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.

2 soccer moms charged with embezzling $80,000 from club

Feb. 24, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Two former officers of a Waukesha County youth soccer club appeared in court Monday on charges of embezzling more than $80,000 from the organization.

Barbara E. Olson, 42, of Burlington was the treasurer of the New Berlin Soccer Club. A criminal complaint charges that she wrote $12,690 in unauthorized checks from the club's account to cover personal expenses from February 2008 to January 2010.

After the club's board discovered financial irregularities in spring of 2013, Olson told police she tried to confess to club president Melanie Gretzon in late 2009 but was told the club didn't want to make a big deal out of the offense, and to just resign. Olson told police she never heard from anyone else in the club.

No wonder. According to prosecutors, Gretzon, who last year was both president and treasurer, was embezzling on her own, taking more than $70,000 from the New Berlin Soccer Club and a Milwaukee Kickers account from August 2009 through March of last year.

According to her criminal complaint, Gretzon, 42, of New Berlin, spent the money on everything from food, gasoline and pet supplies to her mortgage, utility bills and spa services.

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Muskego candidates face questions in March 6 public forum

Feb. 17, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Muskego — A candidate forum will be held for Muskego school and city candidates at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The forum is sponsored by the Muskego Woman's Club and the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no primary for school or municipal offices in Muskego this year, so the candidates at the forum will be on the April 1 ballot.

The three candidates for the Muskego-Norway School Board will lead off the evening from 6:30 to 7:05 p.m. Candidates for Muskego Aldermanic Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be heard from 7:15 to 7:50 p.m. The two mayoral candidates are scheduled from 8 to 8:40 p.m.

The candidates will answer questions from the floor and those that are phoned in during the forum. The phone number is (262) 679-4129. The event will be televised.

Eisenhower beats Tosa West, stays tied for first

Feb. 14, 2014 10:15 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower snapped a 2-game losing streak, beating Wauwatosa West, 70-60, thanks to a fourth quarter rally, at Ike on Friday.

Leading 49-47 going into the fourth quarter, Tosa West couldn't hit a basket and the Trojans couldn't stop the Lions, who opened with an 8-0 run. Brett Uelner scored on a drive, Nick Ganzke on a fastbreak and then Reed Timmer scored on an in-bounds play and two free throws for a 57-47 lead and the Trojans never recovered.

Timmer was pretty much guarded 1-on-1 and he finished with 28 points, which included 14-for-15 from the free throw line, including 10-for-11 in the fourth quarter as the officials turned the game into a free throw contest.

When Timmer, Ike's all-time leading scorer, scored on a drive with 6:50 in the first quarter, it was his 2,000th career point.

Uelner added 17 points and Jack Sirek tossed in 10, including two 3-pointers to give the Lions some balance.

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Waukesha County sheriff's seeks help locating pickup involved in crash

Feb. 14, 2014 12:56 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating a pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run accident.

The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and involved a pickup truck and another vehicle that were both traveling northbound on I-43 near Racine Ave. in New Berlin, according to a news release.

The suspect vehicle is a white Ford F150 pickup truck towing a flat black metal trailer that was carrying a snowmobile covered by a blue tarp. The snowmobile was possibly a blue Yamaha. Authorities said the truck might have passenger side damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call (262) 548-7461.

Suspects sought in unusual burglary in Muskego

Feb. 10, 2014 3:19 p.m. | Muskego — Police are seeking suspects who burglarized a Muskego home, possibly in connection with a drug deal, and who tried to kill the family dog.

The incident happened in the 17900 block of West Muskego Drive about 3:15 p.m. Jan. 24 when police received a report of gunfire.

According to police records:

A neighbor heard the shots and used his cellphone to take a video of the suspects' pickup truck and of the truck they stole from the home. Oddly enough, both were black Chevrolet Avalanches.

The shots the neighbor heard came from one of the burglars attempting to shoot the family's golden retriever. The dog was seen unhurt about 90 minutes later in the parking lot of Pick 'n Save, W17005 Janesville Road, by an employee who notified the owner. The store is roughly two miles from the dog's home.

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Photo gallery of Gov. Scott Walker visiting New Berlin elementary school now online

Feb. 06, 2014 11:44 a.m. | Gov. Scott Walker visited Ronald Reagan Elementary School on Feb. 6.

Walker visited the school to talk with a class of fifth-graders.

View the NOW Newspapers/MyCommunityNOW photo gallery of his visit.

Burger King eyes Muskego near Walmart

Feb. 03, 2014 12:48 p.m. | A Burger King could be coming to Muskego again.

The fast-food chain is interested in opening a restaurant on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Commerce Center Parkway, near Walmart.

The current zoning for that corner is business and office park, so Burger King is asking the city to rezone for a general business zoning already in place for Walmart and a hardware store at that location. A public hearing on the rezoning request will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

After the hearing, the request will go to the Plan Commission and then to the Common Council. The city would also have to approve a land split, enabling Burger King to buy a nearly one-acre parcel for the building, and the building plans when they are submitted.

If approved, it would be the second Burger King in Muskego. The first, on Janesville Road, was razed years ago.

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