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Due to thefts, Oak Creek police advise women to leave purses home when shopping

Jan. 30, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Police are advising women not to place their purses in their shopping carts after two women had their wallets stolen while shopping at Oak Creek grocery stores last week.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

A man stole a wallet out of an 80-year-old woman's purse while she was shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., about 3 p.m. Jan. 26. The woman told police the man took the wallet out of her open purse after he helped her load a six-pack of water and some Solo cups into her shopping cart.

The man is described as a 6-foot-tall man with light brown skin; short, dark hair and a grayish goatee; and wearing a dark tan jacket. The wallet, worth about $9, contained a driver's license, medical cards, a credit and debit card, a $25 gift certificate and other membership cards.

Police checked with store security but the incident was not captured on video surveillance.

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Thieves cash in on $20,000 left in car at Brookfield movie theater

Jan. 30, 2013 8:26 a.m. | Town of Brookfield Police continue to search for suspects in an ongoing string of car break-ins at Majestic Cinema, most notably punctuated by one report in which a man said he lost $20,000 cash contained in a briefcase.

Police responded to such a report at the Marcus theater complex, 770 Springdale Road, at 11:55 p.m. Jan. 19. The New Berlin man told officers that the briefcase, which also contained a $500 laptop computer, was taken from his car after the thieves broke the rear passenger window.

As to why he was keeping so much cash in his car, the man told police he is a bar promoter and that his intentions were to "deposit the currency, but the bank was closed." The victim told police he thought he may have been followed to the theater.

But police reports show he was not the only victim that night.

An MP3 player worth $400 and a purse worth $200 were also taken from a locked vehicle at the theater that evening.

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Report of shots fired leads to second Brown Deer School District lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 4:58 p.m. | Brown Deer High School was locked down for the second time today, along with the elementary and middle schools, after police received reports of possible shots fired just west of campus.

According to a Brown Deer police news release:

Police responded to a report of possible shots fired in the 8000 block of North 60th Street at approximately 2:55 p.m.

Officers on scene received conflicting statements over what type of sound was heard.

Due to the proximity to the high school and the potential for a serious situation, school officials put the district into lockdown as per safety protocols.

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Greenfield Public Library to close for Super Bowl Sunday

Jan. 29, 2013 4:04 p.m. | The Greenfield Public Library will be closed Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday, a day when it is nearly deserted every year.

The Library Board approved the closure in November as part of its 2013 calendar approval.

As a side benefit, being closed on Super Bowl Sunday will enable the staff to enjoy Super Bowl parties and get-togethers, said Sheila O'Brien, director of the library, at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The library's automated exterior book drop/check-in services and the web page will continue to be available.

Gun remark puts Brown Deer High School into brief lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Brown Deer High School went into a 40-minute lockdown this morning after a staff member overheard a student remark a gun was in the school.

According to a release on the district website:

The staff member reported the remark to district administration and the Brown Deer Police Department was contacted. The building was put into lockdown at approximately 9:35 a.m. as per the district's safety protocol.

Students were released back to class at 10:15 a.m. after school staff and Brown Deer police completed a search of the school and determined there was no gun.

School administrators and police are following up and will take appropriate disciplinary action.

DOT holding informational meetings on upcoming I-43 project

Jan. 29, 2013 11:50 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold informational meetings Wednesday and Thursday on an upcoming Interstate 43 reconstruction along a 14-mile stretch from Silver Spring in Glendale to Highway 60 in Grafton, currently in planning stages and slated for construction in 2019.

The first meeting will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale. The second meeting is from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Mequon, at 13460 N. Port Washington Road.

More information on the project is available at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/seregion/43/index.htm or through Project Manager Steve Hoff at (262) 548-6428 or steve.hoff@dot.wi.gov.

Tosa police say driver obeyed traffic laws during chase

Jan. 29, 2013 10:44 a.m. | A suspect led police on a less-than-dangerous pursuit through the 100 block of North 92nd Street at 2:36 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

After trying to pull over a car driving 10 mph over the speed limit with expired registration, the officer was led on a pursuit that reached speeds of 30 mph and involved full stops at stop signs.

The suspect calmly drove with an officer flashing his lights and blaring his siren. When the officer called in and said he was in a pursuit due to expired registration, dispatch advised him to cut off the chase.

Officers came to the vehicle owner's house later and towed the suspected fleeing vehicle. The owner's mother was at the house and refused to answer any questions or let police into her home.

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Dog walk leads to recovery of stolen truck

Jan. 29, 2013 10:20 a.m. | A man took his dog for a walk and ended up witnessing a burglary and helping find a stolen truck.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man walking his dog in the 2600 block of North 85th Street saw a man park a truck in a driveway, move the truck to another driveway and walk through several front yards before heading to a back yard at 8 p.m. Jan. 22.

He memorized the truck's license plate number and called police.

The driver then got in the truck, drove past the man and threw several mason jars out the window.

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Meijer pulls plans for Franklin store

Jan. 28, 2013 4:44 p.m. | Franklin - A Meijer official today informed Mayor Tom Taylor that the company is no longer pursuing a 190,000-square-foot store at the southwest corner of Highway 100 and Loomis Road.

Taylor told NOW Newspapers that Mike Flickinger, director of real estate for Meijer, called to inform him of the decision. He noted that the decision centered on the company's difficulty in getting approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build on or near the site's wetlands.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also had some difficulty with the entrance and exit traffic flow plan of the site, though that concern reportedly had been cleared in recent months.

"Meijer is a quality store and they tried to come up to the standards that we as a city had established for architecture, landscaping and the location of the docks," Taylor said.

He noted that the potential flooding and traffic issues were problematic throughout the process.

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St. Joseph's School in Big Bend staying open

Jan. 25, 2013 5:50 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School, S8930 St. Joseph Drive, in Big Bend will stay open after all, it was announced Friday.

Officials had notified families of St. Joseph School on Tuesday that the school would close at the end of the year.

The parish hall was filled on Thursday night with people looking for answers as to why the school was closing, and what could be done to save it. Many gave powerful, heartfelt testimony as to what the school has meant to them, their children and their grandchildren. At the end of the meeting, the decision to close the school was taken under advisement, with a definite answer to follow Friday.

The school will hold an open house Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to launch a weeklong celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

South Milwaukee police warn of warrant scam

Jan. 25, 2013 5:42 p.m. | South Milwaukee Police are warning residents of a scam aimed at scaring people to send money to avoid be arrested on a warrant from their local police department.

According to an email from the South Milwaukee Police Department:

The South Milwaukee Police Department received a report from an elderly resident that she had received several phone calls from a company trying to solicit money. The caller identified himself as being from the "Martinez Law Firm" in Lawrence, Kansas, with a phone number of (785) 371-3081. The caller told the resident if she did not pay $250 by 2 p.m. Friday that an arrest warrant would be issued for her.

A short time later, she received another call from a person giving the name of an officer who works for the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller ID also showed that the call had originated from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The caller at this time threatened to arrest the woman on the warrant if she did not pay by 2 p.m. The resident then came to the police department to find out what was happening.

Investigation revealed that this is a scam that has been running and that the suspect caller had "spoofed" the number to make it appear that the call had come from the South Milwaukee Police Department. The first call was also determined to not have come from a law firm in Kansas. The call actually was found to have originated from somewhere in Pakistan. The caller confessed to running a scam to try to get money from people by saying they were the police.

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No one injured in Andrew Automotive fire

Jan. 24, 2013 5:44 p.m. | The North Shore Fire Department doused a blaze at Andrew Automotive Collision Repair Center in Glendale this afternoon after a painting booth within the structure caught fire and caused an estimated $100,000 in damages. No one was injured.

According to an NSFD news release:

Around 2:30 p.m. an NSFD fire company was leaving the Glendale firehouse when firefighters onboard notice heavy black smoke to the southwest. Almost simultaneously a call came in from Andrew Automotive and the Glendale fire company, along with others, were dispatched to the scene.

Arriving crews found heavy black smoke coming from the building. With additional crews the fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished.

NSFD said the fire started when a static charge ignited paint fumes in the booth.

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Gun threat leads to brief lockdown at Fairview South in Brookfield

Jan. 24, 2013 2:24 p.m. | An Elmbrook School District official said students at Fairview South School, 3525 Bermuda Boulevard, are in no danger after a brief lockdown this morning.

The elementary school, which serves about 60 special-needs students ages 12 to 20, went on lockdown for about 30 minutes as students arrived for class.

Anne Moore, director of communications for the district, said school staff members were notified of a threat and immediately contacted authorities.

"Staff was made aware of a specific threat that a specific student had threatened to bring a gun to school," Moore said.

School staff provided Brookfield police with the name of the student and a description of the vehicle he likely would be arriving in.

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Fox Point-Bayside superintendent announces resignation

Jan. 23, 2013 1:43 p.m. | Fox Point-Bayside District Administrator Rachel Boechler announced Tuesday that she will resign effective Aug. 1. The School Board accepted her resignation at its Jan. 21 meeting.

According to a district news release, Boechler plans to continue her work with the Center for Courage & Renewal, a Seattle-based nonprofit which works with leaders in the fields of education, health care and clergy. Boechler is currently CCR's board chair and has been working with the organization for the past 13 years.

"The Fox Point-Bayside School District continues to have great potential to achieve the goals aspired to and is well on its way to meet those goals despite the ever-changing education environment we live in," Boechler said in the release. "I am committed to working with the board, staff and community over the next six months to leave the district in the best position possible to reach those goals."

Board President Michael Weiss thanked Boechler for her service since joining the district in 2010.

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New Berlin cable channel 25 goes down

Jan. 22, 2013 5:46 p.m. | The city of New Berlin's cable channel 25 was down as of 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, with only video being broadcast.

City staff was trying to get the channel back up in time for the 7 p.m. Common Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. However, if the cable channel is still down, people should be able to watch the meetings on their computers via live streaming by logging onto meetings.newberlin.org/sirepub/meet.aspx.

Six students injured after vehicle hits school bus in Brown Deer

Jan. 22, 2013 2:16 p.m. | Six students were injured on their way to school after their school bus was struck by a hit-and-run driver this morning.

According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release:

A Brown Deer police officer noticed a disabled school bus on 60th and Bradley streets at 7:21 a.m. Tuesday.

The school bus driver said the bus had been involved in a hit-and-run accident. The striking vehicle was described as a red, possibly an older model Buick, which fled the scene.

The North Shore Fire Department responded as six students on the school bus complained of injuries. The students were treated by the North Shore Fire Department and transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

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Greenfield schools deal with two vacancies at top

Jan. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m. | The Greenfield School District will hire both an interim superintendent and an interim business manager until candidates can be found to fill both positions permanently, the School Board decided Monday.

Superintendent Conrad Farner departed last week to take a job as human resources director for the Cedarburg School District.

Kristen Kollath, director of business services, will leave next month to accept a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The board had offered the interim superintendent position to Todd Bugnacki, director of elementary education, but he said he had to decline because of pressing needs in his current position. He was invited to apply for the superintendent's job.

To get the best candidate for superintendent, the board wanted to take its time with an eye to filling the position at least by July 1. There was a feeling that the appointment should be made considerably earlier so the new superintendent can help choose a business manager.

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Later Greenfield High School start time decision pushed back

Jan. 22, 2013 11:31 a.m. | While some hoped that the Greenfield School Board would decide on Monday whether to have Greenfield High School start later and three other schools start earlier, the board instead called for updated cost estimates on changing the times for its Feb. 11 meeting.

The board wants to know if the $210,000 cost that was estimated in 2011 for the high school to start 35 minutes later and two elementary schools and the middle school to start earlier would still be valid for the 2013-14 school year. Cost information also will be gathered on the high school starting 30 minutes later, but leaving the other school start times alone.

About six years ago, the high school went to a 7:10 a.m. start time to save money. Parents asked the board to reconsider its decision and an ad hoc committee was formed. It eventually recommended a later high school start time and adjusting start times in some other schools. The committee said educational research shows that high school students do better if school starts later and that elementary students do better if school starts earlier.

The board turned the recommendations down mainly because of the $210,000 cost. But renewed calls for a later high school start time came because of disappointment that the high school students didn't do better on the state's new academic testing program. If the students would do better with a later start, the expenditure is justified, some said.

Candidates for West Allis police chief down to two

Jan. 22, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Two candidates are still in the running to succeed Michael Jungbluth as West Allis police chief.

They are Interim Chief Charles Padgett who previously had been a deputy chief in charge of operations and Rick Balistrieri, who retired as a deputy chief in the West Allis department more than a year ago, said Joseph Kempen, chairman of the West Allis Police and Fire Commission.

The commission will start interviewing the candidates later this month and will probably choose one in early February, he said.

"Both are outstanding candidates," Kempen said.

The city received eight applications for police chief, he said. Jungbluth's last day was in mid-November.

Brookfield police issue alert for missing autistic woman

Jan. 21, 2013 4:46 p.m. | City of Brookfield police are asking the public's help in locating a missing endangered person.

According to the alert, Amber P. Hammond, 26, has a mild form of autism and functions with the mentality of a 6-year-old.

She was last seen by a neighbor at 10:30 a.m. walking with a wheel-equipped suitcase near Calhoun Road and Capital Drive.

She is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, with black hair, and was wearing a royal blue fleece jacket, blue jeans and a white hat.

Police are asking that anyone who sees anyone fitting this description to contact the City of Brookfield Police Department at (262) 787-3702.

Tosa police say they caught crook trying to repeat fake iPhone scam

Jan. 21, 2013 4:28 p.m. | A man's call led police to arrest a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy who allegedly was selling boxes containing watches, batteries and coins as iPhones.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man met up with the boy at McDonald's, 12324 W. North Ave., at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, thinking he was going to buy an iPhone for $220.

The boy asked to see the cash before letting the man open the box. The man forked over the money, and the boy dropped the box and ran out of the store.

The man opened the box and much to his dismay, AAA batteries sat in place of his would-be iPhone.

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Muskego panel declines to guarantee access to home's garage

Jan. 16, 2013 6:14 p.m. | The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board on Monday turned down a resident's request for a 10-foot easement that would allow him to keep using a strip of parkland to gain access to his garage.

James Mortle is worried that at some point, the city might not allow him to use the strip of land - a remnant of what was once Park Drive, the stub of a street that goes down to Little Muskego Lake - and he would then have no legal way of making use of his existing garage.

The unusual driveway arrangement existed when he bought his home more than a dozen years ago.

While the park board wasn't interested in granting an easement because it would tie the city's hands, it was open to an agreement that could be renewed annually. But Mortle said that would put him in a worse position than he is right now with the prescriptive easement.

His attorney and the city attorney will sort out whether the prescriptive easement exists or if he needs any additional protection to maintain his garage access. If so, they will likely draft an agreement that would come back to the city.

Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings on tap for Germantown's Riversbend Development

Jan. 16, 2013 3:31 p.m. | The redevelopment of the 40-acre Riversbend Country Club property on County Line Road in Germantown that includes two franchise restaurants moved forward on Monday after the Planning Commission approved permit applications and a zone change.

Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings are set to go up on 3.5 acres in the parking lot of the current Riversbend Golf Club, W18034 County Line Road, as well as a new golf club house that will be built on the north end of the remaining 37.5 acres. The site development and architecture plans, as well as signage were also approved at the Planning Commission meeting.

Menomonee Falls-based Continental 246 Fund also applied for an amendment to the village's land use plan, as well as a zone change for the property from institutional to neighborhood business, both of which were approved. The development also required a conditional use permit for encroachment of a 25-foot setback on wetlands, which the commission approved.

A special Germantown Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Village Hall to keep the development moving forward, said Village President Dean Wolter. There will be a public hearing for the zone change and conditional use permit.

The board will also vote on the restaurant plans. Residents, mostly of the Rivercrest subdivision that sits adjacent to the proposed development, did voice concerns at the Planning Commission meeting. Wolter said most concerns were because of increased traffic in the area. A traffic plan and study were completed as part of the application process and a new traffic light will be put on County Line Road alongside the development.

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Woman, 81, killed in West Allis crash

Jan. 16, 2013 1:56 p.m. | An 81-year-old West Allis woman was killed in a one-car crash about 10:30 a.m. today in the 1900 block of South 71st Street in West Allis.

The car she was driving crossed over the center line of southbound 71st Street and struck a tree on the east side of the road, according to police.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said, and the crash remains under investigation.

Greenfield Avenue bridge closing Jan. 21

Jan. 15, 2013 9:14 p.m. | West Allis Mayor Dan Devine announced Tuesday night that the Greenfield Avenue bridge will close Jan. 21.

Peter Daniels, West Allis senior roads engineer, confirmed that, saying there could be a delay until Jan. 22. The closing date had previously been Feb. 1. The bridge which spans Interstate 894 will be torn down and a new one built to accommodate a wider freeway underneath.

The crucial bridge is still scheduled to reopen by July 18, Daniels said.

Greenfield Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 106th to 96th streets, Devine said. But access to businesses will be maintained, he said.

Oak Creek police investigating rash of BB gun vandalism

Jan. 15, 2013 5:21 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking the person who shattered the rear windows of at least six vehicles and damaged two apartment windows with a BB gun Jan. 9 and 10.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

Dispatch received the first report about 9:10 p.m. Jan. 9, when a resident of the 400 block of East Centennial Drive stated someone had just shot a BB through her apartment window, causing about $200 in damage to the screen and outer window.

On Jan. 10, a resident of the 9100 block of South Fifth Avenue reported someone had shot a BB through her apartment window, and her rear car window also had been damaged by a BB, between 9 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to her home and car is estimated at $500.

Also Jan. 10, a resident of the 9600 block of South Veronica Drive reported the back windows of two vehicles had been shattered by a BB gun between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $700.

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Man arrested for drunken driving after fleeing police

Jan. 15, 2013 4:26 p.m. | A man who facing his third drunken driving arrest was captured by police after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop Jan. 12.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

The driver, a 30-year-old Oak Creek man, and his passenger both ran off after police pulled their car over in the 4100 block of East Studio Lane about 2:40 a.m. Jan 12. A foot chase ensued and police took both the driver and the passenger, a 37-year-old Oak Creek man, into custody a short time later.

The driver was arrested for third-offense drunken driving and third-offense driving with a revoked license. He also was cited for possession of marijuana after police found an orange pill bottle containing THC in the center console of his car during the arrest search. The passenger was arrested for resisting/obstructing an officer.

The driver was scheduled to appear in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office this week.

U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner holds town hall meeting

Jan. 15, 2013 2:36 p.m. | U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner will answer questions from constituents during a town hall meeting from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Public Safety Building courtroom, 2100 N. Calhoun Road.

The meeting is open to the public.

Elm Grove offers second concealed carry class

Jan. 15, 2013 1:40 p.m. | The Elm Grove Police Department is offering a second concealed carry class Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Village Hall (13600 Juneau Blvd.).

Classes are taught by state instructors certified to teach both law enforcement and civilian personnel.

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Application and $75 fee are due by Jan. 25. Applicants must be Wisconsin residents 21 years of age or older and must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law, state law or by court order.

To be placed on a waiting list for this or future classes, contact Assistant Chief Gus Moulas at (262)786-4141, ext. 223.

Alert neighbors help catch alleged Wauwatosa burglars

Jan. 15, 2013 10:09 a.m. | A concerned neighbor may have led police to alleged burglars while stopping another burglary.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A Wauwatosa woman was walking her dog when she saw two men walking around backyards in the 2100 block of North 64th Street at 11:02 a.m. Friday. Having walked her dog nearly every day down that block for years and not recognizing the two men, she called police.

Other strange events aroused the suspicion of neighbors. One woman had her doorbell ring twice, which she didn't answer. Her back door opened a few minutes later and, thinking it was her son, she called his name and the door quickly closed. A man in the neighborhood had his doorbell rung and he noticed a man circling around the back while he went to answer. "Is Marcus there?" asked a man later identified as one of the alleged prowlers. The man said no and closed the door.

Police conducted a quick search, revealing the two men. Police questioned them and came to learn that the men, both from Milwaukee and ages 19 and 20, had some items of interest on them. One had two iPods on him, one with a woman's name engraved on it.

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Woman chases alleged thief from bus, gets phone back

Jan. 15, 2013 9:40 a.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee woman was riding the bus and on her phone when it was allegedly snatched from her hand by a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy who was getting off the bus.

She wasn't going to let her phone go so easily and bolted after him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The boy had four of his friends try to block her from getting off with the alleged thief at the intersection of Mayfair Road and West Burleigh Street at 5:48 p.m. Saturday, but she rushed past them, chasing him and flagging down officers at the same time.

The four gave her phone back. The alleged thief was nowhere to be found until police dog Addy tracked him down.

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Tosa police: Delivery driver reported possible robbery in progress, prompting tactical response

Jan. 14, 2013 3:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have reopened roads from 120th to 122nd streets and Watertown Plank and Elmhurst roads, which had been cordoned off this morning while they investigated a home in the 1300 block of 121st Street.

Property tax records show the home is owned by Frankie L. Jude Jr.

Public Information Officer Lt. Christopher Fox confirmed two people are being interviewed at the police station but said no one is in custody. He also said there were no injuries in today's event.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department incident report, a delivery driver called the intended recipient of his delivery prior to dropping it off. Before the call disconnected, the person who answered said he was being robbed. The driver went to a nearby gas station and called police.

"In responding to the area, Wauwatosa police officers found nothing outwardly apparent, but contact was not able to be established with residents or occupants of the home," Fox said in a news release sent this afternoon. 

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Menomonee Falls man faces felony charge for spitting on officer

Jan. 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A resident who became irate and spit on an officer after receiving a municipal citation for playing his music too loud is now facing a felony charge for assaulting an officer.

According to police:

Menomonee Falls police received an anonymous complaint about loud music at a home in N92 W16900 block of Roger Avenue at about 10:41 p.m. Jan. 7 and dispatched officers to the area. After hearing the music was too loud, police talked to the resident of the home, a 59-year-old man, who refused to turn the music down and was issued a municipal citation for loud and unnecessary noise.

Upon receiving the citation the man became irate and began yelling at the officers outside his home, causing a public disturbance. When officers arrested him for disorderly conduct and began the booking process, the man "intentionally spit on the officer," according to the report. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Waukesha County Jail.

In addition to the municipal citation, the man is now facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a felony charge of throwing and/or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker.

Muskego moves to ensure gun club safety after incident

Jan. 14, 2013 12:33 p.m. | With a resident saying that he and his children hit the dirt in their backyard one afternoon due to gunfire believed to have come from a nearby gun club, the Muskego Common Council decided last week to try to set safety standards for gun ranges.

The incident that happened Nov. 18 was only the latest of 11 years of complaints claiming that bullets have flown off the range and toward three homes, Muskego Police Capt. John LaTour said. The club has promised to do something about it, but complaints haven't stopped, he said.

An official of the Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club, S8025 Schultz Lane, said people routinely hunt in the area but the gun club gets blamed for any time there is a problem. The club also has instituted internal reforms since 2010 such as required safety training, testing, access control system and video surveillance.

The club has berms and a baffle to catch the flying bullets, but city officials plan to get expert help to write an ordinance embodying up-to-date safety standards. Then when the gun club asks to renew its annual permit, the city will see if the club's safety arrangements meet those new standards, Mayor Cathy Chiaverotti said. The Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club is the only private outdoor shooting range in the city, she said.

Within a month, she will have more information on the city's options and on cost, Chiaverotti said. She and the Finance Committee hoped to tap into free assistance from the National Rifle Association that has gun range standards.

Wauwatosa police dog's bite ends chase with alleged liquor thief

Jan. 14, 2013 10:29 a.m. | Wauwatosa police say a 38-year-old Milwaukee man was evading them - hopping fences, running through yards, ditching evidence and nearly getting away - until canine officer Addy got a hold of his right leg.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Employees of Sendik's, 8616 W. North Ave., called police about the man after they witnessed strange behavior on his part at 4:50 p.m. Jan. 6. The man was wearing a coat much too large for him, tried purchasing a bottle of distilled water and then said he didn't have the 99 cents to pay for it.

As soon as he left, the employees reviewed video surveillance footage that showed him spiriting off three bottles of liquor, a total value of $82.

A nearby officer was there in seconds. He spotted the man walking on the sidewalk, and asked him to answer some questions.

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New Berlin holding open house on proposed Walmart Supercenter

Jan. 14, 2013 10:22 a.m. | With a Walmart Supercenter proposed for Greenfield Avenue bringing dozens of comments at last week's New Berlin Plan Commission meeting, an informational open house for the proposed store will be held.

It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 S. Calhoun Road. More information is available at newberlin.org.

The nearly 150,000-square-foot supercenter - a combination general merchandise store and supermarket - is proposed for 15205-15375 W. Greenfield Ave. on New Berlin's northern border with Brookfield.

The existing 108,000-square-foot Walmart at 15333 W. National Ave., in the New Berlin City Center, would close, according to a plan of operations filed with the city.

The proposed 16-acre site is mostly woodland about a block east of Moorland Road.

Mequon-Thiensville district holding logo contest

Jan. 10, 2013 12:42 p.m. | The Mequon-Thiensville School District is crowdsourcing the creation of its new logo with a community-wide contest.

According to a district release, all community members, including past and current students, can enter designs. Contestants must live in or have attended the Mequon-Thiensville district, and are allowed to submit multiple entries.

The winning look will go on the district website, letterhead, and be used in future branding.

"The logo currently being used the by Mequon-Thiensville School District has become outdated and we seek an updated logo that builds on the fine tradition of the school district," Superintendent Demond Means said in the release. "We are very excited to see the submitted designs."

The district is accepting entries through Feb. 8 at www.mtlogocontest.com and will announce a winner in early March.

No referendum on banning fireworks in Muskego

Jan. 09, 2013 12:34 p.m. | The suggestion to hold a referendum on banning private fireworks displays was put on hold so that Muskego's new fireworks ordinance can be given a try.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private residents to put on fireworks displays.

The Common Council meeting as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday decided it was premature to hold a referendum, favoring instead to see how well the new fireworks ordinance works. The new rules were to get their first tryout last Fourth of July, but due to last summer's drought the city had a burn ban that nixed fireworks. The Public Safety Committee suggested the referendum.

"We have a real good rewrite of the ordinance," Alderman Neil Borgman said.

Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said he would rather see stepped-up enforcement against people being bad neighbors before talking about a referendum.

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New Muskego purchasing policy criticized as being too hands-off

Jan. 09, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Muskego aldermen will review whether a change they made last year to the city's purchasing policy is a little too hands-off.

The new policy came under criticism at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting because once the Common Council approves the budget for the year, aldermen have no more say over how the money is spent.

Priorities change and sometimes spending for a large project isn't such a good idea anymore, Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said. He would rather go back to the way it was before with the Finance Committee signing off on all contracts of more than $25,000, he said. Under the changed policy, no contracts or expenditures come back to the committee or Common Council, if they are in the budget.

Alderman Kert Harenda also criticized the new policy, saying that money saved on one project can be applied to another when the council might not want that to happen. He wanted more council oversight on such transfers.

The Committee of the Whole will meet with department heads as early as Jan. 22 to see if going back to the old policy or modifying the new one might be in order.

Knife-wielding man robs Franklin Walmart pharmacy, escapes police

Jan. 09, 2013 10:04 a.m. | Franklin - Police are searching for a man who robbed the Walmart pharmacy Monday evening.

According to Franklin police:

About 10:05 p.m. Monday, a man pulled a multi-tool knife on an employee and forced open a register in the pharmacy at Walmart, 6701 S. 27th St. He took a cash bag containing an undisclosed amount of money. He then left the pharmacy and was last seen walking toward the center of the store.

Franklin police responded and formed a perimeter around the store but were unable to find the man.

Police identified a suspect, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, and are seeking him for questioning.

Calhoun Road closes for railroad track repair

Jan. 08, 2013 7:58 p.m. | Motorists should prepare to take alternate routes Wednesday morning as Canadian Pacific performs repair work on a railroad track in Brookfield.

The city said on its website that Canadian Pacific is scheduled to repair a defect in the north crossing on Calhoun Road on Jan. 9. Calhoun Road will be closed to all traffic at the crossing from 9 a.m. to noon.

The city said the railroad company was asked to place advance notice signs several days prior to alert the public.

Two people facing drug charges in Franklin car theft case

Jan. 08, 2013 4:16 p.m. | Franklin - Three people are facing possible car theft charges and two of them are facing possible drug charges after police say they found cocaine and marijuana in a stolen car Jan. 7.

According to the Franklin police report:

Officers pulled a 2004 Lexus over on 68th Street at Pineberry Ridge at 3:22 a.m. after discovering the car was reported stolen through the Pewaukee Police Department.

The driver, a 45-year-old Franklin man, was arrested for receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver. He also was cited with speeding.

Two passengers in the car, a 31-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman, were arrested for operating a vehicle without the owner's consent. The 29-year-old woman also was arrested for possession of cocaine.

Franklin's District 1 requires primary

Jan. 08, 2013 3:06 p.m. | Franklin will see two contested aldermanic races April 2.

Four candidates, Mark Dandrea, Clarke Johnson, Greg Kowalski and Bob Knackert, submitted their paperwork to run for Alderman Steve Olson's District 1 seat. Olson is not seeking re-election.

Curt Bolton and Daniel Mayer are running for the District 2 seat. Incumbent Tim Solomon is not seeking re-election.

District 5 will see incumbent Doug Schmidt run unopposed to retain his seat.

Superintendent will be paid up to $80,000 to leave Greenfield district

Jan. 08, 2013 3:04 p.m. | Greenfield - Conrad Farner, Greenfield School District's superintendent for more than five years, will leave to become human resources director with the Cedarburg School District, with Greenfield paying him up to $80,000 in a separation agreement.

Farner's contract isn't up until the end of the 2013-14 school year, but the Greenfield School Board on Monday approved the separation agreement, following a closed session.

Under the agreement, the district will pay $40,000 into a tax-sheltered annuity account this year, $25,000 to the account in January 2014 and $15,000 to it in January 2015. If Farner gets another superintendent's position for at least $140,000 before that, the payments will stop, under the terms of the agreement.

Payout debate

Casting the only vote against it was School Board President Bruce Bailey, who said, "There's no need for extra money to leave the district." Farner's salary of $143,386 is sufficient, he added.

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Wauwatosa woman accused of getting drunk, urinating on ex's home

Jan. 08, 2013 1:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa police officers responding to a call at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 28 say they found a drunken 30-year-old Wauwatosa woman urinating on the side of her ex-boyfriend's house in the 8000 block of Woodland Avenue.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 34-year-old Wauwatosa man, the ex-boyfriend, called police after the 30-year-old and her friend, a 53-year-old Wauwatosa woman, knocked on his door and rang his bell for three minutes.

The two had broken up earlier that day. The woman met up with her friend and started drinking.

The younger woman was confused and constantly asked police not to "beat her up." She sat in a puddle while she was being arrested, got up, was unsure of why her bottom was wet and then asked the officers if they had urinated on her.

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Franklin School Board extends election deadline

Jan. 08, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Franklin - While two candidates filed papers for candidacy with the school board, the third, Jeff Traylor, did not file as of the 5 p.m. Jan. 2 deadline. The deadline was extended to 5 p.m. Monday but no one filed new papers.

The three candidates who filed their papers are incumbents Melissa Klein and Debra Larson. Alan Aleksandrowicz filed as a challenger.

Jeff Traylor did not file a declaration of noncandidacy in December and chose not to run so the board legally extended the deadline 72 hours.

Police arrest boy, man after confrontations with BB guns at Mayfair

Jan. 08, 2013 12:01 p.m. | Wauwatosa police responded to two calls of teenagers armed with BB guns at Mayfair Mall in the days after Christmas, with one case connected to rumors of an attempted flash mob at the mall.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A 19-year-old Milwaukee man and a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy were arrested on different cases of firearms possession around Mayfair on Dec. 26. The first one, taking place at 5 p.m., had police holding a 14-year-old and his friends at gunpoint after they thought he was carrying a real gun. The second arrest took place after police broke up a fight outside of McDonalds, 3131 N. Mayfair Road.

The 14-year-old and his friends brought a BB gun to the mall because they "weren't thinking." They saw rumors on Facebook that a lot of people were going to the mall, so they took two BB guns to the mall in their pants. One armed boy couldn't keep the gun from falling out of the waistline of his pants and several employees thought he had a real gun. The employees called the police, who caught the boy and friends walking out the front door.

An officer immediately held the 14-year-old and his two friends at gunpoint and told them to get down. The boy threw his gun, the tip painted black to look like a real pistol, into the snow. He was arrested and his friends were let go.

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Oak Creek police arrest two drunken drivers during one traffic stop

Jan. 08, 2013 11:34 a.m. | Oak Creek - An officer waiting for a tow truck after arresting a Franklin man for drunken driving in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue arrested a second drunken driver at the same location during the early morning hours of Dec. 30.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

An officer came across a vehicle parked in the middle of the road in the 2600 block of West Rawson Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Dec. 30. While questioning the driver, a 26-year-old Franklin man, the officer noticed the man smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking four drinks in a bar prior to driving and failed field sobriety tests. A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13, and he was arrested for drunken driving.

While the officer sat in his squad waiting for the driver's car to be towed from the scene, about 3:25 a.m., another driver pulled up behind the squad, stopped his car in traffic and began texting on his cellphone. The squad had its emergency lights activated at the time.

The officer went to talk to the driver, a 23-year-old Oak Creek man, and found he had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to drinking at bars in downtown Milwaukee with friends and stated multiple times that he had made a stupid mistake, should not have driven home and that he was too drunk to drive. He also failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His BAC was 0.14.

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Snowplow driver crashes into Franklin Walgreens

Jan. 08, 2013 11:06 a.m. | Franklin - A Milwaukee County snowplow driver sustained minor injuries after he lost control of his plow and crashed into the side of a Walgreens on South 27th Street on New Year's Eve, according to a Franklin police report.

Also from the report:

According to a witness, the plow was traveling east on Ryan Road at 27th Street when it struck a guard rail, went across a grassy median and over a curb and hit the east side of Walgreens, 9527 S. 27th St., shortly after 6 a.m. Dec. 31. The plow severely damaged a Redbox rental machine but caused only minor damage to the building.

After the plow came to rest the driver opened his door and stated, "I must have blacked out," according to the witness. The witness told officers that it didn't look like any brakes were applied after the driver lost control of the snowplow.

The plow driver, a 36-year-old West Allis man, had a head laceration and was treated at the scene. No citations have been issued, and the accident is still under investigation.

Arrest made in year-old semitrailer, scrap metal theft in Franklin

Jan. 08, 2013 11:02 a.m. | Franklin - Police arrested a 51-year-old Racine man in connection with the theft of a tractor-trailer filled with scrap brass Dec. 12, 2011. He was taken into custody in Racine on Dec. 28 after a year-long investigation by the Franklin Police Department culminated in a warrant for his arrest.

According to the Franklin police report:

The man is accused of stealing a tractor-trailer from Dalor Transport, 6005 W. Ryan Road, shortly before 9 a.m. Dec. 12, 2011. The tractor was found abandoned at a Citgo station in Zion, Ill., three days later.

The truck had been hauling a 53-foot enclosed trailer loaded with 42,235 pounds of scrap brass. The trailer and its contents, valued at more than $113,000, were not found.

He was arrested for theft and is being held in the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility.

Milwaukee man charged in Brown Deer stabbing

Jan. 07, 2013 6:06 p.m. | The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office has filed charges against Cecil T. Kahill of Milwaukee, 22, who is suspected in a Jan. 2 stabbing in Brown Deer, according to a police news release.

According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release:

Kahill is charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide armed with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence related, and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, also domestic violence related.

Police arrested Kahill on Jan. 2 after responding to a noise complaint of people yelling at 4475 West Dean Road. The call was updated to a rescue for a person who had passed out, and officers on-scene located a female victim who had been stabbed repeatedly.

Kahill and the victim had previously lived together in Milwaukee.

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Chase ends in Oak Creek; gun found in Sikh Temple parking lot

Jan. 07, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The South Milwaukee Police Department has issued the following statement:

"On the evening of Jan. 5, 2013, SMPD received a call of an armed robbery in the 800 block of Lakeview Avenue. A suspect vehicle was later observed by SMPD officers, and the vehicle was stopped in the 7500 block of Howell Avenue in Oak Creek. A foot chase with two subjects that fled the vehicle resulted in their apprehension. A firearm believed to have been used in the robbery was later recovered in the parking lot of the Sikh Temple. This case remains under investigation. It is believed all suspects have been taken into custody."

Got milk? Elmbrook School District says its supply is stable despite Golden Guernsey closing

Jan. 07, 2013 11:55 a.m. | Grocery stores aren't the only ones searching for milk after the sudden Golden Guernsey plant closing.

Elmbrook School District is working to secure a temporary milk supplier for its schools after the Waukesha plant closed unexpectedly Saturday.

Cheryl Piel, head of food service for the school district, said Elmbrook schools have enough milk to last through tomorrow, with plans for a temporary supplier already in the works.

"We are fine for now," Piel said. "We had our milk distributed today and our distribution company is looking to secure a contract with a different dairy company, and it looks like it's close to being finalized."

The Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires eight ounces of milk be offered daily with school breakfast and lunch.

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Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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Vigil for Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena is tonight

Jan. 04, 2013 2:02 p.m. | A vigil honoring Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot and killed Christmas Eve morning, is planned for 6 p.m. today at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1615 Wauwatosa Ave. Public officials, including representatives of the city, and state Sen. Lena Taylor, among others, are expected to speak.

The event is organized by Peace for Change Alliance.

Nathan Hale student's death being probed

Jan. 04, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Three persons were questioned at the West Allis Police Station in connection with an incident that led to the death of a 16-year-old boy suspected of shoplifting, police said Friday.

The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at a convenience store at 92nd Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. When police arrived, they found the boy being restrained by customers. The boy had stopped breathing and police immediately began CPR. Fire Department personnel took over when they arrived and resuscitated him. He was then taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa where he later died.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the actions of all those involved, West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said. The three who were questioned at the station were interviewed the day of the incident. Police will not release details of the incident until the investigation is complete and the DA's office has made its determination, he said.

Power outage affects New Berlin schools

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | The power went out at three New Berlin Schools and about 8,400 homes and businesses in New Berlin and Brookfield about 11:15 a.m. Friday, as a We Energies power line failed, affecting equipment at a substation, Cathy Schulze, We Energies spokeswoman said.

The power line is along Lincoln Avenue in New Berlin, she said.

The schools and about 2,000 other customers had power again by 12:25 p.m. All 8,400 customers had power back by 12:40 p.m.

The New Berlin schools affected were New Berlin West Middle/High School, Ronald Reagan and Poplar Creek elementary schools.

The fact that the outage came at lunchtime and recess was a help, Superintendent Joe Garza said.

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Power outage affects Brookfield, Waukesha, New Berlin customers

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | We Energies says an estimated 7,100 customers are without power this afternoon in the Brookfield, New Berlin and Waukesha area.

Brian Manthey, media spokesman for the company, said the outage started at 11:15 a.m. Friday morning and crews have already restored power to some of the affected customers.

"We are looking into the cause of the outage, but it may have been caused by equipment failure at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Calhoun Road where the outage started," Manthey said.

We Energies expects to have all affected customers restored by 1 p.m.

District names interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary

Jan. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Bil Zahn, a retired elementary principal from the Elmbrook School District, was named interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary in Menomonee Falls as a result of Principal Steve Bold's resignation.

His resignation takes effect June 30. Zahn, who served as Burleigh Elementary School principal for 22 years, will act as principal while the district posts the full-time position at Ben Franklin. According to the Menomonee Falls School District, Zahn spent the week meeting the students in their classrooms and introducing himself.

Valley View Principal Tina Posnanski and Riverside Elementary Principal Scott Walter will be working with Ben Franklin's Associate Principal Mike Mullen and Zahn "to ensure the continuity of support and quality focus on improvement continues," said Superintendent Patricia Greco.

Zahn will serve as interim principal until the School District finds a suitable replacement, Greco said.

New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers

Jan. 04, 2013 9:49 a.m. | Two-term New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers in his bid for a third term, with one of those challengers being a former mayor and another a current alderman.

Mary Claire Lanser, 14550 W. Meadowshire Drive, served as New Berlin mayor from 1993 to 1997. District 7 Alderman David Ament, 18330 W. Lynette Lane, is running both for mayor and unopposed for re-election as alderman.

If Ament is elected both mayor and alderman, the Common Council would likely appoint someone to serve as District 7 alderman until an election can be held in April 2014 for someone to finish the rest of the term, speculated City Clerk Kari Morgan. But she will confirm that if the need arises, she said.

Because five candidates are running for mayor, a primary election will be held Feb. 19. The top two vote-getters will go on to the spring election April 2.

Chiovatero, 3485 Long Acre Drive, was elected to his first four-year term as mayor in 2005 after serving as alderman for six years.

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New Berlin Ethics Board unanimously dismisses complaint against Laura Karvala

Jan. 04, 2013 8:55 a.m. | The New Berlin Ethics Board on Thursday unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint about New Berlin Alderwoman Laura Karvala, saying the complaint didn't meet the requirements in the in city's codes.

Michael Neuens, chairman of the three-member Ethics Board, announced that the board agrees with Karvala's attorney that the complaint is insufficient.

In a letter to the city's Ethics Board, attorney Michael Maistelman had argued that the Jan. 3 ethics hearing should be dismissed, citing reasons why the Ethics Board should not have found probable cause to hold the hearing in the first place.

Those reasons included that elements of the complaint were unverified and that Karvala did not get to present her side at the board's meeting on Dec. 4, when it considered the complaint and petition signed by numerous Glen Park subdivision residents.

The complaint alleges that Karvala should have recused herself from a New Berlin Common Council vote for temporary closure of Wilbur Drive. That closure, which may become permanent, would increase the value of Karvala's home that is located on Wilbur, the complaint alleges.

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Three West Allis School Board races will be unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 4:52 p.m. | All three candidates for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board will run unopposed in the April 2 spring election.

Two are incumbents - board President Susan Stalewski, 1237 S. 54th St., and Jeff Sikich, 2550 S. 95th St. The third is newcomer Patti Ulwelling, 7514 W. Dakota St. She will succeed veteran board member Annette Frymark.

The unopposed school races will be the only local ones on the April ballot. No terms of municipal officials expire this year.

Greenfield, Whitnall elections uncontested

Jan. 03, 2013 1:46 p.m. | In Greenfield, the mayor and all School Board candidates will run unopposed in the April 2 election.

Mayor Michael Neitzke, 4730 W. Abbott Ave., is in his second four-year term. The mayor receives $77,969 annually, plus $6,000 for expenses.

No Greenfield aldermen are up for re-election in the spring.

On the Greenfield School Board, Don Carlson will step down in April after completing his first term. Robert Hansen, 3328 W. Vogel Ave., will run for his spot.

Also running unopposed is incumbent Rick Moze, 8901 W. Whitaker Ave.

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Oak Creek's Jakubczyk faces two opponents in aldermanic race

Jan. 03, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Oak Creek has three aldermanic seats up for re-election April 2.

Incumbents James Ruetz, District 3, and Kenneth Gehl, District 5, will run unopposed.

District 1 Alderman Dan Jakubczyk will square off against Steve Kurkowski and Shawn Vollmer.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

No challengers for Hales Corners trustee seats

Jan. 03, 2013 1:42 p.m. | With three trustee seats open for the upcoming election, not one has a challenger in Hales Corners.

Village Board incumbents Don Schwartz, Joseph Mesec and Linda Teschendorf are all seeking re-election April 2.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Elm Grove Village Board members to run unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 1:36 p.m. | Neil Palmer, village president, will run unopposed for another two-year term.

Three trustee seats also are up for election April 2.

Incumbents Thomas Michalski, Jack Nelson and Patty Kujawa will all run unopposed.

Board members are not paid and serve two-year terms.

The deadline to file for candidacy was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Town of Brookfield open seats unchallenged

Jan. 03, 2013 1:34 p.m. | The town of Brookfield chairman and two town supervisor positions are up for election April 2. None of the incumbents face challenges.

Town Chairman Keith Henderson will run unopposed in the spring election.

The chairman is paid $7,200 annually and serves a two-year term.

Incumbents Dan Shea and Steve Kohlmann will run for two-year terms, which are paid $5,000 annually.

Elmbrook School Board members face no challengers in election

Jan. 03, 2013 1:32 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board has two seats open, Area II and an at-large seat.

Both positions are three-year terms and pay $3,600 annually.

Glen Allgaier, the incumbent for the Area II seat, will run unopposed.

Robert Ziegler, the incumbent for the at-large seat, has decided not to seek re-election. Brookfield resident Gary Jones was the only person to file candidacy for the seat by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

No challengers for District 3 aldermanic seat

Jan. 03, 2013 1:30 p.m. | Incumbent Jeff McCarthy will run unopposed in the April election for the District 3 aldermanic seat. McCarthy was appointed to his post by the Common Council after Alderman Jim Garvens died in February. The winner of the April election will fill the remaining year of Garvens' term, and the seat will then come back up for election in April, 2014.

City aldermen are paid $9,900 annually.

McCarthy is vice president and account director at Meyer and Wallis.

The deadline for filing for candidacy in the April 2 election was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Menomonee Falls home; five people make it to safety

Jan. 03, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in Menomonee Falls caused $150,000 in damages to a single-story, family residence.

Five people were inside the home at W1355 Mary Dale Drive when it caught fire. All made it out safely. A bystander was able to take the family into the car after they left the home.

The fire was started by a cooking appliance outside, which caught the outside of the house on fire before it quickly spread inside the house and up into the attic, said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeff Hevey.

The Menomonee Falls Fire Department received the first call at 1:38 p.m. Multiple 911 calls came from an office building next door to the home, Hevey said.

The Fire Department was on scene at 1:41 p.m. and had the fire extinguished about an hour later.

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Lipscomb to run unopposed for North Shore court judgeship

Jan. 03, 2013 10:58 a.m. | Current Glendale Municipal Court Judge Christopher Lipscomb will run unopposed for North Shore Municipal Court Judge, a position created by the recent consolidation of the Glendale and Brown Deer municipal courts.

Brown Deer Municipal Court Judge David Victor filed for non-candidacy. Lipscomb can be reached at (414) 276-5763.

Officials expect each municipality to contribute its current judge's salary toward the new position, $8,000 annually from Brown Deer and $14,000 annually from Glendale throughout the three-year term.

Shorewood Village, School boards contested come April

Jan. 03, 2013 10:38 a.m. | The Shorewood Village Board has three candidates running for two open seats. Longtime trustee Ellen Eckman will not seek re-election in the April election.

Below are the candidates for Village Board:

Patrick Linnane (i), (414) 331-9294;

Paul Zovic, (414) 962-7388;

and Tammy Bockhorst, (414) 967-1972.

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River Hills Village Board race uncontested

Jan. 03, 2013 10:34 a.m. | Two River Hills trustees will run unopposed for re-election in April.

R. David Fritz, (414) 467-5017, and J. Stephen Anderson (414) 351-3512 are running for re-election to the board.

Trustees serve three-year, unpaid terms.

Brown Deer Village, School Board races contested

Jan. 03, 2013 10:32 a.m. | Eight Brown Deer residents are seeking to serve their community on the Village Board and School Board.

Village president Carl Krueger will run unopposed for his seat, and three others will run for two available seats on the Village Board:

Carl Krueger, incumbent village president, (414) 536-5225;

Jeff Baker (i), (414) 355-7119;

Gary Springman (i), (414) 354-4062;

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Benjamin Sebena waives preliminary hearing

Jan. 03, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Benjamin Sebena, accused of shooting his wife, Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena, while she was on duty Christmas Eve, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday morning at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility in Milwaukee and was bound over for trial on Jan. 24.

Sebena was bound to a wheelchair and wore a Velcro coverall, and was represented by attorney Michael Steinle. Court Commissioner Barry Slagle asked Sebena if he understood the charges he faces and the waiver of the hearing, and he said he did. More than a dozen law enforcement personnel were in the courtroom, and the hearing took less than five minutes.

Four vie for two seats on Bayside Village Board

Jan. 03, 2013 9:50 a.m. | Bayside Village Board incumbents Eido Walny and Michael Barth face two challengers in the spring election.

The top two vote-getters out of the four candidates will be elected. Former Nicolet School Board member Kelly Herda and newcomer Tom Noble are running against Walny and Barth in the April 2 election. Walny has served as a trustee since 2008. Barth was first elected in 2003.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $1,200 annually.

One of four Nicolet-area races contested

Jan. 03, 2013 9:24 a.m. | Among the Nicolet School District and its three feeders, only the Fox Point-Bayside School District will have a contested race come April.

Here are the candidates who will vie for the two open seats currently held by Fox Point-Bayside School Board President Michael Weiss and board member Eliz Greene, who have both filed for non-candidacy:

Elizabeth Wick (414) 446-5953

Michael Weidner (414) 659-3588

David Smulyan (414) 247-1679

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Three to run unopposed for Glendale Common Council seats

Jan. 03, 2013 9:24 a.m. | Three men will run unopposed in spring for the three seats up for election on the Glendale Common Council.

District 3 Alderman Elliott Moeser decided not to run in April. Administrative Law Judge for the state of Wisconsin John Gelhard is running for this position.

Gelhard, 50, has served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association since 2005 and also served on the board of directors for the Racine Theatre Guild.

District 1 Alderman Robert Whitaker is running once more. He has served as an alderman since 1997. District 5 Alderman Izzy Goldberg is also running. Goldberg has served as alderman for nine years.

Council members serve two-year terms and earn $2,700 a year.

Filing extended for Germantown School Board election, village president unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 9:18 a.m. | Three seats are open in spring on the Germantown School Board and filing has been extended to Monday for one of those positions.

Germantown School Board member Diana Kline did not file the correct paperwork declaring a re-election run or noncandidacy for seat four by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday, which means filing for that seat has to be extended until 5 p.m. Monday.

Kline can no longer run, according to the Germantown School District; however, since the incumbent did not file the necessary paperwork, the deadline is extended.

Germantown residents Jill North and Brian Medved have filed for her seat on the School Board. They will run against each other in the April 2 election provided no one else files for seat four. If a third candidate files, there will be a primary election in February.

Incumbents Bruce Warnimont and Michael Loth, whose terms expire in April, will run unopposed in spring. Warnimont holds seat two and Loth holds seat six.

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Filing in Falls closes, Village Board members contested in spring

Jan. 03, 2013 9:06 a.m. | The time is up for residents to file to run for open positions during the spring election for school boards and local municipalities.

Three terms on the Menomonee Falls Village Board will expire in April: seat four, currently held by Mike McDonald; seat five, held by Jeff Steliga; and seat six, held by Steve Raymonds.

All three incumbents are running once more. Real Estate Agent Bonnie Lemmer is running against Steliga for seat five. McDonald is contested by Jeremy Walz. Raymonds will run unopposed.

Village trustees serve three-year terms and receive $5,500 annually.

Three people are running for the three open seats up for election on the Menomonee Falls School Board. Incumbents Faith VanderHorst and Scott Ternes and Valley View Elementary Parent Teacher Association President Michele Divelbiss are running for the School Board seats.

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Primary upcoming in Whitefish Bay village race

Jan. 03, 2013 8:48 a.m. | With five candidates declared and two village board seats available in the upcoming spring election, Whitefish Bay will need to hold a primary Feb. 19 to whittle the field down to four.

Here are the declared candidates:

Jay W. Miller (i) (414) 232-7087

Robert C. Crawford (414) 332-2229

Kenneth A. Wysocky (414) 962-6202

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Three run for two seats open on Fox Point Village Board

Jan. 03, 2013 8:30 a.m. | Filing officially closed Wednesday and three candidates will vie for the two open seats on the Fox Point Village Board come spring.

Incumbents Douglas Frazer and Eric Fonstad are running for re-election against Fox Point resident Terry McGauran. The top two vote-getters will be elected.

The election is slated for April 2.

Trustees serve three-year terms and are not paid.

Woman stabbed this morning in Brown Deer

Jan. 02, 2013 1:15 p.m. | A Brown Deer woman was taken to a local hospital this morning after being stabbed, according to a police news release.

From the release:

Brown Deer police were called to 4475 W. Dean Road around 8:16 a.m. Jan. 2 because of a noise complaint about yelling.

While officers were en route the call was changed to a rescue call for a person who had passed out. Arriving officers found a female victim who had been stabbed multiple times and soon arrested a 22 year-old male suspect, a resident of Milwaukee who knows the victim.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the circumstances of the stabbing.

Menomonee Falls police urge residents to lock doors, windows in light of two burglaries

Jan. 02, 2013 1:14 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are warning residents and business owners to watch for suspicious activities after two homes were broken into Sunday and Monday.

According to a news release from the Menomonee Falls Police Department:

In the evening on Sunday, on the W15700 block of Countryside Drive, a home was entered through an unlocked garage service door and a laptop was taken. The suspects also attempted to enter several other homes on Countryside Drive and Colony Road, but were deterred after the doors were found to be locked, according to the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

A second home was broken into on Monday evening on the N5522 block of Ridgewood Drive. Suspects entered into the condo through an unlocked bedroom window. Jewelry, cash and gift cards were taken. No one was home at the time of the burglaries.

Police urge residents to lock all windows and doors, especially when they are not at home.

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Brookfield Christmas tree pick-up starts Jan. 7

Jan. 02, 2013 10:26 a.m. | With the holiday season at an end, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works will help residents dispose of their natural Christmas trees through curbside pick-ups beginning Jan. 7.

Trees must be set out at the edge of the road by 7 a.m. that day, though trees will be collected over a two-week period. City crews will recycle the trees, which won't be accepted if they have plastic bags, wire, nails or other attached metals, or are buried in snow. Only natural trees will be collected.

There will be no return trips for pick-ups after Jan. 21, and call-in requests will not be accepted.

Wreaths, which are normally tied with wire, should be put in the trash.

Trees cut down to 4 feet and less than 50 pounds can also be left out for regular garbage pick-up.

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