photo gallery from Friday's night candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Damon Adams, who was shot and killed at the business he owned on 60th Street.We've just posted a
Friends and family shared their memories of Adams...and prayed that his killer would be brought to justice.
See photographer Mary Catanese's photo gallery.
The emerald ash borer has spread to Milwaukee County, officials announced Friday after tests confirmed that the invasive beetle was found in Franklin.
The discovery raises the possibility that more homeowners will be affected by the tree killer, given how much more populous Milwaukee County is than the six other Wisconsin counties where the beetle has been found, said Donna Gilson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
It also means a quarantine for Milwaukee County, with restrictions on the movement of ash nursery stock, ash timber, tree trimmings and all hardwood firewood, she said.
The department said the borer was found Thursday near Southwood Glen Elementary School, at the intersection of W. Hilltop Lane and S. 35th St. in Franklin.
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor credited the city's Public Works Department with the discovery.» Read Full Article
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has moved a listening session scheduled for New Berlin to Whitnall High School in anticipation of a large crowd there to discuss health care reform.
The event will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday in the Whitnall auditorium, 5000 S. 116th St. Greenfield. The session originally was scheduled for the New Berlin branch of Citizens Bank of Mukwonago.
Large numbers of people have packed into Ryan's recent listening sessions to discuss President Obama's health care plan. Venues have been at or above capacity at every meeting this week, Ryan's office said.
The man whose granddaughter created the now-missing Blue Bird statue has added a little more green to the mix in the hopes of finding the high-profile figure.
Al Emmons, who first displayed the once-controversial conservation piece atop his Bluebird Court home's chimney in 2005, said Badger Car Club has pledged $1,000 to Emmons' previously announced reward. So anyone leading to the arrest of those who removed the 3-foot-tall bird from its most recent home now stands to gain $2,000.
Now owned by Jacob Henrich, the 9-year-old boy who was so enthralled with Blue Bird that he recently offered to buy it from Emmons, the nearly 200-pound statue was taken from Henrich's home at 7310 Elberton Ave. last weekend.
The bird was apparently damaged in the theft - its beak and one eye was found near its nesting place atop an evergreen bush in the home's front yard, leaving its youthful owner saddened.
Emmons immediately offered the reward, which was doubled by Badger Car Club, described by Emmons as a Milwaukee organization that focuses on building character in young children.» Read Full Article
Greenfield — The Common Council has given permission to the Target store to sell beer and wine coolers, although it also decided - in a 3-2 vote last week - to reject the store's request to sell liquor.
Ald. Linda Lubotsky, who has opposed the expansion of retail alcohol sales in the city, said she voted for the beer and wine cooler sales because Target provides good security as well as training for employees who sell alcohol. She said she also wanted to help the store's sales in a slumping economy.
By the end of September, 17 Target stores in Wisconsin will be selling some combination of beer, wine and spirits, a company spokeswoman said.
Discount clothing seller T.J. Maxx plans to open a store in Oak Creek, taking a portion of the long-vacant former Sentry supermarket, at 8561 S. Howell Ave.
This will be the sixth T.J. Maxx store in the Milwaukee area. The other area stores include one at The Shoppes of Grand Avenue, where T.J. Maxx is one of the few retailers remaining in Plankinton Arcade portion of the downtown mall.
Other area stores are at 4200 S. 76th St., Greenfield; 9000 N. Green Bay Road, Brown Deer; and two stores in Brookfield, at 12575 W. Capitol Drive and 17460 W. Blue Mound Road, according to the company's Web site.
The Sentry closed in 2004.
UPDATE: Company spokeswoman Thea Houghton says TJ Maxx hasn't signed a lease for the Oak Creek location yet, so the plans are not yet final. Stay tuned.» Read Full Article
Greendale's infamous Bluebird sculpture first became known to the community a few years ago from its perch atop the chimney of Al Emmons' home on Bluebird Court, where it generated controversy after neighbors called the 3-foot-tall creation an eyesore that didn't fit in with the historic homes in the area.
Now it the bird is grabbing the community's attention for a different reason: It was stolen over the weekend.
The bird was taken from the home of 9-year-old Jacob Henrichs, who had recently purchased the beloved bird from Emmons.
The bird was only at Jacob's Greendale home for about a week before it was taken overnight Saturday, the boy said. Only fragments of its beak and one of its eyes were left behind.
The bird, constructed mainly out of concrete and Styrofoam, weighs close to 200 pounds, Emmons said. It resembles a blue version of the "Sesame Street" character Big Bird.» Read Full Article
City of Brookfield police this weekend arrested a 19-year-old West Allis man for substantial battery after he sent another man to the hospital after a fight.
According to a Brookfield police report:
Police responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of T.G.I.Friday's, 17430 W. Bluemound Road, at 12:22 a.m. Saturday. The West Allis man got into a fight with an 18-year-old Evansville man, hitting him the face and the back of the head.
The Evansville man was unconscious for a short time while police were on the scene, and he was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he received stitches.
North Shore Library, which serves Glendale, Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills, is considering an expansion.Glendale — The
The library's board has scheduled a special board meeting for 6:45 p.m. Aug. 31. The board will meet in closed session to discuss proposals from architectural firms for a proposed expansion.
At 7 p.m. on the same day, the library board will hold a joint meeting on the possible expansion with the Glendale Common Council and the village boards of Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills.
According to a history of the library, the library moved into its current 20,000-square-foot space, on the first floor of the BVK office building, in 1986.
The library is at 6800 N. Port Washington Road.
Authorities are still trying to identify human remains found Sunday in Germantown, but investigators believe the remains are those of a male, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said Monday.
Police are treating the case as a homicide investigation, Hoell said. A cause of death has not yet been determined, he said.
Police found the remains in a wooded area near U.S. Highway 41 and Maple Road, Hoell said.
Two people who were scouting hunting spots Saturday discovered the remains and called police, but officers were unable to find the remains Saturday based on the hunters' first description of the location.
On Sunday, the hunters provided more information and police found the remains around 9:30 a.m.» Read Full Article
Franklin — The Common Council has rejected an offer to settle a lawsuit involving embezzlement by a former city treasurer, which means the case will remain on track to go to trial.
The former treasurer, Lee Ann Augustine, was sentenced to nine months in the House of Correction in 2006 after pleading no contest to felony theft. She was found to have embezzled $53,000 from the city in 2002 and 2003.
In July 2008, however, the city sued Augustine, seeking $141,000 plus interest. The lawsuit alleges that Augustine embezzled nearly $95,000 and seeks to have Augustine and the city's insurer, Hanover Insurance Co. of Massachusetts, pay part of the city's investigation costs, as well.
The Common Council rejected a settlement offer last week. A final pretrial hearing in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court suit is set for Sept. 30.
nine years of litigation and a two-week trial, lawyers representing the City of South Milwaukee and residents of an apartment complex are in settlement talks over whether the complex will be razed.After
A settlement conference was held last week and another is scheduled for Sept. 3.
A federal court jury in Milwaukee decided last month that the city's plan to raze the Lake Bluff apartments would have a disproportionate effect on minority and disabled residents.
But because the jury was hung on five other questions, the ultimate resolution of the case remained in doubt.
About one-third of the roughly 200 apartment residents are minorities. South Milwaukee's population is about 99% white.» Read Full Article
massive fire at the Patrick Cudahy meat plant pleaded guilty Monday morning to giving his brother a military flare that landed on the building's roof and sparked the blaze.One of two brothers charged in connection with last month's
Joshua J. Popp, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree recklessly endangering safety, court records show.
The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to the criminal complaint. Popp could avoid serving prison time, but prosecutors will recommend that he serve some jail time. The length of the jail sentence will be determined by the court.
In exchange for Popp's guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend the court impose and stay a prison sentence and place Popp on probation for three years, according to Popp's attorney, Steven C. McGaver, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern.
Prosecutors also will recommend that Popp perform community service, McGaver said.» Read Full Article
Village staff will explore the closing Green Tree Road either at Jean Nicolet or River roads - a move that would make it a one-lane street with limited access for emergency vehicles.
The move in that direction came after a loud and occasionally out-of order discussion at the Wednesday night's Village Board meeting.
Citing concerns about litter, speeding and semi trailers on their narrow street, residents living there last month asked the board to close the street. The board decided Wednesday to investigate the steps necessary to close, or vacate, it. That process would take at least 90 days, Village Manager Tom Tollaksen told the board and about 40 residents.
During the past month, both the police and fire departments expressed concerns about closing the road, saying it could result in longer response times, particularly in the case of the North Shore Fire Department. The department uses the street and its bridge over Interstate 43 to provide service not only to the residents in the immediate area but to other areas of the North Shore.
Residents on Green Tree Road were not fazed by concerns that fire department response times could increase by one to two minutes. The village does not have any fire hydrants and water to fight fires is brought by tankers, but residents did not appear concerned about slowing down that flow of water by closing the road.» Read Full Article
A local businessman who made threatening calls to Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier's office because he was upset over sewer testing in his neighborhood has received a verbal warning from police.
The 55-year-old man, who owns a business on Center Street, wanted to speak with Didier last week, but her secretary said the mayor was in a meeting.
According to a Wauwatosa police report:
The man told the secretary he was upset about smoke testing of sewers that was occurring in the neighborhood around his business and on three occasions threatened to "shoot whoever comes to my door."
Employees of the city's Engineering Department and the contracting firm on the job also reported the man had been shouting at them. During a confrontation, he said he would shoot the project manager and stated, "Why don't you send the mayor? I'll shoot her, too."» Read Full Article
In recent months, Wauwatosa has seen cemetery headstones, city stop signs and the Hoyt Park pool house damaged. But this time, vandals have struck a new target: The statue at the entrance to St. Joseph Congregation now features a headless baby Jesus.
"Somewhere someone is using (the head) for a trophy," church Business Administrator Deb Labermeier said today. "The officer and I and the custodians looked everywhere on the property for it, and it's gone."
The statue of Joseph holding his infant son was given to the church by the Christian Women's Society more than 10 years ago. The marble statue is one of several on the church grounds at 12130 W. Center St.
"It's not essential to what we do, we can function without it," Labermeier said. "But our members take this personally. They take pride in the property. This is so senseless."
The church has insurance, which will pay for the majority of the estimated $5,000 cost to replace the statue. But the parish will be responsible for paying the $1,000 deductible.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls officials anticipate opening the Lilly Road bridge, between Fond du Lac and Menomonee avenues, by mid- to late September.
But school buses, snowplows and utility vehicles like garbage trucks will have to take alternative routes until the village can replace the bridge, which could take a few years.
Officials closed the bridge Aug. 3 after crews working on reconstruction of the road found significant deterioration of the concrete deck under the asphalt.
Assistant Village Manager and Director of Public Works Arlyn Johnson told the Village Board on Monday the bridge is considered "structurally deficient."
He said the plan is to make repairs that will allow the village to reopen the bridge while pursuing options to replace it.» Read Full Article
Brookfield police plan to cite a 38-year-old West Allis man for disorderly conduct in connection with two peeping incidents at Wirth Park on Friday.
Police said they were called to the park, 2585 Pilgrim Road, after someone reported a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. When police approached the man's van, they saw the man duck down and pretend he was sleeping. Officers saw a pair of binoculars in the vehicle they suspect the man was using to watch a group of young girls playing at the park, and police told the man to leave.
Later in the day, a 13-year-old girl reported that a man was looking at her while she was changing inside a vehicle in the parking lot. The girl said she kept yelling at the man to go away, and he eventually fled westbound away from the park. She described the man as a white male in his late 30s, 5-foot-8 with a thin build and curly brown hair.
Police said they are working on connecting the two incidents and plan to issue a disorderly conduct citation against him.
Members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's anthropology department have determined that a skull dropped off at Wauwatosa Police Department came from a Native American man who likely died 75 years ago.
After police handed the skull over to the Milwaukee County medical examiner on Thursday, he consulted university experts to see if they could identify the age and ethnicity of the skull and how long the person had been dead.
The skull is consistent with a 20- to 25-year-old Native American, but anthropologists couldn't identify the tribe.
It has been returned to the medical examiner for safekeeping, but university staff is helping determine the proper way to dispose of it.
The skull was brought into the Police Department in late July in a covered in burlap and a cardboard box by retired Catholic priest, Rev. Paul Janette.» Read Full Article
West Allis police are asking for the public's help in finding the people who shot and killed a 60th Street store owner Saturday afternoon.
Damon C. Adams, 36, died from gunshot wounds to his leg and back of his shoulder during a robbery about 1:20 p.m. He was shot inside the store and went outside before collapsing on the sidewalk.
According to a Police Department news release on Monday:
Witnesses saw an older-model sport-utility vehicle, possibly a 1998 or 1999 black Chevrolet Suburban, parked near the side door of Dame's Spot on Washington Street.
A man described as black and in his late teens to early 20s was seen running out of the store with a white cash register. Another man left the store a moment later with a cardboard box.» Read Full Article
Providing information on recent acts of vandalism at Wauwatosa Cemetery could result in a $2,000 reward.
An anonymous donor, who has family buried in the cemetery, 2405 W. Wauwatosa Ave., has pledged $1,000 as an incentive to get anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward. The cemetery's trustee board is matching that donation.
In July, vandals pushed over at least six large gravestones and a granite bench top. In addition, an American flag that had been donated a few weeks prior by Wauwatosa VFW Post 1465 was stolen from the cemetery flagpole and a granite ball estimated to weigh one ton was knocked off a historic monument.
Due to the material and craftsmanship of the memorials, which weigh thousands of pounds, they are nearly impossible to restore to original condition.
"The community is appalled at this complete lack of respect for the heritage and memories that this beautiful cemetery holds," said Christine Toson Hentges, vice president of cemeteries, in a news release.» Read Full Article
Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a human skull was dropped off at the Wauwatosa Police Department by a 75-year-old retired priest.
Police are not trying to determine identify the skull and where it came from.
The told police said he stored the skull his locker at the Cousin's Center in St. Francis for years, and only recently rediscovered it while planning his own funeral, the TV station reports.
Mequon — Two veteran city firefighters have lost their jobs after the Police and Fire Commission found they had failed to meet department training and fire response standards.
Greg Holz, who has been a full-time firefighter in Greenfield for the last 20 years, joined the Mequon department 23 years ago as a paid-on-call firefighter. Robert Schepp has been a paid-on-call firefighter in Mequon for 24 years.
Commission President Richard Bub began the Aug. 12 meeting by reading prepared statements that thanked the two for their service to the city but then got into the heart of the ruling.
The commission found Holz and Schepp violated department rules and they were terminated effective immediately.
According to the statement, the commission found the training rules were reasonable and that there was no evidence of discrimination in Fire Chief David Bialk's treatment of the men.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay's Kevin James and J.T. Schneider of Oak Creek have been named the co-players of the year on t his season's NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team, as chosen by the NOW staff and online voters. More than 600 fans cast more than 3,400 votes for the top area players and coaches.
Nicolet's Dick Sykes is the coach of the year.
St. Paul-based Northern Brewer Ltd., which sells supplies and equipment to people who make beer and wine at home, will open a Milwaukee-area store this fall.
Home Brewer is leasing 11,000 square feet at 1306 S 108th St., West Allis. The store will include a custom kitchen-sized “nano-brewery” for product demonstrations and classes, a company statement said.
It will be the company's second store. Northern Brewer has a store in St. Paul, and also has a mail-order business.
“Milwaukee has a great brewing tradition and a rich history, and we hope we can add to it and continue it,” said Northern Brewer retail operations manager Juno Choi, in a statement.
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Whitnall School Superintendent Karen Petric will retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year.
"Knowing the district has good administrators who are instructional leaders, I am confident the district will continue to move forward with its strategic plan and corollary goals and initiatives," she said in a statement.
The School Board accepted her retirement notice during a meeting Monday night.
"We want to thank Karen for the many contributions she has made to the district," School Board President Bill Osterndorf said in a statement, "and we look forward to working with her as we begin the search for a new superintendent."
Discussions about the search for a new superintendent will begin when the board meets Aug. 24» Read Full Article
Waukesha — Former surgeon Mark M. Benson was handed a sentence Monday that will keep him in prison until he is just shy of his 87th birthday.
It appears to be one of the stiffest sentences handed down in the state for a conviction of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Waukesha Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis sentenced Benson to 30 years in prison for the 2008 crash that killed popular teacher and associate principal Jennifer Bukosky of Oconomowoc High School, her unborn child and her 10-year-old daughter, Courtney Bella, and injured two children.
Benson, 56, could have faced as many as 53 years in prison for the deaths and injuries, and relatives of the victims had urged Davis to impose the maximum. During a nearly four-hour sentencing hearing, many of the relatives who spoke told Davis that Benson should die in prison.
"Our family is forever locked in a prison that we cannot escape from. Ours is a sentence of a lifetime without them and constant grief as our companion," Michael Bukosky, Jennifer's husband, told the judge about losing his wife, unborn child Sophia and stepdaughter Courtney in the crash. "Since we will die with this sentence that Mark Benson has forced on us, he should forever be locked up till his last days on earth. He should not be able to kiss his wife or embrace his daughters until I am able to do so."» Read Full Article
An armed robber took an undisclosed amount of cash from a driver at a bank's drive-through ATM lane in Brookfield last week.
According to city of Brookfield police, the victim was at the drive-up ATM at Equitable Bank, 18815 W. Capitol Drive, at 8:32 p.m. Friday when a man walked up to the vehicle, put a semiautomatic pistol to the driver's head and demanded money. The driver took an undisclosed amount of money out of the ATM, and the suspect took it and fled south.
Police said the man likely had a car waiting for him.
The suspect is described as a black man in his early 30s, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, and weighing about 220 pounds. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and mirrored sunglasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Brookfield Police Department at (262) 787-3702.
Brookfield police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery at a north side department store.
Police say the suspect concealed $134 in merchandise and fled the Marshalls store, 12645 W. Capitol Drive, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday. The man was approached by loss prevention officers as he left the store, and he pulled out a filet knife and told the employees to back away. He then fled the scene on foot.
Authorities searched the area but could not find the man.
The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 30 years old, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with short black hair. The man was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with a Coca-Cola logo on it underneath a black button-down shirt with palm trees and the word "Tecate" on the back. He also was wearing black pants, dark-colored flip flops and yellow sunglasses.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Brookfield Police Department at (262) 787-3702.
photo gallery from the opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair. New features this year at the 10-day event include the Big Backyard Galleria shopping area and the Potato Patio, where fair-goers can pick up their spuds on the go.We've just posted a
Two cars collided in the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Pilgrim Parkway at 10:09 this morning.
Captain Mark Waters with the Menomonee Falls Police Department said that each car only had a driver. One of the drivers sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by Flight for Life. The other driver had only minor injuries and refused medical treatment.
Waters said north-bound lanes of Appleton Avenue will be closed for several hours and encouraged motorists to avoid the area. Other lanes in the area may be closed temporarily throughout the day, he added.
The intersection is also where Menomonee Avenue connects with Pilgrim.
Waters said the accident remains under investigation.
A 37-year-old Greendale man has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after he drove from Greendale to Wauwatosa while his 1-1/2-year-old daughter was sleeping in the back seat.
According to a Wauwatosa police:
The man was driving near Southridge on Sunday afternoon when another driver saw him striking the curb and driving through several stoplights before she lost sight of him.
Officers tracked him to the 8400 block of Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa, about 10 miles away, where he was driving in the parking lane and nearly struck another car.
Background records showed two prior drunken driving arrests. The man told police he had not been drinking and that he has attended regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since March. But he did say he was taking several prescription drugs for anxiety, pain and depression.» Read Full Article
A 25-year-old woman who was found to have more than 220 grams of drugs in her Wauwatosa apartment was charged today for marijuana and cocaine possession.
Rebecca Lynch is being held at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility, and she is expected to appear before a judge Thursday. According to a Wauwatosa Police report:
Police received an anonymous tip that Lynch may have been selling pot from her apartment. During a search they found a blunt in an ashtray, marijuana seeds, a pipe, rolls of dollar bills, scales, a small bag of cocaine and numerous bags of marijuana stashed around the home. In her closet, officers found a half-pound of pot.
Lynch allegedly said all of the drugs were for her personal use and that she had been smoking marijuana since age 16.