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Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team

March 29, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.

He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.

Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.

You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

Layton State Bank partners with web-based company in teaching financial literacy to high school students

March 28, 2013 5:07 p.m. | Layton State Bank is partnering with EverFi, Inc. to help high school students become financially literate and certified before they enter the complicated world of credit scores, debt, taxes and other concepts found in the complex world of finances.

EverFi, a Washington D.C. based company, uses technology as its platform to educate students on various subjects including, substance abuse, civic engagement and financial security. Marquette University uses the companies AlcoholEdu for College assessment in educating all incoming freshman on the importance of substance abuse and appropriate alcohol consumption.

Over 1,000 high school students in West Allis, Greendale, Greenfield and New Berlin School Districts will take part in the 10-unit, six hour course. The students will be taught, assessed and certified in the overarching topics of credit scores, credit cards, student loans, taxes, mortgages, insurance, savings, stocks and 401k’s. Throughout the course the students progress and scores will be tracked and those students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certification in Financial Literacy.

The web-based program uses technology as a way to grasp the youths attention and spark an interest. The hope is that by using avatars, gaming and other interactives the material becomes more engaging and interesting for the students. 

The announcement of Layton State Bank and EverFi’s partnership comes days before the beginning of April, the national financial literacy month. 
 

Greenfield woman cited in Port Washington hit-and-run

March 28, 2013 12:50 p.m. | A 36-year-old Greenfield woman was cited Thursday in connection with a Wednesday hit-and-run accident in Port Washington.

A 15-year-old Port Washington High School student was hit by a car on W. Grand Ave. near N. Webster St. about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The car struck the student's left leg and ran over a foot.

Port Washington police said a witness came forward Thursday and described the company logo from the suspect's vehicle, which enabled police to find the driver. The woman was cited with failure to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in an uncontrolled intersection and failure to notify police of an accident.

Greenfield police say ‘robbery’ victim may have been involved in drug deal

March 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. | A man who called 911 to report he was the victim of an attempted armed robbery in Greenfield was arrested for obstructing police after an investigation revealed the incident was related to a dispute over a drug deal.

The 32-year-old Greenfield man had reported that an unidentified man attempted to rob him when he exited Blockbuster Video, 4285 S. 76th St., at 7:15 p.m. March 22. He stated the subject, a white male in his early 30s with blonde hair and a mustache, displayed a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from him.

The subject allegedly left the lot in a maroon or red, newer-model Dodge Ram truck and was last seen heading towards West Cold Spring Road.

Police checked the area but were unable to locate anyone meeting that description.
 
About an hour later, police received a call from a 34-year-old Milwaukee man who reported he was in an argument with the first caller while they were at Blockbuster about an hour earlier. The second caller reported he and the 32-year-old man were arguing over money relating to drug activity. The second caller advised police that no weapons were displayed during the argument.
 
The man stated he called police because the Greenfield man was now sending him text messages threatening to shoot him. 
 
After an investigation, police arrested the Greenfield man and transported him to the County Jail Facility. Police also took the Milwaukee man and a 34-year-old woman into custody and arrested them obstructing and resisting arrest.

Man arrested for wielding box cutter after Greenfield bank refuses his check

March 27, 2013 12:51 p.m. | A 19-year-old man who threatened a bank manager with a box cutter after the bank refused to cash a check for him was arrested for disorderly conduct on March 22.

According to the Greenfield police log:

The man came into TCF Bank, 4375 S. 76th St., at about 11 a.m. March 22 with the check in hand. However, because the man’s account did not have funds to match the amount of the check, he was told the check could not be cashed.
 
The man started shaking and told the bank manager that he would have to get his gun. He then reached into his pocket and pulled out a black wallet, and then pulled out a box cutter and made a comment about using it on the manager.
 
After the man was told to leave the bank, he was seen driving out of the parking lot in a tan-colored sedan. Police located the suspect at his home, where he was taken into custody for disorderly conduct while armed.

West Allis Health Department among first in nation to get national accreditation

March 27, 2013 7:45 a.m. | The West Allis Health Department is among the first 11 public health departments in the nation to earn a 5-year accreditation from a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The national program through the Public Health Accreditation Board sets standards by which the nation's more than 3,000 state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies can work to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality of their services and performance, according to a news release. The agencies recognized are the first of hundreds currently preparing to seek national accreditation through the independent organization.

A decade in development, the national accreditation program was created collaboratively by hundreds of public health practitioners. Since its launch in September 2011, more than 125 health departments have applied for the accreditation, and hundreds of public health practitioners from across the nation have been trained to serve as volunteer peer site visitors for the program.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a specific set of quality standards and measures. The peer-review process provides feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement.

In addition to the West Allis Health Department, accreditation status was awarded this month to three health departments in Oklahoma, three in Kentucky, one in New York state, two in Washington state and one in North Carolina.

Fundraiser Tuesday for family who lost child in West Allis fire

March 26, 2013 9:56 a.m. | Scroll through the images for pictures from the deadly fire in West Allis.

GREENFIELD - Viewers have called TODAY'S TMJ4, asking how they can help two West Allis families who lost their children in a fire.

On Tuesday, a McDonald's in Greenfield is giving people an easy way to help.

25 percent of the money raised at the McDonald's on South 27th Street and West Cold Spring Road will go to the family of Michael Gonzales.

He was one of two 14-year-old boys killed in a house fire.

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Acting chief to head West Allis police permanently

March 22, 2013 6:32 p.m. | The West Allis Police and Fire Commission has chosen Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett as the new police chief.

Padgett began his career with the West Allis Police Department in May of 1988. Before becoming acting chief in November, 2012, Padgett was a deputy chief of police.

"Chief Padgett has demonstrated not only a professional ability to operate the department, but also the people skills necessary to do an outstanding job," Police and Fire Commission President Joseph Kempen said in a news release announcing the appointment. "His insight and commitment to the principles of community-oriented policing will be an asset to the department and the citizens of West Allis."

The commission chose Padgett on Thursday.

West Allis video shows ex-Marine holding suspect at gunpoint

March 21, 2013 7:44 a.m. | West Allis police have released squad car video of a former Marine holding a man accused of beating his ex-girlfriend at bay by gunpoint.

In the video, obtained by WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), Charlie Blackmore Jr. is seen holding Kenneth Harris at gunpoint as police arrive. Police rush at Harris while Blackmore, who has a concealed carry permit, lowers his weapon.

Police ask Harris "You hit your lady?" and he replies "We was fighting. She hit me, I hit her."

The woman suffered a fractured left orbital bone and numerous bruises, according to a criminal complaint against Harris that charged him with substantial battery. Harris is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Blackmore said he was driving home from work when he saw the beating and stopped to help.

Greenfield police investigating thief who favors sandwiches, pizza

March 20, 2013 8:24 a.m. | Greenfield police are seeking a heavy-set man who has been observed stealing sandwiches and pizzas, mostly from area gas stations between Feb. 11 and March 13.

In the first three of four cases, the thefts occurred around lunchtime, and the suspect was seen driving off in a white Pontiac Grand Prix.

The man was first observed shoplifting carryout food items at Citgo, 8333 W. Layton Ave., at about 1:10 p.m. Feb. 11. The unidentified man, described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, in his 40s with dark hair, fled the station.

Police tied a second incident to the same suspect when an employee at Speedway, 6000 W. Layton Ave., reported that a heavy-set man attempted to shoplift several food items at noon March 13. The suspect ended up leaving the items behind and fled the lot.

About 15 minutes later police received a report likely involving the same suspect who had just shoplifted frozen pizza, soda and other food items at Speedway on 60th Street and Layton Avenue.

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West Allis native chosen to lead U.S. Speedskating

March 19, 2013 11:56 a.m. | Mike Plant, a West Allis native and a former Olympic speedskater, has been appointed interim president of U.S. Speedskating by the national governing body's board of directors.

Plant, executive vice president of the Atlanta Braves, takes over the 14-person board effective immediately.

He assumes a key leadership role at a difficult time for U.S. Speedskating, which has been rocked by scandal in recent months.

"This is a crucial time for U.S Speedskating and I hope to be able to help propel this great sport forward," Plant said in a statement.

In September, members of the short-track team demanded the resignation of coach Jae Su Chun, charging him with physical and emotional abuse. Chun was suspended and eventually resigned.

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Whitnall to discuss its handling of sex-crime details in wake of food director's arrest

March 19, 2013 9:57 a.m. | To answer questions about why parents didn't learn that the Whitnall food service director was charged with enticing a child to a sex crime, Superintendent Lowell Holtz will hold an information session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Whitnall High School auditorium.

James Heidke was arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly thought he was soliciting a 15-year-old boy via computer. He was charged Feb. 28 by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

Heidke, who is no longer food service director, worked for a subcontractor that provides meals for Whitnall schools.

Parents didn't find out about his arrest and the subsequent charges until March 5, many hours after it had appeared on Facebook and after a local television station had aired the news. School officials said parents weren't notified immediately because police said they had no indication that Whitnall students had been victimized, said School Board President Nancy Zaborowski.

But School Board member Quin Brunnette said the schools should have told parents immediately so that they were prepared with the facts and could better explain what happened to their children who heard about the incident and had questions.

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Investigations begin into cause of fatal West Allis fire

March 18, 2013 8:20 p.m. | West Allis - Snow fell on a West Allis duplex Monday, chilling what had been an inferno just a day before.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating a fire early Sunday that killed two teenage boys.

The agencies together with the West Allis police and fire departments have not determined the cause of the fire - described by many firefighters as the most intense residential blaze they have battled.

Snowflakes collected inside candles depicting religious icons and wax hardened. Tapers had flickered Sunday night in memory of the two 14-year-old victims and stood cold Monday in makeshift memorials outside the duplex in the 1600 block of S. 57th St.

It took firefighters less than four minutes to respond after the fire was reported at about 3:30 a.m.

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Greendale High to host anti-bullying event featuring ex-Packer Gilbert Brown

March 18, 2013 4:22 p.m. | A high school where a bullied student called in a bomb threat last fall in retaliation for being voted onto the homecoming court as a joke is hosting a regional anti-bullying event Wednesday.

The free public event, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Greendale High School Auditorium, will feature an acclaimed documentary about bullying and former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown, who was bullied as a teen and has a foundation to mentor kids.

"We want to help kids stand up for each other in a positive way," said James Dean, spokesman for a new community-based, nonprofit advocacy group that's hosting the event. "When students decide they're not going to allow other students to be bullied, it will stop."

Greendale Against Bullying formed in December in response to the high-profile bullying case at the high school and other incidents of bullying in the community and across the country. Peer advocates already have been mentored at Greendale High School, and the community-based group serves as a resource and partner for the school.

The advocacy group's motto: "We've got your back."

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2 children killed, 2 survive West Allis duplex fire

March 17, 2013 10:10 p.m. | West Allis - Four boys - three brothers and a friend - were alone in the upper level of a duplex when it caught fire in the middle of the night early Sunday.

Two of the brothers survived.

One brother and the friend did not.

Pavielle Gonzales, a cousin of the three brothers, happened to be driving near the duplex when she saw the flames.

Here is her story:

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NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at news@cninow.com with the subject Facebook comments.

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Marine veteran stops beating, holds man at gunpoint for police

March 13, 2013 9:20 p.m. | Charlie Blackmore Jr.'s phone has been locking up, overloaded with text and Facebook messages, since news got out that he drew his 9mm handgun to stop the beating of a woman.

"I expected it because the gun debate is real hot right now, but I didn't think it would happen so fast," Blackmore, 32, said Wednesday afternoon, a day and a half after the incident.

Blackmore was driving home from work at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on W. Lincoln Ave. near S. 102nd St. in West Allis when he saw a man kicking someone on the ground. He jerked his steering wheel to pull over, turned his ignition off and stepped out.

"The man started walking away, like he didn't do anything, and I said 'What are you doing?' Then he started at me, and that's when I drew," said Blackmore, who was carrying a Springfield XDM.

Blackmore served in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2007 and has his concealed carry permit. As the man walked away, Blackmore followed at a distance, gun still drawn, as he dialed police to describe the situation and suspect.

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Man arrested for impersonating an officer at Scott E's Pub in Greenfield

March 13, 2013 1:07 p.m. | A 51-year-old man was arrested after flashing a badge and trying to use it to force customers to show ID at a Greenfield bar on March 9.

According to Greenfield police:

A bouncer at Scott E's Pub, 3800 S. 108th St., said the man was a customer who told other customers he was a police officer, using the badge to reinforce his claim. The bouncer eventually confiscated the badge and kicked the man out of the bar after he kept trying to ID other customers.

Police found the man stumbling southbound on 108th Street. He was taken into custody and transported to the police station, where he was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and impersonating an officer.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest

March 08, 2013 10:54 p.m. | NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.

The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.

NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:

Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW

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South Milwaukee thrives in the clutch

March 01, 2013 11:39 p.m. | Any basketball coach knows that often, the most crucial time of a game is the final minutes – and not just of the fourth quarter.

By closing any period on a strong note, teams can give themselves valuable momentum going into the next quarter as well as deal a psychological blow to their opponents.

The South Milwaukee girls proved that on Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal contest against Whitnall, winning the final minute of each of the first three quarters.

That proved to be a key to the Rockets’ 59-44 triumph.

South Milwaukee ended the first period with a 3-pointer from Samantha Page to take a 13-12 lead after trailing by four points just moments earlier.

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Community Watch

» Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team 3/29

» Layton State Bank partners with web-based company in teaching financial literacy to high school students 3/28

» Greenfield woman cited in Port Washington hit-and-run 3/28

» Greenfield police say ‘robbery’ victim may have been involved in drug deal 3/28

» Man arrested for wielding box cutter after Greenfield bank refuses his check 3/27

» West Allis Health Department among first in nation to get national accreditation 3/27

» Fundraiser Tuesday for family who lost child in West Allis fire Updated:  3/26

» Acting chief to head West Allis police permanently 3/22

» West Allis video shows ex-Marine holding suspect at gunpoint 3/21

» Greenfield police investigating thief who favors sandwiches, pizza 3/20

» West Allis native chosen to lead U.S. Speedskating 3/19

» Whitnall to discuss its handling of sex-crime details in wake of food director's arrest 3/19

» Investigations begin into cause of fatal West Allis fire Updated:  3/18

» Greendale High to host anti-bullying event featuring ex-Packer Gilbert Brown 3/18

» 2 children killed, 2 survive West Allis duplex fire Updated:  3/17

» NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system Updated:  3/14

» Marine veteran stops beating, holds man at gunpoint for police Updated:  3/13

» Man arrested for impersonating an officer at Scott E's Pub in Greenfield 3/13

» WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated 3/9

» NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest 3/8

» South Milwaukee thrives in the clutch 3/1

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