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New program at Whitnall High School offers job skills, pay, diploma

Feb. 26, 2013 3:10 p.m. | Whitnall High School will offer students the chance to earn high school credits while learning skills and a paycheck at local businesses through the Second Chance Partners for Education program the Whitnall School Board approved Monday.

Students will apply for the program in which they will start school at an education center in the businesses at 7 a.m. They then will spend the afternoon working and learning on the floor of the manufacturing site. Many times students are offered jobs at the companies where they work after they graduate from high school.

Students in the program will receive diplomas from Whitnall.

Second Chance Partners for Education is already in many other school districts, including West Allis-West Milwaukee.

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.

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.

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.

Crews clear crash that closed 2 right lanes of westbound I-894

March 14, 2014 2:28 p.m. | Crews have cleared a rollover crash that closed the two right lanes of westbound I-894 at S. 92nd St. in Greenfield. The lanes reopened at 2:20 p.m. after 55 minutes.

Capri di Nuovo opens in West Allis

March 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. | The former Capri restaurant, 8340 W. Beloit Road in West Allis, this week opened as Capri Di Nuovo.

Chris and Abby Paul opened the Italian restaurant with some of Capri’s original recipes — the restaurant was open for 45 years before closing in 2012 — but also included recipes of their own on the menu.

So, it has Capri’s lasagna ($10.99 a la carte) but also serves Italian beef sandwiches ($8.49) and both thin-crust and Chicago-style pizzas (starting at $7 and $13, respectively).

Capri di Nuovo is open for dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. daily, and serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The restaurant offers takeout, and hopes to start delivery in a few months. It takes reservations for parties of 10 or more. To contact, (414) 543-5510

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