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Issue with GAB's canvass reporting system caused election night delay in Waukesha

Aug. 13, 2014 2:10 p.m. | Those who were waiting for the final results of the District 97 state assembly race in Waukesha County had to stay up into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The reason for the delay?

Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said an error in the Government Accountability Board's canvass reporting system resulted in voting totals across the city coming in extremely slow.

Final totals for the District 97 race were not in until just after 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, more than four hours after the polls closed on Tuesday night.

The voting totals in the District 97 race for the town of Genesee, town of Mukwonago and town of Waukesha came in relatively quickly, but everyone was waiting for the city of Waukesha's results. 

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Waukesha Plan Commission OKs charter school expansion plans for La Casa de Esperanza

July 25, 2016 9:54 p.m. | Anselmo Villarreal's vision for the future of La Casa de Esperanza is coming alive.

The Waukesha Plan Commission recently approved the final site and architectural plans for a charter school expansion at La Casa, 410 Arcadian Ave., that will add 43,452 square feet to the organization's current site.

The plans call for a three-story addition to the existing building to accommodate the growing charter school, which opened last fall with 88 students for 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten classes.

Construction of the addition, which is anticipated to be open by September 2017, is the first in a three-phase $8 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art school, according to Villarreal, La Casa's chief operating officer.

Commissioners granted unanimous approval to the charter school design plans, and two other procedural items — a street vacation and a certified survey map — for La Casa.

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New Latin American restaurant Arepanitas opens near downtown Waukesha

July 25, 2016 7:40 p.m. | Francisco Mohamed wanted to bring a little Latin American flavor to the Waukesha food scene, and he's done exactly that.

Mohamed, who's from Venezuela, opened his new "Latin fusion" restaurant, Arepanitas, 136 E. St. Paul Ave., on July 14. So far, business has been promising — with some room for improvement, he said.

"Thank God, so far so good," he said, and added that he wanted to continue to get the word out about his small takeout restaurant.

"We need to be in the mind of the people," he explained.

According to its website, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

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Complaint: Waukesha woman, drunk, grabbed gun following phone dispute

July 25, 2016 1:00 p.m. | Don't bring a gun to a cellphone fight might be the lesson learned by one Waukesha woman who's facing criminal charges for allegedly doing just that.

Betty Dyer, 51, was charged Monday, July 18, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon) and possession of a firearm while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. Online court records show she's free on a $2,000 signature bond.

According to a criminal complaint, Dyer grabbed a gun and pounded on one of her neighbor's doors July 16 in the 2100 block of Kensington Drive, demanding to be let in, after the neighbor accidentally damaged Dyer's phone when tossing it to another person.

Dyer reportedly asked the neighbor, a man, to remove his phone number from her device and the man tried to toss the phone to the third neighbor who said she knew how to remove the number. The toss was short and the phone's screen cracked when it hit the ground, according to the complaint.

After the screen broke, Dyer reportedly grabbed her Bersa Thunder .380-caliber handgun and marched over to the man's apartment, insisting he open the door, the complaint said. At one point, according to the complaint, she identified herself as a Waukesha police officer in an attempt to get inside the man's home.

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Waukesha police report: July 28, 2016 issue

July 25, 2016 11:23 a.m. | 1An anonymous caller reported cars were ignoring construction and road closure signs near Delafield Street and Bidwell Avenue around 10 p.m. July 15. According to a police report, one car drove up onto some grass along Bidwell and hit a recycling bin.

2A woman suffered an anxiety attack after allegedly drinking too much "gas monkey tequila" around 11:22 p.m. July 15 at a home in the 1000 block of Aurora Street. The woman was rolling around on the floor, coughing and crying, a police report said, and was eventually taken to the hospital.

3Police arrested an intoxicated man who was urinating in the street and various residents' yards around 4:40 a.m. July 16 near Arcadian and Perkins avenues. According to a police report, the man also got into a physical argument with his female companion, who reported the incident.

4Part of a cylinder of compressed gas, launched accidentally and unintentionally from Waukesha Iron and Metal, blew a hole through the ceiling of the nearby Mander Collision and Glass building, 1604 Manhattan Drive, around 1:10 p.m. July 16. A police report said no one was injured at Mander. The other part of the cylinder landed in a resident's yard about a half mile away.

5Police picked up a bag of needles around 4:09 p.m. July 16 from a resident in the 1500 block of Mohawk Lane who said another man had stashed them in the caller's backyard while the man was fleeing from police about a week earlier.

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Crest owner brings Irish flavor to new venture in downtown Waukesha

July 25, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Opened in May and dedicated to providing a unique experience, The Crest Pub & Grill in Downtown Waukesha showcases its owner's deep experience in Irish fare and desire to establish roots in a new community.

Building on experience

Owner Bruce Russell developed his restaurant chops in various environments, but is most comfortable with casual, lively venues. After establishing two Menomonee Falls-based restaurants, A.J. O'Brady's Irish Pub & Grill and The Mill, he looked at several other locations before deciding that Waukesha was the perfect next step.

"We looked at various locations over a two-year period," Russell said of the former restaurant space. "We kept coming back to this one. We liked what was going on in the city."

Appealing to various tastes

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2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at their coverage of the fair as well as other staff members' photos and stories, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Little Farmer's Sheep Rodeo, Lumberjack Show highlight day at the fair

 

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Video: Animal races, 4-H and a geese champion at the Waukesha County Fair

July 22, 2016 3:44 p.m. |

Woman shows off crafts at fair

By: Madeline Heim

Sheltered from the storm and sweltering heat inside the Waukesha County Fair Exhibit Hall on July 21, Ellen Smith, owner of One of a Kind Beadwoven Bracelets, kept a careful eye and a steady hand on her work.

Smith, who has been crafting since she was 9 years old, was weaving an intricate pattern on a small, traditional Native American loom. As she looped the threads and pointed out another piece of beadwork in her hair that was made by a friend, she described her extensive history with the craft.

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Unpaid fees could keep Waukesha students from graduation ceremonies

July 22, 2016 2:43 p.m. | The Waukesha School District is changing its policy regarding fees for graduating high school seniors.

The new policy, which will take affect at the beginning of the school year, will deny students with outstanding fees from participating in graduation ceremonies.

But that doesn't mean students who owe can't graduate.

"The new policy doesn't prevent them from graduating high school. They get their diploma," Koch said. "What we're looking to do is to capture, where appropriate, the fees that should be paid to the district."

The old policy authorized principals to withhold diplomas from students with outstanding fees, which isn't appropriate, according to Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Joe Koch.

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Waukesha South open art studio gives students opportunity to create

July 22, 2016 12:34 p.m. | The room was quiet except for the hum of the pottery wheel and the soft sound of brush strokes. Each student was deep in concentration, working on a painting, drawing or clay sculpture.

It's the kind of atmosphere you might expect in a professional art studio, except this particular venue has younger, aspiring artists in mind.

The open art studio at Waukesha South High School lets students spend as much time as they want in the classroom to work on art projects they want to pursue during the summer.

Running for four weeks during summer school, the studio is open from 7 a.m. to noon, with students showing up whenever they feel like, and leaving when they feel they are done.

Art 'experience'

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Stay cool at Hebron House and Jeremy Safe Haven

July 21, 2016 8:26 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Local social service agencies are doing their part to keep people safe by offering cooling stations over the next few days, when extreme heat could prove to be life threatening.

Kris Androsky, executive director for Hebron House of Hospitality said, "Extremely hot weather poses hardships for those who do not have a cool place to stay. While the risk of heat illness for those outdoors depends upon the amount of exposure and the health of an individual, Hebron House shelters are responding proactively by providing water and respite from the dangerous heat."

The Hebron House shelter, 812 N. East Ave., and Jeremy Safe Haven, 1301 E. Moreland Blvd., will both remain open all day Thursday and Friday as cooling zones for anyone needing help.

A prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected to hit Waukesha County on Thursday afternoon through Friday evening, with daytime highs in the mid 90s. The heat and humidity will make conditions feel warmer than actual temperatures are.

People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun. Heat exhaustion, nausea, headaches, and confusion can swiftly lead to deadly heat stroke as the body loses the ability to regulate its temperature.

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Waukesha Salvation Army offering cool place to stay in light of impending heat wave

July 20, 2016 2:51 p.m. | Dangerously high temperatures forecast for later this week have prompted the Waukesha Salvation Army to open its doors — and air-conditioned rooms — to area residents who do not have access to such spaces.

According to a news release, refrigerated bottled water will also be available inside the building, 445 Madison St., just north of downtown.

"Our Waukesha Corps will be open both days from 1 to 4 p.m.," said Major Nelson De Le Vergne, "and people are welcome to have a seat in designated air-conditioned spaces during the heat of the day."

"We're honored by the long-standing support of Waukesha County and we're pleased to be able to give back to area people in need," De Le Vergne added.

According to the National Weather Service in Sullivan, the heat index is expected to rise to between 100 degrees and 115 degrees on Thursday, July 21 and between 95 degrees and 100 degrees on Friday, July 22.

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Woman killed in Waukesha County crash is identified

July 20, 2016 2:44 p.m. | One woman was killed and two women were injured when a vehicle westbound on Interstate 94 in Waukesha County crossed the median and struck an eastbound vehicle head-on Tuesday.

The crash, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. at county Highway SS in the Town of Delafield, closed the freeway in both directions for several hours.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, an 18-year-old Waukesha woman, was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life for serious injuries. Her passenger, identified Wednesday as 67-year-old Melinda Malison of Waukesha, was pronounced dead at Froedtert.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle, a 22-year-old Delafield woman, was treated for minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

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