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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.

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