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Franklin downs Muskego in shootout

Sept. 11, 2009 10:32 p.m. | A slow starting defensive struggle turned into a furious display of offensive urgency on Friday when Muskego visited Franklin to open the Southeast Conference season.

It took a second 1-yard quarterback keeper from Lance Baretz with 5:12 left in the game to give the Sabers (2-1, 1-0) enough offense to secure a 41-36 victory over the Warriors (0-3, 0-1).

The lights officially went out on Muskego moments later. A set of lights on the north end of the field shut off just after Franklin kicked the extra point, delaying the game for 15 minutes.

Despite playing into the end of the field with the recovering light source, the combination of quarterback Adam Schulz and Devin Grainger connected on an 18-yard TD pass to bring Muskego back within five points with 4:02 remaining. The Warrior defense however was unable to prevent Franklin from draining the final minutes off the clock and the offensive battle was finally settled.

A spectacular 55-yard touchdown gallop by Paul Lincoln late in the third quarter gave Franklin a 34-22 lead. Lincoln broke loose on the left side of the line, avoided several tackles and out ran the Muskego secondary for the score.

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All escape from devastating duplex fire in Muskego

Sept. 18, 2014 2:15 p.m. | All those living in a two-family Muskego duplex escaped a fire that engulfed the side-by-side structure about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and released at the scene.

The blaze was in the 14900 block of West Cornell Circle in Muskego. The Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

New Berlin schools "exceed expectations" on state report card

Sept. 18, 2014 11:31 a.m. | All six schools in the New Berlin School District increased their scores from 2013 to 2014 on the state-issued District and School Report Cards.

All the schools exceeded expectations and once again Elmwood Elementary School was in the "significantly exceeded expectations" category, as it was last year.

The District and School Report Cards issued this week by the state Department of Public Instruction are intended to offer a better picture of how well individual schools prepare students to graduate ready for college and career.

Overall scores are based on four priority areas, each with its own rating of 0 to 100.

Those four areas are whether students are working at their grade level in reading and mathematics on state tests; whether student scores improve year to year in reading and math; whether some groups of students such as those who are still learning English or who are from low-income homes are keeping up as well as others and how well the schools are doing to close any gaps among student groups; and finally whether students are on track for post-high school success, whether that be college or employment.

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

Sept. 17, 2014 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 Wednesday unanimously 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.

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Muskego duplex fire displaces residents

Sept. 17, 2014 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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