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New Berlin police warn of Fire Department solicitation scam

Feb. 08, 2013 2:42 p.m. | The New Berlin Police Department just received information that one of its residents received a phone call soliciting a cash donation that was allegedly on behalf of the New Berlin Fire Department.

According to a news release by the New Berlin Police Department, neither the New Berlin Police nor Fire departments solicit donations by phone, so residents should not fall prey to this recent scam.

Anyone with information on this case, such as names or phone numbers of the caller, please call the New Berlin Police Department at (262) 782-6640. If you have received a call like this, but do not have any pertinent information that would help us solve this case, you do not need to call.

Just a test: Brookfield to run new emergency siren Feb. 8

Feb. 07, 2013 1:50 p.m. | If you hear emergency sirens in Brookfield on Friday, do not be alarmed.

The city is planning a test of its emergency siren system on Feb. 8 at noon, weather conditions permitting.

Director of Finance Robert Scott said the upgraded system includes the change in radio frequency used to communicate between siren locations, as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.

The upgrade also includes a new siren near Brookfield Road and Capitol Drive that improves the warning coverage area on the northwest side of the city.

Scott said the test is expected to last a minute or so.

West Allis delays decision on how to use redevelopment tax dollars

Feb. 06, 2013 1:58 p.m. | A plan to move excess funds from one special redevelopment district that is doing well to two others that are not yet self-sustaining rather will be considered by the West Allis Administration and Finance Committee at a special meeting Monday.

The committee decided Tuesday that the matter requires more time for debate than was available at the recess portion of Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

The committee will try to decide which scenario benefits taxpayers the most: using the excess dollars from the successful Quad Graphics tax incremental financing district to keep two less successful TIF districts out of financial trouble, or divided the money among the schools, MATC, Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to help them keep their levies down. Either way, taxpayers would not get tax relief directly.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full council, which would then make the final decision. The next council meeting is Feb. 19.

Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves commercial bakery

Feb. 06, 2013 1:08 p.m. | A commercial bakery moved a step closer to construction on Tuesday after the Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approved a new facility proposed for the Westbrook Business Park.

The 22,047-square-foot building on the west side of Westbrook would serve as headquarters for the company. It would handle the administrative, baking, warehousing and distribution for the company that was not identified in village documents.

"They need a much larger space so it's a great opportunity to come to our community and a great opportunity for us to embrace a new business," said Village Trustee and member of the Plan Commission Mike McDonald. He did not know the name of the business.

He did say plans call for the bakery to have a small retail area in the front of the building, though much of the business will be for wholesale.

McDonald said the company has plans to grow rapidly within the next few years. According to village documents, there are currently 29 employees working on one shift; however, they plan to grow to accommodate 100 employees across multiple shifts within three years.

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Brown Deer chooses new Village Manager

Feb. 05, 2013 3:18 p.m. | Brown Deer - After a nearly six-month long search, Brown Deer has found a new Village Manager.

 

The Village Board approved an employment contract Monday with Michael Hall, most recently the city administrator in Shawano.

The search began in mid-August after 14-year Village Manager Russell Van Gompel resigned to take over as city manager of Eau Claire. Beginning with a pool of 40 applicants, the Village Board and its Personnel Committee met numerous times, interviewing 10 of the applicants and eventually arriving at Hall.

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Police say man robbed at gunpoint while passenger of own car

Feb. 05, 2013 3:04 p.m. | A 21-year-old Menomonee Falls man's day took a turn for the worse when, while getting out of his parked car at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Road, an armed man jumped out at him yelling "Yeah, you know what time it is!"

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The victim wasn't seven steps past his car before being forced back into it at gunpoint at 2:10 p.m. Jan. 29. His two assailants took positions in the driver seat and in the back seat.

The driver said for the other alleged robber to keep the heat on the victim, which prompted the other man to punch the victim in the head while holding a gun on him.

The victim was forced to take his pants off and empty his pockets while his captors drove his car. He gave them his cellphone, wallet and credit cards before being unceremoniously kicked out of his car. He lost $1,743.

Two Wauwatosa women reportedly followed by same man

Feb. 05, 2013 11:35 a.m. | Two women reported being followed by an Indian man in his early-to-mid 20s while walking through Hart Park last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

A woman's shortcut through Hart Park ended in a terrified run from a man who had been following her.

The woman had been shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., and was walking through Hart Park between 1 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 when she noticed she was being followed.

At first, she thought nothing of it and changed her direction a few times. Her pursuer changed his direction as well. She started jogging. He started jogging. She broke into a flat-out run. He ran as well.

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Wauwatosa police say botched break in led to blocked burglary

Feb. 05, 2013 10:14 a.m. | While sitting down for dinner, residents in the 900 block of North 115th Street heard the telltale "click" of their breezeway door closing. Not expecting company, one of them went to the front door to find a crouched-down 14-year-old Milwaukee boy. Upon seeing the owners, the boy took off, running around the house and out of sight.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowners immediately called police, who combed the area looking for the boy. They found him riding a bike taken from a garage a few houses down.

They stopped him and asked him to empty his pockets. Batteries and another object fell out, but due to his actions, they thought that wasn't everything.

He was asked to let officers pat him down, which he flatly refused. Although the boy was 14, he was much larger than the officers and fought against their attempts to bring him down until he was struck three times in the hip.

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Wauwatosa homeowner chases burglars with car

Feb. 05, 2013 10:07 a.m. | A Wauwatosa homeowner tried to chase down burglars with his car after coming home to discover them in the process of breaking into his house last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner pulled up to his house in the 2600 block of North 72nd Street on Jan. 29 and found a broken-in door and a SUV with three or four people in it and the engine running. The SUV screamed away and the man gave chase.

The homeowner stopped following the SUV after it ran through red lights.

He came home to a pried-open door, a ransacked home and missing electronics including a television and gaming system. He believes the burglary happened between 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

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Police say car thief was startled to find 5-year-old in back seat

Feb. 04, 2013 5:06 p.m. | A stolen car was found near Wauwatosa Avenue and Center Street on Jan. 30, abandoned not far from where it had been taken. The 5-year-old boy who had been in the backseat was still in the vehicle.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw a man fitting the suspect's description walking along 75th Street, breathing heavily. When the officer approached, the man looked around nervously and said he had just gotten off the bus. The officer, noting the proximity to the stolen car and the man's heavy breathing, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his squad.

"What happened?" the officer asked multiple times, adding that someone had taken a car and it was a good thing it had been found and no one was hurt. He added that the car thief must have gotten scared and run away because there was a child in the back. Hesitant at first, the man finally said that "something like that" happened.

"That's why I got out," the 19-year-old Milwaukee said after the officer asked if he knew the child was in the back before he took the car.

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Information meeting on Janesville Road plans being held Thursday in Muskego

Feb. 04, 2013 1:02 p.m. | A third public information meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Janesville Road from Lannon Road to Racine Avenue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. People can stop by anytime.

Representatives from Waukesha County, Ayres Associates and the city of Muskego will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather comments. Maps and other exhibits will be displayed.

Additional information on the project can be located at www.janesvilleroad.com. Or for more information, please contact Ed Hinrichs, department project manager, at (262) 548-7740.

Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Ben Franklin Elementary School has new leader

Feb. 04, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Cassie Martin will soon bring her experience as a principal, assistant principal, department chair, alternative program administrator and teacher to Menomonee Falls' largest elementary school.

Martin is slated to step into her post as principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School Feb. 25.

She most recently worked as principal at Barton Elementary School in West Bend, where she has served since 2011. Before that, Martin served as the director of Washington County Head Start for three years. She served as assistant high school principal for two years, math department chair for one year and was a math teacher for five years.

Martin has facilitated Barton Elementary as a Response to Intervention demonstration site for the past two years and has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at the school. Menomonee Falls uses both RtI and PBIS at its schools.

"Our leadership team is remarkably strong. Cassie Martin is another great addition to the team," said Superintendent Patricia Greco. "Cassie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of every child, and she is deeply talented in working with families and staff in leading a strong school culture. We are very fortunate to have Cassie joining us."

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