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Muskego teen dies in one-car crash

Jan. 19, 2013 10:06 p.m. | An 18-year-old woman died early Saturday in a car accident in Muskego.

The single-vehicle accident occurred about 1:15 a.m. in the W20300 block of Henneberry Drive.

The driver, a Muskego resident, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she died.

Muskego panel declines to guarantee access to home's garage

Jan. 16, 2013 6:14 p.m. | The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board on Monday turned down a resident's request for a 10-foot easement that would allow him to keep using a strip of parkland to gain access to his garage.

James Mortle is worried that at some point, the city might not allow him to use the strip of land - a remnant of what was once Park Drive, the stub of a street that goes down to Little Muskego Lake - and he would then have no legal way of making use of his existing garage.

The unusual driveway arrangement existed when he bought his home more than a dozen years ago.

While the park board wasn't interested in granting an easement because it would tie the city's hands, it was open to an agreement that could be renewed annually. But Mortle said that would put him in a worse position than he is right now with the prescriptive easement.

His attorney and the city attorney will sort out whether the prescriptive easement exists or if he needs any additional protection to maintain his garage access. If so, they will likely draft an agreement that would come back to the city.

Woman, 81, killed in West Allis crash

Jan. 16, 2013 1:56 p.m. | An 81-year-old West Allis woman was killed in a one-car crash about 10:30 a.m. today in the 1900 block of South 71st Street in West Allis.

The car she was driving crossed over the center line of southbound 71st Street and struck a tree on the east side of the road, according to police.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said, and the crash remains under investigation.

New Berlin Eisenhower girls pull away from Franklin, 57-41

Jan. 15, 2013 10:02 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team is always secure in its identity.

"We like to come out and get in our opponents' faces and take them out of what they like to do," said Lions coach Gary Schmidt after the Lions surprisingly easy 57-41 nonconference victory over a red-hot Franklin club. "A lot of teams don't know us, so we like to schedule games like this. It was a good marquee match-up on a Tuesday night."

Only most of the starpower belonged to the Lions, who never trailed in this game and who improved to 12-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Sabers (10-3) saw their  winning streak end at eight games leaving their coach a bit mystified in the process.

"This was almost exactly like the Oak Creek game earlier in the year," said Franklin coach Tony Kathrens referring to the Sabers' last loss in early December. "We get in against a taller, better defensive team that makes us work hard and we fold like a house of cards."

"It's just frustrating. Anytime we play against a quality big (post player like the Lions' 6-2 Chelsea Brackmann) we struggle, because Cassidy (Mihalko, the Sabers' best player) likes to go inside, but we had that taken away from us tonight."

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Muskego moves to ensure gun club safety after incident

Jan. 14, 2013 12:33 p.m. | With a resident saying that he and his children hit the dirt in their backyard one afternoon due to gunfire believed to have come from a nearby gun club, the Muskego Common Council decided last week to try to set safety standards for gun ranges.

The incident that happened Nov. 18 was only the latest of 11 years of complaints claiming that bullets have flown off the range and toward three homes, Muskego Police Capt. John LaTour said. The club has promised to do something about it, but complaints haven't stopped, he said.

An official of the Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club, S8025 Schultz Lane, said people routinely hunt in the area but the gun club gets blamed for any time there is a problem. The club also has instituted internal reforms since 2010 such as required safety training, testing, access control system and video surveillance.

The club has berms and a baffle to catch the flying bullets, but city officials plan to get expert help to write an ordinance embodying up-to-date safety standards. Then when the gun club asks to renew its annual permit, the city will see if the club's safety arrangements meet those new standards, Mayor Cathy Chiaverotti said. The Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club is the only private outdoor shooting range in the city, she said.

Within a month, she will have more information on the city's options and on cost, Chiaverotti said. She and the Finance Committee hoped to tap into free assistance from the National Rifle Association that has gun range standards.

New Berlin holding open house on proposed Walmart Supercenter

Jan. 14, 2013 10:22 a.m. | With a Walmart Supercenter proposed for Greenfield Avenue bringing dozens of comments at last week's New Berlin Plan Commission meeting, an informational open house for the proposed store will be held.

It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 S. Calhoun Road. More information is available at newberlin.org.

The nearly 150,000-square-foot supercenter - a combination general merchandise store and supermarket - is proposed for 15205-15375 W. Greenfield Ave. on New Berlin's northern border with Brookfield.

The existing 108,000-square-foot Walmart at 15333 W. National Ave., in the New Berlin City Center, would close, according to a plan of operations filed with the city.

The proposed 16-acre site is mostly woodland about a block east of Moorland Road.

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