A husband and wife involved in a train-van crash at an Elm Grove railroad crossing during last year's Memorial Day parade are suing the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Victor Harding, the Milwaukee attorney representing Scott Partenfelder and Monica Ensley-Partenfelder, said the rail company knew about the parade and the expected increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the railroad crossings, and should have taken steps to prevent an accident.
"We're seeking damages against CP Rail for causing this problem," Harding said, adding the company received multiple warnings about the additional traffic that day. "Had the train slowed down, this inevitably wouldn't have happened."
Minivan was stuck on tracks
The West Allis couple were traveling in separate cars to the May 25 parade on Juneau Boulevard. Partenfelder said cars in front of him stopped suddenly to let people out. Ensley-Partenfelder's minivan was stopped on the tracks. When she saw a train coming, she turned the van's wheels to maneuver around her husband's vehicle, and became stuck on the rails.» Read Full Article
What the northbound U.S. Highway 45 bridge closure means to West Allis is still being determined since it closed about 11 a.m. Friday.
But some of the effects are already starting to become clear.
Traffic has been heavier than usual today as drivers detour onto Greenfield, Lincoln and National avenues as well as a host of side streets, Deputy Police Chief Jerry Ponzi said.
Drivers unaware of the bridge closure will probably be in for a shock today and it will take awhile for them to figure out a different route that best suits their purposes, he said.
"People are creatures of habit," Ponzi said. "The bottom line is they're just going to have to experiment with alternative routes."» Read Full Article
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The winner advances to the state championship game, which is set for 6:35 p.m. on Saturday.
Local and county public safety agencies, as well as the school district and a local hospital, are teaming up Tuesday for a simulated school crisis event at Menomonee Falls High School, N8101 Merrimac Drive.
The exercise will run from about 2 to 9 p.m. Public safety personnel will limit access to Woosencraft Drive and the roads around the school - Titan, University, Franklin and Merrimac drives.
Residents are asked to avoid the area; high school and Ben Franklin Elementary School students will be cleared from the area prior to the start of the exercise. The school district also is making arrangements for student athletes returning to the school that evening.
Police Chief Anna Ruzinski said residents should be prepared for police running through the area, ambulances and other unusual sites, but it is no cause for alarm.
The purpose of this joint venture is to practice in real time the response and cooperation that is necessary to successfully handle a school shooting incident as a community.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from the game.The Oak Creek girls basketball team took on Pius XI last night in a sectional final contest and we've just posted a
The two teams battled back and forth before Pius made 12 of 24 free throws in the final quarter to salt away the 48-43 victory and earn a berth in this week's state quarterfinals in Madison.
Ashley Luke led Oak Creek with 20 points and Angela Rodriguez chipped in with 10. The Knights finished the season 18-8.
photo gallery from last night's sectional final girls basketball game between No. 1 Muskego and No. 2 Racine Case at Brookfield Central.We've just posted a
Case's Samantha Logic led all players with 35 points as the Eagles won, 64-52, and advanced to this week's Division 1 state quarterfinals in Madison. Katie Ellerson led Muskego with 24 points as the Warriors finished their season 20-5.
For the first time in more than two decades, the Eisenhower girls basketball team is headed to the state tournament after defeating Grafton, 62-54, this afternoon in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Waukesha West.
Senior forward Kali Shandley lead the Lions with 17 points, while junior forward Anna Hahn had 15.
The Lions made 15 of 21 free throws in the last 5:21 of the game.
Eisenhower will play Altoona in the semifinal of the state tourney at about 3:15 p.m. on Friday.
This is Eisenhower's first trip to Madison since 1988.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from the game.Muskego's offense was in top form Friday night in a girls basketball Division 1 sectional semifinal victory over Waterford and we've just posted a
Sarah Mlachnik (12 points), Katie Ellerson (12) and Alyssa Colla (11) all outscored Waterford in the first half as the Warriors posted a 62-38 victory at Brookfield Central.
Mlachnik finished with a game-high 15, Ellerson 14, Colla 13 and Rachel Neuberger 11.
No. 1 Muskego will take on No. 2 Racine Case at 7 tonight at Central with the winner advancing to next week's state quarterfinals in Madison.
photo gallery from the game.The fifth-seeded Oak Creek girls basketball team defeated No. 1 Nicolet last night in a girls basketball Division 1 sectional semifinal at Whitefish Bay and we've just posted a
Oak Creek's Angela Rodriguez scored seven of her team's 11 points in the third quarter to power the Knights.
Oak Creek advances to take on No. 2 Pius XI at 7 tonight at Bay. The winner advances to the state quarterfinals in Madison next week. Nicolet, which won the North Shore Conference title, ended its season at 20-2
photo gallery with shots from the contest.Host Brookfield Central took on Racine Case last night in a girls basketball Division 1 sectional semifinal game and we've just posted a
Second-seeded Case proved to be too much for the No. 3 Lancers and posted a 54-32 victory. Central was playing without Erin Lueder, who was out sick with mono.
The Lancers finished the season 18-7 while Case advances to take on Muskego at 7 tonight at Central. The winner moves on to next week's state quarterfinals in Madison.
photo gallery with shots from the game.The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team defeated Pewaukee, 65-52, in a sectional semifinal last night and we've just posted a
Nicole Bauman scored 20 points and Anna Hahn added 15 for the Lions, who improved to 23-2 with the victory. Ike plays Grafton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Waukesha South with the winner advancing to the state quarterfinals in Madison.
latest honor roll lists for Marquette University High School and Divine Savior Holy Angels.We've just posted the
Not only you will find the complete list of hundreds of outstanding area students, but when you click on a student's name, you'll see a printable honor roll certificate.
MyCommunityNOW.com and Marquette University, which sponsors the honor rolls, would like to congratulate the local students for their outstanding achievements. We also welcome honor rolls for local elementary and middle schools - both public and private. If you don't see your child's school on this list, ask your school to e-mail its honor roll to email@example.com.
Two hundred pairs of eyeglass frames, checks and cash were taken from two businesses in a Brookfield office building last weekend.
According to police reports:
Suspects forced their way into Milwaukee Eye Care Associates and the dental offices of Christopher Blake, 17280 W. North Ave., between 5 p.m. March 5 and 7:55 a.m. March 8.
At Milwaukee Eye Care, the suspects took the eyeglass frames, with a total value of $19,000, from a display, and about $200 in petty cash.
At the dental office, an undetermined number of non-sequential checks were taken. Police said someone tried to cash some of the checks in Milwaukee on March 6.» Read Full Article
City of Brookfield police arrested a 21-year-old Milwaukee woman who stole $300 worth of jewelry from a Brookfield department store and threatened to use a knife on loss prevention officers who tried to stop her.
Police responded to a call at Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road, at 5:25 p.m. March 9 for a report of a retail theft. Employees of Boston Store said three women had taken several items of jewelry from the store, and one of them had threatened to use knife on store employees.
Police found the three women in the mall's J.C. Penney store and took them into custody. Police did not find a knife on the Milwaukee woman and she admitted that she didn't have one, but since she had threatened to harm employees, she was arrested for armed robbery.
Two other Milwaukee women, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for theft for taking $205 in jewelry from Boston Store.
NOW photographers were courtside this weekend capturing all the action and drama from some of the top boys and girls basketball games in the area.
Here are links to some of the recent photo galleries we've posted:
- Menomonee Falls vs. Arrowhead boys sectional final
- Whitefish Bay vs. Catholic Memorial boys sectional final
- Brookfield Central vs. Milwaukee Hamilton boys sectional semifinal
- Germantown vs. Menomonee Falls boys sectional semifinal
- Ripon vs. Whitefish Bay boys sectional semifinal
- Nicolet vs. Milwaukee King boys sectional semifinal
- West Allis Central vs. Waterford girls regional final
- Greendale vs. Brookfield Central girls regional final
photo gallery featuring more than 25 images from last night's dramatic sectional-final contest between No. 2 Menomonee Falls and No. 1 Arrowhead.We've just posted a
Arrowhead scored a basket in the final seconds and a game-winning 3-pointer by Falls rimmed out as the Warhawks advanced,50-48, to the state quarterfinals in Madison.
Eight people who have been to Aurora St. Luke's South Shore in Cudahy over the past three to four weeks have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria, according to state health officials.
None of the cases has been fatal, although all eight people have been hospitalized for treatment, said Seth Foldy, state health officer. Five have been released, and three remained in the hospital Saturday afternoon, he said.
Foldy said he did not know the patients' conditions and could not release their names or details such as ages or genders.
All the cases have occurred in residents of Milwaukee's south suburbs. No cases have been reported in the city, he said.
Hospital officials were working Saturday to notify more than 1,000 people who visited the Cudahy facility between Feb. 24 and March 10 to let them know about the outbreak, said Bruce Van Cleave, chief medical officer for Aurora Health Care. People who were in the building during that time and who have symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or chest pain should contact their doctors and notify them of the possible exposure, he said.» Read Full Article
court side tonight providing commentary and analysis when No. 2 Menomonee Falls takes on No. 1 Arrowhead with a berth in next week's state quarterfinals on the line.Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe will be at
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Falls advanced to tonight's contest with a 74-61 victory over rival and third-seeded Germantown on Friday night. Arrowhead advanced with a 64-32 triumph over Waukesha West.
photo gallery from Brookfield Central's boys basketball sectional semifinal against Milwaukee Hamilton last night at Greenfield High School.We've just posted a
The No. 5 Lancers fought to overcome an early deficit before No. 1 Hamilton took control of the game late in the contest and posted a 47-43 victory.
With the victory, Falls advances to take on Arrowhead at 7:30 tonight with a berth in the state finals on the line.
photo gallery from last night's boys basketball sectional semifinal game between Whitefish Bay and Ripon.We've just posted a
Bay won, 62-47, and advanced to a sectional-final contest at 4:15 today against No. 1-seeded Catholic Memorial at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Cos. has agreed to buy a 23-acre site in Brookfield, formerly the site of a printing plant, where the company hopes to develop a Target discount store and senior apartments.
That's according to two real estate industry sources who spoke about the project on the condition that their names not be published.
A Ryan executive didn't return phone calls Thursday. A Target spokesman said the company hasn't announced plans for a new Brookfield store. Typically, Target announces its new stores one year ahead of when the store will open, spokesman Kyle Thompson said.
Dan Ertl, Brookfield's director of community development, said the former Quebecor World printing plant is under contract to a developer. But he declined to identify the developer, saying no project plans have yet been filed with the city.
A Quebecor World spokesman also declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement with the developer. The printing plant, which closed in 2006, would be demolished to make way for the new developments.» Read Full Article
Join NOW's David Cotey and Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe court side Friday night as they blog live from three of the area's top Division 1 boys basketball match ups.
Cotey will be covering the contest between No. 5 Brookfield Central and No. 1 Milwaukee Hamilton, set for 6 p.m. at Greenfield High School.
Sign up now to receive an e-mail reminder when the events go live:» Read Full Article
Want to weigh in on who you think are the best boys and girls basketball players in the suburban area?
We've nominated the top players in the area to fill 10 spots on each honors team and we're asking you to pick the players that you think are the best in the NOW Newspapers coverage area.
When the fan voting is over, your votes - along with the votes of our sports staff - will determine the makeup of our All-Suburban Teams. And one lucky person will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game just for voting!» Read Full Article
A 48-year-old Brookfield man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met at a Menomonee Falls gas station.
According to a copy of a criminal complaint, Sunil K. Singh talked the Menomonee Falls girl into getting into a car Saturday before getting her drunk, groping her and driving to an apartment building in the 11000 block of W. Meinecke Ave. in Wauwatosa.
According to the complaint, Singh threatened to kill the girl before dragging her by the wrist into the basement of the building, where he beat her and forced her into sex.
The girl managed to escape to a nearby apartment, where a resident called police.
Singh admitted to police that he provided the girl with alcohol, had sex with her and slapped her several times to keep her from crying.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from tonight's first-round girls basketball tournament game between host Germantown and Homestead.We've just posted a
No. 5 Germantown earned a 63-56 victory over the No. 12 Highlanders to move to the second round. The Warhawks will play at No. 4 Waukesha South on Saturday.
photo gallery from tonight's first-round girls basketball tournament game between host Oak Creek, a fifth seed, and 12th-seeded Wauwatosa East.We've just posted a
Oak Creek posted a 53-29 victory over the Red Raiders to move to the second round. The Knights will play at No. 4 King at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
City of Brookfield police arrested a 24-year-old Pewaukee woman for drunken driving early Saturday morning when she pulled into a parking lot on Bluemound Road after realizing she was following the wrong car home.
According to police reports:
An officer saw the woman's vehicle parked in a handicapped parking spot at a shopping center in the 15300 block of Bluemound Road about 3 a.m. Saturday.
When questioned, the woman said she had been following a friend home and eventually realized that she was following the wrong car, so she pulled into the parking lot. She admitted to drinking, and officers administered field sobriety tests, which she failed.
It was the woman's second drunken driving arrest, and her blood-alcohol content was 0.13.
The city's Plan Commission on Monday unanimously approved plans for a new Red Robin restaurant at Brookfield Square, a month after they told designers to come up with a more creative look for the building.
Red Robin, a gourmet burger chain with nine locations in Wisconsin, plans to build a 5,700-square-foot restaurant and bar at the site of the former Houlihan's restaurant on the mall's east side between Barnes & Noble and Mitchell's Fish Market. The Houlihan's building will be razed.
Members of the Plan Commission last month tabled any action on the plans, but representatives from Red Robin presented revamped plans Monday that increased the size of the restaurant's entryway and added more architectural elements on the building's north side.
The Common Council will vote on the Plan Commission's recommendation Tuesday.
Buy Buy Baby, the division of Bed Bath & Beyond that is devoted to baby products, will open its first Wisconsin store in Brookfield, in the Fountain Square shopping center.
The store will go in the space formerly occupied by Circuit City, according to local sources. A spokeswoman for Bed Bath & Beyond said she couldn't confirm the new store plans, but acknowledged that the company is advertising on its Web site for a manager for the store.
Buy Buy Baby's format is similar to the parent company, with merchandise for babies through age 3. The company offers a wide range of brands, including high-end items such as Stokke strollers for $1,000, and designer diaper bags that sell for over $300.
Buy Buy Baby has 29 stores around the country. The chain was acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2007.
New Berlin Superintendent Paul Kreutzer will take a voluntary pay and benefit freeze next year.
The School Board on Monday approved that his pay/benefit package be frozen at $201,000 for the 2010-11 school year. Kreutzer actually will take somewhat of a cut in pay next year because his state mandated retirement contributions will go up.
Kreutzer said he reported pay of $163,000 on his 2009 taxes.
Times are hard for taxpayers so he volunteered for the freeze, he said.
"This was voluntary on my part," Kreutzer said. "I understand these are hard economic times, and we need to lead from the front."» Read Full Article
photo gallery from Germantown's 56-45 victory over Hamilton in a boys basketball regional final Saturday.We've just posted a
Zak Showalter let the Warhawks with 11 points as they claimed their fourth straight regional title. With the victory, No. 3 Germantown advances to take on No. 2 Menomonee Falls in Friday's sectional semifinal at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
This weekend featured a number of closely contested regional-final boys basketball games and we've posted NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo galleries from two of the top matchups.
Brookfield Central defeated Whitnall, 73-65, in a regional final Saturday to advance to a sectional semifinal and our photo gallery features more than 20 images from the game.
We also have shots of Wauwatosa West's 78-67 loss to Milwaukee Washington that included a post-game tribute to West coach Mike Landisch.» Read Full Article
photo gallery featuring images from the New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team's 62-49 victory over visiting Milwaukee Lutheran last night in a WIAA regional semifinal game.We've just posted a
With the victory, the second-seeded Lions advance to take on first-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Want to weigh in on who you think are the best boys basketball players in the suburban area?
We've nominated 14 players to fill 10 spots on the honors team and we're asking you to pick the player that you think is the top basketball player in the NOW Newspapers coverage area.
When the fan voting is over, your votes - along with the votes of our sport staff - will determine the makeup of our All-Suburban Team. And one lucky person will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game just for voting!
Oak Creek — A large percentage of the 150-plus people who filled the Oak Creek Community Center on Tuesday night supported a proposed senior living facility at Life Creek Church.
Those supporters, many wearing green buttons saying "Vote Yes For Seniors," left happy after the Oak Creek Common Council, on a 5-1 vote, approved the proposed $12.5 million housing facility for people age 55 and older.
The council, as part of the proposal, approved a rezoning from single-family residential to institutional, which will allow a building that will feature 80 one- and two-bedroom units. The facility wil be built next to Life Creek Church, owned by the Korean Church of Milwaukee at 2020 E. Drexel Ave.
Representatives of Life Creek said the facility will meet the growing demand for senior living in the area. It will also increase the city's tax base by $250,000 annually while not creating any extra burden on the school district, since no children will live there, officials said.
Larger venue» Read Full Article
A Target employee who had aspirations of working in loss prevention is accused of taking more than $7,600 in merchandise from the store in the past month.
Ivory Morehouse, 20, of Milwaukee, has been charged with felony theft for taking a total of six digital media players, five televisions and two laptop computers.
According to Wauwatosa police:
Morehouse had been approached by customers to allow them to pay for merchandise with fake checks and in turn they would pay him a portion of what they could sell the good for on the street. He didn't go along with the plan, but he did take one person's phone number.
A week later, he ran into that person at a grocery store and they agreed to meet up the next day in Milwaukee. Morehouse said he had hoped to help take this guy down and get a promotion to a loss prevention position.» Read Full Article
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials will introduce plans tonight for its proposed Innovation Park, which will include an engineering and applied sciences campus, on the County Grounds off Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa.
The plans will be presented to the Wauwatosa Common Council during a Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave. The public is welcome to attend the meeting to learn about the proposed project, but there will be no opportunity for comments or questions during the meeting.
Residents who would like to speak to UWM officials can arrive at 6 p.m. and ask questions prior to the meeting.
The next opportunity for public input will occur during the Plan Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
A 32-year-old Milwaukee man fired shots in the air in an effort to get a faster response from police for a theft he reported early Sunday morning.
According to Wauwatosa police:
Several residents reported hearing three or four shots fired and seeing several men on the street in the 2700 block of North 76th Street about 5:30 a.m. Wauwatosa police responded to the scene and learned he had called Milwaukee Police Department at 2:30 a.m. to report a theft.
He called back more than a dozen times, angry about the time it was taking to respond to his call, and told the dispatcher that if he went outside and fired shots, police would how up faster.
Police went to the man's home in the 2900 block of North 81st Street to take his complaint and investigate the shootings. He had a black semiautomatic handgun out in the open. He was also drunk with a blood-alcohol content of 0.17.» Read Full Article
The 2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Golf Show starts Friday, and you could win a pair of free tickets by entering our Twitter and Facebook contests.
On Twitter, simply follow MyCommunityNOW and tweet "I want to win free tickets to the #MKE Golf Show from @MyCommunityNOW. RT to win. Details: http://bit.ly/cPficZ"
A random drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday for the three sets of free tickets, with each winner receiving four tickets. Winners must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Thursday.
On Facebook, become a fan of the MyCommunityNOW fan page and respond or write on the wall about a story, photo or some other staff work you saw in one of our papers or on one of our Web sites and tell us what you liked or didn't like about that work. Two winners will be picked during a random drawing at 10 a.m. Thursday with each receiving four free tickets. Winners will be contacted through Facebook and must pick tickets up at NOW's Waukesha offices. Winners will be contacted through Twitter before noon on Thursday.
For more information on the golf show, visit the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Golf Show Web site.
photo gallery featuring more than 20 images from Saturday's WIAA Division 1 Arrowhead gymnastics sectional.We've just posted a
The gallery features athletes from Brookfield Central/East, Germantown/Menomonee Falls, Homestead, Nicolet and West Allis Central/Hale.
The hosts won the event with 143.725 points and Homestead was second with 140.7. West Allis' Emily Fuchs won the all-around competition and Brookfield's Katelyn Malcore was second.