West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.
That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."
Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.
What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.
Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.» Read Full Article
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.
Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.
Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.
Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.» Read Full Article
Part of Lawnsdale Road will be closed from Monday, Aug. 4, to about Aug. 14 so that a failing cross culvert can be replaced.
The section to be closed by the Waukesha County Department of Public Works is between Racine Avenue and Guthrie Road. The culvert is west of Racine Avenue.
A detour will be posted.
From the east, drivers are advised to take Racine Avenue south to National Avenue that will take them west to Guthrie Road which will take them back to Lawnsdale.
From the west, drivers are advised to take Guthrie Road south to National Avenue east to Racine Avenue and then north back to Lawnsdale.
A former New Berlin high school teacher accused of stealing 18 laptops from the school was charged Monday with four counts of misdemeanor theft.
Amanda Rhyner, 27, a former high school English teacher, will make her first court appearance on Aug. 11.
According to a criminal complaint:
School officials at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School first became aware of a possible theft when a Waukesha man contacted Dell to change the ownership information. Dell, in turn, notified the school, which had registered the laptop.
School officials spoke to the Waukesha man who said he purchased the laptop from Rhyner in September for $100. The man provided emails and a phone number that matched Rhyner's contact information.» Read Full Article
Wisconsin State Fair is the can't miss summer event of the season. With more than 30 free stages of entertainment, 100 different foods on a stick, and a cornucopia of cream puffs, what more could a Wisconsinite want?This year's
The fair runs Tursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.
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1. The Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit
For all the history buffs out there, the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit at the south end of the Exposition Center is the place to be. The exhibit includes pieces from iconic fair favorites, such as the original cream puff, Mille's Sausages, the Giant Slide and more. Test your knowledge after checking out the retro displays and take a fair quiz for a chance to win some fairy cool prizes.» Read Full Article
A jury trial has been ordered to begin Oct. 28 for state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) on sexual assault charges, online court records show.
Kramer, the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly, was charged in March with two felony charges of second-degree sexual assault stemming from an incident three years ago.
According to the Waukesha Freeman, Kramer's attorney Eduardo M. Borda said Friday that Kramer will fight the allegations that he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party event at a Muskego tavern in 2011.
The assault charges were filed this spring after Kramer drew widespread criticism for allegedly harassing two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist, in a more recent case.
Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.» Read Full Article
The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.
A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.
Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.
Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.
The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.» Read Full Article
holding up a New Berlin pharmacy with a shotgun Wednesday, authorities said Friday.A 43-year-old Milwaukee man is under police custody at a local hospital after
The man entered New Berlin Pharmacy, located in a strip mall on Greenfield Ave., with a shotgun about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after he was denied a prescription refill. Customers and employees fled when they saw the weapon, someone called 911, and the pharmacist filled the man's prescription.
Then the pharmacist coaxed the shotgun away from the man and escaped through the back door, leaving only the suspect in the store, police said.
The suspect surrendered to police about 6 p.m. and was later taken to a local hospital, where he remained under observation as of Friday morning, according to a news release. Police said he will eventually be taken to the Waukesha County Jail on several criminal charges, which have not yet been referred to the district attorney's office.
There were no injuries during the incident, authorities said.
The mall had been placed under lockdown after a man with a gun was reported at a pharmacy, the station reported.
Police, including heavily armed officers and an armored personal carrier, were called to the area of W. Greenfield Ave. and S. Sunny Slope Road about 5 p.m., according to the station.
"It was pretty scary to see all those guns," said David Hill, 57, of Pewaukee, who was among hundreds of motorists detoured around the area by police.
People at businesses in the mall were ordered to remain inside, Channel 4 reported.» Read Full Article
A self-storage operation and a coffee shop will be built on the former Salentine Buick property, S66 W14444 Janesville Road.
The project received the approval of the Muskego Plan Commission last week and allowed Alex Simic, owner of Storage Master, to obtain a building permit from the city.
He said he has an accepted offer on the property that has been vacant since the iconic dealership closed in February 2013.
The dealership building will get a face-lift and white fencing and arbor vitae will be added to screen the operation from neighbors and motorists. Simic said he wants the self-storage units open by Thanksgiving. The outdoor boat storage should be open in October.
Simic plans to create a coffee shop that he said will have the look and feel of an upscale Starbucks. He wants it to become a community gathering place. Besides coffee, hot chocolate, bakery and what he calls light-bites, he will offer board games such as chess and Risk, he said.» Read Full Article
Costco Wholesale Corp. is proposing to develop a store in New Berlin, and possibly a Pleasant Prairie location, as the retailer continues to build its Milwaukee-area presence.
The 156,000-square-foot store, along with a separate gas station, would be developed at 15300 W. Grange Ave., said Greg Kessler, New Berlin community development director. That vacant site is at the northeast corner of Grange Ave. and Moorland Road, south of I-43.
Costco wants to begin construction later this year, and have the store open by August 2015, Kessler said Thursday.
A typical Costco store has around 175 to 200 full- and part-time employees, according to the proposal.
The city Architectural Review Committee is to review the plans at its Monday meeting. Along with site plan approval, the development's proposed gas station requires a conditional use permit from the city.» Read Full Article