Residents don't want trees sacrificed for rec path

March 30, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A petition signed by Tess Corners Drive residents upset about all the trees that will be cut down to make way for a recreational path was submitted to the Muskego City Hall on Thursday.

The residents want the city to either find a way to reduce the number of trees cut down for the eight-foot wide path or not build it.

Tess Corners Drive is slated to be reconstructed this year from Woods to Janesville roads and the path added as part of the project. The road project itself also will take trees.

Recall effort launched against Muskego mayor, 2 aldermen

March 29, 2012 5:26 p.m. | Muskego - A citizen group on Thursday launched an effort to recall Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti and aldermen Neome Schaumberg and Keith Werner over their failure to hold a referendum on a proposal to purchase lakefront property for a park.

The group Muskego for Ethical Government earlier had filed a petition in February for direct legislation that seeks a referendum on the proposed $3.55 million purchase of two Little Muskego Lake parcels along Janesville Road for a park.

City officials rejected the petition, determining the land purchase wasn't the proper subject for direct legislation. The city already has an ordinance that requires referendums to be held on projects of $10 million or more, and direct legislation cannot be used to repeal an existing ordinance.

Although stopping short of holding a referendum, Common Council members put the land purchase on hold to gather more information on what it would cost to develop a park on the 4.6 acres.

That move, Chiaverotti said, shows that elected officials were listening to residents who said they wanted more information about the proposed park.

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Semifinalists emerge in Battle of the Burbs bracket contest

March 29, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Four communities have advanced to the penultimate round of MyCommunityNOW's Battle of the Burbs bracket contest.

Top-seeded Wauwatosa handily defeated Franklin, 64-36, to earn a semifinal match up with No. 4 seed Waukesha. Waukesha earned its spot with a 52-48 victory over No. 2 Mequon-Thiensville.

Brookfield, a No. 1 seed, posted a 56-44 victory over Muskego and will face New Berlin in the semifinals. Second-seeded New Berlin advanced with a 63-37 rout of Shorewood.

Semifinal voting in the NCAA-style tournament continues for a week and pits suburbs against each other in a single-elimination showdown to determine the best community in the area.

Three lucky voters will win Visa gift cards and the winning community will receive a special proclamation from MyCommunityNOW and NOW Newspapers.

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Memory care facility proposed for New Berlin

March 29, 2012 9:26 a.m. | LindenGrove Inc. is proposing a 24-unit residential and health care facility in New Berlin for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

The facility would be at at 13705 W. Fieldpointe Drive, according to plans filed with the city's Department of Community Development. It would be next to the LindenGrove nursing home.

LindenGrove is an affiliate of Waukesha-based ProHealth Care.

The Plan Commission is to consider the project at its Monday meeting.

Former alderwoman picked to fill Fiedler's term in Muskego

March 28, 2012 12:30 p.m. | Muskego's 7th Aldermanic District will get a new but a familiar face as its Common Council representative.

The council on Tuesday night appointed former alderwoman Eileen Madden to fill the year remaining on the term of Alderman Noah Fiedler, who will step down at the end of the week due to increased family and work commitments.

Ironically, Fiedler unseated Madden for 7th District alderman in 2007. She had served since 2000.

When Fiedler announced his resignation, the council opened the door for applications. It got three - Madden, Lawrence Jansen and Deborah Tomcyzk, each of which was asked to answer eight questions from aldermen.

After Jansen was eliminated in the first round of balloting, Madden and Deborah Tomczyk ended in a tie with three aldermen for each. (Fiedler, the seventh alderman on the council, did not vote or participate in the selection process.) Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti cast the tie-breaking vote.

Sumitomo plans to double New Berlin factory

March 28, 2012 10:02 a.m. | Sumitomo Electric Carbide Manufacturing Inc. has plans to double the size of its New Berlin factory by building a 45,000-square-foot addition.

The maker of metal-cutting tools currently employs 130 people at the plant, 5635 S. Westridge Drive, and is confident in its prospects.

"Our business outlook for the future is appearing very positive," the firm said in a memo on file with the City of New Berlin. "We believe that we have significant growth potential and that the creation of up to 100 positions by 2017 is possible with our current sales outlook and building expansion plans."

The New Berlin Plan Commission will consider Sumitomo's application to build the addition on Monday.

Sumitomo came to the Milwaukee area in 1991 with the purchase of a Muskego firm, then moved to New Berlin's Westridge Industrial Park in 1996. The company sells its cutting tools to the automotive, electrical, medical, aerospace and machine tool industries.

New London nips Ike, 43-39, wins state title

March 24, 2012 8:23 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower, playing with basically five players down the stretch dropped a thrilling 43-39 decision to defending state champion New London Saturday night in Madison at the Kohl Center in the WIAA Division 2 State Girls Basketball Championship.

Ike junior Erin Ganske left the game with a concussion late in the first half and never returned, leaving the four starters and sixth-man Kristen Hesselbach playing most of the game.

Except for Jessa Hahn, who played five minutes, Nicole Bauman (32), Katie Lang (30), Taylor McArthur (30), Jenny Weiland (29) and Hesselbach (22) played the rest of the game. 

When asked about the injury, Ike coach Gary Schmidt said, "I don't believe in making excuses, but we were dragging at the end and I feel we limped to the finish line. But I am so proud of these kids and especially this girl sitting by my side."

Schmidt, of course, was talking about Bauman, who played her final game for the Lions before going on to the University of Wisconsin in the fall.

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Eisenhower vs. New London for state title tonight

March 24, 2012 8:39 a.m. | When No. 2 ranked New Berlin Eisenhower (27-0) and No. 1 ranked New London (27-0) meet Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison, it will be the seventh time two unbeaten teams have met for the WIAA State Girls Basketball Championship.

This is the first time it has happened in a Division 2 title game.

The last time it happened came in a Division 3 title game in 2009 as Amherst (27-0) beat Cuba City (26-1), 41-37.

In 1999 in a Division 4 title battle, Barneveld (27-0) beat Potosi (26-1), 49-42.

Before that the schools were divided by letters. It happened three times among 'A' Division schools and one in a 'B' Division title game.

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Ike whips Reedsburg Area, 47-28, sets up battle of unbeatens for title game

March 23, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Juniors Jenny Weiland and Katie Lange took over when All-Star Nicole Bauman got into early foul trouble and helped sparked New Berlin Eisenhower to a 47-28 victory over Reedsburg Area on Friday afternoon in the WIAA State Basketball semifinals at the Kohl Center in Madison.

The win set up a 'Battle of the Unbeatens' for 6:30 p.m. Saturday when second-ranked Eisenhower meets top-ranked New London for the state championship between two 27-0 teams.

New London had beat Notre Dame De La Baie Academy, 54-32, in the first game Friday.

With 3:23 left in the first quarter, Bauman picked up her second foul and had to leave the game with Ike leading, 4-3. But Weiland passed to Erin Ganzer, who hit a jumper, Kristen Hesselbach passed to Lange, who hit a jumper.

Lange then stole the ball, passed to Hesselbach, who fed Weiland, who closed out the quarter with a 3-pointer to give the Lions an 11-8 lead.

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Eisenhower hoop fans ready for trek to Madison

March 23, 2012 7:55 a.m. | When the New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketall team plays Reedsburg Area this afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison, they will have plenty of fans cheering them on.

The Lions have sold 830 out of the 1,130 tickets that were allotted to them as 500 students and 300 parents, staff and other community members will be making the trip west. 

"We completely sold out the student section," athletic director Courtney Fryatt said. "We have heard of many more planning to buy their tickets at the Kohl Center."

There are a total of five buses taking 200 students to Madison for tonight's game. Because of the large response to tonight's game, all students will be released from school aqt noon today to allow everyone enough time to get to Madison safely.

The booster club had 240 purple fan shirts made they were were sold out by Wednesday.

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Pioneer Drive work might be easier to pay for on installment plan

March 21, 2012 5:22 p.m. | A Pioneer Drive resident objected to a plan to charge residents 8 percent interest if they pay on the installment plan for city road work and water main going past their homes.

Now, the city Finance Committee says it will consider lowering the rate.

Steve Mainus spoke last week at a hearing on the Pioneer Drive road project, which will be done this year. The Public Works Committee on Monday night sent his request for a lower interest rate to the Finance Committee.

But Mainus didn't get far with his other point, which was to not extend city water at all to those along the street. The water main is still coming through.

Some sewer laterals are adding to backup problems in Muskego

March 20, 2012 10:54 p.m. | Ten percent of sanitary sewer laterals in a pilot project area in Muskego have been found to contribute to sewer backups in nearby homes.

David Simpson, director of public works, said the pilot area is in the Independence Drive and Freedom Avenue neighborhood. The city inspected 70 laterals going from homes to the sanitary sewer in the street starting last November. It found seven needed fixing.

To help homeowners do that, the city is working toward tapping into grant money from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District that would pay 100 percent of the repair cost plus the cost of restoring the yard after the laterals are dug up. The Common Council is expected to approve an agreement with the MMSD that would open the door for that on March 27. The program would be voluntary.

The Independence/Freedom area was chosen for the pilot program because it suffers from sanitary sewer backups due partly to rainwater getting into the sanitary system and overwhelming it, Simpson said. Thousands of dollars also have been spent on improving the sewer lift station in the area that has played a major role in the backups.

The city would like to help homeowners in other areas and will set priorities for its next inspections depending on the age of sewers and other factors, Simpson said.

Muskego meets a frustrating end

March 18, 2012 9:19 a.m. | A frustrating shooting night spelled the end of the season for the Muskego girls basketball team.

The Warriors just could not get any shots to drop early against Middleton in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship contest on Saturday night at Sun Prairie, and it cost them a 58-46 loss.

Muskego hit just four field goals in the first half in falling behind by 16 and was only 7 for 40 (18 percent) at the three-quarter mark. Only a 7 for 17 performance in the fourth quarter lifted the Warriors to a still-chilly 25 percent for the game and made the score more respectable.

Warriors head coach Brian Hirtz, whose team finished 18-8, was quick to credit the defense of the Cardinals for most of his team’s shooting woes.

“Some of the shots we normally make weren’t falling for us early,” Hirtz said. “I think Middleton’s very good at getting you playing a little faster than you want to play, and our shots weren’t falling, maybe because they were a little rushed. That’s a credit to them (the Cardinals). They are very disciplined and very tough on both sides of the floor.

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Eisenhower uses 22-0 run, great defense to beat Bay

March 17, 2012 3:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower overcame a terrible start and came back to crush Whitefish Bay, 48-23, to win the Waukesha South sectional championship and advance to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament next weekend.

The Lions (26-0) have now won 32 of their last 33 games, defeating the Blue Dukes (21-5). Bay upset them last year in the sectional title game, 44-42, preventing them from defending their 2009-10 state title.

“This meant the world to us," said senior star Nicole Bauman, who was named Wisconsin's Miss Basketball' following the awards presentation. "Everyone was talking beforehand, we can’t let what happened to us last year happen this year. We had to work twice as hard."

Bay came out relaxed, and the Lions were pressing. Ike coach Gary Schmidt called timeout with 4:40 on the clock in the first period with his team trailing, 8-0. After Elisabeth Johnston passed to Maya Jonas for an easy basket and a 10-0 lead, Bay increased the lead to 15-7 when Lindsey Agnew scored with 22 seconds left in the quarter. But Nicole Bauman hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to 15-10.

What the Blue Dukes didn't realize at the time was, Agnew's shot would be their last score until 4:29 rema in the third quarter. Bauman's 3-pointer to end the quarter started a 22-0 run which ended when Bauman hit 1-of-2 free throws to start the second half.

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Waukesha West repeats as academic decathlon state champ

March 17, 2012 11:58 a.m. | Waukesha West High School won the Wisconsin Academic Decathlon, held Thursday and Friday in Wisconsin Dells, according to an announcement released Saturday.

Waukesha West scored 47,412 points, outscoring second-place New Berlin Eisenhower by about 400 points.

Waukesha West was the Division II champion in the U.S. decathlon competition last year and placed third overall. This year's national competition is in Albuquerque, April 25-28, according to the announcement.

New Berlin police identify overdose victim

March 17, 2012 11:16 a.m. | New Berlin - A 22-year-old New Berlin man who apparently died of a drug overdose in his home was identified Saturday by the Waukesha County medical examiner as Jacob Brehm.

Family members called police around 6:30 p.m. Friday. They and members of the Fire Department attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate him and he died at the scene at a home in the 18000 block of National Ave., according to police.

Bennett's huge game rattles Sabers

March 16, 2012 4:20 a.m. | In two games this season, both decided by just four points, the Muskego and Franklin girls basketball teams were pretty evenly-matched.

The Sabers won both times, but when the teams clashed again on Thursday night in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal contest, the Warriors prevailed, 60-47, largely because of one big difference.

That’s ‘big’ in the literal sense, because the deciding factor was 6 foot-3 inch junior post Renee Bennett, who exploded for a game-high 28 points.

Bennett, who is four inches taller than anyone on the Franklin roster, averages just 6.2 points per game and had scored just eight points total in the two contests against the Sabers this season. She had also managed just six points in Muskego’s two previous tournament victories.

On Thursday night, though, she was dominant, taking lob passes, making strong inside moves and either scoring (11 field goals) or drawing fouls (six free throws in 10 attempts).

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Ike beats West, 49-23 in sectional semifinal

March 15, 2012 9:14 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower used great defense and beat New Berlin West, 49-23, Thursday night in the sectional semifinal at Greenfield and moved on to Saturday's sectional championship game.

Eisenhower (25-0) has now won 30-of-31 games and the Lions will meet Whitefish Bay (21-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Waukesha South. The Blue Dukes are the last team to beat the Lions, 44-42, when they won the sectional title at West Allis Central on March 19, 2011.

Bay defeated Wauwatosa West, 54-37, at Waukesha North on Thursday to move on to Saturday's game. Maya Jones led the way with 15 points, while three other Bay players had 12.

The Lions took care of business at Greenfield on Thursday, as they jumped off to a 9-2 lead in the first quarter as All-Star Nicole Bauman scored the first seven points of the game, sandwiching two field goals around a long 3-pointer.

The Lions defense was intense as Shannon Burke's basket with 2:52 left in the first quarter was West's only points.

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Muskego park plan halted, for now

March 14, 2012 10:03 a.m. | The wheels that have been turning for months toward establishing a controversial lakefront park in Muskego have ground to a halt for the summer.

The Muskego Common Council decided Tuesday night to stop the process of buying two properties to create the park until more is known about park development costs.

To help it get those costs, the council directed the Parks and Recreation Board to recommend a park development plan complete with a cost analysis. The council expects the board to form an ad hoc committee of several groups the council identified as having a strong interest in whether a park is established. The board can also add any others it feels should be included.

The Parks Board will meet April 9 to start work on the council's request. The city also will hire a consultant for up to $40,000 to provide expertise to the board.

The council set a Sept. 25 target date for the task to be completed. Then once the council has cost estimates, aldermen will vote on whether to go ahead with buying property for the proposed park.

Waukesha man charged in 2 heroin deaths

March 13, 2012 4:30 p.m. | Waukesha - A 27-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with two counts of homicide in connection with two heroin overdose deaths.

Kevin S. Cobus is accused of supplying heroin to Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego and Cody C. Riggs, 26, of Delafield.

Hansen was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her father on July 12 and was pronounced dead later that day. The man told authorities he was aware that Hansen was a heroin user, according to the criminal complaint filed against Cobus.

Riggs died on Jan. 6. He was found not breathing in his bed by his brother, who told police Riggs had used heroin often, the complaint states.

Cobus was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and bail was set at $100,000.

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New Berlin advised to scrap dispatch center, join joint service

March 12, 2012 4:08 p.m. | New Berlin - A consultant is recommending that the city disband its dispatch center and use the Waukesha County Communications Center to handle calls for police and fire, a move the consultant says would save New Berlin and its taxpayers nearly $9 million over 10 years.

The consultant, Springsted Inc. of Milwaukee, is scheduled to present its report to aldermen and Mayor Jack Chiovatero at the Common Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

No decision will be made at the meeting, city officials said.

The city has been looking for ways to save money and hired Springsted to evaluate the city's options for dispatching police and fire calls.

The county's joint dispatch center began operations in 2004 and handles calls in 29 communities in Waukesha County. At the time the joint center was being created, New Berlin decided not to join, in part because the city had recently built a new public safety building that included a new dispatch center.

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Muskego holds off pesky Indians

March 11, 2012 9:49 a.m. | Mukwonago gave Muskego all it could handle for three quarters, but then Jessica Mlachnik took over.

The senior guard scored a game-high 15 points and forced four fourth quarter turnovers as the host Warriors (17-7) succeeded in fending off the scrappy Indians, 53-45, in Saturday night’s WIAA Division 1 regional final showdown. The No. 2-seeded Warriors advance to face top-seeded Franklin on Thursday at Badger.

Sixth-seeded Mukwonago (12-12) proved its resiliency Friday night by upsetting third-seeded Janesville Craig, and the Indians also beat the Warriors in double overtime on Jan. 24, 60-59. Muskego head coach Brian Hirtz expected another gritty contest.

“I absolutely expected a tough game,” Hirtz said. “We played Mukwonago earlier in the year, and they beat us in double overtime. So you get to the regional finals, you know it’s going to be a battle. We know each other well, and I thought we played great defense in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for us.”

Mlachnik also came to play expecting a tight game.

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Bauman her typical dominant self vs. Cudahy

March 10, 2012 11:37 p.m. | Nicole Bauman.

That was story Saturday night at New Berlin Eisenhower as the senior star played the final home game of her amazing prep career. From a special mention during the starting lineups to a custom banner presented to her after the win, Bauman was the center of attention for the still-undefeated Lions.

By defeating the Cudahy, 54-36, New Berlin Eisenhower earned yet another regional championship, stayed undefeated and moved on to play crosstown foe New Berlin West in next Thursday's sectional semifinal. Bauman shared the game high scoring honors with junior Jenny Weiland, each with 19 points. However, the points by Bauman were more significant, not in the outcome of the game but in the fact that she became the school’s all-time leading scorer.

As if the night couldn’t get any better for Bauman, she was surprised with news after the game that she had been named the 2012 ESPN Wisconsin State Player of the Year. She was joined by her parents and teammates on the floor for a special celebration. It’s the first time in school history a Lion has won the award and for a player who doesn’t really like to talk about individual accomplishments, it was all a bit much for Bauman.

“It’s exciting and I never would have thought that this would happened,” Bauman said.  I am just thankful to all of my coaches, teammates, family and friends.

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West win sets up crosstown clash

March 10, 2012 11:21 p.m. | New Berlin West used balanced scoring and good defense once again Saturday night and defeated Catholic Memorial, 58-43, at home to win a regional championship.

The Vikings (18-6) will now move on to the Greenfield sectional on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face New Berlin Eisenhower (24-0), who defeated Cudahy, 54-36.

It was West's first regional title since 2002.

"Oh my gosh," West coach Corey Scheel said afterwards, while watching his team cutting down the net. "We set goals at the beginning of the year. Obviously, our first goal was (winning) conference and then winning a regional title. For this group to do that it means so much.

"With a younger group and some of the adversity we had in losing some players, some people had to step up. It's about these girls, its about this program ... these girls buying into what we are preaching, and they have. You can see the look on their faces, the determination, it means so much as a coach."

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West whips Catholic Memorials, wins regional title

March 10, 2012 9:25 p.m. | New Berlin West used balanced scoring and good defense once again Saturday night and defeated Catholic Memorial, 58-43, at home to win a regional championship.

The Vikings (18-6) will now move on to the Greenfield Sectional on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face New Berlin Eisenhower (24-0), who defeated Cudahy, 54-36.

It was West's first regional title since 2002 and the Vikings celebrated afterwards.

"Oh my gosh," West coach Corey Scheel said afterwards, while watching his team cutting down the net. "We set goals at the beginning of the year. Obviously, our first goal was (winning) conference and then winning a regional title. For this group to do that it means so much.

"With a younger group and some of the adversity we had in losing some players, some people had to step up. It's about these girls, its about this program...these girls buying into what we are preaching - and they have - You can see the look on their faces, the determination, it means so much as a coach."

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New Berlin West bucks Broncos

March 10, 2012 10:13 a.m. | A dominant post game combined with a stingy defense is often a recipe for victory come tournament time.

The New Berlin West girls’ basketball team showcased both in a dominant 52-36 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win over Union Grove on March 9.

Six-foot forwards Becca Gasper and Beth VerHaagh were especially sharp in the paint for the third-seeded Vikings.

The duo combined for 29 points and Gasper, who finished with game high 18, drew the praise of head coach Corey Scheel.

“Becca played phenomenal,” he said. “She was using her body and has been getting so much better at that, knowing when to seal and recognizing. It has been phenomenal.”

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Muskego wins ugly against Tremper

March 09, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Familiarity may breed contempt, as it is often said, but it can also breed ugly basketball.

That was the case when the Muskego and Kenosha Tremper girls teams met on Friday night in Muskego for a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game, where the Warriors prevailed, 48-36.

The Warriors and Trojans had seen each other twice before this season, with Muskego winning both games, so there were no surprises. Both teams simply tried to grind out whatever they could get.

“(It was) kind of an ugly game,” Muskego head coach Brian Hirtz said, “but that’s what you get when people have played each other three times. You know each other pretty well. It was a very physical game.

“I thought we did a pretty good job making free throws (22 of 33), and we played pretty good ‘D’ for the most part. I was happy with that, but it’s tough to play someone three times. Also, it’s the regionals. They don’t want to lose, we don’t want to lose. It’s a tough game.”

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No insanity defense planned in killing of Brookfield businessman

March 08, 2012 4:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A New Berlin woman charged with homicide in the June killing of Brookfield businessman John Aegerter will not pursue a criminal insanity plea, her attorney told a judge Thursday.

Lynn M. Hajny, 49, who has pleaded not guilty, was considering changing her plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Hajny's attorney, Michael F. Hart, told Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick C. Haughney that a psychologist had examined Hajny and he would not be proceeding with the insanity plea. The psychologist's findings were not discussed during Thursday's brief hearing.

In January, Hart had told Haughney that Hajny has a long history of mental health treatment.

Hajny and Tommy V. Douyette, 42, of Milwaukee, each were charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime in Aegerter's death.

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Muskego district negotiates with Lakewood United teachers union

March 08, 2012 8:20 a.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board is now negotiating teacher pay with the Lakewood United Educators, which recertified as a union and went on to win approval from a majority of teachers in the district.

Both are required under the state's new public employee bargaining rules. And negotiations are much different, too.

The maximum raise the board can give is tied to the consumer price index, which for approximately the last calendar year was up 1.64 percent, according to a recent determination by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. It looks like the CPI will be more than 3 percent this year, Superintendent Joe Schroeder said.

Under the state's Act 10 new rules, the negotiations cannot involve benefits or working conditions as they have in the past.

Muskego board OKs sports equipment shed

March 06, 2012 10:24 p.m. | In coming weeks, anyone passing the Muskego High School football field and track will see a small building pop up.

It's an equipment shed that the school track team and Junior Warriors football chipped in to build. The Muskego-Norway School Board on Monday night gave its blessings to the structure that will stand at the northwest corner of the football field/track.

The athletic groups held fundraisers to get the money for the shed, which they hope will be finished in June. That will be in plenty of time for football season, but track season started this week.

School calendar favors parents' preferences

March 06, 2012 9:34 p.m. | A 2012-23 school calendar that continues changes that started this year and bow to parent requests won approval from the Muskego-Norway School Board Monday night.

Parents wanted school to start after Labor Day, and that's what will happen this fall. School starts Sept. 4.

Winter break will start Dec. 24 and end Jan. 1, with school resuming Jan. 2. Spring break will be March 29 and end April 8, 2013.

The last day of school will be June 13, 2013.

The practice of scheduling teacher professional days, when only teachers go to school, and students get a three-day weekend, will continue, in accordance with parential preferences.

Old schools will finally get some maintenance

March 06, 2012 9:16 p.m. | Muskego's two oldest schools, where maintenance has been deferred, will get some catchup maintenance this year.

A school referendum that would have closed Muskego Elementary and Tess Corners Elementary failed last November. As a result, both schools will stay open for the foreseeable future, prompting the need for maintenance catchup. The only question is how much?

The Muskego-Norway School Board will decide that at its March 19 meeting at Lakeview Elementary School.

The projects would be unglamorous things like roof repair, tuckpointing and spot floor repairs. Although the schools also have heating problems, no HVAC work is proposed because that would involve some $3 million -more than school officials are willing to sink into them.

Overall, the schools in the district need $8.6 million of maintenance, officials estimate. Those projects will be prioritized and the board will approve whatever projects will fit into its $400,000 annual maintenance budget plus up to $2 million that could be taken out of fund balance over the next two years for more projects.

There's still time to take survey on superintendent replacement

March 05, 2012 4:58 p.m. | Those in the Muskego-Norway School District have one more day to participate in the district's online survey to help in the search for someone to succeed Superintendent Joe Schroeder.

The survey participation deadline was extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The district has hired the consulting firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, which specializes in helping school boards fill superintendent positions. The survey will help the firm identify the characteristics people want in a new superintendent.

The survey can be accessed at:

Schroeder will leave at the end of the school year. District officials hope to hire a replacement before his departure.

Muskego executive's OWI plea deal encounters turbulence

March 05, 2012 7:30 a.m. | The Fond du Lac district attorney is defending one of the stranger plea deals in the annals of  Wisconsin drunken driving enforcement history.

Lawrence Schreiber of Muskego, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin, had a blood alcohol level around twice the legal limit when he was pulled over in June. Though he was driving a Mercedes-Benz on U.S. Highway 41, Schreiber, 48, later pleaded no contest to operating an aircraft while intoxicated.

The sheriff's chief deputy doesn't like the outcome, but the DA defends it, saying he at least got a countable drunken driving offense on Schreiber's record.

The unusual -- for a non-pilot -- conviction spared Schreiber from a license suspension and from having to install an interlock device on his car. And despite the intention that it count against him if he is ever charged with OWI again, it wasn't on Schreiber's official driving record until a newspaper contacted Division of Motor Vehicles officials.

The Fond du Lac Reporter has the details.

Whitnall explodes on offense, downs Vikings

March 04, 2012 8:11 a.m. | The full extent of the offensive firepower of Whitnall’s boys basketball team was on display Saturday night during a 69-49 WIAA Division 2 regional final victory over New Berlin West.

Bryan Nagy tallied 10 points in the first quarter and finished with 16, Stephen Pelkofer totaled 11 points in the second period and wound up with a game-high 19 and Ian Ray netted a trio of 3-point field goals in the third quarter and tallied 12 points.

Luke Mentkowski chipped in with 15 points as well for the Falcons (22-2), who shot 58 percent from the field and nailed nine 3-pointers on the night.

“That’s our thing; it’s pick your poison, basically,” Pelkofer said. “You lock down on me, lock down on Ian, lock down on Luke, everyone else will step up.”

Nagy added, “It’s been balanced all year, but today, we just shined. Ian was hitting, Stephen was unconscious and they were finding me inside. If I couldn’t find it, I was kicking it (back outside) and they were hitting it.”

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Ike wins playoff 'tune-up', beats Vincent, 54-39

March 03, 2012 4:51 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower warmed up for the post-season and a chance to return to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon by beating a talented Milwaukee Vincent team, 54-39, at Eisenhower.

Five Lions scored and four were in double figures as they put together a well-balanced attack as everyone played well for coach Gary Schmidt's team.

Erin Ganske led the way with 14 points, followed by Nicole Bauman and Jenny Weiland with 13 each and Katie Lang with 12.Taylor McArthur had the other two points. Nafeshia Holified, 6-2, had 15 points, and Karley Barnes, 6-3, 13 for the Vikings.

After a 10-10 first quarter sparked by Ganske's six points, Ike went on a 16-9 roll behind eight points by Bauman for a 26-19 lead. Eisenhower then used a 17-10 third period to put the game away against the Vikings (15-6).

Weiland's seven points and Lang's five sparked the big third-period.

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New Berlin West at Whitnall tonight

March 03, 2012 10:59 a.m. | New Berlin West travels to Whitnall tonight a 7 p.m. for the regional championship game, hoping the results are the same as the first meeting.

West (17-6) handed the Falcons (21-2) one of their two losses, 51-50, on Dec. 20 at West.

Fifth-seed West won a first-round thriller, 53-38, at fourth-seed Eisenhower on Friday and top-seed Whitnall blew away eighth-seed Catholic Memorial, 78-63, at home.

Tonight's winner moves on to the sectional semi-finals on Thursday at Greenfield against the winner of the second-seed Pius XI/sixth-seed Wisconsin Lutheran game.

West Allis school district won't give up New Berlin land

March 02, 2012 9:27 a.m. | Spurning a request by a New Berlin developer, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District will not cede 4.5 acres to the New Berlin School District.

The developer had made the request so that the entire development under construction could be in one school district. But the WA-WM School Board decided the area in question is closer to an elementary school in West Allis than in New Berlin.

The fact that the West Allis district is landlocked so it needs to protect all its taxable property was another consideration in the board vote on Monday.

The 4.5 acres had been vacant until recently, when construction started on four apartment buildings.

One is in the New Berlin School District and the other three are in West Allis-West Milwaukee. Those four buildings are in addition to 14 buildings, all in New Berlin's district, that are already built in the same Stonegate Apartment complex.

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