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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Veteran New Berlin School District employees will receive one-time payments

Nov. 28, 2012 8:44 a.m. | Many New Berlin School District employees will receive a one-time payment outside of the collective bargaining process, the New Berlin School Board decided Monday.

The board approved a 1.64 percent increase for the 2011-12 school year and a 1.86 percent increase for the current 2012-13 school year. Those who will receive the payment are current teachers, specialists, librarians, psychologists, counselors, therapists and special education paraprofessionals who worked for the district before this year. Payments are expected to be made early in 2013.

Board member Art Marquardt called the one-time payment an important way-station as the district works on a full compensation redesign. The compensation plan will be designed to recruit, retain and reward employees, and will form the basis of future compensation decisions.

While that redesign is in progress, the board wants to show the staff how it values and appreciates employees, board President David Maxey said.

The staff works hard and the board wants to recognize that, said board member Tom David, who also noted that it will help them keep up with the cost of living.

See the best fog photos on social media

Nov. 21, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Dense fog clouded Milwaukee and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, and many people took to Twitter, Instagram and other social media services to share photos.

View those photos here.

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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Muskego, New Berlin school districts earn AP honors

Nov. 14, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Both the Muskego-Norway and the New Berlin school districts have won places on the College Board AP District Honor Roll, a distinction achieved by only 6 percent of school districts in Wisconsin, and only 539 school districts nationally.

The honor is given for both increasing the number of students taking advanced placement college-level courses while maintaining a high learning level enabling the students to score high enough on AP exams to be eligible for college credit.

This is the first year Muskego-Norway has been named to the honor roll. New Berlin has been on it before.

The goal is to have students able to score at least a three out of five on AP exams. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country offer college credit, advanced placement or both for that score. High schools preparing their students at the college level through AP classes save students and families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

To earn the honor, districts must among other things, increase participation or access to AP classes by 4 to 6 percent, depending on their size and make sure that the percentage of minority students taking AP exams doesn't drop by 5 to 10 percent, again, depending on district size.

Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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No surprise: New Berlin, Muskego deliver votes for Republican candidates

Nov. 07, 2012 1:06 p.m. | 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

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DJ's Pub and Grill owner submitting new plans for restaurant, four-family building

Nov. 02, 2012 1:06 p.m. | The owner of DJ's Pub and Grill, a property that was involved in at least one controversial proposal to establish a park on Little Muskego Lake, has again submitted plans to the city for a restaurant/bar twice the size of the current establishment and a separate four-family building.

Owner Dan Hewitt had submitted hand-drawn project plans to the city earlier this year, but last summer, the Muskego Common Council refused the needed rezoning, saying not enough specifics were submitted.

DJ's, W18040 Janesville Road, closed Sunday and will be demolished because it's in the way of the Janesville Road widening project.

On Tuesday, Hewitt will be before the Plan Commission with far more detailed plans.

They show the restaurant/bar close to Janesville Road and the residential building close to the shore of Little Muskego Lake.

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Looking for your local polling place?

Nov. 02, 2012 9:44 a.m. | We are four days away from the next election and one of the best resources to find out local voting information is at the state's official page for Wisconsin Voter Information.

There you can find information on where to vote in your community, check your provisional ballot status and more.

Click here to visit the Wisconsin Voter Information page.

North Shore voters can visit our North Shore Voting Guide, which has a list of polling places and a post-redistricting guide to congressional, assembly, and senate districts.

Driver charged in fatal Waukesha County crash

Nov. 01, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Waukesha - A Waukesha man has been charged in a fatal three-car crash early Tuesday in the Town of Genesee.

Ernesto Lazo Villamil, 35, faces a count of driving with a revoked license, causing great bodily harm.

According to the criminal complaint:

Villamil was westbound on State Highway 59 near Hillside Road shortly before 6 a.m. when he slammed into a blue Pontiac being driven by Leonard Miller, who died from injuries suffered in the collision.

Villamil's Envoy SUV continued out of control and also slammed into an eastbound Lincoln Town Car.

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Muskego officer suspended after domestic abuse arrest

Nov. 01, 2012 7:42 a.m. | A Muskego police officer has been suspended after he was arrested on domestic abuse violations.

Sgt. Chad Dornbach was arrested Tuesday by City of Waukesha police, who are recommending charges to the Waukesha County district attorney. Dornbach has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will conduct an investigation into the incident.

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