Muskego condo fire photo gallery now online

June 25, 2013 9:56 a.m. | has just posted a photo gallery from this morning's condo fire on Martin Road in Muskego.

The blaze is believed to have started around 2:30 a.m. and may have been caused by lightning.

620TMJ has more on the incident, including a video from the scene.

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Lightning blamed for Muskego condo fire

June 25, 2013 6:44 a.m. | Lightning is the apparent cause of a fire that broke out Tuesday morning in a Muskego condo, according to the Muskego Fire Department.

The fire began about 2:30 a.m. at a condo near Olive Circle and Martin Drive and was extinguished by 6 a.m. No one was injured in the blaze, firefighters said.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

June 19, 2013 8:07 a.m. | Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.

New Berlin Walmart opponents claim crucial city vote invalid

June 17, 2013 10:53 a.m. | The group Neighbors First New Berlin, which opposes a plan to build a Walmart Super Center on Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin, has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that legal notice of a public hearing affecting the project was not given the required 30 days in advance.

The hearing was held Jan. 7 before the Plan Commission. On May 6, the commission recommended on a 3 to 2 vote that the city change its Comprehensive Plan and zoning that cleared the way for the Walmart. On May 14, the Common Council made those changes.

If Neighbors First prevails, it will get to argue its case again in front of the Plan Commission that got two new members between the January hearing and the actual vote in May, said the group's attorney Dennis Grzezinski. Both the new members voted for the changes in the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning.

Even if those new members viewed the hearing on the city's computer replay system before they voted, the group hopes to change their minds through a full hearing experience, Grzezinski said. The group also will have more time to make its presentation more effective, he said.

The Walmart is proposed for about a block east of Moorland Road. The group's lawsuit also is against the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust.

Indoor go-kart track proposed for New Berlin

June 14, 2013 7:00 a.m. | An indoor go-kart track is being proposed for New Berlin.

Pole Position Raceway would be the first two-track indoor raceway in Wisconsin, according to the proposal from local entrepreneur Christopher Daskam.

The two-track design allows customers "the chance to race with minimal waiting time," according to the proposal, filed with the city Department of Community Development.

The facility also would feature laser tag, arcade games, a bar/restaurant and "conference rooms for local businesses and individuals to hold meetings and parties," it said.

Pole Position would lease 64,000 square feet at a distribution center at 5475 S. Westridge Drive, in the Westridge Business Park, at I-43 and Moorland Road. The business would have a peak occupancy of 220 people, and up to 20 employees per shift.

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Charges expected against seven seniors for Muskego bus prank

June 12, 2013 10:43 a.m. | Municipal charges are expected to be filed this week against seven Muskego High School seniors in connection with the air being let out of the tires of 61 school buses and graffiti on the school.

School was delayed two hours in the Muskego-Norway School District on June 6 after the Lamers Bus Company, W19247 Enterprise Drive, reported that air had been let out of one tire on 61 of its 63 school buses. Several of the buses also had "2013" written on them with window soap, police said.

Police believe it was related to an incident in early morning June 4 when several derogatory words and obscene drawings were left on Muskego High School with chalk and window soap. That was cleaned off by school personnel before school started.

Several police officers, led by the school resource officer assigned to the school, identified four MHS seniors who were believed to be involved in the incidents on June 4 and six who were involved in the incident at Lamers Bus Company. It appears that three of the seniors were involved in both incidents.

They called the incidents senior pranks, police said. The district did not say whether the students will be allowed to participate in Sunday's graduation.

Shady contractors soliciting in New Berlin, police warn

June 11, 2013 12:06 p.m. | The shady door-to-door contractors that state officials warned about last week are now going door to door in New Berlin, police warn.

"There are some less than reputable businesses soliciting in neighborhoods for home improvement," New Berlin police said in an alert Tuesday. "Please use caution and due diligence in investigating these businesses prior to contracting for any service."

Police also cautioned residents to help any elderly neighbors if solicitors come by so they don't become victims of scams.

The problem with traveling contractors, as they're also called, is that consumers may get work and materials of questionable quality or may not get what they pay for.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection sent out a warning about traveling contractors last week. The Dane County Sheriff's Department also warned of "asphalt scams."

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Graduation in the suburbs photo gallery now online

June 10, 2013 10:32 a.m. | It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.

Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.

Baldwin-Woodville clubs Vikings, 9-0, at state

June 06, 2013 11:38 p.m. | For New Berlin West, it was the big picture that counted.

Defending Champion Baldwin-Woodville crushed the Vikings, 9-0, in the semi-finals of the WIAA State Softball Tournament Thursday night at Goodman Diamond on the Madison campus.

Abby Klopp threw a one-hitter, walked one and struck out five, as the Vikings had one baserunner going into the seventh - Kelly Duggan's walk in the fourth. The Vikings trailed, 2-0, before the Blackhawks scored six runs in the fifth to put the game away.

"We came, we competed and we gave it our best shot, but it just wasn't our night," said West coach Corey Scheel, coaching his final game before moving on to the athletic director's post at Racine St. Catherine's on July1.

"We didn't see anything new tonight (from Klopp)," he said. "We've faced Katie Lang (Eisenhower's ace).

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Muskego police say they've identified students who vandalized buses

June 06, 2013 3:32 p.m. | Muskego police say they have identified high school students involved in vandalizing school buses as part of a senior prank.

The vandalism caused school to be delayed two hours Thursday.

Police say they have identified six students involved with the vandalism on Thursday as well as four students involved in what is believed to be a related incident Tuesday in which derogatory messages were written on the high school building. Police said three of the students were involved in both incidents.

Sixty-one of 64 buses had air let out of the tires and windows covered in a greasy or soap-like material, said Dean Brown, general manager for Lamers Bus Lnies. Muskego police said that "2013" was written on the back of many buses.

The bus company brought in power-washers, mechanics and tire contractors with a labor cost more than $1,000, Brown said. The buses were ready by the time the two-hour delay was over.

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Muskego-Norway School Board tabled plan to change grading

June 04, 2013 2:30 p.m. | Sweeping grading changes that include using numbers instead of letter grades, not grading homework and allowing students to retake tests and get assignments in late didn't get a passing grade at Monday's Muskego-Norway School Board meeting.

While the board liked other aspects of the proposal that came from a committee of teachers, administrators and parents, the board tabled the plan. However, aspects of the plan that had to do with teachers having the same expectations of students and evaluating them the same way attracted support.

The consensus of the board was that those parts of the plan could be implemented. That will be discussed at a later meeting.

2013 WIAA State Track and Field photo gallery updated

June 02, 2013 10:47 a.m. | has just updated its photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.

Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.

You can see a photo gallery of the 2012 state track and field meet here.

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