Waukesha State Bank to open branch in New Berlin

Oct. 30, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Waukesha State Bank said it plans to open its first branch in New Berlin.

The new full-service banking office will be at 14000 W. National Ave. in a building that previously housed a BMO Harris Bank branch. The branch is expected to open in the spring.

The New Berlin branch will be Waukesha State Bank's 14th full-service location. Waukesha State Bank also has branches in Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, Muskego, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Sussex and Waukesha.

Muskego police chief to retire at end of year

Oct. 29, 2012 7:58 p.m. | Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler announced he will retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the Police Department, six of them as its chief.

"He served Muskego well and we're proud of his many contributions to making Muskego a good place to live, work and play," said Edward Gleason, chairman of the Muskego Police and Fire Commission that will meet Tuesday to discuss how to go about finding a replacement.

"He was a good steward of our funds and provided fine leadership," Gleason said. "We'll miss him."

Geiszler succeeded John Johnson as chief of police after Johnson became Muskego mayor.

Muskego makes annual state pilgrimage

Oct. 28, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Gutty Greenfield made things difficult, but in the end, the Muskego girls volleyball team earned a return trip to next week’s WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

The Warriors downed the tenacious Hustlin’ Hawks, 25-23, 25-11, 25-22, in a sectional championship match before a large crowd at Greenfield High School on Saturday night.

The victory sent Muskego back to the state tourney at the Resch Center in Green Bay beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. The Warriors will meet Merrill at 4:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup. Other first-round contests have Neenah vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels, Sun Prairie vs. Menomonee Falls and DePere vs. Burlington, the defending champion.

Muskego is quite familiar with the road to state. This is the 12th trip in school history, the ninth under head coach Karen Anderson and the fifth straight.

The Warriors won state crowns in 2005 and 2009, and they lost in the quarterfinals last season to eventual runnerup Fond du Lac.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Muskego police investigate Obama campaign sign burning

Oct. 22, 2012 7:27 p.m. | Muskego - Police are investigating an incident in which an Obama campaign sign was set ablaze, likely with a flammable liquid, in the yard of a Muskego home last weekend.

Obama's name could still be seen in a corner of the melted sign, but it otherwise almost entirely burned up, even leaving some spots of blackened grass on the North Shore Road home of Bill Schuele.

Authorities believe a small amount of a flammable liquid, such as gasoline, was used to help ignite the fire about 11 p.m. Saturday. A car driven by the suspected arsonist was seen by a passerby, police said.

Schuele, who has lived on North Shore Drive for 25 years, viewed it as an unsettling attempt at intimidation.

"It reminded me of Mississippi in the '50s," he said, referring churches and other property were burned by opponents of the civil rights movement.

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United for Greg volleyball match set for Tuesday at Ike

Oct. 22, 2012 11:04 a.m. | The New Berlin United Boy's Varsity Volleyball team will be hosting a non-conference match vs Catholic Memorial, but it will be even more important than usual.

This match will be a fundraising benefit for a 14-year old New Berlin resident freshman at Marquette University High School who is battling bone cancer.

Greg Von Rueden went to Holy Apostles grade school and played volleyball with several players from both New Berlin United and CMH. He also plays club volleyball with several of these players for the West Allis Lightning Volleyball Club.

Greg was diagnosed in June, 2012 with bone cancer and has been undergoing chemo treatments since July and recently had the tumor and several inches of leg bone removed surgically.

It will be a "United for Greg" evening. It is being promoted by wearing yellow to the match and fundraising yellow t-shirts were made by the West Allis Lightning VBC and Burghardt's Sporting Goods to promote Greg's cause .

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Muskego goes down swinging in classic

Oct. 21, 2012 8:43 a.m. | The season was on the line for the Muskego football team, and the Warriors chose their most reliable play.

The situation was this: David Kucharski had just returned a Lake Geneva Badger kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to bring his team within 28-27 with 1 minute, 13 seconds left in a WIAA Division 1 playoff game on Saturday evening.

Muskego head coach Ken Krause and his staff had decided to go for the victory on a two-point conversion and called timeout to discuss the play.

They went with quarterback Peter Roy on a rollout, giving him the option to run or pass, a play that had worked on a number of occasions this season. This time, Roy rolled to his left, saw nothing in the end zone, evaded a tackler and took off with the ball – only to be stopped short of the goal line.

As a result, the Warriors were saddled with a one-point defeat, ending their season at 5-4.

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Pewaukee leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2012 10:59 p.m. |

Two weeks ago, underdog New Berlin West gave undefeated Pewaukee all it could handle in the second-to-last game of the Woodland Conference season. In that game, the Vkings had the ball at the PHS 10-yard line with one minute to play, trailing 27-24.
The Vikings were within a single play of handing the Pirates their first loss of the season, but the Vikings never made that play and fell, 34-24. The rematch would bring no such drama, with the Pirates dominating from the word go en route to a 52-21 victory.

Taking advantage of a turnover by West on the first possession of the game, the Pirates scored four plays after the David Girmscheid fumble recovery when Ryan Stepanovich found the end zone on a 2-yard run. Jacob Stern's extra-point kick was good and the route was on at 7-0.

From there it was all Pewaukee. The Pirates led 24-0 at halftime and improved that edge to 38-0 with 7:55 to play in the third period.
West did manage back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 38-14 but the Pirates put the game away by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter. West closed out the scoring on a 45-yard touchdown run by Dylan Wiese with 2:20 to play.
"We didn't play very well the first time we played them and we talked about that all week," said first-year PHS coach Justin Friske. "The guys came out focused tonight right from the start. We made some mistakes last time and West got the lead on us. We didn't let that hapen this time around."
After the Stepanovich touchdown gave Pewaukee the lead at 7-0, it also got a 32-yard field goal from Stern and touchdowns from Girmscheid on a 4-yard pass from T.J. Watt and a 5-yard pass from Watt to Stepanovich.
In the second half, the lead went to 38-0 when Collin Sternad scored on a 3-yard run and Stepanovich scored on a 75-yard run.
The final two scores came on a 36-yard run by Stepanovich and a 2-yard run by Sternad.
The Pewaukee defense held the Vikings to just 93 yards in the first half. Turning in big plays for the PHS defense were Girmscheid, Kevin Baumann, Matt Ottman and Austin Schroeder.
Pewaukee, now 9-0 on the season, will play next Friday or Saturday at home in the second round.

Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

More state aid spells repeat relief for Muskego district

Oct. 16, 2012 11:28 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District will receive more state aid, meaning fewer property tax dollars from homeowners compared to last year, said Scot Ecker, director of business services.

The state Department of Public Instruction announced state aid amounts Monday.

This will be the first time since 1997 that Muskego-Norway has been able to reduce tax levies for two consecutive years, Ecker said.

This positive financial news did not happen by accident, he said. Over the past few years, the district has taken calculated, but sometimes controversial, actions to reduce costs and increase enrollment, in part to deliberately increase state aid.

Among those efforts are a change in health insurance and the addition of kindergarten for 4-year old kindergarten, both of which have been validated by increasing aid, Ecker said.

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Rockets have the fuel to thwart Eisenhower

Oct. 12, 2012 11:54 p.m. | Friday evening’s football game between South Milwaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower was a critical game for both teams seeking a spot in the playoffs. South Milwaukee was able to walk away with a hard fought 21-16 victory at Ike, keeping the Lions short of playoff eligibility.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lions were leading the Rockets, 10-7, but the Rockets had possession of the ball deep in Lions territory, and South Milwaukee quarterback Justin Oliden completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Evan Marlowe for his second touchdown reception of the day and a 14-10 Rocket lead.

“I just was going to make a play,” Marlowe said. “The offense was stepping up and I was going to make a play. I feel great. Those touchdowns let us win.”

After a quick three and out on Ike’s next possession, the Rockets had wonderful field position after the punt only reached the Lions 40-yard line. A series of runs from Brandon Dutcher brought the Rockets to the Eisenhower 19-yard line and set up a touchdown run from Zach Simuncak.

With four minutes left and the Rockets leading 21-10, the Lions were in desperate need of a good offensive drive. An 18-yard pass from Lions quarterback Charlie Sirek to Nick Taylor followed by a 15-yard penalty against the Rockets put the ball on the South Milwaukee 47-yard line and gave the Lions some momentum. Four plays later, Sirek found Nick Holicek for a 19-yard touchdown pass and cut the Rockets lead to five.

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New Berlin West outguns Whitnall

Oct. 12, 2012 11:28 p.m. | New Berlin West defeated Whitnall in one of the wildest, craziest, high school football games in Southeastern Wisconsin in 2012, 56-42. In so doing, the Vikings put themselves in prime position to qualify for the playoffs, improving to 4-4 in the Woodland Conference.

In an evening chock full of crazy plays, one may have made the difference.

Following an interception, Whitnall began a key drive early in the fourth quarter on its own 5-yard line yard line, trailing, 49-36. The Falcons marched all the way down the field and found themselves with a 1st and goal on the 8.

At this point, despite trailing by two touchdowns, the Falcons had all the momentum. Senior quarterback Zach Sutton was on fire that drive, hitting his previous four passes in short order to get to the 1st and goal situation. On first down, Sutton again dropped back to pass looking for a quick slant to the right, but junior linebacker Travis McKeon read Sutton's eyes and grabbed his second
interception of the evening.

“Our defensive line pressured the quarterback, our linebackers went to their zones, and the quarterback had to get rid of the ball, and it ended up in my hands” said McKeon.

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Library snafu leads to thousands of erroneous overdue notices in Waukesha County

Oct. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Close to 15,000 library users in Waukesha County have erroneously received email notices about overdue materials due to a technical snafu, a library official said Wednesday.

The error happened late Tuesday night while staff was testing features of the county's new library catalog system, which is expected to go live on Nov. 28.

"It was just supposed to be internal," said Tom Hennen, director of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, who received a notice himself. "Somehow rather than just being a test drive, they actually got sent out. It comes down to, someone didn't turn off the switch that said, 'Let these really go out.' "

The overdue notices were sent to people who had materials checked out on Aug. 8 and have signed up for email notifications from the Brookfield Public Library, Delafield Public Library, Elm Grove Public Library, Mukwonago Community Library, Muskego Public Library, New Berlin Public Library, Oconomowoc Public Library, Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex, Pewaukee Public Library, the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Waukesha Public Library.

Library users in Big Bend, Butler, Eagle, Hartland and Menomonee Falls were not affected because those libraries don't send out email notifications, Hennen said.

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West, Ike move on in soccer regionals

Oct. 10, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Both New Berlin West and Eisenhower won WIAA first-round regional games on Tuesday.

8th-seeded West beat 9th-seeded Franklin, 6-1, as goals were scored by Drew Pearson (Kevin Marx assist), Marx twice (Victor Maniscalco), Maniscalco (Marx)
David Franke twice (Maniscalco one assist).

West now plays top-seeded Marquette at 5 p.m. at Quad Park on Thursday. The Hilltoppers beat 16th-seeded Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Juneau Tuesday night.

6th-seeded Eisenhower beat 11th-seeded Milwaukee South, 8-1, scoring four goals in each half.

Mason Gretzon had two goals, Corbin Messman had a goal and four assists, Stephen Evans had a goal and three assists, Aaron Wilson had a goal and an assist, Jimmy Kuhnz, Nick Popp and Nitish Katta all scored.

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Muskego clinic sells for $3.7 million

Oct. 10, 2012 9:00 a.m. | A 24,178-square-foot Aurora Health Care clinic in Muskego has been sold for $3.7 million to a Chicago-based firm.

A division of HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc. bought the newly built clinic, near the northeast corner of Janesville and Moorland roads, from Milwaukee-based developer Boulder Venture Inc., HSA announced.

Brokers Jack Price and Mike Keane, of The Boerke Co., represented the seller.

How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Pewaukee gets a test from NB West

Oct. 06, 2012 12:09 a.m. | Visiting New Berlin West gave undefeated Pewaukee all it wanted on Friday.

Trailing 27-24 with less than a minute remaining, New Berlin West junior quarterback Dylan Wiese got a first down at the Pewaukee 22-yard line on 4th down and one. On the next play, his pass near the side line wobbled and was intercepted by Pewaukee senior defensive back Austin Schroeder, who returned the ball 90 yards.

The final score read 34-24 for the Pirates, but it wasn’t easy.

“It was a game that could have gone either way," West coach Al Moroder said. "We had a chance to the end and if that pass goes a different way, maybe the result would be different, but they made a play when they had to. “That’s why we play and what Friday nights are all about.

Pewaukee trailed 17-7 at the half but got rolling early in the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run from junior running back Ryan Stepanovich. On the opening drive of the second half, Stepanovich had a 40 yard run before junior running back Collin Sternad set up first and goal with a 15-yard run up the middle for the hosts. Stepanovich had another touchdown with 5:55 to play in the third quarter, scampering 49 yards for the score.

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Taylor's career night lifts Lions

Oct. 05, 2012 11:43 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower avoided being eliminated from the WIAA playoffs Friday, thanks in large part to the career night of junior running back Nick Taylor. He finished his night with 243 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns, with 112 yards and two of those touchdowns coming in the fourth quarter.

The Lions defeated Milwaukee Pius in a Woodland Conference test, 43-26.

Taylor's first rushing touchdown, a 72 yard-run at the 6:50 mark of the second quarter, set the tone offensively for the Lions for the remainder of the game.

“My linemen set that block perfectly, and I just waited for it to set up and just hit it and gone,” said Taylor.

The running game wasn't just Taylor. New Berlin Eisenhower came into the game determined to get back to running the football, and the Lions finished with 469 yards on the ground. Senior fullback Anthony Stewart, who returned from injury, had 59 yards and a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to help New Berlin Eisenhower put away the game late. Overall, New Berlin Eisenhower head coach Jeff Setz felt as if his team accomplished what it wanted offensively.

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Touchdown in final seconds lifts Muskego

Oct. 05, 2012 11:03 p.m. | Muskego is still alive.

The Warriors football team, facing a 16-6 deficit midway through the fourth quarter, rallied for two late scores and shocked Kettle Moraine at MHS on Friday, 22-16. David Kucharski plunged in from a yard away with 18 seconds on the clock, and the Warriors remained alive to clinch a playoff berth by moving to 3-3 in Classic 8 Conference games.

The Lasers, who also came into the battle with a 2-3 record, were eliminated from postseason contention.

"This has got the makings of one of my favorite seasons," Muskego coach Ken Krause said. "(We have) 22 new starters, we've had three come-from-behind wins this year. One thing about our kids is they believe, they're hard workers. We worked very hard in the offseason and really pride ourselves on being a second-half team."

Kettle Moraine elected to go for it on 4th and 4 just across midfield, but Muskego's Tyler Thomka jumped a route and knocked away a pass by Lasers quarterback Nick Cieslak, giving the Warriors the ball with 3:45 on the clock. The Warriors rattled off 12 plays, including a pass from quarterback Peter Roy to Thomka on 3rd and 5 down to the goal line. Kucharski took it in from there, then added the 2-point conversion.

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New Berlin police identify high school student for making bomb threats

Oct. 05, 2012 1:08 p.m. | A New Berlin Eisenhower High School student has admitted to making the bomb threats at the school Sept. 25 and 27, New Berlin police announced.

An investigation led School Resource Officer Steve Dodson to the suspect. It has not been determined why the threats were made, police said. Charges will be referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for review.

The student was not in school Friday, according to a letter that was sent to parents. Due to student confidentiality laws, the school is unable to disclose further details about the student, the letter states.

Both threats were scrawled on bathroom stalls. The first, on Sept. 25, was found shortly before school was to be dismissed. After students left for the day, police swept the building to be sure no bomb was there.

The Sept. 27 threat was discovered at midday and the school went into lockdown. Evacuation wasn't deemed necessary because of the nature of the threat, Principal Michael Fesenmaier said earlier. Again the school was swept and no bomb was found. The sweep was shortly after 1 p.m. and regular activities resumed shortly after 2 p.m.

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Aid drops potential levy from 2.69 percent to 2.13

Oct. 04, 2012 6:50 p.m. | Higher than expected state transportation aid drops New Berlin's 2013 potential property tax levy for municipal purposes from 2.69 percent to 2.13 percent.

The New Berlin Common Council met Tuesday to continue its review of the proposed 2013 spending plan in hopes of approving a preliminary budget on Oct. 9 to go to a public hearing. While two aldermen expressed opposition to the size of the tax levy before Tuesday's meeting, they didn't push for changes. Tuesday's review was mainly aimed at fact-gathering for potential proposals on Oct. 9 to raise revenues and increase efficiencies.

The council's review left the total all funds budget at 1.14 percent higher than the 2012 spending plan. The potential property tax rate of $5.58 per $1,000 of assessed value is far higher than the $5.01 per $1,000 from 2012 because the city revalued all property this year, so rates are not comparable.

Drunken driver convicted in deaths of New Berlin couple

Oct. 04, 2012 4:42 p.m. | The drunken driver who killed a New Berlin couple in a horrific crash on New Year's Day and then fled from the scene pleaded no contest Thursday to four charges.

Ed and Jean Thaves, who were 61 and 52 years old, were at N. 27th St. and W. St. Paul Ave. about 6 a.m. after a night at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. That's when Kelly Duke lost control of a stolen car, went airborne and crashed into the roof of the couple's vehicle.

Duke, who was seriously injured, climbed out of the car he'd been driving and ran from a witness. Duke's brother later appeared at the crash site and said the car belonged to his aunt and that Kelly Duke was likely the driver. He was arrested later at a relative's home.

Tests later showed Duke had a blood-alcohol level of 0.183, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Duke, 17 at the time, was charged with nine offenses and had been set to begin trial next week before he reached a plea agreement. He entered the no-contest pleas to two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of hit-and-run involving death and to the misdemeanor charge of knowingly driving with a suspended license, causing great bodily harm.

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New Berlin woman convicted in Brookfield man's killing

Oct. 01, 2012 6:42 p.m. | Waukesha - A New Berlin woman was convicted Monday in connection with the beating death of a Brookfield businessman.

Lynn M. Hajny, 49, entered the Alford plea on a reduced charge of felony murder in the death of John C. Aegerter, 63, who was found dead in the garage of his home June 22.

By entering an Alford plea Hajny, who was initially charged with first-degree intentional homicide as party to a crime, does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors could prove the case against her.

Hajny and Tommy V. Douyette, 44, who was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in connection with Aegerter's death, are both awaiting sentencing.

According to a criminal complaint, Hajny had asked Douyette to hurt Aegerter because he owed her husband money.

Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

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We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.