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Brookfield Central turned in the top team score in the girls meet with 116 points to Bradley Tech's 84.
Marquette won the boys meet with 108 points. Brookfield East was second with 99.
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has nicked away at a recommended pay increase over the next four years for three elected officials: the sheriff, clerk of courts and county executive.
Rather than approve a 1% increase next year and a 2% raise in each of the succeeding three years, as recommended by two committees, supervisors voted Tuesday to cut back the sheriff's and court clerk's pay raises to 1% in the next two years and 1.5% in the last two years of the term. The board was slightly more generous with the county executive, allowing a 1.5% raise in the last three years of the next term.
The amended pay plan, approved 20-3, will save taxpayers $6,113 over four years for the three positions, compared with the original proposal.
For the first time, the elected officials will pay a share - 1% of their wages - toward the employee's share owed the Wisconsin Retirement System. Nonunion county employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2007, face a similar requirement.
As approved by the County Board and awaiting County Executive Dan Vrakas' signature:» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Mayor Jeff Scrima has scheduled separate meetings next month with Oak Creek Mayor Richard Bolender and Racine Mayor John Dickert to discuss purchase of Lake Michigan water from either of the potential suppliers.
On June 14, Scrima will meet with Bolender, Oak Creek City Attorney Lawrence Haskin and Water and Sewer Utility General Manager Steven Yttri at the utility offices in Oak Creek.
Dickert, Racine City Administrator Thomas Friedel and Water and Wastewater Utilities General Manager Keith Haas will meet with Scrima on June 30 at Racine City Hall.
Scrima has invited common council members to participate in the meetings, Common Council President Paul Ybarra said. Ybarra said Wednesday that he likely will join Scrima at the meetings.
Scrima and Ybarra met separately with Milwaukee Common Council members this month to discuss possible purchase of water from Milwaukee.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha Plan Commission on Wednesday will consider plans for a new 6,500-square-foot Advance Auto Parts store at 1617 Summit Ave., city records show.
Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts operates 3,462 retail stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and employs 50,00 people.
The company is publicly traded under symbol AAP and was trading near a 52-week high Wednesday.
The company posted net earnings of $109 million on sales of $1.8 billion in the quarter ended April 24, according to the company's website.
The Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St.
A Milwaukee woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Waukesha County alleging hiring discrimination based on race when she applied for a job four years ago.
The suit comes after the U.S. Justice Department decided not to intervene on her behalf.
Bernadine E. Matthews is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $500,000, according to the lawsuit filed by her attorneys in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday.
In July 2009, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found reasonable cause to think African-American applicants as a class, including Matthews, were discriminated against when they were excluded from consideration for hire by the county.
Conciliation efforts failed, according to the suit, and the Justice Department, declining to take action, told Matthews that she had 90 days - until Monday - to file a suit.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Most Waukesha bus service will not operate Monday, Memorial Day.
The services that won't operate include all Waukesha Metro and Metrolift services, routes provided for Metro Transit under contract by Wisconsin Coach Lines, and paratransit parallel corridor service operated by Transit Express.
Milwaukee County Transit System Route 10 - which operates from Brookfield Square to Bayshore Mall via Blue Mound Road, downtown Milwaukee and Humboldt Ave. - will operate Monday, but on a Sunday service schedule.
Waukesha — An Oconomowoc School District teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a girl he met and taught while he was a student teacher in the Waukesha district, according to Waukesha police and a criminal complaint filed Monday.
Bryan F. Wendt, 27, of Palmyra was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and two counts of child enticement.
Wendt taught at Waukesha's Central Middle School in the spring of 2008 and developed a friendship with the girl when she was an eighth-grader, the complaint says.
The friendship turned sexual in summer 2009, and Wendt admitted to investigators that he had sex with the girl numerous times between Aug. 17 and May 14, according to the complaint and Deputy District Attorney Stephen J. Centinario Jr.
The first incident occurred about a week before the girl's 15th birthday, Centinario told Commissioner Martin Binn during Wendt's initial court appearance Monday afternoon.» Read Full Article
Waukesha-based Baird Display has been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for an alleged willful violation of workplace safety regulations, the agency said Monday.
"We couldn't disagree with that more," said company president Neal Wickert. "We totally dispute the willful violation."
Baird Display plans to appeal the finding, Wickert said.
The company makes and distributes point-of-purchase displays.
In a statement, OSHA says it is proposing $60,750 in penalties against the company.» Read Full Article
Milwaukee and Waukesha officials met Monday but didn't resolve key questions around a possible sale of Milwaukee water to Waukesha.
Newly elected Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima had raised concerns about the sale during his campaign, prompting Milwaukee aldermen to question whether he was backing away from the deal his predecessor, former Mayor Larry Nelson, had sought to arrange. Monday's meeting between Scrima and Milwaukee Common Council leaders at Milwaukee City Hall was focused on getting acquainted and understanding each other's positions, rather than on negotiating a deal, said Scrima and Milwaukee council President Willie Hines Jr.
The officials discussed a proposed Milwaukee water rate increase, as well as the city's interest in an additional payment for water and a provision that the two communities refrain from wooing businesses from each other, but did not deal with Milwaukee's position that water customers must improve public transit and affordable housing, Milwaukee Ald. Bob Bauman said.
Scrima's water stand has set him at odds with his own city's council. The Milwaukee council leaders previously met with their Waukesha counterparts for a similar get-acquainted session.
Waukesha - Waukesha County incumbent Clerk of Courts Kathleen Madden and Sheriff Daniel J. Trawicki have both registered their candidacies for re-election on the Republican ticket this fall.
Trawicki, who is seeking a third term, could face a primary if two other registered candidates file nomination papers this summer.
One is Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant who became embroiled in a years-long legal battle with the town and its then police chief, Terry Martorano. The department has since been disbanded.
The other candidate is Michael Doud of Genesee, who registered as a candidate in December 2007. County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she had not heard from him since then. He could not be reached for comment Friday.
No other candidates have registered so far for the clerk of courts post. Madden will face her first election. She was appointed to fill a vacancy in October 2008, when the former clerk retired.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Water Utility Manager Dan Duchniak drove to Madison on Thursday and hand delivered the city's request to buy Lake Michigan water to state Department of Natural Resources officials, beginning a lengthy review process requiring approval of each of the eight Great Lakes states.
The application proposes diverting up to 10.9 million gallons of lake water per day after 2035 to serve an estimated 97,400 residents, as well as businesses and industries. In 2009, the city's average daily demand was 6.8 million gallons.
Waukesha would return almost all of the water that it buys to the lake as treated wastewater, under terms of a 2008 Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
The DNR will work with Waukesha over the next several months to draft a comprehensive environmental impact study for the plan, Water Division Administrator Bruce Baker said. The public will be given an opportunity to comment on the city's application and the impact study this year.
The department's role is to determine whether the application is complete and meets requirements of the Great Lakes protection compact, Baker said. Only then would the DNR approve it and forward it to the other states for review.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County health officials confirmed Monday that a norovirus is behind the outbreak of gastrointestinal illness reported by many of the 500 people attending a fund-raising luncheon last week at the Country Springs Hotel.
Julianne Klimetz, a county spokeswoman, said initial lab results confirmed the cause. In addition, investigators have confirmed that two people handling the food were ill at the time.
Health officials have not gotten reports of any secondary infection, in which someone who attended the lunch and became ill then spread it to someone else.
"It can be spread quite easily from one household member to another," Klimetz said.
Anyone who was ill should not prepare food and should wash hands thoroughly and wash down any kitchen or bathroom surfaces they come in contact with.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A Waukesha company and its owner have agreed to pay $50,000 in forfeitures and fines in connection with illegally transporting and burning demolition waste from a downtown Waukesha church that was destroyed in a December 2005 fire, the state Attorney General's Office said Monday.
Material hauled from Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave., and burned by Oliver E. Butterfield and Butterfield Trucking included floor tile that the Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory determined contained asbestos, the attorney general's office said.
Butterfield burned the waste in Genesee on June 25, 2006, according to the state.
It is illegal in Wisconsin to burn demolition waste in an open pit and it is illegal to transport and dispose of material containing asbestos without conforming to specific regulations designed to ensure safety, the state said.
Additionally, Butterfield and his company transported solid waste without the proper state licenses.» Read Full Article
Big Bend - A 21-year-old Waukesha man who is a registered sex offender has been arrested after he allegedly offered to buy four 16-year-old girls alcohol, Big Bend Police Chief Michael J. Hartert said.
The man had been stopped by a Waukesha County sheriff's deputy about 7:50 p.m. Friday for a vehicle equipment violation and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated.
During the traffic stop, the four girls approached a Big Bend police officer who was assisting the deputy and told the officer that the man approached them while they were in a store at Highways 164 and L and offered to buy them liquor, Hartert said in a news release.
The girls declined and left the Dollar Store Plus. They told the officer that the man then drove by them several times, Hartert said.
Police said the man is on probation and he is being held in jail on a probation violation. Hartert said police will seek to have the man charged with four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
As many as 250 new jobs are expected from a Waukesha Electric Systems expansion as the company prepares to build bigger power transformers that can cost up to $10 million each and weigh hundreds of tons.
The $70 million expansion, partly funded by $25 million in tax credits, is scheduled to start this year and take 18 months to complete. It will result in the addition of 100 permanent, full-time jobs beginning in late 2011 and about 250 jobs in three years, according to the company.
"We will start the design and engineering of the facility right away," said Tom Brockley, company president.
About 60 of the new jobs will be salaried, including engineers and supervisors. Hourly wages for the production employees would average $18.13, according to a company memorandum filed with the City of Waukesha.
Currently, the company has 520 employees in Waukesha and 320 at other locations, including a North Carolina factory.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Less than a month into his term as Waukesha's new mayor, Jeff Scrima is taking exception to aldermen who are embarking on their own public relations battle over the city's quest for Lake Michigan water.
Common Council President Paul Ybarra, Ald. Joan Francoeur and Ald. Rick Tortomasi are meeting with representatives of the City of Milwaukee on Wednesday while Scrima announced Friday that he would have the first of some upcoming meetings with three Milwaukee aldermen May 24.
Scrima said he asked Ybarra to wait and join in Scrima's meeting, but Ybarra declined.
"While Alderman are free to meet with whomever they want, the Mayor questions whether sending two delegations to Milwaukee is the best way to negotiate on behalf of the citizens of Waukesha, especially in light of the fact that the Milwaukee Council and Wisconsin Public Service Commission are currently seeking water rate increases of over 50% to outside suburbs," he wrote in a press release issued late Friday afternoon.
He invited any alderman to join him, City Administrator Lori Luther and Water Utility Manager Dan Duchniak at the May 24 meeting, as well as meetings he said would be scheduled with Racine and Oak Creek. Those communities are also possible sources of Lake Michigan water for Waukesha.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - While the Waukesha County Health Division hasn't ruled out other causes and has no confirmed lab tests yet, a norovirus is a likely culprit behind the gastrointestinal illness reported by 100 or more people who attended a charitable luncheon at the Country Springs Hotel this week.
"Norovirus seems to be likely," Julianne Klimetz, spokeswoman for the health investigators, said Friday. She stressed, however, that results of lab tests on samples won't be known until next week. E. coli bacteria was ruled out as a cause Friday.
Another 50 people who became ill after Tuesday's Women of Distinction awards luncheon had called the department early Friday on the heels of dozens of others reported Thursday.
About 500 attended the lunch, which raised money for the Women and Girls Fund of the Waukesha County Community Foundation and honored women leaders in the county. Anecdotally, the Journal Sentinel has heard from attendees who said at least half and often more of the guests at their 10-person tables became ill with intestinal distress.
The Health Division has a list of attendees and where each person sat. They've obtained a sufficient sample of cases and are following up with interviews, Klimetz said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash about 5:40 a.m. Friday at Arcadian Ave. and Highway 164, Waukesha police said.
A 22-year-old man was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa by Flight for Life, police said.
Two other people were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for treatment. Two of the three people injured were trapped in their vehicles as a result of the crash and rescuers had to free them, police said.
No other details about the crash were immediately available.
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 www.waukeshabypass.org/">www.waukeshabypass.org.
Waukesha - Salaries for three Waukesha County officials who face election in the fall and spring- the sheriff, clerk of courts and county executive - would increase 1% next year and 2% in each of the succeeding three years under a proposal scheduled for Personnel Committee review Tuesday.
While their pay would increase, the elected officials would for the first time have to pay 1% of their wages toward the employee's share due the Wisconsin Retirement System - a requirement imposed on all non-union employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2007.
County Executive Dan Vrakas, Sheriff Dan Trawicki and Clerk of Courts Kathleen Madden are nearing the end of their four-year terms. Candidates for sheriff and clerk of courts are elected in November; the county executive is elected in April.
Under the pay proposal:
The clerk of courts would earn $73,963 at the start of 2011 and $78,490 by the end of the next four-year term. Madden currently earns $73,231.» Read Full Article
Former Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson will return to the classroom in the fall after the Waukesha School Board approved a contract with him Wednesday, the same night it also voted to send layoff notices to 18 full-time teachers.
"I love teaching," Nelson said Thursday. "I'm looking forward to the challenges to do something different."
In approving Nelson's return, the school board was honoring a contractual agreement that allowed him to go on unpaid leave for four years when Nelson was elected mayor in 2006, Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said. His contract was approved 8-1 as part of the board's consent agenda, which included a number of other issues that are considered routine, with the only vote against the measure cast by new board member Steve Edlund.
Human Resources Director Jack Bothwell said Nelson's return did not trigger any of the layoff notices for the 2010-'11 school year, many of which were caused by expected enrollment drops. Some teachers also received layoff notices when department coordinators were returned to the classrooms because of budgetary concerns, he said.
"I hope we're able to call most of these back," Gray said. "I mean, we're trying to settle a contract. If that gets settled that could have an impact."» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board will be asked this month to add $400,000 more than previously budgeted for a new secure corridor for safer prisoner movement between the jail and courthouse, raising the total project cost by 20% to $2.4 million.
The project involves building a new, separate hallway and four-story security tower with holding cells, bathrooms, stairs and elevator to transport prisoners more safely between the jail and courtrooms on the first, second and third floors of the courthouse.
Anyone who pays a traffic fine in county court is helping to pay for it.
First, four committees will make their recommendations on the funding change, beginning with Public Works on Thursday. The County Board meets May 25.
The county spent $200,000 to study prisoner movement and court use in 2007 and set aside $115,000 for architectural planning last year and $1.7 million for construction this year. However, bids came in $650,000 higher than the budget.» Read Full Article
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has named an associate dean at Marquette University's College of Education as the next head of southeast Wisconsin's Catholic school system.
Kathleen Cepelka, who was the principal of Waukesha's Catholic Memorial High School for eight years before assuming her job as associate dean and director of teacher education at Marquette in 2007, is slated to start on July 1.
"Dr. Cepelka brings extraordinary credentials to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee," Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in a news release announcing her appointment. "She will be an asset to our school staff, parents, students and supporters of Catholic schools."
The archdiocese's search for a new school head was launched after former superintendent David Lodes resigned in January, following his arrest for second offense driving while intoxicated.
As superintendent, Cepelka will oversee 127 schools scattered across 10 counties in the archdiocese.
Six drop-off sites throughout Waukesha County collected a combined 4,688 pounds of medication from more than 2,000 vehicles Saturday in an effort sponsored by the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition.
The one-day collection offers a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs and prevent abuse and accidental poisonings. It also protects local waterways. Police will dispose of the drugs by incineration.
Of the drugs collected, 4,297 pounds were non-controlled substances, 265 pounds were controlled substances and 126 pounds were inhalants. By comparison, last year's collection brought in nearly 2,000 pounds less.
Drop-off sites were in Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee and Waukesha.
Waukesha - A 30-year-old Waukesha man was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two men during a fight early Sunday, Waukesha police said.
Police have referred the case to the Waukesha County district attorney's office and are seeking a charge of attempted homicide, Capt. Dennis Angle stated in a news release.
One man is in stable condition at Waukesha Memorial Hospital; the other was treated and released, Angle said.
A woman also was beaten in the fight and also was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Several other people were involved in the fight, which occurred in the area of N. Washington and Summit avenues in Waukesha, and charges may be filed against those involved, police said.
Wednesday is the last day for Waukesha taxpayers to receive guidance at the state Department of Revenue office there.
The agency said Monday it will close the office on Thursday as part of a policy announced in December 2007 to consolidate what were then 27 Revenue Department field offices into seven regional offices by the end of this year.
The seven regional offices will be located in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Wausau, and Chicago.
The Milwaukee office is located at 819 N. 6th St. and is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Its number is (414) 227-4000.
Households with unused, unneeded and perhaps outdated prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and treatments have a safe way to discard them Saturday, thanks to arrangements by many cooperating agencies throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
In Waukesha County, collections are from 9 a.m. to noon at Ruby Isle, Calhoun Road and North Ave. in Brookfield; at Community Memorial Hospital on Town Hall Road in Menomonee Falls; at the D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 W. Maple Ave., Mukwonago; at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave.; and at Waukesha State Bank, St. Paul Ave. and Madison St. in downtown Waukesha. A collection at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, 800 Main St., runs from 9 to 1 p.m.
In Milwaukee County, county residents can bring their medications to Miller Park's Sausage Haus between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
In Ozaukee County, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., collections are at the Ozaukee County Highway Department, 410 S. Spring St., Port Washington, and at the Milwaukee Area Technical College Mequon campus, 5555 W. Highland Road.
Kenosha County is collecting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kenosha County Job Center (Entrance D) at 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, and at the Kenosha County Center at 19600 75th St., Bristol.» Read Full Article
Town of Waukesha - A citizens group upset with two-thirds of the Town Board has collected more than enough signatures needed to stage a recall election and plans to turn them in Thursday.
Concerned Citizens of the Town of Waukesha wants to recall Town Chairman Robert Tallinger Sr. and Supervisor Stephen Smart because the two voted in favor of a land division that paves the way for the City of Waukesha to drill shallow wells near the Vernon Marsh.
The group contends that Tallinger and Smart should be recalled because the two were negligent in "protecting and promoting the Town of Waukesha's water supply."
Angie E. Van Scyoc, a spokeswoman for the group, said Wednesday that more than 1,800 signatures have been collected to recall each targeted official and the petitions containing the signatures will be turned in at the Town Hall at 3 p.m. Thursday.
The group had until 5 p.m. June 4 to collect 1,123 signatures, which is 25% of the number of votes cast by town voters in the last gubernatorial election.» Read Full Article
Knight — Authorities have identified the victim of an all-terrain-vehicle accident in far northern Wisconsin.
Iron County authorities said George Scheffler, 63, of Waukesha died in a crash that was reported Friday night in Iron County.
The sheriff's office has released few details about the accident.