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Hawks' state run ends quickly

June 11, 2009 5:37 p.m. | The Greenfield Hustlin’ Hawks softball team has seen a number of good pitchers this season.

New Berlin Eisenhower’s Kayla Schlegel and Lauren Beres and Cudahy’s Sam Homa come to mind, to name a few.
But none of them did what Chippewa Falls Cardinals ace Kendra Bowe did to the Hawks in a WIAA Division 1 State Tournament quarterfinal game at Goodman Diamond in Madison on Thursday.
Bowe struck out five and held Greenfield to a season-low one hit as the Cardinals (23-5) edged the Hawks (21-7), 1-0.
“This girl is a true pitcher,” Greenfield coach Jack Miller said. “She’s not extremely fast, but she does a good job of keeping you off-balanced (moving) up and down and side to side in the strike zone.”
Bowe retired the first 14 batters she faced before Jessica Manzuk singled with two outs in the fifth inning. Alex Sokol followed with a walk, but Alison Schell grounded out to end the threat. She retired the final seven batters.
“We had a hard time early on with her riseball,” Miller said. “We’ve faced riseball pitchers that are much faster than that, however, her riseball was more deceptive than other pitchers.”
Bowe’s efforts gave the Cardinals’ offense time to finally mount a rally in the seventh inning. With two outs, Chippewa Falls ripped three straight singles, the last of which was an RBI hit by Carissa Maes, who had been 0-for-3.
“It was just good timing,” Maes said. “I was on the ball the whole game and I never let it get in my head that I wasn’t going to get on base. A lot of people were hitting a lot better than I was. I just got lucky.”
In the bottom of the inning, Bowe retired the Hawks’ heart of the order – Shannon Butts, Stacey Butts and Andrea Solberg – in order.
Shannon Butts, Greenfield’s pitcher, struck out three and walked one. She allowed 10 hits, but only the last one was costly.
“That’s unusual,” for a team to get 10 hits and score only once, Miller said. “And they earned it too. Three straight hits, that’s some small consolation.”
Greenfield shortstop Stacey Butts made what looked to be a game-saving play in the top of the sixth inning. Chippewa Falls slugger Mikayla Hogan ripped a leadoff triple past diving center fielder Sarah Fisher in the sixth. The next batter, Jordyn Hubin, hit a ground ball to Butts, who pump-faked a throw to first, turned and picked off courtesy runner Robyn Ferg at third. The next two batters grounded out.
“She’s such a heads-up player,” Miller said. “Even though she’s left-handed, she’s so smooth and she’s been playing so many years, like all these girls, she’s got field awareness. I was just worried we’d get the tag down.”
Chippewa Falls also threatened in the top of the fifth when Andie Bronstad and Val Hayes singled consecutively with one out, but Shannon Butts struck out leadoff hitter Megan Schnobrich and got Maes to ground out to end the threat.
The Hawks fell to 0-4 all-time in state games.

West Allis to start process to approve new city administrator

Oct. 20, 2014 5:45 p.m. | Rebecca Grill of the city of Milwaukee clerk's office 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 interview questions and will conduct an interview sometime in November. Devine called Grill impressive.

About a dozen people applied to succeed Paul Ziehler who retired at the end of May after 33 years with West Allis.

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."

Police warn couple of misuse of 911 after they argued with each other

Oct. 01, 2014 10:10 a.m. | A woman called police to report her live-in boyfriend shoved his way into her bedroom, and then called 911 later to report he called her "stupid" Sept. 8.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A resident in the 9100 block of West Waterford Square called police to report her live-in boyfriend shoved his way into her bedroom and was refusing to leave about 1:10 a.m. Sept. 8.

The caller said her boyfriend called her "retarded and stupid" while standing in her "she-cave" (spare bedroom). Police determined nothing physical took place and told the two to leave each other alone.

At about 1:45 a.m. the same resident called 911 to report her boyfriend called her "stupid."

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Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

Sept. 30, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

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 6.

East emerges from late-game flurry against Hale

Sept. 26, 2014 10:31 p.m. | Brookfield East nipped West Allis Hale, 17-13, on Friday, in a game where the momentum started swinging back and forth in the final minutes.

The win left the Spartans with a 3-1 record in the Greater Metro Conference while the Huskies fell to 1-3 despite playing well against elite competition. A win by the Spartans next week against Wauwatosa East at homecoming would clinch a playoff spot for the Spartans, something coach Tom Swittel pointed out to his team in the postgame huddle.

East was winning, 14-0, Friday night when Hale put together a 15-play, 81-yard drive behind quarterback Joe Jo Breznik, which ended when running back Andre Siggers scored from a yard out and Jake Carr kicked the point after with 11:21 left in the game, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Running back Joe Werner rushed seven times for 30 yards on the drive, while Brezik completed passes of 3, 15, 7 and 2 yards. With the momentum on the Huskies corner, it was East’s turn to try and take it back.

So East quarterback T.C. Swittel took the Spartans 81 yards on 19 plays, which ended when Connor Allen drilled a 22 yard field goal for a 17-7 advantage with 2:34 on the clock.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee schools get $3.1 million grant

Sept. 25, 2014 12:56 p.m. | West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has received a $3.1 million federal grant to help create a safer and better learning environment.

The district is one of only 71 school districts across the nation to receive School Climate Transformation grants through the U.S. Department of Education's "Now Is The Time" program.

Over a five-year period, the West Allis-West Milwaukee District will use the grant to enhance and expand its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, an evidence-based program that emphasizes and rewards good behavior and teaches the right way to handle conflicts.

The grant will also support enhancements to the district's anti-bullying and violence prevention efforts.

School officials said they hope the grant will result in improved academic achievement, better student behavior and a better learning climate.

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