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Greenfield woman charged in her husband's death

June 10, 2011 1:50 p.m. | A woman who told police that her husband was an abusive philanderer was charged Friday with shooting him to death in the living room of the couple's Greenfield home.

Regina Rath, 46, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, she faces up to 65 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman told police her 46-year-old husband, Vincent Rath, was berating her Wednesday afternoon as she was packing to leave him. She admitted she shot him.

The complaint quotes her telling a detective: "I shot Vince with the gun, I did not mean to kill him, but I did."

Police found the man's body seated in a chair in the couple's home in the 4500 W. Morgan Ave. He had been shot once in the chest.

Scott Walker ramps up campaign with start of 10-day tour of Wisconsin

3:46 p.m. | West Allis — Gov. Scott Walker kicked off a 10-day tour of the state on Saturday, in the countdown to the Nov. 4 election, calling on supporters to "double down" their efforts to get out the vote in what is shaping up to be the closest race of his political career.

"We need people here... knocking on doors, making calls," Walker told supporters who hoisted campaign signs and chanted "four more years" outside the Republican Party headquarters on S. 84th St.

"We need you to reach out at work. We need you to reach out when you drop off the kids at school...wherever it might be. There's too much at stake."

Walker's plea and the last-minute blitz of the state appear to be an acknowledgment of the role voter turnout is expected to play in the tight race with former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke. Numerous polls have put the two in a virtual dead heat.

On Saturday, Walker touted his administration's record on fiscal management and job creation and characterized the gubernatorial race as a battle between power brokers in Washington and the champion of taxpayers of Wisconsin.

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

2:04 p.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

-Lake Country Lutheran handily defeated Waukesha North, 40-0.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Speakers split evenly on West Allis proposed sewer lateral program

Oct. 22, 2014 1:44 p.m. | The nearly 200 people who packed the West Allis Common Council chambers, a large meeting room down the hall and the lunchroom downstairs on Tuesday for a hearing on a program to help homeowners pay for broken sewer laterals seemed to be evenly divided on the program.

Sewer laterals are pipes that take waste water from homes to sanitary sewers in the streets.

The program calls for owners of residences up to three units to chip in $40 a year. Then, if their laterals need to be replaced, they would pay only $1,500 rather than face the average $8,000 tab if they did it on their own. Just fixing the lateral would run the property owner $300. Owners would not be forced to get any work done.

Speakers who said they liked the program welcomed the peace of mind it offers. Owners don't know what shape their laterals are in and they could go bad anytime, supporters said.

The main argument expressed against the plan was that even though most people would consider $40 a year a small sum, many would have trouble coming up with it. Among the other arguments were that the fee would probably go up, that the fund might be raided and the money spent on other things and that people who have never had any trouble with their laterals would still have to pay.

Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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West Allis to start process to approve new city administrator

Oct. 20, 2014 5:45 p.m. | West Allis — Rebecca Grill, city of Milwaukee deputy city clerk, has been recommended by Mayor Dan Devine to serve as the new West Allis city administrator.

The administration and finance committee on Monday, Oct. 27, will formulate questions and interview Grill sometime in November.

The city administrator is charged with the daily operations of the city, like a chief operating officer while the mayor can be likened to the chief executive officer.

The city administrator also is the key liaison between the mayor's office and the common council. The administrator is charged with finding ways to improve operations, sees to professional development, makes sure the community is informed and often helps organize community events.

"We want to get it right, it's a very important job," said Devine who called Grill impressive.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Police arrest 1 after neighbors attack each other about 'child behavior'

Oct. 15, 2014 10:14 a.m. | One woman was arrested after neighbors reportedly attacked each other Sept. 22.

According to the Greendale police report:

A resident in the 5300 block of Mulberry Drive called 911 to report her neighbor head-butted her in the face and then attacked her about 3:40 p.m. Sept. 22.

The caller said she was injured but refused medical treatment.

Shortly afterward, police received a second 911 call from the alleged suspect in the attack, who reported the victim "jumped" her and injured her. She also stated she was injured, but refused medical attention.

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Greenfield schools 'right-sizing' enrollment for smaller classes

Oct. 14, 2014 2:23 p.m. | Class sizes are down, but still not quite where educators would like them to be, administrator Mark Kapocius reported to the Greenfield School Board on Monday.

Enrollment this year is down 159 students mainly because 103 nonresident students left or graduated and were not replaced, he said. They attended the Greenfield schools under the state's Open Enrollment program.

Because the School Board wanted smaller classes to improve achievement, it decided in January not to accept any more Open Enrollment students this year.

"It's a 'right-sizing' of our enrollment," Kapocius said.

But lower enrollment translates to lower state aid while 103 fewer Open Enrollment students means the schools received nearly $670,000 less in reimbursement from the state, said Amy Kohl, director of business services. The impact on state aid will eventually be felt also but not this year because aid is tied to a rolling enrollment average, she said. But the schools will have to plan for less aid in the near future, she said.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Jurors see video key to sex assault case against ex-strip club owner

Oct. 08, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Jurors on Wednesday watched the surveillance video at the core of a sexual assault case against the former owner of Crazy Horse Gentlemen's Club in West Allis.

On the video, which was not unearthed until three years after the 2010 incident, the man, Dino LaLicata, now 35, is shown engaging in sex acts with two different women. Both were 20 at the time.

One of them, identified in court records by her initials, KNH, testified that she did not realize at the time that the incident may have been assaultive, despite the fact that she was highly intoxicated and the man had grabbed her hair and pushed her head down during the sex act.

In portions of the video, both women appear to be voluntarily engaging in sex acts with LaLicata. Defense attorney Mike Steinle also pointed out that both women appeared to be smiling and laughing during portions of the encounter.

KNH remained in the room while LaLicata, of Menomonee Falls, had intercourse with the other woman, who was lying virtually motionless throughout most of the video.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 7

Oct. 03, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 7 on Oct. 2 and 3.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 7.

Motorcyclist killed in East Tosa crash identified

Oct. 03, 2014 1:35 p.m. | The motorcyclist killed in a crash at North Avenue and 67th Street about 2 p.m. Sept 27 has been identified as Roy Szolwinski, 57, of West Allis, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Szolwinski was not wearing a helmet and suffered multiple blunt force injuries, an official at the medical examiner's office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski said it appeared the motorcyclist was heading east on North Avenue when he collided with a pickup truck traveling north on N. 67th Street. No one else was injured.

Juli Peterson, who came upon the accident shortly after it happened, said several people sprung into action. She said strangers sat with Szolwinski, and one man rubbed his leg.

"It was so touching to see," she said. "I hope his family can know that he wasn't alone and there were caring strangers who sat with him."

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