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West Allis man charged with possessing child porn

Feb. 27, 2013 10:04 p.m. | A West Allis man has been charged with five felonies after authorities found 20,000 images and movies of child pornography on his computer, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Eric P. Theurich, 43, has been charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison on each count.

When interviewed by police, Theurich admitted downloading child pornography from the Internet and said it brought back memories of his own victimization when he was a child, the complaint says. Theurich told police he was not responsible for 20,000 images, however. He believed he only had between 200 and 1,000 pictures and movies, the complaint says.

Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

Ice cream shop planned for West Allis' Six Points area

Feb. 27, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A new ice cream shop has been proposed for the Six Points area on the east side of West Allis.

Spoons Ice Cream would lease 1,500 square feet at 6501-6525 W. Greenfield Ave., an apartment building with street-level commercial space developed by Toldt Development Inc. That building is part of Toldt's Six Points Neighborhood apartment community.

The Plan Commission will review the proposal at its Wednesday night meeting.

West Allis man arrested on 12th drunken driving charge

Feb. 27, 2013 6:52 a.m. | A 50-year-old West Allis man was arrested early this morning on his 12th drunken driving charge, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

A trooper pulled the man over about 12:30 a.m. on westbound I-94 east of Moorland Road after it appeared he had been in an accident. The man was taken first to the state police headquarters in Waukesha for a field sobriety test and then to Waukesha Memorial for a legal blood draw, according to the department.

Whitnall to conduct communitywide survey

Feb. 26, 2013 3:14 p.m. | Probably next week, a communitywide survey aimed at exploring community priorities as they concern the Whitnall School District will begin.

The survey will be on the Whitnall School District website, whitnall.com, with the target audience including taxpayers, parents, teachers and students.

Among other things, survey that should take about five minutes to complete, will include questions about new initiatives in the schools.

The last time the district did such a survey was four years ago.

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.

Farmers market coming to Greenfield, survey to help planning

Feb. 26, 2013 3:08 p.m. | A farmers market will be coming to Greenfield this summer, with location and dates to be announced.

The Greenfield Farmers Market Planning Committee is developing the community market with the help of a survey meant to determine community interest and the specifics and logistics for the market.

The online survey may be accessed at surveymonkey.com/s/greenfieldmarket. The survey will run through March 8.

"We strongly believe that a farmers market will be a vibrant addition to the city," Mayor Michael Neitzke said in the news release announcing the market. "A market providing access to fresh, healthy and locally grown produce will be a great benefit to our residents and will contribute to making Greenfield a better place."

The planning committee also is accepting help from volunteers.

Retired Beloit schools official named Greenfield interim business manager

Feb. 26, 2013 3:06 p.m. | Ronald Nortier, who retired from the Beloit School District in 2009 as executive director of operations, was named the interim director of business services by the Greenfield School Board on Monday.

Nortier was chosen from a field of nine candidates, two of whom were interviewed. He will serve until the School Board appoints a permanent replacement for Kristin Kollath, who has accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The board expects to name a successor after it chooses a new superintendent.

Meanwhile, Nortier comes to the Greenfield schools with 36 years of experience in public education. He worked for the Beloit School District from 1985 until he retired in 2009.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

New Berlin Eisenhower advances past Whitnall

Feb. 23, 2013 10:29 p.m. | For a high school basketball player, or most basketball players for that matter, 23 points is not a below-average night. When you’re New Berlin Eisenhower junior Reed Timmer, there’s a different set of standards.

As the top-seeded Lions (21-3) ousted the visiting Whitnall Falcons, 61-51, on Saturday night, Timmer was just shy of his season average 25 points per game. But it was enough for top-seeded Eisenhower to move on to sectionals, albeit after a fierce fight from the No. 5 Whitnall Falcons.

One night after surviving a 57-55 scare from Waukesha North, the Lions withstood a far tighter contest than their 80-62 win over Whitnall on Jan. 11. For their efforts, the Lions move on to the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Greenfield, where they’ll face No. 2-seeded Catholic Memorial (18-6) on Thursday night.

“It’s team offense, it’s team defense,” New Berlin Eisenhower head coach Dave Scheidegger said. “Everybody’s got to play their role and be accountable for what they’re supposed to do. I think we’ve grown a lot since the beginning of the season in terms of players understanding their role.”

Both teams put on an impressive shooting display, combining for 15 3-pointers. Whitnall made eight, including four from senior guard Mitch Brault, and Ike connected on seven, with senior guard Corbin Messman also hitting four behind the arc.

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Key's heroics come against old coach

Feb. 23, 2013 12:28 a.m. | For most of the first half on Friday night, West Allis Central sophomore guard Brandon Key was definitely out of his comfort zone.

Central was playing against defensive-minded, methodical Oak Creek in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game, and the slow pace - as indicated by the 16-12 halftime lead for the Knights - was not to his liking.

"I'm used to a faster tempo," Key said, "and we started off slowly. The tempo was too slow for me, I like playing fast, and I had to adjust."

Central head coach David Mlachnik had a few words with Key at halftime.

"He was kind of frustrated in that first half," Mlachnik said. "I told Brandon at half, 'This is a game where you have to be mentally tough. Be patient; understand that you're not going to get a lot of touches, you're not going to get a lot of opportunities.

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Weymier plays hero as Whitnall edges Bay View in thriller

Feb. 22, 2013 11:34 p.m. | Danny Weymier was not about to let his senior season of Whitnall boys basketball end this early.

Weymier hit the go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left, had a steal on the ensuing Bay View possession and hit the front-end of a 1-and-1 as No. 5-seeded Whitnall earned a 75-73 win over No. 4-seeded Milwaukee Bay View in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Friday night.

"At the four-minute mark (Whitnall) coach (Steve Kujawa) brought us in and said, 'Do you want your season to be over now or are you going to do something about it?'" said Weymier, who finished with a game-high 32 points, his third-straight game breaking the 30-point threshold. "I didn't see much (on the last drive). The last few times in I was actually expecting a call."

The Falcons (15-7) earn another shot at top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday.

Kujawa drew up the possession for Weymier, who helped bring the Falcons back from double-digit deficits in the second and fourth quarters.

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West Allis leaders to discuss hiring director of public safety as city faces vacancies at police, fire chief

Feb. 22, 2013 12:29 p.m. | In a week, West Allis will not have a police chief or a fire chief.

In a letter dated Wednesday, Fire Chief Steven Hook announced his plans to retire Feb. 28.

Over at the Police Department, Charles Padgett has been interim chief since the retirement of chief Michael Jungbluth at the end of 2012. The Police and Fire Commission thought it had the police chief job nailed down with the appointment of Rick Balistrieri last week. But he suddenly withdrew his acceptance after he didn't get unanimous approval by the commission. The Common Council was made aware of his withdrawal Tuesday morning.

Because the city will soon have no chiefs, the Police and Fire Commission will meet with the Common Council on whether to combine those positions into one director of public safety.

Some aldermen expressed the view that the Fire Department has too many chiefs, so the Common Council asked to discuss the possibility of a combined police and fire director, said Joseph Kempen, Police and Fire Commission president. At a combined meeting that could take place the week of March 4, commissioners and aldermen will discuss the pros and cons of a joint position and what it would look like.

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West Allis man dies after shooting Adams County deputy

Feb. 20, 2013 7:26 p.m. | A West Allis man who shot an Adams County sheriff's deputy before shooting himself died from his injuries Wednesday evening, the Adams County sheriff's office said.

Thomas Costigan, 55, shot Deputy Todd Johnson, 43, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when Johnson and another deputy went to a house in the Town of Big Flats in search of Costigan's 52-year-old wife, the sheriff's office said. The woman's name was not released.

West Allis police had notified Adams County authorities that the woman, who had a no-contact order against Costigan, was reported missing and that she might be with him in Adams County.

Sheriff Sam Wollin said the suspect fired several shots at the deputies, wounding Johnson before shooting himself.

Wollin said the deputies did not return fire.

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Meyer's Family Restaurant to pay workers back pay after Labor Department probe

Feb. 20, 2013 11:06 a.m. | Meyer's Family Restaurant in Greenfield has agreed to pay $116,102 in back wages to 38 employees after an investigation disclosed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday.

The probe, conducted primarily in Spanish by bilingual investigators from the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, determined that the restaurant failed to compensate workers with overtime pay at time and one-half their regular rates of pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a week, as required by federal law, officials said.

The company also failed to record all hours worked by employees, paid cash for some hours and kept no record of those hours worked, the cash payments made, or the tips received, according to the Labor Department.

"Food service workers often work long hours in physically demanding occupations. These workers deserve to be paid properly," Theresa Walls, director of the Wage and Hour Division's Minneapolis district office, said in a statement announcing the agreement. "The resolution of this case should remind employers that the department will not hesitate to investigate if they deny workers their rightful pay. We are committed to protecting the many vulnerable workers employed in the restaurant industry and will vigorously pursue violators to ensure compliance with the law."

In an interview Wednesday, owner Larry Meyer said the restaurant now is in compliance.

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Dr. Dawg to open restaurant at former Hooters in Greenfield

Feb. 20, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches will be on the menu at a new restaurant opening by April 1 at the former Hooters restaurant on Layton Ave.

It will be the second Dr. Dawg eatery in the Milwaukee area, with the first one in Glendale.

The Dr. Dawg concept was developed in 2009 by David Ross, former president of Burger Boat Co. He and his wife, Katie, opened a restaurant in Manitowoc but have since closed that location.

It was too small of a market, David Ross said.

Ross said he is completely gutting the former Hooters restaurant, at 7700 W. Layton Ave., and is installing a new kitchen, dining area and bathrooms.

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West Allis cans trash cart talk for now

Feb. 19, 2013 9:18 p.m. | A proposal to require all West Allis residents to buy a city trash cart to combat a growing rat problem in parts of the city, and to beautify it, was delayed by the Public Works Committee on Tuesday so that more information can be gathered.

Among other things, the committee wants to know if there is enough of a problem to warrant the requirement. The committee will likely take the matter up March 11.

About 65 percent of residents already have city carts, said Alderman Vincent Vitale, who proposed requiring the remaining 35 percent to buy them also. Not only are rats becoming amore of a problem in some eastern sections of the city, but the trash cans blow around and sometimes make it hard to get through alleys, he noted.

A 60-gallon cart would cost about $40 and a 90-gallon cart $45, he said, and residents would have two years to purchase them. The city might even be able to buy them in bulk and get a better deal for residents, Vitale said.

Emerald ash borer found in Greenfield

Feb. 14, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Emerald ash borer has been found in Greenfield, the State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Thursday.

The finding on S. 43rd St. in the 5500 and 5600 block, just north of W. Ramsey Ave.,is near the discovery announced Tuesday in neighboring Greendale and was not unexpected, the agency said.

The agriculture department said that distinctive S-shaped galleries were found on ash trees. The galleries are evidence that larvae had burrowed beneath the bark.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive pest responsible for the death odf tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States.

The insect or its larvae have been discovered so far in 13 Wisconsin counties, including Milwaukee County. The other counties are Brown, Crawford, Kenosha, La Crosse, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties.

Retired deputy chief becomes new West Allis police chief

Feb. 13, 2013 2:04 p.m. | The West Allis Police and Fire Commission on Tuesday named retired West Allis deputy police chief Patrick "Rick" Balistrieri as the new chief of police to succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.

"The field of candidates was outstanding," Joseph Kempen, commission president, said in a press release announcing the commission's decision.

"And we wish to express our gratitude to all the fine candidates that were a part of this selection process," he said.

Balistrieri retired from the department more than a year ago.

In Jungbluth's absence, Charles Padgett, who had been deputy chief in charge of operations, has been serving as interim police chief. Padgett and Balistrieri were the top two candidates remaining for the job.

West Allis delays decision on how to use redevelopment tax dollars

Feb. 06, 2013 1:58 p.m. | A plan to move excess funds from one special redevelopment district that is doing well to two others that are not yet self-sustaining rather will be considered by the West Allis Administration and Finance Committee at a special meeting Monday.

The committee decided Tuesday that the matter requires more time for debate than was available at the recess portion of Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

The committee will try to decide which scenario benefits taxpayers the most: using the excess dollars from the successful Quad Graphics tax incremental financing district to keep two less successful TIF districts out of financial trouble, or divided the money among the schools, MATC, Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to help them keep their levies down. Either way, taxpayers would not get tax relief directly.

The committee will make a recommendation to the full council, which would then make the final decision. The next council meeting is Feb. 19.

Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

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