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Consolidate SWAT team will include Muskego and New Berlin

March 13, 2013 5:42 p.m. | Both Muskego and New Berlin approved joining a consolidated SWAT team that would save their police departments both money and manpower.

The Suburban Critical Incident Team would be a consolidation of tactical personnel and resources from Muskego, New Berlin, Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Hartland and Chenequa, if all the other jurisdictions approve.

Both Muskego and New Berlin have their own SWAT teams and the Lakes Area Critical Incident Team covered the rest of the communities, except for the village of Mukwonago.

Training has gotten increasingly expensive with advances in technology. The cost has become difficult for one department to afford, officials say.

New Berlin accepts offers for two former school properties

April 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. | The New Berlin School District accepted offers totaling nearly $2 million for two former school properties at a special meeting Tuesday.

However, the sale of Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, will need approval from the electorate. A special meeting of the electorate has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the New Berlin West Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., to vote on the sale.

The sale of the former Little Grove Elementary property, 3800 S. Racine Ave., already has electorate approval.

Heritage Christian Schools has offered $1,750,000 for the Glen Park property. The board accepted the offer subject to approval by the electorate. Glen Park closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year because the School Board felt the district had excess capacity at the elementary school level and to save money.

The board accepted an offer of $195,000 from Krish Narayanan for the Little Grove property.

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Waukesha Town Chairman John Marek battles car fire in Muskego

April 16, 2014 2:59 p.m. | Waukesha Town Board Chairman John Marek said he did what anyone else would have done Tuesday afternoon when he saw a wrecked car on fire and dashed into a building, got a fire extinguisher and fought back the flames.

The only fires he had ever seen until that point were in his barbecue grill, he joked Wednesday. But when he saw flames licking out from under a car and in the engine compartment, he knew the fire had to be put out, he said.

The car had just careened into the wall of the Starbucks at Moorland and Janesville roads in Muskego after a collision in the intersection. Another good Samaritan had already helped the 22-year-old Milwaukee woman driver out of the car to safety.

Marek said he wasn't afraid the car would explode.

"I was more concerned about the other people around. I had to put it out," he said.

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Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee

April 09, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city of Milwaukee for a joint recycling program run by ReCommunity Recycling.

Mayor Tom Barrett has praised the effort as an example of intergovernmental cooperation.

The County Board vote was 21-1. Afterward, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released a statement saying the collaboration, which will be headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, will increase recycling, reduce processing costs and enhance revenue.

“This unique public-private partnership will ensure the continuation of tax relief for Waukesha County community partners," Vrakas said.

The agreement is expected to generate $2 million in annual revenue for the city.

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Ex-MSOE dean gets year in jail for drunken, wrong-way freeway drive

April 03, 2014 2:17 p.m. | A former college dean who drove 14 miles the wrong way on a Milwaukee freeway while drunk was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail, but could go to prison for 21/2 years if he fails to remain sober.

Patrick Coffey, 70, of New Berlin made the dangerous drive south in the northbound lanes of I-43/94 on Aug. 15, after leaving Irish Fest, according to a criminal complaint.

Coffey, then the dean of students at Milwaukee School of Engineering, retired shortly after he was charged with drunken driving and operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content, both third offenses, along with a felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Coffey pleaded guilty in January to operating while intoxicated and recklessly endangering safety counts. The prohibited blood-alcohol charge was dismissed.

On Thursday, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro sentenced Coffey to 30 months in prison and three years of extended supervision on the felony, but suspended the sentence in favor of four years of probation.

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Muskego manufacturer plans new headquarters

April 01, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Muskego-based manufacturer InPro Corp. plans to develop a new headquarters building as the company continues to grow.

InPro is proposing a two-story office building at the southeast corner of Janesville Road and Mercury Drive, according to a report filed with the city.

The 29,810-square-foot building would be north of InPro's current headquarters, an office and light industrial building at S80 W18766 Apollo Drive, in the Muskego Business Park.

It would become the company's new headquarters, Chief Executive Officer Phil Ziegler said Tuesday.

InPro makes handrails, door guards, wall guards, washroom systems and other products for hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, schools and other buildings.

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Woman accusing Bill Kramer of 2011 sex assault asked about job in 2013

March 31, 2014 9:24 p.m. | Madison — The woman accusing Rep. Bill Kramer of sexual assault contacted his chief of staff twice about seven months ago regarding a job — communications that could play a role in the criminal case against him.

The embattled Waukesha Republican is facing two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female congressional staffer in Muskego three years ago. The charges issued Friday by a Waukesha County prosecutor come one month after Kramer, 49, was accused of groping a legislative aide and sexually harassing a lobbyist in a separate recent incident after a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Kramer already has said he won't run for re-election but is fighting to hold on for now to his $49,943-a-year job against top Republican leaders in the Legislature calling on him to resign or face potential expulsion. Those fellow Republicans say the allegations against Kramer are credible.

Kramer's attorney, James Gatzke, has rejected calls for his resignation and said Monday that the woman in the Muskego incident, which she says occurred in 2011, will have to answer whether there is any connection between the employment communications and her accusation.

"To me that's something that she's going to have to speak to," Gatzke said.

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Speaker Vos considering expulsion if Bill Kramer doesn't quit Legislature

March 30, 2014 12:36 a.m. | Madison — Disgraced state Rep. Bill Kramer should resign or his fellow lawmakers will have to consider making him the first Wisconsin lawmaker to be expelled from office in nearly 100 years, two of the Legislature's top leaders said Saturday.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said that he found the criminal sexual assault charges filed against the Waukesha Republican on Friday to be credible, and that he was disturbed by the former Assembly majority leader's seemingly flippant reaction to them.

"Bill Kramer should do the honorable thing and resign," Vos said. "When I read the report filed by the (police and prosecutors), it didn't seem to me like there was much remorse."

Vos said aides are now researching the legal process that would be used to expel a lawmaker ahead of a meeting of the Assembly's GOP leaders on Tuesday or Wednesday. Only once in the state's history have legislators taken the step of ousting one of their colleagues.

Friday's charges stemming from an incident three years ago moved forward after more recent incidents surfaced involving two other women, one a legislative aide and the other a lobbyist. Kramer is accused of groping the staffer and harassing the lobbyist while at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., last month.

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Rep. Bill Kramer charged with sexual assault in 2011 case

March 28, 2014 10:04 p.m. | Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female legislative staffer in Muskego three years ago, raising anew the question of whether he will be able to remain in his post until the end of his term.

The charges issued by a Waukesha County prosecutor come one month after Kramer, 49, was accused of groping another aide and sexual harassing a lobbyist in a separate recent incident after a Washington, D.C., fundraiser. On Monday, the Waukesha Republican filed paperwork saying he would not run for re-election but so far has not stepped down from his post, which he holds until January.

Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius filed the charges Friday, alleging that Kramer had grabbed the breasts and groin of a legislative staffer in Muskego after a Republican event at a bar there. He has his initial appearance scheduled for April 14.

A certified public accountant and attorney with a degree from Duke University Law School, Kramer now faces the most serious legal issue of his career — each count of sexual assault carries a potential penalty of up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison.

Jim Gatzke, Kramer's attorney, said Friday that he believes his client will be exonerated.

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Muskego cops refer Bill Kramer for possible sexual assault charges

March 26, 2014 4:01 p.m. | One month after being accused of groping and sexual harassment, Rep. Bill Kramer faces potential sexual assault charges stemming from yet another alleged incident.

Two days after the Waukesha Republican decided not to run for re-election, a prosecutor said that the Muskego Police Department on Wednesday referred to him sexual assault charges against the Waukesha Republican.

Assembly Republicans stripped Kramer of his title as majority leader earlier this month after accusations that he sexually harassed a female lobbyist and groped a legislative aide while in Washington, D.C, for a fundraiser.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said the possible charges are being independently reviewed by one of the prosecutors in his office. He declined to offer any details but did confirm that the referral stems from a different alleged incident from the one on the East Coast.

"This has got nothing to do with the D.C. thing, at least not directly," Schimel said.

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Pius beats Ike girls for third time

March 15, 2014 9:10 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower battled back but couldn't get over the hump and fell to Woodland Champion Pius XI, 35-30, on Saturday to win the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield Central.

Behind sophomore Katie Gardner's 9 first-half points, the Lady Popes led 20-9 at intermission.

But the Lions bounced back to outscore the Lady Popes, 13-4, in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-22 going into the fourth period.

Sophomore Chelsea Brackmann scored 6 points, junior Sammy Kozlowski added 4 and junior Sydney Cheung scored 3 in the third.

Kozlowski and Cheung opened with 3-pointers, Kozlowski and Gardner each went 1-for-2 from the free throw line, Brackmann scored in close twice, the second off an excellent pass from Kozlowski, cutting it to 21-20 with 2:49 left in the third.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas reveals he has prostate cancer

March 11, 2014 10:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and might begin treatment as early as next week in San Diego.

The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.

Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.

"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."

"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said. He said his prostate cancer was indicated in tests of blood samples collected during a routine medical checkup in late January.

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Kozlowski keys Lions' third win over West

March 07, 2014 9:45 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower defeated New Berlin West, 53-43, and junior guard Sammy Kozlowski was the big difference in the victory at Eisenhower.

Eisenhower (17-6) plays at Pewaukee (21-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the WIAA regional final. The Pirates whipped Waukesha North, 59-36, Friday night to advance.

After scoring only five points in three quarters, Kozlowski scored seven of Ike's 15 points in the final period to hold off the aggressive Vikings (16-7). She had one basket and was 5-for-8 from the free throw lines as the Vikings had to foul to try and get back in the game.

Eisenhower led 17-7 after one quarter and 26-18 at halftime, but the Vikings kept hanging in there. The lead stayed at eight (38-30) going into the fourth quarter.

The Vikings then made a run to cut the lead to 40-36 with 5:57 left in the game as Ali Boldt scored on a drive, Jenna Nelson put back a rebound and Anne Radtke banked in a jumper.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
 
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.
 

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Pewaukee finds another gear in overtime to down Lions

March 01, 2014 10:58 p.m. | Ryan Stepanovich estimates he routinely makes 19 out of 20 free throws in practice. Good thing for Pewaukee, he had already gotten that 20th one out of the way.

With 4 seconds on the clock Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final at New Berlin Eisenhower, Stepanovich canned a pair of free throws to tie the score, and Pewaukee found another gear in overtime to emerge with a 50-39 victory over the Lions. The Pirates (17-7) will face Milwaukee Bradley Tech (17-7) at Greenfield on Thursday in the sectional semifinal.

Stepanovich missed the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to go, leaving Eisenhower with a 1-point edge. But after Lions star Reed Timmer split his own set of free throws with 17 seconds to go, the Pirates cashed in on their final possession. Stepanovich and the Pewaukee bench felt he had drawn the contact on his driving layup attempt, which went down, but officials ruled the foul came on the floor.

"I'm usually pretty confident with my free throws," the senior said. "I knew I could make both of them, and I wasn't going to let those last two free throws affect me."

Will Olewinski stole a pass on the first possession of overtime and ultimately hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and Evan Hansen stole a ball at midcourt to lead a transition possession that concluded with an Eric Lutzen 3-point play at the 3:03 mark of OT. The Pirates scored the first 12 points of overtime to put the game out of reach.

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New Berlin police warn about rash of catalytic converter, battery thefts

Feb. 27, 2014 11:35 a.m. | New Berlin police are warning residents and business owners of a recent rash of catalytic converter and battery thefts.

About a dozen thefts involving converters, batteries or scrap metal have been reported to the department from Jan. 20 through Feb. 24, Officer Daniel Hanlon said in a news release.

Most of the catalytic converters and batteries were stolen from work vehicles parked in industrial park or construction areas, he said.

Police are advising residents and business owners to be aware of all individuals and vehicles on their property and watch for those who may be casing the area. Officers also are suggesting people install cameras on their property.

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