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New plan for 5 Diamonds baseball complex in Town of Waukesha includes option to sell alcohol

May 08, 2014 10:34 p.m. | Tom Kelenic said when his teams are traveling to baseball and softball complexes around the state and country alcohol is typically being sold at these facilities.

Now, two years after opening the 5 Diamonds facility, now Infinity Fields, on West Les Paul Parkway on Highway 59 in the Town of Waukesha, Kelenic, who owns the complex, soon could also be selling beer there.

After discussing the issue, among others relating to the complex for about three hours, the Town of Waukesha Board approved a new plan of operation for the facility in a 3-2 vote.

Supervisors Larry Wolf and Michael Doerr voted against the amended plan of operation with Wolf voicing his adamant opposition to the sale of alcohol.

When the facility opened in 2012, Kelenic said the intention wasn’t to sell alcohol at the 31-acre site.

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Landmarks Commission will review apartment aspect of museum redevelopment project

July 31, 2015 12:43 p.m. | Two months after the city of Waukesha's Landmarks Commission approved one aspect of the Waukesha County Museum's redevelopment project, the panel is about to take on another part of the plan.

The Landmarks Commission is set to review a proposal on Wednesday by developer Historic Prairieville, LP to construct a 41-unit apartment building that would connect to the Waukesha County Museum and former jail building that is attached to the property in downtown Waukesha.

The apartment proposal was put on hold at the Landmarks Commission's meeting in June after the commission wanted the developer and architect to further iron out details of the building and design.

Dennis Cerreta, the museum's director of operations, said the time allowed for the architect (AG Architecture), the developer, the museum's team as well as city staff to put the best possible plan forward.

Cerreta said he wanted to make sure there was a consensus from these groups before bringing it back to the commission.

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Art crawl taking place Saturday in downtown Waukesha

July 31, 2015 11:18 a.m. | The third art crawl of 2015 takes place this weekend in Waukesha.

Waukesha's 87th Art Crawl "Red Hot Art BBQ" will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in downtown Waukesha.

Presented by the West End Artist's Association, the event features 175 artists in 20 venues.

Art, gifts, food and live music will also be provided by the 39 participating galleries, boutiques, eateries and night spots.

For additional information and to see what businesses will be participating see www.waukeshaart.com.

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Waukesha's garbage and recycling rules get updated

July 31, 2015 10:00 a.m. | The city of Waukesha has had a new garbage and recycling system since the beginning of this year, but some of the rules tied to that system have resulted in some more trash talk.

The city wanted to revise its solid waste and recyclables collection ordinance to reflect new language and requirements for the new system. As a result, two city panels recently revisited the relevant guidelines.

And that opened up a fresh debate during which elected officials expressed concerns about what the new system means for residents — especially those of multifamily properties.

Impetus for changes

The city, along with many other Waukesha County communities, changed its garbage and recycling system earlier this year after beginning a contract with Advanced Disposal.

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Waukesha Police Report: July 30, 2015 issue

July 30, 2015 11:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported at 7:04 a.m. July 16 that a man who delivers newspapers always honks at her and waves, and has been staring at her when she comes outside at 316 N. West Ave. The man also honks and drives by while she is going for a walk.

2 A house was vandalized with paintballs at 1001 E. Wabash Ave. prior to 11:50 a.m. July 16. The caller was concerned because their cars were rummaged through a few months ago. Extra patrols will be sent to the area.

3 A window screen to an apartment at 2417 Pebble Valley Road was cut and a TV was stolen prior to 12:43 a.m. July 17.

4 A man was removed from the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, after he urinated on the property at 12:53 a.m. July 17. Security asked him to stop and he refused.

5 Marijuana and a pipe were found inside a coffee can at an apartment complex at 120 Corrina Blvd. at 10:27 a.m. July 17.

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Waukesha woman gets 45 years for killing toddler

July 30, 2015 10:00 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Waukesha resident Nicole Wagester was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison plus 10 years of community supervision for kicking a toddler she was babysitting last year to death.

Wagester, 32, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide in June. She was sentenced July 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Judge Kathryn Foster.

Wagester has spent about 300 days in jail thus far, according to online court records, and will receive credit for that time served.

As conditions of her extended supervision, Wagester must maintain full-time employment and is prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with minors.

Wagester was accused last fall of kicking the two-year-old girl to death. She was arrested and charged Oct. 6.

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Muskego man receives 25-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting Waukesha girl

July 29, 2015 6:23 p.m. | Ethan Holt, the Muskego man charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Waukesha girl last fall, will spend the next 15 years behind bars.

Holt pleaded no contest in Waukesha County Circuit Court to first-degree child sexual assault — sexual contact with a person younger than 13 years old — on July 27.

Judge Lee S. Dreyfus found Holt guilty.

Holt, 25, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with an initial confinement of 15 years, and 10 years of extended supervision. He received credit for the 273 days he has already served in prison.

He was also ordered to pay $13,207 in restitution.

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Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall

July 29, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be sworn into the 33rd State Senate seat in a public ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Delafield Town Hall, N14 W30782 Golf Road, Delafield.

The event is open to the public.

Kapenga informed the Assembly chief clerk, Assembly leadership and Gov. Scott Walker of his intention to resign from his 99th Assembly seat effective at the close of business Aug. 5 before being sworn into the 33rd Senate seat the following morning.

Kapenga won the senate seat in a special election July 21, beating Democrat Sherryll Shaddock of Nashotah. The senate seat was vacated by Paul Farrow, who stepped down to focus on his duties as the newly elected Waukesha County executive.

"Serving my neighbors in the 99th Assembly District for the last 41/2 years has been an honor, and it has been a privilege to work with everyone associated with the Assembly," Kapenga wrote in his resignation letter. "I look forward to continuing this work and partnership in the senate."

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow holding Twitter Town Hall meeting

July 29, 2015 10:57 a.m. | Want to know more about the 2016 Waukesha County Budget and are active on social media?

You can connect with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow through a Twitter Town Hall meeting today.  

Farrow, who was elected to his position in April, will hold the virtual meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

People can tweet questions relating to the budget or other topics about the county to Farrow's Twitter handle, @PaulFarrowWi, while using the hastag #AskPF.

Farrow is following the lead of former county executive Dan Vrakas, who also held Twitter Town Hall meetings.

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Surveys add to Waukesha alderman's web of public interaction

July 29, 2015 10:35 a.m. | For Aaron Perry, being an alderman starts with interacting with the community.

"It's really been an important goal for me from Day 1," said Perry, who has been an alderman since 2013. "I want the residents to feel involved and engaged in the political process.

"I also want to show kids that politics can be a positive experience, and it starts with more dialogue."

Perry, who represents constituents on the city's southwest side, is certainly doing his part to have this dialogue.

He recently kicked off online surveys to get a better feel for how residents view the city, its government and other general topics relating to public safety and taxes.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Ace will no longer be the place in downtown Waukesha

July 28, 2015 10:30 a.m. | In recent years, locally owned hardware stores have found it tougher to stay in business.

A couple years ago, Robertson Ace Hardware, a mainstay in the village of Wauwatosa, shut its doors due to a challenging economy and big-box store competitors.

National Ace Hardware in downtown Milwaukee recently announced it was going out of business after its owners sold its building.

Now, Olson's Ace Hardware, a staple in downtown Waukesha for 65 years, is the latest local hardware store that will close its doors.

Notable loss

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Waukesha pastor charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child

July 27, 2015 3:13 p.m. | A Waukesha pastor and former school bus driver, who said he has struggled with lust his entire life, is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child after admitting to touching a 10-year-old girl's breast at Fox River Christian Church.

Peter J. Knebel, 72, was arrested on Sunday, July 26, and subsequently charged on Monday, July 27, for having sexual contact with a child younger than 13 years old inside his church office, S46 W24130 Lawnsdale Road, Waukesha.

During an investigation, Knebel admitted his involvement, said Lt. Patrick R. Esser of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Knebel, 2063 Cliff Alex Court South Unit B, Waukesha, also admitted to committing other violations against other children in the past, the sheriff's department said.

Nature of incident

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Waukesha man accused of putting 17-year-old girlfriend in a choke hold

July 27, 2015 10:15 a.m. | A Waukesha man is accused of putting his 17-year-old girlfriend in a choke hold and then tackling her to the ground outside after chasing her.

Dylan St. George, 20, is charged with attempted strangulation and suffocation, physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct following a physical disturbance on Friday, July 17, at a residence in the 1800 block of Haymarket Road in Waukesha.

If convicted, George faces up to nearly seven years in prison and $16,000 in fines.

George posted a $750 cash bond on Tuesday, July 21, and is to maintain absolute sobriety and is to have no contact with the victim/witness or their residence listed in the criminal complaint.

A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

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Vacant commercial properties create eyesores in Waukesha

July 24, 2015 12:30 p.m. | As you drive north along Highway 59/164, the sign and the large empty building is evident.

It has been for seven years.

As employees of City Hall drive into the office each day the empty building across the street is evident.

It has been for three years.

And as Sentry employees and customers arrive to shop and work on the southwest side of the city the empty properties are evident.

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Molina Healthcare giving out groceries, health kits at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha

July 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | Molina Healthcare, based in Milwaukee, is sponsoring a food pantry in partnership with Feeding America, in Waukesha to assist families and individuals in need.

The health care provider will give away groceries and health kits at La Casa de Esperanza on Friday, July 24.

Molina Healthcare will provide 300 individuals with free groceries and personal care kits on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 200 individuals (one per person) while supplies last.

Each kit will include a small package of tissue, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, a nail file, laundry detergent, bandage strips and a small package of cotton swabs.

The giveaway event, open to the public, runs from 10 a.m. to noon or while supplies last at La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.

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