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Muskego scores even higher in ACT

Aug. 19, 2011 5:26 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District hit another record high in results for the ACT college entrance exam.

The results, released this week, show a 23.9 composite score, a significant jump from last year's previous record of 23.2, school officials said.

Boosting the district to that record were the highest scores ever for the district in English, reading and science. Those subscores were 23.6 for English and reading and 23.8 for science.

The math subscore showed a sixth straight year of improvement with a composite of 24.1, they said.

"Overall, these ACT results are very encouraging and the result of many hands involved in making this happen," Superintendent of Schools Joe Schroeder said in a press release.

Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.

Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce honors pair of businesses

April 09, 2015 12:48 p.m. | The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce named Margaret Moll of American Family Insurance as the Business of the Year for 2014 and Niko's Cafe as winner of the Mayor's Beautification Award.

According to the chamber, Moll was honored because she is generous with her time and resources, helping not only with chamber initiatives, but with efforts that help the entire community.

Niko's Cafe transformed itself inside and out, effecting the attractiveness and marketability of the area surrounding it on Janesville Road, a chamber official said.

Waukesha man charged in crash at New Berlin Animal Hospital

April 09, 2015 11:10 a.m. | New Berlin —A Waukesha County Circuit Court document alleges that the man whose car crashed into the New Berlin Animal Hospital in the predawn hours of April 7 after a police chase was clocked at 120 mph through a red light on Moorland Road at Greenfield Avenue.

He also allegedly went through another Moorland Road red light at Coffee Road before the car he was driving slammed into the New Berlin Animal Hospital on Moorland just south of National Avenue.

The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office filed charges of unreasonable and imprudent speed, eluding police, driving a car without the owner's consent and drunken driving against Arron R. Gullickson, 27, of Waukesha.

The eluding and driving without the owner's consent are felonies; preliminary hearings on both charges are scheduled for Thursday, April 16. Hearings on the other charges also will be Thursday.

The owner of the car lives in Waukesha and told police that he doesn't know Gullickson, the complaint said.

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2015 Milwaukee suburbs election roundup

April 08, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.

Referendums pass in Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside

Whitnall school referendums handily defeated

Fox Point: Voters send message of change

Brown Deer: Three School Board members return for a second term

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Paul Farrow elected Waukesha County exec; Van De Water out as judge

April 07, 2015 10:28 p.m. | Waukesha County voters on Tuesday hired state Sen. Paul Farrow of Pewaukee for the job of county chief executive officer.

And voters Tuesday fired two-term incumbent Circuit Judge Linda Van De Water from her Branch 10 seat.

The race to replace County Executive Dan Vrakas ended with a lopsided victory for Farrow as he outpolled County Supervisor Thomas Schellinger with nearly 68% of votes in Tuesday's spring election, according to preliminary results with 98% of units reporting.

Vrakas did not seek re-election to a four-year term and endorsed Farrow for the job.

In his unsuccessful bid for the office, Schellinger had been critical of Farrow's decision to run for county executive less than two weeks after his November re-election to the Senate's 33rd District.

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Waukesha man charged after chase, crash into animal hospital

April 07, 2015 7:23 p.m. | A man who crashed a vehicle into the New Berlin Animal Hospital following a high-speed chase on I-94 early Tuesday was charged with drunken driving and eluding a law enforcement officer, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office.

Aaron Robert Gullickson, 27, of Waukesha was also charged with operating a vehicle without the owner's consent, according to a news relase from the sheriff's office.

According to the release, a deputy noticed a vehicle deviating from its lane shortly after 2:30 a.m. and began to follow the vehicle, which was going about 90 mph as it headed east on I-94. When the deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, Gullickson initially appeared to pull over, then accelerated, the sheriff's office said.

Gullickson exited I-94 onto Moorland Road in Brookfield, and failed to stop for numerous traffic signals and continued into New Berlin. New Berlin Police Department officers joined the chase.

Gullickson lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the New Berlin Animal Hospital, 3840 S. Moorland Road, then fled on food and was taken into custody after a short foot chase, authorities said.

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Business as usual, despite vehicle slamming into animal hospital

April 07, 2015 4:28 p.m. | Even though a fleeing car slammed into their building early this morning, operations at the New Berlin Animal Hospital have been amazingly normal, said Amy Eirschele, practice manager, late Tuesday.

Television crews have arrived all day, but clients come and go as normal, she said.

No pets were in the building between 2:45 and 3 a.m. when the crash occurred, she said. New Berlin police captured the driver who had fled after the crash. He was arrested for drunken driving and for driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.

A Waukesha County Sheriff's deputy had spotted the vehicle weaving on the on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 94 at Grandview Boulevard in Waukesha.

The deputy followed and clocked the vehicle at 90 mph before trying to pull it over. The vehicle accelerated and exited onto southbound Moorland Road. It blew through several traffic signals and was all over the road, according to a press release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

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Driver crashes into New Berlin animal clinic, ending early morning high speed pursuit

April 07, 2015 9:08 a.m. | A suspected drunken driver crashed a vehicle into the New Berlin Animal Hospital, 3840 S. Moorland Road, early Tuesday and led authorities on a short foot chase before being taken into custody, according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

At about 2:30 a.m., a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy saw a vehicle enter eastbound Interstate 94 from N. Grandview Boulevard with a heavy lane deviation as it entered the ramp, according to the release.

The deputy suspected the driver was operating while impaired and began to catch up to the vehicle that was traveling at approximately 90 mph. When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, it initially appeared to pull over, then accelerated in an attempt to elude the deputy, according to the release.

The vehicle exited onto southbound Moorland Road in the city of Brookfield. The vehicle operator failed to stop for numerous traffic signals and was operating all over the roadway. The vehicle operator continued to flee into the city of New Berlin, according to the release.

At this point the fleeing vehicle began to distance itself from the deputy due to high speeds. Two city of New Berlin Police Department squads then became the lead pursuit vehicles in the area of W. Cleveland Avenue.

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Elementary principal named in Muskego-Norway School District

April 06, 2015 1:58 p.m. | Muskego —Bay Lane Middle School Associate Principal Sara Stanley has been named principal of Muskego Elementary School, effective July 1.

Stanley will succeed Jeff Petersen who has been named an assistant superintendent.

"Mrs. Stanley brings to Muskego Elementary School a rich knowledge of instructional best practices coupled with a successful leadership experience as the associate principal of Bay Lane Middle School," Gary Goelz, assistant superintendent of continuous improvement, said in a press release announcing the appointment. "Her background serving in a multi-age setting, her belief in educating the whole child, her knowledge of curriculum and her ability to recognize the incredible impact that Muskego Elementary parents have on the school will all serve students, staff and families well. We anticipate that Muskego Elementary School will continue to be a high-achieving school with Sara as the principal."

Stanley commented, "l am thoroughly excited to begin working with the Muskego Elementary team and partnering with the students, parents, and staff to provide the best educational experience possible for our students."

Stanley holds a bachelor's degree in exceptional education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master's degree in educational administration from Concordia University. In addition to her teaching and principal licenses, she also holds a director of instruction license.

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2014-15 All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team named

April 01, 2015 1:55 p.m. |

Player of the year

Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10 senior, Germantown

Western Illinois recruit led Warhawks to North Shore Conference title and 20-4 season. ... NSC Player of the Year. ... Losses included two to state-qualifier Arrowhead and one to state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels. ... Averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and remarkable 4.7 steals per game. ... Shot 42 percent from field and finished with 43 assists. ... First-team All-State by state coaches association.

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Incumbent judge faces challenge from young lawyer in Waukesha County

March 31, 2015 3:13 p.m. | In Waukesha County, a young lawyer hopes to upset a 12-year incumbent Tuesday for a seat on the circuit court.

Paul Bugenhagen Jr., 34, expects character issues will shorten his long odds to unseat Linda Van De Water.

"It's the number one thing people approached me about, her public conduct" Bugenhagen said in an interview.

"Most voters are looking for people to simply follow the law, be good role models, promote personal responsibility and show good character," he said.

In 2011, Van De Water, 52, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Racine County after authorities said she confronted an ex-boyfriend outside the home of another woman and kicked and jumped on his car. The next day, according to the complaint, Van De Water confronted the couple at a Brookfield restaurant.

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New Berlin planners to hold month of input sessions about future of remainiing rural sections

March 26, 2015 10:57 a.m. | New Berlin — A month of public input and questions will be taken on what New Berlin planners say will be the final determination of how the largest tract of farmland left in the city east of Moorland Road should be developed.

Known as section 35, it is bounded roughly by Grange and College avenues, Moorland and Sunny Slope roads in the southern part of the city. The planning area input will include what is known as section 34.

After months of speaking with residents and neighbors, planners have changed the section 35 plan in three ways.

One is that a sports complex of athletic fields, playgrounds and park area is proposed along part of Sunny Slope Road. Another is increasing the proposed density to two homes per acre from the original one home for every two acres.

Neighbors have said they would not mind the increase, said Greg Kessler, community development director. He noted that the proposed higher density is still less than the housing density across Sunny Slope Road.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Muskego-Norway assistant superintendent chooses return to classroom

March 19, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Muskego — Muskego Elementary School Principal Jeff Petersen was appointed Muskego-Norway assistant superintendent of continuous improvement, succeeding Gary Goelz who asked to return to teaching.

"Although it is typically not easy filling the shoes of an effective colleague, we are lucky to have another highly effective leader ready to step into the role," said Superintendent Kelly Thompson. Petersen comes to the position with 25 years as an educator and will be an outstanding assistant superintendent, Thompson said.

"Jeff is extremely well prepared to lead educator effectiveness, human resources, and continuous improvement for our system," she said.

Petersen will officially begin his new assignment July 1.

Prior to joining Muskego-Norway in 2007 as Bay Lane's associate principal, he was a middle school teacher in the Elmbrook School District.

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