Today's TMJ4 is reporting that the Secret Service is investigating an incident at a West Allis bar in which a statue of President Obama was burned in effigy.
The TV station obtained a videotape that shows customers at Yester Years Pub and Grill, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., shouting and laughing as a bartender torched the statue for the crowd. Flames tore through the statue with what looks like duct tape wrapped around its neck.
West Allis police told the station that the Secret Service is investigating, as it does with any possible threats against the president.
Click Here to watch raw video of the incident.
Greendale — A 75-year-old West Allis man was arrested for having a replica grenade in his vehicle at Southridge Mall today.
According to a statement from the Greendale Police Department:
A mall security officer noticed the grenade while placing a parking warning on the vehicle and called the Greendale Police Department. Police evacuated and blocked off the area as the Milwaukee County Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit conducted an investigation, which determined the grenade to be a replica.
The man will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for charging.
Key players determining the future of Blackstone Creek Golf Course are holding a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Germantown Village Hall so residents can see conceptual ideas for a new park and mixed-use development in the center of the village.
The Germantown Village Board plans to purchase approximately 153-acres of the golf course to both spur a $30 million development and build a public park. No sale has been finalized, though the Village Board in early November directed legal counsel to develop a purchase agreement and set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through it. That period ends Dec. 18. The Village Board will vote on the agreement Dec. 16, said Village President Dean Wolter. However, before any decision is made, key stakeholders wanted to share preliminary development plans with residents and gauge public opinion on the proposal.
The village wants to buy the property from Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt, who have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.
The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing. Schmidt, as well as developer Matt Neumann with Neumann Cos., will be at the information meeting to show residents a conceptual master plan for that area of the village. Neumann Cos., recently developed nearby land known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.
Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Casperson will show park designs at the meeting and gather input on amenities the public would like to have there. The project is long-term. It could take between five to 10 years to complete, Wolter said.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Police are looking for a man suspected of robbing the Menomonee Falls Tri-City Bank at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
According to a MFPD news release:
The man is described as black with a light complexion, 25 to 35 years old, 5'8"-5'10" tall, with a medium build.
He was wearing a black jacket with dark blue denim jeans and black and white athletic shoes. The man brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash from bank employees.
He ran away from the bank going south with an unknown amount of cash. A dye-pack device included with the cash may have exploded, staining his clothes with red ink.» Read Full Article
A man walking his dog at 7 a.m. Nov. 24 noticed something odd at the intersection of Church Street and Menomonee River Parkway.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
He saw a man, slumped over the wheel of a car facing the wrong direction in the turn lane. The car had three flat tires, was leaking oil and was running. The man knocked on the window, noticing the driver was unresponsive.
More people came around and finally got the driver out of the vehicle. When police showed up, the man started walking away. Bystanders told officers, "There he goes," and the officers had to chase him down. One of the witnesses told police they thought the driver was "three sheets to the wind."
When officers grabbed the driver, he nearly fell over. He initially told police that he wasn't driving and the vehicle wasn't his. He then changed his story to say the vehicle belonged to a friend who was driving.» Read Full Article
Germantown police are investigating a slew of break-ins that occurred Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred on Vienna Court, Sylvan Circle and in a parking lot on Knight Drive. A village resident called police Monday, reporting that three subjects were attempting to gain entry into vehicles that parked in a lot on Knight Drive. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and fled in a silver vehicle southbound on Squire Drive after police were called to the scene. Police have been unable to locate the vehicle, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.
A resident reported stereo equipment was taken from his vehicle that was parked in an underground, secure parking garage on Vienna Court sometime overnight. Another resident also reported that his vehicle parked on Vienna Court was broken into in the evening hours of Dec. 1. That resident's subwoofer was taken from his trunk, Hoell said.
A fourth report filed says a resident's vehicle was broken into on Sylvan Court sometime overnight Dec. 1 into Dec. 2. A stereo and subwoofers were taken.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately. Hoell said residents should make sure their doors are locked and valuables are removed from the vehicles.
Jim Schaefer, who has been Muskego-Norway School Board president for eight years, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election when his term expires in April.
Schaefer said ran for the board 12 years ago to try to change the tone of the board, which he felt was largely dysfunctional, and to improve the tone of the district. Both those goals have been reached and the district has gone on to win many accolades, he said.
He particularly noted the naming of Muskego High School on Newsweek magazine's list of Best High Schools in America, the previous superintendent's ward as Wisconsin 2011 Superintendent of the Year, the District's Baldridge Award for Continuous Improvement and the recent recognition of Country Meadows Elementary School as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
"I do not take these as my accomplishments, or even as those of the board, but rather as the output of a system where all parts — staff, students, administration and even the board are working together towards one goal," he said.
AT&T has withdrawn its request to place a controversial cell tower in the midst of a Greenfield residential neighborhood.
Greenfield officials were concerned about the impact of the more than 70-foot tower on surrounding homes. Neighborhood unrest appeared to be stirring as the proposed tower started the city approval process this month.
The Greenfield Plan Commission called for more information about the fall zone of the tower. It also notified AT&T, which was working through a tower search company, Creospan Inc., that the city wanted to do an independent verification of fall zone calculations that AT&T would have to pay for it.
City staff expressed serious doubts that the fall zone would comply with city safety codes.
No reason was given as to why the tower request was withdrawn.» Read Full Article
Roundy's is now accepting applications for its newest Pick 'n Save location in Menomonee Falls.
The new Pick 'n Save store, opening January 2014 at N95 W18351 County Line Road, is looking to hire approximately 125 employees. Both full and part-time positions are available in all departments. Applicants with food service, culinary arts or restaurant experience are especially encouraged to apply for department managerial positions.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at picknsave.com. Interviews will begin on Dec. 2.
Muskego Mayor Cathy Chiaverotti has announced her intention to seek a second term.
"During my term as mayor, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the residents and businesses of Muskego," she wrote in a press release announcing her candidacy. "With my experience and my passion for our community in mind, I hereby announce my decision to seek re-election."
Candidates for municipal office can start circulating nomination papers Dec.1 for the April 2014 spring election.
The first phase of the West Allis Crosstown Connector Bike and Pedestrian trail is scheduled to officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The first leg of the trail generally runs south and parallel to Greenfield Avenue from 124th Street to Highway 100. The ceremony will be where the new trail crosses 116th Street between Greenfield Avenue and Rogers Street.
This long-planned bike and pedestrian trail project included several new retaining walls, the restoration of an old bridge and a new asphalt street between Greenfield Avenue and Rogers Street.
Funding for the project's $980,000 first phase was provided through federal Transportation Enhancement funds and Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality program funds, in addition to matching Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to the city. Work began in early August.
The new bike and pedestrian trail was built on the historic interurban trolley corridor between West Allis and Waukesha. The corridor is now owned by We Energies, which made it available free to the city.
Oak Creek — Police contacted officials at the Health Department after they discovered multiple animals living in filth inside a residence on Fitzsimmons Road on Saturday.
According to the Oak Creek police report:
A resident who heard a dog barking inside a home in the 3800 block of East Fitzsimmons Road called police out of concern for the dog's welfare at 5:20 p.m. Saturday. The caller told police she believed the home was vacant because she hadn't seen anyone go in or out of the home in several days.
An officer entered the home through an open door and found multiple animals living in their own feces. The home was extremely dirty, there was no electricity or running water and it appeared no one was living there.
Police found three cats, two dogs, four chickens, one goat and two bearded dragons. One of the bearded dragons was deceased, and the other was barely alive. The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission responded to the home and took custody of the animals.» Read Full Article
It was a somber start to the Menomonee Falls Village Board meeting Monday night as a moment of silence was called to honor longtime and beloved village trustee Jim Jeskewitz, who passed away on Sunday.
"This community was his family," Village President Randy Newman said. "He's been a friend to all of us."
Newman asked for a moment of silence to reflect on Jeskewitz' life and thank him for his services to the village. Jeskewitz, 74, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer over the summer that spread to multiple organs. The late Menomonee Falls football coaching legend also served on the county board and was the longest standing member on the current Village Board.
"He's done a lot for all of us and he's been a mentor to many of us," Newman said.
The visitation is slated for 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school. The public is welcome to attend.
Despite a slight increase in reported cases of the whooping cough, Elmbrook School District officials said the situation isn't as bad as in prior years.
The school district announced Nov. 4 that pertussis, a contagious bacterial disease that affects the respiratory tract, had affected more than a dozen students at Pilgrim Park Middle School. As of Nov. 15, about 30 students had been affected, said Tanya Fredrich, director of special education and student services.
"We do have a cluster (of cases) at Pilgrim Park...(but) it's a moving target," Fredrich said.
The Department of Health and Human Services of Waukesha County has not declared pertussis an endemic for the area, she said.
"Last year, there were hundreds of cases in Waukesha County," Fredrich said. "We're nowhere near where we were in 2012."» Read Full Article
2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.We've just updated our
Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.
Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.
Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.
As many as 50 people came to Tuesday's public information meeting focusing on the third proposal to come along to establish a park along the southern shore of Little Muskego Lake.
The Muskego Common Council held the meeting to try to get a feel for whether people like the proposal. The meeting had exhibits describing the plan and staff was there to answer questions.
Visitors were invited to fill out input cards so that their opinions could be known. The cards are to be tallied Wednesday when the online comment session closes.
The comments will be provided to aldermen for their Tuesday Committee of the Whole meeting.
This is the third and the smallest of the proposals to establish a park along Janesville Road at about Pioneer Drive. The other ideas drew considerable flak for various reasons including cost and the loss of taxbase.» Read Full Article