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West Allis company noted for its growth

Aug. 29, 2011 1:26 p.m. | Commercial Bargains Inc., 2005 S. 54th St., West Allis, was just named to Inc business magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States, coming in at number 1,628.

Commercial Bargains Inc. sells all kinds of consumer products, including exercise machines, hammocks, Himalayan salt lamps and hunters tree stands online. The company also offers products to businesses.

Greenfield police looking for hit and run suspect

May 31, 2016 4:08 p.m. | Greenfield police are looking for a suspect involved in a hit and run that left a 42-year-old Racine pedestrian with nonlife threatening injuries Monday on W. Cold Spring Road.

The suspect was driving what appeared to be a 2006-2012 white Toyota RAV4 with a damaged front bumper and front passenger side headlight. The car was last seen heading eastbound on W. Cold Spring Road.

The victim is being treated at Froedtert Hospital.

Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

May 31, 2016 3:00 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

Emerald ash borer blasting Greenfield ash trees

May 31, 2016 8:29 a.m. | Greenfield — The emerald ash borer scourge has exploded in Greenfield in the last two years, with city crews cutting down seven times as many trees as they did just two years ago, city forester Dennis Fermenich said.

"It's really raining havoc on our city, as elsewhere," he said. The beetle that has denuded other states of their ash trees has now infested Milwaukee County, he said.

Since the winter of 2015-16, about 150 infected trees have come down, he said.

Discovered in Greenfield only a couple of years ago, the emerald ash borer is now throughout the city, Fermenich said. It will only get worse as the emerald ash borer kills every untreated ash tree, he said.

"I've spoken with foresters in Michigan and Illinois and they said the only ash left in their communities are under treatment. The rest are all gone," Fermenich said. Those states were hit first by the beetle.

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New West Allis elementary math program to give deeper understanding

May 31, 2016 8:10 a.m. | A new elementary math curriculum that gives a deeper understanding of how math works will soon be in every West Allis-West Milwaukee School District classroom through fifth grade.

The school board approved the new math program for kindergarten through grade five that gives students more insight into the mathematical processes going on when they punch numbers into a calculator to get an answer. Although heavier on math understanding, it will not be heavier on memorization. For example, memorizing the multiplication tables will still not be a priority, said Deidre Roemer, who will be director of leadership and learning as of July 1. Currently coordinator of special education, she played a key role in the math curriculum review that resulted in a recommendation for the new math program.

The new program also will be entirely online, a first for West Allis-West Milwaukee. However, teachers will run off paper worksheets for students who do better with pencil and paper.

Even though the new program is online, teachers will still teach lessons. The online part of the program is for math exercises and for homework.

The new program also is more closely aligned with the new Common Core standards toward which the state is moving, Roemer said.

Missing West Allis woman's body identified in South Dakota

May 28, 2016 7:29 p.m. | Pierre, S.D.— The body of missing West Allis woman has been found in South Dakota, officials said Saturday.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a body discovered May 17 had been identified as Tess Morgan Monae White, 25.

West Allis Police Deputy Chief Robert Fletcher said in a news release that a relative came to the department May 14 to report White missing. She was last seen leaving a West Allis residence voluntarily on May 5, Fletcher said.

An investigation is underway by the Grant County, S.D., Sheriff's Office and the state Division of Criminal Investigation, and West Allis police. Grant County is in northeastern South Dakota.

Milwaukee man, 37, charged with sexual assault of a child in West Allis

May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Using DNA and video evidence, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office on Friday charged Daniel A. Rivera, 37, Milwaukee, with first-degree sexual assault of a child for an incident that happened in West Allis.

According to West Allis police, the victim and her younger sister were walking in the 6100 block of Lapham Street about 8 a.m. April 21 when Rivera approached. He allegedly grabbed her and forced her to touch his genital area, police said. The victim was able to get away. The younger sister was not harmed.

West Allis police located video footage showing a vehicle matching the one the victim described.

With the assistance of Milwaukee police the vehicle in the video footage and the registered owner who matched the victim's description of the man who had assaulted her were identified.

Further investigation by West Allis police led to the suspect being taken into custody.

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Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:

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Greenfield man facing possible charges after threatening women with loaded gun

May 26, 2016 1:20 p.m. | A 23-year-old Milwaukee man was taken into police custody on allegations that he pointed a loaded gun at his 22-year-old girlfriend, who is the mother of his two young children, and her sister while they were smoking marijuana inside a Greenfield apartment on May 4.

The man allegedly threatened to kill both women because his girlfriend passed the marijuana cigarette to her sister instead of passing it to him, according to the police report.

Officers responded to the 22-year-old woman's apartment building in the 5900 block of South 28th Street at about 10:40 a.m. after her sister, who left the home soon after the incident, called police. She told police the suspect loaded, cocked and pointed a silver and black handgun at her and his girlfriend after she bypassed him with the marijuana cigarette.

When his girlfriend pointed out that if the gun went off the bullet might hit one of their children, the suspect allegedly said, "I don't give a f***," according to the report.

When questioned, the suspect's girlfriend denied the incident occurred and told police the suspect was not at her residence. Police searched the apartment and found the suspect hiding underneath clothing in the children's room closet. Police also found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in the baby's crib, a few steps away from where the suspect was hiding.

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2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek

May 25, 2016 5:52 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using a stolen car to try to commit another carjacking, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller sentenced Devonte Hayes and his accomplice, Norman Howard, 18, for carjackings that occurred last August in Oak Creek and Greenfield. Howard received 7 1/2 years in prison.

The two tried to rob a female driver who had slowed for a red light at S. 76th St. and W. Layton Ave. A red car swerved in front of her and stopped. A man carrying a revolver got out of the car and came to her partially rolled down window and asked for directions before ordering her out of the car, prosecutors said.

"I am going to (expletive) shoot you," the man said, according to the criminal complaint.

The man opened her door but the woman didn't move immediately because she had her seat belt on, and the man shoved her. The woman began honking the car horn to draw attention, which caused the man to run back to the red car and get in the passenger seat.

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Light poles, electric wires down after traffic accident in Greenfield

May 25, 2016 3:02 p.m. | A dump truck with its dump box raised tore down an overhead electrical wire crossing Forest Home Avenue in the 6500 block, knocking down three utility poles about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, Milwaukee police said.

Forest Home Avenue is the border between Milwaukee and Greenfield and Greenfield police assisted in the incident. No one was injured and the investigation is ongoing.

Amy Jahns, spokeswoman for We Engergies, said at 3 p.m. that she had no reports of outages but that could change as people come home from work and report not having power, she said.

Electric company crews were still on the scene making the situation safe as of 3 p.m.

Body in parking lot identified as West Milwaukee man, 23

May 24, 2016 3:31 p.m. | The body that was found Tuesday morning in a parking lot in the 4600 block of West Milwaukee has been identified as that of a 23-year-old West Milwaukee man.

His name is being withheld until his family can be notified. Although an autopsy will likely not be performed until Wednesday, authorities have preliminarily ruled out foul play. There are no signs of violence, said West Milwaukee Police Chief Dennis Nasci. A toxicology report may not even be necessary, depending on the autopsy results, he said.

"It could have been some kind of health issue," Nasci said. The body was found in the parking lot of the apartment building where he lived, he said.

Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Death investigation after body of a man is found in West Milwaukee

May 24, 2016 10:36 a.m. | At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, investigators were still on the scene in the 4600 block of National Avenue where the body of a man was found.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office was called about 7:35 a.m. to the scene. West Milwaukee police are investigating. Authorities are releasing no more information.

State Fair raises rescinded, converted to one-time bonuses

May 23, 2016 5:22 p.m. | State Fair Park Chairman John Yingling said Monday that he notified 30 employees the state was rescinding their controversial pay raises granted earlier this year by former Chief Executive Officer Rick Frenette without proper authority.

But the employees will be allowed to keep the increased pay they received from the salary increases from Jan. 10 to May 1 — in essence converting the partial pay raises into one-time bonuses.

The move was the latest action taken after Frenette's firing May 11 and the resignation a day later of Human Resources Director Ryan Burns after they bypassed state procedures for granting raises to themselves and other State Fair employees.

Yingling said the board was "disheartened" by the entire episode, especially Frenette's decision to give himself a $5,000 raise on top of his $127,000 annual salary. Unlike in the three previous years, the raise was not submitted to Yingling for his approval.

"A number of them were sickened by it," Yingling said of the board members. "They were completely blindsided by it."

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Ex-Derzon Coins operator ordered to pay estate $1.2 million

May 22, 2016 2:18 p.m. | A judge, saying Lori Laatsch's actions were "nothing short of despicable," has ordered her to pay $1.2 million to the estate for the family that owns Derzon Coins for trying to use the Derzon assets as her "own piggy bank."

The order issued by Milwaukee County Judge David Borowski late Friday is the second financial blow against Laatsch, who in 2012 was stripped of any interest she had in the $3 million estate of Rebecca Derzon, the widow of David Derzon.

David Derzon died in 2007 at age 83 after building West Allis-based Derzon Coins into a business worth at least $1 million. Rebecca Derzon died eight months later after an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. She was 59.

In the years since her death, control of the estate has been the subject of a bitter court battle launched by Rebecca's half brother and the two adult sons of David Derzon.

The Derzon estate is now 60% controlled by brothers Mark and Alan Derzon — both attorneys — with the remainder belonging to Paul Johnson, Rebecca Derzon's half brother.

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