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Olympic gymnast Paul Hamm's dad nabs burglar at Waukesha home

Oct. 30, 2013 10:40 a.m. | The father of Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm caught a burglar who broke into his Waukesha home to steal his wife's painkillers, court records show.

Sandy Hamm set up cameras in the house after his wife, Colleen, noticed some of her hydrocodone pills had disappeared on Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.

On Sunday morning, Colleen Hamm pretended to leave the home, while Sandy Hamm hid in the basement, according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint says at 10:18 a.m., a woman, Amanda Michell, allegedly entered the home and went upstairs where the pills were. Sandy Hamm caught her and secured her hands with cable ties so she couldn't escape until police arrived.

Michell, 35, of Waukesha, is a coworker of Colleen Hamm's, and she admitted an addiction to painkillers, the complaint says. She is charged with three counts of burglary.

Howard again named interim Waukesha fire chief

Oct. 28, 2013 5:49 p.m. | Steve Howard has returned to the Waukesha interim fire chief position.

The Police and Fire Commission made its unanimous decision at a Monday meeting at the Fire Department's Station 1. 

It's a position Howard held for about a year from early 2012 to spring 2013 after former fire chief Allen LaConte retired to the time recently-demoted fire chief Jesse Alba was named chief in April. 

Howard has served as the city's assistant chief for the last 12 years and has been with the department for 25 years. 

An interim chief was needed since the PFC demoted Alba to the rank of firefighter two weeks ago.

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Waukesha man charged in card game stabbing

Oct. 28, 2013 12:19 p.m. | A 42-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with allegedly stabbing a man in the head after an argument on Friday, Oct. 18.

Gary Winters, 245 Hinman Ave. #1, was charged on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree reckless endangerment and battery.

According to the criminal complaint, Winters and his wife hosted several friends and family members at their house on the night of Friday, Oct. 18.

One of those friends, James C. Williams, told police in the complaint that him and his girlfriend were trying to leave the residence when Winters got upset and told them to stay. A fight then allegedly broke out between Winters, Williams, and a third man not currently facing charges, the complaint states.

Williams said he managed to leave the residence, but Winters allegedly ran up behind him with a butcher knife and cut the side of his head, the complaint states. 

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Waukesha man accused of blackmailing underage girl for nude photos

Oct. 28, 2013 12:12 p.m. | A 22-year-old Waukesha man was charged last week with several sex offenses, allegedly coercing a 14-year-old Maryland girl into sending him nude photos which he is accused of distributing.

Ryan Baltz was charged on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of child sexploitation and one count of child pornography possession.

Baltz could face altogether up to 105 years in prison and $300,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, detectives with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department were contacted on Aug. 6 by Maryland law enforcement officers about the suspected child pornography.

Waukesha City detectives were told in the complaint that Baltz had contacted a 14-year-old girl through the website MeetMe.com on April 22. According to the complaint, Baltz spoke to the girl by phone and told her that if she did not send him nude photos he would post her private information on the social media website.

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Former Waukesha fire chief appealing Police and Fire Commission's decision

Oct. 28, 2013 10:41 a.m. | Jesse Alba isn’t giving up.

Alba, the former Waukesha fire chief who was recently demoted to the rank of firefighter by the Police and Fire Commission for violating city and department rules, is appealing its decision.

According to his appeal filed Oct. 23, Alba, through his attorney, Victor E. Plantinga, is challenging whether there was “just cause” for his demotion.

As a result of the appeal, the PFC will forward the materials from the hearing (court reporter transcripts, briefs and exhibits) to the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Plantinga said the state statute says the Circuit Court must give this matter priority and schedule a trial within 15 days.

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Downtown Waukesha trick-or-treating is Saturday afternoon

Oct. 24, 2013 12:37 p.m. | Trick-or-treating takes place in the city and town of Waukesha on Halloween night. 

But kids can get an early start to their candy collection during the downtown's annual trick-or-treat event on Saturday.

Various stores and businesses will be participating in the event, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses typically have posters in their windows signaling their involvement.

Before that, the Waukesha Farmers Market will wrap up its 2013 season at the Riverfront Plaza. 

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City of Waukesha's Plan Commission approves town annexations

Oct. 24, 2013 12:57 a.m. | The City of Waukesha’s Plan Commission unanimously approved the annexations of two Town of Waukesha properties into the city Wednesday night.

The first was 1.34 acres at S24 W26190 Kensington Drive. This property, labeled as a “town island” since it is almost completely surrounded by the city, was seeking annexation to receive city sewer services.

The second annexation is 6.78 acres of property on the northwest corner of W. Sunset Drive and S. Prairie Ave. at the request of Sunset Prairie, LLC and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Waukesha County, Inc.

At the last Plan Commission meeting, a change in the comprehensive plan and land use plan was changed from industrial to commercial and another part to residential to make it uniform with the business district on Sunset.

While the first annexation didn’t receive pushback, the one at Sunset did from many in the audience.

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Waukesha City employees charged in scrap theft

Oct. 23, 2013 6:03 p.m. | After months of investigation, three employees with the City of Waukesha’s Public Works Department face charges of misdemeanor theft, allegedly scrapping city property for “donut money.”

Daniel Llanas, 57 of Waukesha; Steven Olson, 59 of Eagle; and Daniel Owens, 48 of Waukesha were each charged on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor theft.

Owens resigned from the city’s Police and Fire Commission in August after Mayor Jeff Scrima suspended him, citing the investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department

According to a city forensic audit report released at the time, over $20,000 in scrap metal was sold to Waukesha Recycling between 2009 and 2013. The report concluded that a lack of management oversight and ready access to cash are the primary factors contributing to the fraud.

District Attorney Brad Schimel said in an email that his office decided not to pursue felony charges against the men for a myriad of reasons, including the possibility that others were involved. 

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Need help digging up some family history?

Oct. 23, 2013 10:18 a.m. | The Waukesha County Genealogical Society (WCGS) will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha (parking lot adjoins the Waukesha Public Library).

Host Earl Capps will speak about what’s new on the Family Search website. Capps began doing genealogy research in 1969. He was the director of the Family Search Libraries for 2 1/2 years and has been a volunteer for 14 years.

Meetings are free. Individual membership is $12/yr. The WCGS brings beginning and experienced genealogists together on a regular basis to meet, discuss and learn. For more information, visit www.waukcgs.blogspot.com.
 

Families invited to tour Carroll University Friday

Oct. 23, 2013 10:16 a.m. | High school students and their families are invited to Carroll University from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. Students and their families have the option to attend two of four information sessions throughout the day, tour campus, and attend an academic fair and reception with faculty and coaches.

The sessions include information on the admission/transfer admission process and a financial aid session, a student panel with a question-and-answer session with current Carroll students and the student life option which informs prospective students about the variety of campus activities available.

To reserve a spot, call the Office of Admission at (262) 524.7220 or visit www.carrollu.edu/prospective/campusdays.asp.
 

Waukesha North, Greendale again claim state marching band titles

Oct. 21, 2013 9:32 a.m. | The dynasties continued their run of excellence at Saturday's Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships. 

Waukesha North won its seventh straight state title in the Class AAAA grouping (the large-school division), while Greendale captured its ninth straight championship in the Class AA division. 

The competition was held at Perkins Stadium on the campus of UW-Whitewater.

North, which won with 90.80 points, was followed by Waukesha West (89.55) and Oak Creek (88.10). This was the same finishing order as 2012 and 2011.

Waukesha West, which won seven titles from 1997 to 2006, has finished the runner-up to North each of the last seven years.

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Waukesha Now poll results printed incorrectly

Oct. 17, 2013 9:25 a.m. | The results of the online poll, "Do you approve the Town of Waukesha allowing its supervisors to attend meetings through video conferencing methods?" that appeared on Page 4 of Thursday's Waukesha Now, were incorrect.

The results were inverted. The correct results of the poll, as they were recorded Monday afternoon were:

Yes, communication can be in many forms these days and as long as the supervisor is staying informed I'm fine with it. (28%)


No, supervisors should be physically present at the meetings to know what's truly going on to make informed decisions. (72%)


Total Responses: 54

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Waukesha City Police bust Chicago fraud ring

Oct. 16, 2013 11:07 a.m. | Waukesha City Police believe they may have broken up an interstate fraud ring, with three Chicago men facing felony charges in Waukesha County for allegedly trying to purchase phones using false social security numbers.

Kyndall T. Barnes, 21; Tyrone S. Mixon, 22; and Robert L. Robinson, 22, were each charged on Oct. 14 with one count of misappropriating identification information to obtain money.

Robert L. Robinson, the alleged ringleader, was charged with a second count of misappropriating identification and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha City police officers were dispatched shortly after 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 to Verizon Wireless, 1200 W. Sunset Drive, after receiving reports of fraud in progress.

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Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba demoted to rank of firefighter, Police and Fire Commission rules

Oct. 14, 2013 4:25 p.m. | Almost two months after the first disciplinary hearing, the Waukesha Police and Fire Commission voted 3-1 to demote embattled fire chief Jesse Alba to the rank of firefighter.

The one vote against demotion was because one commissioner wanted to terminate Alba, who had been accused by the city violating its anti-harassment policy and other code of coduct rules.

Alba, on paid administrative leave since Aug. 21, said he asked a part-time female WFD employee to consider resigning on two occasions due to the difficulties both were having in getting past the affair the two had in 2012.

The woman, who has since resigned, denied they had a sexual relationship to the investigator and did not testify during any of the hearings.  

Alba didn't believe he violated any rules because he said it was a personal matter and didn't impact his professional work.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Mukwonago falters in fourth against CMH

Oct. 11, 2013 10:41 p.m. | In a game where the first pass for either team was tossed with 2:09 to go in the third quarter, it's somewhat ironic that the two biggest plays of the night were designed to go through the air.

Mike Schmidt caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cameron Krausert with 7:14 to play, giving Catholic Memorial a 14-10 lead on Mukwonago in a Classic 8 football contest Friday at Waukesha North. When the Crusaders' defense snuffed out a Mukwonago pass play on fourth-and-6 from the Catholic Memorial 9-yard line, the Crusaders had secured a gritty comeback win.

Mukwonago led after the third quarter, 14-0, though the Crusaders closed the period on the drive and scored on John Clark's 2-yard touchdown with 9:43 to play. On the ensuing series, Mukwonago attempted a fake punt from its own 23, a maneuver that collected just two of the necessary seven yards and put the Crusaders on the Mukwonago 25.

"That's my call, and it didn't work," Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson. "That's part of this job. That one's on me."

Three plays later, Krausert found Schmidt.

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No one injured in Town of Waukesha fire

Oct. 11, 2013 8:30 a.m. | Town of Waukesha - A fire at a home on Townline Road Thursday afternoon is under investigation. The house was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured battling the blaze.

According the a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, at about 4:33 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department, Village of Big Bend Police Department, members of the Town of Waukesha Fire Department, and nine other fire departments, responded to a residential structure fire at S62 W24220 Townline Road.

When officers arrived, flames were visible on the rear of the residence. According to reports, firefighters were on scene until around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Dan Finley will serve as Waukesha County Museum's interim leader

Oct. 10, 2013 2:23 p.m. | Following the departure of President and Chief Operating Officer Kirsten Lee Villegas, the Waukesha County Museum is turning to a familiar face to temporarily lead its organization.

Dan Finley, a former Waukesha County executive, has been named interim president and chief operating officer of the Waukesha County Museum.

Finley returns to Waukesha after leading the Autry National Center, a museum about the American West, in Los Angeles from 2010-12. He resigned in the summer of 2012 and had been retired for the last 16 months. 

Before that, Finley was the president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum for five years after serving as Waukesha County executive from 1991 to 2005.

Finley will lead the organization for approximately two months, as the museum board conducts a search for a long-term executive leader. His first day is Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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Waukesha County Museum CEO Kirsten Lee Villegas resigns

Oct. 10, 2013 12:01 p.m. | After five years at the helm, Waukesha County Musuem CEO/President Kirsten Lee Villegas has stepped down from her position.

She leaves the musuem to become the new state executive officer for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association.

According to a news release, she beat out more than 60 applicants in a statewide search.

She also becomes the first female executive in the WBA's 66-year history.

Villegas' last day at the museum was Sept. 27. She started her job at the WBA Sept. 30. 

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Warren announces resignation as Waukesha School Board president

Oct. 10, 2013 11:00 a.m. | Waukesha School Board President Dan Warren announced his resignation at Wednesday night's School Board meeting.

Warren will officially step down January 1, 2014, before relocating his primary residence to Florida.

Warren has served on the school board for 21 years. His current three-year term was set to expire in April 2015. 

The remainder of his term is expected to be filled by school board appointment.

He also served on the city's Water Utility Commission for a number of years.

Plan Commission approves preliminary plans for Waukesha State Bank

Oct. 09, 2013 7:11 p.m. | Waukesha State Bank received preliminary approval by the Waukesha Plan Commission to move to the new Woodman's property on Wednesday at City Hall.

While it still has to get final approval, it appears it will join Culver's as one of the future outlots at Woodman's, 1600 E. Main St.

Woodman's, on the city's northeast side, opened earlier this summer and can hold up to eight outlots. 

The proposed Waukesha State Bank would be located at 1640 E. Main St. Culver's is moving from its nearby location on Highway 164.

In other Plan Commission items, the Meijer development, which was up for final approval, was put on hold.

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Waukesha alderman Kalblinger resigns from his position

Oct. 09, 2013 3:06 p.m. | Three years after winning a recall election, Waukesha Alderman John Kalblinger is stepping down from his post.

"It has been an honor to work with you and a privilege to serve my neighbors," said Kalblinger in a resignation email to Common Council and city staff Oct. 2.

Kalblinger served Waukesha's 7th District on the city's south side.

His last day as alderman is Oct. 25.

In the email, Kalblinger said he has accepted "an employment opportunity elsewhere." 

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Two men charged in Waukesha woman's overdose death

Oct. 09, 2013 2:16 p.m. | Two men were accused on Tuesday of allegedly providing the heroin that caused the overdose death of a 21-year-old Waukesha woman.

Matthew C. Berg, 21, of Waukesha and Diono E. Hayes, 27, of Milwaukee were both charged on Oct. 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint:

Alexandra “Alex” Stellhorn was found by her mother laying in the fetal position in her closet the morning of Aug. 23, dead from an apparent heroin overdose.

Waukesha City Police found under the woman’s bed two blue pills, later identified as alprazolam. According to drugs.com, alprazolam is an anti-anxiety medication that works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain.

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Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Waukesha State Bank looking to come onto Woodman's property

Oct. 04, 2013 5:02 p.m. | Waukesha State Bank is looking to join Culver's as the next development on a Woodman's outlot in Waukesha.

The Plan Commission will hear a request at its meeting Wednesday for preliminary plans from the developers of the 4,950-square-foot bank, which would be located at 1640 E. Main St.

A 4,035-square-foot Culver's restaurant was recently approved at 1650 E. Main on Lot 6, north of E. Main St. and west of Highway 164. 

It will move from its nearby location at 1720 Highway 164 where it is currently surrounded by two car dealerships.

Gary Beres, who owns the Culver's on Highway 164 and also at 840 W. Sunset Drive, said in July a move to the Woodman's lot would allow better access for customers and a way to build a newer model.

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Waukesha man charged with secretly recording Swimtastic female locker room

Oct. 04, 2013 3:48 p.m. | A 34-year-old Waukesha man was charged Friday with allegedly secretly recording two females undressing in the staff bathroom at the Swimtastic Swim School in Waukesha.

Michael P. Coyle was charged on Oct. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of capturing an image of nudity without consent, one count of possessing marijuana and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia. 

Waukesha Capt. Ron Oremus said in a statement there were no concerns about cameras still being in the facility and that no evidence was found to suggest that Coyle recorded children.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Waukesha police offcer was dispatched to Coyle's home on Wednesday, Oct. 2 after his wife, Lilly, reported finding hidden cameras in the residence.

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A not-so-spooky fall event for the family at the museum tonight

Oct. 04, 2013 12:17 p.m. | The Waukesha County Museum invites you to its annual Night at the Museum beginning Friday evening. This year's theme is Wild West Showdown.

Based on the popular movie where the exhibits come to life after the sun goes down, the Waukesha County Museum brings local history to life within the downtown Waukesha museum's walls.

This year families are invited to romp through the Wild West as Annie Oakley guides your wagon train around exhibits meeting historical figures along the way. Watch for Pecos Bill, Davy Crockett and even corral broncos with Increase Lapham.

During your 40-minute journey you will work together to solve clues and puzzles to find the stolen horses and save the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

Waukesha County Museum's Night at the Museum is family friendly and appropriate for all ages. The tour is not scary or violent. Tickets are sold at the door and tours leave every 15 minutes.

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Meijer opponent proposes restrictions on Waukesha store

Oct. 04, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A Waukesha Common Council member who voted against rezoning a site for a proposed Meijer Inc. supermarket-discount store is now seeking to remove a gas station from the development, and restrict the store hours.

Ald. Steve Johnson's proposals are to be reviewed by the city Plan Commission at its Wednesday night meeting. Along with removing the gas station, Johnson's proposals would prohibit the store from operating 24 hours a day, according to the commission agenda.

The commission also is to consider final approval for the 192,940-square foot store and 2,509-square foot gas station on 29 acres at the southeast corner of Tenny Ave. and E. Sunset Dr.

Johnson was among the opponents when the council voted 12-3 in September to rezone the proposed Meijer site. 

Vinegar-soaked Waukesha man charged with burglary

Oct. 02, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Angel S. Diaz-Martinez, 1356 Dopp St., Waukesha, was charged on Sept. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary, felony criminal damage to property and illegal entry into a building.

According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21 to Apple Nutrition, 1400 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, after receiving reports of a burglary.

Store manager James Nowak said he showed up to open the business and found the glass front door smashed in with a wrought iron chair. Inside, the store appeared to be ransacked. Pungent vinegar and deep-red cherry juice was spilled out onto the floor and sales merchandise was strewn about. Footsteps from an Adidas shoe indicated the suspect fled west.

Dispatchers advised investigators that a suspicious man was being detained by police at 1081 Regent Road. The man, Diaz-Martinez, had red splotches on his pants and reeked of vinegar.

He was also wearing a shirt, believed to be stolen, which read: "It's Usually the Nuts that Change the World."

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Update: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound to head at Waukesha gun range

Oct. 01, 2013 4:25 p.m. | The man who shot himself in the head Tuesday afternoon at a Waukesha gun range has died, Waukesha police confirmed. 

Capt. Ron Oremus said Wednesday that the 60-year-old man was practicing at Fletcher Arms' indoor firing range before shooting himself in the head.

"It was an apparent suicide," Oremus said.

The subject was immediately transported via Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital for emergency medical care for his life-threatening wound, but was pronounced dead shortly after, Oremus said. 

Waukesha police responded to Fletcher Arms, 1441 E. Main St. just west of Highway 164, around 3:10 p.m. Tuesday after reports came in that a man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Rollover accident near airport in Waukesha

Oct. 01, 2013 12:16 p.m. | Fire and emergency crews are at a rollover accident involving two vehicles at Silvernail and Bluemound roads near the Waukesha County Airport.

Two vehicles collided around noon Tuesday. Information on injuries or cause is not yet available.

Community Watch

» Olympic gymnast Paul Hamm's dad nabs burglar at Waukesha home 10/30

» Howard again named interim Waukesha fire chief 10/28

» Waukesha man charged in card game stabbing 10/28

» Waukesha man accused of blackmailing underage girl for nude photos 10/28

» Former Waukesha fire chief appealing Police and Fire Commission's decision 10/28

» Downtown Waukesha trick-or-treating is Saturday afternoon 10/24

» City of Waukesha's Plan Commission approves town annexations 10/24

» Waukesha City employees charged in scrap theft 10/23

» Need help digging up some family history? 10/23

» Families invited to tour Carroll University Friday 10/23

» Waukesha North, Greendale again claim state marching band titles 10/21

» Waukesha Now poll results printed incorrectly 10/17

» Waukesha City Police bust Chicago fraud ring 10/16

» Waukesha Fire Chief Jesse Alba demoted to rank of firefighter, Police and Fire Commission rules 10/14

» Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll 10/14

» Mukwonago falters in fourth against CMH 10/11

» No one injured in Town of Waukesha fire 10/11

» Dan Finley will serve as Waukesha County Museum's interim leader 10/10

» Waukesha County Museum CEO Kirsten Lee Villegas resigns 10/10

» Warren announces resignation as Waukesha School Board president 10/10

» Plan Commission approves preliminary plans for Waukesha State Bank 10/9

» Waukesha alderman Kalblinger resigns from his position 10/9

» Two men charged in Waukesha woman's overdose death 10/9

» Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online 10/7

» Waukesha State Bank looking to come onto Woodman's property 10/4

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