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Fundraising goal met for Waukesha School District's field turf project

May 02, 2014 4:17 p.m. | The Fields of Many Dreams project is no longer a dream. 

The three Waukesha high schools have combined to raise the final amount of money needed to begin construction on the artificial multipurpose ProGrass turf fields. 

After the Waukesha School Board approved a contract with SC Waukesha and the district, which will contribute half a million dollars through a property sales fund, at its March 12 meeting, the schools only needed to raise $232,700.

In addition to the district's contribution, SC Waukesha will pay an annual fee of $50,000 over 10 years with a $100,000 upfront payment. It will skip the second year but then pay $50,000 from the third year to the 10th year.

SC Waukesha is a local soccer club.

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Waukesha County Fair's attendance "one of the best" in its history

July 24, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha County Fair officals are calling it one of the best attended fairs in its 172 year history. 

“We had an amazing fair this year," said Shari Black, the fair's executive director. "Finally the weather cooperated with us."

Comfortable temperatures and no rain helped significantly boost attendance figures from last year, Black said.

Black said 133,725 people attended the annual five-day event, which wrapped up Sunday on the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds.

This total is about 45,000 more people than last year, when heat advisories were issued for the first three days and rain on the final day caused the main concert to be canceled. 

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The Shoppes at Fox River coming before Waukesha Plan Commission for final approval

July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m. | The proposed expansions to The Shoppes at Fox River on Waukesha's southwest side will come before the Plan Commission for final approval Wednesday night.

The commission is scheduled to review and act on a final site plan and the architectural planned unit development review of the project, located on the west side of Sunset Drive on the corner of Chapman and Spring City drives. The proposed expansion could bring in six additional retail/dining outlets.

The developers of The Shoppes at Fox River have not revealed who the interested new tenants are for the site but did drop a few hints at a recent Common Council meeting.

Edward Wizner, the vice president of development/redevelopment for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust, said "a large sporting goods store" could come to the shopping center as well as a well known national restaurant.

Wizner said he couldn't disclose the tenants until a lease is signed or until all the necessary approvals are given.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 24, 2014 issue

July 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. | 1 Items were stolen from an open garage and vehicles were gone through at 2602 Meadowbrook Road overnight July 10-11.

2 A locked van was broken into at 2708 Sussex Lane prior to 8:11 a.m. July 11.

3 A recently evicted tenant at 312 Randall St. stole a lawn mower from the property around 11:30 a.m. July 11.

4 Police were called due to young kids riding go-karts and tractors in the road on the corner of East Wabash Avenue and South Charles Street around 12:40 p.m. July 11.

5 The air-conditioning units were vandalized at Waukesha Skateland, 1931 E. Main St., prior to 3:18 p.m. July 11.

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Family sues Wisconsin Taekwondo after boy's death on field trip

July 19, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A vigil was held in Nashotah Friday night for an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Oconomowoc River last year while on a field trip, according to WISN 12 News.

The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.

Needles was a student at Lake Country School.

Man's body recovered from pond in Waukesha County

July 18, 2014 7:11 p.m. | The body of a 45-year-old man was recovered Friday from a pond in the Village of Summit in Waukesha County, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

The pond is on private land near Delafield and Golden Lake Roads, the station reported on its website.

Waukesha teenagers charged with felony counts for recent burglaries on southwest side of city

July 18, 2014 6:15 p.m. | For now, residents can find comfort in the idea that authorities believe they have cleared recent home burglary incidents, as well as theft incidents at Waukesha South High School.

The three Waukesha teenagers that were arrested for the recent string of burglaries on the city's southwest side were each charged with multiple felony counts last week in Waukesha County Court.

If convicted, Johnathon Lilteich, 17, Harley McKay, 18, and Collin Hoya, 18, face up to 12 years and six months in prison and $25,000 in fines on each of the five burglary counts.

McKay and Lilteich were also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, a penalty that can result in a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison. The two were previously found delinquent of felonies and prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

Lilteich is being held at the Waukesha County Jail on a $100,000 cash bail, while McKay and Hoya are being held on a $50,000 cash bail.

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Honorary fair marshal Bob Weise a Waukesha County legacy

July 17, 2014 10:57 p.m. | The 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal Bob Weise represents the true meaning of dedication and commitment. His pride for the Waukesha County Fair continues to grow as his granddaughter, Robyn Wittkopf, was crowned fairest of the fair on opening day of this year’s fair.

Weise grew up and still resides in Pewaukee. He attended his first fair in 1950 where he showed sheepand cattle. “I haven’t missed a fair since,” says Weise. Except for when he was serving in the armed forces in 1963, Weise has truly been a dedicated fairgoer.

During his time at his 66 attended county fairs, Weise has supplied over 350 sheep, exhibited over 100 livestock, and has trucked over 600 animals to the fair.  Not to mention the over 40 neighborhood kids he supplied with animals during more than 70 years of farming in Waukesha County.  

Weise’s three children have shown dairy sheep and beef at the Waukesha County Fair, along with his seven grandchildren that show chickens, pigs, goats, dairy, and sheep.  

To celebrate his honor as the 2014 Waukesha County Fair Marshal, Weise’s family made t-shirts to commemorate all of his fair contributions and show how much they love their “papa” for all that he has done. 

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Candidate forums coming up for District 97 state assembly, Waukesha County Sheriff's races

July 17, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Primary elections are quickly approaching in Waukesha County.

To better know the candidates and learn their positions for two of the contested races, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting two forums.

The Alliance’s Southside Business Council program will host candidates for the 97th Assembly District on Friday, July 18, for a candidate forum and meet-and-greet.

The forum is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset, Waukesha. The program is free to attend. Pre-registration is available online, but not required. Information is available at

The WCBA has also invited all candidates for the 97th Assembly District to complete a questionnaire with their positions on important issues. Answers from that questionnaire will be available on Wednesday, July 23, at

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Robyn Wittkopf crowned 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair

July 16, 2014 9:19 p.m. |


The results are in! Robyn Wittkopf, 19, of Pewaukee has won the 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair competition, followed by Danielle DeCloux of Menomonee Falls as first runner up and Karli Hintz of Waukesha as second runner up.

“I’m ecstatic. I am so honored to be a part of this,” says Wittkopf.  Wittkopf has been active in the Waukesha County Fair and 4H for 10 years. She has shown sheep, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, food, poultry, rabbits, and has also volunteered with the fair throughout the years. Wittkopf is going to be a sophomore at the University of Dubuque where she is perusing a career in pediatric oncology.

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Suspect in New Berlin strip mall lockdown is charged

July 16, 2014 7:33 p.m. | A man accused of attempting to rob a New Berlin pharmacy at gunpoint, prompting the lockdown of a strip mall, was charged Wednesday with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, WISN-TV (Channel 12) in Milwaukee reported.

Scott Wimer was attempting to get oxycodone pills from the pharmacy at W. Greenfield Ave. and S. Sunny Slope Road when he pulled a shotgun on the pharmacist June 9, according to a story posted on the station's website.

After trying to use a Taser on Wimmer that didn't work, the pharmacist gave him 21 of the pills. Wimmer says he took them during a standoff with police in an attempt to kill himself, according to the station.

Wimmer was prescribed oxycodone and Vicodin after being injured on his welding job. He became addicted and couldn't afford doctor visits, the station reported.

Two more teenagers linked to Waukesha burglaries arrested

July 16, 2014 1:25 p.m. | Two additional teenage male suspects have been arrested in connection to the recent burglaries on the southwest side of Waukesha.

This came just a day after a 17-year-old boy, linked to the same burglaries, was arrested.

The two new male suspects are 18 years old. All three are Waukesha residents.

According to a news release from the police department on Wednesday, multiple charges have been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, including multiple burglary counts, attempted burglary, armed burglary, felon in use of pepper spray and a felon in possession of a firearm.

The suspects in many cases entered the homes while people were sleeping last week on the southwest side of the city.

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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

July 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

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Suspect arrested for string of Waukesha burglaries

July 15, 2014 2:19 p.m. | A 17-year-old linked to a recent string of burglaries in the city of Waukesha was taken into custody on Monday, July 14.

According to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department, at approximately 3 p.m. Monday, the Waukesha Police Department arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for several recent burglaries on the south side of the city.

A search warrant was subsequently conducted at a residence in the 300 block of Douglass Avenue. The search closed down portions of the street and brought out the SWAT Team. According to Lt. Tom Wagner, the police department recovered the majority of the items taken in the burglaries, including stolen guns.

Police did not release the name of the suspect. Police said the burglaries included several occupied residences where homeowners were sleeping.

The investigation is ongoing, but Wagner said police believe the suspect is responsible for at least five recent burglaries. The suspect was scheduled to appear Wednesday, July 16, on the charges in court.

Investigation continues in July 13 plane crash in Waukesha

July 15, 2014 2:07 p.m. | Only minor injuries resulted from a plane crash this week in Waukesha.

The small passenger plane crashed near the 300 block of Bluemound Road just before 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13. The two people aboard the plane were treated by the Waukesha Fire Department on the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and the cause of the crash has not been determined, according to a news release from the police department.

Police did not release the names of the people involved in the crash.

17-year-old arrested in connection with Waukesha burglaries

July 15, 2014 1:32 p.m. | A 17-year-old from Waukesha who police believe may have been responsible for at least five recent burglaries was arrested Monday, officials said Tuesday.

Officials arrested the teen, identified as a white male, about 3 p.m. and searched a residence on the 300 block of Douglass Ave., according to a news release from Waukesha police.

The majority of the items taken in the burglaries, including stolen guns, have been recovered, police said.

Officials are not releasing the identity of the suspect, who allegedly burglarized the south side homes, many of which had sleeping homeowners.

The suspect is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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