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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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