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Session scheduled on proposed Waukesha west bypass

May 13, 2010 3:08 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County will hold the first public information meeting about Waukesha's west bypass from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waukesha West High School's cafeteria, 3301 Saylesville Road.

The session will be an open-house format, so residents can drop in, ask questions of state, county and consulting project team members, review exhibits explaining the study process and reasons behind the project.

Waukesha County is currently engaged in the early stages of an environmental impact study of the proposed bypass between I-94 and Highway 59 on Waukesha's west side. Those interested in the project can follow its progress at">

Judge orders juvenile evaluations of 2 girls in Slender Man case

10:45 a.m. | Waukesha — The judge in the Slender Man stabbing case on Tuesday ordered Waukesha County's Department of Health and Human Services to assess both young girl defendants as though they were in juvenile court, not charged as adults with attempted first degree intentional homicide.

Circuit Judge Michael Bohren made the decision in response to a request from attorneys for Anissa Weier, 13, and Morgan Geyser, 12.

Last week, an attorney for Weier asked that Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services be required to evaluate her, and determine any services she may need, as the agency would do for a child facing delinquency disposition in juvenile court.

Geyser's attorney followed up with a similar request Monday.

Weier's attorney, Joseph Smith Jr., told Bohren on Tuesday that Health and Human Services has agreed to prepare an assessment and report of available services, but couldn't do so without a court order. Smith stressed that the agency's staff has special training and experience working with children.

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Cause of scrap yard fire at Waukesha Iron and Metal will remain a mystery

May 04, 2015 12:10 p.m. | The cause of the fire that erupted in a scrap pile at Waukesha Iron and Metal last week will be left undetermined.

Fire Marshal Brian Charlesworth said because too many factors could have led to the start of the fire on Wednesday, April 29, the case is closed.

But foul play isn't being considered. "It's not being ruled suspicious," Charlesworth said.

Charlesworth said about 60 to 70 recyclable car parts were on fire when officers arrived to the scene at 1351 E. Main St. during late afternoon, causing quite the scene as smoke billowed more than 50 feet into the air.

Charlesworth, however, said it's tough to determine the cause of the fire because of the unknown materials that were under the vehicles.

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. acquires Baird Display of Waukesha

May 04, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Green Bay Packaging Inc. said Monday that it has acquired Baird Display, a Waukesha-based maker of point-of-purchase displays.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. There will be no employment impact as a result of the acquisition, a Green Bay Packaging spokeswoman said. Baird Display employs about 40 people.

"The acquisition is an excellent fit for Green Bay Packaging," said Will Kress, CEO and president of Green Bay Packaging in a statement announcing the acquisition. "Baird Display is an innovative company that adds to our point of purchase display capabilities and expands our market presence."

Founded in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton division, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, a pressure-sensitive label division, specialty converting operations, timberlands and a sawmill. Headquartered in Green Bay, the company has manufacturing facilities in 14 states.

Baird Display, which began in 1933 as a manufacturer of upscale candy boxes and poker chips, is a provider of custom designed temporary and semi-permanent point of purchase displays to advertising agencies and fulfillment organizations that manage accounts for larger brand-name companies. Distribution of Baird's product is throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

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

May 03, 2015 5:43 p.m. | Pewaukee — The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin was a mixture of heartbreak and hope on Sunday.

Among the most brokenhearted 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

May 03, 2015 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 counter assault 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 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 oncoming train in the city of Waukesha, Fleming was presented the Waukesha Police Department Citizen Service Award, the highest award given to residents 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 Tuesday, 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. Fleming subsequently 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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