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Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW

Dec. 28, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Winter can feel pretty long in Wisconsin, especially once all the holiday hoopla is over.

In that spirit, MyCommunityNOW invites you to check out our special WhatNOW? section for some tips on how to stay busy this winter. You'll find a list of stories on interesting winter activities, a map of some great places to spend time this winter and more.

We also invite you to share your own ideas on what you like to do during the winter. Your comments may appear in a future issue of NOW newspapers.

WhatNOW? A guide to staying busy this winter.

Associated Bank in Waukesha robbed

Dec. 26, 2012 8:34 p.m. | The Associated Bank, 1270 W. Sunset Drive in Waukesha, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money shortly before 1:30 p.m., Wednesday by a man who implied he had a weapon, police said.

Police were searching for the man, described as white or Hispanic, 28- to 35-years-old, 6 feet to 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighing between 215 and 230 pounds.

The man has several small tattoos under his right eye, possibly stars, and was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call (262) 524-3831.

Associated Bank on Sunset in Waukesha robbed

Dec. 26, 2012 3:32 p.m. | A man who said he’d blow up the bank if he didn’t get money robbed an Associated Bank on Sunset Drive in Waukesha around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police evacuated bank employees to a restaurant next door.
The suspect, who reportedly has a line of stars tattooed under his right eye, is believed to have fled in a dark-colored Jeep or minivan.

State hands Town of Waukesha a water decision deadline

Dec. 18, 2012 10:14 p.m. | The clock is ticking and the Town of Waukesha is running out of time to decide whether it wants to join the City of Waukesha's precedent-setting request for Lake Michigan water.

State Department of Natural Resources Water Division Administrator Ken Johnson has given the Town Board until the end of January to signal its intent or be cut out of the process.

If the board has not announced a decision by Feb. 1, the DNR will ask the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to exclude the town from a future water service area plan that would be submitted to the other Great Lakes states as part of the city's application, Johnson says in a letter to Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc. The letter was mailed to the town Monday.

The Town Board was to meet behind closed doors Wednesday morning during a special meeting to discuss the city's future water service area. Van Scyoc said Tuesday she would not comment on the letter before Wednesday's meeting.

Under state law, each municipality included in the designated water service area must approve the plan, according to Johnson.

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Waukesha police address rumors of planned school shooting

Dec. 18, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the Waukesha Police Department has been receiving calls since late afternoon on Monday about a rumor circulating on Facebook of a possible shooting that may occur on Friday at Waukesha North High School.

However, he said, at this point, the information stems from rumor and not a specific threat.

Nevertheless, Habanek added that the department will have an extra police presence surrounding North, as well as Waukesha West and Waukesha South on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

While the rumor is said to be at North, he said the department is taking extra precaution at the other two schools. 

He added, from his knowledge, a student overheard the rumor.   

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Second phase of Shoppes at Fox River sold

Dec. 14, 2012 10:22 a.m. | Opus Development Corp. said Friday it has sold the second phase of The Shoppes at Fox River retail center in Waukesha to Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust.

The sale, which includes an adjoining 12.2 acres of land, closed Thursday. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Construction on the second phase of The Shoppes at Fox River, 1200 W. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, began in May 2012. The development totals more than 47,000 square feet of retail space on 6 acres that formerly housed a Fleming Cos. food distribution center. Tenants include T.J. Maxx, Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, rue21 and Charming Charlies, according to Opus.

Ramco also purchased the 273,000-square-foot first phase of the shopping center in December 2010. Tenants include Target and Pick 'n Save.

Waukesha man sentenced to prison after embezzlement

Dec. 13, 2012 10:10 a.m. | A Waukesha man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison on counts of wire fraud and filing a false tax return after embezzling more than $800,000 from his former employer, Heim Manufacturing Corp. in Sussex.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sentenced John Losee to 21 months in prison Wednesday and also gave him four years of probation.

Losee originally ran JFL Manufacturing, a machine parts company. The firm failed and was taken over by a creditor, and it became Heim, where Losee worked. As the general manager, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the machine parts manufacturer.

Losee created a phony vendor and arranged for 220 checks to be written to the fake vendor, according to court documents. The money went into Losee's account. He failed to pay $165,000 in taxes from 2003 to 2009.

A lawsuit filed by Heim against Losee is pending in Milwaukee County court.

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Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Developer proposes 224 apartments for Waukesha's east side

Dec. 12, 2012 8:00 a.m. | An apartment development with 224 units is being proposed for a vacant site on Waukesha's east side.

Morgensen Realty Co., of Delafield, has submitted conceptual plans for the development, known as Broadway Commons, for a 19-acre site at 1910 E. Broadway St., east of Les Paul Parkway.

The apartments would be in four 50-unit buildings, as well as two 12-unit buildings, said Doug Koehler, city planner. The buildings would have two to three stories.

Morgensen didn't return my call seeking more information.

The city Plan Commission is to review the proposal at its Wednesday meeting.

Waukesha man involved in police standoff allegedly threatened to kill police

Dec. 11, 2012 10:47 p.m. | WAUKESHA - Shocking new details about a police standoff with a man involved in a domestic dispute.

Details of the minutes after the man's arrest are chilling. Even more frightening  the ongoing threats his wife describes to police inside these court documents.

Kelly Shaw evaded a S.W.A.T. team outside his Waukesha home for four hours last week.

It ended in a peaceful arrest. But new details describe a man far from peaceful.

According to court documents, Shaw told police after his arrest quote:

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West Waukesha Bypass comment period ends Monday night

Dec. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | There are only a few more hours to express your opinions on West Waukesha Bypass. 

The public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed West Waukesha Bypass ends at midnight tonight (Dec. 10).

Emails can be sent to westbypass@waukeshacounty.gov.

Town residents and the Town Board took a stand against the four-lane bypass on the west side of Waukesha (between Interstate 94 and Highway 59) at a meeting last week. 

Town of Waukesha votes down West Waukesha Bypass

Dec. 06, 2012 12:18 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha Board and its residents made their stance of opposition very clear on the West Waukesha Bypass at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting.

The Board voted, 4-1, on four resolutions against the building of the bypass, a project that plans to connect Highway 59 and Interstate 94 on Waukesha's west side. The project was first introduced 60 years ago.

Among the resolutions the Town voted against was the Pebble Creek alternative that would see the bypass go through Sunset Drive and Highway 59.

Many of the Town residents, who spoke for almost two hours during the public comment portion of the meeting, said they didn't support it when it was first introduced and aren't going to support it now.

Reasons for opposition ranged from safety concerns with Meadowbrook School nearby, taking away green space and the rural atmosphere the Town provides, decreased property values, noise concerns and pollution.

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Waukesha neighborhood holding annual food drive for county pantry on Saturday

Dec. 06, 2012 11:03 a.m. | When Dave Rebro stopped by the Food Pantry of Waukesha County 11 years ago to drop off a check for the organization on behalf of a few neighborhood families, he and the others he was with - especially the children - couldn't believe what they were seeing.

They saw a parking lot filled to capacity. And they saw a line that wasn't getting shorter.

"We were all so surprised that day how the clients looked and dressed just like us," said Rebro of Waukesha, who was part of a group who decided to donate money to the organization over a Thanksgiving meal. "It really hit home that a situation could easily arise that could put any one of us in that receiving line. That really opened our eyes and touched our hearts.”

So much so, that they started a community-wide effort to help those families who are using the Food Pantry.

They officially launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food and Fund drive the year after, and a decade later their effort is going strong.

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Woman who left Waukesha residence after domestic violence incident found in Pewaukee

Dec. 05, 2012 2:46 p.m. | The woman who was missing after a domestic violence incident in Waukesha was found in Pewaukee this afternoon.

According to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Habanek of the Waukesha Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Fay Shaw was at a relative's house.

Police say Shaw was not injured and was in good condition.

Habanek said Shaw "apparently left her residence (3001 E. View Drive, Waukesha) last night before officers responded because she felt threatened."

At 6:18 a.m. this morning, the Waukesha Police Department received a call regarding a domestic violence incident. Once at the residence, officers were unable to contact the suspect or victim.

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Waukesha Police arrest three in pharmacy robberies

Dec. 04, 2012 9:34 a.m. | Police have arrested three suspects in two recent armed robberies at Waukesha pharmacies.

On  Nov. 19 at 4:09 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Walgreens Pharmacy at 221 E Sunset Drive where a suspect covering his face displayed a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
On Nov. 26 at 1:46 p.m. there was an armed robbery of Valu Care Pharmacy at 501 S Grand Ave. where a suspect covering his face implied a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics. No one was located or arrested at that time. 
The arrests were made over the weekend.  The suspects, who are all in their 20s, are all from Waukesha.
Charges have not yet been referred, but may be sent over to the District Attorney’s Office for review by the end of this week or the beginning of next week.

Three held in Waukesha pharmacy robberies

Dec. 04, 2012 9:18 a.m. | Three suspects, including a 24-year-old Waukesha woman, are in custody in Waukesha County in connection with two recent armed robberies at two pharmacies, Waukesha police say.

The two other suspects are a 23-year-old Waukesha man and a 26-year-old Waukesha man. The female suspect is believed to be the driver in connection with the armed robberies.

The first robbery occurred on Nov. 19 at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 221 E. Sunset Drive. In that robbery, a suspect covering his face displayed a handgun and robbed the pharmacy of narcotics.

The second robbery occurred on Nov. 26 at Valu Care Pharmacy, 501 S. Grand Ave. In that incident, a suspect armed with a handgun robbed the pharmacy of narcotics.

The investigation is continuing, police said.

MetalTek acquires Florida manufacturer

Dec. 03, 2012 10:54 a.m. | MetalTek International, a metals technology company based in Waukesha, said it has bought Specialty Maintenance and Construction Inc., which provides close-tolerance fabricating and machining services.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specialty Maintenance and Construction, commonly known as SMCI, is based in Lakeland, Fla.

"The breadth and depth of MetalTek's product and service package is further enhanced by the considerable offerings of our new partner SMCI," Robert Smickley, chief executive of MetalTek, said in a statement announcing the acquisition.

MetalTek, a privately held company, employs 1,400 people and has operations in Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee as well as the United Kingdom.

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