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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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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. 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.

Man suspected of shooting Milwaukee officer was out on bail

July 18, 2016 9:58 p.m. | The 20-year-old West Allis man suspected of shooting a Milwaukee police officer before killing himself was out on bail after he was accused of punching a close family friend so hard it left the man paralyzed.

Milwaukee police identified the suspect Monday as Tomas A. Uriegas, who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on the city's south side.

About a half-hour earlier, Uriegas reportedly approached the passenger side of Officer Brandon Baranowski's squad car and fired multiple shots into the car, according to police.

Baranowski, 31, was wounded in the arm and chest. He remained hospitalized for his injuries and was expected to undergo surgery later Monday, a police spokesman said.

Mike Crivello, Milwaukee Police Association president, said he spoke to Baranowski, his parents and his wife at the hospital.

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#BestSummerEverNOW: Share your 2016 summer photos of you in the Milwaukee suburbs

July 18, 2016 3:55 p.m. | Are you having the best summer ever?

It's a great time to be outdoors with many events going around in the Milwaukee area

Whatever you might be doing, it's likely you've snapped some photos or selfies. 

Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, a local festival, some splashing around at your community pool, or attending your local farmers market, there's plenty going on in the Milwaukee suburbs this summer.

We have started a photo gallery of our staff photographers' best summer photos from local events. But we want your photos to be added to this gallery.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Round

July 18, 2016 2:30 p.m. | It's sectional day for WIAA summer baseball teams.

By the end of the day the summer baseball field will be trimmed from 16 teams to four.

Who will be left standing and playing for a state title on Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon?

Follow our live blog as sports reporters from Lake Country Publications and NOW Newspapers are out at sectional games today in South Milwaukee, Germantown and Brookfield Central.  

Sports reporters JR Radcliffe, Steven L. Tietz, Andrew Gruman, John Rech and Chuck Delsman will be tweeting from various games today.

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St. John the Evangelist Parish to host 49th annual Family Festival

July 18, 2016 2:22 p.m. |

St. John's Fest

this weekend

Greenfield residents can take part in some local summer fun this weekend at the 49th annual Family Festival hosted by St. John the Evangelist Parish on West Cold Spring Road.

The festival runs 5 to 11 p.m July 22, 3 to 11 p.m July 23 and noon to 9 p.m. July 24. Fireworks are 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The festival will offer a $10 Friday night fish fry, a chicken dinner on Sunday and bingo each day in its air-conditioned location.

NOW's user submitted stories, photos will be discontinued in early August

July 18, 2016 10:24 a.m. | Your local MyCommunityNow website and LakeCountryNow.com will have a new look during the first week of August.

With it, a standing element — User Submitted Stories and User Submitted Photos — on our current sites will be discontinued.

That means the public will not have the ability to post a story or photo directly to our websites.

Instead, there will be a form you can fill out to submit to editors for consideration. It will be at the editor's discretion whether the item is posted to a particular website.

Thank you for your submissions over the years, and continue to visit our websites as we bring you the news from the Milwaukee and Waukesha suburbs.

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West Allis bans e-cigarette smoking where tobacco smoking is banned

July 12, 2016 2:18 p.m. | There will be no more smoking of electronic devices in bars and restaurants in West Allis, or anywhere tobacco smoking is banned in the city.

On a 6-4 vote, the West Allis Common Council banned smoking electronic cigarettes.

Aldermen voting for the ban said that if it's unhealthy for staff and patrons to allow cigarette smoking, it's unhealthy to allow e-cig smoking because no one really knows what chemicals are in the smoke. Those against the ban said it infringes on personal freedom and puts West Allis bars and restaurants at a competitive disadvantage. Those who want to smoke e-cigarettes might patronize establishments outside West Allis where they can smoke, those opposed said.

Gourmet grocery store of the world seeks second West Allis location

July 12, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Parthenon Foods that specializes in European and gourmet imported foods from more than 45 countries, plans to open a second location at 84th Street and Greenfield Avenue in West Allis.

Its current location is at 92nd Street and Cleveland Avenue, also West Allis.

The proposed store would be in a former office building and located across the street from a 210-unit apartment building to be built by Ogden & Company and called Element 84. The proposed grocery store would be on the southwest corner of 84th and Greenfield and the apartments will be off the southeast corner.

Parthenon Foods is asking the city for a license to have a small liquor department offering imported wines and specialty liquors. Because allowing the license would put the city over its self-imposed class A liquor license maximum, a public hearing will be held. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Michael May, alderman for the area, supports going above the maximum, saying that if a large grocery store such as Pick 'n Save had the same request, it would probably be granted.

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West Allis seeks grant to replace lead pipes to keep lead out of water

July 12, 2016 11:41 a.m. | With the state of Wisconsin so serious about getting lead out of water flowing into homes that it has set aside $11 million to help, West Allis is trying to get its share of that.

The city has applied for a state Department of Natural Resources grant for up to half a million dollars. It would be used to replace public and even private water laterals, pipes that carry water from the main in the street to homes.

Lead is a hazard for young children. It causes developmental delays and possibly other problems, studies show. There is not a lead problem in West Allis, said Mike Lewis, public works director.

"We test extensively for lead and we pass the tests fine," he said.

However he said, "I believe the country as a whole is going toward replacing all lead pipes," so, a grant would help West Allis afford that.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: WIAA state summer baseball tournament preview

July 12, 2016 9:10 a.m. | Steven L. Tietz stops by to chat about the forthcoming WIAA summer baseball state tournament, including teams to watch and the state of defending state champ Menomonee Falls. JP and JR talk about summer free agency in the NBA, specifically how it impacts the Milwaukee Bucks, and can we be at least a little disappointed with the Brewers at the All-Star break? 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.

Initial Reaction Podcast: JR talks Olympic Trials with two local track athletes

July 07, 2016 12:54 p.m. | JR catches up with Waukesha West alumnus Erik Sowinski, fresh off his fifth-place finish in the 800 meters at the United States Olympic Trials, a race that left him just short of a berth on the team and one that came with some controversy. JR also visits with Oak Creek's Garrett Huyler, who competes in the high jump, beginning Friday. Also, the Bucks dip their toe into NBA free agency. 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 prep athletics.

 

Greenfield's Bella Matthias repeats as NOW Newspapers' 2016 All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year

July 06, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Star pitcher Bella Matthias of Greenfield headlines NOW Newspapers' 2016 All-Suburban Softball Team for the second straight year, while New Berlin West coach Greg Klotz is our coach of the year after leading the Vikings to the program's first state championship. In addition to Matthias and two of Klotz's players, 14 other talented players from across the area made our squad. 

West Allis couple charged with murder, burning body in South Dakota

July 05, 2016 1:57 p.m. | West Allis —A West Allis man and woman are accused in the kidnapping, torture and murder of a West Allis woman and then burning her body in South Dakota.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, the kidnapping and eventual murder of Tess White came after she confronted the female defendant over the alleged theft of $200.

Tiffany Lynn Simmons, 35, of 11130 W. Morgan Ave., is charged with first degree intentional homicide in White's death. Simmons faces a possible life sentence, if convicted. Simmons' boyfriend Shanta Dwan Pearson, 44, of 1737 S. 81st St., is charged with White's murder and faces a potential maximum sentence, if convicted, of 41 years in prison on the murder charge.

The complaint alleges that the defendants and the victim were in an SUV truck when the two women started arguing. While Pearson drove, White allegedly moved to the back seat where the two women fought.

Simmons subdued White, according to the complaint, while Pearson tied White's hands. Later, Simmons confessed to torturing White by punching her and extinguishing cigarettes on her skin, the complaint says. Because she did not want to go to prison for kidnapping and torture, Simmons allegedly told police that she knew she had to kill White. She allegedly said she did so by putting plastic bags over White's head and strangling her with a rope, the complaint says.

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Traveling Beer Garden to roll into West Allis on July 13

July 05, 2016 7:16 a.m. | West Allis — Beer will flow and music will drift over Greenfield Park as the Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden rolls into the city on Wednesday, July 13.

Vern & the Originals will entertain with favorite polkas from 5 to 8 p.m. on opening day. The official ceremonial keg tapping will be at the 4 p.m. beer garden opening. There will be free beer and root beer while supplies last.

Traveling Beer Garden hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends and holidays. Last call is at 9 p.m.

Musical entertainment will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

The Traveling Beer Garden will be at Greenfield Park area 3A through Aug. 7.

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