photo gallery from Peter Zuzga featuring action from the matches.The individual state wrestling tournament began yesterday at the Kohl Center in Madison and we've just added a
The 20-image gallery includes competitors from Brookfield, Franklin, Germantown, Greenfield, Homestead, New Berlin, Oak Creek, Waukesha, West Allis, and Whitnall.
The state tournament continues today and Saturday with the finals set for 6 p.m. Saturday.
A man was arrested at a Waukesha bank Wednesday after a woman with whom he was in a relationship told a teller he planned to rob her, police said.
The incident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at the Waukesha State Bank, 151 E. St. Paul Ave., according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.
According to the release, the 29-year-old woman gave a teller a note requesting that police be called because the man behind her planned to rob her after she cashed her check.
Police found no weapon on the man and after his arrest the woman told them about the relationship and said she did not want to give the man any money, according to the release.
The incident remained under investigation late Wednesday.
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has soundly rejected an attempt to resize itself from the current 25 members to 15 when new supervisory district maps are drawn this year reflecting population changes identified in the 2010 Census.
The board's Executive Committee had endorsed the status quo. Supervisor Peter Gundrum of Muskego attempted Tuesday night to amend the proposal with a 10-member reduction in the board, but his motion failed 18-4. Only Supervisors Robert Hutton of Sussex, Peter Wolff of the Town of Delafield and Paul Decker of Hartland voted with him.
An attempt to force a referendum on the issue was ruled out of order, and the resolution affirming the status quo passed 18-4. Hutton, Wolff and Gundrum were joined by Jim Jeskewitz of Menomonee Falls in opposition.
Supervisors Ted Rolfs of Chenequa, Thomas Schellinger of Brookfield and Pat Haukohl of Brookfield were absent.
New supervisory district maps that adjust for population shifts will now be drawn, submitted to local governments and eventually a public hearing will be held before final adoption in August or September. The districts will be the basis on which candidates for County Board will declare candidacies in December and stand for election in April 2012.
A soldier with Waukesha ties has been killed in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo, 24, died Feb. 20 in Kandahar province of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense website.
He was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany, the DOD said.
Hidalgo's parents, Jorge and Andrea Hidalgo, moved to the Waukesha area in the mid-1990s and recently returned there, according to news clips. Daren Hidalgo is also survived by three siblings. His father is a former executive with Harley-Davidson.
Hidalgo was a standout wrestler at his Pennsylvania High School, according to the website of the York Daily Record, which has posted a detailed story about Hidalgo.
Police are searching for an armed robber who held up the Value Care Prescription Center, 501 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, this afternoon.
The man obtained a limited amount of narcotics and fled the pharmacy at about 10;13 a.m. Tuesday. No one was injured and no weapon was displayed, although the man implied he had a weapon.
He is described as being a white man in his early to mid 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build (weight approximately 140 pounds). He had no facial hair, and pale skin, and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue scarf and jeans. He also wore white latex gloves. Witnesses described the man as looking sick.
Anyone with information should call police at (262) 524-3820.
Brookfield Central won a non-conference tilt, 65-45, over Waukesha North on Monday at home.
Nine Lancers scored, led by Jacob Mahkorn (13), Matt Lauritzen (12), Riley LaChance and Alex Olson (10). Jake Ricciardi, North's coach's son, led all scorers with 22 points, including 6 3-pointers.
Central led, 34-19, at half and 48-36 going into the fourth quarter. North scored the first bucket of the fourth period to cut the lead to nine, before the Lancers went on 17-6 run to close out the game, led by LaChance's 8 points in the period.
Central (9-4, 13-8) close out the regular season at Menomonee Falls (7-5, 10-10) on Thursday.
North is now 5-16.
Waukesha - Back-to-back failure of pumps in two wells forced city officials to reopen three radium-tainted wells earlier this month to meet customer demand, Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Friday.
Both pumps were purchased from the same manufacturer, Central Lift of Tulsa, Okla., and the city has had problems with its pumps in the past, according to Duchniak.
Well No. 10 on the city's northeast side shut down Feb. 6 when an electrical short stopped the pump's motor, Duchniak said. The well draws water from a deep sandstone aquifer, and the supply has complied with federal restrictions on radium in drinking water.
The utility spent more than $190,000 on repairing the pump more than a year ago, including replacing its motor. The well was restarted Jan. 18, 2010, Duchniak says in a letter to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Two wells with radium-tainted water were reopened Feb. 7 to substitute for well No. 10. The two wells provide water to the city's distribution system when needed, he said in an interview.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Drivers can expect significant delays when the resurfacing project on I-94 in Waukesha County begins next month, but expanded bus service between Waukesha and Milwaukee counties could help ease congestion.
The state Department of Transportation is providing $431,715, the full cost, so Waukesha's county and city's transit provider, Wisconsin Coach Lines, can expand some existing freeway bus routes and add new service to the Milwaukee County Medical Complex and the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
To keep traffic moving, at least 40% of the current drivers have to get off I-94, either by taking different routes or by riding the bus, said Andy Smieja, project engineer for the Department of Transportation.
For vehicles, logical alternate routes include Blue Mound Road (U.S. Highway 18) and Greenfield Ave. (state Highway 59).
Bob Johnson, Waukesha transit coordinator, said about half the employees in the Milwaukee County Medical Complex live in Waukesha County, and that's why entirely new bus service is proposed for that destination. Additional buses will be provided on existing routes between downtown Waukesha and downtown Milwaukee, including routes to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. More freeway buses from western Waukesha County to downtown Milwaukee also will be provided.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Charles Lichtie submitted his resignation Thursday as Waukesha's 12th District alderman, effective immediately.
Lichtie, 63, said health issues prompted his decision. He said he suffered a serious back injury about three years ago and it has gotten worse.
"I just can't give this job 100%," he said of his aldermanic duties.
Lichtie was an alderman from 2000 to 2004 and since 2007. He was last elected in 2010 to a three-year term. The 12th district is on the southwest side of Waukesha.
Scrima said anyone interested in an appointment to succeed Lichtie should submit a letter to the mayor at City Hall, 201 Delafield St., by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - GE Healthcare is giving Hebron House of Hospitality $25,000 to address homelessness, and its employees are making a commitment over the next year to volunteer more and contribute more to help the agency.
The cash donation will be presented Monday by Jim Davis, GE Healthcare vice president and general manager of magnetic resonance, at Hebron's new homeless shelter on Northview Road. The money comes from the "chairman's award," a contribution from General Electric Co. chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt based on the Waukesha unit's performance and earmarked toward a charity of the company's choosing.
"It's an absolutely wonderful surprise," said Bernie Juno, executive director of Hebron. She said the money will help pay for operating the men's homeless shelter and contribute toward the purchase price of the building, a former school. Hebron is planning to develop a service center involving representatives of other agencies that serve the homeless.
Hebron House is also working to building an eight-unit apartment building serving people with physical, mental or other disabilities at 620 Summit Ave.
Juno said the collaboration with GE Healthcare employees means more manpower in terms of volunteering at the agency's shelters and additional funds or supplies that help offset expenses.
Waukesha - Voters in Waukesha's west side 13th aldermanic district will replace outgoing Ald. Rick Tortomasi, who is not seeking re-election, with either Philip Esche or Andy Reiland in the April 5 election.
Tuesday's primary narrowed the choice, eliminating from the field Richard Badke, who finished far behind the other two.
Reiland is manager of procurement and asset management for Safway Services and president for the Wisconsin Cycling Association. Esche works in retail sales at Stein's Garden Center and formerly worked in marketing for news publications. Badke recently retired as Waukesha's building inspector.
Waukesha - Several Waukesha County communities ran out of ballots early and had to ask for a re-supply Tuesday, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said.
However, voters still have had the chance to vote on a paperless touch-screen machine at each polling place until new paper ballots arrived, she said.
Nickolaus estimated a 10% voter turnout, and municipal clerks could order ballots based on that estimate or order more or less. She asked clerks to re-order by noon Tuesday if they thought they'd need more.
Clerks in Menomonee Falls, Delafield, Summit, New Berlin and the towns of Oconomowoc, Vernon, Waukesha and Genesee called for more ballots. Nickolaus said a printer on standby provided the additional ballots. The largest number went to Menomonee Falls, which initially ordered 2,900 ballots and then asked for an additional 2,000. Most needed only a couple hundred more.
Nickolaus said she didn't think the temporary shortage would delay voters or cause polls to stay open later than the 8 p.m. closing.
Waukesha - Unable to give away a landmark building so it can be relocated and preserved elsewhere, the Waukesha Family YMCA Board now says it will put the small former gas station up for sale in hopes preservationists can raise the money to buy and repair it.
At the same time, the YMCA will appeal to circuit court last month's ruling by the city's Administrative Review Board that affirms the small, former gas station as a local landmark. It has until about Feb. 24 to file the appeal, said Chris Becker, executive director of the YMCA.
At issue is the Bartles-Maguire/Wadhams gas station at Broadway and Hartwell Ave. built in 1929 in a Tudor, residential style intended to blend in with the neighborhood. Later it was used as a fruit stand and car dealership, but most recently it has been vacant.
The YMCA purchased the property for $152,500, along with two other houses adjoining the Y's Broadway property and plans to partner with CommonBond Communities to develop 62 apartments for mobility-impaired residents there. The Y intended to tear down the gas station until its designation as a landmark stymied the plan.
During its initial appeal of the designation, the Y attempted to find someone to relocate the building with the pledge of a $10,000 donation toward the effort. There were no takers, though the Y is still willing to give it away if it's moved.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County Board leaders Monday recommended that the board stay its current 25-member size when new district maps are drawn this year to reflect the 2010 census changes.
But at least one supervisor - Peter Wolff of the Town of Delafield - said he'll try to get the full board to downsize itself to "probably 17" when the issue is taken up at next week's board meeting.
Wolff, who asked the Executive Committee to postpone action Monday for at least a month so downsizing could get a closer look, was soundly rebuffed.
Supervisor Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield took the sharpest tone.
"I'm trying to understand the motivation of what you're doing, Peter," she said. "Why are you doing this when we function so well?"» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A 49-year-old Waukesha man was charged Friday with providing a woman with a prescription drug that police say killed her at his apartment last year.
Leon Thomas, who is imprisoned at the Dodge Correctional Institute, is charged in a complaint with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, repeater, and with one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, subsequent offense.
If convicted of both charges, he faces up to 53 1/2 years in prison.
According to the complaint, the victim, 21-year-old Holly C. Reidy, visited Thomas at his apartment on Feb. 18, 2010.
Thomas, the complaint says, provided Reidy with a patch containing fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever. The patch was ripped apart and Reidy swallowed the gel.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County will have to get clearance from both state and local historic preservation authorities before it can move ahead with plans for its $37 million health and human services office building.
The Waukesha Plan Commission on Wednesday tabled the county's request for site and architectural approval, as well as for rezoning 14.5 acres in the middle of Moor Downs Golf Course. The zoning change would convert existing office building, parking lots and the site of the proposed three-story, 137,017-square-foot building on Riverview Ave. from parks designation to institutional use.
The county's nine-hole golf course and the former resort building, where mud baths were famously featured in the early 1900s, were listed as the Grand View Health Resort on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The city listed it as a local landmark in 2001.
Kimberly Cook of the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office said once a complete set of information about the proposal and impact is submitted to the state office, which it has not yet received, the state compliance officer has 30 days to review it and respond.
Waukesha - Weldall Manufacturing, the Waukesha metal fabricator that is getting city financial incentives for a plant expansion, could get further state assistance to build a $1 million railroad spur to serve its expanded facility.
The city's Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city to sponsor an application for the Transportation Economic Assistant Program of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Common Council action is expected at its Feb. 17 meeting. Among the requirements is a jobs guarantee between Weldall and the city.
According to city officials, the state would pay half the cost of the rail spur and Weldall would pay the rest. The city's only cost is in administering the grant and overseeing construction.
Weldall plans to build a two-track spur stretching just over a quarter mile long from the Canadian National Railway Co.'s main line. The five-car capacity tracks would allow for delivery of raw steel and for export of finished products, as well as railcar switching and storage.
Last year the city agreed to $975,000 in financing to offset construction costs for a 76,000-square-foot addition to its plant at 2001 S. Prairie Ave. The funds would be repaid over 14 years from property taxes on an estimated $6.5 million in new tax base from the project, according to city officials' estimates.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A major water main break just outside the Waukesha County courthouse forced city water crews to shut off water to the building shortly after 10 a.m. but otherwise business is operating as usual, said Norman Cummings, director of administration.
Although the break occurred underground near the front entrance - the only public access - people could still enter there at noon. The entrance might be closed later, Cummings said, but another door would be opened.
Because the Waukesha Water Utility shut off water to the building, employees and courthouse visitors have to use rest rooms in the adjoining Administration Building, which is not affected. Cummings said the jail was not affected.
The leak was detected around 10 a.m. and water leaked into the courthouse boiler room, but it is draining rapidly and did not appear to affect the mechanical equipment, he said.
Waukesha Water Utility Manager Dan Duchniak said the broken pipe is in the county's lateral from the main water line. Water Utility crews are assisting the county in finding a contractor to fix it. The options are boring underground to the break from the parking area - a process that could take more than a day, he estimated - or digging up the entrance approach to the courthouse.» Read Full Article
Taylors People's Park in downtown Waukesha was discovered by a cleaning person shortly before 6:30 Tuesday morning.Waukesha - A fire that appeared to have started in a wall behind the bar at
Three engines, two ladder trucks and four ambulances responded and had the fire out by about 7 a.m., said Battalion Chief Richard Neustaedter.
No one was injured, but Neustaedter said the fire damaged the bar area and the restaurant sustained substantial smoke damage, likely closing the popular bar and eatery for some time.
A woman who said she was waiting by a nearby bus stop e-mailed the Journal Sentinel and reported she saw a worker run out of the building and report the fire at about 6:20 a.m.
Neustaedter said investigators were still at the scene mid-morning. The fire did not close an adjoining business - the Potter's Shop - but may have temporarily displaced residents of at least one residential unit over People's Park, 337 W. Main St., he said.
Waukesha - The city's Board of Public Works has gotten behind the idea of artistic bicycle racks in the downtown, unanimously voting conceptual approval of the idea.
The Waukesha Bicycle Alliance has been promoting the project since last summer and is working on ways to raise funds and create a design competition.
Public Works Director Fred Abadi said the board unanimously endorsed the idea last week and now wants to review specific locations.
"They need to identify where they want to have them, and we need to coordinate with business owners," he said. The racks can't be an obstruction to pedestrians or wheelchairs, he said.
Artistic bike racks have added whimsy to streetscapes in many other cities. Alliance organizers have said the project not only would solve the lack of bike racks downtown - most are located in the Frame Park area - but they would also make the downtown a more attractive destination..
Waukesha - The Greater Milwaukee Foundation said Thursday it had awarded about $762,000 in grants benefiting Waukesha County and $665,000 in Washington County during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Most of the money is designated to specific causes by donors.
In Waukesha County's case, about $503,000 was directed to a multitude of causes and agencies by donors, said Jim Marks, director of special projects for the Foundation.
Of the remaining grants, the largest awarded by the Foundation board was $75,000 to the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic. That will allow the clinic to continue serving low-income children and pregnant women. Since 2008, when the clinic opened, it has provided more than $2.4 million in dental care to about 4,600 patients, the foundation reported.
Another large discretionary grant was $37,430 to a "nonprofit management fund" used to assist nonprofit agencies with such things as planning, technology, marketing, accounting and human resource management. Marks said six nonprofits will benefit from the new awards - the Pregnancy Support Connection, the Waukesha County Christmas Clearing Council, Ten Chimneys Foundation, St. Joseph Medical and Dental Clinic, Hebron House of Hospitality and Family Service of Waukesha.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha is ending its snow emergency at midnight Thursday, Mayor Jeff Scrima announced.
That means people can park their cars on the streets overnight again, with proper permits, without fear of getting a ticket or a tow-away.
Waukesha — Waukesha’s emergency overnight shelter for men, which was filled to capacity Tuesday night, will remain open Wednesday, shelter coordinator Tammy Scott said.
The shelter, which opened an hour earlier Tuesday night because of blizzard conditions, at 6 p.m., housed 35 men overnight, Scott said. The facility at Northview Road and Grandview Blvd. will remain open until 7 a.m. Thursday, as of now.
Waukesha Metro Transit buses stopped operating early Tuesday night and are not operating Wednesday, making transportation more difficult for some of the homeless. A charter bus from The Hope Center in downtown Waukesha is being used to provide shuttle service when necessary.
The shelter, which opened in mid-December, had been operating most days at below the 35-man capacity, according to Bernie Juno, executive director of Hebron House of Hospitality, which operates the shelter.
Although the blizzard has passed, extreme wind chill temperatures are forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday.
Waukesha — Once you’ve moved the mountains from your driveways and sidewalks, don’t forget to clear out the fire hydrants near your house, reminds Waukesha Fire Department Batallian Chief Joe Hoffman.
Some may be buried beneath drifts and deposits from snow plows.
“It is of utmost importance that snow is cleared from all hydrants making them accessible to the fire department in the case of an emergency,” he said.
The department recommends homeowners clear a four-foot diameter space, from street to sidewalk, around the hydrants. Eventually, water utility crews or firefighters will clear hydrants still buried when they see them, but Hoffman said the immediate concern is in the next few days.
Hoffman also warned residents to check their fresh air intakes for furnaces and hot water heaters. The department had three calls Wednesday morning from residents smelling natural gas because of plugged intakes, but none required medical care.
After a long night of partying with vodka, Red Bull, Xanax and marijuana, Mallory Feldmann and her friends decided to finish it off with some Oxycontin about five in the morning.
They slept till noon. Except for Feldmann, 22, of Greendale, who never woke up.
This week, authorities in Waukesha County charged Feldmann's friend and a Waukesha man with supplying the fatal painkiller back in August 2009. Feldmann died several months after Whitefish Bay teen's overdose death that prompted a special Journal Sentinel series, Prescription for Tragedy.
Adam Clark J. Clark, 31, of Waukesha, and Megan L. Mikush, 25, of Milwaukee, face charges of first-degree reckless homicide in Feldmann's death.
According to the criminal complaint:» Read Full Article
It's no surprise that driving has been tough during this blizzard, with powerful winds creating whiteout conditions at times and slippery roads.
But how tough was it? In the City of Waukesha, fire department trucks were having difficulty responding to calls, with some getting stuck temporarily, said Police Capt. Dennis Angle.
"At times, we had to have snowplows leading the way," he said.
Like other police departments in the area, Waukesha police responded to numerous calls of vehicles stuck in ditches and motorists in need of help, Angle said.
Waukesha - All non-essential Waukesha County offices will be closed all day Wednesday because of the blizzard and hazardous road conditions, County Executive Dan Vrakas announced Tuesday. They will reopen Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Vrakas said that 24-hour operations such as the Communication Center, the jail, the Mental Health Center and Sheriff's Department will maintain their regular work schedule.
Meanwhile, Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima, who canceled city meetings Tuesday night, said he would make a decision on closing City Hall Wednesday by 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Waukesha - The City of Waukesha has canceled meetings scheduled for tonight, including the Common Council and Finance Committee meetings.
Mayor Jeff Scrima said the entire list of agenda items will be added to the next regular meeting on Feb. 17. Because of the Feb. 15 primary election, the usually Tuesday meeting has been moved to Thursday.
The city remains under a snow emergency until further notice.
Waukesha - The Salvation Army of Waukesha ended its holiday red kettle campaign on a sparkling note, in more ways than one.
Final campaign reports show that both red kettle campaign and other donations brought in $625,636 in 2010, well above the $535,000 goal.
On a bright note, a pair of gold studded diamond earrings, appraised at $1,750, were dropped anonymously into a Mukwonago-area red kettle, the agency reported. If someone buys the earings at that value - they're for sale at the Waukesha office, 443 Madison St., by appointment - the final number for the red kettles alone will total $397,007 - about $50,000 more than was raised during the Christmas 2009 season.
Major Carol Lemirand of the Army said the 2010 total goal was already 12% higher than a year ago because of cutbacks in government funding.
The Salvation Army of Waukesha provides a variety of services, including a food pantry, emergency shelter, community meals, youth development programs, disaster services and special holiday services like food baskets and toy and gift distributions.