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Early hole too much for Eisenhower

July 22, 2011 11:06 p.m. | Five batters. That is all it took for the New Berlin Eisenhower to fall into a steep 5-0 hole to the No. 2-seeded Marquette University High School baseball team Friday night.

The top-seeded Lions found a way to hang around, but the early five-run deficit proved too much to overcome in the WIAA summer baseball sectional final at New Berlin West High School, with the Hilltopppers earning the 8-3 win and a berth in next week’s state tournament in Stevens Point.

“That first inning really killed us,” Eisenhower senior third baseman and pitcher Alex McRae said. “We hold them to maybe even three runs and we’re not playing from behind the entire game, specially against Nolan (Peterson), who is such a good pitcher.”

After a 7-3 win over New Berlin West, the Hilltoppers rode the momentum of playing back-to-back games with the quick start, which included triples by Peterson and Willie Bolles and a home run by Brandon Johnson.

“It had a little bit to do with the carry-over,” Marquette first-year head coach Sal Bando, Jr. said. “We were feeling good. We were loose.

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Waukesha County beaches open Saturday

7:28 a.m. | Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror; summer is just around the corner, and what better sign than the opening of Waukesha County beaches? A lack of lifeguards has prompted the county to staff just four beaches this summer; two others will be unstaffed where swimmers may swim at their own risk. Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting Saturday, May 30: Fox Brook Park, 2925 N. Barker Road, Brookfield; Menomonee Park, W220 N7884 Townline Road, Menomonee Falls; Muskego Park, S83 W20370 Janesville Road, Muskego; and Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, Hartland. At staffed beaches, swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty, with the exception of Naga-Waukee Park. At Naga-Waukee, swimmers may swim at their own risk only after lifeguard staffing has ended from sunrise to sunset through Labor Day. Mukwonago Park, S100 W31900 Highway LO, Mukwonago, will be staffed by lifeguards weekends only, May 30-31 and June 6-7. The beach will be closed June 1-5 and 8-11. Swim at your own risk will run Friday, June 12, through Labor Day. Swimming lessons will be held as scheduled from June 22-July 3, and will run while the beach is open to swim at your own risk. Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, will have swim at your own risk hours from sunrise to sunset Friday, June 5, through Labor Day.

Little Muskego Lake boat ramp to close temporarily in fight against invasive species

May 26, 2015 1:38 p.m. | The City of Muskego, upon recommendation of the Little Muskego Lake District, will temporarily close the Hillview Boat Launch on May 27 and 28. The temporary closing of the launch is a safety measure in conjunction with the district's action plan to address the Starry Stonewort invasive plant through the use of scuba divers in the that area on those dates.

Business owners, Muskego officials to hash out problems over breakfast

May 20, 2015 7:08 p.m. | Muskego —A breakfast meeting with business owners will be the newest way that Muskego officials will try to make sure that businesses will want to stay in its business parks.

The Muskego Community Development Authority last week gave a nod of approval to Jeff Muenkel, community development director, to set up a breakfast meeting, probably in July.

"We want to try to engage with them," Muenkel said, to see if they are having any issues with the business parks that can be addressed.

If the city is unaware of deficits in its business parks, businesses could leave when their leases expire, he said. Sometimes businesses want to expand or find a different locations, and the city wants to help them stay in Muskego and make them aware of city programs that could help with expansions.

"We're happy they're there and we want them to stay there," he said.

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Boon to Muskego downtown planning expected to come soon

May 20, 2015 6:53 p.m. | Muskego — Very soon, Muskego officials expect the city to be accepted as a Connect Community by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which would be a boost to local efforts to redevelop the downtown, they said.

By being a Connect Community, city planners can connect with professionals on the state level within the development corporation and to leaders from other Connect Communities, said Jeff Muenkel, community development director.

The development corporation only lets 20 communities in each year, he said. With the available help , he expects to have recommendations soon for downtown.

"It should be a good thing," he said.

Program services include:

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Nearly $100,000 in grants recommended for Muskego businesses

May 20, 2015 6:43 p.m. | City of Muskego — Grants to businesses totaling $97,800, of which nearly three-quarters go to help finance a $1.6 million building, were recommended for approval by the Muskego Community Development Authority last week.

The Muskego Common Council was expected to approve the grants Tuesday.

Of the total, $75,000 was recommended to help the DeWinter Eye Care Center, now on Janesville Road, build a $1.6 million building on a vacant lot at Janesville Road and Bay Lane Drive. The lot has been vacant since the Muskego Firestone store was razed to make room for the Janesville Road widening.

One alderman called the lot blighted and difficult to build on. What's left of former tire store site after the widening is only a small area and the parcel will be difficult to serve with driveways, said Alderman Kevin Kubacki, who sits on the CDA.

The $75,000 grant would come from money left over from funds the city borrowed to put improvements into a portion of Janesville Road where the site is located, said Jeff Muenkel, community development director. The common council decided that for now the surplus should be used as seed money to build the tax base and to help businesses enhance the appearance of Janesville Road such as by investing in more attractive facades or by adding landscaping, Muenkel said.

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Development of New Berlin farmland awaits landowners' consensus on road

May 19, 2015 12:10 p.m. | New Berlin — Progress toward a development plan for section 35, the largest remaining tract of farmland in New Berlin east of Moorland Road, is halted awaiting landowners' agreement on where the main road into the tract should be.

That's important especially to farmers. They would like the opportunity to sell their entire farms to potential developers, rather than piecemeal if the road goes through rather than around their farms. If they sell off only part of their farms, they may not be able to continue farming.

So, some want the east-west road to be farther south, along property lines. The road would connect Moorland Road to the planned industrial area to the east.

Section 35 is roughly between Moorland and Sunnyslope roads and between College and Grange avenues.

Consensus needed

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Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

Lakepoint Church plans to buy part of Lincoln Pointe Plaza in Muskego

May 11, 2015 11:43 a.m. | Muskego — Lakepoint Church, founded in Muskego in 2012, plans to buy two-thirds of the Lincoln Pointe Plaza that would continue as a shopping centerbut also become the church's first home.

The non-denominational church now holds worship services at Muskego High School and rents office space on Enterprise Avenue in Muskego.

Lincoln Pointe, just west of Janesville Road and College Avenue, consists of about eight businesses. Lakepoint would occupy the now vacant half of the former Piggly Wiggly store that moved out many years ago. Anita's Dance Center occupies the other half.

The church hopes to buy all of the Piggly Wiggly space plus the space now occupied by Slice Custom Cakes. Anita's and Slice would then be tenants of the church. The current owner would continue to own the portion of the building housing the other six businesses — Leah's Italian Restaurante, Glo 10 Salon, Spa and Tanning, a construction company, two medical offices and a dry cleaner.

Lakepoint would like to hold a grand opening Oct. 4.

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Muskego teen accused of firing needles at boys charged as an adult

May 10, 2015 11:13 a.m. | A Muskego teen has been charged as an adult with felony aggravated battery stemming from a daytime incident on Halloween in which two boys were shot in the legs with needles fired from an airsoft gun.

Blake A. Reeves, who turns 18 on Friday, is due to make his initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on June 22. He was charged May 8, according to court records.

One of the boys suffered possible nerve damage, according to the Waukesha Freeman.

New Berlin manufacturer Infratrol plans to close, files for receivership

May 05, 2015 5:53 p.m. | Infratrol Manufacturing Corp., a New Berlin firm with 37 employees, notified state officials Tuesday that it is ceasing operations and closing.

Infratrol said is expects to close, and to cut the jobs, immediately.

The notice came one day after the 59-year-old company, with makes industrial ovens and other heat processing equipment, filed for receivership in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

In court documents, the firm said its debts total $3.2 million against assets with a book value of about $1.6 million. Roughly two thirds of the assets consist of accounts receivable, with inventory and equipment making up about a third.

The company has asked that attorney Todd C. Esser be appointed receiver and run the firm's affairs for the benefit of its creditors. Esser said Tuesday he could not yet speak about the case.

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New Berlin manufacturer in business since 1956 closes down

May 05, 2015 5:48 p.m. | The Infratrol Manufacturing Corp., New Berlin, that has been in business since 1956 closed its doors Tuesday, May 5, resulting in the loss of jobs for 37 employees.

Infratrol, 2500 S. 162nd St., now in the hands of a receiver, many manufacturing sectors with its custom industrial ovens, power coating and painting systems, parts washers, finishing systems, batch ovens and other products. It served the aerospace, automotive, appliance and foundry industries and others.

New Berlin man got more than he bargained for when hiring escort

May 04, 2015 2:55 p.m. | Charges will be sought against an escort who allegedly snatched money from the wallet of the man who hired her for a party and then asked her to put more clothing on, New Berlin police said.

Police expect to conclude their investigation in two or three weeks, said Captain Michael Glider. Two weeks ago, police were granted a search warrant for the woman's cellphone.

The incident as described in the request for a search warrant started with the New Berlin man, 34, needing an escort for a party he planned to throw at his home. He responded to an advertisement on the escort classifieds and arranged for an escort named Ferrah to come. She was to be paid $150 to spend an hour at the party.

But the 21-year-old escort from Milwaukee arrived in a very low-cut top and the man asked her if she had a jacket or anything in her car she could put on to cover up a bit, as children would be at the party. Ferrah allegedly became upset and demanded some money. The man gave her $20 and opened his wallet to show her that he had the additional cash to pay her.

The search warrant request alleges that Ferrah then reached into the wallet and grabbed an additional $80. She quickly went to her car and sped away, nearly hitting the New Berlin man who had stood in front of the car hoping to keep her from leaving.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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