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New technology at Muskego-Norway schools scans IDs, screens sex offenders

12:15 a.m.

MUSKEGO — It’s easy to miss the discrete black device on the visitor’s desk of Muskego High School’s front office. But what it has meant for campus safety, school leaders say, is significant.
All Muskego-Norway schools have now adopted the Raptor Visitor Management System, a screening device that scans visitors into a database, logs how long they have been on campus and identifies whether they are a registered sex offender.
It’s just one measure districts are taking to bolster security in a time when school shooting threats and related incidents frequently make headlines.

See more in Saturday's Freeman.

Complaint: Waukesha man shot by police wanted ‘suicide by cop’
11 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A man shot by Waukesha police two weeks ago wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” according to a criminal complaint, but it wasn’t the first time he expressed suicidal tendencies, authorities said.
Dean Stamm, 51, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Friday, where he was charged with five felony counts of pointing a firearm at a police officer, a felony count of obstructing a police officer causing injury, a misdemeanor charge of obstructing police, and five misdemeanor counts of pointing a laser at an officer.
If convicted of all charges, he faces more than 37 years in custody.
Pick up Saturday's Freeman for the whole story.


Extreme weather fluctuations trigger wild price swings for popular vegetables

9:35 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Produce seller Rich Uchida is sitting pretty for the Super Bowl right about now. Because it turns out California not only has the 50th edition of the game, it has the Buffalo wings and veggie platters cornered, too.
Uchida’s employer, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, is the king of celery sticks, and isn’t into cauliflower muchIn an industry where timing is everything, both of those positions are important, because it’s been a wild season in the winter produce market dominated by California growers, who are responsible for 
upwards of 90 percent of the country’s supply of many winter vegetables.

Find the whole story in Saturday's Freeman.

23-year-old Waukesha accident victim identified
1:46 p.m.

WAUKESHA — The victim of Thursday's fatal accident has been identified as 23-year-old Megan Bock.
Bock's family issued the following statement: “Megan Bock, 23 was a part of a loving family. We’ve suffered a tragic loss and appreciate our privacy during this time.”
Bock was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 164 and Sunset Drive just before 6 p.m. Thursday. Police said the “first harmful event” occurred about 75 feet north of the intersection on Highway 164. It is a controlled intersection.

No one has been taken into custody and no citations have been issued in connection to the incident, according to police. Police Said the operator of the vehicle stayed on the scene and was Cooperative with law enforcement.


Waukesha to study police dispatch service
9:57 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A little less than four years since the Waukesha Common Council voted to keep the police department dispatch center, it approved hiring a firm Tuesday to study if the city should keep its own center or contract with Waukesha County for its dispatch services.
Council President Andy Reiland said the vote to hire a consultant to do the study was unanimous Tuesday.
“This is the first time that we have actually gone out and done an independent study,” he said.
Reiland said the city Finance Committee discussed the idea last week and forwarded it to the council. Reiland, who also sits on the committee, said they looked at three companies and picked one they felt would do a good job.

Find out more in Friday's Freeman.

Legislative committee pulls amendment limiting school taxes
9:54 a.m.

MADISON (AP) — An Assembly committee has postponed a vote on a plan to limit school districts’ taxing authority to offset lost state aid when voucher students leave.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported Friday that Speaker Robin Vos introduced the measure Wednesday as an amendment to another voucher school bill. The Assembly Education Committee was scheduled to vote on the amendment Thursday but Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, the chairman, decided to hold off less than an hour before the vote.
Thiesfeldt aide Hariah Hutkowski said the vote was canceled to work out ‘‘logistics and concerns.’’ The vote could take place next week, he said.