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Muskego and New Berlin list tax payment options

Dec. 17, 2012 5:56 p.m. | Even though the Muskego and New Berlin city halls will be closed for the holidays, people can still pay their property taxes.

The Muskego City Hall will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, but people can put their tax bills into drop boxes outside City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave., and the Muskego Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

All tax bills placed in the drop boxes through Jan. 1 will have receipt dates of Dec. 31.

Muskego residents can also pay their taxes through December at U.S. Bank, North Shore Bank, Waukesha State Bank, Harris Bank and Citizens Bank of Mukwonago. Taxpayers also can pay from checking or savings accounts for free or with a credit card for a fee.

In New Berlin, City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for people to pay their taxes, although it will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 31 before closing until Jan. 2.

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Franklin police seek man who kicked player during soccer brawl

Sept. 01, 2014 12:54 p.m. | Police are looking for an adult soccer player suspected of kicking an opponent unconscious during a brawl sparked by fans at a game Sunday.

Franklin police were the first to respond to the fracas at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex about 3 p.m., Franklin police Sgt. William Van Zile said Monday.

Officers encountered a large fight still going on at the field. After the situation was brought under control, four people were found to have injuries — two security guards who had tried to break up the fight, and two players, one from each team.

Van Zile said three of the four were treated at the scene by the Franklin Fire Department, but one player had been knocked unconscious by a kick from an opponent and was taken Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospital.

"The fight apparently started when fans of one team were taunting the other side, which didn't like it," Van Zile said. "The players from each side tried to intervene, but it only made things worse."

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Bicyclist in Franklin struck, killed by motorist

Aug. 30, 2014 10:10 a.m. | A 41-year-old Franklin woman was killed Friday evening while riding her bicycle on State Highway 100 and Elm Court in Franklin.

According to Franklin Police, the bicyclist crossed over oncoming traffic to turn onto Elm Court shortly before 8 p.m. She was transported by ambulance to Froedtert Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police offered no other information about the woman or the driver of the vehicle that struck her.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said it would not release information about her until Tuesday.

Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

New Berlin annual meeting tug-of-war

Aug. 27, 2014 3:25 p.m. | The annual meeting of the New Berlin schools was a tug-of-war between those who objected to the proposed 3.78 percent levy increase and those who wanted better care of the school buildings.

Ultimately, residents Monday approved the nearly $49.3 million levy for the 2014-15 school year on a vote of 28 to 16.

More than 40 residents attended the annual meeting held in the New Berlin West Middle/High School auditorium.

Those opposing the levy said the school's debt is too high and that they suspect the School Board of angling for a referendum to perform up to $22 million in school maintenance and upgrades.

Those speaking for the levy said they didn't want to see the schools strangled for lack of funding and said a laser focus on tax dollars is short-sighted. Schools in good condition that are competitive with schools in other communities are needed to keep up property values, some said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with pickup in Muskego

Aug. 16, 2014 10:41 p.m. | Muskego — A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a pickup truck Saturday, according to Muskego police.

Police say the vehicles collided at the intersection of Moorland Road and Janesville Road just before 2 p.m. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

The operator and passenger of the truck were not injured, according to a news release from police. The motorcyclist has not been identified.

Severson earns easy victory over challenger

Aug. 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Waukesha County GOP leaders were able to breathe a big sigh of relief when county sheriff's inspector Eric Severson eaily defeated challenger Tom Alioto, a former Lisbon police sergeant, in the Republican primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12.

These results will likely determine who will be sheriff for the next four years since there is no Democrat running in the heavily Republican county.

Severson earned 32,940 votes compared to Alioto's 5,485.

After the votes were counted, Severson said he was "happy" and "humbled" by the outcome.

"We stuck to our message that qualifications count and the voters sent us a strong message that they want someone who is qualified to serve them and that is what I will be honored to do," Severson added.

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Eric Severson wins landslide vote for Waukesha County sheriff

Aug. 12, 2014 10:44 p.m. | Eric Severson, the chief inspector for the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office, is bound to bear the sheriff's badge after a landslide victory in the Republican primary election.

With more than 70% of the vote counted Tuesday night, Severson earned about 86% of the vote — more than 26,000 supporters — in the race against Tom Alioto, a former Town of Lisbon police sergeant.

Alioto earned about 4,300 votes.

There is no Democratic candidate for Waukesha County sheriff.

The candidates were seeking to replace Dan Trawicki, who served as sheriff for 12 years but declined to run for a fourth term.

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Panera wants to open on Moorland Road in New Berlin

Aug. 11, 2014 4:40 p.m. | The New Berlin Plan Commission and Architectural Review Committee will both consider plans for a Panera Bread restaurant at 4901 S. Moorland Road, near Quaker Steak and Lube.

The Architectural Review Committee will meet at 5 p.m. and the Plan Commission at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. Both meetings will be in the New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.

Muskego Plan Commission shuns changes for lake homes, senior condos

Aug. 06, 2014 4:21 p.m. | A plan to build garden homes and senior condominiums on Little Muskego Lake hit a setback Tuesday at the Muskego Plan Commission that unanimously recommended against changes in zoning and the city comprehensive plan that would have allowed the plan.

Housing density was the main issue.

Ener-Con Companies proposes a gated community and a 24-unit condomium building for seniors along Janesville Road and just east of Pioneer Drive.

The zoning and 2020 Comprehensive Plan changes can still be approved by the Muskego Common Council that will consider them at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The development plan that the commission reviewed considered was somewhat less dense than the original plan of seven homes and 30 senior condos in two buildings.

Muskego-Norway School District chooses former principal for interim job

Aug. 04, 2014 9:17 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board appointed former Muskego High School principal Dennis Bussen as the interim High School principal on Monday.

The action came after the recent resignation of Ryan Oertel who has been at the school's helm for two years. Oertel is leaving to be curriculum coordinator for secondary education in the Elmbrook School District starting this fall.

With the school year nearly ready to start, this is a bad time to try to hire a principal, the School Board decided. Hiring an interim principal will mean the School Board can take its time to find the right person to permanently take over the reins.

Bussen was Muskego High School principal for 11 years from 2001 to 2012 before becoming an assistant Muskego-Norway superintendent in the 2012-13 school year. He retired last July at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Events mark anniversary of Sikh Temple shooting

Aug. 02, 2014 5:57 p.m. | On the cusp of the second anniversary of the Sikh Temple shooting, people laced up their sneakers Saturday for the Chardhi Kala 6K run in Oak Creek.

Last year, members of the Sikh community created a weekend of memorial events, including the charity run, to mark the anniversary of the temple shooting that occurred on Aug. 5, 2012. Six Sikh worshipers were killed that day when a white supremacist opened fire on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

The Sikh principle of Chardhi Kala means resilience, or having a positive attitude even in the face of fear and pain.

Roughly 400 people participated in the charity run, said Mandeep Kaur, one of the run's organizers.

More commemorative events at the temple are planned for this week, including a tribute and prayer services on Sunday and a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday.

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Muskego High School principal resigns

July 31, 2014 5:03 p.m. | The Muskego School Board will be looking for an interim Muskego High School principal with the resignation of Ryan Oertel who has been at the school's helm for two years.

Oertel sent a letter Monday to parents saying he was leaving. This fall he will be curriculum coordinator for secondary education in the Elmbrook School District.

The School Board will discuss on Monday, Aug. 4, how to proceed in a search for an interim principal.

With the school year on the verge of starting, this is a bad time to try to hire a principal, said School Board President Rick Petfalski.

"People who were interested in being a principal started looking last spring and have accepted positions," by now, he said.

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Video: How to navigate construction surrounding the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair

July 30, 2014 1:40 p.m. | West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.

That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."

Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.

What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.

Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

July 30, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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