Medenwaldt's clutch three caps stunning rally for Oak Creek

Feb. 25, 2014 9:48 p.m. | The shot wasn't supposed to go to senior Oak Creek guard Alex Medenwaldt.

"The play was designed for a drive and kick to Harrison (Cleary)," said Medenwaldt, "but they had that covered so I took it."

That particular shot came just moments after the host Greenfield boys basketball team had missed what could have been a clinching front-end of a bonus situation with about four seconds left in a WIAA regional quarterfinal game Tuesday night.

Medenwaldt went up the court as fast as he could and released the desperation 3-point shot from the right wing, and it swished at the buzzer, knotting the score at 40-all.

"It was a long shot," said Medenwaldt, "but my teammates gave me the confidence that I could hit it. I'm just glad they gave me that shot."

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Outcome unchanged in close primary race for West Allis alderman seat

Feb. 25, 2014 4:20 p.m. | Seven late-arriving absentee ballots have been counted, but the outcome remained the same in the Feb. 18 primary race for West Allis 5th District alderman, in which Kevin Haass and Gerald Matter advanced to April's general election.

Haass was still the top vote-getter — not surprising, given his 29-vote margin before the last of the absentee ballots were counted Friday.

But of more interest was the result between the second- and third-place finishers, Matter and Wayne Clark, who were only separated, coincidentally, by seven votes when unofficial vote totals were announced late on Feb. 18.

However, in the end, each of those two candidates gained three votes in the final seven absentee ballots counted. (Roy Beaudry gained one vote.)

The final tally was 146 votes for Haass, 120 for Matter, 113 for Clark, 66 for Jim Blask, 41 for Diane Brandt and 32 for Beaudry.

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Whitnall candidates face questions at March 11 forum

Feb. 24, 2014 6:53 p.m. | A candidate forum for all four Whitnall School Board candidates will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St., Greenfield.

The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum, to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.

Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to will be addressed.

The four candidates will vie for three seats in the April 1 spring election.

More information is available from David Cotey, communications coordinator, at or (414) 458-0592.

Brookfield Central's LaChance ties single-game conference scoring mark

Feb. 21, 2014 12:37 p.m. | Riley LaChance tied Brookfield Central's singlegame conference scoring record, scoring 44 points in a 81-53 victory over West Allis Central on Thursday at Brookfield Central.

The Lancers finished 14-0 in the Greater Metro Conference and 22-0 overall, by defeating the second-place Bulldogs(11-3, 18-4) for the second time in six days, this time without all-star Elijah Goodman, who sat out with a bad back.

The Lancers led 25-21 after one quarter and 36-31 at halftime, as LaChance had 16 of his 44 points at intermission. He tied the Lancers single game conference mark set by Charlie Jack in 1965.

The Lancers blew the game open and took a 57-42 advantage after a 21-11 third quarter.

Ron Turkvan and Juquan Martin led WAC with 16 points, while LaChance had 44 points on 5 3-pointers and 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Brad Newman added 19, including 8-for-8 from the FT line.

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West Allis skate park finally rolls ahead

Feb. 19, 2014 12:19 p.m. | It looks like a skate park will become a reality in West Allis.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved a $409,998 construction contract to New Berlin-based Western Contractors Inc. for the facility, to be located in Radtke Park at 84th Street and National Avenue.

The skateboarding park is being paid for with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars with a private donation. Construction is expected to begin in spring with completion in late summer or fall.

The park plan was delayed a year because bids came in dramatically higher — the low bid was $651,175 — than the $300,000 the Common Council expected when it approved the skate park in January 2013.

Officials said when those high bids arrived August, the timing was wrong to get the best prices. So, all the bids were rejected in favor of trying again this year.

West Allis officer dies moments after giving birth to twins

Feb. 19, 2014 12:10 a.m. | Stacie Napoli had rituals for every ultrasound she underwent. She held a St. Anthony medal given to her by her mother, prayed to St. Gerard and held a holy card from her grandfather's funeral.

"You've never found anyone who wanted children as much as she did," said her mother, Kerri Livermore.

Napoli, who served in Iraq and was a 17-year veteran of the West Allis Police Department, died Monday just moments after giving birth to twins.

As word spread, the department was inundated with condolences and offers of support. A special fund to help the family had already raised more than $20,000 by Tuesday evening. Many donors had never met Napoli, but were heartbroken.

Napoli, 39, died of a pulmonary embolism — a sudden blockage of a major blood vessel in the lungs, usually by a blood clot — after giving birth by Caesarean section at West Allis Memorial Hospital, according to a medical examiner's report.

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'Poster child' of drug addiction gets 2 years for stealing from uncle

Feb. 18, 2014 9:15 a.m. | A West Allis man was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for stealing thousands of dollars from an uncle to buy heroin, the Racine Journal Times reported.

Christopher J. Rademacher stole $8,900 cash from a safe in his uncle's home in the Town of Norway in August 2012, the article said. He spent the money on heroin in two weeks.

The prosecutor, Racine County Assistant District Attorney Noah Wishau called him a poster child of drug addiction, according to the Times.

Lancers run by West Allis Central, 88-59

Feb. 15, 2014 8:32 p.m. | Brookfield Central whipped West Allis Central, 88-59, on Saturday and clinched at least a tie for the Greater Metro Conference Championship.

The Lancers (20-0, 12-0) lead the Bulldogs (17-3, 10-2) by two games with games left to play.

Brookfield plays at Menomonee Falls (11-9, 7-5) on Tuesday and then hosts West Allis Central in a rematch next Thursday to close out the regular season. The Bulldogs host MUHS on Tuesday (7-12, 3-8) before meeting Brook Central.

Brad Newman was the big story on Saturday, as he scored 26 points, 13 in each half. Riley LaChance had 23 points, Elijah Goodman had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Caleb Mortag had 15 points.

WAC, Ron Turkvan had 14, Jaquan Martin had 13 and Brandon Key had 11.

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Greenfield police warn man not to harass Thai restaurant for delivery

Feb. 12, 2014 12:29 p.m. | Greenfield police warned a man Feb. 8 after an employee at Kim's Thai Restaurant called to report that the man had called the restaurant 26 times.

According to the Greenfield police report:

An employee at the restaurant, 5455 S. 27th St., called police at 7:50 p.m. Feb. 8 to report the man, who continued to call to order food delivery even after management told the man not to call the restaurant. The restaurant apparently could not deliver food at the time the man called because they no longer had a driver, but the man continued to call regardless.

He also told police he was upset because "they don't speak English there" and was uncooperative to police over the phone. He was advised by police that he would be arrested for harassment if he called the restaurant again.

West Allis man accused of taking nude photo of female coworker

Feb. 12, 2014 9:49 a.m. | West Allis resident Aron Arvel, 26, a former Milwaukee County jailer, faces charges in connection with illegally photographing a female co-worker partially nude and another changing clothes.

Both incidents occurreed in a women's locker room in the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility, 949 N. 9th St.

Another charge stems from secretly trying to photograph up a co-worker's skirt in the nearby MATC parking structure.

He was charged by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office with a total of six counts.

According to the criminal complaint, Arvelo admitted buying the camera in February 2013, to putting it in the women's locker room to record them undressing and using his key card to access the locker room. The complaint says that he also admitted putting the camera in the MATC parking structure.

Greenfield school to be sold, but major hurdles to be cleared

Feb. 11, 2014 2:27 p.m. | The former Chapman School will be sold for $2.5 million to $3.1 million, depending on how long it takes for rezoning and for the potential developer to buy additional properties needed.

The Greenfield School Board decided to sell the former school Monday, after being given authorization by a special meeting of electors earlier in the evening.

The buyer is BR Acquisitions of Wisconsin LLC, headed by developer Brian Riordan. The sale is contingent on getting the rezoning and acquiring the properties. Then a closing will take place and money will change hands.

But all that could take months or even a couple of years, school officials said. The price will go higher the longer it takes.

School officials say they don't know what Riordan has in mind for the property, but speculated that he would want to raze the former school at 8500 W. Chapman Ave.

West Allis infant dies while sleeping on adult bed

Feb. 05, 2014 4:52 p.m. | A two-week-old West Allis girl died Monday after the infant's baby sitter placed her on an adult bed for a nap.

The 41-year-old sitter told investigator she fed the girl, Harper, a bottle of breast milk, swaddled her and placed her on her back on a twin bed that was covered with a sheet, according to a medical examiner's report released Wednesday.

There were no pillows or blankets on the bed, the sitter said.

The sitter said she checked on the infant three times over the course of about four hours. She said when she checked on the child the third time, the had baby moved onto her side with her face down. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said the child was well-nourished and showed no signs of trauma.

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Greenfield police warn drivers about fight over parking spots

Feb. 04, 2014 3:37 p.m. | Greenfield police warned a woman and a man after the two got into a fight about parking spots at Plato's Closet on Feb. 1.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The woman called police to report a man driving a Honda Accord became belligerent with her after she parked her vehicle at Plato's Closet, 7820 W. Layton Ave., at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 1.

An officer responded to the scene and discovered the woman had parked her vehicle across several parking spots and became upset when the man parked next to her car.

The caller allegedly yelled at the man who parked next to her vehicle first, and then he responded in kind. Both drivers were advised about their behavior.

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