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Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoes new Special Event Ordinance at request of WDBA leaders

Feb. 08, 2013 3:38 p.m. | At the request of the leaders of the downtown Waukesha Business Association’s Friday Night Live committee, Mayor Jeff Scrima has issued a “friendly veto” on the recently approved Special Event Ordinance.

Scrima outlined in his veto message the parts that the Friday Night Live committee took issue with.

One part of the ordinance states: “The time, size and nature of the Special Event shall not create an undue hardship or unduly interfere with residents and commercial and business activities in the closed area or the immediate vicinity thereto.”

Before the Council approved it this week, Roger Igielski, president of the Downtown Business Association, questioned that statement.

“How will that be determined?” said Igielski, owner of Allo! Chocolat in downtown Waukesha. “For example, if I believe that the Christmas parade street closing hurts my business, will my opinion cancel the event? I assume not, but there needs to be guidelines added to this statement for clarification.”

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Downtown Waukesha property owners look to disband BID

Feb. 05, 2013 5:18 p.m. | After a year of controversy, a new downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District Board was just formed.

But could it all be short-lived?

City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima received a petition from almost 63 percent of downtown property owners requesting that the BID be disbanded.

Property owner Jeff Barta, a co-owner of Nice Ash Cigar Bar in downtown Waukesha, said there needed to be at least 50 percent of the property owners on the petition.

From his understanding on the state statute, the property owners on the petition will address the Plan Commission in the future.

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Man charged with battery at Waukesha wedding brawl

Feb. 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. |  City of Waukesha - A 30-year-old man was charged after allegedly smashing a pint glass on a man’s head, causing a skull fracture, at a wedding at the Country Springs Hotel last August.

Randy S. Lunda of Racine was charged on Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony aggravated battery, repeater.

Lunda previously pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding an officer and resisting arrest in 2006, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

Jamyn Rukavina, a guest at the wedding, was outside the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd. in Waukesha, smoking a cigarette with another man. Steve Martin, the bartender at the wedding, said Rukavine was drunk and he stopped serving him earlier in the evening, “because he was being a jerk.”

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Delafield woman allegedly fights, bites officer during arrest

Feb. 04, 2013 11:35 a.m. |  A 23-year-old woman from Delafield was charged with resisting arrest and battery after allegedly biting a police officer during a Feb. 1 arrest in Waukesha for drunken driving.

Breanna K. Vetterman, N6 W31610 Huckleberry Way S in Delafield, was charged on Feb. 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and causing soft tissue injury, operating while intoxicated, second offense, and operating while revoked.

According to the criminal complaint:

A police officer initiated a traffic stop at approximately 12:20 a.m. on a vehicle with a burned out brake light on Sunset Drive in the City of Waukesha. The officer said the driver, Vetterman, allegedly smelled of liquor and had slurred speech. Vetterman told the officer at the time she only had one glass of wine, but later allegedly said she had two.

She failed several field sobriety tests administered, and had a reported value of .134 on a preliminary breath test. She was convicted of drunken driving in September of 2010, and as a result was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on her vehicle.

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Waukesha GuitarTown artist submission date extended to Feb. 21

Feb. 04, 2013 10:58 a.m. | The submission date for artists looking to paint a guitar for the Waukesha GuitarTown project has been extended by a few weeks.

Artists now have until 5 p.m. Feb. 21 to submit all the materials needed to the Waukesha GuitarTown Steering Committee. The original deadline was Jan. 31.

According to the Waukesha GuitarTown website, all applicants must be at least 18 years old and a Wisconsin resident.

They should submit the following:

  • Contact information (mailing address, phone, email and website if available)
  • Four photos (4x6) of current artwork clearly labeled
  • Detailed concept proposal with both visual (minimum front and back) and a written description of the concept

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Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

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