Police in Muskego and New Berlin have had a busy year. These are the top police stories in the Now pages for 2016:
Robber's gun jams, saving woman's life
This spring, the life of a gas station clerk was saved because a gun jammed when a robber tried to shoot her.
New Berlin resident Zachary T. Stetina, who had just turned 19, was charged. Ashley Sobczak, 20, also of New Berlin, is suspected of driving the car in which Stetina left the gas station. Also charged is Jonah Verdun, 18, of Waukesha as the suspected lookout.
Trials will likely be held early next year.
Ex-West Bend city administrator guilty of soliciting Muskego girl
Former West Bend City Administrator Thomas Justice was arrested in April and pleaded guilty in December to soliciting a child for prostitution.
The criminal charge against him alleges that he arranged over the internet to meet someone he thought was a 16-year-old Muskego girl for the purpose of sex.
He was really communicating with a Muskego police detective who had taken the place of the girl in the online conversations. According to the criminal complaint, Justice allegedly was in contact with the Muskego girl over a three-year period starting in 2013.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 2. Justice now lives in Cincinnati.
New Berlin teacher gets two years for sex with student
In January, a New Berlin West Middle/High School teacher was put on unpaid leave by the New Berlin School District while police investigated the possibility that she had sex with one of her students.
Later in the month, the district fired Sara Domres, 28, of Sullivan, after completing its own internal investigation.
Domres was charged in April with having sex with one of her high school English students. In August, she pleaded guilty to having had sex with the boy who was 16 and 17 years old when the sexual contact occurred. She was sentenced Dec. 7 to two years in prison, three years of extended supervision and three years of probation.
Police free hawk trapped on truck
A low-flying red-tailed hawk collided with a semi tractor trailer outside of West Bend and was given about a 50-mile ride on the interstate to Muskego on Oct. 5.
Muskego police were called to free the hawk that was wedged between the truck's visor and the top of the cab. Two officers gingerly and gently poked the bird with the ends of sticks to free it. Pretty soon the bird slid free, landing in the engine compartment where it was easily scooped up by experts from the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County and rushed to the Wildlife In Need Center, near Oconomowoc.
The bird arrived bruised but with no broken bones on Oct. 5. It was treated and released it back into the world Oct. 11.
The driver told Muskego police that he knew he had hit the hawk, but didn't know it had gotten wedged behind the truck visor. He didn't see the hawk until he arrived at his destination off Saturn Drive in the Muskego industrial park.
2nd soccer mom gets four months in embezzlement
In April, the second so-called “soccer mom,” Melanie Gretzon, was sentenced to four months in the Waukesha County Jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the New Berlin Kickers.
Although Gretzon, 44, a former soccer club president, was originally charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with taking $70,000 between 2009 and 2013, the Milwaukee Kickers, an umbrella organization, and her attorney said the amount was much less. She was ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.
Another “soccer mom,” former New Berlin Soccer Club treasurer, Barbara Olson, 42, pleaded guilty in June 2015. Olson was sentenced to six months in jail with work privileges, five years of probation. She paid $12,690 in restitution.
A Milwaukee Kickers spokesman said the club has changed its accounting practices to reduce the possibility of embezzlement.