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Despite waves of protest, lake park plan gains ground

Jan. 25, 2012 10:50 a.m. | After hearing 53 speakers, most of them against a proposed park on Little Muskego Lake, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday night narrowly approved purchasing properties for $3.6 million to push the plan forward without a referendum.

The decision was made in a pair of 4-3 votes - with aldermen Noah Fiedler, Neome Schaumberg, Keith Werner and Tracy Snead favoring the purchase and opposing a referendum, and Dan Soltysiak, Neil Borgman and Kert Harenda opposing the purchase and favoring a public vote.

The issue has been a hotly contested one, especially in the past month, including picketers who protested outside the homes of council members who support the acquisition of the two properties.

On Tuesday, Werner said he favors the plan, which calls for a park off of Janesville Road just north of Pioneer Drive, because "this project is going to be a catalyst to promote economic development" on both those roads.

On the opposing side, Soltysiak said, "I don't have enough information to make the argument to go through with it."

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Green Bay Packaging buys 2 cardboard, packaging firms

2:06 p.m. | Green Bay Packaging Inc., a major supplier of corrugated cardboard and packaging, on Friday announced the acquisition of two other Wisconsin-based cardboard and packaging companies.

In what privately held Green Bay called "an excellent fit," it acquired Great Lakes Packaging Corp., based in Germantown, and Midland Container Corp., Franksville, which have combined employment of 230.

The acquisition is effective Oct. 31 and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Green Bay, which is headquartered in the city of the same name, operates manufacturing facilities in 14 states.

"MidCon is a perfect fit geographically, strategically and most important from a leadership and cultural approach to their business," said Green Bay Packaging Chief Executive Will Kress.

Fire crews en route to The Printery

11:46 a.m. | Fire crews are en route to a fire at The Printery, 2405 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin.

Scanner traffic indicated smoke was showing from the roof.

More details as they become available. 

UPDATE: Workers have been allowed back in the building. It appears the alarms went off for some unknown reason. 

Hale Interchange ramp to reopen Friday

Oct. 30, 2014 5:03 p.m. | A ramp in the Hale Interchange that has been closed since Oct. 20 will reopen ahead of schedule Friday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The ramp from northbound I-43 to eastbound I-894 had been expected to reopen Monday, according to the DOT.

The early reopening will affect plans for other closures that are part of the Hale Interchange project.

■ The ramp connecting northbound I-43 to northbound I-894 will not be closing as anticipated. There will be lane closures instead.

■ The southbound I-43 ramp to State Highway 100 will be closing early Sunday morning. It had been expected to close Nov. 5.

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Photo Gallery: WIAA state soccer tourney day one

Oct. 30, 2014 3:32 p.m. | Day one photos from Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, where St. Thomas More defeated Barron 3-0 to advance to the Division 4 final.

Check back Friday for photos and gameday coverage of the Division 2 semifinal between Brookfield East and Pulaski as well as the Division 1 semifinal between Menomonee Falls and Beloit Memorial.

Muskego man, 24, accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

Oct. 30, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Authorities on Thursday charged a 24-year-old Muskego man with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl multiple times, and Waukesha police are asking the public for help identifying other possible victims.

Ethan C. Holt was arrested Tuesday after Waukesha police investigators learned he communicated with the teen girl through social media and cellphone apps before assaulting her, according to a news release.

Holt used Tinder, KiK, Whisper, Snapchat and text message to "groom" the girl and sent her nude pictures using those apps and the profile name "probablyinthegym," police said.

Investigators believe Holt may have done the same to other girls in the area.

Holt was charged Thursday with two counts of first degree child sexual assault and one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, all felonies.

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Roadrunner Transportation Systems earnings up 8.9%

Oct. 30, 2014 12:19 p.m. | Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. earned $14.4 million in its third quarter, up 8.9% from the $13.2 million the Cudahy trucking and logistics firm netted a year ago.

Earnings per share for the three months ended Sept. 30 totaled 37 cents, up from 35 cents for the third quarter of 2013.

Roadrunner's revenue jumped 37%, to $498.1 million, fueled by acquisitions.

Roadrunner has become one of the country's major trucking companies in large part by buying other carriers and logistics firms. The most recent purchases include the acquisition in late February of Rich Logistics, an Arkansas trucking company that generated about $113 million in revenue in 2013.

State sues Flat Rate Plumbing, says it deceived customers

Oct. 28, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Flat Rate Plumbing Inc. of New Berlin has been sued by the Wisconsin attorney general's office on accusations it used fraud and lies to trick its customers into spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary replacements during in-home service calls for routine repairs.

Some of those replacements were for items that Flat Rate's repairmen purposely broke in order to get the job, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday.

"Flat Rate has routinely deceived consumers who called for simple repairs such as unclogging drains or fixing leaky pipes, into spending large amounts — often thousands of dollars — for extensive unnecessary work," the attorney general's office said in a news release late Monday.

The release announced the lawsuit against Flat Rate Plumbing, its owner and president, Lester Gumieny Jr., and plumber Andrew J. Gomez. Both are accused of violating Wisconsin's consumer protection laws. Gomez personally engaged in deceptive sales, according to the lawsuit.

"Flat Rate's technicians have falsely told homeowners that equipment could not be repaired and had to be replaced, that clogged pipes could not be cleared but had to be replaced, and that houses could not be sold unless old pipes were upgraded, among other false statements," the news release goes on. "Flat Rate's technicians sometimes have intentionally damaged homeowners' pipes or other plumbing equipment, without consent, in order to pressure the homeowners to agree to proposed service jobs."

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New Berlin sets new date for debate on taking over waste contractions

Oct. 27, 2014 11:48 a.m. | Those who want to see the New Berlin Common Council debate whether the city should contract for residential trash and recycling pickups should go to the City Hall on Monday, Nov. 10.

The original meeting date of Nov. 11 was moved to accommdate the annual Veterans Day observance held at the City Hall. The council is expected to make its decision at that meeting. Currently, New Berlin residents make private arrangements for trash and recycling pickups.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Muskego wins convincingly over Manitowoc

Oct. 24, 2014 11:39 p.m. | With a convincing 31-7 victory over visiting Manitowoc Lincoln, Muskego's football team advanced to the second round of the WIAA playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Warriors' reward? A rematch with their rivals, the Mukwonago Indians, a team the Warriors hammered, 38-6, in the regular season finale just one week ago.

"We look forward to it," Muskego coach Ken Krause said. "It's our crosstown rival. We have a traveling trophy now. We have similar type of athletes. The coaching staffs do a good job with their kids. We're excited about it and excited to be at home."

"It's exciting (to play Mukwonago), and this is a very big weight off all our shoulder," senior quarterback Jeff Schweitzer added. "It's a big relief for all of us. The new season started today, and it started off on a high note."

The Warriors (8-2) earned the rematch with Mukwonago thanks to a dominant defensive effort against the Ships (5-5) in a first-round contest Friday, Oct. 24, at home. Muskego held Manitowoc Lincoln to 295 yards and didn't allow the Ships to score until the closing seconds.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Rep. Bill Kramer faces jail time after pleading to sexual assault

Oct. 23, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Waukesha — Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) Thursday pleaded no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Kramer entered the plea during what was to have been a status conference on the case, stemming from felony sexual assault charges filed in March against the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly.

Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius said her office will recommend three years of probation, with a variety of conditions, including nine months in jail with work-release privileges.

Kramer, 49, will not have to register as a sex offender, but must undergo a sex offender assessment and any recommended treatment. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.

By avoiding a felony conviction, Kramer will be able to serve the remainder of his term in the Assembly, which ends in January. He is not seeking re-election this fall.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.

 

 

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

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