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Blain's Farm and Fleet executive retiring

May 13, 2014 5:39 p.m. | The top executive of Blain's Farm and Fleet stores is retiring and will be succeeded by his sister, the company said Tuesday.

Robert Blain, president, chief executive and co-owner of Janesville-based Blain Supply Inc. and Blain's Farm and Fleet, will step down June 25.

Company executive Jane Blain Gilbertson already has assumed the roles of president, CEO and sole owner, the company said. A formal leadership transition will take place over the next few weeks, the retailer said.

Robert Blain, 61, has been with the companies for 38 years and has been president since Robert's and Jane's father, Bert Blain, died in 1993. During Robert's 20 years as president, the companies opened stores in seven new markets. taking locations to 35 from 28 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

When Robert became president in 1993, the companies had 2,787 employees. Today the work force is 4,000.

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Jury trials scheduled for Waukesha gas station homicide suspects

June 29, 2015 5:33 p.m. | A jury trial has been scheduled for the three suspects charged in the murder of a gas station clerk earlier this year in Waukesha.

The announcement of an upcoming trial comes two months after Kenneth Thomas, Darrin Malone and Jerica Cotton each pleaded not guilty for their roles in the armed robbery at a Waukesha Citgo station and resulting homicide involving 65-year-old Saeed Sharwani of Brookfield, a clerk at the station.

A 12-person jury trial is scheduled for October.

Legal proceedings

Malone's trial, expected to last multiple days, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6, while Cotton's and Thomas' trials are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

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Lodi woman killed in Waukesha County single-vehicle crash

June 28, 2015 11:13 a.m. | A 20-year-old woman from Lodi was killed on Saturday night in the Village of Summit in Waukesha County in single-car crash that shut down traffic on eastbound I-94 for several hours.

The woman was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver, a 22-year-old male from Milwaukee, was injured and taken to a hospital.

The accident occurred on eastbound I-94 and Golden Lake Road when the vehicle crossed the median and rolled over into a ditch.

Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

Woman given 12 months probation for downtown Waukesha stabbing incident

June 26, 2015 11:30 a.m. | A woman who was charged in a stabbing incident earlier this year in two downtown Waukesha apartments pleaded guilty to one of the felony substantial battery charges.

Brenda Adams, 52, previously of Waukesha who now lives in Milwaukee, was subsequently sentenced to 30 days in jail and 12 months probation. The court, however, halted the jail sentence.

The court is allowing her to serve the sentence in Milwaukee County. The second charge — substantial battery with the intention of bodily harm — has been dismissed.

She had been facing original charges that could have resulted in a fine of up to $35,000 and 16 years in prison.

As part of her sentencing hearing, she must maintain absolute sobriety; not use or possess alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia; not have any association with known drug users or dealers and no contact at any place where illegal drugs are purchased, used, stored, packaged and distributed; and not have any violent contact with the victims listed in the criminal complaint.

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Judge sentences Waukesha woman who beat daughter to probation

June 25, 2015 3:38 p.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha woman was sentenced late last month to a year of probation for slapping and biting her teenage daughter, according to online court records.

The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of her daughter, on May 29 pleaded guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, and was sentenced to a month in jail by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian.

Court records show that Aprahamian stayed the jail sentence in favor of probation and ordered the woman to pay $243 in court costs.

The woman was charged in late January with with felony child abuse-intentionally causing bodily harm and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after she was arrested for allegedly beating and biting her daughter, who was 16 at the time.

As conditions of her probation, the woman will have to complete domestic violence and parenting classes and maintain full-time employment. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with her daughter.

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St. Mary's holding annual three-day church festival this weekend in Waukesha

June 25, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Over the next week, the big fest is being held on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee.

In Waukesha, St. Mary's Church is also getting into the festival season.

The church will hold its annual family fun festival from Friday to Sunday at 225 S. Hartwell Ave., at the corner of Hartwell and Newhall avenues.

The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26. A fish fry will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The featured bands include Cowboy Up, which will play from 5 to 7 p.m., and The Now (7 to 11 p.m).

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Environmental groups remain opposed to Waukesha request for lake water

June 25, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Several regional environmental groups said Thursday they remain opposed to the City of Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water, even though preliminary findings of a state review determined a Great Lakes supply was the city's only reasonable option.

Waukesha has access to a sustainable water supply and does not require a diversion of water from the Great Lakes, the groups said in a joint statement. They did not identify the water source other than to say they had "emerging information" on how this source could meet the city's needs.

The Milwaukee Riverkeeper organization did not respond to a request for details on their preferred water supply for Waukesha other than to say the groups had hired an engineering consultant to assist with the analysis. Other groups joining the statement were: Clean Wisconsin, Midwest Environmental Advocates, National Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, River Alliance of Wisconsin and Waukesha County Environmental Action League.

After a five-year review of Waukesha's request for lake water, the Department of Natural Resources on Thursday released a series of preliminary decisions in draft reports. Among the key findings:

■ The city does not have a reasonable water supply option available to it on the west side of the subcontinental divide.

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Waukesha Police Report: June 25, 2015 issue

June 25, 2015 10:30 a.m. | 1 A caller reported a religious group set up near the Riverfront Plaza at 926 N. Barstow St. at 8:12 a.m. June 13 after being told not to be there. The police department has responded to this group before. The group has been setting up at the Farmers Market and Friday Night Live in recent weeks and officials with the market aren't happy with the organization. The group agreed to remove their table from the sidewalk.

2 Several items were stolen from inside a home at 2004 Stonehaven Court prior to 11:30 a.m. June 13.

3 A man was trying to break into a residence at 1603 Rushmore Drive at 1:36 a.m. June 14. The suspect took the caller's flagpole and was hitting his front door with it. The caller then locked himself and his wife in the bathroom. The male suspect, approximately 19-20 years old, was sitting on the front porch with the flag in his hand before running away from police. A Taser had to be deployed on him. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

4 A man was given a citation for urinating in the street at 379 W. Main St. at 2:23 a.m. June 14. The incident was seen on the downtown Opti-Cop police camera system.

5 An iPad was stolen from a vehicle overnight June 13-14 at 1212 S. Grand Ave.

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Woman who drove car onto railroad tracks in Waukesha sentenced to jail

June 24, 2015 9:30 a.m. | Caitlin Hanley, the 22-year-old woman who drove her car onto railroad tracks near downtown Waukesha last December and had to be saved by a man passing by, pleaded no contest in May to operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense).

She was sentenced to 75 days in jail, starting on May 22.

Hanley, previously from New Berlin but who now lives in Milwaukee, will have her driver's license revoked for 16 months and an ignition interlock will be installed on every vehicle titled or registered to her. She must also perform 50 hours of community service to help offset the fine.

Her operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, second offense charge, was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Hanley told police she "had way too much to drink" at Fuzzy's Sports Pub & Grill, 627 E. Main St., and decided to sleep in her car at 1 a.m. Dec. 27, 2014. Around 4:15 a.m. she said she was cold and attempted to drive home.

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Rep. Chris Kapenga wins District 33 Republican state Senate primary

June 23, 2015 9:43 p.m. | Chris Kapenga continues to hold an edge over Brian Dorow in elections.

Five years after Kapenga defeated Dorow in a state Assembly primary, the Delafield Republican once again beat out Dorow in an election on Tuesday, June 23.

This time, the victory is likely sending Kapenga to the state Senate.

Kapenga received 5,539 votes, or 52 percent, Dorow 4,888 votes (46 percent) and Waukesha physician Mikael Langner 168 votes in the District 33 state Senate Republican primary.

"(Voters) have now placed their trust in me as the Republican nominee," Kapenga said. "We have great challenges before us, including delivering a budget that best protects taxpayers, and my commitment to keep an eye on government spending will not waiver."

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Tribute Tuesday concert series kicks off in Cutler Park

June 23, 2015 3:00 p.m. | With more concerts scheduled this summer inside Cutler Park, it's a good thing the Les Paul Performance Center got a makeover this spring.

In addition to the annual Waukesha Civic Band summer concert series that runs weekly over the next couple months, the city of Waukesha's Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, partnering with Meijer, is hosting tribute concerts to honor the 100th birthday of the late Les Paul, the music icon who was born and is buried in Waukesha.

It all takes place at the remodeled Les Paul Performance Center, which received new stage lighting and other aesthetic improvements.

The Tribute Tuesday concerts, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., begins June 23 at Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Ave.

The concerts are free and open to the public.

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Rosalie Smith, a Waukesha North grad, crowned Miss Wisconsin

June 23, 2015 1:35 p.m. | Waukesha resident Rosalie Smith was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2015 on Saturday, June 20, in Oshkosh.

Smith, who competed as Miss New Berlin, advances to Miss America 2016 on Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Smith, 19, is a 2014 Waukesha North High School graduate.

She is a nursing major at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and competes on the dance squad there.

Her platform is called "Centered On Loving In Need," or COLIN, an acronym for the name of her late brother, Colin. The platform is aimed at providing resources for people struggling with alcohol and drug addictions.

Fire breaks out at south side Waukesha manufacturing facility

June 22, 2015 1:53 p.m. | A fire broke out over the weekend at a manufacturing facility at 305 Travis Lane, but no injuries were reported.

According to a news release from the fire department, the first fire crews to arrive found smoke coming out of vent stacks on the roof at the back of a one story steel frame manufacturing building at 8:12 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

When fire crews entered the building, they encountered a partitioned area that contained a break room, locker room and bathroom with fire in and above the bathroom, Battalion Chief Mark Sweet said.

The fire was extinguished and contained to the ceiling above the bathroom, Sweet said.

Sweet added the fire is still being investigated jointly by the fire and police departments.

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2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

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Catholic Memorial soccer once again the best in the state

June 22, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Cassidy Lentz had just helped Catholic Memorial win its fourth straight WIAA state championship on Saturday and the senior was quickly headed for the north exit at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Lentz, a four-year starter at keeper for CMH, had a club soccer game to attend in Appleton less than an hour after Memorial's 2-1 state title victory over Notre Dame de la Baie Academy and was being rushed out of the stadium. Celebrations would wait.

But Lentz did have a few moments to reflect on her career and Memorial's record-tying four consecutive WIAA state championships. Brookfield Central previously won titles from 2002-05.

"I think, especially once you get to the fourth one, you have to get it in your head that you just can't earn this," Lentz said. "It's not as easy as people think it is. Four years in a row, that's unheard of. That's a credit to our team. It was a team effort."

Lentz has given up just two goals in eight state semifinal and final contests.

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Main Street construction crosses the finish line in downtown Waukesha

June 20, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Thanks to the timely completion of a $1.94 million West Main Street reconstruction project downtown, bicyclists competing in this weekend's Carl Zach Cycling Classic should enjoy a smooth ride.

The project, which included reconstructing Main from Clinton Street to Wisconsin Avenue, began in late February and finished well ahead of schedule. It ends another phase in the multiple year road and streetscape project throughout downtown.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the intersection of West Main Street and Maple Avenue was held Friday, June 12.

The start of the construction in February was earlier than most construction projects and required crews to thaw the ground to begin digging and installing underground utilities.

The timeline was planned as early in the year as possible to minimize the impact on downtown summer events such as Friday Night Live, the Waukesha Farmers Market, art crawls and this weekend's cycling classic.

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