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West Allis man was killed during drug transaction, police say

May 09, 2013 1:42 p.m. | A 20-year-old West Allis man was shot and killed during a drug transaction, Milwaukee police said Thursday.

Samuel J. Bussanich was shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday while driving a car in the 2400 block of N. 23rd St. A 16-year-old boy from Milwaukee was arrested and the case was referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office Thursday, police spokesman Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said.

For the latest crime news and an interactive map of Milwaukee police calls, visit JSOnline.com/crime.

Suspect in custody in killing of West Allis man

May 08, 2013 3:12 p.m. | Milwaukee police one have suspect in custody in the shooting death Tuesday of a 20-year-old West Allis man.

Police identified the victim as Samuel J. Bussanich on Wednesday and said he was shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of N. 23rd St.

He was in his car, which traveled a few blocks to the intersection of N. 23rd and W. Center streets after the shooting, said Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer, police spokesman.

For the latest crime news and to see real-time map of Milwaukee police calls, visit JSOnline.com/crime.

Man shot last month in Costa Rica dies

May 07, 2013 10:48 p.m. | A West Allis man who worked as a golf caddy while walking, hiking and backpacking around the world died Tuesday, a little more than a month after being robbed and shot in Costa Rica, his family said.

Steven Adam Flesch, 31, traveled to 34 countries in four years and had been in Central America since January, said his sister, Nikki Lannert of Waukesha.

He was shot April 2 in San Jose two days before he was scheduled to fly home, Lannert said.

"He was the biggest adventurer," she said.

A graduate of Brookfield Central High School, Flesch earned a degree in golf course management from the San Diego Golf Academy and was a caddy at Erin Hills Golf Course in the Town of Erin for the past three or four years, she said.

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Greenfield's PaveDrain named most promising water start-up

May 07, 2013 11:34 a.m. | PaveDrain LLC, which makes permeable concrete block mats, has been named the most promising early-stage venture in the Imagine H2O Competition.

The Greenfield company won $15,000 in the competition, which attracted more than 70 start-ups from 12 countries.

PaveDrain sells the mats to companies, universities and others for paving large surfaces. The mats allow storm water to seep into the ground through joints between the blocks. Then the water goes into the ground to replenish the water table rather than running off and creating problems with potential flooding.

The company was founded by Doug Buch in his basement in 2009. Buch previously did technical sales in the civil engineering field.

"Our existing surfaces, streets, driveways and roofs are impermeable, so the water has to be taken somewhere. What we're trying to solve is all this flooding," Buch said. "This can turn the world into more of a sponge like it originally was."

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