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Muskego man dies from injuries suffered in motorcycle crash

Aug. 30, 2013 8:45 a.m. | A 46-year-old motorcyclist from Muskego died after a single-vehicle accident Thursday evening, New Berlin police said Friday morning.

The man died after an accident on Racine Ave. at Interstate 43 at 6:22 p.m. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, and the motorcyclist's identity has not been released.

Cudahy man sentenced in fatal drunken driving crash

Aug. 29, 2013 6:53 p.m. | A Cudahy man was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his passenger and injured Waukesha County sheriff's deputies whose patrol car he hit on the freeway last year.

According to court records:

Ihor M. Sahan, 19, was speeding east on Interstate 94 about 2:40 a.m. Nov. 1 when he slammed into a squad car parked in the turnaround area at Sunny Slope Road.

The injured deputies climbed out and pulled Sahan and his unconscious passenger from their burning vehicle. Ryan Petri, 17, had not been wearing a seat belt and suffered massive brain trauma. He was taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin but never regained consciousness and died.

Sahan told police he and Petri were returning from a Madison concert where he had consumed six drinks in an hour.

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New Berlin again approves land designation changes sought for Walmart

Aug. 28, 2013 2:11 p.m. | There were no surprises Tuesday as the New Berlin Common Council confirmed its two earlier votes that cleared the way for a controversial Walmart Super Center on Greenfield Avenue.

Aldermen again voted 4-2 to rezone the land and change the city's guideline planning document to allow commercial construction on the land Walmart wants to develop with a 200,000-square-foot store.

Over the months of debate, the majority of aldermen has expressed the view that a commercial use for the land, which lies about a block east of Moorland Road, is proper. That is in contrast to the zoning that called for single-family homes and the city's 2020 Comprehensive Plan that called for residential development.

In supporting the proposal, some aldermen have pointed out that commercial developments across Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield and the vacant land next door that will be developed as commercial property in New Berlin make chances for residential development remote.

But voting against changing the zoning and 2020 Comprehensive Plan were aldermen John Hopkins and Ron Seidl.

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Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013

Aug. 28, 2013 9:08 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View showcased the last Chill on the Hill concert for 2013.

Global musical sounds from Spanglish entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of the last 2013 edition of Chill on the Hill.

Three New Berlin lots will be developed as single-family homes after all

Aug. 27, 2013 7:43 p.m. | A plan to build three lots as duplexes instead of single-family homes in the Walnut Court area has been dropped.

A hearing was to have been held Monday before the New Berlin Plan Commission, but James Krahn withdrew his rezoning request for the proposal that had touched off a petition and protests from neighbors. The lots, which have now been sold, will be developed for single-family homes, as was originally intended under city guidelines.

The lots' buyer started grading them for homes today, Krahn said Tuesday.

As recently as May, Krahn had all but given up finding a buyer willing to build single-family homes on the three lots. The only interested buyer wanted to build duplexes, he said, prompting to make the rezoning request, much to the dismay of neighbors.

But now three months later, Krahn said, "I'm very happy ...and they're getting what they wanted."

Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill

Aug. 21, 2013 8:53 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled celebration as it was Ladies' Night on Aug. 20 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

Musical guests Ramma Lamma and The Wanton Looks entertained the crowd.

And 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.

Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets

Aug. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m. | It's that time of the year again for soon-to-be cooling temperatures, school spirit and Friday night lights.

Area football teams are set to kick off their seasons this week, and we want you to showcase your school and alumni spirit by sharing your photographs.

One person who shares the most-liked photo showcasing their school spirit will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Here's what you need to do: First, take a photo of yourself, your friends or whatever else you think shows your spirit for preps football. Then tag your photos with the #wisfb hashtag as well as a hashtag of your school (#Arrowhead, #Homestead and #CatholicMemorial are examples). Then post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Flickr.

Photos will be compiled on the NOW Newspapers #wisfb prep football spirit photos page, and you can vote for your favorite there.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds

Aug. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with Irish sounds from McTavish and the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance on Aug. 13 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And 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.

Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year

Aug. 07, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones has been named the NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

The hard-throwing senior struck out 131 batters in 80 innings while compiling a 0.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and a 9-3 record.

New Berlin West coach Tom Farina is the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Coach of the Year. The veteran skipper led the Vikings to their first-ever state baseball title and was also named the state coach of the year.

You can see the complete team and more in the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team special section.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace

Aug. 07, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with country sounds from Nora Collins and rock music from Eagle Trace on Aug. 6 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And 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.

Mothers, youth tell of heroin at Muskego schools

Aug. 06, 2013 9:47 a.m. | Mothers and former students told first-hand stories about heroin being in the Muskego schools and killing Muskego youth as the Muskego-Norway School Board listened Monday.

About 40 people concerned about heroin and other drugs in the schools packed the meeting. Their message was that they are available to do anything — fundraising for staff or equipment or speaking in the schools — to keep children away from drugs.

Linda Lenz, a Muskego resident since 1991 and an organizer of the effort, said a Muskego police officer told her the drug problem in Muskego is bigger than anyone can imagine. It isn't that there are so many deaths or arrests, she was told — it's that so many youth are hooked.

Lenz lost her 23-year-old son to drugs in February. His drug connection was a boy that he met at Muskego High School, she said.

In three weeks, the group will present suggestions about how it can help the schools keep children away from drugs.

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