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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Owners of former Parkland Mall lose appeal of lawsuit against Muskego

Sept. 25, 2014 5:23 p.m. | Muskego — Parkland Venture, owner of the former Parkland Mall property in Muskego, will file a motion asking the District 2 Court of Appeals to reconsider dismissal of Parkland Venture's $46 million lawsuit against the city of Muskego.

The lawsuit was in connection with the development of the former Parkland Mall site in the heart of the city.

The lawsuit mainly alleges that the city conspired to illegally take the former Parkland Mall from Parkland Venture by making it too difficult to develop. The defunct mall property is 10.8 acres at Janesville Road and Lannon Drive in Muskego.

The Court of Appeals on Sept. 17 affirmed the Feb. 20, 2013, decision by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfuss Jr. to dismiss all the claims in the 2009 lawsuit, which contained allegations stemming from 1997.

The Appeals Court agreed with Dreyfuss that the notice of claims against the city was filed too long after the alleged violations took place. Such notices must be filed 120 days after an alleged violation.

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Proposed Waukesha County budget keeps property taxes flat

Sept. 24, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Total Waukesha County government spending in 2015 would drop $3 million from this year, to $279.1 million, under a 2015 budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The county's general property tax levy needed to pay more than one-third of projected expenditures would increase slightly less than 1% to $100.49 million for 2015, up $987,100 from the county levy this year, according to budget documents.

Since property values rose about 3% countywide as of Jan. 1 this year, county government can cut its tax rate to generate the higher levy for 2015.

The proposed rate drops seven cents to $2.08 per $1,000 of equalized value. Most homeowners will see no change in the county's portion of their December tax bill.

Though the median home value rose to $246,300 as of Jan. 1, up $7,400, the owner of that home would pay $512 for the county portion of the 2015 tax bill, the same amount as this year. The tax bill impact on specific properties will vary depending on local assessments and changes in property values.

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Waukesha County authorities apprehend wanted man

Sept. 24, 2014 1:14 p.m. | A man wanted on several warrants and last seen in Waukesha County — and who prompted authorities to appeal to the public for help in locating him — has been apprehended, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies arrested Donald Berry, 43, shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Townline Road and Garrett Drive in Vernon after a citizen reported seeing a man matching his description, according to a news release.

The man ran north on Guthrie Road, ignoring deputies' orders to stop, and eventually a department dog was used to apprehend him. Deputy Brad Schuenemann is the handler for the dog, named Soldier.

On Tuesday, Waukesha County sheriff's deputies released information about Berry, who was stopped by a deputy after he was called to a report of a man walking on Interstate 43 near Big Bend at 5:46 p.m. Monday, according to a news release.

Berry gave a false name to the deputy and fled on foot north on I-43, officials said.

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Opinion divided on Muskego letting people have chickens, other fowl

Sept. 24, 2014 12:09 p.m. | Muskego — With Muskego officials thinking about allowing residents to have chickens and other fowl, supporters seemed to slightly outnumber critics at last week's public hearing.

In the end, the Muskego Common Council approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing all fowl, although that may be narrowed to just chickens, on average residential lots of 120,000 square feet or more. Under the current proposal, all sorts of birds including turkeys, pheasants, geese and even peacocks would be allowed.

The proposed ordinance also requires neighbors to sign off on living next door to fowls, a provision that proved controversial at the hearing.

Detractors of the proposal to allow fowl on suburban lots said it would open up issues of cleanliness, noise and smell and would not be in keeping with a suburban community. Supporters' arguments included that the proposed ordinance requires cleanliness, limits the fowl to hens which don't make noise, that Muskego has a rural rather than a suburban feel, that chickens would provide health benefits by providing fresh eggs, and finally that communities such as Milwaukee and Madison allow chickens on much smaller lots than those in Muskego.

City staff surveyed several communities and found that some allow chickens on smaller lots and some don't. Those that do are New Berlin, Milwaukee with neighbors' approval, Madison, River Hills and Wauwatosa. Those that don't are Franklin except on lots of 3 or more acres, Greenfield, Oak Creek except on 5 acres and Greendale.

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Speakers say high-density slipping through on Little Muskego Lake

Sept. 24, 2014 11:52 a.m. | Muskego — A shell game is what most speakers called a proposed five-home gated development with a separate 12-unit condominium building on Little Muskego Lake at a public hearing last week.

The proposal is on Janesville Road north of Pioneer Road.

Several speakers told the Muskego Common Council that all the proposed building would be piled on half the 6.7-acre site, making for a high population density. But the developer maintains that the project qualifies for the required medium density because there is only one home on the rest of the land, so the housing units per acre meet the city's requirement.

The speakers called that a shell game. But Jeff Muenkel, community development director, said the city has given approvals of other developments on that basis.

But David Taube, Kingston Drive, a former alderman, said approving this could lead to overpopulation around the lake.

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Sept. 22, 2014 9:28 a.m. | Muskego — The Muskego Police Department last week opened enrollment in a new voluntary program designed to increase the safety and security of residents with special needs.

The purpose of the program is to identify children and adults with special needs. Having prior knowledge of a person's special needs, such as autism, hearing impairment, emotional or behavioral impairment, limited cognitive and communicative abilities or dementia will help police and emergency personnel resolve calls more effectively and safely, police said.

The program is called M-S.N.A.P., which stands for the Muskego Special Needs Awareness Program. There also is a senior component for those at least 65 years old. It's called M- S.N.A.P. Silver.

The program was inspired by a difference in the way children and adults are cared for now.

"We noticed in the last several years more and more families choosing to care for loved ones in the home," said Lt. David Constantineau.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

Tosa West rushes to 31-10 win over Eisenhower

Sept. 19, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa West rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown as the Trojans rolled to a 31-10 victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 19 at home.

The Trojans improved to 1-2 in the Woodland West Division and 3-2 overall, while the Lions fell to 1-2 and 2-3 overall.

West’s star running back senior Demaris Purifoy rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries (10.8 average) and two touchdowns, while junior Truman Tyson ran for 61 yards in 7 carries (8.7) and a score. Sophomore Paris Howell added 60 yards on 11 carries (5.5) and a TD.

“I’m super happy,” Howell said. “Our team came out, executed, did what we needed to do. I love playing with Demaris. He is one of the elite backs. Whenever I get the ball, he blocks for me. Whenever he gets the ball, I block for him. He’s just a real dynamic player.”

West coach Matt Good knows that both Howell and Tyson will have to play a role the rest of the way as teams try to stop Purifoy.

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All escape from devastating duplex fire in Muskego

Sept. 18, 2014 2:15 p.m. | All those living in a two-family Muskego duplex escaped a fire that engulfed the side-by-side structure about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation and released at the scene.

The blaze was in the 14900 block of West Cornell Circle in Muskego. The Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

New Berlin schools "exceed expectations" on state report card

Sept. 18, 2014 11:31 a.m. | All six schools in the New Berlin School District increased their scores from 2013 to 2014 on the state-issued District and School Report Cards while six Muskego-Norway schools improved and two lost some ground.

All the New Berlin schools exceeded expectations and once again Elmwood Elementary School was in the "significantly exceeded expectations" category, as it was last year.

Two Muskego schools significantly exceeded expectations, five exceeded expectations and one met expectations.

The District and School Report Cards issued last week by the state Department of Public Instruction are intended to offer a better picture of how well individual schools prepare students to graduate ready for college and career.

Overall scores are based on four priority areas, each with its own rating of 0 to 100.

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City would pay $1.2 million to man shot by cops in home

Sept. 17, 2014 3:45 p.m. | The City of Milwaukee would pay $1.2 million to a Franklin man shot by city police in his home in 2006 during a SWAT team's forced entry and search of the residence, under a proposed settlement to be considered Tuesday by the Common Council.

Settlement negotiations were set in motion last November when a federal jury hearing the man's lawsuit against the city found that a police detective lied on a search warrant affidavit requesting the "no knock" warrant. A court commissioner approved the warrant allowing a SWAT team to break into the home of Richard Betker.

Betker was injured by police gunfire and suffered permanent disability, including the loss of a finger, in the August 2006 incident. Betker and his wife, Sharon, sued the city in federal court in 2008, claiming police violated their constitutional rights, specifically the fourth amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The couple's attorney called it a home invasion.

City Attorney Grant Langley has advised the Common Council to approve the settlement. This week, the council's Judiciary & Legislation Committee unanimously endorsed the proposal. The Finance & Personnel Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to borrow the funds.

The officer in the incident, Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., got a tip in August 2006 about illegal weapons in the Betker home.

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Muskego duplex fire displaces residents

Sept. 17, 2014 2:32 p.m. | A fire displaced several residents of a duplex in Muskego on Wednesday.

Muskego police and Tess Corners firefighters were called to the W14900 block of Cornell Circle at 11:34 a.m. Firefighters from New Berlin, Franklin, Vernon and Hales Corners also were summoned to the fire.

All residents were evacuated before firefighters arrived and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross is assisting the residents. The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Proposed school purchase clears major hurdle in New Berlin

Sept. 12, 2014 5:45 p.m. | The way appears to be clear for the Heritage Christian Schools to operate out of the former Glen Park Elementary School in New Berlin as early as next fall.

The New Berlin Plan Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved site and operations plans for the school. But that approval came only after intense work between the architect and the city to make sure there would be enough on-site parking.

Now school officials will firm up their initial financing approval and will buy the school from the New Berlin school District for $1.75 million. School officials said they expect Glen Park will be ready for the high and middle school students by next fall. A large high school addition is planned for the north side of the building.

The elementary children, now at two separate locations in New Berlin and Brookfield, will move in later.

Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting

Sept. 09, 2014 1:26 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Monday with killing a man with a gunshot to the head during what a witness said was car chase sparked by a heroin deal gone bad.

Daven Dodson is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon; one count of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 92 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told police that on Sept. 3rd, he and another man, Joel Michael Dammann, parked their car behind the Milwaukee Airport Inn in the 1700 block of W. Layton Ave. Dammann, the witness said, gave Dodson money in return for drugs, and the witness and Dammann then drove away.

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Cleveland-Calhoun project in New Berlin delayed a year

Sept. 08, 2014 6:03 p.m. | A project to improve the Cleveland Avenue intersection with Calhoun Road has been delayed until 2015, according to a letter from Allison Bussler, county director of public works, to New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament.

The project was to begin this month and end in October. But the county received only one bid for the work, which was more than $650,000 higher than the county engineer's estimate and beyond the county's available budget. The project had already been scaled down from a previous plan, but the bid was almost equal to the original estimated cost, Bussler said.

Bussler said the short timeline late in the construction season may be part of the reason only one bid came in. The county will rebid the project in January and push construction ahead to next summer.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Botched snaps, big rally help Ike stun West

Sept. 05, 2014 10:46 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower rallied from a 21-10 deficit to defeat New Berlin West, 22-21, on Friday before a packed house at Eisenhower. But it took two botched field goal attempts to assure the win in the final 5 seconds.

Junior running back Jordan Canady scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game to give the Lions the 1-point lead in the annual battle of crosstown rivals.

West ran the kick back to the 32-yard line, then Max Meleski ran 20 yards up the middle of the field. On 3rd and 8 yards to go on Ike’s 46, West quarterback John Kozlowski hit Xavier Rodriguez with a 22-yard pass between two Ike defenders, and Rodriguez raced to the 24 yard line.

West moved to the 9-yard line on a run by Kozlowski and a pass to Eric Kennedy, then Kozlowski fumbled the snap from center.

With 5 seconds left, West lined up and attempted a 27-yard field goal by Terry Gress, who stepped into the kicking role when Nate Erhmann was lost with an injury in the first game of the year. Gress was 1-for-2 in extra points in the game.

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Muskego runs wild on Waukesha South, putting a damper on Blackshirts' home opener

Sept. 05, 2014 10:13 p.m. | Ryan Borton and the rest of the Muskego rushing attack was simply too much for Waukesha South.

Behind 236 yards rushing and five touchdowns, the Warriors' senior running back led Muskego to a 63-28 victory over Waukesha South on Friday night to put a damper on South's home opener at its new football complex.

Five of Borton's eight rushing attempts went for touchdowns, with three of them being more than 60 yards. Overall, Borton averaged a staggering 29.5 yards per carry. 

James Schwabe was no slouch, either.

The Muskego senior rushed for 123 yards on just 10 attempts and scored two touchdowns. His touchdown runs went for 60 and 25 yards. 

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Little Muskego Lake project back with lower density

Sept. 05, 2014 3:43 p.m. | After Muskego refused to allow a high-density home/condominium project on the shores of Little Muskego Lake, the developer is back with a proposal that he says is the medium density that the city wants.

Michael Dillworth of Ener-Con Companies, Greenfield, has proposed five garden homes and a 12-unit multifamily building for Janesville Road just east of Pioneer Drive.

The city's definition of medium density is 2.99 living units per acre and as submitted the project density would be three units per acre.

A public hearing is slated before the Muskego Common Council for Tuesday, Sept. 23, with Plan Commission review on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The plan could go to the Common Council as soon as Oct. 14.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines

Sept. 05, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department impostor scamScammers claiming to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have been calling residents, claiming they missed a court appearance, have unpaid fines or missed jury duty, and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay immediately.

The impostor then asks the resident to pay with a pre-paid money card and leaves a call-back number to receive the card number and access codes, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release late Thursday.

Several residents complained about receiving such calls, the department said.

"It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines," the news release said. "It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards."

Residents who receive scam calls from impostors should hang up, ignore the request for money and instead report the scam to the sheriff's department.

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Taco Bell to open in Muskego

Sept. 04, 2014 3:07 p.m. | The Muskego Plan Commission has approved the building and operations plans for the restaurant to be built on Janesville Road just east of Moorland Road.

It will likely open to a warm reception. Taco Bell is one of the restaurants residents have been asking for most for many years, said Muskego planner Adam Trzebiatowski

Waukesha County plans to spend $93 million on roads, buildings, parks

Sept. 03, 2014 2:54 p.m. | Waukesha County would spend nearly $93.3 million in the next five years to improve roads, buildings and parks as part of a proposed 2015-'19 capital projects plan, county officials said.

Emphasis would be on repaving and reconstructing county highways with estimated spending of $39.4 million over five years, according to a capital plan recommended by County Executive Dan Vrakas and Director of Administration Norm Cummings.

The largest single project in the plan would be a $36.4million courthouse addition with construction scheduled in 2019 and 2020.

Under the plan, the oldest section of the county jail would be demolished as a first step in building a four-story addition for criminal courts.

Eight of 15 courtrooms would move to the new building.

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Franklin police seek man who kicked player during soccer brawl

Sept. 01, 2014 12:54 p.m. | Police are looking for an adult soccer player suspected of kicking an opponent unconscious during a brawl sparked by fans at a game Sunday.

Franklin police were the first to respond to the fracas at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex about 3 p.m., Franklin police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday.

Officers encountered a large fight still going on at the field. After the situation was brought under control, four people were found to have injuries — two security guards who had tried to break up the fight, and two players, one from each team.

Van Zile said three of the four were treated at the scene by the Franklin Fire Department, but one player had been knocked unconscious by a kick from an opponent and was taken Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospital.

"The fight apparently started when fans of one team were taunting the other side, which didn't like it," Van Zile said. "The players from each side tried to intervene, but it only made things worse."

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Community Watch

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26 9/26

» Owners of former Parkland Mall lose appeal of lawsuit against Muskego 9/25

» Proposed Waukesha County budget keeps property taxes flat 9/24

» Waukesha County authorities apprehend wanted man Updated:  9/24

» Opinion divided on Muskego letting people have chickens, other fowl 9/24

» Speakers say high-density slipping through on Little Muskego Lake 9/24

» sw_mus_specialneeds_0925 9/22

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19 9/19

» Tosa West rushes to 31-10 win over Eisenhower 9/19

» All escape from devastating duplex fire in Muskego 9/18

» New Berlin schools "exceed expectations" on state report card 9/18

» City would pay $1.2 million to man shot by cops in home 9/17

» Muskego duplex fire displaces residents 9/17

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12 9/12

» Proposed school purchase clears major hurdle in New Berlin 9/12

» Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting 9/9

» Cleveland-Calhoun project in New Berlin delayed a year 9/8

» Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5 9/7

» Botched snaps, big rally help Ike stun West 9/5

» Muskego runs wild on Waukesha South, putting a damper on Blackshirts' home opener 9/5

» Little Muskego Lake project back with lower density 9/5

» Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines 9/5

» Taco Bell to open in Muskego 9/4

» Waukesha County plans to spend $93 million on roads, buildings, parks 9/3

» Franklin police seek man who kicked player during soccer brawl 9/1

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