Tuesday's election results were disappointing for the majority of voters in Muskego and New Berlin who gave the Romney-Ryan ticket and former Governor Tommy Thompson the vast majority of their votes but to no avail.
Barack Obama prevailed, winning four more years and Tammy Baldwin stepped up to the U.S. Senate in her win over Thompson.
The unofficial vote totals for Muskego, where the turnout was 91.7 percent, are:
Romney - 10,760
Obama - 4,608» Read Full Article
Dan Vrakas revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will begin treatment shortly.Waukesha County Executive
The treatment will not interfere with his ability to perform his duties as county executive, Vrakas said in a statement.
Tests confirmed the cancer several weeks ago, according to Vrakas.
"It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate," he said. "I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery."
"I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor" to determine the need for additional medical screening, Vrakas said.» Read Full Article
New Berlin Eisenhower defeated New Berlin West, 53-43, and junior guard Sammy Kozlowski was the big difference in the victory at Eisenhower.
Eisenhower (17-6) plays at Pewaukee (21-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the WIAA regional final. The Pirates whipped Waukesha North, 59-36, Friday night to advance.
After scoring only five points in three quarters, Kozlowski scored seven of Ike's 15 points in the final period to hold off the aggressive Vikings (16-7). She had one basket and was 5-for-8 from the free throw lines as the Vikings had to foul to try and get back in the game.
Eisenhower led 17-7 after one quarter and 26-18 at halftime, but the Vikings kept hanging in there. The lead stayed at eight (38-30) going into the fourth quarter.
The Vikings then made a run to cut the lead to 40-36 with 5:57 left in the game as Ali Boldt scored on a drive, Jenna Nelson put back a rebound and Anne Radtke banked in a jumper.» Read Full Article
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Ryan Stepanovich estimates he routinely makes 19 out of 20 free throws in practice. Good thing for Pewaukee, he had already gotten that 20th one out of the way.
With 4 seconds on the clock Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 regional final at New Berlin Eisenhower, Stepanovich canned a pair of free throws to tie the score, and Pewaukee found another gear in overtime to emerge with a 50-39 victory over the Lions. The Pirates (17-7) will face Milwaukee Bradley Tech (17-7) at Greenfield on Thursday in the sectional semifinal.
Stepanovich missed the second of two free throws with 21 seconds to go, leaving Eisenhower with a 1-point edge. But after Lions star Reed Timmer split his own set of free throws with 17 seconds to go, the Pirates cashed in on their final possession. Stepanovich and the Pewaukee bench felt he had drawn the contact on his driving layup attempt, which went down, but officials ruled the foul came on the floor.
"I'm usually pretty confident with my free throws," the senior said. "I knew I could make both of them, and I wasn't going to let those last two free throws affect me."
Will Olewinski stole a pass on the first possession of overtime and ultimately hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and Evan Hansen stole a ball at midcourt to lead a transition possession that concluded with an Eric Lutzen 3-point play at the 3:03 mark of OT. The Pirates scored the first 12 points of overtime to put the game out of reach.» Read Full Article
New Berlin police are warning residents and business owners of a recent rash of catalytic converter and battery thefts.
About a dozen thefts involving converters, batteries or scrap metal have been reported to the department from Jan. 20 through Feb. 24, Officer Daniel Hanlon said in a news release.
Most of the catalytic converters and batteries were stolen from work vehicles parked in industrial park or construction areas, he said.
Police are advising residents and business owners to be aware of all individuals and vehicles on their property and watch for those who may be casing the area. Officers also are suggesting people install cameras on their property.
Two former officers of a Waukesha County youth soccer club appeared in court Monday on charges of embezzling more than $80,000 from the organization.
Barbara E. Olson, 42, of Burlington was the treasurer of the New Berlin Soccer Club. A criminal complaint charges that she wrote $12,690 in unauthorized checks from the club's account to cover personal expenses from February 2008 to January 2010.
After the club's board discovered financial irregularities in spring of 2013, Olson told police she tried to confess to club president Melanie Gretzon in late 2009 but was told the club didn't want to make a big deal out of the offense, and to just resign. Olson told police she never heard from anyone else in the club.
No wonder. According to prosecutors, Gretzon, who last year was both president and treasurer, was embezzling on her own, taking more than $70,000 from the New Berlin Soccer Club and a Milwaukee Kickers account from August 2009 through March of last year.
According to her criminal complaint, Gretzon, 42, of New Berlin, spent the money on everything from food, gasoline and pet supplies to her mortgage, utility bills and spa services.» Read Full Article
Muskego — A candidate forum will be held for Muskego school and city candidates at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.
The forum is sponsored by the Muskego Woman's Club and the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no primary for school or municipal offices in Muskego this year, so the candidates at the forum will be on the April 1 ballot.
The three candidates for the Muskego-Norway School Board will lead off the evening from 6:30 to 7:05 p.m. Candidates for Muskego Aldermanic Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be heard from 7:15 to 7:50 p.m. The two mayoral candidates are scheduled from 8 to 8:40 p.m.
The candidates will answer questions from the floor and those that are phoned in during the forum. The phone number is (262) 679-4129. The event will be televised.
New Berlin Eisenhower snapped a 2-game losing streak, beating Wauwatosa West, 70-60, thanks to a fourth quarter rally, at Ike on Friday.
Leading 49-47 going into the fourth quarter, Tosa West couldn't hit a basket and the Trojans couldn't stop the Lions, who opened with an 8-0 run. Brett Uelner scored on a drive, Nick Ganzke on a fastbreak and then Reed Timmer scored on an in-bounds play and two free throws for a 57-47 lead and the Trojans never recovered.
Timmer was pretty much guarded 1-on-1 and he finished with 28 points, which included 14-for-15 from the free throw line, including 10-for-11 in the fourth quarter as the officials turned the game into a free throw contest.
When Timmer, Ike's all-time leading scorer, scored on a drive with 6:50 in the first quarter, it was his 2,000th career point.
Uelner added 17 points and Jack Sirek tossed in 10, including two 3-pointers to give the Lions some balance.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating a pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run accident.
The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. Feb. 8 and involved a pickup truck and another vehicle that were both traveling northbound on I-43 near Racine Ave. in New Berlin, according to a news release.
The suspect vehicle is a white Ford F150 pickup truck towing a flat black metal trailer that was carrying a snowmobile covered by a blue tarp. The snowmobile was possibly a blue Yamaha. Authorities said the truck might have passenger side damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call (262) 548-7461.
Muskego — Police are seeking suspects who burglarized a Muskego home, possibly in connection with a drug deal, and who tried to kill the family dog.
The incident happened in the 17900 block of West Muskego Drive about 3:15 p.m. Jan. 24 when police received a report of gunfire.
According to police records:
A neighbor heard the shots and used his cellphone to take a video of the suspects' pickup truck and of the truck they stole from the home. Oddly enough, both were black Chevrolet Avalanches.
The shots the neighbor heard came from one of the burglars attempting to shoot the family's golden retriever. The dog was seen unhurt about 90 minutes later in the parking lot of Pick 'n Save, W17005 Janesville Road, by an employee who notified the owner. The store is roughly two miles from the dog's home.» Read Full Article
Gov. Scott Walker visited Ronald Reagan Elementary School on Feb. 6.
Walker visited the school to talk with a class of fifth-graders.
A Burger King could be coming to Muskego again.
The fast-food chain is interested in opening a restaurant on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Commerce Center Parkway, near Walmart.
The current zoning for that corner is business and office park, so Burger King is asking the city to rezone for a general business zoning already in place for Walmart and a hardware store at that location. A public hearing on the rezoning request will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.
After the hearing, the request will go to the Plan Commission and then to the Common Council. The city would also have to approve a land split, enabling Burger King to buy a nearly one-acre parcel for the building, and the building plans when they are submitted.
If approved, it would be the second Burger King in Muskego. The first, on Janesville Road, was razed years ago.
Crews will flatten out bumps on I-94 at the Springdale, Brookfield and Moorland roads overpasses Wednesday night, causing rolling closures of the highway starting at 10 p.m.
The bumps worsened after the recent extreme cold weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a release. Work will start at the westbound lanes of I-94 at Moorland Road, and all locations will be completed by 4 a.m.
Delays are expected in the area, and the State Patrol will be assisting with the closures.
Both the New Berlin and Muskego-Norway school districts have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills.
The New Berlin School Board also postponed its Monday meeting. But the Muskego-Norway School Board Monday meeting was still on as of noon Monday.
Similar weather conditions also forced the closure of schools in both districts, as well as elsewhere in the area, on Jan. 6 and 7.
With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.
Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.
Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning.
"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."
Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.» Read Full Article