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New Berlin alderwoman Karvala to face ethics hearing on New Berlin road closure

Dec. 05, 2012 3:24 p.m. | The New Berlin Ethics Board decided Tuesday that there is probable cause for an ethics hearing to be held on an ethics complaint against New Berlin Alderwoman Laura Karvala alleging that she stands to gain financially by Wilbur Drive being closed or partially closed to traffic.

Karvala lives on Wilbur and the complaint signed by numerous residents alleges that her property values would go up as a result of the closure.

The Ethics Board tentatively set a hearing for 3 p.m. Jan. 3.

Muskego reduces times, days for private fireworks

Jan. 29, 2015 5:11 p.m. | With one dissenting vote, the Muskego Common Council reduced the days and hours that those with city permits can launch Fourth of July fireworks displays.

The old limit of seven days has been reduced to three and the 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. permitted times have been curtailed to 4 to 11 p.m. Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area to allow residents to get permits to have fireworks displays.

The three-day limit can be expanded to four if the Fourth of July is on Mondays through Thursdays. Then, fireworks will be allowed on either the Saturday before July 4 or the Saturday after.

The only nay vote was from Alderman Blaise Di Pronio who wanted fireworks banned because of the potential for harming neighboring properties.

New Greenfield Avenue Wal-mart could open in early March in New Berlin

Jan. 29, 2015 3:56 p.m. | It appears that the opening for the new Wal-mart on Greenfield Avenue will be in early March, the New Berlin development department said Thursday.

The store is under construction two blocks east of Moorland Road.

The smaller Wal-mart at 15333 W. National Ave. in the New Berlin City Center will close and move to the new location. The possible day for that to happen is March 11. Sales will precede the closing.

Muskego blaze that destroyed a building Monday started between floors

Jan. 29, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Monday's fire that burned out the Free Bird boutique on Pioneer Drive close to Janesville Road started in the space between the first floor ceiling and the floor of the apartment upstairs, Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department Chief Carl Wojnowski said Thursday.

But the cause will probably never be known, he said. The building is a complete loss.

The couple who lived in the apartment lost everything and Christy Schwacher, owner of Free Bird is looking for another location in Muskego.

"I'm overwhelmed by the wonderful outpouring of support from customers and the business community," Schwacher said.

Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed!

Jan. 29, 2015 1:45 p.m. | We here at Community Newspapers and Lake Country Publications would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in our second annual Suburban Selfies contest. To those who clambered over the snowpiles and toughed out the icy winter winds to get in prime selfie snapping position, we salute you.

And what better thanks could we give than a free dinner?

These three won the east contest (Milwaukee suburbs):

Holly LaVesser of New Berlin takes home the grand prize of a $200 gift card to Bartolotta restaurants.

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Muskego High School marching band to be in Mardi Gras parade

Jan. 29, 2015 1:00 p.m. | The Muskego High School marching band is slated to march in one of the premier Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans next month.

The seven-mile Krewe Endymion parade will be on Saturday, Feb. 14, and will end at the New Orleans Superdome.

According to the Louisiana tourism office, the Krewe of Endymion is one of three "Super Krewes," known for stunning use of visuals and floats, new technology and celebrity grand marshals. Endymion has become one of the largest of the approximately 80 Mardi Gras parades.

People begin saving their viewing seats in the morning for the evening parade. The Krewe of Endymion started in 1967. It got its name from the handsome Endymion of Greek mythology.

Mom and her family bounced from play shop after altercation with owner

Jan. 27, 2015 9:04 a.m. | The owner of Bounce Realm, 4595 S. 27th St., reported two moms got into a verbal altercation after their children, 3 and 7, accidentally bumped heads at 4:40 p.m. Jan. 24, according to a Greenfield police report.

The owner told police one of the moms physically pushed her when she stepped in and asked both of them to calm down, and she wanted that family escorted off the property. Police responded to the business, escorted them out and advised them not to return, according to the report.

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

Jan. 26, 2015 9:39 a.m. | On Monday, New Berlin officially swore 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 was officially sworn in during a ceremony at the Municipal Courtroom in the Public Safety Building, 16300 W. National Ave.

Also during the ceremony, a major donation to the New Berlin Police Canine Program was presented by a longtime New Berlin resident Claudia Buchert. She and her husband have always had German shepherds, and she wanted to do something for the canine unit, said St. Joe Volz, unit coordinator and canine trainer. New Berlin police dogs are always German shepherds.

Those at the ceremony meet both on-duty police dogs — Askan and Condor, who is in his second year with the New Berlin Police Department.

Although only on duty since late October, Askan helped carry out a search warrant and his educated nose sniffed out marijuana, said Officer Rick Helm, Askan's partner/handler. Only last week, Askan found marijuana inside a vehicle. Its Ohio owner was arrested.

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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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