Tired of 18 months of doors being slammed in its face, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance requiring all 911 emergency cellphone calls originating in Muskego to go to the Muskego dispatch center.
Currently, landline 911 calls go to local dispatchers, but cellphone 911 calls are answered by dispatchers at the Waukesha County Communications Center, which transfers them to Muskego. The city wants to answer all locally originated 911 to speed up response time that can be critical in medical situations.
However, the WCC officials maintain that they do a better job and refuse to agree to the switchover.
The city appealed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission that said the two dispatch centers should work it out. But WCC has been unwilling to meet with Muskego, said Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler.
So, Muskego simply passed an ordinance ordering the switchover. Companies that have cellphone towers in Muskego will be notified. Geiszler said the company officials he has already contacted say they are perfectly happy to switch, if they are ordered to do so.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Greenfield man who allegedly set a fire that destroyed the Muskego home of his estranged wife, police said Thursday.
James F. Barbian, 41, is charged with arson, burglary and two counts of mistreatment of animals causing death, all felonies, according to Muskego police and state court records.
Firefighters who responded to the woman's home at S82 W13115 Acker Drive shortly after 11:30 a.m., Monday found the single-family residence fully engulfed in flames, according to a post on the Muskego Police Department Facebook page.
The likely cause of the fire is arson, according to police, who believe Barbian is traveling in a maroon, 2005 Chevrolet Equinox with Wisconsin license plates 480-MUG.
The controversial Parkland Mall mixed-use redevelopment proposal, which would include a Sendik's Food Market, retail buildings and apartments, took one step forward and one a step back at Tuesday's Muskego Plan Commission meeting.
While the commission recommended that the common council approve rezoning for the project on May 10, it sent the plan back to the developer to see if it could be changed to lessen the project's impact on neighbors.
The commission suggested that one of the four-story apartment buildings be moved farther from the three single-family homes bordering the project.
It also suggested reducing the building to three stories to lessen the impression of it towering over its neighbors.
The failure of the project to clear the plan commission could trigger a revision in the schedule for the developer to pay back the financial help the city is offering.» Read Full Article
JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.
New Berlin will nearly double the number of voting machines to make sure huge voter turnouts such as engulfed the polls in the April election will be handled at least as well as that election when the city had added rented voting machines to the eight machines it already had.
Until the spring election, city officials were not convinced that the more than $46,000 needed to buy seven more machines was really worth it. But being able to handle April's onslaught with only normal delays sold the machines.
The $8,500 rental cost will be applied to the purchase of the new machines.
Each of New Berlin's seven polling places will have two voting machines to accept and count ballots.
Waukesha — West Bend's recently resigned city administrator asked a court commissioner Monday if he could use the internet to look for a new job.
Thomas M. "T.J." Justice, 49, was charged last month with two felonies after investigators say he solicited a 16-year-old girl for sex, offering as much as $500, during a yearlong series of text messages.
He appeared in court Monday with attorney Steve Kohn of Milwaukee, who said that because the prosecutor assigned to the case has been out of town, Kohn had been unable to discuss matters in the case. The court set another status hearing for May 20.
Kohn indicated to the court that a preliminary hearing may not be an issue, which suggests he hopes to work out a plea deal. Justice did not speak during the hearing or to reporters afterward.
Justice has been free on bail. One condition is that he have no contact with minor females. Kohn asked for clarification that the order did not include teens he might encounter working at a store's cash register or service counter. Such incidental contact, Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said, would not be considered a violation.» Read Full Article
New Berlin Eisenhower finished third, one stroke out of second, at the second Woodland West mini-meet at Ironwood on April 26.
Greendale (159), Pewaukee (169) and New Berlin Eisenhower (170) finished 1-2-3, followed by New Berlin West (184) and Pius XI (192). Ian Gatzke(41), Steve Kraninger(42), Isaac Surges(43), Eric Komas(44) and Dylan Karvala(44) were the Lions' scorers.
Eisenhower finished seventh (320) out of 23 teams at the Greendale Invite at Morningstar on April 29.
"It was one of our best rounds in a long time," coach Dave Scheidegger said. "We're progressing nicely. I give the kids a lot of credit for playing in this weather."» Read Full Article
The New Berlin Lions Eisenhower boys track and field team just missed winning the Altheimer Invitational on April 29 at Pewaukee, finishing second by one point to Plymouth, 129-128.
Three players won four events for the Lions, topped off by Jordan Canady, who was a double winner in both the long jump (20 feet, 11 inches) and triple jump (42-93/4).
Sean Moore took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.67 seconds and also finished third in the 300 hurdles (43.09).
Matt Cavanaugh won the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 38.14 seconds.
Two relays finished second: the 4x200 relay in 1:32.96 (Jake Belongia, Moore, Jayden Olson, Bryce Miller) and the 4x400 relay in 3:27.93 (Canady, Miller, Jake Rastas, Belongia).» Read Full Article
Two people were charged Friday with the botched robbery of a New Berlin gas station in which one of them is accused of aiming a gun at a clerk and pulling the trigger without shots being fired.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court:
Shortly before 9 p.m. April 18, Zackary Stetina, 18, of New Berlin walked into the BP gas station at 16401 W. Greenfield Ave. with a mask covering his head and a gun in his hands.
Witnesses said Stetina ordered the clerk to give him money. The clerk backed away from the cash register and told Stetina to help himself. Stetina smacked the register with his gun. When the machine failed to open, Stetina pointed the gun at the clerk and pulled the trigger two or three times.
The gun failed to fire. The clerk, who mistakenly believed the gun was a fake, began to throw things at Stetina, who fled.» Read Full Article
Muskego — After two hours of hearing residents for and against a controversial apartment and retail redevelopment proposed for the former Parkland Mall, the Muskego Common Council last week decided to delay a vote on the plan at least until Tuesday, May 10.
Officials say issues still need to be negotiated in the developers agreement.
The Muskego Plan Commission was expected to take up the issue this week and submit its recommendation on the project at S74 W17000 Janesville Road to the council.
Developer Ener-Con Companies is proposing a Sendiks grocery store and three other retail buildings. Three four-story apartment buildings are planned for the 10.8-acre site.
About 60 percent of the speakers at the hearing opposed the project. A petition against it was signed by 60.» Read Full Article
The New Berlin Library's first year of having community service projects has resulted in donations that made a difference for desperately poor families around the world.
Library patrons donated $732 in January and February and with that, it was possible to purchase three honeybee, fish and rabbit farm operations to create income for families rural communities through Heifer International. There also was enough to buy a water buffalo and shares in goat, sheep, pigs and alpaca livestock.
Currently, the library is winding up its sock drive to benefit homeless shelters in Waukesha and Milwaukee. Library officials report an enthusiastic response. Socks are one of the top things shelters need, shelter officials said.
In July, to pair with the library's summer reading program, it will support Special Olympics with a Library Penny War with competitions in the library's youth services department (soccer), its adult services department (swimming) and its circulation department (track and field).
Patrons will be asked to donate their pennies to this cause and proceeds will sponsor a local Special Olympian.
The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its popular Jammin' on Janesville events will be Fridays, June 3, and Aug. 5, on Janesville Road.
Both will be from 5 to 9 p.m. offering what has been called a huge block party with food, live music, demonstrations and activities.
Once again, the chamber hopes to rent trolleys and is looking for trolley sponsors.
The annual New Berlin Eisenhower High School girls soccer charity game against West will benefit the community effort to build an all-inclusive playground at Malone Park in New Berlin.
An all-inclusive playground is designed so that children in wheelchairs or who have any other disabilities will be able to play right alongside the other kids.
The charity game will be at Eisenhower on Tuesday, May 17, the week that the playground will actually be created in a community build. The New Berlin Junior woman's Club is spearheading fundraising for the playground that will have added features as funding permits.
The soccer team also made T-shirts and is selling them and puppy chow at school lunchtimes to raise more money for the playground.
Both New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West have once again been recognized by the Washington Post as two of the most challenging high schools in Wisconsin, based on Advanced Placement (AP) test participation.
Eisenhower jumped from seventh in 2015 to fourth this year, and West climbed from 10th a year ago to eighth this spring in the Post's 2016 "America's Most Challenging High Schools" index compiled each year. The list is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in encouraging high school students to take college-level courses and tests. This is the sixth consecutive year both Eisenhower and West have made the Washington Post rankings.
"There is no question our students have many opportunities that will test them in relevant and rigorous ways during their years at our secondary schools," Superintendent Joe Garza said in a news release.
New Berlin offers nearly two-dozen AP or college-level courses.
Coach Greg Klotz and his unbeaten New Berlin West softball team stayed on top of the Woodland Conference West Division with a 4-0 record last week.
The Vikings are 8-0, 7-0 in conference play, with a two-game lead in the loss column on Eisenhower (3-2).
"I couldn't be happier with this team as we have won close games, came from behind with our backs to the wall to win, came out ahead comfortably against good teams and beat those that we should with three no-hitters," Klotz said. "Everything seems to be clicking for us."
The Vikings defeated the Rockets, 6-2, to start the week, as they broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth for the victory.» Read Full Article
New Berlin — The second so-called "soccer mom," Melanie Gretzon, was sentenced to four months in the Waukesha County Jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the New Berlin Kickers.
Although Gretzon, 44, a former soccer club president, was originally charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with taking $70,000 between 2009 and 2013, the Milwaukee Kickers, an umbrella organization, and her attorney said the amount was much less than that.
She was ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.
Gretzon pleaded guilty in Ocotober of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000. Four other theft charges were dismissed but read into the record as part of a plea agreement with the state.» Read Full Article