Waukesha police called in the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad about 7 p..m. Friday to inspect and detonate a suspicious package found next to a downtown footbridge.
Police said that though the package did not prove to be dangerous it appeared to be designed to appear as though it was an explosive device.
The package was found at the Bryant foot bridge that leads from municipal lot No. 1 to Bank St.
The City of Waukesha has another candidate for the 2014 mayoral election.
Alderman Terry Thieme filed a campaign registration statement earlier this week, City of Waukesha Clerk-Treasurer Gina Kozlik said Thursday.
Thieme, who represents District 1 on the city's northeast side, is the second candidate to file for the position.
Downtown Waukesha attorney Shawn Reilly, 52, declared his candidacy a few weeks ago, while Mayor Jeff Scrima has not officially said whether he plans on seeking a second four-year term.
All the 36-year-old mayor said was "now's the time to do the work of running the city. It's not time to work on campaigning."» Read Full Article
– just not all of them right away.More murals will indeed be coming to downtown Waukesha
The Plan Commission unanimously approved 13 of the 14 murals that were presented Wednesday night.
The only mural the Commission had reservations with was the one representing Carroll University. The Commission said it lacked the university’s rich history and didn’t show diversity as well.
Members also wished the Carroll sign could have been more prominent. But because they are sponsoring the mural it could only be four inches in height. Other murals also have sponsorship logos, including ProHealth Care and We Energies, among others.
The Carroll mural design was done by a design team at Carroll and will be painted by an artist in Williams Bay. The design will come back before the Commission at a later date.» Read Full Article
Those against the new Meijer development came out in full force Wednesday night at Waukesha's Plan Commission meeting.
The residents, many of whom live near the proposed 192,940 square-foot retail store at the southeast corner of Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue, held yellow signs with the word "Meijer" slashed through it when they didn't like what they heard from the developers or the Plan Commission.
Nevertheless, the Plan Commission, after hearing a revised plan from City Planner Jennifer Andrews, unanimously approved the updates. This came after comments and a lengthy question and answer discussion that included residents, Meijer officials and Plan Commission members.
One update, after a traffic study, included having just one entrance and exit way on the west side, instead of two. Andrews also noted more landscaping would be going up to help block the noise and light on the 29-acre parcel of land.
For most residents and Alderman Steve Johnson, also in attendance at the meeting who represents this district, it wasn't enough.» Read Full Article
A formal complaint has been filed against new Waukesha fire chief Jesse Alba, City Administrator Ed Henschel confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Henschel said the complaint was sent to the Waukesha Police and Fire Commission Tuesday after Alba didn’t resign following an investigation that revealed alleged violations of city policy.
The investigation started in early June, less than two months after Alba was named fire chief, Henschel said.
Henschel said after the investigation was finished, he and Mayor Jeff Scrima met with Alba on July 3 and presented the investigator’s report. The investigation was conducted by an independent third party retained by the city.
“We listened to his side of the story,” Henschel said. “I didn’t know how he was going to react. I talked to him a couple times on resigning, but he has clearly stated he has no intention of doing that.» Read Full Article
A 56-year-old man is in stable condition after suffering non-life threatening injuries after he was clipped by a train around 5:03 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of Arcadian Ave.
Waukesha police and fire department officials responded to the scene and found the man lying next to railroad tracks. The man, who has not been identified, was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life.
A 64-year-old Milwaukee man was charged July 19 in Waukesha County with attempting to flee pursuing officers after he allegedly stole copper wire from a Waukesha business.
According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha City Police were alerted by a witness to the alleged theft at 8 a.m. on June 15. The witness said a man wearing a striped shirt had stolen the copper and then fled in an older blue station wagon.
An officer spotted the vehicle traveling on Highway 164 toward E. Broadway St. and began pursuit. At a red light the officer noted the vehicle’s license plate and tried pulling the station wagon over.
The vehicle turned and accelerated to 55 miles per hour on E. Moreland Boulevard before eventually entering onto I-94 East, according to the complaint. The station wagon reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour on the highway, according to the complaint, and struck an overpass after jumping a curb. The vehicle eventually exited onto Moorland Road. The officer decided to discontinue the pursuit, which spanned 6.8 miles, because of safety concerns.
The registered owner of the vehicle told police that she had loaned the car to her boyfriend, Landers, the morning of the chase, the complaint states. An officer identified Landers as the driver based on a booking photo.» Read Full Article
A 56-year-old man was found dead on a Waukesha bike trail Monday evening, but authorities do not suspect foul play.
The man, from the Town of Genesee, was found on the Drumlin Trail near Grandview Blvd. and MacArthur Road and had been riding his bicycle, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
The man did not have any scrapes, bruises or other visible injuries or trauma, and authorities believe the death may be related to a medical condition, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said Tuesday. The man's bicycle was found nearby.
The death remains under investigation.
Waukesha police have identified the victim in Sunday's crash in the 1100 block of E. Moreland Blvd. as 25-year-old Duab C.I. Xiong.
Capt. Ron Oremus said according to her driver's license, the woman is from Stevens Point.
The crash, which took place just before 4:45 a.m., occurred as Xiong tried passing left of the center line, Oremus said. But the car she was passing, turned left into her, Oremus added.
Speed was a factor in the crash, Waukesha police have confirmed.
No intoxicants were present at the scene of the crash, but police are waiting on Xiong's toxicology results.» Read Full Article