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Student car wash will help tornado victims

July 07, 2011 2:54 p.m. | Anyone donating to Saturday's fund drive to help victims of the devastating Alabama tornadoes will be treated to a free car wash at Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Road, New Berlin, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

New Berlin students from kindergarten through high school have donated about 140 boxes of school supplies to help youngsters in two school districts hit hard by the tornadoes. The car wash fundraiser is being held to raise as much money as possible to defray the expense of sending six students and chaperons to Alabama to deliver the supplies. They will not only deliver the supplies but will help the schools get ready for reopening in the fall. The funds will be spent on whatever the two stricken school districts need.

Members of the Eisenhower football team will wash the cars.

New Berlin police dog to be sworn in, resident to present donation

9:39 a.m. | At 7 p.m. Monday, New Berlin will officially swear in its newest police officer — Askan who is the city's 11th police dog since the canine unit's founding in 1986.

Askan has been on duty since last fall, but will be officially sworn in during a ceremony at the Municipal Courtroom, located in the Public Safety Building, 16300 W. National Avenue.

Also during this ceremony, a major donation to the New Berlin Police Canine Program will be presented by a longtime resident of the city.

The public will be welcome to attend the swearing in and to meet both police dogs who are now on duty — Askan and Condor. Their handlers and the donor also will be there.

Prosecutors fail in bid to jail ex-sports agent pending fraud trial

Jan. 24, 2015 10:28 a.m. | In an unusual victory for a defendant, federal prosecutors failed to convince a judge that a former highflying Wisconsin pro sports agent who is awaiting trial on charges of fraud should be locked up based on allegations of new financial crimes.

The bar was at a lower legal threshold to order Stacy Jenson jailed pending her trial, but the government did not meet it, according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph.

After a four-hour hearing in federal court in Milwaukee late Friday, Joseph did find that Jenson had written at least one bad check to a landlord in Florida and was tangled in financial disputes with a former friend and another person.

The judge ordered stiffer pretrial release conditions such as barring Jenson from writing checks and requiring her to live in Wisconsin for now.

Jenson, who has an earlier fraud conviction in state court, at one time represented a slew of top Green Bay Packers. She has pleaded not guilty to 17 federal counts of fraud relating to allegations that she stole more than $1.9 million largely from a New Berlin company where she worked. A two-week trial is set for April.

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U.P. man charged in 2008 death of former New Berlin resident

Jan. 23, 2015 5:17 p.m. | Homicide charges have been filed in the 2008 death of a former New Berlin man who was missing about a year before a fisherman found his body in a Marinette County creek in 2009.

Eric M. Volp, 28, was last seen leaving a bar in Iron Mountain, Mich., the morning of Oct. 11, 2008. Volp had moved to Iron Mountain a few months earlier.

His body was found along K.C. Creek, upstream from a U.S. Highway 8 bridge over the creek in Dunbar, on July 6, 2009. An autopsy showed he had died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Erik M. Smith, 33, was a suspect from the start, because witnesses had seen him leaving the bar with Volp. Though authorities in Michigan and Wisconsin continued to investigate Volp's disappearance, and then suspicious death, it wasn't until a tipster came forward sometime after 2011 that investigators decided to charge Smith.

In a letter to Marinette County sheriff's investigators, the tipster said that while he and Smith were serving time in a federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill., Smith told him he had left a bar with a guy named Eric and wound up running him over with his car, then hiding the body in a creek upstream from a bridge.

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Parkland Mall sells, new Parkland lawsuit on horizon in Muskego

Jan. 21, 2015 6:08 p.m. | Muskego — The Parkland Mall property that some consider to be in the heart of downtown Muskego has now been sold at a sheriff's auction to Muskego Adventures, potentially freeing the 10.8-acre site up for redevelopment.

The site of the former Parkland Mall in the 17000 block of West Janesville Road has been tied up in a lawsuit since 2009 when former owner Parkland Venture LLC filed a $46 million lawsuit against the city and several former city officials. The lawsuit alleged that the city and former officials had conspired to take the property by stalling and thwarting development.

A Wisconsin Court of Appeals judge dismissed the lawsuit last year because Parkland Venture still owned the mall property, even though the land was in foreclosure.

The property went into foreclosure after Muskego Adventures called in its $6.2 million loan to Parkland Venture that was trying to redevelop the site.

While the sale of the mall to Muskego Adventures might mean a new life for the property, Art Dyer, spokesman for the Parkland Venture owners, said last week that he plans to renew the lawsuit against the city and former officials.

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Three charged in connection with theft of $400,000 from Muskego home

Jan. 21, 2015 5:21 p.m. | Muskego — Two brothers and a woman were charged last week in connection with a burglary that netted an estimated $400,000 in cash kept in a safe in a Muskego home, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office.

Facing charges of burglary and theft of movable property were Javier Rizo, 30, Wind Lake; Dario Rizo, 29, Milwaukee; and Tiffany Kapitanski, 24, West Allis. Dario Rizo has not yet been taken into custody.

The burglary happened Nov. 7, 2014, at the Muskego home of a woman and her son. The money belonged to the mother.

According to the complaint, the son was lured away from the home and the brothers allegedly took the safe from a closet. The thieves were allegedly tipped to the existence of the money and the safe by the son's ex-girlfriend who was a friend of Kapitanski.

The day after the burglary, the Rizos and Kapitanski were believed to have purchased three vehicles with the stolen cash. A house in West Allis also was subsequently purchased, the complaint alleges.

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at mycommunitynow.com/selfies.

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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Electrical contractor charged with embezzling employee taxes from state

Jan. 13, 2015 4:42 p.m. | The president of a Menomonee Falls electrical contracting company has been charged with five counts of embezzlement, not from D.S. Electrical Contractors but from the state Department of Revenue.

The complaint, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, accuses Michael Spahr of New Berlin of five counts of failing to turn over to the state income taxes withheld from D.S. Electrical employees' paychecks from 2009 to 2012.

Each count of embezzlement-theft by trustee carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison plus five years' extended supervision and a $25,000 fine.

According to the complaint, Spahr underreported how much tax he had withheld from employees from 2004 to 2013, netting an extra $238,530 for himself. Spahr told investigators that he prepared the state tax forms himself, knowing that he was not sending the state the full amount due.

Spahr told investigators that his business didn't have enough money and that he made an error in judgment in shorting the state the withheld taxes. Employees all got accurate W-2 forms, he told the investigators.

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Authorities respond to New Berlin garage fire

Jan. 10, 2015 4:31 p.m. | Authorities responded to a garage fire at a New Berlin residence late Saturday morning, according to a dispatcher at the Waukesha County Communications Center.

The call about the fire at 20780 W. Cleveland Ave. came in at 11:36 a.m. Nobody was injured.

Wagner runner gives Muskego win at buzzer

Jan. 09, 2015 10:48 p.m. | One possession, one drive, one second and a dramatic one-point victory.

Junior guard Caleb Wagner pushed the ball upcourt after a missed free throw and scored on a drive down the lane with 1.3 seconds remaining to give Muskego a 42-41 victory over Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference boys game Jan. 9, keeping the Warriors one game behind Kettle Moraine for first place in the league standings.

"It wasn't pretty, but I'm just happy we won," said Muskego coach Andy Capes. "It wasn't the way we wanted to play, but we pulled it out at the end. That was the worst we've shot all year."

Muskego, 5-1 in the conference and 11-1 overall, led 30-29 entering the fourth quarter and extended it to 40-35 on Wagner's 3-pointer with 4:52 remaining. But Mukwonago, which spotted the Warriors an 11-0 lead to start the game, battled back for six consecutive points.

After an offensive foul negated a basket by Brandon Glandt that would have put Muskego up by three with 1:09 left, the Indians took their first lead of the final quarter at 41-40 on two free throws by Brandon Hau with 53.2 seconds remaining.

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Four candidates to chase two seats on New Berlin School Board

Jan. 07, 2015 2:47 p.m. | New Berlin — Two incumbents and two challengers will vie for two seats on the New Berlin School Board in the April 7 spring election.

Filing as of last week's deadline were challengers Jennifer Neuman, 3960 S. Woodhill Lane, and Yan Nenaydykh, 3115 Hanke Drive, and incumbents Jeffrey Kurth, 4085 S. Adell Ave., and Susan Manley, 14785 W. Wilbur Drive.

School Board terms are three years and members receive $3,500 annually.

Neuman was a high school teacher before becoming a stay-at-home-mother of two, ages 3 and 5. While they now attend private schools, both will go to New Berlin public schools, but Neuman said that she is worried that they will not be prepared to enter the working world.

"The School District needs to do more to prepare students for all forms of higher education," she said, such as technical schools and apprenticeships. She has lived in New Berlin for about 10 years.

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Only local race in Muskego next spring to be for District 4 alderman

Jan. 07, 2015 11:57 a.m. | Muskego — The only local race in Muskego in the April 7 spring election will be for the District 4 aldermanic seat where incumbent Blaise Di Pronio has decided not to run.

Filing for that empty seat as of last week's deadline were Mark Moriarty, W188 S7658 Oak Grove Drive, and Thomas Kapusta, S75 W17680 Harbor Circle.

Three incumbent aldermen will face no opposition in April. They are Bob Hammel in District 2; Kevin Kubacki in District 6; and Eileen Madden in District 7.

Aldermen serve for two years and receive $7,639 per year.

On the Muskego-Norway School Board, all three incumbents will run unopposed. They are Lisa Warwick, Eric Schroeder and Dean Strom. School Board members serve for three years and receive $4,279 annually.

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Waukesha County executive race attracts 4 candidates

Jan. 06, 2015 5:21 p.m. | Four candidates are seeking the Waukesha County executive job being vacated by incumbent Dan Vrakas, so a primary election will be held Feb. 17, County Clerk Kathleen Novack said Tuesday.

State. Sen. Paul Farrow of Pewaukee will face County Board Supervisor Thomas Schellinger of Brookfield, Kim Wentz of Pewaukee and Larry Barthen of Waukesha in the first leg of the nonpartisan race, Novack said.

The top two vote getters in the primary will compete in the April 7 spring election.

Vrakas announced in November that he would not seek re-election.

Lazar joins ballot for Waukesha County circuit judge

Jan. 05, 2015 10:34 a.m. | Maria Lazar, an assistant attorney general and Brookfield resident, announced she is running for circuit judge in Waukesha County.

 

Maria Lazar“As a judge, I will endeavor to respect the law, to look for the meaning and intent of its drafters all the while honoring the rights and liberties of all Americans,”  Lazar (left) said in announcing her campaign.

“I look forward to putting my experience defending the state’s toughest cases to work for my home county.”

As an assistant AG in the state Department of Justice, Lazar was involved in defending the state position in several high profile, politically-weighted cases, including the voter ID law, redistricting, and Act 10.

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Brad Schimel names Susan Opper as acting DA in Waukesha County

Jan. 02, 2015 3:54 p.m. | While he was still the Waukesha County District Attorney, Brad Schimel on Friday named his deputy, Susan Opper, as the county's acting district attorney.

"I'm done as of midnight Sunday," Attorney General-elect Schimel said. "We need a DA on Monday."

Opper has been a prosecutor in the Waukesha County office for 23 years.

"Sue Opper has widespread support and respect from her colleagues in the DA's Office and in law enforcement, and has long been a leader in the office," Schimel said. "She has clearly demonstrated that she is ready to take on the responsibilities as district attorney."

The "acting" part of the title is because Gov. Scott Walker gets to appoint the official replacement for Schimel, who takes his new office Monday.

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Man injured in crash during New Berlin traffic stop

Dec. 29, 2014 11:20 a.m. | A man received minor injuries when he crashed his vehicle after New Berlin police tried to pull him over for driving recklessly.

An officer tried to stop the male driver about 1 a.m. Monday in the area of S. 124th St. and W. Greenfield Ave. but the man continued driving, according to a news release.

The driver lost control soon after, and his vehicle rolled over and caught on fire, police said. The man, who was only occupant, was taken into police custody and taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, police said.

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