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Greenfield police officer accused of excessive force in arrest

Sept. 10, 2013 11:52 a.m. | The Milwaukee County district attorney's office is reviewing a case involving a Greenfield police officer accused of using excessive force while arresting a woman who was believed to be driving drunk and involved in a hit-and-run.

A patrol supervisor learned of the possible excessive use of force July 27 and immediately placed the officer on administrative leave, or paid suspension, Greenfield Chief Bradley Wentlandt said in a prepared statement.

Wentlandt requested an independent review and investigation by the district attorney's office into the allegations against the officer, whom the chief described as a veteran officer with no prior disciplinary history.

The woman who was arrested faces possible charges of operating under the influence, fleeing an officer and hit-and-run.

Wentlandt declined to comment further on Tuesday and referred questions to the district attorney's office.

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Oak Creek Mayor Scaffidi to host 'State of the City' chat via Twitter tonight

2:29 p.m. | Mayor Scaffidi will host a "State of the City" chat via Twitter tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. using the hashtag #askthemayor.

Scaffidi will tweet announcements from the city's Twitter account, @CityofOakCreek, and respond to any questions labeled with the hashtag #askthemayor.

Last year's "State of the City" chat took place at the Oak Creek Community Center. Scaffidi said he held a Twitter chat once before and hopes to get the same response tonight, if not better.

"I thought I'd mix it up this year," said Scaffidi.

Sikhs in Washington honor Officer Brian Murphy

1:00 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police officer Brian Murphy was awarded a Sewa (service) Award in Washington for being the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5, 2012, shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh organization based in Washington, presented the award on Sunday, April 13, or Vaisakhi Day.

"It's well deserved," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. "The Sikh community has been fantastic to not only (Murphy) but our entire police department. (Murphy) is well-deserved for any award for the actions he took on that day."

Murphy was struck with 12 bullets at the attack, during which six Sikh worshippers were killed and three others were wounded. Murphy is now retired.

"We, as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award," said Inder Paul Singh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, in an article online. "This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions toward the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service."

Police warn man after he enters woman's vehicle, tries to kiss her

9:30 a.m. | Police warned a man who entered a woman's vehicle and tried to kiss her and ask her to go out for a drink about 9 p.m. April 12.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A customer at Speedway, 6000 W. Layton Ave., called police to report an unknown male came inside her vehicle, grabbed her face and tried to kiss her, and then asked her to go out for a drink with him at about 9 p.m. April 12.

Police contacted the man, who was sitting inside a vehicle at the business.

The woman declined to press charges, but wanted him warned. Police told the man the woman was not interested and to leave her alone.

Germantown police warn man for brandishing switchblade at stop light

April 15, 2014 3:15 p.m. | A motorist called 911 to report that a man got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light April 8.

According to the Germantown police report:

The motorist called 911 to report that a man driving a tan 2001 Pontiac Bonneville got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light on the Highway 41 off-ramp at County Line Road about 12:55 p.m. April 8.

The vehicle was described as having a sticker on the rear trunk lid that stated "Veteran with PTSD, please pass or stand back."

Police found the man, who admitted to the incident, and he was warned about his actions.

Dickman wins write-in bid for Fox Point-Bayside School Board

April 03, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Bayside — The Fox Point-Bayside School Board will have two new faces in Max Dickman and Dann Jacobson.

Dickman and Jacobson will fill the seats of former School Board President Alice Lawton and former board member Tim Melchert. Incumbent David Smulyan, who was appointed to an interim term in June, was elected to his first three-year term Tuesday night.

Jacobson, a social studies teacher at Nicolet High School, announced his candidacy in January. Dickman later waged a write-in campaign to fill the vacant third seat.

Dickman, a real estate development manager at Roundy's Supermarkets, has a daughter in second grade at Stormonth School and a son in seventh grade at Bayside Middle School. A Bayside resident of seven years, Dickman has previously served on the Bayside Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dickman said he ran for School Board because he wanted to work with board members and Superintendent Vance Dalzin in improving communication and transparency in the district.

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Woman uses sister's identity to avoid arrest in Elm Grove

April 02, 2014 8:40 a.m. | A woman who used her sister's identity to avoid arrest for driving with a suspended license in December was arrested for obstructing an officer about 8:45 p.m. March 27.

According to the Elm Grove police report:

The woman had been driving in the village and was pulled over Dec. 18 for an illegal U-turn. She said she used her sister's name because she didn't want to be arrested with her son in the car.

She was arrested at the Elm Grove Police Department, 13600 Juneau Blvd., on March 27. Police realized her lie when her sister called to dispute the ticket.

Longtime incumbent Greenfield alderman upset in race

April 02, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Greenfield School Board President Bruce Bailey scored an upset against longtime 2nd District Greenfield Alderman Tom Pietrowski in Tuesday's spring election.

At the same time, voters in Greenfield's 1st Aldermanic District gave the nod to incumbent Linda Lubotsky for another term over challenger Terry Bartz.

In the race for the Greenfield School Board, 18-year-old David Pettersen captured 31 percent of the vote, although not a seat on the board.

"I did better than I thought," Pettersen said.

The most high-profile race, however, was between Bailey and Pietrowski where Bailey garnered 62 percent of the vote.

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West Allis aldermanic race razor thin

April 02, 2014 12:45 a.m. | Only seven votes separated the two candidates running to fill a vacancy in the West Allis 5th District by the time voting ended Tuesday.

Kevin Haass had an unofficial vote total of 530 to the 523 garnered by Gerald Matter in the race to serve the two years remaining on the term of James Sengstock who retired before his term ended.

The results remain unofficial until the Board of Canvassers meets. The lead could conceivably change as late-arriving absentee ballots are counted on Friday.

In the four-way race for three seats on the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board the three candidates winning three-year terms were Dan Bailey with an unofficial 2,531 votes, Gail Radonski with 2,466 votes and Diane Narlock who was making her first try for public office and garnering 2,403 votes. First term board member Kristi Bonaparte finished fourth with an unofficial vote total of 1,892.

Polling places are open in Menomonee Falls

April 01, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Polling places are now open throughout the village for today's election.

In the Village Board race, Michael McDonald, Katie Kress and Chris Rolenc are facing off to fill Village Board Seat No. 1. The seat is vacant due to the retirement of Sharon Ellis.

Tim Newman, Kevel Anderson and Chris Smolik are vying for Seat No. 2, which is left vacant by the recent passing of long-time board member Jim Jeskewitz.

Joseph Helm is running unopposed for Seat No. 3, currently held by Dennis Farrell.

In the School Board race, three candidates are competing for two seats. Incumbent Ronald Bertieri seeks to retain his position for a third term, while first-time candidates Lowell Kellogg and Mark Nadolski compete for a second seat left vacant by Gina Palazzari, who has opted to retire.

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Muskego science wizards sweep Badger State engineering competition

March 26, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Muskego High School's engineering design and development students swept the engineering category at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair, capturing first through third places.

The competition, held Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, involved students from all over the state who, like the Muskego teams, had won their regional competitions.

The first-place winning project was titled "Predicting the Sleep Cycle to Improve the Wake-Up Experience." The second-place project was "Clearwater S: desalinating water," and it also won three specialty awards — the CH2M Hill Award Best Environmental Engineering Project, the Water Environment Federation W.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering and Environment Award. The team that did the project will now take it to the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad to be held in Houston, April 30 to May 5. The desalination project was the only one of the three that fit the Olympiad's environmental focus.

Taking third place was a project titled "Creating a Dynamic Seat to Improve Posture."

All six students winning first through third places will be offered scholarships of $24,000 to $30,000 to attend Marion University.

Menomonee Falls police seek suspects in attempted break-in

March 25, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are seeking three suspects who attempted to break into an occupied home the morning of March 19.

According to the police report:

A resident in the 14000 block of Faye Court called police after three unknown males approached the front door of his residence and attempted to break in at 11:05 a.m.

The resident's juvenile daughter was sitting on the couch doing homework when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head and black leather gloves. The other two suspects were standing with their backs to the house, as if acting as lookouts. They also were wearing black hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up.

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Smell gets worse in West Allis office building

March 21, 2014 4:31 p.m. | Everyone thought the sewer smell plaguing a West Allis office building would go away when two neighboring companies stopped loading up the sewer with wastewater, but the smell has only gotten worse.

For the last four or five years, employees at an office building housing We Energies, 500 S. 116th St., have felt ill and some have gone home sick, said Brian Manthey, We Energies spokesman.

Sewer fumes have emanated from restrooms but other fumes have come through the building's ventilation system.

The city has stepped in because of a possible health hazard. It notified the newer of the wastewater companies that the discharge limit was lower than it was pouring into the sewers and flows were reduced to the proper limit, Development Director John Stibal reported Tuesday to the Common Council Safety and Development Committee.

Another possible source of the smell is a plumbing leak and city officials had hoped that smoke testing would find one. Testing was done last week, but the plumbing proved tight, Stibal said.

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Police called when man mistakenly sends zombie app selfie to woman

March 20, 2014 11:13 a.m. | A woman called police when a man who was trying to send a selfie of himself as a zombie to his cousin sent it to her instead March 11.

According to the Elm Grove police report:

The man was trying to send a selfie to his cousin through an app called The Walking Dead Dead Yourself, which makes users look like zombies. But he accidentally sent it to a Brookfield woman, who called police about 6:30 p.m. March 11, saying it looked like the man had been assaulted.

Police contacted the man, who explained what happened and apologized for scaring the woman.

West Allis tries to find way to allow café to serve cocktails

March 19, 2014 6:23 p.m. | Urban Joe's Café, which opened six months ago in downtown West Allis, could end up serving cocktails after all — that is, if the city can narrow the parameters enough so that it won't be deluged by similar requests for liquor licenses, which have already surpassed a self-imposed limit.

The Common Council originally denied the request by Urban Joe's owner Pullum Tairi for a liquor license, but pleas at the council meeting two weeks ago led to the request being sent back to the License and Health Committee, which met Tuesday night.

The committee was sympathetic, but told Tairi that if it goes further over the limit for him it will have to do so for anyone asking for a liquor license, thereby crippling the city's effort to reduce the number of taverns. (The city current has allowed 124 such licenses, four more than it wants.)

But noting that Urban Joe's is the kind of business the city wants to attract, especially to the downtown, the committee did some creative thinking, resulting in it finding a way to narrow the parameters for granting a license so much so that others would be unlikely to qualify. The Community Development Department is now working on the details and will come back to the committee and the Common Council.

Urban Joe's has become a popular breakfast and lunch spot. Tairi wants to serve cocktails to make the shop an attractive night time destination for business people and couples.

Kratoska to run as write-in for Elmbrook at-large seat

March 18, 2014 8:41 p.m. | A Brookfield resident has announced that he will run as a write-in candidate for the Elmbrook School District's at-large seat in the April 1 spring election.

Jim Kratoska will run against incumbent Kathryn Wilson, who was previously running opposed for the seat.

Kratoska's business experience includes project management, team building, financial management and six-sigma process improvement. His degrees include a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and physics and master's degrees in business administration and philosophy.

His campaign platform emphasizes a critical approach to the state's Common Core standards.

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