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

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.

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