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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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