Brookfield man offers to have sex with new neighbor - for a price

Aug. 30, 2010 6:28 p.m. | A Brookfield man who offered a neighbor companionship and sex for hire received instead a stern warning from police to leave the woman alone.

A 25-year-old woman in the 1100 block of Links Court reported Aug. 26 that her neighbor, a 19-year-old man, left a letter under her door stating that he was interested in starting a relationship with her, and that he would accept money in exchange for sex, according to Brookfield police.

Officers warned the man to not contact the woman again, and no citations were issued, police said.

Beloit Road work included in county's five-year plan

Aug. 30, 2010 2:29 p.m. | New Berlin — If the budget process allows it, Beloit Road would get a makeover by 2017 to deal with its high accident rate and traffic volume between Moorland Road and National Avenue.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas included such a project in his 2011-15 Five-Year Capital Plan, a significant portion of his proposed 2011 budget.

The unspecified work, for which design work would begin in 2015 for construction in 2017, would involve either a rehabilitation or reconstruction of Beloit Road in the south central part of New Berlin. The stretch of road reaches a volume of about 5,000 vehicles per day, according to a 2007 study, and a new Children's Hospital facility is adding to development along the roadway, Vrakas said in a press release.

The County Board was expected to see Vrakas' capital plan Wednesday and review the full 2011 budget later in September. The budget will be approved sometime in November.

Brookfield funeral home's license suspended after problems with cremations

Aug. 30, 2010 10:54 a.m. | The state has ordered Brookfield's Church and Chapel Funeral Services to suspend its operations for 25 days because the business cremated hundreds of human remains while its license was expired earlier this year.

According to a news release from the Department of Regulation and Licensing:

Church and Chapel cremated 272 human remains between Jan. 1 and April 25, even though its license to do so was expired.

Church and Chapel also cremated human remains in May 2007 without the correct documentation.

After the suspension is complete, Church and Chapel will have limited privileges and will have to provide quarterly reports that include a notarized affidavit logging their daily cremations to show they are in compliance with the state's order.

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Skin infection forces West Allis health officials to take action

Aug. 27, 2010 8:35 p.m. | A small outbreak of impetigo on the Nathan Hale football team has been mostly contained, West Allis Health Commissioner Terry Brandenburg said.

About a dozen athletes on the football team and a few more on the soccer team were affected by the skin infection, which usually produces blisters, boils or sores on the face and hands but can appear anywhere on the body.

The school district sent a letter to parents last week explaining the condition and how to prevent and treat it, Brandenburg said.

Maintenance and athletic staff began sanitizing the locker room, weight room and equipment twice a day, according to the letter. Those control measures seem to work because the Health Department has not heard of cases in the last several days, he said.

Impetigo is transmitted through direct person-to-person contact and can take between one to 10 days before symptoms develop.

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Anchor Bank robbed in Greenfield

Aug. 27, 2010 1:04 p.m. | Greenfield police are investigating a Friday morning robbery of a 27th Street bank.

According to a Greenfield Police Department news release, a man walked into Anchor Bank about 10 a.m., approached a teller and handed over a note saying it was a robbery and demanded money.

He left the bank, 5101 S. 27th St., on foot with an unknown amount of cash. No weapon was displayed.

The suspect was described as white, about 40 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was wearing a long-sleeve blue or black dress shirt, black jeans, white shoes and a blue baseball cap. The cap had a dog- or wolf-type logo.

Anyone with information can anonymously call WeTip at (800) 722-7463 or Greenfield police at (414) 761-5301.

Coach, team honored at today's Brewers game

Aug. 26, 2010 12:30 p.m. | The pregame festivities at this afternoon's Brewers game have a distinct Franklin feel.

Members of the state champion Franklin Sabers baseball team are being introduced before the start of the game, and Coach Jim Hughes will throw out the first pitch.

The Sabers defeated West Bend West on July 29 to win the WIAA summer state baseball tournament.

Special football preview section now online

Aug. 26, 2010 12:18 p.m. | We're just hours away from the first official games of the 2010 high school football season and there is no better way to find out the latest news on your favorite team then to check out NOW's comprehensive football preview page.

The page is packed with videos on area teams, a roundtable discussion from our sportswriters previewing the top teams to watch, position by position breakdowns, an interactive poll, photo gallery and more.

Go to NOW's 2010 football preview section.

Brown Deer teachers get raise in new contract

Aug. 26, 2010 11:04 a.m. | The Brown Deer Education Association and the School Board have agreed to a new two-year contract for the teachers.

Under the terms of the contract, teachers will receive a 1.9 percent pay raise for the 2009-10 school year and a 2.04 percent raise for 2010-11.

Union members approved by a 133-2 vote, while the School Board vote was 6-1. Board member Barry Godshaw, who cast the no vote, said he didn't agree with a raise for 2009-10.

"I was looking for a zero percent for that first year," Godshaw said.

Lights will stay up at Brookfield East stadium

Aug. 26, 2010 9:56 a.m. | There will be Friday night lights at Brookfield East after all.

The School Board this morning unanimously voted to keep the light poles at the football field, with inspections to occur every month and after any major storm or wind event.

The fixtures were part of a nationwide recall, but two engineering firms inspected the poles at East and found no cracks or defects. After more than an hour of community comment and discussion on Tuesday, members said they wanted to reconsider their vote in a special meeting today.

More than 20 residents attended today's meeting and broke out into applause after the vote was taken.

"I've been in public office for 5½ years, and if I've learned one lesson, it's that reasonable people can look at the same information and reach different conclusions," board President Tom Gehl said.

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Elmbrook to reconsider removing light poles at East

Aug. 25, 2010 7:08 a.m. | In a surprising move, Elmbrook School Board members on Tuesday said they would reconsider a decision they made earlier this month to remove the light poles at Brookfield East's football field.

The board voted, 5-2, to reconsider its Aug. 11 decision. Board members Gary Jones and Kathryn Wilson voted in opposition.

The board will meet Thursday morning to vote on whether to reverse its decision on removing the poles, which are part of a national recall. The meeting is scheduled for 7 a.m. at the district's Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St.

After more than an hour of discussion and community comment Tuesday, some board members said they wanted to reconsider the decision they made to remove the lights. But since the agenda did not include language allowing a vote on that motion, the special meeting was scheduled.

The lights were originally scheduled to be taken down Tuesday, and the board was to vote that night on whether to pay half the costs of temporary lights - estimated at $26,000 for a two-month rental - so East could still play Friday night football games. Another option would be to play home games earlier or play some games at another location, most likely Brookfield Central.

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Tosa School Board OKs pay hikes for Ertl, other administrators

Aug. 24, 2010 11:14 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved increases in total compensation - including a bump in health insurance - for Superintendent Phil Ertl, administrators, and the district's nonunion employees.

Ertl will receive a 3.5 percent increase in total compensation in the 2010-11 school year, while 3 percent increases are planned for the district's administrators and nonunion employees during the same span.

School Board member Mary Jo Randall said she was pleased the increases could be granted, and credited it to "the hard work going on at every level of the district."

Dr. Dawg coming to Glendale Market

Aug. 24, 2010 10:08 a.m. | About a year after the first Dr. Dawg restaurant opened in Manitowoc, the chain is opening its second store in Glendale.

The hot dog restaurant, opening in October, will be at the Glendale Market, 6969 N. Port Washington Road.

In September, the Manitowoc-based franchise will have a mobile hot dog cart in Glendale, on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to give customers an early taste of its products.

Dr. Dawg will sell Vienna pure beef hot dogs and Maxwell Street Polish sausages. The menu also will include a variety of sausages, Mexican tamales, brats, hand-cut french fries and beers.

Man's nose broken after attack at Mayfair

Aug. 23, 2010 8:12 p.m. | A man walking out of Mayfair Mall had his nose broken in two spots after what appears to have been an unprovoked beating last week.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The 23-year-old white victim was leaving the mall at 12:28 p.m. Aug. 19 when he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. After a few seconds, he regained consciousness and saw a black man standing over him and yelling racial comments.

The suspect and his brother ran to a vehicle and drove away. Meanwhile, witnesses called police.

When officers arrived, the victim was bleeding profusely from his nose, and his eyes were bruised and swollen shut. He said he had never met the man who hit him and the two had not exchanged any words prior to the attack.

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Man sues West Allis over gun open-carry arrest

Aug. 23, 2010 6:10 p.m. | Cited for carrying a holstered gun on his property in 2008, Brad Krause fought back and won acquittal in one of the first cases about so-called open carry in Wisconsin.

Now Krause is back in court, but this time he's the plaintiff in a civil case against the City of West Allis, whose employees violated his constitutional rights, according to his lawsuit in federal court in Milwaukee.

The complaint, which Krause filed without an attorney, seeks monetary damages for a long list of alleged violations, including reckless endangerment, wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and violation of privacy. Krause also seeks an order that West Allis police expunge certain information about him from their records.

"I don't want to be perceived as a threat to anyone," Krause said Monday. "I just want to be safe, like everyone else."

The lawsuit names the city, its Police Department and three individual officers as defendants. City Attorney Scott Post said Monday the city had not yet been served with the complaint and had no comment.

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Businessman will pay farmer's legal fees in dispute with Oak Creek

Aug. 23, 2010 3:34 p.m. | A local businessman has stepped up to pay the legal fees of Earl Giefer, the 94-year-old farmer who was in the center of an eminent domain controversy in Oak Creek.

Scott Mayer said he, like Giefer, has had difficulty dealing with municipal government and was taught by his father to give back and help people.

After following Giefer's case in the newspaper, he reached out to the family to pick up the tab on attorneys fees, roughly $9,000.

"I've been jagged around in the past on real estate stuff like this," Mayer said. "I've done well in my life, so I thought it was an opportunity" to help the Giefer family, he said.

"It was a real simple situation for me."

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$100K in jewelry stolen...or was it?

Aug. 23, 2010 3:32 p.m. | A Brookfield man either had $100,000 in jewelry stolen from his home - or he just misplaced it, city of Brookfield police said.

On Aug. 16, the man's ex-wife reported the jewelry had been in a house in the 2800 block of North Brookfield Road. She told police her ex-husband had asked her to buy a safe to keep the jewelry in, and she had. But her ex went to Kentucky on business, and the jewelry now cannot be found, according to the police report.

Capt. Jim Adlam said officers are investigating the case as a theft, but "it's possible that the subject hid it and doesn't remember where it is. Apparently, he hides it."

Adlam said there are no suspects.

Seat belt credited for preventing carjacking

Aug. 23, 2010 12:43 p.m. | A seat belt thwarted an attempted carjacking at 112th Street and Blue Mound Road on Friday morning.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The female driver was approaching a flashing yellow light when she saw a man step off the curb across the street just before 6 a.m. She stopped the car to let him cross safely, but she became nervous when he started walking to her door.

She tried to roll up the car window, but wasn't quick enough. He punched her in the cheek and demanded she get out of the car. He opened the door and pulled on her arm, but the seat belt prevented him from pulling her out of the vehicle.

A truck driver saw what was happening and approached the car carrying a baseball bat. The carjacker turned and ran off.

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Tosa School Board to vote tonight on raises for administrators

Aug. 23, 2010 12:06 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board tonight will vote on raises for Superintendent Phil Ertl, administrative staff and the district's nonunion employees.

Ertl is expected to receive a 3.5 percent increase in total compensation in the 2010-11 school year, while 3 percent increases are planned for the district's administrators and nonunion employees.

The board also will discuss a pilot teacher evaluation program and the district's long-term development plan.

The regular board meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave. An agenda can be found here.

After the regular meeting, board members will meet in closed session to discuss the possible sale of district-owned land to the Wauwatosa Cemetery, and administrative evaluations and compensation.

New restaurant taking over old Moose Lodge in West Allis

Aug. 23, 2010 12:02 p.m. | The former Moose Lodge at 9105 W. Lincoln Ave. will be renovated into a bar/restaurant.

Owner Josh Johnson said some of the menu will be geared toward hospital workers at the nearby Aurora West Allis Medical Center, with daily specials, salads and sandwiches. The business will open at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Some West Allis Common Council members had some concerns over the parking impact in the neighborhood. But others said they never heard complaints when the building was used by the Royal Order of the Moose and hosted club events and banquets.

There's no word yet on when the restaurant will open.

No injuries reported in Sunday house fire

Aug. 23, 2010 11:58 a.m. | An electrical problem with an exhaust fan is the likely source of a fire that caused $15,000 damage to a house in the 8500 block of North 54th Street Sunday.

According to the North Shore Fire Department, a fire call came in at 3:44 p.m. When firefighters arrived, there was smoke and fire evident in a rear area of the roof. The fire was contained to the attic area.

There were working smoke detectors in the living areas of the house, but the smoke from the fire had not reached them when firefighters arrived. There were no reports of injuries in the fire.

The department received aid from the Mequon and Thiensville fire departments during the fire.

New Berlin mayoral recall plan falls short

Aug. 20, 2010 3:28 p.m. | New Berlin — The effort to drive Mayor Jack Chiovatero from office over a controversial affordable housing project proposed for the City Center fizzled Friday after a citizens group failed to collect enough signatures to force a recall election.

Chiovatero said he was glad the recall was over.

At the same time, Chiovatero acknowledged that he had some work to do to regain the trust of those who wanted to wrest the mayor's office from him.

"Politics in New Berlin remains a contentious battle of opinion, and there are always two sides to every story. Clearly the folks involved in this recall were focused around a single issue concerning the City Center. Going forward, it will now be my renewed responsibility to engage the community and do a good job as everyone's mayor," Chiovatero said.

"I'll work hard to change their minds about me personally, and I'll work hard to make sure everyone can contribute to the direction of their hometown," he said.

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Greenfield wants state to repeal smoking ban

Aug. 20, 2010 7:15 a.m. | Greenfield aldermen on Tuesday passed a resolution asking the state to repeal its smoking ban.

Council members before and after the ban took effect often voiced concern about the ability of the city to enforce the law. They also are worried about the financial burden the ban could have on bar owners.

The resolution passed 3-2, with Aldermen Karl Kastner and Shirley Saryan opposed.

"I feel it is a good thing for our lungs," Saryan said of the statewide ban, which took effect last month.

Eminent domain talk quietly dies in Greenfield

Aug. 19, 2010 9:10 p.m. | Facing a public outcry, the Greenfield Common Council tonight quickly halted its plans to redevelop the Interstate 894/Loomis Road area, and, in the process, quashed all talk of eminent domain.

Business owners in recent weeks voiced concern over the city's plans for the mixed-use project, called Greenfield Crossing. They fearied the city would use eminent domain to acquire their properties.

As was the case Tuesday, City Hall tonight was packed with residents and other who opposed eminent domain.

In a meeting that lasted just five minutes, the council voted unanimously to rescind a previous resolution that called for the city to acquire properties in the 47-acre Greenfield Crossing area.

Man charged with shooting two West Allis officers

Aug. 19, 2010 7:46 a.m. | West Allis police Officers Nick Stachula and Ryan McNally found themselves in a dangerous situation early Aug. 7.

The officers were standing in a hallway 10 to 15 feet from Demario Lamonte Bell, who had just fled from a traffic stop and was now refusing to leave his girlfriend's apartment, standing in the dark and keeping his hands behind his back, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.

Just as Stachula was about to use his Taser, Bell pulled a 9mm handgun from behind his back and began firing, the complaint says. Stachula was hit at least twice in the left leg, and McNally was shot in the left foot.

A police sergeant returned fire, striking Bell in the chest and abdomen, according to an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant.

Bell, 23, of West Milwaukee was charged this week with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and fleeing from or eluding a traffic officer.

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Franklin considers 'natural lawn' idea

Aug. 18, 2010 5:46 p.m. | Franklin - The Common Council might allow residents to grow "natural lawns" - those containing "common species of grass and wild flowers native to North America which are designed and purposefully cultivated to exceed 12 inches in height from the ground."

The council has asked the city Environmental Commission to examine the issue. The commission is scheduled to discuss the matter Aug. 25.

Residents would have to apply to the city to have a natural lawn and get consent from abutting neighbors - unless the resident could show the city that the lawn would be screened by an "opaque fence or row of continuous shrubs," according to a memo from a city planner.

Crowd voices opposition to use of eminent domain

Aug. 17, 2010 10:20 p.m. | The house was so full the Common Council chambers could not even hold everyone.

An overflow crowd, with several people holding signs against eminent domain, turned out at Greenfield City Hall Tuesday night protesting the city's plans to redevelop the Loomis Road-Interstate 894 area.

No item concerning the plan was on the agenda, but during a 30-minute "citizen commentary" period, Greenfield residents and non-residents implored aldermen and Mayor Michael Neitzke not to pursue relocating businesses in that area.

"Do your part. … Make this whole thing go away," said Bonnie Maynard, who along with her husband, Bill, own Bill Maynard's Auto Service, 4061 W. Loomis Road.

Greenfield officials appear reluctant to go forward. The Common Council will likely hold a special meeting to consider whether to drop the redevelopment plan completely, and Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky said she would introduce a resolution to that effect.

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Crowd packs Brookfield City Hall for high-speed rail meeting

Aug. 17, 2010 9:55 p.m. |  Residents fillled the Brookfield Common Council chambers Tuesday nightBrookfield residents packed the Common Council chambers Tuesday to listen to city and state Department of Transportation officials discuss a proposed high-speed rail passenger stop in the city.

Donna Brown, passenger rail planning manager for the state Department of Transportation, told city officials the state has $5 million for the station. Recent cost projections, however, have been closer to $18 million.

Director of Community Development Dan Ertl said city staff would work with the DOT to get that figure down.

Eleven people spoke during a public comment session, and three supported the proposed station.

The Common Council concluded the question-and-answer session after about two hours but took no action. DOT officials have asked that the city take a vote by Sept. 21 on whether it should move forward with a vote on the station.

Eminent domain controversy prompts Greenfield to rethink development plan

Aug. 17, 2010 5:11 p.m. | The Greenfield Common Council may call a special meeting in the next few weeks to consider putting plans to redevelop the Loomis Road-Interstate 894 area on hold.

Many business owners fear the city will use its eminent domain powers to acquire their properties, and Greenfield officials have come under fire for keeping it on the table.

The council may now discuss dropping redevelopment plans altogether, Mayor Michael Neitzke said.

"Among the council, there's a strong desire to just put this matter behind them," he said.

The city has planned for several years to build a mixed-use project called Greenfield Crossing and has declared that area "blighted," a key step in the eminent domain process.

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Bay credit rating lowered

Aug. 17, 2010 5:08 p.m. | The credit rating for the Whitefish Bay School District has been downgraded for the second time this year following school officials' refusal to settle a debt with a European bank that helped purchase $10 million in investments now believed worthless.

The Aa3 rating assigned to the district by Moody's Investors Service is the second lowest rating for Wisconsin districts.

Lower credit ratings can translate into higher interest costs for long-term debt. According to Moody's, Whitefish Bay was scheduled to issue $8 million in general obligation promissory notes on Tuesday to pay for construction authorized by voters last year in a referendum.

Whitefish Bay Superintendent Mary Gavigan and business manager Shawn Yde could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The Whitefish Bay School District was one of five Wisconsin school systems that borrowed money from DEPFA Bank through district-run trusts in 2006 to help fund a total of $200 million worth of investments in collateralized debt obligations meant to help pay employee retirement benefits. Those investments have since gone sour, triggering a lawsuit against two investment banks that helped set up the deals and causing DEPFA to pressure the districts to return about $160 million that it is owed.

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Franklin eyes referendum on full-time mayor

Aug. 17, 2010 9:15 a.m. | The question of whether Franklin should have a full-time mayor may get put to the voters this fall.

The Common Council tonight will discuss holding an advisory referendum on the issue, similar to one in 1999 that was narrowly voted down.

Franklin now has a part-time mayor and a full-time administrator, like many other Milwaukee County communities. The only cities with full-time mayors in the county are West Allis, Greenfield and Milwaukee.

Mayor Tom Taylor, who supports keeping the current system, and others said the question is not really about full-time hours, but rather full-time compensation.

The mayor's salary now is $16,800, plus $400 per month for mileage and expenses.

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Oak Creek eyes old Delphi plant for civic center

Aug. 17, 2010 8:25 a.m. | The Common Council tonight will discuss the future of the 85-acre former Delphi property, 7929 S. Howell Ave., and that could include new municipal buildings.

For some time, the city has discussed building a civic center, which would be a combination of a new City Hall and library, as well as a new fire station.

In a report to council members, officials said putting the library and City Hall at the old Delphi site could be the "cornerstone of a new city center," which could also include housing, restaurants and retail establishments.

The only decision the council would make tonight is whether to create a master plan for the Delphi property and civic center.

The Oak Creek-Franklin School District, meanwhile, has mulled building a new high school. If the civic center was built on the Delphi land, a new school could be built where the City Hall and library now exists, according to the report.

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Wauwatosa man pleads guilty to reduced charge in killing

Aug. 16, 2010 5:42 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man charged with killing his former girlfriend and then driving around with her body in his car for four days has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree intentional homicide.

Benjamin Germano, 32, will be sentenced Nov. 5.

Germano was charged with strangling Sarah Rosio on Jan. 13 at his apartment in the 6700 block of Vista Ave. in Wauwatosa.

The body of the 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was found in a West Allis storage unit.

Germano told friends he "snapped" after Rosio attacked him in front of their daughter, a toddler, according to a criminal complaint.

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Cosleeping death of infant reported in West Allis

Aug. 16, 2010 4:56 p.m. | Prosecutors are reviewing the death of a 4-week-old girl who died Sunday while sharing a bed with her parents at their home in West Allis, Milwaukee County officials said Monday.

Michaela Nirae Cruz is at least the 12th child under the age of 2 to die in an unsafe sleep environment in Milwaukee County this year, according to a Journal Sentinel count based on information from law enforcement and the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

According to a medical examiner's report released Monday:

Michaela's parents spent much of early Sunday morning drinking beer at a friend's house while Michaela and her twin brother slept upstairs.

Michaela, her brother and their parents returned to their home in the 1600 block of S. 57th St. shortly after 6 a.m.

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Changing clothes while driving not a good plan, police say

Aug. 16, 2010 4:26 p.m. | A man who was hot and sweaty after a day at the State Fair was warned about indecent exposure after he changed his clothes while driving on Greenfield Avenue at 2 p.m. Aug. 13.

The 54-year-old man was stopped at the intersection of Greenfield and Moorland Road. He explained that he needed to change his clothes after a long day at the fair, and officers advised him to finish changing at home, according to city of Brookfield police records.

Muskego may clamp down on use of fireworks

Aug. 16, 2010 4:23 p.m. | Muskego — Residents who like to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang won't be able to shoot off their fireworks as often as they do now, if the city approves new restrictions on the use of explosives.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan Milwaukee area that allows people to shoot off fireworks - as long as they have a permit. People can blast their colorful displays into the air every day, if they want, between July 1 and 7. They also can shoot them off anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Now Muskego officials are considering limiting the permits to three days or perhaps just on July 4.

"Seven days is just too much," said Police Chief Paul Geiszler.

In addition, hours would be limited to evenings - fireworks could only be discharged from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Last chance to win State Fair tickets on Facebook

Aug. 12, 2010 8:04 a.m. | With just a few days left of the Wisconsin State Fair, you still have time to score free tickets from NOW Newspapers.

All you have to do is "like" NOW Newspapers on Facebook and respond to our last status update and tell us your favorite story from our papers this week.

A random drawing will be held at 8 a.m. Friday and announced on Facebook.

Winners will receive a four-pack of tickets to the fair, which begins runs to Sunday. Winners will have to pick up the tickets in our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, 53186.

Deal to bring Bucyrus to Oak Creek moves forward

Aug. 11, 2010 11:56 a.m. | A key part of the deal to bringing Bucyrus International Inc. into Oak Creek moved a step closer to gaining city approval Tuesday night.

The Plan Commission recommended the Common Council adopt a formal project plan for a tax-incremental financing district, which was one of the incentives the city offered in its quest to land the South Milwaukee-based mining equipment company. The city also is providing Bucyrus with up to $2 million in property tax breaks.

With a TIF district, the city borrows money to pay for infrastructure improvements - such as roads and sewers - within a defined area. As a district develops, the increased tax dollars generated by it are used to repay the loans issued for those improvements.

Bucyrus in May announced that it was purchasing the former Midwest Airlines headquarters at 6744 S. Howell Ave. The company is expected to bring between 200 and 300 jobs to the city.

Also part of that 182-acre district is a proposed three-hotel development. The developer told the Plan Commission Tuesday that financing for the first hotel is finally in place after a delay of more than two years, though plans are still not completely finalized.

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Brookfield restaurant manager accused of hitting employee

Aug. 10, 2010 10:05 a.m. | A restaurant manager is accused of shoving and hitting a female employee while the two talked about customer service.

Officers investigated a report from an employee of Bravo Restaurant, 95 N. Moorland Road, that she had been battered by her boss while discussing customer complaints Sunday night, according to the city of Brookfield police report.

Brookfield Police Capt. Jim Adlam said responding officers forwarded their reports to the city attorney to consider a battery charge.

Shorewood residents want answers about flooding

Aug. 09, 2010 10:39 p.m. | Shorewood — Frustrated Shorewood residents expressed outrage Monday night at the Village Board for not fixing the sewer systems more than 10 years ago when flooding problems started.

People packed the basement of the Shorewood Village Center to address flooding in the northwest area of Shorewood, among the hardest hit in last month's storm. The meeting was one of four set to get feedback from the community regarding flood damage and sewer backups.

"Other than a moat, I don't know what else we can do," said resident Lynne Belcher. "This is not funny, it's destroying our homes. You've ruined this summer, please don't ruin next summer."

Belcher and more than 30 others spoke about flooding in their homes, with many citing flood problems as far back as 1997.

Thirteen years later, the problems have only gotten worse, they said.

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Officers' shooting brings out scam artists

Aug. 09, 2010 6:08 p.m. | West Allis police say someone is using the shooting of two officers over the weekend in an attempt to scam residents out of money.

A resident reported the phone scam to the department, said Police Chief Michael Jungbluth, who clarified that neither his department nor the police union is behind the solicitation.

"While the West Allis Police Department is extremely appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community, we are not soliciting funds for these injured officers," he said in a statement issued today.

The injured officers were identified as Nick Stachula and Ryan McNally.

Stachula, 33, has nine years of experience and recently received department-issued awards for saving lives and volunteerism. He remains hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body.

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Pot found growing on front porch, police say

Aug. 09, 2010 4:32 p.m. | Police didn't have to look hard to find the large marijuana plant being grown at an Elm Grove home.

Acting on a tip, Elm Grove police found the illicit plant growing inside a plastic container on a front patio in 1000 block of Pilgrim Parkway on Friday, according to the Elm Grove police report. Officers said they found dried leaves, racks for drying marijuana and a number of smaller plants inside the home.

An 18-year-old Muskego woman suspected of manning the pot-growing operation was arrested.

Greenfield apartment fire causes $600,000 in damage

Aug. 09, 2010 3:16 p.m. | Residents in eight apartment units at 4835 S. Katelyn Circle are temporarily homeless after a fire that caused roughly $600,000 in damage early Friday.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Bauer said the fire could have been minimized had there been sprinklers in each of the apartments. Only the hallways and common areas had sprinklers, he said.

When the building was constructed in the 1980s, the fire code was not as stringent and sprinklers were not required in each unit.

"The fire got out of hand because the sprinkler system was only for common areas of egress - it protected exit areas and hallways but not individual units," Bauer said.

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire, which was reported shortly after 3 a.m., but it's believed to have started near a bathroom.

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New Berlin mayor's use of city vehicle questioned

Aug. 09, 2010 2:58 p.m. | New Berlin - A resident's questions about the mayor's use of a city sport utility vehicle for personal trips outside New Berlin may prompt a review by aldermen of the city's vehicle policy.

Shari Bosmans contends that Mayor Jack Chiovatero, the target of a recall, is violating the policy governing city take-home vehicles because he has used the vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, for many personal trips, including to the Chicago area, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison and the Wisconsin Dells.

The city's vehicle policy states that take-home vehicles "may not be used for weekend trips, vacations or other extended personal use outside of the city."

But Chiovatero said part of his compensation package as mayor includes use of a city vehicle. He said he is not violating policy because the compensation package wording does not contain language that limits use of the vehicle.

It simply states that in addition to salary and a $100 a month expense allowance, the mayor is awarded "use of a city vehicle."

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Dean School to remain closed after flooding problems

Aug. 06, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Brown Deer — Dean Elementary School will be closed to teaching staff and parents until further notice as repairs are made to the school in the aftermath of the storm that doused southeastern Wisconsin two weeks ago.

School officials learned this week that repairs are necessary to structural supports at the school after surveying buildings for possible storm damage. In a statement, officials said a structural engineer has been brought in to study the safety of the building and has recommended repairs be made.

The repairs are expected to be completed before the start of the school year.

Teen gets probation in 'ninja' attack

Aug. 06, 2010 5:32 p.m. | River Hills — A teenager who struck another boy with a machete in a ninja-like attack pleaded no contest in juvenile court Friday to second-degree reckless injury.

The River Hills boy, now 17, admitted that he struck a 14-year-old Bayside boy over the right eye with the weapon in April in a wooded area behind Nicolet High School. Children's Court Judge Frederick Rosa placed the youth on probation until he turns 18 in June.

The agreement, which came after months of negotiation, was reached on what was supposed to be the first day of the boy's trial. He initially was charged in juvenile court with substantial battery.

Boy will stay at home

As part of the deal, the boy will be allowed to remain at his parents' home under close supervision. He returned there in June after nearly two months in secure detention following his arrest.

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Brookfield drug bust nets $400,000 in marijuana

Aug. 06, 2010 12:16 p.m. | A Brookfield man was arrested Wednesday after the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit reportedly uncovered the largest indoor marijuana growing operation ever found in the county.

According to a statement from the drug unit:

Officers seized about $400,000 worth of marijuana plants of various sizes inside a home on Mountain Drive. The plants were being processed for sale.

In addition to marijuana, police also seized three vehicles used in the operation. A Brookfield man was taken to the Waukesha County jail and is expected to make a court appearance on charges that he manufactured a controlled substance and maintained a drug trafficking house.

The Brookfield Police Department, along with other agencies, assisted in the bust.

Residents voice frustration over flooding

Aug. 05, 2010 10:30 p.m. | A standing-room only crowd of more than 100 people packed a meeting room at the Shorewood Library Thursday night and peppered officials with questions and complaints about the severe flooding that hit the community last month.

Some residents at the meeting, the first of four town hall sessions on the flooding in the village, held signs that read "Sewerwood" or branded biohazard symbols. Complaints also were heard over the lack of seating as residents lined the wall of the room.

Frustrated residents like Mary Jo Kukoda said the village didn't do enough during the floods that caused at least $1.5 million in damage and affected hundreds of homes.

"Shame on the village of Shorewood, shame on you," Kukoda said.

Other residents asked about potential health issues associated with sewer water in basements and wondered why the village didn't answer phone calls on the Monday following flooding.

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200-plus residents demand answers on flooding

Aug. 03, 2010 9:18 a.m. | In an overheated room at the library, more than 200 residents Monday night demanded answers from the Village Board - wanting to know what is wrong with the sewer system, why areas of the village near road construction seemed to be harder hit than others and why the village didn't pump overflow sewage directly into Lake Michigan.

Many of those in attendance said they had to clean out their basements twice in a week, after rains on July 15 and the torrential storm on July 22.

Residents told trustees about staggering property losses and asked whether the village would continue to tax damaged property at the current assessment.

Some also were angered by a handout that there give Monday night that showed how clear water can enter private sanitary sewer laterals and cause a bad situation to get worse. Many saw that handout as an indication that the village was blaming residents for the flooding problems.

There were no answers to those questions and countless others from residents, but the board listened for more than three hours.

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Tax delinquents could be publicized in West Allis

Aug. 02, 2010 3:18 p.m. | West Allis - City Administrative Officer Paul Ziehler will ask the Common Council on Tuesday to consider publicizing the names of people who are delinquent on taxes and other debts they have to the city.

Ziehler noted in his request that the City of Brookfield publicizes the names of personal property taxpayers in a local newspaper.

West Allis could decide to list names of all debtors, or just habitual ones, and perhaps put them on the city Web site, in local newspapers, on the city cable channel and in other media, the request says.

West Allis police may start patrolling with Segways

Aug. 02, 2010 2:48 p.m. | West Allis — The Police Department might start patrolling parts of the city with Segway Personal Transporters.

Police Chief Michael Jungbluth says in a letter that he believes the vehicles would "increase public interaction with the police in a positive way" and save $6,000 to $10,000 per year in fuel.

If the Police Department purchases the vehicles, it could be the first law enforcement agency in southeastern Wisconsin to use them, the letter says.

The Common Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to buy three Segway PTs and accessories for a total of $17,000. A U.S. Department of Energy grant would cover the cost, according to Jungbluth.

More than 1,000 municipalities, airports, military bases and other organizations use the two-wheeled electric vehicles for patrolling, according to Segway.

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