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Waukesha apartment damaged after boy sets bed on fire

March 10, 2013 1:52 p.m. | A four-year-old boy playing with a lighter set a bed on fire and caused about $15,000 in damages to a Waukesha apartment Sunday morning, authorities say.

The boy had been playing in a second-floor bedroom by himself and alerted his family that there was a fire on top of the bed, according to a news release by the Waukesha Fire Department Sunday.

The boy's family members called 911, threw a blanket on top of the flames and waited outside the apartment building in the 1700 block of Elder St. for firefighters to arrive.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control. No one was injured, but the building and its contents sustained $15,000 in damages, battalion chief Joe Hoffman said. Only the bedroom had fire damage, but the rest of the apartment was smoke damaged. None of the adjacent apartments were affected.

The apartment building houses 16 apartments, authorities said.

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WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

Waukesha school district's annexation petition will be discussed Wednesday

March 08, 2013 6:26 p.m. | The Waukesha School District is protecting a 14-year-old investment in vacant land as a possible school building site by seeking annexation of the 127-acre property to the city, a district official said.

Annexation is the district's only route to municipal water and sewer services for the land immediately west of Merrill Hills Road now that the Waukesha Town Board has cut the property out of the city's future service area, Superintendent Todd Gray said.

The land is the district's primary site for construction of one or two new schools when needed, and the availability of municipal services is at the heart of the plan, according to Gray.

"A middle school or large elementary school would not function well without municipal water and sewer," he said.

In late January, the Town Board decided to include a small northern portion of the municipality in Waukesha's service area submitted as part of the city's request for Lake Michigan water.

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Waukesha County Airport's air traffic control tower scheduled to close April 7

March 07, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Kurt Stanich, manager of the Waukesha County Airport, knew the outlook was bleak when he heard from the Federal Aviation Administration that the airport's air traffic control tower was on the chopping block.

But he was hopeful last week that the tower could be saved despite federal budget spending cuts to a number of programs nationwide that are forcing agencies to slash five percent from their overall budgets.   

However, Midwest ATC Services, Inc., which operates Waukesha County Airport/Crites Field, recently informed the airport that the tower would be one of 173 across the country that will close April 7. 

While most are regional and smaller airports, the towers closing represent 40 percent of all towers in the U.S.

Workers in the control tower are "the communication" and "the eyes" for the ground and the pilot, Stanich said. It's a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled air space.

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Ohio dairy processor offers $5.5 million for Golden Guernsey

March 04, 2013 8:16 p.m. | An Ohio dairy products company that supplies Costco stores has offered $5.5 million for the Golden Guernsey Dairy plant in Waukesha, a court filing shows, but the offer rejects the labor contract that was in place at the plant.

The parent company of Superior Dairy Co. of Canton, Ohio, submitted the offer and put down a $500,000 deposit, according to the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Golden Guernsey closed two months ago and filed for bankruptcy a few days later.

A Los Angeles private-equity firm that bought the company in 2011 shut it down suddenly, resulting in the loss of more than 100 jobs and ending an 83-year legacy in the Milwaukee area.

But the company could be revived under Superior Dairy Co.'s offer, which would keep the dairy plant intact.

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