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Delafield Town adopt vacation rental code

March 25, 2014 9:05 p.m. | Town of Delafield - With little debate, the Town Board tonight quickily and uanimousy adopted a new local code that requires property owners to obtain a town permit before placing their homes on the vacation rental market.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter credited the Plan Commission wilth crafting an ordinance that relieved concerns he had about the town attempting to regulation home owners renting their property.

Supervisor Clare Dundon said a pubic hearing was held about two weeks ago and no one voice opposition to the proposal.

The ordinance requires property owners to obtain a conditional use permit from the town before renting their property. The permit requirements incorporate existing state regulations and state licensing requirements for tourist rooming houses.

There are additional local requirements that regulate off street parking, fencing and landscaping, and maintaining records related to who rented the property.

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Chinese engineer to plead guilty to stealing GE Healthcare trade secrets

11:14 a.m. | A Chinese engineer charged with stealing trade secrets and confidential information from a GE Healthcare subsidiary in Waukesha has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Jun Xie, 41, will plead guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets, according to federal court records. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Xie could also face immediate deportation. No date has been set for Xie to formally enter his plea.

According to the plea agreement, the estimated loss incurred by GE, based on the cost of developing the stolen information, was between $100 million and $200 million. The restitution payment specified in the agreement, however, is just $130,000.

Xie has been free on personal recognizance bond since his arrest, though prosecutors kept his passport.

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Delafield to review controversial agreement

Oct. 29, 2014 11:39 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council may be asked to review at its Monday, Nov. 3,meeting a controversial out of court settlement agreement between the city and previous owners of the Village Square shopping center.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said tonight she may ask the council to review the agreement which includes restrictions on the size of shopping center, individual buildings wihin the complex, and the kinds of retail and service businesses that may be located in the shopping center.

Earlier this evening, the Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 to reject a proposal to build three apartment buildings on the west side of the shopping center partly because the proposed development violated a number of provisions of the agreement.

After the vote, DeYoe said she might bring up the settlement agreement at the council meeting because "it is poiicy question the council might want to address before we receive some other proposal."

The settlement agreement was reached in 2004 between the city and then shopping center owners Jon Spheeris and Mike Schutte to resolve lawsuits they filed after the city rejected their plans for the shopping center.

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Delafield's Village Square Apartments Rejected

Oct. 29, 2014 11:10 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 tonight to recommend the city reject a proposal to build 90 high end apartment units on about 8 acres of land on the west side of the Village Square shopping center.

Alderman Tim Aicher, who cast the dissenting vote on the commission, predicted the Common Council Monday night will vote to go along with the recommendation.

The vote came after an hour long public hearing and a nearly as long presentation by United Properties Inc of Minneapolis, the owner;s of the shopping center, and Madison developer Jim McCormick who United Properties asked to built the apartments.

More than a half dozen neighbors who live on nearby Vettelson Road, including Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, spoke against  the proposal.

They asserted  that the three story high 30 unit apartment buildings were not  compatible with the rural residential neighborhood with one home per acre lot.

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Complaint: Sussex man driving drunk injures four in two-car crash

Oct. 29, 2014 11:19 a.m. |  A 41-year-old Sussex man crashed his car into another vehicle while he had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, but repeatedly denied alcohol had anything to do with the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Michael Day, Jr., N65 W22201 Silver Leaf Drive, was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with four counts of operating while intoxicated, causing injury — all repeat offenses; his fourth operating while intoxicated offense; and driving with a revoked license. Day has three prior OWI convictions on his record.

According to the complaint, police responded around 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of Appleton and Menomonee avenues in the village of Menmomonee Falls.

Susan Hanson, one of four passengers in the car struck by Day, was the first to speak to the officer, and she told him one of her daughters — identified only by her initials in the complaint — needed to be transported to the hospital for hip and neck injuries.

Police then spoke to Day who was allegedly casually eating a hamburger on the side of the road and appeared “extremely calm,” according to the complaint.

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Crash closes right lane of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

Oct. 29, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 83 in Delafield. The lane was closed for about 45 minutes and reopened shortly before 10 a.m. Waukesha County sheriff's deputies responded.

The crash was in the same area where a crash closed all lanes of eastbound I-94 for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Big Bend/Vernon Lions host Halloween bingo

Oct. 28, 2014 4:13 p.m. |

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions will hold Halloween bingo ($1,000 bingo) at St. Joe's Catholic Church, Janesville Road, Big Bend. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. 

Food wil be  available, raffles, and prizes for the best Halloween costumes.

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions give 100 percent of their profits back to the community. 

Crews clear crash that shut all lanes of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

Oct. 28, 2014 2:40 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed all lanes of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 83 in Waukesha County.

The lanes were closed for nearly an hour, reopening about 2:25 p.m.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department responded.

Pewaukee woman accused of driving with her children while drunk

Oct. 27, 2014 6:22 p.m. | The teenage son of a 41-year-old Pewaukee woman called police to warn them that his mother was driving drunk.

The woman’s other two children, both younger than 14, were also in the car.

Cindy Wadd, W278 N1577 Lakeview Drive, was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with driving while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, driving with a revoked license and failure to install an ignition interlock device. Wadd has two prior OWI convictions, most recently from September 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, police responded on Sunday, Oct. 26, to a report of a drunk driver in a parking lot at Brookfield Square Mall.

Wadd told officers in the complaint when they first arrived that she had no recollection of how her car had ended up there.

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Ceremony set to award Medal of Honor to Alonzo Cushing

Oct. 27, 2014 3:46 p.m. | President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to the family of Civil War veteran and Delafield native 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing in the White House next week.

After decades of efforts by local historians and Wisconsin's congressional delegation to award the nation's highest award for valor to Cushing, the president announced in August that he would finally get the medal. It's rare for military members to receive the Medal of Honor so long after the heroic act but a dedicated group of historians led by Margaret Zerwekh campaigned to see that Cushing was recognized for his bravery.

Cushing was killed on July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg when he refused to leave his artillery unit despite severe wounds. Cushing's heroism made it possible for Union forces to repulse the assault by Confederate troops.

Two of Cushing's cousins — Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III — will attend the Nov. 6 ceremony

Drug testing Q&A tonight

Oct. 27, 2014 2:49 p.m. |  To help parents and community members better understand the proposed random drug-testing policy at Oconomowoc High School, Silver Lake Intermediate School and Nature Hill Intermediate School, the school district will host a question-and-answer forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Other schools in the area, Like Arrowhead and Pewaukee, have had drug testing programs for a number of years now. Learn more about them here.

Intersection of Highway 83 and 18 opens Oct. 27 with new look

Oct. 26, 2014 6:25 p.m. |  

The roundabout at Highway 83 and 18 in Wales is set to open at 5 a.m. on Oct. 27.

House fire in North Prairie

Oct. 26, 2014 6:19 p.m. |  

Multiple departments responded to a house fire on Morissey Drive in North Prairie around 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

All members of the house escaped safetly. 

There is no further information at this time. 

AHS girls tennis team wins state title

Oct. 25, 2014 6:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's undefeated girls tennis team won the WIAA Division 1 state team championship Saturday, stopping Neenah in the finals, 5-2. The Warhawks won its first state team tennis championship in its first state team tourney appearance. Winning matches for AHS were Emily Kolbow, Teagan Hipp and Paige Schultz in singles and Sara Geschke and Kali Flesch and Courtney Shipshock and Tara Tanriverdi in doubles.

Republican Party of Waukesha County holds rally in Mukwonago

Oct. 25, 2014 5:29 p.m. |  

Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker show their allegiance, during a Get Out and Vote rally in Field Park, Mukwonago, on Oct. 25. 

Candidate for Attorney General, Brad Schimel (middle photo), returned to his hometown to speak. The rally featured numerous Republican figures, along with keynote speaker, Congressman Paul Ryan. 

KM's Craven state CC meet

Oct. 25, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Kettle Moraine freshman Ellery Craven finished seventh Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Muskego and earned a berth in next week's WIAA state meet. Craven earned an at-large state meet berth. She covered the 5,000-meter course with a time of 19:32.

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