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Muskego house fire likely caused by cooking device

Jan. 15, 2012 9:38 p.m. | A house fire in the S6800 block of Fennimore Lane in Muskego today appears to have been caused accidentally by a cooking device, Muskego Fire Department officials said.

All residents of the home had gotten outside before members of the Tess Corners Fire Department and Muskego Police Department responded shortly after 5:45 p.m. today.

No injuries were reported.

D-Day paratrooper returning to Normandy for those who never left

4:32 p.m. | Ralph Ticcioni's first steps on French soil were soft and fragrant.

Ticcioni arrived in France like thousands of other Americans — via parachute on D-Day. He sat in the back of a transport plane, weighed down with around 80 pounds of gear, his face darkened with charcoal, and waited for the light on the wall to turn yellow.

When it did, he stood up with the rest of his 82nd Airborne unit and clipped his static line hook to a wire overhead. He checked the man in front of him while the soldier behind Ticcioni checked to ensure his static line hook was secure.

Then the light turned green.

Before June 6, 1944, Ticcioni had made three practice jumps in England. D-Day was his first taste of combat.

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Muskego police seeking participants for its spring citizen's academy

10:09 a.m. | The Muskego Police Department will put on a spring citizen's academy beginning March 22. Those who are interested in attending the program and obtaining insight into law enforcement, call (262) 679-5653, or by email at mrakers@cityofmuskego.org. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, live or work in Muskego and be a high school graduate. Successful candidates will go through a criminal background check.

What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Sport Shorts: Feb. 11, 2016

Feb. 08, 2016 1:34 p.m. |


The New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team bounced back from their loss to Brown Deer on Jan. 29 by defeating Pius XI, 71-58, on Feb. 2 at home and Greendale, 69-59, on the road on Feb. 5.

The win left Eisenhower with a 17-1 overall record and an 11-1 Western Division record, two games ahead of Pewaukee (9-3). After hosting New Berlin West on Feb. 9 to begin this week, the Lions travel to Wauwatosa West at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

The Lions took a 36-24 halftime lead on Tuesday against Pius and then exchanged baskets with the Popes in the second half (35-34).

Eisenhower put five players in double figures: Jack Sirek(14); Stephen Kraningerand Sullivan Kulju(12 each); Jordan Canady(11); and Bryce Miller(10).

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Gerrits keys Pewaukee's win over New Berlin West girls basketball team

Feb. 08, 2016 11:25 a.m. | Big-time players come through even on nights when they aren't having their best games. Pewaukee senior forward Abby Gerrits is a big-time player.

After a first half that saw her manage only 6 points, Gerrits scored 11 second-half points, including the final 7 points for the Pirates, as they defeated New Berlin West, 46-44, on Tuesday at West. It was the second time they defeated the Vikings this season.

With West leading, 42-39, with 1:29 left in the game, Gerrits drove to the basket and scored, cutting the lead to a point with 54.8 seconds left. After junior Morgan Hinrichs sank two free throws in the bonus situation to give West a 44-41 lead with 30 seconds to play, West coach Jeff Radtke called a timeout.

Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen then set up a shot where Gerrits drilled a long 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 44-44 with 15.6 seconds left.

West senior Claire Radtke then took the ball to the hoop and was fouled with 8.3 seconds left to play, but the usually-reliable Radtke missed both free throws.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls beat ranked Pius, Waukesha West

Feb. 07, 2016 9:24 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team accomplished something no one else has for a while — beat the top-ranked Pius XI Lady Popes (18-1, 12-1).

And the Lions did it, 45-42, on Feb. 2 on the Lady Popes' home court, pulling within a game of first place. The win snapped the Lady Popes' 45-game win streak in Woodland Conference play.

"It was a white knuckler," Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt said. "I was proud to be a part of it. It was something special."

Senior Emalie Hahn only had 2 points, but they were huge as she sank a one-on-one bonus situation to give the Lions a 5-point lead with 1:20 to play.

Things got tense in the final seconds when a jump ball was called and given to the Lady Popes, but a shot from the corner never drew iron.

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West Allis Central High School students respond calmly during bomb-threat evacuation

Feb. 04, 2016 1:38 p.m. | West Allis —After the early morning bomb scare at West Allis Central High School, things were pretty much normal when classes reconvened the next day, said Principal Amy Van Deuren.

She said the students were positive and that Friday was pretty much just a normal school day after the entire school had to be evacuated after Thursday's bomb threat against the school.

Before students got on with their school day on Friday, they went to the field house for an all-school meeting where school officials addressed the incident.

West Allis police are still investigating the matter and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

About a year ago there was a bomb threat and evacuation of Nathan Hale High School on Jan. 6, said Brian Vissers, district communications specialist. The next day there was a copycat threat and students were evacuated to the Hale gym.

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Inclusive playground to replace splashpad plan in New Berlin

Feb. 01, 2016 6:04 p.m. | New Berlin —The New Berlin West Middle/High School Idea Center was packed with children and parents eager to see the first draft of what is being called an all-inclusive playground to be built in New Berlin's Malone Park.

An all-inclusive playground is one that can be enjoyed by children with disabilities, too. Those disabilities could be physical or they could be cognitive, sensory and even emotional. New Berlin had already planned to replace the play equipment at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway, and with the help of the New Berlin Junior Woman's Club, it will be an all-inclusive playground.

The Juniors will contribute $175,000 toward the city's half-million dollar playground project. Originally, that money was to be put toward a splash pad where children run past nozzles that squirt them with water and underneath buckets that dump water on them. With slow progress on fundraising and concerns about ongoing maintenance costs, the New Berlin Juniors and the city of New Berlin have dropped plans for a splash pad.

With that as a backdrop, the city and Juniors started talking about taking the future Malone Park playground from being a very nice playground to the next level, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament said. So, that's exactly what's happening, he said.

While nearly all of the splash pad money had been raised through events and by socking away a little here and there after the club's normal donations had been made, the Juniors checked with everyone who contributed directly toward a splash pad, said Jamie Rodgers, former Juniors president and now a spokeswoman for the Juniors on this project.

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Sport Shorts: Feb. 4, 2016

Feb. 01, 2016 1:32 p.m. |


The New Berlin West girls basketball team demolished Brown Deer, 71-10, on Jan. 27 on the road and then won, 66-32, against Cudahy on Jan. 29 at home.

The wins left the Vikings with a 13-4 overall record and tied for second with a 9-2 record.

West played Pewaukee (9-2) on Feb. 2. They travel to Wauwatosa West (3-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and then to Eisenhower (9-2) for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday, Feb. 9.

West held the struggling Falcons (1-12, 0-10) of the Woodland Conference East Division to 5 points each half as the Vikings put up 34 and 37 points, respectively, on Jan. 27 to begin the week.

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Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, Whitnall gymnasts flex muscles with Madison win

Feb. 01, 2016 11:53 a.m. | The high-level dual meet with state D2 power Whitefish Bay was a bit of a fizzle for the powerful Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall girls gymnastics co-op on Jan. 28, and with the big Madison Memorial Spartan Invitational coming on Jan. 30, coach Katie Moore felt the locals needed a little reinforcement.

"I know we didn't have our full lineup, but we also had some pretty substantial errors," Moore said. "It may have been the fact that it was a weekday night, we're not sure, but we had a meeting on Friday, and we gave them a challenge (for the Madison meet), and the way they responded was fabulous."

FMOW turned in a season- and state-best 147.525 to overwhelm the eight-team Green Division field in Madison on Jan. 30 as the Burlington co-op was a distant second with 140.15.

It was the perfect segue for the locals as they turn their attention to the powerhouse Kenosha Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6, where almost all the top state D1 teams will be, including Brookfield, Kenosha and defending state champ Arrowhead.

Moore said the team has been working hard adding new skills and augmenting their degree of difficulty.

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Probe continues into alleged New Berlin West teacher misconduct

Feb. 01, 2016 11:31 a.m. | New Berlin police are predicting that the earliest they will conclude their investigation regarding alleged sexual contact between a female New Berlin West Middle/High School teacher and a male student will be Monday, Feb. 8.

If enough evidence is found for criminal charges, the case will be forwarded to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office at that time, Captain Michael Glider said in an update to the investigation.

The department has received numerous calls about the status of the investigation.

In the meantime, the teacher has been fired.

According to a news release from the New Berlin School District, its internal investigation has been concluded and the teacher's contract was terminated. The teacher had been on administrative leave while school officials conducted their investigation.

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Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.


Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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New Berlin West boys basketball team's Pipik, Cottrell key win over Cudahy

Feb. 01, 2016 10:44 a.m. | The rebuilding New Berlin West boys are taking things one step at a time, and they took another big one on Jan. 29 to end the week on a positive note under first-year coach Brandon Mattox.

The Vikings ended the week with a 72-68 win at Cudahy on Jan. 29, the first road win for West since Dec. 6, 2013. They won a 52-47 decision at Greendale that evening. That snapped a 27-game losing streak on the road.

The Vikings outscored Cudahy (8-6, 4-6) of the East Division by two points each half (33-31, 39-37) to get the hard-earned win.

Hunter Pipikand Fred Cottrelleach had 17 points as Pipik had three of the team's six 3-pointers. Joe Robeyadded 13 points, Zach Whitehad 9 (two 3-pointers) and Sami Alfahelscored 8. Alex Thiede led the Packers with 16 points.

"I couldn't be more happy and proud of that group of young men," Mattox said afterward. "Our record does not indicate the progress we've made in this program. Friday was the first time all season we were able to answer a run made by another team. We're starting to show we can handle adversity; that's were our progress lies. Friday's win was the first road win since Dec. 6, 2013, and that's something our boys should be proud of."

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Muskego-Norway District one of only three Wisconsin districts to lower levy for five years

Feb. 01, 2016 8:21 a.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District is one of only three school districts out of 43 in southeastern Wisconsin that has lowered its property tax levy every year for the past five years.

The other two are the Mukwonago and Beaver Dam school districts.

"We're extremely pleased to be able to do that for the number of years we have," said Muskego-Norway School Board President Rick Petfalski.

It shows that the school board has spent tax money wisely and that should help voters have faith that the district's nearly $43.2 million facilities referendum that will be on the April ballot is needed spending, he said.


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