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St. Joseph's School in Big Bend staying open

Jan. 25, 2013 5:50 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School, S8930 St. Joseph Drive, in Big Bend will stay open after all, it was announced Friday.

Officials had notified families of St. Joseph School on Tuesday that the school would close at the end of the year.

The parish hall was filled on Thursday night with people looking for answers as to why the school was closing, and what could be done to save it. Many gave powerful, heartfelt testimony as to what the school has meant to them, their children and their grandchildren. At the end of the meeting, the decision to close the school was taken under advisement, with a definite answer to follow Friday.

The school will hold an open house Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to launch a weeklong celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

New Berlin manufacturer Infratrol plans to close, files for receivership

May 05, 2015 5:53 p.m. | Infratrol Manufacturing Corp., a New Berlin firm with 37 employees, notified state officials Tuesday that it is ceasing operations and closing.

Infratrol said is expects to close, and to cut the jobs, immediately.

The notice came one day after the 59-year-old company, with makes industrial ovens and other heat processing equipment, filed for receivership in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

In court documents, the firm said its debts total $3.2 million against assets with a book value of about $1.6 million. Roughly two thirds of the assets consist of accounts receivable, with inventory and equipment making up about a third.

The company has asked that attorney Todd C. Esser be appointed receiver and run the firm's affairs for the benefit of its creditors. Esser said Tuesday he could not yet speak about the case.

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New Berlin manufacturer in business since 1956 closes down

May 05, 2015 5:48 p.m. | The Infratrol Manufacturing Corp., New Berlin, that has been in business since 1956 closed its doors Tuesday, May 5, resulting in the loss of jobs for 37 employees.

Infratrol, 2500 S. 162nd St., now in the hands of a receiver, many manufacturing sectors with its custom industrial ovens, power coating and painting systems, parts washers, finishing systems, batch ovens and other products. It served the aerospace, automotive, appliance and foundry industries and others.

New Berlin man got more than he bargained for when hiring escort

May 04, 2015 2:55 p.m. | Charges will be sought against an escort who allegedly snatched money from the wallet of the man who hired her for a party and then asked her to put more clothing on, New Berlin police said.

Police expect to conclude their investigation in two or three weeks, said Captain Michael Glider. Two weeks ago, police were granted a search warrant for the woman's cellphone.

The incident as described in the request for a search warrant started with the New Berlin man, 34, needing an escort for a party he planned to throw at his home. He responded to an advertisement on the escort classifieds and arranged for an escort named Ferrah to come. She was to be paid $150 to spend an hour at the party.

But the 21-year-old escort from Milwaukee arrived in a very low-cut top and the man asked her if she had a jacket or anything in her car she could put on to cover up a bit, as children would be at the party. Ferrah allegedly became upset and demanded some money. The man gave her $20 and opened his wallet to show her that he had the additional cash to pay her.

The search warrant request alleges that Ferrah then reached into the wallet and grabbed an additional $80. She quickly went to her car and sped away, nearly hitting the New Berlin man who had stood in front of the car hoping to keep her from leaving.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Muskego-Norway School Board reviews extensive school reorganization

April 30, 2015 10:08 a.m. | Muskego — Unveiling the result of months of work, the Muskego-Norway School District Master Planning Committee last week detailed three facilities options involving closing some elementary schools and building a new school plus potential improvements for the Muskego High School facilities.

The school board last year appointed the 35-member committee to review all the schools and the high school athletic facilities and the board heard the committee recommendations last week.

A community-wide survey will be conducted this fall with the possibility of a facilities referendum in spring 2016, if the survey shows community support for projects, said Superintendent Kelly Thompson. As part of its work, the committee reviewed the failure of two facilities referendums that proposed similar closings. Those were voted down in 2010 and 2011.

According to the committee's study of the district's debt, $40 million could be borrowed for projects possibly without making property taxes go up. That is because the district's debt will fall to near zero in the 2022-23 school year, meaning that the tax rate would normally fall. But the district could borrow for the new projects so that the new debt payments would not be any more than the district pays now.

There is, however, a three-year overlap in the beginning where the last payments for the current debt and new payments for the new projects would both be due. But there was some feeling on the school board that the district could use surplus funds or other sources to come up with new debt payments for those first three years, so taxes could remain level throughout.

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Eisenhower, New Berlin West both deemed among most challenging

April 27, 2015 12:43 p.m. | For the fifth consecutive year, both New Berlin high schools, Eisenhower and West, have been recognized by the Washington Post as being among the most challenging high schools in the state and nation, based on advanced placement (AP) test participation.

Eisenhower ranked seventh and West 10th in Wisconsin on the 2015 "America's Most Challenging High Schools" index compiled each year by Post reporter Jay Mathews. The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in encouraging high school students to take college-level courses and tests.

The AP tests are given to students in college-level advanced placement courses.

Businesswomen win New Berlin Chamber of Commerce top honors

April 22, 2015 12:03 p.m. | Three businesswomen known for "giving back" won accolades from the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau — two as Businesses of the Year and the third was Civic Person of the Year.

Jennifer Hansen, president of the Anderson Group, was honored as the chamber's Large Business of the Year.

Laura Pfeiffer, owner of 9 Round Fitness of New Berlin, was awarded Small Business of the Year.

Tammy Flynn, owner of the Elegance Salon & Spa, was honored as Civic Person of the Year.

All credit a strong commitment to community involvement and giving back as elements in their successful, thriving businesses.

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Hot franchise group coming to New Berlin

April 21, 2015 2:38 p.m. | One of the hottest franchises around and sporting an old-fashioned name — The Barbershop, a Hair Salon for Men — is slated to open a location in New Berlin this summer.

Starting in 2005 with a location in Appleton, The Barbershop has blossomed into 34 locations in 10 years. Twenty are in Wisconsin, with the others in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina, Indianapolis and Florida. Another is being built in Hawaii.

One of the many distinctive aspects of the shops that has helped them grow is their emphasis on what guys like. For example, as they sit down in the chair, they are handed the TV remote control so they can watch ESPN if they want, instead of talking to the stylist.

The Barbershop a Hair Salon for Men already has two locations locally, one in Wauwatosa and the other in Waukesha. Both opened in 2012 but the plan is to expand in the metropolitan area, said co-owner Todd Degner.

"The objective is to have 10 locations in that market," he said.

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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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