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at Muskego-Norway schools scans IDs, screens sex offenders
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’
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
Pick up Saturday's Freeman for the whole story.
weather fluctuations trigger wild price swings for
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
upwards of 90 percent of the country’s supply of many winter
Find the whole story in Saturday's Freeman.
23-year-old Waukesha accident victim
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
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
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
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.