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New Berlin Ethics Board unanimously dismisses complaint against Laura Karvala

Jan. 04, 2013 8:55 a.m. | The New Berlin Ethics Board on Thursday unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint about New Berlin Alderwoman Laura Karvala, saying the complaint didn't meet the requirements in the in city's codes.

Michael Neuens, chairman of the three-member Ethics Board, announced that the board agrees with Karvala's attorney that the complaint is insufficient.

In a letter to the city's Ethics Board, attorney Michael Maistelman had argued that the Jan. 3 ethics hearing should be dismissed, citing reasons why the Ethics Board should not have found probable cause to hold the hearing in the first place.

Those reasons included that elements of the complaint were unverified and that Karvala did not get to present her side at the board's meeting on Dec. 4, when it considered the complaint and petition signed by numerous Glen Park subdivision residents.

The complaint alleges that Karvala should have recused herself from a New Berlin Common Council vote for temporary closure of Wilbur Drive. That closure, which may become permanent, would increase the value of Karvala's home that is located on Wilbur, the complaint alleges.

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City would pay $1.2 million to man shot by cops in home

3:45 p.m. | The City of Milwaukee would pay $1.2 million to a Franklin man shot by city police in his home in 2006 during a SWAT team's forced entry and search of the residence, under a proposed settlement to be considered Tuesday by the Common Council.

Settlement negotiations were set in motion last November when a federal jury hearing the man's lawsuit against the city found that a police detective lied on a search warrant affidavit requesting the "no knock" warrant. A court commissioner approved the warrant allowing a SWAT team to break into the home of Richard Betker.

Betker was injured by police gunfire and suffered permanent disability, including the loss of a finger, in the August 2006 incident. Betker and his wife, Sharon, sued the city in federal court in 2008, claiming police violated their constitutional rights, specifically the fourth amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The couple's attorney called it a home invasion.

City Attorney Grant Langley has advised the Common Council to approve the settlement. This week, the council's Judiciary & Legislation Committee unanimously endorsed the proposal. The Finance & Personnel Committee on Wednesday9/17 unaimously approved a resolution to borrow the funds.

The officer in the incident, Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., got a tip in August 2006 about illegal weapons in the Betker home. The police then decided to look for a gun because Sharon Betker had a 1982 felony conviction for credit card fraud.

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Muskego duplex fire displaces residents

2:32 p.m. | A fire displaced several residents of a duplex in Muskego on Wednesday.

Muskego police and Tess Corners firefighters were called to the W14900 block of Cornell Circle at 11:34 a.m. Firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners also were summoned to the fire.

All residents were evacuated before firefighters arrived and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross is assisting the residents. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

Proposed school purchase clears major hurdle in New Berlin

Sept. 12, 2014 5:45 p.m. | The way appears to be clear for the Heritage Christian Schools to operate out of the former Glen Park Elementary School in New Berlin as early as next fall.

The New Berlin Plan Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved site and operations plans for the school. But that approval came only after intense work between the architect and the city to make sure there would be enough on-site parking.

Now school officials will firm up their initial financing approval and will buy the school from the New Berlin school District for $1.75 million. School officials said they expect Glen Park will be ready for the high and middle school students by next fall. A large high school addition is planned for the north side of the building.

The elementary children, now at two separate locations in New Berlin and Brookfield, will move in later.

Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting

Sept. 09, 2014 1:26 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Monday with killing a man with a gunshot to the head during what a witness said was car chase sparked by a heroin deal gone bad.

Daven Dodson is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon; one count of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 92 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told police that on Sept. 3rd, he and another man, Joel Michael Dammann, parked their car behind the Milwaukee Airport Inn in the 1700 block of W. Layton Ave. Dammann, the witness said, gave Dodson money in return for drugs, and the witness and Dammann then drove away.

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Cleveland-Calhoun project in New Berlin delayed a year

Sept. 08, 2014 6:03 p.m. | A project to improve the Cleveland Avenue intersection with Calhoun Road has been delayed until 2015, according to a letter from Allison Bussler, county director of public works, to New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament.

The project was to begin this month and end in October. But the county received only one bid for the work, which was more than $650,000 higher than the county engineer's estimate and beyond the county's available budget. The project had already been scaled down from a previous plan, but the bid was almost equal to the original estimated cost, Bussler said.

Bussler said the short timeline late in the construction season may be part of the reason only one bid came in. The county will rebid the project in January and push construction ahead to next summer.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

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 3.

Botched snaps, big rally help Ike stun West

Sept. 05, 2014 10:46 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower rallied from a 21-10 deficit to defeat New Berlin West, 22-21, on Friday before a packed house at Eisenhower. But it took two botched field goal attempts to assure the win in the final 5 seconds.

Junior running back Jordan Canady scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game to give the Lions the 1-point lead in the annual battle of crosstown rivals.

West ran the kick back to the 32-yard line, then Max Meleski ran 20 yards up the middle of the field. On 3rd and 8 yards to go on Ike’s 46, West quarterback John Kozlowski hit Xavier Rodriguez with a 22-yard pass between two Ike defenders, and Rodriguez raced to the 24 yard line.

West moved to the 9-yard line on a run by Kozlowski and a pass to Eric Kennedy, then Kozlowski fumbled the snap from center.

With 5 seconds left, West lined up and attempted a 27-yard field goal by Terry Gress, who stepped into the kicking role when Nate Erhmann was lost with an injury in the first game of the year. Gress was 1-for-2 in extra points in the game.

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Muskego runs wild on Waukesha South, putting a damper on Blackshirts' home opener

Sept. 05, 2014 10:13 p.m. | Ryan Borton and the rest of the Muskego rushing attack was simply too much for Waukesha South.

Behind 236 yards rushing and five touchdowns, the Warriors' senior running back led Muskego to a 63-28 victory over Waukesha South on Friday night to put a damper on South's home opener at its new football complex.

Five of Borton's eight rushing attempts went for touchdowns, with three of them being more than 60 yards. Overall, Borton averaged a staggering 29.5 yards per carry. 

James Schwabe was no slouch, either.

The Muskego senior rushed for 123 yards on just 10 attempts and scored two touchdowns. His touchdown runs went for 60 and 25 yards. 

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Little Muskego Lake project back with lower density

Sept. 05, 2014 3:43 p.m. | After Muskego refused to allow a high-density home/condominium project on the shores of Little Muskego Lake, the developer is back with a proposal that he says is the medium density that the city wants.

Michael Dillworth of Ener-Con Companies, Greenfield, has proposed five garden homes and a 12-unit multifamily building for Janesville Road just east of Pioneer Drive.

The city's definition of medium density is 2.99 living units per acre and as submitted the project density would be three units per acre.

A public hearing is slated before the Muskego Common Council for Tuesday, Sept. 23, with Plan Commission review on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The plan could go to the Common Council as soon as Oct. 14.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines

Sept. 05, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department impostor scamScammers claiming to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have been calling residents, claiming they missed a court appearance, have unpaid fines or missed jury duty, and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay immediately.

The impostor then asks the resident to pay with a pre-paid money card and leaves a call-back number to receive the card number and access codes, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release late Thursday.

Several residents complained about receiving such calls, the department said.

"It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines," the news release said. "It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards."

Residents who receive scam calls from impostors should hang up, ignore the request for money and instead report the scam to the sheriff's department.

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Taco Bell to open in Muskego

Sept. 04, 2014 3:07 p.m. | The Muskego Plan Commission has approved the building and operations plans for the restaurant to be built on Janesville Road just east of Moorland Road.

It will likely open to a warm reception. Taco Bell is one of the restaurants residents have been asking for most for many years, said Muskego planner Adam Trzebiatowski

Waukesha County plans to spend $93 million on roads, buildings, parks

Sept. 03, 2014 2:54 p.m. | Waukesha County would spend nearly $93.3 million in the next five years to improve roads, buildings and parks as part of a proposed 2015-'19 capital projects plan, county officials said.

Emphasis would be on repaving and reconstructing county highways with estimated spending of $39.4 million over five years, according to a capital plan recommended by County Executive Dan Vrakas and Director of Administration Norm Cummings.

The largest single project in the plan would be a $36.4million courthouse addition with construction scheduled in 2019 and 2020.

Under the plan, the oldest section of the county jail would be demolished as a first step in building a four-story addition for criminal courts.

Eight of 15 courtrooms would move to the new building.

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Franklin police seek man who kicked player during soccer brawl

Sept. 01, 2014 12:54 p.m. | Police are looking for an adult soccer player suspected of kicking an opponent unconscious during a brawl sparked by fans at a game Sunday.

Franklin police were the first to respond to the fracas at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex about 3 p.m., Franklin police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday.

Officers encountered a large fight still going on at the field. After the situation was brought under control, four people were found to have injuries — two security guards who had tried to break up the fight, and two players, one from each team.

Van Zile said three of the four were treated at the scene by the Franklin Fire Department, but one player had been knocked unconscious by a kick from an opponent and was taken Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospital.

"The fight apparently started when fans of one team were taunting the other side, which didn't like it," Van Zile said. "The players from each side tried to intervene, but it only made things worse."

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Bicyclist in Franklin struck, killed by motorist

Aug. 30, 2014 10:10 a.m. | A 41-year-old Franklin woman was killed Friday evening while riding her bicycle on State Highway 100 and Elm Court in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police, the bicyclist crossed over oncoming traffic to turn onto Elm Court shortly before 8 p.m. She was transported by ambulance to Froedtert Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police offered no other information about the woman or the driver of the vehicle that struck her.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said it would not release information about her until Tuesday.

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