Molotov cocktail used in attempted arson, police say

June 28, 2011 11:24 a.m. | Hales Corners police say a Molotov cocktail was used on a vehicle in attempted arson on June 21.

According to the Hales Corners police report:

A jar filled with gas and ignited with a rag was thrown at a vehicle in the 5500 block of S. 104th St. at 11:35 p.m.  The vehicle did not catch fire.

City to officially unveil community center

June 24, 2011 7:04 p.m. | The new Greenfield Community Center next to City Hall is slated to celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9.

The grand opening, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will be the culmination of months of work to transform the former quarters of the Greenfield Public Library into a community space.

No property tax dollars were used. The transformation was funded through donations and a grant.

Recreation classes are already being held in the new center, 7215 W. Cold Spring Road, and many of those enrolled will perform demonstrations of what they are learning from dance and fitness to painting.

Boot finally is getting filled for MDA

June 24, 2011 1:38 p.m. | Greenfield Fire Fighters Local #1963 has finally found better weather for its Fill the Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, twice postponed due to weather.

Local firefighters are collecting money from motorists and pedestrians from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and and again Saturday and Tuesday. at Layton Avenue and 76th Street.

With the help of citizens last year, the firefighters raised more than $30,000 for MDA. They hope to raise $35,000 this year. All donations will benefit local MDA clients and help send children and young adults to the MDA summer camp at Camp Lake, fund clinic visits at hospitals and wheelchair repairs.

This year's fundraiser was originally scheduled for ear;y June 7, but excessive heat forced its postponement. Stormy weather from June 20 to 22 forced a second postponement.

Eric Cera appointed new Hales Corners police chief

June 23, 2011 5:14 p.m. | The Hales Corners Police and Fire Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Police Chief.

Lieutenant Eric R. Cera, of the Hales Corners Police Department, has been promoted to the position of Chief of Police.

Eric has been a member of our Department since October of 1997. Eric brings a diverse background of experience having worked for other protective service agencies, namely: the Milwaukee Police Department, the Town of Lisbon Police Department, and the Sussex Fire Department.

A native of neighboring Greendale, Eric graduated from Greendale High School.He completed his AAS Degree in Police Science at Milwaukee Area Technical College, and his BAS Degree in Administration of Justice from Marian University.Eric also is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Beyond work Eric is a husband of 13 years to Jennifer and a proud father of three children, Kyle, Ian, and Olivia.

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Proposed Greendale Walmart wins zoning approval

June 22, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A Walmart supermarket-discount store proposed for the former U.S. Bowling Congress site, in Greendale, won zoning approval from the Village Board Tuesday night.

The 93,000-square-foot store, valued at $10 million, will be on S. 76th St., just across from Southridge Mall. The former Bowling Congress offices will be razed to make way for the new store, which was approved on a 7-0 vote.

Construction could begin on the store, which will include a pharmacy, by late summer, said company spokeswoman Lisa Nelson.

The Greendale store becomes the latest in a series of Walmarts proposed for the Milwaukee area to obtain zoning approval. The list included stores in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Menomonee Falls.

Also, Walmart just last week disclosed plans for a store in West Milwaukee.

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Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

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Kratzer's walk-off double sparks Red Raiders win over Hale

June 17, 2011 8:14 p.m. | Wauwatosa East's Bryce Kratzer's 2-run walk-off double sparked the Red Raiders to any exciting 5-4 win over West Allis Hale tonight at Breitlow Field.

With Hale (4-6, 4-8) leading 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, Steffen Uhrich walked off reliever Tony Machowski to start the inning. Ben Carpenter then smashed a one-bouncer to Hale third baseman who threw to second to try and get Uhrich, but the ball got by the second baseman putting runners on first and second.

Kratzer then came in and slammed a long double off the wall in leftfield scoring both runners for the win.

Kratzer would have been the losing pitcher, as he allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings, before running into a control problem in the fifth. With one out, he hit a batter and then walked two Huskies to load the bases.

Tracy Johnson then came in and allowed an RBI-single to DH Nick Sotiros, who had two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored earlier in the game to give Hale a 4-2 advantage.

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Sale of Paradise Theater building to church completed, repairs to begin

June 15, 2011 8:00 a.m. | The Paradise Theater building, in West Allis, has been sold to a church that is starting work to transform the former cinema into a sanctuary.

Paradise LLC has sold the 31,600-square-foot building, at 6217-6301 W. Greenfield Ave., to Epikos Church for $62,500, said Adam Matson, of NAI MLG Commercial, who represented Epikos.

Brian Parrish, of Dickman Co. represented Paradise LLC, an investors group led by Courtney Hollis, wife of Jay Hollis, former owner of Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse.  

Church officials previously outlined plans to make the former theater a second location for Epikos, now located at 2308 E. Belleview Place. The church has nearly 500 members, some of whom live in West Allis and other areas on Milwaukee's west side.

The restoration, including a new roof, new windows and new mechanical systems, will cost an estimated $2.2 million, said Epikos Pastor Danny Parmelee. He said the church is embarking on a fundraising campaign, and has been contacting lenders to help finance the project.

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Walmart pursues planned West Milwaukee supermarket-discount store

June 15, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A Walmart combined supermarket and discount store is being proposed for a West Milwaukee site that now has a largely vacant strip retail center, and some industrial buildings.

The site is about a two blocks east of Miller Park Way, and north of W. Greenfield Ave.

Gatlin Development Co. has the site controlled under pending purchase contracts, Walmart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson told me. Gatlin would build the store and lease it to Walmart.

The site is now occupied by a mostly vacant strip retail center, once anchored by a Sentry supermarket, and buildings used by Wisconsin Steel Industries, Nelson said. The Walmart would be on both sides of what is now S. 41st St., a portion of which would be vacated to accommodate the development.

The proposed 144,000-square-foot store will be the subject of an open house presentation, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the West Milwaukee Community Center, 1345 S. 47th St., said Ron Hayward, village president.

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Seed shortage sprouts another corny idea

June 13, 2011 7:38 p.m. | The Greendale Visitors Center has had its fun with its successful corn-growing contest, but when a shortage of seed threatened to turn smiles into frowns, something had to be done.

So the center planted a new idea: A Corny Joke Contest, complete with prizes to match the overly successful Tall Corn Contest.

The visitors center said the response to the initial corn contest was so enthusiastic - following publicity that included separate articles in both the Journal Sentinel and NOW Newspapers - that the supply of $1 seed packets was quickly plowed under by the growing demand last week.

Even an extra 200 packets of seed shipped from Iowa wasn't enough to offset the corn stalkers.

When more than one guest suggested the shortage was no laughing matter, that gave staff members an idea, which quickly grew into signs announcing the corny joke contest. To enter, patrons must deliver their jokes in person to the Greendale Visitors Center, 5602 Broad St. More information on the contest is available there.

Greenfield woman charged in her husband's death

June 10, 2011 1:50 p.m. | A woman who told police that her husband was an abusive philanderer was charged Friday with shooting him to death in the living room of the couple's Greenfield home.

Regina Rath, 46, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, she faces up to 65 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman told police her 46-year-old husband, Vincent Rath, was berating her Wednesday afternoon as she was packing to leave him. She admitted she shot him.

The complaint quotes her telling a detective: "I shot Vince with the gun, I did not mean to kill him, but I did."

Police found the man's body seated in a chair in the couple's home in the 4500 W. Morgan Ave. He had been shot once in the chest.

Brewers block party season starts in West Allis

June 10, 2011 1:46 p.m. | The Milwaukee Brewers will host their first block party of the year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at LaFollette Park, 9418 W. Washington St.

Everyone is admitted for free, and the event also includes free hot dogs, soda and potato chips while supplies last, thanks to support by various sponsors.

All three of this season's Brewers Block Parties will feature appearances by Brewers players and coaches, Bernie Brewer and the Klement's Famous Racing Sausages, and Brewers radio personalities. Raffle prizes featuring Brewers game tickets, game-used memorabilia and other autographed items will be given away. The Brewers merchandise trailer will be on hand with the latest in Brewers apparel.

Players and coaches will arrive about 11:30 a.m. and will be there for about 45 minutes. The players and coaches will first participate in a Q&A session, followed by an autograph session.

This marks the fifth season the Brewers have hosted the events throughout the community

Planners give green light to Macy's and Walmart

June 10, 2011 1:38 p.m. | Greendale's Plan Commission on Wednesday gave unanimous preliminary plan approval to Macy's request to renovate space for a two-level department store at Southridge Mall and to Walmart's request to build a new-concept neighborhood retail store at the former U.S. Bowling Congress site, 5301 S. 76th St.

The projects will come before the Board of Trustees on June 21, when the extended Walmart public hearing also will take place.

Preliminary plans for both projects included exterior architectural details and how the structures would fit into their respective business neighborhoods from the perspective of signage, lighting and access. Walmart's plan included rezoning just under two acres of adjoining property that will be acquired from Martin Luther High School, 5201 S. 76th St.

"I'm very pleased with the progress of these projects so far," said Village President John Hermes. "Both of these projects have a regional impact. There are more projects to come. Stay tuned."

Thank you for reading NOW newspapers - oh, and win prizes

June 08, 2011 3:04 p.m. | It's easy to consume news nowadays, and it's just as easy to share news.

So share your news consumption!

Be creative. Be wacky. Be simple. But show us how you consume news from NOW and you can win free prizes. We also want to see our readers and thank you for reading NOW Newspapers.

Take a picture of you reading a NOW paper or website and share it with us on social media. You can post it to MyCommunityNOW's Facebook page or mention @MyCommunityNOW on Twitter.

On Thursdays starting tomorrow, you can post to those places and be entered in a chance to win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie passes. A winner will be chosen and notified each Friday.

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Greenfield man killed in apparent domestic dispute

June 08, 2011 3:04 p.m. | A 46-year-old Greenfield man was killed Wednesday in what appears to be a shooting linked to domestic violence, according to the Greenfield Police Department.

At 1 p.m., multiple 911 calls reported gunshots and a woman screaming on the 4500 block of W. Morgan Ave., said Deputy Inspector Brad Wentlandt.

Police found the man dead inside his home with a gunshot wound to the chest. The man's 35-year-old wife is in custody and being questioned. A weapon was also recovered.

Wentlandt said that they are not seeking any other suspects.

City works to sell key redevelopable land

June 08, 2011 12:20 p.m. | West Allis could announce redevelopment plans for the area around 82nd Street and Greenfield Avenue as early as mid-July.

The city's Community Development Authority is meeting Tuesday in closed session to consider selling city-owned land to multiple developers, said John Stibal, West Allis's development director. The city land includes seven homes, the former Milwaukee Gray Iron foundry and the vacant Mikonos Restaurant building.

Although city planners have had hopes that a neighborhood grocery store and perhaps a hotel would be built on the site, Stibal did not comment on what the actual potential developments would be.

After Tuesday's CDA meeting, the plan is for the sale proposal to go back to the developers for approval. If the project is still on track, the CDA could consider the projects in open session at a meeting tentatively set for July 19.

EPA grant aids city's redevelopment effort

June 07, 2011 2:38 p.m. | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $1.2 million in brownfield grants to West Allis.

The city will use $200,000 of it to clean up the former Milwaukee Gray Iron site, located at 84th and Greenfield Avenue. That will clear the way for a major development, which may be imminent at the site. City officials are negotiating to attract a potential $20-million development that could include a hotel and a neighborhood grocery store.

The city will use the remaining $1 million in EPA grants to establish a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund that will encourage development of sites that need or might need environmental cleanup.

State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

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Crash victim was riding motorized mountain bike

June 06, 2011 1:23 p.m. |  A 53-year-old man found dead in the parking lot of the Landmark Credit Union Sunday morning suffered severe head injuries when he crashed a motorized mountain bike, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s report.

Two passers-by found Gerald Faken straddling the handle bars of a Mongoose bike outfitted with a 36-volt electric motor. He apparently crashed into a cement wall in the parking lot, 9515 W. National Ave.

Faken lived in the 2000 block of S. 96th St. and had been drinking with a friend there on Saturday night. He was found about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Man killed on bicycle in West Allis

June 05, 2011 11:10 a.m. | A middle-age man was killed Sunday morning in a bicycle crash in West Allis. West Allis police are still investigating at the scene.

The man, 53, was biking near the intersection of National Ave. and Lincoln Ave. around 6:30 a.m. when he crashed. Police have not yet identified the man and are still investigating whether other vehicles were involved.

"We're not exactly sure what happened yet. The early indication is, it was possibly a motorized bicycle," Capt. Tom Kukowski said. "The body will be taken to the medical examiner's office. It's unusual."

Magee principal heads to Germantown School District

June 01, 2011 10:48 a.m. | Four years after stepping into the role of principal at Magee Elementary School Maria Kucharski has taken a position closer to home at the principal at Amy Belle in Colgate, in the Germantown School District. While Kucharski will end her role as Magee principal at the end of June, she will remain with the Kettle Moraine School District as the Summer Academy Director.

"Four years ago I went through three rigorous and unique interviews and accepted the position of elementary principal at Magee Elementary. Little did I know that over the next few years I would be provided with some of the most exceptional learning and growing opportunities, and that I would work for and with some of the most talented educators I have ever met," Kucharski said in her resignation letter.

Kucharski's decision stemmed from a desire to not only be closer to home, but to also focus solely on her role as principal and a return to graduate school to obtain her curriculum license.

"Magee Elementary is fortunate to have dedicated, passionate and gifted staff members who genuinely care about the students they serve. We are equally fortunate to have parents and community members who support the purpose and vision of our school and who help to make Magee a great place for children to grow and learn," Kucharski said in her letter. "I thank the Kettle Moraine Schools, the teachers and staff … for embracing the charge of transformation, remaining positive in difficult political times, and making a difference for all children. It has been a privilege to work for and with all of you and I hope our paths will continue to cross in the future."

According to Superintendent Pat Deklotz, the process to find the next principal for Magee is under way.

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Whitnall vs. Waukesha West softball photo gallery now online

June 01, 2011 8:35 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from yesterday afternoon's regional softball game between Waukesha West and Whitnall.

Whitnall won, 7-6, and advances to play at Watertown on Thursday.

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