The West Allis Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday named retired West Allis deputy police chief Patrick "Rick" Balistrieri as the new chief of police to succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.
"The field of candidates was outstanding," Joseph Kempen, commission president, said in a press release announcing the commission's decision.
"And we wish to express our gratitude to all the fine candidates that were a part of this selection process," he said.
Balistrieri retired from the department more than a year ago.
In Jungbluth's absence, Charles Padgett, who had been deputy chief in charge of operations, has been serving as interim police chief. Padgett and Balistrieri were the top two candidates remaining for the job.
Although doubts were cast a month ago, Glendale's Fourth of July parade is set to move forward this year with a group of resident volunteers committed to planning the venerable event.
While the city's 2013 budget included $12,000 for a fireworks show amid Independence Day festivities this year, no money has been earmarked for a parade, which in years past cost between $6,000 and $7,000.
The decision not to fund the parade, made late last year by the Common Council during budget deliberations, was a deviation from past years where city funding had been allocated toward fireworks and a parade. Budget constraints were cited as a reason for the decision.
Barring outside resources - in terms of planning and financial contributions - Mayor Jerry Tepper and City Administrator Richard Maslowski last month said a parade would not take place this year.
"City staff is not equipped, or do we have the time, to plan and implement a Fourth of July festival," Maslowski wrote in a memo.» Read Full Article
The customer is always right, except when they throw glasses at their waitress and chase her around the restaurant.
According to a Wauwatosa police report:
An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after she and five friends caused mayhem at Applebee's, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, at 9:56 p.m. Feb. 9.
The group, incensed that they had to pay a gratuity for their group and citing bad service, yelled at their servers, asked for extra food and caused a scene that prompted other diners to stop eating to witness the havoc.
After telling them that yes, they had to pay their gratuity, the manager heard a crash and the tinkling of broken glass as he turned away from their table. He turned around to watch the group chase the waitress across the store.» Read Full Article
A burglary alarm at a previously burglarized Oak Creek bakery resulted in a high-speed chase involving the suspect and an Oak Creek police officer, beginning on city streets and continuing on Interstate 94.
The suspect eluded in police in the Feb. 6 incident, but he was later identified as a 40-year-old Milwaukee man with past contacts with law enforcement agencies for theft and burglary. He is currently being sought.
According to police reports:
A security company called police at 4 p.m. to investigate a commercial burglar alarm at the electric room door at CSM Bakery Products, 7350 S. 10th St., which has been vacant for more than 10 months.
When an officer arrived, he saw a white Toyota Camry fleeing the site at high speed.» Read Full Article
Franklin - A 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for burglary after an investigation revealed he stole an $8,000 motorcycle from his employer's business during the overnight hours of Jan. 20, according to a Franklin police report.
Also in the report:
The owner of Speedway Auto Detailing, 6742 S. 112th St., reported that someone had forced his or her way into the business and stolen a motorcycle valued at $8,000 between the late evening hours of Jan. 20 and 8:50 a.m. Jan. 21.
During the investigation, police viewed surveillance video from a neighboring business that showed a U-Haul rental truck backing up to Speedway Auto Detailing the night of the burglary.
Police worked with U-Haul to determine who rented the truck, and found that it had been rented by an employee Speedway Auto Detailing.» Read Full Article
Franklin - Someone jumped over a fence topped with razor wire so they could break into five loaded trailers at FedEx Freightways, 10613 S. 27th St., between the late evening hours of Feb. 9 and early morning hours of Feb. 10, according to a Franklin police report.
Also in the report:
The person broke the cast iron locking hook with an object, which allowed him or her to open the trailer door. An estimate of damage to the trailer doors was unavailable at the time of the report.
Two of the trailers were filled with pallets, one was filled with pamphlets for printing, one was loaded with refrigerators and one had end-cap displays for the DVD "Game of Thrones," including DVD games.
Nothing was stolen from any of the trailers.» Read Full Article
A 36-year-old Oconomowoc man's sweet tooth for marijuana candy got him arrested on drug possession charges at 3:42 a.m. Feb. 9.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
Police found a disabled vehicle sitting unoccupied in the median of the 2500 block of North Mayfair Road. They eventually found the wandering owner of the vehicle and asked if he needed help.
He assented to the help and the officers' nose caught a whiff of marijuana before they entered his locked vehicle. Once inside, they saw a marijuana pipe and small bag of marijuana in a door compartment of the vehicle. The smell had gotten stronger as well.
They also found three large bags of red candies with a white powder covering them. They confronted the man about the sweets after finding he had a prior cocaine possession charge.» Read Full Article
A 38-year-old West Allis woman was allegedly assaulted by her ex-boyfriend while driving him on errands in the 2200 block of North Mayfair Road at 3:06 p.m. Feb. 6.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
Her ex had been drinking in the parking lot and was on probation for second degree sexual assault. She had broken up with him while he was in jail and was seeing someone else.
She was looking to get away from him while they were at Barnes and Noble, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, and found an out when her current boyfriend texted her, saying he needed the car.
This upset her ex, who started swearing. They got in the car to drop him off, which incited him to try kissing her and telling her to stop at a park so they could have sex. She rebuffed his attempts, which prompted him to yank the car's wheel to the left. She stopped the car and he tried taking her keys and cellphone.» Read Full Article
New Berlin police have put out an alert that a scammer is calling people asking for donations to the New Berlin Fire Department.
Neither the New Berlin Fire nor Police Department is soliciting donations by phone, police said.
Anyone with information, such as name or phone number of the caller, is asked to call the New Berlin Police Department, (262) 782-6640.