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Brown Deer boys rally to earn share of Woodland title

Jan. 30, 2013 12:48 a.m. |  It’s like Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby said:

“Sometimes we have bad quarters and sometimes we have good quarters.”

Well, the Falcons clinched a share of the Woodland Conference Eastern Division title Tuesday night with probably their best quarter of the year, as they erased an eight-point halftime deficit to host Whitnall with a 33-8 third period frenzy that left their hosts looking for the bus that had run over them.

The end result was an 87-72 decision that improved the Falcons to 13-1 in Woodland play and 15-3 overall, while Whitnall fell to 8-6 and 10-7, respectively. Shorewood at 8-5 is the only team with an outside chance of even tieing the Falcons for the divisional crown with four games left to play.
 
“We had to come out playing a lot harder than we had in the first half,” said Falcon senior forward Trayvon Palmer, who was one of four Brown Deer players in double figures this night with 18 points. “It gets really exciting when we start playing like that. When it starts going really well, it makes us want to play harder, go even faster."

Appleby said the team simply needed a change of strategy.

“We were working really hard at a tight man defense in the first half,” he said. “What we needed to do was to try something that was more usable and more conducive to success for us.”

Which was full-court, in-your-face man pressure, which would tighten up the gaps left as the Falcons had fallen behind, 41-33, at the half.

Brown Deer got the third quarter off to a good start, as a three-pointer from senior D’Sean Groce on the first possession, cut the deficit to 41-36. The host school bumped the lead back up to seven on a nifty lay-up by Daniel Weymier at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter.

Those would be the last points Whitnall would score for close to four minutes, as the Falcons would go on a 19-0 run that put them ahead for good at 55-43.

Senior point guard Desmond Jackson would get the go-ahead points on a three-pointer from the wing at the 5:44 mark of the third and he and Groce would combine on a unique five-point play that all but broke Whitnall’s back a minute later.

Jackson (14 points) got a steal and a lay-up to make it 49-43 Brown Deer. It was determined that he was fouled after the shot so Brown Deer got the ball back. Groce then calmly took the inbounds’ pass and notched a baseline three-pointer to make it 52-43.

A minute after that, Groce closed out the run with a trey from the wing that expanded the lead to 55-42 with 3:44 left in the third. Whitnall, which had expended two timeouts during the run, simply had no answers as Brown Deer would go on to take a 66-49 lead at the end of the third.

In the third, the Falcons hit 12 of 22 shots, including four threes, they would dominate the boards by a rough estimate of 15-1, force five turnovers and equal all the points they scored in the first half in just one period of play.

Brown Deer would hold Whitnall at bay in the fourth quarter as courtesy of 17 of 24 free throws on the night, the advantage would never drop below 10 points.

Appleby said the game was very similar to wins earlier in the season over Greendale and Pius XI, as in both those decisions, the Falcons fell behind big in the first half, only to rally and win going away.

“Both those games we responded very well early in the second half,” said Applby. “We knew we could put some pressure on them and speed up the game a little.”

Both Jackson and Palmer were pleased with the conference title, which was a very important first goal for the 10-man Falcon senior class.

“It’s always good to get that out of the way first,” said Palmer.

“It feels good because we’ve earned it,” said Jackson.

Center Devante Jackson, who would foul out of the game in the fourth quarter, would also finish with 18 points for the Falcons while Whitnall was led by Mitch Brault with 17.

Appleby was a happy and relieved man afterward as the Falcons can win the championship outright with a victory at St. Francis next Tuesday (Feb. 5).
“The big picture? The conference title, we’re excited about that,” he said.

“We have either a share of the Woodland title or we’ve won it outright (a tie for the moment), but we just want to keep the momentum going. We want a full head of steam by (WIAA) tourney time.”


Palmer agreed.

“We can still do a lot better,” he said. “We have a lot more building to do until we reach our full potential.”

Greenfield Public Library to close for Super Bowl Sunday

Jan. 29, 2013 4:04 p.m. | The Greenfield Public Library will be closed Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday, a day when it is nearly deserted every year.

The Library Board approved the closure in November as part of its 2013 calendar approval.

As a side benefit, being closed on Super Bowl Sunday will enable the staff to enjoy Super Bowl parties and get-togethers, said Sheila O'Brien, director of the library, at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The library's automated exterior book drop/check-in services and the web page will continue to be available.

Hale wrestlers claim second straight GMC title over Falls

Jan. 24, 2013 10:37 p.m. | The first thing West Allis Hale wrestling coach Randy Ferrell wanted people to know after the Huskies claimed at least a share of their second straight Greater Metro Conference title with a 40-25 win over host Menomonee Falls Thursday night was the team philosophy.

"We tell them that intensity and heart will carry you through the toughest of times," he said. "We work the kids hard and we want them to know that the room (the practice area) will be the toughest place that they will have to go through. Everything else will be easier than that."

And Ferrell knows that by living that philosophy and carrying out this important win, the wrestlers were able to bring something important back to the school.

"We don't get to celebrate back-to-back titles in many sports here," he said. "So to repeat like this was a big deal for us."

The Huskies philosophy carried them through in many matches, such as in the case of several rallies that Hale grapplers had to pull out Thursday night.

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Indoor baseball facility proposed for West Allis warehouse

Jan. 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. | An indoor practice facility for the Milwaukee Angels youth baseball program is being proposed for a multitenant industrial building in West Allis.

The Angels would occupy 15,225 square feet of the warehouse portion of the building, which has addresses of 5121-5325 W. Rogers St. and 2020-2060 S. 54 St., according to information filed with the city Department of Development.

The program plans to hold baseball practices for off-season training at the building, which would have artificial turf added as part of the project. The proposal will be considered by the Plan Commission at its Wednesday meeting.

Greenfield police seeking man who flashed knife in front of off-duty officer

Jan. 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. | Greenfield police are seeking a man who caused a disturbance and brandished a knife in front of an off-duty Milwaukee Police officer Jan. 15.

According to the police log:

The off-duty officer observed a man yelling and wielding a knife in the parking lot at Walgreens, 4296 S. 76th St., at about 1:33 p.m. Jan. 15. When the officer attempted to leave the lot, the subject walked in front of her vehicle, blocked the path for her to leave, and then put the knife up the sleeve of his jacket.

The man then got into the passenger side of a dark-colored, two-door Saturn that was parked in an area parking lot. The off-duty officer followed the car. It was last seen traveling northbound to the area of South 68th Street and West Morgan Avenue.

The subject is described as a five-foot-eight-inch Hispanic man between the ages of 30 and 40 with a medium build and wearing a black hat. The driver of the vehicle was described only as a white male.

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Greenfield schools deal with two vacancies at top

Jan. 22, 2013 1:52 p.m. | The Greenfield School District will hire both an interim superintendent and an interim business manager until candidates can be found to fill both positions permanently, the School Board decided Monday.

Superintendent Conrad Farner departed last week to take a job as human resources director for the Cedarburg School District.

Kristen Kollath, director of business services, will leave next month to accept a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The board had offered the interim superintendent position to Todd Bugnacki, director of elementary education, but he said he had to decline because of pressing needs in his current position. He was invited to apply for the superintendent's job.

To get the best candidate for superintendent, the board wanted to take its time with an eye to filling the position at least by July 1. There was a feeling that the appointment should be made considerably earlier so the new superintendent can help choose a business manager.

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Later Greenfield High School start time decision pushed back

Jan. 22, 2013 11:31 a.m. | While some hoped that the Greenfield School Board would decide on Monday whether to have Greenfield High School start later and three other schools start earlier, the board instead called for updated cost estimates on changing the times for its Feb. 11 meeting.

The board wants to know if the $210,000 cost that was estimated in 2011 for the high school to start 35 minutes later and two elementary schools and the middle school to start earlier would still be valid for the 2013-14 school year. Cost information also will be gathered on the high school starting 30 minutes later, but leaving the other school start times alone.

About six years ago, the high school went to a 7:10 a.m. start time to save money. Parents asked the board to reconsider its decision and an ad hoc committee was formed. It eventually recommended a later high school start time and adjusting start times in some other schools. The committee said educational research shows that high school students do better if school starts later and that elementary students do better if school starts earlier.

The board turned the recommendations down mainly because of the $210,000 cost. But renewed calls for a later high school start time came because of disappointment that the high school students didn't do better on the state's new academic testing program. If the students would do better with a later start, the expenditure is justified, some said.

Candidates for West Allis police chief down to two

Jan. 22, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Two candidates are still in the running to succeed Michael Jungbluth as West Allis police chief.

They are Interim Chief Charles Padgett who previously had been a deputy chief in charge of operations and Rick Balistrieri, who retired as a deputy chief in the West Allis department more than a year ago, said Joseph Kempen, chairman of the West Allis Police and Fire Commission.

The commission will start interviewing the candidates later this month and will probably choose one in early February, he said.

"Both are outstanding candidates," Kempen said.

The city received eight applications for police chief, he said. Jungbluth's last day was in mid-November.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

West Allis proposes financing to expand Summit Place parking structure

Jan. 17, 2013 10:35 a.m. | West Allis would provide $2 million to help add more parking spaces at Summit Place business park, under a new city proposal.

The funds would be part of the proposed $3.25 million expansion of a tax incremental financing district at Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St.. Summit Place was developed by Whitnall Summit Co., led by Richard Carlson, within portions of the former Allis-Chalmers manufacturing complex.

Tax financing districts are created to help pay for development of apartments, industrial buildings, offices and other commercial real estate. Typically, a city will borrow money to do road work, buy and clean up blighted properties, and take other steps to encourage new projects.

The property taxes from new or improved buildings within the tax district are used to pay off that debt. Once that occurs, the property taxes then flow to the community, its school district and other local governments.

A tax district created in 2004 to help finance the Summit Place redevelopment has resulted in 650,000 square feet of office space, hosting 50 businesses with 2,300 employees and adding $47 million in new property value, according to the West Allis Department of Development. Tenants include Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

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West Allis proposes bailout for tax financing districts

Jan. 17, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Property tax revenue from a tax incremental financing district in West Allis would be used to help bail out two other tax districts which have been hurt by lagging development prospects, under a new city proposal.

Tax financing districts are created to help pay for development of apartments, industrial buildings, offices and other commercial real estate. Typically, a city will borrow money to do road work, buy and clean up blighted properties, and take other steps to encourage new projects.

The property taxes from new or improved buildings within the tax district are used to pay off that debt. Once that occurs, the property taxes then flow to the community, its school district and other local governments.

In recent years, several Wisconsin communities have run into trouble paying off tax district debt because of  declining or stagnant property tax revenues. A new state law allows such financially distressed tax districts up to 40 years to pay off their debts. Normally, state law limits those payback periods to 27 years.

In West Allis, a tax financing district created in 1994 to help finance the development of the Quad/Graphics printing facility, at Highway 100 and W. Theo Trecker Way, will be paying off its debt this year.

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19-year-old man charged in Pewaukee police chase

Jan. 16, 2013 5:20 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee — Charges have been filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court against a 19-year-old West Allis man who allegedly led police on a 2.7 mile high speed car chase through the City of Pewaukee Wednesday morning.


A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, occupied only by the defendant, Donte J. Delamar, at about 1:39 a.m. on Jan. 16 as it drove the wrong way on Highway 164 at Tower Place, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle fled west on Tower Place and turned into a parking lot, where it “recklessly weaved” through the lot and exited south onto Pewaukee Road, where it failed to stop at a red signal, according to the complaint.


The vehicle eventually reached speeds of 90 to 100 miles per hour on Pewaukee Road, speeding through lights at Northview Road and Moreland Boulevard, before crashing into two telephone poles near Buena Vista Avenue, the complaint reads.


Officers ordered the defendant out of the vehicle, and he complied. Delamar allegedly told police after being transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for possible neck injuries that “he panicked,” according to the complaint.


“The defendant indicated that his thoughts were blank and he felt as if he weren’t in control of himself,” the complaint reads.

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Woman, 81, killed in West Allis crash

Jan. 16, 2013 1:56 p.m. | An 81-year-old West Allis woman was killed in a one-car crash about 10:30 a.m. today in the 1900 block of South 71st Street in West Allis.

The car she was driving crossed over the center line of southbound 71st Street and struck a tree on the east side of the road, according to police.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said, and the crash remains under investigation.

Greenfield Avenue bridge closing Jan. 21

Jan. 15, 2013 9:14 p.m. | West Allis Mayor Dan Devine announced Tuesday night that the Greenfield Avenue bridge will close Jan. 21.

Peter Daniels, West Allis senior roads engineer, confirmed that, saying there could be a delay until Jan. 22. The closing date had previously been Feb. 1. The bridge which spans Interstate 894 will be torn down and a new one built to accommodate a wider freeway underneath.

The crucial bridge is still scheduled to reopen by July 18, Daniels said.

Greenfield Avenue will be closed to through traffic from 106th to 96th streets, Devine said. But access to businesses will be maintained, he said.

Health care provider drops West Allis headquarters plan

Jan. 15, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A proposal to develop a new West Allis headquarters for a nonprofit health care provider has been dropped.

Development firm Tarantino Co. in February 2012 proposed four new buildings totaling 200,000 square feet, for 7.5 acres between W. Greenfield and W. National avenues, about a block west of S. 65th St. The vacant lot was once the site of the Pressed Steel Tank factory.

The new buildings would have provided offices for Community Care Inc., as well as a nursing home, community-based residential care center and an assisted-living center.

Community Care, based at 1555 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, provides health care and social services for seniors and disabled adults in their homes, and at community centers.

"After careful consideration, Community Care made the decision not to move forward with the West Allis campus project," said Megan Hindman, marketing & communication manager, in a statement. "We continue to explore opportunities that have the potential to help us best serve our members."

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Greendale woman charged with homicide in pedestrian death

Jan. 14, 2013 3:46 p.m. | A 31-year-old Greendale woman has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle after striking a pedestrian with her Cadillac Escalade and killing him in October.

Josephine E. Sardina of Greendale had marijuana in her system when she fatally struck David Budge, 54, of South Milwaukee about 3 p.m. in the 4500 block of W. Loomis Road in Greenfield, according to a criminal complaint.

If convicted, Sardina faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both.

Budge was walking south on the east side of the road in the parking lane when he was struck by Sardina, who was attempting to enter a gas station, the complaint says.

Sardina said she thought she had hit a parked car, the complaint says. She denied being on her cellphone, but phone records show she sent a text message at 2:58 p.m. and received and read one less than two minutes later. At 3:02 p.m., she called 911 to report the accident.

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4 charged in connection with rifle-point store robberies

Jan. 10, 2013 11:06 a.m. | Four Milwaukee men allegedly involved in nine convenience store robberies in Milwaukee County between October and this month have been charged with armed robbery in the Jan. 4 robbery of Villager Food Mart, 6730 W. Morgan Ave., a criminal complaint says.

Law enforcement investigators called the crimes the "rifle robberies" since one of the robbers held a .22 caliber rifle with a scope in each incident.

Five of the robberies occurred in Milwaukee, three in West Allis and one in Greenfield. Villager Food Mart was the last robbery of the spree.

A shot was fired into the ceiling of a store in one robbery and some of the incidents involved the use of pepper spray on victims, the complaint says. A revolver was brandished in several of the crimes.

The U.S. attorney's office is seeking federal charges in the crimes, and the men likely will be indicted this month, Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Potter says in the complaint.

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West Allis detective arrested on sex allegation

Jan. 09, 2013 10:02 p.m. | A West Allis police detective was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of fourth-degree sexual assault and misconduct in public office, police said. The detective, who was not identified, was released and the case will be reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, police said.

Superintendent will be paid up to $80,000 to leave Greenfield district

Jan. 08, 2013 3:04 p.m. | Greenfield - Conrad Farner, Greenfield School District's superintendent for more than five years, will leave to become human resources director with the Cedarburg School District, with Greenfield paying him up to $80,000 in a separation agreement.

Farner's contract isn't up until the end of the 2013-14 school year, but the Greenfield School Board on Monday approved the separation agreement, following a closed session.

Under the agreement, the district will pay $40,000 into a tax-sheltered annuity account this year, $25,000 to the account in January 2014 and $15,000 to it in January 2015. If Farner gets another superintendent's position for at least $140,000 before that, the payments will stop, under the terms of the agreement.

Payout debate

Casting the only vote against it was School Board President Bruce Bailey, who said, "There's no need for extra money to leave the district." Farner's salary of $143,386 is sufficient, he added.

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Value City Furniture closing Greenfield store

Jan. 08, 2013 11:32 a.m. | Value City Furniture plans to close its Greenfield store at the end of business on Feb. 9, the store manager said Tuesday.

Manager Jason Gannon declined to comment further, and a call to the furniture retailer's headquarters, in Columbus, Ohio, wasn't immediately returned.

Value City's Greenfield store, at 4771 S. 27th St., is the retailer's only remaining Wisconsin store. Value City also operated a store for three years at the former Northridge Mall's Boston Store building, on Milwaukee's far northwest side, until March 2009.

Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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Nathan Hale student's death being probed

Jan. 04, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Three persons were questioned at the West Allis Police Station in connection with an incident that led to the death of a 16-year-old boy suspected of shoplifting, police said Friday.

The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at a convenience store at 92nd Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. When police arrived, they found the boy being restrained by customers. The boy had stopped breathing and police immediately began CPR. Fire Department personnel took over when they arrived and resuscitated him. He was then taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa where he later died.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the actions of all those involved, West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said. The three who were questioned at the station were interviewed the day of the incident. Police will not release details of the incident until the investigation is complete and the DA's office has made its determination, he said.

Three West Allis School Board races will be unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 4:52 p.m. | All three candidates for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board will run unopposed in the April 2 spring election.

Two are incumbents - board President Susan Stalewski, 1237 S. 54th St., and Jeff Sikich, 2550 S. 95th St. The third is newcomer Patti Ulwelling, 7514 W. Dakota St. She will succeed veteran board member Annette Frymark.

The unopposed school races will be the only local ones on the April ballot. No terms of municipal officials expire this year.

Greenfield, Whitnall elections uncontested

Jan. 03, 2013 1:46 p.m. | In Greenfield, the mayor and all School Board candidates will run unopposed in the April 2 election.

Mayor Michael Neitzke, 4730 W. Abbott Ave., is in his second four-year term. The mayor receives $77,969 annually, plus $6,000 for expenses.

No Greenfield aldermen are up for re-election in the spring.

On the Greenfield School Board, Don Carlson will step down in April after completing his first term. Robert Hansen, 3328 W. Vogel Ave., will run for his spot.

Also running unopposed is incumbent Rick Moze, 8901 W. Whitaker Ave.

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West Allis fire crews remain at scene of hobby shop blaze

Jan. 01, 2013 11:18 a.m. | West Allis firefighters are still on the scene of a fire that destroyed a hobby shop near W. 80th and National Ave. Monday night.

"It's going to be a long day today for them," said Assistant Chief Gary Streicher, with the West Allis Fire Department. "It's extremely cold. They are going to have to take lots of breaks."

Firefighters received a call about 9:45 p.m. that flames could be seen in the windows of Happy Hobby. The fire quickly grew, blowing out the windows and prompting the West Allis firefighters to call for assistance in what they considered to be a two-alarm fire. Firefighters from Brookfield, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, New Berlin, Franklin, Milwaukee and Oak Creek responded.

The fire was brought under control by about 2 a.m. and nobody was injured. But crews were still working on spot fires that still burned Tuesday morning, Streicher said.

"It was extremely slippery because we were throwing a lot of water and it was so cold," he said. The Department of Public Works had to come put down salt to keep the firefighters from slipping.

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Community Watch

» Brown Deer boys rally to earn share of Woodland title 1/30

» Greenfield Public Library to close for Super Bowl Sunday 1/29

» Hale wrestlers claim second straight GMC title over Falls 1/24

» Indoor baseball facility proposed for West Allis warehouse 1/23

» Greenfield police seeking man who flashed knife in front of off-duty officer 1/22

» Greenfield schools deal with two vacancies at top 1/22

» Later Greenfield High School start time decision pushed back 1/22

» Candidates for West Allis police chief down to two 1/22

» Social media users showcase running in West Allis 1/21

» West Allis proposes financing to expand Summit Place parking structure 1/17

» West Allis proposes bailout for tax financing districts 1/17

» 19-year-old man charged in Pewaukee police chase 1/16

» Woman, 81, killed in West Allis crash 1/16

» Greenfield Avenue bridge closing Jan. 21 1/15

» Health care provider drops West Allis headquarters plan 1/15

» Greendale woman charged with homicide in pedestrian death 1/14

» 4 charged in connection with rifle-point store robberies 1/10

» West Allis detective arrested on sex allegation 1/9

» Superintendent will be paid up to $80,000 to leave Greenfield district Updated:  1/8

» Value City Furniture closing Greenfield store 1/8

» Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 1/7

» Nathan Hale student's death being probed 1/4

» Three West Allis School Board races will be unopposed 1/3

» Greenfield, Whitnall elections uncontested 1/3

» West Allis fire crews remain at scene of hobby shop blaze 1/1

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