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News & Notes: Dec. 20

Dec. 20, 2013

Police help Lions spread

cheer during holidays

Muskego — A friendly wager between Muskego police personnel over which shift can donate the most nonperishable food to the Muskego Lions Club food drive is making winners out of many local families.

Ann Wissing, a Police Department executive assistant who is also a former Lions Club president, came up with the "contest" a number of years ago, promising a pizza lunch for the shift that donates the most food.

This year, officers have stepped up in a big way, donating well over 500 nonperishable food items, which will be distributed among 48 Muskego families.

"We have some really great people working at the Police Department, and they are always looking for ways to help members of our community in any way they can," Muskego Police Captain Richard Rens said in a news release announcing the donation. "These are our neighbors and friends too, and if we can make the holiday season a little cheerier for them, it's the least we can do."

City celebrates re-opening

of Janesville Road lanes

Muskego — A brief ceremony celebrating the re-opening of all four lanes of Janesville Road through Muskego was held Friday.

"The opening of all four lanes of Janesville Road has been highly anticipated by residents and businesses," Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said in a news release.

Chiaverotti and other dignitaries participated in the celebration, held at W17358 Janesville Road. A larger ribbon-cutting celebration is planned for next summer after all improvements have been completed.

City's first canine cop

hits the streets

Muskego — This month, the Muskego Police Department began patrols with its new canine officer, Sirius.

The department was able to get a police dog through financial support from residents, businesses and organizations, but it is still looking for additional donations to offset costs. The department's web page is set up to accept donations.

Sirius is a male German Shepherd born on June 3, 2012, in Butzbach, Germany. He is a dual purpose work dog. He can search for drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He also will be able to search for evidence and for fleeing or missing people.

Sirius attended a five-week training course with his handler, Officer Shawn Diedrich, at the Steinig Tal Police K-9 Academy located in Campbellsport, Wis.

Diedrich has been with the Muskego Police Department since June 2000 and has been a patrol officer, a school resource officer and, since June 2008, the department's drug investigator.

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