Waukesha FYI reports.Mayor Larry Nelson says he supports exempting cigar bars from current bids to enact a state-wide smoking ban in public places,
Waukesha - "Good Morning America," the ABC news show that broadcast from the home of a Waukesha couple this morning, delivered two truckloads of food to America's Second Harvest of Wisconsin.
One truck contained 25,000 boxes of macaroni and cheese, donated by Kraft Foods. The second truck was loaded with apples, donated by Wal-Mart.
Gina Styer of Second Harvest said the agency supplies food to 1,100 distribution outlets in eastern Wisconsin.
The donations, she said, will help Second Harvest, which has seen demand for food donations increase 26% during the past seven months.
The crew of Good Morning America visited the home of Mike and Kelly Schmitt, who are worried about the economic downturn and job loss as they expect the birth of their first child.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A 50-year-old Waukesha man who was accused of sexually assaulting a girl and boy was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison.
Gregory P. Williams also was ordered to serve 10 years of extended supervision when he is released, under the sentence handed down by Judge Lee S. Dreyfus Jr.
He was charged in May with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with indecent touching of the girl in June 2006 and June 2007, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
He was charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with indecent touching of the boy sometime between June 1, 2007, and May 12, 2008, the complaint says.
He pleaded guilty in February to one count of first-degree sexual assault and was convicted. As part of a plea agreement, the other two counts were dismissed but considered for sentencing purposes.
flood warnings for the Root River at Franklin and the Fox River at Waukesha. Scattered thunderstorms continue to drop moderate to heavy rain on portions of southeast Wisconsin at this hour, the weather service said.The National Weather Service has issued
Waukesha West High School finished second to a rival from California on Saturday as it competed in its eighth national Academic Decathlon competition.
The team won the national title in 2002 and has come close to repeating several times, including last year, when it also lost to Moorpark High School from Moorpark, Calif., by the equivalent of a single question.
This year's margin was a little larger - the equivalent of about 16 questions - lessening the heartbreak a bit, said Duane Stein, the coach of the squad.
"Strangely enough, that makes it a little bit easier," Stein said.
This year's group included more new recruits, while last year's team was mostly returning members, said senior Jeff Spence, who competed with the squad for the last three years.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Police-operated cameras will soon keep watch over the historic downtown shopping and entertainment district.
Waukesha, which is contending with fights and other problems as it seeks to transform its downtown into an area of trendy stores and nightlife, is one of the first communities outside of Milwaukee and Racine to install police-monitored cameras.
"More than anything, I believe the cameras will be a deterrent," said Roger Igielski, a downtown business owner. "The cameras will cause people to behave better. It'll help identify some people who are misbehaving. That would be good."
Problems downtown with drunkenness, minor robberies, fighting and drugs usually happen after midnight, when regular customers have left downtown, Igielski said.
"I think most of the people who come downtown are good people, and the cameras will help them be good people," Igielski said. "I've heard people say there's an intrusion of privacy with the cameras. The way I look at it is if you're behaving yourself, you have nothing to worry about. We just want people to behave and respect the property down here."» Read Full Article
Susan N. Dreyfus, the daughter-in-law of the late Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus, has been named the head of the Department of Social and Health Services for the state of Washington.
Gov. Chris Gregoire made the appointment. Dreyfus is currently executive vice president for strategy with Rogers Behavorial Health System Inc., and is a former senior vice president and chief operating officer of the National Alliance for Children and Families and Families International.
"Susan brings an outstanding record of accomplishment, particularly in the areas of child welfare and mental health services," Gregoire said in a statement.
The agency Dreyfus is taking over is Washington state's largest agency, with more than 19,000 employees and a combined state and federal two-year budget of nearly $20 billion.
Dreyfus, 51, is a former administrator of the state Division of Children and Family Services within the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. She also served on the Wisconsin State Legislative Council on Adoptions.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Salvation Army is adding a second Waukesha elementary school to its Snack Pack program, which distributes food to students in backpacks.
Started last fall at Whittier Elementary School, where 67 families are being served, the program is expanding to Saratoga Elementary School starting Friday, said Rachel Fjellman of the Waukesha Salvation Army. This is National Volunteer Week. St. Luke's Lutheran Church is helping make the expansion possible by offering volunteers, Fjellman said.
To donate non-perishable food or to volunteer, contact The Salvation Army at (262) 547-7367.
Waukesha FYI recounts the city's difficulties with Sanchez.
A lawsuit filed by five Wisconsin school districts over investments that have gone sour should be tried in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Attorneys for two investment banks named in the lawsuit, Stifel Nicolaus & Co. and Royal Bank of Canada, had tried to have the case removed to federal court after it was filed in September.
The lawsuit filed by the Kenosha, Kimberly Area, Waukesha, West Allis-West Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay school districts contends that the districts were misled by the banks into investing $200 million in risky securities that have since lost most of their value.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Rudolph Randa said the banks did not provide enough evidence to overcome a presumption favoring a trial in the court chosen by the districts.
Randa's decision means that unless the banks appeal his decision, the case can go forward in state court, generally seen as a more favorable forum to plaintiffs.
Waukesha - A second homicide charge was filed Thursday against a Waukesha woman who is accused of providing methadone on separate occasions to two people who then overdosed and died.
Nina E. Pudil, 34, gave liquid methadone to Donald G. Arnold, 40, who was found dead March 31, 2007, at the Airport Lodge in the City of Pewaukee, where he lived, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Pudil is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the case and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
In February, Pudil and Aaron B. Schmoller, 30, of Waukesha, were charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the methadone overdose death of Nola K. Heinowski, 46, of Waukesha.
In the Arnold case, Pudil gave some of her methadone to Arnold after a night of drinking and partying, the criminal complaint says.» Read Full Article
Despite a challenge from elementary school mother Mary Boudry, Waukesha School Board incumbents Patricia Madden, Dan Warren and Patrick McCaffery maintained their seats on the board after Tuesday’s election.
Click here for more information on this race.Incumbent 1st District Ald. Terry Thieme heald off a re-election challenge from John Holst.
Several members of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's governing commission on Monday asked Waukesha officials to give the commission a briefing on the city's proposed use of Lake Michigan as a source of drinking water.
At a meeting Monday, the commission's Operations Committee agreed to wait for the briefing before it acts on a proposed $40,000 study of the impacts of discharging all of Waukesha's treated wastewater in the future to a small stream in Wauwatosa.
Discharging to Underwood Creek, a tributary of the Menomonee River, is one of Waukesha's options for returning water to Lake Michigan – if the city receives approval of each of the eight Great Lakes states to use Lake Michigan as its water supply.
Waukesha has agreed to pay MMSD up to $40,000 to do the Underwood Creek impact study, Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson said Monday. MMSD staff is seeking the commission's approval to conduct the analysis.
Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said city officials will schedule a briefing in May on its plan to withdraw water from the lake.
Waukesha — Police responded to a fight at Butler Middle School on Thursday night involving five boys, one of which claimed to have a gun, police said.
Eble Park Ice Arena, 19400 Blue Mound Road, will be closed for routine maintenance from April 9 through May 17.Town of Brookfield -
Skaters can use Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, open seven days a week. Public skating hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
Admission rates are $5.50 for adults and $4 for those under 18 or 60 years and older. Adult open hockey is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. for $6 – full equipment, including a helmet is mandatory.
Discounted rates are available for school and group outings. Contact Naga-Waukee for more information at (262) 646-7072 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Eble for more information at (262) 784-7512 or e-mail email@example.com.» Read Full Article
Foremost Farms USA, a Baraboo-based dairy cooperative, has sold its milk processing plants in Waukesha and De Pere so that it can focus on wholesale markets and get out of the retail milk business.
The plants have been sold to Dean Foods Co., of Dallas, the nation's largest processor of milk and other dairy products.
With 282 employees, the plants will continue operating and buying milk from Foremost Farms, according to Dean.
The sale includes the Golden Guernsey and Morning Glory brands. Terms were not disclosed, but the result of the sale means that Foremost will concentrate on its wholesale businesses of cheese, butter and dairy-product ingredients.
The dairy industry has been transformed through large waves of consolidations.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Moor Downs, the venerable golf course with ties to Waukesha's historic springs era, posted a $186,000 loss last year, prompting county officials Wednesday to wonder aloud if the links should be closed to stop the flow of red ink.
"If we're having trouble paying for human services, we're not going to put (tax) levy into the golf courses," Norm Cummings, director of county administration, told the County Board Finance Committee as it reviewed the 2008 fiscal performances of the county's three courses.
Originally built in 1915, the Moor Downs course was an addition to the renowned Moor Bath Hotel and Spa, now used for the county Department of Health and Human Services. The nine-hole course is seen as links for youth, novice and senior golfers.
The only county-owned course posting a gain was Naga-Waukee. County records show it made $115,977 last year.
Like Moor Downs, Naga-Waukee sold fewer rounds, which was blamed on the late start of the season, an unseasonably cool May, significant June rain and an early end to the season, a committee report says.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha police are recommending that four 15-year-olds be charged in Juvenile Court with disorderly conduct over accusations they traded on their cell phones a nude photo of a girl.
Waukesha police included the girl whose photo was passed around in the charge recommendations, Capt. Mark Stigler said Wednesday.
The photo may have ended up on at least 150 cell phones, prompting police to urge parents to check their children's phones and delete any illicit photos.
The girl, a Waukesha West High School student, sent the photo to her boyfriend when she was 14. When the two broke up, he forwarded it to other students, using his cell phone, police say. Police learned of the photo Feb. 16.
The teens referred to the Waukesha County district attorney's office are those directly involved, police say. They could be charged with felony possession of child pornography, but Stigler said detectives recommended a lesser charge because they don't believe there was malicious intent in sending the photo.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A fourth person was charged Wednesday in connection with crack cocaine sales at a downtown Waukesha apartment that police raided on March 25.
Kristina K Salvadori, 21, of Waukesha, is charged with three counts of manufacturing/delivering cocaine and two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Salvadori lives at the apartment at 319 W. Main St. that police raided.
Salvadori delivered crack to a confidential police informant on Feb. 16 and March 20, court records say. In the March 20 incident, the informant had arranged to buy crack from Tina M. Bogues, 23, of Waukesha, and Salvadori delivered it, according to the complaint.
Last week, Bogues and two others were charged in connection with illegal drug sales after the raid.» Read Full Article