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SHOW again surveys city for health research

Sept. 27, 2011 3:42 p.m. | The SHOW has returned again to the city as researchers continue a statewide effort to measure residents' health.

SHOW, an acronym for the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, will be in local neighborhoods the weeks of Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, randomly selecting about 36 homes.

Each participant will be asked to fill out a survey and answer questions verbally on health topics, schedule an appointment at a survey center to have a few physical measurements taken, and talk on the phone about once a year to discuss any health changes.

SHOW, which also visited West Allis in February, does not provide any information about participants, according to survey officials. It only shares data summaries from the information gathered.

The study is conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health. For information, visit the website at www.wisc.edu or call (888) 433-7649.

License of mobile home park in West Allis could roll away

April 16, 2014 3:24 p.m. | West Allis has started proceedings to revoke the license for Mobile Estates Mobile Home Park, 10401 W. Greenfield Ave., with 45 mobile homes because repairs and the cleanup ordered in December are still not done, officials said.

The Common Council License and Health Committee decided Tuesday to start the process after park operator Thaddues Derynda did not come in to discuss the list of deficiencies he was supposed to fix.

Derynda was pursuing a license for the park to operate when the committee told he to improve the park. He failed to appear before the committee about the alleged problems.

The revocation procedure will involve a formal hearing, and a date has not been set.

For the last three years, ordered repairs have not been done on time at the mobile home park, Atkinson said. The park operated with no current license for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 while the city worked with Derynda on the list of deficiencies for those years, Ted Atkinson, director of building inspection, said. Derynda has missed several other meetings during that time, Atkinson said. The wrangle even involved taking Derynda to municipal court.

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'Mount Stallis' rises in West Allis

April 16, 2014 3:14 p.m. | Everybody thought the huge pile of dirt that arose where Interstate 894 crosses Greenfield Avenue in West Allis would go away as soon as the Zoo Interchange work was finished.

But West Allis officials just learned that the pile that has been dubbed Mount Stallis by some neighbors is here to stay. It's dirt dug up in the Zoo Interchange project and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's chunk of land next to the freeway at Greenfield Avenue was a handy place to put it.

Stallis is the colloquial term residents have created as a shortened nickname for West Allis.

The DOT plans to plant grass on the hill and seems to be agreeable to planting some large trees to soften the heap's visual impact, Alderman Michael May reported to fellow aldermen Tuesday. The DOT also would probably be agreeable to turning Mount Stallis over to the city, but officials aren't that interested, knowing how tricky it will be to mow a hill that steep.

But faced with the giant sow's ear, city officials are trying to be resilient by looking into how they might turn it into a silk purse. They're thinking of mounting unique and even artistic solar panels on the mini-mount. Some of the newer solar panels can be quite striking and could make the hill into something unique and interesting, John Stibal, development director, suggested. The Milwaukee County Zoo has a sunflower-shaped solar panel on its grounds, already.

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West Allis considers fund to help homeowners repair sewer laterals

April 16, 2014 3:04 p.m. | To help keep rainwater from overwhelming sewage treatment facilities resulting in dumping diluted sewage into lakes and rivers, West Allis officials are thinking of setting up a fund to help homeowners afford to fix leaky sewer laterals that let the rainwater in.

Sewer laterals take waste water from homes to sanitary sewers in the streets that go to wastewater treatment facilities.

At the same time sewer laterals age and become increasingly leaky, especially in older sections of the city, West Allis is under an enforcement ruling to reduce the amount of rainwater getting into its sanitary sewers.

So, the proposal is for all single-family, duplex and three-family homeowners to chip in $40 annually to the fund. If their laterals need relining to make them watertight, they would only pay $1,500 instead of the estimated $5,500 it would cost to have the work done privately, officials said.

But if it's an emergency repair, the tab would be $3,000 with the fund's help, compared with an estimated $12,000 if the lateral is in the street and $4,000 if the lateral is in the yard.

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

April 16, 2014 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.

Corey Stingley case featured in new documentary

April 11, 2014 1:43 p.m. | The case of Corey Stingley,  a West Allis teen who died after he was held down by three adult customers at a convenience store where he had tried to shoplift alcohol, is featured in a new documentary.

Stingley's story will the first in a new series of 25 minute videos called Crime and Punishment on VICE News.com.

Stingley, 16, died after the encounter at VJ's Food Mart, 9206 W. Schlinger Ave., West Allis, on Dec. 14, 2012. More than a year later,  after extended reviews and a secret John Doe investigation, District Attorney John Chisholm announced no charges would be filed, against any of the three men arrested after the incident.

The decision prompted protests that it was the result of a racial bias. Stingley was African-American; the customers are white.

VICE News released a short trailer for the Stingley episode on Thursday, and made the full length version of "The Death of Corey Stingley" available  Friday.

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At least one person taken to hospital after van strikes house

April 11, 2014 8:45 a.m. | At least one person was taken to a hospital after a van struck a house in Greenfield on March 31.

According to the Greenfield police report:

At least one person was taken to St. Luke's Hospital after a van struck a house in the 4500 block of West Loomis Road about 10:10 a.m. March 31.

Greenfield police received assistance from Greendale police in shutting down traffic on Loomis Road to allow We Energies to fix downed power lines across Loomis Road due to the accident.

Female tries to light clothing on fire on Greenfield lawn

April 08, 2014 9:22 a.m. | A resident called police to report that an unknown female went to her neighbor's residence and tried to start clothing on fire March 31.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The resident called police when the female, age not released, went to her neighbor's yard in the 5900 block of South Honey Creek Parkway, threw clothing on the grass, sprayed it with lighter fluid and tried to start them on fire about 5:30 p.m. March 31.

After the clothes did not ignite, the female fled northbound in a gray vehicle.

West Allis-West Milwaukee receives $30,000 grant for nutrition efforts

April 07, 2014 2:35 p.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee school district’s recreation and community services department has received a $30,000 grant to support out-of-school nutrition programs, the district said Monday.

The grant is part of a larger $2.3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the National Recreation and Park Association that will help fund programs in 50 park and recreation agencies.

It will provide additional healthy meals to low-income students through the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, according to a release from the district. It will also fund programs that teach students about healthy eating and help the district implement nutrition and physical activity standards.

The national grant will support the National Recreation and Park Association’s campaign to implement nutrition and physical activity standards in 2,000 park and recreation sites over the next five years.

Fewer than 3 million children participate in the Summer Food Service Program, according to a 2010 report on hunger by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though 19.5 million children receive free or reduced meals during the school year.

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Greenfield troupe invited to theater festival in Scotland

April 01, 2014 11:20 p.m. | The Greenfield High School Drama group has been chosen to perform at the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2015.

The school received three nominations after last fall's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Once nominated by a state, regional or national theater association, the director fills out application paperwork and submits up to 10 pages of supporting materials to a board of advisers. The board ranks the applications based on most recent bodies of work, honors and awards, technical ability, community involvement, philosophies, recommendations and overall dramatic excellence.

Top-ranking applicants are invited to perform in the festival.

Now comes the difficult work of raising more than $6,000 per student for the trip.

Driver dies, officer hurt in crash involving West Allis squad car

March 26, 2014 9:19 p.m. | A West Allis police officer injured in a crash in which an 81-year-old man died Wednesday has been released from a hospital.

According to West Allis police, the officer's squad car was westbound on W. Lincoln Ave. about 4:20 p.m. when it collided with the man's vehicle at S. 80th St.

The officer and the man, the lone occupant of the other vehicle, were taken to a hospital, where the man died, police said.

The officer was driving to investigate an accident at S. 87th and Lincoln when the collision occurred, according to a police department news release.

The crash remained under investigation late Wednesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office was also notified, police said.

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Armed man gives up to West Allis police

March 25, 2014 8:42 a.m. | The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is evaluating an incident involving a 47-year-old armed West Allis man who was involved in what was originally reported to police as a domestic dispute about 8 p.m. Saturday.

West Allis police were called to a residence in the 9400 block of Mitchell Street where the man was alone inside. Police surrounded the home and negotiations began, with the man ultimately leaving the home.

He received minor injuries as he was taken into custody and was taken to a local hospital, treated and released back into police custody.

No other injuries were reported.

2 Greenfield rental managers accused of first-month-free scam

March 25, 2014 7:46 a.m. | Two women who worked as managers of a Greenfield apartment complex are facing dozens of felony charges related to accusations they embezzled more than $100,000 in cash rent and other payments from tenants, a criminal complaint says.

Kim M. Pinnow-Johnson, 49, of Oshkosh and Kimberly L. Tokar, 32, of Greendale are each charged with 34 felonies related to forgery and theft.

Tokar is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. Pinnow-Johnson was booked into Milwaukee County jail on Monday, and online court records did not immediately show when she was due in court.

The women ran the local rental office for Heritage Village Apartments and are accused of falsifying corporate documents and forging tenants' signatures to steal cash rental payments, according to the criminal complaint.

The scheme entailed the women demanding that tenants pay their first month of rent in cash, then forging the tenants' names on a document detailing a free first-month's rent and pocketing the cash, police said in court documents. The woman are accused of embezzling at least $114,877.74 from September 2011 through August 2012.

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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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West Allis residents to clean up or shell out

March 21, 2014 3:27 p.m. | Within the month, a crackdown on those who invite rodents by leaving garbage around will come crashing down in West Allis with fines to get the cleanup message through.

Driven by an increasing rat problem on the city's east side that some say is spreading to other areas, the Common Council has ordered increased enforcement of city rules aimed at keeping garbage and trash away from animals.

Normally the city has bent over backward for residents, giving them chance after chance. But there can be no more Mister Nice Guy, said Michael Lewis, public works director.

The clear direction from the city Public Works Committee Tuesday was strict enforcement with almost no mercy, he said.

"That's what we'll do," Lewis said.

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'Sole Sisters' running club to hold expo April 5

March 21, 2014 1:03 p.m. | The "Sole Sisters" Womens' Running and Walking Club LLC will celebrate it second anniversary with the second annual "Sister's Vendor EXPO & Social"  to be held Saturday, April 5 at the West Allis Wisconsin Athletic Club from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

There will be 25 vendors including local artists, handmade crafts, jewelry, accesories, a fun photo booth, food samples, mini-massages, makeovers and manicures. Moms, sisters, girlfriends, co-workers, all are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to www.solesistersclub.org.

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