3 for students with an ID, and seniors and children 10 years old and younger get in for free. 

You can order your tickets at www.seatyourself.biz/waukeshanorth or at the door the night of the performance. 

The play is held in the R.G. Hein Auditorium at Waukesha North High School, 2222 Michigan Ave.

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Three arrested after being involved in one-car rollover crash in Waukesha

April 30, 2015 3:20 p.m. | Three people were arrested after being involved in a one-car rollover crash and then fleeing the scene during the early morning hours April 30 in Waukesha.

Capt. Ron Oremus said a vehicle struck a pole and the passengers then fled at 1954 Madison St. at 12:30 a.m. April 30.

The rear windshield was shattered and the top of the vehicle was smashed from the pole falling on it.

Oremus said officers located a vehicle at a residence a short distance away that appeared to match the description of the vehicle involved in this type of crash. A heavy police presence was brought to the scene, including a K-9 unit.

A caller saw one passenger jump out and two males were carrying a male.

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Couple, 'naked head to toe,' accused of having sex at Waukesha library

April 30, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Locking the door of a restroom at the public library doesn't quite qualify as "getting a room," a Pewaukee man has learned.

Especially when you don't really lock it.

Here's what police say happened in Waukesha last month, according to a criminal complaint:

A woman walked into the family restroom at the Waukesha Public Library about 5 p.m. on March 2 and was shocked to see "two subjects having sex sitting on a toilet... naked from head to toe." She complained to library staff that "this was unacceptable."

When security officer Bret Best returned to the restroom, it was locked. He knocked, and heard what sounded like people getting dressed before Daniel Goralski, 29, and Julie Dahms emerged, clothed.

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Waukesha Police Report: April 30, 2015 issue

April 30, 2015 1:00 p.m. | 1 A box of money was stolen from First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave., prior to 12:43 p.m. April 16.

2 A woman reported a co-worker at Texas Roadhouse, 2513 Plaza Court, stole money from her wallet while the two were at work prior to 4:20 p.m. April 16.

3 Fifteen bundles of roof shingles valued at approximately $500 were stolen from a residence at 342 Coolidge Ave. prior to 5:57 p.m. April 16.

4 A woman was taken into custody after she punched a man who knocked over her grill at 408 Jackson Court at 6:57 p.m. April 16. The man was bleeding from his head.

5 An old recycling bin was stolen from an open garage at 1508 Garfield Ave. prior to 7:21 p.m. April 16.

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Waukesha man honored by police for saving woman from incoming train

April 30, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Iman Fleming's quick action saved a woman's life last year.

Four months after rescuing a woman from an incoming train in the city of Waukesha, Fleming was presented the Waukesha Police Department Citizen Service Award, the highest award given to citizens by the police department.

With his family in attendance, Fleming was given the award by Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack at the common council meeting on April 21.

Jack called Fleming's actions "brave and selfless."

Jack said Fleming saw a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks and a woman still seated in the vehicle during the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 2014, at North Hartwell Avenue and East Main Street, just east of downtown. Jack said Fleming tried to push the woman's stuck vehicle off the railroad tracks, while the woman moved the steering wheel.

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Decline in oil, gas drilling hurts Generac's earnings

April 30, 2015 10:38 a.m. | With lower sales of portable generators and equipment used in oil and gas fields, Generac Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a 43.2% decline in quarterly earnings and revised its outlook for the year.

The Waukesha company said it had $19.7 million, or 28 cents per share, net income in its first quarter of 2015, down from $34.7 million, or 50 cents, in the same period a year earlier.

Sales fell 8.8% to $311.8 million, from $342 million. in the year-ago period.

"The first quarter of this year was particularly challenging with several of the end markets we serve performing below our expectations," Aaron Jagdfeld, president and chief executive officer said in a statement.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share.

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Update: Large fire at Waukesha Iron and Metal under investigation

April 29, 2015 7:45 p.m. | The fire that broke out early Wednesday evening at Waukesha Iron and Metal is under investigation, Battalion Chief Mark Sweet said.

The fire department was dispatched at 5:12 p.m. for a structure fire at the scrap yard at 1351 E. Main St. with black smoke being reported. 

Thick black smoke could quickly be seen from miles away as it started to billow into the air. 

A pile of recyclable car materials were on fire, Sweet said.  

Roads were closed for an extended period of time as firefighters tried to take down the fire. Twenty-six firefighters attempted to bring the fire under control.

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Waukesha man accused of running down woman with his car

April 29, 2015 1:38 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A 27-year-old Waukesha man is facing a host of criminal charges after hitting his ex-girlfriend's mother with his car, a criminal complaint says.

The man, Daryl Henderson, 1520 Camden Court, was charged on Tuesday, April 28, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, hit and run resulting in personal injury, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Henderson could face decades behind bars and tens of thousands of dollars in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigation into the incident began on April 22 after the victim reported and showed her injuries from the collision to police, who initially arrived at her home to discuss an unrelated matter.

Henderson, the victim said in the complaint, was her daughter's former boyfriend and had lived with the woman and her daughter for a few months in a home on the 1200 block of Arcadian Ave.

On the night of April 21, Henderson reportedly arrived at the woman's residence and tried to see her daughter, but the woman chased him out of the house, into his car and eventually out to the roadway.

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Good Harvest Market grows, expands café at new store in Waukesha

April 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. | A decade ago, the timing and finances weren't there for Joe Nolan and his wife, Jody, to open their all-organic grocery store and café on a particular piece of property in northwest Waukesha.

"When we were first looking to open a store 11-12 years ago, this property was our first choice," said Nolan, a former financial adviser at Robert W. Baird. "It has such a nice site line. But we felt it was overpriced. It's a very expensive piece of land because it's near a land conservancy."

So the two settled on a nearby site in the Grandview Plaza to open Good Harvest Market. With its natural, gluten-free selections, the market became a fixture in the community.

But with a growing clientele, and with that open space up the road still available at the west terminus of Meadow Lane south of Silvernail Road, Joe Nolan knew it was time to transplant his business.

Seeing an opportunity to expand its food and selections within the restaurant, Joe and Jody made the move, buying close to 25 acres, including 17 within a conservancy district that preserves open space — something that appeals to Nolan.

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